Al Fenci and Al Durrah:
The Al Fenci and Al Durrah, the first two new RAmparts 3200 tugs have been successfully delivered to Abu Dhabi Ports Company by Grandweld Shipyards. The vessels are specially designed to assist in marine and Harbour operation at Khalifa Port including escorting & towing, mooring/unmooring, and fire-fighting operations. The design is based on an intended low-manning operation, with a high standard of machinery automation. Particular attention has been paid to the crew comfort, with high levels of noise and vibration control. This is has been certified by ABS with the HAB notation for workboats.
UK-built Mussel Boat for Offshore Shellfish
U.K. based boat builder Alnmaritec announced it has designed and built a new 15.2-meter aluminum Wave Farmer 1400 mussel farming boat, Alysée, for U.K. shellfish farmer Offshore Shellfish. Developed from Alnmaritec’s Wave Train catamaran hull form, Alysée has been configured and customized to meet the specific needs of Offshore Shellfish, including a number of precise pieces of equipment, the builder said. When commissioning the build project, Offshore Shellfish sought a boat with excellent maneuverability…
Russian Class for New FSRU
A Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU) will be built to the class of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS). The agreement on classification of FSRU under construction has been signed between RS and Hyundai Heavy Industries, the Republic of Korea. According to Georgy Bedrik, Head of the RS Planning and Marketing Division, one of the key features distinguishing the FSRU from other gas carriers built to the RS class involves the LNG regasification system, systems for LNG loading from other LNG carriers as well as export of the regasified product to shore.
Rickmers-Linie to Take Delivery of Two Newbuildings
Rickmers-Linie is to take delivery of two 20,000dwt newbuildings in 2015, built at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in China. Both of these multi-purpose vessels will be equipped with two 450-tonne cranes and one 120-tonne crane. The two main cranes will enable them to load up to 900 tonnes in a single lift. Construction supervision and technical management will be the responsibility of Rickmers Shipmanagement while asset and commercial management will be undertaken by Rickmers Reederei. The ships will be delivered between January and March 2015. According to Ulrich Ulrichs, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Rickmers-Linie…
ABB Acquires Los Gatos Research
ABB to acquire Los Gatos Research (LGR) adding a new line of high-performance gas analyzers to its measurement business. Los Gatos Research (LGR) of Mountain View, California, is a 19-year-old, nearly 40-person company that provides analyzers and services to a wide range of customers needing real-time measurement of trace gases and isotopes for research and environmental monitoring. LGR's novel and innovative laser-based measurement strategies allow for non-destructive analysis of gases and liquids.
New Teknicraft Wind Farm Support Vessel
Teknicraft Design’s latest offshore support catamaran made a debut at the recent Oceanology 2014 conference held at the London ExCel Center in March. The MO1 was commissioned by Mainprize Offshore Ltd. of Scarborough, U.K. he 83’ aluminum catamaran features a new wave piercing hull shape and the vessel is fit with Teknicraft’s signature hydrofoil support system. MO1 was purpose built to support the offshore wind farm industry, but the vessel has multi-mission capability and can easily support divers, hydrographic surveys, and geophysical work.
MSC Silvia Joins Fleet
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company today took delivery of the MSC Silvia, the latest of a brand new class of 9,400 TEU container ships from the leading ocean carrier. Following today’s inauguration ceremony in Shanghai, MSC Silvia will join the Empire service between the Far East and US East Coast ports. Built at the Hudong shipyard, in China, the new ship sails under the Panama flag. As a family-owned group with a strong culture of maritime traditions, MSC’s new container vessels usually bear the names of relatives of MSC Group founder and Executive Chairman…
Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Deploys CICC's Products
Communication Intelligence Computer Corporation, Ltd. (CICC), has signed a licensing agreement for its InkTools(R), biometric, electronic signature and Office Automation (OA) software with Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. of Shanghai, China ("Hudong-Zhonghua"). Under the terms of the agreement CICC will provide software licenses and integration services for its InkTools software enabling the use of biometric signature verification for improved security, electronic signatures for automation of traditional paper based processes, as well as the company's Chinese handwriting recognition and natural input solutions to increase user efficiency.
