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Friday, August 14, 2020

Navigation Equipment News

SUNY Hosts Ceremony for Hornblower E-Navigation Lab

Ongoing partnership between Hornblower and Maritime College provides access to internships and jobs for students & alumni along with access to training facilities for Hornblower crewsThere is a new wave of maritime talent hitting the shores of New York Harbor as one of the oldest maritime institutions in the country continues to expand its partnership with one of the biggest ferry operators in the country. SUNY Maritime College officials joined Hornblower executives for a ceremony…

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Change of Command for Cal Maritime's Training Ship

After 10 years at the helm, Harry Bolton handed over command of the Training Ship Golden Bear Wednesday at California State University Maritime Academy.Bolton, a 1978 graduate of the Academy, returned to Cal Maritime on May 1, 2008 after a 30-year career with American Maritime Officers. Twenty of those years were with American Overseas Marine Corporation (AMSEA) aboard the original preposition ships based out of Guam, Saipan and Diego Garcia. Bolton began sailing as Master in 1985, only seven years after graduation.Dr.

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d’Amico Group to Open Fleet Operations Center in Rome

d’Amico Group will build a new fleet digital operating center in Rome, Italy that will help the dry cargo and tanker shipping company to boost efficiency and safety across its fleet through increased collection of performance details and data from its ships.The new center, which is being created through a partnership with RINA and Telemar, is part of the trend toward increasing digitalization within the maritime industry. In addition to providing d’Amico Group with intelligence about operations on which to base strategic business decisions and operational improvements…

Transas CEO Frank Coles' delivers a rousing Keynote speech at the Transas Global Conference in Vancouver. CREDIT: Transas

Frank Coles Delivers Keynote at the Transas Global Conference

You know if Elon Musk was to attend a plenary session of the IMO, he could be forgiven if he thought he was watching a reenactment of the Charles Dickens book Hard Times, with Mr. Gradgrind the Headmaster. What a sad reflection of our industry. Imagine instead! Imagine a world where logistics companies and cargo owners drive ship design, innovation and demand the level of quality in ship management. Where maritime assets are operated in a global ecosystem of tracking, monitoring and safety. Imagine a world where ships are operated in a “ship as a service” or “system of systems” infrastructure.

Balaken. Photo: Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping

Balaken Restarts Operation after Overhaul

The overhaul of the ferry vessel “Balaken”, belonging to the Transport Feet of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company, is completed. The ship successfully passed the sea trials. Major repairs of steering and auxiliary equipment, engine mechanisms, various pumps, main and auxiliary engines of the vessel were completed. Some parts are replaced with new ones. The cleaning and painting of the underwater and surface of the ferry was done. All necessary works on adjustment, repair and checking of automation systems, navigation equipment and electrical parts of the vessel were also finished.

Pic: Paris MoU

Campaign Focuses on Safety of Navigation

The two major Port State Control regimes – Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU – will focus especially on navigational safety in a so-called Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) is being taken place from 1 September until 30 November 2017, said Danish Maritime Authority. The inspection campaign (CIC) will be carried out over a period of three months as part of routine Port State Control inspections. Thus, all Danish ships that are routinely inspected under the Tokyo MoU and Paris MoU should expect to be covered by the campaign.

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Tokyo, Paris MOUs Launch Navigation Safety Push

The Maritime Authorities of the Tokyo and the Paris Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control will launch a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on safety of navigation. The aim of the CIC is to check compliance with the applicable requirements of the SOLAS Convention, the overall status of the vessel’s navigation safety, and the competency of crew involved in navigation operations. This inspection campaign will be held for three months, commencing from September 1, 2017 and ending November 30, 2017.

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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…

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Canadian Fleets, Seaway Invest $160 Mln for 2017 Season

Canadian ship owners and the St. Lawrence Seaway have spent an estimated $160 million on repair and infrastructure projects this winter, boosting the economic fortunes of communities throughout the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence and east coast, according to the Chamber of Marine Commerce. Canadian ship owners have invested an estimated $70 million to maintain and upgrade their vessels during the winter months — an annual exercise that keeps their vessels in tip-top shape to safely and efficiently deliver goods for North American businesses. The St.

