Peruvian fishing company TASA has taken ownership of the fishing industry’s first unmanned surface vessel (USV) for fish finding and oceanographic and marine resource monitoring.

Following the final sea trials in June in Norway, the vehicle will enter Peruvian waters in September this year and will begin its mission to strengthen industry data acquisition capabilities to improve management of the available biomass.

The Sounder USV, from Kongsberg Maritime, will be equipped with acoustic technology including two echosounders, a low frequency sonar and a CTD sensor. Named Guardian del Mar, the vessel has a length of 8 metres and is capable of reaching a speed of 12 knots.

The USV does not require crew on board and can navigate autonomously for some 400 hours. Mission objectives will be carried out autonomously under human supervision in the beginning, to gradually be upgraded over time with improvements in situational awareness and collision avoidance.

During the initial phase of implementing this new technology in its daily operations TASA will supervise the USV from a nearby mothership. Guardian del Mar will join TASA’s fleet of 48 vessels with the purpose of gathering information on the state of marine resources, providing information on the location of schools to make fishing operations more efficient.

The USV will also be used between fishing seasons to acquire oceanographic and fish research data to develop a better understanding of the ocean.

“We are proud to bring this technological innovation to Peru, as the leading producer of fishmeal and fish oil,” said Gonzalo de Romaña, CEO of TASA.

“Although it has the purpose of improving the efficiency of our operations, it will also allow us to further strengthen the sustainability approach in the sector by being able to share valuable oceanographic data for scientific research and adequate fishing management in our country.”


The Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization released a statement saying that Greece has released the disputed crude oil tanker following an appellate court’s order overturning a seizure order. Greek officials did not acknowledge the Iranian reports but repeated their calls for Iran to release two Greek-flagged crude oil tankers it has been holding since late May.

The crude oil tanker now known as Lana became the focus of an international incident between Greece, Iran, and the United States with Russia and the European Union also briefly involved. It started in mid-April when Greece announced it was detaining the Russian-flagged tanker Pegas after it anchored near the island of Evia reporting engine troubles. Greece said it suspected the vessel was in violation of EU sanctions against Russian assets but later reported they would be releasing the tanker because its owner did not appear to be among the sanctioned companies. The tanker however was also being detained after a port state inspection found several deficiencies.

U.S. authorities had previously sanctioned the 115,000 dwt tanker reporting it had violated sanctions against the Iranian oil trade. On that basis, the U.S. went to court in Greece and won an order seizing the oil.

“With the swift and authoritative action of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Greece finally ordered the return of the cargo to its owner, and the Greek government issued the relevant order, and now we are witnessing the lifting of the seizure of the ship and the return of the cargo to its owner,” the PMO said in a statement that has also been widely carried by Iranian media.

The tanker in May had reported a name change to Lana and later began displaying the Iranian flag reporting it was registered in Iran, not Russia. It is unclear if the transfer was made due to the sanctions again Russian interests or to create the incident with the United States. Iran then accused Greece of piracy for seizing its ship and cargo and filed a complaint with the IMO.

AIS data for the Lana shows that the vessel remains at anchor in Greece as of today, June 14, but it now says “waiting for orders.” Two Greek anchor handling tugs also appear to have moved away from the vessel, although another tanker remains anchored nearby. Reported had indicated that the U.S. had hired tankers and had at least partially completed a ship-to-ship transfer removing some crude from the tanker. Reports have not indicated what would happen with the oil that was removed or if there would be an attempt to reload the Iranian tanker.

While Greek officials had said publicly that they viewed the two incidents independently, they quickly reiterated their calls today for the release of the crude oil tankers Delta Poseidon and Prudent Warrior that were stopped in the Persian Gulf in a retaliatory action by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.  The vessels remain anchored in Iran with their crews aboard. Previously the shipping companies reported that they had contact with the crews and that they were being treated fairly. Iran initially said the vessels were being held for unspecified violations but never detailed its charges.


Now, Posidonia 2022 exhibition curtain has fallen, one could or should give some time to consider and evaluate what he or she gained these four, full, busy Posidonia days and evenings, what was all about the recent Posidonia?

 

Posidonia, is an international institution which attracts people who actively participate in the shipping industry and its various supportive sectors, facilitating one way or the other, the transportation of goods by sea, that is, ocean going commercial ships, shipowners, ship managers and charterers.

Businessmen, professionals, companies’ executives, white collar employees, technical managers, naval architects, insurance Hull and P&I underwriters, brokers, bankers, lawyers, ship builders, ship brokers, ship agents, classification societies, crew manning agents, publishers, journalists and the list goes on, flew in Athens, Greece, from all over the world, from about 100 countries, why?

