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November 2013 Issue
Opening of Fugro’s Expanded Soils Laboratory
Fugro’s expanded soils testing laboratory at the group’s U.K. headquarters in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, officially opened. An investment of more than £1 million was made in increasing capacity and equipment.
The floor space of the laboratory was increased by 50 percent, and new equipment includes computer-controlled stress path triaxial systems, cyclic simple shear systems and resonant column systems.
Cranes Ordered for Multipurpose Vessels
Four new 38,000 deadweight tonnage general cargo ships for Nanjing King Ship Management Co. Ltd. (Hong Kong, China) will receive MacGregor (Helsinki, Finland) cranes. The five cranes on each vessel will have a total lifting capability of 236 tonnes.
The vessels are scheduled for delivery between late 2014 and early 2015. The order was booked in the third quarter 2013 order intake.
BINCO Contracts Damen for Seven Workboats
A contract signing ceremony between Bin Nowiran for Trading & Contracting Co. (BINCO), based in Saudi Arabia, and Damen Shipyards Group (Gorinchem, Netherlands) took place during the Seatrade Middle East Workboats & Offshore Marine exhibition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The contract is for seven vessels of five different ship types. The vessels will be operated by BINCO in Kuwait.
UASC Teams up With HHI and FutureShip
United Arab Shipping Co. (UASC), based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will expand its fleet with new container vessels. Constructed to DNV class, the designs are the result of a cooperation between FutureShip GmbH (Hamburg, Germany) and Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. (HHI), based in Ulsan, South Korea. UASC has ordered five 14,000 TEU vessels with six options and five 18,000 TEU vessels with one option.
Designs were assessed based on total costs of transport per container-mile for UASC’s trading pattern, taking into account both capital investment and operational costs.
EU Project Aims to Improve Efficiency
A new three-year European research project, partly funded by the European Union (EU), has been launched to help increase efficiencies in regulation compliance and enforcement for the maritime sector. e-Compliance will facilitate tighter integration and cooperation in regulatory compliance. It will align with the EU e-Maritime initiative to collaborate electronically in regulatory information management.
IK Investment to Acquire Petroleum Services
IK Investment Partners (London, England) has entered into an agreement with Det Norske Veritas (DNV), based in Oslo, Norway, to acquire its subsidiary DNV Petroleum Services (DNVPS), based in Barendrecht, Netherlands. Financial details for the transaction were not disclosed. Founded by the Norwegian foundation DNV in 1981, DNVPS is a provider of fuel management services for the maritime and power sectors, with customers including ship owners, managers and charterers, as well as power plant operators. The company primarily operates within two segments, fuel quality testing and bunker quantity surveys.
SeeByte Presented With VIPS Innovation Award
SeeByte (Edinburgh, Scotland) was awarded the Marcus Kolb prize for Innovation at last week’s VideoRay (Pottstown, Pennsylvania) VIPS event in San Diego, California.
The accolade, which was presented at the VideoRay Awards Dinner, was for SeeByte’s SeeChart. Developed by SeeByte and integrated with the VideoRay Pro 4, this tool uses satellite imagery and commercial nautical charts to offer monitoring of the GPS location for any launch platform and, if available, the ROV’s subsea location.
Korean Hydrographic Society Joins IFHS
The Seoul, South Korea-based Hydrographic Society of Korea (HySK) has been elected a member of the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies (Plymouth, England), joining other national organizations representing Australasia, Benelux, Denmark, Germany, Italy, South Africa and the U.K.
HySK represents hydrographic surveying individuals and organizations throughout Korea.
Increased Demand for Giant Piston Corers
OSIL (Havant, England) reported high levels of interest for its Giant Piston Corer. The Giant Piston Corer is capable of achieving varying core lengths of up to 30 meters in soft, cohesive sediments and muds. The corer is lowered to the seabed, where the programmable acoustic release mechanism triggers the final free fall penetration to obtain a core sample, assisted by the adjustable weights in the core head. The action of the piston reduces internal friction and prevents plugging.
