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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Canada Unveils New Arctic Shipping Safety Regulations

Photo: Transport Canada

Canada's Arctic is a vast and diverse region that is an integral part of this country. Marine transportation in the Arctic connects Canada to other countries and provides an essential lifeline for northern communities. To uphold the Government of Canada's high standards for marine shipping in the north, Transport Canada has introduced new Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations. The regulations incorporate the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (the Polar Code) into Canada's domestic legislation.

Nor-Shipping: Opening Oceans in Denmark

Photo: Nor-Shipping

Global maritime event week Nor-Shipping is making its first move outside Norway, with a new initiative to help maritime and ocean industry players realize the almost limitless business potential of the ocean space. Nor-Shipping’s Opening Oceans Conference, taking place in Copenhagen from May 2-3, 2018, will bring businesses together to illustrate and discuss key opportunities, equip delegates with the tools to tackle them, and facilitate fresh collaborations. Timed to coincide with Danish Maritime Days…

Yell Appointed to Zenith Maritime Faculty

Zenith Maritime announced that Capt. David Yell has joined its faculty of 17 instructors across the country. Captain Yell will specialize in teaching those seeking advanced licenses, above the 100 ton Master level. Educated at HMS Conway nautical college in the UK, Yell graduated with honors and received the annual prize for the proficiency in the management of boats. He followed a 24 year career path of Cadet through Master (14 years as Captain) in the merchant service specializing in refrigerated cargos on worldwide voyages.

Malaysia to Pay up to $70 Mln if MH370 is Found

(Photo: Ocean Infinity)

Malaysia signed a deal on Wednesday to pay a U.S. seabed exploration firm up to $70 million if it finds the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft MH370 within 90 days of embarking on a new search in the Southern Indian ocean. The disappearance of the aircraft en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 with 239 people aboard ranks among the world’s greatest aviation mysteries. Australia, China and Malaysia ended a fruitless A$200-million ($157 million) search of a 120,000 sq.

Reliability boost for Cutter Dredger Cassiopeia V

Wärtsilä will provide extensive technical support and advisory services for Singapore-based large cutter dredger Cassiopeia V. Photo Wartsila

Wärtsilä will provide extensive technical support and advisory services for Singapore-based large cutter dredger Cassiopeia V. The five-year Technical Management Agreement includes Dynamic Maintenance Planning (DMP) and is complemented by Advanced Technical Support to ensure the reliability and availability of the vessel. The cooperation between Wärtsilä and Cassiopeia Five Pte Ltd, which owns and operates the vessel Cassiopeia V, began in 2015 with Wärtsilä's Advanced Technical Support.

Royston Expands UK Engineering Facilities

Sarah Wade (Photo: Royston)

Royston Diesel Power has doubled the size of its UK engineering facilities to support continuing global growth in its marine engine service business and new technology development. As part of a £500,000 ($676,000) investment program the company has opened an additional 15,000 sq. ft. of engineering workshop premises alongside its existing headquarters on the banks of the River Tyne. As well as increasing the company’s engine repair and maintenance capability, the new center will also provide a focus for a range of other technical support functions.

Crowley Christen First Two Ocean-class Tugboats

'Ocean Wave': Photo credit Crowley Maritime

Crowley Maritime Corporation christen 'Ocean Wave' & 'Ocean Wind' built at Bollinger Shipyards, based in Amelia, La. USA. The new tugboats were designed by Crowley subsidiary Jensen Maritime located in New Orleans. At 146 and 156 feet in length, and with a minimum bollard pull of 150 metric tons, Crowley’s new ocean class tugs will be outfitted for long-range, high-capacity ocean towing, rig moves, platform and floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit tows, emergency response and firefighting.

