Deepwater Repair Vessel Launch

A launching ceremony for the first of Ulstein's SX130 for Neptune Offshore took place at Sinopacific shipyard, Zhejiang Shipbuilding in Ningbo China, on Sunday 9th of May. The SX130 for Neptune Offshore will conduct inspection, maintenance and repair operations in deep water and is designed with moonpool, integrated ROV hangar, is equipped with two LARS systems for work class ROV and a 150 tonnes crane with active heave compensation. The vessel will bear Clean Design class notation, Comfort Class V3 and DP2. The vessel will also be fitted with a new solution where exhaust will pass through the catalytic reactors... (read more)
2010-06-01 02:07:31

Additional Seismic Vessel Capacity

Wavefield Inseis ASA has signed an agreement with Shanghai Offshore Petroleum Geophysical Corporation (SOPGC) for a one and a half year Bare-Boat Charter of the fully equipped 2D/source vessel Discoverer 2 with two single year extension options.   The new charter will commence in June 2008 and Wavefield Inseis has already secured several months 2D backlog for the vessel. The new contracts are additions to the previously announced vessel backlog figures. The company has previous experience chartering the M/V Discoverer 2, and with the strong seismic market and a good operational track record, it expects the vessel to make a... (read more)
2008-04-17 02:42:13

GeoShips Charters New Vessel

Aberdeen-based SeaHold GeoShips Limited (GeoShips) has chartered its first new multi-purpose offshore vessel to support the growing offshore renewable energy market and the subsea sector. To enable GeoShips to offer a full suite of services from the Stril Explorer, and future vessels, the company has entered into agreements with both ROV services provider Hallin Marine UK, and survey and positioning contractor NCS Survey.     The contract is worth in the region of GBP15-GBP20 million and will result in the creation of an unspecified number of new job opportunities within all three companies.   The Stril Explorer has been chartered... (read more)
2011-04-29 12:00:00

Autonomous Vessel as Enforcer

Patrolling Marine Protection Areas
There are currently 13,764 Marine Protection Areas (MPAs) jointly covering over 2% of the oceans. One such MPA is Malaysia’s newly formed Tun Mustapha Park comprising 1 million hectares of marine park and shark sanctuary in northern Borneo. Governance, management, effective real-time situational awareness and enforcement are essential for the preservation of the resources in these water spaces and especially the hundreds of fish species that they support. The development and deployment of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) offers a potentially long-term and cost-effective solution. Arguably the key challenge is the scourge of Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported fishing (IUU), which has... (read more)
2016-07-26 11:55:17

NOAA Research Vessel Exceeds International Standards as Quiet Vessel

The newly constructed NOAA fishery survey vessel Henry B. Bigelow has exceeded international standards as an acoustically quiet vessel, according to a report released by the U.S. Navy. NOAA received the results from a battery of underwater acoustic tests done by the Navy on the ship at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center on Andros Island in the Bahamas.   With her dramatically lower background noise levels, this ship will enhance NOAA's ability to use the most sophisticated acoustic devices to assess fish stocks. The noise radiated by the 208-foot vessel was carefully compared by the Navy to noise... (read more)
2007-07-02 01:43:08

New Survey Vessel for Geo

Geo has entered into an agreement with Fjellstrand AS of delivery of a survey vessel. The total cost for the vessel amount to approximately NOK250 million (US$34.9 million). The vessel is scheduled for delivery to Geo medio 2007. The total cost for the 70m long crew vessel depends of the final survey equipment configuration. It will accommodate 50 persons. Geo employs 231 people. Source: (read more)
2006-12-05 12:00:00

New Survey Vessel for ABP

Associated British Ports (ABP) has awarded Blyth Workcats the contract for a new 14-metre survey vessel to be built at the company’s yard on Canvey Island, UK. The boat will be based on one of Blyth Workcats’ established survey craft models but built to a bespoke design detailed to meet the specific requirements of ABP’s hydrographic surveyors. The vessel will be based in Hull and used for survey operations throughout the Rivers Humber, Ouse and Trent, covering the ports of Hull, Goole, Grimsby and Immingham. ABP’s four Humber ports together handle more than 65 million tonnes of cargo annually. Immingham... (read more)
2015-06-18 08:35:00

Innovative Twin-hull Survey Vessel

Fast Solution for Hydrographical and Ecological Survey
The Dutch government closely monitors morphological processes and water quality in its national waters, a task that falls to the measuring and information divisions of the Dutch Directorate-General of Public Works and Water management (Rijkswaterstaat). These divisions are currently undergoing a process of change. The Scheurrak may be the first in a series of new survey vessels for future Rijkswaterstaat deployment. Several transition processes have been initiated within Rijkswaterstaat, aimed at enhanced outsourcing to commercial firms on the one hand, and on the other more mutual co-operation within the organisation. This objective of organisational modification has been taken into account... (read more)
2007-05-31 12:00:00

UMI SAN Adds Hydrographic Vessel

Recently, UMI SAN from Brazil took the new survey vessel St. Edwiges into service. She has a steel hull, two engines with 600HP of propulsion each, two generators and appropriate accommodation for continuous operation. The reduced sail area ensures exceptional safety and performance for hydrographic surveys in offshore areas, bringing more efficiency and quality to the work. Prior to UMI SAN’s acquisition, St. Edwiges worked for more than two years for a dredging company in bathymetric monitoring for Açu Port installation, located in northern Rio de Janeiro. Her recent acquisition and suitability for UMI SAN's hydrography work focuses on attending... (read more)
2015-07-27 09:41:36

Angola Orders Fishery Research Vessel

The Damen Shipyards Group has received an order for a 74 m Fishery Research Vessel from the Angolan Ministry of Fisheries. This special vessel, which has Silent-A/F/R Class notation and features a basic design from Skipsteknisk. Hein van Ameijden, managing director of Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, commented that the yard’s naval building expertise can also be applied to this innovative research ship. Any successful research vessel has to operate extremely quietly and Damen has the knowledge needed to achieve the Silent notation for the FRV, he says. Silent-A/F/R Class Notation Special attention will be paid to the design, construction and... (read more)
2016-08-02 11:33:27
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