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SKYTUG® in “World First” Kite Demonstration

As part of its development of the SKYTUG concept, Bluewater Engineering Limited (BWE), the SKYTUG’s inventor, has recently successfully tested its patented technology for  synchronous launch and control of multiple kites, hoisting a kite into the air using remotely controlled…

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US Defence Contractor Visiting ICE

ICE recently had the pleasure of a visit from a delegation from Raytheon, a major US defence contractor, together with representatives from Leafield Limited, a UK warship maintenance specialist. Raytheon, an RTX business, is a technology leader specializing in defence,…

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ICE at OTC in Houston

ICE, with its extensive background in marine design of FPSOs and other offshore energy floaters (more than 40 projects), will be represented at the upcoming Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas, by Steinar Draegebo (Chairman & CEO) and Jason…

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ICE’s New Internship Program

In March, ICE started a new internship program. Following an interview process, ten students from the Faculty of Naval Architecture and the Faculty of Automation, Computers, and Electrical Engineering at Galati University were selected to participate in this 3-month program….

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Saipem Visiting ICE

ICE’s Romanian office recently had the pleasure of a visit from a delegation from Saipem’s offices in Milan and Paris, together with a representative from Moss Maritime, Saipem’s Norwegian subsidiary. ICE’s cooperation with Saipem started almost ten years ago with…

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ICE has a new Business Development Director

Jason Nunn, a British executive with substantial international offshore industry background, has joined ICE as its new BDD. With degrees in engineering supplemented with an MBA, Jason has worked for several well-known companies including Baker Hughes, Wellstream, KBR and ABB…

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ICE Enjoys a Busy Start to 2024

The first two months of 2024 have been busy for ICE. In addition to ongoing projects for clients in Scotland, the Netherlands and Singapore, ICE’s marketing and estimating teams have responded to inquiries from established and potentially new customers in…

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ICE Hosting ANCONAV Meeting

In February, ICE hosted the quarterly meeting of the Romanian Shipbuilders Association (ANCONAV), which represents the Romanian shipbuilding industry, including producers of ships’ equipment and service providers. As part of the proceedings, Dragos Totolici, Head of ICE’s Initial Design Department,…

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VARD Visiting ICE

Recently, two senior representatives from VARD Group AS in Norway visited ICE in Galati to explore additional areas of collaboration. The visit included meetings with ICE management and a tour of the ICE main office building. Acquired by the Italian…

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Coen Landa stepping down from BDD position

After seven years with the ICE Group, Coen Landa has decided to pursue other interests and has resigned from his position as ICE’s corporate Business Development Director. He has agreed to continue assisting ICE as a consultant, on an ad…

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ICE Kids – Future Naval Architects

A big thank you to all the fantastic kids who took part in our “Build a Wind-Powered Boat” competition last December. It’s very encouraging to see the younger members of our wider ICE family showing such an appreciation for the…

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ICE Chairman’s New Year’s Message

In 2024 I will have served 20 years as Chairman and Chief Executive of the ICE Group. In that period, ICE has changed from essentially being two separate entities – one in the UK/Isle of Man and one in Romania,…

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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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ICE Again Active at Industry Events

Since early 2020, the Covid-19 Pandemic has made face-to-face meetings difficult and international travel has been severely curtailed. For companies like ICE that depend on international business, these restrictions have had a major impact on the ability to meet new…

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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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Christmas Holidays

ICE employees will take well-deserved time off for Christmas starting December 21. Regular operations resume on Tuesday, January 3. Our offices will be closed but senior management will be available on mobile phones for any urgent requirements. We wish our…

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ICE Welcomes NAPA to its Romanian Office

ICE’s property management subsidiary in Galati is pleased to welcome NAPA, a Finnish maritime software service provider as a new tenant. NAPA has a team of 37 software engineers, naval architects and technical consultants in Romania, developing software and serving its many licensees in the region. They…

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Re-naming of ICE-designed Expeditionary Cruise Ship

On November 19, Silversea Cruises gave its newest expeditionary cruise ship the name “Silver Endeavour”. The naming ceremony took place in the Lemaire Channel, one of Antarctica’s most scenic straits, ahead of the ship’s inaugural voyage under her new name. The 200-passenger vessel, described…

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ICE Expanding its Shipbuilding Service Scope

Primarily known as a ship designer, ICE also takes pride in intimately understanding the shipbuilding process. This knowhow is gained from “best practise” at more than 100 shipyards around the world, as well as from ICE’s management and many employees…

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Educational Quality Commission Visiting ICE

In addition to extensive experience from working on design of a variety of ships for different customers – and in many cases also having had hands-on shipyard experience – almost all ICE employees have a solid academic background with degrees…

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Dutch Client Visiting ICE

Among its recent visitors, ICE was pleased to welcome Bart van Rijssen, Managing Director of Nevesbu, who visited ICE’s main design office in Romania to discuss experience from a recent project, tour the design office, and get updated on ICE’s…

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Former Head of ICEPRONAV Passed Away

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Professor Dr Liviu Crudu. He died unexpectedly in hospital on October 9th, 2022, at the age of 68. Following his graduation in Naval Architecture from the Dunărea de…

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ICE’s SOV Designs Receiving Attention

The high cost of fossil fuel has accelerated an already rapid growth of offshore wind farms around the world. That has resulted in a corresponding need for vessels both to install and later to maintain offshore wind farms, as well…

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Trade Show Participation Ramping up

One of the most cost-effective ways to meet customers in person is to participate at selected trade shows. As a sign that the pandemic is now less threatening, marine industry trade shows are now again being held “in person”, and…

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Dutch Visitors to ICE

A team from Damen Yachting recently visited ICE’s main design office in Romania to discuss experience from a recent project, tour the design office and get updated on ICE’s resources and capabilities available for upcoming work. The family-owned Damen shipbuilding…

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Student Internship at ICE

This summer, ICE again arranged its traditional summer programme for students from the Faculty of Naval Architecture of the “Dunarea de Jos” University. Many of ICE’s employees holds graduate or post graduate degrees from this internationally recognised university, with which…

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ICE is Hiring Additional Professional Staff

Ongoing and upcoming design contracts are requiring ICE to hire additional naval architects and graduate engineers in several disciplines for its subsidiary ICEPRONAV Engineering SRL in Galati, Romania. Both permanent positions and short-term engagements are available for qualified candidates. ICE…

