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V.Ships Company to Develop Offshore Industry Markets

The V.Ships Group has formed a new company to further develop its involvement in the offshore industry worldwide. V.Ships Offshore has recently established an office in Aberdeen, with the appointment of Graham Robson as Director. His international experience in management, business development and operations in the upstream sector includes 23 years with the offshore industry’s largest vessel operator, Tidewater Marine, latterly as Manager, International Marketing, in New Orleans. The Group’s offshore industry involvement will include a range of management and crew services for FPSOs, shuttle tankers, drillings rigs, supply ships, specialist and multi-purpose support vessels, and cable layers. In addition to its core ship management activities for around 670 vessels, the V.Ships Group provides a broad range of maritime services, including crewing, leisure, financial, consulting, commercial, procurement and agency services. In welcoming Graham Robson to the group, Peter Cooney, Managing Director of V.Ships' Shipmanagement Division, said : "The group has in-house offshore experience and we look forward to expanding V.Ships involvement in this sector".

Ferry Guru joins Carus Board

At Carus' Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on the 29th of April, Ove Johan Solem was appointed Non-Executive Director of the Board. Ove has 30 years of experience in shipping and offshore industries. He was MD of Fjord Line and Executive VP of Color Line before changing direction to bring his knowledge to the offshore industry. Most recently Ove has held senior management and board positions within the First Olsen group of companies. He holds an MBA in International Shipping.

MTS Houston Lunch: Impact of GOM O&G Industry on Jobs

The next MTS Houston Section luncheon will be held on August 25 2011 and will feature a presentation by Paul Hillegeist, Quest Offshore. Paul will provide an overview of a new study released in July by the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API). The study reveals the nationwide jobs and economic impact of the Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas industry and the effect of permitting on the job figures.

NOIA Optimism on Gulf of Mexico Oilfield Sales

Trade Association NOIA, representing America's Offshore Energy Industry, sees a postive trend in the Gulf of Mexico offshore industry NOIA President Randall Luthi issued the following statement in advance of the forthcoming Central Gulf of Mexico Consolidated Lease Sale 216-222: Overall, compared to the last two years, we are seeing a positive trend for the offshore industry in the Gulf of Mexico, and we are looking forward to Wednesday’s lease sale with cautious optimism.

ABS Opens Office in Beijing

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ABS, a global provider of classification services to the marine and offshore industries, announces the opening of a new office in Beijing. This move shows ABS' determination in expanding best-in-class service for the Chinese market. This new office will allow further collaboration with government, industry, academic institutions and research organizations and is part of ABS' continued commitment to serving the growing marine and offshore industries in China.  

Bureau Veritas Diversifies with MatthewsDaniel Acquisition

Bureau Veritas announced today that it has acquired MatthewsDaniel Ltd, a global provider of loss adjusting and risk assessment services for the offshore industry. Created in Houston, Texas, in 1962, MatthewsDaniel is headquartered in London and has operations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas. The company employs more than 150 people and reported revenues of approximately EUR 34M in 2013. MatthewsDaniel primarily provides services for the insurance market

Stannard Joins Rigdon

Offshore industry veteran James (Jim) Stannard has joined Rigdon Marine as Director, Sales and Marketing. Stannard joined the offshore vessel support industry in 1987 in sales and management positions in the domestic markets. Mr. Stannard will be working out of Rigdon Marine’s Houston offices.

Offshore Workers Earn More Paid Vacation

North Sea workers have won an extra 14 days of paid holiday in a tribunal held in Aberdeen, according to a report on The Offshore Industry Liaison Committee (OILC) and Unite sited the European Union working time directive in the bid to get more vacation for 10,000 offshore workers, including those in subsea, drilling and catering. In a 150-page ruling, the current 26 week field break was deemed compensatory rest for time workers could not take while offshore. (Source: www

Brandsborg - Danfoss-Sea Recovery


Freddy Brandsborg joins Danfoss-Sea Recovery to manage Commercial Marine and Offshore sales in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He will operate out of the company's Danish location to create new partnerships with many of the shipping and offshore oil companies throughout the region Brandsborg brings with him almost 30 years of experience in the marine and offshore industry. As a mechanical engineer, and later a sales engineer

