Sunday, December 8, 2019

Commander News

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DMC Chosen for SunStone’s Fifth Infinity-Class Vessel

Damen Marine Components (DMC) received acontract to supply the rudders and steering gear for the fifth Infinity-class vessel to be built for SunStone Ships by China Merchants Heavy Industries to an Ulstein design. The contract was awarded by Brunvoll Volda, with whom DMC is working on this ongoing series.DMC will supply two Van der Velden ATLANTIC rudders and two Van der Velden COMMANDER rotary vane steering gear systems. The ATLANTIC is a full-spade rudder with a surface area of eight square meters and steering gear torque of 110 kNm.

Damen Marine Components is to supply the steering system for Austral Fisheries’ fishing vessel Cape Arkona. Pictured is a Van der Velden COMMANDER rotary vane steering gear, one of the components of the installation. (Photo: Damen Shipyards Group / Van der Velden)

DMC Steering System For Fisheries Vessel

Damen Marine Components (DMC) is to supply a steering system for Austral Fisheries’ trawler Cape Arkona, which is currently under construction at the Baatbygg yard at Maløy in western Norway. The 1,150 cu m vessel will accommodate 40 people in 26 cabins and is designed so that it can be operated as a freezer-trawler, long-liner and potter vessel, all at the same time.DMC will provide a Van der Velden Timon flap rudder with a heel bearing and a Van der Velden Commander rotary vane steering gear.

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Damen to Equip Chile's Antarctic Research Vessel

Damen Marine Components has won a contract to supply steering gear, rudders and stern tube parts for an Antarctic research vessel of the Chilean Navy, under LRS -Polar 5 Class notation. The contract was awarded by ASMAR Talcahuano Shipyard, Chile. Design of the vessel was done in collaboration with VARD Canada.Damen Marine Components will be supplying twin COMMANDER Ram-Type electro-hydraulic steering gear units, twin ATLANTIC semi-spade rudders and twin stern tube casting parts. The vessel will be capable of speeds up to 15 knots.

Jordan Tilton (Photo: MJP)

Marine Jet Power Hires Tilton

Jordan Tilton has rejoined the Marine Jet Power (MJP) sales team as Program Manager responsible for key account management and aftermarket business development in the Americas.Tilton has more than 15 years experience in the commercial marine sector. He began his career on the Great Lakes captaining high speed ferries and also worked as a captain on board yachts and commercial vessels in the Gulf Coast and Caribbean before joining U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air…

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GE Propulsion for Chilean Navy Icebreaker

GE’s Marine Solutions was chosen by ASMAR Shipyards to provide the complete scope of an integrated marine propulsion system for the Chilean Navy’s new Antarctic icebreaking Polar Class vessel. It will replace the retired icebreaker to continue the navy’s Antarctic expedition for search and rescue missions, scientific research, logistic support and resupplying bases in the Chilean Antarctic Territory. The 110-meter long vessel will have GE’s full marine propulsion system to power and propel the vessel…

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D-Day Ship Turned Ferry Repowered

As part of the June 6, 1944 Normandy landings, the USS LST-510 (landing ship for tanks) delivered 200 GIs, and 70 tanks and jeeps to Omaha Beach. She then anchored offshore to serve as an impromptu hospital ship for the over 150,000 Allied wounded. For three months following the invasion, she ferried injured soldiers back to England and supplies back to the front, evading German U-boats and dive bombers. She was awarded a Battle Star for her meritorious participation. Thought to be the last D-Day ship still in active service…

U.S. Navy forces and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force routinely train together to improve interoperability and readiness to provide stability and security for the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Z.A. Landers)

US Navy: Bigger is Better, but at What Cost?

The U.S. Navy has a balanced fleet, but it wants to grow bigger and better. Will the budget allow both? Maritime Reporter's March 2017 cover story on the U.S. Navy was all about the numbers. There exists several plans to grow the fleet beyond the current number of 308 ships, the Mitre recommendation of 414 ships, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment 340-ship proposal, and the Navy’s decision to grow the fleet to 355 ships, and the Trump administration’s 350. With so many numbers being bandied about, there are even more suggestions on how to get there.

Twin Disc Expands Workboat Product Range

Twin Disc, manufacturer of technologically advanced marine power transmission solutions, has launched new products and enhancements that will benefit commercial mariners worldwide. The company will display its introductions at the International WorkBoat Show, November 30–December 2, in New Orleans. E-STEER  is Twin Disc's new approach to marine steering. Instead of countless yards of labor-intensive, leak-prone and expensive hydraulic lines, it connects the helm and hydraulic-powered rudder(s) electronically. Speed Sensing technology provides adaptive resistance.

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Twin Disc Dubuts Technologies at FLIBS

Twin Disc will introduce three new products at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, November 3–7. Twin Disc's  e-Steer Electronic Steering System provides a bold, new approach to marine steering. Avoiding the pitfalls of traditional hydraulic setups, the electronic helm is connected to the hydraulic-powered rudder(s) via wires, reducing leaks and loss of steerage. The e-Steer system features Speed Sensing technology. This provides helmsmen adaptive resistance, so the helm is firmer when at full throttle and lighter when maneuvering slowly.

