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Strategic Marine Delivers 4 Crewboats

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The vessels Gelatik, Peregrin, Cocabora and Colibri 1, on order from Indonesia’s Baruna Raya, have recently been delivered ahead of schedule by Strategic Marine’s Singapore yard. Series Specifications: Type of vessel    Offshore Crewboat In survey to    +A1 HSC, CREWBOAT +AMS Home port    Indonesia Owner    PT. Baruna Raya Logistics Operator    PT. Baruna Raya Logistics Designer    Strategic Marine / Southerly Designs CAD software    Maxsurf / Microstation Builder    Strategic Marine (S) Pte Ltd Hull construction material    Aluminium Superstructure construction material    Aluminium Deck construction material    Aluminium, Timber sheathed Length (o.a.)    101.7 ft Beam    24.6 ft Draught    7.2 ft Tonnage/s    GRT 179 t, NRT 53 t Engine Make    Cummins Number of Engines    Three Engine Model    KTA 38 M2 Rating    1200 BHP @ 1800rpm Gearbox Make    Twin Disc Gearbox Model    MGX 6690SC Reduction Ratio    2:47:1 Auxiliary generator/s    Cummins 6BT 5.9D (M) 80ekw Steering system fwd station    electrically powered hydraulic system


Transas Equips New Ice-breaker

The ceremony to launch the new ice-breaker “Fesko Sakhalin” for Far Eastern Shipping Company (FESCO).built at the Finnish shipyard Aker Finnyards took place in May. The new ice-breaker is a part of A unique technical feature of this vessel is the absence of a helm. It is replaced by propellers (AZIPOD), which rotate 360 degrees; this enables the vessel to hold position without anchors, to move through ice in either direction


ACL Award from Compass Minerals

American Commercial Lines Inc. (NASDAQ: ACLI) announced that it has received the 2009-2010 Service Excellence Award from Compass Minerals. The award was presented by Compass Minerals to 18 of its approximately 350 logistics providers at a banquet at the company's headquarters in Overland Park, Kan. on April 28. Recipients of the Service Excellence Award were selected for consistent service excellence, innovation, and logistics solutions during a two-step panel review process


Galtex Pilots Third Boat From Gladding-Hearn

Photo courtesy Gladding-Hearn

Galveston-Texas City pilots have taken delivery of its third pilot boat, a new sister-ship to the 30 knot, 70-ft launch, built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, less than four years ago.  Designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates, the all-aluminum vessel measures 70 ft over-all, with a 21-ft beam and a shallow three ft nine inch draft.  The new launch is powered by twin Cummins QSK38-M diesel engines


Boat Beacon App Now Android Capable

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Boat Beacon App, for smartphones & tablets now on Android following its success on iPhone; improves safety at sea for boaters. Mariners can now use their Android devices to keep a watch on nearby boats along busy coastlines while enabling other boatsto follow their current location using Boat Beacon Maps and Global Marine AIS systems. The Boat Beacon app, developed by a skipper for other skippers, does not require an external AIS receiver or transponder equipment and provides


Raytheon Anschütz do Brasil Wins OSV Contracts

Standard 22 Gyro Compass System

Raytheon Anschütz do Brasil reports a number of contract awards for the supply of gyro compass and autopilot systems to new offshore platform supply vessels built at Brazilian shipyards. The largest contract covers four shipsets, each with a fully equipped triple Standard 22 gyro compass system, repeater compasses and Anschütz PilotStar D autopilot system, for four newbuilt Platform Supply Vessels, followed by various contracts for DP2-classed gyro systems


Workboat with Luxury Fittings Delivered by UK Shipyard

Windfarm Support Ship Iceni Pride: Photo courtesy of South Boats

South Boats deliver windfarm support catamaran with leather, teak fittings, for VIP guest accommodation for operator Iceni Marine Services South Boats Special Projects Ltd. announces the commissioning of its 54th offshore wind farm crew transfer vessel, ‘Iceni Pride’. The vessel is a South Catamaran 13m Rapid Response Vessel (RRV) built to fulfil a 5 year contract Iceni Marine Services has in place with Scottish & Southern Energy on their Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm


St Lawrence Seaway: Proposed Regulations Amendment

Telegraph: Image courtesy of UK P&I Club

Under agreement with the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation is proposing to amend the joint Practices and Procedures (known as "regulations" within the SLSDC). Some of the amendments, which are intended to become effective from March 31, 2014 are as follows: Navigation Equipment Gyro compass error greater than 2 degrees must be serviced prior to transiting the Seaway, if noted during a Seaway transit


Lockheed Martin Awarded Contracts Two GPS lll Satellites

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Lockheed Martin inform that the U.S. Air Force has awarded it more than $245 million in contract options to complete production of its seventh and eighth next-generation Global Positioning System satellites, known as GPS III. “With eight GPS III satellites now fully under contract, the GPS III program is moving from development into recurring production,” said Mark Stewart, vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Navigation Systems mission area


World Magnetic Model Updated

The WMM is a large-scale representation of Earth’s magnetic field. The blue and red lines indicate the positive and negative difference between where a compass points the compass direction and geographic North. Green lines indicate zero degrees of declination. (Credit: NOAA)

NOAA and British Geological Survey make critical changes to World Magnetic Model to ensure accurate navigation   NOAA officials announced today the World Magnetic Model (WMM), a representation of Earth’s large-scale magnetic field and an indispensable complement to GPS devices used by NATO, the United States and United Kingdom militaries, as well as civil applications ranging from mineral exploration to smartphone apps, has been updated.  


