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USACE Seeks Inland Waterways Users Board Nominations

The US Army Corps of Engineers is seeking nominations for membership on the Inland Waterways Users Board. The Board advises the Corps on waterways construction and rehabilitation priorities and spending levels for commercial navigation improvements on the inland waterways of the United States. Nominations must be received by August 11. Source: HK Law

Inland Waterways Users Board Meeting Scheduled

The Inland Waterways Users Board, sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will meet on 29 August in St. Louis. Agenda to include status of funding for inland navigation projects and studies and the status of the Inland Waterways Trust Fund. 77 Fed. Reg. 44222 (July 27, 2012).   SUMMARY: In accordance with 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92–463), announcement is made of the forthcoming meeting

Frasher Steps Down as ACL CEO

American Commercial Lines LLC announced that Stephen A. Frasher will step down as President and CEO effective April 30, 2004. ACL will make the following executive changes on that date. Richard L. Huber will assume the position of Chief Executive Officer of American Commercial Lines LLC. Mr. Huber has been a member of the ACL Board since 2000, and currently serves as its Chairman. Mr. Huber has over forty years of investment and merchant banking, international business

WCI Urges Adoption of Waterways Proposal

On the heels of the release of the President’s FY 2011 budget, Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) is urging Congress to adopt a new comprehensive, consensus-based package of recommendations formulated by an industry and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers working group to ensure the continued vitality of the U.S. inland navigation system for the next 20 years.  If adopted, these recommendations would better address the needs of the entire system and provide more dollars for greatly needed

Ports Push For Fed Funding For Deep Draft Navigation

U.S. public ports testified Wednesday, November 03, 1999, at a hearing before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment about the continued need for federal government investment in maintaining harbors around the country to ensure that the U.S. maintains a modern, efficient and safe marine transportation system. Testifying on behalf of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), Lillian Borrone, Director, Port Commerce Department

Philly Tankers Lines Up Charters

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

Philly Tankers AS announced today that its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, Philly Tankers LLC, has entered into binding long-term time charter contracts with a domestic end-user for the two 50,000 dwt product tankers it has on order with Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (AKPS). The charters will commence after delivery of the vessels in 2016 and 2017. "This is an important milestone for Philly Tankers and we are proud of the long-term partnership that the company has established with a

The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway – A Silent Giant No More

Jim Stark

The recent enactment of the Waterways Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA) has brought a sense of optimism to inland waterways mariners, operators and industries across the nation.   Our inland waterways are poised for success, and key to that success is the anticipated support provided in that bill. Of course, follow on appropriations and carefully planned implementation is critical to assure continued success of our waterways system

Astrium Offers XChange Upgrade

Astrium Services released a new software version for its established XChange connectivity platform, which offers a range of new features to facilitate permanent remote access, allow smartphone usage on board and provide improved VoIP capabilities. XChange v2.3 was developed to meet specific customer demands and is available free of charge by a simple firmware update, through a local file or via the embedded over-the-air update feature.

Pole Star Appoints Andrew Peters CEO

Pole Star, fleet managers, ship security & vessel monitoring providers, appoint Andrew Peters as compsny Chief Executive Officer. The appointment follows the retirement of interim CEO, Colin Hook, who will continue to serve as a non-executive director of the board. Andrew Peters, previously CEO of Telefonica UK and Deutsche Telekom Ltd, takes the helm as Pole Star embarks on an ambitious strategy to launch new services

Consilium Selesmar Launches Radar Display

Consilium Selesmar has launched their new SeLux TFT Display. The flexible and modular radar display follows a new and attractive design and works equally well both integrated in an IBS and as a stand-alone radar. The user-friendly man-machine interface is based on new software, enabling a flexible utilization, for instance by allowing traditional keyboard entries as well as track-ball/mouse instructions via user-defined windows

EfficienSea2 Rolls out Maritime Cloud

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

 The Danish-led e-navigation project, EfficienSea2, got one step closer to being launched when a core element of the project – Maritime Cloud – was debated by a group of international maritime organisations and companies.  

