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Thursday, January 18, 2018

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Minoan Lines Subsidiary Orders Ferries

Minoan Lines subsidiary Minoan Flying Dolphins reportedly ordered three new high speed ferries from Australia's Austal Ships.

Noble Takes Delivery of New High-Spec Jackup

Noble Corporation reported that the Company has taken delivery of a new high-specification jackup drilling rig constructed by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. Ltd. in Dalian, People's Republic of China. under contract to Shell. worldwide exploration and production operations. environments up to 30,000 feet deep. a greater number of personnel.

German Wind Power Further Out to Sea

According to an August 25 report from Reuters, a German wind power plant's new high-tech equipment is moving further offshore to capture higher winds for longer periods. The Alpha Ventus wind park started this month and operates 45 km off the German-Dutch coast. Existing European wind parks operate only 20 km offshore at the most. (Source: Reuters)

Ocean Craft Introduces New Multi-Mission Hull

new high-performance Vessel Interdiction and Boarding-Team Delivery Craft (VI-BTD)

Ocean Craft Marine Unveils a New High–Performance, Vessel Interdiction and Boarding Team Delivery Craft. Ocean Craft Marine unveiled their new brand of boats and new high-performance Vessel Interdiction and Boarding-Team Delivery Craft (VI-BTD) last week at the High-Performance Craft Expo (HiPer Craft) 2012 in Norfolk, Virginia. These unique high-performance boats were specially designed for elite law-enforcement and military mariners. “We saw unique opportunities to partner with…

London Brent Futures Set New High

London IPE Brent oil futures set a new 22-month high of $21.30 a barrel in early trade today, jumping 54 cents from Friday's close. Dealers said a renewed pledge by leading exporters to retain tight curbs on exports was behind the price rise.

Thermo GasTech Relocates to New Facility

Thermo GasTech as recently completed relocation to an all-new, high technology production facility at: Thermo Electron Corporation Environmental Instruments Division 27 East Forge Parkway Franklin, Massachusetts 02038 (508) 520-0430 (866) 282-0430 (toll free)

Vacon Opens Service Center in the Netherlands

The AC drives manufacturer Vacon opens a new high-power service center in Gorinchem, the Netherlands, on September 13. Focusing on secured availability of high-power swap units and fast service, the new service center in Gorinchem will enhance Vacon's customer support in Europe. Among the invited guests at the grand opening will be customers, partners and Vacon Group management. "Top-class service has always been one of Vacon's strengths, and our strategy is to support our customers wherever they operate. With its central location and the excellent logistics services in the region, the new service center in Gorinchem will benefit our customers in Europe. The 960-m2 high-power service center in Gorinchem will support Vacon's subsidiaries and partners in Europe.

Gladding-Hearn Delivers High-Speed Ferry

Gladding-Hearn Delivers New High-Speed Ferry to Rhode Island Fast Ferry. Rhode Island Fast Ferry Co. has taken delivery of a new high-speed passenger ferry from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, to operate between Quonset Point, Rhode Island and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Designed by Incat Crowther, the new 150-passenger ferry, Ava Pearl, serves the same 52-mile route as the operator’s other 400-passenger fast ferry, Millennium, built by the Mass.-based shipyard in 1998.

Foss Tug Conversions Boost Power and Maneuverability

Two Foss Maritime conventional twin-screw harbor service tugs have been repowered and converted into azimuthal stern drive (ASD) vessels. The projects, involving 96 ft. sister ships, increase horsepower by 46 percent, and bollard pull by 63 percent. Vessel manueverability and pilot visibility are also dramatically enhanced. Work on Seattle-based Daniel Foss is complete with the Los Angeles-based Peter Foss scheduled to return to service in March 1999. Foss uses both vessels to provide harbor services, including ship assist, tanker escort and barge transportation. The vessels were originally designed by The Glosten Associates, Seattle, and built in the late 1970s at Main Iron Works, Houma, La. Conversion and repowering are being done at Marine Industries Northwest, Inc., (MINI) Seattle.

