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Ships in Yangtze River Aided by GPS

The Yangtze River Maritime Safety Administration started the global position system (GPS) to monitor 107 passenger ships sailing in the Three Gorges enveloped by a dense fog. It ordered the ships to stop and wait by sending short text messages after the fog became too dense for sailing. Since China's Spring Festival travel season started three days ago, 50,000 passengers have safely traveled in and out of the Three Gorges. The upper reaches of Yangtze River, China's longest, have been hit by extreme dense fogs recently. As a measure of preventing sailing accidents, maritime authorities equipped passenger ships in the river with GPS facilities free of charge. Knowing the location of each ship, the authorities can easily monitor and manage the sailing in the river. Once a ship is engaged in dangerous activities such as sailing at night, the monitor system will give an alarm to the authorities. Most of the traffic in Yangtze River during the Spring Festival holiday season will take place in the Three Gorges, as 580,000 passengers will be transported by 160 ships. (Source: www.chinaview.cn)


Bangladesh Shipyard Delivers Ferry 'Isefjord'

Ferry Isefjord: Photo credit Western Marine

A short-sea trade RoRo passenger ship built by Western Marine Shipyard Ltd., is the most advanced built in the yard so far. This is the first time Bangladesh has exported a passenger ship to the European market, in compliance with the highest standards of  modern technology & safety. Isefjord waas built for Danish owner Hundested Rorvig Faergefart to carry 147 passengers & 28 units of vehicle on a Danish coastal route


Minoan Lines Orders Ferry From Samsung

Passenger shipping firm Minoan Lines has reportedly placed an order for a third ferry with Korean shipyards Samsung, to be delivered in May 2001. The vessel will enter service on the Piraeus-Chania route. The ferry will have a full-weight cruising speed of 28.25 knots and a capacity of 1,500 passengers and 1,000 cars or 150 lorries, it said in a statement. It will cruise between Piraeus and Chania in five hours.


IMO- Fire Regulations for Balconies Agreed

The IMO issued a release discussing recent developments relating to the strengthening of fire protection arrangements in relation to cabin balconies on passenger vessels. Among other things, draft amendments to SOLAS Chapter II-2 have been prepared to ensure that existing regulations relating to primary deck coverings; ceilings and linings; use of combustible materials; and smoke generation potential and toxicity are applied to cabin balconies on new passenger ships.


IMO Committee on Stability, Load Lines, and Fishing Vessel Safety

The 45th Session of the IMO Committee on Stability, Load Lines, and Fishing Vessel Safety will be held in London on July 22-26, 2002. Items on the agenda include subdivision and damage stability harmonization; large passenger ship safety; revision of technical regulations of the Load Line Convention; containership partially weathertight hatch covers; review of the Intact Stability Code; and revision of Fishing Vessel Safety Code and Voluntary Guidelines.


Passenger Ship Safety High on Upcoming MSC Meeting Agenda

IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meets at its London Headquarters for its 92nd session from 12 to 21 June 2013. Amongst other matters of moment the meeting will have a focus on passenger ship safety provisions, as set out in a preview of the meeting: The MSC is expected to adopt amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) relating to passenger drills; discuss preliminary recommendations arising from the Costa Concordia incident.


Keeping Machinery Spaces Safe

Fire in the engineroom is one of the largest causes of ship casualties around the world, a fact highlighted in a recent Salvage Association annual review. Finland's Marioff Oy — a well-regarded supplier of fire suppression systems — now offers a dedicated HI-FOG water mist fire protection system for ship's enginerooms. The supplier of water mist fire protection systems for ships is gearing up for unprecedented demand for its tailor made HI-FOG local application system following the May 1999


IMO Issues Circular on Mass Rescue

The IMO issued Radiocommunication and Search and Rescue Circular 31 entitled Guidance for Mass Rescue Operations


New Bridge Nav Watch Alarm System

Photo courtesy ÖRN Marketing AB

Uni-Safe Electronics’ new Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm System BW-800 complies with IMO MSC 128(75) and the new IEC 62616 performance standard from February 2010. The company said it expected to be the first company in the world to present a Type Approval of a Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm System complying with the new IEC 62616 performance standard. DNV has carried out the performance test with success and now we are only waiting for environmental test to be completed


