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Monday, August 19, 2019

Newfoundland News

Photo: Chamber of Marine Commerce

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Shipping: We need Icebreakers

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping industry is calling for at least five new icebreakers to be part of the federal government’s recent announcement of $15.7 billion for Canadian Coast Guard fleet renewal.Chamber of Marine Commerce President Bruce Burrows will be in attendance as the Coast Guard dedicates the Captain Molly Kool into service at its home port of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Captain Molly Kool was recently retrofitted to provide services along the East Coast.

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Int'l Ice Patrol Resumes Operations for 2019 Season

The Coast Guard International Ice Patrol announced it has commenced operations for the 2019 ice season as of Feb. 5, 2019 and will resume production of the North American Ice Service (NAIS) daily iceberg warning products from its operations center in New London, Connecticut.The International Ice Patrol generates the iceberg warnings from February through August, when icebergs pose the greatest threat to transatlantic shipping. The Canadian Ice Service generates the iceberg warning products for the remainder of the year.

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Canada to Study Shipping's Environmental Impact

The Government of Canada is acting to preserve and restore marine ecosystems that are vulnerable to increased marine shipping and development.Transport Canada has awarded a contract to ESSA Technologies Ltd. under the Oceans Protection Plan to look at methodologies and tools to assess the cumulative impacts of marine shipping on coastal marine ecosystems.Transport Canada’s national cumulative effects assessment framework for marine shipping will identify regionally specific tools…

The Hvalur 8 bringing in a Fin whale (right) and a Blue whale (left). Image Credit: Sea Shepherd.

Sea Shepherd Says Endangered Blue Whale Killed in Iceland

An endangered Blue whale has been killed by an Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf to be sold for export to Japan, a conservationist organization Sea Shepherd said. "Sea Shepherd volunteers monitoring the Hvalur hf whaling station in Hvalfjordur Iceland have documented the slaughter of an endangered Blue whale on the night of July 7th, the 22nd endangered whale killed and butchered for export to Japan by Kristján Loftsson’s commercial whaling company since June 20, 2018," said a press release.

KNUD E. HANSEN Expands in Canada

Naval architecture and marine engineering firm KNUD E. HANSEN has set up a permanent presence in the east coast port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, allowing the Denmark based company to increase its focus on Canada’s growing maritime sector as well as the increased demand for Arctic ship tonnage.Halifax will serve as the home base for senior naval architect and project manager Sam Stark, who has been with the company since 2013. Stark is tasked with increasing awareness of KNUD E. HANSEN…

The collected data is disseminated publicly through the St. Lawrence Global Observatory website  Photo courtesy Green Marine

Oceanex Joins Fleet of Trained Whale Watchers

The intermodal transportation firm Oceanex has swelled the ranks of sailors volunteering as whale observers for the Réseau d’observation de mammifères marine (ROMM). The crews of the Oceanex Sanderling, the Oceanex Connaigra and the Oceanex Avalon will be given special training to qualify them to gather whale observation data during their voyages. Véronique Nolet, a biologist and Green Marine program manager, will conduct the onboard training starting tomorrow. "Oceanex is proud…

Dockwise Bags Marine Transport Contracts Worth $50 Mln

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. said its wholly-owned subsidiary Dockwise has recently been awarded a number of marine transport contracts with a combined contract value of approximately $50 million. Dockwise was awarded a contract by Husky Oil Operations Ltd. for the transportation of the West White Rose Topside from Texas, U.S. to Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The contract includes the engineering, preparation and execution of the loading, transport and discharge operation of the topside.

Photo: Husky Energy Inc.

Husky Energy Pact for Canadian Offshore Project

NC-Lavalin, Dragados Canada and Pennecon announced that their General Partnership (GP) has been awarded a construction contract from Husky Energy as part of the company's West White Rose Project in Newfoundland and Labrador. The GP will build a concrete gravity structure (CGS) for a fixed drilling platform. The CGS, with an overall height of 145m and base diameter of 122m, will require 76,000m3 of concrete in its construction, which will take place in a purpose built dry dock from 2017 to 2021.

