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Sea anchor system is one of top 50 EU innovations

The ShipArrestor is one of the 50 chosen innovations Norwegian company Miko Marine says that its ShipArrestor system has now completed development and has been chosen to be exhibited at the first European Innovation Convention in Brussels.The ShipArrestor is one of the 50 chosen innovations from a 1,200-strong list of projects funded by the European Union. It has been developed, from an original idea by Miko Marine, by a consortium of eight European organisations and was partly funded under the EU research, innovation and competitiveness framework programmes. The project group included organisations from France, Germany, Netherlands and Austria as well as the Norwegian Institute of Technology and the UK's Ship Stability Research Centre.The system enables a tow line to be attached by helicopter to an unmanned ship that has lost power. The tow line ends in a sea anchor that is able to halve the speed of the ship's drift and create more time for it to be reached by a rescue tug before it runs aground. Each of the participating organisations contributed their own expertise and experience to the project, which Miko Marine says is now recognised as offering a practical and cost effective defence against the environmental and ...

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Dubai Maritime City Authority issues bulletin regarding Dubai Anchorage Regulations

By the West of England P&I Club Club correspondents Inchcape Shipping Services, Dubai, have advised of the introduction of new anchorage areas and regulations off the coast of the Emirate extending to the edge of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has issued a Maritime Bulletin announcing the introduction of the new requirements. The bulletin also states that ships that anchor outside the approved anchorages without authorisation, or which engage in unauthorised Ship to Ship (STS) transfer or bunkering operations, will be subject to arrest and criminal prosecution.Five new approved anchorages have been specified:Port Jebel Ali Anchorage (short term)Port Rashid Anchorage (Anchorage A) (short term)Long Term Anchorage (Anchorage B)STS and Bunkering Waiting Area Anchorage (Anchorage C)STS and Bunkering Operation Anchorage (Anchorage D)Vessels planning to anchor at either of the two short term anchorages for less than five days must obtain authorisation from the Harbour Masters office. Any vessel wishing to anchor in either of the short term anchorages for more than five days, in anchorages B, C or D, or in areas outside the designated anchorages must obtain authorisation from the DMCA.Vessels anchoring within anchorages B, C or D are liable for anchorage fees calculated in ...

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