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PESCA: BAGLIORI POSITIVI DALLA FINANZIARIA
In contrasto con il clima di forte preoccupazione e di pessimismo con cui il settore attendeva una "Finanziaria di guerra", giungono notizie su una sostanziale tenuta del settore che se non arriva ad irrobustire più di tanto la sua dotazione, mantiene un livello accettabile di finanziamento per il triennio 2004-2006 (90 milioni annui per il piano della pesca).
Un risultato certamente positivo è costituito, inoltre, dalla proroga della estensione della Legge 30/98 alla pesca costiera, che consentirebbe di poter applicare anche nel 2004 le agevolazioni fiscali e previdenziali essenziali per la tenuta di migliaia di imprese. Elementi positivi, questi, che vengono rafforzati anche da alcune semplificazioni utili a mettere mano con urgenza alla programmazione triennale in termini maggiormente flessibili ed adeguati al nuovo quadro normativo su cui le sussistenti incertezze in materia di decentramento di ruoli e competenze rischiano di inceppare il sistema pesca nazionale.
La soddisfazione di vedere accolte alcune istanze del movimento cooperativo potrebbe certamente essere accresciuta da ulteriori miglioramenti pur sempre possibili nell'iter parlamentare, che potrebbero rispondere ad importanti esigenze della categoria tuttora stretta da una crisi che più che congiunturale appare profondamente strutturale e che le evoluzioni della Politica Comune della pesca rischiano di aggravare.
L'AGCI PESCA esprimendo moderata soddisfazione sulle notizie ancora parziali che giungono dal fronte della Finanziaria, auspica che Governo e Parlamento possano inserire, accanto alla loro conferma, ulteriori misure in grado di sostenere l'occupazione e rilanciare gli investimenti nel settore, assicurando in questo senso il proprio impegno affinché , pur nella difficile fase economica, possano essere date nuove prospettive alla pesca italiana. (AGCI PESCA, 30 settembre 2003)

IMPORTANT MARINE INDUSTRY GATHERING IN BRISBANE
The first Ausmarine event to be held in Brisbane will run from October 28-30 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Sponsored by the Queensland Government's State Development Department, the convention and trade show has drawn a "star line-up" of nearly sixty top class speakers from all over Australia and a number of other countries.
Expected to be something of a "gathering of the marine clans", Ausmarine aims to attract marine industry professionals from both the commercial and government sectors. It is, in every sense, a high quality event. The Brisbane Ausmarine will be the ninth to be held.
With Brisbane becoming increasingly important as both a maritime and commercial centre it was an obvious choice for a new venue.
"The fact that the Queensland Government has agreed to support Ausmarine is a very exciting and welcome development," said Neil Baird, Chairman of organising company Baird Publications. "This gives an idea of the seriousness with which the Government views the marine industry in general. Queensland has a long and mostly beautiful coastline. This encourages and necessitates many marine activities from shipbuilding through fishing and aquaculture to transport and tourism. We are delighted to be working with such a positive and supportive government to ensure that the commercial and government sectors of the marine business have their 'day in the spotlight'," Mr Baird concluded. (Baird Publications, September 2003

