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Monday, December 10, 2018

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Bolidt: Cruise Refits Surge

Norwegian Star (Photo: Bolidt)

Bolidt Synthetic Products & Systems says a vibrant cruise ship refurbishment market has brought on an all-time high in refit work, including completion of five major ship projects so far this year, plus bookings for a further seven large ship jobs as part of a workload that the company says includes ‘dozens’ of forthcoming projects planned for well into 2019.In 2018, Bolidt has been a key participant in refurbishment and upgrade projects involving NCL’s Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Star; the RCCL vessels Mariner and Independence of the Seas; and the Azamara Club Cruises ship Azamara Pursuit.

Supporting Solomon Islands

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The maritime capacity of the Solomon Islands is to be strengthened through a new capacity-building partnership signed between Belgium, the Solomon Islands and International Maritime Organization (IMO). Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed at IMO Headquarters (30 November), Belgium has pledged Euro 350,000 through IMO's Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme to support the Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration (SIMSA) to enhance its capacity to address maritime challenges.

Captain Fined after Ship Grounds off Northern Ireland

MV Ruyter (Photo: MCA)

The captain of a Dutch cargo ship that ran aground at Rathlin Island has been fined £1,000 ($1,300) at Armagh Magistrates' Court after pleading guilty to failing to keep a proper look out. Ship’s captain Aleksandr Iakovtsov of the MV Ruyter pleaded guilty to charges brought by the U.K. Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA). He was charged under the Merchant Shipping Distress Signals and Prevention of Collision Regulations 1996 and also of failing to safely navigate his ship and causing serious damage to the ship (in breach of section 58 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995).

Marine Mapping Agreement for Northern Ireland

Photo: OceanWise

OceanWise announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide the Government of Northern Ireland with marine mapping. The award reinforces OceanWise as the primary supplier of marine mapping to both the public and private sectors in the U.K. The agreement includes Marine Themes, Marine Themes DEM and Raster Charts XL (eXcluding Land) provided in the form of datasets and as OGC compliant web services. The data will be used to support desktop GIS and as input to web based applications.

Interior Refit for Cunard's Queen Victoria

Queen Vic Exterior (Photo: Cunard)

McCue Crafted Fit secured a repeat order from Cunard to refit the shops and art gallery on board its luxury liner, Queen Victoria. This follows the remastering of aspects of the Queen Mary 2 (QM2) in Hamburg, Germany in 2016. The £34 million ($43 million) refit comprises of an upgraded and increased choice of staterooms, new Britannia Club dining, a broader and more distinct bar offering, a transformed sun deck, enhanced retail areas and relocated new larger art gallery. On the May 5…

Cammell Laird: Polar Ship Contract to Kick-start Exports

Photo: Cammell Laird

British shipyard and engineering company Cammell Laird said it plans to unleash an “aggressive exports drive” in 2017 after one of its busiest years for commercial marine work, which saw it land the biggest shipbuilding project in the U.K. for a generation. Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret said the winning of the £150 million contract to build the Sir David Attenborough polar research vessel for the U.K. Government “threw open” a new global market to build a range of high value polar vessels from research to cruise ships.

New Trawler Launched in Poland

Photo: Nauta Shiprepair Yard

A launching ceremony for the partly outfitted fishing trawler M/V Voyager took place February 21 at Newbuilding Division of Nauta Shiprepair Yard in Gdańsk, Poland. It will be one of the most powerful fishing vessels in its class. Voyager is 86.4 m long and 17.8 m wide. The loading capacity is more than 3,200 cubic meters. The trawler will be fishing in the North Atlantic, the area known for its challenging weather. It is precisely for this reason why the ship must have a high power - propulsion system delivering 120 ton bollard pull.

DNV GL Completes Tech Due Diligence for Gaelectric

Image: DNV GL

DNV GL has concluded vendor’s technical due diligence on a portfolio of wind farms totalling around 230 MW. DNV GL successfully completed its vendor’s technical due diligence of a portfolio of Irish wind farms for Gaelectric Holding plc. The portfolio is to be purchased by major Chinese investors CGN Europe Energy. CGN Europe Energy is the European renewable investment arm of China General Nuclear (CGN) Power Group – the group that holds a 33% share of the new £18 billion Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset, UK.

