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New version of port clearance software by DNV GL

Port clearance can be a complex and time-consuming process, with costly consequences for shipowners if it is not completed meticulously and accurately. The release of DNV GL's Navigator Port 2 software brings a new level of usability, with a completely new and intuitive structure and interface. The new Navigator Port 2 is a consequence of last year's merger of DNV and GL. "Coming together as DNV GL, we have become one of the biggest and most innovative maritime software providers in the world," says Torsten Büssow, Director Maritime Software, DNV GL. Worldwide, 300 customers and 4,000 vessels use DNV GL's different maritime software tools. Navigator Port 2, previously called DNV Navigator, has taken a leap forward in ease-of-use. The interface has been improved. It is now more intuitive and efficient, with a work-oriented process that is easier to understand and navigate within. This increased usability will not only save time in the actual port clearance process, but will also save resources in terms of training new users and implementation. "With today's increasingly complex regulations, shipowners are realising that they cannot continue with their old non-systems for port clearance. In order to operate efficiently, they are relying on our innovative software ...

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Assessing and predicting the risk of hull fouling

AkzoNobel's Marine Coatings business, the producer of hull coatings has developed Intertrac, a software system that enables ship owners and operators to accurately assess and predict the risk of hull fouling dependent on the route their vessels are transiting. Born in 2011 and trialled with customer partners since February 2013, Intertrac overlays a vessel's route, speed and location data with a comprehensive fouling challenge data set enabling coating specifications to be tailored specifically to suit an individual vessel's operations and trading routes. This ensures effective cost management for hull coatings, as well as maximizing a vessel's operational efficiencies. Intertrac divides the world's oceans and coastal waters into 64 "large marine ecosystems", each with its own fouling risk and characteristics including salinity, temperature, thermal range, seasonality and typical pH levels. Analysis of these variables has enabled the company's research and development scientists to assign each region with a level of fouling risk split into five categories. Intertrac uses data that is provided by a vessel's Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) - information that is available in the public domain - to establish operating profiles. Identified either by name or IMO number, a vessel's historical record of activity over a certain period can ...

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ClassNK Releases Design Support Tools for EEDI Verification

ClassNK has released the new PrimeShip-GREEN/MinPower software. PrimeShip-GREEN/MinPower was developed to help shipyards comply with the EEDI requirements of the Amendment to MARPOL Annex VI by calculating minimum propulsion power requirements in compliance with the IMO 2013 INTERIM GUIDELINES FOR DETERMINING MINIMUM PROPULSION POWER TO MAINTAIN THE MANOEUVRABILITY OF SHIPS IN ADVERSE CONDITIONS. To evaluate minimum propulsion power requirement, added resistance in irregular waves should be calculated based on ship's Lines. Calculating added resistance in waves can be difficult especially at initial design stage. That is why ClassNK developed a simplified formula to calculate added resistance in waves using only basic information such as main ship specifications, allowing designers to easily evaluate the minimum propulsion power requirement for their ships. In addition, ClassNK has released an updated version of the PrimeShip-GREEN/PSTA software, which was initially released in June 2013 to provide shipyards with an easy means of calculating progressive speed trial analysis in compliance with the ISO 15016:2002 standard recognized in IMO guideline 2012 GUIDELINES ON SURVEY AND CERTIFICATION OF THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY DESIGN INDEX (EEDI). Recently, a new draft of ISO 15016 was released. In order to support the industry's smooth application of this future standard, ClassNK has released ...

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Co-authored patent for glycerol-containing fuel

Maine Maritime Academy faculty member, Dr. George Harakas, has co-authored a patent with colleague and business partner, Scott Eaton, for glycerol-containing fuel aimed at reducing emissions in large diesel engines. The two are members of the SeaChange Group LLC a private company formed in 2009 to develop low-emissions fuels. They recently received notice from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that patent # 8,679,202 was formally issued. SeaChange Group (SCG), headquartered in Brunswick, is an entrepreneurial high-tech start-up with strong ties to Maine Maritime Academy. The company is developing Eco-Hybrid fuel technology, a low-cost, low-emissions "drop-in" fuel for marine, rail and power-generation industries. SCG has received funding from the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the Maine Technology Institute, and seed money from industry. "I did not envision that a patent would come out of this research, which began as a capstone project," said Dr. Harakas, who teaches general chemistry and chemistry for engineers at Maine Maritime Academy. "The interdisciplinary collaboration between engineering and chemistry is key to taking the research projects from the laboratory into the field." Dr. Harakas earned his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry at Texas Tech University. He is also Co-Principal Investigator on the Department of ...

