The Good Ship Vega Needs Your Help!

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The damaged mizzen mast that needs urgent replacement

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Vega is a 122 year old Hardanger built Norwegian sailing cargo vessel. Every year? the vessel sails 8,000 sea miles delivering ?25 tons of donated educational and medical supplies to some of? South East Asia’s most remote island communities. But now that work is seriously threatened unless money can be raised for a new mizzen mast

 

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Gladding-Hearn delivers pilot boat for Colombia

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Nam Cheong books orders worth $70 million

January 28, 2014—Malaysian shipbuilder Nam Cheong Limited has booked orders worth $70 million from repeat customer, Aberdeen, Scotland, based Sentinel Marine. They cover four Emergency Response and Rescue Vessels (ERRV) and one Anchor Handling Towing Supply Vessel (AHTS). “We are very pleased to have made a strong start in the new year, soon after reporting a record high of 24 vessel sales last month,” said Nam Cheong CEO Mr. Leong Seng Keat. “We are also encouraged by this repeat business which shows a strong vote of confidence in the quality of our vessels.”

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99P (Southern Pacific Ocean)

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NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over System 99P the Southern Pacific Ocean on January 28 at 14:47 UTC/9:47 a.m. EST and saw some strong thunderstorms (high cloud tops) where temperatures exceeded -63F/-52C (purple).
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Watches Up in Australia as NASA Sees System 99P Developing

NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over the tropical low pressure area designated as System 99P and infrared data shows that the low is getting organized. Meanwhile, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology posted a Cyclone Watch for coastal areas from Port Douglas to Proserpine, Queensland that are expected to be affected by the storm.

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91S (Southern Indian Ocean)

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NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over the Mozambique Channel on January 28 at 10:35 UTC/5:35 a.m. EST and saw some of the thunderstorms had high cloud tops, where temperatures exceeded -63F/-52C (purple).
Image Credit: NASA JPL, Ed Olsen

NASA Spots Developing Tropical System Affecting Mozambique’s Nampala Province

NASA’s Aqua satellite captured infrared data on a developing area of tropical low pressure known as System 91S that was brushing the Nampala Province of Mozambique on January 28.

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Strong winds keep Melges 24 crews ashore

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A honking northerly breeze and an outdoor temperature of 40 degrees have meant a subdued start to the Gill Melges 24 World Championship 2014 at Geelong in Victoria, Australia.
A practice race was scheduled for this afternoon, but winds of 28 knots gusting to 35 are well above the class’ upper limit. At the skipper’s briefing this morning at the host club, the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, all of the 26 teams opted to remain ashore.

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Island Offshore orders “game changer”

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Island Offshore orders “game changer” at Kawasaki Heavy

January 27, 2014—Island Offshore, in which the Chouest and Ulstein families are partners, announced that it has signed a contract with Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries for the construction of a large offshore vessel that Island Offshore CEO Håvard Ulstein, calls “another game changer in the offshore market.” Built to MOU (Mobile Offshore Unit) regulations, the vessel is being built to a new Rolls-Royce UT 777 design, developed in close cooperation with Island Offshore. Emphasis has been placed on designing and outfitting the vessel for optimal subsea operations, such as tophole drilling, light well intervention, subsea construction and inspection, maintenance and repair work.

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