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Hyundai Heavy Completes Test for Ice-breaking Ore Carrier

Model Ship of Ice-breaking 190,000 DWT Iron Ore Carrier

Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world’s biggest shipbuilder, today announced the completion of the final performance test for a model ship of 190,000 DWT ice-breaking iron ore carriers at Institute for Ocean Technology in Canada. When the actual 190,000 DWT iron ore carrier is built, the iron ore carrier will be the world’s largest ice-breaking commercial ship. It will be able to navigate 1.7 m thick ice-covered waters with a speed of 6 knots. The ship will measure 310 m in length and 51 m in width. An ice-breaking commercial ship is a special-purpose ship built to navigate through ice-covered waters without the help of an icebreaker. The Hyundai Heavy ice-breaking iron ore carrier will be able to carry twice as much cargo as any existing ice-breaking commercial ship. Moreover, the ship can also move two times faster with 5% increased fuel efficiency. The ship will have a dual propulsion system equipped with two ring type propellers to increase mobility, a strengthened hull, and special shape to expedite ice-clearing. The demand for ice-breaking commercial ships is expected to increase as exploration of natural resources like natural gas, oil, and iron ore in the Polar regions is becoming easier. Travel distance can also be shortened by up to 40% between Asia and Europe when Arctic sailing routes are available. Hyundai Heavy has also been developing a special welding technology for polar LNG carrier tanks and LNG FPSO since June 2010


Ships Warned of Theft in Malacca, Singapore Straits

Photo: Indonesian Navy

 Sea Security Group has warned commercial ships passing through the Malacca and Singapore straits to be alert for possible theft by local people and pirates while traversing Asia's busiest straits, says a report in Jakarta Post.   Based on information from seafarers, the straits were vulnerable to theft by locals using pancung (small wooden boats).   The Indonesian Navy’s Western Armada Sea Security Group commander


NYT: Some Ships Get Coast Guard Tip Before Searches

The Saturday, May 20 edition of the New York Times includes an article stating that the US Coast Guard sometimes tips off commercial ships that the agency will be conducting a vessel security examination before the ship arrives in port. Souce: HK Law


NASSCO Named Prime Contractor

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a General Dynamics company, has been appointed the prime contractor on $17.4 million in research and development contracts awarded by the Maritech Advanced Shipbuilding Enterprise (ASE) program. In addition to Maritech awarded funds, industry participants will invest $23.5 million of their own funds in the projects for a total cost of $40.9 million. Leading a team of U.S


NASSCO Named Prime Contractor

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a General Dynamics company, has been appointed the prime contractor on $17.4 million in research and development contracts awarded by the Maritech Advanced Shipbuilding Enterprise (ASE) program. In addition to Maritech awarded funds, industry participants will invest $23.5 million of their own funds in the projects for a total cost of $40.9 million. Leading a team of U.S


ATC Receives $500,000 in LRAD Orders

American Technology Corporation (ATC) (NASDAQ: ATCO), a provider of directed sound products and technologies, announced it has received new LRAD orders from the U.S. Army and a commercial shipping customer. The orders, totaling approximately $500,000, are scheduled to ship this quarter. The U.S. Army ordered the additional LRAD 500X systems for deployment and for operational testing and evaluation as part of its Acoustic Hailing Device (AHD) program


Combating Terrorism: Observations on National Strategies

The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) delivered testimony before the Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations of the House Committee on Government Reform entitled Combating Terrorism: Observations on National Strategies Related to Terrorism


CAE's Marine Division Wins Contracts Worth $12.5M

CAE's marine division has signed contracts with a number of commercial marine customers around the world for a total value of more than $12.5M. In the largest of the contracts, CAE has been selected by Croatia's Brodosplit Shipyard to supply both CAE Damatic(TM) automation systems as well as an integrated navigation system with voyage data recorders and bridge consoles for six P-MAX tankers contracted by STENA. CAE Damatic automation systems enable a single crewman to have full control


American Shipbuilding Industry Poised For 21st Century

The American Shipbuilding Association (ASA) represents the six largest shipbuilding companies in the United States: Avondale Industries, LA; Bath Iron Works, ME; Electric Boat, CT and RI; Ingalls Shipbuilding, MS; National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, CA; and Newport News Shipbuilding, VA and CA. These shipbuilders are the largest private manufacturing firms in five states and represent hundreds of thousands of supplier manufacturing jobs in 46 states.


Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Delivers 12th Product Tanker

Photo courtesy Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (Oslo: AKPS), a leading U.S. commercial shipyard, delivered to American Shipping Company (Oslo: AMSC) the shipyard’s twelfth Veteran Class MT-46 product tanker. The 46,000 dwt vessel, named the Overseas Tampa, will leave the shipyard in the coming days under the operation of Overseas Shipping Group (OSG) to transport petroleum products. The on schedule delivery of this ship marks the successful conclusion of a historic shipbuilding program that began in April


USCG Flush Ice down River Systems to Facilitate Shipping

courtesy USCG

  The Coast Guard cutter fleet is flushing ice through the Great Lakes river systems to prevent ice jams and facilitate commercial shipping as the shipping season begins and the ice on the Great Lakes dissipates. Ice breaking operations, above freezing-temperatures


USCG Conducting Ice Flushing Operations

 The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay conducts ice-flushing operations in the St. Clair River, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Ice flushing operations help keep brash ice from forming and encourages the flow of ice down river preventing possible flood situations. U.S. Coast Guard video by USCGC Bristol Bay.

