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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

DATA MARINE

Breaux’s Bay Builds on Tradition

This coming September, Offshore Oil Services of Freeport Texas will add the eighth boat to their distinctively white-hulled fleet of crew boats when they take deliver of a new vessel from Breaux’s Bay Craft of Loreauville, Louisiana. With four generations involved in the maritime economies of Freeport the Muchowich family has named this latest addition to their fleet, the Anna M, for the wife of Capt. Carl Muchowich who first invested in a shrimp business there in the early 1930s. At 145 ft. over-all the Anna M has a 28-foot beam and 12-ft. molded depth. This will provide for 12,000 of fuel, 24,500 gallons of rig water, 800 gallons of potable water and 250 gallons each for lube and waste oil. The 84x23-ft. open aft deck will take up to 200 tons of cargo. Four 1350 hp Cummins KTA38 main engines turning four-blade 44x42-inch props on 4.5-inch Aquamet shafts through Twin Disc MG6650SC gears with 2.47:1 reduction will provide propulsion. The vessel is designed to travel at 28 knots light ship and 25 knots with 100 tons of cargo. It will be fitted with two Cummins-powered 50 Kw generators sets. The comprehensive line of wheelhouse electronics will include two Furuno FRB8111 radars, two ICOM IGM127/ICM59 VHF radios, one SEA235 SSB radio, one Furuno GP31 GBS, one Data Marine D3001 depth indicator, one Navtec NCR3000A receiver and one Horizon LH5 loud hailer.

Nera Introduces the Nera F33

Norwegian satellite equipment provider Nera SatCom AS, together with Inmarsat, introduced the new Nera F33 product concept to the maritime market. The Nera F33 will fill the gap between the existing Inmarsat Mini-M service /Nera WorldPhone and the global Inmarsat Fleet 77 service / Nera F77. The new Nera F33 is based on the Inmarsat Fleet F33 service concept, providing the light marine market with improved data communications from equipment suitable for the demands of today’s commercial

Ocean Deep Viewing Online Courtesy of NOAA

NOAA View of Delgada Canyon: Photo credit NOAA

NOAA releases new online views of Earth's ocean floor NOAA has made sea floor maps and other data on the world’s coasts, continental shelves and deep ocean available for easy viewing online. Anyone with Internet access can now explore undersea features and obtain detailed depictions of the sea floor and coasts, including deep canyons, ripples, landslides and likely fish habitat. The new online data viewer compiles sea floor data from the near shore to the deep blue

ABS Partners With ESRG

Integration with Nautical Systems’ NS5 Enterprise Fleet Management Software Enhances Data Management ABS announced a partnership with Engineering Software Reliability Group (ESRG), a provider of leading-edge data analysis and remote monitoring technology. The partnership will improve service offerings in real-time data management and analytics to the marine and offshore industries. “The future of operational optimization and regulatory compliance in the marine and offshore

BMT Provides EPRMS and IRMS for Anadarko Heidelberg

BMT SMS_EPRMS and IRMS systems for Anadarko Heidelberg

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation awarded a contract to BMT Scientific Marine Services Inc (BMT) to provide an Environmental and Platform Response Monitoring System (EPRMS) and an Independent Remote Monitoring System (IRMS) for the Heidelberg spar in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The EPRMS monitors, logs and displays data in real-time to provide operational support functionality and archives data for assessing the facility’s integrity over time

New Data Gathering System for ECA Compliance

Image: Parker Kittiwake Procal

Parker Kittiwake Procal, part of the Parker Hannifin Corporation and the supplier of continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS) for marine, power and offshore applications, has launched the new Procal 1200M data gathering system and control unit, specifically designed for maritime use by marine engineers.   In addition to collecting and processing data from Parker Kittiwake Procal’s marine emissions analyzers

DCS Offers Speedy Communication Links

DCS Marine Data, a division of DCS based in Westbury, N.Y., is a wireless communications and systems integration firm that has been in operation since 1996. The company's marine data solutions and services for the maritime industry provide a reliable, high speed, communication link for Internet access on demand, broadcast e-mail, as well as a secure environment to access corporate networks while at sea.

