USCG Marine Safety Alert 05-12
Pressure Switch Location for Fixed Fire Suppression Systems Where's yours located? This safety alert addresses the location of fire suppression system pressure switches aboard vessels. These critical components sense the activation of the system and then electrically secures the ventilation systems operating in the protected space. Securing the ventilation is essential in extinguishing a fire onboard a vessel. It assists in isolating the fire within the space, minimizes the introduction of additional oxygen to fuel the fire and prevents the loss of fire suppression agents from the space.
Danfoss Marine Parts Now Available Online
New Peerless/ Danfoss website offers marine pressure transmitters, pressure and temperature switches from stock. Peerless Electronics, an authorized stocking distributor for Danfoss announced that these fine Danfoss Marine products can now be found on a new online store. 1. The MBS 5100 Series Block Pressure Transmitter. This is a high accuracy marine approved block designed pressure transmitter MBS 5100 for use in harsh maritime environments where space is a constraint; 0-400 bar range, 4-20mA output.
Peerless, Danfoss Launch Online Store
Peerless Electronics, a stocking distributor for Danfoss Industrial Automation, is announced the opening of the Peerless/Danfoss Online Store. Danfoss is a manufacturer of high efficiency industrial valves for industrial steam, air, water and Biomass applications. In addition to the diversified valve product lines, the Peerless website also offers a full range of Danfoss Pressure Switches for Industrial applications, Pressure Transducers & Sensors and Temperature Sensors. In addition to these Industrial products…
Danfoss Offers Online Ordering
Danfoss announced Peerless Electronics, Inc. will now offer Danfoss pressure transmitters and pressure and temperature switches for marine and marine-related industries on its website. The addition of the following four families of Danfoss products to Peerless Electronics’ online store will help to simplify and streamline purchases by customers throughout the United States. •Danfoss MBS 5100 Series Block Pressure Transmitter – The ship-approved, high accuracy MBS 5100 pressure transmitter is designed for use in almost all marine applications…
SOR Founder Roy R. Dunlap Passed Away Aged 90
Roy Dunlap invented a mechanical pressure switch that prevented oil tanks from overflowing and founded SOR Inc. SOR® founder Roy Dunlap leveraged the static-o-ring (SOR) technology to invent a highly accurate mechanical pressure switch that helped prevent the overfilling of oil tanks. This simple but innovative design resulted in a switch of flawless accuracy that would change the oil & gas and power generation industries forever. The static-o-ring pressure switch was developed…
New Master Catalog from Gems
At more than 336 pages the new Gems Sensors, Controls and Fluidic Systems catalog features fluid level, flow & pressure sensors, miniature solenoid valves and proximity switches. This desktop resource features sensors and controls not offered in previous catalog editions. These include new electro-optic level switches, ultrasonic level sensors, float type level sensors, Warrick conductivity level and solid-state controls, new high-accuracy pressure transducers, a complete new line of solenoid valves, new pressure switches, new flow sensors and proximity sensors. There are also many updates to RotorFlow & TurboFlow sensors and SureSite Indicators. This catalog is now produced in full color.
SOR Switches Certified for SIL Environments
SOR® pressure and level switches are certified for use in IEC 61508 SIL applications. SOR announced today that the company’s line of pressure, differential pressure, temperature, vacuum and level switches have been certified fit for use in SIL (Safety Integrity Level) environments. SOR is one of only a few manufacturers in the industry to offer its entire range of switches certified to IEC 61508 safety standard. To obtain SIL certification, the products were assessed by FM Approvals per the requirements of IEC 61508 Parts 1, 2, and 3. When implementing Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) in process plant environments such as power plants, offshore oil platforms, refineries and chemical plants, the SIL certification helps mitigate risk at the process instrument level.
Jabsco’s New Par-Max Plus Water Pressure Pumps
Exceptional Flow with Consistent Water Pressure. Jabsco, a recognized marine pumps and waste systems firm, has announced the new Par-Max™ Plus Series water pressure pumps – available in 4.0, 5.0, and 6.0 GPM models and provide exceptional flow and consistent water pressure to easily handle the demand of multiple outlets at one time. The Par-Max Plus patented co-injected molded diaphragm and larger heavier duty motor brushes significantly extend pump life up to 50% longer than previous models.
