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ClassNK Issues Amendments to Class Rules

The amendments courtesy of ClassNK

Classification society ClassNK says it has released amendments to its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships. The amendments, dated 30 June 2014 are shown in the accompanying image. ClassNK explains that it continuously reviews, updates, and amends its technical rules and guidance as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the safety of life and property at sea, and to protect the marine environment. The Rules and Guidance are amended regularly in order to reflect the latest research results from damage investigations as well as changes made to relevant international conventions, IACS Unified Requirements, national regulations, and requests from the maritime industry. The printed version of the rules and guidance is now available for purchase online, and the PDF version of the rules and guidance are available free of charge via ClassNK’s website www.classnk.com for those who have registered for the ClassNK “My Page” service. (To register for the “My Page” service free of charge, go to ClassNK’s website and click on the “My Page Login” button).  


NSRP/SNAME To Sponsor Workshops

NSRP/SNAME Ship Production Panels are co-sponsoring a free workshop and presentations on Shipbuilding Accuracy Control to be held Aug. 21-23 at the Washington Athletic Club in downtown Seattle. Speakers from the NSRP Accuracy Control Implementation Manual project will lead the workshop and speakers from Boeing and Kenworth will join others from the shipbuilding industry to present information related to accuracy control


ClassNK Releases 2013 Steel Ship Rules

ClassNK released the 2013 edition of the Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships. ClassNK continuously reviews, updates and amends its technical rules and guidance as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the safety of life and property at sea, and to protect the marine environment. This year’s edition of the rules and guidance contains a number of amendments made in 2012, reflecting its latest research outcomes


EPA: NPDES VGP program

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice announcing the Vessel General Permit (VGP) program as part of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA). A federal court previously ruled that the long-standing exemption from the NPDES permitting requirement was invalid and directed that the exemption be vacated as of December 19, 2008.  The VGP program has been developed in response to that ruling


St. Francisville/New Roads Ferry Resumes Ops

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced on May 8 that the St. Francisville/New Roads ferry service has resumed operations with a 35-car vessel.  The ferry service had previously been running with a 17-car vessel until crews completed repairs to the fuel tank of the main St. Francisville/New Roads ferry, and the U.S. Coast Guard approved the ferry to return to service. The ferry will maintain its normal hours of operation from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m


Powerboat Guide Introduces Free Online Access

New service allows users free access to details of over 1,200 trawlers, cruisers & fishing boats  27' to 80' in length American Marine Publishing has announced  that it is making the 2012 PowerBoat Guide freely available online. Aimed at building product recognition among new users, visitors are invited to browse the PowerBoat Guide’s vast collection of boating information without setting up a user account or disclosing an email address.


USCG Civil Penalty Appeal Decisions

The U.S. Coast Guard has begun posting redacted versions of its Civil Penalty Appeal Decisions on its Coast Guard Legal page on the Internet located at http://www.uscg.mil/legal . Clicking on "Civil Penalty Appeals" will they lead you to a menu of cases involving bridges, COLREGS, commercial vessel violations, marine casualties, negligence, pollution, recreational vessels, and uninspected passenger vessels. Source: HK Law


Preparing Vessels as Artificial Reefs

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Maritime Administration (MARAD) jointly issued guidance for Best Management Practices for Preparing Vessels Intended to Create Artificial Reefs. The 77-page guidance document addresses the cleaning of obsolete ships and identifies materials or categories of materials that may be onboard ships. Source: HK Law


LR Debuts Container Ship Focus

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has published the first issue of Container Ship Focus magazine. The publication contains 12 pages of information and news relevant to the container ship sector. The magazine will be distributed at the Boxship 2005 conference on September 20-21, 2005 in Hamburg, Germany and will also be available later in the year in a German-language edition.


GMDSS Task Force Meeting - 28 September 2011

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The U.S. Coast Guard's GMDSS Task Force will meet Wednesday, 28 September 2011, 9:00 am at the Sanibel Harbor Resort; Fort Myers, Florida, in connection with National Marine Electronics Association Annual Conference. The agenda for that meeting can be downloaded at: http://rtcm.info/Tfag-69.doc Information on the NMEA conference can be found here: http://www.nmea.org/content/2011_NMEA_Conference/2011_NMEA_Conference.asp Contacts: Captain Jack Fuechsel / 703-527-0484 / gmdss@comcast.net


Editorial: 75, 150 ... What’s in a Number?

