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MARAD Recycles 3 More Ships

The U. S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration has signed fee-for-service contracts to recycle three more of its obsolete ships. Two ships, the Hattiesburg Victory and the Pioneer Contractor, are from the Beaumont Reserve Fleet in Texas, and one, the oiler Savannah, is from the James River Reserve Fleet in Virginia. The Maritime Administration has moved 118 ships out of its National Defense Reserve Fleet sites since 2001. With the contracts announced today, there are only 24 ships left in the James River waiting to be disposed of and without disposal contracts, and 10 such ships in the Beaumont site. The Hattiesburg Victory is one of the few remaining Victory ships built during World War II to carry cargo needed by U.S. forces all over the world. Hattiesburg Victory was built during the last months of the war, served in a commercial fleet in the Hawaiian Islands immediately after World War II, and later served in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Hattiesburg Victory will be recycled at ESCO Marine Inc., of Brownsville, Texas, at a cost to the federal government of $1,016,000. The Savannah is 1970-vintage ex-Navy oil replenishment (AOR4) ship, not to be confused with the nuclear-powered ship Savannah currently moored in Baltimore. The oiler Savannah, currently moored at the James River Reserve Fleet site, also will be recycled at ESCO Marine Inc., of Brownsville, for $515,726


Analytic Systems Certifying Products to ABS Standard

Intelligent AC Battery Charger

Analytic Systems has announced that it has responded to its commercial marine reseller network in North America and started the process of certifying their marine specific power conversion products.   The first models to be certified to ABS standards are the new BCA1505 (1500W AC charger); the BCA310 (300W AC charger); the IPS300 (300W DC/AC Puresine inverter) and the VTC315 (Isolated DC/DC voltage converter)


MarAd Moves Ahead on Ship Disposal

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced four new disposal contracts for obsolete ships in its National Defense Reserve Fleet. Two of the ships are in the James River Reserve Fleet in Virginia, and two are in the Suisun Bay near San Francisco, CA. Three of the ships will be dismantled in Brownsville, TX, and one in Chesapeake, VA. “Our ship disposal policy of ‘worst first’ has worked for us,” said Deputy Maritime Administrator John Jamian


FRP Pumps Offer Lasting Results

There's hardly a marine application — onboard or ashore — where seawater pumps are not considered critical to a vessel's operation or purpose. The ability to pump seawater aboard most vessels represents only a part of their liquid pumping requirements; in many cases other liquids such as caustics, corrosives, and alkalis need to be transferred, either from ship to shore or vice versa. Corrosion, Erosion, and Pitting


Johnston Metal Shark Boats Comms Director

Photo courtesy Metal Shark Boats

Metal Shark Boats announced that it has named Brian Johnston as the company's Director of Communications.  Johnston assumes responsibility for Metal Shark's advertising and public relations activities, as well as associate and industry communications.  In addition to his role with Metal Shark, Johnston will continue to serve in his capacity as Principal at Bonefish Communications.   A marine industry veteran


Jet Edge Awarded U.S. Patent

Michael Wheeler with Patent

Metal-on-Metal Waterjet Seal Eliminates Conventional Plastic Seals, Cuts Number of Consumable Seals in Half Jet Edge, Inc. has announced  that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued the waterjet manufacturer a patent for a high pressure fluid sealing mechanism designed by Jet Edge R&D Engineer Michael Wheeler.   Jet Edge’s proprietary high pressure fluid sealing mechanism (U.S


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


Abakan Incorporates Subsidiary, MesoCoat

New subsidiary to provide advanced wear- and corrosion-resistant coating services for components used in the oil and gas, mining, aerospace and metal finishing industries Abakan Inc., a company in the advanced coatings and metal formulations markets, announced the incorporation of a new subsidiary, MesoCoat Coating Services Inc. (MCS), to provide thermal spray coating services using its multiple award-winning nanocomposite PComP coating materials to improve component longevity and to combat


Metal Shark to Construct 350, Yes 350, Hi-speed Navy Boats

Photo courtesy of Metal Shark Aluminum Boats

Louisiana-based aluminum boat manufacturer Metal Shark Aluminum Boats LLC has been awarded a contract to produce up to 350 specialized vessels for the United States Navy. The fixed-price contract is for the construction of the Navy’s High Speed Maneuverable Surface Target (HSMST) vessels. Based on Metal Shark’s high performance 26-foot Relentless center console model, the twin engine, welded aluminum HSMSTs will be utilized by the Navy primarily for advanced weapons system testing


ABS Pleased with Innovative Metals & Materials Award

Class society a member of institute awarded funds for next-generation materials research In response to today's announcement by U.S. President Barack Obama regarding the awarding of funding under the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation Institute (LM3I) initiative to the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki issued the following statement:


