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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Vessel Crew

HOS Innovator Vessel Crew Completes 200,000 Man Hours

Sonsub’s HOS Innovator vessel crew recently completed 200,000 man-hours with no Lost Time Incidents (LTIs). Since it began working for Sonsub in 2001, the vessel has been involved with jumper installation, flying lead installation, mattress installation, touchdown monitoring, pre and post lay survey and a variety of other construction related activities. Additionally, Sonsub has also recently extended its contract for the vessel for another year.

OSV Assisted by EUNAVFOR Warship in Gulf of Aden

Photo credit EUNAVFOR

 EU Naval Force Italian Frigate 'Scirocco' assists Comoros-flagged supply vessel adrift and in total black out for more than 13 hours The entire operation lasted in excess of 24 hours and was conducted mainly with the use of Scirocco’s helicopter and its crew which initially provided the disabled vessel's crew with portable radios to maintain contact with the ship, as well as with emergency lights. At first light on July 5

Tankship Hijack Confirmed by Owners

SEA Tankers report that communication has been lost with its product tanker 'M/T Gascogne' off the Ivory coast, W. Africa. The France-based company state that it is in contact with the relevant authorities in the region with the objective of re-establishing communication with the vessel's crew. The safety of the crew and vessel remains the overriding priority. The M/T Gascogne is a Luxemburg-flagged vessel built in 2004

WSS Rolls Out New Cargo Hold Cleaning Equipment

(Photo: WSS)

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) will launch its new line of cargo hold cleaning equipment at maritime exhibition INMEX India.   The new high pressure lance and add-on heating system are tailor made for cleaning difficult to reach areas of the hold, enabling crews to get the right cleaning results, irrespective of where stains are located, without scaffolding, ladders and specialist-cleaning crews. Dubbed Anaconda, because of its impressive size and power

Bulker Held in US for Breaching Environmental Law

The U.S. Coast Guard is continuing its investigation of an oceangoing bulk carrier, currently at anchor in Duluth, Minnesota, for allegedly violating U.S. environmental laws.   The Coast Guard said it is investigating the crew, equipment and records of the Liberian-flagged motor vessel Cornelia for allegations involving violations related to the discharge of oily water.    Based upon current information in the investigation

Two Injured in Pipeline Blaze off Louisiana

 A natural gas pipeline has caught fire approximately 25 miles south of Marsh Island, La., Wednesday, injuring two vessel crew members working on the pipeline, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.   Coast Guard watchstanders in New Orleans were notified at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday that a natural gas pipeline had ruptured and was ablaze. Sector New Orleans directed the launch of a HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft crew from Aviation Training Center Mobile to monitor the situation.

Reduce Costs, Time and Risk of DP Operations

DPSS Net (Photo: Vessel Technology)

Vessel Technology has announced the launch of a new product, the DPSS Net.  The new DPSS Net product aims to allow customers to reduce operating costs, time and risk associated with Dynamic Positioning operations.   The DPSS Net allows network storm tests to be carried out to verify vessel control systems as well as identify any issues. David Milne, Director of Vessel Technology, said, “The DPSS Net compliments Vessel Technology’s DPSS product which has been

Horizon Offshore Reports Barge Incident

Horizon Offshore said today that one of its vessels, the lay barge Lone Star Horizon, suffered moderate damage due to a fire while at anchor off Ciudad Del Carmen, Mexico. The vessel crew was evacuated and no injuries requiring medical treatment were reported. The Lone Star Horizon had recently completed the KIX pipeline project for PEMEX, and was preparing for demobilization to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The fire, which was limited to the generator control room, occurred at about 3:00 p.m

Jefferson Street Bridge Struck by Barge

Tug Thruston B. Morton, pushing 15 barges, allided with the Jefferson Street Bridge in Joliet, Ill., causing the bridge to be damaged enough it will have to be kept in the open position until repaired. Representatives of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) have reported to the USCG the vessel struck the right descending main support column on the northwest corner of the structure. The allision resulted in the forward starboard barge being struck under the opened bridge's catwalk

