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Successful remotely operated workboat demonstration

Mon, 03 July 2017

As another key step down the long road to fully autonomous workboats, Rolls-Royce and global towage operator Svitzer have successfully demonstrated what they believe to be the world’s first remotely operated commercial vessel in Copenhagen harbour.

One of Svitzer´s tugs, the 28m long Svitzer Hermod, safely conducted a number of remotely controlled manoeuvres. From the quay side in Copenhagen harbour the vessel’s captain, stationed at the vessel’s remote base at Svitzer headquarters, berthed the vessel alongside the quay, undocked, turned 360 degrees, and piloted it to the Svitzer HQ, before docking again.  

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Scoping exercise on autonomous vessels

Mon, 03 July 2017

As another indicator of the speed at which maritime autonomy is gathering pace, the June Maritime Safety Committee of the IMO agreed to include the issue of marine autonomous surface ships on its agenda.

This will be in the form of a scoping exercise to determine how the safe, secure and environmentally sound operation of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) may be introduced in IMO instruments.

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First of two new Thames Clippers

Mon, 03 July 2017

The newest addition to London’s river bus transport network has made its almost 200 nautical mile maiden journey to the Capital from the Isle of Wight. Joining the MBNA Thames Clippers fleet, ‘Mercury Clipper’, is the first of two new boats that will enter service in London this summer.

Six members of crew – with over 80 years of combined experience between them – have carried out the 12 hour journey, at an average speed of 20 knots.

The two new 172 capacity passenger boats (Mercury Clipper and Jupiter Clipper), a £6.3 million investment in London’s port and transport infrastructure, have been built at the Wight Shipyard Co Ltd on the Isle of Wight. With the order, MBNA Thames Clippers has set the record for the largest fast ferry order for a UK ship yard in over 20 years with non-government backed funding.

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Humber region port projects shortlisted

Mon, 03 July 2017

Green Port Hull and Immingham Renewable Fuel Terminal have both been shortlisted at the British Construction Industry Awards 2017.

Green Port Hull and Immingham Renewable Fuel Terminal have both been shortlisted in the Major Civil Engineering Project of the Year (over £50m) category at the British Construction Industry Awards, which recognises and rewards excellence in project delivery, design, construction and delivering outcomes for society.

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Caterpillar’s North American milestone

Mon, 03 July 2017

The 'DR HANK KAPLAN' is the first vessel in North America to feature a complete Cat Marine propulsion system

The first vessel in North America to feature a complete Cat Marine propulsion system with both Cat power and Cat azimuth drives has been christened.

The DR HANK KAPLAN tug is owned by Seattle-based Harley Marine Services, with a length of 80’, a beam of 36’ and a depth of 13’7”.

“Caterpillar is proud to power a vast number of vessels in the Harley Marine fleet,” said Tom Frake, vice president of Caterpillar’s Global Power Solutions Division.

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Remote locations served by Tideman vessels

Mon, 19 June 2017

Netherlands-based Tideman Boats BV said its workboats are more durable than comparable vessels, as it demonstrated the first boat in its evolving Rigid Buoyancy Boat (RBB) range at Seawork 2017.

Bruno Tideman, CEO of Tideman Boats BV, said that company’s boats are made from polyethylene and not as fragile as standard RIBs filled with air, while they can withstand wear resulting from friction with equipment such as steel boots, helmets and hard hats.

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NWA safety forum provides sobering information

Mon, 19 June 2017

The UK’s National Workboat Association hosted a Safety Forum at Seawork 2017 entitled Towage: Reducing the Risks – Raising the Standards.

In association with the MAIB and Shipowners’ Protection and Indemnity (P&I) Club, the forum brought together workboat operators and safety specialists to analyse the root causes of a number of high-profile tug accidents and outline current efforts to improve industry-wide standards and qualifications.

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Delta's 'D-class'

Mon, 19 June 2017

UK-based Delta Power Group launched its inshore 480 rescue RIB for independent lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland at Seawork 2017.

The vessel has been designed as an equivalent to the RNLI’s D class vessels and has features not included on other rescue RIBs of its size, claims Delta.

