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Friday, January 19, 2018

Fishing Industry News

AFMA Moves to Strengthen Seabird Safety

A BIRD BAFFLER HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO DETER SEABIRDS FROM FORAGING IN BETWEEN THE STERN OF THE VESSEL AND WHERE THE WARPS ENTER THE WATER Photo AFMA

Being followed by an albatross is considered to bring good luck to mariners but the birds themselves aren’t always so lucky when trying to pick up a free feed from fishing boats. To better protect seabirds from fishing gear, AFMA has been working with the fishing industry to develop new devices for fishers to use. Following successful sea trials of two new devices led by the South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association (SETFIA) and the Great Australian Bight Fishing Industry Association (GABIA)…

Russian Vyborg to Build Fishing-Refrigerating Boats

As the Ashgabat correspondent of Turkmensitan.ru reports, the Vyborg Shipbuilding Yard of Russia has won an international tender to design and build six fishing-refrigerating vessels for the State Committee of Fishing Industry of Turkmenistan. Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov signed a relevant decree yesterday. The document, which was adopted with a view to fulfilling the task of increasing volumes of fishing in the Caspian Sea and taking steps to upgrade the fishing fleet of the country, approves a decision by the tender commission of the State Committee of Fishing Industry of Turkmenistan on announcing Vyborg Shipbuilding Yard of Russia the winner of the international tender on design and construction of fishing-refrigerating vessels.

PMI Offers FCC Prep Course for GMDSS

Gregg Trunnell, Director of the Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI), announced its new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) three-day license preparation course for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems (GMDSS) Radio Operators license. The National GMDSS Task Force has recently stated that fishing vessels over 300 tons are considered SOLAS vessels and require GMDSS equipment, however, GMDSS mandated training by STCW is not required. Additionally, the FCC has required that all fishing vessels with designated GMDSS equipment must have at least two individuals onboard with GMDSS licenses when operating in U.S. coastal waters.

Lerwick Port Awards £16.5 mi Expansion Contract

Port Authority Chief Executive Sandra Laurenson (l) and Bank of Scotland. David Nicolson, SME Banking Relationship Manager

Lerwick Port Authority has awarded a construction contract for the latest expansion of the harbour’s facilities in a project costing a total of £16.5 million and which will benefit the fishing and oil sectors. The new jetty at Holmsgarth North will provide deeper berthing and more working area for the fishing fleet, while the outer arm of the L-shaped jetty will create a dock sheltering a planned new white fish market. The outer arm will also be suitable for berthing offshore industry vessels. Local company, Tulloch Developments Ltd, has been appointed main contractor.

USCG Seeks Advisory Committee Members

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking applications for appointment to the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Advisory Committee (CFIVAC). As a result of the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Act of 1988, the Coast Guard established the CFIVAC to provide advice to the Coast Guard on commercial fishing safety-related issues. The CFIVAC is comprised of 17 members who serve a three-year term. Applications will be considered for five positions and will become vacant October 2001 in the following categories: Commercial Fishing Industry (two positions), General Public (one position), Education/training (one position), and Marine Insurance (one position). The committee meets at least once a year in various cities nationwide.

Coast Guard Seeking Applications for CFIVSAC

The U.S. commercial fishing safety-related issues. The CFIVSAC is comprised of 17 members who serve a three-year term. Applications will be considered for six positions. position). The committee meets at least once a year in various cities nationwide. Subcommittee meetings are held to consider specific problems as required. reimbursement and per diem. You may request an application by writing to Commandant (G-MOC-3), U.S. Coast Guard, Attn: Mr. Kevin Frost, 2100 2nd St. 20593-0001. You may also call toll free at (800) 842-8740 ext. locally at (202) 267-0315 to request an application. received at the same address no later than July 20, 2003.

Rolls-Royce Wins Trawler Equipment Deal

Photo: Rolls-Royce

The shipbuilding company Kleven in Norway has announced a contract for two fishing stern trawlers to be designed and equipped by Rolls-Royce. The fishing vessels have been ordered by the German company DFFU, which is fully owned by the Icelandic seafood company Samherji. The contract is worth in excess of $17million to Rolls-Royce. Samherhji is among the world’s largest investors in the fishing industry and they have decided on to two highly innovative vessel concepts of Roll-Royce NVC 374 WP design.

