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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Navtor Takes Lead for Autonomous Ship Project

 NAVTOR e-Navigation Project Manager Bjørn Åge Hjøllo

NAVTOR will spend the next three years helping the EU chart a route towards autonomous vessels, as it was selected to represent the maritime industry in the ENABLE project - conceived to prove, verify and validate the safety of autonomous vehicles in Europe. NAVTOR has now received funding to investigate the concept of ‘shore-based bridges’, a crucial steppingstone on the path to autonomy. ENABLE was originally proposed by the car industry, before the EU widened its scope to take in the full spectrum of transport, including ships.

Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum for Four Cruise ships

The Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum series of navigation, automation and control systems. Photo Wartsila

Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract to supply a broad range of integrated automation, navigation and dynamic positioning equipment, as well as the complete uninterruptable power systems (UPS) for four new cruise ships. Two of the vessels are being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, while the other two vessels are to be built at Meyer Turku in Finland. The contract with Wärtsilä was signed in the second quarter of 2016. The Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum system comprises 12 multifunction workstations for combined displays of ARPA radar…

United Nations East River Security Zones Scheduled

Photo: USCG

U.S. Coast Guard crewmembers are scheduled to enforce security zones on the East River near the United Nations Headquarters beginning Friday. The security zones scheduled to begin Sept. 16, and continue until Sept. 25, 2016, include all waters of the East River between East 35th Street and the Queensboro/59th Street Bridge. Zone (1): This zone is always in effect. No Vessels within 175 yards of Manhattan between East 35th Street and the Queensboro/59th Street Bridge in the West Channel of the East River.

RH Marine Launches Rhodium Product Line

Photo courtesy of RH Marine

System integrator and innovator of electrical and automation systems RH Marine has officially launched its own product family brand at the international maritime trade fair SMM in Hamburg last week. RH Marine said product innovation is one of its main focusses. During the years this has resulted in multiple quality brands such as UniMacs integrated bridge and FT NavVision. To provide a clear overview of the RH Marine product portfolio, RH Marine has chosen to place all products under one new brand: Rhodium.

Carnival Corp Reports Strongest Earnings

Seabourn Quest -- Antarctica Photo Carnival Corporation

Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) announced U.S. GAAP net income of $1.4 billion, or $1.93 diluted EPS, for the third quarter of 2016 compared to U.S. GAAP net income for the third quarter of 2015 of $1.2 billion, or $1.56 diluted EPS. Third quarter 2016 adjusted net income of $1.4 billion, or $1.92 adjusted EPS, was higher than adjusted net income of $1.4 billion, or $1.75 adjusted EPS, for the third quarter of 2015. Adjusted net income excludes unrealized gains and losses on fuel derivatives and other net charges…

Chemgas Shipping Inks Maintenance Deal with Alphatron

From left to right: Arie van der Ven, Manager Maintenance & Projects Chemgas Shipping; Luuk Vroombout, CEO Alphatron Marine; and Dennie van Kempen (QSHE Manager).

Alphatron Marine has signed a premium member contract with Chemgas Shipping covering eight gas carriers.   The Gas Carriers are fitted mainly with bridge equipment which Alphatron Marine has many years of experience of installing and also supporting these and other high tech navigation and communication equipment onboard. The contract also embraces equipment and services that is subjected to mandatory annual certifications and inspections but also life cycle support and a preferred partner service is included.

ICS Pilotage, Towing and Mooring Survey 2016 Now Underway

Photo:  International Chamber of Shipping

The role of the pilot in mitigating the potential economic and environmental risk from today's large vessels is one of the most important in maritime safety. In recognition of this, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has embarked upon its first comprehensive survey of pilotage, towing and mooring services provided in ports and terminals around the world. The aim of the ICS Pilotage, Towing and Mooring Survey is to evaluate the extent to which established best practice is being followed, such as that recommended by the latest ICS Bridge Procedures Guide.

GPA Marks Record August Box Volumes

The Port of Savannah is poised to rapidly increase service to an arc of inland markets, from Atlanta to Memphis, to St. Louis, Chicago and the Ohio Valley. Key to expanding rail service is a $128M project linking Garden City Terminal's two rail yards.   (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

At the Georgia Ports Authority board meeting Monday, Executive Director Griff Lynch reported the GPA achieved an August record of 330,846 twenty-foot equivalent container units, a robust increase of 5 percent compared to August 2015. "August container unit volumes were the third highest in the Authority's history, behind April and May 2015 at the height of diverted cargo from the West Coast," Lynch said. Total cargo across all terminals reached 2.62 million tons in August, an increase of 117,470 tons, or 4.7 percent.

