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Mayor of Herne Inaugurates the Hackforth Academy

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Workshop and seminar rooms have been developed on two floors of the former residence of the VULKAN owners. On Wednesday, July 3, 2013, the Mayor of the city of Herne and the owners and Executive Management of the VULKAN Group cut the blue ribbon to inaugurate the Hackforth Academy, the new advanced training center. More than 30 guests from the sectors of politics, economics and science gathered to attend the festive inaugural celebrations. The Hackforth Academy is the new internal advanced training institute of the VULKAN Group that is situated at the registered office of the Herne business. There are now modern teaching, tutorial and presentation rooms spread over the 370 m² former residence of the Hackforth family that is part of the VULKAN company premises. These new facilities are not only for the employees at the head office in Herne, but also for the many colleagues from the VULKAN Group’s 18 subsidiary companies worldwide. This is where internal advanced training seminars, personnel development programs and customized qualification measures will be offered in the future for all specialized divisions of the VULKAN Group of companies. In her speech for the occasion of the inauguration, Personnel Manager Margarete Aufermann explained how based on the original approach of optimising the corporate training, a large framework had quickly taken shape


Series of 30m Tugs From Far East Shipyards

In an efficient near-assembly-line process at Far East Shipyard in Sibu a series of 29-meter tugs are being built and delivered to an Indonesian owner, Pte. Arpeni Pratama Ocean Line Tbk.. The first of these boats, Cigading, was delivered in mid-January. By late March, the second boat, Paiton, was ready for delivery. A third was taking shape on the yard’s ways while the steel for the fourth vessel was being cut nearby.


Two Costa Ships Launched

 The Costa Luminosa, which will be able to accommodate 2,828 Guests and is 92,700 gross tonnage, was launched at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera.

The Italian Company Costa Cruises and Fincantieri have together set record:  for the first time ever, two ships have been launched the same day – the Costa Luminosa and Costa Pacifica, respectively the 13th and 14th members of the Costa fleet, which will both enter service next year.  The Costa Luminosa, which will be able to accommodate 2,828 Guests and is 92,700 gross tonnage, was launched at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera () in the presence of the Honorable Renato


Viguerie: Passing Quality from Father to Son

The latest Leboeuf towboat sits between two sisters at the Intracoastal Ironworks yard (photo: Alan Haig-Brown)

“I started in the shipyard 50 years ago with pick on the end of a broom stick cleaning up,” recalls Raymond Viguerie, before adding, “Later the old man taught me how to do fitting.” These days, Raymond is still at his Intracoastal Iron Works yard full time, but his son Peter is doing a lot of the day-to-day management. With three boats under construction in March there was plenty to keep them both busy


Editorial: Gas ... It's Both the Question & the Answer

Greg  Trauthwein, Editor & Associate Publisher

When the time comes to pull an edition together, sometimes the content simply takes on a life of its own, as is the case with the July 2014 edition and the proliferation of ‘gas’ throughout. While the advent of gas and all that this little word encompasses is hardly breaking news, to put it in context we literally are in the infancy of a historic course correction that will last generations. Following up on last month’s interview with Edward Scott


Caterpillar Sponsors 2014 High Horsepower Summit

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  Caterpillar Inc. announced its sponsorship of the 2014 High Horsepower Summit (HHP) Summit, now underway in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event is North America’s leading conference on the use of natural gas to fuel high horsepower operations. As an industry leader in the design and manufacture of dual-fuel and natural gas engines, Caterpillar plans to highlight its commitment to delivering the highest customer value for energy and power systems operations, as well as rail


New Ax-Bow to Increase Ships' Efficiency

Considerable effort, particularly following the oil embargo of the 1970s, has been placed on reducing the fuel oil consumption of ships, a task readily handled by a series of improvements in hull shapes, the fitting of energy savings devices, and improvements to the performance of main engines. A group of engineers from the Tsu Research Laboratories — Koichiro Matsumoto, Kazuyoshi Hirota and Kenji Takagishi - however, noted that while performance in still water was gaining, other factors


Shiptec China 2014 Taking Shape

In just under seven months’ time, marine professionals from China and around the world will gather for the opening of Shiptec China 2014 at the Dalian World Expo Center. Taking place October 21-24, it is the 11th holding of this increasingly important event, and the organizers have now confirmed many aspects of the forthcoming event. With its leading role now well established thanks to the involvement of the Chinese government


Not All Contangos are Created Equal

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After the collapse of the global financial system in 2008, crude oil forward curves moved into steep contango. Fortunes were made in storage asset plays in 2009-2010, which is likely the reason that so much attention is being devoted to the topic today; however, the contango is inherently different today than it was after The Great Recession. As the U.S. energy revolution continues to develop, global crude oil supply and demand dynamics have begun to evolve


Satellites Reveal Worldwide Ship Traffic Up 300%

Global shipping routes crisscross the world’s oceans. Credit: Grolltech

Maritime traffic on the world’s oceans has increased four-fold over the past 20 years, according to a new study quantifying global ship traffic. The research used satellite data to estimate the number of vessels on the ocean every year between 1992 and 2012. The number of ships traversing the oceans grew by 60% between 1992 and 2002. Shipping traffic grew even faster during the second decade of the study, peaking at a rate of increase of 10 percent per year in 2011


