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Lubmarine Debuts New Cylinder Lubricant

TOTAL Lubmarine has developed a new lubricant specially designed for use with low-sulphur fuels. The lubricant, TALUSIA LS 40, has successfully completed in-service tests and is now approved by MAN B&W and WARTSILA Sulzer designs. TALUSIA LS 40 is now available in the major European ports and will be available in selected ports worldwide in 2005. Low-sulphur fuel will be compulsory in certain waters from May 2005 following the ratification of MARPOL Annex VI. TALUSIA LS 40 is designed for engines operating continuously with low-sulphur fuel. Advantages include: * Minimal piston ring and liner wear * Maximum cleanliness * Longer periods between overhauls * Reduced engine maintenance costs * High design safety margins, allowing for safe feed rate optimisation Claude Ouvrier-Buffet, head of TOTAL Lubmarine's Technical Department, says, "TALUSIA LS 40 retains the same levels of detergency, anti-wear properties and thermal stability that operators have come to expect from our well-known TALUSIA HR 70, but has been designed especially for low-speed engines burning low-sulphur fuel. TALUSIA HR 70 has already proven in service that it is possible to reach low lube oil feed rates with perfect security, and the same possibility - and potential cost saving - is offered to our customers with the new TALUSIA LS 40." When a low-sulphur fuel is burnt there is less acid production, so the lube

Total Lubmarine Introduces ECA Compliant Lubricant

Global marine lubricant provider Total Lubmarine has introduced TALUSIA LS 25, a low alkaline lubricant specifically designed for slow speed two stroke engines running distillate fuels with 0.1% sulphur content. The move comes as the shipping industry adapts to comply with the European 0.1% sulphur cap which enters into effect on January 1, 2015. TALUSIA LS 25 will be available from late October in major shipping hubs worldwide.

Navy Signs NLOS-LS Integration Contract

Navy and Army officials held a contract signing ceremony at the Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. On August 28 to signify the cooperation between the services in the joint procurement of the Netfires Non-Line-of-Sight Launch System (NLOS-LS). The Navy is procuring the NLOS-LS for use on Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) surface warfare mission module. Netfires LLC of Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a cost-plus-incentive-fee contract August 25 for $54.8m (as part of an estimated $1

New Vulkan Integrated Shaft Coupling Design


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

L&T's Shipbuilding Installs PLM Solution

L&T will adopt integrated PLM solutions from Dassault Systemes for its heavy engineering division. The solutions will integrate L&T's stand-alone design automation and project management tools, increasing efficiency and savings potential across the division. DS's end-to-end PLM solution will be implemented by L&T's IT arm - L&T Infotech. L&T will apply DS's solutions to processes for the shipbuilding business segment.

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

Unmanned Surface Vessel – Second by Textron Systems

Textron Systems successfully demonstrate its second Fleet-class Common Unmanned Surface Vessel (CUSV) Textron Systems Advanced Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, announce that its second Fleet-class Common Unmanned Surface Vessel (CUSV) completed a successful in-water demonstration in New Orleans following vessel modifications at the Textron Marine & Land Systems (TM&LS) shipyard.

This Day in Coast Guard History – August 6

1878- The last true sailing cutter built for the Revenue Service, Chase (Salmon P. Chase) was completed on 6 August 1878 at the shipyard of Thomas Brown of Philadephia.  Barque-rigged, Chase displaced 142 tons and served as a cadet "practice vessel" for nearly 30 years before being decommissioned and transferred to the U.S. Public Health Service. 1918-The first American lightship to be sunk by enemy action, Lightship No. 71, was lost on her Diamond Shoals station

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

NautiCast Offers AIS Solution

Vienna, Austria-based NautiCast Schiffsnavigationssysteme specializes in the development and distribution of refined AIS navigation aids, catering for both the commercial and leisure shipping industries as well as ports and VTS centers. The core product of the X-Pack range is the X-Pack DS AIS-Transponder, a product literally designed to anticipate not only today's, but also tomorrow's requirements of an AIS in the maritime industry

