Marine Link
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Center Of Excellence News

Trelleborg Expands Its Marine Operations in India

Photo: Trelleborg

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has relocated and almost doubled the size of its engineering and design center of excellence in a new 1,000 square meter premises in Ahmedabad, India. Since 2009, the marine center of excellence has provided detailed engineering design, modelling and analysis for projects across multiple operations within Trelleborg. The new premises represents a significant expansion to Trelleborg’s in-house engineering capability, which includes Finite Element Analysis (FEA)…

SCRA-Led Shipbuilding Program Awarded $1.7m

SCRA announced a contract award totaling $1.7 million for the Shipbuilding Center of Excellence. The Center, known as the Center for Naval Shipbuilding Technology (CNST), is a Navy ManTech Center of Excellence, chartered by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to develop advanced manufacturing technologies and deploy them in U.S. shipyards. CNST is managed and operated by SCRA affiliate ATI (Advance Technology International). The initial, two-year contract was awarded in August of 2009 and allowed for three follow-on, one-year extension options. The most recent award represents the first of the three potential option years and will be spent on Center operations and project development and management.

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. Digital technologies will also be part of other Statoil technology and research projects. “Aiming to be a global digital leader within our core areas, we are now stepping up our efforts to capture opportunities provided by the rapid development within digital technologies,” said Eldar Sætre, Statoil’s CEO.

JRC, Alphatron Open Houston Location

Photo: Alphatron Marine

JRC and Alphatron Marine announced the opening of the Center of Excellence in Houston, a new 7,500-square-foot industrial building that helps expand the partnership between the two companies. Alphatron Marine USA in Houston will be one of the four worldwide centers of excellence to offer local sales and support, marketing, training, technical support, onboard service (repair and inspection) and distributor management for the Americas. Alphatron Marine USA will be headed by Vittorio Pepe and Scott Bilbe, two maritime entrepreneurs who have worked with JRC and Alphatron Marine for over a decade.

AVEVA Expands Services for Owner Operators

Photo: AVEVA

AVEVA announced that it is opening a new Center of Excellence for Operations Integrity Management Solutions for Owner Operators (OOs) in the oil and gas, process plant and power industries. The new facility, based in Stavanger, offers global OOs and Duty Holder EPCs software solutions to create and maintain their Digital Assets. The Digital Asset approach is helping these customers to manage complex facilities to save on cost while delivering a safer and more efficient operating asset.

Ingalls Delivers 'Zumwalt' Core-Composite Deckhouse Module

Jonathan Graves (sitting, left) and John Fillmore (sitting, right) sign the delivery documents: Photo credit HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipbuilding delivers the 900-ton deckhouse structure to house the ship's bridge, radars, antennas & intake/exhaust systems. The deckhouse is designed to provide a significantly smaller radar cross-section than any other ship in today's fleet. Ingalls is building the composite deckhouse and hangar for the DDG 1000 class at the company's Composite Center of Excellence in Gulfport. Made almost exclusively using cored composite construction processes, the deckhouse and hangar take full advantage of the properties of carbon fiber materials and balsa wood cores.

Schlumberger Acquires Geomechanics Firm

Schlumberger acquired V.I.P.S., a U.K.-based reservoir geomechanics software and consulting company. The company’s office in Bracknell, UK, now becomes the Schlumberger Reservoir Geomechanics Center of Excellence under the direction of V.I.P.S. founder Nick Koutsabeloulis. The center will undertake high-tier projects and develop the reservoir-centric aspects of the geomechanics-related activities of Schlumberger. The company’s team of eight mathematicians, scientists and engineers remain at the center.

Pentair Opens Aquaculture Center of Excellence

Aquaponics-Courtesy Pentair

Mindful that fish farming has the potential to help meet an expanding  population's need for protein in a world with increasing water constraints, Pentair announced the opening of its Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems' World Aquaculture Technology Engineering & Research Center of Excellence in Apopka, Florida. The center, which consists of 12,400 square feet of laboratories and fish culture systems, will be used for demonstration, research and teaching activities. Built to allow full connectivity to the Internet…

Cruise Ship Center of Excellence Launched

Classification society RINA Group has grouped all its experts on cruise vessels under a new Cruise Ships Center of Excellence. The aim is to deliver improved service to operators, designers and builders of cruise vessels, and to foster innovation in new services internally. “We have a lot of expertise around the group which can benefit cruise ship owners. Our recent internal reorganization has given us the chance to harness that expertise more effectively," said Paolo Moretti, General Manager, Business Line Marine, RINA Group.

