Marine Equipment News

24 May 2019

Hyper-Smart Container Sets Sail

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Dutch Port of Rotterdam has sent the hyper-smart Container 42 on a two-year data-collecting mission around the world.During this journey, the container – which houses an array of sensors and communications equipment – will be measuring changes in parameters like vibration, slope, position, sound, local air pollution, humidity and temperature.The unit has also been fitted with solar panels, which can be used to determine how much power a container can generate during a given journey by ship, train or truck. The container will be making its first stop in early June, in Munich, Germany.

24 May 2019

Glosten Design for All-Electric Ferry First

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Alabama's historic Gee's Bend Ferry recently entered service after being converted from geared-diesel to become the first zero-emission, electric-powered passenger/car ferry in the United States. Owned by the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and operated by HMS Ferries, the 15-vehicle/132-passenger ferry runs on the Alabama River between Camden and Boykin, AL."As a first-of-its-kind vessel in North America, the Gee's Bend Ferry will have impact far beyond the State boarders.

24 May 2019

ASI Marine Adds Falcon ROV

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Canada-based underwater services provider ASI Marine is expanding its Falcon fleet, said a press release from Saab Seaeye, the underwater e-robotics company.Known for being the first to ingeniously exploit the Saab Seaeye Falcon’s adaptive intelligent technology by sending the 300 metre rated remotely operated underwater vehicle on a five kilometre long tunnel inspection, the company is now adding the 1000 metre rated Falcon version to their Falcon collection.The acquisition extends ASI Marine’s overall ROV fleet…

24 May 2019

EemsWerken Concludes Radio Holland Contract

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Dutch shipping company Eemswerken (Werkendam) has concluded its service contracts with Radio Holland Netherlands, covering its entire fleet of cargo vessels.Radio Holland Netherlands was founded in 1916 by a number of leading Dutch shipping companies with the purpose of installing, maintaining and operating maritime radio stations.The service contracts include the SOLAS annual surveys, special regional service rates and on-demand services of the Navigation and Communication equipment on board, around the world.

23 May 2019

CMA CGM Orders 50,000 Traxens Trackers

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French liner carrier CMA CGM has announced a new order for 50,000 Traxens trackers, aiming to fit containers with connected trackers to provide greater traceability – monitoring location, temperature, shocks, and when container doors are opened.As a structuring shareholder and the first company to have invested in Traxens in 2012, CMA CGM participated in the development of the solution by testing it for several years, then launching it commercially in 2018."Thanks to the order of 50…

23 May 2019

Jotun Creates New Antifouling

Seaforce Drydock (Photo: Jotun)

Jotun unveiled the next-generation of its SeaForce biocidal antifouling range, with three new products featuring Hydractive technology. Jotun originally launched its SeaForce range in 2004. Since then it has recorded more than 27,000 vessel applications worldwide.“SeaForce is a cornerstone portfolio in our marine coating range,” said Dr, Erik Risberg, Global Marketing Director, Jotun Marine Coatings, “but we felt the time was right to push its performance further, providing next level protection for our customers while consolidating its position within the marketplace.

23 May 2019

Svitzer Trials New Line Handling Tech

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Svitzer has begun sea trials of a new ‘industry-first’ remotely operated line catching technology prototype.The new mechanism is being trialed on the vessel Svitzer Trym, in the company’s Scandinavian fleet, and could significantly improve safety standards and reduce risks for crews during the process of connecting with other vessels, one of the most critical elements of towage operations.Connecting heaving lines at sea is one of the most critical parts of day-to-day towage operations…

23 May 2019

Heerema Unveils World's Largest Offshore Crane Vessel

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Dutch firm Heerema Marine Contractors and Singapore's Sembcorp Marine, on Thursday, showed off the world's largest crane vessel that can be used for the setup and decommissioning of offshore oil and gas facilities.The semi-submersible vessel, which cost Heerema about $1.5 billion, is equipped with two cranes that can reach a height of 220 metres, taller than the top of Singapore's iconic boat-shaped Marina Bay Sands hotel. The cranes have a combined lifting capacity of 20,000 tonnes…

23 May 2019

Hurtigruten Inks 'Rotten Fish' Biogas Deal

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As the global marine industry aggressively moves to reduce emissions from ships, and Norway in particular has thrown down the gauntlet of zero emission cruise ships in certain fjords along its scenic coast, Norwegian cruise ship operator Hurtigruten has signed a 7.5-year deal to buy liquefied biogas (LBG) made from dead fish and other organic waste to help power its vessels.Under the contract with Biokraft, Hurtigruten ships will start receiving near-daily supplies of LBG, with…

22 May 2019

NAPA Becomes First Service Provider for ShipDC IoS-OP

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Finnish maritime software provider NAPA has become the first service provider for ClassNK-owned Ship Data Centre’s Internet of Ships Open Platform (ShipDC IoS-OP).NAPA will provide ship performance analytics and voyage optimisation capabilities for the universal platform developed to share vessel operational data between stakeholders.The aim of the ShipDC IoS-OP is to create a new, digital maritime cluster by securely minimizing the costs of data ownership and portability for owners and operators…

22 May 2019

KVH Appoints Loke VP Asia Pacific

Ken Loke (Photo: KVH Industries)

KVH Industries (Nasdaq: KVHI) said that Ken Loke has been named Vice President – Asia Pacific, to direct all initiatives for KVH in this  region. Loke has extensive experience in satellite and managed services with top companies active in the telecommunications and maritime industries. KVH provides connectivity solutions for the maritime market, including global mini-VSAT Broadbandsm services used by thousands of vessels worldwide.Prior to joining KVH, Loke held the positions of chief commercial officer and chief executive officer for Eutelsat – Asia Pacific…

22 May 2019

Navy: $2.3B Deal for 12 Mine Hunting Ships

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The Belgium Naval & Robotics consortium, composed of Naval Group and ECA Group, won the contract to supply 12 minehunting vessels to the Belgian and Dutch navies. Equipped with around 100 drones, constituting approximately 10 drone systems (toolboxes), six ships are destined for the Belgian Navy, while the other six will be delivered to the Dutch Navy.The 10-year contract is worth nearly $2.3B. After a three-year design phase, Belgium Naval & Robotics will launch the production…

22 May 2019

AKA, MAN Collaborate for LNG-Powered Ferry

Rendering of the new “Green Ship” RoPax vessel (image courtesy of TT-Line)

Aspin Kemp and Associates Inc. (AKA) and MAN Energy Solutions (MAN) are working together on the delivery of the propulsion package for 1+1 230-meter-long RoPax vessel for TT-Line, a German ferry operator. The vessel is to be built at Jiangsu Jingling shipyard in China. The MAN/AKA power and propulsion package includes eight MAN 51/60DF dual fuel engines, propellers and gearboxes, a fuel-gas supply system and HyProp ECO – a hybrid propulsion system. The newbuild TT-Line ferry will have the capacity for 800 passengers and over 200 articulated trucks.

