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New Anchor Handling Routine in HYPACK

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HYPACK Inc. announced the release of a new Anchor Handling Routine for the offshore construction market. Hydrographic and survey software company HYPACK, Inc said it has used its in-house expertise and input from a world leading Survey Company to design and develop the new Anchor Handling Routine. that allows both rig and anchor handling vessels (tugs) operators to graphically display the status and location of anchors and their cables, track their movement and deployment, and send the anchor locations to the anchor handling vessel operators. The new Anchor Handling is suited for offshore construction applications where anchor handling is one of the most demanding and inherently dangerous tasks performed. Moving the rig into the location before and after drilling can also be a substantial cost item. The new Anchor Handling routine will help improve the efficiency and safety of the operation, HYPACK said. Graphic 1 (below) displays: •Deployed anchors: Right-side up anchor symbols with solid lines to attachment points. •Raised anchors: Upside-down anchor symbols at attachment points. •Planned anchor drop points: Upside down anchors in red circles with dashed lines back to attachment points. Anchors can also be transferred to support vessels (tug in this case) and then dropped at any point


MAIB Repots on Pipeline Damage

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) issued the report of its investigation of an oil tanker, on June 25, 2007, dragging its anchor in the North Sea five miles east of Teesport and snagging a natural gas pipeline, resulting in material damage to the pipe, but no release of product. Due to heavy weather, the ship started to drag anchor. While weighing anchor so as to get underway, the ship’s windlass hydraulic motor exploded and the cable ran out to the bitter end


Aker Marine And Vryhof Sign Letter Of Intent

Aker Marine Contractors, (AMC) a subsidiary of Aker Maritime, and Vryhof Anchors have penned a Letter of Intent to extend their cooperation agreement through their U.S.-based joint venture company - TACP/Aker LLC. According to this new agreement, AMC will sell to Vryhof the substantial assets and rights of Sea Talon Anchors, which was attained by AMC in 1988. Within their core business, Vryhof will continue to focus on the design and manufacturing of high holding power drag embedment anchors


Bill to Require Anchors, Manned Barges

The Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Agirculture of the Massachussets legislature held a hearing on a bill to require tank barges carrying petroleum products to be equipped with an anchor system, anchor chain and windlass. The bill would also require tank barges to be manned unless the Department of Environmental Protection determines other technical or operational saftey measures provide an equivalent defree of protection.


BP Tankers Back in Service Following Anchor Malfunction

BP says it has put a fleet of double-hull tankers back in service after two ships lost their anchors last month in the Gulf of Alaska. The Alaskan Navigator and the Alaskan Frontier have each been outfitted with two new anchors. A spokesman said an investigation found the metal in the China-made anchors might not have been properly tempered to strengthen the metal. Beaudo says the fleet's operator, Alaska Tanker Co. of Beaverton, Ore


Divers Find Caribbean Island Pewter Treasure

Photo credit Anchor Research & Salvage

Shipwreck reveals precious coins, rare pewter artifacts to salvors at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The most important shipwreck of its kind dating from the 1500s was recently discovered by Anchor Research & Salvage SRL. According to noted pewter expert Martin Roberts "Pewter finds from the 2012 diving season continue to support present hypotheses on date and origin while also surprising collectors and challenging orthodox knowledge of the mid-16th Century pewter trade


MAIB Reports on Grounding of M/V WILLY

According to a report issued by the U.K. Department for Transport, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has concluded that the grounding of the M/V WILLY in Cawsand Bay on January 1 was caused by the use of insufficient cable on the anchor. A secondary cause was the failure of the Officer of the Watch to promptly detect that the anchor was dragging.


Kleven to Build Six for Siem Offshore

Norway’s Kleven Maritime won a $477m contract to build six ships for Siem Offshore. The shipyards will deliver six, 292-ft. (91m) long anchor handling tugboats during 2009 and 2010, with an option for six more in 2010. The ships will be capable of anchor handling as well as construction work for the offshore oil industry, the companies said in news releases. www.siemoffshore.com


ASL Marine Secures New Contracts

ASL Marine has secured new shipbuilding contracts. The contracts are for the construction of six Anchor Handling Towing/ Supply Vessels, which are used to tow and anchor oil rig platforms as well as other support services. Five of the units are expected to be completed in 2009, and the remaining unit in early 2010. Just three weeks ago, ASL Marine announced it had secured contracts for one unit of Heavy Lift cum Pipelay Vessel and six units of Rotor Tugs. Source: CNA


Blast in Greek Tanker Kills Worker

An oxygen bottle exploded in the hold of a Greek tanker anchored near Athens on Sunday, killing a repairman and injuring three others, a Merchant Marine Ministry spokeswoman said. The bottle, which was being used for repairs, ripped through the hold of the “Marianna” while the four men were working. “The tanker was anchored near the Motor Oil refinery in Agii Thjeodori”, the spokeswoman said. The tanker was empty at the time and there was no damage to the refinery. - (Reuters)


Iraqi Kurdish Pipeline Stopped; Tanker in Limbo off Texas

Iraqi Kurdistan's attempts to export oil independently of Baghdad hit another obstacle on Wednesday, as a Turkish energy official and industry sources said the autonomous region's pipeline to the Mediterranean has been shut for the past week.


