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Insatech Bunker Control System Catches Fuel Quantity Cheating

Alan Christoffersen, Insatech CEO

Cheating of fuel quantity during bunker operations is a considerable problem and may result in many vessels being invoiced for more fuel than they have actually received. Since fuel costs constitute 50-70% of a ship’s total operational costs, small differences become large extra costs. The Insatech Bunker Control System provides the crew, operators and shipping companies with safe monitoring of oil transfer and true knowledge of the transferred amount, ensuring that they do not pay for more than they receive. In June 2013 Insatech Bunker Control System showed that the receiving vessel had been delivered 53.3 metric tons short during bunkering. On the receiving vessel, a Yokogawa Coriolis mass flow meter, of the type Rotamass, was installed and controlled by a Bunker Control System from Insatech A/S. Measurement results from the bunker operation: -Vessel sounding: 818.1 MT -Barge measurement: 820.3 MT The two measured and afterward calculated values are corresponding to standard information level on a barge to vessel transfer, and give no rise to concern. However, the vessel had a mass flow meter installed, and its reading showed: -Mass flow meter: 767 MT The difference in barge figures is 820.3 – 767 = 53.3 MT. Or, when converted into USD 600/MT = the price of $31,980 Why the different measurement values?


Rockwell Wins US Navy Contract

Rockwell Automation Awarded $21.7 Million Contract From US Navy for Control Systems and Engineering Support Services.   Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) today announced that the U.S. Navy has awarded the company a $21.7 million contract for programmable automation controllers, variable frequency drives, software and engineering support services to operate machinery control systems onboard U.S. Navy and Coast Guard surface ships


ABS Assesses Offshore Asset Cybersecurity

Increased Internet and remote connectivity to offshore assets has exposed industrial control systems to targeted attacks and vulnerabilities previously obscured. Remote monitoring, remote upgrades, Internet connections and the complexity/criticality of the systems in general on Drillships, FPSO’s, Semisubmersibles and other highly valuable assets potentially facilitate targeted attacks and cyber assaults on Dynamic Positioning, Drilling Control, BOP and other control systems.


MCSS, EMP Enter Sales and Support Agreement

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Sales and technical support agreement signed for Singapore and Myanmar. Eco Marine Power (EMP) announced that it has entered into a sales and support agreement with MINs Control Systems Solution Pte. Ltd. (MCSS) to sell and support EMP's renewable energy solutions for shipping in Singapore and Myanmar. These solutions include marine solar power systems and the Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS). The Aquarius MAS is an alarm handling


GPS Discharge Control System for Food Waste

OWMS

Through a cooperation with Marine Position AB, Uson Marine AB can now offer functionality from the Seatrade award winning system Environmental Navigator for its new GPS Discharge Control system for food waste. Together, the systems provide fail-safe control and monitoring of food waste discharge. The Uson food waste vacuum system (OWMS) is designed for hygienic collection and treatment of food waste in compliance with IMO Marpol 73/78 Annex V


Propulsion Under Wireless Remote Control

Image: Thrustmaster

Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. has been supplying wireless remote controls for thrusters since the 1980s, offering products that are supported through their lifecycles with upgrades that result from recent technological developments.   Breathwit Marine Contractors installed Thrustmaster’s wireless propulsion remote control system on a towboat in 1989. The controls allowed the towboat pushing the barge train to control an azimuth thruster on a bow boat at the very front of a large


Martek Marine Releases VECSAFE

Martek Marine Ltd has released VECSAFE, their innovative new safety device which safely monitors oxygen and pressure in vapor emission control systems. The combination of the MMS3000 oxygen sensor and MMS200 pressure sensor provides an intrinsically safe vapor emission control system, which continuously monitors oxygen content and pressure, all of which is controlled via the GDS404 control panel. Both the MMS3000 oxygen sensor and the MMS200 pressure sensor are constructed in 316 SS material


Lockheed wins $20.6m Deal

Lockheed Martin Corp (NYSE:LMT) said it has been awarded a $20.6m contract to upgrade fire control systems on Australian naval ships. Lockheed said it will upgrade the MK92 Fire Control System to support the introduction of Standard Missile 2 capability on the Adelaide-class guided missile frigates. [Source: Thomson Financial]


Kongsberg Launches New Propulsion Control System

AutoChief propulsion control system (Photo: Kongsberg)

The next generation of AutoChief propulsion control systems from Kongsberg Maritime is now officially available. The new AutoChief 600 (AC 600) is suitable for all two and four stroke engines, for both fixed and controllable pitch propeller. It features new touch screen operation based on the Kongsberg Maritime standardized Human Machine Interface (HMI). The touch screen interface for AC 600 improves usability by introducing more logical, intuitive menu navigation


Rotork Acquires Masso

Image courtesy of Rotork

Rotork announced it has acquired Masso Ind s.p.a., a manufacturer of shipboard valve remote control systems (VRCS), to enhance its range of flow control products and services for the worldwide marine and offshore industries.   Masso VRCS solutions include hydraulic and electro-hydraulic systems that are compatible with most integrated automation systems required for critical safety applications. The Masso product range also includes hydraulic quarter-turn and linear actuators


US: Shell is Not Yet Allowed to Drill in Arctic Oil Zone

Fennica (Photo: Arctia Shipping)

The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday granted Royal Dutch Shell two final permits to explore for crude in the Arctic this summer, but said the company cannot drill into the oil zone until required emergency equipment arrives in the region.  


