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Sunday, October 22, 2017

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HMAS Hobart Sets Sail

Members of HMAS Hobart pictured on the ship’s forecastle as the destroyer sails out of Sydney Harbour for the first time since becoming a commissioned warship. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

HMAS Hobart has “slipped her lines” and set sail for the first time since commissioning on 23 September 2017. Her departure from Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney on Wednesday heralded the much anticipated return to sea for the Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG) of the Royal Australian Navy. During her journey to and from Jervis Bay on the New South Wales south coast, HMAS Hobart’s ship’s company will perform a series of exercises to test core mariner skills. Commanding Officer, HMAS Hobart, Captain John Stavridis, said the ship’s company were eager to put their skills to the test.

Arctic Research Explores the ‘Roomba’ Approach

The pace and quality of oil spill research in the United States typically ebbs and flows as a function of two, if not three important variables. First, after the 1989 Exxon Valdez grounding, there was a flurry of activity to ramp up oil spill research because it had been dormant for so long. The need was recognized, with plenty of money made available. Primarily, this research centered on conventional spill remediation techniques – for example, a tanker or barge spilling oil – and not much else. Predictably, when memory of the spill faded, so did interest in research and funding followed.

DNV GL, Taiwan Pact for Offshore Wind

Photo: DNV GL

DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has signed an agreement with leading Taiwanese stakeholders to collaborate on offshore wind testing and certification to drive the expansion and facilitate the development of offshore wind in Taiwan. The regulations for certification will be headed by the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection since it has been designated by the highest authority in Taiwan. Taiwan is one of the rising offshore wind markets in the world.

Wärtsilä Opening ‘Digital Acceleration Centers’

Wärtsilä has set out to accelerate new business ideas using a collection of “Digital Acceleration Centers” (DAC) scattered around the globe. The first DAC in Helsinki has been running in beta for several months and was officially launched today, and will be followed by the second to open in Singapore in December, as well as one in Central Europe and one in North America anticipated during 2018. Additional “pop-up” DACs will be tested with customers at other locations. Wärtsilä said opening the DACs is part of its digital transformation, which aims to help the company shift toward a data-driven, insights led, smart technology. Wärtsilä's Chief Digital Officer, Marco Ryan, explained, “The Digital Acceleration Center is all about getting business outcomes at pace.

Maritime Professionals See the Future Coming Fast

Maritime professionals from all sectors operating sub IMO / sub 80 feet vessels are invited to participate in three one-day NEXT GENERATION Workshops. The dynamic program is being held at the Grand Harbour conference venue, overlooking the port of Southampton U.K., on October 24, 25 and 26, 2017. The NEXT GEN Workshops each address aspects of operational safety for vessels, along with the safety and welfare of their crew and passengers. The high level group of presenters brings a wide range of experience and expertise from sectors including workboats…

Can Employers Ask About Prescription Drug Use?

© Feng Yu / Adobe Stock

On the waterfront, it all depends. It is well established that workplace safety and productivity can be compromised, not just by the use of illicit substances and alcohol, but also by the use of prescription drugs. Federal law, however, imposes limits on employer inquiries in this area both with respect to the affected job classifications and the scope of the inquiry. Generally, an employer may not ask all employees what prescription medications they are taking because such an inquiry is not job-related and consistent with business necessity, according to Enforcement Guidance from the U.S.

Newest Outpost for US Crude Exports: India

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India is set to emerge as a key market for American crude exports in coming months, as refineries in that country are ramping up "test" purchases of U.S. grades to diversify their imports. U.S. exports recently set a weekly record with nearly 2 million barrels of crude a day sent overseas. But shipments to India have been rare, with just a few deliveries since the U.S. lifted its ban on crude exports in late 2015. Indian refineries are starting to increase purchases as the country seeks to secure more supply from outside the Middle East. Refiners are testing both U.S.

