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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.

GPS Discharge Control System for Food Waste


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

MCSS, EMP Enter Sales and Support Agreement


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

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

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]

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

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

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

Volvo Penta IPS for New Tampa Bay Pilot Boat

Photo: Volvo Penta

The new Chesapeake-class MKII launch delivered this month by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding to the Tampa Bay Pilots Association features integrated engine and drive from Volvo Penta.   The new 52.7-ft. 28-knot pilot boat, designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates

Top 10 Cyber Security Issues for Oil & Gas Industry

(Press Release) With the exploitation of new cost-effective operational concepts, use of digital technologies and increased dependence on cyber structures, the oil and gas industry is exposed to new sets of vulnerabilities and threats. Cyber-attacks have grown in stature and sophistication

Wärtsilä Design & Propulsion Machinery for Pelagic Trawler

The Wärtsilä controllable pitch propeller

  A new pelagic fishing trawler ordered by Scottish owner Mewstead LLP will be built according to a Wärtsilä design and will feature a broad scope of Wärtsilä propulsion machinery. The ship is to be built at the Nauta Shipyard in Poland and when completed will be the

Rolls-Royce Wins Multiple Steerable Propellers Contract

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has signed a contract for the delivery of 12 azimuthing thrusters to Sanmar Shipyard in Turkey, with an option for an additional 30 units.   The azimuth thrusters from Rolls-Royce, will provide propulsion for 6 tugboats rising to 21 if the option is exercised

Seacor's New Class of Fast Support Vessel Delivered

Image: Seacor/Incat Crowther

The delivery of Alya McCall is significant in that it is the first vessel in a fleet of new class monohull Fast Support Vessels (FSV) for SEACOR Marine. Alya McCall is the first vessel in the SEACOR Express Plus class and features striking lines not ordinarily found in traditional monohull

BMT Inks Contract with Witteveen+Bos

Photo: BMT

BMT ARGOSS, (BMT) a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has secured a new contract with Dutch-based engineering consultancy, Witteveen+Bos (W+B), to provide specialist knowledge for the new ‘stay overnight’ harbour near Giesbeek, along the IJssel branch of the river Rhine.   

Calnetix Technologies Notches 3 New Patents

The U.S. Patent Office has awarded three new patents to Calnetix Technologies, a developer of high-speed motor generators, magnetic bearings and control systems and energy recovery technologies. These new awards bring the company’s total patent count to 33.  

Tideland Signal Corporation Acquires IMT

MATT SCHEUING Courtesy Tideland

  Tideland Signal Corporation today entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the IMT B.V. Group of Companies (“IMT”). IMT is well known for developing innovative lighting, navigation and signalization products and systems with clients ranging from offshore to marine

Volvo Penta Debuts Updated D16 Engine

D16 marine diesel engine (Image: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta has launched an updated version of its D16 marine diesel engine, coming 10 years after the launch of its original version.   The updated engine arrives at the same time as Europort, held November 3-6, in Rotterdam.  

ABB Azipod Propulsion for Carnival’s New Ships

Azipod XO (Photo: ABB)

Power and automation technology group ABB announced it has won a repeat order worth $60 million to deliver complete electrical power plants and Azipod XO fuel-saving electric propulsion systems for Carnival Corporation’s two new cruise vessels.

ABB Steps Up Marine R&D with New Lab

(Photo: ABB)

Next generation of maritime technology will be developed with ship owners at high technology facility in Helsinki, Finland.  Power and automation group ABB has upped its commitment to research and development in the marine sector by opening a new laboratory in Helsinki

Unmanned Vessels: The Future is Now

Norway’s unmanned 100 TEU coastal marine transportation system ReVolt is to be powered by a 3,000kWh battery to provide a range of 100 nautical miles. With no crew onboard DNV GL has estimated a total saving of up to $34 million over its estimated 30 years time in service.

There is a global boom in the development of unmanned systems, from below the ocean’s surface to high in the sky to the world’s roads. Add to this list the maritime industry, on both military and civilian vessels. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News examines in depth recent

Hiab launches VSL PLUS for Crane Stability

VSL PLUS is being used e.g. at the brand new HIAB X-HiPro 638

  Hiab, part of Cargotec, will officially launch a new stability feature for its heavy crane range, VSL PLUS, at the Bedrijfsauto RAI 2015 exhibition in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.   Variable Stability Limit PLUS (VSL PLUS) is a revolutionary safety system that automatically regulates

Østensjø Rederi Orders Wind Farm Vessel

Image: Rolls-Royce

Østensjø Rederi AS has placed an order for the construction of a new offshore wind farm support vessel for maintenance operations at the Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm in the U.K., following the award of a service operation vessel (SOV) contract awarded from charterer Dong Energy.

General Dynamics Upgrades RVSS for CPB


  General Dynamics successfully completed the initial field deployment and test of the Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) upgrade for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This test demonstrated many technical capabilities of the RVSS system and

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