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New Vulkan Integrated Shaft Coupling Design

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VULKAN Couplings recently introduced a unique combination of the proven RATO DS coupling with a directly connected Composite shaft. The high radial stiffness and the comparably low axial and bending stiffness makes the RATO DS suitable to work not only as a torsional coupling but also as an integrated misalignment coupling when rigidly connected to an intermediate shaft. At the rear end of the intermediate shaft a torsionally stiff misalignment coupling creates the second bending flexible pivot thus providing a double cardanic design. This new combination consisting of RATO DS and intermediate shaft is called VULKAN Integrated Shaft Coupling (ISC). It was found that the angular deflection of the RATO DS causes – even at high misalignment levels – a rather low strain level compared to the torque load and thus a low power loss. Therefore no misalignment coupling is required between RATO DS and shaft. The intermediate shaft can be directly connected to the inner ring of the coupling whereby the RATO DS is radially not supported. The mass of the intermediate shaft is limited by the radial natural frequency of half the shaft and the inner part of the RATO DS. The design radial natural frequency is selected not to be less than 120% of design rpm. In most cases a light weight VULKAN Composite shaft will be the preferred solution for the intermediate shaft


Jo Tanker Makes the "Diesel Switch"

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Jo Tanker, a Norwegian ship owner, has reached changeover and blend fuel requirements by installing JOWA Technology Diesel Switch DS MKII. The switch is type-approved by Germanisches Lloyd and leads to meeting the sulphur emissions levels in CARB and SECA areas. The DS MKII Diesel Switch has been developed by Swedish-based Jowa Technology. According to the company it provides a reliable solution for the shipping industry


Deepwater Market Surge Spurs Ensco Drillship Order

UK-based Ensco has ordered an additional advanced-capability DP3 ultra-deepwater drillship based on the Samsung GF12000 hull design. The vessel, ENSCO DS-10, will be the eighth Samsung DP3 drillship in the Ensco fleet, further extending the benefits of Ensco’s fleet standardization strategy. It will be built at the Samsung Heavy Industries, Co. Ltd. (SHI) shipyard in South Korea, with delivery scheduled for the third quarter of 2015


Carnival Decides on Automatic Fuel Management System

Diesel Switch DS MKII: Photo credit JOWA

Carnival Corporation contracts with JOWA Technology & JOWA WFE for equipment supply, installation & product training throughout its cruise fleet. Carnival representatives believe that the automated fuel switching system by JOWA Technology can save fuel by optimising fuel changeover time when transiting in or out of emission control areas, and that the system has proven to be reliable, consistently accurate, and to reduce the potential for crew error.


New CADCAM Solution

Working in cooperation, Napa Ltd and DRS Defense Solutions, LLC, Advanced Marine Technology Center (DRS DS AMTC) have created a new interface between NAPA and MAESTRO software. Interfacing these two products will increase efficiency in the early stage of ship structural design, analysis and evaluation process by allowing the designer to leverage one 3D model from start to finish within the scope of structural design and direct analysis


OceanConnect Shareholders Reflect on Two Years of Growth

OceanConnect's board of directors and shareholders reflected on two years of strong growth at the company's annual meeting, held yesterday in Oslo. "I am pleased to report to our shareholders that in fewer than two years, OceanConnect has become the only fuel service combining traditional brokerage with live, online competition. The results speak for themselves: with growth of more than 40 percent per annum, the outlook is good for continued growth


Jet Edge System Cuts Precise 3D Parts of Almost Any Material

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American manufacturer Jet Edge informs that its EDGE X-5 5-axis waterjet system with AquaVision Di Controller cuts precise taper-free parts from virtually any material.  The EDGE X-5’s sturdy design separates the motion system from the catcher tank, eliminating vibration and ensuring maximum part quality.  The system utilizes an industrial PC controller.  It is ball-screw driven for optimal precision and features direct-couple AC brushless digital servo motors and


Caterpillar Forms New Analytics & Innovation Division

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  To better capitalize on the growing importance and excitement of data analytics and to drive innovation to support customers, Caterpillar Inc. today announced the formation of a new division, Analytics & Innovation (AI), which will be led by Caterpillar Vice President Greg Folley. The division will bring together the people and resources that will foster a culture with innovation at the core, form a broad and connected analytics ecosystem and manage strategic third party


Liferaft Exchange Agreement for Wilhelmsen

The world’s leading maritime service network Wilhelmsen Ships Service has entered an agreement with German company DS-Schiffahrt / Quadrant Bereederung to supply liferafts to their entire fleet of 39 vessels.  In an agreement worth $200,000 per annum, the liferafts will be supplied within Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s unique Liferaft Exchange Agreement, which exchanges service-due liferafts off vessels and immediately replaces them with serviced ones