22 May 2019

Marine Fuel: World First for Megaboxer MV Sajir

The 15,000 TEU megaboxer MV SAJIR to be converted to methane for operation (©Hapag-Lloyd)

"With the conversion of SAJIR, we are the first shipping company worldwide to convert a container vessel of this size to natural gas propulsion."  Richard von Berlepsch, Managing Director Fleet Management at Hapag-LloydIn its more than 170 years of existence, the Hamburg-based Hapag Lloyd  has used all kinds of solid and liquid fuels to generate energy for the propulsion of its ships. And now the shipping company has announced that it intends to convert the propulsion system of its 15…

22 May 2019

Wärtsilä Sim Software for Dutch Training

Wärtsilä NTPRO 5000 simulator software is designed to provide highly realistic training. (Photo:Wärtsilä)

Software solutions from Wärtsilä have been selected for installation in three maritime training centers in The Netherlands.The turnkey systems is designed to allow training to commence immediately following the site acceptance. The systems have been ordered by the Rotterdam based STC Group, an international maritime transport and logistics education provider. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in April 2019.The Wärtsilä Navi-Trainer Professional (NTPRO) 5000 software will enable the teaching of the latest approaches to navigation…

22 May 2019

MAN ES: New Low-Pressure, Two-Stroke, Gas Engine in the Works

MAN Energy Solutions Two-Stroke Business Unit  has initiated the development of a low-pressure gas engine as a supplement to its existing dual-fuel ME-GI engine.“We already offer the most sophisticated and technologically-advanced gas engine on the two-stroke market with our ME-GI type, and we are hungry for more," said Bjarne Foldager, SVP, Head of Two-Stroke Business at MAN Energy Solutions. "With this announcement, we expect to cater for the segment in the market that prioritizes low-pressure dual-fuel, and this will complement our comprehensive portfolio of solutions.”MAN Energy Solutions aims to complete the development of the new engine during the first half of 2022.

22 May 2019

Optimarin Gears Up for BWMS Retrofit Wave

Tore Andersen (Photo: Optimarin)

Optimarin is growing its staff to effectively handle the growing wave of ballast water management system refit activity.The company, which expects to double its turnover this year, has employed Leiv Kallestad as its new CEO, allowing Tore Andersen, the incumbent, to spend his time enhancing market focus and customer service. In order to handle the expected surge in retrofit installations, expected to peak in 2022-23, Optimarin will now make plans for additional expansion, with growth in the technical and sales departments.Optimarin has now sold 750 of its simple…

21 May 2019

WACT Invests in Equipment

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The West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) located in Onne Port, has invested in two new Mobile Harbor Cranes, in response to continued volume growth in the Eastern Nigerian market.APM Terminal, who operates WACT, said that this is in addition to an investment of approximately USD2.5 million already made this year.The two Liebherr LHM 550 Mobile Harbor Cranes (MHCs) are due for deployment in July this year and will further boost the efficiency and cargo handling operation of the terminal, improving service delivery and reducing vessel waiting time.

21 May 2019

Japanese LNG Carriers Pact with Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä’s long-term service agreements play an important role in maintaining optimal performance for vessels of all kinds. Copyright: JERA/NYK

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has signed long-term service agreements for four Japanese-owned LNG carriers.Wärtsilä’s Dynamic Maintenance Planning (DMP) proposition with performance guarantees is recognised as adding considerable value to the customers’ operations.Two of the vessels are owned by a joint venture between Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and JERA Co., Inc. (JERA), the Tokyo based energy company, while the other two are owned by a joint-venture between Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and JERA.

21 May 2019

MOL Releases 'Fleet Viewer' Application

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Japanese marine transport company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that MOL, Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding, and Weathernews Inc. jointly released "Fleet Viewer," as part I of MOL's "FOCUS" Project intended to enhance the collection and application of ship operation data.Ensuring safe vessel operation, and in turn safeguarding the transport of people and cargo is the foundation of the ocean shipping industry.For the most part, however, maintaining safety and addressing problems onboard have relied on the skills and experience of seafarers on the front lines…

21 May 2019

SNAME Honors ABS Technical Leaders

Senior Engineer Harry Ren (Photo: ABS)

ABS Director James Bond and Senior Engineer Harry Ren have been named Fellows of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME).“ABS relies on being able to offer the very highest levels of industry expertise in order to continue to deliver outstanding services to clients and industry support. This recognition from SNAME underscores our industry leading technical prowess,” said Patrick Ryan, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Technology.Suzanne Beckstoffer, President of SNAME…

21 May 2019

ChartCo Names Edwards Head of Procurement

Tom Edwards, Head of Procurement, (Photo: ChartCo)

Tom Edwards has been named as ChartCo’s new Head of Procurement, and takes on the responsibility for global purchasing on behalf of ChartCo and its associated offices in this newly created role.Edwards has a strong procurement, purchasing and project management background both within consultancy and industry with Rolls Royce and the BT Group. He will help deliver traceability and responsible sourcing while working in partnership with suppliers to reduce costs, mitigate risks, drive innovation and growth…

21 May 2019

Alfa Laval’s Lindmark Takes on New Role

Anders Lindmark (Photo: Alfa Laval)

Anders Lindmark, formerly Head of Alfa Laval PureBallast, has transitioned from ballast water treatment into another compliance application. As Business Unit President, Gas Systems, he now oversees the Alfa Laval PureSOx offering in exhaust gas cleaning.On May 1, Anders Lindmark stepped into his new role as Business Unit President, Gas Systems. The move follows years of service in ballast water treatment, comprising a number of key milestones for Alfa Laval PureBallast 3. Besides cementing itself as the leading ballast water treatment solution, the system became a forerunner with U.S.

21 May 2019

Teekay Offshore Renews and Expands VSAT

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Teekay Offshore, one of the largest marine energy transportation, storage & production companies, has renewed and expanded its agreements with maritime connectivity provider Marlink to continue utilizing high quality global VSAT services for a further four years. The contract extension ensures reliable global broadband connectivity for data sharing and smart vessel operations, improved facilities for crew welfare and a flexible platform to generate efficiencies from the maritime…

21 May 2019

12-meter Ship Aims to Be First to Cross Atlantic Without a Crew

(File photo: GEBCO-Nippon Foundation Alumni Team)

Final preparations are underway for a 12-meter-long ship to set sail from Canada and attempt the world's first transatlantic crossing without a crew.The USV Maxlimer, an unmanned surface vessel, is bound for the south coast of England and will conduct deep sea surveys on the way, guided by a skipper in a control station in Britain.The voyage is expected to take about 35 days.The ship was built by Sea-Kit International, which develops vessels for the maritime and research industries, for the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, a competition to autonomously survey the sea bed.It can launch and recover

21 May 2019

Washington Maritime Industry Worth $6.12bln

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According to the findings of a new report conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on behalf of Transportation Institute (TI), the domestic maritime industry in Washington ranks sixth among all American states for jobs and labor income relating to the Jones Act.The industry employs more than 22,500 individuals, produces $6.12 billion for the local economy, and generates more than $1.5 billion in worker income.Regionally, the same study shows that the domestic maritime industry employs over 37…

