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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tank Level Monitoring News

SignalFire Wireless Telemetry Debuts New Product Range

SignalFire-Catalog

A range of telemetry products that support robust, long-distance wireless communications in challenging, large scale environments such as those found in oil and gas, agriculture, water systems, forestry and public infrastructures are outlined in the SignalFire Wireless Telemetry Product Catalog. Addressing different remote sensing requirements, the SignalFire Wireless Telemetry Product Catalog offers solutions that provide wireless communications and power to sensors with 4-20 mA, 1-5V, Modbus, Hart, Digital IO and other analog and digital interfaces.

Scanjet Merges Ariston

Scanjet announced the acquisition and subsequent merger with Ariston cargo and ballast control systems, now renamed Scanjet Ariston. “Joining the group means the Scanjet Ariston Multipurpose Monitoring & Control System, already  installed on over 550 projects worldwide, is now  available to Scanjet’s customer base of 3,500 installations,” said Stavrin Bosnov, Sales Director of Scanjet Ariston. “We are delighted to have joined a leading global sales team”. Magnus Wallin, Group CEO and architect of Scanjet’s rapid growth in recent years, said: “The Ariston team, products and expertise complete the Scanjet ability to offer customers turnkey solutions from our global network of offices and service partners.

FuelTrax Receives - ABS Approval

Nautical Control Solutions, LP announced that the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has awarded a Type Approval certificate for its FuelTrax Marine Fuel Management system. “An MA shows that we have established procedures to satisfy ABS rules and that we consistently meet expected levels of quality. A PDA is an evaluation of the product itself that includes a design evaluation and/or testing of a prototype or a production unit. It examines design criteria and component robustness for suitability in marine applications,” George explained. Introduced in 2006, FuelTrax connects to various flow meters, sensors, and operating devices to capture fuel transfers, report tank levels, monitor consumption, track engine condition, and show vessel location so fleet owners can optimize performance.

First Containership Receives LR Cyber Notation

COSCO Aries (Photo: COSCO Shipping)

The newly built containership MV COSCO Shipping Aries, recently delivered to COSCO Shipping Lines, is the first ever containership to receive Lloyd’s Register’s (LR) cyber-enabled ship (CES) descriptive note “Cyber AL3 SECURE PERFORM” for its energy management system. The 20,000 TEU ship was built by Nantong COSCOS KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd (NACKS). “MV COSCO Shipping Aries is the first 20K TEU level ultra large containership built in Chinese shipyard owned by COSCO Shipping Container Lines.

DNV GL Approves Kongsberg Engine Room Simulators

Kongsberg Digital - K-Sim ERS DEDF Cruise Ferry  (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg Digital has received DNV-GL statements of compliance for two of its newest Engine Room Simulator models designed to provide in-depth training on the K-Sim Engine simulator platform. The DNV GL-ST-033 March 2017 Maritime Simulator Systems certification, which is based on the requirements of STCW Convention, Regulation I/12, was awarded to the DEDF Cruise Ferry and L11 MAN 6S70 ME SCC K-Sim Engine models in December 2017. Now commercially available to all K-Sim Engine users…

Totem Plus Secures FPSO Contracts

Totem Plus, manufacturer of Marine automation and navigation systems, has secured a contract for the engineering, supply and installation of a comprehensive Tank Level Gauging system for a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO). The FPSO of 92,802T dwt is currently being retrofitted by Jurong shipyards (Singapore) for Tanker Pacific Offshore Terminals. The Tank Level Gauging system will integrate into one system several functions such as inert gas monitoring, cargo temperature monitoring, ballast and cargo level gauging, draft gauging, and stress and stability calculations.

GL Updates Inland Nav Rules

To ensure the continuing safety and promote the efficiency of inland waterway transport, Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has released an update to the GL Rules for Inland Navigation Vessels (INV). The update to the rules came into effect on 1 November 2011 and consists of rules for: classification and surveys; hull design and construction; machinery, systems and electricity; and additional requirements for notations. A major impetus behind the update is to ensure that vessels comply with…

Single Hull Tankers to Have TLPMs

By October 17, 2007, single hull tank vessels (U.S. - operates in conditions up to sea state 5 (corresponding to Beaufort 6, i.e. - has audible and visual alarm indicators which are distinctly identifiable as cargo tank level or pressure monitoring alarms that can be seen and heard on the navigation bridge of the tank ship or towing vessel and on the cargo deck area. Double-hull tank vessels and vessels carrying asphalt are exempt from the requirements.

