Vigor Adds $20 Mln Drydock
Vigor built on its ongoing investments in critical infrastructure in the Puget Sound in 2017 with the $20 million investment in another drydock. At 640 ft. long with a clear width of 116 ft., the new dock will be the third, and largest, at Vigor’s Harbor Island shipyard. The drydock is expected to be operational in early first quarter 2018 and is part of Vigor’s ongoing commitment to make Harbor Island a primary destination for ship repair and conversion on the West Coast for both commercial and government customers.
Diesel-Electric Units Prepared for Navy’s AGOR Project
During most of 2012 Cummins Northwest was busy with the procurement of the various subsystems and assembly of the diesel-electric units for the two Ocean Class Auxiliary General Purpose Oceanographic Research (AGOR) vessels building at Dakota Creek Shipyards. The company delivered the first four-unit ship set in January of this year. Seattle-based Guido Perla & Associates, Inc. has done the design work for the two vessels. Four Cummins QSK38-DM powered electrical generators will provide power for each of these 238 x 50-ft. vessels.
Diesel-Electric Units Prepared for Navy’s AGOR Project
During most of 2012, Cummins Northwest was busy with the procurement of the various subsystems and assembly of the diesel-electric units for the two Ocean Class Auxiliary General Purpose Oceanographic Research (AGOR) vessels building at Dakota Creek Shipyards They delivered the first four-unit ship set in January of this year. Seattle-based Guido Perla & Associates, Inc. did the design work for the two vessels. Four Cummins QSK38-DM powered electrical generators will provide power for each of these 238 by 50-foot vessels.
Navy Research Vessel Is Named Neil Armstrong
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the nation’s newest research vessel will be named the R/V Neil Armstrong, after the renowned astronaut and the first man to set foot on the moon. The ship will be operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). “We are honored,” said WHOI President and Director Susan Avery. “Neil Armstrong is an American hero, whose ‘small step’ provided humanity with a new perspective on our planet. When he stood on the moon and looked back at the Earth, he saw mostly ocean – the last unexplored frontier on Earth. Armstrong was a Navy fighter pilot who flew 78 combat missions during the Korean War, before moving to NASA’s predecessor agency as an engineer and test pilot, and later an astronaut and administrator.
Markey Secures Order for Science Winches
SEATTLE — Markey Machinery announced that it has been awarded an order for a complete suite of winch systems onboard AGOR-27, a new academic research vessel, under construction at Dakota Creek Industries, in Anacortes, Washington. Sponsored by the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research, this award continues a plan to renew America’s aging fleet of academic research vessels, including ocean ranging vessels like the US Navy’s Knorr (AGOR-15). The scope of the order is for one ship set, including two type CAST6-125 Deep Sea Research Winches with active motion compensation, a type DETW-9-11 All-Electric Traction Winch System with two storage drums…
Northrop Grumman Wins $69m Deal for Topside Program Support
Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) won a follow-on and additional task order contracts totaling $69m from the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) for the Navy's Integrated Topside (InTop) program. InTop is an innovative, scalable suite of electronic warfare, information operations and line-of-sight communications hardware and software for use on naval surface platforms. The new suite will reduce the number of multiple topside apertures that naval vessels currently use, increasing bandwidth and resolving electromagnetic interference and compatibility issues caused by the large number of antennas on modern ships. The $66 million option award on the first contract funds the continued development…
Navy Partners with Evolution Robotics
Evolution Robotics Inc. has won a federal contract from the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research valued at nearly $1 million for research on scaling visual recognition for maritime domain awareness. In the past, the company has collaborated with the military on projects ranging from RPG detection to UAV autonomous navigation. The Navy’s most recent selection of Evolution Robotics is based on the company’s expertise in low-power embedded systems for visual recognition. Evolution will assist the Navy in developing systems that can be deployed in the field to recognize boats, aircraft and road vehicles, regardless of weather conditions, lighting, scale and viewpoint.
