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Smit Intl. Earnings Up 40%

Smit International NV announced that net earnings for 2005 have risen by nearly 40% to EUR 38.3 million. Despite facing a heavier tax burden of 30% (up from 24% in 2004), the divisions Harbor Towage, Terminals and Transport & Heavy Lift achieved better results in comparison to 2004. The Salvage division performed well above the so called historical average. SMIT has served the maritime sector for more than 160 years. SMIT’s services are organised into four Divisions: • Harbor Towage: harbor towage services and related maritime services. • Terminals: towage services and related maritime and management services to offshore and onshore terminals. • Salvage: salvage, wreck removal, environmental protection and consultancy. • Transport & Heavy Lift: barge rental & transport, ocean, coastal and river towage, heavy lifting and marine support to a variety of civil and offshore projects.


Multraship Strengthens Fleet with ASD Tug

Multratug 20 (photo: Ruud Zegwaard)

Towage and salvage specialist Multraship said it has further strengthened its multipurpose fleet with the addition of the ASD tug Multratug 20. Multraship has contracted with international broker and consultant DSB Offshore for the long-term bareboat charter of the 72-ton bollard-pull vessel, which was built by the Bogazici Shipyard in Turkey in 2010 and is equipped to undertake a range of services including towage, escort, anchor-handling, fire-fighting and salvage.


Multraship Orders Carousel Combi-Tugs

Multraship Towage & Salvage ordered two combi-tugs from Malaysian shipbuilder Nautica Nova Shipbuilding & Engineering (NNSE) which feature a Carousel towing system and will be used to address the needs of big ships requiring escort facilities into harbors and rivers. The first of the two 80-ton static bollard pull Carousel Combi-Tugs is due for delivery at the end of 2007, and the second, about three months later. The combi-tugs are designed for unrestricted harbor towage


Bourbon Reports Increased Operating Income

Gross Operating Income totaled $146.2m or 115.1 million euros, up 12.7% in the first half of 2006. This strong performance was achieved by the sharp growth in the Offshore Division, particularly in Africa, and by the solid performance achieved by the Towage & Salvage Division, whereas the Bulk Division was impacted by lower cargo rates. Operating income rose 7.6% to $90.4m or 71.2 million euros and reflects the increase in amortization and depreciation due to the rise in the


Keppel Singmarine Wins Contracts for 5 Vessels

Keppel Singmarine Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) has secured orders for three offshore support vessels (OSVs) and two tugboats for about $80 million. The vessels will be progressively delivered to their owners up to end 2006. Keppel Singmarine will build one ice-class OSV for anchor handling and supply purposes for new customer, the Russian oil company Lukoil Kaliningradmorneft (LUKOIL)


Howard Smith Posts Flat Results

Hardware and towage group Howard Smith Ltd. pointed to a difficult market for its main hardware and industrial supplies businesses on Tuesday, after posting a flat half year result. Although recent data pointed to a housing recovery, actual spending on hardware was expected to lag housing approvals and a break in economic conditions was not expected until at least mid-year. "The outlook for the next four months is tough


Multraship Announces Fleet Additions

Salvage and towage company, Multraship BV has added the former Red Funnel/Adsteam tug Hamtun to its fleet. The 1985-built, 3,500 IHP vessel has been renamed Multratug 16 and will mainly be deployed providing harbour towage services in the ports of Terneuzen and Flushing and on the Terneuzen-Ghent Canal. Multraship has also bought the former Dutch lifeboat Johannes Frederik, to operate as a fast-rescue tender providing emergency response services in the River Scheldt area


Novatug Establishes Tugboat Equipment Sourcing Consultancy

Novatug, the Rotterdam-based specialist behind the design of the revolutionary Carousel towing system for tugboats, has established an international tugboat equipment sourcing consultancy for vessel owners and shipyards. The innovative Carousel towing system, which is being incorporated into two combi-tugs being built in Malaysia for Dutch salvage and towage company Multraship, could revolutionise tug design, without the need for expensive technology, according to Rolf Kievits


First Damen ASD 2810 Tug Arrives in Buenos Aires

Argentinian towage and harbor company RemolcadoresUnidosArgentinos (RUA) has just taken delivery of the RUA Cap. Lucio R, a Damen ASD 2810 tug. Although Damen’s tugs have operated in Argentina before, this vessel is the first time a Damen tug is owned by an Argentinian company. Established in 1967 and based in Buenos Aires, RUA has a seven-strong fleet of vessels with a smaller bollard pull than the ASD 2810. The new vessel has 58t bollard pull and is a reflection of the growing economy


