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Marine Safety Alert: Fuel Switching Safety

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;


Displacement Transmitters Improved

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.


National AIS Project – Environmental Statement

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


Navy Signs $72.8M Contract

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)


Wireless Sensor Alerts Before Trouble Occurs

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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 Debuts New Transmitters

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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


This Day in Coast Guard History – April 23

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


AIS-SART Processor IC - The Future of Marine Search & Rescue

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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


Webtool HP690A Intensifier Panel

The Webtool HP690A intensifier panel is used to boost the pressure of a work fluid, usually hydraulic oil or water/glycol mixture, from a standard hydraulic power unit (HPU). The input pressure from the HPU is typically 210 bar (3,000psi), and the HP690A intensifier panel boosts this to produce an output pressure of 690 bar (10,000psi). This 690 bar output allows the operation of high pressure devices such as a Webtool subsea hydraulic cutting tool


CMR Debuts Gas Engine Pressure Regulator

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A range of gas engine pressure regulators, which provide control of pressure levels within the fuel train on dual fuel or natural gas engines, is new for control and instrumentation specialists CMR Group. CMR’s regulators enable high-pressure gas fuel from lines and tanks to be reduced to safe and/or usable pressures for the secure and reliable operation of high horsepower engine technology used in a wide range of harsh and challenging environments including the onshore/offshore oil


Cosco in Loss, Blames Low Oil Price

Picture: Cosco Corporation (Singapore) Limited

 Cosco Corporation has warned investors of an expected net loss for the second quarter ended 30 June 2015, as against a profit in the previous corresponding period.   The company said the loss is mainly due to the low crude oil prices over recent months which have had an adverse impact


Preventing Loss of Propulsion After Fuel Switch to Low Sulfur Distillate Fuel

Capt. Jeff Cowan

The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) ANNEX VI Regulation 14 requires ships with Marine Compression-Ignition Engines at or Above 30 Liters per Cylinder use fuel with sulfur content less than 0.1%, after 01 January 2015 within the Baltic Sea area –


Two-Stroke DF Engine Passes Critical Test

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The first Wärtsilä low-speed two-stroke dual-fuel (DF) engine destined for a commercial application has reportedly completed its Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) at a Chinese licensee of Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD), the Switzerland-based designer


Furuno's Bridge Systems for Holland America Cruise Ships

State-Of-The-Art Bridge Navigation Systems

  The extensive global network of Furuno service centers, subsidiaries and distributors was one of the reasons that Holland America Line (HAL) chose Furuno when it was time to retrofit their cruise ships with the very latest in a fully integrated navigation system.


Hundreds Rally in Myanmar over "boat people" Crisis

Hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of Myanmar's largest city of Yangon on Wednesday to denounce foreign criticism of the country's treatment of stateless Rohingya Muslims. About 300 people, led by about 30 Buddhist monks, shouted slogans against the United Nations and Western


Rotterdam Court Can Order Ship Arrests Throughout the EU

Haco van der Houven van Oordt  (Photo: AKD)

Rotterdam-based law firm AKD says a recent revision of the Brussels I Regulation makes it possible to quickly attach assets anywhere in the EU if parties include in their contracts a choice of forum clause conferring jurisdiction on the Rotterdam court.  


Helm Report Says Workboat, OSV Safety Compromised

Ron deBruyne, CEO and Founder of Helm Operations

  Some 50% of crews working on offshore support vessels are willing to compromise safety rather than say ‘no’ to clients or senior management, while nearly 80% believe commercial pressures could influence the safety of their working practices.  


Chevron: No Production Impact from US Gulf Storm

Chevron Corp has evacuated some workers not essential to oil production from its Gulf of Mexico operations as a low-pressure storm system moves through the basin, but output has not been affected, the company said on Monday.   Royal Dutch Shell on Monday said it was still evacuating


Japan's First High Pressure Fuel Gas System Ordered

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Bestobell Marine, part of the President Engineering Group (PEGL), has received an new order to supply its globe and check valves for Japan’s first high pressure fuel gas system that will be installed within a marine vessel.   The order will see Bestobell Marine supply a number of its


Moody's Changes Hapag-Lloyd Rating to Stable

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Moody's Investors Service has changed to stable from negative the outlook on the B2 corporate family rating (CFR), the B2-PD probability of default rating (PDR) and the Caa1  senior unsecured rating of Hapag-Lloyd AG. Concurrently, Moody's has  affirmed the ratings assigned to the


BSEE Oversees Testing of Shell’s Arctic Equipment

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Testing of Shell’s proposed Arctic-ready capping stack system was supervised this week by the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in Puget Sound, BSEE Director Brian Salerno announced today.   BSEE Alaska Region Director Mark Fesmire oversaw the testing to


ECOCHARGE Takes Significant Step

Frontal view of ECOCHARGE two-stage turbocharging system featuring 2 × TCR20 and 2 × TCX17 turbochargers

  MAN Diesel & Turbo’s two-stage turbocharging development project, ECOCHARGE, recently passed a significant milestone on its way to a successful market introduction. The company reports that individual MAN TCR20 and MAN TCX17 units – combined as a single


Fukushima Floating Offshore Wind Project Progressing

Photo: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

An experimental offshore floating wind farm project sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has been underway since March 2012. Participating in the project is a consortium comprised of Marubeni (project integrator), the University of Tokyo (technical advisor), Mitsubishi


Marine Propulsion Technology: Two-Stroke DF Engine Passes Critical Test

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The first Wärtsilä low-speed two-stroke dual-fuel (DF) engine destined for a commercial application has reportedly completed its Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) at a Chinese licensee of Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD), the Switzerland-based designer


Safety and the Law Collide on the Water

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We all can agree that the safety of our employees is critical; if not the most important concern of each of our companies. Our marine-based employees face day-to-day perils that are not encountered by the average American office worker. It is our duty to do everything that we can to ensure that






 
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