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NSRP Awards $17 million in R&D Projects

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$17.1 Million in New Cost-Reducing Shipbuilding R&D Projects The Executive Control Board of the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) has awarded funding for five new research and development projects to continue the program’s mission to reduce the costs associated with U.S. shipbuilding and ship repair. These new projects, valued at approximately $17.1 million in both Navy funding and industry cost share, were among those proposed in response to a May 2011 Research Announcement. The NSRP collaboration periodically funds R&D projects to advance technologies and improve processes to reduce shipbuilding and repair costs for the Navy and the shipbuilding industry. The current project portfolio reflects the program’s strategic focus on:   • Reduction in Total Ownership Cost of ships. • Improved quality in ship construction and/or repair. • Improved energy efficiency and environmental impact in shipyards and ships. A brief description of each of the new projects, with a list of participants and funding information, follows:   SHIP CABLE MANAGEMENT Project Lead: Newport News Shipbuilding Team Members: TechnoSoft Inc.   Objective: To adapt, enhance and customize wiring application software applicable to all ship programs in order to reduce cost and time for validation of cable layout design, creation of wiring and signal schematics, generation of production work


Directory: Cutting and welding products

Arcon Welding http://www.arconwelds.com Email sales@arconweld.com When usability, reliability and durability are important for ship repair and maintenance applications, Arcon's Workhorse Stick/TIG welding machine is a strong solution. Designed for shipyard use, the machine employs electrical and mechanical technology proven reliable in over 100,000 machines sold and used worldwide. The Seahorse option protects against corrosive salt-water residue and proved effective in extensive


AWS Revises Specification for Underwater Welding Code

A revised edition of the American Welding Society’s AWS D3.6M Underwater Welding Code, has been published.  The standard known as D3.6M:2010 supersedes the 1999 edition. The 142-page book covers underwater welding in both dry and wet environments. All provisions of the document apply equally to new construction and to modification and repair of existing structures underwater.  Initially applied as a means of temporary repair for damaged steel-hulled vessels


Aluminum Extrusions Available in U.S.

By joining forces with one of the world's leading producers of Friction Stir Welded products -- Marine Aluminum of Haugesund, Norway - Williamsburg Fabricators is able to offer Friction Stir Welded aluminum in the U.S. Production is currently scheduled to begin later this year. Marine Aluminum has supplied Friction Stir Welded material since 1997 for applications such as high speed ferry boats, rail transportation, offshore drilling platforms, helicopter decks and other industrial products


New Hobart Flux-Cored Wires

FabCO 70XHP

The newest addition to the Hobart family of AWS E70T-1 welding wires— the Hobart FabCO 70XHP gas-shielded flux-cored wire — offers low fume generation rates to help improve operator comfort and high deposition rates that help increase productivity, the manufacturer said. The new wire complements the FabCO TR-70 and FabCO RXR wires currently offered under the Hobart brand. Together, the three wires provide a continuum of benefits


DNV GL Approves Permanent Underwater Wet Welding Repairs

Underwater wet welding

  DNV GL and Subsea Global Solutions LLC. are proud to announce that they have completed an extensive joint research and development program, that will allow permanent repairs to be carried out by underwater wet welding on certain areas of vessels. Subsea Global Solutions’ global network of coded welder divers will be available to perform these permanent repairs on a case by case basis utilizing this procedure in suitable locations throughout the world in accordance with the


Future Naval Force May Use the Strength of Titanium

ARLINGTON, Va. - Steel may have met its match: An Office of Naval Research (ONR)-funded project will produce a full-size ship hull section made entirely with marine-grade titanium, using a welding innovation which could help bring titanium into future Navy ship construction, officials announced. The contractor team building this section recently completed the industry's longest friction-stir titanium alloy welds and aims to complete the ship hull section this summer


STATS Group Completes Hydrostatic Testing

In-Line Weld test tools provide hot-work barriers and localised hydrostatic testing

The workscope involved providing a verified barrier during hot work activities, followed by localized pressure testing of new welds/fittings during a planned shutdown for routine maintenance and the rerouting of new pipework. The pipeline engineering specialist supplied 28 In-Line Weld Test Tools, ranging in size from 2" to 20", and a team of six technicians during the 12 day shutdown window. STATS Group general manager in Qatar, Vikas Shangari, said


Laying the Keel; Carefully

The Kennewick ferry was completed at Harbor Island in Seattle in 2011.

Vigor Industrial Opens Maritime Training Center on Seattle’s Harbor Island Looking toward the future and with a weather eye on what could come next, Oregon-based Vigor Industrial launched a six-month training program this July in welding, fabricating and fitting with South Seattle Community College at a new center on Harbor Island. Vigor acquired the site overlooking downtown Seattle when it bought Todd Pacific Shipyards in 2011. And, as an active bidder for the U.S


Miller's XMT 450 MPa Simplies User Interface

XMT® 450 MPa multiprocess welder

Miller’s new XMT® 450 MPa multiprocess welder features the reliability and arc performance of the XMT 350 MPa but with more amperage, exceptional power efficiency and additional programs for Pulsed MIG welding with up to .052- and 1/16-inch wires. Rated at 450 amps at 100 percent duty cycle, the new XMT 450 MPA improves productivity, allowing workers to weld or gouge longer, and with larger diameter wires and electrodes.  


