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Navy Fleet Survey Team Receives New Boats

By Shannon Breland, Naval Oceanographic Office Public Affairs Fleet Survey Team (FST) took delivery of two 9-m SAFE Boat Defender-class survey boats on March 4. This delivery triples FST's organic boat inventory of C 130-deployable platforms. "These boats usher in a new and exciting era of FST surveying that will undoubtedly provide critical hydrographic information to the fleet for many years to come," said FST Commanding Officer Cmdr. Brian Connon. Prior to the delivery of the two Defender-class boats, FST primarily relied on its current lone FST 7-m rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) or boats of opportunity for conducting hydrographic surveys using single-beam sonar from Africa to . The Defender-class boats offer many advantages over previous survey boats and vessels of opportunity used in overseas surveys. Unlike the RHIB, the Defenders have climate-controlled cabins to allow surveying in a broader range of sea state and weather conditions, keeping equipment and surveyors cool in hot conditions and dry in wet conditions. They also offer increased versatility and survey capability, readily supporting multibeam and single-beam echosounder operations, as well as side-scan sonar deployment via an onboard electric winch and A-frame system. With the boat's capability to conduct multibeam surveys, comes increased ability in the field. FST already has operational schedules for the boats beginning this month in .


GENSHIP Wins Repair Bid

The General Ship Corporation (GENSHIP), Baltimore, Md., has been awarded the bid to drydock and repair the United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) Survey Boat Shuman. The vessel, which will be delivered from its home port of Philadelphia, will undergo major overhauls or renewals of the propulsion shafting, rudders, port and starboard propellers, as well as other maintenance and repairs.


30-ft. Oil Skimmer Joins Kvichak Lease Fleet

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KMI Leasing Co., LLC recently added a new 30-ft. Rapid Response Skimmer – Wide version outfitted with a Kvichak/Marco Filterbelt oil recovery module to their lease fleet.  The Kvichak 30’ rapid-response skimmer is a shallow-water capable, near shore skimming vessel suited for use on oil spills in waterways, bays, and harbors.  The all-aluminum skimmer is 31’ – 3” long, with a beam of 9' - 8"


Blyth Workcat Joins Osiris Projects Survey Fleet

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A new 14-meter catamaran has been delivered to coastal survey specialists Osiris Projects by leading GRP workboat builders Blyth Workcats. The new boat, named Proteus of Liverpool, has been custom-built at the Blyth Workcats yard on Canvey Island, U.K., to provide a fast yet stable and comfortable working platform for coastal survey work. The boat has been fitted with a range of high specification sonar and acoustic positioning systems that will provide the company’s clients with high


SeaArk Delivers Survey Boats to Corps of Engineers

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SeaArk Marine, Inc. recently delivered two 2610 survey boats to the Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District.  The vessels are assigned to Pleasant Valley, Iowa and Lock and Dam 18 in Gladstone, Ill.   The vessels are powered by twin Mercury Optimax, 225 hp outboard engines with side mounted dual controls and hydraulic trim tabs. These vessels can easily attain a top speed in excess of 34kts fully manned.  


Sea Floor Surveys Support Texas Maritime Trade

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This winter, NOAA will begin a year-long survey of the sea floor in the Port of Houston and Galveston Bay navigational areas, to aid efforts to bring more trade, more cargo, more jobs, and more economic benefits to the Houston area. The navigation survey team arrived in Galveston this week, to begin pre-survey preparations with mariners and federal partners. "With bigger ships, crowded sea lanes, and more uses of ocean areas


New Autonomous Control System Launched

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Sea Machines Robotics of Cambridge, Mass. announced the release of its Autonomous Control System (ACS), an advanced vessel control system which converts manually piloted hulls to self-piloted Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs). It is designed to be integrated into company-developed Sea Machine USVs or other commercial production hulls. The ACS allows for seamless transition between unmanned and manned operations and can be integrated into most OEM vessels, including workboats, pleasure craft


Metal Shark to Expand its Franklin Shipyard

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Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has announced an expansion project now underway at its waterfront shipbuilding complex in Franklin, La.   To accommodate increased production needs, Metal Shark is erecting a fully-enclosed 200’ x 80’ large vessel assembly building to enable weather-independent construction of vessels up to 180’ in length. In addition, a new standalone office building will provide over 4,000 square foot of space for the yard’s executive


Bachrach & Wood Celebrates 50 Years

Bachrach & Wood was formed 1953 to provide marine surveying and consultant services to the shipping industry in New Orleans. This year marks its 50th year of service. Over the years, Bachrach & Wood has changed its focus from bluewater shipping to the offshore oilfield, now providing builder’s risk surveys for heavy lifts and pipeline construction, warranty surveys for trips-in-to, vessel safety and security audits, and on/off charter surveys for barges and boats


