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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Ellicott Tallies Three Custom Dredger Contracts

B2190E (Image: Ellicott Dredges)

Ellicott Dredges, LLC announced contracts for three new custom-designed dredges, all scheduled to be delivered before the end of 2017. In the first instance a major international chemical company selected Ellicott to build a custom electric bucketwheel dredge to mine salt in a very hard digging application. The new dredge, which will increase the mine’s output per operating hour and reduce its cost per ton of salt produced, will become the mine’s primary dredge. The salt will be used as feedstock for various chemical products such as chlorine based PVC.

Custom Mud Cat Dredge to Improve Boise Watershed

EDT's MC-40E custom dredge in operation Photo Ellicott Dredge Technologies

Ellicott Dredge Technologies (EDT) informed that the City of Boise, Idaho chose it to design a Mud Cat 40E Custom (MC-40EC) dredge for the city's innovative Dixie Drain Phosphorous Offset Project. Boise will use the MC-40EC dredge to remove phosphorous from the Boise Watershed. Boise selected the MC-40EC due to Mud Cat’s global reputation for quality and their proven ability to deliver custom features. The custom features include the overall length of the dredge, the slurry pump flow and pressure…

Newport News Names Cullen VP of Nuclear Propulsion

Mary Cullen (Photo: HII)

Mary Cullen has been appointed vice president of nuclear propulsion at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division. Cullen will assume her new role on November 14 following a transition into the job with the help of Barry Fletcher, who will retire from the position after 37 years of shipbuilding service. “Throughout his tenure, Barry has made significant contributions to the Navy’s nuclear propulsion program, earning him the respect of many and the ultimate responsibility of serving as our company’s ‘head nuke…

Rolls-Royce Inks Landmark Automatic Ferry Crossing System Deal

The vessels are due for delivery in 2017 and will begin operation of 1st January 2018.

Rolls-Royce has signed a deal to supply its first automatic crossing system to Norwegian ferry company Fjord1. The system, the first of its kind, will control two new double-ended battery ferries as they cross between Anda and Lote on the 1330 km long E39 which connects communities along the west coast of Norway. Battery powered ferries have strict yearly limits on energy consumption as part of the commercial agreement between the ferry operator and the government. Automatic systems ensure consistent behaviour during the journey and hence predictable energy consumption.

U.S. strikes Yemen after Missile Attacks on U.S. Navy Ship

U.S. strikes target three coastal radar sites; Radar enabled launch of missiles against U.S. destroyer. The U.S. military launched cruise missile strikes on Thursday to knock out three coastal radar sites in areas of Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi forces, retaliating after failed missile attacks this week on a U.S. Navy destroyer, U.S. officials said. The strikes, authorized by President Barack Obama, represent Washington's first direct military action against suspected Houthi-controlled targets in Yemen's conflict. Still, the Pentagon appeared to stress the limited nature of the strikes, aimed at radar that enabled the launch of at least three missiles against the U.S. Navy ship USS Mason on Sunday and Wednesday.

Syria Makes Major Wheat Deal with Russia

Syria's state grain buying agency Hoboob struck a deal to purchase one million tonnes of Russian wheat from political ally Russia, covering the needs of government-controlled areas for a year. The Damascus government subsidises bread for the areas it controls ensuring the supply of flat loaves that are a staple for Syrian people. Syria often buys wheat from Russia but this was an unusually large amount for a cheap price. The source said it should cover the government's needs for this year until the next local wheat buying season in 2017. A Syrian government source close to the matter told Reuters Hoboob purchased the wheat at 150 euros ($168) a tonne, on a cost and freight basis, and shipment would be for a year after opening up the letter of credit.

Houthis Say Ready to Help Investigate Attacks on Shipping

Yemen's dominant Houthi group denied any role in missile strikes on U.S. warships in the Bab al-Mandab Strait, and offered to help investigate attacks on international shipping in the area, the news agency controlled by the group reported on Thursday. The U.S. military on Thursday launched cruise missiles on three coastal radar sites in areas of Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthis, retaliating after failed missile attacks this week on a U.S. Navy destroyer, U.S. officials said. U.S. officials have told Reuters there were growing indications that Houthi fighters, or forces aligned with them, were responsible for Sunday's attempted strikes, in which two coastal cruise missiles designed to target ships failed to reach the destroyer.

