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29.03.13   Fairmount Summit delivered rig SSV Catarina offshore Angola.
  Tug Fairmount Summit has delivered rig SSV Catarina offshore Angola.The rig has been towed from Okpo, South Korea, via Strait of Malacca andCape of Good Hope towards Angola. SV Catarina is a brand new sixth generation semi-submersible drilling rigfor ultra deepwater operations. The rig is constructed by DaewooShipbuilding & Marine Engineering in South Korea. SSV Catarina isdesigned to drill up to depths of 10,000 meters.

The rig has a length of118 meters and a width of 78 meters.When hooked-up with the SSV Catarina the tow sailed via Malacca Straiten Cape of Good Hope towards the Angola, where it arrived after coveringa distance of over 10,000 miles with an average towing speed of 6.9knots.
During the voyage bunker stops were made in Singapore and Mauritius. AtMauritius the Fairmount Summit performed a cargo run between the portand the SSV Catarina.  (bron press release Fairmount en foto©Fairmount)
26.03.13   PRESS  RELEASE   
Rotor®tug is proud to announce that Elisabeth Ltd has placed a new building order with Damen Shipyards for the construction of two Hybrid Advanced Rotor®tugs, ART 80-32 of 80 tons bollard pull. Simultaneously Elisabeth Ltd ordered two ART 80-32, with Fifi 1, at Cheoy Lee Shipyards Ltd.

They  will be the first series of Rotor®tugs to be built at Damen Shipyards and Cheoy Lee Shipyards Ltd and will be added to the Kotug fleet.
This ART 80-32 is the  third Rotor®tug design originating from  the co-operation between Rotor®tug and Robert Allan Ltd and the follow up on the first Hybrid Rotor®tug ever, the RT Adriaan, refitted by Aspin Kemp Associates Ltd  under supervision of the new building department of Kotug.

Today an agreement was signed between Damen,  Robert Allan Ltd  and Rotor®tug which enables Damen to build ART 80-32 Rotor®tugs for third parties. A separate signing ceremony with Cheoy Lee will be organized soon. This agreement between parties announces the beginning of an new era for the Rotor®tug propulsion configuration. It is now possible to buy a Rotor®tug, designed by Robert Allan Ltd, built by Damen or  Cheoy Lee.

Left to Right: Mijndert Wiesenekker, Damen; Todd Barber, Robert Allan Ltd; Evan Willemsen, Rotor®tug.

Damen and Cheoy Lee are planning to integrate the ART 80-32 into their harbor/terminal tugs portfolio.
This will give them the opportunity to offer on tenders requesting Rotor®tugs for their performance, redundancy, superior safety and
unique maneuverability.
(bron en image rotortug)

23.03.13 Mammoet Salvage to remove Merle

The Dutch company Mammoet Salvage will try to remove the "Merle" from the beach of Muranzel in Murtosa, where the freighter is stranded for more than two months. The work includes the removal of pollutants and other hazardous waste before refloating the ship and towing it to a safe harbour. The contract comes a month after the expiry of the deadline for submission of a plan to remove the ship. The vessel owner and the insurance company had requested an extension of time due to the complexity of the operation.   (Bron: Vesseltracker)

  Bogazici delivers two tugs
  The 65+ bollard pull ASD Multi-Purpose Escort Tug boat “Gladiator” (ex-Bogazici 11) which has been built and delivered to her Italian owner at the end of December 2012 by Bogazici Denizcilik San. ve Tic. A.S. (Bogazici Shipping) of Turkey started giving service at Trieste Port of Italy. Following above unit, M/Tug “Metro Tug 12” (ex-Bogazici 12) has been also successfully and timely delivered by Bogazici Shipping to her new Panama owner at the end of February 2013.
Bron: Press Release Bogazici/nieuwsbrief L.Kramer)
  Statesman joins the SMS fleet

British tugowner SMS Towage Ltd, with headquarters in Hessle on Humberside, has recently purchased the former Ulupinar 14 from Sanmar, the Turkish tugowners and shipbuilders.The Ulupinar class ASD tug is one of the most popular vessels currently listed in the Sanmar portfolio design portfolio. To date Sanmar has built 15 of what is generally regarded as a compact and versatile vessel. Ulupinar 14 was completed in July 2012 and has spent the intervening six months on charter to Egyptian interests. On completion of the purchase by SMS the name was changed to Statesman.

The Ulupinar class was designed by Robert Allan Limited with considerable input from Sanmar’s project director Ali Gurun. Measuring 24.40 in length overall, 9.15m beam, with a maximum draft of 4.40m, there are various power options available for the Ulupinar. This version has a propulsion system comprising a pair of Caterpillar 3512 diesels, each developing 1,230kW at 1,800 rpm (a total of approximately 3,300 bhp) to drive Rolls-Royce US 155 FP azimuthing propulsion units. The result is bollard pulls, both ahead and astern, of approximately 45 tonnes and a free-running speed of 13 knots.

