Monday, October 15, 2018

Congress News

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SMM Launches with High-Profile Guest Speakers

At today’s opening press conference of the international maritime trade fair in Hamburg, political and business leaders discussed current challenges facing the shipping industry. The focus of the debate was on the 0.5 percent sulphur limit for ship fuels which will take effect on January 1,  2020, and the industry's goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions from global shipping in half by the year 2050. Roughly 2,300 exhibitors and the extensive conference program accompanying the trade fair will deliver answers to the industry's complex questions. Roughly 50,000 visitors are expected to attend.

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Green Shipping: Toward a Clean Future

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has announced its targets of cutting greenhouse gas emissions from global shipping in half by the year 2050, and to make ships entirely CO2-neutral before 2100. But long before that, the so-called sulphur cap will take effect: From 2020 all oceangoing ships must run on fuel that contains no more than 0.5 per cent of sulphur. According to estimates by classification society DNV GL, up to 70,000 ships will be subject to this requirement.

Caterpillar Names Official Dealer for Cuba

Caterpillar Inc. has named privately owned Puerto Rico-based company Rimco as the official Cat dealer for Cuba. Rimco, a longtime Cat partner, currently serves as the company’s dealer for Puerto Rico and the Eastern Caribbean. The move comes in anticipation of the U.S. lifting its embargo on trade with Cuba. Upon easing of trade restrictions, customers in Cuba will be able to purchase Cat products through Rimco in accordance with U.S. and Cuba regulations. Philip Kelliher, vice president with responsibility for the Americas & Europe Distribution Services Division…

CIMAC Announces its New Board

A new CIMAC Board is due to come into force at the completion of the CIMAC World Congress in Helsinki in June 2016 for the customary three-year tenure, 2016-2019. The new CIMAC Board will have Klaus Heim, Chief Technical Officer of OMT S.p.A as the new CIMAC President. Ilari Kallio, Vice President Research & Development, Wärtsilä is also new to the CIMAC Board where he will be taking up the role of Vice President Technical Program along with Marko Dekena, Executive Vice President, AVL LIST, who will continue in his role also as Vice President Technical Programme.

CIMAC World Congress to Focus on System Integration

One of the most compelling topics that will be discoursed during the CIMAC World Congress 2016 is the area of ‘System Integration’ where all the relevant stakeholders including engine developers, component suppliers, research organizations, system integrators, classification societies and the engine users have to come together with an aim of optimization of the overall efficiency and performance of ships and other large engine applications. Integration of propulsion system from the point of view of efficiency optimization…

Torsional Vibration Symposium: May 21-23, 2014

The 2014 Torsional Vibration Symposium, organized by the Vibration Association, is scheduled for May 21-23 in Salzburg Congress, Austria. The event aims to gather industry experts from around the world to discuss current torsional vibration developments, issues and technologies. The event will feature five informational sessions, an exhibition, gala dinner and many discussion/networking opportunities. Preliminary topics include torsional vibration aspects of combustion engines…

‘Knowledge to Boost’ (K2B) two-stage turbocharging system (Image: KBB)

KBB to Present the Latest in Turbocharging at CIMAC

When it comes to turbocharging technology, the focus in the marine market is now more and more on efficiency and emissions reduction rather than outright power production, so the scope for new and innovative thinking on how to meet these new targets is wide ranging, according to developer and manufacturer KBB, a group with over 60 years’ experience and more than 60,000 units produced. KBB said it is responding to these ongoing challenges for engine owners and managers by improving performance and reducing lifecycle costs.

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.

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SMM: Green Power Ahead

The pressure on the industry is tremendous. On the one hand, the tough situation in the market forces shipping companies to keep the prices for their services at competitive levels, which mainly means they have to increase efficiency and reduce fuel consumption. On the other hand, ever stricter international standards require investments in environmental technologies. And customers also expect the companies to demonstrate sustainable management – that is why Green Propulsion is a major focus at SMM, an  international maritime trade fair, to be held in Hamburg from September 6-9 2016.