Kurdish Crude Lightered, Destination Unknown

Part of a Kurdish oil cargo has been offloaded from a Greek-managed tanker into another tanker in the South China Sea, but mystery surrounds the identity of the buyer and where the two tankers are headed. The United Emblem, which is carrying more than 1 million barrels of oil


Fugro Achieves Innovation through Integration

Photo courtesy of Fugro

When Aberdeen-based Diamond Offshore wanted to add new functionality to the existing helideck monitoring system on the Ocean Guardian drilling rig in the North Sea, Fugro developed and delivered a fully integrated, user-friendly solution to fulfill the requirements.


Kurdistan Says Crude Cargo Near Texas Legally Sold

A $100 million cargo of crude oil in a tanker near Texas was legally shipped and sold by Kurdistan, lawyers for the autonomous region in Iraq told a U.S. court in a letter seen on Thursday, saying Baghdad has no right to the barrels. They also told the U.S


Indian Coast Guards Rescue Stranded Crew of MV Priyanka

Rescue by helicopters

  Sixteen crew members were rescued by the Coast Guard after their merchant vessel ran aground near Raigad coast, on the West Coast of India, on Monday morning. According to the Coast Guard officials,at about 1120 hrs on 14 Jul 14, Coast Guard Maritime Rescue co-ordination Centre Mumbai


Ship Reportedly Booked for First US Condensate Export

The first condensate cargo for export is due to load in Texas at the end of this week, headed via the Panama Canal to Asia, shipping sources said. Westport Petroleum Inc., the Franklin, Tennessee-based shipping arm of Japanese trader Mitsui & Co


UK Club Rating Upgraded by S&P to A (Stable)

Financial rating image credit UK Club

Leading P&I club, the UK Club informs it has received the full report from Standard and Poor (“S&P”) explaining its reasons for upgrading the Club's financial rating. Extracts follow: The report explains that, in assessing the Club’s business and financial risk profiles


Electronic Navigation & Dispute Resolution: Coming of Age

(Image courtesy Transas)

ECDIS, AIS, GPS Electronic navigation systems such as GPS, Electronic Chart Displays (ECDIS) and Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) provide great assistance to mariners and significantly contribute to navigational safety.  Voyage Data Recorders (VDR) were specifically designed to collect


Fugro Launches Seastar XP2

FugroSeastar Logo (Credit Fugro)

Fugro Satellite Positioning released its Seastar XP2 PPP GNSS augmentation service on July 1, 2014, which provides increased redundancy for mission-critical offshore GNSS position and navigation applications. Like Fugro’s flagship Seastar G2 service, XP2 is an L1/L2, phase-based


Eastern to Build Offshore Vessel for Harvey Gulf

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Eastern Shipbuilding announced that on, Wednesday July 16, 2014, Harvey Gulf International Marine, Inc. (HGIM) and Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) entered into a contract to construct a new Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) RAmpage 6400 Multipurpose Field Support Vessel (MPFSV) at Eastern’s


Dredging at Jurong Port, Singapore

Jurong Port, Singapore

  Dredging work will be carried out at Keppel Shipyard Benoi Road, off West Jurong Channel, from 28 July to 30 September. As per the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.98 of 2014, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily - including Sundays & Public


Update: U.S. to Seize Kurdish Oil from Tanker off Texas

U.S. authorities are set to seize a cargo of oil from Iraqi Kurdistan anchored off the Texas coast after a judge approved a request from Baghdad, raising the stakes in an oil sales dispute between Iraq's central government and the autonomous region.


Grounded Freighter Refloated in Lake St. Clair

The Hong Kong-flagged freighter vessel Federal Rideau sits hard aground in the downbound shipping channel of Lake St. Clair near the Detroit River, July 28, 2014. The vessel is carrying approximately 22,672 tons of wheat and was headed to Montreal. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station Detroit)

The Federal Rideau, a 656-foot freighter that had been hard aground in the downbound shipping channel of Lake St. Clair since early Sunday morning, was refloated early Tuesday morning and is now safely anchored in the Detroit River at the Belle Island Anchorage.


Iraq's Kurds Have Right to Sell Oil While Squeezed by Baghdad

Iraq's Kurdish region has the right to keep selling oil as long as the Baghdad government keeps cutting its budget, the head of the Kurdish parliament's energy committee said on Tuesday, as an oil cargo off Texas was set to be seized at Baghdad's request.


DNV Type Approved Anchor Winch for the Arctic Prowler

JK Fabrication’s DNV Type-Approved 40-30-3000 Anchor Winch

JK Fabrication has landed DNV certification for its 40-30-3000-DNV series Anchor Winch. Culminating a two-year process, JK’s C-series winch was at last awarded DNV Type Approval in March—the first time ever for an anchor winch in the U.S., the manufacturer said.






 
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