Electrically driven, frequency controlled DMT single drum towing winches are installed on both fore and aft decks. Both have a brake holding load of 125 tonnes and a maximum line pull of 25 tonnes. The towing winch aft is equipped with a 600m towline of 40mm steel wire rope. A Palfinger deck crane and Data Hidrolic tow pins are part of a comprehensive outfit of deck machinery.

Accommodation is provided for a maximum of six persons, with single cabins for the Captain and chief engineer and two double berth cabins for the crew. A clever use of available space and a very high degree of quality ensures that both officers and crew enjoy a level of comfort and convenience rarely found in a vessel of just 24m in length. Remarkably low noise levels have been recorded in all areas of the living quarters. At approximately 80% engine load levels are below 60 dBA in the cabins.

Like Statesman, the majority of the Ulupinar series so far completed has been exported. The first boat went to Schramm in Germany and this was followed by a repeat order. Several minor modifications were made to the initial design to meet strict German standards and these have been incorporated as standard in all subsequent deliveries, including three for the Dominican Republic, another to Russia and three to the Middle East. Sanmar has also retained several for its own fleet at the Port of Mersin in southern Turkey.

SMS Towage Ltd has a rapidly growing fleet of over a dozen tugs providing shiphandling and general towage services throughout the Humberside ports, and more recently in the Welsh ports of the Bristol Channel. Statesman is the company’s second Ulupinar tug, the first being the former Schraam vessel mentioned above. (Bron: Maritime Journal / Photo courtesy of P Elsom/L.Kramer)

  Farstad Shipping Gets Contract from Statoil for PSV Far Solitaire
  Farstad Shipping ASA has been awarded a new four month contract with four monthly options by Statoil for the PSV Far Solitaire(2012, UT 754 WP, 5,800 DWT). Commencement of this contract will be in direct continuation of the existing contract.Statoil has declared their one year option to extend the contracts for the PSV Far Seeker(2008, UT 751 E, 4,905 DWT) and the PSV Far Searcher(2008, UT 751 E, 4,992 DWT).Peterson SBS Den Helder B.V. has awarded the PSV Far Splendour (2003, P 106, 3,503 DWT) a one year contract with two yearly optionsGDF Suez E&P UK Ltd. has awarded the PSV Far Superior (1990, 705 L, 3,796 DWT) and the PSV Far Server (2010, Havyard 862 CD, 4,000 DWT) a three month contract.

The contract includes a four week option for the PSV Far Server.In Brazil, Petrobras has declared their two months option for the PSV Far Supporter (1996, UT 750, 4,680 DWT).Karoon Petroleo & Gas Ltda. in Brazil has extended the contract for the PSV Far Swift(2003, UT 755 L, 3,084 DWT) with another 60 days.Oil Search in Australia has awarded contracts for the AHTS Far Fosna (1993, UT 722, 14,400 BHP) and the AHTS Lady Sandra (1998, KMAR 404, 15,014 BHP). The duration of the contracts is approx. three months with a further three month option. 
Bron: Farstad Shipping / Foto: Vard Yard/ nieuwsbrief L.Kramer
21.03.13 TWO new build’s from Uzmar underway to Fremantle
  Two Australian registered new building tugs named Barrura (Imo 9635913) call sign VHLK and Gurrgura (Imo 9635925) call sign VHLJ are underway with a Redwise delivery crew from Izmit; Turkey to Fremantle. Last week they made a bunker call and provision stop at the Canarian Island of Las Palmas. The next stops will be Walvis Bay and Mauritius before the last traject to Fremantle. The Robert Allan designRAstar 3200 tugs are built on the Uzmar Gemi Insa San. Ve. Tic. A.S. –Izmit; Turkey. Under number 62 and 63. The tugs are owned by Robe River Mining Co. Pty. Ltd. – Wickham; Australia and managed by Hamersley Iron Pty. Ltd. – Perth; Australia with Port of Registry Dampier.
The tugs have a length o.a. of 32.00 mtrs a beam of 12.80 mtrs and a draft 4.15 mtrs. The have a grt of 499 tonnes a dwt of 417 tonnes and a nrt of 149 tonnes. The two caterpillar diesel engines develops a total output of 4,700 kW (6,386 hp) and a speed of 13 knots. They are classed Bureau Veritas I Hull Mach with notations Escort tug-Fire fighting ship 1 -water spraying AUT-UMS (SS) , Cleanship ,       
(Bron: Tugs Towing & Offshore Newsletter)
  Damen Shipyards Norway to Deliver Stan Tug 1205

Just a few months after opening an office in Stavanger, Damen Shipyards is set to deliver a second Stan Tug to a Norwegian owner – EB Marine A/S – a family-owned diving company, which is one of the oldest diving companies in Norway.

