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…
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…
Rolls-Royce Celebrates 20th Anniversary of MTU Series 4000
Packed with technical innovations, the MTU Series 4000 engine received accolades when it was presented to international experts for the first time at the SMM trade fair in October 1996. Series 4000 engines were the first of their kind to be fitted with common rail injection as standard and were 10 years ahead of their time. The Series 4000 has gone on to become MTU’s biggest selling engine in production. To date, over 37,000 Series 4000 engines have been sold to customers across the world for a wide variety of applications from marine propulsion and energy generation to off-highway vehicles…
ExxonMobil Debuts Zinc-free Marine Engine Oil
ExxonMobil introduced Mobilgard 410 NC, touted by the oil company as a zinc-free high-performance oil designed to offer improvement in piston cleanliness, reduction in liner wear and a enhancement in bearing protection. In testing conducted in extreme service conditions with both EMD and GE marine engines, the company reports that Mobilgard 410 NC technology performed well. Based on the field trials Mobilgard 410 NC is now approved for use in EMD and GE engines. It also meets the requirements for Detroit Diesel, Alco and Fairbanks Morse marine diesel units.
ExxonMobil Offers New Zinc-Free Marine Engine Oil
Marine fuel and lubricant providers increasingly are playing a pivotal role in helping ship and boat owners to reduce emissions and improve performance. To this end, ExxonMobil introduced Mobilgard 410 NC, touted by the oil company as a zinc-free high-performance oil that offers marine operators an improvement in piston cleanliness (up to 20%), a reduction in liner wear (up to 50%), and a significant enhancement in bearing protection. It also is designed to help maximize the performance of a number of medium and high-speed engine types, including newer designs that comply with U.S.
Fuel System Modifications Lead to Fire
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) issued a safety alert to raise awareness regarding the importance of using proper replacement parts and equipment in accordance with their intended purpose. Recently, a casualty occurred on a passenger vessel operating about a mile offshore in the Atlantic Ocean. A crewmember, while making a round in a machinery space, noticed that a small fuel spray fire had developed above one of the four propulsion engines. The crewmember vacated the space and informed the bridge watch.
New Inertia-Engaged Turbine Air Starter
TDI introduced a new, inertia-engaged turbine air starter designed to improve the reliability of mid size engines (up to 4,882 CID/80 Liters) on marine vessels, as well as engines in other industries. The signature characteristic of the vaneless, TurboTwin T50-I is the 100% starting performance it delivers because of the inertia engagement. “With inertia-engaged air starters there is never an abutment causing an abandoned start attempt, meaning the design of the air starter assures pinion engagement every time.
New Inertia-Engaged Turbine Air Starter from TDI
TDI announced the introduction of a new, inertia-engaged turbine air starter designed to improve the reliability of mid size engines (up to 4,882 CID/80 Liters) on marine vessels, mine haul trucks and critical applications like emergency generator sets and fire pumps. The signature characteristic of the vaneless, TurboTwin T50-I is the 100% starting performance it delivers because of the inertia engagement. “With inertia-engaged air starters there is never an abutment causing an abandoned start attempt, meaning the design of the air starter assures pinion engagement every time.
Seattle Shipyard Delivers Third NYPD Boat
Kvichak Marine Industries, of Seattle, WA, recently delivered a third 44.5’ Response Boat Medium to the New York Police Department Harbor Unit. The first two RB-M C’s were delivered in April 2010 and August 2012. Both have been providing maritime security and law enforcement along with search and rescue in the New York metropolitan area. These all-aluminum vessels are designed by Camarc Design, UK and powered by tier II compliant twin Detroit Diesel 60 series engines rated for 825 BHP each coupled to Twin Disc MG5114SC marine gears.
Patrol Boat Order for Kvichak Marine
Kvichak Marine Industries, contracted to build a 44.5’ X 13.7’ 'Response Boat Medium – C' for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department. The RBM-C is the sistership of the highly successful USCG RB-M having been adapted to meet the CBRNE Detection mission requirements of the LA County Sheriff’s department. Kvichak, of Seattle, WA, has built four commercial RB-M vessels for various municipalities in the United States. Designed by Camarc Design, UK, the all-aluminum vessel is powered by twin Detroit Diesel 60 series engines rated for 825 BHP each.
