Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Far East News

Image Credit: Royal Niestern Sander

Steerprop Azimuth Propulsion for Icebreaking W2W Vessel

Finland-based propulsion specialist Steerprop has recently won a contract to deliver azimuth units as the main propulsion and steering system for a shallow-draught ice-breaking vessel being built for offshore oil operations in the Russian Far East.The 75.9 meters long, 14 meters wide vessel is being built by the Dutch shipyard Royal Niestern Sander for the Russian companies Mercury Sakhalin and Pola.The walk-to-work vessel will operate all year round in harsh ice conditions, transferring service technicians and equipment to and from offshore platforms off the Sakhalin Island.

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Schottel Thrusters for Russia-bound Ice-Breaking W2W Vessel

Dutch shipbuilder Royal Niestern Sander has ordered Schottel thrusters for what has been described as the world's first shallow-draught ice-breaking walk-to-work vessel, targeted for operation at the Russian Far East.Under the order from a joint venture between the Russian companies Mercury Sakhalin and Pola, Royal Niestern Sander is constructing the 75.9-meter-long, 14-meter-wide vessel that will serve the offshore oil and gas installations near the Sakhalin Island, Russia.After ordering an ice-strengthened gangway for the vessel form Ampelmann in June…

First Harvest.

Will Customers Redefine Design and the Science of Marine Propulsion?

It is “pre-COVID ” April of 2018, and 174 member states of IMO adopt a new strategy to reduce greenhouse gases from shipping. The meetings are considered “urgent” and the target is to reduce carbon emissions in half by 2050. Prior to those “targets” shipping dealt with regulations to address SOx and NOx reductions. Most of which have resulted in limited success due to infrastructure problems and a consideration as a temporary fix.The technical world has responded with low sulfur fuels, LNG, and methanol to work towards the target.

The 15,000 TEU megaboxer MV SAJIR to be converted to methane for operation (©Hapag-Lloyd)

Marine Fuel: World First for Megaboxer MV Sajir

"With the conversion of SAJIR, we are the first shipping company worldwide to convert a container vessel of this size to natural gas propulsion."  Richard von Berlepsch, Managing Director Fleet Management at Hapag-LloydIn its more than 170 years of existence, the Hamburg-based Hapag Lloyd  has used all kinds of solid and liquid fuels to generate energy for the propulsion of its ships. And now the shipping company has announced that it intends to convert the propulsion system of its 15…

HHLA Transports Ship Propeller for Hyundai Supreme

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) loaded the biggest ship propeller in the world onto a vessel. The “HHLA IV” floating crane brought the gigantic 110-tonne object to the port of Waltershof, where it was hoisted onto the “Hyundai Supreme” container ship.It was the most powerful ship propeller to have ever been lifted by the hook of a HHLA floating crane. Although HHLA regularly loads the specialised products of Mecklenburger Metallguss GmbH (MMG) onto ships in Hamburg, the latest propeller…

Photo: Royston Diesel Power

New Royston Agent Strengthens Far East Sales of Enginei

Royston Diesel Power has appointed Siam Mechanical Engineering (SME) as its new enginei electronic fuel management system (EFMS) agent for Thailand.Under the new agreement, the Bangplee-based mechanical engineering services specialist will be responsible for providing sales and aftermarket technical support for enginei across the country’s marine sector.The move comes as Royston looks to develop EFMS sales to marine owners and operators looking for a competitive advantage, while…

COSCO Shipping Universe (Photo courtesy ABB)

Mega Containership Equipped with ABB Turbochargers

ABB turbochargers installed on board China’s largest containership help to ensure optimal performance and fuel efficiency.The flagship in COSCO SHIPPING Lines’ Universe mega containership series, the 21,000+ TEU COSCO Shipping Universe, was delivered in June 2018 by Chinese shipbbuilder Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co. Ltd. The vessel is equipped with three ABB A180-L two-stroke turbochargers to match the diesel main engine and four ABB TPL67-C33 4-stroke turbochargers to match four auxiliary engines.COSCO SHIPPING Lines Co.…

