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Halter Marine to Build Ferries for State Transportation Department

A $10.7 million contract was awarded to Halter Marine Group for construction of two passenger ferries for North Carolina's Department of Transportation. The 180 ft. ferries, being built at Halter's shipyard in Moss Point Marine are scheduled for delivery to Havelock, N.C. in March 2000 and Southport, N.C. in July 2000. Two Caterpillar 3412 diesel engines will power the ferries with a minimum of 475 hp at 1,200 rpm. The all-steel, three-deck ferries can hold up to 300 passengers and 40 cars and trucks complete with a full range of communications and navigational equipment that will assist with steering and mooring. Known as a provider of design, construction and repair for offshore vessels and drilling rigs, Halter has built ferries for shipyards both in the U.S. and abroad.


Tokimec ECDIS Certified

Tokimec Inc. obtained EC Type Examination Certificate of the EC-7500, EC-7000 Electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) from Det Norske Veritas (DNV) on June 8, 2004. EC-7500, EC-7000 Electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) are Tokimec's latest version of ECDIS products, and have the futures of AIS Target overlay, navigation information display and adopt TFT display with size EC-7500:23.1 in., EC-7000:19 in..


AIS: Operator Feedback Analyzed

Seaways, the international journal of The Nautical Institute, reports this month that although most mariners seem generally satisfied with the operation of the new Automatic Identification System (AIS), current users have reported certain anomalies. The Institute’s Papers and Technical committee has now identified some key causes and recommendations. A common fault was that ships are transmitting inaccurate information such as incorrect heading (which may be due to poorly defined offset


Transas Equipment Demonstrated at Seawork 2002

At the Seawork show to be held on June 18-20, in Southampton, UK, Transas will provide live demonstrations of its navigational equipment on board a Swedish High Speed Patrol Craft. The new Patrol Craft ENFORCER-II manufactured at the Docksta shipyard arrives from Gothenburg specially for participation at Seawork. This is a new project from the shipyard based on the very successful Combat Boat 90 H, but modified for Police / Coast Guard operations


Groundings - Shallow Waters, Deep Trouble

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The Managers have recently completed production work on the Club’s latest Loss Prevention DVD  -“ Groundings – Shallow Waters, Deep Trouble”.   The consequences of a vessel running aground vary in severity, but they are potentially devastating. In those instances where the vessel becomes a constructive total loss, environmental damage arises or is threatened, and there is a requirement to remove the wreck, the resulting liabilities can be enormous


USS New Orleans Conducts Sea Trials

U.S. Navy photo by Brandon Cyr

The amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) completed a five-day sea trials March 13 following an eight-month planned maintenance period, the U.S. Navy reported.   The sea trials gave New Orleans' crew members an opportunity to test a number of shipboard systems including damage control systems, navigational equipment and the propulsion plant following a lengthy maintenance period. The crew also conducted several checks to prepare for its upcoming Board of Inspection and


Almar Builds RIBs for Port of Spain, Trinidad Pilots

The Trinidad pilots' boats were the result of close cooperation between the pilots and Almar, which has built over 50 RIBS for commercial use. The boats have numerous features to ensure safety when boarding or disembarking from ships in darkness and bad weather. Almar, the Tacoma, Washington builder of aluminum workboats has recently delivered the last of three 43-ft. RIBs to the Port of Spain, Trinidad Pilots Association


Coastal Marine Delivers for Louisiana Floodgates

Photo: Coastal Marine Equipment

Coastal Marine Equipment delivered the winches, controls, hydraulic system, four roller fairleads and guide sheaves for the houma navigational canal and bayou grand caillou floodgate projects built by Bollinger Shipyards and Gulf Island Marine Fabricators. This system is responsible for the opening and closing of each floodgate to help protect Louisiana in a hurricane storm surge. Coastal Marine Equipment manufactures a complete line of marine deck equipment including anchor windlasses


ECDIS Ltd Launch Tokyo Keiki Familiarization Course

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U.K.-based ECDIS training and consultancy company ECDIS Ltd. announced the launch of a new course, Tokyo Keiki ECDIS familiarization.   This marks the completion of the first stage of course development. As a training partner ECDIS Ltd will progress to delivery of MCA and DNV approved Generic and Nautical Institute accredited Type Specific (Equipment Specific) training on Tokyo Keiki ECDIS software. Tokyo Keiki has built up a sound reputation for delivering and supporting robust and


Global Port Security and BMT Isis

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Delivering Optimum Results   The operational complexities and changing landscape of ports and terminals continue to present ongoing challenges for port authorities and operators globally. In particular, changing legislation, diversification, security concerns, higher traffic density, larger vessel sizes, as well as movements of hazardous cargoes, reflect on a port’s required level of traffic management, vessel scheduling and navigational planning


WILCO Logistics Bags Townsville Port Safety Works

WILCO Logistics Pty Ltd to undertake Breakwater safety works Photo Port of Townsville.