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Sun shines on Seawork again

Mon, 19 June 2017

Seawork International, Europe’s largest commercial marine and workboat exhibition, closed on 15th June and was hailed a resounding success. The event’s now almost expected warm, sunny weather saw over 630 exhibitors and 7,000 maritime professionals coming together to meet and do business over the three days in Southampton, UK.

What makes Seawork unique globally is the more than 70 vessels and floating plant are on display, afloat for trial. This year saw the Southampton skyline dominated by the immense 60m x 28m Skylift 3000 jack-up submersible platform being demonstrated by Netherlands-based Ravestein BV.

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Investment brings larger vessels to Grimsby east port

Tue, 30 May 2017

A £1.85m investment into the refurbishment of the slipway at Port of Grimsby east includes a boat hoist able to accommodate vessels up to 600 tonnes.

The ability of the 200-tonne hoist to handle larger modern boats, combined with the restructured slipway, opened in March, enables the port to diversity and expand its business.

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Production begins for low-emission London ferries

Tue, 30 May 2017

Production of two low-emission Woolwich ferries for Transport for London (TFL) has begun at the Rementowa shipyard in Gdansk, Poland.

The ferries will incorporate emission-reduction technology to enable the vessels to meet TfL’s London emission zone regulations and aim to be two of the least polluting vessels operating anywhere in the world.

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Safety kit initiative for UK fishermen

Tue, 30 May 2017

A new initiative aims to provide local fishermen operating out of coastal locations in the UK with essential safety equipment in line with Marine and Coastguard Agency guidance for fishing vessel operators who fish near windfarms.

The new programme, developed by EDF Energy Renewables, has seen Life Cell Marine Safety provide Life Cell models to local fishermen between Hartlepool and Saltburn by the Sea, ensuring they have readily accessible safety equipment in the event of an emergency.

James Wilson, local fishing liaison officer with EDF Energy Renewables, said: “Our aim has always been to ensure that the wind farm can co-exist safely and effectively with local fishing activities.”

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Cheetah Marine export successes

Tue, 30 May 2017

Isle of Wight, UK catamaran builder Cheetah Marine plans to exhibit at Seawork International a new 8.5m hydrographic craft prior to its delivery to SinoHydro, a Chinese hydropower and construction company engaged in building a multi-purpose bridge project in Bangladesh.

Easily transportable between survey sites, the vessel features two mounting points for deployment of survey equipment together with a sidemount for ADCP and a single beam sounder and a central moonpool for deployment of a widebeam multibeam system.  Twinned with the vessel’s 0.5m shallow draught, the complete assembly will allow complex surveys to be carried out in rapid flow shallow water zones with minimal crew.  She will later be shipped to Chittagong before continuing by road to Dhaka.

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Seawork introduces ECMAs

Tue, 30 May 2017

This year, for the first time, the Seawork International 2017 trade show will present its new European Commercial Marine Awards (ECMAs) alongside its Innovation Showcase winners, as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Taking place at Mayflower Park in Southampton, the Seawork Innovation Showcase, sponsored by Lloyds Register, and the ECMAs, sponsored by Servogear and Brunvoll Mar, will celebrate the best work, design innovation and achievements in the maritime industry that are paving the way for new developments. Seawork also welcomes ‘sister’ magazine Maritime Journal as co-host of the awards.

Six Innovation Showcase awards are on offer for the best of the Spirit of Innovation category entries, plus special recognition for the overall Spirit of Innovation winner, while the ECMAs include Maritime Professional of the Year, sponsored by G.G.T.C, the Maritime Sustainability Award, sponsored by Travelers and the Lifetime Achievement award.

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Towing hooks demo

Tue, 30 May 2017

An on-stand demonstration of Norwegian lifting hardware specialist H Henriksen's new range of disc-type towing hooks is expected to attract the attention of many visitors to Seawork in June.

Operators of small to medium-sized vessels that are regularly used for towing, are expected to find the new Henriksen products of considerable interest. Visitors to stand PY 145 will be able to see the first hooks to become available for use by working vessels to which they are introducing a level of safety that has, until now, only been available for tugs and much larger, dedicated towing vessels.

