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Monday, January 22, 2018

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Kværner Verdal AS Selects AVEVA Bocad

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Press release - Kværner Verdal AS has selected AVEVA Bocad Steel and AVEVA Bocad Offshore for use at its design and fabrication yard in Verdal, Norway. Kværner required a specialized structural steel design solution that provided out-of-the box functionality and powerful integration. Through the use of AVEVA Bocad Offshore, Kværner benefits from software that is specifically created for the design, detailing and fabrication of all forms of offshore steel structures. When integrated with Kværner’s AVEVA PDMS deployment…

ESAB Seismic Certified Filler Metals

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products offers a range of welding filler metals for the structural steel industry, including a complete range of Seismic Certified filler metal solutions from Atom Arc, Coreshield, Dual Shield and Spoolarc (with OK Sub-arc Fluxes). A newly released guide outlines the many products available. Seismic Certified products are tested in accordance with the new AWS ‘D’ designator requirements as specified in AWS A5.20. ESAB also offers technical expertise to determine and execute the best solution for a seismic application, from material testing to development of weld procedures to on-time delivery of products to achieve project goals quickly.

Burgess Marine wins Stamp of Approval for CE Marking

File images of Burgess Marine engineers in action Photo Burgess Marine

Britain’s largest independent ship repairer and marine engineering services provider Burgess Marine has improved its service offering by obtaining third party accreditation to CE Mark structural steel and aluminium fabrications, and by signing a framework agreement with design firm Houlder. CE Marking has become mandatory for all construction products where the product is covered by a harmonised European standard (hEN). BS EN 1090 is one such harmonised standard which covers structural steel and aluminium fabrication.

WTC Steel Sent to Northrop Grumman Shipyard

Steel salvaged from the World Trade Center is headed to the Ingalls Shipyard in Mississippi. The steel was removed Friday from the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island, N.Y. and will be used in the USS New York. The structural steel, weighing about 20 to 30 tons, will be melted down and used to configure the leading edge of the ship’s bow according to a Northrop Grumman spokesman. The USS New York will be the fifth of the 12 amphibious assault ships in the San Antonio class and is expected to enter service in 2007.

New AVEVA Bocad Software Offers 30-40 Percent Project Savings

AVEVA has announced  its release of new products and improvements in its AVEVA Bocad range of structural steel detailing software. The new products will increase structural detailing capability and enable more design standardization and automation. Together, by enabling more effective decision-making and increasing project transparency, these new features offer potential project time and cost savings of up to 30-40 percent. In addition, AVEVA Bocad has benefited from better integration with AVEVA’s 3D design products - AVEVA Everything3D, AVEVA PDMS and AVEVA Outfitting. Engineering contractors and fabricators working in the Process Plant and Marine industries will therefore be able to achieve greater productivity and project quality.

Aveva: New Paper on Integrated Steelwork and 3D Plant Design

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Aveva released ‘Bolting it all together,’ the latest in its series of business papers, which discusses how integrating structural steelwork and plant layout design can reduce project cost, risk and delivery time. The paper explores the considerable business advantage that EPCs and Shipbuilders, working on plant/offshore projects, can gain by using a specialized steelwork application that can be used efficiently within a plant design solution to support close, collaborative working through an entire design and construction project.

AVEVA Upgrades Structural Steel Software

Photo courtesy of AVEVA

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.

J. Ray Morgan City Facility Awarded Contract

J. Ray McDermott, S.A. ("J. Ray"), a subsidiary of McDermott International Inc. ("McDermott"), announced that its Morgan City, Louisiana fabrication facility has been awarded a contract for the construction of flues, ducts and reactor panels by The Babcock & Wilcox Company ("B&W"), also a McDermott subsidiary. The contract is in support of B&W's Kansas City Power & Light LaCygne #1 SCR project and is valued at approximately $4 million. Scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2006, the contract requires J. Ray to procure structural steel materials and to fabricate, paint, load-out and ship to Kansas City: SCR system flues, ducts and reactor panels weighing approximately 2,500tons.

AVEVA to Acquire FabTrol Systems

Richard Longdon, Chief Executive of AVEVA Photo by AVEVA

AVEVA Group plc announces that it has agreed to acquire FabTrol Systems, Inc. from the Dowco Group of Companies the acquisition is expected to complete by Friday 26 June 2015. FabTrol is a software business, headquartered in Eugene, Oregon with operations in North America and the United Kingdom, providing fabrication management software to the steel fabrication industry. The consideration of $6.5 million has been funded through AVEVA's existing cash resources. The acquisition is expected to be earnings enhancing in FY16.

