Coast Guard Recognizes PVA's Flagship Safety Management System
On June 12, 2017, the Coast Guard's national Director of Inspections and Compliance formally recognized PVA's Flagship Safety Management System (SMS) as an acceptable method for developing and implementing a company specific voluntary SMS. In a letter to PVA's Executive Director, Capt. Jennifer Williams stated, "The U.S. Williams' letter also acknowledged that vessel companies that effectively implement PVA Flagship SMS will be recognized and considered by local Coast Guard inspection offices for reduced scope of inspections under the Coast Guard Risk Based Decision Making policy for small passenger vessels. In response to the letter, PVA's Executive Director John Groundwater stated, "We are pleased with the Coast Guard's formal recognition of the PVA Flagship SMS program.
SMS Launch Hydrogen Sulfide Safety Program
Safety Management Systems (SMS) is now offering an H₂S health and safety program for the oil & gas industry. Hydrogen sulfide gas, or H₂S, is the second most deadly gas and develops along with crude oil and natural gas. Because of this, having the proper H₂S safety measures in place is imperative to any company working with oil & gas. The new SMS H₂S program offers the oil & gas industry the most comprehensive H₂S solution on the market. SMS boasts highly-trained H₂S technicians along with the best equipment and most advanced technology available in a rental program.
Sigma Offshore Opens Singapore Office
Sigma Offshore, which has developed a pioneering mooring and fluid transfer system for oil and gas production vessels, has opened a new office in Singapore. Sigma’s Eirik Refstie moved from the company’s Oslo base to head up the new Singapore office ahead of the FPSO Asia Congress in Singapore on September 28-29. He will take on the role of Vice President Asia Pacific. Sigma Offshore developed its Smart Mooring System (SMS) as a cost-efficient and timesaving solution for FPSOs (Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessels) and other vessels which require both mooring and fluid loading and unloading in medium to deepwater depths. Sigma Offshore now has offices Singapore, Houston, Oslo and its headquarters in Aberdeen.
European Launch of SMS at Counter Terror Expo
Kelvin Hughes is delighted to announce that it will be displaying its new Single Mast Solution (SMS) at Counter Terror Expo 2014 from April 29-30. This will be the first time that the SMS – a lightweight, easily deployable, best-in-class radar and electro-optical system – has been exhibited in Europe. Equipped with a simple mounting interface, the SMS can be securely attached to any mast system – whether portable, vehicle-mounted or on a fixed structure –.Fitted with the SharpEye…
Safety Management System or a Checklist for Negligence?
Does your company have a safety management system (SMS), a safety program, or internal safety policies? Are there problems with implementation or making sure that all policies are consistently complied with? Are there items in the manual which do not apply to your vessels or operations? Does the manual call for unrealistic work practices? If you answered "yes" to these questions, rest assured you are not alone. Unfortunately, however, your company could also be in danger of severe financial penalties, and/or litigation. In some case, such as a serious accident, individuals, depending upon their position in the company, might even face imprisonment. The latest trend in regulatory schemes is performance based regulations.
Stratos Comms for MISC Berhad
Stratos Global Corporation announced it has been selected by its long-time customer MISC Berhad to provide a customized crew-communications solution for its entire fleet of more than 100 merchant vessels. Stratos is deploying an MISC-branded version of its AmosConnect Crew communications solution to serve thousands of crewmembers, as part of MISC’s “We Care” crew-retention program. The custom solution provides MISC crewmembers with new “MISC Crew Comm” cards to enjoy free private email, low-cost SMS and voice calling. AmosConnect Crew is an all-in-one communication solution for crewmembers. Combining AmosConnect and ChatCard, two of Stratos’ successful services, AmosConnect Crew enables personnel at sea to stay in contact with home via phone, email and SMS at low cost rates.
GlobeMobile Surpasses One Million GSM Minutes per Month
Globe Wireless has announced it has reached a significant milestone, surpassing one million GSM minutes per month. Since its launch in April 2009, GlobeMobile has grown to become the world’s largest Maritime GSM network with over 20,000 active subscribers on just over 1,300 vessels. GlobeMobile is a GSM solution providing crew members voice calling and SMS capabilities at affordable rates. GlobeMobile provides complete flexibility for crew members including: standard voice calls to and from the vessel, SMS messaging and free onboard mobile-to-mobile calling. GlobeMobile can be used with Inmarsat FleetBroadband and VSAT terminals through our unique Globe Wireless built GSM network.
