Shock Test Machine Saves Navy Big Bucks
The Navy's new Deck Simulator Shock Machine (DSSM) improves shipboard electronics reliability while reducing testing costs as equipment evaluations began in Philadelphia, saving the Navy $75,000 per test, as it meassures the effects of simulated underwater explosions on electronic equipment, informs Naval Sea Systems Command. The mammoth machine evaluates state-of-the-art, vibration-sensitive electronics cabinets weighing up to 1,500 pounds on shock isolation mounts.
New Assistant Secretary WSDOT Sets Her Priorities
"As I close out my first week as Assistant Secretary, I am looking forward to the days ahead serving the customers and employees of our nation’s largest ferry system. In the near term, my biggest priority will be maintaining our 99 percent service reliability. During my first 30 days I will be spending the majority of my time traveling around the system and meeting with employees, labor partners and shipyard contractors to become familiar with the daily workings of WSF.
Great Lakes Restoration Plan Announced
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) informs that Administrator Gina McCarthy has released a new Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action Plan that lays out steps that federal agencies will take during the next five years to protect water quality, control invasive species and restore habitat in the largest surface fresh water system in the world. McCarthy, who chairs the federal Great Lakes Interagency Task Force, released the plan at a meeting of Great Lakes Mayors in Chicago.
Scorpio Tankers Receive Four More Newbuildings
Scorpio Tankers Inc. says it has taken delivery of four newbuilding vessels and agreed to time charter-in an LR2 product tanker that is currently under construction in South Korea. STI Orchard, an LR2 product tanker, was delivered from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering in September 2014. This vessel will begin a voyage for 45 days at approximately $30,000 per day. STI St. Charles, an MR product tanker, was delivered from SPP Shipbuilding of South Korea in September 2014.
China Charges State-owned Shipyard Ex-head with Taking Bribes
The former chairman of Chinese state-run shipyard Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding has been charged with taking bribes, prosecutors said on Friday, the latest official to be swept up in President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption crackdown. The Supreme People's Procuratorate said in a notice on its website that Gu Tiquan, former board chairman of the Shanghai-based shipyard, would be prosecuted. It did not give details.
Chile is first South American Country to Tax Carbon
President Michelle Bachelet of Chile enacted new environmental tax legislation on Friday making the country the first in South America to tax carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Part of a broad tax reform, Chile's carbon tax will target the power sector, particularly generators operating thermal plants with installed capacity equal or larger than 50 megawatts (MW). These installations will be charged $5 per tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2) released.
2 Cruise Season Records at Lerwick Harbor
The arrival of the cruise ship Norwegian Star at Lerwick Harbour today (Thursday 25 September) marks the end of the Shetland port's best season yet, with two records achieved. Passenger numbers reached a new high at 43,056, topping the previous record of 37,572 in 2012, with the vessel tonnage figure of 1,682,985 gross tonnes exceeding the record of 1,531,097 gross tonnes two years ago. Making her second visit to Lerwick after a maiden call last year…
Seakeeper Launches 5 New Models
Seakeeper proudly introduces five new models, offering stability and roll reduction for vessels 30’ and larger! The product range now includes the Seakeeper 5, 9, 16, 26 and 35 models, with gyros that are smaller and more powerful than ever. After developing the most effective zero-speed anti-rolling devices ever made, Seakeeper forever changed the experience of boating. To date, over 1,700 Seakeeper gyros have been delivered, installed on every major boat brand in the world.
Caterpillar Invests $2.5 Million to End Extreme Poverty
Continuing its efforts to alleviate poverty worldwide, Caterpillar Inc. and the Caterpillar Foundation are making a $2.5 million investment in The Global Poverty Project. The investment will support growing the Global Citizen grassroots movement around the world to end extreme poverty by 2030. “When we can put people on the path to prosperity, it gives them opportunities for education, jobs and ultimately economic growth,” said Caterpillar Foundation President Michele Sullivan.
IMO Takes Important Step Towards Electronic Certificates
In the future, the IMO member States should accept the use of electronic certificates. This is the request of the Facilitation Committee (FAL) and, hence, the road is paved for less paperwork, nuisance and delays for the shipping industry. In the future, it must be easier to use electronic certificates. This was decided by the Facilitation Committee of United Nations’ International Maritime Organization…
HPA to Introduce New Port Railway IT System
The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) will implement the new Port Railway IT system, transPORT rail, in the night of 27 to 28 September 2014. To keep disruption on the tracks to a minimum…
Eastern Shipbuilding Start Construction of Dredge Barge ATB for Great Lakes
Eastern Shipbuilding is pleased to announce that on, Monday, September 15, 2014, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC and Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) cut steel starting the construction of a new Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge ATB . The cutting ceremony of the 433’ Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge Barge took place in Eastern’s under roof pre-fabrication building at its Allanton facility in Panama City, Florida.
China Embraces Carbon Pricing and UN Takes a Shine to Plan
At the UN's Climate Summit this week a diverse group of global leaders, from World Bank president Jim Yong Kim to California Governor Jerry Brown, spoke of the need for polluters to pay for each ton of carbon they emit. More than 1,000 companies pledged their support for the effort. Carbon pricing, largely rejected by the United States and struggling in Europe, is suddenly all the rage, with China leading the charge.
U.S. Drivers to Face Delays at Rail Crossings due to Oil Shipments
Runaway oil production could slow road traffic as drivers face longer delays to cross train tracks in many congested regions, a U.S. study released on Friday predicted. Oil, coal and grain shipments are taxing the national rail grid as the deliveries of those commodities are expected to climb along with commercial shipments in the coming years, according to the report from the Government Accountability Office, an investigative arm of Congress.
Iran's Rouhani Says U.S. Ties Do Not Have to be Hostile Forever
"It is not written in stone that the relationship between Iran and the U.S. must be hostile forever. One day this will change," he said, adding that it was up to both governments to create the conditions. The United States cut off diplomatic ties with Tehran during a hostage crisis after the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Ivory Coast to File Legal Complaint over Ghana Border Row
Ivory Coast said on Friday it would file a complaint with an international jurisdiction after Ghana took legal action to resolve a dispute over the two nations' maritime border in an area rich in hydrocarbons. British firm Tullow Oil has licences in Ghanaian waters near to the boundary disputed by the West African neighbours. Bruno Kone, a spokesman for Ivory Coast's government, would not give details on where the complaint would be filed.