Securing, Enhancing America’s Ports & Supply Chain
The American Association of Port Authorities and its membership recently looked ahead at the challenges and opportunities facing the Port Security Grant Program.In its annual “State of Freight” series, AAPA has highlighted the transportation infrastructure needs of U.S. ports, state transportation agencies and multimodal projects. In this final report in the State of Freight series, AAPA turns to the vital role that security infrastructure plays in moving goods.In 2002, Congress…
Wärtsilä to Equip US LNG Fueling Barge
Wärtsilä said it will provide a broad scope of products and solutions for a new articulated tug barge (ATB) that will be used to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel to cruise ships along the east coast of Florida, U.S. The 4,000 m3 capacity ATB is being built at the VT Halter Marine (VTHM) shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. on behalf of Quality Liquefied Natural Gas Transport LLC (Q-LNG). When delivered, the vessel will be on a long-term charter with Shell Oil Co. The barge will be fitted with a Wärtsilä LNG cargo storage, handling and control system.
VMAG Rolls Out its Marine Refit and New Build Department
Voyager Maritime Alliance Group (VMAG) , one of the leading marine technology providers in South Florida, is expanding its already comprehensive list of services by adding turnkey marine services that now encompass the entire refit and new build process. “In simple terms – we do it all! Says David Leone, President of VMAG, from the initial planning, naval architecture services, networking and data cabling, project management, contractor management, welding and fabrication, carpentry…
Radio Holland's NavCom for Six Malaysian Patrol Crafts
Radio Holland Malaysia (RHM) secured a contract from Destini Shipbuilding & Engineering for the supply of Navigation and Communication equipment on board of six New Generation Patrol Crafts (NGPC). The vessels are being built for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA). The scope of work encompasses detailed design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the Navigation and Communication equipment including the Steering System and Thermal Cameras. The vessels will play an important role in maritime search and rescue operations.
Hannemann Joins Dualog as Product Manager
Dualog, an independent maritime software solutions and ITC (Information & Communication Technology) services provider has appointed Walter Hannemann as its new Product Manager. Hannemann, an electronics engineer and experienced shipping industry ITC specialist joins Dualog after holding positions in IT management at Maersk Tankers and Torm. Hannemann's previous roles have covered the full ITC spectrum for vessel and fleet operations. His expertise in leading diverse, global teams…
New Flag for NATO Research Vessel
The larger of CMRE’s ships is now operated by an Italian military crew under an Italian Navy Flag. On 9 April 2016, at the Italian Naval Base in La Spezia (Italy), the Raising of the Italian Flag Ceremony was held in the presence of Italian and NATO civilian and military authorities, including Vice Admiral Ignacio J. Horcada Rubio, SACT Representative in Europe, Vice Admiral Filippo Maria Foffi, Commander in Chief of the Italian Naval Fleet, Major General Albert Husniaux, NATO STO (Science and Technology Organization) Chief Scientist, and Rear Admiral (Ret.) Hank Ort, STO CMRE Director.
Cargotec Acquires Interschalt Maritime Systems AG
Cargotec Corporation agreed to acquire INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG, the specialist software and related service provider to the maritime industry. The acquisition will complement Cargotec's strategic aim of being a leader in intelligent cargo handling. Cargotec will gain more competence in technologically advanced software and service solutions and attains a global footprint with branch offices, service stations and partner representations. Cargotec has agreed to acquire all the shares in the German software and service company INTERSCHALT.
