Shipyards: Hotbeds of Ingenuity – and Risk
A typical driveway mechanic can open up the hood, dive into a car’s guts and emerge hours later with an understanding of what is wrong. Even if the mechanic can't get the engine to purr…
Arctic Oil Exploration: Shell Awaits New Giant Icebreaker
The M/V Aiviq icebreaker, contracted by Shell Oil to support drilling in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea, is scheduled to be completed by Louisiana-based Edison Chouest Offshore in early 2012. The vessel, ordered in July 2009, is on track for April 1, 2012, delivery in Galliano, La., and will then head north, according to Shell Oil spokesman Curtis Smith. The $200m Aiviq is the largest vessel ever built by Chouest, and will be among the most advanced and powerful, non-military icebreakers on the waters.
US Navy: DDG 1000's Composite Deckhouse Milestone
Composite materials are used to make cars, planes and boats, and have been used to build minesweepers and small surface combatants. Now, the largest composite structure ever built—the DDG 1000 destroyer deckhouse—has been fabricated in Mississippi and is being shipped to Maine for assembly aboard the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000). In this dramatic example of a “shared build,” General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is the lead yard…
Seaway Concludes 53rd Navigation Season
The St. Lawrence Seaway closed for the season on December 30, 2011, with the westbound vessel Algoma Spirit reaching Lake Ontario at 7:54 a.m. after having transited the locks on the St. Lawrence River. The Seaway’s 53rd navigation season commenced on March 22nd, and the system remained open for a record 284 days, exceeding by one day the previous record set in 2006. The tug / barge combination John Spence / Niagara Spirit was the last vessel to transit the Welland Canal…
Costa Concordia: IMO Calls for Rapid and Full Casualty Investigation
IMO Secretary-General urges rapid and full casualty investigation. IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has expressed his condolences and sympathy for all those…
24m Scientific Research Catamaran Launched
Incat Crowther announced the launch of Vėjūnas, a 24m Catamaran Scientific Research Vessel built by Baltic Workboats in Estonia. Classed by DNV, Vėjūnas has completed sea trials and has been delivered to Lithuania’s Ministry of Environment for operation in the Baltic Sea. The vessel will monitor the Baltic Sea nearshore area and the Curonian Lagoon. The aft deck features lower platform access, hydraulic A-Frame, 6,4tm Fassi deck crane and moon pool.
Paramarine Software for Stability Analysis
Paramarine marine design software, developed by QinetiQ GRC, is being used by Babcock in its Marine and Technology Division, to support both their defense and commercial maritime business. Babcock employs over 27,000 people across the UK, Africa, North America, Australasia and the Middle East. In its Marine and Technology Division Babcock employs more than 50 naval architects who work for a number of navies including the UK Royal Navy.
World's Largest Offshore "Wave Farm" Planned for Scotland
Alstom and SSE Renewables signed a new joint venture agreement to develop the Costa Head Wave Project, an up to 200 MW wave energy site located north of mainland Orkney…
Swire Offshore Opens Singapore Office
Raymond Lim Siang Keat, Member of the Singaporean Parliament for East Coast GRC, officially opened Swire Oilfield Services Regional headquarters for Asia Pacific in Singapore on January 17, 2012. The establishment of the new regional office in this key strategic hub for the oil and gas industry is part of the company’s long term growth plan and will see Swire Oilfield Services develop an important presence in South-East Asia and beyond.
Rhino's New WaterJet-Powered 950 Work/Dive Boat
Wale Marine South Africa have designed and developed the Rhino Marine range of very robust, rigid and reliable workboats. Rhino craft are primarily fabricated from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and have been designed, developed and tested to create a robust and virtually indestructible workboat for use with outboard motors as well as inboard diesels with stern drives or waterjet drives. The Rhino…
Rickmers Tianjin Named in Mumbai
As part of its upgrading program for its Europe India service, Rickmers-Linie, has added the 17,000dwt newbuilding Rickmers Tianjin to the schedule. The base ports served are Hamburg, Antwerp, Genoa, Mumbai and Chennai but the service is capable of serving a wide variety of additional ports on inducement. Rickmers Tianjin joins her sistership Rickmers Yokohama and the charter ships Linde, Martin and Baltic Winter on the Indian service.
World’s First Offshore Barge with Built-in BWTS
The BALPURE ballast water treatment system, which received Type Approval in July 2011, has been selected for use on two flattop oceangoing heavy deck cargo barges. The Type-Approved BALPURE ballast water treatment system from Severn Trent De Nora has been selected for use on two oceangoing heavy deck cargo barges being constructed for Norwegian-based Greenway Shipping by Dalian Shipyard, at its shipyard in Dalian, China.
Kongsberg Sets out to Prove "Less is More"
Kongsberg Maritime will lead a new research project called ‘Situation Awareness and Decision Support Tools for demanding marine operations’ (SITAWARE), which kicks-off on February 2, 2012.
Statoil Makes Choices for Dagny, Eirin Fields
A fixed platform has been selected by Statoil and its partners for the Dagny oil and gas discovery in the North Sea, while the Eirin gas field is to be developed with a subsea solution. Gas from Dagny will be exported through a tie-back to the infrastructure on Sleipner East, while offshore loading into shuttle tankers is proposed for the oil. The seabed production installation on Eirin will be tied back to the planned Dagny platform.
Free Shipdex Webinar
Shipdex is the International Business Rules developed to standardize the production and the exchange of technical and logistic data within the shipping community.
Kiel Well-Placed for 2012
Port handles more than six million tons for the first time. Kiel, January 17 2012: The Port of Kiel turned round more than six million tons of cargo last year for the first time ever. It posted a turnover figure of 6,293.374 tons exactly at the turn of the year - an increase of 8.5 % over the previous year. The Managing Director of the Port of Kiel (SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG) Dr Dirk Claus said “thanks to the shipping companies and the port working hand in hand…
J D Neuhaus: Largest Ever Crane System
The largest crane system constructed to date by J D Neuhaus has been delivered to Westcon Lofteteknikk AS (WCL) of Norway for use on an offshore drilling rig. The semi portal design comprises an A-frame supporting twin overhead horizontal track beams providing a 7.5 meter span. The crane has an approximate height of 11.5 meters with a total weight of 32 tons. It is equipped with JDN hydraulic EH 40-H monorail hoists operating on each of the twin beams…
Dredgers for the World
To call IHC Merwede a global manufacturer of dredges would be an understatement. With decades of research and development behind them the Netherlands-based firm is a global presence in the manufacture of dredges. They are well known for their innovation and quality leadership in their market. Their dredges are to be seen working whereever there is a need to deepen water depths. The firm has over 3…
UASC and CSCL Increasing Asia-Med Service
UASC and CSCL upgrade deployment on joint Asia to Med Service. United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) and CSCL will as a result of the change in deployment in Asia to North Europe…
Reflex Marine Meets Demand for FROG Training
Following the success of the inspection and maintenance training courses delivered in 2011, Reflex Marine will be hosting a new program of courses this year. The first week long course will run in Aberdeen starting on the 26th March 2012. These training courses have been growing in popularity as more and more companies recognise that proper inspection and maintenance of their FROGs helps to maintain their working integrity over their whole field life.