Sales booth: Photo MHI-MME

MHI-MME to Show at SMM 2014

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Engine Co., Ltd. (MHI-MME) says it will participate in SMM (Hamburg) scheduled to be held at Congress Center Hamburg, Germany from September 9th to 12th, 2014. The company will co-exhibit with Mitsubishi Turbocharger and Engine Europe B.V (MTEE) which is also a member of the MHI (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries) group. A wide range of of MHI group marine machinery and engines will be exhibited. MHI-MME informs that SMM is one of the largest international maritime exhibitions…

Senator Patty Murray (WA)

Senators Murray, Cantwell Introduce American Port Legislation

U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell introduced today The Maritime Goods Movement Act for the 21st Century, new legislation that would support the American trade economy and significantly strengthen American ports. The legislation would replace the outdated Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT), which is designed to fund the operation and maintenance of American ports, but currently incentivizes shippers to bypass American ports and move U.S. bound goods through Canada and Mexico instead.

Wärtsilä 34DF engine (Image: Wärtsilä)

Dual-fuel Icebreaker Polaris Presented at CIMAC

The design and technical features of Finland's newest icebreaker Polaris were presented on Monday, June 6, in Helsinki as part of the CIMAC World Congress. IB Polaris is the most environmentally friendly diesel-electric icebreaker ever built. It uses both low sulphur diesel and LNG as fuel, which significantly reduces its emissions. The special hull form and propulsion arrangement will minimize ice resistance and maximize the icebreaking capacity of the vessel. The main purpose of IB Polaris is icebreaking and assisting of other vessels in ice conditions in the Baltic Sea.

WinGD Presents Two-stroke Engine Technology at CIMAC

The market for fuel-efficient low-speed two-stroke engines is vibrant, and will continue to gather pace with IMO Tier III regulations from 2016, and also the worldwide NOx abatement demands. Modern engines also need to be able to cope with the ever-decreasing quality of residual fuels available, as well as the ability to operate in dual-fuel (DF) mode. Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD), as the leading developer of low-speed two-stroke marine engines since 1898 under “Sulzer” name…

Photo: ABB Turbocharging

ABB Turbocharging Previews Marine Auxiliary Product

ABB Turbocharging, at the CIMAC Congress 2016 presented its first dedicated turbocharger, for marine auxiliary engine applications, in a development cooperation with IHI Corporation. Designed for ease of operation and service, it supports a condition-based maintenance concept. The Marine Auxiliary Power (MXP) turbocharger is a key part of the company's strategy to focus on increased value for engine builders and operators in the large engine industry through segment- and application-specific turbocharging offerings.

GE to Move US Engine Plant to Canada

General Electric Co said on Monday it will move production of large, gas-powered engines to Canada from Waukesha, Wisconsin, along with 350 jobs, to access export financing no longer available in the United States. In its latest salvo aimed at persuading Congress to renew the U.S. Export-Import Bank's charter which expired in June, GE will invest $265 million in a new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant at a Canadian location yet to be determined. The facility, to open in about 20 months…

LM2500  (Photo: GE Marine Solutions)

GE Gas Turbines to Power US Navy's DDG Destroyers

GE’s Marine Solutions has announced that its LM2500 marine gas turbines have been selected to power the United States Navy’s new DDG 126 and 127 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. These new destroyers are being built by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine. “Each of these sophisticated new surface combatants relies on four powerful GE LM2500 marine gas turbines in a combined gas and gas turbine -- or COGAG -- propulsion arrangement,” said GE’s Brien Bolsinger, Vice President, Marine Operations. “We are honored that this reliable gas turbine assists with our country’s national security.

Navy Cuts One Littoral Combat Ship in 2015

U.S. WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy hopes to smooth out the impact on Lockheed Martin Corp and Australia's Austal of a budget-driven decision to order three Littoral Combat Ships instead of four in fiscal year 2015, the Navy's top weapons buyer said on Thursday. The Navy had planned to buy two of each of the different small warships built by Lockheed and Austal in fiscal 2015 and 2016, but it scaled back those orders to three ships a year as a result of budget cuts mandated by Congress.

Courtesy of Swiftships

Robotic Marine Vehicles: Meet the Anaconda-2

Recently, Swiftships Shipbuilders, LLC, in Morgan City, La., showcased the Anaconda-2 – an unmanned, 35-ft. craft in development – during a demonstration on the Atchafalaya River next to its HQ. The company partnered with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) more than a year ago to produce technology for a vessel that can navigate without a pilot aboard. Swiftships and ULL are designing a boat that uses Global Positioning System/sensory data, and has the potential to support naval, enforcement and zone-protection operations, mainly on inland waters.