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Langh Tech Debuts New Water Treatment Systems

(Image: Langh Tech)

Langh Tech’s new generation of water treatment systems has been launched with upgraded membrane technology to increase water cleaning capacity. In 2017, Langh Tech launched a second generation of water treatment systems based on a new type of membrane filter elements. With the new elements, Langh Tech said a 50 percent increase in water cleaning capacity can be reached compared to the previous elements, without increasing the size of the water treatment units. The new membrane elements has been tested onboard Langh Ship’s M/S Marjatta from the first half of 2017…

Google Ends Hush-Hush Barge Speculation

A Google barge: Photo courtesy of Portland Tugboat LLC

Following feverish media speculation over the past fortnight about the company's plans, Google has issued a statement saying it intends to use the structures as learning spaces for people to find out about new tech., reports the BBC. One popular theory had been that the vessels would be used as floating wave-powered data centres. Government inspectors had signed confidentiality agreements about the four-storey building in San Francisco Bay and another similar structure off Portland, Maine, unwittingly fuelling the debate. Source: BBC News

Maersk's Blend-on-Board Project to Market Soon

‘SEA-Mate Blending-on-Board’ is the creation and core product of Maersk Fluid Technology. Photo: Maersk Fluid Technologies

The Danish shipping giant Maersk has decided to commercialise its new tech invention -  SEA-Mate Blend-on-Board - developed by the subsidiary Maersk Fluid Technologies (MFT), says Denmark's post. The new technology recycles motor oil and has saved Maersk 110 million kroner every year in operating costs since its inception. "By recycling the lubricating oil and blending cylinder oil on-board the vessels, we secure large savings for 2-stroke engines in the container, tanker and bulk market. Our expectations are high for the marine market," says a statement from the company.

2014 Freight Market Analysis

Photo: Greg Trauthwein

Consultancy and sales company in the transport and logistics industry, CarrierDirect, released its semiannual freight market perspective this month, giving guidance on what to expect for 2014 and how company leadership should be shaping their strategies to compete in the everchanging marketplace. CarrierDirect said coming from a somewhat better than anemic 2013, the transport and logistics industry has gotten some wind back in its sails as freight tonnage has gone up. Some companies…

Mikulski Innovation Tour Focuses on New Tech

Senator Barbara A. Oceanic and Naval Systems facility. System (ASDS) at $147.5 million this year. technology and begin the purchase of a second ASDS vehicle. through dangerous waters. brings in $100 million annually to the area. smarter tools for our Navy," said Senator Mikulski. Northrop Grumman shows that together, we can do better. technology that will protect our troops. more than $50 million in additional funding for ASDS. groups that want to do us harm. But they won't succeed. going to keep America safe," said Senator Mikulski.

ABS Expands in India

Classification services provider to the global marine and offshore industries ABS has expanded its captive delivery center in Pune, India with a move to the new Tech Park One location in order to accommodate the addition of professional software developers who will expedite product development. According to Anindya Talukdar, ABS Managing Director in Pune, ABS has built a knowledge base and leadership in Pune, where software engineers not only code and support earlier versions of the software, but are developing web and mobile versions of NS Enterprise using newer tools and technologies. “We are excited about our local growth and the opportunity to recruit top technology personnel to support our innovation…

KOMtech: Keppel Debuts New Tech Center

Keppel Offshore & Marine Limited (Keppel O&M) celebrated its fifth year with a strong net orderbook of over $8.9b, including above $4.8b of new contracts secured year-to-date. The company was established in 2002 following the restructuring and integration of the offshore and marine businesses of Keppel Corporation. Focused on technology innovation to provide viable and cost effective solutions for its customers, Keppel O&M’s proprietary technologies have generated contracts worth some $10.3b over the years, including current projects under construction.

CAE USA Names New Tech Director

CAE USA marine systems has named Capt. William H. Luebke to the newly created position of director of technology, effective Jan. Luebke, who just retired from the U.S. Navy, will work with the division's existing management team to set, monitor and evaluate technical standards, as well as develop new engineering approaches to bring the best marine control solutions to market. Luebke is expected to work with technology leads in CAE's Tampa, Montreal and Norway facilities. He will report directly to Joe Lee Frank, president of CAE USA marine systems. According to Frank, "Capt.

