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Aveva: New Paper on Integrated Steelwork and 3D Plant Design

Photo: Aveva

Paper highlights how integrating structural steelwork and plant layout design can reduce project cost, risk and delivery time Aveva released ‘Bolting it all together,’ the latest in its series of business papers, which discusses how integrating structural steelwork and plant layout design can reduce project cost, risk and delivery time. The paper explores the considerable business advantage that EPCs and Shipbuilders, working on plant/offshore projects, can gain by using a specialized steelwork application that can be used efficiently within a plant design solution to support close, collaborative working through an entire design and construction project. “Steelwork often accounts for a disproportionate level of project risk, rework, and overruns in cost and delivery,” said Bruce Douglas, Senior Vice-President, EDS Strategy and Marketing, Aveva.  “It is common industry practice to subcontract steel detailing and fabrication to specialized companies, with most plant design solutions not extending to the steelwork design/fabricate/construct workflow. Communication links are therefore stretched in a process that demands close collaboration, resulting in general project inefficiency that can lead to costly rework and program overruns.” The business paper demonstrates the need for EPCs and Shipbuilders to consider solutions that enable the development of steelwork design concurrently with the rest of the layout


Lisnave Wins Offshore Repair Contracts

Photo: Lisnave

Portugal's Lisnave, Setubal has recently carried out repairs on board EMAS' 5,096 grt self-elevating lift boat Lewek Leader. The main workscope for this project, which is due to last some 40 days, is to replace  the lower part of one self-elevating leg, which has suffered cracking and will be replaced by new leg sections (four) which includes spud can with 10 feet. The new leg, which will measure 97.50 m x 3.00 m


NASSCO Holds Keel Laying Ceremony for BP Tanker

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) held a keel laying ceremony for the Alaskan Frontier, the first of four Alaska Class, double-hull oil tankers being built under contract. Robert McRae, BP’s NASSCO Site Team Manager, welded his initials into the keel to signify the start of construction. On the day of the ceremony, NASSCO erected the first structural block of the Alaskan Frontier.


PTC Launches New CAD/CAM Shipbuilding Solution

PTC, a leader in the CAD/CAM marketplace with its software in use at more than 28,000 companies including companies such as Caterpillar, Lucent, Mitsubishi, Nike and Siemens, has launched a shipbuilding specific product. Working with partners like Hyundai Heavy Industries, BAE SYSTEMS, DCN, BIW, and Ingalls, PTC has more than 20 years of experience in bringing innovative design solutions to the shipbuilding industry with products like CADDS 5I, Medusa, and Dimension III


The Ice Strengthened, Twin Hulled Susitna

Photo courtesy Alaska Ship & Drydock, Inc.

The M/V Susitna is an Office of Naval Research (ONR) platform demonstrating variable geometry/variable draft capability in a twin hull marine vessel.  Tests and trials of this first of class vessel will demonstrate its ability to operate as a deep draft, high speed vessel capable of carrying large payloads in high sea states with a stable ride, then transition to a shallow draft, beachable, landing craft mode capable of delivering Expeditionary Forces to the beach.


ESAB Weldcloud for Higher Productivity

The factory of the future is online, automated and highly productive through the use of data management systems such as ESAB’s WeldCloud

  Secure, robust, flexible, scalable and future-proof, the new ESAB WeldCloud online data management platform works with ESAB’s Aristo Mig semi-automatic, Aristo Mig 5000iR robotic and LAF/TAF sub arc welding systems. Users can purchase these systems WeldCloud-ready, and ESAB can retrofit most existing systems with a communication module. Much more than data recording systems, Weld Cloud integrates with other customer systems (ERP, MDM, MRP, QA, etc


Madcon Receives Patent Number

Madcon Corporation has been awarded the U.S. patent number, 6,536,991, for its Structural Composite Retrofit System. Utilizing composite materials, the system provides full structural restoration of damaged or corroded tubular members such as drive pipe casing, conductors, jacket legs and bracing, concrete or steel piling, and risers/pipelines. The system can also be used to upgrade the original design capacity of platform members


ABS: Technical Guidance For Ice Class Tankers

ABS offers comparative structural arrangement studies for the design of each tanker ice class designation using procedures outlined in a just released “Guide for Non-Linear Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for Side Structures Subject to Ice Loads.” The guide is an outgrowth from ABS’ work with the principal Asian shipyards developing new aframax ice class tanker designs in response to the increased traffic in the Baltic


Great Ships of 2001 -- Polar Endeavour

Representing an important milestone for U.S. commercial shipbuilding, the delivery of the 141,740-dwt Polar Endeavour signaled the unfolding of a major new chapter of investment in the fleet dedicated to coastwise transportation of Alaskan crude oil. Giving first form to the Millennium concept, the tanker has been purpose-designed for trade in the world's most environmentally-sensitive waters. While Polar Tankers' main requirement of the Millennium-class is to ship crude to Puget Sound from


