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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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DNV GL Approves Kongsberg Engine Room Simulators

Kongsberg Digital - K-Sim ERS DEDF Cruise Ferry  (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg Digital has received DNV-GL statements of compliance for two of its newest Engine Room Simulator models designed to provide in-depth training on the K-Sim Engine simulator platform. The DNV GL-ST-033 March 2017 Maritime Simulator Systems certification, which is based on the requirements of STCW Convention, Regulation I/12, was awarded to the DEDF Cruise Ferry and L11 MAN 6S70 ME SCC K-Sim Engine models in December 2017. Now commercially available to all K-Sim Engine users…

Casino Boat Catches Fire off Florida Coast, 15 Injured

Photo: New Port Richey PD

At least 15 people were injured when a fire engulfed a boat off the coast of Florida on Sunday, causing the 50 people aboard to jump into the Gulf of Mexico and swim to shore, local officials said. A preliminary investigation showed the fire broke out at about 4:17 p.m. EST from an apparent engine issue, said Shawn Whited, division chief with Pasco Fire Rescue. “The captain of the boat said there was an issue with the engine. He said he noticed smoke coming form the engine room and turned the boat around,” Whited said.

OSD Rolls Out New Harbor Tug Design

Azistern 2870 (Photo: OSD)

Offshore Ship Designers (OSD) has launched a new tug design as part of its expanding portfolio of fuel-efficient vessels. The 390 gt Azistern 2870 harbor tug has a hard chine hull form which optimizes energy-saving during transit and results in a very low wash. It has a bollard pull of 70 metric tons and a maximum speed of 12 knots. Providing accommodation for six persons, it has an overall length of 28.3 m, and a breadth of 11.5 m. The Azistern 2870 has been designed with multiple deck equipment options, the installation of which are dependent on specific end-user preference.

Engine Room Simulator Upgrade, Bodin Maritime School

Photo courtesy Saltwater PR

Kongsberg Maritime's Simulation division has recently signed a new contract with Bodin Maritime School for an extensive upgrade of its existing engine room simulator. The upgrade will make the school the most modern and comprehensive engine room simulator facility in Norway, with the ability to offer a range of exercises for training and courses on different levels. As part of the upgrade, the existing engine room simulator will be extended to include an additional full mission engine room simulator featuring Kongsberg's Big View…

Zazz Engineering Introduces ATC-Ventilation

ZAZZ Engineering's ATC's touch interface, for engine room ventilation control, was conceived from the start to have vibrant graphics, intuitive design and the look and feel of easy-to-use, touch-based consumer electronics. The ATC (Automated Touch Control) automatically controls engine room ventilation monitoring inside and outside temperature, fan speed and engine room pressure. Powered by an integrated 24V DC supply, the ATC touch interface is equipped with an Ethernet Port for easy connection to the CPU. Available in two standard screen sizes, 8.4" and 10.4” other sizes are available.

International Engine Room Simulation Conference

The International Maritime Lecturers Association (IMLA) in cooperation with The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) and The Global Maritime and Transportation School (GMATS) presents THE 9th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENGINE ROOM SIMULATORS (ICERS 9), on November 2 - 5, 2009. The International Conference on Engine Room Simulators is the global forum for the exchange of knowledge, experience, views, research results and the identification of common problems with respect to the specification, design and use of engine room simulators (full mission/full task, part-task or desk-top PC based). Previous conferences were held in , (1993), , (1995), , (1997), , (1999), (2001), , P.R.China (2004), , (2005) and recently in (2007).

Delta "T" Debuts Variable Speed DCTV

Image: Delta "T" Systems

Delta "T" Systems introduces the new DCTV variable speed DC engine room ventilation control system. This fan control system is the next successor of Delta "T" Systems' DCT2 controller and is the most robust, yet technologically advanced DC fan control system on the market, the manufacturer claims. The new DCTV controller is a dual-mode system that can be operated in manual mode or set to automatic mode for worry-free engine room ventilation. In the automatic mode, the DCTV controller…