This latest order for aStan Tug 1204 follows an order for a Stan Tug 1004earlier in the year. Damen Shipyards opened the office in October 2012 to serve the offshore industry and Norwegian shipowners. This represents the first time the Dutch group has opened a sales office outside of the Netherlands. The STu 1205 will be delivered on March 20th in Stavanger.

Torgeir Erga, Deputy Manager of EB Marine, says: “We have been awarded a contract for the subsea work for the foundations of a new bridge in Molde, in northern Norway, therefore we needed a new tugboat, with a lot of power that had to be delivered in a very short time.” The contract is due to begin in April.Sales Manager of Damen Shipyards Stavanger, Remko Hottentot, says: “The advantage of Damen is that we can deliver from stock and this proved the ideal solution for EB Marine. Damen builds its standard vessels for stock, which means that companies can still take part in tenders even if they don’t immediately have the resources in-house. Damen can then provide a vessel in just two to three weeks.


Delivery in just a few weeks

“We were looking at yards in Norway and Turkey, but with Damen Shipyards, we know that is has built tugs for decades so we know exactly what we are getting.” After some modifications, including extra navigation equipment, she will sail from Damen Head Quarter in Gorinchem to Rotterdam where she will be transported on a Wagenborg carrier on March 18 to Stavanger. ‘Broltus’ in Norwegian translates as someone who does a ‘hell of a job’. Mr Erga laughs saying that this is what EB Marine expects from its new Damen vessel!

Commenting on the Norwegian market, Mr Hottentot says: “Norway of course, is much more than the offshore industry, it has some 60,000 km of coastline. From our portfolio we can provide vessels for several markets – ferries, pontoons, fisheries and aquaculture vessels, maintenance & inspection vessels, research vessels, tugs, LNG-powered vessels and those from our offshore series.”

Currently, six Platform Supply Vessels 3300 vessels are under construction for Norwegian client WWS. Although the standard PSV has a 750 m² spacious deck, Damen can also build PSVs with decks of up to 1,000 m² – all from the newly designed PSV-range.

Being based in Stavanger since 1989, Mr Hottentot adds: “Norway is a very interesting, broad-based market. There are a lot of opportunities here. We want to show that we provide top-quality vessels, at a competitive price. And as can be seen from the last two orders in Norway, Damen is specialized in fasty delivery due to standardised designs, stock vessels and standardised logistics. We arrange the entire transport of a vessel, from the shipyard top the Norwegian client, enabling owners to take delivery in just a few weeks. This vessel will literally be delivered to the front door of EB Marine!”  Bron& Foto: Damen

20.03.13 Ibercisa Towing Winch for Newbuild ‘Bylgia’

Ibercisa delivers the first of two towing winches AHT type model MR-E/930/2/2500-89 which will be installed on the Anchor Boat (AHT) “Bylgia”which Hereema Marine Contractors from Holland have signed with the Armon shipyard in Vigo.

The electrically driven winch is the first of its kind in the world to be given this drive which has meant quite a challenging technological feat for the Vigo based Company given the dimensions and characteristics of the machine. The “Bylgia” was designed around the dimensions of the winch, developed by Ibercisa to reach a final weight of 280 tons.

Given its size, the drums (90t each) have had to be installed on the boat whilst afloat in the repair docks at Bouzas which necessitated that the boat be taken to the docks whilst still under construction. The winches will remain on board at the Armón shipyard but trials will take place at a later date in Gijón.

The winch has two waterfall drums each with a capacity of 2,500m of 86,9mm wire. The electronic engines are of permanent magnet type with elevated par at low revolutions. Giving 350 tons per 10 metres/minute on the first layer with the same pull, speed increases to 50 metres/minute when offload is against the dynamic brake. The static brake capacity is 600 tons on each drum, divided between two differential band brakes. Each engine works with a gearbox joined together by a declutching transmission allowing drums to work simultaneously, reducing pull by half and giving greater versatility.

Wire stowage is carried out by 4 rollers working independently and therefore permitting their movement to be in time with the cable guide, or moving in opposite directions to allow shackles and joints to pass freely. Each roller is driven by chains geared on wildcats by two electric motors with epicicloidal gears.

The “Bylgia”is the first of two anchor vessels for HMC under construction at the Armón Shipyard. Ibercisa envisages delivery of the second winch within a month and it will be installed on board the vessel “Kolga”.     (Bron& Foto: Ibercisa / KAL/ nieuwsbrief L. Kramer)

  Leonard M gets new outlook on life

McKeil Marine's tug Leonard M. is getting a new elevated wheelhouse while in refit in St.John's, NL.

