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AEGIR Participates in Stern Tube Seal Research

AEGIR-Marine, working together with two Dutch technical universities, has launched two substantial research programs in the field of stern tube seals.    “Market and environmental requirements have changed and will keep changing,” said Ruud Muis, managing director at AEGIR-Marine, “Stern tube seals, however, have hardly evolved at all. We have a lot of experience with stern tube seals of different producers, and now it’s time to combine our knowledge with scientific research.”   AEGIR said it will be actively involved and perform many tests and parts of the research that will focus on two major issues: (1) lifetime optimization – longer docking intervals means stern tube seals must perform their duty longer, and (2) optimization of seals in combination with biodegradable oils – EAL formulas use more aggressive chemicals that can influence the seal’s lifetime in a negative way.   “It’s AEGIR’s mission to add value to its customers’ operations. We believe that this research program will result in better and improved products for our customers,” said Robert van Herwaarden, production manager at AEGIR-Marine. “However, optimization is not easy since seals will have to fit in the housing parts of the seal box. Therefore, shape optimization is limited."  


Hearing on Oil Recovery Research & Technology Needs

The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment of the House Committee on Science and Technology conducted a hearing on Research and Technology Needs for Oil Recovery and Effective Cleanup of Oil Spills. Committee Chair Bart Gordon (D-) made an opening statement. Subcommittee Chair Brian Baird (D-) made an opening statement. Mr. Douglas Helton, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), testified that NOAA is providing scientific information regarding oil spill trajectory and


MPA and IHPC to Collaborate

MPA and IHPC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at MPA's 12th Maritime Forum that will enable maritime companies to leverage on IHPC’s Computational Science and Engineering capabilities through a three-year Maritime Research Program (MRP). Some research topics of interest to participating companies include the development of advanced designs for semi-submersible jack-up rigs and the application of large-scale computational fluid dynamics.


NSRP Project Book Released

The National Shipbuilding Research Program Project Book Winter 2010 edition is now available. The Project Book was created as a compilation of both major and panel projects funded under the program with the goal of increasing awareness of ongoing work under NSRP, stimulating interaction among project teams, and accelerating transfer of technology throughout the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry. http://www.nsrp.org


NSRP Approves Twelve US Navy-Related R&D Projects

National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) approves US$1.8-million for 12 new cost-reducing projects. The NSRP Executive Control Board selected 12 new research and development projects for award as part of the National Shipbuilding Research Program’s (NSRP) core mission to reduce the costs associated with Navy shipbuilding and repair. The projects, totaling approximately US$1.8-million, will be executed through the NSRP Ship Production Panels which serve as the program’s primary public


Bollinger Added to NSRP

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice issued a Notice stating that the membership of the National Shipbuilding Research Program has changed. Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. of Lockport, Louisiana has been added. Cascade General, Inc. of Portland, Oregon has been deleted. 69 Fed. Reg. 10263 (March 4, 2004).


OSHA, National Shipbuilding Research Program Renew Alliance

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) have renewed their Alliance, originally signed on July 15, 2003, to continue providing NSRP members and others in the shipbuilding industry with important health and safety information to reduce or prevent employee exposure to shipyard hazards. Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr


ShipConstructor Appoints Larkins CEO

Photo courtesy ShipConstructor Inc.

ShipConstructor Software Promoted Darren Larkins to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Larkins combines over 10 years experience in the development, marketing, sales and implementation of marine systems with the knowledge gained from onsite visits to shipbuilders and offshore experts in over 15 countries. He was instrumental in the development of the patent-pending DDROM technology now at the core of the company’s software


SSI CEO to Present at KORMARINE

SSI CEO Darren Larkins continues to consult with shipbuilders around the globe on how to leverage 3D Product Data Models using Autodesk technology.   His next presentation on 3D Product Data Models will be October 22 at the shipbuilding and offshore show KORMARINE in Busan.   Larkins will demonstrate the shortcomings of traditional methods such as using drawings, Excel files and supplementary 3D viewers, and will highlight how a better approach utilizes neutral formats and


NOAA, NASA & BOEM to Monitor Biodiversity

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NOAA, NASA and the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) have joined together to support three demonstration projects that will lay the foundation for the first national network to monitor marine biodiversity at scales ranging from microbes to whales. The projects, to be funded at approximately $17 million over the next five years, subject to the availability of funds, will demonstrate how a national operational marine biodiversity observation network could


RV Polarstern Starts Arctic Season

The German polar research vessel Polarstern off the coast of Spitsbergen. (Foto Sebastian Menze)

Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) are setting out with the research vessel Polarstern towards Spitsbergen, to use newly developed equipment in the Arctic Ocean. Autonomous instruments on the seabed


Rolls-Royce Designs UK's New Polar Research Vessel

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Cammell Laird has selected a Rolls-Royce design for the U.K.’s future polar research ship, which, when built, will be one of the most advanced scientific maritime vessels ever constructed. Rolls-Royce will also supply machinery and equipment for the vessel in a deal worth $43.6 million.


