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Sharpeye Keeps Watch on Chesapeake Bay


Kelvin Hughes, a global supplier of surveillance and navigation systems, announced that it has recently supplied two SharpEye Solid State X Band surveillance radars to the Maryland Natural Resources Police (MPRP), to provide additional coverage around protected oyster beds. The SharpEye  radars are key sensors in the MNRP Maritime Law Enforcement Information Network (MLEIN), whose mission is to secure the 3,100 miles of Maryland coastline. The system was launched in the autumn of 2013, with the first detection of illegal activity taking place shortly after. The two X Band radars provide high resolution radar pictures 24 hours a day in all weather conditions, and these images are transmitted to officers in the field in real time. The information is shared with other government and law enforcement agencies, to assist in detecting illegal activities or help with search and rescue operations on the water. The solid state radars are ideal for the MNRP’s application as they enable the detection of small, low radar cross section targets, such as the boats typically used by oyster poachers. One such incident occurred in Tangier Sound, with two poachers apprehended by an officer watching his laptop as the cameras and radar units of the MLEIN tracked the watermen. Officer John Bromley of the MNRP said, “MLEIN was a definite asset on the water and enhanced our ability to respond to the situation. It was like having an extra pair of eyes on the patrol boat

Hamburg Süd Extends WAMS Service to Europe

As of February 2011 and subject to obtaining regulatory approval, Hamburg Süd will extend the WAMS service which up to now connected US West Coast, West Coast Mexico and West Cost Central America with the hub in Cartagena. The extended service which henceforth includes Tangier and ports in North Europe will deploy ten vessels of 1,700 TEU nominal capacity of which Hamburg Süd will provide eight and the remaining two will be provided by CCNI.  

APM Terminals Opens New Terminal in Morocco

APM Terminals Tangier, S.A. and the Akwa Group, a Casablanca, Morocco-based partner have announced the opening of Morocco’s newest container terminal to serve the global trade in Morocco and the Western Mediterranean market. Located on one of the most important shipping arteries, the terminal will offer importers and exporters a new gateway to world markets. Over 200 vessels a day pass through the Straits of Gibraltar as they transit on north-south and east-west liner trade routes

Hamburg Süd, MSC fuse Med – S. America East Coast Services

In view of continuous poor trading conditions and replacing its current service set up, effective from mid January 2012 Hamburg Süd and MSC will restructure their services between the Mediterranean and South America East Coast. The two currently separate services will be fused into one common service that will be operated by eight vessels of 5,900 TEU nominal capacity. Of those, Hamburg Süd is to provide initially one vessel and MSC seven vessels.

NileDutch Launches US East Coast to West Africa Service

Photo: NileDutch

NileDutch, the container carrier specializing in West Africa, is setto introduce a new service to link the East Coast of the U.S. with West Africa and Europe. The rotation will start in New York and the service will run every nine days. The first vessel, the MV Cafer Dede will sail on February 16, 2016. According to the shipper, the new development aims to meet the growing demand from exporters in the East Coast of the U.S. for better access to their markets in West Africa

APM Orders 12 STS, 32 ARMGs Cranes

APM Terminals Medport Tangier port development photo APM

APM Terminals has announced orders for 12 remote-controlled Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes and 32 Automated Rail-Mounted Gantry Cranes (ARMGs) to equip the new five million TEU* APM Terminals MedPort Tangier facility now under construction at the Tanger-Med II port complex. The container terminal will be the second operated by APM Terminals at the Tanger-Med port complex designed to serve the newest Ultra-Large Container Ships (ULCS) with capacities up to 20,000 TEUs

CG Provides Support in Freezing Waters

Coast Guard Cutters are busy all over the Northern Chesapeake and Delaware Bay areas breaking through the ice that Jack Frost left behind on the area waterways. Large patches of ice at least one to two inches have been reported as far south as the area around Tangier Island, Md., in the Chesapeake Bay. Several tributaries to the Chesapeake and Delaware Bay are frozen over with ice as well. One of the tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay that is being heavily monitored is the Wicomico River that

Tracerline Marksman Ulltrasonic Tool

Photo courtesy Tracer Products/div of Spectronics Corporation

Tracer Products has introduced the Tracerline Marksman ulltrasonic diagnostic tool, an instrument that converts and amplifies inaudible ultrasonic sound into audible “natural” sound. The Marksman uses a two-tiered process to ensure accurate diagnosis.  First, the receiver unit converts inaudible sound into audible sound using a process known as heterodyning.  Then, the receiver’s Sound Signal Technology fine-tunes the audible sound into the natural sound emitted by

Hamburg Süd Restructures Several Services

Responding to changing market conditions and subject to approval by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), as from February 2012, Hamburg Süd will restructure its services from North Europe and Mediterranean to Central and South America West Coast as well as to North America West Coast. The new configuration allows for an extensive service scope with connections to the worldwide Hamburg Süd network and likewise delivers significant cost efficiency – with no capacity increase in

LMS Maps 3D Sound Fields with SoundBrush

Photo: LMS International

LMS International debuted LMS SoundBrush, its new and patented acoustic troubleshooting solution. LMS SoundBrush is a tool that enables engineers to map sound propagation around an object and localize acoustic sources. LMS SoundBrush makes sound visible. It is the first technology ever to visualize sound fields in 3D while measuring. At the heart of the compact SoundBrush solution is the patented optical tracking technology, combined with either a G.R.A.S

