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DNV GL: The Drone Squad for Ship Surveys

Photo: DNV GL

With four drone types in its arsenal, DNV GL has adapted its survey technology to various ship structures. Recently DNV GL reached a new milestone with its first offshore drone survey.   It's a gusty day in Gdynia, Poland, and outside the DNV GL station Leszek Alba is waiting for the wind to change.

Threat from wandering greenhouse gas

AWI sea-ice physicists have ericted an ice camp to investigate melt ponds on Arctic sea ice. (Photo Alfred-Wegener-Institut  Mar Fernandez)

On the seafloor of the shallow coastal regions north of Siberia, microorganisms produce methane when they break down plant remains. If this greenhouse gas finds its way into the water, it can also become trapped in the sea ice that forms in these coastal waters. As a result, the gas can be transported

WHOI Installs Hyperbaric Pressure System

A system having capacity to handle pressure testing at deeper waters than the deepest ocean point known, Mariana Trench Image by WHOI and Optime

The Massachusetts based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) installed its newest 1380bar (20 000psi) hyperbaric pressure system supplied from Optime Subsea as part of a new test building and pit on WHOI’s premises.  The hyperbaric testing system hasbeen delivered by Optime Subsea with an inner

50th Meeting of European Maritime Safety Agency

Pic: Danish Maritime Authority

 The Administrative Board of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) finished up its 50th meeting held in Lisbon. As newly elected Chair of the Board, Director-General, Danish Maritime Authority, Andreas Nordseth led the meeting for the first time.   The Danish alternate member of the Board, Deputy Director-General Jakob Ejlers,

Latin America Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre Lanched

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The Latin America Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre, part of a global network established under an ambitious International Maritime Organization (IMO)-European Union (EU)  project to further efforts to combat climate change, has been launched in Panama (13 March).   The centre, hosted by the

European Commission to Improve Efficiency of Maritime Transport

Pic: World Shipping Council

 The European Commission is expected to publish a proposal for a revision of the Reporting Formalities Directive (RFD) in early May 2018 that is intended to remedy the current costly, unharmonised and burdensome reporting requirements facing ships calling at EU ports.    Current complex, repetitive

Tokyo MOU: Concentrated Inspection Campaign On Safety Of Navigation

Photo: Tokyo MOU

 The concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on safety of navigation was carried out in the Tokyo MoU region from 1 September 2017 to 30 November 2017.   Within the campaign, Tokyo MOU member Authorities verified vital points of compliance in accordance with SOLAS Ch. V on all types of foreign merchant ships.

UKHO releases new edition of ADMIRALTY Ocean Passages

Image: United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

 The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has published a new edition of ADMIRALTY Ocean Passages for the World (NP136).    First published in 1895, this publication is designed to support mariners in the planning of deep sea voyages along major trade routes, with details of weather, currents, ice hazards

InSTREAM Project Characterizes and Models Turbulence

The recently completed InSTREAM project assessed fundamental differences in turbulent flow measured in the field, generated in a tank and simulated in a numerical model.    To mitigate the risk and uncertainty associated with turbulent flows in tidal channels, developers often use tank experiments

An Industry in Change

(Credit: ASV Global)

“What can we do differently?” The resonating question that over the last decade has reshaped a historically slow-moving industry into the fast-paced, innovation driven, entrepreneurial community we see today. By removing monopolies and making space for new concepts, we have seen smaller start-ups fast become leaders in their field.

Denmark, Mexico Sign Maritime MoU

Map: Danish Maritime Authority

 Denmark's Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Brian Mikkelsen and Mexico’s Secretary of Communications and Transportation, Gerado Ruiz Esparza, have signed a maritime MoU to increase the two countries’ cooperation on maritime topics.   Maritime topics such as digitalization and green shipping.

Philippine Officials Trained in Forming Maritime Transport Policy

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Officials from various government entities in the Philippines have received training in how to develop a National Maritime Transport Policy (NMPT).    The concept is being promoted by International Maritime Organization (IMO)  as a good governance practice to guide planning, decision making and legislation in the maritime sector,

ReCAAP ISC Reports Five Armed Robberies in Asia


 A total of five incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in February 2018. No piracy incident was reported, said ReCAAP ISC.   Of the five incidents, three were actual incidents and two were attempted incidents. Of the two attempted incidents, one was an attempted incident involving

WISTA International Appoints Diversity Committee

Image: WISTA

 The Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) is proud to announce the formation of its Diversity Committee.     A member-driven project created as a next step after the #METOO campaign, the WISTA Diversity Committee will focus on providing practical solutions to increase opportunities

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