LR Debuts Training in Materials, Welding and Non-destructive Testing
Lloyd's Register is offering training courses in the properties of marine materials, welding techniques and non destructive examination (NDE), some of the cornerstones of ship construction, repair and maintenance. The course, Basic Principles of Materials, Welding and NDE for Existing Ships, has been designed for superintendents, ship-managers and the technical staff who are responsible for keeping their ships safe and operating efficiently. "Most materials and welding courses do not cover the specific problems encountered by marine superintendents and engineers. This course has been developed and tested with marine clients who have faced real difficulties and is ideal for developing the knowledge of superintendents and engineers…
Harbor Technologies Receives Development Grant
of innovative and cost-effective composite solutions to the marine infrastructure market, announces that it has received a $418,500 development grant from the Maine Technology Institute to purchase and further develop a machine to produce composite marine pilings in a continuous manner. production of its marine pilings. piling lengths over 40 feet. avoid the high cost and risk of shipping large pilings by assembling them at the job site. It also will enable Harbor Technologies to offer a wider product line and stock inventory of standard-sized pilings. traditional marine materials. material products.
New Resources for Shipbuilding Education
ShipConstructor Software Inc. (SSI), in conjunction with two universities, eight shipyards and five design firms, has created comprehensive college-level materials for the instruction of modern shipbuilding, design and modeling. These educational resources have been developed to provide students with a basic understanding of AutoCAD with the knowledge and practical skills needed to become modelers in a shipyard or marine design agency. Included are lessons on marine materials, classification societies, safety issues, shipbuilding terminology, fabrication strategies, shipyard production drawings and the principles of Design for Production (DFP).
Rex Alloy Offers New RIB
Designed by policemen for policemen, the Interceptor line of 43 ft. high speed RIBs are capable of speeds up to 70 mph, and are engineered to be the strongest, safest, most seaworthy police boats ever built, says the manufacturer, Rex Alloy Rigid Inflatables. According to the company, the integration of state-of-the-art marine materials produces a boat that is virtually unsinkable, exceptionally buoyant and incredibly stable in all sea conditions. The vessel features exceptional maneuverability (able to turn in 1.5 boat lengths at 60 mph), and the hull is BS 5083-32 aluminum, which is 33 percent stronger than standard marine grade aluminum. A variety of power - from twin outboards to twin diesels or gas inboards, including jet drives - is available.
New Telestacker Conveyor from Superior Industries
Superior Industries, a manufacturer of conveyor systems and components, offers a range of barge and ship loading/unloading solutions with its TeleStacker Conveyor systems, which are custom-configured to meet the requirements of specific marine handling applications. While delivering the advantages of a lower capital investment, shorter lead times and quick onsite assembly, Superior TeleStacker Conveyor systems are an ideal and environmentally-friendly alternative to the use of labor-intensive cranes and clamshell buckets, cable stackers, and other more costly stationary ship loading systems.
New Marine Track at NACE Conference
NACE international is pleased to announce a new marine track for its annual conference, CORROSION/2007 to be held March 10-14, 2007, in Nashville, TN. Highlighting the marine track will be a special International Marine Coatings Forum on Tuesday, March 12, 2006. This panel type discussion forum will bring together prominent leaders from the Marine Industry representing shipbuilders, regulatory agencies, owners, and users. This forum will examine significant issues facing marine coatings personnel such as regulatory changes and new IMO specifications. Increased commercial pressures on ships in service with regards to corrosion control; specifically ballast tanks, fouling control, and invasive specie infestation will also be addressed.
Master of Marine Engineering Program Announces New Course Offerings
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy’s Master of Marine Engineering (MMarE) degree program, a distance-learning master’s program, begins its third year this September with a wide range of course offerings. The MMarE program offers a unique opportunity for practicing marine engineering professionals to advance their technical education and careers while continuing in their current capacities. The MMarE courses focus on the application of advanced technical concepts and skills. Real-world problems are addressed, as well as the challenges facing designers, builders and operators of vessels and marine structures, and those involved in the design and manufacture of shipboard components. The MMarE’s fall semester begins on September 8, 2008 and runs through December 19.
