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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Astander to Convert Cableship

Astander won a contract for the conversion project of MV Provider I, owned by member of Swiss Group Allseas. The work consists on the conversion of existing Cable Ship into Trenching and Offshore Support Vessel. Re-delivery is expected for May this year. Allseas has previously worked with Astander, as much in conversion projects as in works for general repair.

Jurong Shipyard Wins Cableship Contract

SembCorp Marine said on Thursday its unit Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd has signed a $38.8 million contract to build a cable-laying and repair vessel for ASEAN Cableship Pte Ltd. It said in a statement the contract had a further option for an additional two identical vessels. The 9,650-dwt vessel was scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2002. Jurong Shipyard had an orderbook of $123 million for construction of six units of 1,090 TEU container vessels with deliveries scheduled between the end of this year to 2002.

Cableship Blaze off Skeleton Coast Forces Abandon Ship

Cableship 'Chamarel': Photo credit France Telecom-Orange

France Telecom-Orange announce abandonment of its cable ship 'Chamarel' off the coast of Namibia. A fire broke out on the cableship Chamarel while returning from a repair operation on the Sat3-Safe cable off the coast of Namibia in the Atlantic Ocean. Despite the crew's efforts to control the fire, the decision was made to abandon the ship and all 56 crew members were safely recovered by a Namibian fishing vessel without injury or incident. They are currently located at the Namibian port, Walvis Bay and will be repatriated in the coming days.

KHZ to Deliver Cableships to TyCom

Keppel Hitachi Zosen Limited (KHZ) will deliver its first cable laying and repair vessel to TyCom by end August 2001. The vessel was named TyCom Reliance by Lady Sponsor, Ms Claire Calandra, Executive Vice-President and COO of TyCom at the naming ceremony at Hitachi Zosen Singapore yard yesterday. When commissioned, TyCom Reliance will be the most efficient cable laying and repair ship in TyCom's fleet. KHZ was awarded the first contract to build two cable laying and repair vessels for TyCom in April 2000. Subsequently, TyCom exercised its option to build an additional four sister vessels in November 2000. The second vessel is currently being built in Keppel Shipyard and delivery is expected in the fourth quarter of this year.

TE Subcom, Alcatel-Lucen t Extend Subsea Comms Pact

TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, and Alcatel-Lucent announced an expansion to their joint maintenance program for submarine optical communication links throughout the Pacific basin. The Pacific End-to-End Maintenance Solution boosts the companies’ ability to maintain and repair undersea cables in the northern Pacific region, to support current telecommunications clients and other potential customers seeking marine services. Submarine cable networks connect countries and continents, carrying vast amounts of data traffic, including video. They are developed for high reliability over their 25-year design life. However, cables can be damaged by external forces such as earthquakes, hurricanes, intense fishing activity and ship anchors.

E-marine Begins Fleet Expansion

CS Maram (Photo: E-marine)

E-marine, a provider of submarine cable installation and repair solutions in the Middle East and Sub-Continent region, has unveiled plans to expand its fleet of cable ships in 2015, with the first ship, the CS Maram, beginning dock trials ahead of its maiden voyage this year. The CS Maram, which was built in Abu Dhabi, UAE has been designed to manage the installation and maintenance of all types of submarine cables, including fiber optic telecommunications cables and energy cables. The ship is expected to successfully complete dock trials and be ready for launch within the coming months.

Germany Gets Cableship Orders

A.P. Moeller ordered two additional cable-laying vessels from its wholly-owned Volkswerft shipyard in Stralsund, eastern Germany. The ship's deliveries are set at end-2000 to early-2001.

MINTA, Tyco Subsea Cable for Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority (MINTA) and Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics, announced the Marshall Islands-flagged Tyco Durable has returned to Majuro, RMI, and will begin to lay cable as part of a regional subsea cable project that will ultimately deliver high-bandwidth connectivity between the island nation and the rest of the world. In commemoration, the companies will host government delegates from the Republic of the Marshall Islands for an event on board the cable ship. “The Tyco Durable’s arrival back in port marks a significant step toward the completion of the MINTA Extension to the HANTRU-1 System, which will have a profound impact on our community,” said Tony Muller, president of MINTA.

