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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Blue Ocean Wireless Partners with Stratos

Blue Ocean Wireless (BOW), an Irish company focused on delivering GSM communication capability for the merchant maritime sector, has reached an agreement to partner with Stratos Global Corporation (SGB), a provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, to provide Inmarsat satellite services to BOW’s merchant maritime customer base on a non-exclusive basis. The agreement follows successful trials of the BOW offering on board two container vessels conducted in late 2006 by Blue Ocean Wireless, Stratos and Inmarsat. Blue Ocean Wireless will, together with Inmarsat, Stratos and a GSM network operator, provide a global GSM service for crew members of merchant ships.

ABB Pods for Wind Turbine Install Vessels

Azipod C

Azipod C propulsion system from new regional ABB factory for two Wind Turbine Installation Vessels built by Samsung Heavy Industries. ABB recently delivered four Azipod C propulsion systems for the Blue Ocean II Wind Turbine Installation Vessel built by Samsung Shipyard in Korea. This is a repeat order from Samsung Shipyard, following a similar scope for the first Blue Ocean Wind Turbine Installation Vessel delivered in September, 2011. The two Wind Turbine Installation Vessels…

ADM Joint Venture Acquires Brazilian Shipping Agency

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) and Norton Lilly International announced that their steamship agency joint venture, Agri Port Services LLC, has acquired Brazilian port and shipping agency Blue Ocean Agencia Maritima Ltda. ADM was previously a part owner in Blue Ocean. Blue Ocean services oceangoing vessels at ports throughout Brazil and maintains offices in the strategic ports of Santos and Paranagua. The company serves as a shipping agent for both inbound and outbound vessels, coordinating vessel clearance, loading/discharging operations, vessel logistics and support, vessel resupply, and cargo and customs documentation. “ADM’s ability to offer logistics services and expertise throughout the value chain is one of the things that sets us apart…

BOS Provides 2-5% Fuel Savings

With consistent results of 2-5% fuel savings, Keppel Offshore & Marine’s subsidiary Blue Ocean Solutions (BOS) said that it has proved that emulsified fuel can bring significant fuel savings adding to the well established NOx reduction, if done correctly. The patented BOS Emulsified Fuel System (EFS) is designed to improve combustion efficiency by improving the injector fuel atomization. In addition to the measured fuel savings, firm evidence of better combustion has also been recorded in the form of increased heat release rate.

BSM Installs BOW GSM Solution

market leader ship management. BSM has a managed fleet of more than 600 vessels. BSMD (Hamburg) will initially install BOW’s GSM solution on their vessel CAP BRETON (ex. Christiane Schulte). voice calls and send & receive SMS messages using their existing mobile phones. offers on-board e-mail capability and a global roaming service. vessels using their existing handset and SIM card. preparation on the part of the user. Schulte Shipmanagement as a customer of Blue Ocean Wireless. significant customer milestone for the Blue Ocean Wireless team. year ago.

Blue Ocean, Ip.access Provide GSM Coverage

Ip.access, developer of picocell and femtocell solutions, announced that Blue Ocean Wireless, the world’s first global GSM provider for the deep sea merchant maritime sector, is using their nanoGSM system to provide mobile phone service to merchant seafarers. Blue Ocean Wireless’ global service enables seafarers to use their existing mobile phones while at sea in exactly the same way that they would in port or on land. Using the cellular signal generated by the ip.access nanoGSM picocell, crew members can use their own standard GSM phones to make and receive calls and SMS messages while on board. The nanoGSM picocell is typically installed in the accommodation areas.

