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Mobile Weather Information System Ordered by USN

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US-based Smiths Detection wins contract from U. S. Navy for METMF(R) NEXGEN additional mobile weather information systems. Smiths Detection announce a US$7.6-million contract to supply the U.S. Navy with additional mobile weather information systems to support mission planning and military operations for the Marine Corps.  Manufactured in Smiths Detection’s Edgewood, Md. plant, the systems are due for delivery by July 2013. The Meteorological Mobile Facility (Replacement) Next Generation (METMF(R) NEXGEN) is a truck-mounted system that uses a mesoscale meteorological model to compile data from a variety of sources to provide a complete picture of current and future weather patterns within minutes. The system, which helps the military make critical battlefield decisions using information from both ground-based sensors and satellites, is ruggedized to cope with extreme environments. Lance Roncalli, VP Sales of Americas and US Managing Director, Smiths Detection, said: “This sole source award further emphasizes Smiths Detection’s commitment to providing leading technology to the military and offers the Marine Corps an expeditionary, operationally relevant, affordable system.”  


Smiths Detection Unveils Mobile, High Energy Cargo Screening System

Smiths Detection offers HCV-Mobile, a high-energy mobile cargo screening system designed to scan more than 25 loaded trucks and containers per hour. Beginning in January 2005, the system will be tested and exhibited in select U.S. ports and evaluation centers. The 3.8 MEV system combines mobility, radiation detection capabilities and high-energy X-rays that can penetrate more than 10.5-in. of steel. The HCV-Mobile generates high-resolution images of a container’s contents and is designed


Smiths Detection Enhances Rhode Island Port Security

Smiths Detection-LiveWave has been awarded a contract to engineer and deploy a prototype security solution for the Rhode Island Port Security Wireless Communications Network (RIPSWCN). As part of a one-year pilot program, the system will interconnect with land-based communications networks to allow government agencies and emergency personnel to share and distribute real-time data throughout Narragansett Bay. A collaborative project of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (EMA)


Smiths Detection Awarded $23m Contract

Smiths Detection has been awarded a $23m U.S. Government contract for HCV Mobile II trucks, high-energy mobile cargo screening systems that will be deployed to several strategic ports throughout the country. The HCV Mobile II is a second generation system that meets all U.S highway standards and can be driven from one port to another at normal freeway speeds. The HCV Mobile II system designed to generate high-resolution images of a container’s contents


DHS Awards $113min Port Security Deals

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office on awarded $113m in contracts to five companies for human portable radiation detection systems for use at the nation's ports. Human Portable Radiation Detection Systems (HPRDS) program contracts will be awarded to Ametec AMT of Oak Ridge, Tenn., Science Application International Corporation of San Diego Calif., Sanmina-SCI of Huntsville, Ala., Target Instruments, Inc. of Oak Ridge, Tenn


Smiths Detection Installation at Port of Providence

Smiths Detection announced the award of a contract for its FirstView early warning chemical threat detection and video management system to be installed at the Port of Providence, R.I. Funded through a competitive Department of Homeland Security grant, the system will alert authorities to chemical hazards in the port area and provide real-time video and sensor data to first responders and emergency personnel. It combines Smiths Detection’s chemical detection capabilities (Centurion


Mitsubishi Makes Smith Maritime Tug Move

For over 20 years, the Elsbeth II, a 110-ft. Smith Maritime tugboat, has done extensive deep sea towing and delivered military vessels around the world. When it came time for Smith Maritime owner Captain Latham Smith to replace one of Elsbeth II's three engines, he relied on a Gulf Coast distributor for help. Laborde provided the perfect fit for Elsbeth II - a Mitsubishi heavy-duty marine engine. "My new Mitsubishi engine performance far exceeds my expectations," said Capt. Smith


Howard Smith Claims Tug Division

Howard Smith Ltd. said its tugboat division was not for sale, despite market speculation about an impending divestment that boosted its share price. "We do not have a 'For Sale' sign on our tugs at this time," Howard Smith managing director Ian Tsicalas. Tsicalas said the Australian tugboat business was a solid earner, while U.K. towage was a "good steady business without being spectacular". "It's a steady-as-she-goes type of operation with good cash flows and we're happy with that," he said


Enviro Fugitive Caught

Sherman Smith, owner of Seawall Construction, a Seattle area marine construction company, was surrendered to the U.S. Marshall's Service in Tucson, Ariz., on April 1 by the Mexican Government. Smith had forfeited $20,000 bail when he failed to appear for trial in federal court in Washington State in May 1996 and had been living in Mexico. Smith was previously charged on Sept. 27, 1995, in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle with violating the Clean Water Act


