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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Philly Shipyard Lays Keel for Kinder Morgan Product Tanker

Photo: Philly Shipyard

Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI), the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA, held a ceremonial Keel Laying for the third product tanker in a four vessel order for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a Kinder Morgan, Inc. subsidiary. Keeping with long held shipbuilding tradition, coins were placed on one of the keel blocks before the 650 ton unit was lowered into place in the dry dock. Representatives from Philly Shipyard and Kinder Morgan were in attendance to place the coins as a sign of good fortune and safe travels.

RH Marine Launches Rhodium Product Line

Photo courtesy of RH Marine

System integrator and innovator of electrical and automation systems RH Marine has officially launched its own product family brand at the international maritime trade fair SMM in Hamburg last week. RH Marine said product innovation is one of its main focusses. During the years this has resulted in multiple quality brands such as UniMacs integrated bridge and FT NavVision. To provide a clear overview of the RH Marine product portfolio, RH Marine has chosen to place all products under one new brand: Rhodium.

The Switch Acquires Wärtsilä Drives’ Products

The Switch Marine Photo Yaskawa company

The Switch, a technology specialist of advanced drive trains, announced its acquisition of Wärtsilä’s marine drives business that encompasses specialized megawatt-class power drives targeting marine applications. The Yaskawa-backed investment gives The Switch a stronger foothold in its growing marine business area. Together, The Switch and the Norway-based marine drives business aim to benefit from a number of inherent added-value synergies, including a stronger machine and drive package offering, a broader product range and a wider market access.

Hiab Extends Warranty HIAB Loader Crane Models

Image: Hiab

Hiab, part of Cargotec, has decided on an extended warranty that covers all HIAB loader crane models. The warranty will be valid for all loader cranes delivered as of 1 October 2016. Hiab offers its customers five year warranty on structural components as well as general warranty of two years. The extended warranty was announced first in connection to the IAA exhibition in Hannover, Germany. "HIAB loader cranes are all about performance. The combination of control, safety and reliability is unique in the industry.

MOB Device for Immediate Alert for Fast Response

ALERT2 Man-Overboard Alarm System from Emerald Marine Products  Photo Emerald Marine

Professional mariners know the life-threatening hazards of falling overboard, but may not consider how critical the recovery window is, especially with a moving vessel. Compact and easily carried on a PFD, the ALERT2 Man-Overboard Alarm System from Emerald Marine Products immediately sets off a piercing audible alarm in the wheelhouse upon immersion, and can even be wired to stop an engine and/or set a waypoint on a chartplotter. At its most basic, the easily installed ALERT2 Man-Overboard Alarm System consists of the AT101 Transmitter and AR100 Receiver.

Cargotec Begins Interschalt Restructuring

Photo: Cargotec Oyj

Cargotec is to begin restructuring at maritime software provider Interschalt, following its acquisition of the company earlier this year. The re-organisation is estimated to affect Interschalt personnel in Germany, USA (Houston) and China (Shanghai). It is estimated that some Interschalt's production and design work will be discontinued or outsourced and some Interschalt locations will be closed. Cooperation negotiations have started at Interschalt and they will affect tens of employees. Interschalt employs at the moment 223 persons.

VULKAN Couplings at SMM

New highly flexible coupling VULKARDAN F Photo Vulkan Couplings

Buoyed by encouraging response at the international maritime trade fair SMM in Hamburg, VULKAN Couplings prepared interesting impressions from the booth and the round table maritime in the evening as well as statements referring to new products and concepts at VULKAN. The coupling specialist has in addition expanded its systems competence to include acoustics. At the SMM VULKAN unveiled its new highly flexible coupling VULKARDAN F, a further development of VULKARDAN E which has been well-established for many years.

SmartWire-DT Achieves DNV GL Type Approval

Photo: Eaton

Eaton is expanding its product portfolio for the marine and shipbuilding industry with its SmartWire-DT technology, certified by DNV GL. The power management company’s SmartWire-DT products have received type approval from the largest classification organization in the world for integration in control cabinets with protection rating IP20. The offering also includes the XV-300 and XV-100 families of combined HMI/PLCs management and control units with touch technology, in addition to the XP-500 series industry-standard PCs.

