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Wärtsilä buys Spanish underwater services group

Wärtsilä has acquired Burriel Navarro, an underwater marine services company that operates in the main ports of Spain. - November 2018

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Damen commissions Curaçao floating dock

Damen Shiprepair Curaçao (DSCu) has commissioned its large floating C dock in Curaçao in the Caribbean. - November 2018

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Epic buys BAE Mobile shipyard

Epic Alabama Shipyard bought BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards Alabama and all of its related shipyard facilities in Mobile, Alabama, last month. - November 2018

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Port of Gibraltar offers eco-friendly hull cleaning service

HullWiper and ship fuel conservation and underwater services provider SCAMP are offering an eco-friendly hull cleaning solution at the Port of Gibraltar. - November 2018

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Unique Group facilitates the float-out of icebreaker at Damen Shipyards Galati

Unique Group’s Buoyancy and Ballast division has facilitated a high-profile dry dock project in Romania that involved the supply and operation of 840 tonnes of Seaflex inflatable buoyancy. - November 2018

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Crystal cruise ship completes refurbishment

The cruise ship Crystal Serenity completed a four-week dry dock maintenance and refurbishment period at Bremerhaven, Germany, this month. - November 2018

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BIMCO updates standard ship repair contracts

The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) has revised and updated its two standard ship repair contracts: REPAIRCON, which is for major work at a repair yard; and MINREPCON, which is for minor repair work that can be done by contractors when a ship is in port. - November 2018

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Stena chooses Kongsberg for drillship upgrade

Contract to integrate new decision-support capabilities and replace existing Kongsberg systems with new generations for improved operational safety and reduced non-productive time - October 2018

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3D printed metal parts to be tested on US Navy nuclear submarines

Newport News Shipbuilding is working with the US Navy to introduce the additive manufacturing of metal spare parts for nuclear-powered warships. - October 2018

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Rolls-Royce and Intel announce autonomous ship collaboration

Rolls-Royce and Intel have announced a new partnership that will see the technology company supply its hardware for use on autonomous ships. - October 2018

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Singapore port to build ‘world’s first’ 3D printing workshop

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore is to build what it claims will be the world’s first on-site 3D printing workshop capable of producing spare-parts for ships and port equipment. - October 2018

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Halifax Shipyard celebrates handover of HMCS Fredericton

Halifax Shipyard has celebrated the handover of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Fredericton to the Royal Canadian Navy following the completion of an extensive docking work period. - October 2018

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BAE bids for Royal Australian Navy maintenance contracts

BAE Systems Australia has submitted a bid to the Australian government to provide ongoing sustainment and support for the Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships, LHD Landing Craft (LLC), and associated shore support facilities. - October 2018

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Trials to start on protective coating that halves fouling on ship hydraulics

A corrosion-resistant coating that halves the build-up of algae and barnacles on a ship’s hydraulic components is to be trialled aboard the HMAS Canberra, one of the Royal Australian Navy’s landing helicopter dock ships. - October 2018

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Vesselman software and DNV GL partner on dry-docking management

Users of the VesselMan dry-docking project management software can now access DNV GL’s Best Practices for dry-docking as part of their services. - October 2018

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Royal Navy frigates to be maintained at Devonport

The Royal Navy’s eight Type 26 warships will be based from the naval base at Devonport, Plymouth, UK, when they enter service in the mid-2020s, it has been announced. - October 2018

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US Navy 3D prints spare-parts at sea

On August 24, 2018, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) faced a problem that didn’t have a quick solution: A bolt from a hangar bay door roller assembly was stressed to the point of breaking, rendering the door unable to perform its basic task of opening and closing. - September 2018

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Albwardy Damen expands ship repair services into Oman

Albwardy Damen, a joint venture providing shipbuilding and ship repair services to the marine and oil and gas industries in the Middle East, is to launch a range of afloat, workshop and diving services at Sohar Port and Freezone in Oman. - September 2018

