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First ShipArrestor System Delivered in Norway

The ShipArrestor lassoes a target vessel during a trial

Following a full product trial in New Zealand, the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) has signed its acceptance of the first of two ShipArrestor systems from Miko Marine, making Norway the first country with a system that gives it the ability to protect its shores from the danger of drifting oil tankers and from the disastrous pollution that can result when they run aground.   The newly manufactured ShipArrestor was put through a complete customer acceptance trial in Tasman Bay, New Zealand using chartered helicopters and vessels. The system consists of a large fabric parachute-style sea anchor that is looped by a helicopter onto a ship drifting without engine power. This is achieved without any involvement of the ship’s crew after which a line terminating with the sea anchor in a container is paid-out upwind by the helicopter. When the container is dropped into the sea it releases the fabric anchor, a recovery line and a buoy that shows its location. The sea anchor cuts the speed of the ship’s drift and consequently increases the time available for a rescue tug to reach the ship and take it in tow before it runs aground and ruptures its tanks.   When the rescue tug arrives it can lift the buoy on board and use its line to tow the ship to safety. The advanced materials used by the ShipArrestor give it the strength and ability to quickly turn any size of ship, from a trawler to a supertanker


GUARDIAN Antipiracy Barriers Available to Lease

Photo: GUARDIAN

Guardian Maritime announced that GUARDIAN antipiracy barriers are now available to lease. A passive solution against the threat of piracy, GUARDIAN ship protection system provides worldwide 24/7 protection against stowaways, robbery and piracy for vessels, crew and cargo at sea, anchor or in port, as well as static installations such as oil rigs. Offering an affordable solution, with no initial outlay, the GUARDIAN leasing scheme provides the flexibility of a passive solution


Life Raft Discrepancies Found by USCG

The USCG MSO Providence has publicized the findings of its life raft examination, which revealed several deficiencies in the life rafts. The USCG inspectors examined 19 life rafts from fishing vessels and pleasure boats serviced by Jim Givens Survival Company and Givens Ocean Survival Systems Co. of Newport and Portsmouth, R.I. All 19 of the life rafts were deficient. The results revealed 16 rafts had missing equipment


FAU and Lockheed to Develop Autonomous Mooring Buoy System

Florida Atlantic University(FAU) and Lockheed Martin have entered into an exclusive license agreement to develop and produce a rapidly-deployable and autonomous mooring buoy system for military and scientific uses. The new autonomous mooring buoy system -- which incorporates an anchor, a combination anchor/air brake and a flotation buoy -- will allow sensors mounted on a floating buoy to be more successfully deployed on a station


ATSB Issues Report on Pasha Bulker Grounding

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of the grounding of the Pasha Bulker at on June 8, 2007. The investigation found that the master did not appropriately ballast the vessel and did not weigh anchor until it dragged in severe weather. The master had incorrectly assumed that authorities ashore would instruct ships to put out to sea when conditions were bad. After the ship got underway


USS Enterprise Anchor Installed on USS Abraham Lincoln

A team of shipbuilders replaces USS Abraham Lincoln’s anchor with one removed from USS Enterprise. Lincoln is undergoing a refueling and complex overhaul at Newport News Shipbuilding at the same time Enterprise is being inactivated. Photo by Ricky Thompson/HII

Although the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2016, its legacy lives on, and so does one of its anchors. Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division recently installed one of Enterprise's anchors on younger carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).   USS Enterprise, originally built by Newport News in the 1960s and refueled for the third and final time in the early '90s


USCG to Require Anchors, Emergency Retrieval Systems

The USCG has issued an interim rule requiring anchors and emergency retrieval systems on tank barges and the vessels towing them in coastal and Great Lakes service. In a significant change from the October 1997 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), the rule requires all single-hulled tank barges operating on the U.S. territorial sea, the Great Lakes, Long Island Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and parts of Puget Sound, be equipped with an operable anchor system.


Coast Guard Plans to Save Ft. Laud. Reefs

CBS reported that the Coast Guard has been working on a plan to protect Fort Lauderdale reefs from potentially damaging freighters that lose their way and get stuck on those sensitive reefs. In the wake of the latest freighter grounding off the coast of Fort Lauderdale last month, the Coast Guard wants to change the anchorage rules to protect the reefs. Right now, the rules state vessels waiting to enter Port Everglades can drop anchor in two off-shore areas where three delicate reefs


Wind Farm Workers Evacuated from Barge

At 8:26 a.m., the morning of Jan. 30, Liverpool Coastguard were contacted by workers on the work barge UR101 reporting that the barge anchor cables were breaking in heavy seas. The barge had 42 workers onboard and the barge was secured by four anchors, at various times during the night three anchor cables broke leaving the barge secured by only one anchor. A decision was made to evacuate the barge in worsening weather conditions throughout the night


Grupo CBO Selects Huisman Winch Packages

Photo courtesy of Huisman

In January 2015, Huisman, the worldwide specialist in lifting, drilling and subsea solutions, and Brazilian shipping company and shipyard group Grupo CBO, signed a contract for the delivery of four anchor handling and towing winch packages for four new Havyard 843 AHTS vessels. The winch packages will be built by Huisman’s new production facility in Navegantes, Brazil, and delivery is planned for 2016 and 2017. The winches will be delivered with 50% Brazilian content


Safety Zone at Delaware Bay

Delaware Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay is alerting mariners of a safety zone to mitigate the risks associated with the Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden 2015 Parade of Sail. The safety zone is effective 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on June 25, 2015.


