Progress on Gudrun Platform Construction
The steel support structure for the Gudrun platform is now in place on the North Sea field, completing the first phase of the extensive installation work being carried out there. ”The entire operation has been carried out according to plan and in a secure manner,” reports Anders Opedal, senior vice president for projects in Statoil’s Technology, Projects and Drilling business area. “We’ve passed an important milestone for coming on stream at the right time and to budget. Installation of the steel structure began on July 24…
Tech File: Bulk Barge Cargo Transfer Systems Solution
Pontchartrain Materials Company finds innovative solution for barge unloading applications. Located in New Orleans, La., Pontchartrain Materials Corporation, LLC provides aggregates to general contractors as well as asphalt and ready-mix companies. In addition to their chief product, limestone, the family-owned company sells recycled concrete and recycled asphalt. Pontchartrain sources the material from quarries in northern states, transferring it down the Mississippi River by barge to one of three company aggregate yards or directly to customers in the New Orleans and surrounding area.
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.
Korea to be Shipbuilding Leader Again: President
President Moon was visiting Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering`s Okpo Shipyard in Geoje, Gyeongsangnam-do Province, to inspect the shipbuilding yard of an icebreaker arctic liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker. “The government will protect and bring up your hope,” he said. The icebreaker LNG carrier the president inspected is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that`s specialized in polar regions. It enables the ship to safely navigate cold weather in temperatures as low as minutes 52 C.
NAPA Releases 2003.1
At press time, NAPA Release 2003.1 was scheduled for launch this spring. Efficiency and user-friendliness are promoted by enhancing the availability of the graphic user interface, and by designing tools for entire processes. For instance, the NAPA Manager process handling tool supplies the user with templates presenting complete calculation chains. The new version includes a number of new features, among them a generic optimization tool. NAPA Geometry now supports the renewed interactive parametric surface definitions. The user can design and choose the parameters desired, as all the main particulars of the ship are always available whenever the software is in use. The NAPA Manager, introduced in 2001 for organizing complex tasks, has forged ahead.
ClassNK & NAPA tie-up to Improve Ship Design
ClassNK and leading global maritime software company NAPA have announced a new joint project to reduce the time and cost of designing vessels in accordance with the new IACS harmonised Common Structural Rules. The new project will enhance the data linkage between ClassNK’s PrimeShip-HULL(HCSR) design support software with NAPA’s 3D model based integrated design software NAPA Steel greatly improving the efficiency of the ship design process and reducing the cost of designing vessels in accordance with the new rules.
VT Shipbuilding Delivers HMS Daring Foremast
VT Shipbuilding completed its construction work on the Royal Navy’s first-of-class Type 45 destroyer HMS Daring with delivery of the foremast to BAE Systems Naval Ships in Glasgow. The 89-tons steel structure was lifted onto a barge at VT’s Portsmouth Shipbuilding Facility and towed over 600 nautical miles by tug, completing the transit in just over four days. The foremast was then transferred directly to HMS Daring where fitting out will be completed. The major element of the foremast is to house the Sampson multi-function radar suite, which will be linked to the ship’s Principal Anti-Air Missile System (PAAMS). VT has already installed some 12,000 m of cable inside the 19 m high mast, with 800 different cables and 400 pipes included in the structure.
Fatigue and Fracture Analysis of Ship Structures
BMT Fleet Technology Limited, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, announced the next Fatigue and Fracture Analysis workshop for Fall 2011. This three-day workshop will be of interest to Naval Architects, Engineers and Ship Superintendents who are responsible for vessel design, maintenance and operation. Senior students engaged in naval architecture studies would also benefit. The workshop presents tools and techniques for quantitative fatigue and fracture assessment of ship structures considering the materials, structural geometry and loading. Practical application examples are used to reveal the value of this technology in supporting safe and cost-effective material, design and maintenance decisions.