American Sensor Technologies Achieves ATEX Certification
American Sensor Technologies, Inc. (AST) has achieved ATEX certification of its Explosion Proof Pressure Transmitters for Class I Zone 0 Exd hazardous locations. The added approvals enhance the ability for equipment manufacturers to specify AST pressure transducers as the sensors can now operate in both North America and Europe. AST Explosion Proof Pressure Transducers are commonly used in upstream and offshore applications where safety, reliability and performance are crucial.
Emergency Shutdown System Gives Peace of Mind
In the event of an engine room fire, once the fire suppression system is engaged it's critical that engines, generators and fans are shut down quickly. This both minimizes damage to equipment and helps contain the extinguishing agent within the compartment it's protecting. The ESRS Engine Shutdown System from Sea-Fire automates this procedure using microprocessor technology, in a simple plug and play design. ABYC requires automatic equipment shutdown if there is more than one air change per minute within the engine compartment.
USCG Marine Safety Alert: Air Receivers & Relief Valves
This Safety Alert addresses safety issues relating to air receivers on Uninspected Towing Vessels (UTV), but may apply to air receivers on any vessel. Air receivers, regardless of specific use onboard a UTV, contain extreme amounts of potential energy; an uncontrolled release of this energy may lead to serious injury, death and catastrophic vessel damage. Although this issue involves basic safety and good marine practice, too many related problems have been recently discovered. Not long ago, an air receiver unexpectedly ruptured with terrible results onboard an UTV on the Upper Mississippi River. A crewmember was seriously injured and paralyzed.
Rhotheta and Metaocean Establish Cooperation
On May 1, 2012 Rhotheta USA, Inc and MetOcean Data Systems announced they have entered into a cooperation agreement to support requirements for recovery of underwater assets and oceanographic equipment. Under the terms of the agreement both companies will combine their know-how and efforts to support customer requirements jointly. Both Rhotheta and MetOcean are now committed to support projects involving recovery of underwater assets, including technology enhancements and custom modifications as required. Rhotheta’s time-tested RT-500-M series of wideband radio direction finder systems, and MetOcean’s world renowned NOVATECH location and recovery beacons…
Marine Safety Alert: Propulsion Loss, Fuel Switching
Ships switch fuel oil from residual fuels to distillate fuels in order to reduce emissions. The Coast Guard expects ships will switch fuel more frequently to comply with new emission reduction regulations. When switching fuel oil, some ships have experienced propulsion losses linked to procedural errors or fuel oil incompatibility. API developed a paper titled “Technical Considerations of Fuel Switching Practices” that discusses problems that lead to propulsion loss while switching fuel. It is available at http://marineinvestigations.us. This document may be useful to vessel owners, operators, and engineers interested in preventing fuel system failures and propulsion casualties while meeting current and future exhaust emission control requirements.
Marine Safety Alert: Fuel Switching Safety
A Marine Safety Alert was issued to increase awareness and reiterate general guidance on fuel systems and fuel switching safety in an effort to prevent propulsion losses. After a noted decrease, there has been a recent increase in the number of reported loss of propulsion incidents on deep draft vessels within the Eleventh Coast Guard District. Coast Guard studies and review of marine casualties indicate that lack of maintenance and testing of certain systems, including fuel oil systems, is one of the leading causes of propulsion failures. Advanced planning and careful fuel system management are critical to safely switching fuels. This is especially important if fuel switching is not routine practice.
Profile: BollFilter: 50 Years of Success and Counting
For more than 50 years BollFilter has sought to design, manufacture and deliver advanced filtration technology, specializing in filtration technology for shipbuilding and engine-building. Founded in 1950 by Messrs. Boll and Kirch in Cologne in the wake of World War II, the company has grown from its original crew of 25 to worldwide operations more than 300 strong, plus a strong network of agencies on all continents. The company, which has occupied nearly 22,000-sq.-m. of space in the Kerpen industrial district near Colgne since 1979, has been built on innovation and a commitment to delivering quality products, and a number of Bollfilters are the result of the company's own research and development, and are protected by patents or utility models.
