IMCA: Encouraging Responses to 'Competence' Questionnaire
The results of a questionnaire, developed by the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Competence & Training Core Committee, aimed at offshore personnel, revealed that 64% of the 276 offshore personnel from over 35 contractor members who responded used a competence scheme. “We were highly encouraged, not only by answers to the questionnaire, but that so many people took part in it,” says Hugh Williams, Chief Executive of IMCA.
An Energy SuperPower
Russia is an energy superpower and the country has vast and rich natural resources. Besides gas and coal reserves (some of the largest in the world), Russia today is ranked as the world’s biggest oil producing nation accounting for well over 12% of the global output. Moreover, the country exports more than 70% of its oil to the world markets. That said, Russia’s output of oil amounts to a third of what collectively the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) produces.
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CLIA Announces New Director
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced that Charlotte Breide has joined the association as Director of Technical and Regulatory Affairs, Environmental and Health as of October 1.
Annual Event Honors Coast Guard Heroes
The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced the…
IMCA Provides Notes to Offshore Renewable Sector
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has produced two information notes – ‘Diving on Offshore Renewable Energy Projects: Regulations and Guidance’, and ‘The Inspection and Auditing of Manned and Unmanned Barges’ which are of use, and interest, to those involved with offshore renewable energy projects. “As an increasing number of our members become involved with the offshore renewable energy sectors…
Leaking Tanker Not Permitted to Enter Ports
Underwater repair allows vessel to continue its schedule. When the fore as well as the aft stern tube seals of a 247-meter tanker were leaking, the vessel was not given permission to enter any ports.
World's Largest Rotor Operates
On October 6 2012, Siemens began field testing of its new 154-meter rotor for the six-megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbine in Østerild, Denmark. The direct-drive wind turbine is equipped with the world's longest rotor blades – each blade measures 75 meters in length. With a record rotor diameter of 154 meters, each SWT-6.0-154 turbine can produce 25 million kilowatt hours of clean electricity in offshore locations, enough to supply 6,000 households.
New Appointments at Keppel Strengthen Growth
The Board and Management of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) wish to announce several new appointments as part of ongoing efforts to put in place a strong…
Ice Class Firefighter Tug Boat Given Ecospeed Protection
Last August, the 31-meter tug boat Ocean Raymond Lemay was coated with Ecospeed on the Isle-aux-Coudres in Quebec, Canada. The vessel is owned by Ocean Group Inc.…
Austal Appoints Regional Service Manager
Austal has announced that Michael Little has joined Austal as Regional Service Manager - Asia. Based in Singapore, Mr. Little will be responsible for Austal’s support offering in Singapore…
Holiday Demand Drives Increased Container Traffic
Retail Container Imports to Increase 9.9 Percent in October as Stores Stock Up for Holiday Season. Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 9.9 percent in October as merchants wrap up the annual shipping cycle for holiday merchandise, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
Huntington Ingalls Industries Recognized for Hiring Veterans
Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) was recognized by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services for its efforts to hire and retain veterans. HII President…
Fugro Brazil, Scaldis and Holland Offshore Join MirTac and Star
Recently, MirTac added three offshore contractors to its Star user group: the Fugro Marine Services BV business unit in Brazil, Scaldis Antwerp and Holland Offshore.
Chinese Ship Recyclers Attend GL Seminar
Chinese National Ship Recycling Association (CNSA) delegates attend Germanischer Lloyd’s (GL) workshop in Hamburg. Participants met for a workshop which focussed on standards, training, and research and development. The CNSA delegation was headed by its president, Mr Xie Dehua, whose address examined the approach China industry was taking to improve standards and promote environmentally friendly ship recycling.
Puerto Rico Beach Salvage Operation Complete
Coast Guard, Unified Command response crews complete grounded freighter 'Jireh' removal from Mona Island, Puerto Rico. The Jireh ran aground on Mona Island June 21, 2012 with 84 passengers and crew. The final cut-off-sections of the Jireh’s hull were lifted and transported by barge to the Port of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, where all other sections of the freighter’s hull have been staged for further cutting and transfer to recycling companies.
LNG Containment System Upgrade DNV Qualified
GTT’s Mark III LNG cargo containment system reduces the boil-off rate from LNG carriers by one third. Mark III is GTT’s well-established containment system. This…
Ingalls Delivers 'Zumwalt' Core-Composite Deckhouse Module
Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipbuilding delivers the 900-ton deckhouse structure to house the ship's bridge, radars, antennas & intake/exhaust systems. The deckhouse is designed to provide a significantly smaller radar cross-section than any other ship in today's fleet. Ingalls is building the composite deckhouse and hangar for the DDG 1000 class at the company's Composite Center of Excellence in Gulfport.
USS Ponce Crew Honored, Command Pins Unveiled
Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, commander, Military Sealift Command, honored 89 members of USS Ponce's crew, presents new in-command pins. The ceremony held aboard Ponce, underway in the Arabian Sea, highlighting accomplishments associated with bringing Ponce into service and on station. Current and past members of Ponce's combined crew of MSC civil service mariners and U.S. Navy Sailors were recognized with…
Alang Ship-Scrapping Fire Kills Five
Fire broke out in tankship 'Union Brave' while being cut up for scrap in the Alang, India, ship-breaking yard. Five migrant workers were burnt alive, while two critically…