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PlanetSolar Betters its Own Transatlantic Record

Arrival MS Tûranor PlanetSolar: Photo courtesy of PlanetSolar

The solar-powered vessel has recently sailed the 2,867 miles from Las Palmas to St. Martin, French WI, at an average 5.3 knots to break the earlier record. During the trip around the world (2010-2012), the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar sailed for 26 days from one side of the Atlantic to the other, thereby claiming the world record speed for a solar-powered transatlantic crossing and her first entry in the Guinness World Records™. It hasn’t been broken since. It was not until 2013 that the largest solar boat in the world repeated the trip to realize a new global accomplishment: 22 days, 12 hours, and 32 minutes. During the transatlantic crossing, the crew encountered phases of substantial cloudiness for several consecutive days, and regularly had to optimize their route. The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar’s captain, Gérard d’Aboville, explains that “it was necessary to make a significant deviation to the south, which increased the travelling distance by 7%, but enabled us to avoid winds and unfavorable swells.” Furthermore, the ship’s energy consumption had to be carefully managed in order to maintain an efficient speed and reach St. Martin in less than 26 days. It is with great pride that the crew set foot on dry land after 22 days at sea: “Once again

SatPhone Saves Typhoon Victim

A solo rower saved from the Pacific Ocean by Inmarsat's satellite phone, IsatPhone Pro, after his boat was severely damaged during a tropical typhoon Charlie Martell used the phone to contact Falmouth Coastguard in the UK to summon help after his boat capsized several times when it was hit by winds of up to 50 knots and waves of more than 50ft (15.25m). The double Guinness World Record holder was attempting to set three new world records and raise money for charity in a 4,500 mile (7

Partnership Sets Record for Mooring Depth

Delmar Systems, Inc. and Shell Deepwater Development, Inc. set another world record for mooring depth when the two companies partnered to moor Transocean Marianas in more than 7,500 ft. in the Gulf of Mexico. Semi-submersible drilling rig Marianas was moored in 7,569 ft. in Mississippi Canyon 657 using a Suction Anchor System and Delmar's Single Vessel Installation Procedure. The deepest anchor was set at 7,738 ft.

Transocean Sets World Water-Depth Drilling Record


Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) (SIX: RIGN) today announced that the ultra-deepwater drillship Dhirubhai Deepwater KG2 has set what the company believes is a world record for the deepest water depth by an offshore drilling rig of 10,194 feet of water while working for Reliance Industries offshore India. The rig, which is owned by a joint venture with Quantum Pacific Group, surpassed Transocean's prior record of 10,011 feet of water

MAN B&W Brand Sets New Record

MES cumulative (total) production of MAN B&W engines MAN Diesel’s Japanese licensee, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (MES), is celebrating a new milestone with its cumulative production of MAN B&W branded engines reaching the 60-million-BHP mark at the end of last month, a world record for a single brand. The new mark comes hard on the heels of the 50 million BHP mark, which MES reached just three years ago

Odyssey Recovers 1.8 Million Ounces of Silver From Shipwreck

Gairsoppa - Silver

The latest recovery from SS Gairsoppa reportedly set the world record for deepest, largest precious metal recovery. Odyssey Marine Exploration said it has recovered more than 61 tons of silver bullion this month from a depth of nearly three miles. This recovery of bullion from the SS Gairsoppa, a 412-foot steel-hulled British cargo ship that sank in February 1941, consists of 1,574 silver ingots weighing about 1,100 ounces each or almost 1

World Record-Breaking AHTS Delivered by Drydocks World

AHTS Lewek Fulmar reportedly has a bollard pull of 402.4 tons. (Photo Courtesy: Drydocks World)

Drydocks World delivered Lewek Fulmar, the world’s first UT788 CD Multi-functional Ultra Deep Water Anchor Handling Tug, Supply and Service vessel (AHTS). The vessel was built at Drydocks World’s Singapore facility. The vessel has reportedly broken the world bollard pull record by an AHTS at 402.4T, surpassing the previous record of 397T.  “We have now built four such vessels at our facility in Nanindah and a sixth vessel is under construction in Singapore

Earthrace Breaks Record, Joins Sea Shepherd


A year after the 100% biofuel eco-boat, Earthrace, finished its around the world dash, her international crew of volunteers have been officially named world record holders by the Union International Motonautique (UIM). The worldwide governing body for powerboating has confirmed that the team did break the ten-year old round the world speed record previously held by British boat, Cable & Wireless Adventurer, smashing the record by almost two weeks.

Gas Turbines Give Austal Strategic Military Edge

Austal Ships' is furthering its strategic advantage in the growing market for high-speed military vessels, via its U.S. joint venture shipyard being short-listed to build an experimental vessel for a program sponsored by the United States' Office of Naval Research. Dubbed the "X-Craft," the 262-ft. (80-m) catamaran will feature twin LM2500 gas turbines and be capable of speeds of approximately 50 knots. Prime contractor for the project is San Diego-based Titan Systems Corporation

Björn Rosengren: Power Boss (Part II)

“When we talk about gas at Wärtsilä, we become a little bit excited.      		... We love gas. We think this is the fuel of the future.” Björn Rosengren

At Norshipping in Oslo, Wärtsilä introduced the Wärtsilä 31, self-described by the company as a transcendent power plant in terms of fuel efficiency and economy, a claim validated by the Guinness World Records which has stamped it as the most efficient four-stroke diesel engine in the world. Björn Rosengren, President and CEO of Wärtsilä, sat with Maritime Reporter to lend perspective and insight to this development and the maritime market as a whole.

