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KNRM Rescue Vessel Passes Capsize Trials at Damen Shipyard

Photo: Arie van Dijk

The latest rescue vessel commissioned by the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KoninklijkeNederlandse Redding Maatschappij, KNRM) has passed an important trial at Damen Shipyards Group in Gorinchem before being entrusted to its crew. The capsize trials had to show that this youngest generation of rescue vessel is actually capable of righting itself. In four different tests, the rescue vessel righted itself to its normal position within a few seconds of capsizing – a life-saving feature in extreme conditions. The KNRM’s rescue vessels, which have to be deployable in all weather conditions, are being designed to the most rigorous standards. Seakeepingand stability is the most crucial factors in safety. For the crew, however, comfort and user-friendliness are also key features. This NH1816 19-meter-long rescue vessel combines all of the technical, ergonomic and operational features the KNRM wanted in a remarkable new design. Capsizing, then sailing on The rescue vessel’s self-righting capability was created by the vessel’s low point of gravity and the air bubble in the wheelhouse, which enable the capsized ship to right itself quickly like a self-righting bath toy. The engines and equipment on board are designed to continue operating even after the vessel has capsized.

Sea Star Assists Vessel Rescue

El Morro (Photo courtesy Sea Star Line)

While in transit from Jacksonville, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico, the crew of Sea Star Line’s El Morro vessel received distress calls from a small fishing vessel in the Atlantic Ocean. The fishing vessel was attempting to hail the U.S. Coast Guard’s Jacksonville Sector with no success due to a weak transmission signal. The crew of El Morro intercepted the communications from the fishing vessel and began relaying information to the U.S Coast Guard in Jacksonville.

Tidewater Sells North Sea Boats

Tidewater Inc. will sell its North Sea safety-standby boats to BUE Marine Limited of Edinburgh, Scotland. The $40 million all-cash deal is expected to close by late June. The 28 safety-standby boats were obtained by Tidewater as part of earlier acquisitions. This type of rescue vessel is required for oil and gas entities operating in the North Sea.

Tenix Secures Second Philippines Contract

The go-ahead for six new search and rescue vessels for the Philippine Coast Guard confirms Tenix Defence as Australia’s leading patrol boat constructor, Tenix Group Managing Director Paul Salteri said today. Tenix Defence will build two 56-metre search and rescue vessels and four 35-metre high-speed search and rescue vessels for the Coast Guard, with an option for 10 more 35-metre vessels, under a contract worth up to US$150m.

Mack Boring, East Coast Scania Distributor


Scania has appointed Mack Boring & Parts Co. as distributor for its commercial marine diesel engines in the eastern United States.  For the last year, Mack Boring has been a Scania distributor in the Great Lakes region.  Scania engines are used in a variety of applications, including ferries fishing boats, tugboats, pilot boats and rescue vessels.

New Rescue Vessel for Russia's Northern Fleet

Igor Belousov: Image credit

New multi-purpose rescue vessel for Northern Fleet under construction by Admiralty Shipyard in St Petersberg  The "Igor Belousov" will significantly strengthen the Northern Fleet's ability to engage in search and rescue operations, 14 years after the disaster with the Kursk submarine in the Barents Sea, reports the 'Barents Observer'. Russia’s new rescue vessel will be able to help out wrecked submarines, engage in complex search operations

Craig Group Launch Largest Ever PSV

Grampian Sovereign: Photo credit Craig Group

Launch of an S-class Platform Supply Vessel (PSV)  at Balenciaga Shipyard in Northern Spain for the Craig Group. The Craig Group has committed £50-million to the construction of the vessel, Grampian Sovereign, and its sister ship, Grampian Sceptre. Managed by The Craig Group division North Star Shipping, the two IMT-982 designed vessels will also create 50 new jobs for the Aberdeen based company. Going on long term charter in 2013 in the North Sea

Arctech Launches Russian Icebreaking Rescue Vessel

Photo: Arctech Helsinki Shipyard

Arctech launched the icebreaking multipurpose emergency and rescue vessel for the Russian Federal Agency of Sea and River Transport and to be operated by the FGI Gosmorspassluzhba (Russian Marine Emergency Rescue Service) on December 12, 2013 at Helsinki Shipyard. Baltika will be used in icebreaking, rescue and oil combating operations in the Gulf of Finland. The vessel being built at Helsinki shipyard represents a completely new type of innovative technology

S. Korea Navy Chief Quizzed About Salvage Ship Absence

Wreck buoy: File image

The state audit agency has interrogated the chief of the Navy over a faulty Navy salvage ship that failed to participate in the national rescue operation for the ferry Sewol that sank off the southwest coast in April according to an unnamed source cited by Yonhap News Agency. The interrogation of Navy Chief Adm. Hwang Ki-chul is part of the Board of Audit and Inspection's probe into the military's project to construct the first South Korean-built salvage ship Tongyeong

China Completes Unmanned Ships R&D Project

A research project examining the potential use of unmanned maritime vessels has received unanimous approval from Acceptance Expert Group on July 31, China’s Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) reported.   The project, entitled Unmanned Multifunctional Maritime Ships Research and Development Project, was established in 2012 and implemented by Zhejiang MSA with Wuhan University of Technology. After three years, the project’s development has been has completed

