Reach Bags Technip ROV Work
Reach Subsea has secured a deal worth up to $10.3 million with Technip to provide remote-operated vehicle services on a newbuild subsea construction vessel to be supplied by Eidesvik Offshore. Eidesvik Offshore and Reach Subsea have in partnership entered into a firm contract with Technip in Norway. Reach will execute the contract using Eidesvik Offshore's newbuild TBN Viking Neptun, equipped with Reach ROVs and manned by Eidesvik marine personnel and Reach ROV personnel and engineers.
Migrant Rescue Draws Budget Concerns in the Mediterranean
Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) has raised concerns about the implications for masters of the recent reports of the launch of the new EU Frontex operation Triton which will apparently have a reduced budget and focus on border control in place of the Italian Mare Nostrum that is credited with saving more than 150,000 migrants in the Mediterranean. Deirdre Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) said…
CMA CGM Upgrades Asia - E.Africa Service
CMA CGM to improve its ASEA service between Asia and East Africa with the launching of ASEA Kenya and ASEA Tanzania. The CMA CGM Group’s Asia-East Africa (ASEA) service upgrade is scheduled to begin December 2014 with the launch of two new services. ASEA Kenya and ASEA Tanzania, will now accompany East African markets’ growth and replace the ASEA one single service, reducing transit times from Asia and improving reliability, the company said.
BMT-Designed Flex Ferries Delivered in Singapore
A trio of 38-metre Flex Ferries, built by Singapore’s Penguin Shipyard International and designed by Southampton-based BMT Nigel Gee, have been delivered to their new owner, Horizon Ferries, following successful sea trials in Singapore. The BV-classed, Singapore-flagged monohull ferries – christened “Horizon 7”, “Horizon 8” and “Horizon 9” - are among only a handful of fully compliant high-speed “2000 HSC Code” monohull ferries to be designed and built in recent years.
Getting Real on LNG Fuel
Plentiful supply, low prices and strict regulations on air pollution are fuelling a swift move towards using LNG as fuel for ship propulsion in the USA and Canada. In Europe strict regulation in port is pushing passenger ship owners to use LNG fuel while berthed. For the last two or three years the view about switching to LNG fuel was that it was a chicken and egg situation. That period is over now.
Song Thu Lays Keel for New Dredger
The construction of a new vessel of dredging fleet, project TSHD 2000, has been launched to the RS class in Da Nang, Vietnam. The keel laying ceremony was held at Song Thu Corporation shipyard November 21, 2014. It was attended by Andrey Tarasenko, General Director of FSUE Rosmorport, and Pavel Shikhov, RS Chief Operating Officer. The ship has been designed by Damen Shipyards Gorinchem. RS class notation: KM Ice1 R1 AUT2 hopper dredger.
Greece Deploys Frigate to Stricken Rescue Ship
Greece has sent a frigate to rescue a container ship believed to carrying hundreds of undocumented migrants and in distress off its southern island of Crete, the Greek coastguard said on Tuesday.
Frontline Disappoints with Deeper 3Q Loss
Frontline, once the world's biggest crude oil tanker company, reported a bigger than expected third-quarter loss on Tuesday and said it is still considering options…
Vietnam Warship Visits Underscore Regional Tension
Vietnam on Tuesday showed off its two most powerful warships in the first-ever port call to the Philippines but an official said it was not trying to challenge China's…
Russian Liftings for Western Options at 12-Year Low
MOSCOW, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Exports of Russian crude oil to Western markets are set to fall by almost a third in December and reach a 12-year low as traders withhold…
Preparing for Low Sulphur Operation
Stricter limitations on sulphur emissions (SOx) will pose many challenges to ships operating in Emission Control Areas (ECAs). If not handled with care, switching from Heavy Fuel Oil to Marine Gas Oil can put equipment at risk and increase operational costs. In the new publication “Sulphur Limits 2015 – Guidelines to ensure Compliance”, DNV GL experts provide a general overview the regulatory background…
Damen, Palfinger Upgrade North Sea Jack-Up Rig
With the support of Palfinger systems JUMP technology, Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen has completed an upgrade of a Keppel Fels ‘N’ Class drilling rig, one of the largest in the North Sea, in 30 days less than was initially projected by the client. Rig owner Rowan Companies Plc projected that the work on the Rowan Viking would require 130 days, but due to the application of innovative project planning…
Damen to Refit Helix Well Intervention Vessel
After having docked and repaired the MSV Seawell in 2012 and DSV Well Enhancer earlier this year, Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen (DSV) was contracted by Helix UK to perform a major upgrade on the light well intervention/dive support vessel MSV Seawell. The Seawell is expected to arrive at the yard during second half of December 2014. As the upgrade will be executed over the winter season, DSV has offered its covered drydock with a 300 tons overhead crane.
New Hamburg Süd Ships to Feature Nacos Platinum Systems
L-3 SAM Electronics has announced that, via its L-3 Marine Systems Korea subsidiary, it has been awarded a contract to provide its NACOS Platinum navigation, automation and control system, as well as communications equipment, aboard three new container vessels for the global shipping company, Hamburg Süd. The 10,600-TEU ships, built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea, are scheduled for delivery in 2015.
Fire Departments Choose Sea-Fire Systems
Metalcraft Marine's Firestorm high-speed, aluminum fireboat represents a new generation in vessel technology, especially when fitted with Sea-Fire H Series engineered fire suppression systems. Recently, four fire departments selected this combination. The City of Alexandria, Virginia now has a Firestorm 50 fitted with Sea-Fire's H Series. Captain Rodney Masser's positive prior experience with Sea-Fire led him to this decision.
DNV GL Examines Container and Bulk Shipping Trends
DNV GL’s latest Container Ship Forum and Bulk Carrier Forum looked at a broad spectrum of topics including environmental regulations, trends in ship design as well as the new DNV GL rule set. Some 150 representatives from the container and bulk industry met with DNV GL experts at the forums in Hamburg to hear the presentations and participate in informal discussions. As economy of scale is reducing transportation costs per box, the demand for ever bigger vessels is continuing.
Pile Testing for Wikinger Wind Farm Launched
In October 2014 the first phase of the pile testing campaign for the Wikinger offshore wind farm project was launched after the site’s geotechnical investigation on the Baltic Sea had been completed. German engineering and services group Bilfinger was awarded the test pile contract and chose SAL Heavy Lift as subcontractor to transport and install the test piles and equipment with their DP Class II vessel MV Lone.
Ship Broker Clarkson Looks to Acquire Platou
Top ship broker Clarkson is seeking to acquire Norwegian brokerage and investment bank RS Platou for 281.2 million pounds ($441 million) in a deal that would create…
SENER Presents at SNAME Convention
SENER took part once again in the Annual Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) Convention in the U.S., this time in Houston from October 20-24. Between the different activities during this event that congregates most part of the ship design and production community, it is organized the Ship production Symposium, with the aim of showing the most innovative innovations in this sector.
Thrustmaster Names Pineda Director of Sales and Marketing
Marcela Pineda has been promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing at Thrustmaster of Texas. Pineda, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, is a seasoned professional with over 20 years experience in oil and gas, heavy construction and manufacturing. She joined Thrustmaster in 2012 as a Project Manager, and in 2013 was promoted into the role of Director of Projects.