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RoRo Ferry Accident Findings Released by UK's MAIB

Norcape: Photo credit MAIB

Investigation report of accident involving the ro-ro ferry 'Norcape' in the Firth of Clyde released by Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) . On 26 November 2011, the port windlass of the UK registered Ro-Ro vessel Norcape suffered catastrophic damage during an attempt to weigh anchor in near gale force winds. At 0354 the wind was south westerly 30 knots when the vessel anchored in Brodick Bay, Isle of Arran, with 8 shackles on the port anchor and the starboard anchor on the seabed to reduce anticipated yaw. A short time after anchoring, Norcape began to yaw, the intensity of which increased steadily until, at 0536, the vessel yawed through 150 degrees and the port cable began to slip through the windlass. The decision was taken to get underway, and the starboard anchor was weighed. The crew then began to weigh the port anchor, using engines to reduce the load on the cable. The wind strength was increasing steadily and the windlass struggled to recover the cable when, suddenly and without warning, the dog clutch shattered and the cable payed out to the bitter end. The cable was subsequently slipped and Norcape was taken out of service due to the damage to the windlass and the loss of her anchor. Key issues:     •    Crew were not aware of:     ◦    the operational limits of the vessel’s bowthruster.


'Ford' Anchor Aweigh at Newport News Shipbuilding

Anchor-handling test: Photo courtesy of HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries'  reports that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has successfully completed anchor testing on the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), bringing the ship closer to its 2016 delivery to the U.S. Navy. Ford's new anchor system features a lighter anchor and chain, weighing in at half the weight of the previous Nimitz-class carriers' anchor systems. Newport News shipbuilders recently gathered to test Ford's anchor windlass system that is used to


Bill to Require Anchors, Manned Barges

The Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Agirculture of the Massachussets legislature held a hearing on a bill to require tank barges carrying petroleum products to be equipped with an anchor system, anchor chain and windlass. The bill would also require tank barges to be manned unless the Department of Environmental Protection determines other technical or operational saftey measures provide an equivalent defree of protection.


QuietPower-HPU for Superyachts

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ABT-TRAC (Arcturus Marine) has released QuietPower HPU - a new modular hydraulic power unit (HPU) family for the superyacht industry. The QuietPower-HPU was developed specifically for superyachts to provide hydraulic power for stabilizers, thrusters, windlass and other deck functions with significantly less noise than is ordinarily associated with active hydraulics. The QuietPower HPU is manufactured as a module in the ABT-TRAC factory in Rohnert Park, California.


Ibercisa Supplies Iraqi Navi

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The Spanish company Ibercisa supplies equipment to Fincantieri, Cantieri Navali Italiani, S.p.A. through its agent Gecom, for four Saettia MK Patrol ships for the Iraqi Navy. Each of the Patrol ships is equipped with two capstans, one vertical electric anchor winch model MAN-E/V/16-S/1 chain (16 mm) and one auxiliary cargo winch RHIB model MAX-C/E/15/25-16 (6 ton direct pull). All the supplied equipment are electrically driven according to owners’ specifications


Coastal Marine Awarded Contract

Coastal Marine Equipment Inc. has been awarded a contract to provide the deck machinery for the Penn Maritime ATB (tug & barge) being constructed at Bay Shipbuilding (Manitowoc Marine Group) in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. Equipment for the 140,000 barrel barge includes the 2-3/16 in. stud link anchor windlass with soft rope mooring drum; three double drum wire rope mooring winches; and three 24 in. mooring capstans. All equipment is electrically driven and provided with variable frequency


Rolls-Royce to Supply Podded Propulsion, Deck Machinery for QM2

Rolls-Royce has won two new contracts to supply podded propulsion systems and deck machinery for Queen Mary 2, the new luxury cruise liner to be built for Cunard Line at Alstom Chantiers de l'Atlantique in France. It has also won contracts to supply podded propulsors to three other cruise ships. The total value of these contracts is approximately $21.2 million. Dr. Saul Lanyado, president - Marine for Rolls-Royce, said: "These contracts bring the total value of equipment orders we have won


Skipperliner Builds Second 124-ft. Motoryacht

SkipperLiner announced that Lady Romantica, a 124 x 25.5-ft. motoryacht, is under construction at the La Crosse, Wis., shipyard for Pintail Point Yacht Charters of Baltimore, Md. The 149-passenger vessel is destined for Baltimore's Inner Harbor and will offer dinner cruises, weddings, and private event charters. The eight month project began in May of this year. Lady Romantica will be the second 124-ft. motor yacht built by SkipperLiner this year


POSL Kent at A&P Falmouth

A&P Falmouth has recently completed repairs onboard the P&O Stena Line passenger/car ferry vessel, POSL Kent. The vessel arrived on the evening of the 23rd December 2001 and dry docked on arrival into No. 2 dock, work started on the 24th December and was carried out during the holiday period with only a short break for Christmas and New Years Day. During the docking period, work was carried out on both the starboard and port stabilisers


