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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Hornblower Conducts Marine Master Planning for Ferry

Hornblower Marine Services (HMS) has secured a Marine Master Planning Contract with Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) for its Cape May-Lewes Ferry operation. Cape May-Lewes Ferry, in service since 1964, operates five 1,000 passenger/100 car ferries on a 17-mile route between Cape May, New Jersey and Lewes, Delaware. The year round operation carries some 1 million passengers and 350 thousand cars per year. HMS under the DRBA contract will provide the organization with marine master planning services resulting in a phased and comprehensive strategy to maintain, improve, and optimize operations and assets associated with their Cape May-Lewes Ferry operation.

Maersk Supply Service Wins Contract With Quadrant Energy

Photo: Maersk Supply Service

Maersk Master and Maersk Mariner, Maersk Supply Service’s two first Starfish-class anchor handling vessels built in 2017, will be on contract with Quadrant Energy in Western Australia, commencing March 2018. Both vessels will support Quadrant Energy’s Phoenix South and Van Gogh drilling campaign which will initially cover three wells for a duration of 150 to 200 days. The highly modern and efficient vessels will be supporting Transocean’s semi-submersible rig DD1 with supply and anchor handling duties throughout the campaign. “Quadrant Energy is an important customer.

Next Gen EPA Compliant Phasor Marine Models

In addition to its own extensive line of ultra-compact marine and industrial diesel gen-sets, Next Generation Power serves as one of the original Phasor Marine master distributors for the Southeastern US. Next Gen offers Phasor Marine 5-99 kW models that meet EPA Tier 3 and Tier 4 regulations, including newly-introduced ignition protection certified units. Phasor Marine models employ fuel-efficient Kubota and John Deere diesel engines, world-known for their quality and dependability.

Greene Superintendent U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

From left to right: U.S. DOT Deputy Secretary John Porcari, MARAD Administrator David Matsuda, Secretary Ray LaHood, Photo courtesy MARAD, Superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Admiral Philip H. Greene, Jr., Deputy MARAD Administrator Orlando Gotay. (Photo courtesy MARAD)

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that Rear Admiral Philip H. Greene, Jr. will become the new Superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Admiral Greene holds a Merchant Marine Master’s license and is a 1978 Academy graduate. “Rear Admiral Greene will bring strong leadership to the Academy,” said Secretary LaHood. “His commitment to the midshipmen, his experience as an Academy graduate, and his distinguished naval career have given him the perspective and organizational strengths needed to move the U.S. Rear Admiral Greene came to the U.S.

Building Fishing Boats on the Bayou

When one conjures images of a prosperous and healthy marine niche today, it is guaranteed that the fishing boat market is the first, second, or third to come to mind. Plainly put, there are not a lot of fishing boats being built today. A few are built each year, mainly as replacements, in the major fishing areas of New England and the Northwest. The same is basically true in the Gulf south, except for a small dot on the map named Bayou La Batre, Ala. In this bayou town about 20 miles southwest of Mobile, Ala., several shipyards are active building in total as many as 50-60 shrimp trawlers at any one time. The yards building these boats…

Tug Safety Training Offered at Port of Milford Haven

Milford Haven's simulator suite has the potential to put you at the helm of any marine vessel, in any port. (Photo: MPHA)

A powerful virtual-reality ship simulation system, operated by the Port of Milford Haven is running courses to train tug boat operators from across Britain. The Navigation Suite, based at Milford Waterfront, creates highly realistic computer-generated versions of any port in the world, giving trainees the opportunity to take the controls of any vessel, including tugboats, to practice scenarios. Tug skippers from Williams Marine Services and Teignmouth Harbor Commission spent two days undertaking theory based safety training and working on simulated ‘as real’ scenarios within the port.

London Gateway Ups Security Measures

(Photo: DP World London Gateway)

Expanded use of converged security and information management platform will support physical and IT security program at DP World London Gateway. London Gateway, one of the U.K.’s major ports owned and operated by DP World, has implemented converged security and information management (CSIM) software port-wide to increase security and provide overall situational awareness capability. Situated on the north bank of the River Thames, the deep-sea container port is located next to Europe’s largest logistics park, providing shipping access to key U.K. consumer markets.

