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.
Lateral Naval Architects Launched
UK-based BMT Nigel Gee and Dutch- based superyacht builder Oceanco have signed a strategic partnership for the formation of a new naval architecture and engineering company—Lateral Naval Architects Ltd. Lateral will provide high quality naval architecture and engineering services to the industry as well as collaborating with the shipyard’s own engineering team and network of co-makers and subcontractors. All of BMT’s work in the large yacht market will be undertaken by Lateral and will build upon the company’s extensive knowledge base and capability in the large yacht market.
BMT Secures RoPax Ferry Design Contract
BMT Group subsidiary BMT Nigel Gee (BMT) said it has secured a new project to design an 85-meter steel-hulled catamaran RoPax ferry for Strategic Marine, a subsidiary of Triyards Holding Limited. The ferry is for Scottish ferry operator Pentland Ferries, and BMT will be responsible for concept through to production design, working closely with Strategic Marine. The vessel will replace Pentalina that has been operating on the route from the Scottish mainland to the Orkney Islands since 2008.
BMT Wins Design Contract for Four US Commuter Ferries
BMT Nigel Gee (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, has announced its latest contract in partnership with sister company BMT Designers & Planners, for four 26.3m catamaran passenger ferries, destined for operation with Potomac Riverboat Company. BMT has worked extensively with Potomac Riverboat Company to develop the concept for the new vessel and continues to support the project with production engineering to the selected builder. BMT Nigel Gee’s experience and proven designs in the fast, low wash ferry sector was a key factor in selection.
Oldendorff Driving Digital Transformation
Oldendorff Carriers and BMT SMART, a subsidiary of BMT Group, announce a new agreement which has led to the roll out of fleet performance management technology onboard Oldendorff vessels. Based on BMT’s on board data collection system and bespoke shore based management solution SMARTFLEET, this collaboration is centered upon driving down the carbon footprint of each vessel and improving the overall efficiency of the fleet. Christopher Fee, Projects Manager at Oldendorff Carriers, commented, “Oldendorff recognized the potential benefits of implementing fleet and vessel performance monitoring.
Kenny to Take the BMT Helm
When BMT Group Ltd (BMT) current CEO Peter French retires in September, he will be succeeded by Sarah Kenny, who joins BMT on August 1. “Sarah is well qualified to take on this role," said BMT’s Chairman, Sir John Hood. "She is ambitious for BMT and her extensive background in the marine and defence industries means she is ideally positioned to ensure that BMT’s research and development roots are cultivated and innovation nurtured. Kenny comes from QinetiQ where most recently she established and led the Maritime, Land & Weapons business as Managing Director, reporting to the Group CEO.
Fleet Performance Management is No Quick Win
Fleet Performance Management (FPM) can drive efficiency improvements of up to 38 percent, but many ship owners and operators are finding that FPM is costing, rather than saving them money. The expectation that once you plug and play an FPM system the savings will be immediate, has set a precedent that in real terms, is simply unachievable. Peter Mantel, Managing Director of BMT SMART, a subsidiary of BMT Group, argues that FPM is a marathon, not a sprint and long-term collaboration is required to ensure a return on their investment.
BMT Launches New Fleet Performance Management Solution
BMT SMART (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, has launched SMARTNOON, a new solution that can deliver higher resolution vessel performance data based on noon reports. Taking a vessel’s noon report as a starting point, SMARTNOON adds metocean data, AIS information and BMT SMART’s unique analytics to provide ship owners and operators with valuable insights, without the need for on-board installations and additional sensors, or disruptive changes to established operating behaviours.
BMT Secures New Orleans Passenger Ferry Contract
BMT Group subsidiary BMT Nigel Gee has secured a new contract with sister company BMT Designers & Planners and Louisiana based shipyard Metal Shark for two 32m high speed/low wake wash, 149-passenger aluminum catamaran ferries for the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA). BMT Nigel Gee will be responsible for concept through to production design with BMT Designer & Planners providing local U.S. presence and design engineering support. John Bonafoux, BMT Nigel Gee’s Managing Director…
BMT to Support for UK MOD’s Common Workboats
BMT Group subsidiaries BMT Asset Performance Ltd and BMT Defense Services Ltd will work with Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) and its team of suppliers, who announced that it has been awarded a contract valued at £48 million for the supply and support of Common Workboats for the U.K.’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) over a six-year period. Ranging in size from 11 to 18 meters, the multi-role SEA Class vessels share common components and will be modular in design. This unique approach enables rapid reconfiguration for a range of specialized operational roles…
EU Project Aims to Improve Arctic Shipping Safety
A three-year, €6.5 million ($7.7 million) research project has been launched to address safety and efficiency in Arctic ship operations. Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 program, SEDNA sets out to develop a risk-based approach to Arctic navigation, ship design and maritime operations. Recent years have seen a rapid increase in shipping operations in Arctic regions, as ice cover has reduced due to global warming. While this offers the potential to save significantly on voyage times…
BMT Launches Naval Innovation in London
BMT Group Ltd. (BMT) is set to launch a number of innovative warship designs at DSEI event in London. BMT reports that its platform designs have enjoyed a number of successes this year, most notably seeing the HMS Queen Elizabeth carrier (QEC) head out of the Firth of Forth and undergo her maiden sea trials, as well as welcoming RFA Tidespring, the first MARS tanker to the U.K. BMT’s VENATOR-110 which combines lean, manned and adaptable capability with the affordable procurement cost and dimensions of a Light Frigate will also feature on the stand.
