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Aberdeen Company Opens Lifeboat Training Center in Australia

Photo courtesy Lesley Davidson Marketing

An Aberdeen-based company is behind the first freefall lifeboat-training centre to open for business in Australia. Survival Craft Inspectorate Ltd (Survival Craft) has collaborated with Australia’s Industrial Foundation for Accident Prevention (IFAP) to establish the new facility in Fremantle, which was formally opened by Western Australia premier Colin Barnett. Also attending the celebrations on 15 October were Survival Craft managing director Angus Campbell, Company Secretary Catherine Campbell and global business development manager Derek Sinclair, as well as local government representatives and oil and gas executives. The centre ¾ a 50-50 venture between Survival Craft and IFAP ¾ is located within an extension to IFAP’s Offshore and Maritime Training Centre adjacent to the Port of Fremantle and with direct access into Rous Head Harbour. It already has OPITO approval, with STCW approvals in the pipeline, and is filling a significant gap in the international training market as until now the nearest comparable centre for Australia-based crew was in Malaysia. The centre is expected to attract business from both oil and gas operators and merchant shipping with freefall lifeboats installed on their vessels. There is also a conventional lifeboat and articulated davit system of the type often installed on floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) systems, floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessels, and standby vessels.


LR Statutory Alert

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During the past few months, there has been an increase in port state control (PSC) deficiencies relating to the arrangements for remotely located survival craft and especially the required length of embarkation ladders and other means of embarkation. This Classification News is a reminder that the length of the means of embarkation provided should enable descent from the deck to the waterline in a controlled manner.


Feature: Training for Life at Sea

By Larry Pearson Training is literally the lifeblood of a boat owner's company. That is especially true of that company is Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) owner and operator of over 100 vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. All of the vessels are crewed by Chouest employees, so employee training has become more important, not just to meet applicable Coast Guard licensing regulations, but to operate extremely complex vessels in a safe and efficient manner


Transport Canada Issues Ship Safety Bulletin

Transport Minister David Collenette today announced that Transport Canada has issued a Ship Safety Bulletin reminding vessel operators of recent amendments to the Lifesaving Equipment Regulations and Small Vessel Regulations that require safety briefings on all Canadian passenger vessels. In the course of its investigation into the sinking of the amphibious vessel Lady Duck on June 23, 2002, the Transportation Safety Board issued a Marine Safety Advisory to Transport Canada on July 19, 2002


$5M Support Vessel Refit Contract

Photo courtesy ThinkPR(Scotland) Ltd

Ferguson Modular, a supplier and manufacturer of offshore accommodation solutions for the energy industry around the world, has awarded a $5m contract for refit and refurbishment work on its new accommodation support vessel. The company, a division of the Ferguson Group, is investing $39.2m in its accommodation support vessel which arrived from South East Asia into Port Glasgow in December 2009, and anticipates the work by Ferguson Shipbuilders Ltd at Port Glasgow being completed by June


Survival Craft Appoints Dutch Partners

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Survival Craft Inspectorate, a global provider of emergency marine evacuation systems, has appointed two distributors for the Dutch market as it eyes new growth opportunities. The business has agreed partnerships with North Sea Davit & Lifeboat Services BV at Nieuwegein, as well as Polyrep BV at Hellevoetsluis. Both companies will have sales and installation rights for the Aberdeen-based company's Safelaunch lifeboat release and retrieval systems


U.S. Fishing Vessel Disappears Beneath the Bering Sea

Two crewmen were dead and 13 missing Monday after a U.S. fishing vessel vanished in the icy Bering Sea in what could be Alaska's worst fishing disaster, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Arctic Rose, a 92-ft. (28-m) vessel harvesting rock sole, sank in rough seas about 200 miles northwest of St. Paul Island, the Coast Guard said. The island, about 850 miles southwest of Anchorage, is a hub for the Bering Sea groundfish industry.


iPIRB: Accuracy in Locating Casualties at Sea

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Scottish company develops vital new level of accuracy for locating casualties at sea. The new iPIRB, launched by MarineMTS and Telemar UK Limited locates and identifies marine casualties fast so that every effort can be concentrated on rescue and saving life.  The technology was showcased  (Friday 16 November) at a launch hosted by the Maritime Rescue Institute at Stonehaven, and attended by marine industry operators including Taqa Bratani, Shell, Nexen, Marathon and Total


Coast Guard Promotes Female Rescue Swimmer

CPO  Karen Voorhees: Photo credit USCG

Chief Petty Officer Karen Voorhees is the first woman to be advanced to chief petty officer in the rate of aviation survival technician. “In 1976 we had the first female graduate from aviation survivalman school. In 1986 we had the first female graduate from a navy rescue swimmer school. Twenty-seven years later we have the first aviation survival technician promoted to the rank of chief petty officer,” said Capt. Joe Kimball, commanding officer of Air Station Miami.