’POUL LØWENØRN’ will be alongside in Korsør in connection with the Maritime Cultural Days

Danish Maritime Authority Supports Maritime Cultural Days

The Danish Maritime Authority's buoy tender ’POUL LØWENØRN’ will be alongside in Korsør in connection with the Maritime Cultural Days. The vessel will be open to visitors throughout Saturday, 27 August. Safety of navigation is at the centre of the Maritime Cultural Days, and you can experience a variety of aspects of safety at sea if you visit the large buoy tender. On board the vessel will also be representatives of the ’SejlSikkert’ (safe navigation) campaign, which the Danish Pleasure Craft Safety Board is a part of.

Jonathan Puonti (Photo: Sea IT)

Sea IT Welcomes New Recruits

Sea IT continues to win large scale integration projects from the maritime sector and has welcomed John Olsson and Jonathan Puonti, two technical specialists to the team. Olsson has studied at Chalmers University of Gothenburg in Sweden and holds a wide array of maritime certificates. He has served several years working for shipping companies around the world in different positions. From his maritime career, Olsson has expertise in technical integrations including C and Ku-band…

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Philippines Releases North Korean Ship

Reuter reports that  the Philippines has released a North Korean freighter it had seized. The North Korean freighter was covered by harsher United Nations' sanctions against Pyongyang over its nuclear program. The 6,830 deadweight tonne (dwt) cargo ship M/V Jin Teng was one of the first sanctioned North Korean ships to enter a foreign port since the tightened sanctions were passed unanimously by the U.N. Security Council. Thirty-one North Korean ships are on the list. Its 21 North Korean crew…

Satcom Global Expands its Reach

Satcom Global has added marine and offshore safety and security products along with a range of enhanced engineering services to its portfolio following a full rebrand of sister company AND Group. Bringing more than 40 years’ experience in the design, integration and supply of marine and offshore technology, AND Group, now under the Satcom Global brand, will bring to the table their internationally recognised reputation and exclusive supply relationships with leading marine equipment manufacturers such as Bosch Security, Autronica Fire and Security, FHF, Cobham SATCOM and Furuno.

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Bringing Peace and Quiet to the Bridge

On April 30, next year the 11th amendment of the Marine Equipment Directive (MED) comes into force, making compliancy with the Bridge Alert Management (BAM) concept mandatory for all navigation equipment. Imtech Marine, as a bridge systems integrator, has been working on the test standards of BAM for several years through its participation in the International Electrotechnical Committee. But even with this rapidly approaching deadline, we have seen that there is still a lot of misunderstanding about BAM.

The workshop, inaugurated by the Director General of Shipping, Deepak Shetty

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…

SAR Services Overwhelmed, Under Resourced

Search and rescue (SAR) authorities and organizations in developing nations are under resourced and overwhelmed because of the size of the rivers, lakes and coastlines they have to monitor. This is one of the main conclusions from a report on ferry accidents commissioned by the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) – the UK based charity – presented at the World Maritime Rescue Congress (WMRC) in Bremerhaven yesterday and coinciding with the ferry disaster on the Yangtze River in China, one of the countries featured in the study.

Scandlines offers efficient, reliable transport for passengers and freight customers. The focus is on good service and a variety of activities on board ship, as well as extensive shopping opportunities in the Border Shops

Two Scandlines Ferries Take Shape

The completion of the two new vessels, M/V Berlin and M/V Copenhagen, at the Danish shipyard FAYARD is progressing according to plan. It is expected that the two new passenger ferries can be put into operation on the Rostock-Gedser route in the second half of 2015. The vessels start to resemble what they are supposed to be, two modern traffic machines with lots of light, air and space. During the last months, the vessels have been on a strict diet to reduce the weight, and the new bridge has recently been installed on the first vessel, M/V Berlin.

'Island Panther': Photo courtesy of the owners

OSV Master Fined Following Wind Turbine Allision

The master of a wind farm support boat has been made to pay £3,000 in fines and costs after breaching maritime collision regulations, informs the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Geoffrey Whinfrey was in charge of the Island Panther when it collided with a wind turbine in the Sheringham Shoal wind farm on 21 November 2012. Whinfrey had been requested by the wind farm operator - Scira Offshore Energy Ltd - that the Island Panther take off duty employees ashore due to the worsening weather conditions. It was dark and the wind was gusting up to 45mph, with driving rain and rough seas.

