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Strong Track-record Wins Repeat MacGregor Orders

A series of new MacGregor offshore winch orders, secured in October, will serve the strong demand for maintenance, hook-up and commissioning services for existing oil platforms within the shallow water region of the Malay basin, says Francis Wong, Director, Segment Sales and Marketing, Offshore.   "As oil prices remain high and oil majors continue to invest in exploration and production activities in the region, this has continued to boost the demand for new businesses relating to these services," explains Mr Wong. "Consequently, maintenance work boats and barges are in high demand to serve the needs of the area's oil platforms, many of which are operated by Petronas and Shell.   "Our equipment has a proven track-record in the area and the majority of these orders are repeat contracts from operators and shipyards. Our service networks within the region are another important strength," he notes. Orders secured in October include two eight-point mooring systems, each with a 90-tonne line pull, a 150-tonne brake holding capability and a 1,500m x 52mm diameter wire drum capacity, for accommodation work barges. The vessels are being built by Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co Ltd, in China, under a subcontract agreement with leading Malaysian offshore support vessel builder, Nam Cheong Dockyard Sdn Bhd. The equipment is scheduled for delivery between the second and third quarter of 2013.  


Houston Ship Channel Reopens Vessel Traffic

The Houston Ship Channel reopened to vessel traffic after being closed for three to four hours after a collision between a towboat and a work vessel in which one person was killed, a U.S. Coast Guard official said. The collision occurred near the Barbour's Cut location on the ship channel, a busy waterway lined with oil refineries and petrochemical plants that links Houston to Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to the fatality, five people were thrown into the water


LNG as Alternative Fuel on Workboats Conference Agenda

Andrew Brown, Business Development Director, Lamnalco Group

Leading maritime services experts to debate key technical, environmental, health and safety issues of adopting LNG marine fuel at Middle East Workboats 2011.   The future of LNG as a viable and sustainable alternative marine fuel for working vessels is one of the most eagerly-anticipated sessions taking place at Middle East Workboats 2011, the definitive event for workboat operators, builders and equipment suppliers


C-Vu 3D VTS: New 3D Vessel Tracking System

Cargo ship entering Southampton.

The new course to follow in controlling port traffic. A step change to enhance safety and improve operational efficiency.   Large ships navigating narrow waterways are always vulnerable to accidents – one only has to think of the Sea Empress tanker disaster at Milford Haven, or more recently the wrecking of the Costa Concordia. Managing their progress, usually in and out of ports and in other restricted channels, has understandably assumed a critical role in ensuring their safety


Shipbuilding Industry Makes a Soft Landing

The  landing has been cushioned by a shift in orders from mainstream-type merchant ships towards specialised offshore segment support vessels. According to the BIMCO analysis the shipyard industry seemed to head straight for the output-abyss just 15 months ago. Today the transition from recent years' record high shipyard output to a more sustainable level of output appears to soft-land with global shipyard output clearly slowing down


Slide Fuel-Valve a MAN Success Story

Slide Fuel-Valve: Image courtesy of MAN

First introduced at the turn of the millennium, MAN PrimeServ – MAN Diesel & Turbo’s service division – recently retrofitted its 20,000th slide fuel-valve.
 Christian Ludwig – Head of Retrofit & Upgrade – MAN Diesel & Turbo, said: “Slide fuel-valves have proved to be very popular within the marine, two-stroke market. Really, it’s a case of having introduced the right technology at the right time and the slide fuel-valve’s strong


Halliburton Launches State-of-the-Art Vessel for GOM Work

Halliburton Energy Services has deployed a new vessel, M/V Cape Hawke, to Carmen, Mexico to enhance its contract longstanding with PEMEX. The new vessel replaces M/V 221, which has been providing services for PEMEX in the Gulf of Mexico for the last 19 years. M/V Cape Hawke is the second totally new state-of-the-art vessel unveiled by Halliburton this year for work in the Gulf of Mexico. M/V Stim Star, launched in February, serves the frac pack deepwater market


Use U.S. Vessels in Gulf Spill Cleanup Says OMSA

The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) released a statement saying that recent news stories have been erroneously reporting that foreign skimming vessels are not able to work on the BP oil spill clean up because of the Jones Act. These reports are incorrect, the association said. The Jones Act does not apply and therefore does not prevent foreign vessels from working on oil skimming operations in waters beyond the state’s three mile limit


U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Alert

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United States Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship Marine Safety Alert 07-11 December 14, 2011 Washington, DC.   Listen & Live / Develop & Follow Smart Safety Procedures.This alert reminds all maritime personnel of the dangers associated with working around or near moving machinery.    A recent marine casualty resulted in a death onboard a Great Lakes ore carrier


