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Abu Dhabi Ports and Gulf Marine Services Announce New Partnership

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi and Duncan Anderson sign an agreement for a new Gulf Marine Services facility to be built at the Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi. Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

 Abu Dhabi Ports – the master developer, operator and manager of ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone in the Emirate ― has signed a contract with Gulf Marine Services (GMS) that will see the creation of a state-of-the-art facility at Zayed Port where GMS will construct and maintain its offshore support vessels that serve the region’s oil and gas industry.    Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi city―a regional hub for the cruise industry, and general and bulk cargo―will lease the new facility to GMS for three years.   GMS, founded in Abu Dhabi in 1977 and listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2014, is the largest operator of self-propelled self-elevating support vessels (SESVs), also known as jackup barges, in the world.    The company’s construction and maintenance yard is currently located in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi.  The relocation to Zayed Port will bring substantial benefits to GMS’ business and clear advantages for its clients.  The new site is double the size, increasing the yard to 42,500 sq. ft.    This larger capacity will allow GMS to bring subcontracted fabrication work in-house, generating cost savings for both GMS and its clients.  The location of Zayed Port is operationally more efficient being closer to the channel, with access to the sea requiring just one day’s passage instead of up to six days required from Mussafah due to tidal conditions

GMS Launches Korean Operation

Gyungbae Gil appointed to head Korean division of GMS   GMS, a cash buyer of ships and offshore structures, has launched a new operation in Korea. The office will be headed by Gyungbae Gil, a trader who was based in Dubai.   According to GMS, the move will allow it to strengthen its position in the important East Asian market, and grow its expanding customer base.   GMS said it has worked with a significant number of Korean owners and brokers for many years

New GM at Burger Boat Company

Burger Boat Company announced that Bill Bitner has joined the Burger Executive Team as the new Vice-President/General Manager. Bitner has previously held positions as Allied Signal-Honeywell Aerospace Division and most recently, from Rolls-Royce Aerospace where he served as Vice President/General Manager for the last five years. Bitner holds an MBA in Global Management, Lean Manufacturing Certification and an Executive MBA Certification.

First Self-Sufficient Zero Carbon Life Support Vessel (LSV)

Image courtesy SauterCarbonOffsetDesign.com

The Ocean Empire LSV (life support vessel) is a 144.3-ftSolar Hybrid Superyacht with two Hydroponic farms and fishing facilities to harvest the sea. Her solar powered propulsion systems and all the hotel amenities of a luxury global voyager are supplied by harnessing 3 major sources of sustainable of energy. The first and foremost source of energy is from the Sun which powers Solar Cells (covering the entire surface of the vessel) while at the same time illuminating 2 Hydroponic farms

Shipdock Lands Jack-Up Upgrade Contracts

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Secret weapon’: dedicated on site steel construction and machining facility.   The skyline of the Amsterdam harbours has been visibly altered in the neighbourhood of Shipdock, Amsterdam’s premier ship repair and conversion yard. The company has recently secured four major contracts for the upgrading and maintenance of the jack-up vessels GMS Endurance, GMS Endeavour, Seajack Leviathan and Seajack Zaratan

Geometry at the Heart

Christian Veldhuis is project manager at the Ships department of MARIN, the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands.

Computational geometry is at the heart of much of MARIN’s day-to-day business Computational geometry is at the heart of much of MARIN’s day-to-day business, which includes the hull, appendages and propulsion design and optimization, to the milling of models and detailed CFD calculations. And computational geometry is also set to play a key role in longer-term research and development carried out by MARIN, its clients and partners.

Bisso Towboat Receives New Z-Drive Tug

Cecilia B. Slatten is the newest addition to Bisso Towboat Co.'s fleet of Mississippi River ship-assist tugboats. The 4,300 hp, reverse Z-drive tractor tug measures 100 x 38 x 18 ft., with an operating draft of 13.5 ft. A pair of Aquamaster US 2001 Z-drives are powered by twin EMD 16-645-E6 diesel engines, each producing 2,150 hp @ 900 rpm. The two propellers are four-bladed stainless steel, 90-in. diameter by 82-in. pitch

Higorani Appointed GM at Americas Systems

Americas Systems, LLC, the premier provider of innovative information technology solutions for global transportation management, has appointed Naresh Hingorani to the position of General Manager, Products, for transportation management solutions. Mr. Hingorani, a successful entrepreneur and logistics industry thought-leader, will head the company¹s new product development strategy focusing on the international transportation management needs of retailers,

