Aerial Drones a Threat to Shipping?
Aerial drones have made major advances in endurance, range and payload capacity over recent years while prices have continually plummeted, leading to a proliferation of drones expected to reach 12 million by 2020.This trend, some believe, means aerial drones will pose an even greater threat to the safety and security of commercial shipping vessels.To help combat this emerging threat, U.K. based Martek Marine has developed a maritime drone detection and defeat system called D-FENCE.As terrorist use of drones deploying explosives is well documented…
SUITS Aims to Make Space Casualties a Thing of the Past
SUITS has been developed by Martek Marine Ltd to improve the safety of surveyors and crew members when inspecting tanks, eliminating the need to enter hazardous, confined spaces on board. SUITS combines the latest in enclosed space drone technology and VR software allowing the operator to deliver a collision tolerant drone through the hatch / confined space entry and then remotely control it via a control console and video screen – the full inspection can be carried out from a safe location.
Martek Calls for Safer Shipping
Martek Marine, the global maritime technology innovator, is leading calls to make the shipping industry safer for seafarers to mark European Shipping Week, taking place in Brussels this week. To encourage shipping companies to invest in improved healthcare for crew members, the company has pledged to donate $100 to charity for every life saved through the use of its revolutionary telemedicine offering iVital. The world’s first telemedicine service available without a large upfront capital investment…
Martek Bucks the Trend on Gender Divide
Historically marine industries have been significantly male dominated but one business in Rotherham is bucking the trend. Martek Marine, who employ more than 60 staff, now boast a leadership team which is made up of 75% women. The business, which launched in 1999, serves 80 different countries and women currently make up 45% of their entire workforce. During 2016 both the BBC and BHP Billiton took steps to ensure that moving forward women make up 50% of their workforce. While…
Martek Launches Gas Warehouse in Brazil
Martek Marine and its brand Fastcalgas have announced the opening of a new distribution warehouse in Brazil. The hub based in Sao Paolo, Brazil is the eighth warehouse opened by Martek to better service their growing customer base with delivery to Brazilian ports and to the wider South American network of ports. Fastcalgas is a calibration gas supply service designed specifically to remove the inefficiencies in the buying process, saving both time and money. Martek said it has the largest global stocks of calibration gas in the world with warehouses in Singapore…
Martek Launches 5 Minute Mobile Drug Testing Solution
Drug abuse in society and on ships is a well-known and growing threat. Recent major incidents on high profile ships (two deaths in 2014 on Maersk Alabama) have brought the issue firmly into the spotlight with many operators reviewing their policies and arrangements. Prevention is always better than cure and guidelines/regulations are well established requiring ship operators to randomly test crew for drugs. The IMO Standards of Training, Certification & Watch keeping (STCW) 2010…
Protecting Shippers from Ebola Outbreak
The IMO have reacted quickly in response to the international emergency recently declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) over the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. In September the IMO issued an international circular ‘3484’ calling for a united response from the shipping industry to contain the virus. Specifically it calls for ship operators to define 'measures to reduce the risk of exposure' if they are likely to have ships trading to and from ports in Ebola-affected States.
Martek: Network-Connected ECDIS
Martek Marine released its unique ECDIS offering to the market: iECDIS, which the company claims is the first model to integrate a GSM modem, offering automatic download and installation of charts, updates and notices to mariners. The GSM modem uses a mobile network signal to keep iECDIS up to date anywhere with mobile signal, even downloading the most recent piracy warnings and weather forecasts. Designed and built to military specification, iECDIS is available for lease or purchase.
Martek Urges Shipowners to Install Gas Detectors
Martek Marine said that shipping companies are putting themselves at risk of facing corporate manslaughter charges if they do not carry an adequate number of maintained and certified gas detectors. European Marine Equipment Directive (MED) approval is a legal requirement for equipment aboard EU flagged vessels and a number of non-EU flag authorities who have also signed up to the protocol where oxygen or other flammable gas is potentially present. Martek Marine Sales Director Steve Coulson said, “The Marine Equipment Directive relates to all European flag vessels.
Korean Shipbuilders Order Martek Marine Monitoring Systems
UK's Martek Marine wins large orders for its MariNOx Evolution™ on-board emissions monitoring and engine efficiency system. The orders, amounting to more than US$1-million, are from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and Hyundai Heavy Industries. Amongst the seven orders is the world’s largest and most complicated emissions monitoring system ever to measure SOx, NOx, CO2, CH4, NO2, THC, H2S, Benzene and N20. MariNOx Evolution™ is the simplest, quickest and lowest cost system…
Martek BNWAS for MOL
Mitsui OSK Line made a firm commitment to install Bridge Navigational Watch and Alarm Systems (BNWAS) on board its ships ahead of regulatory requirements. The company has taken the opportunity of the drydocking of 17 of its vessels so far this year to install the Martek Marine Navgard BNWAS. MOL said it was likely that all of its existing vessels would be fitted with BNWAS before the end of 2011. Under the terms of the revised SOLAS regulations new passenger vessels and cargo ships greater than 150gt have had to implement BNWAS since July 2011.
MOL commits to Martek BNWAS
Mitsui OSK Line has made a firm commitment to install Bridge Navigational Watch and Alarm Systems (BNWAS) on board its ships ahead of regulatory requirements. The company has taken the opportunity of the drydocking of 17 of its vessels so far this year to install the Martek Marine Navgard BNWAS. MOL said it was likely that all of its existing vessels would be fitted with BNWAS before the end of 2011. Under the terms of the revised SOLAS regulations new passenger vessels and cargo ships greater than 150gt have had to implement BNWAS since July 2011.