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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Brunswick Celebrates 10-year Safety Milestone

Team BCGP celebrates their safety milestone with an employee gathering last Friday, April 14th.  (Photo: BCGP)

April 14 marked 10-years without a lost time incident for Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP). BCGP's employees have worked 1,817,000 hours without a lost time incident and maintained a recordable incident rate of zero in 2016. "This monumental milestone illustrates our dedication to safety and manufacturing excellence, said John Ratto, BCGP Director of Manufacturing and Plant Operations. BCGP was also recently presented the Sustained Safety Performance Award from its parent company - the Brunswick Corporation.

ABB, IBM Partner on Industrial Artificial Intelligence

ABB and IBM announced a strategic collaboration that brings together ABB’s digital offering, ABB Ability, with IBM Watson Internet of Things cognitive capabilities to unlock new value for customers in utilities, industry and transport and infrastructure. Customers will benefit from ABB’s domain knowledge and portfolio of digital solutions combined with IBM’s expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning as well as different industry verticals. The first two joint industry solutions powered by ABB Ability and Watson will bring real-time cognitive insights to the factory floor and smart grids. The new suite of solutions developed by ABB and IBM will help companies address in a completely new way some of their biggest industrial challenges…

LR Signs Two MoUs at Singapore Maritime Week

LR CEO Alastair Marsh with MPA Chief Executive Andrew Tan following signing of R&D and innovation MoU (Photo:  Lloyd's Register)

LR CEO, Alastair Marsh, signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) during Singapore Maritime Week. The first promotes research and development (R&D) and innovation, building upon strong existing collaborations (e.g. enhanced understanding of cargo liquefaction to increase vessel stability and safety, extreme wave impact to optimize time and cost of semi-submersible rig design) and extending into big data and intelligent systems for real time condition monitoring, unmanned systems and robotics for operations…

Electric Boat Bags US Submarine Contract

The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $95.5 million contract modification to continue development of the Common Missile Compartment for the U.S. Navy’s Columbia-class submarine and the Royal Navy’s Dreadnought-class ballistic-missile submarine.   The contract modification will enable procurement of 17 missile tubes which will support the manufacture of the Common Missile Compartment.   The five-year, $1.85 billion contract initially awarded in December 2012 calls for Electric Boat to perform research and development work for the Navy’s next-generation ballistic-missile submarine, which is scheduled to begin construction in 2021. The potential value of the overall contract is $2.5 billion.

Carboline: 70 Years of Coatings and Linings

Coatings, linings and fireproofing company Carboline was founded by Stanley Lopata in St. Louis, Mo. in 1947 and has since gone on to become a global organization, now celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2017. “We have achieved this milestone through the hard work and dedication of our employees, partners and our culture of customer service that exists throughout the entire organization,” said company president Chris Tiernay. In its 70 years, Carboline has grown to more than seven research facilities, 20 manufacturing facilities and hundreds of warehouses, with more than 500 products launched, including brands such as Bitumastic, Carboguard, Carbozinc, Firefilm, Phenoline, Plasite, Polyclad, Pyrocrete, Pyroclad, Reactamine, Sanitile, Thermo-Lag, Thermaline and more.

Becker Marine Systems Eyes Growth in Asia

Photo courtesy of Becker Marine Systems

Becker Marine Systems says it is continuing its successful entry into Asian countries such as China, Japan and South Korea, despite an ongoing crisis in the shipbuilding industry. Now the Hamburg-based company is opening a branch office in Kobe, Japan, and has formed a manufacturing partnership with Murakami Iron Works for producing containership rudders. Becker Marine Systems has had a presence in the Asian maritime industry for decades. Recently the company delivered the largest flap rudder in the world.

Volvo Penta Names Bjuve VP, Customer Support/Training

Martin Bjuve (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta of the Americas has appointed Martin Bjuve as vice president for customer support and training. In this position, he will provide strategic direction and management for support and product training for dealers and customers across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Bjuve has served as vice president and chief financial officer at Volvo Penta of the Americas since 2013. In addition to his responsibilities in the finance department, Bjuve has led key manufacturing investment projects in the Americas.

