Nor-Shipping Product Round-Up

Tuesday, May 06, 2003

Tribon Solutions releases Tribon.com 6.0

Tribon.com recently released its newest version, 6.0, for easier attainment of information. The new layout presents the relevant product information in a clear and user-friendly overview on the screen making it easy for ship designers to search and find suppliers' product information. Some of the new features are: a new presentation of search results based on product types, a more intuitive product presentation page, easily accessible search tips and help for the Browse Search and Free Search functions, modified system menu to provide a better overview and quicker access to pages and functions and general layout is improved to give a better overview.

Transas At Nor-Shipping 2003

Located at booth number C3:08 at the Nor-Shipping exhibition, Transas' display will be comprised of three sectors: onboard navigation systems and equipment, maritime simulators and shore-based applications, including VTS, maritime security, and fleet and ship management.

The focus of the 'navigation sector' will be the new-generation 3000 line of products, including the Navi-Sailor 3000 ECDIS and ECS; the Navi-Fisher 3000 electronic chart system specifically adopted for fishing vessels; the Navi-Radar 3000 PC-based radar system with advanced ARPA and Chart facilities, and Navi-Conning 3000, a handy navigation tool. The new Transas UAIS transponder MT-1 will also feature strongly on the stand. Navi-Sailor 3000 systems connected with UAIS transponders will be displayed in the interactive operation mode. The highlight of the 'simulation sector' will be a virtual bridge network system based on the Transas full mission ship handling simulator Navi-Trainer Professional 4000, incorporating Navi-Sailor, Navi-Radar and Navi-Conning. Among other simulators to be showcased is the Engine Room simulator, LCH simulator and GMDSS simulator TGS-4100 with new modern hardware. The 'shore-based applications area' of Transas' display will show the company's latest developments for maritime safety. Visitors will see the Navi-Guard system, the new solution for port and coastal security; the Fleet View 3.0 monitoring system and PISCES, the next-generation Potential Incident Simulation, Control & Evaluation System.

Becker Marine Systems

Since taking over the Schilling-Rudder product line, Becker Marine Systems has extended its product range, which it plans to present at this year's Nor-Shipping. Since the acquisition, Becker has come to be known as one of the largest producers of high-performance rudders. This is reflected in its twisted rudder, which lowers operating and maintenance costs on high-speed ships by reducing or avoiding cavitation. Included in the product range is the newly developed, automated materials handling system, which ensures efficient and safe handling of provisions and materials on RoPax ferries, cruisers and marine vessels. At the exhibition, the company will focus on the various options of deploying its globally established Becker rudder types, steering gear and Kort nozzles for ships of all sizes, such as platform supply vessels,cruisers,anchor handling tug supply vessels,fishing boats and oil/chemical tankers.

Fixturlaser AB

Developing Advanced Machine Alignment Systems

Fixturlaser AB, Mölndal, Sweden, has developed a new and highly accurate system for positioning and aligning machines and production line installations.

The new Fixturlaser Level is a laser based "one-man-level" system, which meets high mechanical and accuracy leveling requirements. The one-man-level makes a helping hand redundant, since the system consists of a self leveling, scanning laser transmitter and a high resolution receiver.

Schottel To Present New Products in Oslo

Known as an international group of companies with a worldwide sales network, Schottel GmbH & Co. KG houses its main facility in Spay — on the River Rhine in Germany. Besides azimuthing propulsion systems and maneuvering devices, Schottel also supplies conventional propulsion packages with a power rating of up to 30 MW for vessels of all kinds and sizes.

The company will be displaying, at this year's Nor-Shipping, current Schottel range of products and services, particularly: Rudderpropellers (SRP) up to 6,000 kW; Twin-Propellers (STP) up to 3,500 kW; Navigators (NAV) up to 1,000 kW; Podded Drives (SEP and SSP) up to 20 MW; Pump-Jets (SPJ) up to 3,500 kW, Transverse Thrusters (STT) up to 3,400 kW; and controllable-pitch propeller plants (SCP) up to 30,000 kW, including shafting, rudder systems, and remote control devices, as well as tailor-made steering and control systems.

Saab Rosemount: Excellence in Marine Engineering

In terms of marine technology, Saab Rosemount offers more than just stand-alone systems. An integral part of the company's product design is to ensure seamless integration between the group's systems. This is why each subsidiary of the Saab Rosemount Marine Group is dedicated to focused development of its respective spearhead technologies.

The onboard systems offered by the Saab Rosemount Marine Group are developed, designed and produced in Scandinavia — based on the innovative engineering and requirements of the marine market. With four market leaders working as one, Saab Rosemount, SF-Control, Scanjet Marine and MEP Marine, the group's solutions support customers from system design and product advice — to installation, consultation and operational services.

Not only are these systems crucial for ship safety, efficiency and productivity, but in effect, also provide long-term commitments, and local support and expertise through the sales and service companies covering the global marine market.

Electronic Visitor's Guide Provides Added Value

A new feature of this year's Nor-Shipping Visitor's Guide has opened recently on the exhibition's web page. The Visitor's Guide is an electronic catalog, which gives the exhibitors several possibilities in terms of publicizing their companies and products. The complete guide is now open on the Nor-Shipping web site and it will remain open until the end of the year.

