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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Rising Tide of Innovation at Davos to Keep Plastic out of the Sea

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Technology that could avoid the equivalent of 100 garbage bags of plastic waste being created per second received a funding boost at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday. The five winners of the "Circular Materials Challenge", which focuses on the 30 percent of plastic packaging that is too small or complex to be recycled and often ends up in the ocean, will share the $1 million prize to develop their solutions, said the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and innovation network NineSigma.

Houghton Offshore Helps Set Another Record

Houghton Offshore has enabled the Transocean Sedco Forex to set a new world record for the deepest well drilled to date. The drillship Discoverer Spirit used a subsea blowout preventor (BOP), operating on a 2 percent mixture of Houghton Stack Magic 200 BOP fluid, as it drilled at 9,727 ft. below sea level in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, surpassing the previous record of 9,687 ft. set earlier this year. "The previous world record had been set on that same drillship using Houghton's BOP fluid in June 2001," explains LeeRoy J. Patin, Global Offshore manager at Houghton Offshore, a division of Houghton International specializing in the manufacture and formulation of water-based fluids for oil and gas production and exploration equipment.

Shanghai Port Sets New World Record

Shanghai Shengdong International Container Terminals. Photo: Shanghai International Port(Group) Co.,Ltd

The annual handling capacity of Shanghai Port surpassed 40 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units), breaking an existing world record, the Chinese state media reported. Xinhua quoted the Shanghai International Port Group saying that Shanghai Port started container transportation in 1978 with a handling capacity of 7,951 TEUs that year. As one of China's largest ports, its  throughput exceeded 30 million TEUs in 2011. In December 2017, Shanghai Yangshan Deep Water Port, the world's biggest automated container terminal, started trial operations.

Fastest Sailboat on the Planet – 'Vestas Sailrocket 2'

'Vestas Sailrocket 2': Image credit Vestas

The speed sailing boat smashes the current record in Walvis Bay, off the coast of Namibia. The new world record of 59.23 knots (109kph) set the best average time over 500m and broke the previous mark of 55.65 knots with a peak speed of 63 knots (119kph). Two days later the team improved this speed with a 59.38 knot run which peaked at exactly 120kph (64.78 knots). During the same run the team also smashed the nautical mile world record* with an average of over 55 knots. The ink was barely dry on the first record.

Immarsat FleetBroadband Supports Solo Circumnavigator

Guo's 40-ft yacht will be equipped with a FleetBroadband terminal provided by Inmarsat which will help him send back video and pictures and assist him in plotting a safe course as he attempts to cover 21,600 nautical miles in 130 days. For his latest challenge, Guo, the first Chinese to cross the Atlantic single-handed, in a 21ft (6.5m) yacht, will depart from his home city of Qingdao, China, in November, to head east to Cape Horn, South America. Inmarsat Executive Chairman, Andrew Sukawaty, commented: "We first met Guo Chuan as MCM on Green Dragon during the previous Volvo Ocean Race. We were all impressed by his courage and tenacity.

One for the Record Books

The cruise ship AIDAbella broke a Guinness World Record and is now the largest cruise ship ever to pull a water-skier. The world record was set in early October off the Spanish coast in the Bay of Alicante. In the shallow waters during the early morning sunshine, Jan Schwiderek, a reporter for the TV show “Galileo”, skied behind AIDAbella at a speed of 14 knots for a time of precisely 6 minutes and 25 seconds. Using a “flying start”, Schwiderek stepped onto his skis from a speedboat driving at full throttle.

Wärtsilä Engine Bags Guinness World Record

Wärtsilä 31 engine (Photo: Wärtsilä)

The recently launched Wärtsilä 31 engine has achieved a Guinness World Records title for the most efficient four-stroke diesel engine. Guinness World Records is a universally recognized authority on record breaking achievement. This achievement was verified on May 26, 2015. The listing is based on the Wärtsilä 31 engine's highest fuel efficiency levels, with its diesel fuel consumption being as low as 165 g/kWh. The Wärtsilä 31 engine is designed to serve various types of vessels in the offshore…

Norsafe Exhibiting Record Breaking Lifeboats at ONS

GES 50 MKIII  (Photo courtesy of Norsafe)

Norsafe, a leader in marine life-saving equipment, will be showing its world record breaking freefall lifeboat at the Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) show in Stavanger, August 29, to September 1, 2016. The GES 50 MKIII broke the world record on June 25, 2015 when the 70 passenger model was dropped from 40 meters with ten people on board. Since then the same lifeboat has been dropped several more times from this height, demonstrating the quality of design and workmanship by Norsafe’ dedicated and skilled workforce.