MetOcean Offers New Marine Forecast Service

Marine forecasts are now available in a new web-based service from MetOcean Solutions Ltd. The service features forecasts with graphics and seven days wind, swell and wave data at regular intervals – with underlying data actually provided at hourly intervals. MetOcean forecasts aims to provide an hour by hour view of how and when conditions are forecast to change with wind, wave and swell direction and data – all on the web and via twice daily e-mail

GKS Specialized Marine 3D Scanning

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GKS Marine Services, a part of GKS Global Services, offers laser scanning for marine applications. For over 25 years GKS has performed laser scanning for many industries, including petrochemical, construction, power generation, auto, aerospace, and manufacturing companies, and is now offering specialized experience in marine applications. 3D scanning for marine applications, also called long-range scanning, is a ground-based technique for collecting high-density 3D data to create digital

USCG Sets 2015 Drug Testing Rate

The Coast Guard set the calendar year 2015 minimum drug testing rate at 25 percent of covered crewmembers. The minimum random drug testing rate is effective January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. The Coast Guard requires marine employers to establish random drug testing programs for covered crewmembers on inspected and uninspected vessels. Every marine employer is required to collect and maintain a record of drug testing program data for each calendar year

Sanchi Collision: A ‘New Bermuda Triangle’?

Photo: NIOC

Seas where Sanchi collision incident has taken place are leading region for maritime accidents.   East/South East Asian waters have been identified as the top worldwide hotspot for shipping losses, with 34 ships lost in this region in 2016 alone – 40 percent of all shipping losses globally – according to a report from marine insurer Allianz.   Analysis of global shipping losses over the last decade has highlighted East/South East Asian seas as an accident hotspot

Royston Expands UK Engineering Facilities

Sarah Wade (Photo: Royston)

Royston Diesel Power has doubled the size of its UK engineering facilities to support continuing global growth in its marine engine service business and new technology development.   As part of a £500,000 ($676,000) investment program the company has opened an additional 15,000 sq. ft. of engineering workshop premises alongside its existing headquarters on the banks of the River Tyne.   As well as increasing the company’s engine repair and maintenance capability

ABS Rolls Out New Fleet Management Software

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ABS announced the release of its Nautical Systems (NS) Enterprise fleet management software, including NS Insight, a new business intelligence module. The NS solution provides complete capabilities to plan, execute and document all compliance work processes. The release includes a new cloud-based NS Voyage Manager, the latest mobile applications, an expanded NS Autologger, and enhancements to NS Health, Safety, Quality and Environmental (HSQE) Manager.   

Bourbon, Bureau Veritas Partner on Digitalization

Bourbon Explorer 508 (Photo: Bourbon)

Under a new strategic partnership agreement, French offshore services firm Bourbon and testing, inspection and certification services provider Bureau Veritas will develop and deploy new digital technologies, including solutions for automation, real time fleet monitoring and mitigating cyber risks.   For dynamic positioning systems in particular, the partnership will aim to deliver advanced automation of to enable real-time advisory tools for bridge operators and remote support for

Ice-Free Arctic?

Map: National Snow and Ice Data Center

At the current rate of carbon emissions of about 35 to 40 gigatons a year, scientists are estimating that the Arctic could become ice-free within the next 20 years, Suptnik reported quoting National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder. Julienne Stroeve, a climate scientist at NSIDC  in Boulder, Colorado,  warned of rising oceans, and foul weather from Polar melt, the report said. The changes are the largest in the summertime

AIS, AtoN, MTS – and you

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USACE and USCG collaborate to make inland waterways safer.   The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), supported by Alion Science and Technology (Alion), has put forth considerable effort during the last two years to further extend the capabilities of the existing Automatic Identification System (AIS) network to improve the safety and efficiency of navigation along the inland rivers.    Alphabet Soup: AIS, MTS, AtoN & VTS

Maritime's Digital Transformation & Simulation-based Training

The Kognifai digital platform is a set of tools built on modern Cloud technology providing access to KONGSBERG and third-party simulation solutions. (Image: Kongsberg)

Nearly 200 delegates from across the world gathered in Den Haag, The Netherlands in September 2017 to hear about the latest developments in maritime training based on state-of-the-art simulation technology. The three-day Kongsberg UC2017 International Maritime Simulation User Conference brought attendees up to date on developments in digitalization, maritime training, navigation technology, maritime operations simulation and the use of virtual reality in training. Tom Mulligan reports.

