AEGIR-Marine, working together with two Dutch technical universities, has launched two substantial research programs in the field of stern tube seals. “Market and environmental requirements have changed and will keep changing,” said Ruud Muis, managing director at AEGIR-Marine, “Stern tube seals, however, have hardly evolved at all. We have a lot of experience with stern tube seals of different producers, and now it’s time to combine our knowledge with scientific research.” AEGIR said it will be actively involved and perform many tests and parts of the research that will focus on two major issues: (1) lifetime optimization – longer docking intervals means stern tube seals must perform their duty longer, and (2) optimization of seals in combination with biodegradable oils – EAL formulas use more aggressive chemicals that can influence the seal’s lifetime in a negative way. “It’s AEGIR’s mission to add value to its customers’ operations. We believe that this research program will result in better and improved products for our customers,” said Robert van Herwaarden, production manager at AEGIR-Marine. “However, optimization is not easy since seals will have to fit in the housing parts of the seal box. Therefore, shape optimization is limited."
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment of the House Committee on Science and Technology conducted a hearing on Research and Technology Needs for Oil Recovery and Effective Cleanup of Oil Spills. Committee Chair Bart Gordon (D-) made an opening statement. Subcommittee Chair Brian Baird (D-) made an opening statement. Mr. Douglas Helton, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), testified that NOAA is providing scientific information regarding oil spill trajectory and
MPA and IHPC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at MPA's 12th Maritime Forum that will enable maritime companies to leverage on IHPC’s Computational Science and Engineering capabilities through a three-year Maritime Research Program (MRP). Some research topics of interest to participating companies include the development of advanced designs for semi-submersible jack-up rigs and the application of large-scale computational fluid dynamics.
The National Shipbuilding Research Program Project Book Winter 2010 edition is now available. The Project Book was created as a compilation of both major and panel projects funded under the program with the goal of increasing awareness of ongoing work under NSRP, stimulating interaction among project teams, and accelerating transfer of technology throughout the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry. http://www.nsrp.org
National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) approves US$1.8-million for 12 new cost-reducing projects. The NSRP Executive Control Board selected 12 new research and development projects for award as part of the National Shipbuilding Research Programs (NSRP) core mission to reduce the costs associated with Navy shipbuilding and repair. The projects, totaling approximately US$1.8-million, will be executed through the NSRP Ship Production Panels which serve as the programs primary public
A research team led by University of South Florida College of Marine Science professor Dr. Steven Murawski has been awarded a $1 million grant to explore how oil spills, such as the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) in 2010, impact the economic, ecological and social system aspects of fishing communities. The Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine announced Thursday a total of $2.1 million in grants
The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice issued a Notice stating that the membership of the National Shipbuilding Research Program has changed. Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. of Lockport, Louisiana has been added. Cascade General, Inc. of Portland, Oregon has been deleted. 69 Fed. Reg. 10263 (March 4, 2004).
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) have renewed their Alliance, originally signed on July 15, 2003, to continue providing NSRP members and others in the shipbuilding industry with important health and safety information to reduce or prevent employee exposure to shipyard hazards. Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr
ShipConstructor Software Promoted Darren Larkins to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Larkins combines over 10 years experience in the development, marketing, sales and implementation of marine systems with the knowledge gained from onsite visits to shipbuilders and offshore experts in over 15 countries. He was instrumental in the development of the patent-pending DDROM technology now at the core of the company’s software
SSI CEO Darren Larkins continues to consult with shipbuilders around the globe on how to leverage 3D Product Data Models using Autodesk technology. His next presentation on 3D Product Data Models will be October 22 at the shipbuilding and offshore show KORMARINE in Busan. Larkins will demonstrate the shortcomings of traditional methods such as using drawings, Excel files and supplementary 3D viewers, and will highlight how a better approach utilizes neutral formats and
Flinders University and four of France’s leading Graduate Schools of Engineering have entered into an academic and research cooperation agreement relating to Australia’s Future Submarine Program. The agreement between Flinders and a consortium comprised of ENSTA ParisTech
Brian Salerno was sworn in as the Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) on August 26, 2013. He is responsible for promoting safety, protecting the environment and conserving resources through the vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement of offshore operations
CMA CGM and ENGIE signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote LNG as the marine fuel for tomorrow’s container vessels. Farid Salem, Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, and Isabelle Kocher, CEO of ENGIE, signed the agreement today at the Marseille headquarters of CMA CGM.
The National Oil Spill Response Research and Renewable Energy Test Facility has been an integral part of the spill response community for more than three and a half decades. Tucked away on the shores of the Sandy Hook Bay in central New Jersey resides Ohmsett – The National Oil
A strategic partnership with the USC Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management aimed at improving the global competitiveness of the nation’s supply chains was signed by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on October 14 at the University Park campus.
ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, said it has been awarded a research contract by the Maritime Security Center (MSC) – a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence
Bad ship design can make life onboard difficult and uncomfortable, cause accidents and even kill. Naval architects have a huge responsibility, but few of them have direct experience of how their designs affect those who use them. Improving Ship Operational Design
The Wind Propulsion Innovation Awards were created by the International Windship Association (IWSA) to honor the pioneers of technological innovation in wind propulsion striving to support the shipping industry to decarbonizes whilst maintaining commercial and operational performance
Thales is set to play a key role in a major U.K. Royal Navy exercise later this year to understand how unmanned systems might add real innovative operational capability in a military maritime environment. Exercise Unmanned Warrior will bring together the Royal Navy and 40 organizations
Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) are setting out with the research vessel Polarstern towards Spitsbergen, to use newly developed equipment in the Arctic Ocean. Autonomous instruments on the seabed
Cammell Laird has selected a Rolls-Royce design for the U.K.’s future polar research ship, which, when built, will be one of the most advanced scientific maritime vessels ever constructed. Rolls-Royce will also supply machinery and equipment for the vessel in a deal worth $43.6 million.
The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) has announced a new partnership with the National Shipbuilding Research Program and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a part of the Department of Labor (DOL), focused on continuing employee safety practices in U.S. shipyards.
An export win by Blyth Workcats and UK Export Finance, made possible by the government’s export finance support. The project – to supply a purpose built catamaran for a German University research program – went ahead thanks to the support of UK Export Finance
CAD/CAM software maker SSI said it is developing solutions for Computer Aided Robotics Welding (CAR-W) consistent with its recent innovations in the area of 3D weld management. This research project is under the aegis of the U.S. Navy’s National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP).
Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor returns from the first ever expedition to systematically characterize the rarely explored Mariana Back-Arc. HAGANTA, GUAM – A diverse team of scientists are returning from a 28-day expedition onboard R/V Falkor that has more