OMC International celebrates its 30th anniversary

Australian maritime engineering company OMC International (OMC), the recognised world leader in real-time Under Keel Clearance Management (UKCM), is celebrating its milestone 30th anniversary with a move to larger Melbourne headquarters.

Founder and Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien AM said OMC has moved from Harper St to nearby 126 Trenerry Crescent, Abbotsford to house its growing workforce of more than 50 employees, as well as to allow for postgraduate students and short stay collaborative visits with global maritime partners.“We are hiring more staff to meet a growing domestic and international workload, a response to an increasing recognition of our DUKC® e-Nav technology as the industry standard for safe and efficient real-time management of UKC,” he said.

Reprinted with permission from The Maritime Executive

http://maritime-executive.com/pressrelease/omc-international-celebrates-its-30th-anniversary

29 May 2017


Bottoms up

As Australian maritime engineering firm OMC International celebrates its 30th anniversary, its DUKC system is fast becoming an industry standard in under keel clearance.

Reprinted with permission from International Bulk Journal

29 May 2017


VRCA welcomes GrainCorp records at Geelong

By David Sexton – Melbourne

VICTORIAN Regional Channels Authority chief executive Michael Harvey has applauded a record-breaking month by grain handlers GrainCorp at Geelong.

A large harvest and the introduction of leading marine technology have been attributed as helping drive exports and ship cargoes. Ships carrying the largest tonnages of canola, wheat and barley to be fully loaded in Geelong eclipsed previous February records, with the bulk grain handler reaped its highest recorded month of grain exports at the Port.

Mr Harvey said Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) technology had played a key role, after the VRCA introduced it last year.This allowed ships to safely load to maximum capacity and helped strengthen Geelong’s position in a competitive market.

“It’s all about allowing ships to carry larger cargoes to and from Geelong’s port and that’s just what GrainCorp has achieved with its fleet of records in February,’’ Mr Harvey said.

Reprinted with permission from Lloyd’s List Australia

15 Mar 2017


OMC's DUKC System Plays Major Role at Port Hedland

In a joint effort with Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA), OMC International’s real-time DUKC e-Navigation technology helped enable the largest ever iron ore shipment to leave Port Hedland at a record sailing draft of 19.95 meters, Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien AM said today.

“Under DUKC advice a record 270,006 tons of iron ore left Port Hedland - the world’s largest bulk export port - on the Fortescue Metals Group loaded ship HL Tubarao last Wednesday morning March 1,” he said. “Our technology, which has been operating at Port Hedland for more than 20 years, safely allowed an increased draft of 0.70m over the traditionally conservative static rule, which meant an extra 12,000 tons of iron ore could be loaded.”

Reprinted with permission from The Maritime Executive

07 Mar 2017


New digital products to help ports and harbours

THREE new products have been developed to help ports and harbours manage under-keel clearance (UKC), the mooring of berthed ships, and weather-related risks.

OMC chief executive Peter O’Brien said the products had been on the drawing board for several years in response to customer requests, and our alliance with MetOcean Solutions has helped provide the momentum and support to bring them to market.

Reprinted with permission from Lloyd’s List Australia.

21 Nov 2016


OMC International Alliance Announces New Products

OMC International and its new alliance partner MetOcean Solutions have announced the launch of three new products to help ports and harbors manage under-keel clearance (UKC), the mooring of berthed ships, and weather-related risks.

Reprinted with permission from The Maritime Executive

http://www.maritime-executive.com/pressrelease/omc-international-alliance-announces-new-products

21 Nov 2016


OMC International Signs Agreement with MetOcean Solutions

Melbourne firm OMC International has signed a strategic alliance agreement with New Zealand-based MetOcean Solutions to coordinate research and development efforts and offer an expanded level of maritime forecasting and hydrodynamic services to port and harbor clients, CEO Peter O’Brien said today.

Reprinted with permission from The Maritime Executive.

http://www.maritime-executive.com/pressrelease/omc-international-signs-agreement-with-metocean-solutions

03 Oct 2016


DUKC process evolving with technology

Change is a constant in the world of maritime engineering, a field of which OMC International has been at the forefront for the past three decades.

OMC was established by Dr Terry O'Brien AM back in 1987.

It was Dr O'Brien who pioneered the Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC) system, a technology form that has led to great productivity and safety improvements at ports.

Reprinted with permission from Lloyd's List Australia.

22 Sep 2016


Record bulker to boost Geelong grain efficiency

FIRST Geelong had a record draft tanker. Now, it has had a record draft bulker.

Cyprus-flagged vessel Efraim A arrived in to the port recently before leaving for China with a consignment of grain.

Reprinted with permission from Lloyd's List Australia.

01 Sep 2016


Record draft ship visits Geelong

Advanced technology should allow vessels with a draft of 12-metres to visit Geelong, reports David Sexton

Introduction of Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC) technology has already boosted Geelong with a record-sized ship having recently visited the port.

Reprinted with permission from Lloyd's List Australia.

25 Aug 2016


Loads of Potential

GIANT oil tanker Phoenix Advance has broken a Geelong shipping record: it’s hull is the deepest to have sailed into Corio Bay.

It’s arrival yesterday points to the multi million-dollar benefits of a new channel clearance monitoring system.

The article has been reprinted with permission from Danny Lannen, of the Geelong Advertiser.

17 Aug 2016


OMC's Melbourne-invented technology helps Port Hedland to maximise port throughput

OMC International's innovative maritime technology, which has won a prestigious international safety award, is helping Port Hedland maximise port throughput and channel capacity.

