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BC Ferries Signs $45.5m Deal to Build New Ferry

BC Ferries has signed a $45.5m Contract to construct a new intermediate-sized ferry slated for the Saltery Bay-Earls Cove route. Construction of the 125-car, 600 passenger, 328-ft. vessel will begin later this year at Vancouver Shipyards, a Washington Marine Group company, in North Vancouver. The design includes a lounge, snack bar and a new state-of-the-art lifesaving system. The ship is expected to enter service initially on the Saltery Bay route by the summer of 2008. Originally the new vessel was slotted to go to Bowen Island. The new vessel will allow BC Ferries to retire the 46-year-old Queen of Tsawwassen, the summer vessel on the route linking Powell River to the Sechelt peninsula. The specifications for the new vessel are similar to both the Queen of Tsawwassen and the Queen of Chilliwack, the ferry on the Saltery Bay route in the winter. Source: Peak Online

Halliburton Launches State-of-the-Art Vessel for GOM Work

Halliburton Energy Services has deployed a new vessel, M/V Cape Hawke, to Carmen, Mexico to enhance its contract longstanding with PEMEX. The new vessel replaces M/V 221, which has been providing services for PEMEX in the Gulf of Mexico for the last 19 years. M/V Cape Hawke is the second totally new state-of-the-art vessel unveiled by Halliburton this year for work in the Gulf of Mexico. M/V Stim Star, launched in February, serves the frac pack deepwater market

Gladding Hearn Signs To Build New Vessel

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation of Somerset, Mass. signed a contract to build a 60-ft. vessel to replace the Institution's 46-ft. coastal vessel Asterias. Construction of the new vessel is estimated at a cost of $1.6 million, with delivery expected in March 2004. "The need for this type of vessel has increased dramatically over the past few years as our interests in our continental shelf continue to increase

Gladding Hearn Signs To Build New Coastal Vessel

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation of Somerset, MA, signed a contract today to build a 60-ft. vessel to replace the Institution's aging 46-ft. coastal vessel Asterias. Construction of the new vessel is estimated at a cost of $1.6 million, with delivery expected in March 2004. "The need for this type of vessel has increased dramatically over the past few years as our interests in our continental shelf continue to increase

Ferry Contract for German Shipbuilder

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited announce Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft  preferred shipbuilder  for new Scottish highlands ferry Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) has announced that Lloyds Banking Group plc (LBG) are to provide financing for a replacement vessel for the Stornoway to Ullapool route and has named Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft MBH & Co. KG (FSG), Germany as the preferred shipyard for the detailed design and construction of the vessel.

Local Shipyard Constructs Port Metro Patrol Boats

Image courtesy of Daigle Welding & Marine

Port Metro Vancouver has previewed 2 new harbour patrol vessels currently under construction at local shipyard, Campbell River’s Daigle Welding & Marine. The new vessels will provide continuous marine surveillance with early incident detection and activity tracking. Peter Xotta, Port Metro Vancouver’s Vice President of Planning & Operations spoke about the announcement saying, “This is an exciting day for Campbell River

Aker Yards Signs $100M Contract

Aker Yards has signed a contract worth approximately NOK 650 million to build a Well Intervention Vessel for Island Offshore. The vessel will be delivered in January 2008. Main duties for the new vessel of Rolls Royce design, will be maintenance and repair of oil-/gaswells in deeps of as far as 600 meters, and operate with a riserless wireline intervention system. The vessel will operate an ROV, (remote operated vehicle), for operations on the sea bed

Seaspan Buys Two Ships

Seaspan Corporation announced that it has agreed to purchase two new building vessels from affiliates of Conti Holding GmbH & Co. KG of Germany, increasing Seaspan’s total fleet to 25 vessels. Seaspan will acquire the two 3,500 TEU vessels upon their delivery in February and July 2007 respectively from Zhejiang Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in China. The total delivered cost is expected to be approximately $50 million per vessel, subject to certain pre-delivery expenses remaining at budgeted levels

Tidewater to Invest in Aging Fleet

New Orleans-based Tidewater Inc., operator of the world’s largest fleet of offshore supply vessels, plans to invest between $300m and $500m annually through 2011 to renew its vessels. Tidewater CEO and Chairman Dean Taylor made the announcement, saying the investment would position the company to take advantage of growing opportunities in international markets. The company recently accepted 16 new vessels and plans to receive another 50 by 2011

NLNG Adds New Vessels

Image: Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited

 The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) will this month receive the last of the six new vessels it bought for the transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to various parts of the world, says a report in The Nation.   Five of the six vessels were already delivered between November last year and March this year, said NLNG Managing Director, Babs Omotowa.   He added that  the acquisition of the new ships became imperative as Train plant approaches nameplate

MSC Takes Trophy for Greenest Ship

Image: Mediterranean Shipping Company

 Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has been acknowledged for its environmental efforts, picking up the top award for Greenest Ship of the Year at the International Green Shipping Awards.   Held this week as part of a summit event in Rotterdam

