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Collier Research Releases HyperSizer V6

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Collier Research Corporation released its HyperSizer v6 structural sizing and analysis software for reducing weight, maintaining strength and improving the manufacturability of complex composite and metallic designs. Developed and proven at NASA, the software — the first ever commercialized by the agency — has a track record of 20 percent weight reduction in high-profile government and commercial aerospace projects. In addition, HyperSizer’s design and manufacturing capabilities are appropriate for optimizing composite-driven designs in a wide variety of industries including ship superstructures. Composites have now gained wide acceptance and validation in aerospace applications and accelerating growth in a variety of other industries.  Their weight-to-strength properties promote fuel efficiency and the achievement of energy targets without impacting durability.  “One of the biggest roadblocks to effective composite design is the inability of engineers to adequately explore optimized layups simultaneously with other design variables,” said Craig Collier, president of Collier Research.  “This results in design inefficiencies and compromises.”   To address these issues, HyperSizer integrates with FEA solvers in a continuous, automated iterative loop, conducting trade studies and examining millions of potential design candidates down to the ply, even element, level

This Day in Coast Guard History – Sept. 16

1918-CGC Seneca’s crew attempted to bring the torpedoed British collier Wellington into Brest, France.  Eleven of Seneca‘s crew, sent as a boarding party aboard the collier, were lost when Wellington foundered in a gale on 16 September 1918. 1939-The longest continually-operating Coast Guard Auxiliary unit, Flotilla 63, was first chartered in Onset, Massachusetts. 1988- Hurricane Gilbert hit Mexico

Exmar Sells Carli Bay

Exmar has sold its 25,000 cubic meters fully refrigerated LPG/NH3 vessel (built MHI 1998) to ABG Sundal Collier. The vessel will be delivered to the new Owners during the middle of October following drydock in . The net sale price amounts to $49.5m. Exmar will realize a capital gain of about $20m and generate a cash surplus of $35.3m that will be recorded in the fourth quarter of 2008.

NASA Tools Could Cross Over to Shipbuilding

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HyperSizer is a structural sizing and design optimization software tool that works in a feedback loop with finite element analysis (FEA) to automatically search for solutions that minimize weight and maximize manufacturability.  Although it can also be used on metallic structures, HyperSizer is particularly applicable to complex composite materials, providing the capability to optimize the architecture of large structures—like space vehicles, aircraft, railcars

This Day in Coast Guard History – September 16

1918-CGC Seneca’s crew attempted to bring the torpedoed British collier Wellington into Brest, France.  Eleven of Seneca‘s crew, sent as a boarding party aboard the collier, were lost when Wellington foundered in a gale on 16 September 1918. 1939-The longest continually-operating Coast Guard Auxiliary unit, Flotilla 63, was first chartered in Onset, Massachusetts. 1988- Hurricane Gilbert hit Mexico

Can U.S. Measure Up to Panama Canal Expansion?

Panama Canal expansion will bring higher volumes, larger vessels, new trading patterns, trends analysed in a new report. As the completion of the Panama Canal expansion nears, a number of concerns have surfaced regarding the ability of U.S. ports to keep up with the more aggressive port infrastructure progress witnessed overseas. Colliers International released its 'North American Port Analysis Report', which highlights the rapid growth of intermodalism – the study of various

Queen Mary 2: Cunard's Answer to Royalty on the Seas

Despite the threat of overcapacity in the cruise shipping industry, newbuilding contracts have remained on a constant high — specifically in the mega ship sector. This new trend, which seems to have taken on a life of its own in the industry, beginning with Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas, has carried over to Cunard, which has hired Chantiers de l’ Atlantique to construct what is set to be the world’s largest ocean liner. Measuring 1,131 ft. 345 m) with a 131 ft

GL Garrad Hassan as Wind Power Forecaster

In order to manage wind generation in its real-time and day-ahead markets, the system operator for the New England area of the U.S., ISO New England Inc., has awarded GL Garrad Hassan a two-year contract to provide wind power forecasting services to all wind in the ISO’s footprint, including generation within the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. GL Garrad Hassan is in the beginning stages of this project for the ISO

CapEx or Capsize: International Port Analysis

New report examines evolving trade patterns resulting from the upcoming 2015 Panama Canal expansion The Colliers International report, "CapEx or Capsize," underscores the idea that cities need to spend the capital to upgrade their ports, or risk "capsizing" their economies. Report author, KC Conway, notes that America needs $3.6 trillion in funding for infrastructure by 2020 to remain competitive in light of the upcoming Panama Canal expansion.