Earth, Wind & … Fire Protection

Fire Protection: Staff aboard a floating producer pass several coatings types. (Photo: Øyvind Hagen, Statoil)

Three years ago coatings giant Jotun was buying up real estate for U.S. market access and location savings. The effort to get closer to its shipping and offshore customer base is still underway with research aimed at protecting client assets in frontier areas like the arctic. An R&D expansion at Flixborough in the U.K. and in the Arctic archipelago of Spitsbergen aims to make active the fire response of passive surface treatments. There’s a need to address fires in enclosed steel workplaces plus high-temperature hydrocarbon fires.

PPG Debuts New Coatings for Steel, Metal Applications

A tugboat underway with PPG PSX coatings. CREDIT: PPG

PPG has introduced PSX 800 and PSX 805 coatings for steel and metal surfaces, two next-generation products formulated with greater flexibility and hiding performance than competing polysiloxane coatings. According to PPG, the two new products feature improved flexibility, which enables them to withstand the cracking under stress commonly associated with difficult steel, tank exterior and building exterior applications. PSX 805 coating adds a durable satin-sheen finish that masks imperfections on metal surfaces.

Hempel Invests in Fire Protection Coatings R&D

Photo: Hempel

Coatings manufacturer Hempel announced that it is investing in a new research and development center focused solely on passive fire protection coatings. Located just outside Barcelona in Spain, the center is due to open toward the end of 2018. Passive fire protection (PFP) coatings are increasingly important in the construction and oil and gas industries. Applied to structural steel in large buildings and industrial oil and gas installations, the coatings expand to form an insulating layer of carbon char when exposed to high temperatures.

Pneumatic Band Saw Certified for Hazardous Environments

Image: CS Unitec

CS Unitec's Pneumatic Band Saw Model 5 6062 0010 Wide Mouth AirBand with planetary gearbox, is engineered to quickly and cleanly cut a wide variety of metals. It is suited for cutting pipe, conduit, bolts, cable, angle iron, I-beams and structural steel. This Band Saw is ATEX certified for use in hazardous environments (Ex Zone 2), reducing the need for obtaining “hot zone work permits” required for other tools and assisting in meeting tight schedules during process shutdowns and plant turnarounds.

Engineers Gather for Aveva World User Meeting Brazil 2013

Event showcases advanced design, construction and operations solutions for the energy, mining and shipbuilding industries. Aveva   holds its Aveva World User Meeting Brazil 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. Delegates will learn more about Aveva’s solutions for the design and construction of plants and ships, as well as those for the modification and life extension of existing assets. There will be opportunities to participate in technical discussions, exchanging experiences of current challenges and opportunities in energy, mining and shipbuilding. Aveva will present its latest technologies, including the brand-new Aveva Everything3D (Aveva E3D)…

A Helping Hand in Stralsund

The Stralsund ship lift reportedly breaks all records, as nowhere in the world is there a lifting and lowering facility on a larger scale than this 754 x 115 ft. (230 m x 35 m) lift. Equally impressive is its power, which enables it to raise and lower a ship of up to 20,700 tons to a maximum of 36 ft. (11 m) without difficulty, the Maersk Valencia in December 1999, serving as an example. The bow of the oceangoing giant peers out of the 36 ft. (75 m) high shipyard bay, its steel hull follows: the Maersk Valencia, a 682 ft. (208 m) containership, edges slowly forward. On 432 wheels, a strange vehicle trundles along the rails like a steel centipede, at two meters a minute.

Second Azimuth Stern Drive tug for Sause Bros.

Designed and built by Southern Oregon Marine (SOMAR) Shipyard, in Coos Bay, Ore., new Azimuth stern drive (ASD) tug Tira Lani was recently delivered to Sause Bros. The tug will join ASD Kamaehu and Pono for duty, assisting ships arriving and departing Honolulu Harbor and their own barge movements in the harbor. Tira Lani is the first tugboat constructed from the keel up by SOMAR. The vessel is powered by twin Caterpillar Model 3516B electronic controlled propulsion engines rated at 2,100 hp @ 1,600 rpm, driving through Ulstein Model 1650 Azimuth stern drives with 86 in. diameter propellers in nozzles. The propulsion system gives a service speed of 13 knots, a bollard pull astern of more than 100,000 lbs., and a bollard pull ahead of 120,000 lbs.

