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Seacor Repowers Vessels

Conrad's aluminum manager Todd Babin shows the "tweaked" props. The 300-ton travel lift at Conrad Industries Morgan City facility is a major attraction to Gulf Coast crew boat operators. Shallow waters in the area add to the heavy usage that crewboats receive contributes to a steady demand for quick haul outs and timely below waterline repairs. The yards large upland area is another attraction as it provides ample storage space for vessels undergoing major overhauls. This latter is the case with a series of six vessels recently acquired by Seacor Marine as part of their larger take-over of the Seabulk fleet. The six crewboats were each powered by four electronically controlled 1100 hp two-cycle engines turning at 2100 RPM that were getting only about 6000 hours before requiring a rebuild. Seacor decided to repower the vessels with Cummins KTA38 M1 engines that deliver 1100 hp at 1800 RPM. According to Seacor project manager Joe McCall, these engines will routinely deliver 25,000 hours between rebuilds. The repowers presented some challenges however. The smaller diameter shafts on the vessels would not handle the larger diameter props that the higher torque of the Cummins engines will deliver. To allow for this, explained Joe McCall, “We decided to tweak the props and turn the them faster so we have gone with a 2:1 reduction rather than the 2.36 and 2.55 reductions on the old 2100 RPM engines. Two of the boats had one reduction and the other four had the second


Greene's Energy Promote Jaret Garber

Jaret Garber: Photo credit Greenes Energy

Jaret Garber has been promoted to the position of Financial Manager of Testing and Services. Based in Lafayette, La., Garber will manage financial reporting and analysis of testing and services. This includes management of invoices, financial planning, analysis and division financial performance and monthly closing. Additionally, Garber will be responsible for cost control management; bonus plans and earn-outs; mergers and acquisitions; and balance sheets


Sea-Fire Offers 3M NOVEC 1230 Fire Protection

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The halon and CO2 replacement has virtually no Global Warming Potential (GWP), is non-toxic and won't harm delicate electronics. "GWP has moved to the forefront as a major environmental concern," said Sea-Fire president Ernie Ellis.  "In the 1990s, Sea-Fire addressed ozone depletion with FM-200.  Novec 1230 also has zero ozone depletion potential, but a GWP of just one.  Compared to halon's atmospheric life span of 300 years, Novec 1230's is only 5 days


Dead in the Water

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Electrical System Failure at Sea The world watched as the Carnival Triumph sat still, dead in the water in the Gulf of Mexico after a main space fire caused a total loss of electrical power.  For the 3,143 passengers and 1,000-plus crewmembers, there was no heat or air conditioning, toilets or sanitation, lights or  ventilation.  Fortunately, despite the seriousness of the fire, which was caused by a leaking fuel line, nobody was hurt


Westermeerwind Wind Farm Construction Begins

Mammoet announced today that Westermeerwind BV has reached financial close on July 25 for the turnkey construction of the Westermeerwind wind farm in Ijsselmeer, meaning work can now start on building the 48 wind turbines. The Westermeerwind wind farm consists of 48 wind turbines with a capacity of 3 MW to be installed in the water between 500-1,100 meters from the dikes of the Noordoostpolder. The client for the wind farm is Westermeerwind BV


RSC Bio Solutions is Making Waves in the Marine Industry

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 RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, will launch a new revolutionary product line of sustainable lubricants at SMM 2016 in Hamburg, Germany.    These new products have the potential to improve operational efficiency, performance and your bottom line. The performance benefits alone are expected to result in greater system efficiency, fewer change-outs and extended equipment life. 


Seattle-based Maritime Security Team First in Nation

The first U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) will be based in Seattle and commissioned on July 3, 2002, at the Integrated Support Command, located at Pier 36, Seattle, Wash. Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Thomas H. Collins; Pacific Area Commander, Vice Adm. Terry M. Cross; and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) will be attending the commissioning. Sen. Murray, who was instrumental in bringing an MSST to the Puget Sound, will be the keynote speaker.


GL Noble Denton Guidelines: Float-Over Installations, Moorings

GL Noble Denton has issued new guidelines for float-over installations and for moorings. They are now available for oil and gas companies, designers and contractors and describe current “industry good practice” which help oil and gas companies to have their mooring systems or float-over operations approved by GL Noble Denton. An approval by GL Noble Denton may be a requirement of an insurance warranty or to ensure that operational risks are as low as possible.


NKT Opens Submarine Cables Center in Rotterdam

Turntable NKT Cables Logistics Center (Photo NKT)

NKT Cables established its submarine cable Logistics Center at Rotterdam’s deepwater port in the Netherlands. The center with its present 9,000- and 4,600-metric-ton turntable capacity has been implemented within the NKT Cables production flow, in order to provide a substantial logistics capacity. With its unique cable splicing technology, NKT Cables can connect long single cable lengths together to form extra-long continuous submarine cables, enabling load-outs of up to 6


Strategic Marine Appoints New GM

Rob Osborn

  Specialist shipbuilder, Strategic Marine, has appointed Rob Osborn as General Manager for Fabrication and Engineering. Over the last few years, Strategic Marine has established and rapidly developed production capability in the sectors of marine infrastructure, modular fabrication and engineering. Rob Osborn’s appointment sees Strategic move into a new growth phase for these areas. Prior to joining Strategic Marine


Kelvin Hughes Showcases Drone Detection Technology

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Kelvin Hughes first launched its dedicated drone detection system earlier this year incorporating SharpEye SxV 360 degree radar and electro optic cameras with the Single Mast Solution (SMS) security system.   At DSEI 2017 Kelvin Hughes has announced it will be demonstrating the next


Hapag-Lloyd Orders 7,700 New Reefer Containers

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 This year, Hapag-Lloyd will once again make investments to maintain and expand its container fleet. The liner shipping company has ordered a total of 7,700 refrigerated containers (Reefers) of the latest generation – including 7,000 x 40-foot and 700 x 20-foot units.   


