Liftboat Jinshan 1 Delivered
A 97.5m truss-legged liftboat designed by A. K. Suda (SUDA) has been completed and is being delivered to its owner, following on the heels of a 91.5m truss leg liftboat delivered earlier this year. Built by Triyards Marine for Swissco Offshore, the new state-of-the-art vessel Jinshan 1 is a four-legged, self-propelled, self-elevating, general service liftboat based on the SUDA 320-L4T. It is ABS classed with Unrestricted Service, +A-1, + AMS. The hull dimensions are 55m x 35m x 4.5m. The quarters arrangement can accommodate 146 persons including crew.
Liftboat SUDA 300-L4T Delivered
A. K. Suda (SUDA) has successfully completed the design of a 300 ft. (91.5m) truss-legged liftboat. This vessel is being delivered to its owners in 1st Quarter 2016. This vessel follows on the heels of the world’s largest pipelegged liftboat, the SUDA 335-L3, delivered last year. This state-of-the-art vessel is a 4-legged, selfpropelled, self-elevating, general service liftboat, known as the SUDA 300-L4T. It is ABS classed with Unrestricted Service, A-1, AMS. The hull dimensions are 164 ft. x 98 ft., 5 in x 14 ft., 9 in, (50m x 30m x 4.5m).
Odyssey to Open “SHIPWRECK!” Exhibit in Times Square
Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., will ring the Opening Bell at the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. to celebrate the grand opening of Odyssey's “SHIPWRECK!” exhibit at Discovery Times Square on Friday, May 24. A live video stream of the Opening Bell Ceremony will be viewable at www.nasdaq.com starting at 9:15 a.m. EDT. "The exhibit features more than 500 authentic artifacts and treasures, a wealth of maritime history and some really neat interactive elements that are fun for all ages which let you experience what it's like to be a shipwreck explorer,” said Greg Stemm, Odyssey's chief executive officer.
SSPC Publishes Proceedings of 2000 Exhibition Seminars
The Society for Protective Coatings has published the proceedings of the seminars conducted during the SSPC 2000 International Conference and Exhibition in Nashville, Tenn., this past November. SSPC 2000: The Proceedings of the Seminars, available both in softcover and on CD-ROM, reflects the practice in the preservation and maintenance of industrial facilities and structures through the use of protective coatings. The 48 papers contained in the SSPC 2000 proceedings present a wide range of strategies, experiences and perspectives on such technically diverse topics as: surface preparation and coatings for concrete; avoiding contract disputes and litigation…
SSPC 2001 Set for November in Atlanta
Scheduled to be held November 11 - 15, 2001 at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Ga., SSPC 2001 (The Society for Protective Coatings) is the conference and exhibition for the protective coatings industry. While the marine business is not the solitary focus of the event, as SSPC encompasses a wide variety of industries and applications, the industry is well represented and informed at the event. Primarily, the event attracts Industrial Painting Contractors; Public and Private Facility Owners; Metal Fabricators; Specifying Engineers; Architects; Industry Consultants; and Industry Suppliers. "I learn something new at every SSPC conference," Robert R. Hafer, Paint General Foreman, Newport News Shipbuilding, is quoted as saying.
Coast Guard Commander Wins Honors
The Juneau Branch of the American Society of Engineers (ASCE) and the Juneau Chapter of the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers (ASPE) announced this year’s winner as Coast Guard Commander Virginia Holtman-Bell during their Feb. 22 Engineer’s Week Banquet and awards ceremony. The ASCE and ASPE chose Holtzman-Bell for the honors under the pretenses of two separate categories. They chose her for her leadership and vision as Coast Guard Civil Engineering Unit Juneau’s (CEU) commanding officer. Her position requires her to lead a 29-member team of civilian and military engineers whose efforts helped the team accomplish more than 50 civil engineering projects exceeding a value of 13 million dollars.
Bisso Marine Acquires New SAT System
Bisso Marine, provider of energy and maritime support services, has acquired a 12-man portable Saturation Diving System. The new SAT System has a working depth of 1,000 feet (300 meters). It features a dual-lock, six-man deck decompression chamber, a 12-man launchable flyaway hyperbaric rescue chamber, a dual-lock, six-man come-out chamber and a three-man diving bell. “This SAT System expands our working depth and fully maximizes our bottom time, allowing us to provide maximized safety and an even greater level of diving services to our clients worldwide…
Brookes Bell Draws on Inner Strength
Brookes Bell Group - the marine, scientific and technical consultants and surveyors – has laid out a new strategy that will enhance its existing wide-ranging expertise with recent acquisitions and ventures that have significantly broadened its capabilities. Within the last 12 months, the UK-based group has formed an important alliance with AMS Shanghai Ltd. establishing Brookes Bell Shanghai, set up Brookes Bell Hong Kong, acquired Bunker Claims International and merged with Naval Architecture specialists, Safety at Sea Ltd., based in Glasgow.
