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WSS Earns Global ABS Approval for Safety Services

John Sandford

Wilhelmsen Ships Services (WSS) late last month obtained global approval for its safety services from ABS (American Bureau of Shipping). The approval comes after a two year process involving the entire safety services team and covers all safety services worldwide. “Along with Radio Holland, we are now the only maritime service provider in the world with global approval from ABS, and indeed, the only service provider within the safety sector. We are immensely proud of this,” said John Sanford, Technical Sales Manager Safety for the Americas. According to Mats Hestman, International Service Manager Safety, the approval presented several interesting challenges related to documenting WSS qualifications and systemization. “The ABS project has strengthened our organisation as it required us to establish a central record for competence mapping and training needs which would be accessible worldwide for both our own safety and training managers and class society contacts. This new system will now benefit us in our efforts to continuously improve our safety education and technical expertise.” WSS runs 98 safety service offices globally and carries out 21,000 safety services annually. It also operates 42 Liferaft Exchange (LRE) stations supporting over 1,000 key ports. In addition to ABS, WSS holds global approvals from IACS, DNV, Lloyds, RMRS, RINA, Korean Register, ABS GL and Z17


Loss of MH370: Inmarsat Offer Free Global Tracking

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In advance of the conference on aircraft tracking currently being hosted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal, Inmarsat has confirmed that it has proposed to ICAO a free global airline tracking service over the Inmarsat network, as part of the anticipated adoption of further aviation safety service measures by the world’s airlines following the loss of flight MH370. This service is being offered to all 11,000 commercial passenger aircraft


Safety Training Organizations Unite

Falck Alford announced it has completed the acquisition of Occupational Safety Training, Inc., a player in safety services within the gulf coast region. Falck Alford, a company focused on continuously building diversified safety solutions, offers safety training, personnel services and compliance solutions on a global scale. The acquisition of OST complements and expands Falck Alford’s footprint to reach new market opportunities and allow an even greater safety solution by


Wilhelmsen Modern Safety Service Center in Poland

 Wilhelmsen Ships Service has recently opened a new Fire, Rescue and Safety (FRS) service station in Gdansk, Poland, to serve vessels in the Baltic Sea.    The service station is located in Gdansk and has the capacity to serve all ships in the Gdansk and Gdynia ports and repair yards.   Roger Gundermann, WSS Technical Manager for Europe, commented, “A large new workshop has been purpose-built and includes impressive modern equipment


Inmarsat Brings 'Fleet One' Broadband to Small Vessels

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Maritime satellite communications provider Inmarsat says it now connects leisure and fishing vessels with a specially designed broadband service. Accessing weather information and chart updates, keeping in contact with loved ones or simply checking the news are now as simple to do at sea as they are on land with the launch of Fleet One from Inmarsat Maritime. From nnow on, yacht and fishing boat owners can take full advantage of maritime broadband services previously only available to much


Arctic Marine Survey Work: NOAA & Coastguard Join Hands

Installing survey monitors cutter Spar: Photo courtesy of NOAA

With 3.4 million square nautical miles of U.S. waters to survey and chart, Coast Survey is up against some big challenges in keeping nautical charts current, consequently NOAA joins hands with the US Coast Guard to provide the best possible safety service to shipping. With the Alaskan coast comprising 57% of the U.S. navigationally significant waters, a multi-agency partnership for hydro survey data is necessary for maritime safety.


President Proposes FY 2000 Budgets with More User Fees

President Clinton's FY 2000 budget proposes new user fees to offset programs administered by the USACE, the USCG and NOAA. The $3.9 billion budget request for the USACE provides a 21 percent increase over its FY 99 request, but is still below the $3.96 billion appropriated by Congress for USACE programs last year. Most of the increased spending is earmarked for deep-draft ports and channels and environmental programs


Thirty Years on, Mabel Alice is Still Going Strong

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Offshore Marine Support’s marine survey vessel, the Mabel Alice, has a long and distinguished track record spanning more than 30 years which, as skipper, Andy Iannetta explains, has been made possible thanks to the durability and performance of its original Cat 3408 engines, supplied by Finning Power Systems (Finning). "Mabel Alice was built as an RNLI vessel and served as the replacement for the ill-fated Solomon Browne


Lee Recognized with Royal Danish Award

The award was presented to Lee (center) by the Danish Minister for Trade and Development, Mogens Jensen (left), and CEO of the Danish Export Association, Ulrik Dahl (right).

The Danish Export Association’s Diploma, and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik’s Medal of Honor, was awarded to VIKING Life-Saving Equipment’s Korean representative, J.W. Lee, for close to thirty years’ of successful business partnership. The recipient of the Danish Export Association’s Diploma, and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik’s Medal of Honor is J.W. Lee, a successful Korean businessman who, over many years


NSRP Approves $1.4m in Shipbuilding Program Funds

As part of the National Shipbuilding Research Program’s (NSRP) core mission to reduce the costs associated with Navy shipbuilding and repair, the NSRP Executive Control Board has selected 15 new research and development projects for award, totaling approximately $1.4M. These projects will be executed under the 10 NSRP communities of practice referred to as panels: The NSRP Executive Control Board allocates funds on an approximately annual basis to fund a portfolio of relatively


Van Oord Dredger Returns to Gibdock

Van Oord dredger Lelystad up for repairs at Gibdock

Part of the Van Oord fleet, the 137-meter-long trailing suction hopper dredger, Lelystad, has been through an extensive program of works at Gibdock in Gibraltar. The vessel was in dock for an initial 26 days and then went alongside the South Mole before redocking for a further 11 days.


