USCG Commandant Releases Cyber Strategy
The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, released the service's cyber strategy Tuesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies to ensure the prosperity and security of the nation's Maritime Transportation System (MTS) in the face of a rapidly evolving cyber domain. “While cyber certainly poses a number of unique risks and challenges,” said the commandant. Cyberspace…
Avondale Shipyard Through the Years
The new photo book, Avondale: A Model for Success, tracks the story of an American shipyard from its humble beginnings in 1938, through years of growth achievement, up to its eventual acquisition in 1999. Assembled by Rene Pierre Meric, Jr. and Philip J. Meric, the book is a pictorial account of Avondale Shipyard, taking readers on a journey that follows the shipyard’s storied history, from its foundation…
Tropical Storm Bill Pelts Texas Coast
Tropical Storm Bill punched the Texas coast with heavy rains and strong winds on Tuesday, the National Weather Service said, just three weeks after floods killed about 30 people in the state.
Shell Arctic Rig Protesters Detained and Released
U.S. The 24 people who violated the 500-yard safety zone established around the Shell Arctic drilling rig Polar Pioneer were detained by USCG and partner agency law enforcement personnel Monday morning. The individuals were transported to Coast Guard Base Seattle at Pier 36, issued notices of violation that include a $500 fine and released with their equipment. "The Coast Guard and our agency partners…
HYPACK Offers Barge Management System
HYPACK now offers a solution to track multiple vessels and share the information across vessels. It also allows any remote viewer with a web browser to observe the survey or construction operations on their PC, tablet or cell phone. Secondary vessels (tugs) are equipped with a Wi-Fi broadcaster which takes their network GPS feed and sends the messages to the Primary vessel (barge). Optional antennas can increase the range from 2km to over 10km.
Abu Dhabi Promoting Port Investments
The Industrial Development Bureau of the Department of Economic Development (IDB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi Ports to establish a joint-program that will help attract investment and further develop and enhance the fast-evolving industrial sector of Abu Dhabi. The MoU, signed at the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development by Eng. Ayman Al-Makkawy, Director General of the Industrial Development Bureau…
Great Lakes Ore Trade Up in May
Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Loadings at U.S. ports on Lake Superior and Lake Michigan totaled nearly 6 million tons, an increase of 2.6 percent compared to a year ago…
Boksa Wins Research Vessel Design Contract
Boksa Marine Design informs it has signed a contract with a Florida-based oceanography institute for the design and engineering of a new 78-foot coastal class research vessel. The new boat will replace an existing vessel which has been used as a floating laboratory for scientists and students studying in the waterways of Florida, the Gulf of Mexico and the Bahamas for more than 35 years. “The vessel has a rich history of scientific education and discovery here in Florida…
IMO Adopts Gas and Low-flashpoint Fuels Code
The new mandatory code for ships fuelled by gases or other low-flashpoint fuels was adopted by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), when it met at the Organization's London headquarters for its 95th session from June 3-12, 2015. The Committee also placed unsafe mixed migration by sea on its agenda and considered cyber security matters and passenger ship safety. It adopted new ships’ routing measures and approved a number of circulars arising from items put forward by the subcommittees.
ABS to Class Newbuild Semisubmersible, Liftboat
Baoham Offshore (HK) Ltd. has selected ABS to provide classification services for newbuilds in China. ABS, a provider of marine and offshore classification services, has been selected by Baoham Offshore (HK) Ltd. to class a drilling semisubmersible and a liftboat. "This award is a reflection of the solid reputation ABS has built as a classification society over more than 30 years in China," said ABS Executive Vice President of Energy Project Development Ken Richardson.
Master Prosecuted for Cruise Liner Grounding
The master of a cruise liner which was damaged going over rocky shoals has pleaded guilty to two charges at Belfast Magistrates court June 16, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.
New Dredger for Lake Lotawana
Lake Lotawana Association celebrated the launch of its new 2015 Model 7012 HP Versi-Dredge at Buffalo Cove on May 1, 2015. In attendance was Dave Wagner, Dredge Committee Chairperson, outgoing Mayor, David Welsh and Ward III Alderman, David Tillema as well as IMS President, Jim Horton, IMS Vice President, Ryan Horton, and IMS Technical Sales Manager, Michael Young. Lake Lotawana was constructed in 1927-1928 and incorporated as a city in 1958.
U.S. Energy Security: Maritime Infrastructure Investment is a Key, says Moniz
The maritime industry was front and center yesterday in Washington, D.C., as “getting more oil on the water” was touted as one piece of the puzzle in ensuring future U.S. energy security, said U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. Sec. Moniz spoke yesterday at the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) 2015 EIA Energy Conference at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, DC. Building U.S. energy security via a strategic evaluation of the U.S.
On Board Fuel Blending
Dennis de Bruin, Marine Director at BMT Surveys, explains the current issues and new regulations concerning the on-board blending of fuels. Fuel oils are mainly a blend of oils and other components, for example; aromatic hydrocarbons such as benzene, toluene and xylene. Gasoline, for instance, is a refined product of petroleum, consisting of a mixture of hydrocarbons, additives and blending agents.
Full Speed Ahead with Volvo Penta Quad IPS
Volvo Penta’s IPS drive system celebrated a decade in production this year — coinciding with the inaugural launch of the Volvo Penta IPS quad commercial installation in four Njord Offshore crew transfer catamarans. Njord Odin is the newest vessel to join Njord Offshore’s existing fleet. The catamaran contains a quadruple installation Volvo Penta IPS900 complete propulsion system. A lot can happen in 10 years.
Transas Packs New Features into Pilot PRO
Transas has released a new version of Transas Pilot PRO, iPad-based chart plotter for professional pilots and mariners. Transas said its Pilot PRO is designed to make the job easier for pilots and other marine professionals in their daily routine, helping to maintain efficient pilotage and other onboard operations. Version 2.0.5 includes Vessel Parking System (VPS), which ensures high precision docking…
SeaKing Bags Mersey Ferries Framework Agreement
Birkenhead based SeaKing Electrical has been appointed to a four-year framework agreement for Mersey Ferries. The maritime firm, which has supported the ferry fleet for many years, has been formally accepted onto the marine engineering consultants framework for Mersey Ferries until 2019. SeaKing Electrical managing director Dave Gillam said the business will offer a complete maintenance and support package for the entire fleet – including the Snowdrop…
Storm Forces Closure of Some Texas Waterways
U.S. The USCG said it continues to broadcast notification of a Federal Safety Zone in place for small crafts Tuesday on the waterways from Matagorda Bay to Galveston Bay.
JRC Reports ECDIS Success in Greece
Greeks, perhaps more than any other people in the world, have been mariners without interruption throughout history. At 100 years old, JRC has a long maritime history in the field of marine electronics, something that the shipping nation of Greece recognizes now more than ever. This could be why the JRC ECDIS has become a preferred choice for many shipping companies. With new mandates and especially for retrofitting projects, cost effective choices are typically made.
Trelleborg Steps Into Canadian Market
Trelleborg’s offshore and marine systems operations will, for the first time, showcase a number of its latest product developments at the Atlantic Canada Petroleum Show (ACPS), Newfoundland, later this month. These include thermal insulation, over bend and fire deluge systems, as well as subsea buoyancy and fender solutions. Trelleborg will present its U.S. Coast Guard approved Elastopipe; a corrosion-free alternative to carbon steel deluge systems made from synthetic rubber…