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Safety board recommends rule-change following carbon dioxide accidents on Ferries

An investigation into two recent accidents where CO2 was released on board ferries has blamed inadequate maintenance and recommended a change to rules and inspection regimes. - September 2018

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Thales opens maritime service support office in Canada

Thales Canada has opened a new office in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to support the Royal Canadian Navy’s (AJISS) Program. - September 2018

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Wind farm maintenance base gets approval

The go-ahead has been given for a £10m (US$13m) Operations and Maintenance (O&M) base for the 353MW Galloper Offshore Wind Farm in the English Channel. - September 2018

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DNV GL releases autonomous and remotely operated ship guidelines

DNV GL has released a new class guideline covering autonomous and remotely operated ships. - September 2018

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Portugal’s Naval Rocha shipyard reports surge in activity

Portugal’s Naval Rocha shipyard has reported a surge in activity for the first half of 2018 after delivering a series of dry-dock, wet basin and pier-side projects. - September 2018

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Monaco Marine to build megayacht shipyard in Marseille

The port of Marseille’s supervisory board has approved a shipyard dedicated to the maintenance and refit of megayachts by Monaco Marine. - August 2018

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Damen Shiprepair Harlingen performs extensive repair and upgrade work to Fugro Meridian

The 42.35m twin-hulled survey vessel Fugro Meridian has had its equipment and accommodation upgraded at Damen Shiprepair Harlingen in the Netherlands. - August 2018

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NYK and Toyokoh partner to develop laser for rust removal

Shipping company NYK has signed a memorandum of understanding with Toyokoh to develop the latter’s CoolLaser technology to control rust on its ships. - August 2018

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Klaveness Ship Management debuts remote condition-based maintenance

Aiming to save time and resources on unnecessary time-based maintenance, Klaveness Ship Management (KSM) has introduced condition-based maintenance with remote surveyors. - August 2018

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Wärtsilä to invest €83m in Finnish research and production center

Wärtsilä has announced its plans to construct the Smart Technology Hub research, development and production center in Vaasa, Finland. - August 2018

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Wärtsilä introduces AR for maintenance operations

The seals and bearings department of Wärtsilä is introducing augmented reality through smart glasses to help field engineers with stern tube seals and bearings services. - August 2018

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DNV GL releases fuel consumption reporting tool

In the last few years, both the European Union (EU) and International Maritime Organisation (IMO) have introduced regulations that require ship operators to gather and report their vessels’ fuel consumption. - July 2018

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USS Higgins to be modernized and repaired

General Dynamics has won a US$72.5m contract to carry out maintenance and modernization of the USS Higgins.
- July 2018

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Austal expands maintenance and support for US Navy

Marine engineering firm Austal USA has opened an operations office in San Diego, California, to provide service and support to the US Navy. - July 2018

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Hydrex performs swift repairs to Dakar drill ship using underwater welds

Hydrex has completed wet welding repairs on a drill ship’s transit flap in Dakar, Senegal, at short notice to prevent expensive damage. - July 2018

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Norwegian cruise ship repaired in 11 days by Damen Shiprepair

Damen Shiprepair Brest has carried out maintenance and refurbishment work to the cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway including repairs of the ship’s two ABB azipods and repainting the hull. - July 2018

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Wärtsilä wins 10-year Virgin Voyages’ maintenance contractWärtsilä wins 10-year Virgin Voyages maintenance contract

Wärtsilä has won the contract to maintain Virgin Voyages’ three cruise ships for the next 10 years. - July 2018

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Marine Maintenance World Expo and Conference 2018 opens this week!

