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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Schottel Propels Rotortugs for FMG

Artist impression ART 85-32W. Image: Damen Shipyard

Six Robert Allan-designed Advanced Rotortugs ART 85-32W for Perth-based Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) will be driven by Schottel Rudderpropellers. The order is about the delivery of 18 SRP 430 FP (1765 kW each). The vessels will be built by Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam. FMG cited Schottel's strong presence in Western Australia and Port Hedland for more than 10 years as a benefit for contracting the thrusters. Rotortugs were chosen for their outstanding maneuverability and capabilities.

Young Endeavour Completes Circumnavigation of Australia

Training Ship Young Endeavour returns to Fleet Base East, Sydney, after completing a ten month circumnavigation of Australia. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

The Royal Australian Navy-operated Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour returned to Sydney recently after a 10-month circumnavigation of Australia. Since departing Sydney in May 2016, more than 500 young people have developed important leadership and life skills as part of the youth development program conducted onboard. During each of the 11 to 13-day voyages, 24 youth crew learnt the skills necessary to sail a square-rigged tall ship. This included how to navigate, keep watch, cook in the galley, set and furl sails, take the helm and climb the 30-metre mast.

Cristobal Colon Arrives in Sydney

ESPS Christobal Colon of the Spanish Amarda arrives in Sydney Harbour. The crew of ESPS Christobal Colon will be helping to train and familiarise crew's of Australia's Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

HMA Ships Darwin, Melbourne and Parramatta have escorted the Spanish Armada's Cristobal Colon into Sydney Harbour as part of her role in providing platform and familiarisation training to Australian personnel. Over the next three months the ship will assist in enabling Australian Navy people to have advance training for Australia's first Aegis Guided Missile Destroyer, Hobart. Commanding Officer Hobart Captain John Stavridis said the opportunity to embark in Cristobal Colon presented…

Austal Opens New Patrol Boat Building Facility

Image: Austal

Austal has opened a new Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPB-R) Shipbuilding Facility in Naval Base, Western Australia. Australian Defense Industry Minister Christopher Pyne cut the red ribbon at the 10,500m² facility in front of defense industry stakeholders, suppliers and partners from across Australia. Austal CEO David Singleton said the PPB-R project is estimated to create up to 207 jobs across production, project management, services and support - from Perth Western Australia to Cairns in Queensland.

Navy on the Record Response to Andrew Greene Reporting

HMAS Choules sits at anchor off the coast of Darwin during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Recent reporting by the ABC that “Navy's largest ships unable to join Cyclone Debbie emergency response amid engine troubles” is misleading, said TW Barrett, AO, CSC, Vice Admiral, RAN, Chief of Navy. To assert, as the ABC did in its reporting that issues with HMA Ships Canberra and Adelaide has impacted on Defence providing support to anticipated disaster relief support in North Queensland is wrong. Under the Australian Defence Force's regular planning cycle, HMAS Choules assumed…

Damen OPV Roadshow Tours Australia

Mark Todd (Photo: Damen)

Damen Shipyard Group’s Australian team has delivered two more industry briefings to potential suppliers from Australian industry ahead of its bid submission for the design and build of 12 offshore patrol vessels (OPV). Following February’s events held in Adelaide and Perth, Damen hosted a third in Brisbane on March 15 and a fourth two days later in Melbourne. The Damen group is one of three international shipbuilders shortlisted for the building of the 12 steel-hulled OPVs to replace Australia’s current fleet of Armidale Class patrol boats.

Parramatta Saves Yachtsmen in Southern Ocean

HMAS Parramatta's Seahawk helicopter moves into position above stricken yacht 'Jedi 1' and prepares to winch her crew to safety. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Parramatta has rescued three South African sailors from a stricken yacht approximately 1,300 kilometres southwest of Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia. The three yachtsmen of the 13-metre yacht activated an emergency response beacon late on 17 March, when their mast was lost in rough seas on a journey from South Africa to New Zealand. It was their intention to abandon the vessel. The resuce was coordinated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and to get to the sailors as quickly and safely as possible…

Svitzer Orders Escort Tug from Sanmar

From left to right:  Sanmar Commercial Director, Rüchan Çıvgın with Svitzer Europe Managing Director, Kasper Friis Nilaus (Photo: Sanmar)

Svitzer has signed a contract with Sanmar to purchase a newbuild 80 tbp ASD escort tug for Southampton, U.K., strengthening its fleet to meet current and future customer requirements and reemphasizing its commitment to the port of Southampton. The new Sanmar-built Robert Allan-designed vessel – RAstar 2800 Class ASD Escort vessel – has been specifically chosen for her maneuverability and reliability. The tug will be named Svitzer Adira and will join the fleet in Southampton in early May.

