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Middle East Workboats: Supporting GCC Cross-sector Expansion

Middle East Workboats 2011, the region’s leading event for workboat operators, builders and equipment suppliers returns to Abu Dhabi at a time when the maritime industry is rapidly accelerating in countries across the Gulf. Renewed growth across various important maritime and related sectors including harbour and escort tug business, support and servicing along with coastal construction, energy exploration and production and others underscores the importance of this event. A key opportunity in the sector is created by the ageing fleet of workboats in the region, with an estimated 40-50% of these more than 20 years old, requiring extensive capital investment in the months ahead in modernising and upgrading vessels. “Driven by a number of factors, the workboat sector is now once again firmly back in expansion mode, as evidenced by the interest this year’s Middle East Workboats has generated already,” said Emma Hamilton, Middle East Marketing Manager at Seatrade, organisers of Middle East Workboats, which runs from 3-5 October 2011 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). “From landing craft delivering plant and construction equipment, to ferry and water taxi craft visiting new island developments off the Abu Dhabi coastline, supporting land reclamation and new port development along with greenfields energy exploration in the Gulf, Red Sea, and Oman, existing vessels are in rising demand,” added Hamilton.

Apply Now for the MN 100


The August 2015 edition of Marine News, the leading voice in the North American workboat market, will feature 100 leaders and innovators, including workboat owners and operators, workboat builders and repairers, and product and service providers.   Is your firm a top 100 workboat, brown water or inland enterprise? Participation is free, but to be considered you must apply before the June 20, 2015 deadline.  

Projects Drive Growth in Middle East

Multi-billion dollar projects in the Middle East oil and gas industry are driving developments in the design and operation of the workhorses of the sea, according to industry experts. A growing demand for workboats of all sizes is also being stimulated by the mega-dollar port and reclamation schemes taking place around the Arabian Peninsula. All will come under the spotlight at a dedicated industry event - Middle East Workboats 2008 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (28-30

Maritime Expo Reports Big Rise in Exhibitors

Workboats include tugs, ferries, supply vessels; police, fire, patrol, pilot, rescue and oil spill boats; along with, dredgers, barges and floating cranes with more than 2,000 such vessels estimated to be docked or repaired in the Middle East. Source: Esnaad Marine (ADNOC)

“While the economic downturn has taken its toll on the global shipping industry, the Middle East market for workboats of all kinds continues to show vigorous growth,” said Christopher Hayman, Chairman of Seatrade, organiser of the Middle East Workboats exhibition and conference from 5-7 October 2009 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Workboats include tugs, ferries, supply vessels; police, fire, patrol, pilot, rescue and oil spill boats; along with, dredgers

Dredger Builder Delivers Workboats Too

Dredger Workboat: Photo credit IHC Beaver Dredgers

IHC Beaver Dredgers, known for standard cutter suction vessels, continues to deliver workboats to complement its dredgers. For example, the company has supplied another Delta Multi Craft (DMC) 1050 to support an IHC Beaver® 1200 for its operations in Nigeria. The workboat was supplied from stock to ensure a minimum lead time and it has now formed the perfect working partnership with the dredger. The versatile DMC 1050 will assist the dredger in its daily operations

Helm Report Says Workboat, OSV Safety Compromised

Ron deBruyne, CEO and Founder of Helm Operations

  Some 50% of crews working on offshore support vessels are willing to compromise safety rather than say ‘no’ to clients or senior management, while nearly 80% believe commercial pressures could influence the safety of their working practices.   The chilling findings, released to coincide with this week’s International Maritime Organization Maritime Safety Committee meeting, come from a new report on workboat and OSV safety commissioned by operations and

USCG Rescues Workboat Crew

Coast Guard crews rescue nine people after a workboat struck and became lodged on a wellhead near Venice, La., seven miles north of Main Pass. Four HH-65C rescue helicopter crews from Air Station New Orleans medevaced six people from the workboat who were injured. Four men were flown to Air Station New Orleans where they were met by ambulances and two others were flown directly to West Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

Polarcirkel Expands Design


Polarcirkel AS partnered with Nova Sea AS, Norway, to design and build a Cabin Workboat for transporting personnel out to fish farming feed barges, even in the harshest weather conditions. Designated the Polarcirkel 860 Cabin Workboat, MS Nova Polar is built to the standard 28 ft 3 inch Polarcirkel limit, with the 10 ft beam providing a great working deck and a huge cabin with lots of head room and all round visibility.

UK Shipyard Delivers Windfarm Support Vessel

Alicat Catamaran Under Construction: Photo courtesy of Alicat

Alicat Workboats, of Great Yarmouth,  delivers its latest catamaran workboat 'Dalby Trent' to Dalby Offshore. Continuing the long history of shipbuilding in Great Yarmouth, Alicat Workboats based on Southtown Road and part of the Gardline group, formally hands over its latest aluminium built wind farm support vessel to Dalby Offshore. The Dalby Trent is the third Alicat to be delivered to Dalby Offshore, and Stuart McNiven

MN100 Edition Deadline Fast Approaching

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The August 2015 edition of MarineNews, the leading voice in the North American workboat market, will feature 100 leaders and innovators, including workboat owners and operators, workboat builders and repairers, and product and service providers.   Is your firm a top 100 workboat, brown water or inland enterprise? Participation is free, but in order to be considered you must apply at the link shown below - and time is running out quickly. We must have your entry this week

Helm Announces Maintenance & Compliance Release


In line with the Subchapter M waterways rules which are due to come into effect in 2016, Helm Operations will introduce the full capability of it’s latest Maintenance and Compliance solution, Helm CONNECT, at this year’s International Workboat Show (IWS).  