News: Barge/Bridge Accident Study Released

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) and the U.S. Coast Guard released a study of barge/bridge allisions spanning 10 years. The study was conducted by the Coast Guard-AWO Bridge Allision Work Group, established last summer in the aftermath of fatal bargebridge accidents at South Padre Island, Texas in September 2001 and Webbers Falls, Oklahoma in May 2002. Based upon the findings, the Work Group report identified a five-point action plan to prevent bridge allisions and minimize the consequences of those that do occur. • Bridge allisions involving towing vessels occur at the rate of about six allisions per 10,000 towing vessel trips. • The overwhelming majority of bridge allisions - 94 % -- result in minor property damage with no personal injury or harm to the environment.

Marine Infrastructure Challenges Demand Engineering Solutions

Infrastructure renewal and engineering combine to provide an obscure, often under-appreciated, but nevertheless critically important aspect of marine operations. In the Pacific Northwest, for example, the waterway abundant geography provides engineering and specialized moving company Omega Morgan with all sorts of challenges that involve bridges spanning rivers. Whether crossing or moving these spans, West Coast-based Omega Morgan, faces particularly unique engineering challenges.

Cable Ship Rescues 14 Fishermen near Mumbai

The crew deployed on the C.S. Dependable, a transoceanic cable ship from TE SubCom, rescued 14 fisherman in the Arabian Sea off the Maharashtra Coast near Mumbai, India. Indian fishing boat FV Datta Sai sank on September 17 with 16 persons aboard, no personal floatation devices and no VHF radio. The C.S. Dependable, in transit between work sites, came across the fisherman clinging to floating debris and treading water, and all hands were called to enact an immediate water rescue. “This was a complicated and dangerous effort that required excellent communication and everyone’s commitment to this rescue, as I had to maneuver the ship to keep the men in the water away from thrusters,” said Captain Yann Durieux, Master, C.S. Dependable, TE SubCom.

SR 410 White River Bridge in Enumclaw Closed

White River Bridge damaged beam

The Washington State Department of Transportation has temporarily closed the State Route 410 White River Bridge after crews discovered damage to the bridge’s overhead support structure during a routine inspection early Saturday morning. The SR 410 White River Bridge has an arched steel overhead support structure, which is signed for 15 feet. The bridge strike occurred in the westbound lanes of the bridge. Low clearance warning signs are posted along the shoulder approaching the bridge.

Bridge Milestone Celebrated at Port of Long Beach

Bridge Milestone Celebrated

Port, City and Caltrans officials, along with an international team of builders and designers, celebrated a key milestone today in the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project: Construction of the first set of bridge foundations is under way. “This new iconic bridge represents our future and it’s very exciting to see the construction in full swing,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. When completed, the new bridge spanning the Port of Long Beach will be one of the tallest bridges of its kind in the United States.

USCG Terminates Bridge Project Permit

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a letter March 2 to the Detroit International Bridge Company terminating the Coast Guard Bridge Permit application process for the Ambassador Bridge Enhancement Project in Detroit, Mich. Termination of the bridge permit application process includes all final agency decisions regarding the National Environmental Policy Act environmental analysis process and the Coast Guard Bridge Permit itself. The Detroit International Bridge Company (DIBC) proposed to construct a six-lane, cable-stayed bridge across the Detroit River, just west of and adjacent to the existing four-lane Ambassador Bridge. Prior to commencing construction, the DIBC must obtain a Coast Guard Bridge Permit because the structure would cross a navigable waterway.

Study Conducted After Fatal Bridge Accidents Yields Five-Point Action Plan

association for the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry, and the U.S. have jointly released a study of barge/bridge allisions spanning ten years. Oklahoma in May 2002. occur. December 31, 2001. incidents. public of allisions between bridges and towing vessels. 10,000 towing vessel trips. damage with no personal injury or harm to the environment. Queen Isabella Bridge allisions makes clear, serious accidents can occur. four bridge allision cases have resulted in fatalities. n Fully 90% of towing vessel bridge allisions are related to human performance. candidates for alteration or removal under the authority of the Truman-Hobbs Act. industry to enhance an operator's fitness for making good decisions. the Truman-Hobbs Act.

