ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won contract to supply an integrated electrical power and propulsion system for the first wind-farm installation vessel to be ordered by Swire Blue Ocean.
Japan’s National Maritime Research Institute (NMRI) and ClassNK, the world’s largest shipping classification society, signed an extensive cooperation agreement at a press conference in Tokyo earlier this week.
A three-year, 29-vessel contract came to an end as the last tugboat of the huge Serco contract was named ‘SD Deborah’ at the Damen headquarters in Gorinchem on 3rd December 2010.
At a signing ceremony on 25 November in Augsburg, Germany a Cooperation Agreement was settled between Becker Marine Systems GmbH & Co. KG and MAN Diesel & Turbo SE.
Sietas is to be the first German shipyard to develop and build a jack-up vessel used for offshore wind farm installation. The order, which was signed today in Hamburg, comes from prestigious Dutch-based marine contractor Van Oord, working on dredging, offshore and marine engineering projects worldwide. In addition, Van Oord has placed an option for a second ship of the same type.
Continuing rising demand for sustainable wind-based energy plants in the North Sea has led Nostag Gmbh to contract Berg Propulsion to upgrade its cable layer, Nostag 10, by equipping the vessel with two azimuthing thrusters.
IHI Marine United Inc. has developed a tanker and bulk carrier that emit 30% less carbon dioxide than its existing offerings, rounding out its eco-ship series.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has expressed serious concern about the online database of efficiency data for 60,000 individual merchant ships, published by Virgin Atlantic airlines’ boss Sir Richard Branson’s self styled ‘Carbon War Room’, ostensibly to allow customers to compare the carbon footprint of the ships they are using to move the 90% of world trade that is transported by sea.
Offshore service vessels (OSV) are becoming larger, more specialized and technically sophisticated as a result of the rising demand for more complex deepwater field developments, including the Gulf of Mexico.
GDF SUEZ has signed its official entry in two exploration gas and oil licenses with the Greenlandic Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources. The consortium between GDF SUEZ, Shell (operator) and Statoil has been granted two exploration offshore licenses in Blocks 5 and 8, located in the Baffin Bay, west of Greenland. GDF SUEZ’s share in each of the two licenses is 26.25%.
The Japanese government is coming to the aid of its ailing shipbuildinders. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism will shortly announce comprehensive measures to shore up its ‘weakened’ shipbuilding business sector.
Officials say an Antarctic cruise ship with 160 passengers aboard has lost an engine in high seas, but is limping safely to its scheduled port. The Argentine Navy says the Clelia II is heading for the port of Ushuia at the extreme south of the country at 4 knots (about 5 mph). It says all…