Fire Reported on Tanker at Sture Terminal
A fire onboard an oil tanker at Norway's Sture crude export terminal has been put out, the fire service told Reuters on Friday.The fire broke out in the engine room of the Dubai Harmony tanker during loading at the Equinor oil terminal on Norway's west coast, according to rescue services and police.No one was injured, and the terminal's output was not affected by the incident, although there was a partial evacuation of staff."The head of the response team on the site confirms that the fire was put out at 1257 CET (1057 GMT)…
Hiab's Multilift Commander Launched
Hiab, part of Cargotec, has launched an innovative new product to handle containers safely and efficiently in locations where no infrastructure exists to load or unload containers from a truck. Originally developed for the logistics needs of governmental organisations, the MULTILIFT COMMANDER container handling unit is an application for the popular MULTILIFT XR21 hooklift that enables both ISO 1C and 1CC freight containers, and DIN standard demountable flatracks, to be handled by the same truck. "This is a new application for the commercial hooklift market.
Captain Fined after Ship Grounds off Northern Ireland
The captain of a Dutch cargo ship that ran aground at Rathlin Island has been fined £1,000 ($1,300) at Armagh Magistrates' Court after pleading guilty to failing to keep a proper look out. Ship’s captain Aleksandr Iakovtsov of the MV Ruyter pleaded guilty to charges brought by the U.K. Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA). He was charged under the Merchant Shipping Distress Signals and Prevention of Collision Regulations 1996 and also of failing to safely navigate his ship and causing serious damage to the ship (in breach of section 58 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995).
Restrata, Agility Partnership in Training at REP, Iraq
Restrata, a global leader in consultancy and training services, has partnered with leading logistics provider Agility to offer specialised training for oil and gas sector employees at the Rumaila Energy Park (REP) in southern Iraq. The REP's new training centre will offer a wide range of courses related to health and safety and oil and gas industry operations. All training courses meet international standards, are accredited, and include transportation, catering and security services.
US Charity Supports Maritime Rescuers
Volunteer services from across Europe have responded to the maritime refugee crisis in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas by deploying boats and crews, saving tens of thousands of lives. Responding to the crisis for years has strained the budgets of these charities, many of which are operating far from their home bases. "While governments run rescue coordination centers and issue news releases, it's often the charities and their volunteers who are actually pulling survivors from the water," said Dana Goward, Chairman of the Association for Rescue at Sea (AFRAS).
UN Secretary-General Visits IMO
On February 3, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for ship safety, maritime security and prevention of pollution from ships. Ban met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim and IMO’s Senior Management Committee, also addressing representatives of IMO Member States and IMO staff. Secretary-General Ban highlighted the role that IMO and the maritime sector had to play in translating landmark agreements such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development…
Sea Tow COO Joins AFRAS Board of Directors
Maritime assistance provider Sea Tow Services International, Inc. announced that its chief operating officer, Joseph Frohnhoefer III, has been named to the board of directors of the Association for Rescue At Sea, Inc. (AFRAS). Founded in 1976, AFRAS’ mission is to support volunteer maritime rescue services worldwide, and honor extraordinary maritime rescues. Joseph Frohnhoefer III is the second Frohnhoefer to be named to the AFRAS board, following his father, the late Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer, founder of Sea Tow, who also served as a member of the AFRAS board for three years.
New Man at Helm of O&G Crisis Center in Aberdeen
STIRLING Group, a global provider of health, safety and environmental services to the oil and gas industry, has appointed Alan McIntyre to head up emergency response and crisis management consultancy services in the UK which includes the running of the $394,000 state-of-the-art Incident Management Centre (IMC) in Aberdeen. The IMC provides round the clock support to global companies in the event of an emergency situation, staffed by an extensive pool of specialist responders and client representatives.
