Kongsberg Maritime: Reshaping Underwater Operations
Eelume AS has released the first live video footage of its game changing take on underwater intervention vehicles. With the support of Kongsberg Maritime as a development partner, the unique new Eelume robot has torn up the marine robotics rulebook to create a futuristic, snake-like vehicle designed to live permanently underwater and carry out underwater intervention tasks that would normally require the mobilisation of expensive surface vehicles for divers or to launch and retrieve ROVs or AUVs.
Motion Compensation Crane Delivered
Barge Master has delivered its first Barge Master T40 (BM-T40) motion compensated knuckle boom crane, the company announced. The BM-T40, installed on Wagenborg’s ‘Walk to Work’ vessel the Kroonborg, compensates for sea induced vessel motions in roll, pitch and heave directions at the base of the crane, up to three meters significant wave height. The BM-T40 is designed for offshore support vessels that are used to transfer small loads and personnel to (unmanned) offshore oil and gas platforms or wind turbines.
New Product Targets Manhole Safety
SafeEdge from Rustibus is a new and innovative system that provides safety for the crew and equipment when working around open manholes. This product is specifically designed to prevent injuries associated with open manholes onboard vessels or offshore platforms. Current manhole practices are often unsafe, impractical and time-consuming, and a lack of best practices is unsustainable. There have been several incidents that have caused bodily harm and injuries due to unmarked or poorly secured manholes.
JFMS Buys First Supacat Multi-Purpose Vessel 24
James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) and Supacat today announce the purchase of a Multi-purpose Vessel 24 (SMV 24). The investment in the SMV24 vessel marks JFMS’s continued commitment to provide innovative solutions to clients that require high assurance when operating in the marine environments. The SMV 24 vessel establishes a new benchmark in offshore support craft. With an overall length of 25.7 metres, it is powered by two MAN V12 diesel engines providing a maximum speed of 30 knots and fully loaded range of 675 nautical miles. The vessel is capable of carrying three standard ISO 20ft containers with 30T load, providing extensive and versatile deck space for equipment such as ROVs…
America's VSE Corp. Awarded NAVSEA Foreign Navy Contracts
VSE Corporation informs that its International Group has received several delivery orders totaling more than $13.4M to continue work performed under its Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Naval Ship Transfer and Repair (N*STAR) contract through the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) International Fleet Support Program. Egyptian Navy Fast Missile Craft (FMC) Post-Delivery Activation, Maintenance and Training VSE will provide technical, logistic and administrative support on post-delivery activation and reactivation plans for critical systems and subsystems in support of four Fast Missile Craft (FMCs) being delivered to Egypt. VSE will provide in-country support to the Egyptian Navy under this delivery order, which has a period of performance of 13 months and a potential value of $7.6M.
GE Powers India’s First Aircraft Carrier
GE Marine, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, announced that four GE LM2500 gas turbines will soon power the Indian Navy’s INS Vikrant, providing 80 megawatts for the country’s first indigenous aircraft carrier. Similar to the INS Vikrant itself, the ship’s propulsion plant (four LM2500 gas turbine modules) were manufactured in India by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.’s (HAL) Industrial & Marine Gas Turbine (IMGT) Division. Through its license with GE, HAL assembled, inspected and tested the LM2500 gas turbines and module enclosures for INS Vikrant.
Latest DofD Navy Contracts
US Department of Defense has awarded the following Navy contracts for worldwide logistic services, and secondly for port operations at Joint Base Pearl Harbor, Hickam, Hawaii. CACI, Inc.-Federal, Chantilly, Va., is being awarded $14,210,271 for two modifications under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00033-08-D-6506) with firm-fixed-price task orders for worldwide logistics services supporting Military Sealift Command’s Logistics directorate. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., (75 percent); Chantilly, Va., (10 percent); San Diego, Calif., (5 percent); Guam, (5 percent) and other overseas locations (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by October 2014.
Phoenix Debuts Aries Floodlight
Phoenix Products Company, Inc. launched the Aries Series 16W LED floodlight. The Aries has options on voltage (AC & DC), optics, lens, plug/cord, and finish. Drawing only 16 watts, the Aries replaces quartz halogen fixtures up to 500 watts. The Aries installs and aims using the adjustable steel mounting bracket and works in a variety of lighting applications, such as ports and harbors, maintenance equipment, and marine work boats. www.phoenixproducts.com
Seven Viking to set New Standards
The cutting edge Seven Viking vessel, designed for operations in the harshest environments is being unveiled and named at a ceremony in Stavanger, Norway, by Subsea 7, Eidesvik Offshore and Ulstein, 30 January 2013. The next generation Inspection, Maintenance and Repair (IMR) vessel, the Seven Viking, is co-owned by Subsea 7 and Eidesvik and has been constructed in partnership with Ulstein. The ICE-C class vessel with a crew capacity of 90 and a top speed of 17 knots, will work for Statoil on a five year contract.
