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(All information is current as of July 30, 2004. A1(D16) - Shipboard Routing Assistance – Decision Making Support for the Operation of Container Ships in Heavy Seas by Hans G. B1(D40) - Development and Investigation of the Ballast-Free Ship Concept, by Miltiadis Kotinis, Michael G. A2(D26) - Criteria for Parametric Roll of Large Containerships in Longitudinal Seas by Y.S. Shin, V.L. Belenky, J.R. Paulling, K.M. Weems, W.M. B2(D39) - Computational Fluid Dynamics Study of the Effectiveness of Flow-Through Ballast Exchange by Christopher P. Kent, Michael G. B3(D13) - Compressed Natural Gas Carrier Development – The Knutsen PNG Concept by Sverre Valsgård, Kim J. A5(D42) - U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maneuverability by R. Sheinberg, P. Minnick, J.

Port Hedland to Reopen as Cyclone Fades

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Australia's Port Hedland iron ore terminal will likely reopen on Saturday after Australia's weather bureau cut the forecast strength of a cyclone bearing down on the continent's far northwest, the port's operator said on Friday. Cyclone Joyce, a Category 1 storm, is holding just off the beaches of Pilbara iron ore belt, prompting the overnight closure of the world's biggest iron ore export terminal, 1,700 km (1,050 miles) north of Perth, as a safety precaution. Shipping operations are expected to resume at 6 a.m. Saturday (2200 GMT Friday) should weather conditions improve.

Fog Halts Shipping at Brazil's Biggest Port

Dense fog halted the movement of ships in and out of Brazil's biggest port, Santos, early on Monday, according to port administrator Companhia Docas do Estado de São Paulo (Codesp), disrupting shipping operations at a time that sugar exports are at their annual peak. Santos is the main port for the export of soy, sugar and coffee in Brazil, which is one of the world's top producers of those commodities. Last week the port had to shut shipping operations for two mornings also due to thick fog. Reporting by Gustavo Bonano

MES Starts Ship Operational Analysis Service

On August 1 Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. starts ship operational analysis service on the Ship Operation Support Portal Site of its Maritime Solution Dept., which enables the assumption of actual ship’s performance under real navigational conditions. Due to the change of operational environment by the soaring of oil price, global demand for controlling greenhouse gas emission etc., the ship operation nowadays is required to pay attention not only to the economy and efficiency, as was before, but also to the environmental load. In this offered service, the navigational data of the ship are analyzed by creating a ship model by means of a Ship Operation Analysis System developed by Akishima Laboratories (Mitsui Zosen) Ltd. (MES’s 100 percent owned subsidiary with president Mr.

KPI Project Passes 1,000 Vessel Milestone

Captain Kuba Szymanski (Photo: KPI).

The Shipping Key Performance Indicator Project, initiated by InterManager but now administered by the independent KPI Association Ltd, has passed an important milestone: Performance statistics from more than 1,000 vessels are now being inputted into the project’s website – enabling the KPI system to produce informative and meaningful performance measurements for the industry. “This is excellent progress for the project and indicates a great deal of industry involvement and support,” said Captain Kuba Szymanski, on behalf of the KPI Association.

SOCP Meeting Scheduled for October 7-8

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Transas CEO Weighs in on the Future of Maritime Operations

Photo: Transas

At the SMM 2016 in Hamburg, Transas CEO Frank Coles delivered the company's standpoint on the future of maritime operations. “However, it is has manifested as a picture of uncoordinated fragmented promises that lacks a structure and platform. Shipping needs a solution not an application. Shipping operations is the complete picture not just the smart phone,” he continued. Coles made the statements when talking about the power and potential of the Transas Harmonized Eco System of Integrated Solutions (THESIS).

Germanischer Lloyd Opens Lab in Hamburg

The examination of metallic materials and failure analysis for the sectors of ship operation systems, civil engineering, plant technology and machinery will now also be offered in Hamburg by GLP, the testing laboratory of Germanischer Lloyd. To complement the branches in Mülheim, Herne and Stuttgart, the operating area of materials testing and failure analysis is being expanded into the North German region. The service spectrum of routine materials testing includes destructive and non-destructive tests, metallography, corrosion examinations, chemical analyses as well as investigations employing light-optical and scanning electron microscopy.

