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15,000 Exchanges for WSS LRE Program

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Liferaft Exchange concept continues to expand globally. Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s (WSS) market-leading global Liferaft Exchange Programme (LRE) is set to hit 15,000 exchanges since its launch just over two years ago and continues to expand, according to Dave Evans, WSS product marketing manager for liferafts. The LRE concept, which exchanges service-due liferafts and life-saving appliances for operational ones, allows vessel operators to take better control of costs and reduces the chance of getting caught out by unforeseen service dates and weak links in the supply chain which can prove to be costly.   Developed in response to customer feedback and following a pilot programme involving several major ship owners and operators, usage of the LRE service has increased so quickly that WSS logistics operators are currently working at full stretch to meet demand. Mr Evans explained that the global liferaft market has undergone a period of consolidation over the last 15 years which has left the market with a small number of suppliers, with the majority of distribution handled by distributors and dealerships. The stand-out advantage of WSS’s LRE programme is that fact that it services customers all over the world through its established global network, providing a direct capability and wide product supply scope.  


Viking Takes Safety Servicing Offshore

Benny Carlsen, VP Offshore, Viking Life-Saving Equipment

The new, transparent multi-year service agreement concept from Viking revolutionizes the way offshore owners and operators solve the difficulties of managing multiple brands, equipment types and regulatory approvals for safety equipment and servicing. Handling safety equipment servicing is often regarded as a time-consuming and hard-to-budget headache for offshore vessel and infrastructure owners and operators. In fact


E.R. Schiffahrt Goes Global with Viking

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Viking Life-Saving Equipment and E.R. Schiffahrt have teamed up to design a fully customized, global servicing arrangement based on Viking’s Shipowner Agreements. The contract covers liferafts, lifeboats, immersion suits, lifejackets and marine fire systems and equipment such as fire extinguishers on more than 30 vessels of the shipowner’s fleet. The plan is for Viking to manage not just service notifications, but also the coordination of all servicing. 


LR: Statutory Alert

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Carrying capacity of liferafts – revision to LSA Code Chapter IV (Applicabilty: Shipbuilders, owners and managers). Amendments to Chapter IV of the International Life-Saving Appliance (LSA) Code, introduce an increased assumed mass of occupants for the approval of liferafts*.   From January 1, 2012, all inflatable and rigid liferafts should be constructed on the basis of an average person mass of occupants of 82.5kg (increased from 75kg)


WSS’s Liferaft Rental Program "Convenient and Cost Efficient"

Iino Marine Service, a ship management company in Japan, has been a customer of the Liferaft Rental and Exchange program (LRE) since 2010. Mr. Araki, Director of Iino Marine Service said, “Operating a high number of vessels on global trading patterns means that we are constantly looking for ways in which we can improve the efficiency of our operations. A solution such as LRE is both convenient and cost efficient and we are extremely satisfied with the service provided by WSS over


WSS Opens Marine Safety & Training Academy in Atwerp

Andrew Sheriff

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) opened a new FRS (fire, rescue & service) Center and Safety Training Academy in Antwerp, Belgium.   “The opening of new safety service training facilities around the world will play a vital role in the growth of our total safety offer,” said. Andrew Sheriff, Business Director Safety. “Centers also housing a Safety Academy, such as this one, allow us to focus on specialized training alongside the ongoing development of our safety


Passenger Evacuation at a Push of a Button

VIKING fully automatic liferaft and slide system

Evacuating large numbers of passengers is now easier than ever with the new VIKING fully automatic liferaft and slide system.   Marine and fire safety equipment leader VIKING Life-Saving Equipment has developed a 153-person, open reversible liferaft and mini slide system packed into a single aluminum stowage box. Named the VAS (VIKING Automatic Slide), and designed and certified for vessels on domestic voyages such as ferries sailing in protected waters


The Sea Shall Not Have Them: Latest Rescue News

Ferry rescue: Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard

In the Philippines a large scale rescue of ferry passengers, on the other side of the world, a British fishing boat crew is airlifted to safety, and a man is plucked from rough seas off Aberdeen breakwater. Philippines A rescue team from Philippine Coast Guard search and rescue vessel, BRP EDSA II (SARV-002) evacuated 132 passengers from the MV Our Lady Of All Nation after the inter-island ferry ran aground at Danajon Bank, Bohol. Philippine ferry rescue action NE England


ISP to Supply New Rescue Boat

ISP commercial director Geoff Billington (left) ISP managing director John Rogers (right)

Bootle-based maritime firm International Safety Products (ISP) is set to become one of the world’s only major suppliers of a new rescue boat. The Liverpool City Region business - which is one of the largest manufacturers of inflatable marine lifejackets - supplies a range of maritime safety equipment. ISP commercial director Geoff Billington said the Duarry 420RB Rescue Boat is an important addition to the portfolio, and the firm will be targeting key markets with the product


