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SW Empress (Photo: Gibdock)

Gibdock Repairs Shearwater Duo

Mediterranean shiprepair facility Gibdock reports it completed a two-vessel drydocking and maintenance and repair project for Shearwater GeoServices.The Gibraltar-based repair and conversion specialist worked on the seismic research vessels Oceanic Sirius, drydocked for 14 days in Dock 1, and SW Empress, which remained in Dock 2 for 26 days before being moved to South Mole for testing and sea trials.Built in 2011 and sailing under the Norwegian flag, the 12,550-gross tonnage Sirius measures 106 by 28 meters and features solid streamer for accurate data collection. Shearwater’s Empress, also

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Salvors Survey Grande America Wreck

. The firm then used its remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) to conduct a program of inspection and operations, in order to determine the state of the sunken container roll-on/roll-off (ConRo) vessel.The mission was conducted from Ocean Infinity’s vessel Island Pride which had been in Gibraltar prior to this tasking.Oliver Plunkett, Ocean Infinity’s CEO, said, “We are pleased that we were able to rapidly deploy Island Pride, in answer to the call for assistance following the loss. At a depth of approximately 4,600 meters, our data gathering technology was used to assess the

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Mexican Wave Energy Project Moving Forward

should start this year once financing and permits fall into place, though admitted that, in some cases, “Mexican investors... are not used to investing in start-up projects.”Aside from Mexico, Braverman said her company was waiting to start work on a 5-megawatt wave power plant in Gibraltar that could provide 15 percent of the enclave’s electricity, and has orders in countries including China and Britain.Born 200 miles from Chernobyl, just two weeks before the 1986 nuclear power plant disaster, Braverman said her experience of the devastating impact of contamination helped spur

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Rising Temperatures Threaten Mediterranean Sea Species

mankind's CO2 emissions are absorbed by the oceans, making the water more acidic.   Gattuso said that plankton tends to migrate north in order to maintain an optimum temperature, but that is not possible in the Mediterranean, which is connected to the Atlantic Ocean only via the narrow Strait of Gibraltar.   "It's a dead-end here, so species could disappear," Gattuso said, noting a particular threat to the "posidonia oceanica" seagrass, known locally as Mediterranean tapeweed, which produces oxygen and forms an important fish habitat.   He said that at the same

Seajacks Scylla, the largest and most advanced windfarm installation jack-up ever built. (Photo: Gibdock)

Offshore Wind: Seajacks Scylla Ready to Roll

Gibdock was selected for the afloat mobilization of Seajacks Scylla, the largest and most advanced windfarm installation jack-up ever built.   Following delivery to Seajacks by Samsung Heavy Industries at the end of 2015, Scylla was discharged to Gibraltar waters from the heavylift transporter Osprey before being towed into Gibdock for reactivation works at the yard’s South Mole.   Seajacks Scylla completed reactivation in record time (five days) and departed for Great Yarmouth (UK) in preparation for starting her first contract with on the Veja Mate offshore windfarm in March

New Cefas CEO Tom Karsten, R/V Endeavour home port, Lowestoft, Suffolk, UK. (Photo: Cefas)

New CEO Takes the Helm at Cefas

, Gulf and Mediterranean.  In 2007 he was promoted to Commodore serving as Navy Command’s Deputy Commander Operations, followed by a year at Oxford University as the Royal Navy’s Senior Hudson Fellow researching Arctic geopolitics. In 2010 he was appointed as Commander British Forces Gibraltar, serving on the Rock for two years. Karsten was promoted to Rear Admiral in 2012. Before joining Cefas, he was U.K. National Hydrographer and Deputy CEO at the U.K. Hydrographic Office where he led its international engagement and capacity building program alongside commercial negotiations for

10,000 km Kayak Journey Ends in Istanbul

complete epic Mediterranean research expedition - Total Lubmarine sponsored 10,000km kayak journey which encompassed 14 months around the Mediterranean coast Two French students arrived yesterday (9th October) in Istanbul, finishing a 14 month epic 10,000km journey by sea kayak, having set off from Gibraltar in July 2013. Sponsored by leading marine lubricant supplier Total Lubmarine, the pair conducted important research into toxic algae and noise pollution in the Mediterranean. The journey, part of the Mare Nostrum Project, saw Louis Wilmotte and Douglas Couet paddle the whole length of Europe&rsquo

Working Harbor Committee to Present Salvage Program

Catch” will show historic footage of the raising of the SS Normandie, a.k.a. World War II troop carrier USS Lafayette, which burned and sank in 1942 at Pier 88 North River, NYC, the present-day Passenger Ship Terminal; the dismantling and salvage of the freighter New Flame off the coast of Gibraltar; and the raising of the cruise ship Costa Concordia last September – the largest salvage operation in history.
 A panel of three salvage industry professionals will give a brief overview of the industry, describe their work as salvage masters in some hands-on projects, and answer questions

Viking Vanquish

Offshore Momentum Escalates at Gibdock

Strategically located Gibraltar shipyard Gibdock has continued its run of technically advanced offshore support vessel repair and maintenance projects, securing a contract involving a returning customer. The Viking Vanquish, a high capacity 3D seismic survey vessel operated for CGG, has undergone a 21-day program of works, leaving the shipyard’s drydocks in mid-September prior to sea trials. Based in France, CGG operates 23 seismic survey vessels, after acquiring Fugro’s geoscience division earlier this year - claimed to be the largest high-end seismic fleet in the industry. The

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