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Alion Wins $9.8m Navy Deal

Alion Science and Technology, Chicago, Ill., is being awarded a $9,842,720 cost-plus-fixed fee contract for research and development activities associated with the development of Integrated Power Systems Advanced Modules and Conceptual Engineering/Ship Implementation. The Contractor will develop shipboard electrical system architectures and characterize Next Generation Integrated Power System components. Work will be performed in Annapolis, Md., and is expected to be completed by Jan. 2013. Contract funds in the amount of $162,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via Broad Agency Announcement; 68 white papers were received, 19 proposals were requested, and 18 awards have been made. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-08-C-4201).

Godfrey Joins Life Cycle Engineering

Edward S. Godfrey

Life Cycle Engineering, Inc. (LCE) has announced that Edward S. Godfrey has joined Life Cycle Engineering as vice president of business development. Godfrey will be responsible for partnering with Department of Defense (DoD) customers and other government organizations to establish engineering and technical solutions that support the warfighter and DoD mission. Godfrey has over 36 years of civilian service leading large

Titan Salvage Re-enlists Dennis Brand

Capt. Dennis Brand: Photo credit Crowley Maritime

Captain Dennis Brand to rejoin Titan, Crowley Maritime's marine salvage & wreck removal company, as director of global commercial operation. As a member of the company’s senior management team, Captain Brand will help shape strategic, operational and commercial business initiatives particularly as they relate to emergency response, securing salvage and wreck removal work for Titan around the world. “We welcome Captain Brand back to the Titan team and look forward to his

Evolutionary Carrousel RAVE Tugs Under Construction

The Carrousel Towing System system eliminates risk of capsizing under  tow load. In combination with two Voith Schneider Propellers arranged in-line, the tug design allows for a slender and highly efficient hull Photo Voith

In cooperation with R. Allan Ltd. (RAL) and Novatug B.V., Voith participated in the development of a new tug. The Carrousel RAVE Tug (CRT) is characterized by a towing winch on a ring. This ring can rotate freely around the tug's deckhouse – a unit referred to as the "Carrousel Towing System". This system eliminates the risk of capsizing under a tow load. In combination with two Voith Schneider Propellers (VSPs) arranged in-line

RINA Classes First Offshore LNG FSRU

Genoa-based classification society RINA has taken a lead in the developing market for floating LNG terminals. It has been chosen to class the first offshore Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU), and is providing studies and support for a number of further offshore LNG projects, including the newbuilding which is likely to be the world’s second offshore LNG FSRU. Addressing the Mare Forum Houston conference, Massimo Volta, RINA’s General Manager America, said

Control Systems on LCC 20 Saves Fuel, Reduces Workload

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Naval Sea Systems Command completed the installation of new control systems aboard USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), April 8, which will reduce fuel usage and crew workload.   Engineers from the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division - Ship Systems Engineering Station (NSWCCD-SSES) SSES installed the new control systems on a number of shipboard engineering components and are specifically designed to improve automation on the optimally manned ships

Webb Institute President Elected to NAE

R. Keith Michel

Webb Institute said that its president, R. Keith Michel, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). In the announcement on the election of new members, President Michel was cited by the NAE for his “contributions to the design, construction and operation of efficient, environment-friendly ships.” Upon learning of his election, Michel said, “It is indeed a special honor to be selected by my peers to serve on the NAE

Oceanteam Buys Out KCI Design Engineers

File photo CCL

Norway-based Oceanteam Shipping says it has exercised its option to buy the remaining 30% shares of KCI design engineers, a multi-discipline engineering company, employing over 150 engineers with offices in Schiedam, The Netherlands and Hamburg, Germany. As a result of this transaction, Oceanteam is now the 100% strategic owner of KCI design engineers. The shares were bought from the previous management team at confidential terms.  

Werner Named Academic Dean of Webb Institute

Matthew R. Werner (Photo courtesy of Webb Institute)

Webb Institute announced that Matthew R. Werner has been named Webb Institute’s next Academic Dean.   Professor Werner, the American Bureau of Shipping Chair of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, will begin his term on July 1, 2015. Professor Werner is an accomplished educator with extensive leadership and administrative experience. Professor Werner began his career in the ship design, construction, and operations fields and joined the Webb faculty in 2002

VT Halter Receives Contract for Egyptian Ships

VT Halter reportedly won the Phase II contract with the U.S. Navy to build three fast missile ships for the Egyptian Navy when it was awarded a $41.5 million modification to a previously awarded contract, according to a report on The modification is for long lead-time materials relating to the command and control systems for the three ships. The efforts required include all hardware, software, licensing, design engineering, production engineering, manufacturing

