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sábado, 24 de febrero de 2007

20 polytechnic students to sail on world's fastest tall ship

Source: Channel News Asia

SINGAPORE: Some students from Singapore Polytechnic will be making a five-day voyage to Vietnam on a Russian tall ship on Saturday.

The challenge for them is to learn how to sail a ship without an engine.

This is the first activity that stems from a maritime education agreement which the school has signed with a Russian University on Friday.

20 students from Singapore Polytechnic will join some young Russian sailors on the world's fastest tall ship, the SS Pallada.

With 26 sails and masts soaring some 50 metres (162 feet) above the deck, this training vessel has made over 80 voyages covering more than 320,000 kilometres (200,000 miles) across the world's oceans.

The Pallada has been the undisputed winner of the annual Tall Ship Regatta in Japan for the last ten years, and it even has a placing in the Guinness Book of Records for the highest speed recorded by a tall ship.

Singapore Polytechnic's Singapore Maritime Academy and the Far Eastern State Technical Fisheries University of Vladivostok in Russia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to exchange expertise in maritime education and develop research programmes and projects.

Georgy Nikolayevich Kim, President, Far East State Technical Fisheries, said: "Our countries are the members of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation. And the decision was to hold the next meeting of APEC in our city Vladivostok in 2012. So, our President Putin aimed to make Vladivostok similar to Singapore."

Thanks to this collaboration, the Singapore students will have the rare privilege of sailing on a traditional ship with no engine.

Roland Tan, Director, Singapore Maritime Academy, said: "It's going back to the basics – understanding wind direction, understanding how the ship behaves. I think it will be an experience the students will find very invaluable in terms of navigation and in terms of how they sail a ship."

David Phipps, Year 1 student, Singapore Polytechnic, said: "Sailing with sails is going back to the days of old. It's quite a good learning experience, and it's indeed an eye-opener."

The budding sailors are also looking forward to working with maritime students of other nationalities.

Cemtrex to Pursue Emissions Monitoring on Marine Ships

Source: PR Newswire

FARMINGDALE, N.Y., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cemtrex Inc. (OTC: CTEX) announced that it is pursuing the emissions monitoring market for marine ships and cruise lines for measurement of nitrogen oxide and smoke.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted Annex VI of MARPOL that provides regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships. The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the IMO subsequently passed several subsidiary regulations.

"Diesel engines with a power output of more than 130 kWh have to meet the requirements of NOx emission and this applies to ships constructed on/after January 1, 2000 and engines that undergo major conversion on/after January 1, 2000," said Mr. Aron Govil, CEO & President of Cemtrex. "There are three options for ship owners to document compliance with the NOx requirements of a ship after the initial survey such as engine parameter check, on-board simplified measurement, and on-board direct measurement and monitoring."

Cemtrex is pursuing various projects with large fleets of cruise lines to implement the NOx and Smoke Monitors to comply with the code. Cemtrex's NOx analyzer works in extreme conditions expected in marine applications where excessive vibrations and saline atmosphere would adversely affect the performance of other conventional CEMS.

Cemtrex provides turnkey services for carbon creation projects from abatement of greenhouse gases pursuant to the Kyoto Protocol and assists project owners in the buying and selling of carbon credits globally.

Cemtrex through its MIP division is engaged in manufacturing and selling the most advanced and custom-engineered instruments for emission monitoring. The Company's products are sold to power plants, refineries, chemical plants, cement plants and other industries, including federal and state governmental agencies.

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New 'UK Ship Register' launched

Source: Media Newswire

(Media-Newswire.com) - A new-look UK Ship Register was launched today by Shipping Minister Stephen Ladyman after a complete review of customer service provided by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency ( MCA ).

Speaking at a reception to mark the launch at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, Dr Ladyman said:

"I am delighted to announce that the UK Register has a new identity. From today it will be known as the UK Ship Register. This is much more than a re-branding exercise. It is real change that brings together all stages of the registration process into one unit and will provide even better customer care.

The UK Ship Register will communicate more with its customers, and make online registration easier and quicker."

Major changes being introduced include:

* Dedicated Customer Account Managers to provide on-going customer care with focused assistance throughout and after registration
* 24-hour assistance
* A new interactive website [http://www.ukshipregister.co.uk]
* On-line registration, where customers will be just 'two clicks' away from the start of the registration process.


During the reception, Dr Ladyman presented the first MCA Officer Trainee of the Year award to Liam Thompson, a former cadet with Zodiac Maritime Agencies Limited and managed by Clyde Marine Training. He studied at Blackpool and The Fylde College, Fleetwood Nautical Campus.

