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Newport News Orders Largest All-Electric Pipe Bender

Newport News Shipbuildings 1,050-metric ton gantry crane lifts the forward end of one of aircraft carrier Gerald R. Fords (CVN 78) catapults into place, bringing more than three years of structural erection work to a close. Photo courtesy of Huntingdon Ingalls Industries

Unison has received an order from Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), the supplier of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and one of two shipbuilders of nuclear-powered submarines for the U.S. Navy, for an all-electric CNC machine capable of bending large-bore tubing and piping up to eight inches in diameter (219mm OD). The machine will be the first of its type ever built, extending the shipbuilder’s range of precision software-controlled bending facilities to include fabrication of larger diameter pipes that previously could only be bent on very high torque hydraulic machines. Unison believes that it will be the largest and most sophisticated all-electric pipe bender ever designed. NNS, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, has more than six years of experience using Unison’s all-electric tube benders. The shipbuilder first began using this technology in 2007, when it took delivery of three Unison machines to help fabricate tubing and piping systems for the Ford-class aircraft carriers that were then about to enter production. The first of this new generation of carriers – Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) – is nearing structural completion. All-electric benders offer numerous advantages over the type of hydraulically powered machines traditionally used in heavy industries such as shipbuilding


UK Shipyard Orders Second Tube Bender

A second state-of-the-art tube bending machine has been ordered by BAE Systems Submarine Solutions to support the construction of the UK's Astute class nuclear-powered submarines. The new tube bending machine is an all-electric model with precision software-controlled servomotor movement, for bending tube diameters up to 76 mm. It also features an advanced laser measurement system that monitors any deviations to the programmed bend caused by the tubing material's 'springback' characteristics


First Subsea Achieves API 17L1 Certification for Bend Stiffener Connectors

Photo courtesy of First Subsea

  Connector technology developer First Subsea has received APL 17LI certification for its bend stiffener connectors from the American Petroleum Institute, the company announced today.   The bend stiffener connectors are used for flexible riser and umbilicals and offshore wind cable connections and are now certified as Load Transfer Devices under the API's specification for flexible pipe ancillary equipment.  


Ailing Fisherman Medevaced off Oregon

Screenshot from U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station North Bend.

An ailing fisherman was medevaced by U.S. Coast Guard aircrews Thursday roughly nine miles west of Winchester Bay, Oregon.   The man, reportedly suffering from a seizure, was hoisted from fishing vessel Hecate by an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend at about 11 a.m. and was transferred to waiting EMS at Southwest Oregon Regional Airport in stable condition.   Watchstanders at Sector North Bend were notified of the man’s condition at about


Distressed Surfer Rescued near Cape Kiwanda, Ore

Coast Guard Air Station North Bend MH-65 Dolphin helicopter Credit USCG

 A Coast Guard Air Station North Bend MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew rescued a surfer in distress 150 yards offshore near Cape Kiwanda, Saturday. The surfer was safely transferred to local emergency medical services at the Pacific City Airport for further medical care. Watchstanders at the Sector Columbia River Command Center received the report of the surfer in distress via Tillamook County 911 dispatch.  The Dolphin crew


Fishing Vessel Hits Jetty, Crew Saved

A U.S. Coast Guardreported that its boatcrew from Station Chetco River, in Brookings, Ore., rescued four people after a 62-foot fishing vessel allided with the Chetco River South Jetty, Monday evening. The crew of the fishing vessel Jo Marie contacted the Coast Guard via VHF-FM radio at 8:16 p.m. Crewmembers from Station Chetco River launched aboard a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat and watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend, Ore


Roland Mower New President/CEO of Port San Antonio

Roland C. Mower

  Roland C. Mower who has helped bring billions of dollars in business investment and supported the creation of thousands of jobs in Texas will be Port San Antonio's next President and CEO. A business veteran who for more than 25 years has led efforts to attract and grow multi-million dollar industrial and advanced technology projects in Texas and elsewhere in the U.S. Roland Mower will begin his new leadership role on September 29. He succeeds Bruce E


Today in U.S. Naval History: June 13

Entering the Ice Engraving by George T. Andrew after a design by M.J. Burns, copied from The Voyage of the Jeannette ..., Volume I, page 117, edited by Emma DeLong, published in 1884. It depicts USS Jeannette entering the Arctic Ice, near Herald Island (about 72N, 175W), on 6 September 1879. (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - June 13 1881 - USS Jeannette crushed in Arctic ice pack 1967 - Operation Great Bend in Rung Sat Zone, Vietnam For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center website at www.history.navy.mil.


Spec-Temp Expands Marine Sales Team

Rick Baldwin has joined the outside sales team at Spec-Temp according to Russ Reinhart, Spec-Temp's sales manager. Baldwin's sales focus is glass products for the marine market, including high volume standard bent windshields for pleasure craft and low volume-custom applications in the yacht market. He joins Spec-Temp from Creation Automotive, Elkhart, Ind.


