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AFMA Moves to Strengthen Seabird Safety


Being followed by an albatross is considered to bring good luck to mariners but the birds themselves aren’t always so lucky when trying to pick up a free feed from fishing boats. To better protect seabirds from fishing gear, AFMA has been working with the fishing industry to develop new devices for fishers to use. Following successful sea trials of two new devices led by the South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association (SETFIA) and the Great Australian Bight Fishing Industry Association (GABIA), the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has approved two new seabird mitigation devices, the “bird baffler” and “sprayer”, for use by fishers. The sea trials showed dramatic reduction in seabird interactions when using either of these two devices. Given this fantastic result, from 1 May 2017, all vessels in the South East Trawl and Great Australian Bight Trawl fisheries must use one of the following mitigation devices: Sprayers Bird bafflers Pinkies with zero discharge of fish waste. The new requirements will be mandated from the start of the 2017/18 fishing season to give operators time to make modifications to their boats, but AFMA encourages operators to fit the new devices or move to zero discharge of fish waste when using “pinkies”, as soon as possible.

Coast Guard Seeking Applications for CFIVSAC

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking applications for appointment to the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Advisory Committee (CFIVSAC), which was established as a result of the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Act of 1988 to provide advice to the Coast Guard on commercial fishing safety-related issues. The CFIVSAC is comprised of 17 members who serve a three-year term. Applications will be considered for six positions. The following positions

New Shipbuilding Industrial Park Planned

Hock Seng Lee Bhd (HSL) will develop a shipbuilding industrial zone in the new township of Tanjung Manis in central Sarawak. The proposed 142 hectacre zone will cater for the construction, repair and maintenance of ships and other related downstream activities. HSL signed a memorandum of understanding with Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corp (STIDC), which owns the land, for the proposed joint-venture project.

Wake Up Call for Fatigued Seafarers

A wake up call for fatigued seafarers Recent research by the New Zealand Maritime Safety Authority (MSA) has shown fatigue at sea to be of concern, with half of those seafarers surveyed reporting being fatigued on at least on one of their last five trips. Fatigue has also been a causal factor in several recent vessel groundings. An MSA-led working group is now working with the industry to provide guidelines and policy for owners, operators and employees to better manage fatigue.

US Fishermen Seek Federal Action against Illegal Fishing

Florida Rep. David Jolly listens to Mark Hubbard, CEO of Hubbards Marina in Johns Pass, Fla., explain how foreign illegal fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is hurting commercial fishing throughout the Gulf region. (Photo: Gulf Coast Leadership Conference)

Gulf of Mexico fishermen are threatened by a daily wave of foreign illegal fishing vessels and the U.S. fishing industry is calling on Congress to take action, Florida business owners said April 8 at an event hosted by the Gulf Coast Leadership Conference.   Mexican fishing boats enter U.S. sovereign waters and illegally poach hundreds to thousands of fish at a time. Although the U.S. Coast Guard and Gulf state maritime law enforcement agencies have taken aggressive action to find and

Investing in Unsustainable EU Fishing is Risky

Why Smart Investors Must Avoid Unsustainable Seafood Operations

  Recent changes to EU fishing and seafood legislation means that the financing of fishing operations reliant on overexploited stocks, or the use of destructive or unselective methods will prove a high risk to investors, Greenpeace warned today. The newly published Greenpeace briefing “Risky Business - Why Smart Investors Must Avoid Unsustainable Seafood Operations” outlines how a culture of overfishing

New Zealand Works To Fix NZ Refining's Clog Up

New supplies of diesel would be in place at all New Zealand marine fueling stations by Friday, replacing stocks of fuel affected by an additive that clogs engine filters, NZ Refining Co. said on Tuesday. Many New Zealand fishing boats have been kept in port by the fuel scare while motorists were also reporting problems, because of an additive inserted at NZ Refining's refinery, which affected 350 million liters of diesel that had been produced since March; The company supplies more than 90

Canada Invests $18.4m in Small Harbors

The Government of Canada invests in Newfoundland and Labrador's small craft harbors Senator Fabian Manning, on behalf of the Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced an $18.4 million investment in improvement projects at small craft harbors in Newfoundland and Labrador. In addition to supporting a number of repair and re-dredging projects as well as technical studies that will be carried out at small craft harbors throughout the province this year

MAN 32/44CR Engine US EPA Certified

Image: MAN Diesel & Turbo library photo of the MAN 32/44CR engine

MAN Diesel & Turbo announced that its MAN 32/44 Common Rail engine family (rated power: 3,600 – 12,000 kW) has received U.S. EPA Certification, a requirement for all engines installed aboard U.S.-flagged vessels. Chuck Griffith, Sales Manager, MAN Diesel & Turbo, North America, said, “This certification is a significant step in our four-stroke, marine-engine strategy for the U.S. market. The engine family has been certified US EPA Tier 2 for Category 3 engines and builds

Trawler Almost Capsized by British Submarine

The trawler Karen. Photo Credit: MAIB

 Royal Navy incompetence put an Irish trawler crew at risk after one of its submarines became snagged in a net and nearly capsized the ship.   The nuclear-powered sub was sailing out of Faslane on the Clyde in April 2015 when it snagged the Karen's fishing gear between Ardglass and the Isle of Man.   The Irish trawler Karen, which had four crew aboard, was pulled backwards and under the water for 30 seconds before the net snapped.  