New Tech Requirement for Single Hull Tankers by 2007

• operates in conditions up to sea state 5 (corresponding to Beaufort 6, i.e. • has audible and visual alarm indicators which are distinctly identifiable as cargo tank level or pressure monitoring alarms that can be seen and heard on the navigation bridge of the tank ship or towing vessel and on the cargo deck area. Double-hull tank vessels and vessels carrying asphalt are exempt from the requirements. Contending that the task is technologically unfeasible, the American Waterways Operators (AWO) has formed a coalition which is laying the groundwork for a legislative change. In its most recent newsletter to members, AWO contends that the Coast Guard acknowledges that devices capable of meeting these standards do not exist…

VT Halmatic Names New Tech Director

VT Halmatic said that Professor Bob Cripps, currently Engineering Manager at the RNLI, will be joining VT Halmatic as Technical Director as of May 9, 2005. Professor Cripps worked at Lloyds before moving to the RNLI and has extensive technical knowledge and experience of small craft and composite technology. The continuing challenge for technical excellence is essential to the VT Halmatic business plan. Professor Bob Cripps will lead the technical team supported by Dr Andrew Humphries, Marine Design Manager and Dr Robin Mableson, who heads up the Composite Technology Centre. The VT Composite Technology Centre (CTC) was formed in 2001 by the amalgamation of composite expertise from various divisions within the VT Group.

Liberia Opens Maritime Training Institute

At the opening ceremony, front row, left to right: Juah Lawson, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Liberian Maritime Administration; Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia; Abraham Avi Zaidenberg, managing director of LMTI; James Kollie, Liberian Maritime Administration Commissioner; and U.S. Ambassador Christine Elder (Photo: Liberian Registry)

The Liberia Maritime Training Institute (LMTI) was officially opened by Liberia President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf during an inauguration ceremony in Marshall City, Liberia, on January 5. The facility is named after John G Bestman, former Liberian finance minister and a member of the board of governors of the Central Bank of Liberia. Under the management of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), LMTI has undergone a massive renovation and facility modernization program over the past two years, resulting in the creation of a new campus and state-of-the-art facilities.

Shipowners' Club on Mayflower Autonomous Ship

Photo: Crowdfunder Ltd

The Shipowners' Club has revelead details about Mayflower Autonomous Ship project (MAS), which is an innovative new venture to design, build and sail the world’s first fully autonomous vessel across the Atlantic Ocean. The project’s name commemorates the anniversary of the Pilgrim Father’s voyage from Plymouth, UK to Plymouth in the New World (USA) on the original Mayflower in 1620. To mark the anniversary, marine tech company MSubs, Plymouth University and charitable research foundation Promare, are developing a 21-metre autonomous vessel based on a classic Oyster hull.

Foss Names Sumner CFO

Bryceon Sumner (Photo: Foss)

Bryceon Sumner has joined Foss Maritime as chief financial officer, hired to oversee all aspects of the organization's financial function and performance. Sumner brings to the role years of experience gained at a number of organizations ranging from education technology and real estate, to architecture and financial services. Prior to joining Foss, Sumner served as COO and CFO for public and private companies, family offices and as a senior financial officer of a $60 billion government banking insurance fund.

Navis, Ideal Tech Partner to Accelerate TOS Projects

Ideal Tech Labs is an idea accelerator and technology partner for startups, mid-market and enterprise customers. Together with its global clients, Ideal Tech has created and delivered technology and business solutions across geographies with a borderless approach to innovation. In the past, Ideal Tech has had remarkable success rates in working with various Navis Professional Services teams across the globe including the core-engineering group and automation teams. Veteran technologist Mahesh Subramanian, Founder and CEO of Ideal Tech worked for Navis prior to founding Ideal Tech Labs. During this time, he was involved in the development of Navis’ N4 EDI module and worked on large-scale N4 implementations, including participation in the first ever go-live of N4 in Lyttelton, New Zealand.

The Switch Receives PM Shaft Generators Order

Photo courtesy of The Switch

The Switch, a supplier of megawatt-class permanent magnet (PM) generator and full-power converter packages for wind power and other renewable energy applications, received another order to deliver two PM shaft generators to WE Tech Solutions of Finland. At the end of February 2015, WE Tech Solutions placed another order for two PMM 1000 M shaft generators from The Switch with the option for an additional two to be used in future WE Tech Solutions projects. WE Tech Solutions utilizes the PM machine both as generator and motor in their direct-drive permanent magnet shaft generator solution.

