Odfjell's Seafarers Receive Competence and Career Management Program
Following the recent launch of Wärtsilä's Land and Sea Academy (WLSA) for training all categories of seafarers to today's high skills and competency needs; Wärtsilä is pleased to announce its first major seafarer competence and career management development contract. The specialized chemical logistics provider, Odfjell ASA has signed a four-year contract with WLSA to develop and implement comprehensive training and career path solutions for their seafarers. WLSA will provide Learn@Sea(TM) service which will enable Odfjell to utilize state-of-the-art competence management infrastructure and advanced training logistics support. By partnering with WLSA, Odfjell will be able to optimize its competence and career management program thus achieving the best value and results of their investments.
California Issues Report on Ballast Water
The California State Lands Commission (SLC) issued a document entitled Report on the California Ballast Water Management Program
Attorney Wins Award for Paper on Coastal Zone Management
The Rhode Island Bar Association honored Rhode Island real estate and environmental lawyer John M. Boehnert with the Rhode Island Bar Journal Lauren E. Jones Writing Award for his article “Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Management Program and the Coastal Zone Management Act’s Federal Consistency Program”. The federal consistency program gives States the ability to challenge, and actually veto, federal permits sought by other states or private parties to engage in activities, even in federal waters, which may adversely impact a challenging state’s coastal zone management program. For example, exercising its rights under the federal consistency program…
Mandatory Ballast Water Management Program
The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing to require mandatory ballast water management practices for all vessels equipped with ballast tanks bound for ports or places within the United States or entering U.S. waters. This proposal, which largely would make the program currently in place in the Great Lakes applicable nationwide, is one part of a set of projects to reduce the risk of unintentional introduction of non-indigenous aquatic species into U.S. waters.
GL Celebrates 140th Anniversary in New York
Commemorating its 140th anniversary, Germanischer Lloyd celebrated with a gathering in New York. A collection of dignitaries, representatives of shipowners, shipyards, supply industry and administrations of the U.S. maritime area convened at the esteemed New York Yacht Club. In addition, from Nor-Shipping, GL reported that the fleet management program GL ShipManager has its first international clients. Finnish shipping company Oy Langh Ship and Danish company Transmarine Management have entrusted Ms Logistik Systeme, a Germanischer Lloyd Group company, with the implementation of the GL ShipManager in their fleets.
US Outer Continental Shelf: New Vessel Safety & Environment Rules Proposed
The U.S. Coast Guard herald the publication of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to publicize regulations requiring vessels engaged in outer continental shelf activities to develop, implement and maintain a vessel-specific safety and environmental management system. The safety and environmental management system incorporates the management program and principles of American Petroleum Institute’s Recommended Practice for Development of a Safety and Environmental Management Program for Offshore Operations and Facilities, Third Edition, May 2004 (API RP 75).
Siemens Opens Seattle Marine Service
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. has opened a second marine service location in Seattle, Wa. devoted to servicing offshore supply vessels, cruise lines, ferries, cargo carriers and other ocean vessels. Like its sister marine service location in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the West Coast location will serve both on-call and service contract customers. The new Seattle dedicated marine service location will offer a wide variety of services: on-call emergency response, repair services, spare parts services, condition monitoring, technical support programs and asset management programs. Siemens new Seattle marine service location will offer a large array of repair services for automation, drives, motors, instrumentation and controls as well as spare parts services and part audits.
