Vroon Offshore Services takes delivery of VOS Star from Fujian Shipbuilding
roon Offshore Services has taken delivery of VOS Star from Fujian Southeast Shipbuilding in China. The vessel was delivered on 13 April 2016 and is a DP2, SPS-coded, 68m subsea support vessel, the second of two newbuilding SSVs that have been constructed at Fujian.
Sister vessel VOS Sugar was delivered to Vroon earlier this year and will be named in a ceremony to be held later this week in IJmuiden, the Netherlands.
Both vessels feature an active heave-compensated crane, plus a retractable and a super-silent tunnel bow thruster, enhancing DP performance, fuel efficiency and features for crew/client wellbeing. A high-speed client communication system - including internet connectivity and hotel-type comfort - ensures optimum on-board facilities for client personnel.
VOS Sugar and VOS Star form an expansion of Vroon’s SSV fleet, enabling provision of advanced, efficient and versatile options in a variety of offshore sub-segments, including windfarm support, walk-to-work and IMR. www.oilpubs.com/o...
On Apr 19, 2016 at 12:17 a.m. the CROSS Etel was contacted by the "Introun Varia An Esperans" off Penmarc'h. It relays a request for assistance from the fishing vessel "Notre Dame de Kerizinen II - MX.686424", 113 gt (IMO: 8873867) aboard which one of the crew members, aged 49, lost consciousness. The information was confirmed a few minutes later by the Maritime Medical Consultation Centre (MMCC) in Toulouse which has just received a phone call fromthe "Notre Dame de Kerizinen II". The ship was 110 miles west of Penmarc'h. Following a conference call with the Maritime Medical Consultation Centre (MMCC) of Toulouse, the Maritime Medical Coordination (SCMM) of Finistère and the ship, the decision was made to evacuate the man by helicopter to the hospital de la Cavale Blanche in Brest. A Cayman helicopter of the naval air base Lanvéoc Poulmic took off with a medical team on board at 1 p.m. and reached the ship an hour later. The patient was hoisted aboard the Cayman and delivered at the hospital at 3:27 p.m.. French report with photos: https://www.premar-atlant...
Sea Shepherd vessel breaks record for longest sea chase
The direct-action marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd announced it effectively ended illegal fishing in Antarctica after the last six unlawful vessels believed to be operating in the region — called the Bandit 6 — were either destroyed or detained by officials. All six of those vessels have been brought to justice, and Sea Shepherd has shut down illegal fishing in Antarctica,” said Captain Peter Hammarstedt, of Sea Shepherd’s vessel the MY Bob Barker, in a video released by the organization.
The MY Bob Barker set the record for the longest marine chase — 110 days — in the process, when it pursued the ship Thunder, resulting in its eventual capture. Interpol released a Purple Notice on the Thunder in 2013, essentially a “wanted” bulletin, and it was sought by several international organizations. news.nationalpost...
Coast Guard Cutter Munro Returns to Alaska after Winter Deployment
The Coast Guard Cutter Munro crew returned to Kodiak, Alaska, after a 103 day deployment.
The Munro crew left Kodiak on Jan. 5, 2016, and spent 31 days in San Diego, California, for a bi-annual operational assessment, returning to Kodiak briefly on Feb. 5, 2016. The crew of Munro was assessed for and received excellence ratings for their competencies in navigation, seamanship, engineering, electronics, damage control, warfare, gunnery, medical, and communications exercises. www.military.com/...
Cape May-Lewes Ferry gets $6m in grants for two vessels
Cape May-Lewes Ferry officials announced Monday that $6 million grant has been issued from the Federal Transit Administration, through the Passenger Ferry Grant Program, to help repower and retrofit the Motor Vessel (MV) New Jersey and MV Cape Henlopen.
The vessels, which are more than 40 years old, will get new engines. Their current engines are reportedly approaching 100,000 operating hours or the equivalent of 1.5 million miles.
According to DRBA's Vice Chairman James Hogan, the new engines are more efficient and will burn less fuel, so emissions will reportedly be reduced by nearly 40 percent.
According to Public Information Officer James Salmon, the ferry expects to save approximately $130,000 per year in maintenance costs associated with old engines, and plans to reduce fuel use by 39,600 gallons and carbon dioxide emissions by 443 tons annually. www.wmdt.com/news...
The "Ricky J. Leboeuf" capsized in the San Jacinto river in Houston on Apr 19, 2016, at 07.44 a.m. The tug flipped over about a half mile south of Interstate 10 while working near barges. Investigators were looking at whether the tug snagged a barge line and flipped. The bottom of the overturned tug was barely visible in the water following the accident. Kirby Inland Marine personnel notified the Coast Guard at 8:11 a.m. The Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders launched an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, a Station Houston response boat, coordinated a Harris County Sheriff Department boat and requested a dive team to assist in the search for one missing crew member. Four other crew members were rescued shortly after they entered the water. The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter of the Air Station Houston located the body of the missing crewman at 9:47 a.m. and directed rescue boats to his location, which was a few hundred feet downstream. They recovered the unresponsive man's body and transported him to EMS.
Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service Houston restricted waterway traffic on the San Jacinto at 8:42 a.m. Traffic is prohibited between the red #2 light and the I-10 bridge. Vessels may be allowed to transit the area on a case-by-case basis.
Coast Guard pollution response teams were on scene to evaluate any potential environmental impacts and coordinate with a salvage team that was contracted to recover the tug.
The Coast Guard was investigating the cause of the accident.
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Darlington's DeepOcean UK continues work on subsea vessel
WORK is continuing to fit out a subsea firm’s new cable laying vessel.
Engineers have installed part of the carousel to DeepOcean UK’s Maersk Connector.
Darlington-based DeepOcean welcomed the Connector to the region’s waters earlier this year, when the 138-metre long craft docked at A&P Tyne’s yard, and the carousel will eventually be capable of carrying up to 7,000 tonnes of cable for underwater energy projects.
Bosses say the ship will also carry a plough to dig routes for cables, adding, as the only one of its kind, it will be able to ground when fully loaded to install equipment from a beach, in shallow and deep water.
The Connector’s first voyage will focus on installing subsea cables on a Belgian offshore wind farm.
It will then lay cabling on the world’s largest offshore wind farm, in the Irish Sea, and fit a connection between the UK and Belgium to deliver more electricity to Britain.
DeepOcean employs more than 130 people across offices in Darlington and a marine site in South Bank, near Middlesbrough. www.thenorthernec...
Captain of abandoned gambling ship hopes it will be impounded to get paid
Captain Valerie Lyzhyn, a Russian-born Ukrainian, and his 45 crew members, 20 Ukrainians, 18 from Myanmar and eight Chinese, were remaining stranded aobard the "New Imperial Star" in eastern Hong Kong, They refuse to leave the casino cruiser until they get the six months of wages paid they are owing. Hong Kong's Marine Department has impounded the ship due to serious deficiencies found during an inspection. The ship was detained in October 2015 after the owners failed to pay maintenance fees and as a result, it did not pass its inspections. The crew has been waiting to be paid salaries totaling $400,000. The ship was managed by the Skywill Management Limited which could no longer be reached.
Lyzhyn hoped the Hong Kong authorities would formally impound the ship in two weeks and then a legal process would start which he hoped would end, after a few months, with him and his crew being paid.