North American ECA – Today
On August 1, 2012, the North American Emissions Control Area (NAECA) took effect, mandating the use of 1.0% sulfur Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) or residual fuel oil for ships within 200 miles of the continent of North America. California has mandated the use of distillate fuel when ships are within 24 miles of its coastline since July 1, 2009. Lessons learned from California’s experience with distillate fuels may benefit operators as the next phase of NAECA comes into effect (January 1…
Louisiana Company Ahead of Proposed Steering Rules
With implementation of the US Coast Guard Subchapter M regulations just around the corner, owners of uninspected towing vessels are scrambling to understand and prepare for what’s to come, even while the rules are still evolving. Among the proposed changes for towing vessels are standards for propulsion and steering controls that closely resemble the existing standards for fully inspected offshore vessels.
Damen Shipyards Group Adapts Swiftly to New Argentinian Import Regulations
Damen Shipyards, which has already built up a considerable presence in Argentina since the nineties, is working very closely with Argentinian shipyards and looking forward to expanding its activities in the country. Currently, several Damen ASD tugs are being built in Argentina and very soon work will begin on an entirely new powerful pusher to serve the Hidrovía Paraná-Paraguay, the greatest waterway of South America.
The Corvus Power Play
Corvus Energy has quickly evolved as a leader in the marine hybrid propulsion market, developing state-of-the-art battery system solutions on some of the world’s biggest projects. And this is just the beginning. While the world “revolutionary” is too often and liberally bandied about in the description of new products, Vancouver, BC-based Corvus Energy arguably has created a revolutionary battery for the maritime market…
Torque Marine IPS
Led by calls to reduce emissions (CO2, NOx, PM-values), while at the same time increasing energy efficiency with a long-term eye on the diminishing supply of fossil fuels, it is clear for all that “alternatives” — even under the aspect of higher investment costs — will pay back in the future. Beside economic and safety-related aspects, more and more questions about environmental protection as well…
ULSTEIN Wins Twelve Design Deliveries
Sinopacific’s Zhejiang yard in Ningbo, China, has entered into a contract with ULSTEIN for the delivery of twelve design packages for platform support vessels of the PX105 design for Seatankers Group. “Seatankers Group is a new customer for ULSTEIN”, says Managing Director Sigurd Viseth at Ulstein Design and Solutions AS, “and we are very happy that the company chooses our designs. We strongly believe that they will find these to be cost-effective and excellent vessels”.
EMISA Welcomes Tekomar
EMISA (the European Maritime Independent Suppliers Association) is particularly pleased to welcome Tekomar to membership due to this company’s in-depth experience in the development of large two-stroke engines. From Tekomar's initial foundation, the company has built on its experience to assist customers in maintaining and optimising their machinery equipment. This has proven to be very successful in the marine and power markets.
Rich Galuk Joins TMI
Thunderbolt Marine welcomes Rich Galuk as he joins TMI as Vice President and General Manager. Rich has worked closely with TMI over the years in his duties managing the Savannah Bar Pilots' fleet of vessels & marine surveying. Galuk's 29+ years in the marine industry also include service with the United States Coast Guard, maritime law enforcement, marine repairs, consulting and expert witness services. Rich, his wife and two children have lived in the Savannah area for 28 years.
GL Nobel Denton Expands Safety and Risk Services
GL Noble Denton has expanded its safety and risk services to the Norwegian oil and gas market through a new strategic partnership with Stavanger-based consultancy, XAFE.
WCI Presses for WRDA Passage
WCI Immediate Past President Rick Calhoun Testifies on need for WRDA Bill. Rick Calhoun, President of Cargo Carriers, a business of Cargill, Inc., and Immediate Past Chairman of Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI), testified today before the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee on “Water Resources Development Act: Growing the Economy and Protecting Public Safety.” Mr. Calhoun addressed the need for a Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)…
GLS Completes USCG Repairs
Great Lakes Shipyard Performs Emergency Repairs on USCG Aids to Navigation Barge. United States Coast Guard Cutter MOBILE BAY of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin departed Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio after completion of drydocking and repairs to the bow thruster on it 120-foot Aids to Navigation Barge. The barge was hauled out on Monday, September 17th using the Shipyard’s 770-ton Marine Travelift. The shipyard immediately removed the bow thruster and disassembled it in the shop for repairs.
