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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Steel Pipes News

Wind Server Gets its Legs

Photo: Nordic Yards

In Wismar, Rostock-Warnemünde, Germany, today the fourth and last steel jack-up leg was settled into its jacking position on the wind turbine service vessel WIND SERVER, currently under construction at Nordic Yards in Wismar for Danish customer DBB Jack-Up Services. During the past eight days the four huge steel pipes, which were transported to the Wismar shipyard by sea from Cuxhaven, were vertically raised and installed one by one with the aid of a giant lattice boom crane supplied specially for this project.

BMT Strain Measurement Awarded Patent

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BMT Scientific Marine Services (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has been granted a patent for its strain measurement system and unique attachment scheme that can be integrated into the insulation layer on ultra-deep water Steel Catenary Risers (SCRs). U.S. Patent No. 7,891,254 recognizes the device and method, invented by BMT’s riser engineers, that monitors strain on steel pipes with reduced or eliminated disruption of the insulation layer that covers the pipe. The attachment scheme is less intrusive than previous strain monitoring solutions.

DMW Delivers Marine Cranes for the US Navy

Photo: DMW Marine Group

DMW Marine Group, LLC. has delivered two 40 ton meter knuckleboom cranes to the U.S. Navy. The model M400 cranes will replace two similarly sized cranes that were provided by another vendor. The Navy has decided to replace its rusty equipment with a corrosion resistant marine crane, according to DMW Marine Group. DMW Marine Group said its equipment features stainless steel pipes and fittings, a sand blasted and flame metalized structure and Ni-Cr 500 piston rods which enables their cranes to withstand marine environments.

Metrol Boosts Efficiency with Miko Magnets

Photo: Miko

Metrol Technology disclosed that it developed a subsea tool from the technology of Miko pipe magnets. The company said it is currently gaining cost and time benefits through having perfected the use of powerful permanent magnets when positioning instrumentation on seabed structures. Most Metrol products are the result of advanced research and innovative technology but it only took some alert lateral thinking to realize that the powerful magnets manufactured in Norway by Miko AS can eliminate the need for costly installation with the underwater welding of instrument brackets…

Pumps and Piping: A Curious Turn to the Right

Owners and shipyards come to the realization that alternative composition piping and pumps represent the way forward. You cannot put a vessel to work without pumps, valves and piping. Too often, product selection is left to the discretion of those who view these items as inconsequential decisions, driven primarily by not much more than initial cost. That mindset, in an atmosphere of cost-cutting, the quest for fuel economy and reduction in total lifecycle costs, is changing – albeit ever so slowly.

Marine Capital and Sinopacific Sign Four Ship Deal

Next Generation Crown 63'  Bulkers

Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group and Marine Capital Ltd (MCL) have entered an agreement for the construction of four Crown 63 bulkers to be built at Yangzhou Dayang Shipyard, China. The deal, which is worth over $100 million, marks another significant step for MCL in its management activity, the compnay said. It is understood the bulkers, a new model of super fuel-efficient ships with the added advantage of significant reduction in CO2 emissions, are destined for MCL’s vehicle Eclipse Shipping and will be operated by MCL in the open market.

Scanjet Macron completes challenging Hanseatic tank level retrofit

Scanjet Macron has completed a challenging tank level gauging system retrofit onboard Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ MS Hanseatic during the 18-year old vessel’s 13-day dry docking at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg. The 184-passenger ship Hanseatic is classed as the world’s only Five Star expedition ship, according to Berlitz Cruise Guide 2011. The work was part of a comprehensive refit covering more than 780 items, including renovation and modernisation of two cabin decks, the buffet restaurant, sauna, and pool area on the 8,378 tons gross vessel. “We knew the existing system quite well, but we had no possibility to be onboard before the docking to check what was working and could be used…

New Technology for Subsea Pipe and Cable Tracking

Utility companies have been laying pipes and cables across the ocean floor for more than a century. Prior to the introduction of GPS, marking their location was difficult, and position information was often erroneous. It is extremely important to know where existing lines lie before undertaking dredging operations or when new pipes and cables are laid down. Regulations require they be buried from several feet to several meters under the bottom to prevent snagging by anchors and…

Vessels: Big Cat Express: A Very Fast Sea Trial

It's 8:30 a.m. as the Big Cat Express saddles up to the dock at the Port of Morgan City, La. It is Sea Trial day for the big quad engine catamaran ferry. No question she is waterjet powered as the tops of the blue "buckets" of the four Hamilton Jet 651's break the surface of the water at the stern. Just above the buckets are the exhausts, large four stainless steel pipes that curve downward toward the water. About 25 pickup trucks and my Ford Taurus wait the arrival of the 150-ft. by 34-ft. vessel. Painted gleaming white, the three-deck vessel looks like it was built for speed. Today we will find out just how fast it can travel. Emerging from the vehicles were several executives from Gulf Craft, Inc.

