Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Ocean Signal: Ocean Signal and AMI Marine Launch New E101V Float-Free EPIRB with VDR Memory Capsule at SMM - 24/08/2016

Ocean Signal: Ocean Signal and AMI Marine Launch New E101V Float-Free EPIRB with VDR Memory Capsule at SMM

UK maritime companies collaborate to provide leading solution to meet latest voyage data recorder performance standards

SMM, Hamburg, 6th to 9th September, Hall B6 Stand 605

Marine communications specialist Ocean Signal and VDR manufacturer AMI Marine will introduce a new float-free EPIRB with integrated voyage data recorder (VDR) memory capsule at this year’s SMM in Hamburg.

The Ocean Signal E101V provides a reliable and innovative solution for commercial vessels of 3000+ gross tonnage to store recorded data in a float-free capsule within their VDR systems, as required for compliance with the revised recommendation on performance standards for VDRs.

Developed by communication and safety at sea experts Ocean Signal in partnership with AMI Marine, world-leaders in VDR design and manufacturer of marine electronic equipment, the E101V’s leading design and technological capabilities reflect the knowledge and experience brought together by the unique collaboration of two UK companies at the forefront of their respective sectors.

The E101V is supplied with AMI’s regulation X-Series VDR which incorporates IEC61162-450 network protocol, applicable to the collection, storage and playback of important data. It also functions with AMI’s new X-VHFR recorder. The Ocean Signal float-free EPIRB will be available on an OEM basis to selected VDR manufacturers and suppliers for integration with their own VDR systems.

Cospas-Sarsat and MED certified, the E101V is approved to IEC61097-2 as a float-free EPIRB with memory capsule and incorporates notable market-leading features including an improved hydrostatic release unit with automatic disconnection of the interface cable on release, integral 66-channel GPS receiver, flexible blade antenna, 5-year battery life and 2-year warranty. The battery operating life is greater than 168 hours at -20°C.

In addition, the E101V is significantly smaller and lighter than similar products on the market, due to the use of low current technology developed by Ocean Signal for its current EPIRBs. The compact design also allows easy accessibility without damaging the product.

The separate VDR storage module incorporated in the E101V has a memory capacity of 64GB.

James Hewitt, Ocean Signal Sales and Marketing Manager, said: “The development of the E101V is a result of many months of collaboration with AMI, one of the first companies to supply VDRs to commercial vessels and one which continues to lead the way in this sector, so we are very excited to be launching this new product to the market.

“We felt there was significant demand for an improved float-free EPIRB incorporating the VDR memory capsule, providing a trusted solution for new generation VDRs which comply with the latest IMO mandates. The opportunity to form a partnership with AMI offered the perfect combination of skills to develop the E101V, enabling us to use both companies’ separate engineering and technical areas of expertise to develop a product which showcases the skills of two innovative British maritime businesses. The result is a product which incorporates significant benefits for OEMs and manufacturers.”

The E101V has been developed for integration with VDR systems used by commercial vessels of 3000+ gross tonnage to enable ship owners and operators to meet new mandates for VDRs as defined by IMO Resolution MSC.333(90), enforced 1 July 2014.

Martin Cox, sales director at AMI Marine, added: “The introduction of the IMO resolution, along with IEC61996-1 Ed 2.0, heralded a new chapter in VDR requirements with both a fixed and float free capsule required, each holding a minimum of 48 hours of data. The E101V float-free capsule is a welcome addition to the AMI X-VDR system, allowing for easier and cheaper shipping with its refined compact design.

“Our X-VDR has been designed from the ground up to meet and exceed the requirements of the 2014 IEC 61996-1 Ed 2.0 regulations. We have partnered with select manufacturers and ship owners to create a product that is reliable, user friendly, economic and future proof. Completely European in its manufacture, all of the equipment is designed and built in the UK and Germany, with all but the fixed capsule being of an AMI Marine bespoke design. When the E101V float-free EPIRB is incorporated into a VDR system such as the AMI X-Series, the result is a flexible and functional system which meets the new regulations and ultimately provides an improved tool for accident investigators and ship owners.”