There is a few days to go before Marine Maintenance World Expo and Conference 2018 opens its doors at RAI Amsterdam in the Netherlands. - June 2018

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ABS classes newly converted LNG-fuelled ferry

ABS has classed the Spirit of British Columbia, the first of two vessels in BC Ferries of Canada’s fleet to be converted to use LNG as fuel. - June 2018

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IMO member states must progress on key sulphur cap issues at critical July meeting

Trade associations representing the shipping industry have jointly called on the member states of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to make progress on key challenges around the global sulphur cap to avoid compromising safety or unfairly penalising individual ships. - June 2018

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BASS updates fleet management software

BASS has launched the 2.10 version of its BASSnet Fleet Management Systems software with a refreshed user interface and more user-friendly features. - June 2018

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DNV GL issues first type approval for aluminium cables on board ships

DNV GL has issued a type approval for aluminium cables and connectors in a move that will allow ship operators and repairer yards to replace more expensive copper wiring and components. - June 2018

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Lockheed Martin Canada awarded extension to in-service support contract for Royal Canadian Navy's Halifax class frigates

Lockheed Martin Canada has been awarded a three-year extension to its support contract for the Royal Canadian Navy's 12 Halifax frigates. - June 2018

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Lloyd’s launches inspection systems joint venture

Lloyd’s Register and research and technology organisation The Welding Institute have launched a companyto supply inspection systems - June 2018

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Countdown to Marine Maintenance World Expo and Conference 2018 begins

Marine Maintenance World Expo and Conference 2018 opens its doors next month, running from 27-29 June at RAI Amsterdam, where it will showcase the latest technologies for maximising fleet availability and reducing costs. - May 2018

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Biofuels are best for zero emission ships, finds report

The use of biofuels is the most affordable way for shipping to achieve zero emission vessels, despite production and sustainability challenges, a report by Lloyds Register and the University Marine Advisory Services has concluded. - May 2018

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Scottish ship manager awards scrubber contract to CR Ocean Engineering

CR Ocean Engineering is to install scrubbers on up to 19 vessels in Songa Shipmanagement’s fleet of oil/ chemical tankers and heavy-lift vessels. - May 2018

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Thorndon to supply replacement bearings for Bayou lugger

Thordon Bearings is supplying its RiverTough bearings to workboat operators Alexis Marine as part of work being carried out on the twin-screw towboat MV Kirstin Alexis. - May 2018

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Europe’s first LNG Dredger conversion begins in Dunkirk

Work has begun at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque on the conversion of the trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Samuel de Champlain from diesel-electric propulsion to dual-fuel capability combining marine gas oil and LNG. - May 2018

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Rolls-Royce and Siem Offshore sign five-year maintenance agreement

Rolls-Royce has signed a five-year service agreement with offshore vessel owner Siem Offshore for the maintenance of its deck machinery installations aboard 12 anchor handling vessels. - May 2018

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Newport launches ship repair on credit service

UK-based Newport Shipping Group has launched a dry-docking repair service with a credit payment system for shipowners. - May 2018

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James Fisher wins US$71m marine services contract from global energy firm

James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) has been awarded a 10-year integrated marine services contract by a UK-based, international integrated energy company, in a deal worth more than £50m (US$71m). - April 2018

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Japanese maritime firm partners with Microsoft to address personnel shortage

Maritime services company JRCS is partnering with Microsoft on a digital transformation plan to tackle a shortage of marine engineers and crew in Japan. - April 2018

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ClassNK issues drone-use guidelines

Classification society ClassNK has released guidelines for the use of drones in class surveys. - April 2018

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New Zealand to become first country to introduce national biofouling standards

New Zealand is set to become the first country in the world to introduce a nationwide biofouling standard for ships, and has issued guidance on how international vessels can comply with the new rules that come into force next month. - April 2018

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Lockheed receives more funds for USS Fitzgerald restoration

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a US$68.5m contract to support repairs and upgrades to the USS Fitzgerald, a US Navy destroyer equipped with guided missiles. - April 2018

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Portable testing for sulphur levels in fuel

Condition monitoring technology supplier Parker Kittiwake has launched the portable X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Analyser, a testing device which, among other parameters, can measure the sulphur content in fuel. - April 2018

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Analysis tool to reduce high levels of human error on ships

