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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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FSI: Two New Products to Find, Recover Autonomous Assets

FSI Pinger. (Photo: Falmouth Scientific, Inc.)

Falmouth Scientific, Inc. These are small, lightweight, battery-powered, intelligent devices that can be mounted directly on AUVs, Gliders, or other underwater equipment for recovery after their mission duration has elapsed. Multiple user-programmable settings allow for selection of delay, timing, flashing, and frequency options which enable use in a variety of different applications. The Stand-Alone Flasher uses high power, high color-temperature LEDs for optical flashing, and the Flash-Pinger adds a pinger transmitter for acoustic tracking below the water surface.

New Courses Offer Online Electrical Safety Training

AVO Training Institute released its new complete nine-module online course series entitled “Arc Flash Electrical Safety”, a complete electrical safety awareness series that includes the latest NFPA 2015 updates. Available for purchase per individual module at $49 or the complete series bundle price of $379 (bundled savings of over $60), these self-paced, online courses are designed to help individuals who may otherwise find it difficult to attend classes through a more traditional method. Online learning also provides a way for those with part of full-time jobs to continue their studies while keeping their regular work schedule. Developed by AVO’s team of electrical safety instructors as subject matter experts and instructional designers…

ABB Introduces New Arc Flash Safety Device

TVOC-2, a new generation of proprietary Arc Guard System.

ABB LV Products releases new generation of its proprietary Arc Guard System, providing enhanced arc flash protection. The ABB Low Voltage Products division has released TVOC-2, a new generation of its proprietary Arc Guard System that has been protecting electrical equipment from dangerous electrical arc flashes for over 35 years. TVOC-2 features numerous upgrades and new functions to provide superior arch flash protection, detecting faults in low and medium voltage switchgear and disconnecting the power provided to the arc within 30 to 50 milliseconds…

Thales Sonar as “The Most Potent of Any Navy”

HMS Northumberland

The Royal Navy has described how the combination of a Type 23 frigate fitted with Thales UK’s Sonar 2087 and a Merlin helicopter equipped with the Thales FLASH dipping sonar has delivered an outstanding anti-submarine warfare capability. HMS Northumberland, sailing as part of the UK’s Response Force Task Group on the Cougar 12 Mediterranean deployment, recently conducted advanced anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training with a friendly submarine. The exercise involved the ASW surface ships trying to ‘sink’ the hunter-killer submarines…

Demonstration of Competence in Visual Communications

The U.S. Coast Guard National Maritime Center issued a policy letter entitled Demonstration of Competence in Visual Communications (Flashing Light)

UK – Morse Code to the Rescue

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said that one of its members at Hayling Island observed a flashing light off the coast that seemed to be sending an SOS. He responded by flashing the lights of the control tower. The Coastguardsman alerted the Marine Rescue Coordination Centre, which requested the launch of an RNLI lifeboat. The rescue was successfully completed. It turns out the man had transferred all of his safety equipment from his 28-foot fishing boat to a newly acquired vessel. He was running his old boat a short distance down the coast when it grounded. The only safety equipment he had on board was his flashlight. Source: HK Law

Elektronix Launches Marine Approved PCs

Photo courtesy Elektronix AS

During 2010 Electronix AS invested resources regarding development, design and quality assurance of a new range of marine approved PCs. The enix2000 and enix3000 are based on a completely fanless design with Core 2 Duo CPU, and with several years of availability for all components. They feature standalone installation, wall mounting, or in 19-in rack (2U och 3U). They also include Industrial Wide-Temp Flash Disk (for a system with no moving parts), or 2.5-in Industrial 24 / 7 hard drive. Choose Matrox Dual Head Dual Display, or Matrox Quad for 4 x VGA / DVI / HDTV.

DataLog Fuel Monitoring Software for FloNET

FloScan’s new PC software, DataLog, was designed to satisfy customer requests for recording fuel usage data for NOx emissions reporting and to simplify fuel inventory control. DataLog also provides the captain with valuable real-time fuel flow data to pinpoint the engine speed to improve fuel economy by 20% or more. And the individual supply and return fuel flow rates and temperatures keep track of the engine’s health and performance. Changes in these parameters under normal operating conditions…

BIMCO: Positive Economic Developments Benefits Shipping

The recovery of the Eurozone continues as job creation returns across the region. The hiring of more staff indicates that manufacturing and service industries believes in a sustainable recovery where growth is picking up. Flash Eurozone PMI Composite is now at 54.0 (53.1 in March). A 35-month high, with the PMI being above the 50 no-change level for ten months in a row. Chief Shipping Analyst at BIMCO, Peter Sand, said,  "The World is economically interconnected to a large extend. Improvements in Europe should better the economy in China by spurring exports.

