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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

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  

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.

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

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

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

Aker Arctic’s Ice Lab is Back in Acton

(Photo: Aker Arctic)

 The Finnish icebreaking season typically ends in May. Around the same time, the cooling system in Aker Arctic’s ice laboratory in Helsinki, Finland, is turned off and the model basin is allowed to warm up for the annual summer maintenance break.   Aker Arctic operates its own ice model testing facility at the company’s main office in Helsinki, Finland. Using the in-house developed FGX model ice

AkzoNobel Cargo Tank Coating Wins Innovation Awards

Photo: AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel said it scooped two honors at the recent ICIS Innovation Awards for the Interline 9001 ultra-performance cargo tank coating supplied through its International brand.   As well as being awarded with the overall Innovation Award, Interline 9001 also received the Best Product Innovation Award from ICIS, the trusted information provider for the global chemical and energy industries.   The awards recognize the impact the new coating has had on the chemical tanker industry

MOL's PBCF Reduces 3-5% in Fuel Consumption

New type of PBCF equipped on a ships propeller (red circled part in the image). Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that its jointly developed Propeller Boss Cap Fins (PBCF) received the 2017 Nikkei Global Environmental Technology Award, which is presented by Nikkei Inc.   The PBCF, which is a device that improves propeller efficiency by breaking up the hub vortex generated behind the rotating propeller and offers an energy savings of around 3-5% compared to similar vessels not equipped with the PBCF, was co-developed by MOL

Envirocleanse to Install BWTS on CMB Vessel

Image: Glosten

Ballast water treatment system (BWTS) manufacturer Envirocleanse said it recently signed an Agreement with CMB/Bocimar to install the patented inTank BWTS aboard the Capesize bulk carrier, Mineral New York. The initial installation will be designed as a pilot study to reflect much of CMB's fleet and will include the treatment of a cargo hold being used in part as a ballast tank.    Envirocleanse is currently undergoing both land-based and shipboard testing aboard the USTS Golden

TMS Tankers Selects Coldharbour Marine BWTS

U.K.-based Coldharbour Marine, a manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems based on inert gas technology, has reached an agreement with Greece’s TMS Tankers to retrofit its GLD BWT System. TMS Tankers is a member of the Athens based TMS Group operating currently 43 tankers.   The 2013-built 158,513DWT Suezmax tanker Bordeira, owned and operated by TMS Tankers, will be the first to be fitted with Coldharbour’s BWT System in early 2018 and will be used to carry out U.S

Two Shipwrecks Found in Lake Huron

Choctaw. Photo: Ocean Explorer, NOAA

 NOAA maritime archaeologists and partners have located and identified two previously undiscovered historic shipwrecks in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The shipwrecks are the wooden steamer Ohio (1873-1894) and the steel-hulled steamer Choctaw (1892-1915).   In May 2017, a sanctuary-led expedition used high-resolution sonars to map the bottom of Lake Huron, during which they located the two ships.  At the time

Research Vessel Repowered with Volvo Penta Diesel Sterndrives

(Photo: Volvo Penta)

 When the Panama-based Smithsonian Tropical Research Institution (STRI) decided to repower their 11-year-old launch Morpho, as good scientists the team researched the alternatives thoroughly before selecting a triple Volvo Penta diesel sterndrive rig for the boat.   Constructed in 2005, the 48-ft. Morpho makes daily runs for scientists and visitors between the STRI laboratory facility in Gamboa and the Barro Colorado Island nature sanctuary in the Panama Canal waterway

SGS Group Orders Ballast Water Monitoring Kits

30 Rapid ATP ballast water monitoring kits will be supplied to SGS Group, which has been contracted to monitor treated ballast water by several countries  (Photo: aqua-Tools)

aqua-tools, the specialist in water microbiology, has delivered the first in series of 30 state-of-the-art Rapid ATP Ballast Water Monitoring Systems to SGS Group. The Geneva-based testing and certification body has agreements in place with several countries to inspect and monitor the treated ballast waters of vessels entering their ports, the latest of which is The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Vessels discharging ballast water in Saudi Aramco ports will be required to present a ballast

SeaCURE BWTS Completes USCG Type Approval Tests

The Evoqua SeaCURE system has completed all USCG Type Approval tests (Photo: Evoqua)

SeaCURE Ballast Water Management System (BWMS), the electrochlorination based solution from Evoqua Water Technologies, has completed all biological efficacy U.S. Coast Guard Type-Approval tests.   Tests were carried out under the supervision of classification society Lloyd’s Register and the independent laboratory NSF International will now compile test data for submission to the USCG for imminent approval.   

