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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Steel Construction News

Fourth LEG/LPG Tanker Started

Magne Morken, Managing Director of the Norwegian shipping company Solvang ASA, pushed the button of the computer-controlled plasma torch for the steel construction of the fourth gas tanker out of a series of four. Cutting of the first steel plate marks the start of the production process of the new gas tanker. The LEG/LPG tankers will have a length overall of 154.9 m, a breadth of 22.70 m and a cargo capacity of 17,000 m3. They will be able to operate at a speed of 17 knots. In addition to ethylene, the tankers will also be able to carry vinyl chloride monomer, ammonia and propylene oxide, cooled down to minus 48° C. Deliveries of these special vessels, yard numbers S. 653, S. 654, S. 681 and S. 682, are scheduled for the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2007 and the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2008.

Mack Manufacturing Self-Contained Scrap Handlers

five-tine orange peel grab to help scrap handlers and steel processors to hold and retain larger loads more efficiently.

Mack Manufacturing developed the original five-tine orange peel grab to help scrap handlers and steel processors to hold and retain larger loads more efficiently. Specifically designed for electric overhead cranes moving scrap in steel mills, the OPSISCH-350-5 grapple is a completely self-contained electric drive unit, ready for operation with a large 3.5 yard capacity. The grapple’s heat-treated alloy steel construction combines light weight for high efficiency and lift capacity with rugged strength, including heat-treated steel pins and shafts sized to ensure maximum service life.

Storing Capacities in Kiel’s Ostuferhafen Extended

Port of Kiel has extended its warehousing capacities in Ostuferhafen. On August 1, the new Warehouse 4 was taken into operation, which is intended to be used particularly for storing packaged goods. In addition, it is highly suited for warehousing forest products no matter what the weather conditions might be. Dr. Dirk Claus, Managing Director at  Seehafen Kiel GmbH & Co. KG, said, “The constant growth of business with Eastern Europe requires further capacities. With this new steel construction warehouse…

Blackmon Announces Boat Yard Liquidation

By order of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Northern District of Mississippi Case No. 09-15836-NPO Greenville, Mississippi. Blackmon Auctions has been in business since 1938 and conducts auctions all over the U.S. Specializing in On-Site auctions of Construction, Marine and Other Industrial Equipment. Blackmun has been been ordered by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to liquidate assets of Superior Boats Works, a family owned company in the business of ship building and ship maintenance since the 1970’s. 1977 Superior Boatworks M/V Capt. Blackmon Auctions, Inc.

Kalmar Negotiate Agreement for STS

Kalmar Industries and Lubbers’ Constructiewerkplaats en Machinefabriek Hollandia BV, are negotiating an agreement concerning the production of steel structures for ship-to-shore (STS) cranes. In the proposed partnership, Hollandia will be responsible for the steel fabrication and assembly of Kalmar STS cranes. Kalmar Industries BV, Kalmar’s Dutch subsidiary, will focus on marketing, R&D, project management and servicing of STS cranes. This arrangement will lead to approximately 100 employees of Kalmar Industries BV, who are presently engaged in steel construction and assembly work, being transferred to Hollandia Cranes BV. The company will continue to operate out of Kalmar Industries’ factory in Rotterdam…

Giant Gates for Deurganck Dock Lock, Antwerp

The lock gates have the same length and thickness as those of the Berendrecht lock. -

The four gates for the Deurganck dock lock in the port of Antwerp will begin their journey from China at the beginning of April. The gigantic gates are being built by the Chinese steel constructor ZPMC, together with the trolleys on which the gates will ride, two combined road/rail bridges, the caisson and other items. A ceremony was held on Wednesday 18 March in the Chinese city of Changxing to mark the official completion of the construction work. The ceremony was attended by Freddy Aerts…

Acquisition of “Famaba” by E-Crane/Indusign.

Acquisition of 100% of the shares of the Polish Steel Construction company “Famaba” by the Belgian harbor crane manufacturer E-Crane/Indusign. The E-Crane Group of Companies, a leading manufacturer of cranes for handling bulk materials, has succeeded in the acquisition of the Polish company ‘Famaba’, an ISO9001 certified company with 275 employees and revenues exceeding 20 million USD/16 million EURO in the year 2011. Another milestone in E-Crane’s ambitious business plan has been reached. With this acquisition, E-Crane fully owns a strategic supplier of high grade steel constructions for the crane industry while at the same time, Famaba stays an important European player in the market for foundations and towers for wind turbines.

