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Monday, January 22, 2018

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ABS Approves Anyboat as External Specialist

Anyboat Marine Electronics has received ABS certification as a radio technician external specialist to conduct GMDSS radio station surveys, for ABS classed vessels. ABS approval included a review of Anyboat's Quality Assurance System, an audit of their facilities and a practical demonstration of services. Clipper Navigation, Inc. and John J. McMullen Associates have agreed to combine their operations to provide comprehensive ferry consulting services focused on high-speed ferries for North American markets. The joint venture, operating under the Clipper-McMullen banner, will provide a range of services from initial operating concepts through vessel selection and acquisition.

International Ferry Lines Meet National and International Safety Regulations

Compared to Europe, North America doesn't have too many international ferry operations. The last one between the U.S. and Mexico failed in January after only a few weeks running. In the Pacific Northwest, however, Washington State, Clipper Navigation, Black Ball Transportation and the Alaska Marine Highway Service all operate international services connecting the U.S. with Canada. This means meeting U.S. and Canadian, as well as international safety regulations, and keeping abreast of such new international regulations as the International Safety Management Code (ISM) and Safety of Life At Sea (SOLAS). All five of Seattle-based Clipper Navigation's vessels in international service now have their ISM Code documentation in place. At the home office this totals up to 25 volumes on the shelf.

FRS Launches Caribbean Ferry Service

HSC San Gwann (Photo: FRS Caribbean)

FRS Caribbean has launched its new passenger vessel service from Miami to the Caribbean destination Bimini, Bahamas. The new service, which began September 23, 2016, transports passengers for a two-hour crossing aboard the high-speed catamaran (HSC) San Gwann with daytrip prices starting at around $70. San Gwann, part of the FRS Caribbean Fleet, can host up to 427 passengers with comfortable seats. It is equipped with a bar-counter in both passenger decks, where passengers can enjoy refreshments and snacks during their voyage and a duty free shop to end a getaway with some mementoes and gifts.

New Practices Will Lead to Safer Passage in Arctic Waters

Highlighting the need for safer navigation in Canada’s Arctic, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its report into the August 2010 grounding of the cruise ship, Clipper Adventurer in Coronation Gulf, Nunavut (M10H0006). "Our investigation determined there were problems with the vessel’s voyage planning but we also found that key safety information was not being proactively provided to vessels transiting the Arctic,” said TSB Investigator-in-Charge, Eric Asselin. “Traffic in these fragile waters is increasing.

Passenger Vessel Market Update

John Groundwater, Executive Director, Passenger Vessel Association

MarineNews spoke with industry experts to get an overview of the passenger vessel market as it stands today, including a legislative update and business leaders’ insights on pricing, ridership and vessel construction and renovation. Actions in Congress this year provided a mixed bag for passenger vessel operators. Because of the new tax law, private operators will be able to take advantage of an immediate 100% depreciation deduction for capital investments made in 2011. Also,…

‘Second youth’ for Clipper Stad Amsterdam

The three-masted, steel-hulled Clipper ‘Stad Amsterdam’ undergoes a complete overhaul at Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen, the Netherlands. The revision of the 13-year-old vessel will give her a ‘second youth’. The work will be finished before the end of May 2013. At the moment the Clipper is already at the yard and all interiors have been removed, including the boarding of the accommodation. All technical equipment will get a complete overhaul or will be replaced if necessary. Also the standing rigging of the Clipper will be renewed.

Clipper Establishes New Supramax Pool

Clipper Phoenix (Photo: Clipper)

Clipper has established the Clipper Sapphire Pool, a new commercial pool for modern Supramax grab fitted bulk carriers between 52,000 and 58,000 deadweight. The new pool will commence operation immediately, with 16 vessels initially committed to join in early 2015, of which Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (Genco) has committed 50% of the ships and Clipper the balance. Clipper currently operates a fleet of approximately 100 modern dry-bulk vessels. With the commencement of this newly established Sapphire Pool…

Wight Shipyard Delivers Ferries for London

(Photo: Wight Shipyard Company)

Sydney has its Harbour Ferries, Hong Kong its Star Ferries and New York the instantly recognizable Staten Island Ferries. Add to that list London, for increasingly the fleet of MBNA Thames Clippers is becoming as identifiable with the British capital as its famous red double decker buses. Wight Shipyard Company has delivered to MBNA Thames Clippers the latest, most technically advanced and energy efficient fast ferries in the expanding London fleet; the 35 meter low wash catamarans Mercury Clipper and Jupiter Clipper.

