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HOS Innovator Vessel Crew Completes 200,000 Man Hours

Sonsub’s HOS Innovator vessel crew recently completed 200,000 man-hours with no Lost Time Incidents (LTIs). Since it began working for Sonsub in 2001, the vessel has been involved with jumper installation, flying lead installation, mattress installation, touchdown monitoring, pre and post lay survey and a variety of other construction related activities. Additionally, Sonsub has also recently extended its contract for the vessel for another year.


OSV Assisted by EUNAVFOR Warship in Gulf of Aden

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 EU Naval Force Italian Frigate 'Scirocco' assists Comoros-flagged supply vessel adrift and in total black out for more than 13 hours The entire operation lasted in excess of 24 hours and was conducted mainly with the use of Scirocco’s helicopter and its crew which initially provided the disabled vessel's crew with portable radios to maintain contact with the ship, as well as with emergency lights. At first light on July 5


Jefferson Street Bridge Struck by Barge

Tug Thruston B. Morton, pushing 15 barges, allided with the Jefferson Street Bridge in Joliet, Ill., causing the bridge to be damaged enough it will have to be kept in the open position until repaired. Representatives of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) have reported to the USCG the vessel struck the right descending main support column on the northwest corner of the structure. The allision resulted in the forward starboard barge being struck under the opened bridge's catwalk


LR Secures USCG Authorization

The US Coast Guard (USCG) has authorised Lloyd’s Register to act on its behalf for issuance of the Document of Compliance for US-flagged ships carrying dangerous goods. This authorisation underscores the continuing level of confidence the USCG places in the technical expertise and ability of Lloyd’s Register to verify compliance with safety requirements for US-flagged vessels. ‘Dangerous goods’ are hazardous substances


Horizon Offshore Reports Barge Incident

Horizon Offshore said today that one of its vessels, the lay barge Lone Star Horizon, suffered moderate damage due to a fire while at anchor off Ciudad Del Carmen, Mexico. The vessel crew was evacuated and no injuries requiring medical treatment were reported. The Lone Star Horizon had recently completed the KIX pipeline project for PEMEX, and was preparing for demobilization to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The fire, which was limited to the generator control room, occurred at about 3:00 p.m


Tankship Hijack Confirmed by Owners

SEA Tankers report that communication has been lost with its product tanker 'M/T Gascogne' off the Ivory coast, W. Africa. The France-based company state that it is in contact with the relevant authorities in the region with the objective of re-establishing communication with the vessel's crew. The safety of the crew and vessel remains the overriding priority. The M/T Gascogne is a Luxemburg-flagged vessel built in 2004


Bulk Carrier Stops To Dump Cocaine

The Capesize bulk carrier Anangel Destiny called into Saldanha Bay, Cape Town on Thursday to hand police 155 kg of cocaine that crew had discovered during routine maintenance on a voyage from Brazil. "The vessel's crew were doing routine maintenance on July 23 -- they were changing the sea suction filters -- when they discovered the packages," the ship's chartering manager Colm Nolan, of London-based Agelef Shipping, said


Coast Guard Rescues Three

A U.S. Coast Guard crew from Memphis, Tenn., rescued three men whose vessel sank on the Mississippi River, near Tunica, Miss., Thursday at about 10:15 a.m. Ron Nigg, Rick Howell and Tony Lippman were rescued after their 22-foot skiff sank as they were returing from an oil spill cleanup in Tunica. At the time of the accident, there were high winds and choppy conditions reported on the river. A Coast Guard inspection crew from Marine Safety Office Memphis was also at the Tunica oil spill site


GEOSHIPS Extends Fleet Following Successful Year for First Vessel

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SeaHold GEOSHIPS Ltd., a marine and subsea services shipping company, has taken delivery of its second multi-purpose support vessel (MPSV) on a contract valued at over £30million, following a successful year for its current vessel, the Stril Explorer. Formed in 2003, Aberdeen-based GEOSHIPS will manage and crew the MPSV Loch Roag vessel, which it has taken on a five-year bareboat charter basis from Otto Marine Ltd. The contract is valued at  £22million ($36


Danish Sailors Rescued 650 Miles NE of Bermuda

USCG co-ordinates ocean rescue of two Danish sailors by Finish warship after their yacht 'Petra' sank Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District command center coordinated a rescue approximately 650 miles northeast of Bermuda with the assistance of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Denmark and a Finnish naval vessel. The Coastguard received a notification from RCC Denmark, stating that there were two people aboard the sailing vessel Petra in need of assistance as the keel of


