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 information regarding the vessels' voyage, cargo, crew and vessel information. The outer continental shelf includes all submerged lands seaward and outside of the area of lands beneath navigable waters and of which the subsoil and seabed are subject to the jurisdiction and control of the U.S. Outer continental shelf activity is defined in the U.S. regulations as any activity that occurs on the outer continental shelf and is associated with the exploration for or development or production of minerals, including oil. "Maritime domain awareness supports and informs all of the nation's maritime safety, security environmental and transportation interests. The equipment and procedures that create awareness are just as important for prevention of, and response to, vessel collisions and oil spills, and search and rescue cases as they are for law enforcement and counterterrorism missions," said Dana Goward, director of the Coast Guard's Marine Transportation Systems Management Division.
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
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, 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, 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
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
The NOL Group has elected veteran technology executive, Donald G. Liedtke, as its chief information officer (CIO) - heading its organization of about 300 computer systems specialists. Liedtke, who was previously with Packard Bell NEC, will be based at the APL office in Oakland, Calif., which houses NOL's information technology group, as well as the global headquarters of APL Logistics - the container transportation and logistics arm of the NOL Group.
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.
Alameda, Calif. – The Eleventh Coast Guard District will begin posting weekly marine navigation information for the State of California on the Coast Guard Navigation Center’s website at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/lnm/default.htm on April 1. This move is designed to improve service and reduce costs. The Local Notice to Mariners (LNM) for California is published weekly by the Eleventh Coast Guard District Aids to Navigation office in Alameda
Information on the condition and performance of the Marine Transportation System – including ports, vessels, waterways and intermodal connections – will be available on a Web-based, data-driven set of tools developed by the MarAd. The information system, called MarView, provides access to more than 2500 links to transportation data sources, giving statistics on intermodal freight transportation and on trained and licensed mariners
Today in U.S. Naval History - December 11 1941 - Contract establishes the Naval Salvage Service. 1941 - Wake Island Garrison under Commander Winfield Cunningham repulses Japanese invasion force. 1954 - First supercarrier of 59,630 tons, USS Forrestal (CVA-59), launched at Newport News, Va
Commissioner Doyle briefed the Federal Maritime Commission at today's open meeting and provided details and recent information pertaining to efforts to clarify the People's Republic of China new Value Added Tax regime. He also discussed China's interest in establishing a mutual NVOCC legal
The Bayonne Bridge is undergoing a major construction project and special care is required to avoid ship allisions, including ship antenna strikes similar to those that occurred in the past, which may cause severe property damage or loss of life.
At the recent User Conference, INTERSCHALT's IS Seacos Asia introduced new Fleet Operation Center (FOC) software in which information and trends from ship telemetry are displayed - similar to the way NASA centrally monitors its satellites and aerospace equipment on digital projection screens.
Software developer Northport Systems Inc. has announced the latest enhancement to its innovative Fugawi Marine 5 marine navigation software, Theyr Weather. Fugawi Marine 5 allows for simple download, management, and display of high-resolution weather data from the X-Traverse web service
Today in U.S. Naval History - December 4 1918 - President Woodrow Wilson sails in USS George Washington for Paris Peace Conference. 1943 - Aircraft from USS Lexington (CV-16) and USS Independence (CVL-22) attack Kwajalein Atoll, sinking four Japanese ships and damaging five others
Commercial seaborne shipping is regulated by international, EU and national authorities and is subject to a number of commercially oriented constraints. The long history and large number of organizations associated with regulation has led to a high level of complexity in managing the development
Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV are currently maintaining dialogue regarding the possibilities of mutual interest should the companies engage in a business partnership or any other form of association. To date, these discussions have not resulted in any binding or nonbinding agreement between the parties.
Today in U.S. Naval History - December 5 1843 - Launching of USS Michigan at Erie, Penn., America's first iron-hulled warship, as well as first prefabricated ship. 1941 - USS Lexington (CV-2) sails with Task Force 12 to ferry Marine aircraft to Midway, leaving no carriers at Pearl Harbor.
Global maritime IT services company, Versiant, says that its Lynx™ mobile software solution has been installed by the Port of Houston Authority (PHA) providing real-time accurate information for their customers at Barbours Cut and Bayport Terminals.
Today in U.S. Naval History: December 6 1830 - Naval Observatory, the first U.S. national observatory, established at Washington, D.C., under commander of Lieutenant Louis Malesherbes. 1901 - First report of Ship Model Basin at Washington Navy Yard issued by Naval Constructor David W
BIMCO & Fathom have joined forces to provide comprehensive information on ballast water treatment, to help shipowners make wise decisions in advance of new Ballast Water Management Regulations which are likely to be implemented in 2014.
Today in U.S. Naval History - December 9 1938 - Prototype shipboard radar, designed and built by the Naval Research Laboratory, is installed on USS New York (BB-34). 1941 - USS Swordfish (SS-193) makes initial U.S. submarine attack on Japanese ship.
The American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association (ASSA) recently held discussions at the United States Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center, Washington DC, between member companies and ADM Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations; Ms. Allison Stiller, DASN Ships; and Mr
Today in U.S. Naval History - December 10 1941 - Guam surrenders to Japanese. 1941 - Aircraft from USS Enterprise attack and sink Japanese Submarine I-70 north of Hawaiian Islands. A participant in the Pearl Harbor Attack, I-70 is the first Japanese combatant ship sunk during World War II