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Monday, July 15, 2019

Radiation News

Port Security: If you’ve seen one port, you’ve seen one port

ARES Security Corporation’s sophisticated AVERT C-2 platform integrates hundreds of disparate sensors and information sources to keep first responders aware of their immediate environment in real-time. In today’s dangerous and digital business environment, that also comes ‘just in time.’Retired U.S. Coast Guard Commandant ADM James Loy is widely credited with coining the now familiar phrase, “If you’ve seen one port, you’ve seen one port.” In the choppy wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks…

Photo: KPCL

Container Scanning Introduced at Krishnapatnam Port

India’s Krishnapatnam Port Company Limited (KPCL),  in an industry first initiative, announced the installation of ‘Rapiscan Eagle P 60 (“Eagle P60’)’ a drive through X Ray Container Scanner & Radiation Portal Monitors. Besides increasing security and safety of the port, the container scanner will enhance the terminal’s overall performance while reducing the service time.Offering seamless movement of containers, the drive-through container scanner at Krishnapatnam Port will enable it to increase the volume of handling import containers by at least 5,000 TEUs per month, the port said.

Record-Breaking Year for the Port of Baltimore

38.4 million tons of cargo handled in 2017; the most since 1979 and the third-highest tonnage in its history.With such a busy port environmental factors have to be considered. The Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Port Administration has made significant environmental progress to reduce emissions at the port’s public marine terminals in the last several years, including upgrades of older equipment to newer and more efficient tools.The 2018 GreenPort Congress Conference…

An Integrated High-tech Approach to Port Security

DP World employs a sophisticated Vidsys technology platform to eliminate stovepipes and integrate myriad security solutions. DP World London Gateway provides deep-sea shipping access to one the largest consumer markets in the U.K. Naturally, the task of keeping all of that safe from outside threats, while also balancing that important task with the need to ensure an efficient intermodal supply chain is no easy task. That’s because this facility routinely intercepts stolen vehicles, narcotics and illegal immigrants while working closely with local and London MET police, the U.K.

The first container truck enters the BMCT facility (Photo: BMCT)

First Container Arrives at Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals

Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals Private Limited (BMCT) said it received its first container arriving by road during a gate opening ceremony officiated by Vivek Johri (IRS), Chief Commissioner Customs, Jawaharlal Nehru Customs House. The container will be loaded on CMA-CGM’s vessel Centaurus, which arrives at BMCT on Friday, February 2, 2018. With eight in-gates and eight out-gates, paperless transactions, weighbridge and radiation detection facilities, BMCT’s Phase 1 gate complex brings new levels of sophistication and efficiency to the Nhava Sheva area.

Image credit: Port of Los Angeles - Liquid Terminals

Today’s Maritime Security: Is the Industry Prepared?

In late June of 2017, AP Moeller-Maersk shut down its container operations at the Port of Los Angeles. It wasn’t due to labor relations problems, equipment malfunction or other reasons that have been known to thwart port operations. It was a cyber-attack. In today’s climate of information technology, there’s no telling where hackers lurk or a cyber security compromises may occur. For the maritime industry and its extended supply chains, the threat is real and looming. “At the local Maersk facility in L.A.…

NORsat-1 in EMC test at SFL. Two AIS antennas may be seen at the top, and four Langmuir probes off to the sides. The solar wings of the satellite are at the bottom. (Photo: Space Flight Laboratory)

Microsatellites Launched for Maritime Monitoring, Comms and Science

The Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) announced the successful launch of two Norwegian microsatellites developed and built by SFL for the Norwegian Space Centre with support from the Norwegian Coastal Authority, Space Norway and the European Space Agency. The Soyuz-2.1a rocket carrying the satellites into orbit launched from Baikonur at 06:36:49 UTC Friday, July 14, 2017. Shortly after launch both satellites were contacted from ground stations in Svalbard and Vardo, Norway. Both satellites are healthy based on initial telemetry, and commissioning is underway.

Matt Hughes P.E., Envirocleanse Executive VP of Marketing & Salespresident and CEO (Photo: Envirocleanse)

Invasive Species Meets its Silver Bullet: Envirocleanse

A new entry to the ballast water treatment promises compliance along with savings in both CapEx and OpEx. Who says there’s no ‘silver bullet’ in the BWTS game? In the port of Houston, Texas, three medium-sized tankers are berthed adjacent to one another at this sprawling petrochemical complex. The first, a 70,000 ton shuttle tanker, is discharging a parcel of Brent Crude Oil. The second, a coastwise product carrier, is taking on a parcel of gasoline destined for the East Coast. And the third, another crude carrier, is also discharging bulk crude oil.

