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Singapore Approves Danelec New-Generation VDR

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has issued a certificate of approval for the Danelec DM100 VDR for installation on ships under the Singapore registry. The Singapore approval follows on the type approval and European Union Wheelmark certification for the Danelec DM100 issued by the German authority Bundesamt für Seeschiffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH) June 30. The Danelec DM100 is the first and only product so far approved and wheelmarked to meet the revised VDR performance standards and technical requirements as defined in IMO Resolution MSC.333(90). The new IMO standard came into force July 1. All VDRs installed after that date must meet the new IMO standard. “The Danelec DM100 is a totally new product designed specifically to meet or exceed the new IMO standard and incorporates the latest advances in state-of-the-art electronics,” said Hans Ottosen, chief executive officer of Danelec Marine. “The new VDRs are now in full production, and we are currently supplying IMO-compliant VDRs to ensure ships worldwide are in conformance with the new standard.” All passenger ships and cargo ships over 3,000 gross tons are required to carry an approved VDR or Simplified VDR (S-VDR) to record data for use in accident investigations. The new IMO standard adds the following main requirements for VDRs: A float-free data capsule in addition to the hardened fixed capsule


Danelec DM100 VDR Earns KR Type Approval

Danelec Marine's DM100 series Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) has received type approval from the Korean Register of Shipping, the manufacturer annouced today. The Korean approval certifies that the DM100 VDR complies with provisions of the new IMO VDR standard which came into force in 2014, including IEC 61162-450 requiring Ethernet connectivity with the ship’s ECDIS and radar data. The Danelec DM100 products have also been approved by other international maritime


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


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


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.


The Impact of Lower Oil Price on LNG Vessels

Image: OPEC

 Opec study on the impact of lower oil price assumptions on the penetration of LNG vessels has released.   In light of the regulations on sulphur emissions issued by the IMO the prospect of using LNG as an alternative bunker fuel was explored.   It was concluded that LNG had the potential to become an important marine bunker fuel in the long-term.   This year the subject is re-considered in light of recent market and price developments


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.


New Navigational Product Trio from NOAA

Mobile App in Beta: Image courtesy of NOAA

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. 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


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


IMO Rolls Out GloMEEP Website

Image: International Maritime Organization

 International Maritime Organization (IMO) has launched a website for GloMEEP energy efficiency project.   IMO’s continuing efforts to promote environmentally sound shipping received a boost today with the launch of Glomeep.imo.org.   


JRC Earns Highest DNV-GL INS Type Approval

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Japan Radio Company (JRC) has received DNV-GL Integrated Navigation System (INS) type approval for the Multi Function Display (MFD) which also includes the network based ICS suffix.   JRC’s flexible system meets and exceeds the new IMO performance standard resolution MSC


Freightgate Announces SOLAS VGM Compliance Solution

Image: Freightgate Inc

 Freightgate Inc announced an easy to use, integrated (SSO enabled) solution for International Shippers around the world to comply with the new IMO Requirement to certify VGM (Verified Gross Mass).    The new solution includes a plug-in that let’s you connect directly from


Container Weighing at 29 APM Locations

Transmitter fitted on Head block Photo APM

VGM Generation services will be offered to enable supply chain partners to comply with new IMO SOLAS regulations   The Hague, Netherlands - With just 50 days until SOLAS Verified Gross Mass (VGM) comes into force APM Terminals is taking the lead to ensure a smooth transition into the new


FMC Chairman Applauds USCG Statement on Container Weights

Photo: Port of Oakland

Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero commended the Coast Guard for issuing a bulletin last week regarding container weights that he hopes allows parties to agree how they will operate after new Safety of Life at Sea Treaty (SOLAS) amendments come into force later this year.


VDRs Refit on UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ships

RFA Lyme Bay (Photo: UK MOD)

Danelec Marine informs it has supplied new-generation Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) for three U.K. Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Bay-Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD) vessels.   The three ships, RFA Lyme Bay, RFA Mounts Bay and RFA Cardigan Bay, have been fitted with Danelec DM100 VDRs


Pacific Nations Take a Stand on Shipping Emissions

Photo: IMO

On Earth Day, Pacific leaders queued among 175 countries to sign the Paris Agreement in New York. Earlier that day in London, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’s sister UN specialized agency


ECSA Calls for Short Sea Shipping Friendly Framework

Photo: European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 European shipowners hope that the momentum created by the Dutch Presidency’s High Level Event on Short Sea Shipping held in Amsterdam last February will result in maritime directors putting Short Sea Shipping on the top priority list when they meet today in Brussels.  


ICS to Pursue Critical Issues at IMO's MEPC Meet

Peter Hinchliffe ICS Secretary General Photo by ICS

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has made a number of submissions to a critical meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Committee (MEPC) which begins in London next week (18-22 April).  These address further measures to reduce the sector’s CO2 emissions


Future Marine Fuels: BioFuels in Focus

Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, GoodFuels Marine

It is predicted that biofuels will make up 5-10% of the global marine fuel mix by 2030 – meaning that biofuels will represent a crucial role in creating a low-emission future for shipping.    In the wake of COP 21 and in advance of any subsequent IMO ruling on the environment


Simrad Launches Commercial Radar System

Photo courtesy of Simrad

Simrad's R3016 12U/6X IMO SOLAS CAT 3 Radar System for the commercial shipping market in on the market.   The new R3016 12U/6X  IMO type approved radar solution is ideal for use aboard CAT 3 SOLAS vessels1, workboats, tugs and coastal fishing boats


FIATA Still All at Sea on Container Weight

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THE International Federation of Freight Forwarders' Associations (FIATA) has called for enhanced communication from  container  shipping lines ahead of the deadline by which new IMO regulations requiring verification of a freight container’s gross mass become mandatory.


First Vessel Secures IMO Polar Code Compliance

Magne Viking (Photo: Viking Supply Ships)

 AHTS Magne Viking, owned by Viking Supply Ships, is in compliance with the new IMO Polar Code, confirms DNV GL and the Danish Maritime Authority following a successful survey.    “Having followed the development of the Polar Code for some years


UN Secretary-General Visits IMO

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim (Photo: IMO)

On February 3, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for ship safety, maritime security and prevention of pollution from ships.   


IMO Head to Address Interferry Conference

Kitack Lim (Photo: IMO)

New IMO secretary-general to give keynote speech at trade association Interferry’s 41st annual conference in Manila this October   Korea’s Kitack Lim, whose term as IMO secretary-general began January 1, will address the opening conference session on October 17






 
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