Fleet Management Contract to SIS

Seeking maximum efficiency through a single maintenance management system, ASP Ship Management (ASP) of Australia has chosen Star Information Systems (SIS) to supply fleet management software for its global operations. The software contract is for 20 vessels and ASP's Melbourne office with option for eventual SIS software deliveries to other worldwide offices. The contract also includes the full SIS fleet management software system range, Star IPS, Star CPS and Star Insurance.

Scheduled to be operational by July 2003, the Star Information System has been designed to provide uniform information and improved efficiency in: Requisitioning and purchasing, taking care of data exchanges between buyer and vendor; Ship maintenance management, comprising the basic modules for maintenance work planning and spare parts handling; Document handling of all document types, including texts, images, forms and reports on shore and on board; Event handling within Quality Assurance guidelines and in line with company and statutory requirements, improving safety and reducing insurance costs; and Reporting and managing guarantee claims, keeping track of claims for new buildings or new installations for use both on board and ashore.

Latest From Solar Solve for Nor-Shipping 2003

Solar Solve Marine, the U.K.-based manufacturer of the Solasolv range of anti-glare, heat rejecting sunscreens, plans to display its latest products including the new range of specialist marine interior roller blinds.

Smoketite, which will be shown at this year's Nor-Shipping, is a roller smoke screen made from flame resistant fabric and is designed to act as a highly effective barrier across corridors or stairwells located within the same area of fire risk.

CIMAC Circle at Nor-Shipping 2003

CIMAC has organized its first CIMAC Circle at Nor-Shipping on June 5, 2003, from 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. with the title 'Users' Views on Marine Diesel Engine Performance & Reliability'

After an introduction by Lars Nerheim, Rolls Royce Bergen, Jørn Dragsted, A.P. Møller, Chairman of CIMAC Working Group 'Engine Users', will present the users' view on Marine Diesel Engine Performance & Reliability based on statistics from the Working Group's database (Cimacuse) followed by a discussion with the audience.

For more information e-mail CIMAC@VDMA.ORG

Optimized Data Communication at Bergesen

Bergesen D.Y. ASA in Norway has, for a long time, tested different communication systems to improve data communication between ship and office. Electrical superintendent at Bergesen, Odd Jarle Holtekjølen, confirms that the decision has been made to install CommBox on 16 vessels. "We have tested CommBox on vessels with Inmarsat A, Inmarsat B, Inmarsat Fleet 77 and via GSM. CommBox has proven to us that it is a reliable and flexible solution" said Holtekjølen. "We have reduced our data communication cost with 65 to 70 percent on our pilot vessels. Taken in account the improved stability of established calls almost without failures the reduction of cost in some areas can be even more." Managing Director Morten Aasen at Virtek Communication says having Bergesen as its customer is a major acknowledgement for Virtek.

CommBox is a combined cost efficient E-mail server with a TCP/IP router designed for satellite communication. CommBox allows applications to use the link for mail transfer, file transfer and database replication.

SES Electrical Sees Bright Future

Sustained interest in diesel-electric propulsion and advanced power generation solutions for smaller ships is reflected in the projects completed or planned in the past year by Bergen-based Scandinavian Electric Systems (SES). Typifying the wide scope of SES' capabilities is a system due for delivery in the first half of 2003 for a DNV-classed, dynamically-positioned, seismic vessel for Volstad Shipping, Norway. SES was assigned to execute a complete study, engineering, harmonic calculations and commissioning of a 690V/60Hz installation embracing the following main elements: two 3,450kVA/720 rpm water-cooled IP54 generators; two 2,000kVA/900 rpm water-cooled IP54 generators; two compass thruster drive motors (each 2,000kW S1 1,800 rpm) with AC drives; one propulsion motor (2,500kW S1 1,200 rpm) with AC drive; and one side thruster motor (2,000kW V1 S1 900 rpm).

Among significant current commitments at SES is a system for a tanker building in Turkey for the Turkish owner Furtrans.

Due for delivery in March 2003, the DNV-classed installation will embrace a combined diesel-electric and take-me-home power solution (based on a 660kW/1,200 rpm IP23 AC motor and AC-inverter active front- end drive) and a 400kVA/1,800 rpm generator serving one shaftline.

Tribon M2 Enhanced Again

Service Pack 3 of the Tribon M2 Shipbuilding system was released in early April, a version that includes further improved production information in the Assembly and Weld Planning applications and the new function Recording of Walk Through Paths in the Design Manager application. A new method for calculation of weld joints works more than 10 times faster than the previous version. The new version of the Assembly Planning application is delivered with Service Pack 3. Tribon M2 Assembly Planning helps define the vessel build strategy and create assembly production information, and also supports various activities in the work preparation and production engineering area. Both the production structure of a vessel, and the assembly structure, can be defined and maintained with Assembly Planning.

Tribon M2 Weld Planning

A completely new method for automatic detection of weld joints has been implemented in the new version of the Tribon M2 Weld Planning application. Weld Planning also has a new user interface. A new method for calculation of weld joints works more than 10 times faster than the previous version. This new solution, based on the Tribon core technology, replaces the standard solid geometry method previously used.

Recording of Walk Through Paths

A new function in the Tribon M2 Design Manager application is the Recording of Walk Through Paths. A walk-through in the ship model (Tribon PIM) can now easily be recorded and replayed. The recording is stored as a standard avi file format. The recorded walk through path can then easily be distributed to other design departments and offices to be displayed which simplifies the design reviews.

Walk-throughs can be used to present a ship arrangement in an efficient way.

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