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ECSA Leads Holistic Approach to Maritime Security

Jakob Paaske Larsen (Photo: ECSA)

European shipowners have widened the scope of the former European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) Piracy Working Group, now renamed ECSA Maritime Security Working Group in a move aiming to keep the European shipping industry abreast of maritime developments.   According to ECSA, topics under the remit of the new working group range from piracy and armed robbery at sea to cyber security, as well as the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean, where European shipowners have taken center stage in the efforts to rescue migrants at sea.   Global Security Manager for Maersk Line, Jakob Paaske Larsen, who will henceforth chair the new working group, said, “Migration at sea is without a doubt an issue that we will continue to follow very closely. Merchant vessels have rescued thousands of people at sea despite great risks for the safety and security of the migrants, crews and ships. Furthermore, the shipping world is still under threat from pirates in West and East Africa, with new hotspots emerging in South East Asia.”   The working group’s first meeting took place last week and was also attended by representatives from the European External Action Service, the European Commission, Member States’ NATO delegations and Frontex.   “We wish to establish and maintain good contacts with the relevant institutional stakeholders


Region’s Ports Vital Conduit for Africa-Asia Trade Development

Photo: World Ports & Trade Summit

Reciprocal growth opportunities as UAE builds on regional hub status and emerging African powerhouse nations look to develop world-class port operations using successful UAE model The continent of Africa will take center stage at the 2013 World Ports & Trade Summit, which takes place in Abu Dhabi from March 19-20, with a special focus session on day two of the event to examine opportunities in the region for both trade and infrastructure development.


USCG NMC Mariner Applicant E-Mail Service

The U.S. Coast Guard National Maritime Center located in Martinsburg, W.Va., launched a new service that will automatically send e-mail notifications to mariners informing them of their credential application status as it is being processed.  "This new automated service will help maintain confidence among mariners that their application is being actively worked by the Coast Guard,” said Capt. David Stalfort, the commanding officer of the National Maritime Center.


Oil Companies to Establish Arctic R&D Center

Rosneft and ExxonMobil jointly agree to develop tight oil reserves in Western Siberia & establish a joint 'Arctic Research Center for Offshore Developments' Rosneft and ExxonMobil agreed to expand and expedite joint efforts to develop oil reserves in tight low-permeability formations in Western Siberia using advanced technologies that ExxonMobil has successfully employed in North America. The other agreement signed will enable ExxonMobil to join the new Arctic Research Center


Raytheon Anschütz Innovations to Debut at SMM

Image: Raytheon Anschütz

German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz announced the launch of navigation system innovations as well as improvements to existing technologies for this year’s SMM. The world’s first IMO-certified Integrated Navigation System (INS), Synapsis Intelligent Bridge Control, will take the center stage at the Raytheon Anschütz booth. About two years after product launch, more than 100 Synapsis systems have been contracted and more than half of them are already


Modi Makes Waves in Indian Ocean

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offering prayers at the Naguleswaram Temple, in Jaffna, Sri Lanka (Photo by Press Information Bureau, Government of India)

 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived back home after five days tour of three Indian Ocean countries.  His tour has served to reclaim some of New Delhi’s lost footing in the area.   New Delhi accepts that India can less afford its past passivity regarding its maritime backyard. Tangible evidence is Narendra Modi's three-nation Indian Ocean tour.    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Indian Ocean sojourn -which took him to Seychelles


Fuels & Lubes: Fuel Oil Separation Takes Center Stage

While maritime security concerns are most assuredly the number one item topping marine vessel owner's agendas, environmental matters rank a close second. Port state authorities around the globe regularly levy millions of dollars in fines for illegal dumping and accidental spills, and the marine industry is under the microscope of public opinion, as vessel operations are scrutinized like never before. Microscopic is a very good word.


At SMM 2010 ‘Green’ Technologies Center Stage

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Last month MR’s Henrik Segercrantz traveled to Hamburg for an exclusive preview of the SMM 2010 exhibition. The SMM international trade fair for shipbuilding, machinery and marine technology will take place in Hamburg, Germany, on 7-10 September. This year much focus will be on environment-friendly technologies and products. The supporting program for SMM 2010 will for the first time this year include the Global Maritime Environmental Congress (gmec), and the Offshore Dialogue


Portland Hosts Annual Old Port Festival

Image: Portland and Maine dot com

 The 42nd Annual Old Port Festival kicked off in Portland, Maine, at 11 a.m. on Sunday with the  Kick Off Parade and continued all afternoon with amusement rides, music, crafts, activities and food, reports AP.   The parade is one of the signature events of the 42-year-old festival, which drew thousands of people into the Old Port on Sunday to hear bands play on six stages set up around the business district, dine on street food and take a spin on an amusement ride. 


