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Stena RoRo Orders Two LNG-Fueled RoPax Ferries
by The Maritime Executive
Saturday, May 26, 2018

Stena RoRo has placed an order for a further newbuild and signed a 10-year charter contract with Brittany Ferries. The vessel now ordered, which will be built for LNG operation, is the sixth in the so-called Stena E-Flexer RoPax class with delivery set for autumn 2021. Stena RoRo has a further two options with the Chinese shipyard AVIC International. At the same time, the newbuild has been signed to a 10-year charter with the French ferry shipping company Brittany Ferries.

This vessel, together with a further vessel in the E-Flexer series ordered last winter, will supplement Brittany Ferries’ fleet operating between Portsmouth in the UK and Bilbao and Santander in Spain. The new ferries will have a capacity of 3,100 lane metres and will accommodate up to 1,000 passengers.

In 2016, Stena RoRo placed an order for four large RoPax vessels with the Chinese shipyard AVIC International with an option on a further four vessels. The vessel now ordered is the sixth in the series and, in contrast to the other vessels, will be built for LNG operation. Recently, a 10-year charter contract for a vessel planned for service in the English Channel was signed with the Danish shipping company DFDS. The other three vessels will be operated by Stena Line on the Irish Sea.

“These ships have been designed to satisfy our customers’ demanding standards with respect to both operational efficiency and the environment. The Stena E-Flexer class is designed to offer the highest possible flexibility as regards future fuels and Brittany Ferries has chosen LNG operation for this ship”, says Per Westling, MD, Stena RoRo AB.

About Stena RoRo

Since 1977, Stena RoRo has been a leader in the development of new marine RoRo cargo and passenger concepts. Our products consist of both specially designed and standardised RoRo and RoPax vessels. The company charters some 20 vessels to operators all over the world, both other Stena companies and third parties. Stena RoRo specialises above all in using its technical expertise to design and convert existing vessels to be able to supply its customers with tailor-made transport solutions. We call this “Stenability”. www.stenaroro.com

 




Stena RoRo Orders Two LNG-Fueled RoPax Ferries
by The Maritime Executive
Saturday, May 26, 2018

Stena RoRo has placed an order for a further newbuild and signed a 10-year charter contract with Brittany Ferries. The vessel now ordered, which will be built for LNG operation, is the sixth in the so-called Stena E-Flexer RoPax class with delivery set for autumn 2021. Stena RoRo has a further two options with the Chinese shipyard AVIC International. At the same time, the newbuild has been signed to a 10-year charter with the French ferry shipping company Brittany Ferries.

This vessel, together with a further vessel in the E-Flexer series ordered last winter, will supplement Brittany Ferries’ fleet operating between Portsmouth in the UK and Bilbao and Santander in Spain. The new ferries will have a capacity of 3,100 lane metres and will accommodate up to 1,000 passengers.

In 2016, Stena RoRo placed an order for four large RoPax vessels with the Chinese shipyard AVIC International with an option on a further four vessels. The vessel now ordered is the sixth in the series and, in contrast to the other vessels, will be built for LNG operation. Recently, a 10-year charter contract for a vessel planned for service in the English Channel was signed with the Danish shipping company DFDS. The other three vessels will be operated by Stena Line on the Irish Sea.

“These ships have been designed to satisfy our customers’ demanding standards with respect to both operational efficiency and the environment. The Stena E-Flexer class is designed to offer the highest possible flexibility as regards future fuels and Brittany Ferries has chosen LNG operation for this ship”, says Per Westling, MD, Stena RoRo AB.

