VEEM Begins work on Anzac Bell

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The giant Anzac Bell, a 6.5 tonne bell to be installed into the Perth Bell Tower to mark the centenary of Anzac, is slowly becoming a reality with VEEM currently completing the 3-dimentional modelling of the ‘Frieze’ graphics that will be featured on the face of the bell.

The bell, which is expected to be cast from copper and tin, is to be funded by a Lotterywest grant and investment from a local WA businessman. Culture and Arts Minister, John Day, said that the Anzac Bell will be the largest swinging bell in the Southern Hemisphere once completed and would be a lasting legacy to acknowledge the Anzac centenary.

The bell is the first of its sort to be cast in Australia and is expected to last over 500 years.

The Perth Bell Tower is currently home to 17 bells which are made up of 12 bells from St Martin-in-the-Fields and 5 bells from the London diocese of the Church of England. These bells were gifted to Western Australia as part of the nations bicentennial celebrations in 1988.

VEEM expects the project to be completed later this year.

VEEM strengthens management team with key appointments

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VEEM has further strengthened its management team with two key appointments as it continues to grow future sales of its unique, market-leading marine propulsion and stabilisation products.

VEEM Managing Director, Mr Mark Miocevich, said the appointments added substantial experience to its global sales capability and follows the recent, successful completion of the first retrospective fitting of the VG120 gyrostabilisation unit on a 42.5 metre luxury super yacht in Australia.

Sales of VEEM’s new ship gyrostabilisers will be assisted by the appointment of Dr Steven Vidakovic as Global Sales Manager – Gyrostablisers. Steven has more than 20 years of engineering, project management and sales experience, having most recently served as Global Sales Director for Naiad Dynamics, an international supplier of marine stabiliser and ride control systems.

He previously led the management of several projects at the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Inc., before taking on the role of Associate Director for its Worldwide Pharmaceutical Sciences Global Supply Chain division. Dr Vidakovic holds a B.E. in Aeronautical and completed a PhD in Aerodynamics/Fluid Mechanics from The University of Adelaide. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration.

VEEM has also secured the services of Mr Jonathan Shaw who will take up the position of European Business Development Manager – Propulsion. Mr Shaw has a 27-year career spanning executive and manager positions in the renewable energy and marine propeller sectors.

After a decade long career building the business, Mr Shaw was appointed Group Managing Director of Teignbridge Propellers (UK), a position he held for four years. He brings extensive global market knowledge to the VEEM business. Mr Shaw holds a Bachelor of Science (Eng) in Nautical Studies and an MBA awarded by Henley Management College.

Dr Vidakovic, who will be based in Perth, will take up his responsibilities with VEEM in January 2017, while Mr Shaw, based in London, started with the Company in November 2016.

Mr Miocevich said: “The Company’s ability to attract senior employees the calibre of Steven and Jonathan is testament to the global recognition of VEEM’s suite of leading marine propulsion and stabilising products.

“These key appointments underpin the future sales growth of our unique gyrostabiliser products and the acceleration of sales of our patented VEEM Interceptor propellers and VEEM’s newly launched Conquest propellers.”

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First assembly of VG260 commences

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The first assembly of a VG260 has commenced this month at VEEM with the first steps of the build underway already.

The first part of the build process includes the sub-assemblies such as the flywheel, spin motor, and vacuum chamber insert, which have to be completed in preparation for starting the vacuum chamber assembly.

A VG260 is a significantly larger unit in every aspect in comparison to the VG120, and will weigh approximately 5.4 tonnes when fully assembled. The first VG260 unit will be built to allow for some modification to occur during the prototype shakedown phase. Once this is complete, the unit will be disassembled, painted and reassembled in preparation for sale.

The production of VG120 units continues to accelerate as the VEEM assembly teams improve their efficiency levels. Two (2) VG120 units are currently in their finishing stages and an additional two (2) VG120 units have begun being assembled.

