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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Genset Manufacturer to be Taken Over by Tognum MTU

Specialist manufacturer of propulsion and power systems, Tognum, has received the approval of the competition authorities for the takeover of the Bavarian manufacturer of power generator sets Aggretech. This means that 75.1 per cent of the shares in Aggretech will be transferred to Tognum this week. It is planned that the new Tognum subsidiary will be renamed to MTU Onsite Energy Systems GmbH. The Board of Management of Aggretech and later Managing Directors of the new company will be Hubert Diener as Chairman and Stephan Hoffmann. Hubert Diener was previously the Head of the Special Production Department at Tognum’s subsidiary MTU Friedrichshafen and Stefan Hoffmann was CFO of Aggretech.

Thermo Andersen Gets Approval

Thermo Andersen announces that the EPA has approved the M9096 sampler for use in any instance where Method 17 is required. The portable M9096 Stack Train provides an accurate means to collect a sample for particulate emissions at an affordable price. The sampler collects particulate matter from source point emissions such as boilers and process stacks by using an in stack filter as sample media; analysis is gravimetric. The sampler allows for isokinetic sampling rates as prescribed by ISO 9096, BS6069 and US EPA Test Method 17. Applications include Particulate CEM Calibration, utility, pulp and paper, ferric and non-ferrous metal production, wood products, and chemical production. The system can now be used to determine compliance with any Federal, State or local air permit.

Sperry Marine Gets Approval for VDR Tests

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Sperry Marine business unit received approval from Det Norske Veritas to conduct annual performance testing of shipboard voyage data recorders (VDR). In 2003, Sperry Marine received similar type approvals from the ABS and LR. Shipboard VDRs are similar to the “black box” data recorders used on aircraft. Data from the ship’s sensors and audio recordings from the bridge are stored in a submersible capsule, which can be recovered for analysis after an event at sea. VDRs are required on all passenger-carrying ships under the International Safety of Life at Sea Convention. The approvals from the three premier…

Viking Gets Approval For Evac Chute

In May 2001 Viking received tangible evidence of efforts made in terms of research and development. The U.S. Coast Guard granted Viking its Certificate of Approval for the VIKING Evacuation Chute with associated 100 person automatically self-righting liferafts. The Evacuation Chute passed the most demanding tests prescribed by international approval requirements. During a heavy sea trial taking place in the North Atlantic Ocean close to the Faroe islands with wind forces of about 15-25 m/sec and average wave heights of between 3-8 m this evacuation system was loaded with 15.6 tons in both lee and windward sides, and it brilliantly withstood the most gruelling tests at sea.

Ocean Network Express Completes Merger Approvals

Graphics: Ocean Network Express

South Africa’s competition watchdog becomes final signatory allowing Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL ),  Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK ) merger, so that Joint venture (JV) can start operations on April 1. "K Line, MOL and NYK have  announced that their new joint venture company, Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd., established in July 2017, has received all necessary merger approvals from local competition authorities in regions and countries where such approvals are required for the launch of service by the newly established joint venture company…

ABB Gets EU Nod For Alstom Venture

ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd reportedly received approval from the European Commission to complete a proposed 50-50 joint venture with France's Alstom SA.

MISHA to Install DESMI BWMS Fleet-wide

(Photo: MISHA Shipping)

Danish firm DESMI Ocean Guard A/S said it has finalized a contract to supply CompactClean ballast water management systems (BWMS) to the entire fleet of Turkish ship owner MISHA Shipping. The contract includes delivery of 10 CompactClean BWMS in sizes from 340 to 750 m3/h, with the first system to be delivered later in 2018 for the m/v Mohican currently under construction. MISHA Shipping is a privately held company with both shipping and shipyard activities. Its vessels are shallow-draft dry cargo vessels primarily designed for operations in Russian inland waters…

Unique ECDIS Gets Type Approval

MARIS ECDIS900 is the first ECDIS in the world to receive a type approval certificate using a Flat Panel Computer (FPC). The ECDIS900 is certified to IEC 61774 ed. 2. The ECDIS900 is based on the MARIS SmartLine FPC, the only FPC in the world certified to IEC 60945 for use onboard ships. MARIS ECDIS900 market-share in Scandinavia is almost 100% for commercial vessels (retrofit) since the introduction more than 18 months ago.

