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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Mathewson Joins FarSounder as Sales Director

Michael Mathewson (Photo: FarSounder)

Marine electronics manufacturer FarSounder, Inc. announced that Michael Mathewson has joined the company in a newly-created position of Director of Global Sales, charged with addressing the continued growth in the international marketplace for FarSounder key technologies for commercial, defense and private luxury yachts. He will report to CEO Cheryl M. Zimmerman. A mechanical engineer by training with expertise in the marine science, technology, engineering and international marketplace…

NKK Develops High-Performance Steel Pipe

NKK Corp. of Japan has formulated a new type of steel pipe containing one percent chromium, offering exceptional corrosion and wear resistance and weldability for use as cargo oil pipes on oil tankers. According to an NKK spokesman, advantages of the new product called NK-Marine Cop include: easy on-site welding without pre-heat treatment resulting from low carbon base steel, lowered construction and maintenance costs, and availability from small diameter seamless to large diameter welded pipes.

Renold Develops High Temp Coupling

HTB is a new range of power transmission couplings from Renold Hi-Tec Couplings with the ability to work in heat up to 200 degrees C. The product has reportedly proven to be a hit, even before it officially comes onto the market, as the company reports that several prototypes have been ordered, with models already at work on generating sets in the U.K. and on a pusher tug in the U.S.

ABB’s New CEO Takes the Reins

Ulrich Spiesshofer: Photo credit ABB

Ulrich Spiesshofer has succeeded Joe Hogan as chief executive officer of ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, following the three-month orderly transition period announced earlier this year. Hogan will continue as advisor to the Board until the end of March 2014. In a welcoming statement, Hubertus von Grünberg, Chairman of ABB’s Board of Directors, said: "Ulrich Spiesshofer has an outstanding track record forming and developing high performing teams and has…

U.S. Coatings Develops High Temp Products

U.S. Coatings has formulated two new high temperature silicone coatings specifically for use where elevated temperatures provide corrosion challenges. The HeatGrip 4200 is a high temperature silicone coating custom formulated to withstand temperatures up to 1200 degrees. HeatGrip 4200 is one of the highest solids high temperature coating on the market at 50 percent solids by volume and 3.6 VOC. Available in aluminum finish, it can be applied by conventional spray, airless spray, brush or with roller application equipment. The HeatGrip 4750 is an intermediate temperature silicone coating formulated to withstand temperatures up to 750 degrees. HeatGrip 4750 is 55 percent volumes solids and low 3.2 VOC. Its air dry finish is enhanced by two hour cure at 350 degrees.

Goltens Ground Breaking at DMC

Dubai Maritime City (DMC), the world’s first purpose-built maritime centre, announced that ship repair and maintenance company Goltens carried out a ground breaking ceremony of its new office and workshop facility in DMC. The company has launched its business in the city, and laid the foundation stone for the construction of facilities dedicated to building and repairing ships. Goltens, which has a strong presence in the Middle East and across 21 locations around the globe, are under a long term Musataha ground development agreement with DMC for two plots within the DMC.

Hornblower Marine Services Develops High Speed Passenger Ferry

Hornblower Marines Services, a shareholder in Bahamas Fast Ferries Service Limited, has established a ferry to run between Nassau and Harbor Island for high-speed visitor/resident transportation. The 115 ft. Solent class high speed catamaran was designed by FBM Marine Ltd and built by Pequot River Shipworks, a subsidiary of Connecticut-based Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. With Hornblower overseeing the day-to-day operations and infrastructure of this service, the 35 knot vessel will be lauched this June and will hold 177 passengers with a travel time of one hour and 40 minutes between each port.

Christie and Grey Celebrates 100

U.K. based Christie & Grey, Ltd., a leader in vibration mitigation technology is celebrating a century of developing high performance, cost-effective vibration and shock isolation solutions for a wide variety of industries. The present company evolved from the British Anti-Vibration & Noise Co Ltd and Typhoon Mixer Co, two firms formed by British engineer Robert Bertram Grey in 1912. At that time most of the business was focused on Typhoon Mixer Co, which designed equipment principally used in the mixing and agitation of industrial chemicals. The British Anti-Vibration & Noise Company (BAV&N Co) was involved in the development of a natural cork isolation mat (a product trade named Coresil) used to isolate electrical power generators from their foundations.

