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Atlantic Offshore Wins ERRV Shell Contract

Photo by Atlantic Offshore

Norske Shell AS award Atlantic Offshore an 18 months ERRV contract to support drilling operations. Atlantic’s Offshore Emergency Response Rescue Vessel (ERRV) ‘Ocean Sky’ will start work in accordance with the contract in mid-January 2013. The owners say the same vessel has worked for Norske Shell AS since 2000, and they are very pleased to continue this long partnership.  


McKeil Marine Sells Tug

McKeil Marine Ltd. of Hamilton, Ontario has sold its twin screw, 105' x 25' tug Offshore Supplier to Thompson Shipping Co., Ltd. The 910-bhp tug was originally built by Hike Metal Products in 1979 and powered with twin GM16V71's with fixed pitch props in kort nozzles. It was delivered with a fresh drydocking and will be repositioned from Canada to the Caribbean where she will immediately start work with the buyer's barge. Marcon acted as sole broker in the transaction.


GlobalSantaFe Updates Rig Status

GlobalSantaFe provided a preliminary estimate for the expected start of operations for its four offshore drilling rigs damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Most of the damage to the company's four semisubmersible rigs was to their mooring systems. Three of these rigs, the GSF Arctic I, GSF Development Driller II and GSF Celtic Sea, are projected to begin normal operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico during the fourth quarter of 2005


Worker Killed at Brooklyn Navy Yard

According to WNYC, an ironworker who had gone to work on his day off to earn extra cash died Saturday when a massive metal plate weighing thousand of pounds fell and crushed him. 51-year-old Christopher Thomas of the Bronx was working at the GMD Shipyard in the Brooklyn Navy Yard just after 10 a.m. when the plate, which was being used to repair a dry-docked barge, came loose and fell. Thomas, who was working beneath the barge, was struck in the head and pinned underneath the heavy plate.


Breivik Acting Exec VP - StatoilHydro

Mr. Breivik will succeed Hilde Merete Aasheim who will leave StatoilHydro on the same date to take up her new position as executive vice president of Aluminium Metal in Norsk Hydro. Gunnar Breivik is currently senior vice president of StatoilHydro's health, safety and environment cluster. Mr. Breivik will continue to hold the responsibility for this field as well. After completing his chemical engineering studies as a chartered engineer at the of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 1981, Mr


Rolls-Royce Alliance Wins Navy Research Contract

A strategic alliance between Rolls-Royce and UCT Coatings Inc. is bringing new technology to the marine market and is about to start work on a $7m U.S. Navy research contract. The contract, placed with Rolls-Royce, will evaluate UCT’s patented UltraCem™ nickel boron coatings on naval propulsion systems such as propellers and waterjets. These coatings have the capability to change the hydrodynamic performance, cavitation characteristics and sea-growth fouling of propellers and waterjets


Tugboats Hired to Break Ice in St. Joe Valley

Benewah County has hired a tugboat operator to break ice on Lake Coeur dAlene to ease the flood threat in the St. Joe River valley. Two tugs from North Idaho Maritime are expected to start work Thursday near Harrison, about 15 miles south of Coeur d'Alene. They'll be breaking ice along 30 miles of water to St. Maries, where the St. Maries River empties into the St. Joe. Emergency Management Director Norm Suenkel says that will reduce the danger of ice jams and flooding.


Bryan Steps in as Interferry’s Interim CEO

Darrell Bryan, formerly president and CEO of Victoria Clipper, has started work as interim CEO of Interferry following the retirement of Len Roueche.   The Interferry board of directors named Bryan for the role – effective from April 1 - late last year pending the appointment of a permanent successor.   Roueche, who has retired after 14 years as CEO, led the organization’s evolution from the International Marine Transit Association (IMTA) to Interferry


IHC Merwede Nails Down Finance Agreement

A ceremony for the largest ever working capital guarantee issued by Atradius Dutch State Business – on behalf of the Dutch Government – took place on April 5, 2012 at IHC Merwede’s shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel. With this finance agreement in place, IHC Merwede will start work on the construction of two pipe-laying vessels for its Malaysian customer SapuraCrest. The ships are part of a recent offshore order worth €450 million and will install flexible


North of England P&I Club Announces New Appointments

The 39 million GT North of England P&I club is boosting its successful Greek office with two new appointments. Tony Allen and Helen Yiacoumis, both maritime lawyers with previous experience of working in Piraeus, are joining the office set up two years ago by Mike Salthouse and John Owen to serve the club’s substantial Greek membership. Allen and his Greek-speaking wife, Gordana, returned to Greece this month after four years in England


Verkuyl New CEO at Feadship Royal Van Lent Yard

Jan-Bart Verkuyl  (Photo: Feadship Royal Van Lent)

Jan-Bart Verkuyl has been appointed the new CEO of Feadship’s Royal Van Lent yard, where he will have overall responsibility for the day to day operations of the current operation in Kaag, its subsidiaries and the second new yard in Amsterdam when it opens in 2018.


