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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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NSRP Solicits White Papers

The National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) has issued a solicitation for panel white papers. Additionally, the Panel Project Guide, which contains details on the white paper review and selection process, contracting requirements  and formatting guidelines, has been updated to correspond with this solicitation. The deadline for Panel Chairs to submit to SCRA those white papers which have been reviewed and selected by their respective panels is Friday, January 27, 2012. NOTE: deadlines for proposers to submit white papers to Panel Chairs vary -- contact the appropriate panel (listed below) or the NSRP Program Office for further information. For more information, please visit www.nsrp.org.

MARAD Report: Energy Efficiency & Battery Compartment Design

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MARAD released an Energy Efficiency White Paper. The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced the availability of the Energy Efficiency White Paper that provides marine vessel owners and operators information on how to evaluate potential investments in efficiency measures and technologies. The white paper outlines the latest energy efficiency measures currently available for marine vessels, including how the technology works, potential fuel savings, applicability to various vessels types, and lifecycle costs.

China Builds-up Naval Power

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China has outlined a first ever "white paper" on military strategy that outlined a more robust posture for its blue-water navy, and warned of threats to its security from "still smouldering" boundary disputes over land. The paper comes a day after an editorial (link in Chinese) in the state-run Chinese tabloid Global Times said conflict between China and the US will be unavoidable if the Washington doesn’t lay off Beijing for building islands and military facilities in disputed parts of the South China Sea.

EC Adopts White Paper on liner shipping services

The European Commission (EC) adopted a White Paper proposing that the liner trade partial exemption from competition rules be repealed. Such repeal, if approved by the European Parliament, would end the ability of liner conferences operating through European ports to agree on common or uniform freight rates as part of the provision of regular scheduled maritime transport services. (HK Law)

DHS Issues RFI on Smart Containers

The DHS - Border and Transportation Security, United States Customs Service (USCS), Procurement Division of 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Room 1310 NP, Washington, DC, 20229, issued a Request for Information (RFI) regarding smart and secure containers. papers), not to exceed five (5) pages per project, on a technical or project activity addressing areas of interest described in this RFI. address. Electronic submissions are preferred. Please include in a cover letter the contact information and a synopsis stating the concept, anticipated results and potential payoff to container security. The cover letter is not included as part of the 5 page limit. SPECIAL NOTICE: This announcement will be open for sixty (60) days and closes on February 17, 2004.

New Effort to Collect & Review Oil Spill Solutions

The Interagency Alternative Technology Assessment Program workgroup, newly established by the National Incident Commander for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, announced a new effort to collect and review oil spill response solutions from scientists and vendors. The Coast Guard’s Research and Development Center, in collaboration with interagency partners, issued a Broad Agency Announcement on www.FedBizOpps.gov, calling for the submission of white papers that cover: oil sensing improvements to response and detection; oil wellhead control and submerged oil response; traditional oil spill response technologies; alternative oil spill response technologies; and oil spill damage assessment and restoration.

Shipbuilding Whitepaper: How Industry Can Beat Recession

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AVEVA (LSE:AVV), provider of engineering design and information management solutions for the plant, power and marine industries, announced the release of AVEVA Integrated Shipbuilding, the latest in its series of industry whitepapers. This whitepaper explores how shipyards can optimize the design, procurement and production process through improved information management, shortening schedules, increasing productivity and driving down costs. The paper examines how today’s highly globalized shipbuilding projects often struggle with very localized and disconnected information assets.

How to Tackle Container Weight Verification

With the July 1 implementation of the new SOLAS container verified gross mass (VGM) regulations fast approaching, Strainstall, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, is today launching a white paper to assist those affected by the new rules in charting a pathway to compliance, clarifying the technical and commercial options and presenting a cost-effective, robust and accurate solution. With less than six months remaining before the implementation of the amended Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) rules requiring – with no exceptions – that shipping containers must have their VGM declared before stowage on any vessel, Strainstall is publishing a white paper outlining the pitfalls, options and opportunities of compliance for the worlds ports, terminals and cargo handling industries.