Wilhelmsen Majority Shareholder in NorSea Group

Jan Eyvin Wang, senior vice president industrial investments in Wilhelmsen and new chair of NorSea Group | John Stangeland, CEO of NorSea Group | Thomas Wilhelmsen, group CEO of Wilhelmsen. Photo: Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA

 With effect from 26 September 2017, Wilhelmsen increases its shareholding in NorSea Group from 40% to approximately 72%.  NorSea Group provides supply bases and integrated logistics solutions to the offshore industry.   Eidesvik Eiendomsinvest AS and Simon Møkster Eiendom


SEACOR Chooses Kongsberg Hybrid Power Solutions

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Hybrid power can decrease SEACOR Maya’s CO2, NOx and SOx emissions   A new integrated ‘Full Picture’ technology delivery is set to enable significant operational efficiencies for the MEXMAR owned Platform Supply Vessel (PSV), SEACOR Maya


Crowley’s Busch Joins Sea Machines’ Board

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Todd Busch, Sr. Vice President & General Manager, Technical Services, at Crowley Maritime, has joined Sea Machines Robotics’ board of directors.   The Boston-based Sea Machines is building autonomous control technology for commercial vessels.  


ABB Software Leads to Fuel Savings for Stena Line

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Stena Scotia’s fourth generation DEGO IV speed governor and actuation system adds roll-damping and a new fuel-saving dimension to vessel performance management software   An upgraded vessel control software package is delivering measurable operational efficiency gains to Stena Line


USS America Pulls into Changi Naval Base

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 Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) arrived Aug. 21 at Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore and is moored across the pier from the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56).    While in Singapore, America will provide messing and berthing services to McCain


Bulker Owner Fined for US Ballast Water Discharge

The U.S. Coast Guard said it has issued a $5,000 fine to the owners of a foreign freight vessel for unauthorized ballast water discharge into the Willamette River in Portland, August 16.   During a routine port state control ballast water examination on the 590-foot bulk freighter ANSAC


France Will Make Fresh Proposals on STX Shipyards to Italy

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France will make new proposals to Italy with the hope of resolving their differences over the sale and joint control of STX shipyards before a Franco-Italian summit in September, Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Monday.   Paris angered Rome last month after it ordered a


ST Electronics, Alpha Ori to Drive Digital Transformation

MOU signing ceremony - the MOU was endorsed by Capt. Rajesh Unni, CEO of Alpha Ori (front left of photo) and Mr Tang Kum Chuen, Deputy President of Corporate Development, ST Electronics (front right), and witnessed by Mr Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Executive Chairman of Alpha Ori Technology Holdings (back left), and Mr Ravinder Singh, President, ST Electronics (back right).  (Photo: ST Electronics)

Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics) and Alpha Ori Technology Holdings Private Limited (Alpha Ori) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to co-create digitalization solutions for shipborne and shore-based maritime fleet control and management


COSCO Shipping Ports Reports Better H1 Results

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 The port terminal operator division of China COSCO Shipping Corp. posted net profits of  US$384.7 million, an increase of  123.7% for FY 2017, compared with the corresponding period last year.   Total throughput of the Group’s container terminals increased by 11


Kongsberg Wins EPCI Contract for LNG-fueled RoPax Ferry Newbuild

‘Full Picture’ contract for Brittany Ferries’ new RoPax ferry ‘Honfleur’  (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg Maritime said it has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) contract with Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG), a subsidiary of Siem Group.   This is the second RoPax contract that Kongsberg Maritime has been awarded at FSG


Wärtsilä Tests Remote Control Ship Operating Capability

Gulfmark Offshores the Highland Chieftain was the vessel used for the test. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä said it has taken a further important step toward developing its Smart Marine capabilities by successfully testing the remote control of ship operations.   The testing, which involved driving the vessel through a sequence of manoeuvres using a combination of Dynamic


Campaign Focuses on Safety of Navigation

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 The two major Port State Control regimes – Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU – will focus especially on navigational safety in a so-called Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) is being taken place from 1 September until 30 November 2017, said Danish Maritime Authority.  


Spence Takes over as Noise Control Engineering President

Jesse Spence (Photo: Noise Control Engineering)

Glosten subsidiary Noise Control Engineering, LLC (NCE), a Massachusetts-based acoustical and structural engineering consultancy, said it has appointed Jesse Spence as its next president.   As NCE president, Spence will have direct responsibility for organizational processes






 
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