Repower of the Tug Gretchen H
As sometimes happens with boats in the maritime world, the recent repower of a tug shone a light on a pair of well known independent companies. The tug Gretchen H. (ex Harry Olsen, Polar Breeze) was built by Rodriguez Shipbuilding of Coden Alabama in 1997 and is currently owned, since 2005, by Boyer Towing.The Gretchen H is a good solid boat and her owners decided she was well worth a new set of engines. At 80 by 30 feet she has an eleven foot depth. As with many tugs out of the Rodriguez yard she has triple propellers and triple engines. She had an older set of engines rated at 700 HP each.
SCHOTTEL to Supply Propulsion for Seabulk Newbuilds
German propulsion manufacturer SCHOTTEL announced it has been awarded a contract from Alabama shipbuilder Master Boat Builders to supply a total of six rudderpropellers for a pair of new tugs being constructed for U.S.-based Seabulk Towing Inc, a subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings Inc.Both Robert Allan Ltd.-designed newbuilds will feature the Advanced Rotortug (ART) design triangular propulsion system.The tugs will be propelled by three SCHOTTEL Rudderpropellers type SRP 430 FP with a propeller diameter of 2.4 meters, each driven by a 1,771-kilowatt diesel engine.
GE Marine Turbines Power USS CINCINNATI
GE Marine’s LM2500 gas turbines now power the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS CINCINNATI (LCS 20), which was commissioned into the United States Navy’s fleet on October 5 in Gulfport, Mississippi. “GE’s skilled and diverse workforce built the LM2500 marine gas turbines used to power this sophisticated surface combatant at GE Aviation’s manufacturing facility in Evendale, Ohio, a few minutes-drive from downtown Cincinnati,” said GE’s Kris Shepherd, Vice President, General Manager, Marine Operations.
Glosten Design for All-Electric Ferry First
Alabama's historic Gee's Bend Ferry recently entered service after being converted from geared-diesel to become the first zero-emission, electric-powered passenger/car ferry in the United States. Owned by the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and operated by HMS Ferries, the 15-vehicle/132-passenger ferry runs on the Alabama River between Camden and Boykin, AL."As a first-of-its-kind vessel in North America, the Gee's Bend Ferry will have impact far beyond the State boarders.
MJP Employs Marketing Manager
Marine Jet Power (MJP) has welcomed Kelsey Nemeth to the MJP team. In her role, Kelsey will be responsible for overall brand development and marketing initiatives worldwide. Kelsey most recently served as Marketing Coordinator for Brunswick Commercial & Government Products, where she was responsible for developing and executing all corporate marketing efforts. Prior to Brunswick, she worked in the aviation industry where she gained insight into consumer and digital marketing strategies. Kelsey holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Alabama.
YANMAR EVO//CENTER Opens in Georgia
National, state and local officials joined together with YANMAR America and its honored guests to officially open the YANMAR EVO//CENTER located at the corner of Highway 92 and Old Alabama Road in Acworth, Georgia. Situated on 50-plus acres of land in Cherokee County, the new 50,000 square foot facility opened on November 3, 2017 features six state-of-the-art product training labs with classroom and hands-on space, three classrooms, multiple meeting rooms, office space, a 250-seat auditorium, the EVO Commons dining area, concept lab, museum and outdoor product demonstration areas.
Glosten to Design Electric Ferry for Skagit County
Washington’s Skagit County has selected Seattle based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten to design a new all-electric vehicle/passenger ferry. The new ferry will replace M/V Guemes, which has provided service between Anacortes and Guemes Island, Wash. since 1979, and is now nearing the end of its economic useful life. With a capacity of 99 passengers and 21 vehicles, the vessel forms a primary mode of transit for residents of and visitors to Guemes Island.
Tier IV Tug Delivered to McAllister Towing
McAllister Towing announced the arrival in N.Y. of the tug Capt. Brian A. McAllister, the first EPA Tier IV tug on the U.S. East Coast according to the company. Capt. Brian A. McAllister is powered by 3516E Tier IV Caterpillar engines with twin Schottel SRP4000FP units. Packed into its 100 x 40 ft. hull is 6,770 hp and more than 80 metric tons of bollard pull. Combining that power with a Markey class III escort winch on the bow and a Markey 2.25-in. wire winch on the stern puts the the tug in a class of her own.
US Navy: Bigger is Better, but at What Cost?
