Clipper News

11 May 2020

Equinor Extends Island Clipper Charter

Island Clipper - Credit: Island Offshore

Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor has extended the contract for Island Offshore's Island Clipper platform supply vessel.Equinor and Island Offshore had in 2018 signed a three-year contract /with options to extend) for the use of the vessel both as a PSV and a walk to work vessel, with the contract starting in April 2019.Island Offshore on Monday via social media announced that the contract would be extended for another year, keeping the vessel busy until Spring 2023.The vessel…

24 Apr 2020

Clipper Bulk Cuts Staff amid 'Historically Low Freight Markets'

(Photo: Clipper Bulk)

Dry bulk operator Clipper Bulk announced it will reduce onshore staff in an effort to narrow costs amid historically low freight markets dragged down by the coronavirus pandemic.“The dry cargo market has struggled with unsustainably low freight rates for years, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made matters worse and caused a steep downturn in demand and freight rates. We need to adapt to this new reality, and we are making these changes to stay ahead of the situation,” said Clipper Group CEO Peter Norborg.The company said Thursday it will cut 24 out of 91 jobs ashore by the end of April…

14 Apr 2020

OSV Powers Up for Deepwater Efficiency the Island Offshore Way

Photos: Island Offshore/Droneinfo

While facing the same challenging market conditions as offshore vessel owners and service companies worldwide, Norway’s Island Offshore recently broke free from the enforced conservatism of the E&P sector, by adding not just a new ship to its fleet, but one that re-writes the rulebook in capabilities, technology and despite its size and power, environmental credentials.Simply put, Island Offshore’s new deep water installation Vessel ‘Island Victory’ is the most powerful multi-purpose offshore vessel ever built…

12 Mar 2020

Clipper Takes Over Klaveness Pool

Image from left: Hans Næss Olstad, VP Head of Sales Marketing in Torvald Klaveness, Peter Norborg CEO in Clipper Bulk A/S, Lasse Kristoffersen CEO in Torvald Klaveness and Tom Harald Gjerdingen Head of Bulkhandling in Klaveness.

Danish dry bulk specialist Clipper Bulk announced that it would acquire the Bulkhandling shipping pool of Supramax and Ultramax vessels, from Norwegian shipowner Klaveness.The Bulkhandling pool dates back to 1963 and was the first pool operated in shipping.All current members of the Bulkhandling pool have been offered to join the new Clipper Bulkhandling pool, and the new pool management will jointly with the members agree on a strategy for further growth and expansion. Following this, Clipper Bulk will manage one of the leading pools for supramax and ultramax dry bulk tonnage in the world.

25 Feb 2020

Global Offshore Charters Normand Clipper

(Photo: Global Offshore)

Global Offshore, a provider of cable installation, repair and trenching services to the offshore renewables, utilities and oil and gas markets and part of the Global Marine Group, is adding offshore installation and construction vessel Normand Clipper to its fleet. The vessel, on long-term charter from Solstad Offshore, will be operational within the first quarter of this year.The charter gives Global Offshore options for up to eight years.The Normand Clipper is currently being fitted with a 4…

10 Dec 2019

Will 2020 be the year for Subsea Mining?

Solwara 1 project seabed mining tools. Courtesy Nautilus Minerals.

Anyone who has been around the Offshore Oil and Gas or the Marine industries for long has heard of plans for mining various minerals located on or just below the seafloor. In fact, when Howard Hughes built the Glomar Explorer in 1972, the cover story for its true mission – recovering a Soviet submarine - was that the rig would be used to mine manganese nodules from the deep ocean floor. This cover story was so effective that it had the unintended consequence of stirring great interest in ocean mining among offshore companies and the general public.In the years since…

13 Nov 2019

Normand Clipper Secures Long-term Contract

Normand Clipper (Photo: Solstad Offshore)

Norwegian ship owner Solstad Offshore said it has been awarded a long-term contract with Global Offshore, part of the Global Marine Group for CSV Normand ClipperThe contract will commence in the first quarter of 2020 and have a duration of three years firm plus five years options thereafter.Global Offshore will utilize the vessel to support cable lay operations within the renewable energy and oil and gas sectors.

