Monday, June 17, 2019

Electrical Equipment News

Concept illustration of Onboard Microgrid installed on a ferry (Photo: ABB)

ABB Launches Onboard Microgrid

ABB releases compact size DC-based power distribution system to offer hybrid power efficiencies to smaller vessels.The newly launched Onboard Microgrid is based on the principles of ABB’s award-winning power distribution system Onboard DC Grid with the proven ability to enable up to 20% energy efficiency in larger vessels. With the launch of the new compact-size solution, ABB makes similar efficiencies achievable for smaller, lower-power vessels operating over short distances.

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First Shore-to-Ship Cold Ironing Connection In Eastern Med

Eastern Mediterranean achieved reduced environmental footprint at the port of Killini, which on December 20th, 2018 held an inauguration event of the first pilot shore installation for the electrification of ships with an overwhelming ceremony that shed light to the endeavor that was accomplished by the EU co-funded Action ‘elemed’ and the shipping company Levante Ferries, who experienced the plug in of its passenger ro-ro ferry Fior Di Levante to the new electrification position on shore.The event was opened by Mr Nabil-Iosif Morant…

Baydelta Hybrid(Photo: courtesy of Baydelta Maritime)

Rolls-Royce Receives AIP For Hybrid Tug Propulsion System

Rolls-Royce received Approval in Principle (AIP) from classification organization ABS for its novel hybrid propulsion system for tractor tugs.The AIP was granted following an evaluation of the world’s first hybrid tug, a unique vessel designed by Jensen Maritime and which Nichols Brothers Boat Builders will deliver to Baydelta Maritime LLC in February 2019. The vessel will be the first tug boat installed with the Rolls-Royce hybrid propulsion system.ABS considers the Rolls-Royce hybrid system is…

Breakthrough vessel: the mackerel-catching new-build designed by France Pelagique and ASD Ship Design is being built and engineered by Havyard Ship Technology (Image: Havyard Ship Technology)

Odin's Eye & the Quiet Trawler

When it was time for France Pelagique to start renewing its fleet, an electric-power alliance of Dutch and Scandinavian yard interests formed up and delivered. The result was the first installation aboard a trawler of NES’s Odin’s Eye, a DC grid solution to integrate another first for trawlers — quiet-running permanent magnate, or PM, propulsion.Where to begin a fleet modernization that ends with green credentials and richer harvests? Well, there are multiple points of contact…

Photo: Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping

Dagestan Ferry Passes Sea Trials

The ferry vessel Dagestan, which was lifted up for repair in the Zigh ship repair and construction yard of Azerbaijani Caspian Shipping Company has successfully passed sea trials. During the overhaul, two auxiliary engines on the Dagestan were replaced with new Hyundai brand engines. The new 1,000 kW engines are more cost-effective and efficient than previous ones. The engines of this model are also distinguished by a higher availability of technical maintenance. Along with auxiliary engines, the main engines and vessel devices have been replaced in accordance with the new project.

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GE Powers Maersk’s Mega Ships

GE’s Marine Solutions recently delivered its power take off/power take in (PTO/PTI) solution along with its Power Management System digital software solution onboard four of the largest container vessels owned by Maersk Line—Madrid Maersk, Munich Maersk, Moscow Maersk and Milan Maersk. Madrid Maersk is the first container vessel delivered from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME)—back in April—and Munich Maersk and Moscow Maersk have both completed successful sea trials. Milan Maersk will soon be in service.

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LNG: Lagging, Not Gone

Low energy prices, depressed day rates and slow growth of bunkering infrastructure has dampened progress for the marine industry’s ‘white knight’ of environmentally friendly fuels. LNG, nevertheless, is here to stay. Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) is a clean fuel in abundant supply. The green advantages of LNG are well known: Class Society DNV-GL, a pioneer in the commercialization of LNG fueling for maritime applications, offers that use of LNG fuel provides “the complete removal of SOX and particle PM emissions and a reduction of NOX emission of up to 85 percent ...

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New Genset Control Panel from Northern Lights

Marine power generation manufacturer Northern Lights has introduced the Tough Series Control Panel (TSC) to provide control to Northern Lights generator set functions. Featuring a back-lit LCD display screen and large, easy-to-read push buttons, TSC is versatile enough to permit remote monitoring and control connection through a single data and power cable, up to 30 meters in length, the manufacturer said. Available RS485 and J1939 protocols can be connected to a remote monitoring system. The TSC is factory programmed with voltage and current monitoring for single and three-phase applications.

