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VT Halmatic Names New Tech Director

VT Halmatic said that Professor Bob Cripps, currently Engineering Manager at the RNLI, will be joining VT Halmatic as Technical Director as of May 9, 2005. Professor Cripps worked at Lloyds before moving to the RNLI and has extensive technical knowledge and experience of small craft and composite technology. The continuing challenge for technical excellence is essential to the VT Halmatic business plan. Professor Bob Cripps will lead the technical team supported by Dr Andrew Humphries, Marine Design Manager and Dr Robin Mableson, who heads up the Composite Technology Centre. The VT Composite Technology Centre (CTC) was formed in 2001 by the amalgamation of composite expertise from various divisions within the VT Group. The CTC provides engineering solutions across a wide range of composite applications, from design to production. As part of an ongoing diversification program, The CTC also manages a wide range of projects outside of the shipbuilding market. Contracts have been successfully completed in the military, transport, offshore, nuclear and civil engineering industries. The company operates from two sites; Portchester Shipyard, a purpose built yard occupying a 15 acre waterfront site at the top of Portsmouth Harbour and Sandquay, Dartmouth where the company has recently redeveloped the site to offer enhanced refit capability in the South West.


Transas Group Demos New Tech

On the April 11, 2005, Transas presented Virtual Ship, created and based on the latest developments in the field of three-dimensional technologies, at the St. Petersburg stand at the international Hanover Industrial Trade Fair. According to the plan of the St. Petersburg Administration, President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin and German Counselor, Gerhard Shroyder were expected to take a virtual journey aboard this unique starship


I-Tech to Supply CMP with New Biocide Anti-fouling Ingredient

Ships hull in drydock: File photo

I-Tech says it has entered into a non-exclusive supply agreement with Chugoku Marine Paints Ltd (CMP) for use of I-Tech’s proprietary product, Selektope, in commercial antifouling paints. Selektope is to be used as the principle biocide in new products to be brought to the market by CMP. The suppliers say that CMPs decision marks not only an important milestone for I-Tech but also sets the starting point for antifoulings containing a new selective biocide with a repellant mode of


Keppel Sells Cathodic Protection Technology

The Directors of Keppel Corporation Limited (Keppel) announced the sale of 100 percent stake in Cathodic Protection Technology Pte Ltd (CP Tech) by Keppel Integrated Engineering to the management team at CP Tech for a total cash consideration of S$3.9 million. CP Tech is one of the largest providers of cathodic protection systems in the Asia-Pacific region. The divestment is in line with Keppel’s strategy of disposing its non-core assets.


Bay-Houston Towing Receives First Z-Tech Tug

Bay-Houston Towing Co. has taken delivery of the first of their innovative Z-Tech 7500 tugs. The Z-Tech 7500 design is the largest of the Robert Allan line of Z-Tech tugboats. The WESLEY A was delivered to Bay-Houston on Dec. 18, 2007 by her builder, Main Iron Works, of Houma, LA after extensive dock and sea trials at New Orleans. The WESLEY A is only the second Z-Tech 7500 to be completed, and is also only the second Z-Tech to be built in the United States


Tugboat Upgrade Bolsters Canal Capacity

Eight new Z-Tech tugboats are in store for the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) to bolster Canal capacity and provide enhanced towing power. As the number of Panamax size vessel transits increase, the new, more powerful tugboats will provide 82 percent more towing power to navigate these larger vessels. The new tugboats will replace eight of the Canal's current fleet of 24. Three of the new tugboats are scheduled to be delivered in December 2006 and five in January 2008.


New Tech Saves Time for Shipbrokers

Stelvio has reacted to demands from the shipbroking sector for faster and more accurate vessel positioning and cargo order data by developing software which it claims will cut the workload by half. ShipDecision from Stelvio is designed to eliminate the need for brokers to search manually through the thousands of incoming daily emails. The Vessel Position feature of the system examines each incoming message and automatically extracts the critical vessel


Wattyl Acquires Wasser High-Tech

Wattyl Limited of Sydney, Australia acquired Wasser High-Tech Coatings on July 1, 1999. In its most recent fiscal year, Wattyl achieved sales of $347 million and pre-tax profit of $23.2 million. Wattyl specializes in most aspects of the paint and coating industry including architectural and decorative coatings, industrial maintenance, OEM, marine and automotive refinishing. This acquisition, which strengthens Wasser's ability to both sell and service their growing worldwide business in the


