China Launches Unmanned Ship Design Center
China has built its first research and development test base for autonomous ships in the southern coastal city of Zhuhai next to Macao, state-owned newspaper Economic Daily reported.The test base named Xiangshan Marine Scientific & Technological Port is located in Zhuhai, Guangdong province. It will create an innovation platform for the design, research and testing of unmanned marine systems and intelligent equipment.The base will help develop the industrial chain of unmanned…
Thyssenkrupp Wins 3D Printing Approval
The international accredited registrar and classification society DNV GL has awarded thyssenkrupp, German multinational conglomerate, first additive manufacturing approval of manufacturer certificateThe shipping industry is looking to take advantage of additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, to print spare parts, thereby reducing lead times, costs, stock requirements, and environmental impacts. Certification ensures that AM part users can have the same confidence…
Becker Intros New Sail Tech
Hamburg-based Becker Marine Systems is now taking another step forward – wind operated vessels."We will see different hybrid systems on board vessels in the future. There will be ships and services where sailing provides a real option for supporting propulsion," said Henning Kuhlmann, Managing Director of Becker Marine Systems.Becker is developing a highly efficient wing sail, which will generate significant forward thrust on commercial vessels. The operational profile of the vessel will have to be adapted and weather routing is an important part of it…
Campbell Transportation Appoints Buese EVP
Campbell Transportation Company, Inc. said that Kyle Buese will be joining the company as Executive Vice President of Operations effective January 7, 2019.Buese is a graduate of Tulane University where he received his Master of Business Administration degree and a graduate of Loyola University of New Orleans where he received his Bachelor of Business Degree. Buese is also an active CFA charterholder.Buese has worked at Kirby Corporation since 2006 where he has served in several key roles including General Manager…
HC2 Holding Mulls Global Marine Sale
The diversified holding company HC2 Holdings announced that it is exploring strategic alternatives, including a potential sale, for its Global Marine Group (GMG) subsidiary.As part of this process, Global Marine Holdings, a leading provider of offshore engineering services to the telecommunications, renewables and oil & gas industries through its operating subsidiary Global Marine Systems Limited, has engaged Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and ABN AMRO Bank as joint advisors to explore strategic alternatives for the business."Since our acquisition four years ago…
Partners Aim to Enhance LNG Transfer Efficiency
Trelleborg’s marine systems operation and Australasian engineering consultancy Synertec have formed a strategic partnership to meet demand for more accurate and efficient liquefied natural gas (LNG) custody transfer. Under the new agreement, Trelleborg will distribute Synertec’s LNG custody transfer system across its global sales network.LNG custody transfer, the transfer of the ownership of LNG from one organization to other, has long involved fiscal risk given significant uncertainties in traditional tank measurement.
Eco-friendly Power for Container Ships in Hamburg Port
Port of Hamburg is taking a further step toward improving air quality at its port. Innovative technology developed right here in the city is set to enable large and very large container ships to switch off their auxiliary diesel supplies during lay time and instead draw the power they need for on-board operations from a new kind of mobile generator.Becker Marine Systems, Hapag-Lloyd AG and Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) have been testing the new technology as part of a joint pilot project since the start of the year.
A Smarter Approach to Foam Fenders for the Cruise Industry
With cruise ships continuing to grow in size to accommodate the 27.2 million passengers expected to cruise across the globe throughout 2018, it is vital that both terminals and berthing vessels are sufficiently protected. Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has launched a new brochure designed to help port and terminal owners and operators specify highly versatile foam fenders to meet the needs of the modern cruise terminal.‘The Smarter Approach: Foam Fenders for the Cruise Industry’ details how Trelleborg’s foam fenders are an easy to use…
New Premises for Damen Marine Components
Damen Marine Components Netherlands (DMC NL) has laid the first foundations for its new premises in Hardinxveld, the Netherlands. Construction of new buildings reflect growth potential following company merger. With capacity for approximately 80 people, the new buildings will be used for both offices and production purposes. With construction of the new buildings beginning as the first foundation pile was driven into the ground on the site of DMC former head office, the company’s motivations to build new premises were twofold.
