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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Norwegian Navy

Navantia Delivers Frigate to Royal Norwegian Navy

Navantia has commissioned on May 21, 2007, in the Ferrol shipyard, the F-311 frigate, Roald Amundsen to the Royal Norwegian Navy, presided by the Norwegian Chief of Navy, Admiral Jan E. Finseth, and the President of Navantia, Juan Pedro Gómez Jaén. The delivery protocol has been signed by the Director of the shipyard, Ángel Recamán, and the Director of NDLO, General Trond Karlsen. Previous to the start of the ceremony, a minute of silence has been kept, as honor in memory of 4 workers died on board the frigate on May 11, 2005, while preparing it for the launching. After the signature of the protocol and the change of flags, the Chief of Navy has inspected the crew, and the crew has marched on board. Afterwards the guests have had the opportunity to go on board the Roald Amundsen. The F-311 frigate is the second of the five F-310 frigates contracted by the Royal Norwegian Navy to Navantia.

Norwegian Navy selects BASS CrewNet and SAFIR

BASS and The Royal Norwegian Navy (RNN) entered an agreement for delivery of SAFIR as the tool to administer undesired occurrences according to the ISM code. BASS CrewNet will become RNN’s competence and crew planning tool. The software will be used throughout all Navybases and vessels including the Coastguard. This will also include the newbuilding program such as the new frigates arriving from 2005. BASS and sub-contractors (Webstep and BMC) arrange integration between the existing

AKER FINNYARDS

Based in Rauma, Aker Finnyards recent history is indicative of the changes, which continue to sweep the Finnish maritime scene. Finnyards is owned 100 percent by Norwegian interests, part of Aker Yards, an international shipbuilding group comprising Aker Finnyards together with a German and two Norwegian shipyard groups. Aker Yards is owned by Aker RGI. Aker Finnyards' main activities are construction of specialized ships, vessels for oil and gas production and heavy offshore structures

MacGregor Wins RoRo Cargo Access Equipment Order

MacGregor has won an order from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea for the design and delivery of MacGregor RoRo cargo access equipment. It is destined for a 180-meter logistics and support vessel (LSV) under construction at the yard for the Royal Norwegian Navy's Norwegian Defense Logistics Organization (NDLO). The vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2016. The order was booked into the second quarter 2014 order intake.

Berg appointed CEO of Viking Supply Ships

Christian W. Berg

  The Board of Viking Supply Ships AB (under name change from Rederi AB Transatlantic) has decided to appoint Christian W. Berg as CEO of the company with immediate effect. Christian will in parallel continue as head of the Viking Supply Ships business area just as today. Christian W. Berg is born 1968 and has since 2011 been head of the business area Viking Supply Ships, coming previously from Chief Commercial Officer in Siem Offshore (2008-2011) which is a company listed on the Oslo

Scrubbers Installed on Two NCL Vessels

Norwegian Sun (Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line)

Exhaust gas cleaning systems, also known as scrubbers, have been installed on two Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) ships in order to reduce air emissions.   NCL says it was the first cruise line to commit to retrofitting six vessels with scrubbers and has now exceeded that commitment with a total of eight ships, including the latest two, Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Jade.   The ships’ new lightweight in-line scrubbers are a hybrid technology developed by Yara Marine Technologies

Bolidt Flooring is Selected for Norwegian Breakaway

NCL Aqua Park-Main Pool Final.jpg

Bolidt has announced  that well-known creative forces at Tillberg Design and SMC Design have selected the company to supply flooring for Norwegian Cruise Line’s (Norwegian) newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway.   Many of the ship’s main public areas will be enhanced by Bolidt’s subtle and functional surface shades, the designers say. Bolidt, known as the deck and flooring specialists, is supplying 16,500m2 of surfacing for Norwegian Breakaway

Drydocks World and Maritime World participation in NAVDEX

Drydocks World stand at NAVDEX.

