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TSC Container Freight Selects Rate Explorer

Management Dynamics, Inc. announced that TSC Container FreightT (www.tsccontainerfreight.com), a global provider of logistics solutions for both import and export customers, has selected Rate Explorer® from Management Dynamics to automate the buy and sell side of its NVOCC business. Rate Explorer will enable TSC Container Freight to increase bottom-line results as the company seeks to meet aggressive growth objectives over the next three years. TSC Container Freight Managing Director, Brad Heier, said, "As a large NVOCC and freight forwarder, we have seen many vendors and technologies promising to solve the contract management challenge, but always failing to deliver.

Royals on the High Seas!

Photo: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Explorer is billed as the most luxurious cruise ship in the world. Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco took the role of godmother. Dubbed as the ‘most luxurious ship ever built’, at a whopping cost of $450 million, Regent Seven Seas Explorer boasts one of the highest space ratios and lowest guest to cruise ratios in the history of cruising. Accompanied by her husband and Monaco's reigning monarch, Prince Albert II, the former Olympic swimmer  took the role of godmother and cut a red velvet ribbon.

Royal Olympic Takes Delivery of Olympia Explorer

Blohm+Voss GMBH delivered of the new fast cruise ship, Olympia Explorer, to Royal Olympic Cruise Lines Inc. The vessel immediately sailed from the Blohm+Voss shipyard to the Port of Piraeus in Greece. The Olympia Explorer, together with her sister ship, Olympia Voyager, are the fastest cruise vessels of their size, performing unique cruises at speeds of up to 30 knots. "The new itineraries Royal Olympic Cruises will offer with this vessel have created considerable interest in the cruise market. The first cruises are already fully booked," added Pantazis. On her maiden voyage on May 3, the Olympia Explorer will start a series of weekly cruises calling at the ports of Piraeus, Corfu, Venice, Dubrovnik, Bari, Katakolon, Istanbul, Mykonos and Santorini.

BOSS Selects Rate Explorer from Management Dynamics Management

Dynamics, Inc announced that BOSS International a Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) servicing customers in the United States and abroad, has selected Rate Explorer to automate its service contracts and generate new growth opportunities. BOSS International will use Rate Explorer to better manage business costs in its NVOCC operations and compete more effectively by responding faster to new sales opportunities with quotes based on a complete and accurate understanding of total delivery costs. Joe Fordney, Operations Manager, Ocean and Air Transportation, said, "Rate Explorer is a key investment for our business to better manage the cost of operations and profitably add new customers.

Royal Olympic Announces Delivery of Olympia Explorer

Royal Olympic Cruise Lines Inc. announced that the Olympia Explorer, sister ship to Royal Olympic's Olympia Voyager, is expected to reach the port of Piraeus early 2002, which will enable it to perform new itineraries from Venice to Piraeus, Istanbul and the Greek Islands next summer, with Piraeus as an alternative port of embarkation. Royal Olympic Cruises delegates and representatives from Blohm+Voss Shipyard in Hamburg had a meeting in Piraeus regarding the delivery of the Olympia Explorer, which was due for delivery in April 2001.

Royal Olympic Cruises Announces Delivery of the Olympia Explorer

Royal Olympic Cruise Lines Inc. announced today that the, Olympia Explorer, sister ship to Royal Olympic’s Olympia Voyager is expected to reach the port of Piraeus early 2002, which will enable her to perform exciting new itineraries from Venice to Piraeus, Istanbul and the Greek Islands next summer, with Piraeus as an alternative port of embarkation. Royal Olympic Cruises delegates and representatives from Blohm+Voss Shipyard in Hamburg had a very constructive meeting in Piraeus regarding the delivery of the Olympia Explorer, which was due for delivery in April 2001. With 28 knots cruising speed, the Olympia Explorer is the only ship…

Wesmar’s HD850 Aboard Ice Exploring Vessel

Lindblad Expedition’s newest vessel, The National Geographic Explorer, is an ice-class expedition vessel. Among its technology is WESMAR’s new 850 series all digital stabilized searchlight sonar, a high-resolution sonar that can detect underwater hazards near the surface as well as everywhere beneath and around the vessel. Captain Leif Skog set sail with the new sonar in August. Skog uses the new WESMAR 850 sonar for navigation and to keep the boat out of danger from submerged icebergs and other hazards.

