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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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First Containership Receives LR Cyber Notation

COSCO Aries (Photo: COSCO Shipping)

The newly built containership MV COSCO Shipping Aries, recently delivered to COSCO Shipping Lines, is the first ever containership to receive Lloyd‚Äôs Register‚Äôs (LR) cyber-enabled ship (CES) descriptive note ‚ÄúCyber AL3 SECURE PERFORM‚ÄĚ for its energy management system. The 20,000 TEU ship was built by Nantong COSCOS KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd (NACKS). ‚ÄúMV COSCO Shipping Aries is the first 20K TEU level ultra large containership built in Chinese shipyard owned by COSCO Shipping Container Lines.

WFSA Ferry Safety & Technology Conference set for May

File Image (CREDIT: WFSA)

Mark your calendars- Ferry Safety & Technology Conference, May 11- May 12, in New York. The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association is now gearing up for its 2017 Ferry Safety & Technology Conference, which will be held May 11 ‚Äď 12, at the Pier A (overlooking New York harbor) in downtown Manhattan. Technology is driving change in all facets of the maritime business; in the ferry sector, which provides the primary means of transportation in certain regions of the world, new applications can have a profound impact on vessel safety, crew training, passenger experience, and operational efficiencies.

NYK Study on Avoiding Collisions

Accumulating data during a simulation led by an experienced captain. Photo: NYK Group

NYK and NYK Group companies MTI Co. and Japan Marine Science released partial findings of a study on collision risk judgement and the autonomous operation of vessels. Representatives from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK), and three partner manufacturers (Tokyo Keiki, Japan Radio, and Furuno Electric) were in attendance when the findings were released. This entire study includes development of (a) functions to facilitate judgement related to avoiding risk of collision with other vessels…

Safety Training Organizations Unite

Falck Alford announced it has completed the acquisition of Occupational Safety Training, Inc., a player in safety services within the gulf coast region. Falck Alford, a company focused on continuously building diversified safety solutions, offers safety training, personnel services and compliance solutions on a global scale. The acquisition of OST complements and expands Falck Alford‚Äôs footprint to reach new market opportunities and allow an even greater safety solution by integrating the existing offerings of both companies. With this combination, customers are assured a high level of service and premium quality. ‚ÄúThis partnership will serve to extend our standing as an industry leader.

Twin Trillium Class Bulkers Launched at Shipyard

Photo: CSL

On January 25, 2014, two newbuild Trillium Class bulk carriers were launched for Canada Steamship Lines Inc. (CSL) at Yangfan shipyard in Zhoushan, China. The 36,100-DWT, seaway size gearless bulkers are part of CSL’s ambitious fleet renewal program which oversaw the delivery of four new Trillium Class self-unloading Lakers and three Panamax self-unloaders in 2012-2013. The two new vessels are scheduled to enter the Canada Steamship Lines fleet later this year and will operate in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system.

BSEE Extends Comment Period for Proposed Offshore Safety Systems Rule

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) announced today a 45-day extension to the public comment period for the proposed rule on offshore oil and natural gas production safety systems. Comments will now be accepted through Dec. 5, 2013. The proposed rule will revise 30 CFR 250 subpart H, Oil and Gas Production Safety Systems, to address recent technological advances. This section of the regulations has not had a major revision since it was first published in 1988. During that period, industry’s use of subsea trees (the assembly mounted on a well head used to control the flow of oil and gas) and other technologies have evolved or become more prevalent offshore.

Transas Conference to Plot Industry’s New Course

Frank Coles (Photo: Transas)

Moving from smart talk to practical solutions and learning from other industries will be the twin themes of an industry event scheduled for Vancouver in March. Technology will be an enabler, but the maritime industry will have to be prepared to change its model to be a candidate for a smarter digital future. Meeting the real enterprise challenges blocking shipping‚Äôs digital journey is the focus for the Transas Global Conference 2018, whose ‚ÄėEnterprise Change‚Äô agenda brings together global business leaders‚Ķ

MOL Participated in MLIT R&D Support Projects

Image: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

Mitsui O.S.K. The project covers parts of the technologies used in MOL's R&D project, "ISHIN NEXT - MOL SMART SHIP PROJECT" , announced in November 2016, which aims to reduce workplace accidents onboard, reduce the workload of seafarers, and enhance crew operation and technical skills. This is the second consecutive year MOL has been selected for MLIT's project. These projects are also undertaken as joint research studies with Nippon Kaiji Kyokai(ClassNK). The MOL Group strives to be the company of choice in the logistics business…

Transas Receives Award for Innovation

Transas won the Cruise & Ferry Award for the 'Best innovation in safety systems or safety technology'. A panel of judges distinguished the Transas idea of integrating AIS and ECDIS for collision avoidance as the best nomination. solution to avoid accidents and to improve safety and security at sea. presentation; route monitoring and additional information services. the integration technology on the ship's bridge. belief into our products". IMO regulations for UAIS interface. requirements. strict accordance with the international standards. Veritas) type approval Certificate.