Migrant Distress Key Session at IMRF Congress
Migrant rescue will be one of a range of important issues to be discussed at the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF)’s World Maritime Rescue Congress to be held from June 1-4 in Bremerhaven, Germany. Hosted by the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service (DGzRS), the event will include a presentation from Martin Xuereb, Director of MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) on the challenges of rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean. MOAS acts as an aid station to support vessels in need of assistance…
Spain: 156 Passengers on Burning Ferry Evacuate
Spain's development ministry has said that a fire broke out on a ferry as it journeyed from Palma on the island of Majorca to Valencia in Spain. Spanish media reported that around 156 people had to abandon ship around 17 miles from Palma de Mallorca and were helped by emergency services. The Spanish Ministry of Works said the captain did not initially want to evacuate the ferry but passengers and crew eventually left the burning boat in lifeboats. The Sorrento was travelling to the coastal city of Valencia when the blaze began and quickly got out of control.
Transboundary Oil Pollution Debated in IMO
33 countries and a number of international organisations have just met at the IMO headquarters in London under the chairmanship of Denmark and Indonesia. On this occasion, liability for damages and the obligation to take out insurance in connection with transboundary oil pollution damage resulting from offshore activities were considered, and this has resulted in the drafting of guidance that is expected to be presented to the IMO Legal Committee in the spring of 2016. On several occasions…
Migrant Rescue Draws Budget Concerns in the Mediterranean
Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) has raised concerns about the implications for masters of the recent reports of the launch of the new EU Frontex operation Triton which will apparently have a reduced budget and focus on border control in place of the Italian Mare Nostrum that is credited with saving more than 150,000 migrants in the Mediterranean. Deirdre Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) said, “The commendable practice of merchant ships…
ICS: Migrant Rescue is a Legal and Humanitarian Obligation
The rescue of all persons in distress at sea – including illegal migrants – is an obligation under international maritime law, as well as being a long established humanitarian duty, says the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). ICS is the global trade association for commercial ship operators, whose ships are currently involved on a daily basis in the rescue of refugees at sea in the Mediterranean. Whatever may be decided by policy makers in EU Member States, the legal and humanitarian obligation of merchant ships to provide assistance to anyone in distress at sea will remain unchanged…
Evolving Threats Met by Market Innovation
A look at commercial off-the-shelf technologies and products designed to mitigate risk at sea and in port. In a post 9/11 world, many facets of maritime security only seem to grow. Global threats, despite best efforts, do not diminish. Chief among these issues are port security, the protection of critical energy assets and the scourge of piracy on the high seas. As the cost of meeting both challenges climbs, ship operators and port executives look to economically manage their risk. The effort weighs heavily on the bottom line at a time when many maritime sectors are struggling in the red.
Cruise Ships Under Special 2013 MoU Scrutiny
The Paris MoU Port State Control Committee's Harmonized Verification Programme (HAVEP) on passenger ship operational safety controls will last throughout 2013. Steamship Mutual advises its members to prepare for Port State Control Inspections, pointing out that passenger ferries and passenger high-speed craft are excluded from the HAVEP. During the HAVEP, Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) will witness an operational control comprising a standard emergency scenario which will include a simulated machinery/other space fire…
UK Search & Rescue Contract for Bristow Group
Bristow Group awarded a new Department for Transport contract to provide civilian Search & Rescue (SAR) services for all of the UK. The SAR services contract has a phased-in transition period beginning in April 2015 and continuing to July 2017 and a contract length of approximately ten years. Under the terms of this contract, Bristow Helicopters will provide 11 Sikorsky S-92 and 11 AgustaWestland AW189 helicopters that will be located at ten bases across the UK. Each SAR base will operate either two S-92s or two AW189s.
Maritime Museum Fundraises to Honor Rescue Services
The recession has generated difficult times for many Americans, yet it has failed to weaken the generosity of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall visitors, who have raised nearly $12,000 for the rescue services in the last few months. The Museum’s cherished Search & Rescue exhibition celebrates the Maritime Rescue Services. Honoring their work, a charity box has been installed for donations with plans of future distribution spanning all the partners involved in the exhibition. Though, the donation box is not the only addition made to the museum.
