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IMO Provides Guidance on Spaces on Tankers and Bulk Carriers

The IMO issued a Circular providing guidance on application of SOLAS regulation II-1/3-6 on access to and within spaces in, and forward of, the cargo area of oil tankers and bulk carriers and application of the technical provisions for means of access for inspection. MSC Circ. 1107. Source: HK Law


Prevention of Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a Port Circular reminding owners, operators, and masters of the dangers of piracy and armed robbery against ships. Reference is made to an IMO Circular issued in 2002 providing guidance on preventing and suppressing such incidents. Ship security plans should take this guidance into account. Port Marine Circular No. 31 of 2003


MSI Trains Evergreen Marine Instructors

The Director of MarineSafety International's San Diego learning and research center, David Ramsey, recently conducted Bridge Resource Management and Train the Trainer courses for the instructors of Evergreen Marine's Seafarer Training Center. The training took place at the Training Center in Taoyuan, Taipei. Evergreen Marine, part of the Evergreen Group, operates 120 container ships, which call at ports worldwide. Approximately 2,000 mariners are employed on their ships


HazMat Response Handbook Available

The U.S. Coast Guard released its Hazardous Materials Response Special Teams Capabilities and Contact Handbook. The thick document provides guidance on occupational health and safety, salvage capability, spill containment and recovery, environmental assessment, and analysis, among other things. To download a copy, visit: http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/HAZMAT%20Response%20Special%20Teams%20Handbook.pdf (Source: HK Law)


General Dynamics Wins $33 Million U.S. Navy Contract

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products was awarded a $32.6 million multi-year contract by the U.S. Navy for the production of MK82 gun and guided-missile directors and MK200 director controllers for six Aegis Weapon System ship sets. The MK82 director, commanded by the MK200 controller, positions the fire control antenna to illuminate targets and provide guidance to missiles used for fleet defense from anti-ship missile threats and for ballistic missile defense


Rescue at Sea Guidelines Updated

The updated and revised “Rescue at Sea:  A guide to principles and practice as applied to refugees and migrants” is now available for download.   The guidelines, jointly prepared by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is intended for Masters, ship owners, Government authorities


Implementation Issues Key to Effectiveness of Licensing Rule, AWO Tells USCG

Ensuring the smooth and effective implementation of new licensing requirements for towing vessel officers will be the most critical USCG-industry challenge as the November 2000 effective date approaches, AWO told the USCG. In its comments, AWO reiterated its support for the new approach to towing vessel officer licensing contained in the agency's November 1999 interim rule. "We believe the interim rule, with its emphasis on practical demonstration of operational proficiency


BSEE Guidance on Suspensions of Production Requests

BSEE Director Michael R. Bromwich

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) today issued a Notice to Lessees (NTL) highlighting a recent decision by the Director of the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) of the Department of the Interior concerning the rules governing the grant or denial of requests for Suspensions of Production.   The OHA decision upheld the bureau’s requirement that lessees must demonstrate a commitment to produce in order to be eligible for a suspension


IMCA Publishes Simulator Use Guidelines

Simulators are used increasingly in the marine contracting industry, in particular for training and competence purposes, but also for work planning/mission planning purposes including engineering development, procedure development, technical assessments, research and asset risk assessment. The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published a revision to ‘Guidance on the Use of Simulators’ (IMCA C 014 Rev 3).


Recommendations for Safe, Efficient LNG Bunkering

One of the key hurdles to the increased global use of ships fuelled by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is the lack of harmonization of bunkering operations. “DNV GL is therefore today launching a Recommended Practice for authorities, LNG bunker suppliers and ship operators which provides guidance on how LNG bunkering can be undertaken in a safe and efficient manner,” said Lars Petter Blikom, DNV GL’s LNG director.


