Oil Spill Response Vessel News

03 Mar 2021

Oil Spill Response Vessel Converted Into a Pilot Station

(Image: JMS Naval Architects)

JMS Naval Architects informs conversion work is nearly completed of the former oil spill response vessel OSRV Maine Responder to a pilot station vessel for Sandy Hook Pilots Association of Staten Island, N.Y. The conversion work contract was competitively awarded to Feeney Shipyard of Kingston, N.Y.The Sandy Hook pilots have been piloting ships in the New York harbor for more than 300 years. They operate a pilot station boat by Ambrose Light year-round and in all weather conditions.

14 Sep 2020

Cathelco to Prevent Marine Growth on KOC's Oil Spill Response Vessel

Credit: Evac

Cathelco, part of Evac Group, has won an order to deliver marine growth prevention system (MGPS) for a new multi-purpose oil spill response and towage vessel being built for the Kuwait Oil Co.The system will be installed to prevent bio-fouling and corrosion in seawater pipework on the 60-meter vessel is currently under construction at the Uzmar Shipyard in Turkey with delivery scheduled for Q4 2020.The vessel will be equipped for towing services, area surveillance, offshore fire-fighting…

09 Jun 2020

Stellar Banner to Be Scuttled Off Brazilian Coast

Stellar Banner suffered significant hull damage after running aground off the coast of Brazil in February/ (Photo: Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources)

A 340-meter-long very large ore carrier (VLOC) that ran aground off the coast of Brazil earlier this year will be scuttled due to the extent of hull damage suffered as a result of the incident, Brazilian authorities said.The 300,660 dwt Stellar Banner, owned and operated by the South Korean company Polaris Shipping, ran aground while carrying iron ore bound for China from Vale's terminal in Maranhão in February. The 2016-built ship began listing heavily but did not capsize, and…

19 May 2020

Damen Equipment for Korea's Oil Spill Recovery/Dredging Vessel

Image Credit: Damen

Dutch Damen Shipyards Group has signed a deal with Korean yard Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) to deliver components for an oil recovery/dredging vessel. Under the deal, Damen will deliver all equipment for oil recovery operations as well as a complete dredging installation. The 5,000 tons, 4,100 m3 vessel multi-purpose vessel will primarily act as an oil recovery vessel, and will undertake work as a hopper dredger when not tending to emergencies.The equipment package comprises the dredging gear, the oil sweeping gear, and the electric and hydraulic system.

01 Aug 2018

Hull Cleaning Robot Aids Oil Spill Response

Photo: Fleet Cleaner

After the recent oil spill disaster of the Bow Jubail in the Port of Rotterdam, Fleet Cleaner has stepped up to help the authorities with cleaning ship’s hulls which were fouled by the heavy fuel oil, in order to minimize the environmental impact. Within record time, Fleet Cleaner has transformed its installation to an oil spill response vessel; by installing specialized heating equipment, the high pressure water cleaning robot was made ready for high pressure steam cleaning.

13 Jun 2018

Spill Prevention & Response: Old Lessons, New Challenges

Credit: and paid for by Sea-Machines

Emerging spill response trends fit into two big categories: technology and a combination of economic and social forces. Both will shape what comes next.Florida’s stunning Tampa Bay stands out as exactly the kind of place where you have to think about hazardous materials emergencies. It was 25 years ago, on August 10, 1993, that a freighter collided with two barges near the entrance of Tampa Bay, causing a fire and spilling over 32,000 gallons of jet fuel, diesel, and gasoline and about 330,000 gallons of heavy fuel, devastating beaches, wildlife and habitat.

31 May 2017

Jawar Al Khaleej Takes Delivery of Two Vessels

Damen FCS 5009 (Photo: Damen)

Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping LLC (JAK), a provider of specialist services to the offshore oil and gas sector in the Arabian Gulf, has taken delivery of a Damen Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 5009 and an ASD 3213 tug for operations at the Al Basra (ABOT) and Khor Al Amaya (KAAOT ) oil terminals. Between them, these facilities handle more than 90 percent of Iraq’s crude oil exports. The FCS 5009 is named the Jawar Abu Dhabi and the ASD 3213 is the Jawar Faw. A second ASD 3213, the Jawar Um Qasr, is due for delivery shortly.

22 Mar 2017

Guam Bolsters Oil Spill Recovery Capacity

Photo: Lamor Corporation

Lamor recently commissioned itsLSC 4C Side Collecting Oil Skimming System for Guam’s Oil Spill Response Operations Company (OSROCO) and T&T Marine Salvage (T&T) making it the largest skimming system in the region. OSROCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cabras Marine, and T&T operate the skimming system as well as an array of small crafts, and other specialized response equipment. OSROCO, Cabras and T&T employees are trained and certified in accordance with the U.S. Federal Government’s oil spill response and safety standards.

