Lifeboat Takes 31.5 Meter Plunge in the Port of Amsterdam

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-+*In 1959, Dutch lifeboat manufacturer Verhoef introduced the world’s first freefall lifeboat. Looking a bit like a submarine and made of aluminum, it was truly a game changer for merchant mariners worldwide. Over 50 years later, many other lifeboat providers have followed suit, yet Verhoef continues to hold true to their aluminum construction while others […]

Italian Police Release HD Video From Inside the Costa Concordia

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-+*The following ~8 minute video just released by Carabinieri divers(Italian military police) gives an HD look at the Costa Concordia wreck from inside the sunken vessel. Salvors are working to remove the vessel from Giglio Harbor in the next three weeks.  Franco Gabrielli, head of Italian Civil Protection Agency describes the next four phases of the […]

WATCH: Heerema’s SSCV Thialf Installs Lucius Topsides

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-+*Hereema Marine Contractors’ semi-submersible crane vessel Thialf, with the highest rated offshore lifting capacity in the world at 14,200 tons, placed the topsides facility atop Anadarko’s Lucius Spar early this year while dynamically positioned 275 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas in approximately 7,000 feet of water.  The production facility weighed in at about 15,000 tons, but was broken up […]

WATCH: Heerema Installs Dong Energy’s Hejre Jacket

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-+*Dong Energy released a video the following video this week showing the installation of the Hejre jacket which occurred on 23 May 2014. This steel structure will subsequently support the Hejre field oil and gas processing facility located in the North Sea approximately 292 kilometres northwest of Esbjerg, Denmark. The jacket was installed by Heerema […]

Daredevil French Lighthouse Keeper Performs Crazy Aerial Transfer

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-+*Next time you think you have it rough while riding the Billy Pugh from the crewboat to the rig, thank your lucky stars you don’t need to go back and forth from work like this: This undated video was shot at Le Kereon lighthouse off Brittany, France in the Iroise Sea at position 48° 26′ […]

WATCH: Chinese Ship Runs Over and Sinks Vietnamese Fishing Boat

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-+*On 26 May 2014, a steel-hulled Chinese fishing vessel chased down and ran over Vietnamese fishing boat DNa 90152 approximately 150 nautical miles off the coast of Vietnam, 17 nautical miles from the location of where China’s Haiyang Shiyou 981 drilling rig is currently operating. The 10 fishermen on board were rescued by other Vietnamese boats […]

High Tech Yellow Boxes Transmit Germany’s Wind Power to Shore

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-+*Off the North Sea coast of Germany is an impressive array of wind farms that feed an enormous amount of renewable energy to the European power grid. Due to their physical distance from land however, the medium voltage AC power generated by the individual wind turbines is first routed to a central point in the field […]

WATCH: Ship Runs Directly Into Steep Shoreline For No Apparent Reason

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-+*Well, whatever they were trying to do here didn’t work, but it was a good effort. According to Norwegian press, the ship was carrying sand (which explains the digger sitting on the deck) and the master of the vessel was asleep at the time of the incident.  The incident occurred in Storfjord, Norway, east of Alesund.

View from Above: Donjon’s Chesapeake 1000 Crane Barge

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-+*Meow Man brings us an evening fly-by of Donjon Marine’s Chesapeake 1000 crane barge. The 1972-built barge has a lifting capacity of 1,000 short tons at 63′ maximum radius fenders to hook. DIMENSIONS Length: 191′ 2″ Breadth: 101′ 2″ Depth: 20′ 1″ Tonnage (Gross):    2,484 GRT Tonnage (Net): 2,415 NRT Draft (Towing): 8′ 0″ Forward […]

Kleven Launches Latest Eidesvik Construction Vessel

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-+*Kleven Shipyard’s build number 365, a SALT 301 OCV-design, was launched on 11 May 2014. The ship was designed by Salt Ship Design and mostly built in separate blocks (modules) in Poland where they were shipped via barge to Norway and assembled on the slipway at Kleven. Once built, this ship will perform flexible pipe and […]