USS Dolphin at Maritime Museum of San Diego

Decommissioned Navy research submarine, the USS Dolphin (AGSS 555), has opened for public exploration at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. The landmark research sub is responsible for many firsts in the industry, including the world record for deepest dive, still held today and the first email sent underwater. The July 4 opening of the USS Dolphin marked the seventh large, docked vessel to make its permanent home among the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s collection of historic ships

Maher Named Ship Repair GM at ASRY

 Charles Maher is the new Ship Repair General Manager (GM) at ASRY, bringin 15 years of experience with top firms including Dormac, Grand Bahamas Shipyards, and Southern African Shipyards.

ASRY appointed Charles Maher as the new General Manager (GM) of the Ship Repair division, effective January 4, 2016. Maher brings more than 15 years worth of corporate and hands-on technical shipyard experience at Dormac Marine & Engineering, Grand Bahamas Shipyard, and Southern African Shipyards. He will lead the newly restructured Ship Repair division of ASRY. Maher’s appointment will overlap with the outgoing Ship Repair GM, Magdy Sharkawy, who retires in February

EU Needs to Address Decommissioning of Floating Oil and Gas Structures

Photo: EESC

 A joint event between the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and three Green Members of the European Parliament highlighted the paradox between the strict rules under OSPAR for the decommissioning of fixed oil platforms from the North Sea with the rules that govern the recycling of floating platforms and structures.    The latter fall under the same rules as commercial ships, and would therefore have to follow the EU Ship Recycling Regulation.   

FTC Fines Global Car Shipping Firms USD 37.8mln

The Gaia Leader Ocean Carrier. Photo: NYK RORO

 South Korea's antitrust watchdog Fair Trade Commission (FTC)  has imposed a combined 43 billion won (US$37.8 million) in fines on nine global auto shipping companies for bid rigging and price fixing, reported Yonhap.   According to the FTC, the nine car shipping companies colluded between August 2002 and September 2012 in global biddings offered by car manufacturers that they should “respect” existing contracts of one another so as not to compete.  

Shipbreaking NGOs Attack FPSO North Sea Producer

The North Sea Producer beached in Chittagong – © NGO Shipbreaking Platform

 16 August of last year the FPSO North Sea Producer was beached in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The ship was allowed to leave the UK based on the false promise that it would be further operationally used in the Tin Can port in Nigeria.    One year on, the battle to hold the owners and cash buyers accountable for the illegal export of the FPSO is not over.   The North Sea Producer (ex Dagmar Maersk) was deployed in the McCulloch field in the North Sea

Norwegian Authorities Investigation on HARRIER

Photo: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

 The HARRIER is still under arrest in Norway after its owners failed to illegally set sail for the dangerous and dirty scrapping yards in Gadani, Pakistan, last February. The owners are now forced to find a safe and environmentally sound recycling destination.   In parallel, investigations are still ongoing following the charges pressed by the Norwegian environmental authorities against the owners of the TIDE CARRIER for having attempted to breach existing waste trade laws.

Emco Wheaton Plays Key Role in First US Crude Oil Shipment

Photo: Emco Wheaton

Marine Loading Arms (MLA) form vital part of process when transferring crude oil to oceangoing tanker   Emco Wheaton has played a pivotal role in the transfer of the first shipment of U.S. crude oil for export in 40 years, after the Theo T tanker set sail from the Port of Corpus Christi bound for Europe.     The Greek oil tanker was loaded on New Year’s Eve by NuStar Energy LP at its North Beach Terminal at Port Corpus Christi in Texas using three Emco Wheaton Marine

MSC, INTTRA Address Container Weight Rules

Photo: MSC

MSC and INTTRA enter into a new digital partnership to address SOLAS VGM requirements    Container shipping company MSC and ocean shipping electronic marketplace INTTRA have entered a new partnership aiming to introduce a customer-friendly solution to new container weight safety regulations. Under the agreement, MSC will use INTTRA's eVGM software as a channel for receiving verified gross mass (VGM) submissions from shippers.  

