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Russia Setting Up Another Arctic Sea Defence Base

The Siberian Department of Spetsstroy of Russia has begun work on the construction of buildings and structures on one of the islands of the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago, commissioned by the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, reports the official agency Arctic-Info. Construction of facilities as part of the infrastructure of the Ministry of Defence in the Arctic is expected to be completed this year. These actions are aimed at strengthening the defence capability of Russia, according to a report on the website of the Federal Agency for Special Construction (Spetsstroy) cited by Arctic-Info. Spetsstroy comes under the Russian Defence Ministry, which coordinates and controls its activities. Spetsstroy activity management is implemented by the Russian President. In the summer of 2013, the research station at Severnaya Zemlya was brought back into service. One of the priorities of the Northern Fleet in 2014 was further development of new areas in the Arctic.
 A number of studies are planned in the area of the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago islands.   Source: Arctic-Info  

U.S. Coast Guard's GMDSS Task Force Met on 3 August 2011

The U.S. Coast Guard's GMDSS Task Force met 3 August 2011, at RTCM Headquarters in Arlington, VA. The summary record for that meeting can be downloaded at: The next meeting is Wednesday 28 September 2011 at 9:00 am, Sanibel Harbor Resort; Fort Myers, Florida (see The agenda for that meeting can be downloaded at: Captain Jack Fuechsel 703-527-0484

Russia Increases LNG Export Potential

President Putin: Photo credit Government

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law on the liberalization of exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG). According to the document, two new categories of license holders are entitled to the right to export LNG, in addition to Gazprom, reports Arctic-Info. The law now effected allows LNG to be exported by Rosneft and Yamal SPG (in addition to Gazprom) on the following grounds: The authorisation gives the right to export LNG to license holders of subsoil resources of federal

Russia Conducts High North Geophysical Surveys

Iceabreaker Yamal: Photo in public domain

For the first time, as part of the Arctic-2014 high-latitude expedition, nuclear icebreakers 'Akademik Fedorov' and 'Yamal' have conducted an entire complex of geophysical research at the North Pole, according to official Russian news agency Arctic-info. Yamal and Akademik Fedorov icebreakers passed the area of the North Pole, where multipath depth sounding, gravity, magnetometric and seismic surveys were carried out

South Europe Gains in Ferry Shipbuilding

Figures published in the latest issue of Cruise & Ferry INFO, published by Swedish shipping media house and consultancy, ShipPax Information, reveal that South European shipyards have taken a lead in the ”market shares” of ferry newbuildings. Ferries worth $1.511 billion are now on order in the Mediterranean countries. At the same time, Northern Europe only produce new ferries worth $ 448 million whereas the Far East produces for $ 545 million, and then mostly for domestic account.

New Russian Tax Credits Encourage Arctic Oil Exploration

Arctic drilling platform: File photo

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed off a new law on mineral extraction tax incentives for hydrocarbons produced in Yamal and the Nenets Autonomous District, reports official news agency Arctic-info. The document [signed] also refers to the resources that are extracted in Eastern Siberia, the Sea of Japan, the Gyda Peninsula and the Bazhenov Suite. According to the official online portal of legal information, the law was signed on June 28, 2014.

MN100: Safety Management Systems, LLC

Bill Mahoney (Photo: Safety Management Systems, LLC)

The Company: A leading US maritime consultancy established in 1996, SMSLLC provides practical risk mitigation solutions for vessel operators and stakeholders. Clients include a broad range of operators including Genesis Marine, American River Transportation Company, Seabulk Towing, Military Sealift Command and others. Primary services include, Regulatory Advisement, Internal Auditing, Risk Management, and the creation of Management Systems.   The Case:

Arctic Circle Iceland Convention Date Changed

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The Arctic Circle informs that due to increased demand, and to better accommodate the large number of expected attendees, the dates for the second annual Arctic Circle Assembly have been changed. The gathering will now take place October 31-November 2, 2014, in Reykjavík, Iceland, at the Harpa Reykjavík Concert Hall and Conference Centre. Background The inaugural gathering drew more than 1,200 participants from 40 nations

MN 100: Wärtsilä

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John Stenbergin ranta 2, FI-00530 Helsinki, Finland Telephone: 358 10 709 0000 E-mail: Website: Chairman: Mikael Lilius President and CEO: Björn Rosengren Number of employees: 18,887 The Company: Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. Wärtsilä operates from more than 200 locations in nearly 70 countries around the world. The company’s net sales totaled $6

MN 100: Safety Management Systems, LLC


2 Union Street Portland, ME 04101 Telephone: 207 321 2830 General contact e-mail: Website: Company Director: William Mahoney Number of Employees: 8 The Company: Since 1996, Safety Management Systems, LLC (SMSLLC) has provided consulting services to the global maritime, transportation and related industries. Public and private sector clients turn to SMSLLC to bring effective solutions to a range of challenges

