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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ships, Ports and People to be World Maritime Day Theme

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

World Maritime Day 2017: Connecting ships, ports and people. The importance of coherent and connected development across all maritime sectors will feature strongly in IMO’s work this year, as the Organization focuses on its World Maritime Day theme “Connecting ships, ports and people”. The theme for 2017 was launched by International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Lim during a visit to Felixstowe, the busiest container port in the United Kingdom. “Throughout the year…

Living Life Aboard a Floating Hospital

Caleb and chef Serge Nzembele in the galley of Africa Mercy, a floating hospital. (Photo courtesy of Caleb Biney)

The author, 14-year-old Caleb Biney, is one of 39 Kid Reporters in the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps. He reports “news for kids, by kids” from onboard Mercy Ships in Africa. My parents volunteer for Mercy Ships. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens of Lindale, Texas, the organization utilizes hospital ships to serve people in West Africa. Vessels provide clean water, electricity, and free surgical care to people living in poverty. I have lived on the Africa Mercy since I was six months old.

MoU Centered on Australian Future Submarines

Photo: DCNS

Flinders University and four of France’s leading Graduate Schools of Engineering have entered into an academic and research cooperation agreement relating to Australia’s Future Submarine Program. The agreement between Flinders and a consortium comprised of ENSTA ParisTech, École Centrale de Nantes, CentraleSupélec and École Polytechnique will be signed at a ceremony to be witnessed by South Australia’s Minister for Higher Education and Skills, the Hon Susan Close and the Deputy Chief Executive of DCNS and General Manager of Australia’s Future Submarine Program, Marie-Pierre de Bailliencourt.

Virginia Institute of Marine Science Orders Research Vessel

Image: JMS Naval Architects

Virginia Institute of Marine Science of Gloucester Point, Va. awarded a contract to Meridien Maritime Reparation of Matane, Quebec to construct a 93-foot research vessel. JMS Naval Architects of Mystic, Conn. designed the research vessel to replace VIMS’s current vessel, the R/V Bay Eagle. The primary mission of the Institute’s fleet is to provide inshore and offshore work platforms for the support of fisheries related oceanographic research projects. The new vessel will be capable of conducting fisheries assessments of greater capacity…

UK to Create Shipping Jobs through New SMarT+

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

The UK shipping industry will create thousands of jobs for young people if Government increases funding for seafarer training, the UK Chamber of Shipping has said. The industry trains around 800 new cadets each year, but this could increase to 1200 under a new industry proposal that would see shipowners commit to employing cadets after their training is completed. Major employers including Shell and Carnival have already committed to the scheme. The scheme, documented in a business case presented to the Department for Transport and developed by the UK Chamber of Shipping…

Shanghai, Trinidad and Tobago to Host Maritime Technology Centres

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO) has announced the first two institutes selected to host regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres (MTCCs) under an ambitious project, funded by the EU and implemented by IMO, to help mitigate the harmful effects of climate change. Under the Global MTTC Network (GMN) project, Shanghai Maritime University in China will host the MTCC for the Asia region (MTCC-Asia), while the University of Trinidad and Tobago will host MTCC-Caribbean.

Shipping Confidence Improved: Moore Stephens

Graphics: Moore Stephens

Shipping confidence improved for the third successive quarter in the three months to end-November 2016, says a report by Moore Stephens, an accounting and advisory network in UK. In November 2016, the average confidence level expressed by respondents was 5.6 out of 10.0, equalling the highest rating since August 2015. All main categories of respondent were more confident than in August 2016, when the overall rating was 5.4. Charterers’ confidence this time increased by 2.0 points, to 6.8, the highest figure in the life of the survey for such respondents.

Countering Maritime Terrorism

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

A seminar looking at maritime security issues ranging from cyber security on board ships to piracy and illegal maritime activities concluded in Copenhagen (12-13 December). Industry security experts have concluded that maritime crime will not be stopped any time soon – and that cyber incidents would continue to expand in frequency and severity. This was the consensus at BIMCO’s first ever Maritime Security Seminar in Copenhagen. There was further consensus that regional instability…

New Course for Energy-Efficient Ship Operation

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Maritime educators in China are the first to undergo a newly developed course designed to assist maritime training institutes to introduce the topic of energy-efficient ship operation into their teaching curriculums. More than 30 participants from maritime universities, shipping colleges and institutes from across China are attending the workshop, taking place in Hangzhou (8-9 December). The course, developed under International Maritime Organization (IMO) 's GloMEEP project, will help maritime training institutes to deliver IMO’s Model Course 4.05 to seafarers.

