MarineTalk Newsletter

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~INDUSTRY NEWS~

* Shiprepair Forum Seeks Solution to Class Conflict
Conflict between regulators, owners and repair yards over ship standards
will be highlighted in a keynote debate at the Shiprepair & Conversion
2000 exhibition and conference which takes place in the Grand Hall,
Olympia, London on November 15-16. An international panel and 150
delegates representing all sections of the industry will examine a
constant shipyard complaint - the apparent ease with which owners
can delay repairs by obtaining class extensions despite classification
society claims of tougher controls.
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* New Repair Facility for Port of Cherbourg
As from March 2001, with the introduction of new equipment, the Port
of Cherbourg will be able to respond to the growing demand for the
repair and maintenance of fast ships. The new extra wide Synchrolift
ship elevator will be able to handle large catamaran-type fast ships
and all other vessels up to 32 m in width. It will be one of the largest
in the world.
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* Fiber Optic Gyrocompass for Patrol Boats
Litton Marine Systems has won orders to supply fiber optic gyrocompass
and radar systems for 12new patrol boats being built for the Portugal
Customs Brigade. The 12 vessels, under construction at Conafi Shipyard,
will be fitted with Litton SR 2100 fiber-optic gyrocompasses and Litton
DeccaBridgeMaster E 250 X-band radars.
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* New FPSO Contract for Nortrans
The Nortrans Offshore Limited group has been awarded a contract with
a value of over US$300 million for the provision of an FPSO for use
in the Espoir Field Development, offshore Cote d'Ivore, West Africa.
The FPSOis targeted to arrive in the field late in the fourth quarter
of 2001 will be moored in about 120 meters of water using an internal
turret that has the capacity for up to 10 risers.
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* First LPD 17 Moving into Production
Litton Avondale Industries is beginning full, sustained production
of the lead ship in the U.S. Navy's new San Antonio (LPD 17) Class
of amphibious assault ships. Start of production follows a 36-month
period of design, material procurement and engineering. Through the
use of extensive automation, advanced materials and equipment, and
reduced crew size, the ships will be produced for the lowest possible
operating and maintenance costs over their lifetime in the Fleet.
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* New Fast Ferry
Derecktor Shipyards of Mamaroneck (NY, USA) signed a contract for
the construction of a 35-meter aluminum high-speed passenger catamaran.
This vessel is the first of four to be built for an already acquired
run from Stamford, Conn., to New York City. The new vessels have been
designed by Nigel Gee and Associates of Southampton, England and represent
a clear step forward in high-speed commuter ferries.
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* Marine Expert Recommends Black Boxes
Black box recorders should be fitted on ships to give vital clues
about mystery disasters at sea, according to the UK's senior marine
accident investigator. John Lang says the boxes could give investigators
vital information to prevent further accidents. He says that until
voyage data recorders, the official name for the black box, are installed
in all ships, the reasons why some maritime disasters happen would
never be discovered.
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* Ballast Water Contamination
The IMO has convened a Global Task Force together with the United
Nations Development Programme and Global Environment Facility to tackle
the problem of the transportation of marine species in marine ballast
water. The Task Force has established a new initiative, the Global
Ballast Water Management Programme (GloBallast).
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* Hanjin Delivers LNG Carrier
Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd has taken delivery of its fourth owned membrane-type
LNG carrier from Hanjin Heavy Industries Yongdo Shipyard in Pusan.
The fifteenth of its kind in Korea, the Hanjin Ras Laffan is a highly
specialised ocean carrier equipped with advanced safety features and
ultra-strong construction.
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* The CHRIS Manual on Internet
The Chemical Hazards Response Information System (CHRIS) is designed
to provide information needed for decision-making by responsible Coast
Guard personnel during emergencies that occur during the water transport
of hazardous chemicals. The CHRIS manual contains physical, chemical,
thermodynamic, toxicological and combustion properties of more than
1,300 chemicals and chemical mixtures.
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* Navy Order Boosts Shipyards
Britain's troubled shipyards were given a huge boost as the Ministry
of Defence announced a 6bn programme to replace the navy's ageing
fleet of destroyers. The ministry is negotiating an initial 1bn order
for the construction of the first three of 12 Type 45 destroyers which
will be assembled by BAE Systems and Vosper Thornycroft.
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* Ferry Conference Big Hit with Participants
Five Department of Transportation components hosted the U.S. Ferry
Transportation Service in the 21st Century Conference in Seattle (USA)
in June. Four Administrations - U.S. Maritime, Federal Transit, Federal
Highways, National Highway Traffic Safety and the U.S. Coast Guard
pooled resources and speakers to invite participants from throughout
the transportation industry and government to the national conference.
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* France Orders New-generation Missile Sub
France is to build a fourth ballistic missile nuclear submarine. The
submarine, "Le Terrible", will enter service in 2008. France already
has "Le Triomphant" and "Le Temeraire" in service and "Vigilant" will
be ready by 2004. The submarines are built at DCN's Cherbourg shipyard.
The first of class submarine was launched in July 1993 and entered
service in 1997. The second of class, Le Temeraire (S617), entered
service last year, and the third, Le Vigilant (S618), is under construction.
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* Collision Report between Merkur and Silvery Sea
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published its
report into the collision between the German container ship Merkur
and the UK fishing vessel Silvery Sea, which then foundered about
35 miles west of Esbjerg, Denmark, with the loss of five lives on
14 June 1998.
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~TECHNOLOGY UPDATE~

