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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


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]


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


Aker Kvaerner Launches IOR Tool

Aker Kvaerner Launches the PodEx - a new, technology solution to the ever-growing challenge of maximizing oil and gas recovery from mature subsea fields. The PodEx is a module that integrates new functionality and instrumentation directly into the existing subsea control system. It is a cost-effective alternative that requires very little installation time. Its ultimate aim is to optimize production at brownfield developments and enhance environmental safety.


Kongsberg Maritime: AutoChief C20 Propulsion Control System Hits 3000 Deliveries

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KONGSBERG MARITIME'S AUTOCHIEF C20 PROPULSION  CONTROL SYSTEM HITS 3000 DELIVERIESKongsberg Maritime Korea conducts milestone Factory Acceptance Test Kongsberg Maritime is delighted to announce Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) number 3000 for its highly regarded propulsion control system, AutoChief C20. The FAT took place March 8th 2011 at Kongsberg Maritime Korea's facility in Busan, South Korea, with representatives from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and a Lloyd's Register surveyor


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


GE to Supply DP for Cylindrical Accommodation Vessel

GE’s Power Conversion business has won a contract for the supply of dynamic positioning (DP) for a vessel Floating Accommodation Unit that Cosco (Nantong) Shipyard in Nantong City, China, is building for Logitel Offshore, the Singapore-based floating logistics and accommodation rig owner that has an exclusive license agreement to use the proprietary Sevan Marine design within the floating accommodation market. The complete project includes a C-Series Class 3 DP system and manual thruster


New Cruise Ship Sea Trials Navis NavDP 4000 System

Mein Schiff 3: Image courtesy of Navis

Finland headquartered Navis Engineering says that recently completed sea trials by the 99,430 gross tons cruise ship Mein Schiff 3 have confirmed the high performance of its  dynamic positioning (DP) control system, Navis Nav DP4000.


KENC Expanding Presence in oil & Gas Sector

KENC Oil & Gas move to larger premises

  KENC Oil & Gas, specialists in the design, fabrication and supply of custom engineered equipment, will move to new, larger premises to meet growing demand from the on and offshore industries. From mid-July, KENC’s new headquarters will be at a 450m2 facility nearby the


L-3 MSI to Supply Electrical Packages to Biogas Ferry

Samsø Færgen

L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) announced today that it has been awarded a contract to provide advanced automation, navigation, communications and electrical propulsion facilities for Samsø Færgen, a new 100-meter, double-ended passenger/car ferry built by Remontowa


Harbor Commission Approves Port Budget - Long Beach

Capital improvement projects move ahead with $579 million in funding for Long Beach Port

  The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday, July 14, approved an $858 million budget for the Port of Long Beach in the upcoming fiscal year, with two-thirds of the spending set aside for a robust building and modernization program.


Elmer A. Sperry: Pioneer of Modern Naval Tech

“Here’s one of the best pictures of your father and at the same time one of the few which was taken showing him actually using the gyrocompass. I suggest you keep this for your records.”   Note to Elmer Jr. from  Robert B. Lea, July 8, 1937 (Photo: Hagley Museum and Library)

Inventor, Entrepreneur, Industrialist & The Father of Modern Navigational Tech Elmer A. Sperry casts a long shadow over the history of modern naval, nautical and aeronautical technology, one few people know much about, but should, for a man crowned both the “father of modern


ABB Wins US$20-Million in Offshore Vessel Orders

Ulstein SX165: Image credit ABB

Power and automation technology group, ABB, says it has won contracts worth in excess of $20 million to supply electrical power and propulsion systems for two next generation offshore vessels. First Order: Ulstein SX165 design OSV The first vessel is being constructed at Ulstein Verft in


Caterpillar To Launch New CAT® CG137-8 Generator Set

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Caterpillar Oil & Gas will unveil the new Cat CG137-8 natural gas generator set  at the Bismarck Civic Center in Bismarck, North Dakota during the 2014 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference  now in progress from May 20 – 22nd


Kongsberg Wins Contract for 14 BP Tankers

Kongsberg Maritime has secured contracts for the delivery of fully integrated navigation and automation systems for a series of 14 crude/product tankers ordered by BP shipping Ltd. The new builds will be delivered by STX Offshore and Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. by September 2016


Eastern Shipbuilding Delivers BRAVANTE VII to GROUP

M/V BRAVANTE VII

  Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the on-time delivery of the M/V BRAVANTE VII (Hull 157) on Wednesday May 21, 2014 to Boldini S.A., BRAVANTE Group of Brazil three months after the delivery of BRAVANTE VI (Hull 156), the second in the series and which is  is


NACOS Platinum Series for New Norwegian Getaway

Norwegian Getaway

L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) has announced  that it has supplied its NACOS Platinum series aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s new 324-meter, 145,500-gross ton cruise liner, Norwegian Getaway. Built by Meyer Werft at its Papenburg shipyard in northern Germany


Navis DP2 for FOS Thor Fast Supply Vessel

FOS Thor (Photo: Navis)

Navis delivers DP2 system for the largest fast supply vessel built in Asia Dynamic positioning control systems from Navis Engineering have met performance expectations set out in the sea trials of the 62m aluminum fast supply vessel (FSV) FOS THOR


Innovation Drives Monitoring System Development

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Innovation is a key driver in the development of advanced monitoring systems for environmental and safety compliance in the marine sector. Patrice Flot and Alain Meslati of diesel engine control and instrumentation specialists CMR Group, explain more about the latest technologies.


Chellsea Expands PSV Order from COSCO, Rolls-Royce

COSCO Shipyard Group announced that it has been awarded options by the Singapore-based Chellsea Group for the construction of four platform supply vessels designed by Rolls-Royce. With this contract, COSCO has ordered integrated design and equipment packages for a total of eight Rolls-Royce UT 771


Rolls-Royce To Supply 4 Designs And Vessel Systems To COSCO

Courtesy Rolls Royce

COSCO Shipyard Group has announced that it has been awarded options by the Singapore-based Chellsea Group for the construction of four platform supply vessels designed by Rolls-Royce. With this contract, COSCO has ordered integrated design and equipment packages for a total of eight Rolls-Royce UT


Thrustmaster Brings Water Jet Manufacturing to the US

200 series (Image: Thrustmaster)

Thrustmaster brings water jet manufacturing to the United States, becoming the nation’s only manufacturer of commercial water jet propulsion. DOEN, a designer and manufacturer of waterjet propulsion systems based out of Australia, is one of five marine waterjet manufactures in the world






 
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