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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Nautical Schools News

Fort Schuyler Alumni Preserve Maritime Education

In 1912, following several financially difficult years for the New York Nautical School, America’s first Maritime Academy, founded 1874, the New York City Board of Education, the school's steward since its inception, had had enough and decided to throw in the towel. The Board of Education moved to petition the New York State Government for permission to abandon its unusual school and return the training ship, the auxiliary sailing gunboat, USS Newport, to the Navy. Consequently, at the beginning of 1913, the school’s Alumni Association, which had been in existence for ten years, stepped in. A coalition of interests supporting the school was assembled by the Alumni Association.

Alternative Hull Examination for Certain Vessels

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued an interim rule establishing an alternative hull examination program for certain passenger vessels. Nautical school, offshore supply, passenger, and sailing school vessels will have the option of alternating drydock examinations with underwater surveys. These vessels will also have additional latitude in scheduling inspections. The interim rule comes into effect on June 28, 2002

USCG Publishes Notice on Alternate Hull Examination Program

The U.S. Coast Guard has published a notice stating that, effective August 28, 2002, the information collection requirements of the agency's recent regulation relating to the alternate hull examination program for certain U.S. passenger vessels and underwater surveys for nautical school, offshore supply, passenger, and sailing school vessels came into effect.

VSTEP to Install Simulators for FIDENA Schools

VSTEP won a contract to install FMB and Tug simulators at all three FIDENA Maritime Schools in Mexico. The contract was won by VSTEP and its Mexican partner Edutelsa through an official competitive tender procedure and enables FIDENA to replace its old simulator technology with DNV certified NAUTIS simulators. FIDENA is the educational institution in charge of formal and comprehensive education of all seafarers in Mexico. It is the only institution in Mexico that offers higher level study programs in the maritime field and has wide international recognition. FIDENA has three nautical schools located in Mazatlan, Tampico and Veracruz and its Headquarters in Mexico City.

Transas VTS Simulator Arrives in the UK

Transas Marine (UK) Ltd and Blackpool and the Fylde College’s Fleetwood Nautical Campus have successfully added a VTS simulation suite to the Transas Navi-Trainer Professional Simulation centre. The two Navi-Monitor workstations are able to monitor the developing traffic situation in any simulated exercise run on the main navigational bridges on site; a capability that is required for Fleetwood to deliver VTS Operator training to the IALA V103 standard. A projected visualization channel gives the view from the control tower and completes the full mission effect that this leading training establishment has always strived for. This installation is a landmark for Transas as it is the first of its kind in the UK.

Alternative Hull Exam Program

The U.S. Coast Guard has established an alternative hull examination program for certain U.S. passenger vessels. It is also giving nautical school, offshore supply, passenger, and sailing school vessels the option of alternating drydock examinations with underwater surveys. Finally, it is giving industry additional latitude in scheduling inspections, creating parity between passenger vessels and all other Coast Guard-inspected vessels. The rule comes into effect on September 7, 2004. 69 Fed. Reg. 47378 (August 5, 2004).

UK, VTS Simulation from Transas

Transas Marine (UK) Ltd and Blackpool and the Fylde College’s Fleetwood Nautical Campus have successfully added a VTS simulation suite to its Transas Navi-Trainer Professional Simulation centre. The two Navi-Monitor workstations are able to monitor the developing traffic situation in any simulated exercise run on the main navigational bridges on site; a capability that is required for Fleetwood to deliver VTS Operator training to the IALA V103 standard. A projected visualisation channel gives the view from the control tower and completes the ‘full mission’ effect that this leading training establishment has always strived for. This installation is a landmark for Transas as it is the first of its kind in the UK…

Naylor Director of Maritime & Coastguard Agency

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency announced the appointment of Philip Naylor as the new Director of Maritime Services. This post is responsible for ensuring the safety and quality of seafarers and ships under the Red Ensign and delivering emergency response, survey and inspections services. Naylor is currently General Manager for Fleet Marine and Shore Operations for Carnival UK. He served as a Deck Officer on tankers, ferries and sail training vessels before joining the cruise industry in 1986. Here he was responsible for the worldwide operation of 12 cruise ships, as well as major developments ashore in the Port of  Southampton. He has also led Carnival's emergency response organisation.

Sea Hawk Paints Names Detmer as COO

Mike Detmer (Photo courtesy of New Nautical Coatings, Inc.)

Mike Detmer has been appointed to the position of chief operating officer at New Nautical Coatings, Inc. Based at the company’s headquarters in Clearwater, Fla., Detmer will report to Erik Norrie, co-founder and chief executive officer at Sea Hawk Paints. His responsibilities will include overseeing day-to-day operations as well as executing key strategic growth initiatives. Prior to joining New Nautical Coatings, Inc. and the Sea Hawk brand, Detmer spent two years as president of the Niles division of Nortek, Inc.’s AVC Group.

Bender To Start Conversion of Barge and MMA Training Ship

Bender Shipbuilding & Repair of Mobile, Ala., has been awarded the conversion of the 400 x 102 ft. Sea Sorceress. The barge, which will be converted from a manned fuel barge to a DP-II construction barge for Cal Dive International of Houston, Texas, will receive eight 850 kW retractable Z drives. These drives will be powered by four Wärtsilä generators providing 6.6kV of power. A new engine room on the dynamically positioned barge will be used for the vessel's main source of power, as well as ancillary equipment. A 31 x 102 ft. (9.4 x 31 m) stern piece will be removed and replaced by a new stern housing for four of the thrusters - the other four will be positioned forward in the bow.