Reprinted with permission from the Australian Mining Review.

28 Jul 2016


From Disruption to Innovation to Growth

With the Federal Government recently announcing a $1.1 billion dollar investment in innovation, we took the opportunity to talk to three maritime organisations who have based their business on innovation…… Another good example of disruptive innovation is the Australian company OMC International.

Reprinted with permission from MIAL (Maritime Industry Australia Limited) MAX magazine.

21 Apr 2016


SPECIAL REPORT – VICTORIA: Geelong welcomes one of the biggest chip ships as new era for port opens

THE Kalimantan Express, one of the biggest woodchip carriers in the world, sailed quietly into Geelong’s port this week to load almost 60,000 tonnes of woodchips......... Captain McGovern says the VRCA's introduction of Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC) technology earlier this year will also play a role in helping boost port productivity and efficiency.

Reprinted with permission from Lloyd's List Australia

14 Apr 2016


OMC's innovations are key contributors to global shipping safety and productivity

The IMO warns ship masters on bauxite liquefaction dangers. 8th Co-operation Forum addresses key issues relating to Straits of Malacca and Singapore. These two news headlines published in 2015 further validate the importance of OMC International's world-leading research into Under Keel Clearance (UKC) management solutions, and into commercialising new innovations.

Reprinted with permission from Shipping Australia

29 Jan 2016


The Award for Safety in Bulk Handling (Marine)

Winner - OMC International

Established in 1987, OMC International impressed our judges with their safe and accurate approach to under keel clearance management, based on live measured data.

Reprinted with permission from International Bulk Journal

15 Dec 2015


DUKC wins International Bulk Journal accolade

Melbourne firm OMC International has won the 2015 International Bulk Journal ‘Safety in Bulk Handling (Marine)’ award for its real-time Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC) technology.

Reprinted with permission from Lloyd's List Australia

18 Nov 2015


Under Keel Clearance Technology Wins International Award

Australian firm OMC International’s innovative maritime technology has won a prestigious international safety award, Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien AM announced today.

Dr O’Brien, who received the 2015 IBJ ‘Safety in Bulk Handling (Marine)’ trophy on behalf of his staff on Monday night at a glittering awards ceremony dinner in Antwerp, says this accolade further cements OMC’s reputation as a world-leader in real-time Under Keel Clearance (UKC) management technology.

Reprinted with permission from The Maritime Executive
http://www.maritime-executive.com/pressrelease/under-keel-clearance-technology-wins-international-award

18 Nov 2015


Extra Capacity for Port Hedland

The Government of Western Australia has identified ways to increase the shipping capacity in Port Hedland’s channel by 16 per cent over the next three years, Transport Minister Dean Nalder announced last Friday.

According to Nalder, new modelling of the Pilbara Ports Authority and independent maritime engineering company OMC International had pinpointed opportunities to increase the port’s forecast capacity from 495 million tonnes a year to 577 million tonnes.

Reprinted with permission from Dredging Today.com

16 Nov 2015


Extra capacity for Port Hedland channel

The Western Australian State Government has identified ways to increase the shipping capacity in Port Hedland's channel by 16 percent over the next three years, Transport Minister Dean Nalder has announced.

Nalder said new modelling by the Pilbara Ports Authority and independent maritime engineering company OMC International had pinpointed opportunities to increase the port's forecast capacity from 495 million tons a year to 577 million tons. "The extra capacity is a direct result of port innovations and efficiencies," he said.

Reprinted with permission from The Maritime Executive

 

15 Nov 2015


Geelong chooses DUKC

As OMC International's founder is honoured again, Australian Port Geelong is adopting the company's DUKC system to handle more cargo through the same channels.

Reprinted with permission from International Bulk Journal.

30 Aug 2015


Dr Terry O'Brien receives national honour

Under Keel Clearance inventor Dr Terry O'Brien has been honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), for his services to maritime engineering, in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
Dr O'Brien was honoured for his "significant service to maritime engineering, to the development of innovative marine navigation equipment and to education".
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Reprinted with permission from Lloyd's List Australia

 

09 Jun 2015


OMC International Founder and DUKC Innovator Honored

In yesterday’s Queen’s Birthday Honors List, OMC International Executive Director Dr. Terry O’Brien has been appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for “significant service to maritime engineering, to the development of innovative marine navigation equipment and to education”.
Melbourne engineer Dr O’Brien, who is the recognized global leader in Under Keel Clearance (UKC) management, said his AM was “an unexpected honor”.

Reprinted with permission from The Maritime Executive

http://www.maritime-executive.com/pressrelease/omc-international-founder-and-dukc-innovator-honored

 

09 Jun 2015


Maritime Engineer Honoured

COLOSSAL ships require centimetre-perfect technology — a fact that Terry O’Brien has built a career on.
The former Penshurst man has been made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to maritime engineering in the development of marine navigation equipment.
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Reprinted with permission from The Standard

09 Jun 2015


Former Penshurst man honoured

FORMER Penshurst man Dr William Terry O’Brien has been awarded a Member of the Order of Australia as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Dr O’Brien, as the founder and executive director of O’Brien Maritime Consultants International (OMC), was awarded “for significant service to maritime engineering, to the development of innovative marine navigation equipment, and to education”.