Shell Presents Crewmember Safety Awards

Pictured left to right are Captain Tim Downs, GM Shipping and Maritime, Americas; DeAnn Lewis, Regional Marine Manager, Shell Chemicals Company; Captain Greg Wilkinson, Master, M/V GREGORY, Enterprise Marine Services; Mr. Eric Ricker, Manager, Marine Operations, Enterprise Marine Services; and Tankerman Von Smith, Enterprise Marine Services (Photo: Shell)

Shell Shipping and Maritime, Americas recently held its third annual Goal Zero Hero Awards dinner in Houston, recognizing the crewmembers of 21 contracted/chartered vessels, who had the courage to intervene and clearly demonstrate their commitment to zero incidents and safe operations in service to Shell.  The Goal Zero Hero award program is a regional initiative modeled after Shell Shipping and Maritime’s global “Partners in Maritime Safety” initiative

Metal Shark tapped to build new NYC Ferries

(Photo: Metal Shark)

Metal Shark was selected by HNY Ferry Fleet, LLC (a Hornblower company), operator of New York City’s Citywide Ferry Service, to build 26-m149-passenger aluminum high-speed ferries.   Metal Shark will produce a series of ferries at its Franklin, Louisiana shipyard, a  25-acre waterfront facility which recently received a Small Shipyard Grant from the United States Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) to expand its facilities and shipbuilding

GM Deep Sea Mooring Secures Det Norske Oljeselskap Contract

Deep Sea Mooring Will Supply Mooring Equipment Services To Safe Zephyrus Semi-Submersible Accommodation Vessel (Photo: Global Maritime)

Global Maritime Deep Sea Mooring, a provider of offshore mooring services in Norway, has signed a contract with Norwegian operator Det norske oljeselskap to support Prosafe’s semi-submersible Safe Zephyrus accommodation rig in the Ivar Aasen North Sea field. The contract also includes support to the Maersk Interceptor ultra-harsh environment jack-up rig.   Deep Sea Mooring, which has already installed the pre-lay system

Adani Ports Organize Trade Meet in Rajkot

Shahzad Athar, GM, APSEZ - Container Marketing, addressing the audience, Photo APSEZ

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and operator’s, container terminal, Mundra, recently organized a trade meet at Rajkot with the intent of showcasing the capabilities of Mundra Port and recent developments thereat, to their stakeholders.                                  &nb

Fatal 'Duck Boat' Crash Blamed on Mechanical Failure -NTSB

A failed front axle on an amphibious "duck boat" led to a deadly Seattle collision between the vehicle and a charter bus that killed five international students, the National Transportation Safety Board found on Tuesday.   The September 2015 incident on the city's busy Aurora Bridge increased scrutiny of the boat-buses, which have been involved in several deadly crashes in recent years.   The NTSB said the front axle failure resulted from a manufacturing error by the

Aucoin Joins Schottel as U.S. GM

Gary Aucoin and his predecessor Nils Moerkeseth. (Image: Schottel)

Gary Aucoin has joined Schottel Inc. in Houma, La., as the new General Manager. Aucoin is a dedicated sales expert taking over leadership of the growing U.S. subsidiary. Most recently, from 2010, he held the role of account manager at Wärtsilä with responsibility for both new business development and after sales service in the offshore market. These are already strong areas with further growth potential for Schottel in North America

Five Die at Gadani Shipbreaking Yard

Łukasz Wypior - Gadani Shipbreaking yard in Pakistan, 2016 Photo NGO Shipbreaking Platform

Five shipbreaking workers were killed and one injured in a fire that took place in the shipbreaking yards of Gadani, Pakistan, Monday morning. The deadly fire broke out on board of the beached vessel GAZ FOUNTAIN (IMO 8406054). The LPG tanker’s last beneficial owner was the Greek shipping line Naftomar. The vessel’s name was changed to RAIN and its Panama flag swapped for the end-of-life flag Comoros just before the last voyage – a clear indicator of the use of a cash buyer

USCG Approves Global Maritime as TPO for Subchapter M Services

Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering, a provider of offshore marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services, has been approved by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to provide Subchapter M compliance services as a Third Party Organization (TPO).   Global Maritime will offer a comprehensive suite of services to all towing vessel operators looking to comply with Subchapter M guidelines with its expertise including audits, surveys, consultancy, training services

Transas, Japan Radio Company Announce Strategic Partnership

Transas CEO Frank Coles

The strategic partnership will drive growth and accelerate innovation. Industry-leading solutions and services capabilities will deliver differentiated customer value.     Transas, the innovative, digital solutions company, and Japan Radio Company (JRC), a leading global marine electronics company, today announced their new strategic partnership.   The two industry-leading companies will work together in research and development

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