Environmentalists Sue Over Shell Plan to Drill in Arctic
Several environmental groups sued the United States on Tuesday to derail Royal Dutch Shell PLC's plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean as soon as July. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management…
Recent Vessel Sales: May 2015
Vessel sales for May 2015 (as of June 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.
Simrad Launches New Pro Line Products
Simrad announced the launch of three new products in its professional line: the HS60 GPS Compass, V5035 Class-A AIS, and M5000 Series Monitors. The new GPS compass, the HS60, brings expanded functionality to traditional heading sensors such as rate-of-turn and pitch-and-roll output. With these features, the HS60 provides a low-cost, yet effective smart antenna option for marine vessels. Using SimNet and NMEA 2000 data communication…
ThomasNet.com: Sourcing Solution for the Marine Industry
Building relationships with reliable, high-quality suppliers is critical to the success of boat operators, naval architects, engineers and others in the marine industry. Having suppliers ‘on deck’ whose products meet shipbuilding and repair requirements is part of that equation. When marine equipment inevitably fails or reaches the end of its service life, maintenance personnel need to know where to turn for quick replacements. That’s where ThomasNet.com comes in.
Optimizing Efficiency Requires Measurement of True Output
Binsfield Engineering’s TorqueTrak telemetry instruments measure torque, RPM’s and power data. Binsfeld Engineering specializes in transmitting sensor signals from rotating machinery and has been designing wireless, noncontact data transmission systems since 1974. Today, its TorqueTrak telemetry instruments are commonly used to measure true mechanical Torque & Power on rotating propeller shafts in all types of ships and marine craft.
Rolls-Royce to Power Ice-Class MPV
Rolls-Royce secured a contract to supply a power and propulsion package for an ice-class multipurpose vessel under construction at Keppel Singmarine for Singaporean shipowner New Orient Marine Pte Ltd. The propulsion package includes a 1,650kW and two 3,000kW tunnel thrusters, two US ARC 0.8 main azimuth thrusters and a single 3,000kW retractable thruster. As well as four Bergen B32:40V12ACD and two…
The Ever-Evolving Rapid Response Skimmer
Kvichak’s Rapid Response Skimmers (RRS) are perhaps best known for their use by the U.S. Navy, but the design of these robust and well-designed units has evolved over time and today boasts placement in virtually every major spill organization. When, just this past October, Kvichak Marine won a U.S. Navy contract for 12 30-foot Rapid Response Skimmers (RRS) for delivery over the next 18 months, with options for up to 30 additional skimmers to be delivered through 2019…
ABB Helps Improve Efficiency on the World’s Largest Ships
ABB has designed turbochargers powering the largest ships in the world. First came the China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) Globe with capacity of 19,100 TEU completing its maiden voyage in February 2015. This was followed by the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Oscar at 19,224 TEU. Both have engines incorporating ABB-designed turbochargers and are each the first of a series of vessels to launch in the coming months also featuring turbochargers designed by ABB.
Radio Holland, BWFM Ink Service Agreement
Radio Holland, part of Imtech Marine, has won a service agreement with tanker, gas and offshore maritime group BW Fleet Management (BWFM). The two-year agreement covers all the navigation and communication equipment onboard 13 LPG vessels. Radio Holland also provides remote support for these vessels. BWFM has technical responsibility for more than 50 vessels including Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs)…
Matson Monitors Cylinder Liner Wear
The cylinder liner is a crucial part of a ship’s engine, as monitoring wear not only extends operational life but also prevents unexpected and costly repairs, with the average cost for a replacement liner at over $150,000. Matson has installed Parker Kittiwake’s LinerSCAN onto several of its vessels as part of a range of condition monitoring tools. Payback proved immediate, as on the first voyage after installation, the LinerSCAN system indicated increased wear on the cylinder liners.
