Proposal on Spray Painting Passes
NMMA in conjunction with Lauderdale Marine Center (LMC) and the National Fire Protection Committee on Spray Finishing, recently drafted and approved a new standard which reduces the fire risks of spray painting large objects, including yachts in temporary membrane enclosures. Temporary membrane enclosures are used in the marine industry to paint yachts that are too large to fit in a spray booth. The standard not only makes painting safer but eases the concerns of fire marshals and regulators who oversee this work. The new standard will be published in Chapter 18 of the 2015 edition of the National Fire Protection Association’s code 33 (NFPA33) and promotes best-practices throughout the industry.
Eric Greene Associates Awarded MARAD Contract
Eric Greene Associates, Inc. has just been awarded a 9-month, $65,000 contract from the Maritime Administration to investigate spray-applied insulation systems for marine transportation. The work is being performed for the Ship Structure Committee (SSC) representing in the U.S. the Maritime Administration, the Coast Guard, the American Bureau of Shipping, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and the Navy; and in Canada the Coast Guard, DREA, and Transport Canada. High-speed marine transportation systems rely on structural fire protection to ensure passenger safety. Passive structural fire protection used today consists of "batted" material that is held in place with pins.
Pakistani Shipbreaking Plot Sealed Off
Shipbreaking plot no. 54 in Gadani, Pakistan, was sealed off after a massive fire broke out on-board the ship ACES (IMO 8021830), said NGO Shipbreaking Platform. This is the same floating oil production tanker that blew up on 1 November last year – an explosion that caused the death of 31 workers and seriously injured at least another 58 workers. Fortunately, reports seem to indicate that no workers got caught in the flames of yesterday’s fire on the ACES. After having been left untouched and unbroken in the same yard since last year’s catastrophic explosion…
Blast-One Acquires Tecor Finishing Solutions
Blast-One International expands into Minneapolis with expectations of increasing employment opportunities in the next six months. Blast-One International is proud to announce its acquisition of Minneapolis-based Tecor Finishing Solutions – a national leader in the engineering and production of industrial blast rooms and spray painting ventilation systems. From turn-key painting booths and spray painting areas to fully integrated powder coating automated solutions, Tecor Finishing Solutions is a trusted leader for environmental health and regulation compliance, often delivering results surpassing OSHA requirements. For over 35 years, Blast-One has been a leading provider of equipment and abrasives to the Corrosion Control and Protective Coatings Industry.
U.S. Coatings Develops High Temp Products
U.S. Coatings has formulated two new high temperature silicone coatings specifically for use where elevated temperatures provide corrosion challenges. The HeatGrip 4200 is a high temperature silicone coating custom formulated to withstand temperatures up to 1200 degrees. HeatGrip 4200 is one of the highest solids high temperature coating on the market at 50 percent solids by volume and 3.6 VOC. Available in aluminum finish, it can be applied by conventional spray, airless spray, brush or with roller application equipment. The HeatGrip 4750 is an intermediate temperature silicone coating formulated to withstand temperatures up to 750 degrees. HeatGrip 4750 is 55 percent volumes solids and low 3.2 VOC. Its air dry finish is enhanced by two hour cure at 350 degrees.
Marine Firefighting Veteran Joins Resolve
Marine Firefighting Veteran Jeff Johnson Joins Resolve as Manager, Training and Response, and Pacific Region Responder. RESOLVE Marine Group has announced that Jeff Johnson has joined the company as Manager, Training and Response with responsibilities in both RESOLVE’s Salvage & Fire (Americas) emergency response/OPA-90 subsidiary and at RESOLVE Maritime Academy, the training subsidiary. Jeff focuses on continuous development of RESOLVE’s U.S. and territorial waters Firefighting Response Network and serves as the company’s Pacific Region Responder for marine incidents…
Companies Merge to Form National and Marine Fire Services
Providing representation for a variety of marine fire protection equipment Canal Fire Protection, Alarm Services & Installation and Marine Fire Protection have merged to form National and Marine Fire Services. With a combined experience of more than 35 years, the trio has expertise with the servicing of vessels on the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Seaboard both in Canada and the U.S.