Singapore Strengthens Maritime Ties with Norway

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Chief Executive, Andrew Tan, and Norway State Secretary, Ms Dilek Ayahn, at the Joint Statement Signing Ceremony. Photo courtesy of Norwegian Shipowners Association. Photo MPA

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), represented by Chief Executive, Andrew Tan, signed a Joint Statement with the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries on October 10 during the State Visit by President Tony Tan Keng Yam to Norway

MN100: DA West

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The Company: DA WEST is a USA Woman Owned Small Business, manufacturing diesel powered equipment to a diverse client base. All products are listed on the GSA ADVANTAGE schedule. The firm provides products to the military, NOAA, Tug and Barge Companies and oil-spill response organizations

One Hanjin Ship Cleared to Dock at U.S. Port

Port of Long Beach

A Hanjin Shipping Co container vessel idled off the coast of Mexico after the company's bankruptcy has received permission to dock and unload cargo at the Port of Long Beach, industry and union officials said Friday. Authorization for the Hanjin Greece to enter the port came after bankruptcy

MN100: The Shearer Group, Inc.

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The Company: The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) designs inland towboats and barges, with a focus on the inland sector. Inland barges built to TSGI designs number in the thousands, along with a myriad of towboat, dry dock and other specialty designs

MN100: MetalCraft Marine Inc.

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The Company: MetalCraft Marine Incorporated is a fully integrated designer and manufacturer of custom high performance fire, rescue, patrol, research, and other specialized work boats. The company is the North American industry leader in the design and manufacturing of high speed aluminum

MN100: Compliance Maritime

Katharine Sweeney (Photo: Compliance Maritime)

The Company: Compliance Maritime was founded by Captain Katharine Sweeney in 2010 and has since provided over 400 International Safety Management (ISM) audits and more than 300 vessel security audits. Compliance Maritime is a certified Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB)

MN100: Omnithruster, Inc.

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The Company: Omnithruster’s line of waterjet bow thrusters are optimized for shallow draft operation. The Omnithruster 400HP thruster operates at a draft of less than 2 feet – something no other in-hull thruster can boast. An OmniThruster bow thruster produces thrust continually with

JSMEA to Host Smart Ship Seminar at SMM

Dr. Hideyuki Ando (Image: JSMEA)

Onboard and ashore, IoT application services, which rely on ships’ onboard equipment data, have become increasingly prevalent throughout the maritime industry. Japan Ship Machinery & Equipment Association’s (JSMEA) Smart Ship concept utilizes IoT application services to achieve

MN100: Glosten

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The Company: Glosten is an employee-owned full-service consulting firm of naval architects, marine engineers, electrical engineers, and ocean engineers. Founded in 1958, the firm specializes in commercial and public sector vessels including research vessels, passenger/car ferries, tugs, barges

MN100: Shock Mitigation

John Haynes (Photo: Shock Mitigation)

The Company: The company provides marine organizations, boat builders and equipment manufacturers with relevant subject matter expertise plus an independent overview of how this sector is rapidly changing.  For OEM boat builders and equipment manufacturers

MN100: Reintjes GmbH

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The Company: Founded in 1979, Reintjes GmbH is an independent propulsion technology company that manufactures thousands of gearboxes annually. More than 90,000 units have been supplied to customers worldwide. Over time, Reintjes has expanded its product portfolio of marine gearboxes for engine

JSMEA to Host Smart Ship Seminar at SMM

Dr. Hideyuki Ando (Image: JSMEA)

Onboard and ashore, IoT application services, which rely on ships’ onboard equipment data, have become increasingly prevalent throughout the maritime industry. Japan Ship Machinery & Equipment Association’s (JSMEA) Smart Ship concept utilizes IoT application services to achieve

MN100: Schottel GmbH

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The Company: The Schottel Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of propulsion and steering systems for ships and offshore applications. Founded in 1921, the company develops and manufactures azimuth propulsion and maneuvering systems

JSMEA to Host Smart Ship Seminar at SMM

Dr. Hideyuki Ando (Image: JSMEA)

Onboard and ashore, IoT application services, which rely on ships’ onboard equipment data, have become increasingly prevalent throughout the maritime industry. Japan Ship Machinery & Equipment Association’s (JSMEA) Smart Ship concept utilizes IoT application services to achieve

Yacht Computer Service Expands its IT Service

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 Any maritime business equals to demanding clients. And not to forget the crew – from any position upwards. As long as everything works, life on board is great.    TV or entertainment systems on any vessel are an absolute must, working at 100%. Most of the time they do

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