MAIB contracts with BMT Ship & Coastal Dynamics for their REMBRANDT simulator

REMBRANDT simulator will aid the MAIB in future investigations

REMBRANDT simulator will aid the MAIB in future investigations

BMT Ship & Coastal Dynamics (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has announced a new contract with the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), acknowledged as a world leader in ship electronic evidence gathering, including VDR data recovery and interpretation. BMT has installed its industry leading marine navigation and manoeuvring REMBRANDT simulator and will provide ongoing specialised training, to allow MAIB personnel to benefit from its unique attributes.

Richard North, Technical Manager at MAIB comments: “REMBRANDT simulator is a well-regarded and trusted solution, widely used by a broad spectrum of stakeholders including pilot organisations, shipping companies on-board and ashore, naval architects, civil marine engineers and port authorities, therefore it was a natural choice for us. A key and unique attribute of REMBRANDT is its ability to automatically input a broad range of VDR data including 3D, Radar and bridge audio to deliver a more enhanced and accurate visual Continue reading

New handy guide surveying metal craft published by IIMS

IIMS has added to its series of handy guides with the publication of what a marine surveyor needs to know about surveying metal craft

IIMS has added to its series of handy guides with the publication of what a marine surveyor needs to know about surveying metal craft

IIMS has released for publication a new handy guide entitled What a Marine Surveyor needs to know about surveying metal craft. This brings the total number of publications in the What a Marine Surveyor needs to know about handy guide series to thirteen. More manuscripts are in the pipeline too and will be published as the year goes by.

Steel boats may be made of a variety of metals. Very old vessels may be built of iron. Ordinary carbon steel, usually called mild steel, is commonly used. Shipbuilding quality steel is not used as much as it is not easy to source. Cor-Ten steel is sold as a low rust product, but there is no universal opinion about this special formula.

In this handy guide on surveying metal craft, written by the doyen of marine surveyors, Ian Nicolson draws on some comparisons:
Surveyors are detectives, looking for clues. When they find them, they have to deduce what caused such things as discolouration, dents or broken fastenings. Surveying is also like veterinary work, as both practitioners cannot get answers to questions asked. Good eyesight, excellent lighting and an enquiring mind which never falters on the job are what surveyors need.

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AIMEX calls for legislation changes for Australian superyacht industry

AIMEX, the Australian organisation that supports and promotes Australian marine exporters to succeed in global markets has called on the Federal Government to change restrictive legislation holding back Australia’s superyacht industry after an economic impact study revealed its high value to the Australian economy.

The AEC Group study found the Australian superyacht industry contributed a total of A$1.97 billion ($1.5 billion) to gross domestic product (GDP) in the 2016 financial year.

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Hamburg Port Authority adds a dual head multibeam survey system to its range of hydrographic survey equipment

Conducting around 900 surveys per year in the port of Hamburg, Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) requires high-end products for their multi-sensor systems and survey vessels.

The vessel ‘Deepenschriewer IV’ is the smallest survey vessel of HPA and intended to carry out multibeam surveys for depth control and documenting in shallow water areas. For this purpose, MBT, MacArtney Germany, has done supply, installation, and setting-to-work of a dual head multibeam echo sounder system suitable for hydrographic survey applications.

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Canal & River Trust launches its first ‘Boats in Bloom’ Awards

The Canal & River Trust kicks off 'Boats in Bloom' Awards. (Photo from Gardeners' World Live 2016)

The Canal & River Trust kicks off ‘Boats in Bloom’ Awards. (Photo from Gardeners’ World Live 2016)

‘It’s blooming marvellous on the waterways’ is the theme by the Canal & River Trust about the green fingered boaters and waterside gardeners in the UK. The charity is launching its first-ever ‘Boats in Bloom’ awards to say thank you to the many people who bring the waterways in Britain to life with plants and flowers.

Starting in May, the Canal & River Trust will be presenting colourful certificates to anyone whose boat or waterside planting is putting a smile on the face of passers-by. The charity is also calling on people to share photos of blossoming boats and waterways to create an online gallery to inspire and delight others.

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