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Help for Jack-up Companies to Meet Code of Practice

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The International Jack Up Barge Owners Association (IJUBOA) established its Code of Practice last year, providing a standard against which companies can be audited.    It is based on the International Safety Management (ISM) code.  After a successful audit, companies get a “Certificate of Conformity” similar to the ISM “Document of Compliance.”  A major change to current practice for those operating small barges is that the code requires companies to appoint a Designated Person Ashore to bring all operators in line with those already complying with ISM. Companies possessing either a Certificate of Conformity with the IJUBOA code, or a Document of Compliance with the ISM code in respect of their jack-up operations are entitled to use an enhanced numbered IJUBOA logo as evidence that they are an IJUBOA certificated company.  The Danish A2Sea was the first company to gain this right, closely followed by Jack Up Barge BV of the Netherlands.   After some experience with the code, IJUBOA has now provided a self assessment tool enabling companies new to ISM style safety management systems to track their progress towards full conformity and to help them decide when to go for a full audit.  It is a spreadsheet based programme requiring the completion of yes/no or 0 – 5 answers based on the evidence markers in the code itself


Advances in Jack-up Safety

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Those commissioning maritime construction projects will soon be able to assure themselves that their jack-up operators are competent and safe. The International Jack-Up Barge Owners Association (IJUBOA) has published its Code of Practice and set up a scheme to recognise the competence of existing barge masters. The code provides a standard against which companies can be audited.  It is based on the International Safety Management (ISM) code


Hornbeck Addresses Gas Discharge Incident

Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. announced that the gasoline discharge from one of its barges has been addressed and the barge is now en route from New Haven, CT to a repair facility in New York harbor. The discharge occurred early Saturday morning during terminal operations and appears to have resulted from a small puncture in the side of the vessel below the waterline. The company immediately activated its spill response procedures and cooperated fully with United States Coast Guard and


Coast Guard Saves Foundering Barge

The Coast Guard helped save a sinking barge today on the Elizabeth River near the south end of Naval Station Norfolk. The 20-person crew of the dredging barge Pullen, a 150-ft. barge owned by the Norfolk Dredging Company, saw the Coast Guard Cutter Block Island underway and called for help at 10:30 a.m. The crew had a malfunction in their dredging gear that began flooding their barge’s forward hold at a rate of approximately 400 gallons a minute


NOAA: New AK Chart Makes Arctic Safer

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NOAA: New Alaska navigational chart makes increased Arctic shipping safer; Kotzebue Harbor chart replaces measurements last taken in 19th century.   NOAA formally presented today to Alaska officials a new nautical chart for Kotzebue Sound in the Alaskan Arctic, a sparsely charted region that is seeing increased vessel traffic because of the significant loss of summer sea ice.   The new chart depicts the full range of depth measurements and object detection acquired during a full


Barge Master Provides Stable Platform for Crane, Offshore Ops

Barge Master T700 supporting crane operations in the North Sea

Innovation is a theme rippling through Holland’s robust maritime industry. From ropes and winches to hull and crane design, Dutch marine engineers repeatedly answer the call for safe, efficient marine operations. An exemplary display of genuine Dutch innovation can be found at Barge Master, a company that develops and produces motion compensation platforms designed primarily for cranes and supply barges in the marine offshore and nearshore construction sectors.


Swedish Police Confiscate Cannon From Barge

Swedish police have confiscated a 16th century bronze cannon from a barge owner who used the two-ton weapon as ballast in his vessel. The four yards long cannon was on a barge moored at a small island near Stockholm. Police hired an icebreaking vessel to reach it on Tuesday because the water was frozen solid by sub-zero temperatures, spokesman Johan Lindborg said on Wednesday. The barge’s 50-year-old owner, a professional diver and boat yard owner


M/V Alliance Towing On the Inland Waterways

Photos credit Jeff L. Yates courtesy of Cummins Marine

Late in 2008 Higman Barge Lines Inc. took delivery of another in their series of 72 by 30 ft 2000 hp push boats. Along with a number of other vessels, the M/V Alliance was built at Hope Services Inc. in Dulac, Louisiana as their Hull Number 165. This was followed by the Erik Salen, a sister vessel, in January 2009. A third towboat, the Kal A. Shaw, being built to the same design, will be delivered to Higman Barge Lines in mid-April


IMCA Provides Notes to Offshore Renewable Sector

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The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has produced two information notes – ‘Diving on Offshore Renewable Energy Projects: Regulations and Guidance’, and ‘The Inspection and Auditing of Manned and Unmanned Barges’ which are of use, and interest, to those involved with offshore renewable energy projects. “As an increasing number of our members become involved with the offshore renewable energy sectors, we believe it is useful to them


Counter-Piracy Tugboat & Barge Guide

ReCAAP issue 'Tug Boats & Barge' guide to help owners, operators and crew stay safe from hijacking and piracy. The guide contains inputs and experience of tug boat owners, operators and masters whose vessels had been robbed or hijacked; and modus operandi of the robbers and hijackers.  In planning a passage, the guide highlights the responsibilities of the ship owner, ship master and crew at the various phases: the pre-sailing, sailing and post incident reporting/follow-up phases