Crowley Scholarships for USMMA Cadets

Crowley Maritime awarded six U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadets with Thomas B. Crowley Memorial Scholarships. (Photo: Crowley Maritime)

Crowley Maritime awarded six U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) cadets with Thomas B. Crowley Memorial Scholarships during  the Containerization and Intermodal Institute’s Connie Awards luncheon in Newark, N.J. Crowley’s Jenny Terpenning, supervisor, marine recruiting, presented the scholarships to Midshipmen (MIDN) Stacee Glass, Connor Sexton, John Terselic, Tanner Evans, Dylan Rabbitt, and Chandler Chiappe, all of whom were chosen based on their academic performance, financial need and interest in pursuing a career at sea after graduation.

30th Class Graduates from Australian Defence Force Academy

The class of 2016 throw their hats in the air to symbolise completion of three years military training and academic studies. They will now be posted to locations across Australia for further training or to commence their new postings. Photo Australian Defence Force Academy

Throwing their hats in the air today marked not only the end of their time at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), but also the start of a new phase in the military careers of 224 officer cadets and midshipmen. The Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC, was joined by the Minister for Defence Personnel, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC, and other distinguished guests and families at the 2016 Graduation Parade.

Seagull Training App v2.0 Enriched for Ease of Use

Roger Ringstad, Managing Director, Seagull Maritime AS (Photo: Seagull Maritime)

Seagull Maritime said it has upgraded its Seagull Training App, the mobile software solution that has changed the way seafarers track their training records and receive critical safety alerts. Available in both Android and iOS formats, the newly enhanced app can be used across a range of mobile devices, with dynamic screen layouts for all sizes, including tablets. The home screen has also been refined to include a bottom bar menu featuring click-through to notifications, training statuses and scheduled activities.

MPA's Anti-piracy Meet, Workshop fosters Closer Ties

Particiapnts from Africa and Asia Photo MPA

The inaugural Meeting of Anti-Piracy Contact Points and Workshop on Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships involving participants from Africa and Asia was held in Singapore today. Organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre (ISC), the two-day meeting gathered about 20 participants to foster closer linkages amongst anti-piracy contact points to enable more effective information sharing and communication.

BMT ARGOSS Launches Ice Charting Capability

Photo: BMT

BMT Group subsidiary BMT ARGOSS has launched its ice charting capability which will supplement its weather forecasting offering to provide a more enhanced and cost effective service to customers looking to harsh environments. Jean-Paul Lindeboom, Director of Metocean Weather Forecasting at BMT ARGOSS, said, “This combined capability under one roof is unique to the market. As part of this new capability, a number of BMT’s key senior meteorologists have completed an intensive training program at the Danish Meteorological Institute.

Webb Awards Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Hannah Wistort (Photo: Crowley)

Hannah Wistort, Webb Institute class of 2017, is the 2016-2017 recipient of Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship. Webb’s scholarship selection committee chose Wistort for her academic excellence and leadership skills. Wistort, who is from Niskayuna, N.Y., has been involved with many student organizations and community projects. She is a member of the Webb Leadership Committee, which organizes community service and outreach projects for students.

New Training Course Seeks an End to Sexual Harassment

The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) picks MYMIC Simulations to develop a computer based training product on the prevention of sexual assault and sexual harassment (SASH) in the maritime industry. Sexual assault, sexual harassment and other such inappropriate and prohibited behaviors on and off ships are illegal, negatively affect morale, cause disruption and cost time and money. The purpose of this SOCP project, supported by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), is to develop, produce, distribute and promote the use of an interactive Computer Based Training (CBT) product to provide effective training for merchant mariners aboard U.S. flag vessels in best practices to address SA/SH issues affecting shipboard and shore leave culture and climate in the U.S. Merchant Marine.

Kongsberg Maritime Launches New Training Portal

Book courses from desktop, tablet or mobile on Kongsberg Maritime’s new training website. (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg Maritime has launched its new global training website – www.training.km.kongsberg.com. The new portal improves functionality for selection and booking of Kongsberg Maritime’s diverse training course portfolio, which is available at modern training centres in 11 countries. With the launch of the new portal, Kongsberg Maritime’s global training schedule is now accessible to all visitors with a fresh design and easy navigation that allows courses to be booked in minutes.

