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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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).
JNPT to Start Direct Port Delivery Transport
The Jawahar Lal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) will roll out Direct Port Delivery (DPD) transport solution from May 1, enabling faster and cost-effective movement of containers. "The innovative transport solution is aimed to achieve seamless and faster movement of cargo from the port to respective destinations through DPD," said a statement form the company. JNPT has been working on an innovative transport solution to achieve seamless and faster movement of cargo from the port to respective destinations through DPD.
ECSA and WSC Call for European Maritime Single Window
The European Commission is expected to publish a proposal for a revision of the Reporting Formalities Directive (RFD) in early May 2018 that is intended to remedy the current costly, unharmonised and burdensome reporting requirements facing ships calling at EU ports. Current complex, repetitive and duplicative reporting requirements not only result in productivity losses for maritime carriers and their customers but also create unnecessary workload and stress for ship crews. A…
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
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)
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 System to Help Navy Track Merchant Ships
The Indian Navy has set up a constant monitoring system to maintain vigil on the increasing traffic of merchant ships in the city, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Naval Command Vice-Admiral Jagjit Singh Bedi has announced. The IMO had directed merchant ships of all countries to equip their ships with an automatic identification system (AIS), which gets transferred to the monitoring station through high frequency channels and satellites. Source: DNA
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.
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.
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.
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.
Intellect Technologies Launches Intell-e
Intellect Technologies has launched the Intell-e transportation suite. Intellect built the Intell-e product range on the latest Oracle platform, which is designed to incorporate functionality, web deployability and configurability. This allows for speedy deployment and a smoother transition to the new system. The product’s functionality covers the full range of shipping activities from quotation and tariffs through booking to bill of lading management. It also includes vessel operations, equipment control, per diem and demurrage, maintenance & repair, accounting, intermodal and EDI exchange.