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12 Jan 2020

Safe Bulkers Signs Pact with Alfa Laval

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The international provider of marine drybulk transportation services Safe Bulkers has entered into a service agreement  with Alfa Laval for 20 scrubber units on its vessels to meet the requirements of IMO 2020.According to the shipowner, the agreement is to minimize down time, enhance regulatory compliance and safeguard scrubber performance over the life-time of the vessel.The agreement provides for a flat yearly fee, lifecycle-oriented services from the Alfa Laval PureSOx 360° Service Portfolio‚Ķ

03 Jan 2020

Two Rescued from Disabled Sailboat

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U.S. Coast Guard District 8

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two mariners from their disabled sailing vessel, Rhapsody, approximately 288 miles east southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, Thursday afternoon.Watchstanders at the Eighth Coast Guard District command center received an emergency position indicating radio beacon alert at 2:13 a.m. Watchstanders directed the launch of a Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew and diverted the LPG tanker Sahara Gas to investigate the location.Once on scene…

23 Dec 2019

UAS Announces New Marine Transportation Scholarship

Captain Michael A. Clinkscales / courtesy of HO/Clinkscales family

As tourism increases so will the demand for trained, licensed employees and sea pilots navigating the Inside Passage and a new University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) scholarship endowment was inspired to do just that.The Captain Michael A. Clinkscales Maritime Scholarship has been established to support UAS students enrolled in marine transportation courses. Fellow sea pilots led the cause to raise more than $38,000 in honor of ‚ÄúClink,‚ÄĚ a man who was known to inspire and encourage others in the maritime trades.

09 Dec 2019

Maritime Schools Must Prep for Offshore Wind Jobs

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The offshore wind industry in the United States is growing exponentially, with multiple projects in the development stages off of the Atlantic coast. The total megawatt capacity of U.S. offshore wind farms is anticipated to reach 22,000 by 2030 and 43,000 by 2050. To support this growth, U.S. Department of Energy reports estimate over 40,000 new jobs will be created by 2030.The new jobs anticipated to support the offshore wind industry include a wide range of types, including engineers, trade workers, surveyors, scientists, technicians, managers, and seafarers.

27 Nov 2019

Nigeria Ports in Pact with Port of Antwerp

Photo: Port of Antwerp International

The Antwerp port community and its various partners are currently on a trade mission to West-Africa, including Benin and Nigeria.A collaboration agreement was signed between Port of Antwerp International (PAI), the consultancy and investment subsidiary of Port of Antwerp, and APEC, its maritime training center, and Nigerian Ports Authority, which manages the 6 ports of Nigeria. This collaboration, which will mainly take the form of training and consulting, underlines the leading…

18 Nov 2019

Prepare Now for 40,000 Offshore Wind Jobs

The total megawatt capacity of U.S. offshore wind farms is anticipated to reach 22,000 by 2030 and 43,000 by 2050. To support this growth, U.S. Department of Energy reports estimate over 40,000 new jobs will be created by 2030. © Zacharias/AdobeStock

The offshore wind industry in the United States is growing exponentially, with multiple projects in the development stages off of the Atlantic coast. The total megawatt capacity of U.S. offshore wind farms is anticipated to reach 22,000 by 2030 and 43,000 by 2050. To support this growth, U.S. Department of Energy reports estimate over 40,000 new jobs will be created by 2030.The new jobs anticipated to support the offshore wind industry include a wide range of types, including engineers, trade workers, surveyors, scientists, technicians, managers, and seafarers.

03 Nov 2019

IMO Training in Nairobi

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Placing maritime activity at the heart of national development plans in Africa will help deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, which is a key strategic direction for IMO. A recent International Maritime Organization (IMO) P training activity in Nairobi, Kenya is helping to do just that.With 38 of 54 African countries being coastal States ‚Äď and more than 90% of Africa‚Äôs imports and exports being transported by sea, Africa‚Äôs future depends on healthy oceans and a sustainable Blue Economy.

