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Monday, January 22, 2018

Vessel Hulls News

Boreal Orders Electric Ferry at Vard

Boreal’s new car and passenger ferry will sail on fully electric battery power from January 2020 (Image: Mult-Marine)

Shipbuilder Vard Holdings Limited said it has been awarded a contract to build a new car- and passenger ferry due for delivery to Norwegian public transport operator Boreal in the third quarter of 2019. The vessel will ply the Norwegian fjords powered by a fully electrical battery solution for continuous electric operations. Vard said the vessel’s hull will be constructed at one of its Romanian yards, Vard Braila, and final delivery will take place from Vard Brevik in Norway.

Case re Vessel Hull Design Registration

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that a vessel hull design that merely corrects a mistake in an earlier design is not substantial. In the instant case, plaintiff boat company designed and produced a new boat. The vessel hull design was submitted to the U.S. Copyright Office for registration, but the submittal was made too late after production had started to qualify. The boat was redesigned to correct minor mistakes in the original design. The revised vessel hull design was then submitted for copyright protection and accepted. Two other companies began producing boats the design of which was similar to that of plaintiff’s redesigned boat. Plaintiff brought suit.

Bill Introduced on Vessel Hull Design Protection

Senator Leahy (D-VT) introduced a bill (S. 1640) to amend chapter 13 of title 17, United States Code (relating to the vessel hull design protection), to clarify the definitions of a hull and a deck Source: HK Law

Strategic Marine Launches Caballo Maya

Photo courtesy Strategic Marine

Strategic Marine has successfully launched the first of two 496 ft Dive Supports Vessels, Caballo Maya (Hull 156) in Vietnam. The vessel was launched on the 5th of April, 2010, with the second vessel (Hull 157) approximately 90% complete and eight weeks from completion. “We were originally awarded the contract for Hull 156 in late 2006, and were engaged to exclusively carry out the steel fabrication works on the vessel,” explained Managing Director Mark Schiller. In late 2007 the Vung Tau based shipbuilder was awarded a contract for an additional vessel (Hull 157).

Zentech to Perform ZAIMS Work on Brazilian Aircraft Carrier

Aircraft Carrier SĂŁo Paulo at sea (Image: Zentech)

Zentech’s President Ramesh Maini announced that the company has been awarded a contract to perform an inspection and evaluation of the hull steel for the Naval Aircraft Carrier São Paulo, as part of the Brazilian Navy’s upgrade of this flagship vessel. Zentech will perform the work using the patented methodology of its ZAIMS (Zentech’s Asset Integrity Management Solution) system to assist the Brazilian Navy in assessing the sea-worthiness of the vessel’s hull. The initial work involves corrosion inspection…

Fast Cat Visits A&P Southampton

Condor Ferries aluminium fast catamaran Condor Vitesse has just departed A&P Southampton's drydock following the completion of the vessels annual refit. The 350 dwt ferry arrived at the drydock during early November for various drydocking operation works which included cleaning and blasting of the vessels hulls and the application of a new Intersleek paint system, suitable for aluminium hulls. Other work included the removal and replacement of the generators for overhaul, aluminium repairs to the vessel's hull and superstructure, completed in association with the Group's Aluminium Welding division located at A&P Shipcare - Dover. Following a period of 14 days in dock, the vessel sailed for Weymouth on scedule where it resumed normal service.

Euroseas Cancels Ultramax Newbuild Order

Euroseas Ltd., an owner and operator of dry bulk and container carrier vessels, has cancelled its order for an Ultramax dry bulk vessel under construction at Dayang yard due to excessive construction delays. The vessel, Hull Number DY 161, was previously scheduled for delivery at the end of August 2016. The ship owner has demanded the return of its progress payments and other expenses as specified in the contract and secured by refund guaranties. The parties have referred the matter to arbitration. In June 2016, the company cancelled another new build contract for a similar Ultramax vessel, Hull Number DY 160, with the same yard also due to excessive construction delays.

