HMS Prince of Wales Completes Sea Trial
HMS Prince of Wales, the second of the U.K.’s Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, has recently completed a successful sea trial in Scottish waters.The ships are the largest ever built for the Royal Navy and the carriers are powered by GE’s energy-efficient, integrated full-electric propulsion system.As part of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, GE’s Power Conversion business has provided the HV Distribution system, HV Drives and Propulsion Motors as well as the Electrical Power Control and Management system.GE also supplied the HV Generators to support generating power for the entire carrier.
Naval Group Names Dupont Director, International Trade
With effect on 2 April, François Dupont is appointed Director of the International Trade department at Naval Group. He will oversee all the areas in which Naval Group has prospective customers. He reports to Alain Guillou, Executive Vice President, Development. International development represents a major challenge for Naval Group, whose international sales should represent 50% of its revenues by 2020, compared to a third currently. François Dupont joined Naval Group at the age…
Rotterdam Port Contracts Four PortXL Start-ups
The Port of Rotterdam Authority is entering into a partnership with four start-ups for the development of as many innovative projects. Along with six other starters, these companies took part in the port-related accelerator programme PortXL and presented their results during yesterday’s ‘Shakedown’. The ten selected start-ups made amazing progress in the three month long PortXL programme. In fact, nine of them saw their efforts rewarded with a contract with organisations such as Van Oord, Vopak, Boskalis, Alliander and Stena Line.
CORE EU Project: Assessing the Intermodal Supply Chain
The EU sponsored R&D project CORE (Consistently Optimized REsilient Secure Global Supply-Chains) began in 2014. Along the way, it analyzes the use of EGNOS and Galileo for the intermodal transport of dangerous goods, assessing its ability to deliver optimum safety, security and supply chain efficiencies. Every year, the transportation of dangerous goods amounts to approximately 150 billion tonne-km on European roads, railways and inland waterways. The safety and security of operations are common concerns and as such…
Prince of Wales' Final Section Sails for Rosyth
The final section of aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales began its delivery voyage from Glasgow to Rosyth today, 10 weeks ahead of schedule. As part of the the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier program, newbuilds HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales will be the Royal Navy’s largest and most advanced ever warships and were constructed in blocks in different shipyards throughout the U.K. The final section being delivered, known as the Aft Island, weighs 750 metric tons and will control aircraft operations aboard the second aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales.
No kickbacks in Scorpene Submarine Deal, Says Indian Government
No kickbacks were paid in connection with the purchase of Scorpene submarines for the Indian Navy in 2005 from French company Thales the government has told the Delhi High Court, reports PTI. Indian government was responding to a PIL, filed by NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) in 2006, which alleged inaction on the part of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in investigating allegations regarding the deal. The central government standing counsel Jasmeet Singh said there was nothing wrong with the Rs 19,000 crore deal.
IMCA Names New Technical Director
Richard Benzie has been appointed Technical Director of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) to replace Jane Bugler who retires at the end of this month after 18 years in the role. Benzie will join IMCA in the near future. “More than any other individual past or present, Jane’s name is synonymous with the IMCA brand and the objectives of the association. Replacing Jane is therefore a big challenge, but one that I relish.” says Richard. “In these testing times for our industry I am delighted to be joining an organization I know well…
Fincantieri Launches Italian Navy Frigate
Riva Trigoso (Genoa) shipyard celebrated the launch of the frigate Alpino, the fifth of a series of 10 FREMM vessels - Multi Mission European Frigates, ordered from Fincantieri by the Italian Navy within the framework of an Italo-French program of cooperation. Godmother to the ship was Maria Rosa Solimano, cousin of Francesco Solimano awarded with the Gold Medal of Military Valor. Present at the ceremony were, among others, Claudio Burlando, Governor of Liguria, Senator Nicola Latorre…
PaR Systems Awarded Thales UK Contract
PaR Systems, Inc. has been awarded a contract by Thales UK to design, test and supply Lithium-Ion Battery Charging and Storage Systems for installation on the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers. The charging and storage system will incorporate COMFIRE, fireproof composite technology that is noncombustible, lightweight, stable in a wet environment and structurally robust which makes it suitable for marine applications. These systems will be designed in cooperation with Thales to meet recently implemented requirements in response to a number of lithium-ion battery failure reactions.