Volvo Penta Conducts Training for Dealer Network

Courtesy Volvo Penta

Volvo Penta of the Americas conducted a custom training course in Cancun, Mexico recently, providing full instruction in the assembly, repair and alignment of IPS engines for its regional dealer network in Mexico and Central America. Seventeen technicians attended the series of five-day, Spanish-language classes held at Pirate Marine in Cancun. They received a full training on Volvo Penta’s IPS forward-facing propulsion system, along with EVC accessories and Vodia diagnostics for IPS.

Ship-borne Internet of Things Will Benefit Marine Industry

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

In 2017, the Danish Maritime Authority will contribute to a pilot project on the development and testing of a system that collects real-time data from various components on board ships. The data flow will be transmitted continuously to shore-based organisations allowing the authorities, shipowners and marine equipment manufacturers to use the information in real-time. The Aalborg-based company GateHouse is behind the pilot project. A number of other companies and the Danish Maritime Authority will contribute to the testing of the new technology.

Cabo Verde’s Regional Maritime Security Role Discussed

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

A recent visit to Cabo Verde November 30 to December 6 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) provided an opportunity to meet various government agencies involved with maritime security and discuss the country’s future role in regional maritime security activities. Cabo Verde announced its intention to host the MultiNational Centre of Coordination (for Cabo Verde, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Senegal) under the proposed operational framework to support the wider region’s maritime security Code of Conduct…

Guinea Workshop Plays Through Maritime Security Measures

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Piracy, armed robbery and border security scenarios are being played out in a table top exercise for officials in Conakry, Guinea (6-8 December). The International Maritime Organization (IMO)-led event is the latest in a long series of exercises held in the West Africa region to promote security measures in IMO treaties, particularly the SOLAS chapter XI-2 and ISPS Code. Further scenarios include threats to cruise ships, incidents potentially involving weapons of mass destruction, drugs, environmental threats such as oil spills, and maritime safety inspections.

Preventing Maritime Traffic Delays

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Facilitation of maritime traffic is on the agenda at a national seminar being held in Manila, the Philippines (6-8 December), with thirty participants from ministries responsible for clearing ships, cargo, crew and passengers at ports of the Philippines, and private stakeholders. The workshop is assisting the Philippines with the ratification process of  International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL), which is designed to help prevent unnecessary delays in maritime traffic.

The Training Implications of Subchapter M

(Photo: Drew Arenth)

It’s a major understatement to say that Subchapter M is top of mind for workboat operators. While most would agree that the new regulations will raise the level of safety and operational sophistication, most would also likely agree that with change comes uncertainty, cost and effort. Thus it was no surprise that at October’s national meeting of the American Waterways Operators, discussions were dominated by Subchapter M and its implications for operators. As a former faculty member at a large research university and someone very focused on training in the maritime industry…

Roxtec Services US Launched

Roxtec has launched a new inspection, maintenance and installation training company for the United States: Roxtec Services US aims to increase safety for the marine and offshore markets in the area of cable and pipe transits. High safety standards require correctly installed, properly maintained and easily inspected sealing solutions. As sealing experts, Roxtec said it knows how important cable and pipe transits are when it comes to protecting life and assets. No matter when the vessel or platform was built, it has most likely undergone upgrades which required changes to cable and pipe sealing. These upgrades, combined with years of maintenance in a tough, corrosive environment can quickly compound and negate any protection against fire, gas and water.

Maritime Surveillance on Agenda in Mozambique

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

A project to provide a single display maritime surveillance system for Mozambique has been commissioned and handed over to the country’s Government in Maputo (1 December). The International Maritime Organization (IMO) -supported project is set to boost maritime situational awareness for all concerned agencies in Mozambique and enhance operational decision making and increase cooperation in dealing with maritime security issues. The project, funded through contribution by the Government of Japan to the Djibouti Code of Conduct Trust Fund…

Enhancing Maritime Security in the Dominican Republic

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

A table-top exercise on maritime security has been held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, (1-2 December) to assist the country to effectively implement provisions that fall within the scope of  International Maritime Organization (IMO)  maritime security measures, including SOLAS chapter XI-2 and the International ship and Port Facilities Security (ISPS) Code and the SUA treaties. Organized by IMO in collaboration with the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC)…