Carnival Sets Up Safety & Reliability Review Board

Carnival Triumph: Photo courtesy of Scott Lucht CCL

Carnival Cruise Lines has appointed four esteemed maritime and transportation industry experts ‚Äď Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, Rear Admiral Joseph F. Campbell, Ray Valeika and Dr. John K. Lauber -- to the company's new Safety & Reliability Review Board. As part of Carnival's comprehensive fleetwide technical enhancement program, the review board was created to provide independent third-party perspective and to drive continuous improvement across the line's fleet. The core objectives of the board are to review Carnival Cruise Lines' current policies‚Ķ

NAVTOR Hires Holme as Chief Technology Officer

NAVTOR CEO Tor Svanes with new CTO Anders Holme (Photo: NAVTOR)

E-navigation specialist NAVTOR said it has appointed Anders Holme for the role of Chief Technology Officer. Holme will manage teams that work across offices in Egersund, Norway, Singapore, Japan, Sweden, Russia, the U.S. and U.K. NAVTOR‚Äôs main software development takes place at the company‚Äôs head office in Egersund and its dedicated base in St Petersburg. ‚ÄúThere is a growing appreciation within shipping that new technology can unlock real operational advantages and business opportunities,‚ÄĚ Holme said.

BSEE Aims to Strengthen Offshore Production Safety

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director James Watson

As part of President Obama’s commitment to promoting safe and responsible offshore oil and gas development, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director James Watson today announced another key step to strengthen both human safety and environmental protection on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. The proposed rule, which will be published in the Federal Register tomorrow, implements best practices and updates regulations regarding production safety systems and equipment used to collect and treat oil and gas from offshore production facilities.

Crowley Honored for Ops

A division of Crowley Maritime Corp. received the Department of Ecology's (Ecology) highest award today for excellence in tank-vessel marine safety and environmental stewardship. The Exceptional Compliance Program (ECOPRO) Award recognizes Crowley's Marine Transport Corp. subsidiary for its fleet of four articulated tug barges (ATBs). A specially equipped tug locks into a notch in the double-hulled barge's stern to create a single, hinged vessel. The set-up reduces the chances of the barge breaking loose and spilling oil, and provides a higher overall level of safety, reliability and efficiency. The voluntary spill-prevention program for tanker and tank-barge fleets requires member companies to meet 26 marine safety standards, among the world's most stringent.

MPA Chairman Opens International Safety@Sea Conference

Niam Chiang Meng, Chairman of MPA, delivering his speech at the opening of International Safety@Sea Conference. Photo: MPA

The International Safety@Sea Conference was officially opened yesterday by Mr Niam Chiang Meng, Chairman of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). Organised by MPA as part of Safety@Sea Week, over 250 international maritime professionals convened to share best safety at sea practices. This year‚Äôs Safety@Sea week will also see the inaugural ‚ÄėCommunity of Practice‚Äô (CoP) Forum which will be held on 23 August 2017. The CoP Forum is a collaborative platform for maritime administrations‚Ķ

AlphaBridge Consoles Delivered to Egbert Wagenborg

Wagenborg bridge (Photo: Alphatron Marine)

Alphatron Marine has announced to have delivered a state-of-the-art premium design AlphaBridge to the vessel Egbert Wagenborg, a modern, multi-purpose open-top ice strengthened vessel, named after the company‚Äôs founder. The ergonomically designed AlphaBridge with four 46-inch wide screens include remote support and an onboard information system. The Egbert Wagenborg navigation system contributes of a new level of onboard safety with JRC‚Äôs latest multi-function radar, ECDIS and conning which is operated on four large phenomenally bright displays that can be seen from nearly every angle.

