Swansea News

31 Oct 2019

Damen Delivers Third FCS to High Speed Transfers

Photo: Damen

The delivery of the third Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2710 bought by Swansea, UK-based High Speed Transfers has taken place at Damen Shipyards Antalya. Named HST Harri, she joins the HST Hudson, delivered in May 2018, and the HST Sofia, which was handed over in March this year. A fourth FCS 2710 for High Speed Transfers, to be named HST Euan, is currently nearing completion for delivery in December.The HST Harri is booked to start immediately on a five-year contract in the North Sea with wind farm operator MHI Vestas…

19 Apr 2019

Cardiff Port Preps for 2019 Cruise Season

The CMV operated cruise vessel Marco Polo will be making several calls to Cardiff over the summer. Photo: Associated British Ports

The Port of Cardiff is expecting a busy cruise season which starts with the visit of the Cruise and Maritime Voyages-operated Marco Polo on Monday (22nd April), said Associated British Ports (ABP).Between May and June 2019, three cruise calls and over 2000 passengers will utilise port facilities and services provided by ABP South Wales at the Port of Cardiff.Richard Butler, Commercial Manager, ABP South Wales, said: “We are looking forward to once again welcoming thousands of passengers to the Port of Cardiff.

13 Mar 2019

SMS Group Wins Vessel Refit

Images: ALERT 1 AND 2: The SMS Group, one of the country’s leading ship repairers and marine engineering services providers, has refitted the Trinity House Vessel (THV) Alert. It has also won three publicly tendered ‘Lots’ with regards to mechanical and electrical maintenance for Trinity House.

UK-based ship repairers and marine engineering services provider SMS Group has secured two very important contracts with Trinity House."The culmination of many months work has seen the SMS team in Lowestoft secure both the refit of the Trinity House Vessel (THV) Alert and three publicly tendered ‘Lots’ with regards to mechanical and electrical maintenance," said a press release from the firm.James Grala, the General Manager of SMS Lowestoft, said “We’ve won both the mechanical repair…

21 Jan 2019

HST Orders Damen Fast Crew Supply Vessel

Tom Nevin (Managing director, High Speed Transfers), Arjen van Elk (Sales Manager, Damen Shipyards Group) (Photo: Damen Shipyards Group)

Damen and High Speed Transfers Ltd (HST) signed a contract for a third FCS 2710 fast crew supply vessel, for delivery in September this year. The FCS 2710 is the replacement for Damen’s FCS 2610 and was first shown to the world in July 2018 with HST as the lead customer. Effectively a complete redesign bringing with it a range of new capabilities and features, the FCS 2710 is capable of carrying twice as many passengers - 26 - as its predecessor and is also able to operate in wave heights of more than two meters due to an extra meter of freeboard.This latest addition to the HST fleet…

11 Dec 2018

Blyth Catamarans Delivers New Survey Vessel

Photo: Blyth Catamarans Ltd

Blyth Catamarans has handed over its largest vessel to date, an 18m survey vessel for the UK’s Swansea University, a project that has been in the making for nearly 14 months.‘Mary Anning’ features a large A frame, dive lift and survey station for Swansea University. And it boasts hard-wearing DuroWipers pantographs, synonymous with the new Shannon class lifeboat builds.Among some of the other advanced specs onboard Mary Anning are two trawl winches, a moon pool with multi-beam deployment…

04 Jul 2018

Damen Rolls Out Fast Crew Suppliers 2710 and 1204

HST’s naming ceremony for FCS 2710. Photo: Damen Shipyards Group

Damen showed two new Fast Crew Supply vessels to the world for the first time on the 3rd of July at the 2018 Seawork International Exhibition and Conference, currently underway in Southampton, UK. The FCS 2710 and FCS 1204 received their first public viewings and the naming ceremony for the FCS 2710 was also held on the opening day of the show. The FCS 2710 is the successor vessel to the highly popular FCS 2610, which has sold over 40 vessels worldwide over the past seven years.

02 May 2018

Damen Debuts New Fast Crew Supplier Vessel

Damen FCS 2710 front view Photo Damen

Damen Shipyards Group has introduced a new model to its Fast Crew Supplier range: the FCS 2710, which builds on the FCS 2610 first introduced in 2011.The first FCS 2710 vessel is already in build at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem for delivery in July 2018. The FCS 2710 retains the twin hull, axe bow design. However, as the offshore energy industry has evolved in recent years so has its requirements for crew transfer vessels and the regulations that govern them. Damen has listened to the feedback and designed a vessel that retains much of the fundamental design of the 2610…

03 Jan 2018

Hospital Ship Sunk in Bristol Channel a Century Ago

HMHS Rewa (CREDIT Sailors society / Wikimedia)

One hundred years ago tomorrow (January 4) the sinking of a hospital ship by an infamous German U-boat commander caused outrage across Britain. Wilhelm Werner broke international law when he fired on HMHS Rewa, killing four seafarers and causing the vessel to sink into the Bristol Channel, 19 miles off Hartland Point. The Rewa - which had served in the Gallipoli campaign - was transporting walking wounded from Malta to Wales when it was torpedoed. The ship took two hours to sink, which gave those on board time to get into lifeboats.

