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FME Earns LCS Supplier of the Year Award

Fairbanks Morse Engine (FME) announced it has been named the 2015 Lockheed Martin Missions Systems and Training Supplier of the year for Ship and Aviation Systems during its annual Supplier Summit, held in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. on March 10, 2016.   The award honors FME for its product delivery and performance, technical support, and commitment to affordability, the company said. As an industry partner to Lockheed Martin, FME said it is committed to a strong and ongoing focus in the areas of continuous improvement and cost competitiveness to provide the solutions necessary to meet the U.S. Navy’s needs in support of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.   “Receiving this award from Lockheed Martin is a great honor for Fairbanks Morse Engine. The name of the class is Freedom and as we think about our relationship with Lockheed Martin and the LCS program, we think about it as it relates to freedom. We believe everyone has an absolute right to freedom and this program supports that,” said Marvin Riley, president of Fairbanks Morse Engine.   FME manufactures the main propulsion diesel engines for the Freedom-variant of the LCS. A fast, maneuverable surface combatant, the LCS provides warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility for focused missions including mine-clearing, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare.  


Corps of Engineers Budget Briefing

The United States Army Corps of Engineers will hold a press conference to release details of President Bush’s Fiscal Year 2007 budget for the Corps’ Civil Works program is scheduled for today, February 6 from 3 to 4 p.m. The press conference will take place at the USACE headquarters in the General Accounting Office building in Washington D.C. John Paul Woodley, Jr., Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), and Lt. Gen. Carl A


Unitor and BP Marine to Dissolve The Marine Alliance

Unitor ASA and BP Marine, who co-founded The Marine Alliance B.V. joint venture three years ago, have now decided to dissolve this partnership and focus individually on their respective customers’ requirements. The transition will commence early October and will be completed by 1 January 2004. After that date, Unitor and BP Marine will each provide their own customer services. Changing business needs The Marine Alliance was established to deliver improved customer services


Naval Architect John Gilbert Passes

Photo courtesy John W. Gilbert Associates, Inc.

John (Jack) William Gilbert, PE, U.S. Navy Lieutenant, USNR, a world-renowned Naval Architect and Marine Engineer and President of John W. Gilbert Associates, Inc., Hingham, Massachusetts, died at the age of 80 years on July 26, 2010. Gilbert was born in Silver Creek, N.Y., on November 1, 1929, and was a resident of North Scituate, Mass., for more than 48 years. He graduated with a B.S.Nam. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1955. Gilbert founded John W. Gilbert Associates, Inc


Jamaica Seeks Logistics Hub Development

Jamaica Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, the Hon Anthony Hylton

International investors are expressing serious interest in Jamaica’s plans to develop as a world-class logistics hub with potentially millions of dollars being lined up to back the Government’s proposals. Jamaica Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, the Hon Anthony Hylton, said, “With each passing day Jamaica moves one step closer to the imminent transformation of the economy and the job creation, via the vehicle of the Global Logistics Hub


Veson: Cloud-Based ImosLive Hosted Solution

Veson Nautical offers a hosted option for IMOS (Integrated Maritime Operations System), its flagship solution. The new IMOSLive option eliminates up-front IT infrastructure investment and management, in-house installation of software, and internal hardware and software upkeep.   With secure hosting and software maintenance by Veson Nautical, IMOSLive clients are able to:    Host their IMOS applications on regional cloud server instances


ZF Marine Transmissions for Ilmor Marine

Image courtesy ZF Marine

ZF Marine announced that they have partnered with Ilmor Marine, LLC as the exclusive supplier of transmissions for recently announced Ilmor powered MasterCraft products. “We’re proud of our longstanding relationship with MasterCraft Boat Company,” said ZF Marine’s AJ Halavacs, Segment Manager - Pleasurecraft. “Ilmor will be supplying MasterCraft with a terrific engine, and we’re proud to have our transmission mated to it


KEP Marine Introduces Marine-Grade Computer Series

KEP marine-grade mini-rack computer

Innovative Electronics Company Debuts Line of Powerful Marine-Grade Computers with Space-Saving Design for Convenient and Flexible Installation. Kessler-Ellis Products (KEP) Marine, the manufacturer of industry-leading marine sunlight readable displays, and high-quality marine hardware and software products, announced today its new line of powerful marine-grade mini-rack computers, the Barracuda series. Built from the ground up to provide high performance computing in a small footprint


Marine Underwriting Division Launched by Blades Marine

J. H. Blades's new marine underwriting division will underwrite brown water exposures for specialty retail agents and brokers. Specific coverages will include hull and liability, protection and indemnity, builder’s risk, miscellaneous marine liability, vessel pollution, excess marine liability, bumbershoots and other related marine coverages. At the helm of the new venture is David Manion, who joins Blades Marine as Executive Vice President


