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Monday, August 3, 2020

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Op/Ed: Federal Support for Ports is Critical

Florida’s seaports are one of the state’s greatest economic assets, positively affecting every region and every resident. Our seaports have a $117.6 billion economic impact across Florida and account for more than 900,000 direct and indirect jobs, while linking our communities to vital national and international markets.During the COVID-19 crisis, ports across the country have sustained mounting losses. Ports that specialize in moving hard-hit cargoes like steel and automobiles, or depend on tourism and cruise ships are also particularly vulnerable.

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Congress Responds to COVID19 and Other Challenges for the Maritime Industry

In response to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the Congressional Research Service released a report that stated global economic growth has declined by 3% to 6% in 2020 with a partial recovery predicted for 2021. Also, the GDP of the U.S. has fallen by 5% in the first quarter 2020. According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the maritime industry, and seafarers themselves, have not been able to escape the significant effects of this crisis.All sectors of the maritime industry have been adversely affected by the global pandemic.

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Interview: Captain Havard Ramsoy, Genting Cruise Lines, Plotting the Return Course for Cruising

While COVID-19 has proven to be the biggest business disruption event in generations, for the once-booming cruise shipping industry it has meant a hard stop. Getting back to cruising will be neither fast nor easy. We reached out to Captain Havard Ramsoy, Vice President, Marine Operations and Safety, Genting Cruise Lines for insights on the path forward.Please give an overview of the Genting Cruise Ship fleet today, and COVID-19 and its impact on the Genting Cruise business.Throughout the unprecedented suspension of the global cruise passenger services due the COVID-19 situation…

COVID-19 & the US Workboat Market: Business Continuity, Not Business as Usual

In today’s environment, the overarching challenge for the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry is to continue transporting the vital commodities that help keep our nation’s economy moving during a highly uncertain time, while taking all necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of our workforce as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve – in other words, to ensure business continuity, while recognizing we are not, nor can we be, going about business as usual.

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Port of Long Beach Reports Cargo Increase

Cargo shipments rose at the Port of Long Beach in May as the economic effects of COVID-19 started to subside.Some 628,205 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of container cargo move through the port last month, a 9.5% increase from May 2019. Imports grew 7.6% to 312,590 TEUs, while exports climbed 11.6% to 134,556 TEUs. Empty containers headed back overseas jumped 11.4% to 181,060 TEUs.The volume increases come as manufacturing in China continues to rebound from the effects of COVID-19…

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Genco Makes First Full Crew Change Under Singapore's New Rules

U.S.-based drybulk shipowner Genco Shipping & Trading Limited announced the successful full crew change of the Genco Liberty, a 180,032 DWT Capesize vessel, marking the first full crew change under new COVID-19 protocols in Singapore. A total of 37 seafarers were involved in this crew change, which was completed on June 6, 2020 and executed in accordance with protocols established by Genco, Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) and the Synergy Group.John C. Wobensmith…

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Redoubling Our Resolve to Deliver Energy Transition

As momentum behind decarbonization accelerates, offshore service providers must accept the challenges ahead with great enthusiasm, harnessing key skills honed during many years working offshore, says William Hill, Executive Group Vice President, GAC Energy. The enforced shutdown of much of the industrialized world in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown into sharp contrast the state of the environment before and after production, transportation and travel were dramatically cut back.

Explorer Dream under the Dream Cruises brand is the first cruise vessel undergoing DNV GL's new certification in prefection prevention. (Photo: Genting Cruise Lines)

DNV GL Launches Infection Prevention Certification for Maritime

Classification society DNV GL launched a custom infection prevention certification aiming to help the maritime industry resume operations better prepared for COVID-19 or other emerging pathogens. Genting Cruise Lines is the first customer working toward the CIP-M certification for its cruise ship Explorer Dream under the Dream Cruises brand.As the coronavirus crisis begins to recede and the world begins moving to return to business, the cruise industry is sharpening its already strong focus on passenger health and safety.

