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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

VESSEL RECOVERY

Trinity Offshore to Build Very Shallow Multi–System Skimmer

Trinity Offshore, LLC announced that they have signed a contract to build one 56-ft by 14-ft MKII Very Shallow Multi-System Skimmer (VSMSS) with Clean Gulf Associates of New Orleans, La.  Clean Gulf Associates, one of the largest oil spill response cooperative in North America, will operate the vessel to provide marine service and environmental clean up along the Gulf Coast to its member companies. Designed by Trinity’s in house engineering department, this revolutionary multi-purpose shallow draft skimmer is designed to travel at speeds exceeding 25 MPH, carry two three-ft wide bow mounted belt skimmer systems and store up to 249 BBLs of recovered product.  Upon delivery she will be USCG certified to carry Grade D cargo. The vessels can be quickly fitted with different oil recovery systems depending upon the type of oil to be recovered. The Skimmer will be built at Trinity Offshore's New Orleans, La. shipyard with delivery planned for early this December.  Trinity Offshore’s owners and key personnel have a long history in building state of the art oil spill recovery vessels dating as far back as 1980’s.  Since the BP oil crisis, Trinity has designed and delivered a total of 22 vessels to assist in the clean-up effort. These include: seven 35-ft Shuttle Work barges, 11 30-ft Marco/Kvichak Rapid Response Skimmers, one 56-ft Very Shallow Multi-System Skimmer, shown in the photo above, and three 249 bbl oil recovery mini-barges.

Odyssey: First Load of Silver Cargo From Three Miles Deep

Odyssey Marine Exploration (Nasdaq:OMEX), announced it has successfully recovered approximately 48 tons of silver bullion from a depth of approximately three miles. This initial recovery of bullion from the SS Gairsoppa, a 412-foot steel-hulled British cargo ship that sank in February 1941, totals 1,203 silver bars or approximately 1.4 million troy ounces of silver and has been transported to a secure facility in the United Kingdom

Recovery Plan for Sunken Drydock in Guam

Guam Shipyard has finalized plans to recover the floating dry dock Machinist, or Big Blue, which took on water and became partially submerged Jan. 3. The Coast Guard has established a unified command with Guam Environmental Protection Agency and Guam Shipyard to manage the recovery process. Coast Guard Sector Guam reviewed the shipyard’s plans, which outline the shipyard’s commitment to work with oil recovery contractor Gresco under the supervision of the Coast Guard and Guam EPA

Caley Davits for Japanese Vessels

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Caley Ocean Systems has supplied davits for four Japanese Fisheries patrol vessels. The davits will allow the rapid deployment and retrieval of a range of high speed workboats, even in Sea State 6 conditions, during patrol operations. The all-weather Caley davits enable rigid inflatable boats (RIBS) to be held in readiness and launched in seconds. Crew safety is paramount to the davit's handling system which features anti-pendulation control for pitch and roll damping and reduction of

Towline Aboard Stranded 'Kulluk' Rig

Rig Kulluk Aground: Photo credit Shell

Aerial and onboard inspections confirm the vessel remains firmly aground & stable on Sitkalidak Island, Alaska, with no sign of leakage of pollutants. Naval architects on the survey team confirm the Kulluk is structurally sound and fit for towing to safe harbor in nearby Kiliuda Bay.  The exact timing for potential towing activity is dependent on weather, tides and operational readiness. Once the Unified Command team managing the incident confirms it is safe and ready to move forward

Alfa Laval EGR-HPE Economizer a Boon

Alfa Laval PureNOx approved for MAN Diesel & Turbo EGR system

  With Tier III NOx limits entering into force in North America and the US Caribbean in January 2016, the time has come for many ship owners to choose their method of compliance. Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) on MAN B&W engines has strong advantages on its own. But combined with a new pressurized EGR economizer from Alfa Laval, it also offers the potential for massive fuel savings. “EGR provides Tier III NOx compliance with a very compact footprint

Hurricane Pollution Recovery Ops Update

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, federal, state, local and industry personnel continue to work together to conduct pollution recovery operations to mitigate further damage to the environment. The following industries are continuing pollution recovery operations: Murphy Oil Corporation, near Chalmette, La.: - Estimated 819,000 gallons of oil have been discharged, with the vast majority contained within the existing secondary containment unit located on refinery property