Bids Requested for Barges

The Marine Design Center (MDC) of the USACE intends to acquire four new inland river-style barges to serve the Pittsburgh District, in support of the Maintenance and Repair Mission on the Inland Rivers System. The first barge shall be 190 x 54 x 12.5 ft., and will be used as a floating platform for a king-post mounted Seatrax crane, which will be furnished to the successful bidder as Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) after contract award. The three remaining flat deck barges shall be 110 x 26 x 7 ft. All four vessels shall be of all-welded steel construction, and shall be designed, built and classed to ABS rules for Steel Vessels on Rivers and Intracoastal Waterways. The bid package became available in July, and bid opening is planned for early August, 1999.

Germanischer Lloyd Opens Lab in Hamburg

The examination of metallic materials and failure analysis for the sectors of ship operation systems, civil engineering, plant technology and machinery will now also be offered in Hamburg by GLP, the testing laboratory of Germanischer Lloyd. To complement the branches in Mülheim, Herne and Stuttgart, the operating area of materials testing and failure analysis is being expanded into the North German region. The service spectrum of routine materials testing includes destructive and non-destructive tests, metallography, corrosion examinations, chemical analyses as well as investigations employing light-optical and scanning electron microscopy.

Germanischer Lloyd Opens Testing Laboratory

The examination of metallic materials and failure analysis for the sectors of ship operation systems, civil engineering, plant technology and machinery will now also be offered in Hamburg by GLP, the testing laboratory of Germanischer Lloyd. To complement the branches in Mülheim, Herne and Stuttgart, the operating area of materials testing and failure analysis is being expanded into the North German region. The service spectrum of routine materials testing includes destructive and non-destructive tests, metallography, corrosion examinations, chemical analyses as well as investigations employing light-optical and scanning electron microscopy.

Paddle Wheel Riverboat for Sale

Photo courtesy of SBMA

A 260-foot fully operational paddle wheel riverboat, recently used as a large casino, is available for sale by negotiation. Asset management company Stuart B. Millner & Associates (SBMA) said it is currently accepting offers for the vessel before making plans to sell it through an auction in March. The riverboat is currently located on the Ohio River in Metropolis, Ill. More photos and information are available on SBMA’s website: sbmac.com.

LR Provisional Rules for SPS

Lloyd’s Register, in conjunction with Intelligent Engineering, Ltd, has developed a set of provisional Rules for new construction and ship repair using steel sandwich construction. Entitled Provisional Rules for the Application of Sandwich Panel Construction to Ship Structure, the Rules were approved in early 2006 by a specially convened sub-committee of Lloyd’s Register’s Technical Committee, comprising independent experts drawn from across the industry. Sandwich Plate System (SPS) is a technology created by UK-based Intelligent Engineering Ltd in which two metal plates are bonded to a solid elastomer core. The elastomer provides continuous support to the plates and stops local plate buckling, eliminating the need for stiffeners.

Crowley Takes Delivery of Two Line Boats

Crowley Marine Services (CMS) has taken delivery of two new line boats for service in Valdez, Alaska. Roger G. and Gus E. will be deployed in Valdez and Prince William Sound to perform line-handling and other duties. The vessels were constructed at Rozema Boat Works in Mount Vernon, Wash. Each 44 ft. vessel is powered by two Caterpillar 3306B engines generating 470 hp, and feature Twin Disc 5091 reverse reduction gears. Both are built of all-welded steel construction with a model bow and square stern. An aluminum pilot house is located forward amidships with a towing "H" bitt aft of the house at the centerline.

Drydock Explosion Kills Five

An explosion on board the vessel Seamec II in the Curaçao ship repair company CDM killed five workers, the Daily Herald reported. The workers had made a hole in the hull of the offshore oil platform support vessel to remove a machine that required electronic work. As usual, the company’s chemist checked for possible gasses or other dangerous substances and gave the green light. What exactly happened is unclear, but the suspicion is that there was somehow a gas leak. The first explosion was followed by a second, and then a fire with a lot of smoke. The Fire Department had to deal with the smoke and the fact that the fire heated up the boat’s steel construction. There was also the risk of more explosions.

Challenger Marine Condensing Unit

lanc & Associates, Inc. from the ground up, Challenger marine condensing units are designed to withstand the harshest conditions at sea while keeping work environments comfortable. Challenger units are built to prevent unit corrosion from salt water spray and sea air unlike conventional units. The “Challenger Difference” includes complete 16 gauge 304 grade stainless steel construction, dipped coil coating to prevent fin and tube corrosion, watertight electrical enclosure, compact footprint for easy installation and service…

Shipdock Lands Jack-Up Upgrade Contracts

Secret weapon’: dedicated on site steel construction and machining facility. The skyline of the Amsterdam harbours has been visibly altered in the neighbourhood of Shipdock, Amsterdam’s premier ship repair and conversion yard. The company has recently secured four major contracts for the upgrading and maintenance of the jack-up vessels GMS Endurance, GMS Endeavour, Seajack Leviathan and Seajack Zaratan. These vessels, equipped with elevating legs of over 100m in height, will be keeping the shipyard busy throughout the summer months.

