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News: EBDG-Designed M/V Henry Island Launched

Last April, San Juan Ferry & Barge selected Seattle-based Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) to complete the Contract Design for a new landing craft, the M/V Henry island. In order to deliver the vessel in time for the busy summer season, EBDG designed and lofted the landing craft simultaneously, allowing shipyard Latitude Marine Services of La Conner, Wash., to begin cutting steel in December 2002. The 81 ft. steel vessel measures 70-ft. long on deck, with a 25-ft. molded beam, and 7-ft. hull depth. The landing craft is equipped with a ramp forward designed for beach loading and can handle loads up to 90 tons. The vessel is U.S. Coast Guard-inspected to 46 CFR Subchapter I for hull construction and Subchapter T for most systems. The main engines are twin John Deere model 6081 each rated 235 bhp at 2,100 rpm complete with Twin Disc gear. The team at Latitude Marine Services is very pleased about this project. According to shipyard Project Manager Patrick Gudmundson "This is a perfect project for our first new build. It shows what can be achieved here." In addition to new construction, Latitude Marine has a 100-ton haul out capacity for repair and conversions.


New Resonance Alerts From AWT

Applied Weather Technology (AWT), announced that its Route Optimization Service -- used by approximately 1500 ships each day to help identify the safest, most time-efficient routes to their destinations -- now includes technology that helps warn ships at sea of the potential for resonance, a physics phenomenon that can cause ships to severely roll and lead to crew injury and cargo loss. With the addition of "resonance" technology to its Route Optimization Service


Cruise Vessel for Chilean Patagonia

The coastal scenery of Chile’s Patagonia supports a growing cruise industry that welcomed its latest entrant when the MV Atmosphere was launched at the Astilleros y Servicios Navales S.A. (ASENAV) shipyard at Valdivia in the South of Chile. The owners of the new 45 by 10-meter ship are promising deluxe accommodation for 36 passengers to be cared for by a crew of 24. Following her November delivery, the ship will cruise the central and southern Chilean Patagonia


Admiral Vladimirsky on Round-the-world Voyage

  On 18 August, the Admiral Vladimirsky oceanographic research ship of the Baltic Fleet will leave St. Petersburg and then set sail on an unprecedented round-the-world voyage. "The Russian Navy, after more than 30 years, is returning to round-the-world voyages," said the head of navigation and oceanography of the Russian Ministry of Defence, captain of 1st rank, Sergey Travin. According to him, preparation of the training vessel is fully complete.


NG Russian Type Approval, Marine Radars

Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Sperry Marine business unit has received type approval from the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping for its VisionMaster FT(TM) family of marine radars. The type-approval certificates apply to Sperry Marine X-band and S-band Cat 1 and 2 models, including chart-radar and radar-only versions for high-speed and standard craft. The Russian type approval signifies that the products comply with the 2008 edition of "RS Rules for the Equipment of


Armed Guards Repel Pirate Attack on Tankship

TORM Tanker: Photo courtesy the owners

Armed guards employed aboard the Danish MR product tanker 'TORM Kansas' recently succeeded in deterring an attack by a group of pirates in the western Indian Ocean. The ship owners inform that the Indian master, his crew and the employed armed guards are safe and suffered no injuries as theyshowed great skill in deterring the attack. No pirates were hurt either.
 The MR product tanker TORM Kansas was in open sea at the time of the incident


Shipowners, Unions Raise Casualty Report Concerns

Shipowners and seafarers' unions joined forces to express concern at flag states’ failure to submit maritime casualty reports as required under international Conventions. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represents 80% of the world merchant fleet, and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), which represents seafarers’ unions worldwide, have made a joint submission to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) commenting on the


Intellian Debuts New VSAT Antenna

New Intellian V110GX VSAT Communications Antenna Ku and Ka Band Ready Intellian showed  itsnew v110GX 3-Axis Ku-band VSAT communications antenna at SMM 2012. Prepared for the upcoming Global Express (GX) Ka-band broadband service from Inmarsat, the 1m Intellian v110GX incorporates a dual-band, carbon fibre reflector and tuned radome for consistent service, whether operating on either Ku- or Ka- band. The high-gain precision carbon fiber reflector is designed to provide optimum


US Coast Guard's 'Stop & Search' Power Incontestable

The USCG is America's only armed service with responsibility & authority for direct law enforcement action, on land police officers must meet 'reasonable suspicion' requirement. The Coast Guard is firmly committed to continuing the 'drug war' in the maritime area and, accordingly, drug interdiction is the most significant Coast Guard mission in terms of effort dedicated and money spent. A broad grant of enforcement authority from Congress coupled with an equally broad deference by the


Yes, Oceanographers Can Help Predict Piracy Attacks

The US Naval Meteorology & Oceanography Command named a 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate for its counter-piracy predictive modelling. The Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NAVMETOCCOM) received the award for a modeling capability developed by Naval oceanographers at Stennis Space Center that predicts the likelihood of pirate attacks.

