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Harbor Technologies Receives Development Grant

Harbor Technologies, Inc., a provider of innovative and cost-effective composite solutions to the marine infrastructure market, announces that it has received a $418,500 development grant from the Maine Technology Institute to purchase and further develop a machine to produce composite marine pilings in a continuous manner. Harbor Technologies will utilize technology known as pultrusion to manufacture its pilings, and will enhance this mechanical process using its own engineering and design methodology so that it can speed up the production of its marine pilings. Harbor Technologies also will develop a mechanism to join multiple pilings together for applications that require piling lengths over 40 feet. This joint mechanism will enable builders to avoid the high cost and risk of shipping large pilings by assembling them at the job site. It also will enable Harbor Technologies to offer a wider product line and stock inventory of standard-sized pilings. Composite materials eliminate many of the problems associated with traditional marine materials. This is the fourth investment that Harbor Technologies has received from the Maine Technology Institute to develop its line of advanced composite material products.

Conductor Installation Services Completes Pile-Driving Ops

Driving Piles/Image: CIS

Conductor Installation Services Ltd (CIS), an Acteon company, announced that it has completed a pile-driving operation in conjunction with construction of a major gas production and processing development in Australasia.  Working in the jungle, CIS performed a series of pile-driving operations in order to form the foundations of three new bridges, a jetty and two wharves.  The CIS hammer services crew of four commenced the first phase of the pile-driving operation

Project Profile, Muuga Port


In very challenging weather conditions Danish contractor Per Aarsleff is installing its largest profile and one of its longest combination steel pile retaining walls for the extension to the container terminal in the Port of Muuga on the Gulf of Finland south coast, 17km east of the Estonian capital Tallinn. The site team, with its fleet of specialist marine plant, has been coping with freezing temperatures, strong winds and rough seas at the exposed site to accurately drive over 420 tubular

Houlder, MPI Install 650T Pile Gripper Arms

Photo: Houlder

The pile Gripper Arms, installed this week, stabilize 6m diameter 650t steel piles as they are driven into the seabed by the MPI Discovery installation jack up vessel. Installed on the vessel’s stern below deck level, they provide resistance to wave, tide and current forces in water depths of up to 40m. Their position and the additional control this provides significantly reduces installation times providing a valuable enhancement to the Discovery’s capability, Houlder said.

IHC Handling Systems Delivers Innovative Tool

IHC Handling Systems pile guiding tool

IHC Handling Systems, part of IHC Merwede, has delivered a pile guiding tool for the installation of 80 wind turbine foundations at sea. This innovative tool was designed and constructed by IHC Handling Systems, and then installed on board Seajacks’ new jack-up vessel, ZARATAN, in autumn 2012.   The company was awarded the contract on the strength of its vast expertise and experience in the offshore market. Complete package

InterMoor Completes Juniper Mooring Installation Contract

Photo courtesy of InterMoor

InterMoor has completed a mooring and foundation installation campaign for bpTT’s Juniper gas project offshore Trinidad and Tobago, reportedly the largest foundation installation campaign offshore Trinidad and Tobago to date.   InterMoor provided engineering and design services to identify a reliable and cost-effective mooring solution and performed configuration studies as part of the mooring analysis. The company designed and fabricated eight piles (4 ft in diameter by 128 ft

CAPE Holland Deploys Mew Vibro Lifting Tool

During its first commercial application, the newly developed Vibro Lifting Tool (VLT) of CAPE Holland has successfully installed four piles in up to 90m water depth. This installation is part of the pre-piling project for the Culzean Wellhead Platform jacket which will be installed next year. The VLT was used as a stabbing tool to install all four piles in one sequence to stable depth through a template without any tool change

U.S. Corn Harvest Competes With Oil Transport

The giant corn harvest about to hit full stride in America's Midwest looks set to overwhelm storage and pile up outdoors, grain industry sources said, raising quality issues and making it hard to keep supplies moving. This year's record corn crop of 14.4 billion bushels alone would fill up 60 percent of the country's grain storage of 24 billion bushels. In total, with a record soybean crop too and hefty harvests of other grains including spring wheat

Gulf Marine Wins Matterhorn TLP Contract

Technip-Coflexip Group announced that Atlantia Offshore Limited has awarded Gulf Marine Fabricators (GMF) a fabrication contract for the Matterhorn dry-tree TLP topsides facility and foundation piles. GMF based in Aransas Pass is an entity of the Technip-Coflexip Group. The work scope includes procurement, fabrication and outfitting of a 6000-ton topsides facility with a height of 62 ft. and an area of approximately 63,484 square ft

Exec to Plead Guilty to Bid Rigging

The former president of a California marine products company has agreed to plead guilty for his role in a conspiracy to rig bids and allocate customers with respect to marine products purchased by the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard and other public and private entities, the Department of Justice announced. Under the plea agreement, which is subject to court approval, Andrew Barmakian has agreed to serve a sentence and pay a criminal fine to be determined by the court

