EPC Offshore Wins Hurricane Field Contract
Project management contractor EPC Offshore has won a major contract to select the optimum concept for the development of Hurricane’s Lancaster Field, one of the most significant oil discoveries in the West of Shetlands in recent years. Hurricane has a 100 per cent holding in the field and has a CPR (competent person’s report) indicating 2C Contingent Resources of over 200 mmbbl of recoverable oil.
UK O&G to Address Decommissioning Issues
The UK oil and gas industry will be looking for a firm step towards resolving the fiscal uncertainty surrounding North Sea decommissioning when Chancellor George…
Frode Klepsvik Joins NAVTOR Board
E-navigation company NAVTOR has further illustrated its ambitions within the maritime sector by appointing Frode Klepsvik, the former Director of the Norwegian Hydrographic Service…
Drydock With Tug Sinks in Everett
According to a report on http://heraldnet.com a 140-foot tugboat reportedly containing up to 60,000 gallons of diesel that capsized at the Vigor Marine Shipyard along the Everett waterfront.
U.S. Navy Funds Two More Austal-Built LCS
Austal USA’s order backlog has grown by $691 million dollars as a result of two additional Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) contract options being exercised by the United States Navy.
Drydock, Tug Sink in US Port
USCG cutter responds to sinking, pollution hazard posed by drydock containing Everett, Wash. The Coast Guard and Washington Dept. of Ecology are responding to a…
Pirates in Gulf of Aden Watched from Sky
Counter-piracy forces from the European Union will gain another valuable asset with the addition of a Falcon 50 maritime surveillance aircraft from the French Navy. Based from Djibouti, the aircraft has the range to cover the Gulf of Aden and waters off the horn of Africa. Its speed and range are instrumental in guiding surface units to apprehend suspect vessels and can provide advance warning to escorted convoys of aid to Somalia…
Shipyard Gets Orders for Two More LCS, Business Booms
The contract option taken up by the United States Navy funds construction of the Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) and Omaha (LCS 12), the third and fourth ships in the 10 ship block buy award made to an Austal-led team in December 2010. That 10 ship program is potentially worth over US$3.5 billion. Reflecting Austal’s growing stature in naval shipbuilding, Austal USA now holds confirmed contracts for 14 U.S.
China – Advanced Patrol Boat on First Mission
China's Maritime Patrolling and Surveillance Detachment report that Hiaxun 11 joined with three patrol vessels from Liaoning MSA to cruise in the Lvshun-Changxing water area. Haixun 11 is China's largest and most advanced patrol ship with a length of 114 meters and a displacement of 3,249 tons. She has a maximum speed of 22 knots. This cruise, focused on marine safety measures, lasted four-and-a-half hours on the look-out for floating ice, floating debris and fishing nets.
Ship Aground off China Coast – Offloading Containers
Singapore flag vessel m/v Bareli (35,881gt built 2004) is aground in Chinese waters having suffered hull damage. The crew has been rescued. The ship normally plies between ports in Africa and the Far East. The Fujian Maritime Rescue Center said that rescuers are working to retrieve the ship's fuel oil which has leaked into the sea, and they have called ship repair factories to send workers to help offload 1,913 containers loaded on the ship.
New Warship Sails Off to Join US Fleet
Huntington Ingalls Industries announce that the company's sixth amphibious transport dock, San Diego (LPD 22), has sailed from their yard en route to her commissioning site in San Diego. San Diego was delivered to the Navy in December following acceptance sea trials. Ingalls' test and trials team thoroughly tested the ship's main propulsion, steering, communications suite and deck missions systems.
Littoral Combat Ship Funding Boosted for Lockheed
Contract modification is for construction of Little Rock (LCS 9) and Sioux City (LCS 11). Construction on the first and second ships awarded under this contract, Milwaukee (LCS 5) and Detroit (LCS 7), is already underway. Two ships awarded under previous contracts include USS Freedom (LCS 1), currently being prepared for her next deployment, and Fort Worth (LCS 3), scheduled to be commissioned in September.
Antarctic Evacuation of Scientists as Storm, Ice, Threatens
The Portsmouth-based UK survey ship HMS Protector was charged with putting a small team from the British Antarctic Survey ashore so they could collect geological samples on remote James Ross Island off the eastern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Protector’s Commanding Officer Capt Peter Sparkes decided the safest and least risky option would be to sail through the ever-increasing pack ice and send in the Terra Nova…
Marine Engine Maintenance, Overhaul Contract for Wärtsilä
Wärtsilä has signed a five-year service agreement with US-based Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc. (Prestige), the parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The long-term service agreement covers six vessels, a total of 27 Wärtsilä engines, and has the option to include further vessels in the future. The agreement facilitates the projection of costs associated with the maintenance of Prestige’s cruise fleet…
Local Shipyard Sells First Hi-speed 47 ft Craft at Dubai Show
The sale at the Dubai Boat Show of the Samawy Marine Boat Manufacturing Company's Samawy 44, marks a first for a Emerati builder who cares enough about preserving the marine environment to ensure that the new boat is eco-friendly. The boat has an open console making the craft most suitable for fishing, diving and day trips, measuring 14.4 metre in length, with three 350hp outboard max engines and a fuel capacity of 1,800 litres, the Samawy 44 is designed to reach a maximum speed of 42knots.