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Ship Repair Yard Changes Name

Gothenburg-based shiprepairer Götaverken Cityvarvet has changed its name to Damen Shiprepair Götaverken (DSG). Since 2000, the company has been part of the global Damen Shipyards Group, which is based in the Netherlands and has a turnover of €1.3 bill. DSG said that it is committed to becoming the leading shipyard in the Nordic region by following a strategy that puts greater focus on environmental initiatives, investments and new jobs. DSG has purchased both floating docks already in use at the yard, as well as refurbishing the facility and making new investments. “The global economic crisis has hit shipping and the shipbuilding industry hard in Scandinavia as well. Combined with high fuel prices, this has meant that shipowners have been holding back on repairs and maintenance. The effect for us has been stiffer competition for customers. This makes it especially important that we now invest strategically in order to meet customers’ needs as effectively as possible. “We have created around 15 new positions this year. We’ve done this mainly through internal recruitment, in line with our strategy, but we will also need to bring in more people from outside this year and in 2013,” Goris concluded. “We are proud of our Götaverken heritage and this will naturally also be reflected in our new name


USS Seawolf Makes New Home In Pacific Northwest

Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton Sailors on Delta Pier heave line in order help moor the fast attack submarine USS Seawolf (SSN 21) which transferred from Groton, Connecticut to her permanent duty station in Bremerton. Seawolf; second of her class to arrive and reside in Washington was designed to seek and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships, project power ashore with Tomahawk cruise missiles and special operation forces, carry out intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions


Taylor Made Debuts New Series of Air Conditions

Taylor Made Environmental has announced a family of redesigned compact, lightweight, high-efficiency marine air conditioning systems. The new self-contained seawater-cooled units are being sold under the Cruisair and Marine Air Systems brand names. Available in 5,000, 7,000, 10,000, 12,000 and 16,000 BTU capacities, the systems have been re-engineered with new compressors and evaporator coils, resulting in smaller size, lower weight, reduced amperage draw and improved reliability.


Chapter 11 + Title XI + September 11 = Bad News for the Marine Industry

The recent confluence of three events, all strangely relating to the number 11, is presenting the U.S. shipbuilding industry with challenges greater than seen in many decades. American Classic Voyages (AMCV), owned by Chicago billionaire Sam Zell, is the nation's largest provider of Inland River and Hawaiian Island overnight cruises. In mid October, the company declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy and that action has led the Maritime Administration (MARAD) to cancel its Title XI loan guarantee on


New Zealand Debates Changes to Maritime Transport Act

A new Bill currently before Parliament transfers some responsibilities from Maritime New Zealand to the Environmental Protection Authority. The Marine Legislation Bill had its first reading in Parliament on 11 September 2012. The Bill makes a number of changes to the Maritime Transport Act 1994 including provisions to:     •    promote navigation safety in ports and harbours in support of the New Zealand Port and Harbour Marine Safety Code


GE Dynamic Positioning in the Running for IET Award

New software from GE’s Power Conversion business that enables its Dynamic Positioning (DP) systems to save significant amounts of fuel and put less wear and tear on vessel propulsion equipment is on the shortlist to win an Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Innovation Award this year. A DP system holds a vessel in position without the aid of anchors, using only propellers, rudders and thrusters. “Energy Efficient Dynamic Positioning For Ships” was developed


C& S Names Corpus Christi on Regular Schedule

In a recent announcement at the Meat Importers Council of America Meeting in New Orleans, Bror Bjurstrom of C&S Shipping Australia PTY said Corpus Christi would be made part of the C&S regular sailing schedule in 2003. C& S Shipping Australia PTY will offer service from Australia- Corpus Christi, Texas- Wilmington, Del. C&S Shipping has had several trial import shipments of Australian beef destined for U.S. and Mexico markets thru the Port of Corpus Christi Cold Storage


Offshore Windmill Uses Dyneema Fiber

For the installation of offshore wind farms in the Irish Sea, Mammoet Van Oord, a marine contractor, selected heavy lifting slings made with Dyneema polyethylene fiber from DSM Dyneema. The round slings, manufactured by the Unitex Group, are designed to lift heavy loads weighing up to several hundreds of tons. Mammoet Van Oord is using the Unitex lifting slings with its new jack-up installation barge, the “Jumping Jack


OMI Announces Delivery New Vessel

OMI Corporation today announced that it had taken delivery of the Amazon, a new 47,000 dwt product tanker, the first of a series of four sisterships being constructed for the Company by Onomichi Dockyard Co., Ltd. pursuant to contracts between the Company and Sumitomo Corporation. The vessel has entered into a previously announced three-year time charter. Craig H. Stevenson, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of OMI commented that "This brings to fifteen the number of vessels on


Damen Develops Nozzle Spinning Method

DMC Nozzle Spinning Machine (Photo: Damen)

Damen Marine Components (DMC) has developed a pioneering nozzle production method based on a single weld seam on the inner side of the nozzle. This makes the process much more efficient and environmentally friendly. The new Nozzle Spinning Machine can deliver nozzles up to 4.5 m at short notice. Based in Hardinxveld in the Netherlands and part of the Damen Shipyards Group, DMC has invested in new spinning machinery for its facility in Gdansk, Poland.


