Anchorage Area Obstruction in Freeport
Brazos Pilots Association in Freeport, Texas, advise that a 600-700' long wire is presenting a hazard to vessels in the north Freeport general anchorage. According to advice from the Association, yesterday (25 August) one of its inbound vessels came off anchor from the anchorage, and while heaving the anchor, it was determined that a 1 1/8-1 1/4' wire was fouled in the anchor. The wire was cut and the vessel was able to proceed to berth. The obstruction continues to exist at Lat 28 deg.
Neeraj Bansal Appointed Deputy Chairman of JNPT
The Government of India has appointed Neeraj Bansal as Deputy Chairman of India's largest container port, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust with immediate effect. Mr Neeraj Bansal is an Officer of Indian Revenue Servie with around twenty years of experience across the country in Direct Tax Administration, Investigation, Tax-payer Service, Vigilance, Legal & Co-ordination. * LL.B. * Wide administrative experience in the general managerial capacity in handling the Legal…
Smart-Ship 'Quantum of the Seas' Readies
Tech-savvy modern travelers will be wowed by Royal Caribbean International's newest ship, 'Quantum of the Seas', which incorporates unprecedented levels of technology to amp up the vacation experience, say owners Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. A brand new venue onboard Quantum of the Seas, 'Bionic Bar', is set to make waves with robots at center stage. Guests place orders via tablets and then have fun watching robotic bartenders hard at work mixing cocktails.
RN Warship Intercepts Caribean Drug Smugglers
Royal Navy warship HMS Argyll has seized £21 million worth of cocaine after a 12-hour pursuit across the Caribbean, informs the Ministry of Defence. Sailors then transferred the cocaine to a US Coast Guard vessel. After receiving information that a suspicious-looking vessel had been spotted by a maritime patrol aircraft, HMS Argyll, which is on counter-narcotics operations in the region, deployed to intercept it.
Pine Galaxy Expected to Arrive in San Francisco Today
The disabled mixed-products tanker Pine Galaxy is expected to arrive in San Francisco Wednesday morning. The ship is being towed by commercial tug to San Francisco Bay. It will be met by additional tugs to ensure increased control of the ship is maintained during the transit inside the Port of San Francisco. The ship experienced a fire in the machinery shop, located in the engine room, as the ship was traveling to its next port of call. The fire occurred earlier this month.
RWE Dea Starts Gas Production in Egypt
RWE Dea achieved first production from the Central Treatment Plant (CTP) of the Disouq Development Project in Egypt. Production commenced at an initial rate of 45 million standard cubic feet gas per day. Total production of 150 million standard cubic feet gas per day from the Disouq project has been achieved already. RWE Dea’s oil and gas production in Egypt will be boosted by 50 percent. Further increase in production is expected in 2015.
Port of Long Beach Chooses APS Crane OCR System
APS Technology Group, a member of the ABB Group and a leading provider of optical character recognition (OCR) and process automation technology solutions for marine and intermodal container terminals, says that that International Transportation Service (ITS) has selected the APS Crane OCR solution for its terminal in Long Beach, Califormia. APS explains that ITS chose its solution to improve system accuracy, resource utilization and ultimately customer service of the terminal.
Persistence Pays Off For First Female Dragline Trainee Operator
Marianne Finch may only be a rookie at the controls of Dragline 13 but as Saraji’s first female Dragline Trainee, she has a strong message for her female colleagues in the mining industry: “Don’t take no for an answer”. Employed within the mining industry for almost 10 years, Marianne commenced her career driving trucks at BMA Peak Downs Mine in 2005. However it wasn’t long before she began looking for the next challenge and through sheer persistence…
CEVA Expanding Presence in Southern California
CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading supply chain management companies, today announced plans to expand its presence in the San Diego market with a new Freight…
Crane Operator Alert: Certification Requirement
Although OSHA Stakeholders have voted to extend the final deadline in four different meetings, the deadline has not been officially extended by US Government agency OSHA as of yet, say the experts at Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau (CICB). Consequently crane operators need to be certified by November to be in compliance with OSHA Rules. As specified in the ruling (OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1427) non…
Wood Group Kenny Wins 2 Contracts from Petrobras
Wood Group Kenny (WGK) has won two contracts with a total value of over $2 million with Brazilian operator Petrobras. In the first, WGK has begun a conceptual engineering…
Last Call for Netherlands Marine Propulsion Course
The Marine Propulsion Course this autumn is almost sold out. In this course you will be trained to understand the specific characteristics of ships, engines, transmission systems, electrical systems and propulsors and what to look for when they are matched, says Christina Syropoulos at 'Netherlands Maritime Technology. "The course consists of 5 separate modules and takes place at a university level. Theoretical laws and design regulations are related to practical applications.
Transnet National Ports Authority Orders 9 Voith Water Tractors
In South Africa’s largest local shipbuilding contract Transnet National Ports Authority has ordered nine new Voith Water Tractors (VWT) for use in several ports across the country. This is also the largest order in the history of Voith marine technology. The VWT will be built by South African Shipyards in Durban over the next 42 months. Eight of the tugs will be identical in construction with a length of 31 meters and a beam of 12.5 meters.
USCG Small Boat Fires Warning Shot at Iranian Vessel
A U.S. Coast Guard boat operating in international waters in the Arabian Gulf fired on an Iranian dhow in what U.S. military officials described as a defensive move after the crew of the Iranian vessel trained a machine gun on the Americans with hostile intent, informs the US Department of Defense. A statement issued by the U.S Fifth Fleet in Bahrain said the incident occurred as the Coast Guard was conducting a routine maritime security operation.
Kongsberg Holds Subsea Photo Contest
Searching for the best images and videos taken using its leading underwater SD and HD cameras, Kongsberg Maritime’s ‘The Full Picture Photo and Video Competition’ starts today, Tuesday, August 26, and runs through to November 30, 2014. All users of Kongsberg Maritime subsea cameras are invited to submit their best underwater still photos, SD or HD videos for a chance of winning an iPad, an iPod or Digital Camera…
Today in U.S. Naval History: August 26
Today in U.S. 1839 - Brig Washington seizes Spanish slaver, Amistad near Montauk Point, N.Y. 1861 - Union amphibious force lands near Hatteras, N.C. For more information about naval history…
Two Rescued from Disabled Boat near Niagara Falls
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG ) rescued two people from a disabled boat near Niagara Falls late Monday night. At about 9:15 p.m., a search-and-rescue (SAR) coordinator from USCG Sector Buffalo…
Mexican Economy Ministry Slams US Sugar Decision
Mexico's Economy Ministry said on Tuesday a preliminary decision by the United States to impose anti-subsidy import duties on Mexican sugar was a setback in trade…
Trojan Marinex BWTS Earns USCG AMS Acceptance
Trojan Marinex ballast water treatment system receives U.S. Trojan Technologies’ Trojan Marinex ballast water treatment (BWT) product suite is one of the few to receive United States Coast Guard (USCG) Alternate Management System (AMS) acceptance, in accordance with the USCG’s final rule for Standards for Living Organisms in Ships’ Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. waters, for all water qualities: freshwater, brackish water and marine water.
Electric Boat Powered by Aluminum-air Battery
Alcoa, clean technology company Phinergy and HEIG-VD University, today debuted a zero-emissions electric demo boat powered by an aluminum-air battery at Lake Neuchâtel in Switzerland. Alcoa and Phinergy announced earlier this year that the companies are collaborating on new materials, processes and components to commercialize the aluminum-air battery for various applications, including electric cars, electric boats and stationary energy.