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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Releases New News

Software Offers New Features

International Communications and Navigation Limited, provider of marine electronic navigation and DGPS services has released new versions of its electronic charting system software - Aldebaran II and Regulus II for the Windows NT operating system. An upgrade to the company's ECS software, Release II provides many new features such as the ability to read multiple electronic charts, store and display routes and voyages, and adjust light levels. The product, which is expected to be released this month, is - as with the company's previous releases - Y2K compliant.

Obama to Reopen Oil Drilling

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the Obama administration, facing rising anger on the Gulf Coast over the loss of jobs and income from a drilling moratorium, said on June 7 that it would move quickly to release new safety requirements that would allow the reopening of offshore oil and gas exploration in shallow waters. Gulf Coast residents, political leaders and industry officials said delays in releasing the new rules, along with the administration's six-month halt on deepwater drilling—both issued amid public pressure—threatened thousands of jobs. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

Ashland Drew Marine Releases New Catalog

Ashland Specialty Chemical Company's Drew Marine announced the release of the 6th edition of its Welding and Refrigeration Products catalog. The 41-page illustrated English-language catalog contains nearly 600 specialty products. Products comprise gas and arc welding and cutting equipment, including new AMERARCTM MSTW and GTSW arc welding machines, brazing consumables, and plasma cutting. The catalog also features innovative developments in Central Gas Installation Systems, such as the new design of MANY-FLOW gas distribution.

IRClass: New Rules for LNG Fueled Coastal/Inland Vessels

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has released new rules for liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled coastal and inland vessels. The new rules, which come in addition to its already established rules for ocean going ships, aim to underscore the increasing importance of using cleaner fuels, and help maritime stakeholders to promote environment friendly fuels for coastal and inland vessels, the class society said. The rules for gas fuelled vessels have been developed based on a study of the various international requirements such as the ESTRIN (European Standard laying down Technical Requirements for Inland Navigation Vessels), the IMO IGF Code and consultations with various stakeholders.

New Nickel Ore Cargo Guidelines

Class society ClassNK has released new guidelines for nickel ore cargoes in an attempt to address safety concerns related to the carriage of potentially dangerous bulk cargo. Nickel ore is of great concern since its liquefaction was linked to the casualties of three vessels at the end of 2010. ClassNK’s new guidelines detail transportation procedures and technical requirements for nickel ore cargoes based on both the requirements of the IMSBC Code and the society’s own independent findings. The new guidelines have been released in English, Japanese, and Chinese editions. The English edition can be found online at the following address: http://www.classnk.or.jp/hp/Rules_Guidance/Guidelines/ guidlines_nickel_ore_e.pdf  

Analytic Systems Lowers Battery Charger Prices

Analytic Systems has released new lower 2011 pricing for industrial application AC source battery chargers, AC/DC power supplies, DC/AC PureSine and Quasi-Sine inverters. Analytic Systems provides high performance power conversion products to a variety of industrial users like the commercial marine, utility vehicle, mining, bus and rail, oil and gas, telecom, alternative energy, etc due to their high reliability and rugged designs. Analytic Systems is looking to bring on new resellers…

ClassNK Issues New Rules for Inland Waterway Ships

Inland waterways vessel

Leading classification society ClassNK has released new technical rules and guidance for the survey and construction of inland waterway ships. As a result of ClassNK’s recent expansion of its global activities, in particular across South America, the number of inland waterway ships on the ClassNK register has continued to grow, accounting for 15% of all vessels classed over the past year alone. In order to support this growing market and ensure the safety of the inland waterway fleet…

OSHA Releases New Guidance On Traffic Safety In Marine Terminals

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new guidance document, Traffic Safety in Marine Terminals, to help the maritime industry avoid traffic accidents and prevent or reduce work-related fatalities and injuries. The guidance document was recommended by the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health in March, 2004. It is not a standard or regulation and it carries no new legal obligations. Rather, it focuses on the factors that contribute to traffic related injuries and identifies measures to prevent them, such as safety checks, vehicle selection and maintenance, traffic controls, safe operation of vehicles, and safe driving techniques.