SeaKing Invests in Sector-specific Training

Dave Gillam

Merseyside industrial engineering firm SeaKing Electrical said it has undergone a major investment in staff training in a bid to drive growth in the marine, offshore and windfarm sectors. The Birkenhead-based company has invested across a number of areas including offshore survival training and working at heights. Staff have undergone rigorous courses at the Offshore Survival Centre at Blackpool and The Fylde College, which is the only site on the U.K


Fast Raiding Craft for Special Forces

Photo courtesy of FRC

Dutch Special Marine Group has designed a small range of Fast Raiding Craft (FRC). A FRC’s combines the speed and manoeuvrability of an interceptor with an increased size and carrying capacity to hold elite troops and their equipment. It is specially designed for border protection


World Maritime Day Theme Launched

Kitack Lim  the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization Photo IMO

The critical link between shipping and global society is the main focus for this year’s World Maritime Day theme: "Shipping: indispensable to the world". The theme for 2016 was launched by IMO Secretary-General Lim as he opened the Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (18


San Jacinto Maritime Technology and Training Center Now Open

Photo courtesy of The San Jacinto College

The San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus is now open for maritime training along the Port of Houston.   Located at 3700 Old State Highway 146 in La Porte, Texas, the 45,000-square-foot Maritime Technology and Training Center sits 14 feet above


Norsafe Offers Complete Safety Package for Seafarers

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Norsafe has become the first lifeboat manufacturer to provide STCW and Norwegian Oil and Gas (NOROG) compliant training courses for seafarers. This means that the company is the only lifeboat manufacturer that offers production, servicing and certified training in the operation and maintenance


Regulations for Singapore's Kusu Pilgrimage Season

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  The 2015 Kusu Pilgrimage season will commence on 13 October 2015 and end on 11 November 2015. During this period, many ferries and harbour craft carrying passengers would cross the East Keppel Fairway when plying between the MSPand Kusu Island (Pulau Tembakul)


ASRY Active in Bahrain Coast Guard Newbuilds

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ASRY holds keel-laying ceremony as it starts landing craft construction.   ASRY marked the commencement of erection of a new Landing Craft being constructed for the Bahrain Coast Guard (BCG) with a keel-laying ceremony. The event was attended by the yard’s Chairman Shaikh Daij Bin


Mercury Marine Donates Engines for Hydro-Ambulance

Ambulatory services in Congo, Africa are now improved thanks to a donation by Mercury Marine.  The global marine propulsion company recently donated two 60hp outboard engines that have been installed on a boat that will act as a hydro-ambulance


Implementation of AIS at Singapore Port

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  Currently, all power-driven harbour and pleasure craft are required as a condition of their harbour or pleasure craft licences, to be fitted with either an IMO-compliant AIS Class A/B transponder or a MPA-approved HARTS transponder.


Final Phase of Maritime Technology & Training Center Underway

Photo courtesy of San Jacinto College

The San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center is in its final phase of construction before its January 2016 debut.   Construction has been ongoing since last Fall. The facility will serve as the site for certificate and associate degree maritime training delivered through U


VIKING, PVA Join Forces for New USCG Safety Compliancy

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  Coastal vessel operators trying to come to terms with upgraded US Coast Guard regulations for survival craft have been helped along the way by VIKING at the annual Passenger Vessel Association and U.S. Coast Guard Industry Day in Miami.  


Gibbs & Cox Acquires DLBA

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  Gibbs & Cox, Inc. announced the acquisition of Donald L. Blount and Associates, Inc. (DLBA), a Chesapeake, VA-based firm renowned for its naval architecture and marine engineering services for commercial and government clients world-wide.


New Vessel Design: Fast Daughter Craft

Photo: Dutch Special Marine Group

Press Release - Dutch Special Marine Group has designed a small range of Fast Daughter Craft (FDC). A FDC’s function is to operate away from the mother ship or offshore installations for extended periods of time. The primary function is to search for and rescue persons lost at sea.  


Bollinger Delivers USCG’s 16th FRC

Sister Ship of the Winslow Griesser, Bernard C. Webber, operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: Bollinger Shiyards)

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the newly built Fast Response Cutter (FRC) Winslow Griesser for the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) seventh district in Puerto Rico.   The USCG took delivery on December 23, 2015 in Key West, Fla., and is scheduled to commission the vessel in Puerto Rico during


Two Rescued from Stranded Vessel near Everett

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   Coast Guard personnel rescued two fishermen from a 28-foot recreational vessel when it became stranded with a disabled engine and grounded due to shoal water near Everett Wednesday night.    An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles


Marine Industry Records Strong Growth in Dubai

Amer Ali, Executive Director of DMCA (Photo: DMCA)

DMCA registers 1,623 marine crafts and issues 2,396 marine crew licenses in 2015   While many sectors of the global maritime market recorded slowdowns in 2015, one area of the Middle East reports impressive growth figures.   Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA)






 
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