AUSTAL ANNOUNCES THIRD CONTRACTWITH NEW WORLD FIRST FERRY. TWO MORE 47.5 METRE CATAMARANS FOR HONG KONG - MACAU ROUTE
Reflecting the high degree of satisfaction with its existing Austal catamarans, Hong Kong based New World First Ferry Services (Macau) Limited ("First Ferry (Macau)") has signed its third contract with Austal Ships in two years. The latest order is for two 47.5 metre passenger catamarans that will take the total number of vessels built by Austal for the group to seven.
Austal subsidiary Image Marine will shortly deliver two 41 metre harbour cruise vessels to New World First Travel Services Limited, a member of NWS Holdings Limited, and will also build the two new catamarans. The high-speed ferries will be almost identical to the trio Austal Ships delivered to First Ferry (Macau) in October last year and will join those vessels on the Hong Kong to Macau route.
Due for delivery in September 2004, the two new vessels will carry 430 passengers, a slight increase compared to the previous three deliveries. They will powered by four MTU 16V 4000 diesels driving Kamewa waterjets to give a service speed of 42 knots, allowing the crossing from Hong Kong to Macau to be completed in approximately 55 minutes. First Ferry (Macau)'s operational experience has proved the excellent seakeeping performance of the Austal hull design and led to its decision not to fit the retractable ride control fins that feature on the earlier vessels.
Mr John Hui, Director and General Manager of First Ferry (Macau), said passenger demand on the route was continuing to increase, at least in part due to the high quality service the company was providing with its modern fast ferries.
"Our initial ferry order with Austal Ships demonstrated how successful this route could be utilising these fast, comfortable and reliable catamarans. We are very pleased with the performance of the vessels and the feedback we have received from our customers has been very positive," Mr Hui said.
Austal's Managing Director, Mr Bob McKinnon, said the excellent performance of those vessels and First Ferry (Macau)'s previous experience working with Austal were both keys to securing the repeat order.
"This contract reflects the good relationship formed between our companies throughout the previous builds of five quality, customised vessels and the superior performance they have displayed," Mr McKinnon said.
Mr Hui confirmed Bob McKinnon's comments about the good rapport that has developed between the two companies.
"During the build of the passenger ferries and the harbour cruise vessels our companies have developed a very positive and cooperative working environment and we look forward to this continuing throughout the course of this new project," Mr Hui said.
PRINCIPAL PARTICULARS
Length Overall: 47.5 metres
Length Waterline: 44.0 metres
Beam Moulded: 11.8 metres
Hull Depth Moulded: 3.8 metres
Maximum Draft: 1.4 metres
Passengers: 430
Crew: 8
PROPULSION
Engines: 4 x MTU 16V 4000 M70
Gearboxes: 4 x Reintjes VLJ 930 HL
Waterjets: 4 x Kamewa 63 SII
Speed: 42 knots
SURVEY
Classification Det Norske Veritas X1A1 HSLC Passenger R2 EO. (Austal Ships, 22 September 2003)

WYNN PROVIDES CLEAR VIEW FOR THE CEFAS ENDEAVOUR
CEFAS Endeavour Recently launched fishery research vessel 'CEFAS Endeavour' relies on a wiper system from Wynn Marine to ensure a clear view at all times and in all weather conditions.
Wynn's best selling Type D wiper system forms the basis of a reliable and technologically advanced wiper system. The Type D is a heavy duty externally mounted motor Straight line wiper hailing from Wynn's Ocean Range. It offers the most advanced design of linear wiping action available and is acknowledged as the most durable and reliable marine wiper in the world. Operating noise is especially low, fulfilling a specification that the CEFAS Endeavour must achieve on board noise levels far lower than those specified by the MCA.
Reflecting the technology focused build of the vessel, Wynn's Series 3000 network control system has been employed to provide the wiper system's operating network and interface. The Series 3000 can control up to 50 separate wipers or other electrical equipment and comes in a modular design for ease of installation, maintenance and upgrading.
The CEFAS Endeavour utilises the Series 3000 Touch Pad controller, which can be upgraded to the fully programmable interface Touch Screen controller if required.
The 73m CEFAS Endeavour was built by Ferguson Shipbuilders of Port Glasgow for owners the Scottish Department of the Environment, Food and Rural affairs and has been in operation since March 2003. The vessel is operated by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science.(Wynstruments, Sept. 2003)

LLOYD'S REGISTER LAUNCHES DISTANCE LEARNING TRAINING PROGRAMME
Lloyd's Register has launched an interactive, CD-ROM distance learning training program for shipboard staff, produced in co-operation with leading training technology organisation Videotel Interactive. The new program has been designed and produced as an integral component of Lloyd's Register's Hull Planned Maintenance Scheme (HPMS), one of several maintenance management services the Lloyd's Register Group offers to enable shipboard staff to take a more active role in the classification process.
HPMS is an alternative hull survey regime for selected ship types based on the alignment and integration of classification requirements with an operator's existing hull inspection and maintenance programme. It enables operators who have already demonstrated a commitment to maintenance management to empower selected, accredited shipboard staff to carry out regular hull inspections. The results are then presented to a Lloyd's Register Group surveyor for verification during the annual class survey.
The CD-ROM is designed to be both a learning aid and a reference document that draws on the Lloyd's Register Group's experience in the survey of ships. It contains multiple modules which cover a variety of general and ship-type specific topics, including An Introduction to Classification, Personal Health and Safety, General Ship Knowledge, Inspections and Marine Coatings. The ship-type specific modules illustrate the design and construction processes for that particular ship type, along with details of common defects. Such units have been prepared for gas carriers, passenger ships, container ships, vehicle carriers and ro-ro ships. Users are required to demonstrate their understanding of each unit by completing an in-built assessment.
"Shipboard staff have an important role to play in maintenance management, and this CD-ROM-based training programme will enable them to carry out their duties under the Hull Planned Maintenance Scheme in an effective manner, while enhancing their overall knowledge of ship structures and survey requirements," says Chris Holland, Lloyd's Register's Product Manager for Maintenance Management.
After completion of the distance learning program, participants attend a one or two day training workshop, either ashore or on board one of the operator's ships. The latter option clearly provides the best method for practical demonstrations but is subject to the availability of a suitable ship. The workshop repeats some of the distance learning material in greater detail, with emphasis on the identification of defects, repairs and the reporting of inspection. Participants are encouraged to take an active role through their involvement in assigned tasks and a question and answer forum.
Upon successful completion of the training course, ship's staff are issued a certificate of authorisation which qualifies them to undertake hull inspections on the particular ship type they received training on. Authorisation is valid for five years, after which time ship's staff must undergo refresher training. This is conducted along the same lines as the initial qualifying workshop, with the additional benefit of updating the individual on further experience gained by the Lloyd's Register Group in the identification and prediction of defects on the relevant ship type. (Lloyd's Register, Sep. 2003)

