Permanent Underwater Rudder Repair in Antwerp
At the beginning of March, a Hydrex team of diver/technicians sailed out with one of the company’s dive support workboats to a 200-meter vehicle carrier berthed in the port of Antwerp. They performed an underwater inspection and repair of the vessel’s malfunctioning rudder. The latest development allows Hydrex to perform permanent repairs on any type of rudder while the vessel remains at anchorage and cargo operations continue.
Seacurus Welcomes New Lloyd’s Seafarer Abandonment Risk Code
Specialist marine insurance intermediary Seacurus has welcomed the decision of Lloyd’s to amend its risk codes to include a new class of insurance covering seafarer abandonment (SA).
Swire Announces New Products at OTC 2013
Swire Oilfield Services, LLC, introduced two new products to the Gulf of Mexico region at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), May 6 - 9. Swire’s Modular Systems division and SAFE (Swire Advanced Fluid Engineering) Tanks address the industry’s need for offshore workspace solutions and more advanced offshore fluid storage and transport. Both products will be on display at the conference. The company’s…
New Dynamic Positioning System from GE
GE’s Power Conversion business debuted its latest Dynamic Positioning (DP) system at OTC. It is more energy efficient, better integrated and—most importantly—more mariner friendly, GE said. Since they were introduced some 50 years ago, DP systems have become increasingly complex in their configurations and in their operation. Sensors have become more sophisticated, there are more of them and the same level of increased complexity applies to the electrical and propulsion systems.
L-3 SAM Electronics to Exhibit at Nor-Shipping 2013
L-3 SAM Electronics announced that it will exhibit an extensive range of advanced automation, navigation, dynamic positioning, electric propulsion, shore connection…
Pep Boys Selects NRS for Transload Operation in Savannah
National Retail Systems, Inc. (NRS), a provider of logistics services to U.S. retailers, pharmaceutical companies and consumer goods manufacturers, announced it has been selected by Pep Boys…
Consolidation Likely as U.S. Oil and Gas Operators Grapple with New Regulation
New research reveals the impact of post-Macondo reform U.S. oil and gas professionals are losing their appetite for risk and are worried about rising operating costs…
USCG Medevacs Man from Bulk Carrier off Va. Coast
The Coast Guard medevaced a 46-year-old man Monday from a 968-foot bulk carrier while the ship was anchored near Cape Charles. The ship's agent of the KM Osaka contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders at approximately 6:45 p.m. reporting a man broke his arm and requested a medevac. Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders diverted a crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat - Medium from Coast Guard Station Cape Charles to assist.
Today in U.S. Naval History: May 7
1942 - Carrier aircraft sink Japanese carrier Shoho during Battle of Coral Sea. The first day of the carrier battle of Coral Sea, May 7 1942, saw the Americans searching for carriers they knew were present and the Japanese looking for ones they feared might be in the area. The opposing commanders, U.S. Rear Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher and Japanese Vice Admiral Takeo Takagi and Rear Admiral Tadaichi Hara…
PPG Adds to its Sigma Syladvance Range
PPG Protective and Marine Coatings (PPG) has launched Sigma Syladvance 700, a high performance antifouling designed specifically for ships working at medium to high rates of operation and medium speeds. Based on the Sigma Syladvance 800 premium antifouling product, Sigma Syladvance 700 extends the product offer by means of an “entry-level” Sigma Syladvance making premium technology available for a different set of requirements.
Aker's MPO Unit Wins Industry Award at OTC
Aker Solutions' subsidiary, Managed Pressure Operations, won a prize for its riser safety system at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. The Aker Solutions unit won the Woelfel Best Mechanical Engineering Achievement Award for its Riser Safety System (RSS). The award recognizes products, devices or systems that reflect innovation or practical use of mechanical engineering in solving problems…
Maersk Invests in Eight American Vessels
Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) purchased and is currently reflagging eight newer and larger containerships to upgrade the ocean transportation services provided to its U.S. military, government and commercial customers. MLL’s investment of approximately half a billion dollars in eight vessels will improve the quality of service to the Middle East and Mediterranean Sea from the U.S. East Coast. Since 2000, MLL has invested over $1.75 billion dollars to modernize its fleet in support of the U.S.
W&O Named Exclusive U.S./Canada Distributor of Hyde Guardian
Hyde Marine, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Calgon Carbon Corporation, said it has named W&O Supply as its exclusive sales distributor in the U.S. and Canada for Hyde Guardian Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS). The chemical free Hyde Guardian BWTS uses efficient filtration and ultraviolet disinfection to treat ships' ballast water to prevent the spread of invasive species from port to port.
Tall Ship Delivers Adventure and Cargo in the South Pacific
Circling the world five times as part of her famed 30,000-mile circumnavigation voyages, the tall ship Picton Castle has often been called upon to deliver critically-needed goods, including medical supplies and thousands of pounds of donated books and educational materials, to remote island communities. For Captain Daniel Moreland, founder of the award-winning sail training program, these impromptu cargo missions are valuable teaching moments – an opportunity to learn how to safely load…
Eastern Shipbuilding Launches the M/V Bravante V for Boldini, S.A.
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. christened and launched the M/V Bravante V for Boldini S.A. of Brazil. The event was held on March 21, 2013 at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility with hundreds of Eastern employees and guests. Attending were Renato and Regina Nascimento, William Wueman and William Grutter along with several members that traveled from Brazil witnessing the launch of the first of five Platform Supply Vessels under contract with Eastern. Mr.
IMO Consultation Aims to Cut Red Tape
IMO begins a 6-month consultation on the administrative burdens that may come with compliance with IMO instruments. The intention is to gather data from a broad spectrum of stakeholders from which recommendations on how to alleviate administrative burdens can be developed. The Organization recognizes that some administrative requirements contained in IMO instruments may have become unnecessary, disproportionate or even obsolete, and is committed to reducing their impact.
Onboard DC Grid Wins ABB an OTC New Technology Award
ABB’s onboard DC grid was one of 15 technologies selected for an award at the current OTC expo in Houston Texas. The grid concept was selected for an award by a panel of representatives from the OTC Board and program committee. To qualify, technologies had to fulfill five criteria: they had to be new (less than two years old), innovative (original, groundbreaking and capable of revolutionizing the offshore exploration and production industry)…
Amber Coast Logistics Challenge Cross-border Mindsets
The Amber Coast Logistics project brings together 19 project partners from Belarus, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, as well as another 25 associated partners. Founded with EU support, the project is designed to strengthen and exploit the existing potential of the transport and logistics sector in the southern and eastern Baltic Sea regions. 'Boundaries in the head are slower to disappear…
Shipyard Arbitration Claim Favours Algoma Central
Algoma Central Corporation (Algoma) wins in its dispute with a Chinese shipyard at a London, UK, Arbitration Tribunal. The tribunal heard the shipbuilding contract…
New Subsea Piledriver Uses Seawater
IHC Hydrohammer, part of IHC Merwede has developed and tested a new technology which uses seawater instead of hydraulic oil. This sustainable product development…