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NOAA Wins First Prosecution Using Vessel Monitoring System

A December 5 ruling against a New Bedford, Mass., - based fishing vessel and its captain was the first federal fisheries prosecution based exclusively on vessel-tracking data gathered by the satellite-based Vessel Monitoring System, reported the National Marine Fisheries Service, an agency of the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. U.S. Coast Guard Administrative Law Judge Edwin M. Bladen assessed a $250,000 fine and ordered the permanent revocation of the federal fishing permit of the fishing vessel Independence, owned by Lobsters, Inc., and the federal vessel operator permit of its captain, Lawrence M. Yacubian, for repeatedly entering an area closed to fishing. "We are increasingly relying on satellite technology to monitor fishing near closed areas, and this decision supports the hard work that NOAA Fisheries enforcement agents put in to protect marine fisheries for honest fishermen," said Bill Hogarth, NOAA Fisheries director. NOAA Fisheries uses VMS to assist in monitoring compliance with closed-area regulations under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The F/V Independence was required to carry a VMS unit. The scallop vessel was tracked by the VMS from Dec. 9 to 11, 1998, as it made several incursions into an area closed to protect spawning groundfish approximately 160 nautical miles off the coast of Massachusetts. The initial VMS report put the vessel 1.36 nautical miles inside the area


Vizada Launches SkyFile C Store & Push Service

Vizada launched SkyFile C Store & Push to offer customers highly-reliable data reporting and polling services, including VMS (Vessel Monitoring System), LRIT (Long Range Identification & Tracking) and FleetNet. This new development enables shipping companies to adhere strictly to international maritime law: International Maritime Organisation regulations stipulate that a vessel must send a position report every six hours


Faria Watchdog LRIT System on Iridium Sat

Faria WatchDog, Inc. announced that its WatchDog 750 long-range identification and tracking (LRIT) ship terminal has successfully completed the compliance and test requirements for operation on the Iridium satellite network. Faria WatchDog, Inc. is a supplier of satellite vessel monitoring systems (VMS). Iridium LRIT certification ensures its Value-Added Manufacturers’ (VAMs’) devices comply with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Resolution MSC


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).


Strainstall Undertakes Transfer VMMS Trial

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New Vessel Motion Monitoring System (VMMS) – developed by James Fisher group company Strainstall Marine – provides accurate motion and impact load monitoring with a  data logging capability; Increases safety and operational efficiency during  personnel and equipment transfer manoeuvres involving offshore wind farm  support vessels; MMS is now undergoing trials on board Tidal Transit’s ‘Eden Rose’ during normal operations off the UK’s east


McMurdo Introduces Real-time Fleet Management

Photo: McMurdo

McMurdo  has announced PRISMA Connect, a web-based integrated fleet management system that connects ship to shore in real-time for improved communication and operational efficiencies, as well as increased crew productivity with two-way messaging and electronic forms capture. The innovative system, which is based on proven Boatracs BTConnect and BTVessel software, is the first product announcement under McMurdo’s new suite of PRISMA (Preparation, Response, Identification


MTNW Receives NSF Award to Retrofit Coast Guard Icebreakers

Caption: The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

Seattle - Measurement Technology NW (MTNW) has announced an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to upgrade winch monitoring technology for the Coast Guard Icebreakers Healy and Polar Sea. This award brings new MTNW hardware and software technology to the support of winch operations, which are mission critical to these Arctic research vessels. NSF and the Coast Guard are working with MTNW because the Line Control Instruments’ (LCI) monitoring and control system provides


FPSO IMMS Order for BMT Scientific Services

Page Europa contracts BMT Scientific Marine Services to provide an Integrated Marine Monitoring System (IMMS) for Floating Production Storage & Offloading vessel. The equipment order is for the new Quad 204 FPSO that will replace BP’s Schiehallion FPSO operating west of the Shetland Islands, off the coast of Scotland. The IMMS will provide real-time data on the local meteorological and oceanographic (MetOcean) environment, FPSO motions, and tanker proximity monitoring


GeoSwath Echo-sounder Installed in Fourth KBV Ship

KBV 033 oil recovery operation: Photo courtesy of Kongsberg

Kongsberg GeoAcoustics has completed the Swedish Coast Guard (KBV) project with the installation and full acceptance of a 125 kHz GeoSwath Shallow Water Multibeam echosounder on the fourth and final new-build multipurpose vessel. These vessels, all under Swedish flag, are defined as multipurpose vessels with the possibility of oil recovery, conforming to class GL 100A5 DP0 Oil Recovery Vessel E2 HC-/2 and conforming to the Swedish Maritime Administration for traffic in international voyage


Raytheon Anschütz Bags SMARTBLUE Order

Example of a SMARTBLUE “Command and Control” display.