Enhanced Fire Protection for Engine Rooms
At sea, fires can have destroying effects: if flames break out on a ship, help is generally many sea miles away. Therefore, such situations require an efficient fire extinguishing technology available in order to mitigate the risk of fire. Minimax has expanded the high pressure water mist extinguishing system Minifog marine XP for use in engine rooms and cargo pump rooms of up to 8,235 m* volume. With this, Minimax meets the stricter requirements, especially on board of cruise ships.
Cruise Line Execs Carpeted by Senate Committee
The presidents of Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International defended their industry and their practices to senators following two recent high-profile fires that damaged ships, reports AP. In February, Carnival’s ship Triumph was left without power in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine room fire. Thousands of passengers endured squalid conditions while the ship was towed to Mobile, Alabama. Citing Carnival Cruise Lines President Gerald Cahill evidence to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, AP reported that Carnival is working to add more emergency generators to its two dozen ships as well as to install newer sprinkler systems.
Meeting of Fire Protection
The Fire Protection for Shipyard Employment Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee, sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), will meet on February 5-7, 2002 in Houston, Texas. The Committee will review a working draft of the proposed regulatory text and other material. Source: HK Law
Indian order for Enclosed Ship Unloader
Cargotec has received an order for a Siwertell ship unloader type ST790-D from the Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Ltd (IFFCO), Paradeep Unit. The enclosed screw-type unloader will be used to discharge rock phosphate and sulfur at a rated capacity of 1,800 t/h. "IFFCO wanted a totally enclosed system for both environmental and safety reasons," said Anders Paulsson, Sales manager, Bulk handling. "The company specified a screw-type unloader for high efficiency and chose a Siwertell system from Cargotec because we have by far the most knowledge and experience of this technology - the first Siwertell system designated for sulphur was delivered in 1980. Cargotec's Siwertell Sulphur Safety System (4S) was developed to minimise the risk of explosions and detect fires.
Abakan Incorporates Subsidiary, MesoCoat
Abakan Inc., a company in the advanced coatings and metal formulations markets, announced the incorporation of a new subsidiary, MesoCoat Coating Services Inc. (MCS), to provide thermal spray coating services using its multiple award-winning nanocomposite PComP coating materials to improve component longevity and to combat corrosion and wear in the oil and gas, mining, aerospace, chemicals, metal processing and metal finishing industries. MCS will provide wear- and corrosion-resistant coating application services utilizing conventional thermal spray powders, as well as proprietary PComP(TM) nanostructured coating materials. MCS already has a fully functional thermal spray coating facility with one coating cell in Euclid…
Ship Systems and Equipment Meeting Underway
The first set of international requirements for onboard lifting appliances and winches are expected to be finalized during this week’s meeting of the Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE). The draft amendments to SOLAS as well as any necessary related guidelines will be submitted to the Maritime Safety committee (MSC) in June for consideration. Also set for completion are draft amendments to the 2009 Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODU) Code, covering machinery and electrical installations in hazardous areas, fire safety, and life-saving appliances and equipment.
OSHA Issued Notice on Shipyard Safety
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a notice confirming that its incorporation by reference of 19 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards related to fire protection for shipyard employment. Source: HK Law
AMI Wins $3.5 Million Defense Contract
Auburn Manufacturing, Inc. (AMI) has won a multiyear contract to supply over 200,000 yards of AMI-SIL fabric to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (NSY) in Bremerton, Washington, for use in hot work operations during ship repair. The contract, which could total as much as $3.5 million over the next five years, "reflects the continued confidence the Department of Defense has in our products," said Kathie Leonard, AMI's President and CEO. "We've been supplying hot work safety fabrics to the Navy for over twenty years under various contracts, and are now well over 1.5 million yards. Keeping its U.S.
SCC Meeting Planned
The Shipping Coordinating Committee, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, will meet in Washington, DC on January 11, 2005 to prepare for the upcoming meeting of the IMO Subcommittee on Fire Protection. Topics on the agenda include large passenger ship safety; performance testing; performance criteria for fire doors; and evacuation analysis. 69 Fed. Reg. 76027 (HK Law).