The X-VDR system is designed for commercial vessels in order to identify the cause of any accident, evaluate decision making on-board at the time of an incident, greatly improving safety and also assisting in accident avoidance, training and other areas of maintenance, monitoring and analysis.

AMI’s new X-VHFR recorder for vessels under 3000 GRT will be launched at this year’s SMM. It is designed to function with the E101V, assisting with safe recording and playback of basic vessel data in the event of an incident, or for general data analysis purposes.

For more information on Ocean Signal’s range of products, please visit the website at For details about AMI Marine, visit

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Italian boat-builder Absolute Yachts launches two vessels with Volvo Penta IPS - 23/08/2016

Italian boat-builder Absolute Yachts launches two vessels with Volvo Penta IPS

Italian boat-builder Absolute Yachts is launching two new vessels with Volvo Penta’s state-of-the-art Inboard Performance System (IPS). The Absolute 52Fly will be unveiled at one of the world’s premier marine leisure shows, the Cannes Yachting Festival, while the Absolute 58Fly will be revealed in 2017. 

Absolute Yachts’ 52Fly.

Absolute Yachts, which specializes in creating premium motor yachts, is building on a long-standing co-operation with Volvo Penta by using the Swedish manufacturer’s innovative IPS in its new boats. The company continues to select Volvo Penta IPS due to its excellent performance and fuel efficiency, and beneficial characteristics for users and the environment. 

“We have a strong relationship with Volvo Penta and have already installed their IPS drives in our whole range of boats,” says Cesare Mastroianni, vice president of sales and chief commercial officer at Absolute Yachts. “IPS has been revolutionary in the yacht-building market as the system is great for fuel economy, has a good environmental impact due to low emissions, and provides excellent on-board comfort for passengers thanks to minimal noise and vibration.” 

Absolute Yachts has been designing and building boats for the leisure market since 2002 at its shipyard near Piacenza, not far from Milan. It creates a range of marine vessels from 12 meters to 22 meters, including the Flybridge series, Sport Yacht, Sport Line, and Navetta models. All of them use Volvo Penta IPS. 

The Absolute 52Fly is a Flybridge series yacht which is being restyled and upgraded for 2017 and is powered by two Volvo Penta D8-IPS700s. It will be on display at the Cannes Yachting Festival. The 52-foot yacht has four cabins and can accommodate up to seven guests and crew. A galley, dining and lounge areas, and sunbed on the main deck are complemented by additional seating and sun-loungers on the flybridge.

The Absolute 58Fly is a 58-foot yacht – also in the Flybridge series – and is powered by two Volvo Penta D8-IPS800s. It can accommodate up to six guests in its three cabins, while a fourth supplementary cabin can comfortably house a crew member. Cabins feature large windows that offer panoramic views, and sliding doors allow for the inner spaces to be optimized. An elegant bow sun pad on the main deck is perfect for sunny days. 

The world premiere of the Absolute 58Fly will take place during the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show in May 2017, featuring the D8-IPS800. 

Ideal for the discerning yacht market 

The twin installation 8-liter Volvo Penta D8-IPS700s each produce 550hp at a rated 2,900 RPM, while the D8-IPS800s each produce 600hp at 3,000RPM. The innovative design of IPS sees its forward-facing twin counter-rotating propellers situated below the hull to operate in undisturbed water. In doing so, they cause less drag and provide up to 30 per cent better fuel consumption than a traditional inboard shaft engine. The Stage III/Tier 3 IPS-700/800 also reduce particulate, NOx and hydrocarbon emissions. 

Volvo Penta’s complete IPS range is suitable for yachts, sport cruisers, sport-fishing and semi-planing boats up to 100 feet. All installations are simple to operate with standard controls, joystick and all ‘Easy Boating’ options available. Easy Boating encompasses Volvo Penta’s philosophy that leisure boating should be simple, safe and enjoyable. Optional components include features, such as: the customizable Glass Cockpit System, Battery Management System and e-Key Remote, Interceptor System, and Joystick. 

