Leaner US Navy Predicted by Admiral
Adm. Mark Ferguson, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, offered a revealing look at the future of the Navy if budget cuts are approved. The admiral gave the keynote address at the recent opening of the ONR (Office of Naval Research) Naval S&T (science and technology) Partnership Conference and ASNE Expo. Speaking to a capacity crowd as keynote speaker, Ferguson said the Navy is already working hard to do more across the globe-with less resources.
Port of San Diego Plans 'Cold Ironing' Facility
Port of San Diego's Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal proposes shore-to-ship power provision (subject to project's public approval). The project would allow vessels such as container ships and refrigerated cargo ships to "plug in" and use electrical power from San Diego Gas & Electric , rather than run off their own diesel engines while at berth. The Port has accordingly prepared a Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration for the shore power project, per the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
Austal Completes Warship Main Engine Light-Off
Main engine plant of USN 127-meter Littoral Combat Ship 'Coronado' (LCS 4) powered up by shipbuilders, Austal. Austal has completed main engine light off of the two MTU 9,100kW 20V 8000 M71 propulsion diesel engines and the two 22,000kW GE LM2500 gas turbine engines, following the fuel load and testing of all four generators. The diesels are considered the highest power high-speed diesel engines in the world.
ITF GenSec David Cockroft to Retire
David Cockroft general secretary of the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) since 1993 reaches retirement age. The announcement was made at the meeting…
World's Only Nuclear-Powered Container Ship for Scrapyard
The world’s only nuclear-powered container ship, the Murmansk-based 'Sevmorput' is considered to have no commercial future. The vessel, which has been lying idle in the Atomflot base outside Murmansk for years, was on 31 July this year taken out of the Russian Ship Register . The unique ship will end up a scrap metal, experts in Murmansk confirm according to a recent Barents Observer news report. The Sevmorput…
Tankship Sold For Conversion to FPSO
Belgian owners, Euronav NV, of the VLCC 'Algarve' announce its delivery to the new owner for conversion. The 298,969 dwt VLCC Algarve, built in 1999, was sold for USD 35…
Bibby Offshore Invests Millions
Aberdeen-based subsea installation contractor Bibby Offshore has announced investment of around £11million in Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) systems for its latest division, Bibby Remote Intervention Limited (BRIL). Initial investment of close to £4million has been made in ROV systems for Bibby Offshore’s fleet of Diving Support Vessels (DSVs) to bring the service provision in-house, while 46 jobs have been created on and offshore within the division already this year.
AVEVA, Trimble Partner
AVEVA and Trimble announced that they are collaborating to provide an efficient integration between Trimble’s 3D laser scanning solutions and AVEVA’s laser scanning software solutions…
Keppel FELS Delivers Jackup Rig
Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) has delivered Paradise 400, a high-specification KFELS B Class jackup rig to Safin Gulf FZCO (Safin) ahead of schedule and with a strong safety record.
Finite Element Solutions
The international marine industry faces unprecedented challenges today. Energy costs are rising, as are concerns about reduced pollutant emissions, water ballast treatment and other environmental impacts. A tight credit market and cash-strapped operators mean that engineers must deliver designs with a high degree of fidelity and reliability while reducing the development cycle. Extreme weather, hazardous cargoes and other challenging operating conditions present the need to continually innovate…
BCF & WSF Security and Operations Control
Across the globe, populated islands and the desire of their inhabitants to travel elsewhere has led to a need for reliable waterborne transportation. Nowhere is an organized water transportation system more highly utilized than in the shared waters of Washington State and British Columbia. The international border zigzags around the Gulf Islands of Canada and the San Juan Islands of the US. Ferry traffic from the US and Canada traveling to these islands cross each other’s watery borders daily.
Researchers Say Wind Enough to Satisfy World Power Demands
Researchers used a sophisticated climate model to show wind can meet many times the world's total power demand by 2030. If the world is to shift to clean energy, electricty generated by the wind will play a major role – and there is more than enough wind for that, according to new research from Stanford and the University of Delaware. Researchers at Stanford University's School of Engineering and…
ASA Committee Chairmanship Passed to John K. Fulweiler
John K. Fulweiler, Esq. assumes Chair of the American Salvage Association's (ASA) Membership Committee. A Proctor-in-Admiralty, John is excited about the opportunity…
GE Deliver FREMM Warship Gas Turbines
GE delivers two LM2500+G4 marine gas turbines to Avio for French and Italian FREMM frigates. GE Marine has delivered two LM2500+G4 aeroderivative marine gas turbines to Avio S.p.A. of Turin, Italy, a GE Marine System Supplier. The gas turbines will power the Italian and French Navy’s fifth and seventh FREMM frigates, respectively. The first French Navy frigate Aquitaine of the Italian-French FREMM program was launched in December 2010 at DCNS’ shipyard in Lorient, France.
US-based Skye Maritime Names Director of Consultancy
Skye Maritime, a provider of counter-piracy embarked security guards, appoints Ben Smith to its management team. Ben served for 15 years in the British Army as a Special Operations reservist…
ABS Releases Ship Environmental Management Software
ABS's Energy & Environmental Manager module supports regulatory compliance and operational efficiency. Classification society ABS release its new Energy & Environmental…
DOF Fix AHTS 'Skandi Emerald' Charter
DOF signs contract with international charterer for Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessel (AHTS) 'Skandi Emerald'. The firm period of the contract is 220 days + 30 days options and commences this month, and the vessel is required for operations off the South America coast. The value of the contract is approximately NOK 36 million. Skandi Emerald is owned by Aker DOF Deepwater AS (ADD) and is an AHTS with 16, 000 BHP and 201 tons bollard pull.
Rolls-Royce Unmanned Craft Mini Waterjet Development
Rolls-Royce, is to develop a new, highly efficient water jet to propel unmanned surface craft for the US Navy. The new water jet will be the smallest Rolls-Royce design to date, with a diameter of just 100 millimetres, and will quietly propel the craft through the water on remotely controlled missions that include intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. Rolls-Royce will develop the water jet part of the innovative small propulsion system…
Trefoil Marine Launches Wide-body Tri-Air 30
Trefoil Marine successfully trialed its newest "wide-body" version of its Tri-Air line of high performance craft. Driven by twin 150 hp Suzuki outboards the boat reached speeds of over 40 mph on initial trials. The configuration shown above uses the smallest console configuration to give almost 250 square feet of deck space. With this huge area, carrying sails or other equipment at speeds of over 50 mph (with 225 hp outboards), moving high-volume equipment or up to eight people is easy and fast.
UH Professor to Lead $10M Drilling Expedition
From finding the first deep-water hydrocarbons in the Gulf of Mexico to locating the meteorite impact that doomed the dinosaurs, scientific ocean drilling has unlocked some major mysteries. A University of Houston (UH) geologist hopes to uncover more such secrets as co-chief scientist on a major international expedition to recover the first-ever drill core from the lower crust of the Pacific Ocean. Jonathan E.