Navy Selects Augusta Systems
Naval port and river security operations are expected to improve as a result of an intelligent, panoramic imaging system under development by Augusta Systems, Inc. Systems, provider of intelligent enterprise network technologies, has been awarded a $776,000 contract from the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research for the intelligent imaging system, built with the company's platform technologies. The intelligent, system -- built upon Augusta Systems technologies -- is designed for use at fixed points or installed on unmanned vehicles. Relying on panoramic imaging technologies from partner EyeSee360, Inc., the system can provide 360-degree…
American Superconductor and Navy Test HTS on USS Higgins
American Superconductor Corporation, announced that it has supplied critical components to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD) Ship Engineering Station Philadelphia for a high temperature superconductor (HTS) degaussing coil system that has successfully completed initial electrical testing onboard the USS Higgins (DDG 76), an 8,000-ton Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. Powered by AMSC’s HTS wire and magnet cable technology, the coil system will undergo U.S. Navy sea trials over the next two years on the Higgins. Degaussing systems containing multiple tons of copper wire are utilized in most naval ships to cloak their magnetic signature…
The Lure of the Electric Drive
By Stuart C. Karon and Dr. In the September 2002 issue of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, a detailed discussion was featured on the advantages of future High Temperature Superconductor (HTS) machinery for propulsion of electric drive ships. • Motors A 5-MW 230-rpm machine for the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) is undergoing factory tests. ONR is now funding the next step - design, fabrication and factory testing of a 36.5-MW 120-rpm machine to prove the technology at full-scale for warships. • Generators Development of HTS generators has also leapt ahead with the initial production of 10-MVAR synchronous condensers for utility voltage adjusting service. These condensers are very similar in design and operation to 10-MW, 1,800-rpm generators.
High Capacity At-Sea Transfer System Under Development
A team led by Rolls-Royce has been selected to develop and deliver an integrated high-capacity ship-to-ship cargo transfer system concept for the US Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR). materials, personnel and equipment in heavy seas. This high-capacity alongside sea-based sustainment (HiCASS) award is the first of several phases and is valued at $1million. Ultimately, HiCASS could be worth as much as $20 million as the project moves through demonstration and initial production phases over three years.
AMSC Completes Factory Acceptance Testing of Propulsion Motor for Navy
American Superconductor Corporation and its partner, Northrop Grumman announced the completion of factory acceptance testing for the world's first 36.5 megawatt (49,000 horsepower) high temperature superconductor (HTS) ship propulsion motor at Northrop Grumman's facility at the Philadelphia Naval Business Center. This is the final milestone before the Navy takes possession of the motor. The motor was designed, developed and manufactured under a contract from the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) to demonstrate the efficacy of HTS primary- propulsion-motor technology for future Navy all-electric ships and submarines. The power and torque of this HTS motor is comparable to the requirements for the Navy's new Zumwalt class of destroyers, known as DDG 1000.
M Ship Co. Announces Navy Contract
M Ship Co recently announced the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research has awarded the firm a $750,000 contract, including options, to validate the potential of the innovative M-hull technology. The Navy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract calls for tank testing and sea trials for the M-hull technology, and the development of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools for quantifying the hull's performance. Earlier this month, M Ship Co. delivered the M 80 Stiletto, an 88-foot vessel that uses the patented M-hull technology. M Ship Co. built the M 80 Stiletto for the Pentagon's Office of Force Transformation (OFT) as part of the OFT's Wolf PAC Distributed Operations Experiment, conducted in association with USSOCOM.
Anteon Awarded $15.8M Contract
Anteon International Corporation announced that it has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research for the Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism Department (ONR-30) and the Office of the Vice Chief of Naval Research. Anteon will provide program management and engineering services to the ONR-30 at its offices in Arlington, Virginia. The estimated value of this contract, if all options are exercised, is $15.8 million over a five-year period of performance. ONR-30 is the principal agency within the Office of Naval Research for U.S. Marine Corps Science and Technology Programs. Its mission is to support the development of Naval Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare through the exploitation and subsequent application of science and technology.