About Stena RoRo

Since 1977, Stena RoRo has been a leader in the development of new marine RoRo cargo and passenger concepts. Our products consist of both specially designed and standardised RoRo and RoPax vessels. The company charters some 20 vessels to operators all over the world, both other Stena companies and third parties. Stena RoRo specialises above all in using its technical expertise to design and convert existing vessels to be able to supply its customers with tailor-made transport solutions. We call this “Stenability”. www.stenaroro.com

 




How Galileo Became the MCA Flag-ship Maritime Academy in Asia
by The Maritime Executive
Saturday, May 26, 2018

[By Anthony H Gould AFNI FRGS, CEO of Galileo Maritime Academy]

The story began in 2011 when I, as a Royal Navy engineer, flew out to Thailand and had a vision to start a school for superyacht crew. I could see Asia growing fast as a maritime destination for charter superyachts as well as for cruise and merchant shipping. The crew, I envisioned, could be mostly young Asians with a taste for adventure, and I would provide the training they needed.

Phuket is the centre of the superyacht industry in the Asia Pacific region, and superyachts were discovering the great abundance of pristine cruising grounds in the remote and beautiful areas of the Andaman Islands, Phuket and Phang Nga Bay, the newly opened Mergui archipelago off Myanmar, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam etc. The opportunity was there to grow Galileo into a fine business but the key to success would be finance for facilities, a full range of internationally approved courses, and a successful outcome for the Galileo graduates in getting placed on suitable yachts and cruise lines.

I decided the time was right to set up Galileo Yachting and got started with mainly Thai students. The school had no accreditation at that stage and taught basic stewardess interior and deckhand skills. Phuket turned out to be a great location that began to attract not just local crew but quickly became known in Europe and America.

At this time, I was buying and developing rubber plantations, having recently taken early retirement from the public corporations that I had been managing for some 30+ years. I was living in Phuket, just across the road from Galileo Yachting School. As a lifetime ocean sailor and navigator I was fascinated by the potential for this fledgling school and soon realised that this could be my final career challenge – building a world class fully international maritime academy. The location was an obvious choice, right in the heart of the Asia Pacific cruising grounds, and the marine industry generally was set to grow faster here than anywhere in the world. So I purchased a 50% stake in the company and a few months later, purchased the remaining 50%.

Subsequently, I worked very hard to get the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) to audit my school and give us their approval and accreditation. However, this turned out to be a challenge as they first thought us to be too far away and in a region known for inadequate training standards. How would they be confident of maintaining their reputation for excellence and world leading training standards?

Convincing the MCA that my own track record as CEO and President of UK, USA, Australian and Asian public listed companies over a 30 year career, together with my vision for the future of Galileo as a truly trustworthy and standards driven academy in Asia, took a year! Thereafter, the policy makers at MCA agreed to put us to the test with desk audits in Southampton. If we passed that rigorous stage, a full field audit with examiners would be conducted in Thailand.

This was a very demanding and expensive process over an 18 month period. It required much investment in instructor training and recruitment; training facilities that met all MCA, IMO, MNTB and ISPS requirements and criteria; and business control systems proven to meet the highest security, safety and integrity standards. Eventually, we passed all the audits and our examiners told us we were “well on our way to becoming the world’s top maritime training facility”.  Asked why, the response was that we were doing things other academies were not doing so well – particularly, focusing on an interactive, engaging and practical experience that was stimulating, fun and given with dedication and enthusiasm by young expert instructors. 

We were all so fired up with enthusiasm and plans for the future growth of our facilities, for expanding into a full range of courses for professional seafarers across cruise and merchant shipping, offshore oil & gas as well as superyachts. So, after three years we entered another process of re-auditing our existing 10 MCA courses and adding 10 new advanced STCW courses for MCA approvals. By mid 2017 we achieved full MCA approvals to deliver 20 STCW courses and provide Certificates of Competence to professional seafarers on behalf of MCA.

In the last four years, we have come a long way. We have now attracted three investors to help us finance the huge cost of equipment, facilities, school buildings, training vessels and life-boats of all types.  We now have a School of Marine Engineering, an Advanced Fire Fighting School, Deep Water Survival Pool, Survival Craft and Fast Rescue Boats facility, a Medical Centre, Culinary Arts Kitchen and a Crew Residence for 30 students at a time.

