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Dangers of Conflicting Actions in Collision Avoidance

The IMO issued Safety of Navigation Circular 226 entitled Dangers of Conflicting Actions in Collision Avoidance


Coast Guard Investigates Grounded Fishing Vessel

Photo Credit: USCG Coast Guard crews from Air Station Sitka and Marine Safety Detachment Sitka investigate the fishing vessel El Cazador that ran aground Monday afternoon near Dry Bay 30 miles southeast of Yakutat. Local Coast Guard personnel examined the grounded vessel to determine whether it was leaking fuel or presented a danger to navigation. The vessel's Master intends to salvage the fishing boat at the next high tide. photo by AMT1 Merkel


Y2K Clauses: Don't Promise Too Much

While charterparties are, to a large extent based on standard forms, they are also subject to the inclusion of many amendments and additional clauses. These clauses need to be scrutinized with care, as their implications may be more far reaching than initially envisaged. The additional clauses and their effect are also often less well known than the provisions in the standard forms. For some time clauses dealing with possible Y2K problems have been appearing in the market


Norcontrol IT Launches New System for Training

Norcontrol IT has launched a new system designed for training new Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Operators and providing refresher training. Developed by the NCIT Academy the VTS Operator Console (VOC) eLearning course is an interactive, web-based eLearning system for training operators of the Norcontrol IT VTS Operator Workstation and next generation VTS Database application (VDB). With many VTS operations relying on relatively few workstations – that


Supertankers Pose No Danger to Bay of Fundy

Proponents of a controversial liquefied natural gas plant in Maine say a study ordered by the Canadian government has found there is no reason to ban supertankers from the Bay of Fundy, as Ottawa has threatened to do if the U.S. approves the project. Downeast LNG said the environmental study found there were no immediate risks of having LNG supertankers go through the Bay of Fundy, part of which is split by the New Brunswick-Maine border, to the proposed plant.


400 Jobs on the Line

According to a March 12 report from Inquirer.net, about 400 workers of a ship repair company in Lapu-Lapu City are in danger of losing their jobs as the management decides to focus resources on shipbuilding. According to Inquirer.net, Keppel Cebu Shipyard Inc. president David Loh said in a memorandum to the workers that the company has to reduce its workforce due to continuing market decline. (Source: Inquirer.net)


Government: News of Ferry Came Late

According to the Tribune News Service, Egypt's presidential spokesman said that the owners of the Red Sea ferry that sank last week, causing about 1,000 people to drown, did not inform the government of the disaster for nearly six hours. Suleiman Awad said the government first heard from owner Al Salaam Maritime Transport Co. that the ship was in danger at 7 a.m. Friday. Reports indicate that the Al-Salaam Boccaccio 98 sank no later than 2 a.m.


Storm Damages Sunken Frigate

The storm that lashed the lower North Island has caused wreckage from an old navy frigate sunk near Wellington last year, to be washed ashore. The former HMNZS Wellington was sold to the Sink F69 Trust, which sunk it about 500 meters off Island Bay – virtually in Cook Strait – on November 14. Prior to the sinking Island Bay man, some warned that the lightly built ship would break up very quickly and become a danger to divers, not the tourist and diving area the trust claimed it would be


Turkish Shipping Panel Mulls Safe Sailing Through Bosphorus

Turkish shipping experts will reportedly meet soon to discuss how to safely sail a giant aircraft carrier without engines through the Bosphorus that bisects the country's biggest city. It was reported that the panel had already met once and denied passage through the straits to the 1,000-ft. Varyag, a decommissioned aircraft carrier, citing security concerns for the city of Istanbul. The Varyag has been idling in the Black Sea since July.


North Sea Ship Collision: 4 Dead 8 Missing

RoRo Baltic Ace: Photo credit Wiki CCL 2

MOL's RoRo 'Baltic Ace' sinks in shallow water after colliding with container ship 'Corvus J' off the coast of Holland. The 148-metre (485-foot) car carrier Baltic Ace, sailing under the Bahamas flag, carrying cars from Zeebrugge in Belgium to Kotka in Finland, took water after the collision and the 24 crew took to the liferafts, reports BBC News. Several helicopters and two navy patrol ships continue searching for the missing sailors.


