Vigor’s Tacoma Yard Delivers Breasting Barges to Foss
Fabrication teams at Vigor Industrial’s Tacoma, Wash. shipyard have delivered three 60’ x 24’ x 15.5’ breasting barges to Foss Maritime. The barge system will be used to moor Shell’s drill rigs at Terminal 5 in Seattle, Wash. where the company is scheduled to ready its fleet for Arctic drilling this summer. The project was completed in less than two months and created 60 family wage jobs for the Tacoma yard and its subcontractors.
New Milling Disc from IN.MOTION
IN.MOTION Technology Distribution, LLC, announced the launch of a new milling disc designed for fast, efficient beveling, weld preparation and weld repair. According to the manufacturer, these new discs offer a higher material removal rate than any conventional abrasive, providing significant cost savings, and eliminate the fine dust associated with grinding, thereby contributing to worker safety and improving the quality of the final product.
Newport News Shipbuilding Hosts Sen. Inhofe
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) today hosted Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division. The senator, a military veteran…
Solving the LNG Propulsion Puzzle
The last piece of the LNG infrastructure puzzle, in the form of North America’s first LNG bunker barge, falls into place at Conrad’s Orange, Texas Shipyard. With continued debate over new emissions standards and compliance dates hanging over the heads of operators in the Emission Compliance Zones like the Sword of Damocles, WesPac Midstream LLC, a provider of liquefied natural gas solutions, and its affiliate Clean Marine Energy…
Hands Across the Water
U.S. firms leverage Netherlands-based Damen Shipyard’s vessel designs and technical support. For nearly 40 years, Damen Shipyards Group in the Netherlands has licensed its vessel designs and technical support to yards owned by other companies. The business practice showcases not only the depth, variety and strength of the Damen portfolio, but also the reputation and reliability of its designs.
Royal IHC Launches Sister Pipelay Vessels
Netherlands-based Royal IHC today named and launched new pipelaying sister vessels, Sapura Jade and Sapura Ônix, in ceremonies at the company’s shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands. Sapura Jade’s naming was performed by Belle de Bruin, managing director of the Indofin Group, following the naming of Sapura Ônix by Dahlia Abdul Aziz, spouse of Alex Monsen, JV board member and VP of newbuild/senior vice president of Seadrill.
Arctic Offshore Rig Gets USCG Escort
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) crews escorted heavy lift ship Blue Marlin as it toted a controversial 38,000-metric-ton drilling rig into Port Angeles, Wash., Friday. Blue Marlin, Dockwise’s 674-foot semi-submersible heavy lift ship, was escorted into its anchorage location in Port Angeles while carrying Polar Pioneer, a column-stabilized offshore drilling rig expected to be a key piece in Arctic operations for Royal Dutch Shell.
Caterpillar Acquires ESRG Technologies
Caterpillar Marine has completed the acquisition of ESRG Technologies Group, LLC, a vessel monitoring and data analytics company in the marine industry. The acquisition includes ESRG’s software suite for the remote monitoring and diagnostics of more than 65 on-board systems as well as the expertise to provide meaningful recommendations to ship owners to help increase efficiency, reduce downtime on their vessels and assist shipyards in reducing warranty expenses.
Hempel CEO Jullien Plans Retirement
Pierre-Yves Jullien, CEO of Hempel A/S since 2005, has decided to retire after nearly 40 years in the Group. He will step down from his role as CEO on March 31, 2016 at the latest. Hempel’s board of directors has initiated a search for a new CEO of the group. Jullien has been elected to the board of the Hempel Foundation (the sole owner of Hempel A/S), to replace John Schwartzbach, who has reached the age limit for board members.
Naval Authorities Rely on OSE Separators from GEA
The trend of modernizing ships and fitting them with more efficient separator systems, which has been noticeable since 2014 particularly in Europe and North America, has continued seamlessly into the first quarter of 2015, GEA reported. More than 50 OSE separators from GEA from the Oelde site have been ordered since the start of the year for ship modernizations for U.S. and Canadian naval authorities alone.
