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Monday, October 24, 2016

Retlif Opens Composites Testing Lab

(Image: Retlif Testing Laboratories)

Retlif Testing Laboratories, an independent global provider of EMI/EMC and Environmental (ESS) testing and compliance services, has launched its new dedicated Composites Testing Laboratory. The result of three years of planning, Retlif’s new Composites Testing Laboratory provides testing for Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers (CFRP), Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymers (GFRP), Aramids (Kevlar), as well as for Non-Fiber Reinforced Plastic, materials used in commercial aviation, aerospace and avionics, maritime, military and rail applications.

Ohmsett: Advancing Spill Response Every Day

Photo: Ohmsett

The National Oil Spill Response Research and Renewable Energy Test Facility has been an integral part of the spill response community for more than three and a half decades. Tucked away on the shores of the Sandy Hook Bay in central New Jersey resides Ohmsett – The National Oil Spill Response Research and Renewable Energy Test Facility. It has been an integral part of the spill response community for more than three and a half decades. Government agencies, private industry, and oil spill response organizations from around the world have visited the facility for testing, research and training.

Why Do Accidents Happen in Oil Industry?

Photo: DNV GL

As the oil and gas industry strives for cost effective execution in projects and operations while maintaining a high focus on safety and environmental footprint, innovative and smart solutions are needed more than ever. By extracting data and knowledge from all the detailed incident investigations performed over the years, solutions might be just around the corner. DNV GL now invites industry partners to join an industry project (JIP) to identify and have access to updated trends based on a broad range of data, including failure mechanisms, root causes, materials and equipment.

ExxonMobil Fires its New R&D Test Engine

Image: ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil announced the first firing of its new crosshead slow speed test engine to drive its research and development of next generation cylinder and system oils for the marine industry. The test engine will provide ExxonMobil with a platform for meeting the needs of increasingly complex engine designs driven by changing regulation affecting the industry. Engines are now operating under more varied and demanding conditions, placing new challenges on the engine lubrication. The test engine offers an advanced method for lubricant development…

Damen Partners with TeamTec for BWTS

Photo courtesy of Damen

Damen Green Solutions has signed a letter of intent with Norwegian company TeamTec to supply and service the AVITALISTM ballast water treatment system. The system combines filtration and a proven, eco-friendly chemical treatment solution optimized for medium-sized to large vessels. The system is highly effective in water of any salinity, turbidity or temperature. The intention is to advance to a full partnership by the end of 2016. Currently AVITALISTM is undergoing ship board testing IMO type approval and USCG land-based testing.

Test Bed for Autonomous Shipping Opens in Norway

Trondheimsfjord  (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime

An extensive area of the Trondheimsfjord in Northern Norway was designated as an official test bed for autonomous shipping by the Norwegian Coastal Authority (NCA), during a special event in Trondheim, Norway on Friday, September 30th 2016. As potentially the first coastal area in the world officially dedicated to the development of technology for autonomous ships, the new test bed is set to become a vital facility for the future of shipping. Norwegian maritime technology company…

New Drones Are Being Developed for the French Navy

Image: DCNS

The future tactical component of France’s Naval Aerial Drone (Système de Drones Aériens de la Marine - SDAM) program is being designed by DCNS and Airbus Helicopters, who have joined forces to pool naval and aerospace skills and expertise. The teaming of DCNS and Airbus Helicopters will be equipped to address all technical challenges arising from the naval integration of the drones through the creation of a robust system architecture that can evolve and adapt to meet every need, the developers said.

Tandemloc Debuts AR12 Series Diametral Tongs

Photo: Tandemloc

Tandemloc Inc. continues its product expansion with the new and in stock product line, AR12 Series Diametral Tongs. Tandemloc’s off-the-shelf AR12 Diametral Tongs range in capacities up to 3,000 lbs. with a 14” maximum diameter. The Tong’s diameter can also be customized per the customer’s individual requirements. The Diametral Tongs are for handling cylindrical items, such as pipe, round bar and any other cylindrical item falling within the working load limit and diameter size that each tong is designed for. The AR12 Series Tongs include the Tandemloc Autolatch for easy object engagement.