Maersk Maintains Beaching Mantra, Ignores Danwatch Views

Photo C S Rahman NGO Shipbreaking Platform

After investigative journalists have revealed the severe short-comings of Maersk’s shipbreaking practices in Alang, India, the shipping giant blatantly disregards the findings. In an official statement, Maersk defends its new practice of breaking ships on Indian beaches with tooth and nail

Astican & Astander Continue to Invest

(Photo: Astican & Astander Shipyards)

Astican & Astander: pair of privately owned Spanish yards continue to invest in facilities and equipment   Astander and Astican are the two busiest privately owned shipyards in Spain carrying out heavy repairs and special conversion projects with a boutique style attitude towards

Glosten to Chair SNAME Shipbuilding Panel

Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten said it will chair a panel on modern shipbuilding at this year’s SNAME Maritime Convention (SMC) in Bellevue, Wash. The panel will discuss new technologies in shipbuilding, how to address an aging workforce

Overcoming the Propeller Supply Bottleneck

Image: Hydrocomp

Hydrocomp’s ProCad facilitates in-house Process Control of Propeller Design and Manufacture.   Maritime Tactical Systems Inc. (MARTAC) is a Florida-based company building next-generation unmanned vessels for military applications

Newport News Names Cullen VP of Nuclear Propulsion

Mary Cullen (Photo: HII)

Mary Cullen has been appointed vice president of nuclear propulsion at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division. Cullen will assume her new role on November 14 following a transition into the job with the help of Barry Fletcher

Hurtigruten’s New Hybrid Expedition Ships Named

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Hurtigruten’s two new hybrid powered expedition ships under construction at Kleven Yards have been named Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen, after two influential Norwegian polar pioneers from the era when the company itself first started offering adventure travels

ACE Winches Introduces New 500te Linear Winch

Photo: ACE Winches

At this year’s Offshore Energy exhibition, global deck machinery specialist ACE Winches announced a new 500te Linear Winch to its range of specialized deck equipment. The company will showcase its range of products and services supplied to European clients operating within marine

Robert Alan Designed ATB Tugs for ITB Marine

ITB Marine Group Ltd. (ITB) is currently well into construction of the first of two, twin Z-drive, ATB pusher tugs photo Robert Alan

The ITB Marine Group Ltd. (ITB) is currently well into construction of the first of two, twin Z-drive, ATB pusher tugs for service on the West Coast of North America. The tugs are being built at their Annacis Island Shipyard near Vancouver. The tugs will be connected by an articulating pin system

Durban Women Scoop Maritime Awards

Sylvia Siyo, Acting Ship Repair Manager in the Port of Durban (left), receiving the Best Head of Department in Transport award from Catherine Larkin, Executive Director of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. Photo TNPA

Transnet National Port Authority women flew the flag high at the Women in Transport Awards which took place at the Durban ICC on 18 October 2016. The Women in Transport Awards is a collaborative platform co-located with the African Ports Evolution conference and exhibition


ENGIE manages a large LNG supply portfolio and has a significant presence in regasification terminals in Europe and worldwide Image CMA CGM Group

CMA CGM and ENGIE signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote LNG as the marine fuel for tomorrow’s container vessels. Farid Salem, Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, and Isabelle Kocher, CEO of ENGIE, signed the agreement today at the Marseille headquarters of CMA CGM.

Austal Wins USN LCS Support Contract

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The U.S. Navy has awarded a contract to Austal Limited USA to provide engineering and management services support of the Post Shakedown Availability for Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10).   The US$12 million cost-plus-award-fee order adds to Austal

CLIA to Outline Cruise Ship Safety at SMC 2016

Photo: CLIA

The global cruise industry has committed to spending more than $30 billion in designing the most creative and exceptional passenger ships ever envisioned, featuring the most advanced and comprehensive safety systems ever deployed in cruising history.

Damen Partners with TeamTec for BWTS

Photo courtesy of Damen

Damen Green Solutions has signed a letter of intent with Norwegian company TeamTec to supply and service the AVITALISTM ballast water treatment system.   The system combines filtration and a proven, eco-friendly chemical treatment solution optimized for medium-sized to large vessels

Jensen Evolves With Crowley's Support

San Francisco’s Fireboat 3, recently named one of the 10 Significant Boats of 2016 by WorkBoat magazine Photo Jensen

As the City of San Francisco commissions its latest fireboat today, the vessel, designed by Seattle-based Jensen Maritime Consultants, exemplifies the evolution and growth of the naval architecture and marine engineering firm since it was acquired by Crowley Maritime Corp. in 2008.

ABB Turbocharger PM Model Demonstrates RoI

Approximately 200,000 ABB turbochargers are in operation across the globe on ships, power stations, gen-sets, diesel locomotives and large, off-highway  vehicles. Image ABB

Independent study demonstrates that ABB’s Preventive Maintenance model for turbochargers achieves significant cost and operational benefits ABB announced study results which show a 202% return on investment (ROI) from using ABB Preventive Maintenance

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