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March 2015 Issue

ICS Hopes for Improved Movement of Seafarers
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is hopeful progress can now be made toward improving the facilitation of shore leave and crew transfers for merchant seafarers. This follows recommendations by an International Labour Organization (ILO) tripartite meeting of employers, seafarers’ unions and governments in Geneva, Switzerland, at which ICS coordinated the shipowners’ representation.

The ILO meeting considered possible adjustments to the Seafarers’ Identity Documents Convention.


Japan Supports Beaching Yards in India
After returning from a trip to Indian recycling yards, Akihiro Tamura, director of shipbuilding policy at the Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro) expressed that ship recycling yards in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh need to be part of the global scheme of sound ship recycling, and those yards in Alang, India, that have invested in fully upgrading their facilities to meet the terms of internationally agreed rules should be rewarded by winning more business. The 14-strong Japanese industry and government delegation visited Alang with the intention of assessing the quality of beach recycling yards in the region.


Tritech Successful With Swedish Navy
Tritech (Aberdeen, Scotland) has been selected as the preferred supplier for sonar and acoustic positioning on board Saab Seaeye (Fareham, England) Falcon ROVs for Fórsvarets Materielverk, (Stockholm, Sweden), the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration.

The 10 ROV systems will be deployed for seabed surveys, inspections, light underwater work and recovery of objects. They encompass a full suite of Tritech sonars, including Gemini multibeam imager, Micron mechanical scanning sonar, PA500 altimeter and MicronNav USBL.


Global Ship Lease Announces Agreement To Acquire Additional Vessel
Global Ship Lease Inc. (Majuro, Marshall Islands) has agreed to acquire an 8,063-TEU containership from a leading container liner company for a purchase price of $53.6 million.

The 2004-built vessel is expected to deliver in March 2015, subject to the completion of customary additional documentation and closing conditions. Upon delivery, the vessel will be immediately time chartered back to the container liner company for a period of 36 to 39 months, at charterer’s option, at a gross rate of $34,500 per day.


Kongsberg Maritime Announces Image Competition Winners
Kongsberg Maritime (Kongsberg, Norway) has selected the winners of “The Full Picture Photo and Video Competition,” which ran from August 26 until November 30, 2014. With iPad Minis on offer as prizes and the chance for some entries to be used in Kongsberg Maritime marketing activities, the company’s international camera user base submitted underwater stills and video.

The judges selected two joint winners. Jason White, operations field manager from the Undersea Vehicles Program at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, won Best Digital Stills Images, and the other joint winner was Patrick O’Driscoll, who submitted standard-definition video footage from the Kongsberg Maritime OE14-366 Colour Zoom Camera.


Seatronics, 2G Robotics Announce Partnership
Seatronics (Aberdeen, Scotland) announced a global sales and distribution partnership with 2G Robotics (Waterloo, Canada) that makes the 2G Robotics line of underwater laser scanners available through Seatronics for equipment rentals and sales.

The underwater laser scanners developed by 2G Robotics capture detailed 3D models of subsea environments and deliver 100 times higher resolution than sonar.


Foreship Hull Form Yields Fuel Savings
Hull form optimization and hydrodynamic design from Foreship (Helsinki, Finland) are at the core of fuel consumption savings to be achieved by a new-generation coastal general cargo ship.

Meriaura Group (Turku, Finland) signed for two 4,700-DWT Ice Class 1A VG EcoCoaster general cargo newbuilds at Dutch yard Royal Bodewes (Hoogezand, Netherlands) in January, with the first due for delivery at the end of July 2016.


LJMU-Mersey Maritime Project for Atlantic Region
Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has teamed up with Mersey Maritime (Birkenhead, England) and Vestfold University College in Norway to bring together maritime clusters from the Atlantic region. The partners were invited to lead an EU-funded workshop at the Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference in Porto, Portugal, in January to present to stakeholders their ideas to create a common platform to support innovation, research and higher skills.


Technip Contracts Damen Shiprepair
A contract has been awarded by Technip (Paris, France) to Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam in the Netherlands for dry-docking, upgrades and operational modifications to the deepwater rigid pipe S-lay and heavy-lift vessel Global 1200. The vessel arrived at the yard in January 2015. The Global 1200 is the first of two deepwater rigid pipe S-lay and heavy-lift vessels owned by Technip.


Lubrications Technology Offers Energy Savings
Silverstream Technologies (London, England) and Shell (The Hague, Netherlands) announced the sea trial of Silverstream Technologies’ new air lubrication technology for ships, the Silverstream System. The sea trials show net energy efficiency savings in all analyzed cases.

Shell funded and, along with Silverstream, oversaw the installation of the Silverstream System on the 40,000-DWT products tanker MT Amalienborg.


Ocean Signal’s RescueME MOB1 Receives European Certification Approval
The rescueME MOB1 has completed all the regulatory procedures required to permit sale throughout Europe.

Ocean Signal (Margate, England) has announced the receipt of the approvals for usage, which confirm that all of the relevant requirements have been satisfied for a life-saving product. Developed as the smallest AIS MOB device, the rescueME MOB1 has also received approval for the United States.


Subsea UK Meets With Trade Envoy to Mexico
Subsea U.K. (Aberdeen, Scotland) is helping British subsea businesses capitalize on opportunities in the Mexican oil and gas market.

At a briefing for the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Mexico Baroness Bonham Carter held at the Aberdeen Harbour Marine Operations Centre, Neil Gordon, Subsea’s chief executive, highlighted the specialist expertise and technical capabilities developed by subsea companies in the North Sea region and the similarities to Mexico’s own harsh deepwater conditions.


Sonardyne Achieves OHSAS 18001 Accreditation
Sonardyne International Ltd. (Yateley, England) announced that its U.K. sites in Yateley; Aberdeen, Scotland; and Plymouth, England, have been awarded the Occupation Health and Safety Assessment Specification (OHSAS) 18001 Safety Management System Standard accreditation, after successful audits of all three sites. This latest achievement demonstrates Sonardyne’s commitment to health and safety in the workplace on a global scale.

OHSAS sets the minimum requirements for occupational health and safety management for best practice in the workplace.


Industry Forum Designed to Promote Change
A forum aimed at producing a practical response to maritime casualty management was recently launched in Singapore. LOC Group (London, England) is set to host the forum during the upcoming Singapore Maritime Week in April.

The two-day meeting is intended for global industry leaders from all parties involved in marine casualties. It will take place from April 23 to 24, 2015 at Singapore’s Fullerton Hotel.


MMT Performs Cable Crossings Survey
As part of the preparations for a cable laying campaign, MMT (Västra Frölunda, Sweden) has completed a cable crossings survey for Kraftnät Åland (Mariehamn, Finland). The planned submarine cable is 152 kilometers long and will be laid from Naantali to Juvik, Finland.

The survey was planned based on a desktop survey done by MMT during the summer and fall of 2014. All available information for the area was combined in a database. A selection of priority blocks was made based on that information and served as the basis for the survey campaign.


Global Expansion Drives ClassNK Growth
Registration totals for 2014 have been announced for ClassNK (Tokyo, Japan). Over the course of the year, 833 new vessels joined its register, marking the fourth year that the classification society registered more than 20 million in new tonnage. Led by continued strength in the newbuild markets, ClassNK registered a total of 548 newbuilds. At the end of December 2014, ClassNK had a total of 8,872 vessels on its register.


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