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Fendercare Provides STS Support Services

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Fendercare Marine provided STS support services for the first open sea’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) STS operations for two of the world’s leading Gas Majors. The LNG STS operations were performed in the Eastern Mediterranean with a number of 152,000 cm3 membrane tank Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers (LNGC), and most recently a 135,000 cm3 moss type carrier; all delivering cargo to one of Excelerate Energy’s 138,000 cm3 Floating Storage & Regasification Unit (FSRU). These were the first open sea LNG STS operations for either major. Fendercare Marine operator of genuine Yokohama brand pneumatic fenders and supplied Yokohama Jumbo fenders for the operations, in conjunction with additionally supplied ship-specific mooring equipment and a dedicated rigger to assist with the secure mooring and unmooring of the oil major LNGCs. Furthermore, two large ASD tugs provided assistance as well as guard duties ensuring the operations were extradited without interruption. Fendercare Marine facilitated sessions in their U.K. simulator to mirror the predicted sea states they would face which, in turn, provided the necessary feedback to assist in tailoring a mooring system to suit. Further simulator sessions allowed for extensive testing of various emergency break away situations. In addition to STS services, Fendercare Marine offers a turnkey service for the operation and management of onshore and offshore marine terminals


Marine Software Adds to Marine Planned Maintenance Line

Marine Software Ltd., has launched the Marine Planned Maintenance for Windows Lite & Marine Storekeeper for Windows Lite versions. Both new products contain all the core features needed for Planned Maintenance & Stock Control operations and are capable of being run using our existing multiple-ship office systems. These versions are aimed at ship owners or managers looking for a simple robust solution, which is competitively priced, without the need for complicated functionality.


Xantic and HSE Global Sign Software Cooperation Agreement

Xantic has announced the signing of a Software Cooperation Agreement with HSE Global. This mutually beneficial strategic alliance will provide the shipping industry with an invaluable tool for the efficient control of chemicals and hazardous materials onboard vessels. Maintenance systems for ships have been in existence for several decades, and in electronic format for the past 20 years or so. Chemicals are often used in relation to the maintenance and operation of ships


ABS Nautical Systems NS5 Update

ABS Nautical Systems, provider of integrated fleet management software, announced the release of 5.5, an upgraded version of the NS5 suite of fleet management software modules. Based on customer feedback and insights, this version incorporates more than 130 new functionalities and modifications. “Customer input helped steer the initial product development phases for 5.5,” said Fernando Lehrer, Director of Product Development at ABS Nautical Systems


Imtech Marine Inks VSAT and TVRO Contracts

Imtech Marine has recently signed Global Distribution and Service agreements for satellite communication (VSAT) and satellite TV (TVRO) products with three prominent manufacturers.   Via its company Radio Holland, Imtech Marine already had (long) relationships with Intellian, Jotron and Thrane & Thrane, which are now extended for VSAT and TVRO. All Imtech Marine branches (80 around the world)  will supply, install, commission and service the  systems and arrange airtime.


INTERSCHALT Awarded Fleet Maintenance Contract

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Shipping company Liberty One, already subscribed to INTERSCHALT's maintenance software package, decided to establish a full maintenance contract covering all navigation and communications systems on board including the VDR. After six months, say INTERSCHALT, the Bremen-based shipping company is seeing positive results. As part of its Shore-based Maintenance (SBM) contract INTERSCHALT provides all inspection and maintenance work as well as parts and parts procurement at an annually agreed


Jotun Coatings Solves Repair and maintenance Challenges

Leveraging cross-industry knowledge and experience to deliver optimal anticorrosive coatings, Jotun once again widens the technology gap with Jotamastic 90 - a step change in high-tech surface tolerant coating solutions.   Jotamastic is the leader in advanced epoxy mastic technology. 25 years of experience in both marine and protective environments have proven Jotamastic to be the market's first choice for lasting protection on aged steel and surfaces without optimal preparations


HydraWrap: Not Just a Temporary Repair Anymore

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Many vessel operators that experience leaks to piping, pipe fittings, and bulkheads have, in recent years, turned to the HydraWrap system. Used to repair leaking pipe systems and prevent downtime, the HydraWrap system, manufactured by HydraTech Engineered Products, LLC in Cincinnati, OH, utilizes high strength carbon fiber fabric and high strength epoxy resins to restore the structural and/or pressure boundary capacity of shipboard piping, bulkheads and equipment


JSMEA Offers Access to Japan’s Offshore Suppliers

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New website and brochure provide a comprehensive list of Japanese suppliers to the offshore industry   The Japan Ship Machinery and Equipment Association (JSMEA) has compiled a list of Japanese-made ship machinery and equipment products for offshore units, publishing this information on a dedicated website and corresponding print brochure.   The website and brochure offer access to information on a variety of products and companies spanning the Japanese offshore supply chain