BAE $26B Frigate Deal: Local University Sees Opportunity
The University of Tasmania welcomed the announcement of BAE Systems as the successful tender for $25.8 billion SEA 5000 Future Frigate program. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Brigid Heywood said enormous benefits would flow to Australian industry as a result of the deal to build a new fleet of nine navy frigates, particularly with a 65 to 70 per cent Australian industry content target in the contract. “The University of Tasmania, primarily through our specialist institute the Australian Maritime College…
Obituary: Maritime Industry Icon Jack Gallagher
John “Jack” J. Gallagher, a maritime industry veteran and environmental services pioneer, passed away on Monday at the age of 89.Jack’s greatest professional passion was his work as a Spill Manager/Qualified Individual, a role in which he had few peers. Jack was known to be fiercely committed to doing everything morally possible to protect his clients, while at the same time doing all within his power to protect the environment. He attended and helped shape the outcome of more maritime casualties and oil spills than can be remembered.Over the course of his long and fruitful career…
Eliminating The Risk From Docking & Mooring
Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has launched a new whitepaper and on-demand webinar outlining design and compliance requirements in docking and mooring equipment, and a new best practice approach to specification.The whitepaper, entitled The Quest for Quality, examines the relationship between cost and quality, explaining why low cost equipment could prove costly for port owners and operators in the long term.Hani William, Sales and Marketing Manager at Trelleborg’s marine systems operation, said, “The mooring operation is high risk.
Trelleborg Updates Fender Selection Tool
Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has launched a new and improved online tool for simplified fender selection. The updated tool encompasses a number of enhanced features, designed to allow specifiers to select and specify the most appropriate fender for their application.In addition to an existing vessel berthing Energy Calculator and Fender Selection Tool, the tool’s new capabilities include:A Fender Specification GeneratorA Bollard Specification GeneratorA Fender System Selector for Ship-to-Ship ApplicationsMishra Kumar…
SOHAR Port and Freezone a ‘SmartPort’
Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has supplied its SmartPort technology to SOHAR Port and Freezone, in Oman. Previously, Trelleborg had supplied the port with Quick Release Hooks (QRHs), Docking Aid Systems (DAS), fenders and SafePilot Portable Pilot Units (PPUs). However, while each solution provided a touchpoint for data collection, they were supplied across disparate projects, so were not integrated and were manually managed. The port was determined to take a more holistic approach to operations and Trelleborg has been working to evolve its business model to support smart…
NAVTOR Hires Holme as Chief Technology Officer
E-navigation specialist NAVTOR said it has appointed Anders Holme for the role of Chief Technology Officer. Holme will manage teams that work across offices in Egersund, Norway, Singapore, Japan, Sweden, Russia, the U.S. and U.K. NAVTOR’s main software development takes place at the company’s head office in Egersund and its dedicated base in St Petersburg. “There is a growing appreciation within shipping that new technology can unlock real operational advantages and business opportunities,” Holme said.
Trelleborg Solutions for FLNG Ship-to-Shore System
Trelleborg has hailed the recent test of the Universal Transfer System (UTS) conducted with Connect LNG and Gas Natural Fenosa, as tangible evidence of the new applications that its suite of products for jettyless LNG transfer can unlock in this challenging field. The UTS transferred LNG from the Skangas-chartered LNG carrier Coral Energy to the onshore terminal at the Norwegian port of Herøya on October 7 and is now in full commercial operation. A ‘plug and play’ solution, the UTS requires no modifications to the LNG carrier – instead…
Trelleborg Partners with CCCC Third Harbor Consultants
Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Third Harbor Consultants Company (THCC), one of China’s largest survey and design institutions in transportation and port engineering, and subsidiary of the state-owned China Communications Construction Company (CCCC). The MoU was confirmed during a signing ceremony at Hotel Wanda Reign on the Bund, Shanghai (November 6). The joint collaboration will see the co-authoring of mooring and infrastructure…
Crowley’s Busch Joins Sea Machines’ Board
Todd Busch, Sr. Vice President & General Manager, Technical Services, at Crowley Maritime, has joined Sea Machines Robotics’ board of directors. The Boston-based Sea Machines is building autonomous control technology for commercial vessels. Busch, who joined Crowley in 1987 as an ordinary seaman, is currently responsible for naval architecture and marine engineering, government services, ship management, marine salvage and wreck removal, new-vessel construction and the chartering and operations of Crowley’s offshore tug and barge fleet.
