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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

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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


General Atomics Battery for New Navy Submersible

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to provide Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant (LiFT) battery systems for use on U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) new Dry Combat Submersible (DCS), a long endurance delivery vehicle capable of transporting


Finland Funds Autonomous Ship Research

Image: Tekes

 The Finnish government's innovation investment arm, Tekes, said that it is making a multi-year commitment to funding collaborative research and development of autonomous, unmanned ships to ply the world’s oceans in the not-so-distant future.   


Cargotec Begins Interschalt Restructuring

Photo: Cargotec Oyj

 Cargotec is to begin restructuring at maritime software provider Interschalt, following its acquisition of the company earlier this year.    The re-organisation is estimated to affect Interschalt personnel in Germany, USA (Houston) and China (Shanghai)


Japan Navy Chief Urges Resumption of China Port Visits

The head of Japan's navy on Monday repeated criticisms of China's pursuit of territorial claims in Asia but called for a resumption of port and personnel visits suspended for several years amid rising tensions between the two Asian powers.  


Africa’s First Dredging Simulator Unveiled

Photo courtesy of TNPA

Africa’s first ever dredging simulator was launched in the port city of Durban, South Africa – another positive spin-off of ongoing collaboration between Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), the Transnet Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE)


How Can the Marine Industry Counteract Its Aging Workforce?

File photo: Brian Cronk

It’s been widely reported over recent years that the maritime industry is facing a workforce crisis. A lack of newly trained candidates to fill the gaps caused by retirement of an aging workforce, now compounded even further by the oil price crash


Port of Antwerp Invests for First Time in West Africa

Photo: Port of Antwerp

 The port of Antwerp and the port of San Pedro in Côte d’Ivoire are to collaborate over the next few years to manage further expansion of this West African entrepot.    San Pedro, the leading cacao port in the world


Royal IHC, TNPA Launch Dredge Training

Royal IHC cooperates with TNPA on new dredge

The inauguration of an IHC dredging simulator was held at Transnet’s Maritime School of Excellence in Durban, South Africa on Friday 2 September. The launch marked the start of a new dredge training programme to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of local dredging personnel.


BMT Awarded USCG Human Systems Integration Contract

BMT Group subsidiary BMT Designers & Planners Inc. said it has been awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to provide Human Systems Integration (HSI) engineering and technical support for the U.S Coast Guard.    With a BPA funding ceiling of $9


Canada Backs Corvus Energy ESS Development

Corvus Energy Inc. said it has been awarded funding from the National Research Council of Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program for the development and expansion of the company's next generation Orca energy storage system (ESS) product line.  


Plan Introduced to Drive US Offshore Wind Energy

Photo: U.S. Dept. of Energy

A new collaborative strategic plan has been published today which aims to continue accelerating the development of offshore wind energy in the United States.   Announced by U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, the plan


Damen Establishes Caribbean Repair Yard

René H. Berkvens, Damen Shipyards Group CEO; Eugene Rhuggenaath, Minister of Economic Development; and Getmar Caldera, Managing Director CDM Holding (Photo: Damen)

On Friday, September 9, the government of Curaçao and Damen Shipyards Group signed a concession agreement for the future operation of the current Curaçao Drydock Company, enabling Damen to establish a new company on Curaçao under the name Damen Shiprepair Curaçao.


Statoil: Considerable Johan Castberg spin-offs

Statoil has today, as operator for the Johan Castberg project, distributed a proposed impact assessment programme for the largest field yet to be developed on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS)

Statoil’s proposed impact assessment programme for the Johan Castberg project reveals that the project will be important to Norwegian industry and have strong ripple effects. During our improvement work we have created new opportunities for the Johan Castberg field in the far north


Philippine Coast Guard Nails Shark Fin Smugglers

Photo: Philippine Coast Guard

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said it has apprehended a motor vessel carrying prohibited shark fin meat.   The passenger/cargo vessel Trisha Kerstin 2, owned and operated by Aleson Shipping Lines INC, and skippered by Capt. Joel P. Mendoza


Operation Render Safe Brings Safety to Solomon Islands

The ongoing menace of explosive remnants of war will again be tackled in the Solomon Islands by the multinational team assigned to Operation Render Safe 16

The dangers posed by explosive remnants of war in the Solomon Islands will again be tackled with the commencement of Operation Render Safe 16 over the weekend.   The annual ADF-led Operation Render Safe deployment is Australia’s enduring commitment to the removal of unexploded and






 
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