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Norway’s New Oceanographic Icebreaker Launched

Photo: Fincantieri

A new oceanographic icebreaker being built for the Norwegian government has been launched at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Muggiano, La Spezia. The vessel, Kronprins Haakon, touted by the builder as “one of the most advanced oceanographic icebreakers in the world,” will continue to undergo final outfitting ahead of its delivery by the end of 2017.   Kronprins Haakon will be owned by the Norwegian Polar Institute for the Norwegian Government, while the vessel, taking its name from the heir to the Norwegian throne, will be used by the same institute and by the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), the Norwegian governmental body for oceanographic research and fishing, and by the University of Tromsø.    The high-tech icebreaker was designed by Rolls-Royce Marine to operate in the polar waters, providing a high-tech facility for the study of the marine environment. At 100 meters long and 21 meters wide, with a gross tonnage of about 9,000 tons, Kronprins Haakon will be able to accommodate 55 people (research personnel, students and crew) in 38 cabins, and will be fitted with the highest standards of comfort for passenger ships, the shipbuilder said. Its hangar at the bow will have two helicopters and the unit will be equipped with complex instrumentation able to investigate the morphology and geology of the seabed.   


Imtech Receives Order for Tech on Board FPSO

Imtech has received an order worth $25.6m for an important part of the technology on board a high-tech floating oil-production platform to be made operational in the North Sea. The North Sea contains many so-called 'marginal fields', which still contain a substantial amount of oil, but are too small for exploitation by means of large production platforms. The only way to extract this oil is by making use of Floating Production Storage Offloading vessels (FPSOs)


LNG Ship Sails off Shipyard

According to Xinhua, China's first liquefied natural gas(LNG) ship sailed off shipyard Wednesday in Shanghai, marking China's shipbuilding industry stepping into a new era. Sources from the China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) said the LNG ship was built by CSSC's Shanghai subsidiary, the Hudong-Zhonghua shipbuilding (Group) Co Ltd, which fills a blank in China's shipbuilding history. The LNG ship is regarded a high-tech product with high-added value in the shipbuilding industry


Swedish Coast Guard Orders Third Vessel

In December 2005 the Swedish Coast Guard awarded Damen the newbuilding contract for two state-of-the-art 81-metre Coast Guard Vessels. Construction of these vessels is currently taking place at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania and delivery for the first vessel is scheduled for the summer of 2008, the second vessel will follow towards the end of 2008. The contract included an option for a third vessel; this option has now been exercised


Maritime Telecommunications Network to Provide Services to Thales

Maritime Telecommunications Network, Inc. (MTN), a Verestar company, was awarded a contract by Thales GeoSolutions to become its provider of global telecommunications capabilities. MTN, the leader in maritime communications, entered into a three-month agreement to provide telecommunications services onboard the specialist cable survey vessel, the Baruna Jaya III. Thales GeoSolutions specializes in services and products for the offshore oil and gas, telecommunications


U.S. DOT Seeks Proposals to Address Challenges

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) announced the first of two Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program solicitations for 2009. Through this competitive program, the Department encourages the nation's small, high-tech, innovative businesses to be a significant part of the federal government's research and development efforts. Small businesses are invited to submit innovative research proposals that


China Operating Region Set Up by Integraph

Greater China becomes separate operating region for Intergraph® Process, Power & Marine Division with new executive management Intergraph® Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) has created a new world industry region: Greater China. It will be the division’s fourth region because of its size, success and strategic business potential and comprises China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Greater China joins the Americas, EMIA (Europe, Middle East


Stewart Technology Offer New Mooring Analysis Services

Houston-based consultants Stewart Technology offers a full range of services for marine and off-shore needs, and now announce that in addition they offer mooring analysis. Consultation services in this area include those for single point moored systems as well as spread moored systems. Everything from buyers, towers, SALMs and CALMs can be utilized in these services. Mooring analysis from Stewart Technology can be truly beneficial in a number of situations


Keppel Unit Inks Seabed Exploration Contract

A subsidiary of Singaporean conglomerate Keppel Corp Ltd said it signed a 15-year contract with the International Seabed Authority to search the ocean for scarce minerals.   The push to explore the ocean is gaining momentum as ore grades on land decline and demand grows for metals in high-tech applications.   Ocean Mineral Singapore Pte Ltd (OMS) said it would conduct environmental studies and surveys for deposits of polymetallic nodules, which contain copper, nickel


Maritime Museum Moving to Port of Houston

Niels Aalund

Niels Aalund, Chairman of the Houston Maritime Museum, announced plans for the museum’s new home located at the Turning Basin at the Port of Houston.   “Expanding the current museum and moving to the Port of Houston will allow us to better fulfill our mission,” Aalund said. “To capture and preserve the wonder and influence of maritime history and the maritime industry with focus on the development of Houston, the Texas Gulf Coast and the State of Texas.”