U.S. Coast Guard Clarifies BWM Type Approval Process
Recently the Coast Guard has been responding to rumors that type approval of ballast water management systems (BWMS) that incorporate ultraviolet radiation (UV) as a disinfection process will not be possible under Coast Guard type approval requirements. These rumors are not true. The Coast Guard has made no decision regarding the general acceptability of UV as a treatment process or the specific acceptability of any UV-based BWMS for purposes of type approval under the Coast Guard's March 2012 Ballast Water Discharge Standard Final Rule. We believe this misunderstanding has arisen due to differences between the type approval testing…
Hydrasun, Parker Spearhead Hydrocarbon Leak Reduction Initiative
Hydrasun, a provider of integrated fluid transfer, power and control solutions, is teaming up with Parker Hannifin, a specialist in motion and control technologies, at Offshore Europe 2013 to showcase a range of process control instrumentation products and added value services, which support the industry’s Hydrocarbon Leak Reduction initiative. A practical demonstration area at the Parker Instrumentation technology center (stand X60), will offer hands-on educational opportunities…
Oregon Offers Wave Energy Development Opportunites
State of Oregon has amended its Territorial Sea Plan to allow for siting of marine renewable energy development projects in state waters. The amendment identifies four "Renewable Energy Suitability Study Areas" along the Oregon coast where initial development of wave energy will be encouraged and pose the least conflict with existing ocean uses and natural resources. The four areas are located off the coasts of Lakeside, Reedsport, Nestucca, and Camp Rilea, and total about 22 square miles or two percent of Oregon’s territorial sea.
CP Ships Appoints Director of Environmental Services
CP Ships Limited has appointed environmental management specialist Dennis Fortune as its first Director of Environmental Services, based in Montreal. Mr Fortune is responsible for leading CP Ships' extensive environmental management program which involves all aspects of the company's operations including marine and terminal activities, hazardous cargo handling, occupational health and safety and compliance with local and international regulations. "We are proud of our environmental management track record and, with Dennis's extensive experience, we look forward to building on our strengths," commented CP Ships' CEO Ray Miles. Mr Fortune has more than 20 years of environmental management experience, most recently as head of his own consultancy, Dennis Fortune Environmental Associates Inc.
Quimby Promoted at Tacoma
The Port of Tacoma recently promoted Janet Quimby to Director of Contracts and Risk Management. In this position, she is responsible for all Port purchasing, risk management programs, safety programs, and oversight of all Port contracts, including construction and consulting contracts in support of Port capital programs. "Janet has demonstrated an exceptional ability to coordinate complex programs," said Jeff Lincoln, the Port's Director of Facilities Development. "She clearly has the ability to succeed in her expanded areas of responsibility." Quimby was previously the Port's Manager of Contracts and Purchasing. Before joining the Port of Tacoma in 1996, she was a Senior Contracting Officer with the Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle (Metro).
ABS, Golar Strike FLNG Deal
ABS Group subsidiary Genesis Technology Solutions, Inc. (GenesisSolutions) won a contract by Golar LNG to develop an intelligent maintenance strategy for the company’s new fleet of floating LNG (FLNG) vessels usingthe GoFLNG floating liquefaction technology. ABS Group will assist Golar LNG with implementing the Maximo computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) to support its asset management program. ABS Group will provide a model for asset data, criticality rankings, spare parts analysis, a risk-based inspection strategy, failure mode and effects analysis and a maintenance program for the first GoFLNG facility under construction, the Hilli, which will operate off the coast of Cameroon, as well as for future vessels.
BOEM to Modernize Financial Assurance and Risk Management
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on Risk Management, Financial Assurance, and Loss Prevention to seek public input as it considers modernizing its risk management program and bonding regulations for offshore oil and gas operations on the Outer Continental Shelf. This first step initiates a dialogue about BOEM’s existing regulations, which are approximately 20 years old and have not kept pace with offshore infrastructure developments…
Port Management Program for Officials
Senior port officials and maritime industry executives interested in learning the latest port operation, planning and management techniques can participate in the 16th annual International Program for Port Planning and Management (IPPPM), to be held in New Orleans, March 13-24, 2000. The intensive training program offers maritime industry leaders from around the world a unique opportunity for further professional education and personal enrichment. IPPPM is sponsored by the board of commissioners of the Port of New Orleans, the World Trade Center of New Orleans, the Louisiana State University National Ports and Waterways Institute and the University of New Orleans.
