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First glass fibre composites recycling centre in the UK set to open

First glass fibre composites recycling centre in the UK set to open
First glass fibre composites recycling centre in the UK set to open

The National Composites Centre is aiming to create the UK’s first glass fibre composites recycling and re-use facility of its kind. The organisation is supporting a new consortium that has been formed to address the growing challenge of decarbonisation and recycling of composite materials in the marine industry and beyond.

The Blue Composites Project is made up of the UK’s leading marine and maritime companies, composites specialists, academic institutions and local government organisations, led by Blue Parameters, a Guernsey based marine consultancy. Continue reading “First glass fibre composites recycling centre in the UK set to open”

Despite decreasing marine casualties the Irish authorities remain cautious

Irish authorities remain cautious despite decreasing marine casualties
Irish authorities remain cautious despite decreasing marine casualties

Marine casualties and fatalities in Irish waters have reduced in the past ten years, but investigators warn this could change if voluntary codes of conduct are ignored. The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) reports that fatalities have been on a downward trend to zero in 2021 from a high of 13 in 2012. However, this may not remain the case as the number of serious incidents involving kayakers and canoeists continues to rise.

In 2020 the MCIB urged water sports clubs to ensure that all codes of practice, guidelines and recommendations were followed.  Continue reading “Despite decreasing marine casualties the Irish authorities remain cautious”

ONE launches Marine Safety & Quality Campaign 2022

ONE launches Marine Safety & Quality Campaign 2022
ONE launches Marine Safety & Quality Campaign 2022

Ocean Network Express (ONE) has launched its Marine Safety & Quality Campaign to raise safety awareness and to mitigate marine accidents. The campaign runs from 8th August to 30th September 2022.

The campaign theme is “Safety Consciousness – A step ahead”. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect global shipping operations over the long term, ONE continues to face difficulties in conducting ONE’s Vessel Quality Standard (ONE-VQS) physical inspections on board Continue reading “ONE launches Marine Safety & Quality Campaign 2022”

Bunker fuel contamination cases are on the increase

UK P&I Club has said bunker fuel analysis indicates more cases of contaminated bunker fuel in the Rotterdam and Amsterdam areas (ARA), suggesting that the problem persists.

During July, Veritas petroleum services (VPS) issued a bunker alert regarding the same issue. VPS reported that they had investigated samples of very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) taken in the ARA region following reports that vessels using these fuels were experiencing operational problems, such as excessive wear of fuel pump plungers, barrels and injectors. Continue reading “Bunker fuel contamination cases are on the increase”

Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard training academy to support the Australian superyacht industry

Photo courtesy of GCCM
Photo courtesy of GCCM

A new specialised training academy has been established at the centre of the booming superyacht industry on the Gold Coast to support record growth and demand for workers as local and international buyers continue to splash out on luxury marine craft.

With a number of new boats of all sizes being delivered to buyers in Australia, arriving for refits, or just visiting the Gold Coast, the training academy will be the first in Australia to be established at a shipyard. The academy at the Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard (GCCM) will begin turning out an in-demand pipeline of skilled marine trades workers to fill labour shortages across the $80-billion industry, Continue reading “Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard training academy to support the Australian superyacht industry”

Port State Control Australia 2021 Report published

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has released its Port State Control (PSC) Annual Report for 2021, which shows that detention and deficiency rates per inspection have continued to remain low. AMSA Executive Director of Operations, Michael Drake, said the authority’s reputation for having a zero-tolerance approach to non-compliance with internationally agreed standards, continued to have a positive influence on the quality of ships being brought to Australia. Continue reading “Port State Control Australia 2021 Report published”

New laws to restrict the way ships release ballast water into UK seas

The new laws, put forward by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), is based on the international Ballast Water Management Convention
The new laws, put forward by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), is based on the international Ballast Water Management Convention

New laws have now come into force which will further protect United Kingdom coastlines by stopping international ships from discharging potentially harmful species into the sea.

The Merchant Shipping (Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments) Regulations 2022 introduces legislation into UK law controlling the discharge of ships’ ballast water into UK waters. Ballast water can contain aquatic species that are harmful to native UK ones and the legislation will stop ships from potentially releasing them onto our coasts. Continue reading “New laws to restrict the way ships release ballast water into UK seas”

The size of North American maritime’s carbon footprint revealed in new report

The Houston-headquartered Blue Sky Maritime Coalition (BSMC) has released a new report that provides a benchmark for CO2 emissions from the major vessel sectors that make up domestic maritime transportation in North America. The coalition, a non-profit corporation, is a strategic alliance formed to accelerate the transition of North American waterborne transportation (NAWT) toward net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the study gives some insights into what’s needed to meet that goal. Continue reading “The size of North American maritime’s carbon footprint revealed in new report”

Reclamation of underwater hull cleaning waste is essential to sustainability

Underwater hull cleaning may be a necessary and essential activity for many vessel owners, but it can result in substantial amounts of waste being produced. This is an obvious concern for companies anxious to enhance their ESG credibility.

Marine coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel says that recovering underwater hull cleaning waste material or reclamation is vital for the sustainable future of the industry.

“Reclaiming the waste generated from underwater hull cleaning operations provides assurance to vessel operators that materials generated from their operations are handled in a sustainable, environmentally and socially responsible manner, says AkzoNobel, Continue reading “Reclamation of underwater hull cleaning waste is essential to sustainability”

River cruise ship evacuated after suspected battery explosion

Suspected battery explosion causes evacuation of river cruise ship
Suspected battery explosion causes evacuation of river cruise ship

Dutch officials are investigating an explosion aboard a river cruise ship docked in Amsterdam as a likely malfunction of the vessel’s battery power system. The newly launched Viking Gymir, which was introduced by Viking for river cruises on the Rhine in 2022, features a new hybrid propulsion system that was developed in place of solely diesel propulsion on Viking’s other Longships.

According to reports from the Amsterdam fire brigade, they were summoned to the vessel Monday, July 25 around 6:30 p.m. after reports of an explosion in the engine room followed by a small fire. Continue reading “River cruise ship evacuated after suspected battery explosion”

Poorly implemented hot-work precautions led to fire on general cargo ship

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) of New Zealand has published an investigation report on the general cargo vessel Kota Bahagia, which experienced a fire in the cargo hold forcing the crew to evacuate the ship.

At about 0648 on 18 December 2020, two fitters from a local engineering company commenced hot works in number 2 cargo hold ‘tween deck. The number 2 ‘tween deck cargo consisted of nine 40-foot (12-metre) containers at the forward 5 end and six wind turbine nacelles at the aft end. Continue reading “Poorly implemented hot-work precautions led to fire on general cargo ship”

Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO) Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

On the 5th August 2022 the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO) has appointed Mr Ian Revell as its new Chief Executive Officer & General Manager, in succession to Capt Andrew Clifton.

Commenting on Mr Revell’s appointment, SIGTTO President, Steffen Jacobson, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Ian Revell to the Society and look forward to working with him as he undertakes this key role. We have made a considerable effort to find the right permanent candidate for this position, and have no doubt that Ian is the person to take the Society forward in meeting its objectives for the future. Continue reading “Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO) Appoints New Chief Executive Officer”

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