Video: New Channel Established on Atchafalaya River
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helped establish Crewboat Cut as a new federal channel in the Atchafalaya River near Morgan City, Wednesday. The new waterway is intended to be safer for mariners, will shorten travel time and save millions of dollars in annual dredging costs. Coast Guardsmen with Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Morgan City and Coast Guard Cutter Axe constructed new channel markers in the waterway. A video discussing the new channel is available here: http://www.dvidshub.net/video/367318/coast-guard-helps-establish-new-waterway#.VEEsF2f1bgZ.
Galveston Establishes New Anchorage aAea
The U.S. Coast Guard has established a new anchorage area (designated "C") in Bolivar Roads near Galveston. Anchorage area C is located inside the Galveston Bay entrance jetties and will provide a sheltered place for vessels to anchor. The new anchorage area comes into effect on June 12, 2003. 68 Fed. Reg. 25496 (May 13, 2003). (Source: Haight Gardner Holland & Knight, Maritime Items, May 13, 2003)
Globe Wireless Establishes New Office
Globe Wireless has established a new office in Houston, Texas, and appointed Greg Halverson as regional manager of Offshore Sales. Halverson will lead the company's GlobeOffshore® sales efforts in the Gulf of Mexico as well as lending support to Offshore sales worldwide. With more than 16 years of sales experience, including seven years selling communications solutions to the offshore industry, Halverson has had a variety of sales and management positions with MCI Telecommunications, Claydesta Communications, Illuminex Corporation, and most recently with Petrocom.
MARAD: Call for Projects for America’s Marine Highways
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced it is now accepting project applications for Marine Highway designations until September 30, 2016. Eligible projects should establish new or enhance existing Marine Highway services that reduce landside congestion and increase the use of domestic marine transportation. Proposed projects no longer have to have parallel landside routes. While all applications must be sponsored and submitted by public entities, public/private partnerships are encouraged. Additional project submission guidelines and information can be found at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=MARAD-2013-0011-0015.
Boston Safety Zones Proposed for LNG DWPs
The U.S. Coast Guard proposed to establish new and modify existing regulated navigation areas (RNAs) and safety/security zones off the coast of Massachusetts in the vicinity of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) deepwater ports (DWPs) in the Boston Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone. Comments on this proposal should be submitted by June 1. 75 Fed. Reg. 16370 (April 1, 2010). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)
Singapore Establishes New Bunker Standards
Singapore’s bunkering industry will receive a boost with the implementation of a new national standard. As of June 1, 2007, all bunker suppliers in Singapore are required to be certified in accordance with the new Singapore Standard on Quality Management for Bunker Supply Chain (SS 524:2006), in order to renew their bunkering licenses. This was announced by Lim Hwee Hua, Minister of State for Finance and Transport at the opening of the 14th Singapore International Bunkering Conference (SIBCON 2006).
Duramax Marine Establishes New Facility
Duramax Marine has opened its new plant in Hiram, Ohio, located approximately 40 miles south east of Cleveland. Consisting of approximately 65,000 sq. ft. of factory and office space, the facility will streamline the company's manufacturing operations by consolidating production and administration into one centralized location.
New Ship Noise, Vibration Guidelines from ClassNK
ClassNK released its new Noise and Vibration Guideline for measuring and evaluating the noise and vibration on ships. The new Guideline address the growing demand for new standards for noise and vibration on commercial vessels and provides detailed requirements for measuring and evaluating noise and vibrations in crew accommodations and machinery rooms, as well as establishes new notations for ships that comply with the new requirements. The new guideline is divided into two parts: Part A, which covers noise and vibration measurement criteria for accommodation spaces in line with IMO Resolution A.468 (XII), ISO 2923:1996 and ISO 6954:2000; and Part B, which covers vibration measurement criteria for rotating machinery and reciprocating machinery in line with ISO 10816.
Marine Press of Canada Focuses on Europe
Having released version 4.0 of its Digitrace software, Marine Press of Canada is focusing on Europe with the creation of a new position as sales manager for the European market. Johan Sunnberg, born in Sweden, comes from a management position at Scandinavian Airlines’ Cargo division, and will in this role focus on establishing new business, as well as setting up a distributor network. During October 2001, distributors were also appointed in Germany, Sweden, Finland and Italy. The German market will be the responsibility of SevenCs who is a well- established company in the development of ECDIS charts and S-57 Kernels. Nautic Center in Gothenburg and Troil Marin in Helsinki are long established chart agents representing the UKHO.
