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KNRM Rescue Vessel Passes Capsize Trials at Damen Shipyard

Photo: Arie van Dijk

The latest rescue vessel commissioned by the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KoninklijkeNederlandse Redding Maatschappij, KNRM) has passed an important trial at Damen Shipyards Group in Gorinchem before being entrusted to its crew. The capsize trials had to show that this youngest generation of rescue vessel is actually capable of righting itself. In four different tests, the rescue vessel righted itself to its normal position within a few seconds of capsizing – a life-saving feature in extreme conditions. The KNRM’s rescue vessels, which have to be deployable in all weather conditions, are being designed to the most rigorous standards. Seakeepingand stability is the most crucial factors in safety. For the crew, however, comfort and user-friendliness are also key features. This NH1816 19-meter-long rescue vessel combines all of the technical, ergonomic and operational features the KNRM wanted in a remarkable new design. Capsizing, then sailing on The rescue vessel’s self-righting capability was created by the vessel’s low point of gravity and the air bubble in the wheelhouse, which enable the capsized ship to right itself quickly like a self-righting bath toy. The engines and equipment on board are designed to continue operating even after the vessel has capsized.


Sea Star Assists Vessel Rescue

El Morro (Photo courtesy Sea Star Line)

While in transit from Jacksonville, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico, the crew of Sea Star Line’s El Morro vessel received distress calls from a small fishing vessel in the Atlantic Ocean. The fishing vessel was attempting to hail the U.S. Coast Guard’s Jacksonville Sector with no success due to a weak transmission signal. The crew of El Morro intercepted the communications from the fishing vessel and began relaying information to the U.S Coast Guard in Jacksonville.


New Rescue Vessel for Russia's Northern Fleet

Igor Belousov: Image credit Shipbuilding.ru

New multi-purpose rescue vessel for Northern Fleet under construction by Admiralty Shipyard in St Petersberg  The "Igor Belousov" will significantly strengthen the Northern Fleet's ability to engage in search and rescue operations, 14 years after the disaster with the Kursk submarine in the Barents Sea, reports the 'Barents Observer'. Russia’s new rescue vessel will be able to help out wrecked submarines, engage in complex search operations


Tenix Secures Second Philippines Contract

The go-ahead for six new search and rescue vessels for the Philippine Coast Guard confirms Tenix Defence as Australia’s leading patrol boat constructor, Tenix Group Managing Director Paul Salteri said today. Tenix Defence will build two 56-metre search and rescue vessels and four 35-metre high-speed search and rescue vessels for the Coast Guard, with an option for 10 more 35-metre vessels, under a contract worth up to US$150m.


Tidewater Sells North Sea Boats

Tidewater Inc. will sell its North Sea safety-standby boats to BUE Marine Limited of Edinburgh, Scotland. The $40 million all-cash deal is expected to close by late June. The 28 safety-standby boats were obtained by Tidewater as part of earlier acquisitions. This type of rescue vessel is required for oil and gas entities operating in the North Sea.


Mack Boring, East Coast Scania Distributor

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Scania has appointed Mack Boring & Parts Co. as distributor for its commercial marine diesel engines in the eastern United States.  For the last year, Mack Boring has been a Scania distributor in the Great Lakes region.  Scania engines are used in a variety of applications, including ferries fishing boats, tugboats, pilot boats and rescue vessels.


Craig Group Launch Largest Ever PSV

Grampian Sovereign: Photo credit Craig Group

Launch of an S-class Platform Supply Vessel (PSV)  at Balenciaga Shipyard in Northern Spain for the Craig Group. The Craig Group has committed £50-million to the construction of the vessel, Grampian Sovereign, and its sister ship, Grampian Sceptre. Managed by The Craig Group division North Star Shipping, the two IMT-982 designed vessels will also create 50 new jobs for the Aberdeen based company. Going on long term charter in 2013 in the North Sea


Bulk Carrier Sinks in Yangtze Estuary

The 98-meter freighter sent out a distress call as the ship began to founder in strong winds off the mouth of the Yangtze River. The freighter was loaded with a cargo of water-absorbing mineral sands, and the crew of 15 was taken off shortly before the ship foundered in darkness. The Ministry of Transport's Donghai Rescue Bureau and the Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration dispatched four rescue vessels as soon as the call was received


Navy Rescue Vessel to Get Two Mini-Subs

Photo credit Russian Navy Press Service

A Russian Navy search and rescue vessel will be equipped with two unique deepwater submersibles The Igor Belousov, currently under construction, will have two ARS-600 two-seat submersibles, designed to perform an array of functions, including search, rescue and salvage of submarines in distress. The Russian Defense Ministry decided in 2011 to equip the ship with a deep-sea diving system produced by Scottish firm DIVEX, which will be delivered, installed


Arctech Launches Russian Icebreaking Rescue Vessel

Photo: Arctech Helsinki Shipyard

Arctech launched the icebreaking multipurpose emergency and rescue vessel for the Russian Federal Agency of Sea and River Transport and to be operated by the FGI Gosmorspassluzhba (Russian Marine Emergency Rescue Service) on December 12, 2013 at Helsinki Shipyard. Baltika will be used in icebreaking, rescue and oil combating operations in the Gulf of Finland. The vessel being built at Helsinki shipyard represents a completely new type of innovative technology


Fassmer Orders Three WhisperPower Systems

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New WhisperPower systems have been ordered by the Fassmer yard in Northern Germany for there rescue vessels for the Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger, DGzRS. The order concerns a contract for three keel-cooled M-SQ27 1500 rpm diesel generators with SYMAP generator


CG Saves Pair from Stricken Yacht

Philippine Coast Guard

Two foreign nationals rescued from distressed yacht off Tubbataha, Palawan Two foreign nationals are now placed into safety by the Philippine Coast Guard after sustaining minor injuries from an incident while sailing east of Basterra Reef, Palawan.