ACR -- On the Road To Safety and Survival Technology

Beginning in the 1950's when the company manufactured the first electronic flash unit for cameras that utilized photo flash batteries, ACR Electronics was well on its way to making a name for itself as a leading manufacturer of high-quality strobe lights for the marine and aviation industries. Through government projects, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based company involved itself with the research and development of marine and aviation rescue and survival items, including EPIRBs, personal utility lights, marker lights, radios, SARTs and safety accessories — eventually evolving into a leading manufacturer of 406 MHz beacons and other marine GMDSS products.

JFD Wins Lifeboat Design Contract for Flash Tekk

Photo: JFD

JFD, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, announced that it has won a contract with Singaporean company Flash Tekk Engineering for the design and manufacture of up to eight Self-Propelled Hyperbaric Lifeboats (SPHL). A development to improve operational safety standards, SPHLs are to be installed as part of the saturation diving systems on the new Red-Class fleet of Diving Support Vessels (DSV). The SPHLs are currently under construction for Flash Tekk’s parent company Ultra Deep Solutions, the builder and operator of ultra-deep diving heavy construction vessels.

Navy, Coast Guard Rescue Fishermen Offshore Georgia

The guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66) Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Hays US Navy

The U.S. Navy, along with assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard, rescued three fishermen from a raft 63 miles southeast of Brunswick, Ga. The Coast Guart received a 406 megahertz emergency position indicating radio beacon alert from the 42-foot fishing vessel Barbara Lynn at approximately 3:30 a.m. Tuesday and released an enhanced group calling (EGC) message and launched a  helicopter crew and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma crew to the vessel’s last known position. The crew of the USS Hue City received the EGC and…

Suezmax Tanker Delivered to TMS

Chinese shipbuilder Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (SWS) said it delivered a 158,000 DWT Suezmax oil tanker Greek operator TMS Tankers on July 18.   The vessel, Fontana, has an overall length of 274 meters, molded breadth of 48 meters and draft of 16 meters. It is suitable for carrying crude oil having flash points at or below 60℃, and fully meets the regulations of EEDI, the builder said.

U.S. Navy Photo: Light Show off USS Abraham Lincoln

(Oct. 8, 2010) Lighting flashes as the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) transits the Strait of Malacca. Abraham Lincoln is underway on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th and U.S. 5th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Colby K. Neal/Released)  

This Day in U.S. Naval History – January 18

1911 - First aircraft landing on board a ship, USS Pennsylvania by Eugene Ely. 1962 - After a flash fire in the Persian Gulf on Danish tanker, Prima Maersk, burned a crewman, USS Duxbury Bay transfers a Navy doctor to help the Danish crewman and USS Soley took him to the nearest hospital at Bahrain Island. 1968 - Operation Coronado X begins in Mekong Delta, Vietnam 1977 - The Trident (C-4) missile development flight test program commenced when C4X-1 was launched from a flight pad at Cape Canaveral, FL 1991 - USS Nicholas attacks and captures Iraqi oil platforms (Source: Navy News Service)  

This Day in Naval History – Jan. 18

1911 - First aircraft landing on board a ship, USS Pennsylvania by Eugene Ely. 1962 - After a flash fire in the Persian Gulf on Danish tanker, Prima Maersk, burned a crewman, USS Duxbury Bay transfers a Navy doctor to help the Danish crewman and USS Soley took him to the nearest hospital at Bahrain Island. 1968 - Operation Coronado X begins in Mekong Delta, Vietnam 1977 - The Trident (C-4) missile development flight test program commenced when C4X-1 was launched from a flight pad at Cape Canaveral, FL 1991 - USS Nicholas attacks and captures Iraqi oil platforms (Source: Navy News Service)