Upgrades Complete for Anzac Class

HMAS Stuart during undocking at BAE Henderson Dockyard after completing the Anti-ship Missile Defence Upgrade. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

The Australian Navy's eight Anzac class frigates are now all back in the water post anti-ship missile defence upgrades, with HMAS Stuart undocking at the Henderson shipyard in Western Australia. She will now commence trials of her state-of-the-art systems and modifications. Commander Surface Forces Commodore Christopher Smith said the overhaul had enabled the helicopter frigates to continue to protect Australia and its interests. “The entire Anzac class is now one of the most…

Australian Navy: Torpedo Firings on the Mark

Photo: Royal Australian Navy

The Royal Australian Navy has tested its primary anti-submarine warfare weapon during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER off the coast of Western Australia recently. HMAS Melbourne, with the support of Collins class submarine HMAS Dechaineux, conducted three exercise firings of its MU90 torpedo. Staff Officer Force Anti-Submarine Warfare Lieutenant Commander Chris Straughan from the Australian Maritime Warfare Centre embarked in Melbourne for the trial. Lieutenant Commander Straughan said the torpedo was designed to counter any type of nuclear or conventional submarine.

Divex Appoints DiTullio Asia Pacific General Manager

Photo courtesy Divex

Divex, an international diving equipment technology company, announced that Daniel DiTullio (pictured) is now General Manager for Divex’s Asia Pacific region. DiTullio brings with him engineering and commercial experience in the oil and gas, and mining sectors gained in Western Australia and Queensland. He has extensive knowledge of plant management, and production processes including experience in the manufacture of equipment for explosion proof and hazardous environments. DiTullio’s…

Adelaide’s Fighting Edge Tested

HMAS Adelaide leads a close formation of warships from the Royal Australian Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy and the Spanish Armada during a photographic exercise, part of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17, off the western coast of Australia. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Royal Australian Navy’s amphibious ship HMAS Adelaide lead from the front during the recent Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER. Exercising task group operations off the Western Australian coast, the landing helicopter dock was the centrepiece to war-fighting scenarios. En-route to the ‘war-zone’, the crews of Australian, New Zealand and Spanish Navies experienced realistic attacks by ‘enemy’ cruise missiles from aircraft and ground-based locations during the high-end warfare serials. During the first air-strike…

WSS Expands in Australia

Michael Connolly, GM Western Australia

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has opened a new office in Western Australia to meet increased business opportunities as the port of Geraldton continues to grow. “By concentrating on the growing port of Geraldton, we are putting ourselves in a strong position to provide ship owners with easy access to our globally-renowned agency services. The new office has been operational from day one, with a number of experienced local staff on hand to utilise existing relationships with the port.

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Pressured Abundant Tonnage

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Capesize rates from Western Australia to China at 8-week high; shipowners parking ships off South Africa to stop rates falling. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes could remain rangebound next week as abundant tonnage puts a ceiling on freight rates even as some owners resist attempts by charterers to push rates lower, brokers said. "I expect the market to take a breather. Rates have been on a yo-yo this week," said a Singapore-based capesize broker on Friday.

Technip, Wheatstone Project Processing Platform

Technip has been awarded, by Chevron Australia Pty Ltd, a front end engineering design (FEED) contract for the offshore processing platform associated with the Wheatstone Project in Australia. The upstream (offshore) portion of the project comprises development of gas fields in the WA-17-R and WA-253-P petroleum titles located on the Northwest Shelf offshore Western Australia at water depths of 70 to 200 meters. Subsea gas gathering systems will transport production to the processing platform where the gas and condensate will be respectively dehydrated, dewatered, compressed and exported through a 200 kilometers export pipeline to the onshore gas plant located at Ashburton North, 12 kilometers west of Onslow, on the Pilbara coast of mainland Western Australia.

Chevron Strike Gas Offshore Western Australia

Natural gas deposits discovered in two locations by Chevron Australia's deepwater drilling exploration program in the Carnarvon Basin. The Pinhoe-1 exploration discovery well encountered approximately 197 feet (60 meters) of net gas pay in the Barrow and Mungaroo Sands. Pinhoe-1 is located in the WA-383-P permit area, located approximately 124 miles (200 kilometers) north of Exmouth off the Western Australia coast. The well was drilled in 3,048 feet (929 meters) of water to a total depth of 13,396 feet (4,083 meters). The Arnhem-1 exploration discovery well confirmed approximately 149 feet (45.5 meters) of net gas pay in the upper Mungaroo Sands. Arnhem-1 is in the WA-364-P permit area, located approximately 180 miles (290 kilometres) north of Exmouth off the Western Australia coast.

