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Sunday, September 25, 2016

MN100: Bristol Harbor Group, Inc.

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Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) is a full service naval architecture and marine engineering firm located on the harbor in Bristol, Rhode Island. BHGI has produced more than 50 unique designs to which more than 100 vessels have been built. Specializing in commercial vessel design and consulting, the firm’s experience spans tugs, barges, ATB’s, passenger vessels, dredges and yachts. The BHGI professional team hails from some of the best naval architecture schools in the country. BHGI has been working on a number of projects through its second contract with the U.S.

Vard Electro Bags Contract in India

Vard Electro AS, a subsidiary of Vard Holdings Limited, has secured a new contract for the delivery of an equipment and electrical installation package to Cochin Shipyard Ltd. for a vessel under construction for the Government of India. Contracted by the yard in August 2015 and expected to become operational in 2018, the vessel with a length of approximately 120 meters will be equipped with several of VARD’s SeaQ products and systems. The contract includes engineering to support the shipyard in the approvals process, delivery of a SeaQ Electric Propulsion and Integrated Automation System (IAS) package, SeaQ Bridge systems, complete generator sets, and the complete electrical installation on board the vessel. The value of the contract is approximately 150 MNOK.

MN100: NABRICO

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From the design of barge accessories and deck fittings to the day-to-day commitment to customer service, NABRICO is one of the most highly respected names in the water transportation industry. NABRICO started building bridges in 1902 and built its first piece of floating equipment for the U.S. Corps of Engineers in 1915. More than nine decades of experience, engineering and nautical expertise go into every piece of equipment built today. NABRICO is a major supplier of marine deck hardware on the river system as well as the offshore industry.

Kipevu Oil Terminal to Be Relocated

The Kipevu Oil Terminal at Mombasa Port will be relocated early next year, to Dongo Kundu area, as a result of the ongoing capacity expansion program, the Kenya Ports Authority announced. The new oil terminal is expected to have a capacity to accommodate four vessels of up to 200,000 DWT. The project also involves building new cargo handling facilities with both subsea and land based pipelines and four berths capable of loading/discharging crude oil, HFO, DPK-aviation, AGO-Diesel and PMS-Petrol. The other element is the topside, whose initial implementation will be for three berths but layout will recognize the need for implementation of the fourth berth at a later date.

Conrad Wins Army Corps Crane Barge Contract

 Profile of USACOE Crane Barge to be built by Conrad at its Morgan City Shipyard. (Image: Conrad)

Conrad Shipyard won a contract to build a Crane Barge for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The 300 x 68-ft welded steel barge is to be used in floating crane service by the Corps’ Rock Island District in support of its maintenance mission on the inland navigation system. The barge is designed with a deckhouse and crew support area, generator room, shop area, office and heads. Below deck will enclose machinery spaces, storage areas and tankage. The vessel will be classified by ABS as Maltese Cross A1…

MN100: Gibbs & Cox, Inc.

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Gibbs & Cox and Donald L. Blount and Associates (G&C/DLBA) comprise one of the world’s leading independent naval architecture and marine engineering design firms. The company employs naval architects, engineers and designers from all of the ship-related engineering disciplines including propulsion, mechanical/auxiliaries, structural, electrical, software, and logistics. Since its founding in 1929, G&C has provided expert services to the entire marine sector. Engineering, design…

Vigor Introduces Freezer Longliner Design

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Vigor will unveil its new 142’ Freezer Longliner designed specifically for North Pacific fishing at this year's Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle, Wash. Based on an existing design by Marco Marine, the 142’ x 33.6’ x 14’ vessel has a fish hold capacity of 14,070 cu ft and a bait hold capacity of 1,900 cu ft. “A new class of longliners is a central need for the recapitalization of the North Pacific fishing fleet, but to get these vessels built fishermen need to know they can depend on the design—and it better be affordable,” explained Keith Whittemore, Vigor Executive VP of Business Development.