Greg Trauthwein

It is not often that I break out the tux for my editorial picture, but this special edition dictates. I know that I should argue that all of our editions are special, but this one in particular, I must admit, stands out in a number of ways.


An Efficient Addition to a Strong Fleet

Photo courtesy of Rodriguez Boat Builders

Cvitanovic towing of Belle Chasse, Louisiana has taken delivery of a fourth vessel for its fleet of highly efficient Lugger-style tugs. Built at the Rodriguez yard in Bayou LaBatre, Alabama, the 65 by 26-foot, Andrew C, is slightly smaller than the 67.5 by 26-foot Pere C (2011) and George C (2012)


Hagel Resigns as Defense Secretary

Chuck Hagel

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, the first major change to President Barack Obama's Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm elections three weeks ago.   Obama announced the resignation at a White House event with Hagel at his side


Courts Upholds BP 'gross negligence' Gulf Spill Ruling

A U.S. judge weighing how much BP Plc should be punished for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill on Thursday refused to overturn his own finding that the oil company's conduct was "grossly negligent." The decision by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans means BP could still


Women Needed for Shore Programs

Operations Specialist 1st Class Savanna Rogers, a Recruit Division Commander (RDC) at the Golden 13 Recruit In-processing Center at Recruit Training Command (RTC), observes new female recruits checking boxes with their new

  Career opportunities for active-duty female Sailors are abundant with the Women Ashore program, Navy detailers said Nov. 12. "There are opportunities for female Sailors to earn their Instructor Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) (9502), their master training specialist qualification


UN Climate Change Draft Sees Risks of Irreversible Damage

  Climate change may have "serious, pervasive and irreversible" impacts on human society and nature, according to a draft U.N. report due for approval this week that says governments still have time to avert the worst. Delegates from more than 100 governments and top scientists


Performance by Design: Hydrodynamics for High-Speed Vessels

Performance by Design: Hydrodynamics for High-Speed Vessels

The new book “Performance by Design: Hydrodynamics for High-Speed Vessels” will be introduced on October 30 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Donald L. Blount, founder of Donald L. Blount and Associates, announced. A limited number of books will be available at Booth 685


New Bahamas Northwest Chart Set Upgrade

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nv charts announces the release of its newly updated chart set for Region 9.1, Bahamas Northwest, including Bimini and Berry Islands, Nassau to Abaco, and Grand Bahama, for 2015/2016 in paper and digital format.   The chart set includes a CD of digital charts


ClassNK's Guidelines for Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems

  Leading classification society ClassNK announced that it has released Guidelines for Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems. These guidelines cover class safety requirements as well as safety requirements stipulated in the IMO guidelines.


Mariners Urged to Prepare for Storm ANA

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  The public is advised to use extreme caution and prepare for the onset of heavy weather expected to generate extreme sea conditions, storm surge and high surf throughout the Main Hawaiian Islands prior to the arrival of Troppical Storm Ana.


SC Ports Authority Container Volume Up 13%

Photo: SC Ports Authority

Today SC Ports Authority announced 13 percent year-over-year increases in container volume through the first quarter of the 2015 fiscal year. SCPA handled 150,790 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in September, up 13.4 percent over the same month in 2013. Container volumes are 10


Reducing Human Error & Near Miss Incidents

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We recently came across a very interesting report issued to Congress by the United States Coast Guard. The May 2012 study might seem dated, but that’s hardly the case. Actually, it’s a telling description of what can go wrong, why and perhaps


ClassNK Issues New Rules for Inland Waterway Ships

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  Leading classification society ClassNK has released new technical rules and guidance for the survey and construction of inland waterway ships. As a result of ClassNK’s recent expansion of its global activities, in particular across South America


Ukraine Reinforces Defense of Key Port

Ukraine reinforced its defenses at the port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov on Thursday in anticipation of a rebel attack amid reports that pro-Russian separatists were advancing on the city with tanks and artillery. Further north, in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk


The Reluctant Pirate - Book Review

The Reluctant Pirate, by John Guy

John Guy’s newest effort, The Reluctant Pirate, is an entertaining tale of modern day pirates and a primer on what really happens when today’s merchant ships are boarded and held for ransom, and more importantly, why. And unlike the better known movie (Captain Phillips) that tackles a






 
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