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.  


VOS Sugar First Charter

Photo: Vroon

 The newest addition to Vroon’s fleet, subsea-support vessel (SSV) VOS Sugar, recently started work in the BARD Offshore 1 Offshore Wind Farm (OWF). The vessel is supporting dive operations and maintenance work on wind-turbine foundations for clients NDE Offshore.  


Xeneta Proposes Commodity Status in Container Shipping

Patrik Berglund (Photo: Xeneta)

With ultra-low container rates, multiple operators teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and adversarial relationships developing between those shipping goods and the carriers, Xeneta believes the entire container industry must evolve. The Oslo-based benchmarking and market intelligence platform


Kalmar, Yilport Oslo Terminal Ink Service Deal

Courtesy Yilport Oslo Terminal Investments AS

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, and the Yilport Oslo Terminal Investments AS in Norway, have signed a long term service agreement for Kalmar Optimal Care. The order was signed on 1 February 2016 and the Kalmar services team has already started working at the terminal.  


Olympic Subsea Vessel Bags Contract

Olympic Delta. Photo by Olympic Shipping AS

 Olympic Shipping has secured a contract for Olympic Delta, an inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) vessel, with an international client  to work on a renewable energy project.    The vessel, with the length of 92.55 meters, will be employed in the renewable energy sector


Navis, Ideal Tech Partner to Accelerate TOS Projects

Ideal Tech Labs has Entered Navis’ Development & Service Solutions Partner Program   Ideal Tech Labs is an idea accelerator and technology partner for startups, mid-market and enterprise customers. Together with its global clients


Euronext Says Working on Black Sea Wheat Futures

The rising influence of Black Sea markets on world prices prompted Euronext to start working on developing futures contract that would allow price hedging in one of the world's largest export zones for the grain, it said on Friday.   Production swings in the Black Sea and European Union


ICS is Shipowners' Rep at UN Meets

Courtesy ICS

At the United Nations in New York, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is representing the interests of shipowners at the opening session of a UN Preparatory Committee starting work on a new legal instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).


Maersk Deploys Weathernews Services

Photo: Maersk Line

Weathernews Inc., a privately owned weather company, will provide weather routing services, port forecasts and other weather driven risk communication services to Maersk Line and Maersk Tankers, for safety and bunker saving purposes.


China Plans Maritime "Judicial Center"

China plans to set up an "international maritime judicial center" to help protect the country's sovereignty and rights at sea, its top judge said on Sunday. Giving a work report at the annual meeting of China's largely rubber-stamp parliament


Amid Sea Disputes, China to set up maritime "Judicial Center"

Scales of Jusrice Courtesy 123RF

China plans to set up an "international maritime judicial centre" to help protect the country's sovereignty and rights at sea, its top judge said on Sunday. Giving a work report at the annual meeting of China's largely rubber-stamp parliament


Gassco Examines Feasibility of CO2 Shipping

Vessels like Gijon Knutsen might be used for CO2 transport. (Picture: Knutsen OAS)

 Gassco has commissioned Knutsen OAS Shipping and Larvik Shipping to study transport of CO2 by ship in connection with the Norwegian government’s full-scale project for managing this greenhouse gas.   In cooperation with Gassnova, Gassco has earlier studied CO2 handling chains.


Maid of the Loch: Historic Rebuild Deal Signed

Maid of the Loch at Balloch Pier [Photo: Loch Lomond Steamship Company]

The first contract to be let in the £5.5 million project to rebuild the Maid of the Loch, Loch Lomond’s Paddle Steamer, was signed on Monday, February 22, 2016. The contract has been awarded to OSD-IMT Ltd., of Dundee, and is for marine consultancy services


SapuraKencana Operations in Brazil Grows

Sapura Jade Photo SapuraKencana

SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad's (“SapuraKencana”) presence in Brazil continues to grow after entering the market with its first pipelaying support vessel (“PLSV”), Sapura Diamante, on June 28, 2014. On 14 February 2016, its latest PLSV






 
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