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USCG Approves RINA Fire Research Laboratory

Italian classification society RINA's Fire Research Laboratory has become the only classification society fire test laboratory in Europe to obtain USCG approval. RINA's Genoa-based Fire Research Laboratory has been accepted by the Coast Guard as an independent laboratory authorized to perform tests for non-combustibility, A, B and F fire class divisions, surface flammability, primary deck coverings, vertically supported textiles, furniture and bedding, in accordance with IMO specifications. This USCG approval recognizes RINA's fire test laboratory as one of the world's leading facilities in the marine field. This approval, along with the recognition of RINA by the Italian Administration as a notified body under the European Marine Equipment Directive, allows the society to provide top flight fire test services to ship equipment and outfit manufacturers and yards world wide.


China Shipbuilding Activity Tumbles

China's shipbuilding industry faces a severe test in today's sluggish global market China's shipbuilders finished 22.53 million dead weight tons of shipbuilding orders in the first five months this year, a decrease of 10.1 percent year-on-year. New ship orders amount to 9.54 million DWT, a fall of 47.3 percent year-on-year. The total industrial output value of China's shipbuilding industry reached 240.6 billion yuan ($38


AIS: Operator Feedback Analyzed

Seaways, the international journal of The Nautical Institute, reports this month that although most mariners seem generally satisfied with the operation of the new Automatic Identification System (AIS), current users have reported certain anomalies. The Institute’s Papers and Technical committee has now identified some key causes and recommendations. A common fault was that ships are transmitting inaccurate information such as incorrect heading (which may be due to poorly defined offset


Uljanik Delivers for Grimaldi-Napoli

On May 15 Uljanik Shipyards in Pula will deliver Grande Lagos, built on behalf of Grimaldi-Napoli. The ship will be launched by Mrs. Aldi C. Sekibo, the consort of the Minister of Transports of Nigeria. Grande Lagos is the seventh ship, following up a maxi-order of 11 ships, that was built by the Croatian shipyards Ulajnik in Pula for the Grimaldi – Napoli group. In three years the Uljanik shipyard launched and delivered to the Grimaldi – Napoli group Grande Benelux


Cargotec Delivering MacGregor RoRo Equipment

In October Cargotec secured two contracts worth around EUR 15 million for complete MacGregor RoRo access and transfer systems for deepsea Container/RoRo (ConRo) vessels.   “Both of these contracts are for vessels that will carry general and project cargo, as well as various type of RoRo cargo, and this calls for specialist knowledge,” says Magnus Sjöberg, Sales Director for RoRo Ships at Cargotec


NOAA Ship's Annual Shakedown Cruise

Shakedown & Patch Test 2013: Image credit NOAA

The 'Okeanos Explorer' is conducting mapping operation in the Western North Atlantic as part of the annual ship shakedown. Multibeam and singlebeam mapping operations are being conducted 24/7 between Rhode Island and the U.S.-Canadian territorial boundary, while sub-bottom profile mapping is being conducted each day between the hours of 1000 and 1800 throughout the March 18, 2013, to April 5, 2013 cruise. Research vessels conduct annual ship shakedown tests to perform at-sea testing of all


Shipbuilders Discuss Gameplan

Shipbuilding leaders convened in Washington, D.C. recently to discuss the means and methods to propel the U.S. shipbuilding market at the dawn of the new millennium. Under the auspices of seeking a candid and creative discussion regarding the country's shipbuilding future, the U.S. Maritime Administration sponsored a seminar on April 5, dubbed, "Marketing Issues and Challenges Facing the U.S. Shipbuilding Industry."


International Ship Sewage Regulations Enter into Force

International regulations for the prevention of pollution by sewage from ships enter into force on 27 September 2003 - nearly 30 years after their adoption. The regulations are contained in the optional Annex IV of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto (MARPOL 73/78). Annex IV contains a set of regulations regarding discharge of sewage into the sea


International Logistics from Washington to Korea

A boat crew from U.S. Coast Guard Port Security Unit (PSU) 313, from Everett, Wash., conducts a security patrol in a 4th generation, 32-foot transportable security boat (TSB) off the coast of Dogu beach in support of exercise Foal Eagle, April 21, 2013. PSU 313 along with Republic of Korea military forces, provided 24-hour water-side and shore-side force protection during Foal Eagle, a Combined/Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore Exercise (C/JLOTS). (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class

On a journey that would take more than five weeks, six 32-foot transportable security boats (TPSBs), two pick-up trucks, six boat trailers, and 15 five-ton storage containers traveled more than 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean from Everett, Washington to Pohang, South Korea.  Coast Guard Port Security Units 311, 312 and 313 mobilized 80 tons of gear and more than 100 personnel to participate in one of the largest, international military exercises on the Korean peninsula


Interschalt Offers Navigation, Communication Service

Three time zones availability: With its customized worldwide Shore-based Maintenance concept, Interschalt offers a followthe- sun-concept.

