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Coast Guard Establishes Incident Management Assistance Team

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The Coast Guard formally established the Incident Management Assistance Team during a ceremony held at Base Portsmouth Thursday morning. The IMAT is the first full-time, national incident management team comprised of 41 active and reserve military and civilian personnel. The IMAT supports the operational commander in complex incident crisis management for all-hazard, all-threat incidents and events. The team is a rapidly deployable, scalable resource that addresses capability gaps within an incident management organization wherever required. Members of the unit will also assist as Incident Command System instructors and participate in national and regional large-scale exercises. The team is co-located with the Coast Guard Facilities Design and Construction Center in Norfolk and reports to the Atlantic Area command in Portsmouth. uscgnews.com  


New Simulators for Dutch Inland Navigation Center

Maritieme Academie Holland purchased VSTEP Inland Vessel simulators for the new Inland Navigation Center, the first center to offer simulator training in accordance with CCNR inland simulator requirements. (Photo: VSTEP)

The Maritieme Academie Holland has selected VSTEP as simulator partner for its new Inland Navigation Center in Harlingen, signing a deal that includes the purchase of a Full Mission Inland Navigation Simulator and three Inland console trainers. The simulator center will be the first to provide simulator training in full accordance with the requirements for Inland simulators by the Central Commission for the Navigation on the Rhine (CCNR).


First CNG Carrier Ready for Construction to ABS Class

ABS has given full design approval for the class of the compressed natural gas (CNG) carrier designed and developed by Canadian-based Sea NG Corporation. Full approval follows the earlier Approval in Principle (AIP) issued by ABS for the Sea NG design in 1997 and is the first full class approval for a CNG carrier issued by the Bureau. Sea NG is expected to award construction of three Coselle CNG carriers


Celebrity Cruises Welcomes New Infinity

Celebrity Cruises has accepted delivery of Infinity, the newest addition to the premium cruise line's award-winning fleet. The 1,950-guest Infinity arrived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, last night, on the heels of its transatlantic crossing from shipyard Chantiers de l'Atlantique, in St. Nazaire, France. Among the compelling elements of Celebrity's Infinity is the industry's first full conservatory at sea, created for Celebrity Cruises by prominent Paris-based floral designer Emilio Robba


Hywind Power Line in Place

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The 13-kilometre submarine cable to carry electricity from the Hywind floating wind turbine has now been installed and tested in the sea north-west of Stavanger. Once generation starts, the power will come ashore in Røyrvika near Skudeneshavn on the island of Karmøy and be delivered to local grid operator Haugaland Kraft. This pilot project, based on StatoilHydro’s own concept, ranks as the world’s first full-scale floating wind turbine


New Fednav Ship to Visit Port of Duluth-Superior

Federal Bering transiting the Saint-Lambert Lock as it entered the St. Lawrence Seaway on November 30. (Photo credit:  Gilles Savoie)

One of six newly-built bulk carriers in the Fednav fleet, the Federal Bering, is making its first full transit of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system this week en route to the Port of Duluth-Superior. While this will be a first for the ship, its cargo will end up being the last outbound grain shipment of the 2015 shipping season for the Twin Ports.    Federal Bering is expected to arrive late Sunday evening, December 13, or early Monday morning, December 14


Transas Simulators to Participate in EU Project Jamaica

Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) www.cmi.edu.jm, (located on the Polisadoes peninsula) has selected Transas to supply new marine simulation systems for their training center. As a result of this simulator upgrade project endorsed for financing by the European Community, the CMI will receive the most technically advanced training facility in the Caribbean region. This will be the first full mission simulator complex installed by Transas in this area.


Crane Barge Towed from California to New York

Ocean crane barge Thomas W is towed during its 52-day journey from California to New York

After a 5,233 nautical mile tow of the ocean crane barge Thomas W from Long Beach, California through the Panama Canal, the Miss Lis reached its destination in the Hudson River, New York. The journey took 52 days. Tug and tow departed Long Beach during the first full week of August and arrived in New York in late September. Laborde Products repowered this engine with twin Mitsubishi S12R-MPTA engines rated at 2,800 bhp.


Panama Canal Celebrates 102 Years

Image: Panama Canal Authority

 The Panama Canal has celebrated 102 years of successful operations and service to the global maritime community, just one day after welcoming its one-hundredth transit through the expanded waterway.     On August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal officially opened for business, during the administration of President Woodrow Wilson. But it was Wilson’s archrival who was the driving force behind the canal.  


