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CIMAC World Congress May 2013

The CIMAC World Congress on Combustion Engine Technology for Ship Propulsion, Power Generation and Rail Traction was held from May 13-16 in Shanghai. The Technical Program of this CIMAC Congress reflected a host of current hot topics, such as CO2 reduction or emissions. It consisted of 193 paper presentations, flanked by 68 poster presentations, from 20 countries – with strong participation from China. The huge amount of technical contributions was based on more than 400 abstracts which have been submitted to CIMAC in preparation of the congress, more than ever before.

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.

U.S. Navy Presents Shipbuilding Plan to Congress

"Today we provided Congress information tables from our draft 30-year shipbuilding plan. We believe the information found in these tables clearly articulates our intention to modernize and grow the fleet to our required minimum of 306 ships. We have been upfront and transparent about the need to decommission older ships, while at the same time introducing new and more capable platforms. Both Secretary Mabus and Admiral Greenert have been clear about the need to further our success in shipbuilding. Indeed, under Secretary Mabus' leadership the Navy has put 43 new ships under contract.

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…

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.

ABB Turbocharging at Shangai CIMAC World Conference

ABB Turbocharging to attend upcoming 27th CIMAC World Congress on Combustion Engine Technology in Shangai, China. The World Congress, from 13-16, May 2013, is held once every three years and constitutes CIMAC’s major, most forward-looking, influential event. This year, the CIMAC World Congress is being hosted by CIMAC’s Chinese national member association, Chinese Society of Internal Combustion Engines (CSICE). China is the world’s fastest-growing producer of engines, and this year’s Congress is expected to shed new insights into Chinese engine development and its underlying drivers.

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.

Low Mississippi Water Levels Threaten US Economy

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) & Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) warn barge transportation could stop in December. AWO and WCI call  upon Congress and the Administration to address a developing situation on the Mississippi River which could effectively bring commerce on the Mighty Mississippi to a halt in early December. Water releases from dams on the upper Missouri River are planned to be significantly scaled back later this month and these reductions are expected to negatively impact the Mississippi River water level between St. Louis and Cairo, IL beginning December 1.

Jonathan K. Waldron

Maritime Pollution and Other Legislation Outlook 2012

It has been almost two years since the Deepwater Horizon incident occurred on April 20, 2010. As a result of this incident, although there have been many bills introduced in Congress to address issues raised by this incident, as well as numerous related hearings, Congress was unable to see the way clear to actually enact any pollution-related legislation, or for that matter any substantial maritime legislation in 2011. The following is a summary of the action taken by Congress last year and a perspective on such legislation for 2012.

U.S. Shipyards Fight to Return Icebreakers to Service

The Polar Sea heavy icebreaker that the U.S. Coast Guard plans to mothball is in excellent condition and could be returned to active service in two years, giving the government a decade or more to search for longer-term solutions, a  representative of America’s shipyards told Congress last week. The United States currently has no active heavy icebreakers and only one medium vessel to protect rapidly intensifying national security and economic interests in the Arctic and Antarctic.

At SMM 2010 ‘Green’ Technologies Center Stage

Last month MR’s Henrik Segercrantz traveled to Hamburg for an exclusive preview of the SMM 2010 exhibition. The SMM international trade fair for shipbuilding, machinery and marine technology will take place in Hamburg, Germany, on 7-10 September. This year much focus will be on environment-friendly technologies and products. The supporting program for SMM 2010 will for the first time this year include the Global Maritime Environmental Congress (gmec), and the Offshore Dialogue, which will also look into maritime technologies for offshore mining and wind farms.

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.

US Coast Guard's 'Stop & Search' Power Incontestable

The USCG is America's only armed service with responsibility & authority for direct law enforcement action, on land police officers must meet 'reasonable suspicion' requirement. The Coast Guard is firmly committed to continuing the 'drug war' in the maritime area and, accordingly, drug interdiction is the most significant Coast Guard mission in terms of effort dedicated and money spent. A broad grant of enforcement authority from Congress coupled with an equally broad deference by the judiciary to the use of that power has facilitated this commitment.

CIMAC Circle Talks Marine Power in China

The traditional CIMAC Circle at the Marintec marine trade show took place on December 1, 2011 in Shanghai. It focussed on the topic River and short sea operation – what is the impact on engines? Mirroring the rising importance of China as an engine building nation, a full house of more than 150 participants attended the CIRCLE, where two of the six panelists were Chinese. Indeed, the event was so popular that it was a case of “standing room only” for later arrivals. Appropriately, the event started with an invitation to the CIMAC World Congress 2013 in Shanghai from Dr.

US Coast Guard Fishing Vessel Safety Examinations Now in Force

USCG's mandatory commercial fishing vessel safety examinations for those operating more than three miles from the territorial sea baseline take effect. This requirement, which affects commercial fishing fleets nationwide, comes as a result of Congress' passing of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. To help fishermen come into compliance with the regulations that apply to their vessel, the Coast Guard has built an on-line commercial fishing vessel "checklist generator" available here.

Photo courtesy of USN

US Navy Plans Smaller Fleet

According to a report to Congress, the Navy is downsizing its goal for the size of its fleet from 313 to 306 ships. The losers are the controversial littoral combat ship line, cut from 55 to 52; large ships, such as destroyers and cruisers, go from 94 to 88 and the four existing guided-missile submarines will not be replaced, reports U-T San Diego. The report adds that the Navy’s move of four destroyers to Rota, Spain, means fewer ships can provide the same overseas presence. The reduction in LCS is because of less demand from the U.S. Africa Command.

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…

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…