A Marine Safety Alert was issued to increase awareness and reiterate general guidance on fuel systems and fuel switching safety in an effort to prevent propulsion losses. After a noted decrease, there has been a recent increase in the number of reported loss of propulsion incidents on deep draft vessels within the Eleventh Coast Guard District. Coast Guard studies and review of marine casualties indicate that lack of maintenance and testing of certain systems, including fuel oil systems, is one of the leading causes of propulsion failures. Advanced planning and careful fuel system management are critical to safely switching fuels. This is especially important if fuel switching is not routine practice. Proper procedures, training, and maintenance are essential for vessels to safely switch between heavy/intermediate fuel oils and marine distillates. Additionally, vessel operators need to have a good understanding of their system requirements and limitations, and determine if any modifications may be necessary to safely switch between intended fuels. Managing Risk Extensive analysis of propulsion losses has revealed certain trends among vessels operating on marine distillates. In order to manage risk and improve safety, vessel owners and operators should: • Consult engine and boiler manufacturers for fuel switching guidance; • Consult manufacturers to determine if system modifications or additional safeguards are necessary for intended fuels;
OMEGA's new output displacement transmitters have improved IP67-rated sealing coupled with polymer guides with rigid carriers. These transmitters have a less than 0.2% linearity as well as rugged stainless steel body construction making them especially accurate and reliable in wet and corrosive conditions. Output options are either direct-acting 4 to 20 mA or reverse-acting 20 to 4mA. Recommended for industrial use and automotive testing applications.
The US Coast Guard is seeking comments on its draft programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) addressing proposed implementation of the Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS) project. The proposed NAIS involves installing receivers, transmitters, transceivers, repeaters, and other equipment on towers and other structures at up to 450 sites at locations along 95,000 miles of coastline and inland waterways, as well as the use of selected remote platforms
Predictive Sensor Technologies (PST), introduces its Wireless Environmental Temperature, Humidity and Dew point Sensor/Transmitter, (PST-THD) which, alerts the user via text or email when pre-set targets are reached. Operations which are sensitive to ambient conditions such as clean rooms, with sensitive electronics, commercial bakeries, food storage, transportation and processing and manufacturing of various powdered products have found that wireless condition monitoring from PST can
Omega introduced new potentiometer input to DC transmitters with the launch of the DMD4008 series of transmitters accepts a resistance input from potentiometer, slidewire, linear position, displacement or rotational devices and provides an optically isolated DC voltage or current output that is linearly related to the potentiometer position. The DMD4008 is a quick setup for hundreds of I/O ranges, features external switches and table for range selection
TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensor solutions, today announced a new Macro Sensors SSBR-937 Series CANBus LVDT Position Sensor with a CANopen interface compliant to CiA 443 for subsea instruments. The CiA 443 CANopen profile offers more interoperable and standardized communications to network with devices from different manufacturers used on the ocean floor. The new submersible position sensor withstands deep sea environments with external pressures up
Military contractor Raytheon Co. landed a $72.8m contract from the U.S. Navy to provide the Royal Australian Navy with radar equipment. Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems unit will provide system transmitters, hardware and spares for radar systems on three Air Warfare Destroyer ships. The work will be done at Raytheon plants in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Components of the radar system are already in use on U.S. Navy cruisers and destroyers. (Source: Ninemsn)
1880-Captain Jerome G. Kiah and his crew of six surfmen from the Point Aux Barques Life-Saving Station responded to a distress signal from a stranded scow in Lake Huron. They departed their station in their pulling surfboat but the boat capsized a number of times in the icy water, eventually causing the six surfmen to perish from hypothermia. Only Captain Kiah survived the ordeal, but was severely injured from the cold water and forced to resign from the Service
CML Microcircuits has announced the launch of the new cutting-edge Marine AIS Search and Rescue Transmitter (SART) processor, the CMX7045. The CMX7045 is a highly integrated and flexible baseband processor fulfilling the needs of an AIS-SART and meeting IEC 61097-14 requirements. In addition to providing the core AIS-SART formatted data functionality, the CMX7045 incorporates a number of auxiliary operations that assist in the overall system implementation and therefore reduce component
From Naryan-Mar complex expedition started "Investigation Atlantic walrus habitat" for the study of animal southeastern Barents Sea. The expedition of seven experts on the research vessel "Kartesh" organized by the Council on Marine Mammals (CMM). It also involved experts WWF. The route will pass it on to the delta of the Pechora. Vaigach, the press service of the CMM. Members of the expedition are planning to mark the satellite transmitters at least ten
India has come “under pressure” from Iran to complete the Chabahar Port project, with the lifting of Iranian trade sanctions, reports Hindu Business Line. Acting strategically to China’s repeated attempts to wean away India from Chabahar Port upgradation
Effective immediately, and until further notice, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) will require transiting crude oil tankers, product carrier, and chemical tankers carrying cargoes with flashpoint of less than 18 deg. C, to cool their main decks with water by means of the on-deck water
LNG shipping earnings will remain under pressure in 2016 as accelerating fleet growth and changing trade patterns will weaken supply-demand conditions, according to the latest edition of the LNG Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.
On 1 February a European consortium launched a new Horizon 2020 project: Blue Nodules. This project addresses the challenge of creating a viable and sustainable value chain to retrieve polymetallic nodules from the ocean floor. It will develop and test new highly-automated and sustainable
This week Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) showcased three boats at the International Workboat Show. The 32' Justice is a unsinkable deep-v hull. The center console interior features stand-up headroom, lockable storage and electronics wiring access
Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co. (NACKS) and Lloyd’s Register have together developed a new 28K dual-fuelled multi-purpose vessel (MPV) design The design is an evolution of NACK’s established 28K MPV design; the new design is fitted with a 500m3 Type ‘C’ LNG
PG Flow Solutions and the recently acquired U.K. subsidiary Calder Ltd. are suppliers of reciprocating pumps to the professional market, mainly focused on the oil and gas sector offshore, since more than 30 years. Calder’s merger into PG in October 2015 has created a
Fitch Ratings has revised the global shipping sector outlook for 2016 to negative from stable in 2015. The fitch Report, in part, says, "We expect muted global trade growth and the economic slowdown in emerging markets to exacerbate overcapacity
Norwegian marine insurer Skuld delivered a result of USD 20 million in the first nine months of the year, a USD 5 million increase from the same period last year. Overcapacity is still putting pressure on premium levels, says CEO.
Freeport-McMoRan Inc co-founder James Moffett will step down as chairman and quit its board, months after the miner added two new directors under pressure from billionaire investor Carl Icahn. Freeport said Moffett, who had been appointed chairman emeritus
Cairn informed that the successful testing of the SNE-2 appraisal well offshore Senegal with positive results. Operations have been safely and successfully completed following drilling, coring, logging and drill-stem testing (DST). The well is now being plugged and abandoned.
A super year for the VLCCs behind us which ended at earnings Meg/East close to $100k/day, says Fearnleys Week. The new year has started somewhat slower and rates ex Meg are off the peaks, but earnings remain very healthy.
The reduction in the new 2016 Worldscale flat rates of Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) has led to spot rates increasing as owners look for equivalent 2015 returns, says tanker market assessments from the Baltic Exchange.
Parker Bestobell Marine has received its first order to supply its cryogenic fuel gas valves for new build tankers. The two 15,000-dwt ice-class 1A asphalt and bitumen tankers have been ordered by Groupe Desgagnés of Canada and will be built at Besiktas shipyard in Turkey.
Containership owners have experienced some tough times in recent years, and early in 2015 it looked as if things might at last be on the up, says Clarksons Research. However, last year proved to be the classic ‘game of two halves’