New Dock Address System in San Francisco
On March 31, 2005 the Vessel Traffic Service San Francisco (VTS) will implement a standardized system of dock addresses throughout the San Francisco Bay Region. This new system was developed by the Navigation Working Group of the San Francisco Bay Region Harbor Safety Committee to remedy the problem of frequently changing dock names after changes in ownership. Implementation of this system will significantly enhance the safety of vessels operating on San Francisco Bay by reducing confusion regarding each vessel’s destination. In addition, this new system offers benefits to maritime security, including increased ability for emergency responders to quickly identify exact dock locations during a maritime incident.
'Rescue 21' System Will Take the 'Search' Out of Search & Rescue
General Dynamics Decision Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics has been awarded a $611 million contract by the U.S. Coast Guard to modernize its 30- year-old search and rescue communication system. The National Distress and Response System Modernization Project (NDRSMP), called "Rescue 21," will greatly improve the Coast Guard's ability to detect mayday calls from boaters, pinpoint the location of the source and coordinate rescue operations along the 95,000-mile U.S. coastline and interior waterways. Admiral Thomas H. Collins, Commandant of the Coast Guard, said, "The General Dynamics proposal was evaluated as providing the best overall value to the government that met all of our requirements.
Chemical Transport by Face Lifted Ships
Ferichloride (FeCl3) has been transported since some months via European channels and rivers, from Lille to Paris. Brand new here are the special double liners in thermoplastic material that are being installed inside the ships by the company Comenco Belgium. FeCl3 is a strong acid and is very corrosive towards steel. The plastic material used in this new system is resistant against all main acids and alkali. The tailor made plastic tanks have double walls. This is to protect the ship against any corrosion damage in case of calamities.
NOAA to Deliver More Charts, Faster
Revolutionary Change in NOAA Nautical Chart Production Means More Products, Faster, for Maritime Use. NOAA's development of a new navigational chart processing system, designed to meet the changing needs of the maritime community, moves into initial limited production on September 21. The new system, which slims down the current map production process while it beefs up performance, represents a technological leap forward in creating the navigational charts used to speed ships and products safety through the nation's maritime transportation system.
Jack-Up Barge Debuts New Offshore Installation Method
Jack-Up Barge, the offshore self-elevating platform supplier, has pioneered a new cost-effective installation method that the company said will revolutionize offshore wind turbine construction. The Netherlands-based based company, a supplier to the offshore energy markets, successfully completed seatrials at the beginning of March, on a new, first-of-its-kind, portable DP2 system. The new system, integrated to one of Jack-Up Barge’s platforms, enables the vessel to operate between work sites offshore without recourse to a tug vessel.
ClassNK Issues Approval for Cargo Oil Tank Coating Testing System
April 5 (Tokyo) - ClassNK announced today that it had provided the world’s first class approval for a coating testing system in line with the IMO’s new performance standard for the protective coatings of crude oil tanks to the Japanese Paint Inspection and Testing Association (JPIA). The approval certifies that JPIA’s new gas chamber corrosion testing system fulfills the testing requirements of the new IMO performance standard, and further certifies that JPIA’s has established effective work processes…
Panama Canal Implements New Vessel Tracking System
Beginning April 1, 2004, and to be fully implemented on July 1, 2004, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) will begin using a new system to send and receive data to and from vessels planning to transit the Canal. Called the Automated Data Collection System (ADCS), the new system will eliminate the current process of data collection via paper, substituting it with an electronic exchange of information between the ACP and its customers. Vessels transiting the Canal will be required to report all necessary data 96 hours before arrival. To comply with the new security requirements included in the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS), the ADCS will improve and facilitate the process of data submission needed for risk assessments and transit operations.
Mitsubishi: Innovation on Using LNG as Fuel
Tokyo - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) has developed Japan's first system for supplying high-pressure gas which will enable use of natural gas as fuel for marine engines. The company agreed with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (MES) for delivery of the first unit. The use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel achievable with the new system will enable reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, compared with use of heavy oil fuel, thus contributing to reduced environmental burdens. Going forward, MHI will focus on marketing activities to attract orders for high-value-added ships equipped with the new system. MHI's new high-pressure gas supply system delivers LNG at 30 megapascals (MPa) gas by liquid pumping…
New MBR System to be Installed on HMS Ocean
Work has been completed on schedule in preparation for the installation by Babcock of a first of class state-of-the-art Membrane Bio-Reactor (MBR) on HMS Ocean. This represents a significant proportion of the vessel’s current upgrade package and is an integral part of the 15-month overhaul program underway at Babcock’s Devonport Royal Dockyard. The new MBR replaces the ship’s existing 15-year-old sewage treatment system and will be capable of processing both waste water and sewage (black and grey water, galley, laundry, sink and shower waste).
MECO Builds Second Shipboard Desalination System
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) selected MECO to construct a new prototype advanced desalination system. This is the second time that ONR has turned to MECO, a producer of water purification plants, to provide a highly reliable and energy efficient solution. The Office of Naval Research coordinates, executes and promotes the science and technology programs of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. Last month, the Office of Naval Research awarded MECO the construction of a 100,000 GPD (gallons per day) system to be demonstrated on an LHA Amphibious Assault Ship. The new system, a 4,000 GPD unit, joins the 100,000 GPD as part of multiphase ONR Future Naval Capability program aimed at introducing new desalination capabilities to the Navy fleet.
Braemar New System Cuts DP Trials Cost
Braemar Engineering has introduced a unique new initiative which can save on average 25-35% of the costs of carrying out annual dynamic positioning (DP) trials. The system offers savings that hard pressed vessel owners and operators in the offshore sector can utilise to increase their competitive advantage while ensuring that the highest quality standards are maintained. “Traditionally these trials are carried out using paper based systems which are time consuming to prepare and complete,” explains Kyle Eddings, Global Manager for DP and Offshore Projects at Braemar Engineering.