Tracking Field Equipment in Harsh Environments

Geoforce (Image: OriginGPS)

OriginGPS’ Spider GPS Module Provides Geoforce GTx Series with Low Power Consumption and Precise Location to Track Container Fleets and Oil and Gas Assets    OriginGPS announced that Geoforce, an international provider of asset management solutions for oil and gas and other


HYPACK Barge Management System

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HYPACK offers a solution to track multiple vessels and share the information across vessels. It also allows any remote viewer with a web browser to observe the survey or construction operations on their PC, tablet or cell phone. Secondary vessels (tugs) are equipped with a Wi-Fi broadcaster which


Simrad Launches New Pro Line Products

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Simrad launched three new products in its professional line: the HS60 GPS Compass, V5035 Class-A AIS, and M5000 Series Monitors. Simrad HS60 GPS Compass The new GPS compass, the HS60, brings expanded functionality to traditional heading sensors such as rate-of-turn and pitch-and-roll output


Idreco Delivers Dredger for Hydro-Dam in Congo

ISD-600 (Photo: Idreco)

Idreco (International Dredger Constructions) of the Netherlands informs it has designed, built and installed its second dredger, an ISD 600 with a digging depth of 30 meters, at the Inga Dam in The Democratic Republic of Congo. The dredge has a mixture production and solids production of


Rising from the Ashes

Dennis Bryant

The federal government is now taking steps to reverse its 2010 decision to terminate the nation’s LORAN program. The LORAN program was initiated during World War II, when US and Allied forces fighting in the Pacific Theater needed a good means of navigation in that vast ocean


Threats to Global Navigation Satellite Systems

Location and coverage of proposed Phase 1 South Korean eLoran transmitter					 (Inside GNSS News January 2015

Originally developed to guide Allied convoys safely across the Atlantic, the use of synchronized low frequency radio signals as a navigational aid revolutionized modern maritime navigation in the 1940s.  Faced with operating ships and aircraft over vast areas


Sweden’s First AIS Aid to Navigation Deployed

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True Heading, manufacturer of Automatic Identification System (AIS) solutions, GPS compasses and app navigation, has supplied an AIS Aid to Navigation (ATON) beacon to the Port of Stockholm, Sweden.   Located at Stockholm Stream (Stockholm Ström) and the first of its kind in Sweden


Raytheon Anschütz Expands US operations

Raytheon Company announced the launch of its new subsidiary, Raytheon Anschuetz USA LLC, located in San Diego, Calif.    According to the company, Raytheon Anschuetz USA LLC aims to reinforce customer care and support for Raytheon Anschütz navigation systems in the United States


Simrad Launches New Pro Line Products

HS60 GPS Compass (Image: Simrad)

Simrad announced the launch of three new products in its professional line: the HS60 GPS Compass, V5035 Class-A AIS, and M5000 Series Monitors.    Simrad HS60 GPS Compass The new GPS compass, the HS60, brings expanded functionality to traditional heading sensors such as rate-of-turn


Synapsis INS for New Car Carriers

Car Carrier, operated by Siem Car Carriers AS (Copyright: Siem Car Carriers AS)

The German navigation system integrator Raytheon Anschütz has won a contract to supply the latest generation of IMO-certified Integrated Navigation Systems (INS) to three car carriers built by the Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik Brodogradiliste.


HYPACK Offers Barge Management System

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HYPACK now offers a solution to track multiple vessels and share the information across vessels. It also allows any remote viewer with a web browser to observe the survey or construction operations on their PC, tablet or cell phone.  


Combatting Maritime Cyber Security Threats

Vulnerable to Hacking What should concern many in the maritime industry is that the main ship navigation systems including GPS, AIS and ECDIS receive data via radio frequency transmission at sea and as such are extremely  vulnerable to hacking.

The U.S. Executive Branch has declared that the cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation, and that America’s economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on effective cyber security


COSCO Orders Navigation Systems for New Box Ships

Container ship Cosco Italy on the river Elbe with destination port Hamburg, 2014  (Copyright: Buonasera)

The German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz announced new contracts for the delivery of Synapsis Integrated Navigation Systems (INS) to five 14,500TEU Container Vessels built at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Co.Ltd.  


Captain John Foley – Obituary

Captain John Foley

Britain: April 30, 1940 – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: June 22, 2015   Family, friends and colleagues of Capt. John Foley, Master Mariner and Great Barrier Reef “Grand Pilot” gathered together at St. Augustine’s Church, Hamilton, Brisbane on June 26


Teekay LNG Partners Declares Distribution

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  Teekay GP LLC, the general partner of Teekay LNG Partners L.P. has declared a cash distribution of $0.70 per unit for the quarter ended June 30, 2015. The cash distribution is payable on August 14, 2015 to all unitholders of record as at July 14, 2015.






 
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