Manor Marine Secures Mainprize MO8 Vessel Build Contract

Manor Marine UK Ltd has secured a contract with Mainprize Offshore to build an offshore multi role windfarm service vessel; the MO8 is a bespoke in-house designed 26-metre Supa Swath catamaran designed by Walker Marine Design and due for delivery in Q2 2022.

The build of the MO8 will be the sixth crew transfer vessel constructed by Manor Marine, but the first vessel built for Mainprize Offshore; featuring a Supa-Swath hull form, the vessel will have 175m2 of deck space, a cargo capacity of 35 tonnes, seating for 24 passengers and a maximum speed of 27 knots.

Walker Marine Design has designed several of Manor Marine’s previous vessel build projects, including both the Manor Venture and Manor Endurance for Manor Renewable Energy.

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Germany pumps in millions to keep Asian-owned shipbuilder afloat

Germany has agreed to pump in 300 m euros (S$483 million) to keep MV WERFTEN afloat, after the pandemic knocked off kilter the shipbuilding subsidiary of Asian tourism and casino giant Genting Casinos.

MV WERFTEN’s three shipyards along the Baltic coast of former eastern state Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania had been forced to reduce the working hours of most of its 3,000 workers since the coronavirus crisis erupted more than a year ago.

With travel still severely restricted, particularly in Asia, the company has seen demand for huge cruise ships or luxury mega-yachts dwindle.

In December, Germany had already offered MV Werften a credit line of 193 m euros.

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Royal Yacht Britannia will be built and operational within four years

Boris Johnson has announced that a replacement for the Royal Yacht Britannia will be built and operational within four years.

Downing Street has unveiled plans, which will see the new ship “host high level trade negotiations and trade shows and will sail all over the world promoting British interests” as a part of the country’s post-Brexit “open Britain” push.

The new £200m ship will replace the Royal Yacht Britannia, which was the 83rd and last royal yacht after Tony Blair opted to not build a replacement.

Downing Street said the new ship’s role will be “distinct from that of any previous national flagship” and will dock at countries that are due for prime ministerial visits.

But there’s just one small problem the Queen nor her family want one.

The idea that it might be named after her late husband Prince Philip was snubbed by Buckingham Palace and a senior royal told The Sunday Times that a royal yacht was “too grand” a symbol for use in the modern age. “It is not something we have asked for,” they added.

National Maritime Perspective:
It is not a new national flagship that we need to announce that we are once more “a great independent, maritime nation!” Whilst it would most definitely support shipbuilding in this country, there may just be better ways to represent and promote the best of British… but there again Boris is of course a sucker for vanity projects…anyone fancy a stroll across the Garden Bridge!

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UK ship repair company nabs contract to build new multi-cat vessel platform for Mowi

UK ship repair company Dales Marine Services Ltd has announced a new contract for a new multi-cat style vessel platform for Mowi Ireland.

On the award of this contract, Marine Design International director simon cormack said that his company “demonstrated an in-depth knowledge in vessel engineering and an ability to deliver at a competitive price”.

The new design has been developed with Mowi Ireland as a platform incorporating the hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical supplies required for operations on the farms. This latest model also has propulsion efficiency improvements for transits between sites.

I look forward to visiting Dales Marine Services next week in Greenock who have over 30 years in vessel engineering and dry dock services with multiple vessels visiting its dry docks in Aberdeen, Leith, Greenock and Troon with a supporting dry dock at Grangemouth. Andrew Malcolm

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MP fears Government ‘cop out’ will move ship building abroad

A Plymouth MP has described a plan which could see new Royal Navy support ships effectively built overseas and assembled in Britain as a “cop out” – and called for the ships to be wholly built in the UK.

The Government has announced a £1.6bn competition to deliver three fleet solid support ships, which will carry munitions and provisions for the UK’s aircraft carriers.

Yet a key component of the competition allows successful bidders to be allowed to work in partnership with international companies but are required to “integrate” the ships in UK yards.

Unions have also issued fierce criticism of the move, as they say it will allow the ships to be branded as “made in Britain” even after they have been mostly built overseas and just put together in the UK.

A Unite the Union national officer said: “The competition launched by the Government is slippery as an eel. The concept that the contract could be won by a UK-led bid but then designed and completed largely overseas is highly dubious. Instead, defence secretary Ben Wallace needs to show his commitment and faith in UK workers’ skills and expertise. UK’s shipyards are in parts of the country which should be at the forefront of the government’s levelling up agenda. If the work isn’t fully awarded to UK yards it would be a betrayal of those commitments and these communities.

