Lake Charles Dredger Wins Contract
The New Orleans District, USACE, awarded a $1.43 million contract to Mike Hooks Inc., of Lake Charles, La., to build an underwater sill in the Mississippi River to check saltwater intrusion. Mike Hooks Inc., the low bidder, will use cutterhead Dredge 32 to build the sill from river-bottom sediment to protect fresh water for New Orleans. The same company and same dredge complete the job successfully in 1988. The 20-ft. high sill will be constructed at mile 63.7 above Head of Passes, where the river is 80 ft. deep. Location is at the upstream end of the BP Amoco oil refinery, where the 1988 sill was built, 12 miles downstream from the Belle Chasse water intake.
Bean Dredging Awarded Contract
awarded a dredging contract at Pascagoula, Mississippi to Bean Dredging L.L.C. Orleans. The award serves as a sharp rebuttal to Mike Hooks, Inc., a competing dredger, which had previously filed a protest challenging the award prematurely and without any substantial factual basis. The Hooks protest, which was filed on October 21, 2003, essentially challenged the US Coast Guard’s determination that the dredge MERIDIAN, which Bean Dredging proposed to use on the Pascagoula project, qualifies for a coastwise endorsement based on the citizenship of its owners. The award represents a rejection of this frivolous challenge that has already caused a six week delay in the execution of the project. Bean Dredging L.L.C.
Capsized Boats Leave Mile-long Sheen in Mobile
Vessels were being urged to travel carefully through the Mobile shipping channel on Tuesday after two boats containing 2,000 gallons of oil capsized the previous night, leaving a mile-long sheen, the U.S. Coast Guard Mobile Sector said. Five crew members were rescued from the 52-foot (15-metre) Delta Amber tugboat and the 26-foot (8-metre) Nicholas as the two ships sank around 10:45 p.m. The cause of the capsizing of the two boats, which were both employed in a dredging operation in the bay by Mike Hooks Inc, is under investigation by the Coast Guard. A boom was placed around the sunken boats to prevent the fuel and lubricating oil inside them from disseminating into the bay. A salvage operation is being led by Oil Recovery Corp.
Ocean Installer in BP frame deal
Ocean Installer has been awarded a Regional Framework Agreement with BP for subsea work in the Gulf of Mexico region. The agreement covers subsea fabrication, transportation and installation of offshore facilities, as well as hook up and commissioning, and is valid for three years. Specific work scopes will be carried out under individual call-off contracts, and accordingly no firm work is currently committed under the agreement. “We have successfully executed work for BP in the GoM during the last couple of years, and we are happy to see the relationship manifest itself in such an agreement.
OSD Rolls Out New Harbor Tug Design
Offshore Ship Designers (OSD) has launched a new tug design as part of its expanding portfolio of fuel-efficient vessels. The 390 gt Azistern 2870 harbor tug has a hard chine hull form which optimizes energy-saving during transit and results in a very low wash. It has a bollard pull of 70 metric tons and a maximum speed of 12 knots. Providing accommodation for six persons, it has an overall length of 28.3 m, and a breadth of 11.5 m. The Azistern 2870 has been designed with multiple deck equipment options, the installation of which are dependent on specific end-user preference.
Cranston Eagle Hooks USCG Approved
Cranston Eagle received approval from the United States Coast Guard for the certification of its new DPR-506-CBH marine off-load hook under the approval number 160.133/77/0. This new, fall-mounted hook is rated at 5,000 kg safe working load (5 metric tons) and bolsters Cranston Eagle's line of USCG certified off-load hooks to five. With more than twenty off-load marine hook models in its line, Cranston Eagle is known around the world for producing one of the most robust and reliable marine hooks on the market.
The Eagle Has Landed - in Florida
Cranston Eagle, DBA Eagle Products, has signed an exclusive deal for Delta "T" Systems to become the authorized U.S. agent for Eagle Products' full line of offload marine hooks. Known around the world for its high quality lifeboat and rescue boat hooks, Eagle Products of Finland has strengthened its position in U.S. military, commercial and pleasure boat markets with this appointment. Their full line of fall mounted, deck mounted and U.S. Coast Guard certified hooks are used extensively by Canadian and U.S. Navies, Coast Guards, research vessels and offshore platforms.
