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International Humanitarian Assistance conference in Miami in 2012

The International Humanitarian Assistance Symposium will be held in Miami, June 7th – 8th 2012, organized by The Family Assistance Foundation and Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services. The symposium will enhance industry response to emergencies and disasters, uniting different sectors through knowledge sharing and thus ensuring those involved in an unforeseen tragedy are given the support they need. The two day event will consist of a series of educational panels, practical workshops and experiences recounted first hand by disaster and accident survivors and responders. Specialist subjects to be discussed include the role of Humanitarian Assistance with regard to terrorist attacks and an examination of international protocol for death notification. www.ihas2012.com 

The Family Assistance Foundation is an independent non-profit organization established for the purpose of empowering people following tragedy. It has taken a research led approach to identifying the best possible way to respond and support people in an accident or emergency. The annual symposium provides a platform to share these lessons and discuss how they can be applied in real life situations. 

“The unfortunate truth is that accidents and disasters happen. Even with advanced safety and prevention programs in place, it is impossible to foresee when and where a coach will crash, a person will become ill at sea or when technological or natural disasters will occur. We don’t claim to have a full proof plan for humanitarian response, but through our survivors and responders we can share lessons learnt with others on how to respond when disasters happen. ” Said Jeff Morgan, Chairman & Co-Founder, The Family Assistance Foundation. 

The symposium will provide information on the international resources available in the event of a disaster or accident.  The Global Survivor Support Network of The Family Assistance Foundation has trained members worldwide and acts on behalf of organizations, should they need to provide humanitarian support in a location in which they have no local presence. 

“With greater expectations on international businesses to take the duty of care once a client, guest or passenger is receiving their service, being prepared for the worst scenario becomes a corporate requirement. Many international businesses are unaware of the global resources available to assist in emergency situations. This symposium provides the knowledge and networking opportunities for organizations to forge partnerships that will ensure the appropriate response to an emergency or disaster in locations worldwide. ” Said Mark Robinson, Intercruises Managing Director. 

The announcement follows the recent news that Intercruises is undertaking full Go Team training in partnership withAviem International, a global leader in providing emergency planning  and consulting services, becoming  the first international cruise industry ground handler to have this level of emergency response. 

Germanischer Lloyd: New operational structure reinforces client focus

GL Group announces a number of changes in the management structure of its Maritime Services organisation. The new operational structure is designed to further enhance GL's focus on customer demand and reinforce the service orientation of the classification society. The changes reflect the transformation of the classification services, and are built around strengthening customer relationships, and providing strong operational management. From July 1st, 2011 the Maritime Services Management Board will consist of Erik van der Noordaa (CEO), Tjerk de Vries (CTO), Torsten Schramm (COO) and Albrecht Grell. Dr Tjerk de Vries will take up the position of Chief Technical Officer (CTO), responsible for Fleet Service, Ship Newbuilding, Maritime Systems and Components, Strategic Research and Development and Process Improvement.

Mr Torsten Schramm will be globally responsible as Chief Operating Officer for GL's business activities in Europe/Middle East/Africa, Asia/Pacific & the Americas as well as for Sales & Business Development.

Albrecht Grell remains in charge of the business unit Maritime Solutions including consultancy, certification, software and training.

Mr Matthias Ritters will succeed Mr Torsten Schramm as Head of Region Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMA). Mr Ritters has been Area Manager Middle East/Africa based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. His new position covers Germany, Southern, Northern, Western, and Eastern Europe as well as the Middle East/Africa Areas.

Lloyd's Register publishes its latest guidance on ballast water treatment technologies

The fourth edition of Lloyd's Register's popular guide, Ballast Water Treatment Technology, has been released.

With the International Maritime Organization's Ballast Water Convention potentially coming into force as early as next year, ship-owners, managers and operators should be planning now for retro-fits of their operational ships, according to Graham Greensmith, Lloyd's Register's Ballast Water Management Specialist.

This edition provides timely support to anyone looking for the latest information on ballast water treatment systems.