USCG Gets New Rescue Boat

Coast Guard Station Mayport, Fla., will welcome the arrival of one of the Coast Guard's newest high-tech rescue boats, the 47-foot motor life boat. Over the years the Coast Guard has been modifying its inventory with the intent to replace older vessels and aircraft with newer more technologically advanced ones. The 47-foot motor life boat brings advanced technology, which will aid in all missions of the Coast Guard including homeland security, search and rescue, law enforcement, environmental protection and recreational boating safety. The new design offers a rescue boat that is not only self-righting, but also, faster and more capable than previous motor life boats. The rescue boat promises to help save more lives than was possible with search and rescue technology of the past.

MAN Diesel Turbochargers for Tier II Compliance

The Business Unit Turbocharger at MAN Diesel has recently announced that its complete ranges of TCA axial and TCR radial turbochargers are available for both two and four-stroke engines complying with IMO Tier II emissions legislation. Indeed, the Augsburg-based engine and turbocharger specialist stresses, the requirements of IMO Tier II engines were designed into the TCA and TCR turbochargers from the first. Importantly, to eliminate additional work for engine builders, the new…

Disciplined Underwriting Increases UK P&I Club Free Reserves

The UK P&I Club, one of the largest and oldest providers of mutual liability insurance to ship owners, announced its financial results for the year ended February 20, 2013. Dino Caroussis, Chairman of the UK P&I Club, said, “In the year under review, the Club has strengthened financially, increasing its free reserves and capital to $494 million, a new high. Further, in evidence that the Club's strategy of disciplined underwriting is being recognized as achieving results, S&P has upgraded the Club to A- (positive outlook). “This last renewal season was one of our strongest in recent years, with mutual owned tonnage growing to 120 million gross tons, maintaining our position at the top of the P&I market.

New World First Ferry Orders Two Ferries

Austal and New World First Ferry Services (Macau) Limited (First Ferry (Macau)) ordered two new high-speed catamarans for operation between Macau and Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. With five Austal 155.8-ft. high speed passenger catamarans already in service, the new ferries will be almost identical to the original design. The ferries are said to be optimized for service speeds in excess of 42 knots and the comfortable carriage of 418 passengers with numerous passenger amenities. The new ferries are scheduled to enter service in 2008 to meet the growing tourism demand generated from the remarkable increase in the Macau's tourist arrivals since the development of the gaming and mega-resort industry and the extension of Individual Visitor Scheme.

FLEX LNG Sings TC for First LNGC Newbuilding

Photo: FLEX LNG

FLEX LNG announced that it has entered into a time-charter contract for the LNG carrier newbuilding, Flex Endeavour, to Uniper Global Commodities, a leading international energy company with operations in more than 40 countries, and headquarter in Germany. Flex Endeavour is a state-of-the-art 173,400 m3 cargo capacity LNG carrier equipped with the new high efficiency MEGI propulsion system. The Vessel is currently under construction at DSME, South Korea. The time charter period is for 15 to 18 months commencing immediately upon the delivery from the shipyard in January 2018.

Robert Allan Inks Contract with Uzmar Shipyard

Photo courtesy of Robert Allan Ltd.

Robert Allan Ltd. has announced the signing of a contract during the recent International Workboat Show in New Orleans, USA. Robert Allan Ltd. and Uzmar Shipyard signed documents commencing a new high performance escort tug project. Uzmar has now built over 90 Robert Allan designed tugs and workboats since the first project in 1996, ranging in size from 15m aluminium catamarans, to 36m escort tugs, to 46m shallow draft pushboats. This contract covers a new RAstar 3000-W design setup to accommodate propulsion packages of up to 90 tonnes of bollard pull while still staying under 500 GT.

Empire WaterLink Offers Alternative Airport Transportation

In order to ease the inconvenience of the New York-Metro area's congested roadways due to an increased passenger base, Empire WaterLink (Empire) has leased a building located in downtown South Amboy, N.J. to handle the expansion of its planned fleet of high-speed intermodal ferry operations for airport passengers and parcel airfreight throughout the tri-state area. The new high-speed low-wake ferries, each with a five-member crew, are capable of carrying 300 passengers plus luggage. In due time, the vessels will operate on an hourly basis to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) from each terminal - seven days a week, 17 hours a day.