Incat Crowther Design 10-Boat IUV Order

Inshore Utility Vessel: Photo courtesy of Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther say they supported Strategic Marine in their winning technical proposal for the construction of ten 42m Infield Utility Vessels (IUV) for Brunei's PTAS Marine, and the first boat has now been delivered. Details as follows: Strategic Marine called in Incat to assist in their


First of 10 Utility Vessels Delivered

Photo: Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther announced the first deliveries of a 10-boat order for 42m Infield Utility Vessels to Brunei’s PTAS Marine. Developed in conjunction with builder Strategic Marine, the project called upon Incat Crowther’s track record in steel crew boats to meet strict performance criteria


KEP, Orlaco Ink Distribution Agreement

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Kessler-Ellis Products (KEP), the manufacturer of type approved displays and computers, announced today that it has been selected as the Americas distributor of Orlaco’s specialized commercial marine camera solutions. Effective immediately, KEP will sell


The Pitfalls of Post Incident Paperwork

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The job’s not over until the paperwork is done. Done correctly. When an accident occurs on one of your vessels, an accident investigation is necessary. As safety is our primary concern, it is important to determine what happened, how it happened and how we can prevent it from happening in


Stena Oil Complain of Ship & Cargo Confiscations

The two consfiscated tankships: Photo credit Stena Oil

The West African republic of São Tomé e Príncipe has wrongfully confiscated two ships chartered by the Swedish oil company Stena Oil, including the cargo. The captains have been sentenced to 3 years imprisonment and charged with "smuggling" in a show trial


Robert Allan Design New Canadian Coast Guard SAR Lifeboats

Canadian Coast Guard SAR Lifeboat: Photo courtesy of Robert Allan

Robert Allan Ltd. has designed a new generation of more capable High Endurance Self-righting Search & Rescue Lifeboats for the Canadian Coast Guard. This new design was developed from the successful similar vessels known as the “Severn” Class operated by the Royal National


Coast Guard Cutter Deploys UAS, Interdicts Smugglers

Flight deck Berthholf: Photo credit USCG

The Coast Guard has completed the second of three planned shipboard demonstrations of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capabilities aboard Coast Guard Cutter 'Bertholf' . The Coast Guard is using knowledge gained from these demonstrations to inform a future cutter-based UAS acquisition project.


Two Safety Updates from USCG

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Confined Space Entry Dangers:   The Coast Guard issued a safety alert to personnel and the maritime community warning of the potential dangers of confined space entries. During two recent inspections, Coast Guard Inspectors’ gas meters alarmed


Coast Guard Detains Motor Vessel

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The U.S. Coast Guard detained motor vessel Stargold Trader to its berth in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, until the safety deficiencies found onboard are corrected by the vessel’s crew.   Port State Control officers from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland


Great Lakes Shipyard Replaces Propulsion Controls on USCG Cutter

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard is completing the replacement of the main propulsion control system on the United States Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay.  This work marks the final installation under a five-year contract with the USCG’s Engineering Logistics Center, Baltimore, Md


Yacht Skipper Fined for Crashing into Tanker

Racing yacht Atalanta of Chester collides with oil tanker Hanne Knutsen. (Photo: The Telegraph)

The skipper of a racing yacht has been made to pay over £100,000 in fines and costs after colliding with a 120,000 ton oil tanker in the Solent. Roland Wilson of Perthshire, Scotland was today found guilty on three counts of breaching international maritime law at West Hampshire


Australia Takes Tougher Stance on Container Stowage

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A container ship which did not meet the minimum access requirements for container stow working space was recently unable to discharge containers at an Australian port and was forced to leave Australia with containers onboard, informs the UK P&I Club.


ASL Marine Buys Next-Door Indonesian Shipyard

Batam Shipyard: Photo courtesy of ASL

Headquartered in Singapore, ASL own four shipyards in Singapore, Indonesia (Batam) and China (Guangdong). They inform they have conditionally agreed to purchase for US$20-million a shipyard belonging to Miclyn Express Offshore Limited (MEO), located adjacent to its own yard in Batam, Indonesia.


Navy Rescue Fishing Vessel Crew, Prevent Guam Wreck Pollution

Wreck of Daiki Maru 7: Photo courtesy of USN

Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 conducted a search and rescue operation and rescued 10 fishermen from a sinking commercial fishing vessel that ran aground in Apra Harbor near Spanish Steps, Guam. Subsequently Navy personnel removed environmentally hazardous materials from the


Ship Loses Containers in Rough Seas

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Accroding to a statement issued on behalf of the A.P.Moller-Maersk Group, container vessel Svendborg Maersk lost a significant number of containers overboard during very rough weather in the Bay of Biscay. On Friday, February 14, the container vessel Svendborg Maersk encountered very rough


 
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