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ABL Group Visiting ICE

Earlier this summer, two senior representatives of ABL Group visited ICE to explore areas of common interest. ABL Group is a leading independent global energy and marine consultancy, working in energy and ocean-related fields to de-risk and drive the transition across…

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Scottish Visitors to ICE

A combined team from Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) Limited and its ship-owning client Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) recently visited ICE’s main design office in Romania for a design review workshop related to ICE’s ongoing contract with Ferguson. The picture…

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Summer Holidays

This year, ICE will not have a common summer holiday period. Many of our employees will take time off in July and August but our offices will remain open and ongoing contracts will progress as normal. We wish everyone a…

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ISO 9001:2015 Recertification Success

In June, ICE successfully passed the recertification audit for ISO 9001:2015. The audit was carried out over four days for ICE’s main design office in Galati, Romania and one day for the Branch Office in Split, Croatia. The ICE Group’s…

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Posidonia 2022 a Success

After four years of absence due to the Covid pandemic, the traditional Posidonia marine industry exhibition took place in Athens in early June with 2000 exhibitors from 88 countries and thousands of visitors. ICE participated with a large stand and…

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Zero-emission Service Operation Vessel (SOV)

ICE has developed a Service Operation Vessel design suitable for emission free operations and cost-effective maintenance of offshore wind farms. The concept uses a battery-powered propulsion system designed to be recharged using offshore charging stations. ICE WS-90-SOV is designed to…

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ICE Exhibiting at Posidonia 2022

ICE will again be exhibiting at the upcoming Posidonia 2022 in Athens. Mr Coen Landa, Business Development Director of ICE Marine Design said: “ICE will have three representatives at the trade show. We are looking forward to discussing ICE’s designs…

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UK Clients Visiting ICE

ICE had the pleasure of a recent 2-day visit of a combined delegation from the Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) Limited (FMPG) shipyard and Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL). Since 2020, ICE has been providing technical assistance to help FMPG correct…

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ICE Hosting Industry Meeting

ICEPRONAV Engineering hosted in May the quarterly meeting of the Romanian Shipbuilders Association (ANCONAV) – the first in-person association meeting since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. ICEPRONAV is one of the founding members of ANCONAV, which represents the Romanian…

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More WTI Vessel Design Work for ICE

ICE has recently performed modification design work for its long-standing Norwegian client Fred. Olsen Windcarrier for the “Brave Tern” – one of its Gusto 9000 type jack-up wind turbine installation vessels. The work performed included: Detail design and fabrication for…

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ICE Attending Danish Maritime Fair

ICE Marine Design’s Business Development Director, Coen Landa, recently attended the Danish Maritime Fair – a maritime exhibition that ran concurrently in Copenhagen with the World Maritime Technology Conference. There he assisted Bluewater Engineering Ltd – the inventors and promoters…

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Belcan Visiting ICE

Mr Eddie Chambers visited ICE in Galati to explore potential cooperation between ICE and Belcan, a large US-based multi-industry engineering company with extensive involvement in the UK, focused on detail design of naval vessels. Some 15 years ago, Mr Chambers…

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Increasing Marine Design Activity

With the lifting of Covid-related restrictions in many countries, opportunities to meet face-to-face with customers have improved. ICE recently participated in the NorShipping trade show in Oslo, which was held after several postponements and cancellations and was very well attended….

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ICE Providing World-class Simulation Service

State-of-the-art simulation technology using powerful computer software has for many years been part of the service offered by ICE to solve challenging problems related to ship design. So far this year, ICE has performed a simulation analysis contract for a…

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ICE Chairman Meeting the Norwegian Ambassador

Steinar Draegebo, ICE Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive, took advantage of his recent visit to Romania to meet HE Siri Barry, the Norwegian Ambassador and brief her about ICE and the Group’s long-standing relationship with Norwegian customers. In addition to…

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ICE Strengthens its Group Financial Function

ICE has engaged Mike Hennessy as Financial Advisor, based at the Group’s head office in Douglas, Isle of Man. Mike has a wealth of senior financial experience gained from a career in international banking, spanning more than 25 years. He…

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Rauma Marine Constructions Visiting ICE

Last month, ICE hoisted the Finnish flag to welcome Mr Jyrki Heinimaa, President & CEO and Mr Mika Laurilehto, Chief Sales Officer from Rauma Marine Constructions Oy (RMC), Finland. They discussed upcoming projects, were briefed on ICE’s resources and capabilities,…

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Ukraine Situation

We observe with huge regret Russia’s attack on Ukraine. ICE has no business relationships in or with Russia and none of our ongoing contracts will be directly affected by sanctions now being imposed. Design of naval ships is an important…

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SKYTUG Undergoes Successful Tests

As a key partner in the SKYTUG Design team, ICE recently arranged successful towing tank tests of the proposed catamaran hull. The purpose of the tests was to compare and validate the CFD results, and to observe the overall behaviour…

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Martin Linge – Success at last

In January, the energy major Equinor formally opened its Martin Linge oil and gas field offshore Norway. It comprises a jacket-based integrated wellhead, production and accommodation platform and a permanently moored Floating, Storage and Offloading (FSO) vessel. The pioneering field is controlled and…

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ICE Kids – Future Naval Architects

Thank you to all the children who participated in our recent virtual “Build a Wind-Powered Boat” competition.  It is very encouraging to see that so many younger members of our wider ICE family have such an appreciation of the importance of sustainability. And…

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Christmas Holidays

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

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ICE and Decarbonisation of Shipping

ICE’s longstanding effort of designing ships that use fuel more efficiently – and thus emit less Green House Gases (GHG) – has traditionally involved optimising the shape of ships’ underwater hulls to minimise resistance, and selection of effective propellers to…

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ICE Re-starting Onsite Design Service

With the disruptive C-19 pandemic slowly getting under control, ICE is finally able again to second designers to clients’ offices in different countries. Currently, ICE has experienced engineers providing technical assistance to clients in Germany, the UK and the Netherlands….

