Sanmar Delivers New Svitzer Tug in Port of Sohar
Turkish tug building specialist Sanmar Shipyards followed up on recent deliveries of the two Sirapinar class ASD tugs to Oman's Port of Sohar with the delivery of the first of a three part order of the larger and more powerful Bigacay class ASD tugs. The arrival of this tug to the Port of Sohar, alongside its two sisters due shortly, will conclude the fleet development aims of the operator Svitzer and Port of Sohar; agreed as part of the 15 year renewal of the former's marine services contract, awarded in early 2019.
SMS Delivers Workboat to Maltese Tuna Farmer
U.K. shipbuilder SMS Group reports it has delivered a newbuild aquaculture vessel to a Tuna farm operator in Malta.The new vessel, Emmaya, has 24m LOA, 8.5m beam and a 3m draft, and it is built to the MCA-MGN-280-Catergory 1 (150nm from safe haven) workboat code. Designed by Walker Marine Design, the workboat will provide tuna harvesting and aquaculture/fish farm logistical and maintenance support services.David Azzopardi, Director of Fish and Fish Ltd, said, “This represents a major investment for Fish and Fish Ltd…
OSV Powers Up for Deepwater Efficiency the Island Offshore Way
While facing the same challenging market conditions as offshore vessel owners and service companies worldwide, Norway’s Island Offshore recently broke free from the enforced conservatism of the E&P sector, by adding not just a new ship to its fleet, but one that re-writes the rulebook in capabilities, technology and despite its size and power, environmental credentials.Simply put, Island Offshore’s new deep water installation Vessel ‘Island Victory’ is the most powerful multi-purpose offshore vessel ever built…
Robots Paints Hapag-Lloyd Vessel
German cargo container shipping line, Hapag-Lloyd AG announced that it is currently testing ship-painting robots with nine of its ships."Traditional manual work is increasingly being replaced by automated processes, such as self-driving Automated Guided Vehicles in container terminals. Thanks to robots, the quality of ship painting can also be improved and the docking time shortened," the transnational transportation company said in a press release.Keeping barnacles, mussels and algae off the hull – the subject of fouling is as old as shipping itself.
Port of Luleå 36m Hybrid Icebreaker Tug Delivered
The powerful 36 meter hybrid icebreaker tug Vilja was delivered to her Owner, Port of Luleå, on June 26th, 2019 at Gondan Shipyard in Spain. On July 4th, Vilja arrived in Luleå and the crew was very satisfied with the first sailing experience and tug performance on the journey home. The vessel will soon be used for ice management, firefighting and navigation aids service duties in the Port of Luleå, Sweden and will assist ships and conduct coastal towing in the northern sector of the Gulf of Bothnia.Vilja is a 36 meter TundRA 3600–H, Icebreaking Escort Tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd.
Optimarin Gears Up for BWMS Retrofit Wave
Optimarin is growing its staff to effectively handle the growing wave of ballast water management system refit activity.The company, which expects to double its turnover this year, has employed Leiv Kallestad as its new CEO, allowing Tore Andersen, the incumbent, to spend his time enhancing market focus and customer service. In order to handle the expected surge in retrofit installations, expected to peak in 2022-23, Optimarin will now make plans for additional expansion, with growth in the technical and sales departments.Optimarin has now sold 750 of its simple…
PALFINGER to Equip Nexans’ New Cable Layer
Nexans high-end cable laying vessel (CLV) Aurora is developed for operations in rough weather and has high maneuverability and station keeping capabilities. Ulstein Verft will construct the vessel and prepare for the topside equipment, the vessel is designed by Skipsteknisk in Ålesund. The CLV is 31 m wide, 149.9 m long, with a deadweight of 17,000 metric tons, and can accommodate 90 people.For this advanced cable laying vessel, which has a turntable with a large cable capacity of 10…
Famous Crab Fishing Boat Gets a New Crane
Captain Sig Hansen has been fishing crabs in Alaska aboard the F/V Northwestern for more than 30 years. In 2005, Discovery Channel aired the documentary TV show “Deadliest Catch”, which portrays real life aboard fishing vessels in the Bering Sea. Since then, he has been one of the most charismatic characters of the globally watched TV show.In April 2018, PALFINGER MARINE received a purchase order from Captain Hansen for a knuckle boom crane (PKM 250) to be used for lifting operations…
Four Escort Tugs Delivered to Star Marine
Four new escort tugs designed by Robert Allan Ltd. and constructed at the Triyards SSY facility in Saigon, Vietnam, by contract to Greenbay Marine Services Pte. of Singapore, have been delivered to owner Star Marine Ltd. of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.The four RAstar 3400 escort tugs, named Murjan 1, 2, 3, and 4, will be stationed in the Red Sea port of Rabigh, Saudi Arabia, and managed by Marine Services Co. Ltd.According to the designer, the RAstar 3400 escort/offshore terminal tug designation is reserved for a distinctive class of high-performance ASD tugs…
Palfinger to Replace Six Large Lifeboat Stations
Palfinger Marine has been chosen as the supplier for the replacement of six large lifeboat stations for the accommodation vessel Edda Fides. “We have been working closely with Edda Accoommodation on this project and found the best technical solution for their needs. Edda Accommodation’s request was to increase the lifeboat capacity as much as possible so that they are able to meet requirements from their customers worldwide,” says Robin Holmedal Pedersen, Area Sales Manager LSE. Palfinger Marine’s scope of delivery consists of six large, totally enclosed lifeboats with accompanying davits.