Meeting on Vessel Hull Design Protection Act

In preparation for a report to Congress on the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act, the U.S. Copyright Office and Patent and Trademark Office are requesting written comments and are announcing a public meeting. The Act created sui generis protection for original designs of watercraft hulls and decks. The two agencies are tasked with reporting to Congress on the effectiveness of the Act. They will hold a public meeting in Washington, DC on March 27, 2003. Written comments should be submitted by March 20, 2003. 68 Fed. Reg. 7350 Source: HK Law

Euroseas Signs an Addendum Shipbuilding Contract with YJZ Yard

Photo: Euroseas Ltd

Euroseas Ltd., an owner and operator of drybulk and container carrier vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk and containerized cargoes, has announced  certain developments related to its newbuilding program. The Greek liner has signed an addendum to its shipbuilding contract with YJZ Shipyard  for the construction of Kamsarmax vessel Hull Number YZJ 1153 scheduled to be delivered during the first quarter of 2018. According to the addendum, the Company acquired the option until December 31…

Euroseas Newbuilding Program Update

Photo Euroseas

Euroseas Ltd.announced that it has signed an addendum to its shipbuilding contract with YJZ yard for the construction of Kamsarmax vessel Hull Number YZJ 1153 scheduled to be delivered during the first quarter of 2018. According to the addendum, the Company acquired the option until December 31, 2016 to decide whether to build the vessel, or build a vessel of different type, or credit the payment already made as part of the original contract ($2.77m) to acquire a different vessel from the yard at a mutually agreed price…

Bisso Marine Sets 1,100 Ton Superstructure

Bisso Marine recently utilized the tandem heavy lift capabilities of the 700 ton capacity D/B Cappy Bisso and the 600 ton capacity D/B Lili Bisso to set an 1,100 ton newly built superstructure on to the hull of a new offshore vessel. The tandem derrick barges lifted the 1,100 ton superstructure from its fabrication area and transported the superstructure, while on the hook, several hundred feet to the awaiting vessel hull. The entire heavy lifting operation was performed in approximately six hours.

Passenger Vessel Allides with Pier in Baltimore

Damage sustained to the pier after the passenger vessel Spirit of Baltimore allided with the pier Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. (U.S Coast Guard photo by Tom Davan)

Passenger vessel Spirit of Baltimore struck the pier at Henderson Wharf Marina in Baltimore, Sunday morning, causing 60 feet of damage to the pier and cosmetic damage to the vessel’s hull. There were 447 people aboard at the time of the incident.   U.S. Coast Guard investigators from Sector Maryland-National Capital Region are investigating the incident and assessing the damage to the vessel and pier. The cause of the incident is still under investigation.   There is currently no report of pollution, the Coast Guard said.

Schottel: Propelling Inland Waterways for 65 Years

Since the 1950’s, SCHOTTEL propels inland waterway vessels with Z-drives and individually fitted thruster concepts. On the Amazon River Schottel thrusters, modified especially for shallow draft operation with a flat bottom nozzle that is partially integrated into the vessels hull, are driven directly by diesel engines. This nozzle concept reduces the draft of the vessel and thus reduces the danger of grounding and enables more clearance in shallow areas. www.schottel.de (As published in the June 2015 edition of Marine News - http://magazines.marinelink.com/Magazines/MaritimeNews)

New Hull Structure Analysis Software

The Korean Register (KR) released SeaTrust-HullScan, a software solution to analyze and appraise a vessel’s hull structure in accordance with the new harmonized common structural rules (CSR-H). SeaTrust–HullScan is a new ship design support program that enables ship designers and ship builders to accurately apply IACS CSR-H and all subsequent amendments when designing and constructing a vessel. SeaTrust–HullScan was developed in-house and has been rigorously verified with the major Korean shipyards.

Port Weller Christens Two Ships in One Day

For the first time in the shipyard’s five-decade history, two ships were christened on the same day at Port Weller Dry Docks in St. Catharines. The vessels, Hull 79 and Hull 516, were renamed and welcomed at a ceremony at the yard on March 3. The third of three CSL vessels to have forebody replacements at Port Weller, Hull 79, which was sponsored by Kimberley Pauley, wife of Capt. Steve Pauley, is the last part of a $100 million contract with Canadian Shipbuilding & Engineering. In addition to a completely new hull, which has been attached to the engine room portion of the former MV Louis R. Demarais, Hull 79 also boasts automated self-unloading equipment. Hull 79 also holds the distinction as one of the largest ships on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence waterway, at SeawayMax size.

Gas Carrier Concept Stems from Bulker Design

Intersection showing the cylindrical cargo tank in the Deltamarin and Brevik Technology multigas carrier design (copyright: Brevik Technology AS)

Deltamarin Ltd and Brevik Technology AS, a VARD affiliate, have joined forces to develop a novel multigas carrier design concept that combines the design of Deltamarin’s B.Delta and the new-generation patented cylindrical gas tanks by Brevik Technology. By combining the B.Delta design and separate cylindrical gas containment tanks, a cost-efficient and easy-to-build solution is now available to the gas carrier market, the developers explained. The design can be utilized for LNG, LPG, LEG and ethane carriers. “Up to now gas carriers have been complex and expensive to design and construct.

