Njord Offshore Orders BMT-designed WSVs
BMT Nigel Gee Ltd. announced that it has won a design for the construction of up to eight advanced 26m Windfarm Support Vessels (WSV), to be built by the Australian shipbuilder, Strategic Marine. The vessels are to be built for Njord Offshore Ltd. who has already taken delivery of eight BMT designed 21m WSVs, also built by Strategic Marine. Developed from BMT’s range of WSVs with Njord Offshore, the vessels will be 26m in length with a beam of 9.1m, powered by four Scania DI16 070 diesel engines, driving Servogear controllable pitch propellers (CPP) through a combining gearbox.
Cargo Ship Bound for U.K. Launched
A 53,000-tonne cargo ship built by Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (Vinashin), was launched in the northern port city of Haiphong, on April 20. The ship, 190m long and 32.26m wide, is one of a series of fifteen due to be handed over to the Graig Investment Group, a UK-based international ship owner and shipping services provider. It was the second boat of its kind built by Vinashin’s affiliate, Nam Trieu Shipbuilding Company and is also the largest being built in Vietnam under a contract worth nearly US $1 billion between Vinashin and the Graig Group. (source: VNA)
Star Bulk Takes Delivery of Capesize Star Aurora
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ: SBLK) has taken delivery of the Star Aurora, a 2000-built, 171,199 dwt Capesize vessel. The vessel has been delivered to its charterer, Rio Tinto, for a three-year time-charter employment at a gross daily rate of $27,500. The vessel's $42.5m acquisition price was funded by a combination of company cash and $26m loan from a major European bank at favorable terms.
NYC's New Ferries Take to the Water
The first vessel in the new NYC Ferry’s fleet has been christened Lunch Box, following a naming competition held amongst New York school students. Lunch Box, which has already been followed by a subsequent pair of vessel in New York, is the first vessel in a fleet of 26m catamaran ferries commissioned by Hornblower Cruises to form NYC Ferries, a government initiative to bring an affordable, city-wide ferry network to the Big Apple. Over the coming year, the fleet will grow to some 20 vessels and the network will grow to six routes.
Volvo Penta Powers Njord Offshore Crewboats
Njord Offshore’s two latest 26m offshore crew vessels (24 pax), equipped with Volvo Penta’s IPS900 Quad drives, are now ready for heavy-duty use in the North Sea. After a year operating four new 26m crew transfer vessels (CTVs) fitted with Volvo Penta’s IPS900 Quad drives, Njord Offshore – which transports crew to and from offshore wind farms – has added another two new 24 pax vessels with the same propulsion system to its fleet. The U.K. company now has 15 CTVs of 21m and 26m in its fleet…
20 MacGregor Cranes Ordered for Multipurpose Vessels
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has recently secured an order to supply 20 MacGregor cranes for four new 38,000 dwt general cargo vessels under construction at Taizhou Kouan Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in China for the Chinese shipping company, Nanjing King Ship Management Co. Ltd. The vessels are scheduled for delivery between late 2014 and early 2015.The order was booked in the third quarter 2013 order intake. "The mix of cranes is designed to provide high levels of cargo handling efficiency," said Svante Lundberg, Sales Manager, Cranes.
First Twin Axe Delivery for Njord Offshore
Njord Offshore from Essex, U.K., have taken delivery of their first 26m Twin Axe built by Damen Shipyards Group. The vessel was ordered early January 2014, and the delivery took place on February 27. During this seven-week period, the vessel was modified from a basic, standard vessel to suit the specific Njord Offshore requirements. Njord Offshore, established in 2011, focuses on the Offshore Wind industry and operates vessels ranging from 21-26m. In 2014, the Njord fleet shows nine vessels with further fleet expansion in 2015.
