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Monday, July 23, 2018

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How to Reduce Risk When Selecting a Ballast Water Management System

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It seems like a lifetime coming, but the IMO International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM) has been approved and will enter into force on September 8, 2017. Deemed as an environmental necessity, it creates an enormous operational challenge for the maritime industry. As ship owners, system installers and BWM system manufacturers alike prepare for the many challenges associated with implementation, it would be wise to more closely evaluate the real (and sometimes hidden) risks to system operators and manufacturers.

AMI Wins $3.5 Million Defense Contract

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Auburn Manufacturing, Inc. (AMI) has won a multiyear contract to supply over 200,000 yards of AMI-SIL fabric to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (NSY) in Bremerton, Washington, for use in hot work operations during ship repair. The contract, which could total as much as $3.5 million over the next five years, "reflects the continued confidence the Department of Defense has in our products," said Kathie Leonard, AMI's President and CEO. "We've been supplying hot work safety fabrics to the Navy for over twenty years under various contracts, and are now well over 1.5 million yards. Keeping its U.S.

Beier Radio, Sentinel, Expand, Move to New Offices

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Beier Radio, LLC says that with Sentinel Controls it has relocated operations to a new facility in Gray, Louisiana, along the bustling Central Gulf coast near Houma. In addition, Beier Radio’s corporate office for administration and sales has moved from Belle Chasse to Mandeville, Louisiana, north of New Orleans. The move consolidates Beier Radio’s engineering, service, parts, and training departments, and Sentinel’s manufacturing operations at the new Gray campus, putting the companies in closer proximity to Port Fourchon…

Brunswick Expanding Its Boat Building Facility

L-R: Jeff Hubert, Ken Sahibs, John Ratto, Boston Whaler President Nick Stickler, Mike Hertweck, David Adams. (Photo: BCGP)

Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) has officially broken ground on a facility expansion at the company's Edgewater, Fla. headquarters. The addition includes a new large-boat building with added manufacturing space and other facility improvements. The new 10,500-square-foot facility will be located on the east side of the commercial boats manufacturing campus and will increase the company's manufacturing capacity by 50 percent. "Today, by breaking ground on the BCGP facility expansion, we are greatly increasing our capabilities," said Boston Whaler Group President Nick Stickler.

Darley Acquires Fireboy, Inc

From left: Peter Darley, Larry Akins and Paul Darley at the closing on June 6, 2017. (Photo: W.S. Darley & Co.)

W.S. Darley & Co. informs it has purchased the assets of Fireboy, Xintex and Aetna Engineering based in Grand Rapids, Mich., forming the new company Fireboy-Xintex, LLC. W.S. Darley & Co., headquartered in Itasca, Ill., has served the world’s fire and emergency services industry since 1908. The company has manufacturing, engineering and research and development operations are in Chippewa Falls, Wisc. and Janesville, Iowa. Founded in 1973, Fireboy is a developer of marine pre-engineered and custom engineered fire safety and suppression equipment.

MN 100: KVH Industries, Inc.

KVH Industries is a manufacturer of solutions that provide global high-speed Internet, television, and voice services via satellite to mobile users at sea and on land. These solutions include the mini-VSAT Broadband network, TracPhone satellite communications antenna systems, and TracVision satellite television antenna systems. KVH is based in Middletown, RI, with research, development, and manufacturing operations in Middletown, RI, and Tinley Park, IL. KVH’s mission is to connect in-motion customers…

Safariland Group Acquires Tactical Command Industries

The Safariland Group, a global provider of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets, has acquired Tactical Command Industries, Inc. (TCI), a communications integration business focused on tactical communications systems, including customized and commercial off the shelf headsets and audio solutions. TCI operates out of facilities located in Brentwood, California and Gilmanton, New Hampshire. TCI was founded in 1996 by a group of law enforcement professionals with extensive experience in tactical training and mission work. Having skilled operators at the forefront of TCI’s product development programs, they are adept at both small custom integration projects as well as large defense procurement opportunities.

