Japanese Builders to Develop New Materials
A group of Japanese firms, including Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co., have signed a deal with the Defense Agency to develop new materials for building ships, part of a Japan-U.S. agreement to conduct research in this field together, according to a report on www.tmcnet.com. By switching from the usual steel to new materials, the firms hope to make ships lighter and more durable, the report said. A potential new material, carbon fiber, is 10 times as strong as steel and 80 percent lighter in weight. Another material, stainless steel, is more rust-resistant than steel and does not break as easily. Their use is expected to make ships stronger because vessels in major accidents often snap in the middle and sink, according to the report. (Source: www.tmcnet.com)
ABB, Samsung Develop New Propulsion Concept
Playing off of each other’s strengths, ABB and Samsung announced a jointly developed propulsion concept for the new 12,000 TEU containerships developed by Samsung. Instead of being outfitted with a rudder, the ships will feature a CRP Azipod unit mounted directly behind the standard propeller. Located on the same axis, but without any physical connection, the pod’s pulling propeller will contra-rotate in relation to the shaft-driven main propeller. The arrangement will provide an estimated improvement of more than 10 percent in hydrodynamic propulsion efficiency.
Finnegan Joins Drew Marine As Manager
The Drew Marine Division of Ashland Specialty Chemical Company has elected John C. "Jack" Finnegan as manager of new business development. Finnegan, who comes to Drew Marine from Newport News Shipbuilding, will be responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities to expand the range of products and services Drew Marine offers to the marine industry. He will also manage start-up operation and global implementation for the company's new business ventures and product lines.
BOEMRE Seeking First-Time Environmental Enforcement Officer and Chief of Regulations
WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) today announced it is seeking to fill two key positions for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), one of the two new bureaus that will start operating on Oct. 1, 2011, as part of the reorganization of the former Minerals Management Service (MMS). The positions to be filled are a first-ever Environmental Enforcement Officer and the Regulations Development Branch Supervisor.
Shipvertical Internet Group To Partner With Marine Digital
ShipVertical Internet Group has signed an agreement to enter into partnership discussions with Marine Digital, the Korean-based global maritime marketplace for shipbuilding, ship cargo, ship bunkering, ship sale & purchase, and fishery markets. The agreement enables both parties, ShipVertical Internet Group and Marine Digital, to exchange products/service platforms on the web, to mutually benefit from each party's distribution network, to develop new products for niche markets jointly and to do businesses of both parties via a shared global network of suppliers and ship managers/operators.
Total, Petrobras Partnership for Brazil Growth
According to a Sept. 23 report from Bloomberg, Total SA, Europe’s third-largest oil producer, is studying expansion in Brazil as part of a plan to reverse falling output by developing new projects. (Source: Bloomberg.com)
Westerhoud Steps Down as President of ECT
Jan Westerhoud, President of Europe Container Terminals (ECT), will step down and retire from the company effective January 1, 2015, the company announced today in a press release. This decision was made in consultation with main shareholder Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH), ECT noted. A successor will be named in due course. Westerhoud has guided ECT through 10 years in which the industry has undergone tremendous changes. ECT has experienced a considerable growth in this period and has successfully developed new activities.
EMS Hires National Sales Manager
Electronic Marine Systems Inc. (EMS) has appointed Ron Monnell as National Sales Manager. Monnell joins EMS with more than 35 years of marine sales experience in the commercial and military sectors of the U.S. marine industry. Based in Florida, Monnell will be responsible for developing new opportunities for the EMS automation line of products in the U.S.
Rolls-Royce, VTT to Jointly Develop Smart Ships
Rolls-Royce and VTT Technical Research Center of Finland Ltd have announced a strategic partnership to design, test and validate the first generation of remote and autonomous ships. The new partnership will combine and integrate the two company’s unique expertise to make such vessels a commercial reality. Rolls-Royce is pioneering the development of remote controlled and autonomous ships and believes a remote controlled ship will be in commercial use by the end of the decade. The company is applying technology, skills and experience from across its businesses to this development.
Cooperation is the Key to Ferry Industry's Future
Interferry CEO Mike Corrigan explains how the trade association’s ‘stronger together’ mission is helping to shape outcomes on the pressing issues of safety, security and the environment. Last April, I took the helm of Interferry after 14 years in leadership positions with Canada’s BC Ferries – the last five as president and CEO. The past ten months in my new role have reinforced a core conviction forged during my previous experience in the industry. Both as an operator and long-time Interferry director…
ABS Spearheads Offshore Standardization JIP
ABS, a provider of classification services to the global offshore industry, has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Korean shipbuilders Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to establish a joint industry project (JIP) with operators, drilling contractors and engineering companies to develop new international design standards for offshore oil and gas projects. The objective of the JIP is to establish new global design standardization procedures based on relevant industry standards, international regulations and class requirements across the offshore industry.
MHI, Wärtsilä Agree on Engine Development
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Wärtsilä Corporation of Finland have signed a joint development agreement on May 15, 2008 to design and develop new small, low-speed marine diesel engines of less than 450 mm cylinder bore. The two companies see good business potential in pooling their resources and experience to develop new small marine engines of less than 450 millimetre (mm) cylinder bore. Such engines are suitable for a wide variety of small ship types, including bulk carriers, product tankers, chemical tankers, container feeder vessels, and reefer ships. Such ships are employed in worldwide trades but with the smaller types being specifically employed in short-sea and coastal services.
Samson Ropes and JHRG Develop New Chafe Gear
JHRG has teamed with Samson Rope Technologies in the design, development and marketing of chafe gear products. The new product line made of patented materials offers significant advantages over other chafe gear materials currently on the market in terms of extending the durability of high-performance ropes, in-field installation and reduced weight.