20 May 2019

RIBCRAFT Delivers Fire Boat to the Portsmouth

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Professional grade rigid inflatable boat (RIB) manufacturer RIBCRAFT said it recently delivered a specialized 25’ RIBCRAFT 7.8 to the Portsmouth Fire Department.Located on the Piscataqua River in New Hampshire, the Portsmouth Fire Department provides on-water search and rescue operations as well as fire protection to the seacoast community. This RIB, featuring a heavy duty inflatable tube and deep V hull, expands the department’s firefighting and rescue capabilities while providing…

20 May 2019

Griffon Hoverwork Wins New Orders

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Southampton, UK-based hovercraft builder Griffon Hoverwork has won two new orders for its latest model the 995ED.The 995ED was launched at the Exponaval maritime exhibition in Chile in December 2018 following delivery of the first production craft to the Malaysian Government’s Marine Department which is being used for the maintenance of navigation marks and light houses. And now Griffon’s production line is busy building another 995ED for a private client for use in icy conditions.

20 May 2019

VIKING Wins Norwegian Police Patrol Boat Contract

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Global safety products manufacturer and service provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment has won a contract to build and supply a VIKING Norsafe Munin S1200 patrol boat for the Norwegian police force.The vessel, which will be built in Arendal, Norway and delivered in December this year, will carry out police patrol and rescue missions in the East Police District covering the 38 municipalities from Gardermoen to the Swedish border.Seeing off competition from five other providers,…

20 May 2019

Samsung Heavy Orders Pumps from SVANEHØJ

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SVANEHØJ, which is located in Aalborg, Denmark, has secured an order from South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries for a total of 42 pumps for three new Very Large Ethane Carriers (VLEC). The ships have been ordered by the Chinese company Zhejiang Satellite Petrochemical and will be used to carry liquid ethane from Texas, USA, to the company’s petrochemical terminal in Lianyungang, China.The order includes 24 offloading pumps, 12 spray pumps and six fuel pumps, all of…

20 May 2019

SMS Group Brings a New Shipyard to the Solent

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UK ship repairer and marine engineering services provider the SMS Group has partnered with the Hythe Shipyard to provide a dedicated shipyard solution to customers within the Solent and Southampton Water.SMS, which specializes in ship repair, marine engineering and major fabrication projects in the Commercial Marine, Defense and Superyachts sectors, also operates, in-house, a diving and sub-surface marine engineering division.The Hythe Shipyard is located just South of Marchwood at the top of Southampton Water.

17 May 2019

NYK Intros Compliant Additive for LSFO

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The Japanese Shipping Company Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) have jointly developed a new fuel-oil additive for low-sulphur compliant fuel-oil that meets SOx emission requirements.Yunic 800VLS (patent pending) is Japan’s first additive for very low sulfur fuel oil, or VLSFO. The additive improves safety by helping to avoid troubles that may be caused by certain contents of VLSFO.A global sulfur cap will enter into force on January 1, 2020, and one way ships can meet the requirement is by using VLSFO (sulfur content below 0.5%).

17 May 2019

Marine Monitoring System Powered by Innovation

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Innovation is driving advanced monitoring and control technologies for environmental and safety compliance in the marine sector, says Gérard Baldellou, marine business unit manager at CMR Group.The marine diesel power sector continues to face significant challenges, particularly in areas where emissions resulting from combustion inside engines, along with fuel consumption levels need reducing. Escalating operating costs, tighter margins and pressures in the oil and gas sector signal challenging times for ship owners and fleet operators.

17 May 2019

Wight, Chartwell Debut Hybrid Patrol Vessel

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Wight Shipyard Co. (WSC) debuts a hybrid patrol vessel designed  to reduce both fuel costs and engine maintenance.“This ground-breaking project aims to set new standards in high speed, fuel economy and light weight vessels in the sector. Building greener vessels has been an integral focus for some time now so moving into hybrid options is the obvious next step forward,” said Peter Morton, CEO, WSC.The WSC vessel has been designed by naval architect Chartwell Marine, and is the first in the new Chasewell range of pilot and patrol boats…

17 May 2019

Energy Storage Life Cycle Cost Study

Diesel electric propulsion is a concept that uses an electrical power generation plant to deliver power to the propulsion unit. Case studies show reductions in fuel and maintenance costs with such systems. Those improvements can be further enhanced by the addition of an energy storage system to the vessel.This case study provides a cost benefit analysis of an energy storage system for a vessel owner using a real-world operational profile and case study. It is not a deep dive into all of the aspects and details of an energy storage system.

16 May 2019

20 May is the European Maritime Day

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The Maritime Day was established in 2008 by the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission as part of the European Union (EU) Maritime Policy to raise the awareness of the seas and their importance.This year, the annual event is being held over two days, 16-17 May, at the Lisbon Congress Centre in Portugal. The theme of the event is "blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment to transform traditional maritime sectors and boost emerging technologies and value chains".Representing EU and Norwegian Shipowners…

16 May 2019

IMO Workshop on NMTP in Caribbean

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The Caribbean Country of Saint Kitts and Nevis is the latest country to benefit from International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s work promoting good maritime governance practice – through a National Maritime Transport Policy (NMTP) workshop, underway in Basseterre (14-16 May).The event brought together participants from over 30 institutions, including ministries, State and stakeholder agencies to work towards a policy to help achieve the maritime vision of Saint Kitts and Nevis.Creating a NMPT policy will help the country’s maritime transport sector to be governed in a coordinated…

16 May 2019

New Lake Assault Boats Fireboat

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The Rabun County Fire Services, located in the northeast corner of Georgia, has placed a Lake Assault Boats fireboat into service on Lake Rabun, an 835-acre reservoir with 25 miles of shoreline. The new craft provides fire suppression and emergency response services for homeowners, visitors, and Georgia Power facilities located on the lake.“The combination of hydroelectric plants and a growing number of high-end waterfront single family homes in a region susceptible to wildfires make our on-the-water emergency response capabilities a critical part of our department’s mission…

16 May 2019

HydroHoist Lands U.S. Navy Contract

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HydroHoist Boat Lifts,a manufacturer of marine dock equipment, has announced the receipt of orders from the U.S. Navy to provide HarborHoist boat lifts to protect Navy security and patrol boats.The contracts for installations include ports in Virginia, New Jersey, Connecticut and New Hampshire, to be completed in April.HydroHoist was selected through a strong vetting process based on the Navy’s confidence in HydroHoist’s history and the HarborHoist’s saltwater friendly design.

