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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Discover Welding with the Weld Force

Operation: ARC

Contemporary book project opens the door to welding and all its uses, in an easy-to-understand and entertaining way Entitled 'Operation: ARC', this new book just brought out by Fronius takes a radically new approach to acquainting outsiders with welding technology. It introduces the basics of welding and its uses to a broad public, on nearly 90 easy-reading pages packed with exciting and informative cartoon stories


New Low-emissions Fuel Patented

Maine Maritime Academy faculty member, Dr. George Harakas, has coauthored a patent with colleague and business partner, Scott Eaton, for glycerol-containing fuel aimed at reducing emissions in large diesel engines. The two are members of the SeaChange Group LLC a private company formed in 2009 to develop low-emissions fuels. They recently received notice from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that patent # 8,679,202 was formally issued.


Lamprell Delivers Rig to National Drilling Co.

NDC6 Butinah Naming Ceremony

  Lamprell announced the construction of the jackup drilling rig, the “Butinah”, and delivery to Abu Dhabi’s National Drilling Company (NDC) safely and within budget.   This comes following an announcement last week where NDC exercised one of its existing


Hybrid Power for Workboats: The Future is Now

Deep Blue Hybrid by Torqeedo is a fully integrated scalable system, offering hybrid propulsion and providing complete onboard energy management.

Hybrid marine power and propulsion systems for workboats isn’t farfetched. In fact, it may be essential.   In 2015, two significant developments are going to make many operators, owners and builders of professional vessels consider hybrid marine power


Rolls-Royce Builds on Decade of Marine Research Collaboration

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Ten years ago, Rolls-Royce partnered with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the Marintek Research Centre to create a unique research centre in Norway. The partners have renewed their agreement in Trondheim, Norway


Star Clippers to Build Massive Square Rigger

Photo courtesy of Star Clipppers

Tall ship sailing specialist Star Clippers has announced that it has started building a fourth ship to add to its fleet of graceful square-riggers; its first new-build since the launch of Royal Clipper in July 2000. The new vessel, yet to be named


‘Landmark Year’ for RS in 2014

For Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS), 2014 marked the 101st year of its activities. The classification society said 2014 also marked a landmark year, as the construction of the world's first Arctic LNG carrier began to RS class. The new 300-meter-long ship carrying liquefied natural gas


Patterson-UTI Slashes Rig-Build Program

Land rig provider Patterson-UTI Energy Inc has halved its full-year rig construction program to 16 new high-tech APEX rigs as oil producers cut back on drilling due to weak prices. Patterson's decision follows rival Helmerich & Payne Inc's announcement last week that it would halve its


Founder Stolt-Nielsen Passes Away

Jacob Stolt-Nielsen

Jacob Stolt-Nielsen, 83, passed away today in the company of his family at his home in Oslo.   An entrepreneur and visionary of boundless enthusiasm and energy, Jacob Stolt-Nielsen founded Parcel Tankers, Inc. in 1959 and pioneered the global trade for liquid chemicals


Ballerina's First Electric Ferry Enters Service

Photo courtesy of DIAB

With around half a million plug-in electric cars are on the roads worldwide, electric propulsion is now slowly spreading into other types of transportation, one of which is electric boats. Stockholm ferry operator Ballerina has introduced a new, electrically propelled passenger ferry


Arctic Rescue Vessels Named in Wismar

Photo courtesy of Nordic Yards

Nordic Yards holds naming ceremony for new icebreaking rescue and salvage vessels designed for Arctic operations   After a construction period of around 17 months, two identically designed icebreaking rescue and salvage vessels have been named Beringov Proliv and Murman during a ceremony at


Damen’s China Yard Expands Build Portfolio

Photo: Damen

The Damen Yichang Shipyard in China, commencing operations in 1999 as a joint venture between Damen Shipyards Group and Sinotrans CSC, has delivered cargo vessels from the Damen portfolio. Now, Damen announces the yard is rolling out an increased portfolio of vessels to a wider market audience


Damen Refits Fisheries Research Vessel

Photo: Damen

Tridens joins select group of vessels installed with ‘drop keel’ echosounder technology     Last week, the Dutch governmental shipping company Rijksrederij (part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment


Goa Shipyard Seeks Foreign Tie-up for $5.3 billion Navy Order for MCMVs

Image: Goa Shipyard Ltd

 India's Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) has decided to tie up with the foreign yards for the technology transfer required to create these high-tech ships, after bagging the deal to build Mines Counter-Measures Vessels (MCMVs) for the Indian Navy.  


Damen Yichang Shipyard Broadens its Shipbuilding Portfolio

Pic: Damen Yichang Shipyard

Damen Yichang Shipyard in China, a joint venture between Damen Shipyards Group and Sinotrans CSC, is rolling out a larger portfolio of vessels to a wider market audience.   The yard on the Yangtze River is already building a number of specialized pontoons


The Switch Receives PM Shaft Generators Order

Photo courtesy of The Switch

The Switch, a supplier of megawatt-class permanent magnet (PM) generator and full-power converter packages for wind power and other renewable energy applications, received another order to deliver two PM shaft generators to WE Tech Solutions of Finland.  


US Navy is Buying the Wrong Ship, Costing Taxpayers Billions

U.S. Navy photo by Walter M. Wayman

The United States will spend $585 billion on its armed forces in 2015 — the biggest military budget in the world by far. That’s just the Defense Department budget and doesn’t include the tens of billions of dollars that Washington spends on veterans






 
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