Masters and ship operators are reminded that Phase One of the enforcement process for the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) commences today, October 4. The APIS Regulation was published on April 7, 2005, and requires electronic transmission of passenger and crew information to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) exclusively via the USCG electronic Notice of Arrival and Departure (ENOA/D) internet portal. During Phase One, masters and carriers will only be penalized for failure to submit timely APIS reports. No penalty will be assessed for good faith errors in the submittal. As of October 31, 2005, when Phase Two commences, the APIS submittals will have to be both timely and accurate. (HK Law)
INTTRA Adds Salam Pacific Indonesia Lines to its Carrier Network
INTTRA, the largest neutral network, software and information provider at the center of the ocean shipping industry, announced an expansion of its rapidly growing carrier network with the addition of Salam Pacific Indonesia Lines (SPIL), its first carrier in Indonesia. The addition of SPIL represents a trend by regional carriers who are joining INTTRA to gain a competitive advantage in their service regions. SPIL provides services to all Indonesian routes, with 32 offices strategically located across the Indonesian archipelago.
Videotel’s API Enables Integration with Crew Management Software
Videotel, a global provider of e-Learning maritime training solutions and a company of KVH Industries, Inc., has released the Videotel Partner API, an application programming interface that facilitates the exchange of data between Videotel and any of its clients’ crew management software systems. Videotel developed the API in collaboration with software and solutions developer Netvision, whose products include Compas, one of the leading crew management systems for the maritime industry. The Videotel Partner API is designed to be used with any crew management software; there is no additional fee for the service. The Videotel Partner API is designed to allow Videotel and crew management systems, including Compas, to communicate with each other and automatically update and share information.
First Subsea Achieves API 17L1 Certification for Bend Stiffener Connectors
Connector technology developer First Subsea has received APL 17LI certification for its bend stiffener connectors from the American Petroleum Institute, the company announced today. The bend stiffener connectors are used for flexible riser and umbilicals and offshore wind cable connections and are now certified as Load Transfer Devices under the API's specification for flexible pipe ancillary equipment. First Subsea’s bend stiffener connectors use ball and taper technology to provide a powerful grip for connections to I/J tubes, and for offshore wind.
U.S. Stock Build Eases Oil Pricing
U.S. crude stocks last week rose for the fourth straight week though low import levels kept the increase below expectations, according to the American Petroleum Institute (API). The API showed crude stocks gained more than 1.8 million barrels for the week ending November 24, pulling the year-on-year deficit down to just 8.2 million barrels from nearly 30 million less than a month ago. Oil prices fell on news of the stockbuild, dipping 22 cents to $34/barrel. Analysts had expected a bigger build of around three million barrels, expecting that some 30 million barrels of crude that President Clinton ordered to be released from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve would now be hitting storage tanks.
API: U.S. Oil Stocks Are Down
U.S. oil supply worries found fresh impetus on Tuesday after the American Petroleum Institute said that both crude oil and product stocks had fallen again -- hard on the heels of a massive draw earlier this month. U.S. crude stocks are now at their lowest level since March 1976. Crude oil prices were up sharply in after-hours trading after a decidedly bullish API report showed a 2.1 draw for the week ended August 4, despite a rebound in crude oil imports, which rose 1.34 million barrels to 9.36 million bpd. Compared with this week a year ago, crude stocks are down 40.4 million barrels. The API also showed that U.S. distillate stocks were down 1.2 million barrels on the week (down 27.7 million barrels from this week last year)…
Automatic Power Appoints Meador President
Automatic Power, Inc., a portfolio company of Toxaway Capital Partners, today announced the appointment of Kenneth Meador as president. Meador currently serves as president of TWR Lighting, Inc., another Toxaway Capital Partners portfolio company, and will continue in that role. Meador has been instrumental in the success of TWR Lighting, a company that has been named to the “Inc. 5000” the last four years. Under his leadership, TWR maintained its strong market position in the telecommunications and broadcast sectors and has established itself as a leading provider of aviation obstruction lighting to the rapidly growing wind power industry.
