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Monday, November 19, 2018

Control Technologies News

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Container Security Devices: The Time Is Now

A look at international trade and cargo security provides a short primer on how to reduce unnecessary costs. The global market is unbelievable in size and scope, and it is expanding with global demand for goods and the growing adoption of offshore-sourcing by major U.S. and EU corporations, creating increasing demand for cargo transport in unprecedented volumes. More than 16 million maritime containers are in transit throughout the world on any given day – at sea, on rail and/or over the road.

OneSubsea, Helix and Schlumberger to Form Alliance

OneSubsea™, a Cameron and Schlumberger company, Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. and Schlumberger today announced that they have entered into a letter of intent to form an alliance to develop technologies and deliver services to optimize the cost and efficiency of subsea well intervention systems. Helix is a leading subsea well intervention provider, with the largest fleet size of well intervention vessels, and an unequalled track record in cost-effective subsea well intervention.

Photo: Carnival

EPA and Coast Guard Reach Pollution Control Agreement with Carnival

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Coast Guard have reached an agreement in principle with Carnival Corporation to develop advanced emission control technology to be used in waters surrounding U.S. coasts. Under the agreement, Carnival will develop and deploy a new exhaust gas cleaning system on up to 32 ships over the next three years to be used in Emission Control Areas (ECA’s). The North American and U.S. Caribbean ECA’s create a buffer zone around U.S. and Canadian coasts where ships must reduce harmful air pollution emissions.

Kraken Announced Executive Appointments

Kraken Sonar Inc. announced it has recruited two industry veterans to further develop its sensors-to-systems strategy. Joining the company is Dr. Tom Tureaud, who brings 30 years of industry experience with expertise that resulted in 12 patents, and Gina Miller, adding 10 years of unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) system engineering and leadership to Kraken’s design team. “We view these appointments as a sign of our commitment to being a leading company in our industry,” said Karl Kenny, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kraken.

Brunswick Promotes Foulkes to Chief Technology Officer

Brunswick Corporation today announced that effective immediately, David M. Foulkes, has been promoted to the new position of chief technology officer, reporting in this additional capacity to Brunswick President and Chief Operating Officer Mark D. Schwabero. Foulkes also will retain his current responsibilities as vice president - product development, engineering and racing for Mercury Marine, Brunswick's largest operating segment. In that capacity, Foulkes will continue to report to John C. Pfeifer, President - Mercury Marine.

Azeez Mohammed (Photo: GE)

GE Appoints Mohammed as Power Conversion President & CEO

GE has announced Azeez Mohammed has been appointed President & CEO of GE Energy Connections’ Power Conversion business, effective July 11, 2016. Mohammed comes to Power Conversion from his most recent role as President and CEO, of GE’s Power Services business for Middle East and Africa. He was instrumental in leading GE’s digital transformation, helping to position the organization as the world’s foremost digital-industrial company by launching innovative customer solutions in the power and LNG sectors.

Photo: Naiad Dynamics

Naiad Launches Electric-powered Fin Stabilization Systems

Naiad Dynamics, an international manufacturer of ship motion control technologies, has introduced the first products in its new line of electric-powered stabilizer systems designed for use on ships operating both AtSpeed and AtRest. “These new stabilizers are a modern refinement of electric-powered stabilizers Naiad first developed for naval applications in 2008,” said John Venables, CEO of Naiad Dynamics. The initial model E-525 is available with a 7.5 or 11 kW AC servo motor drive…

GEA Westfalia Separator CatFineMaster

Separate Cat Fines More Effectively

The new GEA Westfalia Separator CatFineMaster consists of a separator at its core with an integrated unitrolplus system and an innovative adjustable feed pump. The system is capable of separating dangerous catalyst residues (cat fines) from the fuel more effectively than ever before – at the touch of a button. Cat fines can significantly damage the engine and, under extreme circumstances, may also result in total engine failure. This makes on-board fuel processing of extreme importance.

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EPA, USCG Extend Agreement with Royal Caribbean

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) authorized formal exemptions by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines that allow for the enlargement of the cruise line’s research program to develop and install exhaust gas scrubber systems on its cruise ships. Under the exemption, as articulated in MARPOL, Royal Caribbean will expand the program from six to 19 ships. This emission control technology will be used in waters surrounding U.S. coasts, known as Emission Control Areas (ECAs). Because emissions from oceangoing vessels can harm air quality on land, the U.S.

The Evolution of Classification Societies

The role of Classification societies is ever changing, with significant material impact on the maritime market. In this edition, MarPro helps set the stage to and through 2020, with insights from leaders in Class on the burning issues. What has been the biggest evolution of class in the past five years? Roberto P. Cazzulo, RINA: Over the past years, there has been a big evolution of class rules into the new Goal Based Standards. The GBS are a way to establish a close link between class rules with goals and functional requirements established by the IMO.

Joe Vorih Photo OMEGA Engineering

Vorih Appointed President, OMEGA Engineering

Joe Vorih has been appointed President of OMEGA Engineering, Inc., a pioneer in the design, manufacture, and distribution of process measurement and control products. Vorih's priority will be to transform OMEGA from the best-known direct provider of process sensors into a web-based global partner for complete process measurement and control solutions, including innovative wireless and IIoT-ready offerings. “Industrial customers today have access to an exponentially-increasing range of new sensing and control technologies.

North American Coasts, Emission Control Area

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) officially accepted the proposal to designate waters off the North American coasts as an Emission Control Area (ECA) – a move that will result in cleaner air for millions of Americans. Large ships that operate in ECAs must use dramatically cleaner fuel and technology, leading to major air quality and public health benefits that extend hundreds of miles inland. The ECA was proposed in March 2009 and the IMO adopted it in the fastest possible timetable.