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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Cyprus Launches Maritime Academy

Photo: Cyprus Maritime Academy

The University of Nicosia announced the operation of the Cyprus Maritime Academy at the Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement Centre for Nautical Education, where the academy’s facilities are housed. According to local media reports, Cyprus Maritime Academy will receive its first students in September 2016 and offer four-year degree programs which will cover the three main sectors of the nautical industry: Nautical Science, Nautical Engineering, and Nautical Electric Engineering. The Academy will take in 35-40 students in its first year.

Coast Guard Medevacs Tanker Crewman with Severed Finger

Coast Guard file photo by PA3 Eric Woodall

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a man Wednesday afternoon from the 392-foot Maltese-flagged tank ship Emek-S, approximately 28 nautical miles southwest of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan received a call from the captain of the Emek-S at 3:08 p.m. stating that a crewmember, who was a Turkish citizen, had lost part of his left hand's middle finger two hours earlier. The watchstanders notified the Air Station Borinquen flight surgeon…

ABS Nautical Systems Announces Staff Changes

ABS Nautical Systems announces personnel changes in its Piraeus, Greece. Evangelos Valsamis has been promoted to Manager of Sales and Business Development for ABS Nautical Systems for Europe/Middle East. Valsamis has been able to work in collaboration with clients to develop an analytical approach that will work best for each client's needs. Nautical Systems SafeNet suite of products, he is able to provide both technical as well as training support. His pragmatic approach assures the greatest value with each system implemented. Theodore Lagudis has been promoted to Manager of Operations for ABS Nautical Systems for Europe/Middle East.

ABS Rolls Out New Fleet Management Software

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ABS announced the release of its Nautical Systems (NS) Enterprise fleet management software, including NS Insight, a new business intelligence module. The NS solution provides complete capabilities to plan, execute and document all compliance work processes. The release includes a new cloud-based NS Voyage Manager, the latest mobile applications, an expanded NS Autologger, and enhancements to NS Health, Safety, Quality and Environmental (HSQE) Manager. “Effectively managing compliance is a core business objective for our clients,” said ABS Chief Digital Officer, Howard Fireman.

NCS and Alion Partner to Deliver Fuel Monitoring and Optimization Solutions

Nautical Control Solutions, LP (NCS) of Houston, TX announced the signing of a marketing agreement with McLean, Va.-based Alion Science and Technology (Alion). The agreement enables Alion to specify and add engineering value to Nautical Control Solutions' FuelTrax Suite for marine fuel monitoring and optimization. In turn, NCS will tap Alion for the company's marine engineering expertise in selected opportunities. NCS provides automated control solutions specifically designed to optimize marine performance through the patented FuelTrax technology and is continuing to develop complementary solutions. Through relationships with leaders in the marine industry…

The Nautical Safety Profile

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MARIN is working together with the industry to develop the Nautical Safety Profile for operations and risk management. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is increasingly being used as an alternative fuel, both at sea and on land, to reduce pollution from transportation. In 2011 the first LNG carrier arrived at the Rotterdam Gate terminal, and last year the terminal was upgraded to facilitate the transfer of LNG to shuttle tankers. An extensive safety analysis was carried out prior to the development of the terminal and a dedicated harbor access policy has been defined.

Reederei Claus-Peter Offen Selects ABS Nautical Systems

ABS Nautical Systems today announced that implementation of its NS5 Enterprise software suite has begun on Reederei Claus-Peter Offen’s fleet of container vessels. Based in Hamburg and one of the world’s largest suppliers of modern container tonnage, the company will be utilizing three modules from ABS Nautical Systems’ integrated software solution. Reederei Claus-Peter Offen purchased the Maintenance & Repair, Purchasing & Inventory and Voyage Management modules for its fleet of 103 vessels. These modules provide the tools to track maintenance expenses, upcoming drydocks and repairs, inventory replacement needs, fuel consumption and cargo operations across their entire fleet.