01 Nov 2016

Jawar Al Khaleej Orders Three Vessels

Bram Langeveld, Sales Director Middle East, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem; René H. Berkvens, Chief Executive Officer, Damen Shipyards Group; Pascal Slingerland, Sales Manager Middle East, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem; Mazin Yousif, Managing Director, Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping L.L.C.; Mr. Lionel Ferreira, Commercial & Chartering Manager, Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping L.L.C.

At this year’s Seatrade Maritime Middle East Exhibition taking place in Dubai, Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping LLC (JAK) signed a contract with Damen Shipyards Group for the supply of three vessels: one Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 5009 and two ASD Tugs 3213. JAK is a provider of specialist services to the offshore oil and gas sector in the Gulf, delivering logistical support including oil terminal support services, towage and salvage, together with other integrated offshore solutions.

23 Sep 2015

A Maneuverable Oil Spill Response Vessel

G.M. Penman (Photo: Twin Disc)

The maritime industry has seen an increased need for high speed spill response in step with expanding offshore oil exploration and production. Meeting this need is the newest skimmer boat from Washington-based shipbuilder Rozema Boat Works: a 65-foot oil spill recovery vessel (OSRV), G.M. Penman. Key to the vessel’s effectiveness is its maneuverability. G.M. Penman depends on Twin Disc QuickShift transmissions and EC300 Power Commander electronic control system with Express for the critical task of remediation. “The G.M.

02 Sep 2015

Rapid Oil Spill Response Vessel Launched

George Penman (Photo: WCMRC)

Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) launched their newest oil spill response vessel in Burrard Inlet. The boat, named after former employee George Penman, was christened at a private ceremony in Coal Harbour. The $4.5 million G.M. Penman is a 65-foot Ocean Class Oil Spill Response Vessel (OSRV) built by Rozema Boat Works in Washington State. It is only the fifth vessel of its kind in the world with sister vessels operating in Santa Barbara servicing the offshore production platforms off the California coast.

14 Mar 2014

New FORAN User in Brazil

Image: SENER

Aliança Shipyard has acquired FORAN 3D Viewers for project control, construction and maintenance tasks. Strategically located in an area of 54,000 sqm in Niterói, alongside Baía de Guanabara (Brazil), Aliança Shipyard has experience in construction of high technology vessels as AHTS (Anchor Handling Tug Supply), MPSV (Multipurpose Platform Supply Vessel), PSV (Platform Supply Vessel), OSRV (Oil Spill Response Vessel). The company said it works together with world-renowned designers as Rolls Royce Marine and Ulstein.

10 Jan 2014

Great Ships of 2013: Damen Modular Barge

If there is one thing that we hear time and again in the maritime world is that the manufacture of boats, ships and maritime structures in general is not as efficient as found in larger, mass market transportation modes because of the unique peculiarities of each different vessel. Damen has long been a proponent of standardized production, a concept which is extended to the “Nth” degree via the Damen Modular Barge concept. Despite the name, the “Modular Barge” concept can actually be extended to working vessels…

24 Sep 2013

Elastec/American Named Distributor for OceanEye Oil Spill Aerial Surveillance System

When Elastec/American Marine managed the controlled burn operation in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, the response operation was more efficient when aerial surveillance was available. Fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters were frequently employed in the search for oil, but those alternatives proved costly and were also unavailable at night. In other scenarios, limitations such as fog, heavy rains or snow may make flying impractical and unsafe for the flight crew. Valuable time may be lost preparing and filing flight plans…

28 Aug 2012

Arctic Voyage Underway for Both Shell Drillships

In the last week, both of Shell’s drill ships departed Unalaska for the Arctic. The Noble Discoverer drill rig, which made headlines when it dragged anchor and almost came aground on Airport Beach in June, is bound for the Chukchi Sea. The Kulluk drill ship is now halfway to the Beaufort Sea. But the drilling season is already almost over, with only a month left to drill in the Chukchi, and two months left in the Beaufort, and for that reason Shell is asking the government for more time. According to 'Alaskapublic', the company is also working with the Interior Department for more flexibility on the kinds of wells it can drill this season.

25 Jul 2012

Vigor Industrial: A Rising Star in Shipbuilding in the Pacific Northwest & Alaska Arctic

Vigor Industrial’s CEO, Frank Foti (Photo courtesy Vigor Industrial)

“There is a resurgence of the marine industry in the Pacific Northwest we haven’t seen for 20 to 30 years now,” said Vince Piscitello, Vice President of Business Development for Vigor Industrial LLC. “The oil and gas industry is really new to our area,” he said, although he expects to see it grow significantly with Shell’s exploration of the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas off Alaska’s northern coast. State run ferry operations in Washington and Alaska are at a point where they must renew fleets built in the 50s and 60s.

