CEO Outlines DNV GL's Key Themes at SMM
Tor E. Svensen, CEO of DNV GL addressed the SMM 2014 trade fair in Hamburg, explaining that the classification society's key themes were: enhancing operational efficiency; improving safety, and smarter data. Svensen also looked at some of innovative new projects and research underway at DNV GL, especially the growing trend toward LNG ready vessels and the increasing use of a diverse range of alternative fuels. SMM marked the first full year of operation for DNV GL, said Tor E.
Wärtsilä Shows Upgraded Tankship Design at SMM
Wärtsilä says it has launched its new SK 5054 MkII chemical and oil products tanker design at the current SMM conference and exhibition in Hamburg, Germany. The proven Wärtsilä SK 5054 ship design has been used for more than 60 vessels already built and in operation. The SK 5054 MkII version builds upon this strong foundation to offer a reliable and environmentally sound ship design that incorporates the latest Wärtsilä technology applied to its broad offering of solutions.
ZF Marine Launches ZF W10000 Transmission
ZF Marine Propulsion today introduced the new workboat transmission family ZF W 10000 enhancing the range of ToughGear series transmissions. The brand new ZF W10000 transmission, introduced at the 2014 SMM show in Hamburg, is the latest commercial vessel transmission from ZF Marine, a world leader in marine propulsion system technology. This new family of transmissions is designed specifically for the commercial craft segment.
New Inert Gas Systems from Alfa Laval
LNG and LPG carrier tanks hold both a source of income and a potential source of danger. To avert the danger, inert gas systems (IGS) have been required on all new tankers over 20,000 dwt since 1978 — a move that has surely saved untold lives. Yet with increasing demand, tighter delivery schedules, the constant need to optimize onboard footprints and numerous other factors, Alfa Laval believes IGS…
Optimarin Enters Partnership with Zeppelin
Optimarin has agreed an exclusive partnership with Zeppelin Power Systems for the engineering, supply and after sales service of its Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) technology.
Need a Lift?
Not every ship repair facility has a drydock or marine railway. But thanks to a Sturgeon Bay, Wis.-based company, shipbuilders and repair yards from small to large can get a real lift. Marine Travelift builds boat hoists, self-propelled transporters, and marine forklifts, with more than 3,500 units delivered worldwide, and can be found at waterfronts all around the world. “Our boat hoists range from 15 ton all the way up to 1,000 ton capacity,” said Jason Johnson, North American sales manager.
Vigor: Frank(ly) Speaking
Frank Foti of Vigor Industrial has steadily embarked on a consolidation of the Pacific Northwest ship construction and repair industry. Starting in Portland in 1995 with about 50 employees, the ubiquitous owner of Vigor has built his business today to more than 2,000 employees in an ever-widening industrial group. During a recent visit to Seattle, he shared insights on his company and the market. “Vigor is a diversified marine and industrial fabricator and it is a ship repair specialist…
DHT Holdings to Acquire Samco Shipholding
DHT Holdings, Inc. announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire all the outstanding shares of Samco Shipholding Pte. Ltd., a private company incorporated under the laws of the Republic of Singapore. Samco owns and operates a fleet of seven very large crude oil tankers (VLCCs) with an average age of approximately 4.5 years. Five of the vessels are currently on time charters to oil majors. Included in the transaction is Samco's 50% ownership in Goodwood Ship Management Pte.
Alfa Laval Announces PureSOx 2.0
Alfa Laval said its PureSOx is one of the market-leading alternatives for complying with the sulphur limits imposed by MARPOL Annex VI and its guideline MEPC 184(59), and with January 2015 and the enforcement of Emission Control Areas (ECAs) rapidly approaching, the company has launched a new generation of the scrubber with a wide range of enhancements and options: PureSOx 2.0. PureSOx has been operating at sea since 2009 and is among the most prominent scrubbers on today’s market…
ChartCo Acquires Regs4ships
Maritime digital data services company ChartCo acquired Regs4ships, the supplier of digital regulatory information, consultancy and training. ChartCo, part of the Kelvin Hughes Group…
MacGregor's 'Soft Start' Benefits Powerful Electric Motors
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has introduced a new electric starter cabinet for hydraulic hatch cover power units on bulk carriers and general cargo ships. It features an intelligent “soft-start” function that avoids starting current peaks and reduces stresses on mechanical and hydraulic components. "A ship has a closed electrical system and so current peaks may cause disturbances elsewhere in the system.
Great Lakes Ore Trade in High Gear in August
For the second month in a row, shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes reached their highest level in six years. The 7,242,492 tons loaded in August are the most since July 2008 when 7…
GE Showcases Maritime Industry Solutions at SMM
Today at the SMM 2014 exhibition, GE announced it will showcase a variety of cutting-edge projects and solutions to meet demands of the global commercial and naval marine industry.
Energy Markets Buoy U.S. Shipbuilding
Proliferation of energy related transport continues to drive commercial U.S. As the United States aims towards energy independence by the end of this decade, domestic shipyards and vessels owners are reaping rewards from this most unexpected turn of events. Hydraulic Fracturing, or fracking, has been the main (and well publicized) culprit in the rapid turn of events. While the proliferation of gas has been widely known for years…
ACO Unveils New Plant for Upcoming Wastewater Rules
ACO Marine, a supplier of advanced wastewater treatment systems, is about to introduce a new version of its established Maripur wastewater treatment range. The next generation ACO Maripur NF sewage treatment system has been specifically developed to ensure operators of specialist tonnage in the passenger and mega-yacht sectors comply with the impending IMO Resolution MEPC 227(64) – including Section 4.2.
Navantia Banks on the Future
It is no secret that the Spanish shipbuilding sector has hit on hard times, particularly in the big ship sector where much of the commercial business has evolved to lower cost manufacturers in the Far East. But considering that Navantia has a 300-year history, the current downturn is put in perspective. While Navantia is not without challenges, it has the aforementioned experience and a military backlog to lean on.
Today in U.S. Naval History: September 9
Today in U.S. 1825 - USS Brandywine sails for France to carry the Marquis de Lafayette home after his year long visit to America. 1943 - Operation Avalanche, Western Naval Task Force under Vice Adm.
New Performance Management Portal from DNV GL
DNV GL introduced ECO Insight, a unique performance management portal to the shipping community at the SMM trade fair in Hamburg today. Combined with the new Navigator Insight data collection and logging software, ECO Insight gives shipping companies a fast track to an effective performance management system. “ECO Insight allows our customers to take the next step to greater efficiency. After exploiting measures to improve the vessels…
Port of Lake Charles Terminal Expansion Gains $10m
Sen. U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., a Senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced a $10 million grant for the Port of Lake Charles…
MAN Diesel & Turbo Introduces New High-Speed Engine
With the MAN 12V175D, MAN Diesel & Turbo will be presenting the first cylinder version of its new high-speed engine family at this year's maritime trade fair SMM in Hamburg.