APRIL 29, 2016 —Fleetway, Inc. and Irving Shipbuilding have announced the award of a C$15 million contract to Halifax, NS, based company Bluedrop Training & Simulation for the design of the training and simulation software for the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) vessels .
The AOPS vessels, currently under construction at Irving's Halifax Shipyard, are the first ships to be built under the combat vessels package of Irving's shipbuilding contract under Canada's National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS). Fleetway was selected by Irving to provide the
APRIL 29, 2016 — The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has revoked the bunker craft operator license of Seaquest Tanker Pte Ltd and the bunker supplier and bunker craft operator licenses of Vermont UM Bunkering Pte Ltd, with effect from April 26 and 27 respectively.
The two companies will no longer be allowed to operate as bunker suppliers and bunker craft operators in the Port of Singapore.
As part of MPA's on-going regulatory efforts to ensure the safety, reliability and quality of bunker
APRIL 29, 2016 — With U.S. lawmakers focusing on potential solutions to stabilize Puerto Rico's economy, Crowley Maritime Corporation's Michael Roberts, senior vice president and general counsel, testified last week before the Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security.
"In general," he testified, "the carriers and other mainland businesses interested in Puerto Rico have supported a package that includes an appropriate mechanism to restructure bond debt, to create a control board with limited powers help the Puerto Rican government work
APRIL 29, 2016 — The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is dismissing recent claims by the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) that raised safety concerns about maneuvering in the operation of the Expanded Panama Canal's new locks.
The ITF claims were based on a study that it commissioned in response to concerns raised by its Panamanian member unions.
The ACP says that "multiple studies over ten years, outside independent analysis and the embrace of maritime industry standards" have made the canal expansion a reality and success.
APRIL 29, 2016 — Schottel has developed a new HTG (high-torque gears) gearbox that it describes as "a highly-efficient, robust and reliable gearbox with an ideal gearing geometry."
It has low maintenance requirements, reduces servicing costs and also allows streamlined housings for improved hydrodynamic properties.
Products incorporating the HTG technology include the recently introduced Schottel EcoPeller (SRE), a highly efficient thruster optimized for open sea and coastal operating conditions that combines proven Schottel quality and technology with the latest, hydrodynamic improvements derived from CFD simulations
APRIL 28, 2016 — While researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology believe that the future of underwater robotics lies in swimming snakes ( see earlier story ), their counterparts at Stanford University believe it will have a rather more human face.
OceanOne, a humanoid robotic diver developed by Stanford, is powered by artificial intelligence and haptic feedback systems, allowing human pilots an unprecedented ability to explore the depths of the oceans.
In its first real-life mission the robotic diver recovered treasures from
APRIL 28, 2016 — ExxonMobil has compiled five "top-tips" to help vessel operators effectively switch fuels when entering and exiting Emission Control Areas (ECAs) without introducing maintenance issues.
Typically, inadequate management of the fuel switchover process can increase the risk of thermal shock to engine components, which can result in fuel pump seizures and engine shutdowns.
ExxonMobil advises marine operators to consider the following five key fuel switching tips:
1) Have a clear switchover procedure – It is important to ensure that the crew is