Seaspan to Name Canada’s Largest Gantry Crane

Seaspan announced it will host an official naming ceremony for its new 300-metric-ton gantry crane, the largest of its kind in Canada, May 21, 2014. The ceremony at Vancouver Shipyards will include speeches, First Nation blessing and official commissioning activities and check presentation. The crane is a critical component of Seaspan’s Shipyard Modernization Project, a two-year, $200 million project which will provide state-of-the-art facilities to efficiently deliver Non-Combat vessels for the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard, and establish a world-class shipbuilding and ship repair center of excellence on the West Coast, the yard said.  

Keppel Integrates Offshore and Marine Businesses

Keppel Corporation announced the creation of a Center of Excellence for the offshore rigbuilding and marine conversion industry, in Singapore. This is in conjunction with the integration of its Offshore and Marine businesses.

Lloyd’s Register Funds Arctic Shipping Research Center

MV Nordic Barents and icebreaker 50 Years of Victory (Photo courtesy Lloyd's Register)

Aalto University, together with three other universities, has received significant funding for an international Research Center of Excellence for Arctic Technology from Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF). After an extensive international tendering process for fundamental research projects, LRF has established a Research Center of Excellence in Arctic Shipping and Operations. The Center will be headed by Aalto University. Also taking part are Helsinki University, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU (Trondheim) and Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John's, Canada).

Qatargas-RasGas Merger

Photo provided by Qatar Petroleum

The integration of RasGas with Qatargas will enable the world’s largest LNG exporter to save QR2bn ($550 million) a year, Qatar Petroleum (QP), the state-owned energy giant, announced. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, President & CEO of Qatar Petroleum made the announcement in a press conference held at QP headquarters in the presence of representatives of ExxonMobil, Total, ConocoPhillips, and Shell - the main international shareholders in both companies. Al-Kaabi said “Our aim was to…

Cummins Launches QSK60 Power Emergency Genset

Cummins QSK 60 generator

Cummins announced the latest addition to the C Power product line, the QSK60 C Power (CP) emergency generator set. Engineered by the Cummins Center of Excellence for the demands of offshore applications, the QSK60 C Power genset is driven by the QSK60 marine auxiliary engine with MCRS fuel system. This engine has been used in diesel electric propulsion and power generation since 2008. “With an expected growth of 17-20% over the next five years, the offshore market is one of the fastest growing and technically advanced segments in the commercial marine industry.

13 NATO Nations Sign MoU in Norfolk

Thirteen NATO nations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), paving the way for the creation of the Combined Joint Operations From the Sea (CJOS) Center of Excellence (CoE) at Allied Command Transformation (ACT) headquarters in Norfolk, Va., May 31. Allied Command Transformation is one of NATO’s two strategic-level headquarters and is NATO’s forcing agent for change, leading the continuous improvement of Alliance capabilities to uphold NATO’s global security interests. The CoE falls in line with ACT’s mission to transform NATO’s military capabilities, making allied maritime forces faster and more precise in their operations. Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet Vice Adm. Mark P.

ABS to Direct Maritime Cybersecurity Research

Howard Fireman (Photo: ABS)

ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, said it has been awarded a research contract by the Maritime Security Center (MSC) – a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence, led by Stevens Institute of Technology – for a two-year research program focused on defining the future of cybersecurity for the maritime industry. Study participants, which include DHS and the Department of Defense, will focus on key areas that will help define future research and guidance.

