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Rolls-Royce to equip UK polar research ship

Mon, 23 May 2016

The UK’s Cammell Laird shipyard has chosen a Rolls-Royce design for the UK’s future polar research ship, which, when built, will be one of the most advanced scientific maritime vessels ever constructed.

Rolls-Royce will also supply machinery and equipment for the 128m long RSS Sir David Attenborough, named after the famous British naturalist, in a deal worth £30 million.

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JIGSAWS FOR DEMENTIA SUFFERERS

Thu, 12 May 2016

The team at South Shields based Solar Solve Marine were more than willing to help when they received a request from the Supporters of South Tyneside Libraries Group to fund a project to help local people suffering from dementia.  The project involved purchasing some jigsaw puzzles specifically designed for the needs of people with dementia. 

At the moment the South Shields Library Service offers ‘books on prescription’ which have been specially written for people with dementia.  Jigsaw puzzles, like books, require no pre-planning and are ideal for the various degrees of cognitive impairment associated with dementia.

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Next Generation Marine Power - The Future Looks Bright!!

Wed, 11 May 2016

The Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion event was held in the stylish Grand Harbour conference venue looking out over the Port of Southampton where cruise ships, oil tankers and the world's largest container vessels ply their global trade. 

The event brought together a broad and unique marine industry group from the UK, EU and US. A dynamic programme, including 3 keynote speakers and 20 presenters, highlighted the latest technology and opportunities for the maritime sector worldwide - and the future for next generation marine power certainly looks bright!

SSA was pleased to be an official supporter of the event and SSA members were offered a discount to attend. Peter Callaghan, Managing Director of Pallion Engineering said, ‘Contributions very informative and interesting. The events content was thought provoking immediately and in the future.’ Gary Ball, SSA Director, added, ‘I attended the Next Generation Power event and found the content both interesting and stimulating. The methods presented are certainly the way forward and will without doubt come into force sooner than later. 

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New services from Dales Marine

Tue, 03 May 2016

Aberdeen based ship repair and maintenance specialist, Dales Marine has revealed two new services for the shipping and offshore industry.

The company will now offer lay-up and dockhire services from multiple key locations across Scotland.

Lay-up services which will be provided by Dales Marine include; risk assessments, dehumidification of corrosion prevision, engine start and run, inspections and draining of cooling systems.  

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CSL ARGOSY ORDERS SOLASOLV® SUNSCREENS

Wed, 27 April 2016

Solar Solve Marine, the British manufacturer of SOLASOLV® anti-glare, heat rejecting roller screens for navigation windows has won a contract to supply 17 SOLASOLV® screens to the CSL Argosy, a 74,000 DWT self-discharging bulk carrier.

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High Performance Marine Batteries & Stored Energy Workshop – Southampton – 28 April 2016

Mon, 18 April 2016

This unique event brings together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge to highlight the potential use of high performance marine battery systems and stored energy. The objective is to identify a range of genuine solutions for workboats, pilot boats, wind farm support vessels, survey vessels, scientific research craft, fishing vessels, superyachts, military craft and unmanned vessels.

Attendees include commercial and military end-user organisations, boat builders, engine manufacturers, mechanical and electrical engineers, naval architects and legislators. This fast moving knowledge and networking event focuses on the latest onboard energy solutions for vessels of all sizes.

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Portascanner™

Fri, 15 April 2016

Ref to Portascanner™ Watertight in shipping, Naval and offshore oil & gas this is now available with an evidential camera and a separate leak detector. We have been invited to write a paper on constant monitoring of watertight integrity and which will be published by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and presented at a Warship Conference later in the year. This will be our 2nd published paper. As you know we aim to be the global leader in watertight integrity monitoring and the portable and fixed monitoring of gaseous suppression systems. Interestingly we are now receiving project enquiries from secondary market sectors such as rail, hospitals, aluminium producers, refineries, urban light rail and directly from individual offshore oil and gas platforms rather than their operating companies.

