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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


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


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


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.


Raytheon Anschütz Innovations to Debut at SMM

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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


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

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 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


China's Ying Kou Port Group chairman sentenced to 14 years for bribery

The chairman of China's Ying Kou Port Group was sentenced to 14 years in prison for accepting around 26.8 million yuan ($3.86 million) in bribes, said the official Xinhua news agency on Saturday. President Xi Jinping has waged a widespread campaign to wipe out systemic corruption since he came


Tarbit Upgrades Its Safety Management System

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Swedish tanker company Tarbit has signed a contract with Logimatic to implement SERTICA on its entire fleet.    Tarbit currently operates 14 tanker vessels and has ordered two new vessels, which brings them to a total fleet of 16 vessels in 2017


Metal Shark Makes Multiple Latin American, Caribbean Deliveries

The PRPD testing one of its new Metal Shark 36 Fearless patrol boats in the Atlantic Ocean near San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo: Metal Shark)

Louisiana-based boatbuilder Metal Shark has announced several new contracts with Latin American and Caribbean operators, further expanding the company’s presence in the region. At a recent ceremony with Puerto Rico’s Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla in San Juan


Trelleborg Expands Its Marine Operations in India

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Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has relocated and almost doubled the size of its engineering and design center of excellence in a new 1,000 square meter premises in Ahmedabad, India. Since 2009, the marine center of excellence has provided detailed engineering design


India Plans to Increase Submarine Fleet

Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. Photo Official FB Page

 Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the country must rethink its submarine building plan and look for greater numbers than the existing plan of making 24 submarines.   "Indian Navy needs to rethink its submarine building plans and should look for more number of


[Op/Ed] WRDA: Dredging up Progress

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Digging out the small ports and harbors that serve as the on-ramps to the maritime super highway is important work.   We support the WRDA language that makes our water commerce system work productively. The Presidentially-appointed Mississippi River Commission in its public meetings


UK Royal Navy Contracts SEA for Sonar Support

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Cohort plc company SEA won a contract by the UK Ministry of Defense (UK MoD) to provide support to a range of UK Royal Navy acoustic and sonar underwater systems fitted to the surface and sub-surface fleets. The two year deal to deliver the MoD Underwater Systems Architecture Advisory Service


India for Optimum Utilization of Shipping Sector

Indian Prime Minister Naredra Modi. Photo: Official FB Page

 The Ministry of Shipping, India has prepared a Vision Document for “Coastal Shipping, Tourism and Regional Development” for optimum utilization of the shipping sector and coastal resources.   The document envisages increasing the share of Coastal/Inland water transportation


Researchers Develop Underwater Observatory

Spotting the Zooplankton Observatory near Heligoland from the ship Neuwerk. (Photo Alfred Wegener Institute)

The vastness of the sea and its sometimes harsh conditions often pose a challenge to marine researchers. In the North Sea near Heligoland, scientists from the Thünen Institute for Sea Fishing, the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and the Helmholtz Center Geesthacht (HZG) have now installed an


El Faro's Master: 'We're gettin' conflicting reports'

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The captain of a U.S.-flagged cargo ship that sank near the Bahamas last year, killing all 33 onboard, told a crew member that there was confusion about the location of the storm that doomed the vessel, a transcript released on Tuesday shows.


Implementation of Emission Control Areas in China

Photo:  European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 The Standard Club reported on the regulations issued by the Ministry of Transport of China which designated three emission control areas (ECAs) in its territorial waters.   As mentioned therein, the implementation of low sulphur fuel is divided into stages in order to gradually


Hyundai Heavy Focuses on Technology-Centered Management Innovation

Lee Jae-myung (left) and Kang Hwan-goo are holding the signed MOU. Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s biggest shipbuilder, announced today it will accelerate technology-centered management innovation with the establishment of Integrated HHI Group R&D Center and the creation of Technology/ICT Strategy and Planning team.  


White House ‘Playing Politics’ Arctic Drilling Ban -AEC

Lucas Frances, (Photo: Arctic Energy Center)

The Obama Administration announced that it will ban offshore oil and gas development throughout much of the U.S. Arctic. Under the authority of a provision in a 1953 law, the decision designates "the bulk of the Arctic” indefinitely off limits.  


Woman Medevaced from Cruise Ship

MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter Photo USCG

The Coast Guard medevaced a 36-year-old woman from the cruise ship Norwegian Dawn 110 miles south of Southwest Pass, Louisiana, Thursday. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report at 3:20 p.m. that a cruise ship crewmember, Shirlee Magsino


EXMAR, VOPAK Ink FSRU Business Deal

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Following the announcement on 2 September 2016 that EXMAR and Vopak had started exploratory discussions on floating LNG storage and regasification, an important milestone has been reached being the signing of an agreement on the acquisition of the FSRU business of EXMAR by Vopak and the possible






 
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