NYK Study on Avoiding Collisions

Accumulating data during a simulation led by an experienced captain. Photo: NYK Group

 NYK and NYK Group companies MTI Co. and Japan Marine Science released partial findings of a study on collision risk judgement and the autonomous operation of vessels.    Representatives from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK), and three partner manufacturers (Tokyo Keiki, Japan Radio, and Furuno Electric) were in attendance when the findings were released.  

China to top Japan as World's Biggest LNG Importer

File Image: A typical LNG Carrier at Sea (CREDIT: QGTC)

Pollution fight drives surge in pipeline, LNG imports but Japan remains world's biggest importer of LNG.   Beijing's crackdown on pollution has put China on track to overtake Japan this year as the world's biggest importer of natural gas, used to replace dirtier coal.   China - already the biggest importer of oil and coal - is the world's third biggest user of natural gas behind the United States and Russia

Navigating the New Norm

Christopher J. Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

How technology, skills and expectations are shaping our maritime future   It is not business as usual in the world where we do business. Things are changing. And the speed and scale of these changes will be unprecedented and disruptive: Changing business landscapes and energy profiles; Changing market expectations and needs; Changing technology; Changing societal expectations toward policies and regulations that minimize environmental impacts and maximize

Shipbuilding: $13.3 Mln Awarded for R&D Projects

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The National Shipbuilding Research Program’s (NSRP) Executive Control Board has selected a new round of research and development (R&D) projects aiming to spur technology advancements in order to reduce costs associated with shipbuilding and ship repair in the U.S.   The seven projects – valued at over $13.3 million, including cost share – were selected from those proposed in response to research announcement issued in July 2017, and are outlined below.  

Chelsea Technologies' Sea Sentry Secures ClassNK Certification

Photo: Chelsea Technologies

Chelsea Technologies announced that its Sea Sentry wash water monitoring system for ship exhaust gas cleaning systems has been certified by ClassNK, verifying compliance with IMO Annex VI wash water discharge regulations.   Accurate monitoring for compliance with environmental regulations is a vital prerogative for the international shipping industry, particularly ahead of the 2020 global sulphur cap. Owners and operators are under increasing scrutiny to not only install costly

New Platform for Managing Liquid Terminal Product Movements

© Jelle van der Wolf / Adobe Stock photo

Oceaneering International, Inc. announced that its TerminalSmart platform can now be used to manage all liquid terminal product movements across the entire facility from the dock to tanks and pipelines.  Proven at the dock where it has been used by major oil and gas companies and liquid storage terminals to significantly improve efficiency during a period of unprecedented growth in vessel transportation traffic, the platform now serves as the hub for all terminal logistics

Digital Knowledge Management: Optimal Ship Design

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How does shipbuilding and ship design firm Ulstein go about successful and suitable ship design?   Facing this challenge on a daily basis are Ulstein Design & Solutions BV’s project manager and naval architects Bart Daman, Ko Stroo and Dolf Manschot, whose knowledge and experience are key to the development of complex vessels for a diverse range of applications and working environments, often in a relatively small period of time and for ships that have never been designed nor

US Could Get First LNG Import from Russia despite Sanctions

Christopher De Margerie (Photo: SCF Group)

A vessel that may be carrying liquefied natural gas from Russia's new Yamal LNG export terminal could be heading to the United States despite sanctions against the company that operates the Russian facility, according to a report by S&P Global Platts and Thomson Reuters shipping data.   The tanker Chris. De Margerie picked up a cargo from Novatek PAO's Yamal facility, Russia's second LNG export terminal, on Dec

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