Design Revolutions in the Maritime Industry

Posted on November 18th, 2014 by
ReVolt Vessel

It is common to view the maritime industry as conservative in their desire to implement new technologies. However as technology develops it has become increasingly important that this industry begins to adopt some new policies, designs and ideas. Excitingly enough, there have been some recent design revolutions taking place inside this industry that could become much more common in upcoming years.

ReVolt

ReVolt is a vessel developed by researchers at DNV GL. This impressive vessel boasts itself as being greener, smarter and safer than conventional ships. The ReVolt is autonomous and powered with a 3,000 kWh battery which reduces operating …
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Understanding Storm Valves

Posted on November 13th, 2014 by
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What Is A Storm Valve?

Storm valves can be found in every day marine systems. Normally, they are situated in sanitary piping systems that have a ship-side exit. These valves have the ability to prevent seawater from entering the system during rough sea conditions. Additionally, these valves, also called “scupper valves” or “discharge check” valves can be found and used on overboard discharge lines to remove sanitary wastes or wastewater.

A storm valve is essentially a swing-check valve, with a closing device. The closing device helps control flow with either a manual wheel or actuated system. The valve functions quite …
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Digging Deeper: Fracking in the United States

Posted on November 11th, 2014 by
Gas Drilling Western Politics

Hydraulic fracturing or as it is more commonly known, “fracking” is an increasingly popular method used to extract fossil fuel. This process has been an enormous fuel breakthrough in the United States and has the ability to help transform the world’s energy markets. To learn more about the basics of fracking along with the pros and cons of the process, click here.

Fracking is taking place in various places across the United States. There are over 63,000 shale oil wells and shale gas wells that heavily rely on fracking around the country with much of their activity concentrated in Texas, …
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