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ICE Returning to Face-to-Face Meetings

Face-to-face conferences and trade shows are starting to take place once again, following nearly two years when such events have either been cancelled, postponed or changed into cyber format. Although the threats of the Covid-19 pandemic are far from over,…

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ICE to Develop a Wind-Powered Ocean Tug

Bluewater Engineering has contracted ICE for concept development of the SKYTUG (www.skytug.co.uk), an innovative class of vessels designed for ocean towing of slow-moving cargo ships. Incorporating Bluewater’s patent-pending technology to deploy and control large kite arrays, SKYTUGs will effectively convert…

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UK Clients Visiting ICE Design Office

In August, a relaxation of UK’s COVID-19 travelling restrictions added Romania on the so-called “green list” of countries from which travellers with valid vaccinations no longer would need to quarantine upon arrival in the UK. As a result, ICE had…

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Zero-emission Ferries Successfully Completed

ICE is pleased that the construction and trials of both 72-metre Amherst Islander II and the 99-metre Wolfe Islander IV ferries were successfully completed. The vessels recently sailed from the shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Galati to Constanta, for onwards transportation to…

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3D Laser Scanning Project

One of ICE’s experienced engineers recently performed a 3D laser scanning and survey on-board a vehicle carrier, with focus on the engine room.  He produced an accurate Point Cloud database, which was delivered to the client to allow design work…

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ICE Successfully Passes ISO 9001:2015 Audit

In June, DNV Business Assurance performed the periodic audit on the ICE’s Quality Management System (QMS). The audit scope included verification of both ICE’s main design office in Galati, Romania and ICE’s Branch Office in Split, Croatia.  Due to the…

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Summer Holidays

We inform our clients and other business associates that this summer ICE will not have a common holiday period. Many of our employees will take time off in July and August but our offices will remain open and ongoing contracts…

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ICE in Energy Storage Systems (ESS) Cooperation

To provide its customers with leading ESS technology, ICE has entered into a cooperation with Sterling PlanB Energy Solutions, a world leader in design, supply and servicing of safe lithium-ion battery systems on ships. Steinar Draegebo, ICE’s Chairman and CEO…

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Good News from MV WERFTEN

ICE was very pleased to be advised this week by its valued customer MV WERFTEN that – after a prolonged period of Covid-19 related difficulties – the shipbuilder will now progressively be returning to normal operation after having secured financing…

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Crystal Endeavor Undergoes Sea Trials

Crystal Endeavor, the 200-passenger ultra-luxury cruise ship, has successfully performed sea trials over three-days in the Baltic Sea. Assisted by tugboats from her construction port in Stralsund, Germany, the ship travelled around the island of Rügen and into deep-waters for her…

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ICE Tenant DNV in Name Change

After merging with the German classification society Germanischer Lloyd, Det Norske Veritas, the Oslo headquartered classification society some years ago changed its name to DNV GL. It has now simplified its name to DNV. DNV has since 2011 leased office…

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ICE Hosting Review of Alternative Fuel Engines

Recently, Mr Bart Vandedrinck of Anglo Belgian Corporation (ABC) visited ICE in Romania to discuss hydrogen and methanol powered engines. Sustainability is one of the big challenges facing the marine industry and ICE is keen to stay abreast with technology…

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ICE winning Drillship Motion Study

Ordering of new drill ships and semi-submersible drilling platforms has not yet recovered after the 2014 oil price collapse; the world-wide oversupply of such “floaters” will probably remain for some time.  However, existing drill ships still need upgrades and modifications….

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ICE Surviving the Corona-19 Pandemic

The Corona-19 pandemic has been devastating for many families who have lost loved ones; it has also hurt many companies economically. ICE, like many ship design companies, has suffered from ongoing projects being halted and start of new contracts being…

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Icebreaker Sea Trials

The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) announced that the month-long sea trials campaign of Australia’s new icebreaking research and supply vessel (RSV) “Nuyina” has started and will be followed by additional weeks of deepwater trials. Testing of the ship’s speed, noise,…

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Icebreaker Commissioning

After a month-long journey of nearly 7000 kilometres, Australia’s new icebreaker RSV Nuyina has recently arrived at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding’s shipyard for the final stages of testing and commissioning. She is expected to be delivered to her owners, the…

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Covid-19 Did Not Stop BWTS Project

ICE would normally send its engineers anywhere in the world to perform surveys and onboard laser scanning as part of designing ballast water treatment system (BWTS) retrofits. However, due to pandemic-related travel restrictions, for design of a new BWTS for…

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ICE Providing World-class Computer Simulation Service

ICE’s scope of technical services includes state-of-the-art simulation technology using powerful computer software. Currently, ICE is engaged in two such projects. Last year, ICE was retained by an Asian customer to analyse unexpected convective heat transfer phenomena related to a…

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The Pandemic Forces Employee Lay-Offs

The ongoing pandemic earlier forced ICE’s largest customer to suspend operations and has caused many ship design and offshore energy projects to be postponed. Having earlier cut costs and assigned surplus employees to training, internal projects and short work weeks,…

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Summer Holidays

The Covid-19 pandemic has upset the best laid plans. During the first half of this year, almost all of ICE’s clients have been forced – either by projects being delayed or cancelled or by Government instructions – to suspend or…

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ICE to Sponsor Floating Solutions Conference

ICE is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the World Conference on Floating Solutions 2020 – “Paving the Waves”. The conference will bring together leading international industry experts to share knowledge on floating platform developments. The event will take…

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“All onboard” Again in ICE Offices

In March, concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic caused ICE to start work-from-home. Thanks to our employees diligently observing all precautionary measures, we are happy to note that no ICE employees or their families have been infected by the virus. Work-from-home…

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ICE Passes ISO 9001:2015 Audit – Remotely!

