ODC Awarded GTT License for LNG Market
Oman Drydock Company (ODC) said it has made a “giant leap” forward in its campaign to become one of the leading shipyards in the world for LNG repairs after it was formally awarded the \ Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) license at the Posidonia Shipping Trade Fair in Athens, Greece. ODC chairman Dr. Abdulmalik Al Hinai was joined by GTT CEO Phillippe Berterottiere at the ODC stand to make the announcement.
DST Toolstring Deployed in Gulf of Mexico
International oilfield services company, Expro, has deployed its new design ExACT (Expro Annulus-Operated Circulating and Test Tool) in its first live offshore well. The successful operation, a tubing conveyed perforating ‘shoot and pull’, took place on the Vermillion field offshore in the Gulf of Mexico following trial work onshore in Brazil last year. The tool, one of the most advanced of its kind, combines downhole shut-in and circulating functionality.
Vard Wins Rem Offshore Contract
Vard Holdings Limited announced that it has secured a contract for the design and construction of one Offshore Construction and Anchor Handling Vessel for Rem Offshore. The contract value is approximately NOK 800 million. The vessel will be of VARD 2 06 design, recently developed by Vard Design in Ålesund, Norway. Delivery is scheduled from Vard Brattvaag in Norway in 1Q 2016. The hull of the vessel will be delivered from Vard Tulcea in Romania.
Hybrid Turbocharged Car Carrier Runs Sea Trials
The car carrier that mounts the world first Hybrid Turbocharger with Electric Assist function and Variable Turbine Inlet (VTI) ran its sea trial from April 17-22…
VSTEP Simulators Power New Tug & OSV Training Center
During a ceremony on June 3, the new 360-Control Tug & OSV Training Center was officially opened for the general public and customers. The simulators for the training center are delivered and installed by VSTEP. The high-tech training center is a project of 360-Control, a joint venture between Iskes Towage & Salvage and Damen Shipyards and is located at the port entrance of the Amsterdam North sea canal.
MHI Delivers Cargo-passenger Ship Tachibana-Maru
On June 4 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) delivered the cargo-passenger ship Tachibana-Maru to Tokai Kisen Co., Ltd. at its Shimonoseki Shipyard and Machinery Works. The vessel is a "super eco-ship" with a high-efficiency propulsion system that achieves energy savings, environmental load reduction and enhanced passenger comfort and safety, MHI said. The ship also features a new color scheme of yellow ocher and olive green designed by Ryohei Yanagihara…
Moran Iron Works Awarded Barge Building Contract
Moran Iron Works (MIW) was recently awarded a contract to build two ocean going deck barges for Durocher Marine, a division of Kokosing Construction Co., based in Cheboygan, Michigan.
Spain's King Awards SENER Founder
Enrique de Sendagorta Aramburu, Honorary President and founder of the engineering and technology group SENER and President of the SENER Foundation, was presented with the Kingdom of Spain Entrepreneurial Career Award by King Juan Carlos I on Wednesday, June 4. This prize is awarded by the Entrepreneur Society in Madrid (Círculo de Empresarios), the Economy Society in Catalonia (Cercle d’Economia) and the Basque Entrepreneur Society (Círculo de Empresarios Vascos).
Great Lakes Limestone Trade Dips 8%
Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.3 million tons in May, a decrease of 8 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association reported, adding that shipments were also 3 percent below the month’s long-term average. Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 2.8 million tons, a decrease of 9 percent compared to a year ago. However, loadings at Canadian quarries were a virtual carbon copy of a year ago.
China's Qingdao Port Probing Iron Ore Financing Fraud
China's Qingdao port said on Wednesday it is investigating whether iron ore warehouse receipts were fraudulently used multiple times to raise finance from different banks, Xinhua news agency reported.
Costa Concordia Salvage Update
Work is in progress at Giglio to complete the installation of S5, the eighth of the 15 sponsons to be positioned on the starboard side of the Concordia. In the meantime, remediation activity on sponson S13 has been completed in Genoa and the sponson departed from Genoa May 31 on board pontoon MAK, having been now renamed S18. Currently there are more than 300 people working 24/7 in Giglio to prepare the wreck for the refloating phase.
Navy Gathers Tech Innovators to Share Ideas, Find Partners
The 2014 Navy Opportunity Forum paired small businesses and researchers with potential partners, funding sources, acquisition professionals and resource sponsors. Companies—small businesses in particular— were able to present their new materials, processes and manufacturing techniques to prime contractors and Navy and Marine Corps program managers. The focus of the event was the Department of the Navy’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.
Marlins Security eLearning Goes Global
The U.K. MCA have granted approval to Marlins for their new STCW eLearning courses, resulting in further expansion of Marlins’ international Approved Test Centre network.
Haifa Port Orders another Powerful Tug
Zamakona Yards, one of Spain's main shipbuilding and ship-repair groups, has signed a contract with Haifa Port Authority for the construction of Haifa, a Voith Schneider tug boat, to aid in port operations. The newbuilding will be powered by two MAN 8L27/38 engines with delivery set for August 2015. Haifa will be a sister to the Ilan I, which began towing and general harbor operations at Haifa Port in 2012.
Seychelles Conducts Oil Spill Exercise
A major exercise in implementing the national contingency plan for anti-pollution, search and rescue, and fire fighting was held in the waters off Mahé on 4 June. This complex exercise was carried out by a range of different agencies including the Seychelles Coast Guard, Air Force, Fire Fighting Services and Port Authority. The EUNAVFOR Atalanta Flagship Brandenburg also took part in the exercise, EUCAP Nestor experts provided support for the planning, preparations as well as its execution.
China Again Rejects Sea Dispute Arbitration
China on Wednesday rejected an arbitration tribunal's ruling giving it six months to respond to a case filed by the Philippines over disputed waters, saying it has no plans to take part.
Maersk Secures $5.1 bln Revolving Credit Facility
Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Wednesday it had secured a $5.1 billion revolving credit facility with a maturity of five years. "The new…
Intergraph Introduce Module Fabrication CAD Control Package
Las Vegas-based provider of enterprise engineering software for the process, power and marine industries, Intergraph, says it has released Intergraph Smart Production powered by NESTIX, the offshore and shipbuilding industries. Stephen Furze, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine's executive vice president of Industry Solutions, said, "Intergraph Smart Production powered by NESTIX brings the principles of digital shipbuilding and offshore construction to fabrication shops.
New Postgraduate Diploma for Maritime Executives Launched
DNV GL Maritime Academy informs it has joined with the World Maritime University (WMU), founded by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), to offer a new…
Gibdock Reports Excellent Ship Repair First Quarter
Gibdock says that its versatility has been in full demand across a wide range of vessel types in the year to the end of April 2014, proving, they say, that 'variety is the spice of life' for the geographically well-placed ship repair and conversion specialist. Visitors have included both conventional steel ro-ro and ro-pax ferries, as well as aluminium high speed craft, dredgers, tankers, containerships, yachts, seismic survey ships and offshore support vessels.