Konecranes Introduce SE Asia Remote Services

TRUECONNECT users: Photo courtesy of Konecranes

Leading crane service organisation Konecranes says it is introducing to the South-East Asia – Pacific region its most advanced family of remote service technologies, its TRUCONNECT Remote Services for enhanced safety, reliability and efficiency.


LR Energy Wins New Nuclear Deal in Middle East

Lloyd’s Register Energy’s Nuclear Vice-President, Mamdouh El-Shanawany,

  Lloyd’s Register Energy together with Lightbridge Corporation has won a contract to support the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) internal inspection team to provide construction oversight and related technical services for a new generation of nuclear power plant in the


New Data Safety Service for Inmarsat FleetBroadband

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  Supported by European Space Agency (ESA) funding, Inmarsat’s forthcoming Maritime Safety Data Service (MSDS) for FleetBroadband, delivers an increased data capability over the Inmarsat-4 network, including the Alphasat satellite


DNV GL Extends UK Offshore Safety Training

DNV GL, the global provider of risk management services, is extending a offshore safety training program which aims to advance the role of elected safety representatives (ESRs) in minimizing the risk of accidents and improving safety. The course, which is accredited by OPITO


Iridium GMDSS Application Reviewed by IMO

Iridium's application to provide global maritime distress and safety system services receives support from International Maritime Organization subcommittee Iridium Communications Inc. today announced that its application to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the provision of


Ocean Safety Sees Big Boost in Gas Business

Gas refilling and service centre at Ocean Safety, Southampton

Ocean Safety said it has been busy since gaining Lloyds Register approval to carry out hydrostatic pressure testing in accordance with TPED (Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive) and things are only set to get busier. During the past year Ocean Safety has noticed a steady increase in business


Viking to Upgrade, Service Topaz Life Rafts

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Topaz Energy and Marine, an offshore support vessel (OSV) company, and marine and fire safety equipment company VIKING Life-Saving Equipment has jointly announced the signing of a multimillion dollar, 10-year life-raft servicing agreement. Under the terms of the contract


Kongsberg Selected for Sverdrup Field Development

Photo courtesy of KM

Kongsberg Maritime AS has been awarded a Project Specific Agreement including FEED for delivery of Safety and Automation (SAS) systems to the four Johan Sverdrup field platforms by Statoil Petroleum AS.   The Project Specific Agreement includes an option for delivery of Safety and


Brisbane Ferry Passengers Fined for River Plunges

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Seven men have been issued a $2,040 infringement notice after deliberately jumping from a moving domestic commercial vessel into the Brisbane River, informs the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). Queensland Water Police Senior Sergeant Warren Francis


Lifeboat, Passenger Safety, on IMO's MSC Agenda

Lifeboat photo credit IMO

IMO advises that its Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is to meet at the Organization's London headquarters for its 93rd session, from 14 to 23 May 2014, and a preview of main agenda items follows: The MSC is expected to adopt amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at


Market Recovery Continues Across Japan for WSS

Yoshihiro Iizuka

Speaking ahead of Sea Japan today, WSS General Manager for Japan Yoshihiro Iizuka says that although the Japanese market is moving towards growth for 2014, the recovery will be stronger in the second half, with an increase in newbuilds expected towards the end of the year


WSS Makes Key Asia Pacific Appointments

Hege Solstad: Photo WSS

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) advises that it has strengthened its Singapore-based management team with the appointment of Ms. Hege Solstad as Regional Director, WSS Asia Pacific, and Harald Lundestad as General Manager in the Singapore office.


WWH Increases Stake in NorSea Group

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Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding Invest AS (WWHI), a fully owned subsidiary of Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA (WWH), informs it hs raised its shareholding in NorSea Group AS (NSG) from 35.4% to 40%. The share increase follows a share issue in the company whereby NSG buys Danbor AS from A.P


Compatibility of CO2 Extinguisher Components

Figure 1: The obsolete diffuser on the right is cast differently than diffusers used today.  Note the longer neck and placement of diffuser holes.  The newer diffuser on the left is compatible with standard discharge hoses and has a shorter neck to allow it to properly seat when the hose is connected.  See Figure 3 for how to determine if you have a CO2 extinguisher fitted with an obsolete diffuser that may be incompatible with standard industry discharge hoses.

A recent marine casualty investigation of a shipboard fire onboard a U.S. flagged vessel in the Hampton Roads Captain of the Port (COTP) zone raised serious concerns with regards to carbon dioxide (CO2) fire extinguisher servicing.  During shipboard fire-fighting operations a crewmember






 
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