World Record Lifeboat Boarding

Photo courtesy of Palfinger Marine

The first full scale boarding test of the world’s largest lifeboat, Palfinger Marine's new flagship for the cruise industry, landed the company a new world record.   In 2015 Palfinger Marine won the impressive contract for delivery of 24 tenders, 12 lifeboats, 36 davits and six rescue boat stations to a series of cruise ships being built by STX France. The complete lifesaving package is now in production


Hyundai Heavy Union on Path to Strike

An LNG vessel being built at Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea. Photo Credit: HHI

 The labor unions of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) downed tools in their first full strike since 1994, in protest to a sweeping restructuring plan that includes spinoff all non-shipbuilding operations as well as shutdown of a dock in Gunsan in southern coastal region.   


World’s First Shipboard Go-kart Track

(Photo: Bolidt)

The world’s first full-scale shipboard racetrack is now on the water, in a project which has brought the best out of German karting technology specialist RiMO Supply and Dutch decking specialist Bolidt for owner Norwegian Cruise Line.  


WIN WIN: Wind Powered Oil Recovery Concept Progresses

The WIN WIN Concept. (Image: DNV GL)

The DNV GL-led joint industry project, WIN WIN (WINd powered Water INjection), has completed its first phase and determined that wind power could be used to power offshore water injection. The project is currently moving into its second phase


Seattle/Tacoma Box Volumes Rise in March

(Photo: The Northwest Seaport Alliance)

Total domestic and international container volumes at the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma increased by more than 14 percent for the month of March, and year-to-date volumes were up 10 percent.   March international container volumes performed strongly post-Lunar New Year


Santos Port Sets Productivity Record

Photo Credit Brasil Terminal Portuario

Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP), began the New Year with the establishment of two new productivity records. On February 10th while working the 6328 TEU capacity MSC Geneva, 206 moves per hour (MPH) were achieved while handling 1,980 containers, representing 44 crane moves per hour (MPH)


World's Largest Cruise Ship, Harmony of the Seas, Tests French Waters

Photo: STX France

 Harmony of the Seas, the world's largest luxury cruise ship took to the seas for the first time on Thursday afternoon as it slides into the waters of western France, in the port of Saint Nazaire.   Thousands of people gathered at the dock to watch as the 120


NordLB Eyes Full-Year Loss

German state-backed lender NordLB now expects to report a loss in 2016 after non-performing loans in shipping, where it is one of the world's top lenders, helped push it into the red in the first quarter. The results at NordLB, which previously said it expected an earnings decline this year but


ClassNK Amends IGC Code Rules and Guidance

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Classification society ClassNK has amended its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships in response to the latest industry developments, including amendments made to the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC


Novatek Says Ships First LNG Cargo

Photo: NOVATEK

 Russia’s Novatek Gas & Power has supplied its first ever cargo of liquefied natural gas, marking the company’s first step into global LNG trading business.    The cargo was sourced from Trinidad & Tobago’s LNG plant in Point Fortin and delivered to the


DNV GL Awards Component Certificate to Ingeteam

Mike Wöbbeking, Head of Certification Body at DNV GL – Energy, Alberto Barcia González, Project Manager, R&D, Wind Business Unit at Ingeteam, Dr. Matthias-Klaus Schwarz, Head of Section Electrical System at DNV GL - Energy. Photo: DNV GL

DNV GL has awarded a component certificate to Spanish technology company Ingeteam for its new wind frequency converter INGECON WIND DFM 3000 family. The INGECON WIND Full Converter MV Series 3000-10000. The converter family is built for easy maintenance


Maersk: Hamburg Süd Deal Will Compensate Energy Spin-Off Effects

Photo: A.P. Moller-Maersk

 Denmark’s A.P. Moller-Maersk expects the revenue generated through the recently acquired container carrier Hamburg Süd to compensate for around 60% of revenue loss after the spin-off of the company’s Energy division is completed, Sorens Skou, CEO of Maersk


World’s First Full Scale Numerical Modelling Workshop

Ship scale CFD simulation made with StarCCM+ code (Photo: Lloyds Register)

Lloyd’s Register (LR) hosted the world’s first workshop on full scale hydrodynamic computer simulations at their Global Technology Center in Southampton last month. Ship designers from around the world came together with the aim of building confidence in the accuracy of ship scale


SFL Takes Delivery of 19,200 TEU Containership

Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) said it has taken delivery of MSC Anna, the first of two 19,200 TEU container vessels from Huyndai Heavy Industries, Korea. The vessel is chartered out for a period of 15 years, and lease financing has been secured for the full term of the charter.


Port Everglades Volumes zoom

Courtesy Port Everglades

Broward County's Port Everglades had a record-setting month in December 2016, logging 104,590 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units, the industry's standard measurement for containers), moving through the Port. This is the highest producing month in the Port's nearly 90 -year history


SM Line's Maiden Voyage Next Month

Photo: S M Ship Management

 The new container carrier SM Line, owned by South Korean Samra Midas (SM) Group, will launch its first service in the second week of March.    The shipper which took over Hanjin's service network between Asia and the US, will also take over several of Hanjin's terminals in South






 
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