Is Google's ocean powered data center finally setting sail?

by Administrator ‎10-30-2013 05:28 PM - edited ‎11-07-2013 12:31 PM

There has been a great deal of speculation into two mysterious structures built on barges located off the east and west coasts of the United States. Allegedly, these structures belong to Google but the company has stayed silent on details. Some believe these barges are actually future floating retail stores for Google products. Others believe Google may finally be putting their patented "water-based data center" into action. Keep reading and let us know your thoughts on these mystery barges. 



In the United States, September and October represent a glorious time for sports fans (and folks simply looking for a good time), when the NFL and NCAA college football kick off their seasons at the same time the MLB baseball season is winding down. Supporting your local team isn’t limited to game attendance; in fact, many revelers bring their grills, coolers and best gameday gear to the stadium parking lot hours before kickoff or the first pitch to participate in a non-athletic sport called tailgating. However, in recent years, it seems a new phenomenon is quietly floating through the nation as sports fans leave the pavement and take to the waters in what is known as boat gating.  Boatgating seems to be much like tailgating: boats are packed down with food, music and fans and anchored on the water near the stadium.  Some fans have been boatgating for years, such as the University of Tennessee’s Vol Navy , while others are just now hearing of it as more new stadiums are being built near the water and as record numbers of Americans are taking part in recreational boating. Please tell us: do you boatgate? If so, what are the necessary ingredients to a fun, festive boatgate?  Do you attend the game or stay on the boat? Does this phenom exist outside the United States? Sound in in the comments below.


Looking for a place to boatgate near you? Discover Boating has a great list of great boatgating scenes across the nation:

Below Deck, Beyond Reality?

by Visitor jennjanik on ‎08-27-2013 02:41 PM

The season finale of Bravo’s surprise summer hit Below Deck aired last night, capping off an impressive summer showcasing drama on the Caribbean Sea while peaking America’s interest in the exclusive yachting industry. The show featured eight crewmembers known as ‘yachties’ as they worked to serve various groups of eccentric charter guests throughout charter season and embodied the ‘yachting lifestyle’ both on and off the clock while living on the vessel. For the average viewer, the show provided a rare glimpse inside the glamour of yacht charters and a saucy take on what goes on below deck with the yachties. The fanfare around the show didn’t exclude yacht insiders, some of whom felt the show depicted a sensationalized, inaccurate view of the industry. We want to know your thoughts industry insiders – did you watch the show? What did you think? Do you have stories that rival the crew’s from Below Deck? Please share and discuss! For an in depth analysis of the show, check out DockWalk’s September issue:

Offshore wind power generation is based on the construction of wind farms far from shore where the wind resource is better. Nowadays, offshore wind energy has come to the forefront of most governments’ climate and energy strategies due to its contribution in fulfilling energy security, competitiveness, and cleanliness.


Marine parts all have one thing in common: they come in a box from a supplier. But how do you know that the part you are about to put on the most critical component in your boat is the quality you require? How do you know it will perform to your expectations? How do you know it will last?


Parts Purchasing Channels

by New member morganang on ‎06-05-2012 07:00 AM

Cat® PartStoreTM is another purchasing channel for our customers. Customers from around the world, across any industry or segment, have been able to purchase parts online through this electronic portal. The top three benefits of purchasing parts through PartStore are that customers can access the customer version of SISweb, have visibility to part inventories, and are able to view their part price. With a simple click of a button, the latest part number will be reflected before completion of the transaction. Above all, it is available to customers at no cost. They can simply register with the desired dealers for an account.


Dual Fuel + Local Manufacturing ...

by New member Fuyuxu ‎04-26-2012 03:28 AM - edited ‎04-26-2012 04:00 AM

... - are these the future signature characteristics of engines on Chinese inland waterway vessels?


“The majority of us are running at a big loss, and the next three years for an inland waterway shipping company mean either just surviving or going bankrupt.” That’s what the General Manager of one well known, state-owned shipping company told me when I met him in Shanghai in the fall of 2011.


Customers are demanding more output with less fuel consumption, while meeting emissions compliance. Future licensing requirements and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) are demanding...


You may have heard about Customer Service Agreements (CSAs). But what are they really, and can they help you? 



There are limitations in the amount of data that a human can process in a single second.  For example, a human eye has the capability to process one frame per millisecond.  While this enables us to understand vessel operational data live, when we combine multiple datasets, this limitation is significant.  Have you noticed how it is nearly impossible to catch a fly? The primary reason is that a fly can process 20 frames per millisecond and our world appears to move in slow motion to a fly as compared to how we see it. Imagine if we could process 20 times the data from an operating vessel at a time. How would we use this data and what would we do with the information the data delivers?


