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As SOLAS Deadline Nears, More Composite Use is Expected

By Robert Lee Gordon Director of Purchasing, Ocean Development Company Composites have been utilized in various applications in the shipbuilding industry in order to meet countless requirements of shipyards and ship owners. Composites have found their way into areas such as hull design for smaller vessels to modular bathroom units on larger vessels. Research and development with composites has also created Trevira fabric. Composites continue to evolve along with the shipbuilding industry, and one should expect to see more wide spread use of this material in years to come. In order to better understand composites one must review the creation of this modern material, and then one can examine the uses of this product. The general definition for composite material is the combination of two or more materials in order to create a completely new material. For example, fiberglass, which is the combination of plastic resin and glass fibers, is a common composite. However, in the marine industry composites take on a completely different meaning. Composites in the marine industry refer to a material that has two outer layers with a core material that is sandwiched between these two layers. In hull construction, composites are commonly two layers of glass and resin with a middle layer of either foam or balsa. In other applications, or where water intrusion is a concern, the core material can be aluminum or some other water impervious material


Ashland Names Piiroinen to European Marine Manager

Olli Piiroinen has been named industry manager for the European marine market within Ashland Composite Polymers, a business group of Ashland Performance Materials, a division of Ashland Inc. Piiroinen will manage Ashland’s composite marine business for Europe. Previously he was Ashland’s technical service representative for composite marine products in Europe. “Olli’s technical expertise, coupled with his broad knowledge of the European marine manufacturing market


Professional Society Honors Navy Engineer

The National Society of Professional Engineers selected Dr. Eugene Camponeschi as a top ten finalist as part of its 28th Annual Federal Engineer of the Year Award Program. NSPE recognizes him for achievements in the field of composites and structures research. Accomplishments include contributing to development of the successful advanced enclosed composite mast, now appearing on USS San Antonio (LPD 17) Class amphibious ships


Conoco and Aker Kvaerner To Establish DeepWater Composites

Conoco and Aker Kvaerner, part of Kvaerner, the international oil services, engineering and construction, pulp and paper and shipbuilding group, announced the establishment of a new company, DeepWater Composites AS, that will manufacture and sell composite products for use in the deepwater exploration and field development segments of the oil and gas industry. Conoco and Aker Kvaerner will each hold 50-percent interest in Deepwater Composites AS.


Ingalls Gulfport Facility Reaches Milestone

Ingalls Shipbuildings Gulfport facility recently turned the DDG 1001 hangar ship shape to allow final outfitting.

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced  its Ingalls Shipbuilding division achieved a milestone in the construction process of the composite hangar that will be used on the U.S. Navy's second Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer, Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001).   Recently, the shipbuilders at the company's Gulfport, Miss., facility turned the inverted hangar to an upright position, or ship-shape, which is an important and necessary feat in the construction schedule of this component


Status Report: Lightweight Structures at Sea

Figure 1: Valö, the world’s first HSC-classed vessel built in carbon fiber composite, owned by Styrsöbolaget in Sweden.

SP Fire Technology’s involvement in fire-resistant lightweight materials for marine applications has contributed to the construction of several smaller lightweight vessels, and to the current discussion within the International Maritime Organization (IMO) of how larger ocean-going vessels could be built using plastic composites. Background 2005 saw the start of the LÄSS project, which clearly showed the potential economic and environmental benefits of using lightweight materials


Vessel Sinking Sullies Prince William Sound

A fishing ship that sank last week and is leaking diesel fuel has caused the biggest spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound since the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, posing a threat to the area's wildlife, state environmental officials said. The Seattle-based Windy Bay was loaded with about 35,000 gallons (133,000 liters) of diesel fuel when it struck a rock and sank on Saturday in the northern part of the sound about 40 miles (65 km) southwest of the port of Valdez.


Lürssen, Townsend Bay Alliance Announced

At the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October, Townsend Bay Marine (TBM) and Lürssen Yachts formally announced the business relationship that the companies forged quietly several months ago, when Lürssen became the majority shareholder in the Port Townsend, Washington-based shipyard. In addition to allowing the two firms to share technical expertise and resources, the alliance adds a composite shipbuilding component to Lürssen's unparalleled capabilities as well as providing


Salvage of Ownerless Stranded Freighter Continues

Jireh Earlier: Photo credit NOAA

Cutting  & removing sections of 202-ft freighter 'Jireh' continue in preparation for final removal of vessel from Mona Island, Puerto Rico. The Jireh ran aground on Mona Island June 21, 2012 with 84 passengers and crew. Investigators have not been able to find the owners of the Honduran-flagged Jireh or what caused the crew to run the vessel aground. Response crews working to patch and plug the grounded freighter found extensive damage to the ship’s cargo hold


UMaine Developing Offshore Wind Turbines

Wind Turbine Blade: Photo courtesy of UMaine

Universtiy of Maine's Advanced Structures & Composites Center granted up to $4 million to fund offshore windmill project. Habib Dagher, the director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, is busy planning the first phase of a “potential $93.2 million deepwater offshore wind demonstration project by the U.S. Department of Energy. The DOE held a competition to screen proposals for clean energy that would jumpstart wind farms in the United States


