Singapore Approves Danelec New-Generation VDR
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has issued a certificate of approval for the Danelec DM100 VDR for installation on ships under the Singapore registry. The Singapore approval follows on the type approval and European Union Wheelmark certification for the Danelec DM100 issued by the German authority Bundesamt für Seeschiffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH) June 30. The Danelec DM100 is the first and only product so far approved and wheelmarked to meet the revised VDR performance standards and technical requirements as defined in IMO Resolution MSC.333(90). The new IMO standard came into force July 1. All VDRs installed after that date must meet the new IMO standard.
Danelec DM100 VDR Type Approved to New IMO Standard
Danelec Marine A/S announced introduction of their new-generation DM100 VDR, the first VDR on the market to be type-approved and Wheelmarked under the new IMO standard. The DM100 VDR has been type approved by Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH) in Germany. The BSH type approval certifies that the Danelec DM100 VDR meets all the revised International Maritime Organization (IMO) performance standards and technical requirements, as defined in IMO Resolution MSC.333(90) and IEC 61996-1 Ed.2, and complies with European Union Wheelmark requirements.
Viking Refits Four NGSCO Vessels with LRRS Systems
The National Gas Shipping Company (NGSCO) of Abu Dhabi said new Lifeboat Release and Retrieval Systems (LRRS) are being installed in advance of new IMO regulations coming into force this year. The combination of the innovative Nadiro Drop-in-Ball technology and Viking UAE’s certified lifeboat service technicians were the perfect solution to achieve compliance. New IMO regulations call for major and mandatory improvements to safeguard lives both during lifeboat drills and during emergencies at sea.
Germanischer Lloyd Publishes New IMO Pilot
The new IMO Pilot 2006 with an overview on the current legislation of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is now available. ”Company and registered owner identification number.” The new harmonized damage stability calculations for passenger ships and dry cargo ships of the revised part B of SOLAS chapter II-1 are also contained. The IMO Pilot offers a ship-type specific overview of all the major changes in technical and operational IMO legislation (SOLAS, MARPOL, STCW, Load Line Convention, et al.) since the year 2000. companies and flag state administrations alike.
Danelec to Show VDR Technology at Posidonia
The new IMO Standard for VDRs comes into force July 1. After that date, all VDR installations must fully comply with the new requirements. This includes newbuilds and retrofits. Danelec Marine will showcase its new-generation VDR at Posidnoia on the SRH Marine Electronics Stand (#1.113). The Danelec DM100 is the first VDR designed specifically to meet the new IMO Standard. The new Danelec DM100 also features a totally fresh approach to simplifying shipboard service for marine electronics. The company’s innovative SWAP (SoftWare Advanced Protection) hardware platform provides for all system programming and configuration data to be stored on a hot-swappable memory card.
ICS Suggests Security Training Grace Period
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has raised concerns with governments about preparations worldwide for issuing tens of thousands of seafarers with new certificates for security-related training by January 1, as required by the 2010 amendments to the IMO Convention on Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 2010). In a written submission to IMO, ICS has suggested that IMO Member States might give consideration to the possibility of an…
New IMO Routing Measures other than Traffic Separation Schemes
The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a Marine Circular entitled New Routing Measures other than Traffic Separation Schemes It reports on new routing measures adopted by IMO that will come into effect on December 1, 2002. The measures affect the Tortugas area of the Florida Keys, the Florida Keys generally, Malpelo Island, the Washington coast, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Terra Nova FPSO, and the Shetland Islands.
EPA to Move Forward with Domestic Emissions Standards
With the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) adoption of new emissions standards for large diesel ships and their fuels, EPA can now move forward with a domestic rulemaking action under the Clean Air Act. When fully implemented, this will help reduce harmful emissions by 80 percent or more from large diesel ships, including those that are foreign-flagged operating in U.S. waters. As emissions decline from other transportation sources, ship emissions will become a larger part of the nation's pollution inventory. In 2001, oceangoing vessels contributed nearly six percent of nitrogen oxide (NOx), more than 10 percent of particulate matter (PM), and about 40 percent of sulfur dioxide (SOx) to the nation's air pollution from mobile sources.
