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Six Years after BP Spill, US Sets New Offshore Oil Safety Rules

Gas from the damaged Deepwater Horizon wellhead is burned by the drillship Discoverer Enterprise in May 2010, in a process known as flaring. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Patrick Kelley)

The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled new oil well control rules to prevent the kind of blowout that happened six years ago on a BP Plc rig in the Gulf of Mexico.   The Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced the finalized regulations, which include more stringent design requirements and operational procedures for offshore U.S. oil and gas operations.   The new standards come nearly six years after a deadly explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the cost of Louisiana, which led to the worst oil spill of all time.   The Macondo well blowout and the fire on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig on April 20, 2010, killed 11 workers.   "The well control rule is a vital part of our extensive reform agenda to strengthen, update and modernize our offshore energy program using lessons learned from Deepwater Horizon," said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.   To improve the "culture of safety" on oil rigs and prevent future spills or blowouts, the new rule tightens requirements for blowout preventers, well design, well control casing, cementing and sub-sea containment.   It also calls for real-time monitoring, third party reviews of equipment, regular inspections and safe drilling margin requirements.  


New Azipod Thruster Launched by ABB

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ABB unveils newest Azipod thruster to growing electric propulsion market    Power and automation technology group ABB has introduced Azipod D, a new addition to its line of Azipod electric propulsion offering, allowing a wider range of vessel types to utilize the Azipod propulsion system.   ABB’s gearless Azipod propulsion system is already used on cruise vessels, icebreakers, ice-going cargo vessels and offshore accommodation ships


LISCR Unveils New Seafarer's Identity Card

Datastrip announces that its 2D Superscript two-dimensional bar code is being used as the core technology on the world's first biometric seafarer's identity card, scheduled for rollout this month by the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR). LISCR is the second largest shipping registry in the world, with approximately 2,000 vessels and 500,000 active seafarers on its docket. The initiative is intended to help improve maritime security


Transas Unveils New Onboard Systems

At Europort Maritime 2007 Transas presented its new generation of onboard equipment: a new 4000 series of Navi-Sailor ECDIS (Multifunction Display), Chart-Radar and Navi-Conning. Another development from the company is a new version of Transas VDR/S-VDR 3200. Transas Navi-Sailor ECDIS 4000 (MfD) is a new product developed by Transas which combines type-approved ECDIS, Chart-Radar, Conning Display, the Chart Assistant utility and SPOS weather module giving the mariner the ability


Seagull Release New Distant Learning Titles

Computer-based training (CBT) specialist, Seagull, has unveiled new additions to its portfolio and revisions to a number of existing modules. The new releases are: Principle of Assessment, Onboard Assessment, Oil record book – part 11, Galley operations 3 – food handling, Electric propulsion – fundamentals , Marine environmental awareness, Environmetal Challenges and four Learning MS modules.


CAT Unveils Uprated C175 Marine Engine at SMM

Cat C175 engine: Image Caterpillar Marine

Caterpillar Marine says it is due to unveil new power ratings for the Cat C175 propulsion engine for commercial vessels at the 2014 SMM Exhibition, currently underway in Hamburg, Germany. Designed specifically as a high speed power solution for commercial applications including ocean going and harbor tugs, the C175-16 propulsion engine is now available with ratings of 2239 bkW - 2550 bkW @ 1800 rpm. The new ratings extend Caterpillar Marine’s high-speed engine power range beyond the


Redwood City Fireboat Unveiling August 10

The Redwood City Fire Department asked community kids to offer their best names for the City's new fireboat - and more than 100 came through with a wonderful variety of entries. The selection committee went through every name entered, and came up with the top 10, and from that top 10 the finalist will be chosen, to be painted on the stern of this new, important piece of firefighting equipment and unveiled at a special ceremony on August 10 at the Port of Redwood City .  


SSI to Unveil ShipConstructor 2016 R2 at WorkBoat

SSI's latest release, ShipConstructor 2016 R2 will be unveiled for the first time in public at the International WorkBoat Show, December 1-3, in New Orleans.   According to SSI, the new software enhances productivity via new features and benefits, including •Smoother Systems Routing via Continuation Grip Points Clarity: Linking UDA Editing with Parts in Drawings & Product Hierarchies Weld Standards added to Naming Conventions


Feadship Unveils New Future Concept

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Feadship has marked the 10th anniversary of the Feadship Future Concept with a new "blueprint for inspiration."   Unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show using a yacht model and an augmented reality experience, the 2016 FFC Choice offers a wealth of opportunities for autonomous living on and off board. These include two co-propulsion tenders, a detachable beach house, a drone and a motioncompensated pool. A new wave of independence is further stimulated by the introduction of the


Damen Unveils New Dredgers

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Damen Shipyards Group has introduced its new line of Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers (TSHD), comprising of the Marine Aggregate Dredger (MAD) 4000 and 5600 vessels.   Designed in collaboration with Maritime Design and Engineering Services (MD&ES), the MAD 4000 and 5600 are geared for mining sand and gravel offshore. For offshore aggregate operations, the new vessels will be able to work in North Sea conditions up to depths of -60 meters