Reminder re accuracy in APIS submittals
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is reminding vessel operators of the need for accuracy in submittals under the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS). APIS, despite its name, is used for electronic submittal of both passenger and crew manifests. Port codes, in particular, having been showing numerous errors. Persons are encouraged to closely review the APIS User Guide for Sea Carriers. (HK Law).
CBP Vessel APIS: Proposed Changes
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is in the process of drafting changes to its vessel Advance Passenger Information System (APIS). CBP is working with the U.S. Coast Guard to develop a joint and single vessel transmission format (XML) and method (eNOA/D) that will meet both USCG NOA and CBP APIS requirements. The new provisions should be published in May. (HK Law).
Baron Releases New Weather Software
Weather services company Baron Services, Inc. announced the immediate availability of the Velocity Weather API, designed for use by marine industry manufacturers and software developers who want to integrate a weather stream into their final product, including smart phone and tablet apps, websites, MFDs and chart plotters. According to the developer, Velocity Weather API delivers powerful, reliable, location-based and meteorologically accurate weather and atmospheric data via the Internet.
Vryhof Makes Two Senior Appointments
Anchoring and mooring solutions provider Vryhof has made two senior appointments: Evan Zimmerman as Vryhof’s new Vice President and Chief Technology Officer and Clément Mochet as new Commercial Director for Vryhof’s business unit, Vryhof Anchors. Based in Houston, Zimmerman has been tasked with pushing improvement within Vryhof’s technology, management systems and engineering capabilities. In particular, he will support Vryhof in strengthening its mooring equipment technologies…
Firewall Connectors Available from API Technologies
Firewall Connectors Now Available from API Technologies' Spectrum Control Product Line. API Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:ATNY) ("API" or the "Company"), a provider of electronic systems, subsystems, RF, and secure systems for defense, aerospace, and commercial applications, announced today the availability of Firewall Connectors from its Spectrum Control line of military circular connectors. Firewall connectors are highly reliable and designed to prevent fire or spark from penetrating t hrough a sealed bulkhead. "We have combined our expertise in military circular connectors with our own structural ceramics incorporating firewall features to make these bulkhead connectors an ideal choice for high performance aircraft…
Drydocks World Receives API Spec Q1 Certification
Drydocks World, a maritime service provider to the international, maritime, oil and gas and energy sectors, announced formal recognition through American Petroleum Institute (API) Specification Q1 certification for the shipyard’s Quality Management System which is suited to the requirements of the offshore oil and gas sectors. This certification complements the company’s strategy to penetrate the offshore oil and gas sector with high quality, customized and added value services. The company’s Quality Management System is also certified in accordance with ISO9001: 2008 requirements.
Drydocks World Attains API Certification
Drydocks World, active in the Middle East international, maritime, oil & gas and energy sectors, announce it has been formally recognized through the American Petroleum Institute (API) Specification Q1 certification for the shipyard’s Quality Management System. The stringent API certification process requires that the company has a Quality Management system, quality manual and proper and adequate performance documentation processes and procedures. This includes performing and documenting an internal audit and management review in accordance with the standard.
Asia Buyers Wary of U.S. Condensate Test Results
Petchem producers unlikely to buy due to impurities in oil. Big middle distillates yield, less naphtha, LPG; wide variance in API gravities in assays, samples. Tests on samples of the same type of U.S. condensate now heading to South Korea and Japan have raised questions about the ultra-light crude's suitability for use in Asia, sources said, making some potential buyers wary about taking the oil. The uncertainty could delay a rapid build-up in the flow of U.S. condensate to Asia after the arrival of the first exports of U.S. crude in 40 years. Asian refiners and chemical producers will have to first determine the best use for the ultra-light oil before starting to buy in large volumes.
Carville Job Corps Academy Obtains Certification
Rig pass certification was established several years ago by the International Drilling Contractors Association (IADC) as a minimum safety training program for personnel working offshore on drilling rigs. In the interest of improving safety in the offshore petroleum industry, this certification has become a required credential to work offshore in the petroleum industry. The accreditation of the Carville Job Corps Academy A.P.I. (American Petroleum Institute) roustabout training program by IADC for the Rig Pass Training provides students with the certification required for working in the industry and another inducement for an employer to hire our students.