In June, DNV-GL Business Assurance performed the annual periodic audit on the ICE’s Quality Management System (QMS), to verify its compliance with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015. In addition, the audit scope included verification that the quality management system has…

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Safe Return to Office

As an experienced designer of passenger ships, ICE is familiar with SOLAS requirements for Safe Return to Port (SRtP). Over the next weeks, our employees will become equally familiar with ICE’s own rules for “Safe Return to Office”, spelling out…

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ICE using ShipConstructor Software

Being contracted to correct and complete design done by others for a nearly completed aquaculture service vessel, ICE found it necessary to obtain licenses and quickly learn how to use the ShipConstructor 3-D software used for the vessel. ICE’s scope…

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ICE Hosting Digital Space@Sea Meeting

In May, it was ICE’s turn to arrange a General Assembly meeting for Space@Sea, a 3-year EU-supported research project involving several European companies, universities and other institutions. The long-anticipated arrangement was supposed to include a dinner hosted by ICE onboard…

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ICE Welcomes New Project Managers

ICE is pleased to announce that Alexandru Antohi and Eduard Daniel Burghelea have joined ICEPRONAV Engineering as Project Managers. Alexandru studied Electrical Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. Since 2007, he has worked as an engineer and later project…

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ICE in “Significant Ship” Design

We are pleased that the Royal Institution of Naval Architects has included the “Histria Atlas”, built by Santierul Naval Constanta (SNC) in Romania, as one of its “Significant Ships” for 2019. This is the first in a series EcoMax-class MR1…

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ICE Wins New Retrofit Contract

We are happy to announce that ICE has won another contract for design of a ballast water treatment system (BWTS), this time for a very large crude carrier (VLCC). The contract was awarded by Aitken Marine International (AMI), a Dubai-based…

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Icebreaker Sea Trials Delayed by COVID-19

The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) announced that sea trials of Australia’s new icebreaking research and supply vessel (RSV) “Nuyina” have been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Construction of the ship commenced at Damen’s Galați shipyard in Romania in May…

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New Structural Analysis Contract

ICE has recently received an order from a leading Classification Society to assist with structural analysis services for an offshore production vessel project. The job consists of technical assistance with Finite Element Modelling for generation of fine and fatigue grid…

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ICE Remains Open for Business

Whilst carefully complying with Coronavirus-related restrictions imposed by Governments in countries where we do business, ICE continues to perform work on ongoing contracts and to respond to new inquiries. We took precautions early to protect our employees at work and…

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Offshore Safety Training

Prior to recently attending a contract that involved design work for an offshore platform in the Black Sea, Eugeniu Rotaru, a Principal Engineer in ICE’s Outfitting & Deck Equipment Department was required to undergo the Basic Offshore Safety Induction Emergency…

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ICE Hosting Industry Meeting

ICEPRONAV Engineering hosted recently the quarterly meeting of the Romanian Shipbuilders Association (ANCONAV). ICEPRONAV is one of the founding members of this organisation, which represents the large Romanian shipbuilding industry including producers of ship’s equipment and related service providers. Cristian…

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Silverstream and ICE Cooperating on Retrofit Design

ICE is pleased to announce that it has entered into a framework agreement with Silverstream Technologies for worldwide installation design services for retrofitting of the Silverstream® System, the market leading patented air lubrication system designed for reduction of friction between…

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Serving Customers World-wide

Thanks to extensive use of video conferencing and state-of-the-art IT technology, ICE is usually able to service its international customers remotely from its own offices. That keeps travel costs down and makes the best use of ICE’s modern facilities and…

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Chairman’s New Year’s Greetings

The start of a new decennium is an appropriate time to look back at the one that just ended. The ten years from 2010 through 2019 saw major changes for the ICE Group; we steadily invested in our business, we…

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Children’s Christmas Party

December was the time for ICE’s traditional Christmas craft workshops for employees’ children. Nautical Christmas tree decorations and driftwood boats were the theme this year. A huge thank you to ICE kids – aspiring naval architects – and to their…

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Marintec China – a Success

ICE exhibited this year again at the Marintec trade show in China with a stand in the UK pavilion. With 2exhibiting companies from 30 countries, and nearly 72,000 professional visitors from 100 countries, the 20th edition of Marintec reaffirmed its…

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Christmas Holidays

As usual, ICE employees will take two weeks off for Christmas, namely weeks no 52 of 2019 and week 1 of 2020, i.e. from December 23 until January 6. Some critical work will be performed during those two weeks and…

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Space@Sea is Well Underway

Recently, a Space@Sea General Assembly meeting was held in Trondheim, Norway, hosted by Val FoU AS. Cristinel Chiriac, Department Manager Concepts Development, Alexandru Cobzaru, Senior Engineer and Dragos Totolici, Principal Engineer represented ICE at the event and gave updates on:…

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ICE Presenting Technical Conference Papers

Recently, ICE participated at the GNA 2019, an international Naval Architecture Conference held in Galati, Romania. At the conference, Vasile Rata, Engineer, Machinery & Piping (pictured here, left), presented a paper describing aspects of using 3-D laser scanning technology in…

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Meet ICE at Marintec 2019 in China

ICE will again be exhibiting as part of the UK Pavilion at the Marintec trade show. The exhibition will take place from December 3 to 6 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. This year, ICE will draw attention to…

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AVEVA E3D Training at ICE

ICE has for a long-time been a preeminent user of Tribon, PDMS and AVEVA Marine software; it currently holds about 250 AVEVA Marine licenses. To stay in the forefront of technological development ICE has embarked on a process of gradually…

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World-wide Laser 3D Scanning by ICE

ICE experienced engineers have recently performed a 3D laser scanning and survey on-board of a very large crude oil tanker (VLCC) – pictured. The scanned areas included: the entire engine room, the funnel and external area adjacent to the funnel….

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ICE in Nigeria

Last month, ICE’s Business Development Director, Coen Landa, visited Nigeria for meetings in Abuja and discussions with Kohi Engineering on possible areas of cooperation. The visit was a follow-up to several meetings between Kohi and ICE in London and Romania,…

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In Memoriam Dr Birger J. Natvig

We are sad to note the death of Dr Birger Natvig, who after a long illness passed away peacefully on September 3rd, surrounded by his nearest family. At ICE, we will remember Dr Natvig as the mild-mannered and soft-spoken principal…

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ICE to Exhibit at the Monaco Yacht Show

ICE will be exhibiting at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show (MYS), 25-28 September. Celebrating its 29th edition, the event will welcome almost 600 exhibitors representing leading companies in yacht design, boat building, superyacht “toys”, technology, brokerage and charter. Coen Landa,…

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ICE Releases a New FPSO Hull Design

ICE has recently released the G-1600-SM/W proprietary hull design for a 1.6Mbbl Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel. The new design is based on ICE’s track record of more than 40 FPSO/FSO projects (new construction, conversions and various studies)….

