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Saudi Arabian Port Appoints Wilhelmsen

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) Saudi has been appointed by the new Ras Al Zawr port in Saudi Arabia LPG/C Al Barrah as the first agent to be issued a license of operation to load ammonia. Ras Al Zawr is one of the six new ports planned by the Saudi Government as they realize their goal of economic expansion and diversification.  Construction of the integrated chemical and fertilizer facility and related infrastructure for the Phosphate Project has been completed recently for clients and operators Maaden and SABIC. Phosphate concentrate will be transported by rail from the Al Jalamid mine site some 1200km to Ras Al Zawr for processing. The phosphate concentrate will be processed in a fertiliser production facility consisting of a phosphoric acid plant, a sulphuric acid plant, an ammonia plant, a DAP granulation plant, a co-generation plant and desalination plant, and other infrastructure. It is estimated that the Phosphate Project will produce approximately 3 MT pa of granular DAP, plus approximately 0.4 Mt pa of excess ammonia. It is also anticipated that the Phosphate Project will generate approximately 0.2 Mt pa of excess phosphoric acid for sales to the domestic market in Saudi Arabia. Export of all products is expected to be in full operation by the end of the summer. http://wilhelmsen.com/ships_service


BMT ARGOSS Secures DNV Accreditation for PC REMBRANDT

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BMT ARGOSS has announced that its marine manoeuvring simulator, PC REMBRANDT has been granted DNV accreditation in accordance with Class S- Standard for Certification of Maritime Simulators No. 2.14 January 2011. The purpose of the standard is to ensure that the simulations provided by the simulator include an appropriate level of physical and behavioural realism in accordance with recognised training and assessment objectives


Bollinger Awarded Vessel Modification Contract

Bollinger Shipyards has been granted a $5.1 million contract from the U.S. Navy to modify three Patrol Coastal ships (PC) of the Cyclone Class. The company has an option on a fourth PC, which would bring the total contract value to 6.7 million. The first vessel, Shamal, is scheduled to arrive in early December. The remaining ships, Zephyr and Hurricane, will follow later.


Panama Canal Announces Record Tonnage

Only two months into the 2005 fiscal year, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is already breaking records once again. The ACP announced today that during the months of October and November, a total of 46,956,399 Panama Canal/Universal Measurement System (PC/UMS) tons were moved through the waterway - a 7.1 percent increase compared to the same period last year. Moreover, during the month of November, a daily average of 778,176 PC/UMS tons transited through the Panama Canal


Kiel Canal Pilots Install PC Rembrandt

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On Jan. 2, BMT SeaTech Ltd, provider of maritime products and consulting services, and a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, announced the successful installation of its PC Rembrandt ship simulation system at the headquarters of the Kiel Canal Pilots Association in Brunsbuttel, Northern Germany. Current training of Kiel Canal’s 123 pilots takes place at the full bridge simulator of the Maritime Academy of Bremen. However, with up to 140 vessel movements a day and growing


Korean Shipbuilders DSME Establish Smart Shipyard

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) use Tablet PC's, smartphones to speed up shipyard communications DSME has now established the fourth generation of cellular wireless standards (4G) in the shipyard with technology belonging to SK Telecom, and by this means DSME adopted its Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless communication technology. In the project, DSME first rebuilt the shipyard’s communication infrastructure and Okpo shipyard’s 3G radio wave reception was


Panama Canal Authority Announces Quarterly Metrics

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) released results from first quarter operations that show traffic on the Canal has increased both in terms of ships and Panama Canal Universal Measurement System (PC/UMS) tonnage and that vessels are moving more quickly through the Canal and with fewer accidents than a year ago. These improvements are based on operations from October through December of 2002, the first quarter of the ACP's fiscal year 2003.


Patrol Ships, Naval Academy Conduct Boarding Training

A Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) Sailor assigned to coastal patrol ship USS Hurricane (PC 3) conducts an initial security sweep aboard Yard Patrol Craft 681 (YP 681) while his shipmates board the vessel. YP 681 acted as a non-compliant vessel as part of Hurricane's Advanced Phase Training Exercise, designed to prepare the crew for upcoming deployments. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Christopher Lussier


CMA CGM Adds Buchanan Port Call, Liberia

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The CMA CGM Group announce the addition, on its PC north service, of a new direct call in Buchanan (Liberia), located 100km south of Monrovia, thus expanding its service opportunities in Africa and becoming the only shipping line calling Buchanan in 20 years. This new call primarily responds to the needs for the export cargo of wood, rubber, palm oil and minerals produced in the area of Buchanan.   The CMA CGM Group will also serve Buchanan for import from worldwide on CMA CGM


Douala Port Congestion Surcharge includes PCS

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  Vessel delays due to the current port congestion in Douala are still causing severe disruptions of service and highly increasing operational costs. The Port Congestion Surcharge effective from August 15th, 2014 will include the Emergency PCS. CMA CGM however continues to ensure service to Douala and advises its customers that to improve the clarity of its surcharges, Emergency Port Congestion surcharge will be merged into the PCS as from August 15th, 2014


