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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Engineering News

First phase of DNV GL Led Offshore Cable and Pipeline Project completed

Photo: DNV GL

The first phase of the DNV GL’s Joint Industry Project (JIP) which focuses on the development of a new design and certification standard for equipment for pipeline and cable offshore operations has been completed. "The JIP, focussing on the development of a new design and certification standard for equipment for pipeline and cable offshore operations, aims to reduce uncertainty, cost, increase efficiency and safety throughout the lifecycle of the equipment," said a press release.

Subsea 7 Acquires Normand Oceanic

 Normand Oceanic. Photo: Subsea 7 S.A.

Subsea 7 S.A. has announced an agreement to acquire the remaining 50% shareholdings in its equity accounted joint ventures, Normand Oceanic AS and Normand Oceanic Chartering AS, from Solstad Farstad ASA for a nominal cash consideration. Effective from the date of the transaction, the Group will become the sole owner of Normand Oceanic, a flex-lay and heavy construction vessel that is being managed by Solstad Farstad while under long-term charter to a third party. The Group will assume all obligations related to an outstanding loan of approximately $100 million.

BigRoll to Continue as Part of Roll Group

Photo: Roll Group

BigRoll will continue  services as part of Roll Group. With the merger of the BigRoll organization, Roll Group will expand its fleet with of two module carriers in combination with the five existing multifunctional heavy lift, semi-submersible Ro-Ro vessels. The combination of BigRoll and RollDock allows for greater flexibility and enables Roll Group to provide improved Ro-Ro solutions to clients. Roll Group can benefit from the many years of engineering and project execution experience of RollDock and BigRoll at sea and Roll-Lift on land.

Wood Wins LNG Platform FEED Contract

Pic:  John Wood Group PLC

The Honghua Group Limited has awarded a $12 million front-end engineering design (FEED) contract to Wood for its liquefied natural gas (LNG) platform development in the West Delta area of the Gulf of Mexico. The main objective of the FEED is to finalize the design of the world’s first offshore platform-based natural gas liquefaction and storage facility. Wood recently completed the pre-FEED for this project. Wood’s scope of work includes the onshore gas pre-treatment plant configuration and layouts…

First Ocean Voyage of the Training Ship Unión

View of the Training Ship. (Photo: SENER)

On its first ocean voyage to Europe, the training ship ‘Unión’ – a large sailed vessel belonging to the Peruvian Navy – called on the port of Cádiz, as part of its second training mission and its first mission with a stop in Europe. On the request of the shipbuilder SIMA and the Peruvian Navy, the engineering and technology group SENER has developed the ship’s complete stability booklet, which required conducting advanced studies of its weights and ballast under various loads.

Hunter Joins Bristol Harbor Group

John Hunter, P.E. (Photo: BHGI)

John Hunter, P.E. has been hired by Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) as the firm's most recent addition to its naval architecture and marine engineering practice. Hunter joins BHGI as a Senior Naval Architect. He holds a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Washington. He is also a member and a past chairman of the New England section of Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME).

Noise Control Engineering Awarded Navy SBIR Grant

Computational fluid dynamic consideration of nozzle design (Image: Noise Control Engineering)

Noise Control Engineering awarded Navy SBIR grant for abrasive blaster with reduced noise Glosten subsidiary Noise Control Engineering, LLC said it has been awarded a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract to apply advance aeroacoustics principals to the design of an abrasive blasting nozzle, reducing noise from the nozzle while simultaneously improving the device’s productivity. According to Noise Control Engineering, the nozzle developed through this effort will provide industry with a device that represents an evolutionary step forward in safety and efficiency.

LCE Wins $18.7 Mln Contract to Support Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard

Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) said it has been awarded a $18.7 million, five-year contract from Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF) to continue to provide Code 200 with engineering services in support of critical submarine maintenance availabilities. As the largest and most comprehensive fleet repair and maintenance facility between the U.S. West Coast and the Far East, PHNSY & IMF has served the nation since 1908 when it was created as a coaling and repair station. The shipyard earned its motto “We Keep Them Fit to Fight” during its pivotal role in World War II and has supported the U.S. Navy Fleet in all 20th and 21st century international conflicts.