NYK Jointly Develops Innovative Anti-rust Agent

Marine Guard 100 (MG 100), has rust conversion properties Photo NYK

NYK and Agua Japan Co. Ltd. have jointly developed an innovative anti-rust agent to prevent iron and steel rust on vessels. The new agent, Marine Guard 100 (MG 100), has rust conversion properties, and paint containing the agent can be applied to metal surfaces. The anti-rust efficacy of MG 100 was verified during two and half years of testing on the deck, ballast tank,* piping, and other metal surfaces of an oceangoing coal carrier. The coal carrier used for the test is owned by NYK and its ship manager is Hachiuma Steamship Co. Ltd.

Trelleborg Bears Weight of Largest Ever Offshore Facility

Shell’s Prelude FLNG (Photo: Shell)

Trelleborg’s engineered products operation has supplied a selection of bearing solutions for the world's first floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project – Shell’s Prelude FLNG. Trelleborg has manufactured and delivered 52 vertical elastomeric bearings and 156 horizontal bearings for use on the 13 modules onboard the facility, as well as 40 turret bogey bearings to enable natural movements of the turret. Responsible for procuring bearings for the topside modules, Byoung-Gark Park…

Singapore Plans to Shape Bunkering for World's Future

Expansion of international focus group to cooperate on LNG bunkering. Photo:  Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) introduced several new initiatives at SIBCON as part of Singapore’s continued efforts to enhance bunkering processes and prepare the bunkering industry to meet future demands. MPA previously announced the mandatory adoption of MFM for Marine Fuel Oil (MFO) deliveries in the Port of Singapore from 1 January 2017. MPA is on track for implementation with 110 bunker tankers already approved to perform MFO deliveries through MFM in the Port of Singapore.

Lithuania Terminal Operator to Start LNG Bunkering in 2017

Lithuania plans to start liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering next year, and will soon call a tender for a test cargo, Klaipedos Nafta, the operator of the terminal, said on Wednesday.   The onshore bunkering station at Klaipeda port would be able to reload 250,000 cubic metres of LNG per year, both to ships and road tankers, the company added.   The first two storage tanks -- each with 1,000 cubic metres capacity -- of five are expected to be commissioned in August 2017.   Klaipedos Nafta has set up a joint venture with Hamburg-based Bomin Linde LNG to build and operate a bunker vessel to supply marine customers and small-scale LNG terminals in the Baltic Sea. (Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis, editing by Louise Heavens)

InterDam Conducts Door Safety Test

An A60 fire rating is reached (Photo: InterDam)

Between July and September, 2016, the architectural safety equipment company InterDam’s engineers subjected its G21 Fire Door to a single sample blast and fire safety test. The result, according to InterDam, was an unqualified success. “We have now confirmed that our standard G21 Fire Door can withstand a 0.56 bar blast followed by an A60 rated fire, while remaining structurally sound,” said Berend Groeneveld, InterDam Managing Director. The company has performed similar testing on walls at its customers’ request…

First FLNG Production Facility Completes Testing

Photo: Wison Offshore & Marine

The first natural gas floating liquefaction unit (FLNG) has completed performance testing at the Wison Offshore & Marine yard in Nantong, China, marking the first time LNG has been produced onboard a floating facility. The performance test was carried out in the presence of classification societies, EXMAR and all the relevant parties, Wison said. During the 72-hour performance test, the performance of the FLNG ensured all key design requirements and production capacities (guaranteed performance) were achieved for the unit’s operational effectiveness.

Retlif To Help Test Ballast Water Technology

Retlif Testing Laboratories is part of a partnership to evaluate and test technologies designed to treat ballast water on board ships against non-native aquatic species in American coastal waters, lakes and rivers. The U.S. Coast Guard developed regulations to limit the release of live organisms and to reduce the risks associated with the spread of aquatic invasive species. Ballast water management system manufacturers (BWMS) will apply to NSF International and the U.S. Coast Guard for testing, review and evaluations.

