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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sludge Management System for Marine Sanitation Device

Photo courtesy of Scienco/FAST

A new method for dealing with accumulated sewage sludge on vessels and offshore platforms. Scienco/FAST has introduced a new way to deal with sludge with its standard MarineFAST Marine Sanitation Device, meeting MEPC.159(55) or providing secondary treatment incorporates about one month of internal sludge storage or three months with larger systems. For vessels requiring a longer period, the MarineFAST BMS provides an aerobic sludge digester with long term internal storage to extend the sludge storage.

New Electrical Steam Boiler Module for Aoka Mizu FPSO

The Steam Boiler module will be installed on the Aoka Mizu FPSO. (Photo: Bluewater)

Parat Halvorsen AS said it recently secured a contract to design and fabricate a complete, turnkey steam boiler module for the Floating Production & Storage Offshore (FPSO) vessel Aoka Mizu owned by Bluewater Energy Services BV. The FPSO is being decommissioned for the Lancaster project which is owned and operated by Hurricane Energy UK. The module will include 2 x 3200kW electric steam boilers based on the PARAT MEL design and will provide an additional 9,600kg/hr of saturated steam for the FPSO marine and process systems.

USCG Finalizes Changes to NOV Procedures

The Coast Guard has published a final rule changing the procedures for handling Notice of Violation (NOV) cases in which the recipient fails to respond to the notice within 45 days. The rule, which takes effect July 5, adopts the changes proposed in the Coast Guard's December 10, 2001 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). Under the new procedures, the Coast Guard will treat a failure to respond to a Notice of Violation as a default and proceed to assess the civil penalty listed on the NOV. Prior to this change, when a recipient failed to respond to an NOV within 45 days, the case was automatically converted into a Marine Violation case, a lengthier and more complicated procedure in which a Coast Guard hearing officer processes the case and assesses a penalty.

SRM Produces Innovative Three Function Tank Gauging System

Saab Rosemount Marine recently released a new innovative 3-in-1 tank gauging solution–groundbreaking technique for improved performance. The new 3-in-1 solution for level gauging, high level and overfill alarm in one single tank gauge unit has been presented for improved gauging performance and more efficient handling during loading and discharge as well as easier installation. All three functions are for the first time handled by the radar technique, sharing the same deck penetration. Its level gauging, high level and overfill alarm means that all three functions are integrated in one single unit. The functions are designed as independent measuring channels, galvanically separated and intrinsically safe. Saab TankRadar STaR takes advantage of a new sensor technology.

Telecom Provider Allies With Ocean Conservation Society

Perseus Telecom pledges support for Oceanic Society, a non-profit conservation organization that aims to preserve marine wildlife & habitats. Perseus Telecom delivers ultra-fast connectivity service while having an "ultra" low impact environmentally. By utilizing a dispersion compensation methodology, the firm delivers faster processing equipment using existing submarine assets and shorter cable paths. The company is a strong advocate for environmental health, striving to identify worthy causes, such as the Oceanic Society's State of the World's Sea Turtles (SWOT) Program and other conservation science projects established to help protect the world's oceans.

IUA: Market Reform Will Be Theme Of Renewal Season

Further important advances will be made in efforts to reform business processes in the London insurance market during this year's renewals season, according to the International Underwriting Association (IUA). A number of projects within the London Market Principles (LMP) reform program will be reaching new stages of development in the coming months, making 1.1.04 renewals another potential landmark for modernization. Work is now under way on an implementation outline for proposals to improve the speed and efficiency of accounting processes. The plans promise faster processing of premiums and claims and much improved customer service.

Antwerp Ro/Ro Terminals Start with Paperless Export

Antwerp roro terminal

ICO and AET, the two ro/ro terminals in the port of Antwerp, are now also connected to the e-Desk. The Antwerp Port Community System (APCS) introduced the e-Desk for containers already in 2012, and this year the successful collaboration has been extended to rolling stock. The port of Zeebrugge (ICO and WWL) started the e-Desk for ro/ro in February, and now the Antwerp terminals are following suit. All exports of new and second-hand vehicles and exports or transit of containers can now be declared electronically, so that paper declarations and accompanying documents are no longer necessary.

