In only its second year, the Middle East Workboats 2009 exhibition and conference concluded with a 70% increase in the number of exhibitors and a 60% increase in exhibition space compared with the previous event. “The offshore marine support industry is upbeat about the future in this region and there can be no more powerful sign of the continuing development of the sector than the participation in this show of so many regional and international players,” said Christopher Hayman, Chairman of Seatrade, organizers of Middle East Workboats, which was held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). The organizers reported 2,676 high level participants – a 28% increase on last year - with visitors including government ministers, municipality officials and top management from a wide range of industries including the oil and gas sector. Ma Guohua, Vice Mayor Zhoushan Municipality, People’s Republic of China, headed a large Chinese delegation of executives from the shipbuilding region to Middle East Workboats this year who were also seeking a share of the expanding market in the region. “We are exploring the international market and this region is very strong in the offshore supply support sector and that is why Middle East Workboats comes into the picture for us,” he said.
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.
Incat Crowther is pleased to announce the design of a 24m Catamaran Passenger Ferry to be built by Baltic Workboats in Estonia. The vessel is a follow up to the Incat Crowther-designed 24m Catamaran Scientific Research Catamaran under construction at the yard, and will be operated in the Gulf of Riga, Estonia. Incat Crowther worked closely with Baltic workboats in their successful bid, developing a vessel utilizing the same platform as the research vessel
Aberdeen Harbour has awarded Macduff Shipyards the contract to build a new workboat. The $1.5m vessel, inclusive of its high-tech survey suite is due for delivery in 2011, and will replace the port’s existing workboat. It will be fitted with twin 350 hp engines, a deck crane and at 147.f ft in length, will be used for general harbour activities including surveying, plough dredging and debris recovery. Ray Shaw, operations director & harbour master at Aberdeen Harbour
AVEVA Inc. has announced its 2011 AVEVA World North America User Conference, which will take place November 29–December 1 at the Westin New Orleans Canal Place Hotel in New Orleans, LA. The conference aims to deliver product expertise that will empower technical knowledge and enhance skills, which can then be applied in real-world environments. This year’s theme is ‘Joined up thinking’ and targets engineers and designers who operate AVEVA software in Engineering
The PVA convention General Session, scheduled for Monday, February 15, from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. will feature Jim Zitek with his presentation, “Economic Conflict: Are We on the Road to Recovery in 2010?” Jim Zitek, an expert on finance and the economy will help provide clarity in a world of economic confusion. He will help eliminate your frustration by exploring the three major approaches economists use to analyze the economy
This bulletin addresses the Notice Of Arrival requirements for privately owned yachts arriving to the U.S. 1. Under Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations, part 160.202 and160.203, foreign recreational vessels over 300 GT are required to file a Notice of Arrival (NOA) with the National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) prior to arrival into the US. 2. There has been some confusion by vessel operators concerning how “Cruising Licenses” issued by Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) opened an invitation to Expressions of Interest (EOI) from international and Egyptian consultants for taking part in the preparation of the Master Plan of the Suez Canal Regional Development Project. SCA said that consultants who had expressed their interest before are not requested to apply again. Details on Expressions of Interest, the Preparation Form and the address are available on the SCA website: http://www.suezcanal.gov.eg/sc.aspx?show=67
From October 31-November 2, 2013, the State University of New York Maritime College (SUNYMC), in partnership with the Maritime Administration (MARAD), will host the sixth annual Women on the Water (WOW) Conference in Throggs Neck, NY. The Conference will bring cadets from the State Maritime Academies and midshipmen from the United States Maritime Academy together with professional women and men who are leaders in various sectors of the maritime industry
The U.K.'s largest Port Authority has specified a Caterpillar 3056 marine engine to provide propulsion power onboard a new 32-ft. (9.7-m) salvage cutter. The Port of London Authority ordered the new vessel to replace an aging cutter, which has been part of a team of three boats providing support for the authority's two salvage ships Hookness and Crossness since the early 1970s. Being built by Wickham Marine of Colchester using an innovative jig system
The Kent and Essex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (KEIFCA) placed a contract for a 17-meter GRP Blyth Workcat for use when monitoring fishing activities around the Kent and Essex coasts. The new boat is being built to meet the exact requirements of KEIFCA which has specified a
Vessel tracking and asset/document management software, used by hundreds of U.S. commercial workboat and fishing customers, is now available internationally for integration into existing partner applications. McMurdo Group, a company in end-to-end search and rescue (SAR) and
A recent white paper by marine data analytics software provider ESRG outlines the way forward for operators who embrace the latest in technology. Today, only a minority of vessels are positioned to capture industrial internet benefits. That said; almost every new-build ship will have technology
As appears in the February edition of Marine News Now clear of the holidays and into an already exciting 2014 on the waterfront, we find ourselves plowing ahead with the proverbial bone in our teeth. That’s because, beyond my questionable nautical metaphor
On February 21, 2014 UZMAR Shipyard, also known as “Workboat and Tug Factory” of Turkey, announced the delivery of first two most advanced diesel electric shallow draft river push boats to Brazilian Owners, Hidrovias do Brazil S.A.
Individual $10,000 scholarships to be awarded over four years to one student from each of Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City . Applications are now being accepted for the 12th annual Northrop Grumman Corporation Engineering Scholars competition, which will provide $240
China’s Ministry of Finance and State Administration of Taxation released Circular 106 last December, expanding its value-added tax (VAT) pilot program to additional industries. The circular also made significant updates to the VAT treatment of services related to the international
During the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s markup of H.R. 4005, the Coast Guard Reauthorization Bill, Subcommittee Ranking Member Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA) spoke up for American jobs, a revival of the maritime industry
On July 2, 2013, Norsafe and the Swedish Coastguard (KBV) signed a frame contract concerning the delivery of their next generation workboats. The total number of boats is undecided but in October Norsafe received the seventh boat order for delivery in 2014 - a contract to deliver the next
The U.K.’s largest independent safety supplier Ocean Safety has delivered a full safety inventory to the new workboat for Svitzer UK, as part of their ongoing contract to supply and support the U.K. fleet. The new workboat Svitzer Leven is currently undergoing sea trials and will be based
FloScan’s new ABS-certified stainless steel flowmeters were tested on the F/V North American powered by a CAT 399 1125hp main engine. The North American is 110’ Marco-built crab boat once featured in the popular Deadliest Catch TV Series.
Experience gained from four years in the offshore wind support vessel market is paying off for CTruk as it prepares to deliver SC Falcon, the company’s latest OWSV and the second CTruk 20T MPC for Sima Charters of Holland. Sea trials for the striking blue and yellow-liveried cat
All seafaring vessels transiting the Panama Canal are under the watchful eye of maritime traffic controllers who will soon be using equipment installed and implemented by Diebold. Working with the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), Diebold say they designed a 20-screen
New regulations for davits used in the Norwegian offshore industry will not come into force until 2015, but in the meantime, they are already raising the safety bar. In fact, Norwegian-based davit manufacturer Vestdavit already has a NORSOK-compliant davit
Amid a positive outlook for the industry in 2014, senior oil and gas professionals have predicted that a deficit of skilled professionals will be the biggest barrier to the growth of their businesses in 2014, according to the research report 'Challenging Climates' released by DNV GL