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CrewInspector.com: Change Crew Management Software

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CrewInspector.com an online crew management software provider conducted an online survey asking its corporate website visitors crewing agents, vessel owners and managers to answer question if they are happy with their current crewing software they utilize within their company.   Survey results provide interesting pattern, more than sixty percent of surveyed revealed they are not satisfied with the software they currently use and are looking for a replacement extensively in order to ensure being in line with market trends and technological development in maritime sector.   Twenty four percent of surveyed answered they are most likely willing to go for a change but due to various reasons have not made their final decision yet which at the end of day means; once they are ready, unsure companies will go for a change or improve existing crewing platforms to achieve their goals by improving the technology. Only sixteen percent answered they are satisfied with their existing crewing software or due to financial issues are not willing to change anything regarding their crew management software.   “Besides the statistics, we see the growing demand on proper crew management solution on a daily bases by receiving increasing amount of queries regarding CrewInspector. As pool based system, we are improving our software with every new customer signing up with us making the software better for all


Survey Reveals Barge Struck Submerged Platform

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration completed a survey today revealing that the double-hulled tank barge DBL 152 struck a submerged platform on Nov. 10, while en route from Houston to Tampa, Fla. The platform gouged a 35-foot long by 6-foot wide hole in the barge's starboard bow, puncturing both hulls and damaging the number one cargo tank. The platform West Cameron 229A, owned by Targa Midstream Services Limited Partnership


Oil Spill in James River

Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Hampton Roads is responding to a report of a diesel fuel spill from the tank barge VB 53 on the upper James River below Richmond. The spill was reported to the Coast Guard National Response Center at 11:41 a.m. on Sunday, May 8, 2005. The barge was being pushed south on the James River in an area known as Kingsland Reach, about 2 miles northwest of the Interstate 295 bridge, when it sustained damage to two cargo tanks


Survey: Majority Looking for Crew Management Software

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CrewInspector.com crewing software provider conducted an online survey asking companies, which are currently searching the market for a new software, to answer the question “Why they are looking for crew management software”. Survey was conducted among participants from various industry sectors such as crew manning agents, crew recruitment agencies, ship management companies and others involved in crew management operations


Shipping Confidence, Newbuilding Glut

Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry have shown a slight improvement over the past three months, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens. But there are high levels of concern about the harmful effects of the glut of newbuildings that will continue coming onto the market over the next year. The average confidence level expressed by respondents, on a scale of 1 to 10, was 5.5, compared to 5


Offshore Rig Survey Covers More NPT Factors

Athens Group and ModuSpec announced their co-sponsorship of the industry survey The State of Non-Productive Time on Highly-Automated Offshore Rigs: Second Annual Benchmarking Study. Per last year’s survey, lack of the right skill set was the number one organizational barrier to reducing non-productive time challenges. Scarcity of qualified resources will become an even more critical issue in 2010 and 2011 as more newbuilds undergo commissioning than in any previous two year period


Not Safe to Anchor After All

Bayou Goula Area: Image credit NOAA

NOAA chart reveals underwater hazard for proposed anchorage area near Bayou Goula Crossing channel of Mississippi River. Cartographers from NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey recently flagged a potentially dangerous situation during their review of a proposed federal rule establishing new anchorage areas on the Mississippi River. The proposed anchorage areas were based on non-NOAA charts that did not depict the underwater pipelines


Survey Reveals Shipping Retains Confidence Levels

The latest Shipping Confidence Survey by Moore Stephens has revealed that overall confidence in the market for the next twelve months remains unaffected by the global credit crunch. But two-thirds of shipping interests expect finance costs to rise - a ten per cent increase on levels reported in the last survey, in March 2008 – while there has also been a fall in the number of owners who expect to make a major business investment in the next twelve months.  


Global Deepwater Market is Buoyant

The Global deepwater market is strengthening according to Quest Offshore Resources Inc.'s soon to be published Global Subsea Production Umbilical Report. The majority (65%) of identified forecast subsea wells across the globe are in deepwater (greater than 0-1,650 FSW (0-500 MSW)). With respect to ultra-deepwater subsea production, the present share of forecast subsea trees worldwide over 3,437 FSW (Feet Sea Water) or 1,200 MSW (Meters Sea Water) is 39%.


Confidence Dips as Uncertainty Fuels Overtonnaging Fears

Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell to their lowest level for three and a half years in the three months ended August 2011, according to the latest shipping confidence survey by leading accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens. Fears about overtonnaging, and continuing uncertainty about the global economy, were the main reasons for the decline in confidence. The rising cost of marine fuels was also a cause for concern.  