Reprinted with permission from the Hamilton Spectator

09 Jun 2015


More Cargo, Same Channels, Better Returns

Captain Peter McGovern of the Victorian Regional Channels Authority (VRCA) in Australia has announced that the VRCA is adopting exciting new technology that will allow larger ships with more cargo to access the Geelong Port.
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08 Jun 2015


Another important recognition for OMC

In today’s Queen’s Birthday Honors List, OMC International Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien has been appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for “significant service to maritime engineering, to the development of innovative marine navigation equipment and to education”.
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Reprinted with permission from Dredging Today.com

08 Jun 2015


Geelong to install Dynamic Under Keel Clearance

Installation of OMC's International Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC) system will soon allow larger vessels to enter the port at Geelong.
And vessels that already visit will be able to carry additional cargo into the port.

Captain Peter McGovern of the Victorian Regional Channels Authority (VRCA) said in the right circumstances, ships may be allowed up to 12-metres draught and that means a cargo uplift of 1350-3000 tonnes per vessel.
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Reprinted with permission from Lloyd's List Australia

05 Jun 2015


New technology for Geelong Port

Captain Peter McGovern of the Victorian Regional Channels Authority (VRCA) announced today that the VRCA is adopting exciting new technology that will allow larger ships with more cargo to access the Geelong Port.
Melbourne-based OMC International (OMC) developed the Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) system that allows ships to safely navigate channels carrying more cargo than is possible under the traditional static measurement system.
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Reprinted with permission from Dredging Today.com

03 Jun 2015


A turning point for OMC

Melbourne-based OMC international’s DUKC® contract with Arrium Limited mining group opens up new markets.

Reprinted with permission from International Bulk Journal April 2015.

27 Apr 2015


Arrium inks under-keel clearance deal

South Australian miner Arrium has inked a deal with marine engineering consultant OMC International for the supply of a dynamic under-keel clearance system for the miner’s transhipment operations in the Spencer Gulf.

Reprinted with permission by Australian Bulk Handling Review

04 Mar 2015


Miner inks contract with OMC for under-keel system

OMC International has announced that it has signed a contract with ASX-listed mining company Arrium for the supply of a dynamic under-keel clearance system for the miner’s transhipment operations in the Spencer Gulf.

 Reprinted with permission by Lloyd’s List Australia

03 Mar 2015


OMC's DUKC partners with Arrium Limited

OMC International’s contract with Arrium Limited for a DUKC system to enhance the safety and efficiency of capesize ships travelling down the Spencer Gulf showcases OMC’s expansion into new markets, Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien OAM announced today.

Reprinted with permission by The Maritime Executive

http://www.maritime-executive.com/pressrelease/omcs-dukc-partners-with-arrium-limited

02 Mar 2015


Calls for Government to increase shipping industry R&D funding

As the Founder of an Australian maritime engineering company that, at its core, relies on innovation, and as a recipient of Federal Government support for R&D that has directly contributed to my company’s successful growth and ability to remain at the forefront of the global stage, I feel well positioned to champion the benefits of an appropriate framework for a regeneration of such support, to better ensure Australia continues to address issues faced by the shipping industry.

Reprinted with permission from Shipping Australia

18 Jan 2015


Australian Maritime Hall of Fame 
Winner: Dr Terry O'Brien, inventor of the Dynamic Under Keel Clearance system and founder of OMC International

Through the exercise of his own intellect, he has created a system that has already, and will in the future, save the resources, ports and shipping industries literally billions of dollars.

Reprinted with permission by Lloyd’s List Australia

18 Dec 2014


Melbourne Receives Deepest Draft Tanker

OMC International’s DUKC software navigation technology helped safely guide the deepest draft oil tanker through Melbourne’s challenging Port Phillip Heads this month. On November 3, the Exxon chartered Ice Transporter tanker vessel (274m long and 48m beam) with a draft of 14.3 metres – the deepest vessel to visit Melbourne, Australia, – safely docked at Gelibrand berth after a 5 hour 20 minute transit into port under DUKC advice.

Reprinted with permission by The Maritime Executive

http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/Melbourne-Receives-Deepest-Draft-Tanker-2014-11-26

26 Nov 2014


Former Penshurst man honoured

A FORMER Penshurst man has been inducted into the Australian Maritime Hall of Fame at a gala awards night in Sydney. Dr Terry O’Brien was described at the awards night, attended by 500 people, as “an Australian who has had a global impact” with the creation of his world-leading navigation technology which allows ships to carry greater loads safely. “Through the exercise of his own intellect, he has created a system that has already, and will in the future, save the resources, ports and shipping industries literally billions of dollars,” his citation said.

Reprinted with permission by Hamilton Spectator.

25 Nov 2014


Former Penshurst man Terry O'Brien wins a place in maritime hall of fame

THE treacherous narrow entrance to Port Phillip Bay is among the countless ports throughout the world made safer by a former Penshurst man. Terry O’Brien, who was raised in Penshurst, was this month inducted in to the Australian Maritime Hall of Fame.

http://www.standard.net.au/story/2716238/former-penshurst-man-wins-a-place-in-maritime-hall-of-fame/?cs=4162

24 Nov 2014


Under Keel Clearance Pioneer Enters Hall of Fame

Melbourne engineer Dr Terry O’Brien OAM, who is the recognised world expert in Under Keel Clearance (UKC) management, has been inducted into the Australian Maritime Hall of Fame at a gala awards dinner in Sydney.  