CalAmp Helps Navico Enable Wireless Connectivity

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Wireless products, services and solutions provider CalAmp said its enhanced LMU-4530 telematics devicehas been chosen to support Navico’s new cloud-enabled GoFree Connected Vessel program to monitor onboard engine, sensor and navigation data. CalAmp’s device management and maintenance software platform, PULS (Provisioning/Programming, Update and Logistical System), has also been customized to support Navico’s over-the-air device management and firmware updates for vessels in


Asbestos on Board

File photo: Workers clean the interior of a cargo hold aboard the LST-1166. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Pacific Strike Team)

What happens when a solution to one or many obstacles ends up becoming an even larger problem? For seamen, one such problem is asbestos.    Asbestos is a natural fiber that was mined for use in construction and household products


China Orders 100 Loader Cranes from Hiab

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 Hiab, part of Cargotec, has signed a contract to supply a minimum of 100 HIAB light-range loader cranes for a leading wind turbine manufacturer in China.   The order with a value of approximately EUR 1.5 million was received at the end of January 2017.   


Transas, Japan Radio Company Announce Strategic Partnership

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The strategic partnership will drive growth and accelerate innovation. Industry-leading solutions and services capabilities will deliver differentiated customer value.     Transas, the innovative, digital solutions company, and Japan Radio Company (JRC)


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Slide Further

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Around 30 VLCC charters in Feb so far, versus 50 last month. About 40 refinery facilities to close for maintenance.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which fell to multi-week lows on Thursday, could slip further as refinery maintenance in Asia weighs on cargo volumes


Wärtsilä joins battle against ocean plastics

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The Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has signed an agreement with the Seabin Project to join their global pilot programme, which addresses the worldwide littering problem affecting our oceans. The project aims at approaching the challenge from multiple angles with a key emphasis on


Rare Gasoline Exports Underway from Bloated East Coast Stocks

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Traders prep rare East Coast gasoline exports; cargoes already sailing with exported distillates.   Traders are preparing to export cargoes of coveted gasoline from the U.S. East Coast after months of heavy importing and local production swamped the region.  


Asia, Mideast Product Tankers Idled on Oversupply

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Lower product shipments from India, Mideast; diesel comes off floating storage, frees up ships.   Dozens of tankers used to carry refined oil products are sitting idle in Asia and the Middle East as slow trade and an oversupply of ships have cut daily earnings to as little as a fifth of


LR Demand Difficulties

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 There has always been a compelling story being told about how larger product carriers are the future, in particular the LR2s, says Gibsons Weekly Tanker Report.   However, the sector has had a particularly challenging few months


Scorpio Tankers Reports 4Q Loss

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 Scorpio Tankers has reported a fourth-quarter loss of $29.7 million or a loss of 18 cents per share.   The shipping company posted revenue of $106.1 million in the period, also exceeding Street forecasts.    Scorpio Tankers sharply reduced its quarterly dividend by 92% to


1-Stop, Bestshore Team-up for European entry

VBS-By matching terminal resources to landside demand, the 1-Stop VBS effectively maximises supply chain efficiency resulting in productivity gains to both container terminals and the container industry Photo  1-Stop

1-Stop Connections (1-Stop) and Bestshore Business Solutions UK Ltd (Bestshore) announce a new strategic alliance to bring their productivity solutions to the European and Indian-sub continent port community.   Through the partnership with Bestshore


Laborde wins Bukh Distribution Deal

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Laborde Products has been selected as BUKH Diesel Marine Distributor for the United States marine market. "Our companies have tremendous synergies," stated Soren Pederson, BUKH sales manager. "We are excited about this new partnership with Laborde Products."


Wärtsilä, PGS ink Service Deal

Ramform Titan is one of the 8 seismic vessels under the service agreement between Wärtsilä and PGS. Photo Wartsila

Wärtsilä and PGS Geophysical AS have signed a service agreement that makes Wärtsilä the preferred service supplier for engines and other Wärtsilä equipment.   According to the agreement, Wärtsilä will take care of the maintenance of engines and


Singapore Fuel Oil Trading Heats Up

Singapore fuel oil trading volumes have soared after the 380-cst front-month time spreads widened by around $1 per tonne from the previous day's close, in what could develop into an aggressive trade strategy that occasionally rattles this market.  


Galasso Named Ocean Signal Sales Manager

Rich Galasso (Photo: Ocean Signal)

Communication and safety at sea specialist Ocean Signal has announced the appointment of Rich Galasso as its new US Sales Manager. Galasso will assist with the company’s sales growth strategy in the US as demand continues to increase for Ocean Signal’s communication and safety


MSI: OPEC’s cut is deepest for VLCC, Suezmax markets

 Maritime Strategies International (MSI), a leading independent research and consultancy has forecast a testing time for the crude tanker market over the next six months – and perhaps longer if OPEC is successful in extending production cuts beyond the first half of 2017.






 
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