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SSC Re-Soliciting Research Project Recommendations

The Ship Structure Committee (SSC) is re-soliciting research project recommendations for fiscal year 2013-2014.  We are looking forward to your insightful project ideas and enthusiasm toward another successful year of SSC project completions.  This year we are soliciting project recommendations a little differently.  The SSC has determined research focus areas for you to make research proposals to.  This provides the SSC a greater opportunity for obtaining funding in support of your research proposals. Please keep in mind that the SSC is not limited to these examples and we look forward to others you may propose.  In general, the research focus areas are: 1. Outer Continental Shelf Resource Exploitation - in terms of operating in extreme environments and deepwater exploration 2. Improving Fuel Consumption - maximizing ship structures performance; lightweight material construction 3. Structures of Remote Operated Vehicles 4. Service Life - management of aging ships structures 5. Structures design for use of alternative fuels **Please consider the following when submitting your research project recommendations.   Fiscal Limitation: The SSC typically funds two or three projects ($150K funding maximum per project idea). Timeline Information: Please submit all research recommendations electronically (MS Word format only) to the SSC Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Jeannette Grant at jeannette.y.grant@uscg


KR, Panama Maritime Authority Form Research Partnership

The Korean Register (KR) – an IACS member classification society – has signed an MoU with the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) to allow cooperation on technical research and to work together on a range of international activities. The MoU is specifically aimed at owners with Panamanian flagged vessels and will bring them a range of benefits including enhanced survey and certification services. In addition


Project SAFEDOR- Maritime Experts Meet in Munich

The approval procedures of risk-based ship design is one feature of the European research project SAFEDOR. The SAFEDOR research project views safety of ships as an objective of the design process and not as a limitation imposed by standards or regulations. Within the project, a framework had been developed which is required for risk based approval. Today, 25 representatives of regulatory authorities, flag states, governmental administrations and classification societies are taking part in a


Dynamic Positioning in Ice Research Project Gets Green Light

Kongsberg Maritime DP and simulation systems provide foundation for improving ice operations. The final piece of a CAD $8.5 million research project to improve DP operations in ice fell into place on May 23, 2012 when the Government of Canada announced a contribution of $3.2 million to the project from the Atlantic Innovation Fund, administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Led by long-time Kongsberg Maritime simulator customer CMS – the Centre for Marine Simulation


ClassNK Joins SOx Scrubber Research

Leading class society ClassNK has announced that it will participate in a new joint development project to install and verify the effectiveness of new Sulfur Oxide (SOx) scrubber technology onboard a Pure Car Carrier (PCC) being carried out by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K-Line), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha, Ltd, (MKK), and Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU). This new joint research project is being implemented as part of K-Line’s new Drive Green


Joint Project Studies Condition-based Engine Monitoring

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Classification society ClassNK announced that it will participate in a joint project together with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and MES Technoservice Co., Ltd. ClassNK will support research into the development of condition-based engine monitoring systems for the Mitsui MAN B&W engine. The developed systems will assist in the early detection of abnormalities in electronically-controlled diesel engines in ships.


Praeses Receives Funding for Shipbuilding Projects

Praeses, a national provider of management services, announced that they are part of two teams awarded funding for research projects from the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP). Valued collectively at over $2.2m, the Praeses team projects are titled Enterprise Resource Planning Integration with Computer-aided Design (CAD) and Process Oriented Visual Planning Tool (POV Planner).   Along with the two Praeses team projects


GOM Mission for New Research Ship

R/V Falkor: Photo credit Schmidt Ocean Institute

Schmidt Ocean Institute's 'R/V Falkor' to advance studies of artificial reefs, red tides & uncharted regions of the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists with the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) and the College of Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will study the oceanography of the South Texas coast, including influences on the distribution of red tide while aboard the R/V Falkor later this month.


