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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Bureau Veritas reported to be buying Inspectorate

Posted to Bureau Veritas reported to be buying Inspectorate (by Claudio Paschoa) on November 20, 2010

The marine fuels testing business has grown greatly over the years in part due to the ever decreasing quality of marine residual fuels and now the regulations with regards to sulphur content and the environment. Competition is keen amongst the major players in the game such as DNVPS…

Subsea Equipment & Services Demand Continues Growing in Brazil

Posted to Brazilian Subsea and Maritime News (by Claudio Paschoa) on November 2, 2010

The deepwater scene is in full swing in Brazil, with major projects being developed by various operators and national operator Petrobras. All these projects require a multitude of subsea equipment and subsea services, which accounted for a steady…

Takeovers on the Pacific route are ahead

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on April 15, 2011

The list of causes of the collapse of Denmark's The Containership Company makes impressive reading for business school graduates. At latest count there are between eight and 10, depending on one's point of view. Vessel sizes, bunker prices, the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement…

Biofouling

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on April 8, 2011

Biofouling is the accumulation of microorganisms, algae, plants, and/or animals on wetted surfaces, particularly the hulls of ships. This became a significant problem as European mariners started making extended sea voyages in the late fifteenth century.

DGPS

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on February 11, 2011

The Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) is an augmented version of the satellite-based Global Positioning System (GPS) operated by the US Air Force. The GPS was originally designed to provide two levels of service: an open-signal L1…

A PR Opportunity Wasted

Posted to Observations (by Charmaine Berina) on January 14, 2011

Did you know that 2010 was designated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London as the “Year of the Seafarer?” No? Don’t feel lonely. No one else knew it either. The idea of focusing the attention of the maritime industry and…

When, Why and Where Pilot Rate Hikes Make Sense

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on January 5, 2011

In most places where compulsory pilotage for deep draft vessels is the rule, the news that pilot rates will be going up is met with staunch opposition and a laundry list of reasons why that’s a bad idea. Typically, that’s also accompanied by…

Seattle Shipyard Takeover is a Pointer for 2011

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on December 30, 2010

Speculation on the forthcoming year has become remarkably sparse in the last couple of years because of the tumultuous events in liner shipping and uncertainty over the international economic situation. But a year-end port-related takeover is…

USCG to Use Flashbangs to Enforce Maritime Security Zones in Puget Sound

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on December 13, 2010

The 13 Coast Guard District has announced that moving maritime security zones in Puget Sound will be enforced with flashbangs fired from shot guns aboard Coast Guard assets escorting high value vessels. The flashbangs will be fired in front…

Surprises are in Store over Shipping Act Maneuvering

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on November 30, 2010

US maritime politics is getting murkier, who would have thought of it? Just when the straitjacket of antitrust regulation   was about to be wrapped around the  TransPacific Stabilization Agreement, the politicians seemed to be getting ready…

BIMCO and IBIA Launch Electronic Guide to Bunkering

Posted to Company News (by Jocelyn Redfern) on October 27, 2010

BIMCO Asia Liaison Officer Thomas Timlen, and IBIA Chief Executive Ian Adams released the BIMCO and IBIA Bunkering Guide on October 27 to delegates in Singapore attending the 16th Singapore International Bunkering Conference. A limited number…

Indian Ports (Consolidated) Act of 2010 in the offing

Posted to Indian Ports (Consolidated) Act of 2010 in the offing (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 18, 2010

The draft of the Indian Ports (Consolidated) Act 2010 is likely to come before the Lok Sabha of the Indian parliament during the coming Winter Session. The proposed Act is said to be in line with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) of USA…

Private investment driving growth of Indian Ports

Posted to Private investment driving growth of Indian Ports (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 30, 2010

The National Conference on Ports & Shipping of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) took note of the private investment that has been driving an unprecedented development both in the major and non-major ports of India.

Ports Turn Into Cash Cows

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on July 29, 2010

It was probably inevitable, but Long Beach city council is setting the way and opening up new, unfriendly dimensions (for ports and shipping lines at least) with its treatment of the city's port. Though a final vote has still to be taken, the city wants to take 5 percent of GROSS REVENUE…

On Environmental Offices

Posted to We Love Your Ship (by Joseph Wrinn) on June 15, 2010

We create efficient designs, why don’t we work in environmentally friendly offices? As engineers, we always look for ways to improve on our designs. The first improvement in design usually occurs when we can design a more efficient solution to the given problem.

Experiments to curtail CO2 emissions

Posted to Marine Propulsion Report (by Keith Henderson) on June 6, 2010

Three parallel projects are currently running with NYK Line ships under the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism initiative to investigate technological developments to curtail CO2 emissions from marine vessels. Project 1 concerns hull friction reduction…

Did the Chilean Quake Shorten Earth Days?

Posted to MarineNews Notes (by Raina Clark) on March 3, 2010

According to a report from NASA, the Feb. JPL research scientist Richard Gross computed how Earth's rotation should have changed as a result of the Feb. 27 quake. Using a complex model, he and fellow scientists came up with a preliminary calculation…