Built as Point Halifax for Eastern Canada Towing in 1986 the tug seldom ventured outside of Halifax Harbour for many years, because it was not considered a great sea-boat. However as newer tugs came on line it was used more and more outside, and in its last years with Svitzer/Ectug it ventured as far north as Hudson's Bay and Rankin Inlet and as far south as the Bahamas.

Built by McTay Marine in Bromborough, England, the tug is rated at 4,200 bhp with a pair of Ruston/English Electrics driving z-drives. It was the pioneering z-drive on the east coast of Canada and was built of very good stuff. In addition to the ship handling winch forward, it is fitted with a towing winch (enclosed in the deck house extension) stern roller and full towing gear. Its after deck was also sized to accommodate two 20 foot ISO containers.

Since being acquired by McKeil the tug has operated from the Great Lakes to Newfoundland and beyond in barge service, and it looks that will continue with addition of the bird house.          (Bron: TugFax / Foto: C. Vautier/nieuwsbrief L.Kramer)

19.03.13 Les Abeilles’ expertise at the fore in a world first: towing the world’s largest containership, the CMA CGM Marco Polo.

On March 9th, the crew on the Abeille Bourbon successfully completed towing operations on theCMA CGM Marco Polo, the jewel in CMA CGM’s crown and the largest containership in the world (capable of carrying up to 16,020 TEUs(*)), as part of an exercise organized by the Atlantic French Maritime Prefecture.

The Abeille Bourbon is a tug specializing in salvage and assistance and chartered by the French Navy to protect the French coastline. The vessel provided its services for an Atlantic French Maritime Prefecture exercise to test the latest generation of the CMA CGM Marco Polo containership’s emergency towing arrangement. The containership is 396 m long, weighs 186,000 tons and has a 16,020 container capacity.

As part of the exercise, the CMA CGM Marco Polo simulated damage to its propeller system when leaving the Ouessant traffic separation scheme. The vessel naturally positioned itself across the wind. Its size provided a large surface for wind impact and the containership soon began to drift. The crew on board the Abeille Bourbon, headed by the Captain Thierry Choquet, launched a fast tow procedure and focused on tug maneuvers to turn the CMA CGM Marco Polo head to wind.

The Salvage tug therefore moved closer using a line-throwing gun and a pass rope to link up with the CMA CGM Marco Polo. In adverse weather conditions, this maneuver is risky as it requires the high seas salvage tug to be very close to the ship it is assisting. The Abeille Bourbon reached a speed of 6.7 knots with a bollard pull of approximately 90 t.

“The operation went perfectly. This new experience is an asset to the Abeille Bourbon crew’s expertise. The Abeille Bourbon, with over 21,000 horsepower and 200 t in traction, has once again demonstrated its ability to assist new types of vessels e.g. latest generation containerships,” says Christian Quillivic, Managing Director of Les Abeilles, BOURBON’s affiliate in charge of assistance, salvage and anti-pollution. (bron: Bourbon / Foto's: Marine Nationale / A. MONOT)

  Will tug crew make it safely back to Lagos?
  There is growing concern for the safety of the crew of an unseaworthy tug that has gone missing, just weeks after it set sail from Manx waters.
Detention notices were served on ex-Admiralty vessel Juliette Pride II, and its sister ship Juliette Pride I, preventing them from setting sail from Newlyn, Cornwall.
Both Tanzanian-flagged vessels were deemed unsafe following an inspection by Coastguard surveyors who found numerous defects and deficiencies, many relating to safety equipment.But in the early hours of Sunday, March 3, both boats jumped detention.

They are believed to be heading for Lagos, Nigeria, where their new owner Prince Akoto is based. But neither vessel has been spotted since – sparking fears about the crew’s safety.
Five Georgian crew members of the Juliette Pride II were stranded in the island for months after the boat arriving here in mid-December, having encountered engine problems.With the seamen running desperately low on food and money, the Salvation Army stepped in to provide food parcels.
Negotiations conducted via harbour officials subsequently resulted in the mariners receiving their unpaid wages totalling $35,000 and air fares home to Georgia. Before they left, they thanked the Manx authorities for all their help.
The vessel, with a Ghanaian replacement crew, set sail last month on the next leg of its passage to Nigeria, only to be impounded on its arrival at Newlyn where it had rejoined its sister vessel.

Jo Rawlings, of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), said: ‘Following inspections, we issued detention notices on the Juliette Pride 1 and 2, preventing them from setting sail. These notices are issued when vessels are deemed unsafe.
‘In the early hours of Sunday, March 3, both vessels jumped detention from Newlyn harbour.

We are now looking into this matter. We issue detention notices for a reason. We only do this if we are really concerned. We deemed them to be unsafe – certainly not safe enough to set sail. There is an obvious concern that wherever they are heading, they may not make it in one piece.
It’s not looking too hopeful we are able to track them down, especially if they’ve left UK waters and gone into international waters – we don’t have the power to bring them back.’
Coastguard officials believe on-board tracking equipment may have been deliberately disabled.
   (Bron: Isle of Man Today/nieuwsbrief L. Kramer)
  Ulstein Verft Launches PSV Blue Thunder

Last weekend was hectic at Ulstein Verft, as three PSV sisters of the PX121 design were on the move.