Reprinted with permission by The Maritime Executive

http://www.maritime-executive.com/pressrelease/Under-Keel-Clearance-Pioneer-Enters-Hall-of-Fame-2014-11-20

 

20 Nov 2014


LOCAL: Winners of the 2014 Australia Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards Revealed

Around 350 industry representatives enjoyed the Australian shipping industry’s night of nights, the Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards, last night in Sydney.

 

Reprinted with permission by Lloyd’s List Australia

20 Nov 2014


Herald Sun - From little things ...

A Melbourne firm's finely tuned port navigation software is making a huge difference to miners' bottom lines, writes John Dagge.

Reprinted with permission by Herald Sun/Copyright Agency.

http://omcinternational.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/OMC-International-Herald-Sun.pdf 

16 Sep 2014


Port Strategy - In the shallow end

Tackling depth blackspots can be a key to increased productivity, explains Stevie Knight

Some ports are born with restricted depth, others have it thrust upon them. Take Marsden Point, for example. This refinery outlet had a good trade going when suddenly, after 30 years of apparently safe operation, two oil tanker groundings occurred within three months of each other, resulting in an environmental calamity, a media circus and a lot of questions...

Reprinted with permission from Port Strategy

http://www.portstrategy.com/news101/port-operations/planning-and-design/thrown-into-the-shallow-end

18 Feb 2014


Shipping Australia - A track record in navigation safety

The recently appointed CEO of Shipping Australia, Commodore Rod Nairn AM, in his presentation at NAV 2013 in Darwin earlier this year, posed the question, what does shipping want and provided this answer - reduced costs for increased benefits through effective and efficient trade in an environmentally safe manner.

Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) technology, designed by OMC International (OMC), has been in operation for two decades now and has maintained an incident free safety record while significantly increasing the efficiency of transporting around the world bulk cargos, liquid fuels and container goods...

Reprinted with permission from Shipping Australia Annual Review 2013

16 Jan 2014


Port Strategy - St Lawrence rings changes for Montreal

A project of major importance to shipping and consequently ports in the region is the optimisation of navigation in the St Lawrence River from Quebec City to Montreal...

Reprinted with permission from Port Strategy

http://www.portstrategy.com/news101/world/americas/St-Lawrence-rings-changes-for-Montreal

20 Nov 2013


Shipping Australia - OMC wins St Lawrence contract

Australian maritime engineering firm, OMC International (Shipping Australia Limited corporate associate member) has won a major Canadian contract for its DUKC® electronic navigation system to operate in the St Lawrence River...

Reprinted with permission from Shipping Australia, Spring 2013.

16 Oct 2013


International Bulk Journal - OMC's Major St Lawrence Contract

Australian maritime engineering firm OMC International (OMC) has won a major Canadian contract for its DUKC® electronic navigation system to operate in the St Lawrence River, further cementing OMC’s reputation as the leading expert in Under Keel Clearance (UKC) management, Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien OAM announced recently...

Reprinted with permission from International Bulk Journal August 2013

03 Aug 2013


Lloyd’s List Australia – Navigation system celebrates 20 years of growing sophistication

OMC International is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its first Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) navigation system.

Managing director Peter O’Brien said the current DUKC® navigation system is almost unrecognisable to the ship-motion model trialled in Queensland’s Hay Point coal terminal in 1993…

 

Reprinted with permission from Lloyd’s List Australia.

04 Jul 2013


Lloyd's List Australia - OMC wins Canadian contract

Australian maritime engineering firm OMC International (OMC) has won a contract in Canada for its DUKC® electronic navigation system to be used on the St Lawrence River.

Executive director Dr Terry O’Brien said a customised, web-based DUKC® Series-5 system for the draught-restricted section of the St Lawrence River from Montreal to Quebec City is expected to be operational next year as part of the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) and Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) integrated e-Navigation solution for river...

Reprinted with permission from Lloyd's List Australia.

16 Jun 2013


Shipping Australia - Is your port ready to receive bigger ships, larger loads and maximise throughput?

Valemaxes. VLCCs. Post-Panamaxes. Maritime news headlines reveal that the race has begun for ports to be ready to dock the new generation of mega ships, expand their capacity and minimise arrival and departure delays...

Reprinted with permission from Shipping Australia Autumn 2013.

16 Apr 2013


Australia's Mining Monthly - Perfectly Managed

New technology will increase the capacity of Port Hedland's inner harbour, to partly compensate for BHP Billiton's decision to defer its outer harbour expansion....

Further increase in exports will be possible when upgrades to the existing dynamic under keel clearance (DUKC®) navigation technology, developed by Australian firm OMC, are completed...

Reprinted with permission from Australia's Mining Monthly.

07 Jan 2013


International Bulk Journal - OMC help maximise capacity at Port Hedland

OMC International will deliver two new products to Port Hedland as part of an exciting new 5-year ‘Platinum Package’ agreement to help maximise port capacity at the world’s largest bulk export port, OMC’s Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien OAM announced in November...

Reprinted with permission from International Bulk Journal.

10 Dec 2012


International Bulk Journal - Innovative Technology Award

Judges chose OMC International’s new OMC iHeave®, which offers the bulk shipping industry a ship motion measurement instrument to increases the safety of lives at sea...

Reprinted with permission from International Bulk Journal.

02 Dec 2012


Lloyd's List Australia - OMC launches products to maximise capacity at Port Hedland

OMC International is set to deliver two new products to Port Hedland as part of a new five-year deal to boost capacity at the giant bulk export port. Under the agreement, Port Hedland Port Authority (PHPA) will upgrade to the latest web-based DUKC® Series 5 software navigation technology. It will be the first client of OMC to have these new products, Optimiser and DUKC® Chart Overlay, integrated into the DUKC® Series 5 system...

