Electronic Control Security, Inc. Announces Entry Into Teaming Agreement With STS Security, LLC

Electronic Control Security, Inc. (ECSI) EKCS 0.00% ( www.ecsiinternational.com ), a global leader in entry control and perimeter security systems, on May 22 announced it has teamed with STS Security, LLC (STS) ( www.SpecTacServ.com ), a veteran-owned small business with extensive experience providing weapons, munitions, ballistic protection, tactical training and physical security services. Together, the two companies are offering a total solution to piracy at sea.

Arthur Barchenko, President of ECSI, states, “Piracy is an ongoing hazard in the Gulf of Aden, along the Somalia coast and south coast of Africa as well as other areas in the Near East and Southeast Asia. In a six-month period, 78 vessels were boarded worldwide with 561 crew taken hostage and over 20 kidnapped, killed or missing. Violence against crew members continues to increase and the threat remains pervasive.”

Barchenko then stated that APT is a comprehensive integrated application of ECSI’s proprietary security systems in concert with its over 35 years of expertise protecting sensitive installations. Compliant with applicable international law and protocol, STS security specialists are selected from the best of our nation’s military, special operations and law enforcement professionals. Each expert brings years of real world operational experience to protective operations and anti-terrorism/force protection missions.


The World Ocean Council’s second “Sustainable Ocean Summit” (SOS) will be held December 3-5 in Washington D.C. to further advance leadership and collaboration among the diverse ocean business community in addressing marine environment and sustainability challenges.

The SOS is the only international, cross-sectoral ocean sustainability conference designed by and for the private sector. The 2012 event builds on the highly successful SOS 2010, held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which drew together more than 150 representatives from a wide range of ocean industries. Click here for a report of the SOS 2010.

“Companies and industry associations around the world are expressing strong interest in coordinated, international business leadership on cross-cutting ocean sustainability issues”, stated WOC Executive Director Paul Holthus. He further noted that many companies see the business value of collaboration that helps ensure continued access for responsible use of ocean space and resources.

The conference will address priorities for cross-sectoral industry leadership and collaboration in ocean sustainability, including: ocean policy, regulations and governance; marine spatial planning; the role of industries in ocean and climate observations; biofouling, biosecurity and invasive species; fisheries and aquaculture interaction with other industries; cross-sectoral collaboration in responsible use of the Arctic; sound and marine life; port waste reception facilities and marine debris; marine mammal interactions; the role of finance, insurance and legal sectors in ocean sustainability. Other cross-cutting topics critical to responsible industry operations in the marine environment will be developed as the program evolves.

Limited opportunities are available for speakers to address the themes above. Experts interested in being considered as speakers are encouraged to contact the WOC.


The Shipping Key Performance Indicator Project, initiated by InterManager but now administered by the independent KPI Association Ltd, has passed an important milestone.

Performance statistics from more than 1,000 vessels are now being inputted into the project’s website – enabling the KPI system to produce informative and meaningful performance measurements for the industry.

Captain Kuba Szymanski, on behalf of the KPI Association, said: “This is excellent progress for the project and indicates a great deal of industry involvement and support. By collating performance data from a wide range of shipping companies we are able to calculate key performance indicators to enable benchmarking against industry averages. The more information we have the more accurate these indicators are which will help to ensure the standards within our industry are kept high.”

Started by InterManager, together with The Norwegian Research Council , Marintek and Wilhelmsen ASA, the Shipping KPI Project developed standard tools for measuring companies’ and vessels’ performance. Now established as the independent, not-for-profit KPI Association Ltd, the project is working with a wide range of industry stakeholders and aims to develop a standard for ships’ performance measurement that is common to the industry.

The data which each company inputs is completely confidential and cannot be accessed by any other user of the service. However, the combined data enables the KPI Project to calculate industry averages to enable companies to benchmark their vessels’ performance.

The KPI Project is a voluntary industry initiative which:
provides user-friendly tools that can more effectively identify areas to focus on for internal performance improvements in companies engaged in ship operation activities
provides a more effective communication platform of ship operation performance to internal and external stakeholders
increases transparency on quality, safety and environmental performance in ship operation
enhances governance in ship operation
The KPI Project is now aiming to include 2,000 vessels in its database by the end of 2012.

