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MSI Norfolk Opens New Labs

In January 2003 MarineSafety International's Norfolk Center began training in its new Radar/ARPA and ECDIS Labs. The new facilities include a three station Radar and ARPA lab which was purchased from Buffalo Computer Graphics and an 8 station ECDIS lab comprised of networked PC's which can host any one of several ECDIS programs including ECPINS and TRANSAS, among others. This expansion was undertaken to meet emerging U.S. Navy requirements for advanced radar and electronic navigation training. The lab will enable MSI Norfolk to teach ARPA and ECDIS courses without impacting ship simulator training. Courses offered include MSI's USCG approved 4 day ARPA, 5 day ECDIS, 5 day Original Radar, and Radar Recertification courses as well as combined ARPA and ECDIS courses tailored to U.S. Navy requirements. Shown in the accompanying photo is principal Radar Instructor Chris Wahler with a class of ARPA students from a U.S. Navy ship.


New LMS 3D Simulation Offers Real-world Tech

LMS, recently acquired by Siemens and now a business segment within Siemens PLM Software, announced the latest release of its LMS 3D solutions for real world simulation, LMS Virtual. Lab Rev 12 and SAMCEF Rev 15. Both software releases use innovative technology to simulate real-world behavior for faster, more realistic and easier product design. Every LMS 3D simulation solution can be tailored to precise industry and application requirements in areas such as acoustics and vibration


Sustainable Marine Energy Lab Established in Japan

MAS diagram: Image credit Aquarius Innovation Lab

KEI System Ltd (KEI) and Eco Marine Power (EMP) have jointly established the Aquarius Innovation Lab in Osaka, Japan, which includes an indoor test centre plus an outdoor area for evaluating the performance of hardware such as solar panels, rigid sails & wind power devices. The Aquarius Innovation Lab will conduct research & design plus product development activities related to marine renewable energy systems and fuel saving technologies


Cal Maritime Receives Challenge Grant from TK Foundation

The 500-ft Cal Maritime Training Ship Golden Bear. The Navigation Lab installation is located on the top deck midships, forward of the aft mast and funnel. Photo courtesy The California Maritime Academy

The California Maritime Academy, a campus of California State University, is one step closer to having the most advanced training ship in the United States. The campus has been awarded a $215,000 dollar-for-dollar matching challenge grant from the TK Foundation. Every dollar donated in support of the Navigation Lab by a company, foundation or individual will be matched by the TK Foundation. The gift will support Phase 2 of the construction of a Navigation Lab onboard Cal Maritime’s


APR Labs Greener Method of Propulsion

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In 2006, Aries Propulsion Research Labs (APR Labs) introduced a new method of propulsion technology labeled Omni-Directional Propulsion (ODP). The method was created by designer Chris B. Hewatt and was first published on the United States Patent and Trade Organization (USPTO) Web site as publication 20060230847. APR Labs says that this unique design has been gaining attention in the transportation industry, but could have its greatest impact on the marine industry because it creates movement


Intertek Extends Fuel Test Service to Cover River Rhine

Intetek's new petroleum & fuel test service laboratory in Birsfelden Harbor covers the Rhine from Switzerland to the North Sea With the expansion of testing and inspection services at Birsfelden, Intertek continues to build upon the services already offered along the industrialized areas of the Rhine river, known in German as the “Rheinschiene.” The laboratory is located at the Birsfelden Rhine harbor, and is focused on testing petroleum, fuels and chemicals


Navy Lab Marks 30 years of Environmental Quality

The Environmental Quality Department (EQD) laboratories at Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock are celebrating 30 successful years of advancing environmental enhancement for ships and submarines. In that time, EQD scientists and engineers have earned more than 23 patents and have installed waste management systems on nearly every ship in today's Navy. Through many name and location changes, the department has maintained a


Iridium Sand Impeva to Expand Collaboration

Iridium Satellite and Impeva Labs will expand their current collaboration in the implementation of a real-time container monitoring, tracking and security system on behalf of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ). PANYNJ recently awarded a contract to Impeva Labs as part of the federal Operation Safe Commerce (OSC) Phase III. Iridium and Impeva Labs have collaborated during the past four years in several platforms and products


This Day in Naval History - March 20

From the Navy News Service 1833 - Capt. David Geisinger of the sloop Peacock negotiates the first commercial treaty with the King of Siam. 1922 - USS Jupiter is recommissioned as Langley (CV 1), the Navy's first aircraft carrier. 1939 - The Naval Research Lab recommends financing a research program to learn to obtain power from uranium.


