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Saturday, January 20, 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…

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.

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.

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)  

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 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)

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.

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.

Coast Guard Benefits from Houston Company

In an ongoing effort to develop the fastest and most efficient response to emergency situations, the United States Coast Guard contracts with Houston-based Advanced Web Site Publishing (AWSP) to establish a technological birds eye view of performance during an emergency response situation - establishing a first of its kind interactive, online response Flash movie. This newly developed “flash movie,” accessible from the US Coast Guard Website, incorporates pages of Hurricane Katrina path charting, time lines, and the movement of multiple Coast Guard helicopters dispatched from stations across the United States during the disaster in an interactive overview – complete with pause and replay features.

Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract to Develop Shipboard Warning System

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a contract from the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center and their sponsor, the Office of Naval Research, to develop an electro-optic based system intended to warn surface vessels and aircraft in violation of ship protection zones of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels at anchor or in port. The development of the Detection and Unambiguous Warning System (DUWS) will leverage the Northrop Grumman Venom system, a gimbaled version of the company's combat-proven lightweight laser designator rangefinder. The DUWS warning system is comprised of red and green lights mounted side-by-side on the deck of a ship. Shipboard operators aim the lights at an inbound surface or airborne intruder determined to be encroaching the ship's protection zone.

Royal Navy Frigate Upgrades with Thales Sonar

Photo courtesy Thales UK

One of the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) most advanced Type 23 frigates has re-entered operational service, fitted with Thales’s Sonar 2087 system, following a period of sea trials. HMS Sutherland has been declared fit for operational service after trials of its major sonar and defensive systems, and now becomes the sixth Type 23 frigate to be upgraded with the Sonar 2087 system. In November 2008 the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced that HMS Sutherland had left Rosyth dockland for the trials after a multi-million pound refit that included major upgrades to its sonar…

MSC Cruises Uses Hamworthy for Freshwater

Hamworthy Serck Como has secured a new order for its Multi Stage Flash (MSF) Evaporators, the technology regularly specified by leading cruise ship owners as the means of producing fresh water from seawater to meet World Health Organization (WHO) potable water standards. MSC Cruises has selected the Hamworthy MSF Evaporator for installation on board its latest 133,500 gt newbuild, which is due to be built at STX France in St Nazaire. With a capacity for 3,274 passengers plus 1,600 crew, the ship will be a sister to Fantasia, Splendida, and the recently ordered Fantastica, the largest cruise vessels ever built for a European owner. She will become the 12th MSC Cruises vessel for which Hamworthy’s MSF Evaporator has been selected. The contract will see equipment delivered in June 2011.

Phillips 66 Marine Fueling Facility Nears Completion

Phillips 66’s previously announced marine over-the-water fueling facility at its Richmond, Calif. terminal is nearing completion. The facility, located on Canal Boulevard, and known as Pier No.12 in the Richmond Harbor, is scheduled to come online in early September 2014. Completion of this project will provide logistical advantages, including the ability to load diesel barges at Phillips 66’s facilities. This addition will enhance safety while loading and improve the company’s ability to deliver product that is in demand to its Bay Area customers. The new facility will feature fueling of tug and workboats operating in San Francisco Bay. Fueling will be accomplished by a three-inch line with dry breaks, and the product flow rate can be calibrated to a vessel’s ability to take onshore flow.

New Victaulic Gasket for Maritime

Victaulic developed a new nitrile gasket for the maritime industry. The Grade T “Type A” gasket, designed for use with specific Victaulic couplings and flange adapters, simplifies gasket specification and offers superior fire-resistant performance. The nitrile Grade T Type A gasket can be specified for a wide range of services, eliminating the need to use multiple types of gaskets for different applications and simplifying gasket selection. The gaskets may be used in Class I, II and III piping systems outside boiler rooms in accordance with Table 7 IACS UR P2.

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