MUM's the Word: New UUV Takes Shape in Germany
The Large Modifiable Underwater Mothership (MUM) brings German engineering prowess and cooperation to the fore. As the world of autonomous vehicles flourishes on land and in the air, subsea applications have proven more challenging, despite great strides in recent years to deliver fully autonomous, efficient systems at sea. A team of engineers from Germany, engineers teamed from industry and academia, are aiming to drive the subsea vehicle market further faster courtesy of a project known as the Large Modifiable Underwater Mothership, or MUM.
Brommeland to Supply KNS VSATs to Kopervik
Brommeland Elektronikk AS, the Norwegian distributor for KNS, was awarded a contract to supply 13 VSAT systems to a large part of the Norwegian shipowner Kopervik Group fleet. The KNS VSAT systems will be supplied through a leasing program, and Kopervik Group is one of several other shipping companies utilizing this program. Cost-wise it enables the company to optimize communication cost and get the possibilities to be online at sea and have the latest technology in the complete fleet at the same time, which again is beneficial in regards to crew-changes, service etc. Integration will take place during the end of 2014. The program consists of KNS A6 VSAT systems fully integrated with the existing mobile phone systems both on vessels and in company offices.
Approved Fire Detection Systems from Fireboy -Xintex
Fireboy-Xintex Inc. has recently announced their new line of USCG Type Approved Fire Detection Systems for commercial vessels and recreational yachts. Marine Elite RSM Analog Addressable Fire Alarm Control Panels are available for hosting up to 256 fire detection devices on all Commercial and Recreational Marine applications. These control panels can also be expanded and networked to become part of larger systems. Elite RSM Control Panels are simple and easy to understand for installers, commissioning personnel and vessel owners and feature Apollo protocol smoke and heat detectors.
Fire Detection from Fireboy-Xintex
Fireboy-Xintex Inc. offers a line of USCG Type Approved Fire Detection Systems for commercial vessels and recreational yachts. Marine Elite RSM Analog Addressable Fire Alarm Control Panels are available for hosting up to 256 fire detection devices on all Commercial and Recreational Marine applications. These control panels can also be expanded and networked to become part of larger systems. Elite RSM Control Panels are simple and easy to understand for installers, commissioning personnel and vessel owners and feature Apollo protocol smoke and heat detectors.
US-based 1EM to Provide Dubai Company With Compact SAT System
1 Engineering & Manufacturing (1EM) develops compact Saturation Diving System (SAT) for Dulam International of Dubai. After three months of internal design work that utilized the company’s years of experience in building 10 large-scale Saturation Diving Systems (SAT Systems), 1EM completed the model for a new “Mini” SAT System that incorporates features of a larger system and offers greater portability while accommodating four to six men. Dulam International signed on as the first customer in July 2012 and delivery is on track for early spring 2013.
Ingersoll Rand adds Xe-Series Control
Ingersoll Rand adds Xe-Series Control to R90-160 Rotary Screw Air Compressors; Xe-Series controllers help reduce plant’s operating costs. Ingersoll Rand, a global leader in compressed air systems and industrial tools and equipment, now features Xe-Series Rotary Compressor Control technology on the R90-160ne Nirvana VSD Premium Efficiency and R90-160n Nirvana VSD Efficiency rotary screw air compressors to optimize plant efficiency. The Xe-Series control is a more convenient and reliable monitoring system that provides a window into all vital compressor data.
WESMAR Displaying their Biggest at WorkBoat Show
WESMAR will be displaying the largest bow thruster they produce at the annual International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans December 1-3, and Bob Sentz, Vice President of WESMAR’s Mechanical Division, said it is the largest system his division has ever sent to a trade show. “This stainless steel 48-inch, 4-blade NiBrAl prop counter-rotating bow thruster system will be a head turner for many reasons,” said Sentz. “It is the largest in WESMAR’s commercial line and brings more power, less noise and less vibration than competitive units.