Global Maritime take Center Stage @ Danish Forum

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The second Annual Danish Maritime Forum, scheduled for October 7-8, 2015, in Copenhagen, brings together a wealth of global maritime leaders to address present and long-term challenges for industry.   Discussions at this year’s Danish Maritime Forum are influenced by volatility in global markets and uncertainties about future growth and will focus on how the maritime industry can address these challenges in both the short and long term


Microsoft Sinking Data Center in the Pacific

Photo:  Microsoft

 Microsoft swims to ocean’s depth to test underwater data center as environmentally friendly cloud computing alternative. The software giant has dropped a data center into the Pacific Ocean off California.    Microsoft  gave details of its rationale for going underwater


EU Offshore Wind to Grow up to 2020

An offshore wind farm installation (file image: Siemens)

New capacity more than doubled in 2015 due backlog; existing projects to bring more expansion in coming years. Growth in new offshore wind capacity in Europe is to slow this year after more than doubling in 2015, an industry report said on Tuesday.


Drones Allow Surveys Without Scaffolds

Photo: DNV GL

DNV GL has completed several tests using drones to support hull surveys of vessels. Using drones to visually check the condition of remote structural components has the potential to significantly reduce survey times and staging costs, while at the same time improving safety for the surveyors


The Mississippi River and the 2016 Flood’s Impact on Dredging

Bonnet Carre’ Spillway Operation

The Mighty Mississippi River connects 31 states and 2 Canadian Provinces by a liquid superhighway that includes over 250 tributaries and features more miles of inland waterways than the rest of the world combined. As I contemplate my thoughts on the importance of this great river system


Carnival Corp. to Launch Four New Ships in 2016

ms Koningsdam (Photo: Holland America Line)

Eyeing expanding global cruise market, four of Carnival Corporation’s 10 brands prepare to add new ships in 2016   Carnival Corporation & plc will launch four new ships in 2016 across four of its global cruise brands. These additions are part of the 17 ships scheduled for delivery


Abu Dhabi Ports' Maqta Gateway Starts Operations

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

 Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone in the Emirate, has started initial trial operations of its Port Community System, ‘Maqta Gateway’, following the successful completion of Stage1 of the overall project development.


New Boat Delivered to Royal Bahamas Police Force

Photo: SAFE Boats

SAFE Boats International, a manufacturer of aluminum, patrol and response boats located in Bremerton, Wash., has manufactured and delivered two new 41-foot Center Console – Offshore Interceptors for the Royal Bahamas Police Force adding to its growing fleet of SAFE Boats.  


Mississippi River Seen Cresting in Tennessee, Arkansas this Weekend

The Mississippi River, a major artery for U.S. commercial barge traffic, was expected to crest in Tennessee on Friday and Arkansas over the weekend as it pushed south toward the Gulf of Mexico, officials said.   The river is predicted to rise just below 40 feet (12


Western Rivers High Water Closures, Restrictions - Update

Mississippi River Photo DNR

  The Coast Guard has issued a number of river closures, restrictions and advisories in response to floods in the midwest. To keep the public and professional mariners apprised of changes to river traffic, the 8th District will continue to issue press releases capturing all closures and


Warro-5 flows Gas Testing to Start

Warro Project Courtesy Transerv Energy

  Transerv Energy informed that fracture stimulation work has been successfully concluded at the Warro-5 well in WA’s Mid-West. The Warro-5 and Warro-6 wells are now being completed in preparation for long term gas testing. Warro-5 stimulation operations were completed on 7th


Maritime College Receives $750,000 from SUNY

(Photo: SUNY Maritime College)

The State University of New York yesterday awarded $750,000 from its Investment and Performance Fund to Maritime College to boost student success and completion rates. The grant was among the largest paid for with money from the fund.  


Coast Guard Western Rivers High Water Closures, Restrictions

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a number of river closures, restrictions and advisories in response to floods in the Midwest and South.   The following Coast Guard sectors have issued closures or restrictions:   Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River:


San Jacinto Maritime Technology and Training Center Now Open

Photo courtesy of The San Jacinto College

The San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus is now open for maritime training along the Port of Houston.   Located at 3700 Old State Highway 146 in La Porte, Texas, the 45,000-square-foot Maritime Technology and Training Center sits 14 feet above


Offshore Fracking: Accord Reached to stop offshore fracking in California

A conservation group said the federal government must stop approving offshore fracking from oil platforms in California's Santa Barbara Channel under the settlement of a lawsuit it filed. The group, the Center for Biological Diversity, in a lawsuit filed in U.S


More than 100 Graduate from SUNY Maritime

Morton Bouchard III, President & CEO of Bouchard Transportation

More than 100 students crossed the stage to receive their degrees at State University of New York Maritime College Jan. 29.   Graduates represent 15 fields of study, a quarter of them at the graduate level. More than 60 of them will also graduate with U.S






 
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