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SD Builds Tractor Tug Replica Model

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San Marcos, California-based SD Model Makers delivered three replica models of a 100-foot tractor tug to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland, Wash. The 24-inch scale model ship replicated the Nichols Brothers lasts build -- the second of two new 100' x 40' Z-drive ship assist tractor tugs. The tugs are the most technically and environmentally advanced equipment available. "SD Model Makers has provided Nichols with a fine-crafted model of our tractor tug. The attention to detail has captured the vessels complexity and characteristics. Using this model at our future tradeshows will illustrate to potential customers the vessels aspects and features. Captain Brad and his team were very accommodating and were a pleasure to work with," said Lacey Greene, Sales and Marketing Representative of Nichols Brothers Boat Builders.   SD Model Makers owner, Captain Brad Poulos explained, "We specialize in making museum quality replica ship models. We have built scale ship models of all types of workboats -- container ships, tug boats, LNG carriers, OSVs - even offshore oil platforms. Customers use them as gifts, office displays or trade show exhibits in any size or scale for ship builders, boat yards and vessel owners. This is a core competency of our business."


New Model LNG Carrier at Port Revel

Photo courtesy Port Revel

In 2009, Sogreah, a firm of consulting engineers working in the fields of water, energy and the environment, launched the Otello, a 1:25 scale model of one of the world’s largest container carriers. This event was part of the celebrations to mark the extension of its shiphandling training center, Port Revel. On March 29, to open the 2010 season, Sogreah will launch the latest addition to its fleet, the Q-Max, a faithful reproduction of a 1


Mandatory Future for Ship Recycling

Elements of the voluntary Guidelines on Ship Recycling will now be considered for mandatory implementation following a decision made by the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine and Environment Protection Committee (MEPC). After some general discussion on the issue of ship recycling, the Committee established a working group and asked this group to identify elements of the IMO Ship Recycling Guidelines which may be suitable for mandatory implementation


"140 Years of Hamburg Süd" Exhibition Opens

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From 15 November 2011 to 25 March 2012, the special exhibition “140 Years of Hamburg Süd” can be viewed at the International Maritime Museum in Hamburg. It allows a unique glimpse into the history of the shipping group – with a host of  historical paintings, posters and model ships. The occasion for the special exhibition is the 140th anniversary of Hamburg Süd, which was founded on 4 November 1871 by eleven eminent Hamburg merchants and ship owners


First 3-D Printer Ship Model

3-D Printer Model USNS Comfort: Photo credit NSWC

Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock complete a fabricated model of the hospital ship 'USNS Comfort'. The state-of-the-art 3-D printer, which is one of four in the United States, provides Carderock with the capability to deliver large, complex ship models. Additionally, the ship models require less assembly time and can be fabricated unattended, 24 hours a day. "3D printing technology is currently being used in industry to produce parts


Tidetech to Supply NAPA Ship Tidal Prediction Data

Singapore-Malacca Straits: Image credit Tidetech

Tidetech and NAPA have agreed the supply of tidal current prediction data for ship optimisation fuel saving, initially for South East Asia and UK–Europe. Tidetech applies the science of oceanography to create data models that benefit commercial shipping – cruise ships, ferries, container ships, tankers – and offshore operations. Following a successful three-month trial aboard a 8,530DWT cruise ship – using Tidetech’s Singapore and Malacca Straits models


CAD/CAM: Producing Better, More Cost Efficient Ships

The advent of software solutions has infiltrated nearly every sector of the maritime market - from propulsion performance monitoring packages to personnel. It arguably has had no greater impact, though, than in the design and construction of new vessels. CAD/CAM/CAE programs are invaluable assets to the designer, builder and operator of vessels of all sizes and dimensions. Not only do advanced programs allow for the creation of the an efficient and cost effective ship structure and


Engine Room Simulator Upgrade, Bodin Maritime School

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Kongsberg Maritime's Simulation division has recently signed a new contract with Bodin Maritime School for an extensive upgrade of its existing engine room simulator. The upgrade will make the school the most modern and comprehensive engine room simulator facility in Norway, with the ability to offer a range of exercises for training and courses on different levels. As part of the upgrade, the existing engine room simulator will be extended to include an additional full mission engine room


Transas Develops Sim Model of World’s Largest Bulk Carrier

Transas Marine has developed a ship model of a 400,000 DWT Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC), the largest bulk carrier in the world. The model was developed for Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM). With advanced visualization engine in Transas Navigational Simulator and high fidelity modelling effects of Transas' Virtual Ship Yard modelling software, new VLOC model guarantees a realistic perception of seafaring conditions.


Yes, Oceanographers Can Help Predict Piracy Attacks

The US Naval Meteorology & Oceanography Command named a 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate for its counter-piracy predictive modelling. The Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NAVMETOCCOM) received the award for a modeling capability developed by Naval oceanographers at Stennis Space Center that predicts the likelihood of pirate attacks.

