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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: http://rtcm.info/TFSR-68.doc The next meeting is Wednesday 28 September 2011 at 9:00 am, Sanibel Harbor Resort; Fort Myers, Florida (see www.nmea.org). The agenda for that meeting can be downloaded at: http://rtcm.info/Tfag-69.doc Captain Jack Fuechsel 703-527-0484 gmdss@comcast.net Meeting document archive: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=gmdssTFMeetingSummary (See panel on the left side of the Web page for more links).


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


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


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.


Confident Captain, Oceans Pros Event

On Wednesday, December 9 at 6:30PM, Confident Captain/Ocean Pros will be hosting Captain "Skip"  Strong who will recount the challenge, resolve and dramatic salvage operation that made history.  Prentice “Skip” Strong, III, the author of “In Peril,” will speak about how he rescued the crew of the J.A. Orgeron and salvaged NASA’s $50m liquid fuel cell in the fall of 1994


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


Laser Scanning Ships: Discover the Value

Daryl Johnson

With increased marine regulations it is increasingly important to acquire digital documentation of the your fleet of ships. Today, laser scanners have the range and accuracy to capture marine vessels, piping systems and shipyards to provide 3D modeling that be used in the manufacturing and designing processes. Vessel owners, vessel builders, naval architects and marine engineers who would like to learn more on the value of the service are invited to participate in a free Webinar on the topic


'Pirates Plunder W.Africa Oil & Gas Riches' Says Analyst

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West Africa is experiencing a surge in piracy, with well-organised hijackers targeting the region's growing oil and gas industries, writes national security expert Dr James Jay Carafano in 'World Review'. Extracts by permission of 'World Review' follow: Although efforts to combat crime at sea have been having an impact - for example hijackings off Somalia fell by half in 2012 compared with 2011 with only 14 ships successfully boarded - the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) reports a sharp


Rhothetha Shows SAR, Tracking Solutions in Brazil

Rhothetha, with headquarters in Murnau, Germany and sales and service centers in Utah and Florida, will be exhibiting at LAAD 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The company provides Search & Rescue (SAR) and Tracking solutions, and specializes in the development, manufacture, and integration of professional products for ATC, SAR, COSPAS‐SARSAT, VTS, Surveillance, and Tracking of RF transmitters in general. Rhothetha products are installed in special mission aircraft, helicopters, boats


Inland Salvage Becomes a General Member of ASA

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Inland Salvage Inc. (ISI) was recently voted in as a General Member of the American Salvage Association (ASA) during the 2011 National Maritime Salvage Conference and Exposition in Arlington, VA.    Inland Salvage Inc.'s CEO, Mr. Eli Zatezalo stated; "It is a great honor to be voted in as a General Member of such an elite organization as the American Salvage Association.  We have invested heavily in our salvage assets, dive assets


Canada Opts Out of Arctic Council Meeting

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Canadian Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq stated that a principled stand had been taken by Ottawa against Moscow's intervention in events in Ukraine, reports Russian official news agency Arctic-Info. A statement from the Minister stated that Canada will not be attending working-group level


Deep Draft Ships Can Access Northern Sea Route Port

Northern Sea Route: File photo

The works carried out to deepen the approach channel to the Port of Sabetta on the Gulf of Ob in the Russian Far North have resulted in the removal of  previous restrictions on vessel call for large ships, including nuclear-powered icebreakers, report Arctic-Info.


Russia Sells Off Archangel Trawler Fleet

North Sea Fishing Trawler: Photo Wiki CCL

Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation has approved the sale of 100% of the shares of OAO Archangel Trawler Fleet, reports Russia's 'Arctic-Info'. Citing the Federal Agency for State Property Management, Arctic-Info reports that Archangel Trawler Fleet was owned by the state


NMRA Extends 2014 Scholarship Opportunities

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The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) is offering scholarships to students pursuing education and training in the maritime trades. Interested high school seniors and college students can request an application from NMRA at info@nmraonline.org.


Efficient Fleet Planning: FleetPlan Generates Cost Savings

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Fleet management solutions are designed to help cut costs associated with maintaining vessels by streamlining workflow, and FleetPlan clains their use can reduce up to 20 % cost by efficient fleet planning. The goal of HMC’s FleetPlan is to generate an optimised Fleet schedule on a daily


Russia, South Korea, Discuss Northern Sea Route Cooperation

Putin & Park shake hands: Photo courtesy of the Russian Federation

At a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the President of the Republic of Korea in Seoul, Park Geun-Hye discussed mutual cooperation in the development of the Arctic, reports 'Arctic-Info'. In a joint statement the leaders pointed out that as the Republic of Korea has official observer


Russian PM Discusses Massive Arctic Ore Mining Plans

Arctic Ore Mining Discussion: Photo credit Arctic-info

The Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev met with with the Director General of Norilsk, Nickel, Vladimir Potanin, to talk about the company's plan to increase geological exploration in the Arctic region, reports Arctic-info. The nickel ore mining company will become a key figure in  the


Greenpeace's Actic Sunrise Detention: Diplomats Meet

Russian Coast Guard boarding: Image courtesy of Greenpeace

Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans informs 'Russia info' that he has met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss the situation concerning the Greenpeace vessel. Relations between Russia and the Netherlands have been tense recently since an attack on a Russian diplomat in the


Shell's Niger Delta Oil Spill Data Allegedly Manipulated

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Shell has manipulated oil spill investigations in Nigeria, with the company’s claims on oil pollution in the region deeply suspect and often untrue, claim Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD).


TNKC Fleet Upgraded with BASS Software

Photo: Taiyo Nippon Kisen Co., Ltd.

Maritime software company BASS starts the fourth quarter by clinching a fleet-wide system upgrade for the subsidiary of the K-Line group Taiyo Nippon Kisen Co., Ltd (TNKC). With this upgrade, 107 TNKC vessels will operate on the BASSnet 2.8 Fleet Management System to enhance its efficiency gains


WEBINAR: Laser Scanning Ships Helps Save Drydocking Time

What      WEBINAR: “Digitizing the Marine Industry in 3D” When:    October 30, 2-3pm EST Info:       http://webinar.navalprofessional.com/   With increased marine regulations it is increasingly important to


Even India Has Arctic Interests

PMs Putin & Singh: Russia Govt. photo

Indian company ONGC Videsh Ltd. is interested in exploring for hydrocarbon deposits in the Arctic in cooperation with leading Russian companies, reports 'Arctic info' (Russian). The announcement came in a joint statement adopted at the XIV Russian-Indian Summit


Massive Investment Plans for the Russian Arctic Revealed

Arctic scene: Photo in public domain

The Russian Federation plans to spend 2 trillion rubles in a sweeping reform and expansion of Arctic programs, reports Arctic info (Russian) The Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation plans to amend the Government draft state program “Socio-economic development of the


Greenpeace Arctic Protest: Opposing Views

Moscow repeatedly called on the Netherlands in the past 18 months to stop the unlawful actions of  Greenpeace's 'Arctic Sunrise' reports Arctic Info (Russia) citing  the Deputy Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Aleksey Meshkov.


Russian PM Out of Tune With Arctic Protesters

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev: Official Photo

Medvedev has proposed toughening punishment for illegal entry to fuel and energy complex facilities, reports Arctic info (Russia). This initiative was proposed by the head of government at a recent meeting on problems of land use and thetransportation of hydrocarbons in the Caspian Sea.


 
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