Tanker Owners To Gain More Pull Through Information Sharing System
Tanker owners organization Intertanko is reportedly testing a system designed to give ship owners greater market clout through increased vessel/cargo information sharing. The aim is to set up a protected Web site where vessel owners can input ship position and cargo information, giving them better information on availability of cargo and ships. Tanker owners could use the system to strengthen their market power and increase vessel utilization by pooling vessels.
Star Positions Ship In Dubai
Malaysian cruise operator Star Cruises Plc has positioned a 100-passenger vessel in Dubai in efforts to cover West Asia, company officials said. "The coverage of West Asia reinforces Star as the leading cruise line in Asia-Pacific after having ships positioned in North, East and South East Asia," Star chairman K.T. Lim said. The MegaStar Capricorn will be positioned year-round in Dubai and will make 200 calls a year at the port. Lim said the company's Dubai office will also bring first-time cruisers from the Middle East to cruise with Star in the Asia-Pacific region. Star has a fleet of 20 ships and more than 21,000 lower berths, following its acquisition of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings earlier this year…
Island Offshore Chooses Rolls-Royce Propulsion Systems
Rolls-Royce recently won a £20 million (over $32.5 million) order to design and supply power and propulsion systems for two UT 776 CD supply vessels for Island Offshore. Island Offshore were the first to introduce the UT 776 CD ship, which is designed to transport supplies to and from offshore oil and gas platforms. These vessels are the ninth and tenth ordered by the operator to date. In addition to the ship design, the order includes a fully-integrated diesel-electric power and propulsion system, featuring four Rolls-Royce Bergen engines, to power two Azipull thrusters.
Northrop Grumman to Supply Navigation, Communications Systems for SFPA
Northrop Grumman Corporation's Sperry Marine business unit has been selected to provide the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency's (SFPA) newest patrol vessel with a full suite of navigation and communication systems, networking the ship's systems and sensors into a single interface. The new 151-ft. patrol vessel, being built at Ferguson Shipbuilders on the Clyde, will replace the patrol ship WESTRA and will be the first in the SFPA fleet to have diesel electric propulsion. Sperry Marine will supply a complete integrated bridge system (IBS) with electronic chart display and information system. The equipment suite includes BridgeMaster E flat-screen radars…
NTSB Issues Report on Passenger Vessel Sinking
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued its report into the grounding and sinking of the uninspected passenger vessel SAFARI SPIRIT in Kisameet Bay, Canada on May 8, 2003. The vessel was carrying ten passengers and a crew of six on a voyage from Seattle to Juneau. The vessel grounded on a charted submerged rock and subsequently sank. The NTSB concluded that the probable cause of the casualty was failure of the master to use appropriate navigational procedures and equipment to determine the ship’s position. A contributing cause was failure of the operator to have and require its masters to use a voyage planning and procedure manual. Marine Accident Brief No. DCA03MM028 (HK Law)
P&I Urges Use of Parallel Indexing
The London P&I Club has said that two recent casualties may well have been avoided if the bridge teams of the vessels involved had made use of parallel indexing, a radar technique which can enable navigators to monitor continuously for cross track error. Writing in the latest issue of its StopLoss Bulletin, the Club says, “In one case, a bulk carrier was passing close by the edge of a busy anchorage while preparing to pick up a pilot. The master had approved a comprehensive berth-to-berth passage plan which confirmed that the ship would be subject to a strong, cross tidal stream on the last leg from the anchorage to the pilot station, and also identified an appropriate parallel index.