Ecochlor Raises $10m for BWT Maket

Image courtesy Ecochlor

Ecochlor, Inc. announced that it has completed a $10 million equity financing to support its growth into the burgeoning ballast water treatment market. Since its formation in 2001, Ecochlor has raised over $22 million in equity. Charlie Miller, Ecochlor’s Chairman and CEO


Reps. Byrne and Palazzo Visit Ingalls Shipbuilding

Rep. Bradley Byrne (second from left) toured Ingalls Shipbuilding and the amphibious transport dock John P. Murtha (LPD 26). Pictured with Byrne are (left to right) LPD 26 Ship Construction Manager Hank Corcoran, LPD Program Director Mike Duthu and Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. Rep. Steven Palazzo also participated in the tour but is not pictured. Photo by Andrew Young/HII

Reps. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., and Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., visited Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division Wednesday. The congressmen, both members of the House Armed Services Committee, met with shipbuilders and were briefed on the construction processes for the four


Port Launches Emergency Landing Craft

Photo courtesy Port of Long Beach

Port of Long Beach officials welcomed a new addition to their small fleet of boats this week with the delivery of a refurbished and retrofitted landing craft that will strengthen their emergency recovery capabilities. Donated to the Port by the U.S


ExxonMobil Donates $13.4 Million to 'United Way of Greater Houston'

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 ExxonMobil employees and retirees raised a record $13.41 million for the United Way of Greater Houston during its 2013 community campaign, which was the largest amount raised by the company since its annual campaigns began in 1952. “We are so grateful for our dear friends at


Polish PM Calls For EU Energy Union To End Dependence On Russian Gas

Polish Prime Minister

  The European Union must create an energy union to secure its gas supply because the current dependence on Russian energy makes Europe weak, Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk wrote in an article in the Financial Times.


Pertamina To End Loss-Making LPG Sales By 2016

  State-owned energy firm Pertamina plans to raise the non-subsidized liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) price gradually by 2016, ending years of loss-making business due to political interference in pricing, a company official said.


Boy Passenger Made Initial Distress Call from Sinking Ferry

File image

The first distress call from a sinking South Korean ferry was made by a boy with a shaking voice, three minutes after the vessel made its fateful last turn. He called the emergency 119 number which put him through to the fire service, which in turn forwarded him to the coastguard two minutes later


Ship as Lifeboat Concept Disputed by ICV

Rendering courtesy of Dockwise

A recent meeting at the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington, D.C. (attended by International Cruise Victims (ICV) Board representatives) discussed the new International Maritime Authority (IMO) policy of using “the ship as the lifeboat”


Claxton’s Camera Upgrade Puts Crane Safety in Focus

Image courtesy Claxton

Claxton Engineering Services Ltd, an Acteon company, launched the latest version for its ATEX and safe-area crane boom cameras to improve operational safety through substantial upgrades in camera performance and its user interface. Enhancements to the camera


Peel Ports Signs £100M Contract For Cranes For New Liverpool Terminal

Mega Cranes

  Peel Ports Group has signed a multi-million pound deal with Shanghai-based Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. (ZPMC) for 17 ‘mega cranes’ for its new £300m Liverpool2 container port. ZPMC will initially supply five ship-to-shore (STS) megamax quay cranes and 12 cantilever


Body Of Korean Boy Who Raised Alarm On Sinking Ferry Found

Salvage operation

  The body of a South Korean boy whose shaking voice first raised the alarm that a passenger ferry with hundreds on board was in trouble has been found, his parents believe, but a DNA test has yet to confirm the find, media said on Thursday.


Canadian Icebreaker Refit Contracts Awarded

Principals in Davie Refit Contract: Image Davie

The Canadian Government informs it has awarded a $6.5 million contract to Babcock Canada Inc. for critical refit work for Canadian Coast Guard ship 'CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent'. The shipyard portion of the work will be carried out by Chantier Davie Canada Inc., a sub-contractor to Babcock Canada.


GAO: Limited Commercial Arctic Development Foreseen

Arctic Tow: File photo

Decreasing seasonal sea ice has opened up Arctic waters for longer periods with resulting potential economic opportunities in commercial shipping, cruises, commercial fishing, oil, and mining. In light of the importance of U.S. efforts to effectively manage Arctic issues, GAO was asked to examine U


GulfMark Offshore Records its Highest Ever Q1 Revenue

GulfMark OSV: Image credit the owners

Houston-based GulfMark Offshore President & CEO Quintin Kneen commented on his company's first quarter 2014 financial report: "We recorded our highest first quarter revenue ever, and we still expect 2014 to produce our highest annual revenue ever."


Mammoet Uses World’s Biggest Crawler Crane to Install Legs on Ship

Mammoet’s LR 13000 installs platform leg on Aeolus (Photo: Mammoet)

Mammoet, a global company in engineered heavy lifting and transport, said it is currently employing its LR13000, the biggest crawler crane in the world, to install four platform legs on Van Oord’s newest wind turbine installation vessel, the Aeolus.


 
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