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Austal Awards Alu Design Major Contract

Alu Design & Services (Alu Design) has secured a substantial contract with Austal, a world leader in the manufacture of fast ferries and naval vessels, to provide advanced pilot chairs for a new series of eight patrol boats for the Commonwealth of Australia’s Customs and Border Protection fleet.   Alu Design will provide a total of 40 chairs for Austal’s cutting-edge patrol boats, equipping the ships with its lightweight and ergonomically designed Alutech 200 and Alutech 500 products. The chairs will offer the upmost in comfort, strength and usability, with integrated tiller holder and trackball functions.   Austal’s decision marks a continuation of a growing relationship with Alu Design, which has already provided chairs for a range of the firm’s vessels in the international market.   Commenting on the latest development, Frank Robertsen, Marketing Director of Alu Design said: “We are very proud to have won this new, significant contract from Austal – our biggest to date with the firm’s Australian operation. “The client recognizes that our products offer them an attractive combination of leading design and build quality, together with very competitive pricing. We have also proven to them, through our previous contracts, that we can fulfil promises, meet expectations and deliver on time and budget.”  


Alu Design Re-Launches Two Products

Alu Design & Services shakes up marine seating market, launching improved Alutech 400 and 500 products at reduced costs.   Alu Design & Services (Alu Design), a world leader in the innovative design and manufacture of advanced pilot chairs and deck rails, is re-launching two of its core product offerings with enhanced design and production standards. The result is an even better seating experience at costs of up to 20% less than previous models.  


Volvo Penta Pilots the Way

Photo: Volvo Penta

Despite the conservative reputation of the pilot boat industry, Pilotage de la Seine, a French pilot boat station, decided to think outside the box and install Volvo Penta IPS in two of its vessels. According to Volvo Penta, the benefits the station has seen have been extensive, signaling, perhaps, a new era in the pilot boat industry.   For Pilotage de la Seine, choosing Volvo Penta IPS to propel its boats initially felt like a break with tradition as the pilot boat industry is a


Craney Island Design Partners to Design New Terminal

The Craney Island Dredged Material Management Area (CIDMMA), a 2,500-acre confined dredged material disposal site in Portsmouth, Virginia, currently provides a long-term disposal area for material dredged from Hampton Roads Harbor. The Virginia Port Authority’s (VPA) plan to expand the area eastward and turn the site into a new port facility has taken a step forward through its award of a design contract to Craney Island Design Partners, LLC


ExxonMobil Awards Design Contracts

ExxonMobil has awarded four engineering design contracts for a possible second world-scale steam-cracking complex in Singapore. The complex is to be located at the company's existing refining and chemical site at Jurong Island. All the four contracts concern the design of different stages of the chemical refining process. One contract was given to Aker Kvaerner to design a polyethylene unit. Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding won a deal to design the steam-cracker's


Rolls-Royce Ship Designs on Display at Pacific 2008

Designs for a family of replenishment ships capable of supporting warships on rapid response missions are being displayed by Rolls-Royce at the Pacific 2008 exhibition in Sydney. The family of underway replenishment ships is based on existing Rolls-Royce commercial designs, which means the company is able to meet conflicting pressures of capability, requirement and cost. The Rolls-Royce designs, which range from 9,000 – 2,5000dwt and are designed for speeds of 18-27 knots


Ulstein Design to be Built by Merwede

Solstad Offshore ASA signed a Letter of Intent with Dutch Merwede Shipyard to build an Ulstein P105 platform supply vessel, which signed a contract with reservations with Ulstein Design AS regarding the delivery of a design and equipment package worth a total of more than NOK 70 million. "This is Ulstein Design's first contract outside the Ulstein Group and is very important for us," says Ulstein Design's President, Tore Ulstein.


Online Design, Drafting Offered

Shipyards and marine and offshore fabrication facilities across North America are being offered a new way to fill their design and drafting requirements. Genoa Design International Ltd. has launched a unique web-based system that facilitates the delivery of detail design and drafting services through the Internet. From its base in Newfoundland, Canada, Genoa Design manages projects through a combination of traditional and on-line technologies


EBDG Selected to Design New Steamship Authority Ferry

Seattle-based Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) has been selected by The Steamship Authority to design a new 250' ferry to replace the aging M/V ISLANDER, which carries passengers and vehicles between Woods Hole and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. EBDG was recently awarded the contract to complete this multiple phase project which includes a Preliminary Design Study, Contract Design, Shipyard Bid Assistance, and Construction Support.


Elliott Bay Design Group Announces Staff Additions

Elliott Bay Design Group announced that David Smith has joined the firm as Project Manager. Smith brings over 25 years of shipyard design and construction experience to the team and has worked in shipyards across the country. Smith is currently leading the design effort for a new Ship Docking Module. John Farmer joins the team as a Designer II. Farmer has a BS in mechanical engineering technology from Purdue University and over 10 years of 3-D design and surface modeling experience


New Dredger for North Carolina’s Coastal Waterways

Photo: DSC Dredge

The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently took delivery of a new, fully customized cutter suction dredge, which it christened the Dredge Manteo in a ceremony held April 28, 2016, at the at the NCDOT State Shipyard in Manns Harbor, N.C.


