Saturday, November 18, 2017

Ireland News

Berthon UK headquarters in Lymington (Photo: Cox Powertrain)

Berthon Named UK, Ireland Distributor for Cox Powertrain

British marine diesel innovator Cox Powertrain has announced Berthon as the sole U.K. and Ireland distributor for its high powered, low weight diesel outboard engines, the first of which, the CXO300, will be launched next year. From its Lymington base, Berthon will be responsible for sales of the engines in the Solent and along the south coast and will hold stock of new engines and spare parts at its warehouse. It will also provide servicing and technical support. A U.K. dealer network will be established by Berthon at strategic ports around the coasts of England…

(Photo: Leif Pape)

Second LNG-powered Cement Carrier Delivered

Dutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit has delivered the second LNG-powered cement carrier, MV Ireland, to owners JT Cement, a joint venture between Swedish shipping company Erik Thun AB and Norway’s KG Jebsen Cement. MV Ireland, along with sister vessel MV Greenland delivered in December 2015, are the first ever dry cargo vessels with an LNG fuelled propulsion system and LNG tanks integrated inside the hull, the builder said. The newbuild’s design incorporates a pressurized LNG tank positioned in the foreship.

Normand Clipper: Photo credit Ocean Installer

Offshore Atlantic Contract Completed by Ocean Installer

Norway's Ocean Installer company employed its CSV 'Normand Clipper' to complete deep-water contract in N. Atlantic. The contract was for part of the development of the Corrib gas field and it required the survey of a 20-inch, 83km long offshore pipeline and the relocation of about 250 boulders, clearing a 12-metre wide corridor in an umbilical lay route. The work commenced in early August and was successfully completed using the highly efficient construction support vessel (CSV) Normand Clipper. The Corrib field is located in the Atlantic on the west coast of Ireland in blocks 18/20 and 18/25.

The new REINTJES branch office is located in the Robert Denholm House, together with other companies. (Photo: REINTJES)

REINTJES Opens UK Branch Office

Propulsion specialist REINTJES said it has opened a new branch office in the south of England to service markets in the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland. Opening of the REINTJES Britain & Ireland branch office follows on the cessation of trading by the former distributor European Marine and Machinery Agency in the middle of the year 2016. The business is guided by subsidiary REINTJES Benelux BVBA based in Antwerp, Belgium. In charge of the office management is Philip Martin who comes to the role with a large experience in the engine and propulsion sector…

European Commission Finances Renewable Energy Projects

The Commission has awarded over €1.2 billion to 23 innovative renewable energy technology (RES) projects. The projects cover a wide range of renewable energy technologies from bioenergy (including advanced biofuels), concentrated solar power and geothermal power to wind power, ocean energy and distributed renewable management (smart grids). The projects will be hosted in 16 EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Photo courtesy of Finning

Finning Opens National Distribution Center

Finning has opened its £8 million purpose-built National Distribution Center in Cannock to support its continued customer growth in after sales support and maintenance. The warehouse facility in Cannock houses all of the dealership’s engines plus 60,000 different product lines, all of which are available for next day delivery. In addition the company has worked with their transport and logistics provider to replace eight of their existing trailers with new higher spec vehicles.

Seabed Worker: Photo credit Swire Seabed

Sunken Treasure Hunters Latest on 'SS Gairsoppa' Project

Odyssey Marine Exploration inform the 'Seabed Worker', will cease salvage operations to make a scheduled port call in Cork, Ireland. After taking on fuel, supplies and changing personnel, the Seabed Worker will immediately return to the site to continue recovery operations under an extension of the charter agreement. No materials recovered from the shipwreck site will be landed during this port call in Ireland. Pursuant to Odyssey's agreement with the UK Government, the company…

Wärtsilä 34DF

Wärtsilä Propulsion Solution for 3 Tugs

Three large new escort tugs contracted by Norwegian operator Østensjø Rederi, will feature Wärtsilä dual-fuel (DF) engines integrated with a customized gas storage and supply system also supplied by Wärtsilä. The tugs will operate primarily on LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) but the Wärtsilä DF engines provide the flexibility to select the most suitable fuel according to availability, price and local environmental restrictions. The contract for the Wärtsilä solution was signed in December 2014.

The new MV Strangford again relies on the VSP propulsion concept (Photo: Voith)

Voith Schneider Propellers for New Irish Ferry

The double-ended ferry MV Strangford has been in operation for more than 45 years, connecting the two towns of Portaferry and Strangford in the northern part of the Irish Sea. The Department for Regional Development Northern Ireland (DRDNI) responsible for the local ferry service now decided to replace the old double-ended ferry MV Strangford, which had been equipped with Voith Schneider Propellers (VSP), with a new one. The DRDNI again chose the VSP propulsion concept for the new double-ended ferry. The particular feature of this double-ended ferry is its docking at concrete ramps.

