10 Sevastapol Warships Stay Loyal to Ukraine
Reuters – Ukraine has said its navy's fleet of 10 warships in the Crimean port of Sevastopol had not left the port and remained loyal to the government in Kiev. Earlier, Ukraine said it had withdrawn coastguard vessels from Sevastopol and another Crimean port and stationed them elsewhere. Russian forces have seized Crimea, an isolated peninsula, where Russia 's Black Sea Fleet also has its headquarters.
Otto Marine Name Multi-Purpose OSV at Indonesia Shipyard
Singapore-based Otto Marine inform it has named the 'Norshore Atlantic' – which it considers to be the first vessel of its kind to be constructed in Asia – at its Batam Shipyard in Indonesia. The new offshore service vessel has been built to the MT6022XL Norwegian design. The highly complex vessel classed by DNV is equipped with dynamic positioning 3 (‘DP3’) capability, and is primarily designed for riserless operation utilizing known and field proven technology.
Creditors Allow FSL Trust More Breathing Space
Formerly financially troubled FSL Trust Management (FSL Trust) says in its latest FY 2013 report that it has successfully secured a loan covenant relaxation until 31 December 2014, which they hope will enable them to move forward. FSL Trust Management Pte Ltd, as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust, also announces the Trust’s financial results for the financial year ended 31 December 2013 with…
USS Somerset Commissioned in Philadelphia Ceremony
Thousands of Navy and Marine Corps supporters attend the commissioning ceremony of the San Antonio class, amphibious transport dock 'USS Somerset', named to honour those who sacrificed their lives when the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 was brought to the ground on Sept. 11, 2001 in a field in Somerset County. Distinguished guests included the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Jonathan Greenert and the Honorable Pat Toomey - United States Senator, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
MOL Ink Deal to Build, Charter 300m LNG Carrier
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) inform it has signed a Head of Agreement on joint ownership and 20-year charter contract for a newbuilding LNG carrier with Tokyo LNG Tanker Co., Ltd. At the same time, MOL signed a contract with Japan Marine United Corporation to build the new vessel. The ship is slated for completion in 2017. MOL will manage the new carrier, which will transport LNG mainly from the Cove Point LNG Project in the United States to Tokyo Gas facilities.
Canadian Navy Oiler on Tow Following Engine Room Fire
The Canadian Navy Fleet Replenishment ship 'HMCS Protecteur' has been taken in tow in rough seas by the U.S. navy cruiser USS Chosin, after an engine fire left it drifting some 600 km from Pearl Harbor, reports CBC News. Citing Commodore Bob Auchterlonie, the commander of Canada's Pacific naval fleet, CBC reports that the USS Michael Murphy, is accompanying Protecteur as the ships make their way at five knots or less [9 km/h] toward Pearl Harbor, 630 km away.
Safety Alert: Gulf of Oman Pirate Attack
The U.S. Navy Liaison Office (MARLO) in Bahrain has issued an alert following an attack by two skiffs on a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Oman, advises GAC. The attack is reported to have taken place on or about 280902Z FEB 2014 at the position 22:28N - 060:51.5E, GULF OF OMAN. The skiffs are reported to have each had 2-3 personnel onboard, some wearing masks. Ladders were sighted and the skiffs paralleled the vessel's course and speed.
Training Systems: Seagull AS Acquires MindIT Solutions AS
Computer-based training systems provider, Seagull, inform it has acquired all the shares in e-learning specialist MindIT Solutions AS, Kristiansand, Norway, a specialist provider of web-based learning to the offshore industry. "The MindIT team is a reliable and high quality supplier of e-learning services to the offshore market and represents a basis for Seagull AS to enter the offshore segment,” said Oscar Johansen, Chairman of Seagull Holding AS.
Two Unusual Medevacs: Research Ship Physician, Australian Sailor
The ship's doctor on board a Norwegian research vessel in the Gulf of Mexico has been airlifted to hospital by a US Coastguard helicopter, and at the other end of the world, a sailor from an Australian warship remotely located off the country's far northwest coast also needed emergency medical assistance. A Coast Guard flight mechanic, and Reeds Spring, Mo., native, Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Mitchell Ulrich…