New Ferry Service Mulled
The Iceland Steamship Company Ltd. (Eimskip) Iceland's largest shipping company, is considering starting a passenger and car ferry service between Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Denmark and Scotland next summer.
Iceland Left out of Arctic Fishing Accord
Iceland was not involved in the creation of the new joint cooperation agreement on fishing in the Arctic Ocean, and insists it should be included. The five nations involved in the agreements since 2008 all have coastal boundaries with the Arctic Ocean, whereas other Arctic Council members Sweden, Finland and Iceland do not. The meeting at the ministry with the ambassadors of the USA, Denmark, Canada, Norway and Russia took place yesterday and allowed the Icelandic authorities to express their disappointment and displeasure at being left out.
China Gets at Least a Toe-hold in Arctic
The Arctic Institute sees agreement the China-Iceland trade agreement as a clear sign of China's drive to gain a foothold in the Arctic region. " ... Iceland's strategically valuable location at the entrance to the Arctic Ocean and its year-round ice free waters make it a natural ally in China's goal to gain access to the Arctic's shipping routes. The signing of the agreement today is a further indication of the importance China places in the development of Arctic shipping routes”. “Iceland's role as a potential Arctic shipping hub may be further strengthened by future mining and mineral activity in neighboring Greenland.
Ocean Safety Completes Arctic Safety Training
Ocean Safety training for ICE-SAR and Sonar in cold Icelandic waters. The UK’s largest independent marine safety equipment supplier, Ocean Safety, has just completed a chilly training session to safety authorities in Iceland in conjunction with the company’s Iceland service agent Sónar EHF, to demonstrate vital life saving equipment manufactured by the company. Andy Bracewell, Export Manager at Ocean Safety, led a team which demonstrated the capabilities of the Kannad SafeLink R10 AIS Survivor Recovery System (SRS) to service technicians at Sónar EHF, based in Reykjavík.
Autodesk Involved in Hydrogen Equipped Vessel
Icelandic Hydrogen used Autodesk Inventor software from Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), to design a complete on-board hydrogen energy system that powers the auxiliary engine for one of Iceland's largest whale-watching vessels, enabling it to generate the electricity on board with clean, sustainable energy rather than oil. For its example of how ships can reduce their environmental impact, the Iceland-based hydrogen fuel cell company has been named the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for October 2009. Most shipping vessels are propelled exclusively by oil. Since hydrogen can be made from water alone -- and water vapor is its only by-product when burned -- hydrogen fuel cells represent a more environmentally friendly option than traditional combustion engines.
EA and TE SubCom to Build Trans-Atlantic Cable System
Emerald Atlantis Limited (EA) and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, have announced the finalization of an Instruction to Proceed (ITP) to build the Emerald Express Trans-Atlantic Cable System. The first phase will provide both low-latency and ultra-high bandwidth capacity between the US, Canada, UK and Iceland, requiring 5,200km of advanced submarine fibre optic cable. To achieve the desired ultra-high capacity rates, Emerald Express has been designed to support 100x100Gbs on each of its six fibre pairs. The trans-Atlantic marine cable route survey between UK and Canada commences in early August and the Emerald Express system will enter service in late 2012.
Eimskip Chooses Star Information Systems
Eimskip, Iceland’s oldest shipping company, has chosen Star Information Systems for their fleet management. Under the terms of the agreement, Star Information Systems (SIS) will provide a fully integrated software package, including systems to manage maintenance, purchasing, work planning, guarantee claims, messaging, insurance policies and claims, budget and cost control, project, event, crew and document management. The system will be installed on Eimskip’s fleet of 10 vessels and in the office in Iceland.
Samskip to Start Second Iceland Service
Samskip will very soon start a second service between Rotterdam and Iceland. It already chartered a 364 TEU vessel for the new service. The two 703 TEU vessels of the present can not meet the demand for transport capacity. In July Samskip already ordered two new vessels of 908 TEU.
Iceland Merchant Seamen Strike Ends
Iceland's merchant seamen on Sunday called off a strike that had idled shipping for a week. The agreement means that the nine ships currently idle in Icelandic ports can now resume operations. The seamen's strike, which began May 1, was the most bitter of a series of industrial disputes that have hit Iceland in recent weeks. The seamen had been striking in pursuit of higher wages and restrictions on the use of cheap foreign labor. Jonas Gardarsson, chairman of the Reykjavik Sailors Union, said the seamen had reached their goals at the government-mediated talks with shipping employers. The new contract, valid until the end of 2003, gives the seamen a 29 percent rise in wages, with improved insurance, holidays, food and clothing, he said.