Silence Your Ships

Plymouth University Marine Institute scientists are working with AutoNaut on a project studying how increasing levels of manmade noise in the sea is affecting marine life. (Photo: AutoNaut)

Anthropogenic (manmade) sound is creating havoc among marine mammals and other aquatic species. These creatures have very sensitive hearing, which they rely on to find food and mates and (for some) to communicate and navigate. Sound waves can travel much further and with much less loss of strength

Industy Supports EU's Call for Financial Incentive to Enhance Sustainable Recycling

Photo: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

 The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an own initiative opinion that calls on the European Commission to introduce an incentive that will “eliminate the abuses of irresponsible ship dismantling through a system which creates added value in an end-of-life ship”

EMGS Amends Deal for Atlantic Guardian


Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has signed an extended charter agreement for the vessel Atlantic Guardian with North Sea Commander Shipping AS (owner of the vessel) at new and improved commercial terms. The new terms are valid as of 1 October 2016.

Edison Chouest to Build 13 Damen Tugs

Image: Damen

Marine transportation provider and the United States’ largest operator of OSVs, Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO), has teamed up with Damen to build 13 heavy duty mooring assistance and escort tugs. The vessels will be built in the U.S. using ECO’s network of five shipyards with support

Fennica Grounding Caused by Inaccurate Charts

Fennica (File photo: Arctia Shipping)

The July 2015 grounding of icebreaker Fennica near Dutch Harbor, Alaska was found to be caused by inaccuracy of nautical charts in the area, according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Report of Investigation (ROI). The Finnish multipurpose icebreaker, owned by Arctia Offshore

SS United States Will Not Return to Service

SS United States sits out of commission in Philadelphia. (Photo: SS United States Conservancy)

A comprehensive technical feasibility study has determined the SS Unites States to be structurally sound, but a number of insurmountable obstacles will keep America’s Flagship from returning to seagoing service. In February, Crystal Cruises reached a deal with the SS United States

This Day In Naval History: August 9

USS Sterett (DDG 104) (U.S. Navy photo by Kevin S. OBrien)

1842 - The Webster-Ashburton Treaty is signed. In the treaty, the United States and Great Britain agree to cooperate in suppressing the slave trade.   1867 - One officer and 46 Marines and Seamen from the steamer, USS Wachusett, land at Shanghai, China, to assist in fighting a fire.

Navionics+Regions Available in New Areas

New Navionics+Regions Image Navionics

Navionics, the leader in content and location-based services for the recreational boating and outdoor markets, announced today the release of Navionics+ Regions in five coverage areas throughout the U.S. and Canada. At the affordable price of $149 per region

Kohler Launches New Tier 3 Diesel Marine Generators

Kohler Power Systems, manufacturer of diesel and gasoline marine generators for pleasure and commercial craft applications, announced the availability of its new single- and three-phase Tier 3 marine diesel generators. The company’s 14-24EKOZD/12-20

26 Hours of Information Recovered from El Faro's VDR

El Faros voyage data recorder in fresh water on the USNS Apache (Photo: NTSB)

A group led by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has gathered information from the recovered voyage data recorder (VDR) of sunken cargo ship El Faro to develop a detailed transcript of the sounds and discernible words captured on the ship’s bridge before sinking during

El Faro Captain Ordered Crew to Abandon Ship before Sinking

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

The captain of the doomed El Faro cargo ship sounded an alarm for his crew to abandon the vessel shortly before it sank last fall in a hurricane near the Bahamas, killing all 33 onboard, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Wednesday.

MN100: Alternative Marine Technologies

Robert Kunkel (Photo: Alternative Marine Technologies)

The Company: Established in 2007, Alternative Marine Technologies (Amtech) has been a leader in design and construction of alternative energy propulsion solutions aboard several series of vessels, built both domestically and abroad. With 23 employees, the firm continues to grow.  

ACO Marine's Clarimar Selected for New Environmentally Sound EcoCoasters

Clarimar MF-1 is amongst an array of environmentally-safe equipments specified for  VG-Shipping’s EcoCoasters Mirva VG and Eeva VG

Wastewater streams aboard the two state-of-the-art EcoCoasters Dutch shipyard Royal Bodewes is building for Finland’s VG-Shipping will be managed by a bespoke treatment system designed by ACO Marine. Both 4700dwt EcoCoasters Eeva VG and Mirva VG

MN100: Mascoat

George More (Photo: Mascoat)

The Company: Mascoat was founded in 1995 to provide a thermal barrier solution that has revolutionized how many vessel and ship manufacturers prevent condensation, radiant heat gain, and unwanted vibration. The company strived to independently validate the coatings’ abilities so that

Panama Accedes to Ship Recycling Convention

H.E. Mr. Arsenio Dominguez, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Panama to IMO, met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim. Photo source: IMO

​IMO's efforts to promote safe and environmentally sound ship recycling received a boost with Panama becoming the 5th State to accede to the Hong Kong Convention. The Convention covers the design, construction, operation and preparation of ships so as to facilitate safe and environmentally sound

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