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Navig8 Acquires Seventh LR2 from Guangzhou Shipyard

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Navig8 Product Tankers Inc. today announced that it has taken delivery of the Navig8 Gladiator, a 113,000 DWT LR2 tanker from Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Limited (“GSI”), formerly CSSC Offshore & Marine Engineering (Group) Company Limited. The Navig8 Gladiator is the seventh of eight vessels contracted at GSI to be delivered to the Company and is the seventh vessel to be delivered under the sale and leaseback agreements entered into with CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping Company Limited (“CSSC”) announced on June 25, 2015.

DEME Orders Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger

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With the order of the Bonny River at Royal IHC, the Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME is investing in a new generation of trailing suction hopper dredgers which will be trendsetting in coastal protection and dredging hard soils. Thanks to the combination of unique characteristics such as an extremely long suction pipe, a large transport capacity with limited depth and an additional heavy duty rock draghead, the multidisciplinary ship can be used effectively in shallow water and in hard soils.

Johansen Joins EBDG Electrical Team

Erik Johansen (Photo: EBDG)

Erik Johansen joined Elliott Bay Design Group's (EBDG) New Orleans office in December 2016 bringing with him 20 years of marine electrical experience. Johansen’s expertise includes supporting offshore vessel operators with major modifications, conversions and oversight of electrical contractors. His portfolio of vessel types includes workboats, ferries, tugboats, platform support vessels and chemical and petroleum carriers. Johansen enhances EBDG's growing electrical and marine engineering group with skills ranging from fleet electrical support to new design and installation support.

RINA Says Hull Crack Caused Erika's Doom

RINA, which passed the tanker that sank off France in December, said the vessel broke up as a result of cracking of its hull. An internal inquiry into the loss of the 25-year-old Maltese-flag tanker Erika pointed to a small structural failure or leak low in the hull structure, the classification society said. "This was followed by cracking which eventually led to the collapse of the hull," RINA said. Erika's break up led to the pollution of French beaches and criticism that TotalFina, which chartered the ship, didn't take enough responsibility for the damage. Classification societies, which oversee ship safety standards, have also come under fire since the accident. In the hornet's nest of criticism that has ensued, RINA said it believed it had acted correctly.

Murray & Associates Hosts 4th Fishing Challenge

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A group of industry professionals from the commercial maritime sector gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on March 28 to participate in Murray & Associates LLC’s 2015 Fishing Challenge. The naval architect and marine engineering group hosted the tournament for the fourth consecutive year as a way to gather clients and maritime business professionals for a day of fishing on Florida’s beautiful waters, while also collecting money for charity. This year’s event raised more than $5,000 for the Seafarers House.

DEME Invests in Flemish Dredging Tech

Cutter Suction Dredger ‘D’Artagnan’ (Photo: DEME)

Following a successful laser cladding pilot project in 2015, Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME has signed a three-year cooperation agreement with VITO spin-off Laser Cladding Venture (LCV) to strengthen the cutter incisors used to dredge hard soils. Laser cladding is a coating technique in which a laser melts metal powders into objects. The wear-resistant and anticorrosive layers that are applied improve the durability of the mechanical parts. In a pilot phase…

Damen Completes Maintenance of Flintstone

Flintstone Photo Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam

The fallpipe vessel Flintstone has departed from Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam, part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, following a six-week programme of maintenance and repairs together with her first Special Survey. Owned and operated by the Tideway group of companies, a division of the Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME, the 155-metre, 20,000 tonne DP2 Flintstone is the flagship of the Tideway fleet. Her equipment includes an active heave compensated…

Resolve Acquires EBDG's New Orleans Office

RESOLVE Marine Group, Inc. (RESOLVE) has acquired the staff and assets of the Elliott Bay Design Group’s (EBDG) New Orleans, Louisiana office. The addition of former EBDG personnel in New Orleans expands  RESOLVE’s in-house engineering team, creating a new company and wholly owned subsidiary  RESOLVE Engineering Group, LLC. The Group will support RESOLVE’s  extensive worldwide operations while continuing to serve both former and  new clients as a full-service naval architecture and marine engineering group.

New Partnership to Evaluate Dual Fuel Applications

American Power Group Corporation (APG) announced they will be working with Marine Fuel Conversions, LLC (MFC) to evaluate potential applications and opportunities for APG’s dual fuel solution specifically in marine applications including on-board prime and ancillary power as well as port based stationary power applications. MFC which is based in Glasgow, Scotland will be responsible for funding and coordinating all feasibility and beta testing activities necessary to determine how APG’s innovative Turbocharged Natural Gas dual fuel system  can be commercialized in Europe for marine applications. The feasibility/beta testing period is anticipated to run between nine to fifteen months.

Keppel Offshore & Marine Secures Contracts

Keppel Corporation Limited, through its offshore and marine units in Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), have clinched contracts worth a total of S$45 million. A specialised shipbuilder, Keppel Singmarine, has won two contracts to build and deliver two 45-tonne bollard pull harbour tugs to PSA Corporation Ltd and a 5500 BHP AHTS vessel to Hadi H. Al-Hamman of Saudi Arabia. The latter contract is the fourth vessel to be contracted by this owner since the first was delivered in early 2002. Meanwhile, Keppel Shipyard has also won a major refit job for the replenishment tanker RFA Bayleaf from UK’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service. This follows the successful extended survey and repair of the landing ship RFA Sir Tristram in May this year.