USMMA MMarE Program Accredited and Highly Ranked
USMMA Master of Marine Engineering Program Completes its 6th Year. The United States Merchant Marine Academy’s Master of Science in Marine Engineering (MMarE) program is moving ahead and is currently completing its 6th year of operation. In addition, the MMarE program, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, was recently ranked 12th in “Student Engagement & Accreditation” in the U.S. News 2012 Top Online Education Program Rankings for Graduate Programs in Engineering.
MagnaShear Brakes to be Featured at WorkBoat
The MagnaShear marine duty motor brake from Force Control Industries will be featured in booth #1862 at the International WorkBoat Show, from December 3-5 in New Orleans, La. These proven brakes employs oil shear technology, providing longer service life even in demanding applications like the frequent start/stop cycles seen on cranes, hoists, winches and other marine material handling equipment. High grade castings, marine duty coatings, stainless steel fasteners and accessories make these brakes an ideal solution for onshore and offshore crane applications.
Iron: Implications in Shipping
Clarksons Research says that iron-based materials such as steel are used incredibly widely in the world’s industries today, with clear implications for shipping too. The versatility and strength of steel has made it today’s most important construction material, with 1.6 billion tonnes of steel produced last year. Over recent decades, steel became one of shipping’s superheroes, with the unprecedented growth in Chinese steel production leading to a doubling of global steel output between 2000 and 2014, and helping to underpin the biggest shipping market boom in history.
Directory: Marine Materials
DuPont showcased its Corian Bas-Relief signature surfaces, a proprietary new technology that allows the material to be textured in an endless array of designs, at this year's Sea Trade Cruise Shipping Convention in Miami, Fla. Corian Bas-Relief signature surfaces can be used in a myriad of vertical applications including wall cladding, furniture, ceilings, room partitions, signboards, elevator interiors, border trims, waterfalls, merchandising displays, retail fixtures and transaction counter fronts. DuPont offers a range of stock textures, including Bubbles, Waves, Rapids and Pillows. E Paint Company, Inc. E Paint Company recently received approval for the commercial sale of its E Paint SN-1. This same paint type has also been chosen by the U.S.
Deltamarine Bags $4.5m Vessel Design Job
Deltamarin, a subsidiary of AVIC International Maritime Holdings, has been contracted by Finland’s Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) shipyard to design a new ro-pax vessel. AVIC said Deltamarine will provide the Finnish Rauma Marine Constructions Oy shipyard with services for a ro-pax vessel to be built for the Danish Mols-Linien A/S. “The new 158-metre ro-pax vessel will be designed and optimised to carry passengers and cargo between the Danish islands of Bornholm and Sjaelland. The cargo capacity will be 1,500 lane metres,” a press release said.
Founded in 1958, self-lubricated polymer bearings and bushings manufacturer VescoPlastics produces a proprietary range of bushings, bearings and wear plates that operate in dusty, dirty or wet conditions and last longer than other products on the market. VescoPlastics has warehouses in South Africa, the UK, the US, the Netherlands and New Zealand, with stocking distributors in Argentina, Australia and Singapore. VescoPlastics is the oldest operating manufacturer of engineering plastics materials in Africa.
Larger Waterjets Join Rolls-Royce Product Line
Rolls-Royce said it has added three larger stainless steel Kamewa waterjets to its product range. The new waterjets are designed for use in bigger (30m+) vessels. With fewer components, the new range is easier to install reducing the time and specialist skills required to fit them with consequent reductions in vessel build time and cost, Rolls-Royce said. The waterjets are supplied with an entire inlet, including main hydraulics, valves and even factory calibrated electronics where necessary. The pump technology uses proven waterjet technology. The whole package is pre-built and tested at the company’s Kokkola factory. The three new sizes being introduced are the S71, S80 and S90. This completes the larger steel-series size range.
MN100: United States Marine Inc.
