September 2015 - Kemplon Engineering

Monthly Maritime News Roundup: September, 2015

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Kemplon Engineering rounds up some of September 2015’s most compelling news and developments:

September marked the anniversaries of historic events that rocked – and still continue to affect – the nation. 10 years ago, the last days of August saw Hurricane Katrina unleash its wrath on the Gulf Coast to devastating effect, compounded by inadequate emergency responses that would only be addressed days later in September. Today, in an age of severe weather events, questions still remain on our nation’s approach to disaster preparedness and emergency response. Read More

Chile Earthquake and Port Closure

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Weather conditions and other natural phenomena have always played a part in the operations of the maritime industry. In the case of extreme events like major earthquakes, this is even more so. In Chile, where a magnitude 8.3 earthquake recently hit, extensive damages have caused the closure of Coquimbo Port. Kemplon Engineering takes a closer look at the story. Read More

Engine Room Fire on Cruise Ship Carnival Liberty

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A dream cruise vacation was cut dramatically short for thousands of passengers, when Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Liberty had an engine room fire last September 7th.

The Carnival Liberty is a 10-year old, 952-foot, Conquest-class ship based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The cruise ship left its homeport on the 6th of September for a 7-day, Caribbean cruise. On board were 3,346 guests and 1,150 crew. The next day, while docked at St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands on a scheduled port call, the cruise ship’s engine room sparked a small fire, which would eventually be extinguished by automatic fire suppression systems. The accident caused no injuries to any passengers or crew. The ship also retained power and had ability to sail, with hotel services and activities still available to the passengers. Read More

Deadly Ship-Breaking Yards In Bangladesh

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Dubbed “one of the world’s most dangerous jobs,” ship-breaking again lives up to this devastating reputation with four recent deaths in Bangladesh.

Shipbreaking Industry. Ship-breaking is an essential part of the life of a vessel. Cargo ships with lifespans of about 30 years, for example, may eventually be unprofitable due to rising costs of operations, maintenance and insurance. But there is still value in their bodies; steel that can eventually be used for construction, and salvageable items that can be resold, such as valuable liquids like fuel, oil and other chemicals; machinery like engines and generators; batteries; copper wiring; lifeboats; fittings; even bridge dials and portholes. This is where ship-breakers come in. Read More

Cruise Ship Emissions Ranking

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A long-running environmental organization ranks upcoming cruise ship new builds based on planned emission abatement technologies… and takes some heat from the cruise industry for the results.

Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (“NABU”), having been founded in 1899, is one of Germany’s oldest environmental associations. With 560,000 members and sponsors, it is also one of the largest. Their objectives include conservation of habitats and biodiversity, and to promote sustainable practices and climate protection. Read More

The Management of Cutting Fluid Systems

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^ Well Managed Coolant Systems Provide Excellent Cutting & Machine Shop Hygiene (Image Courtesy of Hywit Dimyadi at

Monday Morning Stink!

This is as bad as Monday Morning Blues will ever get. Leaving behind the relaxed euphoria that only weekends can offer, you start your machine shop early on a Monday. A little while later, machine operators report to work and turn on the coolant system left idle over the weekend.

And that is when it hits you. The unbearable, vomit-inspiring stench of rotten eggs! If you ask your operators, they will tell you what they call it (disdainfully of course) – Monday Morning Stink. Read More

September in the Arctic

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The Arctic has been one of the biggest points of interest in the maritime industry over the last few years. With climate change creating massive changes in the once forbidding region, more and more actors are entering the picture – governments establishing stronger footholds; natural resource companies angling for opportunities to explore and extract; shipping companies exploring more efficient routes to their destinations; conservationists advocating for the environment and the livelihoods of local communities; and travel operators and their clientele hoping for tourism revenues and adventure; just to name a few. It’s a complex and dynamic time for the Arctic, and this September saw a particularly heavy load of news for the region. Kemplon Engineering runs down some of these developments. Read More

Types of Cutting Fluids & Disposal Techniques

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Metal Working Fluids (MWFs): At the Cutting Edge

If lubricants oil the interface between moving and sliding parts of a machine to keep it running effortlessly, cutting fluids wax the cutting frontier between the tool and the workpiece to keep the machining operations running smoothly.

Coolant Use in Milling  (Image Courtesy of Nikola Bilic at

Coolant Use in Milling
(Image Courtesy of Nikola Bilic at

Coolants or Cutting Fluids or Metal Working Fluids (MWFs) cost only 1-2% of the part being machined. However, their influence on the manufacturing cost of the part is a whopping 95% because soiled MWFs cause about 70-90% of machine tool wear and failures.

While application primarily dictates the choice of the MWF, safety issues also influence this selection. Human contact with coolants is inevitable. And it is the contaminants inside MWFs, not the constituents, which cause health ailments such as dermatitis and respiratory disorders. Read More

Diver Faces Jail Time for Fraud in Taking Historic Ship Artifacts

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A diver is in ‘deep water’ as he faces the legal consequences of fraud in making claims for historic ship artifacts in the UK. Kemplon Engineering takes a closer look at the story.

The oceans hold many secrets of history. Accidents, wars, harsh winds and raging seas have claimed many a vessel over centuries of human seafaring, hiding within untold depths artifacts, treasure, and precious stories of the distant and not-so-distant past. All around the world, shipwrecks capture both imagination and ambition, with many people, from scholars to adventurers and mercenaries, dedicating their lives to studying, recovering or even profiting from these vessels lost to the seas. Read More

Luxe Expedition Ship For Arctic Tourism

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While rising sea waters and the diminishing habitats of local wildlife are undoubtedly negative impacts of the world’s warming climate, inextricably, there are also opportunities presented by greater access to the once-forbidding Polar Regions. The maritime industry is particularly abuzz with excitement for the promises the Arctic could hold – including shorter shipping routes, and opportunities for leisure travel and education through tourism and expeditions. Read More