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How to Tackle Container Weight Verification

With the July 1 implementation of the new SOLAS container verified gross mass (VGM) regulations fast approaching, Strainstall, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, is today launching a white paper to assist those affected by the new rules in charting a pathway to compliance, clarifying the technical and commercial options and presenting a cost-effective, robust and accurate solution. With less than six months remaining before the implementation of the amended Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) rules requiring – with no exceptions – that shipping containers must have their VGM declared before stowage on any vessel, Strainstall is publishing a white paper outlining the pitfalls, options and opportunities of compliance for the worlds ports, terminals and cargo handling industries. As the paper sets-out, while the shipper is ultimately responsible for VGM declaration, ports and terminals are the natural environment for container VGM solutions to be implemented, as packed containers are processed as a part of normal operations. Though the shipper is responsible for declaring the packed container weight, a failure to do so will be disruptive and costly to operations, while the provision of this service by the ports and terminals will provide a very clear opportunity to provide an additional added value commercial service.

Navy Energy Conservation Open BAA Released

The , Carderock Division (NSWCCD) has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) discussing Energy Conservation Applications for the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) Combat Logistics Force, Auxiliaries and Sealift ships. The BAA solicits innovative concepts for Navy shipboard energy conservation and carbon footprint reduction with the potential for rapid transition to Fleet operation.  The solicitation is BAA number N00167-11-BAA-01

Shipboard Waste Heat Recovery Technology

New -Technology Shipboard System Converts Heat from Engine Jacket Water into Electrical Power

  Calnetix Technologies, LLC has published a White Paper describing new processes for producing supplemental power for a ship’s electrical load. The White Paper, entitled New-Technology Shipboard System Converts Heat from Engine Jacket Water into Electrical Power, is available for free download.   Calnetix, working in close cooperation with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery and Engine Company (MHI-MME), has developed a system called Hydrocurrent

NSA: Cuts Coming for Offshore

The Norwegian Shipowners' Association (NSA) had high hopes of maintaining status quo while the White Paper on shipping policy was still pending. These hopes were not met in the Government's proposal for a National Budget, put forward last week, according to NSA. The net-wage scheme for ferries is to continue, but cuts are proposed for offshore vesssels. According to NSA, there are no proposals affecting the tax regime for shipowning companies or owners in the National Budget

Danelec Marine on Bridging Ship Telematics Data Gap


  Danelec Marine has published a White Paper that makes the case for using Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) technology to provide real-time access to data from shipboard systems and sensors. The White Paper, entitled “VDRConnect Bridges the Data Gap,” is available for free download at “The shipping industry has been slow to embrace the telematics revolution that is transforming other

Thai Navy Lobbies for More Submarines

Adm. Narong Pipathanasai, CinC,RTN opens the new submarine squadron headquaters in Sattahip Naval base. Photo: Naval Secretariate Department

The Royal Thai Navy claims it urgently needs more submarines to compete with other Asian countries.   The assistant commander made the claim aimed at persuading a skeptical public that the nation should invest in its military in a white paper sent to reporters, the Bangkok Post reported.   The  nine-page document detailing what it says are the reasons why the country needs to spend  Bt24 trillion on buying three submarines from China

Big Data: Big Value or Big Risk?

Danelec Marine proposes to use the ship’s VDR as a data hub for ship telematics.   (Credit: Danelec Marine).

We wish we had a dollar for every time we heard or read the words Big Data at the Nor-Shipping exhibition last month.  We might even have collected enough cash to buy a round of expensive Norwegian beers for the gang at the Fridtjof bar. Seriously, Big Data is one of the most talked-about subjects at maritime industry gatherings.  At Nor-Shipping there were no fewer than half a dozen panels and conference sessions focusing on the role of Big Data and analytics in commercial shipping

Inside The New US Maritime Strategy

Photo: United States Navy

  The US Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard have revised America's maritime strategy to add "all domain access" to its traditional sea-based defense functions, a Navy report says.    "This [all domain access] function assures appropriate freedom of action in any domain -- the sea, air, land, space, and cyber-space, as well as in the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum," says the report, titled "A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower

Norway to Retain Statoil Stake

Prime Minister Erna Solberg (Photo:

Norway's right wing government will retain its current holding in oil and gas firm Statoil , backing off a pre-election proposal to cut the stake to about 50 percent from the current two thirds of the shares.   The government led by the Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg has pledged to reduce the state's role in the economy to give the private sector more breathing space and shrink what it considers a bloated public sector.  

Treatment Standards Needed for Oily Galley Water

Marine regulators have been urged to introduce performance standards for the separation of fats from galley water before the oily mix enters the onboard treatment process and causes system failure.   Currently there are no IMO standards for the separation of fats, oils and grease from galley water, despite the treated water having to comply with the MEPC 227(64) regulation, which does not allow the discharge of any oils.  