Eutelsat grants Type Approval on Sea Tel's 4996T Model

After a year and a half development process that included antenna upgrades and a new one-piece radome design, Sea Tel applied for and was granted Eutelsat Type Approval on their 4996T maritime VSAT system. This is the first time that a complete maritime "system" including antenna, pedestal and radome has been granted Eutelsat Type Approval. "Being granted Type Approval from Eutelsat is extremely valuable to Sea Tel. We believe it will be even more valuable for our customers who will save many man-hours of required testing time that they will now be able to waive because of this Type Approval," said Robert C. Matthews, Sea Tel Vice President of Technical Sales.

Bangladesh PM Approves Deep-Sea Oil Exploration Policy

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh approved the policy on the third round bidding for deep-sea hydrocarbon exploration in the country's exclusive economic zone in the Bay of Bengal, according to a Financial Express report. The policy will now be placed before the cabinet for its approval. The seismic surveys in deep sea up to 200 nautical miles into the Bay of Bengal will help locate hydrocarbon reserves, if there are any. After getting a reliable picture of energy potentials in the deep sea, the government would go for the third round bidding, according to the report. The Energy and Mineral Resources Division earlier prepared a draft policy outlining various strategies for the proposed third round bidding.

Wilhelmsen Liferaft Exchange Reaches 10,000

Photo courtesy Wilhelmsen Ships Service

Manufacturers’ approvals of a number of Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s liferaft stations have now taken the number of approved stations to 30. Since Wilhelmsen Ships Service launched its Liferaft Exchange Programme one year ago, the programme has made approximately 10,000 liferaft exchanges and continues to expand. The concept, which exchanges service-due liferafts and life-saving appliances for operational ones, takes better control of costs and reduces the chance of getting caught out by unforeseen service dates and costly weak links in the supply chain.

HPCL to Expand Mumbai, Vizag Refinery Capacity

India's Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) aims to increase its Mumbai refinery's capacity to 200,000 barrels per day from 130,000 bpd, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. The state-run company also aims to increase the Vizag refinery's capacity to 300,000 bpd from 166,000 bpd. HPCL will spend 170 billion rupees ($2.88 billion) for expanding the refineries, said B.K. Namdeo, HPCL's head of refineries. "After getting the environment approval, we hope to complete Vizag expansion in three years and the Mumbai plan in two to two-and-a-half years," Namdeo said. He said he hopes HPCL should be able to get the environment approval by the end of this year. ($1 = 59.0250 Indian Rupees) (Reporting by Nidhi Verma; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

Navmaster ECDIS Gets GL Type Approval

PC Maritime, a member of the Charente Group, has received Type Approval from Germanischer Lloyd (GL) for its Navmaster ECDIS. The GL Approval is in addition to the existing DNV Approval and was achieved in collaboration with PC Maritime’s agents Veinland GmbH and Lilley & Gillie. Veinland GmbH was founded in 2006 by Dipl Ing Gerald Rynkowski and Fred Ahrens and is located in Neuseddin, close to Berlin. Veinland’s business is involved in hardware and software for maritime and industrial markets and sees it undertake research, development, consultancy, maintenance and servicing of systems. This year, in just the company’s second year of operation, Veinland expanded into two exciting markets, with Veinland North America Inc in Boston, USA and Veinland Asia Ltd in Hong Kong being established.

Liberia Approves Seagull Security Training Package

Maritime Training specialist, Seagull, has secured Liberia’s approval for its unique Security training package. Liberian approval comes little more than a month after Seagull announced that it had been awarded Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) approval for the new security training package, which is to be made available in October. Seagull has sent application for approval to a number of other flag states. Receiving Liberian approval so shortly after getting NMA approval underscores industry recognition of the importance of Seagull’s courses in ensuring seafarers are trained properly in all security matters. Shipowners can now be confident that their seafarers can demonstrate the necessary competency and proficiency.

USCG Approves LR for BWTS Testing

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has been approved as an independent laboratory (IL) and will begin testing of Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS) to meet the United States Coast Guard (USCG) requirements. The USCG regulations for the approval of BWTS came into effect in 2012. The regulations began to require the installation of improved BWTS onboard seagoing vessels from 2014. All vessels that trade in U.S. waters will be required to have an approved BWTS from the first dry-docking after 2016. LR has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ballast Water test facility at DHI Denmark and the electro/technical testing company DELTA. These leading test facilities, supported by LR’s surveyors and statutory experts will conduct testing as part of our collectively recognized IL.