Finite Element Strength Analysis for ATB Load Box
The loading and response dynamics of an Articulated Tug & Barge (ATB) load box are complex. They typically require advanced finite element analysis methods and procedures to design an efficient support structure to ensure a durable design and to facilitate meeting Class strength requirements. To study the dynamic response of the loads imparted on the tug from the barge, a finite element analysis (FEA) is carried out. Loading conditions that include the static sea pressure, gravity loads, and reaction forces from the ATB Coupler are incorporated into the FEA analysis.
New Fatigue Model Leads to More Durable Ships
Heikki Remes, a researcher at the Aalto University in Finland, has developed a model making it possible to determine how fatigue sets in with various welded steel materials. The model allows for the development of lighter structures, and as a consequence, more energy-efficient ships. By utilizing modern manufacturing technology and new materials, it is possible to achieve more efficient structures than the ones that currently exist. In addition, better physical models are needed to ensure structural strength, Remes says.
New Fatigue Model Leads to More Durable Ships
Heikki Remes, a researcher at the Aalto University in Finland, has developed a model making it possible to determine how fatigue sets in with various welded steel materials. The model allows for the development of lighter structures, and as a consequence, more energy-efficient ships. By utilizing modern manufacturing technology and new materials, it is possible to achieve more efficient structures than the ones that currently exist. In addition, better physical models are needed to ensure structural strength, Remes said.
New Berthing System for Mooring Cargo Ships
Eagle Rock Aggregates, U.S. subsidiary of Polaris Materials Corporation, has completed a new aggregate import facility at the Port of Long Beach that features a docking structure which will be used for mooring mid-sized cargo ships. “The existing berth structures at the site were designed for barges,” said Herb Wilson, President and CEO of Polaris Materials. “We removed them and replaced them with an advanced berthing system designed specifically for the docking of our Panamax- class, self-discharging bulk carriers. The new berthing system includes two stiff leg, dual purpose moorings.
Sembcorp Marine Opens Largest Fabrication Unit in Southeast Asia
Sembcorp Marine launched its new state-of-the-art steel structure fabrication workshop – the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia – which is set to boost the company’s steel fabrication capacity for its future needs. Officially opened by Economic Development Board Chairman Dr Beh Swan Gin today, the 120,000-square-metre facility at Sembcorp Marine’s Tuas Boulevard Yard is fully covered. Comprising five bays for pre-treatment, cutting and assembly, the workshop is ergonomically designed to facilitate a seamless work flow.
Jumbo Delivers its Largest Container Crane
Last Month, 2011, Jumbo Shipping delivered a 71-metre-tall and 29-metre-wide container crane to the Port of Sète (France) for its client Eurocrane. Weighing close to 1,200 tonnes and equipped with a transport boom of 104 metres, it was the largest container crane ever transported by Jumbo. With this new crane the Port of Sète significantly increases its container handling capacity. The project presented several technical challenges, which required innovative solutions. The crane’s centre of gravity was located relatively high up and its base protruded by 4 metres off the hull of Jumbo's Fairplayer, which was to ship it. Jumbo’s and Eurocrane’s engineers developed a one-off solution which included adding ballast boxes. • Acting as outriggers for the lifting points.
Jumbo Shipping Delivers its Largest Container Crane
In May 2011, Jumbo Shipping delivered a 71-metre-tall and 29-metre-wide container crane to the Port of Sète (France) for its client Eurocrane. Weighing close to 1,200 tonnes and equipped with a transport boom of 104 metres, it was the largest container crane ever transported by Jumbo. With this new crane the Port of Sète significantly increases its container handling capacity. The project presented several technical challenges, which required innovative solutions. The crane’s centre of gravity was located relatively high up and its base protruded by 4 metres off the hull of Jumbo's Fairplayer…
Thomas Miller Acquires Brookes Bell
UK-based international provider of market leading insurance services Thomas Miller has acquired international marine consultancy business Brookes Bell for an undisclosed sum. Brookes Bell is a leading marine technical and surveying consultancy with offices in Liverpool, London, Glasgow, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. It has served the marine and energy industries since 1903, providing specialist services in areas including emergency response, casualty investigation, salvage and wreck removal operations, scientific cargo expertise, forensic engineering and expert witness services.