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South Shields mission to Seafarers gets £250 donation

Mon, 11 April 2016

Most market research organisations and business owners will agree that getting people to complete questionnaires about anything at all is extremely difficult and indeed almost impossible.

To help overcome the issue, South Shields based Solar Solve Marine, manufacturer of the global marine industry’s leading brands of roller blinds and sunscreens, came up with the idea of offering to make a donation to charity as a reward to those customers who complete and return a Solar Solve Feedback Form to their headquarters.

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Innovators and Industry to meet in Southampton

Mon, 11 April 2016

The Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion Conference networking event focuses on viable solutions for vessels of all sizes. Over 20 expert speakers will highlight a range of unique opportunities for the maritime sector.

Attendees at the two day Conference and one day Workshop from 26-28 April 2016 will include commercial and military end-user organisations, boat builders, engine manufacturers, mechanical and electrical engineers, naval architects and legislators. 

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Future vision for land-based control centres

Mon, 11 April 2016

Rolls-Royce has unveiled its vision of land-based control centres that it believes will remotely monitor and control the unmanned ships of the future.

In a six minute film, Rolls-Royce presents a vision of the future in which a small crew of 7 to 14 people monitor and control the operation of a fleet of vessels using interactive smart screens, voice recognition systems, holograms and surveillance drones to monitor what is happening both on board and around the ship.

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Saft and Rolls Royce to deliver hybrid power system for innovative Norwegian vessel

Mon, 11 April 2016

A new multi-application vessel for Kystverket, the Norwegian Coastal Authority, will rely on Saft’s SLFP high energy air-cooled battery system to meet peak demand for propulsion during dynamic positioning operations and to support overnight hotel loads.

French industrial battery specialist Saft, has won a major contract from Rolls Royce Marine to supply the specialized marine lithium-ion (Seanergy) battery system for an innovative hybrid multi-application vessel under construction in Denmark for Kystverket, the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA).

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ELECTRICAL SAFETY

Tue, 05 April 2016

Electrical safety is of concern in most environments in which we live and work because of the potential harm and even deaths it can cause if misused.  In maritime environments with the nearness to water and frequent presence of other hazardous materials, such as fuels and flammable chemicals, it is paramount that our employees and customers at sites such as marinas are not exposed to electrical hazards and are informed about those hazards so they can be alert for problems.

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Giant mooring system from Rolls-Royce

Mon, 04 April 2016

Rolls-Royce is to design the mooring system for the giant crane vessel ‘Sleipnir’.

The contract, worth £8 million to Rolls-Royce, will be delivered in conjunction with SembCorp Marine which is building the massive ship in its Singapore yard for Heerema Offshore Services.

The self-propelled vessel will be no less than 220m long with a beam of 102m and a displacement of 273,700 tonnes at maximum operational draft – and will have a large, reinforced work deck to deal with extremely heavy loads.

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Triple ferry refit for DuroWipers

Tue, 29 March 2016

DuroWipers has secured one of its largest orders to date to fit three cross Channel ferries from award-winning ferry operator, DFDS, with 45 maintenance free External DuroWipers Pantographs.

The project took a team from DuroWipers four days to complete each vessel during their annual maintenance in Dunkirk.

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HMS Scott at Gibdock

Tue, 29 March 2016

Simrad has launched the R2009 & R3016, dedicated Radar Control Units with integrated 9-inch portrait and 16-inch widescreen display options, they are compatible with a range of Simrad radar solutions including Halo™ Pulse Compression, Broadband 3G™/4G™ and HD Digital Radar. 

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SOLAR SOLVE MARINE’S SINGAPORE SHOW SUCCESS

Thu, 24 March 2016

Many references were made to the global downturn in marine industry business activity during the APM 2016 Singapore marine show.  However, it was all good news for Solar Solve Marine when the 3 directors returned to their South Shields base after a very successful exhibition and with orders from 2 visitors to their stand.

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Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion Conference – PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED

Mon, 21 March 2016

SSA are supporting the ‘Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion Conference’ that is being held at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton UK from 26 to 28 April 2016.

