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NG Supplies Nav Systems for Brazil OSVs

Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Sperry Marine business unit has been awarded contracts to supply bridge navigation systems for four new offshore supply vessels to be built in Brazil. The four multipurpose platform supply vessels, designed by Rolls-Royce, will be built at the Estaleiro Alianca shipyard near Rio de Janeiro for Companhia Brasileira de Offshore (CBO). They will be placed on long-term charter with Petrobras, the Brazilian state oil company, to provide support services for offshore oil platforms. The scope of supply includes radars, autopilot, speed and heading sensors and other navigation systems. Sperry Marine's sales and service representative in Brazil, Vision Marine Ltda, will be responsible for installation, commissioning and servicing the equipment on the vessels. Last year, Sperry Marine received orders to supply the same navigation packages for four similar vessels at the same shipyard.  


Raymarine Evolution Autopilot Certified for Optimus

Photo: Raymarine

Raymarine’s new Evolution EV-2 drive-by-wire autopilot system has been certified for use with SeaStar Solutions’ new Optimus EPS and Optimus 360 electronics steering systems. Optimus EPS systems provide effortless electronic power steering for outboard powerboats, while Optimus 360 systems add easy 360-degree maneuvering capabilities using an intuitive joystick controller. Both systems use CAN bus networking for steer-by-wire control.


Sensotec Lauches Identity Technology

Sensotec has launched its Identity Technology plug, play & calibrate systems for its sensors and signal conditioning. The system is compliant to the soon to be published IEEE 1451.4 standard for connectivity of sensors and associated signal conditioning. The transducer electronic data sheet (T.E.D.S) containing sensor specifications, calibration data and user defined location information is stored in the sensor. When connected to the SC2000 or


TT Club Urges Quay Crane Anti-Collision Systems

The TT Club is urging container terminal operators to fit electronic sensor devices to quay crane booms to prevent them accidentally colliding with vessels during loading and unloading operations in port. The TT Club says that crane booms colliding with the structure or equipment of a ship is an all-to-common occurrence at almost every port around the world, causing serious injuries to workers and costly repairs and operational downtime.


New DP Vessel Inertial-aided GNSS Service by Veripos

Global offshore positioning specialists Veripos introduce a new inertially-aided precision GNSS solution for dynamically positioned vessels. The new system, Verify Axiom, combines tthe latest GNSS positioning technology advances with high integrity inertial measurements for enhanced and more reliable positioning performance. Developed in association with Sonardyne International Ltd. and featuring the seamless integration of Veripos GNSS and Sonardyne inertial technologies


How to Calibrate an AC-operated LVDT Linear Position Sensor

LVC-4000 (Photo: Macro Sensors)

Calibration is necessary before the installation of an AC- operated linear position sensor to ensure accuracy. Calibration corrects any slight variances between sensors, helping to improve repeatability. Because of the linearity of LVDT Sensor output, a simple two-point calibration is simple. Two points should be as far apart as possible, but within the linear range of the LVDT Linear Position Sensor and preferable within the measurement range in which it will be used.


On-Line Boat Tracking System

Wireless boat security system supplier Paradox Marine has collaborated with EMS Satamatics, a provider of telematics, asset tracking and monitoring services, to launch their new web site Nav-Tracker.com (www.Nav-Tracker.com). The web site, hosted by EMS Satamatics, allows users of Paradox Marine Nav-Tracker GPS Tracking, Security & Monitoring Systems to manage their onboard systems remotely via the World Wide Web and track their vessel over an advanced Google Earth interface.


ROV Deployable Strain Sensor Assembly

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BMT Scientific Marine Services Inc., a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has developed a sensor assembly and installation tool that permits strain sensors to be installed on an underwater pipeline using a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Known as a Subsea Strain Sensor Assembly (SSSA), it is attached to a pipeline or riser in depths of up to 10,000 ft below sea level. Once secured onto the pipe, the sensor assembly measures static and dynamic tensile and bending strain and alerts offshore


New Sensor System from KRAL

KRAL OMG 32

KRAL Flow Measurement presents the new sensor system with an expanded temperature range and higher resolution. Starting September 2012, there will be a new sensor for the Volumeter using KRAL Flow Measurement technology. The OMG, OMH and OME series are being optimized. The new sensor system increases the maximum temperature for OMG and OMH from 150 °C to 180 °C and provides better resolution. The innovative sensor is an all-in-one solution which measures flow amount


Macro Sensors Gauge Tank Volume Changes

This diagram shows the LVDT level sensor attached to the side of a tank using a flat-hook assembly. The high-permeability core follows the position of the stainless-steel float. The LVDT electronics sense the core position using magnetic induction. Output is a 4 to 20-mA instrumentation current loop corresponding to the position of the core in the LVDT body.

