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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


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).


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


Washington State – Oil Transfer Requirement Training

Ecology field visits help operators understand new oil transfer requirements Washington companies and operators that transfer oil over water to non-recreational vessels got some unanticipated help this month on successfully complying with the Department of Ecology (Ecology) oil transfer rules adopted in September 2006. On March 8 and 15, Ecology staff made technical assistance visits to 65 oil transfer locations across the state


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


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.


ClassNK Issues Amendments to Class Rules

The amendments courtesy of ClassNK

Classification society ClassNK says it has released amendments to its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships. The amendments, dated 30 June 2014 are shown in the accompanying image. ClassNK explains that it continuously reviews, updates


Congress Gets It Done with WRRDA

Michael J. Toohey, President and CEO, Waterways Council, Inc.

On May 22, the Water Resources Reform Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014, containing major recommendations of the Capital Development Plan (CDP), was passed by a vote 91-7 in the Senate.  As MarineNews was going to press, President Obama finally signed the bill into law


The Versatile ATB Enters the LNG Game

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EBDG’s LNG bunkering barge design receives ABS approvals as the maritime industry increasingly looks to LNG as a fuel of the future. In early June, Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle told listeners at an LNG Bunkering conference in Vancouver


DNV GL to Study Risks of Small Scale LNG Bunkering

Photo courtesy of DNV GL

In order to better understand the consequences of an accidental liquefied natural gas (LNG) release, DNV GL has been asked by the industry to initiate a Joint Industry Project (JIP). It will be run in collaboration with E&P companies and LNG market stakeholders


Marine Casualty Reports – Clarified

Jonathan Waldron

So you think you know when to make a marine casualty report? There has been a lot of confusion over the years as to when to make a marine casualty report with regard to certain incidents.  Yet, although the Coast Guard constantly urges industry to make required reports


Kirby Corp. Order Additional 29 Large Tank Barges

Image courtesy of Kirby Corp.

Kirby Corporation, based in Houston, Texas, the nation's largest domestic tank barge operator, informs it has signed agreements for the construction of 29 additional 30,000 barrel inland tank barges with a total capacity of 830,000 barrels for delivery throughout 2014


ABS Report Addresses LNG Bunkering Regulation

Patrick Janssens (Photo: ABS)

Study provides practical guidance for meeting regulatory requirements ABS, a provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries, released a report entitled Bunkering of Liquefied Natural Gas-Fueled Marine Vessels in North America


U.S. Supreme Court Declines Exxon Mobil Appeal

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a ruling against Exxon Mobil Corp that ordered the company to pay $105 million in damages for polluting New York City's groundwater with a toxic gasoline additive. The decision not to hear the case leaves intact a July 2 U.S


DNV GL Boost Role of DP Training Simulators

Image credit DNV GL

DNV GL says it has introduced a new recommended practice for the training of dynamic positioning (DP) operators. The new standard is based on the latest training and certification principles and defines the role that simulators can play in giving candidates better and more efficient training.


Hydrodynamic Software Suites

Making design concept evaluation more efficient To support designers and engineers in evaluating design concepts more efficiently, MARIN has developed the hydrodynamic suites QSHIP and QPROP. Hydrodynamic considerations have a great impact on the operational performance of a ship during its


Joint Safety Alert: DPS Failure on Vessels

USCG, BSEE issue joint safety alert regarding Dynamic Positioning System Failures   Discussion: This Joint Safety Alert addresses a dynamic positioning (DP) incident on a vessel resulting in a loss of position while conducting a critical Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) activity


ClassNK Amends Steel Ships Survey, Construction Rules

Classification society ClassNK announced today that it has released an updated edition of the Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships. ClassNK continuously reviews, updates, and amends its technical rules and guidance as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the


ClassNK Amends Dangerous Chemicals Guidance

Classification society ClassNK has announced the release of the latest versions of its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships. These versions include all amendments dated May 30, 2014. The amendments made to the Rules and Guidance this time cover requirements related


Norway Discusses the Future of DP

Representatives from Norways shipbuilding industry gathered to discuss the advances in technology and the future requirements of the industry.

Representatives from Norway’s shipbuilding industry recently gathered in Ålesund for a Dynamic Positioning (DP) sensor technologies workshop held by Sonardyne International Ltd., Guidance Marine and Veripos.   Vessel operators, shipyards


Maritime Fuel of the Future: Training to an Uncertain Standard

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Despite its unquestionable allure, LNG as a fuel carries with it as many risks as it does answers to the problems it promises to solve. As industry and OEM’s work to remove any doubt, the collaborative effort outpaces the slow-moving regulatory machine.






 
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