“These new boats consolidate the co-operation we have achieved with Absolute Yachts,” says Nicola Pomi, marine sales manager at Volvo Penta in Italy and Spain. “They have selected our IPS drives in many of their boats, as the system is ideal for the discerning yacht market, both from a perspective of performance and customer comfort. We hope to continue working with them for many years to come.” 

Volvo Penta will be at stand Jetee179 at the Cannes Yachting Festival; Absolute Yachts will also be at the show, at stand Pantiero PAN205.  

CSSF feels positive about new SOLAS amendments in force and upcoming Concentrated Inspection Campaigns by Port State Controls - 23/08/2016

CSSF feels positive about new SOLAS amendments in force and upcoming Concentrated Inspection Campaigns by Port State Controls

The Container Ship Safety Forum strongly welcomes the new requirements of SOLAS relating to the verification of the gross mass (VGM) of packed containers, in force since 1 July 2016. Furthermore, CSSF fully supports the upcoming Concentrated Inspection Campaigns (CIC) on Cargo Securing Arrangements by several Port State Control Regimes starting in Septembers this year.

Both, the new regulation (SOLAS VI/2.4 – VI/2.6) as well as the CICs are enhancing safety in container shipping, which is also the main aim and mission of the CSSF.

Sailors’ Society joins industry support for IMHR Conference - 23/08/2016

Sailors’ Society joins industry support for IMHR Conference

The International Maritime Human Rights Conference (IMHR) is delighted to announce its latest supporter: Sailors’ Society.

Following its recent product launch, Sailors’ Society will be showcasing its ‘BySea’ coffee to all delegates attending the IMHR Conference in London next month. 

BySea coffee, the first in a planned range of products, is a new and exciting commercial venture for the international maritime charity. With 100 per cent of its profits supporting the charity’s vital work offering chaplaincy, education and welfare to seafarers and their families, the coffee is both ethically sourced and socially responsible. The first two blends from India and Brazil have been specifically chosen as Sailors’ Society is expanding its work in these countries, and the products help to share the story of producer to consumer, providing a greater understanding of how everyday items are transported by sea.  

Adam Stacey, Director of Development, Sailors’ Society said: “We are delighted to support the IMHR conference, which will provide a world-first platform for maritime human rights. With the extensive focus on seafarer welfare, physiological support, seafarer education and piracy, the conference will provide a great opportunity for the industry to unite and discuss how to improve seafarer conditions in the industry. Both the Society’s work and its new commercial BySea venture means we are at the forefront of seafarer welfare and championing ethical shipping practice.”

Monday, 22 August 2016

NAVTOR reveals 80/20 split in favour of pay as you sail ENCs and pushes for greater global acceptance - 22/08/2016

NAVTOR reveals 80/20 split in favour of pay as you sail ENCs and pushes for greater global acceptance

E-navigation specialist NAVTOR believes that hydrographic authorities yet to allow the use of ‘pay as you sail’ (PAYS) ENCs in their national waters are lagging behind clear industry demand. The firm, which launched the first ever type approved PAYS ENC service to the market in 2012, says that over 80% of its subscribers now use PAYS - a delivery method that supplies clear efficiency benefits to an industry that is now, more than ever, defined by cost control and the effective use of resources.

Unlike traditional ENC subscription models, which are based on set areas and time scales, NAVTOR’s PAYS only levies charges for the charts navigators actually use during voyages, while allowing them to instantly access any chart for planning. This distribution method is now widely accepted by the industry, and most authorities, but has yet to be approved by key bodies controlling some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

“Shipowners and operators are increasingly migrating to PAYS,” comments NAVTOR CEO Tor Svanes. “It’s a flexible, user-friendly and very cost effective way to navigate, with simple ordering and management of the ENCs that vessels and global fleets actually use.

