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NYK Lynx Rescues Sailor in the Pacific Ocean

A person was rescued from the sailing yacht in distress 260 nautical miles off the Galapagos Islands.

NYK Lynx, a containership operated by NYK Line, rescued one person from a sailing yacht in distress 260 nautical miles off the Galapagos Islands. The yacht had been adrift for two weeks after encountering trouble with the main engine. On May 8, NYK Lynx set out from Callao, Peru, on a course toward Manzanillo, Mexico. But while sailing through the Pacific on May 11, the ship received an alertfrom a yacht. NYK Lynx immediately set a course for the yacht — maintaining contact the entire way — and successfully rescued one person in good health in the early morning of May 12.

Oceaneering Recovers MOD Lynx Helicopter

Oceeneering International has completed the search for and recovery of a British MOD Lynx Helicopter approximately 200 miles off the coast of Virginia. The helicopter was recovered from over 12,000 feet of water and in the Gulf Stream. John R. Kreider, senior vice president, Advanced Technologies, stated, “Oceaneering is very pleased to have located and recovered the LYNX helicopter for the Ministry of Defense. Despite the depth and high current at the crash site, Oceaneering personnel successfully completed another important deep ocean search and recovery project.”

Deep Sea Supply Announces Multiple Contract Awards

Deep Sea Supply PSV

Deep Sea Supply is pleased to announce multiple contract awards with an international major subsea contractor for a total duration of approximately 1000 vessel days. The three PSVs of PX105 design "Sea Spider", "Sea Springer" and "Sea Spark" have been awarded contracts for ten, ten and four months, respectively. The AHTS "Sea Lynx" has been awarded a contract to be performed in two phases; first phase 40 days and second phase 250 days. Commencement is expected to be November 2014 for the three PSVs and phase 1 for "Sea Lynx" and May 2015 for phase 2 for "Sea Lynx".

Port of Houston Install Versiant Mobile Software Solution

Mobile app display: Image courtesy of Versiant

Global maritime IT services company, Versiant, says that its Lynx™ mobile software solution has been installed by the Port of Houston Authority (PHA) providing real-time accurate information for their customers at Barbours Cut and Bayport Terminals. By this means, customers are now able to verify container availability, view vessel schedules, review bookings and retrieve gate EIRs prior to arriving at the terminal, with an intuitive user interface, simply by using virtually any mobile device.

SEACOR Marine Chooses MTU engines

SEACOR Marine has selected marine diesel engines from the Tognum brand MTU for its latest pair of fast supply vessels. The two vessels, SEACOR Lynx and SEACOR Leopard, will have an overall length of 190 feet and the capacity to carry up to 150 passengers. The vessels will also have the capacity to carry 150 tons of deck cargo and the ability to achieve speeds of 46 knots. Each vessel will be powered by four MTU 16V 4000 M73L engines rated at 3,860 bhp at 2,050 RPM. “The high-speed…

Brazil Gets Another Lynx

Photo: Saab Seaeye

BelovEngenharia ordered a second Saab Seaeye Lynx ROV for its operations in Brazil’s vast oil fields. The six thruster 1,500-meter-rated Lynx will be used for the inspection of oil lines, risers and jackets. For line inspection, a Tritech digital precision altimeter has been fitted to maintain accurate offset from the seabed as the ROV follows the pipeline. When undertaking jacket inspection, a fitted CDL fiber-optic gyro means there is no magnetic interference from the jacket structure whilst accurately tracking the ROV’s motion.

DP-capable Crew Boat Delivered by Gulf Craft

SEACOR Lynx: Photo courtesy of Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther designed 'CrewZer Class' 58m Catamaran Crew boat, 'SEACOR Lynx', is the first of two to be constructed in the Louisiana shipyard. SEACOR Marine pioneered the use of large, fast catamarans in the offshore industry with the commissioning of the innovative SEACOR Cheetah in January 2008, and SEACOR Cougar in April 2009. The operator takes this evolution further with the SEACOR Lynx, and sister ship SEACOR Leopard, currently nearing completion at Gulf Craft. Benefiting from operational experience of the Cheetah and Cougar…

Philippine Tugboat Owner Plugs in to Relief Effort

Harbor Star tugboat: Photo courtesy of Harbor Star

Harbor Star Shipping Services Inc. has loaned one of its barges to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to help transport relief goods and emergency tools to Tacloban City in Leyte and other sites massively ravaged by the super-typhoon, reports the nations's 'BusinessMirror'. The company’s board of directors approved the availability of its 300-footer Barge Lynx for free offer to the PCG to use in its relief operations in areas badly hit by Supertypoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan).