LLOYD'S REGISTER TRAINS 1,000 ISPS COURSE DELEGATES
One thousand delegates have now been trained by Lloyd's Register in its worldwide series of courses for company security officers (CSOs) and ship security officers (SSOs). Lloyd's Register has now delivered 74 public International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) courses in 19 countries as part of its drive to help companies comply with the ISPS Code.
The training courses can also be run 'in-house', on the premises of individual companies. P&O Ferries recently took up this option, and the first, of a contracted series of eight such courses, was delivered in September 2003.
Lloyd's Register launched its CSO and SSO courses in May of this year with the aim of providing personnel from shipping companies with a clear idea of how to begin implementation of the ISPS Code. The courses are now available in several locations around the world, including Bangkok, Copenhagen, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuwait, London, Manila, Melbourne, Piraeus, Rotterdam, Stamford and Toronto.
Additionally, Lloyd's Register's ISPS training courses have been recognised as fulfilling the training requirements of several national administrations, including the UK, Liberia, the Isle of Man and the Marshall Islands. (Lloyd's Register)

KONGSBERG MARITIME LAUNCHES TYPE APPROVED GPS COMPASS
Kongsberg Seapath 20 The new Seapath 20 GPS Compass from Kongsberg Seatex has achieved IMO type approval from DNV, Norway as THD (Transmitting Heading Device) using GNSS principle. The Seapath 20 replaces several vessel instruments with one compact navigation package (gyrocompass, GPS system, speed log and rate-of-turn indicator) that outputs heading, position, velocity and rate-of-turn, together with 1-second time pulse (1PPS) for synchronization of other survey systems.
The product comprises three components, a Sensor Unit, a Processing Unit and a Display Unit. The Sensor Unit contains two GPS sensors and an inertial sensor device. The Processing Unit contains the main CPU, a number of individually configurable RS-232 or 422 output serial lines and Ethernet. The Display Unit provides an LCD screen for navigation information and push buttons for user control and command.
The precise heading information is not effected by the latitude and vessel dynamics as with traditional gyrocompasses. Heading is derived from the fixed-distance dual GPS antenna arrangement in the Sensor Unit based on advanced phase measurements. The inertial sensor device in the Sensor Unit provides yaw information. In case of short GPS outages, the inertial sensor automatically takes over as the prime source for heading determination until the GPS signals become reliable again.
Working together seamlessly, the inertial and GPS components of the Seapath 20 ensure accurate, continuous and robust heading information. The Seapath 20 offers the market a high precision GPS compass providing an accuracy in heading of 0.3ƒ and up to 20 Hz update rate of heading, position and rate of turn. (Kongsberg Seatex, www.kongsberg.com, Sep. 2003)

