Marin $18.8m Subsidy for Research Lab
Marin has been granted a $18.8m government subsidy for the construction of a unique research laboratory. The Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Maria van der Hoeven, was to officially announce the subsidy on a visit to the Marin headquarters on March 15. The “Twee Fasen Laboratorium” (TFLab), or “Two Phase” laboratory, will be unique in the world and it means that Marin has new possibilities to work on improving the safety of the shipping and offshore industry.
George Tech Div Manager at HB Rentals
Accommodations specialist, HB Rentals, a Superior Energy Services company, has named Clayton George Technical Division Manager, announced President Deidre Toups. In this role, George will manage project teams for the design of modular offshore living quarters and will be based in the company’s Broussard, La., office. George has extensive industry experience in project management and previously served in this capacity for DPS Delta…
Maersk Line Introduces Third U.S. Flag Tanker
Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) announced the pending delivery of a third tanker to its U.S. flag fleet. Samho Moonstone will become Bro Hawaii when the reflagging process completes in mid-April.
CSA to Present Shepheard Award
Joe Cox, President and CEO of the Chamber of Shipping of America, and Chamber Chairman, Michael T. Bohlman, Horizon Lines, are proud to announce that on behalf of…
Statoil Awards Rig Contract to Dolphin AS
Statoil has awarded a contract to Dolphin AS and a letter of intent to Seadrill for two rigs which will operate on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). The Bideford…
Aker Philadelphia Keel Laying, 11th Product Tanker
Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (Oslo: AKPS) held a ceremonial keel laying on March 15 for Ship 015, the 11th product tanker being built at the yard. This vessel will be sold to OSG America after delivery from Aker Philadelphia Shipyard and will have shuttle tanker features installed for use in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Shuttle tankers transport crude oil from deepwater areas where there are no available pipelines.
Shell Discovery in Eastern GOM
Shell announced a significant new oil discovery in the deepwater eastern Gulf of Mexico, adding to discoveries in the area from 2009. The discovery is located at the Appomattox prospect in 2…
Wärtsilä, Raytheon Partner on Nav. Systems
Wärtsilä, a ship power systems integrator, has signed a new agreement with Raytheon Anschütz, a division of Raytheon Co., USA. Raytheon Anschütz is based in Kiel, Germany.
New Navy Contracts
DRS C3 System, Inc., Stevensville, Md., is being awarded a $7,935,427 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research and development activities associated with integrated…
Compact Tug, RAstar 2700 Class Cheradi
The first of Class RAstar 2700 tug Cheradi was delivered to its owners, Rimorchiatori Napoli of Naples by the San Marco Shipyard of La Spezia, Italy in late September 2009. The adaptation of the RAstar hull form to this size of hull was a logical progression for the designers, Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, Canada. As the originators of the "Compact Tug" concept, and as the developers of the RAstar hull form…
Cathelco Protects Historic Naval Vessel
One of the most illustrious warships in the history of United States Navy has been preserved for the future with a Cathelco hull corrosion protection system. The USS Missouri served in some of the most famous naval conflicts of the 20th century and is best known as the site of Japan’s surrender in 1945 which ended World War II. After war time service in the South Pacific, Korea and more recently providing fire support during Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf…
Damen Stan Tug 1606 for Jan De Nul
Dredging company, Jan De Nul, has had 11 Damen Stan Tugs join its fleet in the last few years. In 2008, Jan De Nul placed an order for five additional Stan Tugs after another major order in 2007 when the Belgian firm ordered six Stan Tugs, as well as four Damen Fast Crew Suppliers. To be delivered over a period of 18 months, the five latest vessels have all been built at Albwardy Marine Engineering in Dubai, one of Damen’s joint venture shipyards in the Middle East.
River Ministry Pioneer Wilkinson Retires from SCI
The Rev. James (Jim) R. Wilkinson retires this year in April after over 11 years of service to the nation’s inland waterways community as their first full-time, fully-dedicated chaplain. In 1998, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) called Wilkinson to head up Ministry on the River, a first-of-its-kind endeavor offering pastoral care to river mariners and their families in the United States. Wilkinson’s congregation of mariners spanned thousands of miles of moving waters from Pittsburgh, Pa.
This Day in Coast Guard History – March 24
1909- Muskeget, Massachusetts: the schooner Vigilant parted moorings, and stranded one mile south of the station. The owner applied to the keeper at 10:30 p.m. for assistance.
This Day in Naval History – March 24
1903 - George Dewey commissioned Admiral of the Navy with the date of rank, 2 March 1899. He was the only person to hold this rank. (Source: Navy News Service)
Agreement to Acquire Arrow Energy Ltd
The Board of Arrow Energy Limited (Arrow) to unanimously recommend its shareholders vote in favour of the joint proposal to acquire 100% of Arrow shares. CS CSG (Australia) Pty Ltd…
Agreement to Develop Gas-Fueled Ships
Wärtsilä and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) have signed a co-operation agreement to develop gas-fuelled merchant vessels. The intention is to jointly develop next…
EU NAVFOR Rescues Iranian Crew
On 19th March the EU NAVFOR Spanish warship Navarra was dispatched by the Force HQ (ITS ETNA) to assist an Iranian dhow that had sent out a distress call. The Iranian fishing dhow, named UAID 400, with 13 crewmembers, had suffered a pirate attack some days before and had been left without food, water or sufficient fuel to return to shore. After a high speed dash, the Navarra’s helicopter located the dhow early the following morning, 60 N Miles from its last known position.
USCG Names First Sentinel-Class Cutter
Coast Guard officials announced Friday that the first Sentinel-class cutter will bear the name Bernard C. Webber in honor of the legendary Coast Guard member. Previously designated to be named the Coast Guard Cutter Sentinel, the cutter Bernard C. Webber will be the first of the service’s new 153-ft patrol cutters. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen approved the change of the cutter’s name to…
New Discovery in GOM, Vito Appraisal
Statoil USA E&P Inc. announced that the Shell operated Vito appraisal well in deep water Gulf of Mexico has encountered more than 600 net feet of high-quality oil pay in thick subsalt Miocene sands.