Parmaris Appoints New Sales Manager
Parmaris, a U.K. manufacturer of lifejackets, appointed Pete Evans as Sales Manager. Pete, who formerly worked for Crewsaver for more than 16 years has a wealth of experience in the safety equipment sector which he brings to the company, including a number of years focussed on cruise and ferry commercial sales as well as commercial export and the leisure sector. Pete is also a very experienced racing sailor with many offshore and inshore miles under his belt, so he has first hand experience of using safety equipment at sea.
Northern Sea Route – Maritime Rescue Centers Planned
The first, in Dudinka, will become operational in time for this year's Northern Sea Route navigable season, according to a report on Russia's 'Arcticuniverse' online publication. Russia is investing in the future of the northern Sea Route and is to spend nearly €23.4 million in development of ten centers from Murmansk in the West to Chukotka in the East. Three of the centers will be located on Chukotka and Anadyr, the other seven in Murmansk, Arkhangelsk, Naryan-Mar, Vorkuta, Nadym, Dudinka and Tiksi. A total of 980 persons will be working at the centers.
Arctic Rescue Base Set Up by Rosneft
Russia’s largest oil company is establishing a permanent Arctic base of rescue personnel & divers in Amderma, a village on the Kara Sea coast. The base, which is to support the company’s ongoing exploration activities in the Kara Sea, will include a team of divers and a MI-8 helicopter, the Nenets AO regional administration informs Barents Observer. The divers all come from a special operations team under the Arkhangelsk Regional Rescue Service, the only of its kind in Northwest Russia.
Satellite Phone Helps Rescue 82 From Ocean
Inmarsat's IsatPhone Pro alerts rescue services to assist passengers of a disabled Java Sea passenger boat. Australia Maritime Safety Authority's (AMSA's) Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) was contacted by Australian Federal Police after they recently received a distress call via IsatPhone Pro from a vessel requesting assistance. "RCC Australia successfully contacted the satellite telephone number and a person on board reported the vessel's engine was not working and there were 82 people on board.
Katie Sails into New Role
Experienced sailor Katie Austen has been appointed as new office administrator at Drew Marine Signal and Safety, the world’s leading marine distress signal company. Katie (25) has taken part in tall ship races and was just four years old when she owned her first boat, so knows just how important it is for craft to carry marine distress signals. She says, “I always enjoy sailing and being on the water. But when the swell gets up high it can be easy not to see someone in the water…
RS Participates in Arctic Shipping Forum
Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) took part in the 10th Annual Arctic Shipping Forum in Helsinki, Finland, April 8-10, 2014. Special requirements for Arctic class ships have become one of the most discussed issues within the international maritime community. The potential threats the navigation is facing are connected to the harsh climate and lack of refuge ports in the Arctic, thus increasing the risks of accidents as compared to the navigation in clear water. The remoteness…
Moscow to Rule Northern Sea Route
Deputy Minister of Transport Victor Olerskyz informed that the Northern Sea Route will be administrated from Moscow. The new headquarters for the Northern Sea Route (NSR) will open in Moscow on January 28 2013. A representative office may be opened in Arkhangelsk later, according to the 'Barents Observer'. The Northern Sea Route is becoming a more and more important route for transportation of cargo between Europe and Asia. 2012 was a record season both in relation to the amount of cargo and the number of vessels.
GAC Maritime Security to Provide P-Trap
Award-winning technology adds to GAC's range of vessel protection solutions. GAC Maritime Security has added the award winning P-trap anti-boarding device to its range of non-lethal vessel protection solutions. A winner at the 5th Safety at Sea International Awards and a finalist in the Seatrade Awards and Lloyd's List Awards in 2011, P-trap is an engine blocking system that creates a security zone around the ship to prevent other vessels from approaching too close and attempting to board.
Inmarsat Brings 'Fleet One' Broadband to Small Vessels
Maritime satellite communications provider Inmarsat says it now connects leisure and fishing vessels with a specially designed broadband service. Accessing weather information and chart updates, keeping in contact with loved ones or simply checking the news are now as simple to do at sea as they are on land with the launch of Fleet One from Inmarsat Maritime. From nnow on, yacht and fishing boat owners can take full advantage of maritime broadband services previously only available to much larger vessels.