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BMT’s Fleet Management System to Debut at Nor-Shipping


BMT SMART Ltd., the specialist fleet and vessel performance management company of BMT Group, will launch its new SMARTFLEET Management system at Nor-Shipping in Oslo next month. Technical experts will be on hand to showcase the system and its capabilities whilst discussing with delegates their specific challenges and needs.    Peter Mantel, Managing Director of BMT SMART commented, “Whilst there are cost savings to be made through on-board optimization, these are often extremely hard to quantify in a verifiable way and these types of tools can be seen as a burden to the crew. It’s for this reason that we wanted to focus our attention on shore-side performance management and provide ship owners and charterers with an easy to use shore based management tool which can manage whole fleets of vessels and not just those that they own and operate.”   The SMARTFLEET Management system uses metocean data in combination with BMT’s algorithms to isolate the different components that contribute to overall vessel performance and in turn, help identify the cause of the inefficiencies and quantify the effectiveness of any adjustments that have been made.    The system incorporates five KPIs: Power coefficient – used to monitor the propulsive power. Increased power absorption, due to the effect of fouling on the hull or propeller for example, is reflected by an increase in the power coefficient value

The Technology EnviroMax Deepwater OSV

Image courtesy Technology Associates, Inc

Technology Associates, Inc (TAI) a New Orleans based Naval Architecture firm which also has an office in India has unveiled its Technology EnviroMax 300 OSV. Utilizing a unique Designer/Builder relationship, this design was developed in conjunction with Thoma‐Sea Shipyards. The design already has up to six vessels under construction at Thoma‐Sea Shipyards’ facilities in Lockport, Laa. Thoma‐ Sea Shipyards acquired this facility from Halter Marine in 2002 and has been using it to build

NAPA Releases 2003.1

At press time, NAPA Release 2003.1 was scheduled for launch this spring. Efficiency and user-friendliness are promoted by enhancing the availability of the graphic user interface, and by designing tools for entire processes. For instance, the NAPA Manager process handling tool supplies the user with templates presenting complete calculation chains. The new version includes a number of new features, among them a generic optimization tool

Construction Continues on Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier

Construction of the first Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier took a significant step forward today, as the final rings of the forward hull section came together for the first time at BAE Systems’ facility in Portsmouth Naval Base. Two huge ring sections of Lower Block 02 were joined together in a 30 minute move involving 26 remote controlled hydraulic transporters. Workers carefully manoeuvred a 3,700 tonne slice of the block over 25 metres across the company’s production

CNOOC and Eni Collaborate in South China Sea

Hong Kong - CNOOC Limited announced that its parent company, China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), has signed a production-sharing contract (PSC) with Eni China B.V. (Eni) for the deepwater Block 30/27 in South China Sea. Block 30/27, located 400 kilometers off the coast of Hong Kong with a total area of 5,130 square kilometers, is one of the blocks CNOOC offered for foreign cooperation in 2011. According to the terms of the contract

BAE Ships Last Two RAN Destroyer Blocks

AWD Block: Photo credit BAE

A further two Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) blocks manufactured by BAE Systems in Williamstown have been shipped to Adelaide. The final blocks make nine altogether since the first block was delivered in August 2011. With this shipment, BAE Systems has completed work on all AWD Ship 1 and Ship 2 blocks that they have been contracted to complete. Block 415 is a hull block and weighs 117 tonnes. Block 111 is a keel block weighing 112 tonnes.

BP To Explore Angola's Ultra-Deep Waters This Fall

Oil major BP intends to be the first to drill in Angola's ultra-deep waters this October, a senior company official said. "We plan to drill in block 31 towards the end of October," according to a BP general manager and associate president. BP has a 26.7 percent operating share in the 6,562-ft. (2,000-m) deep block 31, one of three ultra-deep concessions awarded in 1999. It abuts the billion-barrel finds in Exxon-Mobil's block 15.

Oil & Gas Auction Set for November

India will announce the auctioning of 80-85 oil and gas blocks for exploration and production in the seventh licensing round under New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP) in the first week of November. Oil regulator Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) has carved out 80-85 blocks to be offered for bidding under NELP-VII. The total acreage of the blocks on offer is about 0.4 million square kilometers. Offshore blocks on both east and west coast would be offered

Keel Laid for Norwegian Cruise Line Ship

Keel-laying Norwegian Getaway: Photo credit Meyer Werft

First block set in place at the Meyer Werft Shipyard as construction begins on second Breakaway-class ship. Norwegian Cruise Line executives and officials from Meyer Werft took part in the Keel Laying Ceremony of Norwegian Getaway at the shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. During the official ceremony, block number 34, the first of 73 blocks that will comprise the 146,600 gross ton vessel was lifted into the covered building dock, marking the start of the block assembly.

