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ABS Approves New MOSS-type LNG Tank Concept

ABS informs it has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) for a new MOSS-type liquefied natural gas (LNG) tank design concept developed by Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI).    Designated as an IMO Type B independent tank, the concept takes a new approach by applying a non-spherical tank design to increase the use of space on board an LNG carrier. According to KHI, the non-spherical design concept allows Panamax-size LNG carriers to expand their total carrying capacity to 180,000m³, a 25,000m³ volume increase when compared to using spherical tanks.   In issuing its AIP, ABS reviewed the strength and fatigue analysis to support KHI in demonstrating the feasibility of the new concept.   “KHI’s concept applies the latest technologies, introducing new efficiencies and innovations that promote a safer and more sustainable shipping industry,” said ABS Vice President for Global Gas Solutions, Patrick Janssens.   “As the Panama Canal expands and LNG demand increases, owners and operators are looking to gain efficiencies without compromising safety,” said KHI Ship & Offshore Company General Manager for the Engineering Division, Hideaki Naoi. “This new concept adds 15 percent more carrying capacity while maintaining the size of the new Panamax tankers.”


Legislation Aims to Boost US Infrastructure Investment

Daniel Webster

Representative Daniel Webster (Fla.-10) issued the following statement after introducing new transportation legislation, H.R. 4925, the TIFIA 2.0 Act: “America’s transportation and infrastructure system is the backbone of our economy and is a critical element for growth and job creation. By prioritizing investable infrastructure, TIFIA 2.0 will improve access to affordable infrastructure financing for states and local governments


More Ships to Bangladesh Shipbreakers

CTG ship-breakers import 42 large ships in last two months Chittagong-based ship-breakers imported 42 large-sized recyclable ships in February and March this year at a cost of US$ 45 million, according to Jasim Khan's news report in the Financial Express. Industry sources said the ships will be able to supply about one million tonnes of MS rod -- a major construction material -- against the annual national demand for four million tonnes.


UTEC Announces Important Houston Appointment

Mark Klusza

Leading independent offshore survey company UTEC has announced the appointment of a new Vice President of Measurement Technology at its Houston HQ. Mark Klusza – who holds a Bachelor in Design in Architecture from the University of Florida – brings to the role more than 20 years of experience in the industrial measurement arena.  During that time he has owned successful metrology and software companies


U.S. Navy Presents Shipbuilding Plan to Congress

The following statement has been issued by Rear Admiral John Kirby, Navy Chief of Information:
 "Today we provided Congress information tables from our draft 30-year shipbuilding plan. We believe the information found in these tables clearly articulates our intention to modernize and grow the fleet to our required minimum of 306 ships. We have been upfront and transparent about the need to decommission older ships, while at the same time introducing new and more capable platforms.


Join Schedule 80 Carbon Steel Pipe without Hot Works

VE416FSD (Image: Victaulic)

Pipe joining solutions manufacturer Victaulic has introduced new roll sets for the VE416FSD roll grooving tool that permit roll grooving of 2- to 6-inch Schedule 80 carbon steel pipe.   According to the manufacturer, the new capability enables Schedule 80 pipe—commonly used for corrosive services—to be grooved and joined with Victaulic couplings for approved applications, eliminating the need to weld.  


BCP Introduces New Airblast Product Brochure

OSHA Safety concerns call for the use of enclosed blast cleaning. With blast cleaning rooms becoming popular, sound design and engineering precepts are priorities for any blast cleaning equipment manufacturer. BCP, a division of USF Surface Preparation Group, helped to pioneer the design and manufacture of advanced airblast systems for more than half a century. The company has just completed a 12-page product guide that highlights a wide range of custom designed BCP airblast rooms and


LIG Introduces New Liability Rating Program

LIG Marine Managers released its new On Line Marine GL and Maritime Employers Liability Rating Program, Thunderstorm, designed to provide instant service and quotes for a wide variety of marine related accounts. The program is designed for marine contractors, boat repairers, stevedores, terminal operators, wharfingers and related marine industries. The Thunderstorm Rating System will be expanded to other lines over the next six months as well.


St. Lawrence Seaway Introduces New Computerized Vessel Tracking

The St. Lawrence Seaway has debuted its new Traffic Management Improvement Project (TMIP). The project is a joint venture between the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation on the Canadian side and the U.S.-based St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. Installed at the St. Lambert, St. Catherine and Massena control centers, the system is able to monitor and schedule vessel traffic on both sides of the border


New Small-bore Two-stroke Diesel Introduced by MAN

MAN Diesel & Turbo introduces new small-bore two-stroke, updates designs of ME-B & G series engines. MAN Diesel & Turbo’s updated engine programme features several, positive changes to its two-stroke marine segment. The most significant of these is to the ME-B and G portfolios that are increasingly finding favour in the coastal & river segment in major markets such as China, Japan and Russia, and in container traffic, respectively.


