As AM evolves in the 21st century, it has been hailed as a revolutionary tool and a disruptive technology across multiple industries. Whereas originally AM was consigned to rapid prototyping, used to test models prior to committing them to production, AM is now increasingly used to produce high-performance metal parts intended for end-use in demanding applications.
The International Shipping Exhibition Posidonia brought a record number of visitors this year with over 23,000 visitors from 110 countries. As the international shipping community gathered to hear from industry leaders across different sectors of the maritime industry, ABS led an executive panel discussion on the future of LNG shipping.
Offshore units are often exposed to severe weather events such as hurricanes and loop currents. ABS, based on experience with classing and certifying a large number of these units, has verified that some of the events may cause failures that compromise the structural integrity of the units.
Naval and maritime service leaders in the U.S. and around the world are asking tough questions and breaking out of the status quo. New platforms are being delivered and more appear to be on the way. And, equally critical maintenance availability improvements and service life projects on existing vessels are happening.
Recently the world saw the sudden spread of a new ransomware variant, called by some ‘Petya’ and by others ‘NotPetya’. It affected maritime owners and operators, forcing them to shutter operations to control the corruption in their systems.
In pursuit of untapped natural resources, the offshore industry ventures into increasingly remote and difficult to drill environments.
Travelling along a rugged, frozen coast north of the Arctic Circle this April, you might have come across a team of researchers attempting to answer a key question: How long can a person survive in the Arctic in a lifeboat or life raft?