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SSP Introduces High Pressure Ball Valve Series

Photo: SSP

SSP introduced the 83 Series family of high pressure ball valves, including the H83 configuration for high pressure/severe service, diving, research and development and offshore control panel applications. The 83 (two-way) and 83X (three-way) ball valves have a maximum allowable working pressure up to 6,000 psi (415 bar), and the H83/H83X ball valves are rated to 10,000 psi (689 bar). All configurations offer a 316ss, Alloy 400 or UNS N10276 body, and a variety of seats to meet application requirements. Operating temperatures range 0 to 450°F (-17 to 232°C), with optional low-temperature service rated at -40 to 200° F (-40 to 93°C). The compact, low operating torque of the 83 Series valves is perfect for side and bottom load applications. Also, end screw fittings allow for easy mix and match of desired end connections. In addition, these new ball valves feature a handle with a stainless steel insert (vs. soft brass) providing a long service life with a better handle stop. SSP ball valves offer maximum chemical compatibility for pressure and temperature ratings, meet industry standards and are 100% factory tested. Like many of SSP’s instrumentation products these valves feature SSP’s exclusive field support via Quick Response (QR) codes that can be accessed in the field via any smartphone. mysspusa.com


Kirby Buys Towboats, Barges from Coastal

Kirby Corp. signed an asset purchase agreement with Coastal Towing, Inc. to purchase from Coastal seven black oil tank barges and 13 inland towboats. The transaction, estimated at $17.1 million in cash, is being financed through Kirby's operating cash flow and available credit under Kirby's bank revolving credit agreement. Kirby and Coastal have also entered into a Barge Management Agreement whereby Kirby will serve as manager of the combined black oil tank barge fleet


Increased Kazakh Oil Exports Lead To Congested Waterways

A top Kazakhstan's official said on Monday that fears of tanker congestion in the Bosphorus and Dardanelles waterways resulting from increased Kazakh oil exports were unfounded and safety standards would be respected. The Bosphorus, crossed annually by some 50,000 vessels, of which 14 percent carry oil, will see more tanker traffic from the Russian port of Novorossiisk when oil is loaded from a new pipeline leading from Kazakhstan's giant Tengiz field.


Tru-Design Wins Dutch 2009 HISWA Award

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New Zealand based marine manufacturer Tru-Design Plastics has won the HISWA Innovation Award 2009 for its position-monitored ball valve range. HISWA, the Dutch marine association, represents the gamut of water sport businesses in The Netherlands and is associated with promoting highest standards of safety, quality and environmental friendliness. The annual HISWA innovation award is designed to encourage and showcase state-of-the-art consumer products


Dockwise Completes First Float-Over in Vyborg Project

After nearly two years of engineering, procurement, and project preparations, Dockwise has completed the first of two float-overs for the Vyborg Project in Korea. The Vyborg Project with total revenues of approximately $100m is big in scope. And size: It involves moving two 15,000 metric ton semi-submersible hulls and two topsides that weigh approximately 19,000 metric tons each. These pieces were constructed in locations more than 27


Unions Take Action On ‘Sea Of Shame’

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and its affiliated unions are launching a week of action today from ports on the Black Sea to combat what an updated report from the organisation finds are still shocking levels of crew abuse and unseaworthy vessels there. Two years after the ITF and its unions in Black Sea countries launched an intensive campaign to expose these shameful conditions (see http://bit


Geest North Sea Line to Introduce New Ships

Geest North Sea Line will introduce two 804TEU vessels into service in the course of 2004. Wout Pronk, managing director of European shortsea and intermodal specialist Pronk made the announcement during his presentation "Getting closer to the customer", which he was delivering to delegates attending the Short Sea Europe seminar at Intermodal Transport & Logistics 2002 (ITL2002) in Rotterdam. The vessels will have more than twice the container capacity of those


NOAA Releases Study on Deepwater Horizon Controlled Burns

Black smoke billows from a controlled burn of surface oil during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A new study by NOAA and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) found that controlled burns released more than one million pounds of sooty black carbon into the atmosphere.

During the 2010 BP/Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill, an estimated one of every 20 barrels of spilled oil was deliberately burned off to reduce the size of surface oil slicks and minimize impacts of oil on sensitive shoreline ecosystems and marine life.   In response to the spill, NOAA quickly redirected its WP-3D research aircraft to survey the atmosphere above the spill site in June. During a flight through one of the black plumes, scientists used sophisticated instrumentation on board


Ukraine's Black Sea Gas Ambitions Seen at Risk over Crimea

By Henning Gloystein, Reuters Ukrainian plans for expanding Black Sea natural gas output have been thrown into doubt by Russia's seizure of Crimea, a region linked to most of Ukraine's offshore developments. Past price disputes between Russia and Ukraine have led to the Russians cutting off supply, prompting Kiev to spur development of its own resources including onshore shale gas and Black Sea fields. Ukraine failed to pay Russian gas company Gazprom $440 million by a deadline on


First Line of Baltic Sea Pipe to be Laid by Saipem

Saipem 7000 pipe-laying vessel: Photo courtesy of Gazprom

Contracts worth around EUR 2-billion for construction of the first of the four offshore lines of the trans-Baltic South Stream gas pipeline have now been signed by South Stream Transport and Saipem, inform Gazprom. Saipem is to build the first offshore line of the South Stream gas pipeline as well as erect process facilities in the shore crossing areas, and construct the landfalls. Pipes will be welded together on board a special pipe-laying


Biogas Plant from Sweden to Denmark

Swedish clean-tech company Malmberg is a market leader in the field of biogas.