Martha's Vineyard Ferry Powered by MTU Engines
MTU Series 4000 engines power new catamaran passenger ferry on Martha’s Vineyard route; Rhode Island Fast Ferry’s new propeller-driven vessel is lighter, faster and more fuel efficient than its predecessor. The Ava Pearl, a new catamaran operated by Rhode Island Fast Ferry, is meeting the ferry service’s goal of fuel-efficient operation thanks to the vessel’s twin MTU 12V4000 M53 engines from Tognum America. The 34-meter passenger vessel, designed by Incat Crowther and built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding…
Rhode Island Fast Ferry's MTU Diesels Saving Fuel
'Ava Pearl,' a new catamaran operated by Rhode Island Fast Ferry, is fitted with fuel-efficient MTU Series 4000 engines. The 34-meter passenger vessel, designed by Incat Crowther and built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, makes three daily round-trips between North Kingstown, R.I., and Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., a one-way distance of 52 miles. In the first two months of operation, the 150-passenger Ava Pearl logged more than 18,700 sea-miles and the fuel savings have added up.
MTU Detroit Diesel Changes Name to Tognum America
MTU Detroit Diesel Inc. announced a name change to Tognum America Inc., effective June 1, 2011. Tognum America, like MTU Detroit Diesel before, is a subsidiary of the Germany-based Tognum Group and is responsible for the sales and service of MTU engines and MTU Onsite Energy distributed energy systems in North and Latin America. Tognum America has offices in Detroit, Houston, Washington DC, San Leandro, CA; St. Rose, LA; Miami, FL and Mankato, MN. The company also operates two state-of-the-art production facilities: one in Mankato…
MTU to Showcase Engines at Commercial Marine Expo
The Tognum brand MTU will be showcasing the Series 2000 marine engine for new workboat installations at the Commercial Marine Expo, June 22-23, 2011 in booth #201. The Series 2000 is available in both 12V and 16V configurations, with power output that ranges from 805 bhp to 1,070 bhp (600 - 800 kW) at 1,800 RPM. In addition to the Series 2000, MTU will also be displaying the venerable Series 60 engine. With more than 650,000 units in operation around the globe, the MTU Series 60 engines have demonstrated both high reliability and durability.
Tognum to Reduce Size of Executive Board
In January 2011, the first step taken by Tognum to establish a new global sales organisation came into force. The new organization is designed to improve the service and support provided for the company’s existing customers and above all to acquire new customers worldwide for its broadly diversified product portfolio. Peter Kneipp (53) joined MTU Friedrichshafen in 1989 as a project manager for marine propulsion systems. At an early stage in his career, Peter Kneipp was involved in projects that enabled him to acquire experience in the Asia-Pacific region…
Kvichak Awarded Pilot Boat Contracts
Kvichak Marine Industries, of Seattle, WA, has recently been awarded a contract to build two 50’ x 15.5’ pilot vessels for the Crescent River Port Pilots (CRPPA) of Louisiana. The Crescent River Port Pilots operate on the Mississippi River between Pilot Town and New Orleans, LA. Designed by Kvichak Marine, the all-aluminum vessels will be powered by twin Detroit Diesel 60 series engines rated for 600 BHP coupled to Twin Disc MG5114SC marine gears. Hamilton 364 waterjets are the chosen propulsors. This combination allows for excellent maneuverability and a top speed of ~ 32 knots.
Voith Taps Reinhardt as President & CEO
Carsten J. Reinhardt Becomes Member of the Corporate Board of Management of Voith GmbH and President and CEO of Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG. Heidenheim, Germany June 14, 2012 – This is to announce the appointment of Carsten J. Reinhardt as Member of the Corporate Board of Management of Voith GmbH and as President and CEO of Voith Turbo GmbH & Co. KG. As of July 1, 2012, Reinhardt will succeed Dr. Hubert Lienhard who had held this function since January 1, 2012 in addition to his office as President and CEO of the Corporate Board of Management of Voith GmbH.
The Corvus Power Play
Corvus Energy has quickly evolved as a leader in the marine hybrid propulsion market, developing state-of-the-art battery system solutions on some of the world’s biggest projects. And this is just the beginning. While the world “revolutionary” is too often and liberally bandied about in the description of new products, Vancouver, BC-based Corvus Energy arguably has created a revolutionary battery for the maritime market, a power source with a power density, longevity and durability which has brought it from concept to major player on leading maritime hybrid projects in less than five years.