Carnival Unveils Miami Fleet Operations Center
Carnival Cruise Line has previewed its new Fleet Operations Center (FOC) in Miami, the largest and most advanced in the cruise industry. The 35,000-square-foot facility is custom-designed for hands-on, around-the-clock monitoring and support of the line's 26 cruise ships. The Carnival Cruise Line FOC is the first facility of its kind in South Florida and features a state-of-the-art tracking and data-analysis platform that enables real-time information sharing between Carnival ships and specialized shoreside teams designed to support fleet operations.
Navico Names Rae Manager for Canada
Marine electronics manufacturer Navico has appointed Steve Rae to the position of Country Manager for Canada.Based in Vancouver Island, B.C., Rae will be responsible for sales, service and support for the company’s three marine electronics brands, Lowrance, Simrad and B&G. In addition, he will oversee a new Edmonton-based Navico service center that will open on May 30.Rae has been involved with Navico brands since 1988, managing Canadian sales and service for Lowrance. In 2008…
NAVSEA Warfare Centers Hold First Annual Awards Ceremony
The leadership of NAVSEA's Warfare Centers presented the first in an annual series of awards to highlight and recognize groups and individuals who are working to ensure that the Warfare Center Enterprise vision becomes a reality. In an Oct. 4th ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard, eleven groups and 66 individuals were recognized in three categories: Innovation; Collaboration; Transformation and Change Agent. The awards were presented by the Warfare Center (WC) workforce executive, Dr. Ken Baile, in conjunction with Rear Adm. Steven Johnson, Commander of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Mr. Charles Giacchi, Technical Director of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) and Don McCormack, Technical Director, NUWC. In his introductory remarks, Dr.
Cummins to Expand Product Line, Add 200 Jobs
Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) announced that it is expanding its High-Horsepower Technical Center and high-horsepower engine product line at its manufacturing facility in Seymour. The expansion of the center will provide the company with more opportunities for producing high-horsepower clean-diesel and natural gas engines in the future. Mark Levett, Vice President and General Manager High-Horsepower Business, made the announcement at the plant and was joined by Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, U.S. Rep. Baron Hill and several members of local and state government representing the Seymour area. Cummins plans to invest approximately $100m in the expansion at the Seymour plant, which is expected to result in approximately 200 engineering and manufacturing jobs over the next five years.
Hydrex's Doubler Plates Keep Ships Sailing
Underwater repair specialist Hydrex says when hull damage leads to the classification society to only allow temporary repair, there is a practical solution that allows ships to continue operations until a permanent repair can be scheduled. Recently called upon to inspect damage to the stern thruster area of a 195m ro-ro ship during a scheduled stop in Antwerp, the Hydrex investigation revealed a large crack in the welding seam on the edge between the hull plating and the thruster tunnel. To repair the vessel, Hydrex was able to fabricate a 600mm x 300mm doubler plate, on-site.
MMI Creates New Mertech Training Program
Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI), a private school specializing in professional marine technician training, is offering an all-new Mertech training program. The first private school training program of its kind to be officially endorsed by Mercury Marine, a global leader in the design and manufacture of marine propulsion products, Mertech is designed to improve the skills of new technicians who complete MMI's core marine technician training programs. To further enhance his/her technical skills and employment opportunities, Merctech offers an entry-level technician the opportunity to become familiar with Mercury products and dealership operations.
Alion Awarded $6.3M NAVSEA Contract
U.S. Navy ships and submarines are often subject to extreme environmental conditions and stresses, so effective testing of equipment is essential to the operation of those vessels. To support this need, Alion Science and Technology, an employee-owned technology solutions company, was awarded a three-year, $6.3m contract from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to identify potential improvements to shock and environmental test procedures for all Navy surface ship and submarine field organizations. Under the contract, Alion will play a key role in evaluating prototype designs and reviewing plans and procedures submitted by equipment manufacturers. Alion engineers will also provide technical assistance to the submarine force in the area of submarine weapon launchers and payloads.