Propeller Retrofit Gives Significant Fuel Savings
An optimized propeller from MAN Diesel has helped the Scandlines passenger ferry, the M/V Sassnitz, achieve increased efficiency of 12% on its daily sail between Trelleborg, Sweden and Sassnitz, Germany. Scandlines is one of Europe’s largest ferry companies, a result of the fusion between the largest, national ferry lines in Denmark and Germany. Business is based on the swift and reliable transport of both passengers and cargo on international routes within Danish, German and Swedish waters, as well as further afield to the Baltic states and Finland.
FOR SALE: Aircraft Carrier, Cheap
HMS Invincible is for sale by tender. The aircraft carrier HMS Invincible is being auctioned online as part of a multi-million-pound sale of UK military hardware. The sale is designed to reduce a £36billion hole in the MoD’s finances. Featured on the MoD’s Disposal Services Authority website - http://www.edisposals.com - are full details on the ship, which was laid down in 1973 at Vickers Shipbuilding, Barrow-in-Furness, and is the ship from which Prince Andrew flew helicopters during the 1982 Falklands War.
Ship of the Year: MOL FSRU Challenger
MOL FSRU Challenger is Maritime Reporter & Engineering News' Great Ships of 2017. The World’s Largest Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU Max). Japanese shipowner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) in middle of October, took delivery of MOL FSRU Challenger the world largest floating storage and regasification unit (called FSRU Max vessel) from South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. The state-of-the art FSRU Max vessel has a variety of valued functions…
Leco’s New Aquaculture Vessel Launched
Southampton Marine Services said it has launched its latest vessel, a new aquaculture service vessel for Leco Marine, at its Ocean Quay shipyard in Southampton. Designed by Argyll Maritime Design Services, the 23-meter vessel, Alyssa, is an aquaculture service vessel built for Scottish commercial diving and marine services company Leco Marine to perform general fish farm work. It is equipped with a net-cleaning and inspection system for the maintenance of fish-farm nets. Leco Marine’s largest vessel…
‘World’s Greenest Cruise Ship’ Construction Underway
Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam pressed the button to officially kick off the construction of hybrid expedition cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen – “the greenest cruise ship the world has ever seen,” according to the ship owner. The new ship is the first of a new generation that will change expedition travel forever, Skjeldam said during the ceremony at Kleven Yards on the western coast of Norway. When launched in 2018, MS Roald Amundsen will be the world’s first expedition cruise ship powered by hybrid battery technology.
Rickmers takes delivery of its Final Two 13,100TEU Ships
Another naming ceremony for two 13,100TEU container vessels being built for the Rickmers Group took place on 31 May at the Ulsan shipyard of Hyundai Heavy Industries. TAURO RICKMERS and LIBRA RICKMERS are the final two ships in an eight-ship series being built for the Hamburg shipowner for longterm charter to Maersk Line. The two ships were christened by family friends of Rickmers Group Chairman Bertram Rickmers. Mrs Antoinette Zornig named TAURO RICKMERS while Mrs Elke Scharfe named LIBRA RICKMERS.
MAN L27/38 Propulsion Package for ‘Cattleya-trawler’
Esbjerg-based Danish owner Flemming Pedersen has ordered a replacement for his 2006-trawler - scheduled for 2012 delivery, but now larger, more advanced and again powered by MAN Diesel & Turbo’s L27/38 propulsion package. The complete main propulsion package concept has earned over several decades its favourable position in a number of ship segments – amongst others for medium to large-size fishing vessels. As a matter of fact the original 4 hp Alpha CP Propeller based propulsion package concept materialized for a fishing vessel as early as in 1903. Today’s about 4,000 hp propulsion package for the new ‘Cattleya’ will include main engine and box coolers…
Graig Takes Delivery of First of Handysize Pair
Cardiff-based Graig Group has taken delivery of the 35,000 dwt handysize bulk carrier Graig Cardiff, the first of two Seahorse 35 class vessels building for Graig and partners at Jiangdong Shipyard, Wu Hu, China. The Graig Cardiff is entered into the Lauritzen Bulkers pool and is currently on her maiden voyage from Shanghai to Argentina. Her sister vessel, the Graig Rotterdam, is due for delivery later this year. Both vessels have been constructed under the supervision of Graig China Limited and will be managed by Graig's ship management divisions in Cardiff and Shanghai.
