Cargotec Acquires Interschalt Maritime Systems AG
Cargotec Corporation agreed to acquire INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG, the specialist software and related service provider to the maritime industry. The acquisition will complement Cargotec's strategic aim of being a leader in intelligent cargo handling. Cargotec will gain more competence in technologically advanced software and service solutions and attains a global footprint with branch offices, service stations and partner representations. Cargotec has agreed to acquire all the shares in the German software and service company INTERSCHALT. INTERSCHALT's sales in 2014 amounted to EUR 42 million and it employs over 200 people. The…
Sea IT Inks ICT Service Contract with Donsötank
Sea IT informs it has signed a three-year BlueCORE ICT service contract with Donsötank. The deal covers outsourcing of information technology and communication services onboard all vessels with BlueCORE operated by Donsötank. Donsötank has previously modernized and installed BlueCORE, an ICT platform specifically developed by Sea IT for the demanding conditions in the marine industry. “To achieve our business goals we build vessels with the highest standard in the world regarding onboard environment and communication equipment.
Pirates Seize Somali Vessel to Use as Floating Base
Pirates have seized control of a Somali fishing boat to use as a base from which to attack larger ships, police said on Friday, a week after Somali pirates hijacked their first commercial vessel since 2012. Ten Yemeni crew aboard the boat were dumped on shore, officials told Reuters. "We understand that pirates hijacked the fishing vessel to hijack a big ship off the ocean," said Abdirahman Mohamud, head of maritime police forces in the semi-autonomous northern region of Puntland. "They dropped its 10 Yemeni crew and a Somali guard inland and disappeared with the boat together with the food, cook, captain and engineer," he told Reuters. Residents of Marrayo, a northern village near the pirate lair of Eyl, confirmed that pirates from their village had gone to hunt potential targets.
Damen Unveils Emergency Response Vessel
Damen has introduced a new first line assistance vessel, the Responder 5413, engineered specifically for assistance in disaster relief and emergency response operations. Developed partly in response to the increasing number of extreme weather events across the globe, the versatile 54-meter vessel is designed to be a first response vessel for unrestricted service. Based on Damen’s multipurpose vessel MPV 5413 design, the Responder 5413 demonstrates proven seakeeping behavior. The vessel includes a spacious aft deck…
New Flag for NATO Research Vessel
The larger of CMRE’s ships is now operated by an Italian military crew under an Italian Navy Flag. On 9 April 2016, at the Italian Naval Base in La Spezia (Italy), the Raising of the Italian Flag Ceremony was held in the presence of Italian and NATO civilian and military authorities, including Vice Admiral Ignacio J. Horcada Rubio, SACT Representative in Europe, Vice Admiral Filippo Maria Foffi, Commander in Chief of the Italian Naval Fleet, Major General Albert Husniaux, NATO STO (Science and Technology Organization) Chief Scientist, and Rear Admiral (Ret.) Hank Ort, STO CMRE Director.
Damen Shipyards, Saudi Border Guard Strengthen Ties
Saudi Border Guard has acquired two Damen Cutter Suction Dredgers (CSD 450) for harbor maintenance duties. As Damen has a full range of dredgers in stock, it could customize and ship two full option dredgers within a short time span. Being satisfied with quality and services the previous delivery of 6 patrol vessels in 2000, the client approached Damen for dredging equipment. What is more, Damen had the right dredgers on stock: two CSDs 450 with a maximum dredging depth of -12m and a mixture production of 3,000 m3/h.
Alphatron Inks Service Deal with Unix Line
Alphatron Marine said it has signed a shore based maintenance contract with Singapore’s Unix Line Pte Ltd, supporting all navigation and communication onboard its fleet of 42 vessels. Unix Line is a ship management company specializing in the operation of chemical tankers. For many decades, it has been a customer of marine electronics producer JRC equipment and through the premium service contract, Alphatron will offer response to unexpected interventions and breakdowns. The chemical…
Cobham Comms for Six Newbuild CBO OSVs
Companhia Brasileira de Offshore (CBO) has chosen Cobham SATCOM VSAT and Satellite TV (TVRO) antennas in addition to radio communication equipment for installation on six new Offshore Support Vessels (OSV). CBO’s state-of-the-art new OSVs have been commissioned to fulfil development contracts offshore Brazil and will be entering service during 2017 and 2018. The Cobham SATCOM equipment has been installed and is already supporting operations on the first of the new OSVs, with installation aboard the second vessel scheduled this month.
Damen Delivers Its Largest Shoalbuster to Date
The first of Damen’s new Shoalbuster 3512 class was recently handed over to Dutch marine services specialist Van Wijngaarden Marine Services B.V. in the port of Boven-Hardinxveld, the Netherlands. At the ceremony the Lady Sponsor Elske de Bruijn-de Vries officially named the vessel and made a speech praising the technical capabilities of the vessel. Elske de Bruijn-de Vries is the wife of C.A. (Niels) de Bruijn, a member of the executive board of Van Oord, and is well-known for her role in the TV show ‘Het mooiste meisje van de klas’.
VMAG Rolls Out its Marine Refit and New Build Department
Voyager Maritime Alliance Group (VMAG) , one of the leading marine technology providers in South Florida, is expanding its already comprehensive list of services by adding turnkey marine services that now encompass the entire refit and new build process. “In simple terms – we do it all! Says David Leone, President of VMAG, from the initial planning, naval architecture services, networking and data cabling, project management, contractor management, welding and fabrication, carpentry…
Wight Shipyard Delivers Ferries for London
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.
