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Germanischer Lloyd Opens Lab in Hamburg

The examination of metallic materials and failure analysis for the sectors of ship operation systems, civil engineering, plant technology and machinery will now also be offered in Hamburg by GLP, the testing laboratory of Germanischer Lloyd. To complement the branches in Mülheim, Herne and Stuttgart, the operating area of materials testing and failure analysis is being expanded into the North German region. The service spectrum of routine materials testing includes destructive and non-destructive tests, metallography, corrosion examinations, chemical analyses as well as investigations employing light-optical and scanning electron microscopy. In the failure analysis of components, the laboratory's offering is directed at the steel trade, materials manufacturers, engineering firms, suppliers of ship operation technology, and steel construction companies. With a comprehensive array of equipment and a databank-based laboratory software environment, routine tests and testing orders are processed speedily, from the preparation of samples to the issuing of certificates. Germanischer Lloyd Prüflabor will be commencing its operations in Hamburg with a staff of four in addition to the management. For the planned expansion of the laboratory, material engineers, material testers and milling machinists are being sought in particular.


MarAd Appoints new Associate Administrator for National Security

The Maritime Administration (MarAd) has appointed Kevin M. Tokarski its new Associate Administrator for National Security.  In his new role as associate administrator, Tokarski will provide leadership and oversight to the Office of Emergency Preparedness, the Office of Sealift Support, the Office of Ship Disposal, and the Office of Ship Operations and its three divisions: Atlantic Operations, Gulf Operations and Pacific Operations. 


Goal-based Standards Top IMO's Agenda

The development of goal-based standards for new ship construction will be high on the agenda when IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meets at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 80th session from 11 to 20 May 2005. Other important issues on the MSC agenda include the adoption of revised provisions for subdivision and stability in SOLAS chapter II-1 Construction - Structure, subdivision and stability, machinery and electrical installations


Sea-Land Deal Boosts Moeller Shares

A.P. Moeller’s acquisition of CSX Corp.’s Sea-Land’s international shipping operations is reportedly positive for the group’s shares and future position in world shipping.


Wärtsilä, IHI Marine Propulsion System Agreement

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Wärtsilä, ship power system integrator, and IHI Marine United Inc. (IHIMU) of Japan, have concluded a co-operation agreement. Under the agreement, Contra-Rotating Propeller (CRP) systems developed by IHIMU will be incorporated into Wärtsilä's propulsion solutions used on board diesel-electric driven ships.   The co-operation agreement mainly covers the European market, where the environmental demands on shipping operations are becoming increasingly stringent.


Hybrid-manned USS Ponce Arrives Bahrain

USS Ponce: Photo credit USN

A mixed crew of civilian mariners & naval personnel man 'USS Ponce', the Navy's first dedicated forward staging-base ship The U.S. Navy's first afloat forward staging base-interim, USS Ponce (AFSB-I), has arrived in Bahrain for duty in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR). USS Ponce's primary mission is to support mine countermeasures (MCM) operations and other missions, such as the ability to provide repair service to other deployed units, including electrical, diesel engine


Curriculum Restructured

The president of SUNY Maritime College stated that the institution is redesigning its curriculum and refocusing its mission to meet the needs of students and the maritime industry as we move toward the millennium. In a speech given during the school's recent homecoming ceremonies, Rear Admiral David C. Brown detailed a restructuring plan that would gradually transform the college from a focus on ship operation to the business of shipping.


LR Classed Ships Head USCG Qualship List

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) initiated the Qualship program on January 1, 2001 to reward quality owners. Lloyd's Register classed ships dominate the latest USCG list, with more quality ratings than any other classification society. These ships will all benefit from less frequent USCG inspections. Among the 41% of ships that are classed by Lloyd's Register are those owned by AP Moller, P & O Nedlloyd, Overseas Shipholding Group, Shell International and BP Amoco.


SOCP Meeting Scheduled For June

MarAd and the Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP), will host a meeting on June 12-13 at Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, MA to consider issues relating to the maritime industry such as alternative fuels, fishing issues, ferry operations and air emissions. Bernardo Obando-Rojas of the Seafarers International Research Center, Cardiff University will discuss Fraudulent Practices for Certificates and Endorsements


SAM Electronics to Provide Turnkey for Project America

Hamburg-based STN ATLAS Marine Electronics has been awarded a major turnkey contract for provision of electrical and bridge equipment aboard Pride of America, the new 922-ft. (281-m), 81,000-gt cruiseliner presently being constructed by Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven for Norwegian Cruise Line as part of its Project America 1 undertaking following NCL's acquisition last year of the vessel's partially completed hull built by Ingalls Shipyard in the U.S.