Danelec Introduces New Remote Management Tools

Image: Danelec Marine

Danelec Marine brings the Internet of Things (IoT) to the shipping industry with new remote management tools; Hanseaticsoft is one of the first third-party developers to use DanelecConnect platform’s intelligent universal data gateway  


MOL Confirms 2% in Average CO2 Reduction

Windshield Installed on Bow of Containership (inside red circle). Photo: MOL

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that the company has completed an in-service demonstration test of a wind resistance-reducing windshield for containerships, and determined that the device reduces emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by an average of 2%.   


Ampelmann Introduces New Personnel Transfer Gangway

Photo: Ampelmann

Ampelmann has launched its latest gangway for personnel transfer: the A-type Enhanced Performace (AEP). Now providing clients with 10 percent greater workability in sea states up to 4m significant wave height; the AEP also has the ability to use smaller vessels to obtain similar performance


Kinkasan Maru Gets Ship Heritage Certificate

Kinkasan Maru and engine control console on it. Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that the engine control console installed on the bridge of the Kinkasan Maru was selected for a "Ship Heritage Certificate" from the Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers (JASNAOE).  


Certified ECDIS RH Marine Meets Future Standards

RH Marines Rhodium ECDIS  (Photo: RH Marine)

In December 2016 RH Marine’s ECDIS has officially been certified to meet the latest international standards.   RH Marine is one of the first suppliers to have a fully certified ECDIS complying with the updated International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) standard that will be


Carnival to Build Two New Cruise Ships with Fincantieri

File Image: A Carnivval Cruiseship underway at sea (CREDIT: Carnival)

Two new ships to be built for company’s Holland America Line and Princess Cruises brands will help meet growing demand for cruise vacations and enhance the fleet.   Carnival Corporation & plc announced that it has signed a memorandum of agreement with Italian shipbuilder


Halifax Port Gears for Busiest Cruise Season

Photo Port of Halifax

The 2017 cruise season in Halifax will be the busiest to date. A record number of passenger visits and vessel calls will get underway on April 24, 2017 with the arrival of the Amadea, a Phoenix Reisen vessel. “We are very excited about the year ahead,” said Cathy McGrail


Galasso Named Ocean Signal Sales Manager

Rich Galasso (Photo: Ocean Signal)

Communication and safety at sea specialist Ocean Signal has announced the appointment of Rich Galasso as its new US Sales Manager. Galasso will assist with the company’s sales growth strategy in the US as demand continues to increase for Ocean Signal’s communication and safety


UK Chamber for Including Marines in New T-Level Qualification

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

 The UK Chamber of Shipping has welcomed Government’s plans to introduce new technical qualifications, but raised questions as to why marine engineering is absent from the plans.    As part of the 2017 Budget, Government outlined its plans to introduce recommendations made


VIKING's Set to Unveil New Safety Solutions

Photo courtesy of VIKING

VIKING has chosen Seatrade Cruise Global in Fort Lauderdale to showcase a host of new safety solutions and servicing concepts.   Marine and offshore safety equipment provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment (VIKING) has a trio of new products in store for ship owners and operators attending


Simulation: CSMART

(Photo: CSMART)

CSMART, Center of Simulator Maritime Training The Arison Maritime Center Zeeduinweg 9 1361 BG Almere, The Netherlands  Web: www.csmartalmere.com While much of the maritime world slumps, the cruise sector is enjoying its most vibrant growth in a generation


Wärtsilä BWMS Selected by Minerva Marine

Photo: Wärtsilä

The technology group Wärtsilä has agreed to supply globally operating tanker vessels managed by Minerva Marine with Aquarius ballast water management systems (BWMS). The agreement covers the retrofit of several vessels and represents an important milestone in the BWMS retrofit market.


ABS CTO Weighs in on Smart Shipping

Howard Fireman (Photo: ABS)

ABS Chief Technology Officer and University of Michigan alumnus Howard Fireman addressed students, professors and guests at the university’s 2017 Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Department’s Captain Ralph R. and Florence Peachman Lecture to share his vision of the future of


NYK Introduces New Navigation Support Tool

Photo: NYK Europe

 Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), the Monohakobi Technology Institute and Japan Radio have jointly developed a support tool that enables officers to better manage and share navigational information.    The tool will be sold by JRC under the name “J-Marine NeCST”.


Martek Marine Hire Head of UAV Operations

Paul Forster. Photo: Martek Marine

 Martek Marine announced the official appointment of highly-acclaimed aviation expert Paul Forster as their Head of UAV Operations. Paul brings over 30 years’ unparalleled aviation experience to Martek, in both high-profile operational and leadership roles.  






 
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