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Raising Awareness of the Dangers of Confined Spaces

Analox Sensor Technology is calling for increased awareness of the potential dangers to anyone whose job requires them to work in confined spaces. Analox Sensor Technology specializes in gas sensors, detectors and alarms.  “It is easy for oxygen levels to fall in confined spaces, or levels of toxic gases to rise,” said Managing Director Mark Lewis. “Without detection equipment, a person cannot know before entering such a space whether it is safe or not.  It is vital that all employers educate their workforce about the dangers of gas build up in confined spaces, and ensure they have suitable analysis equipment to test conditions before they enter.” The call for better awareness of the potential dangers follows an incident in which a water meter reader suffered severe brain damage. It was reported by IMCA, the International Marine Contractors Association.  The meter reader entered a chamber approximately 1.8 meters deep to carry out a routine reading.  Having checked the atmosphere in the previous chamber and found it to be fine, he entered the second chamber without carrying out further checks, and was quickly overcome. A colleague, unable to help him, raised the alarm. Emergency services were able to pull the unconscious man out.  However, having been in an atmosphere containing only six percent oxygen for at least 15 minutes, the man suffered brain damage.


DMI and FORCE Technology Join Forces

Danish Maritime Institute (DMI) and FORCE Technology have joined forces. The new name for the merged company will be FORCE Technology. DMI provides consultancy and know-how to the marine industry with services including: Ship and offshore model testing, numerical analysis and simulations, wind tunnel testing of ships and offshore structures, simulator based training, and development and sales of simulators In addition to using own facilities DNI undertakes several assignments for clients


Airmar Acquires Marport Commercial Fishing Division

Airmar Technology Corporation, a company that designs, engineers and manufactures ultrasonic transducers and sensor technology, announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Marport Deep Sea Technologies’ Commercial Fishing division, a leading developer of advanced sonar technology. Airmar will also acquire the Marport name and the web domain as a part of the transaction. The terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.


Seismic: The Motion Picture

Shell technology creates sharper pictures of underground rock formations to find new oil and gas fields more cost effectively. Shell has found a way to use tiny motion sensors – like those used in modern everyday gadgets – to create sharper pictures of underground rock formations. Geophysicists map underground rock structures by sending seismic waves – essentially sound – through the ground. Sensors record the seismic waves and computers process the recordings to


Workshop Influences Future of Dynamic Positioning

Business Development Manager Mark Carter presents the key benefits of Sonardyne DP-INS to a packed workshop.

Sonardyne International Ltd., in conjunction with Guidance Navigation and Veripos, recently held a free one-day user workshop focusing exclusively on the latest advances in Dynamic Positioning (DP) reference sensor technologies. More than 50 industry experts from a wide selection of companies gathered in Houston to review current state-of-the-art Position Monitoring Equipment (PME) solutions and to discuss the industry’s future requirements.


New Technology for Submarine Wireless Battery Monitoring

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The German navigation specialist Raytheon Anschütz introduces a newly developed wireless battery monitoring technology. The core of the system is a new sensor that features an innovative measurement concept to provide highest failure safety while contributing to cost savings during installation and servicing. Raytheon Anschütz, as a subsidiary of the Raytheon Company, presents a wireless battery monitoring demonstration at this year’s UDT in London.


New Explosion-proof Pressure Transmitter from AST

Photo: American Sensor Technologies, Inc.

American Sensor Technologies, Inc. (AST) released the AST46DS Explosion-Proof Pressure Transducer with Display with pressures from 1 to 20,000 PSI available. The AST46DS is a transducer with zero function capability, voltage or 4-20mA output signals, and all 316L stainless steel sensor materials. The voltage output signal is ideal for oil and gas well site applications, the manufacturer said. With many SCADA / RTU sites powered by solar panels in remote locations


Raymarine’s Evolution Wins Again

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2013 NMEA-BWI Technology award goes to  Raymarine’s Evolution  autopilot.   Raymarine is delighted to announce that its award-winning Evolution  autopilot has won the coveted 2013 NMEA-BWI Technology Award at the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) annual convention held in San Diego, Calif.   The NMEA-BWI Technology Award recognizes recently introduced products and singles out the “best” based on a combination of innovative design


Navy Lab Hosts Ceremony

Senior U.S. Navy and government officials will open the Navy's new Magnetic Silencing Complex at 10:00 a.m. on October 7th, 2002 at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD) in Bethesda. NSWCCD commander Captain Steven Petri USN and executive director Mr. James Fein welcome U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes and U.S. Representative Connie Morella as speakers. The $7.6 million complex totals 39


NRL Hosts Shipboard Fire Robotics Consortium

Photo: U.S. Naval Research Laboratory/Jamie Hartman

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research (LASR), partner in the Navy's Damage Control for the 21st Century project (DC-21), recently hosted robotics research teams from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) to demonstrate the most current developments of advanced autonomous systems to assist in discovery, control, and damage control of incipient fires.


