Infoplaza and BMT ARGOSS Merge
Global weather services providers Infoplaza BV and BMT ARGOSS BV announced Thursday they will combine activities with immediate effect to build a stronger position in the Dutch weather market as well as the international offshore and marine industries.Joint operations will be headquartered at the Infoplaza offices in Houten. In the short term both companies will continue to operate under their own brands.In recent years BMT ARGOSS has established a significant share in the international offshore and marine industry, with a strong focus on producing high quality forecasts derived from knowledge and experience of high resolution modelling.
BMT ARGOSS Launches Ice Charting Capability
BMT Group subsidiary BMT ARGOSS has launched its ice charting capability which will supplement its weather forecasting offering to provide a more enhanced and cost effective service to customers looking to harsh environments. Jean-Paul Lindeboom, Director of Metocean Weather Forecasting at BMT ARGOSS, said, “This combined capability under one roof is unique to the market. As part of this new capability, a number of BMT’s key senior meteorologists have completed an intensive training program at the Danish Meteorological Institute.
BMT to Aid Nicaragua Canal Developers
BMT Group Ltd subsidiaries BMT Asia Pacific and BMT ARGOSS have been appointed by Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Group (HKND) to undertake a series of marine and port assessments for the Nicaragua Canal. BMT will assist the development and validation of the canal’s design and operations through a structured framework, the group announced today. “Our study will seek to articulate a solution that minimizes canal excavation while ensuring adequate canal capacity and safety,” commented Dr. Richard D Colwill, Managing Director at BMT Asia Pacific.
BMT Inks Contract with Witteveen+Bos
BMT ARGOSS, (BMT) a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has secured a new contract with Dutch-based engineering consultancy, Witteveen+Bos (W+B), to provide specialist knowledge for the new ‘stay overnight’ harbour near Giesbeek, along the IJssel branch of the river Rhine. The new harbour is part of Rijkswaterstaat’s (the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment) aim to develop a number of similar resting facilities for inland vessel crews on the river Rhine, the most important inland waterway in Western Europe.
Simulating Marine Collisions for a Safer Future
Collisions at sea have always been a major risk for seafarers and while the exact numbers of incidents that take place across the globe each year are hard to quantify, the number is significant. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) reports on average six collisions between merchant vessels in British waters every year and for every collision reported to the appropriate authorities there will be many more near-misses that go unreported. Paul Morter, Business Line Manager…
BMT’s Simulation Tool Supports the Three Queens’ Visit to the Mersey
BMT ARGOSS, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has assisted Liverpool Pilots in its planning for the visit of Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 to Liverpool in May 2015. Liverpool Pilots have used BMT’s ‘REMBRANDT’, real and fast time simulation and training tool to undertake detailed planning of how the three vessels will manoeuvre in close proximity in the River Mersey, at the narrowest point close to the Cunard Building downtown. Cunard's Three Queens will visit the Mersey as part of the celebrations to mark the 175th anniversary of the famous cruise line.
BMT’s REMBRANDT-INLAND Simulation Tool
When a new or expanded port is planned on an inland waterway, how do you assure the civil marine engineers and ship operators of feasibility and operability while at the same time allaying the fears of local residents that their quality of life and local environment will not be significantly spoiled? “Simple,” says Paul Morter, Business Manager for BMT ARGOSS’s brown water version of their tried and tested ship simulator REMBRANDT. “You take the ships and the port to them. This is exactly what we did towards the end of 2014.
New Simulator Improves Inland Waterway Training
BMT ARGOSS a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd., has developed a specialized version of its REMBRANDT simulation and training tool for use in scenarios involving inland waterways. Developed to support control systems and navigation charts used by vessels working on inland waterways, BMT describes REMBRANDT-INLAND as an accurate, capable and flexible alternative to Full Mission Bridge (FMB) marine simulators, delivering equivalent functionality at a lower price point. REMBRANDT allows the user to load any port…
New Simulation Tool for Collision Reconstruction
BMT ARGOSS and BMT Surveys, subsidiaries of BMT Group Ltd, the international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, announced an innovative new service as part of its marine casualty investigation portfolio. Utilizing REMBRANDT, the simulation tool developed by BMT ARGOSS, the newly formed Collision Reconstruction and Simulation Team will be able to accurately reconstruct specific incidents involving collisions to identify the root cause and any lessons that can be learned.
BMT ARGOSS Awarded OHSAS 18001
BMT ARGOSS, an operating company of BMT Group Ltd. has been awarded the universally recognized standard for occupational health and safety, BS OHSAS 18001. BMT ARGOSS, supported by BMT’s Manager, Operational Risk - Jayne Matthews, implemented a fully integrated management system in offices located in the U.K. and the Netherlands to complement the system established in the Kazakhstan office. This will allow the organisation to effectively identify, control and reduce the risks associated with health and safety in the workplace.
BMT and Charta Software Form Partnership
BMT ARGOSS (BMT) and Charta Software have announced a partnership to develop a multifunctional software package named METRIS, (Modelsysteem voor Evaluatie Tijpoortregeling en RIsico’S bodemberoering), meaning ‘Model system to evaluate tidal admission policy and risk of seabed touchdown’, for the Dutch Directorate-General. The partnership aims to meet clientele needs by combining BMT’s experience in heading analysis, vessel response behavior, weather forecasting and shallow water metocean conditions, with Charta’s ability to deliver high quality software.
BMT Delivers Metocean Support for Tullow Oil
BMT ARGOSS (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, has announced the award of a number of metocean assessments for Tullow Oil Plc., including comprehensive overviews of meteorological and oceanographic conditions in West Africa and South America, to help support the company’s offshore oil and gas exploration and operating activities. Colleen Abell, Senior Environmental Remote Sensing & GIS Specialist at Tullow Oil Plc commented, “Tullow have been engaging with BMT ARGOSS with regards to their metocean and regional reporting capabilities.