Simrad Launches New Series

Simrad has launched a new range of Chartplotters, Echosounders, ChartSounders and Multifunction Radars. The xx 44/54 series offers enough power and speed to cater for the needs of larger and high speed vessels, and comes with a host of advanced features as standard. The xx 44/54 series offers even faster processing speeds than before. require the most powerful instruments to do their job. system. friendliness. panel allows for quick and easy access to all major functions and screens. (HSDb). is missed. positioned almost anywhere on a vessel. speed antennas with Radar power up to 12KW. Dual Waypoints on Radar Image. precise navigational information, at the touch of a button. winning products to its already highly regarded line up.

TOS, AutoGates Boost Liverpool Port Throughput

Navis N4 Terminal Operating System

Peel Ports, owners and operators of the Port of Liverpool, has achieved a major milestone in its multi-million investment programme to transform the port into Europe’s first semi-automated container terminal. The Navis N4 Terminal Operating System (TOS) and AutoGates are now live and fully operational following the construction and commissioning programmes. The new TOS and 10-lane AutoGates are the latest phase of new infrastructure in the company’s £300 million redevelopment project to expand and develop Liverpool2…

Navis N4 Upgraded in Global Terminal Expansion

Navis announced that following extensive testing, Global Terminal (Global) became the first facility in North America to successfully upgrade to the Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS) version 2.5 on March 3, 2014. Located in the Port of New York/New Jersey, the implementation supports the terminal’s semiautomation. Navis technology allows Global to increase capacity and productivity on the existing facility while minimizing environmental impact. In November 2011, the terminal was the first facility to successfully deploy Navis N4 in North America. Serving the most concentrated and affluent market on the U.S. East Coast, the latest implementation is noteworthy as the company ensured there were no disruptions to customers and stakeholders.

Brightoil Launches Online Bunker Trading Platform

© Riccardo Arata / Adobe Stock

International bunker trader and supplier Brightoil has launched a new suite of online tools that aims to transform the way bunker fuel is traded globally. Brightoil Bunker Online E-Delivery platform is now live and includes a Forward Fixed Price (FFP) facility making the process of buying bunkers anywhere in the world faster, easier and more transparent. The new facility enables customers to lock-in bunker cost for up to nine months forward thereby reducing exposure to major price swings. Online nomination of FFP contracts for physical delivery and optional cash settlement.

Innovation Comes from Diversity -Lloyd’s Register

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has issued a global call for partners active in the area of innovative digital technologies related to the safety and performance of marine vessels. In 2016 LR set out to materially increase the role it plays in accelerating the development and safe adoption of digital solutions addressing the growing complexity and operational challenges facing the global shipping industry. The strategy focused on creating a network of innovation partnerships able to collaborate with LR clients to rapidly test new concepts and scale these to commercially ready solutions. To date, LR has successfully built a portfolio of investments and partnerships to tackle the challenges and opportunities of Industry 4.0.

Marine Sanitary Devices: Size Matters

When it comes to marine sewage, it pays to measure. It turns out that the physical size of the equipment itself is not your only worry. Marine Sanitation Devices: (perhaps) the three dirtiest words in the nautical lexicon. Nevertheless, Marine Sanitary Devices – or MSD’s, as they are affectionately known – are pre-engineered, pre-packaged blackwater/greywater treatment systems. We don’t like to talk about it, we know that waste streams are treated and – we hope – that they are also in compliance.

DP World Yarimca Opened

DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem joins ministers and senior government officials of Turkey watching the opening of DP World Yarimca by President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan. Photo DP World

DP World Yarimca has been officially opened for business by the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan in the presence of senior government officials and executives of DP World. President ErdoÄźan joined the opening yesterday by teleconference in the presence of the Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communications of the Republic Turkey, Binali Yıldırım; Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, Mevlüt ÇavuĹźoÄźlu; Minister of Environment and Urbanisation of the Republic of Turkey…

U.S. Maritime Security: The Portunus Concept

(LLNL Photo)

The mission of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is to strengthen United States’ security through development and application of world-class science and technology. LLNL seeks to enhance the nation’s defense; reduce the global threat from terrorism and weapons of mass destruction; and respond with vision, quality, integrity and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The Portunus concept embodies each of these objectives by thoughtfully and methodically developing technologies and strategies that address desired improvements in our security strategies.