Positive Trends Mark Start to Port Authority Year

Notable accomplishments in revenue generation, cargo throughput, professional performance and international recognition highlighted today's monthly meeting of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority (PHA). Executive Director Roger Guenther, in his first meeting since being named to the post, characterized January's numbers as "a very exciting start to the new year" with operating revenue of more than $20 million

DONG Energy Listing to Value Group at up to $16 Bln

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DONG Energy's has set a potential $16 billion price tag on its stock market debut, giving investors a chance to buy into the growth in offshore wind power, but also into a business heavily reliant on government subsidies.   State-controlled DONG Energy on Thursday set a price range for its

This Day In Naval History: June 1

USS Rushmore (LSD 47) (U.S. Navy photo by Dustin Kelling)

1813 - HMS Shannon, commanded by Capt. Philip Broke, captures USS Chesapeake, commanded by Capt. James Lawrence off the coast of Boston, Mass. During the battle, Capt. Lawrence is mortally wounded, but as he is carried below deck, he orders the iconic phrase: "Tell the men to fire faster!

This Day In Naval History: June 3

1785 - The order is given to sell the last ship remaining in the Continental Navy, the frigate Alliance. No other Navy ships are authorized until 1794.   1898 - During the Spanish-American War, the 8-man volunteer crew from USS Merrimac are taken as prisoners of war by the Spanish following

This Day In Naval History: August 24

USS Essex (LHD 2) (U.S. Navy photo)

1814 - During the War of 1812, the British invade Md. and burn Washington, D.C. Commodore Thomas Tingey, superintendent of the Washington Navy Yard, burns the Navy Yard to prevent British access during the invasion. 1862 - During the Civil War, Capt

Danish shipping fuel supplier OW Bunker confirms IPO plan

Private equity co Altor plans to partly sell holding; OW Bunker FY net up almost 50 pct at $63.4 mln. Revenue up more than 20 pct at $16.99 billion. Danish ship fuel supplier OW Bunker plans an initial public offering (IPO) of shares in Copenhagen, it said on Wednesday

Shell drops Norwegian subsea gas project

Royal Dutch Shell has dropped one of Norway's biggest and most innovative industrial projects due to rising costs and complexity, dealing a blow to a technology that some hope could revolutionise offshore production. Shell said on Friday it would postpone a project to provide subsea compression

Today in U.S. Naval History: June 3

USS Merrimac at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia in 1891 (Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives)

Today in U.S. Naval History - June 3 1785 - Order to sell last ship remaining in Continental Navy, frigate Alliance . No other Navy were ships authorized until 1794. 1898 - Collier Merrimac sunk in channel leading to Santiago, Cuba in unsuccessful attempt to trap Spanish fleet

Demerger Proposed at Aker Solutions

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The board of directors of Aker Solutions ASA has in accordance with the strategy disclosed April 30 resolved to propose to the company's shareholders that Aker Solutions be split into two companies. The board has also determined to write down the value of some assets in the Aker Oilfield Services

Seadrill Bondholders: Majority Accept Conversion Offer

Offshore drillship: Image Seadrill

Seadrill Limited says that holders of approximately US$547 million of Seadrill's convertible bonds due 2017 (representing approx. 84.1% of the total outstanding amount) have submitted their acceptances of the voluntary conversion offer made by Seadrill on 18th July 2014.

Russian Food Import Ban: Trucks Lose, Shipping Wins

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Team Niinivirta, a Finnish family-run transportation firm, turned 60 this year, but its third-generation managers now don't know if the business will see Christmas, because of Russia's new ban on European food imports. The firm based in Kotka, on the Gulf of Finland opposite Saint Petersburg

General Dynamics' Support to Arkansas Healthcare

Arkansas Healthcare Transformation

  General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics, announced today that it will continue to support and expand the analytic engine and reporting system for the Arkansas Health Care Payment Improvement Initiative (AHCPII)

Injured Fisherman Medevaced off Alaska

Screenshot from USCG video

An injured mariner was medevaced by U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) personnel near Sand Point, Wednesday, the USCG reported. Watchstanders at USCG District 17 command center received a report that a mariner aboard 48-foot fishing vessel Capt-Jay was suffering from a head injury

Avondale Shipyard for Sale

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 Local media quote Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)  as announcing this week the Avondale Shipyard, just upriver from New Orleans, is being sold.   The historic, 206-acre facility is on the market after a tumultuous last five years that have included layoffs and threats to

Fuel Management Tech Helps CalMac Reduce Emissions

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Fuel management technology is helping Scottish ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) to meet its targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.   Last year the company installed advanced Royston enginei fuel management systems across its entire large vessel fleet – the

DONG Energy Set for Europe's Biggest Share Float This Year

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Danish wind farm developer DONG Energy, which analysts value as high as $13 billion, said on Thursday it plans to list its shares on the Copenhagen stock exchange this summer.   Having built more than a quarter of the world's offshore wind farms

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