Hose Master Receives ABS Approval for Marine Applications

Hose Master, industrial manufacturer of metal hose and expansion joints, received American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Product Type Approval across its major braided metal hose product lines. This certification recognizes Hose Master as having the ability to fabricate hose assemblies with numerous fitting combinations to ABS standards for a wide range of marine and offshore applications. ABS has audited and certified Hose Master’s fabricating facilities to produce metal hose assemblies of the highest quality and safety, fabricated by over 50 ASME Section IX certified welders.

Master Marine Delivers Z Drive Towboat

Master Marine delivered its first 2,000 hp Z Drive inland river towboat (Photo courtesy of Master Marine)

Master Marine, Inc. delivered its first 2,000 hp Z Drive inland river towboat last month. The towboat represents the first vessel (Entech Design) of this series by the yard. Master Marine said it has not been as active in the past years building towboats as the other yards in the area. However, in the last two years, Master Marine has made some personnel changes along with additional investments to reenter this market. mastermarineinc.com  

AMSA Prosecutes Shipping Cos, Masters for Pollution

Marine pollution within Great Barrier Reef

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has prosecuted two shipping companies and their masters for two separate marine pollution incidents within the Great Barrier Reef. Tokyo based Perses Maritima Ltd and the master of its Japan registered vehicle carrier Asteria Leader were found guilty on May 18 in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on one charge each of illegally discharging garbage under the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983. A routine…

Shippers Prosecuted for Garbage Dumping

CSCL Brisbane (Photo: Seaspan Corporation)

Two shipping companies and their masters have been prosecuted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) for two separate marine pollution incidents within the Great Barrier Reef. Tokyo based Perses Maritima Ltd and the master of its Japan registered vehicle carrier Asteria Leader were found guilty on May 18 in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on one charge each of illegally discharging garbage under the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983.

Aberdeen Harbor Names Harbor Master, Marine Manager

Jeff Gaskin (Photo: Aberdeen Harbor Board)

Aberdeen Harbor Board said it has completed the restructuring of its Marine Operations Department with the internal appointment of Captain Jeff Gaskin as new Harbor Master and Alexandra McIntosh as Marine Manager. Gaskin, formerly the Harbor’s Marine Superintendent, has been appointed Harbor Master following the retirement of Captain Ray Shaw. Gaskin has 26 years’ experience within the maritime sector. He started his career as a cadet with Louis Dreyfus Shipping in 1990 and enjoyed spells with both PNTL and Cunard before ending his seagoing career with Vector Offshore in Aberdeen.

Training Bursaries for Harbour Master, Port Captains

IBC Global Academy has announced the availability of training bursaries for the international Diploma for Harbour Masters course. This unique course addresses the theoretical knowledge required by the profession and is popular with both Harbour Masters and Port Captains wishing to update their professional knowledge as well as wider marine department personnel who work in support of a Harbour Master. The course attracts students from around the world and is also popular with seagoing personnel looking to prepare for a move ashore into a port authority role or other maritime safety focus. The bursary application deadline is 11th June 2010.

Resolve Managerial Appointments

Bob Umbdenstock

Resolve Marine Group of Fort Lauderdale, one of the US’ major Marine Emergency Response, Salvage and Fire Fighting experts, is to develop its expertise on a more global basis and has recruited a number of key personnel into its company to achieve this aim. Bob Umbdenstock, marine industry executive and consultant with international management experience in heavy salvage, wreck removal and environmental protection, has joined the company to develop and market the emergency response capabilities Resolve offers to ship owners and managers wishing to comply with statutory planning requirements…

Tero Marine Secures Boa Offshore Contract

Boa Jarl (Photo: Tero Marine)

Tero Marine informs it has secured a multimillion (NOK) contract for delivery of fleet management software to Norwegian shipping company Boa Offshore. The Bergen-based tech company will install its TM Master suite on 14 vessels. TM Master will thus be the preferred fleet management solution for most of the offshore vessels in the Boa fleet, among them the newly named construction vessel Boa Jarl. “We have been reviewing TM Master for a while now, and are impressed by the vast possibilities in this system,” said Helge Kvalvik, CEO in Boa Offshore.

