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Friday, October 20, 2017

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NG Supplies Nav Systems for Brazil OSVs

Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Sperry Marine business unit has been awarded contracts to supply bridge navigation systems for four new offshore supply vessels to be built in Brazil. The four multipurpose platform supply vessels, designed by Rolls-Royce, will be built at the Estaleiro Alianca shipyard near Rio de Janeiro for Companhia Brasileira de Offshore (CBO). They will be placed on long-term charter with Petrobras, the Brazilian state oil company, to provide support services for offshore oil platforms. The scope of supply includes radars, autopilot, speed and heading sensors and other navigation systems. Sperry Marine's sales and service representative in Brazil, Vision Marine Ltda, will be responsible for installation, commissioning and servicing the equipment on the vessels. Last year, Sperry Marine received orders to supply the same navigation packages for four similar vessels at the same shipyard.  

Simrad Launches New Pro Line Products

HS60 GPS Compass (Image: Simrad)

Simrad announced the launch of three new products in its professional line: the HS60 GPS Compass, V5035 Class-A AIS, and M5000 Series Monitors.    Simrad HS60 GPS Compass The new GPS compass, the HS60, brings expanded functionality to traditional heading sensors such as rate-of-turn and pitch-and-roll output. With these features, the HS60 provides a low-cost, yet effective smart antenna option for marine vessels.  

Sensotec Lauches Identity Technology

Sensotec has launched its Identity Technology plug, play & calibrate systems for its sensors and signal conditioning. The system is compliant to the soon to be published IEEE 1451.4 standard for connectivity of sensors and associated signal conditioning. The transducer electronic data sheet (T.E.D.S) containing sensor specifications, calibration data and user defined location information is stored in the sensor. When connected to the SC2000 or

Raymarine Evolution Autopilot Certified for Optimus

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Raymarine’s new Evolution EV-2 drive-by-wire autopilot system has been certified for use with SeaStar Solutions’ new Optimus EPS and Optimus 360 electronics steering systems. Optimus EPS systems provide effortless electronic power steering for outboard powerboats, while Optimus 360 systems add easy 360-degree maneuvering capabilities using an intuitive joystick controller. Both systems use CAN bus networking for steer-by-wire control.

MOSS: Portable Survey System

Photo: TARKA-SYSTEMS

Developed and manufactured for marine surveyors and naval architects by Netherlands-based TARKA-SYSTEMS, the MOSS is a portable measurement solution for monitoring and surveying.   According to the developer, the MOSS System features a pragmatic design, clear functionality and the ability of reading a wide range of sensor inputs.   The functionality of the MOSS can be applied for marine and offshore applications such as salvage monitoring and survey

The Digital Future of Exhaust Gas Temperature Sensors

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CMR Group’s chief technical officer, Patrice Flot, considers the current approach to sensing exhaust gas temperature (EGT) on high horsepower engine platforms and the capabilities provided by new digital technology.    An EGT sensor measures the temperature of the engine exhaust gas to prevent damage to critical components such as the after treatment system, turbines and cylinder head exhaust valves. It can also be used inside the combustion chambers where hot gases are

On-Line Boat Tracking System

Wireless boat security system supplier Paradox Marine has collaborated with EMS Satamatics, a provider of telematics, asset tracking and monitoring services, to launch their new web site Nav-Tracker.com (www.Nav-Tracker.com). The web site, hosted by EMS Satamatics, allows users of Paradox Marine Nav-Tracker GPS Tracking, Security & Monitoring Systems to manage their onboard systems remotely via the World Wide Web and track their vessel over an advanced Google Earth interface.

