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GRL launches ROVolution 4.0

DockDeploy&Operate - GRLs ROVolution v4.0 simulating a Titan manipulator applying a torque tool to turn a valve.

General Robotics Limited (GRL), introduced Version 4.0 of it ROVolution ROV pilot training and mission planning simulator that uses real-time dynamic and hydrodynamic modelling to give pilots a highly realistic experience of subsea operations. ROVolution now includes a comprehensive Pilot Training Metrics module to improve the measurability and consistency of pilot training and assessment. An instructor can use the built-in tools to give him an objective measure of key pilot competencies like the time taken to complete a task, how much the pilot varied from a designated survey path, what force was put on the tether, and how much tether was paid out compared to the distance from the TMS. Pilot Metrics is valuable as part of a structured training course and is useful to identify where additional training is needed. Pilots themselves can use the system for self assessment and evaluate their own progress over time as part of their continuing professional development.   The system also provides the ability to rapidly assess the skills of contract pilots and their ability to perform a particular job, and subsea companies have shown considerable interest here. Operators can run a particular job configuration and get a measure of individual pilots’ speed, accuracy and ability to cope with difficulties like strong currents or poor visibility


This Day in Naval History - March 02

From the Navy News Service:   1859 - The first Navy ship built on the West Coast of the United States, Saginaw, is launched at Mare Island, Calif. 1867 - The Navy Civil Engineering Corps is established. 1899 - An act of Congress creates the rank "Admiral of the Navy" for George Dewey. 1973 - Women begin pilot training in the Navy.   For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil


Brisbane Marine Pilots Train at MSI-Newport

Stephen Cummings and David Harris of the Brisbane Marine Pilots attended an Emergency Shiphandling course conducted September 13-17, 2004, at MarineSafety International's simulator training complex in Newport, RI. Topics covered included ship maneuvering in narrow channels and docking operations in tight quarters under difficult circumstances of wind and current. The pilots were also able to practice procedures for employing escort tugs using a computer model of the port of Brisbane


Long Beach Pilots Train at MSI

Captain Tom Jacobsen, President of Jacobsen Pilot Services, Inc., a long-time provider of pilotage for the Port of Long Beach, announced that Long Beach Pilots would be attending a training course at MarineSafety International (MSI) in San Diego. The four-day course is designed to combine an opportunity for the Pilots to review the principles of Bridge Resource Management (BRM) and to sharpen their skills in working with new types of tugs an advanced towing strategies.


Investigation Reveals Queensland Pilotage Safety Concerns

Systemic safety issues in Queensland coastal pilotage operations have been identified in an Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigation report. Coastal pilots form a key defence against a serious shipping incident in parts of the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait as part of a suite of broader protective measures already in place. The ATSB began an investigation into coastal pilotage operations in December 2010 following the release of its report into the grounding of the


New Simulation Complex for Dunkirk Pilot Station

Photo: Transas

Transas informs it has installed the fifth simulator for high-level training for pilots who operate in the port of Dunkirk in France. The pilot station is now equipped with the latest generation of the Transas navigational simulator Navi-Trainer Professional 5000, which capabilities allow to steer any kind of ship in combination with any propulsion and steering system available on the market, Transas said. The compact simulator version was particularly adapted to the Dunkirk station's


Houston Pilots Accept 45 ft. Fresh Water Draft

Effective immediately, the Houston Pilots will accept vessels with drafts up to 45 ft. (13.7 m) in fresh water. In the wake of the crisis along the U.S. Gulf Coast, the Houston Pilots are foregoing a previously scheduled phased-in approach to larger vessels, as the maritime industry needs to divert many deep draft loaded vessels from ports affected by Hurricane Katrina. The Houston Pilots are comprised of 81 pilots; including two deputy pilots still in training.


ROVsim Pro Chosen By New ROV Training Facility

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Marine Simulation LLC recently teamed with Cabaco Marine Pte Ltd to sell two ROVsim Pro training systems to Seahorse Services Co. Ltd. to be used in their new ROV pilot training facility in Vung Tao, Vietnam.  ROVsim Pro is a physics accurate, visually realistic and highly configurable Remotely Operated (submerged) Vehicle (ROV) simulator intended for undersea and marine professionals.  By implementing the very latest technologies for real-time 3D visualization


New Model LNG Carrier at Port Revel

Photo courtesy Port Revel

In 2009, Sogreah, a firm of consulting engineers working in the fields of water, energy and the environment, launched the Otello, a 1:25 scale model of one of the world’s largest container carriers. This event was part of the celebrations to mark the extension of its shiphandling training center, Port Revel. On March 29, to open the 2010 season, Sogreah will launch the latest addition to its fleet, the Q-Max, a faithful reproduction of a 1


New generation Transas simulator for Broome Maritime Simulation Centre

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Kimberley TAFE Broome Maritime Simulation Centre has extended its range of services by selecting a Transas Full Mission Transas Simulator. The Transas Marine will upgrade the existing simulation centre to provide one of the most advanced marine trainings and R&D tools in the Australia. The simulation suite includes a main bridge and a tug station for a new port development, training of pilots and tug masters.