MARAD Approves Vessel Transfers

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced that it has approved requests for transfer and sale of five U.S. vessels, including a tanker and a cable ship. · K-Sea Transportation LLC, Staten Island, NY, has received approval to sell the 6,430-gross-ton tank barge, KTC-115 to McKeil Work Boats Ltd., a Canadian corporation, and transfer said Vessel to Canadian registry and flag. The vessel was built in 1968 in Avondale, LA. · Nowitna Fisheries, LLC, Seattle, WA, has received approval to sell the 2,457-gross-ton freight, BARGE-I to Grupo Pesquero De California, S.A. de C.V., a Mexican corporation, and transfer said Vessel to Mexican registry and flag. The vessel was built in 1969 in Portland, OR. 1,929-gross-ton barge, MBC-1 to Noroeste, S.A.

NEWS:MARAD Approves Vessel Transfers

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) approved requests for transfer and sale of five U.S. vessels, including a tanker and a cable ship. • K-Sea Transportation LLC, Staten Island, NY, has received approval to sell the 6,430-gt tank barge, KTC-115 to McKeil Work Boats Ltd., a Canadian corporation, and transfer said Vessel to Canadian registry and flag. The vessel was built in 1968 in Avondale, La. • Nowitna Fisheries, LLC, Seattle, Wash., has received approval to sell the 2,457-gt freight, BARGE-I to Grupo Pesquero De California, S.A. de C.V., a Mexican corporation, and transfer said Vessel to Mexican registry and flag. The vessel was built in 1969 in Portland, Ore. • Marine Barge Company, LLC, Weehawken, NJ, has received approval to sell the 1,929-gt barge, MBC-1 to Noroeste, S.A.

MCA Reports Fatal Accident

On August 22, the Falmouth Coastguard received a call on channel 16 from a United Kingdom registered cable ship, Wave Sentinel, requesting medical assistance for a member of the crew in the engine room. The ship was approximately 12 miles off Lands End, Cornwall in the traffic separation scheme. Falmouth Coastguard scrambled a rescue helicopter to the scene with a doctor on board. Falmouth Coastguard Watch Manager, Simon Rabett said: “The doctor and winchman were lowered on to the vessel ‘Wave Sentinel’, and while the casualty was being prepared for a medical evacuation to Treliske Hospital in Truro, he was pronounced dead by the doctor.”

Three U.S. Ship Sales OKd

The Maritime Administration (MarAd) has approved three applications under section 9 of the Shipping Act, 1916, as amended. K-Sea Operating Partners L.P. of Staten Island, NY, has received approval to sell and transfer to Candian registry and flag of the tank barge KTC -135. The purchaser is McKeil Work Boats Ltd., a Canadian Corporation. The 18,850-dwt. vessel was built in 1969 in Port Arthur, TX. Horizon Lines, LLC of Charlotte, NC, also has received permission to sell the containership HORIZON MAYAGUEZ to Eckhardt Marine GmbH, a Republic of Germany Corporation, for scrapping in China. The vessel was built in 1982 in New Orleans, LA. U .S.

Keppel Singmarine Delivers Tractor Tug

Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd has delivered one of the world’s largest tractor tug to Maju Maritime Pte Ltd on time and within budget. Measuring 34 metres long with bollard pull in excess of 64 tons, Pisces 53 is on a long term charter through Briny Marine Services Sdn Bhd to support Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd’s exploration and production activities. Following her naming, Pisces 53 will join her sister vessel Phoenix 52 and an utility tug Pegasus 51, two other Maju Maritime tugs that were delivered in early June 2003, at the Brunei Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal in Lumut, Brunei.

Virtual Subsea Reality

A world-first virtual reality simulator for the sub-sea cable installation industry has been developed to offer improved training and reduce the costs and risk inherent in offshore operations. The system has been developed by the Virtual Reality Centre at Teesside for their Darlington-based client CTC Marine Projects. The simulation includes unique virtual replicas of CTC Cable Ships, Cable Ploughs, and ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicle). The virtual system will interface to a number of third party control systems including A-frame & tow winch control, drum & linear cable engine control and plough and ROV diagnostics/control. The system will be operated on-shore in CTC's state of the art VR-training suite.

Roxtec Services US Launched

Roxtec has launched a new inspection, maintenance and installation training company for the United States: Roxtec Services US aims to increase safety for the marine and offshore markets in the area of cable and pipe transits. High safety standards require correctly installed, properly maintained and easily inspected sealing solutions. As sealing experts, Roxtec said it knows how important cable and pipe transits are when it comes to protecting life and assets. No matter when the vessel or platform was built, it has most likely undergone upgrades which required changes to cable and pipe sealing. These upgrades, combined with years of maintenance in a tough, corrosive environment can quickly compound and negate any protection against fire, gas and water.