Seva Joins Bisso Marine

Photo courtesy Bisso Marine

Bisso Marine, provider of energy and maritime support services, announced the addition of V. Seva to its management team. Based in Houston, Seva joins the company as project manager and salvage master. Before joining the company, Seva served as salvage master for Svitzer Salvage B.V., executing salvage operations worldwide from his base in the Netherlands. Prior, he was salvage master for Smit Singapore Pte Ltd. Seva began his maritime career as a deck cadet officer in the Merchant Marine and attained his Master Mariner qualification while sailing aboard chemical and gas tankers.

Cruise Ship Strikes Bottom

A cruise ship with 72 passengers and 21 crewmembers headed to Whittier hit bottom Thursday night in Prince William Sound. The master of the cruise ship Spirit of Columbia reported to Prince William Sound vessel traffic service (VTS) around 7:50 p.m. that his vessel had went “touch and go” (hit bottom) and possibly bent the port shaft and propeller in Jackpot Bay, approximately 75 miles south of Whittier. The master of the vessel reported there was no apparent hull damage, pollution, or water entering the vessel. The master felt it safe to continue to transit to Whittier with the starboard propeller. The vessel was placed on a one-hour communication schedule with the VTS until they reached Whittier safely at 4:30 a.m. today. All passengers were safely off-loaded in Whittier.

Master Marine Completes Jack-Up L205

The project teams of Nymo Yards and Master Marine recently presented Jack-Up L205. The vessel arrived Eydehavn in Norway on August 2 for hook up and final commissioning before mobilizing for Ekofisk Field and the client ConocoPhillips. The vessel will be the North Sea’s largest jack up accommodation unit with 447 single cabins. It has been customized and outfitted to meet ConocoPhillips and the authorities’ requirements for a state-of-the-art accommodation unit on Ekofisk field. This delivery marks an important milestone in the history of Master Marine. It is the first of two innovative jack-up construction vessels that the company ordered in 2007. The L205 has been transported to Norway by Dockwise Shipping B.V.’s heavy lift vessel Treasure.

Singapore Annual Marine Services Survey

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a Port Marine Notice stating that it is conducting its Annual Marine Services Survey. The goal is to receive comments from masters to assist in enhancing services provided to ships in Singapore. Survey forms are being distributed to masters. The survey also maybe completed and submitted electronically at E-Survey.

MN100: Master Marine, Inc.

Photo: Master Marine

Master Marine has provided excellent marine repair and new construction services for over 55 years to all marine sectors. Equipment includes one 750-ton floating dry-dock (152’ x 46’) inside the wing walls and one 220-ton Marine Travel lift for servicing inland and offshore commercial companies, Federal and State governments, fishing vessels with projects in steel and aluminum. The firm provides custom designed vessels, with 95 experienced employees on its 7 acre Bayou La Batre location.

Bulk Carrier Dumped Garbage in Marine Park

Bulk carrier 'Pantanal' owners & master fined for dumping food waste near Australia's Great Barrier Reef The master and owner of a ship that dumped garbage in the Great Barrier Reef marine park have been fined according to a Ninemsn Both pleaded guilty in the Townsville Magistrates Court to illegally dumping food waste from the Antiguan bulk carrier Pantanal in the park in July last year. The ship's master was fined $500, while the owner was fined $5000. Convictions were recorded against both men.

Mastering Fleet Management

The Proving Ground.  Maritime innovation is in the Norwegian DNA, and its rugged coasts and waters have made, and broken, a long list of maritime technologies.

Fleet management software developer Tero Marine has served the shipping industry for nearly three decades with a product range led by its software suite TM Master, now a leading fleet management brand with more than 2,000 licenses worldwide. The Bergen, Norway-based company and its fully integrated marine information system TM Master have managed to stay competitive amidst an explosion of companies providing fleet management and software solutions to the maritime market. Serving a clientele that includes navy…

Soles Joins Glosten Associates

Peter Soles

Peter Soles has joined The Glosten Associates as a Marine Consultant and will be supporting the firm’s ocean engineering and marine logistics projects. “Peter brings a broad knowledge of marine transportation policy, oceangoing vessel management and operation, voyage and cargo logistics, navigation, and tug/towing operations,” said Justin Morgan, PE, Glosten Principal. Prior to joining Glosten, Soles contributed to marine projects throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska for over 13 years as a tug operator and marine operations manager for two local marine transportation companies.

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