Rolls-Royce to Power New York's Newest Luxury Ferry

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has won a contract to supply power and propulsion to New York’s newest and largest high-speed luxury ferry.   The catamaran, operated by New Jersey based Seastreak, will carry up to 600 passengers between Monmouth County, N.J

Smith Berger Tow Pins Lead the Way

Smith Berger Marine, Inc. said it has been selected by Edison Chouest Offshore to design and manufacture the Tow Pin Stern Roller units required on its nine new vessels, including five escort tugs and four docking tugs.   Edison Chouest is building the new tugs in order to execute a 10-year

Launching of HOS Warhorse at Gulf Island Shipyards

The HOS Warhorse is the first of the 400 ES Class MPSVs in Hornbeck’s fleet Photo Gulf Island Shipyards

Gulf Island Shipyards will launch the HOS Warhorse the newest vessel of Hornbeck Offshore services. The HOS Warhorse is the first of the 400 ES Class MPSVs in Hornbeck’s fleet. The Launching ceremony will commence on Tuesday, November 1st

Maersk Mulls Quick Acquisitions

Photo: Maersk Line

 Danish shipping giant A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S’s container altered its strategy this month by planning to expand its fleet through acquisition, breaking from its previous preference of building its own boats, reports Forbes.  

Kawasaki May Quit Shipbuilding

Photo: Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries said it would consider a drastic revision of its shipbuilding, and has even indicated that it may pull out of its shipbuilding business due to its worsening profitability, reports Reuters. Kawasaki Shipbuilding revised its profit outlook lower for the business

The Advent of Subchapter M

Ian McVicker

A primer: the new rule and guidance for operators as they search for the right mix of compliance options to meet their specific and unique needs.      For several years, the towing vessel industry has been waiting for final publication of the U.S

New Zealand Navy Orders Polar-class Support Tanker

Image: Rolls-Royce

A new polar-class logistic support tanker for the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) will be the first naval vessel to feature the Rolls-Royce Environship design with wave piercing bow.   The new vessel, which will replace the 30-year-old HMNZS Endeavor

Incat to Build RoPax Vessel for Virtu Ferries

3D artist impression of the 110 meter ferry (Image: Incat)

Incat has been selected by Virtu Ferries of Malta to design and build a 110 meter vehicle passenger RoPax ferry.   The new wave piercing catamaran will become the 15th fast ferry Virtu has acquired, it will be the largest high speed catamaran in the Mediterranean and with a service speed up

Rolls-Royce Designs Stern Trawlers for Two Greenland Firms

Image: Rolls-Royce

Two stern trawlers of Rolls-Royce design are contracted to be built by the Freire Shipyard in Spain. The two vessels, both designed for catching shrimp, have been ordered by Greenland based ship owners Qajaq Trawl and Polar Seafood.  

Wyndham Cruises Launches Spirit of Elston

Spirit of Elston (Photo: Wyndham Cruises)

A brand new vessel is now plying the waterways of Gold Coast, Queensland following the launch of Wyndham Cruises’ multimillion-dollar, purpose-built dining vessel, Spirit of Elston.   The new vessel replaces the company’s current vessel, the MV Entertainer

World’s Largest LNG Bunker Supply Vessel Chartered

(Image: Bomin Linde LNG)

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier Bomin Linde LNG said it has secured a capacity of 7,500 m3 LNG bunker supply vessel, the largest of its kind to date, via a time-charter contract signed with ship owner Bernhard Schulte on September 30, 2016.  

Fairbanks Morse to Power USCG’s Offshore Patrol Cutters

Image: Vard

When the U.S. Coast Guard’s first new Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC) is put to sea in 2021, it will be powered by diesel propulsion engines manufactured in Beloit, Wis., by Fairbanks Morse.   The OPC will “provide a critical capability bridge” between the National Security

Piraeus Welcomes Maiden Call from Seven Seas Explorer

Left to Right : K. Leontaras, Harbour Master,  Ι. Theotokas, General Secretary of Ministry of Shipping,  I. Moralis, Mayor of Piraeus, cpt. Vasta Rosario Giovanni,  D. Bekos, Manager of Destination Services Greece,  Ι. Theotokas, General Secretary of Ministry of Shipping,  D. Spyrou, Administration Director of PPA. Photo by Piraeus Port Authority

 Piraeus Port Authority welcomed an inaugural call from Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ newest vessel on 12 October, as the luxury ship made its inaugural call to the Greek port with around 750 passengers and 650 crew members.   

Norwegian to Build New Ship for Alaska Cruising

Image: Port of Seattle

Norwegian Cruise Line will commence a new era of Alaska cruising beginning June 2018, as the company announced today that its next new vessel, Norwegian Bliss, will be custom-built with features and amenities for Alaska cruising. Norwegian Bliss will cruise to America’s Last Frontier from

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