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OP/ED: e-logs & Saas to Transform Marine Recordkeeping

Dean Shoultz, CTO, MarineCFO

The USCG has poised e-logs and SaaS to transform U.S.-flagged shipboard recordkeeping. By Dean Shoultz, CTO, MarineCFO The United States Coast Guard frequently appears behind the times when it comes to rulemaking involving shipboard technological advances.  Often, by the time the USCG has a Final Rule approved for publication in the Code of Federal Regulations, the technology which that Final Rule was expected to address has been superseded by a newer form of technology.  Not so, however, with electronic recordkeeping (e-logbooks) and Software as a Service (SaaS). Currently the USCG offers the “Official Logbook 706-B” in manual form free of charge to any marine operator who requests one.  The 706-B is the basic pen & ink ship’s log.  The USCG also generally accepts “homegrown” formatted or commercially published logbooks so long as the master, mates, and engineers are making entries in an appropriate fashion.  There are other commercially available pen & ink logbooks, GMDSS, Oil Record Book, Garbage Log, and Cargo Log which the USCG also accepts for inspection and logging purposes.    Many in the towing industry have followed the progress of Sub-Chapter M since 2004 and especially since the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was published in August, 2011

Sea Tow Expands SeaSmart

Sea Tow Services International Inc., announced the expansion of its Sea Smart VHF service offering. Sea Smart VHF will be available throughout Florida’s Southeast coast, from Jupiter Inlet to Islamorada. The service is already available throughout the West Coast of Florida and in the Northeast from Cape Cod, Mass., to Cape May, N.J. Thecommunications service, launched at the 2006 Miami International Boat Show, utilizes boaters’ existing equipment to provide an application for

Engine Oil Analysis Kit Launched

Jet-Care International and its parent company Spectro Oil Analysis Co. Ltd. introduced a new engine oil analysis kit and service for the marine market that can save long delays and expensive repairs. "With proper monitoring of oil and fluid systems, marine operators can significantly reduce wear caused by contamination from sea water, fresh water, fuel dilution or the use of incorrect lubricants and save long delays and expensive repairs," says Spectro chief chemist Colin Stevens-Hoare

Catamaran Ferry Delivered to Coastal Fast Ferries

Photo: Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther launched Kilimanjaro IV, a 45-meter passenger ferry for the African Operator Coastal Fast Ferries. The vessel capitalizes on the rapid growth in the operator’s passenger numbers, bringing the Coastal Fast Ferries’ fleet to seven Incat Crowther-designed vessels. A process of close cooperation between the builder, Richardson Devine Marine, operator and designer resulted in a vessel offering high speed, high passenger capacity and rugged efficiency.

ExxonMobil Launches Series of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants

Photo: ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil Marine Limited, an affiliate of Exxon Mobil Corporation, introduced Mobil SHC Aware, a new comprehensive series of synthetic, environmentally acceptable lubricants. Mobil SHC Aware synthetic lubricants are formulated to help marine operators enhance vessel reliability, minimize maintenance costs and reduce potential environmental impact. Developed through extensive laboratory and in-service testing, theMobil SHC Awarerange includes Mobil SHC Aware H hydraulic fluids

ExxonMobil Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants

ExxonMobil Marine Limited, an affiliate of Exxon Mobil Corporation, introduced Mobil SHC Aware, a new comprehensive series of synthetic, environmentally acceptable lubricants.  Mobil SHC Aware synthetic lubricants are formulated to help marine operators enhance vessel reliability, minimize maintenance costs and reduce potential environmental impact. Developed through extensive laboratory and in-service testing, theMobil SHC Awarerange includes Mobil SHC Aware H hydraulic fluids

Eastern Shipbuilding Delivers Spirit River

TRICO Marine Operators, Inc., recently took delivery of 232 ft. Spirit River, constructed by Eastern Shipbuilding Group, of Panama City, Fla. Measuring 232 x 48 x 16 ft., Spirit River is equipped to offer a variety of services, and is distinguished by its shallow draft, which allows the vessel to operate out of all the Gulf of Mexico ports. Spirit River and soon-to-be-delivered sister ship, Hondo River were both built to the highest standards of USCG

Shipping Lines Estimate Costs to Rise

Bloomberg reported that Neptune Orient Lines Ltd. and 11 of the largest shipping companies plying the Pacific Ocean said costs of moving cargo to the U.S. in 2006 will rise 7 percent on higher fuel prices, which may spur them to raise freight rates. The cost of transporting containers by trucks and railways will increase as much as 25 percent, the 12-line Transpacific Stabilization Agreement, whose members ship about 70 percent of trans-Pacific trade, said in a statement today.

DHS Awards $200K Grant to Cal Maritime

The California Maritime Academy Department of Sponsored Projects and Extended Learning (SPEL) has received a federal Homeland Security grant of $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) administered through the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA). The funds will support curriculum development and delivery of DHS-approved training courses to California emergency responders and maritime industry professionals

MTU Displays Latest Iron Men Engine

Image courtesy MTU Detroit Diesel

MTU Detroit Diesel will feature three of its most popular marine engines – the Series 4000, Series 2000 and Series 60 – at the International WorkBoat Show, booth #621, in New Orleans, December 1–3, 2010. As part of the WorkBoat Professional Series, a representative from MTU will be participating in a panel discussion about predictive and preventive maintenance. MTU will also be highlighting its control systems, genuine parts and service products at the show.

