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Heskins Introduce Marine Anti Slip Tape

Heskins are proud to announce their new marine specific anti slip tape. Like Heskins Safety Grip™, it is an abrasive anti slip material, but the comparisons end there, as this is an abrasive material that is comfortable to walk on with bare feet.

Where Heskins Safety Grip™ uses aluminium oxide, a very sharp material, marine anti slip tape uses S2, a derivative of sand, that are more like round, glass beads. Not only is this more comfortable to bare skin, but it provides exceptional slip resistance in the most demanding of conditions also.

This feature makes marine anti slip tape suitable for all water-fairing vessels, from pleasure crafts to commercial ships.

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is also the first product in the Heskins range to be 100% salt resistant, ensuring it provides exceptional slip prevention for a long time. A beneficial feature for a product intended for vessels that spend huge amount of time on the open seas.

Heskins currently stock marine anti slip tape in black, blue and grey, available in pre-cut rolls or die cuts.

Dependent on order quantity, Heskins will be happy to discuss a custom solution should you require it, as the post-production facilities available allow for a cost effective solution that minimises waste.

For more information, or to order, please contact the Heskins sales team.

Unique Group acquires Aberdeen marine survey equipment firm GSE Rentals

(left to right) Andy Doggett, director of Unique Group’s survey equipment division; Stan Moroney, former owner of GSE Rentals; and Ray Hughes, managing director of Unique System UK Limited.

Unique Group has acquired GSE Rentals (Geophysical Survey Equipment) a rental specialist of high quality Geophysical, Hydrographic and Oceanographic marine survey equipment.

GSE Rentals is now wholly owned by Unique Group and the company’s workforce will be retained. Former owner, Stan Moroney, will continue as business advisor and consultant to Unique Group.

Unique Group has more than 20 years of survey rental experience globally. By acquiring GSE Rentals, it can strengthen its presence in non oil and gas markets, with a focus on offshore renewable energy projects, submarine cables, dredging, ports and harbours and civil projects.

Andy Doggett, director of Unique Group’s survey equipment division said: “GSE Rentals is a well respected company that offers a high level of technical support and knowledge to its global customers.

“The advantage to GSE Rentals’ customers is that it will now be able to provide enhanced global support through Unique Group’s bases in the Middle East, South Africa, India, the Netherlands, Singapore and the USA.

“We are well aware of the high-quality service provided by GSE Rentals and by committing additional capital to increase its fleet, we will enhance its place as the preferred marine survey rental company in Europe.”

Stan Moroney, the now former owner, of GSE Rentals said: “Becoming part of Unique Group will allow us to invest further in our rental pool and ensure that we have all the skills and equipment to meet our clients’ needs now and in the future. For the past 25 years we have been supplying the latest technology, supported by our dedicated staff and we will continue to supply the same high level of expertise and support to our clients”.

Harry Gandhi, founder of Unique Group said: “We offer the very best in the offshore and subsea sectors and the addition of GSE Rentals to our team is great news for our existing and potential customers.

“Our acquisition Of GSE Rentals will help us consolidate and expand into key markets that complement our existing offering, from Aberdeen to Singapore.”

Unique Group recently acquired Oceanwide Safety at Sea, the market leader in the design, construction and maintenance of self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboats. Oceanwide’s Rotterdam office has increased Unique Group’s access to new clients across the Antwerp, Hamburg and Bremen seaports.

GSE Rentals will continue to operate from its facility in Aberdeen, a short distance from Unique Group’s UK headquarters in Dyce.

Contact:

For more information, please call +9716 513 0333
or email at marketing@uniquegroup.com
www.uniquegroup.com

H3453 Corrosion Protection Tape Now Available

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If two different metals come together, as well as being exposed to moisture, galvanic corrosion can occur. Things such as trailers can be made from different materials, and when this reaction happens, the lifespan can be dramatically reduced. Galvanic corrosion occurs when two metals are brought together in an electrolyte, causing one ( anode ) to corrode faster than normal, and the other ( cathode ) to be inhibited.

