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ABS Opens Engineering Office in Istanbul

ABS has opened a new engineering department at its regional headquarters in Istanbul. “ABS is committed to providing the most responsive service to its clients,” says ABS Europe Vice President, Engineering Kirsi Tikka. “This new department complements our other engineering offices in London, Hamburg, Genoa and Piraeus and will allow us to offer our clients, both shipowners and shipyards in the Black Sea region, more personalized service and faster turnaround times.” ABS Engineer Simon Burthem will lead Istanbul’s engineering review and approval activities. He will relocate to Istanbul from the ABS Divisional headquarters in London to head up the new engineering department. His team will support clients with engineering project management and provide design plan reviews and approvals-in-principle, and will conduct engineering review of proposed major repairs or conversions of existing vessels in the region’s shipyards as required. According to ABS Black Sea District Manager Willem Van Tatenhove, Turkish yards are rapidly filling with orders to ABS class, primarily smaller chemical and product tankers, feeder containerships, general cargo vessels and tugs. “We are also seeing increased activity in Romania,” he adds, “and the pending modernization of the shipyards in Bulgaria and Ukraine will further increase the need for a local, expert engineering capability.”

Rutter Names Engineering & Automation President

Rutter Inc. announced that effective July 10, 2006, Mr. Glenn Willar, P. Eng. will become the new President of Rutter Engineering & Automation Inc. Willar is a familiar face to Rutter's management and engineering personnel. He is an Electrical Engineer with 19 years of experience and has held multiple leadership positions with SEA Systems Limited (SEA) and the Systems Engineering Division of Digital Products Limited (DPL), prior to their

SEA Wins $5.4m Contract

Systems Engineering Associates Corp. (SEA CORP) has won a $5.4m contract to help replace traditional periscopes on Navy submarines with electro-optical technology. The contract calls for SEA CORP to provide support for Photonics Imaging Systems programs at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport. The work will include program management, administrative support, engineering analysis, problem reporting and correction and integrated logistics support for systems using

Trelleborg Provides Floatover Tech to Project in West Africa

Photo: Trelleborg

Trelleborg’s engineered products operation has completed its supply of floatover equipment for Phase 3 of the DSO Escravos Gas Project; the operation’s first floatover in West Africa.   Contracted by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Trelleborg provided Leg Mating Unit (LMU) pads for the floatover process, as well as surge fenders, shock pads and rubstrips to constitute the project’s boat landing systems.   

HHI to Deploy 3DEXPERIENCE Design Platform

Hyundai Heavy Industries Selects Marine & Offshore Industry Solution Experiences for Design and Engineering of Offshore Structures Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, a company in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, announced that the offshore and engineering division of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has chosen to deploy Dassault Systèmes' 3DEXPERIENCE platform and its marine and offshore industry solution

Kvaerner Wins Hild Jacket Contract

Total E&P Norge AS has awarded Kvaerner an EPSC-contract (Engineering, Procurement, Supply and Construction) of close to NOK 1.2 billion for delivery of a steel jacket to be located at the Hild Field offshore the Norwegian North Sea.  "We are very pleased to have won our second jacket this year in tough international competition. This is in line with our strategy, and demonstrates our strong position in the jacket EPC market, says Nina Udnes Tronstad

ICERS 9: The 9th International Conference on Engine Room Simulators

Keynote Speaker for the event RDML Michael J. Browne, USN, the Deputy Chief Engineer (SEA 05A) and Director, Strategic Planning for Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

ICERS 9 Set for November 2 - 5, 2009, Kings Point, N.Y. The International Maritime Lecturers Association (IMLA) in cooperation with The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) and The Global Maritime and Transportation School (GMATS) presents ICERS 9. The International Conference on Engine Room Simulators is the global forum for the exchange of knowledge, experience, views, research results and the identification of common problems with respect to the specification

Navy Honors Memory of Local Engineering Pioneer

A ceremony was held on November 19, 2001, to rename the Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station’s (NAVSSES) Surface Ship Systems Engineering Complex, the Richard C. Cunningham Engineering Complex. The building (77H) was renamed to honor Cunningham’s pioneering work and engineering innovations in machinery controls and other accomplishments in naval machinery engineering. During the ceremony, Rear Admiral William Cobb, Jr

Active Shooter at Washington Navy Yard

An active shooter was reported inside the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building (Bldg. 197) on the Washington Navy Yard at 8:20 a.m. (Eastern Time). There is one confirmed injury. Emergency personnel are on scene and a "shelter in place" order has been issued for Navy Yard personnel. The Naval Sea Systems Command's headquartes is the work place for about 3,000 people. The organization is comprised of command staff, headquarters directorates

Sembcorp Plants UK Footprint

Sembcorp Marine (SMOE) acquires, from Smulders Group, SLP Engineering Limited (SLP) based in Lowestoft, UK. SLP  will be renamed Sembmarine SLP Limited (Sembmarine SLP) and will be held through newly incorporated company Sembmarine North Sea Limited (Sembmarine North Sea).  Sembmarine North Sea will be 70% owned by SMOE and 30% owned by eight members of the SLP Management team led by its Managing Director, Mr Paul Thomson.

