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Sea Tow Expands SeaSmart

Sea Tow Services International Inc., announced the expansion of its Sea Smart VHF service offering. Sea Smart VHF will be available throughout Florida’s Southeast coast, from Jupiter Inlet to Islamorada. The service is already available throughout the West Coast of Florida and in the Northeast from Cape Cod, Mass., to Cape May, N.J. Thecommunications service, launched at the 2006 Miami International Boat Show, utilizes boaters’ existing equipment to provide an application for their DSC-enabled VHF: a reliable communications connection on the water. Sea Smart’s marine voice and data network is comprised of coastal high site radio towers that connect, via RoIP, to a national operations center manned by professional marine dispatchers and licensed captains 24-hours a day. The subscription-based service includes Automatic Vessel Location (AVL), trip tracking, position plotting, unlimited direct-to-shore local and long distance calls and 24-hour marine operator assistance.

Fishing Vessel Disabled off Montauk

Endorphin, a 58-foot commercial fishing vessel moored to a pier in Montauk, N.Y. (USCG Photo. July, 2006)

The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to a disabled vessel approximately 86 miles south east of Montauk, N.Y., today. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound communication watchstanders, in New Haven, Conn., received notification from a good samaritan vessel relaying communications for the disabled vessel Endorphin, a 58-foot commercial fishing homeported in Montauk, N.Y., that the disabled vessel reported they were adrift and without power, nearly 86 miles offshore with three crewmembers aboard

Swiber First to Use Enginei in Asia

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Swiber becomes first Asia operator to save costs with Enginei Fuel Management System. The Swiber Group company, Newcruz Offshore Marine Services, has become the first in the Asian market to take advantage of the cost benefits of the enginei fuel management system from Royston Limited. The system was sold by Royston’s Singapore agent, Can Traders, and was installed aboard Swiber’s new offshore support vessel, the Swiber Carina

AIS Satellite Launch Date Set

Surrey Statellite Technology (SST) announce launch date of exactView-1 Automatic Identification Satellite (AIS) The highest detection performance Automatic Identification System (AIS) satellite ever built, will be launched by a Soyuz launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on on 22nd July 2012. AIS is currently deployed on more than 80,000 vessels globally, however AIS base station receivers are mostly based on land and can only track ships moving up to 50 nautical miles

How to Comply with MARPOL Annex V

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Recent amendments to Annex V of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) have created a tougher regime for shippers and crews over discharges into the sea. The U.K. P&I Club received numerous enquiries from members concerned about their obligations under the amended regulations. Accordingly, the Club has produced a pamphlet entitled “How to Comply with MARPOL Annex V

Ferry Return Adds to SF Bay Passenger Capacity

MV Bay Breeze: Photo SF Bay Ferry

SF Bay Ferry says that its passenger loads increased significantly in 2013 and continue to increase in 2014. The refurbished 250 passenger Bay Breeze will bring needed additional carrying capacity to San Francisco Bay Ferry’s Harbor Bay/San Francisco service thereby relieving occasional overcrowding. General benefits New control and navigation systems will reduce maintenance costs and increase vessel’s service life.

Coast Guard Determines Cause of Collision

The Coast Guard completed its preliminary investigation of the collision between the tour boat, Spirit of Charleston, and a sailboat July 22 in Charleston Harbor. The Coast Guard charged Captain O.C. Polk, the operator of the Spirit of Charleston, with negligence and misconduct for his role in the collision and for failing to report the incident to the Coast Guard. As part of the settlement agreement approved by an Administrative Law Judge

VMMS Achieves Excellent Results in First Tests

New offshore wind safety product Vessel Motion Monitoring System (VMMS) achieves excellent results in first tests. Vessel Motion Monitoring System (VMMS) developed to provide accurate motion monitoring, improves safety during vessel transfer operations. Offers real time impact load measurement combined with additional data logging capability to support health and safety analysis and investigations. Successful testing has been carried out by Submarine Technology Ltd (STL).

