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Cammell Laird Launches Claire House Charity Kite Boat

Photo: Cammell Laird

Merseyside shipyard and engineering company Cammell Laird held a special ceremony to launch a unique kite boat designed to raise funds for charity Claire House Children’s Hospice.   The ‘CL Challenger’ was designed by retired shipyard naval architect Bill Owen incorporating a kite as the main power source to propel the vessel. The eco-friendly vessel also generates electric power for radio, lights and GPS through batteries charged via solar panel.   It will now be used by a team of intrepid kite surfers for a range of sea-faring challenges to raise vital cash for the Bebington children’s charity.   The boat-building project was funded and completed with support from a number of firms within the local marine community.   The vessel’s main hull was built by volunteers Bill Syvret and Bill Owen with the assistance of Cammell Laird foreman shipwright Barry Wong and his team of shipwrights. During the later stages Mark Gillam of Seaking Electrical and Pyeroy painting contractors provided additional expertise.   Meanwhile, Birkenhead based MPE Interiors supplied plywood and cut out vessel frames with CNC wood cutting machines. GRE material for the tubular sponsons was supplied by Pipex, and upon completion the vessel was surveyed by Steve Roberts of SR Marine Surveyors.  


Cummings Laments the Loss of Admiral Owen J. Siler

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, released the following statement today following the death of former Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Owen J. Siler: "Today, I join the Coast Guard in mourning the loss of one of its most influential and respected leaders, former Commandant Admiral Owen J. Siler. Through his relentless dedication, Admiral Siler changed the face of the Coast Guard from one of a search and rescue


This Day in Naval History - July 28

From the Navy News Service 1915 - Sailors and Marines land in Haiti to restore order. 1916 - Navy establishes a Code and Signal Section which initially worked against German ciphers and tested the security of communications during U.S. naval training maneuvers. 1926 - Team of scientists from Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and Carnegie Institution determine height of the Ionosphere through use of radio pulse transmitter developed by NRL.


Port of Houston Delivers Strong Economic Indicators

The public cargo and cruise vessel marine terminals operated by the Port of Houston Authority (PHA) have contributed to 115,970 jobs throughout Texas, a total of $2.7 billion in wages and salaries, nearly $4.1 billion in business revenue, and more than $248 million in state and local taxes, according to statistics calculated by Martin Associates, the consulting firm in Lancaster, PA that has conducted economic impact studies for 120 ports in the U.S. and Canada


Canadian-Flag Vessel to Undergo Repairs at Great Lakes Shipyard

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has awarded a contract for the five-year drydocking of the M/V Pelee Islander to Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio. The  Pelee Islander will arrive at Great Lakes Shipyard in early April and will be hauled-out using the Shipyard’s new 700-metric ton Marine Travelift. Work will include hull inspection and painting; propeller, shaft, and rudder inspection; steel work; and other routine maintenance.


CargoWise Appoints Owen Senior

CargoWise, a technology supplier for logistics service providers, has announced the appointment of Owen Senior as General Manager of Development.  Based in Sydney, Australia, Senior will lead all software development teams and has ultimate responsibility for the company’s global software development program and all technical project management activities. Senior brings a wealth of experience in developing high-quality enterprise software solutions and Software-as-a-Service


Marine Highway Initiative Update

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved legislation to reduce global warming through greater transportation efficiencies and conservation initiatives. The major freight goods movement components of House Resolution (HR) 2701, the Transportation Energy Security and Climate Change Mitigation Act of 2007, will integrate the marine highway into our Nation’s overall intermodal transportation system.


Navico’s Simrad Agreement with Consilium

Marine electronics giant Navico has entered into a cooperative partnership with marine safety and navigation specialist Consilium through its Simrad brand with the intent to offer new products for the world’s commercial vessel fleet. Through their strategic and technological alliance, the two companies first aim to significantly change the comprehension of short range radar target detection and processing. The goal is to introduce radar systems for use on SOLAS vessels with a strong


Glosten, Naval Architect, 1918 to 2010

Photo courtesy The Glosten Associates

Lawrence Robert “Larry” Glosten, founder of The Glosten Associates, a Seattle naval architecture firm, died February 22, 2010 in his home on Bainbridge Island, Wash. He was 91. Glosten graduated from Webb Institute of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in 1940. He subsequently served as a Ship Repair Officer and dockmaster at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard during the early months of World War II