28 Oct 2019

Den Helder to Repair Stad Amsterdam

Image: Damen Shipyards Group

Damen Shipyards Den Helder is preparing Clipper vessel to undertake world tour promotion of UN Sustainable Development Goals.On 28th October, the iconic Clipper Stad Amsterdam arrived early in Den Helder in sunny weather, after a calm voyage from Amsterdam. After watching her arrival, invited guests were given a tour of the vessel by Captain Moritz Kuhlenbäumer, who provided details of the vessel’s forthcoming maintenance program in Den Helder’s historic Willemsoord harbour.The maintenance will prepare Stad Amsterdam for her green ambassadorial role…

03 Oct 2019

"Green" Ammonia's Future as a Marine Fuel

Longyearbyen is the largest town in Svalbard and may become one of the first large scale consumers of green hydrogen or ammonia produced from wind farms in Finnmark. Photo credit Visit Svalbard.

Ammonia, the same pungent solution used in fertilizers and cleaning agents, may one day be the key to transporting renewable energy around the world. There are currently a number of government and corporate projects assessing the feasibility of converting excess renewable energy from sources like wind, solar, tidal and nuclear into ammonia and then back into usable energy.In its purist form, ammonia or NH3 is composed of one nitrogen and three hydrogen atoms making it an ideal candidate to chemically bind excess renewable energy.

06 Sep 2019

Clipper Bulk Expands Fleet

Image: Clipper Bulk A/S

Dry bulk shipping firm Clipper Bulk has reached an agreement to expand its fleet with the purchase of three Handysize cargo vessels.The Copenhagen-based company informed that it has bought three bulkers in close collaboration with a unnamed financial partner.The 2010-built vessels, featuring over 32,500 dwt, are expected to be delivered in the coming months, the global operator of Handysize and Supramax vessels said.The ships will be renamed to Clipper Appollonia, Clipper Aegina and Clipper Alexandria.Following these additions, Clipper Bulk now operates approx.

15 Aug 2019

Eagle Bulk Moves EU Ops to Copenhagen

File Photo: Eagle Bulk Shipping

The US-based shipowner-operator engaged in the global transportation of drybulk commodities, Eagle Bulk Shipping  announced the establishment of a new commercial office in Copenhagen, relocating from its existing base in Hamburg.The Copenhagen office will be led by Mathias Groenvald, who recently joined Eagle Bulk, said a press release from the player in Supramax / Ultramax segment.Groenvald previously served as Senior Vice President, Head of Chartering for Clipper Bulk, and has over 30 years of drybulk industry experience.Gary Vogel…

26 Jul 2019

Interferry Charts a Course for Growth

Interferry CEO Mike Corrigan explains why the global trade association is poised to take its work to the next level.

Interferry CEO Mike Corrigan explains why the global trade association is poised to take its work to the next level.While I respect the mantra of cautious optimism, I can’t help feeling genuinely excited that 2019 could prove to be a milestone year in the continuing growth of Interferry’s influence as the global voice of the ferry industry. We’ve come a long way since our US origins in 1976 as what was essentially a networking movement, but developments in recent months already suggest we are on course for yet more enhancement of our present-day worldwide networking and lobbying relationships.

15 Jan 2019

Offshore Wind Market Expected to Reach $50 bln by 2023

Image: Siemens

The global offshore wind energy market is poised to grow over USD 49.74 billion by 2023 at an estimated CAGR of around 11.12% during the period 2017 to 2023.The growth in this sector can be attributed to the increasing demand for clean and reliable energy in order to reduce the global carbon emissions and to maintain ecological balance by generating electricity through renewable resources, said a report by Market Research Future.However, high initiating capital cost of the projects with high maintenance cost and logistics issues, can hinder the offshore wind market.

10 Mar 2019

Wight Shipyard Delivers New Ferry

Pic: Wight Shipyard Co. Photograph by Jake Sudgen

UK shipbuilder Wight Shipyard has completed its third and largest vessel for MBNA Thames Clippers, the 38-metre catamaran ferry Venus Clipper.The first Hunt Class Mk3 has been built to a ten-month build schedule and is reflective of the increased business the yard has previously predicted in the fast ferry sector, said a release.Peter Morton, CEO, Wight Shipyard, said: "One of the most important elements that strengthens this sector is that it is cushioned against the effects…

26 Dec 2018

Great Ships of 2018: Halunder Jet

Image: © Flensburg Förde Reederei, FRS

Fast and comfortable to Heligoland with Halunder JetThe work took just over a year, the big day becomes finally reality: the successor to the former HALUNDER JET is ready. Around 250 shipyard employees and 60 employees from Förde Reederei Seetouristik, Flensburg, Germany, worked on the catamaran in the AUSTAL shipyard in Cebu. After 15 years of loyal service, the company, FRS, finally said goodbye to the old HALUNDER JET in the fall of 2017. It was hauled to the west coast of America…

25 Feb 2019

JR Shipping Increases Container Capacity

Image: JR Shipping

Dutch shipowner and manager JR Shipping takes over four container spring ships and is expanding its fleet again.Harlingen-based JR Shipping said that it has added three 1,436 TEU container feeders to its fleet. A fourth vessel with the same capacity will be added within the next few months.Taking into account the recent sale of one of its container feeders, JR Shipping will thus increase its container capacity by over 4,500 TEU.The phased purchase concerns the MV’s Aalderdijk, Akerdijk and Alsterdijk (first phase) and the MV Amerdijk (second phase).

