Ship Photo of the Day – Iceberg Wrangling in the North Atlantic

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    Atlantic Towing vessels wrangle up an iceberg drifting near offshore rigs in the North Atlantic off the Newfoundland and Labrador coast. The photo was posted to social media by Saint John, Canada-based JD Irving, Ltd. and shows the moment the line was shot across so that the vessels could guide it iceberg to a safer location. Photo courtesy Wayne … [Read more...]

Saipem Gets Green Light for South Stream Pipelay Project

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Saipem has just been given the go-ahead by South Stream Transport BV to commence construction of a multi-billion dollar 931 kilometer subsea gas pipeline that will connect Russia to Europe through the Black Sea. Water depths for this pipeline will reach up to 2200 meters. South Stream Transport B.V. is wholly-owned by Gazprom. Russian natural gas also flows via a … [Read more...]

Ocean Falcon – The North Sea’s Newest Emergency Response Vessel

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Norway-based Atlantic Offshore's newest emergency response vessel Ocean Falcon has been delivered at the Zamakona Yards facilities in Spain. The ship is a Havyard HY820 design and is the last of three similar vessels ordered by Atlantic Offshore from Zamakona  - sister vessels are Ocean Osprey (C-721) and Ocean Marlin (C-722). The ship is designated as a Field Support … [Read more...]

Offloading Giant Cranes from a Ship – Here’s How It’s Done [VIDEO]

The arrival of four new Super Post-Panamax container cranes at the Port of Houston had a lot of people wondering exactly how they are going to offload the cranes from the deck of the heavy lift ship to dock. Well, the answer is fairly simple: a combination of wheels, rails and pulling. Just think of a train on railroad tracks. The below video shows exactly how they do … [Read more...]

Video: How Shell Plans to Deal with a Worst-Case-Scenario Oil Spill in the Alaskan Arctic

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https://youtu.be/YAKSgZHa4G0 Here's an animation explaining Shell’s response plans in the case of an oil spill while drilling exploratory wells in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea. Shell’s Alaska program has gone to great lengths to make sure that a worst-case scenario, such as an oil spill, never takes place. But accidents do happen, and in the unlikely event that one did, Shell … [Read more...]

Royal Caribbean Orders Fourth Quantum-class Cruise Ship

Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Anthem of the Seas, was delivered in early April.  Photo: Meyer Werft

Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE, OSE: RCL) has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Meyer Werft in Germany to order a fourth Quantum-class ship for delivery in 2019. The Quantum-class was first introduced with the delivery of the 168,666 gross ton Quantum of the Seas in November 2014, followed by the Anthem of the Seas in April 2015. A third ship, Ovation of the … [Read more...]

Record Build for Ulstein Verft Reaches Milestone

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A big milestone for a record build at the Ulstein Verft shipyard in Norway. Last month, the prefabricated aft section of newbuild Yno 302 arrived at the yard following an eleven day tow from the Crist yard in Poland. Yno 302 is an SX165 design offshore construction vessel that will be jointly owned by Norway-based shipowner Island Offshore and US-based shipowner Edison … [Read more...]