The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center:
The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center, headquartered at Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, California, is a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded partnership of organizations concerned with marine science and technology education. The MATE Center coordinates and facilitates the development of educational programs in marine science and technology involving grades 9-16, with an emphasis on community colleges. In the Monterey Bay region, MATE and Monterey Peninsula College have developed a new Marine Science and Technology Associate Degree and Certificate Program that begins this Fall 1999 semester with courses geared to prepare students for careers in marine science and technology.
Anteon Wins Navy Contract
Atlantic, Norfolk, Va. $100,000 at the time of award. one-year option periods. $347,739,375. $378,447,168. Work will be performed in Hampton Roads area, Va. other ports in the Continental U.S. Continental U. S. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed June 2005. funds in the amount of $100,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The contracts were competitively procured. Federal Business Opportunity websites, with two offers received. Industrial Supply Center, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity. (Anteon Corp.
Korean Register Opens Green-ship Certification Center
The Korean Register informs it has formally opened the Green-ship Equipment Test Certification Center in Gunsan, Jeonbuk, Korea. This large-scale facility will be operated by KR and has been built with the full support of Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and the governments of Gunsan City and Jeolla-buk province. In recent years, KR, an IACS member classification society, has been developing eco-friendly technologies through collaboration on a range of R&D activities with marine equipment manufacturers. The creation of this new international-level facility enables KR to carry out testing and evaluation beyond its routine R&D work and establishes a firm base from which to lead the international standardization of eco-friendly vessels.
CCD Hosts MACC in Norfolk
The Combatant Craft Detachment (CCD) hosted the well-attended 6th annual Multi-Agency Craft Conference (MACC) in Norfolk, focusing on DOD and government boats and craft June 17-19 at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek in Virginia, with this year's theme: "Innovative Operations: Waves of the Future". CCD is a field activity within the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock Division (NSWCCD). The Army, Marine Corps and Navy sponsored this popular gathering, fostering mutual understanding between military, government and commercial organizations. MACC drew over 1400 participants with 37 technical presentations by both government and industry, an exhibition tent with over 100 booths and 60 boat displays, 45 of which were available for in-water demos.
ABS Expands Greek Presence
Classification society ABS unveiled its Global Ship Systems Center and announced the formation of its Hellenic Technical Committee in Athens. “This cutting-edge facility brings together industry-recognized technical leaders to support clients throughout the entire lifecycle of their assets,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. Through a systems-based approach, the Global Ship Systems Center addresses the increasing complexity of mechanical and cyber-enabled systems onboard vessels.
Navy Communication Contract Awarded
Eagan, McAllister Associates, Inc., Lexington Park, Md., is being awarded a $9,651,725 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide engineering, logistical and technical support services to augment the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Charleston Communication Systems Department program/projects managers and engineers in development, test and evaluation, and life cycle support of communications-related systems, subsystems and equipment. The support services will require applying recognized scientific and technical procedures to system engineering, software engineering, security engineering, test and evaluation…
TU Varna Opens Maritime Simulator Wing
New simulator wing features DNV certified VSTEP Dynamic Positioning and Full Mission Bridge Simulators and type approved ECDIS classroom. The simulation center of the Technical University of Varna officially opened its new simulation wing on May 21, 2015, following the opening of its simulation center in 2012. All the simulators in the TU Varna training center are delivered and installed by VSTEP. The new wing features a NAUTIS Class B DP Simulator as well as a NAUTIS class A Full Mission Bridge Simulator and a new ECDIS Simulator classroom.
SENER Setup First China FORAN Technical Support Center
An opening ceremony for the first FORAN China Technical Support Center was held in September the 27th in Zhenjiang, China. At the same time a cooperation agreement was signed between Jiangsu University of Science and Technology (JUST), SENER INGENIERIA Y SISTEMAS, S.A. (SENER) and United Force Corporation (UFC). Dong Shirun, Vice President of JUST, Luis Garcia, Executive Vice President of SENER Marine and Mr. Jeff Song, Vice President of UFC attended the ceremony. According to the agreement, 50 licenses of FORAN are installed in JUST for educational purposes and the execution of real projects. Dong emphasized that in order to give strong support to Chinese users of FORAN, JUST will also develop necessary functions, such as localization and customization, based on FORAN.