Incat Crowther Launches 26m Catamaran Ferry
Incat Crowther is pleased to announce the launch of the 26m catamaran, Cat Cocos Isle of La Digue at Richardson Devine Marine in Hobart. The vessel has successfully completed seas trials, where it proved the efficiency of Incat Crowther’s hull form by exceeding fuel consumption predictions. The 26m, 227 passenger vessel is the third Incat Crowther designed vessel for the operator, and was designed with the specific goal of reduced capital expenditure and operating costs. The main passenger deck seats 163 passengers in mostly forward-facing seats…
China Shipyard Contracted to Build Four Bulk Carriers
China's CSC Jinling Shipyard inks contract with Singapore's Asia Pacific Shipping Enterprises for four 64,000-dwt bulk carriers Asia Pacific Shipping Enterprises, is the shipping subsidiary of Queensland Nickel Group, owned by Australian magnate Clive Palmer. Jinling Shipyard say the four vessels will use new ship designs made for nickel ore transportation. The newbuildings are upgraded to conform to recent global environmental regulations, and will be capable of a speed of 14.4 knots with only 24.9-ton fuel consumption per day. Dimensions of the four ships are to be: 199.9m in length, 32.26m in breadth and 18.5m in height. Meanwhile, Palmer Group is proceeding with the Titanic Ⅱ project at the same shipyard.
ADSB and RR Set up Waterjet Support Service Center in Abu Dhabi
and Rolls-Royce Marine Middle East announced an agreement to set up a Waterjet Center of Excellence in to provide support services to its customers in the Arabian Gulf Region. ADSB is the only naval shipyard in the , providing both build and support services for all Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) naval vessels. Rolls-Royce will work with ADSB to offer services such as training, maintenance, repairs and overhauls, spare parts and service contracts for waterjet customers. These services can also be offered to Commercial Ship Owners operating vessels that have waterjet propulsion.
Vinashin to Build Vessels for Israel
The Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Corp. (Vinashin) and its subsidiary, the Ha Long Shipbuilding Plant, signed Tuesday a $1b deal to build eight vessels to carry autos for Israel. Israeli Ray Car Carried Limited Company has ordered the deal. The vessels, designed by Italian Naval Progetti company, are measured 185.6m long, 32.26m wide, and 36.56m high each. The Ha Long plant plans to launch the first vessel by September 2008. Vinashin has inked a number of major contracts to build vessels for various customers of Japan, the Republic of Korea, Europe and America. Another Vinashin affiliate in the port city of Hai Phong won in March a $2 million contract to outfit five cruise ships owned by Raon Group of the Czech Republic…
BMT's XSS Wind Farm Support Vessel Makes Splash
BMT Nigel Gee's first 26m XSS Windfarm Support for Turbine Transfers launched at the Sepers B.V shipyard in Holland. The XSS (Extreme Semi-SWATH) offers significant improvements in motion levels over conventional platforms and is on target for delivery to Turbine Transfers later this year in time to demonstrate its capabilities in the rougher autumn and winter weather. This boat is intended to enable improved availability throughout the year providing O&M operations when they are most needed.
Three BMT Nigel Gee Design WSV's Launched
Three new Windfamrm Support Vessels (WSV) built to BMT Nigel Gee designs launched in 10 days from three different shipyards. The vessels range from a 19.4m propeller driven conventional catamaran design to a 26m Extreme Semi-Swath (XSS), fitted with active motion damping systems consisting of T-Foils and interceptors. Sea trials for two of the vessels have been completed, both of which have met all expected performance criteria. The XSS is currently in transit to the open sea in order for trials to commence in the coming weeks.
GAO Reports on TWIC Challenges
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued its report on challenges relating to the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. Issuance of TWICs to maritime workers was delayed, but is now largely completed. A significant source of delay was the power failure at the government facility processing TWIC data. Full recovery from that incident pends and the cost is estimated at $26m. Development of the electronic card reader faces challenges due to inadequate planning. GAO-10-43 (12/10/09). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)
Seaspan Newbuild & Time Charter
Seaspan Corporation (NYSE:SSW) announced that it purchased and accepted delivery of one 4250 TEU newbuilding vessel for approximately $43m constructed by Zhejiang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. of China. The company also announced that it is finalizing the terms of a time charter for the vessel with United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), a liner company jointly owned by six Arab states. Seaspan expects the time charter to be for a two-year period commencing between July 1, 2010 and July 15, 2010 at a rate in excess of $20,000 per day. Seaspan funded the purchase of the vessel with existing credit facilities and with equity raised from the sale of $26m of Series B non-convertible perpetual preferred shares issued to Jaccar Holdings Limited, an investor related to Zhejiang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
HPH Trust Acquires Major Stake in Huizhou Terminal
Hong Kong Container port business trust Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPH Trust) has reached an agreement to purchase a majority stake in Huizhou International Container Terminals Limited (HICT) in Guangdong from the trust’s sponsor for about $86.26m. HPH Trust will acquire 65% and 15% of HITC equity interest, respectively through its subsidiaries, Yantian International Container Terminals (Phase III) Limited (YICT III) and Shenzhen Pingyan Multimodal Company Limited (PML). The company said that…
Bach Dang Shipbuilding Co. Delivers Bulk Carrier
The first of a series of eight 22,500-ton ships to be built under a contract between the Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (Vinashin) and the Vietnam National Shipping Lines Corporation (Vinalines) was delivered on March 27. The Golden Falcon Ship, built by the Bach Dang Shipbuilding Company – an affiliate of Vinashin, was launched since November 2006. The cargo ship was designed by VINAKITA, a joint venture between Vinashin and Japan’s KITADA, with a 6,230HP main engine. It was built under the supervision of NK, a Japanese registration agency. The 153.2m-long and 26m-wide ship is the biggest bulk carrier built by the Bach Dang Shipbuilding Company and will be operated by Falcon Shipping Company – a subsidiary of Vinalines which specialises in transporting petroleum and gas.
