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Consilium Oil Spill Radar Tested

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  During three days of extensive testing, the advanced capability of Consilium’s oil spill radar to detect oil slicks has been successfully verified. The sea trials were part of an exercise in order to certify satisfactory safety and efficiency in oil spill response operations.   The operation was conducted by the Norwegian Clean Seas Association For Operating Companies (NOFO), from June 8 – 10, 2010. With the permission of the Norwegian Coast Guard, the Consilium Selesmar Selux ST 340 radar display and a 12kW 9ft antenna radar sensor were temporally installed on the Vessel KV Bergen. The Selux ST radar display was equipped with an add-on Special Edition software package, providing the advanced hardware video processing function to enable the detection and tracking of oil slicks. Consilium reports that it is the first company in this market segment, able to provide an oil detection feature built into in an IMO/Solas ARPA navigational radar plant. The radar plant is using the same hardware already approved by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency in Germany and is compliant with the European Maritime Directive (MED). The oil spill detection is also achieved by the performance of the Consilium radar sensor and by its capability to increase the speed of the antenna rotation to up to 44 rpm. The advanced video processing allows for operation under all kinds of visibility conditions


Mesa Verde Completes Trials

The Northrop Grumman-built amphibious transport dock ship Mesa Verde (LPD 19) completed builder's trials last week, in a collaborative effort involving the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman. Shipbuilders worked on sea trial preparations weeks before the ship sailed the Gulf of Mexico from Aug. 13 to 16. The ship's compartments were 100 percent complete, and all systems and certifications were completed and tested 100 percent to pre-trial requirements.


Ingram Barge Opts for Pinpoint Systems

Navigating the Mississippi River can be a challenge for even the most experienced operators. Currents, changing water levels and visibility are just a few of the factors that can adversely impact navigation. Ingram Barge Company, one of the Mississippi's premier towboat operators, decided on an aggressive approach to safe navigation more than three years ago and have been reaping the benefits for nearly two years. After a thorough investigation


Transas NavCom Package for Kugelbake

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Transas Marine GmbH reported the completed supply of the full navigational and communication systems set to a newbuild RoRo vessel for Wulf Seetransporte GmbH & Co. KG, Cuxhaven. Transas delivered a full set of radio-navigational equipment including dual Navi-Sailor 4000 MFD ECDIS, two Navi-Radar 4000 MFD X-band, all navigation sensors, Gyro and steering system and GMDSS A2 equipments, all supplied and commissioned turn-key ready.


Transas Marine Gets Bridge Workstations Order

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Transas Marine to supply four DNV NAUT - OSV (A) Class navigational bridge workstations to newbuilds in China Each bridge consists of 7 x Multifunctional Display (MFD) Workstations with DNV NAUT – OSV (A) Class Notation. The bridge equipment including 12KW X-Band Navi-Chart Radar, 30KW S-Band Navi-Chart Radar, Navi-Sailor Dual ECDIS, Navi-Conning, Slave MFDs will be installed on 4 x UT755 PSVs. The Navi-Conning Module, which can also be supplied "Off-the-Shelf"


C-Vu 3D VTS: New 3D Vessel Tracking System

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The new course to follow in controlling port traffic. A step change to enhance safety and improve operational efficiency.   Large ships navigating narrow waterways are always vulnerable to accidents – one only has to think of the Sea Empress tanker disaster at Milford Haven, or more recently the wrecking of the Costa Concordia. Managing their progress, usually in and out of ports and in other restricted channels, has understandably assumed a critical role in ensuring their safety


CG Cape Wind Radar Study Findings

As a cooperating agency with the Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service, the U.S. Coast Guard is providing an assessment on the proposed Cape Wind project's impacts to Coast Guard missions and the potential impacts the project may have on navigational safety. In Oct. 2008, Capt. Raymond Perry, the commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, determined that for Coast Guard officials to make a recommendation to the Minerals Management Service


ICS Applauds Key Navigational Safety Improvements

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ICS Welcomes Progress by Governments to help improve Navigational safety in Malacca/Singapore Straits.   The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represents 80% of the world merchant fleet, has welcomed the outcome of an important meeting between governments to advance navigational safety in the strategically vital Malacca and Singapore Straits, where there are about 70,000 transits by ships each year.  