Heskins have created H3453 corrosion protection tape to eradicate this reaction, prolonging the service life and reduce costs. Its simple application only increases its appeal, a self-adhesive backing allows it to be applied to one metal, and the other metal can be applied without risk of galvanic corrosion.

H3453 corrosion protection tape is available in large rolls which can be cut down to sheets or die cuts, and custom options are available dependent on order quantity to meet your requirements.

For more information, or to order, get in touch via phone: +44 (0) 1254 832266, email or Live Chat on the website.

18th Century Sailing Ship Transports Ethical Low Emission Cargo

shipMILLBROOK, Cornwall, England – 2 November 2015 – Grayhound Lugger Sailing, which provides sustainable cargo transport onboard the only 18th century lugger sailing ship in the world, announced that Grayhound is now flying the flag of sustainable cargo, along with Netherlands-based Fairtransport Shipping and France/Breton-based shipping company Trans Oceanic Wind Transport (TOWT).

By joining with up to twenty small businesses to create the Sailing Cargo Alliance (SCA), Grayhound Lugger Sailing, one of the world’s first modern day low emission sailing companies, is strengthening its already fierce commitment to sustainable shipping.

Back to the future

For those unfamiliar with Grayhound, she is a replica of an 18th century three-masted Cornish lugger sailing ship. When she carries organic ale, wine, tea and honey across the English Channel, she does so in the tradition of sailors hundreds of years ago:  with minimal engine usage. The products transported are labeled individually to identify the specific amount of COemissions saved, as well as route characteristics.  (See the TOWT website http://www.towt.eu/144-the-des-acores/)

One cargo run alone can save up to 5 tonnes of CO2.

“Onboard Grayhound, we are passionate about treading as lightly as possible on our planet’s resources. We wanted to start a small family run business that would reflect this, so operating as a sailing cargo ship is ideal.  We are actively living it, while offering others a practical way to get their specialist goods to market while reducing the release of harmful emissions,” said Freya Pomeroy-Rowden, Partner at Grayhound Lugger Sailing. “With the support of Fairtransport and TOWT, we are very excited, especially with regard to what it means to the future of sailing cargo and low emission transport and our ability to contribute to it. Together we are stronger and more powerful. Plus, as neighbouring countries, we work together in to support one another through the SCA,” she added.

Practically speaking, the French broker TOWT organises the UK and Breton products that the ship carries. Grayhound’s own office will assign the cargo crew that it receives, with the help of its agents. As a result, Grayhound is well supported, so that she can do what she does best: transport cargo safely and efficiently, while TOWT liaises with the cargo owners and organises the best shipping option and market  for this specialist service.

Ethical organic cargo sails across Channel using low emissions

Sailing low emission cargo is just part of the story.  The cargo that Grayhound carries in her hold is distinctive. Organic wines, ales, tea and food – such as Muscadet and Bordeaux bio dynamic wines,  specialist local Breton tinned sardines, salted caramel and honey- that have been organically produced by merchants who want to ensure that their goods are transported to market via clean shipping. Since May, Grayhound  has sailed nearly 20 tonnes of cargo from West Country ports Brixham, Plymouth and Falmouth to Douarnenez and Nantes in France. A selection of organic Bordeaux and Muscadet wines travelled across the Channel to Falmouth, destined for Cusgarne Organic Farm near Truro, near the Cornish coast. The last delivery took place in September when three tonnes of wine were offloaded for the winter trade.

Looking ahead, the service will resume at Easter. Grayhound’s new 2016 schedule is now online and will sail eight cargo runs from April to October the 2015 model.

Sparking discussion, raising awareness

Freya and her husband, Marcus Pomeroy-Rowden, Partner at Grayhound Lugger Sailing, became aware of Fairtransport when they saw one of its fleet, the brigantine Tres Hombres, sailing and working.  “Ever since, we wanted to work with Fairtransport.  We all have very similar values and are working ships, loading and offloading cargo,” said Marcus.

