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Dassault Systemes and IBM Partner With IHI

Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co. Ltd (IHI) has signed an agreement with Dassault Systemes and IBM Product Lifecycle Management around 3D PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) for shipbuilding. 3D PLM solutions based on V5 architecture developed by Dassault Systemes and marketed by IBM world wide, are setting future industry standards which help shipbuilding companies reduce the development time as well as further improve their products. As part of the partnership, IBM and Dassault Systemes will integrate their 3D PLM technologies with IHI's specific industry know-how in order to promote the modernization of shipbuilding, one of the core industries in Asia. Services and support will be provided by IBM and IBM's business partners. Dassault Systemes', IBM's and IHI's implementation of the 3D PLM solutions will start in 2002, and the full deployment is expected to be operational in 2004/2005. Now, IHI is using "Ajisai", its own internally developed 3D CAD system, as a product model creation tool from the design to the production stage, and was using CATIA V5 for conceptual ship design. The company highly praised CATIA V5's flexibility and data compatibility and its participation in this project has for perspective data compatibility with this "Ajisai". Dassault Systemes, IBM and IHI will work together to integrate the complete 3D PLM solution set along with IHI's know-how concerning the management of attributes specific to the shipbuilding CAD, which is highly complex


Voith Maintains Status Quo Despite Difficult Environment

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Voith Group reports on financial results at end of fiscal year year 2012 (ending September 30, 2012). Report highlights: •    Third best operational result in company history despite difficult business environment at Voith Paper •    Sales rise by 2 percent to EUR 5.7 billion •    As expected, orders received below record value of the previous year •    Important orders in America


Finnish Yards Impact Kvaerner '99 Results

Kvaerner ASA announced a record 1999 pre-tax loss, hit by restructuring costs and weak non-core operations, but forecast an upturn at its core businesses in 2000. London-based Kvaerner recorded a pre-tax loss of $667 million from $205.5 million a year earlier after a sweeping restructuring plan was launched in April, which aimed to sell off non-core activities. "We have all seen that the goal is within sight. It is far away but still in sight," Chief Executive Kjell Almskog said


New Vietnam Shipbuilding Group to be Lauched

According to a report from the VietnamNet Bridge, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung said a new Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group, Vinashin, will be unveiled this month or early November. The new shipbuilding group will focus on its core business, which are shipbuilding and repairing; supporting industries for shipbuilding; and providing training courses in the field. (Source: VietnamNet Bridge)  


NSRP Approves $2.5 Million for Cost-Saving Projects

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The National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) Executive Control Board selected 17 new research and development projects for award as part of the NSRP’s core mission to reduce the costs associated with Navy shipbuilding and repair. The projects, totaling approximately $2.5 million, will be executed through the 10 NSRP Ship Production Panels, which serve as the program’s primary public forum for industry-wide networking, technology transfer and best-practice sharing.


Good Performance by Dun & Bradstreet in 3Q 2014

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  Dun & Bradstreet, the world's leading source of commercial information and insight on businesses, today reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014. "We continue to make good progress against our strategy and we are beginning to build momentum on our top line," said Bob Carrigan, President & CEO of Dun & Bradstreet. "There are ever more market signals indicating growing demand for actionable data and insights and we are well positioned


General Dynamics Awarded $208m for 2nd LCS

The U.S. Navy awarded a $208 million contract option to a Bath Iron Works-led team for construction of a second Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) featuring an innovative, high-speed trimaran hull. The 127-meter surface combatant ship, equipped with open architecture-based combat systems and computing environment, is scheduled for delivery to the Navy in July 2009. The original contract was awarded in July 2003. Bath Iron Works is a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).


Panama Canal Authority Awarded For Its Ethical Leadership

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PANAMA CITY, Panama, March 16, 2011 – Recognized internationally for its innovative work and ethical business practices, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the 2011 World’s Most Ethical Companies.  According to the Ethisphere Institute, the ACP secured a spot on the list from a record number of nominations by “going the extra mile and implementing upright business practices and initiatives that are instrumental to


Bibby Offshore Scoops Two Business Awards

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Bibby Offshore, a provider of subsea installation, inspection, repair and maintenance services to the offshore oil and gas industry, has been recognized at the 2014 Northern Star Business Awards winning in the categories Commitment to People Development and Outstanding Contribution to the Energy Sector. The awards were announced September 25 at the AECC. The Commitment to People Development award recognizes the company that has shown the most commitment to developing its staff through


Signal Ship Repair Achieves OSHA Milestone

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Signal International announced that on December 31, 2014, the Signal Ship Repair Operations located in Mobile, Alabama achieved one full year and worked 387,926 manhours, without the occurrence of an OSHA recordable incident. This is a  safety milestone within the United States shipyard and marine fabrication industry, thus representing world-class safety performance, the yard said. By realizing the goal of a zero OSHA recordable incident


Finland: A Maritime Powerhouse

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Innovation, superior technology and competitiveness are the characteristics that have brought the Finnish maritime industry world repute. Its well-knit maritime cluster responsible for achieving a high level of production has propelled it into prominence in the global market


Singapore Shipping Line NOL a Takeover Target?

