Tideland Self-Powered Warning Systems for Solan Project
Wärtsilä awarded Tideland Signal the contract to equip the new Solan oil platform in the British sector of the North Sea with a completely decentralized warning system in which each light/fog station is equipped with its own control panel, local power supply and battery bank, all certified for Zone 1. The light stations consist of an MLED-180HI EX LED main light with a range of 15 NM and an MLED-150 EX LED secondary light with a range of 10 NM plus an MLED-150EX red subsidiary light.
U.K.: Massive Offshore Wind Farm Opens
Greater Gabbard wind farm, which is reportedly the second largest offshore wind farm in the world, costing £1.3 billion and generating enough clean electricity to power over half a million homes, was officially opened off the coast of Suffolk by the Energy and Business Minister Michael Fallon. Greater Gabbard has 140 turbines and will double in size once the Galloper wind farm extension is completed in 2017.
Sequestration Prevents Repair of USS Miami
By Rear Adm. USS Miami was set ablaze by an arsonist in May 2012. The Navy recently completed a comprehensive assessment of the extensive fire damage, finding that the submarine is fully repairable from a technical perspective; however, inspections have revealed a greater scope of work than originally envisioned. Under the financial constraints of sequestration, the Navy said it cannot afford to undertake the repairs.
Raytheon Anschütz do Brasil Wins OSV Contracts
Raytheon Anschütz do Brasil reports a number of contract awards for the supply of gyro compass and autopilot systems to new offshore platform supply vessels built at Brazilian shipyards. The largest contract covers four shipsets, each with a fully equipped triple Standard 22 gyro compass system, repeater compasses and Anschütz PilotStar D autopilot system, for four newbuilt Platform Supply Vessels…
Monalisa 2.0 Aims to Enhance Safety, Environment
The starting shot is about to go for the Swedish Maritime Administration’s EU-project, Monalisa 2.0. Innovations and Sea Traffic Management will lead to greater efficiency, higher safety and reduced environmental impact. Vessel traffic is increasingly intensive, leading to a growing risk of accidents. With a superior decision-making base for shipping and a new concept for Sea Traffic Management, the…
FPSO Operation Increased 84% in Past Decade
IMA/EMA recently completed an in-depth analysis of the floating production sector. Highlighted below are some key findings in Floating Production Systems: assessment of the outlook for FPSOs, Semis, TLPs, Spars, FLNGs, FSRUs and FSOs. FPSOs account for 61% of the existing systems. The balance is comprised of production semis, tension leg platforms, production spars, production barges and floating regasification/storage units.
Rickmers-Linie Appoints Brazil Representative
Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg-based specialist in the worldwide ocean transportation of breakbulk, heavylift and project cargo recently appointed an owner’s representative in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mr Celso H B Pavao assumes the role as Owner’s Representative – South America, with immediate effect. Rickmers-Linie, launched its Westbound Round-The-World Service in March 2013, connecting areas of economic growth in Asia and South America and then on to North America.
OW Bunker Appoints North America Regional Manager
Adrian Tolson to manage physical and trading divisions as company looks to implement significant recruitment drive to fuel growth and increase capacity. OW Bunker, one of the world’s largest suppliers and traders of marine fuels and lubricants, announced that Adrian Tolson was appointed to the new role of Regional Manager for the company’s North American operation. Mr. Tolson joined OW Bunker in October 2012 to develop the physical division in North America…
Storing Capacities in Kiel’s Ostuferhafen Extended
Port of Kiel has extended its warehousing capacities in Ostuferhafen. On August 1, the new Warehouse 4 was taken into operation, which is intended to be used particularly for storing packaged goods. In addition, it is highly suited for warehousing forest products no matter what the weather conditions might be. Dr. Dirk Claus, Managing Director at Seehafen Kiel GmbH & Co. KG, said, “The constant growth of business with Eastern Europe requires further capacities.
