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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.

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.

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

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

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

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

George D Lifted From Dock


Gardline’s coastal survey vessel the George D, named after the founder of the company, George Darling was lifted from the dock in Great Yarmouth early Tuesday morning and loaded onto the mighty 7002 tonne MV Pangini for its  transportation to Douala, the largest port and city in Cameroon.  The George D is one of Gardline’s fleet of coastal vessels and was built in 1991. It will be in Cameroon to conduct metocean studies for at least 12 months

Tanzania Starts Work on $10 bln Port Project Backed by China and Oman

Tanzania started construction work on a $10 billion port and special economic zone on Friday, a project backed by China and Oman that aims to transform the East African country into a regional trade and transport hub.   The port, which will be Tanzania's biggest, is being built at Bagamoyo

Ferguson Signs $150mln LNG Ferries for CMAL

Image: Caledonian MacBrayne

 Scotland-based Ferguson Marine Engineering (FMEL) has signed a deal to build two 100-meter, dual-fuel ferries for Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) in a contract worth £97 million (USD 150 million) that will boost shipbuilding on the River Clyde and secure 150 shipyard jobs.

Dutch Experts Starts Work on Philippines Coastal Protection Strategy

Tacloban after Typhoon Haiyan.

  International engineering and project management consultancy firm Royal HaskoningDHV is leading a multi-disciplinary team in developing a sustainable coastal protection strategy to reduce flood risks for the cities of Tacloban and adjacent Palo in the Philippines.  

BIMCO Signs New LNG And Shipbuilding Supervision Contracts

BIMCO Headquarters. Photo by  BIMCO

 The twice yearly meeting of BIMCO’s Documentary Committee took place in Hamburg on 19 November. In his first meeting as Chairperson of the Committee, Belgium’s Francis Sarre presided over the adoption of several new contracts and clauses and an update of BIMCO’s extensive

Kenya Ready to Start Work at Northern Port

Kenya is ready to begin work on the first three berths at a long-delayed port on its northern coast, next to the historic trading town of Lamu, President Uhuru Kenyatta said in his annual State of the Nation address on Thursday. The Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) project

NASSCO starts Work on 3rd ECO Tanker

Courtesy of American Petroleum Tankers

  General Dynamics NASSCO signaled the start of construction of a third "ECO" tanker to be built for American Petroleum Tankers at a steel cutting ceremony at NASSCO's San Diego-based shipyard. As part of a five-tanker contract

H-Energy to Build Floating LNG Terminal in West Bengal and Canada

Niranjan Hiranandani, Chairman, (Pic by Construction Skill Development Council of India)

 Business Standard reported that real estate developer Hiranandani Group plans to set up a INR 2,400 crore floating LNG import terminal off Haldia, West Bengal and supply imported gas to users as far as Paradip in Odisha.   H-Energy Pvt Ltd, the Energy arm of the Hiranandani Group

New Severn Offshore Vessel Starts Work in German Wind Sector

Severn Provider (Photo courtesy of Severn Offshore Services)

Severn Offshore Services announced that its new vessel Severn Provider has commenced operations in the German sector of the North Sea.   The 26-meter Damen Twin Axe crew transfer vessel Severn Provider was recently christened at Damen Shipyards

Diana Delivers Kamsarmax Dry Bulk Vessel

Medusa. Photo by Diana Shipping Inc

 Diana Shipping Inc. has through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary took delivery of the m/v Medusa (formerly ”Torm Island”), a 2010-built Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel of 82,194 dwt that the company entered into an agreement to purchase in April 2015.  

EMGS Bags PEMEX Contract

BOA Galatea Photo: EMGS

  Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has received a letter from PEMEX to return for 3D EM acquisition in Mexico. The vessel BOA Galatea is expected to re-start the work for PEMEX. The order is confirming a continuation of the existing contract for PEMEX, announced on 27 June 2013.

China Far Ahead of India in Submarine Race

INS Chakra, India’s only operating nuclear-powered submarine. Photo: Indian Navy

 Global military reported that recently a Chinese “Yuan” class conventional submarines docked news in Pakistan, once again hurt the Indian Navy submarine fleet.   The Hindustan Times said terms of size, the Chinese Navy submarine force is four times that of India

Obituary: Yacht Designer Jörg Beiderbeck

Jörg Beiderbeck, October 6, 1946 - August 2, 2015

Jörg Beiderbeck, recognized as a figure among the world’s top megayacht designers, has passed away at the age of 69 on the evening of Sunday, August 2, at his home in Bremen-Vegesack, after a long illness. He leaves behind his long-term partner as well as a son and a daughter.  

U.N. Urges Greece to Take Charge of Refugee Crisis

Hard for us to help if no one in charge, UNHCR says; 160,000 refugees, migrants have reached Greece this year. Greece must show "much more leadership" to tackle an escalating crisis in which 160,000 refugees and migrants have reached its shores so far this year

Collaboration Key in MV Smart Wreck Removal

(Photo: North P&I Club)

Titan Salvage, now a part of Ardent following completion of the merger of Titan and Svitzer Salvage, has completed the removal of the wreck of the cape-size MV Smart coal carrier in South Africa, an especially challenging project due to weather conditions that prevail on the South African coast

DP World Plans Big for the Panama Canal

Image: DP World

 DP World is expanding its container terminal at Port of Caucedo following the expansion of the Panama Canal to accommodate larger container ships, reports ASC.   DP World will increase the capacity of the port to 2.5-million TEU and started work to increase the depth of the quay wall

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