Maintenance & Certification: Critical to the Safety of Life at Sea
The off-load marine hook is found on many workboats and military vessels and is used to launch fast rescue craft and other similar small manned boats from the deck of a ship using a davit or other similar launch and recovery system (LARS). These hooks offer operators the split-second release control often needed at sea and include a self-locking feature, which prevents accidental release while under full load. When all applicable equipment is in good working order, the nature…
Hooking on For the Future
Lifeboat and Davit manufacturer Schat-Harding has re-engineered its range of on-load release hooks. The new hooks are designed to provide a safer solution. All Schat-Harding cruise tenders and lifeboats are already fitted with this new generation hook, complementing the second-generation hook designs fitted into the KISS and Freefall boat range. And from May 2007 all remaining types of boats leave the factory fitted with the new hooks. The second generation of hooks has also been retrofitted for some owners, such as Celebrity Cruises. Schat-Harding Freefall boats and KISS boats both have new hook designs based on the locked pipe system. In this system the tail of the hook is held in the locked position within a 3 - 5 cm deep steel pipe.
Henriksen Unveils Safer Hook Range
A new range of hooks from Henriksen AS introduces a significant level of safety for crews engaged in towing small to medium-sized vessels and loads. The new towing hook has been designed for users at the lighter end of the towing spectrum and it is available in three versions for use with loads from ten, five and two a half tonnes. Each model is certified as being capable of towing loads up to six times greater than its designated strength which makes it an important asset for any working vessel that is routinely engaged in towing operations. The first sale has been made to a fish farm on the west coast of Norway where the movement of feed barges is a regular part of daily activity.
Henriksen Debuts First Norsok Compliant Lifting Hook
A new quick release off-load lifting hook is being introduced at Seawork by H Henriksen of Norway for use principally with emergency rescue boats (Stand A237). The new hook is the first in the world to be compliant with the newly introduced NORSOK R-002 lifting equipment regulations. These have been formulated by the Norwegian petroleum industry and are intended to increase the levels of safety principally within Norwegian waters and for Norwegian-based vessels. They are most…
Henriksen Unveils Strongest SOLAS Boat Lifting Hook
H Henriksen of Norway has received SOLAS certification for a new off-load single-point boat lifting hook capable of holding up to 22.5-tonnes. The quick release hook has been developed principally for use with heavy workboats while a smaller hook has received SOLAS certification for 8-tonnes, making it ideal for the deployment of emergency rescue boats and heavy duty rigid inflatable boats. The new Henriksen hooks have been developed to include a pivot mechanism so that they can perform to their full load capacity even when the boat is at an angle to the lifting cable.
Delta "T" Hooks for Offshore Customer
Gaining further ground into the offshore crane market, Delta "T" Systems supplied Cranston Eagle hooks to crane manufacturer Appleton Marine, Inc. These cranes and hooks will be used on medium endurance cutters and national security cutters to move small boats into the water from bigger ships and to load cargo. With these cutters used by the US Coast Guard, Appleton Marine needed hooks that met the USCG's specific requirements. That's why the crane manufacturer's FB20-21 and FB90-28 crane models employ Cranston Eagle hooks.
Dredging Operations Prolonged on Delaware River
The safety zone around dredging operations in Marcus Hook Range in the Delaware River remains in effect until on or about February 28, 2014. The Dredge ESSEX has transitioned to the downriver portion of Marcus Hook Range, south of the Sunoco Marcus Hook Refinery, to complete dredging operations. The safety zone includes all waters within a 150 yards radius of the Dredge ESSEX and all related dredging equipment. Vessels requesting to transit Marcus Hook Range shall contact the Dredge ESSEX on VHF channel 13 or 16, 30 minutes prior to arrival. Vessels shall then transit around the dredge project, utilizing the downriver portion of the Marcus Hook Anchorage below Sunoco Marcus Hook Refinery, while operating at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake.
Delta "T" Offers Marine Hook Load Testing
A review of resources on the world wide web will quickly produce an abundance of material and statistics on the hazards of marine hook use on life boats, fast response craft, tenders and other vessels. Accidents, injuries and fatalities are far too common when it comes to the operation of marine davit launching systems. Surprisingly, accidents which occur during drills often dominate the statistics, with the second-highest accident counts found during surveys and equipment maintenance events.