“Cost Management in Shipbuilding” in Amsterdam and Gdansk

Information Event “Cost Management in Shipbuilding” in Amsterdam and Gdansk will offer the opportunity to learn about methods and systems supporting cost planning, cost analyzing and cost reduction in the process of naval engineering.

- Cost prognosis including regression functions and risk analysis of cost estimations
- Target Costing: Analysis of product functions and customer requirements
- Methods of Life Cycle Costing
- Software support by the costfact system

- Amsterdam: May 24, 2012; 3:00pm – 7:00pm
- Gdańsk: June 14, 2012; 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Details on the event including agenda and registration can be found at www.costfact.de/event-amsterdam.php and www.costfact.de/event-gdansk.php.

Lloyd’s Register launches machinery damage and repair workshops

One-day courses designed for superintendents, flag and port-state surveyors and related marine engineers

Lloyd’s Register is offering Machinery Damage and Repair workshops to support marine superintendents and engineering personnel.

Mechanical breakdowns are a serious problem for shipowners and having competent engineers on board can quite literally mean the difference between success and failure for a shipping company.

The new workshops are unique to Lloyd’s Register and give even the most experienced engineers the opportunity to analyse and resolve some the most common mechanical problems found in the merchant marine environment.

“The workshops are an innovative way to present real-life engineering problems with a variety of solutions in a controlled but time-pressured environment,” said Steve Robson, Lloyd’s Register’s Senior Technical Training Specialist. “Attendees will be given the opportunity to use their skills and learn new ones in an environment that is designed to challenge and motivate.”

They will help delegates to develop the skills to make early assessments of mechanical damage and conduct timely repairs in a technically correct and cost-efficient way and in accordance with the appropriate classification rules and regulations for ships.

There are three individual one-day workshops that can be booked separately to offer maximum flexibility to fit in with the busy schedules of engineering personnel.

The courses are aimed at superintendents, flag and port state surveyors and other marine engineers that have a responsibility for ships’ machinery.

Each workshop focuses on specific types of repairs, examining the commercial and technical challenges as well as class requirements. Subjects include:

Module 1 — Diesel engines, turbochargers, steam raising plant and associated pressure vessels

Module 2 — Shaft alignment, gearbox, shafting, rudder, controllable pitch propeller

Module 3 — pumping and piping

Client feedback from the first workshop was extremely positive and included comments such as:

“Clear, concise lectures [with] lots of discussion and exchange of ideas.”
“Enjoyable and informative.”
“Good concept for training; more interesting than pure instruction on how to do it.”
“[It's] easier to learn from other people’s problems and mistakes.”

Møller has passed away, with commemorations from Maersk Group Chairman and CEO

Mærsk Mc -Kinney Møller, partner and shipowner passed away on 16 April 2012.

Ane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Uggla states:”On behalf of the entire family, I wish to express our deep sorrow at the loss of our father, grandfather and great grandfather, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller. My sisters and I have lost a father who never failed neither his family nor his business.

We are grateful that our father lived a long and eventful life. In his never failing wish to do good, together with many and great initiatives, he has left a significant mark on our time.

On this day, I am compelled to give thanks to all current and previous employees of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group for the loyalty, which has been shown to our father throughout the years. Let us respect his memory.”Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller became joint owner of the company “Firmaet A.P. Møller” in 1940. Since his father’s death in 1965, he was director and chairman of the most important companies in the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group. Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller undertook the daily management until 1993 and became chairman of A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S until 2003.

With the death of Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group has lost a businessman of international format and the man who, if any, can take credit for the Group being among the world’s leading and Denmark’s undisputed largest business with activities in a number of areas such as shipping, oil and retail.Will and energy characterised Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller’s endeavours.

Foresight, careful preparation and a never failing commitment created the significant international business that the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group is today. Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was famous for his business talent and his visions and he took and supported initiatives that brought prosperity and growth to countries all over the world – including Denmark.

At the time of his death, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was Chairman of the Board of the A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation, the A.P. Møller Relief Foundation, and the Maersk Employee Foundation, all of which are significant shareholders of A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S.

MT Stolt Valor Suffers Incident in the Middle East Gulf

Stolt Tankers B.V., a subsidiary of Stolt-Nielsen Limited and operators and owners of MT Stolt Valor, confirmed on March 15 that the vessel suffered an explosion on board whilst transiting the Persian Gulf.