INTERMARINE VARA UN GUARDACOSTE PER LA GUARDIA DI FINANZA E SI AGGIUDICA UN NUOVO CONTRATTO
116 Lagana L'unita' navale, denominata G116 Lagana', la prima della nuova serie di dieci guardacoste da 27 m in costruzione per la Guardia di Finanza e' stato preceduto dalla conferma dell'ordine da parte delle Fiamme Gialle di due nuovi pattugliatori da 35 metri.
Varato oggi, 18 settembre 2003 alle ore 18.00 presso il cantiere Intermarine di Sarzana, il Guardacoste operativo Classe Bigliani VI Serie "G116 Lagana'". La cerimonia presieduta dal Gen. Castore Palmerini, comandante del Comando Regionale Liguria della Guardia di Finanza e diretto dal Direttore di Stabilimento Intermarine Edoardo Cossutta, ha visto il tradizionale rituale della rottura della bottiglia compiuto dalla madrina della cerimonia, la sig.ra Silvana Lagana', diretta discendente del Brigadiere di Mare PIETRO LAGANA', Croce di Guerra al Valor Militare della II Guerra Mondiale, a cui e' stata intitolata la nave. L'unita' "G116 LAGANA' che sara' consegnata nel 2004, e' l'evoluzione dei due Guardacoste Marino e Pedretti, costruiti per la Marina Militare nel 1985.
Nave Lagana', realizzato in materiale composito e' un guardacoste da 27 m capace di raggiungere velocita' di 40 nodi che si caratterizza per le sofisticate tecniche di costruzione con le quali soddisfare gli elevati standard qualitativi richiesti dalla Guardia di Finanza per espletare al meglio le attivita' di pattugliamento costiero e di contrasto alle attivitą illecite e clandestine.
La nave varata oggi fa parte di un lotto di fornitura per la Guardia di Finanza che prevede la realizzazione di altre nove guardacoste da 27 metri e tre da 35 metri gia' varati negli scorsi mesi e in avanzata fase di costruzione. In particolare, il primo dei pattugliatori da 35 metri, il "G3 Di Bartolo" sara' consegnato il prossimo mese di Ottobre mentre la totalita' della fornitura sara' portata a termine entro la fine del 2006.
Due giorni prima del varo, inoltre Intermarine ha ricevuto conferma da parte della GdF dell'ordine di altri due pattugliatori da 35 metri gemelli ai tre gia' in costruzione a conferma dell'ottimo lavoro svolto dal cantiere e dell'alta qualita' delle navi costruite. Il contratto del valore di circa 25 milioni di euro prevede la consegna nel 2006. (Intermarine SpA, Settembre 2003)

LLOYD'S REGISTER PUBLISHES LATEST MARINE TECHNICAL NEWS PUBLICATION HORIZONS
Lloyd's Register has published the fifth edition of Horizons, its technical publication for the marine industry. This issue provides 16 pages of information on technical issues affecting the maritime industry.
Issue 5, September 2003 includes:

  • recent deliveries to Lloyd's Register class
  • an overview of the phase-out of single-hull tankers, with information on the Condition Assessment Scheme, the Condition Assessment Programme and the Enhanced Survey Programme
  • a look at Lloyd's Register's Ship Emergency Response Service
  • a discussion of Sulzer's and MAN B&W's electronically controlled diesel engines
  • a case study involving P&O Nedlloyd, illustrating the genesis of Lloyd's Register's Hull Planned Maintenance Scheme
  • an overview of ice-strengthened vessels, with a particular focus on Fortum's double-acting tankers, Tempera and Mastera.(Lloyd's Register, www.lr.org, September 15, 2003)