Lifecycle Strategies Important for Navy
Steve Carmel, Senior Vice President, Maritime Services at Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) was a keynote speaker at the Naval Logistics Symposium on July 22. The symposium, organized by the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE), an organization comprising of civilian and military naval engineers, focused on the challenges of implementing effective lifecycle management of naval assets. As a member of the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel, Carmel is in a unique position to bridge government and commercial perspectives. Notably, Admiral Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations, also spoke at the symposium. Carmel, responsible for MLL’s technical and operating activities…
Verotec’s VMEbus Sails Through Shock Test
Verotec has supplied suites of five different VMEbus-based systems to a global US-based naval and marine systems integrator. The systems will be used in military shipboard applications, so meeting exacting shock and vibration requirements was a critical requirement. Each system consist of a VMEbus backplane and two military grade power converters mounted in custom plug-in modules in special subracks based on Verotec’s KM6-HD family. Extensive Finite Element Analysis (FIA) confirmed that the systems would withstand an onerous 25g shock test and also vibration to MIL-STD-167.
Sludge Management System for Marine Sanitation Device
A new method for dealing with accumulated sewage sludge on vessels and offshore platforms. Scienco/FAST has introduced a new way to deal with sludge with its standard MarineFAST Marine Sanitation Device, meeting MEPC.159(55) or providing secondary treatment incorporates about one month of internal sludge storage or three months with larger systems. For vessels requiring a longer period, the MarineFAST BMS provides an aerobic sludge digester with long term internal storage to extend the sludge storage.
TE SubCom Wins Subsea GoM Cable Contract
TE SubCom contracted by Chevron to connect the Jack & St. Malo offshore facility with an undersea fiber optic communications system in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Jack & St. Malo fields are located approximately 280 miles south of New Orleans, LA in water depths of 7,000 feet. The fields are supported by a semi-submersible platform which will be connected by 106km of submarine cable, subsea equipment, and a new branching unit to an existing fiber network. The branching unit will incorporate SubComs proprietary OADM technology and transmission requirements will be met by SubComs leading submarine line terminating equipment installed on the facility and in landing stations located in Mississippi and Texas.
TE SubCom Working on Big Foot Contract
TE SubCom starts production on Chevron's Big Foot undersea fiber optic communications system in deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Big Foot is a tension-leg platform located approximately 225 miles south of New Orleans, LA in water depths of 1,600 meters (5,200 feet). 61km of submarine cable, along with a dynamic riser and various subsea equipment, will connect to a branching unit of an existing network using SubComs proprietary OADM branching unit technology. The Big Foot transmission requirements will be met by SubComs leading submarine line terminating equipment installed on the facility and in landing stations located in Mississippi and Texas.
Sludge Management System
Scienco/FAST has introduced a new way to deal with sludge with its standard MarineFAST Marine Sanitation Device, which meets MEPC.159(55) or providing secondary treatment, incorporating about one month of internal sludge storage or three months with larger systems. For vessels requiring a longer period, the MarineFAST BMS provides an aerobic sludge digester with long term internal storage to extend the sludge storage. Operation is completely automatic and hands-free, and the sludge is enclosed in tanks and piping – no need for personnel to come into contact with sewage or sewage sludge.
Rear Adm. Balisle Tapped as Next NAVSEA Commander
Navy Rear Adm. Phillip M. Balisle has been nominated as the next commander of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in Washington D.C., according to an announcement made by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on June 11, 2002. Upon Senate confirmation, Balisle will also be promoted to the rank of vice admiral as he assumes command of the Navy's largest systems command. Balisle, a native of Idabel, Okla., is currently serving as Director, Surface Warfare Division on the Chief of Naval Operations staff at the Pentagon. He was commissioned in 1970 after graduating from Oklahoma State University. At sea, he commanded the destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 993), the cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) and the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Battle Group. He also previously served as NAVSEA's vice commander.
NAVSEA Recruits Auto Workers for Shipbuilding
The U.S. Navy's largest systems command, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), is recruiting displaced mid-career automotive engineering professionals. NAVSEA continues to need mid-career employees particularly engineers, scientists and skilled tradesmen. Positions are open at NAVSEA's headquarters and affiliated program executive offices in Washington, D.C., as well as naval warfare centers, shipyards and Navy-sponsored University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) across the country. "These are experienced, mid-career men and women who can immediately make a contribution to our organization, said NAVSEA Commander Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy.
