Ships Systems News

30 May 2019

Greek Shipping Leaders Address Key Challenges

Photo:  Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President (on the right) and CEO and Peter Livanos, Chairman of GasLog Ltd. and the ABS Hellenic National Committee Chairman (on the left)

Leaders of the Greek Shipping Industry met to discuss decarbonization, capitalizing on data and digital technologies and vessel automation at the annual ABS Hellenic National Committee meeting.“We have deep relationships across the Greek shipping industry, which reflects our extensive investment in serving the needs of ship owners and operators here. Not only is our office in Piraeus the largest ABS office in Europe, but it is home to our Global Ships  Systems Center and an extensive team of experts on call 24 hours a day to assist with whatever challenges they face,” said Christopher J.

05 Sep 2017

Danish Shipping's New Guide to BWM

Image: Danish Shipping

Danish Shipping launches a new guide regarding the implementation of the Ballast Water Management Convention, which will enter into force on 8 September 2017. In a few days, the Ballast Water Management Convention will enter into force. In future all new built ships must be equipped with a ballast water treatment system. For existing ships, systems must be installed as from 8 September 2019 to 8 September 2024. The Convention shall ensure that no invasive species such as zebra…

31 Aug 2017

Shipping Beware Changing Risk Landscape -Moore Stephens

© M. Johannsen / Adobe Stock

Effective management of risk within the industry has improved slightly over the past 12 months, according to the third annual Shipping Risk Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens. But shipping still needs to up its game in terms of managing its exposure to risk, which is increasing and changing in nature, not least in terms of the threat posed by cyber security, Moore Stephens says. Survey respondents rated the extent to which enterprise and business…

29 May 2017

Cyber SAFE Ship Delivered

Trammo Dietlin. Photo by Lloyd's Register

The first ships to be classed with Lloyd’s Register’s cyber notations have been delivered to Global United in Korea. Built by Hanjin Heavy Industries, in collaboration with Alpha Ori Technology, the ships have been awarded the notation Cyber (AL-SAFE) certifying the autonomous systems onboard as safe. This is the first real example of the digital transformation in shipping – the ships will operate in an autonomous mode for selected functions using cutting edge digital technology. The new cyber-enabled features allow crew to operate ships more efficiently.

07 Feb 2017

GE Introduces SeaLyte

Photo: GE

GE’s Marine Solutions brings the latest technology in vessel control and dynamic positioning (DP) systems, SeaLyte. The new solution complements GE’s bespoke SeaStream solutions, providing a structured and standardized package to better serve customers with smaller vessels for offshore support and merchant markets. Marine companies are facing increased cost pressure to get through the current market downcycle. In response to the challenge, GE’s SeaLyte offers a range of configurable product solutions.

13 Sep 2016

New Software Aims to Transform Ship Maintenance

(Photo: BAE Systems)

A consortium of technology suppliers led by BAE Systems is developing software that monitors the equipment, fuel and energy performance of a ship to provide real time information that will help the U.K. Royal Navy and commercial organizations better manage their fleets. The technology known as Ship Energy Assessment – Condition Optimization & Routing Enhancement System (SEA-CORES) analyzes big data from the complex systems on board a ship to provide a live model of its performance wherever it is in the world.

22 Aug 2016

Damen Repairs Two Van Oord Barges

Van Oord Split Hopper Barges

Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen recently completed a broad scope of maintenance and repair works on the Van Oord-owned Split Hopper Barges Jan Blanken and Jan Leeghwater. The vessels, both with 2,853 m3 hopper capacity, left the yard on schedule just 10 days after arrival. For example, all the ships’ systems needed to be checked and bought back up to speed where necessary. Minor steel works and touch-up painting were also required on both vessels. Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen handled the two sister vessels in its floating dock which…

01 Feb 2016

Cyber World: Safer Seas via Phantom Ships

Are we that far away from phantom fully autonomous vessels plying the world’s seas? Not according to many in the know. Many predict by 2020 that we will see this type of ship with a limited crew in smaller applications such as the marine highway short haul scenarios, local ferry service such as the Staten Island ferry and offshore supply boats in the Gulf of Mexico. Phantom/drone unmanned ships reportedly would be safer, cheaper and less polluting for an industry that carries approximately 90 percent of the world trade. However as with aircraft drones and on the horizon driverless auto’s, we must be concerned with regulatory and safety issues.