Keppel Reports Batch of New Projects

Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd.'s (Keppel O&M) subsidiaries Keppel Shipyard Ltd., Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd. and Keppel Nantong Shipyard Co. Ltd. have secured contracts worth a total of about S$140 million. Michael Chia, Managing Director (Marine & Technology) of Keppel O&M, said


ASL to Build Six Offshore Service Vessels

Offshore Service Vessel: Image courtesy of ASL

Singapore-based ASL Marine Holdings Ltd. say that its wholly-owned subsidiary, ASL Shipyard Pte Ltd (“ASLS”), has secured new shipbuilding contracts worth approximately S$97-million for the construction of six vessels. The vessels comprise:


Atlantic Offshore Charters Nexen Rescue Vessel

Ocean Tay

Aberdeen-based standby vessel operator Atlantic Offshore Rescue has commissioned a £6 million vessel for a long-term charter with Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd. (Nexen). Thirty new jobs have been created as a result of the new vessel, Ocean Tay


New KNRM Vessel Performs Well at Sea Trials

Photo: Damen

Damen said a number of trials were conducted last week for the new search and rescue vessel for the KNRM (Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution). Leading up to the official delivery ceremony scheduled for April 2014, the builder reported good results for both the capsizing test as the


M/V Island Dawn Delivered to Island Offshore

Photo: Island Offshore

Island Offshore has taken delivery of M/V Island Dawn from the Vard Brevik shipyard in Norway. This is the third platform supply vessel in a series of four Rolls-Royce UT 717 CD designs, delivered from Vard Brevik. Managing Director of Island Offshore, Håvard Ulstein said


The Sea Shall Not Have Them: Latest Rescue News

Ferry rescue: Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard

In the Philippines a large scale rescue of ferry passengers, on the other side of the world, a British fishing boat crew is airlifted to safety, and a man is plucked from rough seas off Aberdeen breakwater. Philippines A rescue team from Philippine Coast Guard search and rescue vessel


Three Vessels Ground in the Philippines

The Philippines Coast Guard Central Vizayas Action Center reported today three maritime incidents that occurred within their area of responsibility last night, January 15. MV Joyful Star with 237 passengers onboard ran aground yesterday around 11:45 p.m


693 Rescued from Engine Troubled Vessel

Joint elements of Philippine Coast Guard Search and Rescue Vessel (SARV) 002 and MV Asia Pacific successfully rescued 693 passengers of M/V Trans Asia 5 after it encountered engine trouble at the vicinity waters 14 nautical miles southeast of Siquijor Island yesterday, December 16, 2013 at 5 a.m.


New Fuel-Saving 2-Speed Marine Gearbox From Wärtsilä

Fuel-saving gearbox: Image credit Wärtsilä

Engine manufacturer Wärtsilä has launched a new 2-speed marine gearbox, which it says offers notable economic and environmental benefits. The product will serve vessels having multiple operational modes or reduced transit speed, including among others: ropax ferries


Australia Navy Stage Submarine Escape Exercise

Submarine escape excercise: Image courtesy of RAN

An intensive three week submarine escape and rescue exercise has drawn to a close off the east coast of Australia.   During Exercise BLACK CARILLON 2013, members of Navy’'s Submarine Force simulated being evacuated from HMAS Farncomb, which was bottomed in 112 metres of water


IMO Honors Acts of Bravery

USCG aviation survival technicians Randy Haba and Daniel Todd were awarded for the rescue of 14 crew members aboard HMS Bounty during Hurricane Sandy.

American rescuers and a Chinese seafarer have been presented with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea 2013, during a special ceremony held on November 25, 2013 at IMO Headquarters in London.


Two Maersk Vessels Honored for Rescue Operations

Kiefer, Exec. VP AMO, Hon. Helen Delich Bentley, Chip Jaenichen U.S. Maritime Administrator

Two Maersk Line Ltd. ships have been honored with Mariners’ Plaques for performing rescues at sea. The awards to the officers and crews of the containership, Maersk Utah, and the oceanographic survey vessel, USNS Bowditch, were presented at the Admiral of the Ocean Seas (AOTOS) award dinner


Prosperity Marks Craig Group's Anniversary Year

Douglas Craig: Photo courtesy of Craig Group

Aberdeen head-quartered global shipping and energy services firm, Craig Group, has marked its 80th anniversary with strong performance as it lodges its accounts at Companies House. The privately owned, family-run business, now employing the fourth generation of the Craig family


 
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