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Monday, December 11, 2017

Autoclave Technology News

eXtreme Carbon Fiber RIB

Photo: Sander van der Borch

eXtreme RIBs introduced the eXtreme 30, entirely constructed of prepreg carbon fiber using state of the art Formula 1 autoclave technology. The hull is manufactured from 4 millimeter solid carbon fiber, in strength the equivalent of 6 millimeters of steel, but at only a fraction of the weight. The hull and other components of the eXtreme RIB are constructed out of prepreg carbon using autoclave technology for the best carbon-epoxy ratio. The prepreg carbon fiber construction pushes the water away from the hull, lifting the boat out of the water.

IMO Rolls Out Global Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre Network

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

A global network of centres of excellence in marine technology was officially launched on Monday (4 December) at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The Directors of five regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres (MTCCs) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the global maritime technology centre network. The network of MTCCS - in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific - is the mainstay of the GMN maritime technology project, run by IMO and funded by the European Union.

Autonomous Shipping Test Site Opens in Norway

The ODIN USV and a working scale model of the YARA Birkeland all-electric, autonomous container vessel were on the water for yesterday’s opening event (Photo: Kongsberg)

Norway’s newest autonomous shipping test site is now officially open and ready to support the development of high-tech autonomous maritime solutions. Building on Norway’s leading position within the burgeoning autonomous shipping segment, the new test-bed in Horten is designed to offer Norwegian and international organizations a convenient, safe, non-congested space to trial new technology and vessels as the third of its kind in the country and the fourth such approved area in the world.

Eco Marine Power to Use Artificial Intelligence

Photo: Eco Marine Power

To further enhance its research capabilities Eco Marine Power announced today that it will begin using the Neural Network Console provided by Sony Network Communications Inc., as part of a strategy to incorporate Artificial Intelligence (AI) into various ongoing ship related technology projects including the further development of the patented Aquarius MRE (Marine Renewable Energy) and EnergySail. The Neural Network Console is an integrated development environment using deep learning for AI creation and has been used in deep learning applied technology development within Sony since 2015.

Denmark Calls for Regulation for Autonomous Ships

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

​Maritime regulation should be made more flexible if it is to support the development of autonomous ships. A new report published by The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) identifies where changes in maritime regulation are needed. The report will be used as a platform for the future effort of The Danish Maritime Authority to develop regulation and make it digitalisation-ready. The Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Brian Mikkelsen, said: ”It is important that Denmark and Danish companies are at the forefront of technology and digitalisation.

Five Trends in Onboard Cruise Ship Technology

Cruise ships are becoming increasingly high-tech as cruise lines look to improve the onboard experience (©Darryl Brooks / Adobe Stock)

Cruise lines are increasingly using technology to attract and entertain passengers. Whether it’s media content to help travelers wind down at the end of the day or smart tech meant to improve the overall cruise experience, cruise ships are becoming more high-tech. Being out on the ocean creates some challenges to accessing technology, which has put cruise ships behind land-based attractions in terms of digital attractions. Recently, however, cruise lines have dedicated more resources to increasing the connectedness of their vessels.

ABS Strengthens Digital and Strategic Leadership

Photo: ABS

ABS announced three senior management appointments as part of the organization’s digital class strategy. “As our markets are increasingly shaped by digital technology, ABS is setting the pace in digital innovation,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. “As part of our digital class journey, our entire organization is focused on digital developments and opportunities. Howard Fireman, previously the organization’s chief technology officer, will take on…

Hai Cheung to Build SeaCure BWMS in China

From left: Ian Stentiford, Senior Vice President, Evoqua Electrocatalyitc; Charlie Wang, General Manager, Hai Cheung China; Randolph Zhang, President Infinitus Holding (Photo: Evoqua)

Evoqua Water Technologies has initiated the second phase of its partnership with Chinese marine equipment supplier Hai Cheung Trading Co. Ltd. Marking another development to the partnership agreement between Evoqua Water Technologies and Chinese marine equipment supplier Hai Cheung Trading Co. Ltd. signed in February, and which initially covered the sale and supply of Evoqua’s SeaCURE System into the Chinese market, Hong-Kong based Hai Cheung will now manufacture and distribute the ballast water management solution under license in China.