16 May 2019

Marine Fuel Rules to Disrupt Markets for 1-5 years

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The marine industry's January 2020 shift to using very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO) to power ships worldwide will launch a one- to five-year disruption in oil and refined products markets, according to a study released Thursday by Boston Consulting Group.The International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s mandated switch will require fuels to have a sulfur content below 0.5%, compared with 3.5% now. It aims to improve human health by reducing air pollution from sea-going vessels.The changeover may increase profits for refiners, especially on the U.S.

16 May 2019

Interview: Sebastiaan Bleuanus, Wärtsilä

Sebastiaan Bleuanus, GM for research coordination and funding, Wärtsilä.

The May 2019 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News features a 10-page feature section on "Thought Leadership" in the marine power sector. Here we extract and present the interview with Sebastiaan Bleuanus, GM for research coordination and funding, Wärtsilä.Please put in perspective and discuss the current environment and pressure to reduce emissions in the maritime industry.The last 15 years have seen a shift in legislative focus in two main areas; a tightening of the…

16 May 2019

AAL Delivers Four New Cranes for Felixstowe

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The global ocean transport operator AAL Shipping has successfully delivered a cargo of four rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) to the Port of Felixstowe, as part of a development project that will see the UK’s busiest container port add an additional 18,000 teu of container storage capacity to meet growing demand.The ZPMC Chinese-made RTGs were loaded in Shanghai and shipped to Felixstowe aboard the 31,000 dwt mega-size mpv the A-Class AAL Kobe, for the CPIA forwarding and shipping agency.

16 May 2019

Port of Everett Facelifts South Terminal

South Terminal. Image: Port of Everett

Foss Maritime departed the Port of Everett enroute to the Port of Los Angeles to pick up two gantry cranes for use at the Port’s modernized South Terminal.The $57 million South Terminal Modernization project will ensure the Port’s facilities are ready to support the next generation of over-dimensional cargo, including aerospace parts for the new 777X. The two cranes are a critical piece in this loading and unloading efficiency.“The completion of this upgrade will add another full-service berth at the Port to accommodate project…

16 May 2019

Voith Intros Online Digital Platform

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German engineering firm Voith has rolled out online platform 'MyVoith' for digital applications and services."MyVoith is a global platform that brings together the company’s digital services and business-related information in one location. The platform offers users personalized access to their applications, services and data from the Voith world," it said in a release.These include industry-specific webshops, asset management solutions and further self-service applications, as well as the Voith IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) applications and services.

15 May 2019

Internet Use Widespread Among Seafarers

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The internet access for seafarers for personal use on board ships more widespread and available than previously imagined and the positive benefits associated with this access outweigh the feared safety concerns around the technology, said a survey.The responses to the survey carried out by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), with support from the Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA), indicate that the provision…

15 May 2019

BV Releases Optimum Survey Planning

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With the release of Optimum Survey Planning (OSP) Bureau Veritas continues to develop more efficient tools to support classification and statutory surveys and audits. The new application moves planning of surveys from a reactive to a proactive approach, providing a recommendation of the most convenient date and place to perform the needed surveys. This increases efficiency and convenience for the managers of ships requiring surveys – saving time, money and reducing any impact on ship operations.The application is embedded within VeriStar Info…

15 May 2019

Cadmatic Acquires Eagle Technology

Cadmatic and Macrovision have agreed a major technology co-operation deal. Cadmatic has purchased specially commissioned software technology and development incorporating customized modules of Macrovision Eagle Software Framework. The deal will support Cadmatic's ambitious business and growth strategy.The agreement provides Cadmatic with the necessary technical know-how, commercial property rights, source code and future development control of this specially developed technology. The agreed solution provides Cadmatic with the flexibility and agility required to rapidly respond to client needs in the marine, process and energy industries.Cadmatic has utilized Macrovision's Eagle Framework technology as a development platform for its ship hull 3D design products.

15 May 2019

Topaz Installs FUELTRAX

Topaz  Energy and Marine is partnering with FUELTRAX on advanced fuel tracking and reporting.  Topaz installed FUELTRAX EFMS across 21  of its vessels operating between Nigeria and Azerbaijan for data storage and surveillance. FUELTRAX is designed to deliver an electronic record of activities using automated operational and fuel data collection, coupling it with precise in-transit efficiency recommendations for vessels located anywhere in the world.In  line  with  its  digital  transformation,  Topaz  has  also  adopted FUELTRAX Vision, a new onboard  surveillance  system which provides  a remote  view  of  onboard  surveillance footage, stored in a secure database and correlated with onboard fuel activities.

15 May 2019

ChartCo's Reg4ships Service for Carnival Fleet

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ChartCo will now be supplying the entire Carnival Cruise Line fleet with its benchmark regulation management solution, Regs4ships.Prior to signing the new contract with Carnival Cruise Line, ChartCo supplied 75% of the fleet of its parent company Carnival Corporation, including Princess Cruises, Holland America, P&O Cruises, Costa, Aida, Cunard Line and Seabourn. Under the terms of the new agreement, all 26 Carnival Cruise Line vessels will be provided with the Regs4ships solution.Regs4ships…

15 May 2019

New Shanghai Training Center for Alfa Laval

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Recently, Alfa Laval inaugurated the Alfa Laval PureSOx Training Center in Shanghai, China. Focused on the training of commissioning engineers, the new facility will be instrumental in ramping up the skilled workforce prior to the global sulphur cap. But with its full-sized PureSOx scrubber, it will also provide crew training opportunities for customers.Alfa Laval has not only invested heavily in PureSOx manufacturing operations, but is also working to further expand its service and training resources in exhaust gas cleaning.

14 May 2019

DNV GL, NTU Partner in 3D Printing

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The global quality assurance and risk management company DNV GL and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore (NTU) are supporting academic advances in additive manufacturing – the process of 3D printing – for the maritime, oil and gas and other industries, through a four-year research collaboration agreement.Two new doctoral student (PhD) positions are being created through the Industrial Postgraduate Programme, supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and DNV GL.

14 May 2019

Damen Delivers MAD3500

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Screening installation Marine Aggregate Dredger (MAD) 3500 has been fully assembled at the Damen Dredging yard.Last week the completion of the assembly of the screening installation of the CEMEX Go Innovation was celebrated at the Damen Dredging yard. The screening installation is designed for the aggregate dredger type MAD3500 currently under construction. This hopper dredger features several innovative elements, including the fully re-designed screening installation.All major offshore aggregate dredgers are fitted with a screening installation.

14 May 2019

Interview: Edmonds Brown, Cummins, Inc.

"Cummins plans to be a leader in electrified power and we believe this business segment will provide the innovation and focus to ensure future success" Eddie Brown, Cummins Marine. Photo: Cummins Marine

The May 2019 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News features a eight-page feature section on "Thought Leadership" in the marine power sector. Here we extract and present the interview with Edmonds Brown, Cummins, Inc., Commercial Marine Segment Leader.Please put in perspective and discuss the current environment and pressure to reduce emissions in the maritime industry.When I started in the marine industry, my primary focus was working to achieve certification of Cummins’ marine engines for U.S.