Conrad Shipyard Awarded Contract by Power Engineering

Artist’s rendering of the San Francisco Ferry Expansion Project scheduled for completion in 2019. Rendering courtesy of ROMA Design Group, architects for WETA.

Conrad Shipyard of Morgan City, Louisiana has been awarded a contract by Power Engineering Construction Company of Alameda, California to build several components for the Water Emergency Transportation Authority’s (WETA) San Francisco Ferry Expansion Project. Construction will be completed at Conrad’s Orange, Texas shipyard. Johnny Conrad, Chairman, President and CEO made the announcement: “This new business is in addition to a barge that we currently have under construction for Power Engineering Construction and we appreciate their continued confidence.

Orest Sychenikov, First Head of Novorossiysk Shipping Company, Passed Away

Orest Sychenikov. Photo: PAO Sovcomflot

It is with great sadness that the Sovcomflot management and team must announce a monumental loss to the Russian shipping community. On 9 October 2017, Orest Sychenikov, first Head of Novorossiysk Shipping Company, passed away at the age of 95. On 9 October 2017, we lost a highly educated man, a talented leader who made a massive contribution to the strengthening and development of Russian maritime navigation. Orest Sychenikov was born on 28 June 1922. In 1941, he was called up to the Red Army to fight in the Second World War, during which was seriously wounded in 1943.

Twiflex: Turning, Locking & Braking System

The Twiflex Turning, Locking & Braking (TLB) System consolidates three usually separate interfaces and functions into one design package (Image: Twiflex)

Regular maintenance of propulsion shafts and propellers requires shafts to be aligned and locked in place so that ships’ engineers can perform the needed work. A Turning, Locking & Braking (TLB) System from Twiflex Ltd. provides a compact solution to allow the shaft position to be set and locked when the vessel is stationary. The Twiflex TLB consolidates three usually separate interfaces and functions into one design package. The modular TLB system is configured to allow customers to select and install one of the turning…

Charting the Next 100 Years of Naval Station Norfolk

What does the future hold for Naval Station Norfolk, the world’s largest naval station? Building on the accomplishments of the last 100 years, leading experts will consider the possibilities and navigate toward a secure and sustainable future at the upcoming symposium, Naval Station Norfolk: Charting Our Next 100 Years, Friday October 20th at the Main, hotel and conference center. The Future Fleet Design session will be conducted by VADM Richard P. Breckenridge from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.. The session will discuss the USFF Fleet Design Plan that will drive the implementation of Fleet Design by 2023. The presentation on Fleet Design will define how the fleet…

Beele Engineering Expands Sealing Plugs Range

(Image: Beele Engineering)

Piping transits are a potential source for fire spread, as fire in one room could easily break through them into adjacent areas. There are various sealing solutions offered to prevent this from happening, such as the SLIPSIL and DYNATITE sealing plugs from Beele Engineering. The Aalten-based company has expanded its supply range to now include XL versions of these products, and in doing so, has simplified further the ability to make pipe transits fire-resistant. Beele Engineering said its sealing plugs are deployed to make pipe transits fire-resistant and smoke and gas-tight.

Hepburn and Sons to Help Boost Virginia Economy

(Photo: Hepburn and Sons LLC)

Twelve Virginia companies were recently selected by the Governor’s office to participate in the Virginia Economic Gardening Pilot Program (VEGPP) ,which aims to advance the local economy. One of the companies selected was the veteran-owned small business Hepburn and Sons LLC, a provider of maritime consulting and engineering support services. The VEGPP, administered by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), seeks out small business which have shown promise and offer strategic solutions to further company growth. Capt.

UK Partners Join Forces in Bid to Build Naval Frigates

(Image: Cammell Laird)

A new partnership between Cammell Laird and BAE Systems aims to position the companies to build five Type 31e Frigates for the U.K. Royal Navy. The Teaming Agreement has been formed in response to the U.K. Ministry of Defense Request for Information and will now be part of a competitive tender process. Under the agreement, Cammell Laird will act as Prime Contractor to build the Type 31e Frigates with BAE Systems providing warship design, engineering capability and combat systems expertise.