WILCO Logistics Pty Ltd has been announced as the successful bid contractor on Breakwater safety works at the Port of Townsville.   Minister for Ports Mark Bailey said the overall $1.5 million project will improve navigational safety at the Townsville Port by widening the entrance to the


Smulders Appointed CEO of Radio Holland

Paul Smulders (Photo: Radio Holland)

Paul Smulders has been appointed CEO of Radio Holland, part of the RH Marine Group (formerly Imtech Marine).   Smulders returns to Radio Holland where he started his career ashore in 1989 as sales engineer deepsea, after a career at sea as nautical officer


Helikon Expands Use of GNS Voyager

Maritime services group Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) announced that London-based bulk carrier operator Helikon Shipping Enterprises has expanded its use of its VOYAGER software solution across its fleet to take advantage of VOYAGER’s advanced route planning and optimization tools.


ECDIS: The Quiet Revolution in Maritime Navigation

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Driven by the SOLAS-mandated transition to ECDIS, the adoption of digital navigation is the most visible sign of how navigational practices are being transformed. Additional tools are also playing an important role in supporting bridge teams and delivering accurate navigational information to the


SharpEye Radar for Trinidad & Tobago CG Patrol Craft

Photo: Kelvin Hughes

Kelvin Hughes, a designer and supplier of navigation and security surveillance systems, announced the installation of its new SharpEye upmast radar system on four new vessels commissioned by the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force.  


Noncompliant Cargo Ship Banned from Australia

The 86-meter general cargo ship Noah Satu has been prohibited from entering or using any Australian ports for the second time in less than 12 months, following another round of safety, environmental and regulatory infractions. The direction was issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority


NZ's “Sound framework” for Managing Coastal Navigation

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A review of coastal navigation safety by Maritime NZ has found that there is a sound framework in place to manage the movement of ships around the New Zealand coast, with procedures in place to assess risk and adjust safety measures if required.


INS to Help Manned Sub Explore Andrea Doria Wreck

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Strategic partnership enables PHINS system to be used on expedition to explore the iconic Andrea Doria shipwreck   OceanGate, a provider of manned submersible services, and iXBlue, a provider of navigation, positioning and imaging solutions


Cuba, US Sign Memorandum on Maritime Navigation

Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 Representatives of Cuba and the United States signed in Havana a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in areas of hydrography and geodesy to improve the safety of maritime navigation.   Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, the Chief of Mission at the U.S


Port of Prince Rupert Adds Navigation Systems

The Port of Prince Rupert, in collaboration with the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), as well as input from the Pacific Pilotage Authority (PPA) and BC Coast Pilots (BCCP), has established another aid to navigation with advanced technology capabilities at the mouth of Prince Rupert’s Fairview


New Type Approval for Raytheon Anschütz ECDIS

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German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz announced it is ready to deliver Electronic Chart Display & Information System (ECDIS) Software compliant with new International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) standards.


Response to Barge Breakaway Continues on the Mississippi

The U.S. Coast Guard continues to respond to an allision which occurred April 6 and resulted in a multiple-barge breakaway and two sunken barges on the Mississippi River near Thebes, Ill.   The Army Corps of Engineers completed a survey of the navigational channel and reports the channel is


UK, Singapore Partner for Navigation Training

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) have announced a new bursary training scheme in Marine Cartography and Data Assessment. Organized jointly by the UKHO and MPA over a five-week period from April 18


E.R. Schiffahrt Chooses GNS ENCs Bundle

Maritime services group Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) has agreed terms with E.R. Schiffahrt, a Hamburg-based ship management company with activities in container and bulk segments, to supply Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) and the GNS navigation management software, Voyager.  


AIS Regulations: New Responsibilities and Opportunities

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March Coast Guard deadline represents milestone for AIS use in U.S. waters   From increasing situational awareness and enhancing the safety and security of maritime transportation, to its use in accident investigation, search and rescue, Aids to Navigation and asset monitoring






 
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