Kongsberg to Electronically Outfit New Pipelayer Vessel

Kongsberg has been appointed as the supplier and integrator of all electrical, telecom and integrated control systems for the new Petrofac JSD 6000 deepwater derrick lay vessel, to be built at the Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC) yard in China for Petrofac UK. The contract worth more than NOK 230 Million was awarded by ZPMC to Kongsberg Maritime Engineering (KME), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime. The full contract includes supply and integration of the electrical, telecom and integrated control systems, project management, interface management and engineering services at all stages. In addition, a significant technology scope of supply includes generators…

ABS, COSCO Partner on Arctic Shipping Development

Facing changing climate conditions in the Arctic which have effectively generated new opportunities shipping in the region, classification society ABS and commercial shipper China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO) have signed a cooperation agreement aiming to enhave trans-Arctic shipping development. Signing the agreement in Shanghai were ABS Greater China Division President and COO Eric Kleess and Captain Meijiang Cai, Director of COSCO Safety & Technology Supervision Division. ABS Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Howard Fireman and COSCO Executive Vice President Yuhang Wang were also in attendance at the signing ceremony.

KONGSBERG Nets Petrofac Pipelayer Vessel Contract

Petrofac JSD 6000L: Rendering courtesy of KONGSBERG

KONGSBERG says it has been appointed as the supplier & integrator of all electrical, telecom and integrated control systems for a new Petrofac JSD 6000 deepwater derrick lay vessel, to be built at the Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd (ZPMC) yard in China for Petrofac UK. The contract worth more than NOK 230 Million was awarded by ZPMC to Kongsberg Maritime Engineering (KME), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime. The full contract includes supply and integration of the electrical…

Stork Double Shortlisted for SPE Awards

Stork has been shortlisted for two awards at this year‚Äôs SPE Offshore Achievement Awards, including the ‚ÄėSafety Innovation‚Äô award for its innovative Extended Breathing Apparatus System (ERBAS) and the ‚ÄėEnvironmentalist‚Äô award for its efficient Sandwash Tank system. Both accolades honour excellence in innovative technological solutions developed in the U.K. for the offshore energy sector. The Safety Innovation award also regonizes outstanding contribution to offshore safety and the Environmentalist award also acknowledges technology that has reduced the environmental impact of the industry.

Tech File: Propelling Hybrid Electric Solutions

ABS has granted Approval in Principle to Wärtsilä for a hybrid-powered, tug design. The new design will form the foundation for Wärtsilä’s new portfolio of tug designs, known as the Wärtsilä HYTug Series. (Image: Wärtsilä)

Growing interest in hybrid-electric power systems is expanding the search for new propulsion and energy-storage systems in the workboat sector, where compliance with emerging environmental regulations and a relentless pursuit of operational efficiency are driving change. To meet demands for cleaner more efficient power, owners are examining the potential for less conventional methods of energy generation and storage ‚Äď such as fuel cells, lithium-ion batteries, super-capacitors, flywheels, wind and solar ‚Äď to propel their vessels.

Kongsberg Wins EPC Work for Heavy Lift Units

Kongsberg Maritime has been awarded offshore EPC contracts worth more than NOK 520 million from the China Merchants Heavy Industries (CMHI) covering the deliveries of to two semi-submersible heavy lift and accommodation vessels; OOS Serooskerke and OOS Walcheren, to be built at CMHI (Jiangsu) in Haimen, China for Serooskerke Shipco BV / Walcheren Shipco BV in the Netherlands. Kongsberg Maritime together with its wholly owned subsidiary Kongsberg Maritime Engineering (KME) will execute the project. KME will provide all engineering, procurement and project management while Kongsberg Maritime will supply a ‚Äėfull picture‚Äô system delivery. The vessels are based on a similar design to the OOS Greta (pictured) currently operating for Petrobras in Brazil.

Strainstall Undertakes Transfer VMMS Trial

New Vessel Motion Monitoring System (VMMS) ‚Äď developed by James Fisher group company Strainstall Marine ‚Äď provides accurate motion and impact load monitoring with a  data logging capability; Increases safety and operational efficiency during  personnel and equipment transfer manoeuvres involving offshore wind farm  support vessels; MMS is now undergoing trials on board Tidal Transit‚Äôs ‚ÄėEden Rose‚Äô during normal operations off the UK‚Äôs east coast. Strainstall‚Äôs VMMS  product significantly‚Ķ

APM Terminals Invests in Turkish Port Trade Expansion

Container handling: File photo

APM Terminals Izmir, Turkey, says the installation of new ZPMC container cranes in Petkim Port will allow shipping lines to upgrade the size of vessels calling at Izmir, in Western Turkey, as well as introduce direct calls from Asia, the sub-continent and the Middle East for vessels larger than 10,000 TEUs. “This will be a complete change in Izmir’s role in the global logistics chain. The ordering of these cranes will ensure that APM Terminals Izmir can deliver efficient, reliable and safe operations for these new services…

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