Investing in Unsustainable EU Fishing is Risky

Why Smart Investors Must Avoid Unsustainable Seafood Operations

Recent changes to EU fishing and seafood legislation means that the financing of fishing operations reliant on overexploited stocks, or the use of destructive or unselective methods will prove a high risk to investors, Greenpeace warned today. The newly published Greenpeace briefing “Risky Business - Why Smart Investors Must Avoid Unsustainable Seafood Operations” outlines how a culture of overfishing, combined with sweeping changes in the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)…

Vyborg Shipbuilding Yard Wins Fishing-Refrigerating Contract

According to a Turkmenistan report, the Vyborg Shipbuilding Yard of Russia won a contract to design and build six fishing-refrigerating vessels for the State Committee of Fishing Industry of Turkmenistan. Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov signed a relevant decree yesterday. The value of the contract is approximately $148.5 million. Construction work is scheduled to begin in January 2006, with delivery by April 2008. Source: Turkmenistan

USCG Aims to Make Commercial Fishing Safer

Aimed at making one of the nation's most hazardous industries safer, the USCG unveiled a Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety (CFVS) Action Plan. This Action Plan was developed with extensive input from the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Advisory Committee (CFIVAC) and incorporated recommendations generated from the Advisory Committee and from a USCG Task Force, which investigated the tragic loss of five vessels and 11 lives, earlier in the year. The Action Plan calls for several short-term actions to take place prior to the winter fishing season, as well as eight long-term initiatives aimed at institutionalizing across-the-bard safety standards. Short-term actions will increase USCG presence on fishing docks with the goal of greater face-to-face interaction between fishermen and the USCG.

Major Development For Fishing Industry At Lerwick Harbor

Lerwick Port

The fishing industry will be the main beneficiary of the next major project in the continuing development of Lerwick Harbor where the construction of a large new jetty at Holmsgarth North is due to begin in the third quarter this year. It will provide deeper berthing and more working area for the fishing fleet, while the outer arm of the L-shaped jetty will create a dock sheltering a planned new white fish market. The outer arm will also be suitable for offshore industry vessels.

Major Development For Fishing Industry at Lerwick Harbor

Lerwick Harbor

The fishing industry will be the main beneficiary of the next major project in the continuing development of Lerwick Harbor where the construction of a large new jetty at Holmsgarth North is due to begin in the third quarter this year. It will provide deeper berthing and more working area for the fishing fleet, while the outer arm of the L-shaped jetty will create a dock sheltering a planned new white fish market. The outer arm will also be suitable for offshore industry vessels.

Ship for Live Fish Transport Ordered from Rolls Royce

Rolls-Royce has won its first order for a new ship developed specifically for transporting live fish. Norwegian ship owner Sølvtrans AS, the world’s largest transporter of live fish, is the first customer for this advanced, fuel efficient vessel. In order to transport live fish efficiently and in a healthy condition, customers require spacious, temperature controlled tanks in the hold of the ship. This new, specifically tailored design makes that possible. Monrad Hide, Rolls-Royce, General Manager - Fishing Vessels said: “The live fish carrying market is a growing one ... The new Rolls-Royce NVC 386 design incorporates the Group’s latest developments in hull design to ensure fuel efficiency, cost-effective operations and stability.

Rolls-Royce Delivers Design for Spanish Stern Trawler

Image: Rolls-Royce

Norwegian shipbuilding company Kleven has been awarded a contract for a fishing stern trawler ordered by the Spanish company Pesquera Ancora S.L.U. to be designed and equipped by Rolls-Royce. The vessel is of Rolls-Royce’s NVC 374 WP design and is scheduled to be delivered from Kleven’s Myklebust yard in the first quarter of 2018. This is the fourth contract for the same Rolls-Royce design to be built by Kleven. Kleven CEO Ståle Rasmussen said, “This contract confirms our high level competitiveness in a tough global maritime market.

Chris-Marine Strengthens Canadian Market Position

Chris Marine AB has announced that its sales portfolio now includes Scandic Diesel Services based in Montreal. Established in 2009, Scandic Diesel Services provide full services to Americas within their product lines and represent some of the strongest brands in the market known for their quality and service. Scandic Diesel’s primary focus is the professional marine, offshore, power plant and fishing industry - also within related service and repairs industry.  

