ABS Awarded Military Sea Lift Command Contract
Classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) is being awarded a contract with a cumulative value of US$ 25,000,000 by the Department of Defence's Military Sealift Command for vessel classification services. The Department of Defense, Navy, contract states that American Bureau of Shipping, Houston, Texas, is being awarded an $8,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with firm-fixed-price task orders to provide vessel classification services in accordance with statute 46 U.S.C. 3316. This contract includes two 12-month options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $25,000,000. Work will be performed worldwide, and is expected to be completed Sept. 30, 2014.
MTU Series 4000 Engines ABS NVR Certified
As the first engines in its power class the MTU Series 4000 was recently awarded Naval Vessel Rules (NVR) certification by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The new ABS NVR certification, a requirement for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Fast Response Cutter (FRC) program, was awarded after 1,500 hours of testing of the 20V 4000 M73 that included extensive run times at 110% of the engine’s rated power in a variety of extreme environmental conditions. Extensive validation testing was also completed in commercial marine and military applications…
Werner Named Academic Dean of Webb Institute
Webb Institute announced that Matthew R. Werner has been named Webb Institute’s next Academic Dean. Professor Werner, the American Bureau of Shipping Chair of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, will begin his term on July 1, 2015. Professor Werner is an accomplished educator with extensive leadership and administrative experience. Professor Werner began his career in the ship design, construction, and operations fields and joined the Webb faculty in 2002. In 2010, he was designated Webb’s first American Bureau of Shipping Chair in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.
ABS approval for MTU Series 8000 Marine Engines
Leading engine supplier for U.S. Coast Guard awarded Stringent certification by American Bureau of Shipping. The MTU Series 8000 was recently awarded Naval Vessel Rules (NVR) certification by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The new ABS NVR certification, a requirement for the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) programs, was awarded to Tognum subsidiary MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH after 1,500 hours of testing of the 20V 8000 that included extensive run times at 110% of the engine’s rated power in a variety of extreme environmental conditions.
UK-Detained Ships: October 2013
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced that nine foreign flagged ships were under detention in U.K. ports during October 2013 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. Latest monthly figures show that there were six new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in U.K. ports and three vessels remained under detention from previous months. Only six vessels remain under detention at the end of this month.
Thrane & Thrane SSAS Certified
Thrane & Thrane said that the company’s mini-C solution for Ship Security Alert System (SSAS), the TT-3000SSA Capsat® Ship Security Alert, has received five new type approvals by the following classification societies: American Bureau of Shipping (ABS); Chinese Classification Society (CCS); Germanischer Lloyds (GL); Government of India Ministry of Shipping; and Polski Rejestr Statkow (PRS). Thrane & Thrane has earlier received type approvals by Lloyd’s Register EMEA as well as Inmarsat.
MARAD, ABS Sign MOA for NDRF Class and Survey
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced it has signed a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), establishing policies and procedures for the survey and classification of MARAD’s National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF). The MOA establishes a charter that improves the timelines, efficiency and cost effectiveness for surveys and updates terminology, references and regulations. The NDRF includes the Ready Reserve Force…
EnerSea Transport’s VOTRANS Achieves ABS Class Approval
EnerSea Transport’s VOTRANS gas carrier has achieved Class Approval in Principle from ABS (American Bureau of Shipping). With this achievement, EnerSea will be able to commence a commercial deployment of its VOTRANS gas transport services. EnerSea and its partners recently concluded a comprehensive engineering program that started in June 2002 and culminated with the AIP award for its V800 class vessel design.
Innova Receives Type Approval From ABS
Innova Electronics received Type Approval from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). ABS Type Approval certifies that the product has been designed, constructed and is maintained in accordance with the rules and standards of the classification body. To obtain certification, Innova met ABS requirements in drawing assessment, prototype testing, assessment of the product manufacturing quality control and quality assurance arrangements, and routine surveillance of the manufacturing process.
OMI Corporation Elects Shapiro as A Director
OMI Corporation has named Philip J. Shapiro, president and CEO of Liberty Maritime Corp. as a director. Shapiro, whose position is with the largest privately held independent operator of U.S. flag dry bulk vessels, is also a director of the Steamship Mutual Protection and Indemnity Club and an elected member of the American Bureau of Shipping.
Marine Design Center to Acquire Barge
The Marine Design Center (MDC) of the USACE intends to obtain an inland river style specialty barge to serve on the USACE Louisville District (CELRL) in support of its mission. Measuring 70 ft. with a 35 ft. beam, the vessel will be used to wash mud and debris from lock walls, miter gates and floating approach walls at the Olmstead Lock & Dam. The vessel will be designed, built and classed to American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) rules for Steel Vessels on Rivers and Intracoastal Waterways.
Vice Admiral Card joins ABS
Vice Admiral James C. Card, recently retired Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has been appointed vice president - Technology at the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). Vice Admiral Card will report to Dr. Donald Liu, senior vice president, and will be based at the ABS Corporate World Headquarters in Houston. He will assume his new duties in early October. Vice Admiral Card holds Master's degrees in naval architecture and in mechanical engineering, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a 1986 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
ABS Funds New Maritime Engineering Laboratory
Class Society, ABS donates US$ 3-million to Stevens Institute of Technology to create a newlaboratory complex in the Davidson Laboratory. The donation will be used to create a new civil, mechanical and naval engineering laboratory complex in the Davidson Laboratory which will bear the Bureau's name. Stevens will construct a 25,000-square-foot facility above the historic Davidson Laboratory, including new laboratories critical to the Stevens strategic plan. The complex will meet the research and instructional needs of approximately 800 Stevens students annually working in such areas as robotics, underwater systems, land- and water-based vehicles and ocean and weather sensors.
