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Fitness Franchise Makes History in Antarctica
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, April 08, 2019

The fitness club franchise Anytime Fitness is claiming a world first for having franchise locations on all seven continents - with the construction of a gym in Antarctica on board the new adventure cruise ship Magellan Explorer.

The vessel, operated by Antarctica21, is being built in Chile for Antarctic air-cruises and will have capacity for 69 passengers.

Life Fitness will equip the gym – making it the first fitness equipment manufacturer to outfit gyms on all seven continents.

Anytime Fitness is planning a reward for the first person who works out at Anytime Fitness gyms on all seven continents.

Magellan Explorer is set to sail its inaugural voyage on November 28, 2019. She will depart from Punta Arenas, Chile and head to Antarctica. The vessel will be the third ship in Antarctica21's fleet, offering air-cruise expeditions as far as the Antarctic Circle. A typical voyage with Antarctica21 begins with a private two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica, where guests board the ship and start their expedition cruise, bypassing the stormy Drake Passage in the process.

Magellan Explorer

Passengers: 100 maximum    
Crew: 60
Length: 90.7m (298 ft.)
Breadth: 16.2m (53 ft.)
Propulsion: 2x MAN main engines, total 3,440 kW
Ice Class: LR PC6
Draft: 4.3m (14 ft.)
Cruising Speed: 14 knots
Gross Tonnage: 4,900
Flag: Bahamas




W&O Wins Contract to Supply Valves for USCG's Offshore Patrol Cutters
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, April 08, 2019

W&O, a global supplier to the marine and upstream oil and gas markets for pipe, valves, and fittings, valve automation, and engineered solutions, is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a subcontract from Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) for the United States Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC), Coast Guard Cutter ARGUS (WMSM-915), and the long lead time materials for Coast Guard Cutter CHASE (WMSM-916). W&O was selected as the major supplier of valves on board this new ship class.

The Offshore Patrol Cutter is the U.S. Coast Guard’s largest shipbuilding program. The U.S. Coast Guard’s current contract calls for Eastern Shipbuilding Group to build up to 9 OPC’s to replace the medium endurance cutters.

“W&O is very proud to be selected as a major supplier to Eastern Shipbuilding Group”, says Debbie Garner, Gulf Coast Regional Manager. “We believe our experience on naval and commercial vessels as a proven supplier of manual and automated valves has allowed us to be successful with this project. This project represents years of development our team has put into this product line. This project will be handled by our Mobile, Alabama branch, where the state-of-the-art valve automation facility has successfully delivered thousands of motor operated valves to the shipbuilding industry over the last 10 years.”

President Michael Hume stated, “We are honored and prepared to support Eastern Shipbuilding Group as a key partner in this critical USCG new build program.”
The new Offshore Patrol Cutters will be built at Eastern Shipbuilding Group’s facility in Panama City, Florida. Construction activities began in 2018.




Brieda Cabins Launches Control Station for Remote Crane Operations
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, April 08, 2019

Brieda Cabins, a specialist in ergonomic cabins, control stations and desks for manned and remotely-operated cranes, has developed a ground control station to operate ship-to-shore cranes remotely with an ergonomic design and user-friendly interface that will boost productivity at container terminals.

The Remote Ground Control Station (RGCS) has been specifically designed to operate ship-to-shore container cranes, with a layout that combines the crane control seat and an arm box control panel with a remote desk that can be customised to present specific information on screen, enhancing communication between teams and boosting operational efficiency.

“We are very pleased with this design, which continues our proud track record of focusing closely on how best to combine comfort, convenience and safety through ergonomic design” said company CEO Siro Brieda.

The RGCS uses a similar crane driver seat and control system to the DYCS – Dynamic Control Station and the Brieda Remote Control Desk. These have both achieved world-first certification to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and European EN ergonomic standards.

Development has taken place over 12 months, driven by the needs of Brieda client the Port of Virginia, USA. The port is in the process of transforming from a classic crane operation to a fully remote system, including ship-to-shore cranes. The new control room at the Port of Virginia now has five RGCS systems installed for remote operation.

The port will take experienced ship-to-shore crane operators and move them to a remote environment and expects this new system will benefit its crane drivers by enhancing their work environment, reducing strain and boosting comfort.

The RGCS offers a bespoke work environment thanks to its ergonomic adjustable seat and workstation, enabling operators of different heights and body shapes to be fully supported in a safe, comfortable and healthy working position.