Offshore Energy Conference: Exceeds Expectations


Record number of 7632 attendants gathered in Amsterdam.   Offshore industry professionals from around the world gathered in Amsterdam on 23 - 24 October for Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference 2012. The fifth edition of Offshore Energy attracted a record number of 7632 attendees, up 49% from last year, according to the organizers Offshore Energy 2012 continued on its path of steady growth. The exhibition sold out and welcomed over 400 exhibitors, up 33% from 2011

Wärtsilä Designed AHTS Delivered to COSL

Another two Wärtsilä designed AHTS vessels are to be delivered to COSL this year. Photo Wärtsilä

Two new Wärtsilä designed Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessels were delivered from the Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group yard in China during the second week of September. The ships have been built for China Oilfield Services Ltd (COSL)

ABS to Direct Maritime Cybersecurity Research

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ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, said it has been awarded a research contract by the Maritime Security Center (MSC) – a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence

Lifetime Assessment for Deepwater Moorings

Photo: SBM Offshore

Mooring integrity is an important concern in the offshore industry [1]. Mooring leg failures can have  significant consequences, such as temporary shutdowns and require unplanned, thus expensive, repairs. On the other hand, an over dimensioned design leads to higher loads acting on the

VOS Start Equipped with Barge Master Gangway

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Vroon has  announced that walk-to-work vessel VOS Start is to be equipped with the brand-new Barge Master Gangway.   This unique combination will enable safe and efficient transfer of personnel and cargo. The Barge Master Gangway incorporates an access tower with elevator

Romica Manufacturer Secures DNV GL Approval

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U.K. winch maker Romica said it is to “redouble its exports drive” after its Romania-based manufacturing partner successfully acquired accreditation with DNV GL.   Yorkshire based Romica is a designer, manufacturer and supplier of lift equipment and winches for use within the

ABS Expands in India

Classification services provider to the global marine and offshore industries ABS has expanded its captive delivery center in Pune, India with a move to the new Tech Park One location in order to accommodate the addition of professional software developers who will expedite product development.

Brexit Impact on Shipping and Sea Trade in UK


 Eversheds International says that UK trade would clearly be impacted by the Brexit vote.    "We saw an immediate effect on currency and share prices, although there are signs that the market is settling down after the initial post-vote furore," says a report by Eversheds

LR's OVID to Strengthens Vessel, Rig Inspection Service

Lloyds Register strengthens vessel and rig inspection service through the Offshore Vessel Inspection Database (OVID) to provide faster assurance checks and improved safety performance. Photo LR

Inspectors of Lloyd’s Register are optimising inspection regimes thanks to their accredited status using the OVID web based inspection tool to reference inspection reports. “OVID has been designed to provide a number of positive benefits to Oil Companies International Marine Forum

Schwarze-Robitec Offers Efficiency in Shipbuilding

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Cruise ships, freighters or yachts require complex supply systems on board to  be able to travel long distances in the open sea. For the supply of oil and gas, for example, many kilometers of pipelines are installed above and below deck

ABS Classes World’s Largest LNG Powered Ethane Carrier

ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries,has confirmed that the ABS-classed Navigator Aurora, the world’s largest ethane/ethylene capable liquefied gas carrier, has been delivered to Navigator Gas by Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai

ABS Expands Cybersecurity Guidance

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ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, unveiled the first comprehensive cybersecurity certification and optional notations for marine and offshore assets and facilities at the SMM (Shipbuilding, Machinery

MN100: Continental Underwriters, Ltd.

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The Company: Continental Underwriters, Ltd. is a national, multiline firm for all types of marine coverage. The firm offers both admitted and non-admitted products in 50 states with affordable, broad terms and conditions for even the most unusual and complex risks


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The Company: From the design of barge accessories and deck fittings to the day-to-day commitment to customer service, NABRICO is one of the most highly respected names in the water transportation industry. NABRICO started building bridges in 1902 and built its first piece of floating equipment

ABS Updates BWT Guidance

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ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has updated the ABS Guide for Ballast Water Treatment to support industry in the design and installation of ballast water management solutions that meet both regulatory and operational requirements.

Sustainable (R)Evolution: A Multipurpose Maritime Education Fleet

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Industry Stakeholder Chad Fuhrmann presents ‘an unprecedented opportunity’ as well as a viable option when it comes to finding replacement training vessels for future maritime officers …   Efforts have been underway since 2014 to procure government funding for new

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