Rapido Gee: 42m Utility Vessel Delivered

Photo: Incat Crowther

Rapido Gee, a 42m steel monohull utility vessel, has been delivered and is currently in transit to the Middle East. The vessel will be operated by Rashied Marine Services in the service of offshore platforms. Designed by Incat Crowther and built by Strategic Marine, Rapido Gee is a further development of the design used for the 10 vessel fleet of Infield Utility Vessels delivered by the shipbuilder. In response to calls for construction simplicity, Incat Crowther reengineered the vessel with mild steel used in the hull in place of the original high tensile steel.

WTC Steel Becomes Part of Bow for USS New York

On September 9, 2003, remnant steel from the World Trade Center twin towers will be cast into the future USS New York amphibious transport dock ship, LPD 21. The ship is named for the state of New York and recognizes the courage and commitment of New Yorkers during the 9/11 tragedy. Amite Foundry and Machine in Amite, LA, a subcontractor to the shipbuilder Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, will perform the casting. Thousands of pounds of steel transported from the debris field in Staten Island, NY, will be melted down and poured into the bow stem cast of New York. As part of the bow, the stem and WTC steel will always be the first part of the ship to sail into future 21st Century expeditionary warfare missions.

Siemens Supplies Propulsion for Survey Vessels

Siemens Marine Solutions has received an order from China Oilfield Services Limited (COSL) to equip two special deep-sea vessels with propulsion equipment and integrated automation and control systems. The new vessels – one will be used for deepwater seismic research and the other for engineering surveys – will enhance COSL’s working capabilities in waters of up to 3,000 meters in depth. The order is worth about $32.5m. Delivery of both vessels is scheduled for the middle of 2011. China Oilfield Services Limited is part of China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), a provider of integrated oilfield services for the offshore market. Up to now, COSL’s focus was on exploration activities in coastal waters.

New Class of Compact Tugboats Turning Heads

BRAtt Workboat: Photo courtesy of Robert Allan

Originally conceived as a training vessel, the Robert Allan designed BRAtt has developed into a class of small but tough workboats. Adrenalin Marine Ltd. of Delta, B.C. was chosen as the licensed builder for all BRAtts in North America and to date has built three of these innovative new vessels. The BRAtt is not only a very cost-effective tug for training, but an ultra-compact workboat which can operate in small ports and perform specialized functions such as ship-handling, line-handling, yarding, boom deployment, etc.

Dubai Drydocks to Unveil $60M Project

According to reports, Dubai Drydocks will launch its $60 million newbuilding panel line and steel structure assembly facility in July. The yard, whose current shipbuilding facility has a monthly turnover of 2,800 tonnes of steel, plans turning over similar volumes of steel per month for the newbuilding. It is already building the gravity base structure for a 10,000 steel construction with an extensive piping arrangement and four 6,200 dwt bunker tankers due to be delivered in March. Dubai Drydocks, which also wants to be involved in tanker, bulk carrier and containership sectors through series building, is planning to build four 47,000 dwt products carriers in a series that could extend to 20 vessels.

Dubai Drydocks’ $60M Yard to Open July

Dubai Drydocks will launch its $60 million new building panel line and steel structure assembly facility in July. The yard, whose current shipbuilding facility has a monthly turnover of 2,800 tons of steel, plans turning over similar volumes of steel per month for the new building. It is already building the gravity base structure for a 10,000 steel construction with an extensive piping arrangement and four 6,200 dwt bunker tankers due to be delivered in March. Dubai Drydocks, which also wants to be involved in tanker, bulk carrier and containership sectors through series building, is planning to build four 47,000 dwt products carriers in a series that could extend to 20 vessels.

Mack Manufacturing Hydraulic Grab

standard 4-tine unit is designed for maximum load retention with a 2 yard lifting capacity and continuous hydraulic rotation for ease of control.

From heavy and oversize structural iron to loose steel turnings, Mack Manufacturing has the right solution to every material handling requirement. The Mack OPSIHCR-200-4 independent-tine scrap grapple is purpose-built for heavy-duty use on all types of hydraulic cranes and mobile scrap-handling equipment. This standard 4-tine unit is designed for maximum load retention with a 2 yard lifting capacity and continuous hydraulic rotation for ease of control. Furnished to order with the required connector for any boom point, each grab is shipped pre-hosed and ready to go.

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