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July 2014 Issue
Companies Discuss Sale of Supply Vesssel
Tanjung Offshore Berhard (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and Bourbon Far East Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) have entered into exclusive discussions for the sale of 51 percent ownership of nine Bourbon offshore supply vessels operating in Malaysia.
In parallel, Tanjung has invited Bourbon to become a shareholder in their company. Both parties are actively reviewing the proposed transaction, and a final decision will be made within the coming months.
Coast Guard Commandant to Participate in D-Day Anniversary Events
On June 6, 1944, the Coast Guard joined the other U.S. military branches and Allied Forces in the operation code-named Overlord on Normandy Beach, France. The Coast Guard played an integral part in Operation Neptune, the code name given to Overlord's amphibious assault and naval gunfire support operations. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft was scheduled to join President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in France for the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
Colombia Invests in Port Safety
The Colombian Ministry of Defence and Navy have improved the operational conditions and safety at two important ports: Buenaventura on Colombia's Pacific coast and Cartagena in the Caribbean.
DIMAR (Colombia's National Maritime Authority, responsible for safety at sea and inland waterways) has carried out an investment in more than a hundred new buoys equipped with the latest technology in self-contained LED lights by Almarin (Barcelona, Spain). The buoys are equipped with a new generation of satellite monitoring, allowing real-time status tracking.
Susbsea Technology & Rentals Ltd. Appoints New Rental Partner in Australia
Subsea Technology & Rentals Ltd. (Great Yarmouth, England) has announced an agreement with Western Advance Pty. Ltd. (Malaga, Washington), which has become the company's exclusive rental partner in Australia.
Western Advance is an established supplier and integrator of survey instrumentation, security and surveillance systems, with more than 19 years of experience delivering solutions to the oil and gas and defense industries.
Hydrex in Business for 40 Years
Hydrex (Antwerp, Belgium) celebrated its 40th birthday. The company was officially founded by Boud Van Rompay in Antwerp in 1974, with the purpose of researching and developing underwater technology that would help keep ships out of drydock and in business, and at the same time minimize the impact of shipping on the marine environment by the use of sustainable technologies for hull protection and fouling control.
Over the years, Hydrex has pioneered many new techniques for underwater maintenance and repair, such as cofferdams and habitats, flexible mobdocks, propeller straightening and cropping, with in-house designed equipment and industrial-strength hull cleaning equipment.
Rix Sea Shuttle Expands Offshore Crew Transfer Fleet
Rix Sea Shuttle (Hull, England) will take delivery of its first Damen (Gorinchem, Netherlands) vessel—a Fast Crew Supplier 2610—to support their growing involvement in the offshore crew transfer market.
The new vessel, the Rix Lion, is due for delivery just six weeks after signing the contract. The vessel will have a deck crane, and modified railings on the fore deck increase the area available for equipment transfer.
Airbus Defence and Space Ships 1,000 Xchange Systems
Airbus Defence and Space (Leiden, Netherlands) has shipped the 1,000th XChange communications management system. XChange is a core component of the Airbus Defence and Space Pharostar VSAT services used on merchant and offshore vessels worldwide. Designed to optimize voice and IP communications between the ship and the office, XChange's innovative feature set harmonizes networks to provide seamless communication. XChange has continued to evolve, with a third version released this spring.
Amsterdam Tug and OSV Training Center Opens Doors
The new 360-Control tug and OSV training center was officially opened for the general public and customers. The simulators for the training center were delivered and installed by VSTEP (Rotterdam, Netherlands).
The VSTEP simulators delivered include a 360° NAUTIS Full Mission Tug Simulator and a 240° NAUTIS Desktop Trainer to allow realistic training of tug and OSV handling and maneuvering. To allow training of complete exercise scenarios using a vessel and two tugs (one at the stern and one at the bow), these tug and OSV simulators will be expanded with another 360° NAUTIS Full Mission Tug Simulator at a later stage.
Aluminium-Bronze Butterfly Valves for Qatar Petroleum's Dry Dock
Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (Ulsan, South Korea) has built a 405-meter-long dry dock in Qatar. For this project, Econosto (Rotterdam, Netherlands) supplied special Econ butterfly valves with electrical actuator.
Econosto was selected as the supplier because it was capable of producing these special butterfly valves on extremely short notice. Furthermore, Econosto is present locally with offices in Dubai and Qatar. This was essential for after-sales care, maintenance and operation.
New Executive Education Program Launched
The World Maritime University, founded by the International Maritime Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations, and the Maritime Academy of DNV GL (H'vik, Norway) have joined forces to offer a new postgraduate diploma.
Managers in today's competitive maritime industry need to cope with the current technical, regulatory and commercial developments. The diploma is designed to provide a boot camp for managers. It covers the most important current topics in the maritime industry, taking a blended-learning approach to operational, commercial and technical issues.
ATR's Engineering Division Invests £1 Million
ATR Group (Aberdeen, Scotland) has invested £1 million in new equipment and almost doubled its underwater engineering services workshop facility to meet a growing demand from the subsea sector.
Construction work to expand the workshop has seen it increase from 400 square meters to 700 square meters, with a further 1,500 square meters of yard space to accommodate new equipment, including a high-capacity hydraulic winch.
Gibdock Delivers for Greek Owner
Gibdock (Gibraltar) has completed its first ship-repair project for Tsakos Shipping & Trading (Athens, Greece). The Gibraltar yard undertook damage repairs to the 221-meter-long, 2,824-teu-capacity containership, Irene's Rainbow, which is part of the 70-plus vessel fleet operated by the Tsakos Columbia Ship Management joint venture.
The scope of work undertaken included steel hatch cover repairs, which consisted of the renewal of damaged top plate.
KNS Announces Ka-Band Type Approval
KNS Inc. (Daejeon, South Korea) has been awarded Ka-band type approval from global satellite operator Avanti Communications (London, England).
Avanti Communications serves customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, via its network consisting of two high-throughput satellites in orbit, a multiband satellite and a fourth satellite in construction. KNS will be deploying its next-generation SuperTrack Z10MK3-KA Antenna.
Harkand Further Expands Vessel Fleet in North Sea
Harkand (Aberdeen, Scotland) has extended its ROV support vessel fleet operations in the North Sea by signing a charter agreement for the Surf Ranger. The multipurpose ROV, survey and air-diving vessel, owned by Go Offshore (Perth, Australia), will be deployed immediately on its first scope of work, a pipeline and structural inspection campaign.
The project includes inspection of various pipelines, dredging works and mattress installation.
Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Acquires Qingdao Grand New Energy
Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corp. (Dalian, China) announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Dalian Xifa Petrochemical Co. Ltd. signed an agreement to acquire Qingdao Grand New Energy Co. Ltd., a company providing clean energy solutions.
Under the terms of the agreement, Xifa will acquire Qingdao Grand for RMB476, 800 in total consideration, payable in cash. The acquisition, which is expected to be completed in the second quarter of the company's fiscal year 2014, is subject to the satisfaction of regulatory requirements and other customary closing conditions.
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