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Design of Volvo Ocean Yacht Race Winner Aided by Hyperworks

Volvo Ocean Race Competitor: Image courtesy of Volvo Ocean Race

Altair Engineering's HyperWorks CAE platform aided in design by Italy's [AB]structures of Volvo Ocean Race winner Altair's CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) suite was used by Italian designers [AB]structures to structurally design the Groupama Sailing Team yacht Groupama 4, winner of the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race. The yacht, skippered by Franck Cammas, claimed victory in the Volvo Ocean Race on July 9 in Galway, Ireland, after nine months and more than 37,000 nautical miles sailed around the world under the harshest conditions. It has been a busy year for [AB]structures, taking on the structural design of three of the six yachts in the 2011-2012 edition of the race. The design engineers employed several HyperWorks tools in the development of the successful yachts. They used HyperMesh, the meshing tool of the suite, to create finite element models, OptiStruct for optimization, the RADIOSS solver for linear and non-linear analysis, and HyperView to post-process the results. These tools were used extensively to design and optimize the carbon structures of all three Volvo Open 70 yachts and to help again achieve fundamental structural improvements over older-generation race competitors. [AB]structures say they intend to continue working with Altair and HyperWorks on current and future projects, for example the Artemis Racing AC72 catamaran and wings for the 34th America's Cup 2013.


Kelvin Hughes, Supplier for World Yacht Race

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Kelvin Hughes has become the official supplier of electronic and paper charts for the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. During the race, ten identical stripped down ocean racing yachts will battle it out over 35,000 miles. Kelvin Hughes will be supplying Admiralty electronic and paper charts and their Chart Correction Team is busy updating the Clipper chart outfits, providing ten folios ahead of the race start from the Humber on 13 September.


Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 1 Preview

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B&G, official supplier to The Volvo Ocean Race, has teamed up with journalist and author Mark Chisnell to create a series of weekly blogs providing behind the scenes insights into the race’s tactics and results. Starting with a preview of the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 from Alicante to Cape Town, the former America’s Cup Navigator, sailing journalist, marine electronics expert and author will provide B&G with exclusive weekly


Inmarsat 3Q Results

FleetBroadband from Inmarsat will will cover the Volvo Ocean Race.

Inmarsat Holdings Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Inmarsat plc (LSE: ISAT), provider of global mobile satellite communications services, reported unaudited consolidated financial results for the 3 months ended 30 September 2008. Q3 2008 Highlights •    Revenue up 16.4% to $162.5m (2007: $139.6m) •    EBITDA up 15.4% to $112.3m (2007: $97.3m) •    Profit after tax up 58.6% to $37.6m (2007: $23.7m)


Deskbound Sailors Crew Clipper Race Yacht

Photo credit De Lage Landen

Office staff of asset management company De Lage Landen make up crew for 'De Lage Landen Clipper' in Round the World Race With 37,000 nautical miles of a unique corporate adventure under their belts, the corporate staff of De Lage Landen, a global provider of asset-based financial products, is about to set off on the final New York to Southampton, England leg of the Clipper Round the World Race.  DLL staff members from U.S. headquarters in Wayne, and from offices in Duluth, Ga


Cheoy Lee Yachts "Expresses" Interest in Racing

CL-Alpha boat in action. (Photo: Cheoy Lee Shipyards Limited)

Do yachting and racing mix? Yes, when powerboat veteran Gene Weeks, his wife, Paula and yacht builder, Cheoy Lee Shipyards, join the Powerboat P1 Superstock Series. When the venerable Cheoy Lee Motoryachts took advantage of the market evolution from super-yachts to smaller, sleeker Express Yachts, the company tapped the expertise of Gene Weeks who raced and had helped build brands like Donzi and Statement. Weeks and his wife, a mechanical and motorsports-savvy woman, moved to Doumen


Naples, Italy, Venue for 2013 America's Cup World Series

Americas Cup World Series Contestant: Photo credit CCL Team NZ

The best yacht sailors in the world will return to Naples, Italy from April 16-21 for the first America’s Cup World Series event of 2013. Naples originally hosted the America’s Cup World Series in April 2012, drawing over 500,000 spectators on site, with the racing on the water highlighted by a spectacular debut from the Italian Luna Rossa Challenge team, who won the fleet racing and finished in second place in the match racing.


Vendee Globe Race Victim Limps Off to Brazil

Vincent Riou, PRB: Photo credit Vendee Globe

Armel Le Cléac’h still leads the race while Vincent Riou aboard 'PRB' becomes the 7th boat to retire in 15 days of racing. Vincent Riou, onboard his boat PRB, has retired from the race. Two days ago he collided with a large floating metal buoy and damaged his hull. After 48hrs of assessing whether a repair was possible, he reluctantly decided to retire from the race. He is the 7th  to retire in the race in 15 days and there are now 13 boats remaining


Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Entries Surge

Wild Oats Xl: Photo credit Rolex

This year's fleet for the 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in December reaches 60 already. 'Wild Oats Xl' the boat to beat. The boat to beat for line honours this year will be Bob Oatley‘s super maxi Wild Oats XI, skippered by Mark Richards. It was beaten into second place last year by Anthony Bell’s Investec Loyal, which won by a margin of only three minutes and eight seconds, the fourth closest finish in the history of the race.


