Sunday, September 22, 2019

End Product News

The Switch expects its advanced and proven DC-Hub concept, with the unique EBL, will see tremendous growth. The DC-Hub distributes energy without the need for auxiliary equipment such as transformers and AC switchboards. (Photo: The Switch)

Successful Factory Acceptance Test for The Switch EBL

The Switch Norway, part of Yaskawa Corporation’s Yaskawa Environmental Energy Division, reports it has completed a Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) for its Electronic Bus Link breaker (EBL). It is the first time the new EBL, a key element within its DC-Hub, has undergone a FAT.The procedure was conducted in Trondheim under the supervision of class society DNV-GL and the undisclosed end customers. There were no issues recorded with the first three EBL units to undergo stringent testing…

Photo: Tevo Oy

New Bronze Propeller for Arctic Ops

Finnish company TEVO Oy said it has developed a cost-effective alternative for steel propellers. The result of a large product development project, TEVO said it can now design and manufacture an optimal bronze propeller construction for 1A Super (PC-6) class. A bronze propeller designed for 1A Super class with optimized efficiency and noise characteristics has been verified in full-scale sea tests in the northernmost part of the Baltic Sea, particularly in harsh ice conditions of the northern part of the Gulf of Bothnia.

S. Korea plant opening: Photo Shell Lubrication

Shell & Hyundai Open S. Korea Base Oil Plant

A joint venture company formed by Shell and Hyundai Oilbank, has inaugurated a new base oil manufacturing plant in Daesan, South Korea. The plant has the capacity to produce approximately 13,000 barrels per day or 650 kilotonnes of API Group II base oils per year. (Base oils are the key component of finished lubricants, making up on average of 60-80% of the end product). Mark Gainsborough, Executive Vice President for Shell Lubricants, said: “As the demand for higher quality lubricants is on the rise in Asia…

Mastry Helps OEMs Achieve EPA Compliance

Tier 4 EPA regulations create unprecedented challenges for many OEMs, as they require extensive testing to ensure end products are compliant. Mastry Engine Center now offers design and performance analysis services for its OEM customers to help with this hurdle. The diesel engine specialist said it can also streamline business for those who use its engine brands for their own equipment, with its sub-assembly and private label options. Mastry draws from more than 50 years of industrial and marine diesel engine experience to help its customers succeed.

Photo: Nano Fossil Fuels Technology

Fuel Additive Aims for Energy Savings, Reduced Pollution

Nano Fossil Fuels Technology, LLC (NFFT) offers a fuel additive that reportedly reduces pollution while providing energy savings. As NFFT points out, fuel challenges are plagued throughout the shipping industry, and many shipping lines and suppliers are examining options to meet existing and future pollution regulations, part of MARPOL, which sets limits on NOx and SOx emissions. Increased regulations on the shipping industry's pollution output coupled with a degrading supply of Bunker C fuel caused the shipping industry to limit its shipping abilities.

L to R: Keith Henderson, Robert Murphy & Aditya Nawab

A USV Franchise Grows Strong in Abu Dhabi

As the evolution and integration of robotics in maritime vehicles continues to reshape missions and capabilities inland, near-shore and at sea, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News last month was on hand in Abu Dhabi for the unveiling of a new Unmanned Surface Vessel family. If it delivers as designed, it will revolutionize marine robotic vehicle applications for both military and commercial purposes. Robert J. Murphy is certainly no stranger to the world of autonomous robotic marine vehicles, having worked in the field for more than a quarter of a century, dating to the mid-1980s.

DMC Nozzle Spinning Machine (Photo: Damen)

Damen Develops Nozzle Spinning Method

Damen Marine Components (DMC) has developed a pioneering nozzle production method based on a single weld seam on the inner side of the nozzle. This makes the process much more efficient and environmentally friendly. The new Nozzle Spinning Machine can deliver nozzles up to 4.5 m at short notice. Based in Hardinxveld in the Netherlands and part of the Damen Shipyards Group, DMC has invested in new spinning machinery for its facility in Gdansk, Poland. “The new spinning machinery…

Photos: Estaleiro Alianca

Brazillian Built PSV Delivered

The platform supply vessel (PSV) ‘CBO Atlântico’ was recently delivered, the first of six ULSTEIN designed X-BOW vessels to be built in Brazil, and the very first of the PX106 design. The vessel was constructed at Estaleiro Alianca shipyard in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for shipowner CBO (Companhia Brasileira de Offshore). CBO has already two PSVs of P106 design from ULSTEIN in its fleet. When CBO in 2010 and 2011 decided to order ULSTEIN designed PSVs for Petrobras’ oil rigs support activities outside Brazil…