Mack Power To Market Diesel Engine

Mack Trucks will market its premier 12-liter diesel engine, the E7, as a power source for various industrial and marine market applications. The company's newest business unit, Mack Power, supports the marketing, sales, engineering, service and parts operations for E7's strategic move into several new market segments. An electronically managed engine, E7 will be available for the major industrial market segments of agricultural, construction, general industrial, material handling


Mack Power to Market Diesel Engine

Mack Trucks will market its premier 12-liter diesel engine, the E7, as a power source for various industrial and marine market applications. The company's newest business unit, Mack Power, supports the marketing, sales, engineering, service and parts operations for E7's strategic move into several new market segments. An electronically managed engine, E7 will be available for the major industrial market segments of agricultural, construction, general industrial, material handling


Aberdeen Pupils Peek into Subsea Oil & Gas Technology

ABERDEEN PUPILS  STEER INTO THE SUBSEA OIL & GAS INDUSTRY

  Pupils at an Aberdeen primary school were given a rare insight into the depths of the oil and gas industry’s subsea sector after getting to sit in the driving seat of a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) simulator. The Tullos Primary visit to i-Tech was organised by EnQuest as part


Saab Bags $1 bln Order for Swedish Submarines

Kockums Class Submarine. Photo: Saab AB

 The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has awarded contracts worth Skr8.6bn ($1.03bn) to Saab AB for the construction of two new Type A26 submarines and a mid-life upgrade for two Gotland-class submarines.   Work on the two A26s is to be completed by 2024


New Imagery Allows Viewers to ‘Tour’ WWII Shipwrecks

Photo copyright WA Museum

High-tech underwater cameras help uncovering the secrets of HMAS Sydney   A recent expedition to survey historic World War II shipwrecks has produced a wealth of stunning imagery of sunken warships HMAS Sydney (II) and the German raider HSK Kormoran, off the coast of Western Australia.


Tero Marine Secures Boa Offshore Contract

Boa Jarl (Photo: Tero Marine)

Tero Marine informs it has secured a multimillion (NOK) contract for delivery of fleet management software to Norwegian shipping company Boa Offshore. The Bergen-based tech company will install its TM Master suite on 14 vessels.   TM Master will thus be the preferred fleet management


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


Mobile App Aims to Boost LA’s Port Efficiency

Image: Port of Los Angeles

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that Cargomatic, a Los Angeles-based, privately-owned technology company that matches trucking capacity with shipments, is testing its mobile app to speed up the flow of containerized cargo at the Port of Los Angeles (POLA).  


The Rise of Permanent Magnet Motors and Generators

Mika Koli

Since the boom of the NdFeB magnets industry, the usage and potential applications for permanent magnet machines have grown exponentially to the detriment of traditional induction systems. In special applications like elevators, cranes, hybrid vehicles or renewable energy


Navatek, NEB Launch Sea Blade 35

The Sea Blade 35 is put through its paces on Narragansett Bay, May 29, 2015 (NavatekNEB photo).

  Navatek, the naval research and design company based in Hawaii and Rhode Island, and NEB, a leading builder of high-tech composite and aluminum boats based in Portsmouth, R.I., announce the launching of the Sea Blade 35, a 35-foot rigid hull inflatable boat (RIB) with a top speed of 60


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


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


German Navy Frigates Get New Firefighting Tech

Photo: Noske-Kaeser

Noske-Kaeser provides firefighting technology for all four German Navy's F125 frigates   On April 16, 2015, the second of four ordered Type F125 frigates for the German Navy was christened by the name of Nordrhein-Westfalen in Hamburg


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


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


Onomichi Marine Tech Center to Be Established

Photo courtesy of EMP

Teramoto Iron Works and Eco Marine Power to establish Marine Technology Test Facility   Eco Marine Power (EMP) in cooperation with its strategic partner, Teramoto Iron Works Co. Ltd., have agreed to establish a development and test facility in Onomichi, Hiroshima


USCG Responding to Vessel Aground in St. Marys River

The motor vessel Mississagi sits aground in the lower St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Mich., April 22, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station

  The Coast Guard continues to monitor the 603-foot bulk carrier Mississagi which ran aground in the St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Michigan early Wednesday. The motor vessel, a Canadian-flagged bulk carrier with a load of stone, was transiting downbound the St






 
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