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SNAME Announces Pre-Meeting Training Courses

The Society of Naval Architects and Engineers (SNAME) has scheduled six pre-meeting training courses to run in the days immediately prior to the SNAME 2013 Annual Meeting and Expo, November 6-8 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue in Bellevue, Washington. Early registration discounts of up to $200 are available until October 14. This opportunity is offered to companies who regularly provide training courses to Naval Architects, Marine and Ocean Engineers. HydroComp NavCad "Best Practices" Training Course Instructor: Don MacPherson Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm Don't miss this one-day training course for active users of NavCad, HydroComp’s software for ship resistance and propulsion. The focus of the course will be to introduce and review "best practices" for experienced and novice users of NavCad. For more information, contact HydroComp, Inc. 1+ 603-868-3344 info@hydrocomp.com www.hydrocompinc.com/navcadbestpractices DNV - An introduction to LNG for Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Course Instructors: Peter Noble (Noble Associates LLC), Tony Teo (DNV) and Timothy E. Meyers (USCG) Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Time: 8:30am - 5:00pm Fees: $295 each, refreshments and lunch will be included Although Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has been transported by sea for over 50 years


Well Intervention System to be Reviewed in Aberdeen

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The AX-S system, a world first in light well intervention, will be the topic of discussion at a major oil and gas industry event in Aberdeen next week. Following over £120 million of investment and eight years of research and development, the AX-S well intervention system used remote-controlled subsea tools and was the first technology in this field that could be deployed from a construction vessel and operate in depths of up to 10,000ft


Bush Comments Buoy Oil Markets

U.S. oil prices rose Thursday as traders jumped at buying opportunities after OPEC's agreement on production cuts sent prices falling Wednesday. Crude oil for February delivery traded up 28 cents at $29.88 per barrel early Thursday afternoon on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). "There's a feeling that perhaps we've run the course of the down side and the market could start making a move up, at least for the short term," said Nauman Barakat


Bush Comments Buoy Oil Markets

U.S. oil prices rose Thursday as traders jumped at buying opportunities after OPEC's agreement on production cuts sent prices falling Wednesday. Crude oil for February delivery traded up 28 cents at $29.88 per barrel early Thursday afternoon on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). "There's a feeling that perhaps we've run the course of the down side and the market could start making a move up, at least for the short term," said Nauman Barakat


Poland’s Maritime U.

The heritage building contains some advanced technology.

Alan Haig Brown discovers a world-class maritime university in Poland Polish officers have earned respect in the engine rooms and on the bridges of the international shipping fleet. With more than 4,000 full or part-time students and about 600 graduates per year the AkademiaMorska in Szczecin, Poland, is assuring the continuity of this reputation. In addition to Polish students, the Maritime University is serving international members of the maritime community with a number of English


Videotel, Safebridge Boost ECDIS Training

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With ECDIS training continuing to be high on the shipping agenda, Videotel, in conjunction with Safebridge, now offers participants an entry into three times as many type-specific ECDIS modules as its nearest competitor.   “With constant demands for greater flexibility from crew and STCW requirements calling for proficiency in working with the specific type of ECDIS system found on board, bridge personnel have to ensure they have the right training to work on the equipment they


Cal Maritime Security Officer Refresher Course

The U.S. Coast Guard National Maritime Center, through Det Norske Veritas, has approved a Vessel Security Officer (VSO) Refresher Course developed by The California Maritime Academy, a part of The California State University. The course, offered through Cal Maritime’s Sponsored Projects and Extended Learning (SPEL) Department, provides a refresher curriculum for maritime security personnel and is designed to facilitate the transition to the USCG mandatory training for Vessel Security


Vibration Mitigation on Fast Craft

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Whole body vibration affects crew & passengers on fast craft   The professional maritime sector recognizes the need to reduce the effects of Whole Body Vibration (WBV) but this is not a straightforward process for those operating planing craft. These vessels can expose crews and passengers to high levels of repeated shock and vibration which has been shown to increase the risk of injury. In flat sea conditions there is vibration from the engine


New ECDIS Course Allows Captains to Train Own

Training the trainer introduces significant cost and time efficiencies. Kongsberg Maritime has launched a new ECDIS Instructor Training course designed to train Captains and senior personnel, so they can train other officers and crew members in familiarization of Kongsberg ECDIS on board vessels. Offered in Norway and Singapore, the course is in accordance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW)


FRC to Run Canadian WBV Courses

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FRC International is running the first programme of ‘Back To Back’ Whole Boat Vibration (WBV) courses in Canada this April. The lead for these courses is the Canadian Coast Guard and the Canadian Navy, being part of a move to improve sea safety.  Attendance is open to all organisations operating RHIBs & planing craft, as well as builders, equipment manufacturers and others in this industry.


