Ship Owners Urged to Keep Up Counter-piracy Guard
European Union Naval Force Somalia – Operation Atalanta, NATO & Combined Task Force 151) advise continued caution despite respite in attacks. In a recent report published by the International Maritime Bureau it was announced that there was a 54% drop in global piracy during the first half of 2012. One of the key contributors to this welcome development was the fall in both Somali hijackings and attacks.
Sea Motion Compensation Platform for GeoSea
GeoSea NV & Barge Master BV sign cooperation agreement to test and deploy the first S700/C400 Barge Master platform. Vessels equipped with a Barge Master platform are able to perform safer…
North Sea Accommodation Rig Contract Extended
One-month contract extension by BP Norge AS for 'Safe Scandinavia' at Valhall Field in North Sea. BP Norge AS has exercised the first of two remaining one-month options, thereby extending Safe Scandinavia’s operations at Valhall until 30th November 2012. The value of the exercised option is approximately US$ 9-million. Safe Scandinavia is owned by Prosafe, a leading owner and operator of semi-submersible accommodation/service rigs.
Eco-friendly Fish Wellboat to be Built by Havyard
Herøy-based shipping company orders a specialised live fish transport vessel from Havyard Ship Technology's yard in Leirvik, Norway. Delivery of the first ship is due in January 2014 with the option for delivery of a similar ship six months later. Each wellboat has an estimated value of NOK 250 million. The Havyard 587 design has three large cylinder tanks for live fish with a capacity of 3250 cubic. The wellboat is nearly 85 metres long and has accommodation for 12 persons.
New Arctic Oil Terminal Planned in Finnmark
Norterminal AS plans to build a large oil-terminal outside Kirkenes in the Norwegian, Russian borderland. New fields in the Arctic Barents and Kara Seas bring along…
Hybrid Ferry Project Takes Shape in Scotland
Scottish designers, engineers and shipbuilders are assembling the world’s first hybrid seagoing Ro-Pax ferries. The two revolutionary passenger and car ferries will…
Engineering Apprentices Train Worldwide with Tognum
148 young people start their apprenticeships in Germany & at other locations, including America for the first time. Tognum has taken the German version of cooperative education to the U.S. for the first time and is applying it at its subsidiary, Tognum America. ”We develop, produce and maintain state-of-the-art engines and energy systems, and to do this, we need qualified staff. With this investment in the future…
Pacific Naval Exercise Fleet 2,000-Personnel Strong Sets Sail
Fifteen ships with about 2,000 Defence personnel from seven Pacific nations set sail from Darwin Harbour for the military training Exercise Kakadu. Maritime elements from Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand will focus on aspects of maritime warfare common to all the forces involved. Over the 19 days of exercising, from 29 August to 14 September, graduated training activities and weapons practices are being conducted…
Offshore Atlantic Contract Completed by Ocean Installer
Norway's Ocean Installer company employed its CSV 'Normand Clipper' to complete deep-water contract in N. Atlantic. The contract was for part of the development of the Corrib gas field and it required the survey of a 20-inch, 83km long offshore pipeline and the relocation of about 250 boulders, clearing a 12-metre wide corridor in an umbilical lay route. The work commenced in early August and was successfully completed using the highly efficient construction support vessel (CSV) Normand Clipper.
Vroon Offshore Embarks on 10-Vessel New-Build Program
North Sea Emergency Recovery & Rescue Vessel (ERRV) operator Vroon Offshore Services (VOS) to invest $100-million in new ships. The new "comfort class" boats - six 50m ERRVs and four 60 ERRV field support vessels - will be built in Nanjing and Fujian in China under Vroon's supervision and support a new wave-piercing bow-shape designed in Singapore by the group. The first of the ERRVs is due to be delivered in April 2013 with the first of the 60m boats due to arrive in Q1 2014.
Composite Light Gearbox by Mekanord to Launch
Mekanord will introduce a gearbox which is up to 30 % lighter than traditional ones at upcoming SMM 2012 in Germany. Lighter and stronger materials are increasingly being used everywhere in the marine industry and within a few years, they will have completely altered our way of thinking about shipbuilding. This is Mekanord’s vision of the future, a vision that will be introduced at SMM in the shape of a new, revolutionary lightweight gearbox where composites are utilized as a part of the design.
Blast-One Acquires Tecor Finishing Solutions
Blast-One International expands into Minneapolis with expectations of increasing employment opportunities in the next six months. Blast-One International is proud…
Korea's STX Offshore Wins Patrol Ship Order
STX Offshore wins US$ 132-million order for 3 patrol ships for the Korea Coast Guard. Under the deal with the Korea Coast Guard (KCG), STX Offshore will deliver the vessels by the end of 2015…
ROV Locator on Display in 'Titanic' Museum
Forum Energy Technologies announce the placement of a Sub-Atlantic Mohawk™ observation class ROV at the 'Titanic' Belfast Museum. Forum Subsea Technologies, a business…
Incat Crowther to Design 'Super Dream' Catamaran
Incat Crowther contracted to design a 32m catamaran ferry for Ishigaki Dream Tours. Super Dream will be built by Richardson Devine Marine and will be the second Incat Crowther/RDM vessel for the operator, after 2008’s Premium Dream. Super Dream will be powered by a pair of Caterpillar C32 ACERT main engines, which will drive a pair of NICO island-mounted gearboxes. Propulsion will be by 5-bladed fixed-pitch propellers.
Chinese Maritime Safety Ship Makes First Ever US Visit
Chinese Maritime Safety Administration ship 'Haixun 31' to be hosted by US 14th Coast Guard District in Honolulu Harbor. The Haixun 31 will be escorted into Aloha Tower is to be met 4, September 2012, by a parade of ships that will include the Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island and the Honolulu Fire Department fireboat Moku Ahi. The Coast Guard and Chinese Maritime Safety Administration are scheduled to conduct a joint search and rescue table top exercise and on water exercise in Honolulu.
UK Think-Tank Hosts IDICORE Summer School
HR Wallingford hosts Industrial Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE) participant programme. The IDCORE programme delivered an industry focused course that aims to expand and sustain a community of high-quality post-doctoral staff for the UK offshore renewable energy industry. The HR Wallingford summer school, which is the first of its kind, delivered a mixture of taught sessions, case studies and expert tutorials in offshore renewable energy.
Pirates Kill Hostage to Protest Ransom Delay
Somali pirates holding a hijacked ship for nearly two years killed a Syrian hostage crew member and wounded another. This is believed to be the first time Somali…
ECDIS Retrofit Launched by Raytheon Anschütz
Raytheon Anschütz launches the new ECDIS 24, designed especially for the needs of ECDIS retrofit. Based on the well-known Raytheon Anschütz ECDIS software, the new ECDIS 24 comes with an off-the-shelf 24 inch TFT Panel- PC display. ECDIS 24 does not need a separate PC which simplifies and accelerates installation. The standard supply includes a separate interface-box with cable and a stainless steel trackball, all components being type approved.
China's Marine Services Industry Booms
China’s booming marine economy spurs growth in pollution control projects says a recent market research report. In the five years to 2012, industry revenue is expected…