Dry Bulk Shipping Turmoil Set to Extend into 2016

Photo: Star Bulk

Dry bulk shipping faces more earnings pain as a slowdown in commodities demand and a glut of ships are expected to pile on the pressure well into 2016, ship industry players said on Wednesday.   The dry cargo shipping industry has been hit hard this year by the global commodities meltdown

Edelweiss Now Controls Bharati Shipyard

Image: Bharati Shipyard

 Edelweiss Asset Reconstruction Company has taken over management control of Bharati Shipyard, says a report in ET.   Edelweiss now controls 70% of the Indian yard’s debts. A month ago plans were made to change the yard’s name to Bharati Defence and Infrastructure as part

DP World Nhava Sheva Helps Enhance Efficiency

Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal is part of DP World’s Subcontinent Region

  DP World Nhava Sheva, well-known for its operational efficiency; once again orchestrated a win-win situation for the trade and maintained normal import and export activities when the port confronted both, natural and manmade crisis.

Long Beach’s New Berthing System Greets First Panamax Bulker

Image: Bellingham Marine

The unique berth at D44 in Long Beach, Calif., designed in partnership by Seabulk and Bellingham Marine, was developed in response to a need for an environmentally friendly, low cost berthing system designed specifically for the docking of Panamax-class, self-discharging bulk carriers.  

Pier Demolition Makes Way for Ferry Terminal

Photo: Washington State Department of Transportation

Pier removal to eliminate 4 percent of toxic creosote left in Puget Sound   Demolition of the Mukilteo tank farm pier has begun. The work makes way for a new terminal to replace Washington State Ferries’ existing, 60-year-old facility in Mukilteo

New Load Measurement Solution for Port of Dampier

Photo courtesy of Strainstall

Strainstall designs and delivers a load measurement solution for the world’s largest floating wharf at Port of Dampier.   Strainstall, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, was commissioned to design and deliver a load monitoring system for the Dampier Floating Deck - the world’s

CAPE Holland Deploys New Vibro Lifting Tool

Photo: CAPE Holland

Earlier this week, during its first commercial application, the newly developed Vibro Lifting Tool (VLT) of CAPE Holland has successfully installed four piles in up to 90 meters water depth. This installation is part of the pre-piling project for the Culzean Wellhead Platform jacket which will

RI Offshore Project Boosts US Wind Entry

Blount Boats is building a 21 meter crew transfer vessel (CTV) that will operate for Deepwater Wind Block Island project. (Image: courtesy Blount)

Rhode Island's Deepwater Wind will start installing the foundations for North America's first offshore wind farm on Monday, a milestone the company says could pave the way for an industry long established in Europe but that is still struggling with opposition in the United States.

Pipavav Port Resumes Operations

Photo: Pipavav Port

 Gujarat Pipavav Port (APM Terminals Pipavav) has resumed operations following improvement in weather conditions.    Last week, the port operations were suspended due to the cyclonic weather conditions and breakdown of power supply and communication.   

Driving Innovation: the Unmanned FLNG

 Wind Farm Game Changer The efficient installation system for Monopiles (MPs), Transition Pieces (TPs) and Pre-piling of Jackets. (Photo: Neya Systems)

The Unmanned FLNG DNV GL developed a new unmanned floating LNG concept that it claims overcomes many of the challenges faced by operators looking to unlock the potential of remote offshore gas fields. Called Solitude, DNV GL said the concept demonstrates how technological advances can be combined

RWO Plots Its Strategy for CleanBallast

CleanBallast system (Image: RWO)

It’s been a difficult year in the ballast water market so far, says Bremen-based manufacturer RWO. Quite close to ratification, new regulations show up on the horizon, and old ones are put under discussion, piling the pressure on system requirements and manufacturers

Liverpool2 Passes Major Construction Milestone

Piling Photo Peel Ports

  Construction at the new £300 million ($500 million) container terminal being built at the Port of Liverpool has reached an advanced stage. Work to reclaim 12 hectares of land has passed the first stage with further infilling due to take place over the summer.  

Chile Exporters Fret as Customs Strike Continues

A customs strike in Chile that began last week has started to affect exports and imports, although miners in the top copper producer said this week they have not yet been significantly impacted.   The strike by customs officials, who say they want the government to approximately double

Global Warming Slowdown Tracked to Indian Ocean

Image courtesy: NOAA.

 Global surface warming has slowed since the start of the twenty-first century, while Pacific heat uptake was enhanced. Analyses of ocean heat content suggest that the warm water was transferred to the Indian Ocean, through the Indonesian straits, reports "Natue".  

Lagos Port Drags on Africa's Top Economy

Ruling party reforms improved Apapa port; shippers still face delays and corruption. The road leading to the Lagos port, which handles nearly everything that Africa's biggest economy imports, is one of the most congested in a megacity whose traffic jams are legendary.

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