New 'Mega Passenger Ship' for Star Cruises

Concept design of the new Global Class mega cruise ship to be built by MV Werften for Star Cruises (Image: Elomatic)

Elomatic Ltd and Deltamarin Ltd have signed a tri-party engineering contract with shipbuilder MV Werften for the design of Star Cruises’ new Global Class “mega passenger ship,” which, once completed, will be the largest passenger vessel ever built in Germany.  


Damen PSV for Wilson Sons Ultratug Offshore

PSV 5000 Larus Courtesy Damen

Wilson Sons Ultratug Offshore, a joint venture between Wilson Sons and the Chilean maritime services provider Ultramar, has taken delivery of a Damen PSV 5000. The vessel was built at Wilson Sons shipyard in Guaruja,Brazil. The delivery is the first of a two-vessel contract


VARD Bags Three-vessel Contract

Vard Holdings - A FINCANTIERI Co. Photo Vard

Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”), one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of offshore and specialized vessels secured a contract for the design and construction of three vessels for an undisclosed client. The aggregate contract price is approximately USD 70 million


Safe Bulkers Reports Q2 Loss, Expands Fleet

Photo: Safe Bulkers Inc.

 The Athens, Greece-based Safe Bulkers Inc. (SB) has reported a loss of $9 million in its second quarter.  It had a loss of 15 cents per share.   Net revenue for Q2 of 2016 decreased by 18% to $26.2 million from $31.8 million during same period in 2015.  


A Sea Change in Waterjet Technology

NAMJet’s 10 meter demonstration boat underway at full speed (Credit: NAMJet)

Longtime waterjet propulsion equipment provider NAMJet introduces key advancements for the workboat sector. Back in 2011, when boat builder Birdon went looking for a propulsion system that they could utilize in the bid phases of a multi-boat contract with the U.S


Friend of the Sea Turns to BMT for Reefer Vessels Certification

BMT Surveys (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, the international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has been engaged by Friend of the Sea to investigate whether specialized reefer vessels comply with the broad set of requirements to qualify for certification. 


ATB Design Comes of Age

Kim M. Bouchard / B. No. 270 (Credit: Guarino & Cox)

The emerging trend of marrying the design of an articulated tug and barge (ATB) to a particular propulsion system to maximize efficiencies of that system has, of late, been taking hold in workboat markets. For example, one recent project involving a dynamic partnership between Bouchard


Sanmar Building 150th Robert Allan Designed Tug

Photo courtesy of Robert Allan

Robert Allan Ltd. and Sanmar Denizcilik A.S. have reached a milestone in their ongoing relationship: scheduled to be launched later this year, a RAstar 2800 will mark the 150th tug that Sanmar has built to a Robert Allan Ltd. design.  


Bay-Houston's New Escort Tug Launched

Laura B (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has launched Laura B, the final vessel in a series of four Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class terminal and escort tugs built for Bay-Houston Towing Co. The Laura B is scheduled to deliver in 2016.  


Damen Presents Decommissioning Vessels Concept

Damen Decommissioning Courtesy Damen

Damen Shipyards Group has announced its latest concept design: the Damen Decommissioning Series. The vessel will specialize in three core areas of the oil and gas decommissioning sector: topside decommissioning offshore platform removal, and subsea cleaning and removal


Ferry Capability is More Than Managing an Asset

Fig 1. Capability Inputs (Source: BMT Design & Technology)

Ferry operations are extremely complex with a combination of inputs that will all impact the ferry’s ability to deliver effective operational capability – the asset itself forms only a small part of a system for transporting people and vehicles between two points


NASSCO Delivers Garden State to APT

The Garden State on sea trials (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

Marking its seventh ship delivery in the span of just over a year, General Dynamics NASSCO has delivered the newly built ECO Class tanker Garden State for American Petroleum Tankers.   Garden State was delivered during a special signing ceremony and is one of three classes of ships


BMT to Lead Repower for Historic USCG Eagle

The U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle sails in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday, July 30, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist David Lau, Public Domain)

BMT Designers & Planners, a subsidiary of BMT Group, an international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, is leading the effort to repower the historic U.S. Coast Guard training barque, EAGLE.   The $1.5M (approx


Damen Fishery Research Vessel for Angola

Fishery Research Vessel for Angolan Ministry of Fisheries. Photo Damen

The Damen Shipyards Group has received an order for a state-of-the-art, 74 m Fishery Research Vessel from the Angolan Ministry of Fisheries. This special vessel, which has Silent-A/F/R Class notation and features a basic design from Skipsteknisk.






 
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