When times are tough, it is still possible to nurture and grow good ideas, says Ulstein, an provider of ship design, shipbuilding and system solutions for ships. That’s the story behind the ULSTEIN X-BOW hull line design, which upon its introduction 10 years ago turned the image of the ship’s bow upside down. Now in its 10th year, the 100th X-BOW shipbuilding contract was signed, and the X-BOW’s derivative, the X-STERN – a similar solution for the ship’s stern – has been contracted on its first two vessels. “The X-BOW was developed during 2003-2004 – one of the latest tough periods for the offshore industry - and revealed in 2005 together with the contract for the first vessel, an anchor handling tug supply vessel for Bourbon Offshore Norway,” said Ulstein Group CEO Gunvor Ulstein. “The shipowner, having seen an early sketch on the first page of a magazine, challenged us to present some realistic ideas for a vessel with a backward-sloping bow. ‘This instigated a dedicated effort on the part of several players’, including design experts from ULSTEIN. Bourbon Offshore Norway was convinced by the bow design that came about from this exchange of ideas, because the bow would eliminate slamming, keep up speed in a head sea and protect the fore-deck area from green sea and spray, while simultaneously improving comfort and rest for crews in transit,” she said
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August 15, 2008 was a milestone for Washburn & Doughty as the Linda Moran left the shipyard. Linda Moran is the first vessel delivered by the shipyard since a fire on July 11, 2008 destroyed the company's main construction building. The Linda Moran was tied to the company's barge when the fire broke out. Thankfully, due to light winds and local lobstermen who towed the vessel away from the barge, the Linda Moran survived undamaged.
Seaspan Corporation (NYSE:SSW) announced the delivery of its 44th and 45th vessels, the Guayaquil Bridge and the COSCO Japan. The Guayaquil Bridge, a 2500 TEU vessel delivered on March 5, 2010, was built by Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. It is on charter to Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K-Line) of Japan under a ten-year, fixed-rate time charter. The Guayaquil Bridge is the first of seven Seaspan vessels to be chartered to K-Line
Alabama shipbuilders, Silver Ships, deliver a 30-foot passenger vessel to the U.S. Consulate in Lagos, Nigeria The newbuild will join a sister vessel delivered several years ago to the same owner. The all aluminum passenger vessel will operate in the waters surrounding Lagos and has seating for 30 passengers. It is propelled by twin 250 h.p. Yamaha outboard engines and a 250-gallon fuel tank is provided. A full-length aluminum canopy will protect passengers from the extreme heat and
Golar LNG announced today that it has been awarded 2 time charters by Nigeria LNG Ltd ("NLNG") to employ the recently delivered Golar Frost and Golar Crystal. Employment of both vessels under these contracts will commence in January 2015 and will continue for a duration of approximately 12 months for each vessel. NLNG has elected to retire earlier than planned 3 of its smaller and less efficient LNG Carriers and to replace these with Golar's more modern and technically
Austal USA, the fast expanding US aluminum shipyard subsidiary of Austal Ships, has signed an important contract for a catamaran dinner cruise vessel with the well-established and highly respected Island Queen Cruises of Miami, Florida. Contract value is not being published but delivery will be in November 2002 in time for the busy Christmas season. Charles Sofge, the major shareholder in Island Queen, is also a partner in the ownership of Aqua Cat
"Bourbon's performance for the year 2008 reflects strong growth in the offshore activities, keeping pace with deliveries of new vessels, with the renewal of old contracts and the use of outside charters when requested by our customers," said Jacques de Chateauvieux, Bourbon Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "In the Bulk Division, 2008 will remain a record-breaking year as Bourbon was affected by the sharp fall in rates at year-end only with a time lag."
