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Monarch Of The Seas

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


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.


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


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).


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.


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


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


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.


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


NATO to bolster defence of E.European Allies

NATO is sending part of its naval rapid reaction force to the Baltic Sea as part of a drive to step up the defence of eastern European allies in response to the crisis in Ukraine, the military alliance said on Thursday. Separately, Canada said it had offered six CF-18 fighter


Rotterdam port's throughput almost stable

The Port of Rotterdam’s throughput in the first quarter of 2014, at 109 million tonnes, was 0.2% below the level for the corresponding period last year.Split up by goods type, less crude oil (-2%), mineral oil products (-14%) and other liquid bulk cargo (-14%) were transferred


When Will Deep Sea Mining Commence? The Robot is Ready

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The world's first deep sea mining robot sits idle on a British factory floor, waiting to claw up high grade copper and gold from the seabed off Papua New Guinea (PNG) - when a wrangle over terms is solved.   Beyond PNG, in international waters


RS at SEA JAPAN 2014

Russian Maritime of Shipping stall

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) was the only Russian company to take part in SEA JAPAN 2014 exhibition and conference – one of the major exhibitions of the maritime industry. The event which brought together the leading industry representatives of the world took place between 9 to


North Sea: Potential VLCC Moves to South Korea

North Sea Forties crude differentials were unchanged on Wednesday in very quiet pre-Easter trade, with dealers still watching two potential VLCC shipments to Asia and the stuttering return of Libyan oil supplies. A strong early rally in flat-price Brent futures also kept traders on the sidelines


Australian Navy Assists French Fishing Vessel

Photo: Sarah Williams, RAN

While patrolling in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Darwin provided emergency medical assistance for a heart attack victim on a French fishing vessel. The French Fishing Vessel (FV) Cape Saint Vincent called for assistance late on the night of April 10


Treadwell: Arctic Security Should Be National Priority

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Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell delivered the keynote address yesterday at the Arctic Collaborative Workshop in Fairbanks. Treadwell discussed five reasons why Arctic national security should be a national priority: energy development and security, shipping opportunities and safety


Shipowners to Become Liable for Costs of Wreck Removal

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Shipowner liability is on the horizon as the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal Wrecks will enter into force on 14 April 2015 following the deposit, on 14 April 2014, of an instrument of ratification by Denmark, with the International Maritime Organization (IMO).


China Homeport for Latest Giant RCI Cruise Ship

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Royal Caribbean International says that its latest cruise ship, 'Quantum of the Seas', will make its home port in Shanghai (Baoshan), China The ship will reposition to China in May 2015, following her inaugural winter season sailing out of New York Harbor to the Caribbean.


Otto Marine's Financial Health on the Mend

Michael See Kian Heng: Photo Otto Marine

Michael See Kian Heng, Group Executive Director of Singapore-based offshore vessel owners & shipbuilders Otto Marine, says that his company reported revenue of US$512.0 million in year 2013, an increase of 36.8% over US$374.4 million in 2012


North Sea Crude-Forties eases, VLCC options narrow

Forties trades at parity with dated Brent; Competing Libyan barrels returning to market. Refining margins under pressure as capacity ramps up. North Sea Forties crude differentials eased on Thursday as the market remained sluggish ahead of the long Easter weekend and the window of opportunity


GE Gas Turbines Power USS America

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GE Marine reports that the United States Navy’s future USS America (LHA 6) amphibious assault ship recently completed successful acceptance sea trials powered by two GE LM2500+ marine gas turbines. Acceptance sea trials were conducted in the Gulf of Mexico by Huntington Ingalls Industries


Little Change in Overall Shipping Confidence

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Little change occurred in the latest monthly Stifel Logistics Confidence Index. Slipping only 0.1 points from 57 in March to 56.9 this month, the overall index did however favor improvements in the present situation increasing 1.6 points to 51.8


McDermott Signs Agreement for North Sea Spoolbase

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McDermott International, Inc. announced that one of its subsidiaries has signed an option agreement with PD Ports which gives it the exclusive right to operate a spoolbase to serve projects in the North Sea. McDermott expects to have the facility available for projects in early 2015.


USCG Responds to Vessel Fire

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reported it is responding to a report of a vessel that caught fire and became disabled with two men and a dog aboard south of the McCormick Bridge in the Intracoastal Waterway in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., Thursday.


 
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