Hasuly Joins The Shearer Group

Anne Hasuly (Photo: TSGI)

The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) announced a new addition to its naval architecture, marine engineering and marine surveying firm, Anne Hasuly, P.E. Hasuly has recently joined TSGI as a naval architect. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas and holds a B.S. in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the University of New Orleans. Anne is also a member of the Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers and the Louisiana Engineering Society. Prior to joining TSGI, Hasuly worked for Aqualis Offshore as a senior naval architect.

TechnipFMC Wins Peregrino 2 Contract

TechnipFMC  has been awarded by Statoil an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation contract. It covers the execution of the subsea pipeline connection for the new production platform in Peregrino Phase II Project, located in Campos Basin, offshore Brazil. This new fixed platform will be connected by the in-field lines to the existing platform. TechnipFMC will be responsible for the overall execution for engineering, procurement, manufacturing, construction, installation and pre-commissioning of the rigid pipelines, flexible lines and the required subsea equipment. The company will leverage local capabilities as well as the global state of the art pipelay fleet for the offshore campaign, which is scheduled to start in 2019.

CSSC to Restructure

File Photo:  China State Shipbuilding Corporation

The primary contractor for China's naval force China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) is preparing a major asset reorganization involving its two subsidiaries, reported China Daily. The companies have halted stock trading on the Shanghai Stock Exchange The announcement said that whether the reforms take place would be decided in the next 10 trading days. CSSC Holdings Ltd and CSSC Offshore and Marine Engineering Co Ltd both acted upon the notices from their parent company about the potential asset reform by suspending their stock trading. The CSSC group is the parent of three listed companies.

Derie Joins Davis Consulting

Joseph A. Derie, D.Sc. PE a civil engineer and naval engineer with military experience in the US Army Corps of Engineers and the USCG and civilian engineering experience totaling over 30 years joined Davis Consulting Group (DCG) marine engineers, a division of Davis & Company, Ltd., as a Consultant. His addition brings to nine professionals on the company's nationwide team of marine surveyors, engineers and naval architects that specialize in the areas of engineering and design and accident reconstruction, fire and explosion cause and origin, forensic engineering and commercial vessel surveying.

Clough Wins Woodside Contract

Image: Woodside Energy Ltd

Perth-based Clough has been awarded an engineering services contract by LNG operator Woodside Energy. The contract covers the full spectrum of engineering services including concept and feasibility studies, front-end engineering and design (FEED), engineering assessment and review, detailed engineering and production support across all of Woodside’s onshore and offshore producing assets. As a part of an engineering panel, Clough will provide multi-disciplinary services for Woodside.

Marine Casualty Response: Salvage Engineering is Now Available

Marine Casualty Response: Salvage Engineering (MCR:SE) is the definitive reference handbook on commercial marine salvage. Co-authored by JMS Naval Architects & Salvage Engineers and the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE), MCR:SE is a 710 page, hardbound book based on the US Navy Salvage Engineer's Handbook, also written by JMS. It is the one-stop shop for naval architects, marine engineers, port engineers, ship captains, chief engineers, salvage foremen, tug operators and ship owner/operators. MCR:SE contains comprehensive appendices, engineer's tables, detailed examples, and enough technical information to make it an indispensable, practical manual for engineers and operators alike.

EBDG Adds Chief Engineer Position

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) is pleased to announce that Jim Towers, P.E. has been promoted to Chief Engineer. As part of the firm's continual efforts to provide outstanding technical services, EBDG created the Chief Engineer position to enhance its processes for creating, reviewing, and working with technical documents. As Chief Engineer, Jim's role will have him working closely with EBDG Project Managers to establish the technical content of their projects and to provide a consistent approach to engineering. Jim has 30 years experience in vessel design and construction. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in the province of British Columbia, Canada, the state of Washington, and is a Registered Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom.

EBDG Adds Chief Engineer Position

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) is pleased to announce that Jim Towers, P.E. has been promoted to Chief Engineer. As part of the firm's continual efforts to provide outstanding technical services, EBDG created the Chief Engineer position to enhance its processes for creating, reviewing, and working with technical documents. As Chief Engineer, Jim's role will have him working closely with EBDG Project Managers to establish the technical content of their projects and to provide a consistent approach to engineering. Jim has 30 years experience in vessel design and construction. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in the province of British Columbia, Canada, the state of Washington, and is a Registered Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom.

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