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Kirby Takes 250 AIS’ from Furuno

Furuno USA, the largest U.S. supplier of GMDSS equipment, was awarded a contract to supply over 250 of its FA100 Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) to Houston-based Kirby Inland Marine, LP, a subsidiary of publicly traded (NYSE) Kirby Corporation. Kirby Inland Marine operates the nation’s largest fleet of inland tank barges and towing vessels. They transport a variety of petrochemicals, refined products, black oils and agricultural chemicals efficiently and safely throughout the inland waterways of the United States. Kirby operates 882 active inland tank barges and 226 active towing vessels. In order to bring their applicable vessels into compliance with new Maritime Security requirements, Kirby Inland Marine and Furuno joined forces to retrofit their vessels with Furuno’s FA100. The FA100 is a complete AIS solution provided in a compact, single unit which includes the IMO compliant MKD (Minimum Keyboard Display), AIS Transponder and GPS Receiver. Unlike other models on the market that expose their transponder and sensitive electronics to the harsh environment, the FA100 is designed for simplified installations and low cost maintenance for the future. A typical system configuration requires only the Furuno compact MKD, junction box, standard GPS antenna and an AIS-VHF antenna to complete a simple installation.


RINA Launches Corrosion Prevention and Coatings Program

RINA joined forces with UK-based coatings testing company Bodycote to launch a global Corrosion Prevention and Coatings (CPC) program. The heart of the program will be a CPC Training Course for shipyard and shipowner staff, and testing facilities for type approval of coatings according to the new IMO requirements. The first courses will be launched in Korea in January 2008, with further courses in China beginning in March. Thereafter courses will be


JRC AIS System Earns USCG and FCC Type Approval

The USCG and the FCC have awarded JRC’s AIS system, the “JHS-180” Type Approval. Previously awarded Type Approvals by EU Wheelmark MED, UK, Japan and Industry Canada, this completes the Approval process for JRC’s AIS system, making it available worldwide for most vessels complying with this new IMO requirement. JRC’s JHS-180 is compliant with International Marine Organization (IMO) standards: IMO MSC Res.74 (69) Annex 3, ITU-R M. 1371-1, IEC61993-2, IEC60945 and others.


Eurofin expands Merlin Tankers

Eurofin, the specialist ship finance adviser, has launched its specialist ship investment fund vehicle, Merlin Tankers Inc. The new company has purchased two 38,000 dwt tankers which will be dedicated to the vegetable oil trades. The purchase of a third vessel is about to be completed. Janos Koenig, managing director of Eurofin, says, “We are delighted with the uptake of Merlin Tankers and confident that our specialist focus will give us a competitive advantage


EPE to Prep Hazmat Inventory for Ship Recycling

Environmental Protection Engineering S.A. (EPE) attends to prepare the Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) for the entire Reederei Thomas Schulte fleet (33 container vessels) according to the new IMO Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (Hong Kong Convention). Reederei Thomas Schulte GmbH & Co. KG also signed a contract with Germanischer Lloyd AG about the certification of the IHMs.


New Navigational Product Trio from NOAA

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NOAA highlight new US Chart 1, new chart of California waters with IMO TSS shown, and a beta mobile chart app for boaters. New U.S. Chart 1 shows both electronic and paper chart symbology For the 65 years since the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey issued the first edition of U.S. Chart No.1 in 1948, mariners have had a standard guide for understanding the symbols, abbreviations and terms used on paper nautical charts


Eurofin Expands Merlin Tankers

Eurofin, the specialist ship finance adviser, has launched its specialist ship investment fund vehicle, Merlin Tankers Inc. The new company has purchased two 38,000 dwt tankers which will be dedicated to the vegetable oil trades. The purchase of a third vessel is about to be completed. Merlin Tankers Inc is an investment company managed by the Eurofin Group which will buy and operate ships focussed on veg oil carriage


New Marine Track at NACE Conference

NACE international is pleased to announce a new marine track for its annual conference, CORROSION/2007 to be held March 10-14, 2007, in Nashville, TN. Highlighting the marine track will be a special International Marine Coatings Forum on Tuesday, March 12, 2006. This panel type discussion forum will bring together prominent leaders from the Marine Industry representing shipbuilders, regulatory agencies, owners, and users


IMO Adopts Convention to Control Anti-Fouling

A new IMO convention will prohibit the use of harmful organotins in anti-fouling paints used on ships and will establish a mechanism to prevent the potential future use of other harmful substances in anti-fouling systems. The International Convention on the control of harmful anti-fouling systems on ships was adopted on October 5 at the end of a five-day Diplomatic Conference held at IMO Headquarters in London. Under the terms of the new Convention


Wärtsilä Scrubber for Containerships Ltd

The 13.965 dwt container vessel M/S Containerships VII will be equipped with Wärtsiläs scrubber (Photo courtesy Wärtsilä Corporation)

Wärtsilä has signed a turnkey contract with Containerships Ltd Oy. The agreement covers the retrofitting of a Wärtsilä fresh water scrubber for the vessel Containerships VII, which is equipped with a Wärtsilä W7L64 main engine. This is Wärtsilä's first commercial marine scrubber project for a main engine. The scrubber will be delivered to the customer in August 2011. The conversion will enable the vessel to meet future sulphur oxides (SOx) emission


LNG – Who Cares?

