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ShipConstructor on Course at FMI

Albacore Research Ltd. (ARL) announced the introduction of ShipConstructor into the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Systems Design three-year diploma programs at the Fisheries & Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland (MI) in St. John’s, Canada. ShipConstructor is the easy-to-use, AutoCAD-based 3D product-modeling software for the design and fabrication of complete ships and offshore structures. Akin to the University of New Orleans’ implementation of ShipConstructor for an industry-focused approach to education, even more students will now have a working knowledge of ShipConstructor upon graduation, a significant advantage when entering the job market. “Since the near global adoption of computer aided drafting began, we have seen a continuing evolution in engineering graphics as it has moved toward three dimensional pictorial representations,” says Mark Wareham, Chair of the Marine Engineering Systems Design program. “We have integrated ShipConstructor into our program in an effort to remain a leader within the marine industry.” Students in the two programs at MI already utilize industry relevant software for lines fairing, power prediction, stability analysis, and drafting. With the addition of ShipConstructor they will now gain experience in powerful 3D production-based software.


LCA: Lakes Limestone Trade Up 14 Percent in August

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Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.8 million net tons in August, an increase of 4 percent over July, and an increase of 14 percent compared to a year ago.  Shipments were also just about even with August’s 5-year average. Shipments from U.S. quarries increased 22 percent compared to a year ago and slightly bettered the month’s 5-year average.  Loadings at Canadian quarries were off roughly 15 percent compared to both a year ago and August’s 5-year


Saipem Wins Offshore Contract in Saudi Arabia

According to a report from Reuters, Italian oil services firm Saipem (SPMI.MI) won a contract for offshore work at Saudi Aramco's [SDABO.UL] non-associated gas fields feeding Wasit, Saudi Arabia's biggest gas plant, industry sources said on March 1. Saipem is controlled by oil company Eni (ENI.MI).   (Source: Reuters)


Great Lakes Limestone Moving More Briskly

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Another Good Month for Lakes Limestone; Up 16 Percent in May.   Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3,355,389 net tons in May, an increase of 30 percent compared to April and 15.6 percent better than a year ago.  However, shipments were down 9.3 percent compared to the month’s 5-year average. The strongest gains came at U.S. ports.  Loadings rose by 380,000 tons, or 16.2 percent.  Shipments from Canadian quarries increased by 73,000 tons, or 13


Lakes Limestone Trade Down 3.6 Percent in 2012

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 27,145,219 tons in 2012, a decrease of 3.6 percent compared to 2011.    The trade was 7 percent below its 5-year average. Shipments from U.S. ports fell 2.4 percent when compared to 2011, and slightly more – 4.1 percent – when compared to their 5-year average.  Loadings at Canadian quarries decreased 9 percent compared to 2011, and slipped almost 19 percent compared to their 5-year average.


Navis N4, Kalmar SmartPort Chosen for Paraguayan Ports

Port scene: Image courtesy of Cargotec

Kalmar and Navis, both part of Cargotec, revealed at 'Intermodal South America' that Puerto Caacupe-mi in Paraguay has chosen Navis’ N4 terminal operating system (TOS) and Kalmar’s SmartPort process automation solutions for its Asuncion and Pilar facilities. Cargotec explain that Puerto Caacupe-mi selected N4 due to the TOS’ flexibility to adapt to individual customer needs, and at the same time, achieve greater agility, efficiency and control in handling large cargo volumes


Italy Eni Buys Exploration Licences in Ghana

According to a Sept 28 report from Reuters, Italy's oil and gas major Eni (ENI.MI) has bought majority stakes in two offshore exploration licenses in Ghana, making a return to potentially oil-rich African country, Eni said in a statement. (Source: Reuters)  


First Survival Craft Operation Simulator

Virtual Marine Technology (VMT) announce that its lifeboat simulator, SurvivalQuest, has been approved as a Class “S” Simulator by Det Norske Veritas (DNV). SurvivalQuest is a training simulator designed to allow lifeboat coxswains to practice a variety of emergency launch conditions in a safe, focused learning environment. Most recently, a concentrated inspection campaign conducted by the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control identified that 12


International Ship Masters’ Association 2011 Convention Complete

New officers (both elected and appointed):  Front, L to R:  (Elected Officers) Grand Secretary-Treasurer George Skuggen, Grand 2nd Vice President Rebecca Hancock, Grand President Tom McMullen, Grand 1st Vice President Seann ODonoughue;  Back, L to R: (Appointed officers) Grand Marshal Joe Walters, Grand Chaplain Camilla Ross, Grand Warden Mark Stevenson, Grand Sentinel Mike Pratt. Photo courtesy the ISMA

The 121st annual convention of International Ship Masters’ Association (ISMA), held in Detroit, Mich., concluded on Saturday, February 12, 2011. Newly-elected officers were installed on Friday, February 11: Grand President: Thomas McMullen, of Livonia, MI Grand 1st Vice President: Seann O’Donoughue, of Owen Sound, ONT Grand 2nd Vice President: Rebecca Hancock, of Traverse City, MI Grand Secretary-Treasurer: George R. Skuggen, of Avon Lake, OH  


Free Marine VHF Check Call Expanding, Seeks Hosts

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Sea Tow Services International, Inc., a leading professional marine assistance provider in the USA, says that the number of stations transmitting its free Automated Radio Check service in coastal and inland boating areas across the U.S. has risen to over 130 locations. Claimed to be the first and only service of its kind, Sea Tow continues to seek new host stations in its mission to expand this vital boating safety service.
 


