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Panama Canal is ISPS Ready

Security at the Panama Canal was enhanced recently as it implemented requirements of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and received fulfillment certification from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Consulting (an affiliate of the American Bureau of Shipping). The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) voluntarily sought certification and chose to comply with the Code, which is mandatory for ship and port facilities by July 1, 2004. The Panama Canal is among the first of the largest maritime organizations in the continent to receive ISPS certification. The enhanced security will improve upon the way the Canal works with ships and port facilities to detect and deter security threats within a standardized and consistent framework, exchanging pertinent security information, establishing methods for assessing security and ensuring the enforcement of safety measures. To receive certification under the ISPS Code, ACP employees worked with ABS Consulting personnel to fulfill the requirements listed under the Code's regulations and to identify items that will help reduce risks and threats. ABS Consulting performed a security assessment and developed a security plan to evaluate risk factors at the Canal. The first part of the assessment was to identify assets and infrastructures important to the Panama Canal. Next, potential threats were listed to establish security measures and to develop the security plan


ISS Targets Growth in South, Central America

Olivier Lavau-Wira

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), a maritime services provider has appointed Olivier Lavau-Wira as Vice President Sales, Marine Solutions, for its South and Central America region. Of French nationality and educated in Paris, Olivier has been based in South America since 1996 where he started his industry career working in shipping operations in the Port of Talcahuano, Chile.  He has worked in various commercial management roles in Peru, Argentina and Chile


Transas Marine, Interschalt ECDIS Training Approval

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Transas Marine and INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG are the only private Generic ECDIS training providers to gain Flag State approval from Germany. Transas Marine and its GET-Net partner INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG (Hamburg, Germany) offers combined generic and type specific course. The course is certified by Germanischer Lloyd and follows the IMO Model Course 1.27 and is in accordance with the Manila Amendments to STCW.


Videotel and MTNB Promote Good Training Practice

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Videotel and the MTNB join forces to promote good practice in on board training and to simplify the training minefield.   Every industry has its training needs. However the unique operating environment within the maritime sector, particularly on board a vessel, means that new recruits can be faced with a daunting array of training requirements and options.  The Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) has responded to this


Rolls-Royce to Power The World’s Largest Construction Vessel

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Rolls-Royce has delivered 13 large azimuth thrusters to the world’s largest construction vessel, currently being built at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, South Korea for Swiss ship owner and operator Allseas Group.   The contract is worth around £18 million and is the largest ever Rolls-Royce thruster order for a single vessel. The thrusters rotate 360 degrees and propel and position the ship, which measures 382 metres in length and 117 metres in width


Singapore Firm Changes Shipyard Executive Team

Otto Marine, owners & operators of Indonesia's largest shipyard, announces changes to it senior management. The changes are as follows: Mr. Michael See Kian Heng  joins Board of Directors as Executive Director Mr. Mok Kim Whang appointed as President of Shipbuilding division Mr. Lum Kin Wah rejoins as Senior Executive Vice President to support shipbuilding operations Deputy President Mr. Aw Chin Leng resigns due to personal reasons


IACS Focuses on Safety Concerns

At a series of top-level meetings with regulators and Industry the Council of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) deliberated the way forward for classification societies in the wake of new public and political concerns regarding safety and protection of the environment. At the recent meeting IACS met with the European Commission (DGTREN), the IMO Secretary General and Industry leaders (BIMCO, Intercargo, Intertanko


Phoenix International Selects Sonardyne for Amelia Earhart Search

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Phoenix International selects Sonardyne acoustic positioning in the search for Amelia Earhart Following the discovery of a potential debris field at Amelia Earhart’s proposed crash site offshore Nikumaroro Island in the Western Pacific, Sonardyne International Ltd is now able to reveal that it’s Ranger 2 USBL tracking system together with a Lodestar GyroUSBL was the acoustic positioning technology of choice for the mission


Port of Houston Gets US$10-million TIGER Grant

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The Port of Houston Authority has been awarded a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to be used toward the expansion of the berth at its Bayport Container Terminal. The Bayport expansion was prominently mentioned by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) as a prime "example of a project that will help jumpstart local and national economic growth," in its announcement that $474 million for 52 TIGER grants had been awarded to 37


Damen Names Royal Oman Navy Flagship

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Dignitaries from the Ministry of Defense of Oman joined senior Damen management at a ceremony at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, Vlissingen on May 8 to mark the naming of the Royal Navy of Oman’s new flagship, the Sail Training Clipper Shabab Oman II. The 87m long steel-hulled vessel is a three-mast, full square rigger built to design principles set for the iconic tea clippers of the 19th century, benefiting from 21st century technology and comfort