Ship Operating Costs to Increase
Moore Stephens’ annual survey, which indicates the direction of ship operating costs, suggests that crew wages, repairs and maintenance, along with drydocking are the costs that are most likely to increase most significantly this year and next, says a report from BIMCO. It is a survey of industry experts’ best guesses, as nobody has a crystal ball in these matters and much of the interest comes from the remarks they make as they produce their assessments. The respondents, mainly…
Ship Operating Costs on the Rise
The survey responses, gathered primarily from key players in the international shipping industry, predominantly shipowners and managers in Europe and Asia, revealed that vessel operating costs are expected to rise by 2.8 percent in 2015 and by 3.1 percent in 2016. Crew wages are expected to increase by 2.4 percent in 2015 and by 2.3 percent in 2016, with other crew costs thought likely to go up by 2 percent and 1.9 percent, respectively, for the years under review. The cost of repairs and maintenance is expected to escalate by 2.3 percent in 2015 and by 2.4 percent in 2016…
Steel Processing for largest Sail Boat Begins
Processing of steel for Hull 483 started on sheet-cutting machine in Shipbuilding Industry Split on 22 September 2015. It is the largest square-rigged ship contracted for a Monaco buyer, the company Star Clippers Ltd. It will be 162 meters long and 18.5 meters wide, with deadweight of 2000 tons, five masts and sails with overall surface of 6.347 square meters. The type of Clipper sailing boat with such sail-plan is called barque. Marine platform that will be at the the stern will…
PSC Inspection Workshop by IRS
IRClass (Indian Register of Shipping) has conducted an executive workshop, in coordination with India’s Directorate General of Shipping and the Indian National Shipowners’ Association (INSA), on Port State Control (PSC) inspections. The workshop, inaugurated by the Director General of Shipping, Mr. Deepak Shetty, saw presentations highlighting reasons which can be attributed to PSC detentions, analysing root causes, and suggesting preventative actions. The responsibilities of ship staff/ship owners/managers…
Alphatron Marine Appoints Regional Manager
Alphatron Marine announced it has appointed Erik van Boom as country manager for the Euro border region Scheldemonden. With recent changes in Belgium, where Alphatron Marine has taken over the sales and service activities of maritime navigation and communication equipment of Astron NV, expansion in the region was required, the company said. In his new role, van Boom will leverage more than 25 years of experience in the maritime navigation and communication sector to help support the growth of Alphatron Marine.
Beier Radio is now Beier Integrated Systems
For 70 years, Beier Radio has provided engineering, sales, and service for marine electronics around the globe. As the corporation marks its 70th anniversary, it also unveils a new name for the operating company known for its advanced vessel control and navigation systems. Beier Radio is now Beier Integrated Systems. The company’s new website address is www.BeierIS.com. “While the name is new, the Beier commitment to providing quality systems and expert services has not changed.
Vessel Hijacked off Malaysia
The crew of the product tanker Orkim Victory was taken hostage after their vessel was hijacked by pirates eight nautical miles off the coast of Pu Aur, Malaysia, according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB)’s Piracy Reporting Centre. The tanker carrying petroleum was under way from Sungai Udang to Kuantan, Malaysia, when the 7,119 dwt vessel was boarded by armed men. The vessel was boarded in the South China Sea off Pulau Aur, Malaysia and had its oil cargo siphoned off. The attack was held east of Mersing, off Malaysia in the South China Sea.
Radio Holland Inks Service Deal with BW Fleet Management
Radio Holland, part of Imtech Marine, has concluded a service agreement with leading tanker, gas and offshore maritime group BW Fleet Management (BWFM). The two-year agreement covers all the navigation and communication equipment onboard 13 LPG vessels. Radio Holland also provides remote support for these vessels. This week Radio Holland is present at the Nor-Shipping event in Oslo (Norway) at booth B02-36. BWFM has technical responsibility for more than 50 vessels including Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs)…
Asian Tanker Hijacked in Malacca Straits
The Singapore-flagged Ocean Energy was hijacked in the Straits of Malacca on Saturday and fuel siphoned from tanker. According to a report from the Southeast Asian piracy watchdog ReCAAP, the taker bound for Myanmar is the fifth to be targeted by robbers since the start of 2015. At 2130 hrs on Saturday eight perpetrators armed with guns boarded the vessel whilst it was heading up the Straits of Malacca. The pirates ordered the ship to anchor off Port Dickson and a barge came alongside. The Master and crew were locked away and a reported 2023 MT of Marine Gas Oil was siphoned off.
Zamakona Refits Vessels VOS HERA & HADES
The Zamakona Yards in Pasajes has successfully finished the works carried o t in the vessels VOS HADES and VOS HERA that belong to the Company Vroon Offshore Services UK. The conversion required a major upgrade of the VOS H-Class to enable Rescue & Standby facilities for a Group B vessel. The project´s design done by OSD-IMT OFFSHORE SHIP DESIGNERS was created in order to meet the customer´s requirements and the UK MCA and UKOOA regulations. - New accommodation areas such as treatment area, hospital, reception, survivors and non survivors’ facilities, etc have been done.