IPS Completes Insulation and Fabrication Contracts

Paul Smith

Birkenhead  based engineering firm IPS Marine Fabrications has completed a series of contracts for three ship operators. IPS director Paul Smith said the contracts with Whitaker Tankers, and ferry operators Seatruck and Stena showcased the broad range of fabrication and insulation skills


Possible tug strike at Port Hedland

 The risk of strike action at Port Hedland has escalated, after two more unions representing tugboat workers sought permission to ballot workers which possibly could lead to industrial action.   Last week, the Maritime Workers' Union representing tug deckhands won


U.S. Commodity ETFs Fall for Fifth Quarter

U.S. retail and institutional investors pulled cash from broad commodity exchange-traded funds for a fifth straight quarter even as coffee, natural gas and hogs prices had their best run in years, data from Thomson Reuters Lipper showed on Wednesday.


Padbury Mining Secures $6.5 Bln Port Funding

Source: Padbury Mining

Australia's Padbury Mining Ltd said it had secured almost $6.5 billion in funding to build a new deepwater port and railway at Oakajee in Western Australia, potentially opening a new export hub for the region's iron ore riches.   Plans for a port at Oakajee in Western Australia's Midwest


New LED Floodlight from Hella Marine

Image: Hella Marine

Heavy-duty and commercial vessels demand durable lighting capable of withstanding punishing conditions. The new HypaLUME LED floodlight from Hella marine is specifically designed to meet the rigors of any marine work environment. The most powerful floodlight ever offered by Hella


Jet Edge Waterjets Distributed in 6 States by KF Machinery

EDGE X-5 Machine: Image courtesy of Jet Edge Inc.

Jet Edge, Inc., a leading manufacturer of ultra-high pressure waterjet systems for precision cutting, coating removal and surface preparation, say that KF Machinery is now distributing Jet Edge precision waterjet cutting systems in Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Nebraska


Double Top for Exova Experts

John Carter (left) and Phil Dent

Phil Dent and John Carter, corrosion specialists with Exova, the global testing, calibration and advisory services provider, have been appointed as chairmen of the Marine Corrosion Forum and STG44 - Marine Corrosion, respectively. Phil Dent, technical manager at the Exova Corrosion Center UK


Growing Chance That China Will Accept Valemax Vessels

Reuters - Chances that China will accept Brazilian miner Vale's giant Valemax vessels are growing as bigger ships become increasingly common in world markets, Vale director of ferrous metals Jose Carlos Martins said in a news conference on Thursday.


Ukraine Crisis Pushes up Gold, Oil, Grains

By Eric Onstad and Manolo Serapio Jr., Reuters Gold, crude oil and grains surged on Monday while industrial metals slid as investors reacted to escalating tensions between Moscow and Kiev after the Russian military tightened its grip on Ukraine's Crimea region.


Pump Efficiency Restored at Iceland Fish Farm

RagnarKarlsson of Velar (left) and Jon Andresson of Stofnfiskur (right)

Located in the Southwest corner of Iceland beside the Atlantic Ocean is one of Stofnfiskur’s salmon broodstockfarms. This farm located in a place called Vogar was originally established in 1986 produces Salmon Ova which are sold to domestic and International hatcheries for fish farming.


Krepp Comments on GSA Storis Auction

Denise Krepp

Denise Rucker Krepp, former Maritime Administration Chief Counsel who currently advocates on behalf of the U.S. domestic ship recycling industry, issued a statement at the Coast Guard Shipping Coordinating Committee Meeting March 12, 2014, in Preparation for the April 2014 Maritime Environment


Australia's Iron Ore Miners Hang Tough as Prices Fall

By James Regan, Reuters If Australian miners are worried about the dramatic decline in iron ore prices, it doesn't show. At an annual gathering of many of the world's biggest and smallest iron ore producers here the mood is upbeat - as if the heftiest one-day fall in ore prices since the


IPS Completes Repair Job for Stena Line

IPS directors Paul Smith & Peter Hillan at Cammell Laird

Engineering firm IPS Marine Fabrications said it has completed major upgrade work for ferry operator Stena Europe. The company, which is headquartered in Birkenhead, has repaired and maintained fabricated air handling units throughout the Stena Europe vessel.


New Literature Showcases HDOCB Support

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Altra Heavy Duty & Overrunning Clutch Brake group (HDOCB) has published a new brochure that gives engineers an overview of the engineering support provided by Altra brands including Wichita Clutch, Industrial Clutch, Twiflex Limited, Formsprag Clutch, Marland Clutch and Stieber Clutch.


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

EDGE X-5: Photo Jet Edge

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


 
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