The first pressure-tolerant ROV successfully tested in the deep Atlantic. In early May 2012, a new pressure-tolerant ROV named Erno2, designed by Enitech GmbH (Rostock, Germany), was successfully tested within the framework of the “Pressure-tolerant deep-sea systems” project of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). Driven by electric thrusters, the light vehicle easily manoeuvred above the seabed, streaming live video from over 4000 m deep with its 3 video cameras and LED lights. The actual robot was attached to its tether management system (TMS) during the two-hour descent into the deep. It left the TMS 20 m above the seafloor and continued its journey being remotely controlled. A video- and data-link allowed the engineers to navigate the vehicle and monitor its behaviour. Both the TMS and the ROV were powered with batteries that can be recharged during the mission, so the ROV’s stay on the seafloor is in theory unlimited. Less than 1 m wide, the 420 kg-heavy Erno2 is a relatively small ROV. All Erno2 equipment takes up only a half of the standard 20-foot container, making Erno2 one of the world’s smallest deep sea ROVs. Operating depths of 6000 m are possible due to the vehicle’s pressure tolerant construction. To withstand the extreme pressure, all important ROV subsystems - the motor, the lights, all the sensitive electronics - are, instead of pressurized encapsulations
The Ministry of Defence awards the contract for 'Audacious', the latest Astute Class attack submarine to be built for the Royal Navy. Audacious is the fourth of 7 Astute Class submarines being built for the Royal Navy. They are the most technologically-advanced the Royal Navy has ever sent to sea and offer a step-change in capability. The contract with BAE Systems will safeguard 3,000 skilled jobs at Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria and represents a significant step forward in the Astute
Emission-reduction technology has been successfully tested on Carnival Corporation's Holland America (HAL) ship, the Veendam. The tests were carried out jointly by Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding, HAL and RINA within a common R&D project. The technology is based on injecting water into fuel to create micro-droplets of emulsified fuel. Two pilot units were built and retrofitted on board Veendam. They were tested in accordance with an on board testing protocol developed by RINA.
Europe’s greenest inland vessel debuts Damen group innovations Damen Shipyards Group launched the first LNG-powered Damen EcoLiner inland shipping tanker at its Romanian yard in early February. The EcoLiner, developed to deliver fuel economy for inland shipping operators while at the same time cutting emissions, features a design that combines conventional, proven engineering with sustainable innovations
As Avondale Operations valve supervisor Bubba Thornton mounted and checked the 68 valves on Polar Endeavour, he set out to improve the process of installing and testing that many valves on such a huge ship. That's why Thornton joined 20 other Avondale employees to come up with a way to test the valves prior to installation aboard ship. There is a total of 68 valves, ranging in size from 8 to 36 in. in diameter, in the Polar tanker's cargo system
The three new ships are part of a Qatargas package of 45 LNG carriers with MAN B&W two-stroke prime movers Three of the world’s largest LNG-carriers successfully tested their propulsion packages at the end of last month. Each vessel is powered by two 6S70ME-C electronically controlled, two-stroke, lowspeed diesel engines, and this event marks a first for MAN Diesel in the LNG sector. The engines will operate on HFO
HHI’s Engine & Machinery Division successfully completed a function test for a side thruster with a capacity of 2,000kW on February 12. The side thruster will be installed in a 145,000 LNG carrier for Korea Line Corporation currently being constructed at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. Performance in the test was significant since it was the first side thruster built by HHI. The test was performed under the attendance of the ship owner and classification association
ClassNK issued the world’s first class approval for an immersion testing system for coatings of the inner bottom of cargo oil tanks in line with the IMO’s Performance Standard for Protective Coatings (PSPC) for cargo oil tanks to the Japanese Paint Inspection and Testing Association (JPIA). Adopted by the IMO’s Marine Safety Committee in May 2010, the new PSPC for cargo oil tanks lays out clear requirements for coating preparation, application, and service life
Wärtsilä Corporation has successfully completed the factory acceptance test of the first Wärtsilä 50DF engine in a series of four dual-fuel engines for a 74,000 m3 LNG carrier. The LNG carrier is under construction at the French shipyard Chantiers de l'Atlantique for the French gas holding company Gaz de France. Due for delivery in 2004, it will be powered by four Wärtsilä 6L50DF dual-fuel engined generating sets which will meet all the
Transocean Ltd. has announced the release of an internal investigation report on the causes of the April 20, 2010, Macondo well incident in the Gulf of Mexico. Following the incident, Transocean commissioned an internal investigation team comprised of experts from relevant technical fields and specialists in accident investigation to gather, review, and analyze the facts and information surrounding the incident to determine its causes.
