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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:

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

World Maritime Day Theme Launched

Kitack Lim  the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization Photo IMO

The critical link between shipping and global society is the main focus for this year’s World Maritime Day theme: "Shipping: indispensable to the world". The theme for 2016 was launched by IMO Secretary-General Lim as he opened the Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (18 January). Mr. Lim said that without shipping, importing and exporting goods on the scale necessary to sustain the modern world would simply not be possible

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.

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.

Croatia’s Jadrolinija to Buy New Passenger Ship

Photo by Jadrolinija Lines

 Croatia’s  largest national passenger shipping company Jadrolinija plans to expand its fleet with a new passenger ship, with the total cost of about 50 million euros, reports    At an international tender, the contract for designing the ship has been won by Polish company Remontowa Marine Design & Consulting (RMDC), said CEO of Jadrolinija Alan Klanac   The Croatian ferry operator has started implementing its development strategy

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

Global Shipbuilders Discuss Market Downturn

From 19 till 20 October 2016, top executives from major shipbuilders from Japan, Europe, China, South-Korea and the United States met in Gyeongju (South-Korea) in the context of the 25th JECKU, to discuss the industry’s challenges in supply and demand and in addressing regulatory matters.

CLIA to Outline Cruise Ship Safety at SMC 2016

Photo: CLIA

The global cruise industry has committed to spending more than $30 billion in designing the most creative and exceptional passenger ships ever envisioned, featuring the most advanced and comprehensive safety systems ever deployed in cruising history.

Trawler Almost Capsized by British Submarine

The trawler Karen. Photo Credit: MAIB

 Royal Navy incompetence put an Irish trawler crew at risk after one of its submarines became snagged in a net and nearly capsized the ship.   The nuclear-powered sub was sailing out of Faslane on the Clyde in April 2015 when it snagged the Karen's fishing gear between Ardglass and the

Damen Debuts Expedition Cruise Ship Design

Image: Damen

Damen Shipyards Group has unveiled its recently completed Expedition Cruise Vessel design, which resulted from its partnership with Expedition Voyage Consultants Ltd and the Danish Naval Architect firm Knud E. Hansen.   From the outset of this project

Mitsubishi Plans to Shrink Ship Building Operations

Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS) Photo Mitsubishi Shipbuilding & Ocean Development

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is planning to stop taking new orders for large passenger ships, downsizing its shipbuilding operations due to a slump in orders, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Sunday. The plans by Japan's fourth-largest shipbuilder come as new shipbuilding orders have

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Orders Two Vessels

Two new-builds in the 5-star expedition segment

TUI Group, the world’s number one tourism group, will invest in two new-builds for its Hamburg-based subsidiary Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. The two, new, 5-star expedition vessels are scheduled for launch in April and October 2019, respectively, following 20 months of construction

Pods Versus Water Lubricated Props

Image: Thordon Bearings

Thordon Bearings has called on the marine industry to investigate the characteristics of both conventional seawater-lubricated propeller shaft systems and podded propulsion arrangements in order to provide shipowners with a better understanding of the two very different propulsion configurations.

SS United States Will Not Return to Service

SS United States sits out of commission in Philadelphia. (Photo: SS United States Conservancy)

A comprehensive technical feasibility study has determined the SS Unites States to be structurally sound, but a number of insurmountable obstacles will keep America’s Flagship from returning to seagoing service. In February, Crystal Cruises reached a deal with the SS United States

133,500-ton Carnival Horizon Unveiled

CarnivalVista. Photo: Carnival Cruise Line

 Carnival Cruise Line has announced that their next and 26th cruise ship in the fleet will be called Carnival Horizon.    The  133,500-ton 3,936-passenger ship is currently under construction in the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.  

New 'Mega Passenger Ship' for Star Cruises

Concept design of the new Global Class mega cruise ship to be built by MV Werften for Star Cruises (Image: Elomatic)

Elomatic Ltd and Deltamarin Ltd have signed a tri-party engineering contract with shipbuilder MV Werften for the design of Star Cruises’ new Global Class “mega passenger ship,” which, once completed, will be the largest passenger vessel ever built in Germany.  

Fuel Consumption, Emissions Monitoring Software Updated

Aquarius MAS on Blue Star Delos upgraded with new software which allows real-time reporting and logging of fuel consumption and emissions Image Eco Marine Power

As part of the ongoing Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project, Eco Marine Power (EMP) stated that the Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS) installed on Blue Star Delos has been updated with new fuel oil consumption (FOC) and emissions monitoring software.

Genting to Invest in Werften

Photo: Genting Hong Kong

 Genting Hong Kong Ltd will invest 100 million euros in its German shipyard, MV Werften to focus on building new large ships.   The three shipyards in the German State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern bought this April would be named MV Werften, be managed in Wismar.  

Newly Formed MV WERFTEN to Focus on Cruise Builds


Genting Hong Kong announced that the three shipyards in the German State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern bought this April will be named as MV WERFTEN*, be managed in Wismar and will focus on building large new cruise ships. Lloyd Werft located in Bremerhaven and bought last September will focus on its

Slowing Shipping Fleet Growth to Ease Officer Shortage

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Slowing growth in the size of the shipping fleet will reduce the shortage of officers over the coming years, according to the latest Manning report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.   The global shipping fleet – encompassing all sectors except the non-cargo

S. Korea, Denmark in Flag State Dialogue

Photo Courtesy Danish Maritime Authority

Six government officials from South Korea are visiting the Danish Maritime Authority and, in this connection, they exchange experiences and knowledge about shipping, inspections and safety with the Danish authorities. The South Korean government officials are, inter alia

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