ZF Marine Grows Presence in Louisiana

ZF Marine New location rendering (Photo: ZF Marine)

ZF Marine, the marine business unit of the global ZF Group, said it has secured a new location for its Gulf of Mexico/Inland Waterway sales and service operations. The company opened its wholly owned location in the greater New Orleans area in late 1996, the first satellite location outside of ZF’s North American marine headquarters. The location was established to provide close support for the commercial vessel industry in the Gulf of Mexico. Twenty years later, ZF Marine’s growing presence in the Inland Waterway…

Kongsberg to support RAN Bridge Simulator Expansion

Maritime Warfare Officers of the Royal Australian Navy at HMAS Watson, Sydney Australia will soon be trained on upgraded K-Sim Polaris ship’s bridge simulators, made possible by a beneficial support contract between KONGSBERG and RAN. Credit ABIS Alan Lancaster. Copyright Commonwealth of Australia

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is expanding its maritime simulator facility at HMAS Watson, Sydney with the addition of new KONGSBERG ship-handling and navigation simulators and the integration of a new visual display system for its existing bridge simulator. The expansion has been established under the current support contract between KONGSBERG and RAN, in order to provide capacity to meet current and increasing demands for training. Kongsberg Digital, the new KONGSBERG Group division dedicated to delivering next generation software and digital solutions…

Restrata, Agility Partnership in Training at REP, Iraq

Will Follett Photo Restrata

Restrata, a global leader in consultancy and training services, has partnered with leading logistics provider Agility to offer specialised training for oil and gas sector employees at the Rumaila Energy Park (REP) in southern Iraq. The REP's new training centre will offer a wide range of courses related to health and safety and oil and gas industry operations. All training courses meet international standards, are accredited, and include transportation, catering and security services.

NYK-TDG Maritime Academy Graduates Its Class of 2016

Photo: NYK Line

The NYK-TDG Maritime Academy (NTMA), which is located in the suburbs of Manila and jointly run by NYK and the Transnational Diversified Group (TDG), proudly graduated the 117 students comprising the academy’s Class of 2016. NYK president Tadaaki Naito and TDG chairman J. Roberto C. Delgado, in addition to invited guests that included Ciriaco Lagunzad III, administrator of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, participated in the graduation ceremony for the students, all of whom had enrolled in 2012.

Safe Sea Transfer of Technicians on Agenda

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Technicians working in the growing offshore alternative energy sector often need to be transferred to their place of work by sea. This needs to be done safely and efficiently, and this week International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) will continue discussions on mandatory measures to cover this potentially hazardous activity. The Committee will consider interim measures ahead of the adoption of a proposed new Code. Other important items on the agenda include the adoption of amendments to SOLAS, including those related to subdivision and damage stability.

AVEVA Announced Academic Initiative in Vietnam

Photo: AVEVA

AVEVA announced the beginning of a partnership with two institutions in Vietnam, the Shipbuilding Industry Association (VISIA) and The School of Transportation Engineering of Hanoi University of Science and Technology (STE-HUST). These strategic partnerships will enable VISIA & STE-HUST to offer engineering and design software to its members, as well as support systematic training programs. These programs will be focused on software implementation in the oil and gas, petrochemical, power and marine industries throughout Vietnam.

Stevens Institute Dedicates ABS Engineering Center

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki addresses attendees at the dedication ceremony for the new ABS Engineering Center at Stevens Institute of Technology - Copy

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki addressed attendees at the dedication ceremony for the new ABS Engineering Center at Stevens Institute of Technology on 17 November 2016, encouraging students to use these facilities to work toward solving industry challenges. “The ABS Engineering Center provides an environment both for learning the various engineering disciplines and for looking ahead toward new technologies that could transform the marine industry,” Wiernicki said.