Canada's TSB Reports on 'Bosun's Fatal Fall

Crane rendering: Image courtesy of Canada TSB

On 08 May 2013, at 1455 Eastern Daylight Time, the dry bulk carrrier 'Federal Yoshino' was at anchor in Baie‑Comeau, Quebec when the crew member fell to the deck in a crane-hoisted provisioning basket from a height of about 5m when the hoisting cable parted, informs the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) in a recently released investigation report. The bulker was at anchor awaiting the arrival of a grain cargo when the accident occurred

Wei-Li Crane Ship Departs Damen Shiprepair

Photo: Damen

The Wei-Li crane ship slipped her lines at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque on Friday, September 11, to make the short trip up to Rotterdam after 10 days of maintenance and repairs.   The 141-meter, 18,330 DWT crane ship required special dock bed arrangements, not least because of the 3

Wireless Crane Camera System: BlokCam

A new wireless crane camera system called BlokCam delivers live video from the hook block to the operator in the cabin.   Manufactured by 4Site Technology exclusively for BlokCam Limited, BlokCam will be distributed by Compact Lifting Group.  

MHI's Two New Firms Commence Operations

MHI Shipyard, Nagasaki Credit Wiklpedia CCL

  On October 1 two new wholly owned group companies of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) succeeding to MHI's ship construction operations in the Nagasaki district will commence business operations. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipbuilding Co., Ltd

House Bill Introduced to Block Arctic Drilling

Jared Huffman (Official photo)

Rep. Huffman introduces Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act; bill would prohibit oil and gas leasing in the Arctic Ocean   U.S. Congressman Jared Huffman (Dem.-Calif.) introduced a bill Monday called the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2015

BOEM Issues a Notice of Intent to Prepare EIS

As part of its five-year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program: 2012-2017, BOEM informs it intends to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement (EIS) for this Program's last proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas lease sale in the Central Planning Area (CPA)

Sonangol to Buy Cobalt's Stake in 2 Offshore Blocks

Photo: Cobalt International Energy

Angolan state oil company Sonangol said it would buy oil and gas producer Cobalt International Energy Inc's 40 percent stake in two oil blocks offshore Angola for $1.75 billion.   Cobalt operates three blocks covering 3.4 million acres off the Angolan coast.    

Bal Seal Adds Low-friction Seals Test Service

Photo: Bal Seal

Test service enhances Bal Seal offering for low-friction seals, verifies friction and leak rate for seals up to 22 in. diameter   A new test service introduced by Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. offers verified performance results for Bal Seal low-friction spring-energized seals used in

Austal Delivers for USN

USS Jackson (LCS 6).

Austal’s U.S. operation consists of more than 4,000 employees supporting the design, construction and sustainment of two U.S. Navy programs, the 127-meter, trimaran Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the 103-meter, catamaran high-speed troop and equipment transport known as

Ecopetrol, JX Nippon Team Up to Explore Brazil Offshore


  Ecopetrol reports it has established an Alliance with Japan’s JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration through its affiliate in Brazil, Ecopetrol Óleo e Gás to explore the FZA-M-320 block, located in shallow waters of the Foz Amazonas basin on the equatorial margin of the

NASSCO Invests in Facilities, Equipment and People

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General Dynamics NASSCO has invested several hundred million in capital projects as part of its efforts to increase efficiencies via  modular shipbuilding, including: two 300-ton cranes allowing shipbuilders the ability to increase the size of the erectable blocks; a block assembly line to

TOTE’s 2nd LNG Containership Launched

Perla del Caribe, the second of two LNG-fueled Marlin Class ships built by General Dynamics NASSCO for Tote, was launched at NASSCO’s yard in San Diego. (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

Shipping company TOTE and shipbuilder NASSCO on Saturday launched Perla del Caribe, the second of two Marlin Class ships – the first containerships in the world to be powered by natural gas. The christening and launch ceremony took place at General Dynamics NASSCO’s shipyard in San

India's Oil Exploration near South China Sea Irks China

Photo by ONGC Videsh

 The state-run China Daily says that India's plans to conduct oil exploration off Vietnam coast in the South China Sea is "illegal and is an "unwise move" that may "sabotage" positive momentum in ties.   "India's intention to once again explore for oil in

HMS Prince of Wales’ Final Carrier Block Delivered

CB04 will be lifted onto HMS Prince of Wales in four sections. (Photo: Aircraft Carrier Alliance)

The final sections of the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier produced by Cammell Laird arrived at Babcock Rosyth Facilities in Fife on Thursday, September 3, following their voyage from Birkenhead.   Center Block 4 is the longest of the upper sections of hull of HMS Prince of

McQuilling Joins Forces with Jones Trading

Marine services company McQuilling announced today a strategic alliance between McQ Holdings and U.S. block equity trading firm JonesTrading Capital Markets Group to provide a capital markets platform to the transportation industry.    

Oil is Down, Not Out: BOEM Proposes 40-Million-Acre GOM Lease Sale

Despite the continued depressed price of oil and gas, the U.S.  Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) via Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced that BOEM will offer 40 million acres offshore Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama for oil and gas exploration and development in sales that will

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