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Harvey Bisso Launches Subsea Venture

Photo courtesy T&T Bisso Response

Harvey Bisso Subsea has launched operations to provide subsea services to the energy and maritime industries. The new subsea venture combines the expertise, resources and experience of Bisso Marine and Harvey Gulf International Marine The centerpiece of the venture is a new, fully-classed 12-man Saturation Diving System with a working depth of 1,000 feet. The portable SAT system will be deployed from the Harvey Discovery, a 265 x 58-ft, DP2 certified multi-purpose support vessel outfitted with a 65-ton crane and moon pool. The vessel provides accommodations for up to 53. The new SAT System features a gas reclaim system, which allows expelled gases to be circulated and recycled. It has a dual-lock, six-man deck decompression chamber, a 12-man launch-able flyaway hyperbaric rescue chamber, a dual-lock, six-man come-out chamber and a three-man diving bell. “This SAT System expands our working depth and fully maximizes our productive bottom time. Combined with Harvey Gulf’s dynamically positioned vessel, we can provide maximized safety and an even greater level of diving services to our clients worldwide,” said W.A. “Beau” Bisso IV, president and chief executive officer of Bisso Marine.  The portable diving system has a bell launch and recovery system, a saturation dive control van and two machinery vans. It has a 12-ton main bell winch and a six-ton guide wire winch


ZF Extends Range of Hybrid-ready Transmissions

The new ZF 3300 PTI Transmission brings the latest in hybrid-ready propulsion technology for the pleasure and commercial vessel market in the 1,940 kW (2,600hp) range

ZF Marine Friedrichshafen AG, the marine propulsion systems division of the ZF Group introduced the ZF 3300 PTI transmission at SMM 2014. With the launch of the ZF 3300 PTI, ZF Marine Propulsion Systems expands its product offering in it hybrid-ready product portfolio. Designed to be powered through standard diesel engine input, or via alternate power source through a Power Take In (PTI), this new transmission brings a hybrid-ready solution suitable for all types of high speed pleasure and


Foxx Sworn in as 17th U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Anthony Foxx is sworn in as U.S. Secretary of Transportation by Judge Nathaniel Jones with wife, Samara, and children, Hillary and Zachary.

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx was sworn in as the nation’s 17th Secretary of Transportation by Judge Nathaniel Jones in a private ceremony at U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters at 11 a.m. yesterday (July 2). The ceremony was attended by Foxx’s wife, Samara, and their two children, Hillary and Zachary, and used a Bible belonging to Secretary Foxx’s great-grandparents, Peter and Ida Kelly. Secretary Foxx worked for Judge Jones as a law clerk for the U.S


ABS Nautical Systems Expands in the Middle East

ABS Nautical Systems has signed a contract with Arina Offshore (Fze) for use of its NS5 Enterprise software, marking the fourth new customer win in this region. The Dubai based company which specializes in vessel chartering and brokerage will utilize the Maintenance Manager module on one of its offshore vessels through the ABS Transfer of Class Agreement (TOCA) Initiative*. The TOCA Initiative offers free software to any vessel that transfers class into ABS.


Thrustmaster Announces Factory Expansion

Photo: Thrustmaster of Texas

Thrustmaster of Texas, a manufacturer of commercial marine propulsion products, signed a deal last week to expand its Houston-based production facility by 100,000 sqft (93,000 sq m). Thrustmaster said the multimillion dollar investment has been in the making for two years and is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2015 by Third Coast General Contractors.  The project includes plans to double the size of the product testing area, add an onsite paint and blast facility


SpecTec, China Merchants Energy Shipping Contract

SpecTec has signed an agreement to deliver its AMOS2 Enterprise Suite to China Merchants Energy Shipping Co Ltd, one of China's largest shipping companies. The signing of the contract took place on the 13th of March in Hong Kong between SpecTec CEO Giampiero Soncini, and China Merchants Energy Shipping Deputy General Manager Mr. Y.Q. Huang. The contract includes the delivery of a total of 26 AMOS2 systems to existing ships


Halter Marine Expands Existing Expertise

Halter Marine Expands Existing Expertise In conjunction with its current deepwater production system expansion, such as FSO to FPSO conversion and the construction of new floating production systems, Halter Marine has elected Joe W. Key, as vice president, engineering development. Key, who brings more than 30 years of offshore engineering and project management experience, will work on concept vetting, and product research and development.


BunkerDesk Expands Coverage

BunkerDesk continues to expand its coverage since the launch of the service in April 2002. BunkerDesk now covers an additional 25 bunkering ports, and now provides Daily Bunker indication for 149 ports worldwide, twice as many as any other service. According to Jamie Halliday, Data Manager "We are continuing to expand and deepen our bunker price coverage. Not only do we cover more and more ports, but we are also canvassing more and more suppliers


Double Eagle Pipeline Fully Operational

Double Eagle Pipeline LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P.,today announced that the entire pipeline system, comprised of 195 miles of pipe, is now in full operation to Corpus Christi, Texas as designed. The 84-mile western leg of the Double Eagle pipeline system is connected into four central gathering facilities and is moving condensate from Gardendale near Cotulla, Texas


Litton Marine Systems Introduces Vessel Traffic System

Litton Marine Systems has launched a new IMO-compliant vessel traffic system (VTS) for locks, bridges, ports and coastal waters. The company's new VTS-Master-W is a new system utilizing commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and proprietary software running under Windows-98/NT. It is based on Litton's unique VTS-Master technology, which permits real-time remote display of raw video data from shore-based surveillance radars superimposed on geographical maps of the area.


