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ABB Steps Up Marine R&D with New Lab

(Photo: ABB)

Next generation of maritime technology will be developed with ship owners at high technology facility in Helsinki, Finland.  Power and automation group ABB has upped its commitment to research and development in the marine sector by opening a new laboratory in Helsinki, next to the Azipod factory, aiming to bring together all the company’s offerings for the shipping industry under one roof. ABB said it has invested significant funds in the scheme, which will be used by the 30 ABB engineers dedicated to marine research in Helsinki as well as to demonstrate products to customers. “We are constantly testing and developing new technologies. This laboratory is a wonderful step forward and enables a full range of innovation activities, now that all of our marine systems can be tested and developed in the same place,” said Mikko Lepistö, Vice President of software and automation operations at ABB. The new lab will support the pillars of ABB’s marine technologies including automation, remote control systems, propulsion, integrated operations and waste heat recovery systems, the company said, adding that it will also have the possibility to function as a simulator in the future. The laboratory is designed to meet the needs of the customer, ABB said. Heikki Soljama, managing director of ABB’s Marine and Ports business unit, commented, “R&D is as important as ever for the shipping industry


Curtis-Straus Offers Marine Testing

Curtis-Straus LLC (subsidiary of Bureau Veritas) is working together with expert bodies in ship classification to test marine electronic products, including International Association of Classification Societies Ltd. (IACS) E-10, typically used for control, protection and safety, and internal communication equipment. For the purposes of Type Approval, several members of the IACS can accept testing results in accordance with the relevant marine testing standards from Curtis-Straus LLC; in most


Coldharbour Marine's New UK Office

Coldharbour Marine- new UK Headquarters signals recruitment drive‏

  Coldharbour Marine, long recognised for the design, manufacture and supply of inert gas and fluid handling equipment vessels (FPSOs) has moved into a new 25k sq. ft. headquarters in Linby, Nottinghamshire. All of Coldharbour’s administration, design, research and development functions, its laboratory, factory acceptance test (FAT) rig, stores and warehousing together with its high-tech factory and assembly shop will all now be under one roof.


New Composites Accreditations for Retlif Testing Laboratories

Photo: Retlif Testing Laboratories

EMI/EMC and Environmental (ESS) compliance and testing services provider Retlif Testing Laboratories informs it has finalized the accreditation process for its new dedicated Composites Testing Laboratory.   Located within the Composite Prototyping Center (CPC), in Plainview, N.Y., the new laboratory is now fully accredited to IS0-STD-17025, the international standard that represents the basis for accreditation from an accrediting body through formal recognition of demonstration of that


Volvo Penta Doubles Service Interval

Aquamatic sterndrive diesel engine

  Volvo Penta today announced a new extended service interval for its commercial marine diesel engines.   Under the new program, owners can double the maximum oil change interval to 1,000 hours for Volvo Penta D9, D11, D13 and D16 engines by meeting the following requirements:   Follow the 1,000-hour protocol, including a Volvo Penta oil analysis Use genuine Volvo Penta oil filters Use genuine Volvo Penta engine oil Use fuel with maximum 500 ppm sulfur content  


IOMAXIS Awarded $245 Mln Contract to Support NRL

 Contract will allow IOMAXIS to provide research, development and technical support to initiatives at the Naval Research Lab   IOMAXIS, provider of technologies and mission-focused solutions for the intelligence, defense and civilian government markets, said it has been awarded a seat on an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract valued at up to $245 million to give technological support and assistance to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory


Germanischer Lloyd Opens Testing Laboratory

The examination of metallic materials and failure analysis for the sectors of ship operation systems, civil engineering, plant technology and machinery will now also be offered in Hamburg by GLP, the testing laboratory of Germanischer Lloyd. To complement the branches in Mülheim, Herne and Stuttgart, the operating area of materials testing and failure analysis is being expanded into the North German region. The service spectrum of routine materials testing includes destructive and


New Low-emissions Fuel Patented

Maine Maritime Academy faculty member, Dr. George Harakas, has coauthored a patent with colleague and business partner, Scott Eaton, for glycerol-containing fuel aimed at reducing emissions in large diesel engines. The two are members of the SeaChange Group LLC a private company formed in 2009 to develop low-emissions fuels. They recently received notice from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that patent # 8,679,202 was formally issued.


NSF Expands Independent Lab for USCG

The NSF International Independent Laboratory (IL), the first designated by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to test ballast water management systems (BWMS) for U.S. type approval, will now include the American Bureau of Shipping’s (ABS) expertise. ABS will complete design/construction and documentation reviews as part of the type approval, and will work with three other IL partners to maximize the value of USCG type approval testing for BWMS manufacturers


Scientific Team Arctic-bound Aboard Cutter 'Healy'

Ice measurement: Photo USCG

A team of scientists from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center (RDC) is to depart shortly from Seward, Alaska, for a technology evaluation in the Arctic aboard the Cutter 'Healy informs USCG. The RDC is leading a multi-agency team to support Arctic Shield 2014, a 17th Coast Guard District initiative. The purpose of their month-long evaluation is to improve Coast Guard capabilities in the Arctic region, specifically in the areas of boat operations, communications


What’s Next for Ballast Water Management?