The new Henriksen towing hook provides a quick release facility that can be activated by any crew member in an emergency. If circumstances change unexpectedly during a tow and put the vessel and its crew at risk, the tow line can be released in a single action by crew on deck or in the wheelhouse. If this occurs, the disc design of the hook enables it to absorb the sudden release energy from the tow line without the hook and its mounting being dangerously stressed.

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HS-OSC craft

Mon, 08 May 2017

UK-based offshore energy support vessel operator, Seacat Services, has completed its latest investment in its fleet, launching two vessels with the capacity for 24 industrial personnel – the newly-accepted ‘Seacat Enterprise’, and the upgraded ‘Seacat Courageous’.

These boats are part of the first wave of offshore energy support vessels to be certified under the new HS-OSC (High Speed – Offshore Service Craft) code, which now allows vessels under 500 tonnes to carry up to 60 industrial personnel. High Speed Utility Vessel (HSUV) Seacat Enterprise is the first vessel to be both built and registered in the UK under this new code.

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Fleet disposal opportunities as Forth Bridge nears completion

Mon, 08 May 2017

The new Forth Road Bridge, (Scotland, UK) known as the Queensferry Crossing is nearing completion allowing the construction consortium to release some of its floating plant onto the market.

The Queensferry Crossing forms the centrepiece of a crucial upgrade to the transport across the Firth of Forth and a significant Scottish Government investment.

On completion, the 2.7km crossing will be the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world. In order to achieve the slender appearance of the towers and deck in an estuary prone to strong winds, engineers produced a design for extra strength and stability. As a consequence, it is now also the largest bridge to feature cables which cross mid-span.

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Finland’s oldest ferry goes all-electric

Mon, 08 May 2017

The oldest operating ferry in Finland became the country’s first all-electric passenger vessel last week, after being fitted with Visedo power.

First in service in 1904, the Föri ferry was relaunched in Turku, South West Finland, with a new zero-emission electric drivetrain that aims to be more efficient, create less noise and enable reduced operating costs.

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Maritime Nation India 2017 receives letter of endorsement from India's Minister of Road Transport, Highways, Shipping and Ports, secures support from leading Industry Associations.

Tue, 02 May 2017

The 2nd edition of Maritime Nation India 2017 would be held in the International Exhibition and Convention Centre, Navi Mumbai from 14-16 September 2017. This follows the success of its maiden Tradeshow in 2016, that had over 40 exhibitors, 60 speakers, 12 conferences and over 2000 industry professionals from 10 countries.

The Maritime Nation initiative is a unique platform set up by industry professionals, to help the maritime ecosystem achieve more. 

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RINA award for Hull Vane

Tue, 02 May 2017

The 2016 Maritime Innovation Award from the Royal Institution of Naval Architects has been awarded to the patented energy saving and seakeeping device Hull Vane from Netherlands- headquartered naval architects Van Oossanen.

The Hull vane system uses a hydrofoil mounted aft, below the transom to reduce hull squat and hence reduce the resistance of relatively fast displacement ships. The inventor of the Hull Vane, Peter van Oossanen, received the award from Ron Finlayson, Strategic Business Director of Qinetiq, during the Annual Dinner in London on the 27th of April 2017.

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Deep Green for Holyhead Deep

Tue, 02 May 2017

Natural Resources Wales has given consent is for a 0.5 MW Deep Green tidal generating device to be installed in the southern corner of the Holyhead Deep in the UK’s Irish Sea. This will be the first time that the Swedish Deep Green underwater kite technology will be tested on a full size unit at sea and it is planned that this trial unit will demonstrate and prove the technology ahead of plans for installing a 10 MW array at the site.

The installation site is located 6.5 km off the coast of Anglesey and has been carefully selected to maintain separation from the busy shipping lanes in the area and to minimize the impact on other sea users. The Xodus Group delivered the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and license application on behalf of Minesto, the company and this led to the consent being given by Natural Resources Wales.

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Rembrandt contract with MAIB

Tue, 02 May 2017

BMT Ship & Coastal Dynamics, a subsidiary of UK-headquartered BMT Group Ltd, has announced a new contract with the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch, acknowledged as a world leader in ship electronic evidence gathering, including VDR (Voyage Data Recorder) data recovery and interpretation.

