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ABS and CCS Discuss Energy Development in China

The growing importance of deepwater exploration and production developments offshore China led classification societies ABS and CCS (China Classification Society) to conduct a joint “Deepsea Developments in the China Offshore Industry” meeting on June 17. The meeting, which was held in Beijing, brought together leading offshore industry professionals to discuss a wide range of energy development issues. More than 100 representatives from the Chinese government, shipbuilders, designers, research institutes, energy corporations and universities attended. Topics included a discussion of the global energy market outlook from research firm Infield Systems, the challenges and latest solutions proposed for deepwater development from offshore solutions technology leader Horton Wison and a look at risk-based operations and new approaches toward minimizing risk with deepwater exploration from global engineering, procurement and construction firm Worley Parsons. ABS discussed the regulatory changes resulting from the Macondo incident in the Gulf of Mexico and the broader impact on regulatory schemes worldwide while CCS highlighted the impact of deepsea development on the technology standards for the region’s offshore industry. “This industry meeting illustrates the cooperative spirit between ABS and CCS,” says ABS CEO and President Christopher J. Wiernicki


New Maritime Bank Plans to Bridge Funding Gap

The new bank principals: Photo credit M&M Bank

A team of Norway-based shipping, offshore and finance professionals intend to establish Maritime & Merchant Bank (“M&M’’) a niche financial institution dedicated to meeting the funding needs of owners active in the shipping and offshore industries, worldwide. The newly formed project company, Maritime & Merchant AS (M&M AS), will file a banking license application on behalf of M&M during the autumn of 2013


Wavespec Promotes Senior Engineers

Wavespec hopes to expand its capability to deliver a range of products for the offshore industry – particularly dynamic positioning (DP) vessels – through a managerial restructure and expansion of its global office network. The company  has recently promoted two of its senior engineers: Andy Bright has become Manager, Marine Projects, and Ted Brooking has been appointed as Manager, Offshore and DP. Wavespec, a member of the Braemar Shipping Services Plc group of companies


USCG – NOSAC Membership

The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC), which advises the service on matters affecting the offshore industry. Applications must be received by November 30. 74 Fed. Reg. 35882 (July 21, 2009). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)


CEO's to Discuss Challenges to Dutch Offshore Industry

Goof Hamers (CEO, IHC Merwede), Jan-Pieter Klaver (CEO, Heerema Marine Contractors) & others to discuss the challenges that the industry faces in realizing its full potential. The Dutch offshore industry is an international front-runner and the sector adds considerable value to the Dutch economy and has strong potential in generating economic growth. A panel of CEOs will discuss how Dutch offshore industry can maintain front-runner position during the Offshore Energy Industry Panel


Offshore Energy Conference: Exceeds Expectations

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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


Schat-Harding Launches KISS Offshore System

Schat-Harding has launched the first in a new series of simple, easy-to-maintain and space-saving boats and davits for the offshore and merchant marine industries. The KISS700 50-person lifeboat and FAD7 davit, specifically targeted at the offshore industry, will be on show at OTC, Houston. Keep it Safe and Simple (KISS) is the philosophy behind the new system, and the same philosophy will eventually be used to revise Schat-Harding’s entire range of conventional and freefall systems.


Bharati Shipyard Wins Contract

Bharati Shipyard Ltd has secured a contract from Bourbon Supply Investissements, France for export of five 120 tons bollard pull anchor handling tug cum supply vessels. The product range which initially was limited to simple inland cargo barges, deep-sea trawlers and dredgers has been upgraded to building maneuverable and power-packed ocean going tractor tugs, cargo ships, tankers and other support vessels required for the offshore industry. (Source: Myiris.com)


Swiber to Increase Fleet

Gulf News reports that Singapore-listed marine engineering firm Swiber Holdings plans to increase the size of its fleet in the next three years by adding 19 new vessels. Swiber's fleet expansion is aimed at enhancing its capabilities as a contractor for the offshore industry, the company said. Source: Gulf News


Project Seeks to Increase Energy Efficiency in Offshore Shipping

A project has been established to identify energy efficiency and fuel saving initiatives for the offshore shipping industry.  The partnership involves a collaboration of seven Norwegian offshore shipping companies. The Joint Industry Project is called Energy Efficient Offshore Partners, and consists of: BOA Offshore, Eidesvik Offshore, Farstad Shipping, Gulf Offshore Norge, Havila Shipping, Siem Offshore and Solstad Offshore


Editor's Note

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Even if, as Marcon International’s Bob Beagle says, barges are the workhorses of the towing industry, then the pushboats that propel the 38,000 (documented and undocumented) deck, hopper, tank, crane and miscellaneous purpose barges to their destinations are the heart and soul of the most