Transas Develops Simulators for Korea Coast Guard

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Transas Marine, in collaboration with local agent Mecys, announced the completion of a complex simulator project for the Korea Coast Guard Academy (KCGA). The real hardware integration and achieved level of realism make this simulator complex truly unique. Within the project, Transas has developed models for bridge and engine room simulators matching the layout of PV3000 and three other Korea Coast Guard vessels. The installed simulators include the Transas full mission engine room


Safety the Focus as Heavy Lifting Picks Up

Samson and Manitowoc Announce KZ100 Synthetic Crane Hoist Line. (KZ100 is also featured in the image running across the top of this page)

Modern heavy lift capabilities are crucial for safe, efficient operations offshore Heavy lift operations offshore are an awe-inspiring feat, but an operation that requires consistent monitoring of man, machine and procedure to ensure they are conducted in as an efficient and safe manner as


Transas Simulator for City of Glasgow College

Photo courtesy of Transas Marine International

On March 14, Transas Marine and City of Glasgow College signed a contract to supply a simulation complex. The simulation center in the Riverside campus which is under construction, will be one of the largest, the most up to date and most technically advanced simulation suite in the U.K


NRL Hosts Shipboard Fire Robotics Consortium

Photo: U.S. Naval Research Laboratory/Jamie Hartman

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research (LASR), partner in the Navy's Damage Control for the 21st Century project (DC-21), recently hosted robotics research teams from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and the


Trojan Marinex BWT System Earns IMO Type Approval

Photo: Trojan Marinex

Trojan Technologies announced that the Trojan Marinex Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) product suite has obtained International Maritime Organization (IMO) Type Approval from Det Norske Veritas (DNV) on behalf of the Norwegian Maritime Directorate.


Singapore, UK Researchers Team up for Maritime R&D

L to R - H.E. Antony Phillipson, British High Commission; Prof. Don Nutbeam, Vice-Chancellor, University of Southampton; The Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science of the United Kingdom; Prof. Raj. Thampuran, Managing Director, A*STAR; Prof. Alfred Huan, Executive Director of Institute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR; Prof. Ajit Shenoi, Director, Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute; Dr Lou Jing, Institute of High Performanc

Building on the fruitful past decade of U.K.-Singapore cooperation in scientific research and development, A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) and the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) officially launched a joint laboratory in Maritime and Offshore


Handy, Quick Legionella Tests for Cruise Ships

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Albagaia announced is range of Hydrosense Legionella testing kits which are designed to suit the marine industry. Shipping has been increasingly hit by demands of officialdom in health and safety compliance viz a viz Legionella. Vessels failing tests can be stuck in port for days awaiting remedial


Radioactive Ocean Website Garners Support

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has teamed up with the public to build the most comprehensive and up-to-date dataset on marine radiation levels in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster. With no U.S


Northrop Grumman Offers Engineering Scholarships

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Individual $10,000 scholarships to be awarded over four years to one student from each of Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City . Applications are now being accepted for the 12th annual Northrop Grumman Corporation Engineering Scholars competition, which will provide  $240


What’s in Your Engine Oil?

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Volvo Penta Oil Analysis Program Helps You Plan Engine Maintenance, Troubleshoot Problems and Avoid Unplanned Repairs Volvo Penta of the Americas is offering customers an Oil Analysis Program designed to make it easy to obtain expert diagnostics of engine oil


Ingalls Awards Nearly $108,000 in School Grants

Photo: HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has awarded nearly $108,000 in grants for 25 different projects from schools and educational organizations in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. The grants, which were requested by all of the organizations


Unmanned Systems & Autonomy Are Force Multipliers, Says Admiral

 X-47B Unmanned Combat Aircraft: Photo credit USN

Focus Area Forums, are an initiative of Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, the chief of naval research. The goal: bring together experts and find new and low-cost ways to support Navy and Marine Corps priorities, and advance disruptive technologies for our Sailors and Marines


Legionella Tests for Pax and Cruise Vessels

photo: Hydrosense

Scottish environmental engineers Albagaia announced the latest range of Hydrosense Legionella testing kits specifically designed to suit the marine industry. Shipping has been increasingly hit by demands of officialdom in health and safety compliance viz a viz Legionella


Norwegian Cruise Ship to Pilot High-tech Satellite Modem

Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line

MTN Communications (MTN) announces its partner, Norwegian Cruise Line (Norwegian), is pioneering the new iDirect X7 high-performance satellite modem on its Norwegian Breakaway ship. MTN installed the X7 after a six-month test process in its Miramar, Fla. engineering lab


Career Glance: Starting off on water as a deckhand

José Tamayo takes care of operations on the deck of the Galveston Island Ferry. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng-Armao

When José Tamayo and Calvin Aubry step foot onto the deck of the Galveston Island Ferry, they can be in for a long day as deckhands. But as they both see it, what's better than a day out on the water? The deckhand is the first position for a person vying for a chance to work in the


Lease Approved for L.A. Marine Research Campus

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a 50-year lease to transform  a 100-year-old pier on the L.A. Waterfront in San Pedro into a world-class urban marine research and innovation center called AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles


 
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