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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Kongsberg to support RAN Bridge Simulator Expansion

Maritime Warfare Officers of the Royal Australian Navy at HMAS Watson, Sydney Australia will soon be trained on upgraded K-Sim Polaris ship’s bridge simulators, made possible by a beneficial support contract between KONGSBERG and RAN. Credit ABIS Alan Lancaster. Copyright Commonwealth of Australia

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is expanding its maritime simulator facility at HMAS Watson, Sydney with the addition of new KONGSBERG ship-handling and navigation simulators and the integration of a new visual display system for its existing bridge simulator. The expansion has been established under the current support contract between KONGSBERG and RAN, in order to provide capacity to meet current and increasing demands for training. Kongsberg Digital, the new KONGSBERG Group division dedicated to delivering next generation software and digital solutions…

Hatteland's Maritime Display, Panel Computers at IWBS 2016

Hatteland Display - 55” Ultra High Definition Chart & Planning table (Photo: Hatteland)

Hatteland Display will highlight its diverse portfolio of maritime displays and panel computers at the International Workboat Show 2016 (IWBS 2016) this week. Headquartered in Norway and with its US office in Vista, California, Hatteland Display is a developer of displays and computers for workboats, ships and offshore vessel bridge and automation systems. The company is expecting a busy IWBS 2016, following significant recent sales growth and the expansion of its portfolio with a unique flagship 4K display system and developments within its market-leading Panel Computer range.

Polar Cruise Ships to Feature Rolls-Royce Green Tech

Image: Rolls-Royce

Norwegian explorer cruise line Hurtigruten is to build two new expedition ships using a new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology from Rolls-Royce making fully electric propulsion on a passenger ship possible. The Rolls-Royce designed MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen, about to be constructed at Kleven Yard in Norway, will be packed with innovative Rolls-Royce technology. In addition to the hybrid power solution, the vessels will have the latest automation and control systems…

News: Barge/Bridge Accident Study Released

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) and the U.S. Coast Guard released a study of barge/bridge allisions spanning 10 years. The study was conducted by the Coast Guard-AWO Bridge Allision Work Group, established last summer in the aftermath of fatal bargebridge accidents at South Padre Island, Texas in September 2001 and Webbers Falls, Oklahoma in May 2002. Based upon the findings, the Work Group report identified a five-point action plan to prevent bridge allisions and minimize the consequences of those that do occur. • Bridge allisions involving towing vessels occur at the rate of about six allisions per 10,000 towing vessel trips. • The overwhelming majority of bridge allisions - 94 % -- result in minor property damage with no personal injury or harm to the environment.

Marine Infrastructure Challenges Demand Engineering Solutions

Infrastructure renewal and engineering combine to provide an obscure, often under-appreciated, but nevertheless critically important aspect of marine operations. In the Pacific Northwest, for example, the waterway abundant geography provides engineering and specialized moving company Omega Morgan with all sorts of challenges that involve bridges spanning rivers. Whether crossing or moving these spans, West Coast-based Omega Morgan, faces particularly unique engineering challenges.

SR 410 White River Bridge in Enumclaw Closed

White River Bridge damaged beam

The Washington State Department of Transportation has temporarily closed the State Route 410 White River Bridge after crews discovered damage to the bridge’s overhead support structure during a routine inspection early Saturday morning. The SR 410 White River Bridge has an arched steel overhead support structure, which is signed for 15 feet. The bridge strike occurred in the westbound lanes of the bridge. Low clearance warning signs are posted along the shoulder approaching the bridge.

USCG Terminates Bridge Project Permit

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a letter March 2 to the Detroit International Bridge Company terminating the Coast Guard Bridge Permit application process for the Ambassador Bridge Enhancement Project in Detroit, Mich. Termination of the bridge permit application process includes all final agency decisions regarding the National Environmental Policy Act environmental analysis process and the Coast Guard Bridge Permit itself. The Detroit International Bridge Company (DIBC) proposed to construct a six-lane, cable-stayed bridge across the Detroit River, just west of and adjacent to the existing four-lane Ambassador Bridge. Prior to commencing construction, the DIBC must obtain a Coast Guard Bridge Permit because the structure would cross a navigable waterway.

Bridge Milestone Celebrated at Port of Long Beach

Bridge Milestone Celebrated

Port, City and Caltrans officials, along with an international team of builders and designers, celebrated a key milestone today in the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project: Construction of the first set of bridge foundations is under way. “This new iconic bridge represents our future and it’s very exciting to see the construction in full swing,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. When completed, the new bridge spanning the Port of Long Beach will be one of the tallest bridges of its kind in the United States.

