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Mayor of Herne Inaugurates the Hackforth Academy

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Workshop and seminar rooms have been developed on two floors of the former residence of the VULKAN owners. On Wednesday, July 3, 2013, the Mayor of the city of Herne and the owners and Executive Management of the VULKAN Group cut the blue ribbon to inaugurate the Hackforth Academy, the new advanced training center. More than 30 guests from the sectors of politics, economics and science gathered to attend the festive inaugural celebrations. The Hackforth Academy is the new internal advanced training institute of the VULKAN Group that is situated at the registered office of the Herne business. There are now modern teaching, tutorial and presentation rooms spread over the 370 m² former residence of the Hackforth family that is part of the VULKAN company premises. These new facilities are not only for the employees at the head office in Herne, but also for the many colleagues from the VULKAN Group’s 18 subsidiary companies worldwide. This is where internal advanced training seminars, personnel development programs and customized qualification measures will be offered in the future for all specialized divisions of the VULKAN Group of companies. In her speech for the occasion of the inauguration, Personnel Manager Margarete Aufermann explained how based on the original approach of optimising the corporate training, a large framework had quickly taken shape


Series of 30m Tugs From Far East Shipyards

In an efficient near-assembly-line process at Far East Shipyard in Sibu a series of 29-meter tugs are being built and delivered to an Indonesian owner, Pte. Arpeni Pratama Ocean Line Tbk.. The first of these boats, Cigading, was delivered in mid-January. By late March, the second boat, Paiton, was ready for delivery. A third was taking shape on the yard’s ways while the steel for the fourth vessel was being cut nearby.


Viguerie: Passing Quality from Father to Son

The latest Leboeuf towboat sits between two sisters at the Intracoastal Ironworks yard (photo: Alan Haig-Brown)

“I started in the shipyard 50 years ago with pick on the end of a broom stick cleaning up,” recalls Raymond Viguerie, before adding, “Later the old man taught me how to do fitting.” These days, Raymond is still at his Intracoastal Iron Works yard full time, but his son Peter is doing a lot of the day-to-day management. With three boats under construction in March there was plenty to keep them both busy


Two Costa Ships Launched

 The Costa Luminosa, which will be able to accommodate 2,828 Guests and is 92,700 gross tonnage, was launched at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera.

The Italian Company Costa Cruises and Fincantieri have together set record:  for the first time ever, two ships have been launched the same day – the Costa Luminosa and Costa Pacifica, respectively the 13th and 14th members of the Costa fleet, which will both enter service next year.  The Costa Luminosa, which will be able to accommodate 2,828 Guests and is 92,700 gross tonnage, was launched at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera () in the presence of the Honorable Renato


New Ax-Bow to Increase Ships' Efficiency

Considerable effort, particularly following the oil embargo of the 1970s, has been placed on reducing the fuel oil consumption of ships, a task readily handled by a series of improvements in hull shapes, the fitting of energy savings devices, and improvements to the performance of main engines. A group of engineers from the Tsu Research Laboratories — Koichiro Matsumoto, Kazuyoshi Hirota and Kenji Takagishi - however, noted that while performance in still water was gaining, other factors


Shiptec China 2014 Taking Shape

In just under seven months’ time, marine professionals from China and around the world will gather for the opening of Shiptec China 2014 at the Dalian World Expo Center. Taking place October 21-24, it is the 11th holding of this increasingly important event, and the organizers have now confirmed many aspects of the forthcoming event. With its leading role now well established thanks to the involvement of the Chinese government


New Alfa Laval Test & Training Center

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Work continues on the Alfa Laval Test & Training Center in Aalborg, Denmark, a facility that will greatly expand Alfa Laval’s marine testing capabilities. The center, which will serve as a springboard for faster and more effective R&D, will further strengthen Alfa Laval’s capacity for innovative marine solutions that optimize the performance of onboard equipment, save energy and help ship owners comply with environmental legislation


Aker Solutions Designs World's Largest Spar Platform

Aker Solutions has been awarded a FEED (Front-End Engineering and Design) contract from Statoil to design the world's largest Spar platform for the Aasta Hansteen field development in the Norwegian Sea. With a total hull length of 193 meters and a draught of 170 meters, the Aasta Hansteen (formerly named Luva) Spar platform will be the largest of its kind. A Spar platform is a cylinder shaped floating offshore installation


Russian Research Ship Readies for Float

Yantar Photo credit Yantar Shipyard

Research ship 'Yantar' has left covered workshop of JSC Yantar Shipyard and has beeb moved to open slipway Research ship Yantar is the lead Project 22010 oceanographic vessel developed by Almaz Central Design Bureau. The ship was laid down on July 8, 2010 on the 65-th anniversary of Yantar Shipyard and named after it. The orderer was obtained from the Russian Defense Ministry. According to the contract, the ship is to be delivered in 2013.


