The David Taylor Model Basin was homeport for some curious looking contraptions recently, human powered submarines, which were designed and built by perhaps the next generation of naval architects and marine engineers. John Hussey reports. High-tech met low-tech, and college engineers competed against standout high school students in the seventh running of the International Submarine Races, the biennial human-powered engineering design competition completed at the world's largest indoor tank, the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock Division David Taylor Model Basin, June 23-27, 2003. Drawing upon both brain and brawn, the scuba-clad future engineers and design entrepreneurs produced a range of submarines from the sublime to the surreal, all built to move forward on a 328-ft. (100-m) course, 20 ft. (6 m) deep, powered by human energy alone. The team chosen by judges to receive the top award for Overall Performance was Omer of the University of Quebec's Ecole de Technologie Superieure, Montreal, Canada. "Omer 5", the team's remarkably sleek 16-ft. submarine, won the Absolute Speed Award with a sprint of 6.8 knots in the two-person propeller category, and also won the prize for Best Use of Composites. The Overall Performance Award, sponsored by the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society, carries a cash prize of $1,000 and a trophy.
Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) recently awarded Kongsberg Defence Systems a contract for the delivery of one Kongsberg TOPAS PS 18 Parametric Sub-bottom Profiler system. The contract was handled through the Kongsberg agent in Japan, Nippon Kaiyo Co. Ltd. The system will be installed on board R/V Hakurei-Maru No.2 in February 2010, and it will replace an existing Atlas Parasound system.
Bremen-based STN Atlas Elektronik has been awarded a major contract to supply the Kuwaiti National Coast Guard with a new purpose-designed radar-based coastal surveillance system due to begin service in 2005. The system will comprise a series of nine Atlas 9760 VTS high-resolution radar stations providing loss-free digitized raw video for operator detection of all sizes of targets, particularly very small ones. Additionally
ChevronTexaco Corp. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Cabinda Gulf Oil Co. Ltd. (CABGOC) has awarded three major contracts for the first phase of the development of the Benguela, Belize, Lobito and Tomboco (BBLT) fields in Angola's deepwater Block 14. BBLT will be the second major development in the highly prolific Block 14, which has yielded nine discoveries to date. The Kuito Field development, which began production in late 1999 -- 30 months after discovery -- is Angola's first
The International Maritime Prize for 2001 will be awarded posthumously to Dr. Giuliano Pattofatto, former technical director of the Italian classification society Registro Italiano Navale. William A. O'Neil, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization, will present the prize to Dr. Pattofatto's widow Nella and their two sons Leone and Riccardo during a special ceremony today on December 4 at IMO's London Headquarters. Dr Pattofatto
Kongsberg Maritime has been awarded a $3.2m contract to provide an EM 122 1ºx 1º multibeam hydrographic echo sounder and one 3º SBP 120 sub bottom profiler to the University of Stockholm and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation have financed the purchase together with the Swedish Research Council. The system is to be installed on the Icebreaker Oden, which is owned and managed by the Swedish Maritime Administration, Norrköping, Sweden
Northrop Grumman Corporation announced that it received a contract award for dry docking work on the nuclear-powered submarine USS Minneapolis-St. Paul (SSN 708). The work will be performed at the Newport News sector in Newport News, Va. The contract, valued at approximately $23 million, will include replacement of the tail shaft, removal and overhaul of the main and auxiliary sea valves, inspection and repair of all external and
Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $1,108,787,793 modification to previously awarded multiyear contract (N00024-03-C-2101) providing full funding for fiscal year 2006 Virginia Class Submarine (SSN 781). Additionally, the modification provides Advance Procurement funding in the amount of $167,713,000 for fiscal 2007 submarine (SSN 782) and Economic Order Quantity (EOQ) funding in the amount of
Aker Kvaerner awarded floater installation contract with BP Norway BP Norway has awarded Aker Kvaerner a contract for tow and installation of a floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO). The FPSO will be installed at the Skarv field in the North Sea. The total contract value is approximately NOK 300 million. The scope of work includes pre-installation of the 15 leg mooring system, tow from South Korea to Norway and transportation and installation of the FPSO
Treasure hunters Sub Sea Research team up with Howe and Howe Technologies to recover 'Port Nicholson' cargo. Last year, Sub Sea Research made international news with the announcement of their discovery of the $4 billion gold and platinum cargo aboard the SS Port Nicholson, a freighter that was sunk by a German U-Boat off the coast of Massachusetts in 1942. A year on, Sub Sea Research has teamed up with Maine-based, award winning technology company Howe and Howe
ASV Ltd, in partnership with nine other commercial and research organisations, have been awarded funding by Innovate UK to undertake in excess of £3million worth of research and development for Maritime Autonomous Systems (MAS).
The crew of the U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), painted the ship’s anchor gold March 19, 2015, after being awarded the Retention Excellence Award, for fiscal year 2014. Throughout the year, Mount Whitney maintained an overall retention rate of 88
Drydocks World and Maritime World have won the Excellence Award given by the International Maritime Club at the Golden Bells Awards 2015 - Middle East. Drydocks World Group has won the Best Maritime Conference Award in recognition of their successin organizing the “2nd Mare Forum Dubai
All American Marine, Inc. (AAM) today announced the delivery of a new passenger ferry that will serve the city of Seattle. The vessel, MV Sally Fox, was dedicated at a ceremony on Vashon Island on Saturday. The Sally Fox is the first of two new ferries ordered by King County’s
Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) presented the 14th Annual Leadership Service Awards to Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Senator David Vitter (R-La.) for their “strong and continued leadership on ports and inland waterways issues,” WCI announced.
Hempel has opened its first factory in Africa, its 26th worldwide, to manufacture coatings for the marine as well as decorative and protective industries to serve customers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Further boosting its growth plans, Hempel acquired its South African toll manufacturer
A small feeder container vessel ran aground off the coast of Papua New Guinea. A large part of its cargo consisted of 32 containers of mosquito nets owned by international charitable organization the Rotary Club through their subsidiary Rotarians Against Malaria
For the first time since they were purchased in 1998, the Royal Canadian Navy has reached a stage where three of its four diesel-electric submarines are now shipshape and available for operations. Canada's Navy is marking what it calls a milestone for its controversy-plagued
The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), which takes place May 4-7 in Houston, has announced 17 technologies that will receive the Spotlight on New Technology SM Award. The 2015 awards will be presented May 4, in the NRG Center Rotunda Lobby.
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) and its president and CEO, Mike Petters, received the Reserve Officers Association's 2015 Nathan Hale Corporate Patriot Award presented at the ROA STARS Foundation Gala on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
Krishnapatanam Port was declared winner of the CII Southern Region’s EHS Excellence Award for 2014. The 8th EHS Award organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)-Southern Region was held on 14th March 2015 at ITC Park Sheraton, Chennai.
Austal Limited was awarded a $6,502,918 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-2301) to exercise an option for special studies, analyses and review efforts for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. The deal will see Austal provide engineering and design services
Sweden has given a long-awaited green light to the planned procurement of two new-generation A26 submarines from Saab Kockums. Sweden's official announcement ordering two new submarines to boost its armed forces, months after a futile hunt for a suspected Russian mini-sub in the
A new diesel generator simulator has been delivered to Pearl Harbor naval facilities by the TechSolutions program at the Office of Naval Research (ONR), officials at ONR announced March 18. High-fidelity 3D software will allow Sailors to use 50-inch touch screens to see and access all
Austal USA have been notified by the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) that Austal has earned the 2014 SCA Award for Improvement in Safety. According to the notification signed by Ian Bennett, SCA Manager of Government Affairs, “SCA awards this honor to shipyard members with a