Webb Institute Adds Assistant Professor of Marine Engineering
Webb Institute has appointed Benjamin H. Scott as the Assistant Professor of Marine Engineering. Scott is a design engineer with over 30 years of experience in thermal and hydraulic analysis, heat exchanger design, thermal performance testing and fluid system design. Scott recently retired from Exelon Corporation as the senior manager of design engineering at their Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Lusby, Md., where he oversaw a staff of 60 multidiscipline engineers responsible for all plant modifications and improvements…
How to Reduce Risk When Selecting a Ballast Water Management System
It seems like a lifetime coming, but the IMO International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM) has been approved and will enter into force on September 8, 2017. Deemed as an environmental necessity, it creates an enormous operational challenge for the maritime industry. As ship owners, system installers and BWM system manufacturers alike prepare for the many challenges associated with implementation, it would be wise to more closely evaluate the real (and sometimes hidden) risks to system operators and manufacturers.
Ugitech's Stainless Steel for Parts Subject to Heavy Wear and Tear
Hardness, corrosion resistance and impact strength are determinate factors in the lifecycle costs of wearing parts made of steel bar such as valve seats, bending guides and nozzles for abrasive liquids. The material's machinability, however, is just as relevant for quality and cost effectiveness. Ugitech now for the first time introduces to the market a stainless steel with outstanding values that meet all of these criteria. UGIMA 4116N is extremely hard thanks to the addition…
PPG Appoints Sklarsky
PPG Industries said Frank S. Sklarsky will join the company as executive vice president for finance, effective April 15, reporting to Chairman and CEO Charles E. Bunch. Also, effective August 1, Sklarsky will be named PPG executive vice president and chief financial officer. David B. Navikas, currently PPG senior vice president, finance and chief financial officer, will continue in his current role until August 1, and will then continue as senior vice president in a senior leadership role that will be announced later. Most recently, Sklarsky was executive vice president and chief financial officer, Tyco International, Ltd., a global provider of security, fire protection and flow control solutions with revenues that exceeded $17 billion.
Neil Mackintosh apponted President of INTECSEA
WorleyParsons announced the appointment of Neil Mackintosh as INTECSEA president, following the retirement of Uri Nooteboom. Mackintosh will join INTECSEA on July 8, 2014 and be based in Houston, Texas. Departing president Uri Nooteboom will assist Mackintosh with his transition until the end of August and be available as an advisor to Neil thereafter. Nooteboom joined INTECSEA in 1990. Over the years he has taken on leadership roles of increasing responsibility and in 2010 was named president of INTECSEA. Incoming president Neil Mackintosh joins INTECSEA from Genesis Subsea (Technip) where he recently served as Senior Vice President. Prior to Technip, he held multiple commercial, technical and operational leadership roles with McDermott, Flow Control and Cameron.
Rotork Acquires Masso
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.
Schlumberger, Cameron Merger Complete
Schlumberger Limited (NYSE:SLB) announced today that it has closed its merger with Cameron International Corporation. As previously announced, each Cameron stockholder is entitled to receive 0.716 shares of Schlumberger common stock and $14.44 in cash, in exchange for each Cameron share. Schlumberger has issued approximately 138 million shares pursuant to the merger. As a result, former Cameron stockholders own approximately 10% of Schlumberger’s outstanding shares of common stock.
World Wide Metric to Exhibit at 2013 International Work Boat Show
World Wide Metric announced they will be exhibiting at the 2013 International Work Boat Show in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 9-11, 2013 at booth #3542. This year they will strive to educate attendees about their products at the show, that include vent head and butterfly valves, hydraulic fittings and tubes, pipe couplings and anticorrosion products. The International Work Boat Show connects attendees to the best resources in the maritime industry all in one convenient location. With more than 1,000 exhibitors and thousands of innovative products, attendees can meet and negotiate face to face with colleagues and suppliers to find new ideas that bring in business and save money.
