New Simulator for Shipboard Firefighting
Press release- Following an extensive trial period and pilot sessions with professional AFF instructors and crews, VSTEP has launched its Advanced Fire Fighting Simulator (AFF) for shipboard incidents. The AFF simulator enables participants to experience and train any incident on board a ship first-hand and is built to fully support and comply to the STCW Advanced Fire Fighting courses. The RescueSim Advanced Fire Fighting Simulator includes functionality…
Collective Effort Keeps Piracy at Bay, Risks Remain
Though the maritime sector has seen a decline in Somali piracy in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, there is no room for complacency regarding the ongoing threat, says EU Naval Force Operation Commander, Major General Martin Smith MBE. Addressing senior shipping industry representatives at breakfast meeting earlier this week, Smith credited the ‘collective effort’ of shipping companies and dedicated naval forces for the reduction in pirate attacks since 2012.
Weak Demand Across Vessels Drags Baltic Index Down
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Thursday for a third consecutive session due to a drop in vessel rates.
Rolls-Royce Propulsion for another Norwegian Ferry
Rolls-Royce informs it has signed a contract to deliver two Azipull propellers for a new double-ended car ferry being built in Norway. The contract includes an option to supply propellers for two additional ferries. The new ferry will operate in North Norway for owner Torghatten Trafikkselskap. These types of double-ended ferries are designed to commute back and forth between ferry quays along the Norwegian coastline. The new ferry will be built by Fiskerstrand yard, near Ålesund.
Hydropath Marine: Scaling-Be-Gone
Shipowners seeking to combat the harmful effects of lime scale, bacteria, algae and biofouling inside their vessels’ various water systems needn’t look any further than Hydropath Marine, a chemical-free technology for onboard water treatment. The patented Hydropath technology, which uses electrical signals to kill algae and bacteria, was initially developed in the early ’90s to treat lime scale within the home…
RECAB: Power in Computing
“RECAB is a provider of rugged computers; we are a hardware company,” said Bjørn Espen Aase, Managing Director, RECAB Norway. We met with RECAB at the recent Norshipping in Oslo to catch up with this fast-growing computer integrator, a company which sees its business spread across many industries that demand high-performance rugged computing. “We are a typical subcontractor for the big players like Kongsberg and Rolls-Royce, for example.
Seaway Sees Project Cargos Rise in August
Press release - While August is generally slower for Seaway traffic, U.S. ports handled a range of project cargo for their customers. “During the month of August…
LNGreen: Next-generation LNG Carrier Concept
DNV GL announced the completion of the LNGreen joint industry project, which worked to develop a next-generation LNG carrier. The LNGreen joint industry project brought together DNV GL, GTT, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and GasLog. The vessel concept is designed to deliver an improved environmental footprint, a higher level of energy efficiency, as well as an improved boil-off rate and cargo capacity, making it much better suited to future trading patterns than existing vessels.
Maritime Surveillance: Autonomous and in Real-time
Conventional surveillance technologies cannot easily help to detect fast boats, which generally have small radar signatures and do not carry automatic identification systems (AIS). For this reason, the NATO STO CMRE (Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation) has addressed this problem along with other project partners, as part of the European project PERSEUS. The PERSEUS project (Protection of European BoRders and Seas through the IntElligent Use of Surveillance)…
Mooring Integrity Monitoring: BMT Answers the Challenge
The need for mooring integrity monitoring has of late come back under the spotlight, not least because the use of floating production systems in the offshore oil and gas industry has been predicted to grow at a significant rate between now and 2017 with a peak in the number of new builds expected to occur in 2016/2017. Recently, an updated industry guideline on mooring integrity has been issued by Oil & Gas UK with the support of operators, contractors and vendors.
Vitol Supplying Bunker Fuel to Houston, Mississippi River
Press release -- Vitol announced it has begun supplying physical bunker fuel to Houston and the Mississippi River. Bunker grades RMG, RMK and DMA 0.1 percent will…
Standing on Guard(eon): Preventing the ‘Arc Flash’ Casualty
As GE celebrates the grand opening of its Mebane Customer Experience Center and a multimillion dollar manufacturing facility renovation, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News gets an advance look at a new product line that could save marine and oil and gas customers millions of dollars in lost time and equipment damage. GE Industrial Solutions CEO Bob Gilligan told GE employees, distributors, and state and local politicians that ultimately…
US House Panel Passes Bill to Repeal Oil Export Ban
A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee passed a bill on Thursday to repeal the U.S. ban on oil exports, providing momentum in the chamber for overturning the 40-year old trade restriction.
Safeguarding Against Safety Concern on FLNG Installations
Press release - Accidental release of cryogenic liquids such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) poses a significant risk to personnel and assets on oil and gas installations.
Seaspan Appoints Three to its Executive Team
Seaspan, an association of Canadian companies primarily involved in coastal and deepsea transportation, bunkering, ship repair and shipbuilding services, named three senior leaders to its corporate executive team, the company announced today. The appointments include Paul Thomas as Vice President, Engineering – Vancouver Shipyards; Matt Boydston as Vice President, Finance – Seaspan Shipyards; and Billy Garton as General Counsel for Seaspan ULC.
Webb Institute Kicks Off Big Fundraising Push
On the heels of its 125th anniversary, Webb Institute has launched a fundraising effort seeking to raise $40 million to enhance the college’s programs, infrastructure and financial resources to meet the growing challenges of an expanding marine industry, the college announced today. The initiative, entitled "Campaign for Webb: America’s Most Unique College," sets forth the most ambitious fundraising endeavor in the institution’s history…
Port of Cleveland Awarded for Cargo Growth
The Port of Cleveland informs it has been awarded by the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) for its international cargo growth. The Robert J. Lewis 2014 Pacesetter award, presented to the port by the SLSDC this morning at its monthly board meeting, recognizes growth in international cargo, generated by the port’s Cleveland Europe Express (CEE) liner service and its traditional line of non-containerized steel cargo.
Fugro to Install Cables for Rampion Wind Farm
Geotechnical, survey, subsea and geosciences services firm Fugro informs it has secured a contract for the installation and burial of array cables at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm being built in the English Channel, 13 kilometers off the Sussex coast, by E.ON alongside partners, the UK Green Investment Bank plc. The contract will see Fugro lay and bury the cables with its construction and installation…
ExxonMobil Helps Extend Ship’s Piston Ring Life
Athens-based Costamare Shipping has more than tripled the piston ring replacement period to more than 55,000 hours for containership Cosco Yantian, helping the company…
Eniram Launches 3 New Energy Savers
Eniram Ltd, a provider of energy management and fuel-saving technology and analytic services to the shipping industry, announced the release of three new products…