General Dynamics to Modernize USN Submarine WCS

U.S. Navy  SSN  Virgina Class Submarine

  General Dynamics received a $20 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to continue modernizing the AN/BYG-1 Weapons Control System (WCS) Technology Insertion and Advanced Processing Build software for U. S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy submarines


Furuno's Bridge Systems for Holland America Cruise Ships

State-Of-The-Art Bridge Navigation Systems

  The extensive global network of Furuno service centers, subsidiaries and distributors was one of the reasons that Holland America Line (HAL) chose Furuno when it was time to retrofit their cruise ships with the very latest in a fully integrated navigation system.


Idreco Delivers Dredger for Hydro-Dam in Congo

ISD-600 (Photo: Idreco)

Idreco (International Dredger Constructions) of the Netherlands informs it has designed, built and installed its second dredger, an ISD 600 with a digging depth of 30 meters, at the Inga Dam in The Democratic Republic of Congo. The dredge has a mixture production and solids production of


Kvichak to Build 48 ft. Foil Research Cat

Photo: Kvichak Marine

Kvichak Marine Industries, a Vigor Company, was recently awarded a contract to design and build a 48’ all-aluminum foil assisted research catamaran for the King County Environmental Laboratory.  The vessel will operate in Puget Sound


Voith Schneider Propellers for New Irish Ferry

The new MV Strangford again relies on the VSP propulsion concept (Photo: Voith)

Northern Ireland relies on Voith Schneider propellers for new double-ended ferry on Strangford Lough   The double-ended ferry MV Strangford has been in operation for more than 45 years, connecting the two towns of Portaferry and Strangford in the northern part of the Irish Sea


VARD Acquires ICD Software

Vard Holdings Limited (VARD) has announced that through its subsidiary Seaonics, it has acquired ICD Software, a leading provider of automation and control system software for the offshore and marine sectors. Established in 2011 and 51% controlled by VARD, Seaonics delivers winches


Portsmouth Naval Base Harnesses Sun Power

Ken Hobbs, Head of Energy Solutions and Services at BAE Systems Maritime Services in Portsmouth Naval Base (Photo: BAE Systems)

BAE Systems has completed a large scale installation of solar panels at Portsmouth Naval Base to increase energy efficiency and generate savings. In total, almost 2,000 solar panels comprising the latest photovoltaic technology have been installed on two key Portsmouth Naval Base buildings


COSCO Orders Navigation Systems for New Box Ships

Container ship Cosco Italy on the river Elbe with destination port Hamburg, 2014  (Copyright: Buonasera)

The German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz announced new contracts for the delivery of Synapsis Integrated Navigation Systems (INS) to five 14,500TEU Container Vessels built at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Co.Ltd.  


Gondan Delivers Patrol Boats Rio Belelle, Rio Agueda

Photo: Gondan Shipyard

Gondan GRP Division has handed over two 36 knots maximum speed patrol boats. Yesterday the GRP Patrol Boats built for the Maritime Service of the Spanish Guardia Civil by Gondan Shipyard were officially delivered in Cádiz, Andalucía.


Research Vessel Concept a First for Voith

Photo: Voith Turbo

The new fisheries research vessel of the Shanghai Ocean University will be a first for Voith in several respects.   It is the first fisheries research vessel world-wide to use the proven Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP) propulsion concept


YANMAR's New EPA Compliant Commercial Engine

The YANMAR EPA compliant, fully mechanical workboat engine.

Installed and on the water, Yanmar’s 6AYA-ET engines are already providing value on the U.S. Gulf Coast. This fully mechanical engine is anything but low-tech.  More than 60 years of worldwide experience plus an engine designed specifically for the United States market has made a


Tenneco SCR System Receives ABS PDA Certificate

Photo courtesy of Tenneco

Tenneco has been awarded three product design assessment (PDA) certificates from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for its new selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system for large engines. The PDA certificates cover key components of the system


USCG Icebreaking Tug Up for Drydocking

USCG Cutter Katmai Bay on the Marine Travelift at Great Lakes Shipyard (Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard)

Great Lakes Shipyard awarded drydocking contract for USCG Cutter Katmai Bay   U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay (WTGB-101), homeported in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, arrived at Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio, for drydocking, inspection, maintenance and repairs on July 8, 2015.


Hybrid Propulsion for New Fairplay Tugs

Fairplay XI (Photo: SCHOTTEL)

The Fairplay fleet in Rotterdam welcomes two new members: The hybrid tractor tugs Fairplay IX and Fairplay XI, each equipped with a SCHOTTEL hybrid propulsion system including two SCHOTTEL Rudderpropellers SRP 4000 with hybrid gearboxes, two electric motors and an integrated steering control system






 
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