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SOCP Meeting to be Held at the Maine Maritime Academy

The SOCP will be hosted by and convene at the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine on October 16-17, 2002. The meeting will focus on future directions for SOCP and in depth reviews of current projects and initiatives. There is no registration fee; however, to reserve your seat please contact Kim-Anh Rester by phone at (202) 366-0364, fax at (202) 366-9580 or email at For additional information visit

MMA To Host Fishing, Ferry Industry Event

The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) invites the maritime industry to attend the next SOCP meeting on June 12-13, 2001 at Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. The meeting will feature Mr. Bernardo Obando-Rojas, Seafarers International Research Center, Cardiff University speaking on fraudulent Practices for Certificates and Endorsements. Topics being covered will include an Alternative Fuels discussion panel

SOCP Agenda Focuses on Maritime Security

The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) will convene in Philadelphia, Pa., on June 11-12, 2002 at the Naval Surface Warfare Center. The meeting will feature Captain William G. Schubert, Maritime Administrator, U.S. Department of Transportation as the speaker, with invited speakers including: Ronald McAlear, CEO, Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard and Robert K. Kurz, President, Keystone Shipping Co. The meeting will also include panel presentations focusing on maritime security and

SOCP Will Meet in Seattle

The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP), sponsored by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), will hold a meeting on February 12-13, 2002 in Seattle, Wash. Items on the agenda include maritime security, ballast water management, and the ferry industry. Source: HK Law

SOCP 2010 December Meeting

December 8-9, 2010 at MITAGS, Linthicum, Maryland The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) cordially invites maritime industry representatives to attend and participate in our December meeting to be held at Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) in Linthicum, Md. Congressman Elijah Cummings has accepted to be our keynote speaker. Also, ranking officers of US Maritime Administration and Department of Transportation have been invited to address this meeting

28 Great Lakes Pilots Trained

MarineSafety International, Inc., in conjunction with the Great Lakes International Marine Training Center at Georgian College, Owen Sound, Ontario, recently completed a joint training venture. Twenty-eight members of the Great Lakes Pilot Association (GLPA) were trained in Bridge Resource Management (BRM) and the operation of the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS). Five courses with a maximum class size of six were conducted during January, February and March

SOCP Presents STCW Workshop at MITAGS

The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) invites maritime industry representatives to attend and take part in our Summer 2010 meeting scheduled to be held September 8-9, 2010 at the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) in Linthicum Heights, MD. This public session will be designed to provide maritime professionals, labor unions, seafarers, training institutions and regulatory representatives the opportunity to participate in a working group format focusing on

SOCP’s Exhaust Gas Cleaning System Selection Guide

The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) announced the release of a recently completed study on Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS). SOCP conducted the study in light of new EPA regulations that become mandatory to ships operating in Emission Control Areas (ECA) in 2015 requiring low sulfur emission. The objective of the study is to assist ship operators in the dilemma of switching to expensive distillate fuel in ECA or install EGCS and continue to burn hi-sulfur heavy fuels.

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 training U.S. mariners on best practices to reduce the risks and vulnerability associated with information systems and devices.

Indonesia, Australia on Joint Sea Patrol to Combat Illegal Fishing

Indonesia’s Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti met Austalia’s Barnaby Joyce in Jakarta. Photo: Indonesian Government

 Indonesian and Australian authorities have signed an agreement to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and to promote sustainable fisheries governance across the region.   The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has signed a cooperation agreement with the

Collision Course with a Hurricane: How Doomed US Ship Met its End

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

The ill-fated U.S.-flagged El Faro cargo ship sunk by Hurricane Joaquin was sailing at near full speed into the center of the storm before it lost propulsion amid mountainous waves and brutal winds, according to ship tracking data. The data on Thomson Reuters Eikon raises questions about the

Friendship to Green Ships

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

 Korea and Denmark both have ambitious national plans for a transition to greener and more energy efficient economies.    The Danish-South Korean Green Growth Alliance met for roundtable talks. The Minister for Business and Growth’s meeting with the South Korean Minister of

Danish-South Korean Co-operation Strengthened

Headquarters in Sejong City

  The Danish-South Korean Green Growth Alliance met for roundtable talks yesterday. The Minister for Business and Growth's meeting with the South Korean Minister of Oceans and Fisheries is important for further developing the close co-operation.