Incat Crowther Designs Dive Support Vessel Trio
Incat Crowther has been contracted to design a trio of 42.5m Monohull Dive Support Vessels. The design is an innovative new concept borne of the latest ideas from designer, builder and operator. The design has been developed from stem to stern to be a dedicated DP-2 capable Dive Support Vessel, featuring fully integrated ROV launch and recovery, dive compressors and decompression chamber. The vessels…
Wilhelmsen Holdings Felt the Draught in Q2 2013
Operating profit in the second quarter of 2013 was down compared with the second quarter of 2012 when the shipping industry was in less troubled circumstances. Operating…
No Leeway in Navy Budget to Repair USS Miami
'USS Miami' was set ablaze by an arsonist in May 2012: a comprehensive assessment of the extensive fire damage, found that the submarine is fully repairable from a technical perspective, but budget funds are insufficient. Excerpts from comments by Rear Adm. "Under the financial constraints imposed by sequestration, we simply cannot afford to undertake the repairs. Sequestration effects this past year…
Rig Too Big for Drydock: Dockwise Liftboat Fills the Bill
Royal Boskalis Westminster (Boskalis) subsidiary Dockwise was contracted to provide an alternative form of dry docking in the Mediterranean for a semi-submersible drilling rig too big to fit into any dry-dock in the region. It was realised that the company's Dockwise Vanguard was uniquely positioned for this type of large scale dry docking, not only the transportation of very large and heavy structures.
Cruise Ship Crime Reporting: Lawyer Advocates Greater Transparency
Miami maritime lawyer Charles R. Lipcon, of Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P. A. , has met with staff members for U.S. Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and the committee itself to discuss transparency in cruise ship crime reporting. During the meeting, Mr. Lipcon, who has over 40 years of maritime litigation experience…
GDF Suez Ships First LNG Delivery to Dubai
GDF Suez has delivered its first cargo in the LNG carrier 'BW GDF Suez Boston' to the Dubai Supply Authority's Jebel Ali Terminal . According to the compamy GDF…
Israel Navy Capabilities Ramped Up to Protect Offshore Platforms
Force to receive 2 more advanced German Dolphin-class submarines in 2014, and a long range air defense system, in an unprecedented upgrade, reports the Jerusalem Post. The navy has been working with Israeli defense companies to develop a range of sea and underwater combat technologies, from radars to electronic warfare capabilities. Despite budget cuts, the IDF is in the midst of a multi-year force buildup process…
Northrop Donate Naval Software, Present Midshipman Navigation Prize
Northrop Grumman Corporation recently donated $3 million worth of training software to the U.S. Naval Academy, and also presented the Elmer A. Sperry Junior Navigator of the Year Award to Midshipman First Class Tyler Ledoux. The company donated 100 licenses of its Voyage Management System (VMS) software to the U. S. Naval Academy Foundation for midshipmen training use at the Naval Academy. The VMS…
San Pedro Bay Ports Make Trucking Clean Air Award
Knight Transportation, Inc. has been named he recipient of an annual San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Air Quality Award for the sixth time. This…
Transocean Reports Q2 2013 Revenue Increase
Transocean's second quarter 2013 revenues were US$2.397-billion, compared with US$2.197-billion in the first quarter of 2013. Second quarter 2013 net income attributable to controlling interest was $307 million, which included $85 million of net unfavorable items. Second quarter 2013 net income attributable to controlling interest was $0.84 per diluted share. Revenue efficiency(2) was 93.1 percent in the second quarter, compared with 88.0 percent, in the first quarter of 2013.
RigNet Installs SatCom Hub to Serve Brazil Offshore Industry
VT iDirect, Inc. say that RigNet, Inc. has deployed an iDirect Series 5IF Universal Satellite Hub in Guaratiba, Brazil, which will enable RigNet to accelerate its penetration of the region's growing oil and gas and energy maritime markets. Based on the network expansion, RigNet will offer a managed service for energy, deep-water maritime and remote applications such as VoIP, Internet, video-conferencing and video services.