PGS, Radio Holland Expand Service Agreement
Norwegian marine geophysical company PGS has extended its non-exclusive service agreement with Radio Holland for navigation and communication services onboard nine seismic vessels in its global fleet. Radio Holland is known in the maritime industry for its NavCom and Maintenance services through its global network of more than 80 offices. Radio Holland Norway has worked with two PGS’ vessels (Ramform Atlas and Ramform Titan) on a Service Agreement for several years already. Starting June 10…
Radio Holland Wins Contracts for Canadian Coast Guard Vessels
Radio Holland Canada has won two major contracts to support the Canadian Coast Guard. Public Works and Government Services Canada, which is responsible for government procurement, has awarded Radio Holland Canada a multimillion dollar contract to supply Furuno ECDIS and radars for the Canadian Coast Guard fleet over the next five years. In a separate agreement Hike Metal Products of Wheatley, Ontario has contracted Radio Holland to supply the Navigation & Communication equipment for six new Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue Lifeboats.
New Patrol Boats Delivered to Royal Thai Police
A pair of 24-meter catamaran patrol boats has been delivered to the Royal Thai Police. Designed by Incat Crowther and built by the Bangkok based Seacrest Marine, delivery of the vessels closes a capability gap identified by the police force. The aluminum newbuilds, Ratayapibanbancha and Arcarachwaratorn, are based on the Reef Ranger designed by Incat Crowther and commenced operation as a patrol boat on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in 2014. According to the designer, the platform…
Wärtsilä to Equip US LNG Fueling Barge
Wärtsilä said it will provide a broad scope of products and solutions for a new articulated tug barge (ATB) that will be used to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel to cruise ships along the east coast of Florida, U.S. The 4,000 m3 capacity ATB is being built at the VT Halter Marine (VTHM) shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. on behalf of Quality Liquefied Natural Gas Transport LLC (Q-LNG). When delivered, the vessel will be on a long-term charter with Shell Oil Co. The barge will be fitted with a Wärtsilä LNG cargo storage, handling and control system.
Chemgas Shipping Inks Maintenance Deal with Alphatron
Alphatron Marine has signed a premium member contract with Chemgas Shipping covering eight gas carriers. The Gas Carriers are fitted mainly with bridge equipment which Alphatron Marine has many years of experience of installing and also supporting these and other high tech navigation and communication equipment onboard. The contract also embraces equipment and services that is subjected to mandatory annual certifications and inspections but also life cycle support and a preferred partner service is included.
Transas A-Suite brings AI to maritime to reduce human error
Transas has launched its first package of applications built on THESIS, a unified cloud-based platform for managing operations across the full breadth of the maritime ecosystem. The advanced ‘A-Suite’ package also sets a new precedent by utilizing the latest in machine learning techniques to reduce the potential for human errors on the bridge or poor decisions elsewhere in the vessel operational chain. In addition to the officers and crew working on board ships, the benefits of…
India's GSL Delivers Patrol Vessel to Mauritius
Indo-Mauritian maritime defence Co-operation got another fillip with the delivery of first Fast Patrol Vessel, MCGS VICTORY, designed and built in-house by Goa Shipyard Limited(GSL) for Mauritius Coast Guard, on 26th September 2016 at GSL. The vessel is primarily designed for Coastal Patrolling, Anti-piracy, Anti-smuggling, Anti-drug Surveillance, Anti-poaching Operations, and Search and Rescue Operations. The vessel is 50 meter long, fitted with 30 mm CRN-91 Gun, 12.7 mm HMGs…
New Vessels to Help Philippines Fight Illegal Fishing
Two new 50-meter multi-mission offshore vessels (MMOV) will soon help the Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) fight illegal fishing in Philippine waters. The sister ships – DA BFAR MMOV 5001, named BRP Lapu-Lapu, and DA BFAR MMOV 5002, named BRP Francisco Dagohoy – were built by Manilla-based Josefa Slipways, and have recently completed speed and endurance trials ahead of their upcoming delivery. According to designer Incat Crowther, the new vessels will enhance law enforcement’s capability to patrol and protect territorial waters…
USNS Hershel 'Woody' Williams Delivered
The fourth expeditionary sea base vessel, USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams, was delivered to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) on February 22. Shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO began constructing the 784-foot-long ship in October 2015, applying lessons learned from ESB 3, USS Lewis B. Puller, throughout the ESB 4 build. The vessel, named after World War II Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams, is designed to carry out various missions including air mine counter measures…
Role-Playing to Design Security Drills
A four-day workshop on how to best design and conduct drills and maritime security exercises, has been held in Kingston, Jamaica (13-16 March), said a press release from International Maritime Organization (IMO). The aim of the event was to equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to plan, conduct and assess security drills and exercises in their port facilities. The workshop also included live role-playing sessions with various communication equipment. This helps port facility security officers…
ASIS Boats Delivers High-speed Passenger RIB
Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) builder ASIS Boats has built and delivered the first of a fleet of 12-meter all weather passenger transport professional RIBs. The intended use of these RIB Boats will be to transport safely up to 23 passengers from main land to islands, daily and continuously, under any weather conditions. With 450-liter under deck stainless steel fuel tanks and powered by twin 250-horsepower Suzuki four stroke outboard engines, this semi-rigid transport RIB can reach speeds of up to 43 knots and speeds of 40 knots with all 23 passengers on board…
Radio Holland's NavCom for Six Malaysian Patrol Crafts
Radio Holland Malaysia (RHM) secured a contract from Destini Shipbuilding & Engineering for the supply of Navigation and Communication equipment on board of six New Generation Patrol Crafts (NGPC). The vessels are being built for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA). The scope of work encompasses detailed design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the Navigation and Communication equipment including the Steering System and Thermal Cameras. The vessels will play an important role in maritime search and rescue operations.