Wayward Rig 'Kulluk' Safely Arrives Kiliuda Bay
The 'Kulluk', towed by the 'AHTS Aiviq' has arrived in the safe harbor for assessment of any damage caused by its recent grounding. The Kulluk was refloated from its Ocean Bay position, off Sitkalidak Island, late Jan. 6, and will remain connected to its support vessels while it undergoes assessment in Kiliuda Bay, located about 30 miles north of Ocean Bay. The final location for assessment within the Bay will be determined by environmental conditions, including weather.
COSCO Deliver Two China-built Bulk Carriers
COSCO Corporation (Singapore) subsidiary shipyards in China deliver bulk carriers to two European buyers. COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard Co., Ltd has delivered a bulk carrier of 92,500 dwt, Sicilian Express, a post-panamax bulk carrier and the last in a series of four bulk carriers being built for Vroon at this shipyard. The ship measures 229.17 meters in LOA, 38.01 meters in breadth and 20.7 meters in depth.
Kort Propulsion Appoints Senior Sales Exec.
David Dalgleish appointed Senior Sales Executive by Kort Propulsion Ltd, a UK company founded by the inventor of the Kort Nozzle. "Kort’s expertise as propeller and Kort nozzle specialists…
Azipod Slip Ring Order for Cavotec
Cavotec wins order from ABB for twenty compact Marine Propulsion Slip ring (MPS) units to be fitted to advanced Azipod marine propulsion systems. Under the terms of this project, Cavotec is scheduled to complete deliveries of the MPS units to ABB by the beginning of Q2 2013. Cavotec MPS units, fitted to Azipod systems, enable vessel propellers to rotate through 360 degrees in its vertical axis thus providing steering.
UniversalPegasus Names New Business Development Director
Terry Mienie has been named Business Development Director UK & international by Houston headquartered UniversalPegasus International (UPI). Craig Pierrotti, Senior Vice President of Business Development announces the appointment of Terry Mienie, who joins UPI's Aberdeen, Scotland, office from Penspen where he served as Business Development and Manpower Manager Offshore. While with Penspen, he was responsible for creating new business opportunities across the group.
Hi-speed Subsea Drill Reaming System Success
Aberdeen-based Deep Casing Tools, completes first operation of its 'Turbocaser' in the Norwegian North Sea, with a successful 21 hour reaming run. The Turbocaser™ Express is a high-speed drillable reaming system that enables drilling teams to land casings and intermediate liners at target depth first time. Two conventional attempts to run a 7” liner to total depth (TD) had been unsuccessful in the Statoil operated Gullfaks’ satellite well…
Gearing Up For U.S. Offshore Wind Power
Next year, developers hope to start building offshore wind turbines in the U.S., which is already a leader in on-land wind generation. As turbines spin off the coast in a dozen other countries, particularly the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany, global offshore wind capacity has expanded nearly six-fold since 2006. Most of these installations are in shallow water though winds are stronger out further. If the U.S.
The Challenge of Responding to Arctic Oil Spills
The U.S. Arctic is no longer the place it once was. The environment north of the Yukon River and beyond the vast Brooks Range is warming rapidly. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists predict that by 2020-2030, the Arctic could be nearly free of sea ice during the summer. Open seas will expand opportunities for maritime transportation, tourism, and oil and gas exploration in the region.
Markey Fills Out Electric Towing Winch Line
As the new year begins, Markey Machinery is preparing a new TES-40-75HP electric towing winch for shipment that will be installed on Harley Marine Services new Z-drive ship assist tractor tug “M/V Robert Franco”. The first item of two suites of deck machinery specified by Harley for both the “M/V Robert Franco” and its’ sister, the “M/V Ahbra Franco”, the TES-40-75HP towing winch also fills out Markey’s electric towing winch line which now covers wire sizes between 1-1/4” through 2-1/2”.
Resolve Maritime Academy Joins Training Network
Resolve Maritime Academy became the first major training center in the USA to join the Transas Global ECDIS Training Network GET-Net. Resolve Maritime Academy, LLC…
SeaRenergy Receives Order
SeaRenergy Offshore has been selected by Siemens for the transportation and installation of two HVDC converter platforms for the offshore wind cluster BorWin 2 and HelWin 1 in the North Sea.
Aker Solutions Boosts Canada Presence
International oil service group Aker Solutions strengthens its commitment to the Canadian oil and gas market through taking full ownership of Newfoundland and Labrador-based AKCS Offshore Partner.
Strainstall Undertakes Transfer VMMS Trial
New Vessel Motion Monitoring System (VMMS) – developed by James Fisher group company Strainstall Marine – provides accurate motion and impact load monitoring with a data logging capability; Increases safety and operational efficiency during personnel and equipment transfer manoeuvres involving offshore wind farm support vessels; MMS is now undergoing trials on board Tidal Transit’s ‘Eden Rose’ during normal operations off the UK’s east coast.
VSAT Communications Upgrade
Marlink bundles WaveCall Ku-band, Inmarsat FleetBroadband and XChange for seamless communications and full control on board De Poli Tankers. Marlink has completed…
Moore Stephens Says Banks Will Take a Firmer Grip
International accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens says the banks will exert more control over the shipping industry in 2013. It also expects vessel values to fall further, and the cost of regulatory compliance to increase. Moore Stephens partner Julian Wilkinson says, “For shipping in 2012, it was not so much a case of ‘Crisis, What Crisis?’ as ‘Crisis, Which Crisis?’ This year will be equally challenging. Operating costs are going to go up.
LR Statuatory Alert:
Amendments to the IAMSAR Manual to come into effect on 1 July, 2013. Applicability: All shipowners, operators and managers. Amendments to the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual will come into effect on 1 July. 2013*. These are detailed in the IMO Circular, MSC.1/Circ. 1415. The amendments reflect recent changes made to the carriage requirements for radiocommunication equipment on ships, and include significant updates to volume III of the Manual.
VLOC Delivered to Oman Shipping Co.
Oman Shipping Company (OSC) has taken delivery of its third Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC) 'Vale Saham' in China. The giant bulk carrier will be used to transport iron ore from Brazil to Sohar, Oman. OSC has one more vessel of its class under construction at Jiangsu Rongsheng Heavy Industries Company in Nantong in China. Vale Saham, the new Rongsheng-built VLOC delivered to OSC adopts an environmentally friendly design to lower oil consumption and reduce the emission of CO2…
First Middle East Call for Juggernaut Containership
Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) became the first terminal operator in the Middle East to handle the world’s largest container ship, 'CMA CGM Marco Polo'. With a length of four standard football pitches (396 metres), 54 metres beam and requiring a draft of 16m, Khorfakkan is one of the few ports in the world able to accommodate Marco Polo’s massive 16,020 TEU capacity, reports 'The Gulf Today'.
Russian Offshore Hiatus: But World's No.1 Oil Producer
Still no Arctic offshore oil from the Prirazlomnaya platform, but Russia keeps the position as the world’s largest oil producer. Prirazlomnaya field in the eastern…
Latest US Navy Contracts
US Department of Defense awards New Year contracts to BAE Systems & Science Applications International Corp. BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Norfolk, Va., was awarded a US$50…