SharpEye Radar for Qatari Coastguard Patrol Boats
Kelvin Hughes is to supply its SharpEye S-band radar together with its new 12kW radar for 17 patrol boats currently being built at ARES Shipyard, Turkey for Qatar’s Coast and Borders Security Department. All the electronic equipment for the vessels - which include 24m, 34.5m and 48m versions of the ARES Shipyard Hercules series - will be supplied by Elektro Deniz of Turkey which has contracted Kelvin Hughes to provide the radar systems. The SharpEye S-band will be used for surface search and the 12kW radar for navigation.
Propulsion Systems Ordered for Qatar Coastguard Vessels
Rolls-Royce has secured a £15.8 million contract to supply Rolls-Royce MTU high-speed engines and a suite of waterjet propulsion systems for the the Qatar Coastguard’s 17 fast patrol vessels under construction at Turkey’s ARES Shipyard. The scope of supply for Rolls-Royce Includes a total of 46 engines and waterjets, across three different sizes of craft. MTU 12V2000M84 diesel engines and Rolls-Royce Kamewa 50A3 series waterjets will be installed on five 24-meter ARES 75 HERCULES patrol boats and ten of the 34-meter ARES 110 HERCULES design.
Further Collaboration for BMT Nigel Gee and Ares Shipyard
BMT Nigel Gee, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd., has announced further collaboration with Ares Shipyard in the design of a series of eight luxury passenger ferries, destined for Qatar. At 18m long with a beam of 6.7m, the composite catamaran design will be able to carry up to 51 passengers in comfort and style. Transporting guests to the new Anantara Doha Island Resort & Spa, 11km east of Doha, the vessel has been designed to be highly capable and have the visual appearance to match.
BMT, Ares Deliver Luxury Passenger Ferries
BMT Nigel Gee (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, and Ares Shipyard announced that the first two boats of a series of eight luxury passenger ferries destined for Qatar, have been completed and delivered to the customer. BMT worked closely with Ares Shipyard to produce an innovative design with particular attention to ease of construction. This has allowed the first two vessels to be delivered to the customer less than seven months after initial discussions on the project. The remaining six vessels will be delivered over the next four months with four currently in build.
Rolls-Royce Equipped Vessels Enter Service with Qatari CG
Qatar’s Coast Guard Command has taken delivery of the first in a series of 17 composite hull boats powered and propelled by MTU high-speed engines and Rolls-Royce Kamewa waterjets. The vessels, two Ares 75 and one Ares 110 Hercules, will be the first three boats of this program to be delivered by the end of this month. Two additional boats are planned to be delivered by the end of the year; one Ares 75 and one 110 Hercules. Meanwhile, preparations for the construction of the first Ares 150 class boat have already been completed and its launch is expected towards the end of next year.
BMT, Ares to Deliver Patrol Boats for Bahrain Coast Guard
BMT Nigel Gee (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, has announced its latest partnership with Ares Shipyard to design and build six 18m patrol boats from advanced composites, for the Bahrain Coast Guard which have a maximum design speed in excess of 35 knots. The contract also has an option for an additional six vessels. Undertaking the full detailed design including hull form optimization, structural design and machinery layout, BMT’s team of naval architects has worked closely with the shipyard to develop a design which meets the customer’s explicit desire to maximize living space below decks…
ARES Security Acquires The Mariner Group
ARES Security Corporation and The Mariner Group announced that ARES Security has acquired a majority ownership interest in The Mariner Group, LLC. This acquisition builds on Mariner’s expansion while strengthening ARES Security’s position to serve the global security market by providing comprehensive end-to-end physical and logical security solutions. ARES Security will incorporate Mariner’s CommandBridge platform into their suite of risk management solutions to provide sensor integration and real time command and control capabilities. Now, ARES Security will offer their AVERT and BluTrain products, to identify and quantify threats for…
CSV Delivered to Bibby Subsea
Bibby Offshore’s Houston-based division, Bibby Subsea, welcomed the Olympic Ares, a multifunctional subsea construction support vessel (CSV) which is due to arrive in the port of Galveston on December 16, 2014. The 115-meter Olympic Ares features a 250-metric-ton heave compensated crane for subsea use to 3,000-meter water depth and 1,300-square-meter of clear back deck space. Ahead of arrival in Galveston, the Olympic Ares was recently installed with two SMD Quantum MkIII 250hp 3,000-meter rated Work Class ROVs.
