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Q-Mar Partners with Socomar

Q-Mar, specialist in the development of ECDIS for the naval and hydrographic sectors, has formed a partnership with Socomar International to integrate its industrial and commercial activities. The management of both firms is under the direction of president and CEO, J.L. Paul Dionne. Socomar International is a Canadian provider of turnkey management information and navigation systems for the marine geomatics and environment sectors. The company specializes in sensors and integrated systems, vessel traffic systems, geo-spatial data infrastructure (GSDI) systems. Q-Mar has also signed a dealer license agreement with Nautical Data International (NDI) to license and distribute electronic charts from the Canadian Hydrographic Service.


Lockheed Martin Contract Will Expand Vessel Traffic Safety

Lockheed Martin has received a $2 million contract extension from the Republic of Turkey to provide a Vessel Traffic Management Information System (VTMIS) for the Istanbul and Canakkale Straits. The original contract, signed in October 1999, was worth more than $20 million. The contract extension allows Lockheed Martin to install three more remote radar sites on the Marmara Sea to supplement the two Vessel Traffic Centers (VTCs) and 16 remote sensor sites along the straits in Turkey


Transas to Provide Systems for PMI

The Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI) coast operation of the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAG’s), has selected Transas Marine USA to provide the Navigational Simulation systems for their new simulation and training facility to be located in the heart of the Port of Seattle. The 15,000 square foot facility will include a new full mission ship simulator to DNV Class A standards with dual instructor stations


Transas Marine and VEI Form Alliance

Transas Marine (USA), Inc. of Lynwood, WA, and Valhalla Enterprises, Inc. (VEI), of Fort Lauderdale, FL, have announced a manufacturers’ alliance aimed at benefiting marine electronic dealers and recreational boaters. The agreement brings together VEI, a world leading manufacturer of flat panel displays and marine computers with Transas Marine, a world leader in electronic navigation products, vessel traffic systems and training solutions, marine surveillance, and simulation systems


C-Vu 3D VTS: New 3D Vessel Tracking System

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The new course to follow in controlling port traffic. A step change to enhance safety and improve operational efficiency.   Large ships navigating narrow waterways are always vulnerable to accidents – one only has to think of the Sea Empress tanker disaster at Milford Haven, or more recently the wrecking of the Costa Concordia. Managing their progress, usually in and out of ports and in other restricted channels, has understandably assumed a critical role in ensuring their safety


Hoegh Osaka Update: Weather Playing a Key Role

Car carrier vessel Hoegh Osaka, which has been refloated after running aground last week, remains held in position at anchor on the Alpha Anchorage.   Salvors pumped water from the ship for up to 2 hours yesterday, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said. Salvors also checked the ballast system and intend to rig another pump in the lower hold to pump into the ship’s tanks as well as overboard.  No oil discharge has been reported  


Kongsberg Norcontrol IT to Deliver VTMIS

Kongsberg Norcontrol IT will deliver a new VTMIS (Vessel Traffic Management and Information System) with Traffic Separation Schemes for the Canary Islands to Sociedad de Salvamento y Seguridad Marítima (SASEMAR) in Spain. TECOSA, Spain has contracted Kongsberg Norcontrol IT to supply its VTMIS5060 system to provide increased maritime safety for the Canary Islands' coastal waters and surrounding seas. The existing Norcontrol system in Las Palmas and the present VTS system in Tenerife


AIS: The Future is Now

The IMO deadline for fitting new ships with Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) is less than one year away. After July 1, 2002, all newbuilds over 300 grt must be equipped with an approved AIS transponder system. Leica Geosystems, one of the pioneering companies in AIS technology, recently published a 28-page book ("A Complete Guide to Automatic Identification Systems") that is loaded with useful information on AIS technology, how it works


Transas VTMIS Installation, Moldova

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Transas’s Vessel Traffic Management and Information System (Navi-Harbour VTMIS) is being supplied for port Giurgiulesti, Republic of Moldova. This project will allow port to conform to all current demands made of international hub ports, especially in areas with the intensive maritime traffic. The main Transas VTMIS objectives are navigation protection in responsibility areas and vessel identification and traffic management


Bahia Blanca Port Installs Transas Traffic Manager

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Transas USA announce the installation of the Vessel Traffic Management System in Bahia Blanca Port. Under this contract, Transas replaced the previous Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) system with the Transas Navi-Harbor system, which the manufacturer said is specifically designed to ensure maritime navigation safety and efficiency, while at the same time protecting the environment from the possible adverse effects of marine traffic.


