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Friday, April 27, 2018

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.

Port of Rotterdam Authority Launches New Pronto Application

Photo: Port of Rotterdam

Port of Rotterdam Authority presented the first version of its new digital application Pronto. Pronto constitutes a major step forward when it comes to improving efficiency for the some 30,000 vessels that call on Rotterdam every year. The application allows ships visiting the port to cut their waiting time by an average of 20 percent. The application enables more effective utilisation of capacity at the port terminals, as well as the precise planning and coordination of a range of vessel services, including bunkering, servicing and maintenance and provisioning.

Wärtsilä: Maintenance Pact for Viking Grace

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Wärtsilä and Viking Line signed an Optimized Maintenance agreement for the Wärtsilä LNGPac system onboard passenger ferry Viking Grace, significant in that it is the first Optimized Maintenance agreement ever made for Wärtsilä LNGPac, a complete gas handling system for ships fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG). Viking Grace was the first passenger ferry to useLNG as a fuel source. The agreement also includes Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) and online support for the Wärtsilä LNGPac system.

ExxonMobil Rolls Out New Hydraulic Oils

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ExxonMobil said its new Mobil SHC Aware HS (Hydraulic System) Series hydraulic oils are specially formulated to offer excellent protection, even in marine operating environments. The oils meet the U.S. Vessel General Permit (VGP) requirements for Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants, making them suited for operators in U.S. inland and coastal waters.According to ExxonMobil , the new oils’ balanced formulation helps to offer a range of performance benefits, including protection across a wide temperature range


ABB Digitalizes Maritime Maintenance

Main dashboard (Photo: ABB)

ABB has added ‘Fleet Intelligence’ to its ABB Ability Collaborative Operations software, providing marine customers with a single and complete overview of their ship system maintenance needs rather than being faced with piecemeal, standalone reporting solutions. Fleet Intelligence addresses a common shortcoming in ship efficiency, where data from manufacturer manuals provide the basis for the planned maintenance system, meaning that equipment is maintained to standards set by vendors rather than being based on the needs of customers.

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.

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.

Apply Now for the MN 100

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Each year the August edition of Marine News magazine, the leading voice in the North American workboat market, features the very best 100 leaders and innovators, including workboat owners and operators, builders, OEMs and repairers, and product and service providers.This year's MN100 edition application portal is live and open. Participation is free, but to be considered you must apply at http://mn100.maritimemagazine.com/. The deadline is July 5.Contact Joe Keefe with questions at: keefe@marinelink.com.

ABB Turbocharging Previews Marine Auxiliary Product

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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.

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 Digital Application for MXP Turbocharger Self-service Maintenance

Dedicated turbocharger designed and optimized for marine auxiliary engines

The first digital application for condition-based maintenance of an ABB turbocharger has been developed for the new marine auxiliary turbocharger, MXPTM. Presented to the global marine industry at SMM 2016 in Hamburg, the MXP app is the first time ABB Turbocharging has developed a solution fully enabling ‘self-service’ by the ship’s crew based on condition. It represents the next phase in launching MXP which will be commercially available in 2017. The application designed for


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.

ScanReach's In: New Safety at Sea Tech

InRange is developed as a “plug and play” solution and can be easily installed by crew members. Its main features include  ScanReach-GUI-tweak

Norwegian start-up technology firm ScanReach is set to redefine safety standards at sea with In:Range, a unique system capable of locating anyone on a vessel or offshore installation in real time. The plug and play technology is simple, easy to install, low cost and, according to the team behind it, could save countless lives at sea. With In:Range ScanReach has solved a problem nobody else has. The firm has created a system and technology capable of sending and receiving data signals wirelessly through any structure, including steel.

Western Towboat Signs with MobileOps

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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

GPLink, Wheelhouse Partner on Maintenance & Tracking

gplink has announced a partnership with Wheelhouse Technologies, creating a comprehensive perspective on vessel upkeep through seamless integration to the Wheelhouse marine maintenance system. Pleasure craft, commercial vessel, and fleet owners can now enjoy the benefits of real-time vessel monitoring, tracking and support, from gplink along with a simple and easy-to-use interface; charting the course to proper vessel maintenance, spare parts management, and document tracking.

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.

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.

Seaspan Selects IFS Applications to Support $8B Navy Deal

“They (IFS) also have a partnership with our existing CAD software supplier which will help us ensure the continuity between design and engineering processes that are so essential to efficient shipbuilding processes," said Seaspan Shipyards President Brian Carter.

IFS North America said that Seaspan has selected IFS Applications as its Shipbuilding materials requirements planning (MRP) solution. IFS Applications was chosen because it provides a powerful project-based solution (PBS) with the ability to control cost and schedule in real-time, enhancing Seaspan’s ability to efficiently meet customer requirements. This capability will help Seaspan deliver on the recently awarded $8 billion Federal Government shipbuilding program to build non-combat vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy.

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.

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.

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