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Friday, March 23, 2018

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Incat Crowther Expands with U.S. Office

Photo courtesy Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther announced the establishment of a new office located in the United States of America. The opening of the U.S. office is facilitated by the integration of an existing firm, Alliance Marine Design, whose team of naval architects has a wealth of experience in the design of monohull vessels, including passenger vessels, crew boats, fast supply boats, and other vessels related to the oil and gas industry. The enhanced capability has already been put to good use, with…

Acta Marine’s Newbuild Completes Sea Trials

Acta-Auriga-on-sea-trial Photo Ulstein Group

The SOV W2W vessel Acta Auriga, currently under construction at Ulstein Verft, Norway for owner Acta Marine, has successfully completed sea trials. The walk-to-work vessel is custom-designed for the offshore energy industry. Together with a 3D crane, SMST gangway and elevator tower, and the X-BOW and X-STERN design solutions, the vessel will break new grounds in workability, in-field agility, offshore logistics and comfort on board for 120 persons combined with a low fuel consumption, the builder said.

Cummins QSK95 Propulsion for Ferry Newbuild

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Azam Marine’s next newbuild, Kilimanjaro VII, will be the first passenger ferry powered by QSK95 propulsion engines from engine manufacturer Cummins. Two QSK95 propulsion engines will provide main propulsion power to the new Incat Crowther designed fast catamaran, which will be built by Australian shipbuilder Richardson Devine Marine in Tasmania. Cummins said its newest and most powerful engine for the marine market, the QSK95, offers a power output previously exclusive to medium-speed marine engines with power ratings from 3…

ABS, Industry Partners to Advance Autonomous Shipping

Photo: ABS

ABS joined the Unmanned Cargo Ship Development Alliance to work with industry partners, including class organizations, shipyards, equipment manufacturers and designers to advance autonomous shipping. The design will integrate features of independent decision-making, autonomous navigation, environmental perception and remote control. “Increased digitization, advanced technologies and new levels of connectivity are changing the way the maritime industry operates,” says ABS Greater China Division President Eric Kleess.

Service Ops Vessel Concept for Offshore Wind

Photo: Rolls-Royce

A new multi-million Euros European research and development project will develop new Service Operation Vessel (SOV) designs and business concepts to meet the urgent and growing needs of the offshore wind operations and industry. The project is co-led by ARTTIC and Rolls-Royce Marine. As wind farms are moving further offshore, operations and maintenance (O&M) providers are following them into more hostile waters with more challenging service demands. The relatively high cost of wind farm maintenance today has a negative impact on the competitiveness of offshore wind produced electricity.

HHI Partners With EnerSea Transport

EnerSea Transport LLC (EnerSea) and Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI) are partnering together to complete vessel design and obtain 'class approval in principle' certification for EnerSea's breakthrough VOTRANS(TM) compressed natural gas (CNG) marine transport vessels. Upon completion of that process, HHI will build the first VOTRANS fleet of vessels for EnerSea's transport services projects. "The joining of forces between EnerSea and Hyundai is a defining moment in the commercialization of CNG marine transport," stated Paul Britton, EnerSea's Managing Director. "This alliance will bring together one of the world's premier shipbuilders with the industry's most advanced CNG technology. Hyundai's D.Y.

CEMEX UK Orders Dredger Newbuild

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CEMEX UK has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards Group to build the first in a new generation of Marine Aggregate Dredgers, the owner’s first newly commissioned dredger in 20 years. Steel cutting will take place later this year, and the vessel is expected to be delivered at the end of 2019 from Damen Shipyards Galati, in Romania. The vessel has been designed to maintain operations in North Sea conditions, with capability to extract sand and gravel from the sea bed at depths up to 55m.

BAE Systems, SENER Close $3.8M Deal

Acting on behalf of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA), UK-based BAE Systems Marine Limited, has closed a contract with the Spanish company Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas S.A., for the license to use the FORAN System in the development of the Stage 1 (System Design) of the CVF Project (UK Royal Navy Future Aircraft Carrier). The contract involves around 100 FORAN seats and a specified set of support services. Activities have started immediately and FORAN has already been installed at the Glasgow, Barrow-in-Furness and Portsmouth sites. Services to be provided by SENER include training, customization, on-site and remote technical assistance, as well as the development of interfaces between FORAN and existing Business Systems.