MacGregor Provides Flexible Cement Handling
A new self-loading/unloading cement carrier for Japanese Taiheiyo Engineering Co will feature MacGregor cement handling systems designed to carry three grades of cement at a rated capacity of 1,000t/h. MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a new order for autonomous loading and unloading systems for an 8,700 dwt cement carrier to be built for Japanese shipowner Taiheiyo Kisen Kaisha Ltd. "The totally enclosed cement handling arrangements will ensure flexible, efficient and clean cargo operations," said Anders Berencsy, Sales Manager, Selfunloaders at MacGregor. The 109m vessel will have four cargo holds, each divided into two compartments. The cement handling system is designed to carry up to three grades of cement in each shipment.
World Wide Metric Introduces Garlock Gaskets
World Wide Metric Announces the Addition of Garlock Gaskets. World Wide Metric has recently added gaskets to our wide variety of products. Recently partnering with Garlock, a well known provider of high-performance fluid sealing products for the world’s processing industries, Garlock 5500 Gaskets are now available in full face and ring type in metric JIS and DIN flange configurations. The Garlock 5500 provides a tight seal that offers great stability with minimal weight loss. As well as a reduced creep relaxation with an improved retention providing optimal seal ability. Garlock 5500’s non-oxidizing fibers withstand continuous operating temperature of up to 550°F (290°C), and maximum spike of 800°F.
Metso Improving Offshore Energy Safety
Metso introduces new solutions for improved safety in upstream offshore industry. New stainless steel version of Metso's intelligent safety valve controller Neles ValvGuard offers market leading pneumatics capacity, extensive safety valve testing capabilities and enhanced online condition monitoring features resulting in improved safety and availability at offshore platforms. To complement its Smart Product offering for offshore customers Metso has released stainless steel versions…
Better Flow Control for Multi-pump Applications
The VACON 100 FLOW is an AC drive designed to improve flow control for multi-pump applications in which several pumps are used in place of a single one. Multiple pump solutions help lighten the load by spreading it across several pumps, thus offering greater energy efficiency and system redundancy – if one pump fails, the others can take up the additional load. For operations in which demand fluctuates throughout the course of the day, such as a municipal water system providing peak water consumption in the morning and minimal usage at night…
Norvestor to Become PG’s Largest Shareholder
Norvestor VI, L.P., a fund advised by Norvestor Equity AS, announced it has signed an agreement to invest in Ing Per Gjerdrum AS including its subsidiaries PG Hydraulics AS and PG Construction AS. The transaction is expected to close end of October 2014, subject to customary approval from the Norwegian Competition Authorities. Following the acquisition, Norvestor will become the largest shareholder in PG with about 63 % of the shares, while the remaining shares will be held by Mads Gjerdrum and Roy Norum. The company had revenues of NOK 552 million in 2013.
Farris, JA Moody Declare Sales Partnership
Farris Engineering, a business unit of Curtiss-Wright Flow Control, announced it has entered into an agreement with marine valve sales and service company JA Mood,. designating them as the Farris Engineering sales representative to the U.S. Navy and commercial marine markets. JA Moody brings to the agreement more than 50 years of experience in flow control products for naval and commercial marine customers with specialized expertise in Navy and other military-specified valves and valve actuation. With five sales offices located in major port cities along the Pacific, Gulf and Atlantic coasts, JA Moody is strategically positioned to represent Farris products aimed directly to the marine market. “Our agreement with JA.
JA Moody Acquires Pima Valve
Acquisition expands operational capabilities to include design and manufacturing and demonstrates commitment to U.S. based manufacturing sector. Moody says that it will provide a broader suite of products for its marine and commercial customer base. JA Moody, a privately held family business with its headquarters in Malvern, PA, that has been distributing valves and actuators to the U.S. DOD and commercial entities for 65 years, today announced that it’s parent company has completed the acquisition of Pima Valve.