Canada Backs Corvus Energy ESS Development

Corvus Energy Inc. said it has been awarded funding from the National Research Council of Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program for the development and expansion of the company's next generation Orca energy storage system (ESS) product line. Corvus Energy, a Canadian manufacturer of lithium-ion based battery systems, will receive up to $469,500 in non-repayable funding from the Government of Canada. This investment is made through the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) which supports numerous small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada every year in the development and commercialization of technologies.

Russia to Halt Oil Products Export via Foreign Baltic Ports

Russia plans to fully halt exports of oil products from other than Russian ports on the Baltic Sea by 2018, the head of oil pipeline monopoly Nikolai Tokarev told President Vladimir Putin on Monday.   Russia will increase the shipments via its own ports instead, Tokarev said, according to a transcript of the meeting published on the Kremlin website.   Russia has been gradually cutting oil and oil products exports via foreign ports on the Baltic Sea, such as Latvia's Ventspils as it has built its own shipments facilities in the ports of Primorsk and Ust-Luga. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Lidia Kelly)

MN100: XL Catlin

(Photo: XL Catlin)

XL Group plc through its subsidiaries and under the XL Catlin brand, is a global insurance and reinsurance company providing property, casualty and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises throughout the world. The firm employs 7,000 and has sales of $9,300,000,000 annually. XL Catlin’s insurance segment provides commercial property, casualty, professional liability, environmental liability, aviation and satellite, marine, product recall, political risks, surplus lines and other coverages.

MN100: Patterson Manufacturing, Inc.

(Image: Patterson Manufacturing)

The Patterson Company provides a full product line for an array of industries – from winches to ratchet turnbuckles to tensors and beyond. Every day, Patterson seeks out new ways to improve its products through innovative teamwork with customers and partners throughout every market sector they touch. Patterson’s winches, turnbuckles, and tensors are designed and manufactured with an eye toward innovation. This year, the company that brought the inland towboat industry the patented YoYo Winch…

MN100: Tidewater Transportation and Terminals

(Photo: Tidewater Transportation and Terminals)

Nearly 85 years ago, Tidewater pioneered commercial transportation on the upper Columbia Snake River system and opened up one of the nation’s most isolated regions to global markets. Today, Tidewater Holdings is comprised of Tidewater Barge Lines, Tidewater Terminal Company, and since 2014, Tidewater Environmental Services, Incorporated. Tidewater Terminal Company works in conjunction with its Barge Lines, using key intermodal connections to railroads, highways and pipelines.

IMO Joins Kenya’s World Maritime Day Celebrations

Photo: International Maritime Organization

Kenya has marked this year’s WorldMaritimeDay with celebrations held in Mombasa, Kenya (20 September). International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Juvenal Shiundu delivered a goodwill message on behalf of IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, reiterating this year’s World Maritime Day theme – “Shipping: indispensable to the world” – which emphasizes that maritime transport is the backbone of international trade, supplying people all over the world with the commodities, fuel, goods and products that they depend on.

FSI: Two New Products to Find, Recover Autonomous Assets

FSI Pinger. (Photo: Falmouth Scientific, Inc.)

Falmouth Scientific, Inc. These are small, lightweight, battery-powered, intelligent devices that can be mounted directly on AUVs, Gliders, or other underwater equipment for recovery after their mission duration has elapsed. Multiple user-programmable settings allow for selection of delay, timing, flashing, and frequency options which enable use in a variety of different applications. The Stand-Alone Flasher uses high power, high color-temperature LEDs for optical flashing, and the Flash-Pinger adds a pinger transmitter for acoustic tracking below the water surface.