ClassNK Approves Furuno ECDIS Training
ClassNK issues type Specific Training Course Approval for ECDIS Certification to FURUNO INS Training Center Denmark. ClassNK issued Type Specific Training Course approval on 2 December 2011 for an ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) Training Course offered by FURUNO INS Training Center Denmark. This approval, the first issued by ClassNK in Europe, certifies that the course offered by the center complies with the leading classification society’s new Standard for Maritime Education & Training.
ClassNK Issues Approval for ECDIS Training
ClassNK Issues First Type Specific Training Course Approval for ECDIS Certification to FURUNO INS Training Center Singapore. ClassNK issued its first Type Specific Training Course approval for an ECDIS(Electronic Chart Display and Information System) Training Course offered by FURUNO INS Training Center Singapore. New requirements for the installation of ECDIS systems will be phased in from 1 July 2012, after which vessels will be required to navigate using ECDIS as their primary chart system.
Norwegians Target Cost-Effective Wind
Norwegian-led consortium targets the development of cost-effective pre-installed seabed foundations for offshore wind. NorWind Installer AS, together with partners OWEC Tower AS, Vestavind Offshore AS, MENCK GmbH, BAUER Spezialtiefbau GmbH, Strathclyde University, Glasgow and the Centre for Integrated Petroleum Research (CIPR) at UNI Research, have been awarded support from the Norwegian Research Council for an innovation project for renewable energy. “The project will develop new and improved solutions for the location, design and installation of pre-installed seabed foundations for offshore wind turbines”, says Ivan Østvik at NorWind Installer who has been the R&D project developer.
University Names New Director of Marine Sciences
University of New England appoints Barry A. University of New England appoints Dr Costa-Pierce to the new Henry & Grace Doherty Endowed Chair of Marine Sciences to lead UNE's programs in marine coastal ecosystems and forge strategic partnerships with the coastal innovation economy. In his roles at UNE, Costa-Pierce will lead the university’s marine sciences research and scholarship efforts to develop, student-centered undergraduate and graduate programs in marine coastal ecosystems. He will lead teams across UNE to develop interdisciplinary scholarship and marine research that produces the next generation of coastal leaders who develop new coastal economies…
BOURBON, Kongsberg Partner on Digitalization
BOURBON and Kongsberg Maritime will execute joint projects under a new partnership agreement to develop new ways of efficient operations in the offshore services industry, with a focus on digital solutions for connected and autonomous vessels. The two companies have expanded their strategic partnership, signing a collaborative development agreement digitalization and autonomous vessel operation. The two companies will partner on projects to explore and implement technical and digital solutions to improve safety and optimize cost of operations, with a fast time-to market. Kongsberg will enable BOURBON to efficiently gain access to high quality aggregated data from the vessels and develop new ways of operating the vessels.
ClassNK Certifies ECDIS Course
ClassNK Issues Certification for ECDIS Training Course Provided by TOKYO KEIKI INC. ClassNK announced today that it had issued type specific training course approval to an Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) course offered by Tokyo Keiki Inc. This approval, certifying the compliance of this course with ClassNK’s new Standard for Maritime Education & Training, is the first of its kind to be issued by the Society to an ECDIS manufacturer in Japan. Under amendments to SOLAS regulations the carriage of ECDIS systems is due to become mandatory in less then six months.
Rowan Pleads Guilty To Dumping Waste
Rowan Companies Inc. will pay $9m in penalties and add a corporate environmental division under a plea agreement in which it admitted the routine discharge of pollutants and garbage into the Gulf of Mexico from one of its drilling rigs, the Justice Department recently announced. Rowan pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Beaumont, Texas, to three felonies in connection with the dumping of waste hydraulic oil mixed with water, used paint, paint cans, and other trash from Rig Midland from 2002 to 2004. Nine company managers that were on the rig during the dumping also plead guilty to environmental crimes. According to the plea agreement…
W&O Announces New Hires
W&O Supply announced two new hires. In order to develop relationships and partnerships with its clients, W&O Supply has created two new positions: Business Development Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing. With more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience and leadership in multiple industries, Sam Entriken has been hired as W&O Supply’s Director of Sales and Marketing. Entriken will be responsible for growing W&O Supply’s domestic leadership position and providing leadership on the company’s international market growth goals. A leader in sales, marketing and business development, new hire Steve Stafford joins W&O Supply as Business Development Manager.
Kazakhstan Forges Ahead with Offshore Projects
Kazakhstan wants to forge ahead with developing new oil and gas fields in its sector of the Caspian Sea and hopes to wrap up a string of deals with foreign partners next year, a senior official said on Wednesday. The deals, primarily based on PSAs, mark a second stage of offshore development to follow major initial projects such as the giant Kashagan field, being developed by Italy's ENI-led consortium. The new projects should help boost Kazakhstan's offshore oil output to 89.2 million tons by 2015, from just 3 million tons last year, an official from KazMunaiGas said. It is said that Kazakhstan's proven offshore reserves of oil at 30 billion barrels and of gas at 3 trillion cubic metres. The largest new block, Darkhan, has an estimated 1.5 billion tons in oil reserves.
OceanGate Make Key Appointments
OceanGate Inc. OceanGate Inc., recently appointed Geoffrey Barker and Lee Thompson to serve on the Company's Board of Directors. "We are pleased to welcome Geof and Lee to our board," said Stockton Rush, Chairman and CEO. Geoffrey T. Barker is the COO, co-founder and a member of the Board of Directors of RPX Corporation , which provides patent risk management solutions to companies in the broad technology industry. Mr. Barker has an extensive background developing new businesses, and, in addition to RPX, founded and co-founded two other companies, one of which was ultimately sold for $400 million. Lee Thompson is CEO and co-founder of BlueView Technologies, which delivers groundbreaking underwater vision and measurement systems to the maritime community. Dr.