LR Secures USCG Authorization

The US Coast Guard (USCG) has authorised Lloyd’s Register to act on its behalf for issuance of the Document of Compliance for US-flagged ships carrying dangerous goods. This authorisation underscores the continuing level of confidence the USCG places in the technical expertise and ability of Lloyd’s Register to verify compliance with safety requirements for US-flagged vessels. ‘Dangerous goods’ are hazardous substances

Op/Ed: Act Now to Avoid BWMS Compliance Risks

Steven Candito

Lately, I have been reading reports regarding the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) escalating enforcement of ballast water discharge violations. In the first case, the USCG initiated a civil penalty proceeding against a bulk carrier for discharging ballast water in Washington State without using a USCG Type Approved Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) or other approved means. The USCG proposed the maximum penalty of $38,175

Australia Bans Bulker for Underpaying Crew

 A Panama flagged bulk carrier, DL Carnation, has been banned from entering Australian ports for a period of 12 months after authorities uncovered a scheme which saw the vessel’s crew being intentionally underpaid.   The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said it received a complaint on Friday, September 8 via the International Transport Workers’ Federation alleging discrepancies in the payment of wages for the crew of the DL Carnation

For Payroll Purposes, is Your Seaman Really a Seaman?

© Carabay / Adobe Stock

For operational purposes, it is critical to know what type of employees you have on your vessel. Failure to do so could be expensive.    As vessel operators, we pay close attention the provisions of the Jones Act and how they affect the operation, crewing and administration of our marine-based operations. A determination that your vessel-based crews are seamen under maritime law creates a different employment relationship when compared to employees designated as longshoremen or

Jawar Al Khaleej Takes Delivery of Two Vessels

Damen FCS 5009 (Photo: Damen)

Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping LLC (JAK), a provider of specialist services to the offshore oil and gas sector in the Arabian Gulf, has taken delivery of a Damen Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 5009 and an ASD 3213 tug for operations at the Al Basra (ABOT) and Khor Al Amaya (KAAOT ) oil terminals. Between them, these facilities handle more than 90 percent of Iraq’s crude oil exports.   The FCS 5009 is named the Jawar Abu Dhabi and the ASD 3213 is the Jawar Faw

Firefighting on Workboats

Photos by Jason Segal, Mate with Moran Towing

Marine fires have been some of the toughest fires for anyone to fight. Whether it’s a fire on your own boat, or a vessel you are escorting or working with you will need to know what you are doing if you wish to operate safely. Marine Firefighting Inc. has been training mariners as well as land-based firefighters to deal with all types of marine fires for more than 17-years. Much of our mariner training dealt with work boats built with powerful firefighting pumps and fire monitors used to

Plan for Safety: Leadership is Key

Larry DeMarcay

Effective leadership and a safety management system are the keys to success. Failure to lead has consequences.   Over the last 20 years we have seen a dramatic shift in the way that our industry operates. When I started practicing law, many companies looked at safety planning as a balancing act where you weighed the costs associated with safety against the costs associated with working through employee claims. Unfortunately

Cruise Ship Comes to Rescue of Sinking Boat

MS Albatros (Photo: Phoenix Reisen)

A cruise ship crew came to the rescue of six men from a leaky Tongan fishing boat, who had not had water for three days.   The Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand organized for the German cruise ship Albatros to change course at 5 a.m. Saturday, after the fishing vessel crew set off an emergency rescue beacon 400 kilometers west south west of Tonga. The ship diverted 300 kilometers to help the distressed 11.5 meter fishing vessel

Could Offshore Crewing Requirements Make Things Worse?

