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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 – 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.

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’s 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. “This 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.

Why Attend the Ferry Safety & Technology Conference?

© Oleksandr Dibrova / Adobe Stock

The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA) will host its upcoming Ferry Safety and Technology Conference May 11 and 12 in downtown New York. Besides the awards to winners of the Ferry Design Competition, there are many reasons to attend the conference. Below are a dozen. 1 - Learn about innovative new ferry systems in Africa, Asia and North America – ferry systems from which we can learn and that will need safety, communications, IT, training – equipment and services. 2- Listen to ferry operators from Bangkok, Manila and Abidjan as they speak about their challenges and successes.

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.

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 – 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


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.

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.

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’s 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’s latest multi-function radar, ECDIS and conning which is operated on four large phenomenally bright displays that can be seen from nearly every angle.

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’s Safety@Sea week will also see the inaugural ‘Community of Practice’ (CoP) Forum which will be held on 23 August 2017. The CoP Forum is a collaborative platform for maritime administrations


ScanReach's In: New Safety at Sea Tech

InRange is developed as a “plug and play” solution and can be easily installed by crew members. Its main features include  ScanReach-GUI-tweak

Norwegian start-up technology firm ScanReach is set to redefine safety standards at sea with In:Range, a unique system capable of locating anyone on a vessel or offshore installation in real time. The plug and play technology is simple, easy to install, low cost and, according to the team behind it, could save countless lives at sea. With In:Range ScanReach has solved a problem nobody else has. The firm has created a system and technology capable of sending and receiving data signals wirelessly through any structure, including steel.

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


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


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.

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


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 ‘full picture’ system delivery. The vessels are based on a similar design to the OOS Greta (pictured) currently operating for Petrobras in Brazil.

Singapore Sets Out to Curb Ship Collisions

Image courtesy  Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC)

Singapore is set to get new technology to help in preventing ship collisions.The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said it has engaged the services of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research's Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), Singapore Management University (SMU) and Fujitsu to develop new predictive technologies for maritime vessel traffic management. These predictive technologies will tap the power of artificial intelligence and big data analytics, to enhance navigational safety within the Port of Singapore.

Stork Double Shortlisted for SPE Awards

Stork has been shortlisted for two awards at this year’s SPE Offshore Achievement Awards, including the ‘Safety Innovation’ award for its innovative Extended Breathing Apparatus System (ERBAS) and the ‘Environmentalist’ 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.

CSL St-Laurent on Maiden Voyage

CSL Trillium Class Great Lakes bulk carriers

The second of Canada Steamship Lines' (CSL) two newbuild Trillium Class Great Lakes bulk carriers, CSL St-Laurent, was delivered on November 26, 2014 and set sail on her maiden voyage on December 13. She departed at 20:00 CST from Yangfan shipyard on Zhoushan Island, China, en route to Canada where she is set to operate throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. The vessel is commanded by Captain Kevin Crouse and Chief Engineer Paul Beaudet, and is expected to take approximately 50-60 days to complete her voyage.

Strainstall Provides Advanced Tension Monitoring Solution

MAATS Tech Ltd is a specialist ship design organization with expertise in the provision of turnkey carousel systems and associated equipment that are installed in special purpose vessels used for laying flexible pipe, umbilicals and power cables. On such vessels, the cable or pipe is fed through a tensioner before being loaded to and from the carousel system as part of the laying process. Maintaining the correct tension in the pipe or cable is crucial to achieving its successful seabed deployment, as well as for the avoidance of equipment malfunction and associated downtime.

New Rescue Vessel Marks Milestone for Craig Group

L to R: Grampian Devotion Master, Malcolm Trott, with Craig Group chairman and managing director, Douglas Craig, and North Star Shipping managing director, Callum Bruce.

North Star Shipping has reinforced its fleet of next generation vessels after taking delivery of its new ERRV, the Grampian Devotion, in Aberdeen. The latest vessel represents the eighth and final D-class IMT-950 Emergency Response and Rescue vessels (ERRVs) that the company has had specially built as part of a major $169 million investment program. Callum Bruce, managing director of North Star Shipping which is operated by Craig Group, said, “The delivery of the Grampian Devotion


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