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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Liberia Opens Maritime Training Institute

At the opening ceremony, front row, left to right: Juah Lawson, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Liberian Maritime Administration; Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia; Abraham Avi Zaidenberg, managing director of LMTI; James Kollie, Liberian Maritime Administration Commissioner; and U.S. Ambassador Christine Elder (Photo: Liberian Registry)

The Liberia Maritime Training Institute (LMTI) was officially opened by Liberia President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf during an inauguration ceremony in Marshall City, Liberia, on January 5. The facility is named after John G Bestman, former Liberian finance minister and a member of the board of governors of the Central Bank of Liberia. Under the management of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), LMTI has undergone a massive renovation and facility modernization program over the past two years, resulting in the creation of a new campus and state-of-the-art facilities.

Duke Receives Funding for New Research Vessel

Duke University said it has received $11 million for the construction and operation of a new state-of-the-art vessel that will expand teaching and research capabilities at its marine lab. The gift to the Nicholas School of the Environment from the Grainger Family Descendants Fund, a donor-advised fund at The Chicago Community Trust, provides $5 million to build the new 68-foot oceangoing research vessel and an additional $6 million to support operating costs. The ship will have wet labs and dry labs, oceanographic equipment, a galley and sleeping quarters. It will be an oceangoing classroom to train undergraduate and graduate students in oceanography and marine biology at the Duke Marine Lab at Beaufort, N.C.

New LMS 3D Simulation Offers Real-world Tech

LMS, recently acquired by Siemens and now a business segment within Siemens PLM Software, announced the latest release of its LMS 3D solutions for real world simulation, LMS Virtual. Lab Rev 12 and SAMCEF Rev 15. Both software releases use innovative technology to simulate real-world behavior for faster, more realistic and easier product design. Every LMS 3D simulation solution can be tailored to precise industry and application requirements in areas such as acoustics and vibration, mechanisms, automotive and aerospace simulation process integration, structural analysis and wind turbine development. The latest releases of the two core LMS 3D simulation software suites, LMS Virtual.Lab and SAMCEF including CAESAM, address several of the industries’ most pressing engineering challenges.

MSI Norfolk Opens New Labs

In January 2003 MarineSafety International's Norfolk Center began training in its new Radar/ARPA and ECDIS Labs. programs including ECPINS and TRANSAS, among others. This expansion was undertaken to meet emerging U.S. advanced radar and electronic navigation training. training. combined ARPA and ECDIS courses tailored to U.S. Navy requirements. with a class of ARPA students from a U.S. Navy ship.

RCCL’s Explorer of the Seas Assists in Hurricane Tracking

Explorer of the Seas, which is reportedly the world's only cruise ship equipped with state-of-the-art ocean and atmospheric science laboratories, continues to make important contributions of meteorological data to assist the National Hurricane Center. The 142,000-ton Royal Caribbean International ship recently provided the NHC with valuable 15-minute updates of surface winds on Hurricane Claudette as it grew from a tropical storm. The data was mentioned by NHC as a factor in locating the center of Claudette as it interacted with the Yucatan Peninsula. In readings taken east of Cozumel early on July 11, Explorer of the Seas recorded 50-knot surface winds when reconnaissance planes were unable to get a more reliable indicator that flight-level winds of 40 knots.

Assoc. for the Blind Supplies USS New York

The Louisiana Association for the Blind (LAB) announced it has supplied the more than 10,000 square feet of SKILCRAFT (R)/3M Safety Walk (TM) Slip Resistant Material for the USS New York (LPD 21), an amphibious transport dock ship built and delivered by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding – Gulf Coast's Avondale shipyard. Through the Ability One Program, LAB is able to provide quality employment to the visually impaired and currently employs 125 people, 42 of those who are blind. LAB's Safety Walk (TM) Department, which consists of six blind and three sighted employees, has played a significant role in manufacturing and supplying the Safety Walk (TM) material for the ship.

Sustainable Marine Energy Lab Established in Japan

MAS diagram: Image credit Aquarius Innovation Lab

KEI System Ltd (KEI) and Eco Marine Power (EMP) have jointly established the Aquarius Innovation Lab in Osaka, Japan, which includes an indoor test centre plus an outdoor area for evaluating the performance of hardware such as solar panels, rigid sails & wind power devices. The Aquarius Innovation Lab will conduct research & design plus product development activities related to marine renewable energy systems and fuel saving technologies. Ongoing projects include the development of the Aquarius MRE System and EnergySail, both of which are to be tested in the facility.

