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USCG Establishes New AIS site in Unimak Pass

The Coast Guard in partnership with the Marine Exchange of Alaska has established an Automated Identification System (AIS) site in the Unimak pass to assist with maritime domain awareness. AIS is a shipboard broadcast system that acts like a transponder, operating in the VHF maritime band. The system allows a shipboard radar to display a mark for every significant ship within radio range. Each mark displays the corresponding ship's speed, heading, name, size, call sign, registration number, classification and other information. AIS has the same range-limiting factors of radio broadcasts however, the system's coverage area can be expanded by shore based repeaters. The system's range at sea is approximately 20 nautical miles. The Unimak Pass AIS site is the ninth of 11 planned sites established in Alaska. Automated Identification System sites have been established as part of a partnership between the Coast Guard and the Marine Exchange of Alaska. The project began in late 2003. The Coast Guard regularly uses AIS to improve its awareness within the maritime domain. AIS allows the Coast Guard command center here to monitor, in real time, the movements and positions of high capacity passenger vessels, Alaska Marine Highway System ferries and most larger commercial vessels within major ports. The availability of real time position information allows the Coast Guard to better coordinate search and rescue efforts and patrols for homeland security.

Maritime Exchange VP Elected to Head MISNA

At their fall meeting, members of Maritime Information Service of North America (MISNA), a non-profit association dedicated to promoting safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sound maritime operations, elected Lisa B. Himber, vice president of the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, to serve as the organization's president for 2004. Other officers include: Immediate Past President - Liz Wainwright, Merchants Exchange of Portland, OR; Vice President - Ed Page

Submersible Retrieves Data, Takes Video from Sunken Ferry

An underwater video released Tuesday by B.C.'s Transportation Safety Board shows images from inside the sunken Queen of the North ferry during a dive by a remote-controlled submersible last month. The video shows the submersible's manipulator arms clearing the ferry deck of debris, breaking a bridge window to gain access and taking images of the controls. It also shows the submersible retrieving bridge computerized electronic systems that could shed light on what led to the fatal

HSRP Meeting

The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) will be meeting November 19-20. The NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) is a Federal Advisory Committee that advises the NOAA Administrator on topics relating to operations, research and development, and dissemination of data pertaining to:  hydrographic surveying; nautical charting; water level measurements; current measurements; geodetic measurements; and geospatial measurements.

Container ID Software for Brazil Terminal Ordered from APS Technology

Brazil container yard operator TCP chooses APS Technology to supply gate and rail OCR container terminal solutions APS Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of optical character recognition (OCR) and automation technology solutions for marine and intermodal container terminals, announced Terminal de Conteineres de Paranagua  (TCP), the third largest container terminal in Brazil, has chosen APS Technology for gate OCR and rail OCR solutions at its terminal. 

Orbita Enters Quay Crane OCR Market

Photo: Orbita

Process control and artificial vision technology specialist Orbita Ingenieria launched a new optical character recognition (OCR) system to automate freight container identification and damage inspection during vessel loading and unloading at port terminals. The Orbita CraneOCR system provides real-time ISO code recognition for 20ft, 40ft, 45ft and twin-20ft containers as they are moved to and from multiple lanes under and behind ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes

TOS, AutoGates Boost Liverpool Port Throughput

Navis N4 Terminal Operating System

  Peel Ports, owners and operators of the Port of Liverpool, has achieved a major milestone in its multi-million investment programme to transform the port into Europe’s first semi-automated container terminal. The Navis N4 Terminal Operating System (TOS) and AutoGates are now live and fully operational following the construction and commissioning programmes. The new TOS and 10-lane AutoGates are the latest phase of new infrastructure in the company’s £300 million

SISCO Impresses U.S. Senators

A U.S. Senate sub-committee offered positive feedback regarding a high-speed access control and accountability system developed by Security Identification Systems Corporation (SISCO). The system, which delivers a high level of security protection to almost every major cruise line, received high marks today during a Senate sub-committee field hearing on seaport and cruise ship passenger security. After listening to the expert testimony of SISCO's CEO Anthony Zagami, Senator John Breaux

House Passes DHS Appropriations Bill

The US House of Representatives passed the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2007 (H.R. 5441) making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2007, and for other purposes. If adopted the bill would, among other things, withhold $10 million from the Secretary until a comprehensive port, container, and cargo security strategic plan is submitted to Congress; provide $5

Bill Introduced re DHS Appropriations

Representative Rogers (R-KY) introduced the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2007 (H.R. 5441) making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2007, and for other purposes. If adopted the bill would, among other things, withhold $10 million from the Secretary until a comprehensive port, container, and cargo security strategic plan is submitted to Congress; provide $5

Raytheon Anschütz Succeeds in SYNTACS SAT

SYNTACS installation aboard CMN’s new patrol boats. Photo Raytheon Anschütz

Raytheon Anschütz, a leading integrator of naval integrated bridge systems, has successfully completed the Sea Acceptance Test (SAT) for the Synapsis Tactical Command System (SYNTACS) aboard a series of new Interceptors and Patrol Boats built at CMN’s Cherbourg shipyard in France.