Maritime Security in the Market of Today and Tomorrow

AdvanFort Company Senior Business Development Manager, Dimitrios Angelopoulos

The study employs Michael Porter’s famous model designed to determine how competitive forces shape strategy in order to better understand the current state of, and contemporary and future challenges faced, by Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs). The model used allows companies to understand that competition extends beyond their professional rivals and includes many other factors that affect the framework in which the industry operates. Those PMSCs that lack a deeper knowledge of competitive considerations will find it difficult to stay profitable.

What About Maritime Safety if Scotland Chooses Independence?

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In response to the Scottish Government's release of the 2014 pre-referrendum White Paper 'Scotland Future', shipping organization Maritime UK members suggest that the publication raises as many questions as it does answers. Maritime UK members have had constructive engagement with the Scottish Government in recent months, but today’s White Paper provides some interesting nuggets – raising as many questions as it does answers. In particular, they note this extract hidden away on page 418.

South Australia Seeks Shipbuilding Job Guarantees

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The South Australian Government has outlined three key points on shipbuilding it wants addressed by the Commonwealth's Defence White Paper next month. It wants (1) a minimum 70 per cent Australian worker participation in the building, similar to the Collins Class submarines, (2) a guarantee the future naval submarines and frigates will be built in Australia and (3) that the local industry will have a continuous building program. The Abbott Government has put the development of the next Australian submarine program through a competitive evaluation process.

BSEE Funding Oil Spill Response Research

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has announced that it is investing up to $600,000 for targeted oil spill response research in drift ice conditions. In a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) released on the federal government's business opportunities website,  the bureau called for white papers on new mechanical technologies for cleaning up oil spills in drift ice conditions that could be found in an Arctic environment. BSEE will select up to three designs for prototype development and testing at Ohmsett…

Navy Energy Conservation Open BAA Released

The , Carderock Division (NSWCCD) has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) discussing Energy Conservation Applications for the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) Combat Logistics Force, Auxiliaries and Sealift ships. The BAA solicits innovative concepts for Navy shipboard energy conservation and carbon footprint reduction with the potential for rapid transition to Fleet operation.  The solicitation is BAA number N00167-11-BAA-01.  The Energy Conservation BAA will be open for two years and white papers may be submitted any time throughout the period beginning 1 December 2010 and ending 31 October 2012.  This BAA, more information and directions for submitting white papers to NSWCCD can be found at http://www.navsea.navy.mil/nswc/carderock/pub/business/baa.aspx.  

BSEE Allocates $6m for Oil Spill Research Projects

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The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will invest up to $6 million to support oil spill response research projects in 2015 and is soliciting proposals for these projects. In a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) released on the federal government’s business opportunities website, www.FedBizOpps.gov, the bureau called for white papers focusing specifically on one of seven topic areas for proposed research covering oil spill response operations on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. The deadline for submitting white papers is February 9, 2015.

Shipboard Waste Heat Recovery Technology

New -Technology Shipboard System Converts Heat from Engine Jacket Water into Electrical Power

Calnetix Technologies, LLC has published a White Paper describing new processes for producing supplemental power for a ship’s electrical load. The White Paper, entitled New-Technology Shipboard System Converts Heat from Engine Jacket Water into Electrical Power, is available for free download. Calnetix, working in close cooperation with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery and Engine Company (MHI-MME), has developed a system called Hydrocurrent, which uses an Organic Rankine…

National Cargo Security Strategy White Paper

A draft of the National Cargo Security Strategy White Paper has been posted on the Internet. The document, which was circulated at last week’s Cargo Security Summit, lays out a strategy for enhancing cargo security. Unfortunately, it seems to have taken a fairly straight-forward process and turned it into a bureaucratic maze. Plans now call for quickly instituting a requirement for use of high security mechanical seals on the doors of intermodal containers. The problem is that the containers themselves are insecure and can be entered without breaking the seal. (HK Law) http://www.homelandsecurity.org/bulletin/ImagesJC/DHS%20Conference%20Dec%202004/National_Cargo_Security_Strategy_White_Paper.pdf