MN100: NABRICO

(Image: NABRICO)

From the design of barge accessories and deck fittings to the day-to-day commitment to customer service, NABRICO is one of the most highly respected names in the water transportation industry. NABRICO started building bridges in 1902 and built its first piece of floating equipment for the U.S. Corps of Engineers in 1915. More than nine decades of experience, engineering and nautical expertise go into every piece of equipment built today. NABRICO is a major supplier of marine deck hardware on the river system as well as the offshore industry.

Transas T-Bridge Installed on Ice Class Vessels

Photo courtesy of Transas Marine

Transas Marine informs it has installed and commissioned the Transas T-Bridge integrated bridge systems aboard three ice class vessels built by Keppel Singmarine, the specialized shipbuilding subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine. Transas supplied Integrated Bridge Systems including full navigation systems, external and internal communication systems and CCTV. Transas said its T-Bridge is designed to add further safety to navigation, simplify bridge operations and offers a flexible bridge configuration.

Transas Launches a Versatile T-Bridge

Transas T-Bridge

Transas Marine has expanded its extensive product portfolio with the launch of the T-Bridge, the most advanced integrated navigation system where professional bridge equipment meets aviation, automation and even tablet technology. The new Transas T-bridge brings together diverse systems into a single bridge environment, where data sources are combined to provide a full and clear picture to support efficient decision-making. Solid, timely and pertinent access to all crucial information is the key to safe and secure navigation.

New Integrated Bridge Solution from Transas

Image: Transas

Transas Marine expanded its product portfolio with the launch of the T-Bridge, an integrated navigation system that meets professional bridge equipment with aviation, automation and tablet technology. The new Transas T-bridge brings together diverse systems into a single bridge environment, where data sources are combined to provide a full and clear picture to support efficient decision-making. Solid, timely and pertinent access to all crucial information is the key to safe and secure navigation.

ASA Responds to Damaged Railroad Bridge

On July 10, a member of the American Salvage Association (ASA) was contracted, following an emergency call, to lift the Bayou Boeuf Railroad Bridge in Amelia, Louisiana, which had been struck by a tug and barge resulting in significant damage to the bridge span. Upon arrival at the site, the ASA member lifted the damaged 200-ton bridge span and placed it onto a deck barge. The bridge span was then transferred to a local repair facility where the member company again lifted the bridge span and placed it into the repair yard. Upon completion of the repairs, the bridge span was placed back onto the deck barge and transferred to the rail line where it was put on its supports, allowing rail traffic to resume.

Ulstein Bridge Vision Debuts

With the internal mandate to create better, safer and simpler solutions for ships’ crews, Ulstein introduces its patent-pending Ulstein Bridge Vision – a concept that promises major improvements for the operational centers of vessels. -    a new breed of user-defined ergonomic work stations. Arne Ove Rødstøl, Product Manager Bridge in Ulstein Power & Control, explained that Ulstein engineers sought the expertise of industrial, graphic and interaction designers from The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO).

New Navigation Bridge Design by Havyard

'Concept Bridge': Photo credit Havyard

Project Manager Svein Olav Tørresdal of Havyard Power & Systems has been heading the design and the development of this modern bridge concept, which has been done in close cooperation with the Nomek company , in Stryn, Norway. “Concept Bridge ™” is developed for all types of vessels within offshore, fishing, seismology, cargo vessels and also for passenger ships. We have spent one year developing this system and now we are finally there. The bridge concept is all about a more open…

Correction: Mississippi River Closed in Iowa after Barge Hits Bridge

The U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday closed the Mississippi River at Sabula, Iowa, after a barge struck a railroad bridge, said Eric Washburn, bridge administrator for the agency's Eighth District Western Rivers Bridge Branch. The river was closed 1 mile (1.6 km) north and 1 mile south of the site of the accident as of about 3 p.m. CDT (2000 GMT), Washburn said. The barge was stuck in an open position. The contents of the barge were unknown as investigators traveled to the site, he said. "The investigators will have to inspect the bridge and make a determination if it needs repairs," added Tim Marriott, enforcement chief for the Coast Guard's upper Mississippi River sector. The rail bridge was owned by Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd , said company spokesman Ed Greenberg.

 

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