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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. cma-cgm.com  


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

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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


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


Ecoshield Wins Industry Award

Photo courtesy Hydrex

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. The 2014 Innovation in Ship Operations Award was accepted for Subsea Industries by David Phillips, Hydrex Group Communications Executive at an awards dinner in London on April 14, 2014.


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.


Daihatsu Joins ClassNK Research Project

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Classification society ClassNK announced that it will embark on a joint research project together with Daihatsu Diesel Mfg. Co., Ltd. Through the partnership, ClassNK will support research that tests the extensibility of condition based monitoring system and automatic diagnostic system


Ecospeed Fuel and Cost Saving Solutions at SMM

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Ecospeed announced it will exhibit its line of fuel and cost saving solutions at SMM in Hamburg. Ecospeed and fuel savings Routine in-water cleaning results in a super smooth hull over the life of the vessel and is the best guarantee of the highest fuel savings possible


Evergreen Line Makes Maiden Call to Boston

ItalLunare docked at the Port of Boston

Evergreen Line’s ItalLunare celebrated its maiden call to the Port of Boston with an official first call and plaque presentation on Wednesday, the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) announced. This is the first time Evergreen Line has called Boston directly in nearly 30 years.


Oceanographic R/V 'Sally Ride' Christened

Christening Sally Ride: Photo USN

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus named the 'R/V Sally Ride' to honor the memory of Sally Ride, a scientist, innovator and educator. Ride was the first American woman and the youngest person in space. She later served as director of NASA’s Office of Exploration as well as the California Space


Dynaligner Aims to Eliminate Shaft Misalignment

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A Swedish and Dutch invention aims to eliminate misalignment, modernizing today’s shaft alignment practice. The Dynaligner is said to offer trouble free operation of marine propulsion trains, irrespective of ship operation condition or hull deflections


NYK Line Hosts Fleet Safety Conference

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NYK says it has 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 during July and August every year as part of the Remember Naka-no-Se safety campaign


SHIPPINGInsight 2014 Agenda Announced

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Annual Conference, Exhibition and Networking Event Brings Together Shipowners and Technology Companies to Address Practical Solutions for Efficient Operations The organizers of SHIPPINGInsight 2014 report that the agenda has been finalized and all speaking positions and sponsorships have been


RS Develops Engineering Capacity, Implements AIP Service

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) has implemented the Approval in Principle (AIP) service as part of a project to enhance the rules for the technical supervision during construction of ships and manufacture of materials and products for ships.


MOL China Shipping J/V Orders NSR LNG Carriers

LNG Carrier: Rendering MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) says its joint venture with China Shipping (Group) Company has signed shipbuilding contracts with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in Korea to build three ice class LNG carriers for the [Russian] Yamal LNG project.


Ship Detained for Inadequate Voyage Planning

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal last week affirmed the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) detention of a Liberian flagged vessel SCF Yenisei, in Queensland in October 2013. The manager of the vessel sought to have the detention of the vessel downgraded at the tribunal


MARAD, SOCP Launch Cyber Security Training DVD

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced today the availability of a free, computer-based training course (CBT) on cyber-threats in the maritime environment. The DVD aims to assist vessel owners and operators, merchant marine unions, maritime academies and other maritime organizations with


SloShield Monitors LNGC Tank Sloshing

GTT introduces SloShield real-time monitoring of liquid motion in tanks to improve LNGC efficiency Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) and its partner Cryovision announced the launch of a monitoring system to help reduce the effects of liquid motion in Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers (LNGCs)


Dynaligner Aims to Eliminate Shaft Misalignment

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More than 20 percent of all machinery claims, as well as catastrophic failure, off-hire and repair costs are caused by misalignment – the cause of almost all propulsion train damages Sweden’s Dynaligner AB said, adding that the problem is getting worse as modern ship design pushes the


Threat to Small Tankers in South China Sea

The ICC Commercial Crime Services' International Maritime Bureau (IMB) is warning small tankers to maintain strict antipiracy measures in the South China Sea following a spate of tanker hijackings in the region, GAC reported in its daily Hot Port News report.


ABB Wins LNG Carrier Electric Power & Propulsion Contract

Yamal Arctic LNG carrier: Image ABB/Novatek

ABB inform that its technology will power ice-going LNG carriers carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Siberia to Europe and Asia, having  secured a contract to supply electrical power and propulsion systems for the first of 16 Yamal LNG carriers.






 
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