Washburn & Doughty Wins Hybrid Tug Orders
East Boothbay, Maine based Washburn & Doughty said it has secured a contract with Harbor Docking and Towing, of Lake Charles, La., to design and build two 93’ x 38’ Hybrid Z Drive Tugs. The 93’ x 38’ hull is a proven design with 18 tugs in operation and 4 under construction. The vessel will be built as a Harbor Assist Vessel as defined in USCG Subchapter M and admeasure less than 200 gross tons U.S. regulatory tonnage. Caterpillar Marine will provide a ‘stem-to-stern’ Cat content hybrid propulsion system, with support from both Milton Cat and Louisiana Cat in the sales effort. The hybrid propulsion system scope includes 3512E (2,550 HP @ 1…
Palfinger Marine Debuts New Fast Rescue Boat
Palfinger Marine said its new generation FRSQ 630 fast rescue boat offers optimal working conditions in rough sea conditions – at competitive pricing. In 2016, Harding Safety and Palfinger Marine merged into one company. Now the first product combining the lifesaving systems expertise of former Harding and the boat expertise of Palfinger Marine's professional boats division is introduced to the market: The new generation FRSQ 630 fast rescue boat. “FRSQ 630 features the best of both our worlds.
Bekkenes Steps Down from Palfinger President Post
Styrk Bekkenes, President of Palfinger Marine, has stepped down from his position. “With the strengths that lie within the company, both in terms of personnel and products, Palfinger Marine is very well positioned to be the preferred supplier of cranes, lifesaving equipment and winches for vessels and installations worldwide. I feel that the time is right for me to step down and seek new challenges,” said Bekkenes. Coming from the role of CEO of Harding Safety, Styrk has been the President of Palfinger Marine since January of this year.
Dual-fuel Escort Tug for Østensjø Rederi
The first of three new dual fuel RAstar 4000-DF class extreme escort tugs, the Dux, has been delivered to Østensjø Rederi AS by Spanish shipbuilder Astilleros Gondán S.A. Designed by Robert Allan Ltd., the 40.2 meter vessel is the first of a three boat order from Østensjø for severe weather operations at Statoil's Melkøya LNG Gas terminal at Hammerfest in the extreme north of Norway. These escort tugs will conduct approximately 300 LNG ship escorts annually, assist with berthing operations and will be maintained in readiness for emergency services such as long line towing…
World Record Lifeboat Boarding
The first full scale boarding test of the world’s largest lifeboat, Palfinger Marine's new flagship for the cruise industry, landed the company a new world record. In 2015 Palfinger Marine won the impressive contract for delivery of 24 tenders, 12 lifeboats, 36 davits and six rescue boat stations to a series of cruise ships being built by STX France. The complete lifesaving package is now in production, and April 20 marked a huge milestone for the project: The crucial full scale boarding test of the new MPC 49 – the world’s largest and Palfinger Marine's flagship lifeboat.