Liam displayed a number of qualities which particularly impressed the judges, including his academic progress, and his completion of additional studies at college and sea in order to achieve a Certificate of Competency. Described as a 'true leader who encourages his peers to achieve their true potential', Liam is an all-rounder who is an example to others in his class.

Colin McMurray, General Manager of Clyde Marine Training, said

"Liam was a very deserving winner. He had shown tremendous maturity throughout his training and it is fitting that someone of Liam's calibre should win the first MCA Officer Trainee Award of the year. This also positively reflects the commitment of Zodiac Maritime Agencies Ltd to invest in the future of British Officers, as we look forward to the continued growth of our industry"

Notes to Editors

1. The UK Ship Register is a division of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and currently has 1,456 ships registered. During 2006, the Register had a net increase of 33 ships, adding an additional 1 million tonnes. Ranked third on the Paris MoU 'White List', the UK Ship Register is in competition with 197 Flag States globally.

2. The MCA Officer Trainee of the Year award is made in association with Lloyd's List and the Merchant Navy Training Board ( MNTB ). It recognises the excellence of attitude and commitment during training. Nominations were of an extremely high standard, and the judging panel deliberated hard before reaching a unanimous decision on the winner.

3. Clyde Marine Training Ltd is the UK's largest maritime training company. Currently, it recruits 51% of all the officer trainees and manages some 800 trainees on behalf of over 55 clients. It is also part of the Clyde Group based in Glasgow.

KC Maritime plans Dubai office

KC Maritime, a leading Hong Kong-based shipping company, is planning to establish an office as part of the Dubai Maritime City, its first permanent base in the region.

As a leading shipping company in the dry bulk sector, KC Maritime has achieved growth by developing long lasting relationships with a worldwide network of charterers.

With a fleet comprised of modern Panamax and Handymax vessels, KC Maritime intend to participate in dry bulk trades within the region focusing on aggregates, cement and iron ore. The Dubai office will also be responsible for the selfunloader and transloader business for the group, according to an official spokesman.

'We are delighted to welcome KC Maritime to the Dubai Maritime City family and we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with them,' said assistant sales manager of Dubai Maritime City Ahmed Bin Hareb.

KC Maritime is part of the Kishinchand Chellaram Group of Companies which was founded in 1915. The group expanded into Shipping in 1980 with an order for three Handysize vessel sand has offices in Hong Kong, Mumbai and now Dubai.

Source: TradeArabia News Service

Obsoleto el Puerto por Falta de Calado

Fuente: El Sol de Tampico

Tampico, Tamaulipas.- "El calado promedio de 33 pies del canal de navegación del río Pánuco limita el crecimiento del puerto de Tampico, pues sólo permite el ingreso de buques con cargas entre 15 y 18 mil toneladas, y sin que la API-TAM cuente con recursos para ampliar el dragado".

Lo anterior fue afirmado enfáticamente por el Sr. Miguel Ángel Vila Canales, vicepresidente de la delegación de Canacintra, quien expresó que es imperativo que "no sólo la Administración Portuaria Integral, si no las 13 empresas y entidades involucrados en el Puerto desplieguen acciones para profundizar el calado, mejorar las instalaciones y aumentar el movimiento de mercancías apalancado por la carga petrolera".

"Tampico tiene la desventaja de ser un puerto fluvial, pues el calado del río Pánuco disminuye poco a poco por el aporte de lodos, por lo que resulta muy costoso mantener el calado entre los 30 y 33 pies".

Ante ello, el Puerto está imposibilitado para recibir buques de gran calado y sólo puede recibir embarcaciones de tamaño pequeño o mediano.Si bien es cierto, el comercio marítimo en el Golfo de México y en las Antillas por sus condiciones naturales no reporta la navegación de barcos de gran tamaño como sucede en Europa; consideró que Tampico necesita mejorar su competitividad y reducir tiempos de estadía para ganar clientes y mercado para no ser desplazado por otros puertos, como Altamira.

Dijo que es evidente que las terminales marítimas han perdido carga, pues aunque la API informe que en los últimos años los volúmenes superan los 11 millones de toneladas anuales, el 70 por ciento de esta carga corresponde a los manejos de petrolíferos descargados en la Terminal Marítima Madero, que evidentemente reporta en su área de navegación mayores niveles de profundidad.

El empresario agregó: "los recursos requeridos por la API son enormes, y si bien, el año pasado la SCyT destinó más de 100 millones de pesos para ampliar la profundidad, no es suficiente".

"Otro gran peso que tiene el Puerto es la enorme burocracia, pues en otros años la Capitanía de Puerto tenía el control de esa zona haciendo un buen papel, pero ahora tiene sobre sí un exceso de trabajadores", puntualizó.