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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.  


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


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


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


Bludworth Marine Listed on INC. Fastest Growing Company List

Bludworth Marine LLC has been listed # 716 on the 2008 INC 5000 fastest growing private company list (2004-2007).  Bludworth Marine was also # 9 in the Transportation Sector and # 13 in the et.  Bludworth Marine is rapidly expanding into a full service marine repair shipyard with multiple locations.  A new deep water shipyard in will begin operation of a new 3,000 ton dry dock in early 2009.  The Bludworth Orange shipyard is presently building a new stainless steel


Twin Disc Offers Virtual and Real EJS Experience

Twin Disc EJS simulator and Express Joystick (Image Twin Disc)

Visitors to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 30–November 3, 2014, can experience what it’s like to control a diesel-powered, conventional driveline boat using Twin Disc's Express Joystick System (EJS). Twin Disc's booth will feature a unique, hands-on simulator where visitors can maneuver and dock a virtual boat using the fingertip control of the EJS. Offering intuitive control over a boat while docking


Thai Offshore Patrol Boat Launched

 HTMS Krabi

A BAE Systems designed Offshore Patrol Vessel being built by the Royal Thai Navy has been launched at a ceremony at the Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard.    The launch of HTMS Krabi on Friday (2 December) was conducted by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and comes just 15 months after the vessel’s keel laying ceremony in August 2010.      Under a technology transfer agreement, signed in June 2009


APM Maasvlakte II Terminal Opens

King Willem-Alexander officialised the opening of Maasvlakte II by informing a remote crane operator to launch the multi-coloured ballet of containers on 62 battery-powered Lift-Automated Guided Vehicles. Next to him are CEO of the Maersk Group, Nils s. Andersen and CEO of APM Terminals, Kim Fejfer. Photo: Maersk Group

 APM Terminals Maasvlakte II held a ceremony  to celebrate the opening of the world’s most automated container terminal.   The  event that was attended by Dutch King Willem-Alexander and 500 representatives of the port industry and governments from around the world


Skangass Celebrates Topping Up

LNG terminal in Pori: NOK Skangass

 Nordic liquefied natural gas operator Skangass  has celebrated a topping out ceremony at its Pori LNG terminal. The company said it was making progress in the construction of the storage tank for Finland's first LNG import terminal at the southern port of Pori.  


EUROPA 2 Undergoes First Scheduled Docking

As part of its first scheduled docking, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ EUROPA 2 underwent technical maintenance at Blohm + Voss in Hamburg from April 11-24, 2015.   At the same time, cosmetic repairs and modernization work were carried out on board: the Sansibar and the Sushi Restaurant Sakura


Boatbuilding in China

Xin Yue Feng Shipyard’s Chairman Luo Chaoneng with a pair of AHTs.

While much of the focus on coverage of the Chinese shipbuilding industry is on big shipbuilding, Maritime Reporter switches gears this month to explore activities in select boatbuilding sectors.   Damen Yichang Shipyard The Damen boatbuilding name is ubiquitous around the world


HMS Prince of Wales Bridge Sets Sail

Photo: BAE Systems

The bridge section of the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier set sail today from Glasgow on its first sea voyage to Rosyth.   Upper Block 07 is where HMS Prince of Wales will be commanded atop the flight deck and is known as the Forward Island


Port of Ngqura’s New Automated Mooring System

Photo: Port of Ngqura

The automated mooring system at the Port of Ngqura in South Africa’s east coast is poised to improve port efficiency and safety, cementing the deep water port’s position as a leading transshipment hub for the Sub-Saharan region. The system comprises 26 mooring units


GE Contracted to Service Australian Navy Frigates

LM2500 (Image: GE)

GE has signed an in-service support contract with the Australian Defense Materiel Organization’s Maritime Cross-Platform Systems Program Office.  Under the contract, GE will provide maintenance and logistic support services for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) GE LM2500


Delivery Begins for HMS Prince of Wales Bridge

(Photo courtesy of BAE Systems)

The bridge section of the U.K.’s second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier has been loaded out of its dock hall in Glasgow ahead of its first sea voyage to Rosyth.   Upper Block 07 is where HMS Prince of Wales will be commanded atop the flight deck and is known as the Forward


Tanker Blast Kills Four at Belawan Port

Image: Belawan Port

 An explosion occurred on a tanker belonging to state-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina on Monday evening while the ship was under repair at Belawan Port in North Sumatra, killing four workers.     Three victims died on the spot


Trelleborg Opens US Facility

Photo: Trelleborg

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has opened a new American headquarters in Berryville, Virginia, U.S. The new site houses a 36,000 square foot manufacturing facility for foam-based marine fenders and buoys and 9,000 square foot sales and business development office.  


Graffiti Mural on Deurganck Dock Lock completed

Deurganckdoksluis graffiti

  The giant mural on one of the walls of the Deurganck dock lock has been completed. Graffiti artist Cazn took a total of 10 weeks to complete the 300 meter long and 9 metre high mural which starts with a desert landscape then merges into birds in a nature reserve followed by colourful fish


Hapag-Lloyd and the Chinese port of Shenzhen Pact to Reduce Port Emission

Image:  Hapag-Lloyd AG

 Hapag-Lloyd and the Shenzhen Port Green Convention have entered into an agreement to cut back on sulphur oxide while the company's vessels are docked at port.   "By joining the Shenzhen Port Green Convention, Hapag-Lloyd has demonstrated its commitment to environment


New Cruise Ship Terminal Plan for Cockenzie

The proposed cruise ship terminal in artists imagination by Paul Welsh Architects

 To take advantage of the global increase in on-board touring holidays, the Firth of Forth is planning a new cruise ship terminal.   Developers hope to secure permission for the first purpose-built terminal on the Scottish mainland at site of the decommissioned Cockenzie power station


US Navy Cargo Ship Drifts Powerless

SS Cape Intrepid. By NavSource

 The U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command cargo ship Cape Intrepid lost power and drifted in the Strait of Juan de Fuca for about 3 miles before a tug intervened to take control of the vessel on Saturday.   The 685-foot Navy-contracted cargo was undergoing sea trials after a long period


Thunderbolt: Eastern Delivers Innovative Towboat

Twin electric V-Pod propulsion and diesel-electric technology combined. Image courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. introduced its new 120-ft., 4,200-hp Inland Towboat design, Thunderbolt, combining twin electric V-Pod propulsion and diesel-electric technology for what the builder calls its “vision of the future for the U.S. inland waterways.”






 
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