New international standards for double hull oil tanker construction were recently adopted at the 32nd session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 32) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a United Nations agency responsible for maritime affairs.
"The problem is change and how to cope with it. I have learned that 90 percent of problem solving is realizing that you have a problem," stated Adm. James S. Gracey, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, at the 1983 Society of Naval Architects and Marine
Port State Control Initiative In April 1994, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) instituted what is deemed by many to be the most rigorous program in the world for eliminating substandard vessels from U.S. waters. The program, called the Port State Control Initiative,
Coast Guard aviation recently entered a new era on the West Coast with the acceptance in San Francisco of the Sikorsky HH-60J Jayhawk search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopter. From their base, the aircraft will be able to perform missions several hundred
Six new marine autopilots were introduced recently by Racal Marine Controls Limited. Designed to meet the requirements of shipowners worldwide, the new range includes two series—the Racal-Decca 80 Series of super-adaptive autopilots and the Racal-Decca 60 Series of conventional systems.
The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command awarded a contract valued at $12.6 million to Uniflite, Inc., Bellingham, Wash., fiberglass boat manufacturer, for the construction of 38 trailerable 36-foot Seafox special warfare craft, according to James J.
The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), an international ship c l a s s i f i c a t i on society, has published the 1980 edition of Rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels for Service on Rivers and Intracoastal Waterways. Many sections in the new edition contain revised data,
Dravo Corporation's Neville Island shipyard near Pittsburgh, Pa., recently launched its 40th Viking-class towboat, the Ned C. Sheats. The 5,600-hp towboat is the latest in the Viking line, which began in 1972 in response to the need for increased productivity in river transportation.
New U.S. Coast Guard rules will require most ships — tentatively those over 1,600 gross tons —with power-driven main or auxiliary steering gear to be equipped w i t h advanced steering failure alarm systems. The new rules, which are expected to be put into force within six to eight months,
Marine Drive Systems of Edison, N.J., is offering literature describing its recently announced new private label type program with certain suppliers of mediumsized marine engines. Under this program, engine companies will have the capability of offering directly,