    A "SWIFT" PASSAGE ESTABLISHES BARRIER REEF SPEED PASSAGE
    HSV 2 Swift, the Incat-built US Navy high speed Wave Piercing Catamaran delivered by the Hobart, Tasmania based shipyard last month, has completed the fastest ever transit of the northern Great Barrier Reef from Cairns to Booby Island.
    The distance is 488 nautical miles pilot to pilot and on August 31 the Swift covered the distance in 12.5 hours at an average speed of 39.04 knots. The speed takes into account the period required to slow down to embark and disembark the pilot and once underway the transit was made at an actual speed of over 40 knots.
    The transit was made using electronic charts and using Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) available in the Great Barrier Reef courtesy of Australian Maritime Safety Authority shore stations.
    The passage through the Reef also included the transit of the newly established Fairway Channel.
    The High Speed Vessel (HSV) HSV 2 Swift will serve operationally as an interim Mine Warfare Command and Support Ship (MCS), and support transformational mine warfare modular mission payload initiatives. In support of Navy experimentation, the HSV will be used to explore concepts, capabilities and military utility associated with the advanced hull and propulsion technology integrated with advanced communications in support of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.
    For the Marine Corps, the HSV will conduct a series of limited-objective experiments, exercises, demonstrations and training events that develop interoperability potential of high-speed vessels with causeways, watercraft, amphibious ships and other shipping. Experimentation data will be used to access the military utility of HSVs and future joint and naval military operations or applications.
    The HSV is capable of maintaining an average speed of 35 knots or greater, loaded with 500 short tons, consisting of 350 personnel and military equipment. A minimum operating range of 1100 nautical miles at 35 knots is required by the contract, as is a minimum transit range of 4000 nautical miles at an average speed of 20 knots. Furthermore, she must be capable of 24-hour operations at slow speeds (3-10 knots) for experimentation with unmanned autonomous vehicles, and to support dedicated and emerging organic mine warfare missions.
    A stern ramp capable of on/off loading directly astern or to the starboard quarter is fitted. The ramp is capable of loading/unloading a multitude of military vehicles up to and including M1A1 main battle tanks of up to 141,000 lbs. Swift is also fitted with a load compensating crane capable of launch and recovery of small boats and unmanned vehicles up to 26,000 lbs. whilst underway. The crane is capable of lifting up to 22,000 lbs. to and from the flight deck.
    Perhaps one of the most impressive features of Swift is the NAVAIR certified helicopter flight deck for operation of MH-60S, CH-46, UH-1 and AH-1 helicopters. An area protected from the weather for storage and maintenance of two MH-60S helicopters has also been provided to enhance aviation operations in day, night and instrument meteorological conditions.
    With sea trials, Navy acceptance, and crew certification complete Swift will now deploy and commence routine operations. The vessel will operate with crews stationed at Naval Station Ingleside, Texas, and Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Virginia. (Incat, www.incat.com, September 5, 2003)

    ALBERI COMPOSITI VULKAN AL SALONE NAUTICO DI GENOVA
    Vulkan Vulkan presenta, per la prima volta al Salone di Genova (ma per Vulkan non e' un prodotto nuovo ndr), un albero in composito, gia' adottato in diverse applicazioni, soprattutto da lavoro.
    Gli alberi compositi Vulkan sono particolarmente adatti per sistemi di trasmissione che richiedono una massa ridotta e/o dove c'è una grande distanza tra i supporti d'albero. Gli alberi compositi Vulkan sono utilizzati con successo in tutto il mondo per sistemi di propulsione navale e per generatori di potenza, dove la riduzione di peso e l'eliminazione dei supporti d'albero intermedi è di fondamentale importanza.
    Questi sono attualmente in servizio a bordo di traghetti veloci, di pattugliatori, di navi da lavoro, di yachts e su impianti terrestri.
    Gli alberi compositi Vulkan sono realizzati tramite una fibra di carbonio rinforzata con materiali sintetici, impiegando le più recenti tecniche di produzione. Le fibre di carbonio sono realizzate in singoli strati che vengono posti in modo incrociato tra loro secondo determinati angoli di avvolgimento. Questo consente all'albero di trasmettere la coppia in entrambe le direzioni e, attraverso un accurato studio, l'angolo di avvolgimento può essere variato per soddisfare le caratteristiche richieste dall'applicazione, per esempio la rigidezza torsionale e flessionale. L'albero composito Vulkan utilizza flangie metalliche di connessione ad entrambe le estremità per poterlo collegare alle flangie del sistema di trasmissione.
    Gli alberi compositi Vulkan sono realizzati in fibra di carbonio rinforzata con materiale sintetico ed hanno le seguenti caratteristiche:

  • offrono un risparmio di peso fino al 70% rispetto ad un albero in acciaio
  • consentono una maggiore distanza tra i supporti eliminando i cuscinetti intermedi e riducendo il peso e la complessità degli elementi della linea d'albero
  • dispongono di flangie metalliche fisse ad entrambe le estremità per la connessione alle flangie del sistema di trasmissione
  • attenuano il rumore e presentano caratteristiche di smorzamento
  • non sono soggetti ad usura né a corrosione
  • presentano una bassa espansione termica
  • sono amagnetici. (Vulkan, Settembre 2003)

    TOP MARITIME SUPPLIERS ON SHOW AT AUSMARINE
    Australia's leading maritime and fishing industry trade show, Ausmarine, will be held in Brisbane for the first time from October 28-30, 2003. Venue will be the first class Brisbane Convention Centre.
    With more than 60 per cent of Australia's commercial and government ships and boats operating in the three eastern mainland states, Brisbane represents the bull's eye of the target market. This undoubtedly accounts for the high quality and quantity of the exhibitors that have already confirmed their involvement. They represent a "Who's Who" of international marine industry suppliers. (Baird Publications, September 2003)

