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Friday, January 19, 2018

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MAN's Part-Load Optimization a Fuel Saver

close-up on engine (Image: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Part-Load Optimization is a tuning method designed to optimize fuel-oil consumption during the part-load operation of four-stroke, small-bore MAN auxiliary engines. “Part-Load Optimization works on the principle that fuel consumption is reduced at low and part load at the expense of a higher fuel consumption in the high-load range, without exceeding the IMO NOx limit,” explained Finn Fjeldhøj – Head of Small-Bore, Four-Stroke Engineering – MAN Diesel & Turbo. “We can deliver new engines pre-optimized or retrofit as necessary.

Rowan Buys Two Jack-up Rigs from Petrobras

Offshore driller Rowan Companies plc said it has purchased two LeTourneau Super 116E jack-up rigs, the P-59 and P-60, both delivered new into service in 2013, in a public auction from a subsidiary of Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. for $38.5 million per unit. As reported in May 2017, Rowan was the high bidder in a Petrobras public auction with a bid price of $30 million per rig. While the high bid was not accepted by Petrobras, after negotiations, both parties agreed to the revised price. Rowan sad it intends to mobilize the jack-ups to the Middle East from their current location in Brazil in late first quarter 2018. Tom Burke, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We consider this purchase an opportunistic investment, made near a cyclical low, at a highly attractive price.

Fincantieri Delivers 'Carnival Breeze' at Monfalcone, Italy

'Carnival Breeze': Photo credit Fincantieri

Of 130,000 gross tonnes, and at 306 metres long and 37 metres wide, the “Carnival Breeze” is sister to the “Carnival Dream” and the “Carnival Magic”, which Monfalcone delivered in 2009 and 2011 respectively. The Carnival Breeze is the thirtieth cruise ship to be built by Monfalcone yard. Present at the ceremony were the President and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines, Gerry Cahill, while  Fincantieri was represented by both the company’s CEO, Giuseppe Bono and the Chairman, Corrado Antonini.

SAR System Accepted by U.S. Coast Guard Buffalo

Acceptance Speach by Rear-Admiral Michael N. Parkes: Photo credit USCG

General Dynamics C4 Systems-built Rescue 21 search and rescue communications system formally accepted by USCG Sector Buffalo. The live-saving Rescue 21 system uses advanced direction-finding technologies and digital communications, enabling Coast Guard personnel to respond rapidly and efficiently to calls from distressed mariners out to at least 20 nautical miles from shore. It also enables greater effectiveness in responding to security and maritime environmental threats. Rescue…

Konecranes Gets More W. African Orders

Photo credit Konecranes

The manufacturer has received two orders for a total of nine gantry cranes from West Africa. The parties concerned have declined to reveal the value of the orders. The cranes will have some advanced technologies such as auto steering feature which keeps the crane on a pre-programmed, straight driving path as well as fuel saving technologies. According to Konecranes, the new technologies used help improving safety of operation and increase productivity. This contract is a result of a long term relationship.

Simonetti Appointed VP, Contship Italia Group

Marco Simonetti Courtesy Contship

Effective 1 February 2016, Marco Simonetti assumes the position of Vice President for Developments and Reorganization at Contship Italia Group. The internal re-organization is in line with Contship’s response to evolving challenges of the container business and the Group’s commitment to deliver new opportunities in all its national and international activities. “The need for constant and targeted improvements in Contship’s global efficiency requires specific focus and exclusive commitment.

OMI Delivers New Vessel

OMI Corporation has delivered the Amazon, a 47,000 dwt product tanker, which is the first of a series of four sisterships being constructed for Onomichi Dockyard Co. Ltd., pursuant to contracts between the company and Sumitomo Corporation. The vessel has entered into a previously announced three-year time charter. Craig H. Stevenson, Chairman, CEO and president of OMI said, “ This brings to 15 the number of vessels on long term time charter, with two more new product tankers to be added during the first quarter of this year. We now have twenty handysize and handymax product tankers, making us the largest owner in the world in this size category.

ADSB Delivers New Vessel to Emirates Dredging Company

Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) has delivered a multi-purpose vessel to Emirates Dredging Company (EDC) four weeks ahead of schedule. The Multi Cat 1908 is the first vessel of its type built by ADSB and will be used in dredging support operations in Abu Dhabi waters. It will join a 12 metre Pushy Cat Tug Boat that was delivered last month by ADSB. Emirate Dredging Company General Manager Mr Ahmed Nagi Al Masaabi said: “We are delighted to receive this high quality new vessel one month ahead of the contract delivery schedule. These two achievements provide EDC with the satisfaction that they have chosen the right builder in Abu Dhabi Ship Building.