Rosneft to Monitor Marine Fauna in Northern Sea Route

The Northern Sea Route

  OAO NK Rosneft will conduct marine fauna monitoring in the Northern Sea Route in 2014. The studies will be organized by the Arctic Research Center, a joint venture of Rosneft and ExxonMobil. The objective of the said studies is collection of data on marine fauna in Rosneft License Areas


16 U.S. States at High Risk of Damaging Earthquakes -USGS

States affected by seismic activity

  Sixteen states are at high risk of damaging earthquakes over the next 50 years and certain areas of the United States face a higher threat of temblors than previously thought, a federal geological survey agency said. The findings come from updated earthquake hazard maps that were released


US Approves Plan to Open Atlantic to Oil Reserve Surveys

The Obama administration on Friday approved a plan that would allow companies to assess oil resources off the Atlantic Coast, angering environmental groups that worried the plan will harm marine life and open the door to offshore drilling.


TerraSond Gets 5-Year NOAA Survey Contract

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TerraSond says it has been selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide hydrographic surveying services anywhere in the U.S under a new five-year contract. Under the new contract beginning in 2015, TerraSond will provide comprehensive


Faulty Charts Lead to Port Detentions

A recent analysis of Australian port state control (PSC) deficiencies revealed several detentions due to incorrect use of charts. The Australian Maritime Safety Agency (AMSA) has reported a noticeable increase in the use of unofficial charts


Port of LA Container Volumes up in June

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The Port of Los Angeles has released its June 2014 containerized cargo volumes, revealing overall volumes increased 13.89 percent in June 2014 compared to June 2013. Total cargo for June was 736,438 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), the largest volume in monthly containers since September 2012


Petroleum Geo-Services Q2 Performance Likely to be Weaker

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  Oslo, Norway, Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (PGS) will present second quarter results on July 24, 2014. The Company expects to report weaker Q2 results than current market expectations.   Customers' intentions with regard to seismic purchases, particularly MultiClient


Missing Yorkshire Yachtsman Found in North Sea

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  A yachtsman from Yorkshire, reported missing has been found on his yacht in the North Sea, following an extensive search coordinated by Humber Coastguard. His 17ft yacht, Equinox, was approximately 80 miles east of Spurn Point (at the mouth of the Humber) and rescuers found him


6.8 Magnitude Earthquake in E. Japan Triggers Tsunami Alert

Earthquake hits Japan

  An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 occurred Friday about 165 kilometers east of the city of Iwaki on Honshu, the main island of Japan, prompting the authorities to issue an alert tsunami in the area. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS for its acronym in English) said the quake occurred at 1922


Coast Survey Improves Access to Wrecks Data

Coast Survey’s wrecks and obstructions database provides info on thousands of wrecks.

Knowing the locations of shipwrecks and other obstructions has always been important for safe navigation ‒ but mariners are not the only people who want to know about wrecks. They are also important for marine archeology, recreational diving, salvage operations, and fishing, among other interests


Nautical Chart Updated for Charleston Harbor

The red lines (not included on the actual chart 11525) show the limits of the old chart.

The new nautical chart 11525 extends eastward, to cover an additional pilot boarding area for vessels headed to the Charleston Harbor. Ships entering the Port of Charleston will have a new and improved nautical chart that covers a larger area to ensure safer navigational approaches into the


Chile to Import US Shale Gas

Ship enters Methane Jane Elizabeth Quintero Bay with the first shipment of LNG in July 2009 (Photo courtesy of ENAP Chile)

Chile's state oil company ENAP has signed long-term deal with British Gas to import shale gas from the United States at the end of next year, local media reported. Shipments will leave from a U.S. port, Chilean Energy Minister Maximo Pacheco was quoted as saying on Monday in newspaper La


Shipping Industry Not Quite as Upbeat About Future: Analyst

Dock scene: File photo

Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell slightly during the three-month period to May 2014, due to concerns that overtonnaging could hit freight rates, but nevertheless remain at their second-highest level for the past six years with shipmanagers in particular remaining upbeat


Fugro Signs Multiyear US Government Contract

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Fugro is one of eight firms recently awarded a five-year hydrographic survey contract by the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Task orders under this indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract will support development of updated navigational


First Damen Built FOCSV Delivered

Fugro Proteus

Fugro Proteus the first of three vessels to be delivered to Fugro in 2014. Fugro has taken delivery of the first of three Fugro Offshore Coastal Survey Vessels (FOCSV) being built by Damen. The first of a new class, the Fugro Proteus is a compact






 
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