OSHA Releases New Guidance on Traffic Safety in Marine Terminals

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new guidance document, Traffic Safety in Marine Terminals , to help the maritime industry avoid traffic accidents and prevent or reduce work-related fatalities and injuries. Committee for Occupational Safety and Health in March, 2004. standard or regulation and it carries no new legal obligations. and safe driving techniques. incidents.

Shipconstructor Releases Newest Design Software

ShipConstructor Software Inc. (SSI) launched its shipbuilding platform. ShipConstructor 2008 delivers a new standard in advanced AutoCAD-based, three-dimensional product modeling and production planning software. To accomplish these goals, the SC 2008 design team enhanced the parametric modeling functionality introduced in the SC 2006 version, incorporated key data from customer needs analyses, conducted extensive beta testing by long-term users, and undertook a rigorous quality assurance process. In addition, SC 2008 leverages the wealth of AutoCAD capabilities which significantly reduce the time it takes to migrate to a ShipConstructor solution and simplify data exchange with other parties.

TugAssist Releases New Version

Edoc Systems Group Ltd., the makers of TugAssist Marine Dispatching Software and a leader in industrial software, has released version 6.0 of TugAssist and renamed it to HELM: Marine Operations Software. The software will be making its debut at the Pacific Marine Expo and International Workboat Show this year. In response to market demand, HELM has many new features that go beyond what TugAssist offered. From one centralized server, HELM can manage any sized water-based fleet with newly integrated modules such as job scheduling (for tugs, barges, OSVs, water taxis and more), crewing/payroll, maintenance, invoicing, reporting, GPS/AIS vessel tracking, web portals, and ship-to-shore data transfer.

Furuno Releases New Digital Network Fish Finder

In 2006, Furuno laid the groundwork for new sounders with the introduction of their FCV620 and FCV585 digital fish finders. These units featured FDF (Furuno Digital Filter) Technology. FDF is the latest in digital signal processing technology that delivers noise-free underwater images. In less than a year, Furuno's FDF technology was so well received that it won the National Marine Electronics Associations 2006 Best Fish Finder award for the FCV585. Now, Furuno is bringing this same FDF technology to their NavNet system with the new DFF1 Digital Fish Finder module.

AXSMarine Releases New Vessel Manager

AXSMarine tools are designed to respond to the specific needs of charterers, owners, operators and brokers in dry bulk, wet bulk and liner shipping; these tools have recently been augmented by the introduction of AXSDry Vessel Manager to the AXSDry suite of applications . AXSDry Vessel Manager is an enhanced search function allowing shipping professionals to obtain information on vessels by entering any number of characteristics, including positions, dates, flags, and a wide variety of technical specifications. AXSDry Vessel Manager is customizable, and was designed using state-of-the-art programming technology. Users will find their work quicker and more efficient than the Vessel Search tool it has replaced.

LR, ABS Join Forces to Deliver New Generation CSR software

Image courtesy CSRS

Common Structural Rules Software LLC, (CSRS) a joint venture company formed by Lloyd's Register (LR) and ABS, has released new software tools for meeting the requirements of the IACS Common Structural Rules (CSR), which entered into force on 1 July 2015. Developed from the technical strengths of LR and ABS, version 2.5 of the CSR Prescriptive Analysis and the new CSR Finite Element (FE) Analysis software, allow assessment of whole vessel structures, including new bulk carrier and oil tanker designs. Both class societies will use these new tools to evaluate new designs to the CSR.

ClassNK Issues New Welding Guidelines

Classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) announced that it has released new Guidelines on the Welding of Duplex Stainless Steels. The guidelines have been developed to help shipyards safely and effectively make use of new duplex steels that are increasingly being used in the construction of cargo tanks for chemical carriers. As part of its work to support the safe construction of ships, ClassNK has released the guidelines for free via its website. Duplex stainless steel has a two-phase microstructure containing grains of both ferritic and austenitic phase…

ClassNK Releases New Container Guidelines/Software

ClassNK Releases New Guidelines and Software for Container Carrier Structures. ClassNK has released a new revised edition of its “Guidelines for Container Carrier Structures – Guidelines for Direct Strength Analysis”, as well as a new version of its PrimeShip-HULL(DSA) software for use in designing container carriers in line with the new guidelines. ClassNK released the first edition of its “Guidelines for Container Carrier Structures” in 2003, providing shipbuilders and designers with a wealth of information on ship performance that the Society had accumulated over its many years in ship classification, as well as the latest information on new technologies and other advances related to container carrier construction.