ClassNK Approves Fillet Welding Consumable

Classification society ClassNK announced that it has granted type approval for the new MX-200F welding consumable, developed by Kobe Steel Co., Ltd. (KOBELCO) to improve welding efficiency and coating quality in commercial vessels. Until now, shipbuilders using conventional fillet welding consumables had to make two welding passes for the required weld leg lengths of around 8mm or above. As the IACS Common Structural Rules (CSR) require the use of 8mm leg lengths in some structural members


Dry Bulker Business Down, Says MOL

Dry Bulker. By Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 In the dry bulker business, the market is deteriorating to a new record low due to the imbalance of fleet supply and demand, along with stagnant cargo trade resulting from the slowdown in China’s economy since last fall, says Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.  


Royal IHC and DIHAG Acquire Allard-Europe

Royal IHC and German company DIHAG Holding GmbH have jointly acquired the Belgian steel and iron foundry, Allard-Europe NV. IHC and DIHAG each take an equity stake of 40% and 60% respectively.   Through this acquisition, IHC is able to realize a reliable supply chain (competitive on


Twin Dredgers for Canadian Oil Sands

Photo: Damen

Damen Shipyards Group has completed a construction contract comprising two electric-powered Cutter Suction Dredgers (CSD) for the Canadian oil sands industry. With both vessels built in Canada, the contract marks the close cooperation between Damen and Aecon


Drones Allow Surveys Without Scaffolds

Photo: DNV GL

DNV GL has completed several tests using drones to support hull surveys of vessels. Using drones to visually check the condition of remote structural components has the potential to significantly reduce survey times and staging costs, while at the same time improving safety for the surveyors


ClassNK Drafts Amendments to Containership Rules

MOL Comfort (File photo: TMC Marine)

Classification society ClassNK has released draft amendments to its rules and guidance for container carriers, with the aim of implementing more comprehensive rules for increased ship safety. The amendments were approved by the ClassNK Technical Committee in Tokyo on November 19.  


Join Schedule 80 Carbon Steel Pipe without Hot Works

VE416FSD (Image: Victaulic)

Pipe joining solutions manufacturer Victaulic has introduced new roll sets for the VE416FSD roll grooving tool that permit roll grooving of 2- to 6-inch Schedule 80 carbon steel pipe.   According to the manufacturer, the new capability enables Schedule 80 pipe—commonly used for


Indian Ministry of Shipping to Promote Ease of Biz

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 Promoting ease of doing business has been at the core of the efforts of the Ministry during the year. Focus has beenonsimplifying procedures by removing irritants that make it cumbersome to carry on business smoothly.    The major highlights in this regard are: 


ClassNK: Amendments to Rules of Container Carriers

PRESS RELEASE --  Classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) announced that it released amendments to its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships on 25 December 2015, including structural strength requirements of container carriers.  


ClassNK: Guidelines for Use of Structural Adhesives

PRESS RELEASE -- ClassNK has released its Guidelines for Use of Structural Adhesives for the shipbuilding industry.    Compared with other joining methods such as welding, structural adhesives are easy to construct and control


ClassNK: New Software System for Container Carriers

(PRESS RELEASE) ClassNK released its new structural design support system PrimeShip-HULL for Container Carriers to correspond with its latest rule amendments. To promote container carrier safety, ClassNK released amendments to its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel


Mud Cat Dredges Operating in Iraq

Photo: Ellicott Dredge Technologies

Multiple amphibious, multifunction dredges from Mud Cat are operating in Iraq to clean various dams and barrages that are positioned along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Iraq’s Ministry of Water Resources (MWR) purchased the MFDs to remove accumulated silt


Michigan Governor Calls for 2nd Poe-sized Lock

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (Official Portrait)

A second Poe-sized Lock is critical to the future of Michigan and the United States, declared Michigan Governor Rick Snyder in his State of the State address on January 19, and he pledged to work with Congress to build it, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported.


Miserable Start for Dry Bulk Shipping

Graphics: BIMCO

 The global production of steel dropped in 2015 compared to 2014, to a larger extent outside China, as China exported its surplus of steel to destinations across the globe; it is too complex to single out whether this is positive or negative for the seaborne dry bulk transport demand


Interferry: Aiming High in the Cause of Common Sense

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Interferry CEO Len Roueche reviews the latest regulatory challenges impacting the ferry industry.   With U.S. origins dating back more than 40 years, Interferry is the trade association and main voice for the global ferry sector – a crucial but often forgotten part of the wider


Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville Breaks Annual Shipping Record

For the second year in a row, the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville set an annual shipping record with total cargo tonnage for 2015 exceeding the previous year's volume by nearly 16 percent. The port handled 2.8 million tons of cargo in 2015, driven by heavy volumes of agriculture and steel products






 
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