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Basic Approval, Bal Pure Ballast Water Treatment

Photo courtesy Severn Trent De Nora, LLC

The Bal Pure ballast water treatment system from Severn Trent De Nora received basic approval from the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) 60th session, March 22-26, 2010.  As a result, Severn Trent De Nora has submitted its dossier for final approval of the system at an upcoming MEPC session. Severn Trent De Nora is also scheduled to conduct shipboard testing of the Bal Pure system May through November 2010 on the California Maritime Academy training ship, the T.S. Golden Bear.   The T.S. Golden Bear, a 500-ft vessel has been fitted with a modularized platform which enables ballast water treatment equipment manufacturers to test their system designs under real-life conditions. Testing is undertaken while the ship is berthed at the University’s campus on upper San Francisco Bay and during its summer training voyages on the Pacific.  On-board testing facilities enable researchers to collect data, which is then compiled and used by the ballast water treatment equipment manufacturer to obtain certification from various organizations.   Bal Pure is a patented system that generates biocides, meters and analyzes the residual level of both biocides and neutralizing agents and logs the performance of the overall ballast water treatment system. The system is proven as an effective, economical and high-capacity device to treat ballast water, with no adverse effects on the environment


MARAD Tests Alternative Power for Ships

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The Maritime Administration (MARAD) is testing state-of-the-art, environmentally efficient technology onboard the Training Ship (TS) Kennedy.   The National Defense Reserve Fleet vessel was provided to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy by MARAD for Cadet training.  This one-year undertaking is part of a MARAD initiative to test fuel cells as a source of power for shipboard electrical systems.  Researchers will evaluate the performance of the fuel cell technology and how low


TOP Ships Takes Delivery of 3rd & 4th Newbuilds

TOP Ships Inc. (NASDAQ: TOPS) announced that it has taken delivery of the M/Ts Ionian Wave and Tyrrhenian Wave from SPP Plant & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd of the Republic of Korea. The Tyrrhenian Wave and the Tyrrhenian Wave are the third and fourth of six 50,000 dwt product / chemical tankers to be delivered within the first and second quarter of 2009. The Tyrrhenian Wave and the Tyrrhenian Wave have entered into respective bareboat time-charter employments for a minimum period of seven


Drydocks World Receives Tatweej Award

Drydocks World, a provider of maritime and offshore services to the shipping, oil, gas and energy sectors, received Tatweej Academy’s Award for Excellence at the 7th Tatweej Arab Business Leaders and Leading Organizations, for being one of the pioneering institutions in the Arab World on quality of performance and achievements, leadership. The Awards were organized under the patronage of HE Eng. Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy, UAE


Drydocks World Inks Agreement with DNV GL

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Drydocks World and Maritime World, a provider of maritime and offshore services to the shipping, oil, gas and energy sectors, has announced that it has reached an agreement with DNV GL and appointed the Classification Society to provide recertification services for its Quality Management Systems. DNV GL will be reviewing and auditing Drydocks World & Maritime World Quality Management Systems as per the agreed plans to verify compliance with the ISO 9001:2008 standard and to identify


Two Maritime Students Earn SUNY Chancellor’s Award

The State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College announced Friday that two student cadets, Julia Paxton of Sebastopol, California, and Brandon Baranyar of Fairfield, Connecticut, have been selected as recipients of the 2014 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Paxton and Baranyar both are members of the College’s Regiment of Cadets, and both are scheduled to graduate from SUNY Maritime next week.


Salvage: Time is of the Essence

By Richard B. Fairbanks, President, American Salvage Association A riddle: How many years, and how many Administrations does it take for an esteemed U.S. government agency to publish regulations that have likely already been written? The answer is 13 years and five Admirals. Thirteen surely is an unlucky number for the professional marine salvage industry in the United States, for it has, indeed, taken this many years for the United States Coast Guard to publish its


Bisso Marine Salvages Buried Crane

Bisso Marine recently mobilized a salvage team, the salvage support barge C/B BIG EAGLE and the 700 ton capacity D/B Cappy Bisso to salvage a crawler crane which had fallen into the Atchafalaya River in Berwick, La. The crane, which weighed approximately 100 tons, was knocked into the river upon contact with the HWY 90 Bridge in 2005. At the salvage location the water was 30 ft. deep, but in the two years since the collision


Henzel Joins Bisso Marine

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Bisso Marine, a provider of salvage services to the maritime and energy industries, announced the addition of JoAnn Henzel to its Salvage & Emergency Response Team. Henzel, who will serve as a project manager, has 12 years of specialized experience in salvage and wreck removal. Before joining Bisso Marine, Henzel acquired extensive field experience as a logistics coordinator for Titan Salvage of Fort Lauderdale, Fla


Drydocks World Receives API Spec Q1 Certification

(l-r) Mark Morris, Director - Global HSEQ; Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman; Mohammad  Alawadhi, Global Quality Manager; Dr. Markus Voege VP Operations & Production DDW

