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Germanischer Lloyd Gains Approval

In time for the effects of the Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) 97/23/EC, Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has been accredited by the Central Authority of the Laender for Safety (ZLS) and approved by the EU Commission as a notified body with the identification number 0098. This new certification allows GL to provide services required by the Pressure Equipment Directive, such as design and type examination, material appraisal, quality system certification, and product inspection and testing. The Directive 97/23/EC governs the placing on the common European market of pressure vessels, steam boilers, piping, and valves and safety devices.


OMEGA Introduces Digital Temperature Transmitters

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Omega’s new PRTXB and PRTXAL series are 2-wire transmitters that provide 4 to 20 mA signal representing temperature linearized. This product features a 316 Stainless Steel RTD Probe that capture minimum and maximum readings. Selectable units and an auto shutoff time feature is available for battery powered models (PRTXB and PRTXBL).  Units with alarm outputs are available too. Ideal for Food Processing, Automotive-Engine Testing, HVAC, Lab Use, water bath temperature monitoring


Subsea 7 Completes First Autonomous Inspection Vehicle

Subsea 7, a provider of seabed-to-surface engineering, construction and services, announced that it has completed the design and build of the first commercial AIV, a technology which has the potential to revolutionise Life-of-Field projects.   Subsea 7 has an ambitious plan to develop a series of Autonomous Inspection Vehicles (AIV), initially capable of general visual inspection, through to fully capable work-class sized intervention vehicles


Ocean Works Helps Increase VENUS Ocean Observatory Capability

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OceanWorks International has produced the SIIM-375, a mini-Node variant of the Subsea Instrument Interface Module (SIIM) for the VENUS observatory. VENUS, the coastal network of the Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) Observatory, is a cabled undersea laboratory for ocean researchers and explorers. VENUS delivers real time information from seafloor instruments via fibre optic cables to the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada


TNG: Talleres Navales Del Golfo

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Talleres Navales del Golfo (TNG) shipyard at Veracruz, Mexico was originally developed as a new construction facility, but the shipyard has successfully transferred to ship repair facility with an emphasis on steelwork repair contracts.  As a result of recent success in repair operations, the shipyard is currently embarking on a major development and restructuring of the shipyard, with a view to rationalizing the facilities and expanding its repair capabilities.


Gulf Island Fab Reports Q1 2014 Revenue Increase

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Houston headquartered Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. reported net income of $3.5 million ($0.24 earnings per share) on revenue of $134.7 million for its first quarter ended March 31, 2014, compared to net income of $2.8 million ($0.19 earnings per share) on revenue of $150.4 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013. The company had a revenue backlog of $271.4 million and a labor backlog of approximately 2.5 million man-hours at March 31, 2014


Now the Carousel Ship

Technical proposals for the shipment of natural gas under compression rather than in the refrigerated, liquefied state have surfaced from time to time over the years, but have received a lukewarm response from the marine industry. The considerable cost of the shipboard containment methodology has been a major stumbling block. Now, a Canadian engineering contractor has come up with an altogether more economic solution to the cargo carrying needs of compressed natural gas (CNG)


Marine Pressure Transducer Model: PX2471

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The Model PX2471 Marine Pressure Transducer has been designed to meet the stringent requirements of military standard MIL-T-24742(SH) and when invoked ASTM specification F2070-00.  This product is directly interchangeable with other existing pressure transducers designed to MIL-P-24212C(SH) when used with mounting plate assembly A019852. The Model PX2471 marine pressure transducer is a light weight 18 oz (510 gm) transducer, available in pressure ranges from 15 to 10,000 psi


Making Flare Gas Useful

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Wärtsilä has developed the GasReformer, a product which converts associated gas, which is often flared, into usable fuel for its dual-fuel engines.   When producing oil, associated gas is also released from the deposits. In many places this gas is commonly burnt off in gas flares, a waste of energy and a pollutant of the atmosphere. In addition to useful methane, this gas consists of heavier hydrocarbons including ethane, propane and butane


American Sensor Technologies Achieves ATEX Certification

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  American Sensor Technologies, Inc. (AST) has achieved ATEX certification of its Explosion Proof Pressure Transmitters for Class I Zone 0 Exd hazardous locations. The added approvals enhance the ability for equipment manufacturers to specify AST pressure transducers as the sensors can now operate in both North America and Europe. AST Explosion Proof Pressure Transducers are commonly used in upstream and offshore applications where safety, reliability and performance are crucial


Asia VLCC Rates: Ample Tonnage, Few Cargoes

Owners resist charterers moves to force rates under W50; West Africa cargo volumes remain steady. Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian routes will face further pressure next week even as owners resist attempts to push rates lower, brokers said.