ExxonMobil Announces NJ Floating Offshore LNG Terminal

Exxon Mobil Corporation announced plans to seek regulatory approval for BlueOcean Energy, a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal that will create a gateway to global supplies of clean-burning natural gas to help meet the growing energy needs of New Jersey and New York. The project will have the capacity to supply about 1.2 billion cu. ft. of natural gas per day. Anchored approximately 20 miles off the coast of New Jersey – and reportedly not visible from the shore – the more than $1 billion terminal will be far from shore and away from shipping lanes…

MPI Discovery Completes Rampion Foundation Installation

MPI DISCOVERY on Rampion OWF Photo MPI Offshore

The wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV), MPI Discovery, has completed foundation installation works at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm off the south coast of England. Working closely together with Swire Blue Ocean’s Pacific Orca, MPI Discovery installed the last foundation on 8 November. Due to the black-bream-spawning season, installation activities were halted in late April as planned and only restarted at the beginning of July. Over the two phases of this operation, MPI Discovery has installed a total 69 monopiles and transition pieces…

Dobson Fleet Management Chooses Blue Ocean Wireless

Blue Ocean Wireless (“BOW”), an Irish company delivering GSM communication capability for the merchant maritime sector, announced that it has been chosen by Dobson Fleet Management (“DFM”) to provide GSM coverage for their fleet. DFM has chosen to evaluate BOW’s GSM solution on 5 of their managed container ships. The vessels have a capacity of between 2,100 and 3,500 Twenty-foot Equivalent Units. Using the BOW service, seafarers can, for the first time, make & receive voice calls and send & receive SMS messages using their existing mobile phones. BOW has made significant progress in rolling out its product since launching in March 2007. To date, BOW has signed up over 100 vessels for installation.

Northern Offshore acquired by Shandong Offshore

Pic: Northern Offshore Ltd

Offshore oil and gas drilling firm Northern Offshore Ltd. has reached agreement on the terms of a recommended $165m cash acquisition by Shandong Offshore International Company Limited. The NOK7.59 per share offer by Shandong has been unanimously recommended by the board of directors of NOF and undertakings to accept the offer have been received by approximately 65% of NOF’s shareholders, including Fredriksen’s Geveran Trading. The acquisition price values Northern Offshore's issued share capital at approximately NOK 1.3 billion.

$800,000 Order for McMurdo

McMurdo, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of distress beacons and marine communications equipment, is to supply an order worth $800,000 of a quantity of C1 S-VDR float free capsules to electronics systems supplier Comas for integration into their Blue Ocean S-VDR systems.

Robotics Ocean Monitoring Alliance Formed in Africa

Slocum glider off Cape Town (Photo: BOM)

Blue Ocean Monitoring (BOM) announced that it has entered a strategic business alliance agreement with Sea Technology Services (Pty) Ltd (STS). Under the alliance, BOM will initially base one of its Slocum Gliders in Cape Town to be deployed on regional ocean monitoring programs, with STS providing associated marketing and engineering support services. Additional gliders are available. Clients will have access to BOM’s web based glider data visualization platform. Demand for ocean…

BOS Rolls Out New Engine Performance Software

Blue Ocean Solutions (BOS) has introduced new Engine Performance Software designed to provide ship operators with a holistic insight into the operating condition and efficiency of the ship’s engine. The software verifies the fuel savings gained from BOS’ Emulsified Fuel System (EFS), and will be delivered as an add-on to the EFS at no additional cost. The software also evaluates the engine condition against factory test data and establishes current trending profile (patent pending) for preventive maintenance, restoring fuel efficiency and reducing emissions. “We are dedicated to improve continuously and add value to our customers through innovations. We are also planning to provide a fleet optimization suite to achieve profit maximization.

Gemini Foundations Installed in Record time

Installation of 150th foundation at Gemini Wind Park

Van Oord has completed the installation of the 150th foundation at the Gemini Wind Park in a record time of 3.5 months. On the 1st of July 2015 Van Oord’s own installation vessel Aeolus, together with Swire Blue Oceans Pacific Osprey, started installation and the last foundation was installed on the 17th of October. The installation of the foundations was completed one month earlier than scheduled. On the 1st of February 2016 both vessels will return to the project, completely modified for the installation of the 150 wind turbines.