China's Emerging Ship Repair Leader
Maritime Reporter & Engineering News interviews Chen Yong president Zhoushan IMC YongYue Shipyard Engineering Co., (IMC-YY) an emerging leader in ship repair and conversion in China. For our readers not familiar with IMC-YY, can you describe your physical facilities? Houshan IMC-Yougyue Shipyard & Engineering’s success starts with its physical facilities, which includes two graving docks (300,000 dwt, 350 x 65 x 13.6 m; and 100,000 dwt, 251 x 39 x 11.8m) and two sizable wharfs, one measuring 524.5m long with a 12-m depth, the second 250m long with a 12-m depth.
Tersan Shipyard Orders Deck Equipment
PALFINGER MARINE and Harding Safety recently signed a contract to provide lifesaving equipment and cranes for two fishing vessels being built in Tersan Shipyard. Each vessel will be equipped with two PALFINGER MARINE knuckle boom cranes, one A-frame fast rescue boat davit, and one fast rescue boat. Harding Safety, which was acquired by PALFINGER in June of this year, will be supplying the fast rescue boats. This contract represents the first results of the Joining Forces strategy.
Palfinger Wins Deck Equipment Package
Palfinger Marine signed a contract with Turkish shipyard Cemre to supply a deck equipment package to a Havyard 832 MPV vessel being built for Esvagt. The package from Palfinger consists of cranes, winches and offshore equipment. The MPV will measure 81.9 x 17.16 m, with a deck area of 620 sq. m., a speed of 15 knots and a bollard pull of 100 tons. The delivery of the equipment is scheduled for 2017.
Crewboat Delivered to Caspian Marine
Built Built by Austal Ships, Rashid Behbudov, sistership to the Muslim Magomeyev and the second Incat Crowther 70m Catamaran Fast Crew Boat, has been delivered for Caspian Marine Services. Muslim Magomayev, the first of this design developed by Incat Crowther, was built by Incat Tasmania and delivered to CMS in 2014. Both Muslim Magomayev and Rashid Behbedov are engineered for the Ampelmann walk-to-work system, which transfers crew to offshore platforms in day-to-day operation as well as in emergency situations.
Vigor Delivers Two Pilot boats to M.E.
Vigor expanded its growing portfolio of international sales with the delivery of two, 19m all-weather pilot boats to The Port of Duqm Company (PDC), SAOC, Sultanate of Oman. The Port has been undergoing a major multiphase expansion and the new pilot boats will play a key role in ensuring the safety of vessels calling on the port. “This is an important delivery for us,” said Keith Whittemore, Vigor Executive Vice President of Business Development. “PDC is a world class, state-of-the-art Port with a major commitment to quality and safety.
PALFINGER Finalizes Harding Acquisition
The PALFINGER Group closed the acquisition of 100 percent of the shares in Herkules Harding Holding AS, i.e. the globally operating Harding Group, supplier of lifesaving equipment and lifecycle services for maritime installations and ships. The PALFINGER Group’s new member will be reported on as a fully consolidated company starting from the second quarter of 2016. As a consequence of the acquisition – the largest in the history of the PALFINGER Group – PALFINGER expands its marine business by adding new products and a global service network.
Harmony of the Seas Equipped with PALFINGER Crane
The world’s largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, is equipped with a PALFINGER MARINE foldable knuckle boom crane. A follow-up order for an identical crane and cruise ship is already received. The vessels was built at STX in St. Nazaire, France and has a PK 150002 M marine crane placed in the center of the top deck, one of 18 decks in total. The 362,10 meters long Harmony of the Seas can accommodate 6.780 guests in total. The PK 150002 M has an outreach of 27 meters and is fully DNV certified.
PALFINGER Makes Takeover Bid for TTS
The takeover bid made by the PALFINGER Group for the Norwegian ship equipment supplier TTS Group ASA, listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, was approved and published this morning by the Oslo Stock Exchange following a detailed review. PALFINGER aims to acquire 100 percent of the TTS shares. Apart from the necessary anti-trust approvals, the offer is also subject to the condition that at least 90 per cent of all the shares in TTS be offered to the PALFINGER Group (with PALFINGER having already secured acceptance of a total of approx. 66.3 per cent). The initial deadline for acceptance of the offer is 12 August 2016. The Board of Directors of TTS recommends that its shareholders accept PALFINGER’s offer.