K Line to Expand Use of Eco-efficiency Software

Photo: K Line

Three further K Line vessels to install ClassNK-NAPA GREEN eco-efficiency software after reporting fuel savings during trials on an 8,600 TEU container vessel   NAPA and ClassNK announced a deal with Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K Line) to install an eco-efficiency and operational


US Obamacare Impacts the Global Marine Industry

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, the recent healthcare plan in the United States, is affecting the international superyacht industry, according to yacht insurance expert Eva Maria Karlsson of Superyacht Insurance Group (SYIG).


BCG Delivers Upgrades to Long-time Customers

Image: BCG

Buffalo Computer Graphics (BCG) Inc. has recently delivered two upgrades to long-time customers Columbia Pacific Maritime in Portland Ore., and The River School in Memphis, Tenn.   The River School ordered additional laptop computers preloaded with BCG’s simulation software to assist


NKCS Approves FROSIO Inspector Programs

Mr Yasushi Nakamura  NKCS Operating Officer and Mr Ame Michelsen Secretariat Manager of FROSIO

  ClassNK Consulting Service Co., Ltd. has announced the agreement concerning the Certifying Body of FROSIO, as an internationally recognized coating inspector’s qualification. FROSIO is a leading certifying body qualified to grant inspector qualifications to inspect surface


Container Volumes on the Rise in South Carolina

Photo: South Carolina Ports Authority

Container volume up 13 percent at South Carolina Ports Authority; Charleston benefiting from federal appropriations    The SC Ports Authority announced another month of double-digit container growth, with fiscal year-to-date volumes up 13 percent year over year.  


Liebherr Expects Turnover Dip

Photo courtesy of Leibherr

For the 2014 business year, the Liebherr Group is currently anticipating an overall turnover of 8,866 million euros (2013: 8,964 million euros). In the area of construction machines and mining, a decline is expected. For the other areas, the 2014 figures are higher than the previous year’s


Captain, Officer of Containership Detained after Deadly Collision

The captain and first officer of a Kuwaiti container ship have been detained for four days after their ship collided with a fishing vessel in the Red Sea, killing 13 Egyptians, a public prosecutor said on Tuesday.   The prosecutor said on Monday that initial enquiries showed the fishing


Delaney Joins Portwide as President

Thomas Delaney (Photo: Portwide Cargo Securing Co. Inc.)

Thomas J. Delaney has been named President of Portwide Cargo Securing Co. Inc., which supplies lashing services throughout the Port of New York/New Jersey. The announcement was made by Christopher Guido, owner of Portwide. Most recently, Delaney served as Senior Director


RINA Expands Into Canada

Stefano Socci

Italy’s growing engineering, testing, marine services and ship classification group RINA has acquired a majority stake in Montreal-based marine survey company Hayes Stuart. The move gives RINA Services a platform for further expansion into the growing market in Canada.


Luxembourg Authorizes KR for Statutory Services

Jeon Jeong-chong, General Manager of KR’s Convention & Legislation Service Team, with Robert Biwer, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs, Government of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg (Photo: KR)

Korean Register authorized to deliver statutory services to Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg   Korean Register (KR), an IACS member classification society, announces that it has signed an MOU governing the delegation of statutory certification services for vessels registered in the Grand-Duchy of


RN-Aero, KazMunayGas-Aero Join Forces

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  RN-Aero (Rosneft subsidiary) and KazMunayGas-Aero (KazMunayGas subsidiary) signed an agreement, substantially increasing cooperation between the Companies. The accord on the signing of the agreement was reached at the IATA International Aviation Forum in Dubai in the end of November.


ISS Appoints Schollaert

Steve Schollaert as Executive Vice President for North America region.

  Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world's leading maritime, cargo and supply chain solutions provider has announced a key hire to its senior management team with the appointment of Steve Schollaert as Executive Vice President for North America region.


Houston Extends Container Terminal Hours

Photo: The Port of Houston Authority

The Port of Houston Authority has expanded gate operating hours at both the Barbours Cut and Bayport container terminals by one hour due to increased cargo activity. The change commenced November 17 to enhance services to customers and the trucking industry, the port authority said.  


Making a Conscious Change: Seaspan Marine’s Conversion to EALs

Seaspan Marine has converted Royal’s stern tubes to RSC Bio Solutions’ EnviroLogic EAL. Photo credit: Seaspan Marine

Vessel fleets face an increasing number of environmentally focused regulations, adding complexity to their operations and creating urgency around compliance. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the Vessel General Permit (VGP)


CSV Delivered to Bibby Subsea

Olympic Ares

Bibby Offshore’s Houston-based division, Bibby Subsea, welcomed the Olympic Ares, a multifunctional subsea construction support vessel (CSV) which is due to arrive in the port of Galveston on December 16, 2014.    The 115-meter Olympic Ares features a 250-metric-ton heave






 
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