"This is a challenge for operators and we have been doing our best to provide them with the technical support that they need as they face big investment and operational decisions," Greensmith said. The guide reflects a fast-changing world and provides updated information on suppliers and the solutions that they provide, as well as providing the status of systems in relation to approval procedures. An outline description of water treatment processes and an appraisal of commercially available and developing technologies for ballast water treatment are provided, along with updates relating to the operation of those systems as the technologies become more widely used. Section 2 of the guide contains a summary of the governing regulations that make ballast water treatment mandatory; Section 3 covers treatment technologies as they relate to ballast water management.

These sections also provide background and context for an assessment of the commercial technologies that are either commercially available or projected to be market-ready this fiscal year, including references to their technical characteristics, testing and approval status.

Full data, referenced against individual suppliers, is provided in Section 6. It is based on information provided by the individual supplier and has not been fully verified.

The information in this guide is supported by practical support for ship owners and managers previously offered by Lloyds Register in: Ballast water treatment systems - Guidance for ship operators on procurement, installation and operations.

Additionally, in the March issue of Shipping and the environment, Lloyds Register provided operators with 10 steps to selecting a ballast water treatment system.

MCP meeting the need for speed at sea

The exponential growth in mobile internet usage on smart phones has also reached the high seas!

Through its innovation program Maritime Communications Partner (MCP), the leading onboard communications partner, has implemented EDGE on selected cruise ships. EDGE, an impressive means of utilizing bandwidth capacity more efficiently, allows mobile users higher speed and a better user experience when updating their Facebook account, checking the recent news on Twitter or just surfing the internet on their phones. This technology is, however, only an intermediate step towards the 3G and 4G service launch with turbo surfing speed at sea.

The 3G and 4G introduction brings along a significant increase in capacity and performance compared with an ordinary mobile connection. MCP is an expert on compression technologies, saving ship-owners and mobile users both money and resources. This further strengthens MCP’s position as the leading onboard communications partner.

Evac introduces ORCA III, the small footprint physicochemical wastewater treatment unit

Evac, the leading supplier of advancedwastewater collection and treatment solutions introduces the ORCA III smallfootprint physicochemical advanced wastewater treatment unit, the company said in a statement.

The ORCA III is the ideal wastewatertreatment system for merchant vessels, navy and patrol vessels, ferries,offshore supply vessels, service vessels and platforms, and for mega-yachts,requiring a compact design, small volume and footprint and fully automatedoperation.

The ORCA III comes in six different sizes,with a hydraulic loading capacity ranging from 20cu.m./day down to1.5cu.m./day. It is ideally suited for efficient wastewater treatment forvessels which stay idle part of the time, thanks to its physicochemicaltreatment technology. The system meets the requirements of MEPC 159(55) of theInternational Maritime Organization (IMO).

"With the ORCA III now in production,Evac offers the whole range of advanced wastewater treatment systems for themarine industry," says Mika Karjalainen, General Manager of Evac Oy."Its predecessor, the ORCA II unit, has been installed over the years onseveral hundred vessels, and it complements our MBR biological membranewastewater treatment units, also installed on several hundred vessels to date,which also fulfils the MEPC 159(55) requirements."

In the ORCA III wastewater treatment systemthe sewage from the holding tank for black and grey water is transferred, usinga macerator pump, to a sedimentation tank through a static mixer andflocculation dosing. In a separate second tank section the clarified liquid isre-circulated through a disc filter and the organic matter is oxidised withHypochlorite, after which the clean wastewater is discharged overboard. Being fully automatic the ORCA III is safeand easy to operate and maintain. The operation costs are low. The completepackage includes also the transfer/macerator pump. 

Evac is a global market leader regardingthe contracted number of advanced onboard wastewater process systems. Inaddition to the ORCA III family of physicochemical wastewater treatment unitsthe company produces also its MBR biological membrane-based advanced wastewatertreatment system.

The company is also the market leader inonboard vacuum toilet technology for the marine industry. For the Mega Yachtmarket several new products are currently being introduced, including a newsmall capacity Evac E16 vacuum pump. The smaller capacity units of the ORCA IIIalso fit perfectly into this segment, thanks to its compact design andautomatic operation. 

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