Singapore POCC: Off with the Old, On with the New

Singapore's first Port Operations Control Room Centre (POCC) de-commissioned, as new upgraded centre takes over control. The decommissioning of the centre at at Tanjong Pagar Complex (POCC-TPC) marks the retirement of Singapore's first POCC after more than 28 years of faithful service in ensuring navigational safety of vessels in the Singapore Strait and Singapore's port waters. First commissioned on 1 May 1984


Lockheed Martin Contract Will Expand Vessel Traffic Safety

Lockheed Martin has received a $2 million contract extension from the Republic of Turkey to provide a Vessel Traffic Management Information System (VTMIS) for the Istanbul and Canakkale Straits. The original contract, signed in October 1999, was worth more than $20 million. The contract extension allows Lockheed Martin to install three more remote radar sites on the Marmara Sea to supplement the two Vessel Traffic Centers (VTCs) and 16 remote sensor sites along the straits in Turkey


Northrop Grumman Enhances VMFT Software

AIO-compatible ECDIS shown in operation off the coast of New Zealand (Image courtesy of Northrop Grumman)

Northrop Grumman Corporation announced that its latest VisionMaster FT (VMFT) software now includes ADMIRALTY Information Overlay (AIO) as an integral element of its Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) based navigation system making additional chart information available to


New Deep-Sea Trend in African Piracy?

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Dryad Maritime COO Ian Millen
 tells of an audacious open-ocean ambush of a product tanker in Gulf of Guinea and wonders if this attack heralds a new trend in offshore African piracy, as follows: "In the early hours of Saturday 9th August


Raytheon Anschütz Innovations to Debut at SMM

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German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz announced the launch of navigation system innovations as well as improvements to existing technologies for this year’s SMM. The world’s first IMO-certified Integrated Navigation System (INS)


Electronic Navigation & Dispute Resolution: Coming of Age

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ECDIS, AIS, GPS Electronic navigation systems such as GPS, Electronic Chart Displays (ECDIS) and Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) provide great assistance to mariners and significantly contribute to navigational safety.  Voyage Data Recorders (VDR) were specifically designed to collect


Faulty Charts Lead to Port Detentions

A recent analysis of Australian port state control (PSC) deficiencies revealed several detentions due to incorrect use of charts. The Australian Maritime Safety Agency (AMSA) has reported a noticeable increase in the use of unofficial charts


ChartWorld Extends Portfolio to Support GIS Customers

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ChartWorld now offers OceanWise Marine Themes dataset that combines the fragmented features of traditional nautical charting merged into an almost seamless marine map. The data is more beneficial and overcomes the irregular coverage and multi scale levels of traditional charting products.


Nautical Chart Updated for Charleston Harbor

The red lines (not included on the actual chart 11525) show the limits of the old chart.

The new nautical chart 11525 extends eastward, to cover an additional pilot boarding area for vessels headed to the Charleston Harbor. Ships entering the Port of Charleston will have a new and improved nautical chart that covers a larger area to ensure safer navigational approaches into the


Ship Detained for Inadequate Voyage Planning

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal last week affirmed the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) detention of a Liberian flagged vessel SCF Yenisei, in Queensland in October 2013. The manager of the vessel sought to have the detention of the vessel downgraded at the tribunal


Raytheon Anschütz to Debut New Radar at SMM

The new NautoScan NX Radar Transceiver

The German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz announced the launch of a new generation navigation radar for this year’s SMM. The new radar is distinguished mainly by two innovations on the transceiver: Network technology replaces analog data transmission


USCG Finalizes Inland Navigation Rule Changes

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) announced Wednesday the publication of the final rule finalizing changes to the inland navigation rules and their annexes in 33 Code of Federal Regulations parts 83 through 88. This action aligns the Inland Navigation Rules in the Code of Federal Regulations with the


Transas Simulators Used During IMRF Exercises

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On June 1, a mass rescue simulation exercise using Transas Navigational simulator NTPRO 5000 took place within the International Maritime Mass Rescue Conference 2014 held by the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF). The conference was hosted by the Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS).


Newport International Boat Show To Offer Exciting Program

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Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today its '2014 At The Helm program' for this year’s Boat Show. The Newport International Boat Show will take place September 11-14, 2014 on the Newport Waterfront along America’s Cup


Threat to Small Tankers in South China Sea

The ICC Commercial Crime Services' International Maritime Bureau (IMB) is warning small tankers to maintain strict antipiracy measures in the South China Sea following a spate of tanker hijackings in the region, GAC reported in its daily Hot Port News report.


Electronic Cartography Market worth $20 Billion by 2020

According to the report "Electronic Cartography Market by Application (Marine - Commercial and Defense, Aviation - Marine - Commercial and Defense), Components (Systems, Charts), Marine Electronic Navigation Systems (ECDIS, ECS), Aviation Electronic Navigation Systems (Very Large Aircrafts


BAE Systems Gets USNS Wally Schirra Overhaul Contract

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U.S. Department of Defense announces the award of a Navy US$10,354,523 contract to BAE Systems San Francisco Ship Repair, San Francisco, California, for work on the USNS  Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8). The firm-fixed-price contract is for a 58-calendar day regular overhaul and dry docking






 
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