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IMCA Publishes ROV 2011 Global Statistics

Remotely operated vehicle (ROV) statistics for 2011 have been published by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) as an information note (IMCA R 05/12).   The statistics, intended to record personnel and vehicle levels, are collected twice a year in February and August.

Admiralty Extends Training Campaign

The UK Hydrographic Office, under the Admiralty brand, has extended its global ECDIS training campaign, which offers qualified bridge officers around the world the opportunity to win generic ECDIS training, making a further 100 training places available.

New Head of Marine Business at Voith Turbo

Dr. Christian Strahberger (40) will take over the responsibility for the Business Division Marine of Voith Turbo. After studying physics in Regensburg, Colorado (USA) and Munich, Strahberger obtained a doctorate at the Walter Schottky Institute of TU Munich in 2001.

Japan's Fleet Inspected, PM Emphasizes New Role

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda emphasized the importance of Japan's Self-Defense Force (SDF) during his fleet inspection. PM Yoshihiko Noda considered that the role of the SDF is increasing following emerging territory issues.

China Shipyard Wins Multiple Container Ship Orders

Ship operators Bernhard Schulte & US banking institution JP Morgan have come together to order a series of medium-size boxships in China. Zhejiang Yangfan Group will construct up to eight 2,300 teu boxships for the pair in a four plus four option deal with deliveries scheduled in 2014 and 2015.

LNG-powered Viking Grace Re-defines Ferry Travel

Lloyd’s Register significantly helped the vessel’s owners & builders work through the complexities of 'Viking Grace's' novel design features. Finland’s Viking Line recently notched up a world first when it launched Viking Grace,

Russian Navy Support Ship Ready for Trials

The converted special-purpose naval support ship 'Yauza' set afloat at the Nerpa Shipbuilders yard after a two-and-a-half year refit In fact, shipwrights at Nerpa have built a new ship. Only the hull remained from Yauza; the deck erection and equipment was demounted.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Entries Surge

This year's fleet for the 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in December reaches 60 already. 'Wild Oats Xl' the boat to beat. The boat to beat for line honours this year will be Bob Oatley‘s super maxi Wild Oats XI, skippered by Mark Richards.

Obsolete US Ship Recycling Target Surpassed

U.S. Transportation Secretary visits Suisun Bay in Northern California to celebrate surpassing administration's goal for recycling. Ray LaHood, US Transportation Secretary visited Shuisun Bay for the occasion.

China Subsea Contract for Technip

Technip in a consortium with Offshore Oil Engineering Co. Ltd (COOEC) wins a substantial subsea contract in China. The contract, value  €200 million (Technip share: around €110 million)  was awarded

NYK Line Order PCTC's From MHI

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) jointly with Imbari Shipbuilding receive orders for two Pure Car & Truck Carriers (PCTC's).  In building the two vessels, MHI will provide Imabari with design information on PCTC construction,

Asia's Biggest Shipbreakers Keep Doors Shut

Alang ship-breakers decide to keep their facilities shut in protest against the arrest of shipbreakers arrested for culpable homicide. Three ship-breakers were booked for culpable homicide after six labourers were killed in a fire on an oil tanker on October 6.