• RESEARCH SHIP: Canadian hybrid

    RESEARCH SHIP: Canadian hybrid

    30th June 2011

    British Columbia’s University of Victoria has been collaborating with BMT Fleet Technology of Ottawa, Canada on the conversion the former Canadian Coast Guard vessel Tsekoa II into a hybrid research ship. Currently measuring 26.7m by 7.25m, the vessel is to…



    8th June 2011

    Germany’s Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has become the leading classification society for Wind Turbine Installation Vessels (WTIVs) after having secured mandates for newbuilding classification on 16 WTIVs being built. These include projects by Swire Blue Ocean and Beluga Hochtief Offshore. Ithas…

  • WINDFARM WORKERS: A&P service Seajacks

    WINDFARM WORKERS: A&P service Seajacks

    1st June 2011

    A&P Falmouth undertook a contract to make two 100-tonne blade racks to hold turbine blades on two ships used for windfarm working. The ships, Seajacks Leviathan and Seajacks Kraken, are to be used to install and maintain the Walney 2…

  • SINKING: Floatel Jupiter sinks

    SINKING: Floatel Jupiter sinks

    27th May 2011

    The semi-submersible accommodation vessel Floatel Jupiter, housing 713 workers and containing over 2,100 barrels of diesel and kerosene, sank in the Gulf of Mexico in mid-April after a control valve in its port pontoon failed and the pontoon became flooded.…

  • WIND POWER: Cargill go fly a kite

    WIND POWER: Cargill go fly a kite

    27th May 2011

    Grain transporter Cargill has signed an agreement with Germany’s SkySails to use wind power technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on its ships. Cargill plans to install a 320m2 SkySails kite on one of its handysize vessels, which the company…

  • PORT NEWS: Eventful times in Galway port

    PORT NEWS: Eventful times in Galway port

    27th May 2011

    An investigation is under way into the cause of an accident at Galway Harbour on 7 April in which three men were injured after a cable snapped on a crane which was lifting former Aran Islands ferry Clann na nOilean…

  • NORTH SEA ACCIDENT: Drill platform collision

    NORTH SEA ACCIDENT: Drill platform collision

    27th May 2011

    Production on the Magnus Platform was shut down for approximately 24 hours on 22 April following contact between the Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel (ERRV) Grampian Defender and the installation. Although an investigation into the incident is ongoing, it is…

  • PRESERVED FERRY: Historic ferry sinking

    PRESERVED FERRY: Historic ferry sinking

    27th May 2011

    At the of April the former ferry Caledonian Princess, now Tuxedo Royale, took in more water which caused her to sink further and she is now resting on the river bed at her Middlesbrough berth, just downstream from the Transporter…

  • PRESERVED SHIP: Tall Ship on the move

    PRESERVED SHIP: Tall Ship on the move

    27th May 2011

    After 12 years and visits by over half a million people at Yorkhill Quay, The Tall Ship, Glenlee, moved to a new berth alongside the Riverside Museum on 5 May. Both The Tall Ship and the museum will open to…

  • HOVERCRAFT: Hovering around

    HOVERCRAFT: Hovering around

    27th May 2011

    The annual Hovershow is to be held during the last weekend in May, at the Hovercraft Museum’s Daedalus site at Lee-on-Solent in Hampshire, which houses the world’s largest collection of historic and current hovercraft. The 50 commercial, military and private…