This unique event brings together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge to highlight the potential use of innovative power and propulsion systems. The objective is to identify a range of solutions for workboats, pilot boats, wind farm support vessels, survey vessels, scientific research craft, fishing vessels, superyachts, patrol craft, military and unmanned craft.

Attendees at the two day Conference and one day Workshop will include commercial and military end-user organisations, operators, boat builders, engine manufacturers, mechanical & electrical engineers, systems Integrators, naval architects and legislators. 

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Harbour service vessel

Mon, 14 March 2016

The first of two 14.90m service vessels built by RMK Marine in Turkey to a design by Macduff Ship Design has been delivered to her local owners in February 2016.

The second vessel is nearing completion and will be delivered in the next month.  The two vessels are part of a larger order which also include five 10.10m Mooring tugs and two 19m shallow draft ASD tugs.

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Safeguard Insurance Services Ltd new website for 2016

Thu, 03 March 2016

Safeguard Insurance Services Ltd are very excited to launch our brand new website for 2016, following on from our rebrand at the end of last year!

Please visit our website www.safeguardinsurance.co.uk

You can also now follow us on twitter @SafeguardMarine – help us get #SafeguardInsurance trending for 2016

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ChockDesign launches its New Groove Design RotaChock

Tue, 23 February 2016

We are pleased to announce that moving into 2016 we are able to hold our prices at the same rate as in 2015, in fact we have held the prices for Four years in a row, despite increases in manufacturing and material cost. We want to remain a cost effective chocking solution and may we add that the team and I really appreciate all your business and enquiries.

2015 has been a challenging year for the offshore oil and gas business, and moving into 2016 it appears not to be getting any better but we continuing to support this market and hope we all hope to see growth in 2016.  We have continued to gain market share throughout marine and industrial market sectors and look forward to a great year.

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IOCs PUTTING MORE EMPHASIS ON OSV FUEL MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE

Tue, 23 February 2016

Growing insistence by international oil companies (IOCS) that oilfield contract vessels (OSVs) are fitted with fuel monitoring systems has prompted an upsurge in interest in marine engine monitoring systems.

Diesel power specialist Royston reports that it is equipping a growing number of offshore vessels with its enginei fuel management system as the oil majors increasingly require the availability of accurate on-board fuel monitoring data as part of the support contracts awarded to shipping companies.

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‘Marsden Bay’

Mon, 22 February 2016

Designed by UK-based Macduff Ship Design and built by Boustead Langkawi Shipyard, the tug ‘Marsden Bay’ has now been delivered and has entered service for North Tugz at Northport in New Zealand.

The vessel was originally based on the successful Sally Mcloughlin however this new design, produced to the specific requirements of North Tugz, increased the overall size of the vessel to 17.00m length, 8.00m breadth and 3.60m depth, boasting an impressive 28 tonne bollard pull. 

The vessel is driven by two Cat C32 main engines which drive 2.0m propellers in fixed nozzles supplied by Kort Propulsion. 

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MTU gas engines for new ferry

Mon, 22 February 2016

Rolls-Royce and Stadtwerke Konstanz, have teamed up to develop a liquid natural gas (LNG) propulsion system based on MTU engines for a new Lake Constance ferry. The plan is to have the ferry running on gas between the two Lake Constance towns of Constance and Meersburg by 2019.

The new ferry will be one of the first in Europe to be powered by a high-speed pure-gas engine and it will feature low pollutant emissions and improved cost effectiveness.

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Chemco’s Environmentally Friendly Solvent Free System

Wed, 17 February 2016

Chemco are a specialist coatings manufacturer best known for high performing environmentally friendly coating systems, in line with environmental statements from companies and governments to reduce volumes of VOCs presently being released into the atmosphere. These systems give long term corrosion solutions to let you go about your business without having to constantly use short term paint materials.

Our coatings will outperform (in the real world, not just on paper) what is considered industry standard – whilst delivering a cost saving at the end of the day. 