Damen Responds to Evolving Fishing Practices

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Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam meets fishing sector’s growing needs by performing electric pulse fishing conversions   As European fishing policies evolve, so fishing techniques advance. One of the latest technologies available is electric pulse fishing


RV Sikuliaq: Modern Electric Propulsion & Power Management

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While ships have used electricity to help power vessels for a long time, new and sophisticated diesel-electric technologies are making serious gains in efficiency, noise and environmental impact, and is becoming the propulsion system of choice for some high profile names. 


Dutch Container Terminal Signs on for Wind Power

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APM Terminals Signs Contract for Wind-Power Generated Electricity for Maasvlakte II Terminal   APM Terminals has signed a two-year, €5 million ($6.23 million) contract with Amsterdam-based NV Nuon Energy for the supply of environmentally-sustainable wind-generated electricity to power


5 Kalmar RTGs for GCT, Poland

Kalmar RTG

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has gained a further order for five of its latest generation zero emission rubber-tyred gantry granes (RTGs) from Gdynia Container Terminal (GCT) in Poland. The order follows the delivery of two similar machines earlier in 2014


UniSource Buys Gila River Power Station

Power block at Gila River plant

  UniSource Energy Services (UES), an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Fortis Inc., has strengthened its generating portfolio and reduced its reliance on the wholesale energy market through the purchase of a share of the efficient natural gas-fired Gila River Power Station in Gila Bend


Vankorneft Starts Suzan Pipeline Construction

Vankorneft started construction of oil pipeline from Suzun field

Vankorneft, a subsidiary of Rosneft, in compliance with the program of Suzun field development started construction of pressure oil pipeline to connect Suzun and Vankor oil fields. Total length of the oil pipeline will be 101 km. The project implementation became possible due to a complex of


General Dynamics Wins $44 million USN Contract

Groton Submarine Base

 The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $44.5 million contract modification to perform non-nuclear maintenance work for submarines homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.


ShipConstructor 2015 R2 & Enhanced Communication

ShipConstructor 2015 R2 Dynamic Properties Layout View  (Credit:SSI)

A major determinant of shipbuilding productivity is clear communication. The SSI's ShipConstructor 2015 R2 distinguishes this with modified improvements focused on how information is conveyed. Improve the Welding Processes SSI continues to make advancements in regard to how ShipConstructor


ABB Wins Milestone Contract with WSIC

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Offshore construction vessel order is the first to include ABB’s integrated power and automation solution consisting of ABB’s advanced power, propulsion and 800xA control and safety system.   ABB will deliver a cutting-edge solution which includes electrical propulsion, power


Eltorque Pushes into US Market

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Eltorque, a Norwegian manufacturer of electric valve actuators, has experienced strong growth in the last few years, positioning itself as a leading supplier to the OSV and fishery segments in Europe, Asia and in part, Brazil. As the U.S. shipbuilding backlog continues to grow


Inventor. Builder. Entrepreneur. Optimist. Schweitzer

“We invent, design, manufacture, sell, support and teach just about anything that has to do with the control, protection, automation and use of electric power.” Edmund O. Schweitzer, III, founder of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.

Inventor. Builder. Entrepreneur. Optimist. Take your pick, and you have described Edmund O. Schweitzer, III, founder of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) in 1982. Starting in his basement with an idea and a plan, he has seen his start-up blossom into a global electric powerhouse that


Caterpillar to Power 4 Maersk Subsea Vessels

MaK™ diesel electric propulsion

  Caterpillar Marine is pleased to announce MaK™ diesel electric propulsion (DEP) solutions have been selected to power four Maersk Supply Services (MSS) newbuilds to be constructed by COSCO (Dalian) Shipyards. Each vessel will be equipped with 4x MaK M 32 E generator sets with a power


MHI Employee Wins Gold at National Skills Competition

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  An employee of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) won the gold medal in the Mechanical Device Control category at the 52nd National Skills Competition held in Aichi Prefecture from November 28 to December 1. Company employees also won silver and bronze medals in the Welding category


U.S. Coast Guard Approvals for PYPLOK

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PYPLOK Receives United States Coast Guard Acceptance Letter Extending Product Use in New Vessel Applications.   W&O, a global supplier to the marine and marine offshore markets for pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation, and engineered solutions


Newport News Lays Keel for Virginia-Class Sub

Newport News Shipbuilding employee and Washington state native Dustin Utecht welds Elisabeth Mabus’ initials onto a steel plate that will be permanently affixed to the submarine Washington (SSN 787). Photo by Chris Oxley/HII

Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), hosted a keel-laying ceremony Saturday for the future USS Washington (SSN 787), a Virginia-class submarine named for the Evergreen State.   The submarine’s sponsor is Elisabeth Mabus






 
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