BMT has installed its industry leading marine navigation and manoeuvring simulator, Rembrandt and will provide ongoing specialised training, to allow MAIB personnel to benefit from its unique attributes. 

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Finning chipping in

Mon, 03 April 2017

Caterpillar Marine distributor, Finning UK and Ireland has donated parts and engineering expertise to oversee and commission the installation of Cat engines and marine gensets on the ‘MV Forth Hope’; a brand new charity ship that will enable more than two million people in the developing World to receive medical treatment.

Newly converted from a cancelled order Gosport Ferry that had lain semi-completed for 12 years, the vessel was converted to its first role at Abels dockyard in Bristol before sailing to Rosyth for fitting out in preparation for its official launch in May this year. As reported in MJ last year, MV Forth Hope was the final vessel worked on by David Abel before closing the yard.

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Rolec launches monthly payment packages

Mon, 03 April 2017

UK-based, pontoon, port and marina services specialist Rolec has introduced a range of monthly payment packages which allow marina owners to spread out the cost of installations and/or refurbishments over a 3 or 5 year period.

The two packages, which offer 36 or 60 month terms, can cover all costs associated with the supply and installation of electrical service pedestals, MID approved metering systems, electrical and water distribution systems and electric vehicle (EV) charging points.

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Liverpool2 to boost Scotland’s deepest container terminal

Mon, 03 April 2017

Scotland’s deepest container terminal expects to double its business in the next five years thanks to the recent opening of £400million ‘sister’ terminal – Liverpool2.

Also owned by Peel Ports, Greenock Ocean Terminal - recognised across the world for its role in exporting goods including Scotch whisky and Scottish food stuffs – has projected that it will handle 200,000 TEUs a year by 2021, representing a 100 percent increase on today’s 100,000 units.

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Stad Ship Tunnel

Mon, 03 April 2017

Construction of the World’s first large ship tunnel could start early next year. The project is now in Norway’s National Transportation Plan which greatly increases the likelihood that the NOK 2.3 billion funding allocated for this project will allow work to start in the near future.

The coast of Norway has many offshore islands which allow coastal shipping to make passages mainly through protected inshore routes. The main exception to this is around the headland of the Stad Peninsula where shipping is fully exposed to open ocean weather and seas which can cause delays and dangerous conditions for shipping. The ambitious ship tunnel plan would create a way to bypass this peninsular, creating a safer and more reliable route for shipping.

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Flat panel antenna to replace satellite domes

Mon, 03 April 2017

Satellite links have revolutionised communications at sea but they do require the installation of an antenna located within a dome to provide the link between vessel and satellite.

A steerable dish antenna within the dome maintains the direct link to the satellite and although these satellite domes have got smaller in recent years it can still be a challenge to find clear space for them on smaller craft. Now a solution has been found with the development of flat panel antenna that can do the same job as the satellite dish antenna. 

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Blackwater level sensor with no moving parts

Mon, 03 April 2017

UK fluid measurement specialist Gill Sensors & Controls Limited has applied much thought to the unpalatable issue of obtaining long-term reliable indications of content levels in marine sewage holding tanks and has now announced immediate availability of its new 7014 Blackwater Level Sensor for the marine industry.

The sensor’s technology has been specifically developed to meet increased regulatory requirements for both black and gray water discharge, and address the reliability and maintenance issues with current Blackwater holding tank content measurement solutions.  

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Yet Another ‘World’s First’ For Solar Solve Marine

Tue, 28 March 2017

The contract for the ‘World’s First’ pair of LNG powered containers ships was signed in December 2012 between owners Tote Marine and builders GD Nassco of San Diego, USA.  Both of the vessels were delivered around 3 years later with no anti-glare roller sunshades installed at the navigation bridge windows. 

Tote Maritime took delivery of one of its new liquefied natural gas-fueled container ships – the 764-foot (233-meter) Perla Del Caribe in January 2016, two months ahead of schedule.

