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06 Feb 2018

European Dynamic Positioning Conference (EDP)

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Tue, 06 Feb 2018 London , UK

30 Jan 2018

Passenger Ship Safety (Passenger Ship Safety Miami)

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Tue, 30 - Wed, 31 Jan 2018 Fort Lauderdale , USA

14 Jan 2018

Search for ONGC Helicopter Crew Continues

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The search operations by Indian Navy for the crashed Pawan Hans helicopter (C/s VT-PWA) continued throughout the night of 13 January 18 and have been continuing thereafter. INS Teg with its integral helo assumed the duties of Senior Officer Search Force commencing 1715 H on 13 Jan and coordinated the search and rescue efforts with IN, ICG & ONGC assets. In addition, IN Dornier (medium range aircraft) and P8I (long range aircraft) continued to augment surface search efforts late in the night of 13 Jan 18 and efforts with helicopters Seaking SK 520 and Chetak CH 429 (Ex INS Teg) have been continuing since AM 14 Jan 18. Additional debris sighted by ships/ aircraft are being recovered. INS Makar, a special hydrographic ship with side scan sonar capability will supplement search efforts commencing PM 14 Jan 18. A total of 16 ships (02 IN, 05 ICG and 09 ONGC) and four aircraft (Seaking/Chetak from IN & Dornier/Chetak from ICG) have been on task since AM 14 Jan 18. OSV TAG-15 (with side scan sonar) and OSV Samudra Sevak (OSV) are currently undertaking survey/ diving in the area All other IN, ICG and ONGC assets are participating in the search for locating the missing crew and debris of aircraft.

14 Jan 2018

Majority of Auxiliary Engine Damage Occurs Due to Human Error WarnsThe Swedish Club

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An investigation by The wedish Club into auxiliary engine damage has revealed that the majority of all damage takes place immediately after maintenance work. A key finding is that 55% of casualties occur within only 10% of the time between overhaul (TBO), corresponding to the first 1,000 hours or so of operation after overhaul. In most cases the damage occurs only a few hours after start up. The report, Auxiliary Engine Damage, also finds that container vessels have a significantly higher claims frequency due to the larger number of installed engines on these vessels. In addition these engines have considerable output, leading to higher repair costs compared with other vessels. Auxiliary Engine Damage, the latest report from The Swedish Club, has been created in response to the Club’s members’ concerns over damage to auxiliary engines – a significant segment of machinery claims, both in number and in cost. Peter Stålberg, Senior Technical Adviser at The Swedish Club explains: “Auxiliary engines run at high revolutions and have a common lubrication system for both cylinder and crank case lubrication. They are not under the same strict regime from the classification society as the main engine, and maintenance is often carried out by the vessel crew. “We see incorrect maintenance and wrongful repair in all too many cases, and poor lubrication management is also a major contributing factor to auxiliary engine break downs. With an average repair cost of more than USD 345,000, we cannot emphasise enough the principle that prevention is better than cure.“

12 Jan 2018

MARPOL Revisions to enter into force March 2018

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Amendments to the regulation for the prevention of pollution by garbage from ships, known as MARPOL Annex V, will enter into force on March 1, 2018. The amendments, adopted at MEPC 70, include criteria for determining whether cargo residues are harmful to the marine environment, and a new Garbage Record Book format with a new garbage category for e-waste. Solid bulk cargo as per regulation VI/1-1.2 of SOLAS, other than grain, shall now be classified per the criteria in the new appendix I of MARPOL Annex V, and the shipper shall then declare as to whether or not the cargo is harmful to the environment (HME). Additionally, the new form of the Garbage Record Book will be divided into two parts, Part I for all garbage other than cargo residues, applicable to all ships, and Part II for cargo residues only applicable to ships carrying solid bulk cargo.

12 Jan 2018

Is Shipmanagement Ready For Blockchain Technology?

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Is the shipmanagement industry ready for the new wave of blockchain and cryptocurrency technology that is taking the world by storm? That is the question being posed by the international ship managers’ body InterManager, which will focus on this issue at its interactive Ship Management Forum next month. The conference, taking place in London on February 5th, will open with its first session Money Matters with a key presentation on Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain for Shipping. Aleksander Nowak, CIO of BlockEx, will cover topics including: ‘is shipping a quick adapter’ and ‘blockchain for shipping’, and provide a thought-provoking insight into how the industry will adapt to this new paradigm shift in technology. Other topics due to be discussed during the conference are ‘welfare of seafarers and money’ and ‘seafarers and shore personnel’. The InterManager annual conference, sponsored by Brightwell Payments, Seagull, ShipMoney and ShipServ, has been developed to allow full audience participation using online tools to enable delegates to interact with the speakers throughout the debate and take part in live polls. During the event InterManager, the third party and in-house ship managers trade association, will also be updating delegates on a number of its own projects, including 'Best Seafarers’ DNA' and 'Safe Manning V Sustainable Manning'. Secretary-General of InterManager Captain Kuba Szymanski said: “This is going to be a fantastic conference for ship managers with an excellent line-up of speakers. Delegates will be very interested to hear about how cryptocurrency and blockchain technology is going to affect the industry in the next few years to come. Are we, as ship managers, ready for it and what can the industry expect from it, are the questions we will be debating. “The conference will also be heavily discussing our people, the men and women out at sea. We will be looking to our audience to help us debate the important questions surrounding crew welfare. Are we managing them correctly? Are we paying them enough? What can we do to make their important jobs better and to sustain a viable future for our seafarers?”

12 Jan 2018

11 Persons Rescued From Sunken Vessel, 2 Still Missing

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At about 1550 hours on 12 January 2018, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was informed by three passing merchant vessels that they had rescued 11 persons from a vessel that had sunk in the South China Sea (Latitude 02°03.8N and Longitude 104°39.02E), within the Singapore Maritime Search and Rescue Region. 2 According to the survivors, there were 13 crew on board the sunken vessel. Two persons are still unaccounted for. 3 MPA has been providing navigational broadcasts to vessels in the vicinity to report any sightings of persons overboard and to navigate with caution in the vicinity of the incident. The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has also deployed one Super Puma helicopter and one Fokker-50 maritime patrol aircraft to support the search and rescue operation. 4 MPA is coordinating the ongoing search and rescue operation with the Malaysian and Indonesian authorities.

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