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15,000 Exchanges for WSS LRE Program

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Liferaft Exchange concept continues to expand globally. Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s (WSS) market-leading global Liferaft Exchange Programme (LRE) is set to hit 15,000 exchanges since its launch just over two years ago and continues to expand, according to Dave Evans, WSS product marketing manager for liferafts. The LRE concept, which exchanges service-due liferafts and life-saving appliances for operational ones, allows vessel operators to take better control of costs and reduces the chance of getting caught out by unforeseen service dates and weak links in the supply chain which can prove to be costly.   Developed in response to customer feedback and following a pilot programme involving several major ship owners and operators, usage of the LRE service has increased so quickly that WSS logistics operators are currently working at full stretch to meet demand. Mr Evans explained that the global liferaft market has undergone a period of consolidation over the last 15 years which has left the market with a small number of suppliers, with the majority of distribution handled by distributors and dealerships. The stand-out advantage of WSS’s LRE programme is that fact that it services customers all over the world through its established global network, providing a direct capability and wide product supply scope.  


Viking Takes Safety Servicing Offshore

Benny Carlsen, VP Offshore, Viking Life-Saving Equipment

The new, transparent multi-year service agreement concept from Viking revolutionizes the way offshore owners and operators solve the difficulties of managing multiple brands, equipment types and regulatory approvals for safety equipment and servicing. Handling safety equipment servicing is often regarded as a time-consuming and hard-to-budget headache for offshore vessel and infrastructure owners and operators. In fact


E.R. Schiffahrt Goes Global with Viking

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Viking Life-Saving Equipment and E.R. Schiffahrt have teamed up to design a fully customized, global servicing arrangement based on Viking’s Shipowner Agreements. The contract covers liferafts, lifeboats, immersion suits, lifejackets and marine fire systems and equipment such as fire extinguishers on more than 30 vessels of the shipowner’s fleet. The plan is for Viking to manage not just service notifications, but also the coordination of all servicing. 


LR: Statutory Alert

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Carrying capacity of liferafts – revision to LSA Code Chapter IV (Applicabilty: Shipbuilders, owners and managers). Amendments to Chapter IV of the International Life-Saving Appliance (LSA) Code, introduce an increased assumed mass of occupants for the approval of liferafts*.   From January 1, 2012, all inflatable and rigid liferafts should be constructed on the basis of an average person mass of occupants of 82.5kg (increased from 75kg)


WSS’s Liferaft Rental Program "Convenient and Cost Efficient"

Iino Marine Service, a ship management company in Japan, has been a customer of the Liferaft Rental and Exchange program (LRE) since 2010. Mr. Araki, Director of Iino Marine Service said, “Operating a high number of vessels on global trading patterns means that we are constantly looking for ways in which we can improve the efficiency of our operations. A solution such as LRE is both convenient and cost efficient and we are extremely satisfied with the service provided by WSS over


WSS Opens Marine Safety & Training Academy in Atwerp

Andrew Sheriff

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) opened a new FRS (fire, rescue & service) Center and Safety Training Academy in Antwerp, Belgium.   “The opening of new safety service training facilities around the world will play a vital role in the growth of our total safety offer,” said. Andrew Sheriff, Business Director Safety. “Centers also housing a Safety Academy, such as this one, allow us to focus on specialized training alongside the ongoing development of our safety


DBC Marine Safety Systems Celebrates 25 Years

DBC Marine Safety Systems announced the celebration of their 25th anniversary. Located in Richmond, British Columbia, a suburb of Vancouver, DBC has grown from a small service station to one of the world’s largest lifecraft manufacturers. Since 1977, DBC has developed and continues to manufacture a comprehensive range of yachting and commercially approved liferafts, platforms and passenger evacuation systems available today.


Passenger Evacuation at a Push of a Button

VIKING fully automatic liferaft and slide system

Evacuating large numbers of passengers is now easier than ever with the new VIKING fully automatic liferaft and slide system.   Marine and fire safety equipment leader VIKING Life-Saving Equipment has developed a 153-person, open reversible liferaft and mini slide system packed into a single aluminum stowage box. Named the VAS (VIKING Automatic Slide), and designed and certified for vessels on domestic voyages such as ferries sailing in protected waters


WSS Expands in South America

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Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) annonced plans to expand in South America to serve the growing cruise and offshore sectors. Prior to this month’s Cruise Shipping Miami, Area Director Henrique Schlaepfer said: “South America continues to be an area of concentrated investment for WSS. Over the last year we have put in place a new management team with responsibility for almost 200 employees, operating in key positions in Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Argentina”. 