Tidewater Selects ABS Nautical Systems

ABS Nautical Systems was selected by Tidewater Inc. to trial its fleet management software. With this partnership, ABS Nautical Systems intends to become Tidewater’s global fleet management software provider. Tidewater would be replacing an internal system with ABS Nautical Systems’ fully integrated software suite to help manage its principal operational functions including maintenance, vessel-initiated requisitions and relevant regulatory requirements. “Our vendor vetting process was time intensive,” said Bill Scott, Manager, Engineering and Technical Services, Tidewater. Tidewater will implement several modules from ABS Nautical Systems’ software suite NS5…

Veson Welcomes Li, Elkin, Patel, Venkatesh

Veson Nautical, the US-based developer of software solutions for the commercial maritime community, announced the addition of four professionals to the company’s Boston headquarters office. Veson Nautical has hired Haorong Li as Director of Professional Services; Mikhail Elkin as Software Engineer; Suchit Patel as QA Engineer; and Brenna Venkatesh as Marketing and Events Associate. Haorong Li, Veson’s new Director of Professional Services, has more than 10 years of experience implementing enterprise software solutions for operations management, supply chain optimization, planning, scheduling and logistics. His combination of hands-on…

India for Optimum Utilization of Shipping Sector

Indian Prime Minister Naredra Modi. Photo: Official FB Page

The Ministry of Shipping, India has prepared a Vision Document for “Coastal Shipping, Tourism and Regional Development” for optimum utilization of the shipping sector and coastal resources. The document envisages increasing the share of Coastal/Inland water transportation, development of coastal shipping as part of an end to end logistics supply chain, integration of inland waterways with the coastal routes and development of regional centers to generate cargo for coastal traffic.

Mansukh Mandavia Inspects Kolkata Port, IWAI Jetty

Mansukh Mandaviya Photo: Official Twitter

Indian Minister of State for Shipping, Mansukh Mandaviya inspected the facilities and ongoing projects at Kolkata Port Trust and GR Jetty of Inland Waterways Authority of India. Mandavia visited Netaji Subhas Dock at Kolkata Port Trust where he stressed upon the need for strengthening the Dry Dock facilities. He also inaugurated the renovated Birsa Munda Sarani and Sonapur Road of the Port, and  participated in the tree plantation activities organised by the Port Authorities. He later flagged off the state-of-the–art Seagoing Survey Launch (River Pearl-1) of KoPT.

Veson Nautical Opens London Headquarters

Photo: Veson Nautical

Veson Nautical, a developer of software that propels the commercial maritime industry, announced the opening of a new office in London, just steps from London Bridge. The new office will serve as a headquarters for Veson Nautical in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and will house dedicated sales, consulting, and technical professionals for these regions. “Europe has always been a key market for Veson Nautical. The new London location will serve as a hub to the entire region. We’re delighted to expand our team to best serve our clients’ needs,” said President, John Veson.

Iranian Warship Crashes at Caspian Port, Two Crew Missing

An Iranian warship crashed into concrete wave breakers at a port in the Caspian Sea and two of its crew members are missing, according to local media reports. The 100-meter long warship, called Damavand, crashed at the harbour town of Bandar Anzali during stormy seas which kicked up waves as high as four meters, Gilnegah, a website focused on news about the northern province of Gilan, reported. Six crew members from the warship were initially knocked into the water during the accident and four were recovered from the sea. Pictures posted on Gilnegah show the damaged warship listing to one side near wave breakers that protect the port. No official statement has been issued on the number of dead or injured from the accident.

Nautical Chart Updated for Charleston Harbor

The red lines (not included on the actual chart 11525) show the limits of the old chart.

The new nautical chart 11525 extends eastward, to cover an additional pilot boarding area for vessels headed to the Charleston Harbor. Ships entering the Port of Charleston will have a new and improved nautical chart that covers a larger area to ensure safer navigational approaches into the harbor. Available on the 4th of July, new chart 11525 (Charleston Harbor Entrance and Approach) replaces the old chart 11523 (Charleston Harbor Entrance). It expands chart coverage further east, covering an additional 345 square nautical miles that wasn’t on the old chart.

Lloyd’s Register Sponsors Human Element Awareness Initiative

Lloyd’s Register is sponsoring a ‘human element awareness’ initiative, to be run by The Nautical Institute. The initiative is expected to run for three years and will aim to raise awareness in the maritime industry about how the human element fits into the design and operation of ships and shipboard equipment. The initiative will bring together knowledge from interdisciplinary sources in the maritime human element field and disseminate it through the publication of a quarterly newsletter, entitled Alert!, and a corresponding web site. The publication, edited by David Squire of The Nautical Institute, will cover a wide variety of professional interests…