New Skimmer Systems for Coastal Oil Spill Response

SeaHow said its new skimmer systems can be implemented to almost any workboat over six meters in length. Skimmers are designed to collect both light and heavy oils efficiently. These features provide new operational efficiencies especially for near shore and coastal oil spill response. (Photo: SeaHow)

SeaHow has launched a new product line of skimmers aiming to address the challenges encountered by the oil spill response (OSR) organizations.   SeaHow, operator one of northern Europe’s largest fleets of OSR vessels, said that over the 30 years that it has carried out OSR work


Maersk Predicts Container Traffic Demand Growth

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 As freight rates are expected to continue to decline due to oversupply, the container shipping demand is expected to grow 3-5% this year, according to Lars Mikael Jensen, chief executive of Asia Pacific region at Maersk Line.   He said supply growth as ships ordered several years ago


MacGregor's Deck Equipment for Chinese Shipbuilder

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  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won a contract from Chinese shipbuilder Wuhu Xinlian to supply two complete deck equipment packages for a pair of 78m anchor handling, supply and oil recovery vessels.   The MacGregor equipment will be installed on the 12,000 bhp


Keppel FELS to Deliver 100th Jackup Rig

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Keppel FELS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) is on track to deliver PV Drilling VI, a KFELS B Class jackup rig, to PV Drilling Overseas (PVDO), a subsidiary of PetroVietnam Drilling & Well Services Corp (PV Drilling) on time


Jinhui Shipping Plummets to Loss

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 Norway listed dry bulk shipper Jinhui Shipping said the tough market that owners faced last year will become tougher in 2015.   Dry bulk shipping market Environment continued to be weak despite global economic confidence has been improving in the fourth quarter of 2014.  


Great Lakes Shipping Worries about Tough Spring

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 Ice conditions have been causing concern for Great Lakes shipping industry. The satellite images show that the Great Lakes once again almost entirely covered in ice.   Duluth News Tribune reports that the ice is causing worry in the Great Lakes shipping industry about the prospects of


Vessels for the Future – New R&D Initiative

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Looking ahead to 2020 and beyond, both maritime and inland waterways will be under ever increasing pressure, as we use them for transport, recreation and commercially. At European Shipping week, Dr Pierre C. Sames, Chairman of the European Research Association and Director of Maritime


USCG Marine Safety Alert

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a marine safety alert today to remind vessel owners and operators to establish effective fuel oil changeover procedures during efforts to comply with MARPOL Annex VI emission regulations. The USCG said that several recent incidents of fuel leakages during changeovers


USCG Marine Safety Alert

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a marine safety alert today to remind all gas carrier owners and operators to ensure that all personnel follow approved Safety Management System cargo handling procedures and industry best practices.   The USCG cited a recent investigation into a cargo compressor


Shipping Industry Faces Shake Up

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As global shipping grapples with its worst downturn in 30 years, private equity firms are unwinding massive bets made on the sector in a move set to accelerate a restructuring of the shipping industry.   Private equity invested tens of billions in global shipping after the 2008 financial


Air Hoists Give Tank Cleaning a Lift

J D Neuhaus air operated hoist in operation for precise handling of pressure injection head during tank cleaning operation. (Photo: J D Neuhaus)

More and more companies are turning to air-operated hoists for effective ways to clean storage tanks, manufacturer J D Neuhaus (JDN) reports. These lifting devices, which offer precise load placement control through hand pendants, are deployed in a variety of transport tank cleaning applications


Chinese-make 2-stroke Wärtsilä Engine Unveiled

High-pressure SCR system jointly developed by Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd & Hudong Heavy Machinery Co Ltd. The cylindrical SCR reactor unit is located in the exhaust duct from engine cylinders to turbocharger turbine inlet

  The first Wärtsilä two-stroke engine with a high pressure SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system manufactured in China has been introduced. The system is fitted to a 5-cylinder Wärtsilä RT-flex58T-D 2-stroke, low speed engine produced at the Hudong Heavy Machinery


Hansson Sees Positive Outlook for NAO

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Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NAO) executive chairman, Herbjørn Hansson, has increased his ownership in the company, purchasing an additional 50,000 NAO shares with his son, Alexander, yesterday at about $7.83 per share.   In a letter to NAO shareholders


NSPAD Tested, Boon for Navy

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This project was originally proposed to NSRP as the Improved Advanced Watertight Door, with a goal of promoting a successful developmental door design to full commercial availability as an option to use on surface ships in place of the existing Navy Standard Watertight Door (NSWD).






 
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