Coast Guard’s Proposed Maritime Preemption Assessment Framework
In the May 2013 issue of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, Dennis Bryant published a provocative article titled Rebuilding the Presumption of Preemption. The Coast Guard has asserted in the past and believes today that consistent standards of universal application and enforcement, coupled with Federal initiatives to meet unique regional concerns, best meet local and national safety and environmental goals with the least disruption to maritime commerce. 78 Fed. Reg. 79,243.
Mariner’s Medical Certificates – the New Normal
The Maritime Labor Convention of 2006 became effective on 20 August 2013: Are the authorities ready? Consider that MLC 2006 Regulation 1.2-Medical certificate. Standard A1.2 states that “a competent authority shall require prior to beginning work on a ship, seafarer’s hold a valid medical certificate.” Under paragraph 7a of that same regulation it further states that “a medical certificate shall be valid for a maximum period of TWO YEARS.” That requirement also became official for U.S.
The Pitfalls of Post Incident Paperwork
The job’s not over until the paperwork is done. Done correctly. When an accident occurs on one of your vessels, an accident investigation is necessary. As safety is our primary concern, it is important to determine what happened, how it happened and how we can prevent it from happening in the future. Although determining how to prevent a future accident is important, it is also important to be responsible while generating documents as the process unfolds.
Gamesa Turns to Profit in 2013
Reuters - Spanish wind turbine maker Gamesa posted on Thursday a 45 million euro ($61.50 million) profit in 2013, after making losses in the same period a year earlier…
GHD Reports Increased Efficiency with AVEVA
Engineering, architecture and environmental consulting company GHD said it has achieved considerable cost savings by integrating AVEVA Electrical with AVEVA Instrumentation. GHD’s team in Brisbane, Australia has been using AVEVA Instrumentation successfully since 2011, and its productivity encouraged GHD to also implement AVEVA Electrical in the summer of 2013. “Using the combination of AVEVA Electrical…
Handy, Quick Legionella Tests for Cruise Ships
Albagaia announced is range of Hydrosense Legionella testing kits which are designed to suit the marine industry. Shipping has been increasingly hit by demands of officialdom in health and safety compliance viz a viz Legionella. Vessels failing tests can be stuck in port for days awaiting remedial solutions and yet more tests proving compliance; the latter can take up to two weeks. This can mean a lot of refunds for Pax vessels or lost charter days for others, not to mention damaged reputations.
Insights: Outgoing Transportation Sec. Connaughton
Until January of this year, Sean Connaughton oversaw seven state agencies with more than 9,700 employees and combined annual budgets of $5 billion. Connaughton is probably better known to MarineNews readers as the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administrator during the second Bush Administration. As U.S. Maritime Administrator, he was responsible for the daily management of that agency and its promotional programs for the marine transportation industry.
Bringing Workboats “Into the Cloud”
A recent white paper by marine data analytics software provider ESRG outlines the way forward for operators who embrace the latest in technology. Today, only a minority of vessels are positioned to capture industrial internet benefits. That said; almost every new-build ship will have technology built in to capture these benefits. Substantial fuel savings, reduction in maintenance and repair costs, and greater assurance of environmental compliance are the largest drivers.
From the Editor's Desk
Now clear of the holidays and into an already exciting 2014 on the waterfront, we find ourselves plowing ahead with the proverbial bone in our teeth. That’s because, beyond my questionable nautical metaphor, there are big things happening for the domestic workboat industry in the coming months. As you dig deeper into this issue of MarineNews, you will soon see that much of that revolves around the United States Coast Guard.
Three Rescued from Water near Valdez
The crews of the 36-foot good Samaritan fishing vessel Miss Jana and the 50-foot good Samaritan fishing vessel Equinox rescued three persons out of the water in…
Growing Chance That China Will Accept Valemax Vessels
Reuters - Chances that China will accept Brazilian miner Vale's giant Valemax vessels are growing as bigger ships become increasingly common in world markets, Vale…
200 SOLASAFE Screens for Hyundai Containerships
South Shields based Solar Solve Marine received an order from Korea for four ship-sets of its SOLASAFE roller sunscreens. The screens are to be installed at the navigation bridge windows of four very large container carriers currently under construction at Daewoo’s DSME Okpo shipyard on Geoje Island. With a length of 366 mts, a beam of 48.8 mts and depth of 30 mts the vessels will all be 152,700 dwt.…
Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Eyes Mega Container Ships
Reuters - Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Holdings Ltd, a top Chinese shipbuilder, plans to build more mega container ships for shipowners eager to cut operating costs. Yangzijiang is China's third-largest listed shipbuilder by market capitalisation and has boasted profit margins that dwarf those of domestic and overseas peers. Yangzijiang is ready to hand over its first mega container ship in March, which can move around 10…
KEP, Orlaco Ink Distribution Agreement
Kessler-Ellis Products (KEP), the manufacturer of type approved displays and computers, announced today that it has been selected as the Americas distributor of Orlaco’s specialized commercial marine camera solutions. Effective immediately, KEP will sell, support and locally warehouse Orlaco’s full line of marine monitoring systems that include compact, self-cleaning, zoom, PTZ zoom and thermal imaging cameras.
L-3 SAM Electrical Package for Pipelay Vessel
L-3 SAM Electronics announced today that it has been awarded a major contract to provide complete electrical packages, as well as integrated navigation, automation, communications, energy distribution and propulsion systems for Ceona Amazon, the 199-meter offshore construction and pipelaying vessel to be delivered this coming October to Ceona, a London-based subsea contracting organization. The turnkey supply work…
Iran's Oil Exports Pick Up
Iran's oil tanker fleet is gearing up for more business, with some vessels taking to the high seas after over more than a year at home ports, another sign that an…
Laborde Holds Open House at New Facility
To celebrate its new location in San Antonio, Texas, Laborde Equipment Services (LES) opened its doors to customers and associates at an open house. The facility was overflowing as the company welcomed over 125 guests at the event. Participants were given a facility tour, while also learning more about LES and its extensive line of products and services available to the South Texas market. Laborde's senior staff…
Construction and Drilling Training Center Opens
TQ Construction and Drilling Training Center Inaugurated in Dammam. Leading representatives from Saudi’s oil and gas sector gathered in Dammam on Thursday, February 27…
Deltamarin Designs Hospital Ship
Deltamarin announced a design contract awarded by China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) for the new 37,000 GRT (Gross Register Tonnage) hospital ship to be built for Mercy Ships at Tianjin Xingang Shipyard. Deltamarin’s contract includes approval, procurement and detail design for the vessel, which will be the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, and the first of its kind in Deltamarin’s history.
Port of Hamburg on Growth Course
In 2013 the Port of Hamburg achieved total throughput of 139 million tons. That represents growth of 6.2 percent. Both general cargo handling totalling 96.8 million tons (+ 5.7 percent) and bulk cargo handling at 42.3 million tons (+ 7.2 percent), ensured above-average growth for Germany’s largest universal port. “The Port of Hamburg‘s throughput trend is a fine signal for Hamburg and the entire Metropolitan Region.