Q-Max Floating Dock Launched
On March 21, 2014, senior management from N-KOM and Nakilat attended the launching and naming ceremony of N-KOM’s Q-Max sized floating dock at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in South Korea. 42,000T of fabrication work has been completed for the floating dock named Laffan, measuring 405m by 66m with a lifting capacity of 120,000T. The second Handymax-size floating dock measuring 163m by 26m with a lifting capacity of 6,250T is currently under construction at N-KOM. Expected to be operational by the first quarter of 2015…
CTruk Floats 26m Semi-SWATH Design
CTruk is offering a 26m Semi-SWATH vessel in collaboration with BMT Nigel Gee for the European offshore wind industry. The company plans to build this hull form in advanced composite, giving the enhanced seakeeping benefits of SWATH technology and the load-carrying capacity of a catamaran alongside increased power and speed gained from weight-saving composite. According to the builder, the 26.3m semi-SWATH design offers improvements in motion levels over conventional vessels and…
CWind Orders Four Crew Transfer Vessels
CWind, a provider of services to the offshore wind industry, has placed an order for four new crew transfer vessels from Aluminium Marine Consultants (AMC), a shipbuilding and consulting company based on the Isle of Wight. The order consists of two 23m aluminum catamarans and two 26m aluminum catamarans. CWind currently manages a fleet of 22 dedicated offshore wind crew transfer vessels but this is the first time the company has ordered aluminum vessels. Peter Jorgensen, Managing Director CWind, commented on the addition to the CWind fleet: "The new larger vessels will boost our fleet’s capability and thus enhance our ability to serve our clients’ requirements.
Maersk Awarded $26M Deal
year 2006 funds. sealift ships. These ships move cargo primarily in support of deployed U.S. military forces worldwide. exercised, would bring the total value of the contract to $134,796,176. will be primarily maintained at U.S. operating status, but must be deployable worldwide when activated. performance is worldwide, and is expected to be completed by September 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. offers received. contracting activity (N00033-05-C-5340).
Seacat Services Adds 23m Catamaran
Offshore energy crew transfer vessel operator, Seacat Services, has added a new 23m vessel to its fleet. The South Boats IoW built catamaran, named Seacat Mischief, joined the fleet in late November, and is currently being readied for deployment. As the European offshore wind market focuses on the three increasingly distinct areas of deeper water construction, expansion in new markets and existing operations and maintenance activity, vessel operators have to think carefully about their fleet capabilities. Seacat Services’ new 23m vessels, in conjunction with its 21m, 24m and 26m catamarans - and soon to be built 27m boats - can provide a host of different solutions to meet these changing demands.
284 Ships transit Suez Canal Last Week
Suez Canal traffic data showed that 284 ships transited the canal, with a total load of 14.34m tonnes, from 19 to 24 August 2016, reports Daily News Egypt. Compared to July 2015, before the inauguration of the New Suez Canal, the average daily number of transiting vessels totaled 47 vessels, with an average load of 2.76 million tonnes per day. The number of vessels that passed through the new canal coming from the west through the northern entrance was 135, with a daily average of 27 vessels, and a total load of 7.65m tonnes, recording a daily average of 1.27m tonnes.