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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

Voith Water Tractor: Photo credit Voith

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

The NSRP logo (Photo: NSRP).

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


Topaz Reports NMEL Results

2013 revenue up 22% over last year to $376.5 million as a result of the expansion of the core vessel fleet and high vessel utilization Topaz Energy and Marine, an offshore support vessel company, announced the results of its subsidiary Nico Middle East Ltd. (NMEL) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2013. According to Topaz, the period has seen continued strong and profitable growth across the group’s activities with revenues up 22% and EBITDA up 17%


Bibby Offshore Scoops Two Business Awards

Howard Woodcock (Photo courtesy of Bibby Offshore)

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


Dry Bulk Shipping Group CMB Expects Volatile 2015

Belgian dry bulk shipping group CMB on Thursday said markets would remain volatile after a disappointing 2014 in which falling commodity prices reduced stock building by clients.   The group added that freight rates would come to a sustainable level once overcapacity in the shipping market


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


A HERO on the Seas

HERO vessel, m/v Thermopylae,

  The expansion of the Panama Canal has opened up an opportunity for WWL to develop its next generation RoRo carriers. Due to its importance to international trade, the size of the Panama Canal has long been a design constraint when it comes to shipping vessels


Matson Announces Quarterly Dividend

Matson, Inc. declared a first quarter dividend of $0.17 per common share, the company’s board of directors announced. The dividend will be paid on March 5, 2015 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 12, 2015.  


US Response Model for Salvage and Firefighting

As the dust settles on the 2014 implementation of the non-tank vessel response plan (VRP) regulations, the effective result is that all tank and non-tank vessels over 400 gross tons operating in US waters must meet the requirements of OPA 90


Chariot to Farm-out with Woodside

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  Chariot Oil & Gas Limited, the Atlantic margins focused oil and gas exploration company, reports that, as detailed in the announcement of 4 July 2014, the farm-out signed between its wholly owned subsidiary, Chariot Oil & Gas Investments (Morocco) Ltd


R.W. Fernstrum: Keeping it Cool

“Overall, 2014 has been a positive year for Fernstrum,” said Sean Fernstrum. “There is still growth in the U.S. offshore market; a positive for many in the industry. We have seen growth in other segments as well, tank barges and alternative energy.”  Sean Fernstrum President & Owner

Founded by Robert W. Fernstrum 65 years ago, R.W. Fernstrum & Company is now run by the third generation of Fernstrums who continue to build and extend its commercial marine heat exchanger business. Sean Fernstrum, President & Owner discusses the future.


MLS: eLearning Re-thought

“Our biggest contribution to date is adaptive learning which makes vessel familiarization standardized, rigorous, measurable and efficient.”  Murray Goldberg CEO

Marine Learning Systems, an eLearning software and services provider, delivers interactive, customized maritime training with a key focus on safety and performance improvement. Company founder and CEO Murray Goldberg explains.  “Creating technologies that improve training


MHI, Siemens JV Starts Operations

  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd (MHI) and Siemens AG today announced the closing of their joint venture in the field of metallurgical industry. The new company is named Primetals Technologies, Limited and headquartered in London, UK


US State Dept. Condemns Oil Tanker Bombing

The U.S. State Department has issued a statement in which it “strongly condemns” the bombing of a Greek-operated oil tanker near Derna, Libya on January 4 that killed two crewmen.   “The ongoing escalation of violence in Libya against civilian commercial interests further


ALMACO Group Earns ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 Certifications

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ALMACO Group Offshore Division Receives ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 Certifications   ALMACO Group has received multi-site certifications for ISO 14001:2004, for implementation of Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and OHSAS 18001:2007


Boskalis Raises Stake in Fugro

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) announced that it has increased its holding in Fugro N.V. to 20.01%, stressing that the move is not a step towards making an offer.   Boskalis said views Fugro as “an interesting company with strong market positions in its core activities


Boston Whaler Holds Ribbon Cutting Event

Boston Whaler celebrated major expansion with an  exclusive ribbon-cutting event

  In 2014, Boston Whaler broke ground on a new era in its history, introducing its largest model ever with the new 420 Outrage. On Jan. 13, 2015, Whaler celebrated the expansion to its facility that makes production of the 420 Outrage possible: the addition of nearly 60


Maersk Broker Agency Sold to Denmark Firm

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Shipping.dk, part of USTC Group, has acquired Maersk Broker Agency. Maersk Broker Agency will be merged with Shipping.dk.   The acquisition is part of the Denmark-based shipping and logistics company's plan to expand its position as a significant player in Scandinavian agency and


China Eyes Africa for its Maritime Silk Road

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 Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who is visiting Africa, has accelerated its drive to draw the continent into the Maritime Silk Road — Beijing’s ambitious transcontinental initiative, reports The Hindu.  The core of the "One Belt and One Road" initiative






 
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