New Survey Vessel Ordered for the Port of London

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The Port of London Authority (PLA) has ordered a new purpose-built survey catamaran, a CTruk MPC19, due to enter service on the river Thames later this year.   The vessel is will replace the PLA’s Yantlet vessel as she reaches the end of her service life, continuing the PLA Hydrography team’s survey work which facilitates safe navigation on the tidal Thames. As the U.K.’s busiest inland waterway, the river is a link for trade, travel and leisure and as home to the U.K


Workshops Address Burning Issues in a Changing World

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 A series of one day NEXT GENERATION Workshops are being held 'back to back' at the Grand Harbor hotel and conference venue overlooking the historic port of Southampton, U.K., October 24-26, 2017.   The NEXT GEN program combines a group of dynamic international presenters with panel


CSSC to Build Research Vessels

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 China's government controlled China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) is going beyond building navy vessels and making advanced scientific research ships, Xinhua reported.   CSSC has been focussing on defence sector till now. It was the largest supplier of surface combatants to the


LNG Carrier GDF Suez Point Fortin Repairs Completed

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Damen Shiprepair Brest (DSBr) said it has completed a two week maintenance program on the 290-meter, 101,000 GT liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier GDF Suez Point Fortin.   In addition to its expertise and facilities, Operator MOL LNG Transport (Europe) Ltd and ENGIE as charterer selected


Rendall Joins The Shearer Group

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Naval architect Ryan Rendall has joined the naval architecture, marine engineering and marine surveying firm The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI).   Prior to joining TSGI, Rendall worked for Metal Shark Boats as a naval architect and marine engineer. He received a B.S


Stena Drilling Extends Inspection Contract with Sparrows

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Sparrows Group has been awarded a three-and-a-half-year extension to its inspection services contract for Stena Drilling’s global fleet of drilling vessels. The contract scope includes carrying out LOLER lifting gear surveys, potential dropped objects surveys


WMU signs MoU with MLS, New Wave Media for Global Survey

(From Left) Associate Professor, Michael Manuel, WMU; Mr Greg Trauthwein, Vice-President, New Wave Media; Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President, WMU; Mr Murray Goldberg, CEO, Marine Learning Systems, President of WMU, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, the CEO of Marine Learning Systems, Mr Murray Goldberg, and the Vice-President of New Wave Media, Mr Greg Trauthwein, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 29 June at WMU in Malmö, Sweden. (Photo: WMU)

The MoU establishes a partnership between the three organizations to conduct recurring global surveys on seafarer training practices in industry and sets out the guiding principles and terms by which WMU, Marine Learning Systems and New Wave Media will conduct these surveys as well as publicize


Lenders Ramp up Pressure on 'Toxic' Shipping Debt

Financiers are set to take a tougher stance towards distressed shipping loans including more enforcement action to recoup funds, while capital on offer to the industry is expected to shrink further, a leading transport survey showed on Wednesday.  


Shipping Confidence Climbs to Three-year High

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Shipping confidence reached its equal highest rating in the past three years, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey for the three months to end-May 2017 from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens.  


Autonomous Workboats: The Future is Now

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Sea Machines is bringing autonomous self-driving systems to the world of workboats. At an impressive virtual reality demonstration seen late last year and then again at a frigid, late winter visit to the Boston waterfront, the future of workboat technology became all too evident for this writer


St. Vincent and the Grenadines Advises on Improvoing Flag Performance

The maritime administration of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has issued guidelines related to the improvement of the performance of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines flag within the Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) region.} Lloyd’s Register (LR)


The Right Boat, Right Away

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Metal Shark’s stock boats program shakes up the patrol boat game; here and across the big pond.   If the news that Louisiana-based boatbuilder Metal Shark is ramping up production to build an inventory of stock vessels, with the goal of reducing lead times and enhancing service sounds


Foss Enlists ABS for Sub M Compliance Service

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Seattle based Foss Maritime, owner and operator of a fleet of tugs offering maritime transportation and logistics services, has awarded a contract to classification society ABS to support compliance with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Subchapter M requirements.  


Fugro’s Newest Survey Vessel Goes to Work

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 Fugro Venturer, the newest of Fugro’s purpose-designed, standardized survey vessels, has departed on her maiden voyage that takes her to the deep waters of Ireland’s Atlantic margin and the far North of the Barents Sea.  


Salvors to Raise Sunken Tug in Alaska

A crane barge that will be used to hoist a sunken tug in Sitka, Alaska has arrived to the wreck site. The evolution to raise the tug is expected to take up to 10 days, the U.S. Coast Guard said.   U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Sitka and Alaska Department of Environmental


Boat Hits Cargo Ship in Lake St. Clair

The U.S. Coast Guard responded to reports of a collision between a 17-foot recreational boat and a 406-foot cargo vessel in Lake St. Clair approximately two miles offshore east of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, Sunday morning. The master of the involved cargo vessel, the Esta Desgagnes






 
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