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GSL Launches Two and Commissions One

According to reports, Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has launched two vessels and commissioned one all on a single day. All three vessels have been designed and built by GSL for the Indian Coast Guard. The two vessels launched include an Extra Fast Patrol Vessel (XFPV) and an Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV). The 105 metre long AOPV will be the biggest vessel ever built for Indian Coast Guard. The XFPV will be the fifth in the series built by GSL. The commissioning of XFPV Coast Guard Ship Subhadra Kumari Chauhan was held at MPT jetty in Vasco. The 266 ton vessel is 50 meters long and is primarily designed for patrolling, anti-smuggling and anti-terrorist operations. With a speed of 35 knots, this vessel is fastest in its category ever built by any shipyard with unique feature of water-jet propulsion. It can also support navy during wartime as a coastal convoy escort and a communication link. The vessel has a minimum endurance of 1500 nautical miles and is fitted with one 30 mm gun, two 12.7 mm machine guns along with highly advanced navigation and communication equipment. For hot pursuit and capture operations requiring high-speed maneuverability, the vessel is powered by three 2720 Kw MTU diesel engines driving three independent water-jets. The hull of the vessel is strong enough to withstand Sea conditions upto sea state six.


A Worker to Explore the Seabed

Photo courtesy Seabed AS / Cummins Norway AS

Mariners have become accustom to seeing ever more complex and sophisticated vessels launched in support of the petroleum exploration industry. A new level was set this year when the Norwegian yard Fjellstrand AS launched the multi-purpose offshore vessel Seabed Worker for Seabed AS of Begen Norway.   The DP2 classed vessel has two 2500 kW stern-mounted Voith propulsion units, a Rolls Royce 1000-kW tunnel bow thruster and a Rolls Royce 1000-kW retractable azimuthing bow thruster


Fremantle, Strategic Marine Build OSV

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Two Western Australian companies have cooperated to set new design and construction standards for multi-million dollar high speed vessels built specifically for the Australian offshore market. Fremantle maritime support solutions company Samson Maritime ordered two 131.2 ft fast utility vessels from Henderson-based Strategic Marine last July, with the first of the vessels launched early this week at Strategic’s Singapore yard.


Northrop Grumman Supplies the Ancora

The new megayacht Ancora, which recently made its debut from Italy’s Baglietto shipyard in La Spezia, has been fitted with a state-of-the-art integrated bridge system (IBS) supplied by Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Sperry Marine business unit. The bridge electronics suite is based on Sperry Marine’s VisionMaster FT technology and features an array of TotalWatch multi-function workstations for controlling the ship’s radars, electronic chart system


Spanish Shipyard Launches Grampian Defiance

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The last in the series of new D class Emergency Response and Rescue Vessels (ERRVs), commissioned by Craig Group in a $55m investment programme, has been launched. The Grampian Defiance, the last of four new-build emergency rescue and response vessels (ERRVs) which will be managed by Craig Group division North Star Shipping, was launched today at Balenciaga Shipyard in Northern Spain. The new ERRVs – named the Grampian Don, the Grampian Dee


New Seismic Survey Boat: NAMJet Waterjet Propelled

Seismic Survey Boat WP 950: Photo credit Westplast AS

Norwegian shipbuilder Westplast AS chooses US-based NAMJet propulsion for its latest seismic survey vessel WP950. Designed as a global support platform for oil and gas industry seismographic research, the WP950 will also be used for streamer cable replacements. The boat is powered by twin 295-horsepower (hp) Yanmar diesels paired to twin TRAKTOR® Jet TJ 381 (15-inch) waterjets capable of propelling the 31-foot, 15,653-pound (7100 kg) craft to top speeds of 28 knots


Knight & Carver Acquired by Hybrid Firm

Arc Light Acquisition Adds Capabilities to Marine Compnay's Existing Services.   San Diego marine hybrid systems pioneer Arc Lite Power, LLC has signed an agreement to purchase National City shipyard Knight & Carver Maritime, the companies announced today. The $30 million total investment will expand the capabilities of the combined companies to serve the emerging “green marine” market.  Knight & Carver


Carisbrooke Shipping Chooses Thordon Bearings

 Vectis Eagle, an 8500 dwt multi-purpose dry cargo vessel.

Eco-conscious Carisbrooke opts for seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings on latest newbuildings.   The Vectis Eagle, an 8500 dwt multi-purpose dry cargo vessel, is Carisbrooke Shipping’s latest newbuild and first of their fleet to be fitted with Thordon COMPAC seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings.  The Finnish/Swedish 1A Ice-Class vessel launched in September 2011 and is currently carrying out its maiden voyage through the Panama Canal travelling from China to


Austal Deliver Joint High Speed Vessel, Launch the Next One

JHSV 3 Launch: Photo credit Austal

The second Austal-built Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV 2), USNS Choctaw County (JHSV 2) delivered to the Navy, & USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) was smoothly launched. USNS Choctaw County Austal USA President, Craig Perciavalle, had this to say regarding the delivery of Austal’s second-in-class JHSV: “The delivery of the USNS Choctaw County is a significant achievement for Austal and a proud day for the talented Austal JHSV shipbuilding team.”