Grand Alliance Announces New Cooperation

The member lines of the Grand Alliance (GA) and The New World Alliance (TNWA) announced their agreement to cooperate on key trades from early 2006. This cooperation is designed to significantly broaden the respective Alliances' capabilities, network coverage and schedule frequency, with improved service efficiency and wider choice for customers of the respective Alliances. The member lines of the Grand Alliance [Hapag-Lloyd Container Line (HLCL), MISC Berhad (MISC), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL)], and The New World Alliance [APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine and Mitsui O.S.K Lines Ltd.], will initially exchange slots in the Asia-Europe and Asia-Mediterranean trades…

Sperry INBS for New Aircraft Carrier

Northrop Grumman Corporation was selected to provide a new-generation integrated navigation and bridge system (INBS) for the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Future Aircraft Carrier (CVF) project. The initial INBS design-phase contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, the industrial alliance that, in the manufacture phase of the project, will include the planned Joint Venture between VT Group and BAES (including BAES Marine and BAES Integrated System Technologies), Babcock Support Services Ltd, Thales Naval and MOD. The INBS will be based on Sperry Marine’s VisionMaster FT technology and will bring together all of the ships’ navigation sensors and systems into a modern…

Crowley's First Russian Flagged Vessel Starts Work

Crowley Maritime Corporation's Marine Services unit announced the deployment of the Crowley Alliance, the company's first Russian flagged and crewed vessel serving the offshore oil industry near Sakhalin Island, Russia. The vessel is owned and operated by Crowley Far East Services, a Crowley subsidiary formed and incorporated in Sakhalin State, Russia. The subsidiary, which is part of the corporation's marine services segment, offers marine and shore side logistics and transportation services to the energy and construction industries in the region. A contest to name the vessel was held amongst the students at the Senior High School of Korsakov, Russia.

THE Alliance Beckons HMM

File Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine

Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is sailing into the THE Alliance. With the new charter deals  it is now “one step closer to becoming a member of THE Alliance”, from which it was excluded when the mega-alliance was announced last month. According to  a report in Business Korea, HMM president Lee Baek-hoon met with K Line president and CEO Eizo Murakami in Tokyo to discuss the former’s joining the THE Alliance. At the meeting, K Line mentioned that it would approve of Hyundai Merchant Marine’s membership in the THE Alliance sooner or later.

Kentec On-Board Red Funnel Ferries

Photo courtesy of Kentec

Kentec fire safety control panels have been chosen for the refurbishment of fire systems on the Red Funnel Ferry Group’s vehicle ferries that operate out of Southampton to the Isle of Wight. The refitting of the MV Red Osprey, following that of MV Red Falcon back in 2015, now leaves just the MV Red Eagle to be completed as part of Red Funnel Group’s multi-million pound refurbishment of its three vehicle ferries. This major project has seen the interior design and facilities of each ship replaced with a bright…

Maersk, Hyundai Merchant Marine alliance talks in doubt

Hyundai Merchant Marine says still in talks to join 2M; joining an alliance was precondition for HMM debt relief. Doubts about the future of Hyundai Merchant Marine Co Ltd surfaced on Friday after Denmark's Maersk Line said the South Korean shipping firm was no longer being considered for the 2M vessel-sharing alliance. Joining an alliance with major shipping firms was one of the conditions of a debt restructuring deal between heavily indebted Hyundai Merchant Marine and its creditors in May so any breakdown in talks could raise serious questions about the future of South Korea's largest shipping firm. Maersk Line, part of A.P. Moller-Maersk, said it was still in talks with Hyundai Merchant Marine but they were no longer about it becoming an operating partner in the alliance.

Teramoto Iron Works, Eco Marine Power Form Strategic Alliance

Yoshitaka Teramoto, President of Teramoto Iron Works.

Pathway for commercial production of EnergySail and Aquarius MRE System established. Eco Marine Power (EMP) announced that it has taken another major step forward towards bringing its EnergySail and Aquarius MRE System technologies to the market by forming a strategic alliance with Teramoto Iron Works Co. Ltd. - a manufacturer of marine equipment located in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. The strategic alliance with Teramoto Iron Works will provide EMP access to a production base and testing center in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture - one of Japan’s most important shipbuilding areas.

Azam Marine Orders 45m Passenger Ferry

(Image: Incat Crowther)

Tanzanian ferry operator Azam Marine has placed an order for a newbuild 45-meter catamaran passenger vessel. This ferry is the 10th vessel designed by Incat Crowther for the operator and will be the seventh vessel built for the operator by Richardson Devine Marine. The 500-passenger, 35 knot vessel features the operator’s trademark parallel boarding system, whereby five ramps per side load passenger and cargo in segregated flows. VIP and Royal Class passengers board directly into a discreet stair tower to the upper deck cabin, while economy passengers load separately aft and midships.