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You say you don’t work on an LNG ship? You should care nevertheless. Just ten years ago, LNG Import terminals were being built and/or contemplated throughout the United States. Then, it was widely expected that Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) imports would account for a large percent of the


RINA Granted Danish LNG Fuel Authority

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Cut    Andrea Cogliolo (Eric Haun) Caption        Andrea Cogliolo International classification society RINA has been authorized by the Danish Maritime Authority to act on its behalf to carry out plan approval and surveillance during construction on


KR Mobile App Contains IMO Conventions

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Korean Register (KR), an IACS member classification society, announces the release of a new mobile app containing all up-to-date IMO conventions. This brand new facility is based on KR’s award winning KR-CON software which is an international database program containing the full


BWM Convention Problems Need Solutions

The global shipping industry – represented by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), BIMCO, Intercargo, Intertanko, World Shipping Council (WSC), CLIA and IPTA – has voiced continuing concern about serious implementation problems associated with the IMO Ballast Water Management


CMA CGM Add New VSAT Services from Marlink

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Marlink has been chosen by the CMA CGM Group, the world’s third largest container shipping group, to upgrade the majority of its fleet to WaveCall, Marlink’s standardized Ku-band VSAT service. In combination with the XChange solutions platform from Astrium Services


IMO to Host World Maritime Day Symposium

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IMO will host a special one-day symposium on a Sustainable Maritime Transportation System, on 26 September 2013, World Maritime Day. The Symposium has been arranged in order to provide Member States, industry and other stakeholders an opportunity to discuss and reflect on the theme of this


Shipowners Call for Sustainable Regulation

Simon Bennett

The global trade association for the shipping industry, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), has called for all future proposals for environmental regulation that impact on ships to be subjected to a full and proper cost benefit analysis before adoption by the International Maritime


IACS Chairman Calls for Evidence-Based Ship Efficiency Assessments

Roberto P. Cazzulo, Chairman of the IACS Council and of RINA Services S.p.A., speaking at the IMO World Maritime Day Symposium on Sustainable Maritime Transportations System, noted that IMO had recently supported in principle an IACS proposal for establishing an (Energy Efficient Design Index)


IACS Renews Call for Evidence-based EEDI Database

Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) Roberto Cazzulo, speaking at the IMO World Maritime Day Symposium on 'Sustainable Maritime Transportation System', noted that IMO had recently supported in principle his organization's proposal for establishing an (Energy


Security Awareness en Designated Security Duties

As one of a few training institutes in the Netherlands, Rood Boven Groen has been certified by ILT to teach the new IMO recognized training Security Awareness en Designated Security Duties according to STCW’78 including the 2010 Manila amendments.


ICS Questions French CO2 Ship Requirements

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The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the global trade association for shipowners, has written to the French Government to raise concerns about a new requirement for foreign shipowners to provide information to their French customers about CO2 emissions


ICS: Reducing CO2 is Economic 'No Brainer' for Shipowners

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Today, at the United Nations (UNFCCC) Climate Change Conference in Warsaw (COP 19), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) will advise a United Nations event on the economics of mitigation that reducing CO2 emissions is an economic 'no brainer' for the global shipping industry.   


ICS Suggests Security Training Grace Period

Peter Hinchliffe

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has raised concerns with governments about preparations worldwide for issuing tens of thousands of seafarers with new certificates for security-related training by January 1, as required by the 2010 amendments to the IMO Convention on Standards of


Viking Refits Four NGSCO Vessels with LRRS Systems

Anders Noergaard Lauridsen

The National Gas Shipping Company (NGSCO) of Abu Dhabi said new Lifeboat Release and Retrieval Systems (LRRS) are being installed in advance of new IMO regulations coming into force this year. The combination of the innovative Nadiro Drop-in-Ball  technology and Viking UAE’s


Alfa Laval’s PureSOX Secures Repeat Order

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As the marine industry struggles to prepare for 2015 and the first wave of sulphur emission limits, Alfa Laval technology is proving its worth. Following a similar order from DFDS earlier in 2013, a repeat order for PureSOX was placed by Dutch ship owner Spliethoff near the end of the year


 
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