Economic Indicators Pointing Up -BIMCO

© Dmitry V. Petrenko / Adobe Stock photo

The recent months’ uptick in global indicators, which implies a strengthening in the global economy, is not sufficient for the patient to be discharged yet. The state of the global economy is still uncertain, despite stronger growth dynamics in advanced economies, and not least in China. When the IMF updated its outlook for advanced economies for 2017 and 2018 in January, it was the first time since 2007 that an IMF January update lifted expectations for the present and coming years.

Liebherr Offshore Cranes Accessing New Markets

Design layout of the new Liebherr HLC 295000 mounted on Deme’s next generation offshore installation vessel Orion. (Image: Liebherr)

Liebherr’s maritime manufacturing plant in Rostock has been awarded the contract to supply the heavy-lift crane for the Orion, a new wind farm installation and platform decommissioning vessel ordered by DEME from COSCO (QiDong) Offshore, a subsidiary of COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry. The crane is rated at 3,000 metric tons at more than 50 meters, with a lifting height in excess of 170 meters and a designation of HLC (Heavy-Lift Crane) 295000. Delivery will be spring 2019. Gordon Clark…

China Hands Over Third Patrol Ship to Pakistan

Pic: Mercantile Marine Department,  Ministry of Ports and Shipping

China has handed a 600-ton patrol ship over to Pakistan’s maritime safety authority in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, PTI reported. The new ship, just the third of its kind, was built by China Shipbuilding Trading Company Ltd. (CSTC) and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) Xijiang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Among other things, the ship will be used to safeguard Pakistan’s maritime interests, People’s Daily reported. Its two predecessors have already demonstrated their reliability and excellent performance during visits and exchanges…

Wärtsilä Opens Manufacturing Technology Center

Wärtsilä has officially opens its Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Vaasa, Finland. The MTC is a new concept for Wärtsilä, and is aimed at securing and further developing its manufacturing competencies, and sharing manufacturing know-how throughout the global Wärtsilä network. The MTC concept is designed to enhance Wärtsilä's ability to effectively develop and globally share its core manufacturing competencies, including machining, forging, casting, welding, production & assembly automation, and digital manufacturing technologies. This will produce value-adding benefits by supporting component design, and manufacturing and supplier development. It will also optimize Wärtsilä's efforts towards "first time right" quality, "as promised" delivery times, and competitive costs.

Hyundai Heavy Sails Back to Profit in Q1

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has posted a net profit of KRW462.3bn ($409.6m) for the first quarter of 2017, making it the fifth consecutive quarterly profit for the group. This represents a surge of 90% from the previous corresponding quarter. However, sales fell 1.9 percent to 10.76 trillion won. HHI mainly attributes the whooping quarterly operating profit increase to 127.1 billion won operating profits from HHI’s Shipbuilding Division which is 251% up from the first three months last year.

U.S. 2013 Economic Growth to Continue Say Logisticians

The Business Survey Committee of the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) forecast is bullish for the rest of 2013. Economic growth is expected to continue in the United States throughout the remainder of 2013, say the nation's purchasing and supply executives in their spring 2013 Semiannual Economic Forecast. Expectations for the remainder of 2013 continue to be positive in both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors. These projections are part of the forecast issued by the Business Survey Committee of the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM). The forecast was presented by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee; and by Anthony S. Nieves, C.P.M., CFPM, chair of the ISM Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee.

ABS Guide Helps Prevent Dropped Objects

Photo: ABS

ABS has provided a systematic approach to dropped object management and prevention. The new ABS Guide for Dropped Object Prevention for Offshore Units and Installations includes a program of requirements and best practices to protect assets, personnel and working environments from dropped object incidents. “Dropped objects are one of the leading causes of fatalities and serious injuries in the offshore oil and gas industry,” says ABS Executive Vice President for Global Offshore Ken Richardson.

Textron Choose IBASEt Manufacturing Software

iBASEt, developers of Solumina’s Product Lifecycle Execution (PLE) software suite say that Textron Systems operating unit Textron Marine & Land Systems, has selected Solumina’s Manufacturing Execution System (MES) to streamline manufacturing operations for its work on the U.S. Navy’s Ship to Shore Connector (SSC) air cushion vehicle. IBASEt inform that the  SSC is the evolutionary replacement for the Navy’s existing fleet of Landing Craft, Air Cushioned (LCAC) vehicles, which are nearing the end of their service life. Since Solumina captures all the manufacturing data during the entire product’s manufacturing lifecycle, detailed manufacturing intelligence is easily accessible through dashboards, graphs and reports at the click of a button.

