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A Japanese Space Mission for Rickmers

Space may be the final frontier but in this instance, the craft setting out on a momentous voyage was not the starship Enterprise but Rickmers New Orleans, one of nine identical ships maintaining Rickmers-Linie’s bi-weekly Round-the-World Pearl String service for heavylift and project cargo. On board was the Experiment Logistics Module - Pressurized Section (ELM-PS), which forms part of the Japanese Experiment Module Kibo (meaning ‘hope’), part of the Japanese contribution to the International Space Station (ISS). Rickmers New Orleans loaded the ELM-PS in Yokohama on February 7 and discharged it in Port Canaveral, close to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Rarely can a loading operation have been more closely scrutinized with executives from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and NASA joined by Bertram R C Rickmers, Chairman of the Rickmers Group, and Jan B Steffens, Managing Director of Rickmers-Linie. Kibo is Japan's first human space facility and its primary contribution to the ISS. It will enhance the unique research capabilities of the orbiting complex by providing an additional environment in which astronauts can conduct scientific experiments. The ELM-PS as carried by Rickmers New Orleans, will serve as a storage area for materials, tools and supplies. It can hold up to eight experiment racks and being pressurized, astronauts will be able to work within in shirt-sleeve conditions.


News: Kongsberg Launches DPS for Workboat Market

Kongsberg Marine launched the Compact DP Series from Kongsberg Maritime. A solution for the smaller vessel and operator, it offers a complete DP class 1 solution for dynamically positioned vessels and is designed to meet the requirements of Offshore Service Vessels and workboats. The system consists of two main components, the cPos and cJoy, both of which use Kongsberg RCU technology, within the (cPos or cJoy) Compact Controller


Kongsberg Launches DPS for Workboat Market

Last month Kongsberg Marine launched the Compact DP Series from Kongsberg Maritime. A solution for the smaller vessel and operator, it offers a complete DP class 1 solution for dynamically positioned vessels and is designed to meet the requirements of Offshore Service Vessels and workboats. The system consists of two main components, the cPos and cJoy, both of which use Kongsberg RCU technology, within the (cPos or cJoy) Compact Controller


Kongsberg Launches DPS for Workboat Market

Last month Kongsberg Marine launched the Compact DP Series from Kongsberg Maritime. A solution for the smaller vessel and operator, it offers a complete DP class 1 solution for dynamically positioned vessels and is designed to meet the requirements of Offshore Service Vessels and workboats. The system consists of two main components, the cPos and cJoy, both of which use Kongsberg RCU technology, within the (cPos or cJoy) Compact Controller


Major Ballast Water Management System Contract

OceanSaver announced the signing of the world’s first major Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) contract for large ships. Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has secured OceanSaver Ballast Water Management Systems for three supertankers (VLCCs) on order for Oman Shipping Company (OSC). The contract is the first of its kind and signifies a breakthrough for IMO’s Ballast Water Management convention as well as for OceanSaver.  


MMT Collects Sub-bottom Profiler Data

Kongsberg TOPAS 40 data example from the MMT survey, showing outcropping bedrock covered in parts by layered clay. The clay occasionally contains gas filled sediments. (Photo credit: MMT)

MMT (Sweden) completed a survey which includes collection of parametric sub-bottom profile (SBP) data with a Kongsberg TOPAS PS 40 system. The system was hullmounted on MMT´s survey vessel Triad. The survey covered an area of 6000 km2 in the Baltic Sea with an extensive amount of data. The SBP data was collected during a hydrographic survey for the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) where high resolution bathymetric data will be used to update sea charts


MES Completes the World’s Largest Diesel Engine

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) has completed the world’s largest class diesel engine (MITSUI-MAN B&W 1198MC type: 69,920kW) at its Tamano Works and delivered the engine to Imabari Shipbuilding co., Ltd. in October 2001. The engine has been installed on a 6,000 TEU container carrier. The second 11K98MC type was also completed for the same shipbuilder in December 2001. MAN B&W Diesel A/S developed the K98MC type diesel engine series as a highly efficient main engine for


DMW Completes Crane Acceptance Trials

Photo courtesy of DMW Marine Group

DMW Marine Group announced it has completed factory acceptance testing on four of its model M400.24A4 cranes with DNV OS E101 certification and type approval. The cranes are for installation on new drillships for a U.S. customer, DMW said, adding that 12 more cranes are to follow in the next year for the same customer. dmwmarinegroup.com  


Panoro Energy Will Drill Three Wells in Brazil’s Offshore

RIO DE JANEIRO - Independent driller Panoro Energy (PEN.OS) expects to drill three wells in Brazil's offshore Santos Basin in coming months, the company's chief executive said Wednesday. During a presentation at the 18th Latin Oil Week, Panoro's Kjetil Solbraekke said three prospects will be targeted, with the first well drilled in June or July. (Dow Jones)  


Daewoo Pioneers Intersleek at Newbuilding

International Paint announced the successful completion of the first Intersleek foul release coating application at newbuilding in Korea. Pioneered by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), South Korea and International Paint (Korea) Ltd. (IPK), the sides, rudder and propeller of DSME hull number 2228, a 145,700 cbm LNG Carrier scheduled for delivery in October 2005 for Greek operator Maran Gas, were successfully coated


