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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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HMK Scoops Major Naval Comms Order

ATLAS ELEKTRONIK subsidiary Hagenuk Marinekommunikation (HMK) has been commissioned by the “ARGE K130 2nd Batch” consortium to supply integrated communication systems for units 6 to 10 of the Type K130 corvettes for the German Navy.The scope of supply includes radios of the complete telecommunications spectrum from 10 kHz to 20 GHz, which enable information to be exchanged with other ships, boats or shore stations via special input devices in the form of voice and data radio. These intelligent communication systems offer users the greatest possible support in their tasks and thus make a significant contribution to the reliable operation of ships and their crews.

Trelleborg's Safepilot for Shell's Brent Data Decommissioning Project

Photo: Trelleborg

SafePilot from Trelleborg’s marine systems operation helped to pilot Allseas’ 200 meter-long barge, Iron Lady, from the Tees Bay to Able UK’s Seaton Port in Hartlepool which transported Shell’s 24,200 ton Brent Delta topside to Able’s facility on May 2, 2017.The Shell-operated Brent field, is located 115 miles east of the Shetland Islands, in 140 meters water depth, and has been in production since 1976. As part of Shell’s complex Brent Decommissioning Project, the Brent Delta topside, was lifted from the concrete legs of the Gravity Base Structure using innovative single lift technology.

New Premises for Damen Marine Components

Photo: Damen Shipyards

Damen Marine Components Netherlands (DMC NL) has laid the first foundations for its new premises in Hardinxveld, the Netherlands. Construction of new buildings reflect growth potential following company merger. With capacity for approximately 80 people, the new buildings will be used for both offices and production purposes. With construction of the new buildings beginning as the first foundation pile was driven into the ground on the site of DMC former head office, the company’s motivations to build new premises were twofold.

Thyssenkrupp, GNYK Team Up for German Warship Tender

Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems and German Naval Yards Kiel (GNYK) have teamed up in the ongoing bidding process for a contract worth several billions of euros to build a new multipurpose warship for Germany, Thyssenkrupp said.The company, responding to a Reuters query, said that GNYK is participating as general contractor in the auction and that Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems would act as subcontractor if their bid is successful.RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND), a group representing German newspapers, first reported that both shipbuilders had joined forces.The tender is for Germany's new MKS 180 warship, which is one of the German military's largest armament initiatives and designed to combat targets in the air…

Maritime Tech Trends Digital

Jörgen Strandberg, Captain, General Manager of ANC Advanced Technology Electrical & Automation at Wärtsilä SAM Electronics.

With digitalization technologies sweeping through maritime, Henrik Segercrantz, Maritime Reporter’s correspondent in Helsinki, explores latest developments in the quest to harness the power of 'big data.'Wärtsilä's Smart Marine EcosystemWärtsilä continues to build its leadership resume in marine and energy markets, boasting net sales of $5.7 billion last year, supported by 18,000 employees with operations in more than 80 countries. Increasingly Wärtsilä is using ‘smart’ technologies in its growing scope of products for the maritime industry…

MAN Opens New Service Station in Zhoushan

(Photo: MAN Energy Solutions)

Germany based engine manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions opened a new service station/workshop on Liuheng Island, Zhoushan, China. The 560-sqm PrimeServ workshop is located within Zhoushan Xinya Shipyard Co., Ltd, the largest privately-owned shipyard in China, and was officially opened on on July 18, 2018.Jeffrey Ang, Managing Director of MAN Energy Solutions China and Head of Asia Pacific Engine & Marine Systems, and Xia Songkang, General Director of Zhoushan Xinya Shipyard Co.…

Fincantieri Marine Group Announces CEO Succession

Dario Deste named Fincantieri Marine Group President and CEO

Fincantieri Marine Group, the U.S. subsidiary of Italian based shipbuilding enterprise Fincantieri, announced that its President and Chief Executive Officer, Francesco Valente, will step down from the position to assume another leadership role within the Fincantieri group.As a result, the Board has selected Dario Deste to assume the role of President and Chief Executive Officer. Valente and Deste are working together to ensure an orderly transition, which is expected to be completed…

New Maritime Fuel Rules: Scrubber Solutions

A Wärtsilä V-SOx Scrubber being installed on board the MV Tarago. [Photo: Wärtsilä]

Earlier this year in New York City the Exhaust Gas Cleaning System Association (EGCSA) held its annual meeting to discuss the business, technologies and future of scrubbers as a solution to the looming IMO 2020 fuel rules. At the meeting, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was afforded the opportunity to pick the brains of several leading executives to help understand the challenge and promise that scrubbers provide. In October 2016 a landmark decision was handed down from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) which set January 1…

Eliminating The Risk From Docking & Mooring

Photo; Trelleborg

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has launched a new whitepaper and on-demand webinar outlining design and compliance requirements in docking and mooring equipment, and a new best practice approach to specification.The whitepaper, entitled The Quest for Quality, examines the relationship between cost and quality, explaining why low cost equipment could prove costly for port owners and operators in the long term.Hani William, Sales and Marketing Manager at Trelleborg’s marine systems operation, said, “The mooring operation is high risk.

