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NEW LIFEBOAT: Latest Shannon named
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 00:00

Storm Rider demonstrates her manoeuvrability after the naming ceremony. Storm Rider demonstrates her manoeuvrability after the naming ceremony. The fourth of the new 13m Shannon class lifeboat formally began her service with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) when she was named and dedicated at a ceremony at the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset on 17 July 2014 in glorious sunshine, in front of an audience of the lifesaving charity’s staff, volunteers and supporters.

The new lifeboat was named Storm Rider and will serve in the Relief Fleet, going round the country to serve at stations while their own lifeboat is away undergoing maintenance and refit work. Teenager Rachel Fairhurst, 14, had the honour of naming the new craft, having won a competition to choose the name of the latest Shannon. This is the first time that a competition winner has named an RNLI lifeboat.

 
NAVAL SUPPORT: Ready for all weathers
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 00:00

 From April 2011 HMS Protector was chartered to the Royal Navy as a temporary replacement for the ice patrol ship HMS Endurance, and was renamed HMS Protector, being commissioned into the Navy on 23 June 2011. From April 2011 HMS Protector was chartered to the Royal Navy as a temporary replacement for the ice patrol ship HMS Endurance, and was renamed HMS Protector, being commissioned into the Navy on 23 June 2011. Andrew Weir Shipping has been awarded the contract for the support and maintenance of HMS Protector (A173) following a competitive tendering process. HMS Protector is the Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol Ship, and is deployed on operations for 334 days per year. The vessel was chartered from commercial service by the Royal Navy in April 2011, and was purchased outright in September 2013.

HMS Protector’s home port is Devonport. In addition to the support of scientific bases in Antarctica, HMS Protector is also equipped for patrol, survey and humanitarian tasking. In 2012 the vessel came to the aid of a Brazilian research station on King George Island in the South Shetland Islands following a fire.

Andrew Weir Shipping has operated in the British maritime industry for almost 130 years, and is involved in diverse projects, ranging from the support of the MoD’s Strategic Sealift Service and the operation of RMS St Helena.

 
Shipyard news: Turkish delight
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 00:00

 The 6,336dwt Fidelio is the first of three sophisticated chemical tankers being completed by Turkey’s Tersan Shipyard for GEFO of Germany. GEFO The 6,336dwt Fidelio is the first of three sophisticated chemical tankers being completed by Turkey’s Tersan Shipyard for GEFO of Germany. GEFOTurkey has become Europe’s biggest shipbuilder, and the ships it has been building have become increasingly sophisticated. Recently completed by the Tersan Shipyard in Istanbul for Germany’s Gesellschaft für Öltransporte mbH (GEFO) is the 6,336dwt chemical tanker Fidelio, which recently completed her maiden voyage from Israel to the Netherlands via France. Considered a ‘duplex’ stainless steel chemical tanker, the vessel can transport 260 types of cargo, from vegetable oil to sulphuric acid.

She is powered by a MAN Diesel & Turbo propulsion system comprising a 7L32/44CR engine, Renk gears and an Alpha Mark 5 adjustable CP propeller. This combination boosts the drive system’s efficiency by up to nine per cent, thus saving fuel and operating costs while reducing emissions. Two sisterships, Othello and Traviata, are set to be delivered by Tersan before the end of this year. JS

 
Record breaker: World’s largest vessel nears completion
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

Ships berthed near Pieter Schelte in South Korea help to illustrate the unfinished vessel’s tremendous size. AllseasShips berthed near Pieter Schelte in South Korea help to illustrate the unfinished vessel’s tremendous size. AllseasA vessel specifically built for installing and removing topsides and jackets of large offshore oil and gas platforms in one lift – and now considered the largest ship in the world because of its extreme measurements of 382m by 124m – is to be outfitted at the Port of Rotterdam following completion of the hull and superstructure assembly in South Korea (see SM, Sept 2012).

Owner and designer Allseas said Pieter Schelte will arrive in Rotterdam before the end of this year, when it will receive the 65m long beams of its topsides lift system following their arrival by ship from Italy. The ship has been under construction for several years, with long-lead items such as the power generation equipment, thrusters and DP system having been ordered as long ago as 2007. When built, Pieter Schelte will have a topsides lift capacity of 48,000 tonnes and a pipelay capacity of 2,000 tonnes, making her the world’s largest pipelay vessel.

 
Cruise Ship: Costa Concordia’s final voyage
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00

Costa Concordia is on her final voyage to Genoa, where she wil lbe broken up. Crowley Maritime CorpCosta Concordia is on her final voyage to Genoa, where she wil lbe broken up. Crowley Maritime CorpThe cruise ship Costa Concordia, which was wrecked off Giglio Island, Italy in January 2012 with 3,206 passengers and 1,023 crew on board, was safely moored at the Port of Genoa Voltri, Italy on 27 July at the end of her final journey from the island where she was wrecked, marking the completion of the largest maritime salvage job ever undertaken. Crowley Maritime Corp subsidiary TITAN Salvage and Micoperi led the efforts to right and then move the ship from Giglio. Preparations for the tow began on 13 July and the tow itself commenced nine days later.

Towing the disabled ship from the Tuscan Archipelago to Genoa involved a convoy of more than a dozen support vessels, led by the tug Blizzard and including two tugs with a combined 24,000hp and 275 tons of bollard pull at the bow for the hull, and two additional auxiliary tugs positioned aft. TITAN Salvage’s Nick Sloane, senior salvage master, and Rich Habib, salvage director, were on board the wrecked ship to monitor the vessel’s list, ballasting and speed.

 
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