Prepare and make way for the world’s largest ship, the Havfarm

On the drawing board is a ship known as Havfarm (“Ocean Farm”), 430 metres in length and 54 metres wide, it will lay at anchor, fixed to the seafloor using the offshore industry’s technological solutions.
On the drawing board is a ship known as Havfarm (“Ocean Farm”), 430 metres in length and 54 metres wide, it will lay at anchor, fixed to the seafloor using the offshore industry’s technological solutions.

In conjunction with Nordlaks, NSK Ship Design has designed an aquaculture ship that could be the beginning of a sustainable revolution in the fish farming industry, named the Havfarm.

There is an air of excitement at NSK Ship Design, because they have been quietly working away since June 2015 on a special project for Nordlaks – a project that can be classified as no less than sensational for the fish farming industry.

On the drawing board is a ship known as Havfarm (“Ocean Farm”), 430 metres in length and 54 metres wide, it will lay at anchor, fixed to the seafloor using the offshore industry’s technological solutions. Norway is a world leader in Continue reading “Prepare and make way for the world’s largest ship, the Havfarm”

Results of Maritime New Zealand recreational boating survey published

Incoming Chair of the Safer Boating Forum and Maritime NZ Deputy Director Sharyn Forsyth said the 2018 Ipsos survey is encouraging and shows that boaties’ safety behaviour has improved in the four key risk areas identified and targeted by the 23-member Safer Boating Forum.
Incoming Chair of the Safer Boating Forum and Maritime NZ Deputy Director Sharyn Forsyth said the 2018 Ipsos survey is encouraging and shows that boaties’ safety behaviour has improved in the four key risk areas identified and targeted by the 23-member Safer Boating Forum.

Maritime New Zealand has published its Ipsos 2018 Recreational Boating Survey, revealing that recreational boaties seem to be generally behaving more safely. There is a steady lifejacket wearing culture, more weather checking, taking two ways to call for help and avoiding alcohol when going out on the water.

Boating by the numbers 2018
– 1.5 million adults (42% of New Zealanders) were involved in recreational boating last year.
– Kayaks remain the most popular craft used by boaties (33%), followed by power boats under six metres (22%), and dinghies (11%).
– Last year 19 people died in recreational boating accidents on New Zealand waters. Of these, 18 were men – 14 over 40 years (the highest fatality group).
– Lifejackets remain the most prevalent form of safety device taken on boating trips.
– The number of boaties wearing their lifejackets all, or most of the time, on the water, remains stable at 75%.
– The percentage of boaties having at least two ways to signal or call for help if needed ‘every time’ has risen to 43% in 2018 from 38% in 2017.
– The percentage of boaties checking the weather before heading out on the water has risen to Continue reading “Results of Maritime New Zealand recreational boating survey published”

Sunseeker is set to move into metal boat production

The new 49m tri-deck yacht will have an interior that can be styled to each owner’s taste.
The new 49m tri-deck yacht will have an interior that can be styled to each owner’s taste.

Sunseeker International is set to partner with Dutch based ICON Yachts to produce aluminium boats.

The first boat, due for launch in 2021, will be a 49m yacht and will capitalise on the demand the boatbuilder is seeing for larger vessels.

“We know there is demand there for larger Sunseeker yachts as the 155 Yacht proved,” said Sunseeker International sales director, Sean Robertson. “The decision to stop building that model was a commercial one based on space and capacity and certainly not due to lack of demand, so we knew we needed to rethink our approach to this size of vessel and have spent considerable time looking at various opportunities.”

He added: “A move into metal also means there is no Continue reading “Sunseeker is set to move into metal boat production”

Princess Yachts is experiencing a revolution as it launches the R35

Around 20 R35s will be built each year, each using the latest technologies that have been developed through working with BAR Technologies.
Around 20 R35s will be built each year, each using the latest technologies that have been developed through working with BAR Technologies.

Princess Yachts’ latest launch is its R35, a 100% carbon fibre craft whose hull weighs half a tonne less than a comparable GRP boat explained executive chairman Antony Sheriff.

The launch of the R35 follows on from the boatbuilder recording its highest ever revenue in the history of the company in 2017 and increasing the size of its workforce by 50% over the last two and a half years.

“Innovation, design, high levels of build quality and better perceived,” said Antony. “it’s all condensed into one boat, the R35. It’s about beauty and comfort.”

He added: “This boat is symbolic of the revolution that’s happening within Princess. It’s been a very exciting run over the last few years.”

Around 20 R35s will be built each year, each using Continue reading “Princess Yachts is experiencing a revolution as it launches the R35”

Safety alert issued by BSEE following inspections and findings from fired vessels

Photo credit: BSEE
Photo credit: BSEE

US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has issued a safety alert summarizing its findings and recommendations following a number of recent risk-based inspections. BSEE’s team of inspectors and engineers developed several recommendations from inspection findings to reduce the risks associated with fired vessels; hydrocarbon processing vessels on offshore oil and gas facilities with self-contained, natural or forced draft burners.

Between July 17 and July 20, BSEE inspectors visited 27 platforms operated by 14 unique operators to focus on personnel competency, mechanical integrity of fired vessels, managements systems, and maintenance of fire suppression systems.

BSEE inspectors also tested the effectiveness of Continue reading “Safety alert issued by BSEE following inspections and findings from fired vessels”

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