Maersk Drilling Name Ultimate Ultra-deepwater Drillship

Naming ceremony Maersk Voyager: Photo Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling’s fourth ultra deepwater drillship has been named in a ceremony held at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si, South Korea. Lene Berg, wife of Gregers Kudsk, Vice President in Maersk Drilling, named the drillship 'Maersk Voyager'.


YoungShip Young Corporation Award 2014

From left: YoungShip Oslo President Jon Halvard Bolstad Olsen, Gard Academy Vice President Jens Martinius Nilsen, DNV GL Regional Manager Fredrik Hessen

For its efforts to promote young employee development, marine insurer GARD has been awarded the 2014 YoungShip Young Corporation Award. The shipping industry is acknowledged as one of Norway’s key strategic industries. If shipping is to stay ahead in global competition


DMR Examines Container Terminal Congestion Issues

Selected Container Ports With Recently Reported Vessel and/or Land-side Congestion: Image DMR

Container port congestion has been hitting the headlines recently, but the reasons for it vary widely and in many cases it is only a short term issue. Certain world regions though may be at greater risk of persistent congestion in the longer term


Report on MOL Comfort Incident is out

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  In response to the casualty of “MOL COMFORT” which occurred on 17 June 2013, ClassNK established the Investigative Panel on Large Container Ship Safety, comprised of leading experts from shipbuilders, shipowners and academic institutions


Seaspovill Orders Second Damen Fast Ferry

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South Korean operator Seaspovill signed its second contract for a Fast Ferry with the Netherlands-based shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group. The Fast Ferry 4212 - to be named SEA STAR 5 - will operate between Mookho and Ulleung-Do at the East-coast of South Korea.


SSI Webinar: ShipConstructor MarineDrafting

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As part of its Technical Webinar Series, SSI will host a ShipConstructor MarineDrafting Product webinar on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 8-9 a.m. (PDT).  The webinar aims to introduce end-users to this new product and will include a short presentation and live demonstration


Damen Delivers ASD Tug in Italy

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RimorchiatoriRiunitiS.p.A. of Genoa (Italy) has taken delivery of a Damen ASD Tug 2411. The 70-metric-ton bollard pull azimuth stern drive tug will be temporarily deployed by Tug Malta Ltd., a full subsidiary of the Genovese towage company.


Rosneft says Exxon Still Continues to Work With it in Arctic

Russia's biggest oil producer Rosneft said on Saturday that Exxon Mobil was still continuing exploration drilling at their joint project in the Arctic Kara Sea. "The work on the University well is continuing according to plan. We are satisfied with the decision of the U.S


Short-Term Perils of Lower Oil Prices: DW Monday

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At present we are seeing lower oil prices as a function of softer demand growth in both Europe and China combined with recent output increases from OPEC, particularly Libya, together with the ongoing surge in US production, notes Douglas-Westwood in the latest 'DW Monday'.


Damen Delivers Tug to Bremenports

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Bremenports, the management company for the twin German ports of Bremen and Bremenhaven, took delivery of its first Damen-built vessel – a Stan Tug (Stu) 1606. Built to a proven design and delivered on time, the tug, named Albatros, will be mobilized primarily in assisting maintenance


Rosneft, ExxonMobil Continue Drilling for Now

Russia's Rosneft and U.S. ExxonMobil are continuing to drill in the Kara Sea and plan to stop work by Oct. 10, Russian Deputy Energy Minister Kirill Molodtsov said on Tuesday. "They are drilling and will be drilling until Oct. 10. They did have to stop on Sept


Barge Operator Fined for Releasing Dangerous Gas

The operator of a Portsmouth-based barge has today been made to pay almost £111,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to a breach of maritime legislation. Serco Ltd. admitted an offence at Portsmouth Crown Court in relation to the health and safety of workers aboard the barge 1706


Maersk Drilling Wins 2-Year Angolan Extension

The head of Maersk Drilling said on Wednesday the A.P. Moller-Maersk unit has won a two-year extension for its Maersk Deliverer deepwater rig worth $387 million. Maersk Venturer, a new rig set to be delivered this year, had also won a letter of award for a short-term contract in South East Asia


Maersk Drilling CEO: Slow Deepwater Rig Market Coming

Maersk Drilling Chief Executive Claus Hemmingsen talked to Reuters on the sidelines of A.P. Moller-Maersk's annual capital markets day. Maersk Drilling has focused on two areas - harsh environment rigs primarily in Norway and deepwater rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and off West Africa.


Business, Bankruptcy, Bad Debt – and You

Everyone knows that doing business with payment terms providing for payment in the future poses a risk. Our clients often contact us asking us to write letters and file suits against customers who have either refused to pay or are unable to make payments on past due invoices






 
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