Thursday, August 17 2000

Kelvin Hughes ECDIS chosen for Watch-1 chemical tanker
The first Kelvin Hughes type approved electronic chart and display system
(ECDIS) has been installed on a new chemical carrier, as part of an
integrated bridge system (IBS) that meets DNV Watch-1 standards.

The Kelvin Hughes NINAS 9000 integrated bridge system has been installed on Stolt Cormorant, part of the Stolt Nielsen chemical carrier fleet. Built at the INMA shipyard in La Spezia, Italy, the vessel is a 5,200 dwt chemical parcel tanker, currently operating a very busy schedule in western European waters.

The ECDIS is part of the full Kelvin Hughes integrated bridge system
supplied to the vessel, and has been classed as compliant with Watch1 requirements, following design approval and onboard testing.

Stolt Cormorant is the first of a class of three vessels. The other ships,
Stolt Shearwater and Stolt Fulmar, are each being fitted with a Kelvin Hughes NINAS 9000 integrated bridge system.

A spokesman for Stolt Nielsen said, "The granting of Watch1 certification is
in keeping with our policy of building and operating ships to the highest
standards. In working with Kelvin Hughes we have found excellent co-operation and they have responded well to any requests we have made."

Coflexip Stena aids in sub rescue bid
At the request of the British Ministry of Defense, Coflexip Stena Offshore has released the vessel Normand Pioneer to assist with the rescue mission of the Russian submarine, Kursk, sunk in the Barents Sea. The vessel is owned by Solstad Shipping AS and is on long term charter to Coflexip Stena Offshore. Normand Pioneer will act as a mother ship for deployment of rescue equipment and the submarine LR5.

The rescue submarine, LR5, to be deployed in the rescue effort by the British Royal Navy was built in 1978 by Perry Slingsby Systems Ltd. U.K., which is wholly owned by the Coflexip Stena Offshore Group.

Coflexip Stena Offshore Group has also released specialist offshore operational personnel to assist in deployment activities. In addition the Group will provide technicians and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), one of which is a Triton(R) XL, No.18, which was designed and built by Perry Slingsby Systems Inc., U.S. affiliate of the Coflexip Stena Offshore Group.


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