The RGCS has been designed so it can be delivered in three parts, which means that it can be easily moved to a central control room and set up in just 30 minutes. The system is now ready to be rolled out more widely to ports that are looking to drive efficiencies by boosting the use of automation throughout their operations.

“We are delighted with how the pilot has gone with the Port of Virginia and look forward to rolling this product out more widely now,” continues company CEO Siro Brieda. “Our consistent focus on R&D, product innovation and the needs of our clients produced this latest development. We will continue to drive our business forward as we look to develop high-quality control systems that improve the health, safety, wellbeing and productivity of crane operators.”




Miko Marine Supplies ROV-Friendly Sea Chest Covers for Njord Bravo FSO
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, April 08, 2019

Miko Marine AS has completed the delivery of four innovative sea chest covers and two cofferdams to be used during refurbishment of the Njord Bravo floating storage and off-loading vessel (FSO) owned and operated by Equinor. The covers have been delivered to the Aibel yard in Haugesund in Norway and will be used to ensure the watertight closure of sea chests when they are pumped dry for refurbishment work on the various ballast valves and pump systems inside.

Miko has developed specialised expertise in the design of hull closures and chooses from a range of design options according to the nature of the task.  For this project, after the curvature of the hull had been precisely measured by laser scanner, covers were made for each of the four sea chests and two cofferdams were manufactured to provide additional security by covering each pair of hull seals.

Although Miko regularly uses magnetic fastenings for attaching hull closures, the Njord Bravo required the design of hull closures and cofferdams that could be quickly attached by ROV to a specially designed interface fixed permanently to the hull.

The covers and the cofferdams are all made from aluminium and incorporate a foam that makes them neutrally buoyant. This enables them to be easily deployed by an ROV (remotely operated vehicle) which benefits from an ingenious system of spring latches that enable it to lock the covers and cofferdams quickly into place against the interface and tighten the seal. Each component was subjected to detailed pressure and stress testing with the customer present to guarantee the integrity of the covers and their latches.

The closures will be deployed at a depth of 15 metres where divers would normally be required to undertake such work. Major cost and safety benefits may now be derived from being able to use ROVs for the complete installation of the system and by ensuring that in-water repairs can be carried-out inside the sea chests should an urgent need arise.




Major Shipowner Trade Associations Agree to Enhance Cooperation
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, April 08, 2019

Today in Singapore, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) signed a joint memorandum of understanding.

This new MOU codifies the extensive level of co-operation that already exists between these important international trade associations and provides a framework for their closer co-operation. The three associations collectively represent over 90 percent of the world merchant fleet. The agreement recognises their respective memberships of national shipowners’ associations and the unique and special relationship which their members enjoy with their national governments.

The MOU confirms the roles of ICS, ASA and ECSA as the principal global and regional associations, representing shipowners and operators – in all shipping sectors and trades – with those global and regional organisations, regulators and other bodies which impact and affect the interests of international shipping.

“Shipping is a global industry requiring global rules. It is only natural that as the representatives of the world’s national shipowner associations that we should further cement our relationships to ensure that we work as effectively as possible in support of a global regulatory framework for shipping and in opposition to unwelcome regional or unilateral initiatives that may impede the efficiency of maritime trade” said ICS Chairman, Mr Esben Poulsson.

“It is vital that the interests of Asian shipping, which controls an increasingly large proportion of the world fleet, are properly represented at the global level, especially with the increasing importance of Asian economies to overall demand for shipping services. It is of utmost importance that shipowners outside our region are fully aware of local developments that may affect their operations” said ASA President, Mr Bhumindr Harinsuit

“The maritime policies of the European Union have a significant impact on regulatory developments at fora such as the UN IMO, with major implications for ship operators in Europe and globally. Cooperation with ICS and ASA allows us to enhance our joint efforts to represent the best interests of shipowners, whether at bodies such as IMO or when dealing with the EU institutions” said ECSA President, Mr Panagiotis Laskaridis.

A copy of the MOU can be seen on the ICS website.




FUELTRAX Celebrates Successful Trial of FUELTRAX Vision with Fymak
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, April 08, 2019

Fymak Marine & Oil Services Nigeria Limited, one of the leading oil service support providers in Nigerian waters, currently operates five Fast Support Vessels (FSVs) with FUELTRAX on board. FUELTRAX Vision was installed as an expansion to an existing FUELTRAX system for Fymak in October 2018.