18 Nov 2015

BIMCO Looks at Significant Potential For Cyber Disruption

Image by FCWnow

Attendees of BIMCO’s Annual Conference in Hamburg will today hear the very latest findings on the potential vulnerabilities of ships to cyber attacks. In a session dedicated to the topic, BIMCO and industry experts will show three scenarios showing the possible risks and the methods of prevention for a cyber attack on ships’ systems. The session is designed for corporate management but also focused on the safety of seafarers and ships. BIMCO delegates will hear from Andrew Fitzmaurice…

11 Jun 2015

IMTRA Brings Lilaas Controls to US Market

Lilaas L01 controller (Image: IMTRA)

IMTRA informs it has partnered with Lilaas to bring the latest controls to the U.S. market. With this exclusive distribution agreement, Lilaas products will enhance IMTRA’s line of OEM products. Lilaas has recently introduced its newest type-approved and compact controllers, the L01 and the L04. Already available in European markets, the new controllers are now also available in North America exclusively from IMTRA. The L01 is designed for azimuth, single/double thruster and propulsion control…

02 Apr 2015

Incat Tasmania’s Latest Ship on the way to Japan

Photo courtesy of Incat Tasmania

The latest delivery from Australian shipbuilder Incat Tasmania Akane, an 85 metre high speed Wave Piercing Catamaran Ferry, Incat hull 068, will arrive in Japan early April. Built at the Incat shipyard at Prince of Wales Bay, Hobart the vessel was sea trialled late   March, and has departed Hobart on her delivery voyage. The vessel will go into service in April with Sado Kisen, a long standing ferry operator in Japan. Akane will operate from the Niigata and Naoetsu ports on the west coast of Japan to the Sado Island ports of Ogi and Ryotsu.

30 Mar 2015

VIKING LifeCraft Presented at IMO

    The VIKING LifeCraft (Image courtesy of VIKING)

This week, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment took a step towards gaining approval for the VIKING LifeCraft, its alternative life-saving appliance (LSA) for passenger ships. The concept was presented to the International Maritime Organization’s Sub-Committee on Ships Systems and Equipment in London on 25th March, with the full support of the Danish Maritime Authority. More than 180 delegates stayed beyond the day’s normal business to hear from Niels Fraende, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment vice president and Henning Luhmann, Meyer Werft head of naval architecture.

01 Mar 2015

COMPIT to Showcase Smarter Ships, Systems & Solutions

DNV GL COMPIT. Preview

The 14th International Conference on Computer and IT Applications in the Maritime Industries (COMPIT) will take place from 11th to 13th May 2015 in Ulrichshusen, Germany. First held in the year 2000, COMPIT has established itself as a key conference in information technology (IT) for the maritime industries, bringing together software developers and users. Most participants come from industry, reflecting the practical relevance of the event. DNV GL will be the main sponsor of the event which covers the lifecycle of ships, offshore structures and equipment, from design to operation.

20 Oct 2014

Austal Launches 5th CCP Boat

Cape Class Patrol Boat - Cape Jervis in foreground, Cape Sorell & Cape Nelson in background

Austal launched yesterday its fifth in-series Cape Class Patrol Boat (CCPB) at the Company’s Australian Defence Facility in Henderson, Western Australia. Cape Jervis is the fifth of eight 58-metre patrol boats that are being delivered to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) by Austal as Prime Contractor under a design, build and in-service sustainment contract, valued at approximately $330 million. Under the contract, Austal is also using its in-house expertise to develop and integrate sophisticated electronic systems for command, control and communication.

17 Oct 2014

USS Detroit to Be Christened, Launched Oct. 18

Photo: Lockheed Martin

The launch and christening ceremony of LCS 7 (the future USS Detroit) will take place Saturday morning, Oct. 18, at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin, where the Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships are built. The U.S. Navy and the Lockheed Martin-led industry team will launch the seventh Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Detroit at Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC). Before launching the ship into the Menominee River, ship sponsor Barbara Levin will christen the ship with the tradition of smashing a champagne bottle across the ship’s bow.

15 Oct 2014

NUWC Newport Dedicates New Research Facility

Cutting the ribbon, from left, Dominic Galluci, P&S Construction; RI Congressman James Langevin; RI Governor Lincoln Chafee; Rear Adm. Michael Jabaley, commander, NUWC; Capt. Todd Cramer, commander, NUWC Division Newport; Mark Rodrigues, head NUWC's Platform and Payload Integration Department; Blair Decker, General Dynamics/Electric Boat; and RI Senator Jack Reed.

