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Ulstein Enters New Market with Ocean Going Tugs

first_imgzoom Ulstein has sold design and equipment packages for four ocean going tugs to Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair in Japan. The vessels will be built for the Dutch company ALP Maritime Services.The vessels are primarily designed for towing of large structures over long distances. This is a new market for ULSTEIN and the contract represents so far the highest value in one single contract for Ulstein Design & Solutions. The vessels of the SX157 design are developed especially for this project in close collaboration with ALP. They are expected to deliver in the range of 300 ton bollard pull, and will be 88.9 metres long and 21 metres wide.“This is a very important contract, involving activities in a new market for us and with a new customer involved. The contract is a result of close cooperation with the shipyard, the ship owner and our partners in the Norwegian maritime cluster, a cooperation we will work to develop further in the years to come,” says deputy CEO Tore Ulstein in Ulstein Group.“An oceangoing tug typically tow oil rigs, or FPSOs, from the building yards to the installation site at the oil field. In addition, these vessels are outfitted with DP2 and anchor handling capacity in order to assist during the installation/hook-up phase for the towed objects. The SX157 have fuel capacity to tow over long distances, with the ability of towing at full power for 45 days. This is a niche market where we see that our solutions can be a positive contribution,” says managing director Sigurd Viseth in Ulstein Design & Solutions. Safer. Smarter. Greener“Within each project we work strategically in order to come up with safer, smarter and greener solutions. ALP refers to these four ships as the ‘ALP Future Class’. When developing the design we had to ensure that each vessel has the sufficient bollard pull and operational reliability to handle even the heaviest tows by only two vessels. Environment and fuel efficiency have also been important criteria. The vessels are classed with DNV’s Clean Design and Ice Class 1B notations, which allow operation also in restricted zones. Additionally, they are equipped as anchor handling vessels including stern roller, a three-drummed winch with 400-ton hoisting capacity, and with chain lockers for rig chain. The ships have a comfortable and spacious accommodation for 35 persons reflecting long periods at sea.”Viseth explains that ULSTEIN, in addition to providing the design, is also responsible for the deliveries of main components, such as engines, thrusters and propellers, winch, power distribution and thruster drives, control system and communication system.ALP Maritime Services is a new ship owner for ULSTEIN. The company is a subsidiary of Teekay Offshore Partners L.P.The vessels will be built at Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair, a yard in the MES group (Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co.). The vessels are intended for worldwide operations, and are planned for delivery by Q4 2015 and Q1 2016.Ulstein Group, March 31, 2014last_img read more

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Iranian navy says it used Sri Lankan waters

“We are present on the free waters of the world and we anchored on many ports which we have coordinated before, including Sudan, Jeddah, Djibouti, Sri Lanka and Latakia,” the Trend News Agency in Iran quoted him as saying. The Iranian navy says it used Sri Lankan waters to anchor its ships, the Iranian media reported today.The US and it’s allies have been concerned about Iran and its deployment of ships in international waters. Commander of the Iranian Navy Habibollah Sayyari said that Iran has a right to use international waters like any other country. Admiral Sayyari has told reporters that the the navy is capable of protecting it’s nation’s resources, interests and borders and is capable of confronting the enemy anywhere.Last month Iran said it will deploy a fleet of warships to patrol the north of the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden, Bab-el-Mandeb, the Red Sea, Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea for three months and will even sail as far as southeastern Asian countries. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Spain to beat Serbia – PolishHungarian clash for Denmark

← Previous Story Denmark and France in battles for semi-finals! Next Story → Spain, Slovenia, Hungary and Croatia to 1/4 Finals! In the last four matches at WCh 2013 1/8 finals in Zaragoza and Barcelona, host team will try to beat European vice-champion, Serbia.Complete schedule of 1/8 finals:Germany – Macedonia 28:23Russia – Brasil 26:27Iceland – France 27:29Tunisia – Denmark 23:30Croatia – BelarusSpain – SerbiaHungary – PolandEgypt – Slovenia