Thursday, April 9, 2020

Southern Ocean News

A graphic of the new icebreaker in the ice (Image: Damen/DMS Maritime/Knud E Hansen A/S).

MAN Powers Antarctic Icebreaker

MAN Diesel & Turbo has been selected to supply the main engines to a new, icebreaking, supply-and-research vessel for the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD). The 2 × 16V32/44CR main engines – each producing 9,600 kW – were chosen for their highly reliable and fuel-efficient design that will serve in an environment with a demanding operational profile, including temperatures down to -30 degrees and extended mission times. The vessel is being procured by Serco Defence through DMS Maritime (prime contractor) and will be designed and built by Damen Shipyards Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS).

Photo: gplink

gplink Helps Kaitek Oversee Southern Ocean Traffic

The unforgiving environments found in the southern extremes of Chile easily highlight the “remote” in remote monitoring, gplink said, and now the company is aiding captains in the region. Operating in close proximity to the Cape Horn and Drake Passage, the pilot boat Kaitek helps oversee commercial traffic in and around Punta Arenas, Chile and throughout the Straits of Magellan. A natural passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, pilot operations in the straits are of critical necessity to large vessels due to the passage’s unpredictable winds and current…

Sea Shepherd's Sam Simon: Photo credit Sea Shipherd

New Whaling Protest Vessel Ironically Japanese-Built

Los Angeles-based philanthropist & co-creator of TV’s 'The Simpsons', funds purchase of new Sea Sherpherd anti-whaling patrol ship 'Sam Simon'. Sea Shepherd's new Antarctic patrol ship, the Sam Simon, has been unveiled in the port of Hobart, Tasmania, docked at Macquarie Wharf 1. The vessel, retired from service by the Japanese Government in 2010, had since been laid up in Shimonoseki, Japan, alongside the very ships Sea Shepherd will confront this season. Originally built as Seifu Maru in 1993 by IHI shipyard in Tokyo…

The Race Leader: Photo credit Vendee Globe

Vendee Leaders Clock 480+ Miles on 30th Race Day

Armel Le Cléac’h, FRA (Banque Populaire) leads the standings in this epic world circumnavigation single-handed race. As they roll seamlessly into their 30th day at sea racing, miles tumbling quickly hour by hour on the heels of strong, 25-30 kts NW’ly winds, the Vendée Globe leaders are consistently returning top speeds but also still proving how closely matched the top of the fleet is. Holder of two 24 hours speed records Jean-Pierre Dick has been the quickest through the night…

Lifeboat Alexandra Shackleton': Photo credit Shacketon Epic

LIfeboat Prepares to Retrace Shackleton's Antarctic Voyage

A crew of six British and Australian adventurers will re-enact Sir Ernest Shackleton's epic Antarctic small boat voyage. With only four months to go before the 'Shackleton Epic' adventure gets underway, a significant milestone has been reached with the sea trial and the expedition's naval element is eager to get going on the trip of a lifetime. The 'Shackleton Epic' has been in development since 2008 when The Honourable Alexandra Shackleton, grand-daughter of Sir Ernest, had the idea of an expedition to honour one of the greatest leadership and survival stories of all time.

Royston Completes Overhaul of P&O Ship Engines

Diesel technology specialists from Royston Australia completed a three-week overhaul of the engines of the P&O Southern Supporter while it was docked in Henderson Fremantle, Western Australia. The project required the eight-man Royston team to work 24 hours a day, seven-days a week to service and re-build the ship’s three Cat 3516 engines. This included a complete strip-down of the engines, replacing the main bearings, overhauling the cylinder heads, upgrading liners with spacer-plate modifications.