The U.S. Navy has a balanced fleet, but it wants to grow bigger and better. Will the budget allow both? Maritime Reporter's March 2017 cover story on the U.S. Navy was all about the numbers. There exists several plans to grow the fleet beyond the current number of 308 ships, the Mitre recommendation of 414 ships, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment 340-ship proposal, and the Navy’s decision to grow the fleet to 355 ships, and the Trump administration’s 350. With so many numbers being bandied about, there are even more suggestions on how to get there.
Volvo Penta Appoints Midwest Marine Sales Partner
Further building its network of Power Centers and distribution partners to support its commercial marine business in North America, Volvo Penta of the Americas has appointed Interstate Power Systems as a strategic commercial marine partner for Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and upper Michigan. Interstate Power Systems was founded in 1957 and currently has four primary divisions providing products and services at more than 20 locations across the upper Midwest. Volvo Penta…
Delta 'T' and Dinak Specified for NYC Ferry Project
Citywide Ferry by Hornblower is launching the first group of 19 new ferries this summer to service the metro New York area. The project specified the use of full Delta "T" Systems machinery room ventilation packages, and Delta "T" Systems/Dinak engine and generator exhausts. Due to a tight timeline, the Incat Crowther-designed 150-passenger vessels are being built by two ship yards, Bayou La Batre, Alabama-based Horizon Shipbuilding and Metal Shark of Franklin, Louisiana. All 19 vessels will be identical. Delta "T" Systems engineers conducted a full project analysis.
Marine Exhaust Systems of Alabama Names Simmons CFO
Marine Exhaust Systems of Alabama has appointed Karen C. Simmons, CPA, PFS as Chief Financial Officer effective January 1, 2017.
YANMAR America Acquires Land for New Training Facility
YANMAR America, a global manufacturer of advanced performance Industrial and Marine Diesel Engines and Generators; Compact Construction, Agricultural and Utility Task Vehicle equipment and gas engine based Energy Systems, is excited to announce that it has invested $20 million and acquired 50-plus acres of land in Acworth, Georgia to build a new training and customer experience facility. The new facility is slated to open in August 2017 with an official groundbreaking ceremony at the site on November 16, 2016. “YANMAR is proud to continue our investment in the North American market.
Austal Stops Shares Trading
Review of U.S. The West Australian reported that Austal halted its shares from trading, and reportedly is in the process of reviewing its U.S. operation, Austal USA. Austal USA is best known for it construction of vessels for the U.S. Navy, and late last year the parent company’s price took a hit amidst reports of difficulties with the Littoral Combat Ship program. As recently as two days ago (June 28, 2016), a ceremony was hosted at the U.S. facility in Mobile, Alabama to celebrate the keel authentication of the U.S.
Scania Bolsters Inland River Distribution
NRE Power Systems, who currently represents Scania’s latest marine platform: 13- and 16-liter engines for auxiliary and propulsion applications; and currently distributes them in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky and Texas, will now represent West Virginia, southern Ohio, southern Indiana and southern Illinois. NRE is also a distributor for Scania industrial engines and distributes them in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi.
Fifth Z-drive Towboat from Master Marine
In September, Marquette Transportation Co. took delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Alabama. The 78 x 34 x 11-ft. St. James was designed by Entech & Associates, for Marquette’s Gulf-Inland division, based in Harahan, La. Master Marine is continuing to build Z-DRIVE towboats, with more underway for Marquette, said the yard’s president Randy Orr. The steel-hulled St. James is powered by a pair of Thompson Power Systems Caterpillar C32 Tier 3 1…
Fourth Z-drive Towboat from Master Marine
The Z-drive revolution on the U.S. In August, Marquette Transportation Co. took delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Alabama. The 78 x 34 x 11 ft. St. Peter was designed by Frank Basile of Entech & Associates, Houma, La., for Marquette’s Gulf-Inland division, based in Harahan, La. Master Marine is continuing to build Z-drive towboats, with more underway for Marquette, said the yard’s president Randy Orr. The company has continued to expand its workforce and production capabilities to handle the increasing demands of its customers.
USS Cincinnati Will Be Powered by GE Engines
GE Marine said its LM2500 marine engines will provide power for the U.S. Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), USS Cincinnati (LCS 20). USS Cincinnati’s two engines will be manufactured at GE’s Evendale, Ohio facility. Each LM2500 engine produces more than 29,500 horsepower, propelling the ship to speeds in excess of 40 knots or 46 miles per hour, the engine manufacturer said. “We are excited to learn that the U.S. Navy has adopted GE Aviation’s hometown as the moniker for the LCS 20…