14 Aug 2017

Mainstay Marine Expands Lifting Capacity

Pembroke Dock on the Milford Haven Waterway (Photo: Mainstay Marine Solutions)

Welsh workboat builders and servicing specialists Mainstay Marine Solutions said it has secured funding to support the purchase of a 150/200 ton boat lift. Mainstay Marine Solutions, marine engineers located in the deep-water port at Pembroke Dock on the Milford Haven Waterway, are set to purchase an amphibian boat hoist with the assistance of Coastal Communities Fund (CFF) funding. The 150/200 ton hoist will be capable of lifting vessels out of the water and moving around their 4.6 hectare site and into the company’s’ 4,000 m2 of covered workshop space.

12 Jul 2017

Giant Iceberg Breaks off Antarctica

Thermal wavelength image of a large iceberg, which has calved off the Larsen C ice shelf. Darker colors are colder, and brighter colors are warmer, so the rift between the iceberg and the ice shelf appears as a thin line of slightly warmer area. Image from July 12, 2017, from the MODIS instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite. (Image: NASA Worldview)

One of the biggest icebergs on record has broken away from Antarctica, scientists said on Wednesday, creating an extra hazard for ships around the continent as it breaks up. The one trillion tonne iceberg, measuring 5,800 square km, calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica sometime between July 10 and 12, said scientists at the University of Swansea and the British Antarctic Survey. The iceberg, which is roughly the size of the U.S. state of Delaware or the Indonesian island of Bali, has been close to breaking off for a few months.

04 Jul 2017

The Impact of Future Global Tides on Energy

Photo: The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

The first comprehensive study of the impact of global sea-level rise on tides has implications for future coastal flood risk, harbour management, and the long term planning of tidal energy sites. This research, published in Continental Shelf Research by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), University of Southampton and Deltares, shows that sea-level rise can significantly alter tides across the world in many different ways in both space and time. The change will be most pronounced in shelf seas on the east coast of the Americas…

26 Jun 2015

Offshore Renewables: The Future is Now

The London Array off the coast of Kent is the largest offshore wind farm in the world. Credit: London Array Limited

While the recent swoon in world oil and gas prices has predictably cooled a number of offshore renewable projects, there is a palpable change regarding the way in which the world views renewable energy. Renewable energy projects, at one time merely serving as window dressing, are slowly weaving their way into the mainstream energy mix, with European countries, namely the U.K., leading the way. In November world leaders will arrive in Paris to negotiate a new global agreement on climate change…

13 Aug 2013

Redwise Report Recent Vessel Delivery Voyages

Esnaad 1010: Photo courtesy of Redwise

An OSV, a dredger and a landing craft have been recently added to the Dutch vessel delivery firm Redwise’s track record of completed ocean passages. The newly built landing craft  “ESNAAD 1010” of 1.334 gt and installed propulsion power of 1696 BHP was successfully delivered on her maiden passage during the monsoon season from the Sealink Yard at Miri (Malaysia) to Abu Dhabi (UAE). The newly built Offshore Support Vessel “OCEAN STAR”, departed from the yard at Guangzhou (China) on May 15th heading for her new homeport Dos Bocas (Mexico).

30 Jul 2013

Redwise RepositionsThree Vessel Globally

Ocean Star

Redwise reported the successful repositioning of three ships globally, relocating an OSV, a dredger and a landing craft. The offshore support vessel Ocean Star, departed from the yard at Guangzhou, China on May 15 heading for her new homeport Dos Bocas, Mexico. The route took the vessel via great circle route across the Pacific Ocean to Panama Canal. Ocean Star safely arrived on the Caribbean side of Mexico on July 20 after a maiden voyage covering 10,676 nautical miles. The well-maintained and sturdy 1975 built dredger Sand Weaver  recently departed from the U.K. port of Swansea.

27 Mar 2012

GL Garrad Hassan Names Business Development Manager

Ian Finch (Photo: GL Garrad Hassan).

Hamburg - GL Garrad Hassan has appointed a new Business Development Manager in the UK, Ian Finch will be responsible for managing sales and business development activities for the GL Group with a special focus on offshore wind. He will work closely with Christoph Thiel, the newly appointed Head of Business Development and Sales for GL Garrad Hassan and Colin Morgan, who leads the Group's Offshore Wind Practice. Finch is an experienced sales and business development manager with over twenty years of working experience.

