Guidance on security certification for seafarers agreed

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Guidance on training and certification requirements for ship security officers and seafarers with designated security duties has been agreed by IMO, to address practical difficulties seafarers have reportedly experienced in obtaining the necessary security certification under the 2010 Manila amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) and STCW Code.

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Jensen wins contract to design LNG bunker barges

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Maersk takes delivery of first of four drillships

February 24, 2014—Maersk Drilling has taken delivery of its first ultra deepwater drillship, Maersk Viking, from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si, South Korea. The ship is currently on its way to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico to commence a three year contract with ExxonMobil. Maersk Drilling is investing $2.6 billion in its four vessel drillship newbuild program at SHI. All vessels in the series are scheduled for delivery this year. Featuring dual derrick and large subsea work and storage areas, the drillship’s design allows for efficient well construction and field development activities through offline activities.

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Giants of the Seas, The Ships that transformed Modern Cruising

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The author traces the origins and key stages of the development of what is now a significant industry that is already worth $30 billion and continuing to grow. The well-written text is supported by lavish illustration, that covers the growing size of cruise ships, their luxurious appointments and services, but also includes the specialist cruise ships that now provide luxury cruising on the great rivers of Europe.

The author has drawn on his own extensive experience of cruising and provided an excellent selection of vessels to provide a very good picture of the industry and its operations. This is essential reading for anyone intending to take up cruising and an enjoyable insight for those who love ships and are interested in their capabilities in cruising.

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Bermuda Race Entries Build; the Race Goes for the Clean Regatta Gold

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By John Rousmaniere

Newport RI, February 23, 2014— With 120 applications for entry received for the upcoming 49th Newport Bermuda Race, the race’s organizers are noting a larger than usual proportion of first-time entries as the April 1 entry deadline approaches. More than one-fourth of the applications are from boats that have not sailed the race. “It’s satisfying to see so many experienced sailors entering a boat in the race for the first time,” said Bermuda Race Organizing Committee Chairman Fred Deichmann.

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Bent u benieuwd naar het aanbod op HISWA 2014?

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Is watersport uw passie? Dan mag u de HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show 2014, van 5 t/m 9 maart in Amsterdam RAI, niet missen! Met een indeling in 8 werelden is de HISWA boeiend voor iedere watersporter! Of u nu graag door de grachten vaart met vrienden, het liefst met hoge snelheid over het water scheert, eerder kiest voor een rustige tocht door de natuur, liever het avontuur opzoekt op open zee of spectaculaire stunts doet op een board. Er is voor ieder wat wils! Na een bezoek aan de HISWA kunt u goed voorbereid van het nieuwe watersportseizoen gaan genieten.

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All three Weston lifeboats exercise despite the difficulties.

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Weston-super-Mar RNLI volunteers launch all three lifeboats to ensure they and the crews are ready of service.

The RNLI lifeboats at Weston-super-Mare are not all in one station at present. As the volunteer crews cannot cross the Birnbeck Island Pier, except in case of a life being at risk, their main base is now the temporary lifeboat station which has been positioned at Knightstone Harbour. Here, a relief D Class Lifeboat, D 690, has been housed ready for immediate use. The main two Weston lifeboats are still housed on Birnbeck Island in the Boat shed there. It is hoped that in the not too distant future another temporary station can be found where these two lifeboats can be housed until a brand new station is built in the future.

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