Friday, October 23, 2020

Africa News

Yanmar Expands in Denmark

Yanmar Europe BV said it has signed an agreement with the Danish independent service provider VMS Group A/S as a new service agent for commercial marine engines and spare parts. As of today, VMS Group is a registered agent to service Yanmar medium and high commercial marine engines.Kim Rasmussen, CCO of VMS Group, sees great opportunities and good potential in the wide range of marine engines that Yanmar offers. “Due to our many years of experience in the marine business we know Yanmar as a manufacturer of efficient, strong and reliable engines.

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Wärtsilä Powers Mercy Ship's New Hospital Ship

Mercy Ships' new hospital ship Global Mercy, nearing completion at the Tianjin Xingang shipyard in China, will be powered by four Wärtsilä 32 engines.When completed, the philanthropic organization's Global Mercy will be the world’s largest vessel of its kind, providing essential healthcare to patients in developing countries. Mercy Ships expects to take delivery in 2021, and the ship’s maiden voyage is planned later in the year to Africa where crew will provide vital surgical care at no cost.Wärtsilä…

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Schottel to Equip Kenya's Powerful New Tug

German propulsion systems manufacturer Schottel says it has secured a contract with Turkish shipyard Med Marine to provide azimuth thrusters for a powerful new salvage tug ordered by Kenya Ports Authority (KPA). The vessel will be equipped with main and auxiliary propulsion systems from Schottel, achieving a bollard pull of more than 120 tonnes. The Robert Allan RAstar 4200 (MED-A42120) design vessel is considered the largest tugboat on the East African Coast of the Indian Ocean.Recai Hakan Şen…

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Indian Solar Ferry Flies Flag for Cleaner, Cheaper Water Transport

Over the past three years, P. Ravindran’s commute from his southern Indian village has been about more than getting to work - the SIM card seller sees his daily trip on India’s first solar-powered ferry as doing his bit for the green revolution.“I am proud to be a frequent traveler on the Aditya... I am being part of cleaning the Earth,” said Ravindran, who uses the boat most days to travel to the town of Vaikom on Lake Vembanad.The Aditya’s green credentials have attracted international…

CSSC Marine Service completed the first X-DF overhaul in nine days. (Photo: CSSC Marine Service Co)

CMS Completes First Major WinGD X-DF Engine Overhaul

China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) equipment service subsidiary CSSC Marine Service Co (CMS) said it has completed the first ever major overhaul on two WinGD X-DF engines—in only nine days.The twin 6X62DF engines overhauled belong to the first ever X-DF powered vessel in operation, 2017-built 180,000-cbm liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier SK Audace, owned and operated by SK Shipping Co. LTD. The work was performed while the ship was at the Sabine Pass anchorage in Texas.In the three years since vessel delivery…

Jochen Engelmann (Photo: Torqeedo)

Torqeedo Hires Engelmann as Sales VP

Torqeedo announced it has appointed Jochen Engelmann as vice-president sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), effective January 1.In this position, Engelmann will have responsibility for expanding sales and driving the company’s growth across the EMEA region for Torqeedo’s marine electromobility systems.Engelmann comes to Torqeedo from Volvo Penta, where he was head of sales, central Europe for the industrial engine division. Prior to joining Volvo Penta, he worked…

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EU/IMO Global Project Drives Energy Efficiency

The GMN global network of maritime technology cooperation centers has completed numerous pilot projects over the past three years, helping to drive forward the changes which are required to reduce GHG emissions from shipping. A global network of maritime technology cooperation centers has completed an impressive array of pilot projects over the past three years, helping to drive forward the changes which are required to reduce GHG emissions from shipping.Five regional Maritime…

Krotoa (Photo: Incat Crowther)

Incat Crowther-Designed Flex Ferry 33X Sets Benchmark

Incat Crowther has announced the launch and delivery of Krotoa, the first Flex Ferry developed in conjunction with Penguin Shipyard. The Incat Crowther designed vessel has been delivered to South Africa’s Robben Island Museum and takes its name from the famous prison’s first female political prisoner. It is the first of Penguin Shipyard’s passenger ferry stock build program. The second vessel will be completed in the coming weeks.Carrying 285 passengers, the Flex Ferry sets a new benchmark, offering efficiency and seakeeping beyond its competitors.

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New Shipbuilding Facility in Cape Town

Veecraft Marine, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Paramount Maritime Holdings and African-based global aerospace and technology company Paramount Group,  opened its new premises at a ceremony held in Cape Town. Veecraft Marine has manufactured more than 60  maritime platform solutions in various classes since its inception in 2002, totaling more than $130 million of contracts. Leveraging its specialization in the construction of 20 to 30 meter vessels, the company has secured an order book valued at more than $13.5 million.