  The Coast Guard cutter fleet is flushing ice through the Great Lakes river systems to prevent ice jams and facilitate commercial shipping as the shipping season begins and the ice on the Great Lakes dissipates.   Ice breaking operations, above freezing-temperatures


Affordable SATCOM for Workboat Applications

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SATCOM edges closer to providing standardized services to the workboat sector. It’s affordable now and someday soon, you won’t be able to afford to be without it. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia-based JouBeh Technologies today makes it possible for far flung workboats to transmit critical data


Entertainment on the High Seas

Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat Maritime President

  Those on commercial shipping vessels will no longer have to wait until they reach dry land to catch-up on the latest films, sports and news as Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has today launched its latest service, Fleet Media


NOAA to Boost Arctic Nautical Charting

NOAA officers aboard one of the smaller survey vessels contemplate the vastness of the Chukchi Sea during the NOAA Ship Fairweathers reconnaissance survey in 2013. (Credit: NOAA)

NOAA plans increased 2015 Arctic nautical charting operations, coordinating with U.S. Coast Guard for safe shipping route from Unimark Pass through Bering Strait    As commercial shipping traffic increases in the Arctic, NOAA informs it is taking steps to update nautical charts in the


Sonardyne's IDS Teseted in Naval Exercises

Photo courtesy of Sonardyne

Diver detection sonar technology developed by Sonardyne International Ltd, UK, has played a part in a international exercise organized to train naval forces in mine countermeasures, maritime security operations and harbor protection operations.


KVH Increases Mini-VSAT Broadband Network Capacity

Image courtesy of KVH Industries

                  KVH Industries, Inc. has completed several capacity increases for its mini-VSAT Broadband network to support heightened demand from customers engaged in a wide range of commercial maritime activities around the world


Japan-EU Ties for Anti-Piracy

Image by European External Action Service

 Japan and the European Union are strengthening antipiracy cooperation in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia, helping an international mission to reduce the number of attacks by pirates on commercial vessels to just two in 2014 from 174 in 2011, Japan’s Jiji Press news agency reported.


Maritime Piracy - A Global Headache

Source: CIMSEC

The maritime environment has presented a complex and challenging operating environment for all of human history. Piracy has been the most dangerous threat for seafarers.    The first prize winner of 2015 CIMSEC (Center for International Maritime Security) High School Essay Contest


Orbit to Supply VSAT Systems to Asian Navy

Image: ORBIT Communication Systems

ORBIT Communication Systems Ltd., a  provider of mission-critical communication solutions for land, sea and air platforms, has received an order to supply its new OceanTRx4 maritime satellite communication systems to an Asian Navy. 


Training Coastguards is Key to Tackling Piracy

Photo: EU Naval Force

Training and mentoring of coastguards in Africa, Middle East and South East Asia is essential if coastal nations are to have effective control over their Territorial Waters and Economic Zones, says maritime security company Maritime Asset Security & Training Ltd (MAST).  


Danish Pleasure Craft Safety Board Gets A New Head

Jan Thorn

  From 1 February 2015 a new chairman will head the Danish Pleasure Craft Safety Board. The new incumbent is Jan Thorn, who is in his everyday work Director of the Danish Maritime Authority’s division “Aids to Navigation” that is striving to enhance safety at sea for


Winners of Walter B. Jones Memorial Awards Named

Sunset over the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve in Florida. One of the 2014 Walter B. Jones Awards was given for research in the reserve. (Credit Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve)

  Eleven individuals and organizations have been named as winners of the 2014 Walter B. Jones Memorial Awards for Excellence in Coastal Ocean Resource Management, an award given by NOAA’sOffice for Coastal Management for exemplary leadership and a commitment to balancing the human use


China Eyes Africa for its Maritime Silk Road

Picture courtesy: China Shipping Container Lines Co

 Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who is visiting Africa, has accelerated its drive to draw the continent into the Maritime Silk Road — Beijing’s ambitious transcontinental initiative, reports The Hindu.  The core of the "One Belt and One Road" initiative


Landmark STS LNG Transfer Achieved

Image: STS LNG Transfer (courtesy Exelerate Energy)

Excelerate Energy Performs 700th Ship-to-Ship Transfer of LNG.   Excelerate Energy L.P. (Excelerate) completed its 700th commercial Ship-to-Ship (STS) transfer of LNG on January 7, 2015 in Escobar, Argentina at the GNL Escobar LNG import facility






 
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