NES Powers Up in Competitive Market
Last year Bergen’s Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) made a bold claim. The designer and manufacturer of diesel electric and hybrid electric systems for the maritime sector, established in 2009 and already past NOK 1 billion in sales revenues ($171m), revealed that it had produced the largest ever low voltage marine diesel electric system. The 690v 60Hz system was created for the 125m long, 7,500 dwt OSV Grand Canyon (pictured)…
UK P&I Club Pocket Guide for Safe Carriage of Solid Bulk Cargoes
When bulk cargoes shift, liquefy, catch fire or explode as a consequence of poor loading procedures, the consequences can be massive. Ships may capsize, lose stability…
Grieg Star & DNV’s Crane Collaboration
Saving money and the planet, it’s the Holy Grail for today’s cost and image conscious shipowners. Bearing that in mind, fellow open hatch cargo vessel operators should sit up and pay attention to the findings of a new research project conducted by Grieg Star, in partnership with DNV Research & Innovation, and supported by the Research Council of Norway. Grieg and DNV have been investigating the potential of hybrid battery/diesel solutions for powering onboard cargo cranes.
Unconventional Wisdom from Dolphin Geophysical CEO
Atle Jacobsen, the CEO of Dolphin Geophysical, is, in many ways, a bit of a paradox. An experienced, no-nonsense, veteran of the marine seismic surveying industry, he is also disarmingly easy to “talk shop” with, engaging and has an obvious thirst for new ideas and technology. But the core contradiction lies in his approach to business. This is a man that shows no qualms about ripping up the rulebooks and making brave decisions…
Monohull Crewboat Swissco Cheetah Delivered
Incat Crowther launched Swissco Cheetah, the first of a pair of 36-meter crewboats built by Cheoy Lee Shipyards of Hong Kong. Capable of carrying 50 tons of deck cargo, the 70-passenger vessel was delivered by Cheoy Lee’s Zhuhai shipyard to Singapore-based operator, Swissco Offshore. Representing the first of this type of vessel built by Cheoy Lee, the Swissco Cheetah is the latest in a long line of collaborative efforts between builder and designer…
Strategic Marine Delivers Two Windfarm Service Vessels
Specialist boatbuilder Strategic Marine delivered the Njord Puffin to offshore windfarm service fleet operator Njord Offshore for deployment in Northern Europe. “The Puffin is the sixth in a series of eight vessels ordered, a strong signal of our commitment to the global windfarm industry,” said Rodney Davies, Operations Manager at Strategic Marine. “Last week we delivered the fifth, the Njord Petrel. Vessels seven and eight are due for delivery in early 2014.” www.strategicmarine.com
AWO Urges Industry Awareness on National Maritime Day
The American Waterways Operators, the national trade association of the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, is using National Maritime Day to remind Americans about the many significant contributions of the nation’s domestic mariners. Established in 1933, National Maritime Day was created to honor U.S. merchant mariners for their dedication to promoting commerce and protecting the nation. “This is a modern, vibrant industry that is moving the commerce of our nation safely and efficiently,” Mr.
Eco Marine & KEI System to Launch Aquarius MAS
Robust automation, control and management system for marine renewable energy solutions. Eco Marine Power (EMP) and KEI System Ltd (KEI) of Osaka, Japan, announced today that they will release later this year, the Aquarius Monitoring and Automation System or Aquarius MAS – a marine computer system capable of monitoring and/or controlling equipment on ships including wind and solar power devices plus being able to monitor fuel consumption.
New R&D Project to Help Enhance Maritime Safety
Almost 80% of collisions and groundings occur due to a failure of bridge systems and their usage. A new three-year European research project, part funded by the…
Hermes Datacomms Wins Two-year African Support Contract
Hermes Datacommunications International Ltd., a company providing Wide Area Network communications to the upstream oil and gas industry, won a contract to support Tullow Oil plc. for their operations in Africa. The 24-month deal sees the company use its pan–African satellite platform to provide a connection from Tullow Oil’s data center in London to its Ethiopia office in Addis Ababa, extending core services to the continent and growing the current services in Kenya.
MHI: Notice Regarding Dividends
At a meeting of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) Board of Directors held, a resolution was made to submit a proposal concerning distribution of dividends…
Five 18,400 TEU Containerships to be Classed by GL
Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has signed a classification agreement with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for the construction of five 18,400 TEU containerships. The so…
London P&I Club Reports Increased Free Reserves
The London P&I Club’s result for the 2012/2013 financial year was a surplus across all classes of $9.4 million, increasing the free reserve to $154 million. Claims experience over the financial year was mixed, the company said. In the retained layer there was an encouraging picture at the attritional level, involving claims up to $100,000. There was also a continued moderation of claims in excess of $1 million…
ISS Appoints New Senior VP for Global Sales
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) announced the appointment of Les Morris to a new role as Senior Vice President Global Sales. The new position has been created to deliver a global key account management and sales excellence program for customers and will involve developing mutually beneficial relationships for ISS which focus on customers’ business planning. Based at ISS’ headquarters in the U.K., Les Morris will help the company enhance its position as a strategic value-added partner.
Dron & Dickson Open Registered Office in Brazil
Dron & Dickson, specialist in design, supply and maintenance of hazardous area electrical equipment, has opened an office in Brazil creating the potential for future work in the area. The new base follows on from £10 million of contracts being secured in the region. Dron & Dickson Servicos de Equipamentos Electricos Ltda. will be the company’s first registered office in South America, located in Rio de Janiero.
Norwegian Software Improves Efficiency for Offshore Divers
Norwegian software company Tero Marine developed a new solution that they say will reduce workload and help improve safety for offshore divers. “It has enabled us…
SBS Worldwide Appoints New General Manager
SBS Worldwide appointed Mike Barber as General Manager – Manchester. He will help SBS continue building the full range of forwarding and supply chain services it offers in the north of the U.K. Mr. Barber has 40 years’ experience in the forwarding and logistics industry, most recently with the Geodis Group. He has particular expertise in the automotive and pharmaceutical industries, but has worked within many other markets to help customers develop more efficient supply chains.
Fabricom Expands, Makes Two Senior Appointments
Oil and gas engineering company Fabricom Offshore Services announced its relocation from Aberdeen's Riverside House to larger office facilities at Berry Street in the city center. The move, which comes less than a year after the company established a base in Aberdeen, is the result of new business and increases the company’s presence and capability in Aberdeen. Fabricom also reinforced its Aberdeen organization with the senior appointments of Mike Grant…
New Canadian LNG Terminal Becoming Real
Pacific Northwest LNG awards FEED contract, takes next step toward an LNG export terminal island on Lelu Island, near Port Edward. The front-end engineering and…
Australian Reef Protected by New Safety Initiative
To protect the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Coast in Western Australia’s north-west region, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to establish an area ships should avoid. A new AMSA Marine Notice will recommend ships keep at least two nautical miles from the edge of Ningaloo Reef at its narrowest part, and between eight and 12 nautical miles from the reef along the remainder of the Ningaloo…