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Summer BBQ Day Celebration

Summer is the perfect time to host a BBQ event in the sunshine. ☀️ With that in mind, #ICE’s management used its traditional semi-annual briefing session for all its Romanian 🇷🇴 employees to arrange a BBQ party to say thanks…

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ICE Summer Holiday Schedule

We remind our clients and other business associates of ICE Group’s vacation from July 22 until August 11, with our Split, Croatia office being off August 5 – 18. Critical projects with sensitive schedules will as always be staffed during…

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ISO 9001:2015 Recertification Success

DNV-GL Business Assurance has recently performed an ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS) recertification audit on ICE. We are proud that our company successfully passed the audit, thereby achieving recertification of the Company’s QMS for the next three years, subject…

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Nor-Shipping a Success

ICE exhibited this year again at the Nor-Shipping trade show in Norway with a stand in the UK pavilion. With exhibitors from 47 countries and visitors from over 85 nations, a record number of delegates attended the exhibition and associated…

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ICE at Nor-Shipping

ICE will again be exhibiting at Nor-Shipping, the leading maritime event of the year, in Lillestrom (Oslo), Norway 04 – 07 June 2019. As Europe’s largest independent ship designer, we will showcase our designs for the commercial shipping, defence and…

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Work Is Progressing at Space@Sea

Recently, Space@Sea general assembly meeting was held in Graz, Austria, being hosted by Technische Universität Graz. Cristinel Chiriac, Department Manager Concepts Development, Alexandru Cobzaru, Senior Engineer and Florin Flor, Principal Engineer represented ICE at the event and gave updates on:…

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Royal Opening of ICE Office in Croatia

HRH Prince Edward The Earl of Wessex on May 17th officially opened a new office of ICE during a visit to Split, Croatia. His Royal Highness, who was in Split to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Croatia’s NATO membership, also…

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“Histria Atlas” – a Job Well Done

Having actively supported Constanta Shipyard (SNC) in the design of the yard’s latest series of product/chemical tankers, a team from ICE was invited to the naming ceremony of the “Histria Atlas” in Constanta, Romania on 11th of April. The first…

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Isle of Man Ship Registry Wins Prestigious Award

ICE is pleased to congratulate the Isle of Man Ship Registry with being named ‘Best Shipping Registry 2019’ by World Commerce Review. The awards recognise professional conduct and excellence. During the selection process the panel took into account product innovation,…

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HMCS Toronto Visit

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Toronto – one of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigates – was recently in the Black Sea as part of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) conducting a variety of maritime situational awareness patrols and…

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CADMATIC Training at ICE

ICE offers design and engineering services for clients in the commercial shipbuilding, naval and offshore energy market segments. Our reference portfolio includes a diverse and demanding range of projects across the markets served. The main 3-D ship design software used…

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Electric Ferry Designed by ICE

As part of a new ferry service planned by an undisclosed client, ICE has recently developed a design for an all-electric ferry that can carry 200 passengers and 45 cars. The shallow-draft double-ended mono-hull ferry will be propelled by four…

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LNG Carrier Converted to Bunkering Vessel

The ‘Methane Coral’ has recently been converted to serve as a bunkering vessel for LNG. ICE played a major role in the original design of this vessel, which was launched in 2009. Designed as a versatile gas carrier, the ‘Methane…

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Chairman’s Greetings

Thanks to its substantial track record on design of passenger vessels – including participating in design of some of the world’s largest cruise ships – ICE has successfully overcome the general downturn that still persists in the world’s shipbuilding and…

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Mr Fred. Olsen Turns 90

We are pleased to recognise that Mr Fred. Olsen – an industry pioneer – has reached his 90th birthday. With roots going back to 1848 and a rich history in shipowning and more recently offshore drilling, the Fred. Olsen group’s…

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Korean Visitors to ICE

Late last year, ICEPRONAV Engineering SRL had the pleasure of being visited at its Galati, Romania office by Dr Jongjoo Kim and Mr Choi Youngwoong from SK Shipping. Since its start in 1982 as a company transporting crude oil, SK…

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In Memoriam: Dr Gelu Kahu

We are sad to note the recent passing of Dr. Ing Gelu Kahu, just a few weeks before his 89th birthday. Dr. Kahu was the first Director of the state-owned research and design institute for shipbuilding ‘Institutul de Cercetare Stiintifica…

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Season’s Greetings

From all of us at #ICE we wish you a joyous Holiday Season and a happy New Year! 🎅❄️🎉 Please note that ICE Group will be on vacation from December 24, 2018 to January 4, 2019, inclusive. Critical projects with…

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ICE Instrumental in Windfarm Patent Application

For more than a year, ICE has assisted a Norwegian client with technical and commercial development of the DeltaLifter, an innovative single-lift vessel designed for safe and cost-effective removal of decommissioned offshore jackets. In the process of this work, it…

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New Recruitment Drive at ICEPRONAV Engineering

In response to increasing demand for its services, ICE has throughout 2018 been increasing the number of employees in Galati, Romania. With upcoming contracts with existing and new customers, ICE needs additional experienced naval architects and engineers and has strengthened…

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NAPA Damage Stability Training

Dragos Totolici, ICE Principal Engineer has recently participated at a NAPA Damage Stability Calculations Training held in Helsinki, Finland. The NAPA software is one of the many software packages in ICE’s inventory and is a key tool in efficiently developing...
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ICE Attending UAE Trade Show

ICE will for the fifth time be present at the upcoming Seatrade Maritime Middle East (SMME) trade show in Dubai – a leading regional event for the maritime industry. ICE will this year share a stand with Aitken Marine International,…

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Float-out of Australian Icebreaker ‘Nuyina’

Dutch shipbuilding group Damen recently performed the successful float-out of the Antarctic Supply Research Vessel (ASRV) RSV Nuyina, currently under construction at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania. The RSV Nuyina will be a state-of-the-art ship that will offer scientists unprecedented…

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ICE Chairman Moderator at Gastech 2018

Steinar Draegebo, ICE Chairman and Chief Executive, recently moderated a session dedicated to small-scale gas ships at Gastech 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. The annual Gastech event is the world’s leading meeting place for professionals in the international gas industry; it…

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Hydrodynamics Update

Two of ICE’s hydrodynamics specialists – Gelu Alexandru and Ana Chirosca (pictured) – last month participated in an advanced training session in Sweden arranged by Shipflow International AB. The eponymous Shipflow software, developed in conjunction with Chalmers University of Technology…