Stena Line Celebrates National Ferry Fortnight

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Stena Line plans to celebrate National Ferry Fortnight by offering 15 per cent off bookings to Holland Stena Line, the leading ferry operator, has announced it will be offering 15 per cent off bookings made between 14 and 28 May 2011, for travel completed by 8 January 2012 to mark the Passenger Shipping Association's third annual National Ferry Fortnight. The offer is valid for all vehicle types, "dutchflyer" (rail and sail) and foot passenger bookings


Propulsion is the Next Step for Survitec's MES

Photo courtesy of Survitec

The company that launched the world's first MES is now actively developing an Alternative Escape System (AES) for large passenger ships.  Survitec Group wants to combine the benefits of chute evacuation with the advantage of propulsion


New Study to Provide Insight into Passenger Ship Comfort

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Comfort is considered to be a crucial factor on board passenger ships as it largely determines passenger satisfaction, on board expenditure and passenger return levels. However, comfort is subjective as people are very different. Where one passenger complains about discomfort


Mega Ships and Cyber Attacks Pose New Threats

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Shipping losses continued their long-term downward trend with 75 reported worldwide in 2014, making it the safest year in shipping for 10 years, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS)  third annual Safety and Shipping Review 2015


The Bigger the Ship, the Riskier

Image: Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

 Container ship safety is under the spotlight with ever-increasing ship sizes, as evidenced by the January 2015 inauguration of the world’s largest container ship, the MSC Oscar (19,224 teu).    The length of four football pitches, it can carry 19,000 containers


Getting Real on LNG Fuel

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Plentiful supply, low prices and strict regulations on air pollution are fuelling a swift move towards using LNG as fuel for ship propulsion in the USA and Canada. In Europe strict regulation in port is pushing passenger ship owners to use LNG fuel while berthed.


Norwegian Buys Ship from Princess Cruises

Ocean Princess (Photo: Princess Cruises)

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. announces fleet expansion for Oceania Cruises in 2016; Sirena to join sister ships Insignia, Regatta and Nautica   Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. announced a definitive agreement with Princess Cruises, Ltd


MSC Approves SOLAS Amendments

SOLAS amendments to make IGF Code mandatory approved by Maritime Safety Committee   The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), which met at the Organization's London headquarters for its 94th session, from November 17-21, 2014


Norwegian Cruise Line Inks Deal with New Orleans Port

Port of New Orleans, Norwegian Cruise Line Sign New Multi-Year Berthing Agreement

  Officials with Norwegian Cruise Line and the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans signed a new four-year berthing agreement today with three one-year options. The agreement will keep at least one Norwegian cruise ship sailing seasonally from New Orleans through 2018 with the


Vessel Carrying Migrants Sends Distress Signal

A vessel that called for help off Greece is a Moldovan-flagged cargo ship believed to be carrying migrants, Greece's shipping ministry said on Tuesday. Greek state television earlier reported a passenger ship issued a distress signal because of armed people on board.


Danish Maritime Authority Launches New Ship Survey

Danish Maritime Focus on Safety

  From 1 January, the Danish Maritime Authority will survey all Danish passenger ships in a new way. Shipping companies are positive towards the new passenger ship survey which will, to a greater extent, involve the crew and the daily safety work.


Joint Effort Targets Green Coastal Shipping

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Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Mæland and State Secretary for Climate and Environment Lars Andreas Lunde signed a declaration of cooperation with key players in the Norwegian coastal shipping industry today. This declaration aims to ensure that Norway has the world's most


New Flagship Joins CMV Cruise Line

Magellan (Image by CMV)

Britain's Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) has taken delivery of new flagship Magellan ahead of its maiden voyage in March.   The former 1,250-passenger ship Grand Holiday, operated by Costa brand Iberocruceros, was built in 1985 and revamped in 2010.  


Wreck Removal Convention Inforce From April

On 14 April 2015, the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks enters into force

The insurance and certification requirements of the Convention on the Removal of Wrecks become effective this April. In this connection, the Danish Maritime Authority has a request for Danish companies and shipowners. Therefore new regulations will be implemented


New Terminal in Greenwich for Huge Cruise Ships

Image: Thames River Authority

Large cruise ships could become a familiar sight on the Thames if plans for a new passenger terminal in Greenwich move forward.   London could soon become a popular destination for large cruise ships in two years as new passenger terminal planned for Greenwich


IMO Training for Mariners in the Arctic Finalised

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  The IMO has now agreed on training requirements for seafarers navigating Arctic and Antarctic waters. The requirements are to enhance safety of navigation in polar areas and to ensure that the crew is prepared for the special conditions.






 
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