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TOPAZ MAmLAKA ORDERS SOLASOLV® SUNSCREENS

Thu, 11 February 2016

Solar Solve Marine, the British manufacturer of SOLASOLV® anti-glare, heat rejecting roller screens for navigation windows has won a contract to supply 35 SOLASOLV® screens to the newly built Topaz Mamlaka, the 5220 BHP, 1300 DWT bollard pull Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel.

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LIFT AND SLING SAFETY

Fri, 05 February 2016

There is probably no more hazardous an area at on-shore maritime facilities such as boatyards, repair facilities and marinas than that around lifts and slings.  While these areas do not necessarily have the potential for catastrophic incidents such as those where petroleum products are used (fueling or engine maintenance) or hazardous and explosive materials stored or employed, they are an area to which managers and owners of facilities using slings and lifts need to attend.  An average of 26 employees on construction sites die each year from improper use of aerial slings.  While similar statistics for marine facilities are not available there are equivalent dangers in our port, boat/shipyard and marina facilities.  While death is always a concern, more often failure to properly use this type of equipment or neglecting to follow proper procedures can result in significant personal injuries.  While litigation is always a concern, lost time and the potential disability of a valued employee can have significant business implications.

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Chemical Cleaning Products

Mon, 25 January 2016

Across the vast seas and oceans of our planet, across the North Atlantic and the fjords of Norway there are thousands of vessels pursuing different missions. The Commercial cargo container ships that carry our essential items, the luxury passenger cruise liners, the military boats that protect our borders and the small fishing boats that purvey the bays and inlets of South-east Asia. All these vessels, despite their differences have one common interest. The necessity for cleanliness, on-board sanitation and ship maintenance. 

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Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion Conference – Southampton UK

Thu, 21 January 2016

Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion Conference is being held at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton UK from 26 to 28 April 2016.

 

This unique event brings together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge to highlight the potential use of innovative power and propulsion systems. The objective is to identify a range of solutions for workboats, pilot boats, wind farm support vessels, survey vessels, scientific research craft, superyachts, patrol craft, military and unmanned craft.

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Exalto UK Bearing business Sold to Graphite Metallizing Holdings

Tue, 19 January 2016

Exalto UK, the manufacturer and worldwide supplier of water lubricated cutlass bearings, has been sold by its Dutch owners, Exalto BV, to the US Corporation, Graphite Metallizing Holdings Inc. (GMHI).

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Seven Eagle Orders SOLASOLV® SUNSCREENS

Thu, 14 January 2016

Solar Solve Marine, the British manufacturer of SOLASOLV® anti-glare, heat rejecting roller screens for navigation windows has won a contract to supply 18 SOLASOLV® screens to Seven Eagle, the construction / flexlay diving vessel which is managed by Subsea 7. It is designed to undertake field development and construction activities and has a 16-man twin bell saturation diving system.

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Big ‘Titan’ shoulders the contradictions

Mon, 04 January 2016

The Port of London Authority had a conundrum: they needed a vessel with a big pull yet shallow depth, packing heavy lift equipment while subject to air draft restrictions, capable of meeting fast running tides but still efficient enough for general use.

“Not an easy set of demands to marry up,” admitted Ian Ellis of MacDuff Ship Design.

However, the PLA’s new vessel, London Titan, is a good, solid answer to the puzzle of looking after 95 miles of the Thames that runs from Teddington Lock to the North Sea - one of London’s main arteries.

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DMS CHALLENGER III ORDERS SOLASOLV® SUNSCREENS

Mon, 21 December 2015

Solar Solve Marine, the British manufacturer of SOLASOLV® anti-glare, heat rejecting roller screens for navigation windows has won a contract to supply 26 SOLASAFE® screens to DMS Challenger III.   The multi-purpose supply and utility vessel, managed by Topaz Marine is currently operating in the Middle-East. 

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MTU gas engines for new ferry

Mon, 21 December 2015

Rolls-Royce and Stadtwerke Konstanz, have teamed up to develop a liquid natural gas (LNG) propulsion system based on MTU engines for a new Lake Constance ferry. The plan is to have the ferry running on gas between the two Lake Constance towns of Constance and Meersburg by 2019.

