Tomer Joins Parsons Brinckerhoff
Richard Tomer has been named a Regulatory and Permitting Specialist at Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering and program/construction management organization. In his new position, Mr. Tomer will provide technical regulatory services throughout the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut region for resiliency and waterfront projects, with an early focus on post-Superstorm Sandy rebuilding. Mr. Tomer comes to Parsons Brinckerhoff from the U.S.
Jeppesen Simplifies Routing, Chart Management
NauticalManager from Jeppesen allows mariners to easily plan, generate and document routes using an ECDIS and onboard PC. It also makes it simple to create the reports required by port state control and class auditors for checking a vessel’s ECDIS compliance. NauticalManager eases the bridge-side burden of ENC management by making it simple to order Official ENCs, review the chart portfolio and integrate temporary and preliminary Notices to Mariners.
Rhodes Communications Celebrates a Milestone
Having served as the editor of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News for more than 20 years, it is my running joke that Jim Rhodes, president, Rhodes Communications…
Australia Collins Class Submarines to be Updated
Defence Minister Senator David Johnston announced the Defence Materiel Organisation has signed a multi-million dollar contract with ASC Pty Ltd to update the control management and monitoring system for the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins Class submarines. Senator Johnston said the Integrated Ship Control Management and Monitoring System is a highly automated computerised system, which enables the crew of a Collins submarine to control…
Canadian Government Shipbuilding Strategy: CADSI in Harmony
The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) confirms industry support for the long-term vision of government following release of the Auditor-General's report on shipbuilding procurement strategy. "Today's report by the Auditor-General on the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy is a timely and helpful reminder of the important decision made by the Government to build naval and coast guard vessels in Canada," said Tim Page, president of CADSI.
Navy Unmanned Helicopter Wish-List Getting Real
Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered the second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to the U.S. Navy after completing final assembly at the company's unmanned systems center in Moss Point, Miss. The aircraft is joining the first one delivered to Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif., to conduct flight testing before using the system for operational missions in 2014. "Since 2006 we have conducted final assembly of the earlier MQ-8B Fire Scout aircraft from our Moss Point facility…
Australian Warship Arrives to Support Philippine Recovery
'HMAS Tobruk' has arrived to commence recovery support operations in the Ormoc region of Leyte Island to assist the Philippines government repair the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan. The warship sailed from Townsville with a Recovery Support Force onboard, and is now disembarking Army personnel from Townsville’s 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment by landing craft. The engineers will commence a range of tasks including road clearing and quick impact tasks such as debris clean-up in public areas.
Port of Hueneme Inks BMW North America Contract
Port Officials and BMW of North America, on the eve of BMW’s 26th anniversary at the Port, executed a fifth modification of its 1987 contract extending their agreement for an additional five years through December 31, 2018. Said Harbor Board President Jason Hodge, “BMW’s Vehicle Distribution Center is a vital community partner and a significant economic engine. BMW’s Port manager Mark T. Port CEO and Executive Director Kristin Decas noted at the announcement…
What About Maritime Safety if Scotland Chooses Independence?
In response to the Scottish Government's release of the 2014 pre-referrendum White Paper 'Scotland Future', shipping organization Maritime UK members suggest that the publication raises as many questions as it does answers. Maritime UK members have had constructive engagement with the Scottish Government in recent months, but today’s White Paper provides some interesting nuggets – raising as many questions as it does answers. In particular, they note this extract hidden away on page 418.
Fincantieri Nets Pair of Diverse Russian Contracts
During the Italy-Russia Business Forum in Trieste, Italy, Fincantieri secured a contract to build a semi-submersible floating platform for the transportation of nuclear submarine reactor compartments. The company also signed an agreement to define plans for an advanced technology offshore energy drill-ship. Fincantieri has been contracted by RosRAO, the Federal State Unitary Enterprise for radioactive waste management…
New Asia-Pacific LNG Markets in Gazprom's Sights
Russian energy company Gazprom takes a look at its marketing policy in the international markets of small & large-scale LNG supply in line with its updated LNG production and supply strategy, and decides to focus on the Asia-Pacific market. Gazprom's main efforts for expanding large-scale LNG exports are to be focused on the fast-growing Asia-Pacific market. The company says it will step up its presence in the new market primarily through increasing the production of its own LNG.
Handy-size Bulk Carrier Market: Tonnage Shortage Pushes Up Rates
The NCSA-USG area remains short of tonnage: a 34,000 dwt bulk ship is well-linked to US$ 15,000 daily for a short period of 3-5 months, reports BMTI in its latest 'Handy Bulk Market Viewpoint'. Owners of a similar size of tonnage were seeing US$ 24,000 daily for a trip to Europe. A range of US$ 20,000 daily from NCSA via the USG to the Continent from owners of a 36,000 dwt was rebuffed by charterers as being too expensive.
Government Urged to Improve UK Port Intermodal Links
The Department for Transport (DofT) must become a keener advocate for UK ports, urges the Transport Committee, in a new report looking at policy for improving road and rail access to ports. “The Department has brought forward a new high-level strategy on ports, but ministers must now provide more detail about how it will be implemented to prioritise the removal of constraints to port development caused by inadequate transport infrastructure.
Comtech Win Offshore Platform Microwave Communications Contract
Orlando, Florida-based, Comtech Systems, has received a US$2.4-million contract to install the world’s first digital over-the-horizon microwave communications system…
'Guardians of the Reef' Win Australian Accolade
Australian Reef Pilots (ARP) popularly known as 'Guardians of the Reef' and the country's leading pilotage company has won a national accolade for its work to protect one of the planet’s most sensitive and treasured areas – the Great Barrier Reef. ARP picked up this year’s esteemed Australian Shipping and Maritime Industry Award (Safe Transport Category). Chief Executive Officer Simon Meyjes said the…
Boskalis Orders Mega-Cutter Dredger
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has ordered a new self-propelled megacutter from IHC Merwede. This self-propelled cutter suction dredger, with a total installed power of 23,700 kW and a pump ashore capacity of 15,600 kW, is a replacement investment. The total investment amounts to around EUR 170 million and construction of the vessel is expected to take more than three years. Boskalis explain…
PyroGenesis Flushing on a Grand Scale Aboard New Aircraft Carrier
Environmental solutions company PyroGenesis Canada Inc., manufacturer of plasma waste-to-energy systems and plasma torch products, announces that the 'USS Gerald Ford' (CVN-78) is equipped with their patented Plasma Arc Waste Destruction System (PAWDS). Developed by PyroGenesis in Canada, this green technology is able to process waste generated by 5000 sailors and can be operated with the push of a single button.
SevenCs Win Peru ENC Encryption Contract
Peruvian Direción de Hidrografia y Navegación has chosen SevenCs' S-63 Encryption Software to encrypt Electronic Navigation Charts (ENC) S-57 data as recommended…
1,000 Member-State Delegates Gather at IMO Assembly
Stephen Hammond, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, United Kingdom, welcomed delegates to the 28th IMO Assembly, the Organization's highest governing body, on behalf of the host Government. In his opening address, Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu outlined the achievements of the Organization during the 2012 to 2013 biennium, stressing the work on passenger ship safety, following the January 2012 Costa Concordia accident…
Ryan Takes Over as Descartes CEO
Descartes Systems Group, a global company in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, has announced that Edward J. Ryan has been appointed as Descartes’ Chief Executive Officer, in accordance with its leadership succession plan. Mr. Ryan served as Descartes’ Chief Commercial Officer since 2011, in addition to several other senior executive roles since joining Descartes in 2000. Descartes also has announced that J.