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Eastern Shipbuilding to Build Large Fishing Trawler

Trawler Design ST-115: Image credit Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group contracted by O’Hara Corporation to construct a 194-ft freezer stern-trawler. The new vessel is a ST-115 design by Skipsteknisk, AS of Aalesund, Norway, and will be built to DNV classification rules: +1A1, Stern Trawler, E0 Notation for hull, and DNV ICE 1B designed, outfitted and inspected for harsh cold environments. The vessel design has a highly efficient hull shape which reduces hull resistance and increases fuel efficiency. The accommodation and interior outfitting is designed for 54 persons, excluding the hospital and completely insulated for the harsh working environment. The vessel is fully equipped with state of the art systems for bottom and pelagic trawling with single trawl. The winches are electrically driven and provided by Rapp Hydema, and are designed for regeneration of power. The main processing equipment, in the enclosed factory will consist of various types of fish heading machines and factory systems, consisting of transport systems, fish grader, storage tanks, weighing graders, weighing system, packing tables, packing machine, automatic horizontal freezer system H1, block elevators, etc. The design intention of the process deck lay‐ out and selected equipment for transport and handling is to obtain a system with the largest amount of automation, assisting the employees working in the processing area


Poor Container Packing Costing Industry Millions

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CTUpack e-learningTM course launched to combat bad practice in warehouses and other packing facilities. Analysis by specialist transport and logistics insurer TT Club has revealed that as many as two thirds of accidents that involve the loss of, or damage to, containerised cargo are thought to be caused by poor or improper packing and securing.  Such a finding is echoed by the ocean carriers’ Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS)


New High-efficiency Ship Power & Propulsion System Patented

E-MS receives protection-rights by the European patent office for its power supply systems for ships & offshore platforms. The company develops and realizes diesel- and gas-electric power supply and propulsion systems with un-synchronized generators, a common DC energy bus bar and water-cooled high-tech converters. For this technology, that runs under the product name E-PP (Electric Power Packs), the company applied at the European patent- office for corresponding protection-rights


New OPS Plant to Start Production in Abu Dhabi

Photo: ADPC

Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), and Polysys Additive Technologies Middle East (PAT ME) held a groundbreaking ceremony, laying the foundation for its One Pack Systems (OPS) manufacturing plant which will be located in the industrial zone within the dedicated mixed use cluster covering an area of 197,424 square feet. PAT ME signed a 30-year Musataha agreement with Kizad.


Raytheon Anschütz Bags SMARTBLUE Order

Example of a SMARTBLUE “Command and Control” display.

Raytheon Anschütz announced the recent contract award for its SMARTBLUE maritime situational awareness system on board two vessels being built in South Korea for a major oil and gas company. The two vessels will operate on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. For each vessel, Raytheon Anschütz will provide two 12ft X-band radars integrated with AIS to a SMARTBLUE sensor management pack. The pack will correlate the incoming data from the sensors and provide information locally through


Rotork Acquires Masso

Image courtesy of Rotork

Rotork announced it has acquired Masso Ind s.p.a., a manufacturer of shipboard valve remote control systems (VRCS), to enhance its range of flow control products and services for the worldwide marine and offshore industries.   Masso VRCS solutions include hydraulic and electro-hydraulic systems that are compatible with most integrated automation systems required for critical safety applications. The Masso product range also includes hydraulic quarter-turn and linear actuators


Zodiac Aids With New Self-Righting Design

Zodiac International has developed a new patented, self-righting technique to comply with the updated RoRo ferry liferaft regulations. Formulated by a team of technical engineers, the design is patented in both France and the U.S. - to be followed shortly by other jurisdictions. The self-righting design enables liferafts to automatically turn from a capsized position to an upright position on the surface of the water


Van der Velden Present at Europort Maritime

Photo courtesy Van der Velden

Van der Velden Marine Systems will exhibit at the Europort Maritime in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, from 3 until 6 November. The company has been the first port of call for those who value manoeuvring excellence for more than 45 years. The company operates in three main areas: Inland shipping, Oceangoing vessels and Yachting. Visti stand number 1.405. Van der Velden rudders and steering gear are, wherever possible, integrated in a complete system with a tailor-made approach


Johnson Controls' Batteries to Power All-Electric Boat Motors

Johnson Controls, Inc. to produce Li-ion battery packs from its Holland, Mich. plant for Torqeedo's all-electric boat motors. Torqeedo, a German-based manufacturer, will use Johnson Controls' Li-ion automotive battery packs to power its award-winning 80-Horsepower electric boat motor called DEEP BLUE. "With our leading battery expertise, we helped our customer combine two distinct technologies – the large outboard engine and electric motor -- making the Torqeedo DEEP BLUE system