Seaspan Corporation (NYSE:SSW) accepted delivery of a 4250 TEU containership named the CSAV Lebu from Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (YZJ) on June 4, 2010. This is Seaspan's tenth delivery in 2010, expanding the Company's operating fleet to 52 vessels. Compañia Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV) of Chile accepted delivery of the CSAV Lebu on June 7, 2010. The vessel is on charter to CSAV under a six-year, fixed-rate time charter
Joint venture (Etihad Shipbuilding. Melara Middle East & Fincantieri) starts operations at Al Fattan Shipyard in Abu Dhabi The joint venture, set up to concentrate on Middle East naval builds, kicks off by overseeing initially the maintenance and post-guarantee work on the first two of four “Saettia MK4” vessels delivered in recent years by Fincantieri to the Iraqi Navy. World name shipyard, Fincantieri is already building three vessels for the UAE Navy at the Italian
Marking its seventh ship delivery in the span of just over a year, General Dynamics NASSCO has delivered the newly built ECO Class tanker Garden State for American Petroleum Tankers. Garden State was delivered during a special signing ceremony and is one of three classes of ships
Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) has delivered five vessels as part of an 11-vessel order for New Port Project (NPP). Built entirely at the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in Ras Laffan Industrial City, the vessels were launched and delivered to NPP after successful completion of their
Drewry expects the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) movements to moderate in September on the back of steady grain, minor bulk and coal trades. However, the iron ore trade is likely to lose its momentum in coming months. The BDI continued its rollercoaster ride into August first falling then
Gazpromneft Marine Bunker Ltd performed its first delivery of marine oil to the vessel operated by Chevron in Ust-Luga port. The delivery was arranged with cooperation with Gazpromneft-Lubricants – the Gazprom neft’s oil and lubricants business operator – as
To support its ongoing dredging activities, Van Oord has commenced an 18-month charter agreement with Damen Marine Services for a Modular Multi Cat (MMuC) 2210. Damen completed construction under a short timescale, delivering the vessel just four months after contract signing
Blount Boats has delivered the Atlantic Pioneer, America’s first U.S.-flagged Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) for Atlantic Wind Transfers that will begin service for Deep Water Wind Block Island at the end of May. The 21-meter aluminum vessel was designed by South Boats IOW (Isle
Australia based shipbuilder Austal Limited has been awarded preferred tenderer status by the Commonwealth of Australia for the Pacific Patrol Boats Replacement (PPBR) Project involving the construction of up to 21 steel-hulled patrol vessels and through life sustainment over 30 years in a total
RNOV Al Mubshir, the first of two 72-meter High Speed Support Vessels (HSSVs) to be built by Austal Limited for the Royal Navy of Oman under a $124.9 million design, construct and integrated logistics support contract, has been delivered.
SAAM S.A., a towage company with operations across South, Central and North America, has taken delivery of two ASD Tugs 2411 from the Damen Shipyards Group. These compact yet powerful vessels deliver over 70 tonnes of bollard pull and are exceptionally manoeuvrable and reliable.
Rapido Gee, a 42m steel monohull utility vessel, has been delivered and is currently in transit to the Middle East. The vessel will be operated by Rashied Marine Services in the service of offshore platforms. Designed by Incat Crowther and built by Strategic Marine
Newly built chemical and product tanker Stenaweco Impulse was named by H.R.H. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, whobroke a bottle of champagne against the tanker’s bow and wished the vessel, her captain and his crew fortune and prosperity.
Austal Limited (Austal) informed that the U.S. Navy has accepted delivery of USNS Carson City (EPF 7) from Austal USA, during a ceremony held aboard the ship at Austal USA’s shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, USA on 24 June. This is the second vessel delivered by Austal USA to the U.S
M/V Glenn Autry, a U.S. flagged 205-foot aluminum monohull crew supply vessel has been delivered for Barry Graham Oil Service (BGOS) of Bayou La Batre, Ala. Designed by Incat Crowther and built by Halimar Shipyard in Morgan City, La
The construction of M/V Hezekiah and M/V Lady Dora, two 35-meter offshore security patrol vessels, has been completed for an undisclosed client in Lagos, Nigeria. The vessels are designed by Incat Crowther, classed by Bureau Veritas (BV) and were constructed by Veecraft Marine in Cape Town
Jakarta will boost security of small vessels after hijackings 15 July, says a report in Protection Vessels International Ltd (PVI). Indonesia is currently discussing with the International Maritime Organisation the rules for deployment of naval and coast guard vessels to escort