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Revised Load Lines Protocol Annex Enters Force January 1

Revisions to the 1988 Load Lines Protocol enter into force on 1 January 2005. Also entering into force on the same date are amendments to the Guidelines on the enhanced programme of inspections during surveys of bulk carriers and oil tankers (resolution A.744(18)). Amendments to the 1988 Load Lines Protocol The amendments adopted in June 2003 to Annex B to the 1988 Load Lines Protocol include a number of important revisions, in particular to regulations concerning: strength and intact stability of ships; definitions; superstructure and bulkheads; doors; position of hatchways, doorways and ventilators; hatchway coamings; hatch covers; machinery space openings; miscellaneous openings in freeboard and superstructure decks; cargo ports and other similar openings; spurling pipes and cable lockers; side scuttles; windows and skylights; calculation of freeing ports; protection of the crew and means of safe passage for crew; calculation of freeboard; sheer; minimum bow height and reserve buoyancy; and others. The amendments, which amount to a comprehensive revision of the technical regulations of the Protocol, will apply to approximately two-thirds of the world's fleet, i.e., to those ships flying the flags of States Party to the 1988 LL Protocol. The amendments do not affect the 1966 LL Convention. June 2003 amendments to the enhanced survey programme for tankers and bulk carriers


Satellite Maps Arctic Ocean Floor

A European satellite launched in 2010 to measure sea-ice thickness in the Arctic is also yielding high-resolution mapping of the ocean floor While the main objective of the polar-orbiting CryoSat is to measure the thickness of polar sea ice and ice sheets that blanket Greenland and Antarctica, its radar altimeter can also measure tiny changes in sea level, 'Terra Daily' is informed by a European Space Agency report.


Vessel Tonnage Measurement Interpretation

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice advising of the availability of the revised Tonnage Technical Policy, which has been issued as a cover letter and five enclosures. The Policy is used for interpreting the agency’s vessel tonnage measurement regulations. 70 Fed. Reg. 20924 (HK Law)


Antiphon AB’s Sound Damping Sandwich Steel

Photo courtesy Örn Marketing AB

The Swedish company Antiphon AB has introduced a new product for structure borne sound damping; antiphon MPM (metal-polymer-metal) foiled, a sheet metal laminate with a thin foil on one side. The core material is two zinc coated sheet steel laminated with an acoustic inner layer to obtain the best structure borne sound damping. MPM foiled makes it possible to use laminated sandwich systems in more visible environments and also to choose MPM foiled deliberately as a decoration material where


EU Policies Improve Air Quality in Harbors

Sulphur dioxide emissions from shipping have sharply decreased in EU ports thanks to an EU policy which limits sulphur content in fuels for ships at berth or at anchor in ports.   Scientists at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre measured key air quality parameters in Mediterranean harbours before and after the entry into force of the low-sulphur requirements in January 2010. In European harbours they found an average decrease of 66% in concentrations of sulphur dioxide


Apache First Discovery in Australia's Offshore Canning Basin

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  Apache Corporation  today announced an oil discovery at the Phoenix South-1 well - the company's first discovery in Australia's offshore Canning Basin. Wireline and formation pressure tools have confirmed at least four discrete oil columns ranging in thickness between 85 and 151 feet (26 to 46 meters) in the Triassic Lower Keraudren formation, within an overall, sand-rich section between 13,648 and 14,763 feet below sea level (4,160 to 4,500 meters).


Leica Unveils New Series of Laser Meters

Leica Geosystems has introduced a new series of handheld high-precision laser distance measurement tools for the marine industry. The new DISTO(tm) products from Leica provide point-and-click measurement ofdistance, area and volume, indoors or outdoors, at ranges up to 330 ft. According to Jack Wolf, vice president, consumer products DISTO is ideal for naval architects, marine engineers, marine surveyors, shipyards, boatbuilders, repair yards


Estonian Port Buys Icebreaker

Icebreaker MSV Botnica: Photo credit Port of Tallinn

Port of Tallinn signs the purchasing agreement for icebreaker 'MSV Botnica'. The 50 million euro agreement is with the Finnish shipping company Arctia for the outright purchase of the icebreaking vessel. MSV Botnica is a multipurpose icebreaker built in 1998 by Aker Finnyards in Rauma, Finland. Her ice class is ICE-10, length (LOA) is 97.3 and beam 24.3 metres. The maximum speed of MSV Botnica is 16.5 knots in open water; she can maintain a speed of 8 knots in ice up to 80cm thickness


ClassNK Approves New Super-Efficient Fillet Welding Consumable

Noboru Ueda, Chairman and President of ClassNK

  Noboru Ueda, Chairman and President of ClassNK announced that it has granted type approval for the new MX-200F welding consumable, developed by Kobe Steel Co., Ltd. (KOBELCO) to greatly improve welding efficiency and coating quality in commercial vessels.  Up until now, shipbuilders using conventional fillet welding consumables had to make two welding passes for the required weld leg lengths of around 8mm or above


Update on the Deep Discovery at BNG

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  Roxi, the Central Asian oil and gas company with a focus on Kazakhstan, has given an update about the market with news of the deep discovery at its flagship BNG asset. The BNG Contract Area is located in the west of Kazakhstan 40 kilometres southeast of Tengiz on the edge of the Mangistau Oblast, covering an area of 1,561 square kilometres of which 1,376 square kilometres has 3D seismic coverage acquired in 2009 and 2010.


