Rough Weather Hampers Clean-up of North Sea Container Spill
Clean-up efforts after a container ship spill off the Dutch coast are being hampered by rough weather although progress is being made, the Swiss based vessel's owner MSC said on Wednesday.In one of the worst incidents off the coast of the Netherlands, more than 250 containers - some holding hazardous chemicals - fell off the MSC Zoe, one of the world's largest container ships, during a North Sea storm on Jan. 2."This week, a storm is impacting the area being cleaned and unfortunately this will interrupt some operations," MSC said on Wednesday.
Chemicals Found on Dutch Beach after Container Spill
A load of dangerous chemicals that fell off one of the world's largest container ships into the North Sea washed up on a Dutch beach on Thursday, and more debris was expected to land overnight, officials said.The Dutch Defence Ministry said the loss of 270 containers from the freighter MSC Zoe on Wednesday, some of them thought to contain hazardous chemicals, was one of the biggest incidents of its kind, they said.It was unclear how many of the containers sank to the sea bottom…
MSC Zoe Begins Clean-up Ops
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has started a clean-up operation in response to a substantial spill of containers in the North Sea.The Panama-registered MSC Zoe shed 270 containers containing mostly toys, furniture and auto spare parts while battling a storm off the Frisian Islands, an archipelago off the northwestern Dutch coast also known as the Wadden Islands."The cargo ship MSC Zoe encountered heavy weather while sailing toward Bremerhaven, Germany, on 2 January. Unfortunately…
Boxship Loses Containers in North Sea, Items Wash up on Dutch Islands
Dozens of containers with items including flat-screen televisions washed up on the Dutch islands of Terschelling and Vlieland after a vessel lost its cargo in heavy seas, a report by RTL Nieuws said, citing a Dutch coast guard.The RTL report said that up to 200 containers may have fallen off the Panamanian-flagged MSC ZOE in rough weather.RTL showed treasure hunters looking at an array of items that have washed up on shore of the islands, including light bulbs and televisions. Reporting by Toby Sterling
Ørsted Hires NHV for Borssele Offshore Wind Farm
The Belgium-based NHV group, which is specialized in B-to-B helicopter services and has a strong geographic presence in Europe and Western Africa, said that it has signed new contract with Ørsted to provide helicopter services in support of the Borssele 1+2 Offshore Wind farm.The oil and gas industry focused helicopter services provider said that the operations are expected to start in May 2020. Flights will depart from NHV’s base in Zeeland to the Borssele Wind Farm, located 23 kilometres from Westkapelle in front of the Dutch coast.NHV will support this project utilizing the H145 aircraft…
DNV GL Advised Partners Group on Offshore Wind Project
DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has successfully completed a comprehensive due diligence project on the 730 MW Borssele III/IV construction-ready offshore wind project in the Netherlands. The work was commissioned by Partners Group, the global private markets investment manager, in preparation for its successful bid to acquire a 45% stake in the project on behalf of its clients. The investment will make funds managed and/or advised by Partners Group the largest shareholder in the Borssele III/IV farm.
Marine Hazards to Subsea Cables and Pipelines
In February 1989 the RoRo vessel Vinca Gorthon ran into heavy weather and sank off the Dutch coast. She landed on an oil pipeline that was severely damaged. Although the probability of sinking on top of a pipeline is very small, the incident showed that it can happen. Shipping traffic can represent a potential hazard to subsea pipelines in various ways, such as sinking or grounding, lost containers or an anchor hooking onto a pipeline. Over the years MARIN has contributed to the…
IADC’s René Kolman: 'Primus inter pares'
The world of dredging is an ever changing and endlessly fascinating niche of the global marine industry, an indispensable activity essential to keeping world commerce flowing. For insight on recent trends we visited last month with René Kolman, Secretary General, International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC), for his take on a world of dredging challenges and opportunities. In true Dutch fashion René Kolman is refreshingly forthright. Kolman assumed the mantle of leadership at IADC more than seven years ago, coming to the post from the landscape and garden trade association business.