IDG's Computerworld Honors Program selected NAVMETOCCOM as a 2013 Laureate in the field of Safety and Security for its development of its Pirate


Steel Cut for Yamal LNG Project’s Lead Tanker

SCF Yamalmax mock up (image courtesy of SCF Group)

A steel-cutting ceremony was held on September 29 for the lead gas tanker ordered by SCF Group for transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) under the Yamal LNG project. The prototype vessel will be operated under a long-term time charter between OAO Sovcomflot and JSC Yamal LNG.


Canal Marine, Techsol Marine Enter Partnership

Canal Marine and Techsol Marine announced a partnership agreement that will combine the companies' expertise for providing marine system design and fabrication, including switchboards, motor and generator controllers, AC/DC drive and winch controllers, alarm and monitoring systems


Double Solar Storms Headed to Earth

Solar storms heading to Earth

A rare double burst of magnetically charged solar storms will hit Earth Thursday night and Friday, raising concerns that GPS signals, radio communications and power transmissions could be disrupted, officials said on Thursday. Individually, the storms, known as coronal mass ejections, or CMEs


Tropical Storm Dolly Heads toward Mexico

NOAA's National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning in effect from Cabo Rojo to Barra El Mezquital, Mexico as Tropical Storm Dolly approaches the country’s eastern coast. Tropical storm conditions are expected within this area within the next 12 hours.


Russia Conducts High North Geophysical Surveys

Iceabreaker Yamal: Photo in public domain

For the first time, as part of the Arctic-2014 high-latitude expedition, nuclear icebreakers 'Akademik Fedorov' and 'Yamal' have conducted an entire complex of geophysical research at the North Pole, according to official Russian news agency Arctic-info.


US Marine Consultancy EBDG Expands, Employs Marine Engineers

Bill Summers & Eileen Tausch

Elliott Bay Design Group LLC (EBDG) says it has welcomed two new Marine Engineers to its team: William Summers (Bill) in its New Orleans office and Eileen Tausch in its Seattle office.  Summers is a seasoned marine professional with more than three decades experience in the offshore and


Coast Guard Preps for Arctic Research

Coast Guard Cutter Healy (USCG photo)

A team of scientists from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Research and Development Center (RDC) will depart from Seward, Alaska, for a technology evaluation in the Arctic aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy Aug. 8, the Coast Guard announced. According to the USCG


Scientific Team Arctic-bound Aboard Cutter 'Healy'

Ice measurement: Photo USCG

A team of scientists from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center (RDC) is to depart shortly from Seward, Alaska, for a technology evaluation in the Arctic aboard the Cutter 'Healy informs USCG. The RDC is leading a multi-agency team to support Arctic Shield 2014


House Subcommittee Hearing Highlights “Dismal State” of U.S. Icebreaking Capability

Craig H. Allen, Sr.

At the July 23, 2014, hearing of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation on “Implementing U.S. Policy in the Arctic” the committee chairman, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), opened the proceedings by holding up a graphic of the icebreaker fleets of the


USCG Icebreaker 'Polar Star' Change of Command

Polar Star: Photo USCG

Vice Adm. Charles W. Ray, Coast Guard Pacific Area commander, will preside over the ceremony where Capt. Matthew R. Walker will assume the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of 'Polar Star' from Capt. George E. Pellissier, informs the Coast Guard.


MH370: The Seventh Search Arc Delineated

The 7th Arc: Image JACC

The latest information and analysis confirms that MH370 will be found in close proximity to the arc set out in the map [shown here] and labelled as the 7th arc. according to Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC). At the time MH370 reached this arc


BP Marine to Migrate Marine Lubricant to Castrol

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Consolidation will provide marine customers with a simpler and more consistent product offering.   Global lubricants manufacturer, Castrol, has announced that it will become the sole brand for the BP group’s marine lubricant offering


All Ports In India Alerted On Cyclonic Storm 'Nanauk'

  All ports in India have been alerted about the deep depression over east central Arabian Sea has moved slowly westwards, intensified into a cyclonic storm 'NANAUK' and lay centred at 0530 hours IST of today, 11 June 2014 near latitude 16.50 N and longitude 67


U.S. Navy's AGOR 27: R/V Neil Armstrong

The ship as it was moved into the water at Dakota Creek Industries shipyard in Anacortes, Washington. (Photo courtesy of Gary McGrath, WHOI)

On March 29, the Ocean Class Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) vessel hull number 27 started its official life as the R/V Neil Armstrong, the first research vessel named after a space explorer.  Carol Armstrong, the widow of the famed astronaut


Tropical Cyclones Tend More Towards Poles: NOAA

TRS image: Credit Tim Olander & Rick Kohrs, SSEC/CIMSS/UW-Madison

NOAA-led research results indicate that the average latitude where tropical cyclones achieve maximum intensity has been shifting poleward since 1980, briefs the NOAA. Over the past 30 years, the location where tropical cyclones reach maximum intensity has been shifting toward the poles in both






 
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