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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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Graig Order Launches Generation of "Super Feeders"

The Cardiff-based Graig Group has ordered a series of up to 26 fuel-efficient new generation MARLIN 2000 Blue design container feeders to be built at the major Jin Hai shipyard complex in China. The first two vessels are scheduled for delivery in August and September 2013 with subsequent vessels to be delivered in pairs every two and half months. Discussions on charters for the vessels are advanced with a number of global liner companies. Hugh Williams, CEO, Graig, says, “This series responds to the industry’s needs.

Marlins Security eLearning Goes Global

The U.K. MCA have granted approval to Marlins for their new STCW eLearning courses, resulting in further expansion of Marlins’ international Approved Test Centre network. The 2010 Manila amendments to the STCW Convention came into effect in 2012 and included a new requirement, Section A-VI/6. This requires all crew, whether deck, engine/technical, hotel, superyacht or concession, to undergo security awareness training. Crew members with specific security duties must also study and gain certification for additional topics. Marlins STCW security courses allow students to learn remotely online, at their own pace. Study material is graphical and interactive, including mini assessments throughout, to check understanding.

Marlins Approved Test Centres Open in Panama, Ethiopia

Twins Johnnatan and Milton Rada were the first to complete their ISF Marlins English Language Test for Seafarers at the newly approved training centre in Panama. Photo: V.Group

Marlins, V.Group’s training business, has approved two new test centres in Panama and Ethiopia. The test centre in Panama is the first Marlins approved test centre in Central America. The centres – E4Seafarers in Panama and Andromeda Marine Surveying and Consultancy PLC in Ethiopia will offer both Marlins UK Maritime and Coast Guard Agency (MCA) approved STCW testing and certification as well as English language testing. Bisrat Hailu, general manager, Andromeda Marine Survey and…

Security Duties eLearning Course Now Flag Approved

Photo courtesy of Marlins

Marlins reported that its second security elearning title, Security Duties, has been flag approved, further to the flag approval of the company’s Security Awareness course in December. Security Duties expands on what is learnt in Security Awareness and provides additional, practical information for crew members who are more likely to face a security threat, such as bridge watchkeepers or gangway staff. STCW defines these individuals as sea staff with designated duties. Both courses…

Blue Marlin Arrives In Portland Harbor

The world's largest submersible lift ship arrived in Portland Harbor today at 10:00 a.m. where it docked at the International Marine Terminal. Measuring 712 ft. (217 m), the vessel is owned by Offshore Heavy Transport (OHT) of Lysaker, Norway. Viktor Lenac Shipyard in Rijekak, Croatia has chartered the vessel to lift and carry the 50-year-old 844-ft. (257.2 m) dry dock, used by the Bath Iron Works (Portland) Ship Repair Facility. The Croatian yard purchased the dry dock from the State of Maine for $3 million earlier this month. It is scheduled for renovations for eventual use in the Croatian shipbuilding and repair industry. During the first week of May, the dry dock is scheduled to be moved to the Maine State Pier and divided into two sections.

Blue Marlin Serves as Floating Drydock for SemiSub

The first job of the recently jumboized heavy transport vessel Blue Marlin is the transport of the the Dai Hung I semi-submersible production platform of VietsovPetro from an offshore location to Hyundai-Vinashin's yard in Nha Trang, Vietnam, where the Blue Marlin will serve as a dry-dock facility. Dockwise was awarded the contract by Hyundai-Vinashin of Nha Trang in Vietnam for the transport and dry-docking of the 13,200 tons semi-submersible production platform Dai Hung I, as no local dry-docking facilities were available.

TOTE’s Marlin Class Ships Enter Next Build Phase

The world’s first dual-fuel slow-speed engine arrived at General Dynamics’ NASSCO Shipyard (Photo: TOTE)

The arrival of the world’s first dual-fuel slow-speed engine to General Dynamics’ NASSCO Shipyard marks the next phase of construction for TOTE’s Marlin Class vessels, projected by TOTE to be the world’s safest and cleanest containerships. Doosan Engine, under license from MAN Diesel and Turbo, delivered the first 8L70ME-GI engine. Earlier this year, Doosan completed the engine’s Factory Acceptance Tests, a culmination of months of testing to ensure compliance with U.S. regulations and restrictions.