Volvo Penta Offers New 10L Diesel Engine
The new Volvo Penta TAMD 103 is a 10-liter commercial diesel engine designed for increased power, lower emissions and lower fuel consumption courtesy of redesigned combustion chambers, cylinder heads and fuel injection system. The engine complies with the new IMO emission regulations. The TAMD 103 is interchangeable with previous Volvo Penta 10-liter engines, to facilitate re-power projects.
Panama Selects Recognized Security Organization
The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) has selected Phoenix Management Services Group Inc, represented in Panama by Phoenix Vessels services Inc, to assess on the evaluation of ship security plans. The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, approved in December 2002 by the International Maritime Organization, is an amendment to the SOLAS/74 convention and will enter force on July 1st, 2004. The AMP recently created the new Department of Maritime Security in charge of implementing the new IMO’s requirements and proper execution of the ISPS Code, to comply with Panama’s obligations as the world’s largest merchant fleet.
ABS Issues Guidance for Protective Coatings
ABS is assisting shipbuilders, ship owners and operators prepare for the new IMO mandated Performance Standard for Protective Coatings (PSPC) (IMO MSC 215(82)) by issuing a completely revised and expanded edition of its Guidance Notes on Inspection, Maintenance and Application of Marine Coatings. The IMO standards take effect on 1 July 2008 and will apply to the dedicated seawater ballast tanks on all ships of not less than 500 gross tons for which the building contract is placed on or after 1 July 2008; or, in the absence of a building contract, the keels of which are laid on or after 1 January 2009. The standards also apply to the double-side skin spaces of bulk carriers of 150m in length and upwards.
Jotun Passes IMO PSPC for COT Tests
Jotun reports that it successfully completed testing of coating systems consistent with the new IMO PSPC rules for cargo oil tanks (COT), scheduled to come into force next year. The new IMO PSPC rules for cargo oil tanks (COT) will go into effect January 2013. Focused on maintaining the long-term integrity of tanks, the new standard requires that all coatings used in the tanks must provide long-term protection against the corrosive effects of crude oil. Jotun has successfully completed testing for coating systems at one of the IMO-approved test institutes (COT in the Netherlands)…
Schat-Harding Calling For Clear Technical Standards
Safety specialist Schat-Harding has asked for concise technical standards to back the new IMO life saving regulations, per the company's newsletter, Escape. Ian Machlin, engineering manager of Schat-Harding, states, "We see the disasters, so we also see clearly that we have to work hard to ensure the technical standards backing regulations are properly thought out, interpreted unambiguously and implemented world-wide." Machlin also stressed upon the work that must be accomplished for implementation of the Life Saving Appliances Code, which was mandated on July 1, 1998.
Danelec DM100 VDR Earns KR Type Approval
Danelec Marine's DM100 series Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) has received type approval from the Korean Register of Shipping, the manufacturer annouced today. The Korean approval certifies that the DM100 VDR complies with provisions of the new IMO VDR standard which came into force in 2014, including IEC 61162-450 requiring Ethernet connectivity with the ship’s ECDIS and radar data. The Danelec DM100 products have also been approved by other international maritime certification bodies, including BSH, Russian Maritime Register, Singapore MPA, China Classification Society and the U.S. Coast Guard.
IACS Renews Call for Evidence-based EEDI Database
Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) Roberto Cazzulo, speaking at the IMO World Maritime Day Symposium on 'Sustainable Maritime Transportation System', noted that IMO had recently supported in principle his organization's proposal for establishing an (Energy Efficient Design Index) "EEDI Database" for new ships being constructed in accordance with new IMO GHG regulations. In a detailed paper Mr Cazzulo observed that action by IMO on climate change would lead to significant emission reductions, between 9 and 16% in 2020 and between 17 and 25% by 2030 compared with current practice. He said, "The emission reduction measures will also result in significant fuel cost savings to the shipping industry…
Shipdock, Spliethoff Combine Forces
Shipdock has reached an agreement with Spliethoff, the Amsterdam-based ship-owning company, for the largest exhaust gas scrubber unit installed so far on board a commercial vessel. Due to forthcoming new IMO sulphur legislation, Shipdock is expecting an increased demand for this type of conversion. This is the first scrubber capable of handling several exhaust gas inlets simultaneously (two main engines and two auxiliary engines producing a combined engine power of 28.000 kW) It will be installed on Spliethoff’s vessel m.v. Plyca during her scheduled dry dock visit during October of this year. Mr. Frank Louwers, director of Spliethoff…
Schat-Harding Develops IMO-Compliant Safety System
Leading lifeboat manufacturer and service provider Schat-Harding has completed all tests required by IMO to ensure that its SeaCure lifeboat release and retrieval systems (the new name for hooks) meet the new IMO guidelines for existing and new lifeboats. Reacting to industry requests Schat-Harding has also developed a Secondary Safety System (SSS) for the SeaCure hook. Although not required by IMO guidelines or SOLAS regulations, the SSS is recommended by many shipping industry groups…
Kirby Takes 250 AIS’ from Furuno
Furuno USA, the largest U.S. supplier of GMDSS equipment, was awarded a contract to supply over 250 of its FA100 Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) to Houston-based Kirby Inland Marine, LP, a subsidiary of publicly traded (NYSE) Kirby Corporation. Kirby Inland Marine operates the nation’s largest fleet of inland tank barges and towing vessels. They transport a variety of petrochemicals, refined products, black oils and agricultural chemicals efficiently and safely throughout the inland waterways of the United States. Kirby operates 882 active inland tank barges and 226 active towing vessels. In order to bring their applicable vessels into compliance with new Maritime Security requirements, Kirby Inland Marine and Furuno joined forces to retrofit their vessels with Furuno’s FA100.
