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Warship Technology: May 2019

Russian’s Navy has become much more visible on the world stage in the last 4-5 years, but few new large-scale surface platforms are expected to be introduced into service in the early-to-mid 2020s, according to a recent report from the Chatham House think tank in the UK.

Warship Technology: May 2019

Despite a UK government commitment going back 20 years to dispose of radioactive waste as soon as reasonably practicable, the Ministry of Defence has not yet disposed of any of the 20 nuclear-powered submarines it has decommissioned since 1980.

Warship Technology: May 2019

The US Navy is to coordinate a much-needed and long-awaited plan to recapitalize public shipyards that specialise in work on warships.

Warship Technology: May 2019

The US Navy will begin building its next-generation strategic ballistic missile submarine before the design of the boats is completed, a construction effort for which it may have under-estimated the workload involved, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.

Shiprepair & Maintenance: 2nd Quarter 2019

The Belgian company Hydrex reports continued success with its flexible mobdock technology, designed to facilitate underwater seal repairs of various types.

Shipreapair & Maintenance: 2nd Quarter 2019

Oresund Heavy Industries (OHI) has confirmed that it will extend its existing dry dock at the Landskrona shipyard, in southern Sweden, which is operated by its subsidiary, Oresund Drydock.

Shipreapair & Maintenance: 2nd Quarter 2019

Gibraltar’s Gibdock shipyard has successfully completed a major conversion project enabling the Baleària ferry Napoles to operate using LNG as fuel. The three-month programme of work is considered by the yard to be one of the most complex and demanding it has ever undertaken.

Shiprepair & Maintenance: 2nd Quarter 2019

ABB Turbocharging is committed to funding an intensive R&D and investment programme through which new technology and digital services can be continuously developed. Rolf Bosma, general manager of global service sales at ABB Turbocharging, says: “We are currently exploring various technologies in line with what our customers require.

The Naval Architect: May 2019

Norway is famed for its clustering approach, with knowledge-sharing between large firms and smaller ones, even amongst rivals, ultimately contributing to the maritime industry’s most advanced innovation economy.

 

But Willie Wågen, interim leader at Sustainable Energy Norwegian Catapult Centre (Norsk Katapult), believes that even with this supportive architecture in place, there are shortcomings that need to be improved. “The way technology is developed there is quite good funding available at the concept phase and quite good arrangements for the market end of the journey,” he explains. “But there is a gap between the concept and proving that concept.

 

“For example, when a company has developed a new solution, and needs to fit it into part of a system to see if it works, it is very hard for them to get this new technology installed onboard a ship. It has been left to the Siemens and Wärtsiläs of this world to do that.”

 

The catapult centre, however, endeavours to change this by cultivating test-benches for new concepts to be proven in an inexpensive fashion. Since its establishment in June 2018, the catapult initiative has set up five different centres throughout Norway, from Stord to Ålesund. Each centre has a dedicated focus: robotics, digital (Digicat), ocean innovation (with a concentration on fish farming), sustainable energy, and future materials (including 3D printing).

 

“We make it so that you no longer need to buy the system. You can bring your component and rent a space in a testing centre,” explains Wågen.

 

The centre where manufacturer Yaskawa (formerly The Switch) performs its own tests, using a variety of motors and mock-ups of offshore equipment, is one such facility companies can rent out. “Inside this building you have what is effectively a ship on land,” Wågen says. “You have switchboards, systems and so on, and you can simulate a real ship operating. In addition to this, we will make a new test centre for synthetic fuels and connect it to this ‘ship on land’. Anybody who has a fuel cell or an engine can come and test it here.”

 

At sea, the catapult centre has testing facilities on an offshore wind turbine, a subsea installation and various active vessels, including: Solstad OSVs, Noled ferries, Knutsen OAS tankers and GANN passenger ships.  Other facilities include an electricity microgrid on a small Norwegian island, where tests are made using a variety of new sustainable energy sources.

 

Catapult is also used as a vehicle to test prototypes in difficult weather, such as choppy waters or cold climates. Wågen compares the initiative to an Airbnb for new sustainable energy inventions, whereby testing and competence centres can connect with new companies. The otherwise clichéd comparison is more accurate in this case than most.

 

“We market and sell the testing centres – they will tell me what kind of equipment and facilities they have, and when it will be available,” says Wågen. “But in a way it’s better than Airbnb because the centres get support to redecorate the house – that is, winning government funding to help equip them.”

 

Connecting these companies with the testing facilities is more cost-efficient for young companies than the former model – employed, for example, by various manufacturers of ballast water management systems in recent times – whereby a whole system would have to be purchased and installed in an in-house facility, simply to test a single component prototype. “[Now], you can just bring your component and rent a space in a testing centre,” Wågen says.

 

One such outfit is electrical engineering consultancy Unitech Power Systems. “We have been delivering subsea distribution systems for many years now, but we want to divert into renewables,” says Karoline Sjøen Andersen, a junior scientist at Unitech. “We want to use our experience in umbilicals to make power cables, a key parameter in the electrification of the ocean.”

Unitech is now reliant on catapult centres for testing its new umbilicals, with the ultimate goal of producing a floating factory which will be able to spin cables on site, as required, from their constituent components. “So you have bundles of different subsea cables for different subsea facilities – electricity, fibre, whatever you need,” says Andersen. “We want to have the whole supply chain in one place.”

The Naval Architect: May 2019

When the Nor-Shipping exhibition opens on 4 June this year, shipowners, shipping organisations and environmental groups will very likely be digesting decisions made at MEPC 74, which finishes two weeks prior, and likely commenting publicly on them. At the same time, many of the exhibitors at the event will be showcasing systems, products and services that are intended to meet the requirements of current and future regulations despite sometimes finding that goalposts have been moved

The Naval Architect: May 2019

The maritime industry’s feelings towards LNG have swayed between hot and cold since the start of the greening trend. While momentum for the gas grown, so has the questioning of its long-term viability and the fight to determine whether it stands as the best investment option on the road to 2050.

The Naval Architect: May 2019

Traditionally, CAD packages were deployed in the design and evaluation phases as a means from which design documentation could be produced. But as CAD has come to exist within a larger digital environment, with a flow of information between various systems, its tools are increasingly used as the method for recording product definition.

Ship & Boat International: eNews April 2019

A forthcoming, Russian-built floating science lab is intended to operate in the Arctic for periods of up to two years.

Ship & Boat International: eNews April 2019

The marine sector is too complacent when it comes to shielding itself from critical cyber-attacks, Israel-based security solutions provider Naval Dome warned this month.

Ship & Boat International: eNews April 2019

The air is expected to get significantly cleaner in Osaka Bay, Japan, following the entry into service of the LNG-fuelled tug Ishin.

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