Fiji authorities launch probe into patrol boat grounding

The Republic of Fiji Navy patrol boat RFNS Puamau shortly after in ran aground in the Lau Islands on June 11, 2024

The government of Fiji and the Republic of Fiji Navy have begun an investigation into a recent grounding incident involving a naval patrol boat. The incident, which occurred on June 11, saw the patrol boat RFNS Puamau run aground on a reef in the Lau islands in the country’s southeast. The vessel’s...

COLUMN | The demise of Diamond Offshore: Lessons for the future [Offshore Accounts]

Last week saw Noble Corporation cement its place as the great consolidator in the offshore drilling industry recovery. Seven days ago, Noble announced that it was buying Diamond Offshore Drilling in a stock plus cash transaction valuing the company at around US$1.6 billion, a deal unanimously...

VESSEL REVIEW | MinRes Coolibah – Transhipping barges to support Western Australia iron ore trade

MinRes Airlie, a new transhipper barge delivered to Australia mining company Mineral Resources

Western Australia-based mining company Mineral Resources (MinRes) has taken delivery of two transhippment barges for transporting iron ore from shore to larger cargo ships off the coast. The vessels, which have been named MinRes Coolibah and MinRes Airlie, were built by COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry of China with design work done by MinRes in collaboration […]

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VESSEL REVIEW | Yaragada – Rescue boat to be deployed off South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula

Yaragada, a new rescue boat delivered to the South Australian State Emergency Service

The South Australian State Emergency Service (SASES) recently placed a new locally built search and rescue (SAR) boat into service. Built by Lonsdale-based manufacturer Nautic Star, the purpose-designed and built vessel has been named Yaragada. The new vessel replaces another that was deemed to...

Australian government approves next phase of Collins-class submarines’ life-of-type extension

HMAS Farncomb will be the first of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) six Collins-class submarines to undergo sustainment and capability enhancement under a life-of-type extension program being implemented by the Australian government, the Australian Department of Defence (DOD) confirmed earlier this week. The life-of-type extension program is part of the government’s commitment to invest AU$4 […]

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Companies selected for dredging and marine works in Lumsden Point, Western Australia

Lumsden Point in Western Australia

Jan De Nul (Australia) has been awarded a contract for dredging and land reclamation at Lumsden Point in the port of Port Hedland in Western Australia. The works will create a new access channel in the port to enable vessels to safely berth at Lumsden Point, a swing basin and berth pockets suitable...

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