Friede Goldman Halter Finalizes $40 Million In New Contracts

Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. announced that it has recently finalized six new contracts with a total value of approximately $40 million. The contracts are with the following customers: · The Venezuelan government for the construction of two 153-foot LCU-type logistics support vessels. Financing for the project has been secured through the Export-Import Bank and all guarantees have been obtained. Construction for the vessels is anticipated to begin during the second quarter at the company's


Eastern to Build Offshore Vessel for Harvey Gulf

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Eastern Shipbuilding announced that on, Wednesday July 16, 2014, Harvey Gulf International Marine, Inc. (HGIM) and Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) entered into a contract to construct a new Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) RAmpage 6400 Multipurpose Field Support Vessel (MPFSV) at Eastern’s


MacGregor Winch Portfolio Wins Order from Marco Polo

MacGregor now offers an expanded portfolio comprising both MacGregor and Hatlapa products

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a contract with the Marco Polo Shipyard Pte Ltd with its facilities in Batam, Indonesia, to supply deck equipment for two 76m, 9,000kW anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels with bollard pulls of 150 metric tons, to be constructed for Marco Polo Marine


Seaway Powell Reports Successful Seawork 2014

Left to right: Chris Oswald, Director; Colin Dunford, Seaway Powell Production Manager; Vivian Watson, Hypac General Manager; and Tom Bibby, PT USA General Manager (Photo: Seaway Powell Marine)

Seaway Powell Marine, a company producing deck equipment, custom engineering solutions and electro-mechanical actuation, announced a successful week at Seawork International 2014. “With our best presence yet, there was a huge amount of interest in both the PT USA V Series Actuator and the


BAE Systems Gets USNS Wally Schirra Overhaul Contract

USNS Wally Schirra: Photo MSC

U.S. Department of Defense announces the award of a Navy US$10,354,523 contract to BAE Systems San Francisco Ship Repair, San Francisco, California, for work on the USNS  Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8). The firm-fixed-price contract is for a 58-calendar day regular overhaul and dry docking


USCG Cutter Biscayne Bay Hauled Out

Photo courtesy of The Great Lakes Group

Great Lakes Shipyard hauled out the United States Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay  using its 770-ton capacity Travelift.   The repair contract that started on May 7, 2014, includes drydocking and routine maintenance such as: Hull Plating and Ultrasonic Testing


ALP Tugs Get Rolls-Royce Deck Equipment

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Rolls-Royce has been awarded a £19m contract to deliver deck machinery for four ocean going tugs, designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions, for Dutch company ALP Maritime Services. The vessels will be constructed in Japan by Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair.


Handling Tug Meets the Sea at Uzmar

Photo: Uzmar

On February 21, 2014, Uzmar Shipyard, also known as “Workboat and Tug Factory” of Turkey, held a launching ceremony for the KOC MUSANED-2, the second of total 6 line handling tugs being built for Kuwait Oil Company’s tug fleet


SLM Winches: Commercial, On Deck and Heavy Duty

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Superior-Lidgerwood-Mundy’s standardized commercial winches are tough, customizable and built to last.  For 150 years, Superior-Lidgerwood-Mundy (SLM) has been at the forefront of innovation for the Marine Sector. Focusing on the strict Navy and USACE standards for much of that time


Rolls-Royce Develops OSV for Island Offshore

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Rolls-Royce has won an order to provide integrated design and ship equipment for a highly innovative offshore vessel for Norwegian ship owner Island Offshore. The new striking UT 777 design has been developed in close cooperation with Island Offshore


USCG Safety Alert: Entanglement Accidents

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A recent marine casualty involving a severe injury to a crewmember aboard an inspected passenger vessel reminds us that these hazards happen in any segment of the maritime industry. Moving, rotating and reciprocating machinery may include (but are not limited to) rotating or spinning shafts


Attention on Deck!

U.S. Coast Guard Safety Alert for Commercial Fishing Vessels.   According to U. S. Bureau of Labor statistics, in 2012 commercial fishing was the second most dangerous occupation in the country, with over 117 fatalities per 100,000 workers


New Rexroth Facility Offers Hydraulics Training

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Training for hydraulics and controls technologies used in marine, offshore and industrial applications is now available through the newly opened Rexroth Technology and Service Center at 10305 Round Up Lane in Houston, Texas. Comprehensive


Cheoy Lee AHTS Handed Over to Teras Offshore

AHTS Teras Bethel: Photo credit Cheoy Lee

Hong Kong's Cheoy Lee Shipyard has handed over the second in a series of five 50m Towing/Anchor Handling Tugs for Teras Offshore in Singapore. The new AHTS Teras Bethel sailed directly to Batam in Indonesia (dodging a typhoon) where she will enter service


Seaway Powell Launches Onsite Servicing and Repair

Seaway Powell Marine, a British engineering company specializing in the design and manufacture of marine hydraulic systems, now has a mobile service and repair team for winches, windlasses, hydraulic and conventional sail and rigging controls.


Compliant Hydraulic Fluid Gains Industry Use

Photo: Panolin America

In the search to find EPA Vessel General Permit (VGP) compliant lubricants, ship owners don't have to sacrifice performance or competitive pricing to meet the regulations. Panolin America offers a range of Greenmarine environmentally considerate lubricants






 
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