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TECO Unveils New Subsidiary Identities

Based in Tampa, Florida, this business handles all of TECO Transport's global blue water transportation activities. It is the largest dry bulk ocean transport company operating under the U.S. flag; and TECO Bulk Terminal (formerly Electro-Coal Transfer). Based in Davant, La., this terminal and storage transfer operation handles bulk commodities at the mouth of the Mississippi River, including coal, petroleum coke, phosphate and iron ore. TECO Transport President Jeff Rankin said that because of its diversity of subsidiaries, TECO Transport is the only U.S. company capable of moving bulk products from source to point-of-use.

ABB PLC-Drives Propel Specialized PSVs

PLC-Drive-Motor package from ABB used in PSVs

Modular liquid-cooled drives and PLCs from ABB have been included in VARD ELECTRO’s innovative, application-specific propulsion and thruster power solutions for offshore supply vessels. The electric motor propulsion technology designed by VARD ELECTRO is used on a series of six platform-supply vessels (PSVs) - the first two of which currently are being built in Japan. Twenty years ago, in response to growing global competition and demands for ever-more sophisticated propulsion performance, the innovative shipbuilding group VARD decided to bring their systems integration function in-house.

Rheinmetall Wins Breakthrough Malaysian Navy Order

Germany's Rheinmetall Group to supply 12 fire control radars & 6 electro-optical systems for six new patrol boats. Together with spare parts and training, the order also includes a transfer of know-how to Malaysia, which will enable local industry to take an active part in the project. Delivery of the systems will commence in 2015 and continue through to 2020. The Malaysian Navy’s new “Second Generation Patrol Vessels Littoral Combat Ships” (SGPV LCS), play a significant role in safeguarding regional sea lanes, where piracy poses a major threat to commercial shipping. Fire control technology from Rheinmetall will form a crucial element in the OPV’s shipboard technology, controlling the vessel’s primary and secondary armament.

Vard Bags Electrical Work for UK Polar Research Ship

Artist's impression of the new polar vessel. Copyright Cammell Laird  BAS. Image NERC

Vard Holdings Limited's subsidiary Vard Electro AS has secured a contract for the delivery of an engineering and electrical installation package for U.K.’s new $290 million polar research vessel under construction for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Vard’s contract signed with Cammell Laird Shiprepairers & Shipbuilders Ltd includes engineering resources to support the shipyard in the drawing approval process, complete electro installation onboard, and systems and products developed by Vard Electro. The value of the contract is nearly $12 million.

Wärtsilä BWMS Selected by Minerva Marine

Photo: Wärtsilä

The technology group Wärtsilä has agreed to supply globally operating tanker vessels managed by Minerva Marine with Aquarius ballast water management systems (BWMS). The agreement covers the retrofit of several vessels and represents an important milestone in the BWMS retrofit market. The main BWMS chosen for tankers managed by Minerva Marine Inc. is the Wärtsilä Aquarius ATEX compliant Electro Chlorintation EX, which uses a proven two-stage process involving both filtration and electro-chlorination (EC). The system is EX/ATEX approved, which is a requirement for oil tankers.

SEA Wins $5.4m Contract

Systems Engineering Associates Corp. (SEA CORP) has won a $5.4m contract to help replace traditional periscopes on Navy submarines with electro-optical technology. The contract calls for SEA CORP to provide support for Photonics Imaging Systems programs at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport. The work will include program management, administrative support, engineering analysis, problem reporting and correction and integrated logistics support for systems using electro-optic technology that will replace the traditional optical periscopes. [Source: Providence Business News]

Ship of the Year: MOL FSRU Challenger

MOL FSRU Challenger. (Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.)

MOL FSRU Challenger is Maritime Reporter & Engineering News' Great Ships of 2017. The World’s Largest Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU Max). Japanese shipowner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) in middle of October, took delivery of MOL FSRU Challenger the world largest floating storage and regasification unit (called FSRU Max vessel) from South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. The state-of-the art FSRU Max vessel has a variety of valued functions…

Coast Guard Medevacs Sailor near Key West

Photo: USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard said it medevaced a 56-year-old man from his sailing vessel, the Anthem, approximately 12 miles east of Key West, Fla., last Tuesday.   Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders received a report at approximately 1 a.m from a 56-year-old man sailing from St. Petersburg to Key West suffering from shortness of breath and exhaustion.   The nearby Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans crew launched their smallboat crew who transported the patient to awaiting emergency medical services at Station Key West. He was then transferred to Lower Keys Medical Center.