Gardner Denver Water Jetting Systems Now Offers TLE
Gardner Denver Water Jetting Systems now offers its customers the TLE - Trans Line Exchanger Cleaner. This lightweight machine has been developed to clean vertical trans line exchangers in furnaces and other vertical bundles. It consists of two air motors: one to feed the hose and one to retract the hose. aluminum alloy, which can be separated by 4 small air cylinders, for quick-changing of the high pressure hoses. The hoses are moved by two continuous chains with polyurethane blocks, which are powered by the air cylinders. The TLE is small, light and easy to operate. The operator manipulates the switches on top of the unit to drive the hoses. Two handles can be fixed in several positions to suit the operator. A balancer with guides for the hoses is also available.
Insurers Should Control Ship Classification System: Broker
Insurers should control the ship safety classification process in the light of weaknesses exposed by the Erika’s loss, a senior tanker broker said. Insurance companies should hold the mandate over who inspected vessels’ structural conditions and passed them as safe, an official at Marinav Shipping and Trading said. Since insurers pay out the claim, it is therefore in their best interest to ensure that the vessel is maintained so that risk is minimized, the broker said. The current system is flawed because ship owners appoint the inspectors and can apply pressure to receive “flexible” treatment in return for retaining their business, he said…
Fleet Growth Weighs on Product Tanker Earnings
Healthy returns enjoyed by the product tanker market in recent years are under threat as impending fleet growth is expected to reduce the sector’s earnings over the medium term, according to the Product Tanker Market Annual Report 2015 published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. The widespread switching of trade by product/chemical tankers (also called “swing” tankers) from chemicals to refined products has resulted in rapid growth in the product tanker fleet, which has expanded by 11.4 million dwt through 2012-14 (of which 8.2 million dwt is attributable to switching of tonnage).
Offshore Workboat Fire Safety
A Novec 1230 gas suppression system provides a unique, Class-compliant and effective margin of safety for an offshore dive support vessel. Despite the recent drop in oil prices, the marine sector remains extremely busy supporting the oil industry, and this will always remain the case. The squeeze on contractual pricing and labor is a recent issue caused by that drop in oil prices. Fortunately, the sector is led by legislation in the form of IMO/SOLAS regulations and respective Flag State requirements which are controlled by regulatory authorities such as DNV…
Aegean Exits Singapore Bunker Market
Aegean Bunkering Pte Ltd on Friday said it had this week left the world's largest marine fuels market in Singapore after handing back its supply and craft operator licences. The company had announced in October that it would halt physical supply operations in Singapore by January amid heightened commercial pressures after the city-state adopted tougher bunkering procedures. Aegean Bunkering, headquartered in Greece, was last year ranked the 20th largest marine fuels supplier by volume in Singapore from a total of 55, data from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) showed.
USCG Alert: Compliance with MARPOL Requirements
The Coast Guard has confirmed several reports it has received stating that main engines may not attain the expected speed when using ultra low sulfur fuel oil. The Coast Guard has revised its list of recommendations to vessel owners and operators about the importance of establishing effective fuel oil changeover procedures to comply with MARPOL Annex VI emission regulations. Ensure fuel oil switching is accomplished outside of busy traffic lanes and the ECA. Generally the ECA is 200 nm from the North American Coast and 50 miles from the U.S. Caribbean coast (e.g., the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Anticipate that there may be many technical challenges for operators when beginning to use ULS fuel oil as a matter of routine and compliance.
Great Ships of 2016: Ternsund
Since it started publishing in 1939, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News has recognized excellence in ship construction. The Switch has been engaged in the maritime industry for only three and a half years, but it already has approximately 20 ships in its reference list, including the first, the 15,000 dwt M/T Ternsund (featured on this month’s cover) owned by Terntank, which is a fourth generation company that in 1958 was a one ship company, and today is an operator of ten modern chemical/product tankers in the range from 8,000 to 15,000 dwt.
Optimarin Secures NOK 100 Million BWT Contract
Ballast Water Treatment: Optimarin lands NOK 100 Million fleet retrofit contract with Saga Shipholding. Optimarin has signed a major fleet-wide ballast water treatment contract with Saga Shipholding (Norway) AS (SSH), the open-hatch carrier subsidiary of Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), the world’s largest shipping company and owner of some 850 vessels operating within the car carriers, bulk, tanker (petroleum, chemical, LPG and LNG) and cruise sectors. The retrofit contract, exceeding NOK 100 million…