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Improving Vessel Efficiency a Focus at GL North America Meeting

Germanischer Lloyd’s (GL) North American Committee, considered current topics & challenges to the shipping industry at its recent Texas meeting. The challenge of improving vessel efficiency heads the agenda of every ship owner and operator. With sailing speeds reduced across the board, fuel efficiency has become the biggest lever to increase cost competitiveness. Both regulatory agencies and the industry are developing mechanisms to improve efficiency and in 2013 the IMO’s EEDI and SEEMP regulations will enter into force, in an effort to spur innovation and reduce CO2 emissions. David Greening of Seaspan, one of the world’s largest independent containership companies, set out his firm’s response to the challenge of rising bunker prices and a tighter regulatory environment. Seaspan was investing in highly efficient designs for new vessels, while undertaking a system to improve operational energy use, including draft and trim optimization, and using vessel based monitoring to track KPIs. In a multi-tier market that differentiates between vessels based on their efficiency, improved energy use can result in significantly improved employment opportunities and earnings. One under utilised area in shipping to realise such gains is the implementation of software systems. Kristinn Aspelund, of GL partner firm Marorka, examined some of the systems available to owners and operators to boost efficiency and cut fuel use.


Voyager Distribution Network Expands

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Global Navigation Solutions announced that Voyager is now offered by all members of the Global Navigation Solutions maritime services group. Ship operators looking for the state-of-the-art route planning, intelligent data management and quality of compliance provided uniquely by this new digital chart management system can now obtain Voyager from any company within the Global Navigation Solutions group worldwide.


New MITAGS Course on Environmental Regs

The Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) and Pacific Maritime Institure (PMI) announced their upcoming “Introduction to the Maritime Environment and EPA General Permit” Course. With the introduction of the Vessel General Permit the EPA has captured an estimated 70,000 additional regulated units that have previously been exempt from permitting requirements in U.S. waters. This new universe of permitees, while previously subject to many international


ABS Elects Tony Nassif as Executive Vice President

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In response to its continued global expansion, leading international classification society ABS has strengthened its executive leadership team with the election of Tony Nassif as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the society. The election was made by the ABS Board of Directors at its meeting this week. Nassif moves to ABS from his position as President and CEO of the society’s wholly owned affiliate, ABS Group of Companies Inc.


Consolidation Likely as U.S. Oil and Gas Operators Grapple with New Regulation

New research reveals the impact of post-Macondo reform U.S. oil and gas professionals are losing their appetite for risk and are worried about rising operating costs, as they grapple with the consequences of a tougher, post-Macondo regulatory regime, according to new research published today by GL Noble Denton. Despite the new regulations, the vast majority believe that the U.S. will continue to be a leading investment destination


U.K. Shipping Minister Addresses Global Maritime Race

Shipping Minister Stephen Hammond

Shipping Minister Stephen Hammond MP has just returned from a Greek-British Shipping Forum where he addressed Greek businesses. Here he writes, exclusively for Maritime U.K., on the success of the event and the importance of Britain’s growing shipping industry. I was pleased to be invited to give the opening speech at the Greek-British Shipping Forum in Athens on Monday, alongside the Greek Maritime Minister Mr. Mousouroulis


Matterhorn Project Benefits from Integration

Paragon Engineering Services, Inc. recently offered support of Atlantia Offshore on the TotalFinaElf E&P USA, Inc. Matterhorn project in the Gulf of Mexico. "Atlantia is focused on delivering a turnkey package for a reliable, fit-for-purpose solution for deepwater field developments, with strong emphasis on cost, schedule and operational success," said , Bill Wenger, Paragon project manager. "Paragon has adapted to this culture


Industry Leaders to Meet in Dubai

With a weakening dollar, predictions oil could hit $100 a barrel, and a boom in multi-billion dollar refinery construction, finance and shipping leaders will be meeting in Dubai this November to assess the impact on the regional and global maritime industries. The Middle East shipping industry is dominated by the tanker trade. Bookings for supertankers sailing from the Middle East to Asia account for 47% of global demand for the carriers, compared with shipments to the US and Caribbean


Salazar Announces Regs to Strengthen Drilling Safety

The Department of the Interior announced on Sept. 30 two new rules that will help improve drilling safety by strengthening requirements for safety equipment, well control systems, and blowout prevention practices on offshore oil and gas operations, and improve workplace safety by reducing the risk of human error. “These new rules and the aggressive reform agenda we have undertaken are raising the bar for the oil and gas industry’s safety and environmental practices on the Outer


Drilling Moratorium Suspended with Higher Standards

On October 12, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar determined it is appropriate that deepwater oil and gas drilling resume, provided that operators certify compliance with all existing rules and requirements, including those that recently went into effect, and demonstrate the availability of adequate blowout containment resources. Secretary Salazar reached his decision after reviewing a report from Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEM) Director Michael R


