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Strachans Launches Alternative to Refrigerated Containers

Strachans, a specialist distributor of food and chandlery supplies to the offshore and marine industry, announced the pilot of a new container capable of maintaining product integrity for up to four days. The Strachans icebox uses a eutectic system, whereby eutectic beams full of gel are connected to a power supply that charges them down to temperatures far lower than the product prior to leaving the ship supplier’s warehouse. The eutectic beams release their energy over a long period of time in turn maintaining the integrity of the product. Twelve units have been in and performed without incident in the North Sea since October 2012. Difficult weather conditions and their influence on the risk of delay to offshore supplies combined with complex vessel schedules are factors that have driven Strachans to explore alternative container refrigeration methods for temperature-sensitive products. Another factor is the inconsistency of power supplies to charge refrigerated containers. As more operators rely on spot hire platform supply vessels with shorter charter times, a uniform power supply may not always be available to operate this option. The Strachans icebox negates the need for a power supply on board. Ensuring product integrity standards and elevating them throughout the offshore supply chain is an ongoing issue for the industry. To ensure full traceability of temperature-controlled transport of supplies, Strachans is working to innovate its container options


ABB Wins Orders Worth $30m

ABB, a power and automation technology group, has won orders worth $30m for electric propulsion, power generation and power distribution systems that maximize the fuel efficiency of offshore supply vessels to be built in China. ABB will provide an integrated electric propulsion solution for each of the vessels. The equipment, including generators, switchgear, transformers, drives and motors, will be delivered to the Fujian Mawei Shipyard on the southeast coast in 2010 and 2011


Offshore Crewman Medevaced after Severing Foot

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A U.S. Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 27-year-old man from an offshore supply vessel five miles off Louisiana, Thursday. The captain of the offshore supply vessel Miss Aubrey Ann contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston at approximately 4 p.m., reporting that a crewmember severed his foot after getting it caught in a line. An Air Station Houston aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter medevaced the man to the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, in stable condition


Aker Yards to build AHTS for NorSkan Offshore

Aker Yards has been awarded a contract worth approximately $47.5 million by NorSkan Offshore Ltda., Brazil, to build an Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel. Delivery is scheduled for April 2007. NorSkan Offshore is an offshore supply vessel company owned by Solstad Offshore ASA and DOF ASA in Norway on a 50/50 basis, and is focusing on the strong Brazilian offshore vessel market.


Bourbon, Tanjung Discussing OSV Part Ownership Deal

Malaysian Group Tanjung Offshore Berhard and Bourbon Far East Pte. Ltd. have entered exclusive discussions for the sale of 51% ownership of nine Bourbon Offshore Supply Vessels (OSVs) operating in Malaysia. In parallel, Tanjung has invited Bourbon to become a shareholder in their company. Both parties are actively reviewing the proposed transaction and a final decision will be made within the coming months. bourbon-online.com


Edison Chouest Buys Florida Shipbuilder

According to the Daily Comet, Edison Chouest Offshore has confirmed that it is starting a new shipbuilding operation in Tampa. The Galliano-based ship builder will take over a lease formerly held by the Tampa Shipbuilding and Repair Company. The property is owned by the Bender Group of Mobile, Ala. Chouest plans to build offshore supply boats and other vessels, but terms of the deal were not disclosed. (Source: Daily


ABG Shipyard Delivers Two Vessels

ABG Shipyard Ltd has announced that the company has delivered two vessels. The 173 ft. long, 90 Ton Bollard Pull Azimuth Drive Propulsion AHTS is able to carry out Anchor handling Towing Rescue, Offshore Supply, Transport Pipes, fresh water, diesel oil, Stores, Materials and equipment, move men and materials between platforms and shore, external fire fighting and other related duties. The vessel is to supply, support the Floating Production Offloading Storage (FPSO) vessels


USCG Publishes Notice on Alternate Hull Examination Program

The U.S. Coast Guard has published a notice stating that, effective August 28, 2002, the information collection requirements of the agency's recent regulation relating to the alternate hull examination program for certain U.S. passenger vessels and underwater surveys for nautical school, offshore supply, passenger, and sailing school vessels came into effect.


Alternative Hull Examination for Certain Vessels

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued an interim rule establishing an alternative hull examination program for certain passenger vessels. Nautical school, offshore supply, passenger, and sailing school vessels will have the option of alternating drydock examinations with underwater surveys. These vessels will also have additional latitude in scheduling inspections. The interim rule comes into effect on June 28, 2002


Conrad Declares Dividend

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Conrad Industries, Inc. which provides both repair and new construction services at its five shipyards located in southern Louisiana and Texas, announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share of common stock. The dividend is payable on June 14, 2016 to shareholders of record on May 24, 2016. Established in 1948 and headquartered in Morgan City, Louisiana, Conrad Industries designs, builds and overhauls tugboats, ferries, liftboats, barges


MN100: Conrad Shipyard

Johnny Conrad (Photo: Conrad Shipyard)

The Company: Conrad Shipyard was established in 1948 and is headquartered in Morgan City, Louisiana. The company designs, builds and overhauls tugboats, ferries, liftboats, barges, offshore supply vessels and other steel and aluminum products for both commercial and government markets


SC Fisheries Research Vessel Repowered

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 A fisheries research vessel operated by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), was recently repowered with new eco-friendly fuel-efficient engines from Volvo Penta.   The vessel R/V Palmetto underwent an overhaul at the Metal Trades shipyard near Charleston, S.C


MN100: Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.

