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Sometimes it seems cliché to repeat that a product or system “protects equipment and saves lives,” but in the case of valve manufacturer Penn-Troy, which recently unveiled a new crankcase explosion relief valve that boasts lower exhaust temperatures, more engine internal clearance and a lighter weight design, the claim is accurate. To get further insights on the BICERA Revolution Explosion Relief Valve, we spoke to Mark Powers, president of the company, for his insights on the product and its value. The BICERA Revolution Explosion Relief Valve is the second-generation model of the original crankcase explosion relief valve proposed by the British Internal Combustion Engine Research Association (BICERA) after the Reina del Pacifico explosion in 1947. In the spotlight of this new product is the patent-pending flame arrester technology. Made of a strong, porous material, the external arrestor acts as an aggressive heat sink, dispersing lower exhaust temperatures radially, away from engine personnel, in the event of a crankcase explosion. The external flame arresting process also allows for better internal engine clearance. The BICERA Revolution Valve comes in four models: Bolt-on, Weld-on, Integrated Door Unit and Quick Detachable; certified to the IACS UR M66 specification by ABS, BV, DNV and RINA. We understand that you recently unveiled a new crankcase explosion relief valve. Why was an investment in a new technology solution required at this time?


North Wales Trainees Start Offshore Careers

Back row: Scott Pitman, Joe Stafford, Martyn Berrington and Ronan Conway. Front: Troy Melling and Ralph Williams.

Six young men from North Wales have taken their first steps into a new career in the offshore wind energy industry having been accepted as trainees with the UK’s only dedicated trainee academy for the offshore wind industry, Offshore Marine Academy. Ranging in age from 20 to 24, the trainees come from a variety of backgrounds including plumbing, the Royal Marines and electronics, but all applied with the aim of starting a long-term career in the growing local offshore wind industry.


USNS Pathfinder Participates in at-Sea Demonstration

Military Sealift Command oceanographic survey ship USNS Pathfinder arrived in , , to pick up Ukrainian personnel and members of the U.S.-based Institute for Exploration for an upcoming at-sea capabilities demonstration with ’s Department of Underwater Heritage. In April 2008, the Ukranian government invited the U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet to demonstrate U.S. Navy hydrographic survey capabilities and to help search for SS Armenia, a sunken, World War II Soviet hospital ship.


Container Census Predicts Limited Box Availability

After the critical shortages of containers of last year, production has picked up again, but high container prices and a tight ratio of containers to vessel slots will continue to constrain the availability of boxes, according to the Container Census – Annual Survey and Forecast of Global Container Units, a new report from Drewry Maritime Research. At the end of 2010, the global fleet of containers exceeded $90 billion in replacement value for the first time, according to the report


ISO Tank Containers Equipped for Hook Lifting

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Langh Ship Cargo Solutions has extended its offering to include tank containers equipped for hook lifting. “Often the on-carriage of tank containers meant for transportation by sea is quite expensive on land, as the need for special lifting equipment makes the handling of the containers difficult,” said Product Manager Markku Yli-Kahri. Just like the company’s other containers, Langh Ship Cargo Solutions’ tank container equipped for hook lifting has been developed


CEVA and L’Oréal Extend Relationship in Indonesia

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  CEVA Logistics, a leading global supply chain management company, announced a contract renewal and expanded business with L'Oréal in Indonesia, the world's leading beauty brand. CEVA's partnership with L'Oréal started more than 3 years ago when the company took on the warehouse management of L'Oréal's distribution centers in Bekasi, providing warehousing and distribution services as well as value added services


Med Taipei Owners, Operators to Pay $3.25M in Settlement

The owners and operators of the foreign-flagged container vessel Med Taipei have agreed to pay $3.25m to the United States to resolve allegations that the 15 containers lost overboard in 2004 resulted in long-term damage to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS), the Department of Justice and the Department of Commerce announced on July 25. The settlement in behalf of MBNMS, located off the coast of California, and the owners and operators of the vessel – All Oceans Transportation


Cargotec's Kalmar SmartPort Automation is Key

Global Container Terminals in New Jersey plans to implement Cargotec's Kalmar SmartQuay solution for six quay cranes as part of an ongoing automation project.   The SmartQuay solution improves productivity during vessel operations and is delivered in partnership with APS Technology Group, part of the Kalmar SmartPort Alliance. The system automates data capture for all container movements, automatically builds ship plans and provides tools for managing traffic at the quay


