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Control System from EDI

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


USN and USCG Release National Fleet Policy

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


Royal Fleet Ship Deploys to Haiti

Photo courtesy Royal Navy, UK

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


RIB & Hi-speed Craft: CSI 2013 Conference

Image courtesy of FRC International

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


Coast Guard to Test Arctic Oil Spill Technologies

Arctic ocean oil spill operations: Rendering courtesy of USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center (RDC) plans to test and evaluate oil spill detection and recovery technologies in the Arctic Ocean as part of Operation Arctic Shield 2013. A multi-agency team of engineers and scientists led by RDC researchers will conduct a series of demonstrations in September 2013 aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy to test and evaluate capabilities of various unmanned aerial systems (UAS)


Major Offshore Wind Turbine Manufacturers Form Joint Venture

Photo credit Hans Hillewaert Wiki CCL

Industry majors, Gamesa and Areva, have announced exclusive negotiations to create a 50/50 joint-venture company in the field of offshore wind power. The companies add that: 'The definitive agreements concerning the creation of the JV will be signed within the next few months following final negotiations between the parties and discussions with personnel representative bodies at Gamesa and Areva.' The principals consider that the offshore market represents one of the most promising areas


General Dynamics $7M Advanced Sub Technologies Contract

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


Top Engineering Employer – Tognum Wins Again

Regine Siemann, Tognum & David Pink , CRF: Photo CRF Institute

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.  


Indonesian Navy Selects VSTEP Bridge Simulators

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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


Exercise Obangame Express 2015

Planners from more than 20 African and European maritime nations attend a final planning conference in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, for Exercise Obangame Express Jan. 12, 2015. The exercise will take place in the Gulf o

  Maritime professionals from more than 20 maritime nations met in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, to finalize plans for Exercise Obangame Express 2015, Jan. 12, 2015. During the four-day meeting with representatives from 13 African nations, eight European nations, the U.S. and Brazil, planners finalized exercise scenarios, defined requirements for personnel and vessels, and gained consensus on objectives of the exercise, which will be conducted in the Gulf of Guinea during March 2015


Houston Ship Channel Closed after Benzene Spill

A section of the Houston Ship Channel has been closed following the release of approximately 500 gallons of benzene from the tanker Maritime Jingan while moored at Vopak Terminal Thursday afternoon.   The U.S. Coast Guard said it is responding to the incident along with the Harris County


Verweij Hoebee Groep Extends Service Portfolio with Management Audits

Photo courtesy of Verweij Hoebee Groep

Verweij Hoebee Groep, a subsidiary of BMT Group, expanded its service portfolio with the introduction of management audits of ship owners.   This unique prevention concept goes beyond the standard condition surveys which are conducted on board ships and extends to the examination of both


TCM Implements Seagull's Competence Manager

Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement (“TCM”) S.A. has strengthened its collaboration with Seagull Maritime AS to bring its in-house ‘Tanker Competence and Promotion Management System’ (TCPMS) to its fleet of fifty-five tanker vessels through Seagull’s Competence Manager.


RINA Closes Edif Group Acquisition

RINA S.p.A, the holding company of the multinational testing, inspection, certification and consulting engineering group based in Genoa, Italy, has announced that it has closed its acquisition of the entire share capital of Edif Group Limited for £118.5 million (around $156 million).


Promoting National Maritime Transport Policy in Saint Lucia

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A national workshop in Saint Lucia has brought together participants from various Government bodies and other stakeholders to discuss the development of a national maritime transport policy.    The workshop is aimed at highlighting the promotion and development of such a policy


Ailing Mariner Medevaced off Alaska

An ailing crewmember aboard the fishing vessel Seafreeze Alaska was medevaced approximately 195 miles north of Cold Bay, Alaska, Thursday.   A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, deployed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Midgett, hoisted the 21-year-old man


Conrad Shipyard Forms LNG Business Unit

Conrad LNG Vice President Brett Wolbrink (Photo: Conrad Shipyard)

Conrad Shipyard has formed a new business unit focused on LNG projects.   Conrad, builder of North America’s first LNG bunker barge scheduled for 2017 delivery, said it continues to actively pursue other LNG opportunities, including developing designs for additional transport barges


Lloyd's Register Extends Drilling Rig Integrity Support

Exploration begins by BHP Billiton using the Deepwater Invictus rig and supported by Lloyd’s Register’s rig integrity team. Lloyd’s Register (LR) announced it has extended rig integrity support for the Deepwater Invictus drilling rig


India: Big Push on Coastal Shipping of Thermal Coal under Sagarmala

Image: The Ministry of Shipping

 The State Government of Odisha will partner the Ministry of Shipping for taking ahead the ‘port-led development’ agenda under Sagarmala, the flagship program of the Ministry.    The State Government has confirmed 10% equity participation in the Special Purpose Venture


Icebreaker Launched for Sovcomflot

On June 30, 2016 a new icebreaking supply vessel (IBSV) was launched for Sovcomflot as part of a long-term agreement with Sakhalin Energy.   Due to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2016, this reinforced ice class vessel has deadweight of 3


CSCL to Change Name to Cosco Shipping Development

Photo: China Shipping Container Lines

 China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) has proposed to change its name to Cosco Shipping Development Co (CSDC), in line with the company’s future business strategy and as a group member of China Cosco Shipping Corporation (Coscocs).  


Spill Response Tackled In New Contract

Photo: Office of Response and Restoration, NOAAs Ocean Service,  US Govt.

 The International Spill Control Organization (ISCO) and BIMCO are working together to develop a standard contract for spill response services. The contract is expected to be published by the end of the year.   The Spill Response Services and Equipment Contract is designed for


Pasir Panjang Terminal Phases 3 & 4 Wins Top Engineering Accolade

Pasir Panjang Terminal. Photo by Ministry of Transport, Government of Singapore

 The Pasir Panjang Terminal Phases 3 & 4 development was shortlisted by a panel comprising judges from both the public and private sector and voted by members of the public into “Singapore’s Top 50 Engineering Achievements.”    


Cybersecurity On Ships: New Guidelines

Pic: Clyde & Co

 Companies are becoming increasingly alive to the importance of cyber-security and the need to protect themselves against the risk of cyber-attacks; the marine sector is no exception, says Clyde & Co’s Shipping Newsletter.  


Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Implements FORAN

FORAN screenshot of a pusher tug (Image: Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding)

The SENER engineering and technology group signed a contract last year with the U.S. based shipbuilder Fincantieri Marine Group for the license to use SENER’s FORAN System. FORAN is currently in use at one of the company’s shipyards, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS)






 
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