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Unique Design Technologies to Improve Ship Performance

By The Maritime Executive 10-23-2020 06:48:27

A Canadian ship design and research company is presenting several unusual looking new technologies for ocean-going and inland waterway vessels which they report can increase the ship’s capacity and speed while reducing construction costs. NaviForm Consulting & Research, based in Vancouver, Canada reports that it has already been granted four patents in the US, European Union, and other countries with three additional patents pending. Two of the firm’s concepts were developed in a new ferry, the Esperanza that is sailing...

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U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Sinking Fishing Vessel in Gulf of Alaska

By The Maritime Executive 10-23-2020 06:24:14

On Wednesday, a U.S. Coast Guard aircrew saved a fishing vessel that was disabled and taking on water off of Icy Bay, a fjord bordering the Gulf of Alaska about 160 nautical miles southeast of Valdez.  The Sector Juneau Command Center received a mayday alert from the fishing vessel Elise Marie via an InReach satellite device at about 1900 hours Wednesday. The center ordered the launch of several assets to assist, including a C-130 Hercules airplane, a helicopter and the cutter...

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Crew of Vessel Suspected in New Zealand COVID-19 Case Tests Positive

By The Maritime Executive 10-23-2020 05:32:11

Health authorities in Queensland, Australia and New Zealand believe that they have isolated the source of the recent COVID-19 in New Zealand believed to be tied to the shipping industry. Coronavirus testing on the crew aboard a containership arriving in Australia confirmed at least two active cases of the virus. The Liberian-flagged containership, the Sofrana Suville, a 1,000 TEU vessel operating regionally, arrived in Brisbane, Australia on October 20 and was held at anchor by the health authorities in Queensland....

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Golden Ray Salvage Prepares for Final Phase as Lift Vessel Transits

By The Maritime Executive 10-23-2020 04:04:43

The final phase of the salvage effort of the capsized ro-ro vessel Golden Ray is preparing to get underway based on updates from the St. Simons Sound Incident Unified Command. The efforts had been delayed due to some unexpected engineering challenges, postponements over the summer due to hurricane concerns, and COVID-19 precautions. According to the command overseeing the operation, the heavy-lift vessel VB10,000 is expected to arrive in St. Simons Sound as soon as October 27, weather permitting. The U.S....

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Offshore

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Van Oord Buys Into Estonian Offshore Wind Farm Project

Dutch maritime contractor Van Oord announced Tuesday that it has concluded its agreement to buy a stake in Estonian offshore wind company Saare Wind Energy, the developer of the Saaremaa wind farm.  Van Oord announced its intention to participate in the project in January, with the support of the Netherlands Embassy in Tallinn and the Estonian Investment Agency. After a period of negotiation, Estonian regulators gave permission for Saare Wind Energy to apply for environmental permitting for the development in...

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Shipbuilding

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Future Royal Navy Fleet Auxiliaries May be Partly Built Overseas

The UK Ministry of Defense said Wednesday that it will allow shipbuilders to bid for the Royal Navy's next-generation fleet auxiliary contract with proposals that contain a foreign build component. The decision marks another reversal: the ministry allowed foreign firms to participate in the bidding in 2018, then canceled the tender amidst controversy over domestic content requirements last November. It has now reopened the door for foreign participation. Under the new terms announced Wednesday, eligible bids for the future Fleet...

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Training

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Digital Tools: e-learning for DESMI’s Ballast Water Management System

Marine engineers and crew members can now train and learn about DESMI Ocean Guard’s CompactClean ballast water management system with two digital offline tools. One is a computer-based training (CBT) program and the other is a mobile app.  While the e-learning tools were in development long before the Covid-19 pandemic, they come at a good time, says Mark Kalhøj Andersen, Technical Manager and Head of Projects and Engineering, DESMI Ocean Guard.  “It's a huge benefit to have these tools when...

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Business

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Georgia Ports Authority Sees Booming Volume Thanks to Regional Growth

The Georgia Ports Authority holds an annual "state of the port" address to highlight the region's growing economy and its growing cargo volumes, but like so many events this year, the gathering has gone virtual for 2020. On Thursday, GPA executive director Griff Lynch addressed online attendees from the authority's headquarters at the Port of Savannah. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 era, he had good news to report. From July through September, the Port of Savannah handled 1.2 million...

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