Eimskip Purchases Container Ship
Iceland’s largest transport company Eimskip has purchased a containership for use on its European routes from Danish shipping company KiL Shipping A/S for more than $10 million, company officials said. Hf Eimskipafelag Islands said in a statement it was paying 890 million Iceland crowns ($10.4 million) for the vessel from KiL, which is being acquired by Norway’s privately held shipping group Tschudi & Eitzen. The ship, to be delivered to Eimskip in Rotterdam in late April, will carry an Icelandic crew and sail on Eimskip’s South Route, linking ports Icelandic ports, Immingham in northern England, and Rotterdam. The ship has a dead weight of 8,675 tons and is 126 meters long.
British Warship Honors Arctic Heroes
HMS St Albans has spent five days in Iceland to pay her respects to those mariners who took part in the convoys to the Soviet Union when sailors braved air and U-boat attack to deliver crucial aid 70 years ago. In rugged surroundings, the Commanding Officer of HMS St Albans, Commander Tom Sharpe, and Britain's Ambassador to Iceland, Ian Whitting, cast a wreath into Hvalfjörður - a fjord which was once a vital staging area for the Arctic Convoys to the Soviet Union. Seventy years ago this month…
Canyon Mobilizes Advanced Jet-Trenching Spreads
Canyon Offshore's North Sea region is currently operating two advanced jet-trenching spreads in Norwegian and Faroes/Iceland waters. Canyon Offshore's new Perry Slingsby Systems T750 Super Trencher has recently mobilized and successfully completed trials in the North Sea offshore Middlesborough. The trials were conducted onboard the Canyon operated UT 745 - ROVSV Northern Canyon. This spread is currently trenching a 12" Gas Injection flowline in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Additionally, Canyon Offshore is undertaking PLGR and PLIB projects on a telecom cable between the Faroes Islands and Iceland. Canyon's T500 trencher is being operated onboard the recently delivered UT755 Highland Eagle for the Route Clearance/Burial Assessment and Post Lay Burial tasks.
Iceland Accedes to Air Pollution Treaty
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) treaty covering the prevention of air pollution from ships has been ratified by Iceland, bringing the total number of contracting States to 89, and representing more than 96% of world merchant shipping tonnage. The MARPOL Annex VI treaty limits the main air pollutants contained in ships exhaust gas, including sulphur oxides and nitrous oxides, and prohibits deliberate emissions of ozone depleting substances. It also includes energy-efficiency measures aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships.
Iceland Likely to Order More PSV's
Iceland, which issued its first offshore oil and gas exploration licenses this year, seeks to become a hub for subsea explorers from Greenland to Jan Mayen. Foreign Minister Ossur Skarphedinsson announced that Icelandic companies will probably follow oil-service provider Fafnir Offshore’s 7.3 billion kronur ($59 million) purchase of the country’s first platform supply vessel (PSV) from Norway’s Havyard Group reports Bloomberg. Iceland will seek to become an oil-service hub for exploration in its northern waters, off Norway’s Arctic Jan Mayen island and offshore Greenland, as the island recovers from the 2008 banking meltdown that led to its worst recession in six decades. Source: Bloomberg
Kroli Wins New Contracts
Kroli, SF Marina's distributor in Iceland, has entered into an agreement with Loftorku Borgarnesi to manufacture SF Marina's signature floating concrete docks. The strategic move to manufacture locally has created significantly more business for Kroli. Shortly after the Kroli/Loftorka agreement was signed, a committee representing the capital of Iceland announced that Kroli had won the contract for three installations in the Reykjavik and Akranes harbors. Kroli provided a total of nearly 600' of docks from Loftorku, as well as 45 mooring arms, electric pedestals and Seaflex mooring. Nordurbugt, in the old Reykjavik harbor, was fitted with 328' of SF 1035 pontoons, including a center coupling at a T-connection, ducts for utility pedestals, 26' steel fingers and Seaflex mooring.