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 Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) may be shaping up as a takeover candidate, a report in Bloomberg said.   The appeal of the shipping company that helped cement Singapore's status as a global trade hub has increased after it agreed to sell its logistics unit last month for US$1


Container Shipping Outlook Uncertain in 2015: AlixPartners

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  The outlook for the global container shipping industry remains challenging for the remainder of 2015, according to a new report from AlixPartners.   In its annual outlook for the industry, the global business-advisory firm predicts that operating improvements will continue to prove


US Will Work to Ensure Bab-el-Mandeb Strait Remains Open

The U.S. military will work with Gulf and European partners to ensure the strategic Bab el-Mandeb Strait at the tip of the Red Sea remains open to commerce despite fighting and instability in Yemen, the head of U.S. forces in the region said on Thursday.  


Seafarers’ Trust Calls for Renewed Support for Expiring Piracy Response Program

The Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Progamme (MPHRP) was launched during the height of maritime piracy to provide humanitarian support to the victims of piracy and their families. The programme received funding from several groups, funding which is set to expire at the end of March.  


Total Puts Prime North Sea Field on the Block

French oil major Total is selling its stake in the North Sea Laggan-Tormore oil and gas field as it seeks to shed assets after a steep fall in the oil price, banking sources said.   Total is hoping to get up to $1.5 billion for its 80 percent operating stake in the field


First of 20 New Ships Delivered to Intermarine

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Transporter of project, breakbulk and heavy lift cargoes, Intermarine, LLC, has begun “Fleet of the Future” deliveries with the addition and maiden voyage of the newbuild Industrial Grand.   The 20,000 DWT, 545 foot multipurpose vessel Industrial Grand features three cranes with


Derecktor Shipyard Named Licensed Damen Builder

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Damen licenses another U.S. shipbuilder   Robert E. Derecktor Inc. and Damen Shipyard Group have entered into a license agreement authorizing Derecktor to act as an official builder of Damen designs.   The agreement will see Derecktor offer its customers pilot boats and wind farm


Singapore Boosts Spending on Maritime Training

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 The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will inject another S$65 million (US$46.8 million) into the Maritime Cluster Fund-Manpower Development program (MCF-MD) to attract and groom local talent for the maritime sector.  


Holland America Line, Seabourn are World’s Most Ethical Companies

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  For the fourth consecutive year, Holland America Line, together with sister line Seabourn, was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices


Smooth Sailing for MSC with GE Marine On Board

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  When it comes to taking thousands of passengers on the luxury cruise of a lifetime, it’s reassuring to have a name like GE ensuring you a smooth and pleasant journey.  While MSC with its next generation ships may be setting off to conquer more distant waters


AAL Adds New Heavy Lift Vessel

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AAL announced that AAL Galveston will join its fleet on long-term time charter and add capacity to its Tramp and Projects division; providing worldwide trade for customers, with a specific focus on EU and US trades.   AAL Galveston is a multipurpose


SGMF Interviews Members from Dixon Valve & Coupling

SGMF membership - uncovered: an interview with Sean Andersen and Tony Haston of Dixon Valve & Coupling   The Society for Gas and Marine Fuel (SGMF) recently interviewed members with Sean Andersen and Tony Haston of Dixon Valve & Coupling, who weighed in on their company, its products


Cosco International Posts $46.3 mln Profit

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 The shipping services arm of China Ocean Shipping, Cosco International reported its profit attributable to equity holders for the year ended 31 December 2014 rose 48.6% year-on-year to HK$359 million ($46.3 million).   Revenue, however, fell 18.5% to HK$7


Boskalis Increases Holding in Fugro

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Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. informs it has increased its holding in Fugro N.V. to 25.1%, stressing that the move is not a step toward making an offer.   “Boskalis views Fugro as an interesting company with strong market positions in its core activities






 
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