Gulf of Mexico is Ground Zero for the Jones Act

(Photo: OMSA)

A vastly modernized U.S. offshore support fleet awaits the opportunity to perform Jones Act work in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Foreign operators, already here, predict disaster if a cabotage rule change takes effect.   A change proposed by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in its


DP World London Now Handles Far East Calls

Photo: by Andrew Bowen, DP World

 MOL Triumph, the first of the world’s largest and newest vessels to call in the UK, arrives in Southampton on THE Alliance's FE2 service as new third deep-water berth opened at London Gateway in April, ahead of first regular Asia-Europe service starting.  


Tandgedo-VOC Port Sign MoU for Coal Jetty

Photo: Press Information Bureau, Govt of India

 India's V.O. Chidambaranar (VOC) Port is all set for a four-fold increase in the capacity of two of its Coal Jetties – Jetty I and II from 6.25 million metric tonnes per annum to 24 MTPA.   The state-run power utility Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation


Alphatron Inks Service Deal with Unix Line

Photo: Alphatron Marine

Alphatron Marine said it has signed a shore based maintenance contract with Singapore’s Unix Line Pte Ltd, supporting all navigation and communication onboard its fleet of 42 vessels.   Unix Line is a ship management company specializing in the operation of chemical tankers


Eighth Lamprell Rig for NDC

Courtesy Lamprell

Lamprell announces the completion of construction on a further jackup drilling rig, the “Al Hudairiyat”, and its delivery to Abu Dhabi’s National Drilling Company (“NDC”), within budget and as scheduled. Completion and delivery of the jackup rig was marked at an


NMMA CSI award for Volvo Penta

One can experience first-hand how the combination of Volvo Penta’s Glass Cockpit and joystick has changed the way boaters can monitor, control and maneuver their entire vessel with ease. Photo Volvo Penta

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has presented the 14th consecutive annual Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) award to Volvo Penta for its gasoline sterndrive engines.   The CSI awards, presented at the Miami International Boat Show Feb


Ultramar Takes Delivery of Catamaran Ferry

Ultramar Takes Delivery of High-End 48m Catamaran Ferry Photo Incat Crowther

A high capacity 48m catamaran passenger ferry Ultramar has been delivered to the Mexican operator Ultramar.   Designed by Incat Crowther and built by Midship Marine in Louisiana, Ultramar is specifically designed for the operator’s busy Playa de Carmen – Cozumel run


DEME Orders World’s Largest Cutter Suction Dredger

Image: DEME Group

Royal IHC said it has been awarded a contract for the design, construction and delivery of a 164m-long, 44,180kW self-propelled cutter suction dredger (CSD) for DEME in Belgium. The vessel, Spartacus, will be built in the Netherlands for summer 2019 delivery.  


New Offshore Installation Vessel for GeoSea

Image: DEME

COSCO will build a new offshore installation vessel in China for DEME subsidiary GeoSea, to be used for offshore wind farm construction, oil and gas industry services and decommissioning work. The vessel, Orion, is due to be delivered in 2019.


Korean Register Opens ICT Center

Korean Register (KR) has opened a new ICT (information communications technology) Center to enhance the application of advanced information and ICT across the maritime and ship classification industries. According to KR, the new high-tech facility has been launched in response to demand from


ABB: Propelling the Polar Cruise Boom

Image: ABB

ABB Azipods help to propel a new generation of Arctic capable cruise ships   Leveraging its experience in the distinct polar and cruise vessel segments, ABB and its Azipod are at the forefront of the booming polar passenger vessel market


CSSC, Wärtsilä Form Electrical & Automation Joint Venture

The new joint venture company agreement is signed by Yang Guobing, Chairman of CSSC Electronics Technology Co., Ltd, Ma Yunxiang, Vice chief Economist, Director of Planning and Development Department, CSSC and Stephan Kuhn, Vice President, Electrical & Automation, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Technology group Wärtsilä and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) have signed a new joint venture company agreement. The new joint venture, to be known as CSSC Wärtsilä Electrical & Automation Co Ltd (CWE&A)


Alphatron Launches New Magazine

Photo: Alphatron Marine

Alphatron Marine has launched the Alphatron Marine Magazine, an international glossy to communicate and share Alphatron Marine and JRC news, show its latest innovations and deliveries and tell about the group’s locations and services worldwide


Crowley’s New STS Cranes Arrive in San Juan

Photo: Crowley

Three new ship-to-shore cranes that were constructed in Ireland were delivered to Crowley Puerto Rico Services’ Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan on Wednesday. The cranes are a key element of the $130 million Crowley is investing in infrastructure improvements to its Isla Grande Terminal


C-Job to Provide Basic Design for DEME’s Orion

Photo courtesy of C-Job Naval Architects

Having recently supplied the concept design for DEME Group’s new offshore installation vessel Orion, C-Job Naval Architects said it will now provide COSCO OFFSHORE CO. Ltd (Qidong) with the vessel’s basic design package. Orion will be built at COSCO SHIPPING HEAVY INDUSTRY in China for






 
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