UK Aircraft Carrier’s Center Blocks Completed
Cammell Laird has completed its first center blocks for a second aircraft carrier set to become the centerpiece of Britain’s military capability. The Birkenhead marine and engineering services company has fabricated and outfitted two blocks for the new Prince of Wales aircraft carrier, which are now being transported by sea to the Rosyth shipyard in Scotland. Construction of the blocks began in July 2013 and has involved a workforce of 250 including contractors. The two latest blocks, known as CB02 Ring F and Ring G, are 40 meters wide, 15 meters deep and 10 meters tall.
Lewit Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award
Scott Lewit, President and co-founder of Structural Composites, Inc received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Technology at the Florida Technovation/TechExpo in October. In recognition of this award Lewit was given a Congressional Medal of Merit from Congressman Bill Posey for the achievement. The Lifetime Achievement in Technology is presented to an individual whose impact, influence and work within the technology community has resulted in success of the organization(s) in which the individual has been associated, and who has also benefited the regional technology community as a whole.
Innovative Solutions to Global Trends at INEC 2014
The newly launched program for the 12th International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition – INEC 2014, being held at the Marine Establishment Amsterdam in the Netherlands (May 20-22, 2014) features an incomparable line-up drawn from over a dozen countries speaking to the theme ‘Innovative solutions to global trends’. The program includes keynote addresses by Vice Admirals of both the Royal Netherlands Navy and the Royal Navy, and, thanks to the support of the Royal Netherlands Navy, a networking and industrial visit program with the innovative HNLMS Tromp at its heart.
U.K.'s New Aircraft Carriers Get Babcock IWMS
Babcock delivers final Integrated Waste Management System (IWMS) component for UK’s new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers. The Babcock-designed IWMS handles the various fluid and solid waste streams generated onboard the aircraft carriers and processes these until the products are benign and compatible with International Maritime Organisation (IMO) requirements for overboard discharge, or can be stored efficiently until landed. It integrates the oily water system, black (sewage) and grey (from showers…
Jeff Holtom New Seatronics Middle East Manager
Acteon company, Seatronics Ltd., has appointed Jeff Holtom as regional manager in the Middle East. Based in Abu Dhabi, Holtom’s responsibilities at Seatronics Ltd. will include sales and marketing, overall Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) responsibility and general and management of the Seatronics office in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Holtom has a degree in land and hydrographic surveying from North East London Polytechnic, UK. Since graduating in 1990, he has held notable positions with various companies including Racal (Decca) Survey…
UK Aircraft Carrier Forward Island Module to be Shipped
The BAE Systems built Forward Island for 'HMS Queen Elizabeth' to transit by barge for mounting in Rosyth shipyard. The iconic Forward Island, known as Upper Block 07, is the hub of the ship as it contains the main bridge and approximately 100 vital mission systems compartments. Weighing 680 tonnes, this is the first block to depart with her final paint colours applied, all windows fitted and consoles installed, along with 43km of cables and 3,101 pipes. It also proudly displays the HMS Queen Elizabeth crest.
Rolls-Royce Installs 36MW Gas Turbine
Rolls-Royce installed the first MT30 gas turbine into the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, at Babcock’s Rosyth shipyard in Scotland. The MT30, at 36 MW (around 50,000 hp), is reported by the company to be the world’s most powerful marine gas turbine. Two MT30s will be installed in each ship and will provide two thirds of the 109 MW needed to power the 65,000 ton ships. The MT30s are installed as part of a Gas Turbine Alternator (GTA) which also includes an alternator and gas turbine enclosure, weighing a total of 120 tonnes.
Canadian Marine Training Centre Opens
The Industrial Marine Training and Applied Research Centre (IMTARC) located in Esquimalt, BC, is officially opened. The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic persification (WD), joined provincial and local representatives to officially open the Industrial Marine Training and Applied Research Centre (IMTARC). "We recognize that the shipbuilding and marine industry in British Columbia is set to grow significantly in the coming years and that this coordinated training centre will play an integral part in positioning BC for success," said Minister Yelich.
