New Zealand government to reverse ban on oil and gas exploration

Oil rig at an undisclosed location

Removing the ban on petroleum exploration beyond onshore Taranaki in New Zealand is part of a suite of proposed amendments to the Crown Minerals Act to deal with the energy security challenges posed by rapidly declining natural gas reserves, New Zealand Resources Minister Shane Jones confirmed. Mr...

https://www.bairdmaritime.com/offshore/exploration-development/offshore-exploration/new-zealand-government-to-reverse-ban-on-oil-and-gas-exploration/

Australian rescue organisation’s newest boats complete sea trials

Marine Rescue NSW's new boats Brunswick 30 and Trial Bay 30

Australian volunteer search and rescue (SAR) organisation Marine Rescue NSW has completed conducting sea trials of two recently acquired rigid inflatable boats (RIBs). Brunswick 30 and Trial Bay 30 belong to the same series of RIBs built by Yamba Welding and Engineering (YWE). Design work on the...

https://www.bairdmaritime.com/work-boat-world/ribs-and-rhibs/australian-rescue-organisations-newest-boats-complete-sea-trials/

ESB Miguel Keith Drills with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force in East China Sea

The Lewis B. Puller-class expeditionary mobile base USS Miguel Keith (ESB 5) steams in the Gulf of Thailand, Mar. 1, 2024, during Exercise Cobra Gold 2024. U.S. Navy Photo

Expeditionary sea base USS Miguel Keith(ESB-5) carried out trilateral drills with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Royal New Zealand Air Force in the East China Sea earlier this week. 

Destroyer JS Akizuki(DD-115) and a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft performed the drills for...

https://news.usni.org/2024/05/15/esb-miguel-keith-drills-with-japan-maritime-self-defense-force-royal-new-zealand-air-force-in-east-china-sea

EDITORIAL | Cook Strait checkmate: new Solutions for safer New Zealand ferries

Kaitaki in Wellington Harbour, photo date unknown

Nearly 900 people were on KiwiRail Interislander’s 29-year-old ferry Kaitaki when it lost power in a storm in January 2023 whilst entering Wellington Harbour en route from Picton on the South Island. Thankfully, nobody died and in the end, the passengers remained safely on the ship rather than...

https://www.bairdmaritime.com/work-boat-world/passenger-vessel-world/ro-pax/editorial-cook-strait-checkmate-new-solutions-for-safer-new-zealand-ferries/

Alaska tour operator acquires fast catamaran

Chugach Express, Phillips Cruises and Tours' new sightseeing catamaran

Phillips Cruises and Tours of Anchorage, Alaska recently took delivery of a new fast aluminium catamaran built to a design by New Zealand-based naval architecture firm Teknicraft Design. Chugach Express will operate daily in Prince William Sound and will be based out of Whittier. Constructed to US...

https://www.bairdmaritime.com/work-boat-world/passenger-vessel-world/maritime-tourism/alaska-tour-operator-acquires-fast-catamaran/

COLUMN | Looking to the future: Petrobras newbuilds; James Fisher; Saudi Arabia’s NEOM plans; TotalEnergies and Sapura; wind bust timing [Offshore Accounts]

“Brazil is the country of the future,” goes the cliché that the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig declared in 1941 as the opening line of his book Brazil, Land of the Future. Zweig wrote in exile there, and a year later, he and his wife deliberately killed themselves with a drug overdose. Brazilians then began joking […]

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California institute orders new research vessel

The California State Polytechnic University at Humboldt (Cal Poly Humboldt) has placed an order for a new research vessel for use by its marine sciences program. The vessel will be a semi-displacement aluminium catamaran developed by Teknicraft Design of Auckland, New Zealand. The vessel will be...

https://www.bairdmaritime.com/work-boat-world/specialised-fields/marine-research-and-training/california-institute-orders-new-research-vessel/

US Marine Corps acquires two new combat watercraft

A Multi-Mission Reconnaissance Craft demonstrator built by The Whiskey Project Group

The US Marine Corps recently took delivery of two new combat reconnaissance watercraft in a series built by Australian-New Zealand partnership The Whiskey Project Group (TWPG). Designated as a Multi-Mission Reconnaissance Craft (MMRC), the vessels are capable of reconnaissance and counter-reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition, interdiction, and battlespace shaping operations. Low-observable features that make the craft […]

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New ocean species discovered during research expedition off Bounty Trough, New Zealand

Scientists on an expedition to the underexplored Bounty Trough off New Zealand have discovered around 100 new and potentially new ocean species, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research of New Zealand (NIWA) recently confirmed. The three-week voyage on NIWA’s research vessel Tangaroa was the first flagship Southern Hemisphere expedition for Ocean Census, a […]

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AWARDS 2023 | Innovative Patrol Boat – Matawha – One2three Naval Architects & Sentinel Boats

Innovative Patrol Boat – Matawha – One2three Naval Architects & Sentinel Boats These impressively versatile and innovative patrol/workboats were recently delivered to the Royal New Zealand Navy by their Tasmanian builder Sentinel Boats. Classed by the navy, in typically clumsy naval parlance, as littoral manoeuvre craft (LMC), they are, given their intended roles, revolutionary. Constructed […]

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