Eastern Delivers Factory Trawler to O’Hara
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered the DNV classed factory processor fishing trawler F/T Araho (Hull 175) on January 28, 2017 to the O’Hara Corporation of Rockland, Maine. She is the first U.S. flag freezer processor factory trawler constructed in over 25 years. The F/T Araho will be in service in the waters of Alaska. The O’Hara family and Eastern Shipbuilding are no strangers to each other. The F/T Araho is the sixth fishing vessel Eastern has built for the O’Hara family over the last 20 years.
FCI Debuts Compact, High Output Watermaker
Space is a precious commodity on any vessel, even a large one. Making its debut at the Miami International Boat Show, FCI Watermakers' new Atlas+APC is compact, yet produces 1,400-3,600 gallons of potable water per day and is fully automatic in its operation. Suited for the large yacht or commercial vessel, the watermaker is engineered and built for extended run times. The Atlas+APC is manufactured in the U.S. to commercial standards for reliability. Its robust stainless steel drive components are sized for extended run times and to quickly make ample amounts of water.
Svensen retires from DNV GL
Tor E. Svensen, Group Executive Vice President at DNV GL, has decided to retire effective from August 1, 2016. Svensen is a ubiquitous figure in maritime circles, and he will continue to work in the maritime industry and will, amongst other things, take up a role as professor at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, focusing on education and research related to safety at sea. Svensen’s career at DNV GL spanned more than 20years and saw him lead the Maritime Business for more than a decade.
Vesconite: Fast Turnaround on Rudder Bearings
Workboats, ships and megayachts rely on large and extra-large rudder bearings. Having a vessel in dry dock for days or weeks while waiting for an oversized bearing is costly and frustrating, said Vesconite, whose machined Vesconite and Vesconite Superclad replacements—up to 10' in diameter with practically any wall thickness—are available for immediate shipment from a global network of dedicated dealers, and with fast turnaround times for custom sizes. Vesconite is an advanced…
Poseidon Meets Substantial Water Needs
Large offshore vessels and drilling platforms have atypical water demands. Daily personal use often pales in comparison to shipboard and production operation needs. FCI Watermakers' high-output Poseidon+ produces 54–103m3/14,265–27,210 gallons of fresh, pure water per day. Engineered and manufactured in the U.S., the Poseidon+ is constructed to run non-stop, 24/7, and its components are chosen specifically for their reliability and resultant ease-of-mind, according FCI. FCI's Poseidon+ features a continuous-duty…
Watermaker Offers Installation Flexibility
Even on large vessels, machinery spaces tend to be cramped and have reduced accessibility. Knowing this, FCI Watermakers offers its high-efficiency Neptune+ Series in a convenient, modular configuration for a wide variety of flexible installations. It delivers 1,275-9,500 gallons of pure, fresh water every day. Refitting large framed or skid-mounted watermakers commonly requires cutting the deck—an enormous added expense. With FCI's Neptune+ Modular, individual components are easily brought into the engine room through a door or hatch.
Rexroth Controller Certified for Use on Ships
Rexroth’s controller is now certified for use on ships, offshore installations and in explosive atmospheres. Six European and American certification boards have approved the IndraControl XM22 control hardware for use on ships and offshore installations even under extreme ambient conditions. The certifications include the control hardware, extension modules for the expansion of the communication interfaces as well as application-specific modules of the fast IndraControl S20 I/O portfolio. IndraControl XM is the latest powerful controller with IP20 protection.