At 12.11.12 the CHRISTOS XXII departed with the aft section from Rotterdam.


Yno 296, Blue Thunder, was launched on Saturday 9 March, and is now situated quayside, bright and blue. The hull of yno 298 was docked into the dock hall for outfitting. While the newly delivered Blue Power, left on Friday for her first assignment in the spot market. (Bron& Foto: Ulstein/nieuwsbrief L.Kramer)

  Otto Marine Orders Two AHTS Vessels from Indonesia

Otto Marine Limited, a leading offshore marine company which specializes in building complex offshore support vessels, repairs, conversion and fabrication and ship chartering, announced that the Group has secured new shipbuilding orders for building two offshore vessels for a total value of US$27.8 million.

The new shipbuilding contracts are for constructing two identical units of 5,150 bhp Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessels (or AHTS). The two AHTS will be approximately 62 meters in length and will be constructed to meet ABS class requirements. The contracts are awarded by a renowned Indonesian operator that owns and operates a fleet of offshore and other vessels. The vessels are to be delivered in the second half of 2014.

The above-mentioned shipbuilding orders are expected to have a positive impact on the consolidated net tangible assets per share or earnings per share of Otto Marine for the financial year ending 31 December 2013.

On this occasion Mr Michael See, Group Chief Financial Officer said: “During the last year or so, we focused our resources under our shipbuilding segment towards finishing and delivering the orders that were on hand. We have also done some restructuring and consolidation in our yard which enhanced our efficiency and reduced the costs. With all these efforts combined, we are now in a much better position to revitalize and grow our shipbuilding segment and securing these new build orders reiterates our commitment to revitalize and focus in our core competency in this segment under the Otto Group.

These new orders are the first shipbuilding contracts that we have taken in almost two years. Under our shipbuilding segment, besides building high-spec and complex offshore vessels, we also have ship repair and fabrication capabilities.”  (Bron: Otto Marine/ nieuwsbrief L.Kramer)

15.03.13 Damen introduces new ASD Tug and starts building for launching customer Petersen& Alpers

Damen Shipyards Group is launching a new vessel type in its ASD Tug series, the company reports. The ASD Tug 2913 has been designed primarily as a highly manoeuvrable, powerful tug, ideally suited for busy harbours where space is limited. Petersen & Alpers (Germany) is the launching customer for the new tug, which will be delivered end 2014. The new type answers market demand for more powerful tugs as vessels continue to get larger and for more spacious accommodation.

Damen Shipyards is proud to announce that it already has a launching customer for the new tug, the highly esteemed German towage operator Petersen & Alpers, which is one of the oldest maritime companies in Germany.

Frank de Lange, Damen Sales Director South, North and West Europe, explains why Damen decided to introduce a new tug type in the ASD series. “Vessel sizes are increasingly growing, while ports are still restricted to their physical size. Customers were requesting more powerful tugs, but they still have to be compact so they can operate in harbours which are lacking space.”

This new tug Standard slots in between the Damen ASD Tug 2810 with a 60 tonnes bollard pull and the highly powerful offshore terminal ASD Tug 3212, which was recently introduced. Developing a new compact type with a bollard pull of 75-80 tonness was really a logical step for the Damen series, he adds.“

For the ASD Tug 2913 we adopted a similar design philosophy as for the new ASD Tug 3212 and although the vessel is primarily a harbour tug, it also has very good seakeeping capabilities.”
At 13 m wide, the vessel is very stable and very comfortable for the crew.
The new type has push/pull capabilities and can be fitted with an aft winch as an option.
The tug is also the first Damen tug to have a double hull to comply with the latest safety regulations and to answer customer demand.
Foto 3Peter Lindenau, Managing Director of Petersen & Alpers, is very pleased to be the launching customer for the new tug.
This will be the second Damen tug in the company’s fleet, following on from an ASD Tug 2411, which has been in operation for the last four years in Hamburg. And indeed, through a previous joint venture via its affiliated company TOWMAR BALTIC in Klaipeda with Smit, Petersen & Alpers also had experience of the Damen ASD Tug 2810.

