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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Bell Finance Director, Aberdeen Harbour

Photo courtesy Fifth Ring Integrated Corporate Communications

Aberdeen Harbour Board has appointed James Bell as finance director following the recent retirement of Graeme Clark after 26 years service. Bell joins the Board from the Caledonian Brewing Company, a subsidiary of Heineken UK, where he was head of finance since 2002. A graduate of Dundee University, Bell initially trained with Bird Simpson, Chartered Accountants, and spent seven years with Meston Reid & Co before joining Diageo in 2001.

Ferries to Greece Back on Schedule

Louis announced that ferry services to Greece have resumed for the summer season. The cruise ship Princessa Marissa would be offering ferry services to Piraeus and Rhodes for the second year in a row following a hiatus of around five years. Ferry services between Cyprus and Greece were suspended after violence flared in Israel during the second intifada. The service used to run from Piraeus to Limassol before ending in Haifa, and most of the demand for ferry services was from Israelis wanting to travel to Greece or take their cars to Europe. However, when Israelis stopped traveling, demand from Cyprus was not enough to keep the services running. Last year was the first time the Princessa Marissa resumed schedule under a pilot scheme that was to run until September.

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.

Unique System Wins Two-year NPCC Contract

Photo: Unique System FZE

Unique System FZE, a Unique Maritime Group company, an integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solutions provider, has been awarded a two-year service contract by The National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC). Established in April 1973, the NPCC is a construction company which provides clients total engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services in the development of offshore and onshore oil and gas fields for the Arabian Gulf and the regional markets. Over the years Unique System FZE has been supporting NPCC offshore operation with a wide range of survey equipments.

Rolls-Royce Inks Service Deal with Siem Offshore, Subsea 7

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Siem Offshore and Subsea 7 have signed a joint three-year service agreement with Rolls-Royce. The agreement covers a total of 74 offshore vessels. This is the first agreement the two Siem owned companies have signed with the same service provider. Under the agreement, Rolls-Royce will maintain and service all of the equipment it has delivered to the two companies’ offshore vessels. At present, aftermarket services account for roughly 40 percent of Rolls-Royce Marine’s revenues. Long-term agreements account for around a quarter of this.

Clarkson Port Services Director Celebrates 30 Years Service

Barry & Sheila Stokes: Photo credit CPS

Barry Stokes, a director of UK-based Clarkson Port Services (CPS) recently celebrated 30 years' service with the company. Barry was one of the very first CPS staff members, when, in 1983 he opened a Genchem Shipping office in Runcorn to provide vessel agency support to Genchem Chartering (ICI), British Fuels and Arklow Shipping. He built up a profitable and successful operation, integrating it with Vopak and Clarkson Brothers & Casper to further develop the UK agency representation.

Ulstein OCV Vessel Delivered

Photo courtesy Ulstein Group

Yard number 283 Sarah, type Ulstein SX121 Offshore Construction Vessel, was delivered to Marine Subsea on December 16. The vessel has been designed and constructed by Ulstein Group. The Ulstein SX121 offshore construction vessel features the characteristic Ulstein X-Bow, enabling her to operate under all weather conditions while remaining steady and comfortable for the crew. Equipped for 100 persons, the vessel is 393.7 ft long and 82 ft wide. She has a tower, moonpool, ROV hangar, crane and helideck. This is oil service company Marine Subsea’s first vessel from the Ulstein Group.

USCG to Decommission Local Cutter

USCGC Point Huron, an 82-ft. patrol boat with more than 32 years service in Hampton Roads was decommissioned during a ceremony at USCG Station Little Creek, Va. Point Huron was placed in service Feb. 17, 1967, and arrived at Station Little Creek May 3, 1967. The cutter's primary missions included search and rescue, drug interdiction, fisheries, marine environmental protection, recreational and commercial vessel safety, maintaining security zones, aiding in coastal defense and public affairs. Point Huron's normal operating area included the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, and the Atlantic Ocean from New Jersey to South Carolina. In August 1999, Point Huron will be replaced by USCGC Albacore, an 87-ft. coastal patrol boat.

