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Tankers: Twin product tankers delivered 
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 00:00

The 7,076-dwt King Fisher is one of two product tankers recently completed by Holland’s Damen Shipyards for management by the James Fisher Everard group. DamanThe 7,076-dwt King Fisher is one of two product tankers recently completed by Holland’s Damen Shipyards for management by the James Fisher Everard group. Daman

The Netherlands’ Damen Shipyards at Bergum has delivered twin product tankers to De Opfeart Beheer and James Fisher Everard, with both ships to be commercially managed by James Fisher Everard Ltd. The 7,076dwt Kestrel Fisher and King Fisher have been built to Damen’s Double Hull Oil Tanker 8000 design and measure 104.5m by 17m, with a total capacity of 8,363m3 in ten epoxy-coated cargo tanks. Accommodation is for a complement of ten plus one guest.  

Each of the 12.5-knot ships, as a safety precaution, features power take-in drives, whereby the diesel generator sets immediately power the shaft generator – mounted on the gearbox – should the main engine fail. In addition, the mechanically generated heat is captured by heat exchangers to be redeployed for heavy fuel oil pre-heating or other use. Both vessels will carry gasoline, diesel oil, lubrication oil and jet fuels in European waters. JS

 

 
INDUSTRY NEWS: Arctic transits increase 
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 00:00

Over 70 ships used the Northern Sea Route above Russia last year.  RosatomOver 70 ships used the Northern Sea Route above Russia last year. Rosatom

Russia’s Northern Sea Route saw 71 ships transport just under 1.4 million tons of cargo in 2013. This was up 50 per cent over the previous season, but Arctic sea ice also recovered by approximately 30 per cent compared to its record low of 2012. Cargo volume moving east was double that moving west last year, while tankers continued to be the largest users of the route, with 31 moving a total of 900,000 tonnes of petroleum product.

Although the Northwest passage above Canada saw only one loaded ship transit last year, the operator of that vessel, Denmark’s Nordic Bulk Carriers, has disclosed it is in discussions with the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans to increase shipments over the route this summer, although no firm plans can be made until much closer to the actual shipping season. JS

 

 
Drillships: Double naming ceremony for Maersk
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 00:00

On 23 January Maersk Drilling’s second and third ultra-deepwater drillships were named in a joint ceremony held at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard on Geoje island South Korea, where the ships have been built. The joint ceremony was the first of its kind for the Danish company, and these two vessels come after the first drillship, Maersk Viking, was delivered in October 2013.

Lisa Lance, wife of Ryan M. Lance, chairman and chief executive officer of ConocoPhillips, had the honour of naming Maersk Valiant, while Annell R. Bay, Vice President Global Exploration, Marathon Oil Corporation, named Maersk Venturer.

The vessels are part of an order for four ultra-deepwater drillships that the company placed with the South Korean yard in 2011, with the order representing a total investment of US$2.6 billion. The drillships are 228m in length and able to operate at water depths of up to 12,000ft (3,650m), and will be capable of drilling wells of more than 40,000ft (12,200m).

 
Ferry latest: Brittany Ferries swoop
Thursday, 27 February 2014 16:01

 An impression of Norman Voyager in Brittany Ferries’ colours for a new service between Portsmouth and Santander. Brittany ferries An impression of Norman Voyager in Brittany Ferries’ colours for a new service between Portsmouth and Santander. Brittany ferries

Norman Voyager, currently maintaining the LD Lines’ service between Portsmouth and Le Havre, is being taken over on charter by Brittany Ferries from late March and, renamed Etretat, will continue sailing to the French port in midweek with a weekend return from Portsmouth to Santander.

Completed by Visentini in 2008 and owned since 2012 by Stena RoRo, the 26,904gt Norman Voyager has 2,255 lane metres of vehicle space and accommodation for up to 800 passengers including 428 cabin berths.

Sailings to Northern Spain are being advertised as an economic alternative to Portsmouth-Santander/Bilbao trips by cruise ferries Pont-Aven and Cap Finistere and partially fill a gap left by Brittany Ferries withdrawal of freight ro-ro Cotentin, now chartered for Stena Line Sweden-Poland service as Stena Baltica.

Brittany Ferries started seasonal services between Portsmouth and Le Havre last year with the fast catamaran Normandie, and these will resume through summer 2014. Of Etretat’s five return sailings on the route, one of which will be cargo only.

 

 
NEWBUILD Ready for all weathers
Thursday, 27 February 2014 16:00

Norway’s Island Offshore has ordered an all-weather subsea construction vessel from Japan’s Kawasaki group. Island OffshoreNorway’s Island Offshore has ordered an all-weather subsea construction vessel from Japan’s Kawasaki group. Island Offshore

Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries has been contracted to build a 169m by 28m all-weather subsea construction vessel for Norway’s Island Offshore to a Rolls-Royce UT 777 design. Due for delivery in 2017, the newbuilding will be outfitted for subsea construction, inspection, maintenance and repair duties, including tophole drilling and light well intervention work.

To protect workers from the elements, the design will feature a partially covered main deck, a fully covered moonpool, and an enclosed drilling/intervention tower. Rolls-Royce will provide the integrated design and engineering package for the ship, as well as major systems and deck equipment. The propulsion system, also by Rolls-Royce, will make use of six diesel/generator sets powering seven electrically-driven thrusters. JS

 

 
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