Eastern Shipbuilding Delivers TY Dolese

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is pleased to announce the recent delivery of the TY DOLESE towboat

During the 2014/2015 Holiday Season, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. Inc. of Mandeville, LA. for its ongoing new build program. Also, Florida Marine signed a contract for the 63rd vessel (Hull 193), an additional 90’ Inland Towboat. It was in early January 2015, when Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. signed this additional towboat, bringing the total to sixty-three (63) vessels contracted over the last 10 years. Four (4) of the most recent 90’ inland towboat deliveries to Florida Marine occurred over the past ten months.

Unicom Signs for LR’s Hull Integrity Service

Unicom Management Services (Cyprus) Ltd., the ship management arm of Russian national shipowner Sovcomflot, became the first tanker operator to sign up multiple ships to Lloyd’s Register’s new Hull Integrity service. Unicom has enrolled 17 of its tankers in Hull Integrity, from its Bridge class and Sea class fleets. Both series of ships are 47,000 dwt product and chemical carriers. The deal was sealed following the launch of Hull Integrity at the Posidonia exhibition in Piraeus, Greece in June. Hull Integrity aims to help owners and operators to manage their vessels’ hull structural integrity. The service comprises of three elements which enable a ship’s crew to undertake hull inspections in a systematic and auditable manner: training in how to carry out inspections…

BAE Systems Lays Keel for Dump Scow

Steve Becker, vice president of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, joins Victor Rhoades (seated), director and general manager of BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards, at a recent keel laying ceremony for the first of two dump scows under construction at BAE Systems’ Mobile, Alabama facility.

BAE Systems has completed another milestone in the construction of the first of two dump scows for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company. When complete, both vessels will be used to support dredging operations in the United States. Employees and executives from both companies recently gathered at the foot of the 98 ton keel block as Steve Becker, vice president of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, drove the ceremonial wedge and welded his initials in the keel of the first vessel, Hull 107.

IRClass Releases IR-HULL Software

Image: IRClass

Indian classification society IRClass has released its new technical software, IR-HULL, which evaluates strength and scantling compliance for seagoing steel ships. IRClass said it specifically developed IR-HULL to verify all aspects of ship design compliance to its established rules and regulations for the construction and classification of steel ships. The software, available to ship owners, designers, consultants and shipyards, analyzes global strength (including both longitudinal and buckling strength) and local scantling for all panels and stiffeners in a vessel’s hull section.

Cargotec Wins Another Volstad Crane Order

MacGregor 250 tonne AHC crane onboard Northocean 104

Volstad Maritime returns for repeat offshore crane contract from Cargotec. Following on from an order in April last year, Cargotec has won a contract for two active heave-compensated (AHC) offshore cranes from the privately-owned Norwegian specialist operator, Volstad Maritime. The two cranes, a 250-tonne MacGregor AHC subsea crane and a 15-tonne MacGregor AHC offshore crane, will be fitted to Volstad's new offshore construction vessel (OCV) on order at Bergen Group Fosen shipyard in Norway.

Diana Acquires Newbuild Dry Bulk Vessel

Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels signed, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, a Memorandum of Agreement to acquire from an unaffiliated third party seller, a newbuilding Capesize dry bulk vessel of approximately 180,000 dwt, for a purchase price of $50 million. The vessel (Hull No. BC18.0-51), built by Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry Co., Ltd., Qingdao, China, is expected to be delivered to the company by mid-January 2015. Excluding the newly acquired vessel, as well as two newbuilding Newcastlemax dry bulk vessels and one new-building Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel expected to be delivered to the company during the second quarter of 2016…

Lake Erie: USCG Assists Vessel Taking on Water

The U.S. Coast Guard assisted two people on Lake Erie Tuesday evening after their vessel began taking on water. Just before 4:30 p.m., mariners aboard a 20-foot vessel notified Coast Guard Station Lorain, Ohio, that they were taking on water one mile north of Lorain Harbor. Station Lorain issued an urgent marine information broadcast, which informs mariners of a distress situation and asks them to keep a sharp lookout, assist if possible, and report any sightings to the nearest Coast Guard unit. A Station Lorain boat crew launched aboard a 45-foot response boat and arrived on scene three miles north of Lorain Harbor and found the vessel's engine was flooded and unable to be started. The boat crew embarked the two people, began dewatering the vessel with a P-6 dewatering pump.

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