Clipper Projects Heads Up New MPP Ship Pool

Denmark-based Clipper Projects sets up multi-purpose (MPP) pool, which will form an integrated part of the current Clipper Projects MPP fleet. The new pool will initially comprise 14 x 15-20,000 dwt MPP vessels, but it is the clear intention of the members to expand the pool with more members and tonnage ranging from 10-20,000 dwt. The pool will be managed by Clipper Projects and will supplement the existing Clipper Projects fleet now numbering 45 modern multi-purpose vessels. “The new pool will enable us to offer unique services to the market in terms of availability and quality. Clipper Projects, a part of Clipper Group, is a leading carrier of project cargo with a modern fleet of MPP/heavy-lift vessels up to 20…

Clipper to Take Delivery of 2 Ultramax Newbuilds

Clipper Group announced it will take delivery of two SDARI64 newbuilding bulk carriers during the coming months from Sainty Shipbuilding in Yangzhou, China. The vessels, to be named Clipper Kalavryta and Clipper Kythira, were purchased as resales and will be technically and commercially managed by Clipper. The SDARI64s are next generation eco bulk carriers and designed to improve overall vessel performance. These particular vessels will in addition be delivered with special cranes with an above the average lifting capacity and grab volume. Both vessels are also equipped with the ballast water treatment system Electro Cleen System to meet new requirements and thus preventing spreading of invasive species between oceans.

Norborg Steps in as Clipper Group CEO

Peter Norborg (Photo: Clipper Group)

Clipper Group has appointed Peter Norborg new Group CEO, succeeding current chief Frank G. Jensen, who will continue with the company as Chairman of the Board. Norborg will commence work in Clipper on April 1, 2016. Norborg, 49, comes from a position as Chief Operating Officer at Switzerland-based open hatch/dry bulk company Gearbulk, a position he has held since 2012. Before that, he spent 14 years at D/S Norden, latest as Executive Vice President and Head of Dry Cargo division. Peter holds an EMBA from IMD Business School.

Cruise West Announces Adds Ships, Itineraries

Cruise West announced that it has acquired the Yorktown Clipper and the Nantucket Clipper previously part of the Clipper Cruise Line fleet. The 138-guest Yorktown Clipper and 102-guest Nantucket Clipper are U.S.-flagged coastal cruise ships that will join Cruise West's fleet of American-owned vessels. The new ships will sail the 2006 itineraries on the East Coast, Great Lakes, Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico and Central America that were already published by Clipper Cruise Line, but under Cruise West ownership and management. Cruise West is the largest American small-ship cruise line and will now be operating 10 vessels accommodating 70 to 138 guests on itineraries in Alaska, Mexico, Costa Rica, on the Columbia River, in California Wine Country, the South Pacific, and Japan.

Kelvin Hughes, Supplier for World Yacht Race

Kelvin Hughes has become the official supplier of electronic and paper charts for the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. During the race, ten identical stripped down ocean racing yachts will battle it out over 35,000 miles. Kelvin Hughes will be supplying Admiralty electronic and paper charts and their Chart Correction Team is busy updating the Clipper chart outfits, providing ten folios ahead of the race start from the Humber on 13 September. Through www.bookharbour.com and resellers all over the country…

Clipper Group's Per Gullestrup Retires

Per Gullestrup: Photo credit Clipper Group

Per Gullestrup is to retire from the Copenhagen-based diverse fleet shipowners, effective September 2013 but will remain a partner in Clipper Group. Frank G. Jensen 
Partner & Chairman 
Clipper Group said: "Per has been with Clipper Group since 1978, and has had a significant hand in the development and success of the Group. Effective September 1st, Clipper’s ro-ro activities will be headed by Group CEO Kristian Morch, and effective early 2014, Kristian Morch will also replace Per Gullestrup on the Board of Danske Færger.

Steel Processing for largest Sail Boat Begins

Processing of steel for Hull 483 started on sheet-cutting machine in Shipbuilding Industry Split on 22 September 2015. It is the largest square-rigged ship contracted for a Monaco buyer, the company Star Clippers Ltd. It will be 162 meters long and 18.5 meters wide, with deadweight of 2000 tons, five masts and sails with overall surface of 6.347 square meters. The type of Clipper sailing boat with such sail-plan is called barque. Marine platform that will be at the the stern will be equipped with the mechanism for opening and lowering until the sea level so that the passengers will have the direct sea access. The ship will have steel construction while the deck will be fully covered by the highest quality teak.

FRS Acquires Clipper, Plans North American Expansion

Photo: Clipper

FRS has acquired a majority interest in Clipper. FRS is a global ferry and shipping group, currently operating 60 vessels in 12 countries, and carrier of more than 7 million passengers and 1.9 million vehicles last year on national and international ferry lines. Clipper, operator of Clipper Vacations, is a recognized company in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada, offering unique regional travel experiences, including high speed Victoria Clipper ferry services from Seattle to Victoria, and Seattle to San Juan Island.

