According to Michael W. Brakey, chief engineer of the Duramax Marine Division, The Johnson Rubber Company, in times of climbing ship repair costs and expensive general maintenance, rubber fendering is proving itself to be a highly flexible, energy-absorbing friend to the marine industry.
Details of plans for a shipyard facility on Lake Erie to build and repair ships up to 1,100 feet (335 meters) in length have been announced by Port Weller Dry Docks in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. The plans, which require both provincial and federal government assistance,
ABS-classed as a XA1 Floating Offshore Installation, the Medusa truss spar will be located on Mississippi Canyon Block 582 in 2,223 ft. of water. Murphy Oil's Medusa truss spar has a hull diameter of 94 ft. (28.6 m) and a total length of 568 ft.
The shipbuilding cluster in Ihe Netherlands' northernmost provinces is drawing fresh incentive from the market's reviving interest in the modest classes of ship needed to serve intra-European trade, and also to transport small parcels of goods between Europe and the Americas.
A new double-deck pier has been designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. Navy ships, and Navy engineers believe it could become the prototype for worldwide Navy facilities. Known as Pier Zulu, the facility will be built at the U.S. Naval Station in Charleston, S.
Service Pack 3 of the Tribon M2 Shipbuilding system was released in early April, a version that includes further improved production information in the Assembly and Weld Planning applications and the new function Recording of Walk Tiirough Paths in the Design Manager application.