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Clyde Marine Training Reports Short Course Milestone

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Clyde Marine Training informs it has reached a milestone this week, welcoming its 10,000th person to successfully complete one of its marine short courses. Christopher Anderson was undertaking the Personal Survival Techniques course and he and the rest of the delegates on the course enjoyed a celebratory cake to mark the occasion. Clyde Marine Training runs more than 100 scheduled courses a year as well as a number of on-demand and bespoke ones covering STCW courses, personal survival techniques, basic safety training, maritime security courses and crowd management. The various courses are held in Glasgow and in Southampton with the on-demand courses held a variety of venues across the country.  

Maritime Training Academy Announces Diploma in Maritime Security

  The Maritime Training Academy announced the launch of its new diploma in maritime security today.   The Surrey, UK-based distance learning center said the diploma in maritime security will commence April 1st, 2015 and will consist of 11 modules including ISPS code, Passenger Vessel Security, Superyacht and Private Yacht Security.  It will cover preventative measures and security procedures as well as event responses

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

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.

Well Intervention System to be Reviewed in Aberdeen


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

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

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

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)

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

Two Product Tankers Collide in the Arctic

Svyatoy Pavel. Photo by Myship

Two Product tankers, Svyatoy Petr and Svyatoy Pavel collided during a passage of Northern Sea Route in convoy with nuclear icebreaker Vaygach.    The collision happened on 70 nautical miles SouthWest off New Siberian islands in Laptev sea.  

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Slip Again

A ValeMax Bulk Carrier (file image: Vale)

Capesize market could worsen in short-term; 3.5 mln tonnes could be cut from Brazil ore exports. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could drift lower next week as Brazil's Samarco iron ore mine disaster and uncertain ore demand from China weigh on cargo volumes, brokers said.

Cadmatic Used for Alaska Ferry Design

The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) has awarded the Alaska Class Ferry project to Vigor Alaska shipyard in Ketchikan, Alaska, where construction is currently underway. Providing production design for the ferry is Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten

Hapag-Lloyd Boosts Direct EAX Service Between Europe and Australia

Map by Hapag-Lloyd AG

 German liner company Hapag-Lloyd has further improved the Europe Australia Express service (EAX), one of its prime products.   New port calls in Fos sur Mer and Pointe de Galets / Short transit times from Europe to Australia unchanged / Italian port switched to Salerno on Northbound

Altair's LNG Containment Concept Earns AIP from ABS

Classification society ABS has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) to Troy, Mich., based Altair for the Cubic Donut Tank System (CDTS) LNG containment concept. The CDTS concept is adapted from a patent first filed nearly 40 years ago. The principle behind the initial design concept is the

Six Infants Drown as Migrant Boat Capsizes off Greek Island

Migrants make their short but dangerous crossing from Turkey to Greeces eastern islands

  Eleven migrants including six infants drowned when their boat capsized off the Greek island of Samos, trapping most of them in the cabin, the coast guard said on Sunday. Fifteen others were rescued when the six-metre boat sank in the early hours near the coast of the Aegean island.

Damen Shell Dredger Delivered to Dutch Cooperative

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  The Dutch fishing cooperative YE 118 Noordland BV has taken delivery of its new shellfish dredger from Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam. While the vessel shares the same hull design as other fishing vessels built previously at the yard

US Navy Salvage Team Seeks to Confirm El Faro Wreckage

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

A U.S. Navy salvage team prepared on Sunday to launch a remotely operated submersible to confirm that wreckage discovered near the Bahamas was that of the cargo ship El Faro, lost in a hurricane last month along with its 33 crew members.  

Four Drown, 6 Missing Refugees off Greece

Four refugees drowned and another six were missing off the Greek island of Farmakonisi after their boat sank, the Greek coastguard said on Monday. Four people were rescued, the coastguard said in a statement. The vessel the migrants were travelling on sank in an unknown location north of the

Hapag-Lloyd Likely to Price IPO at 23 Eur/Share

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

 The shares of German container line Hapag-Lloyd  will now be offered at between 20 and 22 euros ($22-$24.20) each, down from 23-29 euros previously, reports Reuters.    Its initial public offering on the stock exchanges in Hamburg and Frankfurt set to commence on November 6

MOL Containership Rescues Castaways

Scenes of rescue operations

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that on October 29, 2015, the MOL-operated containership MOL PROFICIENCY safely rescued all two survivors 400 km offshore of Canary Islands. Details of the rescue follow: ・ At 09:05 (all times in local time) on October 29, 2015

Search Underway for Missing Man in Waters Off Bahamas


  Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews are searching for a man in the water 80 nautical miles northeast of Mayaguana, Bahamas, Friday. At approximately 1 a.m., the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas cruise ship reported a missing 35-year-old male after he fell into the water during a cruise

New Drydock for FMT Shipyard and Repair

Photo: Gulf Island Marine Fabricators

Gulf Island Marine Fabricators has recently delivered a new drydock named the J.B. Barthelemy to FMT Shipyard and Repair.   The new drydock, which is 180 feet long and 73 feet wide with 63-foot clearance between the wingwalls, seven-foot deep pontoon with 18-foot high wing walls, has a 2

Loss of Diversity Near Melting Coastal Glaciers

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  Melting glaciers are causing a loss of species diversity among benthos in the coastal waters off the Antarctic Peninsula, impacting an entire seafloor ecosystem. This has been verified in the course of repeated research dives, the results of which were recently published by experts from

LGH/ITI Team Up for Rigging Training

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Lifting Gear Hire (LGH) and Industrial Training International (ITI) have partnered to offer training for prospective rigging students. ITI will offer both network training courses – Rigging Gear Inspector Levels I & II and Lift Director & Critical Lift Planning – to students

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