US Navy Ship Again Targeted by Missiles from Yemen

USS Mason file photo (U.S. Navy photo by Blake Midnight)

A U.S. Navy destroyer was targeted on Wednesday in a failed missile attack from territory in Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, the second such incident in the past four days, U.S. officials told Reuters. The USS Mason, which was accompanied by the USS Ponce - an amphibious transport dock - fired defensive salvos in response to the missiles, neither of which hit the ship or caused any damage as it operated north of the Bab al-Mandab Strait, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The renewed attempt to target the U.S. Navy destroyer will add pressure on the U.S.

Volvo Penta Debuts New Ergonomic Controls

Volvo Penta of the Americas

Volvo Penta of the Americas will showcase its new-generation mechanical controls for gasoline sterndrives at IBEX 2016. The new controls feature ergonomic levers and grips, tactile switch functions and sleek aesthetics. “In line with our Easy Boating strategy, the new ergonomic controls will make for easier boat driving by operators of all genders with hands of all sizes,” said Marcia Kull, vice president of marine sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas. The new controls will be available for all OEMs in January.

Kazakhstan's Kashagan Ships First Oil for Export

The first batches of oil from the giant Kashagan oil field in Kazakhstan were shipped for export on Friday via two pipelines, the Central Asian nation's Energy Ministry said.   Energy majors developing the field have shipped 7,700 tonnes of oil through the private CPC pipeline and 18,800 tonnes through a pipeline operated by state-controlled firm KazTransOil, it said in a statement. (Reporting by Raushan Nurshayeva; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Alexander Winning)

Denmark Gets QUALSHIP 21 Certificate

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

Once again, the U.S. Coast Guard has issued Denmark with the well-reputed certificate for United States Coast Guard's Quality Shipping for the 21st Century Program (QUALSHIP 21). The program is intended to secure and improve shipping and has existed since 2001. The program aims at identifying high quality ships and promoting quality shipping in this manner. Denmark has just received a diploma as evidence of the fact that Danish shipping maintains the standards of quality shipping. "Naturally, I am pleased that Danish shipping meets the high standards characteristic of quality shipping.

DCNS to Showcase Digital Ship Technologies

Image: DCNS

Naval defense services and systems provider and integrator DCNS said it will showcase its digital and high technology naval solutions at the Euronaval Exhibition from October 17-21, 2016 in Paris-Le Bourget. These solutions, according to DCNS, aim to address the new generation of operators in the coming years, which includes naval and industrial autonomy. SMX 3.0 concept-ship - This new concept-ship is a submarine tailored to the needs of Generation Z. On board, 3.0 technologies, better power management, excellent operational performance in an unequal mastered digital environment.

Olympic Shipping to Get Finance

Photo: Olympic Shipping

The struggling Norwegian supply vessel shipping firm Olympic Shipping said a consortium of investors is willing to invest about 500 million Norwegian crowns ($61.79 million) in a refinancing of the company, reports Reuters. Olympic Shipping is one of the shipping companies that are struggling vigorously. Since summer, Olympic Shipping lived on creditors' grace under a so-called "standstill agreement". This means that the company has released to pay installments on their loans, anticipating that one tries to find a financial solution for the company.

Vard Acquires Equipment Supplier Storvik Aqua

Designer and builder of specialized vessels Vard Holdings Limited has entered into an agreement to acquire AS, an equipment supplier that provides feeding, measurement and control solutions to the aquaculture industry. The purchase price is approximately NOK 35 million. “Through this acquisition, VARD confirms its position as a provider of innovative solutions for the aquaculture business,” said Roy Reite, Vard CEO and Executive Director. Storvik Aqua has a production facility in Norway, as well as subsidiaries in Chile and Scotland, and a total workforce of 33 employees. The company will continue to operate under its existing brand name, but in close interaction with the Vard Aukra shipyard.

