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Revised Load Lines Protocol Annex Enters Force January 1

Revisions to the 1988 Load Lines Protocol enter into force on 1 January 2005. Also entering into force on the same date are amendments to the Guidelines on the enhanced programme of inspections during surveys of bulk carriers and oil tankers (resolution A.744(18)). Amendments to the 1988 Load Lines Protocol The amendments adopted in June 2003 to Annex B to the 1988 Load Lines Protocol include a number of important revisions, in particular to regulations concerning: strength and intact stability of ships; definitions; superstructure and bulkheads; doors; position of hatchways, doorways and ventilators; hatchway coamings; hatch covers; machinery space openings; miscellaneous openings in freeboard and superstructure decks; cargo ports and other similar openings; spurling pipes and cable lockers; side scuttles; windows and skylights; calculation of freeing ports; protection of the crew and means of safe passage for crew; calculation of freeboard; sheer; minimum bow height and reserve buoyancy; and others. The amendments, which amount to a comprehensive revision of the technical regulations of the Protocol, will apply to approximately two-thirds of the world's fleet, i.e., to those ships flying the flags of States Party to the 1988 LL Protocol. The amendments do not affect the 1966 LL Convention. June 2003 amendments to the enhanced survey programme for tankers and bulk carriers


Satellite Maps Arctic Ocean Floor

A European satellite launched in 2010 to measure sea-ice thickness in the Arctic is also yielding high-resolution mapping of the ocean floor While the main objective of the polar-orbiting CryoSat is to measure the thickness of polar sea ice and ice sheets that blanket Greenland and Antarctica, its radar altimeter can also measure tiny changes in sea level, 'Terra Daily' is informed by a European Space Agency report.


Vessel Tonnage Measurement Interpretation

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice advising of the availability of the revised Tonnage Technical Policy, which has been issued as a cover letter and five enclosures. The Policy is used for interpreting the agency’s vessel tonnage measurement regulations. 70 Fed. Reg. 20924 (HK Law)


Antiphon AB’s Sound Damping Sandwich Steel

Photo courtesy Örn Marketing AB

The Swedish company Antiphon AB has introduced a new product for structure borne sound damping; antiphon MPM (metal-polymer-metal) foiled, a sheet metal laminate with a thin foil on one side. The core material is two zinc coated sheet steel laminated with an acoustic inner layer to obtain the best structure borne sound damping. MPM foiled makes it possible to use laminated sandwich systems in more visible environments and also to choose MPM foiled deliberately as a decoration material where


EU Policies Improve Air Quality in Harbors

Sulphur dioxide emissions from shipping have sharply decreased in EU ports thanks to an EU policy which limits sulphur content in fuels for ships at berth or at anchor in ports.   Scientists at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre measured key air quality parameters in Mediterranean harbours before and after the entry into force of the low-sulphur requirements in January 2010. In European harbours they found an average decrease of 66% in concentrations of sulphur dioxide


Estonian Port Buys Icebreaker

Icebreaker MSV Botnica: Photo credit Port of Tallinn

Port of Tallinn signs the purchasing agreement for icebreaker 'MSV Botnica'. The 50 million euro agreement is with the Finnish shipping company Arctia for the outright purchase of the icebreaking vessel. MSV Botnica is a multipurpose icebreaker built in 1998 by Aker Finnyards in Rauma, Finland. Her ice class is ICE-10, length (LOA) is 97.3 and beam 24.3 metres. The maximum speed of MSV Botnica is 16.5 knots in open water; she can maintain a speed of 8 knots in ice up to 80cm thickness


Leica Unveils New Series of Laser Meters

Leica Geosystems has introduced a new series of handheld high-precision laser distance measurement tools for the marine industry. The new DISTO(tm) products from Leica provide point-and-click measurement ofdistance, area and volume, indoors or outdoors, at ranges up to 330 ft. According to Jack Wolf, vice president, consumer products DISTO is ideal for naval architects, marine engineers, marine surveyors, shipyards, boatbuilders, repair yards


Cemtrex to Pursue Emissions Monitoring on Marine Ships

Cemtrex Inc. said that it is pursuing the emissions monitoring market for marine ships and cruise lines for measurement of nitrogen oxide and smoke. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted Annex VI of MARPOL that provides regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships. The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the IMO subsequently passed several subsidiary regulations. "Diesel engines with a power output of more than 130 kWh have to meet


New Portable Combustion Gas and Emissions Analyzer

E8500

The new E8500 industrial combustion analyzer from E Instruments is a complete portable tool for EPA compliance level emissions monitoring and testing. According to the manufacturer, the E8500 is suited for regulatory and maintenance use in boiler, burner, engine, turbine, furnace and other combustion applications. The analyzer features up to nine gas sensors and has capabilities for wireless communication with computers and other windows devices


