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Training Tugmasters – Without Vessels

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Transas, Seaways Europe & Serco Marine: Working together to create the world’s best tug simulator, and along the way training Tugmasters in the absence of the actual vessels.  When UK-based Serco Marine Services acquired 29 new vessels from Damen to replace older assets and augment their growing fleet and contract obligations, they also knew that that they simply could not wait until the boats arrived to begin training their tugmasters in the fine art of ASD operations. Serco Tugmaster and National Training Manager Steve Sandy eventually turned to SeaWays Consultants to get help with that training. Utilizing the cutting edge, Transas-built Seaways Tug Training Simulator, neither Serco nor Sandy has ever looked back with regret on that decision. The foundation for that trust was laid in 2008 when Serco agreed to collaborate in a remarkable training program for the masters of the new vessels. In a nutshell, the SeaWays Tugmasters Training Program was developed over a 15 year timeframe, is well-proven and internationally recognized. Serco’s big challenge was to prepare existing marine personnel for the arrival of as-yet undelivered ASD and ATD tugs. Adapting to new propulsion technology and forward-thinking manning and operational performance standards, especially in the absence of those vessels, would not be easy. That’s where SeaWays came in. Here’s why, and how: Defining Requirements to Meet Solution


Seaway Open For Business

by Albert S. Jacquez, SLSDC Administrator America’s economic engine picks up added horsepower when the binational U.S.- Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway officially opens to commercial vessels March 23rd. The world’s longest waterway annually accounts for billions of dollars in revenue and sustains tens of thousands of jobs from mariners, agents, longshoremen, freight forwarders, pilots, and terminal operators in eight Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces.


Seaway Launches E-Business Applications

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) and the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) announced today the launch of their E-Business Application Suite. Designed after extensive consultation with the marine industry, the suite provides a range of applications that will enhance the Seaway and Great Lakes as a key transportation artery within North America and gateway to global trade. Comprised of four applications


Seaway Pre-Entry Notification Required

On March 4, the Great Lakes / St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice stating that all foreign flagged vessels intending to transit the Seaway must submit a complete Notice of Arrival (NOA) 96 hours prior to entering the Seaway at Call In Point 2 (CIP 2). The NOA must be provided electronically following the USCG National Vessel Movement Center’s (NVMC) procedures and using either a website (http://www.nvmc.uscg


Germany Offshore Transmission Station Contract Awarded

Seaway Heavy Lifting contracted by Siemens AG for the transportation & installation of the German North Sea jacket & transmission station. The contractors say that the 5,800 tonnes jacket will be installed by Heavy Lift Vessel “Oleg Strashnov”. The 14,000 tonnes transmission station will be installed as a float-over with Seaway Heavy Lifting to perform the float-over operation with the assistance of its subcontractor Dockwise.


Seaway Hits Post Recession Cargo Highs

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The Seaway concluded the 2014 navigation season with 40 million tonnes of cargo, which represents a full recovery from the 2009 global financial crisis and its ensuing aftermath.   The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced today that the Seaway closed for the season on January 1, 2015, with the eastbound vessel Sten Bergen transiting the St. Lambert Lock in Montreal at 00:22 a.m. The last vessel to exit the Welland Canal was the Algoma Navigator at 8:00 a.m


Secretary Slater Dedicates New Seaway Vessel Traffic Control Center

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater dedicated a new vessel traffic control center at the Saint Lawrence Seaway's Eisenhower Lock. This fully automated system, operated by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), will improve vessel tracking capabilities on the seaway, making maritime travel safer and more efficient. "This new center will provide users with a seamless source of vessel traffic information covering all sections


St. Lawrence Seaway Traffic Gains

The Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway System stated that traffic and tonnage volumes on the Seaway have posted strong gains, with total tonnage at the end of the first quarter up 15 percent on a year-to-year basis. Source: HK Law


St. Lawrence Seaway Introduces New Computerized Vessel Tracking

The St. Lawrence Seaway has debuted its new Traffic Management Improvement Project (TMIP). The project is a joint venture between the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation on the Canadian side and the U.S.-based St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. Installed at the St. Lambert, St. Catherine and Massena control centers, the system is able to monitor and schedule vessel traffic on both sides of the border


Transas: Draft Information System

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Approval for Saint Lawrence Seaway Draft Information System At the St. Lawrence Seaway is one of the most important transportation links in North America. To maximize the efficient use of the seaway, in 2001, the Seaway authorities started to a study which would determine the maximum load ships can carry while maintaining a safe Under-Keel Clearance (UKC). Over the years the maximum draft of vessels transiting the Seaway in the MLO Montreal to Lake Ontario and the Welland Canal has been