Wartsila to Design Graig Container Feeders

Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply the ship design for a series of new generation container feeders. The Cardiff-based Graig Group has ordered up to 26 MARLIN 2000 Blue design container feeders to be built at the major Jin Hai shipyard complex in China. The first two vessels are scheduled for delivery in August and September 2013, with subsequent vessels to be delivered in pairs every two-and-a-half months. Wärtsilä Ship Design has developed the MARLIN series in close cooperation with Graig and the DNV classification society. The design offers cutting-edge features for container vessels. The MARLIN series was designed to deliver approximately 30 percent improved fuel efficiency per TEU carried…

World’s Largest Dry Transport Vessel Delivered

Heavy transport shipping company Dockwise Shipping B.V. took delivery of the M/V Blue Marlin after her conversion into the world's largest semi-submersible heavy transport vessel able to carry heavy cargoes up to 73,000 tons. After a conversion of 3 months at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea the heavy transport vessel Blue Marlin has re-joined the Dockwise fleet with an increased deadweight capacity of 76,061 tons. The beam has been increased by 21 m, which results in an increased unobstructed deck area of 11,227 sq. m (63 m wide x 178.2 m long).

Construction Begins on First LNG Containership

From left: Peter Keller, EVP of TOTE; Congressman Duncan Hunter, Walter Tschernkowitsch, Manager, General Dynamics NASSCO Steel Dept. and Duncan Hunter, Congressman Hunter's son who did the honors of making the first cut of steel on TOTE's new Marlin Class hull #495.

Fireworks marked the first cut of steel in a ceremony last night as construction of TOTE, Inc.’s new Marlin Class, the first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered containership in the world, began at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, Calif. “These ships, will be the most advanced, environmentally progressive vessels of their kind,” state Representative Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation said, “but they also represent $350 million in U.S. The Marlin class vessels mark a new age in American shipbuilding.

Thunderhorse Arrives on Dockwise Ship

Dockwise Shipping B.V. today set a new record by delivering BP’s 59,500-ton semi-submersible Thunder Horse platform in Corpus Christi, USA. Already on June 19, 2002 Dockwise has been awarded the contract for the sea transportation of the largest semi-submersible PDQ (Production & Drilling Quarters) unit ever built of its kind by DSME in South Korea. The Thunder Horse PDQ is transported on the largest heavy transport vessel of the Dockwise fleet the m.v. Blue Marlin. After a smooth float-on loading operation of the Thunder Horse PDQ, the Blue Marlin has set sail on 23 July for the 15,813 n.m.

USCG Detains Cargo Ship As a Result of Deficiencies

On Sept. 27, 2001, following a report from the Puget Sound Pilots that the cargo ship MARLIN had serious navigation and steering problems, the Captain of the Port Puget Sound ordered the vessel to return to the Port of Everett under tug escort and to remain moored until Coast Guard marine inspectors could complete a full inspection. The Coast Guard inspection identified not only navigation and steering problems, but it also identified watertight integrity, lifesaving equipment, and firefighting equipment deficiencies. Subsequently, on September 28, 2001, the MARLIN was ordered to remain moored in Everett until such time that the vessel was brought into full compliance with all the required laws and regulations for its intended service.

Box Ships Takes Delivery Of Its Sixth Containership

Box Ships Inc., (NYSE: TEU), or the Company, a global shipping company specializing in the transportation of containers, announced today that it has taken delivery of the CMA CGM Marlin, a 5,095 TEU container vessel built in 2007, from a company owned by its Chairman, President and CEO, Mr. Michael Bodouroglou. The CMA CGM Marlin has a fixed rate period time charter term expiring in three years (with the charterer option of plus/minus 45 days) with CMA CGM at a gross daily charter rate of $23,000.

Arctic Offshore Rig Gets USCG Escort

(U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Station Port Angeles)

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) crews escorted heavy lift ship Blue Marlin as it toted a controversial 38,000-metric-ton drilling rig into Port Angeles, Wash., Friday. Blue Marlin, Dockwise’s 674-foot semi-submersible heavy lift ship, was escorted into its anchorage location in Port Angeles while carrying Polar Pioneer, a column-stabilized offshore drilling rig expected to be a key piece in Arctic operations for Royal Dutch Shell. Six Greenpeace activists climbed the rig while in transit on April 6 approximately 750 miles northwest of Hawaii following the U.S. Dept.

Delivery & Naming of Atlantic Offshore´s ERRV – Ocean Marlin

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On August, 13th the delivery and naming ceremony of our last construction, the ERRV C722- Ocean Marlin - for Atlantic Offshore was performed. The event was held in the Norwegian town of Stavanger, where Mrs. Apeland H. Anni acted as godmother. On this day, the ship was opened to guests and employees of Total E&P. The Ocean Marlin was built in our Zamakona Yards shipyard in San Sebastián and among its main features we find 66.8 m length by 16 m beam, 68.3 tons bollard pull and a cruising speed of 14 knots. The vessel offers accommodation for 21 people.