China Shipyard Delivers AHTS Vessel to Martens Marine
Guangdong Yuexin Ocean Engineering has delivered the 'SMS Endeavour', an Anchor Handling Towing Supply (AHTS) Vessel . SMS Endeavour is intended for operations in the offshore waters of Asia, West Africa, and Middle East. The Martens Marine E 65T Series vessels are powered by twin CAT 3516C engines at 5,150 brake horsepower. These engines are in compliance with US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Marine Tier 2 Commercial Regulations. Vessels in this series are also equipped with twin Kawasaki bow thrusters of 8T capacity each, and a set of Becker high-lift performance rudders.
MN 100: Safety Management Systems, LLC
Since 1996, Safety Management Systems, LLC (SMSLLC) has provided consulting services to the global maritime, transportation and related industries. Public and private sector clients turn to SMSLLC to bring effective solutions to a range of challenges. SMSLLC has established a reputation as a client-focused consultancy that creates results as lasting solutions. SMS LLC, with years of crafting ISM, ISO and management system solutions to U.S,-based blue water clients, will formulate subM compliance solutions designed specifically for each individual client.
Damen Shoalbuster completes 14,572 nm Round Trip
The SMS Shoalbuster, a 26-metre Damen Shoalbuster 2609 owned and operated by GSS Marine Services based in Rosyth, Scotland, has recently completed a 14,572 nm round trip that included two transatlantic crossings. The Shoalbuster range is designed as a multi-role workboat optimised for shallow waters, however its high bow and sturdy construction means that it is capable of handling even ocean crossings. When the SMS Shoalbuster departed Stathelle, Norway, earlier this year, no-one realised that she would be gone for so long or sail so far.
Kelvin Hughes Debuts Port Security Products
Kelvin Hughes is displaying its new combined camera and radar Single Mast Solution (SMS) at SMM 2014 in Hamburg from September 9-12. The company is also demonstrating the associated CxEye display software which provides intuitive command and control for the system. Responding to the market need for a rapidly deployable, all-weather, port and harbor security radar and multi-optioned electro-optical system, Kelvin Hughes has utilized its SharpEye X-band solid state surveillance radar technology to develop the Single Mast Solution.
UK Tug Operator Extends Turkish Built Fleet
By purchasing a brand new tug from Sanmar Shipyards, U.K. operator SMS Towage has taken delivery of its seventh ASD tug built by the Turkish tug builder. The new tug is named Superman, continuing an established pattern – the previous six Sanmar built tugs in the SMS fleet are called Statesman, Scotsman, Yorkshireman, Masterman, Englishman and Merchantman. The new tug is of the Sanmar exclusive Robert Allan Ltd RAmparts 2400 SX design, designated by the builder as the Bogacay series.
Englishman: 11th Humber Tug Bears the Name
Humber tugboat operator SMS Towage has drawn on an old name for the latest addition to its fleet. The new Englishman is the 11th Humber tug to bear the title, in a tradition stretching back to the 19th century. Built at the Sanmar yard on the edge of Istanbul to a Canadian design, she produces 3,500bhp and can bring in 270m long ships of more than 170,000 metric tons dead weight. The 25m £3.5m vessel is capable of 13 knots and is among the most maneuverable on the estuary. She is one of 13 owned by Hull-based SMS Towage…
Rig Decommissioning Specialists Meet in Houston
Safety Management Systems were at the global meeting of decommissioning professionals, which attracts nearly 1,000 attendees annually. Along with other expert speakers, Gary Siems, decommissioning manager for Stone Energy, spoke about concurrent decommissioning. Last year, they acquired the world’s largest self-elevating, self-propelled vessel, that allows the company to perform all stages of the decommissioning process in a single mobilization. SMS has four safety specialists assigned to this vessel, which has logged over 200,000 man hours without incident. Bobby Pagitt, part of the executive sales team at SMS, attended the event and said, “Each decommissioning project is different and presents new challenges, and with these new challenges come many safety issues and concerns.
Iridium Launches Short Messaging Service
Iridium Satellite LLC, provider of global satellite voice and data communications, announced that it has launched Short Messaging Services (SMS) to commercial Iridium subscribers. The Iridium SMS service will allow subscribers to send and receive up to 160 characters per message to and from other subscribers anywhere around the globe. Subscribers will also be able to send and receive messages via e-mail addresses. SMS messages sent can be stored up to 8 days until delivered. The service will be supported over the Iridium 9505 handset and the Iridium 9522 L-band transceiver. Iridium plans to make the service available to and from cell phones within the fourth quarter of this year.