The new ferry will be one of the first in Europe to be powered by a high-speed pure-gas engine and it will feature low pollutant emissions and improved cost effectiveness.

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First IPSO certificate for Cork

Mon, 14 December 2015

Classification society Bureau Veritas has issued its first certificate under the ISPO (International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organizations) standard of best practice for pilots and pilot organizations to the Pilotage Authority, Port of Cork, Ireland. The ISPO certification covers the Pilotage services and Vessel Traffic Management System.

The ISPO is an accessible industry specific standard, managed by a group of users, that improves safety and quality and provides transparency to shipowners and stakeholders on pilotage standards.

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Hempel's Top-line Fouling Release Coating

Mon, 14 December 2015

Building on its industry proven Hempasil range of fouling release systems, leading marine coatings manufacturer Hempel announces the launch of a new antifouling to deliver optimal fuel savings and return on investment. The new Hempasil X3+ is a top of the line, biocide free, two-component, fouling release coating with a high solids content that ensures clean hulls for longer periods.

Hempasil X3+ creates a smooth, low energy surface with unique fouling release properties. Its hydrogel micro layer prevents fouling organisms from firmly adhering to the hull while retaining the self-cleaning properties of silicone. The product is a completely biocide free paint and has no impact on the marine environment which assists shipowners fulfil their obligations to the environment.

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Durowipers: URICA “part and parcel” of the British manufacturing system

Thu, 10 December 2015

Durowipers is a British manufacturer of windscreen wipers for the marine industry. Its innovative, patented design lengthens the life of wipers and reduces maintenance costs. The popularity of its design and the size of orders are growing exponentially.

That growth requires high investment, which poses a challenge for an SME like Durowipers. It used to ask clients for pro forma payment but was missing business opportunities. 

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SOLARGLIDE ANNOUNCED AS OFFICIAL UK & IRELAND DISTRIBUTOR OF MARINE CHEMICALS

Mon, 07 December 2015

Solarglide have been announced as the official UK & Ireland Distributor of Vecom Marine Chemicals.

This exciting new partnership involves the distribution of Vecom marine chemicals & accessories, which strengthens Solarglide’s positioning as a premium supplier of marine and maritime products to the sector. http://www.solarglide.com/chemicals

Solarglide are supplying technical products ranging from Rust Remover, Tank Cleaning & Coatings, suitable for workboats; offshore vessels; cruise liners; ferries; military craft; container ships; tankers & ro-ro.  They are supplied by an ADR trained & ISO 9001:2008 accredited team, who have over 4 generations of experience on the maritime sector.

Vecom Marine Chemicals have been sold around the world since 1953 & are present in 49 countries & around 850 ports worldwide.

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INCASS Project Workshop

Mon, 23 November 2015

INCASS is an EU funded project that aims to bring an innovative solution to the integration of monitoring, inspection, data gathering (including real-time information), risk analysis and management and Decision Support for ship structures, machinery and equipment in an efficient and collaborative manner.

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The Importance of Proper Use of Personal Protective Equipment

Mon, 23 November 2015

An almost universal best safety practice is the wearing of proper personal protective equipment for the environment in which employees will work and the specific job tasks they are going to perform.  Whether a maritime industry employee is at a shore facility or on board a vessel the selection and use of appropriate PPE can prevent injuries and also mitigate the effects of an incident even when caused by failures to follow other precautionary measures.  Understanding why PPE is necessary and which PPE should be worn are both equally important.  It is critical that maritime industry companies motivate their employees to view PPE use as something for their own benefit not an inconvenience.  Additionally employees must be equipped with the knowledge of which items of PPE protects them from different hazards and have the expertise to select appropriate ensembles of PPE for a given situation.  It is not sufficient for either satisfying inspectors or for protecting employees that a company simply invests in having PPE available.  Its proper use is simply good management when it comes to protecting the company and the health and welfare of its employees.

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SOLARGLIDE LAUNCHES MARISCAN FOR CONTAINER SHIPPING MARKET

Mon, 23 November 2015

Newcastle Upon Tyne, (UK) – Solarglide today announced the worldwide release of Mariscan through their new sub-brand Everything Containers, especially for the shipping container market. (http://www.solarglide.com/everythingcontainers).