USCG to Decommission Local Cutter

USCGC Point Huron, an 82-ft. patrol boat with more than 32 years service in Hampton Roads was decommissioned during a ceremony at USCG Station Little Creek, Va. Point Huron was placed in service Feb. 17, 1967, and arrived at Station Little Creek May 3, 1967. The cutter's primary missions included search and rescue, drug interdiction, fisheries, marine environmental protection, recreational and commercial vessel safety, maintaining security zones, aiding in coastal defense and public affairs. Point Huron's normal operating area included the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, and the Atlantic Ocean from New Jersey to South Carolina. In August 1999, Point Huron will be replaced by USCGC Albacore, an 87-ft. coastal patrol boat.

This Day in Naval History – September 13

1814 - British bombardment of Fort McHenry inspires the Star Spangled Banner. 1847 - Marine Brigade leads U.S. forces that storm Chapultepec Castle near Mexico City, inspiring one line of the Marine Hymn 1906 - Sailors and Marines from USS Denver land in Havana at the request of the Cuban government to preserve order during a revolution. 1939 - Navy suspends transfers to the Fleet Reserve after 20 years service and retains men on active duty. 1985 - Commander Middle East Force orders escort of Military Sealift Ships in Persian Gulf because of Iranian seizure of merchant vessels. (Source: Navy News Service)

US Navy Awards Landing Craft Contract to Textron

The Navy awards a $212 million contract for Textron Inc. In March 2011 a solicitation for Ship-to-Shore-Connector landing craft was issued  by the U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command. The request for proposals began the process of building a replacement for the Landing Craft Air Cushion amphibious craft that first entered service in the mid-1980s. The office of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said the contract includes options that could make it worth as much as $570 million. Landrieu’s office said Textron will build a boat at its Slidell facility with a 30-year service life capable of carrying a 74-ton payload and traveling at speeds of more than 35 knots. Sen.

STX Wins Seaspan Ferry Design Contract

STX Marine (STXM) has been awarded the contract for the engineering package for Seaspan Ferry Corporation’s fleet replacement program. The completed concept design will form part of a bid package, expected to be released to shipyards for tender in July 2013. The new design will feature a 60 trailer capacity, service speed of 14 knots and a planned 40 year service life. STXM will be examining the latest propulsion technology and energy efficiency technology for incorporation into the design. In addition, the design will include a modern comfortable facility for crew and drivers.  

New GM at ZF Masson

Michel Fétiveau took over the position of General Manager at ZF Masson in Saint Denis les Sens, France, replacing Francesco di Paola who has retired after many years’ service with ZF Masson and ZF Padova. Fétiveau started his professional career in 1982 after a graduating in mechanical engineering with bias towards internal combustion engine design. His first years were spent in the R&D department of Lucas Diesel Systems (now Delphi Diesel Systems) as application engineer concerned with fuel injection systems for heavy duty applications such as farm tractors, trucks and power generators. In 1988, he moved to the commercial department of Lucas Diesel Systems to develop new customers in the growing market of Diesel engines for cars.

Survitec, Ocenco Team Up to Meet EEBD Replacement Demand

The Ocenco M-20.2 EEBD Courtesy Survitec

Survitec Group, one of the world’s leading marine safety companies, is now working in partnership with Ocenco to replace thousands of M-20.2 Emergency Escape Breathing Devices (EEBDs) that are reaching the end of their service life. When SOLAS amendment regulations II-2/13.3.4 and 13.4.3 came into force on 1 July 2002, all vessels had to be equipped with EEBDs. At the time, one of the most popular choices was the maintenance-free Ocenco M-20.2 EEBD. The 15-year service life on the first wave of products purchased to satisfy SOLAS is approaching, and many will expire in 2017.

Construction Starts on USNS William McLean

General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), began construction of the future USNS William McLean, the twelfth ship of the U.S. Navy’s T-AKE program. The William McLean is named in honor of the Navy physicist who conceived and developed the heat-seeking Sidewinder missile. The ship is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy in the third quarter of 2011. The T-AKE ship incorporates international marine technologies and commercial ship-design features, including an integrated electric-drive propulsion system to minimize operating costs over its projected 40-year service life. The primary mission of T-AKE ships is to deliver as much as 10,000 tons of food, ammunition, fuel and other provisions to combat ships at sea.