Drydocks World and Maritime World, the leading maritime service providers in the region, recorded outstanding success on its debut participation at NAVDEX.   HH Lieutenant General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan,  Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces visited Drydocks World stand met key personnel. The stand attracted a lot of attention from key military personnel from all over the world

Norwegian Cruise Line Orders Two New Ships

Norwegian Breakaway: Photo CCL cr Dickelbers

Norwegian Cruise Line says it has reached an agreement with MEYER WERFT GmbH of Germany to build two new Breakaway-Plus class cruise ships for delivery in the second quarter 2018 and the fourth quarter 2019. Each ship will be 164,600 gross tons and include 4,200 passenger berths. "Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway have proven themselves as industry game-changers and are extremely popular with our guests," said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line's chief executive officer

Norwegian, Alibaba Partner in Chinese Cruise Market

Norwegian Joy (Photo: NCLH)

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. said it has partnered with online and mobile commerce company Alibaba Group for its entry into the Chinese cruise shipping market.   Alibaba operates the world’s largest online and mobile marketplaces, offering a wide range of products and services to its nearly half billion monthly active users. In China, people live, work and play on Alibaba, buying local and overseas products

Australia Hosting World for Sea Power Conference

The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN speaks at the 2017 SeaPower Conference in Darling Harbour. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 The Royal Australian Navy is hosting the biennial Sea Power Conference with senior naval delegations from around the world descending on Sydney for three days of discussions and Navy-to-Navy engagements.   Run alongside the Pacific 2017 international maritime exposition, Sea Power Conference is Navy’s premier gathering of naval chiefs and this year will explore the broad theme of ‘The Navy and the Nation’, focusing on maritime identity

Norway: Fish Vessels Go Electric

Photo: Norway Exports

The Norwegian aquaculture and fishing industry has joined the green shipping wave with a number of pioneering electric fleet initiatives.   In 2015, the Norwegian maritime industry launched the DNV GL-led public private initiative, the Green Coastal Shipping Program. The idea was to encourage research and development of green technology concepts in the country’s shipping sector.    Together with 25 partners from the Norwegian maritime industry and authorities

Corvus Energy ESS Selected by Rolls-Royce for Hybrid Vessel

OV Ryvingen  (Photo: Corvus Energy)

Corvus Energy has announced that it has been selected by Rolls-Royce as the supplier of a lithium ion based energy storage system (ESS) for the Norwegian Coastal Administration’s new multipurpose vessel OV Ryvingen. The Orca Energy ESS from Corvus will supply electrical power for all-electric propulsion and for electrical needs while docked. The OV Ryvingen is the Norwegian Coastal Administration’s second vessel to combine traditional diesel power with battery-driven operation

Vard to Negotiate for Three Coast Guard Vessels for Norway

Ship designer and builder Vard Holdings Limited announced that it has been invited to continue negotiations for the construction of three new vessels for the Norwegian Coast Guard. The Norwegian Government had originally announced plans for the construction of three new Coast Guard vessels in September 2016. Following review of offers from three competing yards, Vard Langsten has now been selected to continue negotiations.

Florida Navy Bases Prepare for Irma

Photo: United States Navy

 Navy installations throughout Florida are preparing for heavy weather as Hurricane Irma approaches South Florida.   Commander, Navy Region Southeast, Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, directed the evacuation of non-essential personnel and family members from Naval Air Station Key West, Florida, Sept. 5. "Their safety and security is a top priority," Bolivar said. Approximately 50-60 mission essential personnel are remaining behind to maintain essential functions on the

Investors Give Kleven a Boost

Kleven Verft in Ulsteinvik, Norway. (Photo: Kleven)

A group of investors has pumped nearly $40 million into Norwegian shipbuilder Kleven.    Norwegian cruise, ferry and cargo operator Hurtigruten and its owners, Petter A. Stordalen and TDR, will be the largest partner in the newly established company, with a 40 percent share. Current owners, John Kleven AS and H-Invest AS are bringing new funds to the company. Additional investors include Åge Remøy and Magnus Roth's InYard Invest, Lürssen-Group

Australian Navy: Getting On Board the Gap Year

Gap Year sailors watch from the flight deck as a United States Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey from USS Bonhomme Richard, lands aboard HMAS Adelaide, off the coast of Queensland during Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 The Australian Defence Force Gap Year – Navy is an opportunity for young Australians to experience military training, service and lifestyle through a year-long program, with no further obligations on the participant to continue to serve.   The program allows people to experience Navy life as a ‘try before you buy’ scheme during which every opportunity is given to participants to apply for transfer to Permanent Navy workforce categories

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.