Boskalis wins SponsorRing Award
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) was last night named winner of the SponsorRing 2016 award in the 'Society' category for its sponsorship of The Ocean Cleanup's North Sea prototype test. A floating barrier designed to capture plastic from the sea is being tested approximately 23 km off the Dutch coast. The purpose of the test is to see how well the floating barrier design is able to cope with extreme weather conditions at sea. The SponsorRing is the annual award for the best sponsorship cases in the Netherlands. The jury commented: "An extremely brilliant case and an outstanding fit.
Ocean Cleanup Prototype Set for a Test Run
The first ocean cleanup system ever tested at sea will soon be deployed for trials 23 kilometers (12 NM) off the Dutch coast. The goal of the test is to see how the floating barrier design is able to cope in extreme weather at sea during a 12-month period. The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch foundation developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic, unveiled its North Sea prototype today in the presence of The Netherlands government, as well as the main sponsor Boskalis, who will transport and install the prototype this week.
Yanmar Diesel Engines for Fast New Crew Tender
The expansion of the number of wind turbines out at sea near the northern Dutch coast was reason enough for Ubels Offshore to expand its fleet with a fifth ship last year. Operating from the port of Eemshaven, the fast aluminum crew tender Vrijheid III fulfils the strict safety requirements of its clients for the transport of passengers and goods. Henk Ubels Sr is very satisfied with the Yanmar diesel engines, which are proving their reliability day in, day out. Maritime contractor Van Oord is beginning the construction of the Gemini Wind Park this year. A total of 150 wind turbines will be built 85 kilometers off the coast of the province of Groningen, equating to an investment of €2.8 billion.
Van Oord’s offshore installation vessel Aeolus is operational
Van Oord is holding a two-day event along the Rotterdam Wilhelminakade quay to mark the entry into service of Aeolus, its first transport and installation vessel for the construction of offshore wind farms. Today, business relations have the opportunity to inspect the vessel. On Saturday 21 June, Mrs K. Aboutaleb-Erahoutan, wife of the Mayor of Rotterdam, will be naming the vessel in the presence of guests and Van Oord staff. The vessel was built at Sietas, a German shipbuilding yard in Hamburg.
Baltic Ace Salvage Commenced in North Sea
Dutch companies have started a weeks-long operation to raise the Baltic Ace car carrier, which collided with a cargo ship in 2012, killing 11 crew and sending 1,400 cars to the bottom of the North Sea, the government said on Tuesday. Boskalis and Mammoet Salvage were contracted to remove 540,000 litres of fuel, extract the automobiles and raise the wreck from a depth of 11 metres for roughly 67 million euros ($91 million). The Baltic Ace went down in stormy weather 65 kilometres (off the Dutch coast. It collided with the Corvus J container ship on Dec. 5, 2012, in one of the busiest shipping lanes in the North Sea. The Dutch, a dominant maritime power during the Golden Age, have developed expertise in salvaging wrecks.
Europe Grapples with Threat of Ships Sailing Blind
Europe has yet to fully wake up to the danger of maritime disasters caused by signal jamming and blackouts of satellite navigation devices, say the proponents of a back up system on trial in British and Dutch ports. Ships increasingly rely on systems that employ satellite signals to find a location or keep exact time including the Global Positioning System (GPS) and GLONASS. But experts say such systems are vulnerable to signal loss from solar weather effects or radio and satellite interference and can also be affected by intentional jamming by criminal gangs, nation states or potentially from militant groups. The General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland (GLA) is pioneering a radio-based back-up prototype called eLoran.
Queen Máxima Sponsors Search & Rescue Vessel
Damen Shipyards Group announced it worked with Delft University of Technology to design and apply the latest in the field of shipbuilding for the new prototype (search and rescue) SAR 1906 lifeboat, built for the Royal Dutch rescue organization KNRM. De Vries Naval Architects contributed to the newbuilding as well. Lady Sponsor Queen Máxima admired the innovative ‘Nh1816’ at its homeport IJmuiden, after she named the vessel on Wednesday, April 2. Shipbuilder, naval architect,…
Offshore Wind Farm Contract for Van Oord
Van Oord has been awarded the construction contract for the offshore windpark Luchterduinen, off the Dutch coast. The wind farm will be located 23 kilometres from the Dutch coast between Noordwijk and Zandvoort, and the contract is signed with the joint venture Eneco-Mitsubishi Corporation. The 43 wind turbines will have a combined capacity of 129 Megawatts and will generate green electricity for nearly 150,000 households. Construction will start in July 2014 and will be completed after the summer of 2015.