Formosa Plastics Marine Selects ABS Nautical Systems

ABS Nautical Systems announced that its fully integrated asset management software suite NS5 has been selected for trial by Formosa Plastics Marine Corp. (FPMC), part of the Formosa Plastics Group - the only privately owned Taiwan oil refinery and the second largest gasoline and gasoil producer in Taiwan. This new relationship marks the entry of ABS Nautical Systems into the Taiwan market and continues its expansion throughout Asia. FPMC will evaluate several modules from the NS5 software suite through the ABS Newbuild Program including Maintenance & Repair, Hull Inspection and Drawings Management. When making a decision to assess ABS Nautical Systems’ offerings, FPMC was particularly interested in the software’s capability for class integration with the ABS Eagle Survey Manager program.

Coast Guard Calls off Search for Pilot Missing in GoM

© Jason Knox / Adobe Stock

The U.S Coast Guard has called off the search for missing pilot Bill Kinsinger, 55, and his Cirrus aircraft that vanished over the Gulf of Mexico. Last week, Kinsinger had plans to land in Georgiatown, Texas from Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City. When the plane failed to land, air traffic controllers attempted to reach Kinsinger, but received no response. Investigators said the plane continued on course past its destination, and was last observed on radar over the Gulf of Mexico, about 219 miles northwest of Cancun.

Transas Marine, Interschalt ECDIS Training Approval

Transas Marine and INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG are the only private Generic ECDIS training providers to gain Flag State approval from Germany. Transas Marine and its GET-Net partner INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG (Hamburg, Germany) offers combined generic and type specific course. The course is certified by Germanischer Lloyd and follows the IMO Model Course 1.27 and is in accordance with the Manila Amendments to STCW. From 2012 when ECDIS Carriage Requirement comes into force…

NOAA Updates New York Harbor Charts Post-Sandy

A NOAA Coast Survey team collected post-Sandy depth measurements in New York Harbor last spring

Ships, barges, ferries, and recreational boats in the busy New York Harbor will be able to navigate more safely thanks to an updated version of the harbor’s nautical chart recently issued by NOAA that includes data gathered in the navigational response to the damage caused by Sandy in October 2012. The latest edition of Chart 12334 – New York Harbor includes new depth measurements and shoreline depictions. “This new chart edition is the first product of a multi-year post-Sandy charting plan,” said Rear Admiral Gerd Glang, director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey.

Thomas Miller Acquires Brookes Bell

Photo: Thomas Miller

UK-based international provider of market leading insurance services Thomas Miller has acquired international marine consultancy business Brookes Bell for an undisclosed sum. Brookes Bell is a leading marine technical and surveying consultancy with offices in Liverpool, London, Glasgow, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. It has served the marine and energy industries since 1903, providing specialist services in areas including emergency response, casualty investigation, salvage and wreck removal operations, scientific cargo expertise, forensic engineering and expert witness services.

Unconventional Wisdom from Dolphin Geophysical CEO

Atle Jacobsen CEO Dolphin Geophysical

Atle Jacobsen, the CEO of Dolphin Geophysical, is, in many ways, a bit of a paradox. An experienced, no-nonsense, veteran of the marine seismic surveying industry, he is also disarmingly easy to “talk shop” with, engaging and has an obvious thirst for new ideas and technology. But the core contradiction lies in his approach to business. This is a man that shows no qualms about ripping up the rulebooks and making brave decisions, but at the same time there is a steadfast caution that underpins the very essence of the Dolphin business model.

Viking Enters Ocean Cruise Industry

Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking Cruises

Viking Ocean Cruises has announced it took delivery of Viking Star, marking the company's official arrival into the ocean cruise industry. The delivery ceremony took place on March 28 when the ship was presented at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard outside of Venice, Italy. On April 11, Viking Star will set sail from Istanbul and will make her way through the Mediterranean and into the Atlantic on her way to be officially christened on May 17 in Bergen, Norway. Classified by Cruise Critic as a "small ship…

MN100: NABRICO

(Image: NABRICO)

From the design of barge accessories and deck fittings to the day-to-day commitment to customer service, NABRICO is one of the most highly respected names in the water transportation industry. NABRICO started building bridges in 1902 and built its first piece of floating equipment for the U.S. Corps of Engineers in 1915. More than nine decades of experience, engineering and nautical expertise go into every piece of equipment built today. NABRICO is a major supplier of marine deck hardware on the river system as well as the offshore industry.

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