Admiral Vladimirsky on Round-the-world Voyage

On 18 August, the Admiral Vladimirsky oceanographic research ship of the Baltic Fleet will leave St. Petersburg and then set sail on an unprecedented round-the-world voyage. "The Russian Navy, after more than 30 years, is returning to round-the-world voyages," said the head of navigation and oceanography of the Russian Ministry of Defence, captain of 1st rank, Sergey Travin. According to him, preparation of the training vessel is fully complete. The route of the ship will include the Baltic…

New Tug Guidelines from Bureau Veritas

International classification society Bureau Veritas has worked closely with the towing industry to develop a set of Guidelines for Design, Construction and Operation of Tugs. The Guidance Note provides safety rules for tugs in an area of marine safety where there are many vessels not covered by international conventions, with no established framework. Gijsbert de Jong, Bureau Veritas’ Business Development Manager for offshore service vessels and tugs said, “Active involvement with industry stakeholders was vital to building these rules.

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Synapsis INS for Two New Wind Farm Service Vessels

The German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz, says that  together with its exclusive Norwegian distributor Syberg AS, it has been awarded a contract for the supply of an advanced Synapsis Integrated Navigation System (INS) to two new state-of-the-art wind farm service vessels. Raytheon explains that the Norwegian shipyard, Havyard Ship Technology in Leirvik / Sogn, is designing and building the new vessels which have to meet the highest demands on design, safety, efficiency and performance.

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St Lawrence Seaway: Proposed Regulations Amendment

Under agreement with the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation is proposing to amend the joint Practices and Procedures (known as "regulations" within the SLSDC). Gyro compass error greater than 2 degrees must be serviced prior to transiting the Seaway, if noted during a Seaway transit, it must be reported to the nearest Seaway station and the gyro compass must be serviced at first opportunity. When magnetic compass error is greater than 5 degrees…

André Meijer, Managing Director of Imtech Marine

Imtech Marine Extends Service to Australia

Imtech Marine has signed an agreement with Electrotech Pty in Australia. With this agreement and strategic partnership, Imtech Marine extends its global service network, now 94 own offices in 30 countries, with eight Electrotech offices in Australia. This agreement fits in the strategy of Imtech Marine to be present where customers need support on the spot, also taking into account that Australia is gaining importance in international shipping. With Electrotech Imtech Marine can provide all navigation and communications services…

Italian Consortium Vessel: Photo credit Transas Marine

Massive Italian Shipborne Navigation Contract for Transas

Transas Marine has won the Italian tender of "Consorzio degli armatori del mediterraneo" for supply of navigation equipment for 64 vessels. "Consorzio degli armatori del mediterraneo" is the Italian Shipowners Research Consortium which consists of 6 shipowners (Augusta Due, Marnavi, L.G.R. di Navigazione, Gestioni Armatoriali, Elbana di Navigazione, Perseveranza). According to the contract, Transas dual Navi-Sailor 4000 ECDIS Premium systems will be installed onboard of 64 oil/chemical tanker and bulk carrier vessel.

GPS Spoofing and the Potential Perils to Ships at Sea

Simple annoyance or potential security threat? Spoof is defined as “a hoax or swindle.”  In the world of electronic networks, a spoofing attack is a situation in which one program successfully masquerades as another by falsifying data and thereby gaining an improper advantage. We have all heard of, and possibly fallen victim to, fraudulent card readers (often inserted on self-service fuel pumps). The fraudulent card readers copy security information from the credit card, which is then used to clone an illegitimate credit card and incur improper charges on the victim’s credit card account.

The Riskiest Places to do Business – and Why

Maritime security, over the last four years, has been synonymous with the effort launched by a multinational armada to combat the high seas criminality and the humanitarian and economic consequences of Somali piracy. The drama which has unfolded off the Horn of Africa, spreading into the Indian Ocean, has been headline news around the world. Attack and hijacking of small fishing vessels and even supertankers, with crews held for ransom for upwards of 2 years, has horrified everyone concerned. The murders of innocent seafarers demonstrate the dangers faced in vast expanses of oceans.