Schlumberger Launches First Photorealistic Reservoir Geology Service

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  Schlumberger today launched the Quanta Geo* photorealistic reservoir geology service at the Offshore Northern Seas Annual Conference and Exhibition. The new service includes the industry’s first microresistivity imager that produces oriented, photorealistic


Collaboration Tackles Sea Spray Icing Challenges

Photo: DNV GL

Sea spray icing is one of the major challenges when operating in Arctic conditions. DNV GL is now launching an industry collaboration which will develop a simulation model that bridges functional winterization requirements and real physical conditions for drilling rigs


Northern Sea Route Opens Earlier than Last Year

Analysis results as of August 21 confirming the Northeastern passage open to vessels

Northern Sea Route (NSR) eastern passage opens two weeks earlier than last year; Global Ice Center predicts NSR to remain open for six weeks The Global Ice Center at Weathernews Inc. announced that the Northern Sea Route (NSR) bordering Russia is open to commercial shipping traffic as of August


USCG, National Park Service Rescue Sea Turtle

A Coast Guard 24-foot Special Purpose Craft crew from Station Oregon Inlet, North Carolina, releases a loggerhead sea turtle Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, near the Bonner Bridge.

Members from the U.S. Coast Guard and National Park Service rescued a loggerhead sea turtle Sunday in Oregon Inlet. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington received word from a good Samaritan boater the turtle was tangled in a line and dragging a plastic bucket in the


Hong Kong Requirements for Noise Protection

The IMO Code on Noise Levels On Board Ships (the ‘Noise Code 2012’) enters into force on 1 July, 2014, under new SOLAS regulation II-1/3-12*. Hong Kong flag administration requirements The Hong Kong flag administration has issued Merchant Shipping Information Note 14/2014 regarding


Free Software for Speed/Power Analysis

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The new STAIMO software for Speed/Power Trial analysis and reporting on board was released last January for use by the worldwide maritime industry free of charge. MARIN, which assisted the STA-Group in these efforts, also offers a dedicated course (June 16- 20) for EEDI Verifiers and other


New Tritex Multigauge 5700 Datalogger

Multigauge 5700 Datalogger (Image: Tritex)

Dorchester based, Tritex NDT has launched its new Multigauge 5700 Datalogger Metal Thickness Gauge. The new gauge, has all the advantages of the Multigauge 5600 but with the added benefit of storing readings on the gauge, the manufacturer said


MOL China Shipping J/V Orders NSR LNG Carriers

LNG Carrier: Rendering MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) says its joint venture with China Shipping (Group) Company has signed shipbuilding contracts with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in Korea to build three ice class LNG carriers for the [Russian] Yamal LNG project.


The Perfect Anchor for Paint

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Barge manufacturer doubles production and reduces paint waste with new blast line. When the 600th barge launch was celebrated at Brownsville Marine Products (BMP) just south of Pittsburgh in November 2012, it marked the company’s success at reviving a site with over 75 years of history


Interview: Roberto Cazzulo Talks Class Trends

“Ships are a concentrate of technology and integrated systems. Most of these  systems are nowadays run by computers. This has changed the man-machine  interface quite dramatically.”  Roberto P. Cazzulo, RINA &  Chairman of the IACS Council

As Roberto P. Cazzulo, RINA, steps down as the Chairman of the IACS Council, Maritime Reporter caught up with him to discuss the current state and future direction of global class. Given your experience, aside from the creation of IACS, what has been the most important change to the way in


Large Dead Zone Found in Gulf of Mexico

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Mapped size confirms NOAA forecast for an average-sized hypoxia zone this year. NOAA- and EPA-supported scientists have mapped the Gulf of Mexico dead zone, an area with low oxygen water, measuring 5,052 square miles this summer--approximately the size of the state of Connecticut


W&O Europe Named a Tube-Mac Distributor

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W&O Europe, a global supplier to the marine and marine offshore markets for pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation and engineered solutions, has entered into a new partnership with original equipment manufacturer Tube-Mac Piping Technologies


USCG Issues Interim OSV Cargo Rule

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) issued an interim rule regarding regulations to mitigate the risk created by the removal of the statutory size limit previously placed on offshore supply vessels (OSVs). The regulations were effective immediately upon publication in the Federal Register.


NOC to Load First Oil in a Year from Es Sider

Libya is due to start loading its first crude oil tanker in a year from top port Es Sider on Tuesday following a year-long blockade by eastern federalists, a Libyan oil official and trading sources said. Germany's Wintershall has also resumed production for the 220


Permanent On-site Collision Damage Repair in Greece

Hydrex diver performing initial inspection of the damaged hull. (Photo: Hydrex)

In July Hydrex mobilized a team of diver/technicians to Syros, Greece, for a complex repair operation on a 118-meter, 8550 DWT chemical tanker. The vessel had suffered large cracks in her hull plating as the result of a collision. She was not allowed to sail any further






 
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