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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.


L-3 MSI to Equip Third Quantum Class Ship

L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) announced today that it has been awarded a contract to provide a range of navigation, lighting and communication systems for the third ship in Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum class. Built by Meyer Werft at its Papenburg shipyard in northern Germany, the 348-metre-long, 158,000-gross-ton ship is the sister vessel to Quantum of the Seassm, due to be delivered this year, and Anthem of the Seassm, to be launched in 2015


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


DBR Enters Turkish Market with Genset Delivery

Photo courtesy of DBR

DBR has successfully delivered four identical generator sets to Istanbul Shipyard. The generator sets will be installed on four vessels that the yard is constructing with an eye to delivery in 2015. “This is a groundbreaking contract for us as this is our first time we have worked with a Turkish yard,” says DBR Sales Manager Henri Hafkamp. “What’s more, Istanbul Shipyard is a very important player in the Turkish market.”


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


MN100: Metal Shark Boats

Photo: Metal Shark Boats

The Company: Metal Shark is a leading shipbuilder specializing in the design and production of boats and ships for military, law enforcement, fire rescue, and a wide spectrum of commercial applications. At its facilities in Franklin and Jeanerette, Louisiana


Tough Twins: New Fireboats for Port of Long Beach

(Photo: City of Long Beach)

Canada based naval architect and marine engineering firm Robert Allan Ltd. is a leading designer of high-performance response vessels of many types and in particular, large fireboats for major ports worldwide. In addition to the vessels’ outwardly obvious role of fighting fires


USCG Evaluates Comms Equipment in Alaska

Coast Guard R&D Center researchers board a helicopter as they prepare to evaluate remote Alaskan sites to establish a communications relay network. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Research & Development Center staff)

Coast Guard Research and Development Center evaluates state-of-the-art communications equipment and Next Generation Incident Command System in Alaska   At nearly 663,000 square miles, Alaska is the biggest state in the United States and over twice the size of Texas


MN100: Dometic

(Image: Dometic)

The Company: Dometic develops products that make life on the water more comfortable and productive. An engineering leader of innovative products for the global marine industry with the largest worldwide sales and service network, products include air conditioning, ventilation, air purification


Fire-stricken Ferry Moored Safely

Caribbean Fantasy is towed to Pier 15 in San Juan Harbor, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Aug. 20 (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Jasmine Mieszala)

The fire aboard the passenger vessel ferry Caribbean Fantasy has been extinguished, and the vessel has been moored safely at Pier 15 in San Juan Harbor, the U.S. Coast Guard said.   The fire broke out Wednesday, August 17, leading to the evacuation of 511 people from the ship.  


This Day In Naval History: August 19

Commissioning Program for USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79) held at Bath Iron Works, Bath ME on August 19, 2000.

1812 - The frigate USS Constitution captures the frigate HMS Guerriere, off Halifax, Nova Scotia after an intense battle.   1818 - Capt. James Biddle, as commanding officer of USS Ontario, takes possession of Oregon Territory for United States.  


500 Passengers Abandon Burning Ship In Caribbean Sea

Caribbean Fantasy. Photo: America Cruise Ferries

 More than 500 passengers and crew evacuated from burning Caribbean Fantasy, a combination cruise and ferry ship, about a mile off Puerto Rico’s north coast Wednesday, though there were no reported fatalities or life-threatening injuries.  


Hundreds Rescued from Ferry Ablaze off Puerto Rico

U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Hundreds of people were rescued from a smoldering passenger ferry ship that caught fire off Puerto Rico on Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.   The Coast Guard and local police brought ashore all 512 passengers and crew from the American Cruise Ferries vessel that was burning about two


Ferry Carrying 500 People Catches Fire Near San Juan, Puerto Rico

A passenger ferry with hundreds of passengers caught fire off Puerto Rico on Wednesday, and the U.S. Coast Guard and local crews were rescuing people aboard, officials said.   U.S. Coast Guard and local police were helping more than 500 passengers and crew members on the American Cruise


This Day In Naval History: August 16

Seadragon (SSN-584) is launched on August 16, 1958 (USN photo)

1822 - USS Grampus investigates and pursues a brig flying Spanish colors. When called upon to surrender, the privateer brig Palmyra from Puerto Rico fires cannon and musket fire. USS Grampus fires back on Palmyras broadsides reducing Palmyras rigging to a complete wreck


Russia Begins Naval Drill in Mediterranean near Syria

Photo:Russian Federation Defence Ministry

 The Russian military has begun a naval exercise in the eastern Mediterranean, off the coast of Syria, to test its ability to deal with "crisis situations caused by terrorist threats," according to a statement by the Russian Defense Ministry.  


Russia Starts Planned Naval Exercises in Eastern Med

Russia said on Monday it had started planned tactical exercises in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea to test the ability of the Navy to act in crisis situations of a terrorist nature. A naval strike group would carry out live-fire exercises according to a scenario that was "as


Custom Fireboat Delivered in Texas

Photo: Lake Assault Boats

Lake Assault Boats, manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific fire and rescue boats, has placed into service a 28-foot fireboat with the City of Conroe Fire Department in Conroe, Texas. The craft was delivered in mid-May.   Assistant fire chief for the City of Conroe Fire Department


Safe Carriage of Dangerous Goods in Containers

Photo: CMA CGM

 The International Group of P&I Clubs and the shipping line members of the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) have recently produced a new set of guidelines for the carriage of calcium hypochlorite in containers.   


Versatile Response Vessel from Russia

General arrangement drawing and renderings are courtesy of the Marine Engineering Bureau.

 A challenge for designers or an emergency response vessel is deciding to what type of emergency the boat will respond. The designers at the non-government Marine Engineering Bureau in Odessa Ukraine have fitted a very wide range of capabilities into their 31.73 by 9.7-meter tug






 
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