ExxonMobil inks patent agreement with Pason Systems

Photo ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil has awarded to Pason Systems, Inc. the first global license of its patented Drilling Advisory System, a key component of the company’s Fast Drill technology suite. The licensing agreement accelerates the technology’s commercialization by combining Pason’s expertise in drilling data and ExxonMobil’s experience in drilling surveillance and optimization. Fast Drill combines high-end modeling of drilling physics with structured well planning and design to identify limiters and maximize performance.

Ecoslops Seeks Authorization for Marseilles Project

Image: Ecoslops

Ecoslops, an innovative technology company that upgrades ship-generated hydrocarbon residues, or “slops”, into valuable new fuels and light bitumen,  has  announced the formal application to the French competent authorities for an authorization to operate an oil residue waste-processing unit at La Mède, near Marseilles in partnership with Total group. Within this partnership, in which Ecoslops will get a majority stake, and as soon as a unique authorization is given (building and operation permits)…

HMAA Introduces Fast Track Arbitration Rules

Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association has introduced additional rules providing for Fast Track Arbitration. HMAA recognizes that the cost of arbitration can become prohibitive in smaller matters and the process time too lengthy. To remedy this, HMAA has enacted a set of Fast Track Arbitration Rules and a supplement to the normal HMAA arbitration clause to call them into play. Matters involving less than $ 100,000 can be heard under the Fast Track rules, which limit the process for each party presenting their case via documents only to only one arbitrator. Using one arbitrator and documents only, reduces cost and time. The maximum amount the arbitrator can charge for fees and expenses is $ 5,000.00.

CGG Starts Seismic Survey Offshore Brazil

Oceanic Champion (Photo: CGG)

CGG said it has started work on Espirito Santo IV, a large BroadSeis 3D multi-client survey in the deep and ultra-deep waters of the Espirito Santo Basin offshore Brazil. The vessel Oceanic Champion is acquiring the survey which is expected to take seven months. This industry-supported survey will cover 10,300 sq km and be processed at CGG’s Rio de Janeiro Subsurface Imaging center. The high-end broadband sequence will include the latest 3D deghosting, Full-Waveform Inversion (FWI) velocity modeling and Tilted Transverse Isotropy (TTI) imaging.

Cruiseport Boston Closes Out 2016 Cruise Season

Anthem of the Seas (Photo: Royal Caribbean International)

As Cruiseport Boston closes out its successful 2016 season, 2017 is already shaping up to be a record year with 151 calls scheduled for next cruise season. The 2016 season saw 115 calls by a record 32 unique ships with ten maiden calls to the port, including Royal Caribbean International’s Anthem of the Seas, the largest cruise ship to ever call the Port of Boston. Cruiseport Boston has seen years of steady growth which has contributed to the booming cruise business in Boston.

Maersk Takes Coffee Very Seriously

The Coffee Route Map: Maersk Line

Maersk acknowledges that coffee is very special, mainly in regards to the processes and requirements involved for it’s shipping. "So we have adapted the way we work so we can meet your needs," says a statement from  Maersk. "We offer you a wide coverage of ports in Colombia (Buenaventura, Baranquilla, Cartegena and Santa Marta) with weekly and constant services," it says. • Never miss an opportunity by having equipment availability. • Book spaces, manage and print documentation easily through our online e-solutions in maerskline.com, so you can do more from the comfort of your office!

ICTSI Subic unit shop Reduces Port Users Time

SBITC one stop shop

International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) Subic Bay Freeport unit, Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. (SBITC), in partnership with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC), recently opened a one stop shop (OSS) to fast track documentary transactions in Subic Bay’s container terminals. Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras led the launching of the OSS together with SBMA chairman and administrator Roberto Garcia and SBITC general manager Roberto Locsin.

T&T Looks for Fast Cargo Ferries

New tenders are being invited for one or two roll on/roll off passenger/cargo fast ferries to service the seabridge between Trinidad and Tobago, according to a Trinidad News report. Tenders close on November 30 at noon and would be opened the same day at 2 p.m. Additionally, the authority is inviting tenders for the wet lease of a similar ferry for a period from April next year, the time when the current six-month lease on The Cat expires. Tenders for this close at noon on Wednesday and would be publicly opened at 2 p.m. the same day. The authority had invited tenders for the purchase of a fast ferry earlier this year but the process was quashed because of interference, according to the report.

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