Subsea Energy Production Beats Topside Method Says ABB
ABB recently entered a partnership with international energy company Statoil to develop power solutions for subsea oil and gas production. A key challenge they identify is to develop reliable long-distance power transmission technology and to build components that can function for several decades at depths of up to 3,000 meters. The subsea industry has gained worldwide importance as oil companies strive…
Chinese Hospital Ship Support Effort Recognized by WHO
Since its arrival in Tacloban city in Leyte province of Philippines, the "Peace Ark" has used a forward hospital as the pivot and the hospital ship as the major platform, and integrated forward medical detachments and medical visits, as well as ship-borne medical helicopter transfers of the sick and the wounded evacuation. reports 'China Military Online'. The "Peace Ark" hospital ship of the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLAN)…
Port of Hueneme Hi-Tech Security Drill Deemed a Success
The security drill was the first since the rollout of the Port’s new Maritime Advanced Systems and Technology Lab (MAST) program and involved an Offshore Platform Security Threat Awareness and Response Program exercise (OPSTAR) conducted by the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Asymmetric Warfare and the U.S. Coast Guard. The half day OPSTAR exercise called for a simulated attack and occupation…
Baltic Trading Take Delivery of Capesize, & Charter Out
Baltic Trading Limited has accepted delivery of the first of two new bulk carriers, 'Baltic Tiger', a 179,185 dwt Capesize vessel, and found a time charter for the vessel without delay. The Baltic Tiger delivered to its charterer, Swissmarine Services S.A., has commenced a spot market-related time charter for 10.5 to 13.5 months. The rate for the spot market-related time charter, which is subject to the completion of definitive documentation…
Offshore Industry Instant Weather Forecasting by TerraWeather
Singapore's Terra Weather say that Offshore planners and asset managers will now be able to plan critical offshore activities with greater confidence and accuracy, by taking advantage of a first ever cloud-based weather planning tool that allows users to get real-time, instant weather information any time, anywhere. An internet connectio is all that's needed. TerraWaves is a global online weather service…
UAE Ensign to Fly First Time on Commercial Vessel
The oil tanker “Energena’ managed by Gulf Stolt Ship Management and currently undergoing maintenance at Drydocks World, will become the first commercial vessel to sail under the UAE flag , reports 'Trade Arabia'. The Tasneef (Emirates Authority for Classification) classification document recorded that the tankship was registered in the UAE making it the first commercial vessel to be so registered.
Huge Sea Defence Contract for Boskalis-Van Oord J/V
The contract , to be signed shortly, with a value of approximately EUR 140 million comprises the construction and maintenance of a new sandy coastline for 20 years. The project is part of the second national High Water Protection Program. The Hollands Noorderkwartier Regional Water Board and the Department of Public Works and Water Management are to contract the Van Oord (50%) - Boskalis (50%) joint…
Small Size Important Say Hyde Marine of New BWTS
Hyde Marine, Inc. has introduced the Hyde GUARDIAN Gold™ Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS), which they claim offers the smallest footprint of any BWTS in the maritime industry. The IMO Type-approved Hyde GUARDIAN Gold provides a 50 percent reduction in footprint with its new filter. The system is ideal they say for retrofits as it provides the compact size required by a growing number of ship owners and operators…
Seadrill Appoint David Sneddon Chief Accounting Officer
David Sneddon is to succeed Robert Hingley-Wilson as Chief Accounting Officer and Senior Vice President of Seadrill Management Limited. Mr Sneddon joined Seadrill effective December 1, 2013 as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer. Prior to Seadrill he held several senior positions in Novelis Inc., most recently as VP Finance in Europe, and prior to that held various positions in Alcan.
Greenpeace Russia Vessel Detention: Dutch Government Bond Ready
The Dutch Foreign Ministry has finalised a bank guarantee of 3.6 million euros in compliance with a binding ruling by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) ordering Russia to release the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise and the Arctic 30 protesters. "The Netherlands has now fulfilled its part of the Tribunal's binding order and Russia is obligated to also comply by releasing the ship and the Arctic 30, as the Tribunal so ordered.