Transas T-Bridge Installed on Ice Class Vessels

Photo courtesy of Transas Marine

Transas Marine informs it has installed and commissioned the Transas T-Bridge integrated bridge systems aboard three ice class vessels built by Keppel Singmarine, the specialized shipbuilding subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine. Transas supplied Integrated Bridge Systems including full

Vroon Laying up 12 OSVs

Image: Vroon Offshore Services

 The Netherlands-based Vroon Offshore Services has decided to pull 12 offshore-support vessels out of operation, saying the move is a “direct result of the ongoing slump in offshore oil and gas activities”.   This consequently means it will also reduce the number of onboard

Mercury Marine Donates Engines for Hydro-Ambulance

Ambulatory services in Congo, Africa are now improved thanks to a donation by Mercury Marine.  The global marine propulsion company recently donated two 60hp outboard engines that have been installed on a boat that will act as a hydro-ambulance

Rescue Ship Idar Ulstein Named in Norway

Gunvor Ulstein (Photo: ULSTEIN)

The search and rescue boat Idar Ulstein was named in Ulsteinvik today, becoming the latest newbuild to join the fleet of the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue.   RS Idar Ulstein is also the first vessel in the new Ulstein class, named after ULSTEIN’s long-time CEO

Arctic Rescue Vessels Named in Wismar

Photo courtesy of Nordic Yards

Nordic Yards holds naming ceremony for new icebreaking rescue and salvage vessels designed for Arctic operations   After a construction period of around 17 months, two identically designed icebreaking rescue and salvage vessels have been named Beringov Proliv and Murman during a ceremony at

Statoil Orders Emergency Vessel

Mariner Sentinel illustration. (Illustration: Sentinel Marine)

Statoil (U.K.) Limited has awarded a contract to Sentinel Marine Limited to provide a new multi role Emergency Response & Rescue Vessel (ERRV) to support operations on the Mariner field on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). Sentinel Marine is an Aberdeen-based company

Chinese Dredger Sinks in Taiwan Strait, 13 Missing

Coast Guard Ship, Taiwan (Photo: Coast Guard Administration)

 The maritime bureau of Fujian province confirmed that 13 people went missing after a cargo boat capsized off Taiwan.    According to maritime officials, the cargo vessel "Zhen he 168" capsized off Taiwan's Xiquan Island

Canada Invests In Port Lambton Rescue Station

Inshore Rescue Boat Station upgraded as part of federal infrastructure commitment   On behalf of the Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Pat Davidson, Member of Parliament for Sarnia-Lambton announced that the Government of Canada will fund work to upgrade the storage

Thousands of Migrants Rescued in Mediterranean

Image: MIGRANTE - Europe

 The Italian coastguard has said it had coordinated the rescue of thousands of migrants as they sailed across the Mediterranean on rickety boats, bringing the number of people rescued this weekend to 5,800.   The migrants were to be taken to the Italian region of Calabria as well as

NAO Head: PSVs Ready for Mediterranean Rescue

Photo: Nordic American Offshore

Nordic American Offshore Ltd. executive chairman Herbjorn Hansson weighs in on Mediterranean Sea migrant crisis, stating his company’s PSVs are capable and ready to perform rescue operations, if contracted.   We are all too familiar with the tragedy that is unfolding in the

Sentinel Orders ERRV at Cosco Guandong

Image: consultoría

 China's COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard has secured a contract from Aberdeen-based Sentinel Marine to build a TAERRV (Tanker Assist / Emergency Response / Rescue / Field Support Vessel).   Cosco says the vessel’s expected delivery date is in the first quarter of 2017

Videotel Produces 500th Computer-based Training Course

Photo courtesy of Videotel

Videotel, an international provider of e-Learning maritime training solutions and a company of KVH Industries, Inc., (KVHI), has launched its 500th computer-based training (CBT) e-Learning course.   Videotel’s latest course, entitled “The Work of the Emergency Response and

New Rescue Vessel Marks Milestone for Craig Group

L to R: Grampian Devotion Master, Malcolm Trott, with Craig Group chairman and managing director, Douglas Craig, and North Star Shipping managing director, Callum Bruce.

North Star Shipping has reinforced its fleet of next generation vessels after taking delivery of its new ERRV, the Grampian Devotion, in Aberdeen.   The latest vessel represents the eighth and final D-class IMT-950 Emergency Response and Rescue vessels (ERRVs) that the company has had

First Vessel of New Rescue Class Launched

Photo courtesy of Craig Group

Global shipping and energy services firm, Craig Group, has launched its first F-Class vessel, the Grampian Fortress. The IMT 958 multi-role emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV) was christened in the Balenciaga Shipyard in Northern Spain this week.  

Bumi Armada Awaits Triple Delivery

Photo courtesy of Keppel Singmarine

Specialized shipbuilder Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), says it is on track to deliver three ice-class vessels to Bumi Armada Offshore Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of Bumi Armada Berhad in September.

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