Kearsarge Ready to Sail
Four months, hundreds of maintenance and modernization items and countless training hours later, USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) returned to Naval Station Norfolk following the completion of sea trials April 26-28. The sea trials were the capstone event of Kearsarge’s planned maintenance availability that began Jan. 12 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. During its three days at sea, Kearsarge conducted a Level I flex test for both boilers, full power demonstration, ballast/deballast tests and anchor tests, as well as tests and calibrations on its radar and electronics systems. “Sea trials is our opportunity to test all systems that were worked on during the yard period and all integrated and interconnected systems to ensure operability,” said Ensign John St. John, the ship’s electronic maintenance officer.
Volvo Penta IPS Channel Trip 2013
This summer, Volvo Penta takes one of its test boats down to the English Channel to show dealers, customers, press and other interested parties the benefits of the Volvo Penta IPS high performance pod system. One of the stopovers is at Southampton SEAWORK exhibition in the U.K. This trip is inspired by the Volvo Penta IPS Baltic Trip that was performed during summer 2011. The test boat, PTA80, chosen for this trip is one of Volvo Penta’s regular test boats, used at the Volvo Penta Marine Test Center outside Gothenburg. PTA80 is 72 feet long and powered by the new twin IPS900 at 700 hp each.
RAmparts Tugs Delivered in China
The first of a new series of the RAmparts 3500 Class ASD tug design was delivered to its Owners Tianjin Port, a port in the northern part of China. The vessel was constructed at Shanghai Harbor Fuxing Shipping Service Company, and was named Jin Gang Lun 26.A sister vessel is under construction at the same shipyard. The hull of the new 35 meter design has been developed from the very successful 32 meter Ramparts design series, of which more than 100 tugs have been built in the past decade.
Çiçek Delivers First of Four 3100 DWT Tankers
The Turkish shipbuilder Çiçek Shipyard has delivered the 3,087dwt double-hull tanker Frecciamare to the Italian shipowner Ciane Anapo Spa. Based in one of Italy's major ports, Augusta, on the east coast of Sicily, Ciane Anapo is part of the Novella Group, headed by Marco Novella, and specializes in coastal tanker and bunker operations. Frecciamare was completed as Chem Flower, the first of four identical vessels now being built by Çiçek Shipyard for its associated shipowning company White Tulip Shipping, based in Malta.
Rickmers ChristensFour Containerships
Even for Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipyard group, it was a remarkable occasion. In a quadruple naming ceremony at HHI’s Ulsan shipyard on July 2, Rickmers Group christened four ultra-large container ships (ULCS) of 13,100 TEU each. Each of the four ships, Pearl Rickmers, Ruby Rickmers, Aqua Rickmers and Coconee Rickmers, has a service speed of 24.3 knots. They have been chartered longterm to Maersk Line and will join Maersk’s “E-class” as Maersk Edinburgh, Maersk Emden, Maersk Eindhoven and Maersk Essen.
Push Boats: From Turkey to Brazil
The shallow draft market in South America continues to strengthen, powered by orders such as Hidrovias do Brasil S.A. 2013 deal for eight HB Pushboat ASUNCION-PYs, which represents a new generation of powerful Shallow Draft River Push Boat designed specifically for South America inland waterways logistics. Robert Allan Ltd. (RAL) designed and Vienna Model Basin optimized, the total deal for eight push boats is customized for Hidrovias do Brasil S.A., a river iron ore transport subcontractor company for Vale. The boats are designed to meld power with maneuverability in a 69 ton bollard package.