Fleet agreement
In a potentially huge deal for the business, Optimarin has signed a fleet agreement with UK shipowner and management company Carisbrooke for its market leading Optimarin Ballast System (OBS). The deal has the potential to encompass OBS retrofits on the firm’s entire fleet of 46 bulk and multipurpose vessels.

Maritime award
The Isle of Man Ship Registry has won the Global Reach Award at one of the industry’s most prestigious events, the Mersey Maritime Awards. The Global Reach Award is presented to a business that is actively involved in international trade and has achieved global impact. Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for the Department of Economic Development said: “The Ship Registry is often the first introduction to the Isle of Man for international clients who quickly recognise the strengths of the Island in offering tailored professional services. The Ship Registry is an essential tool for the Isle of Man.”

Lifejacket launch
A lifejacket specially designed to safeguard workers in the harshest offshore environments has been launched by Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS). The Unitor Inflatable Lifejacket features class leading buoyancy, a Hammar automatic hydrostatic release system, and a design that is rugged, yet also light and comfortable to wear when performing demanding offshore tasks. Furthermore, the innovative design of the life jacket forms an effective wave barrier. This ensures that, regardless of whether the wearer is conscious or not, water is not channelled towards their face, protecting airflows.

£12 million contract
In its biggest contract win since it was established, Next Geosolutions has secured a £12 million survey contract from Prysmian Group for the MONITA Project in the Adriatic Sea. Next Geosolutions is contracted to undertake a large geophysical, UXO and geotechnical survey in support of the cable route design and engineering in water depths up to 1200 metres. The scope will be completed using two DP Class 2 vessels: the DP Cirrus, currently fitted with a Schilling Robotics HD Work-Class ROV for the geophysical and UXO survey, and the Ievoli Grey for the geotechnical survey.