A bit more about my background to this mission:

I have been an active yachtsman for the last 50 years although my professional life has been as CEO of public companies in the publishing, data technology and shipping industries across USA, UK, Australia and the Asia region.  I bought my first yacht at 19 years old and yachting has been my passion since then. I was appointed Chairman of the cruising committee of the Cruising Association and later, Chairman of Council of that august body based in St Katherine Dock in London. I wrote regular articles for Yachting Monthly and several other yachting magazines during my first and second two year cruises around the Atlantic and Mediterranean seas and then later during my journey from Taiwan, through the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and down the coast of Australia to Sydney, where I became an active member of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.

My early career was in publishing, first in newspaper circulation and marketing, then as MD of a group of professional publishing companies within the International Thomson Organisation where I developed fine art, political, legal and electronic publishing businesses. During that time, I created the European Law Centre which was Europe’s first foray into remote on-line searching for highly valuable information and documents by a service called “Eurolex”. This was a fore-runner to the internet and the searching system we then designed, with the help of a team of computer scientists from the Atomic Energy Authority, the EEC (today’s European Union) and the University of South Wales (USW), is the same basic software “STATUS” that we all use today when we ask a question on the internet via any search engine.

Later, after building a 54 foot yacht in Taiwan and sailing to Papua New Guinea where I became CEO of the Development Corporation and directed shipping, transportation and freight handling companies, I sailed into Sydney Harbour and was soon invited to set up the Australian Legal Information System and took that company public on the Australian Stock Exchange. My company took over several computer service companies to form the largest IT systems group in Australia with about 4,000 professional staff. A few years later, after establishing a British public transport systems group as CEO, Asia Pacific, and then as CEO and President of Image Sensing Systems, a Nasdaq USA listed group, I retired from the “board-room” and became a rubber plantation owner in rural Thailand. 

This was when I first became interested in Galileo and started to develop Galileo Maritime Academy in Phuket.

We built a new campus, based in the 200 acre site of Asia’s largest superyacht marina, at Yacht Haven Marina. Our new HQ building is located right in the centre of the campus of facilities, over looking the marina and the beauty of Phang Nga Bay, where students can walk to each of the different specialised training facilities and boats in the marina.

The new central building also has three lecture theatres, teaching kitchens, a recreation room and a boardroom where fine dining is practiced in regular assessment dinners and graduation parties. Our business has expanded and we are now providing training programs for the cruise line, merchant marine and offshore oil and gas industries.

Our mission is to provide, for professional seafarers worldwide as well as new entrants to the industry, the most enjoyable practical training experience to the highest international standards and with MCA, IMO, MNTB and ISPS compliant equipment, instructors and lesson plans. Creating the MCA flag-ship training facility in the Far East will be the realisation of my life’s remaining professional task.

For further information please contact: Anthony H Gould AFNI FRGS at Anthony@GalieoMaritimeAcademy.com / www.GalileoMaritimeAcademy.com




How Galileo Became the MCA Flag-ship Maritime Academy in Asia
by The Maritime Executive
Saturday, May 26, 2018

[By Anthony H Gould AFNI FRGS, CEO of Galileo Maritime Academy]

The story began in 2011 when I, as a Royal Navy engineer, flew out to Thailand and had a vision to start a school for superyacht crew. I could see Asia growing fast as a maritime destination for charter superyachts as well as for cruise and merchant shipping. The crew, I envisioned, could be mostly young Asians with a taste for adventure, and I would provide the training they needed.

Phuket is the centre of the superyacht industry in the Asia Pacific region, and superyachts were discovering the great abundance of pristine cruising grounds in the remote and beautiful areas of the Andaman Islands, Phuket and Phang Nga Bay, the newly opened Mergui archipelago off Myanmar, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam etc. The opportunity was there to grow Galileo into a fine business but the key to success would be finance for facilities, a full range of internationally approved courses, and a successful outcome for the Galileo graduates in getting placed on suitable yachts and cruise lines.