Webinar: Autodesk Licensing Changes

The way in which users will be able to buy and access Autodesk software is changing.   To help users better understand these changes and their implications, software developer SSI will host a webinar October 13.   Starting January 31 users will no longer be able to purchase new

Hydrographic Survey of Malacca Strait Underway

Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 A hydrographic survey of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) was launched today by the three littoral States - Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore - and the Malacca Straits Council of Japan at the Marina South Pier.   This initiative was one of the key recommendations that arose

USCG Completes Investigation into Ship Channel Death

The U.S. Coast Guard has completed its investigation into an incident in which a Mexican national was killed after being struck and by a patrol boat in the Brownsville Ship Channel in April.   The mishap investigation found that the female migrant was unintentionally struck by a patrolling

Abu Dhabi Ports Achieve Pilot Certification

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

Khalifa Port and Zayed Port become first commercial ports in Middle East to achieve certification for marine pilots; Abu Dhabi Ports Marine Services gets I.S.P.O – International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organizations – certification for pilots at two ports   

SulNOx, LR Join Forces to Promote SulNOxEco Fuels


  SulNOx Fuel Fusions Plc. (SulNOx), the leading global producer and supplier of fuel emulsion technology, and Lloyd’s Register (LR), a leading technical, business services organisation and maritime classification society, today signed an agreement that will see LR provide verification

Atlantis Chief Joins Ocean Energy

Tim Cornelius. Pic by Atlantis Resources Limited

 Tim Cornelius, CEO of global tidal developer Atlantis Resources has taken a seat on the Board of Directors of Ocean Energy Europe – the industry group for ocean renewable energy – by becoming a Lead Sponsor of the organisation.   

New System Facilitates Simpler Connection at Sea

Image: Satcom Global

Satcom Global has launched a maritime system bringing seafarers up to speed with today’s ‘connect anytime anywhere’ culture, enabling those at sea to keep in touch with the rest of the world with their own device.   The latest addition to Satcom Global’s product

Sweden to Launch MSW for Ship reporting

New routine for ship reporting from 1st October 2015

  On 1 October 2015 the Maritime Single Window (MSW) portal will be launched for reporting of information regarding entry at port. From that date reports that were previously made in SafeSeaNet Sweden (SSNS) will be made in the portal, and simultaneously the reporting system of Port of

A Pleasant Sub-prise for Penang Ferry Passengers

The sudden appearance of a submarine has caused excitement among hundreds of ferry users at Penang Port, Malaysia.  The Australian navy submarine HMAS Sheean arrived in for a visit Penang at around 11.30am Monday. HMAS Sheean is in the port for the crewmen’s holiday before they start a joint exercise with a Malaysian submarine later.  Penang Port Sdn Bhd senior general manager (corporate support division) Md Derick Basir said the vessel, which is 77.8m long and 7.8m wide, will be here until Oct

 The sudden appearance of a submarine has caused excitement among hundreds of ferry users at Penang Port, Malaysia.   The Australian navy submarine HMAS Sheean arrived in for a visit Penang at around 11.30am Monday. HMAS Sheean is in the port for the crewmen’s holiday before they

GOST Marine Security Video Recording Device

GOST Watch HD Internet Video Recorder (Eric Haun).jpg

GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies) released its next generation security video solution, the GOST Watch HD Internet Video Recorder (IVR). The new video recording system features a four terabyte hard drive – designed to capture and store video on a modern yacht – that is capable

Besselink of Royal HaskoningDHV Quits

Piet W. Besselink

  Mr Piet Besselink, Executive Board Member of international engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV, has decided to step down by the end of the year. This change was announced by the company’s Supervisory Board.  

Transas’ iSailor for Android

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Transas’ chart plotter and AIS Viewer navigation app iSailor, available to iOS device users since 2010, is now also available in an Android version.   An easy-to-use navigational system for amateur seafarers, Transas said iSailor is used by hundreds of thousands around the world

Transas e-Logbook Gets Panama Flag Approval

Courtesy Transas

The Panama Marine Authority has confirmed the Transas Electronic Logbook as equivalent to the paper version for use on board the ships registered under the Panamanian Flag.   Successful approval of the Transas e-Logbook by the largest shipping flag state is an important milestone in

Commission Appointments at Long Beach Port

Lou Anne Bynum and Doug Drummond

  The Long Beach City Council on Tuesday confirmed the appointments of Long Beach City College executive Lou Anne Bynum and former City Councilman Doug Drummond to second terms on the Board of Harbor Commissioners.   Mayor Robert Garcia announced the reappointments last month

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