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Cenac Marine Awards SubM TPO Contract to ABS

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ABS said it was awarded a Third-Party Organization (TPO) contract by Cenac Marine Services, owner and operator of a fleet of inland and offshore vessels, to support compliance with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Subchapter M requirements.    The contract establishes ABS as Cenac’s sole TPO, providing oversight

Overconfidence, Poor Training Sank El Faro: NTSB Report

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The sinking of the U.S. freighter El Faro in 2015 with the loss of 33 lives came after an overconfident captain set the ship and its poorly trained crew on a collision course with a hurricane, the National Transportation Safety Board said in its final report on Tuesday.   It was the worst U.S. maritime disaster in 30 years.

Photos: USS John S McCain Arrives in Yokosuka for Repair

USS John S. McCain is lowered into the water from the heavy lift transport ship MV Treasure prior to being towed into port. The ship will undergo repairs at Ship Repair Facility - Japan Regional Maintenance Center in Yokosuka. (U. S. Navy photo by Joshua B. Mortensen)

U.S. warship USS John S. McCain, which was involved in a collision with a cargo ship east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore in August, has arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka for repair.   The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer DDG 56 arrived in Tokyo Bay aboard heavy lift transport vessel MV Treasure on December 5,

The Best Options for Safe Mooring

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Benefits of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene ropes in reducing shipboard injuries   The use of High Modulus Synthetic Fiber (HMSF) mooring lines, including Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWP) lines continue to make one of the most dangerous evolutions aboard ships safer. A 2017

Combating Illicit Maritime Activity

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Prevention of piracy, armed robbery against ships and illicit maritime activity in west and central Africa is on the agenda at a meeting of the G7 Group of Friends of the Gulf of Guinea in Lagos, Nigeria (11-12 December).   The meeting is reviewing progress made in implementing the Yaoundé Code of Conduct,

ReCAAP, India Coast Guard Conduct Workshop

Group photo of the Capacity Building Workshop Co-organized by ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre and India Coast Guard in New Delhi, India. Photo: ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre

 The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre and the Indian Coast Guard have commenced the 2017 Capacity Building Workshop in New Delhi, India.   Themed “Striding Over Domestic Challenges,” this year’s workshop

Sinking of the El Faro Subject of NTSB Meeting

File Image: The El Faro 'black box' VDR (Credit: NTSB)

The NTSB is scheduled to meet Dec. 12, 2017, to determine the probable cause of the Oct. 1, 2015, sinking of the U.S. flagged cargo ship El Faro.   The 790-foot vessel set sail from Jacksonville, Florida, on a voyage to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sept. 29, 2015, and sank about 34 hours later near the eye of Hurricane Joaquin.

Argentina Sticking with Submarine Program despite Disaster

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Argentina and other South American countries are likely to maintain or increase their submarine programs despite the scrutiny that has followed the fatal loss of an Argentine sub in South Atlantic waters last month, defense specialists said.   The disappearance of the ARA San Juan with 44 crew members

Box Ship Breaks from Mooring in Boston

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is investigating how a containership broke free from its mooring in Boston on Wednesday morning.   The Coast Guard, along with Massport Fire Department, Boston Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and port tugs responded to 1,065-foot vessel, Helsinki Bridge, that broke free at the Paul W.

BSEE, USCG Investigating GoM Rig Fatality

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The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) are investigating the fatality of a worker on board the Petrobras 10,000 drillship in the Gulf of Mexico.   Petrobras America Inc. reported the fatality on board the Transocean Ltd. owned drillship at about 4:45 a.

ABS Exec Maps Future of Autonomous Shipping at Marintec

Dr. Kirsi Tikka, ABS Executive Vice President for Global Marine, discussed the marine industry’s journey to autonomy at the 2017 Marintec China conference in Shanghai (Photo: ABS)

“With fast-paced advances in technology, we are on a journey to autonomous transportation at sea,” said ABS Executive Vice President for Global Marine Dr. Kirsi Tikka, at the 2017 Marintec China conference in Shanghai, China. “For the shipping industry, at sea and ashore, it will be a gradual process of evolution.

UK Partners Launch Autonomous Navigation Project

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As unmanned surface vessels continue to gain ground globally, a new project in the U.K. sets out to address challenges relating to the coexistence of autonomous systems and traditional manned vessels in shared water space. The £1.2 million ($1.6 million) research project, dubbed SWANS (Shared Waterspace Autonomous Navigation by Satellite),

Sea-Fire Relocates North American Headquarters

Sea-Fire Marine has relocated its North American corporate headquarters in Baltimore, Md. The new 30,000 sq. ft. facility provides Sea-Fire with the opportunity to optimize its space for enhanced efficiencies and to accommodate its recently added new equipment. "This move equips us with the foundation

Ferry Operations: A Tragedy Averted

Kevin Suarez, a Dock Attendant for Statue Cruises (Credit: David Handschuh)

Training and attention to detail saves lives. Kevin Suarez at Statue Cruises is the living embodiment of that maritime metric.   For any first time visitor to the Big Apple, the trip probably wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. To that end, Statue Cruises’ main

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