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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Nanaimo Shipbuilders Want Share of Canadian Shipbuilding

According to a report from The Daily News, Nanaimo is one step closer to sharing in Ottawa's $35b shipbuilding program, now that the province has enthusiastically endorsed the efforts by a number of B.C. shipyards to attain the contracts.   Source: The Daily News

European Shippers' Council Calls on Competition Authorities to Cooperate

Pic: The European Shippers’ Council (ESC)

It also has called for greater data monitoring by national competition authorities following recent announcements regarding shipping line collaborations which, it claims, are bringing “the container liner market one step closer to total convergence”. The increased collaboration between the French container ship operator CMA CGM and Germany’s Hamburg Süd will bring the container liner market one step closer to total convergence, the European Shippers’ Council warns. The Brussels…

Meyer Werft Floats Out Norwegian Joy

Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line’s first cruise ship custom designed for China has been floated out of Meyer Werft’s covered building dock II on March 4 in Papenburg, Germany, where the 168,800-gross-ton ship has been under construction since September 2015. Beginning early Saturday morning, the 3,850 passenger vessel, Norwegian Joy, departed building dock II. Now well on its way to completion, the 324-meter-long and 41.4-meter-wide Norwegian Joy will move into the final phase of construction ahead of its April 27, 2017 delivery.

Engine Checkup Test

With EngineCheckUp test, a single drop of warm oil from the dipstick can help diagnose contaminants before they cause serious engine damage. This one-step diagnostic kit requires no tools and can be used anywhere. Because oil is in constant contact with engine components, it absorbs byproducts of the combustion process. Applying one drop of warm oil to the kit's test medium allows the detection of carbon, water, antifreeze, fuel and other damaging sediments. The oil spreads into four concentric circles on the test medium and changes shape and color depending on the contaminants detected.

USCG Offloads 650 lbs Marijuana

A crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable guards 25 bales of marijuana that was interdicted off the coast of Jamaica Aug. 3, 2015.

The Coast Guard offloaded nearly $600,000 estimated wholesale value of marijuana at Coast Guard Sector Miami, Friday. On Aug. 3, the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable detected a go-fast vessel with suspicious packages off the coast of Jamaica. The men aboard the go-fast began jettisoning packages overboard after the Dependable began pursuit. The Dependable launched its small boat and stopped the suspect vessel after employing disabling fire against one of the outboard engines. Dependable later recovered 25 packages of marijuana from the water.

New WSDOT Ferry Salish in Sea Trials

Photo courtesy WSDOT

The new Washington State ferry Salish is completing builder’s sea trials in Puget Sound. The vessel is expected to begin serving the Port Townsend-Coupeville route this summer, restoring full two-boat service to the route for the first time since 2007. Contractor Todd Pacific Shipyards is conducting sea trials to demonstrate the vessel to U.S. Coast Guard and WSDOT Ferries Division (WSF) inspectors before WSF accepts delivery of the vessel. Later this spring, WSF crews will begin…

Drydocks World Continues Restructuring

Drydocks World is restructuring.

Dubai, UAE - Following on from Drydocks World’s formal launch of its restructuring proposal at its all- lender meeting  in Dubai on March 8, 2012, the Group has taken one step nearer to successfully concluding its restructuring by signing a lock-up agreement intended to formally secure its lenders support. Having had time to consider the Group’s proposals since March 8,  over the coming days the Group’s syndicated facility lenders will be asked to sign up to the lock-up agreement and hence formally confirm their support for the Group’s proposals.

AVIC buys 60% in ship investment firm

Photo Courtesy: AVIC International Maritime Holdings Limited.

AVIC International Maritime Holdings is in the process of acquiring 60 per cent in a Singapore-incorporated ship investment firm for $3.6 million. The Singapore-listed firm, as per a regulatory filing, will acquire three million issued and paid-up shares, in AVIC Zhenjiang Shipyard Marine Pte. Ltd (AZM) that is 60 per cent owned by Catico Investments and 40% by Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard (Group). Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard will continue to own 40 per cent of AVIC Zhenjiang, which generated RMB88.7 million in revenue and earned RMB10.9 million in 2014.