BP Marine to Migrate Marine Lubricant to Castrol

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Consolidation will provide marine customers with a simpler and more consistent product offering.   Global lubricants manufacturer, Castrol, has announced that it will become the sole brand for the BP group’s marine lubricant offering. The decision to consolidate the marine lubricants offerings that are currently provided under both BP Marine and Castrol Marine brands will create a single product and service portfolio that will provide greater simplicity and efficiency for customers


ABB Propulsion, Automation and Software for Five Cruise Ships

Photo: ABB

ABB will supply the complete power, propulsion and automation package for a series of new cruise vessels being built by MV WERFTEN for Genting Hong Kong brands Crystal Cruises and Star Cruises.   The three Crystal Cruises’ luxury “Endeavor Class” mega-yachts will feature a


New Zealand Ratifies Ballast Water Management Convention

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 New Zealand is the latest country to accede to IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention, designed to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships' ballast water.    The Convention enters into force on 8 September 2017 and


GAC, Valero Ink Terminal & Marine Services Deal

The Valero refinery at pembroke Photo GAC

GAC UK has signed a three-year terminal and marine services deal with Valero Logistics UK Ltd. Under the agreement, from 1 February 2017, GAC UK will manage and support the discharge of 12-14MT of clean petroleum products each from up to 180 tankers a year at the ports of Cardiff and Plymouth


Trelleborg Expands Its Marine Operations in India

Photo: Trelleborg

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has relocated and almost doubled the size of its engineering and design center of excellence in a new 1,000 square meter premises in Ahmedabad, India. Since 2009, the marine center of excellence has provided detailed engineering design


Wallace Named Commercial Sales Manager, YANMAR America

Terry Wallace (Photo: YANMAR)

YANMAR America has promoted Terry Wallace from his current role as Regional Sales Manager for the Industrial Engine Division to Sales Manager for the Commercial Marine Division reporting to Yutaka Tanno, Commercial Marine Product Manager, effective January 3, 2017.


OPC: Making Naval History

Winning Design: an early drawing of the USCG-select Vard 7 110 from Vard Marine and an updated version from the U.S. Coast Guard. (Image: Vard Holdings)

In September, 2016, an U.S. shipyard and the Canadian design business of an Italian-owned Norwegian shipyard won the largest vessel procurement contract in U.S. Coast Guard history. Now, Eastern Shipbuilding will build nine — and possibly many more — Vard Marine designs in its Panama


Carmanah Acquires EKTA Marine Aids

Pic from Youtube video. Courtesy: Cybernetica AS

 Carmanah Technologies Corporation  has completed the acquisition of the EKTA marine aids to navigation assets from Cybernetica AS of Estonia.    The company had previously announced its intention to acquire the EKTA branded products and contracts on November 29th, 2016.


Cost Reduction Through Modified EMC Regulation

Photo: RH Marine

The joint proposal to applicate risk based EMC regulations has been accepted and will be implemented January 2017. The intention of this proposal is to reduce EMC related costs by applying a risk based approach combined with smart installation methods


Criminal Proceedings Against ST Marine Employee

On 12 September 2011, Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) announced that the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) was investigating certain transactions involving former and current employees of Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine)


Former ST Marine President Pleads Guilty to Corruption

Chang Cheow Teck, the former President of ST Marine, has pled guilty to ‎one charge under section 157(1) of the Companies Act. Chang was sentenced to a Short Detention Order of 14 days.    Change served as ST marine president from March 2008 to April 2010


VRC System Ordered for SSCV Sleipnir

SSCV Sleipnir (Image: Heerema Marine Contractors)

Heerema Marine Contractors has chosen Emerson Automation Solutions to provide a valve remote control (VRC) system for the world’s largest semi-submersible offshore crane vessel, SSCV Sleipnir, currently under construction at Sembcorp Marine’s shipyard in Singapore.  


Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau Acquires Marine Auditing Firm

Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau (TVIB) has acquired Quality Auditing, LC, effective December 31, 2016.    According to TVIB, the purchase strengthens its three-fold mission to provide training and continuing education for marine auditors and surveyors, develop audit and survey tools


Vallianz Shuts Singapore Yard

Photo: Vallianz Holdings Limited

 Singapore’s offshore-support vessel provider  Vallianz Holdings has ceased operations at its shipyard in Singapore as part of efforts to streamline business operations amidst the severe industry downturn.   At the end of 2016


Eastern Delivers Two Towboats to Florida Marine Transporters

MV CAPT. RICKY TORRES Photo Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered the M/V CAPT. RICKY TORRES (Hull 194) on October 11, 2016, and the M/V CULLEN PASENTINE (Hull 195) on December 28, 2016; the 64th and the 65th 90’ Inland Towboat to Florida Marine Transporters, LLC of Mandeville, LA


Aegean Marine Rolls out New Market in Rostock, Germany

Photo:  Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc.

 Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. has announced the launch of a new service center in Rostock, Germany that will serve all German Baltic Sea ports and Southern Scandinavian ports.     The operations at Rostock will be managed by the existing team at OBAST Bunkering &






 
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