Imtech, VSTEP Partner on Maritime Simulation

Imtech Marine & Offshore and VSTEP announced their cooperation to deliver new maritime training simulators. The partnership combines Imtech’s worldwide experience in maritime systems and VSTEP’s innovative 3D simulation technology to introduce a new range of maritime simulators which are affordable, maintainable and adaptable for both the profit and non-profit market. The cooperation was launched at the NIDV (Netherlands Industries for Defence & Security) Symposium & Exhibition 2010 using the theme Partners in Technology. The partnership starts off with a cost-effective DNV Class A compliant bridge for maritime training schools, naval academy’s and ship owners. Further areas of cooperation include joint solution development and marketing, participation in military tenders and projects.

McDermott Gets Fixed Offshore Platform Contract

McDermott International. Inc. The project is to deliver new junction facilities for Discovery’s Keathley Canyon Connector™ pipeline system with a 3,300-ton, four-leg platform in 350 feet of water. The unmanned platform will provide pipeline junction facilities for incoming deepwater pipelines from the Hadrian South and Lucius fields and for outgoing shallow-water pipelines to shore. Fabrication is expected to commence this summer at McDermott’s Morgan City facility in Louisiana. Offshore installation is expected to commence during the third quarter of 2013, and is intended to be ready for operational start-up before the end of the year. McDermott’s deepwater combination heavy lift and pipelay vessel DB50 is expected to perform the installation.

Gladding-Hearn Delivers New Class of Pilot Boats

Gladding Hearn, Duclos Corporation, has delivered Maryland pilot boat to Virginia Pilot Boat Corporation. It is the Virginia Pilots’ sixth Gladding-Hearn launch, but the associations’ first of the new Chesapeake class. The new all-aluminum boat measures 52.5 ft., with a 17-ft. beam and a 4.8 ft. draft. It is powered by twin Detroit Diesel Series 60-D-DEC engines, each developing 600 bhp at 2100 rpm, with top speeds of 25 knots.

Blount/Barker Delivers New Tug

The new 85-ft. tug, Mister T built by Blount/Barker Shipbuilding was delivered to its port of New York City on December 11. The vessel, which will be used for harbor and ocean towing of bulk material barges, is a 2,400 hp twin screw tug powered by two Cat 3512 engines; 4:1 twin gears and two kW generators will supply ships service power. The tug is keel-cooled and equipped with two four-blade propellers measuring 78 in. in diameter. The vessel is also equipped with two pushing winches and a 100,000 lb. Almond Johnson towing machine. The construction of this vessel was based on the classic Blount design of the tugs Pathfinder and Usher built in 1969. The hull and superstructure was modified by Bristol Harbor Group utilizing CNC cutting technology for lofting and cutting.

Eastern Shipbuilding Delivers Newest OSV

Eastern Shipbuilding delivered OSV San Rafael to Naviera Tamaulipas of Tampico, Mexico for operations in the Bay of Campeche oil fields off Eastern Mexico. Measuring 204 x 44 ft. (62.1 x 13.4 m) with a 16 ft. (4.8 m) beam, the ABS-classed supply vessel houses the most recent propulsion innovations and control systems. Its plant is comprised of a pair of Caterpillar 3516B main engines rated at 2,000-hp each at 1,600 rpm. Also included are Caterpillar Engine Vision Alarm and Monitoring System, coupled to Reintjes WAF-862 gearboxes with 96-in. diameter four-blade stainless steel propellers. Specialized equipment includes a 1,000 hp Thrustmaster retractable tunnel/azimuthing bowthruster powered by a Caterpillar 3508B engine…

Work Begins on $1.6 bln Container Terminal at Jebel Ali Port

Photo: DP World

DP World Chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem announced the start of construction work on a brand new container terminal at Jebel Ali Port, Dubai. Phase 1 of the Container Terminal 4 (T4) project will deliver new capacity of 3.1 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) by 2018, taking Jebel Ali Port’s total capacity to 22.1 million TEU. The port complex will be equipped with at least 110 cranes with a total quay length of around 11,000 meters by that time. T4 will be located on…

Willard Delivers New Hawaiian Tour Boat

Willard Marine Inc. delivered the Makaha Explorer, a Sea Force 730 capable of speeds over 40 mph, to Capt. John Charleston for his Hawaiian Tour Boat Company. The boat is a version of the standard U.S. Navy 7m/24-ft. RIB which has over 350 references. It was customized for Capt. Charleston and includes an extended canvas T-Top, centerline back-to-back seating for passengers as well as an enclosed self-contained head underneath the console. It was built and tested to meet USCG Certification for a passenger-carrying vessel. The Makaha Explorer is propelled by twin Honda 130 hp engines mounted on an engine bracket to allow maximum usable inboard space for passengers.