Enteq Upstream Appoint Bridges Head of Engineering

Andrew Bridges: Photo credit Enteq Upstream

Enteq Upstream PLC (Enteq), a provider of systems and components for Measurement While Drilling (MWD) and directional drilling, has appointed Andrew Bridges as head of engineering, announced Enteq CEO, Martin Perry. Initially based in Enteq’s West London, UK, office but with a global remit Bridges’ appointment will ensure delivery of Enteq’s development programs and grow the company’s research and development capabilities and capacity


UZMAR’s High-tech Tug Returns from Sea Trials

KOC Musaned-2 (Photo courtesy Uzmar)

The innovative, multipurpose, conventional propeller built, 20.4m in length overall, equipped with various machinery and systems that have never designed or build before, Line Handling Tug returns to UZMAR’s Izmit Shipyard Port on April 5, 2014, after the first stage of sea trials


Excellence Award for Liebherr Mining by Balanced Scorecard Institute

Balanced Scorecard Institute Award

For their strong commitment to leadership, strategic management, performance analysis and continuous improvement, Liebherr Mining Equipment Newport News Co. has been awarded the 2014 Award for Excellence by the Balanced Scorecard Institute (BSI)


KVH Precision Sensors for Geodetics' Inertial Navigation Systems

KVH’s 1750 IMU is an ultra-compact, extremely precise inertial sensor system.

 KVH Industries entered into a strategic partnership with Geodetics Inc., a leader in the development of real-time, high-precision position and navigation solutions. The goal is to provide high performance positioning and navigation products for commercial applications requiring high levels


ClassNK Approves Fillet Welding Consumable

Classification society ClassNK announced that it has granted type approval for the new MX-200F welding consumable, developed by Kobe Steel Co., Ltd. (KOBELCO) to improve welding efficiency and coating quality in commercial vessels. Until now


Oil Test Detects Cold Corrosion

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Parker Kittiwake, the global provider of asset control and protection technology, has announced a breakthrough in onboard cold corrosion testing with their new portable test kit. In less than five minutes per test, Parker Kittiwake’s Cold Corrosion Test Kit monitors specific levels of


W&O Named Distributor for Perma-Pipe

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W&O, a global supplier to the marine and upstream oil and gas markets for pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation and engineered solutions, has been named the exclusive North American marine distributor for Perma-Pipe, Inc., the largest North American manufacturer of pre-insulated piping


Kongsberg Delivers 50th HAIN System

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Kongsberg Maritime has delivered its 50th HAIN (Hydro Acoustic aided Inertial Navigation) Reference System, to long-time HAIN user, Ocean Rig. HAIN significantly improves reference data accuracy and update rate sent to Dynamic Positioning (DP) systems to support safer


FARO Debuts New X Series Laser Scanner

Image courtesy FARO Technologies

    FARO Technologies, Inc., a 3D measurement, imaging and realization technology company, announced the release of the new FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D X 130. According to the manufacturer, the Focus3D X 130, the newest member of Focus3D X Series range of laser scanners


Skating on Thin Ice: Great Lakes Coast Guard Remains Active

Ice drilling: Photo credit USCG

Two men are rescued after their snowmobiles crashed through the ice about a mile offshore on Saginaw Bay near Bay City, Mich., and meanwhile the Coast Guard continue their efforts to keep the users of the ice-bound Great Lakes safe by gathering ice depth data. Snowmobile rescue


Fugro Upgrades Electric ROV Simulators

Seaeye Tiger performing CP inspection

Fugro announced it is launching an important upgrade to its Electric ROV pilot training simulators. Most observation-class ROVs and many light work-class ROVs are electrical-based systems. With the introduction of a new electric ROV control pod and suite of electric ROV specific components


New Propeller Optimization Process Can Analyze 10,000 Designs a Day

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A newly developed propeller optimizer makes it much faster to identify propeller-hull reactions and reach design decisions. In the EU project STREAMLINE the fuel efficiency of a chemical tanker was improved by optimizing the hull form and propeller


Coast Guard Icebreaker returns from Operation Deep Freeze

The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is scheduled to return to their homeport of Coast Guard Base Seattle at 10 a.m., Friday, March 21, 2014, following a 108-day deployment of Operation Deep Freeze 2014.  Polar Star departed Seattle Dec


OMB - review of draft OSV rule

The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 removed the size limit on offshore supply vessels (OSVs). The Act also directed the Coast Guard to issue, as soon as is practicable, a regulation to implement section 617 of the Act and to ensure the safe carriage of oil, hazardous substances


USN Chooses Hoffer System for Energy Dashboard

Photo: Hoffer Flow Controls

Hoffer Flow Controls, Inc. recently received a new contract from the U. S. Navy Sea Systems Command to supply fuel flow measurement systems as a part of the U.S. Navy’s Energy Dashboard Program. Hoffer fuel measurement systems are currently incorporated into the “Energy Dashboard


Managing Ice Jams

Photo: Karen Watson, U.S. Geological Survey

April showers may bring May flowers, but spring can also bring ice jams to the thawing rivers and streams across the northern United States. An ice jam or ice dam, is a buildup of broken ice in the river system. It can be a problem that causes the water to back up over the top of highway bridges


 
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