Saab Introduces New R5 Products

Saab - a supplier of maritime Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) – has just unveiled its fifth-generation R5 family of products. “Our new R5 AIS products are the first to incorporate software-defined radio (SDR) transceivers together with newly developed high-speed analog-to-digital converters,” says Gunnar Mangs, Vice President Saab TransponderTech. The company plans to roll out the new R5 technology in a wide range of AIS products to meet different market requirements, including inland waterways, coastal fishing, deep-sea shipping, military and coastal surveillance. The products will be brought to market in phases during 2011 and 2012. www.saabgroup.com/transpondertech

CargoWise Appoints Owen Senior

CargoWise, a technology supplier for logistics service providers, has announced the appointment of Owen Senior as General Manager of Development.  Based in Sydney, Australia, Senior will lead all software development teams and has ultimate responsibility for the company’s global software development program and all technical project management activities. Senior brings a wealth of experience in developing high-quality enterprise software solutions and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) systems, which he will look to leverage in his new role. Senior has more than 15 years of global development experience having worked in CIO and Technical Director roles in the UK and Australia. 

Gulfstream Services: Billy Marcel Promoted

Gulfstream Services, Inc. (GSI) names Billy Marcel as Manager of Global Operations – Decommissioning Services Division. US-based Gulfstream Services, Inc. is a global corporation focused on developing high pressure equipment solutions for the international oil and gas industry. GSI has four divisions – rental tools, wireline, cementing assembly and decommissioning – in four strategic oil and gas hubs. Gulfstream Services President Mike Mir said that, based in Houma, La., Marcel will be responsible for the daily supervision of personnel and products as well as the long term growth strategy for the decommissioning operations in the US and Aberdeen, Scotland facilities.

China Government to Upgrade & Restructure Shipyards

The State Council has issued a three-year plan, ending in 2015, to upgrade and restructure the mainland's troubled shipbuilding industry, a further move to stabilise economic growth, reports the South China Morning Post (SCMP), citing Xinhua. The sector faced "unprecedented, severe challenges" as a lack of new orders, owing to weakness in the global shipping market, had exacerbated overcapacity in the industry, Xinhua reported, citing a government document. The sector is among those - including iron and steel, cement, electrolytic aluminium and flat glass - that must accelerate the phasing out of overcapacity, according to a July 24 statement from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, cited by SCMP.

China Shipbuilding Industry Midgets Reigned In

China shipyard: File photo CCL

China signaled that it will cut its vast shipyard army to get industrial growth back on a healthy track this year, as its earning ability falters amid cheap vessel prices, blind expansion and speculation in the shipbuilding sector, according to Xinhua. China will drastically curb the number of shipyards, docks, berths and maintenance facilities it opens, reports Xinhua, citing Li Dong, deputy director-general at the department of equipment industry at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

New Fixed Pitch Propeller Design from Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä introduced the FPP Opti Design, a new fixed pitch propeller (FPP) design concept. According to Wärtsilä, the new design offers fuel savings of up to 4 percent and highly reliable full scale performance predictions. The concept has been developed utilizing the latest computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technology. The Wärtsilä FPP Opti Design has been developed at the company’s Technology and Service Centre in the Netherlands, and is the result of highly experienced design engineers having access to the very latest and most sophisticated software and analysis tools. CFD calculations analyze not only the propeller performance but most importantly also, the interaction between the propeller and hull.

Hong Kong Plans to Add High-Value Maritime Services

Image credit HK PDC

In his annual policy address to the Hong Kong SAR Legislative Council, Chief Executive C Y Leung pledged that the Government would continue to improve port facilities and enhance the efficiency of port operations, thereby seizing the opportunities brought by the growth of trade in the Mainland and Asia. "The logistics industry has flourished in recent years. Ten hectares of land have been set aside in Tuen Mun West for logistics use. Land will also be earmarked in new development areas for the construction of modern logistics facilities.