11 Jul 2012

Shell Hits Snags in Alaska Drilling

The drill rig Kulluk and the drill ship Noble Discover leaving Vigor’s Seattle shipyard on their way for Shell’s exploratory operations in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas in the Alaska Arctic. (Photo courtesy Vigor Industrial)

While much attention justifiably has been paid to the expansion of offshore energy operations in the Arctic, according to a Reuters report one of the pioneers, Shell, has hit a few snags in its long-anticipated exploration drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. According to the news agency, heavier than expected ice in Arctic waters off Alaska will likely delay until August it exploration drilling, and according to a report in the July 11 edition of the Wall Street Journal the company is facing delays to get final approval from the U.S.

24 Apr 2012

Rolls Royce to Design, Power, Hi-tech Subsea Vessel

The versatile UT 737 CD vessel will support the most demanding subsea projects, including constructing and servicing oil and gas wells on the sea bed, up to 3,000 metres below sea level. In order to support such challenging missions the vessel will include special features, including two independent systems for launching and recovering Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV), a 125 tonne offshore crane that compensates for wave movements and an advanced offshore tower which handles subsea equipment through a large opening in the hull of the vessel, called a moon pool. Anders Almestad, Rolls-Royce, President - Offshore said: “This high tech vessel will showcase a combination of innovative technology and world-class, energy efficient design.

03 Mar 2012

Multi-purpose Deck Cargo Ship Launched

STX Turku Shipyard launches multipurpose deck cargo vessel     STX Finland Oy Turku shipyard has launched a multipurpose deck cargo vessel built for Gaiamare Ltd. due delivery later in the year. With a LOA of 105.4 m and a breadth of 18.8 m the yet un-named vessel is described as being designed for multi-purpose uses, including wind-farm structures, as well as having the capability to act as an oil-spill response vessel. Strengthened to Ice Class 1A for Baltic Sea operation, the vessel will be capable of running on bio-fuels.

23 Jan 2012

EMSA Vessel to Assists with Bunker Oil Removal

Picture showing the Costa Concordia with Salina Bay to the right

The EMSA-contracted Stand by Oil Spill Response Vessel Salina Bay arrived this weekend on site of the Costa Concordia to assist SMIT Salvage, who is in charge of the bunker removal and pollution response operations. Preparations are on-going for the removal of the bunker oil from the grounded cruise ship Costa Concordia. The Salina Bay will be -as a precautionary measure- on stand-by during this operation over the next weeks. The Salina Bay is equipped with several oil recovery systems, as booms, skimmer, sweeping arms and a dedicated radar slick detection system.

23 Jan 2012

EU Review Includes Coasta Concordia Lessons

Safety of passenger ships – Costa Concordia accident and Commission review of safety legislation. Vice-President Siim Kallas, European Commissioner for Transport has asked that the currently ongoing review of EU passenger ship safety legislation take fully into account any lessons to be learnt from the Costa Concordia tragedy. The review will prioritise, in particular, the issues of: design and stability of passenger ships, technological developments in the sector, crew training and safe operation, including emergency evacuation procedures.

04 Jan 2012

Keel-laying at STX Turku Shipyard

The keel-laying of the multipurpose deck cargo vessel, built for Oy Gaiamare Ab, was held at STX Turku Shipyard on Wednesday January 4, 2012. The NB 1379 is 105.4m long and 18.8m wide, and is scheduled to be delivered in spring 2012. Representatives of the customer Oy Gaiamare Ab, classification society Bureau Veritas, and STX Finland were present witnessing the keel-laying event. The versatile vessel is designed for transportation of demanding and heavy project cargo, such as offshore wind farm structures. The ship is also very suitable for transporting energy wood in the Baltic Sea region, and she is also designed to operate as a flexible oil spill response vessel.

11 Aug 2011

Turku Shipyard Begins Production on Cargo Vessel

This morning, STX Finland’s Turku Shipyard began production of the multipurpose deck cargo vessel ordered by Oy Gaiamare Ab. NB 1379 is an environmentally-friendly specialized ship that will be delivered during spring 2012. The vessel has a length of approximately 105 meters and a width of approximately 19 meters, and it will provide work for about 300 persons during different stages of production. The production start-up at STX Turku Shipyard took place in a traditional manner. The event was attended by representatives of Oy Gaiamare Ab, STX Finland Oy and classification society Bureau Veritas, as well as by members of the press. The vessel is designed for transportation of demanding and heavy project cargo, such as offshore wind farm structures.

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