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Breaux’s Bay Builds on Tradition

This coming September, Offshore Oil Services of Freeport Texas will add the eighth boat to their distinctively white-hulled fleet of crew boats when they take deliver of a new vessel from Breaux’s Bay Craft of Loreauville, Louisiana. With four generations involved in the maritime economies of Freeport the Muchowich family has named this latest addition to their fleet, the Anna M, for the wife of Capt. Carl Muchowich who first invested in a shrimp business there in the early 1930s. At 145 ft. over-all the Anna M has a 28-foot beam and 12-ft. molded depth. This will provide for 12,000 of fuel, 24,500 gallons of rig water, 800 gallons of potable water and 250 gallons each for lube and waste oil. The 84x23-ft. open aft deck will take up to 200 tons of cargo. Four 1350 hp Cummins KTA38 main engines turning four-blade 44x42-inch props on 4.5-inch Aquamet shafts through Twin Disc MG6650SC gears with 2.47:1 reduction will provide propulsion. The vessel is designed to travel at 28 knots light ship and 25 knots with 100 tons of cargo. It will be fitted with two Cummins-powered 50 Kw generators sets. The comprehensive line of wheelhouse electronics will include two Furuno FRB8111 radars, two ICOM IGM127/ICM59 VHF radios, one SEA235 SSB radio, one Furuno GP31 GBS, one Data Marine D3001 depth indicator, one Navtec NCR3000A receiver and one Horizon LH5 loud hailer.

Nera Introduces the Nera F33

Norwegian satellite equipment provider Nera SatCom AS, together with Inmarsat, introduced the new Nera F33 product concept to the maritime market. The Nera F33 will fill the gap between the existing Inmarsat Mini-M service /Nera WorldPhone and the global Inmarsat Fleet 77 service / Nera F77. The new Nera F33 is based on the Inmarsat Fleet F33 service concept, providing the light marine market with improved data communications from equipment suitable for the demands of today’s commercial

BMT Provides EPRMS and IRMS for Anadarko Heidelberg

BMT SMS_EPRMS and IRMS systems for Anadarko Heidelberg

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation awarded a contract to BMT Scientific Marine Services Inc (BMT) to provide an Environmental and Platform Response Monitoring System (EPRMS) and an Independent Remote Monitoring System (IRMS) for the Heidelberg spar in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The EPRMS monitors, logs and displays data in real-time to provide operational support functionality and archives data for assessing the facility’s integrity over time

ABS Partners With ESRG

Integration with Nautical Systems’ NS5 Enterprise Fleet Management Software Enhances Data Management ABS announced a partnership with Engineering Software Reliability Group (ESRG), a provider of leading-edge data analysis and remote monitoring technology. The partnership will improve service offerings in real-time data management and analytics to the marine and offshore industries. “The future of operational optimization and regulatory compliance in the marine and offshore

Ocean Deep Viewing Online Courtesy of NOAA

NOAA View of Delgada Canyon: Photo credit NOAA

NOAA releases new online views of Earth's ocean floor NOAA has made sea floor maps and other data on the world’s coasts, continental shelves and deep ocean available for easy viewing online. Anyone with Internet access can now explore undersea features and obtain detailed depictions of the sea floor and coasts, including deep canyons, ripples, landslides and likely fish habitat. The new online data viewer compiles sea floor data from the near shore to the deep blue

USCG Sets 2015 Drug Testing Rate

The Coast Guard set the calendar year 2015 minimum drug testing rate at 25 percent of covered crewmembers. The minimum random drug testing rate is effective January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. The Coast Guard requires marine employers to establish random drug testing programs for covered crewmembers on inspected and uninspected vessels. Every marine employer is required to collect and maintain a record of drug testing program data for each calendar year

DCS Offers Speedy Communication Links

DCS Marine Data, a division of DCS based in Westbury, N.Y., is a wireless communications and systems integration firm that has been in operation since 1996. The company's marine data solutions and services for the maritime industry provide a reliable, high speed, communication link for Internet access on demand, broadcast e-mail, as well as a secure environment to access corporate networks while at sea.

MetOcean Offers New Marine Forecast Service

Marine forecasts are now available in a new web-based service from MetOcean Solutions Ltd. The service features forecasts with graphics and seven days wind, swell and wave data at regular intervals – with underlying data actually provided at hourly intervals. MetOcean forecasts aims to provide an hour by hour view of how and when conditions are forecast to change with wind, wave and swell direction and data – all on the web and via twice daily e-mail

Planet Ocean Get UK AXYS Watchman Contracts

WM-500: Photo credit Planet Ocean

Planet Ocean inform that they are supporting the UK Met Office and Plymouth Marine Laboratory to gather real-time Met-Ocean Data with their AXYS Watchman (WM-500) data acquisition and telemetry systems. The WM-500 can be configured to control a large variety of sensors providing data manipulation, logging and have the ability to interface with a variety of communication systems

GKS Specialized Marine 3D Scanning


GKS Marine Services, a part of GKS Global Services, offers laser scanning for marine applications. For over 25 years GKS has performed laser scanning for many industries, including petrochemical, construction, power generation, auto, aerospace, and manufacturing companies, and is now offering specialized experience in marine applications. 3D scanning for marine applications, also called long-range scanning, is a ground-based technique for collecting high-density 3D data to create digital

MN 100: FloScan Instruments, Inc.