Reprinted with permission from Lloyd's List Australia November 2012

27 Nov 2012


Lloyd's List Australia - 25 Faces of Australian Shipping 2012

A phone call from the British Phosphate Commissioners was all it took. Next thing he knew, Terry O’Brien, who’d grown up on his family farm in Victoria and gone on to become a successful young engineering scholar at Melbourne University, was flying to the isolated island of Nauru. It was 1965, at the height of the phosphate boom in Nauru and on Christmas Island, and the Commissioners needed help to design deep-sea moorings at these islands for large ships. Each mooring system comprised a number of interconnected cables, with offshore anchors located in water depths of up to 600 metres, which, at that time, were the deepest in the world...

Reprinted with permission from Lloyd's List Australia ' 25 Faces of Australian Shipping' 2012 edition

16 Nov 2012


Safety at Sea - Measuring wave response in transit

SAS has previously described how OMC International’s Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) web-based management system can improve the safety and efficiency of navigation for large vessels transiting a shallow, tidally restricted waterway by accurately predicting under-keel clearance (SAS October 2010, page37). The company has now introduced a complementary product, OMC iHeave®, for measuring ship motions.

The numerical ship motion model within DUKC® enables calculation and forecasting of the interaction of waves, tides, currents and vessel dynamics in real time so that maximum safe draught and earliest and latest sailing times can be planned and refined...

Reprinted with permission from Safety at Sea November 2012

04 Nov 2012


International Bulk Journal - The Cruel Sea

OMC International (OMC) announced in July that its new safety product OMC iHeave® - a ship motion measurement instrument - was developed as part of a DUKC® desktop study now finalised for North America’s ‘graveyard of the Pacific’. Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien OAM said his maritime engineering firm delivered the final report to the Columbia River Bar Pilots (CRBP) on Friday 20th July.

Dr O’Brien said the research project, commissioned by CRBP with funding from the Oregon Department of Transportation, aimed to investigate the commercial and safety benefits of installing a DUKC® (Dynamic Under Keel Clearance) system at the Columbia River Bar...

Reprinted with permission from International Bulk Journal August 2012

16 Aug 2012


Maritime Journal - OMC helps to make Pacific transit safer

Global safety expert, OMC International, has developed a new safety product, a ship motion measurement instrument called the iHeave®, in response to challenging weather conditions faced during a study at the Columbia River Bar entrance to the Pacific.

The study, commissioned by the Columbia River Bar Pilots (CRBP), with funding from the Oregon Department of Transportation, aimed to investigate the commercial and safety benefits of installing an OMC Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) system at the Columbia River Bar in order to prevent vessel groundings. The treacherous entrance to the Pacific has claimed over 2000 ships since the late 1700s.

During the study, the transfer of DGPS instruments to carry out the study at the Columbia River Bar was deemed too dangerous so OMC engineers had to come up with another way of getting the data required...

Reprinted with permission from Maritime Journal

http://www.maritimejournal.com/news101/omc-helps-to-make-pacific-transit-safer/_nocache

31 Jul 2012


Safety4Sea - OMC unveils new safety product prompted by graveyard of the pacific study

OMC iHeave® - a ship motion measurement instrument

OMC International (OMC) has announced that its new safety product OMC iHeave® - a ship motion measurement instrument - was developed as part of a DUKC® desktop study now finalised for North America's 'graveyard of the pacific'.

Executive Director Dr Terry O'Brien OAM said his Melbourne-based maritime engineering firm delivered the final report to the Columbia River Bar Pilots (CRBP) last Friday (July 20). Dr O'Brien said the research project, commissioned by CRBP with funding from the Oregon Department of Transportation, aimed to investigate the commercial and safety benefits of installing a DUKC® (Dynamic Under Keel Clearance) system at the Columbia River Bar. This treacherous entrance to North America's Columbia River, which flows into the Pacific Ocean, is known as the 'Graveyard of the Pacific' because it has claimed about 2000 ships and 700 lives since 1792...

Reprinted with permission from Safety4Sea.

24 Jul 2012


Shipping Australia - What price safety?

Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Fortescue Metals Group. For those who read business stories online or in national and international newspapers, it’s obvious these big mining companies are still enjoying big profits in Western Australia.
If you’re time poor, just log onto Port Hedland Port Authority’s (PHPA) website and read its 2011 media releases about tonnage records continuing to tumble for Port Hedland which is the world’s largest bulk export port...

Reprinted with permission from Shipping Australia, Autumn 2012 edition.

16 May 2012


International Bulk Journal - OMC gets AMSA's nod

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has accepted a web-based realtime Under Keel Clearance Management (UKCM) system developed under contract by OMC International for the waters of Torres Strait...

Reprinted with permission from International Bulk Journal August 2011.

16 Aug 2011


IALA Bulletin 2011/2 - OMC enters North American market

IALA Industrial Member OMC International (OMC) reports that it has won its first North American contract, a DUKC® desktop study, for the Columbia River Bar, a treacherous waterway known as the Graveyard of the Pacific.
Executive Director Dr Terry O’Brien OAM said this study was a very exciting step for his Australian family-owned maritime engineering company and again confirmed OMC’s reputation as a world leader in under keel clearance (UKC) management systems....

Reprinted with permission from IALA Bulletin 2011/2.