Kvichak’s Dutch Pilot Boat Christening
On September 29 the owners of Kvichak Marine Industries represented their company at the christening of P/Vs Aquila, Draco and Orion. These three 72-ft pilot boats were designed by Camarc Design, Ltd., UK and built at the Kvichak yard in Seattle for the Dutch Pilotage Organization, Loodswezen. The christening gala was held at Hoek van Holland, the Netherlands . The vessels are powered by two, Tier II compliant Caterpillar ACERT C32 engines, coupled to ZF 3050 marine gears driving Hamilton 651 water jets.
Kvichak Delivers Dutch Pilotage Organization
Kvichak Marine Industries has recently delivered three 72 ft all weather fast pilot boats designed by Camarc Design Ltd., UK for the Dutch Pilotage Organization, Loodswezen. P/V Aquila, P/V Draco and P/V Orion are being shipped to Europe with delivery expected in late July. The vessels will be in full operation in the ports along the Dutch coast after crew member training. These environmentally friendly vessels meet the stringent emission regulations set by the authorities of the Port of Rotterdam.
Dutch Pilot Boats Under Construction
Kvichak Marine Industries and Camarc Design, UK have teamed up once again this year in close cooperation with the owner to design and build three 72-ft all weather fast pilot boats, for pilot operation in the ports along the Dutch coast and operated by the Dutch Pilotage Organization ( DPO). With a 75.1-ft overall length and an overall beam of 22.3 ft, the all-aluminum vessels are powered by twin Caterpillar C-32 ACERT engines, coupled to ZF 3050 marine gears. Hamilton 651 water jets are the chosen propulsors.
German Wind Power Further Out to Sea
According to an August 25 report from Reuters, a German wind power plant's new high-tech equipment is moving further offshore to capture higher winds for longer periods. The Alpha Ventus wind park started this month and operates 45 km off the German-Dutch coast. Existing European wind parks operate only 20 km offshore at the most. (Source: Reuters)
Salvors Refloat Grounded Chem Carrier
Multraship, working in co-operation with Belgian salvage operator URS Salvage & Maritime Contracting, has refloated an Italian-flag chemical carrier which grounded off the Dutch coast, very close to a heavily populated tourist beach, on July 31. The 5,045 gt Rubino grounded off the beach at Zoutelande just after high tide. This is a very popular tourist area, and bathers and swimmers were ordered out of the water, to safety. The salvors, operating under an LOF agreement and working in close co-operation with the local authorities…
South Boats Launches Wind Farm SV
South Boats Special Projects Ltd. commissioned another Offshore Wind Farm Service Vessel for Offshore Wind Power Marine Services Ltd. of Conwy, North Wales for a long term contract with Dong Energy on Gunfleet Sands Offshore Wind Farm. 'Offshore Progress' is a first of class South Catamaran 47/15m Alloy Wind Farm Service Vessel and measures 15.7m length overall, 6.3m beam overall, has a draft of 0.9m and has a lightship displacement (including fluids) of 23.5 tons. This new design…
Multraship to Salvage Toxic Containers
containing arsenic pentoxide (Class 6), laden in palletised steel drums. 2003, twenty miles north of the Dutch coast, off Texel in the North Sea. owners immediately after the containers were traced. Multraship. Cormorant have been mobilised from Terneuzen. allow ROV inspection and diving work to be carried out. waiting in the nearby port of Den Helder until the weather improves. container slings by fully protected divers. the Multraship Commander. the operation for safety purposes. around the work with patrol vessel Terschelling. will monitor the water quality to see if there's any leakage/contamination. about three to four days. * Multraship is a leading independent Dutch towage and salvage company. by the Muller family, it draws on more than 85 years of experience.