V.Delta manages vessel conversions to meet new Panama Canal requirements

V.Delta manages vessel conversions to meet new Panama Canal requirements

The first vessels to navigate the newly expanded Panama Canal last month mark a significant milestone in a project, which launched literally with a blast on 3 September 2007. The USD $5.25 billion project is the largest investment in the Canal’s 100 year history however vessels wishing to benefit...

Analysis of bunker samples allows for better decision making

Analysis of bunker samples allows for better decision making

A study of 3,000 bunker samples by our SeaTec Condition Monitoring team has highlighted the most common causes for off spec fuel. Certified analysis with the addition of detailed diagnostic comments by our senior marine engineers has also enabled us draw conclusions on the top bunkering ports and countries...

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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...

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