Drive to Promote Hazard Awareness

Photo: International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)

As part of a major initiative to promote hazard awareness throughout the shipping industry, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and The Standard Club have issued free safety posters to shipping companies worldwide. The release of the posters marks the final stage of a campaign by the two organisations to promote hazard awareness with a ‘Spot the Hazard’ competition for seafarers. The competition invited seafarers across the world to identify ten hazards within five typical scenes – bridge, deck, engine room, galley and port terminal.

Study Conducted After Fatal Bridge Accidents Yields Five-Point Action Plan

association for the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry, and the U.S. have jointly released a study of barge/bridge allisions spanning ten years. Oklahoma in May 2002. occur. December 31, 2001. incidents. public of allisions between bridges and towing vessels. 10,000 towing vessel trips. damage with no personal injury or harm to the environment. Queen Isabella Bridge allisions makes clear, serious accidents can occur. four bridge allision cases have resulted in fatalities. n Fully 90% of towing vessel bridge allisions are related to human performance. candidates for alteration or removal under the authority of the Truman-Hobbs Act. industry to enhance an operator's fitness for making good decisions. the Truman-Hobbs Act.

Transas T-Bridge Installed on Ice Class Vessels

Photo courtesy of Transas Marine

Transas Marine informs it has installed and commissioned the Transas T-Bridge integrated bridge systems aboard three ice class vessels built by Keppel Singmarine, the specialized shipbuilding subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine. Transas supplied Integrated Bridge Systems including full navigation systems, external and internal communication systems and CCTV. Transas said its T-Bridge is designed to add further safety to navigation, simplify bridge operations and offers a flexible bridge configuration.

Transas Launches a Versatile T-Bridge

Transas T-Bridge

Transas Marine has expanded its extensive product portfolio with the launch of the T-Bridge, the most advanced integrated navigation system where professional bridge equipment meets aviation, automation and even tablet technology. The new Transas T-bridge brings together diverse systems into a single bridge environment, where data sources are combined to provide a full and clear picture to support efficient decision-making. Solid, timely and pertinent access to all crucial information is the key to safe and secure navigation.

New Integrated Bridge Solution from Transas

Image: Transas

Transas Marine expanded its product portfolio with the launch of the T-Bridge, an integrated navigation system that meets professional bridge equipment with aviation, automation and tablet technology. The new Transas T-bridge brings together diverse systems into a single bridge environment, where data sources are combined to provide a full and clear picture to support efficient decision-making. Solid, timely and pertinent access to all crucial information is the key to safe and secure navigation.

ASA Responds to Damaged Railroad Bridge

On July 10, a member of the American Salvage Association (ASA) was contracted, following an emergency call, to lift the Bayou Boeuf Railroad Bridge in Amelia, Louisiana, which had been struck by a tug and barge resulting in significant damage to the bridge span. Upon arrival at the site, the ASA member lifted the damaged 200-ton bridge span and placed it onto a deck barge. The bridge span was then transferred to a local repair facility where the member company again lifted the bridge span and placed it into the repair yard. Upon completion of the repairs, the bridge span was placed back onto the deck barge and transferred to the rail line where it was put on its supports, allowing rail traffic to resume.

Ulstein Bridge Vision Debuts

With the internal mandate to create better, safer and simpler solutions for ships’ crews, Ulstein introduces its patent-pending Ulstein Bridge Vision – a concept that promises major improvements for the operational centers of vessels. -    a new breed of user-defined ergonomic work stations. Arne Ove Rødstøl, Product Manager Bridge in Ulstein Power & Control, explained that Ulstein engineers sought the expertise of industrial, graphic and interaction designers from The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO).

New Navigation Bridge Design by Havyard

'Concept Bridge': Photo credit Havyard

Project Manager Svein Olav Tørresdal of Havyard Power & Systems has been heading the design and the development of this modern bridge concept, which has been done in close cooperation with the Nomek company , in Stryn, Norway. “Concept Bridge ™” is developed for all types of vessels within offshore, fishing, seismology, cargo vessels and also for passenger ships. We have spent one year developing this system and now we are finally there. The bridge concept is all about a more open…

Correction: Mississippi River Closed in Iowa after Barge Hits Bridge

The U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday closed the Mississippi River at Sabula, Iowa, after a barge struck a railroad bridge, said Eric Washburn, bridge administrator for the agency's Eighth District Western Rivers Bridge Branch. The river was closed 1 mile (1.6 km) north and 1 mile south of the site of the accident as of about 3 p.m. CDT (2000 GMT), Washburn said. The barge was stuck in an open position. The contents of the barge were unknown as investigators traveled to the site, he said. "The investigators will have to inspect the bridge and make a determination if it needs repairs," added Tim Marriott, enforcement chief for the Coast Guard's upper Mississippi River sector. The rail bridge was owned by Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd , said company spokesman Ed Greenberg.

