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Resolve Marine's New ETV Heads for NZ Waters

Resolve Monarch: Photo credit Resolve Marine Group

Resolve Marine Group has further strengthened its fleet with the acquisition of the 152-ton bollard emegency towing vessel (ETV), 'Resolve Monarch', from JP Knight (Lowestoft) Ltd., and the vessel is currently en route to the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand where she will assist with Resolve’s work on the 'MV Rena' project. Previously named the Anglican Monarch, the purpose built (ETV) was on contract with the United Kingdom government, where she served as part of the government’s coast line emergency response fleet, actively involved in many high-profile maritime casualty rescues.  “The Monarch is a great addition to our growing global fleet and enhances our worldwide emergency response and salvage capabilities for our OPA-90 clients and others,” according to Damian Allan, Resolve’s Director of Business Development.  The vessel was designed to serve as a dedicated emergency response and salvage vessel in northern European waters.  For her first assignment, Resolve Monarch sailed from Invergordon, Scotland on August 19, 2013, and is currently en route the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand where she will assist with the company’s work on the wreck of the MV Rena project.    “Adding this purpose built ETV to our fleet not only strengthens our global emergency response abilities, but also reflects our commitment to offer clients the best resources available,” says Joe Farrell


Transocean Ltd Provides Fleet Update Summary

Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) (SIX: RIGN) has issued a monthly fleet update summary which includes new contracts, significant changes to existing contracts, and changes in estimated planned out of service time of 15 or more days since October 17, 2012.    Backlog for new contracts or extensions associated with continuing operations since the October 17, 2012 fleet status report is approximately $1.1 billion.


Zakher Marine Upgrades to FleetBroadband 150

Stratos Global Corporation, global provider of mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, announced it is upgrading Zakher Marine International Inc. (ZMI) vessels to Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband 150 (FB150) mobile broadband satellite service. With each FB150 system ZMI is deploying the popular AmosConnect from Stratos messaging service, which integrates vessel and shore-based office applications. Working with its channel partner Monarch Telecom


Freighter runs aground in Channel

According to the Guardian Unlimited, the coastguard was sent to the aid of a large container ship that ran aground in the Dover Strait. The crew of the 90,465-ton German container vessel LT Cortesia contacted the Dover coastguard at 5am after running aground on the Varne Bank. The coastguard has sent the emergency tug Anglian Monarch to help the stranded ship and assess the options for salvaging it. The vessel was traveling through the strait from Thames port on its way to the Suez when


Profile: Company Focus: Staying Connected with INTERCON

The Intercon Coupler System is designed to provide a safe and efficient solution to the problems of connecting tugs and barges in ocean and coastwise pushing operations. Principal benefits include the ability to push in the widest range of sea states; the complete elimination of hull contact; fail-safe mechanical connection with redundant controls, and elimination of the expense and hazards of towing lines and related equipment.


This Day in Coast Guard History – March 15

1942-  The 172-foot tender CGC Acacia was en route from Curacao, Netherlands West Indies to Antigua, British West Indies, when she was sunk by shellfire from the German submarine U-161.  The entire crew of Acacia was rescued.  She was the only Coast Guard buoy tender sunk by enemy action during the war. 1944- Coast Guardsmen participated in the invasions of Manus (Admiralties) and Emirau (St. Mathias Islands).


Navy's New Sub Class Conducts First Cruise Missile Launches

By Team Submarine Public Affairs The Navy conducted multiple launches of Tomahawk cruise missiles from USS Virginia (SSN 774) in August in the as part of the program's developmental and operational testing efforts.  The test launches, the first ever for a Virginia-class submarine, included the launch and extended flight of multiple missiles to demonstrate the 's launch capabilities. “Completing the Tomahawk flight tests is an important milestone in proving the class design and


Keppel AmFELS Contracts with Diamond Offshore

Keppel AmFELS to Construct and Upgrade Deepwater Semisubmersible for Diamond Offshore for US$150 million.   Keppel AmFELS LLC, a US wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has secured a contract from Diamond Offshore to construct and upgrade a moored semisubmersible rig with delivery scheduled for 3Q 2013. The estimated shipyard contract price is approximately US$150 million


Diamond Offshore Third Order for Ultra-Deepwater Drillship

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Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE:DO) today announced that a subsidiary, Diamond Offshore Drilling Limited, has exercised its option to build a third ultra-deepwater drillship with Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. with delivery scheduled for the second quarter of 2014. Total cost, including commissioning, spares and project management, is estimated to be approximately $610 million and is anticipated to be paid out of cash flow and available funds.