Keel Laid for Cruise ship Mein Schiff 6
The assembly of TUI Cruises ship Mein Schiff 6 at Meyer Turku shipyard started today 25.4.2016 with the laying of the first grandblock in the big building dock. When ready in 2017, Mein Schiff 6 will be a fourth high-technology cruise ship being built in Turku shipyard for TUI Cruises and marks the continuation of good cooperation between the two companies. Following old traditions of the shipyard coins were placed under the keel block to bring luck for the ship. Representatives of TUI Cruises…
FCI Watermakers Upgrades Its V4 Controller
Like any other modern shipboard system, watermakers rely on electronics for continued trouble-free operation, monitoring and automated self-maintenance. FCI Watermakers said it has enhanced its V4 Controller, upgrading the controller's firmware. The improvement increases screen response speed and provides an enhanced graphics-based visualization, or HMI (human machine interface), the manufacturer said. Using the V4 Controller is simple with its intuitive menu. Accessed through a hi-res 7" or 4.3" HMI touch screen…
Paris MoU Publishes New Performance List
At its 49th meeting last month, the Paris MoU Committee approved the 2015 inspection results and adopted new performance lists for flags and Recognized Organizations. These lists will take effect from July 1, 2016. The White, Grey and Black (WGB) List presents the full spectrum, from quality flags to flags with a poor performance that are considered high or very high risk. It is based on the total number of inspections and detentions over a three-year rolling period for flags with at least 30 inspections in the period. On the White, Grey and Black list for 2015, a total number of 73 flags are listed: 43 on the White List, 19 on the Grey List and 11 on the Black list.
Vesconite Introduces Thicker Plate Stock
Whether a simple wear plate or machined into a complex, multi-faceted shape, many projects call for a material of substantial thickness. Vesconite and Vesconite Hilube plate stock is now available in sizes up to 4" thick. The plates are available up to 8" wide and 10' long. Because stock can be ordered close-to-size, machining time and costs are reduced. Vesconite and Vesconite Hilube are self-lubricating and have no stick-slip, so grease is unneeded. This is an important environmental consideration with increasing regulation, such as the EPA's Uniform National Discharge Standards.
POSH Bags Shell FLNG Contract
Singapore’s offshore marine services provider PACC Offshore Services Holdings Ltd. (POSH) has been awarded a contract to support Shell’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas facility using its semi-submersible accommodation vessel the “POSH Arcadia”. The 750-pax POSH Arcadia will be deployed to provide accommodation support for the hook-up and commissioning phase of the Shell Prelude FLNG Project in the Browse Basin, off the north-west coast of Western Australia. This is POSH’s second contract for the Prelude FLNG Project.
Paris MoU Reports Decrease in 'Bans'
Paris MoU reports that 2015 shows a large decrease in the refusal of access (“bans”) within the region: 11 bans compared to 20 in 2014. The detention percentage has remained stable at 3.33 percent. The number of deficiencies has decreased 10 percent related to 2014. The number of inspections carried out was 17,858, slightly less than 2014 (18,430). Over a three-year period of time, most cases of refusal of access involve ships which have been banned for multiple detentions (45). Five ships have been banned a second time.
Volvo Penta’s IPS System a Boon to Ferries Operators
A new passenger ferry, Antares, has been launched from the Italian city of Naples and is the first boat of its kind in the region to be installed with Volvo Penta’s ingenious Inboard Performance System (IPS). The installation of IPS 900 showcases Volvo Penta’s state-of-the-art technology as the prime engine drive choice for commercial operators. Volvo Penta’s cutting edge IPS 900 has been installed in a new ferry which transports passengers along Italy’s beautiful Amalfi coast.
Water Needs Exceeded with FCI Watermakers Posideon+
FCI Watermakers' high-output Poseidon+ exceeds the average water needs of a commercial vessel. Designed to run 24/7 with low maintenance overhead and costs, it reliably produces 54–103m3/14,265–27,210 gallons of pure, fresh water every day. The Poseidon+ is engineered to meet the rigorous demands of a commercial marine application. Engineered and built in the U.S., it boasts a continuous-duty direct drive motor gearbox—there are no belts to maintain or replace—and a stainless steel high-pressure pump.
