Oil Spill Response: SCOPE 2017
Later this year a major oil and chemical protection exercise dubbed SCOPE 2017 will be carried out in Norway. A joint project including major European and Scandinavian stakeholders, the simulated response to a combined oil and chemical spill aims to foster clearer communication and coordination of spill response across agencies and physical country boundaries. Stig Wahlstrøm, Project Manager SCOPE 2017, Norwegian Coastal Administration and Johan Marius Ly, Director, Department for Emergency Response, explain.
Nordic Countries Partner for Chemical Protection Exercise
A joint oil and chemical protection exercise between the Nordic countries will involve more than 300 personnel and 30 vessels, making for one of the largest projects of its kind in European history. An increasing level of shipping traffic has led to a growing fear of accidents and an adverse risk picture. The accident involving M/V Full City in July 2009 on the coast of Langesund illustrated the crucial need for preparedness in dealing with accidents across national borders. To meet this aim…
Danes Try Navy HATS on for Size
The Royal Australian Navy’s reputation for delivering world-class training received a boost when five members of the Royal Danish Navy visited HMAS Albatross to learn how the Fleet Air Arm teaches pilots and aircrew. Led by Commander Aksel Primdahl, the group studied the Australian experience of introducing the MH-60R Seahawk and integrating it into the Fleet. The delegation visited the state-of-the-art Helicopter Aircrew Training System (also known as HATS) facility, which will include three full-flight simulators and 15 EC-135 training helicopters when operational next year.
Amid Melting Arctic Ice, Kerry sees Looming Climate Catastrophe
Standing near Greenland's Jakobshavn glacier, the reputed source of the iceberg that sank the Titanic over a century ago, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry saw evidence of another looming catastrophe. Giant icebergs broken off from the glacier seemed to groan as they drifted behind him, signaling eventual rising oceans that scientists warn will submerge islands and populated coastal region. Briefed by researchers aboard a Royal Danish Navy patrol ship, Kerry appeared stunned by how fast the ice sheets are melting.
Crown Prince Frederik to Attend the Danish Maritime Forum
Maritime key leaders, ministers and leading experts from all around the world will be accompanied by the Danish Crown Prince when they meet for the Danish Maritime Forum, October 7-8, 2015. “We are very proud to announce that the Danish Crown Prince will attend the Danish Maritime Forum. It emphasizes his great interest in the maritime industry and the positive difference it can make for the world,” said Michael Soested, Head of Secretariat of Danish Maritime Days. At the Danish Maritime Forum…
Crime DOES Pay: Denmark Compensates Suspected Pirates
Denmark has compensated nine Somalis suspected of trying to hijack a Danish ship in 2013 because they were detained too long before being brought before a judge, the public prosecutor's office said on Monday. Each defendant received $3,247 for the 13 days they were detained, a spokesman from the prosecutor in Copenhagen said. Official Somali figures show 43 percent of the population lives on less than one dollar a day. The nine Somalis were charged with piracy after an attempt to hijack the tanker vessel Torm Kansas, which had been chartered by shipping company Torm, in the western Indian Ocean on Nov 10, 2013. Danish Navy support ship…
Beltov Joins DNV Petroleum Services
DNV Petroleum Services (DNVPS) has appointed Tejs Beltov as the new Chief Operating Officer for Europe. Beltov, who joined the company on May 1, 2014, replaces Bill Stamatopoulos who has taken on a new challenge as Group Commercial Director. Stamatopoulos will develop and execute the company’s commercial and marketing strategy, manage customer relationships and drive business development. Beltov is a graduate of the Technical University of Denmark with extensive experience in the maritime industry.
