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Maritime Exchange Completes Enhanced Maritime Intelligence System

The Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, a not for profit trade association representing the interests of maritime-related businesses in the tri-state region, announced the completion of a major project to convert its community based port information software to a new Internet-based platform. Known as Maritime On-Line (MOL), the system includes a collection of applications to assist maritime and law enforcement personnel with the day-to-day operations of vessel, cargo, and crew processing through U.S. seaports. The Maritime Exchange has been in the business of tracking vessel movements on the Delaware River since it was formed in 1872. MOL, developed by and for the Delaware River port community, expands upon this role to electronically disseminate advance vessel arrival and movement schedules, provide a detailed hazardous material reporting system, and facilitate electronic reporting by the community to various federal government agencies. A key component of the system, which has been in the spotlight of the maritime trade industry due to recent port security regulations is the TRACS module. TRACS is used by commercial cargo carriers for reporting import cargo manifest documentation to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Automated Manifest system (AMS). CBP has set deadlines for the submission all import manifest information to be automated electronically later this year, with a March 4 deadline for ocean shipments.


Maritime Administration Releases Compilation of Maritime Laws

The Maritime Administrations announced it has released its annual Compilation of Maritime Laws for fiscal year 2007. Each year since 1995, the Maritime Administration has published the laws as an essential reference for its Agency leadership and staff. The compilation is also widely used by the Members of Congress, their staffs and committees, attorneys practicing in the area of Federal Maritime Law and interested members of the general public.


DOT Provides $7 Million for Maritime Education

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration today announced that America’s six state maritime academies – California Maritime Academy, Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Maine Maritime Academy, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, SUNY Maritime College and Texas Maritime Academy – and the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in Kings Point, N.Y., will each receive $1 million from a government program that recycles obsolete vessels


Maritime Academy Awarded DHS Grant for Arctic Training

USCG photo

Maine Maritime Academy receives $450,000 grant From U.S. Department of Homeland Security for ice navigation and maritime first responder courses for the Arctic Maine Maritime Academy has been awarded $450,000 by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate for the development and delivery of maritime ice navigation and first responder courses to complement the U.S. Coast Guard’s Arctic Strategy.


DMCA and Civil Defence Discuss Dubai Maritime Strategy

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Move aimed at promoting role integration in driving maritime sector development. Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) recently held a joint meeting with officials from the Directorate General of Civil Defence – Dubai to discuss the latest developments in implementing the Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy (MSS) which is the first step aimed at achieving a radical change across the local maritime industry and ultimately positioning Dubai as a leading international maritime hub


EfficienSea2 Rolls out Maritime Cloud

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

 The Danish-led e-navigation project, EfficienSea2, got one step closer to being launched when a core element of the project – Maritime Cloud – was debated by a group of international maritime organisations and companies.   The purpose of the project EfficienSea2 is to develop and implement e-navigation and, thus, up-to-date technology on board ships by introducing and using modern communication, navigation and administrative systems.  


Indonesia Wants to be Global Maritime Axis

President Joko Widodo. Photo: Official FB Page

 President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) wants to turn his country into a global maritime axis. He urged the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister to immediately work on a “simple but implementable” maritime policy.   According to the president, Indonesia should focus its efforts on the maritime industry, which has immense potential to stimulate the country's economy.   "We believe that our future is in the sea," Jokowi said in a statement.


UNCTAD Launches Novel Maritime Country Profiles

Example of the nationally flagged fleet for Marshall Islands. The Marshall Islands are one of the fastest growing open registries. A large share of its fleet are oil tankers and dry bulk carriers. Image: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

 A maritime country profile provides a basic snapshot of a country's situation regarding maritime transport and international trade, facilitating convenient cross-country comparisons. The Maritime Country Profiles will be updated regularly as new data becomes available.   Throughout most of history, “maritime nations” had their own national fleets, which were built, owned, operated, and manned by nationals of the same country whose flag the ship flew


Singapore and the Netherlands Sign MOU

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Directorate-General for Freight Transport (DGFT) of the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management. The MOU was signed by Mr Chen Tze Penn, Director-General, MPA and his Dutch counterpart, Mrs Jacqueline Tammenoms Bakker, Director-General, DGFT. The signing ceremony took place on 9 Jul 02 at the headquarters of the DGFT at the Hague, Netherlands.


Kongsberg Maritime Tech Opens in St. Petersburg

Photo courtesy Kongsberg Maritime

The office of the new wholly owned Kongsberg Maritime Company, Kongsberg Maritime Tech LLC was officially opened in St. Petersburg, Russia on 23rd March 2010. The new Kongsberg Maritime company has been established to further strengthen Kongsberg Maritime Simulation & Training's technology and the 15 strong team will have a special focus on advanced simulation technologies, development and hydrodynamic modeling. Kongsberg Maritime Simulation & Training already has close simulator


Global Maritime Introduces New DP Policies & Procedures

Photo: Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering

Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering has introduced a new set of policies and procedures to support its Dynamic Positioning (DP) activities. The new procedures will ensure continued excellence and consistency across all Global Maritime’s global DP operations.  


