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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Great Lakes Towing, Shipyard to Hire 100

(Photo: The Great Lakes Group)

The Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard have announced plans to hire 100 employees before the end of January 2018 to support continued growth driven by client demand. The company said it is seeking candidates to fill a wide range of positions, including shipyard welders, shipfitters and more. “At The Towing Company, we’re looking for great people to join our team,” said Joe Starck, the company’s president. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, The Towing Company is the owner and operator of the largest fleet of shipdocking tugboats on the U.S. Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence River Seaway.

Bureau Veritas Launches Wind Farm Service Ships Guidance

International classification society Bureau Veritas has published guidance for designers and builders of Wind Farm Service Ships. Maxime Pachot, offshore service vessel manager at Bureau Veritas, says, “Although some of the existing Offshore Service Vessel fleet can perform the tasks necessary for developing and maintaining offshore wind farms, we see an increasing need for specialist craft. These will include specialised vessels for servicing offshore wind farms. These will have particular characteristics and to be efficient they will have to be new designs.

Wilhelmsen Appoints Neilan Asia Pacific Sales Director

Photo courtesy Wilhelmsen Ships Service

Wilhelmsen Ships Service appointed Sean Neilan Sales Director for its Asia Pacific region. Wilhelmsen Ships Service supplies Unitor marine products, technical services, ships agency services and maritime logistics.  

New Ports Service Established

A new service between China and U.S. East Coast ports has been launched by Century Bridge Container Lines, which provides direct ports of call to Houston, Miami and N.Y. Lasting only 28 days to arrive to the Gulf, the port rotations encompass Xingang, Qingdao, Shanghai, and Shenzhen (port of Chiwan). With immediate effect, cargo moving on CY/CY basis from Southern China to U.S. on board the company's "all-water East Coast Service" ships.

New Ciserv Company to Serve Baltic

Wärtsilä Corporation and the BLRT Grupp of Estonia have agreed to set up a joint venture to service ships in the Baltic area. The new company will be named Oü Ciserv BLRT Baltica and will be a "one-stop" shop for servicing ships covering all aspects of ship repairs, as well as servicing multiple engine brands, boilers, hydraulics, gearboxes, winches, pipework valves, armatures, propellers, shafting, and other ship equipment. The joint venture will be owned 51% by Wärtsilä and 49% by the BLRT Grupp. Ciserv BLRT Baltica will operate in Tallinn, Estonia. The new company will start with some 65 employees in Tallinn but with the facility to draw on the extensive resources of both Ciserv and the BLRT Grupp according to the needs of individual service jobs.

Wilhelmsen Ships Wins Alcatel-Lucent Contract

Wilhelmsen Ships Service Staff at the Alcatel Warehouse (Photo courtesy Wilhelmsen Ships Service)

Wilhelmsen Ships Service Saudi Arabia has been awarded a three year warehousing and logistics contract in Dammam by Alcatel Lucent Technologies. The contract is expected to further the ongoing development of the business relationship between Wilhelmsen Ships Services and Alcatel-Lucent across the Gulf region. “This logistics contract with Alcatel-Lucent will serve to raise the market awareness in Saudi Arabia of Wilhelmsen Ships Service as a quality logistics service provider” says Russell Dinwoodie of Wilhelmsen Ships Service Dammam.

Unitor Chemicals Now Wilhelmsen Chemicals

Unitor Chemicals AS, part of Wilhelmsen Ships Service, is changing its name to Wilhelmsen Chemicals AS. Wilhelmsen Ships Service acquired Nalfleet earlier this year. In future, Wilhelmsen Chemicals AS will supply both the Unitor range of chemicals, as well as the new Nalfleet marine chemicals portfolio. Existing company agreements will not be affected by the name change which took place on 1 April, and the company will continue to operate from its Norwegian office in Kjøpmannskjær.

A New Wärtsilä Company to Serve the Baltic Region

Wärtsilä Corporation and the BLRT Grupp of Estonia will set up a second joint venture to service ships in the Baltic area. The joint venture will be owned 51% by Wärtsilä and 49% by the BLRT Grupp. Establishing a service company is integral to Wärtsilä's strategy of strengthening its position as the Total Service supplier to its marine customers. The new company will be named Wärtsilä BLRT Services Klaipeda UAB and it will provide a single source of marine service covering all aspects of ship repair including servicing of engines, gearboxes, propellers, and other ship equipment. Wärtsilä BLRT Services Klaipeda UAB will operate in Klaipeda, Lithuania.