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Volvo Penta Supplies PPE to Healthcare Workers

Volvo Penta  is taking action in response to the prevalent need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). At two of its North American facilities, the company is producing and distributing this vital protective gear to healthcare workers in the local communities and beyond. The efforts are part of an ongoing initiative from Volvo Group North America which plans to supply thousands of PPE units to healthcare operations across the country.The Volvo Penta engineering team at the company’s U.S. headquarters office in Chesapeake, Va., has led development of medical face shields.

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New Model Aims to Help Businesses Get Back to Work After COVID-19

A new model aims to help commercial and public organizations resume operations safely as restrictions around the COVID-19 pandemic begin to ease.Building on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), ABS Consulting said its Restart Risk Model offers a way for organizations to systematically evaluate the risk of disease transmission to their sites, operations and work areas, and develop a plan…

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NAVFAC EXWC Prints Masks to Aid Pandemic

Naval Facilities (NAVFAC) Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (EXWC) has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic through the use of the command’s additive manufacturing capabilities.NAVFAC EXWC will soon deliver the first batch of 250 face mask kits to commands needing additional PPE. Other commands will continue to coordinate with NAVFAC EXWC leadership for shipment of needed PPE, and subsequently update the additive manufacturing teams on further developing supplies.The face masks kits are being printed in three sizes: small, medium, and large.

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WMU Calls On Communities To Protect Seafarers’ Rights

As the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) apex institution for maritime and ocean education, the World Maritime University (WMU) adds its voice to widespread concerns over the serious effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health, wellbeing, and safety of seafarers.As countries around the world retreat to fight the pandemic, travel restrictions and financial losses are hitting shipping and other ocean-related industries hard. At sea, maritime workers are bearing the…

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Training Tips for Ships: Tip #5

– The Simple Secret to Making Randomized Exams Fair  – In last month’s Training Tips for Ships, we made the important point that we must never give different people the same exam. If we use an exam over and over, our trainees will very quickly learn what questions are on the exam and share the answers with their friends. Suddenly exam scores begin going up, and time spent learning goes down – both for the wrong reasons. There are few better ways to destroy a training program.The remedy is to always provide different exams.

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WISTA UK, ABP Host 'Women in Maritime'

Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK's largest port operator, teamed up with the Women in International Shipping and Trade Association (WISTA UK) to organize a reception to promote the ongoing effort to drive gender diversity across the maritime industry.The event celebrated the progress made to date and discussed ways to accelerate this momentum, it said.Set in London's iconic City Hall building during the first day of London International Shipping Week (LISW), London's premier shipping industry conference…

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Pure Safety Group's 'Checkmate' TR3 Tripod

Pure Safety Group (PSG), a company dedicated solely to fall protection, has introduced the Checkmate TR3 Tripod, used as Personal Protective Equipment to access workers and provide fall protection in confined space environments.The tripod features an innovative new crown and foot design that makes it stronger yet more lightweight than other tripods. The design is representative of the new advancements in height safety that are being created by the innovation team at Checkmate.The TR3 is one of 20 new fall protection products PSG is launching in 2019 into the construction…

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Survitec debuts Emergency Escape System

Survitec unveiled a new emergency descent system in Bilbao, Spain. Evacuator, dubbed by the company as the world’s first fire-proof emergency descent system, is designed to evacuate people in time-critical emergency situations at altitudes of 6m to 300m. It can be fire-proofed to 1750°C for 30 minutes.The evacuation system is fully mechanical and does not require electricity or any other power to operate. The descent is fully automatic at a controlled speed of one meter per second.