    FARSTAD JOINT VENTURE ORDERS UT722L PACKAGES FROM ROLLS-ROYCE
    Brazilian state oil company Petrobras has awarded Brazil Offshore Services (BOS) long term charters to operate one vessel under the Petrobras 12 000 contract and another under the Petrobras 15 000 contract. BOS is a Brazilian joint venture company owned 50/50 by Farstad of Alesund in Norway and Petroserve of Brazil.
    BOS in turn has selected Rolls-Royce design and equipment packages worth altogether about NOK 270 million for the two vessels. Both will be to the UT 722L design, but specifications vary to suit the two operating contracts, each of which has an eight year period.
    Estaleiro Itajai in Brazil has been chosen as the builder of these vessels, which will be of a very high standard. Deliveries are scheduled for 2005.
    The UT722L is a multi-function anchor handling tug supply vessel, and is a lengthened version of the UT722. Farstad ordered the first example of each design; the UT 722 Far Grip which entered service in 1993 and the UT722L Far Senior in 1998, and currently has three UT 722 and two UT 722L AHTS in its fleet.
    Ship Technology - Ulstein in Rolls-Royce is responsible for the designs and associated comprehensive equipment packages. The main role for the vessels will be setting out anchors and laying and maintaining moorings for floating oil installations in the Brazilian deep water offshore fields.
    They will therefore have powerful and complex Rauma Brattvaag low pressure hydraulic winch outfits for handling chain, wire and synthetic fibre rope. Supply capacity will be secondary to towing and anchor handling, but the two vessels are to be equipped to FiFi II standard for firefighting and will also have equipment and a substantial tankage for oil recovery.
    The main difference in specification is in the engine power and machinery layout. The vessel for the Petrobras 12 000 contract will have a bollard pull of over 150 tonnes, and will have a twin engine installation - two Bergen 12 cylinder BVM-series units. The other is to have a more powerful four engine father-and-son layout, using an eight cylinder Bergen B32:40 longstroke engine and a six cylinder unit of the same type driving each of the two Kamewa Ulstein CP propellers. In this case the bollard pull will be in excess of 180 tonnes.
    Dynamic positioning to IMO DP1 has been specified, and to achieve this the CP propellers and high lift rudders will be assisted by two Kamewa Ulstein tunnel thrusters at the stern, each rated at 736kW, an 883kW tunnel bow thruster and a 1,120kW Ulstein Aquamaster swing-up azimuth thruster under the bow.
    There is to be accommodation for a total of 30 people, and in accordance with its usual practice, Farstad has stipulated very low levels of noise and vibration.
    Similar winch systems have been chosen for each vessel. The main anchorhandling winch will be a two drum unit, rated at 350 tonnes pull on the first layer, which is less than some of the other AHTS in the fleet, but balanced by a higher hauling speed. Chain lifters for up to 165mm chain will be provided and there will be very large rig chain lockers totalling 560m3.
    Four secondary winches will be stacked in pairs above and ahead of the main winch, each with a 125T pull and 170T brake rating, intended for fibre rope.
    When the two vessels enter service Farstad and BOS will have altogether 12 offshore support vessels operating for Petrobras in Brazilian waters.
    Farstad has chosen UT-Designs since 1987 and to date has put into service examples of the UT 705, UT 712, UT 722, UT 722L, UT728, UT 730, UT 745, UT750, UT 755 and UT 755L designs, in some cases several of each or the first of the type. At present the company has a UT728L under construction at Itajai for its Brazilian BOS joint venture, a second UT712 due for delivery in July 2003 from Simek in Norway for the IOS joint venture, following Lady Caroline which was handed over in March of this year, and a UT 755 at Brevik also for IOS. (Rolls-Royce, www.rolls-royce.com, September 2003)

    FUEL FLOW MEASUREMENT SYSTEM
    Amot Controls, your complete engine solutions provider, would like to introduce you to the most innovative diesel fuel flow measurement system on the market today. Meet FuelCom, the fully integrated system designed for large diesel engine fuel measurement.
    Installing our new Global Positioning Software in conjunction with the fuel meters will provide you with the most accurate measurement of your fuel burn independent of load, wind or direction. Using this software, one customer has reported a fuel savings of 10 - 15% by reducing hull speed 0.2 knots. What's more important, a quarter mile distance per hour or a Quarter Million Dollar savings per year? (Amot, www.amot.com, www.amotcontrols.com, September 2003)