Mammoet Uses Elebia Hooks to Unload Panamax Vessel
International lifting and transport specialist Mammoet used 5t capacity automatic hooks from Elebia to keep riggers at safe distance and speed-up discharge of 1,000 industrial-sized ‘big bags’ from a Panamax ship at a port in Westdorpe, Holland in January. Mammoet, which has its own multi-purpose terminal further north at the mouth of the Ghent Canal in Terneuzen, will unload approximately 30,000t of bulk from the vessel every six weeks, as freight business continues to sprawl away from larger Antwerp ports further east.
Schat-Harding Calls for Consensus on Lifeboat Hooks
Lifeboat manufacturer and service provider Schat-Harding says IMO and some parts of the shipping industry need to move more quickly to a consensus on vital lifeboat safety issues which have important consequences for the safety of seafarers. David Bradley, vice president operations, Schat-Harding Service says, “Good things are worth waiting for. But there is such a thing as waiting too long. The IMO debate over lifeboat hooks has gone on for too long. Seafarers deserve better.
Safety Alert: Lifejacket Snap Hooks
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert stating that the spring clips installed on some USCG-approved lifejacket snap hooks may be defective. The Type I personal floatation devices were manufactured by Cal-June, Inc., aka Jim Buoy. The Safety Alert lists the models and lot numbers of the involved items. The manufacturer has agreed to replace all defective snap hooks. (HK Law).
Schat-Harding Develops IMO-Compliant Safety System
Leading lifeboat manufacturer and service provider Schat-Harding has completed all tests required by IMO to ensure that its SeaCure lifeboat release and retrieval systems (the new name for hooks) meet the new IMO guidelines for existing and new lifeboats. Reacting to industry requests Schat-Harding has also developed a Secondary Safety System (SSS) for the SeaCure hook. Although not required by IMO guidelines or SOLAS regulations, the SSS is recommended by many shipping industry groups…
ISO Tank Containers Equipped for Hook Lifting
Langh Ship Cargo Solutions has extended its offering to include tank containers equipped for hook lifting. “Often the on-carriage of tank containers meant for transportation by sea is quite expensive on land, as the need for special lifting equipment makes the handling of the containers difficult,” said Product Manager Markku Yli-Kahri. Just like the company’s other containers, Langh Ship Cargo Solutions’ tank container equipped for hook lifting has been developed to improve efficiency and save on costs.
Strainstall Opens New Production Facility
Strainstall, a part of James Fisher and Son plc, announced the opening of a new production facility based in Bembridge, Isle of Wight. The new 10,000-sqft. facility produces the full range of mooring hooks and mooring units including a bespoke service specific to customer requirements. It is fully equipped with a 7.5te pendant controlled overhead crane, fork lift trucks and high load racking to ensure maximum efficiency and optimum product turnaround. The facility also houses a test rig that can test hook units up to 350te.The rig electronically records all hook data during testing and downloads to a document that gives the customer instant access to the test data. Full testing is carried out in house before being despatched to their customer’s sites.
Lifeboat Hooks: New Design Requirements/Industry Guidance
In recent years there have been a number of accidents caused by the failure of on-load release hooks during lifeboat drills, which have resulted in seafarers being seriously injured and even killed. IMO has therefore been developing measures to prevent accidents with lifeboats. The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has been following the IMO discussions through the Industry Lifeboat Group (ILG), which is made up of a wide range of shipping industry organisations and is co-ordinated by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)…
Mike Terrett, Roll-Royce COO, Retires
Rolls-Royce announce that Mike Terrett, Chief Operating Officer, has decided to retire at the end of the year. Mike has worked for Rolls-Royce for 34 years and has been instrumental in shaping the current success of the business. Mike, an engineer, started as a graduate apprentice in Derby in 1978. He has succeeded in many roles since then, including as the Chief Engineer on the Trent 800 programme, President and CEO, International Aero Engines (IAE) and President Civil Aerospace. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Rolls-Royce Board in 2007.