PlateSmart Ups Security at Port Tampa Bay
Port Tampa Bay, Florida’s largest maritime port and the 16th largest in the United States, has elected to implement PlateSmart's ARES enterprise license plate recognition-based video analytics system. Overseen by the Tampa Port Authority, the port handles both commercial and passenger traffic on a daily basis. In addition to being a major hub of the shipping industry with several million tons of cargo are shipped in and out of the port in any given year, the port is a departure point for several cruise lines, and also runs and maintains its own ship repair facilities.
Mariner Supports Historic Baltimore Clipper
The Mariner Group and its parent company, ARES Security Corporation, recently donated an iPad to the historic Pride of Baltimore II, a famous reconstruction of the early 19th century Baltimore clipper ship. Using the CommandPost iPad app, the ship's captains can now access CommandBridge—Mariner's award-winning situational awareness platform—aboard the vessel. This was an opportunity for the two companies to jointly outfit the Pride of Baltimore II with the nation's leading situation awareness software, which is installed at nearly 40-percent of the top U.S. ports.
Bibby Offshore Charters Construction Support Vessel
Aberdeen-based subsea installation contractor Bibby Offshore has signed a charter agreement for construction support vessel (CSV), the Olympic ARES. The agreement with Olympic Shipping will initially be a seasonal charter beginning at the end of Q1 2014 with options to extend. The vessel will be mobilized with ROVs from Bibby Offshore’s sister company Bibby Remote Intervention Limited and the companies together with Olympic Shipping shall jointly market the vessel from when it arrives in Aberdeen this month.
Celebrity Cruises Names Marketing Head
Celebrity Cruises appointed senior marketer Steven Hancock to lead intensified marketing efforts for the premium brand. its customer base. Aug. 15. job. groups, with the sole focus of accelerating growth. praised by Forbes, Money, and Worth magazines. experience, and managing sales and acquisition. an excellent fit. expertise join Celebrity," he said. skills. organization. two corporate start-up ventures, Island Cruises and RCL (UK). will report directly to Williams in his new role. efforts," Williams said. meaningful brand in the marketplace.
Neumann Named CEO and President of Starboard
Beth G. Neumann has joined Starboard Cruise Services as CEO and President, reporting to Starboard Chairman, Ed Brennan. Owned by renowned world leader in luxury, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Starboard is the largest and leading onboard retailer in the cruise industry. In her leadership role, Neumann will oversee Starboard’s worldwide operations, which includes 1,800 employees, working both on land and on board the ships of the company’s eight partner cruise lines. Starboard’s sister company, Onboard Media, will also report to Neumann as part of her responsibilities.
Bibby Offshore Wins Shell Subsea Deal
Bibby Offshore, the leading subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has this year been awarded two contracts from Shell to provide inspection services on assets in the Corrib Natural Gas field in the North Atlantic Ocean. The first contract, completed in June this year, saw Bibby Offshore’s construction support vessel Olympic Ares - equipped with Quantum Work Class and SeaEye Cougar Inspection Class ROVs - perform subsea inspections 83km off the North West coast of Ireland, in water depths of approximately 360m.
