Demand for Offshore Vessels:
Growing In Deepwater Gulf of Mexico. As the feds issue more drilling permits for the Gulf, demand for offshore support vessels in the GOM deepwater sector has accelerated, industry members say. Anger about the government's spill-related, drilling moratorium--which ended a year and a half ago--has given way to optimism recently. The region's shallow-water sector, nevertheless remains slow and gives little cause for cheer.
Online Cargo Database Goes Live
World’s largest online database for cargo transportation goes live. BMT De Beer, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has launched CargoHandbook.com (www.cargohandbook.com), the world’s largest online database for cargo transportation in the marine industry. As a rich source of knowledge, BMT De Beer aims to provide and share information on cargo transportation with the wider market and therefore help to reduce the number of cargo incidents and claims that occur.
First Approval for Iridium Extreme Docking Station
Beam Granted World’s First Approval for Iridium Extreme Docking Station. Beam Communications Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of World Reach Limited (ASX: WRR), announces it has received certification by Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM) for use of Beam’s LiteDOCK docking station for the Iridium Extreme® satellite phone. Beam is the first manufacturer in the world to receive Iridium’s official certification of a docking unit for the Iridium Extreme handset.
Crowley Names Two More Scholarship Winners
Crowley Awards Scholarships to Two Pennsylvania Students in the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program. Crowley recently awarded Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships to Ariel Zhou and Caiti Campbell, who are taking part in the Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport this spring. They were chosen for their strong academic records, interest in maritime studies and financial need.
Scorpio Tankers Offers 3.5 million Shares
Scorpio Tankers Inc. (STNG) is offering a minimum of 3.5 million shares of its common stock in a registered direct placement at a price of $6.75 per share, for which Evercore Group L.L.C.
Swiber First to Use Enginei in Asia
Swiber becomes first Asia operator to save costs with Enginei Fuel Management System. The Swiber Group company, Newcruz Offshore Marine Services, has become the first in the Asian market to take advantage of the cost benefits of the enginei fuel management system from Royston Limited. The system was sold by Royston’s Singapore agent, Can Traders, and was installed aboard Swiber’s new offshore support vessel, the Swiber Carina.
Ship Finance Terminates Charters With Horizon
Ship Finance International Limited (NYSE:SFL) has agreed to terminate chartering agreements with Horizon Lines, LLC relating to five of its vessels. Ship Finance…
Magnet Provides Robust Holding Force
Miko introduces new permanent magnet for robust temporary anchor points above or below water. Miko Marine AS of Oslo, Norway, has a new lightweight and compact addition to its range of permanent magnets. The MAM Light possesses exceptional magnetic strength relative to its size and this enables it to bring new benefits to divers, boat crews, ROV (remotely operated vehicle) and salvage operators. The…
RAL’s RAmparts 3200 Tugs Achieve Milestone
Early in 2012, Cheoy Lee Shipyards, Hong Kong, was awarded a contract from a South American client for three new RAmparts 3200CL class tugs. This marks a significant milestone for the popular RAmparts 3200 design as the order includes the 100th tug to be delivered to this design. There are few designs in the world workboat market to achieve this milestone in such a short time. The RAmparts 3200 design originated from a Robert Allan Ltd. internal R&D program back in the early 2000’s.
IL Governor Convenes Export Advisory Council Meeting
Group Will Develop Recommendations to Increase Trade Opportunities and Business Investment in Illinois. Governor Pat Quinn today convened the first meeting of the Illinois Export Advisory Council.
This Day in Naval History - April 12
1861 - The Civil War begins when Confederates fire on Fort Sumter, S.C. 1911 - Lt. Theodore Ellyson qualifies as the first naval aviator. 1962 - The Navy demonstrates a new landing craft…
Cecon Completes Installation Offshore Nigeria
End March Cecon has completed the installation of four flexible pipelines and umbilical’s for Broron Oil & Gas/Addax Petroleum in waters offshore Nigeria, West Africa. The project was initially awarded (Oct 2011) to Cecon ASA as a fast-track subsea tieback project for the management, transport, installation and tie-ins of two flexible pipelines and two umbilicals between two wells in 130 m water depth and the Okwori FPSO.
BV and Securymind In Anti-Piracy Initiative
International classification society Bureau Veritas has joined forces with French maritime security consultants Securymind to provide an auditing and verification service for companies providing armed guards to protect ships against piracy. Security companies offering services to shipping will be audited against the requirements set down by the “Scheme for Quality Management Systems of Private Maritime Security Companies” established by Bureau Veritas and Securymind.
Oil Sheen Seen Near Shell Gulf of Mexico Rig
The Coast Guard is investigating the report of a rainbow sheen, approximately 56 miles offshore Venice in the Gulf of Mexico. Watchstanders at the U.S. Coast Guard…
Piracy – Latest NATO Update
During the reporting period of 05 to 11 April 2012 there was one hijacking (which was subsequently freed), one attack and one suspicious approach in the high risk area (HRA). As it is now the monsoon transition period and the sea states continue to be favourable for small boats, it is expected that (PAG) activity will continue to increase. No incidents in – Southern Red Sea (SRS)/Bab Al Mandeb (BAM) / Gulf of Aden (GOA)/Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) over the past week.
Offshore Windfarms Harmful to Ocean Claims MEP
Writing in 'Public Service Europe' online, MEP Struan Stevenson says we cannot afford to sanction the continued destruction of our remaining 'blue carbon' habitats…
LNG Bunkering – Singapore Sets Up Joint Industry Project
A Joint Industry Project (JIP), co-funded through MPA’s MINT fund, is aimed to provide recommendations to the Singapore government authorities on enabling LNG bunkering in Singapore…
Ship Safety & Environment – Denmark Pushes IMO for Mandatory Audits
Together with a number of other countries, Denmark is striving to make it mandatory for member states to undergo the so-called 'IMO sudit'. The audit would ensure…
British Minehunter Exercises with USN in Arabian Gulf
As part of their regular practice searching for mines in the warmer waters of the Gulf, the ship's company worked alongside their coalition counterparts to exercise their already well-established techniques. For the ten-day exercise, the US Navy deployed their MH-53E Sea Dragon - a specially designed helicopter that can sweep for mines from the air. Finding 13 dummy mines that had been laid by friendly forces was a successful haul for HMS Middleton…
Titanic Disaster – IEEE Share Retrospective Technological Insights
A hundred years after the loss of the RMS Titanic, members of IEEE – the world's largest technical professional organization – share their perspectives on the role…