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As SOLAS Deadline Nears, More Composite Use is Expected

By Robert Lee Gordon Director of Purchasing, Ocean Development Company Composites have been utilized in various applications in the shipbuilding industry in order to meet countless requirements of shipyards and ship owners. Composites have found their way into areas such as hull design for smaller vessels to modular bathroom units on larger vessels. Research and development with composites has also created Trevira fabric. Composites continue to evolve along with the shipbuilding industry, and one should expect to see more wide spread use of this material in years to come. In order to better understand composites one must review the creation of this modern material, and then one can examine the uses of this product. The general definition for composite material is the combination of two or more materials in order to create a completely new material. For example, fiberglass, which is the combination of plastic resin and glass fibers, is a common composite. However, in the marine industry composites take on a completely different meaning. Composites in the marine industry refer to a material that has two outer layers with a core material that is sandwiched between these two layers. In hull construction, composites are commonly two layers of glass and resin with a middle layer of either foam or balsa. In other applications, or where water intrusion is a concern, the core material can be aluminum or some other water impervious material


Ashland Names Piiroinen to European Marine Manager

Olli Piiroinen has been named industry manager for the European marine market within Ashland Composite Polymers, a business group of Ashland Performance Materials, a division of Ashland Inc. Piiroinen will manage Ashland’s composite marine business for Europe. Previously he was Ashland’s technical service representative for composite marine products in Europe. “Olli’s technical expertise, coupled with his broad knowledge of the European marine manufacturing market


Professional Society Honors Navy Engineer

The National Society of Professional Engineers selected Dr. Eugene Camponeschi as a top ten finalist as part of its 28th Annual Federal Engineer of the Year Award Program. NSPE recognizes him for achievements in the field of composites and structures research. Accomplishments include contributing to development of the successful advanced enclosed composite mast, now appearing on USS San Antonio (LPD 17) Class amphibious ships


Conoco and Aker Kvaerner To Establish DeepWater Composites

Conoco and Aker Kvaerner, part of Kvaerner, the international oil services, engineering and construction, pulp and paper and shipbuilding group, announced the establishment of a new company, DeepWater Composites AS, that will manufacture and sell composite products for use in the deepwater exploration and field development segments of the oil and gas industry. Conoco and Aker Kvaerner will each hold 50-percent interest in Deepwater Composites AS.


Ingalls Gulfport Facility Reaches Milestone

Ingalls Shipbuildings Gulfport facility recently turned the DDG 1001 hangar ship shape to allow final outfitting.

Huntington Ingalls Industries announced  its Ingalls Shipbuilding division achieved a milestone in the construction process of the composite hangar that will be used on the U.S. Navy's second Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer, Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001).   Recently, the shipbuilders at the company's Gulfport, Miss., facility turned the inverted hangar to an upright position, or ship-shape, which is an important and necessary feat in the construction schedule of this component


Status Report: Lightweight Structures at Sea

Figure 1: Valö, the world’s first HSC-classed vessel built in carbon fiber composite, owned by Styrsöbolaget in Sweden.

SP Fire Technology’s involvement in fire-resistant lightweight materials for marine applications has contributed to the construction of several smaller lightweight vessels, and to the current discussion within the International Maritime Organization (IMO) of how larger ocean-going vessels could be built using plastic composites. Background 2005 saw the start of the LÄSS project, which clearly showed the potential economic and environmental benefits of using lightweight materials


Vessel Sinking Sullies Prince William Sound

A fishing ship that sank last week and is leaking diesel fuel has caused the biggest spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound since the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, posing a threat to the area's wildlife, state environmental officials said. The Seattle-based Windy Bay was loaded with about 35,000 gallons (133,000 liters) of diesel fuel when it struck a rock and sank on Saturday in the northern part of the sound about 40 miles (65 km) southwest of the port of Valdez.


Lürssen, Townsend Bay Alliance Announced

At the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October, Townsend Bay Marine (TBM) and Lürssen Yachts formally announced the business relationship that the companies forged quietly several months ago, when Lürssen became the majority shareholder in the Port Townsend, Washington-based shipyard. In addition to allowing the two firms to share technical expertise and resources, the alliance adds a composite shipbuilding component to Lürssen's unparalleled capabilities as well as providing


UMaine Developing Offshore Wind Turbines

Wind Turbine Blade: Photo courtesy of UMaine

Universtiy of Maine's Advanced Structures & Composites Center granted up to $4 million to fund offshore windmill project. Habib Dagher, the director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, is busy planning the first phase of a “potential $93.2 million deepwater offshore wind demonstration project by the U.S. Department of Energy. The DOE held a competition to screen proposals for clean energy that would jumpstart wind farms in the United States


CTruk Delivers First Colchester-built Workboat

CWind Artimus, the latest 22m catamaran WFSV from CTruk (Photo: CTruk)

CTruk Boats formally handed over the first new craft built at its River Colne production facility in Colchester when the latest MPC22 offshore wind farm service vessel (WFSV) was officially named by owner CWind at the Seawork show in Southampton.   Utilizing the CTruk flexible pod system that allows the vessel’s payload to be reconfigured in a matter of hours, the MPC22 is based on a proven workboat design


Smallest Hydrotab Intercerptor Trim Tabs Yet

Photo: Hydrotab

Hydrotab has introduced its smallest Interceptor Trim Tab yet, the 160BT. Engineered for boats up to 20', or for use on unique hull designs, the units are available through the company's exclusive North American distributor, GlobalTec Solutions.


