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U.S. SOLAS Working Group – meeting

The U.S. SOLAS Working Group on Stability and Load Lines and on Fishing Vessel Safety will meet in Washington, DC on December 1. Topics on the Agenda include subdivision and damage stability harmonization; large passenger ship safety; and the Intact Stability Code. (HK Law).


Bachrach & Wood Celebrates 50 Years

Bachrach & Wood was formed 1953 to provide marine surveying and consultant services to the shipping industry in New Orleans. This year marks its 50th year of service. Over the years, Bachrach & Wood has changed its focus from bluewater shipping to the offshore oilfield, now providing builder’s risk surveys for heavy lifts and pipeline construction, warranty surveys for trips-in-to, vessel safety and security audits, and on/off charter surveys for barges and boats


Lloyd’s Register and International Paint Join Forces

Lloyd’s Register and International Paint have teamed up to offer shipyards in China step-by-step advice on how to prepare to meet the requirements of the new Performance Standard for Protective Coatings (PSPC) as the industry looks to increase vessel safety and lifecycles by preventing corrosion. This powerful new partnership, which joins the world’s first classification society with the world’s leading producer of marine and protective coatings


Coast Guard Terminates Voyage for Fishing Vessel

The Coast Guard Cutter Cuttyhunk terminated the voyage of the 32-ft. fishing vessel Duffy Sunday. The master, Todd Cannon of Everett, was retrieving and setting crab pots in Possession Sound, south of Whidbey Island. A Coast Guard boarding team from the Cuttyhunk conducted a safety inspection and found significant violations. Specifically, the Duffy had expired flares, only one fire extinguisher, and no official identification markings on the boat's hull.


U.S. Congress to Hold Meeting on Cruise Ship Safety

Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL) announced the Committee will conduct a hearing to review cruise ship safety in light of the recent Costa Concordia incident in the Mediterranean Sea. “The Costa Concordia tragedy is a wakeup call for the United States and international maritime organizations to carefully review and make certain we have in place all appropriate standards to ensure passengers’ safety on cruise ships,” Mica said


IMO Fishing Boat Protocal Now in Force

The International Convention on Training and Certification for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F 1995) enters into force. The STCW-F Convention sets the certification and minimum training requirements for crews of seagoing fishing vessels of 24 metres in length and above. The Convention consists of 15 Articles and an annex containing technical regulations. The STCW-F Convention has been ratified by 15 States: Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Kiribati, Latvia, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Norway


Shipping Coordinating Committee Meetings

The U.S. Department of State issued Notices announcing three meetings of the Shipping Coordinating Committee. On May 20, the committee will meet in Washington, DC to discuss and decide upon possible changes to the subcommittee structure. Changes under consideration include disestablishment of the subcommittees on tonnage and measurement and on UNCTAD and establishment of subcommittees on IMO administration and budget; IMO


Coast Guard Auxiliary Celebrates 68 Years of Service

On June 23rd, the Coast Guard Auxiliary will celebrate its 68th year of service to the United States Coast Guard and the American people. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard. Created by an Act of Congress in 1939. The Auxiliary directly supports the Coast Guard in all missions, except military and law enforcement actions. The Auxiliary is the primary provider of boating safety outreach and education for the Coast Guard.


Operation Big Tow – Great Lakes

The Ninth Coast Guard District will commence Operation Big Tow within the Great Lakes area of responsibility to ensure commercial tugs are compliant with rules, regulations and licensing procedures. The Coast Guard is conducting Operation Big Tow as a continuous safety message to the maritime industry community. The intent of this operation is strictly a marine safety focused operation being conducted to ensure that individuals operating Uninspected Towing Vessel (UTVs) are properly licensed


AWO Applauds Judgment Against Oil Spill Law

The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, hails the decision yesterday by the U.S. District Court, Massachusetts District, to grant Summary Judgment against a 2004 Massachusetts oil spill law, declaring it null and void.  The U.S. Department of Justice sued the Commonwealth over the constitutionality of the law enacted in response to a 2003 accidental tank barge oil spill in Buzzards Bay


Passenger Vessel Safety Record Defies NTSB Hit List

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released its annual “Top 10 Most Wanted List” of Transportation Improvements for 2014. New this year was the issue of passenger vessel safety. Between 2000 and 2010, several accidents involving passenger vessels occurred


Jeppesen Active at Asia Pacific Maritime 2014

Jeppesen said it will be very active at Asia Pacific Maritime 2014, participating in industry symposiums and highlighting its Fleet Optimization and E-Navigation Solutions during this leading global shipping industry exhibition, scheduled for March 19-21 in Singapore.