Rolls-Royce Gets Icelandic Coast Guard Contract
Rolls-Royce has won a contract to supply the design and a full equipment package for a multi purpose coastguard vessel to be built by ASMAR in Chile for the government of Iceland. On completion in 2009 the vessel will perform a variety of tasks, including coastguard duties and management of Iceland’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), fishery control, standby and rescue, emergency towing, pollution prevention, oil recovery and firefighting. To meet Iceland’s requirements, UT-Design in Rolls-Royce has developed the UT 512 L. The starting point was the Norwegian coastguard vessel KV Harstad, type UT 512, built for a Norwegian shipowner and chartered to Kystvakt .
MS EUROPA Sails into B+V Repair
The MS EUROPA, a 5-star-plus luxury cruise liner of Hapag Lloyd Kreuzfahrten GmbH arrived in the morning of 31 August 2004 at dock 10 of Blohm + Voss Repair GmbH. After its stay at the shipyard, the MS EUROPA will be setting off restyled for a 19-day. The cruise will start from Hamburg to Norway, Iceland, Greenland and on to Montreal.
This Day in Naval History – Sept. 4
1804 - USS Intrepid (LT Richard Somers) blew up in failed attack on Tripoli 1941 - German submarine, U-652, attacks USS Greer, which was tracking the submarine southeast of Iceland. Greer is not damaged, but drops depth charges, damaging U-652. 1954 - Icebreakers, USS Burton Island (AGB-1) and USCG Northwind, complete first transit of Northwest passage through McClure Strait. 1954 - P2V from VP-19 shot down by Soviet aircraft near Swatow, China 1960 - USS Bushnell and Penguin begin relief operations in Marathon, FL, after Hurricane Donna. (Source: Navy News Service)
Globalstar USA Expands Coverage
Globalstar USA announced extended service coverage in both Alaska and the North Atlantic. As a result of agreements among Globalstar service providers in North America and Europe, calls can be made along the main shipping route between the two continents. Globalstar's expanded coverage also includes Alaska, regions of the north Pacific to the International Date Line, portions of Greenland, and all of Iceland.
Tanker Companies Investigated for Possible Cartel Activities
The European Commission (EC) has stated that unannounced inspections were carried out at the premises of a number of operators of deep sea maritime tanker services in several European Economic Area (EEA) countries. EEA countries include the 15 European Union states, plus Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein. The purpose of the inspections was to ascertain whether there is evidence of a cartel agreement and related illegal practices.
Transas VTS Prevents Damage in Iceland
A new installation of Transas VTS system took place in the middle of August at Heimaey, the main populated island in Vestmanneyjar archipelago southwest of the Icelandic mainland. The history of this project goes back several years, when the Icelandic Telecommunication Company were interested in acquiring a system intended to supervise/protect national submarine communications. A huge submarine cable integrated with the transatlantic submarine communication line between Europe and Northern America connects Iceland with the rest of the Globe. This cable has been damaged several times because of incorrect fishing and anchoring operations, consequently causing very expensive repair works often running into millions of US dollars.
Arctic Coast Guard Leaders to Gather at US Summit
The U.S. Coast Guard will host the eight-nation Arctic Coast Guard Forum Summit October 28-30 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Center for Arctic Study and Policy in New London, Conn., where the heads of the coast guards of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Russian Federation and the United States will meet to formally establish the forum through a signing of a Joint Statement. The Joint Statement formally establishes the operationally-focused, consensus-based organization with the purpose of leveraging collective resources to foster safe, secure and environmentally-responsible maritime activity in the Arctic. Attendees will include Adm. Paul Zukunft, United States; Assistant Commissioner Julie Gascon, Canada; Lt. Gen. Jaako Kaukanen, Finland; Col. Peter H.
Maritime Mobile: Icelandic Firm Chooses US Delivery Platform
Iceland's On-Waves selects Delaware's IMSWorkX feature rich service delivery platform for its cruise & merchant ship mobile telephone service. Maritime mobile operator On-Waves Ehf, a subsidiary of Icelandic global telecom service provider Siminn (formerly Iceland Telecom), has selected the XpressWorkX Service Delivery Platform from IMSWorkX, Inc. as a base from which to enhance its range of rich IP-based mobile telephony services on cruise ships and merchant marine vessels. The On-Waves customer base of vessels is diverse, multi-national and multi-lingual. "XpressWorkX is an ideal platform for carrier companies like On-Waves because it offers rapid customization and adaptation of existing applications as well as creation of new ones.