Samsung Uses DELMIA for Digital Shipbuilding Plant

Dassault Systèmes (DS) announced that the shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has built a simulation-based digital shipyard using DELMIA digital manufacturing technology, enabling the company to successfully establish a real-time supply chain network for collaborative production. With DELMIA, SHI’s Korea-based Geoje Shipyard is able to simulate design and engineering processes and digitally manage its facilities, procedures, and engineering schedules by shipbuilding in a virtual environment. “In the future, Simulation-Based Manufacturing (SBM) will play a pivotal role in strengthening the competitiveness of manufacturing by applying IT technologies,” noted Hwang Gyu-Ok, general manager of the Information System Group for SHI.

Roanwell Enters Marine Market: Acquires Bees Manufacturing

US-based Roanwell Corp. purchases Bees Manufacturing LLC gains entry to marine market. Roanwell, a maker of rugged communications equipment and contract manufacturer of high precision close tolerance machined parts, will be able to enter the marine marketplace through the acquisition. Bees Manufacturing, LLC, ("Bees"), est. 1929, of Weymouth, MA, is a contract manufacturer of various alloy and plastic precision machined components for OEMs in the deep sea marine, medical, and industrial markets. Bees manufacturing operations will merge into Roanwell Corporation's Absolute Manufacturing Division, located in Pepperell, MA. The name "Bees" will be discontinued as products will be shipped under the Absolute Manufacturing name.

Austal Delivers Expeditionary Fast Transport Ship to Navy

Pic: Austal

Austal USA has delivered its eighth expeditionary fast transport ship to the U.S. Navy. The 338-foot long Yuma is an aluminum catamaran capable of transporting 600 tons, 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots, and is designed to operate in austere ports and waterways, providing added flexibility to U.S. warfighters worldwide. The ship's flight deck can also support flight operations for a wide variety of aircraft, including a CH-53 Super Stallion. “It’s so exciting to see YUMA join the fleet; an incredible ship built by incredible people”.

Jeffboat Appoints Linzey

Jeffboat LLC appointed Jerry R. Linzey as its Senior Vice President, Manufacturing. Mr. Linzey brings over 20 years of manufacturing and leadership skills to the company and has held positions with various organizations including Delphi Automotive Systems, a division of General Motors, The Stanley Works, a division of Stanley Tools, and most recently as the Senior Vice President of Manufacturing for Wabash National Corporation, where he oversaw over 3,500 salaried and hourly associates. Mr. Linzey holds a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University.

ACL Names Vanier as VP

American Commercial Lines Inc. (ACL) has appointed Jacques J. Vanier to the position of Vice President Manufacturing. Most recently, Vanier served as Vice President of Global Manufacturing and Operations with Alcoa Automotive and Truck Systems. Throughout his 21 year career with Alcoa, Mr. Vanier held a variety of positions in operations management, manufacturing, logistics, production control and sales. He holds a BS in Industrial Distribution and an MBS in Industrial Management, both from Clarkson University.

Willard Marine ISO9001 Certification

Willard Marine Inc. announced that the Anaheim manufacturing facility has been granted ISO9001 certification. Included are the company’s design/engineering, manufacturing/assembly and testing facilities. The procedure involved both management and staff participating in intense training and the development of quality and training documents and procedures to provide continuous improvement in the company’s manufacturing processes.  

Brunswick Buys North Carolina Boat Plant

Brunswick Corporation will expand its manufacturing presence in North Carolina with the purchase of a boat manufacturing facility in Navassa, N.C., near Wilmington, from KCS International, Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The Navassa site will offer Brunswick additional and needed capacity to build larger boats -- a growing market segment -- as well as the ability to manufacture several brands of cruisers at the facility, increasing production flexibility, productivity and efficiency. In a related action, Brunswick will close its Salisbury, Md., plant and transfer cruiser production to the new North Carolina facility.

MHI, MHPS in Consolidation Mode for Enhanced Competitiveness

Nagasaki Shipyard and Machinery Works

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) have planned to reorganize their  their Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works and Nagasaki Works respectively. The coordinated decisions are aimed at further strengthening global competitiveness, particularly in terms of technologies, costs and efficiency, by pursuing higher productivity through consolidation of their manufacturing sites by product: at MHI in the area of defense and space systems, and at MHPS in operations involving thermal power generation systems.

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