For Marcus and Freya, cargo sailing is much more than delivering goods safely and on time. “It is our hope to make our trainees and onlookers think, if but for a second, ‘there really are people out there doing something that challenges old ways and breaks the mould.’ If what we do simply kickstarts a discussion, then it is worth it. Working with our buyers and producers, we take pride in trying to achieve ‘fair transport.’ It’s what we are all striving towards. We look forward to sailing with more trainees next year and building sail cargo’s future,” added Marcus.

Merchants interested in shipping cargo sustainably across the English Channel should contact TOWT or Grayhound.  Individuals keen to join as a trainee or crewmember on the Grayhound should visit Grayhound’s website www.grayhoundluggersailing.co.uk

Advanced Kongsberg Evotec ROV launch and recovery systems chosen for new diving support vessel

Kongsberg Evotec, a fully owned subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, has entered an agreement with CSSC Huangpu Shipyard in Guangzhou China for the delivery of two Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS) for Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV). The contract includes the first delivery of the recently patented K-LARS port frame solution, in addition to a tried and tested moon-pool LARS system. Both are scheduled for delivery in June 2016 and will be installed onboard Jumeirah Offshore’s advanced new Diving Support Vessel (DSV).

”Our newly patented K-LARS system, where both ROV hangar door and A frame is integrated, fits perfectly for the design of Jumeirah Offshore’s new vessel and many other DSVs,” says Torkjell Ringstad, Vice President Handling Solutions, Kongsberg Maritime AS. “We’re pleased to have won the first bid for our latest patented LARS technology, with support from Skipsteknisk, who we have collaborated with on seismic vessel projects in the past.”

Throughout the development of its various advanced LARS, Kongsberg Evotec has placed great emphasis on environment and safety both for the operator and on the equipment. In particular, the use of permanent magnet motor technology combined with a customised control system provides great operational advantages for the user.

Kongsberg Evotec LARS technology features very accurate heave compensation with a minimum of power use. The control system also gives the operator continuous information about capacity utilisation, amount of regenerated power, umbilical status and history among other things, all of which ensure the operational window can be utilised in a very environmentally friendly manner. Kongsberg Evotec has also emphasised minimalising the need for maintenance across its entire LARS product range.

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Panalpina and JDA help customers increase asset velocity

 

Three years ago, Panalpina announced its intention to deploy a single warehouse management system (WMS) across all of its logistics facilities throughout the world. The roll-out of the RedPrairie – now JDA – WMS is progressing ahead of schedule thanks to Panalpina’s experts in all regions and a specially developed and unique fast deployment model. To date, JDA WMS has been rolled out at more than 30 Panalpina sites globally – enabling Panalpina to optimize service levels and inventory for customers.

The WMS roll-out builds upon Panalpina’s logistics strategy to become the first 3PL (third-party logistics provider) to improve inventory management by helping customers increase asset velocity – moving products more quickly and reducing warehoused stock.

JDA WMS provides for various scan-and-validate check points throughout the warehousing process, allowing Panalpina to offer its customers a highly customizable solution. Panalpina also uses the system to track and compare the performance of its four-wall operations globally and then works towards benchmarks, for example in terms of very high inventory accuracy. JDA WMS has so far been deployed in 33 sites worldwide.

“The fast roll-out of the JDA warehouse management system worldwide is another way that Panalpina demonstrates its strategic commitment to growing in the logistics arena,” says Mike Wilson, global head of Logistics at Panalpina. “We have developed an unmatched level of in-house expertise, which we will use for the benefit of our customers to further accelerate the roll-out at our remaining logistics facilities.”

Panalpina developed its own rapid deployment model for JDA WMS in order to offer customers a standardized approach and consistent implementation process across the globe. This unique model is particularly useful to international customers whose products have short life cycles, as the deployment of the system takes place quickly and cost effectively.

Data from JDA WMS is used for advanced inventory forecasting

JDA WMS also includes a feature-rich reporting and analytics module, which can be integrated into Panalpina’s data analytics services for more accurate customer inventory and demand forecasting. Panalpina uses customer data extracted from JDA WMS to map inventories across product life cycles. Using sophisticated proprietary algorithms, Panalpina then calculates at what stage the inventory changes in order to better estimate minimum and maximum inventory holding, where to position inventory and what services to offer. Customers benefit by having a partner that can keep their products moving and minimize working capital requirements in their supply chains. Panalpina calls this approach Demand-Driven Inventory Dispositioning (D2ID).