First LNG Containership Receives ME-GI Engine

Photo: TOTE

Late last month, NASSCO engineers placed the world’s first dual-fuel slow speed engine into the World’s First Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) powered containership. The ME-GI engine represents the next generation of technology that will open the door to a cleaner and safer shipping industry, particularly in the United States. Doosan Engine built the 8L70ME-C8.2GI under license from the designer MAN Diesel and Turbo. The engine weighs 539 tons. TOTE Shipholdings, Inc., a subsidiary of TOTE, is the first company to use these engines in their vessels.

TOTE, Saltchuk Secure Financing for Marlin Class Vessels

TOTE President and CEO Anthony Chiarello (left) with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx

Today, the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced a $324.6 million loan guarantee for TOTE Shipholdings and Saltchuk Resources for their Marlin Class vessels. The two new Marlin Class vessels, which will be the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered containerships, will serve the Puerto Rico trade and will be complete in 2015 and 2016. This financing is made available under the Title XI Loan Guarantee Program. TOTE and Saltchuk qualified for this loan as the new ship build is an advancement in shipbuilding technology and being constructed at a U.S. shipyard.

TOTE Finalizes Charter for LNG Containerships

TOTE, Inc. announced an agreement today between its operating companies TOTE Shipholdings Inc. and Sea Star Line LLC on the charter of the two new Marlin Class vessels being built by TOTE Shipholdings at NASSCO in San Diego, Calif. The new Marlin Class ships will be the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered containerships in the world and will almost double the cargo capacity available to Puerto Rico each week. These will be the first ships with fifty three foot container capacity under deck expanding the services that Sea Star Line is able to offer its customers. The ships will also allow Sea Star Line more cargo flexibility to meet the ever changing needs of Puerto Rico. The Marlin Class vessels lead the way in environmental responsibility.

Blue Marlin is Back in Business

After undergoing a major conversion at South Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD), the world’s largest semi-submersible heavy lift vessel, Blue Marlin, has entered service. Owned jointly by Norway’s Jan-Erik Dyvi AS and Holland’s Dockwise Shipping and managed by Glasgow’s Anglo-Eastern, the 76,061 dwt vessel was built in 2000 by Taiwan’s China Shipbuilding Corp in Kaohsiung. Conversion work in Korea saw the vessel lengthened by 6m as well as having her breadth increased by over 21 m to 63 m to provide an unobstructed cargo deck area of 11,227 m². The conversion of Blue Marlin has been undertaken to allow the vessel to transport some of the world’s largest floating oil platforms and drilling platforms, as well as semi-submersibles.

Three Rescued from Flooding Vessel Near Sanibel Island

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three people Monday after their 68-foot fishing vessel started to sink 36 miles southwest of Sanibel Island. A member of Sea Tow Marco Island contacted Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders reporting they overheard a crewmember aboard the Cheyenne call out “mayday,” declare that they were taking on water and unable to keep up with the flooding. Watchstanders diverted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Marlin, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat homeported in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., to the scene. "Once on scene, the rescue crew determined there was a crack in the hull somewhere on the forward bow," said Kevin Coyne, a search and rescue coordinator at the sector.

Two New Vessels Enter Service for Boskalis

Dockwise White Marlin (Photo: Boskalis)

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. informed that Dockwise vessel White Marlin was named and christened during a ceremony in Guangzhou, China. The semi-submersible heavy transport vessel will be mobilized to Singapore for its maiden transport of two drilling rigs for discharge in Abu Dhabi. With its overall length of 216 meters, beam of 63 meters and deadweight of 72,000 metric tons, the White Marlin type I vessel strengthens Dockwise’s position in the heavy marine dry transport market.

Endurance Appointed Custodian of 1860s Shipwreck

S.S. Connaught

Exploration Group, Inc., a company which performs shipwreck research, survey and recovery, was appointed, by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division, as substitute custodian of the recovered hull fragment artifacts and any future artifacts recovered from the 1860s shipwreck of S.S. Connaught. "This completes our first legal steps to establish our company as salvor-in-possession of the wreck and, depending on the nature and extent of any claims…

Sea Star Line, Boys & Girls Clubs Partner to Name Marlin Class Ships

Paola Dominguez with a rendering of the new Marlin Class ship. The Isla Bella will enter service in the 4th quarter of 2015. (Photo courtesy of Sea Star Line)

In June 2014, Sea Star Line partnered with the 11 clubs of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico in a contest to name the new liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels which will be dedicated to the Puerto Rico trade by TOTE, Sea Star Line’s parent company. The Marlin Class vessels have attracted international attention as the first cargo ships in the world to run on natural gas. In addition to their improved environmental profile, the Marlins will represent a new standard in safety and TOTE’s long-term commitment to the people of Puerto Rico.

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