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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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


VesselVanguard Debuts App for iPad

Image: VesselVanguard

  VesselVanguard has come up with a new mobile app that gives boat owners an easier way to understand and manage all of the various maintenance requirements for their vessel and its systems and equipment. The app provides a simple, streamlined gateway for VesselVanguard subscribers to access


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


Japan Offers to Build Australian Subs

Japan - Australian submarines

Australia has reportedly welcomed a Japanese offer to jointly-build a fleet of new submarines, with a possible deal by the end of the year, according to a report on http://zeenews.india.com. Japan is proposing jointly building Australia`s new submarines, instead of exporting a new fleet


CVCFL Acquires Stakes in ATAEI

Canbank Venture Capital Fund Limited picked up 5% minority Equity stake in Anand Teknow Aids Engineering India Ltd

  Canbank Venture Capital Fund Limited (CVCFL) has picked up approx 5% minority Equity stake in Anand Teknow Aids Engineering India Ltd, a Rs 300 crore closely held Public Limited company manufacturing hi-tech, engineering products for the Oil & Gas sector in India & Gulf


Canbank Venture Acquires Stakes in Anand Teknow Aids Engineering

(L to R)MS. RAGINI RANJAN (DIRECTOR, ANAND TEKNOW ENGINEERING), MR. RAKESH RANJAN (MD, ANAND TEKNOW ENGINEERING), MR. S.THIRUVADI (MD, CANBANK VENTURE CAPITAL FUND)

  Canbank Venture Capital Fund Limited (CVCFL) has picked up approx 5% minority Equity stake in Anand Teknow Aids Engineering India Ltd, a Rs 300 crore closely held Public Limited company manufacturing hi-tech, engineering products for the Oil & Gas sector in India & Gulf


Former ‘Google Barge’ Sold

Photo: Marcon International

After concluding two 3,500HP tug sales on December 30, Marcon International Inc. has started 2015 with three ocean barge sales, and hopes to report on several additional sales before the end of this month. Five 4,500-6,000HP tugs, one 5,150BHP AHTS and two 3,200 – 5


Coldharbour Marine's New UK Office

Coldharbour Marine- new UK Headquarters signals recruitment drive‏

  Coldharbour Marine, long recognised for the design, manufacture and supply of inert gas and fluid handling equipment vessels (FPSOs) has moved into a new 25k sq. ft. headquarters in Linby, Nottinghamshire. All of Coldharbour’s administration, design, research and development functions


‘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


Europe's Offshore Wind Capacity Growing

File image: an offshore wind farm (Siemens)

New capacity edges down 5 pct from record 2013; industry body forecasts stable growth over 2015/6. Europe's offshore wind capacity kept up a steady rate of growth in 2014 and should expand at a similar pace on average over the coming two years, an industry report said on Friday.


Vikoma and Mobimar Supply Oil Spill Response Equipment for Finnish Border Guard

	Photo Courtesy of Vikoma International

OPV Turva, the Finnish Border Guard's new 314 foot (95.9 meter) offshore patrol vessel, will be outfitted for oil spill response just seven months after its launch.    UK-based Vikoma International Ltd and Mobimar Ltd of Finland will provide the vessel with oil spill response equipment


Navy Unveils Firefighting Robot

The Office of Naval Research-sponsored Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) undergoes testing aboard the Naval Research Laboratorys ex-USS Shadwell in Mobile, Ala. SAFFiR is a bipedal humanoid robot being devel

  Scientists unveiled a firefighting robot prototype Feb. 4 at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO, revealing details about its successful demonstrations last fall. The Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR), sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR)


Making Sailors 'SAFFiR'

U.S. Navy Firefighting Robot (image: courtesy U.S. Navy)

Navy Unveils Firefighting Robot Prototype at Naval Tech EXPO.   Scientists unveiled a firefighting robot prototype Feb. 4 at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO, revealing details about its successful demonstrations last fall.


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






 
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