Raytheon Anschütz announced the recent contract award for its SMARTBLUE maritime situational awareness system on board two vessels being built in South Korea for a major oil and gas company. The two vessels will operate on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. For each vessel, Raytheon Anschütz will provide two 12ft X-band radars integrated with AIS to a SMARTBLUE sensor management pack. The pack will correlate the incoming data from the sensors and provide information locally through


Western Cape Ports Now 'smartPORTS'

Port of Durban (Photo: TNPA)

The Ports of Cape Town and Saldanha became the latest to go live with Transnet National Ports Authority’s new R79 million web-based Integrated Port Management System (IPMS), first introduced at the pilot site, the Port of Durban in July.


Two Injured in Pipeline Blaze off Louisiana

 A natural gas pipeline has caught fire approximately 25 miles south of Marsh Island, La., Wednesday, injuring two vessel crew members working on the pipeline, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.   Coast Guard watchstanders in New Orleans were notified at 8:30 p.m


New London Cruise Terminal Gets Green Signal

Photo: London City Cruise Port

 London Mayor Boris Johnson gave final approval to build a new cruise terminal on the Thames River at Greenwich.   The terminal, to be located at Enderby Wharf, is expected to play host to 55 ship calls a year when it becomes operational in 2017.  


Panama Canal Suspends Draft Restriction

Photo: ACP

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has lifted scheduled vessel draft restrictions brought on by lingering draught conditions in the region.   The ACP had previously set restrictions of 11.89 meters Tropical Fresh Water (TFW) to take effect September 8 due to the effects of an El


Kongsberg Bags Orders for Upgraded Heli-deck Camera

HOSS is designed for real time video monitoring of heli-deck operations in extreme low-light conditions. (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Maritime Ltd. (KML) Camera Group announced it has been awarded multiple contracts to supply the recently upgraded Helicopter Observation Surveillance System (HOSS).   The HOSS is designed for real time video monitoring of heli-deck operations in extreme low-light conditions aboard


Tenneco, Texas A&M Partner on Emissions Solution

Tenneco’s large engine selective catalytic reduction (SCR) diesel aftertreatment technology

Sea trials, training and scholarship program designed to educate students on clean air technologies.   Tenneco, a global supplier of Clean Air aftertreatment technologies is helping engineering midshipmen at the Texas A&M Maritime Academy learn firsthand how advanced aftertreatment


Restrictions on Vessels with Hazardous Cargo at Tianjin Port

Photo Tianjin Port

  Inchcape Shipping Services is advising that Tianjin Municipal Transport Commission has issued notice to Tianjin Port to cease handling tankers and container ships carrying hazardous substances. As a result most tanker operations in the port have stopped


Dometic to Launch Watermaker at IBEX

Dometic Marine, a division of Dometic Group, a global provider of leisure products for the marine, truck, RV and automotive markets, announced it will showcase its new XTC-ZTC Double-Pass Watermaker at the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), Sept


Engines Ordered for Largest Cutter-Suction Dredger

Rendering of the Jan De Nul Group newbuilding JDN8069 that, upon completion, will become the largest cutter-suction dredger in the world (Image: Jan De Nul Group)

Dredging specialist Jan De Nul Group is set to further expand its modern fleet with a self-propelled, cutter-suction dredger to be built at Croatian shipyard, Uljanik Brodogradiliste in Pula. The vessel, currently designated JDN8069, will feature one MAN 14V48/60CR and two MAN 9L48/60CR engines as


GOST Unveils Marine Security Video Recording Device

GOST Watch HD Internet Video Recorder (Image: GOST)

GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies), now in its 10th year as a developer of marine security, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems, announced today the release of its next generation security video solution, the GOST Watch HD Internet Video Recorder (IVR).  


Fourth Z-drive Towboat from Master Marine

St. Peter (Photo: Master Marine)

The Z-drive revolution on the U.S. Inland Waterways continues with a new delivery from Master Marine In August, Marquette Transportation Co. took delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Alabama. The 78 x 34 x 11 ft.  St


Industry Group Launches Marine Pipeline Alert System

Photo: CAMO

The Coastal and Marine Operators (CAMO) group has announced it has successfully completed the first step in rolling out an initiative to protect the safety of mariners, the environment and hydrocarbon pipelines from being damaged.  The CAMO group began transmitting Automatic Information


Coast Guard Responds to Delaware River Grounding

The Coast Guard is overseeing salvage efforts Tuesday for a motor vessel aground on the Delaware River. The 328-foot Netherlands-flagged motor vessel, Bermuda Islander, lost power and propulsion Monday at approximately 9 p.m. before running aground near Salem, New Jersey.


Ballast Water Treatment: Are You on Course for Compliance?

Geoff Taylor

Joined up thinking from two marine technology suppliers addresses impending legislation for Ballast Water Treatment and offers a practical solution for monitoring and recording the correct discharge of ballast water, in real-time. The International Maritime Organizations 2004 Ballast Water


Konecranes Debuts New Portal Cranes

Photo: Konecranes

Konecranes portal cranes have evolved into effective 21st century management tools.   Konecranes, whose portal crane design has been a proven performer for nearly 40 years, continues to develop this workhorse crane for demanding applications and environments in the steel, forest products






 
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