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Allen Marine's Groundbreaking Aluminum Floating Dry Dock

Allen Marines Floating Aluminum Dry Dock

Allen Marine, Inc. has announced the construction of the world's first aluminum floating dry dock. This fully self-contained, eco-friendly unit represents a major breakthrough in boat-lifting equipment.   The aluminum floating dry dock is the brainchild of CEO David Allen. The dry dock is 140 feet long, with 42 feet of space between the 26-foot tall wing walls. It is capable of lifting vessels of up to 1000 tons, at 5 LT/feet of keel block loading. The Allen Marine floating dry dock is unique because it is constructed entirely of marine-grade aluminum (a high-caliber alloy). Marine grade aluminum alloys rival the strength of steel in terms of durability and strength with the added benefit of being extremely lightweight, and therefore more practical.   The Allen Marine aluminum dry dock system features low maintenance and will not rust, making it ideally suited for the corrosive environment in salt or fresh water applications. The finished surface includes a cathodic protection system that protects it from salt water degradation in the hostile environment of saltwater. Many marina operators and boatyard owners would like to build a new dry dock at their facility, but can't do so because they don't have room. Often, residential or commercial developers have bought up the waterfront land surrounding a marina or boatyard, leaving no place to install a shore-based dry dock.  


First LNG-powered Hopper Dredger Launched

Worlds first LNG-powered hopper dredger Minerva launched Photo Royal IHC

The launch ceremony of DEME’s 3,500m3 LNG-powered trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) MINERVA took place on 3 December at Royal IHC's shipyard in Kinderdijk, The Netherlands. The official name giving and christening ceremony will take place in the spring of 2017 in Zeebrugge, Belgium. "The launch of this vessel is an important milestone for the dredging industry,” says IHC's Executive Director Shipbuilding, Arjan Klijnsoon


1st Crude Oil Vessel Through Midia Marine

On Feb. 18, Midia Marine Terminal, a company member of the Rompetrol Group, unloaded the first petroleum ship (60,000 tons) through the new marine terminal, built at the end of last year. “It’s the first step that confirms both the functioning of the new investment in optimal parameters, as well as the Group's intention to become a key player in providing petroleum to the Central and Western Europe refineries


Full Speed Ahead with Volvo Penta Quad IPS

Njord Odin (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta’s IPS drive system celebrated a decade in production this year — coinciding with the inaugural launch of the Volvo Penta IPS quad commercial installation in four Njord Offshore crew transfer catamarans.   Njord Odin is the newest vessel to join Njord Offshore’s existing fleet. The catamaran contains a quadruple installation Volvo Penta IPS900 complete propulsion system. A lot can happen in 10 years


Great Ship - Hanjin Muscat

Built by Hanjin Heavy Industries for the transportion of liquefied natural gas (LNG) between Oman and Korea, Hanjin Muscat is a 918 ft. (280 m), 68,524-dwt ship using Gaz Tranport's No. 96-2 membrane cargo containment system. The vessel was built with only four cargo tanks, contained within a complete double side/bottom/bulkhead/deck trunk structure, with top and bottom wing tanks. The side and bottom spaces from integral port and starboard water ballast tanks, divided by the duct keel


The Cause behind the Clause Piers & Docks Insurance

As a maritime business owner, your day-to-day focus is on managing and growing your business. Understandably, thinking about and understanding the nuances of your insurance coverage is not likely to be among your top priorities. However, what if the unthinkable happens and your docks and piers are seriously damaged? A review of the damage with your insurance claim adjuster will likely lead to discussions of “coinsurance percentage


Australian Navy Collins Class Submarines Update

Minister for Defense Stephen Smith and Minister for Defense Materiel Mike Kelly today announced further significant initiatives to both maintain the capability of Australia’s Collins Class submarine fleet and further improve Collins Class maintenance, sustainment and availability. The Collins Class submarine fleet of six submarines is an essential part of Australia’s national security capability. The first Collins Class submarine, HMAS Collins, was commissioned in July 1996


Mixed Messages on Monitoring and Automation Technology

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A recent study found that 84% of port owners, operators and contractors said they would expect increased safety to be the primary benefit in specifying an automated system to monitor factors such as mooring line tension, approach speed and environmental conditions, according to a new independent market report by the marine systems business of Trelleborg. However, the majority (60%) of those surveyed only uses human or manual guidance at their facilities both during initial docking and


Barcelona Yacht Repairer Adds New Pearlson Shiplift

Barcelona Yacht Repairer

Yacht service, refit, repair and maintenance yard Marina Barcelona 92 (MB’92) has awarded a contract to Pearlson Shiplift Corporation (PSC) for the design and supply of a new ship lift and transfer system as part of an expansion project underway at its Barcelona shipyard. The yard’s new ship lift system will benefit from PSC technology originally established in 1957 with the invention of the Syncrolift system by Raymond Pearlson and its subsequent development worldwide


MSS Marine Safety Patents Launching Device

Sweden-based MSS Marine Safety Systems introduced a patented launching device for fast rescue boats. Drop tests, side impact tests and sea trials, including docking at a speed of eight knots on open sea, have been finalized - proving successful performance in open sea conditions. In order to launch and retrieve a fast rescue boat safely and quickly, MSS Marine has formulated a floating dock, which corresponds to the motion of the boat


