Archives for 2023

Christmas Holidays

ICE employees will take well-deserved time off for Christmas starting December 22. Regular operations will resume on Wednesday, January 3. Our offices will be closed but senior management will be available on mobile phones for any urgent requirements. We wish…

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ICE at Europort 2023

After a Covid-mandated pause, ICE in November this year again had a stand at the Europort trade show in Rotterdam. This year, 24,470 visitors and 1,051 exhibitors from 107 countries took part in the 4-day event. ICE participated as part…

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Babcock Visiting ICE

Recently, two representatives from Babcock International Group visited ICE in Galati to explore areas of renewed collaboration. The visit included meetings with ICE senior management, a tour of the ICE main office building and an overview of ongoing projects. Babcock…

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ICE in Fast-Track LNG Projects

Exmar – an international provider of floating solutions for conversion and transportation of gas – in December 2022 awarded ICE a fast-track contract to help integrate two existing vessels into an offshore export facility for liquified natural gas (LNG). Having…

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US Offshore Windfarm Vessel Construction

ICE recently visited the St. Johns Ship Building (SJSB) yard in Florida as part of a consulting engagement. The yard’s diverse product line includes construction of aluminium crew transfer vessels (CTVs) designed to ferry service technicians quickly and safely to…

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ICE Visiting Mangalia Shipyard

In late October, a senior management team from the ICE Group visited Damen Shipyards Mangalia in Romania. There they met with Mr Sofien Lamiri, Managing Director and Liana Constantin, Corporate Affairs Director, to discuss cooperation on upcoming projects. They also…

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ICE at Europort

From 7-10 November 2023, ICE will again be exhibiting at the Ahoy exhibition center in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. With 26,000 professional visitors and 1,040 exhibiting companies, Europort stands as one of the world’s largest platforms for maritime meetings and…

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Leafield and ICE Agree to Cooperate

ICE has entered a cooperation agreement with Leafield Limited, a highly reputable UK company that supports navies world-wide to maintain and develop operational capability, with particular focus on speed of response and cost-effectiveness. Leafield’s services includes overhauling systems and equipment…

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Norway’s Ambassador to Romania visiting ICE

Recently, ICE had the pleasure of hosting Her Excellency Siri Barry, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway during her visit to Galati. Ambassador Barry is also accredited as Norway’s Ambassador to Bulgaria and Moldova. Following a brief introduction to ICE’s…

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From Summer Internship to Employment

The end of August brought an end to the 2023 summer internship program at ICE. The traditional summer program this year hosted students majoring in Naval Architecture and Electrical Engineering at the “Dunarea de Jos” University in Galati. “We wish…

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ICE and NAPA in Football Match

NAPA, a Finnish maritime software service provider with an office in Galati, has had a long professional association with ICE and earlier rented office space from ICE. To make the most of the summer days, employees from ICE and NAPA…

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Upcoming Marketing Events

ICE has had a busy first half of 2023 with full employment and projects that continue into next year. However, there is always a need to secure new work for the future. In addition to following up ongoing leads, ICE’s…

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ICE-Supported Development Project Receives Grant

Bluewater Engineering Limited (BWE), the inventor of SKYTUG®, has recently been awarded a grant from the Transport Research and Innovation Grants (TRIG) programme, financed by the UK Department for Transport (DfT). The TRIG programme aims to encourage engineers and other…

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Summer Holidays

This year, to ensure continuity of ongoing work, ICE will not have a common summer holiday period. While many of our employees will take time off during July and August, our offices will continue to operate, and ongoing contracts will…

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“Biggest and Best” Nor-Shipping

The 29th edition of the Nor-Shipping marine industry exhibition took place at the Lillestrøm exhibition centre outside Oslo in early June. With almost 1,000 international exhibitors and about 50,000 visitors, the organizers have declared this tradeshow to be the biggest…

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ICE Introduces Coast Guard OPV Design

Drawing upon extensive experience from both commercial and naval shipyards across the globe, ICE has recently developed a Coast Guard variant of its proprietary Thames Class Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) design. This specialized variant is designed to perform a wide…

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ICE-designed Cruise Ship Visiting Isle of Man

In mid-May, Silversea’s newest expedition ship, “Silver Endeavour”, made a visit to Port St Mary, Isle of Man. Previously known as “Crystal Endeavor” and operated by Crystal Cruises, the vessel was delivered from MV Werften’s shipyard in Stralsund, Germany in…

