How updated electronic navigation practices improve safety and efficiency – and optimize cargo movement – on US inland waterways.
It was a cold winter night. Heavy gusts and snow did not allow safe navigation and forced the ships on the upper Mississippi to secure alongside the few remaining jetties. Safety is the key issue for all river transport companies but at the same time efficiency and timely delivery of valuable goods is of utmost importance. It was 1999 and an American navigation pioneer – Greg Dunkle – had realized the potential of electronic chart systems. Tailored to fulfill the needs of river pilots, CEACT was born and for the first time safety and efficiency could be optimized at the same time.
Founded in 1999, CEACT stands for Channel ECDIS, AIS & Course Trajectory and offers navigation software specifically designed for professional towboats and workboat operations within the confined waterways of the US inland river system. The first CEACT system was launched in 2001 after two years of intense development effort. Today, it is used by domestic barge companies and is additionally utilized internationally on inland river systems in Latin America and South East Asia. Notably, here in the United States, CEACT is today used by an oil major and Southern Towing on their vessels. SevenCs GmbH is a software house that develops software for the maritime navigation industry. Its key products include portable pilot units and CEACT.
Optimizing Operations = Safety & Efficiency
Real-time navigation and AIS target display provided full situational awareness and allowed to avoid dangerous situations before they occurred. But the main factor for more efficiency in the daily operation of CEACT was the innovative approach to consider the combined effects of vessel propulsion, rudder, wind and water current – all displayed in one easy to use “course trajectory” display. As an example, avoiding oversteer helps saving up to 10 percent of fuel consumption and allows for more efficient vessel operations in an increasingly competitive market.
But safety of navigation also depends on accurate charts. Together with the USACE, CEACT INC pushed the production of highly accurate inland vector charts in S-57 format. The US Western River chart package is automatically loaded and updated inside CEACT. Delivered in small package SENC format via the only certified value added reseller, CEACT still is the only inland ECDIS which relies on pre-tested official data and not on unsafe RSS feeds. One more reason why CEACT is THE safety tool which helps preventing accidents on the western rivers, but also in coastal waters covered by BSB or S-57 NOAA charts.
Greg and his team identified the requirement to ease chart operations and included a convenient download button within CEACT which allows weekly updating of all river charts plus the new USACE buoy overlay at a fingertip providing the smallest data volume on the market.
Today there are many navigation products in the market which are being used by marine pilots, yachtsmen and workboats. Some of these products are loaded with hundreds of options which make operation under extreme conditions difficult and may lead to errors. For CEACT and its users, ease of operation and high reliability with a proven downtime of only 8 hours per year (better than 99.9 percent availability!) are still an industry benchmark.
The latest CEACT version has just been released and still helps keeping ships and barges moving; regardless how bad conditions may be. The new version includes a new interface for enhanced readability in all ambient conditions, and more user friendliness in general. This helps the river pilot to safely navigate and focus on the most relevant data which helps prevent accidents. The advanced chart rendering allows faster loading and display of the respective chart which remarkably optimizes the application. Users will also benefit from the fully automatic CPA function which includes different types of calculation for rivers, channels and offshore. With extended support of BSB charts including head-up display CEACT becomes more powerful in remote areas not yet covered by ENCs.
Together with the well-established and widely shared Western River Chart package, weekly updates, and the USACE´s buoy overlays, CEACT continues to significantly increase the safety on board.