14 May 2019

Risk Management on the Inland Waterways Evolves

Joe Hughes, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of The American Club

The subchapter M towboat rules, safety management systems, and an emerging culture shift on the inland waterways brings with it a fresh look at how to manage risk. Is it time for P&I clubs to return to brown water? And should inland operators welcome them home?A mass exodus from the inland marine sector by P&I clubs in the mid-1990’s was precipitated by many things. Today, these very same vessels have been put under the subchapter M regime, and most are adapting SMS as a culture in the process.

14 May 2019

MAN Releases First IMO Tier III Workboat Engine

Now available from MAN Engines: 12-cylinder engines for IMO Tier III featuring the modular exhaust gas aftertreatment system and spanning a power range from 551 to 1,213 kW.

551 to 1,213 kW engine power range now available; low-cost, SCR-only solution; technology in standard production at MAN since 2006.MAN Engines – a business unit of MAN Truck & Bus – is now offering 12-cylinder, IMO Tier III emission standards engines for workboats, spanning a comprehensive power range from 551 to 1,213 kW. The engines are im-mediately available. This is particularly relevant to customers in Canada and the USA’s East and West Coast Emission Control Areas (ECAs), who are now subject to regulatory limits around 70% stricter than IMO Tier II.

14 May 2019

Sea Machines, Hike Metal to Collaborate on SAR Autonomy

Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics announced today a new partnership with Hike Metal, a world-class manufacturer of workboats based in Ontario, Canada, to integrate Sea Machines’ SM300 autonomous vessel control system aboard commercial vessels tasked with search-and-rescue (SAR) missions.The collaboration will help develop and demonstrate the capabilities of autonomous marine technology for the purposes of increasing the productivity and safety of SAR operations. Once installed…

14 May 2019

MN100: The Best 100 firms in the Brown Water Sector

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Is your company a Top 100 performer? The application period for this year’s MN100 edition is officially open and underway! Only those who apply can be considered for inclusion.The MN100, always our August print edition, is our annual look at the best 100 firms in the MarineNews, brown water, workboat space. There will never be a better time for you to tell MarineNews just why your firm is one of the best in the business. All of that – the selected 100 companies – will be featured in the August edition of the largest BPA-audited b-to-b publication in this genre.

14 May 2019

French Frigate Sonars Get an Upgrade

Photo: RTsys/French Navy

Since summer 2017, four vessels equipped with analog sonars have been upgraded using RTsys AS3i technology (Analog Surface Ship Sonar Improvement), which digitalized and improved the processing of signals rendered by sensors.Brittany-based company RTSYS does not only deals with AUV, subsea recorders and buoys, but can also display a full range of sonar systems such as handheld devices for divers or sonar retrofit. The latter of which led the French SME to lately offer in summer…

14 May 2019

Dublin Get Kalmar AutoRTG Cranes

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The cargo handling solutions and services provider, Kalmar has concluded an agreement with Dublin Ferryport Terminals (DFT) to extend the Kalmar AutoRTG system at the terminal with two new AutoRTG cranes.The order was booked in Cargotec's 2019 Q2 order intake, with delivery of the machines scheduled to be completed during Q2 of 2020, Kalmar, part of Cargotec, said. Part of the container and terminal division of Irish Continental Group, DFT operates the most modern container terminal at Dublin Port, with an annual throughput of approximately 380,000 TEU.

13 May 2019

Tech File: Sea Skipper Fire & Salvage Pump

Aussie Pump’s has developed corrosion free high pressure fire and salvage pumps specifically designed to handle seawater applications (ideal for tugs, barges, trawlers and even patrol boats). Image: Australian Pump Industries

After working with the Royal Australian Navy for several years, a small Australian pump manufacturer – Sydney-based Australian Pump Industries – which works on both the naval and commercial side of marine, developed a high-pressure fire and salvage pump dubbed the Sea Skipper, designed specifically for seawater applications. While engaged in maintenance work on Australia’s FFG fleet, Aussie Pumps’ Chief Engineer, John Hales, saw workboats using commercial grade, agricultural style…

13 May 2019

Interview: Rolf Stiefel, Winterthur G&D

The next big thing on fuels is LNG. We are a long way from identifying a fuel which offers the same viability, in terms of infrastructure, beyond LNG at the moment. LNG is the necessary bridge which is getting us closer to a carbon neutral future.

The May 2019 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News features a 10-page feature section on "Thought Leadership" in the marine power sector. Here we extract and present the interview with Rolf Stiefel, Vice President Sales, Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd., in its entirety.Please put in perspective and discuss – using your career as the time span – the current environment and pressure to reduce emissions in the maritime industry.When I started in the marine industry (coming from the power generation markets) back in the early 2000’s…

13 May 2019

Evac Evolution BWMS Gains IMO Approval

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The Evac Evolution Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has been granted IMO Type Approval. The system has been designed and manufactured by Cathelco, which has been part of Evac Group since May 2018.The system has been tested to the latest IMO requirements which encompass the revised G8 standard and the recently introduced Ballast Water Management Code which has much more robust definitions of the design limitations of the equipment.The Evac Evolution BWMS is also well on its…

13 May 2019

Intellian Debuts New Terminal

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Intellian is unveiling a new 1m Global Xpress terminal, GX100NX at the Intellian Asia-Pacific Partner Event being held tomorrow in Seoul, Korea.The Intellian GX100NX offers high-speed data and global operation, and  efficient RF design for strong link performance on the Fleet Xpress service. It is also future-proof, with support for 2.5GHz Wideband Ka networks and optimized reflector and radome. GX100NX users can also unlock even higher levels of bandwidth with a 10W BUC option.Based on Intellian’s new NX technology platform…

13 May 2019

Cruise Interior Expo Draws Leaders

Logo: Cruise Ship Interiors Expo

Cruise Ship Interiors Expo, a focused event dedicated exclusively to interior design, architecture, and outfitting for the cruise industry,  announced its first conference session to kick off the inaugural two-day event. Professionals at the forefront of the industry will share their expertise in ‘Cruise Industry Outlook: Leaders Debate’, on Wednesday, June 19, 2019.This conference session will focus on the newbuild order book, discussing how shipyards can respond to capacity issues, challenges around recruiting staff, economical concerns, and growth in the expedition market.

13 May 2019

Wilson Sons Vessel Converted in Brazil

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A platform supply vessel (PSV) owned and operated by Wilson Sons UltraTug Offshore has been converted to a shallow dive support vessel (SDSV) for a Petrobras job offshore Brazil.The vessel, Fulmar, needed an upgrade from DP1 to DP2 Class notation, and the work was completed in April by Wilson Sons Estaleiros in partnership with Damen at the Wilson Sons shipyards in Guarujá.Damen said it carried out quick scan and later a feasibility study for the project before Wilson Sons had been awarded the contract.Daniel Pereira, Maintenance Manager said, “The project was not without its challenges.