An Australian researcher is developing statistical tools to help manage and reduce the number of human-induced accidents on ships, particularly during maintenance. - April 2018

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Cruise Ship Ventura completes two-week docking at Damen Shiprepair Brest

Damen Shiprepair Brest (DSBr) has completed two weeks of maintenance on P&O Cruises Grand-class cruise ship Ventura. - April 2018

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Silver Spirit cruise ship lengthening starts at Palermo yard

A luxury ship is being lengthened at the Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo, Italy – the first time such an upgrade has been performed on a luxury cruise ship. - March 2018

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Bureau Veritas classifies cyber-threat to ships

Testing, inspection and certification service provider Bureau Veritas (BV) has developed a series of classification notations, guidelines and services for cybersecurity to enable ship owners and operators to comply with regulatory requirements, safeguard crews and protect their assets from malfunction and malicious attack. - March 2018

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Dedicated drone ultrasonic thickness gauge transmits data up to 500m

Tritex NDT has launched a new ultrasonic metal thickness gauge designed for mounting onto drones for high-level inspections on large vessels. - March 2018

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Ship management and fleet management software combined

Reygar and Idea SBA are partnering to offer an enhanced ship management and preventative maintenance system for fleet and ship managers. - March 2018

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BAE ends ship repairs at Mobile, Alabama

BAE Systems has closed ship repair operations at its yard in Mobile, Alabama, with the loss of 155 of the 170 jobs at the site. - March 2018

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Wärtsilä to optimise the performance of four TMS Cardiff Gas vessels

Wärtsilä has extended a maintenance agreement with TMS Cardiff Gas for four of its LNG carriers to cover data collection and analytics. - March 2018

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IMO publishes FAQ on incoming sulphur regulations

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has published a FAQ concerning the 0.5% limit on sulphur in fuel oil on board ships which is to come into effect on January 1, 2020. - February 2018

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Benelux Overseas selects Jotun SeaStock coating contract

Greek-LPG owner operator Benelux Overseas has signed a two-year agreement with Jotun for its SeaStock maintenance solution across its portfolio of 15 globally trading vessels. - February 2018

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Hempel launches hull performance system

Coatings manufacturer Hempel has launched its latest performance-monitoring system to help ship operators optimize hull and propeller efficiency. - February 2018

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Environmentally friendly lubricants under the spotlight as more bearings fail

An initiative to evaluate the effect of biodegradable lubricants on stern tube bearings, following a reported increase in sealed oil lubricated propeller shaft bearing failures, has been welcomed by industry. - February 2018

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Rolls-Royce to upgrade six offshore vessels with battery packs

Rolls-Royce is to supply a battery-powered energy system for six offshore vessels built by the Cosco Guangdong yard in Southeast China. - February 2018

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BAE to upgrade cruiser at Jacksonville shipyard

BAE Systems has received a US$10m contract from the US Navy to modernize the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea. - February 2018

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Bureau Veritas and Bourbon to develop advanced fleet monitoring software

Offshore marine services provider Bourbon, Kongsberg Maritime and Bureau Veritas are jointly developing automation and real-time monitoring fleet applications of dynamic positioning systems to improve safety and reduce maintenance costs. - January 2018

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ABS releases major update for its fleet management software

ABS Nautical Systems has updated its Nautical Systems Enterprise fleet management software with an update that includes a new cloud-based Voyage Manager, mobile apps and a business intelligence module. - January 2018

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Norwegian offshore operator returns to Gibdock for ship repair

Gibdock in Gibraltar has repaired the 3D seismic survey vessel Polar Marquis. - January 2018

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Damen Shiprepair adds extra capacity to cement carrier

The cement carrier Lelie C, owned by Cebo Marine, has undergone a full maintenance programme and a significant upgrade to its cement-carrying capacity at Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf in the Netherlands. - January 2018

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PrimeServ signs maintenance agreement with Arkas

MAN PrimeServ is to provide engine servicing to Turkish container operator Arkas’s fleet under an agreement set to run over 10 years. - January 2018

