International Maritime Organization News

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New GNS Voyager Planning Station Ready

The maritime services group Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) has announced a further enhancement to its Voyager Planning Station (VPS), with the addition of tools to manage compliance with special environmental requirements under International Maritime Organization (IMO) MARPOL regulations.The specialist providers of maritime navigation information, solutions and support to the global shipping industry said in a press release that the upgrade comes as part of the release of Voyager 7.3.4, making it easier for users to manage MARPOL compliance with designated Special Areas, Emission Control Areas and

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Asian Ports to Use Handheld XRF Analyzer

;s X-MET8000 handheld XRF analyzer.The Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation informed that it has recently delivered X-MET8000’s to both the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) as they get ready to enforce the IMO’s (International Maritime Organization) MARPOL Annex VI regulation that will come into force on 1 January 2020.The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, required a fuel oil sulfur content test kit, awarded Hitachi High-Tech the contract for supply of a X-MET8000 in May 2019.The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has

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Scientist Pool Data to Create the $3B Ocean Map

robots working in extreme depths to map territory independently.CHANGING TIDEExploring Earth's final frontier will do more than satisfy scientific curiosity - it should bring economic benefits too.More than 90 percent of the world's trade is carried by sea, according to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a U.N. body, making safe navigation a key motivator for mapping."If a ship runs aground it's a terrible day for the economy, it's a terrible day for the environment and it's a bad day for the captain too," said Mayer.Seabed 2030's map would have other

L3 ASV’s C-Worker 7 is a multi-role work class autonomous vessel suitable for offshore and coastal tasks. (Photo: Business Wire)

L3 Technologies Acquires ASV Global

of sizes, currently from 10 to 42 feet, with proprietary software and control systems and proven unmanned system autonomy architectures. The company’s autonomy systems are consistent with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREGs) published by the International Maritime Organization.“L3 continues to collaborate on and deliver best-in-class maritime sensor, autonomy, USV/UUV, and command and control technologies,” said Sean J. Stackley, L3’s Senior Vice President and President of its Communications & Networked Systems business segment. &ldquo

The 10,000-metric-ton hull of the RRS Sir David Attenborough glides into the water (Photo: BAS)

RRS Sir David Attenborough Launched

engines.Four Bergen B33:45 engines will provide both mechanical propulsion and electric power generation on board. The B33:45 runs on low sulphur fuel, down to very low levels. The engines are also fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems.The vessel will comply with both International Maritime Organization (IMO) Tier II and Tier III rules and meet the DNV Silent R class for noise.The RRS Sir David Attenborough will be fitted with two Rolls-Royce five-bladed Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP), integrated with a hubcap, rubber bulb and a special rudder profile, providing high steering

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How Deep is the Ocean?

 Hydrogaphy, the science of surveying and charting bodies of water, is essential to the safe, sustainable and cost-effective use of the world’s oceans.    This was International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim’s message at the 1st Assembly of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) in Monaco (24 April).   Around 90% of the world’s oceans and 50% of coastal waters have never had their depth measured. And there are higher resolution maps of the Moon, Mars and Venus than for most of the world’s maritime areas.   In

Richard Merrick, chief science adviser to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Photo NOAA

U.S. to Crack Down on Ocean Noise that Harms Fish

required noise permits for one-off events, like drilling. The draft plan would be the first to broadly set long-term rules around noise levels. Many oil companies already invest in quieter technology, and the European Union is also developing targets for ocean noise. The United Nations' International Maritime Organization in 2014 adopted voluntary guidelines to reduce underwater noise from ships. The NOAA proposal has critics on the left and right. Michael Jasny, a marine noise expert at the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council, said NOAA's effort was a step forward from its current tactic

OSG's ship, Overseas Athens Photo De Nora

De Nora Retrofits Two BWS for OSG

in the world, to supply two ballast water management systems (BWMS). De Nora BALPURE systems will ensure that the Overseas Milos and Overseas Athens, both 50,000 DWT product/chemical tankers, will discharge ballast water that meets or surpasses the environmental discharge limits set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and United States Coast Guard (USCG). As a leading provider of global energy transportation services, OSG owns and operates a combined fleet of 78 vessels internationally and in the United States. De Nora will retrofit two vessels with

Offshore Survey Delivers Millions of Savings in Industry First

draft marks from a small boat.   A deadweight survey determines the lightship weight, which directly affects how much a ship can carry. An inclining test determines the coordinates of its vertical center of gravity, which is required to determine a vessel’s stability. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) specifies inclining test requirements and procedures

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Inmarsat C Celebrates 25 Years Saving Llives at Sea

to maritime safety since the advent of radio in 1899.   “We are immensely proud of Inmarsat C’s unparalleled contribution to GMDSS in the last 25 years. Thousands of lives have been saved and countless ships rescued as a result.”   Since its inception by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 1979, Inmarsat’s stated mission has been to protect the lives of seafarers globally by providing them and their vessels with an essential, free of charge communication lifeline in case of collision, grounding, fire, bad weather and piracy.   The Inmarsat C service

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