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Transas extends Navi-Planner functionality

Transas Navi-Planner 4000 voyage planning software now boasts extended functionality to manage paper charts and publications. Navi-Planner 4000 has been known for electronic charts, publications and other data management for several years. Recognizing the fact that a lot of shipping companies continue using paper charts, Transas has added a new functionality to its voyage planning software providing one tool for both, electronic and paper charts management to it´s customers. Users can import complete vessel's inventory or manually select paper charts held onboard. Navi-Planner 4000 then connects directly to the Transas chart server ashore to gather all outstanding Notices to Mariners within a few seconds. New Navi-Planner functionality provides a clear overview of paper charts status, and any paper chart used during a voyage will be automatically listed in the passage plan, thus making voyage planning easy and safe. Source and Image Credit: Transas  In the origin, I was forthright with you propecia before and after has changed my being. It has become much more fun, and now I have to run. Just as it is improbable to sit.

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BASS launches its latest Fleet Management System

BASS introduced its latest product release; the BASSnet 2.9 Fleet Management System; during the 13th edition of the Asia Pacific Maritime event in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. BASSnet 2.9 now features new modules such as Environmental Management, Port Forms Management and Excel Forms Management. In the era where messaging tools are fast increasing in popularity, the 2.9 release also features the ‘My Discussions' feature which allows Users to a create topics of discussions in a ‘chat-room' style environment in relation to specific records in the System. The new "Maintenance Cost" feature covers all bases in the Maintenance module as with the inclusion this powerful feature Users can quickly generate either the ‘Forecast' or ‘Actual' maintenance cost incurred for Jobs, Material and/or Resource. To ensure compliance with the ever-changing guidelines related to crew safety, BASSnet 2.9's Work & Rest Hours module has now been enhanced to ensure compliance with the OPA90 regulation. With BASSnet's Environmental Management Module, users can track all information pertaining to the calculations for environmental emissions based on date ranges and voyage legs. This data can then be used for comparison and for generating environmental impact trends. Apart from environmental impact, BASS is also aware of the complexity ...

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Jargoon Seall Passage Planner feat. Weather and Piracy Overlays

Scottish maritime software development company Jargoon has announced its product Seall Passage Planner has been added with additional features which further enhance the versatile passage planning tool. The newly added features are focused on providing additional navigational data and information to the mariner for securing safety at sea. They can be overlaid on ENCs along with other nautical information to aid the mariner in planning routes more efficiently. With the latest updates, Seall Passage Planner now provides essential nautical information by integrating new features: Piracy overlay, Weather Overlay, Mobile Drilling Rigs updates, Navarea Warnings, and AIS(Automatic Identification System). The weather overlay function allows a mariner to observe the weather information such as wind direction, atmospheric pressure, and bands of rain for the next five days and help to find the most efficient passage for a safe voyage.   The weather overlay visualizes the motion of wind direction, bands of rain and atmospheric pressure in order to give an overview of the next five day weather forecast during the planning phase. The mariner can preview any danger zone where potential risks are lurking and take appropriate actions into account in advance. The regions can be selected and viewed from the five oceans ...

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SSI adds new capabilities to ShipConstructor

SSI says that there are over 425 user driven enhancements included in this release which continues to improve ShipConstructor's very intuitive and familiar User Experience (UX). These enhancements have reduced the number of clicks to complete a specific action. The UX improvements also continue to align ShipConstructor's workflow to the evolving requirements of our clients. These improvements allow users to accomplish tasks easier with more intuitive options. They also increase accuracy by providing relevant information during an operation. Additionally, new features and capabilities have been introduced which support new and improved workflows. The breadth of these improvements will guarantee that every ShipConstructor user will notice and appreciate this release. Management of welds through the lifecycle of the project can be a laborious task and can account for a significant amount of time and resources. Therefore, through extensive research and customer feedback, SSI has extended and significantly improved the WeldManagement product securing its position as the most advanced and user friendly weld management application on the market. Additional features were added to WeldManagement to better facilitate a cohesive exchange of information between the engineering and production teams without introducing any disruption or requiring additional work by either group. This is accomplished ...

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DNV GL to class new methanol- fuelled tankers

The first four vessels to use DNV GL's rules for low flashpoint fuels will be a series of 50,000 dwt tankers ordered by the owners Marinvest and Westfal-Larsen. The vessels are the very first to be fuelled by methanol - a fuel that significantly reduces local air emissions. These product carriers which also are prepared for methanol will be built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyards and are scheduled for delivery in 2016. Methanol is a low flashpoint liquid (LFL) fuel that is gaining interest in the market because it does not contain sulphur and is therefore suitable for meeting the upcoming 0.1 per cent SOx Emission Control Area requirements. Methanol has a flashpoint of about 12 degrees Celsius and the new vessels will be assigned the additional notation LFL FUELLED to demonstrate their compliance with the safety requirements set out in the industry-first rules published by DNV GL in June 2013. "Some important safety measures that will be incorporated into these vessels relate to the location of tanks and piping to prevent energy impact from sources such as grounding or cargo operations, a full secondary fuel containment system, leakage detection, automatic shutdown functions and ignition prevention. The safety philosophy is similar ...

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