BMT to Support Hong Kong Government Ship Design

From l-r: Wilson Kwan, Principal Marine Engineer BMT Asia Pacific-Hong Kong; Cheung Sik Woon, Surveyor of Ships / HK Marine Department Government New Construction Section; Leung Wai Hok, Senior Surveyor of Ships / HK Marine Department Government New Construction Section; Richard Colwill, Managing Director, BMT Asia Pacific-Hong Kong;  Chow Siu Wah, Peter, Surveyor of Ships / HK Marine Department Government New Construction Section (Photo: BMT)

BMT Group subsidiaries BMT Asia Pacific and BMT Nigel Gee have been appointed to provide vessel design consultancy services to the Hong Kong government.   The contract, awarded by the Hong Kong Marine Department following a competitive tender


Euronav Announces IPO in the US

Photo: Euronav

Euronav NV announced the commencement of its underwritten initial public offering in the United States of 13,550,000 ordinary shares. The company will grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase additional ordinary shares representing up to 15% of the offered shares.   


Lougheed Joins Willard’s Engineering Team

Mark Lougheed (Photo courtesy of Willard Marine)

Willard Marine, Inc. has appointed Mark Lougheed to its engineering team.   Lougheed brings more than 25 years of experience in naval engineering and project management to Willard Marine. Lougheed was most recently at Coast Dynamics Group as an Engineering Project Leader developing


Lightweight Composite Approved for Ship

Photo courtesy of SP

For the first time, combustible, fibre-reinforced, lightweight composite has been approved for use in a SOLAS ship. Panama's flag authority has accepted a design where hatches in fibre-reinforced plastic composite replace steel hatches. Research and fire risk analyses at SP have helped in making


Willard Marine Names Sales Team Additions

Bob Beck Jr. (left), and Renée St. Lawrence

Willard Marine, Inc. (WMI), a manufacturer of composite and aluminum boats for 57 years, announced the appointments of Bob Beck Jr. and Renée St. Lawrence to its sales team. Beck joins the WMI Sales and Training team with more than 24 years of experience in the U.S


US Navy Orders Demonstration Craft from Willard Marine

Photo courtesy of Willard Marine, Inc.

Willard Marine, Inc. (WMI) announced it has been selected through a solicitation process to supply a demonstration model of a new, advanced combatant craft for the U.S. Navy under an SBIR contract modification awarded to Structural Composites, Inc.


Minimize the Risks, Think Cold Bonding

Plate bonding repair on equipment

Cold bonding: a safer alternative to hot work Hot work required for welding, grinding and cutting operations presents certain potential hazards when conducted in potentially explosive and flammable environments. According to the Health and Safety Executive guidance 2013


Going Big for Sustainability

Maersk Triple E Class vessel (Photo courtesy of Trelleborg)

Orkot Marine Bearings, developed and manufactured by Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, contribute to the build of one of the world’s most efficient and largest containerships, the Maersk Triple E class family, built by Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding.


CTruk Sets Plans for Expansion

Image courtesy of CTruk

More than 120 new jobs in the cards if Advanced Composite Technology Center project receives grant funding support CTruk signed the lease on a 6,400m² site on the Colne Estuary, a few miles upriver from its current Brightlingsea base


Huntington Ingalls Industries Profits up in Q3 Report

Mike Petters (Photo: HII)

Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) released its third quarter 2014 results which reported revenues of $1.72 billion, up 4.9 percent compared to the same period last year. Third quarter diluted earnings per share was $1.96, compared to diluted earnings per share of $1


SAR Boat Named ‘Ship of the Year’ by KNVTS

Photo courtesy of Damen

KNRM, Delft University of Technology, De VriesLentsch Naval Architects and Damen: maritime cooperation leads to innovation Damen and its partners have won the Royal Netherlands Society for Marine Engineering (KNVTS) ‘Ship of the Year Award’ for Nh1816


Simrad Partners with Maverick Boats

Cobia 334 with triple Yamaha 300-horsepower outboard engines offers the latest advances in power boating

  Simrad Yachting, a leader in the design and manufacture of world-class marine navigation, autopilot, radar, communications and fishfinding systems, announced today its partnership with Maverick Boat Company. Maverick’s Cobia brand of center console


Servowatch Systems Equips KNRM Ship of the Year

Servowatch Systems has supplied an array of integrated technologies to the KNRM Nh1816 (Photo: Damen)

Servowatch Systems chief executive officer Wayne Ross has praised the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM) for winning the KNVTS Ship of the Year Award for its new search and rescue boat, Nh1816. “We are proud to have been associated with this revolutionary vessel,” said Ross


Study: Port of Virginia a Key Economic Driver

Photo: Port of Virginia

Study shows Port of Virginia’s economic impact is statewide and significant; 374,000 jobs, $60 billion in spending   The Port of Virginia continues to be a significant economic force in the Commonwealth’s economy, according to an economic impact study conducted by The College of


2H Offshore Joins TCP Design Guideline Initiative

Image: 2H Offshore

2H Offshore has joined an oil and gas industry initiative to develop a new design guideline for thermoplastic composite pipes (TCP) to advance the understanding and use of composite materials in the offshore industry, the company announced.  






 
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