Emergency Tugboat Provision: AMSA Invites Tenders

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has released a 'Request For Tender' for a level-two emergency towage contract. While the safety standards of commercial shipping have steadily improved, internal experience has shown that a single major pollution incident can result in huge losses, not only to the marine environment, but also to coastal communities, and recreational and commercial activities. Under the contract, effective from June 2013


USCG Releases Kulluk Grounding Investigation Report

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Thursday released the report of investigation into the circumstances surrounding the grounding of the mobile offshore drilling unit Kulluk on the eastern coast of Sitkalidak Island, Alaska, Dec. 31, 2012. A series of events contributed to the causal factors that


Transport Engineering Course at OMAE 2014

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HMC will host ASME Courses on Transport Engineering and Front End Engineering Design from June 7-8, 2014 at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The OMAE is the flagship conference of the Ocean Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division of ASME


Ultra Deepwater Rig Towed 11,500 Miles

Image Courtesy Fairmount

Fairmount Marine towed Sevan Louisiana to Curaçao Tug Fairmount Sherpa towed rig Sevan Louisiana safely from Singapore to Curaçao. During the 11,500 miles voyage via Cape of Good Hope, stops were made in Port Louis (Mauritius)


Zamakona to Build Tug for HPC

Image courtesy Zamakona Yards

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


Topaz Buys Two Anchor Handling Vessels

Caspian Challenger

Topaz Energy and Marine has announced the acquisition of two large and modern Anchor Handling Towage and Supply Vessels (AHTSV) at a purchase price in excess of $100 million (USD). The vessels, the Caspian Challenger and the Caspian Endeavour


EMAS Wins Nearly $80m in Subsea Projects

EMAS announced that its Subsea Services division (EMAS AMC) has been awarded projects worth a total of approximately $80 million (USD), including options. The scope of these projects cover a large spectrum of subsea work, including the decommissioning and towage of an FPSO in Asia and the


Northern Australia Waters: Emergency Towage Service

Torres Straits passage: Photo courtesy of AMSA

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has awarded two substantial new contracts to Brisbane-based company Australian Maritime Systems Limited to provide emergency towage services in Far North Queensland as well as to maintain its aids to navigation network.


Second Damen StanTug for Smit Lamnalco

Photo: Damen

Smit Lamnalco has taken delivery of, and will soon deploy, the SL Kiwi. It’s their second tug of the Damen STu 2208 type. The 39.4-metric-ton bollard pull tug will join the sister ship SL Kittiwake, delivered late 2012, to support Single Point Mooring operations.


Drifting Bulker Towed from Mid-Atlantic

Photo: Fairmount Marine

Fairmount Marine said its tug, Fairmount Glacier, has safely delivered bulk carrier Cassiopeia Star in the port of Las Palmas, Canary Islands. The bulker was picked up during bad weather on the mid-Atlantic where she was drifting with main engine problems


Teekay Offshore Buys Towage Firm, Orders New AHTS Vessels

AHTS in ALP Colours: Photo courtesy of Teekay Offshore

Teekay Offshore Partners say they have agreed to acquire ALP Maritime Services B.V. (ALP), a Netherlands-based provider of long-haul ocean towage and offshore installation services to the global offshore oil and gas industry. Details as follows:


Boskalis Acquires Fairmount Companies

Photo courtesy Boskalis

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) announces that it has reached an agreement to acquire Fairmount Marine B.V. and Fairmount Ocean Towage Company B.V. (Fairmount) from the French group Louis Dreyfus Armateurs. The transaction values the company at an average multiple of approximately six


Boskalis Posts Record Net Profit in 2013

Image courtesy of Boskalis

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) reports an increased revenue of EUR 3.5 billion in 2013 (2012: EUR 3.1 billion). Net profit rose sharply to EUR 366 million (2012: EUR 249 million), partly due to a number of extraordinary items amounting to EUR 97 million post tax


Australia Has a New Maritime Emergency Plan

Australian industry, state and federal governments have endorsed a new National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies. According to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority AMSA, the new plan sets out the cooperative arrangements between governments and industry to respond to maritime


Otto Marine Send Two AHTS to GoM, One to W. Africa

AHTS Redfish 4: Image courtesy of Otto Marine

Offshore marine services firm Otto Marine informs it has obained a total of US$24.9 million in charter contracts for three offshore vessels – Redfish 4, Go Canopus and Go Altair. Details as follows: Redfish 4, an 8,000bhp Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel equipped with dynamic


Pipelayer Towed from Genoa to Rotterdam

Fairmount Glacier

Tug Fairmount Glacier has towed pipelay-vessel Castoro Sei to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, from where the vessel will start her seasonal activities on the North Sea. The Fairmount Glacier hooked-up with Castoro Sei in Genoa, Italy.   The Castoro Sei is a 28


 
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