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Latest developments on the entry into force of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention took centre stage at the 8th International Conference on Ballast Water Management (24-25 April) in Singapore.    International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Emeritus


Germany Chooses Kongsberg Research Ship Concept

Atair II (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

A double digit multi-million Euro contract was signed by Kongsberg Maritime and Fassmer Werft on April 4th, 2017, following the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency’s (BSH) approval of Kongsberg to deliver a unique technical solution based on its ground-breaking Integrated Vessel


ClassNK Launches Bunker Fuel Oil Analysis Service

ClassNK’s subsidiary ClassNK Consulting Service (NKCS) has officially launched its Bunker Fuel Oil Analysis Service. The service will provide an oil analysis report for the properties of bunker fuel oil based on the ISO8217 Standard with advice such as oil heating and purification.  


MOL Rolls Out Refined PBCF

Image: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has announced that its group company MOL Techno-Trade will start selling an upgraded version of its energy-saving Propeller Boss Cap Fins (PBCF).   MOL Techno-Trade has sold more than 3,100 PBCFs to ship owners all over the world.  


DNV GL to certify 50 IHMs for Norddeutsche Reederei

A DNV GL HazMat Expert doing a visual check for pipe gasket sampling. Photo DNV GL

DNV GL and Norddeutsche Reederei H. Schuldt have signed a contract to carry out Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) certifications for the shipping company’s managed fleet of more than 50 vessels. The first vessel to undergo sampling and testing is the 3700 TEU container vessel Northern


Greener Ship Recycling: DNV GL, Norddeutsche Reederei Strike Deal

A DNV GL HazMat Expert doing a visual check for pipe gasket sampling. (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL and Norddeutsche Reederei H. Schuldt signed a contract to carry out Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) certifications for the shipping company’s managed fleet of more than 50 vessels. The first vessel to undergo sampling and testing is the 3700 TEU container vessel Northern


Vancouver Port Selects “PBCF” as Equipment Designated

PBCF (circled in yellow) is being installed. Photo MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that Propeller Boss Cap Fins (PBCF) was selected as a vessel quieting technology by the EcoAction Program implemented by Port of Vancouver, Canada. PBCF was jointly developed by MOL, West Japan Fluid Engineering Laboratory Co., Ltd


US Coast Guard in CRADA with Cox Powertrain

Photo: Cox Powertrain

The US Coast Guard has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with British diesel engine innovator, Cox Powertrain. The CRADA will evaluate and test the advantages, disadvantages, required technology enhancements, performance


ABS Advises on Hybrid Electric Power Systems

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

ABS has published the ABS Advisory on Hybrid Electric Power Systems to help marine and offshore owners and operators make decisions about energy generation and storage. “ABS continues to lead industry safety with the first comprehensive Advisory to address the latest hybrid electric


Fisheries Research Vessel Ordered for Germany

(Image: Damen)

The German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung, BLE) has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards Group for the construction of a new fisheries research vessel following a European tendering process


New Fuel Regs Drive Scrubber Business

A Wärtsilä V-SOx Scrubber being installed on board the MV Tarago. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

The Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association and its members are preparing to meet higher demand for gas scrubbing systems to bring SOx emissions in line with the targets set by the IMO’s 2020 fuel sulfur content proposals. As previously reported by this correspondent in Maritime Reporter


Ecochlor Submits USCG Type Approval Application

Photo: Ecochlor

Ecochlor has announced it has filed an application with the USCG for Type Approval for their Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS).   Due to a far more stringent set of guidelines, type approval has only been granted to three other BWT Systems worldwide


NUWC Division, Newport Signs EPA with New Bedford Whaling Museum

Photo: Naval Undersea Warfare Center

 Capt. Michael R. Coughlin, commanding officer of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division, Newport, and James Russell, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the New Bedford Whaling Museum (NBWM), signed an education partnership agreement (EPA) for undersea acoustic research


Is Tin Returning in Silicone Hull Coatings?

Photo: Subsea Industries

The reemergence of organotin in marine hull coatings is of increasing concern, with academics and environmentalists calling on International Maritime Organization (IMO) to investigate the use of tin in silicone-based foul release systems and other ships hull coatings.  


Vard to Build Expedition Ship for Norway industrialist

Photo: Vard Holdings Limited

Vard Holdings, a designers and shipbuilder of specialized vessels, announced that it has secured a contract for the design and construction of one Research Expedition Vessel for Rosellinis Four-10.   Rosellinis Four-10 is wholly-owned by the Norwegian industrialist Kjell Inge Røkke






 
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