Furuno Releases New Autopilot
Several years ago, Furuno introduced their NavPilot 500 Autopilot series, which brought an advanced, self-learning and adaptive Autopilot to market. That Autopilot enjoyed years of success and now Furuno is following it up with the all-new NavPilot 700 series, which includes a host of new, groundbreaking and extremely beneficial features. On the surface, the NavPilot 700 series flaunts a refreshed look, providing it a family look with Furuno’s popular NavNet 3D, GP33, RD33 and FI50 instruments. However, it’s “under the hood” where the NavPilot 700 series really excels! First is the “Safe Helm” and “Power Assist” modes. “Safe Helm” temporarily disables the NavPilot steering control when manual operator helm changes are sensed. “Safe Helm” is a critical safety feature designed for emergency maneuvering or dodging obstacles. The original course is restored automatically or manually after the maneuver is completed. “Power Assist” mode significantly reduces steering effort, similar to power steering on a car. These revolutionary new modes enhance the safety of the Autopilot and provide a unique interface to the vessel’s hydraulic hand steering system, delivering unrivaled comfort and steering control from any manual helm on the vessel. The optional FPS8 Power Steering Module and appropriate software are required to activate the Safe Helm feature.
Gladding-Hearn Delivers Fast Ferry to Hyline Cruises
Hy-Line Cruises, a division of Hyannis Harbor Tours, Inc., Hyannis, Mass., has taken delivery of Grey Lady IV, a new 493-passenger, high-speed catamaran from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, the Duclos Corporation. The fourth Incat-Crowther fast ferry built by the Mass.-based shipyard for the Cape Cod passenger ferry company is larger and more stylish in design than previous vessels. The new ferry will provide year-round passenger service between Hyannis and Nantucket Island.
Furuno Introduces New High Power NAVNET Pair
Furuno added to its NavNet series of Radar/Chart Plotters, the 1953C & 1953C/NT. Designed for all types of vessels, the 1953C series bundles high-power X-band radar performance with NavNet technology. Built to commercial-grade standards, the 1953C is a 12kW Radar with a 1/8 to 72 nm range. It is available with either a four or six ft. open array antenna. This unit presents true color radar images on a high-resolution 10.4-in. color LCD, housed in a waterproof case.
Shin Kurushima Uses Intergraph SmartMarine 3D
Japan’s leading shipyard to demonstrate use of Intergraph software by cutting steel plates at BARI-SHIP 2011 HUNTSVILLE, Ala., April 26, 2011 – Shin Kurushima Dockyard Company Limited (SKDY), recognized as one of the world’s most productive shipyards, has standardized on Intergraph® SmartMarine® 3D as its 3D design and modeling solution of choice for its ship projects. Japan-based SKDY sought to implement leading-edge technology to increase its leading
Integraph Releases Pipe Stress Analysis Software Update
Intergraph Releases CAESAR II 2011 R1 for advanced integration with Smart 3D & SmartPlant Review for data transfer from piping design to the engineering environment. Intergraph has released an upgraded version of CAESAR II – the world’s most widely used pipe stress analysis software – that offers advanced integration with its market-leading plant, offshore and material handling design solutions, SmartPlant 3D, SmartMarine 3D and SmartPlant 3D Materials Handling Edition
NMEA Names Furuno ‘Best Radar’ for 40th Year
For 44 years, the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has bestowed its NMEA Best Product Awards to marine electronics manufacturers for product excellence. Over that time, Furuno has been the most recognized company in the marine electronics field with a total of 215 wins. This year, Furuno won three more NMEA awards at the 2015 NMEA Conference & Expo in Baltimore, including its 40th straight Best Radar Award.
