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BV Sets Quality Initiative for Maritime Sites

Bureau Veritas launched a quality assurance initiative to provide a set of standards for maritime Web sites. The internet certifications program, WebValue, is designed to improve e-business services by identifying web-sites that meet the Bureau Veritas quality, confidentiality and security standards. Stefan Recher, e-business manager of Bureau Veritas' marine division, said, "With the proliferation of e-business in the maritime industry it is hard for Internet users to judge the quality of a Web site. How does a user tell if an auction site is really neutral or if a trading site is really secure? At the moment there is a lack of confidence in using the Internet as the element of trust is missing. WebValue will provide this trust." The Bureau Veritas WebValue program is designed to regulate maritime web sites and enable Internet users to make an informed decision when it comes to e-business. The program consists of initial assessment of the gap between the WebValue standard and the client's practices. Then Bureau Veritas Group consultants evaluate the risks associated with the business activity. Finally, a team of independent Bureau Veritas auditors perform a certification audit. Companies that have successfully completed the program will be allowed to display the Bureau Veritas WebValue seal of excellence of their web sites. Continuous quality of the certified services is assured through regular audits.


National-Spencer Offers Online Lubrication Information

National-Spencer, Inc. now offers expanded access to its full line of lubrication equipment through a new and improved web site. Their internet address is http://www.zeeline.com. This upgraded, interactive web site features an online database of industrial-grade transfer and storage products for use in manufacturing, automotive service, HVAC service, equipment service and plant management settings as well as others. The improved web site also features a "Quick Find" function where products can


NY Provides Real-Time Shipping Information

The Port Authority unveiled a Web site that provides real-time information on ship arrivals at the Port of New York and New Jersey, as well as the status of cargo and activity at terminal gates. Under a $1.9 million contract with the Port Authority, the new system known as Freight Information Real-time System for Transport or FIRST is being developed by Americas Systems Inc. (ASI) of Murray Hill, N.J. Representatives of the shipping industry and other public and private sector organizations


ViaSat Wins $61M Contract

ViaSat won a $61,047,433 firm-fixed-price delivery order for Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVTs). The MIDS-LVT provides secure, high capacity, jam resistant, digital data and voice communications capability for the Navy, Air Force and Army platforms. This delivery order combines purchases for the U.S. (98 percent) and the government of Japan (2 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program


Edson Launches New Online Pump Accessory Store

In an effort to make the decision making and purchasing process more simple for end users and OEM's, Edson has launched their new online Pump Accessories Store and redesigned Pump Web site at www.edsonpumps.com. The new accessories store, active 24 hours a day, seven days a week, makes it easier than ever to outfit an existing pump or purchase replacement parts. Inside the store, users will find an easily navigable site with quality graphics ad easy-to-read ordering guides.


USS New York Commissioning Committee Web Site Is Launched

The USS New York Commissioning Committee announced the launch of the official USS New York Commissioning Committee Web site at http://www.USSNY.org. The Web site is the official authority on all information and events related to the commissioning of USS New York (LPD21), a new U.S. Navy ship currently completing construction in . The ship, containing more than seven tons of steel from the fallen , is expected to be commissioned in in the fall of 2009.


Royal Olympic Cruise Lines Opens New Web Site

Royal Olympic Cruise Lines Inc. (Nasdaq: ROCLF & EASDAQ: ROCL) has created a World Wide Web Site (roclf.com) designed for the investor community. The Site, created by Los Angeles based Station1, provides a profile on the company, as well as current and historic information on the company's financial performance. It is specifically designed to provide 24 hour availability to investors and potential investors who have an interest in the company.


SOCP Meeting Scheduled For June

MarAd and the Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP), will host a meeting on June 12-13 at Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, MA to consider issues relating to the maritime industry such as alternative fuels, fishing issues, ferry operations and air emissions. Bernardo Obando-Rojas of the Seafarers International Research Center, Cardiff University will discuss Fraudulent Practices for Certificates and Endorsements


MCPON Web site Revamped and Ready

DirectLine, the Web site owned and operated by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SW/FMF) Joe R. Campa Jr., has undergone a six-month renovation project and is now open for viewing. “I’ve been stressing active communication as one of our Guiding Principles,” said Campa. “DirectLine wasn’t conducive to that, so we ramped it up.” Chief Information Technician (SW/AW) Bruce Allen, MCPON communications chief, said the new site’s most significant upgrade is the opportunities it offers