16 Jun 2011


International Bulk Journal - Diversity fuels recovery

...OMC International (OMC) continues to strengthen its global presence and recently won its first North American contract, a DUKC® desktop study, for the Columbia River Bar, a treacherous waterway known as the 'Graveyard of the Pacific', the company has announced...

Reprinted with permission from International Bulk Journal April 2011.

16 Apr 2011


Lloyd's List DCN - Oz system put to the test in 'graveyard of the Pacific'

MELBOURNE-headquartered maritime engineering company OMC International has announced that it has won its first North American contract.

OMC was commissioned by the Columbia River Bar Pilots and the Oregon Department of Transportation to carry out a desktop study investigating the commercial and safety benefits of installing a Dynamic Underwater Keel Clearance (DUKC®) system at Portland...

Reprinted with permission from Lloyd' s List DCN February 2011.

24 Feb 2011


Ports & Harbors - Dynamic solution for vertically challenged ports

When a steering malfunction forced the large bulk carrier Iron King to run aground in the navigation channel of Australia’s Port of Hedland in mid-2008, it was a priority to remove the obstruction as fast as possible. To avoid further disruption to shipping traffic and associated product losses of up to US$40M per tide cycle, the port opted to refloat the vessel and move it to deep water outside the standard sailing windows. This tricky operation was made possible thanks to the use of Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) technology produced by Australian company OMC International....

Reprinted with permission from Ports & Harbors January 2011.

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17 Jan 2011


International Bulk Journal - Dr Terry's year of honours

The IBJ Awards Personality of the Year is Dr Terry O’Brien OAM, a recognised world expert on accurately calculating how close to the seabed a vessel can safely sail without touching the bottom...

Reprinted with permission from International Bulk Journal December 2010.

17 Dec 2010


Australia's Mining Monthly (AMM) - Hedland hopes

...One technology that has contributed to the greater movement of ore is the Dynamic Under Keel Clearance system - created 19 years ago by the Melbourne company OMC International...

10 Dec 2010


IALA Bulletin 2010/3 - OMC wins AMSA's Torres Strait contract

It was reported early in June that the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) had signed-off for OMC International's under keel clearance management (UKCM) system to be installed in the Torres Strait to enhance shipping safety. This signing also marks the launch of OMC's web-based product, the company announced on 7th June....

Reprinted with permission from IALA Bulletin.

07 Nov 2010


Safety at Sea International - Torres time for DUKC

Being able to accurately predict under-keel clearance for a large bulker, container ship or tanker transiting a shallow, tidally restricted waterway makes for safer and more efficient navigation for masters and crews. For the ship operator it can also mean more cargo loaded on the vessel and greater flexibility in the timing of port calls.

Almost all of the iron ore and most of the coal exported from Australia is shipped out under advice provided by the Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) management system produced by OMC International. The company has recently updated the web-based fifth version of its system...

Reprinted with permission from Safety at Sea International October 2010.

17 Oct 2010


International Bulk Journal - OMC's Innovation brings rewards

This year has seen OMC International win a major contract to install its Dynamic Under Keel Clearance(DUKC®) management system in Rio Tinto's Western Australian Cape Lambert port. The contract also includes an extension of the existing DUKC contract for Rio Tinto shipping operations at the port of Dampier. Cape Lambert is the 21st DUKC® installation for this family-owned maritime engineering firm founded in 1987 by Dr Terry O’Brien, who was last month formally presented at Government House with his Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the maritime transport industry...

Reprinted with permission from International Bulk Journal October 2010

10 Oct 2010


Shipping Australia - Honour for OMC International founder

Dr Terry O’Brien has been awarded the Order of Australia medal for services to the maritime transport industry in the Queen’s birthday honours list announced on 14 June. Dr O’Brien founded the OMC shipping technology group in 1987 and its under-keel clearance technology has since been adopted by ports around Australia as well as several international ports....

28 Jul 2010


portstrategy - Under-keel clearance systems for Australian port

Rio Tinto's Western Australian Cape Lambert Port will be installing a new Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) management system from OMC International. The agreement includes an extension of the existing DUKC contract for Rio Tinto shipping operations at the port of Dampier...

27 Jul 2010


Fairplay - Under-keel under control

Being able to accurately predict under-keel clearance for a large bulker, container ship or tanker transiting a shallow tidally restricted waterway not only makes for safer and more efficient navigation, it also makes commercial sense. For the port operator, the sailing draught can be increased and the tidal window extended, improving productivity at a fraction of the cost of dredging; for the ship operator those benefits translate into more cargo loaded on the vessel and greater flexibility in the timing of port calls...

Reproduced with permission from IHS Fairplay.

01 Jul 2010


Hamilton Spectator - Dr Terry O’Brien receives Queen’s Birthday Honours

A MELBOURNE engineer who owns a property near Penshurst has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in yesterday’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Dr Terry O’Brien, whose world-leading software navigation technology reduces the risk of ship groundings and saves billions of dollars for the world’s shipping industry, said he was delighted to be awarded an OAM. Dr O’Brien, is a former Melbourne University academic and Harkness Fellow who founded maritime engineering firm OMC International in 1987, has been honoured with an OAM for services to the maritime transport industry. “This is a great personal honour but I accept it also on behalf of the entire OMC team whose expertise and dedication ensures that our innovative technology is taken up by industry and continues to be the world’s best in this specialised field,” he said...

15 Jun 2010


OMC founder recognised in Queen’s Birthday list

OMC International founder Terry O'Brien has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for services to the maritime transport industry...