Vesper Marine Debuts New AIS Transponder

XB-6000 (Image: Vesper Marine)

Marine safety products manufacturer Vesper Marine has released a new Class B Automatic Identification System (AIS), the XB-6000. The black box transponder includes a built-in NMEA 2000 gateway and GPS antenna that integrates AIS, GPS and NMEA instrument data to display vital safety information on

Magleby Maersk Calls at Jebel Ali

Magleby Maersk at Jebel Ali’s Terminal 2 (Photo: DP World)

Press release - Global marine terminals operator DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port has received the world’s largest container vessel, the Magleby Maersk, which is on its maiden visit to the region.   The management and operations team at Jebel Ali rolled out a well-drilled

ESAB Weldcloud for Higher Productivity

The factory of the future is online, automated and highly productive through the use of data management systems such as ESAB’s WeldCloud

  Secure, robust, flexible, scalable and future-proof, the new ESAB WeldCloud online data management platform works with ESAB’s Aristo Mig semi-automatic, Aristo Mig 5000iR robotic and LAF/TAF sub arc welding systems. Users can purchase these systems WeldCloud-ready

Transas Launches High Voltage Training Breaker

Photo: Transas

Coming in response to recently introduced STCW requirements, Transas has launched a high voltage training solution for marine engineering and electrical training. The new rules require training to be conducted using real equipment, leading Transas to partner with the power technology specialist

IRS Software for Common Structural Rule

IRCSR Courtesy IRS

  IRClass has announced the release of new technical software, IR-CSR, for verification and compliance of oil tankers and bulk carriers against recently mandated Common Structural Rules (CSR) by the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS).

Moffatt & Nichol Hires Chief Software Architect

Brian Yoder (Photo: Moffatt & Nichol)

Brian Yoder has joined Moffatt & Nichol as Chief Software Architect at its Long Beach, Calif. office to help manage the software product development of FlexTerm, a simulation and emulation tool developed mainly for the container terminal planning, the terminal operating system testing

Cavotec Wins Port Equipment Orders

Photo: Cavotec

Press release- Global engineering group Cavotec has won five separate orders with a combined value of more than $9.6  million for some of its key innovative technologies, including the Group's MoorMasterTM automated mooring system and the new Automatic Plug-in System (APS)

Bestobell Secures High Pressure Valve Orders

Photo: Bestobell Marine

Bestobell Marine has secured two orders to supply its new range of high pressure globe and check valves to be used in high pressure fuel gas systems on board ships.   The valves will be used within the pump and vapouriser skids for six LNG carriers that are being built at DSME shipyard and

AlphaBridge Installed on Patrol Boat TTS Speyside

Photo: Alphatron Marine

Alphatron Marine announced it has delivered its first 46-inch display AlphaBridge for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard's patrol vessel TTS Speyside.    While keeping a 360 viewing field, the AlphaBridge includes an array of functions

Sembcorp Marine Opens Largest Fabrication Unit in Southeast Asia

Pic: Sembcorp Marine

 Sembcorp Marine launched its new state-of-the-art steel structure fabrication workshop – the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia – which is set to boost the company’s steel fabrication capacity for its future needs.  

Wilhelmsen Upgrades Maritime Protection Nitrogen System

Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions has re-introduced the Maritime Protection nitrogen inert gas system with significant functionality improvements designed to provide efficient performance and a longer operational life. The primary enhancement is a unique system design with one of the smallest

Cavotec wins MoorMaster EUR 6.5 mln orders

MoorMaster is a vacuum-based automated mooring technology that eliminates the need for conventional mooring lines

  Global engineering group Cavotec has been awarded three separate orders for its innovative MoorMaster automated mooring technology for applications in Australia, Canada and the United States, with a combined value of approximately EUR 6.5 million.

The Future of Well Intervention

Image: Ulstein

Herrenknecht and Ulstein are due to present their vision of the future of heavy well intervention at the Offshore Energy 2015 exhibition in Amsterdam this week.   Germany’s Herrenknecht Vertical GmbH (HVG) and the Netherland’s Ulstein Design & Solutions B.V

LNG Cement Carrier Greenland Ready for Launching

M.V. ‘Greenland’ bn 423. Photo by  Ferus Smit

 LNG-powered M.V. Greenland, a dedicated cement carrier, will be launched on October 31 at Ferus Smit Westerbroek Yard in the Netherlands.   The vessel will be one of the first ever dry cargo vessels with an LNG fuelled propulsion system

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