TECO Unveils New Subsidiary Identities
Based in Tampa, Florida, this business handles all of TECO Transport's global blue water transportation activities. It is the largest dry bulk ocean transport company operating under the U.S. flag; and TECO Bulk Terminal (formerly Electro-Coal Transfer). Based in Davant, La., this terminal and storage transfer operation handles bulk commodities at the mouth of the Mississippi River, including coal, petroleum coke, phosphate and iron ore. TECO Transport President Jeff Rankin said that because of its diversity of subsidiaries, TECO Transport is the only U.S. company capable of moving bulk products from source to point-of-use.
BIMCO Unveils New Contract Editing Solution
BIMCO has launched SmartCon, a new solution for editing contracts that is designed to make contractual work easier and more secure. “SmartCon is a brand-new approach to contract editing, we believe that it will significantly ease the work life of our current users and will attract new users to BIMCO’s contract universe,” said Grant Hunter, Head of Contracts and Clauses at BIMCO. The key innovation in SmartCon is that the features are built into a Word document, which will integrate and merge seamlessly with the normal workflow of shipping professionals and legal staff.
Australia’s DSTO Unveils New Mine Sweeping System
The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defense, Senator the Hon. Sandy Macdonald, recently unveiled a new class of highly advanced sea mine sweeping technology being developed by Australia's Defense Science and Technology Organization (DSTO). During a visit to DSTO Sydney, Senator Macdonald witnessed a demonstration of the new technology. The new system is based around high temperature superconducting magnet technology and represents a leap forward in magnetic mine sweeping. Australia is believed to be the only country in the world currently investigating the application of high temperature superconductors to sea mine warfare. Minesweepers are vital for keeping sea-lanes safe for naval and commercial shipping. Australia is already a leading exporter of mine sweeping equipment.
Canada Unveils New Arctic Shipping Safety Regulations
Canada's Arctic is a vast and diverse region that is an integral part of this country. Marine transportation in the Arctic connects Canada to other countries and provides an essential lifeline for northern communities. To uphold the Government of Canada's high standards for marine shipping in the north, Transport Canada has introduced new Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations. The regulations incorporate the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (the Polar Code) into Canada's domestic legislation.
Moose to Unveil New Boat
Moose Boats introduces the M2, an All-Aluminum Catamaran powered by twin 380 hp Cummins turbo diesels and propelled by twin Hamilton water jets. The M2 can attain a top speed of over 35 knots, cruise at almost 30 knots, and come to a full speed stop in two boat lengths. Its 21-in. draft will allow all of this to be done in less than three feet of water. It will be unveiled at the Seattle International Boat Show, January 13-24, 2005. The M2 evolved out of its Naval cousin, the 340C patrol boat, that Moose Boats has been building for the U.S. Navy.
EU Shipbuilding Aid: New Rules Unveiled
The European Union unveiled new rules for assessing aid to the bloc's shipbuilding sector on Wednesday, hailing the reform as intended to help foster innovation in an industry facing tough global competition, according to a Reuters report. The new rules will go into force from Jan 1 next year and extends the scope of current regulations to inland waterway vessels, floating and moving offshore structures while refining rules on innovation aid. Rules on export credits and regional aid remain unchanged under the new regime, which will apply for two years. After that, provisions will be integrated into future versions of regulations on state aid for innovation and regional aid.
French Officials Call For End Of Convenience Flags
French transport officials reportedly announced that the practice of chartering oil tankers under convenience flags should be outlawed after the oil spill from the sunken tanker Erika off France's west coast. Oil companies should immediately stop chartering vessels more than 15-20 years old, ships whose past or present ownership details were unclear, or those whose seaworthiness could be questioned, officials said. France has said it will unveil new maritime safety measures next month following the spill of fuel oil from the Erika. The European Commission has also pledged to clamp down on unsafe tankers following the Erika disaster.
French Seek Italian Help
French justice officials have asked Italy for help in investigating the December 12 sinking of the Maltese-registered tanker Erika which caused a serious oil spill off France's west coast. The French investigating magistrate reportedly sent an official request through diplomatic channels asking that Italian police verify inspections carried out by Italy's RINA maritime verification board on the vessel. The request also concerned Panship, the vessel's Ravenna-based owners, the officials said. France has said it will unveil new maritime safety measures next month following the spill that polluted a 400 km (250 mile) stretch of its Atlantic coast, with devastating fallout for tourism and fishing.