Photo: Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust

JNPT Gets Radiological Detection Equipment at Exit Gates

The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Mumbai has become the first major port in the country to install radiological detection equipment (RDE) at all its exit road and rail gates. An official press release said the Marine Department of the port had taken up the project and the work was awarded to the public sector Electronic Corporation of India (ECIL) in 2012 at a total cost of Rs. 23.324 crore. Twenty-eight  Vehicle Monitor Systems have been installed at the Road, Rail, Exit Gates.

Kurt Nagle, AAPA President CEO Photo courtesy AAPA

AAPA Provides Trump Transition Team With Port Industry’s Recommendations

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)— the recognized and coordinated voice of seaports in the Americas—today sent a multi-faceted document to President-Elect Donald Trump’s transition team. The paper outlines opportunities to, in the words of the president-elect’s campaign, “Make America Great Again,” by strategic investments in seaports and related freight transportation assets, thereby helping U.S. businesses better compete in markets at home and abroad. “President-Elect Trump has put forth an ambitious goal of investing up to $1 trillion to rebuild America’s infrastructure…

Kurt Nagle (Photo: AAPA)

AAPA Outlines Port Policy for Trump Transition Team

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) today sent a multifaceted document to President-Elect Donald Trump’s transition team. The paper outlines opportunities to, in the words of the president-elect’s campaign, “Make America Great Again,” by strategic investments in seaports and related freight transportation assets, thereby helping U.S. businesses better compete in markets at home and abroad. “President-Elect Trump has put forth an ambitious goal of investing up to $1 trillion to rebuild America’s infrastructure…

The German polar research vessel Polarstern off the coast of Spitsbergen. (Foto Sebastian Menze)

RV Polarstern Starts Arctic Season

Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) are setting out with the research vessel Polarstern towards Spitsbergen, to use newly developed equipment in the Arctic Ocean. Autonomous instruments on the seabed, in the water column and in the air will complement the long-term measurements of the deep-sea research group. In this way researchers can analyse the climatic changes in the Arctic and their impact on the fauna in the future with higher temporal and spatial resolution.

Photo: Carhelco

Cathelco: BWT System Ready for USCG Type Approval

Cathelco have submitted a Letter of Intent to the U.S. Coast Guard verifying readiness to begin testing their ballast water treatment (BWT) system for Type Approval. The tests will be carried out under FDA/CMFDA methodology where life forms are judged as living/dead, the standard that the U.S. Coast Guard insists must be applied to ballast water treatment systems. At the same time, the tests will meet the expected revised standards of the new draft of the IMO G8 Guidelines. “Our system has already received IMO Type Approval and AMS Certification from the USCG.

Photovoltaic Outdoor Research Facility CSIRO Newcastle

ARENA Funding Helps CSIRO set-up New Solar Lab.

CSIRO is set to increase confidence in large scale solar by more accurately predicting how different solar photovoltaic (PV) systems will perform on Australian shores. Over the course of a 32 month project supported by $1.3 million ARENA funding, CSIRO successfully established unique indoor and outdoor testing capabilities that are now accessible to PV researchers and industry. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said these new facilities would allow different solar panels and cells to be scrutinised, assessing how they respond to Australian conditions and predicting their output over time.

Global Diving & Salvage Launches Training Initiative

Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. announced the addition of a new service line, Global Technical Services (GTS), to broaden the array of services o¬ffered to its current and future clientele as well as support internal professional development, the company said in its April newsletter. This service line will provide training for Non Destructive Testing (NDT) Technicians, Quality Assurance (QA) and Control Oversight and NDT Field Inspection Work. GTS classes will cover Ultrasonics…

Simrad HALO Pulse compression Radar

Simrad HALO Pulse Compression Radar launched

Navico Commercial Marine Division today launched the Simrad HALO Pulse Compression Radar, the world’s most affordable solid-state, open-array radar system with pulse compression technology for non-SOLAS applications aboard commercial vessels. Combining the advantages of Simrad FMCW Broadband Radar and traditional pulse radar systems, HALO radar detects targets as close as 20 feet (6 metres) – well within pulse radar’s short-range “blind spot” – while delivering exceptional long-range performance up to 72 nautical miles.

Measurement tool from Oxford Instruments

New Coating Thickness Measurement Tool

Oxford Instruments has introduced a new tool for coating thickness measurement and materials analysis.This new model, the MAXXI 6, is based on X-ray fluorescence technology.It encompasses a high resolution silicon drift detector (SDD), measuring thinnest coatings down to thenanoscale and element composition at trace level to ensure high quality control for up to date industrial standards. The MAXXI 6 is made in Taunusstein, Germany and approved by the PTB (Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt) for the highest level of radiation safety.