(As published in the March 2014 edition of Marine News - www.marinelink.com)
and operates a bulk terminal in Rock Harbor at Mile 175.5 Cumberland River with insured fleeting at Mile 176. New terminal facilities and warehouses are under construction at riverside, separate from but adjacent to the bulk material operation. Hunter will soon offer a full range of intermodal
E. Whitney Olson has been named president of Willamette Tug & Barge Co., a major Portland, Ore.-based ship assist, general towing and barging, and oilbarging firm which operates in the Ports of Portland, and Vancouver, Wash. He also serves as Group vice president-Marine S e r v i c e s for Riedel
The 42-foot, 50-ton pushboat Walter D. Johnson, newly built by Keith A. Record of Portland, Ore., is undertaking a demanding job on the Columbia River—that of spotting bridge construction barges in tight quarters and rapid river currents. For this tough assignment, vessel owner Johnson Bros. Corporati
Carl B. Hakenjos, vice president of William-McWilliams Co., Inc. in New Orleans, La., was elected president of the Mississippi Valley Flood Control Branch of the Associated General Contractors of America, Inc. at its recent annual meeting at the Monteleone Hotel in New Orleans. Other officers
E.N. Bisso and Son, Inc., long a fixture in towing, heavy lift and marine contracting at the Port of New Orleans, has branched into ocean towing. The company announced that three of its powerful tugs, all cleared by the U.S. Coast Guard for offshore work, are available for rig towing, salvage
Charles W. Gower has been named vice president of engineering for Nashville Bridge Company (NABRICO), Nashville, Tenn., according to an announcement by A1 Zang, president of the shipyard. Mr. Gower joined NABRICO in 1978 as manager of design. He was named director of engineering in 1980, and held
resulting from the unification of inland waterway, western rivers, and Great Lakes "Rules of the Road" will be interested in a new publication from Houston Marine Consultants, Inc. The "Unified Rules Study Guide and Ready Reference," by Gregory Szczurek, combines more than 50 illustrations with a
carries coal from Superior, Wis., to Detroit Edison's St. Clair, Mich., powerplant. GATX provides capital assets and related services to commerce and industry in North America and overseas. It owns and operates fleets of railcars, oceangoing and Great Lakes vessels, as well as bulk liquid terminals; manufactu
ago, it was a beautiful mid-summer afternoon in the nation’s heartland. The skies were clear, the sun was shining and the variable southwest breeze barely caused a ripple on the muddy water of the winding river. Hopeful fishermen lined the riverbanks and a few recreational boats were cruising close to the floating
— Southwestern Steel, Midwestern Steel, and Manufactured Products. The reorganization is a further step in Armco's strategy to establish autonomous business units. Southwestern Steel Division is headquartered in Houston, and produces carbon and alloy steels in plate, wide-flange, and bar forms
, Wash.-based division of American President Lines, Ltd. The changes, which became effective on February 1, followed the resignations of Robert D. Bush, president of Western Stevedoring and Terminal Corporation, an APL subsidiary which operates in the Puget Sound and Columbia River areas; and Wayne Schi
Visit us at the International WorkBoat Show Booth # 3409 TEL: +1 904-354-6566 732 PARKER STREET FAX: +1 904-358-7862 JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA 32202 EMAIL: INFO@KEMARINE.COM UNITED STATES OF AMERICA URL: WWW.KEMARINE.COM COV2, C3 &C4 MR NOV 2019.indd 2 10/28/2019 10:18:48 AM
.com/crane/ . . . . . . . . . . .(800) 285-7000 31Kongsberg Maritime . . . . . . . . . . . .www.kongsberg.com/maritime . . . . . . . .Please visit us online 3American VULKAN Corporation . . . .www.vulkan.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(863) 324-2424 5KVH Industries, Inc . . . . .
,)(DGLYLVLRQRI/LIH,QGXVWULHV proud manufacturers of boat sealants, cleaners, compounds, waxes and epoxies, is now celebrating 60 years in the marine industry. With a longstanding reputation for quality, affordability, and trust, we are pleased to serve various marine industries on an ongoing basis. Contact:
V VESSELS and the 18th built as part of the teaming USS Delaware (BB 28), which was de- 2013. The submarine was christened by VLCC with New SOx agreement with General Dynamics Elec- livered by Newport News in 1910. Jill Biden, the former Second Lady of Scrubber Delivered tric Boat. More than 10
ratio driving stainless steel shafts and bronze propellers. Engines are easily removed from ves- sel via matching hatches in main deck and overhead in- house top. Self-propelled CFD simulations run by Robert Allan Ltd. con? rm the design speed of 20 knots is achiev- able. A single Westerbeke 23.0 EGED generator
Care: Managing Mariner Medical Care By Joe Keefe he competent authority shall as the population on shore enjoys. But, the embarking any mariner, a trusted 2012. There are several key aspects to require that, prior to begin- that’s not always the case. In case of medical consultancy is already at work
