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Atlantic Offshore Wins ERRV Shell Contract

Photo by Atlantic Offshore

Norske Shell AS award Atlantic Offshore an 18 months ERRV contract to support drilling operations. Atlantic’s Offshore Emergency Response Rescue Vessel (ERRV) ‘Ocean Sky’ will start work in accordance with the contract in mid-January 2013. The owners say the same vessel has worked for Norske Shell AS since 2000, and they are very pleased to continue this long partnership.  


McKeil Marine Sells Tug

McKeil Marine Ltd. of Hamilton, Ontario has sold its twin screw, 105' x 25' tug Offshore Supplier to Thompson Shipping Co., Ltd. The 910-bhp tug was originally built by Hike Metal Products in 1979 and powered with twin GM16V71's with fixed pitch props in kort nozzles. It was delivered with a fresh drydocking and will be repositioned from Canada to the Caribbean where she will immediately start work with the buyer's barge. Marcon acted as sole broker in the transaction.


GlobalSantaFe Updates Rig Status

GlobalSantaFe provided a preliminary estimate for the expected start of operations for its four offshore drilling rigs damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Most of the damage to the company's four semisubmersible rigs was to their mooring systems. Three of these rigs, the GSF Arctic I, GSF Development Driller II and GSF Celtic Sea, are projected to begin normal operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico during the fourth quarter of 2005


Worker Killed at Brooklyn Navy Yard

According to WNYC, an ironworker who had gone to work on his day off to earn extra cash died Saturday when a massive metal plate weighing thousand of pounds fell and crushed him. 51-year-old Christopher Thomas of the Bronx was working at the GMD Shipyard in the Brooklyn Navy Yard just after 10 a.m. when the plate, which was being used to repair a dry-docked barge, came loose and fell. Thomas, who was working beneath the barge, was struck in the head and pinned underneath the heavy plate.


Rolls-Royce Alliance Wins Navy Research Contract

A strategic alliance between Rolls-Royce and UCT Coatings Inc. is bringing new technology to the marine market and is about to start work on a $7m U.S. Navy research contract. The contract, placed with Rolls-Royce, will evaluate UCT’s patented UltraCem™ nickel boron coatings on naval propulsion systems such as propellers and waterjets. These coatings have the capability to change the hydrodynamic performance, cavitation characteristics and sea-growth fouling of propellers and waterjets


Tugboats Hired to Break Ice in St. Joe Valley

Benewah County has hired a tugboat operator to break ice on Lake Coeur dAlene to ease the flood threat in the St. Joe River valley. Two tugs from North Idaho Maritime are expected to start work Thursday near Harrison, about 15 miles south of Coeur d'Alene. They'll be breaking ice along 30 miles of water to St. Maries, where the St. Maries River empties into the St. Joe. Emergency Management Director Norm Suenkel says that will reduce the danger of ice jams and flooding.


North of England P&I Club Announces New Appointments

The 39 million GT North of England P&I club is boosting its successful Greek office with two new appointments. Tony Allen and Helen Yiacoumis, both maritime lawyers with previous experience of working in Piraeus, are joining the office set up two years ago by Mike Salthouse and John Owen to serve the club’s substantial Greek membership. Allen and his Greek-speaking wife, Gordana, returned to Greece this month after four years in England


Breivik Acting Exec VP - StatoilHydro

Mr. Breivik will succeed Hilde Merete Aasheim who will leave StatoilHydro on the same date to take up her new position as executive vice president of Aluminium Metal in Norsk Hydro. Gunnar Breivik is currently senior vice president of StatoilHydro's health, safety and environment cluster. Mr. Breivik will continue to hold the responsibility for this field as well. After completing his chemical engineering studies as a chartered engineer at the of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 1981, Mr


IHC Merwede Nails Down Finance Agreement

A ceremony for the largest ever working capital guarantee issued by Atradius Dutch State Business – on behalf of the Dutch Government – took place on April 5, 2012 at IHC Merwede’s shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel. With this finance agreement in place, IHC Merwede will start work on the construction of two pipe-laying vessels for its Malaysian customer SapuraCrest. The ships are part of a recent offshore order worth €450 million and will install flexible


George D Lifted From Dock

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Gardline’s coastal survey vessel the George D, named after the founder of the company, George Darling was lifted from the dock in Great Yarmouth early Tuesday morning and loaded onto the mighty 7002 tonne MV Pangini for its  transportation to Douala, the largest port and city in Cameroon.  The George D is one of Gardline’s fleet of coastal vessels and was built in 1991. It will be in Cameroon to conduct metocean studies for at least 12 months


