Caterpillar: Further Division Consolidation
Caterpillar Inc. will combine two divisions dealing with power and energy, adding more detail to a restructuring announced last year, and plans to complete this by June 2016, the company said on Wednesday. Caterpillar announced a number of personnel and consolidations, as the company plows forward in an increasingly challenging energy market. Steve Niehaus, currently vice president with responsibility for the Electric Power Division (EPD)…
Modeling & Simulation Not Only for Naval Combatants
Throughout the history of naval warfare a consistent pattern has evolved between the development of anti-ship threats and the development of shipboard protective measures against those threats. Since the 1980’s, the combination of ship-board protective measures has been colloquially referred to as ‘survivability’ and is defined more precisely as the measure of a vessel’s ability to complete its mission after an attack.
Distance Learning: Continuous Improvement Part 2
Continuous Improvement (CI) is the critical process of continually analyzing the performance of some aspect of operations, and then applying changes intended to improve that performance. This is the second in a series of articles intended to introduce practical tips for using CI to improve training effectiveness and efficiency in maritime organizations. Implementing a modest CI process for your in-house training is neither expensive nor difficult…
Floating Wind Power: A Semisubmersible Floating Turbine Foundation
Floating foundations for wind turbines present some technical advantages, which is encouraging more and more industry players to develop new floaters. Firstly, they can be deployed in deep seas, independent of the soil conditions. Secondly, the installation and heavy maintenance can be done in sheltered areas, so that the whole OFWT can be towed directly to the wind farm’s location by conventional tugs.
S.S. United States Historic Ship may get a Second Lease on Life
Crystal Cruises has come to the rescue of the historic luxury liner SS United States, announcing plans for an exclusive purchase option agreement to begin work on returning America’s flagship to seagoing service, pending a technical feasibility study. Launched in 1952 as the fastest, largest and safest passenger liner in the world, “Big U” was regarded as an American symbol of elegance and technological prowess…
A Career Built on Cleaner Seas: Jochen Deerberg Retires
While the term ‘pioneer’ is oftentimes loosely bandied about, there is no more accurate term to describe Jochen Deerberg, an environmental pioneer of the maritime industry, founder of Oldenburg, Germany-based Deerberg-Systems, who was recently feted by cruise industry luminaries at his farewell dinner late last year. “To start in 1979 one could see that environmental-waste management problems on shore and especially in the maritime industry would be of great importance in the future…
ClearMetal to help Solve Container Shipping Problem
ClearMetal, a predictive logistics company, closed a $3 million seed financing round from leading global investors— NEA, Skyview, and Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors.
Solid Renewal for London P&I Club
Moving into the new P&I policy year, the London P&I Club has seen further growth in its owners’ tonnage, in addition to strong growth in its charterers’ book of business.
ClassNK Updates Guidelines for Installation of BWT Systems
Classification society ClassNK has just released amendments to its Guidelines on the Installation of Ballast Water Treatment Systems. The latest Guidelines include alterations to the application date of the ballast water performance standard, additions and modifications of definitions, and a revision of standards for installation of ballast water treatment systems. The IMO developed and adopted The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments…
Harkand Signs Joint Venture in Angola
Harkand has signed a new joint venture agreement with ESOPEG Lda in Angola, its first strategic partnership in the country and third in the region as the global inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) company continues to strengthen its capabilities across West Africa. The newly formed company Harkand Angola Lda, based in Luanda, will focus on the development of local IRM capabilities and services in country…
China: Media Ignores Other Claimants' S.China Sea Weaponry
China on Wednesday complained the media were ignoring radars and weapons deployed by other claimants in the South China Sea, and unfairly targeting China, following…
Robert Allan RAstar Tugs for Italtugs
Sanmar A.Ş.delivered the Robert Allan Ltd. designed RAstar3200Wescort tugs Civitavecchia and Saraceno Primo to Italian tugboat operator Italtugs S.p.A. The tugs were constructed at Sanmar’s Tuzla facility, the greenest shipyard in Turkey. The RAstarOffshore/Escort Tugs designation is reserved for a unique class of ASD tugs, designed with a sponsoned hull form, a concept originated by Robert Allan Ltd.
Boskalis to Reinforce Wadden Sea Dike on Texel
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) announces that the Hollands Noorderkwartier district water board has awarded the contract to reinforce the Wadden Sea dike on the Dutch island of Texel to "Combinatie Tessel", a consortium consisting of Boskalis and KWS, a VolkerWessels company. The contract carries a value of EUR 70 million, of which Boskalis' share is EUR 50 million. Large parts of the Wadden Sea dike on Texel currently do not meet legal safety requirements.
Zukunft Lauds Largest Ever Acquisition Budget
U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft delivered the 2016 State of the Coast Guard Address at U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Auditorium Tuesday. This was Adm. Zukunft’s second State of the Coast Guard Address and he welcomed the opportunity to recognize Service accomplishments, reinforce his strategic intent and provide direction for the coming year. "Now, on behalf of the 88,000 women and men of the Coast Guard…
Matson Declares 4Q EPS of $0.60, FY EPS $2.34
Matson, Inc. today reported net income of $26.6 million, or $0.60 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2014 was $27.8 million, or $0.63 per diluted share. Consolidated revenue for the fourth quarter 2015 was $494.8 million compared with $443.5 million reported for the fourth quarter 2014. For the full year 2015, Matson reported net income of $103.0 million…
Standardization for Cost Effective Pipeline Innovation - DNV GL
Growing global energy demand and requirements for additional pipeline capacity are driving the pipeline segment. However, pipeline related innovation is prioritized by only 4% of senior oil & gas professionals, according to research by DNV GL, the technical advisor to the oil & gas industry. Further, the research shows that nearly one in five oil & gas companies (18%) do not have a strategy in place to maintain innovation.
JFD Debuts Bailout Rebreather System to Safeguard Divers Lives
JFD, the leading global subsea operations and engineering company, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has today announced the launch of its new Compact Bailout Rebreathing Apparatus (COBRA) for commercial divers, as a direct response to the urgent need for significant improvements in safety in the saturation diving industry. The system significantly extends the duration of the supply of emergency breathing gas, delivering 45 minutes of emergency life support at a depth of 120 meters.
Eastern Shipbuilding Delivers H. DOUGLAS M
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered the Escort Tug H. DOUGLAS M for Bay-Houston Towing Company on February 5th, 2016. This series of Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs is currently under construction at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility. The H. DOUGLAS M (ESG Hull #236) is the first in a series of four (4) Z-Tech Class Terminal & Escort Tugs being constructed for Bay-Houston Towing Company.
Ports Toronto Gives Shape to Robert Allan Tug
The Iron Guppy, a new custom 20 metre (65') ice breaking tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd of Vancouver is taking shape at Hike Metal Products Ltd in Wheatley, Ontario. The tug is under construction for Ports Toronto and will replace the 1961 vintage William Rest which has served the port well for many years. Iron Guppy was named by Waterfront Elementary School students from a longlist of names developed by students from kindergarten up to Grade 6.
First Issue of Carbon Credits from Intersleek Technology
AkzoNobel has announced the issue of more than 126,000 carbon credits worth more than $500,000 – the first to be awarded under the company’s landmark scheme for the shipping industry – which was developed in conjunction with the Gold Standard Foundation and the Fremco Group. Launched in 2014, the award-winning program rewards ship owners who convert existing vessels from a biocidal antifouling to a premium…