Introducing MEISTer Disaster Recovery Support Robot
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) prototype has two arms to assist in recovery work after disasters or severe accidents. MEISTeR (Maintenance Equipment Integrated System of Telecontrol Robot) can light-duty tasks in areas inaccessible by humans. By changing its arms' attachment tools, the robot can perform various tasks such as carrying objects, drilling and opening/closing of valves. Going forward MHI will strive for further improvements and explore demand for broad applications of the robot in crisis management.
OSV Tech Today
Modern Offshore Service Vessels come in a variety of shape, size and technical outfit, dependent largely on their intended area of operation. But as offshore assets are constantly mobile and global, finding work where work is to be had, there is an increasing trend towards larger, steadier platforms that are multipurpose and able to shift seamlessly from the Gulf of Mexico to the North Sea to offshore Africa, Asia or Brazil … and back again. Following here are some of the more significant OSV developments in recent months.
Briggs Marine Installs Planned Maintenance Solution
U.K.- based Marine Software Ltd. has announced the supply of Marine Planned Maintenance software to Briggs Marine Contractors, to include 18 vessels and separate shore side maintenance equipment. The software was installed at their Burntisland Office in Fife, Scotland, prior to receiving on-site training by Marine Software personnel. The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) officially launched this week BoatOnCourse.com, a website designed to help the recreational boater become more aware of the on-the-water navigation rules to enjoy a safer time on the water. BoatOnCourse.com takes a practical approach to boating by relating it to something boaters are already familiar with: the "rules of the road," when driving a car.
VBR Celebrates Grand Opening of Broussard Facility
Variable Bore Rams, Inc. (VBR), one of the largest original equipment manufacturer (OEM) ram providers in the world, will celebrate the grand opening of their Broussard office with an open house from 2 -8 p.m. on Oct. 25. The open house will showcase the 26,654-square-foot shop and warehouse; 3,000-square-foot climate controlled elastomer storage room; and the 7,671-square-foot office where all administrative and operational duties will be performed. Scheduled in conjunction with Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Expo (LAGCOE), the open house will feature facility tours, live music, food and drinks.
BMT Wins Petrobras Cascade & Chinook Contract
BMT Scientific Marine Services (BMT) was contracted by Petrobras America Inc., a subsidiary of Petrobras, to provide support maintenance and repair for the Cascade and Chinook Free Standing Hybrid Riser Tower (FSHR) Monitoring System. This agreement includes five years of operation to support maintenance and repair of the FSHR monitoring system, including equipment replacement, change-out of batteries, repair of equipment, preventative maintenance, equipment refurbishment, freight and transport. The monitoring system was originally supplied by BMT with subsea installation completed in 2010.
2011 WJTA-IMCA Conference & Expo
High pressure waterjetting/waterblasting and industrial vacuum equipment play an integral role in industrial cleaning/recovery and surface preparation. The 2011 WJTA-IMCA Conference and Expo, to be held September 19-21, 2011, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, will focus on sharing information about the technology, equipment, and safety practices with industrial cleaning contractors and company representatives who contract for these services. “We invite all industrial cleaning contractors and end users who use the equipment or who are considering purchasing or renting the equipment to attend,” says association manager Ken Carroll.
MTU Displays Latest Iron Men Engine
MTU Detroit Diesel will feature three of its most popular marine engines – the Series 4000, Series 2000 and Series 60 – at the International WorkBoat Show, booth #621, in New Orleans, December 1–3, 2010. As part of the WorkBoat Professional Series, a representative from MTU will be participating in a panel discussion about predictive and preventive maintenance. MTU will also be highlighting its control systems, genuine parts and service products at the show. The MTU family of engines for commercial marine applications includes the Series 4000, the Series 2000 and the Series 60 engines.
South Boats Launches Wind Farm SV
South Boats Special Projects Ltd. commissioned another Offshore Wind Farm Service Vessel for Offshore Wind Power Marine Services Ltd. of Conwy, North Wales for a long term contract with Dong Energy on Gunfleet Sands Offshore Wind Farm. 'Offshore Progress' is a first of class South Catamaran 47/15m Alloy Wind Farm Service Vessel and measures 15.7m length overall, 6.3m beam overall, has a draft of 0.9m and has a lightship displacement (including fluids) of 23.5 tons. This new design…
Senator Slade Gorton (R-Wash.) introduced the "States Prevention of Oil Tanker Spills Act" (S. 2506), which seeks to reinstate Washington state oil tanker safety laws overturned by the Supreme Court in Intertanko v. Locke and United States v. Locke. In a press release, Senator Gorton said, "I disagree with the Court's decision, because I believe Washington State should be allowed to protect its shores as it sees fit." The Gorton legislation would reinstate the right of all states to adopt additional standards beyond existing federal requirements governing the operation, maintenance, equipment, personnel and manning of oil tankers. While the legislation would apply to all coastal states, Gorton's interest is focused on recently overturned Washington statutes.