RigNet Gets Brazil Offshore Communications Contract
RigNet wins 6-year contract from major contractor for managed remote communications services on an ultra-deepwater drill rig. "It is a pleasure to bring the Brazilian oil and gas market high-quality, leading managed communications services," said Mauricio Rubinsztajn, RigNet's Brazil General Manager. "It is especially exciting to have the opportunity to serve this major drilling contractor and its customer in Brazil with world-class reliable communications services via satellite with auto-stabilized antennas, providing reliable and secure voice, data and Internet access services that contribute to remote worker productivity, safety, education and off-duty entertainment." Through VSAT technology solutions, RigNet is able to meet two priorities for the oil and gas community: high-performance and security. The demands on reliable offshore and onshore communication systems require dependable and efficient support around the clock. RigNet's Network Operation Center provides 24/7 network monitoring and can dispatch local field technicians when required. RigNet is a leading global provider of managed remote communications, systems integration and collaborative applications dedicated to the oil and gas industry, focusing on offshore and onshore drilling rigs, energy production facilities and maritime energy
Fontaine Appointed as Head of Government Relations at NMMA
Monita W. Fontaine has been appointed Vice President of Government Relations for the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), working in the Washington D.C. office. She replaces Mick Blackistone who left the association earlier this week. Fontaine has been executive director of NMMA-affiliate the Personal Watercraft Industry Association (PWIA) since 2000. An attorney, she has a Master’s degree in Maritime Law and more than 25 years of lobbying experience in Washington D.C
Coast Guard Commandant Honors Wisconsin Auxiliarist
Chris Bandy, a Coast Guard auxiliarist in Bayfield, Wis., was recognized as the 2012 Coast Guard 'Auxiliarist of the Year' at a recent ceremony held in San Diego, Calif. Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, formally recognized Bandy and awarded him the Coast Guard Auxiliary Commendation Medal during the Auxiliary National Conference. Bandy enrolled in the Coast Guard Auxiliary in June 2010 and quickly earned the reputation as an enthusiastic volunteer
Safety in Numbers
Attention to safety in shipyards is starting to pay dividends The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited a shipyard for 61 alleged violations of workplace safety and health standards. Faced with $293,450 in proposed fines, the shipyard’s alleged violations include electrical hazards, such as failure to guard lights from damage, failure to provide effective electrical grounding for equipment
NAMEPA Launches Mexico Chapter
Last week’s North American World Maritime Day heralded the birth of a new NAMEPA (North American Marine Environment Protection Association) chapter in Mexico. Led by Alejandro Trillo Menchelli and Fernando Melo Graf of Stericycle, the chapter received support from delegates to this annual regional event. The conference was held in Cozumel, and featured a marine debris education session at a local high school, as well as the full participation of International Maritime Organization
BHP Billiton Employees Awarded for Sustainability Initiatives
BHP Billiton announced the recipients of the Company’s Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSEC) Awards for its employees at a ceremony in Melbourne. BHP Billiton’s HSEC Awards showcase innovative projects from across the Company that enhance commitment to health, safety, the environment and the communities that host our operations. From a water management program in the Pilbara to an education program in rural Pakistan
MOL Enhances Seafarer Education in Philippines
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today announced an agreement to introduce the Third Year Program with seven merchant marine schools in the Magsaysay Institute of Shipping (MIS*1) in Philippines. The move is aimed at cultivating seafarers who support high level of safety standards in vessel operations. MIS selected new Filipino seafarers from among third-year students at merchant marine schools
EIMA, HCT Begin Academic Cooperation
Emirates International Maritime Academy & Higher Colleges of Technology Look to Produce New Cadre of UAE Maritime & Seafaring Experts. The Emirates International Maritime Academy (EIMA) will collaborate with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) to investigate avenues for the training of the UAE’s future maritime engineers and seafarers with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
Canada Announces Funding for Commercial Fishing Safety
Canada launches new Commercial Fishing Safety component of Boating Safety Contribution Program Canada’s Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt, joined by Members of Parliament from Atlantic Canada, announced a new Commercial Fishing Safety component of the Government of Canada's Boating Safety Contribution Program, a contribution funding program which aims to raise public awareness of boating safety.
IMO Adopts Polar Code Environmental Provisions
United Nations' International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the environmental part of the Polar Code. Hereby, internationally binding regulations on navigation in polar waters become effective from 1 January 2017. The IMO has taken the very last step towards making the consolidated Polar Code internationally binding. Last week, the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 68) adopted the environmental part of the Polar Code
Falck Safety Services, Simwave Partner on Training
Falck Safety Services and Simwave are joining forces to serve the maritime and oil and gas industries with combined simulation and practical training. For more than 30 years, Falck Safety Services has offered safety training for the offshore, maritime and wind industries. On November 8th, Simwave will open its doors to the most advanced maritime simulator center in the world. This co-operation means that customers will be able to undertake simulation training at Simwave to complement
DP World to Expand in African Market
DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem has met with Senegalese President Macky Sall as part of a tour of West and North Africa to confirm development of infrastructure projects in the country. The discussions, attended by Prime Minister Mohammed Dionne and senior government officials, confirmed the plan for Port Du Futur with construction to start before the end of 2018 together with agreement on land allocation for the associated freezone.
