PVA: Improve USCG Form 2692 Requirements
In a letter responding to a Federal Register notice about the renewal of Coast Guard Form 2692, Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) President Jay Spence insisted that the Coast Guard issue new instructions clarifying the circumstances in which a Form 2692 should or should not be submitted by passenger vessel operators. The Coast Guard solicited comments on its proposed application to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) renewing approval of Coast Guard Form 2692.
ICS: Flag States Must Enforce Rules
A balance has to be struck between the commercial advantages of shipowners' selecting a particular flag state and the need to discourage the use of flags that do not meet their international obligations, warns the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). Speaking at the 14th Russian Register Seminar on Quality Shipping in St Petersburg, Simon Bennett, ICS Director of External Relations, said: "Shipping is one of the safest and most environmentally friendly modes of transport…
Bill Introduced To Protect American Maritime Jobs
Working to create and preserve American jobs, Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings (D, MD-7) and Jeff Landry (R, LA-3) today introduced the American Mariners Job Protection Act (H.R.
Navis for 9 Damen Sea Axe Boats
Navis Engineering, a Finnish DP systems supplier, was contracted by Dutch integrator Alphatron Marine to supply nine DP1 systems for the innovative ‘Sea Axe Fast Crew Suppliers…
Fuel System Locks Help Prevent Theft
With prices soaring, petroleum is more than ever "liquid gold." Like other valuables, fuel tanks should be kept under lock and key. Perko makes it easy to retrofit a sturdy locking mechanism in the majority of their 1-1/2" vented and non-vented fills. The black plastic 0525 Fuel System Locking Insert comes with a high-strength zinc alloy lock cylinder. When slid into the fill, spring action retracts the cams, which then lock onto the hose bib once the device is fully inserted.
RoCon Design from Knud E. Hansen A/S
French operator Compagnie Maritime Nantaise (CMN) signed a contract with Hyundai MIPO, South Korea for two new RoCon vessels with an option for a third unit. Knud E. Hansen A/S has worked closely with CMN over the past year to develop the design. A number of design options were studied taking into due consideration the operational requirements of CMN and physical constraints in the operating areas including size limitations, limited port facilities, etc.
Zentech Acquires Derrick Barge 23, Renamed ZEE RIG 3
Zentech, Inc. has acquired the former Derrick Barge 23 and renamed it ZEE RIG 3. “We intend to upgrade the vessel in two phases, first for use as a crane barge with increased lifting capacity, and later as a much larger self-propelled jackup vessel for wind farm installation service,” said Zentech President Ramesh Maini. The vessel is being prepared for conversion work at a Gulf Coast shipyard. The vessel was purchased from Bohen Crane and Equipment Repair LLC.
S. Korea Still Dominates World Shipbuilding
While China has aggressively built its shipbuilding infrastructure in the past 10 years, the most important number, top winner in contract value, still remains the domain of South Korea, which has reportedly logged $37.8b in orders thus far in 2011 vs. China's $10.3 billion, according to a report today on www.businessweek.com. The evolution of the Chinese shipbuilding industry is actually akin to the development of a shipbuilding nation…
This Day in Navy History
1918 - Naval Aviators of Marine Day Squadron 9 make first raid-in-force for the Northern Bombing Group in World War I when they bombed German railroad at Thielt Rivy, Belgium.
APL Named Best Global Ocean Carrier
International maritime experts named APL the world’s best shipping line, and honored it for outstanding innovation. The Singapore-based container carrier received…
Dockwise Vanguard Books Second Journey
Dockwise announced its second project for the new-build vessel Dockwise Vanguard. Directly following the transportation of the Jack & St. Malo platform to the Gulf of Mexico in 2013…
New Orleans: Right Venue at the Right Time for IMCA
Delegates from all over the world will be gathering in New Orleans in a matter of weeks for the 19th Annual Seminar of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). With its theme ‘The Future of Marine & Subsea Operations’, the two day event gets off to a flying start on Wednesday 9 November with a powerful keynote address session involving five key players in the industry addressing the seminar theme – to be followed the next day by a BOEMRE keynote address.
Navis DP1 Systems for Nine Damen Crewboats
Finnish DP (dynamic positioning) systems supplier Navis Engineering has been contracted by Dutch integrator Alphatron Marine to supply nine DP1 systems for the innovative…
Another RoCon design from Knud E. Hansen
Recently the French operator Compagnie Maritime Nantaise (CMN) signed a contract with Hyundai MIPO, South Korea for two new RoCon vessels with an option for a third unit. Knud E. Hansen A/S has worked closely with CMN over the past year to develop the design. A number of design options were studied taking into due consideration the operational requirements of CMN and physical constraints in the operating areas including size limitations, limited port facilities, etc.
Hellenic War Risks Club at 50; Reports $68.6m in Reserves
Piracy remains a major issue, especially for Greek owners, says the Club. The Hellenic War Risks Club is celebrating its 50th year of operation in 2011. The Association’s founding Directors, which included J C Carras, J E G Kulukundis, C M Lemos, D J Chandris and F P Lykiardopulo, recognised a need for Greek shipowners to come together on a mutual basis to provide the most competitive war risk insurance premiums, which, at the time, were difficult and expensive to obtain.
IMCA Publishes DP Station Keeping Incidents 2009
Input for next report is requested. The sharing of information on incidents is essential as an aid to improved safety, with each one improving the knowledge base of other organisations undertaking similar activities. This is why the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) publishes an annual report on dynamic positioning (DP) station keeping incidents. The report on incidents in 2009 has…
Cargotec Wins U.S. Port Automation Contract
Cargotec has won a contract to supply ten state-of-the-art Kalmar automatic stacking cranes and 17 customer specific automatic shuttle carriers to leading terminal services' provider TraPac Inc, in Los Angeles, USA. The equipment will be delivered to TraPac Inc, a subsidiary of Mitsui OSK Lines, in 2012 and 2013. The parties have agreed not to disclose the value of the order. The order has been booked in the third quarter of 2011.
Diamond S Shipping Completes 30-Tanker Acquisition
Diamond S Shipping announced today that it has completed the acquisition of 30 medium-range product tankers and related charters from Cido Shipping of Hong Kong.
MetalCraft Unveils First Electric Powered Patrol Boat
Patrol Boat-1 is really the first, the first ever electric powered patrol boat. MetalCraft Marine designed and built the boat for the City of Annapolis’ Harbormaster. The boat utilizes a Steyr hybrid diesel/electric engine that permits either electric power or for higher speeds, diesel power. The propulsion is a Hamilton 274 waterjet. The jet can propel the boat in electric patrol mode at 4.5 knots, as it approaches and checks boats in the harbor ensuring anchoring permits are valid.