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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


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


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.


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.


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


Tank Barge Successfully Refloated

A tank barge that ran aground outside the channel in Raritan Bay near Wards Point Bend successfully re-floated. Reinauer Transportation conducted lightering operations throughout the night, and with the rising tide in the morning they were able to free the grounded vessel. The barge George Morris was being towed out to sea by the tug Rowan M. McAllister carrying 50,000 barrels of Ethanol aboard when it ran aground around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.


LR Warns: Ship In Danger to Break Apart

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Fifty days on, the maximum bending moment for the chemical carrier Maritime Maisie exceeds estimated damage strength limits. The ship will be in danger of breaking up if subjected either to worsening weather or a long ocean tow Lloyd’s Register’s Ship Emergency Response Service (SERS) has been working with the shipmanagers of Maritime Maisie, Singapore based, MSI Shipmanagement, to develop a plan to best manage the casualty and help ensure the ship can be taken to a secure


McDermott, Bay Begin Alliance at Harbor Island Facility

J. Ray McDermott, Inc., a subsidiary of McDermott International, Inc., and Bay Ltd. have formed a strategic alliance to pursue fabrication projects in the offshore oil and gas industry, using McDermott's Harbor Island facility near Corpus Christi, Texas. Under the alliance, J. Ray McDermott will provide overall project management, engineering and procurement services, as well as the assembly areas, lifting equipment dredged slip and bulkhead at Harbor Island.


HFT Launches Weld Purging Technology

new Tube and Pipe weld purge systems for Shipbuilding and Shiprepair industries.

Launch of  new Tube and Pipe weld purge systems for Shipbuilding and Shiprepair industries.   Having been manufacturing Tube and Pipe Weld Purging Systems since 1975 Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) has now reached the MKV version of its designs by launching the new PurgElite series of Tube and Pipe Purging systems for diameters from 1” to 12” diameter inclusive.   This particular range is especially suitable for the Stainless Steels


Black Box Inventor Remembered in Defence Building Naming

Australia's Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, has announced that the Canberra headquarters of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) is being named after the late Dr David Warren who developed the ‘black box’ to help in the investigation of aircraft


IRPT: Missouri River Showing Progress

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Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals (IRPT) has anounced  the newly formed working group “MO River Basin – Navigation Revitalization Committee”, designed to increase freight traffic and business on the Missouri River. IRPT has encouraged and received cooperation with


Great Lakes Icebreaking Time Quadrupled by Coast Guard

Great Lakes icebreaking: Photo courtesy of the Algoway crew/USCG

The US Coast Guard says that its nine Great Lakes icebreakers put in nearly four times as many icebreaking hours the first quarter of this fiscal year as compared to previous years, due to harsh winter weather. Pictured to the right: the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw and the crew of tug


IMCA to Host Wire Rope Workshop

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Wire Rope workgroup has held three Wire Rope Workshops, the fourth in the series ‘Optimum System Design for High Value Subsea Construction Ropes’ will be held 18 March 2014 at the Radisson Blu Hotel at Amsterdam Airport.


MOL Responds to Containership Safety Report

MOL Comfort: Photo courtesy of PTI

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) responded to the interim report of the Committee on Large Container Ship Safety related to the incident on June 17, 2013, involving the MOL-operated MOL Comfort, which hull broke in half. The committee was established by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure


Latest US Department of Defense Contracts

Included in the latest list of US Department of Defense contracts are those for a USACE Mississippi River dredging operation, and a Navy contract for the phased maintenance of the 'USS San Antonio'. Dredging contract: Conti Enterprises Inc., Lincoln Highway, Edison, N.J


Tube Benders Speed Subsea Wellhead Construciton

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All-electric tube bending machines from Unison are helping FMC Technologies - the leading supplier of subsea tree hydraulic control systems for wellheads - to substantially reduce build times and multiply its manufacturing capacity. Six sites worldwide now use Unison tube bending machines in a


Renovations Sought at Kiel Canal

Brunsb├╝ttel (Photo: WSV)

In the course of a press panel discussion in Hamburg hosted by Port of Hamburg Marketing, port and business representatives from centers along the Kiel Canal and the Hamburg Port Authority jointly called for the reconstruction without delay of the fifth lock chamber and the renovation of the two


Webb Institute Names McMullen 2013-14 Scholarship Recipients

Henry Jansen & Elli Wunder: Photo courtesy of Webb Institute

Webb Institute, a 4-year college specializing in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, is pleased to announce that seniors Henry Jansen, from Bayville, NY, and Elli Wunder from North Bend, WA have been named the recipients of the 2013 – 2014 McMullen Family Foundation Scholarship.


Indian Navy's New Warship Runs Aground

INS Kamorta: Photo credit Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers

The 'INS Kamorta', the first in a class of Indian Navy's ambitious Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Corvettes, under construction at the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) shipyard ran aground on in the River Hooghly near Geonkhali in East Midnapore, while on sea trials


Cutter Suction Dredger Launched in Singapore

Cassiopeia V

On Monday, October 7, Cutter Suction Dredger Cassiopeia V was launched by ASL shipyard in Singapore for Penta-Ocean Construction Co. Ltd from Japan. VOSTA LMG is responsible for delivery of the engineering and the dredging equipment. The Cassiopeia V is a self propelled Cutter Suction


Bridging the Trip Preparation Gap

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Precision Is Imperative. “Your true pilot cares nothing about anything on earth but the river, and the pride in his occupation surpasses the pride of kings.” – Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi (1883) The statement made by the great chronicler and river pilot himself over


Sterling Builds Massive Dredger

Deck barge Dale Pyatt sits in May Shipyard while construction is finalized. (Photo: Eric Haun)

Vessel’s crane is the centerpiece of this state-of-the-art, technologically advanced workhorse platform. Sterling Equipment, Inc., an East Coast marine construction rental company based out of Quincy, Mass., has more than 135 pieces of floating equipment in commission, but its newest barge


Victaulic Unveils Press-To-Connect Pipe-Joining System

Vic-Press installation

Victaulic, a manufacturer of mechanical pipe joining systems, introduces Vic-Press, an IACS-approved flame-free press system for joining small-diameter stainless steel pipe. With Type Approval certification from IACS member agency Germanischer Lloyd, Vic-Press offers a quick, simple


Coral Sea Bulker Drifted Dangerously: ATSB Release Findings

ID Integrity: Photo courtesy of ATSB

Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) release its findings on the breakdown and subsequent drift towards danger of the bulk carrier 'ID Integrity', in the Coral Sea, 18 to 23 May 2012 as follows: What happened In the early hours of 18 May 2012, while transiting the Coral Sea


 
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