Leistritz Debuts Three New Pumps
The offshore oil and gas industry uses Floating Production, Storage and Off-loading (FPSO) vessels to process and store gas or oil until it can be unloaded onto tankers or forwarded through a pipeline. Leistritz Screw Pumps are responsible for boosting the produced water into a hydro cyclone where the remaining oil and sand will be extracted. Since 1924 Leistritz Pumpen GmbH has been manufacturing screw pumps for almost any application in the shipbuilding industry and has established itself as a leader worldwide.
Alfa Laval Debuts FlowSync
Flow optimization of the separator feed increases protection from cat fines while decreasing energy use. The new Alfa Laval FlowSync is a single solution for automatic flow control, unique in its ability to steer multiple separator feeds simultaneously. Alfa Laval FlowSync is an automatic control system that synchronizes the oil feed to Alfa Laval separators with the engine load. By matching the flow of fuel to the engine’s needs, it increases retention time in the separator bowl, giving the separators the best possible conditions for doing their job.
Norwegian Epic Drydocks at Damen Shiprepair
On Sunday, 27 September, Norwegian Cruise Line’scruise vessel,Norwegian Epic, entered Damen Shiprepair Brest for a scheduled refit and maintenance programme. The vessel will remain in Brest’s largest drydockuntil18 October. The yard, besides executing the repair and maintenance works, provides all necessary logistic services to Norwegian Cruise Line’sarranged contractors. “This isn’t just another mega-class cruise ship”, explains Robert Diepenbroek, Managing Director at Damen Shiprepair Brest.Norwegian Epic is cruising reimagined with innovations never before seen at sea.
Growing Up Metric
The story of World Wide Metric’s steady growth and promising future. Words are powerful, and “Growing up Metric,” the title of the recently released book by George Contos, the energetic CEO and second-generation ‘Contos’ leader of World Wide Metric, is a fitting title. Contos recently sat with Maritime Reporter & Engineering News in his Branchburg, N.J. headquarters to discuss how his company has grown from roughly $3 million per year when he took over in 2000, to over $20 million per year today, with its course set for $50 million by 2026.
Subsea J/V Launched by Cameron & Schlumberger
The joint venture company, OneSubsea, is to manufacture and develop products, systems and services for the subsea oil and gas market. This new company intends to offer a step change in reservoir recovery for the subsea oil and gas industry through integration and optimization of the entire production system over the life of the field. The integration of the production system will be accomplished by combining superior reservoir knowledge and wellbore technologies, with industry leading subsea technologies, all together delivering enhanced productivity, reliability and integrity. Cameron and Schlumberger have 60/40 ownership of the joint venture, respectively, and the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.
Exhaust Economizers: A Silent Contributor to Green Technology
Next generation economizers are being introduced by Ulmatec Pyro. This will carry on the history of 35 years of heat recovery from ship’s exhaust – a technology that’s still unknown for many in the marine industry. You can’t ignore waste energy recovery systems if you want to participate in discussions about efficient marine designs. That statement is based on the fact that most diesel engines on board a vessel still operate on an efficiency scale in the 30 percent range. The remaining 60-70 percent represents losses, converted into heat.
Simmons UK Double Up on Oil & Gas Deals
Simmons & Co in Aberdeen completed 14 deals in 2012 valued $2.3-billion, more than double the 2011 total value. The corporate finance advisers to the energy sector have played a significant role in many of the most prominent transactions that took place across the oil and gas service sector in 2012 including deals subsea, well services, drilling and completions sectors. Colin Welsh, chief executive officer at Simmons said: "Getting the best result for our clients in the current environment has been challenging because the market dynamics keep changing as new buyers emerge and the sector becomes more geographically diverse. It helps that we focus exclusively on energy because our market intelligence is always current".
Vessel Automation: Command & Control
The marine industry is becoming increasingly competitive, with many looking to lower transportation costs while demanding the highest environmental and safety standards. Automating vessel operations and systems can significantly improve a vessel owner’s competitive edge in the market, by reducing staffing requirements, improving asset management, maintenance costs and minimizing risk of environmental incidents due to human error. On a ship, there are many parameters that needs to be controlled or monitored including: temperature…