While JDA WMS can be deployed for all industries, Panalpina has so far implemented the program mainly for its fashion and technology customers, which rely on a fast time to market. These customers benefit from the high levels of configuration available in JDA, and from specific features including multi-channel dispositioning, rapid returns processing and cross-docking.

Panalpina most recently deployed JDA WMS for a new high-end fashion customer in Italy. Panalpina’s Mendrisio fashion hub in southern Switzerland uses JDA WMS to provide the customer with inventory management and distribution services around the world. The fashion house’s merchandise is produced in northern Italy and then imported to Mendrisio, where Panalpina’s bonded warehouse can facilitate distribution within Switzerland or re-export it to Europe and other key markets.

Panalpina also offers a full returns logistics program at Mendrisio, accepting returned goods back into the facility and determining their quality, in order to return them quickly to stock in boutiques or outlet stores and maximize sales.

“JDA and our unique rapid deployment model have allowed us to offer our customers agility, speed and the flexibility to meet their needs across regions and industries. We efficiently track and manage their inventories and move their products as needed,” says Mario Leuverink, Global Head of Logistics Systems at Panalpina.

E2S Warning Signals launches two new product families at MARINTEC 2015, Shanghai

E2S Warning Signals launches two new product families at MARINTEC 2015, Shanghai

E2S Warning Signals will be attending MARINTEC China, held in Shanghai from the 1st to the 4th of December 2015. The show is the main gateway to the Asian maritime market with 58,000 visitors from 88 countries and more than 1,700 exhibiting companies from 32 countries; this year’s show is even larger.  Acknowledged as the world’s leading independent signalling manufacturer E2S will be present on Stand N3H41h within the UK pavilion and will be launching two new ranges of hazardous area signals with ATEX and IECEx approval. The stand focuses on explosion proof and intrinsically safe warning signals developed to meet the challenging needs of the oil, gas and marine industries.

The centrepiece of the stand is a preview of the new premium ‘STEx’ stainless steel explosion proof warning signal range featuring a corrosion proof 316L steel enclosure suitable for the most aggressive environments. On display for its official launch there will be the new ‘GNEx’ signal range of GRP enclosure devices ATEX & IECEx approved for Zone 1, 21; the GNExB1 and B2 beacons and the J2 junction box. Also on show is the new ‘D1x’ range, intended for NEC/CEC Class I and Class II Division 1 and Zone 1 & 20 applications. All new hazardous area signals from E2S feature seven lens colours with a UV stable polycarbonate, field replaceable filter; the alarm horns with either traditional flared horns or an omni-directional compact radial horn. Threaded flame paths enable quick installation and simplify maintenance inspection whilst the innovative internal arrangement maximises wiring space.

Accompanying the new product ranges are the ‘D2x’ and ‘E2x’ alarm horns and combination signals approved to UL, cULs, ATEX & IECEx Class I & II Div 2 and Zone 2 & 22 alongside the industry standard ‘BEx’ explosion proof and the IS intrinsically safe product ranges.

UK-based Sales and Marketing Director Neal Porter will be present to answer questions and talk about the new product releases and to introduce Colin Tan, the company’s new Sales Manager for the ME and APAC regions.

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New EU Directive Safety Case Compliance with Marex support

New EU Directive Safety Case Compliance with Marex support

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Incidents, in particular the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, have raised public awareness of the risks involved in offshore oil and gas operations and have prompted a review of policies aimed at ensuring the safety of such operations. The Macondo incident highlighted the offshore oil and gas industry’s lack of universal mandatory safety procedures. In particular, it suggested a fragmented regulatory structure and lack of any overarching, cohesive legislative framework. The European Commission (EC) concluded that the existing divergent and fragmented regulatory framework applying to the safety of offshore oil and gas operations in Europe, along with current industry safety practices, did not provide adequate assurance that risks from offshore accidents were minimised throughout the Union. The EU, therefore, adopted the Offshore Safety Directive on 10 June 2013.

