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Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Delta Wave Teams with Global Rescue

Delta Wave Communications have teamed up with Global Rescue to combine their service with Delta Wave’s line of satellite based global personal tracking and emergency alert products. Global Rescue is an emergency services company that provides best-in-class medical, aeromedical evacuation, search and rescue and security services to individuals, corporations, travelers and expeditions worldwide. Global Rescue is the only company that transports patients from the site of illness or injury to the nearest hospital or to a waiting aircraft. Other companies generally transport from hospital to hospital. The company’s emergency response teams are comprised of paramedics, physicians and security personnel, many of whom are veterans of elite special operations units of the U.S. Military.

Satamatics Launches New Version of Ocean Alert Tracking System

Satamatics, the global provider of satellite telematics, asset tracking and monitoring services, has announced the launch of the Ocean Alert MKIII, satellite tracking unit for maritime applications. The new model is based on the proven technology of the SAT-201, replacing the SAT-101 unit which formed the basis of the previous Ocean Alert product. The SAT-201 is the smallest IsatM2M transceiver on the market, making the unit both discreet and compact. Its low power consumption and proven network reliability make Ocean Alert MKIII a low maintenance, end-to-end solution to meet ship security and tracking requirements and regulations. Satamatics' service provides seamless and uninterrupted global roaming across all the ocean regions of the world.

Cyber Security Tests Performed on Zim Genova

Photo: Naval Dome

Naval Dome said it has completed the pilot testing of its multi-layered cyber security system for Lloyd’s Register aboard XT Shipping’s Zim Genova. The 4,300 TEU containership was operational during the tests, which were supervised by the classification society and bridge systems provider Totem Plus. The pilot tests, carried out as part of the classification society’s initiative to develop cyber security guidelines, and the first of their kind on a vessel in transit, evaluated the Naval Dome system’s ability to defend ships against a variety of cyber-attacks.

MacGregor Launches Steering Alert System

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has launched Soteria, a new alert system designed to complement its Hatlapa and Porsgrunn range of steering gear. Named after the Greek goddess of safety, the system has been designed to offer a series of benefits for both ship owners and shipyards. “The system’s alert display can be fully integrated on the vessel’s bridge, ensuring clear and easy access to a comprehensive range of alerts,” explained Henrik Schädel, Hatlapa Drives & Controls expert at MacGregor. “The system has been designed for simple, economical installation and requires only one programmable logic controller (PLC), a feature which benefits shipyards," Schädel notes.

USCG Issues Safety Alert

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert following a recent fireon a product tanker. The Safety Alert recommends that personnel ensure the proper maintenance and repair of fuel and exhaust systems associated with main propulsion and diesel-driven auxiliaries onboard their vessels. The engines should be maintained as designed, except for authorized modifications. Insulation of potential fuel oil ignition sources and use of specialized fasteners and other devices to reduce the loosening of critical engine and systems components is essential.

Marine Safety Company Offering Innovative Devices

With an increased focus on safety and security within the maritime industry, many companies and organizations are providing innovative products, services and technologies to both the leisure and commercial markets. Addressing dangers such as fires, collisions, man overboard and lost-at-sea incidents has been a top priority. As a result, a Northeast-based distributor of marine safety and survival equipment is offering solutions for these and other potential maritime hazards. Based in Rhode Island, Life Raft and Survival Equipment, Inc. offers a range of products and services to the marine industry. One such product is the Sea Marshall Man Over Board System, an automatic, immediate alert with a precision direction finder and locally managed rescue system.

Port Spat Delays Russian Black Sea Product Exports

Shipments of oil products from a Russian Black Sea outlet have been disrupted since early February due to a row over the port's control, four industry sources told Reuters on Wednesday. Three sources said oil products shipments from the IPP terminal at the port of Novorossiisk have been delayed over a managerial conflict. The port did not reply to a written request for comment. According to the sources, between 1,000 and 2,500 rail cars with oil products are stuck near the port waiting to be loaded on to tankers. Trading sources also said that loading operations of two tankers - Andromeda, chartered by Litasco, and Trafigura's Atlantas II - have been cancelled. "Ships have been waiting in the harbour of Novorossiisk," a trader said.