Drydocks World Send Off First Shell Prelude Turret Module
The first module, the bogie support structure, standing 22 metres high, with a diameter of 30 metres and weighing 1300 tonnes will be transported to Korea to integrate with the Prelude FLNG vessel. Other modules will soon follow. The Prelude FLNG unit will be 488-metres long and when fully loaded will weigh more than 600,000 tonnes. It will be the largest structure ever sent to sea displacing as much water as a fleet of six aircraft carriers. The vessel is to work at the Prelude offshore field 200 kms from the Australian coast.
Dellner Launches New Lightweight Failsafe Brakes
Braking systems manufacturer Dellner Brakes has rolled out two new spring applied failsafe brakes to its SKP range for cranes, winches, deck machinery, oil rig draw works and other equipment, both on and offshore. Precision engineered in Sweden, Dellner’s new SKP 180 weighs in at 315 kg and delivers braking force from 141 kN up to 226 kN through two brake housings, each containing a powerful spring applied piston. The SKP 4 x 180, weighing 630 kg, combines two brake assemblies containing a total of four pistons to deliver braking force of up to 453 kN.
Dellner to Launch Heavy Duty SKD Disc Brakes
Dellner Brakes AB said it will introduce two new heavy-duty disc brakes to its SKD range that, through a new modular design, are set to deliver more choice and stopping power for large industrial, marine and offshore applications. The new brakes will be launched at Nor-shipping in Oslo, taking place from May 30 to June 2. Designed for stopping rotary motion and statically holding load in large marine vessels and industrial machinery, Dellner’s new SKD 140 brake delivers braking force of up to 258 kN through two brake housings, each containing a powerful hydraulic piston.
Brude MES for Special Purpose Ships
A Marine Evacuation System (MES), consisting of a slide or chute where passengers can evacuate straight into waiting life rafts, can often be found on modern high speed crafts and passenger ships, where weight, space and evacuation times must be kept to a minimum. For the first time, a similar system has now also been developed for Special Purpose Ships (SPS). A close relationship between Norwegian-based Brude Safety AS and Ulstein Design has lead to this new type of space saving MES, designed to fit Special Purpose Ships, such as Offshore Support Vessels (OSVs).
Boeing Deepwater Team Delivers Proposal to USCG
"Deepwater One Team" has delivered a $2.3-billion proposal to the U.S. Coast Guard for the design and development of an Integrated Deepwater System (IDS) that will help the Coast Guard meet vital offshore operational requirements into the 21st century. Construcciones Aeronauticas S.A. (CASA) of Madrid, Spain; Eurocopter, an EADS Company, of Marignane, France; John J. McMullen Associates Inc. (JJMA) of Alexandria, Va.; and Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Avondale Operations, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation, located in New Orleans, La. The transatlantic team's proven capability in large-scale systems integration and demonstrated successes in partnering with customers is aimed at providing a best-value system solution to the Coast Guard for its planned multibillion-dollar…
K-Line Adds 311,000 DWT-Type VLCC “Kisogawa”
Japan’s shipping major Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line) has expanded its fleet as it took delivery of the 311,000 dwt very large crude carrier (VLCC) Kisogawa on November 15. Kisogawa, which was constructed by China’s Nantong Cosco KHI Ship Engineering (NACKS), features a length of 339 meters and a beam of 60 meters. "The vessel achieves low fuel consumption (about 20% reduction compared with our conventional VLCC) by removing Bulbus Bow, applying ultra-long stroke slow speed main diesel engine and highly-efficient large diameter propeller," said a press release.
[Op/Ed] WRDA: Dredging up Progress
Digging out the small ports and harbors that serve as the on-ramps to the maritime super highway is important work. We support the WRDA language that makes our water commerce system work productively. The Presidentially-appointed Mississippi River Commission in its public meetings alongside the members of Big River Coalition and the MVFCA has heard from interests, discussed and supported this approach for more than five years. Our navigation infrastructure must be fully maintained or the efficiencies offered by the inland navigation system…
Dellner to Expanded Product Range to US Market
Dellner Brakes, fresh off acquiring U.S. brake and clutch specialist Gummi USA, said it will present its expanded range of power transmission products to the U.S. marine market at the International Workboat Show (IWBS) from November 29 to December 1. Since the acquisition announced in September, the enlarged business is already starting to work together under one umbrella and the company’s U.S. stock and distribution operations have been consolidated to the Dellner Brakes Gummi USA facility in Houston.