OceanTUFF CPVC Marine Drainage System

Photo: Spears Manufacturing Company

Spears Manufacturing Company awarded U.S. Known for its thermoplastic piping system innovations, Spears Manufacturing Company offers OceanTUFF, a CPVC Marine Drainage System. Recently awarded U.S. Coast Guard approval, OceanTUFF provides a durable, lightweight and cost effective alternative to traditional drainage materials used in marine applications. OceanTUFF meets the low flame, smoke and toxicity requirements of the 2010 FTP Code and may be installed in concealed spaces in accommodation, service and control spaces without meeting the additional requirements of 46 CFR 56.60-25 (a) (2).

EverTUFF CTS CPVC Hot & Cold Water Distribution System

Photo: Spears Manufacturing Company

Spears Manufacturing Company awarded U.S. The Spears EverTUFF CTS CPVC Hot & Cold Water Distribution System is now U.S. Coast Guard approved for use in marine applications. The EverTUFF system combines the durable lightweight and corrosion resistant properties of CPVC with the traditional flow properties of copper tube size (CTS) pipe in a complete system rated to 100psi at 180° F. The EverTUFF CPVC system is the first of its kind with USCG approval and can be installed in concealed spaces in accommodation…

Panama Canal Awards First Construction Contract

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) took one step closer to breaking ground for the expansion of the Panama Canal Tuesday, when it officially awarded the first expansion construction project contract to Constructora Urbana S.A. (CUSA). The selection process began May 7, when the ACP released its request for proposals to begin the first of five dry excavation projects to create the new Pacific Locks access channel. This new channel will link a new, third set of locks on the Pacific end of the Canal with the existing Gaillard Cut (the narrowest stretch in the Panama Canal). This project represents approximately 16 percent of the total excavation for the new Pacific Locks access channel.

NG, U.S. Navy Complete CANES Preliminary Design Review

With the successful completion of the preliminary design review (PDR), Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) moved the U.S. Navy's Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) program one step closer to delivering streamlined and updated shipboard network systems for improved interoperability and affordability across the fleet. The two-day review, conducted at Northrop Grumman's CANES program office in San Diego, served as a forum for the Navy, Northrop Grumman and its teammates to share technical information and ensured the Navy's program requirements are clearly understood prior to entering into detailed design. The…

Bright Outlook for BWM Convention

The Ballast Water Management Convention was one of the agenda items at last week’s IMO meeting.

The Danish Maritime Authority informed that the Ballast Water Management Convention is now one step closer to ratification following last week’s meeting of United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO). At last week’s meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee, there was great interest in the entry into force of the Ballast Water Management Convention. The entry into force date got considerably closer with the recent ratification of the Convention by both Japan and Turkey.

First 2-Stroke Gas Engine Taking Quantum 1-Stroke

London: By introducing a new solution for LNG-fuelled ships, DNV and MAN Diesel & Turbo are taking the Quantum concept ship one stroke further. Both the machinery and the hull design and arrangement have been improved. A year ago, DNV launched its container ship concept – Quantum. This concept ship was designed to stir up a debate about shipping innovation. MAN Diesel & Turbo responded very positively, and over the past few months the engine manufacturer and the class society have worked closely together to move the concept one step nearer to becoming an actual ship.

Unmanned Aircraft Taxies on US Aircraft Carrier

Unmanned Aircraft on Carrier Trial: Photo credit USN

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft recently taxied on flight deck of 'USS Harry S. Truman'. During the test phase, UCAS deck operators used an arm-mounted control display unit (CDU) to remotely control the aircraft. Gerrit Everson, one of the operators who controlled the X-47B, said the UCAS demonstrator displayed excellent integration with Truman's flight deck. "With the CDU, we followed the aircraft director's signals to move the aircraft left or right, over the arresting wire, to and from the catapults and to various spotting positions," said Everson. Lt. Cmdr.

Shipwreck Salvors, Seafarer, Get New Work Permit

Lantana Cannon: Photo credit Seafarer

New permit is an important step in the excavation process by Seafarer Exploration Corp. of an historic shipwreck site located off Lantana Beach Florida. The permit was issued pursuant to Part IV of Chapter 373, Florida Statutes and Title 62, Florida Administrative Code from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and represents an important step in Seafarer's quest to excavate this exciting shipwreck site. Seafarer received a permit from the State of Florida for a shipwreck site located off of Lantana Beach, Florida in 2012.

