Faroe Islands News

23 May 2018

DALO Chooses SARIS to Support SAR Operations

Photo: BMT

The Danish Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) announced the purchase of a major upgrade of BMT’s SARIS, the search and rescue planning tool that helps save lives, plan searches and minimize danger at sea. The upgrade will consist of a deployment of 20 licenses primarily to Denmark but also including Greenland and the Faroe Islands. A large part of the upgrade will include capacity for ongoing in-house training, with initial training being delivered by BMT. The SARIS technology is designed to help locate targets, whether it be people or objects, lost at sea.

19 Mar 2018

Port of Gothenburg: Sustained Growth in Ro-Ro Operations

Working in collaboration with several North European ports, the Port of Gothenburg is hoping to link up more destinations as part of intermodal collaboration that will contribute to a more efficient, climate-smart logistics system. Photo: Port of Gothenburg.

Ro-ro operations at the Port of Gothenburg are looking bright, with sustained growth three years in succession. There has been an increase of 10 per cent over the past year alone, with the number of units currently standing at 593,000. But there is still potential to raise the bar even further by switching a higher proportion of freight from Norway to Gothenburg from land to sea. It is hoped that closer collaboration between the ports in Hirtshals, Kristiansand, Larvik, Grenland…

08 Jan 2018

Battle of the Atlantic Memorial Planned in Liverpool

Left to right: BOA veteran Jim Rainsford, Vice Admiral Mike Gretton campaign chairman, veteran Graeme Cubbin (Photo: Battle of the Atlantic Memorial Campaign)

A fundraising campaign to build a international memorial dedicated to the estimated 100,000 people who lost their lives during the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II, as well as those who served and survived, is being launched in Liverpool. The Battle of the Atlantic Memorial (BOAM), the charity leading the campaign, will stage a press call with war veterans on the Liverpool’s iconic waterfront to launch the fundraising effort to build the 28 meter monument in the shape of a merchant ship split in two.

31 Oct 2017

Ultra-silent Propulsion for New Research Vessel

The research vessel being built for the Faroe Islands Marine Research Institute is scheduled to enter service in mid-2020 (Image: Wärtsilä)

When the Faroe Islands Marine Research Institute’s new research vessel enters operation in mid-2020, research personnel on board will be able to carry out their tasks with greater effectiveness thanks to a high-tech, ultra-silent propulsion package from Wärtsilä. The new 54-meter-long ship, which is being built at the MEST shipyard in the Faroes for the Faroese Government organization, will feature a propulsion system that limits underwater radiated noise (URN) and which meets the DNV Silent R notation.

21 Jun 2017

Faroe Islands Looks to Restart Hunt for Oil and Gas

Oil companies are interested in restarting the hunt for oil and gas in the scarcely explored seas off the Faroe Islands neighbouring the more mature UK North Sea, the head of the Faroese Geological Survey said. No economically viable discoveries have been made on the Faroese shelf but the tiny nation hopes to entice energy firms to restart exploration as it shows them new geological data in London on Wednesday. "Oil firms have in many ways shown interest. We are having meetings, they buy data from us, visit us on the Faroe Islands ... So there is an interest and they are looking at the possibilities," survey director Niels Christian Nolsoe said.

01 May 2017

Eimskip Gets Finance Deal for New Container Vessels

Photo: Eimskip

Eimskip has secured 80% financing of the contract price of the vessels with a 15 year tenor in Euros taken upon delivery. The lender is the German bank KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH. The loan is secured by China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure). On 25 January, Eimskip signed a contract with China Shipbuilding Trading Company Limited and Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard Co. Ltd. to build two 2,150 TEU container vessels. The contract price of each vessel is approximately USD 32 million and the vessels are expected to be delivered in 2019.

29 Aug 2016

Samskip Acquires Euro Container Line AS

Norway Ports Map (Photo: Samskip)

Samskip has completed the acquisition of Euro Container Lines AS, building on a strategy for growth in the Nordic area to make its largest ever acquisitive move in Norway. The ECL acquisition aims to strengthen Samskip’s position in the Norwegian market by enhancing the speed and frequency of services delivering a second-to-none value proposition for its Norwegian client base. In a significant enhancement for regional fishing industry exporters in particular, the acquisition will deliver a substantially improved Norwegian coastal service under the direct control of Samskip.

07 Dec 2015

Ejde Loran Station Shut Down on Faroe Islands

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

The Ejde Loran station on the Faroe Islands will be shut down on December 31, 2015, after having been in operation since 1959. At the end of the year, the entire European Loran system will be discontinued. The Loran-C station on Ejde is a part of the Northwest European Loran system, consisting of four stations in Norway, two in France, one in England, one stationin Germany as well as the station on the Faroe Islands. Loran-C is a radio navigation system that can be used for navigation and the receipt of time information if you have a Loran-C receiver.