Bosphorus Strait Closed after Vessel Allides with Villa

A cargo ship ran aground and smashed into a villa on Turkey's Bosphorus Strait on Tuesday, forcing maritime authorities to close the key waterway to transit traffic, shipping agency GAC said. The 105 metre Sierra Leone-flagged Majed & Randy had no pilot on board when it suffered a rudder


Eurostar Breaks Passenger Growth Record, Despite Calais Strike

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 Channel Tunnel rail operator Eurostar has reported record quarterly passenger numbers despite the disruption caused by strikes in Calais.   Around 2.8 million passengers travelled on the high-speed service in the second quarter of this year, an increase of 3 per cent on last year.


Engine Refit for Mersey Pilot Boat

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James Troop supplies two new Volvo Penta engines to upgrade Mersey pilot boat   Merseyside-based engine specialist James Troop & Co has secured a deal to supply and install two Volvo Penta D9 engines to extend the service life of one of Liverpool’s River Mersey pilot boats.


WGMA Urges Participation in Menhaden Survey

Photo courtesy Department of Marine Sciences

  The West Gulf Maritime Association (WGMA) is urging its members with ships arriving at any port in the western US Gulf to participate in the Menhaden survey. The annual Menhaden spawn (typically April through October) has created challenges for ships transiting local waterways


Great Lakes Ore Trade Up in May

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 6.6 million tons in May, an increase of 53 percent compared to ice-impacted April, and 4 percent better than a year ago and the month’s 5-year average, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA)  


Cruise Ship Hits St. Lawrence Seaway Lock Wall

A cruise ship struck a lock wall in the Saint Lawrence Seaway upstate New York Thursday night, injuring several passengers, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   There were 274 people, including passengers and crew, aboard the 286-foot vessel Saint Laurent when the ship allided with a wall in


Update: Cruise Ship Strikes Lock in St. Lawrence Seaway

The U.S. Coast Guard’s response to a cruise ship that allided with a concrete wall in the Eisenhower Lock in the St. Lawrence Seaway has continued Friday in Massena, New York.   There were 274 people, including passengers and crew


Crashed Cruise Ship Refloated; St. Lawrence Seaway Reopens

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 The cruise ship MS Saint Laurent has been re-floated, all passengers are safely off and the lock has been re-opened, following the collision on last Thursday.   "Today (Saturday afternoon), the passenger cruise ship Saint Laurent was safely re-floated and exited the Eisenhower


Tundra Aground in St. Lawrence Seaway

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 The 185 meter long drybulk vessel MV Tundra (30,892dwt, built 2009) owned by Canfornav, part of the Canadian Forest Navigation Group, has run aground overnight on the St. Lawrence Seaway at Lancaster, Ontario in Canada.   The Tundra had veered a short distance out of the shipping


600 Med Migrants Rescued

A Norwegian ship rescued more than 600 migrants from two wooden boats on Monday in the southern part of the Mediterranean, the Norwegian police said on Twitter. All migrants picked by the ship, the Siem Pilot, were healthy, including several pregnant women, the Norwegian authorities said.


Captain John Foley – Obituary

Captain John Foley

Britain: April 30, 1940 – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: June 22, 2015   Family, friends and colleagues of Capt. John Foley, Master Mariner and Great Barrier Reef “Grand Pilot” gathered together at St. Augustine’s Church, Hamilton, Brisbane on June 26


Volvo Penta Pilots the Way

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Despite the conservative reputation of the pilot boat industry, Pilotage de la Seine, a French pilot boat station, decided to think outside the box and install Volvo Penta IPS in two of its vessels. According to Volvo Penta, the benefits the station has seen have been extensive, signaling, perhaps


Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Dips in June

Photo: LCA

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 6.2 million tons in June, a decrease of 6 percent compared to May, and nearly 5 percent below the level of a year ago, the Lakes Carriers' Association (LCA) announced.


General Cargo Dominates Seaway Traffic in June

Photo courtesy of The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership

June was an active month for U.S. ports receiving a variety of general cargo shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway. “What’s notable about the June tonnage numbers were increases in the export of U.S. grain to Europe and the import of aluminum and steel to the ports of Cleveland


Special Pilotage in Port of Brownsville

It was no ordinary arrival for the Brazos-Santiago Pilots of Brownsville, Texas    The Brazos-Santiago Pilots handle some 600 ship and vessel transits through the Port of Brownsville each year, but it's not every day that they get the opportunity to guide a venerable and storied U.S






 
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