SAFE Boat Wins 101-boat USCG Contract
SAFE Boats International (SAFE) contracted to build the U.S. The contract calls for up to 101 boats procured over seven years. The CB-OTH-IV will act as a multi-mission, cutter-launched law enforcement vessel and the Coast Guard will begin taking delivery in early 2013. At 26-feet in length, the CB-OTH-IV is capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots and is based off of the SAFE 250 Center Console. It seats 5 (five) crew members and features a 480hp inboard diesel engine with a water jet…
Fugro’s European Offshore Survey Experience For Cape Cod
Fugro bring European offshore survey experience to lead the way on America’s first offshore wind farm. Fugro has commenced a major geotechnical and geophysical survey…
Port of Los Angeles Container Volumes Increase 8.75% in June
The Port of Los Angeles has released its June 2012 cargo volumes. Imports increased by 6 percent, from 333,894 Twenty-Foot Equivalent (TEU) containers in June 2011 to 353,930 TEUs this June.
Catastrophic Equipment Failures of VFD and HF Systems
Commercial and military users of electric propulsion systems have experienced failures of the variable frequency drive (VFD) and harmonic filter (HF) systems because the system design…
Arctic Shield 2012: USCG Mounts Historic Arctic Effort
While it seems that half the world is monitoring the oil and gas exploration activities of Royal Dutch Shell (Shell Oil) on the United States outer continental shelf (OCS) in waters of the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas off the north coast of Alaska, another historic event is occurring in those same waters: Arctic Shield 2012. The US Coast Guard is assembling its largest ever effort in the Arctic during the period July through October 2012.
Krill VFMMS on Three Shell “Alaska Project” Vessels
Krill Systems, which provides Vessel Fuel Measurement and Monitoring Systems (VFMMS), reports success in the installation and sea trial of Krill VFMMS systems on-board three support vessels operating as part of the Shell Alaska Arctic offshore drilling project. The VFMMS systems were installed in Seattle at the beginning of July, after which the vessels immediately departed for Alaska waters. Two Shell-chartered drilling ships…
Rigless Intervention System for Baker Hughes
EFC Group, a designer and manufacturer of instrumentation, monitoring, handling and control systems for the oil and gas industry, delivered an innovative mechanical handling contract to provide a Rigless Intervention System (RIS) for Baker Hughes. Following a brief from the oilfield services company, Aberdeen-based EFC Group delivered on the ambitious concept by designing and building the Mastiff RIS.
Stolt Valor Salvage Ops Progress in Bahrain
As the Kingdom of Bahrain gears up to host the 2012 World Maritime Day Parallel Event in October under the theme “IMO: 100 years after the Titanic”, maritime safety and protection of the environment has always been the top priority for the General Organisation of Sea Ports (GOP) in the on-going operations on the damaged Liberian ship Stolt Valor. As the regulator of Bahrain’s maritime affairs and the responsible body for ensuring maritime safety…
Cargotec Receives an Order from Chinese Shipyard
A Chinese state-owned shipyard has ordered MacGregor variable frequency drive cranes and folding-type hatch covers for Greek bulk shipping operator Ariston Navigation's six new generation 35,000 dwt bulkers. The contract is booked into Cargotec's second quarter order intake. Deliveries are scheduled for 2013 and 2014. Ariston Navigation Corporation, part of the family-owned Xylas Group, has ordered a series of 35,000 dwt handysize Seastallion vessels from the shipyard.
GL Approval for New Automatic Twistlock
Cargotec's newly-approved fully-automatic MacGregor twistlock offers significant safety advantages and time-savings in port; shipowners appreciate these features and commercial references are growing. Through its MacGregor brand, Cargotec has an international reputation as a market leader in developing safe and efficient container securing equipment. This continues with the introduction of its new fully-automatic MacGregor C8A twistlock, which has recently gained Germanischer Lloyd approval.
Transas Gets Approval for Saint Lawrence Seaway Draft Information System
The St. Lawrence Seaway is one of the most important transportation links in North America. To maximize the efficient use of the seaway, in 2001, the Seaway authorities started to a study which would determine the maximum load ships can carry while maintaining a safe Under-Keel Clearance (UKC). Over the years the maximum draft of vessels transiting the Seaway in the MLO Montreal to Lake Ontario and the Welland Canal has been gradually increased.
Imtech Strengthens Position in Belgian Marine Market
Royal Imtech N.V. (IM-AE, technical services provider in and outside Europe) announces that it has acquired the Belgian maritime technical services provider Van Stappen & Cada NV.
Imtech Acquires Belgian Maritime Technical Services Provider
Van Stappen & Cada has an annual revenue of over 3 million euro. The acquisition will be paid in cash and will immediately contribute to Royal Imtech's earnings per share.
Siemens to Decide on Hull, UK, Wind Turbine Factory
Planning consent for the ambitious £210-million redevelopment of Alexandra Dock where the factory will be based was granted in May. Already huge jack-up cranes are…
WAVcam + Command Bridge Kept Eye on Baltimore Harbor 'Sailabration'
The electronic pairing offered safety and security personnel an unprecedented view of a 25+ square mile area of the harbor from north of Ft McHenry, west to the…
German Container Ship Abandoned mid-Atlantic
At 10:07 on Saturday 14, July 2012 Falmouth Coastguard received the relayed 'Mayday' broadcast from the German registered MSC Flaminia reporting that the crew had abandoned the vessel. Falmouth Coastguard broadcast an alert to all vessels in the area and the nearest vessel which could provide assistance was the oil tanker DS Crown which immediately changed course to intercept the MSC Flaminia. Six…
Canada Commits to Boating Safety
The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, has announced additional funding for the Boating Safety Class Contribution Program.
'Stolt Valor' Evaluation on Track at ASRY
The chemical tanker, Stolt Valor, which caught fire on March 15, 2012, north of Bahrain, was docked at ASRY after Bahrain agreed to accept the ship into its territorial waters.
Shell Arctic Drillship's Close Shave
“While moored off the coast of Dutch Harbor, the Noble Discoverer drill ship drifted toward land and stopped very near the coast. One of Shell’s vessels, the Lauren Foss…
Chinese Shipyard Building Treasure Ship Replica
The replica will undertake its first of eight expeditions after going on a trial journey in August 2014, according to the Nanjing maritime safety administration. A captain, boatswain and chief engineer for the ship are to be chosen by the end of this year. Zhao Zhigang, general manager of Jiangsu Longjiang Shipbuilding said: "It is the world's biggest handmade wooden ship," Zhao said. "The ship's mast will be 38 meters tall…