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RINA, China Class Team on Yard Quality

Italian classification society and certification group RINA and the China Classification Society (CCS) have joined forces to deliver quality management system expertise to small and medium-size Chinese shipyards which intend to build ships for international trade. The two class societies have set up a joint venture company, Yizhong Marine Technical Services, based in Shanghai. It will assist between five and ten yards in its first year. The yards, suitable for building ships up to 50,000 dwt, are those which currently build only to internal Chinese standards but which wish to enter the international shipbuilding market. Yizhong will train the management and help them build and run a complete quality management system capable of building ships to international classed standards. Ugo Salerno, ceo of RINA, says, "Shipyard quality is very much in focus today. No class or owner supervision team can guarantee a good ship if the yard building it does not have a satisfactory quality system in place to cover all its production. Our RINA Industry subsidiary has wide experience with industrial quality management systems, and can, working with CCS, deliver the expertise which will enable these yards to upgrade their production controls to international standards." Li Kejun, Chairman and President of CCS, says, "There is enormous potential in China for building smaller ships, and the global market is likely to need those


Kongsberg Delivers Offshore Ops Simulator

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Superior Energy Services of Houston, Texas, took delivery of one of the most advanced maritime training simulators ever developed, in April 2012. The next-generation simulator from Kongsberg Maritime will be used to provide integrated, real-time training for Superior’s offshore marine personnel at its new facility in Anchorage, Alaska.   Under the terms of the contract, signed September 2011, Kongsberg Maritime supplied Superior Energy Marine Technical Services with a full


Imtech Acquires Belgian Maritime Technical Services Provider

Dutch technical marine services provider, Royal Imtech, acquires Belgian company in the same field, Van Stappen & Cada Van Stappen & Cada has an annual revenue of over 3 million euro. The acquisition will be paid in cash and will immediately contribute to Royal Imtech's earnings per share. It will enable Imtech to further strengthen its position in the Belgian marine market. The Belgian company was established in 1991 and has its registered office in Antwerp’s port area


Imtech Strengthens Position in Belgian Marine Market

Royal Imtech N.V. (IM-AE, technical services provider in and outside Europe) announces that it has acquired the Belgian maritime technical services provider Van Stappen & Cada NV. This company realizes annual revenue of over 3 million euro. The acquisition will be paid in cash and will immediately contribute to the earnings per share. It will enable Imtech to further strengthen its position in the Belgian marine market.


Intellian Appoints Engineering Sales Director

Charlie Snooke

Marine satellite antenna company Intellian has appointed Charlie Snooke as global director sales engineering. Charlie brings over 20 years’ experience in the marine electronics business, having provided installation and technical support for a wide range of navigation and communication equipment suppliers. During this time Charlie has fulfilled a variety of key technical support and market development roles with a well-known marine stabilized antenna manufacturer


LR Acquires ODS

A Lloyd’s Register Group company has acquired Ødegaard & Danneskiold-Samsøe A/S (ODS), a Danish consultancy specialising in noise, vibration and machinery dynamics. The acquisition will build on the strengths of both organisations and will enable the Lloyd’s Register Group to offer the marine, rail and oil and gas industries a wider range of services designed to solve noise, vibration and machinery performance problems


Coldharbour Marine Joins IMarEST Marine Partner Scheme

Coldharbour Marine Ltd., UK-based marine inert gas and ballast water treatment specialists, has joined the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) Marine Partner scheme as a Marine Affiliate, able to draw on the numerous advantages of corporate partnership with IMarEST, a professional body for the global marine community. “We are delighted to welcome Coldharbour Marine as Marine Affiliates, which offers them a package of services, employee engagement


Coatings and Corrosion Control Internet Portals Form Alliance

CorrosionSource.com and PaintSquare.com have formed an alliance to integrate their Internet exchange, portal and technical offerings to the corrosion control community worldwide. The basis for the alliance is that the two sites together offer a full range of technical and product information, as well as rich Web site functionalities, to both corrosion specialists and non-specialists alike. CorrosionSource has a 30,000-page technical library dealing with the disciplines of corrosion


Reed Launches Oil Spill Prevention and Response Series

Reed Exhibitions Energy and Marine group (RX Energy and Marine) is launching a series of oil spill prevention and response technology and service zones throughout its global portfolio in collaboration with the U.K. Spill Association (UKSpill) and the European Spill Association (Eurospill). As commercial operations in the world’s oceans continue to develop, the requirement to be able to operate with the least possible environmental impact is an even greater focus than it has ever been


Jose Femenia Named Consultant at UtiliVisor

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Jose Femenia, former Head of Engineering and Director of the Master of Marine Engineering Program at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, has been named a consultant at utiliVisor. UtiliVisor is an energy advisory firm that offers comprehensive energy monitoring and analysis services for the marine industry, providing accurate, reliable solutions to boost the fuel efficiency of vessels.  Mr. Femenia will serve as a technical advisor for utiliVisor clients on shipboard propulsion


DNV GL “Modification Excellence Award” for Schiffahrt

Jörg Lampe (Right), Senior Project Engineer Risk & Safety and Systems Engineering at DNV GL, presented the award to Jürgen Kudritzki (Left), Technical Director at E.R. Schiffahrt, in Hamburg.

