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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

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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


Los Angeles Port To Unveil New Downtown Harbor & Town Square

PORT OF LOS ANGELES UNVEILS NEW DOWNTOWN HARBOR AND TOWN SQUARE ON THE LA WATERFRONT

  On Friday, June 20, at 6 p.m., the Port of Los Angeles will unveil the new centerpiece of the LA Waterfront: Downtown Harbor and Town Square, located on Harbor Boulevard, between 5th and 6th Streets in San Pedro. Situated between the World Cruise Center and Ports O’ Call Village at the foot of the San Pedro Historic Waterfront District, Downtown Harbor is a vibrant, new public harbor and plaza that connects downtown San Pedro to the LA Waterfront.


ACO Unveils New Plant for Upcoming Wastewater Rules

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ACO Marine, a supplier of advanced wastewater treatment systems, is about to introduce a new version of its established Maripur wastewater treatment range. The next generation ACO Maripur NF sewage treatment system has been specifically developed to ensure operators of specialist tonnage in the passenger and mega-yacht sectors comply with the impending IMO Resolution MEPC 227(64) – including Section 4.2. This requires vessels with 12 or more passengers operating in IMO designated


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


PPG Unveils New Coating for Dry Bulk Cargo Holds

SIGMASHIELD MTC features a unique chemistry that maximizes technical performance and offers a commercially sound solution for spot and full repairs as well as for application at newbuild. (Photo: PPG)

Debuting its latest offering at Posidonia 2016, PPG’s protective and marine coatings business has unveiled a new protective system for dry bulk carrier cargo holds: the PPG SIGMASHIELD MTC system, built on coating technology that comprises a PPG SIGMASHIELD PRIME undercoat and PPG SIGMASHIELD MTC topcoat.   Designed specifically for the cargo holds of dry bulk carriers, the system’s chemistry maximizes technical performance and offers a commercially sound solution for spot


Shipbuilder launches revolutionary real time Shipbuilder VR module

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Shipbuilder unveiled its new and revolutionary virtual reality module Shipbuilder VR during the Shipbuilder and Relatics Client Day on 30 June. “Shipbuilder VR allows the real-time publication of project management data, technical data and logistical data in 3D on smartphones


National Museum of the American Sailor Unveiled

The National Museum of the American Sailor name change signals a shift in vision from a regional focus to one that depicts the diverse history of Sailors who have served in the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Navy photo)

The Great Lakes Naval Museum was officially renamed the National Museum of the American Sailor during a ceremony and sign unveiling at the museum July 4. The Navy's top enlisted Sailor, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Mike Stevens, was joined by retired Rear Adm


Second of Nine New TNPA Tugs Sets Sail

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The latest of Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) nine new tugboats has set sail from the Durban premises of contractor, Southern African Shipyards, on Thursday, July 7, destined for its new home at the Port of Port Elizabeth.   


Brunswick’s All New 1100 IMPACT D-Collar

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Marine News July 2016 Boat of the Month   At a trade event held in Baltimore, MD, Brunswick unveiled its most exciting hull to date. First on board to test drive the new vessel was Marine News Editor Joe Keefe. An exhilarating 35 minute cruise revealed all of the exciting features the new


Shipping Alliances Demand Aggressive Oversight -FMC Chairman

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The restructuring of the ocean carrier alliance system, triggered by merger and acquisition activities by shipping companies, is a logical business development, but if not carefully monitored and regulated, could also represent a move toward reduced services for shippers, said Mario Cordero


Wärtsilä Donates Engine to Texas A&M University

The 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 20 diesel engine donated to Texas A&M Galveston is housed in an engineering lab on the University campus. Photo Wartsila

Wärtsilä has donated an 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 20 engine and generating set, to the Marine Engineering Technology Department at Texas A&M University at Galveston. The donation represents a continuation of Wärtsilä's ongoing industry support programme aimed at helping


CBP, AMO Unveils New Interceptor Vessel

New Coastal Interceptor Vessel Photo CBP

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) and SAFE Boat International celebrated the unveiling of AMO’s newest coastal interceptor vessel (CIV) Thursday. In honor of AMO’s historical legacy, this first CIV will be named the Alexandria


EMC Unveils New Suite of Global Marine VSAT Services

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EMC today announced a new global Ku-band VSAT package of connectivity and content for ships at sea, optimized for the next-generation high-throughput satellite (HTS) networks that are now being deployed.   “Designed with crew welfare as a top priority


ABB Turbocharging Previews Marine Auxiliary Product

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ABB Turbocharging, at the CIMAC Congress 2016 presented its first dedicated turbocharger, for marine auxiliary engine applications, in a development cooperation with IHI Corporation.  Designed for ease of operation and service, it supports a condition-based maintenance concept.   


Terex Unveils New Modular Training Program

The new harbour crane simulator is a central component of the newly designed operator training Photo Terex

Modular training course program uses state-of-the-art simulation technology Düsseldorf, Germany, 14 June 2016 – At this year’s TOC Europe in Hamburg, Germany, Terex Port Solutions (TPS) is presenting a newly designed training program for harbour crane operators


US Offshore Regulator to Unveil Tougher Environmental Safeguards

The Discoverer Enterprise, Q4000 and many other vessels work around the clock cleaning up the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: SGT Casey Ware, U.S. Army)

The U.S. government agency created after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill plans in coming weeks to unveil tougher financial requirements for offshore oil producers aimed at protecting taxpayers from the risk of cleaning up abandoned oil rigs, an agency executive told Reuters.  


EU Ministers Agree on TEN-T

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 The EU transport ministers convened at the first day of the TEN-T Days in the Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam.   They discussed the process of implementing the Trans-European Transport Network: new challenges and opportunities, new technologies and mobility patterns for passengers


Antwerp Port Extends Partnership with DMU of China

Marc Van Peel Shan Hongjun Photo Port of Antwerp

The port of Antwerp is to collaborate with Dalian Maritime University (DMU) in northern China for the next three academic years. DMU is a prestigious Chinese maritime university whose alumni include many prominent figures in the shipping industry


Hapag-Lloyd Agrees on Merger Terms with UASC

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German container shipping line Hapag Lloyd AG on Tuesday said it has reached an agreement on terms and conditions of a business combination agreement with Arab peer United Arab Shipping Company (UASC).   The deal, which would involve all shares in UASC being moved to Hapag-Lloyd


UASC and Hapag-Lloyd Merger in the Last Leap

File Image: United Arab Shipping Company, Hapag-Lloyd

 A merger between United Arab Shipping Company (UASC)  and German container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd will create a shipping group that is the 5th largest in the world and will give Hapag-Lloyd access to bigger ships on the important Asia to Europe trade route.  






 
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