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Adelte Wins Contracts for 8 Boarding Bridges

Adelte, a designer and manufacturer of sophisticated Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges (SPBBs) for cruise and ferry terminals has recently won eight contracts for the supply in 2014 of a total of eleven tailor-made SPBBs to the ports of Rotterdam, Stornoway, Swinoujscie and Ullapool in Northern Europe, Denia and Savona in Southern Europe and Busan and Singapore in Asia.
Michael Noble

Noble Joins UTEC's UK Team

UTEC  has announced a key addition to its UK team based in Aberdeen, Scotland, as Michael Noble has been named as the company’s Sales Manager UK and will be responsible for the organic growth of the company in existing and new service lines in the onshore/offshore survey market in North West Europe. He brings to the role…
Victoria I

Tallink Cruise Ship Receives Maintenance at BLRT Yard

The maintenance of passenger ferry Victoria I at Finland’s largest ship repair yard, a part of BLRT Grupp, has been finished. Scheduled maintenance of Victoria I was carried out within six days at Turku Repair Yard’s dry dock. “The success of such projects, when quality maintenance has to be executed within shortest possible time…
Sargasso Sea image from video courtesy of SSA

Sargasso Sea Protection: 11 Countries Pledge to Support Pact

Representatives from 11 countries and territories from North America, the Caribbean and Europe have committed support for the conservation of the Sargasso Sea eco-system for the benefit of present and future generations, informs the Sargasso Sea Alliance (SSA). The Alliance explains that for more than two years, it has…
Dr. Harry Bradbury

UK Operators to Reveal Activity in Unconventionals

Key players in U.K. unconventional oil and gas extraction will come together to share their insight and current developments with delegates at Unconventional Gas Aberdeen 2014. Among the operators speaking at the event are Dr Harry Bradbury, CEO of Five-Quarter, Andrew Austin, CEO of IGas, and Douglas Bain, UK Country Manager at Dart Energy.
The wreck of the Auk-class minesweeper HMS Pylades sunk by a German midget submarine during the night of July 8, 1944 while anchored as part of the Trout defensive line (see HMS Magic above). The wreck is lying on its port side with the bow to the top. The ship’s superstructure is still clearly evident to the left while the partly upturned hull forms the shallowest part of the image.

D-Day Mapping Mission

It’s been almost 70 years since the invasion of Normandy, France when 156,000 Allied troops landed and began their march across Europe to defeat Hitler. And, while these soldiers’ collective destinies could not have been known at the time, their will to fight was unmistakable. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the D-Day…
Image © Joachim S Müller, courtesy European Environment Agency

Europe’s Seas Under Threat

Many of Europe’s marine species, habitats and ecosystems have been under threat for decades. As maritime economic activities are predicted to increase in coming years, a new briefing from the European Environment Agency (EEA) argues that the cumulative impact of human activity should be better managed to avoid irreversible damage to ecosystems.

Gazprom Warns of as Sales Suspension to Ukraine Over Unpaid Bills

Reuters - Gazprom issued a thinly veiled warning on Friday that it could stop shipping gas to Ukraine over unpaid bills, increasing pressure on Kiev and raising the prospect of potential cuts in supplies to Europe. "Either Ukraine makes good on its debt and pays for current supplies, or there is risk of returning to the situation of early 2009," Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said.
Andrey Akimov & Alexey Miller sign: Photo credit Gazprom

Baltic & Vladivostok LNG Projects Agreed by Gazprom

An Agreement of Cooperation as part of liquefied natural gas (LNG ) projects has been signed at the Gazprom headquarters by Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Andrey Akimov, Chairman of the Gazprombank Management Board. The Vladivostok LNG project provides for the construction of an LNG plant…
USS Truxton: Photo courtesy of USN

US Warship Heading for Black Sea

The Navy informs that the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer 'USS Truxtun' (DDG 103) has departed Souda Bay, Greece, en route to conduct combined training and theater security cooperation engagements in the Black Sea with Romanian and Bulgarian Naval forces. The visit of the warship to waters in the vicinity of…
Image courtesy FARO Technologies

FARO Debuts New X Series Laser Scanner

FARO Technologies, Inc., a 3D measurement, imaging and realization technology company, announced the release of the new FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D X 130. According to the manufacturer, the Focus3D X 130, the newest member of Focus3D X Series range of laser scanners, delivers tremendous power, compact design and the flexibility to perform laser scanning in both indoor and outdoor environments.
École de Technologie Supérieure (Quebec, Canada) team’s submarine Omer 8 was the overall winner in 2012.

