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Pilots Push to Avert Ships of Shame

A leading maritime company has launched a push to prevent hundreds of dangerous, unseaworthy ships from being detained at Australian ports. Australian Reef Pilots (ARP) has started providing ship safety audits at overseas ports to assess whether foreign ships bound for Australia are up to standard. ARP General Manager Alan Maffina said the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) aimed to randomly inspect about 80% of vessels calling at Australian ports and would not hesitate to delay any that were not up to scratch. “195 foreign ships were detained in the year to May,” Maffina said. “Most were held for a few days but several were tied up for more than a week and one was kept idle for 47 days while its faults were fixed. “These ships were found to have hundreds of deficiencies including defective air vents, broken fire extinguishers and out-dated charts. “It is alarming when AMSA inspectors reveal that crews are unable to launch life boats or close engine room fire dampers.” ARP’s new inspection service aims to find the faults so they can be repaired before the ships reach Australia, saving time and reducing the risk of an accident. “We are proud that Australia’s Port State Control is one of the world’s strictest regimes,” Maffina said. “It needs to be to protect our precious marine environments from any unnecessary threat.


Seven Foreign Ships Detained in U.K. in July

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced that seven foreign ships were under detention in UK ports during July 2004 after failing Port State Control safety inspection. Latest monthly figures show that there were 5 new detentions of foreign flagged ships in UK ports during July 2004, along with 2 other ships still under detention from previous months. This represents a decrease of 2 new detentions in comparison to June. The overall rate of detentions compared


Incat Delivers Milenium Tres

Incat recently delivered a new 321-ft. (98 m) wave piercing catamaran to one of Spain’s largest shipping companies, Acciona Trasmediterránea. Milenium Tres is the sixth Incat high speed catamaran to join an Acciona Trasmediterránea fleet which already includes the 314-ft. (96 m) Milenium and the 321-ft. Milenium Dos, both of which have been operating on the Spanish mainland-Balearic Islands links since 2000 and 2003 respectively


Geislinger Unveils New Building

CEO Cornelius Geislinger, Architect Dr. Volkmar Burgstaller and managing director Matthias Geislinger More than 270 participants attended the inauguration of the new Geislinger premises. A guided tour through the headquarters and assembly facilities expressed the Geislinger-philosophy, "Couplings and Dampers. Built to last." "The new building should provide a new, expressive home to the Geislinger brand, thus creating an enhanced recognition of Geislinger in the public


Companies Collaborate to Find Cool Solutions

Arcturus launch

Dometic’s HVAC systems fit right into the dual purpose of providing comfortable workboat environments while also protecting vital equipment. Both tasks go hand in hand and collaboration between parties is the key. An efficient and reliable HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system on board commercial vessels is essential. In difficult and often extreme operating conditions, the system will provide a comfortable and healthy work environment for crew and also protect vital


West Pierce Fire and Rescue Commission M2-37 Rescue Boat

Photo: Moose Boats

Moose Boats, a boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area, delivered a M2-37 Catamaran Fire Rescue Boat to West Pierce Fire and Rescue in University Place, WA. The new 2,000 Gallon Per Minute rated 37 foot vessel is the most powerful M2 Series fire fighting boat that Moose Boats has built to date. The all aluminum catamaran is powered by twin 425hp Cummins turbo diesel engines coupled to twin Hamilton 292 water-jets with dual 1,000 Gallon Per Minute Hale Fire Pumps


Moose Boats Awarded New Contract

City of New Orleans CBRNE Fire Rescue Vessel

Moose Boats Awarded New Contract for City of New Orleans CBRNE Fire Rescue Vessel. Moose Boats, a boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area, has been awarded a new contract from the New Orleans Fire Department for the construction of a M3-36 Monohull CBRNE Fire Rescue Boat. The M3 is a new product line for Moose Boats and incorporates the builder’s established design and quality reputation in a more compact platform than the M1 and M2 Catamaran Vessels.


Autronica Fire and Security AS: New Greek Distributor Appointed

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Autronica Fire and Security AS has appointed Kaminco as its new distributor in Greece and Cyprus. Kaminco, a supplier of products and services to Greek shipyards and owners for nearly 50 years, became responsible for the entire Autronica product portfolio, including gas detection, fire detection and fire suppression systems, as of 28th of February 2011. Autronica's sophisticated fire safety systems will join Kaminco's extensive offering to the Greek market, which currently includes


Wärtsilä Opens Service Workshop in Vietnam

Inauguration of the new Wärtsilä workshop in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Mr Clas-Eirik Strand, Chairman of the board of Wärtsilä Vietnam, cuts the ribbon. Wärtsilä Corporation opened a new, fully-equipped service workshop close to Saigon port in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This is part of Wärtsilä's development of its business activities in the Vietnamese shipping, shipbuilding and power industries. Wärtsilä recently opened a new branch office in Hanoi.


SeaArk Fire/Rescue Boat for Wilder Fire Department, KY

Photo courtesy SeaArk Marine, Inc.

