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e-Navigation: Multi-GNSS Receiver Chips Coming

Furuno say new multi-GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receiver chips "eRideOPUS 6" and "eRideOPUS 7" will be available from summer 2013. The new receiver chips are multi-GNSS compliant single-chip LSIs, capable of concurrently receiving signals from multiple satellites of GNSS systems, i.e., GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, etc., and Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) as well as Japan's Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS). 
 The ability to concurrently receive GNSS and GNSS augmentation signals from multiple satellites belonging to different satellite services means that the receivers have a higher probability of acquiring a greater number of satellites at any single point in time. Subsequently, position stability as well as position accuracy will be greatly improved, minimizing the chance of a position loss. In addition, the receiver chips incorporate an enhanced level of noise rejection capability, through the implementation of an Active Anti-Jamming and an Advanced Multipath Mitigation functions.
 In May 2013, Furuno will start supplying evaluation kits for the new receiver chips to allow third-party manufacturers to evaluate the benefits of incorporating these receiver chips into their products. In August 2013, the new compact GNSS receiver modules GN-86F and GN-87F as well as the dead-reckoning-capable GNSS receiver modules GV-86 and GV-87, build around these new receiver chips


NYK Vessel Rescues Fishermen on Philippines Coast

Crimson Polaris, a wood-chip carrier operated by NYK Line

  On July 7, Crimson Polaris, a wood-chip carrier operated by NYK Line, rescued nine fishermen in distress off the coast of the Philippines. While Crimson Polaris was sailing from Australia to China through a navigational lane in the South China Sea on July 7, the ship’s crew members spotted the fishermen, pulled them to safety, and began administering first aid. The fishing boat had departed from Bolinao in the Philippines on July 3 and had overturned and sunk in bad


SeaChange Completes $100m Private Placement for Expansion

SeaChange Maritime has completed a private placement of $100m, the proceeds of which will be used to invest in expanding its fleet of container ships. The company, which is registered in the Marshall Islands and operates from offices in Miami, Fla., was formed in 2006 by former Sammy Ofer group executives Samuel Norton and Yariv Zghoul to serve as a leading supplier of container vessels for charter to integrated liner operators


Jamestown Metal Marine to Construct Casino Vessel

Jamestown Metal Marine Sales, Inc. has been awarded a contract by Blue Chip Casino, LLC, a subsidiary of Boyd Gaming, to construct a new casino vessel at Blue Chip's Michigan City, Indiana facility. The new vessel, which will replace the present vessel, will be approximately 400 ft. in length with a beam of 200 feet and provide about 75,000 square feet of gaming area on a single deck. In addition to the gaming area there will be another 85


GPA and Logistec Partner to Upgrade East River Terminal

The Georgia Ports Authority and Logistec USA, Inc. signed an agreement today to modernize the East River Terminal at the Port of Brunswick and facilitate the growing international market for wood pellets. Logistec, a marine and environmental services provider, will invest $5 million to expand the biofuel export market in Georgia and increase capacity for handling a broad range of general and bulk cargo. The East River Terminal will be significantly upgraded in the first phase of this expanded


MARAD Announces $9.46 Million Shipyard Grant

Paul Jaenichen (Photo: MARAD)

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced $9.46 million to help improve 12 shipyards in 10 states. The grants, provided through the Small Shipyard Grant Program, foster efficiency and modernizations that allow shipyards to compete more effectively in the global marketplace. Acting Maritime Administrator Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen made the announcement at Jeffboat, LLC, one of the grant recipients, located in Jeffersonville, Indiana.


GPS for Sydney Ferries

According to the Daily Telegraph, 30 of the 31 ferries in Sydney had global position systems installed, which will help improve the way ferries dock at a destination. In addition, the Hunter-based maritime firm Novamarine would install black boxes into the ferries, while Chipping-Norton based MTU Detroit Diesel would upgrade the engines on First Fleet and Rivercat vessels. The measures are part of a $5.4m safety upgrade announced in October last year after the Manly ferry Collaroy


MARAD to Host National Maritime Strategy Symposium

Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation

On Tuesday, May 6, at 9 a.m. EDT, the Maritime Administration and the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council will host the second National Maritime Strategy Symposium in Washington, D.C. Building upon the first Symposium held in January, this public meeting will focus on domestic U.S. maritime issues, including ports, shipping, shipyards, environmental compliance and maritime energy use, and labor and workforce development.


LISW15 Lines Up Speakers

  London International Shipping Week 2015 (LISW15) is pleased to announce the line up, so far, of high level government and industry speakers for the official LISW15 Conference being held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane, on Thursday 10th September. • Jeremy Penn, Chairman, LISW15 Steering Group, Chief Executive, The Baltic Exchange • The Rt Honourable The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Alan Yarrow


Seaspan Venture: Like for Like

Photo: Alan Haig-Brown

“We don’t usually remove the heads at mid-life on the Cummins engines,” Randy Beckler, Shore Engineer for Seaspan Marine, explained in reference to the 2003 launched Seaspan Venture’s third like-for-like repower.   The repower was completed in the first week of February 2016. The Seaspan Venture, like her sister the Seaspan Tempest, had a pair of Cummins KTA38 M0 engines when new builds. These engines were changed out at over 40,000 hours


UK's New Polar Research Ship: Boaty McBoatface?