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport dedicated a new $24.9 million Virginia Payload Tube Facility (VPTF) with a ribbon cutting today, Wednesday, October 15. The ceremony was followed by an opportunity for businesses with an interest in the technology to tour the facility and learn about its capabilities. Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, U.S. Senator Jack Reed and U.S. Congressman James Langevin attended the ceremony. “Since forming the Torpedo Station on Goat Island, [NUWC] has been the center of cutting-edge research of undersea technologies,” Reed said.

19 Jun 2014

US Navy Build Programs Face Budget Pressure

(U.S. Navy photo by Shelby F. W. West/Released)

Ship construction programs move ahead, but it’s not smooth sailing. Navies and Coast Guards everywhere face budgetary pressure, even in the U.S. which has the largest Navy in the world. The balance between desire for capacity and capability and pressure for affordability has never been more acute with the precarious budgetary issues presented by declining defense budgets, sequestration, continuing resolutions and government shutdowns. Even so, there are ongoing major construction efforts to include large nuclear aircraft carriers and submarines…

05 May 2014

Austal Launches Third Cape Class Patrol Boat

Cape Class Patrol Boat - Cape Nelson

Austal announced the launch of the third-in-series Cape Class Patrol Boat (CCPB) at the Company’s Australian Defence Facility in Henderson, Western Australia on 5 May 2014. Cape Nelson is the third of eight 56-metre patrol boats that are being delivered to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) by Austal as Prime Contractor for a design, build and in-service sustainment contract, valued at approximately $330 million. Under the contract, Austal is also using its in-house expertise to develop and integrate sophisticated electronic systems for command…

28 Feb 2014

Innovative Solutions to Global Trends at INEC 2014

John Newell (Photo courtesy INEC)

The newly launched program for the 12th International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition – INEC 2014, being held at the Marine Establishment Amsterdam in the Netherlands (May 20-22, 2014) features an incomparable line-up drawn from over a dozen countries speaking to the theme ‘Innovative solutions to global trends’. The program includes keynote addresses by Vice Admirals of both the Royal Netherlands Navy and the Royal Navy, and, thanks to the support of the Royal Netherlands Navy, a networking and industrial visit program with the innovative HNLMS Tromp at its heart.

15 Aug 2013

Austal Celebrates Keel Laying for Cape

Photo: Austal

Demonstrating the rapid progress of the Cape Class Patrol Boat Program, Austal today hosted the keel-laying ceremony for the third vessel, Cape Nelson, one of eight 56-meter patrol boats that Austal is designing, building and supporting for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. Keel-laying traditionally marks the first significant milestone in a ship’s construction. Historically this was the “laying down” of the main timber making up the backbone of a vessel. Austal’s advanced shipbuilding techniques means fabrication of ship modules begins well before they are actually joined.

24 Jan 2013

GE Upgrades Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s Fleet Tankers

(Photo: Crown)

GE’s Power Conversion (NYSE: GE) business has started fitting the latest generation of Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ships Wave Knight and Wave Ruler. The technology is designed extend the life and versatility of the IPMS fitted to the two ships, helping the RFA to maintain at-sea supply capabilities in supporting the Royal Navy’s global maritime operations. The IPMS includes machinery control and surveillance, damage surveillance and control, electrical power control and management and Replenishment at Sea (RAS) functions.

05 Apr 2012

General Dynamics Awarded a $68 Million Modification

General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding C., San Diego, Cal., is being awarded a $68,915,249 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-08-C-4410) for the USS Comstock (LSD 45) fiscal 2012 Extended Docking Phased Maintenance Availability. An Extended Docking Phased Maintenance Availability provides for an extensive renovation and modernization of an LSD class ship, including alterations and repairs, as well as inspection and testing to all ships systems and components ensuring safe and dependable operation of the ship. Work will be performed in San Diego, Cal., and is expected to be completed by May, 2013. Contract funds in the amount of $68,915,249 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

12 Aug 2011

NASSCO Awarded $24.5m Contract Modification

National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $24,536,862 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-08-C-4410) for USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) fiscal 2011 extended docking phased maintenance availability (EDPMA).  An EDPMA provides for an extensive renovation and modernization of an LSD class ship, including alterations and repairs as well as inspection and testing to all ships systems and components ensuring safe and dependable operation of the ship.  Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed by July 2012.  Contract funds in the amount of $14,548,842 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.

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