ABS Joins Green Award Certification Network
ABS has joined the Green Award certification network. As an incentive provider, ABS offers Green Award Certificate holders discounts on software and training courses to encourage high safety and environmental standards in shipping. “ABS is proud to join forces with the Green Award to improve shipping safety and environmental performance,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS President, Chairman and CEO
The Nautical Safety Profile
MARIN is working together with the industry to develop the Nautical Safety Profile for operations and risk management. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is increasingly being used as an alternative fuel, both at sea and on land, to reduce pollution from transportation. In 2011 the first LNG carrier arrived at the Rotterdam Gate terminal, and last year the terminal was upgraded to facilitate the transfer of LNG to shuttle tankers
Iridium Plans to Start GMDSS Service in 2020
Iridium Communications Inc. announced that two key milestones along the path to becoming the second recognized provider of Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) services have been reached. During its 98th session this past June, the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) adopted new performance standards for GMDSS equipment and approved amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Treaty
CEJN to Host Energy Market-Hydraulics Symposium
CEJN, a producer of quick connect high-pressure hydraulics products, will host a complimentary informative, educational event focused on ultra high-pressure hydraulics and the energy market on August 23-24, 2017 in Houston. CEJN said its safety-driven, two-day symposium will include: Presentations by CEJN’s ultra high-pressure safety experts A collection of presentations by leading experts from a variety of industries
APM Terminals Tangier Celebrates 10 years in Morocco
APM Terminals Tangier welcomed the Munich Maersk, one of the world’s largest container vessels, as it made its maiden call to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the largest and most modern terminal facility in North Africa. APM Terminals Tangier is one of the most important transfer points of global trade. In addition to handling Moroccan import and export cargo, the terminal manages and transfers cargo for onward destinations in Africa, Latin America and beyond.
Tokyo, Paris MOUs Launch Navigation Safety Push
The Maritime Authorities of the Tokyo and the Paris Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control will launch a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on safety of navigation. The aim of the CIC is to check compliance with the applicable requirements of the SOLAS Convention, the overall status of the vessel’s navigation safety, and the competency of crew involved in navigation operations.
IMO to Honor Former Secretary-General Sekimizu
The International Maritime Prize for 2016 will be awarded to former Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Koji Sekimizu for his contribution to the work of IMO over many years. The Council unanimously decided to award the Prize to Sekimizu, IMO Secretary-General Emeritus, in recognition of his invaluable contribution to the work and objectives of the organization and the international maritime community as a whole
Marine Consultants Lead Safety Training Around Offshore Installations
An Aberdeen-based maritime specialist has launched 500m Zone Management training courses to address concerns raised around offshore installation safety zones. Seacroft Marine Consultants is aiming to raise awareness of the need to control marine operations inside the 500m zone as the HSE highlights worries around the control and monitoring of vessels attending installations. With 97 percent of collisions occurring within the 500m zone involving vessels there on legitimate
MPA Chairman Opens International Safety@Sea Conference
The International Safety@Sea Conference was officially opened yesterday by Mr Niam Chiang Meng, Chairman of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). Organised by MPA as part of Safety@Sea Week, over 250 international maritime professionals convened to share best safety at sea practices. This year’s Safety@Sea week will also see the inaugural ‘Community of Practice’ (CoP) Forum which will be held on 23 August 2017
Hotz Joins National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy
Thirty-year marine industry veteran John R. Hotz has accepted the position as the Assistant Director at the National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (NMLEA), which together with its International Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (IMLEA) provides education, consulting services, resources and training for law enforcement officers, public safety professionals, military members, ports and waterside critical infrastructure personnel.
Lawson Joins Bristol Harbor Group
Naval architect Ian Lawson has been hired to join the naval architecture and marine engineering practice of Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI). Lawson holds a B.S. in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from Webb Institute, where he served as Class President and Honor Council Chairman, and participated on the Education Committee, sailing team, jazz band and choir during his time at Webb. Lawson interned at BHGI in January and February of this year
‘Lunch-and-Learn’ Planned for Fleet Optimization Conference
The organizers of SHIPPINGInsight 2017 say a Lunch-and-Learn program will be held during the annual Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition, to be held October 10-12, at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa in Stamford, Conn. The Lunch-and-Learn event on Wednesday, October 11 will feature sponsored topic-table discussion groups, which will address timely, themed issues. Each table will be hosted by a representative of the sponsoring company
IMO for Spreading Cyber Security
Cyber security awareness on board ships plays an important role in ensuring the safety and security of shipping around the globe. International Maritime Organization (IMO) has issued Guidelines on maritime cyber risk management, in addition to a resolution on Maritime Cyber Risk Management in Safety Management Systems – adopted by the Organization's Maritime Safety Committee in June this year.