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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


Incat Crowther Delivers SEACOR Marine’s 2nd FSV

Delivery of Second Very Fast Offshore Support Vessel Courtesy Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther announced the delivery of Najla McCall, the second vessel in SEACOR Marine’s Express Plus class of Fast Support Vessels (FSV). Sistership to the Alya McCall launched in November last year, Najla McCall has seating capacity for 100 personnel and achieved an operational speed


RV Belgica to Undergo Electrical Systems Refit

RV Belgica (Photo: Alewijnse Marine Systems)

System integrator Alewijnse Marine Systems said it has won an order for an electrical systems refit aboard RV Belgica, an oceanographic research vessel owned by the Belgian state.   Prior to the assignment, Alewijnse carried out a year-long research project on a limited lifetime extension


Mitsubishi Books Loss from Cruise Ship Business

Courtesy Mitsubishi

 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) hereby announces its intent to book an extraordinary loss from its cruise ship business in the company's consolidated financial results for fiscal year (FY) 2015 (ending March 31, 2016). 1. Background to the extraordinary loss


ECSA Looks Forward to Improvement of Shipping Conditions in Arctic

Photo: The Whitmore Group

 European shipowners believe that the three priority areas of the new EU Arctic Policy Communication published by the Commission this week address all topical Arctic matters. Climate change and environment, sustainable development and international cooperation in the Arctic are equally


Mammoet Uses Elebia Hooks to Unload Panamax Vessel

Photo: Mammoet

International lifting and transport specialist Mammoet used 5t capacity automatic hooks from Elebia to keep riggers at safe distance and speed-up discharge of 1,000 industrial-sized ‘big bags’ from a Panamax ship at a port in Westdorpe, Holland in January.  


Palfinger Dreggen to Rebuild BOP Cranes for Statoil

Statoil rig, Gullfaks field. (Copyright: Statoil AS, Photo by Oyvind Hagen)

Statoil has awarded Palfinger Dreggen a contract for the complete rebuild and upgrade of six blowout preventer (BOP) cranes for the Gullfaks field in the northern part of the Norwegian North Sea. Each of the BOP cranes to be delivered from Palfinger Dreggen will have the capacity to lift 2 x 20


GE Brings Latest Technology to Cruise Vessels

Seastream Insight: Powered by Predix platform, it gathers data on the condition and performance of equipment across a vessel’s different systems. (Photo: GE)

GE’s Marine Solutions business is showcasing how its latest technologies are helping future cruise ships to be safer, cleaner and more efficient. Long-term partner for cruise liners “GE is dedicated to delivering innovative technical solutions to drive the cruise industry forward


MOL Autopilot Route Control Function Saves 1.5% Energy

Comparison of the conventional control system left) and the new route control system using ACE (right)

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced that the company, along with Tokyo Keiki Inc. (President & CEO: Kenichi Waki; Headquarters: Ota-ku, Tokyo), conducted a performance demonstration test of its autopilot route control function


Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum System for Maersk Boxships

Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum - Navigation Photo Wartsila

Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply the Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum integrated navigation, automation, and propulsion control systems for 27 new container vessels being built for Denmark based Maersk Line A/S. The contracts with Wärtsilä were signed in July and October


CMR Group Wins Triple Order in Mexico

Image: CMR Group

Marine automation and control technology and instrumentation specialist CMR Group informs it has installed its Clarinux Integrated Alarm, Monitoring and Control System (IAMCS) on three multipurpose supply vessels (MSV).   The project has been undertaken in collaboration with CMR’s


Evolutionary Carrousel RAVE Tugs Under Construction

The Carrousel Towing System system eliminates risk of capsizing under  tow load. In combination with two Voith Schneider Propellers arranged in-line, the tug design allows for a slender and highly efficient hull Photo Voith

In cooperation with R. Allan Ltd. (RAL) and Novatug B.V., Voith participated in the development of a new tug. The Carrousel RAVE Tug (CRT) is characterized by a towing winch on a ring. This ring can rotate freely around the tug's deckhouse – a unit referred to as the "Carrousel Towing


Suezmax Newbuilds Feature MAN Engines with EGR

Integrated design of EGR unit (orange) into an MAN B&W 6G70ME-C9 engine (Image: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

Hyundai’s Ship Building Division (HHI-SBD) has finalized a contract for two Suezmax tankers for Turkish shipowner, Ditas Shipping. The 158,000-cubic-meter crude-oil tankers will each be powered by individual MAN B&W 6G70ME-C9.5 two-stroke main-engines that feature integrated Exhaust


Production of First EnergySail Begins

Impression of EnergySail Array on Naval Vessel or Survey Ship Image courtesy EMP

Automated rigid sail set to bring back wind-assisted propulsion for shipping. Onomichi, Japan – 8th April 2016 – In another important step towards bringing its rigid sail technology onto ships Eco Marine Power (EMP) has commenced work on the production of an EnergySail in Onomichi


Kongsberg Upgrades Software for Norden

Demo screen of the fleet & vessel management system dashboard. (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg Maritime has delivered new fleet and vessel management functionality through a recent customized software update across Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S’ fleet and shore offices. The software roll-out took place during January 2016 and included updates to vessel and shore based


Two Canadian Ferries to be Converted for LNG Operation

Image: Scott Arkell/Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract by Gdansk Shiprepair Yard Remontowa S.A., to supply a scope of engines, propulsion machinery, integrated automation systems, and gas handling systems required for the mid-life upgrading of two RoPax ferries and their conversion to operate on LNG fuel






 
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