Oceans ‘10 Wrap Up

The Marine Technology Society (MTS) and the Oceanic Engineering Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE/OES), two organizations focused on the marine industry, welcomed more than 1,800 attendees from around the world to the Oceans ‘10 MTS/IEEE Conference & Exhibition, Sept. 20-23, 2010, Seattle, Wash., USA. At the major international forum for scientists, engineers and those with key related interests, participants contributed presentations and learned about the latest research results, ideas, developments and applications in oceanic engineering and marine technology. “We are pleased that attendees realized great success and positive experiences through the Organizing Committee’s dedicated conference planning…

TOTE Shifts Maritime Companies under Unified Brand

Photo: TOTE Maritime

U.S. Jones Act carrier TOTE announced it has shifted operating companies Totem Ocean Trailer Express and Sea Star Line, respectively serving the Alaskan and Puerto Rican/Caribbean markets. Going forward, the companies will be known collectively as TOTE Maritime. Sea Star Line has delivered goods to Puerto Rico for more than 30 years with twice weekly reliable service that is responsible for goods traveling from the U.S. to the island, while Totem Ocean Trailer Express provides twice weekly service to Alaska and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Northern Fleet Adds Research Vessel

The newest research ship Amber was a part of the Northern Fleet

The latest oceanographic research vessel "Yantar" has arrived at the base of the Northern Fleet in Murmansk region. This was announced by Head of Press Service of the Federation Council Vadim Serga. "The crew has completed the transition from the Atlantic Ocean to the Kola Bay" - quoted by TASS Sergey. In May of this year, "Amber" was raised by St. Andrew's flag. This was followed by testing of the equipment and facilities the ship in the deep Atlantic. The technical capabilities of "Amber" will help raise hydrographic and research activities of the Northern Fleet in the oceans…

New Patrol Boat Delivered to Puerto Rico PD

The Puerto Rico Police Department's new Metal Shark 35 Defiant, operating off the coast of San Juan. (PRPD Photo)

The Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) has taken delivery of a new patrol boat from Louisiana-based boatbuilder Metal Shark. The new 35-foot Defiant welded aluminum pilothouse patrol vessel, built at Metal Shark’s Jeanerette, La. production facility, joins the fleet of 36-foot Metal Shark Fearless-class high performance center console patrol boats delivered to the PRPD a year ago. The PRPD’s new patrol boat features a fully-enclosed, climate-controlled pilothouse for all weather operation, outfitted with Shockwave shock-mitigating seating for a crew of four, the builder said.

Sites Joins PCCI as Senior Engineer

PCCI, Inc. (Alexandria, Virginia) announced that Eric Sites has joined the engineering staff in their Alexandria office as a Senior Engineer. He will be responsible for mooring design, ocean engineering and ocean facility construction management. Sites brings to PCCI experience as a Naval Architect, Project Engineer and Hydrodynamicist emphasizing hydrodynamic and hydrostatic analysis of floating structures, and pier/wharf construction and renovation. He possesses a Master of Science in Ocean and Coastal Engineering from the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, at the University of Hawaii (SOEST), and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University.

Presentations Illustrate Dimensions of Accurate Marine Mapping

The Ocean Dimensions animation helps users visualize how ocean data can apply to several dimensions

Two new products—the Ocean Dimensions animation and Crowded Ocean Spaces: A 3D View visualization—explain why two-dimensional marine maps cannot tell the whole story. Understanding this fact helps viewers gain a more accurate picture of marine-siting conflicts and compatibilities, including those related to offshore wind energy development. Traditional maps can give the false impression that the marine space is very crowded. In reality, marine uses are spread out among many dimensions: the sea surface, seafloor, water column, air column and even the dimension of time.

Oceans of Opportunity: XPRIZE Offers $2M

The oceans provide a wealth of opportunities that are currently unrealized. From trade and resources to new information services, the number of industries that could capitalize on our oceans is still far too small. But our oceans also face tremendous challenges. Pollution, over-exploitation and climate change are just a few of the problems conspiring to decimate both ecosystems and industries that rely on our seas. To tackle the grand challenges facing our oceans, we need to unite the opportunities that exist with the solutions that are needed.