Miller to Showcase Welding Solutions at International WorkBoat Show

ArcReach Family XMT Dimension SuitCase Remote

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. is showcasing welding equipment technologies to enhance quality, productivity and cost savings in the shipbuilding industry during the International WorkBoat Show at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, November 30 to December 2. Miller will be located at booth 3141, where visitors can view products, experience live welding demonstrations and speak with Miller representatives who can answer product and welding questions. Hobart will also be displaying its filler metals for shipbuilding applications alongside Miller.

MN100: ZF Marine Propulsion Systems

Wolfgang Schmid (Photo: ZF)

ZF Marine supplies propulsion system components for yachts, defense craft, high-speed ferries, workboats and commercial vessels, in a power range from 10 to 14,000 kW. The product portfolio includes a comprehensive range of transmissions (reversing, non-reversing and hybrid), propellers POD-drive systems, steering systems and CANbus-compatible, electronic control systems, azimuth thrusters, tunnel thrusters, bow thrusters and sail drives. ZF Marine is a global leader in marine propulsion technology.

MN100: VescoPlastics

Photo: VescoPlastics

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.

SES Launches Maritime+ Service

SES maritime diagram simplified V3

SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) today announced the launch of its global SES Maritime+ service that will deliver high-speed connectivity to vessels traversing oceans. SES Maritime+ will enable maritime customers to have easy access to customisable bandwidth and coverage packages, ensuring satellite capacity is effectively utilised. Vessels traversing the oceans will be offered seamless roaming, leveraging SES’s global fleet of over 50 satellites, extensive ground infrastructure of over 20 teleports and more than 6,000 points of presence.

MN100: Schoellhorn-Albrecht Machine Co., Inc.

(Image: Schoellhorn-Albrecht Machine Co., Inc.)

Schoellhorn-Albrecht is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of Mooring Equipment and Systems including Capstans, Anchor Windlasses, Deck Fittings and Vessel Access Systems. In addition to standard products, the firm specializes in designing and manufacturing castings, fabrications, and specialized machinery. Products can be designed and certified to ABS, LLOYDS, MIL, ISO, NAVSEA, ASTM, JIS, OCIMF, and NVR as required. The firm has 35 employees. Schoellhorn-Albrecht has engineered and implemented a Programmable Control System designed for mooring and positioning into dry docks.

MN100: Elastec

(Photo: Elastec)

Located in Carmi and Fairfield, Illinois and Cocoa, Florida, Elastec manufactures water pollution control products specializing in oil spill recovery equipment. Established in 1990 with the invention of the ELASTEC Drum Skimmer, the U.S. Clean Water act inspired Elastec to expand its product line to include floating booms, turbidity curtains, vacuum systems, work boats and portable incinerators. Elastec’s new Omni Cat is a waterway maintenance catamaran designed to help municipalities comply with nonpoint source pollution.

New Rudders for the World’s Largest Box Ships

Becker Performance Package, consisting of Becker Mewis Duct Twisted with Becker Twist Rudder (Image: Becker Marine Systems)

Despite the continuing global shipping crisis, Becker Marine Systems, producer of high-performance rudders and energy-saving solutions in the field of maneuvering technology, said it is appearing at SMM 2016 with a good order situation, announcing it has secured an order to equip some of the largest containerships in the world. The world’s largest containerships are continuing to operate using full spade rudders from Becker Marine Systems. “The Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding shipyard in China has ordered our Becker Twist Rudder with a rudder surface of 100 square meters for six 21…

Kongsberg, Siemens Partnership to Deliver VFD

From left to right Frode Kaland, VP Procurement, Kongsberg Maritime, and Roar Søvik, Director Marketing  Head of Process Industries and Drives Division, Siemen

SMM 2016, Hamburg, 8 September 2016, Hall B6 Stand 104 – Kongsberg Maritime and Siemens have signed a partnership agreement based on delivery of components on Variable Frequency Drives systems for offshore and maritime vessels. Siemens has been chosen as a partner for Kongsberg Maritime due to the synergies between both companies in terms of their complementary world class product and technology portfolios. The partnership strengthens Kongsberg Maritime’s ‘Energy Solutions’ and ‘Integrated’ vessel concept strategies…

 

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