Damen’s local agent, Damien Barrow, Boris Peyterman, Technical Director PAP, George Puchon, CEO PAP and Damen Sales Manager Vincent Maes. (Photo: Damen)

Port Autonome de Papeete Orders Tug for Tahiti

Damen Shipyards said it has won an open tender for the supply of a tug to Port Autonome de Papeete on the Pacific island of Tahiti. Tahiti is part of French Polynesia, an overseas territory of the French Republic. The tug will be Damen’s popular ASD 2810 model, a rugged, versatile vessel capable of delivering 60 tonnes of bollard pull. Pape’ete is the capital of French Polynesia and the economic hub of the archipelago. Port Autonome de Papeete serves a wide range of vessels including local ferries…

Jan Flores (Photo: NETSCo)

Flores Named VP at NETSCo

Engineering, design and maritime consulting services provider NETSCo, Inc. has recently promoted Jan Flores to vice president, and welcomed new additions Trish McIntyre as engineering manager and Matt Davidson as junior naval architect/marine engineer. “In recent years, Jan has been instrumental in the success and growth of NETSCo and I am excited to promote him to this important position,” said Rich Mueller, founder, president and CEO of NETSCo. “Jan’s experience in taking our company goals and vision to new levels has strengthened our status as an industry leader.

Captain Bernard Cayer (Photo: MSRC)

APA Chooses MSRC for Pilot Training

Canada's Atlantic Pilotage Authority (APA) once again chose the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC) as its preferred training organization for specialized SEAiq training on Portable Pilot Units (PPUs). A total of 16 pilots from Cape Breton Island Pilotage were trained by MSRC's Captain Bernard Cayer in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia. PPUs are mobile devices such as laptops or tablets that can plug in to a ship’s navigation system, giving pilots added situational awareness, including access to real-time downloadable local navigational information.

Photo: The Centre for Marine Simulation

Simulation: The Centre for Marine Simulation

St. CMS operates a range of marine simulation equipment that covers a broad range of marine and offshore activities. Much of the equipment is highly specialized and unique including fully motion capable simulators. The center also provides technical management and support of simulation equipment that is used by other parts of the Marine Institute. CMS simulation activities can be divided into three main areas; Training, Industrial Response, and Applied Research. To support these…

Commandant speaks, honors 2 Coast Guard aviators at ceremony in NC (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki/Released)

USCG Commandant Honors Two

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft served as the keynote speaker for the First Flight Society’s annual celebration at the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, Saturday. The ceremony marked the 113th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first flight, commemorated 100 years of Coast Guard aviation and honored the service of two Coast Guard aviators, Capt. Frank Erickson and Cmdr. Stewart Graham. Portraits of Erickson and Graham were unveiled before the two aviators were officially inducted into the Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine.

Joe Price (Photo: InterMoor)

InterMoor Appoints Price as Canada Country Manager

InterMoor, an Acteon company, has appointed Joe Price as Country Manager for InterMoor Canada based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the regional hub for the Canadian offshore oil and gas sector. Price, a native Newfoundlander, is a graduate of the Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering program at Memorial University of Newfoundland and brings with him over 14 years’ offshore oil and gas industry experience. Over the course of his career, Price has worked extensively on the engineering…

Eastern Canada 2016_Landscape Image courtesy TGS

TGS, PGS Team Up on Eastern Canada Seismic

TGS announces the expansion of its multi-client library offshore Eastern Canada with plans to acquire more than 36,000 km of 2D seismic data, in partnership with PGS, utilizing two vessels during the 2016 acquisition season. The M/V Sanco Spirit and M/V Atlantic Explorer, utilizing the PGS GeoStreamer technology, will acquire seismic and gravity data in the Labrador Sea, Newfoundland Orphan-Flemish Pass basins and Grand Banks areas. Data acquisition will commence during late May 2016.

Interior shot of the CMS Training facilities (Image: CMS)

Simulating the Next Big Thing

As simulation technology evolves, the methods and techniques used to train today’s mariners are also changing. A growing list of regulatory training and competency requirements is further complicating the already crowded ‘to do’ list for today’s mariners and tomorrow’s future professionals alike. That’s not going to change any time soon. What is changing, however, is the way in which maritime training institutions utilize the latest in cutting edge simulation technologies. New equipment…

A shipping vessel navigates Canada’s Arctic waters. The MEOPAR network and Irving Shipbuilding announced $1.8 million in funding to support nine ocean research initiatives, including three projects to ensure safer, more culturally sensitive shipping and improved emergency response abilities in Canada’s Arctic. (Photo: Irving Shipbuilding)

MEOPAR, Irving Shipbuilding Support Ocean Research

The Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) network and Irving Shipbuilding Inc. have partnered to award $1.8 million in support of nine new ocean research projects that align with MEOPAR’s aim to strengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate and respond to marine risk. “Irving Shipbuilding’s $1 million contribution in support of progressive, coast-to-coast-to-coast marine research highlights the importance of effective industry and academic partnerships,” said MEOPAR Scientific Director Dr. Douglas Wallace.