Pole Star Unveils Fleet Management Functionality Tool

Pole Star Industry Zones assists regulatory compliance and improves risk management.Ship tracking specialist unveils new functionality to simplify compliance and improve security visibility for Fleet Management and SSAS Alert Advanced customers. Pole Star Space Applications, the leading provider of fleet management, ship security and asset monitoring solutions, has launched Industry Zones, adding a new layer of safety and security functionality to its Fleet Management and SSAS Alert Advanced products. Industry Zones enables Pole Star users to select from a series of pre-defined areas that carry additional environmental regulatory requirements or security risks and apply them to their voyage management and reporting procedures.

Safety Alert: EPIRB Antenna Failure

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a Safety Alert reporting that a high percentage of antennas attached to Satellite 406 Category I EPIRBs, product number 2754, manufactured by ACR Electronics, Inc. have failed. The company will replace damaged antennas at no cost. The Coast Guard strongly recommends that vessel operators carefully examine their EPIRB antennas, particularly those manufactured by ACR Electronics. Source: HK Law

Safety Alert - The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Exposure

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Safety Alert warning mariners of dangers posed by exposure to carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas produced as a by-product of diesel and gasoline engines and can accumulate quickly in confined spaces. Mariners are urged to ensure that exhaust systems on diesel and gasoline engines are properly vented away from accommodation, working, and recreational areas on vessels. (7/9/03). Source: HK Law

Tug Crew Commended for Emergency Rescue Tow

Crew members of Crowley's tugboat Alert receiving USCG commendation (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley crews commended by U.S. Captain Rodney Layton and his crew aboard Crowley’s Prevention and Response tugboat (PRT) Alert were recently recognized by U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Capt. Paul Mehler III, sector commander captain of the port, for their “professionalism, courage and flawless performance in extreme conditions” during the emergency rescue tow of the drill barge Kulluk off the southern point of Kodiak Island. Capt. Mehler was joined by other USCG members including Sector Chief Gustin…

Pirate-proof Communication System Launched by Beam

Beam’s new PotsDOCK Extreme Covert Piracy Solution utilizes the Iridium Extreme satellite handset and the Beam Covert Antenna system to provide a dedicated system for a safe room or citadel on board a vessel. The system ensures that essential communications on board the vessel, such as the ability to alert authorities in the event of a piracy attack, can be maintained even if all power or communication equipment has been cut off or destroyed by pirates. The system couples the Iridium Extreme handset and the Beam Extreme PotsDOCK to provide the captain and crew with access to voice communications, tracking and alert functionality from the system. In the event of an attack, an alert can be raised and the vessel can be tracked immediately.

IMO on Distress and Safety at Sea

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Seafarers depend on a robust distress and safety system when life is in danger at sea. This week’s meeting of the Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (19-23 February) will be focusing on core areas of International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s work relating to safety at sea. The meeting will review progress in its ongoing work to modernize the Global Maritime Distress and Safety system (GMDSS). The GMDSS was adopted in 1988 to ensure full integration…

Pirates Thwarted in Strait of Singapore

The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued an Incident Alert stating that a product tanker transiting the Strait of Singapore was attacked by pirates in five of six small boats. The tanker activated its security alarm and general alarm, engaged in evasive maneuvers, and shined bright lights on the attackers, who broke off after 30 minutes. (12/28/09). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)

MEDS: Get Connected & Protected

Late last year Radio Zeeland DMP launched MEDS, and advanced monitoring system that integrates laser sensors, day and night vision cameras and software to alert crew or authorities in a safety or security event. “MEDS (Maritime Early Detection System) is designed to be a security and a tracking product,” said David Leone, president, Radio Zeeland DMP. The proprietary core of the system is a laser sensor that transmits up to 82 meters at 190 degrees, designed to be used as a stand-alone or in concert with a web of sensors providing total coverage of a larger area.