Automatic Lubrication Device Eliminates Guesswork – and Failures

Specialty lubricant provider Klüber Lubrication and perma-tec, a producer of single point automatic lubricators, have launched a new product line designed to provide customers in the marine industry with a cost effective and reliable solution for onboard equipment maintenance. The product line carries the brand name “Klübermatic” and represents a unique approach to improving marine operations. The new, collaborative effort combines specialty lubricants for a variety of applications the hardware for single point automatic lubrication of all manners of deck and machinery equipment.

Damen Delivers Patrol Vessel to Nigeria

Guardian 4 (Photo: Damen)

Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Ltd (Homeland) of Lagos, Nigeria, has taken delivery of another Damen 3307 Patrol Vessel for operations in the offshore oil fields in the Gulf of Guinea. This takes the total delivered vessels/Guardians since the first arrived in early 2014 to four. Guardian 4 has joined its three sister ships in providing security services to the oil majors active in Nigeria’s territorial waters, together with additional support services including crew transfers and equipment deliveries.

Offshore Solutions B.V. New Engineering, Projects Manager

Offshore Solutions B.V. (OSBV), the joint venture between AMEC and Cofely Nederland N.V., has appointed Andy Waterstreet as engineering and projects manager. Mr Waterstreet joins the company from the Dutch electro-technical installation company Croon Elektrotechniek B.V., where he was a senior project manager in the marine and offshore division. With more than 20 years’ experience in the industry and a ten-year career in the Royal Navy, Mr Waterstreet has held senior project management and research and development positions at Mampaey Offshore Industries B.V. in the Netherlands and domnick hunter in the UK. A multi-skilled engineer, he has previously managed projects for quick release mooring systems…

Advanced Navy Ship, DDG 1000, Progresses

On December 14, 2012, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), erected the composite deckhouse for Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the U.S. Navy’s next generation destroyer, and in the process achieved two new milestones in the company’s 128-year history:  a 900-ton, four-crane, static lift of the deckhouse module for DDG 1000, and a record-breaking movement of the ship and deckhouse on the shipyard’s Land Level Transfer Facility, the total combined weight of which exceeded 13,000 tons.

60 MacGregor Cranes Ordered for Chinese-built Bulkers

Range of MacGregor cranes from well-proven electro-hydraulic versions to highly-efficient low-energy new-generation VFD electric cranes.

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won a run of orders for bulk versions of its cargo handling cranes from five Chinese shipyards. The cranes are destined for 15 bulk carriers for various owners. •Two 37,500 dwt bulkers on order at Yangzhou Gouyo shipyard. The vessels will be used to carry logs as well as dry bulk cargoes and will each be equipped with four GLBE3026.2-2/2426.2gr variable frequency drive (VFD)-type marine cranes. The cranes are scheduled for delivery by the end of 2014.

Atlantic Rolling Gate Installed at Panama Canal

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

The Panama Canal Expansion Program’s electro-mechanical installation phase has begun with the installation of the first steel rolling gate at the Atlantic side. "This year, the Expansion Program completed several milestones towards the completion of the project," said Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano. "I am proud of the progress we have made on this project and the uninterrupted service we have provided to global shipping for 100 years. With the arrival of the last…

OSD Designs Windfarm Vessel Range

Courtesy of OSD-IMT

OSD-IMT, the U.K. division of Offshore Ship Designers (OSD), announced it has developed a range of new designs of offshore windfarm service operation vessels (SOVs). The 1,350 dwt IMT972 SOV is powered by two Steerprop SP25 or equal 1900 kWe fixed pitch azimuth propulsion units. There is also an option for fitting two 2.5 MW Voith Turbo main thrusters. Frequency-controlled electric motor-driven CPP thruster units are fitted forward, comprising two tunnel-type bow thrusters and one retractable bow thruster for station-keeping and high-dynamic performance under maneuvering or DP conditions.