Gladding-Hearn Delivers High-Speed Ferry

Gladding-Hearn Delivers New High-Speed Ferry to Rhode Island Fast Ferry. Rhode Island Fast Ferry Co. has taken delivery of a new high-speed passenger ferry from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, to operate between Quonset Point, Rhode Island and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Designed by Incat Crowther, the new 150-passenger ferry, Ava Pearl, serves the same 52-mile route as the operator’s other 400-passenger fast ferry, Millennium, built by the Mass.-based shipyard in 1998.

Australia Maritime Museum Calls ‘Action Stations’

Artist's impression of the Immersive Cinema Experience: drama, danger and suspense on the big screen with a pumping soundtrack to set the scene. (Image: Australian National Maritime Museum)

The Australian National Maritime Museum’s new “Action Stations” attraction officially opened in Darling Harbour, Sydney, on Sunday, offering guests a uniquely dynamic “Immersive Cinema Experience”. The $12 million (AUD ) Action Stations attraction, located in a new waterfront pavilion, highlights the history of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and its people, the various periods of engagement from World War I to the present day and brings to life the human stories behind the uniform and the fleet.

UASC Upgrades Sat Connection with Marlink

Photo: Marlink

United Arab Shipping (UASC) has installed Marlink’s news, entertainment and television solution XChange Media on 44 vessels. The product provides on-demand multi-lingual content to crew personal devices in an alternative manner to on-board satellite TV. UASC’s fleet is already equipped with Sealink, Marlink’s global high quality VSAT service, which provides seamless IP connectivity to optimise fleet management and electronic document handling systems, whilst providing significant bandwidth for crew communications.

DNV Launches New Offshore Safety Training

DNV is to deliver new courses in offshore safety which aim to advance the critical role of elected safety representatives (ESRs) in minimizing the risk of accidents and improving safety. Following a series of successful pilot courses earlier this year, DNV is now accredited by OPITO to run courses which will be available to more than 2,000 ESRs working across the industry. This is the first recognized standard applied to any safety representative training since the creation of the basic course…

AkzoNobel Expands Coatings Research Facility

(Photo: AkzoNobel)

AkzoNobel has completed the $3.5 million expansion of its U.S. research and development facilities in Houston. Carried out in phases over a period of three years, the investment in the site – which employs around 40 scientists – will support the company’s Protective Coatings, Marine Coatings and Specialty Coatings businesses. Part of AkzoNobel’s ongoing investments in its global RD&I activities, the Houston upgrade follows an investment of $ 14.2 million in a research and innovation hub in Felling, U.K., announced earlier this year.

Rescue 21 System Accepted by U.S. Coast Guard

General Dynamics-built Rescue 21 Search and Rescue System - Sector Buffalo - Formally Accepted by the U.S. Coast Guard. The U.S. Coast Guard today formally accepted the General Dynamics C4 Systems-built Rescue 21 search and rescue communications system now serving Sector Buffalo, New York. The live-saving Rescue 21 system uses advanced direction-finding technologies and digital communications, enabling Coast Guard personnel to respond rapidly and efficiently to calls from distressed mariners out to at least 20 nautical miles from shore. It also enables greater effectiveness in responding to security and maritime environmental threats.

Northrop Grumman Launches Sub

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NSYE:NOC) reached a milestone by launching the Virginia-class submarine New Mexico (SSN 779) at the company's Shipbuilding sector in Newport News, Va, on Jan. 22. "Launching a ship is always a proud moment for the shipbuilders and crew," said Becky Stewart, vice president of submarine programs for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Newport News. On January 15, shipbuilders used a transfer car system to move the 7,800-ton New Mexico out of a construction facility to a floating dry dock.

Marine News Boat of the Month: October 2017

(Photo: RIBCRAFT)

RIBCRAFT recently introduced the all new 41’ RIBCRAFT 12.5 with the recent delivery of a specialized USCG Sub Chapter T Certified tour boat to a customer in New England. At 41’, the RIBCRAFT 12.5 is the newest and largest model in the RIBCRAFT model line. The ultimate offshore platform for tour operators, security and patrol operations, military applications, and discerning recreational boaters, the 12.5 combines RIBCRAFT’s signature deep V hull and bow sheer with an extended waterline and generous beam.

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