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Imtech Receives Order for Tech on Board FPSO

Imtech has received an order worth $25.6m for an important part of the technology on board a high-tech floating oil-production platform to be made operational in the North Sea. The North Sea contains many so-called 'marginal fields', which still contain a substantial amount of oil, but are too small for exploitation by means of large production platforms. The only way to extract this oil is by making use of Floating Production Storage Offloading vessels (FPSOs). These are floating oil-production systems that serve the same purpose as production platforms. They are far more efficient and flexible in use than the large platforms. After extraction, the crude oil is largely processed on the spot by means of pre-refining, after which the stabilised oil is stored inside the ship and periodically transferred to large oil tankers for further distribution and/or processing. Nexen Petroleum, a Canadian oil company, has awarded Dutch ship-owner Bluewater with a contract to convert the Aoka Mizu, an existing ship, into a state-of-the-art FPSO vessel. Imtech will be supplying the high-tech electric motors for the drive screws, including the power distribution from the bridge. Imtech will also be responsible for the entire telecommunications system (consisting of satellite navigation and computers, among other things) as well as all heating, ventilation and air-conditioning for the on-board accommodation

U.S. DOT Seeks Proposals to Address Challenges

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) announced the first of two Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program solicitations for 2009. Through this competitive program, the Department encourages the nation's small, high-tech, innovative businesses to be a significant part of the federal government's research and development efforts. Small businesses are invited to submit innovative research proposals that

LNG Ship Sails off Shipyard

According to Xinhua, China's first liquefied natural gas(LNG) ship sailed off shipyard Wednesday in Shanghai, marking China's shipbuilding industry stepping into a new era. Sources from the China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) said the LNG ship was built by CSSC's Shanghai subsidiary, the Hudong-Zhonghua shipbuilding (Group) Co Ltd, which fills a blank in China's shipbuilding history. The LNG ship is regarded a high-tech product with high-added value in the shipbuilding industry

Swedish Coast Guard Orders Third Vessel

In December 2005 the Swedish Coast Guard awarded Damen the newbuilding contract for two state-of-the-art 81-metre Coast Guard Vessels. Construction of these vessels is currently taking place at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania and delivery for the first vessel is scheduled for the summer of 2008, the second vessel will follow towards the end of 2008. The contract included an option for a third vessel; this option has now been exercised

Maritime Telecommunications Network to Provide Services to Thales

Maritime Telecommunications Network, Inc. (MTN), a Verestar company, was awarded a contract by Thales GeoSolutions to become its provider of global telecommunications capabilities. MTN, the leader in maritime communications, entered into a three-month agreement to provide telecommunications services onboard the specialist cable survey vessel, the Baruna Jaya III. Thales GeoSolutions specializes in services and products for the offshore oil and gas, telecommunications

Stewart Technology Offer New Mooring Analysis Services

Houston-based consultants Stewart Technology offers a full range of services for marine and off-shore needs, and now announce that in addition they offer mooring analysis. Consultation services in this area include those for single point moored systems as well as spread moored systems. Everything from buyers, towers, SALMs and CALMs can be utilized in these services. Mooring analysis from Stewart Technology can be truly beneficial in a number of situations

High-Tech Survey of Rare Deep Coral Reefs

The Waitt Institute for Discovery and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have joined forces to launch the Catalyst Program, making available for the first time a versatile and highly portable deep-sea tool kit and operations team, which can be rapidly deployed anywhere in the world. This unprecedented collaboration features the Waitt Institute's two newly built Hydroid REMUS 6000 Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), which can explore depths of up to 6000 meters, or 3

China Operating Region Set Up by Integraph

Greater China becomes separate operating region for Intergraph® Process, Power & Marine Division with new executive management Intergraph® Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) has created a new world industry region: Greater China. It will be the division’s fourth region because of its size, success and strategic business potential and comprises China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Greater China joins the Americas, EMIA (Europe, Middle East

Keppel Unit Inks Seabed Exploration Contract

A subsidiary of Singaporean conglomerate Keppel Corp Ltd said it signed a 15-year contract with the International Seabed Authority to search the ocean for scarce minerals.   The push to explore the ocean is gaining momentum as ore grades on land decline and demand grows for metals in high-tech applications.   Ocean Mineral Singapore Pte Ltd (OMS) said it would conduct environmental studies and surveys for deposits of polymetallic nodules, which contain copper, nickel

Maritime Museum Moving to Port of Houston

Niels Aalund

Niels Aalund, Chairman of the Houston Maritime Museum, announced plans for the museum’s new home located at the Turning Basin at the Port of Houston.   “Expanding the current museum and moving to the Port of Houston will allow us to better fulfill our mission,” Aalund said. “To capture and preserve the wonder and influence of maritime history and the maritime industry with focus on the development of Houston, the Texas Gulf Coast and the State of Texas.”