The implementation of the EU directive means that organisations will have to revise their safety cases over the next few years to allow them to comply with the updated regulations, which have more environmentally focussed considerations. As far as the UK is concerned, the majority of the Offshore Safety Directive’s requirements have been transposed into national law by the Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case etc) Regulations 2015. The new regulations came into force on the 19th of July, 2015 and are set up to reduce, as far as possible, the occurrence of major accidents relating to offshore oil and gas operations and to limit their consequences.

The new directive changes the way the regulators are set up to allow for a more unified level of response throughout the European Union. The directive also required the creation of an offshore competent authority. DECC and HSE, working in partnership, have now established the Offshore Safety Directive Regulator (OSDR). HSE and DECC’s legislation has been updated to fully implement the directive. This includes changes to existing legislation, as well as introducing new requirements.

The main changes between the new regulations and the existing UK offshore safety and environmental regime include:

  • The creation of an independent offshore competent authority
  • Integrating the management of safety and environmental risks, which impacts on the safety case, well notification, independent verification scheme and well examination requirements
  • Introduction of independent verification for environmental critical elements
  • Requirements for the production of a corporate major accident prevention policy
  • Specific requirements for oil pollution emergency plans
  • New requirements on liability for environmental damage
  • Duties on operators to report a range of new incidents and dangerous occurrences to the competent authority
  • Requirements on the competent authority to report a range of information, including the findings of their major accident investigations, to the EC
  • Duties on operators registered in the Member States to report major accidents that occur outside of Europe
  • Transitional arrangements covering existing installations and wells

In so far as the safety regime is concerned, a transitional period has been granted for existing installations, allowing parties involved with ongoing operations until 19 July 2018 to comply with the new regulations. Otherwise, the regulations will apply from 19 July 2016.

Preparation of safety cases to comply with the regulations requires great amounts of planning and preparation. Many of the major drilling contractors in the UKCS prefer to utilise the services of specialist risk consultancy companies, such as Marex Marine and Risk Consultancy, for the compilation of the safety cases and to facilitate the risk studies required. Risk studies can be categorised into qualitative and quantitative.

BowtieXP is one such program utilised in providing qualitative risk assessments. The software allows highly skilled employees to thoroughly analyse, with input from the client’s workforce, all potential hazards that could impact offshore assets. The software allows the tailoring of barriers to the possible threats that could initiate an event and the measures in place to prevent an event from escalating into a disaster. Through this, operators can ensure that concerns on safety aboard their offshore fleets are adequately addressed, while simultaneously providing a point of reference for the workforce. The software allows for several levels of information to be provided with each barrier, from those responsible for the actions described by a barrier, to lists of safety critical equipment associated with a prevention mechanism. Identification of Safety and Environmental Critical Elements (SECEs) can be one of the outcomes from this process, which is referred to as Major Accident Hazard Risk Assessment (MAHRA). The duty holder is responsible to create performance standards for the SECEs and develop a Written Scheme of Verification for the installation or the well. An independent verification body should be appointed by the duty holder to carry out the verification process to ensure that the SECEs are fit for purpose and continue to be so throughout the life of the installation.

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Some cases might require an in-depth quantitative analysis of the impacts of fires, gas releases or explosions using complex modelling software. These programs operate on the principles of fluid mechanics to compute the fluid dynamics of the spread of gases, explosion overpressures and radiant energy released by fires. The software used includes PHAST and Kameleon FireEx (KFX), depending on the level of detail required by the duty holder. The results of these analyses are used in safety cases, and can also be used in producing risk analyses, either as supporting material or as standalone documents.

In some instances, availability studies, Failure Mode and Effects Analyses (FMEAs) and its extension, Failure Mode and Criticality Effects Analyses (FMECAs) would also be required. These assessments statistically analyse vital equipment offshore, such as the fire detection systems, to ensure that no one risk factor will dominate the equation or disrupt critical systems during an emergency.

The professional expertise of risk specialist companies can be utilised beyond the confines of the office and conference rooms. Carrying out compartment studies, human factors assessments and PUWER assessments on board vessels and installations are all essential parts of compliance with the regulatory structure surrounding offshore operations in the North Sea.