Container Load Weighing Becomes Mandatory

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The IMO has approved international regulations ensuring the weighing of containers before their carriage by sea informs the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) . The provisions will increase safety, contribute to preventing accidents and prevent loss of containers over board. The DMA considers it a milestone that the IMO has now approved international SOLAS regulations. The regulations ensure that a container is not loaded without its weight having been verified in accordance with


Asia-Europe Box Rates Fall 5.6 pct

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Freight rates for container shipping from Asia to Northern Europe fell by 5.6 percent in the Monday through Wednesday period compared with last week, to $1,085 per 20-foot container (TEU), data showed on Friday. Rates on the route, which is the world's busiest for container shipping, were thereby 28 percent lower than at the same time in 2013. From Asia to ports in the Mediterranean, container freight rates fell 4.8 percent from last week, the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index showed


Houston Port Throughput Up 22%

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Activity across Port of Houston Authority docks continues to show strength as February 2015 tonnage figures reflected a 22-percent increase compared to February 2014. Executive Director Roger Guenther released the information today during the monthly meeting of the Port Commission of the Port


Lloyd's Launches 2015 Container Certification Scheme

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  Lloyd’s Register launched its 2015 Container Certification Scheme today to give a clear and concise set of rules to ensure offshore and onshore containers are safe and certified correctly.       Aimed at both manufacturers and operators of equipment in the


Container Shipping Outlook Uncertain in 2015: AlixPartners

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  The outlook for the global container shipping industry remains challenging for the remainder of 2015, according to a new report from AlixPartners.   In its annual outlook for the industry, the global business-advisory firm predicts that operating improvements will continue to prove


Maersk Line Orders Seven Containerships from China

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Danish shipping firm Maersk Line has signed an order for seven container vessels from COSCO Shipyard in China as the first step in a $15 billion investment programme over five years. The companies said in a statement on Thursday they would not give details of the price of the vessels


New Orleans Cargo Totals at 14-year High

Cargo worked at the Port of New Orleans’ public docks in 2014 totaled 8.37 million tons, the highest total since 2000 and up 28 percent compared to the prior 12-month period, the port reported.   Imported steel and container cargo led the growth, as imported iron and steel rose 101


Liebherr to Supply Four Cranes to Australia

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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


Detained Vessels Released in Alaska

U.S. Coast Guard marine safety personnel detain, release two vessels in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, after deficiencies detected   The Captain of the Port, Western Alaska, detained and released two vessels in February and March, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.  


EU Regulators Order Cosco to Pay for Greek Benefits

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 European Union state aid regulators have ordered Greece to recover certain illegal fiscal benefits granted to Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT) and its parent company Cosco Pacific Ltd, says a report in Reuters.   The European Commission found that Greece inappropriately granted tax


Singamas Container: Profit Down in 2014, Bullish for 2015

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 The world’s second-largest container manufacturer Singamas Container reported 2014 net profit which is lower than the previous year, but is expecting a better 2015 bolstered by pent-up demand from shipping lines and the firm’s investment in a gateway province between China and


Mega Ships and Cyber Attacks Pose New Threats

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Shipping losses continued their long-term downward trend with 75 reported worldwide in 2014, making it the safest year in shipping for 10 years, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS)  third annual Safety and Shipping Review 2015


First ShipArrestor Delivered

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Following a full product trial in New Zealand, the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) signed its acceptance of the first of two ShipArrestor systems from Miko Marine, making Norway the first country with a system that gives it the ability to protect its shores from the danger of drifting oil


Singapore Shipping Line NOL a Takeover Target?

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 Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) may be shaping up as a takeover candidate, a report in Bloomberg said.   The appeal of the shipping company that helped cement Singapore's status as a global trade hub has increased after it agreed to sell its logistics unit last month for US$1


Ships Queues Creep into Lagos ports

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 19 ships laden with petrol and other commodities are discharging at the Lagos ports, says Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in its daily publication `Shipping Position’.   Three of the ships were laden with petrol, while the others had diesel, steel products, containers, bulk salt


The Bigger the Ship, the Riskier

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 Container ship safety is under the spotlight with ever-increasing ship sizes, as evidenced by the January 2015 inauguration of the world’s largest container ship, the MSC Oscar (19,224 teu).    The length of four football pitches, it can carry 19,000 containers


Slow Steaming “can damage containers” - BMT

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  Fuel saving measures can have a negative effect on the lashing forces on the containers, according to Maritime London member BMT Surveys. The company's risk & quality manager and marine surveyor, Olivier van der Kruijs, bases this warning on audits on more than 100 container vessels






 
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