Mega Ships and Cyber Attacks Pose New Threats

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Shipping losses continued their long-term downward trend with 75 reported worldwide in 2014, making it the safest year in shipping for 10 years, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS)  third annual Safety and Shipping Review 2015


Virtual Aids to Navigation Mark Research Equipment

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Vesper Marine will provide its Virtual Aid to Navigation technology to the French company CGG, a  geoscience company that provides geological and geophysical survey and analysis primarily to the oil and gas industry.  In its ongoing quest to map the ocean’s floors


Sen. Paul Proposes New Harbor Dredging Criteria

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  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) reintroduced the Harbor Equity Act on Monday, his office announced. This legislation modifies the existing criteria used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge small harbors.   Currently, the Corps' prioritizes dredging solely for larger harbors that see


Using AIS Data to Assess Collision Risks

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Automatic Identification System (AIS) data is now being used to determine the collision risk for offshore installations. MARIN helps oil companies with risk assessments for offshore installations by calculating the probability of a ship collision with the offshore installation


Danish-Swedish Port Boosts Rail Freight

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Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) has engaged in a new collaboration to increase freight traffic by train to and from Northern Harbour. The new train service starts from the Netherlands and serves Malmö three times a week.   Freight traffic by rail will now increase in Malmö and


New Satcom Solution from Harris CapRock

Harris CapRock Communications has launched Harris CapRock One, a unified, fully managed satellite, wireless and terrestrial connectivity service designed to reduce customers’ voice, data and equipment management costs.   Harris CapRock One is an integrated end-to-end service that


COMPIT to Showcase Smarter Ships, Systems & Solutions

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  The 14th International Conference on Computer and IT Applications in the Maritime Industries (COMPIT) will take place from 11th to 13th May 2015 in Ulrichshusen, Germany. First held in the year 2000, COMPIT has established itself as a key conference in information technology (IT) for the


USCG Marine Safety Alert

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a marine safety alert today to remind vessel owners and operators to establish effective fuel oil changeover procedures during efforts to comply with MARPOL Annex VI emission regulations. The USCG said that several recent incidents of fuel leakages during changeovers


Record Cargo Traffic at VOC Port

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 V.O.Chidambaranar Port Trust, Tuticorin, has crossed the previous year’s traffic of 28.642 million tonnes on Feb 27, 32 days ahead of the current financial year closing by handling 28.849 million tones (upto Feb 27).   According to a statement from the VOC Port Trust


Houston Ship Channel Remains Partially Shut

Marine traffic in the Houston Ship Channel will remain partially halted until salvage ships retrieve an anchor that broke off a bulk carrier that collided with a tanker on Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Tuesday.   The bulk ship hauling steel and the tanker that was carrying 216


Houston Ship Channel Reopened – Again

Houston Ship Channel reopened Friday after shutdown due to fog   The Houston Ship Channel reopened to all inbound and outbound vessel traffic on Friday after shutting on Thursday afternoon due to heavy fog, according to the Houston Pilots.  


Turkey Seizes Syrian Refugee Ship

Turkish coastguards found more than 300 refugees, mostly Syrians, when they seized a cargo ship they had opened fired on for failing obey an order to stop off Turkey's western coast, the regional governor said on Friday.   Refugee trafficking in the seas around Turkey is a major problem


ABB to Power Tallink's LNG Ferry

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ABB has won an order to deliver complete electric power plant, electrical propulsion systems and an energy management solution for Estonia-based Tallink Grupp´s new liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered fast ferry. The large-scale ferry will be built at Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland for


Bow Thrusters Ordered for New NYC Ferries

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WESMAR (Western Marine Electronics) announced that its heavy duty Bow Thrusters have been selected for three new 165-foot, 600-passenger excursion and sightseeing ferries operated by Circle Line Cruises, the New York City sightseeing company.


NOAA to Boost Arctic Nautical Charting

NOAA officers aboard one of the smaller survey vessels contemplate the vastness of the Chukchi Sea during the NOAA Ship Fairweathers reconnaissance survey in 2013. (Credit: NOAA)

NOAA plans increased 2015 Arctic nautical charting operations, coordinating with U.S. Coast Guard for safe shipping route from Unimark Pass through Bering Strait    As commercial shipping traffic increases in the Arctic, NOAA informs it is taking steps to update nautical charts in the






 
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