Obituary: Maritime Industry Icon Jack Gallagher

Jack Gallagher (Photo: Gallagher Marine Systems)

John “Jack” J. Gallagher, a maritime industry veteran and environmental services pioneer, passed away on Monday at the age of 89.Jack’s greatest professional passion was his work as a Spill Manager/Qualified Individual, a role in which he had few peers. Jack was known to be fiercely committed to doing everything morally possible to protect his clients, while at the same time doing all within his power to protect the environment. He attended and helped shape the outcome of more maritime casualties and oil spills than can be remembered.Over the course of his long and fruitful career…

Thyssenkrupp Mulls Sale of Naval Vessels Business

(File photo courtesy of Thyssenkrupp)

German conglomerate Thyssenkrupp is examining a full or partial exit from its naval vessels business, which is part of the group's Marine Systems unit, a person familiar with the matter said.The news was first reported by German newspaper Handelsblatt, which said the company was in talks with competitors that could result in a complete or partial sale of the activities, adding they would be wound down if no agreement would be reached.The paper said the group was also mulling an exit from its submarine business.Thyssenkrupp said it generally does not comment on market speculation.Thyssenkrupp M

Van der Velden Assists Green Award Ships in Going Greener

Jan Fransen (Executive Director, Green Award Foundation), Cor de Wit (Sales Manager, Van der Velden Marine Systems), Wim Knoester (Managing Director, Van der Velden Marine Systems). Photo: Green Award Foundation

Green Award Foundation has announced a new incentive provider joining the scheme. A new supporter of the international certification scheme offering discounts on various products and services to Green Award certified inland and ocean-going ships is Van der Velden Marine Systems B.V., one of the market leaders in the supply of high quality steering gear, rudders and hydraulic systems to the entire maritime sector. Green Award drives the highest quality and safety standards in sea…

MUM's the Word: New UUV Takes Shape in Germany

Meet MUM: Large Modifiable Underwater Mothership. Image: thyssenkrupp

The Large Modifiable Underwater Mothership (MUM) brings German engineering prowess and cooperation to the fore. As the world of autonomous vehicles flourishes on land and in the air, subsea applications have proven more challenging, despite great strides in recent years to deliver fully autonomous, efficient systems at sea. A team of engineers from Germany, engineers teamed from industry and academia, are aiming to drive the subsea vehicle market further faster courtesy of a project known as the Large Modifiable Underwater Mothership, or MUM.

Interferry: Diverse Operations Common Successes

The attendees were delighted with the good-humored sparring of two Australian heavy weights of the ferry world: Austal’s Mike Wake and Incat’s Bob Clifford. Clifford, an icon of the industry and dressed in casual Aussie attire, made the case for the efficiency of “two long skinny hulls” while Wake, with an impressive video, argued for the sea kindliness of a third central hull. (Photo: Alan Haig-Brown)

In October the world’s ferry operators gathered in Split Croatia for the Forty Second Annual Interferry Conference. The 470 or so delegates represented 210 operators and support companies from 27 countries. A trade show included firms from around the world including shipbuilders, naval architects, equipment suppliers, training and others of the diverse group that make up the ferry industry. In a panel on Mediterranean Ferries, Philippe Holthof, of the Belgian-based Shipax explained the huge size and complexity of the fleet.

Keppel Secures $130 mln in Projects

Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) has, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Keppel FELS Brasil S.A. and Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard), secured projects from repeat customers, Petrobras and SOFEC Inc. (SOFEC) respectively, worth a combined value of approximately S$130 million. Keppel FELS Brasil's BrasFELS shipyard has secured hull carry over work for the Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit P-69 from Tupi BV (a consortium formed by Petrobras Netherlands B.V., operator with 65%; Shell with 25%; and Petrogal Brasil with 10%), which is represented by Petrobras. The additional work scope on P-69 includes the installation of equipment and cables for the hull as well as the commissioning of marine systems.