Hutton's Group Strengthens Aberdeen Ship Service Team

Kirstene Wilson: Photo Huttons Group

Leading ship supplier Hutton’s Group says it has strengthened its Aberdeen logistics team with the appointment of a new Branch Manager, Kirstene Wilson, who starts work at the firm’s Sinclair Road depot, having completed a week’s induction training at Hutton’s head office


EMGS - Vessel Update and Activity for 2Q 2014

Courtesy EMGS - Schematic view of a controlled source electromagnetic (CSEM) survey

  Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) releases information on vessel activity and utilisation 4-5 working days after the close of each quarter. The Company defines "vessel utilisation" as the percentage of the vessel charter period spent on contracted or multi-client data


Warbreck Contracted for Nuclear Submarine Project

Warbreck Engineering and Construction, a wholly owned subsidiary of the HS Ocean Group of Companies, has been awarded a marine contract by BAE Systems for the manufacturing a structural support framework as part of a plan to create a full-size steel replica of the new Successor class


Saab Completes Acquisition of TKMS (Kockums)

  Defence and security company Saab's acquisition of the Swedish shipyard Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS, formerly Kockums) has now been completed. The acquisition strengthens Saab's position as a comprehensive supplier of naval military systems.


Panama Canal Expects Work Deal Thursday

Photo courtesy Panama Canal Authority

By Lomi Kriel, Reuters The Panama Canal Authority expects to formally sign a deal next week with a Spanish-led consortium to finish work on expansion of the waterway after a dispute over cost overruns held up completion, an official said on Friday.


Russia Eyes Boosting Primorsk Diesel Exports

Reuters- Russia's oil pipeline monopoly Transneft said on Thursday it plans to nearly triple exports of ultra low sulphur diesel (ULSD) from the Baltic Sea port of Primorsk after 2016 when domestic companies are expected to boost production.


US Navy Braces for Budget Cut Battles

USS Gerald Ford: Image credit NNS

Reuters –  Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert told reporters late on Monday that the Navy would have no choice but to curtail funding for a planned refueling of the nuclear-powered USS George Washington aircraft carrier if sharp cuts in military spending remained in


Libya's Ports Prepare to Load Oil Tankers

 Hariga, Zueitina ports expected to open first  Deal calls for more talks on larger terminals (Adds context, background, oil prices) Libya's Zueitina oil port prepared on Monday to load crude on tankers after the government reached a deal with rebels to reopen four


UPDATE: After Deal, Libya's Ports Prep to Load Oil Tankers

* Hariga, Zueitina ports expected to open first * Deal calls for more talks on larger terminals (Adds quotes, colour, background, PVS TRIPOLI) ZUEITINA PORT, Libya/TRIPOLI, April 7  - Libya's Zueitina oil port prepared on Monday to load crude into tankers after the government


Ship Ready to Destroy Syria's Chemical Arms at Sea

The container ship M/V Cape Ray departs Portsmouth, Va., Jan. 10, 2014, for sea trials. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lacordrick Wilson

Experts on board a cargo ship transformed into a multimillion dollar chemical weapons destroyer said on Thursday they were ready to start working on Syria's stock of toxic arms in the middle of the Mediterranean as early as May. Now they just have to hope the weather holds and Damascus delivers


Toledo Maritime Academy Hosts Admiral’s Ball Weekend

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The Maritime Academy of Toledo Foundation wrapped up a successful Admiral’s Ball Weekend on Saturday, April 12, with the fourth Annual Admiral’s Ball and Charity Auction. More than 130 people attended the event which brought in $22,000 for the educational needs for cadets at the school


First LNG disaster prevention facility in Northwest Europe

Disaster prevention involving LNG

  At Maasvlakte in the Port of Rotterdam, Falck has started work on a the first Northwest European training facility for disaster prevention involving Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). The Port of Rotterdam Authority and the joint fire service in the port area are closely involved in the


Cammell Laird Dazzles Ship for WWI Centenary

dazzle ship from Imperial War Museum

Painters from British shipyard and engineering services company Cammell Laird have started work transforming a pilot boat into a camouflage dazzle design to mark the centenary of the First World War, in which the company played a key role.


Shipyard Boss Abseils Down Drydock

Peter Child: Photo A&P Falmouth

UK shipyard, A&P managing director, Peter Child tested his nerves when he joined a dozen others to abseil down the largest dry dock on the UK’s south coast to raise money for charities. Mr Child and Adrian Richards, Chief Executive of BF Adventure in Penryn


Calegeo to Perform Survey Work for Moray OWF

Photo coutesy of Calegeo

Calegeo, a geotechnical focused marine contracting and survey company, will be carrying out geotechnical survey operations on behalf of Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd in the Outer Moray Firth, as part of the Moray OWF project. The company will utilise their DP2  geotechnical vessel






 
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