The Sea Shall Not Have Them: Latest Rescue News

Ferry rescue: Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard

In the Philippines a large scale rescue of ferry passengers, on the other side of the world, a British fishing boat crew is airlifted to safety, and a man is plucked from rough seas off Aberdeen breakwater. Philippines A rescue team from Philippine Coast Guard search and rescue vessel, BRP EDSA II (SARV-002) evacuated 132 passengers from the MV Our Lady Of All Nation after the inter-island ferry ran aground at Danajon Bank, Bohol. Philippine ferry rescue action NE England


UK Cross-Harbor Ferryboat Operators Fined

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Carrying numbers of passengers, including schoolchildren, far in excess of its license, has cost a Hampshire ferry company £12,340, informs the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). At Portsmouth Magistrates Court the master, operator and owner of the ferry, Tina Maria


Aker Solutions Demerger Registered

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The consummation of the demerger of Aker Solutions ASA (the existing Aker Solutions) was registered with the Norwegian Registry of Business Enterprises after the close of trading on the Oslo Stock Exchange on September 26, 2014. The separation of Aker Solutions into two independent companies


USCG, NOAA Ink Fleet Plan Agreement

Coast Guard Vice Adm. Charles Michel, deputy commandant for operations, and NOAA Vice Adm. Michael Devany, deputy under secretary for operations, sign the Fleet Plan Agreement letter of promulgation at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C Oct. 8, 2014 (Photo: NOAA)

Senior leaders from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) signed a Fleet Plan and Officer Exchange memorandum of understanding Wednesday at a ceremony at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters.


Euronav Postpones Public Offering

Euronav Filikon (Photo: Euronav)

Citing “unfavorable current capital market conditions,” Euronav NV announced today that it is postponing its contemplated initial public offering of ordinary shares in the United States and related offer to exchange the company’s outstanding unregistered ordinary shares in


Artemus Transporation Solutions Hold 3rd Training Course

Artemus  Transportation Solutions will be holding its Global Commerce- International Transportation & Trade Shipping 101 Course on September 15-19 in the Seattle-Tacoma area. This is the third time the Shipping 101 course will be hosted by the Marine Exchange of Puget Sound in


Darwin, Australia Scene of KAKADU Exercise Planning

Participants in KAKADU 2014

Over 1,200 military personnel from the Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean regions have completed collaborative, tactical warfare planning during the first week of the Royal Australian Navy’s largest maritime exercise, KAKADU 2014, informs Australia's Defence Force (ADF).


VIKING Steps Up Pace of Innovation at SMM

VIKINGs multi-layer flagship immersion suit in hi vis yellow approved without a lifejacke

This year’s SMM in Hamburg will see VIKING release more innovations than at any other point in its 50-year history, including new developments in PPE clothing, safety equipment outsourcing, onboard training solutions, and evacuation systems


DryShips Cancels Newbuild Contracts

DryShips Inc. reports cancellation of four newbuilding contracts with Jiangsu Rongsheng Heavy Industries DryShips Inc., an international provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargos, and through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc


Survitec to Display Growing Portfolio at SMM

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Visitors to SMM 2014 will be able to find out more about Survitec Group's growing portfolio of products and services for the cruise, ferry, cargo, tanker and offshore shipping markets. At this year's show Survitec will be highlighting its RFD, SurvitecZodiac, DSB


Survitec's Evacuation Systems in Focus at SMM

Survitec Group is promoting its range of Marine Evacuation Systems (MES) at SMM 2014. The company said it can supply systems to suit every type of vessel, from small high speed ferries through to mid-sized passenger ships, large ROPAX and cruise ships.


Lloyd's Register Extends Heightened Attention Surveys

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has a longstanding ‘heightened attention’ initiative where surveyors attending on board LR classed ships give increased attention to areas where the most common PSC deficiencies are identified. LR announced it has decided to continue this heightened


ChartCo Debuts Improved Navigation Data Software

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ChartCo, a division of Kelvin Hughes, recently announced the release of a new  version of its PassageManager data management software. This latest release - PassageManager 5.1 - will be on display at SMM and incorporates a number of new features and improvements. New Features


Knightsbridge Closes Vessel Acquisition Transaction

Bermuda-based Knightsbridge Tankers Limited announced that it has closed the first stage of its vessel acquisition transaction. Knightsbridge has issued 31 million shares in exchange for 11 Cape size bulk carrier newbuildings and two Newcastlemax newbuildings. knightsbridgetankers.com


New e-Navigation Technologies from Transas

Transas Marine introduced new software solutions for voyage planning and fleet management at SMM 2014 as a step towards becoming the forerunner in the development of e-Navigation technologies.  Among new launches is Transas Navi-Planner 4000 on a touch screen display


Too Many Passengers Lands Ferry Company in Court

Carrying numbers of passengers, including schoolchildren, far in excess of its license, has cost representatives of a Hampshire ferry company fines and costs totaling £12,340. At Portsmouth Magistrates Court today, the master, operator and owner of the ferry Tina Maria were each charged






 
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