Hydrex, Wärtsilä Partner for Subsea Repair

Photo: Hydrex

Last month a Hydrex diver/technician team carried out underwater stern tube seal repairs on a 110-meter offshore supply vessel in Bunbury, Australia. The rope guard covering the stern tube seal assembly was missing and the seal box had come loose after a mooring rope got tangled around the assembly. An emergency on-site repair was necessary. Hydrex therefore mobilized a diver/technician team to the vessel’s location and was able to carry out the entire operation on-site and underwater

Complex Steel and Cofferdam Repairs Carried Out Afloat

Photo courtesy of Hydrex

Hydrex has an in-house Research & Development department that can take care of the engineering aspects of an operation. In this way turnkey solutions can be offered for complex hull and other repairs that require the construction of specific equipment. All the projects are engineered and carried out in close cooperation with the customer and any third party suppliers. R&D evaluates the feasibility of an underwater repair

ISS Opens Office in Ukraine

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the marine, cargo and supply chain solutions provider, said it is continuing its expansion program in the Black Sea region with the opening of a new office in Ukraine. Situated in Odessa, this new base is part of the company’s drive to expand its presence

Rolls-Royce, Astican Open Las Palmas Workshop

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Rolls-Royce yesterday opened a new, custom built, 2,100-square-meter service facility at the Astican Shipyard in Las Palmas, on Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. The center is a partnership between Rolls-Royce and the shipyard.   Las Palmas’ position in the Atlantic allows

Lobster Boat Catches Fire off Massachusetts

Lobster boat Dawn Breaker ablaze near Ipswich, Mass. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

Emergency personnel are responding to a 28-foot lobster boat ablaze near Ipswich, Mass., Friday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   The lobster boat’s operator hailed Coast Guard watchstanders at about 9:30 a.m. stating his boat Dawn Breaker was on fire and he was abandoning ship after

Integrated Training, Travel Solution to Meet New STCW, OPITO Regulations

  GAC Training and Service Solutions (GTSS), the specialist provider of world-class training for maritime personnel, has announced an agreement with ATPI Griffinstone, part of the ATPI Group, one of the leaders in travel solutions for the shipping and energy industries

Tracking Field Equipment in Harsh Environments

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OriginGPS’ Spider GPS Module Provides Geoforce GTx Series with Low Power Consumption and Precise Location to Track Container Fleets and Oil and Gas Assets    OriginGPS announced that Geoforce, an international provider of asset management solutions for oil and gas and other

New DMRs for USN Destroyers, Submarines under Construction

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  The U.S. Navy has ordered 56 AN/USC-61(C) Digital Modular Radios (DMRs) and related equipment from General Dynamics. The newly built DMR radios will be capable of using the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) waveform, the digital dial tone needed to make voice calls to the U.S

Retlif Expands Into North Carolina

Independent compliance and testing organization Retlif Testing Laboratories announced it has expanded with a new location in Concord, North Carolina to answer a growing regional need for testing services.   The new laboratory, established after two years of searching for an ideal location

Record Number of Vessels Serviced at Drydocks World-Dubai

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Drydocks World, a provider of maritime and offshore services to the shipping, oil, gas and energy sectors, informs it has serviced a record number of 40 vessels in its Dubai yard. With 40 vessels simultaneously in Drydocks World facilities—more than ever before in Drydocks World’s

Alaska Marine Lines Reduces Fuel Surcharge

Photo: Alaska Marine Lines

Alaska Marine Lines, a marine transportation company providing barge service to and from Alaska and Hawaii, informs it has filed with the U.S. Surface Transportation Board to decrease the fuel surcharge from certain locations as a result of fluctuating fuel costs.  

Mississippi River Closed Due to Collision, Spill

A unified command team continues its response Friday to an oil spill in the Mississippi River following a collision between two towboats at mile marker 937 in Paducah Wednesday morning   A barge containing clarified slurry oil suffered damage from the collision

OSV Approved Vessel Archive Launched

Specialist marine risk assessment company MatthewsDaniel has launched an enhanced Approved Vessel Archive (AVA) service for offshore support vessels and their operators. The AVA provides vessel owners with an accessible certificate that can be presented to prospective customers

Twin Disc Sells Distribution Territories to Great Lakes Power

Great Lakes Power has acquired distribution rights to sell and service Twin Disc products previously supported by Twin Disc Southeast, effective September 25, 2015.   As part of the approximately $4 million deal, Great Lakes Power, a longstanding Twin Disc distributor currently serving the

Fishing Crew Rescued After Engine Fire

A crew of 36 fishermen was rescued Sunday from a Papua New Guinean ship after an engine fire left the fishing vessel disabled roughly 200 miles off Tokelau, a territory of New Zealand in the South Pacific.   The rescue was coordinated by the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ)

Wärtsilä Debuts Mobile LNG Power Generation

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A new liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage and regasification barge concept introduced by Wärtsilä's Marine Solutions and Energy Solutions businesses aims to provide a flexible means of meeting small- to medium-scale requirements where pure land-based LNG options are limited.  

US Places Speed Restrictions to Protect Whales

Vessel speed restrictions have been set in hopes of helping to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales by reducing the likelihood of collisions between ships and marine life, GAC reports.   The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sector Delaware Bay has advised mariners of the speed restrictions

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