Personal contact, in shipping business, is considered by most people involved, directly or indirectly with the shipping industry, as a key element for professional success, as in any other service business, and what is, transportation of goods by sea, if not a service business?

This time, personal contact was felt as an imperative need, now more than ever before, since Posidonia 2020 exhibition was cancelled due to Covid-19 and thus personal contact was severely restricted and prohibited.

The 2022 Posidonia shipping forums, conferences, athletic events, such as the Posidonia Cup Yacht race, Posidonia Golf Tournament, Posidonia running event, etc and the parties or social events, which took place at some of the best venues of Athens and Piraeus, during these four days and nights, were second to none and Greek economy had it’s share from the famous international shipping exhibition, which brought once again, people of common interests together, to meet, to exchange ideas and their views for the future, to start new co operations, or to strengthen old ones, to put on the table for discussion shared problems about the new environmental technologies, green energy, new regulations, geopolitics, the international trade, the world economy and how shipping is affected by sanctions, ships’ seafarers well being and productivity, threats and opportunities, marine and cyber risks insurance, methods of ship finance and many other shipping related subjects, and last but not least, to have fun! to entertain, be entertained and play, away from the daily office stress, but most important, which is the bottom line, according to the opinion of the undersigned, to meet new people, to see personally each other, to feel and exchange good vibes and energy, to communicate in real life, to declare personally our presence to our peers, to our associates and competitors, we are here, we are robust, alive and kicking, that we are striving for betterment in our profession, through alliances, constant education, and that we value one another, because we care. After all, this is living a real life, by real people, in a real world and a real communication, in a people’s business, as shipping business is.

Marasco Marine’ s founder and President, Mr Anastasios Maraslis, had the opportunity to meet at his favorite seafood restaurant, Varoulko Seaside, with key executives from The American P&I Club, as seen in the photo from right to left : Mr Anastasios Maraslis, Mrs Elina Souli, Regional Business Development Director/V.P -FD&D Manager, Mr Richard Linacre, Senior Market Liaison and Mr Chris Lowe, Deputy Underwriter.
Source: By Mr Anastasios Maraslis, Founder and President of Marasco Marine Ltd.


The ship-breaking industry in Chattogram, which caters to 80 percent of domestic steel demand, remains extremely dirty and dangerous for workers and the environment.

On December 19 last year, The Daily Star and Finance Uncovered, a reporting organisation in London, jointly investigated and ran a report on how cash buyers use false documents in sending toxic ships for dismantling to the Chattogram coast.

Officials in the meeting observed that the lack of efficiency in assessing toxic waste in ships sent for scrapping exposes the country’s shores to pollution.

They decided to have an online database of ships being imported by domestic buyers for scrapping, for better coordination among various inspecting government bodies, read the meeting minutes obtained by The Daily Star recently.

At the meeting, Additional Secretary (ship recycling) of the Ministry of Industry Md Zafar Ullah stressed the need to enhance the efficiency of the Department of Environment (DoE) to inspect and detect dangerous waste.

He said IHM for ships could be implemented in various phases, adding that ships that are imported for dismantling should be verified as to whether they are on the Greenpeace list. Greenpeace enlists toxic ships worldwide in a bid to stop them from crossing international maritime borders to get dismantled.

The then director of DoE Chattogram Mohammad Moazzom Hossain informed the meeting of ships entering Bangladesh’s borders by changing names, and underscored the need to strengthen surveillance so that no toxic ships can enter hiding information.

Additional secretary of environment ministry, Md Moniruzzaman, told The Daily Star last month that the current practice is to inspect the ship when it arrives at the outer anchorage of the Bay of Bengal.

“But we are now thinking the importer will have to declare that the ship is free of toxic items [through an IHM]. When an importer self-declares that the ship has no hazardous materials, then the responsibility lies on him if any toxic substance is found later,” he said.

He said they gave their opinions and sent these to the Ministry of Industry.

Coordinator of YPSA (Young Power in Social Action), an NGO which works with shipbreaking yard workers, Mohammad Ali Sahin told The Daily Star that while preparing an IHM is a core principle of the Hong Kong Convention, importers rarely carry out one.

“IHM is very expensive, which is why the importers of scrap ships don’t want to do it. The leniency of authorities in enforcing the Hazardous Waste and Ship Breaking Waste Management Rules, 2011 is helping shipyard owners get away with pollution,” he said.

Contacted recently, Md Zafar Ullah of the Ministry of Industry told The Daily Star that the ministry currently doesn’t have the facilities to verify IHM for ships.

