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Monday, November 20, 2017

Maintenance Applications News

Hempel Blue Series Launched in India

A new range of protective coatings, the Blue Series offers customers advanced Hempel technology at a competitive price. Launched in India in September this year, the Blue Series includes a full range of products for new construction and maintenance in a number of applications. The Blue Series is a new range of primers, intermediates and polyurethane topcoats designed specifically for the infrastructure, power generation and steel fabrication industries. Hempel said its existing global assortment is suitable for application across all continents and provides corrosion protection in the most aggressive environments. Hempel’s new Blue Series targets areas with mild conditions.

IMCA Report Covers Mini RadaScan System for DP Ops

Richard Benzie (Photo: IMCA)

Reliable and robust methods of positioning are required for safe vessel operations at offshore installations. The development of dynamic positioning (DP) systems has been gradual over the past 50 years and today, various manufacturers’ systems are available around the world. IMCA has published a report, IMCA M 229 ‘Mini RadaScan microwave radar sensor for dynamic positioning operations’ to provide an overview of the Mini RadaScan system. “Every measurement technology is bound by limitations (i.e. physics) and external factors (e.g.

Thrane & Thrane Adds to Sailor Fleebroadband

Enhanced voice calling and new tracking functions for terminals. Thrane & Thrane demonstrated commitment to the growth of its SAILOR FleetBroadband offering yesterday at Inmarsat’s annual partner conference in Barcelona. The FleetBroadband terminal manufacturer announced that Inmarsat’s new service enhancements, Multi-Voice Service and Dynamic Telemetry Service, will be available on SAILOR FleetBroadband terminals when the services go live in Q1 and Q2 2012. The new Inmarsat FleetBroadband…

Directory: Cutting and welding products

When usability, reliability and durability are important for ship repair and maintenance applications, Arcon's Workhorse Stick/TIG welding machine is a strong solution. Designed for shipyard use, the machine employs electrical and mechanical technology proven reliable in over 100,000 machines sold and used worldwide. The Seahorse option protects against corrosive salt-water residue and proved effective in extensive use on oil rigs in the North Sea. Components are dipped and even encapsulated to resist harmful elements. From Bug-O Systems comes the Light'n Bug multipurpose burning and welding travel carriage that runs at precise speeds from four to 85 (IPM). This lightweight machine can produce high quality cuts and bevels, and uniform welds.

Deal for Floating LNG Powerplant in China

As the proliferation of LNG use spreads rapidly in the maritime and energy sectors, word from China is that Wison Offshore & Marine has signed an MoU with  Shanghai Electric Power Generation Group, on a joint effrot to develop medium to large-scale floating LNG power generation barges. Wison brings a wealth of experience and integration capability in floating LNG facilities, while Shanghai Electric is a leader in core gas power equipment and EPC services for international power projects. Based on the Floating LNG Storage Regasification and Power Generation (FSRP) solution developed by Wison earlier on, both parties will join forces to build up capabilities throughout FSRP project life cycle from product development…

Water Needs Exceeded with FCI Watermakers Posideon+

Photo: FCI Watermakers

FCI Watermakers' high-output Poseidon+ exceeds the average water needs of a commercial vessel. Designed to run 24/7 with low maintenance overhead and costs, it reliably produces 54–103m3/14,265–27,210 gallons of pure, fresh water every day. The Poseidon+ is engineered to meet the rigorous demands of a commercial marine application. Engineered and built in the U.S., it boasts a continuous-duty direct drive motor gearbox—there are no belts to maintain or replace—and a stainless steel high-pressure pump.

WinGD Drives to Digitisation with Shipdex

Shipdex Steering Committee Meeting taking place on November 9th, 2017 in WinGD’s headquarters in Winterthur, Switzerland. Photo: Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd.

Maintaining the rapid pace to apply the latest digital technology to its low-speed diesel and dual-fuel engines and corporate processes, engine designer Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. (WinGD) has announced its participation in the Shipdex community. The Shipdex organisation has introduced a version of the S1000DTM specification for digital data exchange applied in the aerospace and defence industry, and adapted to the marine sector. This S1000D specification standardizes electronic dissemination of technical data to equipment makers, shipyards and ship owners.

