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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.


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


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


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


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.  


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


Fugawi X-Traverse Supports Online Charts

Software manufacturer Northport Systems Inc. announced the addition of Hilton’s Realtime-Navigator support to its online Fugawi X-Traverse collection for use with Fugawi navigation software, Apple iPhone and MacENC for Apple OS X. The combination of Fugawi X-Traverse and Hilton’s Realtime-Navigator gives users an unparalleled set of ocean condition tools to identify fish holding locations. The ultimate saltwater fishing tool, Fugawi X-Traverse provides users of the iPhone


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)  


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


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’


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


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


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


Rebuilt Ferry 'Medway Queen' Re-dedicated, Awaits Refit Tow

Medway Queen in Albion Dock: Photo credit  Richard Abels

The 'Medway Queen Preservation Society' (MQPS) reports progress on the restoration of the historic UK River Medway passenger ferry. The re-dedication ceremony was held in the Albion Shipyard in Bristol, and now the tow to Gillingham in Kent (on the same River Medway) is eagerly awaited.


Norsafe Lifeboat Reclaims Freefall World Record

Photo: Norsafe

At 7:50 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, Norsafe’s freefall lifeboat performed a drop from a height of 66.8 meters. This is a new world record for freefall lifeboats, and Norsafe has hereby taken back its record, which the company said has been in the company’s possession since 1999


Now Hear This: Maritime Hearing Protection

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Better communication and hearing protection in the maritime environment through wireless headsets. Clear communication is essential for a safe, effective and productive workplace. Too often, however, excessive levels of background noise make communication difficult


Anything but Standard: Damen Newbuild and Repair Group Targets Global Growth

 Damen’s repair and conversion yard in Schiedam.

From a single newbuild and repair yard near Rotterdam in 1927, the family-owned Damen Shipbuilding group has expanded to 38 shipyards and related companies involved in new construction as well as repair and maintenance activities. Now with more than 8,000 employees and a presence in 34 countries


Tideworks TOS Chosen for New Caledonia Terminal

Terminal management and planning software solutions provider Tideworks Technology says that Koniambo Nickel SAS (KNS) in Koné, New Caledonia, has selected Tideworks to implement its terminal operating system (TOS) solutions for its new container operations.


Maiden Call of "Glovis Condor" at the Haropa Ro-Ro Terminal

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GLOVIS, a Korean company and a newcomer as a shipping line, was at first expert in global automotive logistics. As a result of a tonnage agreement with Hoegh Autoliners, the latter market this shipping service on the Middle East trade with one vessel per month and GLOVIS manages the operations


The Jensen Marine “HandySize” Class Tug

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Designed by Jensen Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, and built by the Great Lakes Shipyard of Cleveland, Ohio a 74-foot workboat is quickly making a name for itself; in and out of the water.   The “HandySize” Class Tug was designed to fill the niche between the 2,400 to 3


DNV GL Updates Offshore Class Rules

Kenneth Vareide, Director of Offshore Class at DNV GL

DNV’s Enhanced Classification Rules for mobile offshore units presented in May have been further improved through a process of industry consultation and feedback. The final versions of the related DNV Offshore Standards have been released and are available now.


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


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


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


 
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