“We are trying to increase the efficiency of labs under DoE so that shipbreakers can have it done [preparing IHM] from here. As it is time-consuming, we want to implement it in phases.”

He added, “We have to implement it as per international legal obligations before 2023. So, we are trying to find ways to accelerate it.”

 

Source: thedailystar


Faced with increasing economic pressures, many shipowners are looking at downsizing fleets and disposing of older vessels. The challenge has been to address environmental concerns and increasing restrictions while retiring older or worn-out vessels. While in very different sectors of the shipping business, Carnival Cruise Line and Evergreen Marine Corporation each are highlighting their efforts to be more environmentally responsible while disposing of older tonnage.

For the first time in its nearly 50-year history, Carnival Cruise Line sold two of its cruise ships for what it is calling responsible recycling. Delivering the cruise ships the Carnival Fantasy and the Carnival Inspiration to be dismantled in Turkey, Carnival is highlighting the involvement of maritime reclamation and recycling specialists in the process.

According to Carnival’s announcement, it took efforts to ensure that a complete inventory of hazardous and regulated materials will be undertaken before the dismantling begins as well as determining the procedures planned for safely removing and processing the materials in an environmentally friendly way. The ships will be stripped of machinery, electronic equipment, glass, wood, and other materials that can be directly upcycled for reuse in new ships, used in ship repair, or repurposed for other applications. Steel and metal scraps will be salvaged and recycled for direct use or be sent to the mill for producing other products and goods.

As another example to create greater transparency in ship disposals, Evergreen Marine Corporation became a signatory to the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (SRTI). Hosted by the Sustainable Shipping Initiative, it is an online platform where members report on their ship recycling policies and activities against a set of predefined disclosure criteria. Shippers and other stakeholders have access to the shipowners’ information and can use it to make judgments about an owner’s commitment to acting responsibly in disposing of vessels.

“When a vessel is decommissioned and recycling is planned, not only can valuable and reusable resources be recovered but potentially dangerous waste and pollutants must be processed properly,” Evergreen said in its statement. “Recycling operations with the highest standards of safety available must be utilized. We are therefore pleased to share our recycling policies by joining SRTI and helping lead a growing industry initiative to demand more responsible ship recycling in the future.”

According to Evergreen, its decision to join SRTI is part of its efforts to ensure responsible and sustainable operations wherever they touch the environment. Consideration of the environmental impact of a vessel’s operation throughout its life-cycle is part of Evergreen’s policy and will be reflected by its participation in SRTI. When planning its current fleet renewal strategy, Evergreen says that it will also incorporate strict recycling standards for the disposal of vessels.

Speaking about trends in ship recycling, Andrew Stephens, Executive Director of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative said, “Evergreen Marine joins a growing SRTI family that includes like-minded shipowners who are holding themselves to account before key stakeholders, including clients, investors, and the wider public. This includes an increasingly diverse range of stakeholders engaging on the topics of data and transparency, circularity, and the role of financial stakeholders in sustainable and responsible ship recycling in the absence of global regulation.”

 

Source: maritime-executive


Maritime careers have been hard hit by Covid-19, with many new recruits made redundant shortly after the pandemic started.

In addition, an estimated 400,000 seafarers were unable to return home during 2020 as a direct result of the pandemic. Many were forced to stay aboard their vessels for more than 11 months, the maximum period seafarers can serve without leave under the Maritime Labour Convention. This was hardly the best advertisement for a maritime career.

However, as bad as the situation has been, there is a view that it hasn’t been quite as dire as initially feared. And government support has thrown the industry a lifeline.

“Business is down overall. It would be bizarre if it wasn’t. But it’s not been the car crash that we feared,” says Phil Parry, co-founder of UK-based shipping recruitment specialists Spinnaker Global.

“When we were staring into the abyss at the end of March 2020, we were very concerned that we would run out of cash within a couple of months. But we, like a lot of our clients, have massively got on top of cash control; and have been massively helped by the CJRS furlough scheme.

“Without that, I think a lot of our clients would have probably either gone under or into loss-making territory.” Nevertheless, the maritime industry is likely to feel long-term repercussions from the pandemic.

 

Source: ship-technology


Hazardous materials are commonplace aboard vessels, potentially exposing seafarers, the vessel and the environment to risk. If these materials are not recorded correctly, ship owners can be exposed to significant liability. An Inventory of Hazardous Material ( IHM) helps ship owners maintain control of the situation by detailing the types, quantities and locations of these materials onboard each vessel.