S. Korea Readies Viking Anti-submarine Planes

Image: Fas.org

South Korea is moving ahead to introduce refurbished S-3 Viking anti-submarine warfare (ASW) planes to counter threats from North Korea, Yonhap reported quoting a military source. The proposal to incorporate 12 former U.S. Navy Vikings into service was approved late last month by a military program review group,  say sources. The latest development comes after the Navy proposed taking over 20 Vikings that have been kept in storage since 2009 to shore up the country's detection and attack capabilities against Pyongyang's submarine fleet.

American MetalCraft Marine Sponsors Seaway Day

Photo courtesy MetalCraft Marine

Sailing Seaway Clayton presented by Davidson Auto Group and Lake Ontario Realty announced that American MetalCraft Marine of Clayton, New York has been named title sponsor of Seaway Day on Saturday, June 18. American MetalCraft Marine Seaway Day will feature tall ship Lynx, along with local vessels on display including tugboat Bowditch and former military landing vessels Thors Hammer and Maple Grove. The day will be capped off with a live performance by Bad Husbands Club at 7 p.m. in Frink Park.

Ferry Service Canceled

New Zealand rail and ferry operator Tranz Rail is canceling the winter schedule of its Cook Strait fast ferry service, the Lynx, from mid July. The service, using the leased catamaran the Condor 10, usually runs only in summer but was retained for weekend services over the winter in the absence of alternative work. The owners reportedly found a lease for the vessel on the U.S. East coast.

Seaeye Appoints Mako Technologies for GoM ROV Distribution

Seaeye has expanded in the US with the appointment of Mako Technologies as distributor of its ROVs in the Gulf of Mexico, UV Online reports. The deal follows deliveries to Mako of two Seaeye Falcons in November and the planned delivery of a Seaeye Lynx ROV for its rental pool in February with further systems now being discussed. Source: UV Online

Deep Sea Supply Awarded Contracts

Deep Sea Supply ASA has been awarded medium term charter contracts for two of its AHTS vessels the Sea Lynx and the Amadon Tide in North Sea and West Africa. Total value of contracts is $13m The company will transfer the vessel McNee Tide (and rename the vessel Sea Wolf) from West Africa to the currently very strong North Sea spot market. The vessel Sea Lynx, operating in the North Sea, has been awarded a 2 well option 1 well contract to Island Oil & Gas Ltd. offshore Ireland. Expected duration is 60 - 90 days. Amadon Tide (to be renamed Sea Bear), operating in West Africa has been awarded a contract to Adoon Pte. Ltd. in Nigeria from 1st May 2006 with expected duration 67-95 days.

RN Warship Intercepts Caribean Drug Smugglers

Drug confiscation: Photo MOD

Royal Navy warship HMS Argyll has seized £21 million worth of cocaine after a 12-hour pursuit across the Caribbean, informs the Ministry of Defence. Sailors then transferred the cocaine to a US Coast Guard vessel. After receiving information that a suspicious-looking vessel had been spotted by a maritime patrol aircraft, HMS Argyll, which is on counter-narcotics operations in the region, deployed to intercept it. Argyll’s Lynx helicopter confirmed the vessel was acting in a way typical of being operated by drug smugglers, and her sea boats were sent across to capture the crew and contraband.

British Navy to Deploy 3,000 to Mediterannean War Games

'Cougar 122' Photo credit MOD

More than 3,000 sailors & Royal Marines are geared up for a three-month deployment to the Mediterranean. 'Cougar 12', which begins later this month, will see four warships, one amphibious support ship, a giant ro-ro ferry/transporter, three commando units and helicopters and personnel from eight Fleet Air Arm and Army Air Corps squadrons committed to the three-month deployment – in all more than 3,000 sailors, Royal Marines, soldiers and airmen. They will take part in two large…

T&T Looks for Fast Cargo Ferries

New tenders are being invited for one or two roll on/roll off passenger/cargo fast ferries to service the seabridge between Trinidad and Tobago, according to a Trinidad News report. Tenders close on November 30 at noon and would be opened the same day at 2 p.m. Additionally, the authority is inviting tenders for the wet lease of a similar ferry for a period from April next year, the time when the current six-month lease on The Cat expires. Tenders for this close at noon on Wednesday and would be publicly opened at 2 p.m. the same day. The authority had invited tenders for the purchase of a fast ferry earlier this year but the process was quashed because of interference, according to the report.