US Steel Producers Win Anti-dumping Case

The United States has approved anti-dumping duties against South Korea and other producers of steel pipes for the energy sector, a victory for domestic producers hoping to benefit from a boom in the U.S. shale oil and gas industry. U.S. steel companies lodged a complaint in 2013 as foreign manufacturers cashed in on soaring U.S. energy infrastructure demand. Imports doubled last year and accounted for nearly two-thirds of the domestic market, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute. Although subject to appeal, the decision puts the U.S. Department of Commerce closer to imposing tariffs as high as 118 percent on "oil country tubular goods" (OCTG).

Victaulic to Present Grooved Pipe-joining Technology

Victaulic claims grooved pipe joining makes for quicker, simpler and safer maintenance

Victaulic, a manufacturer of mechanical pipe-joining systems, is exhibiting its line of IACS-approved products that they say reduce the need for vessel maintenance and help make maintenance quicker, simpler and safer at Marine Maintenance World Expo 2013. On show at stand no. 1020 will be a selection of rigid and flexible couplings, fittings and accessories that reduce the time and space needed for piping system installation, and allow easier access for repair and maintenance.

SSI Releases ShipConstructor 2015, PublisherLT

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SSI announced the launch of two new offerings: ShipConstructor 2015 and PublisherLT  for the EnterprisePlatform. The release of ShipConstructor 2015 CAD/CAM software is a key part of SSI's new plan to increase flexibility, security, convenience and simplicity for its clients in the shipbuilding and offshore markets, the company said. According to SSI, ShipConstructor 2015 contains a significant augmentation that will immediately be of benefit: the addition of several new catalogs.

Aker Solutions Designs World's Largest Spar Platform

Aker Solutions has been awarded a FEED (Front-End Engineering and Design) contract from Statoil to design the world's largest Spar platform for the Aasta Hansteen field development in the Norwegian Sea. With a total hull length of 193 meters and a draught of 170 meters, the Aasta Hansteen (formerly named Luva) Spar platform will be the largest of its kind. A Spar platform is a cylinder shaped floating offshore installation. Aasta Hansteen will be the first Spar platform on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS), and also the world's first Spar platform with condensate storage capacity - a so called Belly-Spar. The Belly-Spar concept is an exclusive Aker Solutions design.

SMT Provides Robotic Tube Cutter to Polish Shipyard

Photo: SMT

The robotic tube cutting system developed by SMT Systemtechnik GmbH passed its first practical test as the computer controlled machining system was delivered midyear to the Polish shipyard Energomontaz Polnoc Gdynia (EPG). Specializing in ship repair and ship conversion, EPG shipyard in Gdynia has begun to expand its production profile to offshore and special steel products. On the robotic tube cutting system by SMT, pipes are mainly intended for the construction of offshore wind turbines to be processed.

ITIC Urges Shipbrokers to Put it in Writing

ITIC has warned shipbrokers that they face the risk of serious financial loss if they fail to ensure that all parties to fixture agreements are in possession of full, confirmed information prior to the conclusion of negotiations. In the latest issue of its Claims Review, ITIC cites the case of a shipboker asked by a charterer to increase the volume of cargo already booked under a contract of affreightment. The broker, working from home, contacted the owner via text to ask if there was additional space available on the ship. The owner responded ‘Max load 18k’, whereupon the charterer, having initially booked 15,000 tonnes of cargo, sold an additional 2,500 tonnes to its client.