USN Enviro Readiness Director Discusses Sonar

Sonar Technician (Surface) 1st Class Mark Osborne supervises Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Randy Loewen, left, and Sonar Technician (Surface) 3rd Class Roland Stout, right, as they monitor contacts on an AN/SQQ-89V15 Surface Anti Submarine Combat System, aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92). Ships and aircraft assigned to Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 are underway off the coast of Southern California participating in a Joint Task Force Exercise. (U.S


SNAME Report Covers SOx Emissions Reduction

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) has published a new technical report that provides recommendations on technologies, practices and fuels that control and reduce sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions. Limitations on SOx are currently in place with more stringent regulations


Sick Crew Member Airlifted Off Crowley Tankship

M/V Pennsylvania: Image courtesy of Crowley

The Coast Guard informs it has medevaced a 54-year-old crewmember from the Crowley Maritime's US-flagged motor tanker 'Pennsylvania' approximately 20 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. The master of the 576-foot Pennsylvania notified Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders that


Alaska Proposes Passenger Vessel Discharge Legislation

ADEC Cruise Ship Program The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commercial Passenger Vessel Environmental Compliance Program is proposing to issue a 2014 Large Commercial Passenger Vessel Wastewater Discharge General Permit (Permit number: 2013DB0004)


Fatigue & Fracture Analysis of Ship Structures

Learn how design, maintenance and operational issues affect fatigue and fracture of steel and aluminum ship structures. The course includes practical design and analysis theory applications using direct calculations and sample FlawCheck software.   


Alion Awarded $43 Million to Support Navy Tests

To assist the Navy’s Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR) program with effective planning, conducting and reporting of operational test and evaluation tasks, Alion Science and Technology, a global engineering, technology and operational solutions company


TS Karen Approach Closes Mississippi SW Pass

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Vessel traffic to vease at Southwest Pass at 6 a.m. Friday, but cargo operations at Port of New Orleans terminals will continue as scheduled Friday, despite the impending closure. The Associated Branch Pilots, the pilots that guide ships through the mouth of the Mississippi River


Furuno Wins NMEA Awards

Manufacturer of marine electronics, Furuno, has won three more National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) awards at the 2013 NMEA Convention in San Diego, CA. These three awards had Furuno once again leading the total number of awards captured by any one manufacturer this year


FURUNO Collects Three NMEA Awards

Furuno, a  manufacturer of marine electronics, won three more National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) awards at the prestigious 2013 NMEA Convention in San Diego, Calif. These three awards had Furuno once again leading the total number of awards captured by any one manufacturer this


Royale Floatel Lives Up to Its Name

Photo courtesy of Vijai Marine

For harried executives, a marine cruise can offer an escape form a life of tight schedules and constant pressure. The need for a relaxing but luxurious environment was well known to the designers of M/V Royale Floatel. The Vijai Marine Shipyards, designed and carried out the conversion


Texas LNG Makes Strides on US LNG Export Project

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Texas LNG LLC says it has as filed an application to the United States Department of Energy (DOE) seeking authorization to export up to 2 MTA (million tonnes per annum) of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to FTA (Free Trade Agreement) and non-FTA markets following the execution of its exclusive lease


FSL Trust Still Working to Resolve Financial Difficulties

FSL Geared bulk carrier: Image courtesy of the owners

Following the 19 November 2013 suspension of trading of First Ship Lease Trust (FSL) on the Singapore Stock Exchange, the Board of Directors informs that the company remains in on-going discussions with lenders to seek a longer loan covenant relaxation and are working hard to resolve the situation


UMaine's Offshore Wind Pilot Project Gets Green Light

Image courtesy of Maine Aqua Ventus

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has approved in a 2-1 vote a term sheet for Maine Aqua Ventus’ pilot offshore wind energy project. The decision clears a hurdle for Maine Aqua Ventus in its path to receive electric ratepayer support as it tests new offshore wind technology developed at


New CMA CGM eBusiness Platform

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The new CMA CGM eBusiness platform offers numerous innovative solutions and allows each user to have powerful tools adapted to his needs. Among the innovations, the customers of the group will have access to: Booking: the customer can submit bookings by choosing his quotation reference


Victor Technologies Sold to Colfax Corp. in Cash Transaction

Welding image CCL2

Private equity firm Irving Place Capital (IPC) and Victor Technologies (Victor) announce they have entered into a definitive agreement to sell Victor to Colfax Corporation (Colfax), a global manufacturer of gas and fluid-handling and fabrication technology products


Yacht Brokers & Charter Agents BYS Launch New Website

BYS website extract: Image courtesy of BYS

BYS, a Burger Company, has introduced its new website which includes yacht descriptions, detailed specifications, image galleries, and videos. According to the new web site BYS, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, serves yacht brokerage and charter clients worldwide


 
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