MarAd Appoints new Associate Administrator for National Security

The Maritime Administration (MarAd) has appointed Kevin M. Tokarski its new Associate Administrator for National Security. In his new role as associate administrator, Tokarski will provide leadership and oversight to the Office of Emergency Preparedness, the Office of Sealift Support, the Office of Ship Disposal, and the Office of Ship Operations and its three divisions: Atlantic Operations, Gulf Operations and Pacific Operations. During his more than 20 years of service at the Maritime Administration, Tokarski has excelled at a variety of assignments spanning different aspects of ship operations, from mobilization to sealift, to readiness and security, and marine transportation and domestic emergency response.

Germanischer Lloyd Opens Testing Laboratory

The examination of metallic materials and failure analysis for the sectors of ship operation systems, civil engineering, plant technology and machinery will now also be offered in Hamburg by GLP, the testing laboratory of Germanischer Lloyd. To complement the branches in Mülheim, Herne and Stuttgart, the operating area of materials testing and failure analysis is being expanded into the North German region. The service spectrum of routine materials testing includes destructive and non-destructive tests, metallography, corrosion examinations, chemical analyses as well as investigations employing light-optical and scanning electron microscopy.

ClassNK Establishes Ship Data Center

Classification society ClassNK announced that it has established Ship Data Center Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan on December 7, 2015, as a wholly owned subsidiary that aims to support the utilization of data gathered from ship operations. The Data Center will be headed by ClassNK Executive Vice President Yasushi Nakamura. Thanks to rapid advances in the development of information and communication technologies, it is now possible to collect large volumes of data on a diverse range of items related to ship operations. However, the approach to data capture is still very fragmented with similar data being sent to several vendors and analysis still being carried out almost entirely on a ship-by-ship basis, according to ClassNK.

Small Spill After Tankers Collide Off Louisiana

The U.S. Coast Guard said that shipping operations at the Southwest Pass, off Louisiana, were not affected by a minor crude oil spill after two crude oil tankers collided on Wednesday evening. "The Coast Guard has established a safety zone around the incident area. Normal shipping operations will continue outside the safety zone," said the Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in Morgan City, La. The spill which took place approximately 40 miles south of Grand Isle, La., was not near the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) as earlier reported, said Mark Bugg, scheduling manager for the LOOP, the only deep-water U.S. oil port and a major conduit for the country's crude oil imports.

MPA Honors Patrick Phoon

Patrick Phoon, Deputy Managing Director, Evergreen Shipping Agency (Singapore) Pte Ltd receiving the International Maritime Centre (Individual) Award from Mrs Josephine Teo. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Ocean transportation firm, “K” Line Pte Ltd, and Patrick Phoon, Deputy Managing Director of Evergreen Shipping Agency, received the International Maritime Centre (Corporate) Award and the International Maritime Centre (Individual) Award respectively. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has honoured ten industry partners who have made outstanding contributions to Singapore's development as a premier global hub port and a leading international maritime centre at the Singapore International Maritime Awards (IMA) 2017.

SOCP’s Exhaust Gas Cleaning System Selection Guide

The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) announced the release of a recently completed study on Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS). SOCP conducted the study in light of new EPA regulations that become mandatory to ships operating in Emission Control Areas (ECA) in 2015 requiring low sulfur emission. The objective of the study is to assist ship operators in the dilemma of switching to expensive distillate fuel in ECA or install EGCS and continue to burn hi-sulfur heavy fuels. The Guide will assist ship operators in determining their emissions requirements, calculating potential cost savings, and understanding the integration and operational challenges of various EGCS technologies available today. The development of this Guide is made possible through the financial support of the U.S.

