Video: US Navy Tests Autonomous Swarmboats
The U.S. Navy is examining new possibilities for autonomy in future naval missions, putting autonomous unmanned vessels to the test in a recent demonstration in the lower Chesapeake Bay. Officials from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), together with partners from industry, academia and other government organizations, leveraged a combination of high-tech software, radar and other sensors to get a…
Fincantieri Targets Navy Contract with New Australian Arm
Fincantieri has established an Australian arm with sights on the Australian Navy’s new Future Frigates – SEA 5000 program. Having been shortlisted by the Australian…
Clear Contractual Language: What Are You Agreeing To?
The tightening of the marine markets over the last two years have pushed some companies to do everything that they can to avoid obligations that they feel are burdensome or take advantage of obligations that provide them with a competitive advantage. Unfortunately, many of these agreements were crafted during happier times, by employees who were motivated by simply closing the deal and without any real regard for the legal technicalities of the agreement.
What to Know When Welding Primer-Coated Steel
Solving one problem can create another. Safety always comes first. Amid competitive bidding, contract deadlines and the general drive to gain the best productivity and quality, welding operations in the shipbuilding industry face their own set of challenges. That’s especially true when it comes to welding primer-coated steel, a material prevalent for its ability to withstand atmospheric corrosion from sources such as saltwater.
Ship Intelligence 101
The Rolls-Royce portfolio of equipment and services extends well beyond the engine room, leveraging decades of experience in myriad business sectors. The words ‘Rolls-Royce’ can roll right off your tongue, and when they do, the average person in the maritime space probably thinks first of big, powerful, and environmentally-correct marine engines. That might have rung true just two decades ago, but today, that visual doesn’t give justice to what the firm has evolved to become.
Could Offshore Crewing Requirements Make Things Worse?
It has been years (2009) since I last wrote an article discussing the availability of U.S. citizens to work offshore in support of oil and gas projects during a downturn in the economy. And now, it is even worse. With the price of oil and gas remaining depressed for many months now, and the many new developments related to drilling ashore, and domestic vessels remaining stacked in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), companies are working hard to find work in any market around the world.
Southern Exposure: Wilson Sons' Sergio Guedes Talks Towage
The influx of ships and rigs sailing into and out of Brazilian ports since the discovery of large pre-salt plays off Brazil in 2007, and the opening of new ports and shipyards during the past decade has led to a sharp increase in towing operations in Brazil. MR spoke to Sergio Guedes, Director of Operations at Wilson Sons Towage, about the towage and salvage markets in Brazil. Wilson Sons Group is one of the largest integrated operators in port and maritime logistics in Brazil.
Statoil Wins Offshore Wind Lease in New York
Just days after Deepwater Wind said its Block Island Wind Farm has begun delivering electricity into the New England region’s grid, Statoil reports that it has been…
Top 8 Cruise Industry Trends for 2017
As part of its 2017 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook, trade association Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has forecasted the top eight cruise travel trends that will have the greatest impact on the cruise industry in the coming year. New Generation Takes to the Water – A recent study found that younger generations—including Millennials and Generation X — will embrace cruise travel more than ever before…
Grand Bahama Shipyard Reports Busy 2016
Caribbean ship repair yard Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL) reported a busy 2016 for retrofit, refurbishments and repairs to vessels from the leading cruise lines. GBSL said it performed work on 20 cruise vessels during 2016, with scope of works included significant propulsion and technical systems overhauls, hull treatment, accommodations and public spaces upgrades and the addition of onboard attraction facilities.
New Universal High Speed Data Logger
OMEGA Engineering has introduced new multi-channel universal input touch screen portable data loggers. Designed and manufactured by OMEGA, the OM-DAQXL Series is a new OMEGA exclusive portable handheld data logger that delivers high performance and functionality, the manufacturer said. This series offers 8 or 16 universal analog inputs, fast sampling rates, large data storage and a 7-inch TFT color touch screen display offering advantages such as an intuitive user interface…
Shipbuilder Ecovix Files for Bankruptcy Protection in Brazil
Ecovix Engevix Construções Oceánicas SA and five subsidiaries have filed for bankruptcy protection in a federal commercial court, succumbing to a debt burden of 8 billion reais ($2.4 billion) and a plunge in shipbuilding. In a statement on Friday, Ecovix said Banco Brasil Plural SA and law firm Felsberg Advogados will advise it on bankruptcy protection proceedings, which will take place in a court based in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.
China Seizes US Underwater Drone in South China Sea
A Chinese warship has seized an underwater drone deployed by a U.S. oceanographic vessel in the South China Sea, triggering a formal diplomatic protest and a demand for its return, U.S.
US Drillers Add Oil Rigs for 7th Week in a Row
U.S. energy companies this week added oil rigs for a seventh week in a row, extending a seven-month drilling recovery as crude prices held near a 17-month high.
Danish Maritime Authority Powerboat License
Now it has become easier to find out whether a powerboat license is required for your boat. The Danish Maritime Authority has added a new function, making it possible…
Indian Ports to Implement RFID
All Major Ports have been directed to implement the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system to track the movement of men, materials and vehicles within the port premises on real time basis. Implementation of RFID system will eliminate manual checking of documents at port gate and real time tracking of movement of vehicles, men and materials. This would reduce congestion and also cost of operations at Ports. Ports have been directed to have the RFID system in place by 31.03.2017.
Hyundai Heavy Focuses on Technology-Centered Management Innovation
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s biggest shipbuilder, announced today it will accelerate technology-centered management innovation with the establishment of Integrated HHI Group R&D Center and the creation of Technology/ICT Strategy and Planning team. The signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the establishment of the R & D center between HHI and Seongnam City held today at Seongnam City Hall was attended by Kang Hwan-goo…
Zycraft Completes Longest Range Spares Delivery at Sea
Zycraft announced it had recently completed its longest range and fastest delivery of spares to a vessel in the Indian Ocean with one of its Shomari Long Range Vessels (LRV-17). The Nimble Cheetah traveled a total distance of 980 nautical miles at 25 knots to deliver critical engineering spares to a AHTS vessel that was towing a major oil and gas cargo. The trip to the distressed vessel was achieved in just over 40 hours.
Industry Slams EU Proposal to Impose Regional ETS
The global trade association for shipowners, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), says that a unilateral decision by the European Union to incorporate international shipping into its regional Emissions Trading System (ETS) will polarise and impede current discussions on additional CO2 reduction measures at the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO). “Non-EU nations will be disappointed…
Emission Policies Update
An overview of worldwide emission control policies and technologies has been presented at an international workshop in Hong Kong, China (14 to 16 December 2016). International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Heike Deggim outlined the current regulations and recent work in the Marine Environment Protection Committee to an audience of government officials, international shipping industry representatives, academics and environmental non-governmental organizations.