Drydocks World Conforms to FPC under EU Regulation
Drydocks World, the international service provider to the shipping, offshore, oil, gas and energy sectors has successfully been certified to European Standards EN 1090 – 1 and EN 1090-2. The certification program is part of the European Union’s Construction Products Regulation CPR 305/2011. Drydocks World’s main yard activities undertaken in its facility are found to be complying with Factory Production Control (FPC) requirements by the auditing body. The scope of the certification includes Corrosion Protected Load Bearing Steel Structures…
AVEVA Upgrades Structural Steel Software
AVEVA has released new enhancements to its AVEVA Bocad product range for structural steel detailing software. AVEVA Bocad features a plate and bar nesting capability for more efficient planning and use of materials, the developer said. An enhanced weld numbering and traceability feature provides efficient increased fabrication efficiency, design quality assurance and improved structural integrity maintenance. In addition, elements of AVEVA Bocad can now be brought into AVEVA Marine production tools to fabricate detailed ship and offshore designs.
New Floating Dry Dock for Marisco in Hawaii
A new concrete floating dry dock has been launched by Singapore marine engineering company GL Engineering & Construction Pte Ltd (GL E&C). Built in Batam, Indonesia with a local subcontractor, the $12 million dry dock named Peleke Nui has been commissioned by an American company, Marisco Limited. for the construction, maintenance as well as repair of ships and naval crafts, serving international clients from the owner’s base in Hawaii. According to Lim Sing Tian, Managing Director of GL Engineering & Construction Pte Ltd…
Technip Awarded Contract from Bluewater Industries
Technip has been awarded a contract by Bluewater Industries, Inc. for the flowlines, risers, jumpers and subsea structures for the Mirage field development, in the Gulf of Mexico. This field is located in Mississippi Canyon Block 941, at a water depth of 4,050 feet. ATP Oil & Gas Corporation (NASDAQ: ATPG) is 100% owner and operator of Mirage and Bluewater Industries is managing the project. The contract covers engineering for the installation, welding and installation of two steel catenary risers and two oil and gas export flowlines (31 and 52km long), fabrication and installation of subsea structures and jumpers, and pre-commissioning. Technip's operations and engineering center in Houston (Texas) will execute this contract.
New Certificate for SB Broneske
SB Broneske (Schwingungstechnik-Broneske GmbH) said it is the only supplier worldwide of fire- and water-proofed flexible deck and bulkhead penetration for the exhaust pipe system. In addition to the world exclusive certificate of fire approval for single pipe deck penetration our company received on August 19, 2013 the Lloyd’s Register Type Approval for single steel pipe bulkhead penetration. The penetrations are fire-proof for 60 minutes (A-60) at 1,000’C and water-proof for 30 minutes six meters, 0.6 bar). They are especially popular with all kinds of passenger vessels and offshore ships.
Course Analyzes Ship Structure Fatigue and Fracture
A three-day course hosted by ABS in partnership with BMT Fleet Technology will help participants learn how design, maintenance and operational issues affect fatigue and fracture of steel and aluminum ship structures. Geared to the needs of naval architects, ship superintendents and engineers responsible for design, material specification, welding, operational safety and maintenance, the course includes practical design and analysis theory applications using direct calculations and sample FlawCheck software.
Southeast Asia's Largest Concrete Floating Dry Dock Launched
Southeast Asia’s largest concrete floating dry dock has been launched by Singapore’s marine engineering company, GL Engineering & Construction Pte Ltd (GL E&C). Built in Batam, Indonesia with a local sub-contractor, the dry dock named ‘Peleke Nui’ has been specially commissioned by an American company, Marisco Limited. Costing $12 million, the dry dock will be used for the construction, maintenance as well as repair of ships and naval crafts, serving international clients from the owner’s base in Hawaii, the United States of America.