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Wärtsilä reconditioning process doubles life of marine engines

Power systems and marine equipment company Wärtsilä has developed a reconditioning process that it says doubles the lifetime of two-stroke engines. - January 2018

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard undocks USS La Jolla

Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) has successfully undocked USS La Jolla (SSN 701). USS La Jolla will remain pier-side to finish the final leg of the moored training ship (MTS) conversion that began in February 2015. - December 2017

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Australia boosts submarine maintenance with more workers

Australia’s maintenance capability for its Collins class submarines is to be bolstered by the transfer of up to 200 workers from its air warfare destroyer project. - December 2017

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US Navy awards submarine modification and repair contracts

General Dynamics has won two multi-million-dollar contracts to carry out maintenance and modifications to the US Navy’s submarine fleet. - December 2017

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ABB opens operations centre in China

ABB has opened an ‘Ability’ collaborative operations centre in Shanghai, China. The new centre will monitor data gathered by sensors on board ships and sent ashore by satellite. - December 2017

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MoD renews £200m marine support services contract with BAE

BAE Systems has been awarded a £200m (US$267m), seven-year contract to maintain the combat management systems, tactical networks and shared infrastructures across 38 of the Royal Navy’s vessels. - December 2017

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Standard proposed for software maintenance on board ships

International shipping association the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) and the Comité International Radio-Maritime (CIRM) have proposed the first industry-wide standard for software maintenance. - December 2017

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First classification system for 3D printing spare parts for maritime sector introduced

DNV GL has published the first classification guideline for the use of additive manufacturing in the maritime industry. - December 2017

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Royal Navy team wins award for submarine nuclear reactor repair technique

Royal Navy team wins award for submarine nuclear reactor repair technique
A team of Submarine Mechanical Specialists from the Royal Navy has been recognized for its adaptation of a technique called freeze seal isolation and its use for the first time to repair a submarine nuclear reactor. - November 2017

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Cybersecurity standards to be developed for ships

Lloyd’s Register is to develop a set of standards for maritime cybersecurity in partnership with Israel-based cybersecurity company Naval Dome. The development of the standards will include a series of pilot tests which will be carried out with Naval Dome’s cybersecurity software on board an LR-classed vessel. Naval Dome’s cyber defence software is the first developed specifically for maritime applications. - November 2017

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Japanese project to utilize data analytics in marine engines shows results

Shipping company NYK, the Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI) and Japan Engine Corporation have reported progress on the joint-research project to improve the safety and optimize the maintenance of marine engines. - November 2017

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ClassNK updates safety and maintenance checklist for ships

Classification society ClassNK has released the latest version of its Good Maintenance On Board Ships checklist. The list is used by shipmasters, crew and shipowners to ensure vessels are safe, well-maintained and comply with regulations. - November 2017

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BAE awarded USS Tortuga ship upgrade project

BAE Systems is to modernize the dock landing ship USS Tortuga under a US$139.8m contract from the US Navy. The Tortuga will undergo 16 months of restorative work at BAE System’s shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia, the ship’s homeport. - November 2017

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Rolls-Royce opens showroom for digital asset management

Power systems supplier Rolls-Royce has opened its first demonstration area to show customers how digital technology can improve maintenance procedures, optimize fleet operations and reduce operating costs. - November 2017

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Work starts on Cochin Shipyard’s US$15m repair facility

Construction of a repair facility that doubles the number of ships the largest shipbuilding and maintenance yard in India can repair each year started on November 17. - November 2017

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Damen and Corrosion host successful anti-fouling seminar

On Friday, 15 September, a seminar was held at the Rydges hotel in Wellington, New Zealand, which brought together representatives from Damen and Corrosion as well as Corrosion’s regional agent, Bowmar. - October 2017

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ROG Ship Repair completes complex moonpool project for FPSO Aoka Mizu

When a floating production and storage offshore (FPSO) vessel was being towed from Europe to the Middle East and encountered problematic weather conditions, Netherlands company ROG Ship Repair came to the rescue. - October 2017