Navis, Ideal Tech Partner to Accelerate TOS Projects

Ideal Tech Labs is an idea accelerator and technology partner for startups, mid-market and enterprise customers. Together with its global clients, Ideal Tech has created and delivered technology and business solutions across geographies with a borderless approach to innovation. In the past, Ideal Tech has had remarkable success rates in working with various Navis Professional Services teams across the globe including the core-engineering group and automation teams. Veteran technologist Mahesh Subramanian, Founder and CEO of Ideal Tech worked for Navis prior to founding Ideal Tech Labs. During this time, he was involved in the development of Navis’ N4 EDI module and worked on large-scale N4 implementations, including participation in the first ever go-live of N4 in Lyttelton, New Zealand.

Big Response to WKCTC’s Open House

Open house at the Inland Logistics and Marine Institute in Paducah, Ky

More than 100 city officials, educators, community members, and representatives from the river industry attended West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s open house and ribbon cutting for its Inland Logistics and Marine Institute (ILMI) August 10. Visitors toured the recently renovated 8,000 square-foot facility located at 631 Marine Way between local river businesses and Paducah's downtown. The building includes classrooms, a state-of-the-art radar lab, diesel lab, video lab and five offices.

Converted Shipping Containers as Mobile Tech Labs

Photo: Betabox

Shipping containers are being converted into the high-tech, movable tech lab, says a report in CNN. Raleigh-based Betabox's mobile labs are built inside refurbished shipping containers and have been retrofitted to include things like whiteboards, laptops and CNC milling machines. The labs come in two models. One has wheels, battery power, solar panels on its roof and 200 square feet of space, which can hold 8 to 15 students comfortably. "We can drive it to customers and set it up anywhere outside…

Cal Maritime Receives Challenge Grant from TK Foundation

The 500-ft Cal Maritime Training Ship Golden Bear. The Navigation Lab installation is located on the top deck midships, forward of the aft mast and funnel. Photo courtesy The California Maritime Academy

The California Maritime Academy, a campus of California State University, is one step closer to having the most advanced training ship in the United States. The campus has been awarded a $215,000 dollar-for-dollar matching challenge grant from the TK Foundation. Every dollar donated in support of the Navigation Lab by a company, foundation or individual will be matched by the TK Foundation. The gift will support Phase 2 of the construction of a Navigation Lab onboard Cal Maritime’s Training Ship Golden Bear.

Roxtec Invests in New Fire Lab

(Photo: Roxtec)

Cable and pipe transit manufacturer Roxtec says it is growing in several different industries. In order to meet the increasing demand for product testing and pave the way for continuous growth, the company is building a new fire test lab in Karlskrona, Sweden, to be ready in 2018. The Roxtec sealing system is used all over the world to protect life and secure operations. Owners and contractors within everything from shipbuilding and construction to renewable energy rely on the seals that are tested and certified to protect against multiple risk factors, including fire.

APR Labs Greener Method of Propulsion

Photo courtesy APR Labs

In 2006, Aries Propulsion Research Labs (APR Labs) introduced a new method of propulsion technology labeled Omni-Directional Propulsion (ODP). The method was created by designer Chris B. Hewatt and was first published on the United States Patent and Trade Organization (USPTO) Web site as publication 20060230847. APR Labs says that this unique design has been gaining attention in the transportation industry, but could have its greatest impact on the marine industry because it creates movement without propellers.

Intertek Extends Fuel Test Service to Cover River Rhine

The laboratory is located at the Birsfelden Rhine harbor, and is focused on testing petroleum, fuels and chemicals. A further lab expansion is planned towards the end of 2012, enabling Intertek to offer a full spectrum of services for quantity and quality assessments of liquid petroleum refined products. Rainer Mast, Intertek Germany Country Manager, stated, “The new lab and inspection location in Birsfelden is the 3rd Intertek Switzerland lab and inspection facility for fuel and oil testing, adding to our existing locations in Schlieren and Geneva.

Impeva Labs at Maritime Security Expo

The panel, to include senior representatives of IBM, Northrop Grumman, Zhi Verden and Deutsche Bank, will discuss business processes and technologies that can enhance supply chain security and increase the flow of goods and information. The MSE event will be November 17th through 19th at the Long Beach (CA) Convention Center, and the panel will be on Wednesday, November 19th at 8:40 a.m. in Room A. The MSE web site is at www.maritimesecurityexpo.com. Impeva Labs is a supplier of global asset management optimization solutions (tracking, tracing, monitoring and security). Impeva Labs is a privately held company based in Mountain View, California with offices in Florida, Brazil and Armenia.