I decided the time was right to set up Galileo Yachting and got started with mainly Thai students. The school had no accreditation at that stage and taught basic stewardess interior and deckhand skills. Phuket turned out to be a great location that began to attract not just local crew but quickly became known in Europe and America.

At this time, I was buying and developing rubber plantations, having recently taken early retirement from the public corporations that I had been managing for some 30+ years. I was living in Phuket, just across the road from Galileo Yachting School. As a lifetime ocean sailor and navigator I was fascinated by the potential for this fledgling school and soon realised that this could be my final career challenge – building a world class fully international maritime academy. The location was an obvious choice, right in the heart of the Asia Pacific cruising grounds, and the marine industry generally was set to grow faster here than anywhere in the world. So I purchased a 50% stake in the company and a few months later, purchased the remaining 50%.

Subsequently, I worked very hard to get the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) to audit my school and give us their approval and accreditation. However, this turned out to be a challenge as they first thought us to be too far away and in a region known for inadequate training standards. How would they be confident of maintaining their reputation for excellence and world leading training standards?

Convincing the MCA that my own track record as CEO and President of UK, USA, Australian and Asian public listed companies over a 30 year career, together with my vision for the future of Galileo as a truly trustworthy and standards driven academy in Asia, took a year! Thereafter, the policy makers at MCA agreed to put us to the test with desk audits in Southampton. If we passed that rigorous stage, a full field audit with examiners would be conducted in Thailand.

This was a very demanding and expensive process over an 18 month period. It required much investment in instructor training and recruitment; training facilities that met all MCA, IMO, MNTB and ISPS requirements and criteria; and business control systems proven to meet the highest security, safety and integrity standards. Eventually, we passed all the audits and our examiners told us we were “well on our way to becoming the world’s top maritime training facility”.  Asked why, the response was that we were doing things other academies were not doing so well – particularly, focusing on an interactive, engaging and practical experience that was stimulating, fun and given with dedication and enthusiasm by young expert instructors. 

We were all so fired up with enthusiasm and plans for the future growth of our facilities, for expanding into a full range of courses for professional seafarers across cruise and merchant shipping, offshore oil & gas as well as superyachts. So, after three years we entered another process of re-auditing our existing 10 MCA courses and adding 10 new advanced STCW courses for MCA approvals. By mid 2017 we achieved full MCA approvals to deliver 20 STCW courses and provide Certificates of Competence to professional seafarers on behalf of MCA.

In the last four years, we have come a long way. We have now attracted three investors to help us finance the huge cost of equipment, facilities, school buildings, training vessels and life-boats of all types.  We now have a School of Marine Engineering, an Advanced Fire Fighting School, Deep Water Survival Pool, Survival Craft and Fast Rescue Boats facility, a Medical Centre, Culinary Arts Kitchen and a Crew Residence for 30 students at a time.

A bit more about my background to this mission:

I have been an active yachtsman for the last 50 years although my professional life has been as CEO of public companies in the publishing, data technology and shipping industries across USA, UK, Australia and the Asia region.  I bought my first yacht at 19 years old and yachting has been my passion since then. I was appointed Chairman of the cruising committee of the Cruising Association and later, Chairman of Council of that august body based in St Katherine Dock in London. I wrote regular articles for Yachting Monthly and several other yachting magazines during my first and second two year cruises around the Atlantic and Mediterranean seas and then later during my journey from Taiwan, through the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and down the coast of Australia to Sydney, where I became an active member of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.

My early career was in publishing, first in newspaper circulation and marketing, then as MD of a group of professional publishing companies within the International Thomson Organisation where I developed fine art, political, legal and electronic publishing businesses. During that time, I created the European Law Centre which was Europe’s first foray into remote on-line searching for highly valuable information and documents by a service called “Eurolex”. This was a fore-runner to the internet and the searching system we then designed, with the help of a team of computer scientists from the Atomic Energy Authority, the EEC (today’s European Union) and the University of South Wales (USW), is the same basic software “STATUS” that we all use today when we ask a question on the internet via any search engine.