Indian Oil Giant May Scrap LNG Vessel Tender

Photo: GAIL

GAIL India, largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company in India, will likely scrap the tender for hiring LNG ships after failing to negotiate acceptable terms with bidders in what would hurt India's ambition to build high-tech LNG carriers at home under the Make in India

Toll to Build Two New Ships

Photo:  Toll Holdings Limited

Toll Group announced it is investing $170 million to build two new ships to support trade between Victoria and Tasmania and to meet the demands of continued growth.   The new, purpose-built ships, operating between Burnie, Tasmania and Melbourne, Victoria

Bulgarian Naval Academy Acquires VSTEP Simulators

Vaptsarov Naval Academy has selected VSTEP again to deliver and install a Liquid Cargo Handling Simulator with Instructor Station Photo Vaptsarov Naval Academy

On the 6th of August 2016, the official opening ceremony for The Centre for Integrated Management and Monitoring of the Coastal Zone was inaugurated by Mr. Boyko Borisov, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria.   At the opening ceremony were present the Rector of the Academy, Commodore Prof

Rolls-Royce to Power New York's Newest Luxury Ferry

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has won a contract to supply power and propulsion to New York’s newest and largest high-speed luxury ferry.   The catamaran, operated by New Jersey based Seastreak, will carry up to 600 passengers between Monmouth County, N.J

Converted Shipping Containers as Mobile Tech Labs

Photo: Betabox

 Shipping containers are being converted into the high-tech, movable tech lab, says a report in CNN.    Raleigh-based Betabox's mobile labs are built inside refurbished shipping containers and have been retrofitted to include things like whiteboards

China Launches Maritime Satellite

Gaofen-3 onboard the Long March 4C rocket. Image Courtesy: Xinhua

 China’s Academy of Space Technology in Beijing has launched a new high-tech satellite, called the Gaofen 3 high-resolution Earth observation satellite, which has been designed to protect its maritime interests, as well as warn of natural disasters, according to China Daily.  

New Ship Repair Yard for Zayed Port

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

 Abu Dhabi Ports and Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) have signed a long term contract that when fully realized will see a fully operational ship repair facility that will also include a floating dock capability within Zayed Port.   

Hiab Launches HIAB X-HiPro 232, Mid-range Innovations

HIAB X-HiPro 232 offers highest efficiency in the 20-tonne-metre range Photo HIAB

Hiab, part of Cargotec, is renewing its mid-range loader cranes with 24 totally new models which will be launched in connection to upcoming exhibitions in Elmia, Sweden and IAA, Germany. "Our new product strategy is based on our customers' way of working rather than on capacity and tonne

Rotor Sail Development Gets a €2.6 Mln Boost

Photo: Norsepower

Norsepower Oy Ltd., the leading provider of low maintenance, software operated, and data verified auxiliary wind propulsion systems, has been selected to receive €2.6 million in funding to further its research and development of the Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution technology

Damen Trading Sale hits 500th Vessel

Damen Trading 30 years

30 years and 500 vessels later, Damen Trading is just getting started. Damen Trading’s story begins in 1986, with Damen Shipyards Group responding to growing market demand for used vessels. Since then, Damen Trading has gone on to sell over 500 used vessels, right across the maritime spectrum

Africa’s First Dredging Simulator Unveiled

Photo courtesy of TNPA

Africa’s first ever dredging simulator was launched in the port city of Durban, South Africa – another positive spin-off of ongoing collaboration between Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), the Transnet Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE)

DP World Signs MOU With Summa Group In Russia

PJSC Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port. Photo: Summa Group

 Global trade enabler DP World and the Summa Group, a diversified business with significant infrastructure investments in Russia, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore investment opportunities in ports, special economic zones and inland logistics facilities in the Russian

Vision of the Fjords: 2016 Ship of the Year

Vision of The Fjords (Photo: The Fjords)

 Vision of The Fjords, a futuristic carbon fiber tourist vessel operated by The Fjords DA, has won the Ship of the Year 2016 accolade at SMM in Hamburg.   The 40-meter-long, 399-passenger-capacity hybrid craft, which was completed by Brødrene Aa this summer

First Offshore Exhibition at Maritime Museum Rotterdam

Frits Loomeijer, General Director of the Maritime Museum

Over forty-five leading companies in the shipping and offshore maritime sector are among those who have contributed to the funding for the first ever exhibition in the Netherlands dedicated to the offshore sector, to be housed at The Maritime Museum Rotterdam for the next seven years

Chemgas Shipping Inks Maintenance Deal with Alphatron

From left to right: Arie van der Ven, Manager Maintenance & Projects Chemgas Shipping; Luuk Vroombout, CEO Alphatron Marine; and Dennie van Kempen (QSHE Manager).

Alphatron Marine has signed a premium member contract with Chemgas Shipping covering eight gas carriers.   The Gas Carriers are fitted mainly with bridge equipment which Alphatron Marine has many years of experience of installing and also supporting these and other high tech navigation and

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