Trelleborg Solutions for FLNG Ship-to-Shore System

Photo: Trelleborg

Trelleborg has hailed the recent test of the Universal Transfer System (UTS) conducted with Connect LNG and Gas Natural Fenosa, as tangible evidence of the new applications that its suite of products for jettyless LNG transfer can unlock in this challenging field. The UTS transferred LNG from the Skangas-chartered LNG carrier Coral Energy to the onshore terminal at the Norwegian port of Herøya on October 7 and is now in full commercial operation. A ‘plug and play’ solution, the UTS requires no modifications to the LNG carrier – instead…

Maritime's Digital Transformation & Simulation-based Training

The Kognifai digital platform is a set of tools built on modern Cloud technology providing access to KONGSBERG and third-party simulation solutions. (Image: Kongsberg)

Nearly 200 delegates from across the world gathered in Den Haag, The Netherlands in September 2017 to hear about the latest developments in maritime training based on state-of-the-art simulation technology. The three-day Kongsberg UC2017 International Maritime Simulation User Conference brought attendees up to date on developments in digitalization, maritime training, navigation technology, maritime operations simulation and the use of virtual reality in training. Tom Mulligan reports.

Navigating the New Norm

Christopher J. Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

It is not business as usual in the world where we do business. Things are changing. Even regulations themselves are changing from less prescriptive in nature to more performance-based. As Chairman, President and CEO of a global classification and technology-centric company that operates in 70 countries with 5,000 employees, I am continually assessing the impact of these changes on the capabilities ABS needs to fulfill its mission and maintain its leadership position in the maritime, offshore and government industries it serves. To know where we are heading, we have to know where we began.

NAVTOR Hires Holme as Chief Technology Officer

NAVTOR CEO Tor Svanes with new CTO Anders Holme (Photo: NAVTOR)

E-navigation specialist NAVTOR said it has appointed Anders Holme for the role of Chief Technology Officer. Holme will manage teams that work across offices in Egersund, Norway, Singapore, Japan, Sweden, Russia, the U.S. and U.K. NAVTOR’s main software development takes place at the company’s head office in Egersund and its dedicated base in St Petersburg. “There is a growing appreciation within shipping that new technology can unlock real operational advantages and business opportunities,” Holme said.

Canal Barge Orders Becker Flap Rudder Retrofit

 Vessel Eugenie P. Jones. © Canal Barge Company, Inc.

The U.S. office of Becker Marine Systems announced the order for a retrofit of another set of Becker Flap Rudders placed by the Canal Barge Company, Inc. Canal Barge Company is a family-owned, independent marine transportation company headquartered in New Orleans. Chosen for retrofit is the 140-ft. boat Eugenie P. Jones, built in 1975 by the Dravo Corporation. She is a sister vessel of the Susan L. Flap Rudders since June of 2014. Canal Barge Company also has one more set of Becker Flap Rudders on order for a third sister boat.

Damen Merges Marine and Van der Velden units

Steef Staal - Wim Knoester handshake Photo courtesy Damen

Damen Marine Components (DMC) and Van der Velden Marine Systems (VDVMS) announced a merger. As of 1st January the two companies are operating together as Damen Marine Components Netherlands (DMC NL). DMC has been operating ever since the early eighties of the last century in the Damen Shipyards Group, whilst VDVMS has been operating as an independent part of the Damen Shipyards Group’s components division since 2013. So in many ways the merger represents a continuation of a successful working relationship.

German Shipbuilding: A Strong Vessel in a Heavy Sea

Launching of the W.B.Yeats at FSG. (Photo courtesy ©FSG)

While orders for new vessels have continued to decline worldwide in 2017, the situation in the German and European shipbuilding market is different, with an increase of incoming orders. As shipping experts state: “…this is not a trend but a snapshot, but it indicates a high competitiveness of the German shipbuilding industry, particularly on technologically advanced projects.”The global mood barometer of the maritime industry had reached its lowest point in 2016. From the abyss confidence and order have carefully increased…

Trelleborg Updates Fender Selection Tool

Fender Selection Tool (Photo: Trelleborg)

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has launched a new and improved online tool for simplified fender selection. The updated tool encompasses a number of enhanced features, designed to allow specifiers to select and specify the most appropriate fender for their application.In addition to an existing vessel berthing Energy Calculator and Fender Selection Tool, the tool’s new capabilities include:A Fender Specification GeneratorA Bollard Specification GeneratorA Fender System Selector for Ship-to-Ship ApplicationsMishra Kumar…

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