USS Cairo: Crew Safety and Fleeting Efficiency

Photo courtesy of Carline Industries

Over that past 15 to 20 years there has been a revolution in U.S. ship docking tugs. Larger container ships and tankers made obsolete the conventional single and twin propeller tugs that could serve either line haul or ship docking functions


LPG Coaster Shipping Market to Remain Weak in 2015

Freight Rates (Source: Drewrys LPG Forecaster)

The LPG coaster shipping market continues to be plagued by excess vessel supply with rates remaining stubbornly below pre-financial crisis levels, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


HMC Helps Fine-tune Damen Offshore Carrier

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Damen Shipyards has presented a new shipping concept to the market: the Damen Offshore Carrier (DOC) is specifically designed as a smaller heavy transport vessel suitable for offshore installations.   In cooperation with Damen, independent engineering and consultancy organization HMC


Navy Space-Based Orbital Debris Sensor Gets Patent

Small orbital debris objects can threaten vital space-based assets. The Navy's patented compact debris detection device can detect debris in near real-time and provide essential trajectory data for future use. The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Geospace Science and Technology Branch


Moran Iron Works Builds Two Barges for Durocher

Photo: Moran Iron Works

Moran Iron Works (MIW) launched two ocean going deck barges last week for Durocher Marine, a division of Kokosing Construction Company Inc.   The two deck barges are 180' X 54' X 12' and built in accordance with the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and United States Coast Guard (USCG)


Unmanned Systems Work Together from Single Controller

A Kaman K-MAX helicopter flying in the unmanned mode and a Neya Systems UxInterceptor unmanned all-terrain vehicle is controlled by a single operator using a handheld ground control station. (Neya Systems photo)

Unmanned air and ground systems work together from single controller in flight demo; UCS architecture enables collaboration between big and small business   A flight demonstration using a hand-held tablet has shown how unmanned air and ground vehicles can be supervised together by a single


Canada Announces Funding for Commercial Fishing Safety

Canada launches new Commercial Fishing Safety component of Boating Safety Contribution Program   Canada’s Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt, joined by Members of Parliament from Atlantic Canada, announced a new Commercial Fishing Safety component of the Government of Canada's Boating


BP Shipping Turns 100

BP Shipping 100 Years of Maritime Success: Picture by BP

 BP Shipping celebrated its 100-year anniversary yesterday, making it the longest continually operating company in the group.   Formed on April 30, 1915 as the British Tanker Company, the business has contributed to two world wars, the Great Depression, the closures of the Suez Canal


BP Shipping Marks its 100th Year

The 32,000 ton British Victory leaving the fitting wharf.  HMS Hermes on the left and HMS Majestic in the distance.

  BP Shipping today celebrates its 100-year anniversary, making it the longest continually operating company in the BP group. Formed on April 30, 1915 as the British Tanker Company, the business has adapted to significant world events including two world wars, the Great Depression


Asian Tanker Hijacked in Malacca Straits

Asian report: ReCAAP website.

 The Singapore-flagged Ocean Energy was hijacked in the Straits of Malacca on Saturday and fuel siphoned from tanker.   According to a report from the Southeast Asian piracy watchdog ReCAAP, the taker bound for Myanmar is the fifth to be targeted by robbers since the start of 2015.


VT Halter Launches Barge for Bouchard Transportation

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Bouchard Transportation Co., announced the launch of Barge B. No. 270, the first of two Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) units constructed by VT Halter Marine, Inc., a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc.   The barge was launched at the Pascagoula Shipyard Operations in Pascagoula


Sixth Season of Hudson River Dredging Begins

After an area has been dredged of contaminated sediment to the EPAs standards, clean backfill is transported on a barge by a tug boat. The backfill replaces dredged sediment and maintains the natural contours of the riverbed. (Photo: EPA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck announced the start of the sixth, and final, season of dredging of PCB-contaminated sediments from the bottom of the Hudson River. The historic dredging project – one of the largest and most complex cleanups in


Tug Company Goes Full Steam with Cloud Computing

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Venyu, a company in business continuity, cloud-based virtualization, and battle-tested data recovery, announced that E.N. BISSO has expanded its VenyuCloud, cloud computing and virtualization platform. E.N. BISSO, a provider of harbor and tug towing services for the Gulf Coast


FSV Group Acquires Damen Barge for Aquaculture

Endre Brekstad - Teknisk SjefTechnical Manager, FSV Group AS, Frank Koppelaar - Director Pontoons & Barges, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem

  FSV Group, the Norwegian operator of specialised vehicles for maritime operations, has taken delivery of a customised 41-metre Damen barge which will provide a range of services to the Norwegian aquaculture industry. This sector is currently expanding strongly as demand for farmed fish


MH370 Searchers Find Shipwreck

Ship-related debris on the sea floor, including an anchor  (Source: ATSB, photo by Fugro)

Teams searching the Indian Ocean for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have discovered a previously uncharted shipwreck.    Search vessel Fugro Equator’s deep tow system detected a cluster of small sonar contacts in the southern part of the search area






 
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