Wynn Offers New Screen Sizes

Wynn Marine has introduced new screen sizes for the Touch Screen Series 3000 wiper control network. As the most advanced system of its kind, the Series 3000 offers flexibility through modular design, programmable interfaces and now a choice in physical size, if the touch screen option is chosen. The 7”, 9” and 12” screen options all offer the same functionality, with Wynn taking the measure of offering the choice due to the varying designs


Hong Kong Receive BMT Maritime Strategic Study

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BMT Asia Pacific (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, says it has completed a major strategic study - “Enhancing Hong Kong’s Position as an International Maritime Centre (IMC)”, undertaken on behalf of the Hong Kong Transport and Housing Bureau.


ESAB Releases Updated Columbus III

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ESAB Welding & Cutting Products announces the release of Columbus III version 1.2, a powerful CAD/CAM programming and nesting software optimized for plasma, oxy-fuel, laser and waterjet cutting. This latest version of Columbus III offers many new features and updates to make programming easier


Where in the World is USS Slater?

USS Slater in drydock (Photo courtesy Destroyer Escort Historical Museum)

To answer, USS Slater is at Caddell Dry Dock and Repair in Staten Island. Typically, the ship is open to the public in Albany near the beginning of April. This season, after several years of fundraising, the ship has been taken to drydock for repairs to her hull.


Offshore: Seacor Raises the Bar Again

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Long acknowledged as a firm to watch in U.S. crewboat and fast supply boat innovation, Seacor Marine will be attracting industry attention once again when its latest set of new boats begin delivery in 2014. While this new class of mono-hull boats have some big dimensions


Zamakona to Build Tug for HPC

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Haifa Port contracts 70 t Voith Tug with Zamakona Yards Haifa Port Company (HPC) has awarded the international tender for a new build Voith Schneider tug to Zamakona Yards. HPC has tendered a tug which is a sister vessel of the ones already operating in the harbor


Port of Kiel Cruise Passenger Pavilion Takes Shape

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It’s full steam ahead for Kiel’s Ostuferhafen construction work. Kiel’s new cruise ship passenger handling pavilion at Berth No. 1 in the Ostuferhafen is rapidly taking shape. The steel support framework is almost complete and the next step will be cladding the 1


Drydocks World to Build Jack-Up Drilling Rigs

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Drydocks World, an international service provider to the maritime, oil and gas and energy sectors, announced it has signed an Agreement with Malta Oil & Gas Ltd. for building two unique new jack-up drilling rigs based on Gusto MSC CJ54-X135-A design


Cruise Season Opens in the Port of Kiel

Photo: Port of Kiel

This year’s cruise shipping season in Kiel opened on Saturday, April 5 when the first cruise ship of the year, the AIDAcara, berthed in the port after sailing through the Kiel Canal. During this year’s season, which will last until mid October


Moore Director Declines Permanent Position at Port of L.A.

Photo: The Port of Los Angeles

Interim Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gary Lee Moore announced today that he will not apply for the permanent position. After an executive director is selected and in place, Moore will return to his duties as Los Angeles City Engineer.


China Patent for Rolls-Royce Bow Design

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Rolls-Royce informs it has been granted a patent in China for the Environship wave piercing bow technology for merchant vessels. The Environship concept, which can be adapted for different ship types, incorporates a range of Rolls-Royce technologies to deliver efficiency savings for ship owners


DW: Prelude to a $60B FLNG Growth Story?

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Following first steel cutting in late 2012, Shell’s Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) unit continues to take shape in Samsung’s Geoje shipyard in Korea, Douglas Westwood (DW) said in its Monday report. At 488 meters long by 74 meters wide and with an LNG processing


MOL Ink Deal to Build, Charter 300m LNG Carrier

New LNG carrier rendering courtesy of MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) inform it has signed a Head of Agreement on joint ownership and 20-year charter contract for a newbuilding LNG carrier with Tokyo LNG Tanker Co., Ltd. At the same time, MOL signed a contract with Japan Marine United Corporation to build the new vessel.


Colossal Gantry Crane Arrives in Vancouver

Vancouver Shipyard’s new 300-metric-ton Gantry Crane arriving in Vancouver via deep sea ship on Thursday, February, 14, 2014 prior to being offloaded

After months of planning and anticipation, Seaspan’s new 300-metric-ton Gantry Crane arrived at Vancouver Shipyards. Once erected, this colossal crane will be the largest Gantry Crane in Canada, towering 80 meters high and spanning 76 meters wide


2014 Freight Market Analysis

Photo: Greg Trauthwein

Consultancy and sales company in the transport and logistics industry, CarrierDirect, released its semiannual freight market perspective this month, giving guidance on what to expect for 2014 and how company leadership should be shaping their strategies to compete in the everchanging marketplace


MES Delivers M.V. Siskin Arrow

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Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) completed and delivered a 72,800 dwt type Open Hatch Jib Crane General Cargo Carrier Siskin Arrow (MES Hull No. 1839) at its Chiba Works to Misuga S.A., Panama, on January 21, 2014. This is the fourth vessel of its series which has a large


 
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