Troy Container Line Adds New Sales Representative
Troy Container Line Ltd., an American-owned NVOCC, announced the appointment of Paul Keany as sales representative. Based in the company’s Red Bank, N.J. office, Keany has been charged with expanding Troy Container Line’s long-standing tradition of personalized service and care in New Jersey, Philadelphia and the Baltimore region. In this position, he will work closely with the company’s current clients while also establishing new relationships in the Northeast and beyond. With a 30-year background in sales for both ocean carriers and NVOCCs, Keany brings extensive experience as well as long-standing industry relationships to the Troy Container Line team.
Sealub Opens Operations in U.S. & Canada
Sealub Alliance Americas, Inc., an affiliate of Gulf Oil Marine Ltd. headquartered in Hong Kong, announced a fully operational manufacturing and supply and distribution network in the United States and select areas of Canada. Sealub Alliance Americas is now producing all marine products in four blending facilities and has established a comprehensive distribution network to support delivery operations in more than 80 ports in the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, the Americas group has established new supply operations in Panama, Hawaii and on the Mississippi River. This market opening complements the existing Sealub Alliance global coverage of more than 700 ports in over 90 countries.
Lifeboat Launching Safety Regulations Updated
SOLAS amendments aimed to prevent accidents during lifeboat launching entered into force on 1 January 2013. IMO informs that the amendments, adopted in May 2011, add a new paragraph 5 to SOLAS regulation III/1, to require lifeboat on-load release mechanisms not complying with new International Life-Saving Appliances (LSA) Code requirements to be replaced, no later than the first scheduled dry-docking of the ship after 1 July 2014 but, in any case, not later than 1 July 2019. The SOLAS amendment is intended to establish new, stricter, safety standards for lifeboat release and retrieval systems, and will require the assessment and possible replacement of a large number of lifeboat release hooks.
USCG Seeks Additional Comment
The USCG has re-opened the docket for additional comment on its May 24 interim rule, establishing new procedures for administrative proceedings such as license suspension and revocation cases. The USCG says the rule, which consolidates and streamlines the rules of practice, procedure and evidence for administrative proceedings, is meant to improve its administration of the system, and save time, money and effort for all parties. However, the changes have provoked considerable dissatisfaction among mariners, many of whom believe the new rules will place them at a disadvantage if they become the subject of a license action. In response to these concerns, the USCG has re-opened the docket for additional comments until April 3, 2000.
IMO Establishes New Division to Reinforce Security
IMO Secretary-General, Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, has established a new subdivision within the IMO Secretariat’s Maritime Safety Division to reinforce the high priority given by the Organization to matters of maritime security. The new sub-division will provide a stronger focus on security matters and will address the complimentary issue of facilitation of maritime traffic, under the leadership of Nicolaos Charalambous of Cyprus, who becomes Deputy Director. Announcing the formation of the new sub-division, Mitropoulos said that it reflected the continuing need for the Organization, and the maritime world as a whole, to sustain efforts to enhance and improve levels of security in all aspects of ship and port operations…
Ecuador Places New Import Restrictions
Ecuador's Foreign Trade Committee (COMEX) has issued a resolution which establishes new quality control measures for the importation of particular products into the country. The resolution covers items, including cosmetics (shampoo, soap, makeup and deodorants), ceramics, perfumes, toothpaste, processed fries, meat and cereals, among others. Compliance with these new requirements must be certified by accredited verification agencies at the country of origin. The importer has then to obtain a Certificate of Recognition from the National Institute of Standards (INEN) before the goods can be shipped. This procedure can become cumbersome or take very long to be completed which is expected to function as a barrier for a number of items to enter the country.
ACL Announces New Scheduled Barge Transportation Service
American Commercial Lines Inc. has initiated scheduled barge transportation service on major river segments. Approximately 80% of ACL's freight volume moves between Baton Rouge, LA and Cairo, IL. In February 2007, ACL initiated scheduled sailings between these two terminals. ACL now offers 6th morning arrival when moving southbound from Cairo to Baton Rouge and 7th morning arrival when moving northbound from Baton Rouge to Cairo. ACL will also establish new service schedule products to significant shipping locations such as Minneapolis, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati in the north, as well as New Orleans and Houston in the south. ACL previously announced the capture of $30 million of organic growth in 2007.