Jill Rivette Joins C & C Technologies

Jill Rivette has joined the Geotechnical Division

C & C Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce that Jill Rivette has joined the Geotechnical Division in Houston TX as a Senior Geotechnical Engineer. Jill is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and brings with her many years of experience in geotechnical engineering. The C & C geotechnical laboratory has been quite active in 2014 performing standard and advanced soil tests on core samples obtained from offshore East Africa, along with several extensive lab testing programs on projects in the Gulf of Mexico.

New US Ballast Water Research Lab Opened

Traveling across the globe from port to port, the U.S. Navy fleet transports sailors and Marines, aircraft, and supplies. Unfortunately, ships can also unintentionally transport stowaways, small organisms which live in ballast water. Most people would not look at small organisms like mitten crabs or zebra mussels and think they are a major threat to the environment – and in their natural habitats they pose no threat. But what happens when these organisms are introduced into a new ecosystem? According to Rachel Jacobs, a chemical engineer in the Wastewater Management Branch at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, the results of introducing non-native species into a new environment can be disastrous for the ecosystem…

Was Blackbeard an Avid Reader?

(Image courtesy of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources)

What did Blackbeard and his pirate crew read on board Queen Anne’s Revenge? Artifacts unexpectedly discovered in the wreckage of Blackbeard’s sunken flagship are helping researchers to determine if the infamous pirate captain and his 18th-century crew were literate and what sort of books they kept on board. While performing conservation work on artifacts recovered from the centuries old shipwreck, archaeological conservators with the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural…

Navy Lab Marks 30 years of Environmental Quality

years of advancing environmental enhancement for ships and submarines. Navy. comply with existing laws, regulations and policies. was established. The objectives then are almost identical to those now. without impairing the military readiness of its operational units. place in Annapolis, Md., in February 1972. this period is still in use today. ways water was used aboard ships. three thousand "Navy Showers" were installed on 50 ships. water was secured for showers. facilities in West Bethesda. To stay ahead of today's complex and demanding environmental regulations and policies, the EQD employs 117 experts in the field. In addition to the Navy, the EQD supports industry, cruise ships, shipyards, the U.S. agencies and foreign militaries.

Intertek Qualifies as USCG Testing Lab

The U.S. Coast Guard has accepted the Antioch, Calif., facility of the ETL SEMKO, America's division of Intertek Testing Services (ITS) as an independent testing laboratory authorized to perform fire safety shipboard doors and windows. ITS ETL SEMKO will conduct testing on fire doors and windows for class "A" and "B" division vessels to ensure compliance with the International Organization (IMO) Resolution MSC.61 (67), the International code of Application Fire Test Procedures (FTP Code). The Coast Guard will then review the test results. For the Coast Guard to grant certification, a manufacturer must be involved in a follow-up surveillance service managed by an independent testing lab…

Impeva Labs Awarded Security Contract from PANYNJ

Impeva Labs, Inc., announced that it has received 18-month contract from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ). for Operation Safe Commerce (OSC) Phase III. selected to provide the key technologies for two of the four supply chains being evaluated during OSC III. sensors. condition and security status on a continuous basis. infrastructure. the container is globally located.

Jurong Port, NTU Pursue Alternative Energy Research

Photo: Jurong Port Pte Ltd

Jurong Port and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore inked an MoU at the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) Forum 2017 today to jointly pursue R&D in areas such as Smart Multi-Energy Systems, Alternative Energy Source Applications and Environmental Monitoring Solutions. The MoU signing was witnessed by Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health. The MoU, covering a period of five years, will have both parties jointly: (a) Conduct research projects and testbed solutions as part of Jurong Port’s Living Lab programme.

Geo Shipyard Delivers Research Vessel to FSU Coastal Marine Lab

Photo: Fyffe Yachts

Designed by Fyffe Yachts with NC lofting by Eli Ring, VP of Advance Fabricating, both of Kemah, Texas, the 48 passenger T-boat will support various research functions in the Gulf of Mexico. Power for the new boat is supplied by a pair of John Deere 6135 SFM engines rated at 500 hp at 1900 rpm from Allemand Industries, Harvey, La. The six cylinder engines turn Twin Disc MGX-5114 SC gear boxes, Driveline Service of Portland shafts and ZF 36-inch diameter nybral four-blade propellers.

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