Sohar Port Challenges Gulf Rivals

Gulf of Oman port bids to become transhipment centre for region; to more than double container capacity by 2017. Part of Oman's drive is to industrialise, diversify beyond oil. An advertisement by the highway outside Dubai's massive Jebel Ali Port tells firms they don't need to ship goods through the Strait of Hormuz, the traditional gateway to the Gulf. Instead they can have goods delivered to a port in Oman, outside the Gulf, and bring them into the region by road. "Why go through the Strait when you can go straight to the Gulf," the billboard reads, in a challenge to Jebel Ali, which has become one of the biggest ports in the world by handling many of the region's imports via Hormuz.

Romica Manufacturer Secures DNV GL Approval

Bob Turner (Photo: Romica)

U.K. winch maker Romica said it is to “redouble its exports drive” after its Romania-based manufacturing partner successfully acquired accreditation with DNV GL. Yorkshire based Romica is a designer, manufacturer and supplier of lift equipment and winches for use within the marine, renewables, ports and terminals, oil and gas and oceanographic sectors. It provides a 24/7 build, repair and maintenance service worldwide with agents in South Korea, Taiwan, India and Spain. Romica is owned and run by Bob Turner and works in partnership with TIE Services International SRL…

Voith Taps Reinhardt as President & CEO

Carsten J. Reinhardt, Member of the Corporate Board of Management of Voith GmbH and President and CEO of Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG

Carsten J. Reinhardt Becomes Member of the Corporate Board of Management of Voith GmbH and President and CEO of Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG. Heidenheim, Germany June 14, 2012 – This is to announce the appointment of Carsten J. Reinhardt as Member of the Corporate Board of Management of Voith GmbH and as President and CEO of Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG. As of July 1, 2012, Reinhardt will succeed Dr. Hubert Lienhard who had held this function since January 1, 2012 in addition to his office as President and CEO of the Corporate Board of Management of Voith GmbH.

Brunswick: Ramping up Quality for the Long Haul

“This boat’s configuration is unique in the fact that it’s been set up to handle multi-mission capabilities, from fire suppression, to search and rescue as well as EMS work,” said. “We recently delivered the boat and I know it will serve the community of Port Jefferson well for many years to come.” – BCGP Sales Manager, Dana White

As Brunswick Commercial & Government Products expands its capabilities and product line, the Florida-based boatbuilder is positioned to safely provide increased efficiencies, and an expanded, multi-mission product line. When Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) broke ground on a facility expansion at the company’s Florida headquarters in early May, it served notice that this well-known boatbuilder had ramped up both its delivery capabilities, and an expanded array of new hulls.

Dometic Promotes Trigg

Dometic Group promoted Ned Trigg to Executive Vice President of Dometic’s Marine division. In his new role, Trigg will be the business leader for the Marine OEM and Aftermarket divisions for the Americas region. This includes sales, application engineering, customer service, manufacturing operations and new product development strategies. “Ned Trigg brings a wealth of experience across all of our target markets – from leisure boating and yachting to workboat, commercial and military markets,” said Frank Marciano, President of Dometic Americas. “Over the last 27 years, Mr. Trigg has worked closely with our design, engineering, manufacturing and sales teams, offering boat builders and end-customers a single source for innovative comfort products and on-board systems.

Jaya, IHC Merwede Sign Agreement

Jaya Holdings Limited (“Jaya”) has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Jaya Shipbuilding and Engineering Pte Ltd has signed an agreement with IHC Merwede Asia Pacific which enables IHC’s high-specification offshore vessels to be produced by Jaya at its yards in Singapore and Batam, Indonesia. As part of the wide-ranging agreement, IHC Merwede will also provide design and engineering support services to Jaya. The agreement creates the opportunity for further collaboration between the companies in future, aligned with Jaya’s strategy of building sophisticated and modern offshore support vessels and IHC Merwede’s plans for further expansion of its integrated shipbuilding and equipment manufacturing operations in the region.