U.S. Forecaster Sees Chance of El Nino By Summer, Fall 2017

Neutral or El Nino conditions are nearly equally likely in the Northern Hemisphere this summer and fall, a U.S. government forecaster said on Thursday. The National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center said in its monthly outlook that the forecaster consensus reflected slightly lower chances of El Nino development than it did last month. The last El Nino, a warming of ocean surface temperatures in the eastern and central Pacific that typically occurs every few years, went away in 2016 and was linked to crop damage, fires and flash floods.   (Reporting by Vijaykumar Vedala in Bengaluru)

KMSS To Launch New Operating Station

Kongsberg Maritime Ship Systems (KMSS) is preparing to launch the new Midi Operator Station (MOS) on January 1, 2003. The MOS acts as an interface/operator station for process control indication and operation, and can be easily installed almost anywhere on a vessel. Acting as a fully integrated and self-contained operator station, the MOS allows for immediate access to the functions of the Datachief C20 Remote Operator Station (ROS) within the process areas of a ship such as the engine or switchboard room. Built to withstand extreme pressures, it’s possible to actually mount the MOS on items such as engines and compressors, for easy and regular access. offer access to the functions of the Distributed Processing Units (DPU). requesting the distributed databases from the DPU’s.

KMSS to Launch New Operating Station

Kongsberg Maritime Ship Systems (KMSS) is preparing to launch the new and innovative Midi Operator Station (MOS) on 1st January 2003. The MOS acts as an interface/operator station for process control indication and operation, and can be easily installed almost anywhere on a vessel. Acting as a fully integrated and self-contained operator station, the MOS allows for immediate access to the functions of the Datachief C20 Remote Operator Station (ROS) within the process areas of a ship such as the engine or switchboard room. Built to withstand extreme pressures, it’s possible to actually mount the MOS on items such as engines and compressors, for easy and regular access.

Standing on Guard(eon): Preventing the ‘Arc Flash’ Casualty

“It’s less about breakers tripping than it is about the predictive maintenance ... Whether its marine customers or oil & gas customers or data center customers, what they care about is being able to predict if a breaker is going to trip in the future and take action in advance of that. So it wasn’t a customer that came to us, but instead it’s a problem that keeps coming up in heavy process industries. This is the solution to that problem.”  Norm Sowards, General Manager,  Power Components, GE In

As GE celebrates the grand opening of its Mebane Customer Experience Center and a multimillion dollar manufacturing facility renovation, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News gets an advance look at a new product line that could save marine and oil and gas customers millions of dollars in lost time and equipment damage. GE Industrial Solutions CEO Bob Gilligan told GE employees, distributors, and state and local politicians that ultimately, the firm’s energy management business would more than double to $13 billion annually as GE moves to recapture the lead in that market space.

Gulf of Mexico Storm heads for Mexico

A tropical depression over the Gulf of Mexico was expected to strengthen to a tropical storm before coming ashore in southeastern Mexico on Monday and bringing torrential rains that could cause life-threatening mudslides and flash floods. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said that at 8 p.m. EDT, (0000 GMT), Tropical Depression Four was 275 miles (285 km) east-southeast of Tuxpan, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph). The storm system will be named Danielle if it reaches sustained tropical storm-force winds of 39 mph (63 kph). It was moving at 8 mph (13 kph) and was due to reach the Mexican shore by 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT) on Monday, just north of Veracruz, a city of more than 400,000 people.

Tropical Storm Earl moves inland over southeastern Mexico

Tropical Storm Earl Image Weather Underground

Tropical Storm Earl moved inland early on Saturday over southeastern Mexico where torrential rains could produce deadly flash floods and mudslides, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The storm with winds of 50 mph (80 kmh) was about 30 miles (50 km) southwest of Veracruz, Mexico as it headed west at 9 mph (15 km), the Miami-based center said in an advisory late on Friday night. The center said Earl would weaken as it moved inland throughout the day on Saturday, but could…

New Edition of Danish List of Lights

Lights with fixed flashes, lights with very fast flashes or how about lights with a Morse code.

A new edition of the Danish List of Lights has been published that provides the readers with a complete overview of the lights around Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland. The 2015 edition replaces the previous List of Lights from 2013. Lights with fixed flashes, lights with very fast flashes or how about lights with a Morse code. Danish lights come in many different variants and designs, and you can read about all of them in the new publication "Danish List of Lights 2015" (in Danish). The List contains descriptions of the 2216 lights, which is 49 lights more than two years ago.

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