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Keel-Laying Ceremony with Distinguished Guests

The MV Werften Shipyard in Stralsund recently laid the keel on the Crystal Endeavor in the presence of German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig, Genting Hong Kong’s Executive Chairman and CEO Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Crystal…

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Student Internship at ICE

ICEPRONAV Engineering recently hosted its traditional summer program for students from the Faculty of Naval Architecture at the Dunarea de Jos University in Galati, Romania. The 18 participants (pictured here with their ICE instructors) had the opportunity to learn practical...
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Celebrating ICE Group’s Success

For several years, ICE focussed much of its design activities on the growing offshore oil & gas industry, providing designs for drill ships, offshore service vessels and floating production, storing and offloading (FPSO) vessels. When the oil price in 2014…

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ICE Summer Holiday Schedule

We remind our clients and other business associates of ICE Group’s vacation from 23rd of July until 10th of August. Critical projects with sensitive schedules will as always be staffed during the holiday period, so a large percentage of ICE…

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Posidonia 2018 a Success

Last month, ICE exhibited at the biennial Posidonia trade show in Athens. With more than 2,000 exhibiting companies and 23,000 visitors this is one of the main maritime trade shows attended by ship owners and marine industry companies from around…

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ICE at NAPA User Meeting 2018

ICE recently participated at the NAPA User Meeting 2018 held in Helsinki, Finland. The NAPA software is a key tool in efficiently developing early concept designs and helps ICE’s designers to quickly develop conceptual hull designs to meet clients’ requirements….

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ICE Passed ISO 9001: 2015 Audit with Flying Colours

DNV-GL Business Assurance recently performed an ISO 9001:2015 certification audit on ICE. The certification audit was the last step in ICE’s upgrade of the company’s Quality Management Systems (QMS) from the ISO 9001:2008 certification to the 2015 revised standard. ICE…

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ICE at Posidonia in Athens, June 4-8

At this year’s Posidonia exhibition, in addition to showing its latest ship designs ICE will highlight its design services for retrofit of ballast water treatment (BWT) and scrubber systems. This is the third major international trade show for ICE so…

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Innovative Platform Decommissioning Technology

ICE continues its R&D contract with a Norwegian client to validate and further develop the innovative DeltaLifter, a single-lift vessel designed for safe and economical removal of decommissioned offshore platform substructures (“jackets”). Recently, ICE commissioned a model test at the…

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Revival of the FPSO Market

Having been involved in more than 40 FPSO projects (new construction, conversions and various studies) the last ten years, ICE is pleased to note an increased activity in that industry segment. After several quiet years, ICE is again receiving inquiries…

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Ship Retrofit Cooperation

To further expand its design services for retrofit of ballast water treatment (BWT) and exhaust gas cleaning (EGC) systems, ICE has entered into a non-exclusive cooperation agreement with Aitken Marine International (AMI), a Dubai-based project management company. ICE will provide…

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Meet ICE at Sea Japan 2018

The ICE Group will for the third time be exhibiting at the biennial SeaJapan trade show in Tokyo. The exhibition will take place April 11 – 13 at the Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Centre. Japan’s shipbuilding industry has a well-earned…

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Retrofit Laser Scanning

New regulations for ballast water and sulphuric content in exhaust gases from ships has created an increasing demand for installation of systems for ballast water treatment (“BWT”) and exhaust gas cleaning (“scrubbers”). Using its extensive ship design experience, ICE offer…

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Braemar Executives Visiting ICE

Recently, ICE was visited by senior representatives of Braemar Technical Services, exploring areas of common interest. The Braemar group is a leading international provider of knowledge and skill-based services to the shipping, marine, energy, offshore and insurance industries. It employs…

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ICE Attending ‘The Floating Future’ Seminar

In March, ICE’s representatives Coen Landa, Business Development Director and Gheorghe Iorga, Senior Engineer, attended a seminar in Wageningen, the Netherlands focused on Food, Energy, Logistics & Living on Floating Mega Islands. The event ended with a visit to the…

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Shallow-draft 20,000 cum LNG Carrier

Working closely with a major operator of gas ships, ICE has developed a “milk run” LNG distribution tanker with a cargo capacity of 20,000 cum. The gas is contained in two type C semi-pressurised and fully refrigerated bi-lobe cargo tanks….

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ICE Hosting Industry Meeting

ICEPRONAV Engineering hosted last month the quarterly meeting of the Romanian Shipbuilders Association (ANCONAV). Dragos Totolici, ICE Principal Engineer briefed the meeting on ICE’s participation in 3-year EU Research & Innovation Programme aiming to develop cost-effective floating islands to be…

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RINA New ICE Tenant

In 2010, ICE established a separate property management company to develop the Group’s properties and attract additional tenants to its Galati facilities, which formerly accommodated more than one thousand technical, scientific and support staff. Last month ICE welcomed as a…

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Chairman’s New Year’s Message

In recent years, ICE’s main activity has been focussed on the offshore energy industry, with design of drill ships, a well intervention vessel, jack-up wind turbine installation vessels and more than 40 FSO/FPSO projects. However, the oil price collapse in…

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ICE in China

In December 2017, ICE again participated in the MARINTEC China trade show in Shanghai, as part of the British pavilion. At the encouragement of the UK Government’s Department of International Trade, ICE had entered into an arrangement with SMC Design…

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New Director of Administration

On January 1, 2018, Mariana Popa (pictured) will take over the position as Director of Administration of ICEPRONAV Engineering SRL, reporting directly to Robert Swan, the Sole Administrator of ICEPRONAV Engineering and President and Chief Operating Officer of the ICE…

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RINA Paper Presentation

At a conference on “Design, Construction & Operation of LNG/LPG Ships” arranged in Glasgow, Scotland in November 2017 by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), Marcel Negraia from Icepronav Engineering SRL presented a paper on “The Practical Impact of…

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Meet ICE at Marintec China 2017

ICE will again be exhibiting as part of the UK Pavilion at the Marintec trade show. The exhibition will take place from December 5 to 8 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. This year, ICE will draw attention to…

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New Product Tanker Project

Constanta Shipyard (SNC) – a leading Romanian shipyard – has awarded ICE an important contract for design services for a 41,000 dwt Product/Chemical Tanker of IMO Type 2. Scope of work includes development of an AVEVA Marine 3-D model for…