Enviro Voraxial Technology To Launch New Proprietary System

Enviro Voraxial Technology, Inc. announced that they have signed an agreement with Dolfab, Inc. to serve as the exclusive manufacturer for a line of marine vessels that will be specifically designed to incorporate the Company's new proprietary and revolutionary oil spill response and recovery system. The "engine" for the company's new recovery system is the patented Voraxial Separator (VAS) which can be utilized to meet the specific separation criteria for each end-users primary application

Ocean Safety Secures Contract with Royal Netherlands Navy

Jonbuoy man overboard recovery system

The UK’s largest independent safety supplier, Ocean Safety, has concluded a contract to supply its Jonbuoy man overboard recovery systems to the Royal Netherlands Navy.    The Jonbuoy, an automatically inflating recovery device which is designed to make simple work of hoisting a person back on board a ship or yacht, is directly manufactured by Ocean Safety.  The contract was negotiated in conjunction with Ocean Safety’s Netherlands distributor Datema.

Odyssey Recovers 1.8 Million Ounces of Silver From Shipwreck

Gairsoppa - Silver

The latest recovery from SS Gairsoppa reportedly set the world record for deepest, largest precious metal recovery. Odyssey Marine Exploration said it has recovered more than 61 tons of silver bullion this month from a depth of nearly three miles. This recovery of bullion from the SS Gairsoppa, a 412-foot steel-hulled British cargo ship that sank in February 1941, consists of 1,574 silver ingots weighing about 1,100 ounces each or almost 1

Foss Ships Utility Trucks to Puerto Rico

Photo: Foss Maritime Company

 At the Port of Virginia in Norfolk and the Port of Lake Charles in Louisiana, Foss Maritime is loading hundreds of utility trucks onto barges bound for Puerto Rico this week. It’s all part of the on-going effort to restore power to nearly half of the population who are without electricity.   Last Friday, Ricardo Rosselló, governor of Puerto Rico, announced that 1.5 million Puerto Ricans are still without power 100 days after Hurricane Maria hit Sept. 20

JR Shipping Seals Refinancing Deal

MV Enforcer. Photo: JR Shipping BV

 Dutch shipowner and manager JR Shipping has succeeded in involving a credit investment fund in London in the refinancing of JR Fleet Fund CV – a shipping fund which has financed eleven container feeders belonging to the shipping company’s fleet.    Under the auspices of the shipping company, the British financier has taken over more than EURO 126 million (USD151 million) loan/debt from German HSH Nordbank

Downed US Navy Aircraft Found in Philippine Sea

U.S. Navy file photo of a C-2A Greyhound (U.S. Navy photo by Kenneth Abbate)

A U.S. Navy team has located a C-2A Greyhound aircraft that crashed in the Philippine Sea on November 22.   The downed aircraft rests at a depth of about 18,500 feet, making the salvage operation the deepest recovery attempt of an aircraft to date, the Navy said, adding it will make every effort will be made to recover the aircraft and fallen Sailors, despite very challenging conditions.   Eight of the 11 crew and passengers on board were recovered immediately following the crash

MAN OVERBOARD Prevention & Recovery Workshop

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 The 2018 MAN OVERBOARD Prevention & Recovery Workshop is being held at the Grand Harbour, Southampton, U.K. on April 17. All sectors are invited to participate in this unique one day event that focuses on viable solutions. Knowledge gained about the deadly risks of people falling in the water from recent incidents with sub IMO / sub 24 meter vessels is becoming increasingly relevant to vessels of all sizes.  

LNG Shipping on Recovery Path: Golar

Photo: Golar LNG Limited

 The shipping market recovery is underway, says Golar LNG. Shipping demand has exceeded supply growth for the first time since 2013.    "The shipping market is showing strong signs of improving. As of today, the effective time charter rates being achieved in 4Q are more than twice that recorded in 3Q. An improving trend is expected to continue into 2018-2019 when shipping supply should lag demand created by increased production

Salvors Seek to Recover Tin Cargo

Innocap has entered into an agreement with a company in Singapore to assist in the recovery of a large shipment of tin from a sunken ship that is believed to be in the waters between Indonesia and Malaysia, announced Innocap president, Paul Tidwell.   Innocap said it will receive 40 percent of the proceeds of the salvaged cargo after payment of all expenses related to the salvage effort.   The parties will also use a portion of the proceeds from the salvaged assets equal to $600

Mitsubishi, Wärtsilä Joins for Improved Power and Propulsion Solution

Photo: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Equipment Co., LTD (MHI-MME) and the smart technology group Wärtsilä have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the commercial marketing of a new energy solution for ships.    The solution combines innovative technologies from both companies to produce greater power generation capacity and higher propeller propulsion for marine vessels.  