New Zealand’s Q-West to Build High-speed Ferry

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As with most island nations, New Zealand is heavily dependent on ferries. By this time next year, there will be a new ferry added to the Auckland-based Fullers Group fleet. Currently being constructed at Q-West Boat Builders Ltd. on the Wanganui River, the Incat Crowther-designed catamaran will join a large number of aluminum vessels launched from this versatile yard. At 34 by 9.5 meters, with a molded depth of 3.05 meters, this will be among the larger vessels delivered from this yard


Mariner Medevaced in Alaska

An ailing mariner was medevaced from a fishing vessel in Beaver Inlet, approximately 13 miles southeast of Dutch Harbor, Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   The Coast Guard Air Station MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, deployed with the Munro on a Bering Sea patrol, departed Dutch Harbor


Indian Navy to Buy 50 Ship Borne Drones

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 Seeking to enhance its surveillance capabilities on its warships, the Indian Navy (IN) has now announced a global competition for procuring ‘Ship-Borne Unmanned Aerial Vehicles’ (UAV) that can augment various patrolling and search-related tactics on its vessels.  


Faster Rotterdam-St Petersburg Link

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  The Rotterdam (Netherlands)-based neutral consolidator FPS Famous Pacific Shipping has launched a new, weekly ocean LCL service from Rotterdam to St Petersburg (Russia) and vice versa for general groupage cargo. The service provides an alternative to the traditional routing via Vilnius


Vessels for the Future – New R&D Initiative

Dr. Pierre Sames

Looking ahead to 2020 and beyond, both maritime and inland waterways will be under ever increasing pressure, as we use them for transport, recreation and commercially. At European Shipping week, Dr Pierre C. Sames, Chairman of the European Research Association and Director of Maritime


Launch of Mississippi River Cruise Service

Viking Cruises Chairman Torstein Hagen announces the selection of the Port of New Orleans today as the homeport for Viking River Cruises first North American river cruise service.

 Governor Bobby Jindal and Viking Cruises Chairman Torstein Hagen announced the selection of New Orleans as the homeport for Viking River Cruises’ first North American river cruise itineraries. The Mississippi River cruises will operate from docking facilities near the French Quarter


Darwin LNG Launches Sell Tender

Australia's Darwin liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant, operated by Conoco Phillips, has launched a tender to sell one cargo loading April 6-7, according to traders familiar with the matter. The 3.5-million-tonne-per-annum facility has asked sellers to arrange their own shipping


Ferus Smit Launches Nordana Sky

Nordana Sky (Photo courtesy of Ferus Smit)

Ferus Smit launched multipurpose vessel Nordana Sky in Leer on February 21.   Nordana Sky, built as yard number 417, is the first in a series of six that will be delivered to Symphony Shipping. The ship will be chartered out to the Danish company Nordana and sail in her fleet after delivery


North Korea Reflags Ships to Evade Sanctions

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (Pic: Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea)

 A North Korea shipping company has been renaming and reflagging its vessels so it can evade an arms embargo, a UN report has said.   The effort by Pyongyang-headquartered Ocean Maritime Management Company, Ltd. is detailed in the report by a panel of experts that monitors sanctions on


Offshore Safety Training from Seagull

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 Saegull Maritime has announced the launch of two new computer-based training (CBT) modules, focusing on deck safety for specific types of offshore vessels that will be as useful for seasoned crew as well as newcomers.   The video training program covers deck safety for supply vessels


Fast Patrol Vessel launched by Cochin Shipyard

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 Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) has launched the 14th of the series of 20 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV) being built for the Indian Coast Guard.    With this, CSL said, it has accomplished a rare feat of achieving three ship building milestones viz, keel laying


Ferus Smit to Launch Newbuild Bulker

Arklow Breeze (Photo: Ferus Smit)

Ferus Smit will launch newbuild bulk carrier Arklow Breeze on Friday, March 20 at Westerbroek.   Arklow Breeze is the sixth and last vessel of a series to be delivered to a client from the city of Arklow, Ireland. The design is a bulk oriented general cargo ship that will be mainly employed


'Harmony of the Seas' to be World's Largest Cruise Ship

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 Royal Caribbean International will outdo itself again when it launches MV Harmony of the Seas in April 2016 which shall officially become the world’s largest cruise ship.     The line says the third vessel in its Oasis class series, to be called Harmony of the Seas


Zvezda Shipyard Comes Up Despite Western Sanctions

Zvezda Shipyard (Pics: Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center)

 German and Finnish partners continue to build Russia’s Far Eastern “Zvezda” shipyard for Arctic oil exploration ships, in spite of Western sanctions, reports Sputnik.   According to Director of the Far Eastern enterprise Yuri Filecroc


MOL Expands Container Fleet

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  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. has signed a deal for construction of four 20,000 TEU containerships with Samsung Heavy Industries. MOL also concluded an MOU for long-term chartering of two 20,000 TEU containerships with Shoei Kisen Kaisha, Ltd


First Deep Sea Exploration of the Perth Canyon Begins Today

      The RV Falkor (Photo courtesy of the Schmidt Ocean Institute)

  The first deep-sea exploration of the Perth Canyon, Australia's largest undersea valley, will launch today, Phys.org is reporting. The 12-day expedition is backed by Google billionaire Eric Schmidt and will study the conditions and marine life inside the canyon






 
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