UK, Continental Ferries Carried 8.8 mln Cars in 2016

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

The number of cars taken by ferry has increased from 8.6 million in 2015 to nearly 8.8 million in 2016, a 1.7% increase. This is the fourth successive year of growth according to the annual results of the ferry industry. 2016 Ferrystat figures released today by Discover Ferries, the industry body for ferry operators, reports that growth for car travel by sea is up by 473,000 in the past four years; up from just 8.3 million car crossings by sea in 2012. Discover Ferries member ferry operators include Brittany Ferries…

Seatruck Reports Growth on Irish Sea

Photo: Seatruck

Freight ferry company Seatruck is reporting growth of more than 18pc in 2016 consolidating its position as the fastest growing operator on the Irish Sea, as more hauliers switch to its services. Seatruck chief executive Alistair Eagles said freight levels are also up 30pc in November 2016 compared to November last year. He further forecast winning even more business from hauliers switching ferry operators, following the opening of the new £125 million ($155 mln)  Bay Gateway relief road on October 31.

Trawler Almost Capsized by British Submarine

The trawler Karen. Photo Credit: MAIB

Royal Navy incompetence put an Irish trawler crew at risk after one of its submarines became snagged in a net and nearly capsized the ship. The nuclear-powered sub was sailing out of Faslane on the Clyde in April 2015 when it snagged the Karen's fishing gear between Ardglass and the Isle of Man. The Irish trawler Karen, which had four crew aboard, was pulled backwards and under the water for 30 seconds before the net snapped. Commanders were unaware of the collision until three…

IBIA investigates: Brexit and Sulphur Regulations – what now?

Gibraltar EEZ (Image source Flanders Marine Institute)

The prospect of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union – nicknamed ‘Brexit’ – has raised a number of questions regarding the status, now and in the future, of sulphur regulations in the UK. In response to some of the questions raised, IBIA has investigated the short term reality and future scenarios. The EU’s sulphur regulations contained in Directive 1999/32/EC and subsequent amendments – the EU Sulphur Directive – go beyond the minimum requirements of the International Maritime Organization’s MARPOL Annex VI.

DCNS Predicts Turning Point for Tidal Power

A second turbine bound for EDF’s Paimpol-Bréhat tidal array was deployed by DCNS' OpenHydro in May (Photo: DCNS)

Tidal power is moving beyond the prototype stage for state-backed French naval shipbuilder DCNS, which is targeting a billion euros in sales from the technology in the next decade. DCNS, which is 35 percent owned by defence group Thales and 64 percent by the French state, builds warships and submarines but aims to sell its first commercial tidal power system in four years and wants to get up to 25 percent of its sales from renewable marine energies by 2025. The firm bought Ireland's OpenHydro…

Englishman: 11th Humber Tug Bears the Name

Photo: SMS Towage

Humber tugboat operator SMS Towage has drawn on an old name for the latest addition to its fleet. The new Englishman is the 11th Humber tug to bear the title, in a tradition stretching back to the 19th century. Built at the Sanmar yard on the edge of Istanbul to a Canadian design, she produces 3,500bhp and can bring in 270m long ships of more than 170,000 metric tons dead weight. The 25m £3.5m vessel is capable of 13 knots and is among the most maneuverable on the estuary. She is one of 13 owned by Hull-based SMS Towage…

Lucion Awarded UK Bunker Testing Contract

Photo: Lucion Marine

Lucion Marine wins U.K. Hazardous material and risk management specialist Lucion Marine, part of the Lucion Services Group, has won a major contract with the U.K.’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to provide fuel oil sampling and testing services at ports across the U.K. and Northern Ireland. The contract runs until 2020 and involves the provision of a sampling and analysis service to test that fuel being used by vessels in U.K. waters does not exceed the maximum allowed sulphur content of 0.1 percent…

MAN 32/44CR Engine for Trawler Newbuild

Image: MAN Diesel & Turbo

Voyager Fishing Company, Ltd., based in Kilkeel, Northern Ireland, has ordered a new trawler/purse seiner, designed by Salt Ship Design in Norway and to be built at Karstensens Skipsværft in Skagen, Denmark. The newbuilding will be powered by a propulsion package comprising a MAN 12V32/44CR main engine, a 4,400-mm ø MAN Alpha VBS 1100 propeller, a two-speed RENK Type RSVL1000 gearbox, and an Alphatronic AT3000 remote control system. Vessel delivery is scheduled for August 2017.