Grandweld Delivers Vessel to ADNOC

United Arab Emirates leading shipyard Grandweld has delivered a dive maintenance and support vessel TAWAM1 to Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).   Grandweld took the newbuild project from conception to completion, designing and building the 50-meter long vessel with a 65-ton bollard

Rolls-Royce to Exhibit Power Offerings at WorkBoat

The EPA Tier 3 certified MTU 8V 4000 Ironmen marine engine will be on display at the upcoming International Workboat Show 2015 in New Orleans. (Image: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce will showcase its latest marine power innovations, including several MTU commercial marine products and systems, at the International Workboat Show 2015, December 1-3 in New Orleans. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Land & Sea division of Rolls-Royce.

SSI to Unveil ShipConstructor 2016 R2 at WorkBoat

SSI's latest release, ShipConstructor 2016 R2 will be unveiled for the first time in public at the International WorkBoat Show, December 1-3, in New Orleans.   According to SSI, the new software enhances productivity via new features and benefits

Gondon Shipyard Expansion Underway

Photo: Gondan Shipyard

Spanish shipbuilder continues expansion and improvement process at several of its facilities targeting increased productivity Gondan Shipyard announced it has completed a new stage of improvement and expansion at its facilities in Figueras

Tuco Debuts New Dive and ROV Support Boats

Image: Tuco Marine

Denmark’s Tuco Marine has revealed its new dive support and ROV Support boat designs. The two new vessels complement the designer’s range of ProZero workboats and daughter crafts and are dedicated the dive and ROV markets.   

MN 100: The General Ship Repair Corporation


The General Ship Repair Corporation, a fixture on the Baltimore, Maryland waterfront for nearly a century since its founding by Charles “Buck” Lynch in 1924, has become the de facto ‘go to’ for workboat repair in the Baltimore area and is enjoying a strong year

Yanmar to Display New Common-rail Diesels at METS

Yanmar Marine International (YMI) will show its new range of common-rail fuel injected marine diesel engines rated for leisure marine and workboat applications at METS 2015, RAI Amsterdam, November 17 - 19.   Topping the bill of new inboards is its in-line six-cylinder is rated at 440 mhp

Aaron Smith Takes the Helm at OMSA

Aaron Smith (Photo: OMSA)

Aaron Smith has been appointed as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Offshore Marine Services Association, Inc. (OMSA), the national trade association representing the U.S.-flag offshore workboat industry.   Smith’s appointment follows the resignation of Ben Billings

New Tug for NY Power Authority

Daniel Joncaire II (Photo: BHGI)

A newly built 45-foot twin-screw tug Daniel Joncaire II has been launched for the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the vessel’s designer Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) announced today.   BHGI was awarded a contract by NYPA to engineer

EnviroLogic 210EP Approved for Thrustmaster

RSC Bio Solutions announced that its EnviroLogic 210EP readily biodegradable gear oil has been approved for use in Thrustmaster gearboxes and thrusters.   With this approval, Thrustmaster has extended its existing relationship with RSC Bio Solutions

Solar-electric Workboat Completes Maiden Cargo Run

Photo: Torqeedo

Harnessing solar propulsion, the 39-foot vessel Solar Sal has recently completed the final leg of its maiden cargo run, carrying recycled cardboard along the Erie Canal without using a single drop of fossil fuel. Solar Sal traversed 72 locks and traveled a total of 650 miles across the state of

New Damen Shoalbuster Named

Mr Sithembiso Mthethwa (Director, SMIT Amandla Marine), Mr Sam Montsi (Chairman, Damen Shipyards Cape Town), Mr Paul Maclons (Managing Director, SMIT Amandla Marine), Dr Rob Davies (Minister of Trade & Industry, South Afric

  The naming ceremony for the first of the two Damen Shoalbusters 3009 being built for marine solutions specialist SMIT Amandla Marine at Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT), was held on Thursday, 29 October 2015. Mrs Jenny Coltman, Spouse of the Chairman of De Beers Group Services

Emissions Control Takes Center Stage for Workboat Engines

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Today’s workboat operators must navigate increasingly stringent IMO and EPA environmental and emissions regulations in and around ports and rivers. As the drama unfolds, selective catalytic reduction or SCR is emerging as a viable vehicle to do just that

Long and Successful Links: Sanmar Hosts Robert G Allan

Photo: Sanmar

Some 200 delegates from all around Turkey attended the Pilotage & Towage Services Technologies Congress in Izmir, an event supported by shipbuilder Sanmar, whose Projects Director Ali Gurun presented a paper about technical specification of modern harbor and terminal tug boats outside of

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