Syria Chemical Weapons Removal: Denmark, Norway, Prepare Ships
Norway and Denmark are providing one cargo ship and one warship each to pick up Syria's most dangerous chemical weapons, report Associated Press (AP). Citing Danish Navy Spokesman Mikael Anker Jensen Bil, AP report that the Danish contribution consists of the Ark Futura, a privately-owned container ship, and the frigate HDMS Esbern Snare. Norway is sending frigate HNOMS Helge Ingstad and a transport vessel that has yet to be identified. The Scandinavian flotilla is supposed to carry the chemicals from Syria to a yet-to-be determined port where they would be transferred to a U.S. ship for destruction at sea, according to plans by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Source: AP
Risk Intelligence Forms Advisory Board
The maritime security intelligence company Risk Intelligence is joined by six maritime industry leaders who will serve as the company’s board of advisors. The board is led by the former fleet commander of the Royal Navy, Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent. The board held its first meeting in London on 11 June 2013. “The six members bring a staggering amount of experience into the board, from navies, shipping companies, offshore, oil and gas, and classification societies,” said Hans Tino Hansen, CEO of Risk Intelligence. Risk Intelligence said it set up the advisory board to strengthen the strategic outlook and develop the company.
A Boxed Set In Denmark Mine Warfare Capability Comes as a Boxed Set
The Danish Navy is the expert when it comes to flexible, modular combat capability. It created the StandardFlex modules for the Flyvefisken class of patrol vessels in 1995 that was built specifically to operate with the containerized modules. But Denmark is no longer facing a Cold War threat to its waters. Instead, it is assuming a broader role involved in international partnerships and coalitions. The Flyvefisken-class has been retired. Today, the new ships of the Danish Navy…
Denmark's Three New Frigates Terma Equipped
Terma has delivered radar, command control systems for the Danish Navy’s new fleet of frigates that are now preparing for operation. Denmark’s three new frigates in the Iver Huitfeldt-class, Iver Huitfeldt (F361), Peter Willemoes (F362), and Niels Juel (F363) have cruised together for the first time out of Denmark’s coast. Terma has delivered a number of mission-critical solutions for the Danish frigates, including the SCANTER 6000 radar. SCANTER 6000 ensures small target detection, surface surveillance and low airspace monitoring in all weather conditions.
Far North Deployment for Coast Guard Cutter
US Coast Guard Cutter Juniper deploys to far Arctic region for joint operations. The Newport, R.I., based Coast Guard Cutter Juniper is deploying to the Arctic to conduct maritime safety and security exchanges with the Canadian navy and coast guard along with elements of the Danish navy. During the deployment, Juniper will participate in various elements of Operation Nanook. The operation is in the northernmost region of the high Arctic in the vicinity of Baffin Island and areas off Greenland’s west coast, approximately 2,300 miles northeast of Juniper’s homeport.
Danish Navy Awards Konsberg with Simulator Contract
Substantial simulator delivery with significant expansion options included. The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO), acting on behalf of three naval training centres in Denmark, has chosen Kongsberg Maritime to supply sophisticated new bridge simulation facilities. The contract, which was signed in Ballerup, Denmark on 14th December 2011, was awarded to Kongsberg Maritime as part of a public tender issued to support the Royal Danish Navy’s training capabilities through advanced simulation technology.
Danish Navy Foils Pirate Attack off Somali Coast
According to a report from AFP, a helicopter from a Danish warship under NATO operational control foiled a pirate attack August 28 on a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden. The Danish ship Esbern Snare launched a helicopter in response to a call for help from a merchant vessel, the Danish Navy told AFP. According to the report, a statement from NATO's maritime command said the attacked merchant ship was the Panamanian flagged MV Caribbean Carrier. (Source: AFP)
Anteon Awarded Danish Naval Contract
Anteon has been awarded a $15.8 million contract from the Danish Material Command for services to assist the Royal Danish Navy in achieving a mine clearing capability. Under this contract, Anteon will modify its existing A/N37U-1 system produced for the U.S. Navy to support the Royal Danish Navy's 28-meter Minor Ship Drone, a remote controlled surface craft. This is a moored sea mine clearing application. Anteon delivered 50 of these systems to the U.S. Navy from 1993 through 1999 and will be providing 10 systems to the Royal Danish Navy over a four-year period. Joseph M. Kampf, President and Chief Executive Officer of Anteon, said, "Our A/N37U-1 is a proven system as evidenced by its performance in U.S.
Offshore Systems Signs Contract with Royal Danish Navy
Offshore Systems Ltd. announced that it has secured a contract valued at approximately $750,000 with the Royal Danish Navy to provide an upgrade to their world leading ECPINS warship navigation software, in addition to a limited hardware upgrade. This will upgrade the Royal Danish Navy systems to the latest version of ECPINS and more significantly to a common software baseline across their Fleet and shore establishments.