Great Ships of 2013: Bow Pioneer

The world’s largest chemical tanker, Bow Pioneer, was built for Odfjell SE by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, designed with two longitudinal corrugated bulkheads with lower stools and transverse corrugated bulkheads with lower stools to have 10 sets (P&S&C) of cargo tanks, and 11 tanks for WB consisting of four pairs of wing and double bottom tanks, one U-type tank and two water ballast heeling tanks. The ship is equipped with a cargo handling system for the loading…

SSI Releases ShipConstructor 2015

The release of ShipConstructor 2015 CAD/CAM software is a key part of SSI’s new plan to increase flexibility, security, convenience and simplicity for its clients in the shipbuilding and offshore markets, the company said. According to SSI, ShipConstructor 2015 contains several new catalogs, an augmentation SSI claims is of immediate benefit, as they will help users quickly and accurately model components to correct specifications. These catalog additions and changes include the following XML standard templates: PipeCatalog-ASME-CarbonSteel.XML, ImperialWeldStandards.XML and MetricWeldStandards.XML. According to SSI, of particular note are the details related to the addition of the catalog for ASME Carbon Steel Pipe.

Sohar Port Receives 1,000th Vessel

The 9,000 metric tonne MV Maria, owned and operated by SAL Heavy Lift GmbH, berthed at the container terminal C Steinweg Oman (CSO). On board was a 300-tonne gas turbine due for installation at a new power plant under construction in the Batinah area. The arrival of the 1,000th vessel this early augurs well for a significant increase in ship calls during 2012. When compared with figures for 2011, Port of Sohar received its 1,000th vessel in September of the year, notching up a tally of 1,474 calls by year’s end. The CSO Terminal handles industrial project cargo, among which many heavy lifts, a variety of break-bulk cargos (aluminium ingots and sows, steel billets, steel coils, steel pipes and tubulars, steel plates, and so on), dry-bulk and RO-RO cargo.

Odfjell Terminals, Rotterdam, to Step Up Tank Storage Safety

Background: Odfjell is one of the largest terminal operators in the Port of Rotterdam. Over the past years many complaints, mostly relating to safety issues, were made against the company. This resulted in several formal warnings and penalty payments from the local government. On 20 July 2012 the company was ordered to close 5 of its storage tanks due to the lack of cooling- and fire-fighting facilities. Later they had to close another 50 storage tanks due to safety concerns. OTR informs of a meeting between the authorities DCMR Milieudienst Rijnmond (Environmental Protection Agency), Inspectie SZW and the Fire Brigade with the management of Odfjell Terminals Rotterdam (OTR). Laurence Odfjell, Chairman of the Board of Odfjell, was also present.

Tsunami-proof Breakwater Designed to Rise Up from Sea Bed

A Japanese consortium to build a Vertical Telescopic Breakwater (VTB), for Shimotsu Harbour. Obayashi Corporation, TOA Corporation, & Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Bridge & Steel Structures Engineering Co., Ltd. (MBE) a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI),will begin construction of a Vertical Telescopic Breakwater (VTB), a buoyancy-driven vertical piling breakwater, in the harbor at Shimotsu in Wakayama Prefecture. Construction is scheduled to begin in early October 2012. The breakwater system is designed to swiftly rise from the sea bottom in the event of tsunami, and contribute to prevention or mitigation of tsunami impact to harbors and coastal areas. When completed, it will be the first such movable steel pipe breakwater system in the world.

Mexico Slaps Tariffs on Chinese Steel Pipe for 'Unfair' Pricing

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Mexico's economy ministry said on Thursday it formally imposed anti-dumping duties on imports of carbon steel pipe from China after completing an investigation into "unfair" trade practices. The action came the same day U.S. President Donald Trump was set to announce tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to the United States in a bid to counter cheap imports, especially from China. Mexico's investigation of Chinese steel pipes predated Trump's tariff plan, beginning in December 2016 at the request of three companies and covering an analysis of the period from May 2013 to April 2016…

Russia's TMK Says U.S. Tariffs to Benefit U.S. Unit

Photo: TMK

TMK, Russia's largest of steel pipes for the oil and gas industry, said on Friday it expected new U.S. import tariffs on steel and aluminium to benefit its U.S. unit IPSCO. TMK said IPSCO did not import steel, so should benefit from President Trump's move. The company had yet to finish evaluating how the import duties would affect other parts of its business, it said in a written reply to a Reuters request. TMK also said an initial public offering of IPSCO, announced this year but put on hold due to volatility on global markets, was "postponed but not cancelled".

China Considering New Tariffs on 128 US Products

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China's commerce ministry said on Friday that it may impose additional tariffs on up to $3 billion of U.S. imports in response to U.S. tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum products. The ministry said it was considering implementing measures in two stages: first, a 15 percent tariff on 120 products including steel pipes, dried fruit and wine, and later, a 25 percent tariff on pork and recycled aluminum. Below is a list of 128 U.S. 83  22043000  Grape juice other than that of heading item No.

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