A Coalition warship is presently on site and is providing assistance. We understand that 24 of the 25 crewmembers are safe and on board the Coalition vessel. One crewmember is currently missing. Families of all the crew are being contacted as a matter of urgency.

Stolt is working in close cooperation with the authorities on site in order to establish the whereabouts of our missing seafarer and the condition of the vessel.

Third crew member sentenced to 14 years jail term in multi-ton maritime cocaine seizure

United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill on March 7 announced that United States District Judge Steven D. Merryday sentenced Marcos Salazar Obregon (30, Colombia, South America) to 14 years in federal prison for his role as a crew member of a vessel that smuggled approximately 6,700 kilograms of cocaine in the Caribbean Sea. According to court documents, the vessel, a self-propelled semi-submersible vessel, or SPSS, was interdicted by the U.S. Coast Guard cutter (USCGC) MOHAWK on September 30, 2011 in international waters approximately 110 miles off of the coast of Honduras. The SPSS sank during the interdiction and USCGC MOHAWK officers detained the vessel’s four crew members, who were later transferred to Tampa for prosecution.

Shortly after the interdiction, a multi-agency effort began to recover the suspected drug cargo of the sunken SPSS. The recovery effort included the deployment of a Federal Bureau of Investigation Underwater Search and Evidence Response Team, which conducted dive operations at the site of the submerged vessel and the USCGC CYPRESS, which is homeported in Mobile, Alabama. These recovery operations yielded evidence including packages of cocaine totaling an estimated 6,700 kilograms from the SPSS.

SPSS crew members Jorge Alfredo Colomer Haylock and Gulforth Sual Romera Alegria were both sentenced last month to 14 years in federal prison. The final crew member, Manuel Cuero Caicedo, is scheduled to be sentenced on April 10, 2012.

This case was investigated by OCDETF’s Panama Express Strike Force, comprised of agents and analysts from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, United States Coast Guard Investigative Service, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, and Joint Interagency Task Force South. It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Austin Shutt.

225,000-dwt Iron Ore Carrier Tom Price Completed

- Will Sail under Long-term Contract with Rio Tinto of Australia -

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) on March 16 announced the completion of the 225,000-ton iron ore carrier Tom Price at the Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., Imari Shipyard & Works. The ship’s name is derived from the Tom Price mine in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, operated by Rio Tinto plc, one of the world’s largest mining companies.

Among those on hand for the naming and delivery ceremonies were Rio Tinto Executive General Manager Wayne Aitken, who named the vessel, and Namura Shipbuilding Chairman Tatsuhiko Namura. The Tom Price will transport iron ore, mainly from Australia, under a long-term contract with Rio Tinto.

As the world largest operator of Capesize bulk carriers, MOL strives to provide safe, reliable ocean transport services, taking advantage of its advanced safe operation management system and fleet scale to meet continually growing demand for iron ore transport.

[Outline of Tom Price]
Deadweight tons (Capacity): 226,381 tons
Length: 319.58m
Breadth: 54.00m
Draft: 18.10m
Registry: Japan

American President Lines (APL) to install proprietary cavitation fuel treatment technology

CHINA Auto Corp (CAC) associate Neftech Pte Ltd on March 6 said that it had signed an agreement with American President Lines (APL) to install its proprietary cavitation fuel treatment technology on the main engine of one of APL’s largest vessels, a 10,100 TEU container ship.

In a filing with the Singapore Exchange (SGX), CAC said Neftech had informed CAC that the agreement also gives APL the option to buy the system for up to 10 such ships, subject to a minimum of four.

When contacted, Neftech executive chairman Victor Levin said he was delighted with the agreement. ‘APL has been a very supportive customer and we were happy to reciprocate with an attractive price which will yield a very short payback period for them. This is a win-win situation for both parties and for the environment because of the substantial fuel savings,’ he said.

The latest agreement follows a multi-million dollar deal with APL unveiled on Jan 25 in which APL purchased Neftech main engine systems for four of its 2,500 TEU ships.

Neftech said that ‘two systems have already been installed and the third one will be delivered this month with the fourth unit scheduled to be delivered in May 2012′.

Neftech is a high-tech company founded by Russian scientists specialising in fuel cavitation, a technology which aims for greater fuel efficiency and thus cost savings for shipping firms. APL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Neptune Orient Lines. CAC last month said it intended to raise its stake in Neftech from 23.9 to 48.9 per cent.