Drydocks World, a maritime service provider to the international, maritime, oil and gas and energy sectors, announced formal recognition through American Petroleum Institute (API) Specification Q1 certification for the shipyard’s Quality Management System which is suited to the requirements of the offshore oil and gas sectors. This certification complements the company’s strategy to penetrate the offshore oil and gas sector with high quality, customized and added value services


USCG Rescues Two Near Beaufort

Coast Guard Rescue 2 people and a dog

U.S. Coast Guard and Marine Corps helicopter crews rescued two people and a dog Sunday from a grounded sailboat near Beaufort. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington received a call at approximately 11:50 a.m. from the operator of the 22-foot sailboat Serendipity who


Hoegh Osaka Salvage Progressing Well -MCA

Car carrier vessel Hoegh Osaka ran aground Saturday, January 3 after departing from Southampton for Bremerhaven, Germany. (Photo: MAIB)

The Secretary of State’s Representative for Intervention and Salvage (SOSREP) visited the salvage site of the Hoegh Osaka yesterday to view operations, which according to the U.K Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) are progressing well.  


ASA Mission Statement Revised to Expand Reach

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The American Salvage Association has revised its mission statement to increase its area of influence beyond North America, complemented by a new logo that reflects the expanded direction.   The new Mission Statement reads “The mission of the ASA is to be a unifying association of the


Launch of Asian Marine Casualty Forum

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  The Crisis in Global Maritime Casualty Response – Now Is the Time To Act – An industry Forum Designed to Promote Change An industry forum aimed at producing a practical response to the current crises in maritime casualty management was officially launched in Singapore today


Boskalis Raises Full-year Profit Forecast

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  Q3 TRADING UPDATE - HIGHLIGHTS Good third quarter with sizable financial settlements on old projects Order book increased slightly to EUR 3.3 billion 2014 OUTLOOK Market conditions remain challenging Good second half-year expected


300th Anniversary of Historic Fleet Sinking

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2015 will mark the 300th anniversary of the sinking of a dozen Spanish ships known as the 1715 Plate Fleet; plata being the Spanish world for silver. On the 30th of July 1715 twelve galleons, overloaded with Mexican gold and silver, left Cuba and sailed north carried by the Gulf Stream.


Cat Debuts Bundled Repair Solution at Workboat

At the 2014 International Workboat Show, Caterpillar will launch a new product support campaign, unveiling the new Cat C18 Marine Bundled Repair Solution and commercial Extended Service Coverage (ESC) for all available existing Bundled Repair Solutions.


Lifting Costa Concordia

The successful Costa Concordia Parbuckling project

Ropes made with Dyneema help Titan Salvage, Micoperi on historic salvage operation   The largest and most complex maritime salvage operation ever carried out was concluded this summer.  The Costa Concordia parbuckling operation on the rocks of the Italian island of Giglio has been a


Wrecked Bulker’s Bow Refloated, Scuttled off S.Africa

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TITAN Salvage, Crowley Maritime Corp.'s Houston-based marine salvage, emergency response and wreck removal company, has refloated and scuttled the largest section of the wrecked bulk carrier, Smart. The vessel was carrying a load of coal when it went aground in August 2013 in heavy seas in


Workboats: Communications is Key Operational Tech

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As we close out yet another year, I am constantly amazed at how much things change on the waterfront and the boats that ply the adjacent waters. Similarly, I like to tell people that it was five years ago when, within a narrow six-month window, I purchased my first ‘smart phone


The Importance of Lloyd’s Open Form Salvage Contract

The importance of shipping to world trade hardly needs stating, carrying as it does more than 9 billion tons of cargo each year in some 4,500,000 vessel movements. And while there have been major improvements in ship and operational safety over the past decades


US Response Model for Salvage and Firefighting

As the dust settles on the 2014 implementation of the non-tank vessel response plan (VRP) regulations, the effective result is that all tank and non-tank vessels over 400 gross tons operating in US waters must meet the requirements of OPA 90


Salvors Delay Hoegh Osaka Refloat

Hoegh Osaka (Photo courtesy of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch)

The salvage team has decided to delay the refloat of grounded car carrier vessel Hoegh Osaka. The refloat was initially scheduled for Thursday, January 8, but salvors’ calculations revealed that more water has entered the vessel than was previously predicted, according to the U.K


Hoegh Osaka Update: Salvage Work Resumes

Hoegh Osaka (Photo: MAIB)

Authorities hope to continue the salvage operations of car carrier vessel Hoegh Osaka which ran aground shortly after its departure from the Port of Southampton January 3.   According to the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), Hoegh Osaka is currently stable at the anchorage after


ROV Key to Safety in Concordia Salvage

The largest marine salvage operation in history. (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

With Concordia finally in dock, Italian marine contractor Micoperi reports that the Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV played a vital role in diver safety during the largest maritime salvage operation in history.   Fabio Bartolotti of Micoperi, the contractor responsible for the project






 
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