“The Perla Del Caribe and the Isla Bella exemplify world-leading, innovative technologies being used to build ocean-going ships that are cost-effective, friendly to the environment and offer a competitive edge,” said GD Nassco Vice President and General Manager, Kevin Graney in the delivery announcement.  “The Marlin-class containerships are the largest dry cargo ships powered by LNG, making them the cleanest cargo-carrying ships anywhere in the world.”

The ships have Korean-built MAN Diesel & Turbo-design 8L70ME-C8.2GI engines.

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Rolls-Royce power for special forces

Tue, 28 March 2017

Rolls-Royce has won a contract to supply engines and waterjets to power and propel two new high-speed vessels designed and built by Intermarine (Immsi Group) for the Italian Navy.

The construction of the two high-speed multi-purpose units (UNPAV) has recently begun at Intermarine’s Sarzana shipyard.

The vessels are more than 40 metres long, 8 metres wide and powered by three MTU 2000 series diesel engines connecting to three Kamewa S4 water jets.

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From boat to boardroom.

Tue, 28 March 2017

Seawork exhibitor Reygar has a new fleet monitoring system called BareFLEET, which has been designed using years of experience, hard won through robust monitoring systems in the marine renewables sector.

Back in 2001 Reygar director Chris Huxley-Reynard remembers standing at the foot of the ladder of the UK’s first commercial scale tidal turbine generator, a mile offshore, with 6kts of tide rushing past his feet and huge vortices being shed off its monopile structure. “It was an exciting and sobering experience getting on and off the turbine, you had the feeling Mother Nature didn’t want you there” says Chris. For 15 years he and his Reygar colleague Felix Francis, worked in the nascent tidal turbine industry, designing, building and operating free stream tidal generators first for Marine Current Turbines and Tidal Generation, and then later for Rolls-Royce and Siemens.

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Maritime Nation India 2017 - Dates Announced!

Thu, 23 March 2017

South Asia’s leading Exhibition and Conference for the Maritime and Logistics Ecosystem; to be held on 14-16 September, 2017

Venue: CIDCO International Exhibition and Convention Centre, Vashi, Navi Mumbai

Maritime Nation India 2017, a unique global platform for exhibitors to demonstrate their expertise and secure business opportunities in the Indian Maritime and logistics Sector, is back after its successful and well-received maiden event held last year.

With over 200 participating leading companies, eminent speakers, government representatives, academicians, and global experts, the event presents a huge opportunity to network, initiate, and forge partnerships. 

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Electric cranes for LNG ops

Mon, 13 March 2017

Liebherr is delivering efficient electric cranes to Puerto Rico which will be used to load and discharge containerised cargo aboard Crowley’s two new LNG powered Con-Ro ships.

These three new, ship-to-shore container cranes manufactured in Ireland by Liebherr and assembled in Cork Harbour, are scheduled for delivery to Crowley Puerto Rico Services’ Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan in late March.

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Aircraft carrier infrastructure handover

Mon, 13 March 2017

Netherlands-owned UK construction company VolkerStevin has delivered the Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) Base Porting Infrastructure Project in Portsmouth Harbour on budget and two months ahead of schedule. The infrastructure was officially handed over to the naval base on Tuesday 7th March 2017.

VolkerStevin was appointed by UK MoD offshoot, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) as the principal contractor on the project back in 2014 along with BAE Systems.

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Guidance Marine wins award for innovation

Mon, 13 March 2017

Guidance Marine picked up the Dynamic Positioning 2017 award at the Offshore Support Journal Annual Awards for its targetless sensor.

RangeGuard is the first sensor developed by Guidance Marine that does not use physical targets, it uses radar reflections from its surroundings to calculate precisely the vessel’s range to the nearest object in its field of view.

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Mainstay celebrates ferry delivery with ministerial visit

Tue, 28 February 2017

A Pembrokeshire-based designer, builder and maintainer of workboats was praised by the Welsh Government Economy Secretary for its commitment to local employment and apprenticeship scheme.

Ken Skates AM visited Mainstay Marine ahead of the firm finalising delivery details of a chain ferry for use on the Isle of Wight.

Also known as a floating bridge, the ferry will transport more than 1.5 million pedestrians and 400,000 vehicles per annum.