WDT Awarded Contract for SCIB

Wave Dispersion Technologies (WDT) announced today it has received a contract from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for the delivery of two WhisprWave® Small Craft Intrusion Barriers (SCIB) to be installed at Dams in separate Illinois’ lake locations. The SCIB is designed to demarcate the marine port and/or dam security zone and impede hostile small crafts from penetrating it. The SCIB's modular construction is engineered to allow its use as a platform to mount a


Australian Defence Minister Sets Naval Shipbuilding Record Straight

HMAS Tobruk: Photo courtesy of RAN

Speaking from Perth, Defence Minister Senator Johnston, said the so-called ship-building 'Valley of Death' was created by Labor because rather than steering the country forward and making sound strategic decisions they spent six years bickering in the back seat over who should be driving.


Bill Shorten Suffering from Shipbuilding Amnesia

David Johnston

Labor’s warning over the future of Australian defense manufacturing is absolute hypocrisy, Defense Minister David Johnston said today. Speaking from Perth, Senator Johnston, said the so-called shipbuilding Valley of Death was created by Labor because rather than steering the country


Britain Seeks Tenant for BAE's Portsmouth Shipyard

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Britain has appointed agents to find a tenant for the country's historic Portsmouth dockyard, which is due to be vacated by BAE Systems by the end of the year as the defence contractor shuts its shipbuilding activities in the city. BAE's announcement in November last year


IPS Completes Insulation and Fabrication Contracts

Paul Smith

Birkenhead  based engineering firm IPS Marine Fabrications has completed a series of contracts for three ship operators. IPS director Paul Smith said the contracts with Whitaker Tankers, and ferry operators Seatruck and Stena showcased the broad range of fabrication and insulation skills


Safety Issues May Cause More Petrobras Stoppages

By Jeb Blount, Reuters Brazil's state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA could face new production stoppages on platforms in the Campos Basin if it does not resolve lingering safety issues, the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper reported on Sunday.


Qatar's Nakilat Q4 Profit Falls 13%

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Reuters - Qatar Gas Transport Co (Nakilat), one of the world's largest shippers of liquefied natural gas, posted a 13 percent drop in fourth-quarter net profit on Tuesday. The company made a fourth-quarter profit of 176.5 million Qatar riyals ($48.5 million), down from 203


New BWM Regs Cometh - Are you ready?

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The global market for BWT systems is predicted to grow to over $34 billion through 2020 in response to IMO and USCG-based ballast water discharge regulations (Frost and Sullivan, 2012). BWT systems are now manufactured by dozens of companies around the world


Crowley Maritime Promote Scott Hoggarth V-P

Scott Hoggarth: Photo courtesy of Crowley Maritime

Crowley inform that Scott Hoggarth has been promoted to vice president, West Coast harbor ship assist and tanker escort services. He has assumed new overall responsibilities for marine operations and engineering functions, as well as commercial results for Crowley’s tug services offered in


Coast Guard Foundation Announces 2014 Board

Clockwise from top left: Judith Roos, Duncan Smith, Nicki Candies and Michael Carthew

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced its 2014 board of trustees. Consisting of 117members, the Coast Guard Foundation Board of Trustees and Directors oversees management of the


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


IPS Completes Repair Job for Stena Line

IPS directors Paul Smith & Peter Hillan at Cammell Laird

Engineering firm IPS Marine Fabrications said it has completed major upgrade work for ferry operator Stena Europe. The company, which is headquartered in Birkenhead, has repaired and maintained fabricated air handling units throughout the Stena Europe vessel.


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.


New Asian Gypsy Moth Rules for N.A. Ports

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), is advising of Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) regulations for vessels arriving at North American ports this summer issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Asian Gypsy Moth is a serious pest that can be carried on the


New DPO Certification Authority Announced

OSVDPA seeks to start training and certifying DPOs by the end of this year. A new organization, the Offshore Service Vessel Dynamic Positioning Authority, Inc. (OSVDPA), held its first board meeting Thursday, March 12, charting the course toward a new dynamic positioning operator (DPO)


Crane Barge Delivered to Stevens Towing

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Bos Smith, Vice President, Operations, with Stevens Towing Co., Inc., Yonges Island, S.C., announces the delivery of Ocean Ranger, a 200’ X 72’ X 14’ ABS-classed floating crane barge. Stevens Towing, operating Ocean Ranger under Charleston Heavy Lift


 
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