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Helm Connect software secures class type approval

Canadian maritime software company Helm Operations has earned class type approval for its planned maintenance software, Helm Connect. Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) issued a type approval certificate for Helm Connect as a recognised planned maintenance software system after a detailed review process in September. - October 2017

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Lloyd’s Register announces ‘Procedure for Network and Network-Related Devices’ – first ever marine type approval system for cyber-enabled components

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has released type approval requirements for components within cyber-enabled systems on board ships. - October 2017

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3D-printed ship propeller moves closer to completion

A prototype of the world’s first class-approved 3D-printed ship’s propeller has been produced. The 1,350mm diameter propeller – named WAAMpeller – is the result of a cooperative consortium of companies that includes Damen Shipyards Group, RAMLAB, Promarin, Autodesk and Bureau Veritas. - October 2017

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ABB Ability Fleet Intelligence digitises maritime maintenance

ABB has added Fleet Intelligence to its ABB Ability Collaborative Operations software, providing marine customers with a single and complete overview of their ship system maintenance needs rather than being faced with piecemeal, standalone reporting solutions. - October 2017

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US Navy report cites deferred maintenance as reason for shipyards ‘not fully meeting the Navy’s operational needs’

The failings of four US Navy shipyards have been detailed in the General Accounting Office’s (GAO) report Naval Shipyards: Actions Needed to Improve Poor Conditions that Affect Operations, which was issued this month. - September 2017

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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ ships go to Blohm+Voss for scheduled maintenance and updates

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ luxury ships are to be given a facelift from September to October 2017 when the Europa 2 and Europa will be dry-docked at Blohm+Voss’s Hamburg shipyard in Germany for scheduled maintenance. As well as receiving various technical upgrades, the ships will undergo renovations and redesigns in certain areas. - September 2017

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MacGregor signs frame agreement with Teekay covering services for 115 vessels

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has signed a five-year frame agreement with Teekay Shipping, including spare parts, maintenance, training and project support for Teekay’s 115 vessels. The agreement was signed during the second quarter of 2017. - September 2017

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Thales awarded potential C$4bn Canadian ship in-service support contract

The Government of Canada has awarded Thales a contract for in-service support (ISS), refit, repair, maintenance and training for Arctic and offshore patrol ships (AOPS) and joint support ships (JSS).
- September 2017

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Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven to conduct big Crystal Symphony refurb

In a few days, a team from Lloyd Werft will go on board the luxury cruise ship Crystal Symphony in Lisbon, Portugal, to start refurbishment preparations during the ship’s delivery voyage to northern Germany. This step will precede a large-scale refurbishment scheduled to take place on arrival at the Bremerhaven shipyard. - September 2017

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US Navy to repair USS Fitzgerald in Mississippi shipyard

The US Navy has announced that it intends to award a contract initiating the restoration of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) in Pascagoula, Mississippi, before the end of the fiscal year. The start date, scope, cost and the time required to fully restore the ship have not yet been determined. - September 2017

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BAE to conduct USS Lassen maintenance

BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards Mayport, of Jacksonville, Florida, has been awarded a US$33.7m, firm-fixed-price contract for Dry-dock Selected Restricted Availability repair work on board the USS Lassen (DDG 82). - August 2017

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George Washington transits to NNS to begin RCOH

The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) made a 1 hour 30 min transit across the James River on its way to Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) to begin its approximate four-year Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) maintenance period on 4 August. - August 2017

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Ike enters Norfolk Naval Shipyard for PIA

The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) departed its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, transiting the Elizabeth River to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Virginia, for a six-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA). - August 2017

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VOS Start W2W vessel departs Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf following major upgrade

Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf (Oranjewerf) has bid farewell to VOS Start, Vroon’s first DP2, subsea-support, walk-to-work (W2W) vessel. - August 2017

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New coating process at Blohm+Voss

