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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)  


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


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.


Caterpillar Completes Acquisition of Sabre Engines Ltd.

Caterpillar Inc. has acquired Sabre Engines Ltd., a family-owned company in the U.K. specializing in high-performance marine diesel engines. "Caterpillar is proud to announce this acquisition and welcomes Sabre into the Caterpillar family," said Douglas R. Oberhelman, Caterpillar vice-president with responsibility for the company's Engine Products Division. "Sabre is a well-managed company with dedicated people, state-of-the-art design and technology, and a solid customer base


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).


Final Stage of Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy Begins

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Efforts Focus on Enhancing Dubai’s Position as World-Class Maritime Center   Government and non-government entities working in the maritime sector of Dubai and associated with it, are reaching the final stages of the development of a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind maritime sector strategy (MSS) for the Emirate. The MSS will help Dubai lay the foundation for the creation of a sustainable and competitive maritime offering that will position Dubai at par with world leading


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%


i3G Debts Tools for the i-tank Tank-Monitoring

Numerex announced that i3G, a provider of bulk-liquid tank monitoring solutions, recently added "Optimizer" and "Tank Management" tools to its core "i-tank" offering. Customers deploying i3G's i-tank solution now can utilize the "Optimizer" functionality to


Damen Fits New SPS Feet to Wind Turbine Vessel

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Damen ARNO Dunkerque, part of the Damen Shiprepair & Conversion Group, has given a new set of feet to what they are caling the world’s first purpose-built offshore wind turbine installation and maintenance vessel, the 2003-built MPI Resolution*


Hapag-Lloyd, CSAV Merger Finalized

Michael Behrendt, Chairman of the Executive Board of Hapag-Lloyd (left), and Oscar Hasbún, CEO of CSAV, today at Ballin House (Hapag-Lloyd headquarters) in Hamburg after the signing.

Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV binding agreement signed / In return for contributing its container business, CSAV becomes new core shareholder of Hapag-Lloyd / Hapag-Lloyd becomes the world’s fourth-largest liner shipping company Hapag-Lloyd AG and Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores


Bunker Specialists Endofa Name Hoffmann CEO

Lars Hoffmann: Photo Endofa

Endofa, an independent marine fuel supplier and bunker trader, informs it has named Lars Hoffmann as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Endofa, Hoffmann served as Chief Executive Officer for Shipping.dk.  He also served on the board of the Danish Shipbrokers Association.


Drydocks World Inks Agreement with DNV GL

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Drydocks World and Maritime World, a provider of maritime and offshore services to the shipping, oil, gas and energy sectors, has announced that it has reached an agreement with DNV GL and appointed the Classification Society to provide recertification services for its Quality Management Systems


Viking Strengthens Partnership with Lobby Marine Veteran

Viking Offshore & Marine Limited has announced it would participate in the ownership of a second cantilever drilling jack-up rig, further strengthening its partnership with Singapore rig veteran, Chan Kwan Bian as it accelerates its entry into mainstream offshore rig chartering.  


Seoul Shares Touch 3-week Low as China Worries Persist

By Se Young Lee, Reuters Seoul shares fell in early domestic trade Wednesday, touching a near-three week low as persisting worries about China's economic growth outlook cut appetites for riskier assets. The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) was down 1.2 percent at 1,939


ClassNK Acquires Maritime Software House NAPA

Tetsuya Kinoshita, Executive Vice President, ClassNK (Top left), Yasushi Nakamura, Representative Director, Executive Vice President, ClassNK (Bottom left) Juha Heikinheimo, President, NAPA Group (Top right) and Markku Riipinen, Chairman of the Board, Napa Ltd (Bottom right).

Classification society ClassNK agreed to acquire maritime software house NAPA in a deal that the classification society said aims to improve safety and performance for the whole maritime industry. According to ClassNK, the acquisition will enhance the success and capabilities of both


Interview: Devon Grennan CEO, Global Diving & Salvage

Devon Grennan  CEO, Global Diving & Salvage

Devon Grennan joined Global Diving & Salvage in 1995 and has served many roles. When company founders Tim Beaver and John Graham stepped down from direct operational involvement, Grennan was named CEO. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News caught up with Grennan for his insight into his


Macro Sensors Gauge Tank Volume Changes

This diagram shows the LVDT level sensor attached to the side of a tank using a flat-hook assembly. The high-permeability core follows the position of the stainless-steel float. The LVDT electronics sense the core position using magnetic induction. Output is a 4 to 20-mA instrumentation current loop corresponding to the position of the core in the LVDT body.

Configured with a float, Macro Sensors HSIR Series LVDT Linear Position Transmitters are serving as level sensors to measure liquid level changes from a few inches to several feet in gauging tank level volumes. In this LVDT level sensor configuration


MOL Philippine Maritime Students Graduate

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) inform of the graduation of 126 students in the third class of the “Third Year Program,” which targets new seafarers from among third-year students at seven partner maritime schools in the Philippines.


Container Shipping May Hoist Financial Distress Signal: New Study

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Beset by continued sluggish demand, a growing mountain of debt and a radically changing marketplace, listed companies in the global container shipping industry as a whole face a greater risk of financial distress, including possible bankruptcy, than at any time since 2010


St. Lawrence Seaway Opens 2014 Season

The Algoma Equinox at Lock 3 of the Welland Canal at the Opening Ceremony of the St. Lawrence Seaways 56th navigation season. (Photo: Kevin Richard Hotte)

$500 Million Being Invested in Vital North American Trade Route The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) marked the opening of the Seaway’s 56th navigation season today, with the transit of Algoma Central Corporation’s newly built ship, the Algoma Equinox


Container Industry Stuck in a Vicious Cycle

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The industry is stuck in a vicious cycle, Drewry reports – although new ships may give carriers lower slot costs, the supply/demand dynamics are out of kilter and freight rates remain very volatile. Drewry Maritime Research’s 1Q14 Container Forecaster report highlights that the


NorSea Group Buys Danbor from Mærsk

Danbors supply base in Esbjerg

NorSea Group is said it taking a major step forward in its international involvement by purchasing the Danish base and logistics company Danbor AS. In addition to enhancing the global presence of NorSea Group, Danbor will boost the company’s capability in the wind power market.


 
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