    SIMRAD OFFERS NEW TFT DISPLAY SIZES
    Simrad new range  LCD monitors Simrad has launched a new range of LCD monitors in various sizes designed for use across all professional and commercial fishing applications. Based on the high quality Fujitsu TFT MVA Premium technology, these industrialised displays are now available in 15', 17' 19' and 23' versions, with a 10' version due soon.
    Simrad pays particular attention to display quality and this new range of monitors is the perfect compliment to the SunView range already offered by the marine electronics specialist. Called the 'CF' range all the displays offer excellent clarity and enhanced colour and image quality. Improved input options means that each model includes DVI-D input, RGB standard input and Video input.
    As with Simrad's SunView displays, CF displays can be viewed almost anywhere on a vessel, making them easy to position for effective working conditions. Making this possible is the controller and high light intensity in combination with high contrast and backlight adjustment controls. In addition, the displays offer a huge range of brightness options, enabling them to cope in different times of the day and strengths of sunlight. (Simrad, www.simrad.com, Sept 2003)

    UKHO SWITCHES ON ADMIRALTY DIGITAL LIST OF LIGHTS
    The Admiralty Digital List of Lights The UK Hydrographic Office has launched the latest addition to its expanding digital products range.
    The Admiralty Digital List of Lights is aimed primarily at the SOLAS commercial shipping sector and provides information on over 70,000 navigational lights throughout the world.
    It is available as of August 28th 2003 from UKHO distributors and agents.
    The Admiralty Digital List of Lights was officially announced at the Nor-Shipping exhibition in June this year.
    It builds on the earlier digital trials covering UK waters, which were successfully introduced last year.
    Designed to meet SOLAS carriage requirements, the Admiralty Digital List of Lights provides complete global coverage on one CD.
    An interactive chart-based interface accompanies the familiar tabular list format and information on any navigational light can be quickly retrieved in a single click of the mouse.
    The product is split into nine geographical areas that can be accessed using unique license codes.
    Locating lights is made even easier with the inclusion of a powerful search function.
    The interface allows for several dynamic uses of the lights information in any given area.
    Light properties such as position, light characteristics and elevation can be called up quickly and the graphic representation makes even complex sectors, simple to understand.
    Navigators are also able to add their own temporary notes to individual lights within the package.
    A unique 'View From Here' function demonstrates the advanced nature of the product.
    Click anywhere on the chart to call up a complete 360 degree scrolling view of any lights within a given range.
    Everything from a light's name and position to its elevation and colour of structure is available, making this function extremely useful when approaching unfamiliar coastlines.
    In addition to the obvious advantages of a digital interface, the Admiralty Digital List of Lights offers several methods of updating, all of which improve on the time consuming and error-prone process of manually updating paper light lists.
    The UKHO issues weekly updates via its automated updating facility as part of the subscription service that can be applied in a matter of seconds via CD, email or even web download.
    The Admiralty Digital List of Lights utilises the same information as its trusted paper counterpart but in a user-friendly and dynamic PC interface.
    It is sold by a flexible annual subscription, which includes all updates and a FREE second user licence for back-up purposes. (United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, www.ukho.gov.uk, September 2003)

