ABB Installs Powerful North Sea HVDC Wind Connector
ABB has installed the world’s highest-voltage offshore converter station in the North Sea. Alternating current electricity generated in three wind farms off the coast of Germany will be converted on the platform into high-voltage direct current (HVDC) for transmission to the mainland. The 320 kilovolts converter station has an 800 megawatt power transmission capacity making it the world's most powerful installation of its kind.
Aker Sees Robust Demand Following Q2 2013 Slip
Aker Solutions generated revenue of NOK 11.9 billion in the second quarter of 2013, compared with NOK 11.9 billion in the second quarter of 2012. Earnings before interest…
Greenpeace Protest Ship Threatened, Leaves Kara Sea
Having defied Russian refusal to grant the Greenpeace ship 'Arctic Sunrise' permission to enter the Kara Sea area on the Northern Sea Route, Russian coastguards boarded and threatened to open fire unless the protesters turned back. An oil spill here is practically inevitable – and a clean up virtually impossible. At risk is the fragile Arctic nature, the narwhals, polar bears, bowhead whales, walruses, seals, and dozens of bird species.
Hydrofoil Excellence EDC: Student Prize Inaugurated
Founded in England in 1965 and based in the United States since 1970, the International Hydrofoil Society (IHS) is now initiating an annual Mandles Prize for Hydrofoil Excellence in recognition of hydrofoil engineering, design or construction (EDC) achievement by college and university students. To be clear, hydrofoils are "wings under water" that can substantially increase the speed, maneuverability and stability of suitable boats…
Director Brian Salerno Sworn in at BSEE
Brian Salerno was sworn in on August 26 as the Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Salerno retired as a Vice Admiral in the U.S. Coast Guard in 2012, after more than 36 years of active duty service. He is the third Director in BSEE's history, following James Watson and Michael Bromwich. He stated to employees that, "It is an honor and a privilege to join you today at BSEE.
Shipbuilding Software will be a SENER Focus at DSEI 2013
The engineering and technology group SENER will attend as an exhibitor the DSEI exhibition, the world’s largest defense and security event, which is held from September 10-13 at the ExCeL convention center in London. SENER’s Engineering and Construction division will present at the exhibition new developments and projects in two large fields of activity: the naval sector and the defense sector. Along the naval sector…
Planet Ocean Welcomes Kira Coley
Due to a continued increase in business, and an increasing portfolio of ever more sophisticated instruments and systems, Surrey based Planet Ocean Ltd. appointed Kira Coley as Scientific Applications Specialist. Kira will provide scientific and technical support to new and existing customers as well as being the science liaison between Planet Ocean and its principals. Kira will spend most of her time…
Acquisition Enhances 3sun’s Aberdeen Presence
3sun Group, a specialist provider of products and services to the global energy industry, announced the acquisition of RRC Controls Services Ltd., based in Gourdon Aberdeenshire. The deal, worth a six figure sum, is part of 3sun Group’s plans to expand its footprint in Aberdeen and enhance its service offering to the energy industry. The acquisition of RRC Controls Services, an established manufacturer of subsea control systems for the offshore oil and gas industry…
Ecoshield Durable, Cavitation-Damage-Proof Rudder Protection Launched
After more than 10 years of strenuous testing, Subsea Industries, a Hydrex company, has launched the ultimate rudder protection coating, Ecoshield, for permanent…
West African States Lack Means to Fight Piracy
By John A. The western African states have said clearly they do not have the naval, coast guard or customs resources to deal with the piracy evident in the Gulf of Guinea. Further, they do not say, but it is clear, they do not have the money to do it. Piracy is now confined to one principal area. But piracy is similar to blood — a little spilled goes a long way. Piracy will spread elsewhere when and if strong emphasis is put on the Gulf of Guinea.
BMT Reliability Engineering Training Courses
BMT Reliability Consultants, an operating company of BMT Group Ltd, an international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, released its Autumn Training Course Program to support customers in the areas of asset acquisition and through life operation. Through a selection of public and bespoke courses running throughout the autumn of 2013, BMT will offer training in software reliability and safety…
Softlink Bundles WIN Connectivity in Cloud ERP Logi-Sys
Softlink’s Cloud ERP platform Logi-Sys for freight industry now includes WIN connectivity, enabling users to communicate with other WIN-connected forwarders. Amit Maheshwari…
Dana Gas Egypt Production Reaches 200 Million SCFD
Dana Gas, one of Middle East's leading regional private sector natural gas Company, announces that it has achieved gas production level in Egypt of 200 million standard cubic feet per day (equivalent of 41,500 boepd, including over 8,000 barrels per day of associated liquids), the highest level for the company in the country in 2 years. This represents a growth of 29% over the 2012 average. The Company’s…
Star Bulk Reports Profits for Q2, H1 2013
Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, today announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the second quarter and first half of 2013. Net profit for the first half of 2013 was $2 million compared to a loss of $4.5 million during the same period of the previous year. Spyros Capralos, President and Chief Executive Officer of Star Bulk…
The Commissioning of Paul Clark
It was 1942 during the allied assault on French Morocco. Fireman 1st Class Paul Leaman Clark was a landing boat engineer attached to the USS Joseph T. Dickman supervising the unloading of soldiers and supplies from the transports on the beach. Early into the assault, Clark was unloading a transport when his boat was battered with machinegun fire; the bowman was mortally wounded and the coxswain was severely injured.
Aveva to Sponsor, Present at ICCAS 2013
Aveva announced that it is a gold sponsor of, and will be delivering a number of presentations at, the 15th International Conference on Computer Applications in Shipbuilding (ICCAS)…
Today in U.S. Naval History: August 27
Today in U.S. 1917 - Squadron of minesweepers departs U.S. 1944 - USS Stingray (SS-186) lands men and supplies on Luzon, Philippines to support guerilla operations against the Japanese. 1945 - Pacific Fleet ships enter Sagami Bay, near Tokyo, Japan. 1959 - Off Cape Canaveral, Fla., USS Observation Island (EAG-154) makes first shipboard launching of a Polaris missile. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.
Coast Guard to Construct New Menemsha Boathouse
The Coast Guard has received all necessary regulatory permits to commence construction of a new boathouse at Station Menemsha on Martha's Vineyard in early September, 2013. The original 6,000 square-foot boathouse, built in 1941, was destroyed by fire on July 12, 2010. A joint investigation, completed in 2011 by local, state, and federal authorities, was unable to determine a cause for the fire. The approved scope of work includes construction of a 5,000 square-foot single-bay boathouse.
Damaged Crew Boat Salvaged in Gulf of Mexico
Inland Salvage Inc. completed the salvage of a crew boat in the Gulf of Mexico. The vessel began taking on water after striking a structure during offshore operations. Attempts to bring the vessel in under her own power ended approximately 15 miles offshore from Pascagoula, MS when the seas began washing over her bow. All crewmembers safely abandoned the vessel and she was soon set adrift unmanned. Inland Salvage was contacted by the owner and mobilized crews to begin salvage operations.
Frank Armitt & Son Announces Online Stock Reporting System
Runcorn based shipping agent Frank Armitt & Son announced the launch of their new website which provides the North West Steel Trade with an innovative steel freight management system. The new online reporting system offers suppliers and companies in the steel industry the ability to manage their imported materials online using Armitt’s Steel Management Portal which is accessible through their new website.