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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Safety Equipment News

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Ports' Coronavirus Roadblocks Put Seafarers at Risk

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic taking hold around the world may leave seafarers without vital medicines and provisions as well as important spare parts, according to the International Shipsuppliers & Services Association (ISSA).Some ports have been refusing certain vessels entry because of previous port calls at coronavirus-affected areas, causing some to sail off without taking on the vital supplies they need to operate.ISSA, which looks after the interests of the world’s ship chandlers…

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Marine Tech: Marine Evacuation Systems from Survitec

As the cruise industry continues to prosper, so too does Survitec, a specialist in marine evacuation systems (MES). Survitec has a history of more than 160 years, with 2020 marking the centenary since RFD, now part of Survitec, was founded.The story of RFD’s technology dates back to 1920 with the introduction of an aircraft flotation product, essentially an inflatable ring, to prevent planes sinking when ditched. This technology quickly evolved to become dual purpose also providing a means to rescue aircrew in an emergency.As technologies and methodologies became more sophisticated…

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Danish Suppliers Facilitate Sustainable Transport

The global shipping industry is facing requirements for substantial reductions in emissions and for creating a more sustainable transport in order to meet UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. At Kormarine 2019, 15 Danish suppliers of marine technology and services will be exhibiting their solutions that can help shipowners accelerate the move towards sustainability. According to Mark Lerche, Head of Marine, Danish Export Association, organizer of the Pavilion of Denmark at Kormarine 2019…

New Resolve Partners Chauncey Naylor (director of the Resolve  Academy), Stacy Payne (Resolve) and Glyn Day and Neil Cooper both with Fire Ranger.
The Large Fire Extinguisher is called Big Red. (Image: Resolve Marine)

Fire Ranger, Resolve Team Up on Fire Safety Training

Fire Ranger and Resolve Maritime Academy Announce Partnership Aligning Live-Action Training with State-of-the-Art Fire Safety Equipment and Services.September 2019, Fort Lauderdale FL, Fire Ranger, a leading supplier of fire safety equipment and services announce their alliance partnership with Resolve Maritime Academy to incorporate modern, state-of-the-art fire safety equipment and services as part of Resolve’s academy certification programs. The partnership is a “Win Win” for academy students who will earn United States Coast Guard (USCG)…

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Survitec, MRT Collaborate on Constant Wear Lifejacket

Two safety equipment specialists - Survitec and Marine Rescue Technologies (MRT) - have created a lifejacket that accommodates and complements a range of MRT personal locator beacons (PLB) and takes advantage of the two companies’ knowledge in their respective fields.Both companies have a long and respected history – MRT has 40 years’ experience in designing man overboard safety systems.While Survitec, with its 160-year heritage and complete safety and survival portfolio – has…

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INSIGHTS: Transportation Industry Outlook 2019

The driver shortage will once again shape the trucking industry in the coming year. For ocean shipping, that’s a real problem. Any transport mode is only as good as the one that immediately follows or precedes it in the intermodal supply chain.For trucking, the outlook hasn’t changed much in the last two years: Too much freight and not enough drivers to haul it. It’s both the best and worst of times all at once. True, this means the U.S. economy is still very healthy. But, it also means that carriers struggle to recruit and retain quality drivers – and that can be frustrating.

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VIKING Sees Growth After Norsafe Acquisition

After two years of slightly declining revenue, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S is seeing growth once more, said the global market leader in maritime and offshore safety.In 2018, VIKING acquired the Norwegian manufacturer of lifeboats Norsafe AS. Adjusting for the costs of integrating this business and the impact on revenue in the last quarter of the year, the results show growth in both revenue and earnings.“We were able to deliver growth in activities and earnings in the original VIKING business…

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Survitec Receives DNV GL Certification

British manufacturer of  marine safety and survival equipments Survitec has received DNV GL Z-17 certification as a class-approved service provider for all DNV-GL classed vessels operating various brands of safety and survival equipment, including lifeboats, liferafts, marine evacuation systems (MES) and fire-fighting equipment and breathing apparatus.“The certification means that all Survitec sites carrying out work on lifeboats, fire-fighting equipment, SCBA and LSA to ships and mobile offshore units (MOU) to SOLAS standards are included in the Z-17 approval…

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Ferry Safety and Technology Conference 2017

There is a convergence of new advances in technology for ferries AND quantum leaps in ferry operations in Asia, Africa and North America. Can operating a ferry be made better safer and cheaper? Yes, says technology. What’s exciting about this year’s Ferry Safety and Technology conference, the Third Annual, is the promise of technology – how telematics, affordable sensors, and graphic visualization – enhance safety, and vastly benefit the quality and cost of operations. This isn’t a conference for nerds and geeks – it’s for those of who need to use technology to understand it.

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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.

Simon O’Connell, new appointment as Senior SOLAS Market Manager at Ocean Safety Ltd (Photo:Ocean Safety)

Ocean Safety Appoints Senior SOLAS Market Manager

Simon O’Connell takes up the appointment of Senior SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Market Manager at Ocean Safety, focussing on sales to customers in the international maritime and offshore sectors of SOLAS approved safety products. Ocean Safety, specialists in the worldwide supply, distribution, service and hire of marine safety equipment, have created the new key role to reflect the company’s growth in commercial marine for the supply of liferafts, lifejackets and other safety equipment globally.

Ernie Ellis (Photo: Sea-Fire Marine)

Sea-Fire President Addresses Marine Insurance Seminar

Ernie Ellis, president of Sea-Fire Marine, recently addressed 650 attendees of the 27th Marine Insurance Seminar held at the Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club. The event gathers marine insurance agents, brokers, underwriters, surveyors, admiralty attorneys and other professionals from around the globe to learn about critical issues facing owners of private and commercial vessels. An industry expert on marine fire detection and suppression, Ellis co-presented the session, FIRE: Hot Topic, but not the Same Old Story.


16 Rescued from Capsized Sailing Vessel

The U.S. Coast Guard and San Francisco Police Department Marine Police rescued 15 Sea Scouts and one adult clinging to the side of a capsized catamaran Saturday afternoon. The Coast Guard was notified Saturday at approximately 3:30 p.m. from a passing ferry vessel that a 30-foot sailing vessel had capsized in the vicinity of Aquatic Beach Park. Coast Guard Station Golden Gate launched a boat crew to assist the Marine Police and arrived on-scene at approximately 3:45 p.m. The crews located 16 boaters in the water, all of whom were wearing lifejackets at the time of the rescue.

Tracking the stricken vessel Photo UK Coastguard

Stricken Vessel Being Towed to Lowestoft

Dogged detective work and attention to detail by the UK Coastguard has led to a broken down yacht being rescued. The call came in from the stricken vessel to the Coastguard Operations Centre at Humber at around 8.40pm today (31st July). It had left the Netherlands but had got into difficulty and made a 999 call. ‘When he called again, he was able to tell us he was about 14 nautical miles off Lowestoft which is still a massive area to search. His engine and all the electronics had stopped working, he was under sail but there was no wind and he was just drifting.

Category C First Aid Kit (Photo: Ocean Safety)

Ocean Safety Reminds of Medical Kit Buying Rules

Ocean Safety are reminding vessel operators of the rules set out by the UK Government’s medicine regulator MHRA (Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) for buying the necessary Category C First Aid Kit for all coded boats. Ocean Safety, who are specialists in the worldwide supply, distribution, service and hire of marine safety equipment, have invested heavily in acquiring the correct license to be able to supply the Cat C Kit direct to customers. The first aid kit cannot be sold through unlicensed third parties…

CCS Chairman and President, Sun Licheng. photo MCI

CCS is Authorized RO for Maritime Cook Islands

Maritime Cook Islands (MCI) has authorized the China Classification Society (CCS) as a Recognized Organization (RO), to conduct survey and certification of ships flying the Cook Islands flag. The formal agreement between MCI and CCS which is a full member of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), will significantly open up opportunities for the Cook Islands Flag in China and will benefit shipowners in the region. Shipowners in China can now use CCS for all certification services including Load Lines…

USCG Urges Passenger Vessel Safety

The U.S Coast Guard's Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis has issued a safety alert seeking to raise awareness regarding federal safety requirements for vessels carrying any paying passengers onboard a vessel on navigable U.S. waters. Picture the following scenario: The sea bass are running and your friend has a friend who can take you and another person fishing for a reasonable fee. He owns a boat that is ideal for fishing. You have a great day on the water, catch plenty of fish, and begin to return at dusk.

A submerged catamaran is all that remains at the scene of a rescue on Lake Champlain, June 8, 2016. A crew from Coast Guard Station Burlington, Vermont, pulled three people from the submerged hull after the 14-foot boat capsized in heavy winds about a mile from shore. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

3 Saved from Overturned Boat on Lake Champlain

The Coast Guard responded to an overturned vessel and three people in the water Wednesday on Lake Champlain, Vermont. Sector Northern New England watchstanders received a call at approximately 2:15 p.m. from a person on land reporting a capsized 14-foot catamaran in Appletree Bay about one mile northwest from shore. Station Burlington launched a crew aboard a 26-foot boat who arrived on scene at about 2:45 p.m. and found three people sitting on the hull of the overturned boat. The survivors reported heavy winds in the area caused the craft to capsize.

