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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New TOS Live at Houston’s Barbours Cut

Terminal operating system (TOS) implementation sought to increase vessel productivity and minimize truck turnaround time at the Port of Houston Authority   Barbours Cut Container Terminal (BCT), part of the Port of Houston Authority, has completed its implementation of the Navis N4 terminal

ABB’s Norway Integrated Ops Center

Photo courtesy of ABB

ABB has unveiled a new Integrated Operations Center which allows ship owners to take greater control of their fleet from shore.   From the center, situated in Billingstad in Norway, its expert engineers can connect to any vessel anywhere in the world which is fitted with ABB technology

Final Phase of Maritime Technology & Training Center Underway

Photo courtesy of San Jacinto College

The San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center is in its final phase of construction before its January 2016 debut.   Construction has been ongoing since last Fall. The facility will serve as the site for certificate and associate degree maritime training delivered through U

Port of Long Beach Mulls ‘Flexible Free Time’

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Port of Long Beach officials will consider reducing the amount of time import containers can be stored on docks without charge, hoping the change would increase velocity of cargo moving out of the port.   Since 2005, the length of time containers can stay on the dock, called “free time

Bollinger Delivers 15th FRC to U.S. Coast Guard

Sister Ship of the JOSEPH NAPIER, MARGARET NORVELL operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the JOSEPH NAPIER, the 15th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard. The announcement was made by Bollinger’s President & C.E.O., Ben Bordelon. “We are very pleased to announce the delivery of the latest FRC built by

Brian Armour Joins Braemar

Brian Armour

Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association) has appointed Brian Armour as Senior Maritime Civil Engineer within its Ports & Harbours division. Brian will be based in the Singapore office and has many years’ experience in the design

Greek Dock Workers Walk Out Over Privatisation

Greek dock workers walked out on Thursday in protest at the planned privatisations of the country's two biggest ports, a condition of a multi-billion euro bailout from international lenders. Setting a date to submit binding bids for Piraeus and Thessaloniki ports is one of the actions that

MOSS: Portable Survey System


Developed and manufactured for marine surveyors and naval architects by Netherlands-based TARKA-SYSTEMS, the MOSS is a portable measurement solution for monitoring and surveying.   According to the developer, the MOSS System features a pragmatic design

Alewijnse Completes Research Vessel Electrical Repairs

RV Belgica (Photo: Alewijnse Marine Systems)

System integrator Alewijnse Marine Systems has completed electrical repairs on the Belgica, also launching an appraisal of a possible limited lifetime extension for the ship.    RV Belgica, a research vessel owned by the Belgian state, suffered water damage to the engine room on July 19

New Simulation Complex for Dunkirk Pilot Station

Photo: Transas

Transas informs it has installed the fifth simulator for high-level training for pilots who operate in the port of Dunkirk in France. The pilot station is now equipped with the latest generation of the Transas navigational simulator Navi-Trainer Professional 5000

Holland America Line Plans Stateroom Facelift

ms Eurodam Neptune Suite rendering (Image: Carnival Corporation)

Cruise ship suites to get cosmetic enhancements, refreshed décor and new amenities   As part of a $300-million brand enhancement initiative, Carnival Corporation’s Holland America Line is planning enhancements to its top staterooms with new furnishings, décor

In-hull Dual Fuel Engine Conversion an Industry First

Coral Anthelia (Photo: Cat Marine)

To convert its vessel Coral Anthelia to dual fuel operation, Anthony Veder worked with Cat dealer Bolier to complete the industry’s first in-hull retrofit – saving considerable time and money in the process.    The project saw the retrofit of a marine diesel engine to dual

Fincantieri, Finmeccanica in Part Renewal of Italian Navy fleet

Photo by Finmeccanica

  As part of the renewal of the fleet of the Navy, The first tranche has been launched in recent months, OCCAR (Organisation de Cooperation Conjointe sur l'Armement, the international organization for cooperation armaments) has ordered an additional Multipurpose Offshore Patrol (PPA) to the

Essex Amphibious Ready Group in S. China Sea

USS Essex (LHD 2) conducts maneuvers during normal operations Courtesy USN

  The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) transited the Straits of Malacca and conducted routine operations in the South China Sea as part of a deployment to the Western Pacific Nov. 7-10. The ARG's flagship, the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2)

Gibdock Wins Exhaust Scrubber Project

Photo: Gibdock

Gibdock has secured an exhaust gas scrubber retrofit project covering five vessels operated by ship management major Norbulk Shipping and owned by global shipping group Vroon.   The contract represents a sizeable debut in specialized EGS work

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