Sunday, December 16, 2018

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Hydrogenics Opens California Facility

With fuel talk dominating maritime discussions, it's worthy to note that Hydrogenics Corporation – a developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and fuel cell power modules – opened a new North American facility in Carlsbad, Calif. Located near San Diego, the site will primarily focus on the integration of hydrogen fuel cell systems into heavy-duty truck and bus platforms for customers in California, while also serving as a local support center for fueling, energy storage…

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Bay Ship to Build First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Passenger Vessel

California based shipbuilder Bay Ship and Yacht Co. said it has won a contract to build the first hydrogen fuel cell passenger vessel in the U.S. for Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine (GGZEM), a Bay Area company on a mission to eliminate maritime pollution.The zero-emission vessel is expected to be delivered and in service by September 2019 as a first of its kind in the U.S. The 70-foot, all-aluminum ferry will operate on the San Francisco Bay, and will be managed by the Red and…

The Nordic Lady all back together and ready for sea trials. (Photo: 
 Southeast Diesel)

Nordic Lady: Keeping a Good Boat Up to Date

When Trygve Westergard bought the 98- by 28-foot Judi B in the spring of 2016 he was entering a new chapter in a varied marine career. Growing up on a remote island off Ketchikan, Alaska as the third generation of Norwegian-Danish family, he had fishing in his blood and his environment. A stint at the California Maritime Academy earned him an unlimited masters license and a BS in marine transportation.After a decade of running everything from ferries to off-shore boats and filling the gaps with fishing, Westergard decided it was time to come home.

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Distributors Gather Ahead of Diesel Outboard Launch

Cox Powertrain has completed two distributor conferences which have taken place ahead of the much-anticipated launch of the world’s highest power density diesel outboard, the CXO300. Marine engine specialists from all corners of the globe came together at two separate country events to learn about the engine’s final concept and discuss plans for the product launch.Attending the conference in Miami, U.S., which hosted eight North American distributors, as well as representatives from Cox‘s distributors in China…

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Canadian Electric Boat Company, Torqeedo Power New Rental Fleet

Canadian Electric Boat Company and Torqeedo has announced that Canada’s electric boat rental fleet will expand by 27 vessels to serve the new Route de Champlain. Canadian Electric Boat Company (CEBC) will build the vessels powered by emission-free Torqeedo motors.The Route de Champlain is a designated tourist route which allows visitors a new way to discover the beauty of Canada’s waterways. Starting in 2018, visitors will navigate a path closely aligned to renowned explorer Samuel de Champlain’s historic journey via kayak, canoe or electric boat.

Ron Huibers, President, Volvo Penta of the Americas. Photo: Ron Huibers

Interview: Volvo Penta's Ron Huibers

As Volvo Penta continues its strategic penetration of the commercial maritime sector, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News checks in with Ron Huibers, President, Volvo Penta of the Americas. When we first met with you a few years ago, Volvo Penta was in the early stages of a strategic move into the commercial maritime sector in North America. Please update your progress. Historically, we have been strong in the marine commercial markets outside of North America. Five years ago…

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Maritime to Get Biggest Bang for VW Settlement Bucks

Imagine a settlement over falsifying emission levels in another transportation sector dropping money onto your deck. Who knew? But it’s true. The $2.9 billion settlement fund Volkswagen agreed to capitalize for distribution across all 50 states, tribal lands and Puerto Rico, as a result of “dieselgate,” its criminal dodging of required auto emission levels, presents an unparalleled opportunity to maritime companies that want to move their noxious diesel engines up a couple of EPA notches, and stick someone else with close to half the bill or more.

IMO Tier III certification for MTU marine engines from Rolls-Royce (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

MTU Engines Certified IMO Tier III

The latest generation of MTU’s Series 4000 engines equipped with the SCR system for ships has successfully completed the IMO Tier III certification tests. Representatives of the ABS, BV, DNVGL, KR, NK, LR and RS certification bodies initially tested the 20-cylinder version, which was awarded approval as being representative of the remaining versions. This means that the engines now comply with the emission regulations in accordance with IMO MARPOL Annex VI, IMO Tier III. With a variety of technical advances to the turbocharging system…

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Cox Teams, US Distributors to Launch CXO300 Diesel Outboard Engine

Cox Powertrain will be joined by its line-up of US distributors for its Progressive Miami International Boat Show debut. Together they will deliver a message to the recreational marine market about the launch of the new CXO300 300hp diesel outboard engine and how it will be buoyed by an unrivalled sales, service and support network, the likes of which the marine industry has never seen. Cox Powertrain has been working to create an enviable and solid network of distributors covering all corners of the USA.

