SF Marina Builds Breakwaters in Harsh Seas
Norway is known for its harsh winter storms. When Skjærhalden Båtforening needed to expand its marina, it was forced to move outside the fixed breakwater and face up to 5 ft waves. SF Marina USA's Norwegian partner SF Pontona Norge AS was willing to install a harbor at this exposed location. Providing mooring space for 130 more boats, SF Pontona employed SF Marina USA SF 400 Concrete Breakwaters, as well as SF 1030 and SF 1024 Concrete Docks.
New VapCor HydraFlow Fluid
VapCor Inc. introduced HydraFlow NS Hydraulic & Gear Fluids designed to create a safer workplace in environmentally sensitive areas. HydraFlow NS fluids typically have a pour point of -60°F (-51°C) and an upper operating range of approximately 150°F (65°C). This range of usability enables HydraFlow NS fluids to work in most weather conditions. Unlike mineral oil based lubricants HydraFlow NS fluids do not oxidize over time to form sludge.
Jumbo Offshore, North Amethyst Project
On June 20, Technip, supported by Jumbo Offshore, completed the installation of four subsea structures including two Module Support Frames each weighing approximately 150 tonnes. The foundations were lowered to the Grand Banks sea floor at a depth of approximately 120 meters and will support subsea manifolds and flowlines that are part of a multiple well tie-back. The project was executed at the White Rose oilfield, offshore Newfoundland, on behalf of a major Canadian energy company.
PD Ports Apprentice Recognized
A student project which has led to significant safety improvements at North East-based Teesport has won Daniel McDougal, an engineering apprentice at PD Ports, runner-up prize in the Skills Showcase 2009 event. For the project, part of a four-year course for the Higher National Certificate in Engineering, Daniel designed a mechanical grab trailer to make it safer to fix the grabs to cranes on the dock, at Teesport.
CG Final Rule for 2009 Lakes Pilotage Rates
The U.S. Coast Guard's Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship Directorate announced publication in the Federal Register of the final rule amending the Great Lakes Pilotage Rates for 2009.
Industry Collaborates with ShipConstructor
"ShipConstructor's software is widely used at U.S. shipyards so it was natural for our industry group to collaborate with them," said Don Sauvage of Northrop Grumman. ShipConstructor has recently completed a series of meetings with US shipbuilders and design firms regarding methods for enhancing Design for Production (DFP). These meetings have been part of a project funded by the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) involving Northrop Grumman (Avondale & Pascagoula)…
How Much is a Ship Worth?
Accountant and business consultant Moore Stephens has warned that shipping companies must be able to substantiate any decision to use future cashflow as an alternative to broker valuations.
Eye on the Navy
Amphibious assault vehicles from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) approach the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during an amphibious training exercise. Bataan is serving as the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group conducting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. The 22nd MEU is serving as the theater reserve force for U.S. Central Command. (U.S.
This Day in Naval History – July 22
1802 - Frigate Constellation defeats 9 Corsair gunboats off Tripoli. 1905 - Body of John Paul Jones moved to Annapolis, MD for reburial. 1953 - U.S. 1964 - Four Navy Divers (LCDR Robert Thompson…
MarineTech Underwater Robot Competitions
Dr. Alok Verma, Director of Lean Institute at Old Dominion University organized two underwater robotics competitions under a project called MarineTech funded by the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV). On the morning of July 11, 2009, around 60 people, including students and their parents, gathered at Maury High School for the Sea Perch underwater robot competition. During the spring semester, students built Sea Perch robots with the help of their teachers for this competition.
Keel Laid for 3rd National Security Cutter
The U.S. Coast Guard and Northrop Grumman laid the keel for the future Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, the service's third National Security Cutter, at 1 p.m, July 20. At Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding's Gulf Coast shipyard, Pascagoula, Miss., ceremoniously marking the beginning of Stratton's construction. First lady Michelle Obama will serve as Stratton's sponsor. This is the first time a first lady has ever sponsored a Coast Guard cutter.
Rocketboat Fitted with Ultrajet UJ575s
Blue and Gold Fleet in San Francisco carried 2.5 million passengers in 2008. Founded in 1978 the company own 15 vessels providing bay cruises and ferry services. Designed to deliver thrill rides Blue and Gold Fleet’s RocketBoat operates out of pier 39 in San Francisco. Carrying up to 135 passengers RocketBoat sails past the Bay Bridge and AT & T Park (home of the San Francisco Giants); she also passes by Treasure Island and Alcatraz on the way back to pier 39…
Vessel Pollution Prosecutions – A New Twist
By Vincent J. Foley- New York and John S. On July 15, 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that the Captain and Chief Officer of a foreign vessel pled guilty in the Eastern District of Louisiana (New Orleans) to charges that included not only the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), False Statements and Obstruction of Justice; but also failure to notify the Coast Guard of hazardous conditions and charges related to presentation of false or incomplete ballast tank reports.
Guilty Plea, Concealing Vessel Pollution
Panagiotis Stamatakis, the chief engineer on the Cyprus-flagged M/V Myron N, and the second engineer, Dimitrios Papadakis, both citizens of Greece, pleaded guilty in U.S.
Turbocharger Cut-off System
To meet the growing demand for running large container vessels on varying loads, MAN Diesel has developed a turbocharger cut-out system that improves main-engine performance during low-load operation.
Another Conversion for Keppel Shipyard
Keppel Shipyard Ltd is close to completing the conversion of FPSO Armada Perdana for repeat customer Bumi Armada Berhad (Bumi Armada). A ceremony for the naming of the Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO) prior to its deployment in the Oyo field, 70km off the coast of Nigeria was held at the shipyard. The vessel is expected to deliver first oil in fourth Quarter 2009. The Secretary to The Government Federation of Nigeria, Mr.
Panama Canal New Locks Announcement
Reporters crowded around Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta after the ACP announced Grupo Unidos por el Canal as the “best value” consortium to design and build the Canal’s new set of locks July 8. Grupo Unidos por el Canal, composed of Sacyr Vallehermoso S.A., Impregilo S.p.A., Jan De Nul n.v. and Constructora Urbana, S.A., was one of three consortia vying for the contract and determined the winner through a fair…
Ellicott Dredges Receives Four Awards
Ellicott Dredges, LLC-a unit of Ellicott Dredge Enterprises, LLC-and its management have recently received multiple awards from international and national organizations for its technical innovations, leadership in the dredging industry, organizational growth, and community contributions. Ernst & Young, one of the "Big Four" accounting firms, has announced that Ellicott Dredges' President Peter Bowe…
Vessel Departs James River Reserve Fleet
The Ortolan departed the James River Reserve Fleet at 9:50 a.m. on July 20 in transit to Esco Marine, Inc., in Brownsville, Texas for recycling. The approximate travel time to Texas is 14 days. The Ortolan is the 80th ship to leave the James River Reserve Fleet since January 1, 2001.
Spain Approves Acquistion of Iberocruceros
The Spanish Antitrust Authority has granted official approval to the acquisition of sole control by Costa Crociere S.p.A. of Iberocruceros, a brand operating in the Spanish market.