* Water Wing
We're all quite used to seeing wings on aircraft, but surely not on
a passenger ferry? What about a ferry that really is just one giant
wing filled with people? That's exactly what Tasmanian shipbuilders,
Incat have in mind. Their vision involves a trimaran carrying 200
passengers and riding almost completely out of the water as it blasts
along at 100 knots.
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* Demonstration of 1,000 HP HTS Motor
Rockwell Automation and American Superconductor Corp. (Westborough,
Mass., USA) announced the successful operation of a 1,000 HP high
temperature superconducting (HTS) Reliance Electric motor, reportedly
the largest of its type demonstrated to date. The new motor was designed
to utilize HTS wires instead of copper wires on the rotating shaft
of the motor.
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* RobVision
ROBust VIsion for Sensing in Industrial Operations and Needs project
develops a vision system that finds and measures the location of 3D
structures with respect to a CAD-model. Industries using a CAD-system
to design parts or working areas need a means of feedback to enable
a comparison of designed and manufactured structures. The autonomy
of a robotic vehicle is needed in several applications in building
and inspecting of large structures, such as ship bodies.
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* WindShip Offers Fuel Savings
Fuel-saving of 50% possible with modern WindShips. A new efficient
rig design, combined with an especially developed underwater hull,
promises to cut the fuel consumption by half on selected ocean routes.
This is the message from a newly held seminar in Copenhagen where
Pelmatic Knud E. Hansen, Naval Architects and Marine Engineers presented
their study "Modern WindShips, Phase 2.
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* Asphalt Barge Poses Concerns for Cables
DC Maritime Technologies Inc. (Vancouver, Canada) have recently been
awarded a contract to prepare the electrical design for an asphalt-carrying
barge. Though simple from an electrical perspective the barge has
a relatively large power demand requiring 2350 kW generators. The
asphalt is heated using oil-fired boilers. The major electrical installation
problem to overcome has been the elevated temperature across the deck
caused by the heated asphalt.
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* New AUV Based Cable Tracker Systems
Maridan A/S and Innovatum Ltd. announced a mutual cooperation agreement
on developing new AUV-based cable tracker systems. MARIDAN 600 AUV
will benefit from the latest high tech solution of this kind - a cable
tracker that will be working without human intervention. All that
remains is a short setup period before the AUV can be launched, then
it will be fully programmed to acquire the information.
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* Visual Systems for Submarines
Pilkington Optronics has been selected to provide the Visual Systems
for the three ASTUTE Class submarines, currently being built at BAESYSTEMS
facility in Barrow-in-Furness. Unlike conventional periscopes, which
have a direct visual path to the outside world, the Optronic Mast
is non-hull penetrating and uses an electronic link to present the
surface picture to the command on monitor screens as part of an integrated
combat system.
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* Cruising at Light Speed
The newest vessel in Sydney's fleet of ferries offers more than just
the possibility of a boat ride in the sun: it gives you a boat ride
from the sun. Solar Sailor, the world's largest solar vessel and the
first passenger ferry able to be totally powered by alternative energy,
made its debut on the city's picturesque harbour.
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~OPINIONS & TRENDS~

