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Vessel Launched News

Offshore Runner Vessel Launched

The Offshore Runner vessel (Yard No 358) for Raj Shipping Agencies Ltd, Mumbai was launched on February 11 at Dempo Shipbuilding and Engineering Pvt Ltd, Old Goa. Among the dignitaries present were, Mr Naushir Mehta, director of Raj Shipping Agencies Ltd, Ms Mehta, Mr Dilip Sawant, design consultant, Mr Yatish S Dempo, director, Mr Sanjeev A Kanekar, general manager (works), Mr Vivek Phadte, works manager and other members of staff and contractors. source: Navhind Times

GSL Launches Two and Commissions One

According to reports, Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has launched two vessels and commissioned one all on a single day. All three vessels have been designed and built by GSL for the Indian Coast Guard. The two vessels launched include an Extra Fast Patrol Vessel (XFPV) and an Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV). The 105 metre long AOPV will be the biggest vessel ever built for Indian Coast Guard. The XFPV will be the fifth in the series built by GSL. The commissioning of XFPV Coast Guard Ship Subhadra Kumari Chauhan was held at MPT jetty in Vasco. The 266 ton vessel is 50 meters long and is primarily designed for patrolling, anti-smuggling and anti-terrorist operations.

LNG Ship Glut Foreseen

The liquefied natural gas market may have a ship surplus in 2014 and 2015 as new vessels launch faster than production plants complete. There are 78 ships on order, amounting to 21 percent of the existing fleet, the Hamilton, Bermuda-based Hoegh LNG AS, owner of seven carriers, informs in its quarterly report as reported by Bloomberg Business News. While annual world output of the fuel, known as liquefaction, will be 330 million metric tons in 2017, from 242 million tons in 2011, some of the new ships will arrive before production expands, Hoegh's report stated. Source: Bloomberg  

Nauta Bags Two Fishing Vessel Orders

Image: Nauta

Nauta Shiprepair Yard in Poland has signed two contracts in recent days for building partially outfitted fishing trawlers for its Danish client Karstensens Skibsvaerft AS. Within the first order Nauta will produce a partly outfitted vessel with length 69.9 meters and beam 14.2 meters. The B – 436 unit will be ready to hand over in March m2017. This vessel will be similar to the other seiners – Kvannoy and Beinur – which Nauta has built for Karstensens Skibsvaerft AS. The second order is for building a slightly smaller vessel with the length of 63 meters and beam of 12.8 meters.

A Worker to Explore the Seabed

Photo courtesy Seabed AS / Cummins Norway AS

Mariners have become accustom to seeing ever more complex and sophisticated vessels launched in support of the petroleum exploration industry. A new level was set this year when the Norwegian yard Fjellstrand AS launched the multi-purpose offshore vessel Seabed Worker for Seabed AS of Begen Norway. The DP2 classed vessel has two 2500 kW stern-mounted Voith propulsion units, a Rolls Royce 1000-kW tunnel bow thruster and a Rolls Royce 1000-kW retractable azimuthing bow thruster.

First of BC Ferries’ Super C-Class Vessel Launched

The first of BC Ferries’ three new Super C-class vessels, Coastal Renaissance, was officially launched at a special ceremony in Germany. Representatives from BC Ferries and the shipyard were on hand to witness this major event as the ship was launched into the water for the first time. The Coastal Renaissance is scheduled to leave Germany for Canada in late October and is expected to be in service in early 2008. The second and third vessels will be arriving in B.C. in early and mid 2008. All vessels will be in service by mid summer of 2008. The new Super C-class vessels will be the largest double-ended ferries in the world. They will carry 1650 passengers and 370 vehicles and will provide both British Columbians and tourists alike with a whole new west coast travel experience.

Cruise Ship QE2 To Become Floating Hotel

Cunard’s QE2 will become a luxury floating hotel according to Sky News The 70,000-ton vessel, launched by the Queen in 1967, is to be sold to the Dubai World company. The ship will be delivered to Dubai World in November next year. It will be berthed, from 2009, at a specially-constructed pier at The Palm Jumeirah development in Dubai. The QE2 is the longest-serving vessel in the 168-year history of Cunard, which is owned by Carnival Corp, a British/American company. Dubai World, whose investment arm Istithmar has made the purchase of the QE2, already owns shipping company P&O. Source: Sky News

Iran Submarine Returns to Persian Gulf After Refit

K-class Iranian Navy Submarine: Photo credit CCL 2

Russian-built 'Kilo-class' diesel-electric submarine repaired by Iranian engineers after original builders declined the work. Iran has returned a Russian-built Project 877 class (NATO Kilo) diesel-electric submarine to the waters of the Persian Gulf following a refit, IRNA news agency reports. The refitted boat, the Tareq, was relaunched at the port of Bandar Abbas. Iran has three Project 877 boats bought from Russia in the 1990s. "Iranian engineers have repaired the boat's radars…

