December 29, 2015—Washington State Ferries is starting off the New Year with construction of a new Olympic Class ferry. The agency last week signed a Notice to Proceed giving shipbuilder Vigor Industrial the go ahead to get started on work on the fourth vessel in the 144-vehicle capacity ferry series and work will begin in January. The new ferry is funded through the Connecting Washington transportation package which is being paid for through a hike in state gasoline taxes.
New Year brings new IMO requirements
Those amendments going into effect on January 1, 2016 include new requirements for verification of compliance, making audits mandatory under the IMO Member State Audit Scheme.
ABS revises Guide for Certification of Lifting Appliances
For the emergency recovery of personnel, three different levels of redundancy in the emergency recovery control systems of cranes have been established, corresponding to the personnel lifting notations PL, PL+ and PL++.
Keppel O&M wins major orders from repeat customers
Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd reports that subsidiaries have secured four contracts from repeat customers worth a total of about S$125 million (about US$89 million).
Sinopacific delivers its first Mexican market PSVs
The three PSVs are of Sinopacific’s independently designed SP series of offshore support vessels and were designed, built and delivered to meet PEMEX requirements for oil and gas operations in the GoM.