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The Seismic Support Vessel Bourbon Petrel at sea.  (Photo: Bourbon)

Bourbon and CGG Partner for Seismic Survey Success

Announced in June 2011, Bourbon and CGG entered a five-year charter agreement for a series of six custom newbuild seismic support vessels. Now more than two years later, the third ship in the series, Bourbon Gannet, is due to enter service in the early part of 2014, following the launch of the first two vessels, Bourbon Petrel and Bourbon Fulmar, in summer and autumn 2013, respectively.
Drydocks World, Foresight Discussion: Photo courtesy of Drydocks World

Drydocks World Looks to Foresight Offshore Rig Orders

Principals were in discussions hosted by His Excellency Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World & Maritime World about the Middle East shipbuilder taking on a number of orders to build 'Le Tourneau Super 116E' drilling rigs for Foresight Limited, as well as other mutual opportunities. Offshore drilling and tankers…

Navios Europe Takes Delivery of Four Additional Vessels

Navios Europe Inc. announced  that it has taken delivery of four additional vessels out of the ten vessel acquisition from HSH Nordbank AG (HSH). Including these four vessels, Navios Europe has taken delivery of nine vessels in total. The remaining vessel is expected to be delivered by the end of 2013.
Seaweed harvesting: Photo SES

SES Gain 40,000 Tons in Seaweed Deal

Seaweed Energy Solutions (SES) says it has reached an agreement to buy all of Norway's Biotrål AS in a deal that transforms SES' position as one of Europe's leading producers of seaweed. The combination of SES and Biotrål, a leading harvester of wild seaweed, opens up new business opportunities by immediately increasing volumes to supplement SES' growing seaweed farming operations…
Richard Greiner

Survey: Shipping Confidence at Three-Year High

Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry rose to their highest level for more than three years over the three-month period to November 2013, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens. There was encouraging news on freight rates and evidence of an increased willingness to invest.
Model image courtesy of Becker Marine Systems

LNG Cold-Ironing Cruise Ship Barge on the Stocks

Hamburg-based Hybrid Port Energy GmbH, has awarded a building contract to Shipbuilding and Machinery of Komárno, Slovakia to build the world’s first LNG Hybrid Barge to supply low-emission electrical power to cruise ships in port. The LNG Hybrid Barge will be delivered by summer 2014, only two years after the initial project startup.
The RRS Ernest Shackletonin Antarctic ice up to 2.5 m thick during the2009/2010 seasons.

Ice – The Ship Hull Nemesis

For as long as men have traveled and traded by water-routes, ice has been a nemesis for ships and their hulls. And with good reason since, on average, sea ice covers about 25 million square kilometers (9,652,553 square miles) of the planet—amounting to about two-and-a-half times the area of Canada. To wage ice battle, even in the earliest days of polar exploration…

New Steel Processing Equipment Helps Build Australian Warships

Inventive steel processing companies provide the backbone for infrastructure, transport, shipping and consumer goods sectors. One such company, Ferrocut Australia, was called on by the Royal Australian Navy’s Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC) Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Shipbuilder program, to provide steel plate cutting services and support for the life of the warship-building project.

Grandweld Delivers Third of Six Hybrid Seismic Support Vessels

Grandweld Shipyards has completed the delivery of Bourbon Gannet, the third Hybrid Seismic Support Vessel in a series of six for Bourbon Offshore. The vessel was handed over in a delivery ceremony held on Saturday November 23, 2013 at Grandweld facilities at Dubai Maritime City. The 54-meter , 50 tons bollard pull vessel will be operated by CGG to assist in seismic operations such as chasing…
Aerial photo of the Blohm+Voss.

Interview: Dr. Herbert Aly

Shipyard boss Dr. Herbert Aly discusses Blohm+Voss’ radical reorganization as well as the strategies to secure new orders. When I started my nautical career at Blohm+Voss at the beginning of the early 1960s, one could see on the southside of the river Elbe nine independent operating shipyards. Today only one remains: Blohm+Voss.

Irish Ferries Launches Dublin-Cherbourg Ferry Route

A new direct passenger car ferry service linking Dublin with the French port of Cherbourg is being introduced by Irish Ferries with the first sailing departing from Dublin on January 18. The once-weekly, year-round service – which the company’s head of passenger sales Dermot Merrigan said “will bring the European motorways…
From left to right: Giorgio Dona (SAIM Group), Jan Bruggeman Ship Motion Group), Mark Russell (CJR Propulsion Limited), Stephen Vincent (VEEM Limited), Paul Steinmann (VEEM Limited), Marco Dona (SAIM Group))

VEEM Appoints SAIM Gyro Range Sales Agent

Following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) earlier this year, VEEM Ltd. has now agreed territories and principle responsibilities with the Italian marine equipment distributor SAIM Group. SAIM Group will be responsible for increasing awareness of the Australian engineering firm’s latest developments in gyro stabilization technology…
Lance Davis

Deep Casing Tools Continues Global Growth

Deep Casing Tools, which has an innovative range of tools designed to land casing and completions at target depth within oil or gas wells, has appointed Jason Henry and Magnus Wardle as Vice-Presidents of Business Development and Technology respectively, further strengthening the global team. Jason has extensive experience in the oil and gas industry…

ShipMoney Expands Customer Base in Norway

Maritime Payment Solutions, LLC – Program Manager of ShipMoney for Crew and ShipMoney for Captains announced that it has signed a Norwegian Ship Management Company that operates a fleet of dry cargo vessels, offshore supply vessels and bargesadding to a growing list of ShipMoney clients across Europe. ShipMoney is a prepaid…

Container Reliability Declines for Third Consecutive Quarter

Drewry’s Carrier Performance Insight report, just published, revealed a disappointing drop in performance for both ship-level and container-level reliability Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in the third quarter. Containership reliability dipped below 70% for the first time since the beginning of 2012 as weaker performances…
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Regal Beloit Finalize Cemp Acquisition

US-based manufacturer of electric motors, mechanical and electrical motion controls and power generation products, Regal Beloit, has closed on the acquisition of Cemp, s.r.l., a European manufacturer of hazardous duty motors primarily for oil and gas and marine applications. Regal inform that for 2014 and 2015, Cemp is…

Veripos Positioning for Swire Pacific Offshore Fleet

Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd (SPO), an owner and operator of support vessels for offshore sectors, has awarded a three-year contract to Veripos for provision of precise satellite positioning. Under the terms of the contract, Veripos will provide precise positioning services to SPO’s existing fleet of more than 80 vessels globally.

Marine Task Force Conclude West Africa Engagements

An International Marine Task Force comprised of U.S., U.K., Dutch and Spanish Marine units disembarked from the Royal Netherlands Navy landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) after concluding a comprehensive set of security-enhancing activities as part of Africa Partnership Station (APS), Nov. 10. Over the course of three months…
South Stream gas pipeline

Gazprom Ends Plan To Build Pipeline To Italy

Gazprom has abandoned plans to build a section of its disputed South Stream gas pipeline to Italy, two sources close to the company said on Wednesday, a day after Gazprom announced a deal with OMV to build a branch to Austria. The memorandum of understanding with the Austrian oil and gas company foresees building a section…
Steve Adams

Adams Strengthens AGR Expert Evaluations Team

AGR’s Reservoir Management UK division (RM UK) is gearing up for a busy year ahead and has grown its sub-surface department with the addition of Steve Adams, Principal Geologist. Steve, who will be based in AGR’s Aberdeen office, has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, with a strong background in international sub-surface studies and project management.