Offshore DLG Chartered Out by Solstad Offshore

Norce Endeavour: Photo credit Solstad Offshore

Substantial charter agreement for Solstad's offshore Derrick Lay Barge (DLB) "Norce Endeavour" by Australia's Leighton Contractors. DLB "Norce Endeavour" will work at the Gorgon LNG Jetty and Marine Structures on Barrow Island, Western
Australia. Solstad will also provide project management and engineering to support the DLB scope of works and
 operation from Solstad's offices in Singapore and Perth, Western Australia. The mobilisation of Norce Endeavour will start in October 2012 after completion of existing charter. The contract value is confidential between the parties.

Alnmaritec Delivers “Wave Train”

Alnmaritec, an aluminum boat builder based in Northumberland, UK, recently announced the delivery of a new general purpose line handling and harbor support work boat to Western Australia. The “Wave Train” was built for South Sea Logistics Ltd., based in Geraldton, Western Australia. She is a customized version of the “Wave Angler” class of vessels from Alnmaritec and is the first boat that the company has ever sold to Australia. “Wave Train” is an aluminum asymmetric catamaran 10.15 long and 4.8m wide with a displacement of around 11 tons.

Austal Welcomes Tony Abbott

Austal, the world’s largest builder of aluminium ships, today welcomed The Hon. Tony Abbott MP, Leader of the Opposition, and Senator Mathias Cormann, Senator for Western Australia, to its Henderson shipyard. Mr Abbott said he was pleased to visit a successful major manufacturer based in Western Australia, and that Austal’s operations were a visible demonstration of Australia’s ability to produce and deliver world leading export services and products besides natural resources. Mr Abbott and Senator Cormann spent the morning at Austal’s manufacturing facilities and toured the recently completed 113 metre high-speed commercial catamaran…

Sailor Rescued from HMAS Armidale

Following a combined operation yesterday involving a range of government and private agencies, a Royal Australian Navy sailor is now resting in hospital in Broome, Western Australia, following a casualty evacuation operation in Australia’s far North West Shelf region. The rescue occurred after the sailor, from the Royal Australian Navy’s patrol boat HMAS Armidale, fell ill, requiring emergency medical assistance. After a high-speed transit, the sailor was transferred from HMAS Armidale to the offshore drilling platform ENSCO 109 where he was flown by civilian helicopter to Truscott Air Base in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia. The Royal Flying Doctor Service met the sailor at Truscott and flew him on to Broome for treatment. The sailor is now recovering.

Austal launches HSSV for Oman Navy

Hull 390 High Speed Support Vessel

Austal has launched the first of two 72m High Speed Support Vessels (HSSV’s) being built for the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO), yesterday. Hull 390 - the future RNOV Al Mubshir - was successfully launched after 13 months of construction and fitout at the company’s Henderson, Western Australia shipyard. Austal Chief Executive Officer Andrew Bellamy said the on-schedule launching of the first HSSV demonstrates Austal’s proven capability to design, construct (and support) large, multiple naval vessel programs; locally, globally, successfully.

Chevron Natural Gas Find in Australia

Chevron Corp. announced further drilling success in the Carnarvon Basin offshore Western Australia, Australia's premier hydrocarbon basin. The Acme-1 exploration discovery well is located in the WA-205-P permit area offshore Western Australia approximately 93 miles (150 km) from Onslow. Drilled in 2,880 feet (878 m) of water to a depth of 15,469 feet (4,715 m), the well encountered approximately 896 feet (273 m) of net gas pay. George Kirkland, vice chairman, Chevron, said, "In terms of net gas pay, Acme-1 is one of our most significant natural gas discoveries in Australia. Jim Blackwell, president, Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production, said, "We are realizing the opportunities we have as a leading lease holder in the Carnarvon Basin.

Padbury Mining Secures $6.5 Bln Port Funding

Source: Padbury Mining

Australia's Padbury Mining Ltd said it had secured almost $6.5 billion in funding to build a new deepwater port and railway at Oakajee in Western Australia, potentially opening a new export hub for the region's iron ore riches. Plans for a port at Oakajee in Western Australia's Midwest region have been in the works under various companies for decades but have so far failed to get off the ground due to volatility in commodity markets and difficulty securing the massive investment needed.

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