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The many challenges to one-man bridge operations (Forum)

  By Michael Grey* The results of an inquest in the UK on the deaths caused by a tram coming off the rails gave one pause for thought. The driver, it had concluded, had suffered a “microsleep” at the very moment he should have been applying the brakes and the tram had rushed on with …

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SEA-KIT first to receive Lloyd’s Register Unmanned Marine Systems certification

  Essex, United Kingdom – The first ever Unmanned Marine Systems (UMS) certificate has been awarded to SEA-KIT International by Lloyd’s Register, representing an important milestone for the maritime industry. SEA-KIT has worked closely with Lloyd’s Register since early 2020 in a concerted effort to achieve the highest standards for the Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) …

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Trafigura and Yara join forces towards the use of ammonia as a marine fuel

  Oslo and Singapore – Fuel trader Trafigura and ammonia fertilizer manufacturer Yara International have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on the development of the use of ammonia as a marine fuel and to explore ways to partner in green and blue ammonia fuelling infrastructure and market opportunities. Reducing shipping emissions is a …

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CMPA Launches the National Centre of Expertise on Maritime Pilotage

  OTTAWA (Ontario) – Professional Licensed maritime pilots across Canada hold extensive technical and local knowledge. Today, the Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association (CMPA) is announcing the launch of a National Centre of Expertise that brings together pilots from every pilotage district across Canada and provides a unique source of expertise on technical matters, training and …

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First U.S.-Flag harbor tug with autonomous systems coming soon in real-world commercial operations

  SEATTLE – Foss Maritime has selected Sea Machines Robotics’ SM300 autonomous-command and -control system for use aboard its tugboat Rachael Allen, the fourth of several new ASD-90 tugs under construction at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, in Freeland, Wash. Delivering in May 2021, the newly built 90-ton bollard pull Rachael Allen will be the first U.S.-Flag …

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The Suez Canal continues to be blocked in both directions

  For those wondering why it is taking so much time to dislodge the Ever Given, this topographic map from myshiptracking.com shows the dredged shipping lane is only about 2/3 of the channel on the Western side. Seems like 1/3 of the ship is aground. The Suez Canal passage continues to be blocked in both directions …

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NAPA, MOL, and ClassNK push on with navigational risk monitoring system

  Helsinki, Finland and Tokyo – NAPA, a maritime software, service and data analysis provider, alongside classification society, ClassNK, and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), announced that the software they have been collaborating on to intelligently monitor and mitigate grounding risks has been verified as successful in its proof-of-concept stage. Following the proof-of-concept stage, MOL, …

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St. Lawrence carriers assail extra pilotage costs

By Leo Ryan, Editor Domestic shipping lines trading on the St. Lawrence River  are up in arms over additional administrative costs for pilotage services they have to assume as of today that further aggravate their challenges of achieving profit margins in a world economy shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic. The added charges stem from the …

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The MSRC Releases Instructional Video on the IHO standard S-102 Bathymetric Surface Product

Photo: Pascal Rhéaume Québec City, Quebec, Canada – June 23, 2020 – The Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC), a world-class pilot simulation training and port feasibility studies facility, announced the release of an informational video on the new S-102 standards on surface bathymetry products. In the video, Captain Pascal Rhéaume, pilot and member of …

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CMC urges unified Canada-U.S. approach to ballast water regulations

Bruce Burrows, CMC President and CEO By Leo Ryan, Editor The Ottawa-based Chamber of Maritime Commerce has urged the Canadian and U.S. authorities to abandon their separate regulatory tracks and to “forge a bilateral arrangement on managing ballast water” in the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence  shipping corridor. At the same time, in an emailed statement to …

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