Undersea Laboratory Cable Array Repaired

VENUS SIIM Being Deployed: Photo courtesy of OceanWorks

OceanWorks International announce the successful re-deployment of the VENUS coastal network in the Strait of Georgia after repairs. Placed in Canadian waters in the Strait of Georgia, VENUS is part of the Ocean Networks Canada Observatory, is a cabled undersea laboratory with nodes that provide live video, acoustic images and real-time data for ocean researchers and explorers. VENUS delivers real time information from seafloor instruments via fiber optic cables to the University of Victoria, BC.

Prysmian to Develop First-Ever High Voltage Submarine Power

Prysmian to develop first-ever high-voltage submarine power link in Turkey to connect Asis and Europe across the Dardanelles Strait. The contract, worth € 67M, had been awarded to Prysmian by Teitas, the transmission utility company in Turkey. Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has been awarded a contract worth a total of €67 million by the Turkish electricity transmission utility TEIAS for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of a high voltage submarine power cable link to connect Europe and Asia across the Dardanelles strait in Turkey. Once completed, the link will be the first high voltage submarine power cable link ever in the country.

MOL Drills on Emergency Response

Photo courtesy MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that the company has completed a practice drill based on the scenario of its training ship Spirit of MOL being involved in a collision, fire, and oil spill incident just off Manila on February 18. Following is an outline of the drill, which involved about 60 participants from the Tokyo Head Office and MOL Group companies. Beginning on the afternoon of Thursday, February 18, the drill was intended to strengthen the foundation of social responsibility laid out in the MOL Group Corporate Principles protecting the environment by maintaining strict…

MOL Merges Group Companies; Upgrades Bridge Simulator

MOL Bridge Simulator after upgrade (Image: MOL)

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced the merger of MOL Marine Consulting, Ltd. (MOLMC) and MOL Cable Ship Ltd. effective October 1, 2014. The new company, called MOL Marine Co., Ltd., will continue to develop the businesses pioneered by its two predecessors. The merger will integrate both companies’ expertise in marine technology and ship management, enabling the development of business operations that will contribute to the MOL Group. At the same time, MOLMC announced an upgrade to one of its two owned simulators.

MCA Approves First Ship Security Plans

The United Kingdom’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) has recently approved the first two Ship Security Plans for UK flagged vessels. It expects these to be the first of many before the implementation date of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) on 1st July 2004. The first verifications of ships security systems have been scheduled for early November. The plan approved was for the vessel CMA – CGM Normandie. This has been carried out as a joint exercise between the operators of the vessel, Zodiac Maritime Agencies Ltd, and their security advisers, Maritime and Underwater Security Consultants (MUSC). Zodiac were pleased with the progress and are intending to implement the plan on board the vessel as soon as possible…

ASA Member Recovers Air France Flight 447 Black Boxes

Arlington, VA – The expertise of an American Salvage Association (ASA) member culminated in locating and recovering the “black boxes” of Air France Flight 447, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009, killing all 216 passengers and 12 aircrew on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. The black box recoveries took place in 3,900 meters of water (msw) and were made possible using the ASA member company-designed and operated Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). The recoveries were completed in a very short period of time given the technical complexities of operating in extreme water depths. The ROV located the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) within 12 hours on its first dive on April 27. Unfortunately, the critical Memory Unit had separated from the chassis of the FDR.

Eaton to Exhibit at SMM

Photo: Eaton

Power management company Eaton will demonstrate its expanded ability to deliver electrical, explosion-proof and hydraulic equipment for the marine and offshore industry at the international maritime trade fair SMM 2014 from September 9-12 in Hamburg. Visitors to Eaton’s stand can learn about the company’s offerings that help shipbuilders use electrical, fluid and mechanical power more reliably, efficiently, safely and sustainably. SMM takes place every two years and Eaton has significantly broadened its portfolio for marine and offshore applications in that period.

Cobham, SpeedCast Partner to Grow Maritime Broadband

Photo: Cobham

Cobham SATCOM and SpeedCast International Limited have concluded a global framework agreement covering the provision of maritime stabilized antennas, which offers high speed connectivity at sea. The commercial framework was awarded following a multi-vendor selection process by SpeedCast, based on a technical, commercial and supply chain evaluation criteria and will run three years. It is expected to generate a double-digit million-dollar figure in revenue for Cobham. SpeedCast…


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