Australian Research on Human Aspects of Maritime Safety

A world leading collaborative research project between the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), the University of Queensland and the University of Western Australia will investigate the safety culture of shipping operations over a three-year period. AMSA, and UQ have obtained a linkage grant through the Australian Research Council (ARC) to examine the predictors and outcomes of safety culture in the Australian maritime industry.


University of Kiel Acquires CORMAC Winch

The CORMAC Winch will be used to deploy equipment from multiple GEOMAR vessels, including the GEOMAR R/V Alkor (Photo: GEOMAR)

The MacArtney Group announced the delivery of a CORMAC 4 Stainless Steel Winch system to the Institute of Geosciences at the Christian Albrechts University of Kiel. The winch system, which was acquired through German MacArtney Group member, MBT GmbH, will be put to use aboard various research vessels, hereunder the R/V Alkor, which is operated by the GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel. Housed within a self-contained and compact stainless steel structure


SSI Development for 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)


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).


HHI to Localise Main Equipment for Offshore Plants

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Hyundai Heavy Industries and Doosan Heavy Industries Collaborate in Localizing Main Equipment for Offshore Plants   Seoul, South Korea – February 4 – Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder, announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding


West Antarctic Ice Sheet: How Stable is it?

West Antarctic Ice Sheet Photo courtesy   Alfred Wegener Institute

Exceeding critical temperature limits in the Southern Ocean may cause the collapse of ice sheets and a sharp rise in sea levels A future warming of the Southern Ocean caused by rising greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere may severely disrupt the stability of the West Antarctic Ice


OTC 2015: ABS Addresses Improved Jackup Safety

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki (image: ABS)

Multi-pronged program promotes safe jackup operations.   ABS, a leading provider of maritime and offshore classification services, is investing in research and development (R&D) that will provide industry-critical data to promote jackup safety.  


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


Study Targets Improved Subsea Mattress Salvage

Mattress recovery operation (Photo: Jee Ltd.)

Subsea mattress research announced at decommissioning event   Independent multi-discipline subsea engineering and training firm Jee Ltd. has completed a contract with Decom North Sea (DNS), the representative body for the decommissioning industry


Project Studies Collision Avoidance for Advanced Ships

The Department of Engineering Cybernetics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is leading a new Knowledge-Building Project for Industry that will study collision avoidance for advanced ships. The AUTOSEA project is sponsored by the Research Council of Norway with DNV GL


China to Use Civilian Ships for Military

Photo: China Shipping Line

 The Chinese government has approved a set of technical guidelines that require all civilian shipbuilders to ensure that their new vessels are suitable for military use in an emergency, the China Classification Society has revealed, reports Reuters.  


China Completes Unmanned Ships R&D Project

A research project examining the potential use of unmanned maritime vessels has received unanimous approval from Acceptance Expert Group on July 31, China’s Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) reported.   The project, entitled Unmanned Multifunctional Maritime Ships Research and


IMO Warns on Bauxite Liquefaction Dangers

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 The International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced it has taken action to warn ship masters of the possible dangers of liquefaction associated with carriage of bauxite, following consideration of findings from the investigation into the loss of the 10-year-old Bahamas flag bulk carrier


New Research Vessel for Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Image: JMS Naval Architects

JMS Naval Architects will complete the Contract Design Package next month of a 93-foot research vessel for Virginia Institute of Marine Science to replace its current research vessel, R/V Bay Eagle. A solicitation will be issued to shipyards by the end of the year.  


Unmanned Vessels: The Future is Now

Norway’s unmanned 100 TEU coastal marine transportation system ReVolt is to be powered by a 3,000kWh battery to provide a range of 100 nautical miles. With no crew onboard DNV GL has estimated a total saving of up to $34 million over its estimated 30 years time in service.

There is a global boom in the development of unmanned systems, from below the ocean’s surface to high in the sky to the world’s roads. Add to this list the maritime industry, on both military and civilian vessels. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News examines in depth recent


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.  


TCC, USC Join Forces to Cut Emissions

Courtesy TCC

  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.






 
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