Statoil Acquires 25% Stake in Brazil's Roncador

The P-54 FPSO on the Roncador Field. Photo: Geraldo FalcĂŁo, Statoil ASA

 Statoil ASA and Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) have agreed that Statoil will acquire a 25 percent interest in Roncador, a large oil field in the Campos Basin in Brazil.    The transaction nearly triples Statoil’s production in Brazil, with attractive break-evens and potential for additional value creation for both parties through the application of Statoil’s expertise in improved oil recovery (IOR)

Shipping Confidence Rises to 3.5 Year High -Survey

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Shipping confidence held steady at its highest rating in the past three-and-a-half years in the three months to end-November 2017, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens.    The average confidence level expressed by respondents was unchanged at the level of 6.2 out of 10 recorded in the previous survey in August 2017. Confidence on the part of charterers was significantly up, from 4.7 to 7

MOL Wins 'Cruise of the Year' Award

From left: JTB Kyusyu General Manager of Overseas Travel Department Matsuda; Kyusyu Tourism Promotion Organization Managing Director Watanabe; Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan Kyushu District Transport Bureau Deputy Director of Maritime Department Kiuchi; MOPAS Sales Group Group Leader Nakajima. Right: The cruise ship Nippon Maru sailing through Kanmon strait. Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that its "Tonde (fly and) cruise to Kyushu, - Around-the-Kyushu -", which were planned and offered by its group company Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line (MOPAS), won the Award of Excellence in the "Cruise of the Year 2017" awards sponsored by the Japan Oceangoing Passenger Ship Association (JOPA).    The awards recognize inventive approaches by cruise lines, travel agencies

International Seaways Acquires Six VLCCs

Photo:  Euronav

 International Seaways has entered into a binding letter of intent to acquire the holding companies for six 300,000 DWT VLCCs with an average age of 1.7 years from Euronav NV in connection with the closing of Euronav’s announced acquisition of Gener8 Maritime, Inc. (GNRT).    The purchase price for the six-vessel acquisition is $434 million, inclusive of assumed debt.   The six vessels that INSW has agreed to acquire include five 2016-built VLCCs and one

HHI Group to List Oilbank

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Burnel11)

IPO seen improving group's financial soundness, transparency; Group sees shipbuilding recovery starting 2019.   South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries Group plans to list its refining arm Hyundai Oilbank in an IPO in 2018 and raise about $1.2 billion via a share issue by shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries, in a move to bolster its finances.   Hyundai Heavy Industries, the flagship company of South Korea's ninth-largest conglomerate, said on Tuesday that Hyundai Robotics

D'Amico Announces Sale & Lease Back of MR Vessel

Photo: ​d’Amico International Shipping S.A.

 D'Amico Tankers (Ireland) signed a memorandum of agreement and bareboat charter contract for the sale and leaseback of the MT High Freedom, a 49,990 dwt medium-range product tanker vessel, built in 2014 by Hyundai-Mipo, South Korea for a consideration of US$ 28.0 million.   D'Amico Tankers is an operating subsidiary of d’Amico International Shipping S.A., an international marine transportation company operating in the product tanker market.  

DryShips Adds Fourth VLGC

File Photo: DryShips Inc

 DryShips, a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels, announced today that it has taken delivery of its fourth high specification very large gas carrier (VLGC) newbuilding.   The VLGC will be employed under a fixed rate time charter with ten years firm duration to an oil major trading company.    The Company expects a total gross backlog associated with this time charter of up to $103.8 million.  

MOL CEO Optimistic on 2018

 Junichiro Ikeda. Photo: MOL Group

 President & CEO of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Junichiro Ikeda says that his company is  strongly determined to shape the future of the industry.     Looking at the shipping market, conditions were mixed across businesses, with firm conditions in dry bulkers but weaker trends in tankers, for example. A full-scale recovery is still in the making.    "Amid suboptimal shipping market conditions

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