Transas 3D VTS Module for Port Ops
Transas is glad to announce its enhanced 3D VTS solution. First presented to the world maritime market in 2008, current version of 3D VTS has been significantly upgraded. The product visually represents the full-scale 3-dimensional view of the navigational situation in the VTS area. The functionality enhances situation awareness both from ashore and critically from onboard perspectives. 3D VTS complements the range of Transas solutions facilitating safe navigation in the port and coastal
Seismic 3D Vessel Charter by Seabird Exploration
SeaBird Exploration, through a subsidiary of Ordinat Shipping AS, charters the 3D vessel 'Geo Pacific' from Fugro. The vessel has been fixed on a 4 month time charter, intended to be converted into a 3 year bareboat charter with four one-year options to extend the contract. Furthermore, SeaBird will also have purchase options on the vessel in year three and, to the extent the lease is extended, year four. The vessel is fully equipped and will be a valuable addition to SeaBird's 3D
FARO 3D Documentation Conference
The FARO 3D Documentation Conference, to be held October 13-15, 2014, was created as a forum for sharing knowledge, best practices and insight into the world of laser scanning and 3D documentation. Over the course of two days at Disney’s Swan & Dolphin Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., attendees will hear from respected visionaries on current issues and the future of our industry in the keynote sessions and learn hands-on from expert instructors in our workshop sessions.
FARO to Host 3DRV Driven by Design Tour
FARO Technologies, Inc., the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement, imaging and realization technology, will host the 3DRV Driven by Design Tour Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST at the Corporate Headquarters in Lake Mary, Florida. The upcoming event, cosponsored by FARO, is hosted by Autodesk’s TJ McCue, journalist and 3D enthusiast, with the mission and goal to visit over 100 cities across America over the course of eight months and celebrate
CGG Starts Seismic Survey Offshore Brazil
CGG said it has started work on Espirito Santo IV, a large BroadSeis 3D multi-client survey in the deep and ultra-deep waters of the Espirito Santo Basin offshore Brazil. The vessel Oceanic Champion is acquiring the survey which is expected to take seven months. This industry-supported survey will cover 10,300 sq km and be processed at CGG’s Rio de Janeiro Subsurface Imaging center. The high-end broadband sequence will include the latest 3D deghosting
Damen Begins New Tug Build for Saqr Ports
A keel-laying ceremony was held on August 28 at Damen Shipyards Sharjah for a new ASD Tug 2913 for Saqr Ports, part of Rash Al Khaimah (RAK) Ports. Damen will deliver the vessel to RAK Ports next year, in time for the opening of a new bulk terminal at Saqr Port, the main bulk-handling port in the Middle East. RAK Ports required a tug that was both compact and powerful, in order to handle the large carriers that will call at the port.
3D Printed Ship’s Propeller Prototype Produced
A prototype of the world’s first class approved ship’s propeller manufactured using 3D printing techniques has been produced by a cooperative consortium of companies that includes Damen Shipyards Group, Rotterdam Additive Manufacturing LAB (RAMLAB), Promarin, Autodesk and Bureau Veritas. The 1,350mm diameter propeller – named WAAMpeller – was fabricated from a Nickel Aluminium Bronze (NAB) alloy at RAMLAB in the Port of Rotterdam
Bureau Veritas Joins Maritime Drones Project
The potential for drones to be used for inspections is not new, notes Bureau Veritas, but to date trials have not focused on specific survey requirements for ship structures in enclosed spaces; the RECOMMS project will do just that. Bureau Veritas has joined RECOMMS (Remote Evaluation of Coatings / Corrosion on Offshore Machinery and Marine Structures / Ships), a joint investment project (JIP), to develop drones with the capability to inspect steel structures in enclosed spaces
First Spanish-built SOV Launched
The first service operation vessel (SOV) built in Spain has been launched at shipbuilder GONDAN’s facilities in Figueras. This 81.1-meter-long and 17-meter-beam vessel is the first of two new SOVs that GONDAN will deliver to Norwegian ship owner Østensjø Rederi, with whom GONDAN has signed already 13 shipbuilding contracts in the last decade. The launch event was attended by representatives from Østensjø Rederi as well as the charterer of the
Case Study: CAD/CAM for Naval Refit
