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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.


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


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


$5M Support Vessel Refit Contract

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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


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


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


SeaKing Invests in Sector-specific Training

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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


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.


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.


Tug on the Rocks, Lake Pontchartrain, Three Rescued

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US Coast Guard 8th District says that it has rescued 3 crewmembers aboard the (uninspected) tugboat 'UTV Todd Michael' after it grounded on the rocks near the Lakefront Airport on Lake Pontchartrain. [The vessel towed appeared to be drifting nearby.]


MPA Cancels Coteam Petroleum Bunker License

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) cancelled the bunker supplier and bunker craft operator licenses that were issued to Coteam Petroleum Trading Pte Ltd with effect from April 1, 2014 as they contravened the terms and conditions of the bunkering licenses, GAC reported.


MACC Registration to Open April 3

Registration for the Multi-Agency Craft Conference (MACC) 2014 will open at 12:00 EDT on Thursday, April 3. To comply with new government regulations for access to military installations, there are certain pieces of information ASNE will require when an individual registers.


AMSA Seeks Input from SAR Equipment Providers

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) made an announcement inviting input from potential service providers into the research phase of its Search and Rescue (SAR) Equipment Support Services Tender. AMSA outsources all SAR logistics


AMSA Calls Off Search for Missing Vessel

AMSA’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) said it has suspended the search for a 75-meter fishing support vessel after consulting expert medical advice indicating that in the current weather conditions there is no prospect of survival.


Cobham to Debut Offshore Safety Systems at OTC

Cobham Life Support will introduce its new maritime safety system, Survivor+ at OTC 2014, May 5-8 in Houston, Texas. The Survivor+ Personal Overboard Survival System, a new class of ‘wearable’ PFD (Personal Flotation Device), uniquely incorporates both a SOLAS approved inflatable life


Making Sense of it in China: Navis DP Simulator Plus Chinese Script

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Navis informs it has commissioned the first dynamic positioning (DP) simulator with Chinese language interface at Dalian Maritime University, one the world’s largest training facilities, where more than 60,000 people have been trained to form the backbone of China’s shipping industry


With an Interceptor, a RHIB and a Cat

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Two extreme AC72 foiling catamarans with wing sails went head-to-head at over 40 knots in San Francisco Bay, California. The teams were competing in the 2013 Americas Cup Challenge which took place from September 7-21, 2013. Anyone watching the first few days of Americas Cup sailing will know


New Liferaft for Offshore Platforms

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Survitec Group is announcing a new davit-launched liferaft aimed at meeting the escape and survival needs of workers, passengers and crew on offshore platforms or high freeboard vessels. The liferafts are the newest addition to the comprehensive range of escape slides and rafts manufactured under


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 11

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing into law the Lend-Lease Act. (Image courtesy of Library of Congress)

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 11 1935 - Birth of Naval Security Group when OP-20G became the Communications Security Group 1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Lend-Lease Act 1942 - In a PT boat, Lt. Cdr. John Bulkeley leaves the Philippines to take General Douglas MacArthur


Struggling SNCM Ferry Operator to Order 4 Ships

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Reuters - Loss-making France-Corsica ferry operator SNCM, which is partly owned by French water and waste group Veolia Environnement, plans to order four new ships, an SNCM spokesman said on Friday. The spokesman said the board had approved deals for four new ferries


KEIFCA Orders Blyth Workcat Patrol Boat

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The Kent and Essex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (KEIFCA) placed a contract for a 17-meter GRP Blyth Workcat for use when monitoring fishing activities around the Kent and Essex coasts. The new boat is being built to meet the exact requirements of KEIFCA which has specified a


San Jacinto College to Build Maritime Training Center

Capt. John Kessler, maritime instructor, demonstrates how mariners train using the bridge simulators at the San Jacinto College maritime program. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng-Armao, San Jacinto College

Region’s newest maritime center to showcase room-sized simulators, and training and industry docks As San Jacinto College prepares to break ground to build the region's newest maritime training facility, some of the industry's most sought after training technology has arrived and is


Two Saved in Multiagency Search

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reported that a multiagency response lead to the rescue of two men after their boat capsized outside Marina Del Rey Harbor, Feb. 17, 2014. Search and rescue watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach received two reports of red distress flares near


UK Detains 7 Foreign Flag Ships for Deficiencies

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said that seven flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during January 2014 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. Latest monthly figures show that there were two new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in UK ports and five vessels


 
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