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Ship Repair Giant Discusses Current Market Conditions

Maritime Reporter TV interviews Graham Couser, VP - Grand Bahama Shipyard, who discusses the ship repair yard, its operations and place within key global markets.


40 ships for sale as Pacific Richfield Marine restructures

Brokers representing Singapore-based Pacific Richfield Marine say the company is seeking expressions of interest for the sale or bareboat charter of individual vessels, vessel classes or the whole of its fleet, and have described the sale as a “restructuring.” The broker also said it is not certain that any or all of the vessels will be sold at this stage.


Thickness Gauge

 UWILD and general hull inspections have long been performed by divers and ballast tanks have been drained to be inspected.  Deep Trekker's DTG2 equipped with a Thickness Gauge allows for safer and more cost effective inspections that still keep vessels from dry-docking.


Oceaneering Announces Shell Vessel Charter Agreement

Oceaneering International, Inc. (NYSE: OII) announces that it has entered into a two-year, multi-service vessel charter agreement with Shell Offshore Inc. (Shell) for use of the Ocean Alliance in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (GOM) commencing January 1, 2015.

The Ocean Alliance is a state-of-the-art, U.S. flagged vessel built in 2010. It has an overall length of approximately 309 feet (94 meters), a Class 2 dynamic positioning system, accommodations for 69 personnel, a helideck, a 150-ton active heave compensated crane, and a working moonpool. The vessel is outfitted with two Oceaneering work class remotely operated vehicles and is equipped with a satellite communications system capable of transmitting streaming video for real-time work observation by shore personnel.




Stealthgas Puts Six LPG Carriers to Work

Greek liquefied petroleum has (LPG) shipping company Stealthgas has agreed on the sale and leaseback of one of its vessels, and five new charter arrangements for its LPG carriers.


Stealthgas entered into a sale and leaseback agreement for the 7,517 cbm, 2001-built LPG carrier Gas Cathar in the fourth quarter of 2014. The proceeds from the sale of the vessel are USD 14.3 million. Stealthgas will bareboat charter back the vessel for four years.




Salvage Begins on Hoegh Osaka: Tug crashes into cargo ship

One of the tugs holding the stricken cargo ship Hoegh Osaka in the Solent has crashed into the vessel.

The tug moved from its position during high winds and collided with the ship on Saturday afternoon. No-one was injured but the tug was damaged and had to be replaced. The salvage operation was hampered on Saturday because of poor weather conditions but the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said salvors had since managed to board the ship. The Svitzer salvage team is said to be refining its plans because further high winds are predicted. The MCA said salvors were now intending to start work on the ship's ballast before pumping the 3,000 tonnes of water out of the vessel. A spokeswoman said: "Yesterday, weather conditions prevented any activity on the vessel other than to connect the third tug.


Ocean Yield Takes Delivery of DSCV SBM Installer

Ocean Yield ASA has taken delivery of the diving support and offshore construction vessel “SBM Installer”.
OS Installer, a  joint venture between Ocean Yield ASA (75%) and SBM Offshore (25%) purchased the vessel from SBM Offshore earlier this month for US$150 million in cash.


EMC Comms for ‘Ceona Amazon’

 Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) announced that Ceona has selected the company to provide on-board communications solutions for its newest, field development asset, the Ceona Amazon.

Christened on December 3rd, EMC delivered satellite connectivity services for the vessel’s main operations, including voice, and crew welfare communications using SpeedNet for faster internet browsing.


Ranger Wraps Up Technip Deal

 Ranger Offshore has closed the previously announced agreement to acquire Technip USA’s diving assets.

Strategic acquisition, supporting Ranger’s next phase of growth, include: Multi-year preferred sub-contractor agreement to provide diving services to Technip USA; Further capacity to deploy additional diving spreads and broaden its growing customer base in existing markets.


Cable Ship Wreck Found Off Hawaii

 Researchers from the University of Hawaii and the NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries discovered an intact “ghost ship” in 2,000 feet of water nearly 20 miles off the coast of Oʻahu.

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