(Photo: Joaquin Andres Bosqued)

It has been years (2009) since I last wrote an article discussing the availability of U.S. citizens to work offshore in support of oil and gas projects during a downturn in the economy. And now, it is even worse. With the price of oil and gas remaining depressed for many months now, and the many new developments related to drilling ashore, and domestic vessels remaining stacked in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), companies are working hard to find work in any market around the world

GSM Tariff Launched for RockFLEET Dual-Mode Vessel Tracking System

RockFLEET automatically switches from satellite to transmit GPS and M2M data over 2G3G4G and GPRS networks when available.

Iridium satcom specialist Rock Seven has launched a new fixed monthly GSM tariff for users of its dual-mode vessel tracking system, RockFLEET. The new £10/month subscription covers all vessel tracking and M2M (Machine-to-Machine) data transmitted over GSM networks by the RockFLEET system when operating within GSM coverage. As standard the RockFLEET system provides vessel GPS location reports at user-defined intervals using the global Iridium satellite Short Burst Data (SBD) service

Teamwork Smoothes Complex FPSO Repair

Image: Intelligent Engineering

Work to repair five separate areas on board FPSO FPF-003, operated by Petrofac South East Asia Pte Ltd using SPS has been completed on-station in the Mubdala, Jasmine oil field. The repair work on this ABS classed vessel, built in 1976 and converted in 2005, was completed 15 days ahead of schedule with no disruption to day to day operations. In total 96m² of steel was reinstated.    Working with client EM&I and steelworkers Altamar

Vessel Runs Aground in Columbia River near Skamokawa

The motor vessel Nenita, a 378-foot Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier laden with grain sits aground in the Columbia River near Skamokawa, Wash., Photo USCG

The Coast Guard is monitoring the transit of a motor vessel that ran aground in the Columbia River near Skamokawa, Washington, but was refloated, inspected and given a captain of the port order to transit to Kalama, Saturday morning. There was no report of pollution or injuries stemming from the grounding of the Nenita, a 738-foot Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier fully laden with grain. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Columbia River were notified of the incident at 3:21 a.m

Jawar Al Khaleej Orders Three Vessels

Bram Langeveld, Sales Director Middle East, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem; René H. Berkvens, Chief Executive Officer, Damen Shipyards Group; Pascal Slingerland, Sales Manager Middle East, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem; Mazin Yousif, Managing Director, Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping L.L.C.; Mr. Lionel Ferreira, Commercial & Chartering Manager, Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping L.L.C.

 At this year’s Seatrade Maritime Middle East Exhibition taking place in Dubai, Jawar Al Khaleej Shipping LLC (JAK) signed a contract with Damen Shipyards Group for the supply of three vessels: one Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 5009 and two ASD Tugs 3213.   JAK is a provider of specialist services to the offshore oil and gas sector in the Gulf, delivering logistical support including oil terminal support services, towage and salvage

NYK Carrier Rescues Fishermen in Distress off Indonesia

Photo: NYK Line

 Kurushima, a bulk carrier operated by NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of NYK Line, rescued nine people from a fishing boat in distress on August 31 off the coast of Indonesia.    While Kurushima was sailing from India to Japan, the vessel’s crew came upon a sinking fishing boat with nine castaways approximately 1 nautical mile from the vessel in waters off the coast of Indonesia.   

TSA Boosts Maritime Security in a Big Way

File photo: Chris Casey

Though most visible to the general public for its work at America’s airports, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) also helps to secure the country’s transportation network in a number of other ways, including assisting the U.S. Coast Guard in securing the nation’s critical maritime facilities, structures, systems, assets and services.   America’s vast marine transportation system encompasses some 25,000 miles of navigable waterways

New System Monitors Vessel Motion, Impact

Photo courtesy of Oceanic Dynamics

UK Electronic Solutions (part of NSSLGlobal Group), has announced Oceanic Dynamics, a new self-contained motion and impact monitoring system suited to offshore vessels. Created by UK Electronic Solutions, Oceanic Dynamics protects the longevity of offshore assets by monitoring and reporting vessel impact on structures, passenger comfort and safety, and engine performance and reliability. Offshore structures have highly stringent requirements when it comes to the total impact force allowed

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