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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


Coastal Marine Delivers for Louisiana Floodgates

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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


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


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


Panama Canal Completes Expansion Program Dredging

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The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has completed the dredging to deepen and widen the navigational channels along Culebra Cut as part of the Expansion Program. This marks another important milestone for the Panama Canal expansion. The dredging works started in March 2008, with the drilling by Panama Canal personnel on board of the drill barge Baru. “This important achievement fills with pride each man and woman that works within the organization


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


Orolia, Transas Partner to Offer e-Maritime Solutions

Orolia (NYSE Alternext Paris – FR0010501015 – ALORO), global specialist in critical Global Navigation Satellite System solutions, and Transas Group, global leader in maritime simulation, navigation and surveillance systems, today announced that they have signed a Memorandum of


ACCSEAS Places North Sea E-Navigation on the Radar

Dr. Alwyn Williams, ACCSEAS Project Manager, at the ACCSEAS Second Annual Conference

ACCSEAS Annual Conference presented e-navigation test-bed to reduce navigational risk and help bring e-navigation for the North Sea Region closer to reality ACCSEAS, an EU-funded project to support improved maritime access to the North Sea Region through minimizing navigational risk


New Alliance to Develop Advanced e-Maritime Systems

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An alliance between France's Orolia, and Transas Group, leaders in maritime simulation, navigation and surveillance systems, aims to integrate Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) and Search and Rescue (SAR) functionality into enhanced marine communication solutions.


Grand Circle Cruises Buys 'MV Corinthian'

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Vince Cook, CEO of Grand Circle Cruise Line, informs that the company has acquired the 'M/V Corinthian', a 98-passenger, ocean-going vessel that currently operates in Antarctica.  They had chartered the ship for the past year and intend to expand the Corinthian's operations with the launch of


Environmental Services USCG Contract for Tetra Tech

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Tetra Tech, Inc., says it has been awarded the US$60-Million contract with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) for professional architect-engineering environmental services. Under this five-year, multiple-award contract, Tetra Tech will provide services in support of USCG environmental compliance


IMO Update: Shipping in polar waters

Development of an international code of safety for ships operating in polar waters (Polar Code). IMO is developing a draft mandatory International Code of safety for ships operating in polar waters (Polar Code), to cover the full range of design, construction, equipment, operational, training


Update & Nav Warning: Upper Mississippi Rock Removal

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The Big River Coalition provides the following update on progress made by the contractors on the ongoing “Rock Removal” (pinnacle rock) project being conducted on the Upper Mississippi River (UMR) in the vicinity of Thebes, IL., as well as navigational warnings issued.


Videotel, Safebridge Boost ECDIS Training

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With ECDIS training continuing to be high on the shipping agenda, Videotel, in conjunction with Safebridge, now offers participants an entry into three times as many type-specific ECDIS modules as its nearest competitor.   “With constant demands for greater flexibility from crew


Northern Australia Waters: Emergency Towage Service

Torres Straits passage: Photo courtesy of AMSA

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has awarded two substantial new contracts to Brisbane-based company Australian Maritime Systems Limited to provide emergency towage services in Far North Queensland as well as to maintain its aids to navigation network.


London Club Stresses Need to Observe Passage Planning

The London P&I Club said it has seen a rise over the past 12 months in the number of deficiencies relating to Temporary and Preliminary (T&P) notices to mariners, and an increase in negative findings in relation to the management of radio navigation and meteorological warnings.  


Unmanned Shipping a Topic at Seagoing Conference

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Experts from the maritime industry met on the M/S Pearl Seaways from January 28-30 for the e-Navigation Underway 2014 international conference. One topic of the talks and discussions was unmanned shipping, which Fraunhofer CML is examining and advancing as part of the research project MUNIN


RS Assesses Risk of Submarine Transit

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Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) under the cooperation with ОАО SOGAZ has carried out a risk safety appraisal of the submarine Ho Chi Minh for the Vietnamese Navy during its sea transit from the port of St Petersburg to the port of Kaliningrad.


UKHO Publishes Guide to ECDIS Implementation

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Next free ECDIS seminar in Hong Kong on Tuesday, February 25. The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has published a new Nautical Publication to support the transition to ECDIS. The 'Admiralty Guide to ECDIS Implementation, Policy and Procedures (NP232)' has been designed to allow


NOAA Nautical Charts Now Permanently Free

NOAA’s newest addition to the nautical charting portfolio is the new Portable Document Format (PDF) nautical chart, which provides up-to-date navigation information in this universally available file type. The image above is of the Gulf Coast - Key West to Mississippi River. (Credit: NOAA)

After a three-month trial period, PDF versions of NOAA nautical charts will become a permanent product, free to the public. The free PDFs, which are digital images of traditional nautical charts, are especially valued by recreational boaters who use them to plan sailing routes and fishing trips


Aigua Sea School Expands Simulator Capacity

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Six months after the initial installation of a classroom of NAUTIS Desktop Trainers, the Aigua Sea School in Mallorca has placed a follow-up order to further expand its simulator training capacity. The follow-up order for NAUTIS simulators was placed after positive feedback from both students


 
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