Samskip Acquires Euro Container Line AS

Norway Ports Map (Photo: Samskip)

Samskip has completed the acquisition of Euro Container Lines AS, building on a strategy for growth in the Nordic area to make its largest ever acquisitive move in Norway.   The ECL acquisition aims to strengthen Samskip’s position in the Norwegian market by enhancing the speed and

MobileOps Pursuing Maritime Business

(Image: MobileOps)

Redmond, Wash. based MobileOps, Inc., a software company specializing in the design and development of maritime software applications (dispatch, safety, compliance, vessel maintenance, timecards and analytics), has recently reformed and is now pursuing further business development within the tug

New Vessel Aims to Transform the Fishing Industry

Photo: Blue North

Seattle-based company Blue North has christened F/V Blue North, a state-of-the-art vessel designed to transform the fishing industry by improving conditions for workers, reducing environmental impact and harvesting seafood more humanely.  

Rolls-Royce Designs Stern Trawlers for Two Greenland Firms

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Two stern trawlers of Rolls-Royce design are contracted to be built by the Freire Shipyard in Spain. The two vessels, both designed for catching shrimp, have been ordered by Greenland based ship owners Qajaq Trawl and Polar Seafood.  

Rolls-Royce Delivers Design for Spanish Stern Trawler

Image: Rolls-Royce

Norwegian shipbuilding company Kleven has been awarded a contract for a fishing stern trawler ordered by the Spanish company Pesquera Ancora S.L.U. to be designed and equipped by Rolls-Royce.   The vessel is of Rolls-Royce’s NVC 374 WP design and is scheduled to be delivered from

Israel Extends Maritime Space for Gaza Fishermen

Photo: COGAT

 Israel has extended the distance it permits Gaza fishermen to head out to sea along certain parts of the coastline of the enclave, which is run by the Islamist terror group Hamas, reports Reuters.   Fishermen in Gaza are now sailing further from the coastal territory after Israel

Indonesia Blows Up 23 Foreign Fishing Boats


 Indonesian authorities sank 23 foreign fishing boats on Tuesday (Apr 5), saying they were "operating illegally in the archipelago's vast waters in continuation efforts for anti-poaching", China's Xinhua news agency reported.   

RSC Bio Solutions Hydraulic Fluids Earn MAN Approval

RSC Bio Solutions announced that its EnviroLogic 3068 and EnviroLogic 3100 high performance hydraulic fluids have been approved for use in MAN Diesel & Turbo systems. This approval allows RSC Bio Solutions to serve customers who have MAN stern tubes and propellers

Red Tide Outbreak Widens in Threat to Fishing Industry

A "red tide" outbreak is widening in southern Chile's fishing-rich waters, the government said on Wednesday, deepening what is already believed to be one of the country's worst environmental crises in recent years.   The red tide - an algal bloom that turns the sea water red and

Canada Invests $289 Mln in Harbor Improvements

Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced that the Government of Canada is investing $289 million in small craft harbors across the country in 2016-2017.   The announcement includes $32 million of the $149 million allocated to small craft harbors in

Barillec Highlights its VarShaft System in Amsterdam

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On the occasion of Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam, Barillec will focus on its VarShaft system, whose first prototype is now available in its showroom in Concarneau. VarShaft has been developed to improve energy efficiency of fishing boats and other service vessels.  

World's First Offshore Fish Farm Rig

(Image: Rolls-Royce)

World's First Offshore Fish Farm Rig: Designed by Global Maritime - Owned by SalMar - Built by Qingdao Wuchuan Heavy Industries - Moored by Rolls-Royce   Rolls-Royce signed a contract for the construction and delivery of an eight point mooring system to the world’s first offshore fish

Vessel Design: A More Efficient Stern Trawler

Wärtsilä VS 6215 ST (Image: Wärtsilä)

A new stern trawler design from Wärtsilä aims to reduce fuel consumption and notably increase overall vessel efficiency.   Wärtsilä Ship Design’s new 82-meter-long Wärtsilä VS 6215 ST emphasizes seakeeping and stability and leverages a unique aft ship

Ghana's Vessel Tracking Deal for exactEarth


exactEarth Ltd. has been selected by the Fisheries Commission (West Africa Regional Fisheries Programme), an agency of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD) of the Government of Ghana, for the provision of Satellite AIS data services as well as a small vessel tracking

Kleven to Build Fish Harvesting Vessel for DESS Aqua

Photo courtesy of  Kleven

Kleven has signed a contract with DESS Aqua, a joint venture company established by Marine Harvest Norway and Deep Sea Supply, on the building of a fish harvesting vessel for carrying salmon from fish farms to processing plants. The vessel will be delivered from Myklebust Verft in March 2018

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