Navy Unveils Firefighting Robot

The Office of Naval Research-sponsored Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) undergoes testing aboard the Naval Research Laboratorys ex-USS Shadwell in Mobile, Ala. SAFFiR is a bipedal humanoid robot being devel

  Scientists unveiled a firefighting robot prototype Feb. 4 at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO, revealing details about its successful demonstrations last fall. The Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR), sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR)


Making Sailors 'SAFFiR'

U.S. Navy Firefighting Robot (image: courtesy U.S. Navy)

Navy Unveils Firefighting Robot Prototype at Naval Tech EXPO.   Scientists unveiled a firefighting robot prototype Feb. 4 at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO, revealing details about its successful demonstrations last fall.


China's $40b Maritime Silk Road Shaping Up

Artists perform during a Chinese Dance Drama entitled The Dream of the Maritime Silk Road, at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Feb. 4, 2015 (Image: United Nations, Youtube)

China's $40 billion fund to finance its most ambitious global plan - the Silk Roads and Maritime Silk Road is moving forward steadily as its management team has taken shape.  China has appointed top officials to manage the fund. A team headed by Wang Yanzhi


$13B Needed to Repair US Locks

There are 192 locks on 12,000 miles of American rivers, and most have lived far beyond their life expectancy, the NY Times reported last week. The Times reported that the Army Corps of Engineers estimate it will take $13 billion through 2020 just to fix the decaying locks


LaNaval lays Keel of Ferry Texelstroom

Keel of the ferry Texelstroom laid

  LaNaval Shipyard in Spain has laid the keel of the ferry Texelstroom on the 30th of December, that is building for the dutch company Royal N.V. Texels Eigen Stoomboot Onderneming (TESO), located in the island of Texel, at the north of The Netherlands.


US Research Ships Ready to Cast Off in 2015

Arctic-bound Sikuliaq (Photo: U.S. National Science Foundation)

Two new U.S. research vessels are going full steam ahead: the U.S. National Science Foundation will formally commission its Arctic-bound Sikuliaq, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Neil Armstrong will begin science operations. 


Tsuneishi Builds 200th Kamsarmax Bulk Carrier

Ultra Lion (Photo: Tsuneishi Shipbuilding)

Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. finished building an 82,000-mt D/W type bulk carrier Ultra Lion on January 7, 2015, marking the completion of the builder’s 200th Kamsarmax model vessel.   Built by Tsuneishi Group Shipbuilding, Inc


Taming the Arctic, One Ferry at a Time

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Ferries for Alaska’s harsh conditions, built in Alaska by Alaskans. Vigor and Elliott Bay Design Group team up for a winning combination as the new Alaska Class Ferry Project takes shape. With its network of islands and fjords, rugged mountains and spectacular tidewater glaciers


Two Executive Changes at HII

William Ebbs (left) and  Andrew Hicks (right). (Photos: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries announces two executive changes to its government relations team   Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that William Ebbs has taken on the new role of vice president, federal policy, and Andrew Hicks has been promoted to vice president


New Defense Cooperation with India

  Today, on his historic visit to India, President Obama and Prime Minister Modi announced new, ground-breaking agreements on defense cooperation between India and the United States that promise to open a new chapter in our defense relationship and mark an important milestone in the U.S


The Art of Propeller Making

The mold is 1,100 degree Celsius liquid bronze is flowing into the prepared propeller mould.to be filled.

The world’s biggest propellers have their cradle in the North of Germany. MMG – Mecklenburger Metallguss GmbH – has manufactured for more than 65 years propellers for ships, including the biggest and fastest, in the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern


Shepler’s New Ferry Takes Shape

Photo: Moran Iron Works

Sparks are flying on the bulkhead and engine room of the $3.8 million, 85-foot Miss Margy, the newest addition to the Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry fleet, at Moran Iron Works.   Bill Shepler, CEO of Shepler’s, and Tom Moran, CEO and founder of Moran Iron Works


New Survey Vessel Ordered for the Port of London

Image courtesy of CTruk

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has ordered a new purpose-built survey catamaran, a CTruk MPC19, due to enter service on the river Thames later this year.   The vessel is will replace the PLA’s Yantlet vessel as she reaches the end of her service life


New Orleans Sets Container Records in 2014

Photo courtesy of the Port of New Orleans

Port of New Orleans sees record container volumes in 2014 The Port of New Orleans achieved record container volumes in 2014 thanks in part to the addition of new shipping services and an uptick in the national economy contributed. According to year-end totals, 490


Crewsaver to Debut New Inflatable Life Vests

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Crewsaver said it will introduce its range of ErgoFit and Crewfit inflatable life vests at the 2015 Progressive Miami International Boat Show, February 12-16.   The new Crewsaver range offers comfortable, safe, stylish and affordable solutions for all types of boating and fishing activity






 
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