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Renewed Achilles JQS Qualification

ICEPRONAV Engineering SRL, as part of ICE Group, has recently completed the Achilles JQS (Joint Qualification System) renewal assessment. The qualification is now renewed until September 2018. Since 2008, ICE has been registered by Achilles, an industry-supported prequalification system serving…

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ICE Presenting Technical Conference Papers

Recently, ICE participated at the ZASTR 2017, an international conference held in Constanta, Romania. At the Conference, Dr Lucian Anghel, Senior Engineer (pictured here, right), presented a paper describing the challenges facing naval architects and structural engineers in meeting the…

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ICE back in Cruise Vessel Design

MV Werften, a Group consisting of several well-established German shipyards, has awarded ICE an 18-month long contract for detail design of a series of luxury expedition cruise vessels. Named the “Endeavor” class, these vessels will be built at MV Werften’s…

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ICE enters the Offshore Oil & Gas Decommissioning Market

DeltaLifter Technologies AS (“DLT”) of Norway has entrusted ICE with business development, project management and further design of patented vessels for cost-effective removal of the substructures of redundant offshore steel oil & gas production platform substructures (so-called jackets). The DeltaLifter…

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ICE in 3-year EU Research Programme

ICE has accepted an invitation from MARIN (Maritime Research Institute) in the Netherlands to be a partner in a European funded project Space@Sea funded by EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme. The 3-year project is scheduled to start in November 2017….

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Dual-fuel Technology Update

Mihai Samoila, Principal Engineer – Machinery & Piping recently participated in the WinGD X-DF Engine Demonstration organised by Winterthur Gas & Diesel at the Wärtsilä testing facility in Trieste, Italy. The event consisted of a presentation of the X-DF Technology…

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Student Internship at ICE

ICEPRONAV Engineering recently hosted its traditional summer programme for students from the Faculty of Naval Architecture at the Dunarea de Jos University in Galati, Romania. The 17 participants had the opportunity to learn practical aspects of their future profession by…

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Safe Driving makes a Good First Impression

ICE’s main engineering office in Galati is located a 3-hour drive from the nearest international airport in Bucharest, the capital of Romania. Safe and efficient transportation to and from the airport is an important part of our image so we…

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No ICE Holiday Shut-down

With the ramp-up of new contracts over the next two months, ICE has decided not to have its traditional three-week summer close-down this year. Sorin Brazdis, Director of Operations at Icepronav Engineering commented: “The last months most of our employees…

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Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) Engineering

Florin Flor, Principal Engineer – Machinery & Piping at Icepronav Engineering recently attended the Alfa Laval “PureBallast” training course in Sweden. This reflects ICE’s commitment to have full understanding of BWT equipment, tools and operations offered by the leading BWT…

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Derek Doig Retiring

Derek Doig (pictured below), Managing Director of ICE’s UK subsidiary has decided to retire after 11 years with ICE. Prior to joining ICE, Derek worked for BAE Systems, primarily on the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier programme. He became part of…

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ICE at NAPA User Meeting 2017

ICE recently participated at the NAPA User Meeting 2017 held in Helsinki, Finland. The NAPA software is one of the many software packages in ICE’s inventory and is a key tool in efficiently developing early concept designs. The participation was…

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ICE at Nor-Shipping

ICE will again be exhibiting at Nor-Shipping, the leading maritime event of the year, in Lillestrom (Oslo), Norway 30 May- 2 June 2017. As Europe’s largest independent ship designer, we will showcase our designs for the commercial shipping, defence and…

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ICE at Cadmatic Seminar

The main 3-D ship design software used by ICE is AVEVA Marine – with 250 licenses ICE is a leading user of that software and was earlier a long-time Tribon user. However, ICE is occasionally asked by clients to use…

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New ICE Corporate Brochure

ICE has prepared an updated general brochure, which shows the new logo that was introduced last year and also highlights the Group’s 50-year history. Commenting on the new brochure, Coen Landa, ICE’s Business Development Director said: “We needed a new…

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ICE Launches Scholarship Program

In 2017, a scholarship program has been set up by ICE for students from the Faculty of Naval Architecture, Galati University. The program provides students with the opportunity to follow professional technical training and career development programs offered by ICE,...
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Retrofit Design Workshop

ICE has successfully performed many ship conversion designs, including for commercial vessels, warships, offshore oil & gas platforms and FPSOs. Its reference list also includes retrofit design for installation of ballast water treatment (BWT) and scrubber systems on different types…

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Eero Mäkinen to advise ICE

ICE is pleased that Eero Makinen, formerly Senior Vice President of STX Finland, has entered into a part-time consultancy agreement with ICE. Eero has 45 years of experience in the international shipbuilding industry, with focus on passenger ferries, cruise vessels…

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ICE-designed Vessel Selected for Life Extension

The Government of Romania has recently approved a €10M budget for propulsion system modernization (etc.) of the Perseus – its biggest icebreaker. Her permanent station is on the Danube river, a couple of hundred metres from ICE’s office where she…

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ICE Successfully Approved by SBM Offshore

Last month a quality assurance team from SBM Offshore in the Netherlands, one of the world’s leading offshore engineering and FPSO operating companies, conducted an ISO 9001:2015 audit to qualify ICE for future engineering contracts. ICE has in the past…

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Integrated Advanced Ship Design

EMSHIP is an advanced Master’s program leading to a combined degree in Offshore Structures and Marine Engineering & Ship Design. It involves universities from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Romania. Each year, as part of being an EMSHIP Strategic…

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ICE Hosting Industry Meeting

ICEPRONAV Engineering hosted last month the quarterly meeting of the Romanian Shipbuilders Association (ANCONAV). Icepronav is one of the founding members of this organisation, which represents the Romanian shipbuilding industry as well as producers of ship’s equipment and accessories. Sorin…

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Chairman’s New Year’s Message

2016 was a bad year for the shipbuilding industry. Many shipyards lost money and few new ships were ordered. World-wide, the compensated gross tonnage (CGT) was only about half of what was ordered at the depth of the 2008 financial…

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ICE Director Appointments

To meet new challenges and widen ICE’s scope of services, the following organisation changes are in effect in Icepronav Engineering SRL in Galati, Romania: Sorin Brazdis is appointed Director of Operations, with responsibility for all projects and other technical activities….