Diamond Offshore Drilling, Two New-Build Drillships

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Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE:DO) today announced that a subsidiary of the company has entered into two term drilling contracts with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. The contracts, which will utilize Diamond Offshore's two new-build drillships now on order, are expected to generate combined maximum total revenue of approximately $1.8 billion and represent 10 years of contract drilling backlog. In addition, Anadarko and Diamond have mutually agreed to dismiss all claims related to the


CTruk OWSV Enhanced with Volvo IPS

CTruk 22m multipurpose catamaran (Photo courtesy of CTruk)

Since the launch of its first-of-class CTruk MPC22 late last year, the East Anglia-based workboat designer and builder informs it has incorporated performance feedback into future builds to deliver a range of enhancements.   The second CTruk MPC22, due for delivery in June


Hapag-Lloyd Warn About Verification by German Customs

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  Hapag-Lloyd has informed that for all import cargo to be discharged at the German ports of Hamburg and Bremerhaven the carrier is responsible to send a complete import manifest (“Summarische Anmeldung”) to German Customs Authorities latest 24 working hours prior vessel arrival


Wintershall Takes Over Operatorship of Norwegian Subsea Oil and Gas Field

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  Wintershall has taken over the operatorship of the subsea oil and gas field Vega from Statoil, Wintershall announced today.   Vega is the BASF subsidiary’s first operated subsea tie-in field in Norway. With this transfer


Stronger Panamaxes Boost Baltic Sea Freight Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, made minor gains on Thursday on higher rates for the panamax and smaller vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Maersk Oil Hires Ampelmann Gangway System

Photo courtesy of Ampelmann

After having performed a walk to work (W2W) campaign in the summer of 2014, Motion Compensation Gangways (MCG) developer Ampelmann has again been awarded a contract from Maersk Oil North Sea UK Limited (MOUK) covering the time charter of its A-Type.  


Food Handling Products Ordered for Ovation of the Seas

Sister ship to Ovation of the Seas, pictured is the Anthem of the Seas under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. (Photo courtesy of Michael Wessels)

ALMACO informs it has been contracted to deliver food handling products for the Royal Caribbean International’s Ovation of the Seas, the third Quantum-class ship scheduled for delivery during the second quarter of 2016.   The contracts, awarded by Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg


Australia Announces Patrol Boat Tender

HMAS Launceston (Photo: Royal Australian Navy)

Tender announced for Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project   The Australian Government announced a Request for Tender (RFT) to replace the Pacific Patrol Boats under the Pacific Maritime Security Program, Project SEA3036 Phase 1.  


UK Will Force Fridman to sell N.Sea Assets

Britain is ready to force the sale of Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman's recently acquired North Sea energy assets unless it receives unspecified assurances within the next week, Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman said on Thursday. Britain on Wednesday wrote to Fridman's investment


Ships Can’t Cope with Flow of Immigrants in Mediterranean

​​The High-Level Meeting to Address Unsafe Mixed Migration by Sea by International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Merchant ship owners can’t cope with increasing flows of refugees trying to cross from Africa and the Middle East to countries like Greece and Italy, says a report in WSJ   The number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean is putting a "disproportionate" burden on the


Arctic on Thin Ice

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 Arctic sea ice - the ice that freezes and floats on Arctic waters - is thinning at a steadier and faster rate than researchers previously thought, a new study finds.   Using modern and historic measurements, the researchers got an extensive view of how the thickness of Arctic sea ice


6 NATO Ships Begin Joint Black Sea Exercise

Photo Courtesy: MARCOM Public Affairs Office

 Six NATO warships, including Turkish, Bulgarian and Romanian vessels, have arrived to the Black Sea to start joint training exercises.    NATO ships assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) arrived today in the Black Sea to operate and train with ships from the


Harbor Police Rescues Stranded Sea Lion

Harbor Police officers found a sea lion wandering a roadway on February 18, 2015. After it was evaluated by SeaWorld specialists and deemed healthy, it was returned to the Pacific Ocean on February 26. (Photo: Port of San Diego)

Sea lions are a common sight in San Diego Bay, but a sea lion wandering a busy roadway and then ending up in the back of a patrol car is slightly rarer.   The San Diego Harbor Police Department received a call on February 18 of a sea lion in the roadway of Harbor Island Drive


Sunken Japanese WWII Battleship Found

Photos courtesy of Paul G. Allen

Seventy years after the conclusion of World War II, philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen has located the Musashi, one of the two largest and most technologically advanced battleships in naval history.   Allen and his team of researchers began their search for the Musashi more than


'Governments Must Act to Save Thousands of Migrants'

Peter Hinchliffe is the Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and its sister organisation, the International Shipping Federation (ISF) Photo courtesy ICS

  The humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean Sea is spiralling out of control. EU Member States must act urgently to prevent the loss of thousands more lives, as hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees seek to escape to Europe in boats that are unfit for purpose and which are


‘Blue Queen’ on First Mission

Lady sponsor to Blue Queen, Dagny Wærdahl, is the great-grandchild to Martin Ulstein, who founded Ulstein in 1917.

  The platform supply vessel 'Blue Queen', an ULSTEIN PX121 design, was named at Ulstein Verft on Friday 27 February. The ship will be working in the spot market. On Monday, she started on her first assignment. “We are very satisfied that the 'Blue Queen'






 
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