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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


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


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.


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


MEDS: Get Connected & Protected

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Late last year Radio Zeeland DMP launched MEDS, and advanced monitoring system that integrates laser sensors, day and night vision cameras and software to alert crew or authorities in a safety or security event. “MEDS (Maritime Early Detection System) is designed to be a security and a tracking product,” said David Leone, president, Radio Zeeland DMP.  “It can be used as it is in the cruise line industry for man overboard, or an anti-piracy device


Report: The State of U.S. Port State Control

(Photo: U.S. Coast Guard. CLICK PICTURE to go to the 27-page Report) The U.S. Coast Guard released its report on Port State Control in the United States. In addition to its usual analysis of boardings of foreign vessels calling in U.S. ports, this year’s report introduces the application of marine security principles into the port state control regime. Owners, operators, flag administrations, and recognized security organizations should take heed. (HK Law)


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


This Day in Naval History - 31 January

From the Navy News Service:   1944 - A U.S. amphibious landing takes place on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. 1961 - Lt. Cmdr. Samuel Lee Gravely Jr. becomes the first African-American to command a combat ship, USS Falgout (DER 324). 1981 - The era of enlisted naval aviators ends when the last pilot retires.   For more news from the Naval Historical Center, visit their Navy Newsstand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/navhist.


New Container Guidelines from ClassNK

image: file photo (courtesy ClassNK)

ClassNK releases updates to its Guidelines for Container Stowage and Securing Arrangements. Classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has released the second edition of its Guidelines for Container Stowage and Securing Arrangements. The update comes in response to recent industry changes as the amount and size of container carriers increases more than ever before.   Last year, the average size newly delivered containership was over 7


Hamburg Süd Reports Sustainably

Courtesy Hamburg Süd

Hamburg Süd is the first container shipping lines to publish its Sustainability Report in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Standard Disclosures (Core). Entitled “Setting standards and acting sustainably”


Cuba's Trade Deficit Widens as Commodity Crash Bites

Cuba's chronic goods trade deficit widened by $1.5 billion in 2015 as exports fell 24 percent and imports rose 3 percent, the government said on Wednesday, in the first data showing a commodity crash has hurt the economy.   The information


ClassNK Publishes Latest Noise Code Guideline

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ClassNK has released its Guideline for the Mandatory Code on Noise Levels on Board Ships (Second Edition).   ClassNK's first edition of the Guideline for the Mandatory Code on Noise Levels on Board Ships was released in July 2014


2016 SDAP Rates Announced

Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) welcome personnel from Afloat Training Group Western Pacific via a rigid-hull inflatable boat. Photo USN

The US Navy released updates to the Special Duty Assignment Pay (SDAP) for eligible enlisted Sailors in NAVADMIN 120/16, May 25. The SDAP program enhances the Navy's ability to size, shape and stabilize the force by encouraging qualified Sailors to serve in designated Special Duty Assignments


Israel Extends Maritime Space for Gaza Fishermen

Photo: COGAT

 Israel has extended the distance it permits Gaza fishermen to head out to sea along certain parts of the coastline of the enclave, which is run by the Islamist terror group Hamas, reports Reuters.   Fishermen in Gaza are now sailing further from the coastal territory after Israel


XL Catlin Unveils Cargo Insurance Policy

Anne Marie Elder (Photo: XL Catlin)

XL Catlin’s Americas Marine business has introduced its first new marine product, an insurance policy to offer cargo insurance coverage on a domestic, foreign or worldwide basis.   According to Anne Marie Elder, Chief Underwriting Officer of XL Catlin’s Americas Marine business


China to Use Arctic Shipping Route

Image: Chinas Maritime Safety Administration

 China plans to make use of Arctic sea route for its shipping to shorten the distance by 30 per cent compared to the ocean passages traditionally used to connect the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans through Panama Canal.    


US Freedom of Navigation Ops Targeted 13 Countries Last Year

The U.S. military carried out freedom of navigation operations against 13 countries last year, including several against China for what it views as excessive claims to maritime and airspace jurisdiction, the Pentagon said in an annual report on Monday.  


DP World Wins Limassol Port Contract

Photo: DP World

 DP World, one of the world's biggest port operators, and the Cypriot logistics and services company GAP Vassilopoulos Public have won two concessions to manage commercial activities at Limassol Port in Cyprus starting in January.  


U.S. Challenged China, 12 Others on navigation Rights in 2015

File Image: U.S. Navy Operations (credit: MSC)

The U.S. military conducted "freedom of navigation" operations against 13 countries last year, including several to challenge China's claims in the South and East China seas, according to an annual Pentagon report released on Monday.


Offshore Casualty: Harkand Group Collapses

The versatile Harkand Go Electra is a DP2 multi-purpose ROV, survey and air diving vessel and has recently completed its first campaign in the Caribbean. (Photo: Harkand)

As the prolonged slump in energy prices continues to drag on a number of oil and gas and maritime players, word has it that Harkand Group has succumbed, according to staff reports and a report on www.bbc.com. The company was a high-flyer building an enviable fleet of advanced tonnage


China Issues Guidance on Arctic Navigation

(Photo: Maritime Safety Administration of the Peoples Republic of China)

On April 5, China issued “Guidances on Arctic navigation in the Northwest route 2015”, which provides navigation information services for international navigation ships planned navigating in Arctic waters.   The Northwest Passage


DSC Dredge Launches New Website

Image: DSC Dredge

DSC Dredge, LLC, announced it has launched a new website, www.dscdredge.com, featuring a updated look, improved navigation and enhanced functionality.    DSC said it took significant time in creating its new website to think through not only how the company does business


BIMCO/ICS Foresee 150,000 Marine Officers Shortage

BIMCO CEO, Angus Frew

Launched yesterday evening at the International Maritime Organization, the latest five-year BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report forecasts a serious future shortage in the supply of seafarers.  The report identifies:   • A current shortfall of about 16,500 officers (2.1%), but


ICS Forecasts Serious Seafarers Shortage

Photo: International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)

  The latest five-year BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report forecasts a serious future shortage in the supply of seafarers.  The report identifies:   • A current shortfall of about 16,500 officers (2.1%), but  • A need for an additional 147






 
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