Stepping on the gas

by on ‎01-25-2012 04:24 AM

... the fundamentals of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel on the Great Lakes.


Until quite recently the use of LNG as a marine fuel on North American coasts and inland waters was the stuff of student theses and largely ignored by shipowners. A passing interest is now morphing into a greater focus as the shipping industry faces the challenges of more stringent exhaust emissions and concerns over the long-term cost and viability of traditional fuels. MARAD (the U.S. Maritime Administration) further raised the profile of LNG by suggesting it could be the “Fuel of the Future” on the Great Lakes, and has recently funded a major study covering both commercial and technical implications.


Marine Offshore Dealer Day

by New member morganang on ‎11-27-2011 10:18 PM

On March 18, 2011, many customers attended our first marketing seminar which targeted the marine offshore segment – held by Tractors Singapore Limited (TSL), the exclusive Cat® dealer in Singapore – at the scenic Republic of Singapore Yacht Club.


Understand you as our Customer

by New member Velu_N on ‎10-27-2011 06:35 AM

Getting the service experience right is as simple – or as complex – as creating and maintaining a relationship with you, our customers. At Caterpillar, we understand how important you are to us,...


The times, they are a changing

by New member Phil_D on ‎10-12-2011 08:34 AM

The Port of Hamburg ranks 15th in the world for shipping ports, and it is the 2nd largest in Europe.


A Mobile App for Your Daily Marine Work - Must Have or Nonsense?

by New member amluethje ‎07-27-2011 09:09 AM - edited ‎07-27-2011 09:39 AM

If you’re anything like me, you probably can’t imagine your life without a mobile device like Smart Phones or Tablets. Well, it’s not surprising, is it?


Tell us what you think about using LNG. Are engine manufacturers clear on the additional capital cost and engine performance using LNG? Are you looking at LNG to reduce emissions and insulate your fleet from continued escalation in oil prices? What are your propulsion and auxiliary power requirements? Let’s get the dialog going…


Caterpillar Marine Power Systems is launching a campaign entitled “Our Engines. Your Story” featuring customers and the memories they have developed over the years with their Cat engines on the open seas.


Technology has reached the point wherein it is possible to remotely monitor the engine operating conditions for marine vessels anywhere in the world.  Caterpillar is working on technology to allow this remote monitoring with the goal to help our clients in preventing potential failures, making recommendations for maintenance, and ultimately in lowering operating costs.  Is the Marine Industry ready for this?


Support in Emerging Markets

by Visitor P_Lee on ‎02-28-2011 06:06 AM

Offshore production and exploration, and associated dredging and port operations, have led to a steady increase in vessel operations in emerging markets - Brazil, West Africa, etc. Many emerging markets also have limited dry-dock facilities and engineering expertise. Coupled with security concerns and an increasingly smaller pool of qualified marine personnel, it can create a challenge for offshore operators.


As a concept, diesel electric propulsion (DEP) is not new. Diesel Electric Systems have been in use to propel vessels for more than 100 years. Branobel launched the first diesel-electric ship in 1903, and since that day, diesel electric propulsion systems have evolved and today they can be found in all boat sizes and applications. But how do you know when to utilize diesel electric technology for your vessel? Read more...

John Adams, our second president, said in his Memoirs, “No group of individuals did more for establishing our country than the American Merchant Seamen and Privateers. Their record speaks eloquently of their devotion and sacrifices.” Will Senator McCain’s bill strengthen or hurt the US Merchant Marine? Read more...

Considering the ever-changing regulatory sphere, what is the impact on your business. Do you repower, do you upgrade or do you move your vessel to another region? Read more...

Will you maybe be the next Malcolm McLean?

Trends in the Pleasure Craft Market

by Visitor whiterc ‎02-10-2010 01:48 PM - edited ‎02-10-2010 01:49 PM

As our team prepares to meet with thousands of boating enthusiasts that will walk through our booth over the next five days, our goal will be to better understand your customer needs. What are you seeing as your key drivers for the year? Read more...

The impact of fuel prices on the Offshore marine market to major engine manufacturers

by Contributor Jaime-Tetrault on ‎02-04-2010 05:54 AM - last edited on ‎02-04-2010 04:12 PM by Contributor colgamj

Have you seen the price of fuel at the pumps over the past couple of years? It’s amazing how quickly these prices can increase and impact our individual spending habits, but have you thought how the price of fuel is impacting the global marine industry? Read more...