Courtesy Lloyd's List DCN

http://www.lloydslistdcn.com.au/archive/2010/june/15/omc-founder-recognised-in-queen2019s-birthday-list

15 Jun 2010


ABC.net.au - Contract clears way for safer shipping

"A new shipping navigation system will be trialled in the Torres Strait off far north Queensland over the next couple of months..."

Full article available at www.abc.net.au

08 Jun 2010


AMSA to use OMC system in Torres Strait

The latest release of Melbourne-based ship technology group OMC International's under keel clearance system will be used in the Torres Strait, the group said yesterday...

Courtesy Lloyd's List DCN

http://www.lloydslistdcn.com.au/archive/2010/june/08/amsa-secures-torres-strait-under-keel-system/

08 Jun 2010


International Bulk Journal - New OMC office to benefit bulkers

OMC International has opened a new office in South America in a bid to help make the region’s ports and waterways more efficient and safer by introducing UKC management technology to the shipping industry, particularly for bulk carriers...

07 Jun 2010


GreenPort Journal - Allowing vessels to sail deeper can provide environmental benefits

In March OMC International headquartered in Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, opened a new South American office located in Bogota, Colombia, with the aim of making the region’s ports and waterways more efficient and safer by  introducing UKC (under keel clearance) management technology to the continent’s shipping industry, particularly for bulk carriers...

06 Jun 2010


Lloyd's List DCN Online - OMC to expand into South America

Melbourne under-keel clearance system specialist OMC International will widen its global coverage next month by establishing a presence in South America.
OMC has announced it will open an office in the Colombian capital, Bogota, headed by senior engineer Matthew Turner.
Dr Turner has already met port and maritime executives in Brazil, Peru and Argentina to discuss OMC's Dynamic Under Keel Clearance product...

05 Feb 2010


ABC.net.au - New navigation system set to boost trade

"The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) says it expects to have a new shipping navigation system operating in the Torres Strait by the end of the year..."

Full article available at www.abc.net.au

07 Jan 2010


Lloyd's List DCN - OMC set for Torres Strait draught system win

OMC INTERNATIONAL has been chosen as the preferred supplier for a provisional under-keel clearance management (UKCM) system for the Torres Strait.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) decision comes 14 months after The Delivery of Coastal Pilotage Services in the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait review panel report recommended a single UKCM system be used by pilotage providers and coastal pilots to enhance the safety and efficiency of transiting deep draught vessels through the region.

07 Jan 2010


Lloyd's List DCN Winners 2009 - Maritime Services Award Winner : OMC International

OMC's Dynamic Under Keel Clearance System has been a huge success for the group and given it international attention.

17 Dec 2009


Lloyd's List DCN - In celebration of excellence

IT WAS, as always, as a night to celebrate excellence – a record 350 people coming together to recognise the brightest and sharpest from an industry that has battled hard in tough conditions.

...OMC International was recognised with the Maritime Services Award for its work in developing under keel clearance systems, which it has taken to international markets.

03 Dec 2009


Australian Bulk Handling Review - Winners announced at Australian Bulk Handling Awards

The Australian Bulk Handling Awards were held on November 12th, 2009 at Doltone House in Sydney on a thundery and wet evening.
In the Innovative Technology category, the finalists were OMC International, Minprovise, BFM Global and Corradini Engineering. ...OMC International was highly commended for its Dynamic Under Keel Clearance software and technology which has had a huge and beneficial impact on ports handling bulk commodities such as coal, iron ore, and bauxite.

17 Nov 2009


Australian Bulk Handling Review - OMC’s role at bulk ports acknowledged at Awards

OMC International’s Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) technology was rewarded with a highly commended certificate at the Australian Bulk Handling Awards.

DUKC® is a computer system that calculates waves, tides, currents, vessel dynamics and, crucially, the vertical component of navigation (what you can’t see under the water) to allow the safest and most efficient transit of ships in and out of ports. ...OMC International’s highly commended certificate was awarded to it in the Innovative Technology category.

10 Nov 2009


Lloyd’s List DCN Online - Victorian educators push for 'logistic cities'

Melbourne tertiary education institutions have provided important initiatives for the maritime and logistics industries over the past week, including the establishment of "logistic cities". ...Details have also emerged of Swinburne University's Port Access and Navigation five-day postgraduate study unit next week at its Hawthorn campus. The unit will feature Melbourne under-keel clearance firm OMC International. Prof Alexander Babanin, from Swinburne University’s Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences, said Ports Australia had recommended OMC as an industry partner.

15 Sep 2009


Australian Resources & Investment - DUKC® helps Port Hedland set ship loading record

Port Hedland Port Authority (PHPA) has approached OMC International to investigate how its proven DUKC® technology can help the port regularly repeat its recent record of five ships sailing on the one tide, says OMC chief Dr Terry O’Brien. PHPA grabbed media headlines when it announced that it had sailed five capsize bulk carriers (four BHP Billiton Iron Ore and one Fortescue Metals) on the morning high tide on Friday, June 26, with a combined total cargo of 841,062 tonnes.

10 Sep 2009


The Australian Mining Review - Port Hedland ship loading record

WORLD-leading and award-winning OMC DUKC® technology assisted the Port Hedland Port Authority (PHPA) to set a recent shiploading record in August.

Reprinted with permission from The Australian Mining Review, published September 2009.