Blohm+Voss is the first European shipyard to launch a state-of-the-art technology developed by Hubert Palfinger Technologies (HPT) for the coating of hulls. - August 2017

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EBRD helps build new floating dock on Turkey’s Marmara Sea

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is boosting the Turkish shipping industry with a US$19.5m loan to a local ship maintenance yard, Tersan Tersanecilik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. - July 2017

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Columbia return to service delayed

The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) announced on 14 June that due to ongoing repairs, the M/V Columbia will require additional time at Vigor Shipyard in Portland, Oregon. This delay will affect some passengers; affected passengers are being notified by AMHS staff now. - July 2017

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Huntington Ingalls Industries receives USS Columbus submarine contract modification

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced on 3 July that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has been awarded a US$219m modification to a previously awarded contract to execute maintenance and modernization efforts on the submarine USS Columbus (SSN 762). - July 2017

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Ship and yacht repairs keep Lloyd Werft busy

Four cruise ships have determined the course of events at shipyard Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven in Germany in the past few months, and at the same time ensured a good workload for the longstanding concern. - July 2017

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Royal Navy minehunter set to return to operations

HMS Brocklesby has begun her sea trials programme, reaching another significant milestone in her upkeep period – four months earlier than usual. - July 2017

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Damen prepares Columbus for summer cruise season

Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (DSR), part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, has completed maintenance and repair works on the cruise ship Columbus, the newest member of CMV’s (Cruise & Maritime Voyages) fleet. The full scope of works was concluded within a tight timescale, thus ensuring that the vessel could sail to the London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury, UK, in time for her naming ceremony and inaugural cruise. - July 2017

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Newcastle, Australia to be revitalised with new maritime hub

The New South Wales (NSW) government in Australia announced on 29 June the availability of funding to renew the Fitzroy Street shipyard slipway to reactivate the Port of Newcastle and the Hunter as a major marine ship repair and maintenance precinct. - July 2017

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Keppel secures US$62m in conversions and repairs

Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) has, through its wholly owned subsidiary Keppel Shipyard, won four contracts worth a total of S$85m (US$62m) for the conversion, repair and modification of vessels. - July 2017

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Unithai Shipyard to operate the largest floating dock in Thailand

Unithai Shipyard and Engineering continues to develop and strengthen the capacity and capabilities in ship repair services at its shipyard in Thailand in response to client needs, and is to operate the largest floating dock in the country. - June 2017

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Ferry repair contract for Damen’s Swedish repair yard

Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet has won a contract for the refit and repair works on a Trafikverket (Swedish Transport Administration) ferry. - June 2017

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Point Hope Maritime seeks approval for graving dock plan

Point Hope Maritime shipyard in Victoria, Canada, applied at the start of June for Canadian federal approvals to construct a C$50m (US$37m) graving dock. - June 2017

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NASSCO wins potential US$106m Navy ship dry-docking maintenance contract

General Dynamics’ subsidiary NASSCO has won a repair contract with a potential US$106m value from the US Navy, to carry out the fiscal 2017 dry-docking phased maintenance availability for the USS Makin Island amphibious assault ship. - June 2017

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Bay Ship & Yacht to perform vessel maintenance on the Sally Ride

The Sally Ride, a Neil Armstrong Class auxiliary general oceanographic research (AGOR) vessel, was dry-docked at Bay Ship & Yacht in California on 15 April 2017, the company announced on 19 May. - June 2017

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Gibdock performs invasive species action on the Normand Reach

A surge in offshore vessel repair and maintenance work at Gibdock yard in Gibraltar has included a special project for returning customer Solstad, to ensure that Normand Reach meets the exacting hull cleanliness standards set by Australia’s National Biofouling Management Guidelines For Commercial Vessels. - June 2017

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Damen completes work on Jan de Nul Group vessels

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has recently completed works in Vlissingen and Brest on two major vessels in the fleet of dredging and marine construction specialist Jan de Nul Group. - May 2017

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New dry dock for Hawaiian shipyard

