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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


GLG Shipyard Applies Finishing Touches to 'Biscayne Bay'

Welding work on Cutter Biscayne Bay: Photo GLG

Great Lakes Group says it has reached the final stages of the routine maintenance and drydock contract on the USCG Cutter BISCAYNE BAY, the second of the USCG’s six Great Lakes-stationed 140-foot Bay-class ice-breaking tugs to be drydocked in the Group's shipyard. The mainenance project included: Hull Plating and Ultrasonic Testing Appendages and Leak Test Shaft Seal Assembly and Overhaul Rudder Assembly, Remove, Inspect and Reinstall


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.


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


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.


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


MacGregor Wins Fujian Southeast Shipyard Contract

MacGregor deck machinery orders

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won a contract from Fujian Southeast Shipyard in China to supply deck equipment packages for two 78m anchor-handling/offshore support vessels under construction for Singapore-based Adhart Shipping Pte Ltd.  The order was booked into fourth quarter 2014 order intake.   The 12,000 bhp, 150 tonne bollard pull vessels are intended for operations in Asia/Pacific, the Middle East and West Africa


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 Appendages and Leak Test Shaft Seal Assembly and Overhaul Rudder Assembly, Remove, Inspect and Reinstall Anchor Windlass, Level 2 Inspect and Repair


Great Lakes Shipyard Performs USCG Drydocking

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

On April 25, Great Lakes Shipyard hauled out the U.S. Coast Guard’s 125’ x 52’ Aids to Navigation Barge (12001). Using the Shipyard’s 770-ton Marine Travelift, the yard lifted the 620-ton AToN barge quickly and easily, and placed it on drydocking blocks.  


Vesper Marine Updates WatchMate Vision

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Vesper Marine, a manufacturer of marine safety products, announced a free upgrade for its flagship AIS Class B transponder, the WatchMate Vision, streamlining usability, while adding new safety features and enhancements to the user experience.  


MacGregor Launches Compact Pusnes RamWindlass

MacGregors new Pusnes RamWindlass meets market demand for ever more compact deck machinery arrangements Photo MacGregor

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, continues to add to its market-leading Pusnes product range and its latest introduction is a Pusnes RamWindlass. The new windlass is based on a chain-jack design and employs similar technology used in MacGregor's successful range of Pusnes RamWinches.  


DNV GL, Gard, The Swedish Club Step in to Cut Anchor Losses

The root cause of many groundings and collisions, lost anchors are among the top five reasons for claims costs Photo DNV GL

The root cause of many groundings and collisions, lost anchors are among the top five reasons for claims costs. A rising number of anchor losses reported over the last several years prompted DNV GL, Gard and The Swedish Club to investigate this issue


Robert Allan RAstar Tugs for Italtugs

RAstar3200Wescort tug Courtesy Robert Allan

Sanmar A.Ş.delivered the Robert Allan Ltd. designed RAstar3200Wescort tugs Civitavecchia and Saraceno Primo to Italian tugboat operator Italtugs S.p.A.   The tugs were constructed at Sanmar’s Tuzla facility, the greenest shipyard in Turkey


Fishing Vessel Repurposed Following Conversion

Defender (Photo: Jensen Maritime)

A 170-foot long, 40-foot wide fishing vessel, now named Defender, recently underwent a significant conversion to become the first fish pumping vessel in the Global Seas and Patti Marine Enterprises Inc fleet. Selected to provide engineering services including structural and mechanical work for the


V&A Completes Repair Package for Whitaker Tankers

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Merseyside marine hydraulics specialist V&A announced it has completed a vessel repair package for Runcorn-based international fuel bunkering firm Whitaker Tankers.   The Birkenhead-based family-run firm has delivered a series of complex hydraulic upgrades to the short haul fuel tanker


UK-built Mussel Boat for Offshore Shellfish

Alysée (Photo: Alnmaritec)

U.K. based boat builder Alnmaritec announced it has designed and built a new 15.2-meter aluminum Wave Farmer 1400 mussel farming boat, Alysée, for U.K. shellfish farmer Offshore Shellfish.   Developed from Alnmaritec’s Wave Train catamaran hull form


Palfinger Equipment Package for Kreuz Subsea’s New Vessel

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Palfinger Marine has been contracted to deliver lifesaving equipment and a winch package for Kreuz Subsea’s newbuild vessel, a Vard 317 design.   The vessel for the Singapore-based integrated offshore subsea service provider Kreuz Subsea is designed and constructed by Vard


Gibdock Wins Exhaust Scrubber Project

Photo: Gibdock

Gibdock has secured an exhaust gas scrubber retrofit project covering five vessels operated by ship management major Norbulk Shipping and owned by global shipping group Vroon.   The contract represents a sizeable debut in specialized EGS work


Seaspan Unveils Massive Barge in Canada

Seaspan 252 (Photo: Paul Hilder)

Seaspan bulks up investment in BC’s marine sector, celebrates addition of fourth new barge in the past 10 months  Seaspan Marine unveiled the newest addition to its marine fleet, a 16,000-metric-ton barge named Seaspan 252, during an official commissioning ceremony at Seaspan’s


Deck Cargo Barge on Delivery Voyage to Canada

Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.

A 16,000 DWT deck cargo barge, Seaspan 252, was handed over to its owner, Seaspan Marine, in August, 2015.   The barge, 114 meters long by 27.5 meters wide with a depth of 8.4 meters and classed ABS +A1 Barge, was designed by Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, B.C


Cargotec Bags Daewoo's Deck Machinery Order

MacGregors  Combined Anchor and Mooring Winches

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has signed a major contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd in South Korea to supply a range of Hatlapa deck machinery for ten 172,600m3 liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers. MacGregor will deliver electrically-driven deck machinery


MacGregor's Deck Equipment for Chinese Shipbuilder

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  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won a contract from Chinese shipbuilder Wuhu Xinlian to supply two complete deck equipment packages for a pair of 78m anchor handling, supply and oil recovery vessels.   The MacGregor equipment will be installed on the 12,000 bhp


Two New Tugs to Serve Western Australia

RT Endeavour and RT Discovery in Hong Kong awaiting deployment to Western Australia

Robert Allan Ltd. Designed ART 80-32 Rotortugs Delivered in Hong Kong and Ready for Deployment to Western Australia   The RT Discovery and RT Endeavour, ART 80-32 class Rotortugs, have been delivered by Cheoy Lee Shipyards to Owner’s Elisabeth Ltd






 
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