The world’s first class approved 3D printed propeller WAAMpeller is on the horizon

The WAAMpeller propeller will be based on a Promarin design that is typically found on a Damen Stan Tug 1606

The WAAMpeller propeller will be based on a Promarin design that is typically found on a Damen Stan Tug 1606

Marking a major step forward in the application of 3D printing techniques in the maritime sector, Damen Shipyards Group has entered a cooperative consortium with RAMLAB, Promarin, Autodesk and Bureau Veritas. The goal of this group of forward-looking companies is to develop the world’s first class approved 3D printed ship’s propeller, to be called the WAAMpeller.

Damen’s involvement in the project began just over a year ago as a result of one of its in-house student research programmes. Continue reading

UK P&I Club issues advice on cargo cold treatment failures

UK P&I Club says that it has seen an increase in refrigerated cargo claims for fresh fruit being shipped from South America to the United States due to cold treatment failure. George Radu, Claims Executive at Thomas Miller Americas, comments on this increase and offers prevention solutions.

The process of cargo cold treatment is a more efficient way to exterminate fruit insects than fumigation, as it maintains a sufficient low temperature for a pre-determined period, in order to exterminate insects and larvae in perishable cargo. The period and temperature required are defined in protocols established by the relevant authorities of the importing countries.

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IIMS and eCMID Singapore seminars 2017

IIMS has planned and organised a three day programme of events taking place in Singapore from 31 July to 2 August 2017.

Venue: Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore by Shangri-la
1A Cuscaden Road, Orchard, 249716 Singapore
See hotel web site

The three day event provisional programme comprises in brief:
Monday 31 July: International Institute of Marine Surveying Seminar
Tuesday 1 August: eCMID AVI Seminar
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Osprey RIBs collision report published by MAIB

The MAIBs report of the collision between the rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) Osprey and Osprey II resulting in serious injuries to one passenger in the Firth of Forth, Scotland on 19 July 2016 has been published. The report contains details of what happened, subsequent actions taken and recommendations made.

Summary
At 1252 on 19 July 2016, two passenger carrying rigid inflatable boats (RIBs), Osprey and Osprey II, collided in the Firth of Forth. A passenger who was sitting on an inflatable tube of Osprey II was crushed between Osprey’s bow and Osprey II’s helm console, resulting in her sustaining serious injuries.

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Baltic Yachts announces the launch of the world’s largest carbon-fibre sloop

The world’s largest carbon-fibre sloop has been launched by Baltic Yachts

The world’s largest carbon-fibre sloop has been launched by Baltic Yachts

The Baltic Yachts 175 Pink Gin VI, the world’s largest carbon-fibre sloop, embarked on an unusual maiden voyage recently – by road. She was safely transported over a distance of 21km by a specialist low-loader from Baltic Yachts’ inland manufacturing site at Bosund to their waterfront yard in Jakobstad in preparation for final fit out and imminent launch next month.

The all carbon composite 160-ton, silver sloop might be impressively light for a yacht of her size, but she proved quite a challenge for the local road system. She travelled at an average speed of about 10km/hr during the journey during which roundabouts, a railroad crossing and other obstacles had to be negotiated. Baltic Yachts had permission to widen the road and temporarily removed traffic signs so that the unusual load could travel safely along her way.

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