Storm Surge Halts Vessel Operations at Long Beach

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Two cargo terminals at the Port of Long Beach announced Wednesday, Aug. 27, that they were suspending vessel operations for the day because 10- to 15-foot high wave surges powered by Pacific Hurricane Marie endangered longshore workers. Total Terminals International on Pier T


Crowley Awards Scholarships to Cal Maritime Students

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Crowley Maritime Corporation last week presented four California Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) students with Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial scholarships during Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards dinner in Long Beach, Calif


Liebherr Delivers Two Carnes to Indian Shipyard

Two Liebherr 200 EC-H 10 FR.tronic tower cranes for permanent use in a ship repair yard in India.

Liebherr-Werk Biberach GmbH delivered two cranes for permanent use in a Lavgan Dockyard in India. The two 200 EC-H 10 FR.tronic top-slewing cranes will be used permanently in the ship repair yard operated by Lavgan Dockyard Ltd. near Ratnagiri in the Indian state of Maharashtra.


Cotton, Cox, Harris Receive '14 AOTOS Awards

From left: Frederick Harris, Joseph Cox and Stephen Cotton

The United Seamen's Service (USS) 2014 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards (AOTOS) were presented to Stephen Cotton, General Secretary of the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF); Joseph J. Cox, President/CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America; and Frederick J


ABS Forms Operational, Environmental Performance Team

Top talent to take leadership role in developing solutions for industry’s most pressing challenges. ABS, a  provider of global classification services, has taken another step forward to meet industry needs with the formation of an Operational and Environmental Performance department


Rolls-Royce Command & Control Solution For New PSV

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The first installation of Rolls-Royce's Unified Bridge will feature in Simon Møkster Shipping's new Platform Supply Vessel. As offshore ships have become more technologically advanced and able to perform more highly specialised duties, their bridges, as the command centres for the ship


Tranter Expands Quick Ship Program

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Tranter will expand its Quick Ship program.    Customers will now be able to order from a wider selection of plate heat exchangers and have their new unit shipped from the Texas facility within three days. The three-day Quick Ship program provides rapid response to customer needs and


Diginonymous, GW Partner for Offshore Medical Software

Software developer Diginonymous LLC and Maritime Medical Access Program at The George Washington University (GW) Medical Faculty Associates have teamed up to offer an advanced shipboard video telemedicine service for the international maritime industry to help clients meet the International Labor


New Trader with Dan-Bunkering

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From May 1, 2013 Kasper Rosenberg has been employed as Bunker Trader. He will be a part of the sales department in the company’s head office in Middelfart, Denmark, which currently consists of 24 traders with different nationalities.


ITF Welcomes MLC 2006

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As the Maritime Labor Convention 2006 (MLC) comes into the force the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has promised to dedicate all its resources to helping it make real changes to the lives of all seafarers. The ITF recognizes the MLC as the first ever true bill of rights


Singapore Hosts International Labor Organization

Today, the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Maritime Labor Convention, 2006, (MLC, 2006) will enter into force in the first 30 States to ratify the Convention, with other ILO Member States scheduled to bring it into force over the next 12 months.


Tow Fixed By Marcon Completes 5,233nm Delivery

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Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington reported that after 52 days, the 2,800BHP twin screw tug Miss Lis (ex-Kari A, Marine Pioneer) successfully completed the 5,233nm tow of the ocean crane barge Thomas W from Long Beach, California through the Panama Canal to the Hudson River in


DDW & MW Chairman Visits Jadaf Shipyard

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Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World & Maritime World, the international service provider to the maritime and oil and gas sectors, visited Jadaf shipyard, one of the oldest such yards in the region addressing the repair and maintenance of small to midsize vessels.


North P&I Club Launches Healthcare Campaign

The North P&I Club launched a new campaign for 2014 aimed at reminding members of the importance of providing high quality healthcare while avoiding excessive medical costs, the club said. An information sheet entitled 'People Claims: Controlling the Cost' is being circulated to all entered


Russia Eyes Boosting Primorsk Diesel Exports

Reuters- Russia's oil pipeline monopoly Transneft said on Thursday it plans to nearly triple exports of ultra low sulphur diesel (ULSD) from the Baltic Sea port of Primorsk after 2016 when domestic companies are expected to boost production.






 
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