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Kongsberg to Equip New Heavy Lift Crane Vessel

dynamic positioning, navigation, thruster control and automation systems, all enhanced by inbuilt measures to improve functionality and safety. The delivery will be augmented by an electrical package including battery hybrid power and energy management systems, which will perpetrate a sharp reduction in fuel oil consumption, thereby driving down the vessel’s CO2 and NOx emissions

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Hull Cleaning Robot Aids Oil Spill Response

After the recent oil spill disaster of the Bow Jubail in the Port of Rotterdam, Fleet Cleaner has stepped up to help the authorities with cleaning ship’s hulls which were fouled by the heavy fuel oil, in order to minimize the environmental impact. Within record time, Fleet Cleaner has transformed its installation to an oil spill response vessel; by installing specialized heating equipment, the high pressure water cleaning robot was made ready for high pressure steam cleaning. Using the 1 MW installed power, a special oil skimmer as well as the necessary oil booms and PPM’s, the Fleet

An ROV monitors the Moskito during oil recovery from the Thetis (Photo: MIko Marine)

Oil Removed from Decades-old Swedish Shipwreck

A diving contractor has removed oil from the wrecked research vessel Thetis, more than 30 years after the vessel sank.When the fishery research vessel Thetis went down into 30 meters of water close to Smøgen on the west coast of Sweden in 1985, it took a substantial quantity of fuel oil down with it. Quantities of the oil later escaped from the wreck and appeared periodically among the skerries on that part of the coast.Norwegian specialist Miko Marine said it had been asked by the Swedish Sea and Water Authority if its Moskito hull penetration tool could be used to remove any oil remaining in

Thorco Cloud - preparing a Moskito for deployment Photo Miko Marine

Oil Recovered from Sunken Ship Thorco Cloud

More than 440 tons of heavy fuel oil was extracted from the tanks of the sunken general cargo vessel Thorco Cloud. The wreck lies in two sections 1,730 meters apart and 70 meters down in the middle of the eastbound traffic lane of the Singapore Strait following a collision in December 2015. The heavy oil in the fuel tanks and in trapped compartments was seen as a major pollution hazard. Both the bow and stern sections contained fuel tanks that required emptying, so the Thorco Cloud’s owner, Marship GmbH, supported by the P&I insurance company Standard Club, contracted Jaya Salvage

Sanchi oil spill modeling - February 2018 (Image: NOC)

Sanchi Oil Spill Puts Coral Reefs at Risk

with another vessel in the East China Sea, killing all 32 crew aboard and raising concerns about damage to the marine ecosystem. Multiple oil slicks were reported to have come from the ship, which was caring nearly 1 million barrels of condensate, and there are fears that the ship may be leaking heavy fuel oil.   Now scientists say water polluted by the Sanchi oil tanker may reach coral reefs in the Ryukyu Island chain, based on the latest ocean model simulation by researchers from the National Oceanography Center (NOC) and the University of Southampton, using the leading edge, high-resolution

Photo: Incat Crowther

Dive Support Vessel Delivered in Brazil

Dimensions Length Overall: 141’ 1” / 43m Length Waterline: 133’ 10” / 40.8m Beam Overall: 30’ 6” / 9.3m Draft (hull): 6’ 10” / 2.1m Depth: 13’ 11” / 4.25m Tonnage: <500 GT ITC Construction: Marine Grade Aluminum| Capacities Fuel Oil: 34,183 gallons / 119,400 liters Fresh Water: 9,985 gallons / 37,800 liters Sullage: 1,664 gallons / 6,300 liters Crew / Dive Personnel: 36 Propulsion and Performance Speed (Service): 12 knots Main Engines: 4 x Cummins QSK 19 Power: 4 x 492kW at 1,800rpm Gearboxes: 4 x ZF 2000 Waterjets:

The innovative and efficient Incat Crowther design will ensure Sentinel will be on the job for decades (Photo: Vigor)

New Research Vessel Delivered to State of California

the vessel was launched in October 2016, with sea trials occurring since the launch.   Principal Dimensions Length Overall: 18.3m Length Waterline: 17.1m Beam Overall: 7.3m Draft (hull): 0.9m Draft (prop or max): 1.1m Depth: 2.35m Construction: Marine grade aluminum   Capacities Fuel Oil: 1,700 liters Fresh Water: 470 liters Sullage: 190 liters Passengers: 20 Crew: 5   Propulsion and Performance Speed (Service): 18 knots Speed (Max): 21 knots Main Engines: 2 x Cummins QSB6.7 Power: 2 x 350hp / 260kW @ 2,800rpm Propulsion: 2 x Propellers Generators: 2 x Northern

Photo:  Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd

Ship Engine Emissions Adversely Affect Macrophages

fine dust particles," said Sean Sapcariu, first author of the study and doctoral student at the University of Luxembourg, a cooperation partner in Helmholtz Virtual Institute of Complex Molecular Systems in Environmental Health (HICE).    "We found that the ship emissions of heavy fuel oil and diesel fuel had different effects on triggering pro-inflammatory reactions,"said Sapcariu.    Fine particles from heavy fuel oil emissions have a stronger effect on the development of pro-inflammatory reactions than particles emitted from diesel ship engines, but the latter

Bonga FPSO (Photo: Shell)

Floating Production's Future: The 6 Things You Need to Know Now

units have been signed over the past year.  However, some pending contracts for FSRUs are proving hard to tie down. The price of LNG has fallen significantly – which should provide incentive to switch to natural gas and generate requirements for regasification terminals. But the price of fuel oil has fallen as well – reducing budget pressure on power plant managers to switch to cheaper fuels.   Then there is the difficulty of financing FSRU projects.  An FSRU moored offshore can require $500+ million investment in infrastructure.  This can be hard to finance.  

