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Braemar New System Cuts DP Trials Cost

Kyle  Eddings ,Photo Braemar Engineering

Braemar Engineering has introduced a unique new initiative which can save on average 25-35% of the costs of carrying out annual dynamic positioning (DP) trials. The system offers savings that hard pressed vessel owners and operators in the offshore sector can utilise to increase their competitive advantage while ensuring that the highest quality standards are maintained.   “Traditionally these trials are carried out using paper based systems which are time consuming to prepare and complete,” explains Kyle Eddings, Global Manager for DP and Offshore Projects at Braemar Engineering. “This new system allows crew and surveyors to use the latest tablet technology to control, record and analyse data in real time, increasing efficiency, and resulting in cost savings for the customer.   “We can cut-out up to three days of post trials reporting by simply delivering the document offshore rather than having the client incur additional costs and delay waiting for the surveyor to return to shore and prepare the report.   Explaining that Braemar Engineering has a great deal of experience in this sector, Mr Eddings says: “We are constantly looking at better ways to do business. Our dynamic team of younger surveyors are keen to explore how even simple technologies can be used to challenge traditional ways of doing business, to our customers’ benefit.  

Moran Selects Veson Nautical IMOS

Veson Nautical, a maritime software developer, announced that its Integrated Maritime Operations System (IMOS) has been selected by Moran Towing Corporation of New Canaan, Ct. Moran will utilize Veson’s solution to organize and manage commercial marine operations for its Dry Bulk and Petroleum Divisions onto one centralized, user-friendly platform. Moran will install the full suite of IMOS modules and will also be upgrading to Microsoft’s Navision v4.01

Combined Report to USCG and CBP

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Press Release stating that advance notices of arrival (ANOA) submitted via its revised electronic process will satisfy basic reporting requirements of both the Coast Guard and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). For now, though, such submittal will not satisfy the requirements of the CBP electronic cargo information regulation. The new system will allow for submittal of updates and will provide the submitter with an e-mail acknowledging

Network Pipeline Forges Ahead With Crew Vision 2001

Network Pipeline has introduced Crew Vision 2001, an Internet-based personnel logistics database tool for use by fleet personnel departments in the marine industry. The new system can be used for commercial shipping lines and passenger cruise lines internationally. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Network Pipeline's Crew Vision system provides ocean carriers and passenger cruise lines with a paperless solution in regards to crew management.

MHI System Enhances Stability, Reduces Risk


MHI Develops System to Enhance Damage Stability of Ships To Reduce Capsizing Risk: Response to Revised SOLAS Convention; First Order for Vessel with New System Placed by Nippon Shipping.   Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has developed a system to enhance the damage stability of ships, enabling reduction in capsizing risk, as well as a roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) ship* equipped with the new system. The company has already received an order for the newly equipped vessel from

LNG Containment System Upgrade DNV Qualified

GTT’s Mark III LNG cargo containment system reduces the boil-off rate from LNG carriers by one third. Mark III is GTT’s well-established containment system. This has now been further developed to reduce the boil-off rate from 0.15% to 0.10% of the cargo volume per day. The common industry practice has been to build LNG carriers with boil-off rates of 0.15% of the cargo volume per day, reflecting the typical need for boil-off gas as fuel on board

Viking Gets Approval For Evac Chute

In May 2001 Viking received tangible evidence of efforts made in terms of research and development. The U.S. Coast Guard granted Viking its Certificate of Approval for the VIKING Evacuation Chute with associated 100 person automatically self-righting liferafts. The Evacuation Chute passed the most demanding tests prescribed by international approval requirements. During a heavy sea trial taking place in the North Atlantic Ocean close to the Faroe islands with wind forces of about 15-25 m/sec

Intellect Technologies Launches Intell-e

Intellect Technologies has launched the Intell-e transportation suite.  Intellect built the Intell-e product range on the latest Oracle platform, which is designed to incorporate functionality, web deployability and configurability.   This allows for speedy deployment and a smoother transition to the new system. The product’s functionality covers the full range of shipping activities from quotation and tariffs through booking to bill of lading management

BAE Sees Way to Replace GPS

BAE Systems unveils research on an advanced positioning system using existing transmissions to calculate accurately the user’s location Military platforms commonly use Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to find their position and navigate. GPS rely upon a specific and relatively weak satellite signal that is vulnerable to disruption. Known as Navigation via Signals of Opportunity (NAVSOP), BAE Systems’ new system is able to calculate its position by making use of the hundreds of

Latest Underwater GAPS Launched by iXBlue

GAPS-NG: Image credit iXBlue

 iXBlue has launched the next generation of its underwater global acoustic positioning system (GAPS), designated GAPS-NG. The manufacturers say that GAPS-NG, like its predecessor GAPS, is a truly portable and precalibrated ultra-short baseline positioning system (USBL) that incorporates INS and GPS technologies. The system is designed to work in demanding environments, notably acoustically challenging and/or extremely shallow waters, where other systems commonly fall down

