Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell Arrives in Miami
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell, the fifth of the service's planned 58 Fast Response Cutters in the Sentinel Class and the first of its class to be named after a female Coast Guard heroine, arrived at her homeport Coast Guard Sector Miami, Fla., Sunday. Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell is scheduled for commissioning in New Orleans on June 1, 2013. The location of the commissioning honors the history of the cutter’s namesake.
Alewijnse Completes Conversion of Atlantic Amsterdam
Alewijnse Marine Systems completed the electrical conversion of the jack-up rig Atlantic Amsterdam. The Atlantic Amsterdam has spent the last nine months at Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen being converted from a drilling rig to offshore hotel accommodation by Nordica Offshore Pte, Ltd. Alewijnse was responsible for the supply, installation, integration and commissioning of a number of critical electrical systems.
SHIPPINGInsight 2013 Agenda Published
The SHIPPINGInsight producers announced that the agenda for the 2013 Fleet Optimization Conference has been finalized. Now in its second year, the 2013 SHIPPINGInsight Conference addresses the challenges, solutions, technologies and best practices for improving efficiency in ship and fleet operations. It will take place Oct. 22-24 at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel in Connecticut. Keynote speakers will be Anthony Chiarello…
Ocean Exchange Calls for Innovative Solutions
Solutions submitted to the third annual Ocean Exchange should have the potential to generate economic growth and increase productivity while reducing the use of nature’s resources and waste production. This year’s competition, with a theme of LEAP TO ZERO+, represents Ocean Exchange’s continued search for entrepreneurs and businesses from around the globe with innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems or an interest in those solutions.
GE Debuts Breakthrough in Electrical Thruster Propulsion
In a move that could change the way the maritime industry views propulsion technology, GE’s Power Conversion business increased its offshore systems portfolio with Inovelis, a podded thruster with unmatched fuel efficiency and overall performance. Inovelis incorporates an electrically powered propeller with its motor housed within a steerable pod mounted beneath the hull of an offshore vessel. It incorporates all the assets of a podded thruster…
Vessel Sales: April 2013
The following list of ship sales for April 2013 was prepared by Shipping Intelligence Inc., New York. Sale Prices are listed in millions USD.
DNV Enhances Class Rules for Offshore Units
DNV has restructured its offshore classification rules for Mobile Offshore Units in order to improve transparency and enhance safety. “Our aim is to help the rig owner in the building process – to clearly show that the unit is constructed in compliance with reliability and safety standards. At the same time, yards can achieve improved efficiency and have the ability to document the safety level of alternative solutions,” said Erik Henriksen, Director for Mobile Offshore Units at DNV.
GE O&G Wins Two Technology Awards at OTC
GE Oil & Gas has received two Spotlight on New Technology awards from the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) for two new products that address the challenges of deepwater drilling.
GE Improves Propulsion Systems Efficiency
GE’s Power Conversion business unveiled a new power and propulsion system at OTC that they say reduces fuel consumption by controlling engine speed on platform support vessels. The Variable Frequency Active Front-End power and propulsion system, or VF-AFE, enables ship owners using conventional power system components to lower engine speeds when feasible, cut fuel consumption and reduce emissions and maintenance requirements, the manufacturer claims.
FuelTrax Obtains European Union Patent Protection
Nautical Control Solutions, LP (NCS) announced that its FuelTrax Marine Fuel Management system has been granted patent protection by the European Patent Office (EPO).
Book Review: There’s a Page Missing
Maritime fraud, international intrigue and an indefatigable investigator – all add up to a fascinating account of the extraordinary people bent on fooling the system with mind boggling schemes. Author Don Oliver is a specialist maritime insurance surveyor who has visited countless ports and places throughout the world, uncovering the truth behind insurance claims. Suspicious, audacious and fraudulent…
Herbert-ABS Release New Load Management Program
Herbert-ABS Software Solutions LLC released the latest version of their Load Management Program (LMP) for offshore vessels. For day-to-day weight management, stability…
MTU Builds New R&D Test Facility
Tognum subsidiary MTU Friedrichshafen held a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction work on a new R&D test facility at Plant 1. The company plans to invest more than €60 million in the project by 2015. In the future, technicians will be able to run function tests on newly developed engines on the new, cutting-edge test stands with work including areas such as the development of new combustion processes…
OTC 2013 Spotlight On New Technology Awards
The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), which takes place May 6-9 in Houston, announced 15 technologies that will receive the 2013 Spotlight on New Technology Award recognizing innovative new products that provide significant impact for offshore exploration and production. The Spotlight on New Technology Awards, which are for OTC exhibitors, showcase the latest and most advanced hardware and software technologies that are leading the industry into the future.
Today in U.S. Naval History: May 6
Today in U.S. naval history - May 6. 1942 – Capt. For more information about U.S.
DOS – CGPCS Meeting Re Somali Piracy
The Department of State (DOS) issued a news release stating that the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) met in New York on May 1. Participants…
Navy Increases NNS Funding for 'JFK' Outfitting
Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division receives an addtional US$ 60.8-million for aircraft carrier 'John F. Kennedy. The funding increase is to a previously awarded construction preparation contract for purchase of materials in support of aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) construction. The funds awarded to NNS will be used to purchase long-lead-time materials such as air conditioning systems, controllers and pumps.
Hapag-LLoyd Board Member Leaving
Jesper Praestensgaard, responsible for Global Markets & Global Accounts is to leave the company in June 2013. Hapag-Lloyd announce that the executive board member will be leaving the Company at his own request in June in order to take on new challenges. “Hapag-Lloyd would like to thank Jesper Praestensgaard for his dedication during this time and would like to wish him all the best for the future…
Hong Kong Dock Strike Ends
Hong Kong dockworkers accept Hutchison Port Holdings 9.8% pay offer, end 40-day strike at the container terminal. The workers settled their dispute late Monday by…
Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival Returns
The Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival runs May 7-11, 2013, with fun, food and maritime facts for the whole family on the Seattle Waterfront. “The Vigor Seattle Maritime…