Danelec Receives VDR Orders from Italy, the Netherlands

Danelec Marine, a supplier of marine Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs), announced that it has received VDR retrofit orders from its distributors in Italy and the Netherlands. Telemar SpA has taken orders for 11 Danelec DM400 VDRs from Italian shipowner Tirrenia, replacing the existing VDRs on its fleet of passenger and cargo ships’ operating on routes in the Mediterranean. Founded in Naples in 1936, Tirrenia was acquired by Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione on July 19, 2012


Dynamic Positioning for Inland Vessels

(Photo: RH Marine)

RH Marine recently installed the Rhodium 4500 dynamic positioning (DP) and tracking system on Hakkers’ new flagship, Noordzee, an inland multipurpose vessel that can be used for lifting, dredging or pile driving.    Hakkers is a specialist in the development


Z-Drive Collaboration on the Inland Waterways Expands

(Photo: ACBL)

American Commercial Barge Line’s leadership and early adoption of ZF Marine’s z-drive propulsion technology underscores a growing trend on the inland waterways.    American Commercial Barge Line (ACBL) has been around a long time – since 1915


Next Gen Maritime Workers Visits IMO

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Students from the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU) visited International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters for their student forum (11-12 July).  Its theme was that of IMO’s World Maritime Day - “Connecting Ships, Ports and People”


Bureau Veritas Launches Ballast Water Management Platform

Photo: Bureau Veritas

As the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention’s D1 September 8 deadline looms, ship owners must secure International BWM Certificates and approved BWM plans for their ships. Bureau Veritas said it is addressing the challenge with its new platform


European Shipowners Welcome IMO Meeting Outcome

Photo: European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) representing the European shipowners believe that important progress was made last week at the International Maritime Organziation’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting.  


Ocean Conservancy Calls for Clean Arctic

Photo: Ocean Conservancy

 The following statement was issued by Sarah Bobbe, Arctic Program Specialist at Ocean Conservancy, at the conclusion today of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee meeting where member states supported a proposal to identify mitigation


IMO Edges Towards Decarbonisation Objective

Photo: Seas at Risk

 The UN's shipping body has settled on the main elements of an interim strategy aiming to decarbonise the sector, said a press release from Seas at Risk.   Over 170 countries meeting at the International Maritime Organisation in London had some substantive discussion on objectives and


Clean Arctic Alliance Welcomes IMO Action on Arctic HFO

Image: Clean Arctic Alliance

 As the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 71) concluded  on last Friday, the Clean Arctic Alliance welcomed the support from Member States for a proposal to identify measures which will mitigate the risks posed by the use of


Volvo Penta Buys Majority Stake in Seven Marine

Quadruple installation of the Seven Marine 627hp outboard (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta informs it has signed an agreement to become the major owner of U.S. based outboard motor manufacturer, Seven Marine, enabling the Swedish company to extend its scope of integrated propulsion systems.   “With this acquisition


Asia's Booming Diesel Market Draws Rare European Cargoes

File Image: CREDIT BMT

Rare cargoes booked out of Europe to Asia, Middle East; Indian demand, refinery maintenance boost Asian prices.   Oil traders are shipping diesel out of Europe to Asia and the Middle East where strong demand and tighter supplies have boosted prices


Partners to Establish Digital Platform to Create Future Ships

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce, The Norwegian University of Technology Science (NTNU), research organization SINTEF Ocean and classification society DNV GL have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the aim of creating an open source digital platform for use in the development of new ships.  


DVB Warns on Shipping Woes

Pic: DVB Bank SE

 Reuters reported that Germany's DVB Bank warned its 2017 pretax return on equity would likely fall short of its expected range of minus 3 percent to plus 3 percent due to high risk costs in its shipping and offshore financing portfolios.  


NYK, Kyushu Electric Power Partner on LNG Transport

Grace Barleria (Photo: NYK)

Japanese firms NYK and Kyushu Electric Power Co. Inc. say they have reached an agreement to partner in various fields, including liquefied natural gas (LNG) transport.  According to NYK, the agreement will allow Kyushu Electric Power to use vessels from the shipping company’s fleet


IMO: Focus on GHG Emissions

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Nearly 300 delegates from International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member States, international NGOs and intergovernmental organizations have gathered at IMO Headquarters in London for the first meeting of the Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from


MOL-MES Joint Development Next-generation Vessel Monitoring System

Image: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced an agreement with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES) to jointly develop next-generation vessel monitoring and support systems for practical applications and commercialization.   Based on the real time data






 
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