Statement from SOS SaveOurSeafarers
Following Tuesday’s conference on Somali piracy organised by the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office and held at the IMO’s London headquarters, Giles Heimann, Chair of the SOS SaveOurSeafarers campaign, said, “We welcome the acknowledgement of the importance of the continuing partnership between the shipping industry, the naval forces and governments, and their ongoing commitment in tackling the issue of piracy off the coast of Somalia. We look to reinforce these relationships.
ROV Training Graduates Secure Employment
Half of ROV class find employment within a week of completing training. A subsea training centre has reported an increase in employment of their students, with 50% of one class being employed within a week of graduating. The Underwater Center, Fort William saw half of a recent ROV class employed by leading providers of subsea services to the oil and gas industry, DOF Subsea, following the company’s attendance at an open day at the Center.
Breakthrough order for DC technology
ABB wins order to install the first ever DC-based electric solution for a vessel. The Onboard DC Grid will allow vessels to cut fuel consumption and emissions by up to 20 percent. ABB, a power and automation technology group, has won an order from ship owner Myklebusthaug Management to supply the first ever direct current (DC) power grid on board a ship. The equipment will allow a new offshore platform support vessel…
This Day in Naval History - Feb. 22
1865 - A Union squadron under the command of Rear Adm. David Dixon Porter bombards and captures Wilmington, N.C. 1870 - After arriving on USS Nipsic, the Darien Expedition, commanded by Cmdr.
WRSystems Wins MSC Equipment Contract
W R Systems, Ltd., Awarded Contract for Military Sealift Command N00033-12-C-8011 for USS PONCE (LPD 15) Bridge. W R Systems, Ltd., (WRSystems), of Norfolk, VA, has been awarded a contract with Military Sealift Command (MSC) for the design, installation, commissioning, and testing of new electronic equipment of the bridge onboard USS PONCE (LPD 15). The USS PONCE bridge electronics transition team…
New Foundry Wheels Reduce Shipyard Grinding Time
New Norton Abrasives BlueFire Portable Foundry Wheels Reduce Grind Time More Than 40%. Norton, an abrasives manufacturer and provider of metal fabrication abrasive products, has introduced Norton BlueFire zirconia aluminum portable foundry wheels for the metal fabricating industry. BlueFire Portable Cup Snagging Wheels provide exceptional performance improvements over conventional zirconia products in foundries…
Mack Manufacturing Self-Contained Scrap Handlers
Mack Manufacturing developed the original five-tine orange peel grab to help scrap handlers and steel processors to hold and retain larger loads more efficiently. Specifically designed for electric overhead cranes moving scrap in steel mills, the OPSISCH-350-5 grapple is a completely self-contained electric drive unit, ready for operation with a large 3.5 yard capacity. The grapple’s heat-treated alloy…
Lloyd's Register Safety Alert
Safety alert: Steering gear control wheel potentiometer failure resulting in vessel grounding. Applicabilty: All shipowners and operators. Following an incident involving loss of steering on a Marshall Islands registered bulk carrier, the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada issued a Marine Safety Advisory Letter No. 07/11. The information obtained indicated the ship experienced a loss of steering…
ISS Launches Operations in Saudi Arabia
Joint venture with Al Bakri Group set to create leading maritime and cargo services business in the region. Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s leading maritime services provider…
Australia to be Largest Gas Exporter?
Oil and gas professionals tip Australia to become world’s largest gas exporter by 2030. Delegates at the 2012 Australasian Oil and Gas Conference forecast huge growth in Australia’s role in the energy markets, tipping the country to become the largest gas exporter by 2030, according to a poll conducted by GL Noble Denton. Australasian Oil and Gas Conference, Perth – 23 February 2012: Oil and gas industry…
Vessel Design with the Crew in Mind
Before any keel is ever laid, naval architects spend considerable time in determining how exactly the vessel must come together. All great marine craft still need skilled and competent crews to make them maneuver and perform as their design intended. With their feet on the deck plates, crewmen have perhaps the best insight as to what works and what does not when it comes to highly functional vessel design.
Vesdavit Wins Large Austrailian contracts
Vestdavit secures Australian Customs patrol boat order from Austal. NORWAY-based boat handling system and specialised davit supplier Vestdavit has been contracted by shipbuilder Austal to supply its state-of-the-art PLAR-6500 davits to eight new Cape Class Patrol Boats (CCPBs) to be built for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. Austal will build the 58.1 m Cape Class Patrol Boats at its shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia.
Erdmann Named Rickmers Deputy CFO
Dr Mark-Ken Erdmann will join Rickmers Holding in Hamburg as Deputy CFO as of 1 July 2012. In this position, he will be responsible for a broad range of corporate functions including Accounting & Controlling, Tax, IT, Human Resources, Legal Affairs, as well as Mergers & Acquisitions. He will report to Dr Ignace Van Meenen, who in addition to his role as CFO, was recently nominated Deputy CEO of the Rickmers Group.
WSS Increases New Zealand Market Share
Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has reported consistent growth and increased market awareness over the last few years for its world-leading portfolio of Marine Products in New Zealand, according to Nigel Smith, WSS General Manager for New Zealand and Pacific Islands. Recently relocated from central city offices to a new warehouse complex, WSS New Zealand is now able to concentrate on delivering a stronger mix of marine products…
Key Addition to Sigma Offshore Staff
Sigma Offshore appoints internal turret moorings expert to bolster growth plans. International FPSO moorings and marine engineering services business, Sigma Offshore, has added new impetus to its growth plans by appointing an experienced industry figure to head up one of its key service areas. Geir Eik has become Vice-President Internal Turret Systems at Aberdeen-headquartered Sigma Offshore as the business looks to sustain and enhance its capabilities across its product and service range.
HFT Launches Weld Purging Technology
Launch of new Tube and Pipe weld purge systems for Shipbuilding and Shiprepair industries. Having been manufacturing Tube and Pipe Weld Purging Systems since 1975 Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) has now reached the MKV version of its designs by launching the new PurgElite series of Tube and Pipe Purging systems for diameters from 1” to 12” diameter inclusive. This particular range is especially suitable for the Stainless Steels…
Drydocks World Contracts with Saipem
Drydocks World’s new global strategy was developed to create additional and increased capacity and efficiencies in all its four important business segments which are; Repairs, Conversion, New building and Engineering. Accordingly, to keep in line with this strategy, it has entered into a Strategic Agreement with Saipem, a subsidiary of the Italian oil company, Eni., an international turnkey contractor in the oil & gas Offshore and Onshore industry.
Collision of Containership MOL Maneuver
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that the MOL-operated containership MOL Maneuver collided with the containership Zhen He while under way on the open seas southeast of Hong Kong…
Imtech Appoints New Regional Director
New Regional Director Sytze Voulon appointed for Imtech Marine North West Europe. As per February 20, 2012 Imtech Marine has appointed Mr. Sytze Voulon to the position…
Harris Pye Completes Brazilian Offshore Project
In just 90 days, the Harris Pye Group successfully completed the survey and upgrade of Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc’s (DODI) dynamically positioned drillship, the Ocean Clipper. All work was completed within schedule. Totalling 247,235 man hours and utilising a 600-plus workforce, the contract was one of the largest offshore oil and gas projects for the South Wales headquartered company. Despite the time-critical schedule…