Imabari Bags Order for 11 ULCCs

CONTAINER CARRIER COURTESY Imabari Shipbuilding

Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (Imabari), with the cooperation of Marubeni Corporation, has secured newbuilding order for eleven (11) units of 20,000TEU Ultra-Large Container Carriers, the largest type container carriers in the world as of today. These state of the art newbuilding vessels have been developed for overseas ship-owners, fully adopting eco-friendly feature and most advanced energy efficiency technology. She has dimensions of about 400m in length with about 59m breadth. The first vessel is scheduled to be completed in early 2018.

Rolls-Royce Builds on Decade of Marine Research Collaboration

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Ten years ago, Rolls-Royce partnered with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the Marintek Research Centre to create a unique research centre in Norway. The partners have renewed their agreement in Trondheim, Norway, pledging to continue to develop high-tech solutions for the maritime sector, focusing on improving ship performance in rough seas. The research centre follows a model that Rolls-Royce has developed with universities worldwide: the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC).

Trelleborg AGM – 2011 Best Year Yet

Approximately 700 shareholders attended Trelleborg’s recent Annual General Meeting in Trelleborg . The theme of CEO Peter Nilsson’s address was “A continuously evolving Trelleborg”. “2011 was the best year so far for Trelleborg. We achieved our financial goals and strengthened our finances. We continued our determined efforts to achieve sustainable profitable growth by gradually strengthening and developing the Group. “Our ambitious activities to develop the Group have yielded results. We have an improved global presence with a growing share of sales in such emerging markets as China, India and Brazil. We have established and expanded our presence for production and development as well as sales and services in prioritized markets to come closer to our customers.

NEVA 2003 Focuses on Russian Shipping and Shipbuilding

Russian Agency for Shipbuilding (Rossudostroenie) General Director, V. Ya. exploration of offshore energy. fleets". 2nd Maritime Forum of Russia to be held in conjunction with NEVA 2003. the Arctic Offshore Zones 2003 - 2012". Exhibition. in the Global Market". Register, the Maritime Collegium of Russia and the Ministry of Transport. confirmed by well over 500 exhibiting companies from 40 countries.

Maritime Forum to be Held in Conjunction with NEVA 2003

Russian Agency for Shipbuilding (Rossudostroenie) General Director, V. Ya. exploration of offshore energy. fleets". 2nd Maritime Forum of Russia to be held in conjunction with NEVA 2003. Exhibition. in the Global Market". Register, the Maritime Collegium of Russia and the Ministry of Transport. confirmed by well over 500 exhibiting companies from 40 countries.

Louis Dreyfus Orders Wind Farm Vessel from Cemre

Image: LOUIS DREYFUS ARMATEURS

Louis Dreyfus Armateurs  Group (LDA) said it has ordered a wind farm service operation vessel (SOV) from Cemre shipyard in Turkey. The vessel will be delivered in Q4 2018 and chartered to DONG Energy Wind Power A/S for operations at four wind farms off the German coast (Borkum Riffgrund 1&2, Gode Wind 1&2). The vessel has been designed in cooperation with Salt Ship Design to enable technicians to perform maintenance on wind turbines. The ship has an accommodation capacity of a minimum of 60 technicians (in addition to the crew)…

GTT Debuts LNG Advisor

Courtesy GTT

GTT, the world leader in the design of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), announces the launch of a new offer with LNG Advisor. Designed for LNGCs, it is a new boil-off gas (BOG) monitoring system during LNG sea transport. LNG Advisor will provide on-board crews and onshore teams with real time reliable data on the energy performance of the ship. The system automatically monitors the engine and the gas combustion unit consumptions of boil-off gas…

ConocoPhillips and Bechtel Renew Worldwide LNG Alliance

ConocoPhillips and Bechtel Corp. have agreed to renew their collaboration of pursuing worldwide liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects. The collaboration will build upon the recent success of ConocoPhillips as a major owner and participant in the worldwide LNG industry, and Bechtel's recent awards in the engineering and construction of major projects in Trinidad and Egypt. "The ConocoPhillips-Bechtel collaboration continues our commitment to providing our LNG technology while leveraging our position as a pre-eminent participant in the LNG industry worldwide," said Rick Hernandez, ConocoPhillips' manager of worldwide LNG technology licensing.

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