Unique Technologies Improve Port Security

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Practical results from the SUPPORT (Security UPgrade for PORTS) project, coordinated by BMT Group Ltd. and part-funded by the European Commission’s FP7 Security Research Program will be demonstrated to key stakeholders at Stena Line’s ferry terminals starting at Masthuggskajen in the


European Launch of SMS at Counter Terror Expo

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Kelvin Hughes is delighted to announce that it will be displaying its new Single Mast Solution (SMS) at Counter Terror Expo 2014 from April 29-30. This will be the first time that the SMS – a lightweight, easily deployable, best-in-class radar and electro-optical system – has been


Strategic Planning With Aggregate Data

Pekka Autere

A sensor is a device that measures some kind of input from the physical world. On complicated technical systems such as vessels, there is an enormous amount of different sensors. The number of sensors will surely grow as the size and cost of sensors continuously decrease


ESAB Releases Updated Columbus III

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ESAB Welding & Cutting Products announces the release of Columbus III version 1.2, a powerful CAD/CAM programming and nesting software optimized for plasma, oxy-fuel, laser and waterjet cutting. This latest version of Columbus III offers many new features and updates to make programming easier


RCH Engineers New Steering System

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Rio Controls & Hydraulics (RCH) said it has developed a new steering system by modifying existing inductive sensors used in the oil and gas industry to reach a design that the company said will provide accurate and longer lasting sensor command and feedback signals.


Macro Sensors Gauge Tank Volume Changes

This diagram shows the LVDT level sensor attached to the side of a tank using a flat-hook assembly. The high-permeability core follows the position of the stainless-steel float. The LVDT electronics sense the core position using magnetic induction. Output is a 4 to 20-mA instrumentation current loop corresponding to the position of the core in the LVDT body.

Configured with a float, Macro Sensors HSIR Series LVDT Linear Position Transmitters are serving as level sensors to measure liquid level changes from a few inches to several feet in gauging tank level volumes. In this LVDT level sensor configuration


Omega Debuts Compact RTD Temperature Sensors

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Omega’s new RTDM12 series of compact RTD temperature sensors are extremely rugged with a molded (IP67) 4-pin connector with M12 male thread and a fast response time. This RTD plug is suited for pressure vessel applications, pressurized containers and applications requiring a temperature


Swiftships Unveils USV with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette

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Last month, Swiftships Shipbuilders, LLC, in Morgan City, La., showcased the Anaconda-2 – an unmanned, 35-ft. craft in development – during a demonstration on the Atchafalaya River next to its HQ. The company partnered with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette more than a year ago


Industry Targets Improved Offshore Leak Detection

Christian Markussen

Leak detection is a considerable challenge facing the industry, and DNV GL has therefore taken the lead in establishing a new Joint Industry Project (JIP). Twenty key industry players are partnering to develop a best practice for designing and implementing offshore leak detection systems.


ABB Energy Management System for Baleària Ferry

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Power and automation technology group ABB has won an order from Spanish ferry operator Baleària to supply energy management systems for one of its largest vessels. ABB’s advisory software will be installed onboard the ferry Martin i Soler


Fugro Upgrades Electric ROV Simulators

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Fugro announced it is launching an important upgrade to its Electric ROV pilot training simulators. Most observation-class ROVs and many light work-class ROVs are electrical-based systems. With the introduction of a new electric ROV control pod and suite of electric ROV specific components


EU R&D Project to Exhibit Security Model

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A practical demonstration of the ARENA R&D project, part funded by the EU, will be delivered at Sagem’s premises in Massy, Paris on April 16, 2014. ARENA (Architecture for Recognition of thrEats to mobile assets using Networks of Affordable sensors) was developed to enable the automatic


Raytheon Get US$35-Million Navy LCS Sonar Contract

AN/AQS-20A system: Photo courtesy of Raytheon

Raytheon Company says it is to provide the U.S. Navy with AN/AQS-20A minehunting sonar systems and equipment. The system leverages advanced sonar technologies to support the Navy's critical minehunting missions, ensuring safe access and passage for military and civilian vessels on the world's


Port of Pittsburgh Seeks Technology Testers

The Port of Pittsburgh Commission seeks local companies and individuals to participate in its Wireless Waterway (WW) Interoperability Test Bed (ITB) the week of June 15, 2014. The commission is accepting applications through April 1, 2014 from interested entrepreneurs


3 Phoenix Acquired by Ultra Electronics

The McLean Group announced that it acted as the exclusive mergers and acquisitions (M&A) advisor to 3 Phoenix, Inc. (3 Phoenix) in its sale to Ultra Electronics Holdings plc (Ultra) for an initial cash consideration of $70 million. Additional payments of up to $17 million will be due subject


 
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