CTruk Builds BV-classed Wind Farm Service Catamaran

CWind Challenger

CTruk delivered its 12th 20T multi-purpose catamaran, CWind Challenger. As well as being the first of these popular offshore wind support vessels to be designed, built and classed to Bureau Veritas (BV) rules, the 18.5m multi-role workboat is also the first Category 1 vessel built by the company under the MCA MGN 280(M) rules. To top off the CTruk team’s achievements, CWind Challenger is the first craft to be classed by Bureau Veritas under their Wind Farms Service Ship class notation. CWind Challenger is part-owned by Scott Wharton of North Devon-based S&P Fish.

New Krishnapatnam, India Office for Wilhelmsen

Wilhelmsen Ships Service announced the opening of a branch office in Krishnapatnam on the east coast of India. Krishnapatnam is one of the fastest growing private ports in the region, serving primarily the coal market for imports and iron ore for exports. The office is located in Harbour Heights, Main Road, Muthacar. The expansion of the company’s presence in India is responding to the increased business activities that it is undertaking in the Indian sub-continent.   Since establishing the office, the Wilhelmsen Ships Service team has already handled a number of port calls for major coal and iron ore principals. Wilhelmsen Ships Service supplies Unitor marine products, technical services, ships agency services and maritime logistics.

AMSEA Awarded US$33-Million Navy MSC Contract

AMSEA operated RoRo: Image credit MSC

General Dynamics American Overseas Marine LLC (AMSEA) apprises it has been awarded the USD$32.7 million contract modification to operate and maintain seven large, medium-speed, roll-on / roll-off ships (LMSR) for the Military Sealift Command. Under the terms of the modification, AMSEA will provide services including crewing, engineering, maintenance, procurement and provisioning. Initially awarded in 2010, the contract has a potential value of $238 million over seven years. "AMSEA…

NASSCO Lays Keel of Fourth Product Carrier

General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD), laid the keel of the fourth ship of its State-class product carriers. The ship will be named Empire State, the state nickname of New York. NASSCO began constructing the Empire State last January. The ship will be double-hulled and have a cargo capacity of approximately 331,000 barrels. It will be used in Jones Act service, carrying petroleum and chemical products between U.S. ports. The shipyard anticipates delivering the vessel to U.S. Shipping Partners in the second quarter of 2010. General Dynamics NASSCO employs more than 4,700 people and is the only full-service ship construction and repair yard on the West Coast of the United States.

Crowley Announces Management Team for Newly Formed Ship Assist and Escort Services Group

Crowley Maritime Corporation has announced the appointment of Robe Grune to the position of vice president and general manager of Crowley’s newly formed ship Assist and Escort Services based in Seattle. Grune is responsible for profit and loss for the Ships Assist and Escort Services group and reports directly to Tom Crowley, Jr., chairman, president and CEO of Crowley Maritime Corporation. Crowley announced the reorganization of its Crowley Marine Services subsidiary into three distinct operating groups in October, including Energy and Marine Services, Ship Assist and Escort Services and Petroleum Services. With present operations in San Diego…

Privinvest Forms Shipbuilding JV in Angola

Middle East based shipbuilding group Privinvest announced the start of a major shipbuilding and maritime economy program with the Republic of Angola that will initially see the shipbuilder provide a range of vessels for the Angolan Navy. In parallel, Privinvest together with Simportex, will develop and operate a shipyard in Angola to build new ships, service ships and provide a wide range of servicing facilities for the existing fleet, Privinvest said. In addition to supplying a number of ships, Privinvest will be provide a Transfer of Technology to enable the construction of naval vessels in Angola. According to Privinvest, the initiative is a component of its investment strategy in Angola and the strengthening of business relations between Privinvest and the Republic of Angola…

Remontowa Group Opens Service Centre in West Africa

Remontowa Group are commencing operations in West Africa providing direct access to Remontowa's experience and know-how for owners and operators of offshore support vessels. The new entity, Remontowa Marine Services Namibia, will increase Remontowa presence and after-sales client support operations in Africa's growing offshore market. The major areas of operation to be covered by Remontowa Marine Services Namibia(RMSN) will be offshore industry based in Angola, Nigeria, Gabon and Namibia and others countries in West Coast of Africa. The new Remontowa company will be mainly responsible for servicing offshore support ships belonging to shipping and offshore companies co-operating with Remontowa Group (owners and operators of newbuildings delivered by the Gdansk…

Obituary: Martin J. Canfield

Martin J. Canfield: July 22, 1956 – November 2, 2015

Martin J. Martin Jay “Marty” Canfield, 59, of Iola, Kansas, died Monday, November 2, 2015, at the Allen County Regional Hospital. Marty was born July 22, 1956, in Independence, Missouri. He served in the U.S. Navy for 11 years, and following his time in the service, he traveled working at nuclear power plants before becoming a field service engineer for Boiler Controls. Marty was in the marine engine room automation industry for more than 20 years servicing ships all over the world, working for G.R.Bowler, Inc. Marine & Industrial Controls, managing its VA shop for 13 years.