Intertek Lintec have partnered with leading experts in the field of marine ship recycling services to offer IHM preparation services to marine companies. Offering a single point of contact for coordination, quality assurance and delivery of this service.

Complete the form to download a copy of the Flyer for more information. A Intertek Lintec team member will be in touch to follow-up with any questions regarding this new service.

 

Source: intertek


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Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health and Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Safety Management, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Project Management or a related field or equivalent experience is required.
  • Master’s degree in one of the above areas is preferred.
  • At least two (2) years of directly related professional experience in environmental health and safety programs including laboratory safety, chemical hygiene, hazardous materials, biological safety, chemical receiving/inventory and or project management.

Requirements

  • Valid driver’s license – Incumbent must drive throughout the state and beyond to perform assigned tasks.
  • National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) ICS-100 and IS-700 certification required within one year in order to respond to emergency situations in an effective capacity.
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) training certificate preferred
  • DOT Hazardous Materials shipping training certificate preferred
  • IATA Dangerous Goods preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to operate a hand truck, pallet jack or other basic warehouse equipment.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to a wide variety of work environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to wear proper PPE, including, but not limited to, respiratory protection.

About WVU

At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at http://careers.wvu.edu/.

West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

 

Source: higheredjobs


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The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently selected 35 representatives, including two from the American Trucking Associations and one from the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, to become voting members of its newly created Surface Transportation Security Advisory Committee.

Voting members will serve two-year terms and report to TSA Administrator David Pekoske on surface transportation security matters.

“Trucking is the linchpin of the nation’s supply chain,” said John Kearney, CEO of Advanced Training Systems, which designs and manufactures virtual simulators for driver training and other applications. “The TSA clearly understands that drivers will be front and center in remaining on the alert for supply-related threats.”

Trucks transport a significant portion of the more than 3 billion tons of hazardous material shipped in the US every year. The most common cargoes are flammable liquids, in particular gasoline, which need to be transported on a frequent basis. The US Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration estimates there are more than 800,000 hazardous materials shipments every day.

A major obstacle to the unimpeded flow of these shipments, both from a safety and logistical standpoint, is a severe and growing shortage of long-haul truck drivers. Recent estimates put the shortage at 60,000 drivers—a number that could easily reach 100,000 in a few years. To close the gap, the National Association of Chemical Distributors, among others, has been lobbying for the passage of the 2018 DRIVE-Safe Act, which would lower the federal age requirement for interstate drivers from 21 to 18, thus opening a solid career path to millions of recent high-school graduates.

 

Source: bulktransporter


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Our global shipping client is recruiting for a Planned Maintenance Support to join their team in Glasgow, for a 12-month contract.
The Planned Maintenance Support is responsible to the Maintenance Manager and works closely with the IHM project team to deliver on the Inventory of Hazardous Material (IHM) project.
This role supports the development and administration of the IHM module for Company vessels to comply with EU Ship Recycling Regulation and IMO Hong Kong Convention.
THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT
  • Knowledge of propulsion plant onboard vessels.
  • Knowledge of cargo containment system, cargo handling equipment and systems on board vessels.
  • Good knowledge in International Maritime Regulations & statutory requirements.
  • Knowledge of Nautical Systems (NS).
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications.
  • The ideal candidate will have sailed as a Fourth Engineer or Third Assistant Engineer.
  • Analytical, problem solving, time management, project management and decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrates teamwork, interpersonal and communication skills.
Please note that only candidates with the immediate ability to live and work in the UK will be considered.
JOB DESCRIPTION
  • Treat safety and environmental compliance as a top priority.
  • Deliver an integrated digital IHM system linked to the vessel’s machinery, equipment, maintenance, purchasing, dry dock and management of change (MOC) modules for seamless IHM data, processes, and interconnected system for the life maintenance of vessels’ IHM, and upkeep of records for relevant suppliers’ Material Declaration (MD) and Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC).
  • Assist in the development of the following processes.
  • Creating the hazardous material location plan for each vessel.
  • Creating the process for MDs and SDoC.
  • Creating the IHM inventory report and equipment list.
  • Build the repository for MDs and SDoC.
  • Administer the IHM database for Gas vessels.
  • Update vessels IHM records.
  • Generate IHM Substance and Component Reports.
  • Work with vendors to ensure timely receipt of MDs and SDoCs.
  • Update repository for MDs and SDoC
  • Support the Dry Dock process in the planned maintenance system.
  • Support the Marine & Technical Services group in projects as required.
  • Support the Planned Maintenance group in projects as required.

 

Source: totaljobs