* Older Tankers Threatened by Post-Erika Measures
When 24 year-old tanker broke up and split in two in the Bay of Biscay
on December 12 last year - spilling 15,000tonnes of her cargo of heavy
fuel oil - few initially anticipated that Erika would join the litany
of major casualties that have influenced the design, construction
and operation of oil-carrying tonnage. The volume of oil lost from
Erika was less than 7% of that spilled when Amoco Cadiz grounded on
the rocks of Brittany in 1977, and yet this latest accident has stirred
at least as much, if not more, media interest and industry repercussions
than the infamous grounding of 22 years ago.
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* Will Korean Shipbuilders Raise Construction Costs?
Korean shipbuilders may raise the prices they charge for building
vessels, hoping to appease protests by European Union shipbuilders
that recent Korean bids for orders have been below cost, according
to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy.
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~CONFERENCES & EVENTS~

* Ausmarine 2000 (31 October - 2 November 2000)
Australia's premier international marine industry exhibition and conference
of the Australasian region. All the leading Australian shipbuilders
are booked to exhibit at Ausmarine 2000 in Fremantle, Australia. They
will be joined by a very large number of local suppliers of modern
shipbuilding materials, parts and equipment, along with most of the
major international companies such as engine, electronics and propulsion
system manufacturers that have become part of the modern Australian
shipbuilding success story.
Read more...
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* Ship Repair & Conversion 2000 (15 - 16 November 2000)
Ship Repair and Conversion 2000 will be the largest international
showcase for the industry, demonstrating the most up to date developments
in the fields of Repair, Conversion, Maintenance, Refit and After
Sales Service. The 1999 Ship Repair & Conversion Exhibition has grown
by over 20%, with over 300 companies representing 35 countries exhibiting
at the event. Visitor levels to the exhibition are also at record
levels. To cope with the high level of visitor and exhibitor demand,
the 2000 event will be moved to the Grand Hall, Olympia, London.
Read more...
http://www.marinetalk.com/frames2.asp?pagename=infodesk&category=CE

* Ausmarine 2000 (31 October - 2 November 2000)
Australia's premier international marine industry exhibition and conference
of the Australasian region. All the leading Australian shipbuilders
are booked to exhibit at Ausmarine 2000 in Fremantle, Australia. They
will be joined by a very large number of local suppliers of modern
shipbuilding materials, parts and equipment, along with most of the
major international companies such as engine, electronics and propulsion
system manufacturers that have become part of the modern Australian
shipbuilding success story.
Read more...
http://www.marinetalk.com/frames2.asp?pagename=infodesk&category=CE



* Ship Repair & Conversion 2000 (15 - 16 November 2000)
Ship Repair and Conversion 2000 will be the largest international
showcase for the industry, demonstrating the most up to date developments
in the fields of Repair, Conversion, Maintenance, Refit and After
Sales Service. The 1999 Ship Repair & Conversion Exhibition has grown
by over 20%, with over 300 companies representing 35 countries exhibiting
at the event. Visitor levels to the exhibition are also at record
levels. To cope with the high level of visitor and exhibitor demand,
the 2000 event will be moved to the Grand Hall, Olympia, London.
Read more...
http://www.marinetalk.com/frames2.asp?pagename=infodesk&category=CE



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