Bulk Carriers Collide

U.S Coast Guard photograph courtesy of Air Station New Orleans The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a collision between two bulk carrier vessels, the 712-ft. Panamanian-flagged Zagora and the 737-ft. Greek-flagged Torm Anholt, on the Mississippi River in the Kenner, La., bend. The Coast Guard was notified of the incident on Monday afternoon, and dispatched two HH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crews from Air Station New Orleans, a 41-ft


Quick Propeller Repair Prevents Drydocking

One of the propeller blades was missing parts of its tip. (Photo: Hydrex)

Recently a team of Hydrex diver/technicians performed a propeller blade cropping on a 190-meter container bulker berthed in Hamburg. Two parts of the tip of one of the four propeller blades were damaged and needed to be cropped to restore the propeller’s efficiency.   


KR Boosts Operational Efficiency with Boxship Conversion

The Korean Register has announced that it has successfully completed a feasibility study for the conversion of an 8,600 teu containership into a 10,000 teu vessel. This new capacity specification was developed in response to a shipping company’s desire to adapt to recent shipping


HMM May Hire Foreign CEO for Revival

Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine

 Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) will start the process to appoint a new chief executive officer (CEO) when Hyundai Group loses control on Aug. 5, reports Korea Times quoting un-named industry sources.   The challenged shipper will begin a new chapter in its 40-year history


JIP Validates DNV GL's Helica Software

The Helica software module in Sesam includes technology that represents industry consensus for cross section analysis of umbilicals and flexible risers, including fatigue analysis of section components such as helix wires and steel tubes. Using Helica, subsea engineers can reduce the analysis time to a fraction, as thousands of simulations may be performed in minutes. Photo DNV GL

A joint industry project run by DNV GL has replicated stresses measured in an umbilical subjected to tension and bending in full-scale tests, further validating the accuracy of the analysis software Helica. DNV GL’s Helica can analyse thousands of simulations in a matter of minutes


Trelleborg Debuts New Dredging Hose in China

Photo: Trelleborg

Trelleborg’s engineered products operation is now manufacturing a pre-bend rubber dredging hose in China – the only one of its kind available in the country, according to the manufacturer.   Currently exclusive to Trelleborg’s Chinese manufacturing operation


Newport Shipyard Buys Custom Marine Travelift

Marine Travelift Inc. announced that Newport Shipyard has purchased a customized 200CII mobile boat hoist for its Newport, R.I. facility. When it’s delivered this fall, the machine will join the 70-, 100- and 500-ton Marine Travelift hoists currently in operation.  


School Students Win Offshore Challenge Prize at UH

BSEE Logo

Today, a team of eight students from West Side High School in Houston emerged victorious from the first annual High School Offshore and Technology Stars Challenge, which was co-hosted by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI) at the


Fisherman Medevaced Near Winchester Bay, Ore.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station North Bend, Ore., medevacs an ill crewman off the fishing vessel Hecate 9 miles west of the Umpqua River entrance in Oregon, Jan. 7, 2016. Photo USCG

  A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a fisherman who had reportedly suffered a seizure aboard the fishing vessel Hecate, about 9 miles west of Winchester Bay, Thursday morning. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend safely hoisted the man at about 11 a.m


Gates to Launch Mega Clean Tech Initiative

Bill Gates Photo Microsoft

  Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will launch a multi-billion-dollar clean energy research and development initiative on Monday, the opening day of the U.N. climate change summit in Paris, GreenWire reported Friday. Gates and a group of developing and developed countries will agree to


Approvals Launch VIKING Nadiro into New Markets

VIKING Nadiro director Henrik Helsinghof

  New lifeboat release systems and bracket type approvals for VIKING Nadiro SOLAS products are extending the company’s core capabilities beyond cargo to offshore and passenger segments – and speeding up delivery times.  


Gondon Shipyard Expansion Underway

Photo: Gondan Shipyard

Spanish shipbuilder continues expansion and improvement process at several of its facilities targeting increased productivity Gondan Shipyard announced it has completed a new stage of improvement and expansion at its facilities in Figueras


Ailing Crewman Medevaced from Cable Lay Ship off US

Screenshot from U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station North Bend

A crew member reportedly suffering from a heart attack was air lifted by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew from a cable-laying vessel 80 miles west of Coos Bay, Ore.   An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend on Thursday safely transferred the 55-year-old


Ships' lifting Apparatus at Abu Dhabi Ports

Photo courtesy Abu Dhabi Ports

  Abu Dhabi Ports have informed that they reserves the right to refuse the use of ships' lifting apparatus without valid certification and / or if the apparatus is assessed by the HSE inspectors to be substandard due to, amongst other things:


New Inflatable Tube and Pipe Weld Purging System

Image: HFT

When welding tubes and pipes such as stainless, duplex, chrome etc., it is important to purge the internal bore with an inert gas to prevent oxidization, discoloration and to ensure a good internal weld profile.   Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) announced it has introduced PurgElite


Tug-Barge Design Optimized for South America

Some veteran Mississippi pushboats and barges have been transported to South America for second careers. However, conditions on a great river like the Paraguay-Paraná are different. It has sharp bends, shallow stretches, and includesremote reachestotally lacking in infrastructure






 
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