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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

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

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.

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

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

Italian Terminal Operators to Implement Navis TOS

Contship Italia Group to implement Navis SPARCS N4 Terminal Operating System (TOS)  at five of its terminals. Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation announce that Contship Italia Group (CSI) group will implement Navis SPARCS N4 at its five terminals. Contship Italia Group, part of Eurokai, is the largest Italian terminal operator, handling more than 5.1 million TEUs in the Mediterranean region in 2012. DSP, Data and System Planning

Balearia Requests US-Cuba Ferry License

Photo courtesy of Balearia

Balearia has requested a license to operate between the U.S. and Cuba from the U.S. Treasury Department, after both countries' announcement of the reestablishment of diplomatic relations. The shipping company is awaiting an official response from the U.S. government, and the subsequent authorization from the Cuban government. The Spanish maritime transport company has operated in the Caribbean region since late 2011 under the brand Bahamas Express

New Thunderstorm Detector for the Offshore Sector

File photo: Jan Berghuis

Thunderstorms often play a significant part in disrupting offshore operations, especially when conducting personnel transportation by helicopter. And it is not just the threat of lightning, but also the dangerous wind-shear and icing events which can take place in a cumulonimbus cloud that can

Pioneer Marine Plunges into Red Again, Cancels Ship Orders

Photo by Pioneer Marine Inc

 Singapore-based Pioneer Marine reported a $5.4m loss for the third quarter of 2015, about even with a $5m loss in the same quarter last year.  It canceled orders for three new ships as the bulk-ship operator coped with a steep decline in demand for commodities in China.  

BTӦ Orders Damen ASD Tug

Photo courtesy of Damen Shipyards

Sweden-based BogserTeam Ӧresund (BTӦ), part of MarCon gruppen, recently signed a contract with the Damen Shipyards Group for the delivery of a Damen ASD Tug 2810. MarCon gruppen is currently experiencing growth and is undertaking a program of renewal and expansion to its fleets.

Need to Monitory Coal from Indonesia - UK P&I

Indonesia coal mining Photo Adani- Indonesia

  There are various hazards associated with the trade in coal. UK P&I Club’s Loss Prevention Team highlights the risks involved, and advises on the relevant actions to take in order to reduce accidents.   Self-heating incidents involving coal cargoes loaded at Indonesian

Puget Sound Container Volume Growth Continues

Photo: Northwest Seaport Alliance

The Northwest Seaport Alliance, a marine cargo operating partnership of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, saw container volumes grow for the sixth straight month in August, improving nearly 15 percent compared to August 2014.   According to the Alliance, the increase is significant

Two Indian Shipbreakers Deemed HKC Compliant

Photo: Priya Blue Industries

ClassNK issues Hong Kong Convention Statements of Compliance to two ship recycling facilities in India    Two ship recycling facilities in Gujarat, India, R. L. Kalthia Ship Breaking Pvt. Ltd. and Priya Blue Industries Pvt. Ltd., have received Statements of Compliance (SoC) from

Arctic Ice 'Too Thick' for Shipping Route

Photo: Inhabitat

 Sea ice in the Arctic is still too thick for Northwest Passage commercial shipping route in spite of warming temperatures. This is according to new research from York University.   Despite climate change, Arctic sea ice remains too thick and treacherous, says the study

HMS Announces Management Hires

Steve Carlson (Photo: Harley Marine Services)

Marine services company Harley Marine Services (HMS) has expanded its management team, naming Don Martin as Vice President and General Counsel and Steve Carlson as Vice President of Engineering, the company announced today.   Prior to joining Harley Marine

NMEA Names Furuno ‘Best Radar’ for 40th Year

FR8065 (Image: Furuno)

For 44 years, the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has bestowed its NMEA Best Product Awards to marine electronics manufacturers for product excellence. Over that time, Furuno has been the most recognized company in the marine electronics field with a total of 215 wins

Algoryx Simulation, Kongsberg Maritime Ink R&D Deal

AgX Dynamics can solve millions of physics equation in real time.

  Kongsberg Maritime and Algoryx Simulation have entered a five year agreement, which supports Kongsberg Maritime’s continuing development of fidelity and realism in its K-Sim range of maritime simulator systems. Simulators are today essential and integral in training, planning

U.S., Alaska End Exxon Valdez Legal Action

The Exxon Valdez remains in place in Prince Williams Sound, Alaska after running aground on Bligh Reef March 23, 1989, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil (USCG photo)

U.S. and Alaskan authorities have ended their efforts to seek additional damages from Exxon Mobil Corp over the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill and the subsequent settlement, the Department of Justice said on Thursday. The department said in a statement that it is "bringing to a close the

ASF Welcomes Certification of Indian Ship Recycling Yards

Alang Overview Photo by Ship Recycling Industries Association (India)

  The Asian Shipowners’ Forum (ASF) warmly welcomes the tremendous effort made by ship recyclers in Alang, India that have recently received Statements of Compliance (SoC) with the Hong Kong Convention from ClassNK, one of the world’s leading classification societies.

Gobbler OSRV Harnesses Fire Suppression Tech

Photo courtesy of Gobbler Offshore

The new Gobbler Offshore 290 oil spill recovery vessel (OSRV) not only excels at remediation, but harnesses the latest in environmentally sound fire suppression technology, according to its developer. The boat comes standard with a Sea-Fire pre-engineered system and 3M's Novec 1230 Fire Protection

Australia’s New Icebreaker Unveiled

A graphic of the new icebreaker (Image: Damen/DMS Maritime/Knud E Hansen A/S)

The Australian Government has provided the first look at Australia’s new icebreaker, a ship it says will offer scientists unprecedented and extended access to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.   Upon its commissioning, planned for October 2019

BP Suspends Chirag Platform for Maintenance

Chirag (Photo: BP)

BP has suspended operations at Chirag, one of its platforms in the Caspian Sea, for planned maintenance, the British oil company said on Tuesday.   "Operations at Chirag have been suspended today for planned maintenance for 25 days," BP-Azerbaijan said in a statement.  

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