Hyde Marine to Present on BWTS at Nor-Shipping

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Company to Share Seamless Integration of Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS); Experience in Retrofits for Small Footprint Installations at Nor-Shipping Maritime Environmental & Efficiency Management Seminar   Hyde Marine, Inc., announced it will attend Nor-Shipping 2015, June 2-5


New LR Guidance on Large Battery Installations

Lloyd's Register (LR) has released a new guidance document aimed at facilitating a risk-based approach to battery use. The guidance describes the key hazards to consider when installing battery technology, and gives an overview of our non-prescriptive approach to approval


Abu Dhabi Promoting Port Investments

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

The Industrial Development Bureau of Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Ports sign a memorandum of understanding for attracting industrial investments; shared agreement to further develop service offerings and promote investment potential of the Emirate’s industrial sector   


Marine Casualty Reporting: Addressing the Coast Guard's Processes

Dennis Bryant

The United States marine casualty reporting and investigation processes as administered by the U.S. Coast Guard are seriously flawed and in need of major overhaul.   These processes have been broken for years, yet minimal efforts have been made to address the root causes


ClassNK Releases Steel Ships Rules and Guidance

Classification society ClassNK has released its 2015 Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships.   The 2015 edition’s amendments, made between March 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014, reflect the latest R&D findings, feedback from damage investigations


Panama Canal Advisory Board Meets in Japan

Members of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Board of Directors and Administration returned to Panama after having traveled to Asia for the 24th joint meeting of its Advisory Board.   The delegation met in Japan with the group of distinguished advisers to discuss Canal operations and


Design Standards for US Barges Carrying LNG

The U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) Office of Design and Engineering Standards released CG-ENG Policy Letter 02-15 to provide interim guidance for the design standards for barges carrying liquefied natural gas in bulk.   As interest in the use of LNG as a maritime fuel has increased


DNV GL Issues Design Guidelines for DP Operations

Aleks Karlsen

  Advanced dynamic positioning (DP) vessels can now meet critical safety regulations while gaining operational flexibility, efficiency and cost savings through new design and monitoring methods. More and more operators are asking their drilling contractors to operate their DP units in


Gibbs & Cox Appoints Harper as VP, Design Group

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Gibbs & Cox, Inc. has  announced the appointment of Keith Harper as Vice President and Group Manager of the Gibbs & Cox Design Group.  In this role, Harper will be responsible for providing guidance, direction and oversight regarding technical approach, schedule adherence


Guidance Issued for Walk to Work Approach

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Offshore facility operators can now consider an alternative and more cost-effective means to transfer personnel to and from their facilities, which is safe, efficient and regulatory compliant, DNV GL said.   A new industry guideline is the culmination of a joint industry project (JIP) led


DNV GL's Walk to Work Guidelines for Offshore Personnel

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  Offshore facility operators can now consider an alternative and more cost-effective means to transfer personnel to and from their facilities, which is safe, efficient and regulatory compliant. An industry guideline, which is issued today


IMCA Publishes Guidance on Simulator Usage

Jane Bugler (Photo: IMCA)

Simulators are used for many purposes in the offshore industry such as for work planning/mission planning purposes including engineering development, procedure development, technical assessments, research, and asset risk assessment. Importantly too they are used in the training environment and as


IMCA Publishes Security, Emergency Guidance

Jane Bugler (Photo: IMCA)

The threat to maritime security from piracy, terrorism, criminal acts, and hostage and kidnapping threats continues to pose challenges to ships’ owners, masters and crew members, and has resulted in  the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) (Booth S16 at OTC) publishing


ABS Hosts Technical Committee Meetings

Howard Fireman (Photo: ABS)

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) held its annual Marine Technical Committee and Offshore Technical Committee meetings in Houston May 7-8, 2015, convening a broad cross section of industry stakeholders to review proposed changes to ABS Rules and to discuss the direction of the organization's


DNV GL Revenue Up 10% Post Merger

Dr Henrik O. Madsen, Group President & Chief Executive Officer of DNV GL

  2014 was the first full financial year of the DNV GL Group AS (DNV GL) following the merger between DNV and GL. “While both managing the ambitious merger and maintaining a full focus on providing premium service to our customers, we also increased our revenues by 10%






 
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