DP World London Gateway Port Welcomes Largest Box Ship

UASC Al Muraykh bow Courtesy  UASC

UASC’s MV Al Muraykh has sailed to UK’s new premier hub port and logistics park carrying a world record 18,601 TEU. London, UK, 2nd January 2016:- DP World London Gateway Port has welcomed one of the world’s largest container ships carrying a recorded 18,601 TEU (Twenty Foot Equivalent Units). The UASC owned Al Muraykh chose to call at DP World London Gateway to unload 3,800 containers. The ship is one of the largest in the world measuring 400 metres in length. The containers are loaded 11 storeys high above deck and 23 containers across the ship.

Team Britannia, GAC Inks Partnership Deal

GAC & Team Britannia sign deal Image GAC

As Team Britannia prepares for its bid to break the round-the-world powerboat record later this year, GAC has been named their official shipping and logistics partner. GAC will draw on the local contacts and expertise of its network of global offices and partners to provide the 80ft powerboat and its 12 strong crew with all the food, fuel and stores needed to complete the 23,000 mile voyage. The first-hand experience of the Group’s yachting and marine leisure experts at GAC Pindar Superyacht Services will also come into play for meeting the specific needs of the boat during its voyage.

Hyundai Sets Output Record

Hyundai Heavy Industries reported that it set in December a new world record in the monthly output of large ship engines, according to a report on http://joongangdaily.joins.com. Hyundai Heavy produced 17 large ship engines capable of generating a total of 890,000 hp last month, above its previous record of 760,000 horsepower in June, the company said. (Source: http://joongangdaily.joins.com)

PlanetSolar Betters its Own Transatlantic Record

Arrival MS Tûranor PlanetSolar: Photo courtesy of PlanetSolar

The solar-powered vessel has recently sailed the 2,867 miles from Las Palmas to St. Martin, French WI, at an average 5.3 knots to break the earlier record. During the trip around the world (2010-2012), the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar sailed for 26 days from one side of the Atlantic to the other, thereby claiming the world record speed for a solar-powered transatlantic crossing and her first entry in the Guinness World Records™. It hasn’t been broken since. It was not until 2013 that the largest solar boat in the world repeated the trip to realize a new global accomplishment: 22 days…

MLL's Fertig takes on Bermuda Challenge

Chris Fertig of Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) is competing for the Bermuda Challenge World Record leaving on his boat, the TDI CLEAN DIESEL from Liberty Harbor Marina in New York at 9:30 a.m. on September 21, 2011. MLL's sponsorship support of the M/V TDI Clean Diesel, captained by MLL's own Fertig -- General Manager of MLL's Maritime Technical Services (MTS) business unit -- will be competing for the Bermuda Challenge World Record. Created by Boating Magazine in 1994, the Bermuda…

Chevron Strikes Big in Deepwater GOM

Chevron Corporation reported that it has completed a record setting production test on the Jack #2 well at Walker Ridge Block 758 in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The Jack well was completed and tested in 7,000 ft. of water, and more than 20,000 ft. under the sea floor, breaking Chevron's 2004 Tahiti well test record as the deepest successful well test in the Gulf of Mexico. The Jack #2 well was drilled to a total depth of 28,175 ft. The test was conducted during the second quarter of 2006 and was designed to evaluate a portion of the total pay interval. During the test, the well sustained a flow rate of more that 6,000 barrels of crude oil per day with the test representing approximately 40 percent of the total net pay measured in the Jack #2 well.

World Record Attempt: Suhay Tries to Break Distance by Dinghy Mark

Photo courtesy of McMurdo

In 2014, Robert Suhay tackled the “longest single-handed distance sailed in a dinghy by a male – 283.5 nautical miles (326.24 miles)” into the face of Hurricane Arthur for a Guinness World Record. Next week, Suhay will attempt to break his own record in a 14-foot Laser dinghy unassisted from Beaufort, N.C. to Annapolis, Md., a distance of about 340 nautical miles that will take him around Cape Hatteras and across dangerous ocean shipping lanes. But, this time, Suhay will be using McMurdo’s Automatic Identification System (AIS) solutions to help keep him safe during the journey.