BOW Completes FBB Testing

Blue Ocean Wireless (BOW), a company delivering GSM communication capability for the merchant maritime sector, has completed full FleetBroadband (“FBB”) testing. The FBB service is now fully operational and commercially available to existing and potential BOW customers. This system was designed to allow officers and crew to make and receive voice calls, send and receive text messages and emails and access the internet. BOW also announces that Smart Communications, Inc., a wholly owned mobile subsidiary of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, NTT DOCOMO, Inc., and Altobridge Limited will invest a further $7.5 million into BOW to accelerate the rapid introduction of FleetBroadband and next generation maritime communication services.

Stratos Acquires Blue Ocean Wireless Assets

Stratos BV, a remote communications provider, has purchased most of the operational assets of Blue Ocean Wireless Ltd. (BOW). BOW was a provider of shipboard GSM services that enabled crewmembers to use their personal GSM phones to communicate with family and friends by voice and SMS. As part of the acquisition, Stratos assumes responsibility for providing services to most of BOW’s customers, including many large commercial shipping companies worldwide. Since July 1, BOW customers have been receiving invoices directly from Stratos. Stratos will continue to market and sell BOW’s services to existing and new customers, under the new brand GSM Oceanwide.

Rolls-Royce to Lead Autonomous Ship Research

Remote controlled ship concepts (Image: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce announced it will take the lead on a €6.6 million project that could pave the way for autonomous ships. The Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative will produce the specification and preliminary designs for the next generation of advanced ship solutions. The project is funded by Tekes (Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation) and will bring together universities, ship designers, equipment manufacturers and classification societies to explore the economic…

Recent Vessel Sales: July 2014

Vessel sales for June 2014 (as of July 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York. 7/22/14 - NANWA MARU NO.

IoM, KR Conclude Class Pilot Project

Dick Welsh

IoM cooperation with the Korean Register (KR) could yield more Asia based tonnage for the Isle of Man ship registry; more than a third of Isle of Man Ship flagged tonnage now operated by ship owners from the Asia Pacific region. The Isle of Man Ship Registry (IoM) recently completed a pilot project with the Korean Register (KR) as a first step towards full recognition of the Korean classification society. The move could mean more Korean owned and classed vessels coming onto the Isle of Man flag in future, IoM said.

Nor-Shipping: Opening Oceans in Denmark

Photo: Nor-Shipping

Global maritime event week Nor-Shipping is making its first move outside Norway, with a new initiative to help maritime and ocean industry players realize the almost limitless business potential of the ocean space. Nor-Shipping’s Opening Oceans Conference, taking place in Copenhagen from May 2-3, 2018, will bring businesses together to illustrate and discuss key opportunities, equip delegates with the tools to tackle them, and facilitate fresh collaborations. Timed to coincide with Danish Maritime Days…

VARO Energy Takes Full Control Over Hydrocarbon Hotel Tankstorage Terminal

Image: VARO Energy

VARO Energy, a growing downstream player in the North West European-market, today announced that the group has completed its acquisition of Hydrocarbon Hotel (HCH), a modern hydrocarbon product blending and storage terminal in the port of Amsterdam from Blue Ocean Associates Ltd (BOA). Prior to this, VARO Energy already owned 50% of the shares in the terminal and was fully responsible for its operation. Built in 2011 and operated by 11 employees on site, the facility includes 11 tanks with a total capacity of over 140’000 m3 connected through modern loading and mixing pump equipment.

NOAA Honors MOL

Pics: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL)  is pleased to announce that the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary has honored MOL with an award for the company's participation in the 2016 Vessel Speed Reduction (VSR) incentive program. Launched in 2016 by NOAA's Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and Volgenau Foundation…

Rampion Offshore Wind Farm Work Underway Again

Recommencement of work at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm off the south coast of England. Photo MPI Discovery

The wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV), MPI Discovery, has recommenced work at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm off the south coast of England. Working closely together with Swire Blue Ocean’s Pacific Orca, MPI Discovery will continue with the installation of 116 monopile foundations during the second half of 2016. As a result of the black-bream-spawning season, installation activities were halted in late April as planned and only restarted at the beginning of July. This break in activities gave us the opportunity to complete a successful, periodic dry docking of MPI Discovery.

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