Tamtron Develops New Shackle Dynamometer
Tamtron Group announced it has joined with selected customers to develop a device for measuring tension or pulling forces. This shackle dynamometer, also known as a shackle load cell, is suited for field tests due to its light structure that has been achieved by replacing the pin of the shackle with an axle load cell, the developer said. The shackle dynamometer has typically been used for calibrating the winches on ships and for measuring the pulling forces of construction machines.
Custom Wireless Telemetry Mooring Link Load Cell from LCM
With a range of ex-stock bow shackle load cells, U.K. load cell manufacturer and supplier LCM Systems is able to offer next day delivery on its range of standard TELSHACK-B load cells. However, sometimes the off-the-shelf solution isn’t quite right for a customers’ specific application and it’s here where LCM’s in-house design team and extensive experience in customizing load cells gives LCM a competitive advantage. This happened recently when a multinational marine engineering company in Canada enquired about the TELSHACK-B load cell. They liked the principle of a wireless telemetry shackle, but wanted to measure ship docking tension on a winch.
Alps Named Distributor of Petersen Stainless Rigging
Chicago based Alps Wire Rope Corporation has been appointed as a distributor for U.K.-based stainless steel shackle and wire rope fitting manufacturer Petersen Stainless Rigging Ltd. Stock is currently being held for immediate delivery from Alps’ Houston location of Petersen’s high-strength ‘PH’ stainless steel lifting shackles. All Petersen stainless lifting shackles are proof-load tested, marked and certified as standard meaning they are ready to be installed the minute you receive them. “[Alps has] four strategically placed locations in the USA: Houston; Saint Charles, Ill.; Harrisburg, Pa. and Alhambra, Calif., from which they are well equipped to provide excellent service.
Patent for Colligo Marine Mooring System
Colligo Marine has received a United States Patent for its Bridle Plate Mooring System. The system eliminates line to line interference. Simple, lightweight and corrosion-resistant, the galvanized system maintains mooring line separation to minimize chafe and safely allows redundant lines to the mooring. Two versions are available. One with eyebolt shackles and a premium system with safety shackles that uses nuts with cotter pins for extra security. The Bridle Plate Mooring System is currently distributed by Taylor Made Products and available at marine retailers across the US.
Jumbo Jubilee Discharges 700T Spud Cans
Jumbo Shipping’s latest vessel, HLV Jumbo Jubilee, has completed the loading, transport and discharge of four 700 tons spud cans from Dubai (UAE) to Arendal (Norway). The spud cans were discharged into the water and handed over to two tugboats, which brought them to the quay for further handling by Master Marine ASA. To handle the 700 t spud cans, each with a diameter of 70 ft and a height of 26 ft, Jumbo used a project-specific shackle. Jumbo’s standard onboard lifting gear includes 500 t shackles. The new shackle, weighing 1.5 t, can carry loads up to 1,000 t. After loading and transporting the spud cans from Dubai to Arendal, they were safely discharged one by one in single lifts, with the crew carefully ballasting both the ship and the spud cans.
Lankofirst Trials New Fiber Rope Connectors
Lankofirst said offshore trials of its synthetic fiber rope mooring connector have shown a reduction in mooring line deployment times and improvements in health and safety compared with traditional mooring line plate links and thimbles, reports deepwater mooring rope specialist, Lankhorst Ropes Offshore Division (LROD). The cost and complexity of deploying deepwater moorings is driving the development of new mooring line technologies and deployment methodologies. Lankhorst, in collaboration with LROD worldwide agent…
First Online Sale for Damen Anchor & Chain Factory
Damen Anchor & Chain Factory (AKF), in the Port of Rotterdam, informs it has completed its first online order transaction. Much of the Damen product range has had an online enquiry option for some time, though AKF is relatively new to the concept. And with Damen’s online presence growing constantly, there is a strong potential for future web-based commercial growth, the company said. Theo Kloosterman, AKF Manager, explains how the order was swiftly brought to fruition. “It started on February, Friday 13 – a lucky day,” he quipped.
Hoover Adds to Offshore Product Line
Hoover Container Solutions, a subsidiary of Hoover Group, Inc., has added a new DOT / DNV certified Mud Skip / Cutting Box to its offshore product line for transportation and safe handling of hydrocarbon contaminated drill cuttings to and from offshore platforms. The mud skips / cutting boxes have patented sliding doors and a removable crank handle, and the units provide a safe and efficient means for containment of drilling waste for transportation to treatment or disposal sites.