Galley Grease Harms Equipment – and the Environment

John Paparone

Cleaning up the wastewater stream on marine vessels isn’t just about removing hydrocarbons out of oily separators and bilges. Workboat galleys harbor a tremendous amount of FOGs (fats, oils and grease) that, if not properly disposed of, can be a health risk


Simrad ECDIS Earns South Korean Type Approval

Simrad MARIS900 ECDIS (Photo: Navico)

Navico’s list of approvals received from the Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute of South Korea has grown following type approval of the latest generation Simrad MARIS ECDIS900 Mk 5 and Mk 15 Electronic Chart Display & Information Systems


This Day In Naval History: March 24

Kentucky (BB-6) ready for launching at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company shipyard, Newport News, Virginia, March 24, 1898. Note chalk marks on her hull plating, indicating the planned location of fittings and gun ports. (Photo: U.S. Naval Historical Center)

1898 - The battleship USS Kentucky (BB 6) is launched in Newport News, Va. 1903 - Adm. George Dewey is commissioned Admiral of the Navy, the only person to hold this rank. Upon his death Jan. 16, 1917, Congress deactivates the rank. 1919 - The battleship USS Idaho (BB 42) is commissioned


GAC EnvironHull Unveils Fuel Savings Calculator

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Ship owners and operators can now compare fuel cost savings reaped by hull cleaning with GAC EnvironHull’s online fuel savings calculator. A foul-free hull offers the benefits of significantly enhanced fuel efficiency and lower operating costs by reducing resistance in the water


Panama Canal Reports Record Tonnage

Photo: ACP

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced a new tonnage record, welcoming 340.8 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS) through the canal for the 2015 fiscal year – a 4.3 percent increase year-on-year.   This year's record surpasses the previous record of 333


CNO, MCPON Visit Sailors in U.S. 5th Fleet

Lt. Cmdr. Robert Mclaughlin asks Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens a question during an all hands call at NSA Bahrain

  The Navy's 31st Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. John Richardson, made his first visit to the U.S. 5th Fleet, accompanied by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain, Oct. 18.


New Tool Enables Remote Retrieval of VDR Data

Image: Danelec Marine

Danelec Marine today announced the introduction of VDR OnDemand, a PC software tool that facilitates remote selective data downloads from shipboard Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs).  VDR OnDemand is a portal and dashboard that allows shore offices to log on and request data from the VDR by


VSTEP, Poseidon to Bring NAUTIS to Philippines

Photo courtesy of VSTEP

Two international developers and suppliers of maritime-related educational and operational products, solutions and services, VSTEP and Poseidon Asia, Inc. (PAI), have forged an alliance to bring the NAUTIS maritime simulators and training apps to the Philippines.


Moffatt & Nichol Hires Chief Software Architect

Brian Yoder (Photo: Moffatt & Nichol)

Brian Yoder has joined Moffatt & Nichol as Chief Software Architect at its Long Beach, Calif. office to help manage the software product development of FlexTerm, a simulation and emulation tool developed mainly for the container terminal planning, the terminal operating system testing


Vesper Marine Debuts New AIS Transponder

XB-6000 (Image: Vesper Marine)

Marine safety products manufacturer Vesper Marine has released a new Class B Automatic Identification System (AIS), the XB-6000. The black box transponder includes a built-in NMEA 2000 gateway and GPS antenna that integrates AIS, GPS and NMEA instrument data to display vital safety information on


SignalFire Extends Remote Sensing Systems Capabilities

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  SignalFire Wireless Telemetery has added new tools and capabilities to its Field Setup and Diagnostic ToolKit that optimize the user-friendliness and customer productivity of its range of Remote Sensing Systems.  Interfacing with sensors, thermocouples, load cells


PC Maritime ECDIS for 39 OSG Tankers

l to r, John Brechin Managing Director V.Ships UK, Captain Yun Ho No, Vice President OSG Ship Management, Mike Dunstall, Commercial Manager PC Maritime, David Edmonds, Managing Director PC Maritime, William Nugent, Vice President OSG Ship Management, and Brian Kinson, technical manager OSG Ship Management

PC Maritime has secured a contract to supply, install and commission dual Navmaster ECDIS on 39 tankers owned by Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) and managed by V.Ships UK.  The contract is to be completed and all crew trained and certified by the end of 2016.  


Mangalore Port to Roll out LNG Terminal, Ro-Ro Service

Photo: New Mangalore Port Trust

 India's New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) Chairman P.C. Parida said the port is confident of completing work on the proposed Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) terminal which shall be operational in 2017.   NMPT is the first Indian port to start the Ro-Ro service from Mangaluru to Hazira port


MGI is Newest IPCSA Member

Press release- A month after celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Marseille-based Port Community System operator MGI has been welcomed as the newest member of the International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA).    


Update on Seagull Mobile apps for Crew

Courtesy Seagull

The Seagull mobile app for crew training status is set to revolutionise the way seafarers track their training records and receive critical safety alerts, by making both instantly accessible via iPhones and Android devices.   The Seagull crew app is available free of charge to all Seagull






 
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