Photo courtesy of Scott and English

Mainport: People and Business from Ireland to Malaysia

Recently, Mainport, a firm based in Cork Ireland with a range of subsidiaries in diverse marine fields and diverse locations from South Africa to the Caspian and at home in Ireland, extended business to Malaysia where the company is having two new seismic support vessels built at the Shin Yang Shipyard in Miri, Sarawak. The firm sponsored teams to a futsal tournament composed of the shipyard crews building the Mainport Cedar and Mainport Pine. In this manner the firm brought the workers into the global community that is represented by the innovative firm.

H380_004 Engine: Image credit WaterMota

WaterMota to Exhibit at London Boat Show 2013

Engine, gearbox, generator specialist & product distributor WaterMota will show at the 2013 Tullet Prebon London Boat Show. Visitors will have the opportunity to view the latest products from Craftsman Marine, D-I Industries, Doosan, Hyundai SeasAll, JMP and Whisper Power, on display with engine, gearbox and generator specialist WaterMota (WaterMota is exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for Craftsman Marine, Hyundai SeasAll and WhisperPower. The company is also exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for Doosan Infracore, D-I Industries and JMP and has an agreement with Azcue).

Port of Cork Uses Castrol’s Environmentally Responsible Lubricants

Port of Cork has turned to Castrol Marine to further reduce its environmental footprint and protect the sensitive waters in which it operates. Castrol Marine’s Bio Range of environmentally-responsible lubricants are designed for use throughout a vessel where leakage presents a risk. The agreements cover the use of Castrol BioBar 46, a high specification, environmentally responsible hydraulic oil, which is being used in two key Port of Cork vessels, the Multi-cat work boat M.V. Denis Murphy and the tug boat M.V. Gerry O’Sullivan. M.V.

Ardmore Expands Fleet, Newbuild And Charters

Ardmore Shipping Ltd, the specialist tanker company, today announced that it has taken over the contracts for two newbuild vessels from Hellespont Group and, in a separate deal, has agreed to charter in two vessels from Hellespont. Ardmore, based in Cork, Ireland, has agreed to take over the newbuild contracts on two 17,000 deadweight tonnes (dwt) IMO II chemical tankers from Hellespont. The two as-yet unnamed vessels are currently being built by Sekwang Shipbuilding in South Korea and delivery is expected in April and July 2012 respectively.

Semi-submersible Rig 'Erik Raude' Contracted

Ocean Rig UDW Inc. has received a Letter of Intent to contract one of its semi-submersible drilling rigs, “Eirik Raude”, from an oil major. The Letter of Intent is for a one-well program, with an estimated duration of up to 6 months, for drilling offshore Ireland, with an estimated backlog of approximately $112 million, including mobilization and demobilization. The rig is scheduled to commence this contract in the first quarter of 2013, in direct continuation from its previous contract in West Africa.

Photo: Lucion Marine

Lucion Awarded UK Bunker Testing Contract

Lucion Marine wins U.K. Hazardous material and risk management specialist Lucion Marine, part of the Lucion Services Group, has won a major contract with the U.K.’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to provide fuel oil sampling and testing services at ports across the U.K. and Northern Ireland. The contract runs until 2020 and involves the provision of a sampling and analysis service to test that fuel being used by vessels in U.K. waters does not exceed the maximum allowed sulphur content of 0.1 percent…

(Photo: CLdN RoRo SA)

Croatian Shipyard Wins RoRo Ship Orders

Making good on it's announcement in the autumn of 2015 to ambitiously expand its RoRo fleet, CLdN Ro-Ro SA confirms that two additional ships have been ordered, with options for another four, through the Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik. European short Sea RoRo specialist CLdN RoRo SA, which operates 24 modern RoRo vessels, offering in excess of 100 sailings per week between the ports of Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, London, Killingholme, Dublin, Gothenburg, Esbjerg and Porto had previously announced its intention to add 12 new vessels to its fleet over the coming years.

UK FTA Sulphur Directive Marine Fuel Survey

UK's Freight Transport Association (FTA) conducts survey on whether Sulphur Directive could cause modal shift from sea to road freight. The FTA is asking short sea users for feedback on how the directive could affect them. A five-minute FTA survey has been set up which will gauge the impact the directive will have across the industry. The survey is confidential and only asks for estimates based on respondents' understanding. Christopher Snelling, FTA - head of supply chain policy…

U.K.'s WaterMota Sold to Dutch Firm

The B&N Group consists of Brinkmann & Niemeijer Motoren BV, De Maas BV, Sound Proof Systems BV and B&N Foreign Activities BV. The company specialises in diesel engines, power plants, pump sets, power packs and sound absorbing cases, supplying to the industrial market as well as the shipping and leisure boat market. “The acquisition gives WaterMota the strength of a larger group which is extremely highly regarded and gives us a comprehensive presence in the industrial market which is one of our growth areas,” says WaterMota MD Mike Beacham.