The Master’s Authority: a Vital SMS Caveat
As safety management systems (SMS) on board vessels evolve, the vessel’s master still holds ultimate authority. Subchapter M is finally underway. A starring role in this new CFR is a safety management system onboard all vessels. While this system dictates how the vessel is to be operated and under what parameters, a key principle of any SMS is that the Master has the authority and the responsibility to override the SMS when safety of the crew, the vessel, or the environment is at stake.
Salvage Association Opens in Houston
The Salvage Association (a trading style of BMT Salvage Ltd.) has established an office in Houston to provide full marine and offshore consultancy services, the resident surveyors being Robert Hoppell and Allan Schultz. The services include project risk management, all types of surveys, including hull and machinery, cargo, P&I, draft and bunker surveys, pollution response, collision investigation and speed and angle-of-blow surveys. Houston will also act as a focal point for offshore energy business being canvassed by the experienced SA staff. The office is located at 9835 Whithorn Drive, Houston, tel. In the same premises is a sister company…
Iridium-based SSAS from SAILOR DNV Approved
The recently launched Ship Security Alert System (SSAS) by SAILOR using the Iridium System has now been approved by Det Norske Veritas (DNV), meeting all requirements for Ship Security Alert Systems as specified in the amendments to SOLAS, chapter XI, Annex 6 (Dec. 2002). The unique features of the SAILOR’s Iridium SSAS solution is the fact that the SAILOR SC4000 Iridium terminal at the same time can be used for standard Iridium features, such as voice and data communications, while still fulfilling all necessary SSAS requirements.
Sigma Offshore Exhibiting at FPSO Event in Singapore
Sigma Offshore, the international FPSO moorings and marine engineering services business, will be exhibiting at Asia’s 3rd Annual FPSO Summit in Singapore. The event at the Raffles Convention Centre on April 24 and 25 is part of Singapore Maritime Week. As well as exhibiting, Aberdeen-headquartered Sigma Offshore is one of the sponsors of the event for industry leaders and decision makers. The conference features speakers, FPSO and field owner case studies, design and technology updates and networking opportunities.
Partnerships Drive SubChapter M Solutions
Management software: vendors, consultants, class strive to provide turnkey service. Unless you’ve been lost at sea for the last few years, you know about Subchapter M. You know the June publication of the U.S. Coast Guard’s regulations for ensuring minimum safety standards on tows and tugs, which will extend inspection requirements to the majority of these vessels for the first time, moved the long-awaited, and in some cases, dreaded program from the haze of eventually out into the cold light of day.
ChartCo Acquires Docmap
ChartCo, provider of maritime digital data and compliance services, said it has expanded its range of integrated marine solutions with the acquisition of the at-sea digital document management company Docmap. Oslo-based Docmap AS was founded in 2005 and provides solutions within the health, safety, environmental and quality (HSEQ) operations on vessels and ashore. Its recently launched Docmap 8 software operates both shore side and on board through standard web browsers and incorporates modules for audit control and risk assessment, and works alongside customers’ continuous improvement programs. Docmap 8 can be supplied either off the shelf with best in class functionality, or customized to suit individual company requirements.
King Abdullah Port Bullish on Maritime Services
Specialized Marine Services (SMS), a JV between the Ports Development Company (PDC), which is the private sector owner and developer of King Abdullah Port, and the National Port Services Company, delivered 1,460 maritime services in 2016. It expects 30% increase expected by the end of 2017. SMS is the primary supplier of marine services, such as marine guidance, in King Abdullah Port. Its team includes highly qualified and skilled maritime guides with vast experience in dealing with the largest international vessels, most of which have visited the King Abdullah Port.
ECDIS Related Detentions on the Rise
ClassNK has been informed by Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) that during PSC inspections it has been increasingly reported that vessels have been detained because PSCO considers a deficiency regarding ECDIS means evidence of insufficient ISM performance of the vessel. Eight detentions for such grounds had been reported from January 2016 to May 2016, which was double the number of such detentions reported in the latter half of 2015. AMSA has released Marine Notice 8/2016 about the proper operations of ECDIS.