Donegal Fishing Boat Nearly Hit by Submarine

Astute-class submarine. Photo: Royal Navy

Donegal fishermen are counting their lucky stars after a near-miss with a submarine last week. A shocked fisherman has described his close encounter with a submarine, which emerged from the water 200 yards away from his boat. According to a report in RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta Seán Briain, from Machaire Rabhartaigh said he was setting crab pots 14 miles northwest of Tory Island, last Thursday, when he came face to face with what appears to be an Astute-class Royal Navy submarine. “Last Thursday about 11 am we were setting crab pots when we saw the submarine coming from the northwest.

Royal Navy Submarine Responsible For Fishing Trawler Incident

HMS Astute. Photo: Ministry of Defence

Britain’s Ministry of Defence has admitted a Royal Navy submarine was responsible for dragging a trawler backwards off the Northern Ireland coast earlier this year. A Royal Navy submarine did get entangled in a fishing boat's nets and dragged it for 18 miles, almost pulling the vessel underwater. The admission however comes 5 months after the incident. There was widespread speculation at the time that a Russian submarine had been involved following comments from UK Government ministers expressing confidence that no British submarines were involved.

Voith Schneider Propellers for New Irish Ferry

The new MV Strangford again relies on the VSP propulsion concept (Photo: Voith)

The double-ended ferry MV Strangford has been in operation for more than 45 years, connecting the two towns of Portaferry and Strangford in the northern part of the Irish Sea. The Department for Regional Development Northern Ireland (DRDNI) responsible for the local ferry service now decided to replace the old double-ended ferry MV Strangford, which had been equipped with Voith Schneider Propellers (VSP), with a new one. The DRDNI again chose the VSP propulsion concept for the new double-ended ferry. The particular feature of this double-ended ferry is its docking at concrete ramps.

Fishing Vessel Skipper Fined for Collision

The skipper of a fishing vessel that collided with a ferry was fined after pleading guilty for failing to keep a proper lookout. The skipper, Lindsay Haugh, of the fishing vessel Onward N336, was fined a total of £2,500 plus costs of £231 at a hearing today in the County Court Division of South Down, the U.K Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported. At approximately midnight on September 12, 2014, the fishing vessel was heading back from fishing grounds in thick fog to its home port of Killkeel when it collided with the Clipper Pennant, a Seatruck Ferries vessel at anchor off Carlingford Lough, Northern Ireland, MCA said. Haugh pleaded guilty to unlawful conduct endangering ships…

Major Oil Rig Contract for Harland and Wolff

Image: Harland and Wolff

In a multi-million pound boost to the Northern Ireland economy, Belfast ship builder Harland and Wolff has secured a contract to carry out major work on an oil rig. Dolphin Drilling Limited has awarded H&W the contract for the drydocking and Renewal/Special Periodic Survey of its Byford Dolphin Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU). H&W Director of ship and offshore unit repair, James Lappin said that this was a significant project for Harland and Wolff and for Northern Ireland.

AVEVA Acquires 8over8

Richard Longdon, Chief Executive of AVEVA

AVEVA Group plc one of the world's leading providers of engineering design and information management solutions has acquired 8over8 Limited from management and certain private individuals. 8over8 is a software business, headquartered in Northern Ireland with operations in North America, Middle East and Australia, providing contract risk management software to the Oil & Gas, Mining and other infrastructure industries. 8over8 recorded revenue of £10.0 million and profit before tax…

Caterpillar Rejigs Top Deck

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Caterpillar Inc. * Doug Hoerr has been appointed as vice president with responsibility for the Strategic Services Division. Caterpillar’s Board of Directors has appointed Julie Lagacy, a 26-year veteran of the company and currently vice president with responsibility for the Finance Services Division (FSD), as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and vice president with responsibility for the Global Information Services Division (GIS). In addition to leading FSD, earlier this year Lagacy assumed leadership of GIS following the departure of the former Chief Information Officer.

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