The ASD Tug 2411 is performing well and is great at going alongside, making fast and the thrust is easily controlled with the slipping clutch, he emphasises. “And with Rolls-Royce thrusters and Caterpillar 3516 engines the acceleration is great.”
“Our new Damen vessel will be particularly suited for the port of Hamburg, which has very small basins”, he stresses. “Seagoing vessels are getting bigger and bigger.
A highly maneuverable, compact tug with more power was needed. So the Damen ASD Tug 2913 was the right tool for Hamburg.”
Low maintenance costs are also important, he says. The company has had a good experience with the ASD Tug 2411, which requires only limited maintenance because the coating is such good quality. Crucially, Petersen & Alpers has a great deal of confidence in Damen. “We trust each other, which is the most important. It is not just price but performance, service and maintenance.”There has been such a lot of interest in the new Standard that Damen has already started building for stock.       
Bron: Damen
  The Largest ASD Tugs in Asia Delivered

Two 8200hp ASD tugs named “Huan yu san hao” and “Huan yu liu hao” were successfully delivered by Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard Group Co., Ltd. to Qingdaon port Co., Ltd. These two vessels are the largest ASD tugs in Asia, and they can fully provide towing-assistance to other very large vessels including aircraft carriers etc.Industry insiders think that this is the milestone which indicates a new century of design and building of such powerful ASD tugs in China. According to the reports, these two tugs will work for Qingdao port’s Dongjiakou harbor 400000 ton ore terminal, providing necessary towing-assistance to the six generation container vessels and other very large vessels.            (Bron: Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard - nieuwsbrief L.Kramer) 

  TOS delivers ASD tug Lomax for Østensjø Rederi.

TOS Rotterdam has conducted the first ship delivery for Østensjø Rederi, a maritime service company based in Norway. “The ASD tug Lomax has been built by Sanmar (Turkey, Tuzla) a yard which we have done business with for many years now. They brought us in touch with Østensjø,” says Ronald van der Kolk, Manager Division Nautical & Technical.


March 7th the Lomax arrived at the port of Ulsteinvik, Norway to deliver a tow. The vessel Lomax picked up the tow in the Ukraine. The tow is the new build casco X-BOW vessel Blue Guardian from the company Ulstein and was delivered to a ship yard in Ulsteinvik. After this she will continue her voyage to a renewed destination.  The Lomax sails under full TOS management and with a TOS crew.   bron: Offshore Visie / Foto: W.Harlaar/nieuwsbrief L. Kramer

10.03.13 Ulstein books design and power orders for Vroon PSVs

Ulstein reports that it has entered into a contract for the delivery of design and power packages for two platform supply vessels of its PX121 design ordered from China's COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard Co., Ltd. by Breskens, Netherlands, headquartered Vroon, which currently has four livestock carriers under construction at the same shipyard.

The vessels are planned for delivery from the shipbuilder in first quarter 2015 and are intended for operation in European waters by Vroon Offshore Services B.V. The contract also includes an option of two more vessels.

"The shipowner and yard are new customers to Ulstein. We are very grateful for the new order and look forward to the cooperation," comments Ulstein Design & Solutions managing director Sigurd Viseth.

The Vroon ships will be the ninth and tenth built to the X-bowed PX121 design. Yesterday, Ulstein delivered the third of six PX 121 vessels ordered by its Blue Ship Invest subsidiary (seen Nieuwsbrief 054 ) and shipowner Britoil has previously ordered two such vessels. Britoil will build those vessels at its own shipyard in Indonesia (see earlier story),

Length overall (approx.) 83.4 m, Breadth, molded 18.0 m, Depth to main deck 8.0 m, Max. draft / Design draft 6.7 m / 6.0 m, Deadweight on max. draft 4,200 t Special Class Notation (ABS): ABS, GREENPASSPORT, ENVIRO, HAB(WB), MLC 2006 Deck load 2,300 t, Cargo deck area 850 sq.m, Gross / Net tonnage international 3,650 GRT / 1,304 NRT, Max. speed (at T = 4.65 m) 14.5 knots                ( Bron: Marine Log/nieuwsbrief L.Kramer)

  Pella Shipyard launches Project 90600 tug for Russian Navy

Otradnoye, Leningrad region based Leningrad Shipyard “Pella" (Pella Shipyard) on March 7, 2013 launched the tug of Project 90600. The vessel was ordered by theRussian Defense Ministry, the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) reports. The ship delivery is scheduled for February 2014.

The vessel features enhanced ice class hull and will be built to the RS class KM (*) Arc4 R3 AUT3 Tug.                                                                                                                                         Serial tugs of Project 90600 are designed for towing and canting operations at the harbour, offshore anchorage locations and in coastal areas.

JSC Pella Shipyard based in Russia’s Leningrad region was founded in 1950. In 1992 Pella was privatized as Pella Holding Co. comprising the head office and    several subsidiaries. The shipbuilding firm specializes in building harbor tugs with rated power of 1,000-5,000hp, pusher tugs, escort tugs, pilot boats and rescue boats for Russian and foreign customers.   ( Bron& Foto: Pella Shipyard/nieuwsbrief L.Kramer)

  New Contract Extension for Normand Commander.