CMI Orders VSTEP Simulators

The Caribbean Maritime Institute has ordered multiple VSTEP simulators for its new high tech simulation center at the campus in Kingston, Jamaica. VSTEP will deliver all simulator solutions for the facility, including a NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge Simulator and a Class C Engine Room Simulator. CMI also ordered full classroom setups for both NAUTIS Desktop Trainers and NAUTIS Engine Room Desktop Trainers. The new simulation center of Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) will serve as one of the most innovative hubs for maritime training and education in the Caribbean region, and will provide high quality training of maritime students and professionals alike in ship-handling…

Latest Developments in Engine Room Simulators

Transas Marine has released a new simulator product, which is a stand-alone Engine Room simulator, ERS Solo. This simulator broadens the company's existing product range of Engine Room simulators, which includes the PC-based ERS 2000 and the ERS 3000, which is fitted with real engine control room panels for monitoring and control of engine room machinery. The ERS Solo possesses all the functionality of ERS 2000, other than its on-line Instructor functions. With the ERS Solo simulator, the Instructor-generated tasks are performed in off-line mode. The main simulated machinery includes the ship's diesel propulsion power plant, with models for two-stroke and four-stroke diesel engines, an electric power plant and a number of auxiliary systems.

Impressive Dutch Vessel

If there was a worldwide competition for the most immaculate engine room, it might very well be won by an engine room from the Netherlands. In fact it might even belong to Mr. and Mrs. Van der Stelt whose new vessel, Mon Desir, transports coal along the river system from the German Ruhrgebiet. The 443 ft long hull of the ship was built near the mouth of the Volga River in the JSC 3d International Shipyard in Astrakan Russia. The vessel was completed at the TeamCo Shipyard in Heuden the Netherlands.

MN 100: Delta T Systems, Inc.

Delta T Systems designs and manufactures money-saving engine room ventilation systems comprised of fans, dampers, moisture eliminators and control systems which increase engine efficiency while reducing maintenance costs. Services include engineering Services, analysis, Ventilation System Design, and full manufacturing Services. The firm is the U.S. Agent for Cranston Eagle Marine products. In the 22 year history of the company, Delta T has engineered more than 14,000 engine room ventilation systems on vessels of all types around the world.

Engine Room Fires – Old Lessons Not Learnt

Photo courtesy Braemar SA

“Lessons are still not being learned when it comes to preventing engine room fires.” This is the message from Graeme Temple, Regional Director for Braemar SA’s Far East operations, following a review of incidents taking place in 2013. “Last year we attended a significant number of engine-room fires - the industry is still experiencing far too many unnecessary casualties where flammable liquids in engine rooms are finding their way onto hot spots,” he said. ”On many of the vessels I visit…

Weather Causes Delay For SMIT

An increase in the swell height being experienced in the vicinity of the grounded Jolly Rubino has prevented salvage personnel from connecting the oil transfer hoses to be used in the ship-to-ship transfer operation. The SMIT Salvage team report that swell height has been steadily increasing and is currently measured at 10-11 ft. It is expected that the current ground swell condition will continue for the next 3 days, delaying the beginning of the next phase of the fuel removal operation. Salvage personnel working in the engine room continue to pump the area of water to maintain low water levels in this space. A large quantity of accumulated sand is to be removed from the area in the engine room where the manifold (pipeline system) is located before hose connection can take place.

SMIT Salvage team evacuated from Jolly Rubino

This morning a team of 16 salvage personnel boarded the 'Jolly Rubino' and pumping operations in the engine room continued. The water, rather than being pumped overboard, is being used to cool the engine room bulkhead as the onboard fire is still encroaching on this area. Working conditions in the engine room continue to be extremely difficult with excessive heat, poor visibility and intense smoke hindering progress. The salvage team are making use of breathing apparatus as well as protective clothing as a safety measure. Carbon Monoxide is being generated in the engine room as a result of the fire and readings taken this morning in this area by salvage personnel measured 12 times the maximum allowable limit.

DFDS Mariners Tweak Engines to Save Fuel

RoRo Petunia Seaways: Photo courtesy of DFDS

Engine room crew of DFDS ship 'Petunia Seaways' reduce bunker consumption, enter company's fuel saving competition. By employing a number of operational tweaks, engine room staff at one of its vessels, Petunia Seaways, has reduced bunker consumption year on year for the first half of 2012, equivalent to annual savings of 179.2 metric tonnes (mt) of fuel oil and 100.8 mt of marine gas oil (MGO). DFDS estimates that this equates to annual savings of DKK 1,568,500 ($255,536) at current bunker prices.