Recent Vessel Sales - September 2015

Vessel sales for September 2015 (as of October 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.   Date Reported - Vessel Name - DWT - Built - (Age) - Price in Millions USD   Bulk Carriers 9/16 - VAN ORCHID - 28,341 - 09 - (6) - $10

Brazil Prosecutors: Charges Pending over Ensco Drillship Lease

Brazilian prosecutors plan to file criminal charges stemming from the lease of an Ensco Plc offshore oil-drilling ship to Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras "in due course," they said.   The plan to prosecute over the Ensco-Petrobras charter was mentioned in a Thursday

Quality Counts as AMC Boosts Production

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Aluminium Marine Consultants (AMC) celebrated its acquisition of ISO 9001 quality management certification in June by placing four High Speed Support Vessels (HSSV) under build simultaneously in its new Isle of Wight UK building hall.  

ENSCO DS-9 Drillship Contract Update

ENSCO DS-9 Drillship

  ConocoPhillips today for its convenience provided a notice of termination for the three-year ENSCO DS-9 drillship contract. Under the terms of the contract, ConocoPhillips is obligated to pay Ensco termination fees monthly for two years equal to the operating day rate of approximately $550

Caterpillar Forms New Analytics & Innovation Division


  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

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

INTERTANKO Launches ECA Bunker Surcharge Clauses

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INTERTANKO’s documentary committee has launched bunker surcharge clauses for Emission Control Areas (ECA).   Rising bunker prices due to rising oil prices and volatility in global politics can have a dramatic effect on trade as they fluctuate not just day to day, but also port to port

Ensco plc Reports 3Q, 2014 Results


  Ensco plc  today reported earnings per share from continuing operations of $1.93 in third quarter 2014, up 16% from $1.66 in third quarter 2013. Adjusted for a $0.06 per share gain on the sale of four jackup rigs, third quarter 2014 diluted earnings per share from continuing

Recent Vessel Sales: September 2014

Vessel sales for September 2014 (as of October 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York. Date Reported – Vessel Name – DWT – Built (Age) – Price in Millions USD Bulk Carriers 9/3/14 - CELAL AMCA - 12,274 - 01 (13) - $4.9

Challenging the Myths of Pirate Violence

Is there a general propensity for violence in West Africa?  The author finds out in an exchange with a Benin Navy boarding team member during  exercise OBANGAME EXPRESS 2014. Photo: Adrian Kriesch/Alexander Drechsel

“In the last five years, pirates have killed at least 411 fishermen and wounded at least 1,000 more, suggested Mujibur Rahman, Chairman of Cox’s Bazar District Fishing Trawler Owners Association (DFTOA). According to the DFTOA, pirates attacked more than 1,000 fishing boats

Oceanteam Focuses on Mexico Strategy

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Oceanteam Shipping ASA releases its Q2 2014 financial report, with extracts as follows: The company says it saw, with its early focus on Mexico, a long term strategy confirmed: its newly founded DOT Shipping partnership with Grupo Diavaz and the subsequent approval of the Mexican Energy Reform

Ensco plc Reports Loss in 2Q 2014

  Ensco plc today reported a loss of $5.07 per diluted share in second quarter 2014 compared to earnings of $1.55 per diluted share in second quarter 2013. The loss from discontinued operations for second quarter 2014, which includes a $546 million pre-tax loss on impairment for four

Rosneft to Carry Out Ecologic Fishery Research in Laptev Sea

Laptev Sea

  For the first time in history of Arctic Rosneft will carry out integrated ecologic fishery research on three licensed sites (LS) of Laptev Sea: Anisinsko-Novosibirsky, Ust’ Lensky and Ust’ Oleneksky. The Program of ecologic fishery research realization is the first and

Alion Is Awardee of DoD IACs' $ 3 bln Contract

Ensuring that the US military is supported by the most advanced, effective technologies and tools is critical to the nation’s defense. To meet this need, Alion Science and Technology, a global engineering, technology and operational solutions company

Oceanteam Dips Toe in Mexican Offshore Market

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Norway-based Offshore shipping company, Oceanteam Shipping ASA, highlights results in the first quarter of 2014 and draws attention to a Mexico J/V  with PEMEX. Revenue from operations USD 15.1 million for the quarter. EBITDA from operations is positive USD 6

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