Private Sector Partners in Pursuit of Low Carbon Shipping

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The ground-breaking Global Industry Alliance (GIA) – a partnership of key maritime stakeholders pursuing low carbon shipping – has met at International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters, London (7 December). The GIA is made up of leading shipowners and operators, classification societies, engine and technology builders and suppliers, big data providers, port and oil companies – tasked with identifying and developing innovative ways to encourage use of energy-efficiency technologies and operations.

DNV GL presents GTT and TECHNOLOG with GASA

DNV GL presented GTT and TECHNOLOG with a GASA statement for the retrofit of very large container vessels (VLCVs) with exoskeleton membrane LNG tanks. From left to right: Helmut Radebold, TECHNOLOG, Geoffroy Beutter, GTT, Henning Pewe, DNV GL - Maritime, Gerd-Michael Würsig, DNV GL – Maritime, Hans-Jürgen Voigt, TECHNOLOG. Photo: DNV GL

The classification society DNV GL presented GTT, together with its partner TECHNOLOG, a General Approval for Ship Application (GASA) statement for the retrofit of very large container vessels (VLCVs) with exoskeleton membrane LNG tanks. LNG membrane tanks will generally offer more efficient space utilisation for cargo storage and as fuel tanks. The exoskeleton concept offered by GTT, and developed in partnership with TECHNOLOG, consists of a structure that can be prebuilt on the dock and then installed as a complete unit in the hull of the vessel.

Ports Seeking Tech to Cut Vessels' Emissions at Berth

(Photo: Port of Long Beach)

Having already invested nearly $400 million in dockside power hookups and other infrastructure to facilitate shore power in order to curtail at-berth air pollution from containerships, the Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles are now soliciting proposals for new technology to reduce emissions for non-container vessels, such as tankers, vehicle carriers, bulk and general cargo ships. The request for proposals by the ports under the Technology Advancement Program offers $1 million ($500…

DNV GL Launches D-Class

Photo: DNV GL

DNV GL has launched a “D-Class” (Data Smart Classification) joint development project to develop an innovative Dynamic positioning (DP) verification approach. In a series of workshops DNV GL is seeking input from the industry regarding the goals, methods, means and deliverables of the project. Downtime, delays, and interruption of operations are common consequences of dynamic positioning verification schemes. DNV GL wants to change this by incorporating modern technology. Digitization is radically changing the way the shipping and offshore industries operate…

LR Presents CES Descriptive Notes to China Smart Ship

Photo: Lloyd's Register

Great Intelligence, the first China smart ship, was presented with Lloyd's Register (LR) cyber-enabled ship (CES) descriptive notes. Great Intelligence was designed by Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute (SDARI) and built at Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard Co., Ltd (GWS), a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC). Along with LR, System Engineering research Institute (SERI) and China Class Society (CCS) were also involved in this project. Great Intelligence…

MAN Brings Latest Tech to Marintec

The MAN 45/60CR engine was unveiled in September 2017 at MAN Diesel & Turbo’s headquarters in Augsburg, Germany (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

MAN Diesel & Turbo has brought its new 45/60CR and ME-LGI engines, as well as its innovative HP-SCR emissions reduction technology to Marintec 2017, which is being held this week in Shanghai. MAN recently revealed its new flagship engine, the successor to its 48/60CR engine in the company’s 4x line of high-performance diesel engines. The MAN 45/60CR marine diesel engine will initially be available as 12V and 14V versions that boast power outputs, of 15,600 and 18,200 kW respectively, with inline versions following at a later stage.

Wreckage of USS Ward Found in the Philippines

Wheelhouse of the USS Ward (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

The U.S. Navy warship that famously fired the first American shot in World War II has been found resting on the seabed in Ormoc Bay near Ponson Island in the Philippines. The historic vessel USS Ward was discovered and documented by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen's expedition crew aboard Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel, who has now released video images just prior to the anniversary of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. At 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, December 7…

ABB’s First Azipod D Unit Begins Operation

(Photo: ABB)

An 8,000 kW rescue tug, the first vessel installed with ABB’s Azipod D electric propulsion system, has been delivered by Huangpu Wenchong Shipyard to customer Guangzhou Salvage Bureau, a division of the Chinese Ministry of Transport. Before delivery, the rescue tug was tested in sea trials where it exceeded design targets in bollard pull, fuel economy, maneuverability and low-load performance, ABB said. The vessel’s captain, Shaohua Liu, said, “We are really impressed with the vessel’s performance. Response time and maneuverability, both of which are critical in our operations, are excellent.