IDG's Computerworld Honors Program selected NAVMETOCCOM as a 2013 Laureate in the field of Safety and Security for its development of its Pirate


Pentagon: Cut in LCS Ship Program 'Not an Indictment'

U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said the Pentagon's plan to truncate the Littoral Combat Ship program at 40 ships instead of 52 reflected budget pressures and was "not an indictment" of the program.   Lockheed Martin Corp and Australia's Austal each build different


Honda Marine on Display at Miami Boat Show

 Honda Marine is set to market its complete range of outboard marine four-stroke engines at the 2016 Miami International Boat Show, February 11-15, 2016.   At this year’s show, the Honda Marine team will showcase its four-stroke outboard engine, ranging from 2


The Next Generation of Hull Performance Management

Hull performance monitoring solutions can offer significant fuel savings potential, a fact that is prompting growing interest from the maritime industry. To spur development and increase awareness of this exciting field, DNV GL and paint manufacturer Jotun have created the Hull Performance &


Danelec Marine Making Free ECDIS Upgrades

Ships with older Danelec ECDIS models are being upgraded to new hardware and software   Danelec Marine has launched a program to provide free upgrades of shipboard Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) to the latest technology meeting new ECDIS standards.   


Vessel Design: ‘LNG Ship of the Future’

The team has tested a scale model and discussed the design with shipyards. The final design is expected to save fuel and emissions by 3–5 percent compared with traditional designs. (Photo: BG Group)

Project to optimize LNG ship hull forms aims to reduce emissions and save significant amounts of fuel for LNG vessel operators.   On the shores of the Amazônia Azul – or Blue Amazon, the part of the Atlantic off the coast of Brazil – the LNG ship of the future is being


Lowrance Debuts Elite Ti Series Fishfinder/Chartplotters

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 Lowrance, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957, announced today the release of a new, premium Elite Ti standalone series of fishfinder/chartplotters. The Lowrance Elite-5 and Elite-7 Ti touchscreen fishfinder/chartplotters offer anglers high-performance at an incredible


Greek Shipers Disagree with EC on Tax Issues

The European Commission recently published Decision (C(2015)9019 final / 18-12-2015) alleging that some provisions of the Greek shipping taxation regime are in breach of EU state aid provisions and, in particular, the conditions set out in the current Community Guidelines on State Aid to Maritime


FURUNO Launches Two Radar Models

FAR-15x3 (left) and FAR-15x8 (right) (Photo: FURUNO)

FURUNO has announced that two new Radar models FAR-15x3 series and FAR-15x8 series will be ready for launch very shortly. These two Radar models have been developed with the concept of delivering high performance and excellent operability at the same time.  


Namura Shipbuilding introduces ClassNK-NAPA GREEN

The fleet performance management and optimization system ClassNK-NAPA GREEN jointly developed by leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) and maritime-software, services and data analysis company NAPA has been introduced to a newbuilding by Namura Shipbuilding


Jensen Maritime wins Design & Engineering Contract for U.S. Cruise Ships

Jensen Design Crusie Ship Rendering (Courtesy: Crowley / Jensen)

Jensen Maritime was recently selected to provide detailed design and production engineering services for two, 100 passenger, U.S. flagged, coastal cruise ships for Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc.   The twin screw diesel ships, will be built at the Washington state shipyard of Nichols


Creating Patterns with PropCad Premium

Pattern Corrections is used to expand and thicken propeller designs to create machining models and casting patterns. Individual control is provided for separate blade parameters. (Image: HydroComp)

The new Pattern Corrections utility allows users to quickly create machining models, casting patterns, and molds DIRECTLY from PropCad   HydroComp announced its PropCad software for the geometric modeling of marine propellers has receieved an upgrade


Videotel, Safebridge JV for Onboard ECDIS Certification

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Videotel, a provider of e-Learning maritime training solutions and a company of KVH Industries, has joined forces with online maritime training business Safebridge GmbH, which specializes in ECDIS training, to provide shipping companies with the unique ability to certify their seafarers on ECDIS


Honda Marine, BRIG USA Ink OEM Deal

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Honda Marine, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and marketer of a complete range of outboard marine 4-stroke engines, announced today a new OEM agreement with BRIG USA. BRIG Boats (www.brig-ribs.com) is a manufacturer of foldable and rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) for every budget


West Antarctic Ice Sheet: How Stable is it?

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Exceeding critical temperature limits in the Southern Ocean may cause the collapse of ice sheets and a sharp rise in sea levels A future warming of the Southern Ocean caused by rising greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere may severely disrupt the stability of the West Antarctic Ice


New Multipurpose Tractor Tugs from OSD

OSD’s new series of tractor tugs are suited to perform variety of operations (Image: OSD)

Netherlands-based OSD (Offshore Ship Designers) has designed a new series of tractor tugs which can be used for a range of functions, including escort operations, harbor towage, ship handling, offshore mooring and berthing.   The basic model tug has a LOA of 33 meters and a beam of 13






 
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