The shipping software and service provider, Interschalt maritime systems AG, has developed a highly customer-focused concept for the maintenance of navigation and communications systems on board, called  InterschaltShore-based Maintenance (IS-SBM). For an annual flat-rate fee, the maintenance concept, which is individually tailored to each customer, is a complete service package which includes coordination, annual performance tests, replacement parts, labor time and travel costs


Rolls-Royce Develops OSV for Island Offshore

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Rolls-Royce has won an order to provide integrated design and ship equipment for a highly innovative offshore vessel for Norwegian ship owner Island Offshore. The new striking UT 777 design has been developed in close cooperation with Island Offshore


Two Years after Concordia Wreck, Captain Returns Aboard

Schettino's first visit aboard since 2012 shipwreck; Former captain accompanying investigators as defendant as new probe into unauthorized visit by Costa officials unfolds. The captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, went back on board on Thursday for the first time since the huge


Rolls-Royce Wins Substantial Volstad OCV Equipment Order

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Rolls-Royce informs it has won a contract worth approximately £13.5 million to deliver a unique package of advanced ship equipment for a new offshore construction vessel (OCV) currently being built in Turkey for the Norwegian ship owner Volstad Shipping AS.


Wärtsilä’s Propulsion CMS recognized by 3 Classification Societies

 Wärtsilä has received service level recognition for its Propulsion Condition Monitoring Service (PCMS) by DNV-GL. Wärtsilä is the first company to attain this type of recognition from three of the major classification societies, namely the American Bureau of Shipping


GEOSHIPS to Operate, Manage New DP1 Craft

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GEOSHIPS creates 40 new jobs with delivery of latest vessel.   GEOSHIPS Group, a marine and subsea services provider, has completed charter party negotiations with Singapore based Teras Offshore, for a new Offshore Deck Cargo Vessel, resulting in the planned recruitment of a further 40


IMCA Advises on Mooring Offshore Vessels

'Mooring Practice Safety Guidance for Offshore Vessels when Alongside in Ports and Harbours' published by International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). Ships enter and leave ports regularly. Tying up a ship when alongside a berth or another vessel is potentially a very hazardous operation


Raytheon Anschütz Marks Crocon's IBS 100th Sale

Crocon Presentation at SMM: Photo credit Crocon

At SMM 2012, Raytheon Anschütz has honored their Croatian representative Crocon for the 100th Integrated Bridge System sold. The one hundredth delivery of an Integrated Bridge System was for the second newbuild of a Heavy Lift Carrier for Dutch company Jumbo Shipping at Brodosplit


Three Companies Form Subsea Global Solutions

The Subsea Solutions Alliance between three underwater service companies – Miami Diver LLC, Parker Diving Service and Trident BV – formed one corporate entity, Subsea Global Solutions. The company performs complex underwater ship repair for major ship equipment Manufacturers


Maritime Industry Council Established in Dubai

Photo: Dubai Marine & Maritime Council

Dubai Council for Marine and Maritime Industries, the umbrella industry body representing the marine and relevant industry, had its first introductory member’s meeting. The meeting sought to introduce the members, lay the broad framework for future operations


A Billion to One Shot

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TTS Sets its sites on China to Achieve its Financial Goals TTS has set its sights on becoming a billion euro business and is focusing on China as a key growth driver. Through long-term joint ventures with state-owned Chinese concerns, TTS has established itself as the leading (and largest)


Hard Work Pays Off

Coast Guard Cutter Thetis is the 10th ship of the Famous-class cutters and the third vessel to bear the name. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Anthony Casullo.

At 270 feet and weighing in at 1,646 tons, Coast Guard Cutter Thetis is equipped with the necessary equipment to perform law enforcement, search and rescue, homeland security and national defense missions. To stay mission ready, the ship’s equipment requires routine maintenance usually


KR Directs Build of Green Equipment Certification Center

The Korean Register, an IACS member classification society, is leading a project to build and operate the world’s first green-ship equipment certification center in Gunsan, Jeonbuk, Korea which is due to open in February 2014. Work is already underway and the new $269 million won facility


Two Safety Updates from USCG

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Confined Space Entry Dangers:   The Coast Guard issued a safety alert to personnel and the maritime community warning of the potential dangers of confined space entries. During two recent inspections, Coast Guard Inspectors’ gas meters alarmed


Two Offshore Industry Contracts for Rolls-Royce

Petrobas Offshore Plant: Photo credit Roll-Royce

Roll-Royce has gained two marine contracts: The first, worth US$138-million is for energy services support to Petrobas, and the second worth £20-million, is to provide ship equipment for 10 AHTS vessels under construction by Malaysia shipbuilder Nam Cheong, Details as follows:


U.S. Icebreaker Deploys to McMurdo, Antarctica

Two tugboats escort Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, a 399-foot Polar Class Icebreaker homeported in Seattle, through Elliott Bay after the cutter got underway from Coast Guard Base Seattle, Dec. 3, 2013. CGC Polar Stars crew departed for Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze for the first time since 2006, following a three-year overhaul to the cutter and test period. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Tyson)

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star departed Coast Guard Base Seattle for Antarctica, Tuesday, in support of Operation Deep Freeze for the first time since 2006 with the task of resupplying the National Science Foundation Scientific Research Station in McMurdo.


 
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