13 May 2019

Wärtsilä to Power a Dozen COSL PSVs

COSL’s 12 new LNG fueled offshore support vessels are being constructed at the Wuchang Shipbuilding Heavy Industry yard and the Liaonan Shipyard in China. (Image: COSL)

Wärtsilä announced on Monday it has won a contract to supply 40 generating sets for 12 new liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled platform supply vessels (PSV), the first such vessels to be built for a Chinese owner. The vessels are being built for China Oilfield Services Co Ltd (COSL) at the Wuchang Shipbuilding Heavy Industry yard and the Liaonan Shipyard in China. “Efficiency and environmental sustainability are key pillars of Wärtsilä’s approach to creating customer value. The choice of the Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fueled engine for this major project reflects these values…

13 May 2019

KVH Unloads Videotel for $90m

Martin Kits van Heyningen, chief executive officer of KVH. Photo: KVH

KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) sold its maritime training business, the Videotel group of companies, to an affiliate of Oakley Capital for a base purchase price of $90 million, on a cash-free, debt-free basis, subject to working capital adjustments. The Videotel group of companies includes Super Dragon Ltd., Videotel Marine International Ltd., Videotel Training Services Ltd., Videotel Consultants and Rentals Ltd., Videotel Marine Asia Ltd., and Videotel Pte Ltd.“As part of our long-term strategic roadmap…

13 May 2019

Thad Allen Joins HudsonAnalytix

Admiral Thad Allen, U.S. Coast Guard retired

HudsonAnalytix, announced that Admiral Thad Allen, U.S. Coast Guard retired, has joined their operation as a Senior Executive Advisor.Admiral Allen served as the 23rd Commandant of the Coast Guard from 2006 to 2010. He will be focusing on risk management for the global maritime transportation sector served by Hudson. Focus areas include regulatory and policy issues, crisis response and disaster management, environmental compliance, and cyber risk to shipping, ports, and supply chains.

13 May 2019

Well-SENSE Intros Miniature Optical Gauge

Photo: Well-SENSE

Downhole sensing technology specialist, Well-SENSE, has launched a miniature optical pressure-temperature gauge, as part of its FiberLine Intervention (FLI) system.The Well-SENSE optical gauge widens the well surveillance application envelope for FLI, both on and offshore, and offers operators a low-cost and disposable alternative to both permanent downhole sensors and more traditional electronic logging devices.Combined with FLI’s other features and benefits, including a simple deployment mechanism and distributed sensing…

12 May 2019

BHGE Deploys VitalyX for Topaz

Image: Topaz Energy and Marine

Offshore marine logistics company, Topaz Energy and Marine has entered into a long-term agreement with the GE company Baker Hughes (BHGE) for its proprietary lubricant condition monitoring system, VitalyX.The two firms will collaborate on boosting the maintenance and upkeep of Topaz’s fleet of vessels and increase the field time for each vessel.VitalyX is expected to be deployed on the entire module carrying vessel (MCV) fleet for Topaz in late 2019 and is the largest single collaboration…

10 May 2019

Wilhelmsen Reduces Plastic Usage Onboard

Pic: WSM

Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM), a global maritime industry group, headquartered in Lysaker, Norway, is taking measures to reduce plastic waste from its ships enforcing new criteria for its vendors in its selection process,  as part of their commitment to make maritime trade sustainable."Vendors supplying spare parts, stores and consumables will be required to demonstrate that they have a viable plan to reduce plastic usage on the products delivered to us. This will apply to all existing and new vendors…

10 May 2019

Wrist Expands Despite Tough 2018

Pic: Wrist Ship Supply

Despite difficult markets Wrist Ship Supply was able to grow its business during 2018 and to consolidate its position as the world’s largest supplier of provisions and stores to ships and offshore locations, claimed the ship and offshore supplier of provisions and stores.Most shipping segments saw pressure on earnings, and the recovery in the oil and gas markets was limited during 2018. The customers’ demand for lower operating costs by strict budget control and shift towards lower priced goods continued.“As a trusted partner…

10 May 2019

Gibdock Converts Ferry to Run on LNG fuel

Gibraltar’s Gibdock shipyard has completed a major conversion project so that the Baleària ferry Napoles can operate using LNG as fuel. The 186m long Napoles, which has capacity for 1,600 passengers and 1,430 lane metres of cargo, is the first of five ships that Baleària plans to convert to dual fuel operations to comply with IMO sulphur cap regulations. Gibdock has already secured a contract to convert a second vessel, Sicilia, which is due to arrive at the yard later this year.Richard Beards…

10 May 2019

Norway Builds Drone Fleet for coastal “Sulfur Patrols”

 Image: Norwegian Maritime Authority/Nordic Unmanned (drone)

Norway is growing its arsenal of military grade drones for missions that’ll take them into the exhaust streams of ship’s funnels. With the IMO now supporting the 0.1 percent sulfur cap on marine fuel from Jan. 2020, and with southern Norway below the 62nd parallel officially a European Emissions Control Area, or ECA, the Norwegian Maritime Authority, the NMA, is cracking down on illegal sulfur emissions.Oslo’s NMA and its domestic enforcement allies — the Norwegian Coast Guard (Kystvakten)…

10 May 2019

AIS Data: History & Future

Source: MarineTraffic.com

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) was developed with the sole goal of improving maritime safety by allowing ships in proximity to one another to automatically exchange information regarding their name, course, speed, type, cargo, etc. The exchange of this information would allow conning officers on each ship to make better decisions regarding the possibility of close encounters and the need to change course and/or speed. It would also make it easier for one ship to contact the other by radio-telephone to hopefully remove any doubt.

10 May 2019

IMO 2020: Total Lubmarine 'Road Show' in NYC

Robert Joore Managing Director Total Lubmarine. Photo: Greg Trauthwein

On Thursday, May 9, 2019, Total Lubmarine brought its "Total Global Sulfur Cap Forum" to New York City, a meeting including of Total Lubmarine business and technical executives and shipowners.The event, held aboard the historic Aircraft Carrier Intrepid Museum, gathered a full-house of local shipowners, and New York was the sixth stop on an 11 city world 'road show' of the forum to deliver insight on the soon-to-be-implemented fuel rules from the International Maritime Organization (IMO)…

10 May 2019

New Damen ASD Tug 2411 for Port of Hamburg

The Damen ASD tug 2411 (Credit:  Damen)

Order takes total operating there to seven.Damen Shipyards Group has signed a contract with Neue Schleppdampfschiffsreederei Louis Meyer GmbH & CO. KG for the supply of an ASD Tug 2411, to be named JAN. The vessel was built for stock at Damen Shipyards Changde in China before being transported to the Netherlands. She will now undergo finishing at Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam (Maaskant) and be delivered to her new owner in June 2019.JAN will operate primarily in the Port of Hamburg, as well as other German ports as required.