Heroic Titanic Engineer’s Memorial Restored
Joseph Bell, the Chief Engineer aboard RMS Titanic, is considered national hero for his actions in the ship’s engine room as she met her fate on April 15, 1912. In acts of fearless self sacrifice, Bell, along with his fellow engineers, courageously fought to maintain the ship’s power systems, even when they learned all was lost. Though most of these men died, firsthand accounts revealed their bravery helped to save many lives. An appeal was launched in April 2013 to raise funds to conserve the memorial to Bell and his fellow engineers in Bell’s hometown, Farlam, Cumbria.
Baker Hughes Announces August 2008 Rig Counts
Baker Hughes announced that the international rig count for August 2008 was 1,087, down 5 from the 1,092 counted in July 2008, and up 78 from the 1,009 counted in August 2007. The international offshore rig count for August 2008 was 292, down 20 from the 312 counted in July 2008 and up 12 from the 280 counted in August 2007. The rig count for August 2008 was 1987, up 55 from the 1,932 counted in July 2008 and up 183 from the 1,804 counted in August 2007. The Canadian rig count for August 2008 was 449, up 37 from the 412 counted in July 2008 and up 106 from the 343 counted in August 2007. The worldwide rig count for August 2008 was 3,523, up 87 from the 3,436 counted in July 2008 and up 367 from the 3,156 counted in August 2007.
Australian Ferries Set for Japan
Incat recently signed a contract for two 112m high speed vehicle-passenger catamarans for a ferry operator in Japan, the Libera Corporation. Due for delivery in June 2007, the first Evolution One12 112m vessel will operate at around 40kts, with the capacity to carry up to 800 persons and 412 cars or 520 lane meter of trucks and 286 cars. The second vessel will follow twelve months later. Incat is also currently fulfilling an order for delivery of a 98m vessel to European client, Acciona Trasmediterranea who already has three Incat vessels in service. (Source: http://www.ferret.com.au)
Weak Demand Weighs Further on Baltic Index
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities fell on Wednesday as demand for nearly all vessel sizes weakened. The overall index, which gauges the cost of shipping cargoes including iron ore, cement, grain, coal and fertiliser, slipped 5 points, or 0.91 percent, to 546 points. The Baltic index is seen by investors as an indicator of global industrial activity. The capesize index fell 13 points, or 1.49 percent, to 857 points as average daily earnings for capesize vessels fell $123 to $7,486.
Bell Finance Director, Aberdeen Harbour
Aberdeen Harbour Board has appointed James Bell as finance director following the recent retirement of Graeme Clark after 26 years service. Bell joins the Board from the Caledonian Brewing Company, a subsidiary of Heineken UK, where he was head of finance since 2002. A graduate of Dundee University, Bell initially trained with Bird Simpson, Chartered Accountants, and spent seven years with Meston Reid & Co before joining Diageo in 2001.
MSC New Kiwi Service – Upgraded Port Rotation
Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC) is pleased to inform clients of recent upgrades to our New Kiwi Service operating between Australia, Noumea and New Zealand. MSC’s New Kiwi Service has been running in its current format since February 2015, with fixed weekly port calls into Bell Bay, Tasmania. Due to growing market demand, MSC has further enhanced our service by adding an additional weekly port call into Bell Bay. Now offering two fixed port calls in Bell Bay each week…
Navios to Ring NYSE Closing Bell
Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. announced that Chairman and CEO Angeliki Frangou, along with members of the Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. management team, will commemorate the Company's 60th Anniversary by ringing the NYSE Closing Bell on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Frangou commented, "We are pleased to be back at the NYSE to ring the closing bell, celebrating of our 60th anniversary. We are also delighted that the Uruguayan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luis Almagro, and the Minister of Finance, Mario Bergara will join us to celebrate our long-time activities in Uruguay. A live feed of the bell ringing can be found on Livestream at http://new.livestream.com/NYSEeuronext starting at 3:56 p.m. An archive of the bell ringing will be available shortly after.