Overcoming the Propeller Supply Bottleneck

Image: Hydrocomp

Hydrocomp’s ProCad facilitates in-house Process Control of Propeller Design and Manufacture. Maritime Tactical Systems Inc. (MARTAC) is a Florida-based company building next-generation unmanned vessels for military applications. In preparation for the “Rim of the Pacific” (RIMPAC) military exercises in Pearl Harbor this last July, MARTAC needed a new propeller design for their MANTAS series high-speed vessels. Unfortunately, their current supplier was not meeting delivery schedules for the high-quality surface-piercing propellers that they need…

Evidence Suggests Houthi Role in Strike on US Warship

USS Mason file photo (U.S. Navy photo by Jeff Swaim)

The United States is seeing growing indications that Iran-allied Houthi rebels, despite denials, were responsible for Sunday's attack on a Navy destroyer off the Yemen coast, U.S. officials told Reuters. The rebels appeared to use small skiffs as spotters to help direct a missile attack on the warship, said U.S. officials, who are not authorized to speak publicly because the investigation is ongoing. The United States is also investigating the possibility that a radar station under Houthi control in Yemen might have also "painted" the USS Mason…

DCNS Mulls Buying Stake in STX France

Photo: STX France

The head of the French state-controlled naval defence group DCNS said on Wednesday it was "closely studying" a possible stake purchase in STX France, a shipyard subsidiary of the struggling South Korean conglomerate STX Corp. Herve Guillou said DCNS was not however looking at the option of taking a majority stake. The French state holds a 33 percent minority stake in STX France, which runs naval shipyards in Saint-Nazaire on the west coast. Loss-making STX Corp is in administration.

New Web Tool Aids Cable and Pipe Routing

Photo: Roxtec

Should vital safety components such as cable and pipe transits be a design-based or a field-based decision? Cable and pipe seals provider Roxtec suggests that designers and engineers take control of this issue by proposing the free web-based tool, Roxtec Transit Designer. The design tool aims to simplify the entire process that surrounds cable and pipe routing and provides full documentation. The latest improvements in Roxtec Transit Designer include a product selector to help designers and engineers find the right sealing solution for each application.

EMGS to Cut Global Employee Expenses

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) announces a reduction in the Company's cost base in line with a reduced level of activity. The Company will seek a global reduction in employee expenses of approximately 20% by using both temporary and permanent layoffs amongst others. The cost reduction measure will yield effects gradually as headcount reductions onshore and offshore are scheduled to follow a different timeline. "The market is expected to continue to be subdued until the oil price recovers and customers increase their E&P budgets. Cost reductions and cost control will therefore continue to be important focus areas in the Company.

Radio Holland Supplies Communications for Weir Complexes

Weir complex at Nederrijn. (Photo: Radion Holland)

Radio Holland’s Mission Critical Communications (MCC) department is responsible for the design, supply and commissioning of the communications system for the Nederrijn and Lek weir complex. This complex, consisting of three hydraulic structures, will be subjected to a major renovation. The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure (Rijkswaterstaat) awarded the contract for this programme to Siemens in late 2015. Siemens had included the communications system designed by Radio Holland in its tender bid.

Top 5 Carriers to Dominate Container Shipping, Says Drewry

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

If both APL and UASC are included within their new parents, the top five ocean carriers now control approximately 54 percent of the world’s containership fleet, says Drewry. In 2015, the top 10 carriers were close to controlling 90 percent of the market. It is conceivable that at some point in the future further concentration will see 90 percent of the Asia-North Europe market being controlled by just five competitors, at which time the carriers will have much greater pricing power than they did in the past.

North Korean Ships Reflag in Tanzania

Around 50 ships owned by or related to North Korea have reflagged in Tanzania since the United Nations Security Council adopted its strongest-ever resolution on the country in March, in an apparent attempt to circumvent the sanctions. "The change of nationality into Tanzania comes in violation of the UNSC resolution," a report in Korea Herald said, indicating Resolution 2270's ban on North Korean ships sailing under the flag of other countries. The group of vessels includes one ship blacklisted by the U.N.'s sanctions committee and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Washington, D.C.-based NK News said, citing European shipping database Equasis and Port State Control.

Tuppen Joins Wild Well Control

James Tuppen, Manager, International Well Control Operations

Wild Well Control, a Superior Energy Services company, announces that James Tuppen has joined the company as Manager, International Well Control Operations. Tuppen has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry involving snubbing services, pressure control and well control operations. “With his strong pressure and well control experience, James will be a great asset to our Middle East/North Africa region and our global operations as well,” said Freddy Gebhardt, President, Wild Well Control.

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