Transas e-Navigation Technologies at Neva 2015

Photo: Transas

Transas Marine has introduced its e-Navigation technologies at Neva exhibition, which took place during September 22-25 in St. Petersburg, Russia. This year, Transas displayed an integrated solution presenting real implementation of e-Navigation concept; fully integrated T-Bridge linked with a port VTMS and fleet management system of a shipping company in real time, as an example of integrating key maritime shipping actors in one unified information environment. Transas’ comprehensive…

Omega Morgan Eyes Aging Bridge Projects

Omega Morgan specially designed a truss beam for the installation of the collapsed Skagit River Bridge.  Piles could not be driven under the Akrow Bridge (part of the Skagit Bridge) so the company’s 70-foot trussed beam was specially made to support the new 950-ton bridge. (Photo courtesy Omega Morgan.)

Omega Morgan, a 22-year-old specialized moving company, has its eyes on the aging bridges in the Pacific Northwest. After successfully employing the jack-and-slide method of efficiently moving bridge spans into place for two high-profile projects, the company sees more opportunities in Oregon and Washington. In January, Omega Morgan moved Portland’s 1,100-foot-long, 3,400-ton Sellwood Bridge across the Willamette River in a single day, in one piece and on an angle, drawing national media and big crowds. Then in Washington State on the night of Sept.

NYK Buys Stake in NY/NJ's Largest Terminal

Photo: NYK

NYK subsidiary NYK Ports, together with Macquarie Infrastructure Partners III (MIP III), has invested in Maher Terminals, which operates a terminal in the U.S. port of New York and New Jersey. On November 16, 2016, NYK Ports acquired a 20 percent share of Maher. The port of New York and New Jersey handles the most containers of any port on the East Coast of North America, and Maher is the largest terminal in the port with a handling capacity of 3 million TEUs annually. After construction to raise the Bayonne Bridge’s clearance is completed in late 2017…

Bisso Responds to Damaged Railroad Bridge

Following an emergency call, Bisso Marine mobilized the 600 ton capacity D/B Lili Bisso to Amelia, La., to lift the Bayou Boeuf Railroad Bridge which had been struck by a tug and barge resulting in significant damage to the bridge span. Upon arrival at the site, the D/B Lili Bisso lifted the damaged 200 ton bridge span and placed it on to a deck barge. The bridge span was then transferred to a local repair facility where the D/B Lili Bisso would again lift the bridge span and place it into the repair yard. Upon completion of the repairs, the D/B Lili Bisso again lifted the repaired span and placed it back on to the deck barge. The deck barge and D/B Lili Bisso were then transferred back to the rail line where the span was put back on to its supports allowing the rail traffic to resume.

Coast Guard Closes Mississippi River After Barge Strikes Bridge

The Coast Guard closed a portion of the Mississippi River after a barge struck a rail road bridge Thursday near Vicksburg, Miss. The barge caught fire after it struck the Vicksburg Rail Road Bridge near the Interstate 20 bridge and drifted about 10 miles down river and became grounded in Diamond Cutoff, one mile south of Oak Bend at mile marker 424.3. The fire aboard the barge was contained by the crewmembers aboard the motor vessel John Roberts and personnel from U.S. Environmental Services. The Coast Guard has established a safety zone along the Mississippi River between mile markers 440, near Kings Point, Miss., and mile marker 409.5, near Middle Ground Island, Miss.

Crane Strikes McTeer Bridge

On April 26, a crane being towed by the tug Sara Kaitlin struck the McTeer Bridge on the Beaufort River. The barge under tow, Mobro 139, was carrying the crane that struck the bridge. The tug and barge were heading south towards Savannah, Ga. The crane sustained minor damage. The operators of the tug and barge, Savannah Marine Services Inc. and CML Equipment Company LLC respectively, are fully cooperating with the Coast Guard. This matter is under investigation by the Coast Guard. South Carolina Department of Transportation has closed the McTeer Bridge to vehicular traffic. The Lady's Island Bridge (Wood's Bridge) is open to recreational vessel traffic on a restricted schedule as follows. Commercial vessel traffic restrictions have not been implemented at this time.


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