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The Company: Eastern’s original shipyard was established in 1976 for the purpose of constructing commercial fishing boats for the company’s founder and President, Brian R. D’Isernia. By 1980, 26 commercial fishing vessels had been constructed and delivered


Maersk Supply Service to Cut Fleet, Crew

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 The AP Moller-Maersk Group subsidiary Maersk Supply Service,, which is part of the "fifth leg" in the light blue conglomerate, is divesting up to 20 vessels over the coming 18 months and reducing its crew pool by 400 offshore positions.  


MN100: Blount Boats, Inc.

Marcia Blount (Photo: Blount Boats)

The Company: Over time, the Blount shipyard has built more than 365 vessels. Today, Blount Boats’ clients include Fire Island Ferries, Casco Bay Island Transit District, Puerto Rico and Municipal Islands Maritime Authority, Spirit Cruises, Circle Line Statue of Liberty (Hornblower)


Eltorque Debuts New Compact Actuator

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Eltorque, a Norwegian supplier of electric valve control, has launched a new super-compact valve actuator.   “The market has requested a compact and cost-effective actuator for small valves and in tight spaces. With the QT50, Eltorque has responded to that request by developing the


Dryships Misses Earnings

Ocean Rig Corcovado and Ocean Rig Olympia naming ceremony at Samsung Heavy Industries 16/12/2010. Photo: DryShips Inc

 The  Greece-based DryShips Inc. (DRYS),owner of drybulk carriers and offshore support vessels that operate worldwide, has reported a loss of $9.1 million in its second quarter.    The operator of oil rigs and dry cargo carriers posted revenue of $13.2 million in the period.


Conrad Shipyard Forms LNG Business Unit

Conrad LNG Vice President Brett Wolbrink (Photo: Conrad Shipyard)

Conrad Shipyard has formed a new business unit focused on LNG projects.   Conrad, builder of North America’s first LNG bunker barge scheduled for 2017 delivery, said it continues to actively pursue other LNG opportunities, including developing designs for additional transport barges


Orca Energy ESS to Power Fish Farm Support Vessel

All Electric Fish Farm Support Vessel Photo Orca Energy

Grovfjord Mek. Verksted AS (GMV) has selected Corvus Energy as the supplier of the lithium ion based energy storage system (ESS) for a fish farm support vessel called GMV ZERO. GMV will utilize Corvus’ next generation Orca Energy ESS to support the vessel’s entire energy requirements


Orca ESS Retrofit for Norwegian Research Vessel

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Corvus Energy’s next generation Orca ESS has been selected by Halvorsen for the retrofit of the fisheries and environmental research vessel MS Johan Hjort.   Halvorsen Power System AS has selected Corvus Energy as the supplier of the lithium ion based energy storage system (ESS) for a


Corvus Energy Unveils Orca ESS Product Line

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Manufacturer of lithium-ion based energy storage systems (ESS) Corvus Energy said it is set to unveil its next generation product line, Orca ESS, specifically designed and built to meet the needs of maritime applications.   The Orca ESS product line


Malaviya Seven Detained in Aberdeen on Claims of 'Slavery'

Malaviya Seven. Photo by GOL Offshore

 The offshore supply ship, MV Malaviya Seven detained, at the Port of Aberdeen, UK, by the International Transport Federation [ITF] with the support of the Port State Control, MCA – was operating under what the shipping union, RMT


Esvagt Deepens Relationship with Hess

ESVAGT vessel to perform additional tasks for Hess at the South Arne field Photo Esvagt

Purpose built ESVAGT vessel to perform additional tasks for Hess at the South Arne field.   ESVAGT and Hess, who have collaborated at the South Arne field for 17 years, have agreed to extend their relationship for an additional twelve years.  


Next Generation Workshops Set for Southampton

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A unique program of three specialist events for the sub IMO / sub 24 meter professional sector is being held back to back at the Grand Harbor in Southampton, U.K. this October. The fast moving workshop style program brings together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge


Trim Optimization – Saving Fuel on Offshore Supply Vessels

Photo Credit: Farstad Shipping

 A joint development project (JDP) between DNV GL, Statoil and Farstad Shipping has demonstrated that offshore supply vessels (OSV) can save up to 21,000 Euros on their annual fuel bill, by running the vessel at optimal trim.   






 
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