Cleaning Up Ship Recycling

Photo by DNV GL

When a ship is sent to die, 95 per cent of its components live on. But the safety and sustainability record of ship recycling yards could be improved. MARITIME IMPACT explains how EU regulations aim to achieve this. Every year up to 1,500 ships are recycled to rejuvenate the world leet and reclaim valuable materials such as steel, aluminium and copper. The majority of these vessels are recycled in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China and Turkey. Conditions at shipbreaking yards vary. Personal protection equipment such as helmets, shoes, gloves and masks is not always available.

Dublin Port Gets Approval for ABR Project

Photo Dublin Port

Dublin Port Company today welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant permission for the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR) Project which will transform Dublin Port’s infrastructure and enable it to service the economy for decades ahead. The project will increase the port’s ability to handle large ships by deepening and lengthening three kilometres of the port’s seven kilometres of berths. It will also deepen the port to provide an entrance channel with a depth of at least 10m. The ABR Project is the largest single infrastructure development project in the history of Dublin Port.

ASL Marine gets approval to delay redeeming $105m bonds

Headquartered and listed in Singapore since 17 March 2003, ASL Marine owns and operates shipyards in Singapore, Batam (Indonesia) and Guangdong (China) Photo ASL Marine

Singapore, 20 January 2017– ASL Marine Holdings Ltd. respectively. This means the maturity dates of Series 006 Notes and Series 007 Notes will each be extended for three years to March 2020 and October 2021 respectively. By giving approval to the Consent Solicitation, Noteholders will receive a coupon step-up, with coupon rates of 5.50% p.a. and 5.85% p.a. for Series 006 Notes and Series 007 Notes, commencing on 28 March 2017 and 1 April 2017 respectively, and which are to be increased by 0.5% p.a. thereafter.

Transas Gets Approval for Saint Lawrence Seaway Draft Information System

The St. Lawrence Seaway is one of the most important transportation links in North America. To maximize the efficient use of the seaway, in 2001, the Seaway authorities started to a study which would determine the maximum load ships can carry while maintaining a safe Under-Keel Clearance (UKC). Over the years the maximum draft of vessels transiting the Seaway in the MLO Montreal to Lake Ontario and the Welland Canal has been gradually increased. At the opening of the Seaway in 1959, the maximum draft for ships was set at 6.85 meters (22 feet 6 inches ).

MAMA Gets Approval for RFPEW Assessments

Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy is now Coast Guard-Approved to offer an RFPEW Assessments program. Students must have 60 days of engine room service to take the class.  It addresses competencies required under STCW-95 and satisfies the requirements of NVIC 01-06 for advancement.  This program allows you to demonstrate the actual competencies set forth by STCW requirements for both Steam and Motor.  You will work with equipment mock-ups, practical application labs, engine room simulation and actual engineering applications in a real world environment.    www.MamaTrains.com  

Texas LNG Gets Approval To Export LNG To FTA countries

Texas LNG’s liquefaction plan at its 110 acre complex at the Port of Brownsville

Texas LNG LLC today announced that it has received authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to export domestically produced LNG to all existing, and any future, countries that have, or enter into, an FTA with the Government of the United States. DOE approval of FTA exports is an important component of the regulatory process necessary to develop Texas LNG's project on its 110 plus acre site with deepwater frontage to the Port of Brownsville shipping channel in Brownsville, Texas, USA.

S.F. Bay Ferry Authority Gets Approval

Under a plan spelled out in SB 428, by state Senator Don Perata (D-Alameda), a new panel will be created to oversee the development of a proposed network of high-speed ferries serving the entire San Francisco Bay Area. The new panel will be called the San Francisco Bay Area Water Transit Authority. Governor Gray Davis signed the bill last year, giving the Transit Authority the go-ahead to prepare a detailed plan for expanding ferry services in the San Francisco Bay Area for the legislature's approval. The authority's 11-member board will be made up of local elected officials, environmentalists, business leaders and transportation experts; four appointed by the Governor and two each appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules and the Assembly Committee on Rules.

First GL Approved Oil Mist Separator

Photo: UT99 AG

UT99 AG, a company in the development and manufacture of oil mist separators for crankcase ventilation of combustion engines and for lubricating oil tank vent for turbines, received Germanischer Lloyd (GL) approval for its oil mist separator. "The world's first class admission of Germanischer Lloyd for a secure oil mist separator is the systematic continuation of our philosophy," explains Lukas Riedo, Managing Director of UT99 AG. Environmental and safety requirements are getting higher in the marine and offshore sectors…

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