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Norway’s PSA Investigates Welding Problems on New Equinor FPSO

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority is launching an investigation into the problems with the construction of the giant FPSO for Equinor’s new Johan Castberg offshore development. “The PSA became aware on 25 June 2020 that Equinor had identified major challenges with the quality of welds in the hull of the Johan Castberg floating production storage and […]


Mild steel welding fume reclassified as a human carcinogen: How to avoid the damaging health effects of welding fume

As a result of The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) releasing scientific evidence that exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in humans, mild steel welding fume was reclassified as a human carcinogen by the Workplace Health Expert Committee in 2019. The Health and Safety Executive […]


What Are the Different Types of Welding and Which Is the Best – A Beginner’s Guide

What are the types of welding? Welding has been used in metallurgy for millennia. Although, forge welding, in which blacksmiths join iron and steel by heating and hammering was the only viable technique for a while. This all changed in the 19th century when more advanced methods like arc-welding and oxyfuel welding were developed. Welding […]


Shipyard suspends welding on future carrier John F. Kennedy after small fire

A small fire aboard the U.S. Navy’s next Ford-class carrier John F. Kennedy has prompted builder Newport News Shipbuilding to shut down all welding this week as the shipyard investigates, according to a statement from Huntington Ingalls Industries, its parent company. The fire broke out around 10:15 a.m. on Monday and was quickly extinguished by […]


Ellesmere Port welding and fabrication facility expected to create up to 75 jobs

Expected to created up to 75 jobs by the end of the year, a welding and fabrication facility has just opened in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. Based at Rossmore Industrial Estate, Fortress Energy is a world-wide business which focuses on the provision of pipeline, process and engineering services. This new site in Ellesmere Port will deliver […]


ESAB updates online weld tool

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products recently updated its Quick Weld Productivity Analyzer, which is an easy-to-use calculator for total weld cost analysis. The analyzer tool, available at, also allows users to generate a PDF report, which includes a QR Code they can scan with a mobile phone that takes them back to their original […]