The successful six-month trial of FUELTRAX Vision proves the robustness of the new system hardware and reliability of surveillance data collection for vessel owners. FUELTRAX is a smart, self-contained, marine fuel management solution, which protects assets and ensures security of fuel, compliance, and optimized vessel performance.

The launch of its FUELTRAX Vision system is the latest expansion of remote monitoring and reporting technology by FUELTRAX. All surveillance data collected by FUELTRAX is coupled with existing fuel monitoring and location data, to deliver a complete picture of vessel operations and activities. Four to six IP68 marine environment cameras provide a 360-degree coverage of vessel perimeter. Remote review of camera images are available on the FUELNET web portal, with high-quality footage securely stored on board.

Chief Executive Officer, Obinna Nwakwesi, Fymak Marine & Oil Services Nigeria Limited, said:

“On behalf of all of us at Fymak, I congratulate FUELTRAX on the successful trial of FUELTRAX Vision. This is another enhancement to their already robust fuel management system, which provides enormous benefits to vessel owners and our contract partners.”

Fymak was also the first company to trial the new FUELTRAX DC-powered system, which was recently switched from AC power; and the first to operate the new built-in air eliminator by FUELTRAX, a closed-loop and environmentally friendly separator, which preconditions the process flow to produce error-free, precise fuel measurement.

FUELTRAX founder and CEO, Anthony George, says the combination of ‘firsts’ with FUELTRAX means Fymak leads the way in offshore marine services in Nigeria:

“We are delighted to present Fymak with the first trial of the FUELTRAX Vision system in Nigeria and continue the legacy of FUELTRAX firsts with Fymak. FUELTRAX VISION is the first system to combine fuel monitoring data with live surveillance monitoring, bringing greater reporting transparency and security to your vessel operations.”




MITAGS Announces Subchapter M Conference
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, April 08, 2019

As Subchapter M completes its first year on the books, many towing vessel companies have found compliance a challenging course to navigate. While some have had smooth sailing, others worry about running aground. To help clarify the issues, and facilitate discussion, MITAGS-PMI, the Leader in Maritime Professional Training, Marine Pilot Licensing, Ship Simulation and Operational Research, is hosting a two-day conference at its Maritime Conference Center in Baltimore on September 26-27, 2019.

Nearly a year after its implementation, many lessons have been learned about the realities of the new towing vessel regulations, but many questions still remain. The Subchapter M Conference will bring together vessel operators, regulators, auditors and solution providers to compare notes about how they have navigated the regulations’ rocks and shoals, and how they plan to stay on course moving forward.

Topics of discussion include:

  • Unanticipated consequences of the new rules
  • Compliance strategies and systems
  • Regulatory clarification
  • Training solutions
  • Compliance products
  • The road ahead


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Thomas A. Allegretti (Keynote)
    President & CEO
    American Waterways Operators

     
  • Paul Hite, Subchapter M Operations Coordinator, American Bureau of Shipping
  • U.S. Coast Guard
    Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise

This is a must-attend event for anyone affected by Subchapter M. Mark your calendars today and make plans to attend this industry-leading symposium. For more information on the Subchapter M Conference, including sponsorships, vendor and speaking opportunities, contact Jon Kjaerulff at jkjaerulff@mates.org.

To stay current on the latest conference activities and to register for the event, visit: http://www.subchaptermconference.com

Located on the beautiful, green campus of the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, the Maritime Conference Centeris just minutes from BWI Airport, AMTRAK and light rail stations.  The courtesy shuttle offers pickups and drop-offs at the airport and rail stations.The Center provides 100,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space,232 contemporary, well-equipped guest rooms and suites, a dining room and lounge, fitness room, recreation room and an indoor swimming pool for relaxation off the clock.




North Carolina Ports Welcomes Third Neo-Panamax Crane
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, April 08, 2019

North Carolina Ports’ third neo-Panamax crane arrived to the Port of Wilmington on Monday morning. The Zhen Hua 25 arrived to the port following a three-month journey from Shanghai, China.

The new crane is identical to the previous two neo-Panamax cranes North Carolina Ports received in March 2018. The addition of the cranes enables the Port of Wilmington to operate 14,000 TEU vessels – the largest ships currently calling the United States East Coast. The installation process is scheduled to take two months.

“The arrival of the third neo-Panamax crane is a continuation of a massive infrastructure improvements plan NC Ports has in place to enhance the terminal in Wilmington,” said Brian E. Clark, North Carolina Ports Chief Operating Officer. “The advancements we’re making with our cranes, container terminal and gate complex are paving the way for monumental growth at the Port of Wilmington and allowing us to efficiently accommodate our growing customer base.”