Offshore Ship Repairs Keep Gibdock Full in 2013
Gibraltar ship repair facility Gibdock say that it has been operating close to full capacity throughout 2013, with offshore sector business the main driver. "We have seen a number of high profile offshore vessel-operating customers returning. Repeat business from such demanding clients is a testament to our performance, with everyone from project planners and managers to yard craftsmen closely involved in ensuring we complete these complex jobs on schedule and to specification.
Thailand's Ports Still Operating Normally Despite Mayhem
In spite of rising political tension expressed in Bangkok rioting, government sources state that all official services, including Customs and port authorities, are working as normal, reports ship services supplier GAC. However, according to reports in the local press, anti-government protesters are now targeting the Metropolitan Police Bureau, Government House and Parliament and other state offices could face rallies. Protests in other provinces are also possible.
Claxton Remember Past North Sea Subsea Engineering Feat
Claxton Engineering Services Ltd, a member of the Acteon Group’s risers, conductors and flowlines business, has celebrated the 10th anniversary of its success with the world’s first rigless platform well abandonment operation. In that first rigless abandonment project, at the Perenco Well A1 in the Leman field, southern North Sea, Claxton used a custom conductor reaction recovery system designed and…
China Offshore Inert Gas Orders for Norway's WTS
Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions (WTS) say they have secured multiple orders to supply Maritime Protection Inert Gas Generator (IGG) systems for installation on vessels under construction for operations offshore China. The Maritime Protection systems will be installed on three FPSOs for oil major China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC). Two identical systems, comprising a deck house module with electric power…
Dredge, LCS, Submersibe, Figure in Latest DoD Contracts
Dutra Dredging Company, Calif. was awarded a $19,869,500 firm-fixed-price contract for dredging in the Thimble Shoal Federal Navigation Channel and the Cape Henry Federal Navigation Channel…
Commissioner Doyle Applauds FMC Hosting of Global Regulatory Summit
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission will host a Global Regulatory Summit in Washington, D.C. on December 17, 2013. The Summit will include shipping and transportation regulators from the European Union and China. "I am pleased that officials from China and the European Union accepted FMC Chairman Cordero's offer to hold this Summit." On October 22, 2013, the Chairman called for a Global Regulatory Summit. "Consultations among and between governments are very important.
Alignment Supplies Debuts Shaft Alignment System for iPad
Greg Knitz, President of Alignment Supplies, Inc., announced the North American launch of the ALiSENSOR SHAFTLASER, a completely revolutionary new system for shaft alignment that combines all of the best aspects of Apple's iOS devices like the iPad and iPhone with the most streamlined and easy-to-use shaft alignment interface ever developed. “ALiSENSOR has already revolutionized the world of geometric measurement with the ALiSENSOR Level,” said Mr.
Capstone Expands LNG/Diesel Microturbines in Marine Market
Capstone Turbine Corporation, a clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, is expanding its product offering in the marine market and has appointed six Capstone marine distributors.
Gladding-Hearn Delivers First of Five NYPD Boats
With more than a dozen patrol boats and a fireboat built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation and operating in New York Harbor, the NYPD’s Harbor Unit turned again to the Mass.-based shipyard for five new patrol/rescue boats, three 61-footers and two 70-footers. The first high-speed vessel, outfitted for the harbor unit’s dive team, was delivered November 4. Measuring 61 feet on deck with a 17-foot beam and 3-foot draft, the boat was designed by C.
RAmparts Tugs Delivered in China
The first of a new series of the RAmparts 3500 Class ASD tug design was delivered to its Owners Tianjin Port, a port in the northern part of China. The vessel was constructed at Shanghai Harbor Fuxing Shipping Service Company, and was named Jin Gang Lun 26.A sister vessel is under construction at the same shipyard. The hull of the new 35 meter design has been developed from the very successful 32 meter Ramparts design series, of which more than 100 tugs have been built in the past decade.