BMT Awarded USCG Human Systems Integration Contract

BMT Group subsidiary BMT Designers & Planners Inc. said it has been awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to provide Human Systems Integration (HSI) engineering and technical support for the U.S Coast Guard. With a BPA funding ceiling of $9.1 million over a five-year term including options, BMT has been approved to provide HSI services in five key areas including: Human Factors Engineering (HFE); Manpower; Personnel; Performance Support and Training (PS&T); System Safety (including Occupational Health); and Habitability and Personnel Survivability. David Bardash, Engineering Business Unit Lead at BMT Designers & Planners commented, “We’re delighted to be continuing our human systems work with the Coast Guard under this new contract.

'A Few Good Men' Thanks for the Leadership!

Michael J. Toohey (Photo: WCI)

Change is inevitable, especially in Washington, DC, and particularly within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) is a strong partner with the Corps, as navigation is a critical business line within its Civil Works’ mission. Over the last year, we have seen some of the Corps’ best and brightest officers and civilians retire after decades of service to the Army, to the Corps of Engineers, to the inland navigation industry and of course, to the nation.

Little Rock Port Authority Reports August Shipping

Total barge tonnage through the Port of Little Rock in August was 57,000 net tons. Dock activities continue to compare favorably to calendar year 2015 as Logistic Services, Inc. has handled 347 barges during the first half of 2016 year and 560,000 net tons of various commodities have moved across the docks at the Port of Little Rock. Break bulk commodities accounted for just over 50% of the total river tonnage for August. Cargoes handled across the docks included potash, rock, wetcake, bauxite, granite fines, wire rod coils, scrap metal, pipe and steel coils. The US Army Corps of Engineers reports that 921,119 tons of commodities moved through the McClellan-Kerr Navigation System in August 2016.

MarineLink.com Gets a Facelift

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MarineLink.com – the commercial maritime industry’s longest running online news site, launched a newly designed version today. The new mobile-friendly site features a sleek new look, enhanced search and archive functions, easier navigation, videos and much more. The new MarineLink will bring the latest news and editorial, as well as insightful archives to the palm of your hand. Marinelink.com, has been the premiere news source online for the commercial maritime industry since it launched in 1998.

Vard Design for USCG OPC Program

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Vard Holdings Limited said a design developed by its subsidiary Vard Marine was selected for the U.S. Coast Guard’s new Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program. Eastern Shipbuilding Group and team partners were selected for the detailed design and construction phase for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) program. Based in Canada and the US, Vard Marine offers ship design, engineering, and shipbuilding technology services to the marine community in North America and to selected international markets.

NASSCO Christens 4th ECO Class Tanker

Photo courtesy of General Dynamics NASSCO

General Dynamics NASSCO Christens Fourth ECO Class ECO Product Carrier for American Petroleum Tankers. On Saturday, September 17, General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a christening ceremony for the fourth ECO Class tanker for American Petroleum Tankers (APT) under construction at the company's shipyard in San Diego. U.S. Representative Juan Vargas spoke at the ceremony, and the ship’s sponsor, Mrs. Melissa DeVeau, christened the ship with the traditional break of a champagne bottle alongside the ship.

OSK-ShipTech Celebrates 50 Years

On Friday, September 16, 2016, consulting naval architects and marine engineers OSK-ShipTech A/S will celebrate half a century in marine consulting and the past 50 years’ journey and development from a company founded and run by a single man to a bustling and continually growing organization. CEO Anders Ørgård has owned and managed OSK-ShipTech for the past 13 years since he took over Consulting Naval Architects Ole Steen Knudsen founded in 1966. From the very beginning, the company has been in the forefront of and driving technical development and innovation, both in the design process and in the very diverse array of completed vessels. “We strive to stay ahead and encourage our employees to be curious and exploring,” Ørgård said.

MN100: Guido Perla & Associates, Inc.

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With offices in the US, Brazil, Chile, China and Germany, GPA developed into an independent, full-service naval architecture and marine engineering company that since 1979 has helped vessel owners and shipyards navigate through complex newbuild, retrofit and repair projects. Its extensive design portfolio includes hundreds of offshore vessels, workboats, passenger vessels and fishing vessels constructed for commercial owners worldwide and governmental institutions. The GPA team consists of over 60 professionals…

MN100: The Shearer Group, Inc.