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Co

MSC Monica Refloated

Panama-flagged container ship MSC Monica, which ran aground on the St. Lawrence River near Saint-Laurent, Quebec city, Canada on January 22, was refloated, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB). The 43,618 dwt container vessel was sailing from Montreal to St. Johns in Newfoundland. The Mediterranean Shippgng Co (MSC) company owned ship refloated on Saturday after deballasting 2,000 tons of water and with the assistance of three tugs of Ocean Group, came from Quebec. The Container ship is currently at the port of Quebec, where it will undergo several inspections.

ABS Americas President and COO James Watson (imaage: ABS)

Realignment at ABS Americas

ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, announces the realignment of its Americas Division operations to create two new regions – Canada and Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. This realignment strengthens localized leadership to help ABS members and clients take advantage of expanding opportunities. “ABS recognizes that the expansion of the Panama Canal, increased Arctic operations and growth in LNG markets present pivotal opportunities for our members and clients…

Queen Mary 2. Photo: Cunard Line

Crew Missing from Cruise Ship

The Queen Mary 2 cruise ship called off the search for a crew member late Saturday after he went overboard off the coast of Newfoundland. Colleagues on the Cunard vessel spent five hours looking for the man as they made their way from Southampton to Halifax, Canada. A spokeswoman of Cunard cruise line said the search has now been called off. The company has not released the name, occupation or nationality of the missing crew member, who is not thought to be British. She said: "A search was carried out for a missing crew member on Queen Mary 2.

Launch RoPax Ferry MV Legionnaire

Damen Launches Ice Class RoPax Ferry

The second of two 80-meter ice class Ro-Pax ferries - the MV Legionnaire - has been launched at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania. The naming was performed by Lori Anne Companion, Deputy Minister at the Department of Transportation and Works of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The MV Legionnaire is sister ship to the MV Veteran, launched earlier this year at the Romanian yard. Both vessels are part of a large vessel replacement program being undertaken by the Provincial Government.

L-R: Kirk Regular, Fisheries & Marine Institute of Memorial University, Tommy Furey, Dr Peter Heffernan, Fabio Sacchetti, Marine Institute, Marcos Miguel Páscoa Parreira Rosa, Instituto Portugues do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA). Photo: Marine Institute

Marine Institute Maps Atlantic Sea Bed

A team of international scientists, led by the Marine Institute in Ireland, has completed a transatlantic sea bed mapping exercise, which has revealed previously uncharted seabed features including mountains and ridges taller than Carrauntoohil. Footprints of icebergs moving across the seabed, an ancient glacial moraine and a mountain higher than Carrauntoohil in Co Kerry have been mapped across the Atlantic by the team of scientists on board the State’s research ship, the MV Celtic Explorer.

Gilles Gardner (Photo: 2H Offshore)

2H Offshore Strengthens Flexible Riser Service

2H Offshore, an Acteon company, is adding to its flexible marine riser engineering capabilities by growing its teams in Aberdeen and Kuala Lumpur, the company announced today. Flexible riser engineer, Gilles Gardner, has been hired as a technical manager to support 2H’s growing flexible riser engineering service offering from the Aberdeen office. Gardner will assist the local management team in the development of 2H’s flexible riser analysis and engineering capability in the region.

Dr. Sue Molly (Photo: BRTP)

BRTP Hires Molloy as General Manager

Black Rock Tidal Power (BRTP), a SCHOTTEL HYDRO company, said it continues to honor its commitment to hire local as Dr. Sue Molloy has been brought on board as General Manager to guide the company as it grows from its first project with the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) to be a leader in Canadian tidal power. Molloy, who received her doctorate in Naval Architectural and Ocean Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland, is a Canadian expert in tidal power representing Canada on a number of standards and research committees. Prof. Dr.

   From left to right: Matthew Hynes (Executive Vice President), Captain Sid Hynes (Executive Chairman) and Steve Bilas (Vice President, Marketing & Sales) (photo courtesy of Oceanex)

Oceanex Named One of Canada’s Best Managed Companies

Oceanex Inc. was named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies Gold Standard Members in 2014. This national award is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Queen’s School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums, and recognizes Canadian owned and managed companies with revenues over $10 million for sustained growth, financial performance, management practices and efforts of the entire organization. “I would like to congratulate Oceanex Inc. and its entire workforce. Achieving this standard of excellence takes a united effort from a dedicated team…

A side view of the Trojan Marinex ballast water treatment solution.

Partnerships, Prodding Propel the Ballast Water Treatment Game

As the regulators inch towards the finish line, stakeholders and industry players are not sitting on their hands. For the OEM sector, partnerships and strategic alliances are emerging in advance of global mandates to install the equipment. The International Maritime Organization (IMO), in response to proposals by INTERTANKO and other industry advocates, has agreed to commence a review of the ballast water management system (BWMS) type approval guidelines. At the same time, IMO…