Coast Guard Establishes New IRVMC
Center (IRVMC) in St. certain barges along the river system 24-hours a day. presence and maritime. barges containing certain dangerous cargoes from the new operational center. Advisory System level and other factors. safety of strategic infrastructure.
CG Announces Crewmember ID Final Rule
The U.S. Coast Guard's Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship Directorate announced the publication of a final rule establishing new identification document requirements for crewmembers of certain vessels in U.S. navigable waters. This rule affects crewmembers aboard foreign commerical vessels operating in U.S. waters and calling on U.S. ports, and crewmembers aboard U.S. commercial vessels returning from a foreign port. The rule requires crewmembers to possess and provide on demand one of the following acceptable identification documents: a passport, a U.S. permanent resident card, a U.S. merchant mariner document, a U.S. merchant mariner credential…
USCG Proposes Great Lakes Pilot Rate Adjustment
The US Coast Guard proposes rate adjustments averaging approximately 1.87% for pilotage services on the Great Lakes. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 1 October. 77 Fed. Reg. 45539 (August 1, 2012). ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking. SUMMARY: The Coast Guard proposes rate adjustments for pilotage services on the Great Lakes, which were last amended in February 2012. The proposed adjustments would establish new base rates and are made in accordance with a required full ratemaking procedure. The proposed update reflects changes in benchmark contractual wages and benefits and an adjustment for inflation. This rulemaking promotes the Coast Guard’s strategic goal of maritime safety.
NOAA’s Fairweather Maps Bering Straits
Responding to a request from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska Maritime Pilots and the commercial shipping industry, NOAA sent one of its surveying vessels, NOAA Ship Fairweather, to detect navigational dangers in critical Arctic waters that have not been charted for more than 50 years. Fairweather, whose homeport is Ketchikan, Alaska, will spend July and August examining seafloor features, measuring ocean depths and supplying data for updating NOAA’s nautical charts spanning 350 square nautical miles in the Bering Straits around Cape Prince of Wales.
NKK Partners with Dassault and IBM for Shipbuilding PLM
IBM and Dassault Systems announced that NKK Corporation has signed an agreement with IBM Product Lifecycle Management and Dassault Systems around PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) for shipbuilding. PLM solutions based on V5 architecture developed by Dassault Systems and marketed by IBM worldwide, is setting future industry standard which help shipbuilding companies to reduce the development period as well as further improve their products. According to the partnership, NKK will work with Dassault Systems and the IBM Shipbuilding team to establish new methodologies that take advantage of PLM technologies. Through trial deployment at the outfit design…
FGH And Ocean Rig Sign Cooperation Agreement
Friede Goldman Halter (FGH) and Ocean Rig have signed a cooperation agreement related to the completion and delivery of Ocean Rig's Bingo 9000-1 and Bingo 9000-2 offshore drilling rigs, which are currently being outfitted and Friede Goldman Offshore's Pascagoula, Miss. shipyard. The agreement results from a joint effort of Friede Goldman and Ocean Rig to develop an acceptable plan and schedule for the completion and delivery of the two fifth-generation rigs, and marks a significant step as the two rigs near completion. This decision establishes new delivery dates for the rigs, with a delivery date for Bingo 9000-1 set for March 2001, followed by Bingo 9000-2 on June 1, 2001. Also outlined in the agreement is a specific incentive plan geared toward the completion of Bingo 9000-2.
Not Safe to Anchor After All
NOAA chart reveals underwater hazard for proposed anchorage area near Bayou Goula Crossing channel of Mississippi River. Cartographers from NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey recently flagged a potentially dangerous situation during their review of a proposed federal rule establishing new anchorage areas on the Mississippi River. The proposed anchorage areas were based on non-NOAA charts that did not depict the underwater pipelines. The pipelines, which carry benzene, posed a potential danger if ships dropped anchor on top of them. The pipeline areas are depicted on the NOAA nautical chart.