MAN Diesel & Turbo, SpecTec Cooperation

As a step ahead in the MAN Diesel & Turbo and SpecTec Group cooperation, on October 25, 2010, AMOS BS was installed at MAN Diesel & Turbo's PrimeServ location in . On October 26, 10members of MAN Diesel & Turbo staff were trained on AMOS BS main features, by Kim Pommegard and Jens Ipsen from SpecTec DK. SpecTec ILS Manager, Marco Vatteroni, gave his own contribution, showing how it is possible, in a few minutes, to automatically create an AMOS BS database by importing a MAN Diesel Shipdex dataset using AMOS Shipdex Interface. MAN Diesel & Turbo views this as an important step towards gaining experience with how ship owners deal with maintenance management.

TPI Megaline Selects ABB’s OCTOPUS Software

Mega Caravan (Photo: TPI)

The Korean heavy lift company TPI Megaline has selected ABB’s predictive OCTOPUS marine software to ensure safe and efficient operations on one of its vessels. Mega Caravan transports huge loads such as oil rigs and drill ships, ABB’s software will assist the ship’s officers so the vessel is not subject to dynamic weather and accelerations. TPI Megaline’s customers will also be able to monitor the journey from shore, via ABB’s Fleet Portal. The ship’s parameters along with those…

DHS Opens Headquarters on St. Elizabeths Campus

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Dan Tangherlini has officially opened the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Consolidated Headquarters campus with a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the newly built U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters building. The opening of the new facility marks the completion of the first phase of the consolidation project on St. Elizabeths west campus. “Today, we take a major step forward in making our ‘One DHS’ vision a reality,” said Secretary Napolitano. “We are proud to provide the U.S. Coast Guard with a facility that will support the important work they do for the American people,” said GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini.

Governor: Russia Will Have No Competitors in the Arctic

Governor of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region, Dmitry Kobylkin

The Governor of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region, Dmitry Kobylkin, presented the annual report on the situation in the autonomous region. "We have been confronted with new challenges. A number of countries are leading a fairly aggressive sanctions policy against Russia. Motives for the attacks are very different, and the one reason for it is the independence of Russia and its hydrocarbon wealth, control of which many would like. Our partners understand that with Russia's entry to the Arctic, there would be almost no competitors," said the Governor of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region.

BELCO and A.P. Moller - Maersk Ink Exhaust Gas Cleaning Contract

Demonstration Aboard the Maersk Taurus Containership. Belco Technologies Corporation (BELCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of DuPont, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., USA, has reached an agreement with A.P. Moller – Maersk, headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, to design, manufacture and supply the BELCO advanced marine scrubbing system for demonstration on one of the auxiliary engines aboard the Maersk Taurus. The system will be designed to remain on board as a commercial installation following the successful demonstration. The BELCO Exhaust Gas Cleaning System can be used to reduce SO2 from ship engines and boilers as an economic alternative to using a more expensive low sulphur content fuel when operating in SO2 restricted areas known as emission control area (ECA) zones.

USS Greeneville Undocks

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, successfully undocked USS Greeneville (SSN 772) one week early on Nov. 14 by returning to "back-to-basics" work practices. "Back to basics", one of the key focus areas of Naval Sea Systems Commander, Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy, is about eliminating bottlenecks and optimizing the workday to improve shipyard processes with the goal of completing quality availabilities on time and on cost. "It is absolutely critical that we meet this commitment," McCoy stated. Greeneville is presently undergoing a scheduled 15-month depot modernization period at the shipyard.

JFK Comes to Life

USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) reached a benchmark in its maintenance project Aug. 4, as the carrier's combat systems department resurrected Kennedy's pulse. For the first time in eight months, radars came to life in front of a cheering crowd of contractors and Sailors. The team worked hand-in-hand during Kennedy's extended selected restricted availability (ESRA) to ensure all systems were go. "This light-off represents the culmination of work by ship's force and contractor personnel that included numerous new installations, as well as the overhaul or refurbishment of virtually every piece of combat systems equipment aboard 'Big John,'" said Cmdr. Rich Soucie, combat systems officer. According to Lt. j.g.

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