E EMISSION REDUCTION TECH FILES AMETEK Land Emissions Monitoring AMETEK Land, a provider of combus- tion ef? ciency and environmental pollutant emissions monitoring instrumentation, has launched two new continuous emission mon- itoring systems (PM-CEMS) to provide accu- rate and reliable measurement of
is the bene? t to the en- maritime sector’s output of As a result, it is estimated that by 1 Jan- dium term. This may be true. vironment. Agreenhouse gases by 50% uary 2020, 4,000 vessels will have ? tted But the supply of HSFO is not likely Shipowners and operators could learn over the next
, AMERICAN P&I CLUB Trailblazer Boriana Farrar is a familiar face in maritime circles, the Vice President and Counsel and a Senior Claims Executive and Business Develop- ment Director for the Americas at the Ship Owners Claims Bureau, Inc. managers of the American P&I Club. We met with her in her NYC of
enhanced surveying practic- next decade. For such vessels to be vi- at least double the price of fuels today. gamechanger will be connecting the es using modern communication tools able, shipowners, and charterers need However, given societal expectations it ship to the shore, or the tanker to the
and ef? ciency, they are far ahead, but curve, Europe and globally.” But, while The prototype system was installed in in the largest players in the industry.” they’re a 120-year-old industry. Offshore there’s room for improvement, the les- 30m water depth in August last year – us- “In terms of processes
wind farms are currently under construction.” Esteyo’s ELICAN Seajacks concept. UK-based Seajacks has been operating in the off- Source: ALE shore wind business since 2006. Since then, it’s built the Kraken, Leviathan, Hydra, Zaratan and most re- cently, Scylla jack-ups. Seajacks expects to see the next
ENVIRONMENTAL GREEN SHIP RECYCLING Furthermore, all of this material can be torious harmful shipbreaking operations, give them business. So there has to be a an actual ship recycling project to ? nd traced downstream to a licenced disposal it appears that the desirability of ship balance. You cannot
stated, “We are careful not but choose not to follow the regulations In order to ensure that EU SSR and HKC are making procedures that ? t the actual to use the words ‘certifying’ or ‘validat- when they are not being externally moni- are adhered to in-practice, Mrs. Salt- equipment and work cultures that
Visit us at IWBS booth #???? POWERFUL INSIGHTS INTO YOUR FLEET’S PERFORMANCE The market-leading FUELTRAX smart, self-contained fuel management solution connects you to every vessel, anywhere in the world. Accurate and secure data insights, delivered in real-time, enable you to make informed decisions
SHIPBUILDING USCG POLAR SECURITY CUTTER the region. The Coast Guard is the sole to man, and there are signi? cant natu- economic investments with every Arctic Urgent requirement provider and operator of the U.S. polar ral resources there,” said Coast Guard nation in key strategic areas, such as oil
SHIPBUILDING USCG POLAR SECURITY CUTTER Polar Security Cutter will provide meaningful presence in polar regions By Edward Lundquist he Coast Guard needs a ship economic zone above the Arctic Circle). ed. Protecting America’s interests in the Coast Guard leadership and presence that can do more than
SHIPBUILDING USCG POLAR SECURITY CUTTER An emperor penguin poses for a photo in front of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star in McMurdo Sound near Antarctica on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. The crew of the Seattle-based Polar Star is on its way to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2018, the U.S.
WORKBOATS SOUTHERN TOWING COMPANY Are the Z-drives as robust as conven- off the exterior edges of the propeller. you have more of an effect on slowing awesome, it is just a phenomenal orga- tional? No. But life is a compromise and You can have a cort nozzle that solves down the vessel at 90 degrees than
WORKBOATS SOUTHERN TOWING COMPANY That’s signi? cant … were questions in the industry as to the solution. In my ? rst 12 months my con- gether.” And from that point on, we have It is signi? cant. There are still naysay- units robustness. versations with ZF were challenging to re? ned the Z-drive we
... the safety contribution that Z-drives makes to marine transpor- tation – especially barge marine transportation – is dramatic.” times everything else just falls into place. I like to say but there are other people that haul fertilizer. I don’t a another naval arch to pursue another way of improv- we
WORKBOATS SOUTHERN TOWING COMPANY “In God we trust. All others must have data.” When Ed Grimm took the helm of Southern Towing Company (STC) as President and CEO, he inherited an enviable team of leaders, engineers, mentors, communicators and analysts. Today STC is a clear leader on the inland waterways
Eastern Mediterranean Photos: Iain Cameron ering longer term sentiments. A reckon- Tidewater units are oper- to point to actual demand seeing dayrates just above $40,500, ing in an early September 2019 confer- ating, its slide deck points drivers when they are more than double those of a year earlier
is, natural- nearby at around $60/ ters as an Iranian tanker continued momentum in the U.S. Gulf ly, closely tied to the price barrel) follow a similar sustained a missile attack of Mexico, stressed the new openings of oil. Seacor Marine’s John pattern. Natural gas prices also remain in the Red Sea a