New Vessel in MMT's Survey Fleet

Stril Explorer (Photo: MMT)

In what it calls a natural step in the process of expanded subsea services in the oil and gas industry, MMT has signed a two-year charter contract for M/V Stril Explorer, operated by Simon Mökster Shipping AS. MMT said it has conducted various survey assignments from this vessel during several projects in the past. M/V Stril Explorer is an DP2 offshore vessel with a large open deck and is very suitable for launch and recovery operation, for example with ROVs, AUV and geotechnical equipment. The vessel is equipped with a 60 T offshore crane with a working depth of 1,500 m.

Excelerate FSRU Hits Milestone

The newly upgraded FSRU Explorer arriving at Jebel Ali LNG terminal. (Photo: Excelerate Energy L.P.)

Excelerate Energy said t its newly upgraded floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) Explorer recently completed its sendout performance tests and reached a sendout capacity of 1.0 Bcf/d – an unprecedented milestone for an FSRU. The FSRU is currently under long-term charter to Dubai Supply Authority (DUSUP) at the Jebel Ali LNG Import Terminal. "We approach each of our projects as partnerships and work closely with our customers, like DUSUP, to provide a tailored solution that will serve their specific needs for the long run.

Cruise West Executives Lead Yearlong Voyage

Underscoring the significance of Cruise West’s series of journeys that combine to form the worldwide exploration concept, Voyages of the Great Explorers, the West family will host Voyages 1, 10 and 24. In addition, 25-year cruise veteran, President and CEO Dietmar Wertanzl will lead Voyage 13. Guests can anticipate notable hosted special events in addition to the already included excursions. Guests can save as much as 32 percent by booking and paying in full by August 28, 2009, or save up to 21 percent from August 29 - October 15, 2009. Dick West – chairman and managing director of Cruise West, and son of Chuck West, founder of the Seattle-based cruise line – and his family will lead three segments of The Voyages of the Great Explorers…

Bourbon, Bureau Veritas Partner on Digitalization

Bourbon Explorer 508 (Photo: Bourbon)

Under a new strategic partnership agreement, French offshore services firm Bourbon and testing, inspection and certification services provider Bureau Veritas will develop and deploy new digital technologies, including solutions for automation, real time fleet monitoring and mitigating cyber risks. For dynamic positioning systems in particular, the partnership will aim to deliver advanced automation of to enable real-time advisory tools for bridge operators and remote support for onshore teams…

New Fast Rescue Boats for P&O Ferries

Photo: Survitec

Survitec Group announced  that P&O Ferries have installed two new Survitec BRUDE Explorer-720 fast rescue boats onto their vessels, the Pride of York and the Pride of Bruges operating on the North Sea route between Hull and Zeebrugge. The BRUDE Explorer-720, an innovative and efficient fast rescue boat, is 7.4m in length and has proven reliability, maneuverability and sea-keeping abilities, Survitec said. It is perfect for search and recovery, dive support and workboat duties.

Eco-Friendly Flagship Vessel Arrives in Pittsburgh

August 13 after a 1,600 mile journey through nine states. board programs. the coming months after local United States Coast Guard inspections are completed. one of the first commercial marine hybrid propulsion systems on earth. organization offers. through on board formal and informal education programs.

Moonen Shipyards Launches Megayacht

The Moonen Shipyards has launched the 290-ton Explorer 114 My Issue. Built for repeat clients, the first of the new Moonen Explorer Series, is a unique long-range research-type cruising yacht designed by René van der Velden with naval architecture by Stolk Marimecs. The Explorer 114 has a hull form featuring pronounced forward sheer. Its round-bilge steel hull has smaller, more closely spaced frames forward and reinforced shell plating at the bow. It has a Lloyd’s Register Ice Class certificate. Dynamic stabilization and bilge keels assure comfort in all conditions and at anchor. A large tender garage is abaft the engine room. Under the twin 804-bhp MTU diesels the 114 will cruise at 12 knots; with 45,000 liters of fuel the economy range is 4,500 nautical miles at 10 knots.

SBX' Acquires Remaining 50 percent in Sana Navigation

SeaBird Exploration Limited (BVI) (SBX) has acquired the remaining 50 percent ownership in the Joint Venture entity Sana Navigation Company Limited (Sana) which charters the M/V Northern Explorer from Russian owners on a long term bareboat charter. The purchase price is $25.5m. The Joint Venture is now terminated in all respects. The acquisition of the 50% interest in Sana includes the long term bareboat contract, the liquid cash, other current assets, and fixed assets including the seismic equipment, and all future earnings. After the acquisition, SeaBird owns and controls 100% of Sana and its present and future cash flows. Sana has…

Chinese Shipyard Inks Creon Jack-up Rig Order

Jiangsu Yangzijiang Offshore Engineering Co. Ltd. signs contract for the rig with Creon associate company Explorer 1. The directors of Creon the resources infrastructure investment company, announce that Jiangsu Yangzijiang Offshore Engineering Co. Ltd. has entered into a contract valued at US$170-million with Explorer I Limited to construct and deliver a Le Tourneau Super 116E Class design self-elevating mobile offshore jack up drilling rig. Delivery of the Rig is anticipated in the second quarter of 2015. It will be built to ABS Classifications and capable of drilling to 30,000 feet in sea depths of up to 350 feet. The rig will be fully equipped with state of the art drilling equipment and will have accommodation for 120 people.

