Parker Kittiwake Launches 'The Gold Guide'
Parker Kittiwake has announced the launch of the Gold Guide – a definitive reference guide to fuel, hydraulic, and lubricating oil for the marine industry. This first-of-a-kind, comprehensive resource provides vessel owners and operators with all the information needed to understand all aspects of fuel, lube, and hydraulic oil from first principles to testing, monitoring, characteristics and specifications. Furthermore it gives a comprehensive insight into interpreting test results and understanding the potential impact these can have on operational performance and efficiency.
California Pushes Ahead on Ballast Water Compliance
We are quickly approaching September 8, 2017, the date when the International Ballast Water Convention will enter into force requiring ships to manage their ballast water using methods to remove or render harmless organisms contained within their ballast water. This is in an effort to halt the spread of invasive species that have crippled many local ecosystems, both monetarily and environmentally, in some cases causing irreparable damage. In the U.S., the regulations are already in place. Recently, the U.S.
PANOLIN HLP SYNTH 32 Obtains RDE 90235
PANOLIN HLP SYNTH 32 is the first and so far only eco-friendly hydraulic oil to feature in the Bosch Rexroth RDE 90245 Fluid Rating List. “Yet again, we have proven that our biodegradable products such as PANOLIN HLP SYNTH 32 also meet the highest industry requirements,” said Patrick Lämmle, Chairman of the Board of Directors of PANOLIN International. “PANOLIN HLP SYNTH is the first rapidly biodegradable hydraulic oil to obtain the Fluid Rating (ISO 15380 in combination with RFT-APU-CL test),” Lämmle said.
WSS: Digital Solution Focus @ Norshipping
Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) are bringing the maritime digital solutions of the future to life at Nor-Shipping. Unveiling their augmented reality (AR) project at the world’s biggest maritime show, this immersive, interactive tool enables visitors to view the company’s very latest products and systems, inside and out. Developed in conjunction with Austrian technology company Imagination Computer Serv. GesmbH, using their AR software ‘MagicLens’, visitors will download a reader app to their phones and scan a printed image to unlock the AR system.
WAAMpeller: World First Class-Approved 3D Printed Ship’s Propeller
A consortium of organizations are working toward a landmark achievement in the maritime sectors: creating the world's first class-approved 3D-printed ship's propeller. As many sectors of the shipbuilding industry suffer due to overcapacity, it is this type of innovative leap that will -- if successful -- separate the next generation of leaders in the sector. In the effort a cooperative consortium of Damen Shipyards Group, RAMLAB, Promarin, Autodesk and Bureau Veritas aim to develop the world’s first class approved 3D printed ship’s propeller, dubbed WAAMpeller.
Caterpillar Marine Plans LNG Test Site
With eyes on the future of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the maritime sector, Caterpillar Marine said it will unveil a first-of-its-kind LNG test bed for gas-fuelled engines at its facility in Kiel, Germany where the company will aim to improve understanding of related technology and enhance its services to clients adopting LNG solutions. According to Caterpillar, the site will focus on familiarizing its personnel with LNG capabilities, testing and improving LNG components, developing LNG plants for actual operations…
USS Abraham Lincoln Achieves Redelivery
The USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) was redelivered to the fleet May 12, marking the successful completion of its refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) carried out at Newport News Shipyard. At sea for the first time since March 2014, the crew conducted rigorous tests of engineering components, the modernized combat systems suite and flight deck equipment that supports Lincoln's mission at sea. Damage control capabilities and basic deck seamanship were also checked to ensure both the ship and the crew's operational readiness.
Retlif To Help Test Ballast Water Technology
Retlif Testing Laboratories is part of a partnership to evaluate and test technologies designed to treat ballast water on board ships against non-native aquatic species in American coastal waters, lakes and rivers. The U.S. Coast Guard developed regulations to limit the release of live organisms and to reduce the risks associated with the spread of aquatic invasive species. Ballast water management system manufacturers (BWMS) will apply to NSF International and the U.S. Coast Guard for testing, review and evaluations.