United States Marine Inc. (USMI) has been in business for over 30 years delivering high speed interdiction craft and other products to US DoD agencies, including but not limited to US Navy, USSOCOM and NAVSEA, and foreign navies. USMI designs, manufactures, delivers and provides post delivery/logistical support to craft built from aluminum and composite materials using an out of auto-clave resin film infusion process. USMI has delivered and supported craft up to 90’ in length. To-date USMI has delivered over 700 of these types of craft worldwide.
Terex Floating Cranes for Open Sea Get Approval
Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has obtained design approval for Terex Gottwald Model 8 floating cranes in the G HPK 8200 B four-rope grab variant operated on the open sea. This was necessary because the Lloyd's Register Code for Lifting Appliances in a Marine Environment has changed since the initial approval of the machines in 2007. The design of the crane, which offers an outreach of maximum 50 m, a 63 t grab curve and lifting speeds of up to 140 m/min, has also been completely reworked in the meantime and adapted to the current Model 8 series standard.
ABS Strengthens Materials Capabilities
Responding to the introduction of new materials within the structure and components of offshore units, naval vessels and specialized ships such as ultra large containerships, ABS has strengthened its technical and engineering capabilities in this area with the appointment of a global materials engineering team. The team will also provide in-field support to the society’s surveyors attending the significant growth in the number of equipment suppliers. Led by ABS veteran Michael Wheatcroft…
Fitch: Maersk Gets Little Solace from Sectoral Diversification
The decision by A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S to split into two separate divisions - Transport & Logistics and Energy - reflects the challenging fundamentals in the sectors in which it operates, and diminishing counter-cyclical benefits of operating in them in the current economic cycle, Fitch Ratings says. We do not expect the split to significantly improve the performance of the group's separate units, although the increased focus may help long-term strategy execution. We believe…
FR. Fassmer & Co.: Keeping It In The Family
Fassmer-Shipyard this year celebrates its 150th year in business, and the companies' chronology is literally a case study in the effective use of and evolution of marine materials. Founded as a one-man boatyard by Johann Faßmer in Bardenfelth in 1850 for the purpose of boat building, the company has evolved from a one-man shop producing wooden boats for hydraulic engineering and fishery to a dynamic medium-sized company, which today builds everything from a 177 ft. (54 m) fishing surveillance craft to a wide range of lifeboats, tenderboat and fast rescue boats for the cruise and ferry markets. Fassmer-Shipyard was literally built of wood, wooden boats that is, and the company served the aforementioned commercial market for its first 30 years admirably.
Directory: Marine Materials
P.O. Aquamarine Engineering supplies titanium heat exchangers, and has done so for the marine industry for more than a decade. The shell-and-tube design have performed as main engine fresh water coolers, hydraulic oil coolers, refrigeration condensers and brine coolers. Blue Ice and TI-Hex heat exchangers all feature titanium tubes, titanium tubesheets and titanium waterboxes. Bldg. P.O. DuPont showcased its Corian Bas-Relief signature surfaces, a proprietary new technology that allows the material to be textured in an endless array of designs, at this year's Sea Trade Cruise Shipping Convention in Miami, Fla. Corian Bas-Relief signature surfaces can be used in a myriad of vertical applications including wall cladding…
Tropical Coral reefs lose their Zooplankton through Ocean Acidification
Tropical coral reefs lose up to two thirds of their zooplankton through ocean acidification. This is the conclusion reached by a German-Australian research team that examined two reefs with so-called carbon dioxide seeps off the coast of Papua New Guinea. At these locations volcanic carbon dioxide escapes from the seabed, lowering the water’s acidity to a level, which scientists predict for the future of the oceans. The researchers believe that the decline in zooplankton is due to the loss of suitable hiding places.
Surging Commodity Prices Drive up Coating Costs
International Paint Ltd. is set to initiate product price rises in response to spiraling global raw material costs. “During 2010 the cost of raw materials critical to the manufacture of both our Marine and Protective Coatings’ product ranges increased significantly,” said Paul Westcott, Marine & Protective Coatings Commercial Director. “We have attempted to minimize the impact on our customers for as long as possible by leveraging our buying power and driving internal cost saving measures. A familiar inflationary cycle is being repeated across a broad spectrum of raw material markets due to both supply and demand dynamics. On the supply side…
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.