NOAA Ship's Annual Shakedown Cruise
The 'Okeanos Explorer' is conducting mapping operation in the Western North Atlantic as part of the annual ship shakedown. Multibeam and singlebeam mapping operations are being conducted 24/7 between Rhode Island and the U.S.-Canadian territorial boundary, while sub-bottom profile mapping is being conducted each day between the hours of 1000 and 1800 throughout the March 18, 2013, to April 5, 2013 cruise. Research vessels conduct annual ship shakedown tests to perform at-sea testing…
Kaparis Defines Safety on Cruise Ships
Kaparis met recently with MR/EN to discuss what he considers are the most important safety issues in cruise shipping today. By Regina P. Among the sketches of general arrangement drawings, and IMO and technical specifications, Celebrity's Demetrios Kaparis sums up his vision for a safe cruise ship fleet. Kaparis has expressed that mandatory safety training for all officers and crew with firefighting and medical responsibilities must be also be reinforced. He feels that these individuals must be certified in these areas according to IMO recommendations and flag administrations and he will strive to ensure that special training rooms and facilities will be available onboard all Celebrity newbuilds - steadfast in his quest for eternal vigilance.
Government Ships Spend Time At Cascade
This past winter, Portland, Ore.-based Cascade General saw the arrival of several government-owned vessels from homeports such as Southern California and Alaska. The 418-ft. (127.4-m) M.V. Columbia, owned by Alaska Marine Highways was at Cascade for most of the winter for modernization of its public areas in the restaurant and café, refurbishment of the car-deck doors, installation of a laundry elevator from the car to cabin deck, and replacement of all windows in the vessel's solarium. The 30-year-old vessel will undergo an upgrade consisting of new furnishings and food-serving facilities, as well as replacement of galley equipment. Columbia, which carries 941 passengers and 174 cars on the Inland Passage from Bellingham, Wash. to Skagway, Alaska, operates during the summer months.
P&OSL Dover Returns to A&P Falmouth
The P&O Stena Line passenger/car ferry P&OSL Dover has dry docked in A&P Falmouth after arriving on 15th April 2002. This will be the final vessel from the P&O Stena Line fleet to undergo refit this season. The P&OSL Dover has dry docked in Falmouth every year since 1990 (when she first came in as Pride of Dover). The vessel will undergo various repairs whilst in dock similar to the repairs which were recently undertaken on her sister ship the P&OSL Calais, including tail shaft and tank surveys, stern seal maintenance, bow thrust unit repairs, hull and deck preparation and painting, main engine overhaul and survey, maintenance to bow and stern doors…
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Breathing New Life into Old Workboats
There is no question that timely repairs and preventative maintenance can extend the life of almost any workboat. It is also true that changing market conditions can lead to renovations to effectively extend the life of many vessels. The one event that triggers many repair projects is the Coast Guard's five-year hull inspection program, often referred to as a "shave and a haircut". Most operators use these occasions to inspect shafts, wheels and do top side repairs as well. With the hull is out of the water, not only can shafts, rudders and wheels be repaired, but also anodes replaced, sea chests inspected and the entire bottom given a coat of anti-fouling paint.
Grand Bahama Shipyard Appoints UK Representative
Grand Bahama Shipyard and L&R Midland (UK) Ltd have signed an exclusive agency agreement covering the U.K. markets effective June 1, 2017. Caribbean shipyard Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) has engaged L&R Midland (UK) as its representative in the U.K. in what is expected to be an increasingly busy period due to approaching new International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations that will require ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) and exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) retrofits.
Dometic Group Acquires Livos Technologies
Leisure products supplier for the RV, Marine and CPV (Commercial and Passenger Vehicle) markets, Dometic Group, has acquired Livos Technologies Inc., a provider of engine room ventilation equipment and systems for the commercial and pleasure boat markets. “Livos Technologies is an innovative provider of engine room ventilation, and we are delighted to be able to bring it under our umbrella,” said Frank Marciano, President, Dometic Americas. “This acquisition reinforces Dometic’s status as a leading global provider of marine HVAC systems, sanitation systems, electronics and galley equipment.