Aqualiner Orders Four Damen Waterbus Vessels

The Aqua Diamond in operation on the River Scheldt. (Photo: Damen)

Recently, Aqualiner signed a contract with Damen Shipyards for four Damen Waterbus 2407 vessels. The waterbuses will provide public transport services in the Belgian city of Antwerp, as part of a wider transportation program also including land-based public transport services and road


Wärtsilä Ensures Compliance with the Polar Code

Photo: Wärtsilä

 1 January 2017 was a historic milestone in the protection of our polar waters for future generations. On that day, International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (the Polar Code) came into force.  


Tuco Marine Launches Aquaculture Service Boat

(Photo: Tuco Marine)

 Denmark based boat builder Tuco Marine has launched a newly developed boat for high-pressure cleaning for fish farm operations in Norway.   According to Tuco Marine, the 15-meter workboat – an expansion of its ProZero vessel series – has been designed by the


Royce to Power High-speed Italian Naval Vessels

Image: Rolls-Royce

The construction of two new high-speed multipurpose vessels (UNPAV) for the Italian Navy has recently begun at Intermarine’s Sarzana shipyard.   Rolls-Royce has won the contract to supply engines and waterjets to power and propel the two new vessels


Polymer Inhibits Galvanic Corrosion on Foil Supported Cats

Photo: Vesconite

Vesconite is typically found on a boat as a strut or rudder bearing material, but yacht designer Scott Jutson of Jutson Marine Design has a unique application for it. He specifies the advanced polymer as a corrosion isolator on his aluminum Hysucat (hydrofoil supported catamaran) designs.  


Hyundai Heavy Produces 5,000th Propeller

HHI’s 5,000th Propeller. Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has announced that it held the production ceremony of the 5,000th propeller at its Ulsan factory.   The 5,000th propeller measuring 10.6 meters in diameter and 77 tons in weight is scheduled to be installed on a 300


70th Anniversary of First Type-approved Maritime Radar

Photo: Kelvin Hughes

Kelvin Hughes is celebrating 70 years of radar in 2017. In 1947 the first Type 1 radar was produced and installed on a new fishing trawler, the Type 1 then went on to be the first type approved radar, gaining its type approval certificate on August 11, 1948, the first radar to do so.  


Cutterhead Shaft Bearing as Good as New After 10 Years of Dredging

The bearing was installed in 2007 to the Royal IHC-built dredger Al Mirfa  (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

After 10 years and more than 100,000 operating hours dredging up silt, sand, rocks and stones in some of the toughest marine environments imaginable, the Thordon Composite bearing installed on the Al Mirfa’s dredge cutter head shaft has emerged unscathed.


Spot Freight Rates Soar from North Europe to Asia

Photo: Maersk Line

 Spot container freight rates from North Europe to China increased by 45 percent this week, reaching a four-year high.   The “World Container Index assessed by Drewry” market reading on the route from Rotterdam to Shanghai jumped to $1,076 per 40ft dry container today


USS Lake Erie Assists Distressed Mariners

Photo: United States Navy

 Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) provided assistance to 25 mariners in the early hours of March 19, after receiving a distress call from a civilian ship taking on water.   Lake Erie deployed a rescue and assistance team aboard its rigid hull inflatable


ASIS Debuts New 9.8m Amphibious RIB

Photo: ASIS Boats

ASIS Boats has debuted its last release, a 9.8m Amphibious RIB able to achieve speeds of 55mph on water.   Special composite material and Kevlar  has been used in the boat construction to keep it light weight and strong at the same time.  


Eight Damen Interceptors for Panama

(Photo: Damen)

The National Air and Naval Service of Panama (Servicio Nacional Aeronaval - SENAN) has taken delivery of four Interceptor 1102 vessels from Damen Shipyards Group. The President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, performed the christening ceremonies of all four vessels on February 6, 2017.  


Damen Showcases New Water Bus

Water Bus (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

At a recent event at its headquarters in Gorinchem, Damen Shipyards demonstrated its next generation composite Water Bus, the 2407, to an invited international audience. Built from FRP (fiber reinforced polymer) the new class will give operators reduced fuel consumption, less maintenance


DNV GL Grants AiP for Composite Tween Deck Design

The new Oshima design could be used for a wide range of trades, carrying project cargoes and packaged goods, ranging from lumber, wood pulp and coils, to ingots and other bulk cargoes. (Image: DNV GL)

A new 65k open-hatch general cargo carrier design concept jointly developed by DNV GL and Oshima Shipbuilding has been launched at Nor-Shipping.   Intended for a wide range of project cargoes and packaged goods, the vessel design includes composite tween decks to maximize space utilization






 
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