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)
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
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.
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.
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.
The IMO issued Radiocommunication and Search and Rescue Circular 31 entitled Guidance for Mass Rescue Operations
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
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
Sri Lanka Navy thwarted Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam militant attacks and saved the lives of 854 unarmed soldiers, who traveled from Kankesanthurai to Trincomalee in a passenger vessel on August 1. According to report Sri Lanka Naval sea unit confronted a cluster of LTTE suicide boats at the harbor entrance of Trincomalee. Naval sources confirmed that the passenger vessel has been navigated to a distance safely into the international waters and no casualties were caused during the
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
The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) met for its 65th session from May 13-17 2013, at IMO Headquarters in London. The committee made significant progress in its work on further developing energy-efficiency regulations; adopted an
The passenger ship 'Serenissima' grounded Monday night in Oban Bay, was refloated the next day & awaits underwater inspection. The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency reported that the Stornoway Coastguard was alerted and was told that the ship had ran aground on sand and gravel
Blue Star Line Chairman, Professor Clive Palmer, appoints V.Ships Leisure as ship management services partner for his Titanic II project. According to the Blue Star Line's press release, V.Ships Leisure is the world’s largest supplier of management and outsourcing services to the maritime
Statutory Alert: Revision to MARPOL Annex IV – passenger ship discharge requirements and new performance test/standard for sewage treatment plants New sewage discharge requirements for passenger vessels within the Baltic Sea and a new sewage treatment plant performance test/standard for
The IMO Subcommittee on Ship Design and Equipment (DE) has made progress in its efforts to develop international environmental and safety regulations for navigation in polar regions. For the recent session of the Subcommittee on Ship Design and Equipment held in March 2013, Denmark had
Adoption of, and interest in, LNG-as-fuel for ships is gathering pace but challenge is as much in safe bunkering and port operations as in ship design. LNG bunkering guidance is one of the key subjects addressed in LR’s latest Gas Technology Report.
So far, 120 companies have registered with the international KPI Project, started by InterManager but now an industry-led initiative. KPI data is being uploaded from more than 1,600 vessels into the web-based InterManager KPI Environment (IMKE) system
The largest ship ever built by the Italian group, & the future Carnival flagship, is launched at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard. Delivery is scheduled for spring 2014, while sister ship, “Royal Princess”, launched in August 2012
Rolls-Royce plc has received the Green Ship Technology Award for its Environship concept – a revolutionary design and system solution for cargo ships that reduces CO2 emissions by up to 40 per cent compared to similar diesel powered vessels.
The Paris MoU Port State Control Committee's Harmonized Verification Programme (HAVEP) on passenger ship operational safety controls will last throughout 2013. Steamship Mutual advises its members to prepare for Port State Control Inspections
Classification society RINA Group has grouped all its experts on cruise vessels under a new Cruise Ships Center of Excellence. The aim is to deliver improved service to operators, designers and builders of cruise vessels, and to foster innovation in new services internally.
Seafarers’ charity the Apostleship of the Sea has welcomed the 2013 launch of National Ferry Fortnight and the focus it gives to the hard work of ferry crews. Each year, the Passenger Shipping Association promotes a National Ferry Fortnight
In the cruise ship sector, the Fincantieri name is no stranger, having since the early 1900s built some of the most appreciated liners, including the legendary transatlantic Rex, built in Genoa, winner of the Blue Riband in 1933. Nowadays, cruise remains its core and Fincantieri is famous for its
9 cruise industry associations to operate under a common organization with a unified structure to better serve the industry. The new association was created to provide increased benefits and a globally unified voice for cruise lines, travel agents and business partners – all of whom
The world’s most environmentally friendly large passenger ship, 'Viking Grace', delivered by STX Finland, & maiden voyage tickets a sell-out. Apart from its unique green credentials, the vessel’s two standout features are its LNG-powered Wartsila engines and its safe return