ClassNK Issues Approval for Cargo Oil Tank Coating Testing System

April 5 (Tokyo) - ClassNK announced today that it had provided the world’s first class approval for a coating testing system in line with the IMO’s new performance standard for the protective coatings of crude oil tanks to the Japanese Paint Inspection and Testing Association (JPIA). The approval certifies that JPIA’s new gas chamber corrosion testing system fulfills the testing requirements of the new IMO performance standard, and further certifies that JPIA’s has established effective work processes…

MARAD Study: Renewable Diesel Reduces Emissions, No Harm to Performance

T/S State of Michigan engine room (Photo: MARAD)

MARAD study shows renewable diesel fuel reduces emissions without impacting engine performance. The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has recently completed tests of renewable biofuel technology onboard the training ship State of Michigan. The project was part of a MARAD initiative to conduct “at sea” tests of advanced renewable fuels and assess its impact on the ship’s engine. The tests compared operational, vibration and air emission differences between regular ultralow sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel and a 76/33 blend of ULSD and Amyris Renewable Diesel (ARD) fuel, which is derived from sugar.

ABS to Direct Maritime Cybersecurity Research

Howard Fireman (Photo: ABS)

ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, said it has been awarded a research contract by the Maritime Security Center (MSC) – a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence, led by Stevens Institute of Technology – for a two-year research program focused on defining the future of cybersecurity for the maritime industry. Study participants, which include DHS and the Department of Defense, will focus on key areas that will help define future research and guidance.

MPA Tests Joint Oil Spill Response Procedure

Courtesy MPA

The multi-agency joint oil spill exercise was conducted today as part of an on-going effort to ensure our ports remain safe, secure and clean for the international shipping community. Code-named JOSE 2016, the exercise was organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) as part of the closing programme for the 19th Singapore International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition (SIBCON) 2016. Close to 80 delegates from SIBCON 2016 observed the oil and chemical spill exercise today.

ClassNK Appoints Certified Laboratory in Japan

ClassNK Chairman and President, Koichi Fujiwara, handing over the appointment certificate to TÜV Rheinland’s Executive Vice President Products, Holger Kunz (Photo: ClassNK)

ClassNK has appointed the Global Technology Assessment Center (GTAC) of TÜV Rheinland Japan as a certified laboratory at a ceremony held at GTAC in Yokohama. The appointment is in accordance with a worldwide partnership agreement signed in September 2015 that aims to see the two parties expand testing and certification services portfolio and better serve clients. ClassNK and TÜV Rheinland will share knowledge and experience to provide clients with more convenient equipment testing and certification services.

NAVSEA's Self Defense Test Ship Returns To Sea

One of the Naval Sea Systems Command's more unique test assets, the Self Defense Test Ship (SDTS), recently got underway for sea trials after receiving a full range of repairs. The test ship had been damaged during live fire testing last May. Formerly the destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 31), the Self Defense Test Ship can be remotely controlled to conduct weapons evaluation at sea without risk to personnel. The full range of repairs was performed by the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Port Hueneme Division in California. The extensive repair schedule included asbestos abatement and removal of debris, repairs to the hull and internal structure, piping systems, main propulsion, and electrical systems, and the testing of combat systems.

Curtis-Straus Offers Testing

Curtis-Straus LLC, an electronics safety testing and certification laboratory, announced that is providing testing and test reports for marine electronics as required by expert bodies in ship classification. Curtis-Straus (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services) as an A2LA accredited Nationally Recognized Test Laboratory, offers testing for EMC, Environmental and Safety certification at its Littleton, Massachusetts laboratory. For the purposes of Type Approval, several members of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS, Ltd.) can accept testing results in accordance with the relevant marine testing standards from Curtis-Straus LLC; in most cases without the need for a Surveyor to witness the testing.

Joint Investigation Team, BOP/LMRP Testing Status

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) posted its BOP/LMRP testing status report, outlining the ongoing forensic testing process regarding the blowout preventer (BOP) and lower marine riser package (LMRP) recovered from the seabed at the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico. The final testing protocols are being developed. Testing of the BOP and the LMRP will commence once the protocol is approved by the JIT. An interim test report should be submitted to the JIT approximately 35 days after initial tests begin. (10/12/10). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)

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