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Editor's Note "T he weakest link in the chain is also the strongest. It can break the chain." Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, writer, poet and satirist (courtesy of ThinkExist.com) On the Cover MARITIME REPORTER AND ENGINEERING NEWS www.marinelink.com Whether in reference to human, mechanical or process, it is accepted that the strength of any "chain" is only as strong as its weakest link. Born out of failure often is a strengthened chain, as lesssons learned are applied. There are many instances in the marine industry, and this year one of the preeminent forces of maritime safety in the United States -- the Ship Structure Committee (SSC) -- celebrates its 60th anniversary at the Annual SNAME Maritime Technology Conference and Expo, and Ship Production Symposium, scheduled to be held October 10-13 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The SSC was created 60 years ago when the one-day-old Liberty Ship SS Schenectady literally broke in half following a successful sea trial. (See picture and story on page 30). SSC was created to investigate the disaster to ensure it was not repeated. In the ensuing 60 years, the organization has published nearly 450 technical reports, many of which can be accessed on SSC's website, www.shipstructure.org. While mechanical weak links are often easy to see, as they often result in highprofile disasters, weak links in other realms, such as regulation, are often more subtle and subjective to individual interpretation. This month' Government Update from Dennis Bryant of Holland & Knight discusses the pending Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. Bryant discusses -- in his customary eloquent manner -- a litany of problems with the TWIC program as currently crafted, which he argues could lead to the program's collapse. On the Cover: Pictured on this month's cover is an ice rescue simulation from Kongsberg Maritime. Simulation is just one aspect of this diverse multinational's portfolio of marine products and services. See the Kongsberg corporate profile starting on page 54. ISSN-0025-3448 USPS-016-750 No. 9 Vol. 68 118 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010 tel: (212) 477-6700; fax: (212) 254-6271 Founder: John J. O'Malley 1905 - 1980 Charles P. O'Malley 1928 - 2000 Maritime Reporter/Engineering News is published monthly by Maritime Activity Reports, Inc. Mailed at Periodicals Postage Rates at Waterbury, CT 06701 and additional mailing offices. Postmaster send notification (Form 3579) regarding undeliverable magazines to Maritime Reporter/Engineering News, 118 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010. Publications Mail Agreement No: 40024966 Return Undeliverable Canadian Addresses to Circulation Dept. of DPGM 4960-2 Walker Road Windsor, ON N9A 6J3 Publishers are not responsible for the safekeeping or return of editorial material. ©2006 Maritime Activity Reports, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior written permission of the publishers. 18 34 62 68 70 78 80 79 This Day in Navy History SNAME MTC&E & SPS 2006 SMM 2006 Preview Book Reviews New Products Buyer's Directory Ad Index Classifieds Member Subscriptions: One full year (12 issues) $34.00 in U.S.; outside of U.S. $55.00 including postage and handling. For subscription information, call 212-477-6700; fax: (212) 254-6271; or e-mail: email@example.com Business Publications Audit of Circulation, Inc. Coming in Maritime Reporter & Engineering News October 2006 THE SNAME/MARINE DESIGN EDITION In conjunction with the SMTC&E in Ft. Lauderdale, MR explores the latest trends in ship, boat and offshore design. November 2006 THE WORKBOAT EDITION www.marinelink.com firstname.lastname@example.org Patrol Craft & RIBs · Gulf of Mexico Round-Up · Insulation, Pipes, Pumps & Valves · Deck Machinery & Cargo Handling Equipment 6 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News