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ICE Sponsoring Galati University Students

ICE has a long tradition in cooperating with the Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture Faculties of the “Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati, Romania, from where many of the Group’s Romanian employees received their academic degrees. In its role as…

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ICE in the US

On an assignment to perform basic design work for a large US defence contractor, three ICE engineers took the opportunity to have their picture taking in front of the ‘Star of India’. This vessel – now home-ported in San Diego,…

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ICE extending bonds with Japan

The ICE Group has a long-standing relationship with Japanese shipyards, starting in 1982 when the 280 m long towing tank at ICEPRONAV in Galati, Romania was established in cooperation with Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding (“MES”). In more recent years, ICE…

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Quality Design for Norwegian Waters

Award of a substantial amount of additional design and engineering work for a floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel for a major Norwegian Continental Shelf project, plus other work for Norwegian clients, make Norway ICE’s largest market in 2016 in…

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AVEVA Multi-location Design Training

ICE has in recent contracts successfully coordinated its ship design effort in Romania with design teams in shipyards and engineering offices elsewhere in the world, with the help of AVEVA Global software. Last month, a number of ICE employees participate…

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ISO 9001:2008 Re-certification

DNV-GL Business Assurance recently performed an audit for renewal of ICE’s quality management system certification. The audit focus was to: • Determine the system readiness to align with requirements of the 2015 revision of ISO 9001 standard. • Evaluate de…

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50 Years of Ship Design Excellence

In July 1966 the “Institutul de Cercetare Stiintifica si Inginerie Technologica pentru Constructii Navale” – later to become SC ICEPRONAV SA – was founded. Two years later the foundation was laid for the Institute’s design office in Galati, overlooking the…

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FSO Conversion Project

ICE senior managers last month visited Baltic shipyards, including in Gdansk, Poland, where the ICE-designed conversion of a shuttle tanker into a sophisticated FSO is under way. ICE is pleased to recently have been entrusted with providing additional technical services…

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Student Internship at ICE

This month, ICE again arranged its traditional summer program for students from the Faculty of Naval Architecture" of the “Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati. Dragos Totolici, Principal Engineer of ICE’s Initial Design Department and tutor of this year’s program...
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ICE in Japan

Being able to meet rigorous demands to quality, schedule adherence and cost-effectiveness, ICE has so far successfully provided ship design services to five different Japanese shipyards. In April this year senior ICE executives visited existing and potential clients in Japan…

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ICE Kids – Future Naval Architects

ICE’s traditional annual Children’s Day was celebrated recently. Highlights included activities and games for kids (making ships out of modelling clay, vessel pastel drawing, sand painting, etc.) and various entertainment.

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“Sea Japan” a Success for ICE

ICE participated recently at the “Sea Japan” trade show in Tokyo, a major event in the Japanese maritime industry calendar. The ICE stand highlighted its design expertise and also showed ICE’s experience with successfully providing design services “remotely” to clients…

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AVEVA Workshops

Over the last months, a number of ICE employees have participated in a series of AVEVA demonstrations & workshops focused on using AVEVA Engineering as an integration tool. The events included technical presentations and workshops focussing on how AVEVA’s Integrated…

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New ICE Group Website and Logo

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new logo & website! The new website offers simplified navigation and functionality for both mobile phone and tablet users. The contents include examples of ships and offshore platforms designed by ICE…

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Meet ICE at SeaJapan

The ICE Group will be exhibiting for the second time at the SeaJapan trade show in Tokyo. The exhibition will take place April 13 – 15 at the Tokyo BIG SIGHT Exhibition Centre. Over the last several years ICE has…

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Promoting Integrated Ship Design

ICE recently participated in the 6th meeting of the Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) of EMSHIP (European Master’s Course in Integrated Ship Design) in Istanbul, Turkey. EMSHIP is an advanced Master’s program leading to a combined degree in Offshore Structures and…

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ICE Presenting the 2016 AVEVA World Marine User Meeting

ICE recently participated at the AVEVA World Marine User Meeting held in Malmo, Sweden. Nicu Olaru, ICE’s AVEVA Marine System Administrator, and Catalin Axente, Software Developer gave a technical paper at this event, describing ICE’s in-house development of programs to…

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ICE to Present at RINA Conference

ICE will present the paper “Managing Design of Complex Ships” at a Maritime Project Management conference arranged in London by the prestigious Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) on 24-25 February 2016.

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ICE in News

The marine industry’s increasing search for cost-effective design services is gradually making more people aware of what ICE has to offer. This awareness has also made the media take a look at ICE, as shown in the press cuttings below.

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Type 45 Destroyer Visit

Logistic and organization are two most important things for successfully running a warehouse. Warehouse must be optimized for fast loading on the trucks and unloading from them on the arrival. There is no place for mistakes, because if one truck has to wait a minute too long, ten after them will have to wait as well. Just image what would happen if a cargo would get misplaced, or if it wouldn’t be accessible for forklift to pick it up.

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ICE at Marintec China

ICE recently participated as an exhibitor at the Marintec China 2015 trade show in Shanghai, as part of the UK national pavilion. The trade show had a record number of over 2,000 exhibiting companies and covered 80,000 square metres of…

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Nicu Crapcenco to leave ICE

After ten years with the ICE Group, Nicu Crapcenco has decided to pursue new challenges and will be leaving ICE towards the end of February. As Managing Director of Projects, and thereafter as Director of Business Development reporting to the…

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Chairman’s New Year’s Message

“2015 was difficult; 2016 will be brutal”; so proclaimed a headline in a recent offshore oil & gas industry newsletter. For many shipyards and oil service companies that ominous prediction may well be correct. As a designer of drill ships, FPSOs and other oil service vessels, we are conscious of the difficulties in that industry. However, ICE has huge experience also in sectors that are less impacted by the low oil price; thus we are now pursuing marine design work for the defence and other industries. Providing high quality engineering at very competitive prices is an advantage at a time when most clients are keen to reduce costs. Our solid finances enable us to invest in increased productivity and to continue to develop in-house designs. I therefore look forward to 2016 with confidence and cautious optimism. I wish our customers, employees, business associates and other friends all the best for the New Year!

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