Mariscan is an ultrasonic water-tight tester developed for owners and users of shipping containers, which is easy to use and requires no formal training.

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Gibdock Wins Exhaust Scrubber Project

Thu, 19 November 2015

Gibdock has secured an exhaust gas scrubber retrofit project covering five vessels operated by ship management major Norbulk Shipping and owned by global shipping group Vroon.

The contract represents a sizeable debut in specialized EGS work. With all five ships also undergoing special survey drydocking, the job is the Gibraltar yard’s largest single assignment in 2015. The landmark project is also the first ship-series SOx abatement technology retrofit win for any Southern European yard.   

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Lloyd’s Register classification for Project Resolve conversion at Chantier Davie Canada

Thu, 19 November 2015

Project Resolve is the conversion of the container vessel M.V. Asterix to an Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ship to support the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) interim supply ship capability requirements
  

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Maritime and Innovation Brokerage Event 2015

Mon, 16 November 2015

Following the successful editions in London (2010, 2011) and Santiago de Compostela (2012, 2013), the 2015 edition of the Maritime and Innovation Brokerage Event (MIBE) took place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

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Clearwater Seafoods Orders SOLASOLV® SUNSCREENS

Fri, 13 November 2015

At the end of September, UK based Solar Solve Marine secured orders to supply 2 shipsets of SOLASOLV® anti-glare, heat rejecting roller screens to Clearwater Seafoods in Canada. The company’s vessel the Belle Carnell is the most technologically advanced shellfish harvester in the world and the Artic Endurance is a clam fishing vessel.   

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The Importance of High Quality Fall Protection Anchorage Points

Fri, 13 November 2015

Ultimate Safety working at Heights with RUD Fall Protection Anchorage Points

According to RIDDOR falls from height were the most common cause of fatalities from 2013/2014, accounting for nearly three in ten (29%) fatal injuries to workers than any other injury kind. The importance of safety working at heights and the use of top quality fall protection equipment is clear to see from the figures above. 

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Major co-operation Framework Agreement signed between Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC) and Lloyd’s Register Energy for first-of-a-kind floating nuclear vessel

Fri, 30 October 2015

New Framework Agreement is a powerful alliance to support the safe development of floating nuclear power generation.

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USNS VADM VR WHEELER ORDERS SOLASOLV® SUNSCREENS

Fri, 30 October 2015

At the beginning of October, UK based Solar Solve Marine secured a contract to supply 10 SOLASAFE® anti-glare, heat rejecting roller screens to the USNS Vadm VR Wheeler, a Military Sealift Command (MSC) Offshore Petroleum Distribution System ship.  The screens were ordered by one of Solar Solve’s Singapore Distributors and shipped to Singapore so they could be installed locally.  

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Lloyd’s Register Approval for GTT pressurised membrane systems

Fri, 30 October 2015

LR specialists have issued GTT an Approval in Principle (AiP) for a membrane cargo containment system (CCS) for bunker ships to allow an increase in vapour pressure of up to 2barg

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30,000 cbm bilobe LNG carrier project completed by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction and Lloyd’s Register

Fri, 30 October 2015

High efficiency design using bilobe type ‘C’ tank is suitable for small-scale and costal LNG trading

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New Look, Same Great Service

Mon, 19 October 2015

At Safeguard Insurance Services, we thrive on challenge and have done so throughout our 45 years of trading. We take on difficult and complicated risks and manage them in such a way that we deliver our clients a complete and robust protective solution, one that gives them confidence in the safety of their business.

We have always prided ourselves on our unique approach to insurance and the excellent level of personal service we provide our clients but we are not content with simply doing what we have always done before.

Because of this, things are changing at Safeguard. We still offer the same insurance expertise and excellent service that we always have but we want to stand out from the crowd and let people know more about our deliberately different approach to insurance broking. Read more to find out what’s new and how we could help you to insure your business.

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