Volvo Penta Doubles Service Interval

Aquamatic sterndrive diesel engine

  Volvo Penta today announced a new extended service interval for its commercial marine diesel engines.   Under the new program, owners can double the maximum oil change interval to 1,000 hours for Volvo Penta D9, D11, D13 and D16 engines by meeting the following requirements:

New Suite Simplifies Vessel Documentation

Photo: Ocean Time Marine

Ocean Time Marine informs it has added to its suite of safety management tools with a new vessel content management system, the Ocean Time Marine Dashboard and a suite of paperless safety document packs. These tools aim to provide simplified administration for vessel management delivering

EnviroLogic 210EP Approved for Thrustmaster

RSC Bio Solutions announced that its EnviroLogic 210EP readily biodegradable gear oil has been approved for use in Thrustmaster gearboxes and thrusters.   With this approval, Thrustmaster has extended its existing relationship with RSC Bio Solutions

Pittsburgh Coalition Receives Marine Air Quality Grant

Rendering of the conversion of an inland towboat to dual fuel diesel/liquid natural gas (LNG). (Image: Bristol Harbor Group)

Cutting-edge Demonstration Project on the Rivers. The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) is proud to be participating with Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities (PRCC) and Clean Fuels Clean Rivers (CFCR) to conduct a marine air quality study centered on the conversion of an inland towboat to dual fuel

Marine News Insights: Engine Room Challenges

President,   Alternative Marine Technologies, Inc.

Those MarineNews readers who are not familiar with Bob Kunkel, probably should be. That’s because Kunkel, President of Alternative Marine Technologies, previously served as the Federal Chairman of the Short Sea Shipping Cooperative Program under the Maritime Administration and Department of

Best Bunkering Practices

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Vessel operators have an additional tool in their arsenal for preventing oil spills during bunkering operations.   “Bunkering Best Practices: Protecting People and the Environment” is a free, 14-minute training video that demonstrates bunkering best practices applicable to

Industry Group Launches Marine Pipeline Alert System

Photo: CAMO

The Coastal and Marine Operators (CAMO) group has announced it has successfully completed the first step in rolling out an initiative to protect the safety of mariners, the environment and hydrocarbon pipelines from being damaged.  The CAMO group began transmitting Automatic Information

MN 100: ABS

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The Company: Since its founding in 1862, the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), a New York registered not-for-profit corporation, has been committed to setting standards for safety and excellence as one of the world’s leading classification societies

MN 100: Baker Marine Solutions, LLC

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The Company: Baker Marine Solutions (BMS) is an industry leader providing marine assurance and consulting services, performing DP assurance, OCIMF- OVID inspections, IMCA CMID inspections, and marine warranty surveys as well as on board marine representation

The Hour of Power

65 meter Offshore Supply Vessel with hybrid propulsion system for the Italian Coastguard. (Image credit Siemens AG)

Hybrid Marine Technology and Green Ports In 2015 two significant developments are going to make many operators, owners and builders of professional vessels consider hybrid marine power. First, the new emissions laws in ports and second, there is now an incentive for high technology manufacturers

MarineCFO Unveils Endurance Software

Capitalizing on its 2013 acquisition by software firm VerticaLive, MarineCFO has announced a Fall 2015 introduction of Endurance, a cloud version of the MarineCFO Enterprise Solution. “MarineCFO has proactively sought to bring efficiency

OSV Approved Vessel Archive Launched

Specialist marine risk assessment company MatthewsDaniel has launched an enhanced Approved Vessel Archive (AVA) service for offshore support vessels and their operators. The AVA provides vessel owners with an accessible certificate that can be presented to prospective customers

Standing on Guard(eon): Preventing the ‘Arc Flash’ Casualty

“It’s less about breakers tripping than it is about the predictive maintenance ... Whether its marine customers or oil & gas customers or data center customers, what they care about is being able to predict if a breaker is going to trip in the future and take action in advance of that. So it wasn’t a customer that came to us, but instead it’s a problem that keeps coming up in heavy process industries. This is the solution to that problem.”  Norm Sowards, General Manager,  Power Components, GE In

As GE celebrates the grand opening of its Mebane Customer Experience Center and a multimillion dollar manufacturing facility renovation, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News gets an advance look at a new product line that could save marine and oil and gas customers millions of dollars in lost

VIKING's Helpline for New Coastal Safety Rules

VIKING’s VP Americas, Al Osle

  With just a few months to go, VIKING has all hands on deck to ensure coastal vessel operators don’t risk their ability to sail under the US Coast Guard’s upgraded coastal vessel safety regulations.   Marine safety equipment manufacturer and servicing provider VIKING

VFD Controlled Pumps Help Keep Barges Afloat

Photo: Invertek Drives

Optidrive E3 variable frequency drives (VFDs) from Invertek Drives have completely automated the control of pumps used to fill and empty ballast tanks on board commercial barges in the Netherlands.   As well as a faster and more reliable filling and emptying process

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