Due to the pace that the industry moves, it can be easy to overlook potential events that have an extremely low level of probability but potentially high consequences. A company that has not had a major incident for an extended period of time is no more or less at risk of a major incident, hence preparation is the key.  Since its inception nearly 20 years ago, Marex has completed over 200 safety cases (new submissions, thorough reviews and material changes) for major drilling contractors in the industry. Marex’s highly skilled team members are already assisting companies with the revision of safety case changes that have to be made, courtesy of the new EU directive. Ian McDougall, MD, said, ‘In doing this, Marex are providing a system of documentation to their client that will enable informed decisions to be made concerning all aspects of worker and workplace risk and safety and assist in identifying, minimizing and eliminating risk to their employees, their assets and the environment.’ For more information, please visit the website www.mmass.co.uk or contact Marex directly.

Heskins Thick Safety Grip Now Available

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Heskins are proud to announce that H3404 2mm safety grip is now available for order. Thick Safety Grip™ now allows business to kit out their factories to ensure effective slip prevention, that also provide slight cushioning and reduce leg fatigue on a production line. It can also be applied into recesses that are considered trip hazards.

Heskins made the decision to produce thick Safety Grip™ after the demand became great. The reason Heskins had to ensure the demand was there, was simply due to the commitment that would have to be made to produce it. Many of our production and post production machines were modified to produce thick Safety Grip™ to the same quality standards as all the other Heskins products.

Investment was also made into a new range of high-volume crush cut blade holders. The reason this was necessary was due to the thickness. Heskins anti slip tapes are generally no thicker than 1.4mm. While the difference of .6mm doesn’t seem great, the adhesive applied to the base increases this thickness further, making it more difficult to cut.

Now the modifications are in place, Heskins have added a versatile new anti slip product into the range, and like all others, can be slit in rolls ranging from 20mm up to 1170mm, all 18.3m in length.

Heskins H3404 thick Safety Grip™ is available at a very competitive price, and if you would like to place an order, or enquire further, you can contact Heskins by phone or email.

Floor Demarcation and Colour Referencing in the Workplace

Floor Demarcation and Colour Referencing in the Workplace

When it comes to 5S and floor demarcation in the workplace, there are many guidelines, of which many provide very little insight.

A quote often used is ““In lean manufacturing, the general rule of thumb is that anyone should be able to walk into a workplace and identify the flow of work being done within 60 seconds.”

Keeping this quote in mind, for someone venturing into this for the first time, finding the right information before implementation is a tough task. Many options are available for floor marking and signage products to allow you to begin optimisation of floor demarcation, which in the first instance will be a tough task without the correct information to hand.

Depending on the function of your workplace will naturally determine how you proceed, do you want to optimise what is currently working? Or do you want to start from scratch to improve the whole process? We believe that Heskins can help you provide a strong starting point by defining the regulated and approved colours to identify and optimise key workflow areas in your business.

Heskins products are always manufactured in regulation colours, from anti slip tape, to floor marking systems, Heskins products can be used to create a full, optimised workflow demarcation system. heskins-ltd-colour-guidelines

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5S colours are as follows:

Yellow – Highlights an area that is to be treated with caution. Mainly used for aisleways and walkways, more often than not because these areas could cross with other working processes, such as forklift traffic or other foot traffic.

Red – Highlights danger or can relate to fire. Red alerts people or vehicles that they need to stop before proceeding, or to notify people where fire fighting equipment is available, if it of course can.

Blue – Marks out information, or can be used to hold equipment or machinery that is out of order.

Green – Notifies an area of safety, whether that be a first aid point or notice, or a walkway that is out of the way of potential dangers.

Orange – Used to mark out zones where vehicles are stored or for areas where vehicles operate. Combining yellow and red with this creates a traffic system that is safe and organised.

Black/Yellow – Notifies of potential hazards and to proceed with caution. Areas that store potentially harmful chemicals or areas that can only be entered with additional safety measures.

Red/White – Notification to keep an area clear at all times. Emergency access or electrical points are two such areas that benefit from these markings.

