MOL to Launch Semiannual Vessel Safety Campaign
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced the launch of its biannual safety campaign targeting all MOL-operated vessels, starting October 1. As part of these efforts, President Muto, executives and other personnel will concentrate their visits on MOL-operated vessels to meet onboard employees and exchange information and opinions about ways to prevent incidents based on the following campaign outline. Proposals and ideas gained during the campaigns…
A “Look Under the Hood”
Students glimpse the U.S. On April 25 2013, my family and I went to the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD), Ship Systems Engineering Station (SSES), for national “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” Most of the people who work there are engineers. Personnel at SSES design and create extremely technological naval ships and submarines, while figuring out new means of power besides oil.
Sequestration? What Sequestration?
Smaller boatyards carve out a profitable niche in this challenging, yet target rich maritime environment. For Kvichak and USMI; so far, so good. The May edition of MarineNews brought analysis of possible downstream consequences of the U.S. federal government’s ongoing austerity measures, especially where it could impact U.S. boatbuilders with backlogs tied to government funding. Susan Buchanan’s “Budget Battles Bumping Backlogs” piece brought out the good…
Beier Radio was established in 1945 as a family business in a garage workshop. In 1945, two-way radios were the most technologically advanced electronics on the market, hence the name Beier Radio. As the technology has evolved, so has the company, and although Beier Radio continues to sell and service radios, this is only a small part of its business today. The company has remained on the cutting edge of technology…
Duty of Care
Data collection and monitoring helps measure the impact exposure of Workboat crew and passengers. Professional powerboat users face an increased risk from injuries associated with the constant impacts they receive during their daily activities. It is not hard to imagine that constantly driving a rigid hull through a choppy sea will result in some uncomfortable moments, but much of the professional marine industry continues to pretend that there is no problem.
Carnival to Develop New Emission Reduction Tech
In the quest meet stringent new emissions regulations, cruise industry major Carnival Corp. earlier this month reached an agreement in principle with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Coast Guard to develop its own advanced emission control technology to be used in waters surrounding U.S. coasts. According to the EPA, Carnival will develop and deploy a new exhaust gas cleaning system on up to 32 ships over the next three years to be used in Emission Control Areas (ECAs)…
Full Speed Ahead with Gas
Dutch-based Peters Shipyards introduces revolutionary Inland Shipping concept. Planned, developed and built by Dutch Peters Shipyards, located in Kampen, a unique inland tanker is now the world’s first river vessel driven by combustion engines consuming purely natural gas. In April, the innovative new vessel was handed over to its time charterer, Shell Netherlands, who will operate the “MTS Greenstream,” via Interstream Barging, between the Netherlands and Germany; primarily on the river Rhine.
Greenpeace: Piracy Charge Against Arctic Activists "An Assault on Peaceful Protest"
The Russian state prosecutor laid charges of piracy against a Greenpeace activist who protested against oil drilling in the Arctic. A freelance videographer has also been charged with piracy…
Atlantic Pacific Marine Reports Unprecedented Growth
Unprecedented growth for Atlantic Pacific Marine, one of the world’s fast growing marine and offshore engineering services companies, has resulted in it having to open a new UK HQ. In just three years since its 2010 set-up, the company has seen turnover soar to over £4million, with net profits consistently over 25%. Turnover to-date for 2013 is £4.2 million, against a net profit of £1.3million. Atlantic Pacific Marine’s customers include Carnival Cruises…
Today in U.S. Naval History: October 2
1939 - Foreign ministers of countries of the Western Hemisphere agree to establish a neutrality zone around the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North and South America to be enforced by the U.
BINCO Contracts Damen for Seven Workboats
A special contract signing ceremony between Bin Nowiran for Trading & Contacting Co-(BINCO) (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and Damen Shipyards Group (The Netherlands) has taken place on October 1, 2013 during the Seatrade Middle East Workboat & Offshore Marine exhibition in Abu Dhabi (UAE). The vessels will be operated by BINCO in Kuwait to serve SPM operations of Saudi Arabian Chevron’s marine export facility at Mina Saud in the PNZ.
Seakeeper Launches New Professional Division
To serve growing worldwide demand for gyro stabilization, Seakeeper has established its new Professional Division, which will formally launch at the International WorkBoat Show. With it, Seakeeper offers a dedicated team and focused product offerings for commercial, military, workboat, offshore, research and patrol markets. Driving Seakeeper's initiatives for the Professional Division are new team members Carl Wegener…
EU Project Aims to Improve Efficiency of Maritime Regulations
A new three-year European Research Project, partly funded by the EU has been launched to help increase efficiencies in regulation compliance and enforcement for the maritime sector. e-Compliance will facilitate tighter integration and cooperation in the fragmented field of regulatory compliance. It will closely align with the EU e-Maritime initiative of which a key priority is supporting authorities and shipping operators to collaborate electronically in regulatory information management.
Automated Systems Simplify Regulatory Compliance
Tough new air pollution regulations for the maritime industry are making it difficult for the shipping industry to comply. The International Maritime Organization (IMO)…
Panama Canal Cruise Season Kicks Off
The Panama Canal cruise ship season officially starts today, Wednesday, October 2, with the transit of the Celebrity Millennium. During this season, cruise ships…
ChukarWaterjet Launches New Website
ChukarWaterjet, Inc., a supplier of waterjet parts and waterjet rental equipment, announced the launching of its new website at www.chukarwaterjet.com. ChukarWaterjetsupplies competitively priced quality waterjet parts for all major brands of waterjet cutting and cleaning equipment, including Flow International, Omax, KMT, Jet Edge and WSI. Dedicated to helping its customers reduce downtime and increase productivity…
Jeppesen Introduce ENC FlatFee Cost-saver
Jeppesen say that their new FlatFee licensing for its official Electronic Navigation Charts (ENCs) makes accessing and using them easy, cost effective and planning friendly.
PST Get CIT 8-Tankship Buying Credit
CIT Maritime Finance has provided a $83.7 million senior secured credit facility to PST Tankers LLC, to finance the acquisition of a fleet of 8 product tankers managed…
China Shipyards Haul in Latest Ocean-going Newbuildings
Increased activity in the dry bulk carrier shipbuilding market is reported in the latest Clarkson Hellas Weekly S+P Bulletin, and in all sectors the shipbuilders are in China. Grieg Shipping have added to their existing orders at Dayang, with two further units of Ultramaxes, due for delivery within September and December 2015, this takes their order at that yard to four ships. Wah Kwong Shipping have now also placed order at Chengxi Shipyard for four 64…
Singapore Hosts Inaugural Asia VTS Forum
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is presently hosting the inaugural Regional Forum on Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) which runs until 4, October 2013.