Vital North Sea/Baltic Sea Link Disruption

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The local labour union VERDI has given official notice of a strike at Kiel-Canal Locks (Brunsbuettel) 7, August through to Sunday 11, August, 2013. Maritime traffic will experience heavy delays/restrictions during this period. The Kiel Canal, one of the busiest waterways in the world


Korea's STX Offshore Debt to Equity Swap Hastened

STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. will issue new shares worth 38.4 billion won (US$36.5 million) as part of its debt-to-equity swap scheme. The shipbuilder will float 15.37 million shares, which will be listed on the main Seoul bourse on Jan. 9, 2014, reports Yonhap News Agency.


Marine Pollution Control Announces Promotions

Clockwise from top left: Dr. Manik S. Sardessai, Walter J. Putman, Jr., Timothy P. Schallhorn and Catherine Gibbons

David Usher and Charlie Usher, Chairman and President of Marine Pollution Control Corporation (MPC), announced the following staff promotions:  Dr. Manik S. Sardessai has been promoted to Senior Vice President.  Dr. Sardessai, who earned his Ph.D


Hundreds Unaccounted for in S.Korea Ferry Disaster

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For the parents of the many teenagers still missing after the Sewol ferry capsized off the coast of South Korea, the wait for news - good or bad - is almost unbearable. Of 462 passengers on board the ship when it set sail from the port of Incheon late on Tuesday


Lehman Acquires IMECO

J.F. Lehman & Company investment affiliates acquire AMECO, provider of electro-mechanical solutions to the defense, aerospace and maritime sectors. IMECO, based in Iron Mountain, MI, is a leading independent domestic provider of turnkey marine electro-mechanical solutions for U


Great Lakes Dredging Remains as a 2013 LCA Priority

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The dredging crisis on the Great Lakes will again dominate Lake Carriers’ Association’s efforts in 2013.    LCA’s 2012 Annual Report released today stressed that inadequate dredging took a real toll on Great Lakes shipping in 2012


Ohio Senator Co-sponsors Harbor Maintenance Act

U.S. Senator Rob Portman supports legislation to help ensure funds for harbor maintenance etc. are used as intended. The Senator co-sponsored the Harbor Maintenance Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Carl Levin (D-MI) to help ensure that funds collected


Great Lakes Dredging hinges on Federal Legislation

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House and Senate Bills Offer Hope for Lakes Dredging Crisis.   Both the House of Representatives and the Senate have taken up legislation that could end the dredging crisis on the Great Lakes.  H.R. 335 and S. 218 would require the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (“HMTF”) to


MPC to Participate in Oil-In-Ice Exercise

Culminating a three-year effort, Marine Pollution Control, in conjunction with the Coast Guard’s Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) program, will participate in an Oil-in-Ice Exercise in St. Ignace, MI, the week of February 18.


Japanese Joint Venture on LNG Carriers

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Imabari Shipbuilding jointly establish the MI LNG Company, Limited. Through establishment of the JV, the two companies aim to proactively prepare a structure capable of responding to large-scale LNG carrier construction projects


Arctic Russia LNG Plant Contracts Awarded

Japan's JGC Corporation with France's Technip to carry out the EPIC & commissioning of an integrated facility for natural gas liquefaction at the Yamal Peninsular. The contract was awarded by JSC Yamal LNG, owned by NOVATEK (80%) and TOTAL (20%)


MHI : Landmark LNG Carrier Shipbuild Contract

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On May 17, 2013, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) will sign an agreement with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL) to build a Sayaendo series new-generation liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier. Sayaendo series ships feature a unique structure that integrates the LNG tank cover with the ship hull


Insights: Rear Admiral Joseph A. Servidio

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Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral Joseph A. Servidio is Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy overseeing Inspections and Compliance, Marine Transportation Systems, and Commercial Regulations and Standards


Marjorie Shymske Appointed President of Quest Construction

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Quest Specialty Chemicals, a leader in the specialty coatings industry, appoints 'Marj' Shymske president of its subsidiary. With over 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and management, with an emphasis on assembling effective teams and successful business expansion


China's Century Cruises Adds to Yangtze River Fleet

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Century adds a 7th luxury river cruise ship, 'Century Legend' to its Yangtze fleet. The new 398-passenger Century Legend is a sister ship to the Century Paragon, which came into service earlier this year. These new inland waterway cruise ships were designed by European naval architecture firm


 
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