Broström Vessel Launched at Ferus Smit

At a ceremony on February 8 at the Shipyard Ferus Smit in the vicinity of Groningen, Holland, another modern, double-hulled product tanker of 7,600 dwt was launched and named. The vessel was given the name BRO GEMINI by the godmother Mrs Betty van den Driest, the wife of Mr Carel van den Driest, Chairman of the Executive Board of Koninklijke Vopak NV. BRO GEMINI will when delivered be serving Broström's portfolio of cargo contracts with major oil companies together with the earlier delivered sister vessels BRO GRACE, BRO GLORY, BRO GLOBE and BRO GALAXY. All these vessels are the result of a close co-operation between Broström and Erik Thun AB. Another three vessels are on order at the same yard.

Egyptian Dive Vessel Launched

The Red Sea is noted as one of the finest dive destinations in the world. Many visit Egypt’s coastal resorts and hire boats to take them to nearby reefs. With the launching of the 39 by 8.6-meter M/S Royal Evolution the area that is open to divers has been significantly increased. With a 2000 nautical mile cruising range and licensed to operate up to 600 miles from refuge, the new BV-classed SOLAS compliant vessel can take visitors to some of the best dive spots in the region. Powered by a pair of 1100 hp Cummins KTA38 M1 main engines the boat has a 14-knot maximum speed and 12-knot cruising speed. Accommodation is provided for 24 passengers and 16 crewmembers.

Northrop Grumman Supplies the Ancora

The new megayacht Ancora, which recently made its debut from Italy’s Baglietto shipyard in La Spezia, has been fitted with a state-of-the-art integrated bridge system (IBS) supplied by Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Sperry Marine business unit. The bridge electronics suite is based on Sperry Marine’s VisionMaster FT technology and features an array of TotalWatch multi-function workstations for controlling the ship’s radars, electronic chart system, closed-circuit TV, machinery monitoring and conning displays. The package also includes a gyrocompass, autopilot, steering system and other navigation subsystems and sensors. Telemar Yachting…

Questions Loom Over Leaks in HL01-Florence

According to reports, initial inspections have been made without results after HL01-Florence, reported ly the largest vessel ever built in Vietnam, took on water only hours after its launch April 6. Divers of Ha Long Shipbuilding Co. in northern Quang Ninh province on Monday checked the bottom of the 53,000-ton vessel, whose stern sunk slightly after water leaked through its outer hull and flooded half of the fourth among five compartments. A company official predicted that some of the ship’s valves had been negligently left unlocked, causing the leak. But another official said the reason might originate from the rails under the bottom of the vessel, which were used to create momentum for the ship launch.

Thai Offshore Patrol Boat Launched

 HTMS Krabi

A BAE Systems designed Offshore Patrol Vessel being built by the Royal Thai Navy has been launched at a ceremony at the Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard. The launch of HTMS Krabi on Friday (2 December) was conducted by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and comes just 15 months after the vessel’s keel laying ceremony in August 2010. Under a technology transfer agreement, signed in June 2009, BAE Systems supplied the design of its 90 metre Offshore Patrol Vessel, which its industrial partner Bangkok Dock has adapted to meet the specific requirements of the Royal Thai Navy.

Spanish Shipyard Launches Grampian Defiance

The last in the series of new D class Emergency Response and Rescue Vessels (ERRVs), commissioned by Craig Group in a $55m investment programme, has been launched. The Grampian Defiance, the last of four new-build emergency rescue and response vessels (ERRVs) which will be managed by Craig Group division North Star Shipping, was launched today at Balenciaga Shipyard in Northern Spain. The new ERRVs – named the Grampian Don, the Grampian Dee, the Grampian Discovery and the Grampian…

World’s First LNG-Powered Containership Launched

Isla Bella: General Dynamics NASSCO

General Dynamics NASSCO launched the 3,100 teu Isla Bella, the world’s first LNG-powered containership. More than 3,400 shipbuilders, their families, and others attended the special event at the San Diego-based shipyard. After christening by Sophie Sacco — wife of Michael Sacco, president of the Seafarers International Union — the 754-foot-long Isla Bella slid into San Diego Bay on the high tide at 9:10 p.m. Fireworks erupted as the ship floated. The containership, part of a two-ship contract, was built for TOTE at what is the last major yard still in existence on the US west coast.

