Subchapter M & the Towing Vessel Bridging Program: What’s Next?
This time last year, the U.S. Coast Guard was busy taking comments on the proposed rulemaking for Subchapter M. A very vocal discussion ensued, with the predominant comments focused on impending requirements for rebuilding vessel electrical systems, the standard six on six off “boxed” watch schedules and whether elements of the Crew Endurance Management Systems (CEMS) should be included in the rulemaking.
Forth Ports Group Invests in 14 New Kalmar Staddle Carriers
Cargotec has secured an order for 14 Kalmar straddle carriers from UK based Forth Ports as part of a major investment and upgrade program at its London Container Terminal (LCT) at Tilbury. Forth Ports is investing in substantial equipment and site upgrading to LCT to ensure customers continue to receive a first rate and enhanced service. It is also integrating LCT with the busy short-sea terminal, also located at Tilbury.
New Endurance Event Set to Test Maritime Companies
The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) announces the SCI Mountain Challenge, a first-of-its-kind event in North America supporting the Institute’s mariner welfare programs and services.
Jensen Maritime Continues to Grow
Jensen Maritime Consultants, Crowley Maritime Corporation’s naval architecture and marine engineering firm, continues to grow its new office in the New Orleans business district with the hiring of Senior Administrator Lauren Gulkus. Reporting to General Manager Sergio Fifi, she is the latest addition in a string of recent hires positioned to fully staff this new office with industry leading expertise.
Dutch/Bangladesh JV Delivers Dredges
In late 2008 a joint venture was formed between the Netherlands based Vosta LMG and the Bangladesh Karnafuly Shipyard to build three CSD450 cutter suction dredgers for the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority. At the same time construction was underway to an agreement that had been signed with the Bangladesh Water Development Board for two CSD650 cutter suction dredges under the same joint venture.
Uncharted Dubai Wrecks Pinpointed
Royal Naval survey ship 'HMS Enterprise' discovers two previously uncharted wrecks in Port Rashid Harbour. Making use of its new hi-tech, smaller motor launch, the Plymouth-based ship discovered two sunken dhows in one of the world's busiest ports at the beginning of a nine-month deployment. Spitfire, the new survey motor boat, can be sent off independently to gather data at the same time as the mother ship - effectively doubling the ship's capacity to chart the seas.
Wärtsilä to Present 'New Maritime Era for Gas' at IWBS
Wärtsilä's John Hatley PE, Americas VP Ship Power, will talk on the subject at upcoming International Workboat Show (IWBS), New Orleans. Wärtsilä’s gas systems…
Jensen Maritime Makes New US Gulf Office Appointment
Jensen Maritime Consultants, a Crowley Maritime Corporation subsidiary firm. hires Lauren Gulkus as Senior Administrator. Reporting to General Manager Sergio Fifi, she is the latest in a string of recent hires positioned to fully staff this new office with industry leading expertise. In her new role, Gulkus will be responsible for project and departmental administrative duties while also assisting in the development and documentation of business procedures.
JW Fishers ROV's Provide 'In Depth' Solutions
US-based ROV provider, JW Fishers, report its Sea Otter ROV's go deep for government & industry. The company report that many and varied organizations are acquiring ROVs to assist in their underwater operations. These highly maneuverable remote operated vehicles perform a variety of tasks at depths of 1,000 feet or more. Deploying an ROV instead of a diver can reduce the cost and increase the safety of any search or inspection operation.
ITF Applauds Release of Moroccan Seafarers' Union Leader
Mohamed Chamchati, general secretary of the Moroccan merchant seafarers’ union, has been released after June 2012 detention. Like his colleague Said Elhairech, who was freed in October…
New Cummins EPA Tier 3 Marine Engines Ready
Cummins Inc. annnounce its U.S. EPA Tier 3 certified QSK19 and QSK60 marine engines market-ready. Cummins Tier 3 solutions apply advanced combustion technology to reduce emissions in-cylinder without the need for aftertreatment and the company intends these engines to serve as the platform for future, more stringent emissions in the U.S. and globally. “We are excited to be actively quoting and selling…
Seaspan Saver, a 10,000 TEU container vessel is setting new standards in container ship design. MARIN and Marine Design and Research Institute of China (MARIC) developed the hull lines of this unique vessel, which has been entirely designed with a low operational cost profile in mind. Canadian owner Seaspan requested a hull form that facilitates very low fuel consumption in the operational speed range, but at the same time it had to be able to keep an acceptable top speed.
Lessons Learned From the North American ECA
With the North American ECA (Emission Control Area) now in force, Hans Staal, Branch Manager, OW Bunker USA explains the lessons that must be learned and why collaboration within the shipping supply chain is going to be key to meeting new regulatory challenges. Since the outset, the introduction of the North American Emission Control Area (ECA) in August 2012 has been an issue of some concern for many ship owners and operators.
New Fuels, New Rules & New Tools
Helping the Maritime Community adapt to strict emission regulations. What has changed during 2012 in the maritime world and how has it impacted industry? It is recent IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), changes. IMO has adopted amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). These changes will have a vast and fundamental impact on the maritime industry and the world over the next few years.
Matson's 2013 Westbound Hawaii Service Rates to Increase
Matson has announced that Matson Navigation Company, Inc. (Matson) will raise its rates for the company's Hawaii service by $175 per westbound container and $85 per eastbound container, effective January 1, 2013. The increase will be filed with the Surface Transportation Board. In addition, Matson will raise its terminal handling charge by $50 per westbound container and $25 per eastbound container, also effective January 1, 2013.
Keeping Off-Shore Installations Safe & Secure
Symbiotics Ltd delivers specialist operation and maintenance training in vital off-shore surveillance systems. Symbiotics Ltd, a international specialists in human performance assessment and training solutions, has been selected to design and deliver a bespoke training course to operation and maintenance personnel in off-shore early warning monitoring and detection systems, to be utilised at various off-shore installations.
Dow and Telleborg Receive World Oil Award
Neptune Advanced Subsea Flow Assurance Insulation System Named “Best Production Technology” of 2012. The winner of the 2012 World Oil Award for Best Production Technology is a breakthrough in subsea insulation developed by Dow Oil & Gas, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), in cooperation with multiple organizations, including Trelleborg Offshore, a leading provider of polymer and syntactic foam-based coating solutions for the offshore oil and gas industry.
Obama Administration Offers Over 20 Million Acres
Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale Yields $133.8 Million in High Bids on Over 652,520 Acres, Only Latest in a Series of Recent Major Offshore Oil and Gas Sales. As…
11-Vessel Order with DMS Maritime Culminates in Rescue Gear Ship
An 11-vessel order for DMS Maritime Pty Limited culminated recently with a Rescue Gear Ship 9316, which will be used to support the Royal Australian Navy’s submarine fleet. Damen Shipyards and DMS Maritime signed the contract for the RGS 9316 on November 16 in Sydney, Australia. The vessel will be built at a Damen yard in Vietnam and is due to be delivered in 2016. Having built a similar vessel, the SD Victoria for Serco UK supporting the Royal Navy…
Moving 30 barges at once takes the sure hand of a tugboat pilot who knows how to maneuver a flotilla through the twists and turns of the Mississippi River. Lashed together, three across and 10 long, the barges cover more than twice the surface area of a modern aircraft carrier. Most would agree that the best river pilots are artisans, deeply skilled in methods to meet the challenges of that particular job.