CFD Simulation of a Fully Featured Offshore Platform Model
CFD simulations of offshore oil and gas platforms are used to predict the maximum wind loads acting on the structure of the platform topsides (the upper half of the platform, above sea level and outside the splash zone, including the oil production plant, the accommodation block and any drilling equipment). The wind loads are used as waves and current loads to design the mooring of the structure, and can be significant in specific ocean areas. Because platform topside geometries were traditionally considered too complex to mesh in high detail…
ClassNK Issues Approval for Cargo Oil Tank Coating Testing System
April 5 (Tokyo) - ClassNK announced today that it had provided the world’s first class approval for a coating testing system in line with the IMO’s new performance standard for the protective coatings of crude oil tanks to the Japanese Paint Inspection and Testing Association (JPIA). The approval certifies that JPIA’s new gas chamber corrosion testing system fulfills the testing requirements of the new IMO performance standard, and further certifies that JPIA’s has established effective work processes…
MARAD Study: Renewable Diesel Reduces Emissions, No Harm to Performance
MARAD study shows renewable diesel fuel reduces emissions without impacting engine performance. The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has recently completed tests of renewable biofuel technology onboard the training ship State of Michigan. The project was part of a MARAD initiative to conduct “at sea” tests of advanced renewable fuels and assess its impact on the ship’s engine. The tests compared operational, vibration and air emission differences between regular ultralow sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel and a 76/33 blend of ULSD and Amyris Renewable Diesel (ARD) fuel, which is derived from sugar.
ClassNK Launches Bunker Fuel Oil Analysis Service
ClassNK’s subsidiary ClassNK Consulting Service (NKCS) has officially launched its Bunker Fuel Oil Analysis Service. The service will provide an oil analysis report for the properties of bunker fuel oil based on the ISO8217 Standard with advice such as oil heating and purification. Testing laboratories are located worldwide in Singapore, UAE, U.K. and U.S. After sampled oil is received at the nearest laboratory from each ship, an analysis report will be provided by email and online within 48 hours. In addition to analysis based on the ISO8217 Standard, the Bunker Fuel Oil Analysis Service also provides special analysis services based on request…
NAVSEA's Self Defense Test Ship Returns To Sea
One of the Naval Sea Systems Command's more unique test assets, the Self Defense Test Ship (SDTS), recently got underway for sea trials after receiving a full range of repairs. The test ship had been damaged during live fire testing last May. Formerly the destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 31), the Self Defense Test Ship can be remotely controlled to conduct weapons evaluation at sea without risk to personnel. The full range of repairs was performed by the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Port Hueneme Division in California. The extensive repair schedule included asbestos abatement and removal of debris, repairs to the hull and internal structure, piping systems, main propulsion, and electrical systems, and the testing of combat systems.
ClassNK Appoints Certified Laboratory in Japan
ClassNK has appointed the Global Technology Assessment Center (GTAC) of TÜV Rheinland Japan as a certified laboratory at a ceremony held at GTAC in Yokohama. The appointment is in accordance with a worldwide partnership agreement signed in September 2015 that aims to see the two parties expand testing and certification services portfolio and better serve clients. ClassNK and TÜV Rheinland will share knowledge and experience to provide clients with more convenient equipment testing and certification services.
Curtis-Straus Offers Testing
Curtis-Straus LLC, an electronics safety testing and certification laboratory, announced that is providing testing and test reports for marine electronics as required by expert bodies in ship classification. Curtis-Straus (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services) as an A2LA accredited Nationally Recognized Test Laboratory, offers testing for EMC, Environmental and Safety certification at its Littleton, Massachusetts laboratory. For the purposes of Type Approval, several members of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS, Ltd.) can accept testing results in accordance with the relevant marine testing standards from Curtis-Straus LLC; in most cases without the need for a Surveyor to witness the testing.