  Blue Water Gothenburg has handled an industrial transport project for the Swedish clean-tech company Malmberg which is a market leader in the field of biogas. The items being transported was equipment for a biogas plant in Horsens, Denmark


Turkey Approves EIA Report for South Stream’s Offshore Section

South Stream’s offshore pipeline

The Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning of Turkey approved the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report and issued a positive opinion of the EIA results for South Stream's offshore section in Turkey. The Report contains the assessment of potential environmental impacts caused by


Russian Navy Expansion Gathers Momentum

Borey-class submarine: Photo Russian Navy

The Russian Navy celebrates its professional holiday by putting two new submarines into service and expects a new warship in the fall and several additional ships for its Black Sea Fleet off the Crimean coast in the next three years, reports official news agency Ria Novosti.


Burger Boat to Build New Passenger Vessel

Image courtesy of Burger Boat Company

Burger Boat Company announced that it has received a contract for the construction of an 89-foot (27-meter) steel passenger vessel for Wendella Sightseeing Company, Chicago, Ill. Styled after other vessels in Wendella's fleet, this vessel will be used for their signature Combined Lake and River


DELO Invests to Boost Shipping Business

 A recent arrival at Novorossiysk.  Part of the China Shipping Line new deep-sea service from the Far East to Russia (Credit GCS)

Over the past three years, DELO Group, a Russian private transport company, has implemented an investment program, including rail and other adjacent port infrastructure, construction of stevedoring and inland storage terminals for oil products, construction of the KSK grain terminal


BSMA Orders Transas Offshore Simulator

Batumi State Maritime Academy (BSMA) and Transas Marine Black Sea signed a contract for supply and installation of the Transas Full Mission Offshore simulator. (Photo courtesy of Transas Marine)

At the end of May 2014, Batumi State Maritime Academy (BSMA) and Transas Marine Black Sea signed a contract for supply and installation of the Transas Full Mission Offshore simulator. The simulator complex will be one of the most advanced in the Black Sea region.


Eastern Launches Another Hornbeck Vessel

Eastern Shipbuilding launched HOS Black Watch for Hornbeck Offshore Services (Photo courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the launch of the HOS Black Watch (Hull 208) on Friday June 6, 2014 for Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC. The HOS Black Watch is Eastern’s fourth vessel in Hornbeck Offshore’s HOSMAX 310 class series.


Transas Offshore Simulator for Batumi State Maritime Academy

Transas Offshore Simulator chosen for the Batumi State Maritime Academy

  Batumi State Maritime Academy (BSMA) and Transas Marine Black Sea today signed a contract for supply and installation of the Transas Full Mission Offshore simulator. The simulator complex will be one of the most advanced in the Black Sea region.


Ships Calling at Dubai to Comply with Environmental Norms

  Ships calling DP World/PCFC ports in Dubai are required to strictly comply with PCFC-EHS Ports and Maritime Regulations and IMO Marpol Annex VI –Regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships, as amended to maintain the port environment cleaner and safer for the port


Keppel FLNG MOSS Vessel Conversion Contract Activated

An FPSO: File photo

Keppel Shipyard says that the contract it entered into earlier with Golar Hilli Corporation to perform the world's first-of-its-type conversion of an existing Moss LNG carrier, the Hilli, into a Floating Liquefaction Vessel (FLNGV), has become effective


RN Aircraft Carrier Christened by Queen Elizabeth

Christening ceremony: Photo credit MOD

Her Majesty The Queen has officially named the HMS Queen Elizabeth in front of a crowd that included shipbuilders, the Prime Minister and the Defence Secretary, informs the UK Ministry of Defence. The naming ceremony concluded with the smashing of a bottle of whisky over the bow of the ship


Paris MoU Issues Report on Port State Control

The Paris MoU published its report on 2013’s worldwide flag performance, “White, Grey and Black Lists.” The report indicates further improvements towards quality shipping. Last year Thailand and the United States of America were moved up to the White List


Centrgaz to Construct South Stream in Serbia

Serbian section of South Stream

  Today in Belgrad (Serbia) South Stream d.o.o. entered into a contract with Centrgaz, which won the bidding for the South Stream gas pipeline construction in the Republic of Serbia. Centrgaz, part of Gazprom Group, will focus on design, procurement, construction and installation activities


VOSTA LMG Delivers New Dredge Ball Joints

VOSTA LMGs new Crossover ball joint (photo courtesy of VOSTA LMG)

The Crossover ball joint is a new dredge ball joint that provides optimal flow performance, its manufacturer VOSTA LMG said. Through computational fluid dynamics (CFD) the frictional losses and turbulence have been reduced. Conventional dredge ball joints act like a ball valve when tilted


Seven NATO Countries End Black Sea War Games

ITS RIMINI berthing alongside ITS AVIERE in port in Burgas, Bulgaria before taking part in Exercise Breeze 2014 (Photo courtesy of HQ MARCOM Public Affairs Office)

Seven NATO countries completed naval exercises in the Black Sea on Thursday, officials said, in a signal of the alliance's resolve to support east European members who have been unnerved by Russia's behavior in the Ukraine crisis. Though scheduled before the crisis erupted






 
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