U.S. Coatings Develops High Temp Products

U.S. Coatings has formulated two new high temperature silicone coatings specifically for use where elevated temperatures provide corrosion challenges. The HeatGrip 4200 is a high temperature silicone coating custom formulated to withstand temperatures up to 1200 degrees. HeatGrip 4200 is one of the highest solids high temperature coating on the market at 50 percent solids by volume and 3.6 VOC. Available in aluminum finish, it can be applied by conventional spray, airless spray, brush or with roller application equipment. The HeatGrip 4750 is an intermediate temperature silicone coating formulated to withstand temperatures up to 750 degrees. HeatGrip 4750 is 55 percent volumes solids and low 3.2 VOC. Its air dry finish is enhanced by two hour cure at 350 degrees.

Spanish Ferry Operator Chooses Wärtsilä Waterjets

The 109 meter long wave-piercing vessel will be the third Incat built high speed catamaran to join the Naviera Armas fleet. (Image: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä said it has won a contract to supply waterjets for a new high-speed ferry being built for Spanish owner Naviera Armas. The vessel is being built at the Incat shipyard in Tasmania, Australia, and the order with Wärtsilä was booked in August 2017. The 109-meter-long, wave-piercing vessel will be the third Incat-built high-speed catamaran to join the Naviera Armas fleet, all three of which incorporate Wärtsilä waterjets. The new ferry will commence operations in 2019, and the four Wärtsilä waterjets with a control system will be delivered to the yard in October 2018.

ConocoPhillips, Hess Profits Rise

ConocoPhillips, Amerada Hess Corp. and Kerr-McGee Corp. posted gains in third-quarter earnings as surging energy prices more than made up for output disruptions caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Bloomberg reported. Net income at ConocoPhillips, the third-largest U.S. oil producer, jumped 89 percent to a record $3.8 billion, or $2.68 a share, the company said in a statement. Amerada Hess Corp., the No. 5 U.S. oil company, said its profit rose 53 percent to $272 million, or $2.60 a share. At Kerr-McGee, net income soared 48-fold to $359 million, or $3.09 a share. Houston-based ConocoPhillips and New York-based Hess are the first of the seven largest U.S. oil companies to report earnings for a quarter that saw crude, natural-gas and gasoline prices soar to new highs.

U.S. Oil Prices Balloon To $37

U.S. oil prices ballooned to fresh decade highs on Monday as rising tension in the Middle East put traders on red alert over possible supply disruptions from key exporter Iraq this winter. October crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange bolted to a new high of $37.15 a barrel, up more than $1.20, as concern grew that Iraq could disrupt its supplies in the run-up to November's U.S. presidential election. Traders rushed to buy after a warning from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein that fellow OPEC member states should ignore pressure mounted by "superpowers" on producers to rein in runaway prices. next year.

Dolphin's New 3D Seismic Vessel, Polar Duchess, Employed

Dolphin Geophysical accepted a Letter of Award from TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA for a six-months charter of the new high-capacity 3D seismic vessel, M/V Polar Duchess. The contract is expected to begin during first half of April and continue through a full 2012 summer season in Europe. Atle Jacobsen, CEO said, "We experience positive development in demand for high capacity 3D seismic vessels and this large contract for our second new 3D vessel is an important milestone in the fast growth phase of Dolphin Group.

Incat Crowther to Develop 37.5m Catamaran Motor Yacht

Incat Crowther has been commissioned to develop a new high speed catamaran motor yacht for an international businessman. The vessel will be capable of cruising at 25 knots and will have long range capabilities in excess of 3500nm. The stylish new catamaran will be 123 ft. in length, and with a 34-ft.beam will provide deck space on a vessel that will be designed for long range cruising. The vessel will be powered by a pair of MTU 12V4000 M71 main engines driving fixed pitch propellers through a reverse/reduction ZF gearbox.

New High-Speed Ferries For NY Waterway

NY Waterway has ordered four new high-speed ferries from Allen Marine of Sitka, Alaska, and anticipates to have some of the new boats in service this year on new routes, including the East River, according to NY Waterway president Arthur Imperatore, Jr. Known as the Sea Otter class, each of the new ferries will carry 97 passengers at speeds of more than 30 knots, approximately 35 mph. The single hull boats house three water jet engines, as well as a bow-loading feature that (a NY Waterway ferry exclusive) allows safe, efficient passenger loading and unloading. The Otters are constructed to carry commuters from East 90th Street to Wall Street's Pier 11 in 15 minutes, or from Hunterspoint, Queens to Pier 11 in 12 minutes.

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