Configured with a float, Macro Sensors HSIR Series LVDT Linear Position Transmitters are serving as level sensors to measure liquid level changes from a few inches to several feet in gauging tank level volumes. In this LVDT level sensor configuration, a stainless-steel float coupled to a nonmagnetic stainless-steel rod is attached to the high-permeability, armature core of the LVDT. The 4 to 20-mA loop-powered LVDT position transmitter senses the position of the core and, therefore


ClassNK, Makita Expand Engine Monitoring

ClassNK and Makita have agreed to bring the condition-based engine monitoring system ClassNK CMAXS e-GICSX to Mitsui-Makita MAN B&W main engines. The system assists in the early detection of abnormalities in electrically controlled diesel engines and is being developed in collaboration with


ABB to Boost Fuel Efficiency of New Bulkers

Pioneer Green Dolphin bulk carrier (Image: ABB)

Pioneer Marine’s newbuilds will feature OCTOPUS-Onboard fuel monitoring system to support the crew’s decision-making.   ABB Group company Amarcon will deliver Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP)-compliant OCTOPUS-Onboard fuel monitoring systems for 12 Handysize bulk


Gladding-Hearn Bags Hy-Line Cruises Catamaran Order

Courtesy of Gladding-Hearn

  Hy-Line Cruises, a division of Hyannis Harbor Tours, Inc., Hyannis, Mass., has ordered a new 493-passenger, high-speed catamaran from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, the Duclos Corporation. The fourth Incat-Crowther fast ferry built by the Mass


Russia to Stop Gas to Ukraine Absent Prepayments

The CEO of Russian gas company Gazprom said on Wednesday Russia would stop exporting natural gas to Ukraine unless it received prepayment from Kiev for energy supplies, Interfax reported. Gazprom also said that Ukraine had approximately three days left of prepaid gas deliveries from Russia


Navy Unveils Firefighting Robot

The Office of Naval Research-sponsored Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) undergoes testing aboard the Naval Research Laboratorys ex-USS Shadwell in Mobile, Ala. SAFFiR is a bipedal humanoid robot being devel

  Scientists unveiled a firefighting robot prototype Feb. 4 at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO, revealing details about its successful demonstrations last fall. The Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR), sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR)


Making Sailors 'SAFFiR'

U.S. Navy Firefighting Robot (image: courtesy U.S. Navy)

Navy Unveils Firefighting Robot Prototype at Naval Tech EXPO.   Scientists unveiled a firefighting robot prototype Feb. 4 at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO, revealing details about its successful demonstrations last fall.


MAN Diesel & Turbo Extends CSSC Relationship

The group photo from the CSSC signing ceremony in Beijing (Photo courtesy of MAN Diesel & Turbo)

MAN Diesel & Turbo renewed its contract with Chinese two-stroke licensee, China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) at a ceremony in Beijing on February 2, 2015. The agreement runs for the next 10 years and covers the production of low-speed engines at CSSC affiliates: CSSC – MES


MTNW Discontinues Sale of LCI-80 Line Control Display

Photo by MTNW

MTNW has discontinued the sale its LCI-80 Line Control Display, the company announced yesterday. Technical support and service will continue to be available for in-service equipment.    The LCI-80 will be replaced by the LCI-80x Rugged Programmable Controller.  


SharpEye Radar Ordered for NZ Frigates Upgrade

Image: Kelvin Hughes

As part of the Lockheed Martin Canada prime contract for the Frigate Systems Upgrade project, a contract has been awarded to Kelvin Hughes to supply SharpEye radars and with an Agile Tracker to the New Zealand (NZ) Ministry of Defense.  


MAN, CSIC Extend Two-stroke Agreement

The group photo from the CSIC signing ceremony in Beijing (Photo courtesy of MAN Diesel & Turbo)

MAN Diesel & Turbo renewed its contract with Chinese two-stroke licensee, China Shipbuilding Industry Corp. (CSIC).   Signed at a ceremony in Beijing on February 3, 2015, the agreement runs for the next 10 years and covers the production of low-speed engines at CSIC affiliates: Dalian


SignalFire Remote Sensing System for Oil & Gas

SFRSS components operate in this application as well as a close up of the Sentinel node

  The SignalFire Remote Sensing System™, an innovative long-range mesh networking technology specifically designed for challenging, large-scale environments, provides cost effective remote monitoring of well pad tubing and casing pressures in upstream oil and gas fields.


LVDT Position Sensors for Offshore Drilling

ULULC and ATEX Approved LVDT Position Sensors for Worldwide Operation

  UL/ULC and ATEX Approved LVDT Position Sensors for Worldwide Operation in Offshore Drilling Markets. Macro Sensors offers the HLR 750 Series of UL/ULC listed and ATEX-approved LVDT Linear Position Sensors for use in the high temperature and high vibration environments such as offshore


Centralize Data with Furuno's F170

FI70 (Photo courtesy of Furuno

Furuno’s new FI70 Instrument/Data Organizer aims to help manage all vessel data in a compact, single display. According to the manufacturer, the new unit is a powerhouse when it comes to taking in information from all the vessel's different sensors


UK Monitors Russian Naval Vessel through Channel

A British warship shadowed a Russian frigate through the English Channel on Tuesday, taking over monitoring from French surveillance on the frigate's voyage northwards. HMS Argyll, a navy ship maintained at high-readiness, deployed a Lynx helicopter and used sensors to locate and monitor the


Wal-Mart: Port Issue Impacting Supply

Wal-Mart Stores Inc is experiencing delays in some merchandise due to the West Coast port disruptions, although moves to diversify its logistics have limited the impact, the head of the retailer's U.S. operations said on Thursday. On an earnings call Greg Foran said "pockets of






 
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