VIKING Steps Up at Cruise Shipping Miami

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VIKING Life-Saving Equipment’s product developers have been adding to the company’s range of products and service offerings. The LifeCraft – a revolutionary hybrid VIKING’s new super-sized, flexible evacuation system is a revolutionary hybrid that brings together the best of lifeboats and liferafts in one. The VIKING LifeCraft  system combines all of the advantages of modern lifeboats - such as self-propelled maneuverability - with the flexibility


Pacific Partnership mission in Sri Lanka

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 Pacific Partnership 2017 made its initial mission stop in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, March 7, with the arrival of Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4).   This marked the first mission to Sri Lanka in the 12-year history of the annual


VIKING's Set to Unveil New Safety Solutions

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VIKING has chosen Seatrade Cruise Global in Fort Lauderdale to showcase a host of new safety solutions and servicing concepts.   Marine and offshore safety equipment provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment (VIKING) has a trio of new products in store for ship owners and operators attending


Baltic Index Inches Up on Firmer Panamax Rates

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, edged up on Thursday as panamax rates increased. The overall index, which also factors in rates for capesize, supramax and handysize vessels, closed up 6 points, or 0.5 percent, at 1,196 points


Total E&P UK, Survitec Ink Lifesaving Equipment Deal

Survitec Group has announced a five-year contract award with Total E&P UK Ltd for the provision of lifesaving equipment maintenance services.    The contract, which adds to an existing contract for lifeboat maintenance services


Fincantieri Offers to buy Rest of Vard Shares

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FINCANTIERI S.p.A. announced that its subsidiary Fincantieri Oil & Gas S.p.A. has launched a voluntary conditional general offer in Singapore for the ordinary shares of Vard Holdings Limited not already held  by Fincantieri O&G and its related corporations.


Transocean Closes Acquisition of Transocean Partners

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Transocean Ltd. announced the closing of the acquisition of Transocean Partners. Each outstanding public common unit of Transocean Partners was converted into the right to receive 1.20 shares of Transocean Ltd., which issued approximately 23.8 million shares related to the transaction.


New Fast Rescue Boats for P&O Ferries

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Survitec Group announced  that P&O Ferries have installed two new Survitec BRUDE Explorer-720 fast rescue boats onto their vessels, the Pride of York and the Pride of Bruges operating on the North Sea route between Hull and Zeebrugge.


MPA's Anti-piracy Meet, Workshop fosters Closer Ties

Particiapnts from Africa and Asia Photo MPA

The inaugural Meeting of Anti-Piracy Contact Points and Workshop on Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships involving participants from Africa and Asia was held in Singapore today. Organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating


Hapag-Lloyd Rolls out Euro Bond Offering

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Global container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has launched a euro bond offering with a volume of EURO 150mln ($159mln) and a maturity of five years.    Part of the proceeds, initially amounting to USD 50 million converted (approx


MoU Centered on Australian Future Submarines

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Flinders University and four of France’s leading Graduate Schools of Engineering have entered into an academic and research cooperation agreement relating to Australia’s Future Submarine Program. The agreement between Flinders and a consortium comprised of ENSTA ParisTech


Singapore Exchange to Open LNG Index

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 Singapore Exchange (SGX) is developing a spot pricing index for the Middle East and India liquefied natural gas markets (LNG) in collaboration with inter-dealer broker Tullett Prebon, says WSJ.   The index is aimed at market participants who are forced to rely on tenders for setting


Shipowner OSG, Former CFO, Charged over Tax Evasion

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said it charged on Monday shipping conglomerate Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) and its former chief financial officer Myles Itkin with failing to recognize some $512 million in tax liabilities.  


Marco Polo Marine Revenue Drops for Q1

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 Marco Polo Marine Group  Group recorded a revenue of S$11.4 million in Q1FY2017, a decrease of 33% from that of S$17.0 million in Q1FY2016.   Relative to Q1FY2016, the Ship Chartering Operations’ revenue of the Group decreased by 31% to S$4.4 million in Q1FY2017


Baltic Index Gains for 9th Straight Session

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, notched gains for the ninth straight session to end at a more than one-month high on Monday, helped by higher rates for panamax vessels.


12th Pacific Partnership Mission On to Strengthen Indo-Asia-Pacific Ties

Official U.S. Navy file photo of expeditionary fast transport USNS Fall River (T-EPF 4) underway in the Gulf of Mexico. Courtesy: United States Navy

 The U.S. Navy is joining allied and partner nation forces for the 12th Pacific Partnership mission, scheduled to begin March 1.   This annual maritime operation will help improve disaster response preparedness and capacity, while enhancing partnerships with participating nations






 
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