USS Freedom (LCS 1) (Photo: U.S. Navy)

USS Freedom Suffers Casualty

The U.S. Navy's first littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) experienced a casualty to one of its main propulsion diesel engines (MPDE) on July 11 reportedly caused by a leak from the attached seawater pump mechanical seal that resulted in seawater entering the engine lube oil system, according to the Navy. The ship’s crew addressed the leak, enabling Freedom to return to homeport July 13 on her own power for repairs on a separate, unrelated issue. While in port, the crew performed seawater contamination procedures.

Sailors man the rails of Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Pioneer (MCM 9) as the ship leaves a Commander, U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo pier. Avenger-class ships are designed as mine sweepers/hunter-killers capable of finding, classifying and destroying moored and bottom mines. (U.S. Navy Photo by Kristopher S. Haley)

US Navy Ships Conduct Astern Replenishment-at-sea

“While replenishments-at-sea are routine, astern refueling is unique and requires precise navigation and coordination,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jason Ileto, fleet replenishment scheduler for Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific. An astern replenishment-at-sea was conducted by Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship Pioneer and Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) in waters south of Japan, August 24. During normal replenishment evolutions, ships fueled at sea typically connect to each other alongside.

Next Generation Workshops Set for Southampton

A unique program of three specialist events for the sub IMO / sub 24 meter professional sector is being held ‘back to back’ at the Grand Harbour in Southampton, U.K. this October. The fast moving workshop style program brings together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge to identify problems that affect the maritime sector worldwide – and highlight potential solutions. Event organizer and workshop lead John Haynes said, “We are really pleased with the diversity of high level presenters from military, commercial and SAR backgrounds.

Red Jet 6 (Photo: Shemara Refit LLP)

Shemara Refit Delivers Fast Ferry

Built by Shemara Refit LLP at its Isle of Wight shipyard, Red Jet 6 is Red Funnel’s largest and most innovative high-speed vessel yet. Named by HRH The Princess Royal at a ceremony in Cowes on July 4, 2016, the new craft is significant as it is the first high speed ferry to be built in Britain in over 16 years. Speaking at the naming ceremony Kevin George, Red Funnel’s CEO said, “It is only fitting that the naming ceremony took place where she was built in Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

Group shot with James Troop team and Navy representatives (Photo: James Troop)

James Troop Receives Navy Accolade

Liverpool City Region specialist marine engine supplier James Troop & Co received a special presentation in Liverpool from the Royal Navy’s Northern England and Isle of Man commander for its outstanding work on seven Mine Hunter vessels. Commodore Gary Doyle presented an MCM1 (Mine Counter Measures squadron 1) crest and ceremonial photographs to Bob Troop, chairman and managing director of James Troop & Co, at the Royal Navy Regional Headquarters, Sefton Street, on April 14, 2016.

Artful, Astute Class attack submarine. Photo: Royal Navy

HMS Artful Submarine to be Officially Commissioned

The Royal Navy's latest submarine, HMS Artful, will be officially commissioned at a ceremony today. It will take place at Faslane naval base on the Clyde, with representatives of the Royal Navy and the companies that built the vessel present. Guest of honor at the ceremony will be the submarine's sponsor Lady Amanda Zambellas, who named the vessel during its launch in 2014. Artful, the third of the Royal Navy’s new Astute-class attack submarines, has been busy conducting her final Contractor Sea Trials ahead of her maiden deployment.

Chris Smith, the Department of Energy assistant secretary for Fossil Energy, speaks at Sector Houston-Galveston Dec. 9 to prepare for the increased use of liquefied gases throughout the maritime community and gain a deeper understanding of the intricacies each party faces as they adapt to the rapid growth in this multibillion dollar industry. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Andrew Kendrick)

Coast Guard, Industry Navigate Future of Liquefied Gas

Senior U.S. Coast Guard leaders and liquefied-gas-industry experts from around the country came together the second week of December at Sector Houston-Galveston to prepare for the increased use of liquefied gases throughout the maritime community and gain a deeper understanding of the intricacies each party faces as they adapt to the rapid growth in this multibillion dollar industry. The maritime community is experiencing an international shift with the increased transport and use of liquefied gases. The increased supply created by the U.S.

Vladimir Putin. Photo courtesy: Zeit

Hunt for Russian Submarine near Scotland

The British, French and Canadians are searching the seas off Scotland for a Russian submarine detected off the northern coast 10 days ago, reports the Australian. French patrol planes are scouring the seas off Scotland for a Russian submarine after Britain was forced to call on allies for help because it has scrapped its own sub-hunting aircraft. BBC says that an RAF plane is "conducting activity" off the Scottish coast, the Ministry of Defence says, amid reports of a Russian submarine being spotted in the area.

Maersk Peary (Photo: MSC)

Maersk Tanker Fuels US Navy Tanker at Sea

USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199), a Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet replenishment oiler, has completed a fueling evolution at-sea with the U.S. flagged tanker Maersk Peary in international waters off the coast of Sasebo, Japan, October 22., the U.S. Navy said. According to the Navy, the four-day training event marked just the second time in the last 15 years that a U.S. Navy tanker has conducted fueling operations at-sea with a commercial vessel. Under a long-term charter to MSC…