Human Powered Subs

Twelve teams from universities in six countries on three continents are scheduled to meet in July 2014 to take part in the second biennial European International Submarine Races (eISR) at QinetiQ’s Ocean Basin in Gosport, U.K., the biggest covered water space in Europe. This week-long event from July 7-11, 2014, is a unique…

Russian Gas Flows through Ukraine "Trouble-Free"

Reuters - Russian gas exports to Europe through Ukraine have not been affected by political turmoil in Kiev and were "trouble-free" on Thursday, said a spokesman for state-controlled gas producer Gazprom. Last year, Gazprom supplied the European Union and Turkey with 162 billion cubic metres (bcm), a historic high, of which 86 bcm was delivered via Ukraine.

Gazprom says Russian gas flows to Europe via Ukraine "trouble-free"

Russian gas exports to Europe through Ukraine have not been affected by political turmoil there and were "trouble-free" on Friday, a spokesman for state-controlled gas producer Gazprom said. Gazprom ships around half of its gas flows to Europe via Ukraine. The Russian state-owned company meets around 30 percent of European Union's gas consumption needs.   Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin
Robin Bidwell: Photo courtesy of LOC

Marine Engineering Consultancy LOC Appoint Chairman

Dr Robin Bidwell CBE has been appointed as LOC Group chairman informs the London-headquartered international marine and engineering consultancy and survey company. LOC add that for 35 years, Dr Bidwell built and led Environmental Resources Management (ERM) the global environmental advisory firm employing more than 5000 employees in over 40 countries.

Europe Power - Spot Down on Rising Temperatures, Solar Output

Reuters- European spot power prices fell on Wednesday due to forecasts for warmer weather in France and expectations for a rise in solar electricity production in both Germany and France. The German baseload power contract for Thursday delivery fell 4.5 cents to 41.5 euros ($57.03) per megawatt-hour (MWh) in the over-the-counter (OTC) market.

DeepWater Buoyancy Delivers

DeepWater Buoyancy, Inc. has re-launched the oceanography/marine measurements line of syntactic foam ADCP buoys, StableMoor floats and trawl resistant bottom mounts (TRBMs) formerly manufactured by Flotation Technologies (Flotec). DeepWater Buoyancy opened their doors on January 1, 2014 after securing the designs and manufacturing…
Photo courtesy AIDA Cruises

AIDA Cruises Records 20% Passenger Increase in 2013

In 2013, 763,700 guests from Germany chose to travel with AIDA Cruises – 20 percent more than in the year before. This means that the cruise company has grown twice as fast as the market as a whole. A new study by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the German Travel Association DRV shows that the German…

Hunting profit flat on weak North Sea, Canada

Energy services firm Hunting posted pretax profit broadly flat on the previous year, but just short of analyst expectations, as a lack of drilling in the North Sea and Canada hit demand for equipment and services. The company, which provides equipment and services for drilling and completing oil wells, reported underlying profit before tax of $196 million on revenue of $1.3 billion…
MSC Preziosa, new flagship of MSC Cruises Photo Bernard Beger-STX France

MSC Preziosa: The Ultimate in Cruise Ship Tech

MSC Cruises recently added a new state-of-the-art liner, the MSC Preziosa, helping the Italian company, truly a family business, attain the status of third largest cruise line in the world. MSC Preziosa is a Fantasia class cruise ship owned and operated by MSC Cruises. It entered service in March 2013 as an enhanced version of its sister ships…