May 24, 2017
Keppel Offshore & Marine's (Keppel O&M) wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd (Keppel Singmarine) has secured contracts from Codralux S.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Jan De Nul Group, to build two Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers (TSHDs). The dredgers are valued at approximately S$120 million, including owner-furnished equipment.
Keppel Singmarine is currently building three dredgers for Jan De Nul Group, based on contracts that were secured in July 2016.
May 23, 2017
Rolls-Royce is to supply four 20-cylinder Series 8000 engines from MTU to Australian shipyard Incat Tasmania. The engines will be installed in the new high-speed ferry to be used by the Virtu Ferries company on the Malta-Sicily service that it operates daily throughout the year. The vessel is 110 m in length and can accommodate 900 passengers plus crew and 167 vehicles on 490 truck lane metres. The RoPax ferry is set to be the largest high-speed catamaran operating in the Mediterranean. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.
Marco Bibuli was announced as the winner of the DNV GL COMPIT Award 2017, which took place in Cardiff this year. The Italian maritime robotics expert, working at the Italian research centre CNR-ISSIA in Genoa, was honoured for his work on team-capable, smart robots.
“The jury singled out Marco Bibuli, because his work brought advanced techniques of Artificial Intelligence to practical applications, representing innovative engineering at its finest. In Bibuli’s applications, the robots are not replacing the human, but act as caddies, supporting a diver in his work, for enhanced efficiency and safety,” says COMPIT organizer Volker Bertram from DNV GL
J D Neuhaus (JDN) is implementing a new Hydro Coating on its industry-leading hoist range. The coating not only enhances quality and appearance, but is far more environmentally friendly.
JDN takes its corporate and social responsibilities extremely seriously, and moving from a standard hammer finish to the Hydro Coating will contribute to sustainable protection of the environment. In fact, the new Hydro Coating features a percentage of organic solvents that is less than 3%, which is significantly more environmentally-friendly than the former hammer finish. In addition, the coating is silicone-free, which means no wetting failures, an important consideration for automotive or coating plants.
May 22, 2017
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, is one of several leading global companies that have teamed up for the advanced co-creation ecosystem, One Sea. Founded in 2016, the goal for the ecosystem's partners is to jointly-develop the world's first system of autonomous ships. The partner's shared vision is to enable fully remote-controlled vessels in the Baltic Sea in three years and to achieve autonomous commercial maritime traffic by 2025.
On May 18, in the boathouse of Nevsky Shipyard, a multipurpose dry-cargo vessel with a deadweight of 7500/5200 tons of the Volgo-Don Max class of the RSD59 project was laid (the building number 591 at shipyard).
Contracts for the construction of a series of five dry cargo vessels project RSD59 were signed in December 2016.
Since 2006 Liebherr’s maritime cargo handling equipment can be overhauled at the Rostock factory. In the past, the refurbishment of used machines was integrated into the ongoing production of new cranes. Since 2015 a specialised department, namely the Liebherr Maritime Service Factory, has been dealing exclusively with refurbishment projects.
This department carries out extensive renovation work on used products from the whole range of Liebherr maritime products, without direct dependence on the manufacture of new products. Service activities extend from the repair and exchange of single parts and components up to the complete overhaul of machines with a high number of operating hours.
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has successfully delivered five rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes to Evergreen International Storage & Transport Corporation in Taiwan. The cranes will be used in Taoyuan Inland Container Terminal and Hsichih Inland Container Terminal.
VideotelTM, a KVH company, has launched a new eLearning content delivery platform that will allow users to view its comprehensive range of maritime training programmes on a wide variety of devices, including tablets and mobile phones. This development is a leap forward in maritime training delivery and not only provides a superior user experience for the learner, but also paves the way for seafarers to acquire and test knowledge on any device wherever they are on land and sea.
A surge in offshore vessel repair and maintenance work at Gibdock has included a special project for returning customer Solstad, to ensure that Normand Reach meets the exacting hull cleanliness standards set by Australia’s National Biofouling Management Guidelines for commercial vessels.
The 120.85m length Solstad CSV entered the yard for a special wash and brush up on its way to Western Australia, where it has been reported as due to enter charter in the coming weeks to work in the Ichthys gas field development project.
Vestdavit is bringing its MissionEase multiple-boat handling system to a new passenger ship audience, citing concerns that conventional launching and retrieval could compromise safety for a generation of expedition ships heading for remote locations.
Increasingly, those onboard expedition yachts and cruise ships expect excursions away from the main vessel, with RIBs, kayaks, waterjets or similar considered part of the adventure. One solution gaining popularity sees inclusion of a mission bay in the ship’s structure, capable of protecting multiple boats from the elements and stowing the high value assets out of harm’s way.
Agreement reinforces In-Kingdom Total Value Add program and confirms long-term commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
May 20, 2017 - Schlumberger today signed a memorandum of understanding with Saudi Aramco to develop an In-Kingdom Total Value Add roadmap, in alignment with the Kingdom’s economic vision for 2030.
The Schlumberger In-Kingdom Total Value Add roadmap includes the creation of jobs and enables development opportunities for Saudis in oil and gas services and related sectors. The roadmap also strengthens the deployment of Schlumberger technology, reduces regional delivery times for key products and services, and increases local capacity and deployment capabilities.
Last week’s sold-out Nautical Institute London Command Seminar saw the appointment of Captain John Lloyd RD MBA FNI as the Institute’s new Chief Executive Officer. He takes over from Philip Wake OBE RD* MSc FNI, who is retiring after 14 years in post.
May 20, 2017
12 - 15 September 2017, RAO/CIS Offshore, 13th International Conference and Exhibition for Oil and Gas Resources Development of the Russian Arctic and CIS Continental Shelf, will be held in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
RAO/CIS Offshore is the event with a twenty-year history, which leading Russian scientists and the world's largest oil and gas companies. RAO/CIS Offshore obtains strong position among the world offshore oil and gas exhibitions and conferences. RAO/CIS Offshore is held on a biennial basis and brings together government officials, experts from Russian and foreign companies for discussion of the most important aspects of the Arctic and continental shelf offshore development
September, 18, 2017 in the run-up of NEVA 2017 exhibition, Media Group PortNews in partnership with Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) is hosting the international conference "Advanced port fleet - the basis of safety" in Angleterre Hotel.
The conference aim is to create a convenient discussion platform for the interaction of shipbuilders, customers and contractors of port icebreaker, tugboat, bunkering and environmental services. The leading icebreaker fleet operators, foreign and Russian shipbuilders, designers, shipping companies, auxiliary fleet operators are invited to participate in the conference. Over 170 participants are expected.