14 Jun 2015

New Edition of Danish List of Lights

Lights with fixed flashes, lights with very fast flashes or how about lights with a Morse code.

A new edition of the Danish List of Lights has been published that provides the readers with a complete overview of the lights around Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland. The 2015 edition replaces the previous List of Lights from 2013. Lights with fixed flashes, lights with very fast flashes or how about lights with a Morse code. Danish lights come in many different variants and designs, and you can read about all of them in the new publication "Danish List of Lights 2015" (in Danish). The List contains descriptions of the 2216 lights, which is 49 lights more than two years ago.

20 Apr 2015

New Domestic Ferry for Faroe Islands Service

Photo courtesy of Knud E. Hansen

Third generation domestic ferry for service between Nólsoy and Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands. According to the vessel's designer, this project is the second design within the last 15 years for the domestic ferry company Strandfaraskip Landsins and the third generation design by KNUD E. HANSEN A/S for the same route. The first KNUD E. HANSEN A/S ferry design was built in 1949 and was named Ritan. The second was built in 1971 and was also named Ritan. The new ferry will replace the 40-meter RoPax ferry which is currently servicing the island of Nolsoy.

28 Aug 2014

Thor Offshore to Implement BASSnet Suite

Thor Offshore vessel

Thor Offshore, an offshore support services provider and fisheries company, has chosen the integrated software suite BASSnet Fleet Management Systems as a part in its strategy to expand offshore operations globally. In parallel with Thor’s fleet expansion, BASSnet is being implemented across its current fleet of 29 vessels and its shore-based organization. Giving a resounding endorsement to BASSnet software solutions, Thor, based at the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic, has chosen to install the complete BASSnet suite covering planned maintenance…

02 Jun 2014

Norwegian Aquaculture Workboat Marks Damen Entry

Photo: Damen

Damen Shipyards Group said it has received an order for a Multi Cat 2712 from Norwegian owner Samba AS based in Os (Bergen). The vessel will be the first newbuild from Damen’s proven range of workboats to operate in Norway’s large aquaculture and oil spot market industry. Living up to Damen’s reputation for fast delivery from stock, Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld in the Netherlands will deliver the vessel in June after completing a number of client-specified customizations. The contract was signed on May 8 at the yard. The Multi Cat 2712 will be the third in Samba’s fleet of workboats.

18 Feb 2014

Under the Pole Divers Breathe Easy Thanks to AST

Under the Pole Divers in Faroes: Image courtesy AST

UK firm Analox Sensor Technology Ltd. (AST) is backing an expedition which aims to produce previously unseen footage of submarine Polar Regions: 'Under the Pole Part II – Discover Greenland' has been inspired by explorer and diver Jacques Cousteau. AST say that a small team of divers/explorers, supplied with the company's vital safety equipment, has now embarked on a journey which will see them spending 22 months crossing the Polar region. In the first 20 days, the team reached Torshavn in the Faroe Islands…

02 Jan 2014

Five Minutes With: Tore Morten Olsen, Astrium Services

Tore Morten  Olsen

Astrium Services took a survey of seafarer’s usage of crew communication solutions in the commercial shipping sector to establish a picture of mariner communications requirements. According to Tore Morten Olsen, Head of Maritime Services, Astrium Services, the survey was illuminating in more ways than one, helping to shed light on modern comms usage for onboard business and personal reasons. MLC 2006 is here. What is your sense that ship operators and owners will incorporate an increased availability of communications solutions for seafarers?

12 Aug 2013

Marlink VSAT Supports Simon Møkster Communications

Sealink enables Simon Møkster Shipping to use Lync across its fleet.

Simon Møkster Shipping’s fleet of 23 offshore supply and specialist vessels is now fully connected to the Microsoft Lync platform through Sealink, Marlink’s customized VSAT service. Sealink has enabled the established Norwegian offshore vessel operator to roll-out Microsoft’s standardized business collaboration and communication platform across its organization on land and at sea, resulting in operational benefits in addition to substantial savings in the cost of crew calling.

28 Feb 2013

Sweden's Ship Registry Cannot Compete

The Swedish Register of Shipping is not competitive, and it will probably never be, according to a new report. The report from the governmental Trafikanalys recommends that there should be less focus on rebuilding a fleet under the Swedish flag in future, according to Maritime Denmark and Sjöfartstidningen. A number of Swedish ships are flagged out to Denmark, while the Faroe Islands has attracted many former Swedish vessels.