    HIKE DELIVERS LONG BEACH PILOT BOAT
    Hike Metal Products Ltd. Jacobsen Pilot Services Inc. , Long Beach California recently took delivery of a new 54ft welded aluminum pilot boat from Hike Metal Products Ltd. in Wheatley, Ontario, Canada.
    Hike Metal was approached in the early summer of 2002 after Jacobsen Pilots services owner Tom Jacobsen had conducted a thorough review of the market and read an article about a new pilot boat Hike had just built and delivered to Atlantic Canada.
    Jacobsen needed a new vessel for the growing demand for Pilot services in Long Beach. What was wanted was a modern vessel , specifically designed for function , good visibility , ergonomics , and built to suit operational requirements out of Long Beach , the second largest container vessel port in the U.S.A.
    Ships calling the Port of Long Beach today are much larger and the pilots have to board further out to sea. Rush periods also now demand a bigger boat with more seating for pilots.
    After 9/11 Jacobsen Pilots partnered with the U.S. Coast Guard to help deliver Sea Marshals to incoming ships. The new pilot boat fulfills this mission when required.
    Hike Metal , now celebrating its 40th anniversary , provided a boat with a hull form based on a well proven , standard advanced chine hull design developed years ago by Hike. It is utilized Hike's 30 ft to 70 ft patrol boats , currently used on both the Great Lakes and inshore coastal operations in North and South America.
    Final design details and engineering were carried out by EYE Marine Consultants Inc. in Dartmouth Nova Scotia Canada .
    Main particulars are:
    LOA 57.7 feet (17.60 meters )
    Hull Length.54.5 feet (16.61 meters)
    Waterline Length.48.2 feet (14.7 meters)
    Molded Beam16.1 feet (4.9 meters)
    Overall Beam18.8 feet (5.73 meters)
    Draft 5.25 feet (1.6 meters)
    Approx Fuel Capcity 1,200 U.S.gallons (45,00 liters)
    Water Cap.50 USG200 liters Complement 10
    Max Full load Displ.32 tonnes approx.
    Speed 28 - 29 knots
    Main Engines2 X Detroit Diesel / MTU 12V2000 rated at 965 bhp @ 2,100 RPM Gearboxes DD6557 2:1 reduction ratio.
    The deep-V hull provides smooth fast and responsive handling while the flattened side chine's afford excellent lateral stability , lift and further help knock down spray.
    The structural design is based on LRS Special Service craft rules while ABYC rules govern systems and outfit.
    Careful attention was paid to weight control , to produce a robust and yet sea-kindly craft fit for the demanding role of pilot transfer.
    The vessel is designed to have a minimum service life of 30 years. Maintenance and service access was of paramount importance to Jacobsen Pilot Service Inc. and these consideration were maintained during all aspects of the design and construction process.
    The interior fit-out consists of a lower deck accommodation with day berths for four crew , a head , and a small galley area.
    Access to the engine room is also located there through an oversize bulkhead door allowing easy removal and replacement of large components during future overhauls.
    The main deck and upper deck / wheelhouse consist of primarily the pilot seating area for a total of eight pilots. The helm seat is a Bostrom suspension type "Sierra" with lumbar support , fore and aft sliders and arm rests. The other seats are also Bostrom seats mounted on plinths.
    Overhead grab rails are fitted throughout the vessel for personnel safety. Linings within the accommodations are pre-finished aluminum sheet and wood trimmed which looks clean and is easily maintained.
    Mono rubber tile flooring is installed below while the main and upper wheelhouse deck is covered with sound mat. The engine room is spacious and well laid out , with ample space over the engines , for easy access and maintenance tasks.
    It is fitted with a manually operable CO2 system.
    The propulsion engines can be removed through a soft patch in the pilot cabin floor and cabin deckhead.
    A single 12 kKW Northern Lights generator c/w sound shield provides AC power. All machinery is flexibly mounted for noise and vibration attenuation.
    In addition the engine room received an insulation system which resulted in sound levels not exceeding 75 dba anywhere outside the machinery space.
    Engine exhaust systems are wet and include water lift mufflers. The main fuel tanks are aluminum and integral within the hull structure.
    A quick change lube oil system is provided with clean and dirty lube oil tanks fitted with capacity for engines , gearboxes and generator.
    The bilge system consists of two pumps , one on each engine c/w electric clutches and controlled by safety switches mounted in the wheelhouse.
    Jacobsen Pilots requested a ballast tank system for making the boat more stable in rough weather. The ballast tank system is installed on the vessel centerline forward and aft and can be used for the weight and for trim adjustment in certain conditions.
    Stern gear consists of Aquamet S.S propeller shafts , Duramax shaft seals , Vulcan flex couplings and Hall & Stavert 5 blade propellers.
    Steering gear is electro/hydraulic type 4 station provided by Jastram Technologies .
    A unique portable operating station c/w jog steering and engine controls is fitted inside a watertight station on the stern deck for use in a man overboard emergency. A very functional elevating platform for man overboard retrieval is fitted at the transom.
    Vessel fendering is provided by a reinforced gunwale panel incorporating a large section fender around the perimeter at deckline of the vessel. An additional fender aft to midship provides protection at the lower hull , both sides. Welded aluminum bollards are fitted both sides along with a fixed towing post on the foredeck and a portable tow post aft. (Hike Metal Products Ltd., September 2003)




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