Austal Launches Offshore Crew Transfer Vessel for CMS

(Photo: Austal)

Austal Australia has launched Hull 392, a 70-meter offshore crew transfer vessel for Caspian Marine Services Limited (CMS) of Azerbaijan, at the company’s Henderson shipyard in Western Australia. Following the contract award in June 2015, construction commenced in October 2015. In parallel with the forward hull module fabricated at Austal Philippines in Balamban, Cebu, the stern hull module and superstructure were constructed at Austal Australia. In March 2016 the forward hull was transported to Henderson where the superstructure and stern were connected.

New Trawler Launched in Poland

Photo: Nauta Shiprepair Yard

A launching ceremony for the partly outfitted fishing trawler M/V Voyager took place February 21 at Newbuilding Division of Nauta Shiprepair Yard in Gdańsk, Poland. It will be one of the most powerful fishing vessels in its class. Voyager is 86.4 m long and 17.8 m wide. The loading capacity is more than 3,200 cubic meters. The trawler will be fishing in the North Atlantic, the area known for its challenging weather. It is precisely for this reason why the ship must have a high power - propulsion system delivering 120 ton bollard pull.

Nauta Yard Launches Offshore Vessel

Photo: Nauta

Nauta Shiprapair Yard launched a partly outfitted service offshore vessel, Esvagt Njord, built for Norwegian client, Havyard Ship Technology. Taking place on January 22, the launching marks Nauta’s first in 2016. The contract for this unit was signed roughly a year ago, and today the ship launched from the slipway B1. Esvagt Njord was built at a rapid pace, simultaneously with other ship construction in Nauta Shipyard – said Ewa Jagielska Director of Marketing in Newbuilding Department in Nauta Shiprepair Yard. Esvagt Njord is 84 meters long and over 17 meters wide.

Sea Star Line, Boys & Girls Clubs Partner to Name Marlin Class Ships

Paola Dominguez with a rendering of the new Marlin Class ship. The Isla Bella will enter service in the 4th quarter of 2015. (Photo courtesy of Sea Star Line)

In June 2014, Sea Star Line partnered with the 11 clubs of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico in a contest to name the new liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels which will be dedicated to the Puerto Rico trade by TOTE, Sea Star Line’s parent company. The Marlin Class vessels have attracted international attention as the first cargo ships in the world to run on natural gas. In addition to their improved environmental profile, the Marlins will represent a new standard in safety and TOTE’s long-term commitment to the people of Puerto Rico.

ESG Deliver Towboat, Launch PSV

Bravante lX Christening: Photo courtesy of ESG

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. informs that it has delivered the towboat MV Kimberly Hidalgo to Florida Marine, and on the same day launched the Platform Support Vessel (PSV) MV Bravante lX for Boldini S.A., Bravante Group of Brazil. The new tugboat is  one of a series with EPA Tier 3 main propulsion engines and generators delivered to Florida Marine. The reduction gears are direct coupled Twin-Disc Model MG- 5600 with a 6.04:1 reduction supplied by Stewart Supply, Inc. of Harvey, Louisiana.

ESG Launches M/V Bravante VII

At the launch of the third of five Platform Supply Vessels under contract with Eastern.

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has christened and launched the M/V BRAVANTE VII for Boldini S.A., BRAVANTE GROUP of Brazil. This is the third vessel launched in a series of five. The event was held on December 20, 2013 at Eastern’s Nelson Street Facility with hundreds of Eastern’s Employees and Guests. Attending from Bravante were Nuno Neves, William Grutter, Pedro Correa and Cristiana Marsillac along with several members that traveled from Brazil witnessing the launch of the third of five Platform Supply Vessels under contract with Eastern.

Fremantle, Strategic Marine Build OSV

Two Western Australian companies have cooperated to set new design and construction standards for multi-million dollar high speed vessels built specifically for the Australian offshore market. Fremantle maritime support solutions company Samson Maritime ordered two 131.2 ft fast utility vessels from Henderson-based Strategic Marine last July, with the first of the vessels launched early this week at Strategic’s Singapore yard. The vessel, named the Samson Supporter, has a top speed in excess of 25 knots…

New Vessel Part of Russian Fishing Fleet Renovation

A new generation fishing vessel was built by OAO Leningrad Shipyard Pella, Otradnoye, Russia, under the survey of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS). The vessel launching ceremony was held on May 28, 2014, and construction is expected to wrap up by late July 2014. The RS class notation is КМ Ice2 AUT1 Fishing Vessel. According to RS, the highly automated vessel of project PL475 was designed for longline fishing using resource-saving methods and modern technologies of fish processing as well as product storage and transportation. The vessel capacity will be up to 500 t per day. The fishing target species are cod, haddock, halibut, wolffish, perch and other ground species.

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