ST Engineering Wins $ 509 mi Contracts in 4Q2014
Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) announced today that its electronics arm, Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics) has secured about $509m worth of contracts in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q2014) for Rail Electronics & Intelligent Transportation, Satellite & Broadband Communications, as well as Advanced Electronics & Information Communications Technologies (ICT) solutions. Rail Electronics & Intelligent Transportation contracts of about $113m were secured from local and overseas customers in Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Middle East and Latin America.
MSC Approves SOLAS Amendments
The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), which met at the Organization's London headquarters for its 94th session, from November 17-21, 2014, approved draft SOLAS amendments to make mandatory the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low- flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code); adopted other SOLAS amendments; continued its work on its action plan on passenger ship safety; and approved and adopted a number of items put forward by the subcommittees.
EUCAP Nestor Coast Guard RHIB, Supports Training
EUCAP Nestor donated a deployable speedboat to the Seychelles Coast Guard in a ceremony at the new Coast Guard base. The ceremony was presided over by the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard, Lt Col Simon Dine, on behalf of the Seychelles and the Head of Mission of EUCAP Nestor, Etienne de Poncins, as well as the Minister for Home Affairs and Transport, Joel Morgan. The speedboat is a 6.5 metre Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) that can be taken on board one of the larger Coast Guard vessels and deployed for boarding as well as search and rescue operations at sea.
Unmanned Shipping a Topic at Seagoing Conference
Experts from the maritime industry met on the M/S Pearl Seaways from January 28-30 for the e-Navigation Underway 2014 international conference. One topic of the talks and discussions was unmanned shipping, which Fraunhofer CML is examining and advancing as part of the research project MUNIN (Maritime Unmanned Navigation through Intelligence in Networks). e-navigation – in other words the collection, analysis and exchange of maritime information both on land and at sea – was the main subject of talk on the M/S Pearl Seaways and discussed by the maritime experts on various levels.
Intellian Appoints Engineering Sales Director
Marine satellite antenna company Intellian has appointed Charlie Snooke as global director sales engineering. Charlie brings over 20 years’ experience in the marine electronics business, having provided installation and technical support for a wide range of navigation and communication equipment suppliers. During this time Charlie has fulfilled a variety of key technical support and market development roles with a well-known marine stabilized antenna manufacturer, latterly becoming…
Eastern Launches Second Vessel for Bravante
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the christening and launching of the M/V Bravante VI for Boldini S.A., Bravante Group of Brazil. This is the second vessel in a series of five. The event was held on August 5, 2013 at Eastern’s Nelson Street Facility with hundreds of Eastern’s Employees and Guests. Attending from Bravante were Renato and Regina Nascimento, Nuno Neves and Rubia Amaral, William Grutter, Cristiana Marsillac and Luis Harduim along with several members that traveled from Brazil witnessing the launch of the second of five Platform Supply Vessels under contract with Eastern.
EDCIS Order: Transas to Supply Twenty-Eight Ships
Transas Marine Denmark contracted by A/S to supply & install 28 Navi-Sailor 4000 Multifunction Display Dual ECDIS units. Transas is also to upgrade another six Eitzen Chemical vessels to the latest hardware and software ECDIS standards over the next two years. The package for each vessel includes 2 x 26" Hatteland monitors, RS6B computers, radar overlay and Firewall enabling a direct connection between the vessel's satellite communication equipment and the Transas ECDIS. After the installations, all vessels will run the unique "Pay As You Sail" chart concept from Transas.
Enclosed Space Entry Safety Amendments Agreed
SOLAS amendments to mandate enclosed space entry and rescue drills agreed by IMO Sub-Committee on Dangerous Goods, Solid cargoes & Containers. Draft amendments to SOLAS regulation III/19 to mandate enclosed space entry and rescue drills were agreed by the Sub-Committee on Dangerous Goods, Solid cargoes and Containers (DSC), when it met for its 16th Session. The draft amendments will be forwarded for review by the Sub-Committees on Bulk Liquids and Gases (BLG) and Standards of…
ABB Launch Tropos 1410-HAZ Communication Equipment
ABB announce the Tropos 1410-HAZ wireless mesh router and wireless bridge, certified for use in hazardous environments. Tropos 1410 wireless mesh routers and wireless bridges create secure, IP-based field area communication networks serving thousands of automation endpoints such as intelligent electrical devices, industrial process controllers and SCADA devices. Designed to provide wireless communications for field automation applications, the Tropos 1410-HAZ is certified for use in Class I, Division 2 (US) and Class I, Zone 2 (US and Canada) hazardous locations.