BMT Supports Port of Liverpool’s New Container Terminal Project
BMT has completed a series of studies for the Port of Liverpool’s new Seaforth Liverpool 2 (L2) Container Terminal Construction, which promises to bring 5,000 new jobs to the area. The new facility will provide capability for a further half a million containers, taking its total annual capacity to approximately two million TEUs. BMT subsidiary companies, BMT ARGOSS and BMT Isis were commissioned by Peel Ports to carry out a number of specialist studies to identify and assess the associated impacts of introducing larger vessels of up to 13,500 TEU to the proposed L2 development.
New Directors Appointed at BMT
To facilitate further growth and to support the Managing Director, BMT ARGOSS (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has announced the appointment of two new Directors. Shane Amaratunga whose career with BMT dates back to 2000 will assume the role of Director of Internal Affairs, while Wilfred Aaldriks will take the position of Director of External Affairs. Focusing on internal strategies, Shane’s main responsibility will be to ensure the effective execution of overall conformance activities within each of the company’s business lines in order to achieve excellence in areas such as technical…
BMT Wins Caspian Sea Forecasting Contract
BMT ARGOSS (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has secured a long-term contract to provide an oil major with weather forecasting services for all its North Caspian Sea operations, both offshore and onshore. The scope of BMT’s work includes provision of all forecasting services including Metocean and aviation as well as all operational support, including maintenance of meteorological equipment on all of the installations. BMT’s working relationship with this oil major extends back to 2009, providing elements of the forecasting services package.
Forensics of the Sea
The sheer magnitude of insurance claims year on year within the shipping industry is striking. The complexities that now come with these claims is placing increasing pressure on surveyors to employ ever more sophisticated techniques in their quest to determine the reasons behind an incident and ascertain where the liability falls. Jeroen De Haas, Managing Director of BMT De Beer, and Han Wensink, Managing Director of BMT ARGOSS, subsidiaries of BMT Group, explain the complexities behind marine investigations.
Hull Coatings Standard Called For by Manufacturer
International Paint, BMT ARGOSS, & NAPA urge IMO committee to develop measurement standards for paint energy-saving & eco claims. International Paint, part of AkzoNobel, the global paints and coatings company, alongside BMT ARGOSS, and NAPA, call on the International Maritime Organization's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) to work with independent vessel performance monitoring organisations to develop a standard methodology to determine the energy saving and eco-efficiency impact of clean technologies fitted to new and existing vessels. The move comes amid contention from key industry figures questioning the measurement and validation of fuel saving and efficiency claims made by technology companies.
Java Sea Weather Forecasting Contract for BMT Argoss
BMT Argoss’s expertise will be used to ensure the safe transfer of crews to and from offshore platforms and to optimise operability and minimise risks due to unexpected and unfavourable we ather conditions during drilling operations. The contract is for two years, with an option to extend for an additional two years. The Java Sea is one of the waters of the East Indian Archipelago, bounded by the island of Borneo to the North, Sulawesi to the West, Java to the South and Sumatra to the East.
PC Rembrandt Simulator Gains DNV Accreditation
Class S- Standard for Certification of Maritime Simulators No. 2.14 ensures that the simulations provided by the simulator include an appropriate level of physical and behavioural realism in accordance with recognised training and assessment objectives. As part of the accreditation process, DNV carried out a rigorous audit of the software to ensure consistent outputs for a wide range of vessel manoeuvring studies and PC REMBRANDT passed these audits. Operating directly from S57 ENC chart data…
BMT ARGOSS Secures DNV Accreditation for PC REMBRANDT
BMT ARGOSS has announced that its marine manoeuvring simulator, PC REMBRANDT has been granted DNV accreditation in accordance with Class S- Standard for Certification of Maritime Simulators No. 2.14 January 2011. The purpose of the standard is to ensure that the simulations provided by the simulator include an appropriate level of physical and behavioural realism in accordance with recognised training and assessment objectives. As part of the accreditation process, DNV carried…
BMT ARGOSS Increases PC REMBRANDT V5 Distribution
BMT ARGOSS, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has announced that pilot organisations around the world including Peel Ports Medway in the UK and Kiel Canal Pilots in Germany, are investing in the latest version of its marine manoeuvring simulator, PC REMBRANDT V5, to further enhance port navigation risk assessment and familiarisation training capabilities. In order to provide greater accuracy to the simulation experience, BMT ARGOSS has enhanced the tidal current and wind settings to accommodate the unique features of a given port which can affect current flow and wind speed.
Port Ops and Vessel Efficiency
According to the United Nations, the world’s population which currently stands at just over 6.7 billion could reach over nine billion by 2050. This staggering figure will no doubt create a surge in consumerism and a subsequent increase in demand for much larger ships, in order to be sufficiently equipped to support the global trade economy. Furthermore, the need for bigger vessels is being driven by the shipping companies’ desire to reduce costs, in order to weather the economic storm which still remains a worrying challenge.
BMT Providing Tow Simulation Services for Chevron
Hereema Marine Contractors Nederland B.V Inc. (“HMC”) has awarded a contract to BMT Fluid Mechanics in partnership with BMT ARGOSS, to provide Tow Simulation Services for the inshore tow of Chevron-operated Jack St. Malo and Big Foot Production Platforms to be installed in the Gulf of Mexico. BMT will be engineering, procuring, installing and commissioning a purpose built simulation facility to be located in Houston, Texas, for the purpose of training tug captains and other marine personnel involved with the inshore towing of the platforms from the Ingleside integration yards. The inshore tows are particularly challenging because of the extremely small hull clearances within the shipping channels leading from the yards out to the gulf.