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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.”


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


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.


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


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.


Marine Nav Data Moves to the Internet

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


MarAd Unveils MarView

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


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


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


BOEM Proposes GoM Oil and Gas Lease Sale

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As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy P. Beaudreau today announced that the bureau will offer more than 21 million acres offshore Texas for


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 16

Today in U.S. Naval History: April 16 1863 - Union gunboats pass Confederate batteries at Vicksburg 1924 - Navy commences relief operations in Mississippi Valley floods, lasting until June 16 1947 - Act of Congress gives Navy Nurse Corps members commissioned rank


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 17

Today in U.S. Naval History - April 17 1778 - Sloop-in-war Ranger captures British brig For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.


Ex-BP Employee Settles Insider-trading Oil Spill Case

A former 20-year veteran of BP plc who oversaw the company's cleanup efforts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will pay more than $224,000 to settle civil charges alleging he used non-public information about the disaster to commit insider-trading, U.S. regulators said on Thursday.


Maritime Security handbook: Stowaways by Sea

Improvements in security have not reduced the number of stowaways or the number of incidents and it is seafarers who have to cope with the extra work, delay, uncertainty and possible violence. This is why The Nautical Institute has today (Wednesday, April 9


Oil Spill Clean Up: Your Response is Required

The government has a plan for responding to your oil spill. Do you? In February, due to a collision between a tug boat and a tank barge, approximately 31,500 gallons of crude oil were released into the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River was closed down for two days and the residents of St


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 10

USS Thresher (Naval Historical Center photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - April 10 1941 - USS Niblack, while rescuing survivors of torpedoed ship, depth charged German submarine; first action of WW II between U.S. and German navies 1963 - During diving tests, USS Thresher lost with all hands (112 crew and 17 civilians) east of Cape Cod


Search Continues for Missing Skiff near Ujae Atoll

A graphic of the search area for the missing skiff near the Ujae Atoll using the Search and Rescue Optimal Planning System is a software system that uses simulated particles generated by users in a graphical interface. These particles are influenced by environmental data to provide information on search object drift. Using information on a point of origin and local currents, it calculates the most likely area to find a person in the water. (USCG graphic)

The U.S. Coast Guard said continues its search for a skiff with two people aboard near Ujae Atoll, Wednesday. Assisting in the search is an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Oahu, the Republic of Marshall Islands’ Pacific Patrol Boat RMIS Lomor and


UKHO Delivers Geospatial Intelligence to the MOD

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The UKHO Defense Maritime Geospatial Services (DMarGS) capability has been launched on the UK MOD’s Defense Information Infrastructure (DII) and will be rolled out to users over the coming weeks. This capability delivers the full range of the UKHO’s Digital Defense Maritime Charts and


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 11

USS Holland (Photo: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)

Today in U.S. Naval History - April 11 1783 - Congress declares end of war with Great Britain 1900 - Navy accepted its first submarine, USS Holland 1970 - Launch of Apollo 13, commanded by Capt. James A. Lovell, Jr., USN. Former naval aviator Fred W. Haise, Jr. was the Lunar Module Pilot


Brazil's Batista Target of Insider Trading Probes

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Eike Batista, who was Brazil's richest man for most of the past decade, is under investigation for allegedly engaging in insider trading while he chaired his now-bankrupt oil-producing and shipbuilding firms, securities industry watchdog CVM said on Friday.  


Hong Kong Bans Import of Kumamoto Poultry

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Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today, April 14, that in view of a notification from the Japanese authorities about an outbreak of high-pathogenic H5 avian influenza on a broiler farm in Kumamoto Prefecture


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 14

The damaged hull of USS Samuel B. Roberts (U.S. Navy photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - April 14 1898 - Commissioning of first Post Civil War hospital ship, USS Solace 1969 - North Korean aircraft shoots down Navy EC-121 reconnaissance aircraft from VQ-1 over the Sea of Japan 1988 - USS Samuel B. Roberts struck Iranian mine off Qatar


Portuguese Navy Orders Sonar System Upgrades

General Dynamics Canada is installing an adjunct processing system on three VASCO DA GAMA-class frigates of the Portuguese Navy. Designed by General Dynamics Canada, the ECLIPSE adjunct processor provides the in-service AN/SQS-510 sonar systems with enhanced operational capability to detect


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 15

USS Chester (Photo courtesy NavSource)

Today in U.S. Naval History: April 15 1885 - Naval forces land at Panama to protect American interests during revolution 1912 - USS Chester and USS Salem sailed from MA to assist RMS Titanic survivors 1918 - First Marine Aviation Force formed at Marine Flying Field, Miami, Fla.


 
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