Signs Of Improvement As Passenger Ship Orders Rise Despite battling what the European Community termed "aggressive, irregular and unfair international competition" from the Far East, European shipyards showed signs of improvement during late 1987 and early 1988.
0stensjo Rederi AS of Haugesund, Norway has received Ajax, one of the most powerful dedicated tanker escort tugs in the world, and the most powerful in Europe, for service on the west coast of Norway. Constructed by Astilleros Zamakona S.A. of Vizcaya/Bilbao,
Nippon Kokan (NKK), Tokyo, has developed a super semi-submersible drilling rig specially designed for oil and natural gas drilling operations in deep water and rough seas. The rig features a computer-controlled dynamic system to maintain position in deepwater operation in depths to 1,
An Aker H-4.2 semisubmersible drilling rig, said to be the first of its kind ever constructed, was launched recently from Drydock No. 1 of Hyundai Heavy Industries' (HHI) Ulsan Shipyard in Korea. The advanced unit, worth about $75 million, is built to the Aker H-4.
V a l m e t ' s N e w A u t o m a t i on System O r d e r e d For T wo Product C a r r i e r s At H y u n d ai
A research project by the Royal Norwegian Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, "Ship of the Future," has led to an active cooperation between shipowners, suppliers, shipyards, and research institutions in the field of ship automation.
Pusnes M a r i n e & Offshore Services Establishes Factory Service And Sales O u t l e t In N e w Orleans A r ea
— L i t e r a t u r e A v a i l a b l e— A/S Pusnes Marine and Offshore Services, Arendal, Norway, has recently established a factory service and sales outlet in the New Orleans area. Pusnes, Norway was originally established in 1875 to build sailing ships.
London shipbroker E.A. Gibson said that the tanker market closed 1985 "on the highest note for some time," with a surge in freight rates during the last two months of the year. As a result, some Greek ship- owners are buying secondhand tonnage at a brisk rate.
For the first time, Det norske Veritas recently gave a type approval for an automation system which includes both control and regulation functions in addition to the main alarm system for unmanned engine room space (EO or UMS). The type approved system, from Valmet Automation a.
Explorer of the Seas was delivered by Kvaerner Masa-Yards' Turku shipyard on September 28 to Royal Caribbean in time for its dedication and naming ceremony, which was held in New York on October 21. The second member of RCCL's Project Eagle series,