DNV GL Introduces Energy Efficiency Methodology

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DNV GL presents a novel approach that overcomes challenges of assessing on board energy efficiency in a consistent manner. As a result, priorities for improvement can be determined accurately. In a new report released, DNV GL answers the question: How can a ship manager identify the biggest


Strike Warning for Argentinian Ports

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Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), is advising of a potential general strike in Argentina all day Thursday, April 10, 2014. The Union backed strike will see stoppages in various ports by truck, bus and train drivers, pilot boat masters, linesmen, tug boat operators and stevedores.


Wreck-Removal Convention to Enter into Force

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Shipowner liability on the horizon as Denmark ratifies international instrument The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal Wrecks will enter into force on April 14, 2015 following the deposit, on April 14, 2014, of an instrument of ratification by Denmark


Ecoshield Wins Industry Award

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Subsea Industries, a Hydrex company, announced that its Ecoshield coating system, which offers protection from cavitation and corrosion/erosion damage for ship hulls, rudders and ship underwater running gear, has been recognized with an industry award.


UKHO Launches New Routing Charts

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The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office is launching a new large-scale routing chart covering the busy shipping waters of Vietnam, Indonesia and the Malacca Strait. Routing Chart 5141 is the latest addition to the UKHO's routing chart series and will be published on February 27, 2014.


ShipMoney Signs Marketing Agreement with SBNTEX

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The Program Manager of the Visa ShipMoney Program announced that it has signed a multiyear Marketing and Business Development Agreement with SBNTEX, a wholly owned subsidiary of SBN Technologics. Under terms of the multiyear Agreement, SBNT will market and promote the ShipMoney Program to its


Unmanned Shipping a Topic at Seagoing Conference

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Experts from the maritime industry met on the M/S Pearl Seaways from January 28-30 for the e-Navigation Underway 2014 international conference. One topic of the talks and discussions was unmanned shipping, which Fraunhofer CML is examining and advancing as part of the research project MUNIN


KIMS Installed on Allure of the Seas

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Dragutin Radobuljac, the Chief Electrical Engineer on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s mega cruise ship the Allure of the Seas, has described the new Kongsberg Information Management System (KIMS) as a “Revolutionary upgrade,” with significant influence on vessel operations


LUKOIL Marine Debuts EAL Generation

Due to new U.S. regulations, almost all ships exceeding 24 meters in length which are operating in U.S. coastal waters are confronted with much stricter environmental protection requirements. The Vessel General Permit (VGP), in effect since December 19, 2013


Two PSV Build Contracts for Ulstein Verft

Ulstein Verft currently has seven vessels on order. (Photo: Karl Otto Kristiansen)

On February 24, ULSTEIN announced the shipbuilding contracts for two new platform supply vessels (PSVs) for Blue Ship Invest. The vessels are of the PX121 design and are scheduled for delivery from Ulstein Verft Q1 2015. Ulstein Verft currently has seven vessels on order


TUI Cruise Ship Keel Laid at STX Finland

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On 25 February 2014, approximately nine months after the keel laying of TUI Cruises’ first newbuilding Mein Schiff 3, TUI Cruises and STX Finland celebrated the keel laying of Mein Schiff 4 in the Turku shipyard. Following the old shipbuilding tradition


Foss Assists Lab in Hydrogen Fuel Research

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Foss Maritime and one of America's most prestigious national research laboratories are joining in a project aimed at producing cleaner air, less costly fuel and a healthier environment. Seattle-based Foss and its Hawaiian subsidiary, Young Brothers Ltd


IMB Warns of West Africa Piracy Threat

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The ICC International Maritime Bureau is asking ships to be extra vigilant when transiting West Africa as piracy in the region becomes a growing concern. Since the beginning of the year, one vessel, MT Kerala, has been hijacked and six were boarded in West Africa


ISS Targets Growth in South, Central America

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Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), a maritime services provider has appointed Olivier Lavau-Wira as Vice President Sales, Marine Solutions, for its South and Central America region. Of French nationality and educated in Paris, Olivier has been based in South America since 1996 where he started


Latest DoD Navy Contracts

USNS Guadalupe: Photo MSC

Vigor Industrial LLC, Moran Towing Corp., and Maersk Line, Ltd.  figure amongst the latest US Department of Defense, Navy, contract awards for various services as follows: USNS ship repair contract – Vigor Vigor Industrial LLC, Portland, Ore


 
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