North Carolina Ports’ $200 million capital improvements plan includes a wider turning basin, berth enhancements, the new neo-Panamax cranes and an overhaul of Wilmington’s container terminal. The terminal renovations will double the port’s annual throughput capacity to 1.2 million TEUs and triple its refrigerated container capacity to 1,000 plugs.

The three neo-Panamax cranes were purchased for $33.8 million and manufactured by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC). ZPMC is the world’s largest heavy duty equipment manufacturer of port equipment. There are currently no domestic manufacturers of ship-to-shore container cranes.




New Subsea Laser Technology Models Historic Plane Wreck
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, April 08, 2019

Subsea imaging company 3D at Depth has used new laser technology to create a 3D reverse engineered model of the wreck of an historical U.S. Navy plane.

The company used an underwater survey technique that integrates photogrammetry with Subsea laser LiDAR technology on the U.S. Navy Douglas TBD-1 Devastator aircraft that is largely intact on the bottom of Jaluit Lagoon in the Marshall Islands. Of the 129 Devastators built, all were either lost in battle, destroyed in operational accidents or scrapped before the end of World War II. 

The new modelling technique was developed during an October 2018 expedition with the nonprofit Air/Sea Heritage Foundation to document the wreck. Part of the ongoing Devastator Project, the expedition was developed to capture precise, repeatable, millimetric data to build an accurate 3D model to serve as a pre-disturbance survey for the proposed recovery of the plane for the National Museum of the United States Navy in Washington, DC. 

This particular plane, U.S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics Number (BuNo) 1515, formerly assigned to Torpedo Squadron Five (VT-5) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-5) is located in a sensitive marine habitat. Although Devastator 1515 appeared largely intact from previous research expeditions, the sensitive nature of the wreck and often low water clarity conditions around the site provided limitations for most of the standard data collection processes and other optical imagery collection methods.  

Over a period of six days on site, dozens of dives were conducted to the wreck located under 130 feet of water. 3D at Depth’s SL3 laser was deployed at varying ranges from the wreck site. The SL3 pulsed at 40,000 measurements/sec for each scan position acquiring very high-density sector scans. 3D at Depth’s patented index of refraction correction algorithm was able to deliver repeatable data sets in low clarity water quality where other optical solutions would struggle to operate.

In total, the SL3 LiDAR laser delivered a total of 92 million points and the photogrammetric data after processing produced 5.7 million vertices. Each dense point cloud was then surface modeled and moved into a 3D design computer. Optical imagery from photogrammetry, 360 VR and stills were integrated into the designs to render an exact 3D model of the Devastator. Along with the laser LiDAR data, the team captured 1,398 still images with photogrammetry. 




High Wind Causes Problems for Houston Spill Cleanup, Ship Traffic
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, April 08, 2019

The Houston Ship Channel was shut once again on Sunday due to heavy weather and its effects on the contaminated International Terminals Co. tank farm, where a large fire led to the  release of gasoline and other petroleum products last month. 

On Sunday, containment booms on the side of the channel broke loose in high winds from severe thunderstorms. In addition, ITC halted cleanup work on the water and on the damaged tanks. 

Outbound vessels located inland of the terminal site were prevented from leaving, and the flow of inbound vessels tapered down to a halt. The normally-busy channel has been affected by the spill and the resulting cleanup for weeks.

According to ICIS, ship traffic on the channel resumed Monday afternoon, and by mid-afternoon about 30 inbound vessels and about 26 outbound vessels were waiting to transit the waterway - a reduction from previous weeks. 

On March 17, a large fire broke out at the International Terminals Co. tank farm at Deer Park, a sprawling refinery complex on the Houston Ship Channel. It was largely extinguished by March 20, but a large quantity of firefighting foam and petroleum products remained in the containment area around the tank farm. The containment wall failed on March 22, sending the mixture into a drainage ditch and out into Tucker Bayou, a small inlet on the Houston Ship Channel. Nine chemicals in samples from the drainage ditch exceeded health-protective concentration levels, including xylenes, pyrene, anthracene, benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene, phenanthrene, fluoranthene, and 2-methylnaphthalene. 

Weeks after the fire was put out, the response effort continues. Several tanks have not yet been fully drained and still contain light products like naphtha and xylene. As recently as April 4, the director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said that there was still a fire risk.




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