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Port of Rotterdam Prevents Further Spread of Oil Spilled

A serious water pollution incident occurred on Saturday 23 June 2018 in the Derde Petroleumhaven in the Botlek area of the Port of Rotterdam. A large amount of heavy fuel oil spilled into the water. The Port of Rotterdam Authority and the emergency services installed oil booms around the vessel as quickly as possible to prevent the further spread of the oil. The installation of the oil booms was successful but some of the oil had already spread beyond the incident area. On Sunday…

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Transas Launches High Voltage Training Breaker

Coming in response to recently introduced STCW requirements, Transas has launched a high voltage training solution for marine engineering and electrical training. The new rules require training to be conducted using real equipment, leading Transas to partner with the power technology specialist ABB for the development of a real hardware high voltage generator breaker cabinet compatible with the Transas ERS 5000 TechSim simulators with high and medium voltage systems. The Transas High Voltage Training Breaker is designed to train high voltage switchboard operations…

New Courses Offer Online Electrical Safety Training

AVO Training Institute released its new complete nine-module online course series entitled “Arc Flash Electrical Safety”, a complete electrical safety awareness series that includes the latest NFPA 2015 updates. Available for purchase per individual module at $49 or the complete series bundle price of $379 (bundled savings of over $60), these self-paced, online courses are designed to help individuals who may otherwise find it difficult to attend classes through a more traditional method.

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Dry Equipment Key to Healthy Work Environment

As more and more attention is paid to health initiatives, Netherlands-based equipment supplier Pronomar recognizes the impact and importance of a healthy work environment. The drying systems Pronomar supplies are designed to quickly and efficiently dry different types of work wear. Drying employees’ protective clothing prevents staff from working in wet, cold suits, the manufacturer noted, adding that warm and dry clothes for workers helps prevent high absenteeism and a loss of staff motivation.

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Enclosed Space Safety to the Forefront in Maritime

Seagull Maritime has launched a new onboard training course covering Enclosed Space Entry in ships, at a time when the issue is being brought into sharp focus by industry regulators. A committee meeting of the Ports Memorandum on Port State Control (Paris MOU) in May unveiled plans for a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Crew Familiarisation for Enclosed Space Entry. The campaign, scheduled between September and November this year in concert with the Tokyo MOU, is part of CIC efforts to verify compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006).

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Seagull Maritime Targeting Enclosed Spaces Campaign

Seagull Maritime has launched a new onboard training course covering Enclosed Space Entry in ships, at a time when the issue is being brought into sharp focus by industry regulators. A committee meeting of the Ports Memorandum on Port State Control (Paris MOU) in May unveiled plans for a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Crew Familiarisation for Enclosed Space Entry. The campaign, scheduled between September and November this year in concert with the Tokyo MOU, is part of CIC efforts to verify compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006).

Summer Wind, Miss Susan Tow Collision Report

This is a synopsis from the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) report and does not include the Board’s rationale for the conclusions, probable cause, and safety recommendations. NTSB staff is currently making final revisions to the report from which the attached conclusions and safety recommendations have been extracted. The final report and pertinent safety recommendation letters will be distributed to recommendation recipients as soon as possible. to further review and editing. Houston Ship Channel, Lower Galveston Bay, Texas. The visibility was restricted at the time due to fog.

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Report: Dire Conditions in Indian Shipbreaking Yards

The working and living conditions at the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India, remain alarmingly poor, argues a new study published in the Economic & Political Weekly, an Indian Social Science journal. The research was commissioned and financed by the National Human Rights Commission of India (NHRC) and was coordinated by Dr. Geetanjoy Sahu from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). TISS’ findings are based on field work in Alang from April 2013 to May 2014 including interviews with 300 shipbreaking workers as well as stakeholders from the industry, trade unions and authorities.

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ICS Guidelines for Large Scale Rescue

In response to the continuing crisis in the Mediterranean, necessitating commercial ships to rescue tens of thousands of migrants and refugees during 2014, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published new Guidance on Large Scale Rescue Operations at Sea, which can be downloaded free of charge via the ICS website. ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe explained: “The shipping industry fully accepts its humanitarian obligation to assist anyone at sea whose vessel is in distress.

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ICS Releases Migrant Crisis Guidelines

In response to the continuing crisis in the Mediterranean, necessitating commercial ships to rescue tens of thousands of migrants and refugees during 2014, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published new Guidance on Large Scale Rescue Operations at Sea, which can be downloaded free of charge via the ICS website. ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe explained: “The shipping industry fully accepts its humanitarian obligation to assist anyone at sea whose vessel is in distress.