tkMSA embraces technology to enhance coordination and communication via an Autodesk/ShipConstructor solution The ANZAC Class is a ship class of 10 frigates: eight operated by the Royal Australian Navy and two operated by the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN). They have an overall length of 118 meters and a displacement of around 3,800 tons. In 2014, New Zealand ordered extensive modernizations to its frigates’ core combat and related systems
NRC Wins Marine HAZMAT Response Contract
NRC announced that it has been awarded a multi-year contract with a major chemicalcompany for global 24/7 emergency response services in the event of a Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) or Hazardous & Noxious Substances (HNS) chemical related marine incident. NRC’s core responsibility involves the provision of expert personnel and specialist HAZMAT equipment packages housed at NRC’s global response hubs in the USA, UK, and UAE
CFD Simulation of a Fully Featured Offshore Platform Model
CFD simulations of offshore oil and gas platforms are used to predict the maximum wind loads acting on the structure of the platform topsides (the upper half of the platform, above sea level and outside the splash zone, including the oil production plant, the accommodation block and any drilling equipment). The wind loads are used as waves and current loads to design the mooring of the structure, and can be significant in specific ocean areas
New Asset Integrity Management System Launched
Bureau Veritas has launched Veristar AIM 3D asset integrity management system, based on technology partner Dassault Systems’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform. The new solution combines a digital twin of any marine or offshore assets with smart data in a collaborative environment. Veristar AIM 3D will be used in the design, development and implementation of the operational lifecycle, to reflect and predict the condition of any asset, or fleet of assets
Polarcus Fleet Booked through Q3
Polarcus Limited said it has received a letter of award for a broadband 3D marine seismic project in Asia Pacific. With this contract, Polarcus’ fleet is fully booked through to the end of the third quarter 2017. The project is due to commence in the third quarter of 2017 and will run for approximately one month.
WAAMpeller: World First Class-Approved 3D Printed Ship’s Propeller
A consortium of organizations are working toward a landmark achievement in the maritime sectors: creating the world's first class-approved 3D-printed ship's propeller. As many sectors of the shipbuilding industry suffer due to overcapacity, it is this type of innovative leap that will -- if successful -- separate the next generation of leaders in the sector. In the effort a cooperative consortium of Damen Shipyards Group, RAMLAB, Promarin
Vigor Begins Building NYPD Response Boat
U.S. shipbuilder Vigor said it has begun constructing a fifth 45’ Response Boat - Medium C (RB-M C) for its long-time customer, the New York Police Department (NYPD) Harbor Unit. The vessel will be fabricated at Vigor Ballard (formerly Kvichak Marine) in the Seattle metro area with delivery expected in November. It will be the seventh RB-M C built for three different police departments. The RB-M C is the commercial variant of the Response Boat - Medium (RB-M)
Goltens to Retrofit BWT Systems on BP Gas Carriers
Goltens said it has been awarded a contract for the engineering and retrofit installation of OceanSaver ballast water treatment (BWT) systems on board two of BP Shipping’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers. The vessels to be retrofitted are the two 138,000 cbm LNG vessels British Innovator and British Merchant. Goltens will undertake the engineering and prefabrication work in 2017 and then complete the installation services in 2018.
BAE Systems Begins Building UK’s Next Warship
BAE Systems said it has begun to build the first of the U.K. Royal Navy’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ships. Sir Michael Fallon MP, U.K. Secretary of State for Defense, visited the builder’s Glasgow shipyard to press the button to officially commence production on the new warship, and during his speech revealed the vessel’s name: Glasgow. This ceremonial event follows the U.K Government’s recent award of a contract worth approximately £3
Photogrammetry Accelerates Creation of Marine Enclosures
Photogrammetry helps reduce time to create marine enclosures and covers from 3 days to 4 hours Costa Marine Canvas specializes in producing high end, custom marine furniture, soft goods, enclosures and covers. One of the most difficult of those tasks is creating windscreen enclosures for large and complex fly-bridge structures. A typical flybridge enclosure might have five 5-foot tall panels, ranging in various lengths, and combined to be 20 feet or more