Icebreakers Ordered for Neft’s Novy Port Project
Aker Arctic and Vyborg Shipyard have confirmed a contract for the design of two new icebreakers based on Aker ARC 130 A design. The icebreakers will be used in the oil terminal operated by LLC Gazprom Neft Novy Port in the Gulf of Ob. The new icebreakers represent a further development of the Aker ARC 130 icebreaker concept originally developed for the Finnish Transport Agency. The new design, Aker ARC 130 A…
Kvichak Wins Contract to Build Two Ferries
Kvichak Marine Industries, a Vigor Industrial Company, was awarded a contract by the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), San Francisco, Calif. for the design and construction of two all-aluminum 400 passenger-only ferries. The new vessels will replace two of WETA’s 12-vessel fleet that are approaching the end of their expected life. Designed by Incat Crowther, Australia, the 135’ x 38’ all-aluminum catamarans will feature MTU 12V4000 M64+ EPA Tier III engines rated 1…
CWind Orders Four Crew Transfer Vessels
CWind, a provider of services to the offshore wind industry, has placed an order for four new crew transfer vessels from Aluminium Marine Consultants (AMC), a shipbuilding…
DNV GL Launches Singapore Service Center
DNV GL's new Singapore Service Center (SSC) will streamline customer support and enhance customers’ experiences by giving them a single point of contact for all operational issues. Singapore is a growing maritime hub, which has hundreds of shipmanagers with approximately 1,500 DNV GL classed vessels managed from Singapore. The new SSC, together with DNV GL's existing technical helpdesk DATE (Direct Access to Technical Experts)…
Italian Navy Takes Back Fishing Boat Seized Near Libya
The Italian navy took back control on Friday of a Sicilian fishing boat that had been seized overnight by unknown assailants near the Libyan coast, the defence ministry said.
'Amazingly Intact' WWII-era Aircraft Carrier Surveyed
NOAA, working with private industry partners and the U.S. Navy, has confirmed the location and condition of the USS Independence, the lead ship of its class of light aircraft carriers that were critical during the American naval offensive in the Pacific during World War II. Resting in 2,600 feet of water off California's Farallon Islands, the carrier is "amazingly intact," said NOAA scientists, with its hull and flight deck clearly visible…
Patrol Boat Rio Belelle Launched
The first of the two Patrol Boats built for the Spanish Guardia Civil was launched at Gondan Shipyard’s facilities in Ribadeo. The contract was signed last summer. With an overall length of 20.5 m and a beam of 5.0 m, these boats have been built in Aluminum and Fiber (GRP) in Gondan’s Vegadeo yard. Both are scheduled to be delivered this summer. These two Patrol Vessels are designed and equipped for surveillance…
MacGregor's Pusnes bow loading systems for Suezmax Tankers
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured contracts to supply Pusnes bow loading systems for three newbuild shuttle tankers intended for operations in Brazilian waters. The order was booked into first quarter 2015 order intake. South Korean shipyard Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd will install a Pusnes bow loading system on a 157,000 dwt Suezmax DP2 shuttle tanker under construction for tanker specialist Tsakos Energy and Navigation Ltd.
Steelhead Introduces a New Yacht Crane
Steelhead Marine, a North American crane manufacturer, has expanded its product offering with the launch of the new E Series 1000 crane. Suited for commercial and recreational vessels, the E Series crane is available primarily in a 1,000-lb model with a 1,500-lb model available on special order. One of the lightest and quietest cranes in its class, the E Series 1000 features low-profile aluminum construction, Amsteel blue synthetic rope and wireless control as standard features.
SEACOR Marine Sweeps NOIA SIS Awards
The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) today presented SEACOR Marine with the 2015 NOIA Safety in Seas (SIS) Culture of Safety Award and Safety Practice Award. This is the first time the same company has won awards in the same year. NOIA added the Culture of Safety award to the competition in 2014. SEACOR Marine won the Culture of Safety Award for their safety culture model which spurred a seven year trend of declining total number of Lost Time Incidents…