GAC - New requirement for Weight Verification at Sri Lanka Port
Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Ports and Shipping has issued guidance on the implementation of the SOLAS VI Regulation 2 amendment that requires the verification of gross mass in packed containers (Container Weight Verification) with effect from 1 July 2016. In its Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 21/2016 dated 6 June 2016, the Ministry advises that the amendment places a requirement on the shipper of packed…
Indiana Ranks Top 10 for 109 Logistics Categories
The newly released 2016 Indiana Logistics Directory reports that Indiana ranks high nationally in its ability to move freight via truck, rail, water and air. The state is ranked in the top five states in more than 25 logistics-related categories and in the top 10 in 109. The Directory, published by the Ports of Indiana, showcases Indiana's vast transportation infrastructure and includes national logistics rankings, maps and freight statistics.
Safety Boost with ABS Guidance for Developing Processes, Procedures
ABS has published the ABS Guidance Notes on the Development of Procedures and Technical Manuals, providing clients with best practice methodologies for developing instructional materials. “Input from ABS clients and maritime industry groups along with data gathered through the ABS Mariner Safety Research Initiative (MSRI) led to the recognition that this type of guidance was needed,” says Vassilios Kroustallis, ABS Senior Vice President, Eastern Europe.
Successful SOV Sea Trial
Yno 309 from Ulstein Verft, the first of two Service Operation Vessels (SOV) for Bernhard Schulte Offshore, left the yard for sea trials on Tuesday, 7 June. The results so far are highly satisfactorily. “We are underway in testing for speed and manoeuvring, and have commenced the tests for dynamic positioning. The vessel is performing splendidly,” reports the sea trial captain, Børge André Berg on Friday, 10 June.
SENER Presents Study on Implementation of CAD System
At the annual COMPIT conference, the SENER engineering and technology group presented a technical/economic study on the implementation of a CAD system in a shipyard and, in particular, the FORAN System, developed by SENER. The event took place in Lecce, Italy, on May 9, 10 and 11. COMPIT is an international conference focusing on software applications and information technologies that have been well received within the marine sector. The event is always held in Europe.
Intelsat Launches Intelsat 31
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), operator of the world’s first Globalized Network, powered by its leading satellite backbone, announced the successful launch of the Intelsat 31 satellite, which is hosting the DLA-2 payload for DIRECTV Latin America. Intelsat 31 was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan aboard an ILS Proton launch vehicle. Liftoff occurred at 7:10 GMT. The Intelsat 31 satellite separated from the rocket’s upper stage at 22:41 GMT, and signal acquisition has been confirmed.
UK Chamber President Calls on Government to Do More to Support Maritime Sector
Dr Grahaeme Henderson, President of the UK Chamber of Shipping has called on government, in Scotland and in Whitehall to provide further support to the UK maritime sector to ensure that jobs and businesses are able to face the challenges presented by current market conditions. In a keynote speech to industry leaders and Scottish government representatives at the UK Chamber’s inaugural Summer Lunch in Edinburgh…
Embracing Technology Key to Shipping Industry’s Future Success
UK Chamber CEO Guy Platten blogs about how the technologies and innovation associated with intelligent transport systems can deliver benefits to the shipping industry. It is a commonly held perception that the shipping industry has traditionally been slow to embrace new technologies. A perception that is so surprising because it has been technological advance has made the shipping industry what it is.
Monjasa DMCC Awarded Best Maritime Company
Managing Director for Monjasa DMCC, Mikkel Jacobsen, proudly received the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) Award for Best Maritime Company 2016. The DMCC counts +12,000 leading businesses in Dubai and the judging panel emphasised several years of successful growth and Monajsa’s approach to quality and risk management as main reasons for the acknowledgment. Mikkel Jacobsen, Managing Director for Monjasa DMCC…
Flirtey's First US Ship-to-Shore Drone Delivery
Flirtey has announced that it will be conducting what it believes will be the first US-based ship-to-shore drone delivery later this month. The Nevada-based startup will conduct the first ship-to-shore drone delivery in the US on June 23 in Cape May, New Jersey. The purpose of the joint mission is to demonstrate how unmanned aircraft can provide life-saving aid to disaster victims. Maersk, the maritime shipping giant…
CMA CGM Takes Control at NOL, Reshuffles the Board
France’s CMA CGM now holds over 78 percent of the shares in Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), bringing it closer to taking the Singapore company private. CMA CGM currently owns approximately 78.07% of all NOL shares, and does not intend to preserve the listing status of NOL. Further to the Offer Implementation Agreement, this change in control results in a change in the composition of NOL's Board of Directors.
Indian Coast Guard Rescues Tanker
On receiving the distress call motor tanker MV Infinity I around 20 nautical miles from Goa on Wednesday evening, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) salvaged the vessel, its cargo and rescued 14 crew by dispatching ships from Goa. MV Infinity I reported water ingress and continuous listing (nautical term for tilting) to starboard (right side of the ship). The vessel had reported that the list is increasing despite ship's de-watering efforts. Such emergencies can lead to the sinking of the ship.