Port Taranaki Orders New Tug from Sanmar

Port Taranaki representatives and Sanmar’s sales director at the contract signing: Grant Squire, marine engineer supervisor; Guy Roper, chief executive; Craig Bramley, Sanmar director of sales-Australian region; and Neville Fox, head of marine services (Photo: Sanmar)

Within a few weeks of unveiling a new compact tractor tug jointly designed with Robert Allan Limited, Turkish shipbuilder Sanmar has secured an order from a port on the west coast of New Zealand.   Port Taranaki has awarded the Sanmar a contract to build the very first of its exclusive


Superior Adds Primary Crusher to Processing Portfolio

Photo: Superior Industries

Superior Industries, Inc., a U.S. based manufacturer and global supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems, has unveiled a new machinery solution for crushing applications called the Liberty Jaw Crusher. Functioning as a primary crusher, the unit compresses material in stone


Conrad’s Kinkle Retires after 51 Years

Johnny Kinkle (Photo: Conrad Shipyard)

Conrad Shipyard’s Johnny Kinkle has retired in December after 51-years in shipbuilding.   Kinkle went to work for Conrad on December 2, 1969, and for five decades his reply to any request was, “No problem, babe. Whatever the customer wants.”  


Valencia to Upgrade Three Ports

PHOTO PORT AUTHORITY OF VALENCIA

Spain’s Port Authority of Valencia (APV) has unveiled plans upgrade three of its ports by 2020. The Business Plan approved at the last Board of Directors of the Port Authority of Valencia includes investments in its three ports 56.19 million euros during the year 2017 and plans to invest


Nav Systems Advance to the Next Level

Navigation Systems Advance to the Next Level

Smart sensor technology and the next level in integrated navigation system – this is what the German navigation system company Raytheon Anschütz showcases during SMM 2016 in Hall B6 at booth 304. “With Synapsis NX the Integrated Navigation System is advancing to the next level


New Ferry Designs Answer Asia Specific Challenges

(Image: Deltamarin)

Challenges of the Asian ferry market include large regional variations in cargo volume and composition, huge economic pressure on operators and unsatisfactory safety records especially in the developing countries, according to ship design company Deltamarin


Vigor Introduces Freezer Longliner Design

(Image: Vigor)

Vigor will unveil its new 142’ Freezer Longliner designed specifically for North Pacific fishing at this year's Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle, Wash.   Based on an existing design by Marco Marine, the 142’ x 33.6’ x 14’ vessel has a fish hold capacity of 14


SES Launches Maritime+ Service

SES maritime diagram simplified V3

SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) today announced the launch of its global SES Maritime+ service that will deliver high-speed connectivity to vessels traversing oceans. SES Maritime+ will enable maritime customers to have easy access to customisable bandwidth and


U.S. meeting on ocean conservation nets $5.3 billion in pledges

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry,

International participants at a high-level conference on the world's oceans pledged more than $5.3 billion for conservation and designated vast areas as protected waters, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday. More than 90 countries took part in the two-day conference


New Vessel Traffic Equipment at ABP Southampton

Shipping Minister John Hayes CBE MP (front row, third from left) at ABP Southampton with James Cooper, chief executive at Associated British Ports (front row, far left), Alastair Welch, port director at ABP Southampton port director (back row, far right) with staff at ABP Southampton (Photo: ABP)

Associated British Ports marked the latest in a series of multi-million dollar investments in the port of Southampton by inviting the Rt Hon John Hayes CBE MP to open its brand new vessel traffic service (VTS) operating room, (September 21).  


VULKAN Couplings at SMM

New highly flexible coupling VULKARDAN F Photo Vulkan Couplings

Buoyed by encouraging response at the international maritime trade fair SMM in Hamburg, VULKAN Couplings prepared interesting impressions from the booth and the round table maritime in the evening as well as statements referring to new products and concepts at VULKAN.


Maersk Mulls Quick Acquisitions

Photo: Maersk Line

 Danish shipping giant A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S’s container altered its strategy this month by planning to expand its fleet through acquisition, breaking from its previous preference of building its own boats, reports Forbes.  


Members Trust BIMCO, Says Philippe Louis-Dreyfus

Philippe Louis-Dreyfus  Photo: BIMCO

 BIMCO, the world’s largest shipping association, has unveiled its new corporate identity and website – following research and testing within its global membership.   BIMCO President Philippe Louis-Dreyfus played a key role in the development of the association’s new


Intellian Unveils New 1m dual-band Antenna for uninterrupted coverage

s100HD Photo Intellian

 Intellian launched the dual-band, 3-axis s100HD WorldView satellite TV system, featuring the company’s latest generation LNB (Low Noise Block-Down Converter) technology.  The new system, set to debut this week at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show


Augmented Reality App for Raymarine Dragonfly-PRO Sonar Systems

Dragonfly Pro and AR App Photo Raymarine

Raymarine Unveils an all-new version of its popular Wi-Fish mobile app for use with Dragonfly-PRO and Wi-Fish CHIRP Sonar systems. The app has been expanded and now includes Augmented Reality Viewing of your saved waypoints and fishing hot-spots.






 
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