QinetiQ Launches ARKs for Hazardous Environments

QinetiQ recently launched a range of Appliqué Robotic Kits (ARKs) designed to convert the current in-service military JCB 4CXM or CAT320B families of vehicles into fully integrated remote controlled units for use in various hazardous environments in less that 12 hours, giving users control of the vehicle from as far as 1 km away. In addition, the ARKs are designed to allow existing vehicles to change between full remote or manual mode, thus reducing potential dangers to the operators but still enabling it to be fully used for tasks for which it was designed. The product is ideal for plant operators and drivers often placed in real danger when working in hazardous environments or involved with activities that deal with military operations…

QinetiQ Launches ARKs for Hazardous Environments

QinetiQ recently launched a range of Appliqué Robotic Kits (ARKs) designed to convert the current in-service military JCB 4CXM or CAT320B families of vehicles into fully integrated remote controlled units for use in various hazardous environments in less that 12 hours, giving users control of the vehicle from as far as 1 km away. In addition, the ARKs are designed to allow existing vehicles to change between full remote or manual mode, thus reducing potential dangers to the operators but still enabling it to be fully used for tasks for which it was designed. The product is ideal for plant operators and drivers often placed in real danger when working in hazardous environments or involved with activities that deal with military operations…

Vard Electro Bags Contract in India

Vard Electro AS, a subsidiary of Vard Holdings Limited, has secured a new contract for the delivery of an equipment and electrical installation package to Cochin Shipyard Ltd. for a vessel under construction for the Government of India. Contracted by the yard in August 2015 and expected to become operational in 2018, the vessel with a length of approximately 120 meters will be equipped with several of VARD’s SeaQ products and systems. The contract includes engineering to support the shipyard in the approvals process, delivery of a SeaQ Electric Propulsion and Integrated Automation System (IAS) package, SeaQ Bridge systems, complete generator sets, and the complete electrical installation on board the vessel. The value of the contract is approximately 150 MNOK.

Rotork Acquires Masso

Image courtesy of Rotork

Rotork announced it has acquired Masso Ind s.p.a., a manufacturer of shipboard valve remote control systems (VRCS), to enhance its range of flow control products and services for the worldwide marine and offshore industries. Masso VRCS solutions include hydraulic and electro-hydraulic systems that are compatible with most integrated automation systems required for critical safety applications. The Masso product range also includes hydraulic quarter-turn and linear actuators, hydraulic power packs, solenoid cabinets and electro-hydraulic actuators for shipboard applications.

EMD China Type Approval

Photo courtesy Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc.

Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. has received China Classification Society Certificate of Approval for its 710 GC family of Marine Diesel Engines. This most recent certification is in addition to American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Bureau Veritas (BV), Lloyds Register (LR). Det Norske Veritas (DNV), and Korean Register (KR). Speaking on behalf of Electro-Motive Diesel, Mr. Brian Grinter commented that, “Being certified by CCS is an important step in reintroducing the EMD two cycle medium speed diesel engines into the worldwide marine and drilling markets.

Lehman Acquires IMECO

J.F. Lehman & Company investment affiliates acquire AMECO, provider of electro-mechanical solutions to the defense, aerospace and maritime sectors. IMECO, based in Iron Mountain, MI, is a leading independent domestic provider of turnkey marine electro-mechanical solutions for U.S Government and commercial customers. The Company's integrated maritime solutions include the design, engineering, planning, procurement and installation of HVAC, cargo handling, electric steering, propulsion and fire suppression systems for government and commercial vessels. Roy Arnold , President of IMECO, stated, "J.F. Lehman & Company is an excellent partner for IMECO given the firm's unique expertise and relationships as well as capital to accelerate our growth.

ASA Boot Electro New Offshore Systems Distributor

Offshore Systems latest Multi-function display unit, just one of a range of digital boat management products

Leading UK manufacturer of NMEA2000® digital boat management products Offshore Systems has appointed a distributor in the Netherlands, ASA Boot Electro B.V. ASA will distribute Offshore Systems’ range of tank senders, gauges, sensors and display units. “The Dutch boat building sector is an important market for us,” explains Bruce Coward of Offshore Systems. Located just north of Amsterdam, ASA Boot Electro B.V. is a well established distributor of leading brand electronic and electrical products to the Dutch boat building industry. Coward adds “We have every confidence in ASA.

Suspect Involved in N. Korean Oil Smuggling Released on Bail

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A court in Taiwan has released on bail a man prosecutors allege to have made false declarations in the case of a Hong Kong-flagged tanker suspected of transferring oil to North Korea in violation of international sanctions. The man, surnamed Chen, said the vessel was bound for Hong Kong, despite knowing it was bound for international waters to traffic oil products, the prosecutors' office in the southern city of Kaohsiung said on Wednesday. "The suspicion of crime is great," it said in a statement…

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