Netherlands Navy Chooses Thordon
Caption: Composite image of patrol vessel for Royal Netherlands navy to be equipped with Thordon seawater lubricated COMPAC propeller shaft bearings. Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in Vlissingen, Netherlands will fit Thordon seawater lubricated Compac propeller shaft bearings to four Patrol Vessels that will be built for the Royal Netherlands Navy. With a 30 year history of supplying seawater lubricated bearings to many of the world’s navies, the Thordon Compac bearing system offers operational and wear performance…
MAN Diesel Powers Danish Navy OPVs
After delivery from Karstensens Shipyard, Denmark, the second Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) for the Danish Greenland operation entered official command under the Royal Danish Navy on 16 January. The vessel, which has been named Ejnar Mikkelsen (P571), is built for a wide range of arctic and coastal operations, like its predecessor. The newbuilding is expected to enter North Atlantic service at the end of February 2009 and follows the first vessel, Knud Rasmussen (P570), which was commissioned into the Royal Danish Navy on 18 February 2008.
LM500 Gas Turbines for Republic of Korea Navy
GE Marine reports that it will supply Samsung Techwin, Republic of Korea (ROK), with LM500 gas turbines to power PK(X) patrol boats to be built as part of phase two of this ROK Navy fast patrol boat program. The first PK(X) Yoon Young-ha has already been launched at Hanjin Heavy Industries’ Busan, ROK shipyard. “We are delighted that the ROK Navy selected LM500 propulsion system commonality for the next PK(X) patrol boats,” said Brien Bolsinger, general manager, GE Marine, Evendale, Ohio.
SECNAV Tours Shipyard
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), the Honorable Donald C. Winter tours an automated robotic welding facility at the A.P. Moller-Maersk’s Odense Steel Shipyard. SECNAV was in Denmark to get a first-hand look at how foreign shipyards design and produce Naval warships. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shawn P. Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Donald C. Winter toured A.P. Moller-Maersk's Odense Steel Shipyard on Feb. 20 to see how the company -- which historically builds large commercial shipping units -- transitioned into the Danish defense industry. “I wanted to get an idea of how a foreign commercial shipbuilder designed and constructed a lead warship -- on budget and on time,” said Winter.
DNV IMO-Approves Bio Sewage Plant from G&O
Det Norske Veritas (DNV) has just IMO-approved the biological sewage treatment plant from Gertsen & Olufsen (G&O), a leading Scandinavian developer of a.o. sewage treatment systems targeted for ships and offshore use. The revised guidelines on treatment of black water, IMO MECP 159(55) Resolution, comes into effect on Jan. 1, 2010. As the resolution entails new and significantly stricter standards, it represents a massive challenge to shipbuilders and designers. The guidelines apply to sewage treatment plants on ships of 400 grt and above as well as on smaller ships certified to carry a crew of more than 15. One answer to the technological challenge has surfaced following DNV’s approval of the G&O Bioreactor in accordance with the new IMO resolution.
Greek Oil Tanker Runs Aground
A Greek oil tanker carrying 81,200 tons of crude ran aground in Denmark but there was no immediate danger of an oil spill, authorities said. The Greece-registered Minerva Concert hit rocks off the island of Samsoe in central Denmark, the Danish Navy said. There were no reports of injuries among the crew or damage to the ship. Tugboats would attempt to pull the tanker free Tuesday, under the supervision of an environmental protection vessel, the navy said. The tanker was en route from the Danish port of Fredericia to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, when it ran aground. The Danish Maritime Authority is investigating. Source: Business Week
Counter Piracy Mission Handover
After busy months on patrol in the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin, a task force of NATO warships on March 12 handed over their counter-piracy mission, (Operation Ocean Shield) to the new task force of NATO ships which had sailed to the area to take up the mission. NATO warships have been conducting counter piracy patrols off the Horn of Africa, an area of strategic importance, since October 2008. On March 12 it was the turn of the five warships from the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two, who currently come from the UK (flagship), Greece, Italy, Turkey and the U.S. to pick up the baton of this ongoing mission. Speaking about the handover between the two NATO groups…