Iridium-based SSAS from SAILOR DNV Approved

The recently launched Ship Security Alert System (SSAS) by SAILOR using the Iridium System has now been approved by Det Norske Veritas (DNV), meeting all requirements for Ship Security Alert Systems as specified in the amendments to SOLAS, chapter XI, Annex 6 (Dec. 2002). The unique features of the SAILOR’s Iridium SSAS solution is the fact that the SAILOR SC4000 Iridium terminal at the same time can be used for standard Iridium features, such as voice and data communications, while still fulfilling all necessary SSAS requirements.

IMO Seeks Info on False Alert

The IMO issued a Circular requesting member governments and international organizations to submit information and data in relation to cases involving false security alerts and distress/security double alerts involving ships subject to the SOLAS Convention requirement to install a ship security alert system (SSAS). MSC Circ. 1109 (HK Law)

Delta Wave Launches dTrac

Delta Wave Communications, Inc. announced their new web based dTrac asset tracking solution. dTrac supports a variety of  satellite communications technologies for global asset tracking requirements. dTrac allows  assets and personnel to be tracked and managed through one login, or user defined groups, from any internet-connected PC or smart phone. Customers may track assets using their existing Inmarsat and Iridium satellite terminals, or any of Delta Wave's line of tracking products. End users are given more direct control over mapping options, such as grouping of assets and geo-fencing, which reduces support costs. Most recently, dTrac has become compatible with the NAL Research Iridium Shout Product…

Iridium Approves WCC Comms Solutions

World Communication Center (WCC), a provider of worldwide satellite voice and data communications, announced that its MariTrack SSAS and ComCenter solutions have been approved for commercial sale by Iridium. Manufactured by Applied Satellite Engineering (ASE), WCC’s turnkey solutions provide industry leading product functionalities: online security and encryption, Ontec’s permission-based software features, Iridium’s global satellite technology and WCC’s 24 x 7 live customer support. According to Don Thoma, executive vice president, Iridium Satellite LLC, "The MariTrack and ComCenter solutions passed our rigorous testing and work seamlessly on Iridium's satellite network.

Safety Alert: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone

This safety alert reminds vessel owners, operators, charterers, merchant mariners, passengers, and all others throughout the maritime domain of safety concerns associated with Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone. This alert includes phones recently replaced by manufacturer. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), as of last month there have been at least 92 reports of batteries overheating, including 26 reports of customer burns and 55 reports of property damage. The primary concern is the phone's Lithium-ion battery which stores significant energy. During normal use and charging, devices have overheated and ruptured.

Thale’s Submarine Distress Beacon for Royal Navy

Photo courtesy Thales UK

Thales UK’s highly successful submarine distress beacon has been accepted into service with the Royal Navy (RN). Following a trial period, more than 100 SEEPIRB (submarine-ejected emergency positioning indicating radio beacon) buoys have been accepted into service with all classes of RN submarines, including the new Astute class. The SEEPIRB has been developed for submarines to provide distress alerting and position information via radio transmissions on a satellite-aided tracking frequency.

New E2S System Signals Lifeboat Launch

U.K. signalling manufacturer E2S Warning Signals has designed and developed a bespoke siren system to alert people nearby when an RNLI lifeboat is launching. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is the charity that saves lives at sea. It has 236 lifeboat stations around the coasts of the U.K. and Ireland. Its lifeboats are crewed by specially trained volunteers, who carry pagers. When the pager goes off, alerting them to an emergency at sea, they drop everything and rush to the station to launch the lifeboat.

Beam Announces Inmarsat-Based Piracy Solution

Beam Communications Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of World Reach Limited (ASX: WRR), announces a new satellite piracy solution for secure communication on board a vessel. The new system operates with the Inmarsat satellite network. Beam’s new Oceana 800 Covert Piracy Solution provides a dedicated system for a safe room or citadel on board a vessel. The system ensures that, in the event of a piracy attack, essential communications on board the vessel can be maintained and used for alerting authorities.

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