Marlins and ISWAN collaborate to help seafarers prevent and prepare for piracy attacks

Marking IMO’s Day of the Seafarer, Marlins, part of V.Group and the charity, International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) have created a new elearning course to help seafarers prevent and prepare for piracy attacks. Although there have been no successful attacks off Somalia for some time, piracy, armed...

V.Ships Offshore awarded new ship management contract by Milaha Offshore

V.Ships Offshore, part of V. Group, has been awarded a new ship management contract by Milaha Offshore to provide full technical and crew management services for their self-propelled jack-up lift boat – the Milaha Explorer. The ship management services will be delivered from our newly acquired Bibby Ship Management...

What’s in your ballast water?

What’s in your ballast water?

With the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention 2004 getting closer to ratification, ship owners will be starting to think about how they meet the new requirements for ballast water treatment. With three to five billion tonnes of ballast water transferred internationally each year, ships picking up ballast water also...

Taking propeller efficiency to the next level

Fitting of a propeller boss cone fairing (PBCF) is an effective and inexpensive fuel saving device and can be fitted while the vessel is afloat with little disruption to schedule. The PBCF is essentially a modified propeller boss cap with fins. By improving the flow around the boss, the...

Paddling to victory

By day Ulrika Quist is an administration general manager with V.Group’s SeaTec Repairs business based in Monaco. The role takes Ulrika all over the world and she’s never without a paddle when travelling however not the kind you’d expect from someone working in the marine sector. Ulrika’s paddle is...

Defining and assuring competence in marine operations

Defining and assuring competence in marine operations was the topic of a presentation, by V.Ships Compliance Director, Mike Bradshaw to delegates at the Nautical Institute AGM event in Aberdeen, UK today (Thursday 9 June). Speaking as part of a panel session on competency and command, Mike set the scene...

Gas detector course reduces risk associated with enclosed space entry

Marlins, part of V.Group, has partnered with Martek Marine to create a new elearning course on gas detectors, which aims to help seafarers identify hazards associated with enclosed space entry. A hot topic in the marine industry, exposure to unsafe atmospheric conditions represents one of the most serious hazards...

UMC undertakes first underwater replacement of bow thruster chain

Our UMC team is used to dealing with unusual requests for help however a recent call from a propeller manufacturer presented a first for the team – an underwater repair to a bow thruster chain. The call revealed that a vessel – in Amsterdam – had issues with its...

V.Ships Offshore Captains and their crew recognised by Shell for safety

Captain Rod Rix and Captain Mikhail Medvedev have been recognised by Shell for improving performance in HSSE risk areas on the anchor handlers chartered in support of their Stones field development in the Gulf of Mexico. V.Ships Offshore took over full technical and crew management of the E.R. Offshore...

Commitment to enhancing offshore marine safety

Jamie Grant, senior fleet manager, V.Ships Offshore Aberdeen has been appointed to the UK’s Marine Safety Forum steering group The Forum promotes good practice and initiatives to enhance safety within the marine sector of the oil and gas industry. With representation from ship owners and managers, oil and gas...

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