One PacifiCat Delivered; One in Dry Dock

Following a phasing-in period last year, PacifiCat Explorer became the first vessel out of Departure Bay in the morning, and the last one out of Horseshoe Bay at the end of the day. Now, BC Ferries has brought PacifiCat Discovery, its second fast ferry, into action on the crossing between Nanaimo and West Vancouver. As Discovery was delivered, Explorer went into dry dock for scheduled maintenance work. Pacificat sailing times will change because Discovery will be the lead vessel out of Horseshoe Bay. Once Explorer is out of dry dock, both will become the primary vessels on BC Ferries' Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay route, with conventional ships brought on for supplementary sailings at peak travel times.

Otto Marine Sell ROV Support Ship

ROV Support v/l Otto Marine 3: Photo courtesy of Otto Marnie

The company's subsidiary Otto Shipyard has sold  ROV  Support Vessel 'Otto Explorer 3' for US$50-million. The Board of Directors of Otto Marine Limited announce that the earlier proposed sale of the Multi-purpose Field Support and ROV Support Vessel, “Otto Explorer 3”, to RY Offshore Limited by the Company’s shipyard, through one of the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiaries has been comleted. Otto Marine state that the transaction  is expected to have a positive impact on the consolidated…

SBX Completes Vessel Conversion

SeaBird Exploration Limited said that the conversion of Munin Explorer to a 2D/Source vessel is complete and she has successfully completed her sea-trials in Egersund. It will immediately start as a source vessel in the North Sea for the remaining part of the summer season. It departed the shipyard yesterday. Delivery of the Harrier Explorer is pushed back a few weeks with delivery expected later this month.

India Awards Drilling Rights

will award drilling rights to domestic and overseas explorers for a record 57 oil and gas areas as it seeks to boost crude production and lower dependence on imported fuel. is concerned that crude prices may soar past $150 a barrel, increasing costs and curbing economic growth. Crude oil futures rose to $142.99 on June 27, the highest since trading began in 1983. The South Asian nation is competing with Africa and to attract explorers such as Exxon Mobil Corp. and BP Plc. Source: Bloomberg

RCCL’s Explorer of the Seas Assists in Hurricane Tracking

Explorer of the Seas, which is reportedly the world's only cruise ship equipped with state-of-the-art ocean and atmospheric science laboratories, continues to make important contributions of meteorological data to assist the National Hurricane Center. The 142,000-ton Royal Caribbean International ship recently provided the NHC with valuable 15-minute updates of surface winds on Hurricane Claudette as it grew from a tropical storm. The data was mentioned by NHC as a factor in locating the center of Claudette as it interacted with the Yucatan Peninsula. In readings taken east of Cozumel early on July 11, Explorer of the Seas recorded 50-knot surface winds when reconnaissance planes were unable to get a more reliable indicator that flight-level winds of 40 knots.

Olympic Explorer Delivery Delayed

Royal Olympic Cruise Lines Inc. has requested that a number of improvements be made to the Company's newbuilding, Olympic Explorer, prior to taking final delivery of the cruise ship, which was originally scheduled for today. The Company is making adjustments to the Olympic Explorer's early voyages and is in contact with its clients and agents informing them of possible variations to schedules and alternative options. A high level official of Royal Olympic Cruises stated, "Our aim is to make sure that the vessel we take delivery of, and put into service for our guests, is of the highest standards of comfort and efficiency."

Royal Olympic Cruises Cancels Remainder Of Olympic Explorer's Summer Program

Royal Olympic Cruise Lines Inc.announced that it has regretfully been forced to cancel the cruises of its new vessel, Olympic Explorer, for the remainder of the summer season. Although it had been reported that the Company had hoped to commence cruises with the vessel on September 15, it has not been possible to finalize all the discussions with the Blohm+Voss shipyard to allow the necessary technical modifications to be completed by this date. Commenting on the cancellation, Yiannos Pantazis, Royal Olympic's CFO, stated: "It is a real disappointment to us that the ship will not be able to undertake any cruises during the summer season, but we hope to have the vessel ready to commence operations for the next season.

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