Classification society DNV GL recognised that E.R. Schiffahrt has retrofitted seven ultra large container vessels to meet the highest energy efficiency standards and improve its cargo capacity through the DNV GL Modification Excellence Award


BMT Supports Samalaju Port Development

Samalaju Port Development.

BMT subsidiaries in the Asia-Pacific region have been awarded a contract to provide design expertise for an advanced bulk-material handling system for the emerging port of Samalaju in East Malaysia.   Samalaju Port is being developed by Bintulu Port Holdings Bhd as part of the Sarawak


UniMarine Opens Office in Pireaus

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  UniMarine announced the opening of its new office UniMarine South Europe & Mediterranean. Located in Piraeus (Greece), the office will be servicing the Southern European and Mediterranean region. The office will be headed up by Mr Spiros Stamou who has been active in the marine


Getting Real on LNG Fuel

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Plentiful supply, low prices and strict regulations on air pollution are fuelling a swift move towards using LNG as fuel for ship propulsion in the USA and Canada. In Europe strict regulation in port is pushing passenger ship owners to use LNG fuel while berthed.


MSC Cruises Advance Onboard Wi-Fi System

MSC Orchestra Cruise Ship (Credit: MSC Cruises)

MSC Cruises has started a fleet-wide optimization installed by Marlink to improve shipboard VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) connectivity. MSC Cruises said it is the first cruise line in the world to benefit from the iDX 3.2 software and X7 modem from iDirect


New Tidal Wave Energy Device Completes Sea Trials

PLAT-O at sea.

In the continuing quest to harvest efficient, renewable energy from the power of the world’s tides, an organization called Sustainable Marine Energy’s announced that its PLAT-O tidal energy platform has successfully completed its first field trials.  


Nominations for "Great Ships" Coming to a Close

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Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, the world's largest circulation b2b marine publication, announced that Applications for its Annual Awards Issue -- "Great Ships of 2014" -- will close on Friday, November 21, 2014. This annual awards edition recognizes a selection of the


Outlook for Bunkering & Marine Lubricants in India

  The "4th Annual Conference on the Outlook for Bunkering and Marine Lubricants in India" will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the Hotel Vivanta by Taj-President, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai. With the demand for shipping fuel at major Indian ports having climbed in the past


W&O Actuated Valve Solution for Vigorous

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W&O is one of the partners that supported Vigor in the $40m project to build and deliver the largest floating drydock in the U.S. – Vigor Industrial’s Vigorous –  which was delivered recently to its new home in Portland on the Willamette River


Bestobell Extends Valve Range

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Bestobell Marine, part of the President Engineering Group Ltd. now offers both butt weld and flanged connections for all its Globe and Check valves. These valves range from small (DN15) to large (DN350).  Valves with flanged connections are particularly in demand with the Japanese and Korean


Hamburg Süd Christens San Class Containership

(l-r) Stefan Kirschner, Captain Nihat Ogun Eginlioglu, Sponsor Wietske Willemijn Wage, Peter Frederiksen, Silke Sehgal, Michael Britton and Konstantin Oetker (Photo courtesy of Hamburg Süd)

Hamburg Süd yesterday christened another containership in its San class, as the official naming ceremony of the newbuild San Clemente was held at the Marina Bay Cruise Center in Singapore, with customers and business partners. The San Clemente is one of Hamburg Süd’s series of


CMA CGM to Apply Low Sulfur Surcharge

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CMA CGM said it will implement a low sulfur surcharge on all its trades in Emission Control Areas (ECAs) and for all cargos as of January 1, 2015. MARPOL Annex VI regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships assign Sulfur Oxides (SOx) Emission Control Areas (ECA) with more


New Collision Guidance for the Offshore Industry

Mitigating the risk of collision at sea requires an understanding of the causes. The new industry guidance issued by Lloyd’s Register aims to help make offshore operations safer for marine and energy operators. Lloyd Register’s new Guidance Notes for Collision Analysis assist owners


TURBOMED Opens Service Station in Shanghai

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TURBOMED S.A. has established a new service station in Shanghai, China as a move to expand its presence in the worldwide marine industry. Furthermore, Yiannis Paraskevopoulos, Owner of TURBOMED S.A., decided to instate in Shanghai a Greek mechanical engineer, Nikos Paraskevopoulos


Jack-Up Barge Bolsters Offshore Accommodation

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Jack-Up Barge has recently placed an order with Malaysian-based Asian Offshore Services (AOS) for additional Zone 2 blast-rated Temporary Living Quarters (TLQs). Ronald Schukking, Technical and New Building Director at Jack-Up Barge, said of the order






 
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