Firefighting at Sea Training Launched

Photo courtesy of Videotel

Fighting a fire at sea is one of the greatest dangers facing seafarers. As a result, Videotel, a provider of maritime e-Learning and part of KVH Industries, Inc., has launched an updated five-part series: Firefighting At Sea, with the support and expertise from marine fire specialists and industry


Coast Guard Responds to Report of Mysterious Haze

The U.S. Coast Guard temporarily closed the Mississippi River from mile marker 205 to 215 near Plaquemine Point due to an unknown white haze, Friday morning Watchstanders at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge received notifications about the haze at 9 a.m.


New Inert Gas Systems from Alfa Laval

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LNG and LPG carrier tanks hold both a source of income and a potential source of danger. To avert the danger, inert gas systems (IGS) have been required on all new tankers over 20,000 dwt since 1978 — a move that has surely saved untold lives


Impact of Upcoming Regulations on Wreck Removal

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The Nairobi International Convention on wreck removal was ratified by India recently and will be enforceable from April next year. This will place financial responsibility for the removal of certain hazardous wrecks on shipowners. Acknowledging this change


Hyundai Heavy Industries Develops HiCASS

HHI’s engineers are testing the Hyundai Intelligent Collision Avoidance Support System

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI) announced today that it developed Hyundai Intelligent Collision Avoidance Support System (HiCASS) for the first time in Korea to ensure safe and optimum navigation of the vessels. The system searches the optimum sea routes and prevents collisions by


Seafarers Beware – Social Media Ahead

Photo courtesy of Videotel

Videotel, part of KVH Industries, Inc., has launched a new program, Social Media at Sea, addressing the unique dangers of inappropriate use of social media by shipboard personnel and providing simple solutions to ensure that seafarers understand the dangers - and benefits - of this onboard


Bulk Carrier Detained; Two Crew Convicted

A Hong Kong flagged vessel was detained in Queensland following a Port State Control (PSC) inspection conducted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) which identified a number of deficiencies. MV Bulk Ingenuity was detained under the Navigation Act 2012 for failing to carry


Caterpillar Invests $11m for Africa’s Prosperity

  The Caterpillar Foundation, supported by Caterpillar Inc. , continues working to alleviate poverty worldwide, including on the African continent, through a series of investments. Since 2010 alone, corporate social innovation has driven the Caterpillar Foundation to invest $30 million in


Mariners Urged to Brace for Heavy Weather

Hurricane Iselle (Image: NOAA)

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is urging the public to prepare for the onset of heavy weather expected to impact the Hawaiian Islands Thursday. The effects of Hurricane Iselle and Tropical Storm Julio are expected to generate extreme sea conditions


Video: USCG Medevacs Tanker Captain

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A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter crew medevaced the captain of a tanker approximately 50 miles offshore of Corpus Christi Wednesday morning. Watch the video here. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi command center were notified Tuesday at approximately 4:30 p.m


US Warships Evacuate NOAA Pacific Island Researchers

Hurricane Iselle: Image NOAA

Sailors and Marines from the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) have conducted an emergent recovery of 11 researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the Papahnaumokukea Marine National Monument threatened by


Married Couple Set Mid-Pacific Rowing Speed Record

The rowers: Photo courtesy of FatChanceRow

Meredith Loring and Sami Inkinen, a married couple based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, began their unsupported rowing expedition on June 18, 2014, out of Monterey Harbor, rowing more than 60 miles a day to cover their 2,800-mile Pacific crossing to Honolulu in 45 days and four hours.


Remotec Awarded US Navy Repair Contract

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The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation subsidiary Remotec Inc. an $8.8 million contract to repair and upgrade 103 MK3 Series Remote Ordnance Neutralizations Systems (RONS), increasing the capabilities and availability of the explosive ordnance disposal robots.  


IMB: Guard Against Threat of Cyber Attacks

IMB Guard against threat of cyber attacks

  The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) is calling for vigilance in the maritime sector as it emerges that shipping and the supply chain is the ‘next playground for hackers’. IMB said, “Recent events have shown that systems managing the movement of goods need to be


Unmanned Aircraft Makes USCG Icebreaker Landing

UAS takes to the air: Photo USCG

Coast Guard and National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration researchers report the successful landing of an unmanned aircraft system on the flight deck of Coast Guard Cutter 'Healy', marking the first time a UAS has completed a take-off and landing aboard a Coast Guard icebreaker.






 
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