DNV GL: Standardization Can Aid Shipping's Digital Transformation

Photo: DNV GL

Classification society DNV GL has released a new position paper setting out the importance of standardization in enabling the growth of digital applications in the maritime industry. Drawing from the experiences gained from digital pilot projects focused on ship sensor data, the paper examines how standardization can enable the effective collection, storage, exchange, analysis and use of data, while contributing to improved data quality and sensor reliability. Whether for operational optimization…

Engines Selected for CMA CGM’s LNG Mega Ships

WinGD X-DF engine with low-pressure gas admission (Photo: WinGD)

WinGD X-DF engines will power CMA CGM’s record setting containerships. French shipping line CMA CGM has chosen WinGD’s largest, 92 cm bore, dual-fuel low-speed engine to power its series of groundbreaking box ships – presently the largest on order globally, and the first ultra large container vessels with capable of running on liquefied natural gas (LNG). The series of nine ultra-large 22,000 TEU capacity containerships will be built at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd.

BAE System Wins $139.8M Contract

BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Norfolk, Virginia, is being awarded a $139,818,901 firm-fixed-price contract for the execution of USS Tortuga (LSD 46) fiscal 2018 modernization period Chief of Naval Operations availability. This availability will include a combination of maintenance, modernization, and repair of USS Tortuga. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $183,794,039. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by May 2019. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy); and fiscal 2018 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $139,818,901 will be obligated at time of award; and funds in the amount of $112,553,445 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

Graco's Polyurea Air-Purge Spray Gun Offers Tool-Less Maintenance

A key consideration for users who spray fast-set plural-components materials, such as polyurea, is gun maintenance. Graco Inc. makes quick and easy maintenance a reality with the Fusion plural-component air-purge spray gun. Designed specifically for polyurea, sprayers can easily disassemble and clean the Fusion AP without any tools, ensuring proper material application and productive uptime. "Due to its short reaction time, polyurea causes guns to clog easily, forcing sprayers to spend a significant amount of time on maintenance," said Brian Zumbolo, worldwide product marketing manager, Protective Coatings Equipment, Graco. The Fusion's adjustable tip air-blast cleaning feature reduces tip clogging and downtime.

Wilhelmsen Leverages Data on DNV GL’s Veracity Platform

Data models and people (Photo: DNV GL)

Wilhelmsen is exploring concrete ways of leveraging their data on DNV GL’s Veracity industry platform. In one of the first data sharing pilot projects on the new open platform, Wilhelmsen is testing a system to share ship compliance and condition data with port state authorities to reduce paper work and physical inspections when entering ports. “As ships and their systems become more sophisticated, we have more equipment with sensors onboard that are generating and sharing data.

James Fisher Subsea Excavation Completes Project in Taiwan

(Photo: James Fisher Subsea Excavation)

Global subsea excavation specialist James Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE), a part of James Fisher and Sons plc, said it has completed its first project in Taiwan. Experts from the mass/controlled flow excavation (M/CFE) provider deployed the shallow draft Twin R2000 tool to de-bury and retrench a cable for maintenance as part of the prominent Formosa 1 wind farm development for its client, cable lay contractor Woen Jinn Harbor (WJH). The Twin R2000’s non-contact method and ability…

WheelHouse Technologies Introduces WheelHouse Mobile for Smart Phones

WheelHouse Technologies, Inc. has launched WheelHouse Mobile, designed to provide real-time maintenance alerts and maintenance update capabilities from any smart phone in the cellular network. WheelHouse Mobile is a customer-driven enhancement to WheelHouse, intended to provide a fast and easy way to receive maintenance alerts and update maintenance using their mobile device. WheelHouse Mobile takes advantage of smart phone technology and provides service wherever a cellular signal is available.

New Thorplas-Blue Bearings on the Market

ThorPlas group

Thordon Bearings Inc. has launched the newest addition to their grease‐free polymer lineup: ThorPlas‐Blue. The lifetime lubricated bearing formula is capable of operating pressures up to 45MPa (6,527 psi) and can be easily back‐fit into virtually all deck machinery applications where greased bronze is currently installed. ThorPlas‐Blue was developed as a maintenance‐free solution to replaced greased bronze bearings as well as eliminate a source of pollution. Deck machinery and steering gear bearings require frequent maintenance and grease lubrication.

