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UTEC Announces Important Houston Appointment

Mark Klusza

Leading independent offshore survey company UTEC has announced the appointment of a new Vice President of Measurement Technology at its Houston HQ. Mark Klusza – who holds a Bachelor in Design in Architecture from the University of Florida – brings to the role more than 20 years of experience in the industrial measurement arena.  During that time he has owned successful metrology and software companies, and most recently ran the Industrial Measurement and Dimensional Control (IMDC) division for Trimble in the US. In his new role at UTEC, Mark will be tasked with developing the company’s IMDC technology capabilities and charged with growing revenue for this business line. Commenting on his appointment Mark says: “UTEC has undertaken IMDC activity all over the world in harsh environments, including offshore vessel-based dimensional control. I look forward to both driving current technologies and introducing new innovative processes, enhancing the company’s reputation in this fast-paced activity.” UTEC CEO Martin O’Carroll adds: “The appointment of Mark brings another senior   industry professional to the UTEC management team and I look forward to working with him in expanding the Measurement Technology division across our global network.”


U.S. Navy Presents Shipbuilding Plan to Congress

The following statement has been issued by Rear Admiral John Kirby, Navy Chief of Information:
 "Today we provided Congress information tables from our draft 30-year shipbuilding plan. We believe the information found in these tables clearly articulates our intention to modernize and grow the fleet to our required minimum of 306 ships. We have been upfront and transparent about the need to decommission older ships, while at the same time introducing new and more capable platforms.


BCP Introduces New Airblast Product Brochure

OSHA Safety concerns call for the use of enclosed blast cleaning. With blast cleaning rooms becoming popular, sound design and engineering precepts are priorities for any blast cleaning equipment manufacturer. BCP, a division of USF Surface Preparation Group, helped to pioneer the design and manufacture of advanced airblast systems for more than half a century. The company has just completed a 12-page product guide that highlights a wide range of custom designed BCP airblast rooms and


LIG Introduces New Liability Rating Program

LIG Marine Managers released its new On Line Marine GL and Maritime Employers Liability Rating Program, Thunderstorm, designed to provide instant service and quotes for a wide variety of marine related accounts. The program is designed for marine contractors, boat repairers, stevedores, terminal operators, wharfingers and related marine industries. The Thunderstorm Rating System will be expanded to other lines over the next six months as well.


St. Lawrence Seaway Introduces New Computerized Vessel Tracking

The St. Lawrence Seaway has debuted its new Traffic Management Improvement Project (TMIP). The project is a joint venture between the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation on the Canadian side and the U.S.-based St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. Installed at the St. Lambert, St. Catherine and Massena control centers, the system is able to monitor and schedule vessel traffic on both sides of the border


More Ships to Bangladesh Shipbreakers

CTG ship-breakers import 42 large ships in last two months Chittagong-based ship-breakers imported 42 large-sized recyclable ships in February and March this year at a cost of US$ 45 million, according to Jasim Khan's news report in the Financial Express. Industry sources said the ships will be able to supply about one million tonnes of MS rod -- a major construction material -- against the annual national demand for four million tonnes.


MOL Renews Lease for LA Container Terminal

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL, President: Akimitsu Ashida) announced that its wholly owned terminal operator TraPac, Inc. (Headquarters: Los Angeles, California, U.S.) renewed its long-term lease contract for a container terminal at the Port of Los Angeles. The signing ceremony for the new contract was held on October 15, with participation by the Interim Deputy Mayor of the City of Los Angeles Romel Pascual. Under the new pact, the terminal’s total space will be extended to 1


Jensen Marine Introduces New Stereo

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JENSEN Marine Introduces New MSR3012 Stereo with Full iPod Controls and Charging.   ASA/JENSEN Marine is pleased to introduce the new MSR3012 AM/FM/CD/USB/iPod/SiriusXM satellite ready stereo to the marine industry. This high-tech and modern looking stereo gives boaters a next level  entertainment option by offering the most advanced and in-demand features on the market. The MSR3012 has been designed and engineered from the ground up to meet the needs of the marine industry


New 44-ft Trawler Yacht from Kadey-Krogen

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Kadey-Krogen Yachts introduce new ergonomically enhanced 44-ft luxury trawler yacht - the Krogen 44 AE Kadey-Krogen Yachts have brought out the Krogen 44 AE, a new model in the company's Advanced Ergonomics series. Building on the success of the Krogen 48 AE, which was introduced last year, the Krogen 44 AE is highlighted by a new galley layout and an even more generously sized flybridge. The new Krogen 44 AE is the result of a collaborative effort among owners


New Small-bore Two-stroke Diesel Introduced by MAN

MAN Diesel & Turbo introduces new small-bore two-stroke, updates designs of ME-B & G series engines. MAN Diesel & Turbo’s updated engine programme features several, positive changes to its two-stroke marine segment. The most significant of these is to the ME-B and G portfolios that are increasingly finding favour in the coastal & river segment in major markets such as China, Japan and Russia, and in container traffic, respectively.