Crew Kidnapping Rising in Gulf of Guinea - Dryad

Reporting w.r.t. GOG

In contrast to the substantial numbers of reported incidents across Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean in recent years, maritime crime now appears to have stabilised in these regions according to the latest Q2 maritime crime statistics released by Dryad Maritime today.  


Gener8 Maritime Net Income Up 91%

Photo Gener8 Maritime

Announcing its financial results today for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 Gener8 Maritime, Inc. reported net income of $38.0 million, or $0.46 basic and diluted earnings per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2016, a 91% increase compared to $19


Maersk Training Bullsh on India

Photo: Maersk Training

 Maersk Training, part of the Denmark based A.P. Moller-Maersk, is betting on the Indian training centre, reports the Hindu. India is one of the 10 Centre’s that is making profits.   "While other Maersk training centres are facing issues due to downturn in maritime and oil


Navios Maritime Posts 2Q Profit

Photo: Navios Maritime Midstream Partners

 Navios Maritime Midstream Partners LP (NAP) has reported second-quarter earnings of $5.9 million.   It says revenue for three month period ended June 30, 2016 increased by $4.3 million to $22.7 million.   The company said it had net income of 28 cents per share


Friend of the Sea Turns to BMT for Reefer Vessels Certification

BMT Surveys (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, the international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has been engaged by Friend of the Sea to investigate whether specialized reefer vessels comply with the broad set of requirements to qualify for certification. 


Safety and Preparation on the Brownwater Radar

File photo: Thomas Rollins

Weather Channel Forecasters are predicting a “near-average” hurricane season for 2016, but warn that an average season does not mean businesses and residents shouldn’t prepare for the worst. While it is unclear whether the season, which began June 1


SNMCMG2 Completes Third Black Sea Deployment

Photo: NATO MARCOM

Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) has completed its third deployment into the Black Sea under the command of Captain Ramazan Kesgin, Turkish Navy. SNMCMG2 started its deployment on July 8 in support of NATO’s assurance measures regarding Alliance resolve and commitment to


Concordia Maritime Posts Q2 Profit

Stena Polaris (Photo: Concordia Maritime)

Facing a “gradually deteriorating market,” Sweden based tanker shipping company Concordia Maritime said it was able to post a profit in Q2 2016 based on high vessel employment and successful chartering, though still coming in under its Q2 2015 results largely due to an arbitration


Oil Spills from VLOC in Strait of Malacca

Incident of oil spill Photo Berge Bulk Maritime

Berge Bulk Maritime confirms that an its VLOC (Very Large Ore Carrier)  “BERGE BUREYA” – (IMO/LR # 9297539) operated vessel was involved in an oil spill incident off Malaysia in the Malacca Strait earlier yesterday morning.  


India Buys 4 P-8I Maritime Planes

Boeing P8I. Photo Courtesy: indiannavy.nic.in

 India has inked a deal with the US defence and aerospace giant Boeing to procure four more Poseidon-8I (P-8I) long-range surveillance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft ( submarine hunter planes) worth $1 billion.   According to industry sources


Can Bandwidth Supply Keep up with Maritime Demand?

The launch of Intelsat EpicNG 29e in January 2016. This is the first of the Intelsat EpicNG class satellites. (Credit: Intelsat)

In the next few years, demand for bandwidth on the high seas will grow, in no small part due to technology that is making operations more efficient and keeping crews and passengers healthy, happy and connected. Just a few years ago, a cruise-going family might have brought a single laptop computer


Drones: Is the Maritime Industry Ready?

SHIP SERVICE: Maersk Tankers is testing drones for making deliveries to its vessel. (Photo: Maersk Group)

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or “drones” in common parlance, are not a part of the historical maritime vocabulary. At least not yet. While the term “drones” may conjure images from science fiction, the reality is that companies are designing commercial UAS for the private


KVH's Zika Virus Safety Video for Mariners

“Zika Virus – Staying Safe” Photo  KVH

KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced today that it is offering Videotel’s new safety and training video about the Zika virus free to all mariners worldwide. The goal of the program is to increase awareness  of the vitally important prevention measures that can keep seafarers


MOL Makes Fleet-wide Migration to Fleet Xpress

Existing Inmarsat customer MOL says migrating its car carriers to always-on, high-speed broadband connectivity will be pivotal in its continuing drive towards ‘smarter and greener shipping’ operations. Photo MOL

Fleet Xpress will deliver data intelligence to drive smarter and greener shipping operations   26 July 2016: Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has announced that its partner JSAT MOBILE Communications has signed an agreement with






 
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