World's Largest Container Ship Flies Red Ensign

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The 175,343 gt 'CMA CGM Marco Polo' owned by CMA CGM Group joins the UK ship register. The first in a series of three new 16,000 TEU container ships, for the CMA CGM group to serve on the Asia-Europe routes, the ship was built in Korea by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd, and is almost a quarter of a mile long. 
 The new vessel is also designed with cutting edge technology for high levels of performance, safety and environmental protection


Caterpillar Acquires ESRG Technologies

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Caterpillar Marine has completed the acquisition of ESRG Technologies Group, LLC, a vessel monitoring and data analytics company in the marine industry.   The acquisition includes ESRG’s software suite for the remote monitoring and diagnostics of more than 65 on-board systems as well


Baltic Index Perks up on Increased Rates for Bigger Vessels

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, edged higher on Thursday as rates for bigger vessels rose.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Caterpillar Acquires ESRG Technologies Group

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Caterpillar Marine has announced  it has completed the acquisition of ESRG Technologies Group, LLC, a vessel monitoring and data analytics leader in the marine industry. The acquisition includes ESRG’s comprehensive software suite for the remote monitoring and diagnostics of more than


Baltic Index Inches up on Higher Vessel Activity

  The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities edged higher on increased activity for bigger vessel segments.   The index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Duluth-Superior Awaits First Saltie of 2015

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The Port of Duluth-Superior informs it is preparing to welcome its first oceangoing ship of the 2015 commercial shipping season, the Kom, the first “saltie” to have made a full transit of the 2,342-mile Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway.    


Baltic Sea Freight Index Down on Muted Shipping Activity

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, edged lower on Monday on muted shipping activity.   The index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels


ARENA opens $20 m R&D round for industry-partnered projects

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  The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) today announced up to $20 million for a new research and development (R&D) round dedicated to industry-partnered projects that seek to develop and commercialise renewable energy technologies.


4 Chaplains Foundation Recognizes Helix CEO

LR George DuBois; Capt. Tom Allen, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville; Joanne Stopke; Art Thomas; Lisa Eckley-Thomas; Rear Adm. John Korn, Commander U.S. Coast Guard 7th District; retired Capt. Louis Cavaliere, U.S. Navy;

  On Thursday, March 19, 2015, Arthur H. Thomas, Sr., president and CEO of Helix Alliance, Inc., received the Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award. The award was presented by retired Capt. Louis Cavaliere, U.S. Navy, chairman of the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation


Oceanex Named One of Canada’s Best Managed Companies

   From left to right: Matthew Hynes (Executive Vice President), Captain Sid Hynes (Executive Chairman) and Steve Bilas (Vice President, Marketing & Sales) (photo courtesy of Oceanex)

  Oceanex Inc. was named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies Gold Standard Members in 2014. This national award is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Queen’s School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums, and recognizes Canadian owned and managed companies with revenues


BP Terminates GoM Rig Contracts

BP terminated contracts for two deepwater oil drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico as the British oil company slashes its exploration budget due to fallen oil prices. Offshore drilling company Ensco said it had received notice to terminate BP-operated rig DS-4 in the Gulf of Mexico


Baltic Sea Freight Index Edges Higher

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, edged higher on Monday as rates rose for vessels across all segments. The index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


VesselVanguard wins Chris-Craft Order

CHRIS-CRAFT SELECTS VESSELVANGUARD TO OFFER OWNERS WORLDWIDE THE LATEST VESSEL MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY

  Digital Boat Profile and Customer Service Portal Gives Cutting Edge Options for Vessel Management to Boat Owners Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. VesselVanguard, infomred today a new relationship with Chris-Craft to provide a two-year subscription for its award-winning maintenance management


ASV Wins Maritime Autonomy R&D Funding

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  ASV Ltd, in partnership with nine other commercial and research organisations, have been awarded funding by Innovate UK to undertake in excess of £3million worth of research and development for Maritime Autonomous Systems (MAS).  


New Containership Enters CMA CGM Fleet

CMA CGM Volga (Photo courtesy of the CMA CGM Group)

The CMA CGM Volga, eighth of the 28 vessels named after famous rivers series, enters the CMA CGM fleet   Newbuild containership CMA CGM Volga entered the CMA CGM fleet on March 17, and began her first rotation in Dalian, China, on March 20, the CMA CGM Group announced.  


Liebherr to Supply Four Cranes to Australia

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Order includes three unique articulated boom ship to shore container cranes (STS) for delivery to Port Botany, Sydney; one ship to shore container crane (STS) for Fisherman’s Island, Brisbane   Liebherr Container Cranes has recently completed the testing of articulated boom cranes in






 
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