Ship Equip announced the signing of a major broadband communications contract with Frontline Management, world leader in the international seaborne transportation of crude oil. The agreement between Ship Equip and Frontline Management AS (NYSE:FRO) includes ships from Frontline, Golden Ocean and Knightsbridge Tankers. The Frontline group of companies, with majority owner John Fredriksen, is one of the world’s largest tanker owner, controlling more than 100 ships. Ship Equip will provide Frontline vessels with its exclusive SEVSAT (Ship Equip VSAT) broadband communications solution, delivering high-speed data, email and voice communications. Several SEVSAT systems have already been installed on Frontline ships and are currently in operation, providing a wide range of critical communications at a fixed cost, such as Internet access, email and telephone lines (including pre-paid crew calling). “We have been engaged in dialogue with Frontline for some time,” said Ship Equip Sales Director Knut Helge Drivenes after successfully negotiating the contract. “We reached an agreement where Ship Equip will provide our SEVSAT technology, expertise and know-how to ensure that the fleet owned by Frontline Management benefits from state-of-the-art, high-speed broadband communications at sea.”
Ship Equip announced a contract with Varada Marine to install its SEVSAT (Ship Equip VSAT) maritime broadband solution on the company’s entire fleet of Offshore Supply Vessels. Varada Marine, a company with its head office in Kristiansand, Norway, has announced an extensive new building program at ABG Shipyard Ltd in India. Deliveries of SEVSAT systems will commence in step with the new building program, with the first system already delivered to the yard.
In response to a rapid increase in activity in the Central european area, ship equip opens offce in strategically located Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The activity increase comes as a result of the steady growth of customers in the region, as well as the high number of ships calling by rotterdam as a destination or en-route. it provides a favorable opportunity to carry out installation and maintenance work. it will be fully operational from the 1st of February 2011.
The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a Notice stating that, effective May 24, the maximum allowable draft in the Montreal to Lake Ontario section will be increased to 80.8 dm (26’ 06”), subject to favorable water elevations. The draft increase will be for all inland ships and for ocean ships equipped with an operational bow thruster. For ocean ships not equipped with bow thrusters, the maximum allowable draft will be 80.0 dm (26’ 03”). Seaway Notice No. 10 of 2004 (HK Law)
MTN Satellite Communications (MTN) announced that Kerry Pettitt has joined MTN as executive sales manager for its superyacht business in Europe and Oceania regions. Prior to joining MTN, Pettitt was the general manager for the superyacht division for Ship Equip. Pettitt has also held executive positions at Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, the Marine Contracting Association in Geneva and Stratos. www.mtnsat.com
Statutory Alert: The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) has updated Regulation No.227 on precautionary measures against fire and explosion on mobile offshore units, with effect from 1 January, 2015. Section 10.2.1 prohibits using carbon dioxide or other gases which are toxic to humans in the concentrations necessary to extinguish fires in machinery spaces and other spaces of high fire risk. This requirement applies to:
MHI Develops System to Enhance Damage Stability of Ships To Reduce Capsizing Risk: Response to Revised SOLAS Convention; First Order for Vessel with New System Placed by Nippon Shipping. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has developed a system to enhance the damage stability of ships, enabling reduction in capsizing risk, as well as a roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) ship* equipped with the new system. The company has already received an order for the newly equipped vessel from
General Dynamics NASSCO launched the 3,100 teu Isla Bella, the world’s first LNG-powered containership. More than 3,400 shipbuilders, their families, and others attended the special event at the San Diego-based shipyard. After christening by Sophie Sacco — wife of Michael Sacco, president of the Seafarers International Union — the 754-foot-long Isla Bella slid into San Diego Bay on the high tide at 9:10 p.m. Fireworks erupted as the ship floated.
KVH IP-MobileCast CHARTlink to deliver Transas automatic chart updates to vessels at sea via multicasting technology KVH Industries, Inc., and Transas announced today a strategic relationship designed to ensure vessels at sea receive affordable, timely updates of mandatory electronic chart data. The CHARTlink channel of KVH’s IP-MobileCast content delivery service will support delivery of chart and other data updates from Transas
DNV GL presented its new standard for assessing the station keeping capability of DP (dynamic positioning) vessels at the European Dynamic Positioning Conference in London. The ability to assess and compare the position-keeping capability of a ship equipped with dynamic positioning technology is vital during the planning and design phases, and provides valuable operational decision support.
Polish shipyard Nauta Shiprepair Yard launched a partially outfitted fishing vessel for the Dannish client Karstensens Skibsvaerft AS on March 31. Once completed, the new trawler M/V Aine will operate in thw North Sea for its final owner Aine Fishing Company Ltd from Ireland.
Newly launched multipurpose drill ship FREJA integrates a high-performance active heave compensated drilling platform manufactured by MacArtney. The drilling setup on board the vessel has been designed to provide enhanced drilling conditions even in rough seas.
GTT said it has received an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries to equip a new LNG carrier with its Mark III Flex containment system. Hyundai's shipyard based in Ulsan, South Korea will build the vessel of 180,000 m3 on behalf of the Norwegian shipping company NORSPAN LNG XI AS (Knutsen)
Vard Holdings Limited said it has secured a contract to build a pelagic trawler for Research Fishing Company, based on Shetland. The contract value is approximately NOK 350 million (roughly $41.4 million USD). In close cooperation with the ship owner
IBIA Attacks IMO Low-Sulfur Fuel Proposals; Association says 2020 decision may be based on overly optimistic fuel availability forecast The IMO’s MEPC 70 proposals for a marine fuels sulfur cap of 0.5% to be in place by 2020 have attracted severe criticism from several major
Hyundai Global Services (HGS), Hyundai Heavy Industries’ (HHI) newly spun-off company specializing in providing total marine services announced today it signed an MOU with KSS Line, a Korean shipping company, for entering into eco-friendly ship business.
A steel cutting ceremony was held for the Italian Navy’s lead Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Ship (PPA) at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia), officially marking the beginning of construction works on the first unit.
Total, the world’s fourth-ranked international oil and gas company, and CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping group, have signed a three-year memorandum of understanding. The two partners will be combining their expertise to prepare for stricter fuel regulations in the shipping industry
GTT said it has received an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to equip a new floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) with its Mark III cryogenic membrane containment system. The vessel will be built at Hyundai's shipyard in Ulsan
MAN Diesel & Turbo and MV Werften have concluded a contract to equip two Global Class cruise ships for Star Cruises. With a registered tonnage (RT) of 200,000 tons each, the ships will be some of the largest on the market and will each be equipped with six type 48/60CR engines with a
Liebherr Maritime Cranes recently delivered a new mobile harbor crane, type LHM 550, to the Port of Helsingborg. In addition, Container Terminal St. Petersburg got two machines of the same type. All three machines are equipped with electric prime movers.
GTT said it has received an order from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) to equip two new LNG carriers scheduled for delivery in 2019. The vessels will be built at DSME's shipyard in Geoje, Korea, on behalf of Maran Gas Maritime, a Greek management company
Siemens announced it has been awarded a contract to equip the first new build cruise liner for the British based operator Saga Cruises under contract to Meyer Werft in Papenburg. The awarded package includes a SISHIP eSiPOD propulsion system as well as a power and distribution plant
Croatia’s largest national passenger shipping company Jadrolinija plans to expand its fleet with a new passenger ship, with the total cost of about 50 million euros, reports Poslovni.hr At an international tender
Kelvin Hughes will supply its SharpEye navigation radar for the Republic of Singapore Navy's Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) program, which includes eight new vessels to replace the current fleet of Fearless-class patrol vessels. The lead ship of the fleet, Independence