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Maritime Professional Update

by wade on July 13, 2011

High Speed Misery: for Both Superferries & U.S. Taxpayers Alike  Marad offers former Hawaii Superferry hulls for sale on “as is, where is” basis. When and where the boats will go is anyone’s guess. Could they be reflagged?   NTSB An independent agency focused solely on transportation safety   Read more.

The Latest From Maritime Today

by wade on July 13, 2011

Libya Lays Up Tankers, Gadafi Feels the Heat Posted 07/07/11 at 10:51 AM According to a report from Reuters, many oil tankers in Libya's state-owned fleet remain anchored and unable to trade because of cash flow issues. Crude oil shipments from Libya, once Africa's third largest producer, have been at a virtual standstill for months as leader Muammar Gaddafi has faced international pressure and sanctions... Read more.

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Global Research Collaboration in Marine and Ocean Technologies

by wade on July 13, 2011

By Andrew Safer and published in International Ocean Systems Magazine, July/August 2011 edition, Teddington, UK
Senior ocean leaders from Canada, China, India, Brazil and Israel gathered in St John's, Newfoundland, earlier this year for a significant Multilateral Roundtable on collaborative research in marine and ocean technologies. Andrew Safer reports Read more.

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Managing Pack Ice and Icebergs

by wade on July 13, 2011

By Andrew Safer and published in Offshore Technology, London, UK, January 2011


Cairn Energy, a Scotland-based oil and gas explorer and producer, drilled three wells at approximately 70 north and 60 west, 150 to 200 kilometres offshore in its acreage in the Baffin Bay Basin during a much anticipated Summer 2010 campaign. These were the first wells drilled in the Greenland Arctic in 10 years. The objective was to identify the window of opportunity when the water would be free from pack ice, and to keep icebergs out of the protection zone around the drill site to ensure the exploration program could continue safely and without interruption.
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Nuts and Bolts: Orphan Industries’ L&R System

by wade on July 12, 2011

By Andrew Safer and published in the June 2011 edition of Marine Technology Reporter—www.seadiscovery.com   In a  1,853 sq metre fabrication shop in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, Orphan Industries Limited’s 50 welders, pipefitters, millwrights, and electricians work 12-hour shifts around the clock, building ROV launch and recovery systems (LARS) and other subsea equipment, primarily for the offshore oil and gas industry. In Orphan Industries’ test facility outside, the LARS that has just been built is picking up a 40,000-lb. load weight to simulate an ROV and manipulating it back into position. Read more.