16 Sep 2019

Wärtsilä Simulators for New Portuguese Facility

Ana Paula Vitorino, Portugal’s Minister of Sea & Cmdt. Rui Cunha, APDL Port Operations and Security Director, testing the Full Mission Bridge simulator  (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä has supplied simulators aimed to provide realistic hands-on training at a new facility in Portugal. The training center is developed and run by the Port Authority for the ports of Douro, LeixŇćes and Vano do Castelo (APDL), and was inaugurated in the end of July at a ceremony headed by Portugal‚Äôs Minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino. The order was placed in October 2018.The center is the country‚Äôs largest and most advanced maritime training facility. It features a Wärtsilä Full Mission Bridge (FMB) simulator with 360 degree projection‚Ķ

29 Aug 2019

Caribbean Builds Oil Spill Response Capability

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Developing and maintaining sound capability to respond effectively to marine pollution incidents involving oil, hazardous and noxious substances is a priority in the Caribbean, which is home to many vulnerable ecosystems.In response, the Curacao-based Regional Marine Pollution Emergency, Information and Training Center for the Caribbean (REMPEITC-Caribe) organized a trans-boundary oil spill response exercise in Suriname (27-28 August).The event brought together response managers…

23 Aug 2019

Futuristic Training Ship to be Built in Britain

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Ambitious plans are being launched for a $184 million training and disaster relief ship with cutting-edge British technology.Britannia Maritime Aid (BMA), a registered charity, aims to build the futuristic vessel in Britain. It is officially launching its plans at the UK Chamber of Shipping on Monday September 9 during London International Shipping Week.Maritime professionals and training experts have joined forces for project with backing from former First Sea Lords, the Lord West of Spithead and Admiral Sir Nigel Essenhigh.Others supporters include members of the Houses of Lords and Commons…

25 Jul 2019

Maryland Offers Offshore Wind Grants

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The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is launching two offshore wind grants for the 2020 fiscal year, with combined funds of approximately $3 million. Nearly $1.6m will go the Maryland Offshore Wind Capex Program and remaining to the Maryland Offshore Wind Workforce Training Program.Maryland Offshore Wind Workforce Training program provides grant funding on a competitive basis to support Maryland’s workforce entering the offshore wind industry.Both new and existing workforce development training centers…

16 Jul 2019

$39m Contract for Maritime Skills Center

Bethel-Webcor Pacific JV,* Anchorage, Alaska, is being awarded firm-fixed-price task order N6247319F4865 at $39,300,000 under a multiple award construction contract for a maritime skills training center at Naval Base San Diego. The task order also contains three unexercised options and one planned modification, which if exercised would increase cumulative task order value to $41,868,747. The work to be performed provides for converting a portion of Building 3304 to house computer simulator trainers to support the Surface Warfare Officers School’s mission to train sea-bound warriors to serve on surface combatants as officers. The planned modification, if issued, provides for furniture, fixtures and equipment.

03 Jul 2019

Maritime Simulation & Training: a partnership that pays off

Delgado Maritime & Industrial Training Center and Florida Marine Transport collaborate closely to ensure that all FMT wheelhouse personnel are ready for every eventuality ahead.

It is truly no accident that Delgado Maritime & Industrial Training Center and Florida Marine Transport collaborate so closely.Zero incidents, zero injuries and eliminating critical barge and equipment failures doesn’t just happen by osmosis. It’s a result of continual safety training that breeds operational awareness and confidence to anticipate a difficult situation on an inland waterway before it actually occurs.With a high school education, Capt. Shelden Detrafford started out making $25/day in the 1960s.

15 May 2019

New Shanghai Training Center for Alfa Laval

Photo courtesy of Alfa Laval

Recently, Alfa Laval inaugurated the Alfa Laval PureSOx Training Center in Shanghai, China. Focused on the training of commissioning engineers, the new facility will be instrumental in ramping up the skilled workforce prior to the global sulphur cap. But with its full-sized PureSOx scrubber, it will also provide crew training opportunities for customers.Alfa Laval has not only invested heavily in PureSOx manufacturing operations, but is also working to further expand its service and training resources in exhaust gas cleaning.

18 Apr 2019

Wärtsilä Enables Innovative Simulation Hub

The new simulation centre will be located at the Lakeside North Harbour business hub, near Portsmouth, UK. Copyright: Lakeside North Harbour

The technology group Wärtsilä is to supply and configure the software solutions for a new, state-of-the-art, purpose built simulation center being constructed near Portsmouth, England. The center is an expansion of the Maritime Skills Academy‚Äôs (MSA) training portfolio serving the Solent region, and is designed to meet the specific simulation training requirements of cruise, ferry and superyacht clients. MSA Solent is part of the Viking Maritime Group, headquartered in Dover, England.