Mariner Supply Adds MARCO Marine Distributorship

Mariner Supply, Inc., has added MARCO Marine's North Pacific product line to their visual database, sales support and ordering system. Serving the Alaskan fishing industry, MARCO's North Pacific product line includes Power Blocks, PowerGrips and Hydraulic Swivels, Crab Pot Haulers, King Coilers, as well as MARCO's highly engineered Hydraulic Powering Systems with their industry proven Hydraulic Pump Drives and Enduro clutches. All of these products, along with MARCO's parts to support existing products in the field, will be made available to commercial customers through Mariner Supply corporate sales, either directly or through the company's E-commerce channel at http://www.marinersupply.com .

MobileOps Pursuing Maritime Business

(Image: MobileOps)

Redmond, Wash. based MobileOps, Inc., a software company specializing in the design and development of maritime software applications (dispatch, safety, compliance, vessel maintenance, timecards and analytics), has recently reformed and is now pursuing further business development within the tug and barge, towboat and fishing industries.

U.S. Coast Guard Focus on Commercial Fishing Boat Safety

The Coast Guard urges commercial fishing vessel operators to undergo mandatory safety examinations prior to enforcement of new regulations. All commercial fishing, fish tender and fish processing vessels that operate or transit more than three nautical miles offshore must demonstrate full compliance with fishing industry vessel safety regulations during a mandatory safety examination. To demonstrate compliance with this new regulation, fishermen are encouraged to contact Coast Guard fishing vessel examiners to obtain a Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Decal. The examination requirement is one of several new mandates established by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010.

US Coast Guard Fishing Vessel Safety Examinations Now in Force

USCG's mandatory commercial fishing vessel safety examinations for those operating more than three miles from the territorial sea baseline take effect. This requirement, which affects commercial fishing fleets nationwide, comes as a result of Congress' passing of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. To help fishermen come into compliance with the regulations that apply to their vessel, the Coast Guard has built an on-line commercial fishing vessel "checklist generator" available here. This tool will help owners and operators to understand their specific equipment and operational requirements and the checklist can be used to examine the vessel and prepare for the Coast Guard visit.

Middle East Port Upgrade

DP World, UAE Region announce  completion of the first phase of the Al Hamriya port development plans aimed at modernising and upgrading the port to meet customers and fishermen’s growing needs. The first phase now opened includes the upgrading of 1 million square feet of yard, which has been paved, metal fenced, and gated. These open yards  are now available for lease for traders and logistics companies. The second phase includes a modern facility for the exclusive use of the fishing industry at the port. Construction work has already begun on the facility and is due to be completed this year. The development will create a new 1,650-metre long wharf with a capacity to accommodate 190 fishing boats.

Harris to Manage Go2marine’s Commercial Supply Division

Kal brings to Mariner Supply and Go2marine over 20 years of sales experience in applying marine equipment, along with associated hydraulic powering systems, to the commercial fishing industry, NOAA, Coast Guard, and the US Navy. The new job at Mariner Supply will allow Kal to continue to work closely with commercial customers to solve complex problems in net-hauling, pot-hauling, lifting and anchor handling, along with mooring operations. “For many years MARCO gave me the opportunity to help solve gear handling problems aboard many types of vessels. Marco’s commitment to manufacture and supply only products of the highest quality was paramount...” remarked Harris, adding, “the Go2marine team has the same enthusiastic commitment to its customers.

Morocco, EU Resume Fish Talks

Morocco and the European Union have resumed protracted talks to renew a multi-million-dollar fishing agreement, government officials said. During the previous session in Rabat two weeks ago, EU Farm and Fisheries Commissioner Franz Fischler stormed out of the talks, accusing the Moroccan side of breaking its promises and reversing positions from one day to the next. Moroccan Fisheries Minister Said Chbaatou denied his government had back-pedaled on certain issues. The two sides resumed talks on Thursday in Rabat, the official MAP news agency said. Morocco has repeatedly refused to renew the four-year accord with the EU, seeking a new deal to protect its fish stocks and bring new European investment to upgrade its fishing industry.

US Orders Trawler with Common-Rail Technology

Graphical rendering of the ST-116 XL design for ‘America’s Finest’ (courtesy Skipsteknisk)

MAN Diesel & Turbo has received an order for an MAN 8L32/44CR engine to power a newbuilding trawler for Fishermen’s Finest, the U.S. fishing concern. The 32/44CR engine order is significant on two counts in that it represents the first CR engine sold to the American fishing segment that is fully U.S. EPA Tier II-compliant and is, simultaneously, a first reference for MAN Diesel & Turbo in the important, domestic fishing industry. Robert Burger, Managing Director – MAN Diesel & Turbo, USA, said, “Fishermen’s Finest aims to be a leader in the competitive U.S.

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