Chevron Lubricant Receives Approval from WinGD

Chevron Marine Lubricants received a No Objection Letter (NOL) from Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) for the use of its Taro Special HT 100 cylinder lubrication oil in a number of the manufacturer’s engines when operating on a wide variety of fuels from 0.0% to 3.5% sulphur, including fuels compliant with emissions control area (ECA) regulations with a maximum content of 0.10% sulphur, eliminating the need to change cylinder lubricants when operating in and out of ECAs. This follows 2,000 hours of validation testing on-board a Panamax containership fitted with a Wärtsilä 8RT-flex82T engine. The NOL applies to the use of Taro Special HT 100 in WinGD X…

'K' Line Fleet to Install Integrated Maritime Solutions

K-IMS : Kawasaki - Integrated Maritime Solutions. Image: Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha ('K' Line) has decided to install “Optimum Weather Routing System” developed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) to operated/managed vessels in our fleet. This system provides the minimum fuel consumption route in consideration of the safety navigation, hence we are planning to install the system in about 120 vessels by 2021, as part of the system which is the KAWASAKI Integrated Maritime Solution “K-IMS”  that we developed in collaboration with KHI group.

Metal Shark Wins USN PB(X) Contract

In order to fully optimize the hull and propose a more mature design, Metal Shark built a PBX running prototype hull, designated PB(X)-P1, which was extensively tested in a wide range of operating conditions. (Photo: Metal Shark)

Metal Shark won the contract to produce the U.S. Navy’s next-generation patrol boat, the PB(X), the replacement for the fleet of force protection boats currently in use with Navy Expeditionary Combad Command’s Coastal Riverine Forces (CRF). Subject to annual appropriations, the Navy intends to replace approximately 100 to 160 of its existing 25-ft. and 34-ft. CRF patrol boats with the larger and more modern PB(X) platform over the next 15 years. The Navy has placed an initial, immediate order for eleven of the new vessels.

ERMA FIRST Partners with Bactest

Photo: ERMA FIRST S.A.

ERMA FIRST, leading Ballast Water Treatment System manufacturer and award-winning Bactest, producers of the only fully integrated ballast water testing solution have announced their partnership. This promising partnership enables ERMA FIRST to sell Bactest’s rapid IMO-D2 compliance testing toolkit “Speedy Breedy SeaSure” along with ERMA FIRST BWTS FIT. “ERMA FIRST has always been committed to deliver total ballast water solutions for all types and sizes of vessels. In an effort to satisfy our customers’ needs we established this cooperation with Bactest.

Yara Birkeland Model Commences Testing

(Photo: KONGSBERG)

A six meter long, 2.4 ton model of the final design of the autonomous and fully electric container vessel Yara Birkeland was revealed as testing commenced at SINTEF Ocean’s 80 meter test tank facility in Trondheim, September 28, 2017. It was also revealed that ENOVA, a Norwegian government enterprise responsible for promotion of environmentally friendly production and consumption of energy will support the project with a NOK 133 million ($16.7 million) financial contribution.

Keller Shifts Gears

(Photo: Keller)

Satisfaction in overall powertrain reliability often comes down to individual components, starting with the gearbox and gear wheels. To this end C. u. W Keller GmbH & Co.KG, has made investment in its products and processes – $41 million over the last 15 years – to ensure that it remains a strong link in the propulsion chain. Keller’s experience in gear wheels and gearbox that spans more than 100 years, with marine applications added to the line-up 18 years ago. In nearly two decades Keller has found success in the maritime sector…

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.

MARAD Study: Renewable Diesel Reduces Emissions, No Harm to Performance

T/S State of Michigan engine room (Photo: MARAD)

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 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…

Markey ARR Winch System: Tried & Tested in the Toughest Tug Challenges

Credit: Scott deMers – Systems Interface/Markey

For more than 30 years, Markey Machinery has worked with the LNG and marine transportation Industries with the goal of developing winches designed to work under the most challenging conditions. The effort includes extensive design shop testing and actual commercial work, a combination that has ultimately produced an understanding of the operational issues facing terminal and tug operators. The many milestones in the development of Markey’s Asymmetrical Render/Recover (ARR) – technology…

ClassNK Appoints Certified Laboratory in Japan

ClassNK Chairman and President, Koichi Fujiwara, handing over the appointment certificate to TÜV Rheinland’s Executive Vice President Products, Holger Kunz (Photo: ClassNK)

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.

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.

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)

Trelleborg Invests in High-Speed Fender Test Rig

Trelleborg Fender

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.

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).

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