Floatel Books into Gibdock

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The Norwegian-owned offshore accommodation vessel, Edda Fides, one of the most  advanced and sophisticated vessels of its type in the world,  has been dry-docked at Gibdock in Gibraltar for a week-long package of work at the yard. The ‘floatel’, owned by Østensjø Rederi, arrived at Gibdock on April 2nd and was docked the following day. The main scope of work involved disconnecting and lowering the starboard aft Voith Thruster and renewing the main thruster


Collision, Grounding and Anchor Draggings in Chesapeake Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard is working with local response agencies and the Virginia and Maryland Pilots Tuesday after receiving a report of a collision between two ships in the Thimble Shoal Channel and are responding to several subsequent reports of ships dragging anchor in the lower Chesapeake Bay.


JFD Awarded Australian Navy Commendation

Photo courtesy of JFD

Commendation awarded by the Royal Australian Navy for dedicated work, commitment and support for Exercise Black Carillon 2013   James Fisher Defence (JFD) has been awarded a special commendation from the Submarine Force Commander of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN)


Shipbuilding: Vigor Industrial Grows Stronger

 Frank Foti, Vigor Industrial CEO

Vigor Industrial has ballooned from a modest shipyard in Portland, Oregon, to the largest shipbuilder in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Vigor increasingly thinks big and builds big. The company’s new floating dry dock will be the largest in the United States


ClassNK Approves Fillet Welding Consumable

Classification society ClassNK announced that it has granted type approval for the new MX-200F welding consumable, developed by Kobe Steel Co., Ltd. (KOBELCO) to improve welding efficiency and coating quality in commercial vessels. Until now


Indonesia Ports Unaffected by Election

Indonesia's General Election will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, April 9, and the day will effectively be a public holiday for most government institutions and subcontractors. Terminals and port activities, however, will not be affected and will be working as normal


Damen Fits New SPS Feet to Wind Turbine Vessel

Photo: Damen

Damen ARNO Dunkerque, part of the Damen Shiprepair & Conversion Group, has given a new set of feet to what they are caling the world’s first purpose-built offshore wind turbine installation and maintenance vessel, the 2003-built MPI Resolution*


MERPAC to Meet on IGF Code Training Requirements

A working group of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) will meet to work on Task Statement 80, concerning crew training requirements onboard vessels subject to the International Code of Safety for ships using gases or low flashpoint fuels (IGF Code).


EMAS Awarded Gunflint GoM Project

EMAS, the operating brand of Ezra Holdings, a global offshore contractor and provider of integrated offshore solutions to the oil and gas (O&G) industry, today announced that it has received a Letter of Agreement (LOA) from Noble Energy for the Gunflint Project in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM).


Drummond Construction Barge Sinking Flags Pollution Concern

Oil spill containment: File photo CCL

A barge carrying construction materials for U.S.-based Drummond Co Inc, Colombia's second biggest coal miner, was shipwrecked at the company's port late last week, the company said on Sunday, causing leakage of some diesel fuel into the sea.


KONGSBERG to deliver C4I CORTEX for the Combatant Craft Medium Mark One

KONGSBERG C4I CORTEX

 KONGSBERG will provide the C4I infrastructure solution for the CCM Mk 1 production contract, awarded to Oregon Iron Works,    Inc. (OIW) in Clackamas, OR on February 10th, 2014.       KONGSBERG will provide their C4I CORTEX system to fulfill the requirements of


Good Friday Container Gate Operations at Charleston

Truck gates at Charleston's container terminals will be open on Friday, April 18th, 2014 with modified holiday work hours.   The interchange lanes and yard will be open from 0800 to 1200 and from 1300 to 1700. Empties, Dry Loads, and Chassis must be   


Construction of Changi East Finger Extension

The working period for the construction of Changi East Finger Extension has been extended, GAC said in its daily Hot Port News report. The works will now be conducted from April 25 to October 24, 2014. According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No


Great Lakes Shipyard Completes Winter Work

Photo courtesy Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard announced winter layup season is wrapping up at the yard after completing repair work on the following vessels: American Steamship Company’s M/V Sam Laud Grand River Navigation’s Manitowoc Interlake Steamship Company’s articulated tug-barge


Three NOAA scientists honored by White House

Scott Weaver

The White House yesterday awarded three NOAA scientists with Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor given by the federal government to outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers.


Damen Launches Kuwait Oil Company’s New Tug

Photo: Damen

First of 14 ASD Tugs launched at Damen Shipyards Galati The Kuwait Oil Company’s (KOC) new ASD Tug 3212 was launched end of March at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania. The ceremony marks the first in a 14-terminal tug contract between the two companies whose working relationship spans more


 
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