USNS John Glenn Completes Final Contract Trials
USNS John Glenn (MLP 2), successfully completed Final Contract Trials (FCT) off the coast of Manchester, Washington July 31. During the trials, the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey along with the ship's crew tested the vessel's various hull, mechanical, and electrical systems to demonstrate that the ship meets Navy standards and requirements, and is materially ready to perform all of its slated in-service missions.
Mariners Urged to Brace for Heavy Weather
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is urging the public to prepare for the onset of heavy weather expected to impact the Hawaiian Islands Thursday. The effects of Hurricane Iselle and Tropical Storm Julio are expected to generate extreme sea conditions, storm surge and surf of 10-15 feet throughout the Main Hawaiian Islands. Mariners and beachgoers should monitor the progress and strength of the storms through newspapers, the internet and local television and radio stations.
Mississippi Hosts Fourth Annual National SeaPerch Challenge
The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS, and the Mississippi Regional SeaPerch Committee in mid-May hosted the Fourth National SeaPerch Challenge on the campus of Southern Miss. It was here that 108 teams of 451 middle and high school students – students from 19 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and for a first time ever, and international team from New Zealand – convened at the University’s Payne Center and Johnson Natatorium for a weekend of competition and fun.
Maersk Drilling Names First Female Director
Maersk Drilling has appointed Moira Ming Ying Li as unit director for the Maersk Deliverer rig working for Chevron offshore Angola. She will assume her new role August 15, 2014. Moira is the first female unit director in Maersk Drilling. “We are very pleased to appoint Moira Ming Ying Li as unit director on the Maersk Deliverer. Moira has proven herself time and time again through various positions in Maersk Drilling…
TOTE Ship Receives Powerplant
When TOTE announced plans to build the world’s largest LNG powered containerships, it stood to reason that along the way many milestones would fall. The most recent came when Doosan Engine delivered the world’s first dual-fuel, low-speed ME-GI engine to NASSCO in San Diego. The engine is built to operate on LNG and/or bunker C oil and will power the first of two 3,100-teu container ships ordered by TOTE. The Korean engine maker originally won the order to build the ME-GI engines in 2013.
General Dynamics & CrowdStrike to Enhance Threat Intelligence
General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions announced that it has partnered with CrowdStrike to provide customers with access to shared threat intelligence…
Thrustmaster, DOEN Ink Deal
Thrustmaster announced an agreement with DOEN which it says makes it the only U.S.-based manufacturer of commercial waterjets for marine propulsion. DOEN is an Australian-based designer and manufacturer of waterjet propulsion systems, one of five marine waterjet manufactures in the world building waterjets up to 5,364 hp (4,000 kW). Thrustmaster has introduced two new models to the DOEN waterjet product lineup: the 400/450 series Thrustmaster DOEN waterjets will extend the power range 8…
gplink: Remote Monitoring from Finning
Solent Towage Ltd (STL) reports that is has saved more than 60-man hours since December 2013 by installing gplink, the remote monitoring and tracking solution from Finning Power Systems (Finning) for Cat engines. The company operates a fleet of seven tugboats off the UK’s south coast, two of which use Cat engines. Several vessels in Solent Towage’s fleet are chartered for 186 days per year by the operator of a large oil refinery in the area…
Repowered Tug Tows Nonstop
For its third repower with Smith Maritime, Laborde supplied three Mitsubishi S12R-Y2MPTK Tier II engines rated at 5,000 hp for the tug Rhea. For its maiden voyage, Rhea towed a huge piece of oilfield equipment from Texas to Cape Verde Islands off of Africa before moving on to Nigeria, towing continuously for seven weeks. Rhea is a small, powerful, agile, sea-going tug capable of withstanding the rigors of ship and barge towing or ocean rescue service in all weather conditions.
Construction of Flotel Ship for Pemex
With traditional keel laying, began work today mount flotel tier ship for worker accommodation platforms Pemex Exploration and Production. The vessel, to be delivered in July 2016…
FPP Design from Wärtsilä
Wärtsilä introduced the FPP Opti Design, a new fixed pitch propeller (FPP) design concept. According to Wärtsilä, the new design offers fuel savings of up to 4 percent and highly reliable full scale performance predictions. The Wärtsilä FPP Opti Design was developed at the company’s Technology and Service Center in the Netherlands. CFD calculations analyze not only the propeller performance but most importantly also, the interaction between the propeller and hull.
Dynaligner Aims to Eliminate Shaft Misalignment
A Swedish and Dutch invention aims to eliminate misalignment, modernizing today’s shaft alignment practice. The Dynaligner is said to offer trouble free operation of marine propulsion trains, irrespective of ship operation condition or hull deflections. Dynaligner ‘s developer said the propeller shafting is correctly aligned at all times during ship operation to avoid any mechanical behavior causing inappropriate bearing loads and wear/vibrations.
Holland America Line’s 3 Epic Global Voyages
Holland America Line’s ms Prinsendam kicks off the new year on Jan 3, 2015 with a 68-day Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage followed by a 55-day Grand Mediterranean Voyage. These two itineraries are designed to take guests on longer explorations that visit some of the most interesting and exciting ports in the world. This is an addition to ms Amsterdam’s 114-day Grand World Voyage that calls at 45 ports in 25 countries. “A Grand Voyage is like no other cruise experience.
Adani Ports PAT for Q1FY15 Increases by 36%
Adani Ports & SEZ Ltd, India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. Consolidated cargo handled by the company was 33.83 MMT in Q1FY15, an increase of 27%, over corresponding quarter last year. Adani ports at Mundra handled 28.86 MMT cargo in Q1FY15 thereby continuing its leadership as the largest commercial port in India.
Last Steel Truss Installed on Irving’s New Facility
Representatives from Irving Shipbuilding, Walters Steel, Ironworkers Local 752, Hatch Mott MacDonald, EllisDon and Irving Equipment gathered on August 6, 2014 to celebrate the installation of the last steel truss on Irving Shipbuilding’s new production building, under construction at Halifax Shipyard and where Canada’s new naval combat ships will be built starting in 2015. The truss was signed by members of Ironworkers Local 752…
Strike Notice Served By Teekay Employees
Teekay Shipping employees at Port Hedland who are members of the Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers (AIMPE) will take protected industrial action…
DMW Completes Crane Acceptance Trials
DMW Marine Group announced it has completed factory acceptance testing on four of its model M400.24A4 cranes with DNV OS E101 certification and type approval. The cranes are for installation on new drillships for a U.S. customer, DMW said, adding that 12 more cranes are to follow in the next year for the same customer. dmwmarinegroup.com
Dynamic Monitoring Brings Energy Surveys to Life
Many shipping companies use independent experts to conduct comprehensive ship energy surveys which are then used by owners, operators and managers to make better…
Riverboat Tahoe Queen Refloated
U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Francisco and a commercial salvage team successfully removed the Tahoe Queen, a riverboat-style passenger vessel, from a sandbar off Regan Beach in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Tuesday afternoon. Watchstanders at Sector San Francisco received a report Monday at 3:37 p.m. from Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe that a passenger vessel, Tahoe Queen, ran aground with 296 passengers aboard.
EPA: Waukegan Harbor Cleanup Complete
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the completion of all cleanup work required to remove Waukegan Harbor from the binational list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern.