Atlas Copco acquires Class 1 Incorporated

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Lincoln introduces new innovations

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Three Sailors Rescued from Sinking Ship Off American Samoa

first_imgTwo Americans and a Canadian have been rescued from a vessel that began taking on water this morning 150 nautical miles (280km) south-south west of American Samoa.The initial report was received via Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) Honolulu shortly after 4.30am, with the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) receiving a transmission from the vessel’s emergency locator beacon (EPIRB) just before 8am.The crew of the vessel, the 31m MV Horizons, was communicating via satellite phone and email with a contact in Tonga and reported the vessel was taking on water and expected to sink. Liferafts were deployed alongside, in case it became necessary to abandon ship, with the crew equipped with a handheld vhf radio to maintain communications.RCCNZ Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator Dave Wilson said three vessels were directed to the scene with charter fishing vessel MV Last Stall the first to arrive, rescuing the crew at around midday.An RNZAF P3 Orion was also dispatched to area and due to arrive at around 2pm, but was recalled following the rescue.The MV Horizons remains afloat at this stage and a navigation warning will be issued alerting shipping in the area. It is not known what caused the vessel to take on water but it is expected to sink. The vessel is registered in the Cayman Islands and is believed to be a long-range support vessel for fishing charters.“This is an excellent outcome for what could have been a very serious incident,” Mr Wilson said.“We were fortunate there were a number of vessels relatively close to the scene and particularly appreciate the efforts of the MV Last Stall, which was heading for Tonga for repairs to its propeller shaft when it responded.”The MV Last Stall is continuing to Tonga with the rescued crew on board, a journey expected to take around two days.[mappress]Maritime NZ, June 17, 2013last_img read more

ABS classes LNG-powered ethane carrier

first_imgThe American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) on Thursday said it has classed the LNG-powered ethane carrier, Navigator Aurora, that has recently been delivered to Navigator Gas by Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, China.The Navigator Aurora is the first of four Navigator Gas ethane/ethylene midsize vessels to be delivered with ABS Class during 2016 and early 2017, ABS said in its statement.The vessel has a cargo capacity of 37,000-cbm and features dual fuel engines capable of operating on diesel fuel or LNG.In a separate statement, TGE Marine informed it has supervised the sea trials of the vessel, that is equipped with TGE’s bilobe type C cargo tanks, gas handling system and a high pressure LNG fuel supply package.Navigator Aurora’s MAN ME-GI main engine has been tested with LNG under various load cases, TGE said.The ship has been chartered by Borealis and is set to transport ethane from the US to Europe starting end of 2016. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

Ideal for multiple injuries

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more

Coordinadora Internacional de Cargas moves 175 heat exchangers

first_imgThe total cargo amounted to 3,364 tonnes and 6,023 cu m and is part of a project awarded to Coordinadora in summer 2010.Coordinadora undertook all the specialist transport activity at both origin and destination, as well as all coordination with subcontractors to ensure that sufficient trucking capacity was available to secure efficient delivery to the port and avoid delays during loading. The recently created Coordinadora Engineering Department provided carrier-assistance for stowage, lifting and lashing plans, and survey operations in Korea and Saudi Arabia.last_img read more

Mammoet unveils TPA concept

first_imgMammoet says that using these hydraulically powered trailers reduces the number of trucks required to pull and steer to just one, as well as greatly enhancing trailer combination versatility, manoeuvrability and safety of the entire transport.Traditionally, explains Mammoet, in the road transport of very large and heavy cargo on multiple trailers, two or four trucks can be required at the front to pull and steer, and two or four trucks at the back to push or brake assist. The trucks and trailers are mechanically connected, increasing pulling and braking power but limiting their manoeuvrability. Instead of trucks, heavy haulage prime movers are also used – but all of them need to drive back empty.Initiated by Mammoet and developed in cooperation with German trailer manufacturer Scheuerle, the new TPA system is based on the Scheuerle K25 trailer, which is fitted with a power pack unit (PPU) that hydraulically powers four of the six axle lines.The PPU is mounted at one or either end of the trailer, depending on the configuration, or can be positioned on the prime mover to replace the counterweight for traction. Each PPU is powered by a MTU V12 diesel engine, that generates 1,000 horsepower and a traction power of over 40 tonnes. The TPA system is also specified for all weather extremes.The draw bar pull of the TPA is the equivalent of two fully loaded prime movers, meaning that one TPA can replace at least two trucks – this has a number of advantages, notes Mammoet.It reduces the length of the transport and enhances manoeuvrability by requiring only one truck at the front to pull and steer; while one single truck driver operating the system virtually eliminates communication errors, increasing safety on long haul transports.TPA power can be multiplied by adding more TPA trailers and PPUs, increasing efficiency compared to using multiple trucks. After on-site delivery the TPA can be operated by remote control in ‘creep mode’ for maximum manoeuvrability and positioning, added Mammoet. One truck can return the empty TPA units in frictionless ‘free-wheel’ mode.Mammoet claims that the assisted road speed of the TPA is at least five times higher with only a third of the fuel consumption compared to a transport using only self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT), considerably reducing the carbon footprint.Above the maximum speed of 25 km/h the PPUs shut off and the truck can pull the trailer combination to highway speeds of up to 80 km/h. This means that larger loads can be transported over longer distances with safer higher average speeds, says the heavy lift and transport engineering specialist.In future, added Mammoet, exceptionally large transports weighing more than 2,000 tonnes over longer distances using multiple rows of trailers with one truck at the front and one at the back could become a reality.Scheuerle is currently building two TPA prototypes in a joint venture with Mammoet; in 2016, these two prototypes will be field-tested by Mammoet.Watch an animation of the TPA system below:  www.mammoet.comwww.scheuerle.delast_img read more

Appeal court critical of judge who took 22 months to make ruling

first_imgThe Court of Appeal has described it as ‘inexcusable’ that a High Court judge took almost 22 months to produce his ruling in a multi-million pound dispute between Russian parties.Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court, said in Bank St Petersburg PJSC & Anor v Arkhangelsky & Anor that the unwritten rule in the business and property courts was for judgments to be delivered within three months of the hearing.Sir Geoffrey said the delay from Mr Justice Hildyard, following a 6.5-week trial, was ‘regrettable’ and meant the judge was less able to handle the overall case because findings were dealt with so far apart.He added: ‘The “three-month” general rule should be adhered to even in long and complex cases. Justice delayed is justice denied. The parties to civil, and particularly commercial, litigation are entitled to receive their judgments within a reasonably short period of time.‘That period should not be longer than three months. As has been repeatedly said, any other approach will lead to a loss of public and business confidence in our justice system.’In the event, Vos opted not to uphold the appeal solely on the basis of the delay, but he did rule the judgment unsafe on other grounds.The underlying issue was a claim for £16.5m by a bank against the defendants under personal guarantees and one personal loan. The defendants counterclaimed for damages against the bank and its chairman for unlawfully causing them harm under Russian civil law.Hildyard tried the case over 46 sitting days, with the hearings ending in July 2016. He delivered his judgment in May 2018, and the bank succeeded on all its debt claims. The defendants appealed, saying the judge had misdirected himself as to the standard of proof, setting too high a bar for dishonesty to be established. They also alleged inconsistencies in the judgment and said Hildyard took a piecemeal approach which prevented him standing back to see the wider picture.Vos said the judge had taken a methodical approach and carefully identified the important issues, and he paid tribute to the ‘logic and comprehensive nature’ of the ruling. But reading the judgment as a whole, he was ‘in little doubt’ that the judge applied too high a standard of proof throughout his treatment of the counterclaim. Furthermore, the inconsistencies and the application of a piecemeal approach rendered the judge’s conclusions on the counterclaim unsafe.Vos added that the judge ‘failed adequately to stand back from his sequence of factual findings so as to consider them as a whole’. A retrial was ordered.last_img read more

Small, light and efficient transformer

first_imgTRANSFORMER: ABB has developed a traction transformer that uses power electronics to reduce size and weight while increasing energy efficiency.The Power Electronic Traction Transformer is based on multi-level converter topology that uses IGBT power semiconductors and medium-frequency transformers to replace the conventional transformer and inverter combination. The medium-frequency transformer also reduces noise levels. The pilot application of PETT is a 4500 kg unit with a nominal rating of 1·2 MW and short-term peak of 1·8 MW which has been fitted to a 15 kV 16·7 Hz Swiss Federal Railways Ee933 shunting locomotive used at Genève Cornavin station.‘The innovative use of power semiconductors in a core component such as traction transformers opens up new opportunities for rail markets around the world, and should be extendable across a range of other applications,’ according to Markus Heimbach, head of the Transformers business within ABB’s Power Products division. ‘In addition to its weight and size advantages, the new PETT helps improve efficiency and reduces noise levels.’last_img read more

CSR Sifang to set up in Argentina

first_imgARGENTINA: On November 4 Minister of the Interior & Transport Florencio Randazzo announced that he had signed an agreement with CSR Sifang, under which the Chinese rolling stock manufacturer would establish a facility in Buenos Aires.Randazzo said that the facility would be located within the Liniers workshops that maintain rolling stock for the Sarmiento commuter route, including the new EMU fleet delivered by CSR Sifang.The possibility of undertaking rolling stock production at this site would be considered, he added. This move would start the technology transfer process required to revive rolling stock production in Argentina, said Randazzo.last_img read more