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Mainstay ferry project

Mon, 27 February 2017

A Pembrokeshire UK-based designer, builder and maintainer of workboats has been praised for its commitment to local employment and apprenticeship scheme.

Welsh Government Economy Secretary, Ken Skates, praised the project during a visit to Mainstay Marine ahead of the firm finalising delivery details for the chain ferry to the Isle of Wight.

Stewart Graves, managing director of Mainstay Marine, said: “The new ferry has been a fantastic project to work on, with many of our apprentices assisting with its construction.”

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Damen feels the commodities price pinch

Mon, 27 February 2017

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has announced a reorganisation at three Dutch yards within its group. Staff members of Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam, Damen Shiprepair Van Brink and Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen were informed that the overall number of staff will be reduced by approximately 150 employees.

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Cammell Laird kite boat

Mon, 27 February 2017

Merseyside, UK shipyard and engineering company Cammell Laird has held a special ceremony to launch a unique kite boat designed to raise funds for charity Claire House Children’s Hospice.

The CL Challenger was designed by retired shipyard naval architect Bill Owen incorporating a kite as the main power source to propel the vessel. The eco-friendly vessel also generates electric power for radio, lights and GPS through batteries charged via solar panel.

It will now be used by a team of intrepid kite surfers for a range of sea-faring challenges to raise vital cash for the Bebington children’s charity.

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Rovco dives into international waters

Mon, 27 February 2017

UK-based ROV survey start-up company Rovco has taken its firsts steps into international waters and made significant progress towards growing its global footprint following the completion of two subsea survey contracts in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

The contract awards saw Rovco perform advanced subsea survey work in Fiji and Oman, utilising its state-of-the-art SubAtlantic Mojave, Seaeye Falcon and VideoRay Pro 4 ROVs.

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Fincantieri and Ferretti announce a cooperation agreement

Mon, 27 February 2017

Two major Italian maritime boatbuilders have announced that they have reached a cooperation agreement with the goal of developing commercial and industrial synergies between the two companies.

Fincantieri and Ferretti are both leaders in their respective markets and it is anticipated that the cooperation will lead to the sharing of expertise and marketing.

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Port of Cork wave buoy

Mon, 20 February 2017

Irish Metocean data networking company TechWorks Marine was awarded a contract to design and deploy an operational Wave Buoy for Port of Cork in late 2016, to be deployed at Roche’s Point on the approach to Cork Harbour.

As the Wave climate in Ireland takes its toll on equipment, a large platform was recommended in order to survive the heavy weather, and maximise visibility of the data buoy to the shipping activity using the harbour on a daily basis.

Central to this development is the TechWorks Marine TMBB-Data Acquisition and Transmission system, the versatile and configurable monitoring platform is designed around it.  The TMBB is a robust, reliable and scalable data acquisition system, which ensures the ongoing collection and transmission of quality assured data to enable clients to make informed decisions linked to their commercial activity.  Already operational, data is being transmitted in real-time every 20 minutes to the Port of Cork Operations station.  The inertial wave sensor used on the buoy is the SeaView Systems SVS-603.  The Mobilis Jet9000 buoy Hull was selected as the most robust and reliable platform for such long term operational deployment. Irish Metocean data networking company TechWorks Marine was awarded a contract to design and deploy an operational Wave Buoy for Port of Cork in late 2016, to be deployed at Roche’s Point on the approach to Cork Harbour.

As the Wave climate in Ireland takes its toll on equipment, a large platform was recommended in order to survive the heavy weather, and maximise visibility of the data buoy to the shipping activity using the harbour on a daily basis.

Central to this development is the TechWorks Marine TMBB-Data Acquisition and Transmission system, the versatile and configurable monitoring platform is designed around it.  The TMBB is a robust, reliable and scalable data acquisition system, which ensures the ongoing collection and transmission of quality assured data to enable clients to make informed decisions linked to their commercial activity.  Already operational, data is being transmitted in real-time every 20 minutes to the Port of Cork Operations station.  The inertial wave sensor used on the buoy is the SeaView Systems SVS-603.  The Mobilis Jet9000 buoy Hull was selected as the most robust and reliable platform for such long term operational deployment. 