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Incat Crowther's Vessel for Great Barrier Reef Tour

DIMENSIONS Length Overall 66’ 6” / 19.6m Length Waterline 60’ 9” / 18.5m Beam Overall 19’ 9” / 6.0m Draft (hull) 3’ 2” / 0.95m Draft (prop or max) 5’ / 1.5m Depth 7’ 3” / 2.2m Construction Marine grade aluminium CAPACITIES Fuel Oil 634 gallons / 2 400 litres Fresh Water 100 gallons / 380 litres Sullage 100 gallons / 380 litres Passengers 45 Crew 5 PROPULSION AND PERFORMANCE Speed (Service) 25 knots Speed (Max) 29 knots Main Engines 2 x Yanmar 6HYM-WET Power 2 x 478kW @ 2150rpm Propulsion 2 x Five-bladed propeller Gener

Ulstein Launches Discovery Series

vertical windows on parts of the bridge, accumulation and storage of renewable energy, and alternative materials.”    The efficient hull with its slender lines, the propulsion set-up, low friction bottom paint and reduced weight from alternative hull material all contribute to reducing fuel oil consumption. The X-BOW has a major impact on seakeeping and comfort. X-BOW vessels are capable of either maintaining speed in harsh sea, or reducing their impact on the environment by reducing speed and, consequently, saving significant amounts of fuel.    A patrol vessel has to be tough

Photo courtesy of T&T Salvage

Shipwreck Refloated Near the Galapagos

Grounded cargo ship Floreana was refloated by T&T Salvage on April 4, 2015 in San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.     Leading operations in the Galapagos Islands World Heritage Site, T&T Salvage ensured all fuel, oil and other pollutants were successfully removed prior to refloating the ship wreck that lie sunk on a rocky volcanic shoreline for over two months. The salvage team’s efforts were credited with protecting the historic and environmentally sensitive island where the HMS Beagle first landed in 1835 with naturalist Charles Darwin.   The T&T Salvage

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AIS Marks Hazardous Reefs Following Oil Spills

worst environmental disaster in New Zealand’s history, when the container ship Rena struck Astrolabe Reef spilling much of the ship’s cargo and fuel into the ocean causing immediate and long-term effects on the ecosystem. The ship was carrying 1,368 containers, as well as 1,700 tons of heavy fuel oil and 200 tons of marine diesel oil.   Vesper Marine’s Virtual AIS Beacons, which are used to create Virtual Aids to Navigation (VAtoN), will be installed in early 2015. To be located on the existing Minden communications site, the Virtual AIS Beacon will project markers identifying Astrolabe

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Sanmar Delivers New RAscal 1500 Line Handling Tug

fibre shafts. Generators are twin Caterpillar C4.4 producing 69 ekW. The main bow fender is a 500 mm cylindrical type with vertical 400 x 300 “W” fenders underneath. The main particulars of the Brage are: Length: 14.9 m Beam:   8.3 m Depth:  3.0 m Draft:  3.1 m Fuel Oil: 20 m³ Fresh Water: 2 m³ Foam:        1 m³ The towing equipment consists of a hydraulic DMT winch on the foredeck and a Data tow hook aft. Identical, beautifully finished cast stainless steel towing staples are fitted forward and aft.  Towing

Topside power modules: Schematic courtesy of Wärtsilä

North Sea FPSO Power Contract for Wärtsilä

barrels. The Wärtsilä equipment will be delivered in mid 2015, and the FPSO is scheduled to start the production at the Kraken field in 2016.   The project will comprise the EPC delivery of two identical power generation modules, each housing two 16-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF multi-fuel engines with generators, waste heat recovery units and all related fuel, oil and air and other utility systems. The modules are designed by Wärtsilä Ship Design. The engines are capable of being operated on a variety of fuel types, including treated well gas, heavy crude oil, and marine

The Bellator (Photo: Gulf Island Marine Fabricators)

GIMF Completes Construction of New Liftboat, The Bellator

has 9,600 square feet of cargo deck space, a RAM 250-ton crane with a 130-foot boom and a RAM 40-ton crane with a 70-foot boom. The Bellator’s helideck, a landing deck for helicopters on ships, has a diameter of 17 meters and is located on the vessels stern. Capacities include 35,750 gallons of fuel oil and 11,800 gallons of fresh water. Main propulsion comes from two Caterpillar C32 DITA Tier 2 Diesel Engines, producing 1,000-hp each, which gives the new liftboat a cruising speed of 5.5 knots. Two Caterpillar C9, 250-kW gensets, handle the ship’s service power. There is a Caterpillar

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Liquid Fuels to Remain Energy of Choice to 2040 Forecasts Study

standards and expanded urbanization, according to ExxonMobil ’s newly-released ‘Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040’. The outlook projects that oil and natural gas will continue to meet about 60 percent of energy needs by 2040. Liquid fuels – gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and fuel oil –  will remain the energy of choice for most types of transportation because they offer a unique combination of affordability, availability, portability and high energy density. In its annual forecast, ExxonMobil projects that future energy needs – expected to be about 35 percent

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