Pasha Bulker Expert to Help Move Grounded Ship
The salvage master who coordinated the operation to move the Pasha Bulker off Newcastle has been brought in to head the effort to move a 75,000 tonne bulk carrier which has run aground in central Queensland. Experts and equipment are being brought in to help refloat the Endeavour River, which ran aground in Gladstone Harbor. A spokesman from the salvage company, Svitzer, says it is likely that efforts to refloat the ship will not be made until later in the week when the tides are more favorable. Svitzer is also bringing in one of its naval architects from Holland who will look at the structure of the ship. Additional equipment, including cables and shackles, is scheduled to arrive.
Ansell Jones Uniquely Serves Offshore Market
Ansell Jones, a leader in the manufacture of lifting, mooring and access equipment for use in the offshore and marine markets, has a vast product range and a history spanning more than 150 years. In all, the ISO-9001-certified company's range includes: spark proof cranes and hoists; blocks, sheaves and swivels; shackles, hooks and forgings; deck fittings and hardware; watertight doors, hatches and scuttles; steadfast anchors; and chasers and grapnels. A factor that sets the manufacturer apart from other product makers, according to Steve Williams, sales and marketing manager, is the fact that the company is a specialized manufacturing and engineering company, meaning that custom orders and truly unique engineered solutions are the norm rather than the exception.
CSR Condemns Forced Detention of Seafarers
Douglas B. Environmental Protections, to protect the human and legal rights of seafarers during investigations of environmental accidents. U.S. port chaplains recently reported several cases of forced detentions of seafarers to the Institute. "In one of the most troubling reports, mariner witnesses were shackled and held in immigration prison when their company refused to continue paying for a hotel," said Mr. Stevenson. pollution. environmental crimes. environmental crimes. losing the ability to return home," said Mr. Stevenson. environmental crimes. Department of Justice's detention policies. "U.S. respect instead of as criminals. crimes," said Mr. Stevenson. Some Examples of Seafarers Detained in U.S. · Seward, Alaska. July 2004. material witnesses in an illegal dumping case.
Damen: Contracts, Deliveries and Expansion
In the past weeks, Damen Marine Components (DMC) and Damen Anchor & Chain Factory (AKF), both part of Damen Shipyards Group, reported successes in their respective lines of business. DMC has completed several projects for the offshore, ports, defense and fishing markets, and is expanding its business and facilities in Poland. It also acquired a new ISO certificate. AKF expands its ready available stock anchors. AKF reported the arrival of the first shipment of additional stock size HYT-12 and HYD-14 anchors in June.
Rodriguez: Small Yard Can Do
Joey Rodriguez was visiting one of the Gulf Coast�s major shipyards recently. To which the CEO responded, “And I am intimidated by what you are able to build without all this equipment and space.”This exchange sums up the respect that Rodriguez has earned over the years for the quantity and quality of vessels that he has been able to build and deliver from his small yard in Bayou LaBatre, The key to his success is the ability that he and his crew have of making do and careful on-site planning. Years ago Rodriguez had someone come in and teach him how to use a computer-assisted design program with which he has designed numerous vessels as well as doing the engineering design work on many others.
TradeWinds Adds Tug to Fleet
TradeWinds Towing announced the addition of the former Seabulk tug "Challenger" to its fleet. This 3,800 bhp tug with nozzles is presently on an endurance tow to southern Chile. The Challenger and 300-ft x 100-ft heavy deck barge, Marmac 300, (in ballast) will come free in early February in southern Chile. This equipment is available to pick up cargo from the west coast of South, Central or North America. Tug Challenger will then come free in the U.S. Gulf in the first half of March. Length, o.a.
Marcon International Brokers 3,000-hp Tugboat Sale
After 6 months of charter Marigny Tug LLC of St. Augustine, Florida has closed on the purchase of the U.S. flag tugboat “Leslie Foss”. Prior to the sale, the twin-screw, sheer bow, ocean tug “Leslie Foss” (ex-Caribe Pioneer) had been on charter from Foss Maritime of Seattle, Washington. This is the second tug sale that Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington has brokered to the Buyer. The new owners are in the process of renaming the tug “Simone”, after one of the principal’s oldest daughters.