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The Company: FloScan is a Seattle-based corporation that designs and manufactures its products in the United States. With worldwide sales at an all-time high, FloScan Fuel Monitoring Systems are in use on a wide range of diesel powered commercial vessels on every continent including ocean-going

MARAD to Fund Study on LNG Conversions

Midnight Sun will be converted to dual fuel LNG propulsion starting in December 2015 (Photo: TOTE)

MARAD provides funding to further study LNG as marine fuel for containerships The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced it has entered a $900,000 cooperative agreement with Totem Ocean Trailer Express Inc. (TOTE) to study the costs and benefits of converting vessel to liquefied natural

SSI to Present Welding & 3D Model Papers at ICCAS

"Intuitive Weld Management" and "Innovative methods for leveraging a 3D model" are two of the white papers that representatives from CAD/CAM developer SSI will present this week at the 17th International Conference on Computer Applications in Shipbuilding (ICCAS) in Bremen

Smart Box Ship Features Built-in Container Tracking

CMA CGM Bougainville (Photo: CMA CGM)

CMA CGM Bougainville is billed as the first containership in the world to be equipped with TRAXENS technology, which transforms containers into smart, connected objects.   Newly built CMA CGM Bougainville, the 18,000 teu flagship of French container shipping company the CMA CGM Group

SubM Debut Now Set for February 2016

ABS and ABS Group are conducting seminars for industry stakeholders seeking to learn more about Subchapter M and compliance options. Pictured here are attendees and speakers at a recent event in Paducah, KY.

Outsourcing, E-Solutions Help Mariners “Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say, and Prove it.” The perennial “Year of Subchapter M” has been kicked forward again, this time to February 2016. That means that the clock is now ticking loudly for those towing operations that

New System Facilitates Simpler Connection at Sea

Image: Satcom Global

Satcom Global has launched a maritime system bringing seafarers up to speed with today’s ‘connect anytime anywhere’ culture, enabling those at sea to keep in touch with the rest of the world with their own device.   The latest addition to Satcom Global’s product

Acta Marine Inks VSAT Deal with Alphatron Marine

(Photo: Alphatron Marine)

Alphatron Marine announced it has signed a leasing agreement with Acta Marine for to provide satellite hardware and data solution packages for 13 vessels.   Alphatron Marine’s VSAT system including Wireless access will be integrated into the IT infrastructure on the Acta Marine fleet

Manual Reporting Software Features Integrated Analysis

Bluetracker[Express] for fleet-wide uniform onboard manual data collection includes the benefit of Bluetracker Web Applications (Image: INTERSCHALT)

INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG, a provider of maritime software for cargo and fleet management, presented its solution for vessel performance monitoring, reporting and analysis software to industry professionals at the 5th International Conference on Ship Efficiency in Hamburg, Germany.  

Monitoring for Efficiency, Safety

“... since the monitoring network was installed, we have recorded a sudden drop in temperature of 8°C in just 5 minutes at the port of Armadale on the Isle of Skye, and a maximum wind gust of 96 knots at Castlebay on the Isle of Barra.”

Ferry masters operating off the west coast of Scotland traditionally would have to sail to a port and on arrival visually assess the weather and tide conditions before deciding whether it was safe to berth alongside the pier or quayside: a process which wasted time and fuel

Keeping a Watchful Eye

Maritime surveillance technique & technology in the new millennium In 2014, Forbes Associate Director for Maritime Services at Control Risks stated that maritime risks are on the rise. Mariners and ship owner/operators experienced a 26% spike in maritime piracy and armed robbery since

Wärtsilä to Optimize GasLog's LNG Carriers

GasLogs Santiago vessel (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä informs it has signed a maintenance agreement with the GasLog LNG Services Limited that aims to ensure the reliability of operation of GasLog's seven LNG carriers, each having a cargo capacity of 155,000 cbm.   According to Wärtsilä

Caterpillar May Cut up to 10,000 Jobs

Caterpillar Inc said it could cut up to 10,000 jobs through 2018 as part of its restructuring and cost reduction plans to save up to $1.5 billion annually. The company said on Thursday that it would cut 4,000-5,000 jobs by the end of 2016, most of them in 2015.

TSB to Investigate Tug Incident in Fraser River

The TSB is publishing selected data pertaining to accidents and reportable incidents from its Marine Safety Information System (MARSIS) for use by professionals and the public to advance transportation safety.

  The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators following the girding and sinking of the tug Sea Imp X in the North Arm of the Fraser River, British Columbia. The occurrence took place yesterday at approximately 20:00 PDT.

New FORAN Update from SENER

SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas SA launched a new version of its marine CAD/CAM system, the FORAN V80.   The new version is fully compatible with the previous ones and includes improvements in all of its modules. The main upgrades come from the initial and basic project stages

Wah Kwong Adopts ShipManager

The signing ceremony. (DNV GL)

Wah Kwong Ship Management (HK) Limited will adopt DNV GL's ShipManager integrated fleet management software suite to further improve operational efficiency, data transparency and safety reporting.   Wah Kwong is a provider of maritime transport in the bulk carrier, tanker and LPG segments

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