HTS Propulsion Thrusters Project Gets $3.1M Boost
U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) to continue the design and development of high temperature superconducting (HTS) motors and related subsystems for electric ship propulsion. The company expects to complete this contract within the next nine months, and anticipates receiving additional contracts from the Navy leading to initial sea trials of an HTS propulsion system by the end of 2003. The latest contract calls for the design and fabrication of components for pod-contained, HTS propulsion motors. Propulsion thrusters comprise hydrodynamically shaped pods that contain an electric motor to drive a propeller. motors. Attached to the external hull of a ship, they look very much like an aircraft engine attached to the wing of an airplane and serve a similar purpose.
Optimal Electric Ship Propulsion Solution
Throughout the history of shipbuilding, the key challenge too often has been how to build the right ship around a given propulsion system, rather than creating tailored propulsion system for the ship. That was true when the best propulsion "engines" available were sails, and it is also true for today's diesel, gas turbine and electric hybrid systems as well. The ideal, of course, is to allocate cargo space, cabin space, the shape of propulsion units, and even the shape of the ship's itineraries around the needs of the marketplace rather than around the limitations imposed by the ship's propulsion system. Factors that remain in the path of that ideal include the underlying efficiency across a broad operational range with which chemical energy is turned into mechanical energy…
Titan to Develop and Build Navy X-Craft
The Titan Corporation has been awarded a $59.9 million contract by the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) to develop and build the Navy's "X-Craft." The X-Craft will be a high-speed aluminum catamaran consisting of an advanced hull geometry, designed to give the craft speeds of 50 knots or more. Initially it will be used by ONR for purposes of hydrodynamic experimentation to include the addition of advanced lifting bodies and polymer drag reduction techniques. The X-Craft's deck will have two helicopter landing spots capable of handling a variety of aircraft up to the size of the H-60 helicopter series. With a design displacement of approximately 1,100 long tons, the X-Craft will be self-deployable and of flexible design for spiral technology insertion.
American Superconductor $70M Navy Contract
American Superconductor Corporation announced it has been selected by the U.S. propulsion motor for electric warships. Corporation, to optimize the design, integration and testing of the HTS propulsion motor for integration into electric warships. in the company's history. 2003, is expected to be approximately $24 million. Rear Admiral Jay M. aircraft. "The U.S. Navy is going electric," said Admiral Cohen. to electric this decade. and switchgear. approximately one-third the weight of a conventional copper-based motor. the Navy in 37 months. 48,667-shaft horsepower.
American Superconductor Completes Propulsion Motor Tests
electric ship propulsion motor. based motors at the same power and torque rating. AMSC's SuperMachines(TM) business unit under contract to the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR). small cargo ships around the world. is expected to become a standard for certain military ships.
Navy Lab Inventors Win Awards
The U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced that two inventors at the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock Division will receive the Vice Admiral Harold G. Bowen Award for Patented Inventions in a ceremony at ONR at 1:00 p.m. on May 21, 2003. Gabor Karafiath and Dominic Cusanelli won for leading-edge scientific research set forth in U.S. Patent #6,038,995. It's a combined wedge and flap geometry, relatively small extensions of the hull, reducing a ship's use of propulsive power turning the drive shaft, thereby reducing fuel consumption. Fuel savings as high as $17.8 million per year would also reduce fossil fuel emissions into the environment and save 420 thousand barrels of oil per year. The Navy plans to modify fleet ships and those constructed in the future.
Navy Prototype HTS Motor on Schedule for Testing
(HTS) ship propulsion motor. under a contract from the U.S. shipped the rotor assembly to ALSTOM's Power Conversion Business in the U.K. 2003, at which time the finished motor will begin testing by the Navy. megawatts (MW), or 6,500 shaft horsepower. refrigeration components used to cool the HTS coils. compactness of the motor. and weight of a conventional motor built with copper coils. HTS wires employed. "The ship propulsion motor we are developing for the U.S. Superconductor's Electric Motors and Generators business unit. higher electrical efficiency, which translates into significant fuel savings. tankers carrying a wide range of materials. designs. noted naval architect and marine consultancy. Mr. MW/120rpm motor. electricity to run the motors," said Paratore.
Rolls-Royce Stealth System to Start Tests on New Navy Ship
JET, for the first time. Department in Bayview, Idaho. working without rudders, shafts and propeller struts. wake and improving stealth. waters. at low speeds.