Global Industries Offshore L.L.C, a company owned by Technip, has exercised their option to extend the contract for the construction vessel“Normand Commander” with one year from June 2013. Technip has option to extend the contract with further 2 x 1 year option after expiry of the firm contract.

“Normand Commander” is a DP2 Multi Service Vessel with a length of 302’ ft (92.9m), beam of 65’ ft (19.7m), 100T crane and accommodations for 72 people and Sikorsky S-92 class helideck.

The ship is equipped with a fully integrated diesel electric propulsion system and prepared for worldwide operation. The clear deck area of 840m2, has a 6m2 moonpool and is equipped with a DNV classed 1000 fsw . Saturation System and ROV support. Below deck it is arranged for a whole range of various liquid cargo categories.  (Bron: Technip-nieuwsbrief L.Kramer)

08.03.13 AHTS King Jesus Delivered to Martens Marine

Martens Marine, a Singapore-based ship management company providing a range of support services for offshore and marine industries, took delivery of the second vessel in the Martens Marine “E 65T Series”from Guangdong Yuexin Ocean Engineering Co., Ltd. yesterday.

King Jesus is an Anchor Handling Towing Supply (AHTS) Vessel intended for operations in the shallow waters of Asia, West Africa, and Middle East. King Jesus is built to ABS Class, and includes the notations: A1 “OFFSHORE SUPPORT VESSEL, AH, TOWING VESSEL, FIRE FIGHTING VESSEL CLASS 1” AMS, and DPS-1.


The “E 65T Series” vessels are powered by twin CAT 3516C engines at 5,150 brake horsepower. These engines are in compliance with US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Marine Tier 2 Commercial Regulations. CAT Marine Power Systems are supported by 182 locally owned businesses, 1700+ dealer branch stores and more than 100,000 employees over the world.

The Martens Marine “E 65T Series” vessels are also equipped with twin Kawasaki bow thrusters of 8T capacity each, and a set of Becker high-lift performance rudders. The Kongsberg Dynamic Positioning system onboard allows the vessels to maintain station in a Sea State 4 environment with winds up to Beaufort Force 7 and currents at 2 knots.

Similar to its sister vessels, the mess area of King Jesus has been optimized to allow for a large number of crew in one sitting. The bridge area also features a larger working space from conventional 5150 BHP AHTSV to facilitate project work. King Jesus is bound for West Africa in the coming days.                                                            (Bron& Foto: Martens Marine / KAL/nieuwsbrief L/Kramer)

07.03.13 New AVT 3000 Class Voith Schneider Tug

The Media Luna has completed the trip to Puerto de Bolivar, Colombia after sailing under her own power across the Atlantic from Turkey. The Media Luna was constructed at Uzmar Tug and Work Boat Factory in Izmit, Turkey. This is the first of a two boat order for the AVT 3000 Class Tugs designed by Robert Allan Ltd., Naval Architects of Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

foto©Robert Allen

The Media Luna will replace the Riohacha as part of a Cerrejón’s fleet renewal program. The sister vessel Cabo del Vela is expected to be delivered to Cerrejón’s Puerto Bolivar marine operations in March of thThe AVT 3000 was designed to meet Cerrejón’s requirements for performance, propulsion equipment, accommodations, tank capacities and outfit. She features a partial raised focsle for operation in rough weather and a large functional aft working deck for efficient ship handling operations. Designed for a bollard pull of 60 tonnes, she will be the most powerful tug in the Puerto Bolivar fleet.

Length overall: –30.75 m, Beam, moulded: – 12.0 m, Depth, moulded: – 4.80 m, Maximum draft (overall): – 6.2 m  (bron nieuwsbrief L.Kramer)

  Lundin Charters Two OSVs from Island Offshore

Island Offshore (IO) has awarded 2 x term contracts with Lundin Norway AS, for the charter of MV Island Crusader and MV Island Contenderplatform supply vessels.

These two vessels of the UT 776 CD(G), set a new standard in the industry as the first offshore supply vessels in the world capable of pure gas operations, providing the most cost effective and environmentally friendly service available in the industry at present.

The commencement of the contracts is scheduled for May 13, and the vessels will support the SS Island Innovator during its drilling campaign with Lundin in the North and the Barents Sea. The duration of the firm period is estimated to 2,5 years with several optional wells. “By chartering these vessels Lundin confirms their position as one of the most environmentally friendly operators in the North Sea. We thank charterers for their commitments and wish Lundin success with their upcoming drilling campaign and look forward to the cooperation,” said Island Offshore in a statement.                    (Bron: Island Offshore/nieuwsbrief L. Kramer)


POSH, Terasea Form Joint Venture Company


PACC Offshore Services Holdings (POSH), through its EPIC division, today announced the formation of a joint venture company POSH Terasea Pte Ltd with Terasea Pte Ltd (Terasea).