EBDG Engineer among Missing in Mudslide

Steve Harris (Photo: EBDG)

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) said in announcement today that engineer Steve Harris is among those missing in the recent Oso disaster. Although he has not yet been found, the level of devastation wrought by the mudslide in Snohomish County makes it unlikely that authorities will locate survivors


IHC Merwede Reveals Healthy Orderbook

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IHC Merwede successfully increased its orderbook in 2013 across the main sectors of its business: offshore and dredging. The company received almost € 1.8 billion worth of new orders in the past year. At the end of 2013, the order book was valued at over € 1


Kongsberg to Supply Engine Room Simulator to Ghana

From left: Dr. G. Jaw, Deputy Rector, RMU; E. Jaju, Director of Finance, RMU; A. Saiku, Director of Academic Affairs; H. Kluken, Area Sales Manager, Kongsberg Maritime; Capt. A. Turkson, Rector, RMU; Tone-Merete Hansen, Global Sales Manager, Kongsberg Maritime; A. Addy-Lamptey, Dean of Faculty of Engineering, RMU; D. Fofana, Procurement Officer, RMU and Akua D. Asare-Adei, Accounts Officer, RMU

The Regional Maritime University (RMU) has awarded Kongsberg Maritime a contract to deliver its K-Sim Engine simulator for its premises in Accra, Ghana. The highly advanced Full Mission Engine Room Simulator (ERS), which is due for delivery in May 2014 will enable RMU to provide education


UBC Undergrads' CAD Initiative Rewarded by SSI

The UBC students: Photo courtesy of SSI

Wishing to enhance their elegibility for jobs in Western Canada's expanding shipbuilding industry, a group of University of British Columbia (UBC) Mechanical Engineering students approached SSI about further training in the company's ShipConstructor CAD/CAM application


VIKING Reports 10 Years of Profit Growth

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VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S announced its 2013 financial results, reporting growth in both turnover and profits for 10 straight years. The Danish-based company with a worldwide presence said it has “once more beaten the odds in an industry plagued by reductions in passenger and cargo


Solar Solve Attracts Cruise Ship Orders

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Solar Solve Marine has received a number of recent orders for its class approved roller screens to be installed at the navigation bridge windows on cruise ships. One significant contract was for Royal Caribbean Cruises Navigator of the Seas – a Voyager Class Cruise Ship.


Norwegian Seminar to Focus on Financing, Procurement

The challenges of managing efficient procurement  processes and getting the right funding in the shipping and offshore sectors is the topic for a major half day conference in Singapore later this month. Coinciding with the Asia Pacific Maritime (APM) event on March 20


ABS Report Addresses LNG Bunkering Regulation

Patrick Janssens (Photo: ABS)

Study provides practical guidance for meeting regulatory requirements ABS, a provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries, released a report entitled Bunkering of Liquefied Natural Gas-Fueled Marine Vessels in North America


New Liferaft for Offshore Platforms

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Survitec Group is announcing a new davit-launched liferaft aimed at meeting the escape and survival needs of workers, passengers and crew on offshore platforms or high freeboard vessels. The liferafts are the newest addition to the comprehensive range of escape slides and rafts manufactured under


Thome Introduces Management System from Seagull

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Thome Ship Management has migrated its existing Thome Competence Management System (TCMS) into the Seagull Competence Manager online platform to manage its ever-growing demand for crew training and gap identification. Thome Ship Management is a dynamic provider of integrated ship management


Kongsberg Delivers Simulator Upgrades

The new model will be used to train semi-submersible rig personnel in operation of Dynamic Positioning, position mooring system, stability / ballasting and rig move / anchoring. Photo courtesy: Harald Nordbakken.

The Simsea AS maritime training center in Haugesund, Norway, has chosen Kongsberg Maritime to support the extension of its offshore simulation facilities with new simulators and significant upgrades to existing simulators. Kongsberg Maritime has also recently delivered a new rig simulator model


Nordic American Offshore Appoints CEO

Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NAO) announced that Tor-Øyvind Bjørkli will join the company as chief executive officer (CEO), effective April 1, 2014. Tor-Øyvind will be working from out of the Oslo office on the same premises as Orion Tankers; the chartering department of


Transport Engineering Course at OMAE 2014

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HMC will host ASME Courses on Transport Engineering and Front End Engineering Design from June 7-8, 2014 at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The OMAE is the flagship conference of the Ocean Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division of ASME


NCS Survey Hires Goldsworthy

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NCS Survey, an Acteon company, has appointed Simon Goldsworthy as business development manager in its Aberdeen office. Goldsworthy will be responsible for building relationships with existing and potential clients and growing NCS Survey’s presence in the offshore industry globally


 
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