Pederstad Named Nor-Shipping Director
Nor-Shipping announced that Vidar Pederstad has taken on the role of Nor-Shipping Director. Although his career track includes a series of management positions at leading PR and communications agencies, Pederstad brings many years of Nor-Shipping experience to his new position. Not only was he a marketing and PR consultant to four Nor-Shipping event weeks over eight years, but he was also a founding member of the Nor-Shipping Advisory Board. His key contributions during this period include the establishment of the high-profile Nor-Shipping conferences…
Vidar Pederstad Named Nor-Shipping Director
Nor-Shipping announces that Vidar Pederstad has taken on the role of Nor-Shipping Director. Although his career track includes a series of management positions at leading PR and communications agencies, Pederstad brings many years of Nor-Shipping experience to his new position. Not only was he a marketing and PR consultant to four Nor-Shipping event weeks over eight years, but he was also a founding member of the Nor-Shipping Advisory Board. His key contributions during this period include the establishment of the high-profile Nor-Shipping conferences…
AXSMarine Releases Version 3.1 of AXSTanker
Shipping software company AXSMarine has announced the release of AXSTanker 3.1, an enhanced version of its AXSTanker product. New options will enable Tanker brokers to access AIS and Fixtures information. AXSTanker 3.1 is optimized to produce a great user experience, while integrating two new optional features. The first feature is a fixture option, which offers supplementary information to users in their bottom panel. This information is proprietary to their company only, which means no other AXSTanker member can see the fixture information they enter: it is fully private. Entering and searching fixtures using the fixture module is also available in the launcher menu, including importantly optional rates and multi-grade entries.
Lange New Faststream Partner
Christian Lange has become the managing partner of Faststream AS, the Oslo based arm of international maritime recruitment specialist Faststream Recruitment Ltd. Commenting on the appointment, Faststream Group CEO Mark Charman said: “Christian is a shipping man through and through with years of shipbroking experience under his belt who really understands the sector. After two years with Faststream, I’m delighted that he has become a partner in our fast growing firm. Oslo born Christian Lange (53) began his career in shipping in 1975 as a shipbroker in Hamburg. He has worked in a variety of positions for United Arab Chartering (1978-79)…
Beemar Supply Vessel Fleet Uses Hughes Broadband
When Beemar, LLC rolled out a fleet of Dynamic Positioning 2 (DP-2) Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs), they needed a global broadband maritime communications solution that could match the high-tech demands of these new vessels and of their customers. BEEMAR chose Hughes Network Systems, LLC and Environmental Safety Systems International, Inc (ESSI) to fulfill this mission. Hughes is equipping BEEMAR's entire fleet of platform supply vessels with its fully managed maritime solution in partnership with ESSI Corporation, a systems integrator specializing in maritime industries. The Hughes solution includes high-speed Internet access, voice, email, video, and on-board Wi-Fi.
Sperry Marine to Supply for Container Ships
Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Sperry Marine business unit has won orders from the China Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, to supply integrated bridge systems (IBS) for 12 new container ships. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. “The state-of-the-art bridge electronics suite is designed to enhance navigation safety by integrating all of the ships’ navigation and steering control systems,” said John DeMaso, president of Sperry Marine. The new ships, which are being built for Chilean ship owner Compañia Sudamericana de Vapores (CSAV) and German ship owner, Reederei Peter Doehle, will be fitted with a complete IBS featuring Sperry Marine’s proprietary Voyage Management System software.
Sperry Marine to Supply IBS for New Container Ships
to supply integrated bridge systems (IBS) for 12 new container ships. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Marine. proprietary Voyage Management System software. communication station with Fleet 77 Inmarsat terminal. adjustments for loading dynamics and weather conditions. machinery. high-resolution flat-screen technology. training.
Navy Ship Certified for “Paperless” Nav
The Aegis guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) is equipped with the first Electronic Chart Display and Information System – Navy (ECDIS-N) approved for use by Navy surface ships. ECDIS-N, developed by Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit, was authorized for use in May 2005 after an extensive certification process to ensure it met the Navy’s requirements for safe navigation. Northrop Grumman has supplied the advanced Integrated Bridge System and Voyage Management System electronic charting software for the first U.S. Navy ship authorized to navigate using Digital Nautical Charts (DNC) supplied by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Sperry Marine’s Integrated Bridge System was installed in USS Cape St.
Five Sailors Rescued from Vessel in Distress
The Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) and a signal from an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) detected by a satellite in low earth orbit above the Pacific Ocean reportedly contributed to the rescue of five sailors. Over the weekend a fire broke out in the engine room of the 93-ft. Solomon Islands cargo vessel Haurosi; disabling the ship approximately 60 NM northwest of Saipan. A 406 Mega Hertz EPIRB carried by the ship was activated; transmitting a radio distress signal that was detected by a satellite orbiting the earth over 1,200 miles away. The satellite relayed the distress alert to a ground station here on Guam which passed the alert to U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Sub-Center Guam. In response to the alert the U.S.