American Maritime Safety Award Recipients Announced

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American Maritime Safety, Inc., (AMS), announced today that Bouchard Transportation Company, Inc., Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, General Dynamics/American Overseas Marine Corporation, Patriot Contract Services and U.S. Shipping Corporation would be the recipients of the 2014 AMS Maritime Safety


Shippers Must Reduce Costs, Boost Efficiency

Michael Wilson

So what’s keeping ship operators awake at night these days?  Plenty, it seems. Sluggish recovery from a lingering worldwide recession, unsustainable debt loads, endemic overcapacity in most shipping trades, punishing freight rates


China Merchant Boosts Efficiency of VLCCs with Jotun HP

Jotun COSCO Marine Coatings (Qingdao) Co Ltd is a part of the Jotun Group one of the global market leaders within marine coatings including antifouling paint

  China Merchant Energy Shipping Co., Ltd (CMES) will upgrade the antifouling solution on their VLCCs New Builds at Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd. (DSIC) and new subsequent contracts to Jotun Hull Performance Solution (HPS) including SeaQuantum X200.


Pesticides a Concern for Aquatic Life in U.S. Rivers & Streams

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  Levels of pesticides continue to be a concern for aquatic life in many of the Nation’s rivers and streams in agricultural and urban areas, according to a new USGS study spanning two decades (1992-2011).  Pesticide levels seldom exceeded human health benchmarks.


Too Eager to Drill for Arctic Oil - Greenpeace

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  Greenpeace's ship, the Esperanza, is still on station in the Arctic to expose renewed Norwegian efforts to drill for oil in this pristine environment. Last week Greenpeace successfully headed off attempts by an oil company to complete controversial seismic testing


Ballast Water Leadership

Richard j. Douglas

Admiral Paul Zukunft, the new U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, could fill the BWT leadership void. Global efforts to combat the spread of invasive species in ballast water are hampered by a leadership void so serious that in April the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) discouraged further


China Plans to Modernise Shipping Industry: Shares Jump

China published a set of guidelines to support and develop its shipping industry on Wednesday, sending shares in shipping firms such as China COSCO and China Shipping higher. The world's biggest trading nation is focusing on the shipping industry as it looks to secure its supply chains and


Maritime, Transportation & Petrochemical Leaders see Bright Future

Janiece Longoria, Charmain Port of Houston Authority

   Leaders from the petrochemical, maritime, logistics and transportation industries delivered robust economic forecasts for the Houston Ship Channel region during the 5th annual Economic Alliance Houston Port Region Petrochemical & Maritime Outlook Conference held at the Pasadena


MARAD Publishes Study on LNG Bunkering

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) released a comprehensive study examining the options for liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering and the necessary infrastructure, safety, regulatory, and training factors of each in supplying LNG to ships as a propulsion fuel in the maritime sector


MN 100: Safety Management Systems, LLC

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2 Union Street Portland, ME 04101 Telephone: 207 321 2830 General contact e-mail: info@smsllc.com Website: www.smsllc.com Company Director: William Mahoney Number of Employees: 8 The Company: Since 1996, Safety Management Systems, LLC (SMSLLC) has provided consulting services to the


MN 100: Moxie Media, Inc.

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1301 Dealers Ave. New Orleans, LA 70123 Telephone: 504 733 6907 E-mail: bstout@moxiemedia.com Website: www.moxietraining.com CEO/President: Martin Glenday Number of Employees: 20 The Company: Moxie Media develops, publishes and distributes cutting edge training materials to meet the


Laurin Maritime Selects Trojan Marinex

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Trojan Marinex today announced that Laurin Maritime has selected the Trojan Marinex Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) system for its 11-vessel tanker fleet. “Laurin Maritime and Trojan Marinex is an outstanding partnership,” said Dr


ABS Aids Selection of Ballast Water Management Systems

ABS has announced the launch of its Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS) Selection Service to assist designers, shipyards, owners and operators in selecting the solution suited to the unique needs of each vessel. "As the maritime industry continues to adjust to the regulatory landscape


ChartCo Acquires Regs4ships

Maritime digital data services company ChartCo acquired Regs4ships, the supplier of digital regulatory information, consultancy and training. ChartCo, part of the Kelvin Hughes Group, created a range of digital services in 1998 in anticipation of the move from paper to digital charts and


ABS to Class LNG-fueled Nordic Hamburg Containerships

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Leading provider of classification services to the maritime and offshore industries, ABB, says it has  been chosen to class two LNG-fueled containerships to be built in China for German owner GNS Shipping/Nordic Hamburg. The 1,400 teu vessels will feature dual-fuel propulsion enabling them






 
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