 The Faroe Islands offers tax terms that go far beyond what would be possible in an EU country the report adds. Source: Maritime Denmark/Sjöfartstidningen

31 Jan 2013

OW Bunker Buy Two Bunker Barges

OW Bunker acquire two bunker barges for Nordic operations: 'OW Copenhagen' and 'OW Aalborg'. Prior to the acquisition, OW Bunker operated both vessels on a bare-boat charter from international shipping company the Clipper Group. OW Copenhagen and OW Aalborg are modern double-hulled 3,500dwt tanker barges, built in 2006 and 2005 respectively. Both vessels have a tank capacity of 4,260 m3, fast pumping rates of up to 600 m3/hr and are oil major approved. As part of the company’s strategy to develop the highest standards within its physical division, the vessels also have Coriolis flow meters to ensure customers receive the right quantity of product during supply.

05 Dec 2012

Swedish Ferry Delivered: Knude E. Hansen Designed

Ferry Uraniborg: Photo credit Knude E. Hansen A/S

Basic design by Danish naval architects of new double-ended ferry delivered by Hvide Sande Skibs- og Baadbyggeri Shipyard for Swedish route. The shipyard recently delivered the 50m ferry named Uraniborg to Swedish domestic ferry company Ven-Trafiken for service between Landskrona in Sweden and the Swedish island Hven in the Øresund. The vessel has been designed as a double-end passenger ferry to carry trucks, cars and bicycles. The main deck is arranged for easy access for pedestrians and bicycles, and the vessel can carry up to 394 passengers and up to 14 cars or 2 trailers and 7 cars.

31 Jul 2012

Danes Seek Proof North Polar Area is Theirs

Icebreaker Oden: Photo credit SWEDARCTIC

The expedition will be aboard the Swedish icebreaker “Oden”, as it leaves from Svalbard with 46 Swedish and Danish scientists who will gather seismic and depth data to substantiate a future possible claim to the United Nations before November 2014, reports 'Barents Observer'. Denmark has identified five potential claim areas off the Faroe Islands and Greenland - both parts of the Kingdom of Denmark. The expedition will try to find evidence that Greenland’s continental shelf stretches all the way to the North Pole and therefore should be considered as Danish.

08 Jun 2012

Faroe Islands first for Alnmaritec

Alnmaritec, the specialist aluminium boat builder based in Northumberland, recently announced delivery of the first of boat that it has built to operate in the Faroe Islands. The ‘Krossteinur’ is one of the popular Wave Angler class from Alnmaritec and she is a rugged and versatile support catamaran built to withstand the rigours of operation in the harsh environment of a fish farm offshore of the Faroe Islands. She is fitted with a 4.5 tonne metre deck crane and a 2 tonne hydraulic capstan and a deck mounted 6.5 kva generator set. She has a resiliently mounted wheelhouse to minimise noise and vibration and she is fitted with twin Cummins QSB 420bhp engines coupled to Hamilton 322 jets featuring the ‘Blue Arrow’ vector control system for precise manoeuvrability around the fish cages.

10 Apr 2012

RINA to Audit Clean Shipping Index Ships and Companies

International classification society RINA has been recognized by Sweden’s Clean Shipping Project as being able to verify ships and shipping companies in accordance with verification guidelines developed for ranking in the Clean Shipping Index. The Clean Shipping Index is backed by a number of Swedish bodies, many of Sweden’s largest cargo shippers, and the EU. It is an index taking a holistic perspective on the environmental issues of shipping. It takes into account the environmental effects connected to shipping, such as emissions to air and water, and the use of chemicals and anti-fouling, and ranks vessels or shipping companies according to their performance under each criteria. It is aimed at giving charterers a clearer view of the environmental performance of shipping providers.

22 Dec 2011

Aberdeen Harbor Plans to Invest $37.6m

The import and export of goods by sea remains a vital part of the regional economy of the north-east of Scotland and this has been demonstrated more than ever this year, with a positive rise in activity levels at the port. Next year is set for similar success, with the Board planning to invest in the region of £24million to ensure improvements at the harbour continue to meet the demands of new and existing customers. There are already some exciting plans in store for 2012, including continued work at Torry Quays with the start of Phase 2 of the development.

26 May 2011

Trans Motor Enters Norwegian Market

Trans Power Ltd. is for the first time exhibiting at Nor Shipping in Lillestrøm. Trans Power Ltd., is now ready to supply the Norwegian market. At Trans Motor Ltd. table C05-02 in Hall C attendees will be able to see Trans Motors Ltd. generators, motors, transformers and ventilation. A generator from MECC Alte will also be there, a market leader in generators in 2-4-6 pole 6.5 to 3000 kVA. Trans Motor Ltd. is a stockists agent in Denmark, Norway, Greenland, Faroe Islands and Iceland, and for the DNV type approved MECC Alte Generators. Trans Motor Ltd. looks forward to meeting interested dealers at the fair.  Source: Nor Shipping

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