New DP Vessel Inertial-aided GNSS Service by Veripos

Global offshore positioning specialists Veripos introduce a new inertially-aided precision GNSS solution for dynamically positioned vessels. The new system, Verify Axiom, combines tthe latest GNSS positioning technology advances with high integrity inertial measurements for enhanced and more reliable positioning performance. Developed in association with Sonardyne International Ltd. and featuring the seamless integration of Veripos GNSS and Sonardyne inertial technologies

How to Calibrate an AC-operated LVDT Linear Position Sensor

LVC-4000 (Photo: Macro Sensors)

Calibration is necessary before the installation of an AC- operated linear position sensor to ensure accuracy. Calibration corrects any slight variances between sensors, helping to improve repeatability. Because of the linearity of LVDT Sensor output, a simple two-point calibration is simple. Two points should be as far apart as possible, but within the linear range of the LVDT Linear Position Sensor and preferable within the measurement range in which it will be used.

Keeping a Watchful Eye

Maritime surveillance technique & technology in the new millennium In 2014, Forbes Associate Director for Maritime Services at Control Risks stated that maritime risks are on the rise. Mariners and ship owner/operators experienced a 26% spike in maritime piracy and armed robbery since 2014  and the North Sea Oil Industry admitted that it had been targeted and thwarted cyber attacks, attacks that if successful could have caused untold financial and logistical damage

Wärtsilä Acquires Guidance Marine

Wärtsilä has acquired Guidance Marine Limited, a technology leader within the marine industry for sensor solutions relating to dynamic positioning and other vessel control systems, such as collision avoidance and remote control operations.   Wärtsilä said it is committed to providing technologies needed to enhance “intelligent” shipping, whereby digital solutions will improve the efficiency, safety and profit earning capabilities

Saab's Maritime Solution Protecting Great Barrier Reef

Photo: Saab AB

 As one of the wonders of the natural world, many consider the Great Barrier Reef one of the Earth’s most beautiful places.    The marine environment in the area is extremely sensitive and with around 4000 commercial vessels passing every year, it is important for the vessel services operators working onshore to keep track of the traffic at all times. That’s where Saab comes in.   Comprising nearly 3000 individual reefs and almost 100 islands

Orest Sychenikov, First Head of Novorossiysk Shipping Company, Passed Away

Orest Sychenikov. Photo: PAO Sovcomflot

 It is with great sadness that the Sovcomflot management and team must announce a monumental loss to the Russian shipping community. On 9 October 2017, Orest Sychenikov, first Head of Novorossiysk Shipping Company, passed away at the age of 95.   On 9 October 2017, we lost a highly educated man, a talented leader who made a massive contribution to the strengthening and development of Russian maritime navigation.   

New Integrated Solution for DP Reference Systems

DPS 12 & i4 (Photo: Kongsberg)

Fusing its decades of experience within the development of in-house GNSS and inertial technology, Kongsberg has created a cutting-edge integrated solution for DP reference applications.   DPS i2 and DPS i4 are fully scalable DP reference solutions that improve operational efficiency and safety for high-precision applications. The new integrated solution has been in operation aboard the OSV Bourbon Arctic in Northern Norway for the past six months.  

UK Partners to Launch Autonomous Vessels Testing Service

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The U.K.'s first maritime autonomous systems testing service is set to launch later this year.   BAE Systems said it has been awarded £457,000 (approximately $594,700) in grant funding from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to design and deliver the U.K.’s first dedicated autonomous systems testing service.   Based around Portsmouth, Southampton and the South East of the Isle of Wight, BAE Systems will work with ASV Global (ASV)

Dynamic Positioning for Inland Vessels

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RH Marine recently installed the Rhodium 4500 dynamic positioning (DP) and tracking system on Hakkers’ new flagship, Noordzee, an inland multipurpose vessel that can be used for lifting, dredging or pile driving.    Hakkers is a specialist in the development, production and realization of excavation, dredging, construction, foundation, coastal and shoreline works. Its new vessel Noordzee required a system that could automatically hold position and maintain track with high

ClassNK CMAXS for Two MOL Ships

ClassNK Consulting Service Co., Ltd. developed next-generation diagnostic monitoring system “ClassNK CMAXS” has been chosen by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) for installation on two more ships operated by the company. The system is now installed on a total of six MOL-operated ships.   The two ships are installed with CMAXS e-GICSX, a system which monitors electrically controlled main engine supplied by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd

FLIR Unveils New Multi-Sensor Maritime Camera

FLIR M500 Multi-Sensor Maritime Camera (Photo: FLIR)

FLIR Systems, Inc. has added a cooled thermal camera to its M-Series platform, the FLIR M500 multi-sensor maritime camera, available from September 2017.   The FLIR M500’s cooled midwave, 640x512 thermal camera’s ability to detect very small temperature variations translates into greater detail and enhanced image clarity. FLIR cooled thermal technology and the M500’s 14X optical zoom lens also provides better early detection of vessels, key landmarks and navigation aids

Bilge Keel Damping from In-field Motion Measurements

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Chevron and MARIN worked together on a novel approach to characterize the actual damping for an FSPO in real world conditions. Results show that using damping from model tests means that roll decay in calm water is conservative and that natural roll periods are less sensitive to the FPSO draft than often considered in the design phase.   Due to the resonance behavior of roll motions, roll damping is an important consideration for vessel motions and the associated extreme and fatigue

Traders Look to Asia Products for U.S. Options

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Traders adding U.S. port options to cargoes for flexibility.   Traders are scrambling to find oil products in Asia to ship to the United States and Latin America after Hurricane Harvey shut almost a quarter of U.S. refining capacity, several trading and shipping sources told Reuters on Wednesday.   Many are also asking for ships to have a U.S. option added to their original destination to allow for flexibility in sending the cargoes across the Pacific, shipbrokers said.  

Kelvin Hughes Showcases Drone Detection Technology

Photo: Kelvin Hughes

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 evolution of its drone detection and tracking technology. The SMS-D (‘D’ meaning drone) is a dedicated drone detection and tracking system now featuring a thermal camera and video tracker that

Torqeedo Acquired by DEUTZ

 Torqeedo Acquired by DEUTZ   Independent engine manufacturer DEUTZ announced it has acquired Torqeedo, provider of electric drive systems for watercraft.   As an independent subsidiary of DEUTZ AG, Torqeedo will continue product development under its established Torqeedo brand and with its current leadership.   Founded 12 years ago in Starnberg, Germany, and supported by venture capital so far, DEUTZ said the acquisition marks a new phase in its development.  

MacGregor Sets up Head Office in Singapore

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 MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has established a head office in Singapore, bringing to an end a period of more than three years where the company operated with a virtual head office.   MacGregor president Michel van Roozendaal and vice president of finance Jani Oksanen will relocate to Singapore as of October 1, 2017.   With a global customer base and large geographic span of operations, MacGregor said it will maintain its strong presence in Europe

Saab Multi-Mode Radar for USCG Offshore Patrol Cutter

Defense and security company Saab said it has received a $16.8 million order from the U.S. Navy to provide the Sea Giraffe Agile Multi Beam (AMB), Multi-Mode Radar (MMR) – a 3D, electronically scanned phased array radar – to be deployed on the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC).   The MMR provides high radiated power, selectable waveforms, and modern signal processing to consistently achieve high performance across various marine environments

ZF Marine Opens New North America Commercial Craft Center of Competence

Dr. Klaus Geissdoerfer, Head of the ZF Group Industrial Technology Division officially opens ZF Marine’s new North American Commercial Craft Center of Competence.  L to R: Paul Johnston – Jefferson Parish Councilman, Fred Preis –Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, Andre Koerner – ZF, Dr. Klaus Geissdoerfer – ZF, Michael Babin – ZF, Jessica Foreman – New Orleans Inc. Regional Economic Development Alliance, Jerry Bologna – Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission]  Image: [ZF – Gauvin Photo]

The new facility has dedicated transmission and thruster repair facilities, and larger warehouse and training areas.   ZF Marine has a long standing presence in Louisiana, opening their first location in the city of St. Rose in 1996. The ever increasing customer base combined with the addition of the commercial thruster product line in 2009 resulted in the need to create a larger physical presence in the region

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