Todd Shipyards Gets $3.1M Overhaul Contract
Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. has received a $3.1 million contract to overhaul the USNS Guadalupe, a oiler naval vessel that provides fuel for Navy ships at sea, Puget Sound Business Journal reported. According to Todd, a subsidiary of Seattle-based Todd Shipyards Corp., the contract work includes: tank cleaning and inspection, galley equipment replacement, habitability space repairs, main engine overhaul work, replacement of the low pressure air compressor, and various other machinery, electrical, ventilation, and piping items. The Guadalupe is expected to arrive at Todd's shipyard on April 22 for its 30-day overhaul. Source: Business Journal
Floatel Books into Gibdock
The Norwegian-owned offshore accommodation vessel, Edda Fides, one of the most advanced and sophisticated vessels of its type in the world, has been dry-docked at Gibdock in Gibraltar for a week-long package of work at the yard. The ‘floatel’, owned by Østensjø Rederi, arrived at Gibdock on April 2nd and was docked the following day. The main scope of work involved disconnecting and lowering the starboard aft Voith Thruster and renewing the main thruster seal. Edda Fides has a unique monohull form to enable the positioning of the accommodation forward and the Voith thrusters to the stern.
Mickey Mouse Bulk Carrier 'Donald Duckling' Detained in UK Port
The 'Donald Duckling' was detained by the UK's Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) this week after an inspection revealed a long list of safety concerns, and will not be allowed to leave the Port of Tyne until mechanical and safety issues are resolved, reports the 'Shields Gazette'. Maritime inspectors cited by the 'Shields Gazette' considered that standards on board the Donald Duckling were some of the worst they had ever encountered. Crew members on the Panamanian-registered…
Damen PSV 3300: A Diamond in the Rough
The platform supply vessel World Diamond was delivered by Damen Shipyards, Galati, on June 28, 2013, to World Wide Supply. The PSV was built to a completely new and distinctive design from Damen, and World Diamond is the first of six PSVs for the Norwegian owner. The vessel is capable of worldwide operations and its construction involved close cooperation with Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, The Netherlands, which provided engineering and main equipment. The PSV 3300 represents a new era in Damen’s offshore supply vessel story…
ABB Provides Ferry Terminal Shore-to-Ship Power Units
ABB explains that ferries play a vital role in the public transport infrastructure of many waterside towns and cities. Vessels, which remain in ports for six hours on average, need electricity to run amenities such as heating, ventilation, cooling and galley equipment. Currently the electricity is produced with onboard diesel generators, which are a constant source of noise, vibrations, noxious emissions and the accompanying unpleasant smell. ABB’s fully integrated shore-to-ship power solution was activated at the port of Rotterdam.
Spirit of British Columbia to Undergo $1.9m Refit
The Spirit of British Columbia will be undergoing its annual maintenance refit from January 8 through February 9 inclusive. The vessel will undergo nnual inspection and servicing of all lifesaving equipment, main engine upgrades, steering gear maintenance, installation of some new galley equipment, thorough cleaning of the passenger accommodation areas, car decks and machinery spaces The refit is a regular maintenance procedure conducted approximately the same time each year. During the refit period, the Queen of Esquimalt will provide service on the Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay route and will be based at Tsawwassen. The Spirit of Vancouver Island will continue its regular service on the route based at Swartz Bay.
ALMACO to Build Cabins, Galleys for Rhine Class Ships
German shipyard MV WERFTEN has awarded ALMACO Group a contract to build the luxury suites and galley areas for Crystal River Cruises’ four Rhine Class luxury river yachts, which will be delivered in 2017 and 2018 from Wismar. The scope of work involves a total of 220 luxury suites and corresponding corridors as well as the visual turnkey delivery of the main galley and pantries, including galley equipment and lining for all four river ships. ALMACO previously refurbished the crew accommodation and catering areas onboard Crystal River Cruises’ Crystal Mozart earlier in 2016…
Harris PYE Assists in Saga Pearl II Refit
Saga's newly acquired cruise ship, currently called the Astoria and to be transformed into Saga Pearl II, the latest addition to their fleet, is to undergo her refit and total refurbishment in Swansea Dry Docks, Wales. The Harris Pye Group, based in Barry in Wales, has won two major contracts connected to the work on the vessel being undertaken over the course of the next five months. The first contract won by Harris Pye Group for a cruise vessel in South Wales is for the provision of the dry dock, and dry dock services which include the complete overhaul of the main engines, auxiliary engines, boilers, HVAC systems, electrical and automation as well as a large quantity of steel and pipeworks…
Strategic Alliance: Ocean Marine Yacht Center and Clear Yacht Interiors
Completely Integrated Shipyard, Interior Design and Build Services Under One Roof. Clear Yacht Interiors and Ocean Marine Yacht Center announce the formation of a strategic alliance to position Ocean Marine’s Portsmouth shipyard as one of the only U.S. facilities to offer complete yard and interior design/build services. Joyce Clear, owner of Clear Yacht Interiors, remarks, “This is an exciting time for us. Our philosophy has always been to offer clients a full service experience.