Maintenance Dredging Underway at Port of Cape Town

The Isandlwana, a Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger. (Photo: TNPA)

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA)’s Dredging Services division has embarked on a $ 1.1 million maintenance dredging campaign at the Port of Cape Town to restore the design depths inside Duncan dock. The maintenance campaign, which began on March 8, 2017


Naval Design: The Human Role

(Photo: MARIN)

Naval design: assessing the human role in the early design phase Many navy new building projects face a double challenge; the variety and complexity of operations are increasing, while at the same time, a reduction in manning is a prerequisite in order to lower building and operational costs


New Mississippi Container Terminal Planned

Image: Plaquemines Port Harbor & Terminal District

Plans have been put in motion to develop a new intermodal container terminal on the lower Mississippi River.   Designed to service the largest ocean carriers, the new 1,000 acre container terminal will be capable of docking vessels up to 20,000 TEU with deep-water access and 21


Crude Spill Hits PDVSA's Jose Terminal

Operations at Venezuela's main oil-exporting port Jose were hit by a crude oil spill on Tuesday, union sources and shipping agents told Reuters.   A break in a pipeline that runs from the oil terminal to a single buoy mooring (SBM) facility near Venezuela's eastern coast would have produced


India's Cochin Shipyard Gears up for IPO

Photo: Cochin Shipyard Ltd

 Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL),  India's largest public sector shipyard, has filed  initial public offering (IPO)document with  the market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)  to go public.  The government approved a stake sale of up to 25 percent.


Case Study: 18-day Exhaust Gas Scrubber Install

Rigging the scrubber section into the ship. (Photo: Goltens)

Goltens was contracted by a large cruise vessel owner to undertake the installation of two exhaust gas scrubbers on one of its ships to comply with sulfur emissions regulations. The vessel is powered by four GMT/Sulzer 16ZAV40S and two GMT/Sulzer 12ZAV40S diesel electric generating sets.


EGCS Ready Notation for MOL Ships

Image: ClassNK

ClassNK issued EGCSR-F (Exhaust Gas Cleaning System Ready Full) notations to nine ships operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., meaning that the ship fulfills requirement for SOx scrubber retrofitting. Following discussions on the implementation schedule of MARPOL Annex VI SOX/PM regulations at


USS Carter Hall enters Black Sea

Photo: Official U.S. Navy web site

 The amphibious Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Carter Hall has entered the Black Sea, the Naples-headquartered US 6th fleet press service said. "The amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) and embarked Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit


Mazagon Docks to Make 3 more Scorpene-Class Subs

Photo: Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders

 Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited has approached the Indian Navy with a repeat order for three Scorpene-class submarines, reports The Hindu Businessline.   The leading shipyard of the country has  French shipbuilder DCNS as its technology partner for the Scorpene submarines.


BAE Systems to Modernize Cruiser USS Vicksburg

Photo: BAE Systems

 BAE Systems will perform ship alternations and miscellaneous repairs aboard the 567-foot-long USS Vicksburg (CG 69) under a $42.9 million U.S. Navy contract.   The value of the competitively awarded contract could reach $45.9 million if all options are exercised.  


Adelaide’s Fighting Edge Tested

HMAS Adelaide leads a close formation of warships from the Royal Australian Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy and the Spanish Armada during a photographic exercise, part of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17, off the western coast of Australia. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Royal Australian Navy’s amphibious ship HMAS Adelaide lead from the front during the recent Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER.   Exercising task group operations off the Western Australian coast, the landing helicopter dock was the centrepiece to war-fighting scenarios.  


Entire Saga Fleet Globally BWT Compliant

All of Sagas advanced open hatch carriers are now globally BWT compliant (Photo courtesy of Optimarin)

Saga Shipholding has completed the installation of Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS) throughout its entire fleet of 32 advanced open hatch cargo vessels. In doing so, Saga has become the world’s first shipowner to fit ballast water treatment (BWT) systems that are USCG compliant throughout a


Wärtsilä Launches SmartPredict

Looking into the future with Wärtsilä SmartPredict. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

The technology group Wärtsilä launches its latest innovation SmartPredict at this year's Seatrade Cruise Global exhibition in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. from March 13 to 16. Developed by the company's dynamic positioning unit, SmartPredict is designed to provide safer and more efficient


Royal Caribbean cuts South Korean Ports from China Cruises

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd will remove visits to South Korean ports from its China cruises, the firm said in a statement, amid rising tension between the two countries over Seoul's deployment of a U.S. missile defence system.   In a post on its Chinese website, the U.S


Canadian Fleets, Seaway Invest $160 Mln for 2017 Season

File photo: Thunder Bay Port Authority / Chamber of Marine Commerce

Canadian ship owners and the St. Lawrence Seaway have spent an estimated $160 million on repair and infrastructure projects this winter, boosting the economic fortunes of communities throughout the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence and east coast, according to the Chamber of Marine Commerce.  






 
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