Danelec Opens Office in China
Danelec Marine has opened an office in Shanghai to serve its growing business in China. The company also said it has received orders for 48 of its next-generation DM100 Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) from nine Chinese shipyards. The orders were placed through four Danelec licensed distributors in China. The shipyards are Jiangdong, Sanfu, China Merchants Heavy Industry (Shenzhen), Fujian Mawei, Chengxi Shipbuilding, Cosco Dalian, Zhejiang Ouhua, Zhejiang Yangfan and Zhejiang Zengzhou. All of the sets will be delivered for newbuilds over the next 12 months.
New Navigation Technology to Show at Upcoming Nor Shipping
Germany's Raytheon Anschütz to exhibit its new, IMO-certified Synapsis Intelligent Bridge Control system & maintenance-free gyro compass Horizon MF. Horizon MF is Raytheon Anschütz’ new strap down compass system which uses Hemispherical Resonator Gyros to measure angular rates for heading calculation. Horizon MF comes as a maintenance-free sensor with an outstanding lifetime performance and is presented at Nor-Shipping for the first time ever. Horizon MF seamlessly integrates into a Standard 22 gyro compass system and into the Synapsis Intelligent Bridge Control system. The Synapsis Intelligent Bridge Control system is the first – and so far only - Integrated Navigation System (INS) which is type approved according to the new IMO Performance Standard MSC.252(83).
MAN Diesel Achieves Environmental Milestone
MAN Diesel is relaunching its portfolio, making all its engines compatible with the limits established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in its Tier II regulations. The relaunch is an historic milestone for the company, and one which preempts the January 2011 implementation of the new IMO NOx emission limits by some time. The new program was launched this very week at Asia License Days, a meeting of MAN Diesel licensees in . 160 participants, including the top management from MAN Diesel’s two- and four-stroke license family in , , and , met to discuss the new implications for MAN Diesel’s product portfolio.
FSA Hosts Lunch for New IMO Secretary General
The Filipino Shipowners Association (FSA) Joint Manning Group (JMG) honored IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu at a welcome lunch, held at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati. Attended by stakeholders from the various sectors of the Philippine maritime industry, the event also featured discussions on crucial issues, which include the STCW Manila Amendments, the EMSA report on the country’s compliance to STCW requirements, anti-piracy efforts, and the importance of Filipino seafarers to the world’s merchant fleet. The Joint Manning Group is composed of the Philippine Maritime Industry’s five leading manning agencies – the Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment Inc.
RINA Launches Corrosion Prevention and Coatings Program
RINA joined forces with UK-based coatings testing company Bodycote to launch a global Corrosion Prevention and Coatings (CPC) program. The heart of the program will be a CPC Training Course for shipyard and shipowner staff, and testing facilities for type approval of coatings according to the new IMO requirements. The first courses will be launched in Korea in January 2008, with further courses in China beginning in March. Thereafter courses will be run world wide, as part of RINA's services to owners that go beyond classification. The first coating testing facility approved in accordance with IMO PSPC requirements and IACS PR34 has been established in the Bodycote Laboratory in Manchester, UK and further facilities worldwide are planned in the coming months.