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SL-75 Solar Marine Lantern

Mon, 20 February 2017

Australian AtoNs manufacturer Sealite has introduced the new SL-75 3-5NM Solar Marine Lantern with Bluetooth connectivity.

Sealite says that the SL-75 is the most innovative, compact 3-5NM solar marine lantern available in the market today, and incorporates GPS synchronisation, GSM monitoring and Bluetooth connectivity.  

Designed and manufactured in-house, the innovative SL-75 lantern has advanced control features and is built from impact resistant polycarbonate with 3 mounting options. The SL-75 boasts dual high performance solar modules tilted for maximum sunlight capture, delivering up to 40% more solar collection than a horizontal solar module. 

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New UK investments for Aderco

Mon, 13 February 2017

Aderco has opened a new operational base in the UK to serve the marine markets in the UK, US and Caribbean.

The new investment is in response to continued growing demand, the company will also serve as a reporting line for Aderco’s worldwide network of distributorships.

Peter Stevenson, from Aderco, said: “This is an exciting time for Aderco, whose proven fuel treatments deliver cost savings and efficiency gains that are in tune with today’s concerns and resonate with customers. Aderco has an outstanding commitment to innovation and we are continuously improving our solutions to enable the maritime industry to meet today and tomorrow’s challenges.”

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Safehaven XSV 17

Mon, 13 February 2017

Irish boatbuilder Safehaven Marine has launched the prototype of its latest new design: XSV 17 ‘Thunder Child’.

The XSV 17 is a development of Safehaven’s new Barracuda range of high speed, low RCS Interceptor / patrol craft for commercial, Search and Rescue and naval operations. The new design brings even greater capabilities incorporating greater speed, greater range, higher crew capacity and an even lower RCS (Radar Cross Section).

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SMS Aquaculture service vessel

Mon, 13 February 2017

Southampton Marine Services has launched its latest vessel, a 23m aquaculture service vessel, at its Ocean Quay shipyard in Southampton UK.

The Alyssa has been built for Scottish commercial diving and marine services company Leco Marine and will be the largest vessel in its fleet.

Designed by Argyll Maritime Design Services, the Alyssa will perform general fish farm work and is equipped with a net-cleaning and inspection system for the maintenance of fish-farm nets.

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Ireland to lead MaRINET2

Mon, 06 February 2017

An investment of €10.5 million in EU funding for marine renewable test facilities was recently announced in Dublin by University College Cork.

It is the second phase of funding in the transnational, multi-million euro initiative, called MaRINET2, which aims to help industry accelerate the development of offshore renewable energy technologies and infrastructure by opening up access to 57 test facilities across 13 European countries. The project is co-ordinated by MaREI, the Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, at University College Cork.

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New managing director for RTS Wind

Mon, 06 February 2017

Neil Parry has taken over the management of RTS Wind in the United Kingdom and spent his first week at the headquarters of RTS Wind AG in Germany.

The new managing director, who’s role will be to further establish RTS Wind in the UK, has held management roles in global sales, key accounts and business development with Vestas, ABB and SubC.

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Industry welcomes Hendry Review on tidal lagoons

Mon, 06 February 2017

A new Government-backed report has highlighted the potential of tidal lagoon technology and the key role it will play in providing the UK with reliable and affordable energy.

The Hendry Review was carried out by Charles Hendry, a former energy minister, and concluded that tidal lagoons can play a cost-effective part of the UK’s energy mix. With large scale tidal lagoons almost certain to be able to play a valuable and competitive role in our electricity system in the future.

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Subsea cabling competition

Mon, 06 February 2017

The UK’s Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) has launched a competition aimed at improving subsea cabling systems in the offshore wind industry - and is actively seeking input from a range of 'complementary industries.'

As Olivia Burke, an Associate who leads on cabling for the OWA at the Carbon Trust, explains, currently available solutions are not able to detect and monitor mechanical cable limits with the required accuracy, prompting the OWA to cast its net wider and search for novel systems and technology ideas from other sectors - such as telecommunications, civil and marine engineering, automotive and oil and gas - which could be 'adapted for subsea cable application.'

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