Roberts Joins Foss as Chief Commercial Officer
Will Roberts has joined Foss Maritime as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), responsible for building the customer facing team to drive and sustain the company’s market share and long-term revenue generation. CCO is a newly developed position at Foss Maritime. In his role as CCO, Roberts will set out to advance Foss’ global perspective on market opportunities and lead in the assessment and prioritization of geographic and operational market segments through marketing, sales and business development activities.
Norsafe Offers 'Train the Trainer' Course in LSA
Norsafe, global life-saving marine systems manufacturer, is offering a specialized “Train the Trainer” course in lifesaving appliances (LSA) aimed at instructors and trainers working in nautical schools and training centers. The course covers operational and maintenance training on freefall lifeboat systems; conventional lifeboats covering davits, winches and hook systems; and rescue boat systems. Training takes place at Norsafe’s world class training facility at Rosendal, Norway, and will include accident evaluation procedures and updates on IMO and EU regulations.
Innovative Cruise Ship Hosts LNG Conference
As part of the international trade conference "Making LNG Happen: Combining Forces for Sustainable Shipping," 80 representatives from the fields of business, politics and science visited the cruise ship AIDAprima in Rotterdam on Thursday, January 26, 2017. The guests included Dirk Brengelmann, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Netherlands and his Norwegian colleague Martin Sørby. Hosting the event onboard AIDAprima was symbolic and significant, AIDAprima was the first cruise ship in the world that uses a dual-fuel engine to produce its energy from LNG while docked at port.
Fred Harris to Retire
General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) said that in the wake the retirement of Frederick J. Harris effective January 1, 2017, Dirk A. Lesko will be a vice president of the corporation and appointed as president of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, and Kevin M. Graney will be a vice president of the corporation and appointed as president of General Dynamics NASSCO. “Dirk and Kevin are seasoned leaders with proven track records of managing complex shipbuilding projects and driving continuous improvement at every level of their business,” said John P. Casey, executive vice president, Marine Systems.
Klein Names Kane Director of Operations/Manufacturing
Joe Kane has joined Klein Marine Systems, Inc. as the company’s new director of operations and manufacturing. He will be responsible for supply chain management, manufacturing and customer service for Klein's side scan sonar, bathymetry products and maritime security and surveillance systems. Kane brings a broad range of manufacturing leadership experience to Klein, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitcham Industries, Inc., having worked in various roles at leading electronic manufacturers.
Trelleborg to Present Port of the Future at PIANC-COPEDEC IX
Trelleborg’s marine systems operation is sponsoring the 9th PIANC-COPEDEC conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the 16 to 21 October 2016. Trelleborg will be exhibiting on booth 21, discussing its new Port of the Future initiative and the results of a new piece of research the company has carried out. ‘Preparing for the Port of the Future’ examines marine industry maturity in terms of digitization and automation, and will launch in full in November. The research comes as Trelleborg’s…
Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems Reshuffles Top Deck
The Industrial Solutions business area is in a process of realignment under its “planets” transformation program. The aim is to focus all business units as well as Marine Systems even more firmly on customers, markets and international service business. In addition Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jens Michael Wegmann plans to further strengthen growth and efficiency at Industrial Solutions and drive forward culture change. To this end the business area’s organizational and management structures were analyzed in depth and the overall transformation program “planets” adopted.
Cavotec Secures MoorMaster Equipment, Servicing Orders
Marine systems innovator Cavotec said it has won automated mooring orders from existing MoorMaster customer, the Port of Salalah in Oman, for use at two container berths. Cavotec will supply 16 MoorMaster MM400E15 units for container berths 3 and 4 at Salalah. A three-year maintenance contract has also been signed – a renewal of an existing agreement – which will see Cavotec onsite service teams working closely with the port to provide support at all five MoorMaster berths. MoorMaster units were first trialled at Salalah in 2006, and the technology was then introduced at berths 1 and 5.