MITAGS Technology Center to Celebrate Grand Opening of Simulation Technology Center

The Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) will celebrate the grand opening of its marine simulation technology center on March 26. The event will include a reception, entertainment, and continuous tours of the various technology centers including the full-mission bridges, the towing simulators, the 14-station computer lab, the vessel traffic, the All-Weather Navigation, and the new crane simulator. This is one of the largest and most sophisticated class A full-mission simulators in the world and it has been upgraded and integrated into two towing, six part-tasks, and one vessel traffic simulators. All simulators are equipped Automatic Identification Systems (AIS)…

SSES Conducting Technology Demonstration on Potential Submarine Fuel Cell Technology

dynamics. propulsion. solid oxide fuel cell/oxygen generator concept for submarines. carbon dioxide to produce oxygen and methane. stores the excess oxygen. dioxide electrolysis to form methane. generating instantaneous direct current. generator and/or battery. demonstration before the Navy makes any procurement decisions. knowledge of technology for military applications," said Dr. of Department 98. to provide the best naval machinery to the Fleet.

Technology: Cool Technology

While debate continues on whether or not fuel cell-based power generation can be a viable proposition for the commercial marine market, its advocates in the engineering industry are making headway in giving practical form to the technology. The installation of a fuel cell power unit aboard a 12-m (approx. 40-ft) yacht, fully approved and safety-certificated by Germanischer Lloyd, has provided an important, albeit modestly-sized, new waterborne platform for the concept. Using Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM)-type fuel cell modules supplied by Ballard Power Systems of Canada, MTU Friedrichshafen has prepared a complete propulsion system which enables the craft, known as No. 1, to run at seven knots under fuel cell power alone.

Hempel Rolls Out New Cargo Hold Coating

Photo provided by Hempel

Hempel has launched Hempadur Ultra-Strength Fiber 47510, a new cargo hold coating said to deliver up to 40 percent reduction in cargo holds maintenance costs, according to the coatings manufacturer. Hempel said the new coating is specifically designed to withstand conditions experienced by cargo holds, hatch covers and hatch coamings of bulk carriers, offering superior corrosion protection and long major repair intervals for owners and operators, as well as application simplicity for shipyards and applicators.

Teekay Orders Additional Shuttle Tanker Duo

Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. has declared options with Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. for the construction of two Suezmax  DP2 shuttle tanker newbuilds for a total fully-built-up cost of approximately $265 million. Upon delivery in 2020, the vessels will join Teekay Offshore’s Contract of Affreightment (CoA) fleet in the North Sea. “This is another important milestone for Teekay Offshore’s shuttle tanker franchise since it further strengthens our position as the leading provider of CoA shuttle tanker services in the North Sea,” said Ingvild Sæther, President and CEO of Teekay Offshore Group Ltd. According to Teekay, the newbuilds will be constructed based on the Partnership’s new Shuttle Spirit design which incorporates technologies to increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions…

Inmarsat: The Future of IoT in Logistics

Image: Inmarsat

Unreliable communication networks may render logistics businesses unable to capture full value from the Internet of Things (IoT), says Inmarsat. Top three challenges to successful IoT deployments in transportation sector: IoT skills (54 per cent), integrating IoT with existing systems (43%) and connectivity (40%). The research by the global mobile satellite company for its ‘The Future of IoT in Enterprise – 2017’ report suggests that while 96 per cent of transportation and logistics organisations believe that the success of their IoT deployments is based on reliable ubiquitous connectivity…

Classification Steps Up to the Digital Challenge: DNV GL

DNV GL Press Conference at Marintec China 2017 (from L to R): Torgeir Sterri, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, Norbert Kray. Photo: DNV GL

The maritime world is in the middle of a period of rapid change, with increasing digitalization, new regulations and shifting markets. Classification societies can help to remove barriers, speed up the process, and assist stakeholders make the most of the new landscape, IACS Chairman Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen said at DNV GL’s press conference at Marintec China today. “One of the major contributions of class in current times of transformation is to bring familiar assurance processes to new and unfamiliar technologies…

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