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SSC Re-Soliciting Research Project Recommendations

The Ship Structure Committee (SSC) is re-soliciting research project recommendations for fiscal year 2013-2014.  We are looking forward to your insightful project ideas and enthusiasm toward another successful year of SSC project completions.  This year we are soliciting project recommendations a little differently.  The SSC has determined research focus areas for you to make research proposals to.  This provides the SSC a greater opportunity for obtaining funding in support of your research proposals. Please keep in mind that the SSC is not limited to these examples and we look forward to others you may propose.  In general, the research focus areas are: 1. Outer Continental Shelf Resource Exploitation - in terms of operating in extreme environments and deepwater exploration 2. Improving Fuel Consumption - maximizing ship structures performance; lightweight material construction 3. Structures of Remote Operated Vehicles 4. Service Life - management of aging ships structures 5. Structures design for use of alternative fuels **Please consider the following when submitting your research project recommendations.   Fiscal Limitation: The SSC typically funds two or three projects ($150K funding maximum per project idea). Timeline Information: Please submit all research recommendations electronically (MS Word format only) to the SSC Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Jeannette Grant at jeannette.y.grant@uscg


KR, Panama Maritime Authority Form Research Partnership

The Korean Register (KR) – an IACS member classification society – has signed an MoU with the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) to allow cooperation on technical research and to work together on a range of international activities. The MoU is specifically aimed at owners with Panamanian flagged vessels and will bring them a range of benefits including enhanced survey and certification services. In addition


Project SAFEDOR- Maritime Experts Meet in Munich

The approval procedures of risk-based ship design is one feature of the European research project SAFEDOR. The SAFEDOR research project views safety of ships as an objective of the design process and not as a limitation imposed by standards or regulations. Within the project, a framework had been developed which is required for risk based approval. Today, 25 representatives of regulatory authorities, flag states, governmental administrations and classification societies are taking part in a


Dynamic Positioning in Ice Research Project Gets Green Light

Kongsberg Maritime DP and simulation systems provide foundation for improving ice operations. The final piece of a CAD $8.5 million research project to improve DP operations in ice fell into place on May 23, 2012 when the Government of Canada announced a contribution of $3.2 million to the project from the Atlantic Innovation Fund, administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Led by long-time Kongsberg Maritime simulator customer CMS – the Centre for Marine Simulation


ClassNK Joins SOx Scrubber Research

Leading class society ClassNK has announced that it will participate in a new joint development project to install and verify the effectiveness of new Sulfur Oxide (SOx) scrubber technology onboard a Pure Car Carrier (PCC) being carried out by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K-Line), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha, Ltd, (MKK), and Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU). This new joint research project is being implemented as part of K-Line’s new Drive Green


Joint Project Studies Condition-based Engine Monitoring

Image: MAN

Classification society ClassNK announced that it will participate in a joint project together with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and MES Technoservice Co., Ltd. ClassNK will support research into the development of condition-based engine monitoring systems for the Mitsui MAN B&W engine. The developed systems will assist in the early detection of abnormalities in electronically-controlled diesel engines in ships.


Australian Research on Human Aspects of Maritime Safety

A world leading collaborative research project between the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), the University of Queensland and the University of Western Australia will investigate the safety culture of shipping operations over a three-year period. AMSA, and UQ have obtained a linkage grant through the Australian Research Council (ARC) to examine the predictors and outcomes of safety culture in the Australian maritime industry.


University of Kiel Acquires CORMAC Winch

The CORMAC Winch will be used to deploy equipment from multiple GEOMAR vessels, including the GEOMAR R/V Alkor (Photo: GEOMAR)

The MacArtney Group announced the delivery of a CORMAC 4 Stainless Steel Winch system to the Institute of Geosciences at the Christian Albrechts University of Kiel. The winch system, which was acquired through German MacArtney Group member, MBT GmbH, will be put to use aboard various research vessels, hereunder the R/V Alkor, which is operated by the GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel. Housed within a self-contained and compact stainless steel structure


Update on Hiab's iLoad Project

iLoad official logo Image Hiab

Hiab, part of Cargotec, reports on the results of the iLoad project, which received EUR1.4 million funding from the EU's Industrial and Academy Partnerships. The two main outcomes of the project are Model Based Design and light weight design.   In 2013, Hiab started a research cooperation project iLoad together with two Polish university partners: West Pomeranian University of Technology and the Silesian University of Technology


MoU Centered on Australian Future Submarines

Photo: DCNS

Flinders University and four of France’s leading Graduate Schools of Engineering have entered into an academic and research cooperation agreement relating to Australia’s Future Submarine Program. The agreement between Flinders and a consortium comprised of ENSTA ParisTech, École Centrale de Nantes, CentraleSupélec and École Polytechnique will be signed at a ceremony to be witnessed by South Australia’s Minister for Higher Education and Skills


Smiths Detection: Next-Gen Container Scanning Tech

Image: Smiths Detection

Innovative new ontainer scanning technology is being developed for the CORE (Consistently Optimized REsilient Secure Global Supply-Chains) European Research Project by Smiths Detection, a leader in detecting weapons, biohazards, radioactive material, narcotics and contraband.  