VSTEP Simulators Power New Tug & OSV Training Center

360- Control VSTEP

During a ceremony on June 3, the new 360-Control Tug & OSV Training Center was officially opened for the general public and customers. The simulators for the training center are delivered and installed by VSTEP. The high-tech training center is a project of 360-Control, a joint venture between Iskes Towage & Salvage and Damen Shipyards and is located at the port entrance of the Amsterdam North sea canal. The VSTEP simulators delivered include a 360-degree NAUTIS Full Mission Tug…

Canadian Shipbuilding: East against West

According to a May 16 report from the Vancouver Sun, the Harper government is expected to release its long-term shipbuilding strategy in the coming weeks, creating two national centers to handle billions of dollars worth of contracts. The strategy could spark a high-stakes game pitting West Coast firms against East Coast companies in a winner-take-all contest. Vancouver-based Washington Marine Group and J.D. Irving on the East Coast will be asked to submit proposals to become the “center of excellence” for building combat ships such as the Arctic patrol vessels and the fleet of vessels that will eventually replace the navy’s Halifax-class frigates. Victoria Shipyards is owned by Washington Marine Group, as are Vancouver Drydock and Vancouver Shipyards.

Natural-Disasters Themed LEGO Navy Robotics Competition

LEGO contestants: (U.S. Navy photo by Nicholas Malay/Released)

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division explains that the LEGO competition was held recently in the Maritime Technology Information Center in West Bethesda, Md. Elementary school student competitors Kevin Shan (left) and Nathan Greenidge are pictured here. Carderock is the Navy's center of excellence for ships and ship systems. For over 100 years, Carderock has helped preserve and enhance the nation's presence on and under the seas. Carderock is the full-spectrum research and development…

Alion Wins $31M Navy Contract

Under the five-year contract, Alion will help the NSWCCD expand its Advanced Ship and Submarine Evaluation Tool (ASSET) and enhance the center’s Leading Edge Architecture for Prototyping Systems (LEAPS) software application. NSWCCD, a major component of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), is the Navy’s center of excellence for ship design and maritime technology. ASSET software is used to help the Navy evaluate ship design feasibility. LEAPS is an integrated modeling and simulation environment. Subcontractors under Alion include AMSEC, The Columbia Group, BMT Designers & Planners, , ICI Services and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). The work will be performed primarily in , and the period of performance runs until Aug. 6, 2013. (www.alionscience.com)

Major Seabed Seismic R&D Collaboration

SpiceRack: CGGVeritas & Saudi Aramco join in major R&D collaboration to develop seabed seismic acquisition. Five months after CGGVeritas  and Saudi Aramco signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for collaborative research and the development of geophysical acquisition, processing, analysis and interpretation technologies, the two companies have entered into a collaboration to conduct a major joint R&D project, known as SpiceRack, intended to herald a new innovative solution for seabed seismic acquisition. Under the terms of the SpiceRack project, CGGVeritas and Saudi Aramco will work in close partnership to develop, manufacture, and commercialize an innovative robotized solution for seabed seismic acquisition.

Retired Rear Adm. Foley to Head Northrop Grumman Gulfport Facility

Northrop Grumman Corporation's Ship Systems sector announced today that retired Rear Adm. John B. "Jay" Foley III, USN, one of the U.S. Navy's outstanding leaders during a 33-year career, has been named vice president of the company's shipbuilding operations in Gulfport, Miss. The company said that Foley, who recently retired from the Navy as commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, will bring his leadership and naval expertise to the Gulfport facility beginning Sept. 16, 2002. "We are delighted to have Jay Foley joining our team," said Dr. Philip A. Dur, Northrop Grumman corporate vice president and president of the company's Ship Systems sector.

San Diego Launches Blue Tech Vision

As part of a new blue tech vision that will create more maritime jobs for the San Diego region, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and County Supervisor Greg Cox today proposed an initiative that was jointly approved by the City of San Diego and County of San Diego to help give San Diego’s blue economy a boost by creating a blue tech incubator. Mayor Faulconer said, “Thanks to our fast-growing blue-tech economy, San Diego has yet another opportunity to be a global leader in technology and innovation. Our coastal city is uniquely positioned to be the perfect global breeding ground for water-related technology, innovation and jobs. Supervisor Cox said…

Maritime Reporter Magazine Cover Dec 2017 - The Great Ships of 2017

Maritime Reporter and Engineering News’ first edition was published in New York City in 1883 and became our flagship publication in 1939. It is the world’s largest audited circulation magazine serving the global maritime industry, delivering more insightful editorial and news to more industry decision makers than any other source.

Subscribe
Maritime Reporter E-News subscription

Maritime Reporter E-News is the subsea industry's largest circulation and most authoritative ENews Service, delivered to your Email three times per week

Subscribe for Maritime Reporter E-News