DNV GL, RCCL, University of Strathclyde Rolls Out Maritime Research Centre

The opening ceremony. From Left to Right: Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Strathclyde, Kitak Lim, IMO Secretary General, Professor Dracos Vassalos, Professor of Maritime Safety and acting director at the Maritime Safety Research Centre, and Harri Kulovaara – Executive VP of Maritime and Newbuilding RCCL. Photo: DNV GL

The Maritime Safety Research Centre (MSRC) is an industry-university partnership, involving Strathclyde's Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL), and DNV GL. The world’s first centre of its kind, the MSRC will aim to improve safety at sea through a close collaboration between industry and academia, that targets interdisciplinary, common-threaded research and development. The Maritime Safety Research Centre was officially opened this week by the IMO Secretary General Kitak Lim…

BRP Opens New Training Institute

The new training institute expects to welcome about 500 visitors per year Photo BRP

BRP today marked the opening of its state-of-the-art technician training institute within its Sturtevant, Wisconsin manufacturing facility. This new institute will train dealers and their employees to maintain and repair all BRP vehicles, engines and accessories. Alain Villemure, vice president and general manager of BRP’s Marine Propulsion Systems division and Martin Soucy, vice president of its global after-sales function, participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony before employees, media and the general public.

NYK Scholarships for Maritime Students in China

Photo: NYK Line

During the month of November, NYK offered scholarships to 78 outstanding Chinese students in two universities in China. This was the 16th consecutive year for NYK to demonstrate its corporate social responsibility (CSR) through the company’s dedicated support of maritime education. On November 16, an awards ceremony was held at Dalian Maritime University (DMU), where 42 students were recognized for their academic excellence and fine demeanor. They were encouraged to develop themselves into socially responsible and intelligent young Chinese filled with an international vision.

MSRC Opened for Safety

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO)  Secretary General Kitack Lim has officially opened the new Maritime Safety Research Centre (MSRC) at the University of Strathclyde in the United Kingdom. In his inaugural address, Mr Lim said that the centre could play an important role in the shift of maritime safety from empirical to risk-informed legislation and goal-based standards. The MSRC is an industry/university partnership, involving Strathclyde's Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, and the classification society DNV GL.

Maritime Safety Research Center Opens

The opening ceremony. From Left to Right: Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Strathclyde, Kitak Lim, IMO Secretary General, Professor Dracos Vassalos, Professor of Maritime Safety and acting director at the Maritime Safety Research Center, and Harri Kulovaara – Executive VP of Maritime and Newbuilding RCCL. (Photo: DNV GL)

The Maritime Safety Research Center (MSRC) is an industry-university partnership, involving Strathclyde's Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL), and DNV GL. The world’s first center of its kind, the MSRC will aim to improve safety at sea through a close collaboration between industry and academia, that targets interdisciplinary, common-threaded research and development. The Maritime Safety Research Center was officially opened this week by the IMO Secretary General Kitak Lim…

NYK Scholarships Offered in China

Front line, middle Yuji Isoda, NYK corporate officer 4th from left Mr. Pan Xinxiang, DMU vice president, Photo NYK

During the month of November, NYK offered scholarships to 78 outstanding Chinese students in two universities in China. This was the 16th consecutive year for NYK to demonstrate its corporate social responsibility (CSR) through the company’s dedicated support of maritime education. On November 16, an awards ceremony was held at Dalian Maritime University (DMU), where 42 students were recognized for their academic excellence and fine demeanor. They were encouraged to develop themselves into socially responsible and intelligent young Chinese filled with an international vision.

Training for Better Ballast Water Management

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Work to implement International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention in developing countries is underway in Zagreb, Croatia this week, with two training activities under IMO’s GloBallast project. A seminar looking at risk assessment, and inventories of marine life in and around commercial ports – a concept also known as Port Biological Baseline Surveys – concluded November 17. Marine biologists, Port State Control Officers and maritime authorities from Croatia…

UKHO Brings ECDIS Seminars to North America

Image: UKHO

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) will offer its free ‘Living with ECDIS’ seminars in Vancouver, Canada on Tuesday, November 29 and in Houston, U.S. on Thursday, December 1. Following on from the latest ECDIS usage figures, published earlier this year by the UKHO, which revealed that 59 percent of the global SOLAS fleet is now ECDIS-ready, the UKHO’s seminar is designed to ensure that the navigational benefits of ECDIS are achieved in an efficient and compliant manner.

MOL ‘Tabletop Drill’ for Serious Marine Incident

Scene of Emergency Control Headquarters during the drill Photo MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that the company conducted a tabletop drill based on a scenario in which an iron ore carrier, managed by its group ship management company, collided with a breakwater, leaving it stranded in the Port of Kashima. The drill was held on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, with the goal of strengthening the company emergency response structure, which is based on the MOL Group Corporate Principles — nurture and protect the natural environment by maintaining the highest standards of operational safety and navigation.


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