Composition of the PPG SIGMAGLIDE self-adhesive fouling release film solution (Image: PPG)

Industry Group Developing New Hull Coating System

PPG’s protective and marine business has received EU Funding for a project which aims to produce a new fouling protection system for commercial vessels. A project development group including PPG, MACtac, Meyer Werft/ND Coatings, VertiDrive and Hamburg Ship Model Basin HSVA are currently working together to establish an automatic application process for allowing a self-adhesive/fouling release film to be used on commercial seagoing vessels. This process will allow shipowners and…

Pinky Zungu has again made history with her appointment as Transnet National Ports Authority’s first black female Deputy Harbor Master – Nautical for the Port of Durban. (Photo: Philip Wilson)

First Female Deputy Harbor Master at Port of Durban

One of the first three women in Africa to obtain a Marine Pilot open license in 2011, Pinky Zungu has again made history with her appointment as Transnet National Ports Authority’s first black female Deputy Harbor Master – Nautical for the Port of Durban. Having been selected by TNPA as a development candidate in 2001, Zungu is one of a growing number of women who have been promoted into senior positions through their hard work and dedication, who are changing the face of the male dominated maritime industry.

Reckless Skipper Handed Prison Sentence

U.K. skipper Alexander Baird, who pleaded guilty to a charge of not operating his ship in a safe manner, has been sent to prison following a hearing April 21 at Mold Crown Court, where he received a custodial sentence totaling nine months. Baird admitted the charge which covered a number of deficiencies found on his fishing vessel, St Amant. Baird was skipper of the vessel between November 2007 and April 2012. During that period St Amant was inspected on nine occasions and a number of problems found.

New SOLAS Requirements for Testing Instruments

Further to Class News 33/2014 and 10/2015, SOLAS regulation XI-1/7 adopted by IMO Resolution MSC.380(94) will enter into force on July 1, 2016, requiring the carriage of an appropriate atmosphere testing instrument or instruments for enclosed space entry. These portable testing instruments will not be used as part of personal protective safety equipment, but as part of the ship’s equipment. They will be used to test enclosed spaces from the outside to make sure that they are safe to enter and will cover…

P&I Clubs Warns: Potentially Lethal Refrigeraton Gas Risks

The 175 million GT, ‘A’ rated North P&I Club has joined forces with the Shipowners’ Club to publish a technical loss prevention briefing on how to minimize potentially lethal gas risks arising from poor operation and maintenance of refrigeration systems on fishing vessels. Both North, particularly since its merger with Sunderland Marine in February 2014, and Shipowners’ are leading liability insurers to the global fishing industry. According to Craig McBurnie, underwriting manager at Sunderland Marine…

Pilot Transfer Arrangements Photo IMPA

Pilot Transfer Arrangements - AMSA

The IMO Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS Chapter V, Regulation 23) sets out the principal requirements for the rigging of pilot ladders. There is further detailed technical specification for pilot ladder in IMO Resolution A.1045 (27). Though above Regulation (SOLAS Regulation V/23) is applicable since 1 July 2012, deficiencies with regard to boarding arrangements and unsafe rigging of pilot ladders continue to be detected during port state control inspections, resulting in delays and financial penalties for the ship operator.

VIKING Americas VP, Al Osle

VIKING, PVA Join Forces for New USCG Safety Compliancy

Coastal vessel operators trying to come to terms with upgraded US Coast Guard regulations for survival craft have been helped along the way by VIKING at the annual Passenger Vessel Association and U.S. Coast Guard Industry Day in Miami. Marine safety equipment manufacturer and servicing provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment recently participated in an event at the annual Passenger Vessel Association and U.S. Coast Guard Industry Day in Miami. The company had been invited to the event by John Groundwater…

Unsafe Ship Banned from Australian Ports

An Indonesian flagged general cargo ship has been banned from entering or using any port in Australia for three months. The vessel Noah Satu (IMO9313620) has been issued with a direction not to enter or use any port in Australia for three months after being detained by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) four times since August 2013. The ban will remain in place until December 16, 2015. The most recent detention was on September 14, 2015 at Port Alma, Queensland. Noah Satu is owned by PT Anugerah Samudra Indomakur and operated by PT Adnyana, both based in Indonesia.