Sultanate of Oman faces new GC32 challenge in Kiel but sets sights high after Hamburg Extreme 40 triumph

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Leigh McMillan’s triumphant Extreme 40 crew on The Wave, Muscat switch back to foils and move 100 kilometres north from Hamburg to Kiel in Germany this week for the third round of the Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour with high hopes for Sultanate of Oman to add a second crown to the 2015 honours board.

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Rigging, Period Fore-and-aft craft



There is very little text in this book, which is a collection of beautifully drawn images of period fore-and-aft craft. The text which is included is adequate to support the drawings. The drawings are impeccable. This is a very reasonably priced book, aimed at the model maker and particularly the scratch-build modeller who is either producing a model on the basis of a commercial kit that is greatly enhanced, or building from scratch to produce a unique model of high impact. For such modellers, a rigging book of this quality is a considerable aid, but it should also be considered by those readers who are building knowledge of period sailing craft and need to understand the finer points of period rigging. This book received a very favourable review from best selling author Julian Stockwin who is something of a perfectionist in his research for each of his Kydd and Renzi tales with a well-developed knowledge of naval craft of the Napoleonic War period.

Jensen designed LNG bunkering ATB gets ABS approval; CMA CGM takes delivery of 18,000 TEU giant

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Jensen designed LNG bunkering ATB gets ABS approval
July 27, 2015—ABS has granted approval in principle to a Jensen Maritime-designed, liquefied natural gas (LNG)-bunkering articulated tug-barge (ATB). The approval establishes that Jensen’s vessel concept, which is classed as an A1 Liquefied Gas Tank Barge, is compliant in principle with ABS rules and guides.

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Nordic American Tankers Limited (NYSE:NAT) – Announces acquisition of two modern Suezmax tankers – increasing the fleet to 26 vessels


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Nordic American Tankers Limited (“NAT”) today announced that it has agreed to acquire two Far East built Suezmax tankers at an average age of five years. The total price is about USD 122 mill. The vessels are expected to be delivered to us in September and October 2015. NAT does not plan to issue equity to finance these two vessels.

The acquisition represents a natural step in the further development of Nordic American. By adding two more ships, we increase the dividend capacity and earnings potential. We believe that our strong balance sheet, the dividend policy, well defined and transparent operating model provide NAT with a solid competitive position.

Funding agreed for Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships Project (GloMEEP)

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?The GloMEEP project, formally designated “Transforming the Global Maritime Transport Industry towards a Low Carbon Future through Improved Energy Efficiency”, will focus in particular on building capacity to implement technical and operational measures in developing countries, where shipping is increasingly concentrated.

IMO, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed an agreement to allocate US$2.0 million to a two-year global maritime energy efficiency partnership project, which aims to support increased uptake and implementation of energy-efficiency measures for shipping.

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At 13.34hrs on Saturday 25 July 2015, Seahouses Lifeboat Operations Manager was in the boathouse, when he heard a 7mtr Dive RIB (Rigid Inflatable boat) with 9 divers on board, attempting to call local boats on VHF radio Ch 16. No craft were responding, so the L.O.M. called them on the boathouse radio, and enquired if they had a problem. They replied that they had engine failure (possible propshaft problem), just south of Seahouses near the North Sunderland Buoy. He advised them to call Humber Coastguard on Ch 16, so that assistance could be organised for them, which they did. Meanwhile he spoke to Humber Coastguard by phone, and authorised launch of the All Weather Lifeboat “Grace Darling”.

This was the second call in 24 hours for the Seahouses Crew, and the Lifeboat was quickly launched and made its way to the casualty. The RIB was taken in tow, with consent of the skipper, and taken to Beadnell from where it had originally launched. The boat and its crew of divers were landed safely, and the lifeboat returned to station.

Mini Transat Îles de Guadeloupe: Ready for the adventure


• 74 candidates for the 2015 edition
• High standard of entries
• A qualifying win for Simon Koster

The final completion of entries and registration to compete in the Mini Transat Îles de Guadeloupe took place on Sunday 19th July, exactly two months before the start of the race. Whilst not completely oversubscribed, entries for this edition are of a very high standard with a number of the solo sailors committed to training regularly for the last two years and who have really honed their skills

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