Omega Debuts New Transmitters

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Omega introduced new potentiometer input to DC transmitters with the launch of the DMD4008 series of transmitters accepts a resistance input from potentiometer, slidewire, linear position, displacement or rotational devices and provides an optically isolated DC voltage or current output that is


Navigator of the Seas Gets Texas-Sized Makeover

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Ship Features All-New WOWs, Including Royal Caribbean’s First-Ever Virtual Balconies, FlowRider Surf Simulator and New Dining Program.   Royal Caribbean International’s Navigator of the Seas is primed to resume year-round service from Galveston, Texas on February 5, 2014


Rand Acquires Tanker for Conversion

Rand Logistics, Inc. has announced the acquisition of a Danish flagged chemical tanker that will be converted to a Canadian flagged river class self-unloader vessel. The new vessel will support recent new long-term contract awards which begin in April 2015


MOL Group Introduces New Management Plan

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced a new three-year midterm management plan that will take effect in April 2014, called "Steer for 2020". MOL Group has been carrying out all plans in single-year plan "Rise 2013" with goals of restoring profitability and laying a


The Switch Introduces New Drive Train

The Switch marine drive train

The Switch, a Finnish manufacturer of permanent magnet motors, generators and converters, announced the launch of its next-generation drive trains for energy efficient power generation and propulsion of merchant vessels. Combining The Switch’s permanent magnet and frequency converter


Ulstein Sells All Six Blue Ship PSVs

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Newly-established offshore shipping company Nordic American Offshore (NAO) has agreed to acquire six platform supply vessels from Blue Ship Invest ( BSI ). The vessels are of the PX121 type, and were designed and constructed by Ulstein in 2012-13


Barclays Backs CLS Offshore’s Growth Strategy

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Barclays has supported CLS Offshore Limited with a £2 million loan through the Funding for Lending Scheme to purchase their unique quayside fabrication facilities and business premises at Gorleston, Great Yarmouth. In addition to the aforementioned loan


Hempel Introduces New Hull Coating Concept

Torben Rasmussen, Hempel Product Manager

Global coatings supplier Hempel has launched HEMPAGUARD, a new hull coating concept for the shipping industry, which Hempel said offers both outstanding resistance to fouling during idle periods and significant fuel savings. The technology, dubbed ActiGuard


Maersk Training Program Addresses the Human Error Factor

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A new training program has been launched by Maersk Training that aims to minimize incidents through human error in marine environments. The course is designed to help offshore workers understand the impact of the human error in marine incidents


WESMAR to Introduce New Trawl Systems

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WESMAR (Western Marine Electronics) announced today they will introduce two new trawl systems and five new sled options at Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle November 20-22 at Century Link Field Event Center. The TCS785 and TCS 385 trawl systems, with sled options


Brunswick Introduces New 1200 Impact RHIB

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Brunswick Commercial and Government Products recently introduced a new full cabin version of its popular 1200 Impact RHIB. Just shy of 40” in length with a 10'8" beam, the 1200 features a deep-V fiberglass hull for superior offshore performance and a commercial grade inflatable


Northrop Grumman Introduces New ECDIS-E

Northrop Grumman Corporation is introducing the VisionMaster FT Electronic Chart Display and Information System-E (ECDIS-E), a new cost-effective navigation solution for commercial tankers, container ships, bulk carries and passenger ferries including retrofit installations.


Fleet Operation Software Introduced at Singapore Conference

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At the recent User Conference, INTERSCHALT's IS Seacos Asia introduced new Fleet Operation Center (FOC) software in which information and trends from ship telemetry are displayed - similar to the way NASA centrally monitors its satellites and aerospace equipment on digital projection screens.


Standardization for Safer Shipping of e-Navigation & Training

Dr. Baldauf

e-Navigation aims to harmonize navigation systems and ultimately make the mariners’ job easier, but its implementation will necessitate extensive changes to maritime training. Dr. Michael Baldauf of the World Maritime University, discusses the reasons for change, progress made so far


KR and Busan Port Ink Cooperative Agreement

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The Korean Register of Shipping (KR) (an IACS member classification society) and the Busan Port Authority (BPA) (the fifth largest container port in the world) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate on environmental initiatives and other maritime activities.


 
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