Singapore Bunker Sales, Container Volumes Down

Photo: Government of Singapore

 Singapore’s September bunker fuel sales fell 10.3% in September on month but rose 9.3% on year to 3.85 million mt. The port of Singapore has recorded a fall in container throughput in September.   These finding are based upon the data released Tuesday by the Maritime and Port

Wärtsilä 31 Engine for Aker ARC 124 Icebreaker

Wärtsilä launches the new Wärtsilä 31 engine a breakthrough in efficiency

  The recently introduced Wärtsilä 31 engine, which has been acknowledged by Guinness World Records as being the world's most efficient four-stroke diesel engine, has been selected to power a new generation icebreaker currently under construction at the PJSC Vyborg Shipyard

World’s Quickest Trip Through Northern Sea Route

Chinese sailor Guo Chuan

  Chinese sailor Guo Chuan intends to make it world’s quickest Northern Sea Route trip from Murmansk to the Bering Strait in 14 days without engine power. His trimaran “Qingdao China" is docked in Jarfjord outside Kirkenes, Norway

Record Number of Vessels Serviced at Drydocks World-Dubai

Photo courtesy of Drydocks World

Drydocks World, a provider of maritime and offshore services to the shipping, oil, gas and energy sectors, informs it has serviced a record number of 40 vessels in its Dubai yard. With 40 vessels simultaneously in Drydocks World facilities—more than ever before in Drydocks World’s

New World Record for Norsafe

Photo courtesy of Norsafe

Norsafe set a new world record June 25, 2015, when the 70 passenger GES50 MKIII was dropped from 40 meters with 10 persons on board. There has never before been a staffed lifeboat dropped from this height. The drop was completed successfully

Jebel Ali Port Leads in Port Productivity

Jebel Ali Port (Photo: DP World)

Global marine terminal operator DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port has demonstrated once again that it delivers the world’s best productivity for ships berthed at its docks. According the latest JOC Port Productivity data, compiled by industry analysts Journal of Commerce

UK Rowers Rescued - Again

Rowers Ashley Wilson and James Ketchell have been forced to abandon their second attempt to row across the Indian Ocean to Mauritius. Photograph: Innesco

 Two Englishmen - one an epileptic with head injuries - attempting to break the world record for rowing across the Indian Ocean as a duo have been rescued for a second time.   The rescue mission came after a seemingly bizarre chain of communication attempts from adventurer James

Drydocks World Completes World’s Largest Turret

Drydocks World marks key milestone in completing the worlds largest turret

  Drydocks World the leading provider of maritime and offshore services to the shipping, oil, gas and energy sectors marked a major milestone in successfully completing the world’s largest turret mooring system with His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President

World Record Attempt: Suhay Tries to Break Distance by Dinghy Mark

Photo courtesy of McMurdo

In 2014, Robert Suhay tackled the “longest single-handed distance sailed in a dinghy by a male – 283.5 nautical miles (326.24 miles)” into the face of Hurricane Arthur for a Guinness World Record. Next week, Suhay will attempt to break his own record in a 14-foot Laser dinghy

TransAtlantic Speed Record: Will it Ever be Broken Again?

The Incat built high speed catamaran Hoverspeed Great Britain, which broke the record winning  the Hales Trophy on 23 June 1990, held the record and the owners held the Trophy, until 1998 when another Incat built ship Catalonia took the record in June 1998, then just a month later in July 1998 yet another ship built by Incat, CatLink V broke the record.

Will the prestigious TransAtlantic speed and endurance record ever be broken? Should it? Twenty five years ago headlines around the world announced a new world record, the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, by a ship built in Australia.   

Wärtsilä Engine Bags Guinness World Record

Wärtsilä 31 engine (Photo: Wärtsilä)

The recently launched Wärtsilä 31 engine has achieved a Guinness World Records title for the most efficient four-stroke diesel engine. Guinness World Records is a universally recognized authority on record breaking achievement. This achievement was verified on May 26, 2015.  

Silver Coins Worth $50 mln Recovered from WW2 Wreck

Marine salvage experts have recovered $50 million in silver coins from a ship sunk by a German submarine in 1942 as it was transporting the cash from India to London to help finance Britain's efforts in World War Two. Mauritius-based Deep Ocean Search

Statoil: Polarled Pipe-Laying Kicks Off

The Polarled pipe-laying operation is scheduled  to be completed by the end of August. (Photo: Lillian Aasheim/Shell)

On 26 March, the Solitaire pipe-laying vessel started on the first stage of the Polarled installation project. The 482-kilometre long pipeline will transport gas from the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea to Nyhamna in western Norway.

Record Rig Berthing at Drydocks World

Photo: Drydocks World

Drydocks World, the international service provider to the shipping, offshore, oil, gas and energy sectors, have simultaneously berthed 11 rigs in the Dubai yard, breaking its record of nine rigs at the yard set in February this year.  

Munkebo Maersk, Biggest Ship Ever to Sail on the Thames

Munkebo Maersk (Pic: London Gateway)

 The 18,300 TEU Triple E container ship Munkebo Maersk became the largest ship to ever sail up the River Thames as it called at DP World London Gateway.   The 399 metre long Munkebo Maersk, which weighs in at 195,000 tonnes and is 60 metre wide is one of the largest container vessels

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