Rendering of the new polar research vessel to be built by Cammell Laird (Image: Cammell Laird)

RRS Shackleton, RRS Endeavour, RRS Falcon, RRS Fish ‘N’ Chips and RRS Kanye are just a few of the suggestions submitted in an open campaign to name the U.K.’s next state-of-the-art polar research vessel. But leading the vote is a name that’s even more out of the


Test Ride: Furuno's New 15X8 Series Radar

Bruce M. (Courtesy SDS Lumber Company)

Taking the Furuno 15X8 series radar out for a spin; Furuno’s newest entry has found a welcome place on inland waters.   Furuno’s newest radar is now on the market. The first workboat installation of the company’s FAR-15X8 series was completed in late February and


MARAD Grants $4.9 Million for US Shipyards

Photo: Chesapeake Shipbuilding

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today awarded $4.9 million in grants to support capital improvements at nine small shipyards located throughout the United States. Provided through the Small Shipyard Grant Program


Cyberhawk Sinks Claws into US O&G Market

Courtesy Cyberhawk

Cyberhawk Innovations, the world leader in aerial inspection and survey using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), is set to boost its international credentials with the launch of a Houston office in the USA.   The new office comes as a result of increasing demand from existing oil and gas


MOL Acquires Woodchip Carrier

MOL’s Newbuilding Woodchip Carrier C.S. Bright

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the delivery of the new woodchip carrier, C.S. Bright, which has a cargo hold capacity of about 4.3 million cubic feet, at Mizushima Shipyard of Sanoyas Shipbuilding Corporation (President: Takashi Ueda; Head Office: Osaka)


Contracts Awarded for U.S. National Defense Reserve Fleet

Courtesy Maritime Administration

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that DOT has awarded contracts with a total award value of $1.96 billion over eight years to seven U.S. maritime firms to manage, maintain and operate 48 National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) vessels through January 2024


Iqarus Acquires C-CHEC at Subsea Expo

Tim Mitchell CEO of Iqarus (left) with Dougie Collin of C-CHEC (right)

Offshore and onshore health and medical solutions company Iqarus is set to acquire occupational hygiene consultancy C-CHEC to deliver a new integrated offering to global industries.   Dougie Collin, currently Director of Occupational Hygiene for C-CHEC


AIWA Highlights Investment Needs on the Nation’s Marine Highways

Pickel

Nowhere is that more important than on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. As 2016 begins, we at the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA) are looking forward to participating in the ongoing dialogue regarding the need for strategic investments in the Nation’s Marine


US to Award $800 Mln in Transport Grants

File photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is now soliciting applications for the Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) grant program. The FASTLANE program is a new program in the Fixing America’s Surface


V.Group Buys Bibby Ship Management

Clive Richardson, V.Group chief executive officer Photo V Group

V.Group has acquired Bibby Ship Management, part of the Bibby Line Group, which has an established track record for providing high quality, safe and reliable ship management and support services to blue-chip clients. Bibby Ship Management services all types of vessels and has particular


Hapag-Lloyd Included in SDAX Index of Deutsche Börse

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd will become a member of the SDAX index of Deutsche Börse. This was announced by Deutsche Börse after a regular review of its indices. The SDAX is a German Blue Chip Equity Index and contains 50 companies listed in the Prime Segment of Deutsche Börse which follow the 30


Hapag-Lloyd Becomes 'Blue Chip'

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

 Hapag-Lloyd would become a member of the SDAX index of the Deutsche Börse, with its first day of trading on March 21, announced Deutsche Börse.   The SDAX is a German Blue Chip Equity Index and contains 50 companies listed in the Prime Segment of Deutsche Börse which


Marad Chief, Coast Guard Commandant Advocate for Jones Act

Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft  (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

Adm. Zukunft: “If you take the mariners away, what is the world going to look like 10 years from now? If we don’t have a US fleet or US shipyard to constitute that fleet, how do we prevail?”   The House subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing


AAPA 2016 Conference Focuses on Western Ports

AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to keynote on April 6   High-ranking government officials, policy influencers, port authority CEOs and senior staff from throughout the Western Hemisphere, along with a host of maritime industry leaders will converge on Washington, D.C


Ship Runs Aground in Columbia River

Photo courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard

 A 623-foot Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier Sparna ran aground early Monday morning in the main shipping channel of the Columbia River near Cathlamet, Washington,  according to the U.S. Coast Guard.   The Sparna has taken on water in void spaces






 
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