November 2016 - Kemplon Engineering

International Workboat Show 2016

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The International Workboat Show is the major marine industry-related trade event in North America. It is an annual expo held in New Orleans for any commercial vessel owners, builders, operators and even vendors and suppliers to make genuine connection and network among the best in the industry.

This year’s International Workboat Show will be held in Morial Convention Center in New Orleans from Nov 30th to Dec 3rd. It is expected that over 15,000 members of the commercial marine industry will gather from across the globe to network, promote new trends and reveal innovative products, solutions and strategies that could give extreme benefits in the related business in 2017 and beyond. Read More

FABTECH 2016: North America’s Top Metal Manufacturing Event

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^ Busy Scenes at FABTECH – Image Courtesy of FABTECH Expo at http://www.fabtechexpo.com/attend

Undisputed Preeminence

North America’s Largest Metal Forming, Fabricating, Welding, and Finishing Event, is how their official website describes FABTECH.

With over 1,300 exhibitors and 28,000 attendees flocking at the 550,000 square foot Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada in mid-November, FABTECH 2016 did more than just live up to its reputation.

FABTECH 2012 was held at this very venue and ended up garnering 93 leads per exhibitor – a total of 117,487 leads. Quite a return for a modest investment! But FABTECH is more than just about sales and networking. Read More

The Impact of Colossal Container Ships: Implications & Limitations of the Size Race

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^ Delwaide Dock at the Port of Antwerp
Image Courtesy of Arminius from nl at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Zicht_op_het_Delwaidedok.jpg

How Big is Too Big?

Perhaps it is their length that makes them look mammoth. Or the endless rows of stacked containers. Be as it may, latest generation container ships carry over 19,000 containers of twenty foot equivalent (TEU) size. And by the looks of it, they are about to get bigger.

MSC Oscar is the largest-capacity container vessel in the world at present with a 19,224 TEU capacity. It captured the top spot in January 2015 after ending the short, two-month reign of the 19,000 TEU CSCL Globe. We may well see 21,000 TEU capacity ships by 2017.

Container ships are the veritable work horses of the global economy when it comes to transporting consumer goods. Please note, shipping carries 90% of the globally traded merchandise. Read More

The Impact of Colossal Container Ships: General Overview

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MSC Oscar is the World’s Largest Container Ship with 19,224TEU Capacity
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Exponential Expansion

Malcolm McLean was one frustrated man in 1937. The owner of a North Carolina trucking company, he grew wary of the process of loading ships with cargo from trucks – it took ages. It occurred to him that cranes could load truck trailers directly onto ships.

But it would be another nineteen years before McLean could put his idea into practice and build the very first container ship, the Ideal X. She was a converted tanker that could carry 58 containers. Only 58 containers by today’s standards. From then on, there was no turning back.

MSC Oscar is the largest container ship of the day and can carry 19,224 twenty foot equivalent (TEU) containers. The size of container ships has expanded faster than that of any other ship type. Read More

PlaxxTM: The Phoenix Rising from Plastic Trash

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^ RT7000: Residual Waste Plastic Conversion

^ Image Courtesy of Recycling Technologies at http://recyclingtechnologies.co.uk/composer/recycling-technologies-services/

PlaxxTM: Rags to Riches

Plastic-infested landfills make good claim to be the living hell on earth. The unbearable stench announces their presence for miles around even as the piles of garbage present an ugly sight you can certainly do without. And we are not even talking of the pollution and diseases they unleash.

But then, plastic has become an integral element of our present-day, on-the-go lifestyles. Who among us does not use carry bags, water bottles, soda cans and other such plastic items? Read More

Monthly Maritime News Roundup: October, 2016

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^ Image “News Dice Show Coverage Of Current Events” courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

October might be known for festive frights, but a number of events in the maritime industry gave us some real world scares. Hurricane Matthew kicked off the month, weaving its way from the Caribbean to the Southeastern United States. Its destructive path ushered in 100 mph winds, storm surges as high as 9 feet, with rainfall and flooding. The price tag for damages is estimated to be in the billions of dollars. Read More