Electronic Design, Inc. (EDI), designs and manufactures shipboard control and monitoring systems, training and simulation systems, and related products for large and small ships; both commercial and military. In 1997, EDI was chosen to participate in the U.S. Navy's Smart Ship project, and was awarded a contract to completely retrofit the hardwired Machinery Plant Control and Monitoring System (MPCMS) aboard an amphibious troop carrier (LSD 47), with a state-of-the-art, processor-based, software system using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology. Smart Ship was conceived in 1996 by the Navy to evaluate its future with respect to manpower and cost. It was clear COTS technology and reduced manning were essential elements. EDI was tasked with implementing, installing and integrating a user-friendly, highly reliable, computer-based Engineering Control System (ECS) to emulate the existing hard-wired control system for the propulsion plant, electric plant and auxiliary plants. EDI designed the ECS software package using COTS software with color CRTs and Trackballs as the primary user interface. The original MPCMS was removed from the ship and replaced by 15 COTS Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and 12 Windows NT-based workstations. The workstations and PLCs were connected via Ethernet to a fiberoptic Local Area Network (LAN). To enhance reliability, the workstations and PLCs have redudant Ethernet connections to access the LAN
The US Navy and the US Coast Guard released the National Fleet Policy. The joint policy is intended to synchronize research and development, planning, fiscal stewardship, procurement, development of doctrine, training, and execution of operations of the two services in order to maximize effect and minimize costs. The National Fleet is composed of the physical assets and personnel of the services designed (whenever possible) around common systems and capable of supporting the full
FRC International to host the upcoming Crew Systems Integration (CSI) conference in Poole, UK. The international conference includes over 20 presentations focussing on 9 integrated topics for the RIB and high speed craft sector. Keynote speakers include former Royal Navy Rear Admiral Chris Parry, now a noted strategic consultant and geopolitical forecaster. Human Systems Integration (HSI) is a recognised requirement for many maritime organisations
The UK sent a Royal Fleet Auxiliary supply ship loaded with aid to help with the relief operation in Haiti, International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander has announced. The ship, RFA Largs Bay, was despatched at the request of the United Nations and sailed from the UK carrying relief supplies that will be needed by the people of Haiti in the weeks and months ahead. The ship will have the capacity to carry supplies provided by the Department for International Development and
General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $7.4m contract modification by the U.S. Navy to develop advanced submarine technologies for current and future undersea platforms. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). Under this award Electric Boat will perform advanced submarine research and development studies in support of a wide range of technology areas including manufacturing, maintenance, survivability, hydrodynamics, acoustics and materials
Tognmum wins top engineering sector employer in Germany award for the fourth time Tognum has picked up the accolade ‘Top Engineering Employer’ for the fourth time running. It also won the seal of quality ‘Top Employer in Germany’ for the third time. This year, a total of 34 companies in Germany were named the most attractive engineering employers, and a total of 118 qualified for the ‘Top Employer in Germany 2012’ category.
For training of its Sigma Class Corvette bridge personnel, the Indonesian Navy and Ministry of Defense selected VSTEP to supply two Class A NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge (FMB) Simulators for its Kobangdikal marine training facility in Surabaya. The Indonesian Navy is currently modernizing its fleet to more effectively combat maritime crime and piracy. Beginning 2012, the Indonesian Navy added several Sigma Class Corvettes to its active fleet
Forum Energy Technologies (NYSE: FET) said that its United Kingdom Personnel Service (UKPS) business unit, based in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, has been awarded the prestigious Investors in People (IIP) Bronze Standard Award. Recipients of this award are a prestigious group of leading public, private and civic organizations, ranging in size from less than ten to thousands of employees. “Receiving this award is a tremendous achievement,” said Mick Jones
Hospital ship USNS Mercy will visit Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines & Vietnam on humanitarian mission The San Diego-based Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy is scheduled to deploy Tuesday for a four-month humanitarian mission to four Asian nations, reports San Diego 10News. Converted from an oil tanker in the mid 1980s, the Mercy first saw duty in the Persian Gulf War. Following that deployment, it left its berth at Naval Base San Diego
Decom North Sea (DNS), the offshore oil & gas decommissioning forum, has commissioned research into the future labour and skills requirements for the growing decommissioning sector to try to alleviate predicted skills shortages in future. With more than £1billion a year of decommissioning expenditure forecast for the UK North Sea by 2015 and only 7% of projects completed to date, DNS will make its findings available to training bodies to help ensure appropriately skilled people
EFC Group, a designer and manufacturer of instrumentation, monitoring, handling and control systems for the global oil and gas industry, announced the launch of a new manufacturing plant in Moray. The base in Enterprise Park, Forres marks the Group’s second phase of expansion
DNV is launching a new training certification scheme for Dynamic Positioning Operatives to training providers in the U.K. The new program will be rolled out in Aberdeen and London on May 21 and 23 respectively and will provide a faster, more tailored, course option in this field.
The Port of Seattle is now recruiting for its Veterans Fellowship Program. The Port of Seattle says it is dedicated to helping military personnel transition from active duty to civilian employment. The port understands the importance of veterans serving their country and it is
Crewmembers aboard the 314-ft fishing vessel 'Arctic Storm' extinguised an engine-room fire using the ship's Halon chemical firefighting system. The Coast Guard continues to respond to the vessel approximately 30 miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash.
At their recent meeting the circumpolar states of the Arctic Council have agreed to tackle oil spill disasters as a team. The Agreement on Cooperation on Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response in the Arctic—the Council’s second ever binding agreement—was signed by all
Human Systems Integration (HSI) is a recognized requirement for many organizations. This is rapidly becoming more important as the professional RHIB and high speed craft sector are required to perform increasingly complex tasks. The objective is for marine units to deal with new scenarios
The Australian Department of Defense released a request for tender to CEA Technologies for the development of a High Power Phased Array Radar concept demonstrator. CEA Technologies Pty Ltd is a Canberra-based company whose CEAFAR radar is being fitted to the ANZAC Class Frigates of the Royal
The Coast Guard 17th District announced its Arctic Shield 2013 plans to protect the maritime community in the Arctic and to strengthen their partnerships with federal, state, local, tribal and community members Wednesday. “We are committed to having a sustained presence in the region
MarineCFO, a provider of software solutions to the marine transportation industry and a division of Verticalive Inc., announced that E.N. Bisso & Son, Inc., has chosen to implement the full MarineCFO Enterprise software suite, including personnel, pperations, maintenance, and vessel live.
Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) appointed Romaine Romanet as new General Manager for Belgium. Ms. Romanet brings many years’ experience from a number of multinational businesses in the areas of operation, finance, business development, change project management and people development.
Maritime security specialist, Ambrey Risk, based in Hereford U.K., announced that the company has become Maritime Coastguard Agency Accredited, and can now offer STCW95 courses, which are the basic entry level training courses for working at sea.
Harris Pye marked another milestone in their bid for further global expansion last week with the opening of their brand new company in Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This company was established to centralize engineering teams to support global business dealings with regard to
The full text of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's message on May 14, 2013 to all Department of Defense personnel follows: As you are fully aware, the Department of Defense is facing a historic shortfall in our budget for the current fiscal year
Gulfstream Services, Inc. (GSI) names Billy Marcel as Manager of Global Operations – Decommissioning Services Division. US-based Gulfstream Services, Inc. is a global corporation focused on developing high pressure equipment solutions for the international oil and gas industry
New regulations for non-tank vessel response plans (VRP) to be discussed at upcomingNational Maritime Salvage Conference One issue on the conference agenda will be the new regulations for Non-Tank Vessel Response Plans (VRPs). On March 9, 2013