Fukushima Floating Offshore Wind Project Progressing

Photo: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

An experimental offshore floating wind farm project sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has been underway since March 2012. Participating in the project is a consortium comprised of Marubeni (project integrator), the University of Tokyo (technical advisor), Mitsubishi


New Bunker Rules in Hong Kong

In accordance with "Air Pollution Control (Ocean Going Vessels) (Fuel at Berth) Regulation" of the Government of Hong Kong, vessels berthing in Hong Kong waters on or after 1 July 2015 shall be required to use fuel oils whose sulphur content does not exceed 0


Tanker Chief Officer Medevaced off Mumbai

Coast Guard assist Gaurav Gupta, Chief Officer from vessel MT Pristine GV

  Continuing with the series of search and rescue operations undertaken and coordinated by Coast Guard Western Region in last two days, the Indian Coast Guard undertook another lifesaving mission by evacuating the chief officer from vessel MT Pristine GV anchored off Mumbai.


Damen Workboat Delivered to Green Marine

Photo: Damen

Marine operations company Green Marine Energy Support Services, based in Stromness, Orkney, took delivery of a Damen Multi Cat 2712 workboat for its offshore wave and tidal activities, the builder announced.   The vessel’s first job was laying the moorings for and towing Green


WFP: Aid Cargo for Yemen will be Delivered After Ship Docks

The World Food Programme will deliver a cargo of Iranian aid for Yemen once the ship carrying it reaches Djibouti's port, the U.N agency said on Friday. Earlier this week Tehran agreed to an international inspection of the vessel, the Iran Shahed


Libyan War Plane Bombs another Tanker

Libyan warplane. Inage: Libyan Army

 A fighter jet operated by Libya's military force backed attacked an oil tanker that was about to anchor in the northern city of Sirte, reports local media.   Lt Gen. Saqr al-Garrouchi, the commander of Libya's Tobruk parliament and government-backed air force


USCG Assists 2nd Activist From Arctic Challenger

Crew members from Coast Guard Station Bellingham, Wash., assist Chiara D’Angelo, an activist, down from the anchor chain of Arctic Challenger in the Port of Bellingham, May 25, 2015. The Coast Guard crew responded to D’Angelo’s request for assistance to come down from the anchor chain. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Bellingham)

  Coast Guard personnel assisted in the removal of an activist who secured herself to the anchor chain of the Arctic Challenger in Bellingham, Wash., Monday morning. Chiara D'Angelo requested Coast Guard assistance down from the vessel's anchor chain at approximately 9:30 a.m


Indian Navy Monitoring Activities of China

Indian Navy Ship. Photo: Indian Navy

 Amid increasing Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean region, Navy Chief Admiral R.K. Dhowan said that Indian Navy “minutely” monitors the activities of its Chinese counterpart in the region, reports PTI.   Underlining that India's maritime resources are directly linked to


Dive Operator Sentenced after Propeller Death

A New Zealand dive operator and skipper have been sentenced for the February 2014 death of a diver struck by a propeller while on a trip to the Poor Knights Islands, Maritime New Zealand announced.   Whangarei diving company The Dive Spot Limited has been fined $50


Supertankers Set to Take North Sea Crude to Asia in June

As many as four VLCC tankers could take North Sea crude oil to Asia this month, shipping fixtures show, after an Atlantic Basin supply glut forced prices to multi-year lows. The Samco Europe, Bunga Kasturi Empat, Britanis and Starlight Venture VLCCs - very large crude carriers - have been lined


Greatship Sells AHTS Vessel

Greatship Akhila. Image by Greatship (India) Limited

 Indian shipping company Great Eastern Shipping has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Greatship, has sold and delivered anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel Greatship Akhila (7,080 bhp, built 2009) to unnamed buyers.  


Liverpool2 Passes Major Construction Milestone

Piling Photo Peel Ports

  Construction at the new £300 million ($500 million) container terminal being built at the Port of Liverpool has reached an advanced stage. Work to reclaim 12 hectares of land has passed the first stage with further infilling due to take place over the summer.  


SafeTOW Guards Anchor Handling and Towing Safety

Photo: HMC

A recent accident near Busan, South Korea resulted in the sinking of a tugboat after one of the towing cables snapped and recoiled, striking one side of the tug boat. The crew members were found unconscious and were later pronounced dead in a nearby hospital


Maritime Piracy: Distinguishing Piracy vs. Robbery

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It is important to distinguish between armed robbery and piracy when reporting incidents in South East Asia waters says the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) which has commissioned a study to determine the scale of threat posed to seafarers in the area.






 
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