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European Commission invites bids for Cruise Ship Security study

The European Commission (EC) invited bids from interested firms for conducting a study on cruise ship security, in an attempt to boost security requirements for cruise ships.

The call for tender follows after the EC found that cruise ships and cruise terminals could be potential targets for terrorists, creating serious repurcussions.

The study will be based on a representative sample of cruise lines.

Western Australia reveals Anketell Port master plan

The Government of Western Australia (WA) revealed a master plan for the Anketell Port multi-user and multi-commodity deep-water port in the Pilbara region.

WA Premier and State Development Minister Colin Barnett announced the master plan, which has been jointly developed by two government agencies, the Department of State Development and the Dampier Port Authority.

As part of the master plan development, the agencies carried out extensive consultation with stakeholders, including LandCorp, Main Roads, the Shire of Roebourne and industry.

Iranian vessel rescued from pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden

The Iranian Navy’s 30th fleet of warships rescued an Iran-flagged vessel from pirate attacks near the Bab-el-Mandeb strait in the Gulf of Aden.

Iran Navy commander Habibollah Sayyari said that the pirates first attacked the Iranian vessel with eight armed speed boats in the early hours of 2 June; however, the naval fleet thwarted their attempt.

A few hours later, the assailants returned with 15 speed boats but the naval unit reacted, forcing them to leave, Sayyari added.

Norway to build new advanced research vessel for fisheries management

DrfridotNorway is set to build a new $80m advanced research vessel, as part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’s (FAO) project to help developing countries improve their fisheries management.

The new 70m-long vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen will replace an existing aging craft of the same name and will be equipped with seven laboratories to collect data on marine ecosystems, climate change and pollution.

EAF-Nansen project coordinator Kwame Koranteng said: "The presence of the r/v Dr Fridtjof Nansen in the waters of developing countries has resulted in greater understanding of the need to manage marine resources sustainably and also provides a common language, with which people are able to communicate at a regional and often a global level."

GE and Shanghai Maritime University to finalise new marine lab design

GE’s Power Conversion business and Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) collaborated to finalise a new marine laboratory facility design, in a bid to boost the future shipping business in China.

Featuring a back-to-back design, the new laboratory will be equipped with GE’s medium-voltage (MV7000) and low-voltage (MV3000) systems in one lab design, including the transformer, drive, motor and other accessories.

The partnership between the two entities stems from an agreement announced in April 2013 to invest in improving capabilities of the shipping engineering community in the country.

Bourbon receives 500th offshore vessel

Offshore marine services provider Bourbon received its 500th vessel, Bourbon Evolution 806, placing it among the groups with the largest fleet of offshore vessels owned or on bareboat charter in the world.

The Bourbon Evolution 806 is the sixth vessel of the first series of inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) vessels for the offshore industry.

With this delivery, Bourbon currently has six Evolution vessels in operation with an additional four under construction.

Nato’s Ocean Shield counter-piracy mission extended until end of 2016

natoThe Ocean Shield counter-piracy mission has been extended by Nato defence ministers, as part of the broad international effort to continue the fight against maritime piracy until the end of 2016.

The extension will allow naval forces, including US-led maritime forces and EU naval forces, to work closely in patrolling the Indian Ocean, as well as protect one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

About half of some 90% of all global trade that is carried out by sea passes through the Indian Ocean.

Nearly 200 evacuated after cruise ship leak in Netherlands

BriittaniaA river cruise ship carrying nearly 200 people was evacuated in the early hours of 22 June, after it sprung a major leak in the eastern Netherlands.

The Nicko Tours-operated Britannia ship was carrying 154 Austrian and German passengers and 40 crew members.

At the time of the incident, the ship was on the IJssel River near the city of Zutphen, sailing towards Cologne, Germany.

Seadrill gains $1.1bn rig order from Total Upstream

Bermuda-based offshore driller Seadrill won a $1.1bn rig order from Total Upstream Nigeria for the new-build ultra-deep-water drillship, West Jupiter.

The contract has been awarded in support of the EGINA ultra-deep offshore project in Nigeria and has a base performance period of five years, while the total revenue is inclusive of mobilisation.

The latest contract brings Seadrill’s total consolidated backlog to roughly $20bn.

Singapore MPA makes recommendations to enhance navigation safety

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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) recommended the adoption of new measures to enhance the safety of navigation in the country’s port waters and Singapore Strait.

The measures follow the results of investigations into three collisions that resulted in oil spills early this year.

MPA chief executive Andrew Tan said: "MPA places a strong emphasis on the safety of navigation and takes a serious view of any incidents in Singapore waters."