Haycock to Lead Business Development at BMT
BMT Group subsidiary BMT Asset Performance has appointed Paul Haycock as Business Development Lead for Surface Systems. Haycock joins BMT after 35 years in the Royal Navy, serving on a variety of ships and in a diverse range of environments. A Warfare Officer and Lynx Helicopter Observer, Haycock’s sea time has ranged from Minesweepers on Fishery Protection duties to Frigates and Destroyers as a Bridge Watch Keeper, Ships Communications Officer, Flight Commander and Second in Command.
Verweij Hoebee Groep Extends Service Portfolio with Management Audits
Verweij Hoebee Groep, a subsidiary of BMT Group, expanded its service portfolio with the introduction of management audits of ship owners. This unique prevention concept goes beyond the standard condition surveys which are conducted on board ships and extends to the examination of both management and technical operations. Director Bruce Verweij explains: “The primary goal is to limit the risk of damage to ships or ships that are under repair. Rob Voskamp, Surveyor at Verweij Hoebee Groep adds: “We not only observe operations on board the ship and provide recommendations…
BMT to Lead Repower for Historic USCG Eagle
BMT Designers & Planners, a subsidiary of BMT Group, an international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, is leading the effort to repower the historic U.S. Coast Guard training barque, EAGLE. The $1.5M (approx.) project involves engineering, design, supply and logistics support to install a new MTU 8V4000 engine, ZF gearbox, propeller, automation system and other related components. While the vessel is frequently operated under sail by U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadets…
Friend of the Sea Turns to BMT for Reefer Vessels Certification
BMT Surveys (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, the international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has been engaged by Friend of the Sea to investigate whether specialized reefer vessels comply with the broad set of requirements to qualify for certification. A nonprofit and nongovernmental organization (NGO), the primary goal of Friend of the Sea is protection and conservation of a sound, sustainable and eco-friendly marine habitat in the oceans of the world. To help deliver its mission, the NGO introduced a certification project, the Friend of the Sea eco-label, for companies that demonstrably operate sustainably and eco-friendly in the worldwide fishing sector including cargo vessels.
BMT Upgrades Its REMBRANDT Simulator
BMT Ship & Coastal Dynamics, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has announced new enhancements to its marine navigation and maneuvering simulator, REMBRANDT, used globally by pilot organizations, shipping companies, naval architects, civil marine engineers and port authorities. Separate controls for setting wind, wave and swell wave parameters have been introduced. By allowing independent control of these features, more realistic scenarios can be examined – a feature of particular relevance for offshore simulations, as well as certain critical port approach maneuvers, BMT noted.
BMT Bags Contracts from Samsung Heavy Industries
BMT Group’s fleet and vessel performance management company BMT SMART said it has secured a contract with shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to supply vessel performance monitoring systems for four very large crude carriers (VLCC) being built for a Greek ship owner. This latest contract comes on the back of current orders already received from SHI for seven vessels (Suezmax and Aframax tankers) for Norwegian and Singapore owners, BMT said. BMT will provide SHI with its modular vessel performance monitoring solution…
BMT Awarded USCG Human Systems Integration Contract
BMT Group subsidiary BMT Designers & Planners Inc. said it has been awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to provide Human Systems Integration (HSI) engineering and technical support for the U.S Coast Guard. With a BPA funding ceiling of $9.1 million over a five-year term including options, BMT has been approved to provide HSI services in five key areas including: Human Factors Engineering (HFE); Manpower; Personnel; Performance Support and Training (PS&T); System Safety (including Occupational Health); and Habitability and Personnel Survivability. David Bardash, Engineering Business Unit Lead at BMT Designers & Planners commented, “We’re delighted to be continuing our human systems work with the Coast Guard under this new contract.
BMT, Maersk Partner for Online Vessel Inspection
BMT Group subsidiary BMT Surveys has partnered with Maersk to develop an online Marine Application for survey, Trend Evaluation and reporting (MATE) platform, which provides real-time data on the condition of vessels and changes in that condition over time. As part of Maersk’s inspection program, BMT carries out more than 100 vessel inspections a year providing a vessel scoring system on areas including: cargo care, pollution prevention, certification, navigational incidents and structural condition.
Volvo Penta Engines for Two New Elizabeth River Ferries
Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) has specified twin Volvo Penta 13-liter 400 hp diesel engines to power its two new Elizabeth River ferries – River Ferry IV and V – due to enter service later this year. The ferries provide daily, round-trip connections between the downtowns of Norfolk and Portsmouth in southeastern Virginia. The two aluminum 150-passenger pedestrian ferries were designed by BMT Group and are under construction at Armstrong Marine’s shipyard in Swansboro, N.C. One is expected to be delivered before the end of 2016 and the second is slated for delivery during the first half of 2017.
BMT, Lester Franks Partner for BWTS Retrofit Engineering
BMT Design & Technology (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has announced a collaboration with Lester Franks, to provide a new service which will support ship owners in their response to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) ballast water management regulations which come into effect next year. Trevor Dove, BMT Design & Technology’s Maritime Engineering Lead, commented, “The fitting of ballast water treatment systems in existing vessels can prove challenging not only because of their size, but also the complexity involved in integrating with existing systems.
BMT Asset Performance Launched
BMT Asset Performance, a subsidiary of BMT Group, has been launched following the recent decision to merge BMT Cadence which delivers safety and environmental risk management services and BMT Reliability Consultants which focusses on reliability and supportability engineering. Mike Prince, Managing Director of BMT Asset Performance, commented, “We have recognized for some time now that there are real synergies between the two organizations. “Our new name deliberately seeks to…