VEEM increases CNC machining capability to enable manufacture of propellers up to 4.6m in diameter

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By the middle of the year, VEEM’s arsenal of high technology machinery will have the capability to machine items up to 4.5mtr in diameter x 1.9mtr turning capacity envelope, and a 7m long x 3.6m wide x 1.9m high milling envelope.

The 6-axis CNC machine, which is currently being installed at VEEM, measures 20m long, 10m wide and 6.7m high, and weighs just over 86 tonnes!

High accuracy 6-axis CNC machining was not previously possible on propellers larger than 2.2m at VEEM, but in the next few months everything from larger VEEM Propellers to VEEM Gyro components to precise engineering work will be undertaken on the new machine, and the capacity to do larger and more varied work will also dramatically increase.

“We will see a large improvement in efficiency on the projects we already complete, hopefully by up to 30%, and because of this our overall production output can dramatically increase,” says Commercial Manager, Mike Coyle.

The installation of the CNC machine began this month with over 140m3 of concrete and 10 tonnes of steel reinforcing installed in the footing pit; a mean feat but necessary to allow the machine to remain rigid when performing work. With the bridge and columns also installed this month, the finer details like cabling and covers will be completed next and the machine will be in action very soon.

VEEM completes six large Moon Pool castings in what was assumed to be the largest casting of Copper Nickel in the southern hemisphere

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VEEM has recently completed six large moon pool castings for a fleet of ships overseas, a first for VEEM who hadn’t previously cast in the Copper Nickel material specified by the customer.

Moon pools allow technicians or researchers the ability to lower tools, instruments and even submersible crafts into the sea through an opening in the bottom of the vessel. This provides shelter and protection so researchers can work in comfort regardless of the conditions outside such as ice or high seas.

Due to the nature of the moon pools, VEEM cast them in Copper Nickel (or Cupro Nickel) which was selected by the customer because of its excellent strength and seawater service properties. Copper Nickel has excellent anti-fouling properties meaning that it strongly resists micro-organisms attaching themselves to it.

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VEEM delivers two VG120’s to 127 foot New Zealand Sportfisher

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Yachting Developments in New Zealand is busy completing a 127 foot Michael Peters designed Sportfisher that is expected to break records for the largest Sportfisher boat ever built.

The boat will feature 2 VG120’s and is expected to be delivered in 2017 to a very experienced owner who was after advanced stabilisation and comfort onboard for family and guests.

The designer, Michael Peters, discussed the VG120 quoting, “you don’t save weight to make a lighter boat – you save weight to add in all the stuff the guy wants to put in the boat. This is a trend we’ve seen in all boats. I don’t care if it’s 40 feet or 400 feet a lot of things are no longer options. People with 40 foot boats want a gyrostabiliser now…”

VEEM are also completing a complete shaft-line and propeller package for this project which guarantees even smoother operation, lower noise levels and higher speeds.

VEEM Gyro reduces roll reduction on MY Tango by 61%

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Sea Trial results for the VG120 gyro installation on Motor Yacht Tango proved successful with roll reduction reduced by 61% achieved during typical operating conditions for the Yacht.

MY Tango was built in 2006 by Oceanfast Yachts in Western Australia and regularly cruises Sydney Harbor with a large number of guests. It is currently fitted with traditional Naiad fins which don’t currently provide any stabilisation when the yacht is anchored or not moving – an issue for the yacht owners and captain because of the frequent passing in the harbour of different types of ferries.

VEEM Gyro was given the task of improving the comfort of the yacht at anchor in various locations as well as in different wave conditions. The mix of ferries on the harbor spans from heavy displacement monohulls right through to high-speed catamarans, and since each has a unique wake, the rolling motion was particularly problematic for MY Tango.

After commissioning and sea trials in Sydney Harbour, the yacht went smoothly into service the next day. Reports from the yacht indicate that several specific improvements in the yacht were noted. These included a more stable swim platform, making guest transfer from the tender faster and more comfortable, reduced sloshing in the fore deck pool as well as general reduction in rolling motions making the on board experience more comfortable.

The yacht is now able to widen its operational area due to improved comfort in waves. Watch the video below for more information about this sea trial.