China Cosco Shipping to Maintain Alliances until Expiry

Photo: China Cosco Shipping

China Cosco Shipping plans to retain its current container alliances until they expire, after which it plans to sign a new deal, it said on Monday. The group's spokesman, Yu Zenggang, did not say when the current alliance agreements were due to expire. China COSCO , a unit of COSCO, is part of the CKYHE alliance with Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Yang Ming Marine Transport, Hanjin Shipping and Evergreen Marine, while China Shipping Container Lines , a unit of China Shipping Group, CMA CGM CMACG.UL and United Arab Shipping Co make up the Ocean Three alliance.

Titan Maritime Joins Marine Response Alliance

The directors of Seattle-based Marine Response Alliance LLC (MRA) announced that Titan Maritime LLC has joined the alliance as a full and equal member, effective immediately. Titan joins the other MRA member companies Marine Pollution Control Corporation (MPC) and Crowley Marine Services, Inc., to provide comprehensive emergency response services, offering OPA '90 compliant capabilities for rescue towing, lightering, fendering, salvage and firefighting services in all U.S. Captain of the Port zones. Anticipated shifts in the focus of federal regulation and recent developments in state regulation, particularly on the U.S. West Coast, have prompted MRA to expand and strengthen its capabilities.

Cummins,CitiCapital Launch Alliance for Finance

Cummins Inc. and CitiCapital have reached an agreement to promote a co-sponsored marine finance program. Under the agreement customers who purchase Cummins engines for various commercial vessels will receive exclusive finance products provided by CitiCapital. This agreement demonstrates the cooperative efforts of both companies by bringing together the premier manufacturer of marine engines and the world's largest financial services conglomerate. The agreement will initially cover the U.S. "Financing solutions are critical with any marine projects, whether it's a new vessel or a major repower. Cummins Marine customers deserve the very best in products and services.

Argo Navis Signs onto the Choice Alliance

Image: Choice Ballast Solutions

Choice Ballast Solutions and Argo Navis have signed an agreement to expand engineering resources and capabilities for Choice Alliance, founded by Drew Marine and Choice Ballast Solutions. Along with Drew Marine and Choice, Argo Navis will contribute to Choice Alliance to expand resources, capabilities and reach, by providing ship owners with BWT compliance planning, integration engineering, project management, fabrication, installation, compliance assessment and service. Choice Ballast Solutions is an acknowledged authority in the application…

Sealub Alliance Network Opens U.S. Market

On 15 February 2010, Sealub Alliance Americas, Inc., a part of the Gulf Oil Marine group, headquartered in Hong Kong, announced a fully operational manufacturing and supply and distribution network in the United States and Canada. Sealub Alliance Americas is now producing all marine products in four strategic blending facilities and has established a comprehensive distribution network to support delivery operations in more than 80 ports in the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, the Americas team has established new supply operations in Panama, Hawaii and on the Mississippi River. This market opening compliments the existing Sealub Alliance…

FMC Approves Northwest Seaport Alliance

Photo: Port of Seattle

Upon competitive review and analysis of the Port of Seattle/Port of Tacoma Alliance Agreement, the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has voted unanimously to allow the Northwest Seaport Alliance to become effective as scheduled on July 23, 2015. FMC said its decision is based on a determination that the agreement is not likely at this time, by a reduction in competition, to produce an unreasonable increase in transportation cost or an unreasonable reduction in transportation service under section 6(g) of the Shipping Act.

McAllister Joins Marine Response Alliance

L-R, Art Mead of Crowley. John Ara of  Crowley, Eric McAllister of McAllister, Margaret Kaigh Doyle of MRA, Brian McAllister of  McAllister, David Usher of MPC, Dan Schwall of Titan, Buckley McAllister of McAllister, and Scott Powell of MHR. (Photo courtesy MRA)

The directors of Marine Response Alliance LLC (MRA or Alliance) announced that McAllister Towing and Transportation Co., Inc. (McAllister) has joined the MRA as a full and equal member. McAllister is now united with the other MRA member companies—Crowley Marine Services, Inc. (Crowley), Marine Pollution Control Corporation (MPC), Titan Maritime LLC (Titan) and Marine Hazard Response (MHR)  (a joint venture of Wild Well Control, Inc. and Williams Fire and Hazard Control, Inc.) to provide OPA-90 Salvage and Marine Firefighting services to the maritime community.

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