New Systems From Braemar Saves on DP Trials
Braemar Engineering has introduced a unique new initiative which can save on average 25-35 percent of the costs of carrying out annual dynamic positioning (DP) trials. The system offers savings that hard pressed vessel owners and operators in the offshore sector can utilize to increase their competitive advantage while ensuring that the highest quality standards are maintained. “Traditionally these trials are carried out using paper based systems which are time consuming to prepare and complete,” explains Kyle Eddings, Global Manager for DP and Offshore Projects at Braemar Engineering.
IMO – Mandatory Ship Reporting Systems
The IMO issued a circular regarding one new mandatory ship reporting system and amendments to two current systems. The new system is in the Galapagos Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA). The systems will be implemented on 1 July 2007. Source: HK Law
Moran Selects Veson Nautical IMOS
Veson Nautical, a maritime software developer, announced that its Integrated Maritime Operations System (IMOS) has been selected by Moran Towing Corporation of New Canaan, Ct. Moran will utilize Veson’s solution to organize and manage commercial marine operations for its Dry Bulk and Petroleum Divisions onto one centralized, user-friendly platform. Moran will install the full suite of IMOS modules and will also be upgrading to Microsoft’s Navision v4.01. The new system is expected to be up and running by mid-to-late September 2006.
New Requirement of Separator System Inspection
The U.S. Coast Guard issued guidance on new requirements for oily water monitoring and separator systems installed on ships after 1 January 2005. The guidance also recommends inspection and testing procedures that inspectors can use for examining these new systems. MOC Policy Letter 04-13 (HK Law)
MHI System Enhances Stability, Reduces Risk
MHI Develops System to Enhance Damage Stability of Ships To Reduce Capsizing Risk: Response to Revised SOLAS Convention; First Order for Vessel with New System Placed by Nippon Shipping. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has developed a system to enhance the damage stability of ships, enabling reduction in capsizing risk, as well as a roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) ship* equipped with the new system. The company has already received an order for the newly equipped vessel from Nippon Shipping Co., Ltd., a group company of Nippon Express Co., Ltd.
Chelsea Technologies' Sea Sentry Secures ClassNK Certification
Chelsea Technologies announced that its Sea Sentry wash water monitoring system for ship exhaust gas cleaning systems has been certified by ClassNK, verifying compliance with IMO Annex VI wash water discharge regulations. Accurate monitoring for compliance with environmental regulations is a vital prerogative for the international shipping industry, particularly ahead of the 2020 global sulphur cap. Owners and operators are under increasing scrutiny to not only install costly compliance technologies but also to provide accurate data to demonstrate compliance…
Panama Canal to Launch Vessel Scheduling and Management System
In response to growing traffic through the waterway, the Panama Canal has announced that it will launch a state-of-the-art vessel scheduling and maritime resource management system to further optimize costs, improve safety and increase the overall efficiency and reliability of the service it provides. “For more than a century, the Panama Canal has enjoyed a proud legacy of innovation,” said Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano. The recently announced system will transform how the Panama Canal plans and schedules transit operations.
Network Pipeline Forges Ahead With Crew Vision 2001
Network Pipeline has introduced Crew Vision 2001, an Internet-based personnel logistics database tool for use by fleet personnel departments in the marine industry. The new system can be used for commercial shipping lines and passenger cruise lines internationally. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Network Pipeline's Crew Vision system provides ocean carriers and passenger cruise lines with a paperless solution in regards to crew management.
New Lighterage System Revolutionizes Ship-to-Shore Transport
The U.S. Navy is currently testing a new and improved lighterage system that can be assembled into causeways, docks, or ferries, providing the Navy and Marine Corps with a safer, more versatile way to deliver vehicles and critical supplies from ship to shore during war or peacetime operations. “The new system will enhance the Navy’s Logistics Over the Shore capabilities and replace the Navy’s existing lighterage system,” said Charlie Blum, an engineer with Naval Facilities Engineering Command’s (NAVFAC) Sealift Support Program Office, which manages the new lighterage program. Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific and Amphibious Construction Battalion One are currently testing the new lighterage at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif.
New Pumps Save Millions at Sea
A Grundfos project aboard a Lauritzen Bulkers cargo ship shows that large vessels could be losing money on wasted energy. A pilot project between Grundfos and Danish shipping operator Lauritzen Bulkers shows that better technology and a sharp focus on pump efficiency can mean big savings on the bottom line. The project, carried out on the 19,889-ton Durban Bulker, focused on efficiency in ship’s pumps. “Ships often use oversized pumps that consume too much power,” says Kim Kirkegaard, Business Development Manager at Grundfos. The project paid off.
Dynamic Positioning for Inland Vessels
RH Marine recently installed the Rhodium 4500 dynamic positioning (DP) and tracking system on Hakkers’ new flagship, Noordzee, an inland multipurpose vessel that can be used for lifting, dredging or pile driving. Hakkers is a specialist in the development, production and realization of excavation, dredging, construction, foundation, coastal and shoreline works. Its new vessel Noordzee required a system that could automatically hold position and maintain track with high accuracy on low speed.
New Vessel Traffic Management System for Portsmouth
BAE Systems has been awarded a £5.5 million contract to install a new Vessel Traffic Management System to assist in the controlling and monitoring of all ship movements within Portsmouth Harbor and the Eastern Solent. The contract is the latest development in the partnering agreement between BAE Systems, the Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defense to modernize HM Naval Base Portsmouth and prepare for the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of the four acre, 65,000 metric ton aircraft carriers to be based in Portsmouth.