Australian Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board Chair Appointed

The Australian Government has appointed Professor Don Winter as the Chair of the newly established Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board. Professor Winter is a former Secretary of the United States Navy, and has held senior executive positions in the private sector and in academia.

RSC Bio Solutions Launches Environmental Education Campaign


RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, has recently launched a new education campaign aimed at informing the industry and the general public on the causes and dangerous effects of petroleum-based oil spills and leaks on both land and water

Pods Versus Water Lubricated Props

Image: Thordon Bearings

Thordon Bearings has called on the marine industry to investigate the characteristics of both conventional seawater-lubricated propeller shaft systems and podded propulsion arrangements in order to provide shipowners with a better understanding of the two very different propulsion configurations.

Japan Slams China Over Maritime Issues

Photo: U.S.-China Perception Monitor

 Japan has accused China of being assertive over maritime issues, taking actions that effectively amount to a "fait accompli", reports Strait Times.    In its 484-page annual defence white paper on Tuesday (Aug 2), the defence ministry said the aggressive actions by

MARAD Report: Energy Efficiency & Battery Compartment Design


MARAD released an Energy Efficiency White Paper. The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced the availability of the Energy Efficiency White Paper that provides marine vessel owners and operators information on how to evaluate potential investments in efficiency measures and technologies

Australia and Indonesia Unite to Patrol Fisheries

HMAS Wollongong send their boarding party team to investigate a vessel for possible breaches of Australian laws. (Photo: Commonwealth of Australia)

Illegal fishing was the focus of a joint operation between Australia and Indonesia that concluded in Bali on April 5.   The fifth coordinated maritime security patrol, AUSINDO CORPAT 2016, had elements of the Australian Defense Force unite with the Indonesian Armed Forces in the waters

RFP in Maritime Security Research

MSC conducts innovative research, develops new tools and technologies and provides relevant maritime security-focused educational programs to enhance our nations maritime domain awareness, the resiliency of our Marine Tra

The DHS Maritime Security Center (MSC), led by the Stevens Institute of Technology, announces a competitive research opportunity to address challenges in maritime cyber security. This effort invites qualified researchers to propose projects that will provide DHS stakeholders with innovative

Container Shipping Consolidation “A Route to Survival”: Drewry

Graph: Drewry

 In a new white paper, Consolidation in the liner industry, Drewry  consider the merits, and pitfalls, of M&A activity within container shipping, but cautioned that strategy needs to be carefully through through.   Container shipping remains remarkably fragmented

The Rationale for Shipping M&A

List by Drewry

 The most often quoted reason for consolidation is the reduction in unit costs which can be obtained by an operator with a larger volume of business. The ways in which these reductions can be achieved in practice are discussed in a new white paper, Consolidation in the liner industry

AFP to Investigate Submarine Report Leak

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Photo: Getty

 The Australian Federal Police (AFP) will investigate the leak of classified documents about the timeframe for building Australia's new fleet of submarines. The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ordered the investigation.    A report in The Australian newspaper has referenced

Defence Force Chief Marks ADFA Anniversary

Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC returns a salute at the Australian Defence Force Acadamy CDF parade Photo ADFA

The Chief of the Defence Force Parade took on added significance today as the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) marked 30 years since the first trainee officers marched in.   Traditionally, the first parade of the year acknowledges the achievements of the Midshipmen and Officer Cadets

Japan Hardsells Submarine to Australia

Image: Japanese Navy

 Japan has urged Australia to award a contract to build its new $50-billion submarine fleet, reports SMH. Japan, which is offering a variant of its 4,000 ton Soryu submarine, is competing against rival bids from Germany and France for the contract.  

Australia Submarine Contract Award in Final Stage

Royal Australian Navy Collins-class submarine HMAS Sheean (SSG-77) near the Sydney Opera House. Photo: U.S.Naval Institute

 The Australian government has begun its final evaluation of bids from Japan, Germany and France to choose the maker of its next-generation submarine and is expected to make its decision by the end of June, reports the Japan Times.   

MANSA, NMIS Ink MOU for Skill Development

Signing the MOU between MANSA & NMIS on 19th November 2015. Photo MANSA

  Mumbai and Nhava-Sheva Ship-Agents Association (MANSA) and Narottam Morarjee Institute of shipping (NMIS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for lauching a facility for training employees as well as aspirants in the shipping trade as a Corporate Social Objective. 

Australian Centre for Cyber Security Conference

Hon Mal Brough MP Courtesy Parliament of Australia

Minister for Defence Materiel and Science, the Hon Mal Brough MP, today opened the Australian Centre for Cyber Security Conference at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra.   Minister Brough said that the Australian Government believes that strong cyber security is fundamental to

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