Energy Action Month Reinforces Navy's Energy Resiliency

A U.S. Navy graphic provided by the Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division for Navy Energy Action Month. (U.S. Navy photo Release)

Through a presidential proclamation, October has been designated as Energy Action Month to stress the importance of energy for our nation's economic vitality today and for a sustainable future. The Department of Navy's Energy Action Month theme for 2016 is "Power. Presence." This theme illustrates the strong connection between the Navy and Marine Corps' wise use of energy and our ability to be when and where we're needed for national security and humanitarian assistance missions worldwide.

ClassNK Establishes New Standards for FLNG/FLPG Sector

April 28 (Tokyo) - Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) is pleased to announce the publication of its new Guidelines for Floating Offshore Facilities for LNG/LPG Production, Storage and Offloading. The new guidelines address the wide variety of construction and survey requirements for FLNG and FLPG facilities including LNG/LPG Floating Production, Storage and Offloading facilities (FPSO), Floating Production and Offloading facilities (FPO), and Floating Storage and Offloading facilities (FSO).

Free Research Reports on Selected Companies by Analysts' Corner

Analysts' Corner release new research reports highlighting Trinity Industries, Inc., Nordic American Tankers Limited ), J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., SEACOR Holdings, Inc.), and DryShips Inc. Readers may access these reports free of charge - including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst ratings - via the links below. Trinity Industries, Inc. J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. SEACOR Holdings, Inc. DryShips Inc. Analysts' Corner add that they are an independent source whose views do not reflect the companies mentioned in these reports. Secondly that information in this release is fact checked and produced on a best efforts basis and reviewed by a CFA. However, they remind readers that they are only human and are prone to make mistakes.

ESD Systems Recommended for Oil/Chemical Tankers

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OCIMF and CDI release new information paper Linked Ship/Shore Emergency Shutdown Systems for Oil and Chemical Transfers. The information paper, jointly released by CDI and OCIMF on April 21 recommends an Emergency Shutdown (ESD) connection that will link ship and terminal ESD systems, so that manual activation by the terminal or ship will stop cargo transfer operations. “Linked ship/shore ESD systems have been a standard safety feature of LNG transfer operations for many years,” said OCIMF Director Captain Andrew Cassels.

Enhancements for Standard 22 Gyro Compass

Photo courtesy of Raytheon Anschütz

The German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz has announced a new revision of the Anschütz Standard 22 Gyro Compass System. The enhancements improve the integration capabilities of the  gyro compass and secures compliance with latest regulations. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has released new test standards for gyro compasses. The main difference is that gyro compasses shall be compliant to bridge alert management requirements. Raytheon Anschütz has reworked the alarm functionality of the whole Standard 22 family…

BIMCO President Speaks on Dry Bulk's Road to Recovery

Philippe Louis-Dreyfus (Photo: BIMCO)

The dry bulk market could become profitable again in 2019 – but only if a series of extremely tough and sustained measures are taken by shipowners, year on year. This is the message from BIMCO President, Philippe Louis-Dreyfus, ahead of Posidonia 2016 as BIMCO releases new market analysis – “The Road to Recovery” – on what the dry bulk sector must do to return to profitability. BIMCO has developed a new analysis model designed to highlight the actions needed for struggling shipping markets to recover – and to be able to track the progress of the recovery.

Port Metro Vancouver Launches Online Entertainment Channel

Launch of PortTV

Port Metro Vancouver welcomes audiences behind-the-scenes of Canada’s largest port with its new online channel, PortTV. Designed to engage and educate audiences, PortTV will share the stories of real people who live and work within the port communities and showcase the important role that the port plays across Canada. Hosted on Port Metro Vancouver’s YouTube and Facebook pages, new episodes of PortTV will be rolled out weekly throughout the summer. Check out the first episode Port Metro Vancouver's website.

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