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EFMS Install Uptick on Malaysian OSVs

Marine diesel power specialist Royston reports that it is working with a number of international oil companies (IOCs) operating in Malaysia to equip oilfield supply contract vessels (OSVs) with specialist electronic fuel management systems.In recent months, the installation of nine enginei EFMS have been completed on Malaysian OSVs for three different IOCs and this number will continue to rise with the advanced system being included in the vessel contracting requirements for a number of other oilfield majors.As part of the installations…

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Steel Cut on De Beers Diamond Ship

Damen Shipyards Group and De Beers Marine Namibia (Pty) held a steel cutting ceremony to mark the beginning of construction on a new offshore crawler diamond recovery vessel for offshore operations in Namibia.At 177 meters (577 feet) long, the new vessel will be slightly larger than the current largest vessel in the De Beers Marine Namibia fleet, Mafuta (174 meters, 571 feet). Built from a Marin Teknikk design, the MT 6027, on-board features include a dynamic positioning system (DP2) based on a seven-thruster propulsion system powered by six generators of 3…

Ponant’s new cruise vessel will feature advanced environmental performance with Wärtsilä LNG solutions. (Image: Ponant)

Wärtsilä to Power Ponant's New Cruise Ship

Wärtsilä’s 31DF dual-fuel engine, which emphasizes outstanding efficiency, extremely economical fuel consumption and minimal emissions, has been selected to power a new polar ice-class luxury cruise vessel is being built for the France-based operator Ponant at Vard Søviknes, a part of VARD shipbuilding group in Norway.Because the 150-meter-long ship will operate in environmentally sensitive Arctic and Antarctic waters, it will operate primarily on LNG. Wärtsilä’s advanced technologies…

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A Containership Goes Green With Vesconite

When the stern tube bearing on the 490' x 75' container ship M/V Marine Rickmers began to fail, Durban, South Africa-based Elgin Brown & Hamer (EBH South Africa) replaced it with state-of-the-art, pollution-free Vesconite. The innovative self-lubricating polymer is far superior to oil-lubricated lignum vitae, white metal and composite bearings, especially with the implementation of ever more stringent environmental regulations.Vesconite doesn't swell in water and machines to +/-0.001", so tight tolerances are always ensured.

Mining vessel Debmar Pacific departing from Cape Town, outfitted with new Wärtsilä gensets (Photo: Wärtsilä)

New Gensets for De Beers’ Diamond Mining Vessel

Wärtsilä and De Beers Marine have signed an agreement for the replacement of generating sets aboard De Beers’ diamond mining ship Debmar Pacific. The vessel, originally built in the 1970s, will be outfitted with new Wärtsilä gensets to extend its lifetime and improve reliability.Debmar Pacific is engaged in diamond mining operations off the coast of Namibia. With modern gensets, the lifetime of the vessel is extended and its specific fuel oil consumption (SFOC) is reduced. In addition…

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Royston Bringing Advanced Monitoring Tech to SMM

Advanced fuel monitoring and energy management technology, designed to deliver significant cost benefits for vessel operators, will be among the key attractions on the Royston diesel power SMM stand.Royston, an internationally based company operating in the global maritime sector for over 40 years, is an authorized representative for Niigata, GE, Yanmar, Volvo Penta, Scania, Napier Turbochargers.With bases in the U.K., Australia and West Africa, it works closely with customer fleets carrying out engine replacement or maintenance…

VescoPlastics Celebrates 60

This year is the 60th anniversary of VescoPlastics and Vesconite, its first engineering plastic. The company's line of thermopolymers is used extensively in the marine, agriculture, heavy off-road equipment, pump, and hydroelectric and renewable energy industries.Founded by Alain Leger, an entrepreneurial engineer, Vesconite started in response to a need for an alternative to nylon bushings, which swelled and seized in humid underground mines. Years of testing resulted in a thermopolymer that had exceptionally low friction properties and could be machined to close tolerances.

FUELTRAX Plans EFMS Event in Nigeria

FUELTRAX will host a free one-day electronic fuel monitoring solution (EFMS) symposium in Lagos, Nigeria on June 28, to demonstrate the impact of FUELTRAX technology in the West Africa Region.Representatives from FUELTRAX  will inform how the electronic fuel monitoring solution can ensure fuel security, guarantee compliance and optimize the performance. The symposium at Four Points by Sheraton Lagos will includes technology demonstrations, expert advice, lunch, and Q&A sessions.The EFMS uses Coriolis mass-flow meters and operating a closed-loop system.

Teruyuki Yamaoka (Photo: YANMAR)

YANMAR Announces Key Appointments

YANMAR Marine International (YMI), supplier of engines and technology-driven marine propulsion systems to the leisure and light duty commercial markets, has announced key appointments.Following his work in various senior managerial positions in the company, Teruyuki Yamaoka is named the new Vice President YMI, while Floris Lettinga is promoted to Director Sales and Marketing to extend his 15 years within the marine department at YANMAR.Yamaoka brings extensive experience in production management and quality assurance, corporate brand building, strategic operations and planning to YMI.