Singaporean company GL Engineering & Construction (GL E&C) has launched a new concrete floating dry dock, the US$12m Peleke Nui (‘Big Fred’ in Hawaiian), in Batam, Indonesia. - May 2017

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Xodus and Green Marine collaborate on offshore renewables maintenance

Xodus Group has formed a partnership with Orkney, Scotland-based Green Marine to launch a new integrated service for the maintenance of offshore renewable assets. - May 2017

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Military Sealift Command awards Guam ship repair contract

Cabras Marine Corporation, Guam Shipyard and Seafix are being awarded a not-to-exceed US$18,095,000 combined indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract for a one-year requirement to provide ship repair services to Military Sealift Command and the US Navy, as well as the US Coast Guard on the island of Guam. - May 2017

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Thordon Bearings and Drydocks World to convert ships to seawater bearings

Thordon Bearings and Drydocks World-Dubai signed a milestone agreement on 4 May under which the UAE-based shipyard will work with Thordon Bearings to promote the conversion of ships’ oil-lubricated propeller shafts to Thordon’s seawater-lubricated bearing systems. - May 2017

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Navy maintainers reduce littoral combat ship repair times

The US Navy’s Commander Logistics Group Western Pacific/Task Force 73 has reorganised the process for dealing with maintenance incidents for littoral combat ships deployed to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, reducing turnaround time for such incidents from 15 days to four days, Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson told USNI News. - May 2017

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UK P&I Club issues hatch cover maintenance guidance

The importance of hatch cover maintenance has been highlighted in advice published by the UK P&I Club’s Loss Prevention Department and IMCS Training Academy. - May 2017

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Vigor inks deal to acquire a third dry dock for its Seattle facility

Building on its ongoing investments in critical infrastructure, and fulfilling a promise to customers to expand West Coast dry dock capacity, Vigor has entered into an agreement to purchase a dry dock from a Korean seller. - April 2017

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Keppel and Damen discuss terms for Keppel Verolme yard

Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), has entered into a ‘term sheet’ agreement with Damen Shipyards Group (Damen) for the sale of its shipyard, Keppel Verolme. - April 2017

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Damen Shiprepair Brest completes maintenance on LNG carrier Gaselys

Damen Shiprepair Brest (DSBr) has completed a renewal survey maintenance programme on the 290m LNG carrier, Gaselys. - April 2017

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Ultra-durable, self-healing, water-repellent coating developed

A self-healing, water-repellent, spray-on coating developed at the University of Michigan (UM) is hundreds of times more durable than its counterparts. - April 2017

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Private equity-backed MHI acquires Seaward and AME

MHI Holdings (MH) announced on 31 March 2017 that it has completed the acquisitions of Seaward Marine Services (Seaward) and Accurate Marine Environmental (AME). - April 2017

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BAE Systems modernizing cruiser USS Vicksburg

Under a special selected restricted availability (SSRA) contract, BAE Systems will perform ship alternations and miscellaneous repairs on board the 567ft USS Vicksburg, including the replacement of critical aluminum structures. - March 2017

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Russia to begin upgrading Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier before July

Repairs to and modernization of Russia’s sole aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, will start during the first half of 2017, said the TASS Russian News Agency. - March 2017

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Navy awards US$383m in amphibious ship support modifications

BAE Systems Ship Repair, Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Continental Maritime and General Dynamics’ National Steel and Shipbuilding Co (NASSCO), all of San Diego, California, are being awarded a combined US$383m in firm-fixed-price modifications to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contracts. - March 2017

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Inauguration of new floating dock at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque

The new floating dock at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque in northern France was officially inaugurated on Friday, March 10, 2017. - March 2017

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USS Frank Cable departs for dry dock

After the USS Frank Cable's successful deployment in 2016, which included port visits to India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, and five years of tending submarines and surface vessels assigned to the US 5th and 7th fleet areas of responsibility, the submarine tender is now up and ready to undergo major preservation and maintenance. - March 2017

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