Bell Recovered from Wreck of HMS Erebus
The ship's bell recovered from the recently discovered Franklin Expedition shipwreck, HMS Erebus, was unveiled by the Honorable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada. The artifact was recovered during dives and archaeological investigation by Parks Canada's underwater archaeology team in September. The bell was found on the deck adjacent to the ship's displaced windlass (a form of anchor winch), above which it was originally mounted. Since then, the bell has been undergoing conservation stabilization and additional research.
Chevron Starts Oil Production in Gulf of Mexico
Chevron Corporation announced today that the Hess Corporation-operated Tubular Bells deepwater project, located in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, has started crude oil and natural gas production. The field is located 135 miles (217 km) southeast of New Orleans, in approximately 4,300 feet (1,310 m) of water in the Mississippi Canyon area. The discovery well was drilled in 2003, and project construction began in October 2011. Tubular Bells is expected to deliver total production of approximately 50,000 barrels of oil-equivalent per day producing from three wells.
Technip UK Pleads Guilty to Safety Breaches
North Sea operator Technip UK Limited pleaded guilty to a breach of regulations covering health and safety of workers which lead to the death of a rigger, and has been fined £160,000, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported. Technip UK Limited admitted a breach of regulation 5 of the Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessel (Health and Safety at Work) Regulations 1997 at Aberdeen Sheriff Court today in relation to a March 2009 incident which caused the death of David Stephenson, who was working as rigger on the U.K.-flagged dive support vessel Wellservicer operated by Technip UK. The vessel had left the Netherlands for Aberdeen and stopped three miles outside of the harbor for trials and tests which included testing of the forward bell.
Maritech Delivers $14.5M Canadian Subsea Cable Installation
Maritech International has completed a USD $14.5 million a subsea power cable installation in for New Foundland Power Inc., Maritech announced. Maritech, a provider of subsea installations and marine works to the international oil and gas, telecommunications and power transmission industries, installed 12km of subsea power cables from from Bell Island to Broad Cove. “The new cable system, which has an expected service life in excess of 40 years, is set to completely eradicate the repeated power outages,” said Byron Skaftouros, Projects & Development Director for Maritech. “With annual repairs to the previous power link to Bell Island hovering near USD$1 million, thousands spent in repairs will be saved.
US-based 1EM to Provide Dubai Company With Compact SAT System
1 Engineering & Manufacturing (1EM) develops compact Saturation Diving System (SAT) for Dulam International of Dubai. After three months of internal design work that utilized the company’s years of experience in building 10 large-scale Saturation Diving Systems (SAT Systems), 1EM completed the model for a new “Mini” SAT System that incorporates features of a larger system and offers greater portability while accommodating four to six men. Dulam International signed on as the first customer in July 2012 and delivery is on track for early spring 2013.
Brookes Bell LLP Merges with Safety at Sea Ltd.
Marine scientific and technical consultant and surveyor Brookes Bell LLP has merged with and naval architecture and marine engineering company Safety at Sea Ltd. The deal sees Glasgow-based Safety at Sea become part of the Brookes Bell Group, which has two offices in London, as well as offices in Liverpool, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Under the terms of the agreement, five directors of Safety at Sea have become partners of Brookes Bell, joining the existing eighteen partners. Managing partner of the Brookes Bell Group, Colin Kershaw, said: "This union is a major step forward for both Brookes Bell and Safety at Sea. Managing director of Safety at Sea…
Harvey Bisso Launches Subsea Venture
Harvey Bisso Subsea has launched operations to provide subsea services to the energy and maritime industries. The centerpiece of the venture is a new, fully-classed 12-man Saturation Diving System with a working depth of 1,000 feet. The portable SAT system will be deployed from the Harvey Discovery, a 265 x 58-ft, DP2 certified multi-purpose support vessel outfitted with a 65-ton crane and moon pool. The vessel provides accommodations for up to 53. The new SAT System features a gas reclaim system, which allows expelled gases to be circulated and recycled.
SCI Exceeds Fundraising Expectations, Awards Industry Leaders
SCI awarded three honorees at the River Bell Awards Luncheon on December 9, 2010. Stephen Little of Crounse Corporation (River Bell Award), Buck Lay (River Legend Award), and the Rev. James Wilkinson formerly of SCI (Distinguished Service Award). In December, the inland waterways industry impressed SCI fundraisers with sponsorship dollars surpassing the budget aim for the Seamen’s Church Institute’s (SCI) River Bell Awards Luncheon, an annual event held in Paducah, KY recognizing contributions of an individual, company, or organization to the inland maritime industry. Income from the awards luncheon, which supports SCI’s Ministry on the River, the nation’s only full-time pastoral care ministry on the Ohio and Lower Mississippi River systems, soared close to $180K.