New Pilot Boat Delivered to Sabine Pilots

Port Arthur (Photo: Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding)

Sabine Pilots in Port Arthur, Texas has received a new all-aluminum pilot boat, Port Arthur.   With a deep-V hull designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates, the Chesapeake class pilot boat was built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation of Somerset, Mass. The vessel measures 53


Cyberhawk Lands in Portuguese Market

Cyberhawk team operating drones offshore Photo Cyberhawk

Cyberhawk Innovations continues to bolster its international credentials through a new partnership with Portugal’s leading engineering service provider and contractor Construção e Manutenção Electromecânica (CME).  


Saab Develops Underwater Anti-IED Robot

Sea Wasp (Image: Saab)

Designed to combat below-the-surface terrorism, Sea Wasp is the latest generation remotely operated vehicle (ROV) from defense and security company Saab.   Presented at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition in National Harbor, Md


Human Remains and Belongings Found from Plane Crash at Sea

Egypt said on Friday its navy had found human remains, wreckage and the personal belongings of passengers floating in the Mediterranean, confirmation that an EgyptAir jet had plunged into the sea with 66 people on board.   President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi offered condolences for those on board


Panama Canal Focuses on Services on Expanded Waterways

Courtesy ACP

Today, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) hosted an Open Forum, giving shipping line representatives and steamship agents the opportunity to discuss the Panama Canal’s services once the expanded waterway begins operations. The Forum, titled “Exchange of Perspectives and Innovative Ideas


PCA Announce New Booking & Service Tariff

Panama Canal Photo PCA

New booking tariff for neopanamax locks & changes to other service tariffs Friday, March 11, 2016, Panama Canal, Panama  The Panama Canal Authority (PCA) announced the following new booking and PCSOPEP tariffs for the neopanamax vessels and modifications to other pilot related tariffs


Financial Institutions Visit Panama Canal

The five international financial institutions financing the Expansion visited the Canal to discuss progress, timeline and training.

The five international financial institutions partially financing the Panama Canal Expansion Program traveled to Panama earlier this week to see the 96.6 percent progress made thus far. During their three-day visit to the Canal, representatives were guided through the Agua Clara and Cocoli locks


Shipping Industry Signs Up to Pilot XVELA Platform

Photo by XVELA

 US-based XVELA, creators of a cloud-based vessel stowage and collaboration platform for ocean carriers and terminal operators, has announced that a wave of new terminal operators and shipping lines have signed on for pilot programs to put the XVELA platform to the test.  


Cyberhawk Attracts £2m investment

(L-R) Malcolm Connolly Technical Director at Cyberhawk, Usman Ali from the Banks’ Growth Finance team, Craig Roberts CEO at Cyberhawk, David McIntyre Chief Financial Officer at Cyberhawk Innovations and Nick Edgar, Senior Director, Growth Finance at Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks Photo Cyberhawk

Cyberhawk, the world leader in Remotely Operated Aerial Vehicle (ROAV) inspection and survey, and a pioneer in the conversion of drone-captured data into powerful asset information, is targeting expansion following agreement on a new £2 million funding package from Clydesdale and Yorkshire


Panama Canal Expansion Inauguration Set for June

Photos courtesy of ACP

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced  that the Panama Canal Expansion will be officially inaugurated on Sunday, June 26, 2016. The announcement was made this morning during the inauguration ceremony of the Canal’s state-of-the-art Scale Model Maneuvering Training Facility


This Day In Naval History: April 8

1823 - The barges USS Mosquito, USS Gallinipper, and sloop-of-war Peacock chase the pirate schooner, Pilot, which is driven ashore off Havana, Cuba.   1848 - The first U.S. flag is flown over the Sea of Galilee when Lt. William F. Lynch sails in an iron boat up the Jordan River


Crystal Charters Escort Vessel for Arctic Cruise

RRS Ernest Shackleton (Photo: Crystal Cruises)

When cruise liner Crystal Serenity sets off on its 32-day expedition voyage through the Northwest Passage from Anchorage to New York August 16, she will be escorted by the RRS Ernest Shackleton.   Crystal Cruises recently secured RRS Ernest Shackleton for the voyage via a charter party


First Female Deputy Harbor Master at Port of Durban

Pinky Zungu has again made history with her appointment as Transnet National Ports Authority’s first black female Deputy Harbor Master – Nautical for the Port of Durban. (Photo: Philip Wilson)

One of the first three women in Africa to obtain a Marine Pilot open license in 2011, Pinky Zungu has again made history with her appointment as Transnet National Ports Authority’s first black female Deputy Harbor Master – Nautical for the Port of Durban.  


Panama Canal Dismisses ITF Claims

Image:  Brazil’s Fundação Homem de Mar (FHM)

 The Panama Canal has dismisses claims by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) that questions industry standards and the operation of the Expanded Panama Canal’s new locks.   Claims made by ITF that new locks built for the Panama Canal expansion will be


Port of London Bridge Simulator Upgraded

Photo: PLA

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has invested £250,000 to upgrade its ship’s bridge simulator, adding a full tug bridge simulator in a move that is set to enable a boost in port trade and helps terminals verify their expansion plans.  






 
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