20 Jan 2011

Harris Pye Group: No Swansea Dry Docks License

The news that the Harris Pye Group has failed in its attempt to renew the necessary license to develop and expand the Swansea Dry Docks for use for refurbishment and repair of a wide range of types and sizes of vessels has disappointed the Barry-based group, who had plans for the regeneration of the area and for an increase in employment opportunities. “We are naturally extremely disappointed not only for ourselves, but for a potential workforce of up to two hundred people and 50/60 trainees per year who would have graduated from our Training School. We also rue the missed opportunity for those who would have helped establish the thriving supply chain that would inevitably have sprung up in support of our actions,” said Mark Prendergast, Managing Director of the Harris Pye Group.

19 Aug 2010

Marlink Provides Sealink to Fastnet Line

Cut    Photo courtesy Saltwater PR

Marlink, provider of maritime satellite communications, has recently secured a new three-year contract with Irish Ferry Operator, Fastnet Line. As part of the new agreement, Marlink will deliver, install and operate its innovative Sealink VSAT solution onboard Fastnet Line's flagship vessel Julia, providing the ferry operator with high-quality, reliable bandwidth for vessel management, passenger and crew applications. "In addition, Sealink(TM) will improve operational efficiency…

03 Aug 2010

Harris Pye Milestone, Two Vessels in Dry Docks

A new milestone has been achieved by the Harris Pye Group (HPG), vessels have been in both the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince of Wales dry docks in Swansea simultaneously – a first for the Group which signed a longer lease on the dry docks in April 2010 following the departure of Saga Pearl II which had been refurbished and refitted at the docks. The two vessels are Visten and Welsh Piper. The dredger, Welsh Piper, has now left having had her biannual special service, and undergone pipe replacement and steelwork (some 20 tonnes of steel were used in all). The Visten remains, she is owned by Canada’s CAI Logistics and is a tanker being converted into a bulk carrier. Work being undertaken includes the installation of two cargo cranes and the redesign of the hatch cover arrangement.

18 May 2010

Swansea Dry Docks Open for Business

Following the successful use of Swansea Dry Docks for the refit and refurbishment of Saga Pearl II, now successfully cruising; work on MV Julia, now plying the Fastnet Ferry Cork-Swansea overnight route; and emergency repair work on the 213.2 ft hopper dredger Heron, Harris Pye Group (HPG) has signed a longer lease on Swansea’s Duke of Edinburgh and Prince of Wales dry docks – a move that is attracting interest from a number of shipping lines. “We are very much ‘open for business’, indeed we dealt with the requirements of UKD Dredging’s Dolphin at the start of May” said the Group’s Managing Director, Mark Prendergast. “We invested heavily…

04 Nov 2009

Harris PYE Assists in Saga Pearl II Refit

Saga's newly acquired cruise ship, currently called the Astoria and to be transformed into Saga Pearl II, the latest addition to their fleet, is to undergo her refit and total refurbishment in Swansea Dry Docks, Wales. The Harris Pye Group, based in Barry in Wales, has won two major contracts connected to the work on the vessel being undertaken over the course of the next five months. The first contract won by Harris Pye Group for a cruise vessel in South Wales is for the provision of the dry dock, and dry dock services which include the complete overhaul of the main engines, auxiliary engines, boilers, HVAC systems, electrical and automation as well as a large quantity of steel and pipeworks…

12 Oct 2009

Nathans Auditor of Swansea-Cork Ferry Ops

Ireland-based accountant and consultant Moore Stephens Nathans has been appointed auditor to the group of companies recently set up under the name Fastnet Line to operate a new passenger and freight ferry link between Swansea in Wales and Cork in Ireland. The service is scheduled to begin on March 1, 2010, providing the first crossing since 2006. The cessation of the old Swansea-Cork ferry operation in 2006 caused an estimated annual loss of $51.7 to businesses in Ireland, which relied on the service to bring large numbers of UK and EU tourists into the south-west of the country. Since the service ended, a number of lobby groups in both Ireland and Wales have been campaigning for a return of the ferry link…

26 Sep 2003

ABP Awards Transas VTS Contract

Transas Marine (UK) Ltd. has recently gained a contract to supply a Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) system for Associated British Port’s (ABP) South Wales Ports - Cardiff, Barry, Newport, Swansea and Port Talbot. The contract was awarded by ABP South Wales after extensive market assessment and a comprehensive tendering procedure. The Transas VTS system meets ABP’s primary requirements and responsibilities as the Statutory Harbour Authority for its ports, which are the management of shipping, the safety of navigation for all harbour users and the protection of the marine environment. The new system will support ABP by providing the duty Marine Officer with navigational information such as vessel position, vessel movements, timings and speed.

04 Mar 2004

BIMCO Offers MasterClass Workshop

Delivered in co-operation with the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law University of Wales Swansea, UK. This is the seventh of a series of innovative BIMCO Courses focusing on key aspects of maritime commerce. The workshops are designed for participants who already have some shipping experience and who wish to broaden their knowledge of the industry. Each workshop in the series consists of two or three full days of presentations by industry experts, combined with group discussions and case studies. Participants are expected and will be encouraged to contribute actively to the group discussions. At the end of each workshop, participants may take a short "open book" exam to assess their level of understanding of the subject matter.

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