Containers Salvaged From Rena Wreck Number 1000
The Braemar Howells/Unimar latest update informs recovery milestone passed, there now remain 365 containers to recover. A total of 1368 containers were onboard the Renawhen grounded on the Astrolabe Reef nearly on 5 October 2011. Braemar Operations Manager Mike Richards says the milestone was reached this week after the positive identification of more container parts hauled up from the seabed at the wreck site.
Fleet Management System Via Tablet Devices
Blue Sky Network introduces new SkyRouter Mobile Satellite Tracking & Fleet Management application. Fleet managers can now stay constantly connected to assets via…
Aircraft Carrier Training Facility Opens In UK
A training facility has been opened to prepare Royal Navy sailors to man the first of the Queen Elizabeth-Class carriers, due in 2016. The first of the 65,000-tonne carriers is currently being assembled at Babcock's dockyard in Rosyth, and will be able to take up to 40 aircraft; almost twice the capacity of the Invincible Class carriers. To keep up with the state-of-the-art technology on board sailors and engineers will be trained in a £1m building at HMS Collingwood in Fareham…
NNS Employee Gains 'Woman of Distinction' Award
Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) employee is honored with a YWCA Women of Distinction Award. Stephanie Simmons, director of Navy Program Operations, was recognized in the science and technology category at a ceremony at Christopher Newport University. In choosing the YWCA Women of Distinction Award recipients, a selection committee takes into consideration the nominees' professional and civic achievements…
Research Ship's ADVETO ECDIS-4000 Upgrade
Sweden's Adveto ECDIS-4000 system on board 'National Geographics Explorer' upgraded to fulfil IMO compliance standard. During the vessel's recent visit to Scandinavia the National Geographics Explorer was successfully upgraded with the latest software from ADVETO. The new software release has been tested and meets the standards set for ECDIS by the IHO, with particular reference to the recent IHO circular ‘Update Report on IHO Action concerning ECDIS Software Issues’.
US Naval Submarine Modules Shipped by Barge
This was the first for the program and part of the plan to increase shipment capacity in support of the U.S. Navy's two-submarines-per-year build rate. The module that comprises the torpedo room for North Dakota (SSN 784) was loaded onto the sea shuttle, which is used for the two-plus-day voyage to Electric Boat's main shipyard in Groton, Conn. Right behind it was the module containing the auxiliary machine room (AMR) for John Warner (SSN 785)…
Technip Wins Substantial Norway Offshore Contract
Technip wins a Statoil contract for fabrication, installation & tie-ins of flowlines for the Gullfaks South field development. The Gullfaks South field development…
Rolls-Royce Delivers First Permanent Magnet Tunnel Thruster
Newly-developed magnetic tunnel thruster delivered to Norway's Olymic Shipping by Rolls-Royce for its AHTS 'Olymic Octopus'. Tunnel thrusters are positioned fore and aft on a wide range of ships and provide sideways thrust for maneuvering and holding position in rough seas. The TT-PM offers numerous advantages over traditional tunnel thrusters, including a 25% increase in power output of from the same size propeller…
Vintage Gyrocompass Donated by Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman donate a Sperry Mk 14 gyrocompass & leather-bound operator's manual to HMCS Sackville Canadian Naval Memorial Trust. The vinatage gyro compass is for installation aboard the restored HMCS Sackville, a World War II-era corvette on the Halifax waterfront. The donation was presented at the Canadian Defence Security and Aerospace Exhibition Atlantic (DEFSEC) 2012, held annually in Halifax.