19 Oct 2018

Fred. Olsen Express, Baleària to Link Huelva and the Canary Islands

 Image: Fred. Olsen Express

Spanish ferry companies Fred. Olsen Express and Baleària, through its alliance Canary Bridge Seaways (CBS), will launch the new route between the Canary Islands and Huelva on November 11.According to a press release from Baleària, there will be three weekly rotations with two vessels that will guarantee a comprehensive, reliable and quality service.The route will be triangular between the ports of Huelva, La Luz in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Departures from the Peninsula will be Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 8 p.m.

28 Sep 2018

My Friend The Sea

The new book by Douglas Model is available on Amazon as a paperback or on Kindle.

My Friend the Sea is a story about growing up at sea, set against the background of ships and the beauty of the oceans. It's a tale of ambition, adversity and dealing with prejudice. Packed full of adventures and stories of traveling the world on ships, visiting far off lands, and meeting all manner of people, including eccentric distant relatives in Australia, a drunken captain, another who was a tyrant, and natives in Fiji, plus shipboard romances, a mutiny, and a growing need for the author to change the way he lives.I am a doctor…

07 May 2019

Clipper Bulk Axes 40 Staff

Image: Clipper Bulk

International dry bulk shipping company Clipper Group  has launched a comprehensive restructuring involving a large number of layoffs, especially at the company's Copenhagen headquarters.The dry bulk carrier announced a series of initiatives to strengthen its business platform amid continued weak markets.Initiatives include agreements to strengthen the company’s financial position, downsizing of organization and office network, other cost savings, changes to Senior Management as well as a more focused market approach…

22 Jul 2019

Damen to Prepare Stad Amsterdam for ‘Green Ambassador’ Role

Photo: Damen

On July 18, 2019, a press conference was held at the Willemsoord historic harbor in Den Helder. The subject of the meeting was the mid-life maintenance program of the Clipper Stad Amsterdam, scheduled to take place in Den Helder in late 2019 and early 2020.During the maintenance program, Damen Shipyards Den Helder will carry out a scope of work in the former naval dockyard Willemsoord that will increase the efficiency and sustainability of the Damen-built vessel, preparing her…

20 Mar 2019

Wight Shipyard Installs BareFLEET for New CAT

Photo: Jake Sugden

Reygar, a provider of innovative remote monitoring and reporting platforms to the marine industry, has announced that specialist high-speed ferry builder, Wight Shipyard, has installed its BareFLEET monitoring system on the new Catamaran Venus Clipper - the latest fast ferry built for MBNA Thames Clippers.BareFLEET is a cloud-based monitoring platform that will give Wight Shipyard an unprecedented level of insight into the performance of the new vessel as it enters operational service on the Thames.

25 Mar 2019

Harvey Gulf Continues Global Push

Photo courtesy of Harvey Gulf

Harvey Gulf International Marine continues its commitment to expanding operations globally with the opening of offices in Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico City, Trinidad, and Guyana, and with the reflagging of two additional DP2 Offshore Supply Vessels the Harvey Seahawk and Harvey Falcon by this April.These vessels will join the OSV’s Harvey Leader and Harvey Legend along with the FSV Harvey Clipper to operate and service our customers in Mexico.Harvey Gulf has certified these vessels for operations to ensure customers can receive Harvey service levels for their expanding global operations.

27 Mar 2019

Interferry Seeks Change in Call for Papers

Interferry CEO Mike Corrigan

A call for papers addressing transformational change has been launched by global trade association Interferry ahead of its 44th annual conference in London this October.The conference theme is Innovation – and CEO Mike Corrigan stresses that preference will be given to topics highlighting step change rather than incremental improvements. “We want to explore ideas that could revolutionize every aspect of the ferry industry,” he notes. “That might cover anything from customer service, ticketing and IT to ship and terminal design, propulsion, insurance and finance.

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