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Wärtsilä Acquires Lock-n-Stitch

Wärtsilä is expanding the service offering of its QuantiServ business line with the acquisition of the American engineering company Lock-n-Stitch. The QuantiServ business line within Wärtsilä Services was established in 2016 to provide support and maintenance services for customers operating equipment by multiple brands – including Wärtsilä acquired service brands (e.g. Deutz, Sulzer, Stork, Nohab, Crepelle) and/or other manufacturers’ brands – both in the marine and energy sectors.

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Volvo Penta Repowers in North America

As vessel operators increasingly look at their return on investment in terms of total lifetime costs for purchasing and operating their new engines, many of them are turning to Volvo Penta, the company says. “The word is spreading around the waterfront that Volvo Penta is the best buy for repowering. Our lineup of modern marine diesels provide a combination of faster speeds to station, better fuel economy, longer service intervals and fewer service calls, as well as industry-leading low-RPM torque performance,”  said Jens Bering, vice president of marine sales, Volvo Penta of the Americas.

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.

German Minister of Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel (in the middle) visited Rolls-Royce Power Systems in Friedrichshafen to hear about the Green and High-Tech programme. Taking the example of the new mobile gas engine CEO Andreas Schell (left) and Marcus A. Wassenberg (right) explained the environmentally-friendly propulsions systems of the company.  (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

Germany's Gabriel Visits Rolls-Royce Power Systems

On a visit to Lake Constance, German Minister of Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel visited Rolls-Royce Power Systems in Friedrichshafen on Monday, August 14, to hear about development and production of the latest propulsion and drive systems. “The Green and High-Tech program at Royce Power Systems opens up further prospects for German industry. The company has thus launched an initiative that I gladly support,” said Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on his tour through the plant. CEO Andreas Schell and CFO Marcus A.

U.S. Navy forces and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force routinely train together to improve interoperability and readiness to provide stability and security for the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Z.A. Landers)

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.

Chemical tanker Carla Maersk and bulk carrier Conti Peridot off Morgan's Point, Texas, March 10, 2015, after being involved in a collision March 9, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Dustin R. Williams)

Op/Ed: Shiphandlers Beware

Was the closing of the Houston Ship Channel for over three days in March 2015 due to the use of Ultra Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (ULSFO)? After reviewing the testimony, and evidentiary material presented by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) regarding the 2015 Conti Peridot’s collision with the Carla Maersk, it is the authors' opinion the report fails to address significant contributing factors. The NTSB has overlooked a serious threat to vessel operations throughout the world.

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ICS Chairman Outlines Plan for CO2 Reduction

Esben Poulsson, Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping, has set out what the industry would like the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to achieve as part of its CO2 reduction strategy for the shipping sector. Speaking at The Economist’s World Ocean Summit in Indonesia, Poulsson said that unless IMO makes significant progress the industry could be vulnerable to regional action, not only from the EU – which is considering incorporating shipping into the EU Emissions Trading System – but also from Canada or California, which have already introduced carbon pricing.

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, a heavy icebreaker homeported in Seattle, Washington, rests in the ice as the motor vessel Ocean Giant departs from the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station, Feb. 1, 2017. One of the primary responsibilities of the Polar Star’s crew is to provide an escort for the Ocean Giant through the frozen Ross Sea off of Antarctica. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley)

USCG Awards Polar Icebreaker Contracts

The U.S. Coast Guard awarded five firm fixed-price contracts for heavy polar icebreaker design studies and analysis Wednesday. The contracts were awarded to the following recipients: Bollinger Shipyards, LLC, Lockport, Louisiana; Fincantieri Marine Group, LLC, Washington, District of Columbia; General Dynamics/National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, California; Huntington Ingalls, Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi; and VT Halter Marine, Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi. The combined total value of the awards is approximately $20 million.

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Forrest Lucas: The 'Every Man' Tycoon

Forrest Lucas is a proverbial ‘rags-to-riches’ story, emerging from rural Indiana to build a corporate empire. From truck driver to truck fleet owner to oil and media magnate – including naming rights to an NFL stadium – Lucas is the ‘every man’ tycoon with eyes on the commercial maritime market. Talk to Forrest Lucas for five minutes and it is easy to see that his claims to be a ‘regular guy’ – placing honesty and integrity at the forefront of all dealings – is earnest. Rising from modest means, early on Lucas combined an entrepreneurial spirit, a hard work ethic and an inventive mind.