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Will your vessel need a TWIC electronic reader?

A breakdown of the vessel categories in the U.S. Coast Guard’s proposed rule requiring TWIC electronic readers

August 2013
Turning waste heat into electricity saves fuel, reduces CO2 emissions

Turning waste heat into electricity saves fuel, reduces CO2 emissions

There are currently around 16,000 registered vessels sailing worldwide. This huge commercial shipping fleet accounts for between 4 to 5 percent of the world’s carbon emissions suspected of causing climate change, according to Sweden’s Opcon Energy Systems AB.

June/July 2013

Adrift cruise ship aids tryout of satellite-based ship tracking

Government officials on both sides of the Atlantic became concerned in February when a cruise ship bound for the scrap heap from Newfoundland broke free of its towline and started drifting toward Europe.

June/July 2013
BNWAS ensures that someone is at controls

BNWAS ensures that someone is at controls

Eleven years ago, a towboat captain was pushing two barges on the Arkansas River when he lost consciousness due to a heart-rhythm episode. Unbeknownst to his crew, the tow traveled along with the wheelhouse unattended for almost five minutes.

June/July 2013
British company proposes private ‘navy’ to convoy ships past pirate strongholds

British company proposes private ‘navy’ to convoy ships past pirate strongholds

Ships traveling in convoy for enhanced security has proven a successful tactic in the past.

May 2013
Novec, FM-200 gain acceptance as ‘green’ firefighting alternatives

Novec, FM-200 gain acceptance as ‘green’ firefighting alternatives

In the move away from Halon as an onboard fire suppressant, Novec 1230 and FM-200 have emerged as the “green” products of choice.

April 2013
Deepwater Horizon blast spikes demand for fire monitors on OSVs

Deepwater Horizon blast spikes demand for fire monitors on OSVs

For Glynn Grantham, the proof that the Deepwater Horizon disaster has generated attention on improving fire safety offshore can be seen in the numbers.

April 2013

Iridium to launch $3B next-generation satellite network

Iridium Communications is preparing to launch a new satellite network starting in 2015 that promises clearer voice calls and faster downloads on vessels.

April 2013
LNG receives ringing endorsement from ferry operators

LNG receives ringing endorsement from ferry operators

The two biggest ferry operators in North America are poised to embrace liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an alternative to marine diesel to fuel their fleets.

February 2013
Texas company designs ATB that can deliver LNG directly to vessels

Texas company designs ATB that can deliver LNG directly to vessels

Waller Marine of Houston has developed a new concept for an articulated tug barge (ATB) that will bring LNG into smaller ports where there is no LNG infrastructure.

February 2013
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