Fugitive Emissions: The New Regulatory Elephant in the Room

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W&O Supply and Chesterton team up to reduce harmful emissions out in front to the EPA’s monitoring program. It’s less expensive than you might think. From the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency comes the September 2014 news of a barge operator fined for releasing dangerous gas into the atmosphere. The UK-based firm was made to pay almost £111,000 in fines and costs as a result of emitting unsafe levels of a gas; in this case, hydrogen sulphide (H2S)


Lowrance Debuts Elite Ti Series Fishfinder/Chartplotters

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 Lowrance, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957, announced today the release of a new, premium Elite Ti standalone series of fishfinder/chartplotters. The Lowrance Elite-5 and Elite-7 Ti touchscreen fishfinder/chartplotters offer anglers high-performance at an incredible


Italy Navy Rescues 209 From Migrant Boats

Italy's navy rescued 290 migrants and recovered six bodies from the water near a half-sunken rubber boat on Thursday, the first sea deaths recorded on the North Africa to Italy route this year, a spokesman said.   The navy rescued 109 migrants from a large rubber boat in the morning


New Autonomous Control System Launched

Image: Sea Machines Robotics

Sea Machines Robotics of Cambridge, Mass. announced the release of its Autonomous Control System (ACS), an advanced vessel control system which converts manually piloted hulls to self-piloted Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs). It is designed to be integrated into company-developed Sea Machine USVs


Containers to Be Weighed Before Departure

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

In a new measure aiming to minimize the number of shipping accidents, packed containers intended to be carried on international sea voyages must be weighed before being loaded, starting July 1, 2016.   In recent years, there has been a number of accidents where large ships have lost


Mersey Maritime Expands Awards Eligibility

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In response to popular demand, Mersey Maritime has expanded the eligibility of its annual awards to include maritime companies and related organisations right across the Maritime, Logistics and Energy spectrum in the whole of the North West and the Isle of Man.


Industry Coalition Clarifies Container Weighing Regs

File photo (credit: Captain Katharine Sweeney)

The World Shipping Council (WSC), the TT Club, the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) and the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) jointly released a new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to address issues arising from the new container weighing regulations due to


Containers Lost in Rough Seas

The search is on for 12 containers swept overboard from motor vessel Manoa in heavy weather and seas late Friday evening.   An environmental contractor has been hired by the shipper to recover discharged debris and containers, which are empty with the exception of miscellaneous packing


FreeSpeak II Wireless Systems for UK Navy

FreeSpeak II (Base, Beltpack Headset and Antenna)

  Ships Electronic Services Ltd (SES Ltd) has supplied Clear-Com FreeSpeak II digital wireless communication systems to the UK Ministry of Defence for three of its naval vessels, with more in the pipeline.   SES Ltd, working with SeaKing Group Ltd


Drewry: Container Reliability Stable in November

Drewry containership reliability by trade, November 2015 (Source: Drewry Carrier Performance Insight)

Containership reliability was broadly unchanged in November as the average on-time performance across all trades slipped by just 0.8 percentage points against October to 77.2 percent, according to Carrier Performance Insight, the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry Supply Chain


Drewry: Container Reliability Stable in November

Graph: Drewry Supply Chain Advisors

 Containership reliability was broadly unchanged in November as the average on-time performance across all trades slipped by just 0.8 percentage points against October to 77.2%, according to Carrier Performance Insight, the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry Supply Chain


IMDG Code Amended

Amendments (37-14) to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code will enter into force on January 1, 2016, and include many editorial and technical changes to the Code’s operational requirements.   The amendments will not affect the dangerous goods certification issued by


Compact Genset Muffler Fits Tight Spaces

Image: Marine Exhaust Systems

Fitting a generator and its exhaust system into a new build or a retrofit can be challenging, especially in a confined engine room. Marine Exhaust Systems said it aims to solve the space problem with its new whisper-quiet Series 4 Thinline Wall Pack Generator Muffler.  


New amendments to the IMDG Code become mandatory

Emblem: Russian Maritime Register of Shipping

 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) brings to notice that the new amendments to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code will become mandatory on 1 January 2016.    The amendments to the IMDG Code contained in Resolution MSC


New Energy Storage Solutions for Marine Hybrid Market

XALT Energy’s newest scalable marine power offering for marine power needs, the XPAND Modular Pack Architecture, will be showcased at the 2016 Electric & Hybrid World Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.   According to XALT Energy, the system’s design provides workboat operators


How to Tackle Container Weight Verification

With the July 1 implementation of the new SOLAS container verified gross mass (VGM) regulations fast approaching, Strainstall, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, is today launching a white paper to assist those affected by the new rules in charting a pathway to compliance






 
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