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Harvey Bisso Launches Subsea Venture

Photo courtesy T&T Bisso Response

Harvey Bisso Subsea has launched operations to provide subsea services to the energy and maritime industries. The new subsea venture combines the expertise, resources and experience of Bisso Marine and Harvey Gulf International Marine The centerpiece of the venture is a new, fully-classed 12-man Saturation Diving System with a working depth of 1,000 feet. The portable SAT system will be deployed from the Harvey Discovery, a 265 x 58-ft, DP2 certified multi-purpose support vessel outfitted with a 65-ton crane and moon pool. The vessel provides accommodations for up to 53. The new SAT System features a gas reclaim system, which allows expelled gases to be circulated and recycled. It has a dual-lock, six-man deck decompression chamber, a 12-man launch-able flyaway hyperbaric rescue chamber, a dual-lock, six-man come-out chamber and a three-man diving bell. “This SAT System expands our working depth and fully maximizes our productive bottom time. Combined with Harvey Gulf’s dynamically positioned vessel, we can provide maximized safety and an even greater level of diving services to our clients worldwide,” said W.A. “Beau” Bisso IV, president and chief executive officer of Bisso Marine.  The portable diving system has a bell launch and recovery system, a saturation dive control van and two machinery vans. It has a 12-ton main bell winch and a six-ton guide wire winch


ZF Extends Range of Hybrid-ready Transmissions

The new ZF 3300 PTI Transmission brings the latest in hybrid-ready propulsion technology for the pleasure and commercial vessel market in the 1,940 kW (2,600hp) range

ZF Marine Friedrichshafen AG, the marine propulsion systems division of the ZF Group introduced the ZF 3300 PTI transmission at SMM 2014. With the launch of the ZF 3300 PTI, ZF Marine Propulsion Systems expands its product offering in it hybrid-ready product portfolio. Designed to be powered through standard diesel engine input, or via alternate power source through a Power Take In (PTI), this new transmission brings a hybrid-ready solution suitable for all types of high speed pleasure and


Foxx Sworn in as 17th U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Anthony Foxx is sworn in as U.S. Secretary of Transportation by Judge Nathaniel Jones with wife, Samara, and children, Hillary and Zachary.

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx was sworn in as the nation’s 17th Secretary of Transportation by Judge Nathaniel Jones in a private ceremony at U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters at 11 a.m. yesterday (July 2). The ceremony was attended by Foxx’s wife, Samara, and their two children, Hillary and Zachary, and used a Bible belonging to Secretary Foxx’s great-grandparents, Peter and Ida Kelly. Secretary Foxx worked for Judge Jones as a law clerk for the U.S


ABS Nautical Systems Expands in the Middle East

ABS Nautical Systems has signed a contract with Arina Offshore (Fze) for use of its NS5 Enterprise software, marking the fourth new customer win in this region. The Dubai based company which specializes in vessel chartering and brokerage will utilize the Maintenance Manager module on one of its offshore vessels through the ABS Transfer of Class Agreement (TOCA) Initiative*. The TOCA Initiative offers free software to any vessel that transfers class into ABS.


SpecTec, China Merchants Energy Shipping Contract

SpecTec has signed an agreement to deliver its AMOS2 Enterprise Suite to China Merchants Energy Shipping Co Ltd, one of China's largest shipping companies. The signing of the contract took place on the 13th of March in Hong Kong between SpecTec CEO Giampiero Soncini, and China Merchants Energy Shipping Deputy General Manager Mr. Y.Q. Huang. The contract includes the delivery of a total of 26 AMOS2 systems to existing ships


Thrustmaster Announces Factory Expansion

Photo: Thrustmaster of Texas

Thrustmaster of Texas, a manufacturer of commercial marine propulsion products, signed a deal last week to expand its Houston-based production facility by 100,000 sqft (93,000 sq m). Thrustmaster said the multimillion dollar investment has been in the making for two years and is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2015 by Third Coast General Contractors.  The project includes plans to double the size of the product testing area, add an onsite paint and blast facility


Halter Marine Expands Existing Expertise

Halter Marine Expands Existing Expertise In conjunction with its current deepwater production system expansion, such as FSO to FPSO conversion and the construction of new floating production systems, Halter Marine has elected Joe W. Key, as vice president, engineering development. Key, who brings more than 30 years of offshore engineering and project management experience, will work on concept vetting, and product research and development.


BunkerDesk Expands Coverage

BunkerDesk continues to expand its coverage since the launch of the service in April 2002. BunkerDesk now covers an additional 25 bunkering ports, and now provides Daily Bunker indication for 149 ports worldwide, twice as many as any other service. According to Jamie Halliday, Data Manager "We are continuing to expand and deepen our bunker price coverage. Not only do we cover more and more ports, but we are also canvassing more and more suppliers


Double Eagle Pipeline Fully Operational

Double Eagle Pipeline LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P.,today announced that the entire pipeline system, comprised of 195 miles of pipe, is now in full operation to Corpus Christi, Texas as designed. The 84-mile western leg of the Double Eagle pipeline system is connected into four central gathering facilities and is moving condensate from Gardendale near Cotulla, Texas


Litton Marine Systems Introduces Vessel Traffic System

Litton Marine Systems has launched a new IMO-compliant vessel traffic system (VTS) for locks, bridges, ports and coastal waters. The company's new VTS-Master-W is a new system utilizing commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and proprietary software running under Windows-98/NT. It is based on Litton's unique VTS-Master technology, which permits real-time remote display of raw video data from shore-based surveillance radars superimposed on geographical maps of the area.