Sanmar Launches First VectRA 3000 Tug
Sanmar’s first Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP) tug of VectRA 3000 series, M/T ARES, being constructed for Italian tug operator Tripmare S.p.a. of Trieste, has been launched to sea at Sanmar Shipyard, Altinova last week. The vessel has been carried from the tugboat production hall to the floating dock by the shipyard’s modular transport system. VectRA 3000 series has been designed by the Canadian naval architects Robert Allan Ltd. This design, developed exclusively for Sanmar…
Celebrity Names Digitas Agency of Record
Celebrity Cruises has selected Digitas Inc., as its marketing agency of record, following a thorough agency review process. "Digitas' expertise in relationship marketing and loyalty marketing, as well as in the travel industry, will help us rapidly build our base of new customers and strengthen our relationships with guests who have cruised previously with Celebrity," said Celebrity Cruises Senior Vice President of Marketing and Brand Planning, Ares Michaelides. from other vacation options," said Michael Ward, President and Chief Operating Officer of Digitas. In addition to handling the full range of integrated marketing programs previously handled by WestWayne…
Bibby Offshore Wins First Norwegian Contract
Bibby Offshore’s Norway division, Bibby Offshore AS, has secured its first contract in the region with ConocoPhillips Skandinavia. Managed from Bibby Offshore’s Stavanger office, the workscope involves project management, installation engineering, procurement and subsea installation works, related to maintenance activities on the Norpipe Oil pipeline. The contract is due for completion in Q3 2016 and will utilize the construction support vessel Olympic Ares to support operator…
US Dredging Invests in American Workers, Safe Navigation Channels
The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, has highlighted the U.S. dredging industry’s commitment to build and maintain safe, efficient and cost-effective navigation channels in the nation’s inland waterways and ports. The recent deliveries of four state-of-the-art vessels, constructed by nearly 700 American workers in U.S. shipyards, are a reflection of the U.S. dredging industry’s continued investment in building dredges with increased…
Damen Launches China Support Company
Netherlands based shipbuilder Damen said it has launched its China Support Company in Shanghai, officially opened December 4, by Kommer Damen, Chairman of the Damen Shipyards Group. The company, led by Managing Director, John Zhou, will be involved in a range of activities, including commercial activity for Damen newbuild and Damen Marine Components as well as the provision of services to clients in the region. The company will support Damen’s commercial involvement and development in the region…
MV Werften Cuts First Steel for Crystal Endeavor
Shipbuilder MV Werften said it has begun building Crystal’s new luxury expedition yacht, Crystal Endeavor, with first steel cut on January 15 at its shipyard in Stralsun, Germany. Set to debut in 2020, Crystal Endeavor will be Crystal’s largest and most spacious purpose-built Polar Class ship featuring all-suite, butler-serviced accommodations, and adventure in polar regions and other remote destinations. Employees and guests watched as the flame cutter was launched by Genting Hong Kong Chairman and CEO…
EU Opens Investigation into Tax Incentives for Polish Shipyards
The European Commission on Monday opened an investigation into tax incentives for shipyards in Poland, saying it had concerns the scheme would give an unfair advantage to companies. Under the Polish scheme, shipmakers can pay a flat-rate tax on sales from the building and conversion of ships. The Commission said such a measure could be seen as “operating aid”, which is illegal under EU rules. “The Commission will now investigate further to determine whether its initial concerns are confirmed,” the EU’s competition watchdog said in a statement.
Celebrity Cruises Launches Redesigned Web Site
Visitors to Celebrity Cruises' web site at www.celebritycruises.com now will find a site with a new design and an improved user experience. "We listened closely to what Internet users said they wanted to find in a travel-oriented web site, and applied those comments to the creation of our new site," said Celebrity Cruises senior vice president of marketing and brand planning Ares Michaelides. Celebrity's new web site features a variety of options tailored to each site visitor's personal vacation interests; larger images depicting the onboard experience and varied ports of call; special promotions; extensive information about each destination; a Captain's Club (loyalty program) component; personalized tips for group cruise planners, and enhanced cruise booking and transaction capabilities.
Celebrity Launches Sailings From Baltimore
Celebrity Cruises set out its inaugural sailing from the Port of Baltimore on the 1,870-guest Galaxy. As the first guests embarked on Galaxy, they were joined by Celebrity executives, officials from the Port of Baltimore and Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association, members of the media, and representatives from other organizations in a special ceremony onboard the ship. "We have had a warm and welcome reception from every organization we have worked with in launching these new departures, and we look forward to welcoming thousands of guests to Baltimore and to our stunning ship," said Celebrity Cruises senior vice president, marketing and brand planning Ares Michaelides. Maryland Governor Parris N.