Game Changer sold and back at Damen for customisation

Dutch shipbuilder Damen is delighted to announce the sale of 70-metre Game Changer (227 ft) from the Yacht Support range.

Game Changer is Damen’s fourth Yacht Support vessel sold in the 70-metre segment, proving the ongoing demand for large yachting solutions for worldwide adventures, helicopter and dive operations. Damen has a total of 12 Damen Yacht Support vessels delivered or in build. The next available Yacht Support vessel is a 55-metre YS 5009 Adventure, which will be delivered before the summer this year.

Fourth Damen 3307 Patrol Vessel delivered to Homeland Integrated Offshore Services

Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Ltd (Homeland) of Lagos, Nigeria, has taken delivery of another Damen 3307 Patrol Vessel for operations in the offshore oil fields in the Gulf of Guinea. This takes the total delivered vessels/Guardians since the first arrived in early 2014 to four. Guardian 4 has joined its three sister ships in providing security services to the oil majors active in Nigeria’s territorial waters, together with additional support services including crew transfers and equipment deliveries.

Exciting new shuttle tanker concept with Wärtsilä solutions creates optimal economic and environmental performance

PHOTO: The new shuttle tanker concept creates both economic and environmental benefits for owners.

A new shuttle tanker concept developed by the world’s largest provider of shuttle tanker services; TEEKAY, in close cooperation with Wärtsilä, will offer a new level of ecological and economic solutions by using Wärtsilä’s smart technology in innovative ways. 

MacGregor acquires Rapp Marine to strengthen its offering for the fishery and research segment

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has signed an agreement to acquire Rapp Marine Group (RMG) in order to strengthen its offering for the fishery and research vessel segment. MacGregor’s existing portfolio includes already various deck handling equipment, such as cranes and booms, but with RMG, MacGregor is able to offer complete solutions with advanced winches and related control systems. The enterprise value of the acquisition was approximately EUR 16 million.

Keppel Singmarine Delivers Multi-Purpose High Ice-Class Vessel

Keppel Singmarine Pte Ltd (Keppel Singmarine), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has delivered a multi-purpose ice-class vessel to New Orient Marine Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Luxembourg-based Maritime Construction Services SA (Maritime Construction Services). 

Innovative Wärtsilä HY hybrid modules to provide economic and environmental benefits for Swedish port tug

The technology group Wärtsilä will supply two Wärtsilä HY2 hybrid power modules for a new escort tug being built for the Swedish port of Luleå located on the Gulf of Bothnia in the northern end of the Baltic Sea. The vessel is being built at GONDAN Shipbuilders, in Asturias, Spain, and the order with Wärtsilä was booked in December 2017. When launched in early 2019, it will become the first vessel operating with a Wärtsilä HY solution.

Det Norske Veritas is DNV GL’s Majority Owner Now

PHOTO: Left: Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO of DNV GL. Right: Leif-Arne Langøy, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stiftelsen Det Norske Veritas, and also Chairman of the Board of Directors of DNV GL. Photo: DNV GL

The Foundation Det Norske Veritas (DNV) assumes full ownership of DNV GL and remains committed to Maritime headquarters in Hamburg.

Stiftelsen Det Norske Veritas (The Foundation) and Mayfair announce the sale of Mayfair’s 36.5% shares in DNV GL Group AS to DNV Holding AS. The agreement regarding the leading quality assurance and risk management company DNV GL was signed on 8 December 2017.

USCG Begins Icebreaking in the Western Great Lakes

Photo: The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, a 240-foot heavy icebreaker, breaks ice near Marine City, Mich., along the St. Clair River, Jan. 28, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Daniel R. Michelson)

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie has commenced icebreaking Operation Taconite in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of western Lake Superior and the lower St. Marys River. Before ice impedes commercial navigation, icebreakers were assigned to each region.

More newbuilds firmed, Viking heads toward 10 ocean ships

Photo: Torstein Hagen has previously pointed toward a 10-ship ocean fleet.

Contracts for the seventh and eighth ships for Viking Ocean Cruises at Fincantieri have become effective, and the company exercised the option for a ninth and 10th newbuild.

And so it appears Viking founder and chairman Torstein Hagen will realize his previously stated ambition for a 10-strong ocean fleet.

Publication of a vacancy for the Executive Director of the EMSA

The European Commission is looking for a candidate to fill the Executive Director’s post at the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). EMSA is one of the European Union’s regulatory agencies and is based in Lisbon, Portugal. In 2017, the Agency has a total budget of €75 million and about 250 staff

Wärtsilä and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MME to collaborate in creating improved power and propulsion for ships

PHOTO: A shaft generator system with an integrated turbo generator featuring the waste heat recovery system.

The technology group Wärtsilä and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Equipment Co., LTD (MHI-MME) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the commercial marketing of a new energy solution for ships. The solution combines innovative technologies from both companies to produce greater power generation capacity and higher propeller propulsion for marine vessels.

Canada’s First Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship Assembled

The Royal Canadian Navy’s first Arctic and offshore patrol ship, the future HMCS Harry DeWolf, is now assembled at Irving Shipbuilding’s Halifax Shipyard.

On Friday, the bow section of the vessel was transported on heavy lift transporters from inside the Halifax Shipyard’s indoor shipbuilding facility outside to land level.

IMO Assembly Elects New 40-Member Council for 2018-9

The IMO Assembly has elected a new 40-member Council, its executive body responsible for supervising the work of the Organization. The Council performs all the functions of the Assembly, except that of making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention.

Ny föreståndare för Polarforskningssekretariatet

Regeringen har i dag beslutat att utse Katarina Gårdfeldt till ny föreståndare för Polarforskningssekretariatet (PFS).

Myndighetens uppgift är att främja förutsättningarna för och samordna svensk forskning och utveckling i polarområdena. Det innebär bland annat att planera och genomföra expeditioner till Arktis och Antarktis. Sekretariatet har också som uppgift att aktivt arbeta för förbättrat miljöskydd i polarområdena. Tidigare under hösten gav regeringen i uppdrag åt Polarforskningssekretariatet att genomföra en lokalisering av myndighetens verksamhet från Stockholm till Luleå där myndigheten ska ha sitt säte. Lokaliseringen ska vara avslutad senast den 30 juni 2019.

Wärtsilä Linesafe for propeller shafts revolutionises bearing design

PHOTO: Wärtsilä’s engineer presents Linesafe bearing, which significantly improvements the performance of intermediate shaft bearing solutions.

The new Wärtsilä Linesafe brings significant improvements to the performance of intermediate shaft bearing solutions. The innovative bearing has a simplified design, which enhances flexibility and lowers lifecycle costs. The design builds on the core competencies from Wärtsilä’s existing line shaft bearing solutions, long standing experience on plain bearing design and thorough understanding of the present and future customer needs of marine and oil & gas operators.