Keeping European Shipping on the Straight & Narrow
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) explains its role in support of marine safety, pollution, maritime security & vessel monitoring in a new brochure. EMSA operates maritime information systems to support the maritime monitoring activities of the Commission and Member States. • detect oil pollution and vessels through satellite images. EMSA operates the European oil spill and vessel detection service CleanSeaNet. This service analyses satellite radar images to detect possible oil spills on the sea surface. Oil spills appear as dark shapes on the image.
Congestion hits Lagos Ports
With 11 vessels have been waiting to get a space to berth in Lagos Ports Complex (LPC) in order to discharge cargo since December 2014 heavy congestion hits Lagos Ports General Cargo Terminal. More than 251,860 metric tons (MT) of cargo are currently stranded at Terminal C and D of the LPC, Apapa, operated by ENL Consortium Limited. The industry observers say that this has become a regular feature in that terminal, raising questions about efficiency of its cargo handling equipment.
GE Power Conversion
Hornbeck Offshore will employ GE Power Conversion’s latest generation DP technology for its four new multipurpose supply vessels (MPSVs). In their role as MPSVs, they can operate as either a subsea construction vessel capable of performing complex subsea construction operations or as a resupply and support vessel to ultra deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, or anywhere else in the world as required by their charterers. “The DP solution and its user interface is the heart of a ship’s positioning system. When we can continue to work with a company that knows us, has supplied us with systems in the past and, with our input, can supply us with a next generation system we can rely on…
Spread of GE Tech Ordered for DSV Newbuild
Shanghai Salvage Bureau’s (SSB) new ship is purpose-designed for a range of roles including deep-water salvage operations, deep-water pipelay and construction as well as a saturation diving capability for up to 24 divers in two bells. Recently, GE’s Marine Solutions has been chosen by SSB, one of the largest rescue and salvage companies in the world, to provide a suite of marine technologies including power and propulsion equipment, dynamic positioning (DP) and automation and control systems to its newest deep-water dive support vessel (DSV).
GE to Equip Hornbeck Vessels with Dynamic Positioning
Imagine holding a 100-meter long, subsea construction vessel in position as it lowers with its 250-ton crane, heavy subsea modules to the seabed. According to GE, its Power Conversion company has the ability to take the guess work out of complex dynamic positioning (DP) operations with its advanced human-machine interface (HMI) and returns ship control to the mariner, so skilled DP operators can once again focus on the task of ship handling. When the system is operating in its new “Energy Efficiency” mode…
Introducing ‘Lo-Jack’ For Ships
A successful anti-piracy tracking system supported by ICC's International Maritime Bureau (IMB) now has a dedicated website that demonstrates how ship owners can log-on and view the exact position of their vessels at any time. Shiploc, an inexpensive tracking system, is based on a small device that reports to ship owners the position of their vessels via a satellite network several times a day. The launch of www.shiploc.com means that owners, armed with only an Internet connection and a confidential user name and password, can access data and maps online to check whether their ships are on course. If a ship is hijacked, the IMB, with authorization from the ship's owner, can check the ship's exact position and alert the appropriate law enforcement agencies immediately.
Sperry Marine Supplies Navigation for Ville de Bordeaux
Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Sperry Marine business unit has supplied the navigation and communication electronics for a new highly specialized ship that has been designed specifically to convey giant components for Airbus’ next-generation A-380 aircraft. The new ship, christened Ville de Bordeaux, was built in China’s Jinling shipyard and is being delivered to French shipowner Louis-Dreyfus Armateurs this month. The vessel will fly the French flag and will shuttle among the various Airbus plants in Europe delivering aircraft parts. For safe navigation, the ship has been fitted with a complete Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine integrated bridge system…
Insatech Launches Smart Sulphur Switch S3
Danish company Insatech A/S has developed the Smart Sulphur Switch S3 system (S3) that they say minimizes shipping companies’ additional costs as a result of the requirements stipulated in MARPOL Annex VI concerning sulphur emissions in Emission Control Areas (ECAs) in North America, the Caribbean, the Baltic and the North Sea. The S3 system distinguishes itself through its ability to always blend and adjust two fuels to the desired sulphur content. This enables monitoring and control of sulphur emissions.