NASSCO Starts Construction of Tenth T-AKE Ship

General Dynamics NASSCO began construction of the tenth ship of the U.S. Navy's T-AKE program. The ship will be named later and is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy in the third quarter of 2010. The T-AKE ship incorporates international marine technologies and commercial ship-design features, including an integrated electric-drive propulsion system to minimize operating costs over its projected 40-year service life. The primary mission of the ships is to deliver as much as 10,000 tons of food, ammunition, fuel and other provisions to combat ships at sea. NASSCO has delivered the first five ships of the T-AKE class and has construction contracts for five additional ships. The Navy is expected to order the construction of a total of 14 ships.

Today in U.S. Naval History: September 13

Today in U.S. Naval History - September 13   1814 - British bombardment of Fort McHenry inspires the Star Spangled Banner.   1847 - Marine Brigade leads U.S. forces that storm Chapultepec Castle near Mexico City, inspiring one line of the Marine Hymn   1906 - Sailors and Marines from USS Denver land in Havana at the request of the Cuban government to preserve order during a revolution.    1939 - Navy suspends transfers to the Fleet Reserve after 20 years service and retains men on active duty.   1985 - Commander Middle East Force orders escort of Military Sealift Ships in Persian Gulf because of Iranian seizure of merchant vessels.

Davie Delivers Canada’s New Naval Support Ship

(Photo: Davie Shipbuilding)

Commissioning and sea-trials have been completed for Canada’s first Resolve-Class Naval Support Ship, Asterix, the first new naval support ship to enter service with the Royal Canadian Navy in more than five decades. The ship, which is also the first large naval platform to be delivered from a Canadian shipyard in over 20 years and the first naval ship to be delivered since the launch of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, was delivered on time, to budget and at an internationally competitive cost…

Seacat to Support Siemens Gamesa at Galloper

Photo: Seacat Services

Seacat Services, and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (Siemens Gamesa), have signed a two-year charter deal to support early Operations & Maintenance (O&M) activity at the 336MW Galloper Wind Farm. Seacat Services is an offshore energy support vessel (OESV) operator and Siemens Gamesa is a global offshore wind manufacturer and service provider. Having secured the 56-turbine supply deal for the multi-million pound project, currently under construction by innogy SE, Siemens Gamesa is now supporting the wind farm as it moves into the operational phase…

Halliburton Bags Maria Project Service Contract from Wintershall

Photo: Wintershall Holding GmbH

Wintershall Norge AS has awarded a four-year service contract to Halliburton Norge AS to support its Maria Projects in the Norwegian Sea. The contract is effective immediately and will be used for drilling-associated services on Wintershall’s Maria development in the Norwegian Sea. The agreement, which contains incentives for efficient well deliveries, can also be used for other Wintershall activities. “At an uncertain time for the industry, this contract provides a timely boost…

GE Oil & Gas $120M Subsea Service Contract

Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras), a world leader in deep-water and ultra-deep water oil production, has awarded GE Oil & Gas a four-year service agreement to deliver repairs, maintenance and retrofits on Petrobras’ fleet of subsea equipment installed in the Campos Basin offshore Brazil. The scope of the agreement, valued at approximately $120M, includes service and repairs on over 300 exploration and 250 production tools, as well as retrofitting six subsea production trees each year with GE advanced technology. GE will conduct the service program from its Macaé Service Center, located in Rio de Janeiro state, which is currently undergoing a $30M investment refurbishment and expansion. The 91,000 sq.

Ship of the Year: MOL FSRU Challenger

MOL FSRU Challenger. (Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.)

MOL FSRU Challenger is Maritime Reporter & Engineering News' Great Ships of 2017. The World’s Largest Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU Max). Japanese shipowner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) in middle of October, took delivery of MOL FSRU Challenger the world largest floating storage and regasification unit (called FSRU Max vessel) from South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. The state-of-the art FSRU Max vessel has a variety of valued functions…

North P&I Club Appoints Dawn Robinson as Global Director

Dawn Robinson. Photo: The North of England P&I Association Limited

North P&I Club has appointed a new Global Director of People as part of a company-wide focus on driving forward leadership and development. Dawn Robinson has joined the global marine insurer following three years in a world-wide role at Nomad Digital and previous appointments with Sage PLC as well as Finland based Outotec. Dawn brings with her a wealth of experience in change management, leadership and development, operations and employee relations. Working with the senior operations team…

Maritime Reporter Magazine Cover Dec 2017 - The Great Ships of 2017

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