New Tech Requirement for Single Hull Tankers by 2007

• operates in conditions up to sea state 5 (corresponding to Beaufort 6, i.e. • has audible and visual alarm indicators which are distinctly identifiable as cargo tank level or pressure monitoring alarms that can be seen and heard on the navigation bridge of the tank ship or towing vessel and on the cargo deck area. Double-hull tank vessels and vessels carrying asphalt are exempt from the requirements. Contending that the task is technologically unfeasible, the American Waterways Operators (AWO) has formed a coalition which is laying the groundwork for a legislative change. In its most recent newsletter to members, AWO contends that the Coast Guard acknowledges that devices capable of meeting these standards do not exist…

Metso Supplying Automation System for Fisheries Research Vessel

Fisheries Research Vessel

Metso has received an order for a Metso DNA automation system to a fisheries research vessel. The Fisheries Research Vessel is contracted at STX Finland Oy, Rauma shipyard, by the Namibian Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources. The vessel is 65m long with a beam of 14m. It is designed with special care about laboratory equipment, propulsion and power generating systems. High serviceability and low maintenance costs has got special attention. The vessel's task will include monitoring of fish stock, as well as sorting, processing, freezing and storage of fish.

nView Announces Development

nVIEW Corporation announced today that it has signed a joint development agreement with Headhunter, Inc., to develop a customized tank monitoring system for the marine industry. The tank monitoring system will integrate the unique capabilities of nVIEW's SiMON, Ship's Information Monitoring system, with a proprietary digital interface to Headhunter's tank and pump controller. Headhunter will distribute this product as part of its line of integrated marine sanitation systems. The Headhunter Sentry II tank monitoring system features full calibration of irregular shaped tanks, automatic or manual pump control via software, display of percent of volume and gallons remaining, four levels of user-configurable alarms and a programmable software display.

Tank Level Rule Making Suspended

The U.S. Coast Guard is suspending, for at least three years, its rulemaking regarding tank level or pressure monitoring devices on single-hull tank vessels. No technology has been identified that will reliability provide accurate and meaningful data regarding fluid levels in large liquid cargo tanks on ships at sea in order to provide early warning of leaks from those tanks. Comments on this action should be submitted by September 19. 70 Fed. Reg. 41614 (HK Law)

KMSS Wins Contract

Kongsberg Maritime Ship Systems (KMSS) has won the contract to supply its integrated monitoring and control system to two Suezmax tankers currently under construction at Split Shipyard, Croatia. The tankers are owned by Tankerska Plovidba d.d., of Zadar in Croatia. The delivery will include the KMSS AutroCargo GL-100 radar based cargo level gauging system. The GL-100 level gauge consists of the GLA100 Level Sensing Unit located on the tank connected to a GLK-100 Signal Processing Unit normally located in the Cargo Control Room. Dedicated signal processing ensures normal system operation on the rest of the system if a malfunction occurs on one of the units. Ballast and Service tank level gauging will be monitored by the KMSS GT302/303 pressure transmitters.

AB Marine To Distribute Gobius Tank Monitors

AB Marine of Rhode Island has been selected to distribute Gobius Tank Monitors in the U.S. and Canada. Sweden-based Gobius recently introduced the Gobius4, an outside-the-tank monitoring system that requires no holes to be drilled for mounting. The Gobius Technology system consists of a shaker and an accelerometer. It is best described as “knock and listen”, to measure fluid levels in all types of tanks. The sensors are mounted outside the tank so no holes need to be drilled. Unlike other tank monitors, the Gobius4 can be used on aluminum, plastic, stainless steel or fiberglass tanks of any shape and size. The control head maintains all of the calibration data even when the system is switched off so there are no worries about accuracy or reliability.

Actisense Upgrade Enables Dual Engine Capability

Actisense has upgraded its Engine Monitoring Unit (EMU-1) with advanced new firmware. The device, which acts as a specialised Analogue to NMEA 2000 Interface, is designed to operate specifically with engines on water craft, and now offers greater flexibility by allowing monitoring of dual engines or multiple tanks – a feature requested by Actisense users. Phil Whitehurst, Managing Director of Active Research Limited said, “Often a vessel will have two engines with a small number of gauges.