USCG Marine Safety Center – Address Change
The U.S. Coast Guard promulgated a technical amendment reflecting a change of address for its Marine Safety Center. Effective immediately, the physical address is: Commanding Officer (MSC); USCG Marine Safety Center; Suite 1000, Room 525; 1900 Half Street, SW; Washington, DC 20024. Regular mail should be sent to: Commanding Officer (MSC); USCG Marine Safety Center; 2100 Second Street, SW; Washington, DC 20593. The telephone number is 202-475-3400. 70 Fed. Reg. 75731 Source: HK Law
W R Systems Wins Contract
W R Systems, Ltd., was awarded a follow-on Contract Award N65236-12-D-4806 for SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic. W R Systems, Ltd. (WRSystems), of Norfolk, VA, along with URS Federal Services, Inc. (prime) and other team members, has been awarded the Submarine C5I & NC3 Engineering, Technical, and Logistic Support follow-on contract from SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic. Work under this contract includes engineering, technical, analysis and assessment, logistical, life cycle, and program management support for VIRGINIA Class (SSN 774) Non-Propulsion Electronics Systems and Submarine Warfare Federated Tactical Systems (SWFTS) C5I systems and subsystems installed in SSN 21, SSN 688/I, SSBN 726, SSN 774, and SSGN Class Submarines and SUBOPAUTH shore facilities.
Keppel O&M Training Center Opens
(), the technical and specialized skill training center of Keppel Offshore & Marine Limited (Keppel O&M), has enhanced its capacity to 3,500 training places per annum with its new facilities in . The Center will be a one-stop training facility where employees and subcontractors can register for courses, undergo training, receive certification and apply for relevant trade licences. Keppel O&M’s annual investment in training was S$17 million for 2006 and 2007 each. This is expected to rise to S$23 million in 2008…
Technical University Varna Opens Simulation Center
The Technical University of Varna, Bulgaria officially opened its new state of the art simulation training center during a high profile opening ceremony at the university premises on October 3rd, 2012. The opening of the simulation center consolidates TU Varna’s position as a leading maritime university on the Black Sea. The center incorporates multiple VSTEP NAUTIS and RescueSim simulators and will be used for both maritime and incident management education and training. The opening ceremony was attended by representatives of the Technical University…
New Orleans Selected as Host City for DeepGulf 2007
DeepGulf, a leading technical conference and exhibition focused on the offshore oil and gas industry, is set to be held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Dec. 5-7. New Orleans was selected as the host city due to its long history as a center for offshore oil and gas exploration and production and its now re-emergence as one of the world’s leading deep-water technology centers. 2007 marks the first year the conference has been held outside of Houston, Texas.
DNV GL Opens US Technical Helpdesk
DNV GL has opened the American hub of its technical helpdesk in Houston, the organization announced today. DNV GL, a Norway-based international classification society, now has 400 technical experts worldwide providing answers to customer questions across Europe, Asian, and American time zones. “Our classification customers tell us they want timely, authoritative and insightful answers to technical questions," said Jan Solum, who leads the new Technical Helpdesk Team in Houston. When offices in Europe close, Houston takes over until Singapore is online to respond to them.
OSM Developing High-tech Operations Center
Ship management firm OSM said it is in the final stages of completing a Singapore-based Maritime Operations Center that will help transform decision-making, efficiency and performance for its global customer base.The facility, developed in partnership with Singapore based analytics company Azendian Solutions, will initially allow OSM to connect all its data sources around the world. In the near future, the operations center will not only be the main pillar of OSM’s Technical Management offerings…
MOL to Open New Maritime Academy in Philippines
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines announced that the establishment of MOL Magsaysay Maritime Academy in Salitran, Dasmariñas City, the Philippines — a joint project with Magsaysay Maritime Corporation (MMC) — has acquired official approval from the Philippine government's Commission on Higher Education (CHED), clearing the way for the academy to open in August. MOL has offered training programs in Philippines with the goal of developing crewmembers who will uphold strict safety standards in vessel operation…