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China Navigation Installs

BMT System

China Navigation has reportedly become the first cape-size bulk car- rier operator to install an automatic interface between a bulk carrier hull stress monitoring system and a vessel's loading instrument.

The system, developed by British

Maritime Technology (BMT), was fitted to the 162,000-dwtChinaNavi- gation carrier Erradale while the vessel was docked in Immingham— and, saidDavid Mitchell, fleet man- ager for China Navigation, was a direct response to the recent call by the IMO Maritime Safety Commit- tee for the introduction of interfaced systems which prevent the inadvert- ent structural overloading of bulk carriers. "We are always looking for ways to improve safety procedures and this BMT system is a significant ad- dition to the onboard monitoring systems already in place," he said.

Previously, the£rra

Informatics SEAMASTER/SEADAM damage response software.

The automatic interface fitted by

BMT to the Erradale links the out-






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Now established as the industry's international meeting place, the Shiprepair & Conversion

Conference and Exhibition will be held at Olympia 2,

London on November 7/8th.

The conference programme includes the most important issues currently affecting shiprepairing and fleet maintenance. Speakers from all sectors of the industry, including owners and operators, will discuss repair, maintenance and conversion trends along with technical, safety and legal aspects.

Additional features of the programme are specialised Technical Workshop Sessions which will be held during each morning, the content developed to assist delegates with specific technical problems of repair and maintenance.

Other highlights of the event include the

A&P Group's hosting of the official evening reception on November 7.

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LIFE EXTENSION • REFURBISHMENT • SUPERINTENDENCE • SURVEYING • DOCKING • MAINTENANCE put of both systems and moni any departures from the loading ] which could overstress the ship c ing cargo loading and de-ballas1 operations.

To ensure continuous monitor of the combined system, the p dieted sequence is confirmed b; constant interrogation of the h girder and local loads during loadi processes through a direct link 1 tween draft and tank gauging.

Dr. Phil Thompson, managi director of BMT SeaTech

Southampton, said that since tl

IMO recommendation, "more ow: ers are accepting that automatical monitoring vessel stresses durir loading and de-ballasting can be critical safeguard to avoiding pos sible hull structure failure."

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Tidewater Launches Second

Double-Hulled Barge

As part of a recently announced $30 million equipment upgrade pro- gram, Tidewater Barge Lines, of

Portland, Ore., introduced its sec- ond major piece of double hull ma- rine tank equipment. The Explorer barge was launched at Zidell Marine in the early morning of August 24.

This barge joins The Pioneer, launched last spring, in providing liquid petroleum service from Port- land/Vancouver to points on the Co- lumbia/Snake River waterway sys- tems. The Explorer offers the latest in technological and environmental design, with features such as spill prevention mechanisms, deck con- tainment, vapor recovery systems, overflow alarm systems and auto- matic tank gauges. The $5 million barge joins The Pioneer as the larg- est inland double-hulled tank barge in the U.S., with measurements of 274 ft. by 84 ft. by 18.5 ft. (83.5 m by 25.6m by 5.63 m) and a 62,000-barrel capacity. OPA 90 regulations state that all inland barges must convert to double hull configurations by the year 2015.

Holland America Selects

FM Mattsson Product Line

For Three Vessels

Holland America Line Cruises has chosen FM Mattsson shower valves for three of its ships, the

Ryndam, the Maasdam, and the

Veendam — which is due to be launched in early 1996. The valve is designed to aid in solving the gen- eral problem of scalding, as well as play a role in the battle against harmful bacteria, such as

Legionella, in marine shower sys- tems. FM Mattsson, of Sweden, has combined two technologies to create a thermostatically-controlled and pressure-balanced shower valve. According to Pieter C.

Rijkaart, director of newbuilding for Holland America, passenger comfort combined with avoiding pos-

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