Indonesian Navy Selects VSTEP Bridge Simulators
For training of its Sigma Class Corvette bridge personnel, the Indonesian Navy and Ministry of Defense selected VSTEP to supply two Class A NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge (FMB) Simulators for its Kobangdikal marine training facility in Surabaya. The Indonesian Navy is currently modernizing its fleet to more effectively combat maritime crime and piracy. Beginning 2012, the Indonesian Navy added several Sigma Class Corvettes to its active fleet.
Rolls-Royce to Supply Propulsion for Neptune Lines
Rolls-Royce won a contract to supply its Promas propulsion system for two new car and truck carrying ships which are being built in Korea for Neptune Lines. Promas is an integrated propeller and rudder system that increases efficiency and manoeuvrability. The vessels, to be built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co (HMD), will also feature steering gear and deck machinery from Rolls-Royce. The two ships were originally specified with a competing propulsion system from another supplier…
Weakness Found with Oil Spill Response Equipment
Parat Halvorsen AS gathered key personnel from the maritime industry to a technical review and discussion of tank heating solutions for supply vessels with NOFO notation. Technical and operational persons from shipyards, shipowners, consultants and the NCA (Norwegian Coastal Administration) were present as practical tests were performed at the company fabrication and test facilities in Flekkefjord. The seminar also covered the basic background theories for the empirical tests.
Wärtsilä Order Intake Up, Net Sales Down
Wärtsilä Corporation releases its January to March 2013 interim financial report. "The beginning of 2013 developed according to our expectations. Order intake grew by 22%…
U.K.'s Liverpool Bay Dredging Secret Discovered
New research tracking the movement of dredged sediment around Liverpool Bay could save millions of pounds in dredging costs. Each year, sediment must be dredged…
POLB Construction Projects Give Work to 5,000
Port of Long Beach (POLB) modernization projects created 5,166 new construction-related jobs in the region in 2012. The number of new jobs is mainly linked to the award of contracts for the design and building of the Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement and an ongoing terminal makeover. In 2012, the Port awarded a $650 million design-build contract for the bridge project and major contracts for the Middle Harbor Redevelopment Program.
Somalia Goes Legal and Goods Pile Up
Somalia begins to build its national tax revenue from imported goods with new freight building up at the Port of Mogadishu. For the first time since the country slid into anarchy…
New Version of Electronic Navigation Chart 'Analyzer'
The new version Analyzer 3.1 software, by SevenCs & L-3 Oceania, now offers improved user handling & new functionalities. The providers say that this is the market…
U.S. Coast Guard Chief's House Testimonies
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp testifies before two U.S. House of Representatives sub-committees on the USCG Fiscal Year 2014 budget request. At both hearings the Commandant led his opening statement with a message of condolence to the victims of the terrorism attack in Boston, and described the Coast Guard’s active role in the response. In his written testimony the Commandant stated: “Every day the Coast Guard acts to prevent and respond to an array of threats that…
Belize Court Stymies Offshore Drilling Plans
Belize's Supreme Court declared offshore drilling contracts issued by the Government of Belize (in 2004 and 2007) null and void. The ruling, handed down by Justice Oswell Legall…
Massive ROV Fleet Expansion by Harkand
The Harkand Group signs a deal with Forum Subsea Technologies that will see it extend its ROV fleet by 25% & create 30 new full time jobs. Harkand, formed through the recent merger of Iremis, Integrated Subsea Services (ISS) and Andrews Survey following investment by Oaktree Capital Management, has bases in Aberdeen in the UK, Dubai in the Middle East and Singapore and Perth in Asia Pacific. The program…
HK Container Terminal Strikers Camp on Owner's Doorstep
Striking dockers step up their action outside owner Li Ka-shing's office building to urge Asia's richest man to intervene. According to the South China Morning Post…
China-U.S. Ocean Thermal Energy Plant Development
Lockheed Martin and Reignwood Group to develop South China Sea ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) power plant. A memorandum of agreement between the two companies was signed recently in Beijing. Following the ceremony, both companies met with United States Secretary of State John Kerry during his first official state visit to the People’s Republic of China. The 10-megawatt offshore plant, to be designed by Lockheed Martin…
Carnival Splashes Out US$300-M on Reliability & Comfort Program
Carnival Cruise Lines implements enhancements to emergency power capabilities, fire safety technology, & improved operating redundancies across its fleet. The cruise lines say that this enhancement program, is to cost more than $300 million, and rapid upgrades have already begun. The actions by Carnival Cruise Lines will expand the availability of hotel services for the comfort of its guests in the rare instance of a shipboard event that involves the loss of main power.
Ecochlor BWMS Gets USCG AMS Acceptance
Ecochlor, Inc. receives US Coast Guard Alternative Management System (AMS) acceptance for its full line of ballast water management systems (BWMS). AMS acceptancel…
Three Persons 3,300-ft Submersible Sold
Brownie's Marine Group, developer, manufacturer & distributor of dive and water safety products, sells a Triton 3300/3 submersible. The denomination 3300/3 refers to the depth rating of 3,300 feet for up to three people. Triton builds competitively superior submersibles uniquely suited to yacht and exploration ship integration. Triton production models are available in two and three person versions; custom, multi-passenger arrangements are also available.
A Call for Transportation Management Upgrades
In 2009, the United States alone shipped more than 2.2 billion pounds of goods such as coal, crude materials like wood, sand and gravel, and primary manufactured goods (United States Census Bureau). Undoubtedly, this required complex logistical planning for companies shipping their goods and left many transportation managers with headaches. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that there is an…
Understanding the Ups and Downs of Insurance
Business is cyclical, and nowhere is there more evidence of its cyclical nature than in the insurance market, characterized by ups and downs in insurance premiums, coverages and profitability. By most accounts, the current insurance market has been one of the most competitive in recent memory. With intense price-cutting and expanding coverages, these conditions are typical of a “soft” market which is very much a buyers’ market.
ChartWorld Launches ChartBrowser 2.0
ChartWorld launched its new ChartBrowser 2.0. This tool supports all official ENC formats from UKHO, Primar and IC-ENC as well as the ACES (S)ENC format for eGlobe, S-ECDIS and Imtech ECDIS. In addition, ordering of ARCS and paper charts is supported too. ChartBrowser is a free of charge plug and play solution for the officers on board. It guarantees an always adequate, safe, up-to-date and cost effective ENC inventory on board of ECDIS fitted vessels.
Grup TCB Orders Orbita GateSuite for Barcelona Terminal
Container terminal operator Grup TCB has selected process automation and engineering specialist Orbita Ingenieria to automate the truck gates at its flagship facility, TCB - Terminal de Contenidors de Barcelona. The contract will see Orbita supply its GateSuite optical character recognition (OCR) solution to automate 10 new entry and exit truck lanes being built as part of a major expansion program at the leading Spanish container terminal.