Det Norske Veritas is DNV GL's Majority Owner Now
The Foundation Det Norske Veritas (DNV) assumes full ownership of DNV GL and remains committed to Maritime headquarters in Hamburg. Stiftelsen Det Norske Veritas (The Foundation) and Mayfair announce the sale of Mayfair’s 36.5% shares in DNV GL Group AS to DNV Holding AS. The agreement regarding the leading quality assurance and risk management company DNV GL was signed on 8 December 2017. In 2012, Stiftelsen Det Norske Veritas and Mayfair agreed to build a global quality assurance…
Windea La Cour Goes to Work
Two years on from the launch of the Ulstein Group’s X-STERN design at the ONS 2014 maritime exhibition in Stavanger, the first vessel to feature the innovative hull line has entered service at the Gemini offshore wind farm. The newly built Windea La Cour incorporates the X-STERN: a pointed stern instead of a conventional transom stern, offering increased comfort and flexibility due to reduced vibrations and slamming, according to Ulstein. These are key assets for the Norwegian-designed and -built vessel…
Global Network Helps Ensure Fresh Water
In 60 countries across six continents, FCI Watermakers has the resources in place to keep its high-performance, continuous-duty reverse osmosis desalinization units in peak condition. Its worldwide network of authorized dealers and distributors are ready to assist professional mariners, no matter how distant the port of call. FCI Watermakers parts are nonproprietary. This is essential when considering a watermaker for a commercial boat or ship, the manufacturer said. Disposables, such as membranes, and replacements, like belts, are all standard sizes.
Kentec On-Board Red Funnel Ferries
Kentec fire safety control panels have been chosen for the refurbishment of fire systems on the Red Funnel Ferry Group’s vehicle ferries that operate out of Southampton to the Isle of Wight. The refitting of the MV Red Osprey, following that of MV Red Falcon back in 2015, now leaves just the MV Red Eagle to be completed as part of Red Funnel Group’s multi-million pound refurbishment of its three vehicle ferries. This major project has seen the interior design and facilities of each ship replaced with a bright…
New Watermaker Tailored to O&G Operations
FCI Watermakers said its new Neptune+ OG is designed and built specifically for the severe conditions of offshore oil and gas operations, whether on a platform, tanker, carrier or PSV. The unit will make from 3,400 to 10,000 gallons of pure, fresh water a day, enough for production operations, equipment wash down, laboratory use, cooking and drinking, according to the manufacturer. The Neptune+ OG’s 316 stainless steel or 6061 aluminum alloy frame has built-in lifting eyes and forklift slots for easy placement.
DMCA, DNV Join forces to promote Maritime Innovation
In cooperation with Det Norske Veritas, one of the world's largest classification society of vessels, Dubai Maritime City Authority's (DMCA) 'Maritime Innovation' workshop recently concluded with high participation from maritime industry pioneers and other government entities such as DP World, Dry Docks World, Dubai Maritime City, JAFZA and Trakhees. The workshop was organized to attract investment in innovation, initiate research and development initiatives, enhance the local sector's competitiveness, and make Dubai one of the world's leading maritime capitals.
ROBA-DS Shaft Couplings Certified by DNV GL for Offshore
The compact and high performance ROBA-DS disk pack couplings by mayr power transmission have been certified by DNV GL. They ensure maximum possible operational and functional safety for users on the high seas. Whether in the drives of ship propellers, mobile platforms such as drilling platforms for oil and gas extraction, or also in tidal power plants – the areas of application for disk pack couplings in the maritime industry are diverse. For example, if the main drive of a ship propeller is an electric motor…
Polymer: An Alternative Bearing Material
Be it a mega yacht, workboat or ship, tremendous forces are put on warping rollers. Traditionally manufactured with bronze bearings that require regular maintenance and greasing, Vesconite is the modern polymer alternative that outclasses metallic materials, according to its manufacturer. Vesconite is self-lubricating and performs when dry or wet with seawater. Because it doesn't need grease or oil, it's environmentally friendly and complies with the EPA's Uniform National Discharge Standards. It provides low friction and zero stick-slip.