White – Indication of an area where production or work processes are ongoing.

Black – Completed jobs are put in these areas, indicating the job is complete.

For a full colour reference guide for Heskins products and general 5S colour references, you can download the colour reference guide heskins-ltd-colour-guidelines. The Heskins colour guide refers to regulations for all of Europe.

Heskins offer other colours, as well as custom production, so dependent on order quantities, you can get the perfect anti slip or floor marking solution for your workplace. Get in touch

 

Osiris Projects prepare to launch Bibby Athena

Seabed mapping specialists Osiris Hydrographic & Geophysical Projects are making final preparations to launch their latest custom build survey vessel ‘Bibby Athena.’

Due to launch before the end of 2014, Bibby Athena will build on the capabilities of the very successful sister vessel, Bibby Tethra, with a number of subtle changes to reflect the company’s development into a more challenging offshore market. Read more…

HUGIN AUV Chosen by Leading Survey Providers

World leading survey providers DOF Subsea of Norway, Fugro Geoservices of Lafayette US, and Northwest Maritime of Norway and AXA Engehnaria Submarina of Brazil have chosen Kongsberg Maritime’s autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) HUGIN for offshore operations. Read more…

RUD Lifting Points for Bolting – Safety in Lifting & Flipping Heavy Plant & Moulding Tools

RUD offer an extensive range of lifting and lashing applications which includes both welded and threaded types, covering a working load capacity range from 0.6 to 200 tonne. Offering over 270 different tested and certified lifting/lashing points, 210 of which are for bolting and 60 for welding. Read more…

Diana Containerships Inc. Announces the Delivery of Two Panamax Container Vessels and the Drawdown of US$75.5 Million

Diana Containerships Inc. (Nasdaq:DCIX), a global shipping company specializing in owning and operating containerships, today announced that the Company took delivery of two Panamax container vessels, m/v “Cap San Marco” and m/v “Cap San Raphael”, on Monday, February 6, 2012. Read more…

MHI to License Shipbuilding Technology to L&T Group of India

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has agreed with L&T Shipbuilding Limited (LTSB), the shipbuilding arm of India’s Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T), under which MHI will provide a broad range of technological support to LTSB for construction of commercial vessels. The two companies will sign the technical collaboration agreement tomorrow. MHI has recently been proactively promoting development of its engineering business, centering on technology licensing, while LTSB has been seeking to strengthen its shipbuilding business through the introduction of technology from a leader in the field. In reaching the latest agreement, under which MHI will provide licensing and technology support, including training of LTSB engineers, the intentions of the two companies have thus converged. Read more…

GL Updates Rules for Inland Navigation Vessels

To ensure the continuing safety and promote the efficiency of inland waterway transport, Germanischer Lloyd Read more…

Damen Shipyards launches DAMEN.NL

As of November 1st, the new Damen website, www.damen.nl, has officially gone live. The site has been structured according to Damen’s 10 Product-Market Combinations and navigation has been designed to be fast, simple and user-friendly. The new website aims to personalize content, enable infosharing and enhance client interaction.
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Rolls-Royce Wins First Order For Award-Winning Environship

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has received its first order for vessels based on the Group’s award-winning, highly efficient, Environship concept. Rolls-Royce will design and provide integrated power and propulsion systems for two technologically advanced cargo vessels, which have been purchased by Norwegian transportation company, Nor Lines AS. Read more…

Wärtsilä opens new Services workshop in Helsinki

Wärtsilä, a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions and services, opens new workshop facilities in Helsinki, Finland. The new facilities enable Wärtsilä to offer a wide range of workshop services with rapid response times. Operations in Helsinki began in the beginning of August 2011. Read more…

Kirby Corporation Completes Purchase of K-Sea Transportation Partners L.P.

Kirby Corporation (“Kirby”) (NYSE: KEX) announced today the completion of the acquisition of K-Sea Transportation Partners L.P. (“K-Sea”) (NYSE: KSP), with K-Sea becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Kirby.  K- Sea is an operator of tank barges and tugboats participating in the coastwise transportation primarily of refined petroleum products in the United States. Read more…

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