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Using New Technology to Manage Safe Return to Port

By Vittorio Vagliani 2018-12-06 15:49:05

A serious accident involving a large passenger vessel is undeniably one of the highest risks to the safety of life at sea due to the sheer number of passengers and crew onboard. We don’t have to think far into the past to recollect vivid images of what events like this can mean.  Against this backdrop, efforts are continuously made to minimize this risk both through design and during operation by increased regulation and...

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Cyber Risk Mitigation: “How” not “What”

By Oliver Schwarz 2018-12-01 19:03:29

With the release of the seventh edition of the SIRE Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (VIQ7) in September 2018, tanker owners and managers are scrambling to review their cyber security best practice and bring their policies and procedures up-to-date. It seems to be the case that any industry stakeholder with some degree of self-esteem has identified the necessity to publish their own Cyber Security Guidelines. While most of these documents surely are very helpful, they tend to focus on the “What” rather...

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Flashback: Does Anyone Recognize This Device?

By Mike Waters 2018-12-01 18:51:35

Does anyone remember this device? It was a device invented and used in the early 1960's to develop expanded ship plates. Prior to this they were only developed by building full size mock-ups of the 3D part in wood, so this worked for a short period as an intermediate stage before computers. The device worked at 1/10th scale and pointers were set at each frame position to represent the shape of each frame. A special sheet of material was inserted...

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More about the Marindus Integrated Tug-Barge Concept

By Mike Waters 2018-11-27 15:50:56

This article is a follow up to the article by Harry Valentine, entitled: Reconsidering an Innovative Integrated Tug-Barge Concept, that was developed by the now closed shipyard Marine Industries (MIL) of Sorel, Quebec, Canada, now 40 years ago. The writer is the originator of the design (see U.S. Patent #4,356,784). Here are the basics of the concept and how it came to be developed. In 1978, we were invited to submit a bid to build one of the new CATUG’s...

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How Will Ship Routing Look in Fifteen Years?

By Michael O'Brien 2018-11-18 18:03:49

This past September, StormGeo announced its acquisition of Nautisk — a leading supplier of maritime charts and publications. By allowing us to integrate our routing and weather services with state-of-the-art charts and publications, this move pushes our company full-speed into the future of shipping technology. It has also made me think about how ship routing will look in years to come, and how it will likely be delivered in a very different way...

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Captain’s Rounds

By Captain Richard Madden 2018-11-03 19:19:20

Browsing P&I Clubs' websites can be quite enlightening. As they bear the financial costs when mariners get injured or the ship is damaged, they can have insightful guidance. This month, one of the topics discussed by the London P&I Club brings us back to the basics - routine inspections of the vessel by the captain. Captain’s rounds  The Club’s Ship Inspection Programme is aimed at the assessment of third party liability risks on entered ships on both the mutual and...

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Perfect Storm Brewing for Wind Ships

By Gavin Allwright 2018-10-21 21:21:41

While the year is not over, 2018 has already been a very significant one for wind propulsion and the shipping industry in general. We could say that a perfect storm is brewing for the uptake of primary (wind etc.) and secondary renewable energy (alternative fuels/energy storage) in shipping. Policy, price, perception, providers and people are all starting to align.  Policy The IMO is moving forward with the sulfur cap, MRV and most importantly the initial targets of ‘at least’ 50...

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The Significance of Keel Laying

By Colin Darlington 2018-10-14 18:45:01

The laying of the keel of a ship is one of the significant dates in that ship’s life. The date in effect marks the birth of the ship.  It had been years since there was a keel laid for a ship of the Royal Canadian Navy, until, on June 9, 2016, the keel was laid for what will become HMCS Harry DeWolf, first of the patrol ships of the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) project. This event was the...

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New Technology Promises to Save Marine Species from Bycatch

By MarEx 2018-10-13 21:15:31

Hundreds of thousands of marine creatures are killed every year after becoming accidentally tangled in fishing lines and nets. Unlike fish, marine mammals need to surface to breathe, so if they get entangled they drown. Bycatch, as it is known, is one of the most disturbing issues associated with commercial fishing and one of the biggest threats to a number of iconic species.  Modern fishing gear, which is extremely strong and often can’t be seen, is very efficient at catching...

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Canada's Warship Naming Ceremonies Explained

By Colin Darlington 2018-10-09 16:47:42

The first of the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessels (AOPV) being built by Irving Shipbuilding under the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) project for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) was launched in September 2018. A naming ceremony took place on October 5. The following are short descriptions of some of the terms that could be used during such occasions. Naming  Though traditionally naming and launch ceremonies were filled with religious aspects, increasingly they have become secularized. In the RCN...

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