Offshore Service Industry – New Analysis of Technology, Service Integration

Frost & Sullivan white paper analyzes the convergence of repair and service models with a focus on offshore structure inspection, compliance, rehabilitation. The oil and gas industry continues to accelerate, carrying memories and repercussions of the recent past within this progressive momentum. Organizations are compelled to face and address issues head-on to avoid catastrophic reoccurrences that could quickly become a reality without adequate and preventative mechanisms in place. This drive toward reliability and safety in turn accelerates technological R&D efforts toward cost efficiency and interoperability due to the increasing restraints evolving in the marketplace.

Guide to Index-Linked Container Contracts Launched

Drewry and the World Container Index have published a White Paper that explains how index-linked contracts work, the first definitive guide on the subject since widespread adoption commenced two years ago. The White Paper, which is FREE to download from Drewry’s web site, examines the causes of recent container freight rate volatility and how index-linked contracts can help mitigate the impacts of such instability. It explains how these new contracting arrangements work with reference to current models in use and summarises the extent of industry adoption thus far. “This White Paper is a must read for any organisation considering the use of index-linked contracts,” said Drewry’s freight rate research manager Martin Dixon.

NSA: Cuts Coming for Offshore

The Norwegian Shipowners' Association (NSA) had high hopes of maintaining status quo while the White Paper on shipping policy was still pending. These hopes were not met in the Government's proposal for a National Budget, put forward last week, according to NSA. for offshore vesssels. According to NSA, there are no proposals affecting the tax regime for shipowning companies or owners in the National Budget. Director General of The Norwegian Shipowners' Association. The Government announced a full evaluation of the tax system this fall. to the agreement that was reached for the seafarers three months ago. due in the spring 2004, says Lie. hoping the Government would continue supporting this in the Budget.

Norwegian Shipowners’ Association Discusses National Budget

quo while the White Paper on shipping policy was still pending. were not met in the Government's proposal for a National Budget, put forward today. for offshore vesssels. owners in the National Budget. Director General of The Norwegian Shipowners' Association. The Government announced a full evaluation of the tax system this fall. strengthening privately owned industry and commerce. in Norway, and this should be done as soon as possible, says Marianne Lie. to the agreement that was reached for the seafarers three months ago. due in the spring 2004, says Lie. hoping the Government would continue supporting this in the Budget. instead introduce a 19 percent refund scheme. Government is proposing to cut the existing arrangement by 50 percent. says Lie.

Danelec Marine on Bridging Ship Telematics Data Gap

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Danelec Marine has published a White Paper that makes the case for using Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) technology to provide real-time access to data from shipboard systems and sensors. The White Paper, entitled “VDRConnect Bridges the Data Gap,” is available for free download at www.danelec-marine.com/news/white-paper-on-vdrconnect-remote-access-solution.aspx. “The shipping industry has been slow to embrace the telematics revolution that is transforming other transportation sectors…

NSA Applauds Government Plan For Shipowners

The Norwegian Shipowners Association (NSA), which for many years has bemoaned its government’s shipping policy, takes a positive view of a White Paper presented on April 2, 2004. According to NSA, For the first time in many years a government is proposing a new and dynamic shipping policy. The industry is pleased with the Government's ambitions to ensure European tax conditions for Norwegian shipowners, said Marianne Lie, Director General of the Norwegian Shipowners' Association.

Defence Force Chief Marks ADFA Anniversary

Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC returns a salute at the Australian Defence Force Acadamy CDF parade Photo ADFA

The Chief of the Defence Force Parade took on added significance today as the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) marked 30 years since the first trainee officers marched in. Traditionally, the first parade of the year acknowledges the achievements of the Midshipmen and Officer Cadets who have successfully completed their initial military training. Today's parade also provided an opportunity to reflect on ADFA's history. Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin identified a number of similarities between the original class and ADFA's newest cadets.

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