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Strong Track-record Wins Repeat MacGregor Orders

A series of new MacGregor offshore winch orders, secured in October, will serve the strong demand for maintenance, hook-up and commissioning services for existing oil platforms within the shallow water region of the Malay basin, says Francis Wong, Director, Segment Sales and Marketing, Offshore.   "As oil prices remain high and oil majors continue to invest in exploration and production activities in the region, this has continued to boost the demand for new businesses relating to these services," explains Mr Wong. "Consequently, maintenance work boats and barges are in high demand to serve the needs of the area's oil platforms, many of which are operated by Petronas and Shell.   "Our equipment has a proven track-record in the area and the majority of these orders are repeat contracts from operators and shipyards. Our service networks within the region are another important strength," he notes. Orders secured in October include two eight-point mooring systems, each with a 90-tonne line pull, a 150-tonne brake holding capability and a 1,500m x 52mm diameter wire drum capacity, for accommodation work barges. The vessels are being built by Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co Ltd, in China, under a subcontract agreement with leading Malaysian offshore support vessel builder, Nam Cheong Dockyard Sdn Bhd. The equipment is scheduled for delivery between the second and third quarter of 2013.  


Houston Ship Channel Reopens Vessel Traffic

The Houston Ship Channel reopened to vessel traffic after being closed for three to four hours after a collision between a towboat and a work vessel in which one person was killed, a U.S. Coast Guard official said. The collision occurred near the Barbour's Cut location on the ship channel, a busy waterway lined with oil refineries and petrochemical plants that links Houston to Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to the fatality, five people were thrown into the water


LNG as Alternative Fuel on Workboats Conference Agenda

Andrew Brown, Business Development Director, Lamnalco Group

Leading maritime services experts to debate key technical, environmental, health and safety issues of adopting LNG marine fuel at Middle East Workboats 2011.   The future of LNG as a viable and sustainable alternative marine fuel for working vessels is one of the most eagerly-anticipated sessions taking place at Middle East Workboats 2011, the definitive event for workboat operators, builders and equipment suppliers


Shipbuilding Industry Makes a Soft Landing

The  landing has been cushioned by a shift in orders from mainstream-type merchant ships towards specialised offshore segment support vessels. According to the BIMCO analysis the shipyard industry seemed to head straight for the output-abyss just 15 months ago. Today the transition from recent years' record high shipyard output to a more sustainable level of output appears to soft-land with global shipyard output clearly slowing down


Slide Fuel-Valve a MAN Success Story

Slide Fuel-Valve: Image courtesy of MAN

First introduced at the turn of the millennium, MAN PrimeServ – MAN Diesel & Turbo’s service division – recently retrofitted its 20,000th slide fuel-valve.
 Christian Ludwig – Head of Retrofit & Upgrade – MAN Diesel & Turbo, said: “Slide fuel-valves have proved to be very popular within the marine, two-stroke market. Really, it’s a case of having introduced the right technology at the right time and the slide fuel-valve’s strong


Unique DP System Thrusts US Offshore Wind Sector

Photo: Thrustmaster

Offshore wind construction in the U.S. sees opportunities for effective conversions of existing jack-ups into wind turbine installation vessels Thrustmaster of Texas, a marine propulsion design and manufacturing company in the U.S., is looking to give an edge to U.S. based marine jack-up operators wanting to enter the U.S. offshore wind farm construction and maintenance sector by cutting the cost of entry in half with a unique propulsion system that allows conversion of existing vessels to


The Story of Shallow Draft Elevating Boats

In 1982, 2-D (two-dimensional) seismographic technology was the hot and newest technique being used to locate oil and gas. Geophysicists, along with drill rigs, geophones and computers, were traversing both land and water in the petroleum belt to locate what lay beneath the Earth's surface. Typically, the offshore exploration using this technology would require chartering vessels, which were available near the proximity of the work site


Use U.S. Vessels in Gulf Spill Cleanup Says OMSA

The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) released a statement saying that recent news stories have been erroneously reporting that foreign skimming vessels are not able to work on the BP oil spill clean up because of the Jones Act. These reports are incorrect, the association said. The Jones Act does not apply and therefore does not prevent foreign vessels from working on oil skimming operations in waters beyond the state’s three mile limit


C-Vu 3D VTS: New 3D Vessel Tracking System

Cargo ship entering Southampton.