Tugboat Ordered for Service in Port of Riga, Latvia

The vessel is due to be delivered to PKL Flote in the summer of 2013. It is planned to operate the new tugboat in Riga port, where PKL Flote already employs a vessel of the same type – Castor – which has already proved itself very well in Riga Port. PKL intends to keep modernizing its fleet. Twelve new tugboats have been constructed over the past several years, operating in Estonia, Finland and Latvia (Ventspils). The new tugboat is designed as an icebreaking class ARC4, which allows it to operate in areas with one-meter-thick ice, and in addition the tugboat is to be equipped with a powerful external fire-fighting system. It will also be possible for PKL Flote to use the vessel to provide escort tugboat services…

Great Lakes Towing Frees Stranded Freighter

Great Lakes Towing Company tugboats 'Wyoming' & 'Idaho' free the grounded freighter Spruceglen in Lake St. Claire. The Great Lakes Towing Company, which celebrates 115 years of service this year, provides tugboat and towing services, ship assist, logistics and cargo transportation, ice breaking, and emergency assistance of every kind of vessel, barge, and marine structure in 40 U.S. Great Lakes ports located on all five Great Lakes and in all eight U.S. Great Lakes States. The Company’s tugboat services cover more than 8,300 miles of shoreline and a water surface area of roughly 100,000 square miles, an area officially identified as the nations “fourth seacoast,” and equal in distance to any of the other seacoasts.

Coast Guard Hosts Russian Federal Security Service

Rear Adm. Arthur E. Brooks, Commander Seventeenth Coast Guard District, receives Lt. Gen. A. A. Lebedev, Commander Northeast Border Directorate of the Federal Security Service of Russia, and his delegation in Anchorage Monday, April 9, 2007. The delegation will be working with their U.S. Coast Guard counterparts through the week to discuss the continued exchange of relevant information and joint operations on the Maritime Boundary Line and in the Pacific Ocean. The Russian Security Service ship Vorovsky conducted joint exercises with the Coast Guard Cutter Chase Monday and is now moored in Kodiak for an official visit.

Port Updates Uderway in Santiago de Cuba

Image: Guillermón Moncada Port

With Chinese and Cuban construction specialists survey, the work on a new multipurpose terminal at the Guillermón Moncada Port in Santiago de Cuba has officially began. This large multipurpose maritime terminal for Santiago de Cuba will convert the present harbour into an efficient installation for industry and trade. A231-meter long dock will become a multipurpose maritime terminal capable of handling modern ships and equipped with large dockside cranes, rail and road connections and ample storage facilities.

China to Build 2,500 Ships for Indonesia

Short Sea Cargo Ship: Photo credit Wikimedia CCL

Indonesia Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Kadin) to import 2,500 short sea service ships from China starting this year. Natsir Mansyur, Vice Chairman of Kadin's Trade, Distribution and Logistics division informed Xinhua, the officeal China News Agency, that Kadin has signed the agreement with China and a total of 2,500 coastal and short sea ships worth US$5-billion will be delivered gradually within 5 years starting 2013. Transporting goods in Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago with 17,000 islands, is very costly due to poor logistics and bad infrastructure.

Shipyard Employees Design Tool for Breaker Maintenance

A tool designed by Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) employees will make servicing ships' breakers more efficient. Breakers prevent overloads and potential electrical fires in shipboard electrical systems. A Navy submarine typically contains 20 to 30 breakers, and an aircraft carrier has approximately 50. In order to service a breaker, a shipyard worker must flip the 540-pound unit repeatedly. The task is arduous, time consuming, and often requires several workers to accomplish the re-positioning in a safe manner. With the new tool, a single worker may maneuver the breaker with ease. The tool was the brainchild of NNSY Second Year Apprentice Adam Fahy. Fahy himself is no stranger to manual labor. In his spare time he enjoys working on cars and engines.

Caley Davits for Irish Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel

Photo credit Irish Naval Service

Caley Ocean Systems contracted by Babcock to supply rescue boat davits for new Irish Naval Service ship. The all-weather Caley davits are designed for rapid deployment, enabling boats to be held in readiness and launched in seconds, even in Sea State 6 (5 metre (16ft) significant waves) conditions. Crew safety is paramount to the davits handling system which features anti-pendulation control for pitch and roll damping and reduction of pendulum swing. During boat recovery, the towing boom positions the boat under the davit…

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