• 2017 April 20 10:28

    Damen announces successful sea trials for Australian MATV

    Damen Shipyards Group has announced the successful completion of sea trials of the Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel (MATV) MV Sycamore. The sea trials included testing of all on-board military systems. Following final vessel handover, MV Sycamore will perform diverse training and support duties for the Royal Australian Navy.

    In addition to the more traditional elements of sea trials such as manoeuvring and speed tests, the MV Sycamore was put through her paces with an extensive testing programme of all on-board military systems. This included testing of the air traffic radar, flight deck lighting and firefighting, flight deck communication systems and helicopter traverse installation procedures.

    The results of the sea trials were successful. All systems and processes of the vessel were accepted by representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia.

    Helicopter training tool
    “We are proud to hear that the MV Sycamore has passed her first tests with flying colours,” says DAMEN Sales Director Asia Pacific Roland Briene. “Based on Damen’s successful and proven OPV series, the MATV is a very versatile ship.”

    The chief role of the vessel will be to provide a training platform for all possible helicopter-related operations, such as helicopter deck landings and take off, helicopter (in-flight) refuelling operations and air traffic control.

    Additional humanitarian role
    However, Damen’s versatile MATV design will enable the Royal Australian Navy to accomplish numerous other secondary tasks also. To this end, the MV Sycamore will be able to undertake torpedo and mine recovery operations, navigation training, dive support, Officer Sea Familiarisation, target towing and consort duties as well as unmanned aerial vehicle support.

    Furthermore, the 94-metre long vessel has a large storage capacity, which gives her the potential to be mobilised in humanitarian relief operations.

    The coming weeks will see the MV Sycamore being prepared for her maiden voyage to her home port of Sydney, Australia, where she is expected to arrive at the end of May.

    Talking about the future of Damen’s activities in Australia, Mr Briene comments: “We are making headway towards our ambitions of building further vessels for the Australian Navy, having recently submitted out tender for the SEA 1180 Program. It is our intention to work in close concert with local industry for the project, building not only the required vessels, but a sustainable shipbuilding industry for Australia with strong export potential.”

    About DAMEN Shipyards Group
    Damen Shipyards Group operates 33 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. DAMEN has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept DAMEN is able to guarantee consistent quality. Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, DAMEN vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology. DAMEN offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts. For nearly all vessel types DAMEN offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. DAMEN also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works. In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, DAMEN Shiprepair & Conversion has a worldwide network of 17 repair and conversion yards with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,350 repair and maintenance jobs annually.




2017 August 24

11:37 Development of maritime robotic system for offshore application started in Russia
11:06 Shell’s FLNG facility Prelude officially enters into Lloyd’s Register class
10:25 Port of San Francisco seeks a new partner for shipyard lease
10:14 Brent Crude futures price up 0.04% to $52.59, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.08% to $48.37
09:59 Victor Olersky congratulates UCL Holding on the 10th anniversary!
09:18 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,222 points
09:04 DOF Subsea secures utilisation for several vessels in the Subsea IMR Projects segment
08:00 Seaspan accepts delivery of first 11000 TEU SAVER containership, enters into time charters for two 10000 TEU newbuilds and agrees to sell four 4250 TEU vessels
07:59 Alphaliner: Global container Volumes on the rise in H1

2017 August 23

18:36 U-Ming Marine Transport has become the constituent of the FTSE4Good Index
18:27 HMM’s cargo processing at Busan Port hit new record
18:06 IHC America wins a new contract with Weeks Marine
17:54 Steel cutting ceremony of Sirius Shipping’s newbuilding held at AVIC Dingheng shipyard in China
17:36 UK operator SMS Towage buys new tug from Sanmar Shipyards
17:19 Indian Navy commissions second landing craft utility ship MK-IV 'IN LCU L52'
17:06 TOTE Maritime prepares for next phase of LNG operations
17:00 Northwest Seaport Alliance July container volumes show 5 percent increase year to date
16:58 Ukraine’s water transport carried 0.3 mln passengers in Jan-Jul'17, up 37.6%, Y-o-Y
16:57 Panama Canal welcomes largest capacity container vessel to-date through expanded locks
16:55 Konecranes signs contract with Shenzhen Energy Group Environmental Protection Company for thirteen fully automated WtE cranes
16:42 Port of Virginia orders four new cranes
16:36 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport down 2.1% to 3 mln t in 7M’17
16:17 Van Oord awarded contract to construct Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm
16:13 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
16:00 Rustam Khalitov appointed as Director General of KNRG Upravleniye, management company of Caspian Energy Group (photo)
15:40 7th Fleet Commander relieved due to loss of confidence
15:14 Russia’s General Board of State Expert Review approved stages of Zvezda Shipyard project (Far East)
14:59 Russia develops digital platform for testing unmanned ship navigation
14:18 CMA CGM invests in the NYSHEX market and accelerates its digital transformation
13:15 KFTC announces decision concerning the violation of south Korean antitrust law by car carriers
12:43 Dmitry Medvedev signed amendments into regulations on delivery of caught and processed aquatic bioresources (document)
12:12 SaR operations continue in Singapore to find missing sailors of USS John McCain
12:00 LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie passed the Northern Sea Route for 6.5 days without assistance of icebreakers (photo)
11:23 MPA and IBM complete pilot trial on new cognitive-based system to improve maritime and port operations
11:04 Sovershenny, newest corvette of RF Navy's Pacific Fleet is open for visitors of the Army 2017 Forum
10:46 USC congratulates UCL Holding on the tenth anniversary!
10:25 Russian Chamber of Shipping congratulates UCL Holding on the first round number anniversary – 10 years in the market!
10:02 Brent Crude futures price down 0.35% to $51.69, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.33% to $47.67
09:44 TOTE Maritime’s LNG supplier gets the green light for LNG facility and barge-to-ship bunkering
09:33 Bunker prices go up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:14 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,249 points

2017 August 22

17:57 Gazprom Export LLC congratulates UCL Holding with a decade of fruitful activities!
17:28 Gazprom Neft resumes regular bunkering of vessels with marine lubricants at the port of Ust-Luga (photo)
17:05 OOCL celebrated the christening of hull of OOCL Germany
16:36 Reconstruction of Beringovsky Port will let boost coal exports to 2 mln t per year – Beringpromugol
16:05 MAN Diesel & Turbo and AKA win order from federal Russian agency
15:50 Cuxport handles crane parts weighing several tonnes for the NYK Bulk & Projects shipping company
15:34 SGS Group opts for Aqua-tools ballast water test kits
15:04 CMA CGM announces GRI from Asia to Panama, the Caribbean and Cuba on PEX2 service
14:35 First of ten Stan Tug 1907 ICE completed by Great Lakes Shipyard for The Great Lakes Towing Company
14:25 Baker McKenzie and COBALT selected the legal advisers of the IPO of the Port of Tallinn
14:02 ABP’s Scottish ports raise funds for RNLI and Fisherman’s Mission
13:38 IMO and Liberia looking to enhance maritime security
13:14 Bunker prices are still high at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:47 Dredging at two berths of Vladivostok will let the port accommodate large cruise liners from 2018 (photo)
12:23 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg has increased financing of labour safety actions by 23%
12:15 Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation build on early success of pilot with commerical agreements worth up to $12 million
11:59 Maritime security code under review
11:36 ABB’s Onboard DC Grid enables integration of energy storage on specialized hybrid wind farm vessel
11:24 Stealth Maritime Corp. comments on collision of Navy vessel and its Liberia flagged tanker