Gibdock Performs Quick Freight Ferry Repair

Photo: Gibdock

Gibdock has redelivered the Seatruck Ferries container/ro-ro vessel Clipper Point on-time, after a fast turnaround 11-day renewal project for the Clipper Group-owned operator. The ship has subsequently been introduced to Seatrucks’ Irish Sea operations. Returning Gibdock customer Seatruck scheduled the 5,193dwt Clipper Point to arrive in the yard on September 18. The 142m long (23m beam) freight ferry left the yard after the job’s completion on September 30. The scope of the project included completion of her statutory classification surveys involving inspections of the hull…

Lasco Enters Agreement with Clipper Group

The Portland, Oregon based Lasco Shipping Co. enters into major agreement with Clipper Group of the Bahamas. Torben G. Jensen, Chairman of Clipper Group of the Bahamas and Kenneth M. Novack, Chairman of Lasco Shipping Co. of Portland, Oregon are very pleased to announce that Lasco has entered into an agreement pursuant to which it is to be acquired by Clipper Group. Lasco Shipping Co. owns and operates a 23 vessel fleet. In addition Lasco operates the Lasco Logger Pool. Clipper Group is the well known and dynamic Shipowner and time-charter operator domiciled in Nassau, Bahamas, with representation offices in the US, Europe and Far East. The Lasco fleet consists of Handysize, Handymax and Panamax bulk carriers - segments which are all among the strategic core activities of Clipper Group.

FirstWave/Newpark Lands Diamond Offshore Job

FirstWave/Newpark Shipbuilding has been awarded a contract by Diamond Offshore Drilling of Houston, Texas for completion of upgrades to the drillship Ocean Clipper, which returned to Galveston for the additional upgrades on August 16. "We're pleased that Diamond brought Ocean Clipper back to our yard for this project," said Francis Fair, FirstWave's executive vice president Galveston Operations. "FirstWave performed work on Clipper earlier this year, and we appreciate Diamond's confidence in us to provide additional services for the vessel."

Clipper Tankers Selects KVH

Clipper Marine Services A/S of Copenhagen, Denmark, is the latest commercial maritime operation to take advantage of the broadband access and affordable service offered by KVH Industries (Nasdaq: KVHI) and its compact TracPhone V7 satellite communications system and the mini-VSAT Broadband service. In the coming months, 22 of Clipper Tankers’ vessels will be equipped with KVH’s 24-inch (60 cm) TracPhone V7 antenna along with multiple voice service lines and broadband Internet, e-mail, and data access throughout the mini-VSAT Broadband network’s expanding global coverage area. Clipper will continue to benefit from its Inmarsat systems and service, however, thanks to the TracPhone V7’s full compatibility with Dualog software.

Clipper Group's Bulk Ship Success Story

Clipper 'Fantasy-class' Ship: Photo courtesy of Clipper Group

Clipper Group grows from a small ship owner/operator to a substantial size & celebrates 40 years in shipping. Clipper started primarily as an operator in the dry cargo segment. In the 1990's, the company grew to be a shipowner as well, and has since then taken delivery of 179 vessels. Today Clipper is a leading shipping group with a strong fleet and offices in 11 countries. Frank G. Jensen, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Clipper, joined the company in 1992. "In the 20 years I've been with Clipper…

ABS Nautical Systems Expands to Specialty Cruise Market

ABS Nautical Systems today announced that they have been selected as the asset management software provider for Star Clippers, based in Monaco. Star Clippers is one of the premier specialty cruise lines and the only modern-day cruise line dedicated to re-creating the golden age of tall sailing ships with a “mega-yacht” experience. Operating three of the largest and full-rigged sailing ships in the world, Star Clippers will implement the Maintenance & Repair, Purchasing & Inventory and Crew Management modules…

Kuoni/INTRAV Deal Finalized

Swiss-based Kuoni Travel Holding Ltd. finalized its $115-million acquisition of INTRAV, the U.S. luxury tour operator, and its subsidiary, Clipper Cruise Line, which are based in St. Louis. Effective immediately, Ian Coghlan will become CEO of both companies, replacing Paul H. Duynhouwer, who has acquired a majority stake in Clipper's two U.S.-flag ships, Nantucket Clipper and Yorktown Clipper. In addition, Duynhouwer will be the majority owner and CEO of New World Ship Management, LLC, formed to operate all four Clipper ships, including the two U.S.-flag ships, as well as Bahamian-registered Clipper Adventurer and Clipper Odyssey. Coghlan was educated in the U.K. and joined Kuoni in 1985 in the finance department.

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