Wärtsilä Funa Creates Speical Look for Genting Dream

Wärtsilä is supplying a special external lighting system for the Genting Dream cruise vessel. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä is supplying a special external lighting system for a new cruise ship currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The 150,000 GRT vessel, the "Genting Dream", has been ordered by Dream Cruises, part of Genting Hong Kong

Radio Holland Supplies Communications for Weir Complexes

Weir complex at Nederrijn. (Photo: Radion Holland)

Radio Holland’s Mission Critical Communications (MCC) department is responsible for the design, supply and commissioning of the communications system for the Nederrijn and Lek weir complex. This complex, consisting of three hydraulic structures, will be subjected to a major renovation

Liberia provides lead with BWMS proposal to IMO

David Pascoe Liberian Registry

The Liberian Maritime Administration is to introduce a proposal to the meeting of the IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC70) in London on 24 October to allow certain ships additional time beyond 2020 to install adequate ballast water management systems as required under the Ballast

Egypt Seeks a New Suez Canal Toll System

Photo: Suez Canal Authority

Egypt is in talks with global shipping firms to change the way it charges vessels to pass through the Suez Canal, offering discounts for advance payments as it seeks to raise much-needed hard currency from a struggling industry. Denmark's A.P

Vesper Marine to Protect LIS Underwater Cables

Image: Vesper Marine

Vesper Marine announced that it has provided its virtual Automatic Identification System (AIS) to New York Power Authority (NYPA) to protect submerged power cables in Long Island Sound.   The WatchMate Asset Protection System is the first U.S

Wärtsilä REvolution system takes sealing technology to New Level

The Wärtsilä REvolution system collects performance data, for example temperature, wear of the seal interface and pressure. Photo Wartsila

The new Wärtsilä REvolution system is a digital management system that controls, monitors, records and analyses the performance of seals autonomously in real time, increasing the predictability and reliability of sealing solutions in rotating equipment.  

Subsea Cables Protected with Virtual Tech

The Vesper solution is elegant in its simplicity, using two land-based communication towers to establish a set of ‘virtual beacons’ on the water clearly marking the cable field, also establishing a wide buffer zone that is seen on a vessel’s electronic charts.

New York Power Authority (NYPA) had a costly and environmentally charged problem. Twice in a decade (in 2004 and 2014) a commercial tugboat dropped anchor and damaged one of its submerged power cables, a critical 7.5 mile stretch of four cables

Lerwick Port Launches Latest VMS

Lerwick Port Authoritys new control room Photo Lerwick port

Lerwick Port Authority have inaugurated a new Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) which utilises the latest technology to improve the handling of ship movements at the busy Shetland port. Transas, a world-leader in providing harmonised integrated solutions to the maritime industry

Five Minutes with Paul Switzer

Paul Switzer (Photo: Viega)

Five minutes with Paul Switzer - Manager, Shipbuilding & Offshore, Viega   For readers not familiar with Viega, please give a ‘birds eye’ view, putting the company in perspective in terms of the products and services you provide, global reach, etc.

NOAA Engineers a Better Current Sensor for Mariners

Max Ivanov and Scott Mowery with NOAAs Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services install an improved current sensor system on a navigation buoy in Chesapeake Bay. The system transmits real-time current speed and direction observations via satellite to help mariners more safely navigate busy shipping channels. (Photo: NOAA)

Navigating into seaports is now safer and more efficient for mariners thanks to improved NOAA technology that ships rely on to give them information about currents. The Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) developed a more reliable

Its Time to Act for Minimising Cost: EU F-Gas Regulations on Refrigerants

Courtesy Oceanic Technical Solutions

The cost of refrigerant and regulatory compliance in the next five years will become as commercially important to vessel operations as regulations governing sulphur emissions are today, warns Robert Chesters, Managing Director Oceanic Technical Solutions.

VSAT Upgrade for MOL LNG Fleet

NSSLGlobal announced it has secured a deal with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) subsidiary MOL LNG Transport (Europe) Ltd. to replace the VSAT systems on board MOL LNG’s fleet of 15 liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.   According to NSSLGlobal

Kongsberg Refit Helps Old VLCC 'GoGreen'

AutoChief 600 features a new GoGreen function

Kongsberg Maritime has completed an extensive refit of a 21-year-old Main Engine, Remote Control System aboard a VLCC (Very Large Crude Carrier) during the vessel’s scheduled docking. The original Main Engine, Remote Control System installed at a newbuilding yard in Japan was de-commissioned

Royston Upgrades Engine Fuel Management

Enginei schematic (Photo: Enginei)

Royston upgraded its enginei fuel management system with the addition of a new emissions monitoring capability. Building on the enhanced fuel data analysis and engine performance reporting options provided by the enginei technology, the latest version of the system incorporates a special engine

Yard Improvements at Grand Bahama Shipyard

(Photo: Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited)

Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL), a shipyard in the Caribbean, said it had a productive summer program consisting of work on vessels from the tanker, container and towage segments of the maritime industry. Additionally, renovations and upgrades were performed on the floating dry docks and

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