Later, after building a 54 foot yacht in Taiwan and sailing to Papua New Guinea where I became CEO of the Development Corporation and directed shipping, transportation and freight handling companies, I sailed into Sydney Harbour and was soon invited to set up the Australian Legal Information System and took that company public on the Australian Stock Exchange. My company took over several computer service companies to form the largest IT systems group in Australia with about 4,000 professional staff. A few years later, after establishing a British public transport systems group as CEO, Asia Pacific, and then as CEO and President of Image Sensing Systems, a Nasdaq USA listed group, I retired from the “board-room” and became a rubber plantation owner in rural Thailand. 

This was when I first became interested in Galileo and started to develop Galileo Maritime Academy in Phuket.

We built a new campus, based in the 200 acre site of Asia’s largest superyacht marina, at Yacht Haven Marina. Our new HQ building is located right in the centre of the campus of facilities, over looking the marina and the beauty of Phang Nga Bay, where students can walk to each of the different specialised training facilities and boats in the marina.

The new central building also has three lecture theatres, teaching kitchens, a recreation room and a boardroom where fine dining is practiced in regular assessment dinners and graduation parties. Our business has expanded and we are now providing training programs for the cruise line, merchant marine and offshore oil and gas industries.

Our mission is to provide, for professional seafarers worldwide as well as new entrants to the industry, the most enjoyable practical training experience to the highest international standards and with MCA, IMO, MNTB and ISPS compliant equipment, instructors and lesson plans. Creating the MCA flag-ship training facility in the Far East will be the realisation of my life’s remaining professional task.

For further information please contact: Anthony H Gould AFNI FRGS at Anthony@GalieoMaritimeAcademy.com / www.GalileoMaritimeAcademy.com




24th Med Marine Tugboat Has Joined The Company’s Harbor Fleet
by The Maritime Executive
Saturday, May 26, 2018

Med Marine’s new tugboat, MED XXVII, sailed through Istanbul’s Bosphorus on 24.05.2018 and joined Med Marine’s national fleet in İzmit Bay Province. Total number of Med Marine tugboats operating in Turkey has reached 24.

The vessel is a Robert Allan Design RAmparts 2300-MM tugboat, designed exclusively for Med Marine just like other three sisters joined the fleet in previous months. MED XXVII is the fourth of six RAmparts 2300-MM model tugboats, and the remaining two vessels are expected to be delivered in June and July 2018.

ASD type high-quality vessel is designed for harbour and terminal operations, and coastal towing. She has the length of 23,00m, the beam of 10,90m and the depth of 4,4m.

A pair of powerful Caterpillar 3512C diesel engines develops a total output of 2 x 1.380 bKw at 1.600 rpm with a free sailing speed of 12.0 knots and bollard pull of 50 tons. Two Caterpillar C4.4 gensets provide total 2 x 86 ekw electrical power for vessel services, including the deck machinery. MED XXVI drives two Schottel SRP340 azimuthing thrusters with fixed pitch propellers of 2,100 mm diameter. Diesel-driven fire-fighting (FiFi) pump for the tug’s FiFi E system is mounted on one of the main engines and can deliver 1,400 m3/h to two electrically-controlled monitors.

SEC Groningen supplied electric frequency controlled anchor & towing winch for chain 19 mm Gr 2 with one chain and electric frequency controlled aft towing winch with one towing drum.

The front towing winch is custom made for Med Marine with a pulling force of 300kN and holding force of 1300kN.

The RAmparts 2300-MM tugs are compliant with the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) with high-quality and great-comfort accommodation, a captain’s cabin, an officer cabin and two double crew cabins.

The vessel’s general notations are as follows: RINA C ✠ HULL ✠ MACH ✠ AUT-UMS, Firefighting Ship E with Water Spray, Unrestricted Navigation, Greenstar 3, MLC Design

For more information on Med Marine, please visit http://www.medmarine.com.tr/.




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