San Diego Launches Blue Tech Vision

As part of a new blue tech vision that will create more maritime jobs for the San Diego region, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and County Supervisor Greg Cox today proposed an initiative that was jointly approved by the City of San Diego and County of San Diego to help give San Diego’s blue economy a boost by creating a blue tech incubator. Mayor Faulconer said, “Thanks to our fast-growing blue-tech economy, San Diego has yet another opportunity to be a global leader in technology and innovation. Our coastal city is uniquely positioned to be the perfect global breeding ground for water-related technology, innovation and jobs. Supervisor Cox said…

Transas Group Demos New Tech

On the April 11, 2005, Transas presented Virtual Ship, created and based on the latest developments in the field of three-dimensional technologies, at the St. Petersburg stand at the international Hanover Industrial Trade Fair. According to the plan of the St. Petersburg Administration, President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin and German Counselor, Gerhard Shroyder were expected to take a virtual journey aboard this unique starship. The excursion route, created by Transas upon request from the St. Petersburg Administration, included visiting the native city of Vladimir Putin - St. Petersburg, a star-flight to the International Space Station and to Antarctica.

I-Tech to Supply CMP with New Biocide Anti-fouling Ingredient

Ship's hull in drydock: File photo

I-Tech says it has entered into a non-exclusive supply agreement with Chugoku Marine Paints Ltd (CMP) for use of I-Tech’s proprietary product, Selektope, in commercial antifouling paints. Selektope is to be used as the principle biocide in new products to be brought to the market by CMP. The suppliers say that CMPs decision marks not only an important milestone for I-Tech but also sets the starting point for antifoulings containing a new selective biocide with a repellant mode of action and with minimal environmental footprint.

Langh Tech Scrubbers for Norwegian Cruise Line Newbuilds

Breakaway Plus class vessel (Image: Meyer Werft)

Finnish manufacturer and supplier of scrubber solutions Langh Tech will deliver scrubber systems to two new cruise vessels on order at Meyer Werft in Papenburg for (NCL). The two newbuildings of NCL’s Breakaway Plus class will be equipped with Langh Tech’s hybrid type scrubbers, enabling unrestricted operation in closed loop mode. Delivery includes scrubber units for all five engines on each ship and treatment plants for the scrubber water. “The scrubber tower is of our design but will be manufactured at the shipyard.

Panama Canal Tugs go Z-Tech

With the introduction of three new Z-Tech tugboats, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) introduces the most powerful tugs in its history. The new tugs will replace aging boats in the Canal’s current fleet, featuring cutting-edge technology that should lower lockage times by providing greater maneuverability and 82 percent more towing power than the existing tugs. The Z-Tech tugs will assist vessels in the process of going in and out of the existing locks and are equipped to handle first responder duties in emergency marine fire-fighting situations. will replace older boats within the Canal’s current fleet of 24 units. The remaining five tugs are scheduled to arrive between November 2007 and February 2008. Built using the Z-Tech design from Robert Allan, Ltd.

S&Y’s Newest Tug Completes Sea Trials

Suderman and Young Towing Company, L.P. (S&Y) announced the completion of the sea-trials for its newest tug Thor. The tug features Z-Tech drive, and is touted as the first of its kind in the western hemisphere, with only four other Z-Tech vessels operating in the world. The Z-Tech design incorporates the best of the design features from standard tug Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) and Z-drive configurations. With its 360 degree turning wheel the design improves maneuverability while the Thor Z-Tech’s much larger skeg boosts towing capability and directional stability. This new operational design will enable the tug to handle tomorrow’s larger container vessels more efficiently.

i-Tech Announces ROV Build Program

Global contractor, i-Tech, part of Subsea 7 announced that it has placed an order for new build deepwater work class vehicles, which will be supplied with advanced, light weight, high performance handling systems. The systems, to be named Centurion Qx, have been specifically designed and built for i-Tech and its target market. The 125hp Centurion Qx will be rated to operate at water depths up to 2,000m as standard with options to upgrade to 3,000m and beyond. The systems will be built by SMD Hydrovision (SMDH) at their Turbinia works on the River Tyne in Newcastle, UK. The Centurion Qx is an evolution of the successful Subsea 7 designed and built Centurion work class series.

WE Tech Expands Into Australia

Photo: Sea Highways Ltd.

WE Tech Solutions (WE Tech), an energy efficiency solutions provider in the marine industry, and The Switch, a technology specialist of permanent magnet machines for advanced marine drive trains, have been chosen to deliver their permanent magnet shaft generator solution to Australian Toll Shipping for a series of two 12,000 dwt RORO vessels. The Sinotrans & CSC affiliated Jinling Shipyard in China will build the ships. Delivery of advanced equipment solution from WE Tech and The Switch will commence in August 2017.

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