ABB Turbocharging Previews Marine Auxiliary Product

Photo: ABB Turbocharging

ABB Turbocharging, at the CIMAC Congress 2016 presented its first dedicated turbocharger, for marine auxiliary engine applications, in a development cooperation with IHI Corporation. Designed for ease of operation and service, it supports a condition-based maintenance concept. The Marine Auxiliary Power (MXP) turbocharger is a key part of the company's strategy to focus on increased value for engine builders and operators in the large engine industry through segment- and application-specific turbocharging offerings.

PTS Pro Offers Advanced Maintenance Planning

Photo: Parker Hannifin

PTS Pro enables users to target unplanned downtime with advanced maintenance planning. PTS Pro, the latest addition to the Parker Tracking System (PTS) suite of products, gives subscribers a proactive tool against unplanned downtime, while maximizing uptime and profitability. Developed by Parker Hannifin, a company in motion and control technologies, “The new PTS Pro features powerful asset tracking and maintenance tools that extend the capabilities of the original PTS application,” said Technology Manager, Bill Sayavich.

Western Towboat Signs with MobileOps

Image: MobileOps Inc.

MobileOps, Inc., a Redmond, Washington software comapny that specializes in the design and development of maritime software applications (dispatch, safety, compliance, vessel maintenance, timecards, analytics) announced that it has signed a contract with Western Towboat Company of Seattle. Western Towboat will use MobileOps Platform across its fleet and within several shoreside departments. MobileOps Platform's offline-capable application, Voyager, will be used on tugs transiting the ocean out of cellular range. www.mobileops.co

HydraWrap: Not Just a Temporary Repair Anymore

Many vessel operators that experience leaks to piping, pipe fittings, and bulkheads have, in recent years, turned to the HydraWrap system. Used to repair leaking pipe systems and prevent downtime, the HydraWrap system, manufactured by HydraTech Engineered Products, LLC in Cincinnati, OH, utilizes high strength carbon fiber fabric and high strength epoxy resins to restore the structural and/or pressure boundary capacity of shipboard piping, bulkheads and equipment. In a nutshell, HydraWrap is a low cost alternative to traditional weld repairs.

BMT to hold Workshop

BMT Fleet Technology Ltd, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, announced the next Fatigue and Fracture Analysis workshop for Fall 2008. The popular three day workshop will be held at the Hilton Barcelona on November 18-20. It will be of interest to Naval Architects, Engineers and Ship Superintendents who are responsible for vessel design, maintenance and operation. Senior students engaged in naval architecture studies would also benefit. The workshop presents tools and techniques for quantitative fatigue and fracture assessment of ship structures considering the materials, structural geometry and loading. Practical application examples are used to reveal the value of this technology in supporting safe and cost-effective material, design and maintenance decisions.

Nord Stream Withdraw to Build Service Platform

Nord Stream AG has withdrawn the conditional application to the Swedish government to build a service platform off the coast of . Using advanced technology, the consortium now plans to build its pipeline across the without such a platform. Reflecting these plans and responding to Swedish Government requests, Nord Stream is supplementing the documentation accompanying its application to build the pipeline through Swedish waters. In December 2007, Nord Stream submitted a conditional application to build a service platform northeast of the in the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Since submitting this application, Nord Stream has continued to seek maintenance solutions for the pipeline without building an intermediate service platform.

Fatigue and Fracture Analysis of Ship Structures

BMT Fleet Technology Limited, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, announced the next Fatigue and Fracture Analysis workshop for Fall 2011. This three-day workshop will be of interest to Naval Architects, Engineers and Ship Superintendents who are responsible for vessel design, maintenance and operation. Senior students engaged in naval architecture studies would also benefit. The workshop presents tools and techniques for quantitative fatigue and fracture assessment of ship structures considering the materials, structural geometry and loading. Practical application examples are used to reveal the value of this technology in supporting safe and cost-effective material, design and maintenance decisions.

FPSOs Require Special Monitoring to Support IMR

Remco Hageman

MARIN has used measurements from one of the Advisory Hull Monitoring Systems for FPSOs to improve inspection schedule planning and to support operators in making maintenance decisions. Maintenance is essential for operators of high performance craft and offshore units and relevant and up-to-date information is required to make well-informed decisions. As an FPSO does not enter drydock for regular inspections in-field maintenance is very important. On the other hand, inspection and maintenance is expensive because it requires a partial interruption of production…

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