Solar Energy

Brazil Setting-up Solar Parks

Brazil finally entered the solar power sector on Friday, granting contracts for the construction of 31 solar parks as it tries to diversify its sources of generation amid an energy crisis caused by the worst drought in eight decades. Brazil's energy regulator, Aneel, concluded its first exclusive solar power auction on Friday, clinching 20-year energy supply contracts with companies that will invest 4.14 billion reais ($1.67 billion) and start to feed the national grid in 2017.

Reuters Global Climate Change Summit

Can Oil & Gas Superpower Lead on Climate Change?

A day before President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations to declare the nation is "stepping up to the plate" to tackle climate change, nearly 400,000 protesters jammed New York City streets in a climate change march. Many held signs calling for an end to fracking. Environmental activists see the U.S. natural gas and oil production boom, spurred by fracking, as a major contributor to global warming. Obama has lauded the country's shale boom as an economic boon and a geopolitical lever.

New Mexico nuclear waste site

Leak May Sideline New Mexico Nuclear Waste Site

It may be five years before a nuclear waste dump in New Mexico closed by a radiation leak is fully operational again, and the facility will need at least $240 million to pay for the initial recovery, a U.S. Energy Department official said on Tuesday. Operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, where radiological debris from U.S. nuclear labs and weapons sites is disposed of in a salt mine half a mile (1 km) below ground, were suspended in February after an accident released high levels of radiation and contaminated 22 workers.

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Fukushima Fallout: Resentment Grows

Like many of her neighbours, Satomi Inokoshi worries that her gritty hometown is being spoiled by the newcomers and the money that have rolled into Iwaki since the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost three and a half years ago. "Iwaki is changing - and not for the good," said Inokoshi, 55, who echoes a sentiment widely heard in this town of almost 300,000 where the economic boom that followed the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl has brought its own disruption. Property prices in Iwaki…

Modern Compasses Improve Oil Production

By using the Earth’s magnetic field, combined with new innovative technology, oil and gas drilling companies are increasing oilfield productivity while reducing development costs and environmental impacts. This technology has applications across the world, and public-private collaborations between the U.S. Geological Survey and partners have successfully implemented the technology. These days, multiple reservoirs of oil and gas can be accessed from a single platform by drilling vertically and then horizontally.

MEISTeR Robot: Photo credit MHI

Introducing MEISTer Disaster Recovery Support Robot

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) prototype has two arms to assist in recovery work after disasters or severe accidents. MEISTeR (Maintenance Equipment Integrated System of Telecontrol Robot) can light-duty tasks in areas inaccessible by humans. By changing its arms' attachment tools, the robot can perform various tasks such as carrying objects, drilling and opening/closing of valves. Going forward MHI will strive for further improvements and explore demand for broad applications of the robot in crisis management.

100% Container Scanning in Ports: It is Possible

New technology, already in use by a major terminal operator, puts the requirement for 100% scanning of all inbound containers back on track. The breakthrough, however, represents so much more than that. In July 2007, U.S. legislators passed a law requiring 100% scanning of U.S. bound containers at their last foreign ports by the year 2012. That federal requirement nearly died a quick death recently but has received a reprieve of sorts. Originally scheduled to take effect July 1…

Almi Navigator: Photo courtesy of Almi Tankers

Korea Shipyard Delivers Almi Suezmax Tankship

Almi Tankers S.A. has received M/T Almi Navigator following the vessel's delivery at DSME's Okpo Shipyard., South Korea. This 157,787 dwt tanker is the eighth Suezmax of Almi's newbuilding programme and was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd (DSME) to the highest industry standards. The Almi Navigator is an Eco-friendly vessel, designed with the owner's responsibility to safeguard the environment in mind. Almi Tankers recognises the need to consistently and continuously improve performance, especially in environmental issues.

U.S. Coast Guard Clarifies BWM Type Approval Process

Recently the Coast Guard has been responding to rumors that type approval of ballast water management systems (BWMS) that incorporate ultraviolet radiation (UV) as a disinfection process will not be possible under Coast Guard type approval requirements. These rumors are not true. The Coast Guard has made no decision regarding the general acceptability of UV as a treatment process or the specific acceptability of any UV-based BWMS for purposes of type approval under the Coast Guard's March 2012 Ballast Water Discharge Standard Final Rule.