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DNV Approves "Pay as You Sail" Charts Option

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Global chart distributor Nautisk has confirmed DNV approval for its Neptune Pay As You Sail (PAYS) Solution. PAYS enables users to access global ENCs for use with onboard ECDIS systems, while only paying for those that are actually used. Peter J Pran, Nautisk Project Manager said, “Despite a positive market outlook, demands on shipowners and vessel operators to make cost savings and optimize operational efficiency are continuing to increase. We are working with our customers to find bespoke solutions that enable them to benefit fully from our global portfolio of ENCs through an on-demand system.” “Our PAYS solution gives both shore-based and onboard teams access to any number of ENCs that may be required for one particular trading route. ENCs are downloaded onto the ECDIS for planning purposes, and we then track the vessel. As the vessel sails through a particular area, the shipowner is charged for the use of those ENCs only.” As no hardware installations are required for use of the service, additional onboard equipment is not required. The system is fully compliant with SOLAS regulation and take-up has so far been positive. Pran added, “We know that where voyage planning is concerned, one size does not always fit all, and many of our customers are choosing to combine PAYS with our pre-paid service, which means ENCs are available in advance.”


Class Direct App Launched by Lloyd’s Register

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Lloyd’s Register Marine has created an easy-to-use app for smartphones and tablets, enabling its clients to access ship and fleet data from anywhere in the world This new app, using the functionality of LR’s award-winning web service Class Direct, has been specifically designed to give users access to the information they need whenever and wherever, and is available now for free on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.


USCG Publishes Outer Continental Shelf Notice of Arrival Rule

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Thursday publication in the Federal Register of an outer continental shelf notice of arrival rule designed to enhance maritime domain awareness over outer continental shelf activities. This final rule enhances maritime security and safety by requiring U.S. and foreign vessels, floating facilities and mobile offshore drilling units arriving on and engaging in outer continental shelf activities to report their arrival time and location and


River Forth Gets Advanced VTS

One of the world's most advanced ship management systems is now in use on the River Forth. Forth Ports, PLC, the UK's second largest port handler, commissioned a Vessel Tracking System (VTS) from Norcontrol IT in 1998 to replace equipment installed in 1984. The system uses four radars to track all commercial vessels within the Firth of Forth but it needed the back up of a sophisticated Voyage Management Database to record all associated information such as voyage times, anchorage usage


OCTOPUS-Onboard for Dockwise Vanguard

Flooding Dock Vanguard

Amarcon, a member of the ABB group, received an OCTOPUS-Onboard order for the new build Dockwise Vanguard.   This vessel is one of the largest and most advanced heavy lift vessel ever built. The vessel was launched in November 2012 and is currently undergoing sea trials. Dockwise was founded in 1993 as a merger between Wijsmuller Transport and Dock Express Shipping, making Dockwise the world’s largest and most versatile heavy transport shipping company


ABB Systems Onboard Three Nor-Shipping Award Nominees

ABB, a power and automation technology group, ponted out that it has systems onboard three out of the four ships shortlisted for Nor-Shipping’s prestigious Energy Efficiency Award. The Energy Efficiency Award will be presented to the ship considered to have made the greatest contribution towards energy efficiency. The three nominees with ABB systems onboard are: Viking Grace, the world first LNG-fuelled large passenger ship, owned by Viking Line


Oil and Garbage Skimmer Vessel for Charter, Sale

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Vessel information: Russian flag Year and place of built – 1979, Japan. Rebuilt – 2009. Length – 45.5 m Breadth – 10.4 m. Depth – 4.0 m Draught – 3.1 m. GT / NT – 583 / 174 DWT – 329 t Displacement – 861 t Speed 13.4 knots. ME – NIIGATA DIESEL 6L25 BX, 2 x 876 kW Screw – 2 x IHI, diameter 2 meters. Two MMASS type AZIPOD with remote control. Consumption – 8,5 m3 (10 knots), oil – 0,01 m3.


Amarcon Receives Orders for Eleven OCTOPUS-Onboard Systems

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Amarcon, a member of the ABB group, announced that it has received an order for in total eleven OCTOPUS-Onboard installations for Heavy Lift vessels from Cosco Heavy Transport and BigLift Shipping.   The Cosco deal was closed after the heavy cargo transporter leased the portable OCTOPUS-Onboard system on several occasions. Cosco heavy transport operates a versatile fleet within the semi-submersible and project cargo transportation industry and provides her services across the globe


Navplay's Debuts Experience Maker

NavPlay Experience Maker

  NavPlay, an innovative manufacturer of iPad apps for boaters, announced today its revolutionary story telling functionality, Experience Maker. A unique and innovative feature that is exclusive to the NavPlay app, this new feature gives boaters the ability to share moments of and during their journeys using their iPads. Leveraging the power of the LogBook and Alarm Manager environments, Experience Maker provides an easy-to-use interface for boaters to capture the truly personal details


Tanker Owners To Gain More Pull Through Information Sharing System

Tanker owners organization Intertanko is reportedly testing a system designed to give ship owners greater market clout through increased vessel/cargo information sharing. The aim is to set up a protected Web site where vessel owners can input ship position and cargo information, giving them better information on availability of cargo and ships. Tanker owners could use the system to strengthen their market power and increase vessel utilization by pooling vessels.