Panama Canal is ISPS Ready
Security at the Panama Canal was enhanced recently as it implemented requirements of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and received fulfillment certification from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Consulting (an affiliate of the American Bureau of Shipping). The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) voluntarily sought certification and chose to comply with the Code, which is mandatory for ship and port facilities by July 1, 2004. The Panama Canal is among the first of the largest maritime organizations in the continent to receive ISPS certification. The enhanced security will improve upon the way the Canal works with ships and port facilities to detect and deter security threats within a standardized and consistent framework…
Argonaut Laptop Receives ABS and IMO Certification
Argonaut Computer announced the first marine laptop computer certified by the American Bureau of Shipping and compliant with International Marine Organization standards. The new Ranger model1500T/TXL is a rugged, sunlight readable, high performance PentiumM laptop computer certified for use aboard naval and commercial vessels worldwide. The Ranger has been designed for durability, compatibility and safety for marine, military and industrial environments. On January 24, the Argonaut Ranger 1500T/TXL received the Product Design Assessment (PDA) certification from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). A series of tests were employed for the PDA…
Braemar Sub-Licenses FSP Containment System
Braemar LNG BV, the wholly owned subsidiary of Braemar Shipping Services PLC, has issued a sub-license to FSP LNG BV for the design and construction of a new Flat-panel, Semi-membrane, Prismatic-shaped (FSP) containment system, under the terms of the license it holds with General Dynamics NASSCO to utilize its patents in the design and construction of FSP LNG containment systems. FSP technology has been developed for marine LNG transport and can also be used in a range of applications, including Floating Liquefaction (FLNG), Floating Storage Units (FSU), Floating Storage Regasification Units (FSRU) and LNG marine fuel tanks. The FSP system - a new Type B, LNG containment system - uses flat plate technology to overcome the issues associated with partial filling and sloshing.
Great Lakes Fleet Achieves Quality, Safety Certifications
USS Great Lakes Fleet, Inc. has been certified as meeting the stringent international ISO 9002 quality standards and ISM safety and environmental standards, making it one of only two American flag Vessel Companies on the Great Lakes to have achieved this mark. In addition, the M/V Edgar B. Speer became the first American flag bulk carrier on the Great Lakes to receive a Safety Management Certification from the American Bureau of Shipping signifying its compliance with rigorous ABS safety and quality standards. ISO 9002/ ISM certification culminated a 24 -month teamwork effort at the USS Great Lakes Fleet, which involved virtually all…
NASSCO Receives Certification for OHSAS
Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) Specification 18001. specification process that establishes requirements for a company's occupational health and safety management system. The American Bureau of Shipping's Quality Evaluations group conducted the certification process for NASSCO. The specification was developed to be compatible with ISO 9001 quality certification standards and ISO 14001 environmental management standards, to facilitate the integration of quality, environmental and occupational health and safety management systems at company facilities. Shipping for the company's implementation of the international standards on manufacturing and engineering quality.
Ocean Tugboat Fleet Expansion by Foss Maritime
Tug and barge operator, Foss Maritime, to build three Arctic Class deep-sea tugs at Northwest shipyard. Responding to new oil and gas industry opportunities, Foss Maritime Company will build the first three tugs in an innovative Arctic Class of tugs, a fleet expansion that broadens its capacity to take on large projects in extreme environments. Construction on the first tug starts in early 2013 at Foss’ Rainier, Oregon shipyard, work which will bring additional jobs to the growing Columbia River facility.
SUNY Maritime to Honor ABS’ Wiernicki
American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) chairman and CEO Chris Wiernicki will receive an honorary doctoral degree from SUNY Maritime College. Wiernicki, CEO of the classification society since 2007 and its chairman since 2011, will receive the degree and speak at SUNY Maritime’s spring commencement ceremony May 6. “Over the years, ABS has been a valued friend to the college in its support of our students and faculty,” said Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis, president of SUNY Maritime. ABS supports two endowed faculty positions…
Annual Towing Forum Returns to SUNY Maritime
For nearly 20 years, leaders of the tug and barge industry in the region have converged on SUNY Maritime College in the spring to discuss current issues and initiatives facing the industry. This year will be no different; the 18th annual Towing Industry Forum will include presentations about safety management systems, wind farms and their impact on marine traffic, and a federal study regarding route planning and access to East Coast ports, among other topics. The forum, organized by the college’s Department of Professional Education and Training, will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
MMK Boosts Steel Shipments to Shipbuilders
OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) supplied 78,000 metric tons of metal products to shipbuilders in 2014, which represents a 37.2% growth year-on-year. MMK supplies up to half of all metal products sold to the Russian shipbuilding industry. Key customers of MMK include companies that are part of such groups as United Shipbuilding Corporation, Oka Shipyard, and Red Barricades Shipbuilding Plant. MMK production of steel for the shipbuilding industry has been expanded following the commissioning of the thick plate Mill 5000 in 2009. The thick plate mill can produce steel used in production for the Russian naval fleet, tankers, modern ice-class vessels.
Hoyer Motors Gains ABS Approval of Motors
Hoyer Motors has received the first design approval from ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) of IE2 motors. More approvals are expected. Hoyer Motors has acquired the first approval of their IE2 marine motors. The design approval from ABS opens up for many new business areas and is an essential step forward for Hoyer Motors."The marine Industry is a key area for Hoyer Motors, and it is our belief that our marine customers can see the benefit of switching to more energy friendly IE2 motors.