10 May 2019

GustoMSC Delivers Chela to Maersk Drilling

Image:  GustoMSC

GustoMSC, the developer of the Chela crane, has transferred the multi-functional arm to Danish offshore driller Maersk Drilling.GustoMSC, which designs and engineers solutions for mobile offshore units, said in a press release that Maersk Drilling is the first offshore company which is going to work with Chela.Since its introduction in 2016, GustoMSC’s Chela has grown from the drawing board into a piece of equipment that has made all expectations come true.In presence of and with input from involved parties Maersk Drilling…

09 May 2019

Port of Kiel Enables Emission-Free Berthing

Pic: Port of Kiel

The Port of Kiel’s first shore-based power supply plant for shipping was officially inaugurated at the Norwegenkai on May 9th, said the Baltic region port.With immediate effect, the Color Line’s big cruise-ferries can now be supplied with emission-free electric power from on shore.Minister-President of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein, Daniel Günther said: “By using power from on shore we are reducing to zero the emission of harmful substances as well as of greenhouse gas-es during the time ships are berthed in the port.

09 May 2019

EU Ports Backs Harmonized Approach on Scrubbers

Isabelle Ryckbost. Photo: The European Sea Ports Organisation

International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74), which is commencing next week in London, will discuss an EU proposal on the exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers).The proposal, which has been submitted by the EU 28 Member States and the European Commission, aims to start the discussion at international level on the discharges from scrubbers into the water, especially in sensitive areas such as ports.To protect the water quality and to respect the EU standards imposed by the Water Framework Directive…

09 May 2019

Fincantieri: 2019 Growth in line with 2018 as Orders Jump

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Fincantieri expects its 2019 growth rate to be in line with last year after a jump in new orders between January and March, it said on Thursday.The group's order intake was worth 6.5 billion in the first quarter, it said, thanks to a record number of contracts for cruise ships.The total backlog grew to 34.3 billion euros, equal to approximately 6.3 times last year's revenue.The state-controlled group reported a 13 percent rise in revenue to 1.39 billion euros in the period.Earnings before interest…

09 May 2019

VDAB to Train with Kongsberg Dredging Simulator

Photo courtesy of Kongsberg

VDAB, the Flemish Service for Employment and Vocational Training, has chosen a unique dredging simulator developed by Kongsberg on its state-of-the-art K-Sim Navigation technology platform. Selected during a multi-million Euro public tender initiated in September 2018 with the contract signed this April, the system will be installed at VDAB’s training facility in Zeebrugge, Belgium, where new and experienced vessel crew will take part in the most realistic dredging training exercises available.VDAB’s new capabilities will enable safer dredging by further building crew competence…

09 May 2019

ABS Supports BW Compliance as IMO Deadline looms

ABS published its 2019 Ballast Water Management Advisory providing critical advice to owners in advance of the five-year window beginning September 2019, requiring retrofits of BWM systems on existing ships.“We anticipate roughly 6,000 vessels per year over the next five years will need to be retrofitted with ballast water management systems to meet the revised IMO compliance dates,” said William Burroughs, ABS Ballast Water Management Lead. “We recognize this is a large portion of the fleet and will only be achievable through proper planning and effective project management and execution. This Advisory provides in-depth guidance to help owners understand the complexity of retrofitting ballast water management systems…

09 May 2019

ABS Supports Ballast Water Compliance

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American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), a global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries, published its 2019 Ballast Water Management Advisory providing critical advice to owners in advance of the five-year window beginning September 2019, requiring retrofits of BWM systems on existing ships.“We anticipate roughly 6,000 vessels per year over the next five years will need to be retrofitted with ballast water management systems to meet the revised IMO compliance dates…

08 May 2019

MOL Readies 'Ballast Catch'

Pic: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

Japanese shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL)  announced that the "Ballast Catch" = Viable Organism Sampler will begin marketing on May 15.The device, jointly developed by MOL Group company MOL Engineering and Satake Corporation, saves workload in preparing samples of ballast water prior to testing for the presence of marine organisms. Another MOL Group company, MOL Techno-Trade will handle sales of "Ballast Catch".Satake  developed the "Ballast Eye" =Viable Organism Analyzer…

08 May 2019

USCG Approved 16-Hour Basic FF Class

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U.S. Coast Guard approves Inland Logistics & Marine Institute course that will train mariners in Marine Fire Fighting utilizing state of the art equipment and simulators. Causal factors such as human error, associated dangers, welding, smoking, poor housekeeping, and faulty equipment will be thoroughly covered. Mariners will be learn proper use of Fire Fighting equipment with practical demonstration and live fire exercises. This course will satisfy U.S. Coast Guard regulations…

08 May 2019

W&D to Build Two ASD Tugs for Moran Towing

Washburn & Doughty, of East Boothbay, Maine, has announced the execution of a new vessel construction contract with Moran Towing Corporation, of New Canaan, Connecticut, to build two 86’ x 36’ ASD-Type Ship Assist and Escort Z-Drive Tugs, with options to build up to ten vessels.In addition to the two firm tugs, which will be delivered in 2020, the contract provides Moran with four, two-tug options keyed to production milestones of the tugs then under construction.W&D’s team of in-house naval architects and designers will complete the production designs for the new 86’ tugs based on the contract plans and regulatory package prepared by Jensen Maritime Consultants, Inc.

08 May 2019

Q-Flex LNG Carrier reaches 10 Years of Safety

Photo: Nakilat

Nakilat’s Q-flex LNG Carrier Al Ghashamiya has recently achieved a significant safety milestone of over 10 years without lost time injury (LTI) or Total Recordable Case (TRC), equivalent to nearly 3 million safe man-hours. Al Ghashamiya is one of 18 vessels being operated and managed in-house by Nakilat, with the fleet comprising of 14 LNG and four LPG carriers.Earlier in April, another Nakilat-managed vessel, LPG carrier Bu Sidra achieved 7 years LTI-free with 1.6 million safe man-hours.

08 May 2019

Furuno USA Hires Toma

George Toma (Photo: Furuno USA)

Furuno USA has hired a new commercial business development manager. Based in Houston, Texas, Mr. George Toma will play a key role in establishing and developing business relationships with commercial ship owners, operators, and builders around the country to promote the Furuno product line.Toma comes to Furuno with forty years of experience in the maritime industry. He has served on the Board of Directors for RTCM (Radio Technical Commission for Maritimes), and received the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award in 2013 from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association.

08 May 2019

Sea Machines Hires Black as Vice President

Don Black (Photo: Sea Machines Robotics)

Sea Machines Robotics has announced that it has hired Don Black as vice president of sales and marketing, reporting to Founder and CEO Michael G. Johnson. Effective immediately, this new position gives Black responsibility for the company’s global sales of Sea Machines autonomous-command and remote-control products for commercial workboats. He also has special oversight for supporting the development of the company’s advanced perception and navigation assistance technology for commercial ships and vessels, currently being trialed aboard an A.P. Moller-Maersk container ship.