Dynaligner Aims to Eliminate Shaft Misalignment

A Swedish and Dutch invention aims to eliminate misalignment, modernizing today’s shaft alignment practice. The Dynaligner is said to offer trouble free operation of marine propulsion trains, irrespective of ship operation condition or hull deflections. Dynaligner ‘s developer said the propeller shafting is correctly aligned at all times during ship operation to avoid any mechanical behavior causing inappropriate bearing loads and wear/vibrations. The patented invention particularly focuses on, protecting the engine/gear, intermediate bearings and the stern tube bearings.

Great Lakes Education Conference Wrap Up

The Bayfront Center for Maritime Studies (BCMS) hosted the first ever Great Lakes Region Primary and Secondary Maritime Education Conference. The conference was held at the BCMS waterfront campus on May 11th and 12th, 2009, in Erie, Pennsylvania. There has been a growing movement nationally to encourage the development of maritime career opportunity awareness and K-12 maritime education. BCMS specializes in creating hands-on programs that provide maritime access and training ranging…

Carbon War Room Launches Shipping Efficiency Advisory Board

Six leaders and influencers from across the shipping industry will join global NGO Carbon War Room’s (CWR’s) Shipping Operation Advisory Board. Their backgrounds span the shipowning, chartering, technical analysis, finance, and academic worlds. The board will lend extensive industry insight and support CWR’s mission to profitably decarbonise the international shipping industry. Galen Hon, Manager, Shipping Operation, Carbon War Room, commented: "Following UNFCCC in Paris, the industry has an obligation to find new and innovative ways to reduce carbon while remaining competitive. With expertise spanning finance, ship operation, classification, data analysis, technology, and software, these individuals are perfectly positioned to identify and evaluate opportunities for innovation and growth.

SOCP Agenda Focuses on Maritime Security

The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) will convene in Philadelphia, Pa., on June 11-12, 2002 at the Naval Surface Warfare Center. The meeting will feature Captain William G. Schubert, Maritime Administrator, U.S. Department of Transportation as the speaker, with invited speakers including: Ronald McAlear, CEO, Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard and Robert K. Kurz, President, Keystone Shipping Co. The meeting will also include panel presentations focusing on maritime security and current maritime legislation, and technical presentations.

Mumbai Port's Storm Gate Closure

Mumbai Port

  Mumbai Port has announced that from 1 June 2014 to 11 September 2014, due to repairs to the outer lock gate, there will be no shipping operations inside Indira Dock Basin during night and the storm will remain closed at night.   During the day, the storm gate will not be operated. Shipping movements will occur approximately 3 hours before highwater to top of highwater,depending upon the prevailing tidal and weather conditions.Source: Mumbai Port Trust     GAC India at india@gac.com  

SOCP to Meet in San Diego

The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP), sponsored by the Maritime Administration, will meet in San Diego on March 5-6, 2003. Items on the agenda include best security practices for ships in U.S. ports and innovative maritime technologies.

Sea-Land Deal Boosts Moeller Shares

A.P. Moeller’s acquisition of CSX Corp.’s Sea-Land’s international shipping operations is reportedly positive for the group’s shares and future position in world shipping.

TNKC Fleet Upgraded with BASS Software

Photo: Taiyo Nippon Kisen Co., Ltd.

Maritime software company BASS starts the fourth quarter by clinching a fleet-wide system upgrade for the subsidiary of the K-Line group Taiyo Nippon Kisen Co., Ltd (TNKC). With this upgrade, 107 TNKC vessels will operate on the BASSnet 2.8 Fleet Management System to enhance its efficiency gains. The ship management company has been operating on BASSnet 2.0 since 2001. TNKC has been enjoying the benefits of optimizing its shipping operations with BASSnet Fleet Management Systems for a full 12 years.

Danish Maritime Authority to Study Unmanned Shipping

Many believe that masterless ships may become reality within a very short period of time. Surely, the technology for unmanned ships is coming, yet it remains unknown exactly where, when and to what extent. Now, the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA), together with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), is seeking the answers for these unknowns by launching a prestudy on autonomous ships. DMA said the purpose of its cooperation with the DTU is, firstly, to increase the common knowledge base and to set the preliminary frames so that the development and use of unmanned ships can come about in an appropriate manner. Minister for Business and Growth…

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