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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. 

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.

Port Congestion Surcharges in West Africa

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CMA-CGM issued an announcement stating it will implement surcharges for all cargo due to port congestion in West Africa. “Considering the deterioration of shipping operations in Douala (Cameroon), Port Gentil (Gabon) and Nouakchott (Mauritania), CMA CGM is implementing a Port Congestion Surcharge in June 2014,” the company said.  

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

Wärtsilä, IHI Marine Propulsion System Agreement


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.

NYK Hosts Safety Conference

NYK hosted a safety promotion conference for shipowners and ship-management companies at the NYK head office

Over three dates in July, NYK hosted a safety promotion conference for shipowners and ship-management companies at the NYK head office in Tokyo and at Imabari city in Ehime prefecture. This conference is held every year as part of the “Remember Naka-no-Se” safety campaign, which draws on the lessons learnt by the Diamond Grace oil spill in July 1997 to encourage all NYK Group employees to bear in mind the importance of safe operations.

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

BIMCO Environmental Performance Guide

File photo - Bimco guide for environmental performance

  BIMCO today launched a new, multi-part guidance resource to support ship owners and operators in improving their environmental performance and the efficiency of their ships. BIMCO’s Guide to Maritime Environmental & Efficiency Management, developed in partnership with maritime efficiency specialists Fathom, and supported by ClassNK, provides a resource to facilitate compliance with environmental regulations and assist owners and operators in the development of an

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

Plug-and-play Ballast Treatment Deck Modules

Marine Systems Inc. (MSI) delivered a pair of modular ballast water treatment units, specially designed for tank barge and ship operations.   The Ballast Treatment System Deck Module – or “Ballast Module” – combines expertise from MSI, Glosten and Alfa Laval

Wah Kwong Acquires DNV GL's ShipManager

Wah Kwong Ship Management and DNV GL - Signing ceremony

  Wah Kwong Ship Management (HK) Limited will adopt DNV GL’s ShipManager integrated fleet management software suite to further improve operational efficiency, data transparency and safety reporting. Wah Kwong is a leading provider of maritime transport in the bulk carrier

Fully Electrical Ferry Wins Efficiency Award

Tord Helland, Finance Director at Norled (right), together with Stephen Bligh (left), Head of Shipping Advisory UK at DNV GL, received the Ship Efficiency Award

  The first purely battery-driven car and passenger ferry Ampere has won the Ship Efficiency Award in the category Environmental Technology. The award recognizes innovative solutions which have contributed to reducing the environmental impact of shipping operations.

Drilling Down into Risk Management

  Afloat or ashore, we cannot eliminate risk, but it can be sensibly managed to a tolerable level. It begins with a hypothetical, but worryingly authentic, tale of a new Shipmaster in his first voyage in command who has forgotten all the lessons of prudence and teamwork which was taught

Exhaust Gas Scrubber Guide Updated

Photo: MARAD

An updated version of the “Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Selection Guide” is now available, the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced today.   Developed by the Ship Operations Cooperative Program with funding from MARAD’s Maritime Environmental and Technical

Expert Panel Set for LNG Marine Fuel Seminar

Photo; ECM Training Services

ECM Training Services, LLC, in conjunction with Galway Group, will hold an interactive training seminar entitled "Pursuing ECA Compliance: Is LNG as a Marine Fuel Viable?" September 22-23, 2015, at Minute Maid Park in Houston.  

No Tianjin Impact, Says Cosco

Pic: China COSCO Holdings Company Limited

 China COSCO Holdings Company Limited says its operations at Tianjin port have been unaffected by the blasts that killed 114 people here also put a deep dent in the compact between China’s government and its middle class.  

Saudi-led Coalition Bombs Yemen's Hodeidah Port

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 The Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeida was seriously damaged and closed after the airstrikes of the Arab Coalition against Houthi, reports Reuters.   Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition hit Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeidah. The raids destroyed cranes and warehouses in the main entry

Hyundai Heavy Industries to Build 'Connected Smart Ships'

Collaboration will help shipbuilding company offer built-in digital technologies to improve operational efficiency and decision making processes for ship owners   Shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries is collaborating with technology service provider Accenture to design a ‘connected

Jotun to Update Performance Guarantees

The 17 National Standardization Bodies represented on ISO’s Marine Environment Protection Sub-committee (ISO-TC8-SC2) has voted in favor of circulating ISO 19030 parts 1 and 2 as Draft International Standards. In anticipation of final approval of the standard expected next year

Greece's Creditors Take Aim at Shipowners

Greek ports. Image: Polish Embassy in Athens

 Greece's international lenders are asking the debt-laden country to hike vessel tax, according to a report in the Financial Times. The shipping sector is a vital generator of income for Greece.   According to an official document indicating steps Greece must take

Wärtsilä Hybrid Scrubbers for 3 Box Ships

Signing ceremony; from left to right from Jinhai Heavy Industry Co., Ltd, Supply Department, Ms Summer Xia, Buyer, Mr John Zhou, Vice General Manager and Mr Zheng Jianzhong, General Manager. From Wärtsilä Ms Heidi Paulsrud General Manager, Exhaust Gas Cleaning, Sales & Marketing, Ms Yuan Alisa Ren, Sales manager and Mr Peter Xu, Sales manager.

  Wärtsilä has received an order for Hybrid Scrubber Systems to clean the exhaust emissions from three 2,500 TEU container vessels. The installation has been ordered by a major European owner and operator and will be carried out at the Jinhai Heavy Industry Co., Ltd in China

Trelleborg Steps Into Canadian Market

Photo: Trelleborg

Trelleborg’s offshore and marine systems operations will, for the first time, showcase a number of its latest product developments at the Atlantic Canada Petroleum Show (ACPS), Newfoundland, later this month. These include thermal insulation, over bend and fire deluge systems

Weathering the Storm through Lower Manning Costs

Photo: BOMOS

As many companies continue the fight for survival in the challenging market conditions, shipping and offshore recruitment specialist Blue Ocean Marine & Offshore Solutions (BOMOS) announced its strategy to focus much stronger on cost reductions.  

Danelec Debuts New ECDIS Platform at Nor-Shipping

Danelec Marine announced the introduction of its new Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) platform for marine navigation, shown for the first time at the Nor-Shipping 2015 maritime trade fair in Oslo, Norway, this week.  

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