Shipyards Leading the Way on Safety in OSHA Partnership

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The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) has announced a new partnership with the National Shipbuilding Research Program and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a part of the Department of Labor (DOL), focused on continuing employee safety practices in U.S. shipyards.


UKEF Support Brings Success for Blyth

An export win by Blyth Workcats and UK Export Finance, made possible by the government’s export finance support. The project – to supply a purpose built catamaran for a German University research program – went ahead thanks to the support of UK Export Finance


Computer Aided Robotics Welding

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CAD/CAM software maker SSI said it is developing solutions for Computer Aided Robotics Welding (CAR-W) consistent with its recent innovations in the area of 3D weld management. This research project is under the aegis of the U.S. Navy’s National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP).


New Deep-Sea Vents, Volcanic Activity Found in Mariana Back-Arc

The autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry (yellow, at left) is prepared for deployment off the stern of the RV Falkor, after a trace-metal CTD instrument package and water sampler is recovered (lower right). Photo credit SOI

  Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor returns from the first ever expedition to systematically characterize the rarely explored Mariana Back-Arc. HAGANTA, GUAM – A diverse team of scientists are returning from a 28-day expedition onboard R/V Falkor that has more


NSRP Selects Next Round of Shipbuilding R&D Projects

The Executive Control Board of the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) has selected a new round of research and development projects for award, as part of the program's continuing mission to reduce costs associated with U. S. shipbuilding and ship repair


SSI Development for Computer Aided Robotics Welding

Image: SSI

CAD/CAM software maker SSI said it is developing solutions for Computer Aided Robotics Welding (CAR-W) consistent with its recent innovations in the area of 3D weld management.   This research project is under the aegis of the U.S. Navy's National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP)


TCC, USC Join Forces to Cut Emissions

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  Leading Hong Kong ship-owner Tai Chong Cheang Steamship Co. (TCC) and the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering (USC) announced a significant research breakthrough aimed at tackling harmful ship-source emissions today.


Australia, Japan Partner for Hydrodynamics Research

Australia and Japan have signed a cooperative research arrangement on marine hydrodynamics, the Chief Defence Scientist, Dr Alex Zelinsky, announced today.   “This is the first joint defence research project to be conducted by our two countries,” Dr Zelinsky said.  


“FS3” Motion-based Simulator for Dutch Navy

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A two-year project is underway which will lead to the development of a Fast Small Ship Simulator. Driving a small, fast navy boat in heavy seas can be a real challenge.  Effects of broaching, surfing, capsizing risk, slamming and planing put severe demands on the crew and the boat handling


Collaboration Enhances Oil Spill Research

Oil from Deepwater Horizon spill washes ashore Louisiana’s coast in June 2010. (Photo courtesy of Governor Jindal’s office)

New partnership allows USF-led research team to better study oil spills; group will gain valuable access to cutting-edge technologies to aid in analyzing long-term impacts   The University of South Florida’s (USF) College of Marine Science announced a new partnership with Agilent


ABS Hosts Technical Committee Meetings

Howard Fireman (Photo: ABS)

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) held its annual Marine Technical Committee and Offshore Technical Committee meetings in Houston May 7-8, 2015, convening a broad cross section of industry stakeholders to review proposed changes to ABS Rules and to discuss the direction of the organization's


CSIRO, BHP Billiton Join Forces in Marine Research

Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia File photo BHP Billiton

  The World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia will be the focus of a new marine research partnership between CSIRO and BHP Billiton Petroleum announced today. Ningaloo Reef is the largest fringing reef in the world, extending 300 kilometres along the North West coast of


Making Sailors 'SAFFiR'

U.S. Navy Firefighting Robot (image: courtesy U.S. Navy)

Navy Unveils Firefighting Robot Prototype at Naval Tech EXPO.   Scientists unveiled a firefighting robot prototype Feb. 4 at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO, revealing details about its successful demonstrations last fall.






 
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