Afloat on a Frigid Frontier

Crew members aboard Coast Guard Cutter Maple stand lookout watch in the Arctic Ocean approximately 100 miles east of Barrow, Alaska, July 25, 2017. This was the first day of the patrol the crew encountered ice. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Nate Littlejohn)

Located 100 miles northwest of Barrow, Alaska, the crew of the 225-foot buoy tender out of Sitka was on a mission to support marine mammal research conducted by Josh Jones, a graduate student researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) in San Diego.   The Coast Guard crew used their buoy-tending skills and equipment to recover the floating ball, which surfaced after spending a year 1,000 feet below

Shell's Integrated Lubrication Solutions for World's Largest Box Ship

Photo courtesy of Shell

Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has appointed Shell Marine to provide its integrated marine solutions, which include lubricants and services for OOCL Hong Kong. OOCL Hong Kong, currently plying routes between Asia and Europe, is the latest vessel to claim the title of ‘world’s largest containership’, with a capacity of 21,413 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), measuring 400m in length and 59m in width

LR to Oversee Testing of Coldharbour’s BWTS

Pictured (L-R): Nick Brown, Marine and Offshore Director, Lloyd’s Register and Andrew Marshall, Chief Executive, Coldharbour Marine. (Photo: Coldharbour Marine)

U.K.-based manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems based on unique inert gas technology Coldharbour Marine said it has signed a contract with Lloyd’s Register (LR) to oversee the complete range of tests required by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) in its type approval process. LR has Independent Laboratory Approval from the USCG and will work closely in the type approval tests with Marine Eco Analytics (MEA), a test laboratory in the Netherlands

Microsatellites Launched for Maritime Monitoring, Comms and Science

NORsat-1 in EMC test at SFL. Two AIS antennas may be seen at the top, and four Langmuir probes off to the sides. The solar wings of the satellite are at the bottom. (Photo: Space Flight Laboratory)

 The Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) announced the successful launch of two Norwegian microsatellites developed and built by SFL for the Norwegian Space Centre with support from the Norwegian Coastal Authority, Space Norway and the European Space Agency. The Soyuz-2.1a rocket carrying the satellites into orbit launched from Baikonur at 06:36:49 UTC Friday, July 14, 2017.   Shortly after launch both satellites were contacted from ground stations in Svalbard and Vardo, Norway

MacGregor Bags Equipment Order for German Research Vessel

Atair II (Photo: MacGregor)

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has signed a contract to supply oceanographic winches and Triplex deck handling systems to a new research vessel being built by the Fassmer shipyard in Berne, Germany. The order was booked into Cargotec's second quarter 2017 order intake. MacGregor equipment deliveries are planned for completion by the end of the first quarter of 2019.   The new dual-fuel (LNG) 74m vessel, Atair II, is under construction for the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic

SunRui BWTS Earns USCG Type Approval

Mr. Fu Hongtian General Manager of Sunrui (left) and Vincent Li, DNV GL’s Regional Business Development Manager for Greater China. (Photo: DNV GL)

The Chinese manufacturer SunRui and classification society DNV GL celebrated last week, as Sunrui became the fourth manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) to obtain type approval from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).   Its BalClor system treats ballast water in three steps: Filtration, seawater electro-chlorination for disinfection and neutralization. The company is the first Asian manufacturer to be awarded the USCG type approval certificate for BWTS

IEEE Honors Retlif Testing Laboratories

Top row left to right: Owen W. Watford, Business Development Mgr.; Walter A. Poggi, President; William K. Hayes, Executive Vice President; Mike Hull, Environmental Laboratory Supervisor; Ron Hull, EMI Laboratory Supervisor. Bottom row left to right: Scott Poggi, Director of Operations; Raymond Daugherty, Sales Consultant; Donald Dwyer, Security Officer; Donald Lerner, EMC Test Engineer (Photo: Retlif)

Independent Electromagnetic Compatibility testing (EMC) and Environmental Simulation testing (ESS) company Retlif Testing Laboratories said it has received an award from technical professional organization the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).  Ronkonkoma, N.Y. based Retlif, a longtime provider of strategic compliance services to the marine and maritime sector, was cited as a “Friend of the IEEE Long Island Section” and received a commemorative

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