New Offshore Wind Project Launched in China

The Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME and China COSCO Shipping – the largest shipping company in the world – have formed a joint venture to develop offshore wind energy in China. The cooperation is in line with the Chinese climate vision and its aim to develop renewable energy, both of which were recently incorporated in the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) for social and economic development. The Chinese government wishes to increase the installed capacity of offshore wind energy significantly by 2020. As the largest shipping company in the world, China COSCO Shipping said it seeks to enter this new market segment and has found a partner in DEME's subsidiary GeoSea, with its experience in developing, building and maintaining offshore wind farms.

China COSCO Moving to Offshore Winds

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China COSCO Shipping, which uses bulk carriers and container vessels to transport goods, has seen its cargo business decline amid China's slowdown and has decided to get into the offshore wind power generation business, reports  Nikkei. Recently, the Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME DEME and China COSCO have formed a joint venture to develop offshore wind energy in China. As the largest shipping company in the world, China COSCO Shipping wishes to enter this new market segment and has found a partner in DEME's subsidiary GeoSea…

Resolve Adds to New Orleans Team

J. Reed Ameel

Naval Architects Matt Bierwagen and J. Reed Ameel Join the Growing Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Group. RESOLVE Engineering Group, LLC has added two Naval Architects to its full-service naval architecture and marine engineering group in New Orleans, LA. Matthew Bierwagen joined RESOLVE from Trinity Yachts, LLC and Trinity Offshore, LLC, Gulfport, MS, where he was Staff Naval Architect. His experience includes shipbuilding, manufacturing, new product design and engineering for both private yachts and commercial vessels. Bierwagen is a graduate of Virginia Tech and holds a B.S.

SembCorp Marine Wins Contract

SembCorp Marine said its unit Sembawang Shipyard Pte. Ltd. won a $73.5m shipbuilding contract from Tideway, a unit of ' Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering group. The 19,000-tonne DP2 fallpipe vessel is scheduled to be delivered in January 2011. Source:  Thompson

Fincantieri Educating UAE Students

The value of the initiative also recognized by the UAE government Trieste, 12 August 2015 - As part of a program of international cooperation with the United Arab Emirates, Fincantieri has done in recent weeks in Genoa, at the headquarters of CETENA - Center for the Study of Marine engineering, Group subsidiary Fincantieri, the training courses for students Higher Colleges of Technology and the Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, Abu Dhabi both universities and the most prestigious of the whole area. The aim of the activity was to raise awareness of Italian excellence in the marine sector in its various aspects (military, cruise, megayacht) and increase our relationship with leading UAE universities that are opening up in recent years, the field naval.

SBM Offshore: The Cost of Corruption Rises

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Marine engineering group SBM Offshore said a Brazilian investigation into its role in corruption cases had not been resolved and set aside an additional $238 million provision on Monday to cover costs from an unexpected U.S. inquiry. The Dutch company has also been forced to suspend its involvement in tenders with Brazilian oil company Petrobras , a major customer. Shares fell 10 percent to 13.96 euros at 0930 GMT, wiping out gains made this year when investors believed the builder of floating oil and gas platforms had settled the issue.

Murray & Associates Hosts Third Fishing Challenge

Photo credit: Shane Roeser, Trans Marine Propulsion Systems

A group of industry professionals from the commercial maritime sector gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. at 8 a.m. on February 8 to participate in Murray & Associates LLC’s 2014 Fishing Challenge. The naval architect and marine engineering group hosted the tournament for the third consecutive year as a way to gather clients and maritime business professionals for a day of fishing on Florida’s beautiful waters. In total, the tournament drew 60 participants, including representatives from…

CSSC Listed Businesses to Get Capital Injections for Shipyards

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China State Shipbuilding Corporation's listed units CSSC Holdings and CSSC Offshore & Marine plan to bring in major investors to inject about 10.2 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) of capital into four shipyards. China's shipyards have been suffering from a prolonged downturn in the shipping industry and both companies said the planned capital increases were part of the government's wider "supply-side structural reform policy". China CSSC Holdings Ltd is bringing in investors, such as China Life…

China Cosco, DEME in Offshore Wind Deal

Photo: DEME

The Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME Group and Chinese COSCO Shipping have officially embarked on a joint journey to develop offshore wind energy in China, under an umbrella agreement signed on 31 October, following the two companies’ joint venture announcement in May. DEME and China COSCO Shipping are both market leaders in their sectors and have found one another in the COSCOCS - DEME joint venture active in offshore wind energy in China. As the largest shipping company in the world…

COSCO Shipping, DEME Signs Umbrella Agreement

Photo: DEME

The Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME and COSCO Shipping - the largest shipping company in the world - will work closely on the development of offshore wind energy in China. The umbrella agreement was signed today in the presence of Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. The attendance of both Heads of Government signifies the importance of the cooperation agreement and the Chinese vision concerning the transition to renewable energy.

Dual-fuel Engines for DEME’s New Dredger

Image: Anglo Belgian Corporation

Anglo Belgian Corporation, a manufacturer of medium speed diesel engines, announced the sale of two 16VDZD dual fuel engines that will power a new build vessel for the Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME. This agreement was officialized with the Dutch shipyard Royal IHC. The commissioning of the dredger Minerva is scheduled for late 2016, making it the first dredging vessel that will be equipped with dual fuel engines, in addition to DEME's other trailing suction hopper dredger Scheldt River that will be built and put into service around the same time.

Glosten Taps Fanberg as President

Morgan Fanberg (Photo: Glosten)

Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten has appointed Morgan Fanberg, PE as president.Fanberg, who has over two decades of experience with the firm, will succeed Glosten’s fifth president, John Springer III, PE.Fanberg has led Glosten’s Marine Engineering Group since 2009 and was instrumental in growing the firm’s mechanical capabilities and leading the development of the firm’s Electrical Engineering Group.

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