Danish Meet Looks at Arctic Shipping Issues

Picture: Danish Maritime Days

 One of the most significant global issues over the past 10 years is the vast changes in the Arctic region.    The world has again turned its attention to the Arctic, this time mainly because of the climate effects in the Arctic, the economic potential of the region

IACS Chairman Meets Industry Stakeholders b

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J Wiernicki

  ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki has taken part in a series of meetings with maritime industry stakeholders in his capacity as chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). Together with IACS Secretary-General Robert Ashdown

Lerwick Readies for Cruise Call

123 metre cruise ship Hanseatic

  Lerwick Harbour is making ready for a surprise visit by the 123 metre cruise ship Hanseatic. The 8,378 gross tonnes vessel carrying 144 mainly German passengers is due to arrive at 1200 noon on Sunday 27 September from Seydisfjordur and will berth at Victoria Pier East before sailing

IMO Launches Low-carbon Project: GloMEEP

Representatives from IMO, the lead pilot countries and Singapore at the GloMEEP launch (Photo: IMO)

The Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships Project (GloMEEP), which aims to support increased uptake and implementation of energy-efficiency measures for shipping, was formally launched on Monday, September 28, in Singapore, at the IMO-Singapore Future-Ready Shipping 2015 conference

Indonesia Expects $34mln in Shipbuilding Investments

Ferry shipping in Indonesia. Pic: ISL

 The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) is looking to book millions of dollars of investment realization in the shipbuilding industry by the year-end as domestic demand is expected to skyrocket following the government’s instruction to prioritize the utilization of locally produced

Blue Whales Return to Barents Sea

Return of the blue whales

  Employees of the Institute of Sea Research spotted 17 species of blue whales in the Barents Sea in the area of ​​Svalbard. Animals returned to the region after a century of absence. On these meetings the giant cetaceans reported this summer, coast guard ships, and even cruise ships

LNG Cement Carrier Greenland Ready for Launching

M.V. ‘Greenland’ bn 423. Photo by  Ferus Smit

 LNG-powered M.V. Greenland, a dedicated cement carrier, will be launched on October 31 at Ferus Smit Westerbroek Yard in the Netherlands.   The vessel will be one of the first ever dry cargo vessels with an LNG fuelled propulsion system

IRClass Sets up Advisory Committee in Singapore

IRClass Sg Advisory Committee

  The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) held the first meeting of its Advisory Committee in Singapore. The purpose of the committee, which draws members from Singapore’s leading maritime and offshore companies, is to give expert guidance to IRClass in strengthening its

White House Does Not Support Efforts to Lift Oil Export Ban

The White House does not support efforts by the U.S. Senate to lift the ban on oil exports, despite provisions in the legislation allowing the president to halt exports if he deemed them not in the interests of national security, a spokesman said on Wednesday.  

Transas Support for Philippines MET

Simulator Courtesy Philippine Lifesaving Equipment Inc.

  The rapid growth and development of the Philippine maritime training market caused a dramatic increase in demand for state-of-the-art simulation systems compliant with the latest MARINA and CHED training requirements. Being the leading provider of the maritime simulation and training

Radio Holland Revamps Cruise Ship Bridge

Photo courtesy of Radio Holland

Holland America Line’s cruise ship MS Noordam recently underwent a 10-day dry-dock period, during which it was fit with a customized bridge from Radio Holland. The work on Netherlands-flagged MS Noordam included refitting the navigation and bridge systems to improve working conditions in

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