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UK orders for Royal Navy ships support Scottish shipbuilding jobs while SNP may turn to Poland to build much-needed ferries

The existing CalMac Ferries Limited fleet is creaking at the seams, with regular failures and breakdowns. CalMac’s largest ferry, the MV Loch Seaforth, serves the vital Stornoway to Ullapool route, but is currently out of service having suffered an engine failure last month. It was expected to be back on service on Friday, in time for the bank holiday weekend, but will now not resume sailings until Monday at the earliest.

In the meantime, CalMac have had to move ferries from other routes to keep services to the Western Isles running, causing problems elsewhere. Across the west coast and islands, there are real concerns as to the future sustainability of the ferry services supporting communities.

Perhaps the most worrying aspect of this whole situation is that it should not have taken anyone by surprise.

Politicians have known for years that the current CalMac fleet is ageing and prone to breakdown, and needs a major replacement programme.

The Scottish National Party (SNP) MP Angus MacNeil who represents the Western Isles has now suggested that it is time to look at Poland or other shipbuilding nations to provide the vessels that are needed by the communities he serves. The fact that such a prominent SNP figure is suggesting that these ferries may have to be built outside Scotland just demonstrates how serious this issue has become.

It really would be a supreme irony if an SNP government in Scotland were left in a position where they had to off-shore the construction of new ferries to shipyards elsewhere in Europe, or in the Far East, due to the inability of their government-owned yard to fulfil orders.

And it would be even more ironic if the future of Scottish shipbuilding was being secured thanks to the spending of a UK Conservative government, able to take decisions and deliver investment in a manner in which SNP ministers could only dream of.

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Fleet Solid Support ships competition launched

The UK Ministry of Defence has launched a £1.6 bn competition to acquire three new Fleet Solid Support ships that will keep the Royal Navy two new aircraft carriers stocked with supplies while at sea.

The competition marks the UK’s second attempt at the programme to acquire the new Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships that have consistently drawn criticism for the UK government’s plans to allow foreign shipyards to participate in the work.

Under the competition, the UK wants the three ships delivered by 2032. High-level requirements for the competition include a ship design that ‘minimises whole-life cost’ and meets sustainability objectives.

The National Maritime SME Maritime Working Group which helps drive trade and growth for maritime SMEs operating within the UK will continue lobbying government to ensure that products and services used on the builds are ‘sourced, serviced or produced in the UK under the UK Quality Mark of Excellence.

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New Zealand seeking industry info to build Antarctic patrol vessel

The New Zealand Defence Force has issued a request for information on design and build solutions for an eventual ice-strengthened offshore patrol vessel that the Royal New Zealand Navy would operate in the Southern Ocean and Antarctic’s Ross Sea for at least four months per year.

Several ship-building companies are likely to respond to the RFI, including Damen Naval Naval and FINCANTIERI S.p.A. subsidiary VARD Group.

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EU urged to rethink policies on supporting shipbuilding

The German Shipbuilders Association has called for a fundamental restructuring of the framework conditions for European shipbuilding, as Asian yards and suppliers continue to take custom away from Europe.

The situation in Germany – and elsewhere in Europe – has become more acutely felt during the pandemic with the sudden drop in demand for new cruise vessels – a last bastion for European shipbuilders.

“Unfortunately, state-defined framework conditions play a central role in shipbuilding. As a German medium-sized company, you cannot counter strategic action by the Chinese state. That is why we need an active policy ” said its president and the managing director of Fassmer Service

“It is now about more than bridging the lack of demand as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The European shipbuilding industry has been losing market share for decades because, above all, in Asia, with massive subsidies, cutthroat competition is practiced and Europe is not doing anything about it ” added Bernard Meyer, managing director of MEYER WERFT GmbH & Co. KG, one of Germany’s largest shipyard groups.

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Europe’s oldest dry dock set to close

Europe’s oldest dry dock is set to close at the end of May which could be the end of an era in a Cornish town. Penzance Dry Dock was the first of its kind in Europe when it opened in 1834 but now looks set to close.

The facility is leased by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group which has confirmed that it is pulling out.

In a statement the group, which runs ferry services to the islands and is based in Penzance, said: “The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group has leased Penzance Dry Dock and operated it as a business since 2009. In 2019, the company decided to focus on its core operations of transporting passengers and freight by sea and air.

“Following an extensive review over the past 18 months, the company has regretfully decided not to renew its lease of Penzance Dry Dock and will close the operation at the end of May this year.

“This decision affects 11 employees who were informed in February. Following a consultation process, around half this number are expected to be retained in other roles within the business.”

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