The Goliat FPSO was successfully floated off the heavy-lift vessel, Dockwise Vanguard, in the fjord outside Hammerfest, says Eni Norge The Goliat platform has arrived in Hammerfest, Norway last week, after a 63-day journey from South Korea covering 15,608 nautical miles
Huisman officially opened its new production facility in Navegantes, Santa Catarina state, in the south of Brazil on Thursday, April 16. The facility is used for the manufacturing of offshore equipment for the Brazilian market. It is located along the Itajai-Açu river
The US Navy is developing a duck-like drone, the Flimmer (Flying Swimmer), that can both fly and swim. The drone, it says, can reach operational areas more quickly by flying over the surface of the water. In addition to both a rear-facing propeller and wings
MacGregor reorganized into seven operative divisions in the beginning of 2015 to improve customer focus. Offshore Mooring and Loading Division drives the development of Systems and Equipment for Offshore Floating Units. MacGregor appoints Høye G
Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) successfully completed Acceptance Trials (AT) on March 13, 2015 in the Gulf of Mexico. Austal, the Trenton's shipbuilder, today announced the completion of the trials, which are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship.
Order includes three unique articulated boom ship to shore container cranes (STS) for delivery to Port Botany, Sydney; one ship to shore container crane (STS) for Fisherman’s Island, Brisbane Liebherr Container Cranes has recently completed the testing of articulated boom cranes in
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) has completed the restoration of the motor generator set for the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) on February 23 – three days ahead of schedule, the U.S. Navy reported.
Becker Marine Systems informs that the program of technical trials for its Hummel LNG Hybrid Barge has been completed. The commissioning of the barge for low-emission power supply to cruise ships lying at port in Hamburg can thus start in May 2015.
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) integrated a system of systems operability testing (SOT) capability for combatant ships onboard USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), which just completed an availability and sea trial period utilizing the new SOT combat readiness testing, March 6.
Industrial LTE wireless broadband services provider Infrastructure Networks, Inc. (INET) is deploying a pilot LTE system in the Gulf of Mexico. INET said its pilot deployment will be used to demonstrate the capabilities of industrial LTE wireless broadband service and coverage when
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and sailors aboard the USS Carney, USS Gonzalez, and USS Barry successfully completed a flight test involving the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) weapon system. At approximately 2:30 a.m. EST today
The Coast Guard set the calendar year 2015 minimum drug testing rate at 25 percent of covered crewmembers. The minimum random drug testing rate is effective January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. The Coast Guard requires marine employers to establish random drug testing programs for
Intertek has invested $1.8m expanding its center of excellence for corrosion testing services to meet growing demand for asset life extension solutions in the oil and gas industry. The expansion, which has been driven by major new contract awards worth around $1
Boston Harbor Cruises’ Provincetown Ferry, the Salacia will be drydocked from January thru March 2015 to undergo a $2.6 million dollar engine refit. Boston Harbor Cruises (BHC) has purchased four MTU 12V4000M64 engines from Stewart & Stevenson
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has acquired the Engineering Solutions Division of The Columbia Group, a designer and builder of unmanned underwater vehicles for domestic and international customers. As a previous stand-alone division within The Columbia Group