DLR, GL Expand Cooperation Agreement
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Germanischer Lloyd (GL) have renewed and expanded their strategic innovation cooperation agreement. They have agreed to jointly identify and develop novel technologies and applications for the shipping industry. The agreement will build upon the cooperation of the two partners which began in 2010 with joint projects that aimed at addressing ship emissions, indoor navigation, advanced materials and wave prediction via satellite.
Strainstall Provides Advanced Tension Monitoring Solution
MAATS Tech Ltd is a specialist ship design organization with expertise in the provision of turnkey carousel systems and associated equipment that are installed in special purpose vessels used for laying flexible pipe, umbilicals and power cables. On such vessels, the cable or pipe is fed through a tensioner before being loaded to and from the carousel system as part of the laying process. Maintaining…
Tracerco Targets Fuel Fraud
New device will help combat multi billion dollar global crime. Tracerco, part of the Johnson Matthey group, has developed what it touts to be the world’s first fully portable…
Harness the Energy: Deliver the Prosperity
A new year brings resolutions and renewed optimism for better times, and sometimes a wish for things to at least not get any worse. For the offshore energy industry, 2013 brings a combination of all.
AWO’s Best Practices on Mariner Credentialing
American Waterways Operators (AWO), a 350-member trade association tells members to foster a cooperative relationship with the Coast Guard and to support the mariners, wherever possible. The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the 350-member trade association representing the nation’s tugboat, towboat and barge industry recently released recommended best practices to assist both companies and mariners in navigating the U.S. Coast Guard’s mariner credentialing and medical review process.
Communications & Single Point Failures: What’s Your Back-up Plan?
How well prepared is your company for a natural disaster? How quickly could you get your operations up and running after the storm or other event hits? How about your vendors and suppliers? Emergency contingency plans (aside from vessel emergencies where oil has entered the water – that merits its own article and won’t be covered here) can start with a streamlined communications process. For emergencies ashore, how are you set up to handle business if the office is no longer accessible?
UK P&I’s Europe Club Receives Upgrade
The UK P&I Club (the UK Club), one of the oldest shipping protection and indemnity insurance mutuals, has announced that ratings agency Standard and Poor’s has extended…
Oil & Water do Mix
Matters of fuel use, economy and emissions are “A-List” items on any vessel owner’s agenda, as skyrocketing prices for diesel and a spiraling maze of regulation regarding fuel content and emissions are pressing owners to adopt technical solutions. Maritime Reporter & Engineeing News recently spent some time with Dr. Jerry Ng Kok Loon, the founder and CEO of Blue Ocean Solutions, and one of the industry’s leading experts within emulsified fuel technology.
AUSTAL USA: Rolling Strong into 2013
Austal USA today finds itself plowing into 2013 with the proverbial bone in its teeth, powered by an enviably hefty U.S. government backorder book, possibly the most modern and efficient manufacturing infrastructure in U.S. shipbuilding and the leadership of a new President who, over the past five years, helped to make it all happen. Nevertheless, domestic shipbuilders all know that DoD and DHS belt tightening is a the new reality.
‘Second youth’ for Clipper Stad Amsterdam
The three-masted, steel-hulled Clipper ‘Stad Amsterdam’ undergoes a complete overhaul at Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen, the Netherlands. The revision of the 13-year-old vessel will give her a ‘second youth’. The work will be finished before the end of May 2013. At the moment the Clipper is already at the yard and all interiors have been removed, including the boarding of the accommodation. All technical equipment will get a complete overhaul or will be replaced if necessary.
Weinberg To Lead Canaveral Port Authority
Cocoa Beach resident Tom Weinberg will serve as Chairman of the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners for 2013. The former Chief of Staff for former Florida Sen. Mel Martinez was elected unanimously to the position during the first meeting of the year for the Board. Also elected were Titusville attorney Jerry Allender as Vice Chairman and Cocoa citrus grower Frank Sullivan as Secretary/Treasurer. Titusville attorney John H. Evans begins his first term on the Board.
Harley Marine Awards US Fab Barge Contract
US Fab, a Vigor Industrial company, will soon begin construction on a 250’x70’x15’8” deck barge for Harley Marine Services at Vigor’s Swan Island shipyard in Portland, Oregon. This purpose built barge was designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants to transport a wide variety of cargo between Dutch Harbor and Akutan, Alaska with up to 3 runs per week. “Having the ability to collaborate with Jensen and Harley during the initial production design for this barge…
Simmons UK Double Up on Oil & Gas Deals
Simmons & Co in Aberdeen completed 14 deals in 2012 valued $2.3-billion, more than double the 2011 total value. The corporate finance advisers to the energy sector…
Blumenthal Acquires Majority Stake in Terresolve
Blumenthal Holdings, Radiator Specialty Company (RSC) LLC owners, acquire a majority stake in Terresolve Technologies, Ltd. Terresolve Technologies, LTD, is a leading…
Blowout Preventer Ram Contract for VBR
Variable Bore Rams, Inc. (VBR) contracted by Weatherford Asia Pacific to provide Blowout Preventer (BOP) rams. Equipment stocking will begin in Feb. 2013 and will…
AAM Shipyard CEO Buys Out Founding Partner
CEO, Matthew Mullett, acquires complete control of All American Marine from founder partner Pat Pitsch. Mullett joined AAM as CEO in 1999 and has served as the managing partner of the shipyard since he became co-owner in 2003. Under Mullett’s leadership, the small boat builder has grown to become an award-winning and internationally known entity. Originally known for their 32’ aluminum bay boats and 6-pak charter boats…
Nautilus Marine Extends Acquisition Tender Offer
Nautilus Marine Acquisition Corp. extends its tender offer for Assetplus Ltd. until end of January 2013. The completion of the tender offer is a condition to Nautilus'…
Offshore Thailand Drilling Contract for 'Atwood Orca'
An Atwood Oceanics subsidiary awarded drilling services contract by Mubadala Petroleum. The Atwood Orca, currently under construction at PPL Shipyard in Singapore…
World Superyacht Award Winner 'Seriously' for Sale
Builders Feadship puts its World Superyacht award-winning 45m megayacht for sale at a reduced 29.8 million Euro price. From the moment of her launch Feadship had special plans for the 45-metre Helix. The world's leading luxury motoryacht builder knew that she would be ideal to showcase the Feadship lifestyle to new and potential clients across the Far East. Helix fulfilled this brief in spectacular fashion during 2012…
SHI to Build Eighth Drillship for Pacific Drilling
Pacific Drilling exercises contract option for Samsung Heavy Industries to construct another Ultra-Deepwater Drillship. The drillship will have a rated water depth of 12…