“Furthermore, it’s transparent – with users and managers seeing exactly what they are paying for – and the fact that all charts (including licences and permits) are instantly available, and easy to update, online means no lengthy pre-ordering process, or unnecessary wastage associated with un-used charts.

“In a tight market, it’s yet another way to keep track of operational expenditure and cut down on paperwork and man-hours.”

Svanes says that while more than 80% of NAVTOR’s customers have now selected PAYS, some key authorities have been slow to react. He explains:

“We see no compelling reason why some hydrographic authorities have yet to licence charts for PAYS use. It’s good to see that Indonesia has recently moved to accept the model, but there remain a number of principle players that we think should re-address their stance to serve the market they serve, control and support.

“We, and the industry, would like to see this change in the very near future.”

Svanes makes the comments at a time when NAVTOR is celebrating its fifth anniversary in the marketplace. In that time, the firm has established itself as a global leader in e-navigation, releasing innovative products and services that streamline and simplify tasks for navigators, while enhancing safety, security and efficiency for shipowners and operators.

“We’re incredibly proud of what’s been achieved since we opened our doors in Egersund, Norway, in 2011,” he concludes. “With an established network of offices that stretches from Europe to Asia, and agents worldwide, we’re dedicated to helping customers everywhere realise the enormous potential and benefits of e-navigation.

“It’s been a wonderful journey so far and we’re looking forward to where our innovation, and the industry’s growing appreciation of digital navigation technology, can take us in the future. For the time being our next destination will be SMM, where we’ll be demonstrating our products and services for the international maritime community at the Norwegian Pavilion.” 

Fronius Perfect Welding Division under new management - 22/08/2016

Fronius Perfect Welding Division under new management

Change at the top at Fronius International GmbH: Harald Scherleitner is the new head of the Perfect Welding Division. He is taking up the position vacated by Wolfgang Lattner, who in 2017 plans to retire after 41 years at the company.

In Scherleitner, the division is gaining a leader with a familiar face. The 37-year-old has been a member of the Fronius team since 1994 and has spent the last eight years as head of the Perfect Charging Division. He began his career as an Area Sales Manager for welding technology, covering Europe and Latin America. It was in this role that he oversaw the establishment of Fronius Mexico and Fronius Brazil.

The future of the division is safe in the hands of a man who knows the industry and company inside out – and who has set himself a clear aim: “I want to continue to expand our global position. Customers and their needs have to be at the heart of everything we do. Every activity and development we make has one primary goal: to save our customers money,” explains Scherleitner.

His successor at the Perfect Charging Division, Patrick Gojer, was formerly the head of Fronius United Kingdom. 

Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen gets two Van Oord split hopper barges ready for work - 22/08/2016

Damen  Shiprepair Vlissingen gets two Van Oord split hopper barges ready for work

Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen recently completed a broad scope of maintenance and repair works on the Van Oord-owned Split Hopper Barges Jan Blanken and Jan Leeghwater. The vessels, both with 2,853 m3 hopper capacity, left the yard on schedule just 10 days after arrival.

Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen Project Manager Ron Brusket sums up the projects neatly, saying: “There were no major repairs to be carried out; it was rather a case of completing quite a lot of relatively small jobs to get them both ready for action again.”

For example, all the ships’ systems needed to be checked and bought back up to speed where necessary. Minor steel works and touch-up painting were also required on both vessels. “We also renewed numerous sections of the hopper seals and removed the existing wooden main deck coaming.”

Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen handled the two sister vessels in its floating dock which, with its 229-metre length and 23,000-tonne lifting capacity, was more than able to accommodate the pair. The yard’s floating dock complements the rest of its facilities, including a 175-metre dry dock, a 215-metre covered drydock and three lay-by berths.

The Damen team completed all the works within a 10-day period; allowing Van Oord to continue with their own planning on schedule. “We have a developed a good relationship with Van Oord over the years – one that is based on strong cooperation,” notes Mr Brusket. “We look forward to working with their team again in the future.”