Geislinger Unveils New Building
CEO Cornelius Geislinger, Architect Dr. Volkmar Burgstaller and managing director Matthias Geislinger More than 270 participants attended the inauguration of the new Geislinger premises. A guided tour through the headquarters and assembly facilities expressed the Geislinger-philosophy, "Couplings and Dampers. Built to last." "The new building should provide a new, expressive home to the Geislinger brand, thus creating an enhanced recognition of Geislinger in the public." said Cornelius Geislinger, CEO of the Geislinger GmbH. The next highlight in company history has already been announced: the 50th anniversary will be celebrated in 2008 and on this occasion a Geislinger book will be published.
Unitor Unveils New Range of Products
International ships service provider Unitor has extended its range of welding products for shipboard use. The products are aimed at making shipboard welding activities easier and safer for ships’ crews. The new welding range comprises: a heating cabinet for the storage of electrodes, mini-dryer for the supply of dry electrodes to the welder working on site; Auto-Dark 10 filter – for welder’s face shield; welding consumables selector – handy, easy to use guide to choosing the right welding consumable for the right job onboard ship.
Blackwater Unveils New Maritime Subsidiary
Blackwater, a training, security, logistics, peace support, and stability operations firm unveiled its plans to create a new subsidiary; Blackwater Maritime Security Solutions. Blackwater Maritime Security Solutions (BMSS), in a strategic partnership with the Global Maritime and Transportation School (GMATS) at the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy, and other professional maritime organizations and industry leaders will focus on providing world-class tactical maritime security training, professional maritime security services, and cutting-edge maritime security vulnerability assessments and plans in accordance with the International Maritime Organization (IMO)-mandated International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code.
Damen Shipyards Unveil New Tug at ITS Convention, Barcelona
Damen Shipyards spotlighted its newly designed ASD Tug 3212 at the International Tug and Salvage Convention (ITS) in Barcelona. This innovative and powerful tug in the 85- tonne BP range is the result of three years of research and represents a completely new Damen ship type and a milestone in ASD tug design. ◦ lots of options, incl. Courtesy of Multraship, one of the first clients to express its confidence in the new design, Damen showcased the Multratug19 at the ITS. This…
Sperry Marine Unveils New Navigation Technology
Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Sperry Marine business unit unveiled its next-generation marine navigation technology last week at the Sunborn Yacht Hotel in London. The new Sperry Marine family of navigation products, which will be marketed under the VisionMaster FT label, will be publicly launched at the Shipbuilding Machinery & Marine (SMM) Technology exhibition in Hamburg in September. “VisionMaster FT is a scalable family of solutions designed with an advanced PC-based Ethernet architecture offering easy upgradeability and built-in redundancy to meet the emerging requirements for shipboard navigation in the 21st century,” said J. Nolasco DaCunha, director of Sperry Marine Systems.
Hapag-Lloyd Gets New Logo, New Name
The 125 years old German cruise operator, Hapag-Lloyd, has unveiled new branding, along with a modest name change, that will help promote the luxury cruise line to a global audience. Effective immediately, the old Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten name has been changed to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, in a bid to attract a worldwide audience, rather than just German speaking guests. 125 years after the first Hapag-Lloyd cruise to the Mediterranean from Hamburg aboard the steamer Augusta Victoria, the new branding will help continue the historic legacy of the German cruise line.
New Azipod Thruster Launched by ABB
Power and automation technology group ABB has introduced Azipod D, a new addition to its line of Azipod electric propulsion offering, allowing a wider range of vessel types to utilize the Azipod propulsion system. ABB’s gearless Azipod propulsion system is already used on cruise vessels, icebreakers, ice-going cargo vessels and offshore accommodation ships. With the Azipod D, shipping segments such as offshore drilling, construction and support vessels and ferries will have even more choices to make use of Azipod propulsion technology, ABB said.
Six Years after BP Spill, US Sets New Offshore Oil Safety Rules
The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled new oil well control rules to prevent the kind of blowout that happened six years ago on a BP Plc rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced the finalized regulations, which include more stringent design requirements and operational procedures for offshore U.S. oil and gas operations. The new standards come nearly six years after a deadly explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the cost of Louisiana, which led to the worst oil spill of all time.