USCG Issues Zika Virus Precautions

Electron micrograph of Zika virus. Virus particles are 40 nm in diameter, with an outer envelope and a dense inner core (source CDC).

Recently, the World Health Organization designated the Zika virus as a global public health emergency. This has prompted questions from the maritime industry regarding reporting requirements for any vessel crewmembers or passengers who may be exhibiting symptoms of the Zika virus.


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


MGI is Newest IPCSA Member

Press release- A month after celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Marseille-based Port Community System operator MGI has been welcomed as the newest member of the International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA).    


Cepsa Resumes Iranian Oil Supplies to Spain

Spanish refiner Cepsa will ship a 1-million barrel cargo of Iranian oil to its refineries, according to vessel agents' data and market players' information on Wednesday.   Global oil markets, already oversupplied, have been jittery over the return of Iranian oil after the lifting of


Transas ECDIS Earns DNV-GL Certification

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DNV-GL has issued an official certificate for the Transas Navi-Sailor 4000 ECDIS after Transas passed type-approval in November 2015. The new generation of the Transas ECDIS is the first sytem in the market certified by DNV-GL according to the latest IHO and IEC standards.  


Cutlass Express 2016 Commences

Maritime forces from various nations attend the opening ceremony for Cutlass Express 2016 Jan. 30. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mat Murch

Maritime forces from Eastern Africa, Western Indian Ocean island nations, Europe and the United States, as well as several international organizations began the fifth iteration of the multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express, Jan. 30.


Videotel’s API Enables Integration with Crew Management Software

Videotel, a global provider of e-Learning maritime training solutions and a company of KVH Industries, Inc.,  has released the Videotel Partner API, an application programming interface that facilitates the exchange of data between Videotel and any of its clients’ crew management


U.S. Navy Commander Guilty in Corruption Scandal

A U.S. Navy commander charged with accepting paid travel, prostitutes and Lady Gaga concert tickets from a Malaysian defense contractor in exchange for classified information pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal corruption charges. Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz appeared in U.S


USCG Search for Dinghy Owner near Kaneohe Bay, OAHU

U.S. Coast Guard photos

The Coast Guard is seeking the public's help identifying the owner of a 13-foot white sailing dinghy found near Kaneohe Bay, Wednesday. Anyone with information that may help identify the owner of the sailing dinghy is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at


Critical Habitat for Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale

North Atlantic right whale mother and calf. Credit Christin Khan NOAA

Using new information not previously available, NOAA Fisheries is expanding critical habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales to cover its northeast feeding areas in the Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank region and southeast calving grounds from North Carolina to Florida.


Vessel Sinks in Atlantic Entrance to Panama Canal

VFM ALITA Photo Marine Traffic

The M/V ALITA. IMO 8503814 (174.10 meters LOA x 15,85 meters in beam) has been reported sunk at the following approximate position: Latitude 09 deg. 23.87’N and Longitude 079 deg. 55.75’W, which is about 0.7 nautical miles and 325 deg. from the West Breakwater Light.


Norway Trials New Age of E-navigation

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The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) initiated the first full-scale trial of e-navigation in Norwegian waters in conjunction with e-navigation technology and services company NAVTOR. The test sees the ferry MS Stavangerfjord digitally sharing its routing information with NCA via


Venezuelan ship VMF Alita Sank off near Panama

Image: Panama Maritime Authority

 A ship Venezuelan flag, name VFM Alita sank last week in Caribbean waters of the Panama Canal after colliding with another anchoring vessel, which caused hole above the waterline and water ingress.   According to the information revealed on Sunday by a Panamanian official source


Contracts Awarded for U.S. National Defense Reserve Fleet

Courtesy Maritime Administration

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that DOT has awarded contracts with a total award value of $1.96 billion over eight years to seven U.S. maritime firms to manage, maintain and operate 48 National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) vessels through January 2024


Hurricane Condition Whiskey for Port of Delaware Bay

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The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the anticipated arrival of a severe winter storm that will impact the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area in the next 72 hours. A thorough explanation of port conditions can be found under the






 
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