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ICE Attending Job Fair

In May, ICE participated in two “Job and Internship Fairs for Students and Graduates” organized by “Dunarea de Jos” University in Galati, Romania. These events provided a platform for ICE to promote its internship programs, present the career opportunities at…

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ICE at Nor-Shipping

ICE will again be exhibiting at Nor-Shipping, a leading maritime event taking place in Lillestrom (Oslo), Norway from 6th to 9th June 2023. As one of Europe’s largest privately-owned ship designers, we will present our designs for the commercial shipping,…

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SKYTUG® Awarded UK patent

Bluewater Engineering Limited (BWE), the inventor of SKYTUG®, has just been awarded a UK patent for SKYTUG’s core technology to engage, control and retrieve a multiple kite array. Several international patents are pending. Remote operation of the self-inflating kites is…

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Industry-first WTIV Lifecycle Assessment

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has just announced that it has commissioned a lifecycle assessment of its wind turbine installation vessels (WTIVs) Brave Tern and Bold Tern. In its announcement, the company says that “the assessment will allow us to be data-driven…

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Coronation Celebration in the UK

The Coronation on May 6th of King Charles III and Queen Camilla will be celebrated across the UK and in many other parts of the world. The Isle of Man, where the ICE Group is headquartered, is a self-governing Crown…

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ICE “Back on the Road” meeting Customers

ICE’s travel activity is now almost back to pre-pandemic level. Recently, Robert Swan, ICE’s President & COO, together with colleagues from ICE’s Romanian office visited clients and expected customers in Greece, Dubai and Scotland. Steinar Draegebo, ICE’s Chairman and CEO…

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ICE’s LNG Experience Finds Good Use

Recently, ICE has been awarded contracts to provide design assistance for three different vessels being urgently converted to meet the demand for seaborne Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to substitute pipeline transportation of natural gas. All projects are subject to confidentiality…

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A New Internship Program Under Way

ICE has just started a new internship program, aiming at providing valuable on-the-job learning opportunities to students and recent graduates while also creating a talent pipeline for potential future employees. Five students and one fresh graduate from the Faculty of…

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ICE attending SMI’s Annual Conference

ICE participated in the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) Annual Conference and the National Shipbuilding Office (NSO) Symposium in Edinburgh last month. This combined event focused on reviewing the progress of the refreshed UK National Shipbuilding Strategy after one year…

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Ferguson, CMAL and ICE in Joint Workshop

In January, ICE had another joint visit to its main design office of delegations from the Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) shipyard and its customer Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL), the Owner of the two dual-fuel ferries that Ferguson is currently…

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NAPA and ICE in Benchmarking Tests

As part of the long-standing collaboration between ICE and NAPA, design engineers and department managers from ICE’s Initial Design and Hull & Structure departments will be sharing with NAPA their experience in the practical use of the NAPA STEEL /…

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Decarbonisation of the Shipping Industry

As a signatory to the “Getting to Zero” coalition’s “Call to Action for Shipping Industry Decarbonisation”, ICE is one of 200 industry leaders and organisations committed to reducing the industry’s future dependence on fossil fuel. As such, ICE has developed…

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Marketing Internship at ICE

We welcome Sabina Alexandrescu, a native Romanian studying International Marketing and Management in the Netherlands at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences. Whilst ICE normally supports engineering students, Sabina’s internship at ICE is in marketing, but with focus on offshore…

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ClassNK Visiting ICE’s Head Office

On January 25th, ICE’s Isle of Man office enjoyed the visit of the Nippon Kaiji Kyokai classification society (“ClassNK”), represented by Dr Abdul Rahim, Corporate Officer and Managing Director (Europe & Africa) and Mr Tatsuya Hayashi, Deputy General Manager and…

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Children’s Christmas Party

December was the time for ICE’s traditional Christmas craft workshops for employees’ children. Christmas tree decorations and assembling creative block models were the theme this year. A huge thank you to ICE kids and to their parents for the participation!…

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Chairman’s New Year’s Greetings

Following my recent semi-annual briefing to employees, I had the pleasure of hosting nearly all ICE employees and several pensioners at a pre-Christmas drinks reception. It was our first such in-person social gathering after the start of the Covid pandemic,…

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