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Buoyant market sees more high-spec vessels ordered
Offshore Support Journal April 2014
Despite concerns about potential over-capacity, in real terms, however, contracts for high-end technology vessels such as drillships, drilling rigs and floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) ...
PM drives support hybrid systems
Marine Propulsion & Auxiliary Machinery February/March 2014
A new generation of electric drive trains for energy-efficient power generation and propulsion from The Switch, a Finnish manufacturer of permanent magnet (PM) motors, generators and converters, opens ...
Aberdeen Harbour Board plans given significant boost
Offshore Support Journal April 2014
Plans by Aberdeen Harbour Board to create additional berthing facilities at Nigg Bay have received a double boost. An independent report has estimated the economic benefit of the development to the local ...
Ricardo leads project to enhance turbine reliability
Offshore Wind Journal 1st Quarter 2014
The reliability of wind turbine drive trains remains one of the most pressing issues for developers and operators of windfarms. The drive train is a key element in a turbine, allowing the energy captured ...
Focal sends Chinese recruits to Singapore
Singapore Solutions 2014
Vessel designer Focal Marine & Offshore, which was founded in 2004, has offices in Singapore and Shanghai. Its office in Singapore deals with local clients in Southeast Asia and works on regional projects, ...
Uptake of Allstream technology is increasing
Tanker Shipping & Trade February/March 2014
Clean Marine’s ECGS’s ‘Allstream’ exhaust gas handling is proven. All the exhaust sources on a ship, including the boilers, are served by a single common EGC unit, with no increase ...
The practical aspects of SCR
Marine Propulsion & Auxiliary Machinery February/March 2014
A limiting factor in the take-up of selective catalytic reduction (SCR) beyond the fact that the need for them is really only just beginning, has been the size and weight of the systems and the need to ...
IMO’s amended STCW comes into force
Passenger Ship Technology 1st Quarter 2014
Passengers on ships, whether they are on board small ferries connecting groups of islands or holidaying on the newest generation of mega cruise vessels plying the ports of the world, have every right to ...
Dynamic positioning has proved its worth say key contractors
Offshore Wind Journal 1st Quarter 2014
Dynamic positioning (DP) is being used in an ever-wider range of applications in the shipping and offshore industries, and not just in the offshore oil and gas sector. Increasing use is being made of DP ...
Strategic specialist in aluminium
Singapore Solutions 2014
Although operating on a different scale to Keppel O&M and Sembcorp Marine, specialist shipbuilding and engineering company Strategic Marine focuses on building relatively small vessels such as crew ...
Providing deepwater expertise
Norwegian Solutions 2013
As deepwater operations are returning to pre-Macondo oil spill levels, oil companies active in the Gulf of Mexico are turning to Norwegian companies for their expertise. Following on from BP’s Deepwater ...
VDRs rules changing in July
Tanker Shipping & Trade February/March 2014
Tanker owners should ensure their voyage data recorders (VDRs) remain compliant when new IMO rules come into force in July. VDRs record key parameters such as vessel position, course, heading and speed, ...
Regulation and soaring fuel prices drive coatings market
Passenger Ship Technology 1st Quarter 2014
Emissions reduction regulation, high fuel prices and the subsequent growing demand for increased energy efficiency are driving coatings demand from passenger ship operators. Michael Hindmarsh, global ...
Gate opens for small-scale LNG
LNG World Shipping March/April 2014
The Gate LNG import terminal at the entrance to the port of Rotterdam loaded its first road tanker with LNG in late January. The operation, involving a PrimaLNG road tanker operated by Primagaz Benelux, ...
Shell insights on LNG bunkering
LNG World Shipping March/April 2014
LNGWS: To date Shell has been to the fore amongst the international oil companies (IOCs) in promoting the use of LNG as a marine bunker fuel and as a heavy goods vehicle fuel. Why is this so? Lauran Wetemans: ...
Technology enables more remote oil developments
Norwegian Solutions 2013
Norwegian companies bring subsea, drilling and floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel expertise to West Africa. A recent example is Aker Solutions’ contract award from French oil ...
Bendable TVs unveiled
Marine Electronics & Communications February/March 2014
The world’s first bendable TVs were presented at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas by Samsung and LG Electronics. Both companies have developed high definition visuals on a wide screen ...
New technology is more than a passing trend
Container Shipping & Trade 1st Quarter 2014
Many companies today do not have a Big Data strategy. And many senior leaders have yet to grasp the significance of what seems to be purely a technology wave. But the hype is hiding the emergence of a ...
Koden unveils compass and sonar equipment
Marine Electronics & Communications February/March 2014
Koden Electronics Co has introduced a new GPS compass and a black box sonar to its range. The ESR-S1BB sonar and echosounder has a wider detection area and enables transducers to be equipped on transoms ...
The evolution of size benefits new eco feeders
Container Shipping & Trade 1st Quarter 2014
The feeder sector has gone into 2014 on a positive track, giving a boost to smaller shipyards which concentrate on the new feeder eco designs. Greek owners, in particular, see this as a niche area to break ...
Ballast water countdown begins
Ballast Water Treatment Technology 1st Quarter 2014
Shipowners have been given some breathing space after the IMO Assembly 28th session adopted the resolution proposed by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 65) earlier in 2013. This recommended ...
Ballast water crunch time
Ballast Water Treatment Technology 1st Quarter 2014
Container ship operators have been given some breathing space after the IMO Assembly 28th session adopted the resolution proposed by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 65) earlier in 2013. ...
Agreement for new Saudi offshore vessel construction yard
RMM Corporate news OSJ conference 2014
Offshore support vessel builders Fincantieri and Zamil Offshore have signed a ‘heads of agreement’ at Riviera Maritime Media’s Offshore Support Journal (OSJ) Conference in London to co-operate ...
Conference provides forum for future subsea developments
RMM Corporate news OSJ conference 2014
More communications and co-operation are needed to develop subsea vessel technology to new levels and train engineers to operate them. This was one of the conclusions at Riviera Maritime Media’s ...
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