Viking Goes Blue Water

Chairman Torstein Hagen & Viking Star: Image credit Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking Cruises launch Viking Ocean Cruises, the first new cruise line in nearly a decade. Developed from the ground up to return the focus of cruising to the destination, Viking Ocean Cruises will begin sailing in May 2015 with its first vessel—Viking Star—embarking on maiden voyages in Scandinavia and the Baltic; and the Western and Eastern Mediterranean. The company says it  has aggressive expansion plans in both the ocean and river cruise categories


Satellite Images Reveal Ocean Acidification

Pic: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

 Ocean acidification can now be seen from space, highlighting an ongoing danger of climate change and revealing the regions most at risk.   Pioneering techniques that use satellites to monitor ocean acidification are set to revolutionize the way that marine biologists and climate


Crowley Crew Aids Ill-fated Catamaran

Photo courtesy of Crowley

The crew of the Crowley-managed, 393-foot, heavy lift vessel Ocean Crescent recently provided assistance to five people aboard the damaged and drifting catamaran Rainmaker during a routine transit from Progresso, Mexico, to Halifax, Canada.


Indonesia Upbeat Ahead of IORA Chair

Pic: Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)

 Indonesia is gearing up to turn its foreign policy focus westward when its role as Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) chair begins later this year, reports Jakarta Post.   The country is ready to expand the promotion of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s


WOC Partners With The Economist for 2014 Summits

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  The World Ocean Council is partnering again with The Economist to help engage the ocean business community in upcoming events: For the third Arctic Summit, the WOC is working with The Economist to help ensure Arctic business community participation


Hong Kong - Macau Yacht Races

PHOTO COURTESY HEBE HAVEN YACHT CLUB

  Yacht races between Hong Kong and Macau will take place on 19 February 2015 (Thursday) and 21 February 2015 (Saturday). About 20 sailing boats are expected to participate in the races. The outbound trip from Hong Kong to Macau will start at 1000 hours on 19 February 2015 in an area


Research Shows Iron's Long Ocean Journey

Photo courtesy of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

A new study led by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) points to the deep ocean as a major source of dissolved iron in the central Pacific Ocean. Researchers found that iron can travel long distances, highlighting the vital role ocean mixing plays in determining whether


Former ‘Google Barge’ Sold

Photo: Marcon International

After concluding two 3,500HP tug sales on December 30, Marcon International Inc. has started 2015 with three ocean barge sales, and hopes to report on several additional sales before the end of this month. Five 4,500-6,000HP tugs, one 5,150BHP AHTS and two 3,200 – 5


Fidelis Group Launches Ocean Cargo Division

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Fidelis Group launches ocean cargo division; Doug Fischer and Crystal Prout named managing directors Fidelis Group Holdings, LLC (FGH) with its subsidiary company Continental Underwriters, Ltd. announced  the formation of its new ocean cargo division.


ENI Extends Contract with Ocean Rig

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Several of Ocean Rig UDW Inc. subsidiaries have entered into an omnibus agreement with ENI Angola S.p.A pursuant to which ENI has exercised its option to extend the contract for the drillship Ocean Rig Poseidon for a further one year until the second quarter of 2017.  


WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit in Singapore

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  The World Ocean Council (WOC) has announced its 3rd Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) to be held on 9-11 November, 2015 in Singapore. The SOS is the only international, multi-sector, business event dedicated to “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”


US Research Ships Ready to Cast Off in 2015

Arctic-bound Sikuliaq (Photo: U.S. National Science Foundation)

Two new U.S. research vessels are going full steam ahead: the U.S. National Science Foundation will formally commission its Arctic-bound Sikuliaq, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Neil Armstrong will begin science operations. 


Stena Bulk Joins World Ocean Council

Stena Blue Sky (Photo courtesy of Stena Bulk)

Stena Bulk reports it is the first Swedish shipping company to join the World Ocean Council (WOC), a global organization that converges a diverse range of maritime operations to promote the sustainable use of the world’s oceans.   


Ocean Rig's $120m Loan Agreement with DryShips

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Ocean Rig UDW Inc. a global provider of off-shore contract drilling oil services, today announced the following: On November 18, 2014, Ocean Rig’s $120 million loan to its majority shareholder, DryShips Inc. (―DryShips‖), was approved by a special committee of Ocean Rig’s Board of


Dryships Achieves Refinance of 5% Convertible Notes

Photo by DryShips

  DryShips Inc. global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes, and through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., off-shore contract drilling oil services, today announced the following:


Paddling Boat Race Around the Island

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    A paddling boat race will take place around Hong Kong Island on 16 November 2014 (Sunday). About 20 canoes and 6 rowing boats are expected to participate in the race. The boats will set off at 0815 hours at the south of Middle Island in a clockwise direction around Hong






 
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