Photos: RNLI Rescue Boat Gives WWII-Era Floatplane an Assist

On Saturday evening, the RNLI crew for Loch Ness received an unusual request for assistance. The lake is known as the home of the fabled Loch Ness Monster, and the vessel in need of help did look unusual and rather serpentine – but it was something different. A World War II-era Consolidated PBY Catalina floatplane, decked out in U.S. Army Air Force livery, was adrift on the lake. 

The crew of the Catalina ran into engine trouble while attempting to take off from the loch on Saturday, and they...

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Leurres : regain d’intérêt et nouvelles technologies face à l’évolution des menaces

En complément des missiles antimissiles, canons et moyens de guerre électronique actifs, l’utilisation de leurres s’inscrit dans une logique d’ultime parade au sein d’un dispositif d’autodéfense multicouche. Si la doctrine d’emploi peut évoluer d’une marine à l’autre, et si les derniers modèles de brouilleurs sont très efficaces, les bâtiments embarquent toujours des lance-leurres. Cela, pour contrer les missiles à autodirecteur infrarouge, mais aussi pour tenir compte de l’évolution constante...

https://www.meretmarine.com/fr/content/leurres-regain-dinteret-et-nouvelles-technologies-face-levolution-des-menaces

Harvey Gulf Orders Wärtsilä Energy Storage for LNG Supply Vessels

The technology group Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s leading LNG solutions and services provider, will supply its advanced Energy Storage System (ESS) to be retrofitted on four Harvey Energy class LNG-fuelled Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs). A fifth vessel in this class was earlier fitted with a Wärtsilä ESS. Louisiana-based Harvey Gulf placed this latest order with Wärtsilä in October.

When the upgrade project is completed, all five vessels will be capable of full tri-fuel operation, thus...

https://maritime-executive.com/article/harvey-gulf-orders-waertsilae-energy-storage-for-lng-supply-vessels

Nouvelles vues des futurs bâtiments de guerre des mines belgo-néerlandais

Au fil des études menées ces derniers mois, le design des douze futurs bâtiments de guerre des mines belges et néerlandais, commandés en mai 2019 à Belgium Naval & Robotics (BNR), consortium réunissant Naval Group et ECA Group, s’est affiné. Nous vous dévoilons ce matin les derniers visuels de ces navires, qui mettront en œuvre un système de drones pour la détection, l’identification et la neutralisation des mines.

https://www.meretmarine.com/fr/content/nouvelles-vues-des-futurs-batiments-de-guerre-des-mines-belgo-neerlandais

Second Wave of COIVD-19 Reaches Ships in Australia and New Zealand

The anticipated second wave of the coronavirus is not sparing the maritime industry as both Australia and New Zealand find themselves dealing with cases of the virus aboard ships arriving in their ports. Australia has two ships in Fremantle currently with the virus and this comes after Western Australia had just cleared the second of two ships also with cases of the virus.

Health officials in New Zealand launched a complicated contact tracing effort in the past few days to resolve the origins of...

https://maritime-executive.com/article/second-wave-of-coivd-19-reaches-ships-in-australia-and-new-zealand

Belgian and Dutch Ports Join Together for Shore Power for Inland Ships

Belgian and Dutch ports are working together on a plan to establish a single shore-based power system to support the inland shipping industry as well as river cruise ships. The goal is by working together to develop a user-friendly system that will provide moored vessels with power and support the sustainability goals of the region.

The Port of Rotterdam Authority, the Port of Amsterdam, North Sea Port Netherlands, Drechtsteden, the Port of Antwerp, and De Vlaamse Waterweg intend to work...

https://maritime-executive.com/article/belgian-and-dutch-ports-join-together-for-shore-power-for-inland-ships

China Classification Society Reports Strong Growth to 155 Million Tons

  • Gross tonnage of CCS serviced fleet exceeds 155 million GT – up 7.2% year-on-year
  • Total size of serviced fleet – 34,974 ships
  • Service offices open in Abu Dhabi, Manila and St. Petersburg
  • New authorizations from five national governments taking total to 52
  • New technology central to maritime sector combating Covid

China Classification Society (CCS) grew its serviced fleet to 34,974 vessels in 2019, marking another strong annual performance for the Beijing-based group. In its newly released...

https://maritime-executive.com/article/china-classification-society-reports-strong-growth-to-155-million-tons