W&O Supplies Actuated Valve Solution for Vigorous

Image: W&O

The marine industry watched as the United States’ largest floating drydock, the Vigorous, was delivered to its final home at Vigor Industrial’s Portland shipyard on the Willamette River in August. W&O is one of the partners that supported Vigor in this $40 million dollar project


Collaboration Tackles Sea Spray Icing Challenges

Photo: DNV GL

Sea spray icing is one of the major challenges when operating in Arctic conditions. DNV GL is now launching an industry collaboration which will develop a simulation model that bridges functional winterization requirements and real physical conditions for drilling rigs


Harding Inks Deals with Three Industry Giants

The signing (Credit Harding)

In the past few weeks, Harding, an international supplier of maritime safety equipment, has signed three framework agreements with Statoil, Petrobras and A.P. Møller Mærsk. "This shows that our global strategy of being a complete supplier of both equipment and services was


Fugawi Announces Android Support Via Pathaway

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  Northport Systems Inc., creators of Fugawi X-Traverse, and Muskoka Tech Inc., developers of PathAway GPS navigational, mapping and tracking software for mobile smartphones and tablets, announced today greatly expanded chart support for Android mobile devices.


Norwegian Aquaculture Workboat Marks Damen Entry

Photo: Damen

Damen Shipyards Group said it has received an order for a Multi Cat 2712 from Norwegian owner Samba AS based in Os (Bergen). The vessel will be the first newbuild from Damen’s proven range of workboats to operate in Norway’s large aquaculture and oil spot market industry.


Innovation Drives Monitoring System Development

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Innovation is a key driver in the development of advanced monitoring systems for environmental and safety compliance in the marine sector. Patrice Flot and Alain Meslati of diesel engine control and instrumentation specialists CMR Group, explain more about the latest technologies.


Experts Weigh Training Factor into Sewol Tragedy

As master, I can manage drills effectively, but if I do not take it to the final phase of actually giving the order to abandon ship, then I am ill-prepared. And even when safely moored alongside my home port dock, when I give that order, it still gives me shivers!  Thomas L. Bushy,  Massachusetts Maritime Academy

While the investigation is still fresh regarding the sinking and the tragic loss of life of the South Korean ferry Sewol, early reports point to a multitude of potential problems, including a critical breakdown among the crew. As work continues to secure the ship and recover the remaining dead


Safety the Focus as Heavy Lifting Picks Up

Samson and Manitowoc Announce KZ100 Synthetic Crane Hoist Line. (KZ100 is also featured in the image running across the top of this page)

Modern heavy lift capabilities are crucial for safe, efficient operations offshore Heavy lift operations offshore are an awe-inspiring feat, but an operation that requires consistent monitoring of man, machine and procedure to ensure they are conducted in as an efficient and safe manner as


Washington Slams Moscow for 'False Claims' list on Ukraine

 The U.S. State Department on Sunday issued a list of 10 false claims it said Russia was    making in order to justify its operation in Ukraine following Moscow's annexation of the Crimea region last month.   Pulling off its diplomatic gloves


Recent Vessel Sales: March 2014

Reported – Vessel Name – DWT – Built (Age) - Price Millions USD Bulk Carriers 3/18 - AINO DAKE - 22,201 - 92 (22) - $4.5 3/11 - BAVARIAN TRADER - 23,483 - 95 (19) - $6.2 3/31 - HO XIN - 24,823 - 07 (7) - $13 3/18 - HARRIETT - 25,565 - 02 (12) - $8


DNV Helps Take the Strain on Subsea Lifting SWRs

Elisabeth Tørstad: Photo DNV

Due to a growing focus on safety related to subsea lifting operations, DNV GL informs it has established a Joint Industry Project (JIP) to develop practical methods for reducing the risks and lifetime cost of steel wire ropes for subsea lifting applications, using an integrated systems approach


Barranquilla Implements Tideworks TOS

Tideworks Technology, Inc., a premier provider of full-service terminal management and planning software solutions, today announced that the new Barranquilla Container Terminal (BCT), located at the Port of Barranquilla, Colombia, has successfully implemented and gone live with Tideworks’


L-3 SAM Supplies Wind Farm Electronics

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L-3 SAM Electronics announced that it has been commissioned by steel contractor Bladt Industries A/S of Aalborg, Denmark, to outfit transition pieces for the EnBW Baltic 2 wind farm due to become operational this year. “The EnBW Baltic 2 project is the second major turnkey wind farm


L-3 SAM to Supply Electrical Package for DanTysk Wind Project

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L-3 SAM Electronics announced today that together with its associated L-3 companies, it has been awarded a major contract for the supply and installation of the electrical system package on an accommodation platform being built in Kiel, Germany


Teesport Upgrades to C-Scope

Teesport, recognized as the first port in the world to be fitted with a Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) system, will upgrade to C-Scope, the next generation maritime surveillance system from Kongsberg Norcontrol IT. “The relationship between Kongsberg Norcontrol IT and Teesport is the






 
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