USCG Flush Ice down River Systems to Facilitate Shipping

courtesy USCG

  The Coast Guard cutter fleet is flushing ice through the Great Lakes river systems to prevent ice jams and facilitate commercial shipping as the shipping season begins and the ice on the Great Lakes dissipates. Ice breaking operations, above freezing-temperatures


BAE Systems to Expand San Diego Shipyard

As part of the San Diego Ship Repair expansion, BAE Systems will purchase a new, additional dry dock, shown here as a rendering of where it would be positioned at the shipyard. It will be the company’s largest dry dock in the United States, measuring 950-feet long and 205-feet wide, with a design lifting capacity of 55,000 tons. (Image courtesy of BAE Systems)

BAE Systems announced it will invest approximately $100 million to expand drydocking capabilities at its San Diego shipyard.   The investment, which will include the purchase of a new drydock and a range of infrastructure improvements at the yard, aims to enhance ship repair


USCG Conducting Ice Flushing Operations

 The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay conducts ice-flushing operations in the St. Clair River, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Ice flushing operations help keep brash ice from forming and encourages the flow of ice down river preventing possible flood situations. U.S. Coast Guard video by USCGC Bristol Bay.

  The Coast Guard cutter fleet is flushing ice through the Great Lakes river systems to prevent ice jams and facilitate commercial shipping as the shipping season begins and the ice on the Great Lakes dissipates.   Ice breaking operations, above freezing-temperatures


Dometic’s Workboat Play

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Workboat operators are taking a second look at Dometic’s SeaXchange Reverse Osmosis Systems as missions expand and demands on these vessels increase. It’s no secret that Dometic Group’s products are sold in almost 100 countries, supported by as many as 6,000 employees


Expanded Panama Canal to be Operational by April 2016

Panama Canal Expansion (Photo credit: Canal de Panamá)

The widened Panama Canal is expected to finally be up and running in April 2016, after months of delays and cost overruns, AFP reports. The expansion project area will allow bigger ships to transit, with two new sets of locks, one on the Pacific side and one on the Atlantic side.  


ABB, Samsung SDI JV to Develop Microgrids Globally

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  ABB and Samsung SDI have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote microgrid solutions globally. The two companies will establish a global commercial alliance to develop and market modular and scalable microgrid solutions, utilizing lithium-ion batteries for energy storage.


Resilience & the Maritime Industry

Dennis L. Bryan

Resilience is defined generally as the ability to recover quickly from setbacks.  Setbacks are inevitable.  Individuals and entities are best judged by their resilience – their ability to get back on track after experiencing a reversal. 


SCI Inks Scandinavian Distributor Agreement

Jos Lems, SCI’s Rotterdam-based head of global sales (Photo: SCI)

Survival Craft Inspectorate (SCI), a global provider of emergency marine evacuation systems, has selected a Swedish company to drive further growth in Scandinavia.   Scanunit has agreed to a partnership with SCI for sales and installation rights of Safelaunch lifeboat release and retrieval


New Azipod Thruster Launched by ABB

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ABB unveils newest Azipod thruster to growing electric propulsion market    Power and automation technology group ABB has introduced Azipod D, a new addition to its line of Azipod electric propulsion offering, allowing a wider range of vessel types to utilize the Azipod propulsion


IR Class Launches Advisory Committee

Photo courtesy of IRClass

IRClass (Indian Register of Shipping) has established a senior level advisory committee in the United Arab Emirates in an effort to increase activity and foster business links in the region. The committee comprises of 11 senior representatives from the shipping industry in UAE and is headed by


Maher to Invest in Prince Rupert Port Expansion

Tugs escort a container vessel to Fairview Container Terminal

  Maher Terminals Holding Corp., the operator of the Port of Prince Rupert’s Fairview Container Terminal, today announced its decision to proceed with expansion of the 7-year-old facility, increasing its container capacity by 500


Singapore Wants India to Play Key Role in South China Sea

Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army, General (GEN) Bikram Singh and Singapore Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen (Photo: Government of Singapore)

 Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said that his country wants India to play a bigger role in the South China Sea, according to a report in the Bloomberg.   This statement comes in a time when China generating plenty of anxiety from the other nations in the neighborhood as it isn't


Damen’s China Yard Expands Build Portfolio

Photo: Damen

The Damen Yichang Shipyard in China, commencing operations in 1999 as a joint venture between Damen Shipyards Group and Sinotrans CSC, has delivered cargo vessels from the Damen portfolio. Now, Damen announces the yard is rolling out an increased portfolio of vessels to a wider market audience


Inside The New US Maritime Strategy

Photo: United States Navy

  The US Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard have revised America's maritime strategy to add "all domain access" to its traditional sea-based defense functions, a Navy report says.    "This [all domain access] function assures appropriate freedom of action in any


India, Sri Lanka to Enhance Maritime Security

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena  and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Press Information Bureau, India)

 Noting that security of India and Sri Lanka was "indivisible", Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly pitched for enhanced cooperation in key areas of maritime security and counter-terrorism.   India’s PM addressing the Sri Lanka Parliament said India and Sri






 
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