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The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) designs inland towboats and barges, with a focus on the inland sector. Inland barges built to TSGI designs number in the thousands, along with a myriad of towboat, dry dock and other specialty designs. TSGI provides naval architecture, marine engineering, marine surveying and technical support to clients worldwide. Commercial vessel designs include towboats, inland barges (liquid cargo, dry cargo, crane) and miscellaneous vessels such as dry docks and casinos. The firm has 10 employees.

New Deck Carrier Joins United Heavy Lift Fleet

Deck carrier MV Vir Varenya (Photo: United Heavy Lift)

J.M. J.M. Baxi Group, a 100-year-old group of companies specializing in maritime logistics and port infrastructure, has commissioned United Heavy Lift for the commercial management of its newly constructed deck carrier, the MV Vir Varenya. The heavy-lift module carrier has now been added to the charter fleet of United Heavy Lift, and is managed globally from the company's head office in Hamburg. United Heavy Lift, which specializes in project transportation and the commercial management of heavy cargo vessels…

Royston Debuts Engine Diagnostics Service

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Diesel power specialist Royston has expanded upon its traditional engine service and repair business with the introduction of a new engine diagnostics, health check and consultancy service. This follows significant investment in personnel recruitment and training, new technology and equipment, and an enhanced software capability for the in-depth analysis of engine and condition monitoring data, Royston said. As well as supporting onboard engine maintenance routines and class surveys…

MN100: Glosten

John A. Springer III, PE (Photo: Glosten)

Glosten is an employee-owned full-service consulting firm of naval architects, marine engineers, electrical engineers, and ocean engineers. Founded in 1958, the firm specializes in commercial and public sector vessels including research vessels, passenger/car ferries, tugs, barges, dredges, and special purpose platforms. Consulting and design services include hull, structural, mechanical, and electrical systems design. Glosten has a staff of 77 associates, including 36 professionally licensed engineers, supported by other engineers, marine designers, and production staff.

Port of NY/NJ Deepened for Larger Box Ships

Image: Port of New York & New Jersey

The Port of New York & New Jersey, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has completed a $2.1 billion Main Navigation Channel Deepening Program in order to facilitate the next generation of larger containerships calling the port following the expansion of the Panama Canal. The Port of New York and New Jersey serves as the gateway to one of the most concentrated and affluent consumer markets in the world. The Main Navigation Channel Deepening Program creates a safe…

Shipbuilding Giants Bid for STX France

Photo: STX Offshore & Shipbuilding

Italian shipbuilding giant Fincantieri SpA and Dutch counterpart Damen Shipyards Group are in the running to buy STX France, which has been put on the block by Korean debt-ridden parent STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co, reports WSJ. Meanwhile,  STX Offshore - once the Korea's number four shipbuilder - has submitted a proposal to a court on how to revive its business, according to a report in AFP. STX filed for the restructuring in May after struggling for years with mounting losses caused by mismanagement and a slump in global demand.

MN100: Viking Systems International, Inc.

(Image: Viking Systems International, Inc.)

Viking Systems International is a worldwide leader in the advanced design, analysis and 3rd party verification of structures, focusing on the offshore oil and gas industry, commercial ship business, and the military and defense community. Viking executes advanced structural design, analysis, 3rd party verification and FEA engineering services. Viking Systems’ core structural assessment software, SAGA, integrates regulatory body requirements by applying world class state-of-the-art software…

Japan Night Held at SMM 2016

Photo: Joseph Keefe

Japan Night was held September 5, 2016, coinciding with the SMM 2016 maritime trade fair, conference and exhibition in Hamburg, Germany.   There Mr. Gregory Trauthwein, editor and associate publisher of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, was honored to participate in the breaking of the sake cask ceremony at the Japan Ship Machinery & Equipment Association’s (JSMEA) reception at the Inter City Hotell Hamburg Dammto Messe.

 

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