Joint Investigation Team, BOP/LMRP Testing Status
The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) posted its BOP/LMRP testing status report, outlining the ongoing forensic testing process regarding the blowout preventer (BOP) and lower marine riser package (LMRP) recovered from the seabed at the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico. The final testing protocols are being developed. Testing of the BOP and the LMRP will commence once the protocol is approved by the JIT. An interim test report should be submitted to the JIT approximately 35 days after initial tests begin. (10/12/10). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)
IMO Issues SOLAS Update(s)
International Code for the Application of Fire Test Procedures (2010 FTP Code) mandatory from 1 July 2012. Amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) to make mandatory the International Code for the Application of Fire Test Procedures (2010 FTP Code) came into force on 1 July 2012, thereby enhancing the fire safety provisions onboard all ships. The 2010 FTP Code provides the international requirements for laboratory testing, type-approval and fire test procedures for products referenced under SOLAS chapter II-2 (which includes regulations on fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction).
Trelleborg Invests in High-Speed Fender Test Rig
Trelleborg’s marine operation is in the process of building and installing a custom-made high-speed test rig, capable of testing both rubber and foam fenders. The rig is being built in Trelleborg’s new Berryville facility in Virginia, U.S., and represents a substantial investment for the business. When complete, it will be the biggest fender test rig in operation in the industry capable of testing fenders up to the largest commercially available sizes. Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine operation, said: “Amongst quality conscious customers, in the U.S.
ClassNK Type Approval for World First
ClassNK issued the world’s first class approval for an immersion testing system for coatings of the inner bottom of cargo oil tanks in line with the IMO’s Performance Standard for Protective Coatings (PSPC) for cargo oil tanks to the Japanese Paint Inspection and Testing Association (JPIA). Adopted by the IMO’s Marine Safety Committee in May 2010, the new PSPC for cargo oil tanks lays out clear requirements for coating preparation, application, and service life, as well as for coating testing systems and testing processes. As the top and inner bottom of the cargo oil tank are subject to different corrosive forces, however, JPIA began…
Delta Offers 3-Million-Pound Load Testing
Delta Rigging & Tools, Inc., a provider of lifting and rigging products and related services in the United States, says it will offer a solution to the Gulf Coast region’s high capacity load testing needs. Strategically located at the InterMoor facility in Port of Fourchon, Louisiana, Delta Rigging & Tools offers load testing services up to 3 million pounds to the oil and gas industry and grants customers access to a test bed within 200 yards of the port bulkhead. The testing…
DOT Proposes Revised Drug and Alcohol Testing Procedures
In a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), the Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed to reorganize and revise its procedures for transportation workplace drug and alcohol testing programs. The DOT requires transportation employers, including those in the maritime industry, to perform drug and alcohol tests on employees performing safety-sensitive functions. As part of this requirement, the DOT requires employers to comply with detailed testing procedures established more than 10 years ago. The DOT proposes to amend its drug testing procedures to address changes in technology and the drug-testing industry, and incorporate guidance and interpretations issued since the testing procedures rule was published.
Intertek Qualifies as USCG Testing Lab
The U.S. Coast Guard has accepted the Antioch, Calif., facility of the ETL SEMKO, America's division of Intertek Testing Services (ITS) as an independent testing laboratory authorized to perform fire safety shipboard doors and windows. ITS ETL SEMKO will conduct testing on fire doors and windows for class "A" and "B" division vessels to ensure compliance with the International Organization (IMO) Resolution MSC.61 (67), the International code of Application Fire Test Procedures (FTP Code). The Coast Guard will then review the test results. For the Coast Guard to grant certification, a manufacturer must be involved in a follow-up surveillance service managed by an independent testing lab…
ABS Notation for Well Test Ops Vessels, MODUs
ABS has issued a series of notations in support of critical well testing activities being undertaken by energy operators worldwide to determine the commercial nature of their reservoirs. The importance of well testing to determine the nature of reservoirs has become even more critical lately as ultra deepwater exploration with pre-salt fields now has operators exploring in water depths surpassing 10,000 feet. Not only is the depth a challenge but also the complexity of the reservoir structures. A vessel or mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) with the equipment and capabilities to engage in well testing, either short-term or extended, is key in gathering onsite data to determine the size and quantity of the hydrocarbon potential.