MSC Adopts Amendments to SOLAS2020

IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), 98th session. Photo: DNV GL

 International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Marine Safety Committee (MSC) adopted amendments to SOLAS2020 that raise the damage stability requirements for passenger vessels in the event of flooding caused by a collision.   


Qatargas to Supply LNG to Shell

Photo: Qatargas Operating Company Limited

 Qatargas and Shell have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will lead to the two companies jointly researching liquefied natural gas (LNG) logistics.  Through this joint logistics research collaboration, Qatargas and Shell aim to develop new ways to optimize supply chains


Europe to Build Ships of the Future

Photo: University of Limerick, Ireland.

 A new European research project seeks to revolutionize the shipbuilding sector by replacing steel with composite materials for the construction of more efficient large length ships.   FIBRESHIP is an ambitious project that will allow for the construction of light commercial vessels


Ohmsett: Advancing Spill Response Every Day

Photo: Ohmsett

The National Oil Spill Response Research and Renewable Energy Test Facility has been an integral part of the spill response community for more than three and a half decades.   Tucked away on the shores of the Sandy Hook Bay in central New Jersey resides Ohmsett – The National Oil


LR Joins Collision Avoidance Research for Autonomous Ships

Project Maxcmas

LR is participating in the MAXCMAS project, a £1.27million collaborative research project that aims to investigate, develop and implement real-time collision avoidance algorithms for autonomous maritime vessels. The MAXCMAS (Machine executable collision regulations for Marine Autonomous


UNCTAD: Seaborne Shipments Reach Record

Photo: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

 Seaborne shipments passed 10 billion tons for the first time ever in 2015, up 2.1 per cent from 9.8 billion tons the year before, the UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2016 says, noting that this is the slowest pace of growth in the industry since 2009 and that future growth looks uncertain


Virginia Institute of Marine Science Orders Research Vessel

Image: JMS Naval Architects

Virginia Institute of Marine Science of Gloucester Point, Va. awarded a contract to Meridien Maritime Reparation of Matane, Quebec to construct a 93-foot research vessel. JMS Naval Architects of Mystic, Conn. designed the research vessel to replace VIMS’s current vessel, the R/V Bay Eagle.


SENER to Present LNG Bunkering Vessel Design

Photo: SENER

The SENER engineering and technology group will be at the LNG BunkeringSummit 2017 to present its revolutionary design for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessel. The conference is taking place in Amsterdam (Netherlands), and will run from January 29 to February 1.


MOL, Partners to Study LNG-Fueled Bulker

MOL Executive Officer Toshiaki Tanaka, second from the left, at the signing ceremony. Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd

 Japenese shipping major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has entered into an agreement with five parties to launch a joint study of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled Capesize bulker.   MOL has announced that it has reached an agreement to launch a joint study of a LNG-fueled Capesize


Record Number of OSVs to Be Delivered in 2017

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Vessel oversupply will continue to plague the offshore industry this year as a record total of 465 offshore support vessels (OSV) are expected to be delivered in 2017, according to VesselsValue.   Beginning with the drop in oil prices and then lower demand for offshore research projects


Stream Marine Training Building New HQ

Martin White (Photo: SMT)

U.K. safety training company Stream Marine Training (SMT) has broken ground on a major project to refurbish its newly purchased 20,000 sq ft headquarters at Glasgow Airport.   SMT was founded in 2014 by Martin White at smaller premises at Glasgow Airport


Scottish-led Group Wins Maritime Safety Award

MV Isle of Mull leaving Oban Bay (Photo: CalMac)

The Project SEAHORSE consortium, led by the University of Strathclyde, brought together experts from across the maritime world to research and implement safety considerations pioneered by the aviation industry – the first project of its kind in the world.  


Statoil's Digitalization Drive

Eldar Sætre, Statoil’s chief executive officer. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland)

Statoil is establishing a digital center of excellence and launching a roadmap with seven specific programs for digitalization in the company towards 2020.    Towards 2020 Statoil expects to invest $120 to $240 million in new digital technologies, accelerating the digital roadmap work


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%.   






 
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