General Dynamics Delivers Submarine Colorado

General Dynamics Electric Boat delivered the nuclear-powered attack submarine Colorado (SSN 788) to the U.S. Navy.   The 15th ship of the Virginia Class, Colorado is the fifth of the eight-ship group known as Block III. According to the builder, these ships embody a Navy and industry commitment to reduce costs while increasing capabilities through an initiative comprising a multi-year procurement strategy, improvements in construction practices and the Design For Affordability (DFA)

Australian Navy Commissions Hobart (II) – One in a Million

HMAS Hobart returning to Sydney Harbour for the last time prior to being decommisioned. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

 Royal Australian Navy will commission the first of three new destroyers today (On 23 September). In continuing our reflective stories of previous ships that have carried the name HMAS Hobart, this is the story of Hobart (II).   The second ship to bear the name Hobart was one of three Perth class guided missile destroyers built in the United States for the Royal Australian Navy.   She was commissioned at the Boston Navy Yard on 18 December 1965 under the command of Captain

Netherland Hosts International Simulation-based Training Conference

(Photo: Tom Mulligan)

Almost 200 delegates from across the world are gathered at the Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus in Den Haag, The Netherlands this week to hear about the latest developments in maritime training based on state-of-the-art simulation technology.   Kongsberg Group, the Norway-headquartered international knowledge-based  company serving businesses in the maritime, defense, remote weapons and digitalization sectors

Panama Canal Expects 230+ Cruise Ships This Season

Disney Cruise Lines Disney Wonder transiting the Agua Clara Locks in April 2017. (Photo: ACP)

More than 230 Cruise Ships to Transit the Panama Canal’s Panamax and Neopanamax Locks The Panama Canal announced that it expects to receive approximately 235 cruise ships through the Panamax and Neopanamax Locks during the upcoming 2017-2018 cruise season. Beginning in October, this will be the first full cruise season to welcome vessels through the Expanded Canal.   “In addition to the existing locks

Yara Birkeland Model Commences Testing

(Photo: KONGSBERG)

A six meter long, 2.4 ton model of the final design of the autonomous and fully electric container vessel Yara Birkeland was revealed as testing commenced at SINTEF Ocean’s 80 meter test tank facility in Trondheim, September 28, 2017. It was also revealed that ENOVA, a Norwegian government enterprise responsible for promotion of environmentally friendly production and consumption of energy will support the project with a NOK 133 million ($16.7 million) financial contribution.  

Metal Shark Wins USN PB(X) Contract

In order to fully optimize the hull and propose a more mature design, Metal Shark built a PBX running prototype hull, designated PB(X)-P1, which was extensively tested in a wide range of operating conditions. (Photo: Metal Shark)

Metal Shark won the contract to produce the U.S. Navy’s next-generation patrol boat, the PB(X), the replacement for the fleet of force protection boats currently in use with Navy Expeditionary Combad Command’s Coastal Riverine Forces (CRF). Subject to annual appropriations, the Navy intends to replace approximately 100 to 160 of its existing 25-ft. and 34-ft. CRF patrol boats with the larger and more modern PB(X) platform over the next 15 years.

Viking Planning Hydrogen-powered Cruise Ship

A hydrogen-powered cruise ship may be modeled on the same design as Viking Cruises’ most recent vessel, the Viking Sun. (Photo: Viking Cruises)

Viking Cruises is reportedly working on a project to develop a vessel fuelled by liquid hydrogen that could become the world’s first cruise ship with zero-emission technology, according to the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA).   NMA said the announcement was made by Viking Cruises project manager Serge Fossati during the Safety at Sea Conference in Haugesund.   “This is a world sensation. Very exciting

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