Detroit Agencies Perform Maritime Security Exercise
Detroit Coast Guard members are participating in a Southeast Michigan Area Maritime Security Committee multi-agency table-top exercise Wednesday at the Detroit Fire Department Regional Training Center. The purpose of this exercise is to test plans and policies of federal, provincial, state and local area agencies in response to a transportation security incident. In accordance with the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program, a table-top exercise is a discussion based exercise. There will not be any resources deployed directly as a result of this exercise. More than 150 participants from 50 agencies are expected to participate in the exercise.
CTAC Meetings Announced
In June, there will be two meetings of subcommittees of the Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC), which is sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard. On June 8-9, the Subcommittee on Hazardous Cargo Transportation Security will meet in Washington, DC to discuss the potential addition of acrylonitrile to the Certain Dangerous Cargo (CDC) definition and to review recent workgroup discussions and outcomes regarding CDC mixtures and the Declaration of Security. 69 Fed. Reg. 27946 (May 17, 2004). On June 10, the Subcommittee on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 472 Standard will conduct a teleconference meeting to discuss the formation of a marine emergency responder chapter in NFPA 472, Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents. 69 Fed. Reg.
CTAC – teleconference meeting
The Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC), sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will conduct a teleconference meeting of its Subcommittee on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 472 Standard. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the future draft of a marine emergency responder chapter in NFPA 472, Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents. The teleconference meeting will be on July 20, 2004. Written comments should be submitted by July 19, 2004. 69 Fed. Reg. 39494 (HK Law).
Cananda Chamber of Shipping on Anchorage Operations
The Chamber of Shipping welcomes the federal government’s announcement of details concerning the review and modernization of anchorage operations as part of the Oceans Protection Plan. Commercial shipping results in $30 billion of economic activity annually in Canada and, at 1.8% of the Canadian economy, ships move more than $200 billion worth of goods to and from global markets. From farmers to retailers, many Canadian jobs depend on a healthy and thriving trade environment supported by a robust and fluid marine transportation network.
Keeping Machinery Spaces Safe
Fire in the engineroom is one of the largest causes of ship casualties around the world, a fact highlighted in a recent Salvage Association annual review. Finland's Marioff Oy — a well-regarded supplier of fire suppression systems — now offers a dedicated HI-FOG water mist fire protection system for ship's enginerooms. The supplier of water mist fire protection systems for ships is gearing up for unprecedented demand for its tailor made HI-FOG local application system following the May 1999 meeting of IMO's Maritime Safety Committee. Following this meeting, IMO requires, in addition to the main ship system, that the engine rooms of most ships be fitted with a water based local application fire fighting system. "Marioff's solutions will prove most attractive for shipowners," believes Dr.
Halsey Appointed to Joint Management Committee for Thunder Bay
Dr. William Anderson, director of the Department of History, Arts and Libraries (HAL), today announced the appointment of State Archaeologist John R. Halsey to the Joint Management Committee administering the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Preserve off the coast of Alpena. Halsey, who represents Michigan on the federal-state committee, will serve a two-year term expiring Jan. 1, 2005. The other member of the Joint Management Committee is Daniel J. Basta, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Sanctuary Program. "The unique federal-state partnership at Thunder Bay presents a tremendous opportunity to teach people about Great Lakes maritime history…
IMO PaperSmart Meeting Restructures Sub-Committees
The IMO Council, meeting for its 109th session in London has endorsed, in principle, a restructuring of IMO's Sub-Committees. The Council meeting was the first “PaperSmart” meeting for the Organization, and was considered a success by delegates. Delegates were invited to make the meeting "paperless" (PaperSmart), to reduce costs and make IMO meetings "environment friendly". Delegates were asked to come to the meeting with their own laptops, tablet computers, etc., together with their own Internet cables to connect to wired access points in the main meeting room. An enhanced wireless facility (Wifi) was provided for improved wireless access to the IMO documents site (IMODOCS) and to the Internet. The restructuring is part of a review and reform process initiated by Secretary-General Mr.