Manson Introduces New Boss Anchor
20-25% more holding power than Manson Supreme anchor in most seabeds. Manson Anchors has introduced the Boss Anchor – the New Zealand-based company’s most technically-advanced, safest anchor ever. “An anchor is first and foremost a safety item. When a customer puts their family’s life and their boats value in your hands, you treat that trust with the utmost responsibility. There are no shortcuts or cheaper alternatives when lives are at risk. Our new Boss anchor is the culmination of Manson’s 39 years of manufacturing anchors with integrity…
ASA Member Completes WA Recovery Operation
American Salvage Association member salvages Hydrogen Reactor outside of Seattle. A member of the American Salvage Association (ASA) responded to a call on December 9 to salvage a 485-ton, 140-foot long stainless steel reactor vessel that rolled off a barge, landing into approximately 60 feet of water near Cherry Point, WA. The reactor is an integral piece in the manufacture of low sulfur diesel fuel. The reactor was filled with nitrogen to prevent corrosion during transportation from Korea where it was fabricated.
Coast Guard to Conduct Kennebec River Ice-Breaking Operations
BOSTON – U.S. Coast Guard units in Maine are scheduled to begin ice-breaking operations on the Kennebec River during the week of March 12, 2012. The public is being advised to remove their fish shacks as soon as possible, if safe to do so, in advance of Coast Guard ice-breaking operations. "Anyone who still has ice fishing shacks or gear on the Kennebec River should remove them as soon as possible and should proceed with extreme caution in areas where the Coast Guard will break ice," said Chief Warrant Officer Bob Albert, the ice operations mission manager for Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. During the Kennebec River Spring Break-out…
CMP Global Rebrands Marine Chains
To better reflect the strength and diversity of its chain products, CMP Global has rebranded it as Titan Marine Chain. Known for their strength and power, Titans were a centerpiece of Greek creation myths. CMP Global has also expanded the product line with stainless steel chain. CMP offers a range of windlass, anchor, mooring and general purpose chain, all proof-tested and calibrated to exacting standards. Titan Marine chain is embossed with the CMP stamp, which ensures it meets or exceeds certification requirements. It is the only chain on the market with such quality assurance measures. The company's new 316L stainless steel chain is calibrated for windlass use. Manufactured in an ISO-9001 quality-assured facility, it's available in 6mm and 8mm links, with more sizes available soon.
Heaving Line Warning
In the past it was not uncommon for seafarers to weight monkey’s fists fitted to the end of heaving lines with pieces of scrap metal or sand, or to attach a heavy item such as a shackle, so that the line would travel a greater distance when thrown. This practice is no longer acceptable as it increases the risk of serious injury if a linesman, shore worker or a crewmember aboard a tug or mooring boat is struck by such an object during mooring operations, or if the weighted end hits a member of the vessel’s mooring party when the heaving line is thrown back. The United Kingdom Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) publication “Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen”, Section 25.3.2, states that “Vessel’s heaving lines should be constructed with a “monkey’s fist” at one end.
RoRo Ferry Accident Findings Released by UK's MAIB
Investigation report of accident involving the ro-ro ferry 'Norcape' in the Firth of Clyde released by Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) . On 26 November 2011, the port windlass of the UK registered Ro-Ro vessel Norcape suffered catastrophic damage during an attempt to weigh anchor in near gale force winds. At 0354 the wind was south westerly 30 knots when the vessel anchored in Brodick Bay, Isle of Arran, with 8 shackles on the port anchor and the starboard anchor on the seabed to reduce anticipated yaw.
IHC Merwede Demonstrates New MaXine 50
IHC Vremac Cylinders, part of IHC Merwede, officially introduced the MaXine 50 heave compensator to its Dutch, Belgian and German offshore partners on October 8. The group of lifting specialists responded enthusiastically to the dynamic launch and demonstration of the innovative new product. The hoisting and lowering of loads under maritime conditions have to overcome the peak forces that stem from the oscillation of waves. The MaXine range of heave compensators reduces these forces and extends the weather window…
3,000HP Tug Bound For Latin America
Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington reported that Tiong Woon Marine Pte. Ltd. of Singapore has sold their 3,000BHP twin screw tug Tiong Woon Ocean 15 (ex-Uni Haul Ruth) to Latin American interests. The 31.0m x 9.0m x 4.5m depth / 3.5m draft tug was built in 2005 by Nanindah Mutiara Shipyard in Batam, Indonesia and classed LR +100A1 Tug, +LMC with all surveys and certificates up-to-date. Tiong Woon Ocean 15 is powered by a pair of CAT 3512B-DITA diesels totaling 3…