16 Apr 2019

Interview: Astrid Skarheim Onsum, SVP, Head of Wind, Aker Solutions

Offshore renewable energy is gaining investment support in the United States, particularly on the east coast. While the U.S. is a full generation behind its European counterparts in tapping the wind as an energy source, if current plans come to fruition it could gain ground quickly. Recently we spoke with Astrid Skarheim Onsum, SVP, Head of Wind Aker Solutions, for her view on the path ahead and the growing role and promising future of ‚Äėfloating wind.‚ÄôPlease give an overview of your responsibilities as SVP‚Ķ

26 Mar 2019

US Navy's MSC Opens Center for Excellence

A USNS Fleet Oiler engaged in underway replenishment operations (CREDIT: US Navy)

Military Sealift Command hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to signify the opening of its new Center for Excellence located on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, March 25.The Military Sealift Command Center for Excellence provides MSC-centric basic training for newly employed civil service mariners (CIVMAR).‚ÄúUltimately, the new Military Sealift Command Center for Excellence is replacing the MSC training center in Earl, New Jersey,‚ÄĚ said Military Sealift Command Total Force Management Director Mike Morris, who co-officiated the ribbon cutting ceremony.

19 Mar 2019

Inert Gas Production for Alfa Laval Training Center

Photo: Alfa Laval

An Alfa Laval Smit Combustion system (FU type) is now installed at the Alfa Laval Test & Training Center in Aalborg, Denmark. The system, which adds inert gas production to the center’s already comprehensive range of full-scale vessel applications, will ensure that Alfa Laval remains at the forefront of developing and optimizing inert gas systems.Inaugurated in 2014, the Alfa Laval Test & Training Center is essentially a full-sized machine room on land, with equipment from all of Alfa Laval’s marine product groups installed in process lines as they would be on a commercial vessel.

04 Feb 2019

MarTID '19 Survey: Deadline Extended

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As survey responses continue to role in, the deadline for the 2019 Maritime Insights Database (MarTID) annual survey of maritime training practices has been extended to February 28, 2019. Ship owners, Maritime Training institutions and mariners all have a stake in participation, as Murray Goldberg explains.Take the SurveyFor operators: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019MarTIDOperatorFor training institutions: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019MarTIDMETIFor seafarers: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019MarTIDSeafarerThe…

12 Dec 2018

Transformation in Maritime Industry Training

Source: MarTID 2018

The 2019 Maritime Insights Database (MarTID) survey has just been launched. This annual survey and the resulting annual reports (available freely at www.MarTID.org) provide critical data on maritime training practices and trends useful to every segment of the maritime industry. As such, it is important that every seafarer, maritime trainer and maritime administrator working at a vessel operator or training center complete the survey (also available at www.MarTID.org) and ask their colleagues to do the same.Now that the 2019 survey has been launched…

11 Dec 2018

Alfa Laval's GCU Sales Exceed 100 Units

Alfa Laval Gas Combustion Unit  in the Alfa Laval Test & Training Center (Photo: Alfa Laval)

The Alfa Laval Gas Combustion Unit (GCU) has been chosen for boil-off gas management on more than half of the LNG carriers built during 2018. This brings the total number of GCUs sold to well over 100 units, with new developments promising still greater market potential.Since buying the fledgling technology from Snecma in 2013, Alfa Laval has proven the GCU concept and built up a strong position for the product in the LNG market. This simple and reliable incineration unit for boil-off gas…

15 Nov 2018

Coast Guard Responding to Vessel Adrift in Gulf of Mexico

Photo: USCG

The Coast Guard is responding to a vessel adrift in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 80 nautical miles south of Cape San Blas, Florida, Wednesday.Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report at approximately 2 p.m. from crewmembers aboard a NOAA ship, the Gordon Gunter, that a 30-foot white sailboat named My Time appeared to be floating adrift.Members aboard the Gordon Gunter reported that the My Time appeared to have electronics operating, sails stowed, and did not respond to radio calls or the ship’s horn.

08 Nov 2018

V.Group Showcases Seafarer App, Manila Training Facilities

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V.Group, a leading provider of marine support services, has announced that it will unveil a new app for seafarers as well as an upgraded training center in Manila as progress accelerates on Project Embark, a program designed to transform the way the leading supplier of independent ship management and related marine services handles crewing for its pool of 44,000 seafarers.The app will enhance the seafarers’ experience, while enabling V.Group to utilize regularly updated seafarer data to improve crewing performance and assist in planning.

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