The new course to follow in controlling port traffic. A step change to enhance safety and improve operational efficiency.   Large ships navigating narrow waterways are always vulnerable to accidents – one only has to think of the Sea Empress tanker disaster at Milford Haven, or more recently the wrecking of the Costa Concordia. Managing their progress, usually in and out of ports and in other restricted channels, has understandably assumed a critical role in ensuring their safety


Laying Water Pipeline, Cables in Hong Kong Port

Hong Kong Port

  Hong Kong Marine Department informs that from 2 July 2014 and for approximately 3 months,  marine works involving temporary laying of submarine tracking cables and concrete blocks, pulling of tracking cables, under-seabed water pipeline tunnel drilling works and diving operations will be carried out [between Hei Ling Chau and Sunshine Island] within the works area bounded by the shore and straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (B) and (C) to


Barge Master Installed on Walk-To-Work Vessel

Photo courtesy of Barge Master

On October 14 the Barge Master BM-T40 system motion-compensated knuckle boom crane pedestal was installed on the new Wagenborg Walk-to-Work vessel, designed and built by Royal Niestern Sander. The vessel and Barge Master system will be delivered in the first quarter of 2015


CSC Launches Gas Storage Integrity Management Team

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UK-based Chesterfield Special Cylinders (CSC) has launched a new integrity management team to work with owners and operators of high pressure gas storage vessels as installed in rigs and ships, and with gas majors and classification bodies to maximize vessels’ lifetime performance and safety


Seawall Reinstatement at Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

    For approximately four months, seawall reinstatement works will be carried out at the Yacht Club inside Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:


Damen Wraps Another Cruise Repair Project

Photo: Damen

Saga Sapphire heads to the Canaries after repair and refurbishment works at Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam   The Saga Cruises-owned Saga Sapphire left Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam December 19 after receiving repair and refurbishment works as well as a scheduled Class Survey. The 199


Sureclean Services Haewene Brim FPSO

Photo courtesy Sureclean

International industrial cleaning contractor Sureclean completed its largest project to date providing services in support of the Haewene Brim FPSO, Brynhild Project modification and upgrade. Through its relationship with Global Energy Group


APM Terminals Leads Productivity Rankings Again

The JOC Group’s latest study of port productivity data, covering the year 2013, retains APM Terminals Yokohama as the world’s leading container terminal in productivity with 163 container moves per vessel hour (MPH). Eleven facilities in the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network were


Laborde Draws Repeat Customer

Vidalia Dock

Carla Jenkins of Vidalia, Louisiana, proudly carries on a family tradition of business on the waterways. Owner and operator of Vidalia Dock and Storage, a company started by her father in 1956, Jenkins relies on engine distributor Laborde Products to keep her fleet running reliably.


MAN Extends High Speed Power Range

Image: MAN

MAN announced it will present a newly developed 12-cylinder V-engine for use in working vessels at the SMM 2014 trade fair in Hamburg, Germany. The German engine manufacturer will thereby extend the power range of its high-speed marine engines for heavy-duty operation up to 735 kW (1,000 hp).


Voith to Exhibit High Efficiency and DP Systems at SMM

Voith Inline Thruster

At this year’s SMM in Hamburg, Voith will showcase propulsion systems and vessel concepts focusing on high efficiency and dynamic positioning even under challenging conditions. In hall A4, booth 203, a Voith Schneider Propeller as well as the Voith Inline Thruster 850


Dredging at New Yau Ma Tei Typhoon Shelter, Hong Kong

For approximately 5 months, dredging operations will be carried out [at New Yau Ma Tei Typhoon Shelter] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS84 Datum) from (A) to (B) and (C) to (D) and the adjacent breakwater and shoreline:


MAN to Display New Offerings at SMM

Inspired by the motto "The Power of Shipping", MAN Diesel & Turbo will showcase its products and services at the SMM international maritime trade fair in Hamburg next week. The company’s motto relates both to the importance and the consistent


MAN Diesel & Turbo Introduces New High-Speed Engine

With the MAN 12V175D, MAN Diesel & Turbo will be presenting the first cylinder version of its new high-speed engine family at this year's maritime trade fair SMM in Hamburg. The twelve-cylinder model, developed especially for use in the shipping industry


Damen Building Walk 2 Work Vessel on Speculation

Image: Damen

After making final touches to the Damen Walk 2 Work vessel, a completely new and innovative design for the offshore support vessel market, Dutch shipbuilder Damen decided to start building the vessel on speculation, marked with the start of the basic and consequently detailed engineering of the


MTU Shows SMM it's Ready for IMO Tier lll

Gas-engined tug: Rendering MTU

The Rolls-Royce brand MTU is showing its concepts at the current SMM, Hamburg, in response to the IMO Tier III emission standard which is due to come into force in 2016. “MTU is well-prepared for IMO Tier III, be it with SCR exhaust aftertreatment systems for diesel engines or with gas


Gibdock Wraps Up Repair Work for Grimaldi

Photo courtesy of Gibdock

The Grande Angola left Gibdock on Tuesday following the on-time completion of a scheduled package of repair works, the shipyard reported. The project covered work on the second vessel in a two-vessel contract between Gibdock and Grimaldi Group






 
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