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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


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


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


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


SevenCs Supports MariGreen Project

SevenCs is part of the EU INTERREG V A cross-border project “MariGreen” to support the maritime industry in the transition towards more efficient, greener and more sustainable shipping.   The MariGreen project develops innovations for greener and low-emission shipping and


US Coast Guard Approves Official Electronic Charts

 The U.S. Coast Guard published guidance that allows mariners to use electronic charts and publications instead of paper charts, maps and publications.   Issued February 5, the Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular, NVIC 01-16 establishes uniform guidance on what is now considered


Elbit Systems Introduces Seagull

Seagull USV (Image: Elbit Systems)

Israel’s Elbit Systems unveiled a prototype of what it claims is the world’s first unmanned system for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions.   Developed in less than three years with technical and performance input from the Israeli Navy and Israel’s Ministry of Defense


NZ's “Sound framework” for Managing Coastal Navigation

NZ Navigational Hazards Courtesy Maritime NZ

A review of coastal navigation safety by Maritime NZ has found that there is a sound framework in place to manage the movement of ships around the New Zealand coast, with procedures in place to assess risk and adjust safety measures if required.


First Type Approval Awarded for Portable Pilot Unit

From left: Falk Bethke, Approval Engineer Electrical Systems & Automation at DNV GL – Maritime, Sven Dudszus, Head of Business & Production Management at DNV GL – Maritime, Jochen Rudolph, Managing Director at SevenCs, Marius Herzig, Product Manager at SevenCs (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL said it has developed a new industry standard for the type approval of Portable Pilot Units (PPUs); the ORCA Pilot G2 unit, created by SevenCs, a navigation equipment and software expert from Hamburg, is the first product worldwide to achieve compliance with the new standard.  


Marseille Fos Speeds Ship Call Procedures

The Marseille Fos port authority has introduced a new fully automated information system, Neptune Port, to simplify and harmonize administrative procedures for vessels calling at the leading French port. Developed at a cost of €3 million


LNG-powered Cement Carrier Delivered

MV Greenland (Photo: Ferus Smit)

Dutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit announced it has delivered the world’s first LNG-powered cement tanker, MV Greenland.   The delivery was preceded by an extensive program of trials and tests in which the proper working and safety of all systems was verified


MarineCFO Integrates Document Management System for Onboard Use

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MarineCFO has announced the availability of its newly developed Marine Document Management System (MDMS), designed specifically as a tool to assist marine operators in organizing recordkeeping, assessment, & training verification requirements both ashore and afloat.


TSG's Maritime Intelligence Solution for Asian Customer

Image: TSG

TSG IT Advanced Systems Ltd., a subsidiary of Ness Group that specializes in defense, cyber security, telecom and HLS solutions, announced it has deployed a real-time maritime intelligence solution to a Southeast Asian customer. The 2C system provides situational awareness of maritime environments


Webb Institute Adds Assistant Professor of Marine Engineering

Benjamin H. Scott (Photo: Webb Institute)

Webb Institute has appointed Benjamin H. Scott as the Assistant Professor of Marine Engineering. Scott is a design engineer with over 30 years of experience in thermal and hydraulic analysis, heat exchanger design, thermal performance testing and fluid system design.   


Gemeco Launches Re-designed Web Resource

Proper installation of transducers and the corresponding cabling is necessary for efficient operation of today’s marine electronics Courtesy Gemeco

   Gemeco Marine Accessories, world-leading experts in the selection, placement and technical support for marine transducers and NMEA networking products, announced today the launch of an all new web-based resource for boaters and dealers on the company website – www.gemeco.com


Wärtsilä, Cavotec Developing Wireless Charging, Mooring Concept

Cavotec charging station with ferry. Zero emissions featured with new Wärtsilä ferry concept Photo Wartsila

An agreement has been signed between Wärtsilä and Cavotec to jointly develop the world's first combined induction charging and automatic mooring concept. Wärtsilä has developed a wireless charging system based on inductive power transfer


ABS Publishes CyberSafety Guidance

ABS has published Guidance Notes on the Application of Cybersecurity Principles to Marine and Offshore Operations.   This cybersecurity guidance note is the first volume in the ABS CyberSafety series, and provides best practices for cybersecurity as a foundational element of overall safety


European Consortium Launches Blue Nodules Project

Project Blue Nodules Deep Sea Mining Concept Courtesy EC

On 1 February a European consortium launched a new Horizon 2020 project: Blue Nodules. This project addresses the challenge of creating a viable and sustainable value chain to retrieve polymetallic nodules from the ocean floor. It will develop and test new highly-automated and sustainable


IMO Revises Guidelines for AIS Use

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has published revised guidelines for onboard operational use of shipborne automatic identification systems (AIS), as Resolution A.1106(29).   These are operational guidelines, developed to promote the safe and effective use of AIS






 
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