Durban University of Tech New Engine Room Simulator

Photo courtesy Transas

Transas Marine International in cooperation with its local distributor Radio Holland South Africa has recently installed a new engine room simulator at Durban University of Technology (DUT) Department of Maritime Studies, South Africa. The first group to be trained on the new engine room simulator will be the students registered for Marine Engineering Knowledge I, starting this semester. Part of their assessment will be a completion of series of progressive tasks aimed at obtaining basic operator skills and familiarization with an engine room equipment.

Simwave Hires Hoorn

Aat Hoorn (Photo: Simwave)

As of September 2017 Aat Hoorn has joined Simwave as manager engine room and high voltage simulators. These state of the art simulators comprise various engine room models presented on workstations, big views as well as a full mission engine room environment. Besides a Certificate of Competence Chief Engineer All Ships, Hoorn carries a professional Master’s degree in Education. Prior to joining Simwave Hoorn worked at various (managing) positions at a.o. Nedlloyd and AVR waste management center.

Atlantic Repairs Northern Access Fire Damage

The contract for repairs to TGS-NOPEC's seismic vessel, Northern Access, has been awarded to Atlantic Marine, Inc. The vessel suffered damage during an engine room fire in February in the Gulf of Mexico. Repairs will include complete renewal of electrical systems in the auxiliary engine room; machinery inspections/repairs; insulation renewals; and cleaning and painting. Repairs are anticipated to take 42 days with re-delivery scheduled for early April.

Engineered Ventilation Systems Keep Engine Rooms Humming

Image: Delta "T" Systems

Circulation of dry, cool air is critical for engine performance, longevity and safety. Delta "T" Systems said it offers a single comprehensive source for all the components that make up an engineered system. Effective marine ventilation requires more than just fans to promote air flow. Equally important in maintaining an optimal engine room environment, moisture eliminators maintain the dry conditions that motors demand, while dampers provide an all-important safety mechanism. The control system coordinates all operations.

WinGD Opens Virtual Reality Engine Room Facilities

Seen here is WinGD training manager Tyson Liang Qin presenting the W-FMS virtual reality engine room to a delegation of ship owners. (Photo: WInGD)

Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) has inaugurated a new installation of its W-Xpert Full Mission Simulator (FMS) for training complete engine room crews at the Marine Power Academy Training Center of Hudong Heavy Machinery Co. Ltd. (HHM), in Shanghai, China. The simulator joins a network of some 20 further installations at strategic locations around the world. As well as being the first installation of WinGD’s dedicated, multi-touchscreen simulation hardware in China, the Shanghai…

Maritime Jacques Cassard Orders Engine Room Simulator

Photo Credit - Lycée Maritime d'Etel.

Kongsberg Maritime and Lycée Maritime Jacques Cassard in Nantes have signed a contract for the delivery of an advanced Engine Room Simulator. Lycée Maritime Jacques Cassard is the eighth of twelve French Regional Maritime Vocational Schools to use K-Sim Engine for highly realistic maritime engine room training courses. K-Sim Engine full mission simulators are already installed at LPM of Boulogne-sur-Mer, LPM Ciboure and LPMA Jaques-Faggianelli to Bastia (Corsica), while five other schools including Nantes have chosen K-Sim Engine desktop systems.

Tug Bruce McAllister Has Engine Room Fire

Tug Bruce McAllister experienced an engine room fire one half mile south of the Kingston Bridge on the Hudson River. USCG Activities New York fought the fire and monitored the river for pollution. Once the fire was extinguished, the remaining fuel, oil, and water were removed and the tug refloated. A contractor was hired to conduct the cleanup and salvage.

Engine Room Explosion Cripples Freighter

The Cyprus-flag freighter Theofano is without power northeast of Crete after an engine-room explosion, Reuters reported. One crew member of the 17,330-dwt vessel, bound from Leghorn to Piraeus in ballast, was seriously injured and was being lifted off by helicopter.

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