CBP – Vessel APIS Guide
The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued its Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) Guide for Vessels. APIS manifests are required to be submitted through the USCG electronic Notice of Arrival/Departure (eNOA/D) web portal for all commercial vessels arriving from or departing for a foreign port or place. The Guide serves to describe the criteria used and the manner in which CBP evaluates the APIS manifest’s compliance with the submission requirements. Civil penalties of up to $10,000 may be assessed for each noncompliant submission. Source: HK Law
Videotel Simplifies Management of Crew Records
Videotel Marine International, a maritime training solutions provider, has released an Application Programming Interface (API) service in order for its clients to be able to manage their crew training records housed within webFTA - Videotel’s powerful cloud-based training records management program - directly from their own Crew Management System (CMS) portal. Videotel’s API service has two main processes, Videotel said, namely, pulling crew data from the Videotel cloud so it can be displayed in the CMS portal and, secondly, pushing crew data from the CMS portal to the Videotel cloud which, in turn, triggers crew data to be sent to the vessels automatically.
API Touts Labor Crunch
The chief economist for the American Petroleum Institute said the energy industry is facing critical labor shortages and must reach out to new workers. John Felmy made the remarks while in New Orleans for a series of API meetings recently. Felmy said half of the industry’s aging workforce could retire within a decade and skilled employees are needed to fill jobs ranging from rig workers to scientists. However, the highest demand lies in engineers. As a result, the API is conducting a nationwide tour of engineering and technology schools in an attempt to generate interest in energy industry careers.
Pole Star Launches Cloud-based Platform
Pole Star, a U.K.-headquartered technology company delivering maritime application solutions, has launched its new cloud application platform, designed to facilitate the company’s vision to enable a universal maritime ecosystem. According to its developer, the new Pole Star platform is a highly configurable, extensible and easy-to-use cloud application platform, built upon a powerful, robust and open API, and using enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure. With a wide (and expanding)…
Warning of Stiff Fines for APIS Inaccuracies
Crews should triple check Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) data to avoid US CBP penalties. Maritime services provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising all crew, vessel owners, masters and operators to triple check passenger data before submitting Electronic Advanced Notice of Arrival (E-NOA) and Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) reports to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to avoid financial penalties. While errors such as misspelled names and transposed dates on the crew list portion of the E-NOA were often corrected in practice without penalties if highlighted by APIS to the submitter, the strict enforcement of any mistakes identified at all will result in a US$ 5,000 fine for the first offence, going up to US$ 10,000 for additional violations.
Crews Should Check Advance Passenger Information
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), a maritime services provider, is advising all crew, vessel owners, masters and operators to triple check passenger data before submitting Electronic Advanced Notice of Arrival (E-NOA) and Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) reports to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to avoid financial penalties. While errors such as misspelled names and transposed dates on the crew list portion of the E-NOA were often corrected in practice without penalties if highlighted by APIS to the submitter, the strict enforcement of any mistakes identified at all will result in a US$ 5,000 fine for the first offence, going up to US$ 10,000 for additional violations. The CBP office in Washington, D.C has advised: “This is not a new APIS policy.
ShipConstructor 2006 Coming Soon
Albacore Research Ltd. (ARL) is putting the final touches on its new ShipConstructor 2006, scheduled for release towards the end of 2005. According the software developer, ShipConstructor 2006 represents a quantum leap in CAD/CAM with the introduction of the Database Driven Relational Object Model (DDROM) technology, as well as an Application Programming Interface (API). While DDROM will provide ShipConstructor users with a ‘better-than-parametric’ technology, the API will make it easier for users and third-party developers to tie into the ShipConstructor product model database. DDROM and other new features will be presented at the SNAME Annual Meeting in Houston – at the booth as well as during the Innovation Sessions.