SeaArk Marine, Inc. has delivered a 26-ft Utility Series (Little Giant) all-welded aluminum fire/rescue boat to the Wilder, KY Fire Department.  The boat features a heavy duty “cathedral” multi-vee hull that produces a fast, smooth, dry ride and provides a stable fire fighting platform.  These characteristics were high priority items required by the Wilder Fire Department in order to meet required fast response times and capability for all-weather fire fighting and


Hellfire Missile Firing a First for New Navy Helicopters

Helicopters successfully fired its Hellfire Missile

  The Royal Australian Navy’s newest maritime combat helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’, has successfully fired its first ‘Hellfire’ missile in the United States. The AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missile was fired by Navy’s 725 Squadron from


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 30

USS Indianapolis (CA-35) preparing to leave Tinian after delivering atomic bomb components, circa July 26, 1945. She was sunk on July 30 while en route to the Philippines. (Donation of Major Harley G. Toomey, Jr., USAF(Retired), 1971, who took this photograph. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph)

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 30 1918 - Units of First Marine Aviation Force arrive at Brest, France 1941 - Japanese aircraft bomb USS Tutuila (PR-4) at Chungking, China; First Navy ship damaged by Axis during World War II. 1942 - Franklin D


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 29

Crew members fight a series of fires and explosions on the carrier USS Forrestals after flight deck, in the Gulf of Tonkin, 29 July 1967. The conflagration took place as heavily-armed and fueled aircraft were being prepared for combat missions over North Vietnam. (Official U.S. Navy Photograph.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 29 1846 - Sailors and Marines from U.S. sloop Cyane capture San Diego, Calif. 1918 - Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt visits Queenstown, Ireland 1945 - U.S. warships bombard Hamamatsu, Japan.


Better Operational News from Fugro

Fugro Saltire: Photo courtesy of the owners

Fugro says that (an as yet unidentified vessel) recently affected by a fire is back in operation. The total time out of operation amounted to seven weeks. Secondly, the company also confirmed that a divers strike in Brazil has reached a negotiated settlement and the divers have


Worrying Trend of Tanker Hijacks in SE Asian Waters: IMB

  The Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) raises concerns over a worrying trend of small tanker hijacks in its 2014 half yearly report. Globally, 116 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships have been


QinetiQ Signs Contract with ASV

Photo: ASV

QinetiQ, as part of a new Marine Surface Target Service, has signed a contract with Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV) for the supply and operational support of autonomous surface target vessels.    The partnership is part of a new initiative enabling QinetiQ's Marine Surface


Seven NATO Countries End Black Sea War Games

ITS RIMINI berthing alongside ITS AVIERE in port in Burgas, Bulgaria before taking part in Exercise Breeze 2014 (Photo courtesy of HQ MARCOM Public Affairs Office)

Seven NATO countries completed naval exercises in the Black Sea on Thursday, officials said, in a signal of the alliance's resolve to support east European members who have been unnerved by Russia's behavior in the Ukraine crisis. Though scheduled before the crisis erupted


Second WTS Firefighting System for Prospector

Prospector 1 arrives by ship in the Cromarty Firth. (Photo courtesy of WTS)

Successful retrofit to first newbuilding sees Aberdeen-based owner specify further Low Expansion Foam system for second China-built jack-up. Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions (WTS) has received a repeat order to install its Unitor Low Expansion Foam fire extinguishing system on a second jack-up


Workers Shutter Israeli Port after Rocket Fire

Workers at a major Israeli seaport in the southern city of Ashdod suspended operations on Tuesday following heavy rocket fire from the nearby Gaza Strip. Violence has flared in recent days across the Israel-Gaza border, and the Israeli military said on Tuesday its Iron Dome defense system shot


USCG Rescues Stranded Hiker Near Seaside, Ore

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., hoisted a hiker who became trapped along the Ecola State Park cliffs by the incoming tide in Seaside, Ore., July 6, 2014.  While there was no report of injury, the hiker was taken to Seaside Airport where she met with local fire rescue.

  The Coast Guard hoisted a female hiker who became trapped along the Ecola State Park cliffs by the incoming tide south of Seaside, Oregon, Sunday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Oregon, received a report from local authorities of a stranded hiker


Durastic Supplies North Sea Oil Platform in Korea

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Marine flooring manufacturer Durastic has supplied a range of its specialist products to Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea to help build a major new North Sea oil platform for BP. Durastic, which has sites in Liverpool, Jarrow and Southampton, U.K


Moose Boats to Build Fireboat for Bellingham

Image courtesy of Moose Boats

Moose Boats, a boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area, has been awarded a contract from Bellingham Fire Department in Washington State for the construction of a M2-38 Catamaran CBRN Emergency Response and Recovery Vessel.


Vigor Fab to Build Fireboat for San Francisco FD

Vigor Fab secured a contract to construct a fireboat for the San Francisco Fire Department (Image courtesy of Vigor Industrial)

Vigor Fab has been awarded a contract to build a fireboat for the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD). Construction of the 88’x’25x’14’ vessel is scheduled to begin this fall in Seattle. Designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants, the fireboat will have a top speed of 11


Ocean Safety Sees Big Boost in Gas Business

Gas refilling and service centre at Ocean Safety, Southampton

Ocean Safety said it has been busy since gaining Lloyds Register approval to carry out hydrostatic pressure testing in accordance with TPED (Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive) and things are only set to get busier. During the past year Ocean Safety has noticed a steady increase in business


Slew of New SOLAS Amendments Come into Force

Ships lifeboat: Photo IMO

IMO informs that new requirements under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) to require all ships to have plans and procedures to recover persons from the water are among a set of SOLAS amendments that came into force on 1 July 2014






 
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