Vessel Owner Fined for Illegally Manning U.S. Flagged Vessels

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Coast Guard Sector Guam has levied fines against the South Pacific Tuna Corporation for eight separate violations of Title 46 United States Code, Section 8304 for using unlicensed foreign personnel to illegally fill the roles of chief mate and chief engineer on U.S. flagged vessels.  


Pre-production Inspection Aboard First of its Kind FPSO

Photo courtesy of BSEE

This week a team of BSEE engineers and inspectors conducted a safety inspection of the first FPSO (floating production storage and offloading) vessel designed and built for containment use in the Gulf of Mexico. The pre-production inspection is one of the necessary steps to clear the Eagle Texas


MOL to Launch Semiannual Vessel Safety Campaign

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced the launch of its biannual safety campaign targeting all MOL-operated vessels, starting October 1. As part of these efforts, President Muto, executives and other personnel will concentrate their visits on MOL-operated vessels to meet onboard employees and


Vessels Detained in U.K. Ports: September

The U.K.’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that nine foreign flagged ships were under detention in U.K. ports during September 2013 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. Latest monthly figures show that there were five new detentions of foreign flagged


Strainstall Hull Monitering for HHI-built Containership

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Strainstall Marine, a part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has recently secured an order to supply their StressAlert Hull Stress Monitoring system (HSMS) to Hyundai Heavy Industries for their new 18,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) carrier


Security Awareness en Designated Security Duties

As one of a few training institutes in the Netherlands, Rood Boven Groen has been certified by ILT to teach the new IMO recognized training Security Awareness en Designated Security Duties according to STCW’78 including the 2010 Manila amendments.


Westlawn Adds Dean of Naval Architecture

Westlawn Institute of Technology, the not-for-profit educational affiliate of the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), welcomed RADM Gordon G. Piché USCG (Ret.) as Dean of Naval Architecture. Piché was also elected to Westlawn’s Board of Directors


1,000 Member-State Delegates Gather at IMO Assembly

IMO 28th Assembly: Photo credit IMO

Stephen Hammond, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, United Kingdom, welcomed delegates to the 28th IMO Assembly, the Organization's highest governing body, on behalf of the host Government.   In his opening address


Water Mist Systems – Inspection and Verification

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Within the last year, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) has issued several port state control (PSC) detentions due to inoperative water mist systems on vessels trading to the US.   In nearly every case, the water supply valve was found to be in the closed position during the PSC


Philippine Coast Guard Hold Back Overloaded Aleson Ferries

Aleson Shipping RoPax Ferry: Photo courtesy of the owners

Three passenger/cargo vessels owned by Aleson Shipping Lines, Inc. were held on separate days by the Philippine Coast Guard in South-Western Mindanao on account of being overloaded by un-manifested passengers. A pre-departure inspection conducted by the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station


Attention on Deck!

U.S. Coast Guard Safety Alert for Commercial Fishing Vessels.   According to U. S. Bureau of Labor statistics, in 2012 commercial fishing was the second most dangerous occupation in the country, with over 117 fatalities per 100,000 workers


Naval Architecture Students Target Safety and Innovation

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Marine Engineering and naval architecture students provide a fresh perspective on design, safety and innovation, too. When most of us board a passenger ferry, thinking about the safety and stability of the vessel will rarely cross our minds


A Look into ABS with James Watson

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When ABS, the global provider of maritime classification services, announced that James A. Watson had been named President and Chief Operating Officer of their Americas Division, it wasn’t hard to see why. Likewise, there were few if any other candidates for the job with as well rounded a CV


 
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