Houghton Offshore Awarded Five-Year Contract

Houghton Offshore has entered into a five-year contract with Transocean Sedco Forex for the supply of the following fluids for Transocean Sedco Forex's global fleet of mobile offshore drilling units: water/glycol based blowout preventer (BOP) fluids, as well as motion compensator, riser tensioner, and other water-based fluids. The new contract follows Transocean's recent world record for the deepest well drilled to date using Houghton's Stack Magic 200 blowout preventor fluid (BOP). The well was drilled in 9,687 ft. (2,952 m) below sea level in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Maersk McKinney Moller Sets Container Loading Record

Pic: Maersk Line

18,612 TEUs is the new world record for container loading, and was won by Maersk Line's Triple E Class vessel, Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, first in the series of behemoths Danish company, which sailed early in the week from the port of Algeciras, Spain with this huge cargo. The ship is now en route to Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia. APM Terminals explains in a note, the ship arrived at 2.00 hours on Monday to Algeciras from APM Terminas Tangier with 15,844 TEUs. In the Algeciras port loaded additional 2,180 TEUs, reaching a new world record.

Hurtigruten: 5 Day TV marathon in the Midnight Sun

(Source: NRKbeta.no; http://nrkbeta.no/2011/06/16/hurtigruten-eng/)

Norwegian Public Service broadcaster NRK transmitted the 134 hour boat trip from Bergen to Kirkenes live and non stop, starting last Thursday June 16 at 19:45 CET. For those curious if 134 hours of television is a Guinness World Record, it's not? It can’t compete with the 8,763 hours of a Big Brother show. The live stream is available at nrk.no/hurtigruten from Thursday June 16th 2011 until the ship lands in Kirkenes Wednesday June 22nd. Info on how to download etc. can be found there as well.

New Schlumberger Seismic Vessel Sets String of Records

Schlumberger announced its new seismic vessel, Geco Eagle, has successfully been deployed for her first acquisition job and has broken several world records in the process. The vessel left the shipyard where it was built in Bergen, Norway, and traveled halfway around the globe to Brazil - a distance of 6,359 miles - to take up her first job in the Campos and Santos basins on behalf of Amerada Hess and partners. This is the most remote startup ever undertaken by any seismic acquisition vessel. Geco Eagle then took fewer than seven days between deploying the first streamer section and recording the first commercial 10-streamer production. Now in full production, Geco Eagle continues to set new standards for the seismic industry.

Delta Named Redaelli Exclusive Distributor

Delta Rigging & Tools, Inc., a provider of of lifting and rigging products and related services in the United States, announced that they have reached an agreement with Redaelli to be the exclusive Redaelli distributor for both onshore and offshore in the U. S. Gulf of Mexico region. The agreement gives Delta Rigging & Tools sales and marketing exclusivity in the Gulf of Mexico region for Redaelli specialty compacted, non-rotating and multi-strand Steel Wire Ropes. Based in Milan, Italy, Redaelli produces steel wire ropes leveraging almost 200 years of experience. Redaelli wire ropes are found in numerous onshore and offshore sectors.

Partnership Sets Record for Mooring Depth

Delmar Systems, Inc. and Shell Deepwater Development, Inc. set another world record for mooring depth when the two companies partnered to moor Transocean Marianas in more than 7,500 ft. in the Gulf of Mexico. Semi-submersible drilling rig Marianas was moored in 7,569 ft. in Mississippi Canyon 657 using a Suction Anchor System and Delmar's Single Vessel Installation Procedure. The deepest anchor was set at 7,738 ft. The mooring system consists of eight 12-ft. diameter by 60 ft. long suction anchors embedded in the seafloor and attached to 10,000 ft. of 3.75 in. wire rope with the specially designed Delmar Sub Sea Connector. The connector allowed mooring line connection by an ROV provided by Oceaneering International, Inc.

SatPhone Saves Typhoon Victim

Charlie Martell used the phone to contact Falmouth Coastguard in the UK to summon help after his boat capsized several times when it was hit by winds of up to 50 knots and waves of more than 50ft (15.25m). The double Guinness World Record holder was attempting to set three new world records and raise money for charity in a 4,500 mile (7,242 km) solo crossing of the North Pacific Ocean. Falmouth Coastguard passed on details of his boat Blossom, which was damaged during tropical storm Mawar, to the Japanese Coastguard which then co-ordinated the rescue. Charlie, a Territorial Army Lieutenant and former Royal Engineer, had been at sea for 36 days when the storm damaged one of his boat's main bulkheads.

Incat Crowther Powers Waterski Record

Photo courtesy Mark Seaton Photographics

Incat Crowther supported the Horsehead Water Ski Club as it recently set a new water ski world record on the 28th of March 2010. The club had already set the mark of pulling 120 skiers from a deep start in January this year (the most ever pulled behind one boat), but with only 99 making it through the required nautical mile it was two skiers short of setting a new record. For the successful attempt in March, the club managed to get 116 skiers started and still had 114 up at the conclusion of the nautical mile, smashing the 100 skier mark set in 1986.

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