POSH will contribute to the JV a fleet of five specialized Anchor Handlers (12000BHP to 13500BHP) while Terasea contributes four units of newbuilding modern deepwater 16000BHP Anchor Handlers, to be delivered successively over the next 11 months.

With this merger, Posh Terasea will operate the largest and youngest fleet of vessels for the ocean towage market.

Mr Scott Lindsay, Chairman of Terasea announced: “Terasea is pleased to form this JV with POSH. POSH EPIC division, with its experienced crew and management team, is arguably the world leader in FPSO towage and positioning; with an unparallelled track record, for its safety standards and timely deliveries. POSH’s track records include the towage and hookup of the world’s largest FPSOs, including FPSO Hai Yang Shi You 117, FPSO Kizomba A & B, and FPSO Agbami.

The new vessels will further cement its position as the market leader.”

“The JV will reap much synergy from its shareholders and leverage on the global networks of both POSH and Terasea. With an expanded fleet of nine specialized vessels operating globally, the JV is able to offer its customers greater reliability. In addition, the JV operates vessels of 3 different categories of bollard pull, and this will provide our customers greater flexibility in configuring their bollard pull requirement.”  bron POSH/nieuwsbrief L.Kramer

  SNSZ wins contracts for six tugs

OJSC Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard (part of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corp.) signed a contract with LLC P.TransCo for the construction of six push tugs of Project 81, the shpbuilder’s press release said. The towboats delivery is scheduled for April-May 2014.

The Project 81 push tug’s displacement is 365 tons, LOA - 25 m, breadth - 10 m. The vessel is designed to perform pushing or emergency towing of barges (project 82) of total displacement of about 5,200 tonnes at a speed of 10 knots.

The ship has the on-board coupling ARTICOUPLER KVC3545 manufactured by Taisei Engineering Consultant Inc. The pushers feature high maneuverability and controllability thanks to twin controllable-pitch screws and twin rudders.

An earlier report said that Nizhny Novgorod-based Krasnoye Sormovo Shipyard on February 27, 2013 secured contracts for the construction of ten self-propelled dry cargo barges for transportation of bulk cargoes. The barges contracts will be funded through lease financing scheme: the barges Customer is Gazprombank Leasing that will charter out the newbuilds to LLC P.TransKo. The push tugs for these barges will be built by Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard.

OJSC Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard was created in 1912 as Ust-Izhorsky Shipyard. The company specializes in building warships and civil vessels manufactured of nonmagnetic steel, aluminum and fiberglass: corvettes, mine sweepers, coastal patrol boats, workboats and passenger vessels.  Bron: Port News / nieuwsbrief L.Kramer

  Acta Marine Enters Partnership with Pacific Tug

Acta Marine B.V. and Pacific Tug (Aust) Pty Ltd recently agreed upon a strategic partnership for the Australian market.

Several large Port construction projects in Australia have created a significant demand for quality shallow draft support vessels. This partnership gives clients access to reliable and efficient workboat services at international quality standards, combined with a growing regional experience.

The unique Multicat ‘’Coastal Challenger’’ will be strategically relocated to this market and subject vessel is assigned towards a dredging and construction project in Australia. The ‘’Coastal Challenger’’ will be operated under joint management based upon the extensive local market knowledge of Pacific Tug and the specialized shallow draft expertise from Acta Marine.

foto© Acta Marine

Furthermore as Acta Marine and Pacific Tug share the same company values, there is a joint focus upon delivering quality and reliable services. Both companies are family-owned businesses where the long-term business continuity and lasting relationships with its customers are a main priority. Meanwhile, Acta Marine’s recently purchased shallow draft Tug ‘’Coastal Victory’’also remains available for charter in the Australian market.   Bron& Foto: Acta Marine-nieuwsbrief L.Kramer

05.03.13 Fairmount Glacier delivered rig La Muralla IV in Mexico

Tug Fairmount Glacier has delivered rig La Muralla IV in Bay of Campeche, Mexico. The rig has been towed from Okpo, South Korea, via Sunda Strait and Cape of Good Hope. La Muralla IV is a brand new semi-submersible drilling rig for ultra deep water operations, owned by Mexican Grupo R.

The rig is constructed by Deawoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in South Korea. La Muralla IV is designed to drill up to depths of 10.000 meters. The rig has a length of 118,6 meters and a width of 96,7 meters.


Fairmount Marine’s Fairmount Glacier hooked-up with the rig at the end of October last year offshore the port of Okpo, South Korea. The convoy sailed via Sunda Strait en Cape of Good Hope towards the Gulf of Mexico, where it arrived at the end of February after covering a distance of over 16,200 miles with an average speed of 6,6 knots.

During the voyage bunker stops were made in Singapore, Mauritius, Walvis Bay and Curacao. At Mauritius the Fairmount Glacier performed several runs between the port and the La Muralla IV to transfer cargo and crew.