Breakbulk Exports Rise at Port of Tacoma

While containerized imports to North America generally exceed exports, a constant stream of agricultural, mining and construction equipment is strengthening non-containerized exports through the Port of Tacoma. In fact, compared with 2006, breakbulk cargo exports are up 4.5 percent. "We continue to see strong movement of machinery and equipment, both inbound and westbound," said Port of Tacoma Senior Director of Operations John Bush. "We are forecasting continued growth. In 2006, the Port handled 129,259 short tons of breakbulk cargo – the most since 1998. While overall breakbulk volumes are expected to dip slightly by the close of 2007, Port Director of Operational Services Susan Becklund credits the Port's continued strong performance to investments in its facilities.

CS Unitec's Hydraulic Reciprocating Saw Quickly Cuts Metal and Wood

Hydraulic power for marine, mining, subsea, utility, construction and demolition applications. CS Unitec’s powerful 2 HP Hydraulic Reciprocating Saw is designed for fast, hand-held cutting of metal and wood. The saw’s durability makes this tool perfectly suited for use in subsea, marine, mining, utility, industrial plant maintenance, construction and demolition industries. Model 5 1219 0010 (also known as The SHARK), weighing 13 lbs., quickly cuts pipe and wood up to 6" dia. and metal up to 3/4” dia. It is also ideal for cutting structural steel, tanks, bolts, plastic and other material. It has the capability to mount on an optional Pipe Clamp to make 90 degree cuts. Use of a clamp with the saw increases leverage five times over hand cutting and is also safer for the operator.

SiVance Debuts New Silicone Curative

Left: A commercial epoxy polysiloxane subjected to a half inch mandrel bend test showing cracking and delamination after one week of aging. Right: A commercial epoxy polysiloxane with SiVance C1008 Curative subjected to a half inch mandrel bend test showing no signs of cracking or delamination after aging for one year

SiVance, LLC, a subsidiary of Milliken & Company, today unveiled SiVance C1008 Curative, a new silicone curative that aims to improve the durable flexibility of epoxy polysiloxane protective topcoats in marine and infrastructure applications, without sacrificing weatherability. SiVance  said the development of this new curative technology solves a major challenge common to epoxy polysiloxanes: brittleness and cracking that can develop over time as the coating cures. “Our new C1008…

Next Generation of RAmparts Tugs for SAAM

Image: Robert Allan Ltd.

Chilean maritime services and logistics company SAAM S.A. has signed a contract with naval architecture firm Robert Allan Ltd. for a new generation of RAmparts 2400-W Class tugs. The first two boats for SAAM’s Peruvian affiliate TRAMARSA, named Chincha and Tupac, are now under construction at Wuxi Shipyard in China with others soon to follow. The RAmparts 2400-W Class tugboat is a twin Z-drive, diesel-powered tug, designed for ship-assist and terminal support operations. Ship-handling is performed over the bow using a split drum hawser winch.

LGH Expands Equipment Rental Fleet

Image: LGH

Lifting Gear Hire (LGH), a company providing lifting and moving equipment for rent and sale, announced the addition of several new products to its equipment rental fleet. Joining the company’s rental portfolio is a 4x4x2 Gated Material Basket, as well as several new rigging rollers, including include Beam Clamp Rigging Rollers, Beam Clamp Multi-Rollers and Rack Rollers – each piece of equipment tested, inspected and certified upon request, and all available for immediate rental.

Abu Dhabi Ship Building Commissions First Floating Dock

Photo: ADSB

Abu Dhabi Ship Building PJSC (ADSB) has commissioned its first floating drydock located in Mina Zayed as the company looks to expand its commercial service offering. “The addition of the floating drydock contributes to our commitment to expand our service offering, strengthening our local maritime services and industries, and delivering on the large scale goal of Abu Dhabi’s continued economic diversification,” said ADSB’s CEO Dr. Khaled Al Mazrouei. According to ADSB, the new floating drydock enhances its service capabilities…

FDR’s Yacht Plies the Waters of San Francisco Bay

The presidential yacht, Potomac, recently underwent maintenance drydocking at Bay Ship and Yacht in Alameda, Calif. (Photo: Business Wire)

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidential yacht, Potomac, is once again plying the waters of San Francisco Bay after undergoing a maintenance drydocking at Bay Ship and Yacht in Alameda, Calif. Long known as the “Floating White House,” she served as the presidential yacht until his death in 1945. She has a storied past from her start as a Presidential yacht to the King’s yacht (Elvis Presley) and several other lives in-between. Now under management of the Potomac Association, she is under constant care and refurbishment to combat the elements of time.

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