Shrink fitting of shaft and bevel gear; ©SCHOTTEL

SCHOTTEL Pumps €45 Million into New Factory

SCHOTTEL, a German manufacturer of marine propulsion systems, has invested a total of €45 million to open a new state-of-the-art Rudderpropeller factory, increasing the company’s production capacity by roughly 30 percent. The factory, near its headquarters in Spay, Germany, was officially opened in the summer of 2015 following a construction period of about two years. It features four production shops (up to 270 meters long and 18 meters high) and a three-storey building for administration, social and technical purposes.

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Thordon Bearings Names New China Distributor

Thordon Bearings Inc. of Canada announced that CY Engineering Co. Ltd. will take over as the new authorized distributor for the People’s Republic of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, effective August 28, 2015. With this agreement, CY Engineering becomes Thordon’s stocking distributor for manufacturer of nonmetallic marine bearing systems. A company with over 25 years’ experience in seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearing systems, Thordon Bearings designs and manufactures a complete range of nonmetallic sleeve bearing solutions for marine…

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GE Launches GE Marine Organization

GE unveiled today its new GE Marine organization which cumulates several GE businesses and will be led by Tim Schweikert, vice president, GE Marine. The new organization brings together GE’s commercial and technological expertise in the marine sector from gas turbines and diesel engines to motors and generators, variable speed drives and drilling systems to automation and control systems and all the electrical equipment in between. GE Marine combines this with system integration capabilities and a global infrastructure—including training and service facilities.

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WEG’s CFW11W Offers Higher Power

WEG presented its CFW11W variable speed drive to the shipbuilding and marine industry for the first time recently, and according to WEG, the water-cooled drive offers up to 40% higher power in a more compact size than standard air-cooled inverters and as a result enables shipbuilders to increase efficiencies and optimize their processes on board. The modular, water-cooled CFW11W frequency inverter from WEG offers a solution to space and corrosion challenges. With power ratings from 450 kW to 2…

Elkon Wins Hybrid Ferry Contract

Elkon (Istanbul), a subsidiary of Imtech Marine, has been awarded an interesting contract from Sedef Shipyard (Tuzla, Istanbul) for the delivery of the electrical equipment, propulsion system and services for two Canadian Seaspan hybrid ferries. The two, 148.9 m, dual-fuelled (diesel and liquefied natural gas) ferries are propelled by a hybrid-electrical propulsion system and can accommodate up to 59 trailers. These state-of-the-art ferries will replace aging vessels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly, while ensuring the highest level of efficiency, performance and reliability.

MHI Develops LPG Portable Generator

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has completed development of the industry's first portable power generator with a 2.2 kilovolt-ampere (kVA) class small engine that operates on propane gas, otherwise known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Full-scale marketing of the new product model MGC2200G, dubbed "MEGASEG", will commence in November. Because LPG can be stored over long periods without deterioration and the generator's 10-kilogram (kg) tank enables roughly 10 hours of usage of electrical equipment with outputs totaling up to 2.2kVA…

ABB's Onboard DC Grid Wins Technology Award

ABB say its Onboard DC Grid will receive a 'Spotlight on New Technology Award' at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) May 6-9, 2013 in Houston. The awards honor innovative technologies for the oil and gas industry and related energy sectors that have the potential to significantly impact offshore exploration and production. Designed for a wide range of vessels, ABB’s Onboard DC Grid is a highly efficient power distribution, automation and electric propulsion system that significantly…

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Human Error Found in Walla Walla Motor Failure

A three-month safety investigation recently concluded that human error was responsible for the failure of an electric drive motor that removed the 188-car ferry Walla Walla from service. According to the final report, investigators determined the motor failure was avoidable and resulted from mistakes made by Washington State Ferries personnel. The motor failure occurred Nov. 4, 2012 when the Walla Walla was undergoing routine annual maintenance at Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility on Bainbridge Island. •    Communication between engine crew and maintenance staff was insufficient.

General Dynamics Awarded Navy SUBSAFE Contract

General Dynamics Electric Boat awarded submarine safety and maintenance contract. The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a contract to perform submarine safety program (SUBSAFE) and intermediate submarine maintenance work for submarines. This five-year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract has a potential value of US$215.5-million. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Electric Boat will provide technical management, administrative and technical services…

Submarine Modules on Tow: Photo credit HII

US Naval Submarine Modules Shipped by Barge

This was the first for the program and part of the plan to increase shipment capacity in support of the U.S. Navy's two-submarines-per-year build rate. The module that comprises the torpedo room for North Dakota (SSN 784) was loaded onto the sea shuttle, which is used for the two-plus-day voyage to Electric Boat's main shipyard in Groton, Conn. Right behind it was the module containing the auxiliary machine room (AMR) for John Warner (SSN 785), which is headed to Electric Boat's fabrication plant in Quonset Point, R.I.