Thursday, January 23, 2020

Caterpillar News

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NOx Control: Should Certain Vessels Get a Break?

When it comes to the EPA’s recent proposed delay to implementation of Tier 4 marine diesel engines ‘in certain high-speed commercial vessels,’ where you stand probably depends on where you sit.On September 6, the U.S. Environmental Protection agency (EPA) proposed to delay implementation of Tier 4 marine diesel engines “in certain high-speed commercial vessels.” Specifically; EPA mentions three kinds of vessels: lobster boats, pilot boats and a third, more open-ended reference to “other high-speed vessels,” possibly including hovercraft.

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Ferry Stena Estrid Completes Sea Trials

Stena Line’s "next-generation" ferry Stena Estrid has arrived in Holyhead after completing sea trials and a five-week, 10,000 mile journey from China to the Irish Sea where she will begin service early next year on her inaugural route from Dublin to Holyhead.Designed by Deltamarin and constructed at the China Merchants Jinling Shipbuilding Weihai Shipyard in China, Stena Estrid is the first of Stena RoRo’s nine next-generation E-Flexer Ro-Pax vessels in a series which include five for Stena Line and several additional vessels that will be on long-term charter for other ferry operators.

Volkswagen Attracts Bids for MAN Energy Solutions Unit

Volkswagen has attracted bids from Europe's Innio, Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy and U.S.-based Cummins for its MAN Energy Solutions, which makes diesel engines for ships and power generators, people close to the matter said.Innio, formerly known as Jenbacher and owned by buyout group Advent, as well as the two other bidders last week made bids for the VW unit, which could have a valuation of 1.5-2 billion euros ($1.7-$2.2 billion) in a potential sale, they said.Other bidders such as Hyundai Heavy are no longer in the running…

Bisso’s Tier 4 Final Tug, Andrew S (Photo: Caterpillar Marine)

Caterpillar Supplies Engines for Tier 4 Tug

Caterpillar Marine has supplied two Cat 3516E Tier 4 main engines to the Andrew S. The EPA Tier 4 Final and Subchapter M azimuth stern drive (ASD) tractor tug was delivered to Bisso Towboat Co.Each engine generates 3,004 bhp at 1,800 rpm and a selective catalyst reduction (SCR) system. At 6,008 bhp, Andrew S. is the most powerful Tier 4 tug on the Mississippi River.The Andrew S. measures 100’ x 38’ x 13.5’ and has an estimated bollard pull of 84 tons. Additional features of the tug include U.S.

Caterpillar Profit Dips; 2019 Outlook Cut

Caterpillar Inc reported a 13.5% fall in quarterly profit on Wednesday, hit by weak demand in its construction and resources units, and the company cut its 2019 profit forecast.Profit attributable to common stockholders fell to $1.49 billion, or $2.66 per share, in the third-quarter ended Sept.

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Global Tiger Success for Thordon Bearings

Canadian company Thordon Bearings has notched up another success story for a customer in the demanding offshore sector, with a bearing and seal installation in “perfect condition” after over three years of operation.Global Tiger, operated by UAE-based Global Marine Co is a 42m (138ft) crew/supply vessel currently in service in the Middle East. It is one of a pair of all-aluminium crewboats built by Grandweld of Dubai in 2015/2016. The vessel, with 83-person capacity, is powered by a triple-screw Caterpillar propulsion plant…

Two new Robert Allan Ltd custom-designed pusher tugs are now being operated along the Amazon River system by Hidrovias do Brasil S.A. (Photo: Robert Allan Ltd)

New Pusher Tugs for Hidrovias do Brasil

Hidrovias do Brasil S.A. has started operating two new pusher tugs custom-designed by Vancouver, Canada based Robert Allan Ltd, pushing barges containing bulk products along the Amazon River system. This HB PIRARARA shallow-draft pusher tug and sister vessel HB PIRARUCU have a Robert allan RApide 4000-Z3 tug design and were constructed by Estaleiro Rio Maguari in Belem, Brazil.Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations were used in the early phases of the design work to optimize the hull shapes and minimize total convoy resistance…

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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Engine Overhaul for MMA Duo

Two offshore support vessels (OSV) operated by offshore oil and gas marine support specialists MMA Offshore have undergone engine overhaul programs, diesel power specialist Royston Australia said.The work scope saw Royston engineers undertake the DG2 M/E and DG3 M/E services on the diesel electric Caterpillar generator engines on board the MMA Plover and its sister vessel MMA Brewster, while they were on passage.The contract involved preparing, packing and shipping parts to undertake…

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Port of Luleå 36m Hybrid Icebreaker Tug Delivered

The powerful 36 meter hybrid icebreaker tug Vilja was delivered to her Owner, Port of Luleå, on June 26th, 2019 at Gondan Shipyard in Spain. On July 4th, Vilja arrived in Luleå and the crew was very satisfied with the first sailing experience and tug performance on the journey home. The vessel will soon be used for ice management, firefighting and navigation aids service duties in the Port of Luleå, Sweden and will assist ships and conduct coastal towing in the northern sector of the Gulf of Bothnia.Vilja is a 36 meter TundRA 3600–H, Icebreaking Escort Tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd.

