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.
Interocean Management Corporation, Three Parkway, Philadelphia, Pa. 19102, recently arranged the first "Inert Gas and Supporting Systems for Tanker Safety" training course to be offered in the United States. The four-day course is for deck and
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,
Kockums Shipyard, Malmo, Sweden, has just announced delivery of the 256,050-dwt tanker Sea Swift to the iSalen Shipping Companies of Sweden. The turbine-powered VLCC is the last of six tankers ordered by Salen and the 16th in the Kockums present series of twenty 255,000- tonners.
The Maritime Administration and Maritime Subsidy Board have authorized execution of the agency's first construction-differential subsidy (CDS) contracts for the retrofitting of tankers in compliance with the Port and Tanker Safety Act of 1978.
A system that rings an alarm and flashes a light in a ship's wheelhouse just seconds after a steering gear failure occurs has been designed by the Sperry Division of Sperry Rand Corporation. Called the "Steering Failure Alarm," the system is intended