zoom ROG Ship Repair BV will be the new name of the former Serdijn Ship Repair yet to be announced at this year’s maritime industry fair SMM in Hamburg, Germany.The name change comes six months after Rotterdam Offshore Group acquired Serdijn Ship Repair.“This change represents more than just a new name,” according to Martin van Leest, Managing Director of ROG Ship Repair. “ROG Ship Repair connects us with our brand heritage, but the new name goes further with an inherent guarantee to provide all our customers with the very best in ship repair, products, services, safety and innovation.”The Rotterdam-based terminal has in and out open sea access. Alongside the jetties there are lay-by facilities for (marine, sea-going and Jack Up) vessels up to 19m length, 6m breadth and 9.5 m draft. ROG has heavy lift crane capacity and a large yard area of more than 14,00sqm with a fully equipped workshop.ROG Ship Repair is a subsidiary of Rotterdam Offshore Group, and will focus on:yard repairs and conversions (including collision repair involving hull steel work to complete engine overhaul and maintenance and repair work on generators, pumps, winches, hydraulic systems, cranes, hatches etc.)port repairsvoyage repairsRotterdam Offshore Group as a whole addresses several other business services including mobilization, demobilization and maintenance for offshore vessels, construction work for any kind of vessel, along with high end on site mechanical services alignments, vibration and 3D measurements, 3D scanning and on-site machining.“The company’s new focus is already yielding impressive results, with an increasing order portfolio and satisfying reactions from the clients. We are now able to create new and better ways to serve our customers and enhance the quality, safety and environmental care of our work,” Martin van Leest added.“The recent extension of our business services has also proven successful and the company is working on additional business services to fuel growth. The new logo design is built around a balance between the old and new core values that fits well with the company’s marine heritage,” he stressed. Press Release, September 05, 2014
zoom South Korea’s port of Busan plans to bring new facilities on-stream this year, and has announced further developments in the future to meet the growing interest in Northeast Asia as a cruise destination. In September, the port will officially open a new cruise terminal to complement the current facility – Yeongdo Cruise Pier, opened in 2007 – to accommodate the trend for larger vessels.This facility will take cruise ships up to 130,000 tons and has 360 meters of quay length with 12 meters of water depth.The new terminal facility is a six-story building with total area of 93,932 square meters.Busan Port Authority has announced further plans to extend this new facility by adding an additional 75 meters of quay in order to accommodate vessels up to 200,000 tons. The extension will be operational by 2018. In the interim, Gammam Pier – an existing container berth – will be made available for the larger cruise ships.The cruise developments at Busan port are fully supported by the Korean government which has recently re-confirmed its commitment to developing the nation as a cruise hub and marine tourism destination.Plans include constructing additional cruise terminals nationwide to enhance facilities from the current three terminals to nine by 2020.”Cruise markets have traditionally focused on the Mediterranean, Europe and the Caribbean but we are now seeing passengers developing a taste for Northeast Asia. We can offer luxurious yet inexpensive cruise itineraries,” President of Busan Port Authority LIM Ki-tack said.”Cruise is a complex industry involving ports, tourism, customs, immigration, quarantine, ship supplies, ship agencies and more. We have listened to each sector so that we can enhance and develop Busan into a leading cruise destination. Last year we created the Busan Cruise Community comprising all those with an interest in this sector and we will use this forum to gather opinions and ideas to further develop the Busan cruise industry.”The port of Busan has seen cruise passenger throughput increase 28 fold since 2004 and cruise ship calls grow by a factor of six. Busan is expecting to welcome 280,000 passengers and 135 cruise ships in 2015.
Nova Scotians will soon be able to learn about the history of hockey and the life of Thomas Chandler Haliburton in one trip to the Haliburton House museum in Windsor. The Windsor Hockey Heritage Centre will showcase samples from its collection at Haliburton House while it looks for permanent accommodations. The Windsor Hockey Heritage Society is developing the exhibit which will occupy three rooms in the west wing of the provincial museum. The exhibit is expected to open in June. “Displaying the centre’s collection at Haliburton House is a natural fit to help protect our heritage,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “We believe that Thomas Chandler Haliburton, for whom the house is named, made the first known reference to hockey, then called hurley, in his writings.” Mr. Haliburton was a well-known author, lawyer, judge and member of the legislature. Communities, Culture and Heritage contributed exhibit space in Haliburton House and a transition team to help the centre move into its temporary location. Economic and Rural Development and Tourism contributed $15,000 towards the move. “This investment will help the Hockey Heritage Centre continue to attract more people to Nova Scotia and support the celebration of Windsor’s rich hockey heritage,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “The province appreciates the efforts of board members and volunteers, and we will continue to work with the society to try to find a permanent home for this important organization.” “This is a win-win situation for the centre, the museum, the town and the province,” said David Hunter, president of the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society. “We are very excited about the task at hand and the future of the centre.” The Windsor Hockey Heritage Society has recently accepted new volunteer members who will help with the move and with the centre’s future initiatives. Plans to organize fundraising events with community organizations have already started.