Gibdock Completes Complex BWTS Retrofit
Gibraltar-based Gibdock has been gearing up to meet increased shipowner demand for ballast water treatment system (BWTS) retrofits and has recently completed a complex BWTS retrofit on board the 179m, 34,500dwt bulk carrier Zambesi.The 2013-built, DNV GL classed vessel, owned by Hamburg-based John T. Essberger, arrived in Gibraltar on June 4 for a month-long overhaul program. The vessel departed the yard on July 5 with its new ballast water treatment installed and ready for commissioning, having spent 16 days in Gibdock’s No.
Subsea Robotics for Renewables
As the global fleet of offshore renewables fleet increases, ways to reduce the cost and increase the efficiency and safety of operations and maintenance work, using robotics and autonomous systems, will also grow. Elaine Maslin reports.Robotics and autonomous systems are moving into many areas of modern day life. It’s becoming harder to avoid them, from our phones to automotive systems and now offshore energy renewable projects.Both are seen as tools to do otherwise dull, dirty or dangerous work…
Hapag-Lloyd Relies on GEA BallastMaster ultraV 500
Germany’s largest shipping company, Hapag-Lloyd, relies on chemical-free UV ballast water reatment from GEA for fitting its container fleet. In April 2015, the BallastMaster ultraV 500 was technically accepted on board Panamax containership London Express (shipboard acceptance approval). “With a throughput of 500 cu. m./hr., our DNV-GL-certified system performs the required ballast water cleaning processes by mechanical pre-filtration with subsequent disinfection of the ballast water using UV-C and ultrasound application,” said Tilo Pfützke, GEA Ballast Water Project Manager.
Hapag-Lloyd Implements UV Ballast Water Treatment
German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd relies on chemical-free UV ballast water treatment from GEA for fitting its containership fleet. In April 2015, the BallastMaster ultraV 500 was technically accepted on board Panamax containership London Express (shipboard acceptance approval). “With a throughput of 500 cubic meters per hour, our DNV-GL-certified system performs the required ballast water cleaning processes by mechanical pre-filtration with subsequent disinfection of the ballast water using UV-C and ultrasound application,” explained GEA Ballast Water Project Manager Tilo Pfützke.
Kalmar Gloria Reachstackers Enter Asia-Pacific
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is set to launch its highly acclaimed G-generation reachstackers, named Gloria, into the Asia-Pacific region. The much anticipated entry into APAC follows the successful introduction to European markets, where Kalmar's fifth generation reachstackers have been setting new standards in cargo handling performance. The launch will take place on 26 August in Shanghai, China. With thirty different Gloria models available, Kalmar offers the industry's widest range of reachstackers to meet all types of cargo handling applications.
BallastMaster ultraV USCG Certified
The BallastMaster ultraV developed by GEA Westfalia Separator Group for treating ballast water has been awarded the "Alternate Management System" (AMS) certificate. The approval was awarded by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) on November 11, 2013 and is considered to be the standard for the international recognition and selection of suppliers of ballast water processing installations. The AMS certificate is considered by the USCG to be a transitional measure until the type approval process has been formally implemented in American legislation.
How much can change in one generation? Let’s take a look at the current generation entering your workforce born between 1980 and 2000; the Millennials. This generation grew up rarely hearing the phrase, “You can’t do that.” They have always known what a computer is, have no concept of the breakthrough of the bag phone and are just now discovering that records (vinyls) have songs on both sides. Easy access to infinite knowledge has always been at their fingertips via the internet. Their world has always held limitless possibilities because of technology.
OceanGate Make Key Appointments
OceanGate Inc. OceanGate Inc., recently appointed Geoffrey Barker and Lee Thompson to serve on the Company's Board of Directors. "We are pleased to welcome Geof and Lee to our board," said Stockton Rush, Chairman and CEO. Geoffrey T. Barker is the COO, co-founder and a member of the Board of Directors of RPX Corporation , which provides patent risk management solutions to companies in the broad technology industry. Mr. Barker has an extensive background developing new businesses, and, in addition to RPX, founded and co-founded two other companies, one of which was ultimately sold for $400 million. Lee Thompson is CEO and co-founder of BlueView Technologies, which delivers groundbreaking underwater vision and measurement systems to the maritime community. Dr.
Subsea Testing & Training Center in Demand
Scottish subsea testing and training facility is preferred choice for multi-national companies. A multi-national offshore technology company has chosen a leading subsea testing and training facility in Scotland to test and photograph its latest product, which was launched earlier this week. Cygnus Instruments decided to use subsea trials and training centre, The Underwater Centre, based in Fort William, to test their new metal thickness meter because of its unique replication of offshore facilities that are not available elsewhere.
US Navy: DDG 1000's Composite Deckhouse Milestone
Composite materials are used to make cars, planes and boats, and have been used to build minesweepers and small surface combatants. Now, the largest composite structure ever built—the DDG 1000 destroyer deckhouse—has been fabricated in Mississippi and is being shipped to Maine for assembly aboard the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000). In this dramatic example of a “shared build,” General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is the lead yard, but the superstructure and hangar are being built at Huntington Ingalls Industries (formerly Northrop Grumman Ship Systems) Composite Center of Excellence at Gulfport…
UK P&I Club’s PEME Program Completes 250,000 Mariners
The UK P&I Club’s Pre-Employment Medical Examination (PEME) Programme is proving extremely successful with shipowners and managers and recently completed its 250,000th seafarer examination. Garry Jose G Ramos, who first went to sea in 1997, undertook the 250,000th examination at the scheme’s accredited Angelus Medical Clinic in Makati, the leading business centre in the Philippines. An oiler employed by Döhle-Philman Manning Agency, Mr Ramos passed the examination with flying colours, as he has done on nine other occasions over the past 14 years, and is now free to continue his seagoing career with Döhle-Philman. ”Ensuring that their crews are fit and healthy should be important to any owner or manager.
Keeping Them Working
If you want to know what is happening in the workboat repair business talk to the people who do it every day. So I did. Allied Shipbuilding, Inc. in Larose, La. specializes in repair of all types of workboats. "Today the vast majority of our work is regulatory in nature, inspecting vessels for Coast Guard at five year intervals," said Danny Toups, yard manager of Allied. That typically involves dry-docking, inspection and often repairs of shafts, rudders and propellers. "Often we get involved in other repairs while the vessel is here…anything from engine or generator replacement down to rework of pumps, motors or whatever," Toups said. Business is good at Allied, although Toups would like to see more repowering and other types of conversion and complex repair work.
Peggy Jo: A Family Tradition
When pioneering king crab fisherman Oscar Dyson of Kodiak had Jensen-designed 99 ft. Peggy Jo built back in 1966, Pacific Fisherman hailed her as "the first U.S. vessel ever built specifically to fish for King crab." She was big for her day - capable of carrying 100 pots and packing 12,000 live crab. The yellowing magazine copy tells us she was equipped with the latest electronics including "a loran set which enables the skipper to establish his bearings electronically." An earlier article trumpeted another innovation, "An unusual feature of Peggy Jo is the articulated hydraulic boom mounted in the middle of the main deck working area." Built at Martinolich Shipyard in Tacoma, the new vessel carried a 850 hp Caterpillar D-398 in her engine room.