About the Author
  • I joined Caterpillar in 2001 in the Extended Service Coverage (extended warranty) department of Cat Insurance (division of Cat Financial). I have always loved the water, ships, boats and the challenges of this industry and moved to Caterpillar Marine Power Systems (CMPS) in 2007. I was fortunate to be able to work at CMPS Headquarters in Hamburg, Germany for 2 years and now reside at our Marine Center of Excellence in South Carolina, USA. As the Marine Parts Manager for Cat Marine Parts I am able to work cross functionally with our regional product support teams, our extensive dealer network, customers and bring this knowledge and customer expectations to Caterpillar's incredible resources to design new and innovative product support solutions to meet our customer expectations. This gives me great pride and enjoyment to meet and exceed your expectations and promote the Cat Marine Brand.
  • In 2005, I started my career at Caterpillar as an intern in Kiel, after that I worked as a student and then a temporary employee. I finally became a permanent employee in 2008, working at the Marine World headquarters in Hamburg. Through all these years I was supporting and leading Marketing projects from various areas, including Electronic Sales Tools, Shows, Novelties etc. By May 01, 2011 my job role changed to the current one. In this position I am leading several Electronic Marketing projects such as all Marine and Oil & Gas Social Media activities.
  • After around 10 years of good time in mineral & metal industry, the destiny has guided me through BMW, ThyssenKrupp to the Caterpillar station. At the moment I'm serving as a Six Sigma Strategy Black Belt in Caterpillar Marine Power System.
  • I joined the Caterpillar Team 2007 and worked in several positions most likely in Product Support. 2008 I passed the 6 Sigma Black Belt Training and has leaded various sales and process related projects. After the certification as a 6 Sigma Black Belt I joined the CMPS Product Support Team as a Global Marketing Representative.
  • A maritime academy graduate and a 17 year employee of Caterpillar with 25 years of marine experience, currently managing the Caterpillar Marine Power System Product Support Division representing all product health, product support, parts sales and distribution development activities for Cat and MaK brand marine engines.
  • Originally from Spain, I moved to Hamburg, Germany, in 2010 to write my Master’s Thesis in Industrial Engineering. Upon its completion, I had the opportunity to join Caterpillar Marine Power Systems as an intern at their headquarters. During this period, I supported, in various capacities, sales into the Cargo and European Inland Waterways markets, as well as Offshore Wind opportunities. I am currently working as a Junior Territory Sales Manager in the Europe, Africa, Middle East and CIS Sales Team.
  • Born in Brazil, Luiz joined the Caterpillar engine team in 1998 and has worked in different positions covering marine service, product application and sales. Currently he is a Black Belt under the Caterpillar Marine group.
  • A veteran of 12.5 years Naval service, in the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. 3.5 years as a Marine Application and Installation Engineer at a CAT dealership. I have been working for Caterpillar Marine Power Systems since 2008. My time at Caterpillar has been spent helping to develop global emissions solutions for 3500 marine engines.
  • I am the Asia Pacific contact for marine parts marketing. With marine customers being the most mobile group, with operations spanning the entire globe, there are always new challenges and learning opportunties to engage in. Life in marine is never boring!
  • I have been involved in sales and marketing of Caterpillar marine products for almost 45 years including 10 years in the U.K. where I worked on North Sea oil and gas projects. For the past 35 years I have various roles within the marine business of Toromont Cat where I have assembled a portfolio of Caterpillar and MaK powered new construction and repower projects including ferries, Great Lakes bulk-carriers and self-unloaders, Coast Guard vessels and pleasure craft. I admit that my knowledge has come from a hands-on approach to engine sales by wearing coveralls and a hard hat rather than a business suit. I am based in Toronto and am an active member of the C.I.Mar. E. Great Lakes Branch and participate in SNAME Great Lakes/Great Rivers meetings in the U.S.
  • I ensure that our Cat global dealer network has the tools required to support our Propulsion Solutions products including our Cat Three60 Precision Control.
  • I have been at Caterpillar for nearly 31 years. All this time has been related to Diesel engines, with the first 23 years in Fuel Systems, the next 3 in the Engine Center, and the last 4 here in Hamburg, Germany, as the Worldwide Demand Manager for Marine and Petroleum MaK engines. In this role, I touch many areas, from concept to delivery, from shipyard to factory. I work with Dealers, Sales Managers, Customers, Accountants, and Order Processors, all the way to the factory floor. Those who know me know that I wouldn’t have it any other way.
  • I am a Mechanical Engineer with 17 years of experience with Caterpillar Engine Products, currently working at Caterpillar Marine Power Systems Headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. I am responsible for product support and Dealer development, and support dealers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East.
  • I am a 33 year employee of Caterpillar and have focused on engines my entire career. For the last 18 years I have worked in the Marine group in various capacities. Since 2004 I have been the Global Marketing Manager for the Pleasure Craft segment, managing all trade shows, advertising, events, and NPI (New Product Introduction) launches.

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