It's All in the Planning

Photo courtesy of BMT Group

Continuing voracious demand for mined materials in China, India and other developing nations has led to an associated requirement for increased bulk terminal capacity for both export by suppliers and import by users. Whether developing an existing facility or building from scratch it is imperative

ESL Orders LNG-fueled Bulker following Transport Deal with SSAB

ESL Shipping’s fleet comprises 14 vessel units with a combined total tonnage of about 287,000 tons. Photo ESL Shipping

  ESL Shipping Ltd and the steel company SSAB have signed a long-term frame agreement covering SSAB’s inbound raw material sea transports within the Baltic Sea and from the North Sea. The purpose of the agreement is to enable mutual

Bill on Danish Maritime Planning Submitted

Courtesy DMA

  The bill is to form the basis of a maritime planning act intended to promote economic growth and development of sea areas. The Danish Maritime Authority is to head the work. The bill on maritime planning gives the guidelines for the drawing up of a holistic marine plan for Denmark's sea

New Appointments at Becker Marine Systems USA

Becker Marine Systems head office Courtesy  Becker Marine Systems

  Becker Marine Systems USA continues growth in North America. Becker Marine Systems, the leader in rudder technology and the inventor of the Becker Mewis Duct Energy-Saving Device has added Brian Rhoades and Adam Wood to their USA staff.

DP World, SCA Pact for Ain Sokhna Port Development

Photo: DP World Sokhna

 Suez Canal Authority (SCA) and the Red Sea Ports Authority signed an agreement with Dubai Ports World (DP World) and Sonker Bunkering Company for the development of Egypt’s Ain Sokhna seaport, reports Egypt Independent.   The signing of the deal comes in line with directives by

Windrock Names Kelleher Global Business Development Manager

Edward P. Kelleher, Global Business Development Manager – Diesel

Edward P. Kelleher will be assuming the new role of Global Business Development Manager – Diesel, effective December 1st.   In this role, Mr. Kelleher will be leading the effort in developing a global distribution network, growing the Windrock Inc business in the marine industry and

Henriksen Unveils Strongest SOLAS Boat Lifting Hook

Henriksen 22.5 tonne SOLAS lifting hook Photo H Henriksen

  H Henriksen of Norway has received SOLAS certification for a new off-load single-point boat lifting hook capable of holding up to 22.5-tonnes. The quick release hook has been developed principally for use with heavy workboats while a smaller hook has received SOLAS certification for

SSAB, Aspo ESL Shipping Pact On Sea Transport

Image: SSAB

 The global steel company SSAB and Aspo Group’s ESL Shipping Ltd have signed a long-term frame agreement covering sea freight for SSAB’s inbound raw material sea transport within the Baltic Sea and from the North Sea.  

Raytheon Anschütz Succeeds in SYNTACS SAT

SYNTACS installation aboard CMN’s new patrol boats. Photo Raytheon Anschütz

Raytheon Anschütz, a leading integrator of naval integrated bridge systems, has successfully completed the Sea Acceptance Test (SAT) for the Synapsis Tactical Command System (SYNTACS) aboard a series of new Interceptors and Patrol Boats built at CMN’s Cherbourg shipyard in France.

Escort Tug Launched for Bay-Houston Towing

H. Douglas M Courtesy Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the launch of the Escort Tug H. DOUGLAS M (Hull 236) for Bay-Houston Towing Company on November 17, 2015. This series of Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs is currently under construction at Eastern’s

Hague Court Begins Hearing On South China Sea Issue

Map by USC US-China Institute

 A United Nations arbitral tribunal in The Hague heard some of the Philippines’ territorial claims over the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday.    A delegation of nearly 50 lawyers and representatives for the Philippines gathered to present their case

GBP1mln Grant to Create 100 Jobs at Ferguson Shipyard

Ferguson Marine. Photo by Clyde Blowers Capital

 The last commercial shipyard on the Clyde, Scotland, has secured grant to help safeguard 125 jobs and create a further 100. Ferguson shipyard has been awarded a £1m grant to refurbish its Port Glasgow premises and help fund new jobs.  

Cadmatic Used for Alaska Ferry Design

The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) has awarded the Alaska Class Ferry project to Vigor Alaska shipyard in Ketchikan, Alaska, where construction is currently underway. Providing production design for the ferry is Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten

Monadelphous Bags Shell FLNG Contract

Image: The Ichthys LNG Project, one of the world’s largest LNG developments. Photo by Monadelphous Group

 The engineering group Monadelphous has won a $200 million Shell Australia contract on its Prelude floating LNG project off the Kimberley coast.    The contract is for major, long-term maintenance and modifications services for the Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG)

Hard Problems Demand Soft(ware) Solutions


Make no mistake, the commercial maritime industry will always revolve around heavy duty machinery and mega-machines designed to weather some of the toughest operating conditions on earth. But in recent years a proliferation of Software Solutions has evolved to help the machines operate more

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