ABS Nautical Systems Donates Software to Panama University
ABS Nautical Systems (ABS NS) donated its NS5 Fleet Management Software to the International Maritime University of Panama (UMIP). The donation includes the Maintenance & Repair, Purchasing & Inventory, Crew Management, Quality & Compliance and Replication Manager modules of the NS5 software suite. The modules will be woven into the existing student courses as real-world examples, thus giving students exposure to the software throughout their educational program. “Our curriculum is designed to prepare future officers for the practical challenges they will face throughout their maritime careers," says Acting President for the university Victor Luna. “Our students will now experience first hand the management programs already in use on thousands of vessels," he adds.
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.
Beth Bodensteiner is Sr VP at Holland America Line
Beth Bodensteiner has been promoted to senior vice president, revenue management for Holland America Line. In this capacity, Bodensteiner will lead the development and execution of all revenue management programs and initiatives that support Holland America Line’s revenue goals. She will report directly to Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “Since joining the company more than a decade ago Beth has consistently demonstrated a level of professionalism and expertise that have been instrumental in the company’s planning and decision making,” said Ashford.
DNV Supports Drydock Free Operation of Mobile Offshore Units
Moving MOUs to sheltered waters or drydock facilities for surveys is disruptive and expensive. Using the experience gained from several years of dealing with floating production units and surveying drilling units on location, DNV is now preparing a Recommended Practice (RP) to allow mobile offshore units to operate on location by optimizing survey routines without compromising on quality, safety and integrity. More practical design and construction of the units, established condition monitoring technologies, effective corrosion management programs, emerging technologies for less intrusive or alternative means of inspections, ingenious maintenance and continuous survey regimes are some of the elements that make this change possible.
ATPI, Teekay Offshore Ink Travel Management Deal
ATPI Griffinstone, part of the ATPI Group, has secured a travel management agreement with Teekay Offshore. Teekay Offshore has decided to consolidate all of its travel management through ATPI Griffinstone a global travel management company with specialist dedicated services for energy, offshore and shipping industries. The agreement aims to further drive down costs and improve the effectiveness of travel management programs for Teekay as an extension of an existing global contract between two companies that currently operates in Manila, the United Kingdom, Singapore and India. Geir Arne Hansen, Manager, Competency & Training at Teekay Offshore said…
Crowley Marine Services Announces ISO/ISM Certification
Crowley Marine Services has achieved certification of more vessels under the ABS joint ISO/ISM quality and safety management program than any other tug and barge operator in the Americas. Crowley's extensive West Coast Harbor Services, Oil Transportation and Contract Services fleet and shoreside facilities together with its East Coast Contract Services, RoRo barges and Venezuela operations have been certified under the ABS joint ISO/ISM certification process. In addition to the ABS certification, Crowley has met all qualifications for the AWO Responsible Carrier Program certification. The ISO 9002 and ISM registration indicates the company's vessels, facilities and staff have met the rigorous international codes of quality and safety management standards.
Siemens Opens Third Service Location
Siemens Industry, Inc. has announced that it has opened a third marine service location in Houma, La., devoted to servicing offshore supply vessels, ferries, cargo carriers and other ocean vessels. Similar to its sister marine service locations in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Seattle, Wash., the new Gulf Coast location will serve both on-call and service contract customers. The new Houma-based office will offer a myriad of repair and spare parts services for automation, drives, motors, instrumentation and controls, as well as condition monitoring and part audits. It will also offer technical support programs that provide software upgrades and scheduled maintenance for the entire electrical equipment system or portions of it, even if the original installation was not performed by Siemens.
MMS Awards Contract For Royalty Reengineering
The U.S. Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service awarded a $47 million, seven-year contract to Andersen Consulting to develop, install and operate an integrated financial system that will improve the Federal government's Royalty Management Program (RMP). With the signing of this contract, MMS fully enters the implementation phase of its reengineering initiative, which was spurred by aging computer systems, changing energy markets, and the need to place its business enterprise on business cycles and processes that better align with industry and financial institutions. The RMP, which is charged with collecting, accounting for and distributing billions of dollars in revenues associated with minerals activity on Federal and American Indian lands…