08 Sep 2009


Maritime Journal - Learning from the Australians

OMC has recently opened a UK office, to help promote its Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) system and support its European installations. This technology has been proven in the difficult waters found around Australia. Melbourne for example has the Port Phillip heads at its entrance, where swells up to five metres can sometimes combine with a six knot ebb current, causing even large ships to plunge several metres downward.

08 Aug 2009


Port Strategy - Strike while the iron's hot

.....The technology, which can be integrated into a port's Vessel Traffic Management Information System, is claimed to have directly resulted in the optimisation of sailing windows and, consequently, reduced the congestion at the port.

According to the manufacturer, the adoption by BHP Billiton at the Port of Hedland in 1996 increased the port's export capacity to about 15m tonnes of iron ore per annum....

reprinted with permission from www.portstrategy.com

 

17 Jul 2009


Australian Resources & Investment - Port Adopts DUKC Innovations

Melbourne maritime engineering firm OMC International has licensed its world-leading navigation technology to the Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) to help ensure the safety of large vessels enterng Port Phillip Heads, one of the most challenging waters for ship navigation to be found anywhere on earth.

17 Jul 2009


Shipping Australia - Melbourne improves safety of ships at Port Phillip heads

Port Phillip heads poses one of the most challenging waters for ship navigation to be found anywhere on earth. The history of shipwrecks since settlement began at Melbourne in 1835 attests to this reality. Huge, long swells up to 5 metres significant wave height, combined with currents up to 6 knots on the ebb (which occurs at low water), cause even ships in excess of 250 metres in length to plunge several metres downward in extreme conditions.

27 Jun 2009


World Port Development - Melbourne adopts DUKC®

A unique system bringing safey to vessels arriving in some of the largest bulk, container and multi-cargo ports in the world including the Pilbara iron ore ports in North Western Australia has now been licensed to the Port of Melbourne. WPD reports.....

20 Jun 2009


Lloyd’s List DCN Online - OMC technology wins more recognition

Australian maritime technology company OMC International has garnered new international recognition. The company's Dynamic Under-Keel Clearance in-transit technology won the marine civil engineering and construction category at this year's Seawork awards in the United Kingdom.

18 Jun 2009


Lloyd’s List DCN - Feeling the draught of change

It has been an exciting month just past for OMC International. This has included more important recognition for it's Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) technology and early workout after its deal with Port of Melbourne Corporation.

18 Jun 2009


Lloyd’s List DCN - Keel clearance advance for Melbourne

The Port of Melbourne Corporation was the latest ports body to take up OMC International's Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) technology, the Melbourne maritime engineering firm said on Monday.

21 May 2009


Lloyd’s List DCN Online - OMC gets under-keel clearance green light for Melbourne

The Port of Melbourne Corporation was the latest ports body to take up OMC International's Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) technology, the Melbourne maritime engineering firm said yesterday.

19 May 2009


World Port Development - DUKC technology – a clear winner

On safety grounds, Maritime New Zealand strongly recommended that the NZ Port of Marsden Point install OMC International’s Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) technology following two oil tanker groundings back in 2003. Just four months ago, (August 2008) the system helped unblock Australia’s biggest iron ore port after a large bulk carrier, the ‘Iron King’, ran aground because of a steering malfunction.

17 Dec 2008


Brisbane Courier Mail - Holding the Baby

Maritime identity and honorary Queenslander Dr Terry O'Brien will today make a huge sacrifice.

04 Nov 2008


Lloyd’s List DCN - Keel system now in Europe

Australian underwater clearance specialist OMC International is hoping to develop its position in the European market with a demonstration of its services in Portugal this week.

16 Oct 2008


Lloyd’s List DCN (International edition) - OMC launches under keel system in Europe market

Australian underwater clearance specialist OMC International is hoping to develop its position in the European market with a demonstration of its services in Portugal this week, writes Rob McKay in Melbourne.

14 Oct 2008


Commodities & Trade to Asia - Port Authority uses latest technology in a world-first

Port Hedland Port Authority (PHPA) and OMC International have jointly achieved a world first by successfully using the latest DUKC® VTS technology to assist a large bulk carrier safely transit the main channel once it had been refloated after being grounded at Port Hedland in August.

27 Sep 2008


Lloyd’s List DCN - DUKC firm plans launch in Weipa

Exciting month coming up for Dynamic Under Keel Clearance system firm with Weipa debut and European office opening, reports Rob McKay.

25 Sep 2008


The Western Cape Bulletin - OMC wins Port of Weipa contract

OMC International has signed a three-year contract with Ports Corporation Queensland (PCQ) to supply its world-leading Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) system to the Rio Tinto Alcan bulk export port in Weipa.

24 Sep 2008


Lloyd’s List DCN Online - OMC signs Weipa under-keel clearance contract

OMC International had signed a three-year contract with the Ports Corporation of Queensland (PCQ) to operate its dynamic under keel clearance (DUKC®) system at the Rio Tinto Alcan bulk export port of Weipa, the Melbourne company revealed today.

16 Sep 2008


Lloyd’s List DCN Online - OMC hails under-keel clearance role in Iron King refloat

OMC International has revealed the role its under-keel clearance (UKC) technology played in the refloating of the capesize bulker Iron King at Port Hedland last week.

08 Aug 2008


Australian Mining - Smooth Sailing

An Australian designed and developed draft enhancing system known as Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) is increasing cargo capacity and saving port authorities, shipping companies, importers and exporters millions of dollars.

Article Link:
Mining Australia

15 Apr 2008