Long Beach Harbor Commissioners Adopt Budget
The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved an $829 million budget for the Harbor Department’s next fiscal year, including more than a half a billion dollars for capital improvements at the Port of Long Beach. The budget, which will be presented to the Long Beach City Council for its consideration, designates $555 million for capital investments including the Port’s major terminal redevelopment and bridge replacement projects. For the fiscal year starting Oct.
MEDS: Get Connected & Protected
Late last year Radio Zeeland DMP launched MEDS, and advanced monitoring system that integrates laser sensors, day and night vision cameras and software to alert crew or authorities in a safety or security event. “MEDS (Maritime Early Detection System) is designed to be a security and a tracking product,” said David Leone, president, Radio Zeeland DMP. The proprietary core of the system is a laser sensor that transmits up to 82 meters at 190 degrees…
88 Crowley Vessels Awarded for Safety
Eighty-eight Crowley vessels honored with Jones F. Eighty-eight Crowley Maritime Corporation vessels received the Chamber of Shipping of America’s (CSA) annual Jones F. Devlin Award in recognition of their safety records, during a luncheon held last week in New Orleans, La. Each year, the CSA honors manned merchant vessels that have operated for two or more years without incurring a Lost Time Injury (LTI)…
US Hoists: Making the Big Haul, Italian Style
The process of efficiently lifting and moving boats on land is an age-old conundrum. While ‘US Hoists’ is a relatively new name in the boat lift sector, in reality it blends more than four decades of boat lift experience with some of the most modern, automated boat lift technology on the planet. Thomas A. Tebbens II, president of US Hoists Corporation, explains. US Hoists Corp. of Calverton, NY recently…
Weathering the Storm through Lower Manning Costs
As many companies continue the fight for survival in the challenging market conditions, shipping and offshore recruitment specialist Blue Ocean Marine & Offshore Solutions (BOMOS) announced its strategy to focus much stronger on cost reductions. “Current financial realities are calling for some tough decisions and there is an increasing demand to improve operating margins. There is no single solution to radically change the cost structure of shipping and offshore companies.
Building the World’s Largest 4G Offshore Network
Statoil selected Maritime Communications Partner (MCP) to deploy and operate its high speed 4G-network on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). It’s a six-year contract with a four-year option, which calls for MCP to build what is essentially the world’s largest 4G network at sea. Initially 15 rigs, two light well intervention vessels (LWI), two subsea inspection and maintenance vessels (IMR) and 50 supply ships will be covered.
Wärtsilä Debuts 4 Feeder Ship Designs
Wärtsilä launched a series of four new container feeder vessel designs at this year's Nor-Shipping exhibition being held in Oslo from June 2 to 5. The designs are based upon achieving optimal fuel efficiency, while being compliant with all known current and future environmental regulations. The four ship designs (the WSD80-1500, WSD80-2400, WSD80-4000 and WSD84-2400) feature low fuel consumption. Each design is available in three versions…
New KVH Maritime Sat TV Antenna System
KVH Industries, Inc. introduced the TracVision TV8 maritime satellite TV antenna system. TracVision TV8 is designed to provide the tracking, reception and extended coverage area needed for yachts and merchant vessels calling on ports around the world. It is compatible with nearly all Ku-band services around the globe, and it also supports such services as DIRECTV, DISH Network and DISH HD, and Bell TV in North America, and TrueVisions, Astro, and Sky TV in the Asia-Pacific region.
Harris CapRock One
Harris CapRock Communications launched the industry’s first unified, fully managed satellite, wireless and terrestrial connectivity service designed to reduce customers’ voice, data and equipment management costs. Customers in the energy and cruise industry need to obtain reliable, always-on communications when their vessels, drilling sites and ships change their global positions and communications needs.
ICS Publishes Annual Review
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its Annual Review of maritime policy developments in advance of its Annual General Meeting and to coincide with this week’s meeting of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee. Key issues covered in this year’s ICS Annual Review include the impact of the rescue at sea crisis in the Mediterranean on the shipping industry; the status of IMO environmental regulations on low sulphur fuel and ballast water management…