Wake of Nautical Institute Awarded OBE

OBE for Philip Wake Photo NI

Mr Philip Wake OBE RD MSc FNI has been appointed an Ordinary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the UK’s New Year’s Honours’ List for his services to the maritime industry. Philip was elected a Fellow of The Nautical Institute in 1996, and became Chairman of the voluntary London Branch soon after. Having served in the Secretariat since November 1999, he became the Chief Executive of The Nautical Institute in May 2003. During his time as Chief Executive, The Nautical Institute has developed its reach as a professional membership organisation…

How Can the Marine Industry Counteract Its Aging Workforce?

File photo: Brian Cronk

It’s been widely reported over recent years that the maritime industry is facing a workforce crisis. A lack of newly trained candidates to fill the gaps caused by retirement of an aging workforce, now compounded even further by the oil price crash, means marine companies are beginning to feel the pressure of staff shortages. The U.K. Department for Transport (DFT) predicts a shortfall of around 3,500 deck and engineering officers by 2021 in the U.K. alone, and the BIMCO / ICS Manpower Report predicts the global shortfall of 147,500 officers by 2025.

SUNY Maritime to Train NYC’s Next Ferry Captains

Photo: SUNY Maritime College

NYC Ferry operated by Hornblower is teaming up with the oldest merchant marine academy in the country to deliver a world class training program before a majority of the new NYC Ferry vessels even arrive in New York Harbor. SUNY Maritime College was founded in 1874 as the New York Nautical School, the first school in the nation devoted to training merchant mariners. As part of this new collaboration between NYC Ferry and SUNY Maritime, future captains and crew will have access to SUNY Maritime’s top notch classroom facilities and experienced maritime faculty.

ABS Rolls Out New Fleet Management Software

(Photo: ABS)

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.

NI Validates Singapore DP

The London headquartered, Dynamic Positioning Center in conjunction with Singapore Maritime Academy announced the validation of the newly opened dynamic positioning (DP) training school in Singapore by the Nautical Institute (NI), the professional association for qualified mariners. The Singapore Dynamic Positioning Center located adjacent to Republic of Singapore Yacht Club, opened it’s doors to students wishing to train as DP Operators in March following the signing of a co-operation agreement with the internationally recognized Singapore Maritime Academy which is part of the Singapore Polytechnic. Following a visit by the Nautical Institute earlier this month to verify the DP training center…

Efstathiou New Executive Director at Spectec

Evan Efstathiou, Executive Director of SpecTec Americas.

SpecTec has appointed Evan Efstathiou as Executive Director of SpecTec Americas. Mr. Efstathiou has worked in Veson Nautical as the Director of Client Services for over 3 years, and he has cooperated with SpecTec in many projects, including one that was highly successful signed with Hyproc. Evan has graduated from MIT and Harvard School of management and worked the last 11 years in the Maritime and Oil&Gas worlds.  His role as Executive Director will be primarily to boost the SpecTec business in the whole of the American continent and promote high level businesses.  

Tromsø Maritime School Chooses Kongsberg Maritime

Tromsø Maritime School has selected Kongsberg Maritime to provide Polaris simulators for navigation and Dynamic Positioning training. The established Northern Norway training facility has ordered an extensive suite of new simulators following an open tender that saw leading simulator developer Kongsberg Maritime come out on top in terms of the proposed technical solution, customer service program and customer references. The scope of supply, which has been designed to enable Tromsø Maritime School to meet strict new Nautical Institute guidelines for Dynamic Positioning operator training and certification, includes a Polaris ship’s bridge simulator (DNV class B)…

US DP Training Lab Launches NI Accredited Course

MPT DP Lab: Photo courtesy of MPT

Fort Lauderdale based Maritime Professional Training (MPT) has announced accreditation from The Nautical Institute as a Dynamic Positioning (DP) Training facility, joining authorized organizations both in the U.S. and worldwide to offer training in this specialized maitime skill. The inaugral course began recently. MPT has completed installation of a state-of-the-art DP training lab utilizing Marine Technologies (MT) system software with multiple models to provide training…

Seafarers International House Honors Maritime Leaders

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Members of the maritime community gathered last evening at the New York Athletic Club to honor three of its leaders: H. Marshall Ainley (President, Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association), Ian T. Blackley (President & CEO, Overseas Ship Management, Inc.) and Raymond J. Burke Jr. (Partner, Burke & Parsons). These individuals were given the 2016 “Outstanding Friend of Seafarers” Award by Seafarers International House, a Lutheran, non-profit agency serving merchant seafarers in Baltimore…

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.

Fifty Years of Seafarer Training in the South Pacific

Approximately 200 guests celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Marine Training Center (MTC) on the Kiribati island of Tarawa in the South Pacific. Although some 13,700 kilometers lie between Hamburg and the school in Tarawa, these places are closely connected. Hamburg Süd cofounded the school for training seafarers 50 years ago. The company is also the managing partner of the joint venture SPMS (South Pacific Marine Services GbR), which brokers the placement of trained seafarers with the partner shipping companies. In addition to Hamburg Süd, the sponsors of training, and Kiribati’s largest employers, include the shipping companies Aug. Bolten, F. Laeisz, Fisser & van Doornum, Leonhardt & Blumberg, and Reederei Nord.

Coast Guard Calls off Search for Pilot Missing in GoM

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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.

First Speakers Revealed for 2013 Transas SimUC

Focusing on the theme “Future trends and new challenges in maritime simulation,” Transas Simulation User Conference couldn’t miss the topic of Energy Sector Simulation Applications. This session will cover most of subjects vital for offshore training one of them being the new Naitical Institute DP training scheme. Regina Bindao, Manager of Accreditation & Certification Services, The Nautical Institute, will present details to participants regarding the new NI DP training scheme/requirements for 2014, and their objectives.

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