FEATURE: The Computer Invades the Pilothouse

Shipboard monitoring, sensing and control systems are in a transitional phase in 2002. Many of the newest vessels being launched today are using traditional monitoring systems with large alarm panels using banks of warning lights hard wired to 64 or more critical points on the vessel. These systems give warning if the system being monitoring falls or rises outside of the set point. "The problem is this method of monitoring doesn't give us the parameters the operator needs to diagnose the problem," said Jack Rowley, general manager of Engine Monitor, Inc., (EMI) St. Rose, La., a leading manufacturer of electronic ship monitoring equipment.

USCG Issues Notice on Tank Level or Pressure Monitoring Devices

The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it has made available the Final Report on Tank Level or Pressure Monitoring Devices. The study indicates that the costs and performance expectations of current or reasonably available technology are negative as regards methods to detect leaks of moderate amounts of cargo oil from a single-hull tank vessel underway in a dynamic maritime environment. Note: the USCG’s OPA 90 Staff reached a similar conclusion for tank level or pressure monitoring devices back in 1994. Litigation and legislation ensured. The physics and economics never changed. 71 Fed. Reg. 66960 Source: HK Law

MOL Develops Portable Bunker Gauge

World’s First: Reducing Workload and Improving Safety during Bunkering. President: Koichi Muto) today announced that MOL and Musashino Co., Ltd. have jointly developed the world’s first portable liquid-level gauge for vessel fuel tanks, which reduces workload needed to measure a ship’s fuel level during bunkering and enables more accurate measurement. This will reduce the crew’s workload, and help prevent incidents such as fuel spills from overfilling. (1)  Compact main unit (24cm wide x 37cm high x 31cm deep), lightweight (about 4.5kg) / Power source of the main unit is 9V dry cells.

Scanjet Receives Tank Management Orders

Scanjet is has secured substantial orders for its Tank Management and Tank Cleaning products. Scanjet has received orders from Hudong Shipyard in China to equip 5+3 38,000 dwt chemical tankers being built for Stolt-Nielsen with the Scanjet Surveyor Tank Management System. The system will cover monitoring and alarm functions including radar level gauging for all tanks on board, high-level alarms and pressure plus temperature measurement, all of which are integrated in the Surveyor system. In addition, Scanjet is supplying its critical Tank Cleaning system for the vessels, which has been designed to the highest standard to take account of the variety of cargoes that the vessels are being built to transport.

London Gateway Ups Security Measures

(Photo: DP World London Gateway)

Expanded use of converged security and information management platform will support physical and IT security program at DP World London Gateway. London Gateway, one of the U.K.’s major ports owned and operated by DP World, has implemented converged security and information management (CSIM) software port-wide to increase security and provide overall situational awareness capability. Situated on the north bank of the River Thames, the deep-sea container port is located next to Europe’s largest logistics park, providing shipping access to key U.K. consumer markets.

Oil from Sunken Iranian Tanker Diffusing in East China Sea

(Photo: China's State Oceanic Administration)

Oil from an Iranian tanker that sank in the East China Sea has diffused into four separate slicks, covering a combined area of just over 100 square kms (39 square miles), Chinese authorites said late on Wednesday. Earlier satellite imaging showed two large slicks, with the larger one also thicker and more concentrated, but the latest data had found four slicks ranging in size from 48 square kms (19 square miles) to 5.5 square kms (2.1 square miles), the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said.

KMSS Report Cargo Systems Success

Kongsberg Maritime Ship Systems (KMSS) reported excellent progress in the cargo monitoring systems market at the Posidonia Exhibition 2002 in Piraeus, Greece. This news was reinforced by the announcement of a co-operation agreement with Gunclean Toftejorg that will offer system integration to common customers. Gunclean Toftejorg has developed a dedicated range of tank cleaning equipment. Cleaning of cargo tanks on crude oil, chemical and product tankers as well as bulk carriers is essential for the optimised use of the transportation capacity of a tanker. This latest collaboration strengthens KMSS’s ability to offer total solutions to their customers.

i3G Debts Tools for the i-tank Tank-Monitoring

Numerex announced that i3G, a provider of bulk-liquid tank monitoring solutions, recently added "Optimizer" and "Tank Management" tools to its core "i-tank" offering. Customers deploying i3G's i-tank solution now can utilize the "Optimizer" functionality to manage their orders within the application to ensure easy and efficient grouping by product type, order number and shipment. This new feature facilitates the handoff of order details to loading and distribution operations personnel ensuring accuracy and optimizing all aspects of order fulfillment. The new "Tank Management" tool enables customers to review delivery data for a given route…

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