IHC Merwede Signs Agreement with Jaya

IHC Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of IHC Merwede, has signed an agreement with Jaya Shipbuilding and Engineering Pte Ltd, which enables IHC Asia Pacific’s high-specification offshore vessels to be produced by Jaya at its yards in Singapore and Batam, Indonesia. As part of the wide-ranging terms, IHC Merwede will also provide engineering support services to Jaya. The agreement creates the opportunity for future cooperation between the two companies. It is compatible with Jaya’s strategy…

Victaulic to Add Manufacturing Space in Pennsylvania

Victaulic, a manufacturer of mechanical pipe joining solutions, has unveiled a plan to build an additional state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. The 400,000 square foot facility is the result of increased domestic demand for the company’s products. The facility is expected to break ground later this year and be fully operational in 2019. “This new facility will play an important role in meeting increased customer demand, while also producing the highest quality products in the industry -- something our customers have come to expect from us since our first innovation nearly 100 years ago,” said John F. Malloy, CEO of Victaulic.

Artificial Lift Relocates to Houston

Photo: Artificial Lift Company

Artificial Lift Company has moved its headquarters to Houston from Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom, the company’s president and chief executive officer, David Malone, announced. Situated in the Westchase District near the Energy Corridor, the Artificial Lift’s offices and warehouse total 28,000 square feet with 40 employees based at the location. While supporting global operations, its headquarters consist of engineering, manufacturing, operations and general support services.

Caterpillar Rejigs Top Deck

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Caterpillar Inc. * Doug Hoerr has been appointed as vice president with responsibility for the Strategic Services Division. Caterpillar’s Board of Directors has appointed Julie Lagacy, a 26-year veteran of the company and currently vice president with responsibility for the Finance Services Division (FSD), as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and vice president with responsibility for the Global Information Services Division (GIS). In addition to leading FSD, earlier this year Lagacy assumed leadership of GIS following the departure of the former Chief Information Officer.

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.

Demanding Times for DSC Dredge

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The dynamic dredge builder navigates a complicated dredge building market by augmenting an impressive array of standard equipment with a customized approach that satisfies domestic and international customers alike. It isn’t as easy as it looks. The New Year typically brings new challenges to all sectors of the waterfront and 2018 will be no different. As the newly expanded and improved Panama and Suez Canals bring larger, so-called post-Panamax vessels to U.S. shores, stakeholders tend to focus on domestic dredging needs. And, there’s plenty of that to go around.

AVEVA, Schneider Electric Join Forces to Promote Digitalization

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AVEVA announced it has combined with Schneider Electric’s industrial software business to drive digital transformation across the asset and operational life cycle for capital-intensive industries. “88% of leaders in capital-intensive industries say that digitalization would increase their revenues,” said Craig Hayman, Chief Executive Officer at AVEVA. “Yet less than half of these companies are actually in the process of adopting a digital strategy. “Digitalization demands a fundamental rethink of the way organizations operate.

AdvanTec Consolidates PCM Manufacturing

AdvanTec Global Innovations has announced it will consolidate its Pacific Coast Marine (PCM) manufacturing operations into other AdvanTec manufacturing facilities in the United States and Canada, effective July 31, 2014. "This move will expand PCM’s product capabilities," said AdvanTec CEO Paul Hill. PCM will continue to operate its sales and service hub out of the Greater Seattle Area. The PCM sales and service office remaining in the Seattle area will be managed by AdvanTec's Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Darren Loken."This evolution will help make our entire marine group more efficient," Loken said. "We'll be sharing our vast resources across the organization as never before…

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.

Virginia’s FTZ 20 Expansion Approved

Courtesy Port of Virginia

Expansion of Virginia’s Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ 20) into northeast North Carolina was approved by the US Department of Commerce and the decision provides another means of attracting cargo to The Port of Virginia, the port’s CEO says. “This is an incentive that can be used to attract business to the port and investment and jobs to locations within the FTZ,” said John F. Reinhart, CEO an executive director of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA). “The benefits of the FTZ can be significant and this decision opens the door in northeast North Carolina to those benefits.

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