08 May 2019

VTA is now Standard for MAN 51/60DF Engine

Photo: MAN Energy Solutions

MAN Energy Solutions has announced that VTA (Variable Turbine Area) is now standard on TCA turbochargers for its MAN 51/60 engine type, marking the first time that VTA technology has been approved as standard for a large-bore MAN four-stroke engine. MAN is the only turbocharger manufacturer to offer axial turbochargers with VTA as standard for any large-bore, four-stroke engines.MAN Energy Solutions reports that it already has more than 380 references of turbochargers sold with VTA technology…

08 May 2019

DESMI Bags Frame Agreement for Sea Tankers Fleet

Image: DESMI Ocean Guard A/S

Denmark-based developer of ballast water management systems (BWMS), DESMI Ocean Guard A/S  announced that Sea Tankers have selected its CompactClean BWMS for installation on their existing fleet of vessels, and also appointed DESMI Ocean Guard to undertake all the required engineering for the retrofit installations.According to plan, the first three vessels will be retrofitted with CompactClean BWMS in 2019, the rest will follow in the subsequent years.All the vessels will be retrofitted with a CompactClean-750 system installed in a container on the deck of the vessel.

08 May 2019

Team Tankers to Use Selektope Hull Coatings

I-Tech CEO Philip Chaabane. Photo: Selektope

Bermudan tanker owner and operator Team Tankers International has committed four additional ships to using the the anti-barnacle active agent Selektope following fouling prevention performance during a 40-month trial of an antifouling coating containing the technology on an MR tanker in their fleet.The vertical sides of the46,067DWT chemical and products carrier Team Calypso were coated with Chugoku Marine Paints’ SEAFLO NEO CF-Premium antifouling coating that contains Selektope during its five-year drydocking at the Sembcorp shipyard…

07 May 2019

SCHOTTEL Expands High-Performance Nozzle Range

Photo: SCHOTTEL

With the launch of the newly developed SDC40 nozzle, SCHOTTEL expands its range of high-performance nozzles. The SDC40 sets new standards in terms of compact design and free running efficiency – and thus even leads to reduced operating costs compared to the nozzles of other market participants. The SDC40 nozzle also stands out with its optimally designed propeller geometries and exceptional performance characteristics. It comes equipped with SCHOTTEL patented ProAnode as standard…

07 May 2019

GE LM2500 Approved for US Navy Application

Photo: GE Marine

GE Marine’s new lightweight LM2500 composite gas turbine module and updated components are now fully certified by the United States Navy after receiving MIL-S-901D shock qualification, the company reported at the Sea Air Space 2019 industry exhibitionU.S. Navy approval was obtained after the successful shock test of the composite module and the submittal of a comprehensive assessment of the changes to the LM2500 system. Changes include the composite module, components, and fewer…

07 May 2019

Intellian Launches Convertible VSAT Terminal

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The global leader of mobile satellite communication antenna systems Intellian is introducing the new 1.5m Ku to Ka convertible VSAT terminal, enabling high-speed broadband at sea and network gateways.The world’s first and only 1.5m Ku to Ka convertible VSAT, v150NX, is a future-proof system supporting 2.5GHz Wide Ka-band networks as well as GEO (Geostationary Earth Orbit), MEO (Medium Earth Orbit) and LEO (Low Earth Orbit) constellations.Its design delivers the best RF performance of any 1.5m system on the market today for ship owners, operators and network providers.

06 May 2019

Wärtsila: Earns Dual BWMS USCG Approval

The Wärtsilä Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä’s Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) was granted US Coastguard (USCG) Type Approval. With the company’s other BWMS technology, the Wärtsilä Aquarius EC, already Type Approved by USCG, Wärtsilä says it becomes the first manufacturer able to offer two USCG Type Approved BWMS technologies.The Wärtsilä Aquarius UV (Ultra-Violet) technology utilizes proven filtration and UV irradiation, while maintaining a high degree of safety and operability. It retains its…

05 May 2019

Award for HII's Digital Shipbuilding Transformation

Pic: Huntington Ingalls Industries

America's largest military shipbuilding company Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division has been named a recipient of a 2019 CIO 100 Award for adopting business-aligned IT strategies during its integration of modern technologies into shipbuilding.The ongoing initiative, known as Integrated Digital Shipbuilding (iDS), is transforming the way ships are being designed and built, said a press release form the Fortune 500 shipbuilding company.The annual awards program…

03 May 2019

Hepburn and Sons Gets NSRP Nod Insulated Bus Pipe Support

Photo courtesy of Hepburn and Sons

The National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) has awarded Hepburn and Sons LLC with the Qualification Testing of Insulated Bus Pipe (IBP) for Shipboard Introduction as a follow up on the Land Based Case Study of Insulated Bus Pipe (IBP) for Ship Design. Hepburn and Sons LLC leads their team members including TEFELEN, AeroNav Laboratories, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, and RSL Fiber Systems in the project. Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls shipbuilding will be the supporting shipyards.

03 May 2019

Cox Powertrain: Seawork Demo Opportunity

Photo: Cox Powertrain

Commercial workboat exhibition marks the beginning of Cox Powertrain’s EMEA demonstration program of their highly anticipated diesel outboard, the CXO300. The British diesel specialist will offer visitors to this year’s Seawork International a chance to participate in on-water demonstrations of its pioneering performance diesel outboard.The demonstrations will take place on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th of June and will offer an exclusive opportunity to experience the performance of one of the world’s most talked about marine engine developments.

03 May 2019

Konecranes Cranes for Winning Int'l Group

Photo courtesy of Konecranes

A fleet of specially-designed, durable and productive Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Cranes is enhancing supply chain efficiency for Winning International Group.The cranes play a critical role in Winning International Group’s supply chain, by loading 30,000 tonnes per day of bauxite from feeder barges onto a mother vessel, ready for shipment between China and West Africa.“Our Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Cranes have proven themselves in a rough open-sea environment. They have been custom-tailored to our bauxite handling application…

03 May 2019

CIMAC Calls for Cross-sector Cooperation to Reduce Pollution

The IMO decision of April 2018, calling the international shipping industry to decarbonize and at least halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 was an important milestone and was largely welcomed by the global engine builders’ community. Although some parties found that the IMO target could have been even more ambitious, it clearly marked a paradigm shift: improvements in existing technologies will not be enough. Only through cross-sector cooperation and an increased focus on R&D in carbon-neutral technologies (such as batteries, fuel cells, or synthetic fuels) will shipping stand a chance of reaching the IMO 2050 target.2050 – The day after tomorrow2050 may sound distant, but for the shipping community it is not.

03 May 2019

All-Electric: ABB Powers Niagara Tourist Boats

Image Credit: Maid of the Mist Corp.

Niagara Falls tour operator Maid of the Mist orders two new passenger vessels sailing on pure electric power, enabled by ABB’s technologyVisitors to the iconic Niagara Falls will soon be able to experience one of the USA’s top landmarks emission-free. Two new Maid of the Mist passenger vessels will be powered entirely by high-capacity battery packs, becoming the first all-electric vessels ever built in the US.The new vessels will benefit from ABB’s zero-emission technology when they start operating later this year…

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