Globalstar Satellite Returns to Service
All Globalstar's launched second-generation satellites now providing commercial service. One satellite was affected by the momentum wheel issue. It was originally launched in October 2010 and removed from service in early 2011, but now all 18 of Globalstar's launched second-generation satellites are now providing commercial service. Jay Monroe, Chairman and CEO of Globalstar, Inc., added, "After more than a year of development, Globalstar and Thales Alenia Space completed the software engineering…
Thales, Transas Sign Cooperation Agreement
Development of a "Full Warship Trainer" at the focus of the cooperation. Thales Germany and Transas Marine International signed a cooperation agreement to develop and market a Full Warship Trainer (FWST). This modular simulation solution, which will be offered in various configurations, is the first of its kind to create a virtual simulation of an entire warship for training purposes: this encompasses the ship's control from the bridge, the work in the engine room, CMS (Combat Management System) training…
Full Warship Trainer Development Planned
Thales Germany & Transas Marine International sign a cooperation agreement to develop & market a Full Warship Trainer (FWST). This modular simulation solution, which will be offered in various configurations, is the first of its kind to create a virtual simulation of an entire warship for training purposes: this encompasses the ship's control from the bridge, the work in the engine room, CMS (Combat Management System) training, realistic doorgunner exercises for helicopter missions or weapons training for boarding teams.
BAE Roll Out Giant UK Aircraft Carrier Module
In Glasgow, Scotland, workers moved out the biggest section of 'HMS Queen Elizabeth', the first of two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy. A team of 40 moved the 11,300 tonne aft section, known as Lower Block 04, across the specially reinforced tarmac at the yard in less than three hours using 450 remote controlled transporters. “Today marks the culmination of months of hard work and preparation and I am extremely proud of the team’s achievements in successfully loading out the aft section on time and built to an exceptional standard.
6,000 Tonne Carrier Block Prepares to Leave Portsmouth
The public in Portsmouth caught their first glimpse of the giant forward section of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH today, as it was loaded out of the hall at BAE Systems’ facility at Portsmouth Naval Base in preparation for its departure to Rosyth. Using a fleet of remote controlled transporters, a team moved the 6,000 tonne section, known as Lower Block 02, across the shipbuild hall and onto a sea-going barge, ahead of her 600 mile journey to the east coast of Scotland where the aircraft carriers will be assembled in dry dock.
HMS Daring Sails with Thales Systems
The first of the Royal Navy's (RN’s) Type 45 destroyers, HMS Daring, has set sail on operational duty fitted with Thales UK's new fully digital radar electronic support measures (RESM) system. The platform, the first of the Daring class, has been fitted with new digital antennas supplied by Thales as part of the UAT MOD 2 update programme. In conjunction with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), Thales has developed the direct radio frequency sampling and wideband digital receiver technology necessary to achieve a true digital antenna.
Veripos Names Senior Manager
Aberdeen-based Veripos, suppliers of GNSS positioning services to the world offshore industry, has appointed Richard Turner as Global Business Development Manager responsible for continuing development of its worldwide operations, including acquisition of new business as well as commercial and contractual negotiations. Reporting to Managing Director Walter Steedman, his brief also includes sales strategy formulation, market research and analysis, brand management and promotional activities.
Veripos Appoints Scott as Regional Manager
Aberdeen-based Veripos, the leading supplier of GNSS positioning services to the world offshore industry, has appointed Angus Scott as Regional Manager of its Europe, Africa and Middle East (EAME) division. Reporting to company Managing Director Walter Steedman, he will be responsible for continued business development and operational aspects of the business on behalf of major operators of seismic, survey, DP, construction support and pipelay vessels. Mr Scott, who holds a BSc…
8,000 Tons of Steel vs. 50 Cyclists
The huge mid section of the UK’s first Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier will leave BAE Systems’ shipyard at Govan today, starting a 600 mile journey by sea to Rosyth, where the aircraft carrier will be assembled. Over 50 cyclists also left the yard , tracing the path of Lower Block 03 on land in an attempt to ‘beat the block’ to its final destination on the Forth and raise money for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. Minister for International Security Strategy, Gerald Howarth…