US Bicentennial – British Ship Present

Photo credit: UK MOD

Entering Norfolk, Virginia, with a flash of flame from one of her two saluting guns, RFA Argus was one of scores of warships, sailing vessels and other craft which spent six days at the US naval base for a massive waterfront and seaborne festival to mark the bicentenary of the War of 1812. An estimated 1.5 million people descended on the Hampton Roads and Chesapeake Bay area to watch festivities, which included parades of sail, and look around visiting vessels at the latest Op Sail 2012.

Somali Pirates Jailed by Seychelles Court

Arrested pirates handed over: Photo credit EUNAVFOr

11  pirates have been convicted in the Seychelles Supreme Court of committing acts of piracy and operating a pirate vessel between 7 – 11 May 2012. Their sentences ranged from 18 months to 16 years. The pirates had been apprehended by the Royal Netherlands Navy frigate, HNLMS Van Amstel, on 11 May 2012, after the warship’s Lynx helicopter sighted a suspicious fishing dhow towing 2 skiffs, 400 nautical miles off the Somali coast. When the warship’s boarding team approached the dhow, the Dutch Navy crew found 11 suspected pirates of Somali origin and a total of 17 hostages on board.

Eleven Pirates Convicted in the Seychelles

Transfer of pirates to Seychelles authorities in May 2012

On October 2, 2013, eleven pirates were convicted in the Seychelles Supreme Court of committing acts of piracy and operating a pirate vessel from May 7-11, 2012. Their sentences ranged from 18 months to 16 years. The pirates had been apprehended by the Royal Netherlands Navy frigate, HNLMS Van Amstel, on May 11, 2012, after the warship’s Lynx helicopter sighted a suspicious fishing dhow towing two skiffs, 400 nautical miles off the Somali coast. When the warship’s boarding team approached the dhow…

Tranz Rail Cuts Back Fast Ferry Sailings

New Zealand rail and inter-island ferry operator Tranz Rail Holdings has cut back the number of fast ferry sailings from three a day to two for the upcoming summer season because of looming speed restrictions in the Marlborough Sounds. The speed restriction, due to be submitted for confirmation on Sept. 7, would mean the Lynx fast ferry would take 135 minutes to cross between Wellington and Picton, compared with 105 minutes previously. Residents in the Marlborough Sounds have complained that wakes from fast ferries in the area were a danger to people using the foreshore and small boats and were damaging the shoreline.

Bibby Offshore Announces Singapore Charter Agreement

Bibby Offshore’s NOR Spring (Photo: Bibby Offshore).

Subsea installation contractor Bibby Offshore has announced a three-year bareboat charter agreement with Solstad Offshore Asia Pacific Ltd. for the NOR Spring, a  DP2 (Dynamic Positioning) Anchor Handling Support Vessel (AHSV). The deal has been struck by Bibby Offshore’s Singapore operation, Bibby Offshore Singapore Pte Ltd. The NOR Spring represents a multi-million dollar investment by Bibby Offshore and becomes the fifth vessel in the fleet. The NOR Spring is currently completing…

London Olympics – UK Warship Takes Station

Photo creditHMS Ocean: Photo credit Wiki CCL Graham Richardson

HMS Ocean will berth at Greenwich in east London where she will act as a launch pad for eight Lynx helicopters and a base for Royal Marine snipers in the the final phase of the exercise 'Olympic Guardian', which began earlier this week in Weymouth and in the airspace over the capital. During the Games the ship will also accommodate 300 military personnel who are providing security at nearby Greenwich Park, and engage with Londoners by hosting public visits. Last year HMS Ocean spent four months operating off the Libyan coast.

Piracy – EU Naval Force Protects WFP Shipments to Somalia

NRP Corte-Real: Photo credit: EUNAVFOR

One of Portugal's largest warships, the Vasco de Gama Class frigate NRP Corte Real added its name to the list of ships (EUNAVFOR) operating in the Horn of Africa sea area. The new addition to the fleet will mount counter-piracy operations, with a view to protecting WFP aid shipments to Somalia. Commissioned into the Portuguese navy in 1990 the Corte Real is no stranger to the Horn of Africa, having previously worked to prevent piracy under the 'OCEAN SHIELD' NATO Operation.

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