Marlink Debuts Online Tools to Control Costs
Marlink unveiled new cost-saving enhancements to its industry-leading account management tool, MarlinkOnline, available exclusively to Marlink customers. MarlinkOnline is a secure Web-based tool allowing both maritime and land-based customers to more directly manage their Marlink communication accounts by permitting authorized users to review and analyze their monthly invoices and daily account usage, as well as print call records and invoice details. With the launch of MarlinkOnline's new, easy-to-use interface tools, maritime customers can select and view invoices or call data for individual vessels or for their entire fleet with information that is updated every 24 hours.
CAT Unveils Uprated C175 Marine Engine at SMM
Caterpillar Marine says it is due to unveil new power ratings for the Cat C175 propulsion engine for commercial vessels at the 2014 SMM Exhibition, currently underway in Hamburg, Germany. Designed specifically as a high speed power solution for commercial applications including ocean going and harbor tugs, the C175-16 propulsion engine is now available with ratings of 2239 bkW - 2550 bkW @ 1800 rpm. The new ratings extend Caterpillar Marine’s high-speed engine power range beyond the company’s already industry-leading 3516C HD engine.
OMSA: New Offshore Oil & Gas Areas
As the association representing the owners and operators of the offshore supply vessels that support offshore exploration, development and production, we are looking forward to the Administration following through on the President’s stated desire to increase offshore energy production -- be it from oil, gas or renewable sources. However, if we as a country are going to expand offshore energy, we need to ensure that the work is done by Americans, especially when it comes to the vessels that make that expansion possible. The Department of Homeland Security is currently reviewing the situations in which foreign vessels and foreign mariners are allowed to work in our offshore energy sector. The issue involves the Jones Act, a law that requires cargo carried between U.S.
Seagull Release New Distant Learning Titles
Computer-based training (CBT) specialist, Seagull, has unveiled new additions to its portfolio and revisions to a number of existing modules. Marine environmental awareness, Environmetal Challenges and four Learning MS modules. Major revisions have been made to Steering gear (operation), Steering gear (construction and maintenance) and minor amendments to Introduction to computers, MLC 2006 –basic introduction, Galley operations – workplace and equipment safety, Galley operations – hygiene and Drug and alcohol policy and testing. “Owners and seafarers alike are facing an increasing array of demanding legislative requirements and Seagull’s extensive learning modules are designed to ensure they are able comply with these,” says Roger Ringstad, Seagull Managing Director.
Abu Dhabi Ship Building to Deliver 3 UAE Warships by 2016
Abu Dhabi Ship Building Company will deliver three Baynunah warships to the United Arab Emirates Navy by 2016 and is in discussions with other buyers to sell more, its chief executive said on Monday. "There are discussions with some of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries as well as other international ones. Hopefully there will be something in the future," Khaled al-Mazrouei said on the sidelines of the Naval Defence Conference. The fall in oil prices has put pressure on government spending across the Gulf region.
Japan Considering Patrols with US in South China Sea
Japan may join the United States in air patrols in the South China Sea in response to China’s growing intent to make good on land claims, according a report in Reuters. Japan's military is considering joining the United States in maritime air patrols in the South China Sea in response to China's increasingly assertive pursuit of territorial claims. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in Washington to discuss his plans for Japan to take on a wider security role beyond the direct defense of its home islands. The talks resulted in the two countries unveiling new guidelines for defense.
JRC Unveils New Fleet 77 JUE-410F
JRC’s new Fleet 77 JUE-410F Inmarsat is built to employ high quality and advanced technology. The Fleet 77 system is considered by Inmarsat to be the new generation of Sat B which most Captains are familiar with. High powered antennas supporting Inmarsat’s new Fleet 77 service sustain internet data transfer rates 7-20 times faster than the Inmarsat B. Designed to search for, acquire, identify and track the signal, these stabilized antennas are plug-in and play operation once installed. Service packages are available from a variety of vendors. World travelers can use the new Inmarsat Fleet 77 service, which offers global Internet access at 64 Kbps (Kilobits per second).