Johnalan Brill  (Photo: FUELTRAX)

FUELTRAX Appoints Brill

Johnalan Brill joins FUELTRAX as of June 2019 as Director of Data Analytics for FUELTRAX. He will assist in leveraging operational data from FUELTRAX global fleet and provide expert analysis to determine best practices and operational efficiencies to clients. Overseeing the next generation of FUELNET advancements, Brill will be taking the lead in subsequent steps to expanding FUELNET analysis offerings, to continue to save time and provide value for clients through tools such…

Johnalan Brill joins Fueltrax as of June 2019 as Director of Data Analytics.(Photo: Fueltrax)

Brill Name Director, Data Analytics at Fueltrax

Johnalan Brill joins Fueltrax as of June 2019 as Director of Data Analytics.In his role Brill will leverage operational data from Fueltrax  global fleet and provide expert analysis to determine best practices and operational efficiencies to clients. Overseeing the next generation of FUELNET advancements, Brill will be taking the lead in subsequent steps to expanding FUELNET analysis offerings, to continue to save time and provide value for clients through tools such as dashboards…

PROPULSION: ‘Power’ to the People

Interstate-McBee brings affordable aftermarket replacement parts to a marine sector thirsting for new ways to bolster the bottom line. As freight rates, subchapter M and the advent of EPA Tier IV requirements all impact the market, an affordable overhaul of an existing engine is one way to find real relief. A recent report, entitled “Impact of Updated Service Life Estimates on Harbor Craft and Switcher Locomotive Emission Forecasts and Cost-Effectiveness,” found the average Category 2 workboat remains in service for 50 years…

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Ten Tugs Equipped with SCHOTTEL and VULKAN

“Mark E. Kuebler”, “Ted C. Litton” and “Connelly M”, the first three terminal and escort tugs of a total of ten being constructed at Gulf Island Fabrication in the United States were recently delivered to Bay Houston Towing Co. Each of the Robert Allan-designed tugs is equipped with two SCHOTTEL Rudderpropellers type SRP 510 FP. In addition, VULKAN’s Safeguard Basic driveline protection system issues early warning when intervention in the propulsion drive train is required.SCHOTTEL…

PT Indo Container Line - MV Icon Perdana (Photo courtesy of Shell)

Shell Marine Brings ICON Line 58% Cost Savings

Shell Marine has provided clear evidence of the cost savings available when a customer chooses its medium-speed engine oil Shell Gadinia, after PT Indo Container Line (ICON Line) confirmed that reduced lubricant consumption led to longer oil-drain intervals and costs down by 58%.Calculations made immediately after comparative trials for the Indonesian shipping line showed that a 58% cut in lubricant costs is available to ICON Line through the use of Shell Gadinia S3. Annualized…

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Sanmar Delivers ASD Tug to Marintug

Sanmar Shipyards delivered a 24 meter ASD Tug with 60 tbp to Marintug of Turkey.This vessel is a RAmparts 2400SX-type with a 60 tonnes bollard pull, designed by Robert Allan Ltd.It is powered by a pair of Caterpillar 3512C main engines that each can produce 1765kW power with 1800 rpm’s which is combined with Rolls Royce US 205 FP ASD thrusters with built-in slip clutches. Power for auxiliary systems is provided by Caterpillar C4.4 86ekw generators.The vessel has been built according to ABS A1…

Caterpillar's Multi-Engine Optimizer.

CAT Targets Cruise for MEO, AI

Caterpillar is touting its Multi-Engine Optimizer (MEO) as a solution for existing cruise ships to burn less fuel, run cleaner, keep uptime and reliability high while keeping costs down.Caterpillar's MEO is designed to lay over the top of a vessel’s existing power management system, us-ing proprietary performance maps and control algorithms to advise the system on which engines to operate and at what load. The second, Asset Intelligence (AI), is a total vessel monitoring solution that collects and analyzes data from onboard systems, then provides recommendations on when and how to take action.

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Schottel Power for McAllister Tug

McAllister Towing selected Schottel to provide propulsion units for a new-built escort and harbor tug. The tug, under construction at Washburn & Doughty, will feature a pair of Schottel type SRP 490 Rudderpropellers  with an input power of 2,525 kW each, delivering an expected bollard pull of about 82 tons.The contract continues a relationship between the iconic American tug company and the German maritime propulsion maker, and in fact it was more than 30 years ago that McAllister was Schottel’s first towing customer in the U.S.