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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.

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

Gibdock Rreputation Rises in German Market

Richard Beards, Managing Director, Gibdock

Gibdock has continued to see its stock rise amongst the German shipowner community over the past year. Indeed the Gibraltar ship repair yard’s recent client list reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of leading German shipowners and managers, underlining the fact that it enjoys a very positive reputation in this particular market. German owners and operators that have recently docked vessels at Gibdock include Oscar Wehr, Reederei üngerhans, E

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.

Silversea's Silver Cloud Completes Major Refurbishment

Le Champagne

Silversea Cruises' Silver Cloud is currently sailing on her first voyage following a successful three-week dry dock in Palermo, Italy, where extensive renovations were made to nearly every area of the ultra-luxury ship. Silver Cloud's interior decoration has been completely renovated, including all the suites, public spaces and dining venues, in order to introduce a fresh and contemporary classic atmosphere. Silversea made a significant financial investment in this refurbishment to

IMO Adopts Regulations for Ships Using LNG

IMO adopts regulations for ships using liquefied natural gas as fuel Photo Danish Maritime Authority

  United Nations' International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted globally binding regulations for ships using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel. The IMO has just adopted a new international code of safety for ships using gases or other low-flashpoint fuels – the so-called IGF Code. The Code is to help ensure that the safety level of ships using LNG and other more environmentally friendly fuels is enhanced and made more homogeneous. Effective from 2017

Maritime Solutions for the Big Apple’s Growth

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

Like most of our Nation’s major urban areas, New York City is experiencing growing pains. The Big Apple’s rising population means surging needs for freight and services, which have made congestion a common reality for the city’s more than 10 million daily commuters.   However, New York has long had a transportation ace in the hole – its geography and access to water. New York City is positioned on a series of islands right in the middle of New York Harbor

Security Advisory: Piracy – Revision of BMP4 High Risk Area


BIMCO says that the co-sponsors of BMP 4 have agreed to a revised definition of the High Risk Area. The High Risk Area is now defined as being bounded by: In the Red Sea: Latitude 15oN In the Gulf of Oman: Latitude 22oN Eastern limit: Longitude 065oE Southern limit: Latitude 5oS  

Approvals Launch VIKING Nadiro into New Markets

VIKING Nadiro director Henrik Helsinghof

  New lifeboat release systems and bracket type approvals for VIKING Nadiro SOLAS products are extending the company’s core capabilities beyond cargo to offshore and passenger segments – and speeding up delivery times.  

Wärtsilä 31 Engine for Aker ARC 124 Icebreaker

Wärtsilä launches the new Wärtsilä 31 engine a breakthrough in efficiency

  The recently introduced Wärtsilä 31 engine, which has been acknowledged by Guinness World Records as being the world's most efficient four-stroke diesel engine, has been selected to power a state-of-the-art new generation icebreaker currently under construction at the PJSC Vyborg

China Opposed to Parties Entering 'territorial' Waters

China's Foreign Ministry said on Friday it was against parties entering territorial waters in the name of freedom of navigation, as the United States is considering sailing warships close to China's artificial islands in the South China Sea.

Danelec Marine Expands in Brazil

Press release - Danelec Marine has announced that it is expanding its presence in Brazil by naming Telnav Telecomuniçacões Navais a Certified Service Center. With nearly 30 years of market experience, Telnav employs a technical staff of 15 engineers and technicians

Historic Pacific Trade Deal Faces Skeptics in US Congress

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

Twelve Pacific Rim countries on Monday reached the most ambitious trade pact in a generation, aiming to liberalize commerce in 40 percent of the world's economy in a deal that faces skepticism from U.S. lawmakers.   The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact struck in Atlanta after marathon

Towering Damen Marine Components Hits 150‏

10,000th Nozzle

  Damen Marine Components (DMC), the oldest company in Damen Shipyards Group, celebrates its 150th anniversary today. DMC has grown from a very small shipyard established in Gorinchem in 1865, to become the largest nozzle builder in the world.

Northern Fleet to Conduct Anti-terrorist Exercises

Sailors of the Northern Fleet

  The sailors of the Northern Fleet will conduct anti-terrorism exercises at Novaya Zemlya. During the exercise, the coast will be a landing. The landing will take place on the west coast of the South Island in the Gulf of Rogachev, the press service of the Northern Fleet

Search for Ship Lost in Hurricane a Big Challenge


Deep seas may complicate efforts to find the sunken U.S. cargo ship lost off the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin, a federal safety investigator said, as a search and rescue mission for 32 missing crew stretched into a sixth day. A U.S. National Transportation Safety Board team arrived on

Yacht Adrift in the North Sea

A yacht has gone adrift in the North Sea after losing steering in difficult weather conditions, reports the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).   One man is believed to be aboard the yacht which was making its way from Lerwick to Norway when it encountered difficulties around 8:50 p.m

Venezuelan Crude Exports to US Fell 10% in Sept

Venezuelan crude exports to the United States declined 10 percent in September versus the previous month due to lower sales of heavy and medium grades to some of regular customers, according to Reuters trade flows data and PDVSA trade documents.  

Willard Unveils New RHIB in Australia

Photo: Willard Marine

Willard Marine, Inc. unveiled its new SEA FORCE 777 this week at the Pacific International Maritime Exposition in Sydney, Australia.   The military-grade, fiberglass, rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) is 7.77-meters long, 2.74-meters wide and designed with a deep-V hull

First Cruise Ship of the Record Season Arrives Auckland

Diamond Princess. Photo: Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd

 Auckland’s bumper cruise season has officially kicked off with the arrival of Princess Cruises’ mega liner Diamond Princess into port today (October 08).   New Zealand's tourism sector can expect a big boost, with a record breaking cruise season ahead.  

Steel Cut on UK Navy’s Newest Warship

Image: BAE Systems

Construction has begun on a new warship for the U.K. Royal Navy as the Minister of State for Defense Procurement, Philip Dunne MP cut the first steel in Glasgow today.   HMS Trent is the third of three River Class Batch 2 Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) designed and constructed by BAE Systems

Amid Commodity Crisis, LPG Emerges as Accidental Bright-spot

Liquefied Petroleum Gas, long a niche product used by the poor to cook and the rich to barbecue, has become a rare bright spot amid a broad commodities rout, riding on the wave of strong economic growth in India and parts of Southeast Asia.  

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