Russian Industry Urged to Increase Maritime Ties
AMEC Kromav (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) has urged Russian industry to take advantage of Brazil’s offshore industry opportunities.
In a presentation in St. Petersburg, Russia, Rosalo Sales, director of business development and strategic planning at AMEC Kromav, told delegates that the Petrobras business plan for 2013 to 2017 had scheduled investments of more than $230 billion in Brazil and $11.7 billion overseas.
Hyde Marine Names Cammell Laird as Partner
Hyde Marine Inc. (Coraopolis, Pennsylvania) has established a partnership agreement with Cammell Laird (Birkenhead, England) for installation of the chemical-free Hyde GUARDIAN ballast water treatment system.
Cammell Laird had previously been tapped by the Royal Navy–Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) for installation of Hyde GUARDIAN systems. The most recent installation was a complex retrofit in June 2013 of an HG1000X on board the RFA’s Wave Ruler.
Sonar Equipment Services Delivers Survey Package
Sonar Equipment Services (Gorleston-on-Sea, England) delivered a multisensor ROV survey package to Calesurvey (Buxton, England). The pipeline route survey with environmental and geotechnical studies is being carried out using a work-class ROV fitted with geophysical and bathymetry survey sensors and equipment supplied by Sonar Equipment Services.
Restrictions for New Fishing Licenses
Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. (Fuzhou, China) announced that China’s Ministry of Agriculture recently issued a notification that it will suspend accepting shipbuilding applications for tuna harvesting vessels, squid harvesting vessels, Pacific saury harvesting vessels, trawlers operating on international waters, seine on international waters and trawlers operating on the Arafura Sea.
Survey and Geoengineering Division Expands
Senergy (Aberdeen, Scotland) has reinforced its survey and geoengineering team by almost 30 percent. New contract wins across the U.K., Norway and Australia have resulted in the growth of the company’s survey and geoengineering division.
A new general manager has been appointed at Senergy’s Bath office in the U.K., while a senior geotechnical engineer has joined the company’s Perth office in Australia. Senergy was ranked earlier this year as number 10 in a league table of the U.K.’s fastest-growing international businesses.
Lloyd’s List to go Digital
Lloyd’s List is set to become a totally digital publication by December 2013. The move follows many months of research and preparation and is designed to ensure that the title continues to evolve with customer demand, which now overwhelmingly favors a digital product. In a customer survey, more than 97 percent of respondents said that the preferred way of accessing business information is online.
Manuflex and Centek to Provide Exhaust Systems
Custom exhaust systems designed, engineered and manufactured by Manuflex Ltd. (Highbridge, England) in partnership with Centek Industries (Thomasville, Georgia) are aboard two fast pilot launches built by Goodchild Marine Services Ltd. (Great Yarmouth, England) for Estuary Services Ltd. (Ramsgate, England). Both vessels operate from Ramsgate, supporting Thames pilots in the Southern North Sea and Thames estuary.
Scuderi Group Signs Representative Agreement
Scuderi Group Inc. (West Springfield, Massachusetts) signed a four-year agreement with Sojitz Marine & Engineering Corp. (SOMEC), based in Tokyo, Japan, for representation in the shipbuilding and marine transportation markets in Korea and Japan. This represents Scuderi Group’s growth in Asia. According to the agreement, SOMEC will assist the Scuderi Group in promoting, selling and licensing the engine technology to the manufacturers in those regions.
North Korean Ship Fined for Arms Smuggling
A possible $1 million fine was issued by the Panama Canal Authority to a North Korean ship found to have Cuban weapons concealed under containers packed with sugar, reported Reuters. The ship was searched after Panamanian investigators were tipped that the vessel was transporting drugs. Cuba said that weapons were being shipped to North Korea to be repaired and returned to the country. The ship owners have the opportunity to defend their point of view.
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