Crowley’s First Ocean Class Tugboat Performs Inaugural Job in Cuba

The first of four Crowley Maritime Corporation ocean class tugboats, Ocean Wave, completed its inaugural project earlier this month by removing a grounded containership from the northern coast of Cuba. The job is additionally significant because it utilized many of Crowley’s unique capabilities, equipment and established relationships with Cuban entities and government to complete the job quickly despite many challenges. The project’s success hinged on a coordinated and timely response from Antilliana De Salvemento, the Cuban salvage company which subcontracted Titan Salvage, Crowley’s Pompano, Fla.-based emergency response, marine salvage and wreck removal company, and Houston-based T&T Marine Salvage, to assist with the removal of the stricken containership.

Nortek Technical Symposium 2013

Photo: Nortek

Register is now open for the 2013 Nortek Technical Symposium in San Diego, California on September 20-21, Nortek announced. This year’s event features keynote speakers from Ocean Observatories Initiative, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Attendees and presenters also include a host of other scientific researchers, engineers, system integrators and operational clients. The Nortek Technical Symposium is an opportunity for sharing industry professionals’ experiences…

Netsco Appoints Flores

Jan M. Flores

Netsco announces  Jan M. Flores, as Sr. Director of Business Development. Flores comes to Netsco from OSG (Overseas Shipholding Group) where he headed the FSO Group and was responsible for Business Development in the Offshore market. Prior to his assignment with the FSO Group, Flories  was the OSG Technical Project Manager overseeing the development of the MT Overseas Cascade and the MT Overseas Chinook. Flores has also worked for Crowley Maritime Corporation as Manager of New builds in their Technical Services Group.

IEEE OES Presents Awards at Oceans '11

IEEE OES announced its annual award recipients at OCEANS ’11. The conference was held September 19-22 in beautiful Kona Hawaii. Both awards were presented at the Awards Luncheon held on Tuesday, September 20th. The Distinguished Technical Achievement Award recipient Christopher von Alt was recognized for his significant accomplishments in oceanic engineering. He is a leader in the development and use of autonomous underwater vehicles in oceanography, underwater acoustics, and ocean engineering. The Distinguished Service Award recipient James T. Barbera was honored for outstanding contributions towards the objectives of the Oceanic Engineering Society. He has been active in the management of  IEEE OES for many years serving on the Administrative Committee for twelve of those years.

This Day in Naval History

1862 - SecNav directs formation of organization to evaluate new inventions and technical development which eventually led to National Academy of Science. 1971 - U.S. and USSR sign a treaty prohibiting the deployment of nuclear weapons on the ocean floor. (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in Naval History – Feb. 11

1862 - SecNav directs formation of organization to evaluate new inventions and technical development which eventually led to National Academy of Science. 1971 - U.S. and USSR sign a treaty prohibiting the deployment of nuclear weapons on the ocean floor. (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in U.S. Naval History - February 11

1862 - SecNav directs formation of organization to evaluate new inventions and technical development which eventually led to National Academy of Science. 1971 - U.S. and USSR sign a treaty prohibiting the deployment of nuclear weapons on the ocean floor. (Source: Navy News Service)

China Ocean Shipbuilding Acquires Jiangxi Gas

Photo: China Cosco Holdings

China Ocean Shipbuilding Industry Group (COSIG) with its unit, China Ocean LNG has bought a 47% stake in Jiangxi Petrochina Kunlun Gas (Jiangxi Gas) for a total of ($6.2m), according to a stock market statement. The Chinese yard noted the benefits of investing in Jiangxi Gas, which has state-owned enterprise Petrochina Kunlun (51% stake), as a controlling shareholder and which has good connections in the natural gas related industries, as part of the strategic transformation of the group’s business.

Special Sessions at SNAME Annual Meeting

Following on from the success of the special panel sessions at the 2008 Annual Meeting held in Houston, Texas, SNAME will have an expanded Special Panel program at its 2009 Annual Meeting. The SNAME Annual Meeting which will take place from 21-23 of October in Providence, Rhode Island, will feature four Special Panel Sessions. Each of these sessions are intended to examine the broad technical and policy issues in a particular area of emerging interest to SNAME members and to a wide audience of others who have interest in maritime issues. •    Following on from the successful Electric Ship Design Symposium held in Early 2009, this panel session will focus on the electric ship construction experience of three large shipbuilders.

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