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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


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


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


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


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


Let the Buyer Beware

A touted new procedure for welding cost Brad Phillips his new vessel, when the process proved faulty and incomplete. Boat buyers in the current depressed market need to be aware of shady operators that might not be able to deliver all they claim. One recent victim of this situation was well-known Alaska excursion vessel operator Brad Phillips. At the start of 1997, Phillips contracted for a new $4.2 million all-aluminum catamaran, hoping to have the boat ready by the Alaska summer season


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.  


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


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


MOL Coal Carrier to Serve Tohoku Electric Power

Soma Maru (courtesy of MOL)

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) today announced that the coal carrier Soma Maru, which will serve Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc., was delivered at Mizushima Shipyard of Sanoyas Shipbuilding Corporation on July 17, 2014. The vessel, which was jointly developed by Sanoyas Shipyard and MOL


Bug-O Sees Increased Demand for Zipper Welder

Zipper welder (Photo courtesy of Bug-O)

The zipper welder has been in the Bug-O repertoire for quite some time, but the company said it has recently seen a larger demand for it due to increased tank production worldwide. The zippwer welder is used for vertical seam welding for storage tanks and other applications where a vertical


Stanford Marine Charters Out PSV

Dubai headquartered regional offshore marine business, Stanford Marine, says it has secured a 3 year contract with Mexishi  for one of its 87m Platform Supply Vessels, 'Stanford Bateleur', in Mexico. Before commencing her long term charter in Mexico


Eastern Shipbuilding to Launch Another HOS OSV

Launch of similar OSV: Image courtesy of ESG

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. invites interested parties to the launch of the Offshore Support Vessel (OSV) 'HOS Brass Ring' at 3:00 pm C.T. on Friday, August 8, 2014 at Eastern's Allanton Shipyard. 13300 Allanton Road Panama City, FL 32404.


GE to Power, Propel UK's New Frigates

Type 26 Global Combat Ship (Image: GE)

The U.K. Ministry of Defense has engaged in a major program to update and upgrade its current fleet of frigates. In the next decade, Type 26 Global Combat Ships will become the backbone of the Royal Navy, replacing its existing Type 23 Frigates.


Port Of Felixstowe Commissions Greener RTG Cranes

Greener RTG Cranes at Felixstowe port

  The Port of Felixstowe has taken another step to improve both its operational and environmental efficiency with the introduction of its first electric-powered Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGs). The four machines, originally manufactured by ZPMC in Shanghai


NNS Supports SCA Welding Education Program

Welder at work: File photo

Huntington Ingalls Industries informs that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has donated training materials to the Southern Carolina Regional Development Alliance (SCA) for a welding program in Allendale County, S.C. The SCA's Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training Program has already


Atlantic Towing Orders Ice Class Damen PSVs

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Atlantic Towing (USA) has selected newly-designed, ice-strengthened PSV 5000 vessels from Damen Shipyards Group to meet its 10-year offshore support contract with ExxonMobil Canada Properties and Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC)


Kalmar Delivers 10 Straddle Carriers to MCT

Straddle Carrier of Kalmar

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has gained an order to supply ten electric straddle carriers to its long standing customer Medcenter Container Terminal (MCT), part of the Contship Italia Group, in Gioia Tauro, Italy. The order was booked into Kalmar's second quarter order intake with deliveries


Dutch Minister Visits Damen Cape Town

Shed 6 photo with Minister Ploumen, Bonnie Horbach, Sam Montsi-Zuma, Friso Visser and Ambassador Adre Haspels

Dutch Minister Ploumen visits Damen Shipyards Cape Town and honors newly qualified welders and boilermakers The Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, and a Dutch Trade Delegation visited Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) on Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Caterpillar Tier 4 Offering Hits the Market

Image courtesy of Caterpillar Marine

Caterpillar Marine today announced the open order board of the Cat 3516C United States EPA Tier 4 propulsion, auxiliary and diesel electric propulsion (DEP) power solutions. In addition to being EPA Tier 4 certified, the 3516C solutions are IMO II certified and IMO III compliant


Rolls-Royce to Design & Equip Stern Trawler for Prestfjord Havfiske

Priestfjord trawler - courtesy Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce announced it has signed a £7 million contract to design and equip a stern trawler for the Norwegian fishing company Prestfjord Havfiske AS. The trawler is a Rolls-Royce NVC 370 design and will be built at Freire Shipyard in Vigo, Spain


Dutch Minister Ploumen Visits Damen Shipyards Cape Town

With Minister Ploumen

The Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Ms Lilianne Ploumen, and a Dutch Trade Delegation visited Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) on Tuesday, July 8th 2014. The goal was to get an impression of the way South African and Dutch companies and entrepreneurs are working


FURUNO and Electronic Navigation Join Forces

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Electronic Navigation Ltd (ENL), New Zealand’s largest marine electronics company and the developer of the WASSP sonar, and FURUNO Electric Co., Ltd of Japan, a manufacturer in the global marine electronics industry, are joining forces


McDermott to Auction Fabrication Yard Assets

A joint venture of five industrial auction companies will sell the physical assets of the 300-acre McDermott fabrication facility in Amelia, La. McDermott continues to operate its other fabrication facilities at multiple locations worldwide.






 
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