SCHOTTEL Far East Relocated

The SCHOTTEL Singapore subsidiary has relocated to its new facilities next to the new shipyard centre in southwestern Singapore. This heavy investment shows SCHOTTEL’s strong interest in the long-term partnership with local customers. This new facilities are equipped to support SCHOTTEL's efforts in enhancing its plan for commissioning, maintenance and repair activities to meet current and future standards of propulsion systems. They incorporate a workshop with an 80-tonne lifting capacity…

Malcolm Christie (Photo: OEM Group)

Christie Joins OEM Group in Technical Support Role

OEM Group said it has appointed industry veteran Malcolm Christie in a senior technical support role in response to growing its U.K. and international business. Christie has more than four decades’ experience in the marine, and the oil and gas industries and joins OEM Group from 41 years at Turner Engine Powered Services where he latterly held the position of technical estimating manager for nine years. Christie is a time served experienced engineer who started his career as an apprentice diesel engineer before going on to hold roles including service engineer…

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GE Signs MOU to Develop COGES LPG-Fueled Ferry Design

GE Aviation’s marine gas turbine business signed a multilateral memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate in the joint development of LPG-fueled ferry design. The ferry will feature GE’s compact and lightweight Combined Gas Turbine, Electric and Steam (COGES) system for all ship power, including propulsion. Participating in the MOU signing were Youngsung Global CEO Bumsu Ku, DINTEC Director Hunsoo Ha, Korea LPG Industry Association Chairman Joonseok Hong, GE Aviation MSO Korea Leader Kirby Luke, Far East Ship Design & Engineering Co (FESDEC) CEO Jungkang In, and Cryos CEO Daesung Kim.

Azimuth Thrusters for Zentech Z-210 Offshore Unit

Houston based Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. will be supplying the azimuth thrusters for Zentech’s new Z-210 Mobile Offshore Unit. The thrusters are driven by electric motors powered by a redundant power system from GE Marine Solutions. The thrusters will be ABS classed for main propulsion and DP-2 dynamic positioning of the vessel, which is currently under construction at CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding in China. Zentech’s Z-210 is one of the most versatile designs in the industry…

LUKOIL Marine’s Managing Directors June Manoharan and Jan Thiedeitz at the opening ceremony ribbon cutting. (Photo: LUKOIL Marine)

LUKOIL Marine Lubricants Opens Hong Kong Office

LUKOIL Marine Lubricants has opened a new branch office in Hong Kong to tap into an increasing market share in Hong Kong and the greater China area. The official opening ceremony was held on Friday, May 27, 2016, and was attended by more than 50 guests from Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as LUKOIL Marine’s Managing Directors, June Manoharan and Jan Thiedeitz. The celebration also provided an opportunity to showcase the latest iCOlube and EAL technology during technical seminars. Hong Kong has long been held as one of the most important and strategically located maritime hubs in the world.

Marcus Nehls is Second Engineer on the Antwerpen Express (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Profile: Hapag-Lloyd ‘Grease Monkey’ Marcus Nehls

As a schoolboy, he had already taken his calculator apart to see how it worked. Today, he’s fascinated by big technology. Marcus Nehls works as the Second Engineer aboard Hapag-Lloyd containership Antwerpen Express. The “grease monkeys” – that’s how the nautical officers on board affectionately, if also a little mockingly, call the engine crew sometimes. The preconception is that crew members who work below deck look pale from a lack of sunlight and are smudged with oil instead – as well as not being very talkative.

The 19 m research vessel ‘Spirit of the Sound’ runs virtually silently on hybrid electric power for two-hour study cruises on Long Island Sound.

The 'Hour of Power': Hybrid Marine Technology & Green Ports

In 2015 two significant developments are going to make many operators, owners and builders of professional vessels consider hybrid marine power. Firstly the new emissions laws in ports and secondly there is now an incentive for high technology manufacturers to invest in developing highly efficient batteries. Hybrid is ‘here and now’ technology that is being used by many industries globally. The marine industry is now recognizing the potential of utilizing hybrid power and innovative propulsion systems for vessels in the sub IMO / sub 24 meter professional sector.

The 19 meter research vessel Spirit of the Sound runs virtually silently on hybrid electric power for 2 hour study cruises on the Long Island Sound

The Hour of Power: Hybrid Marine Technology and Green Ports

In 2015 two significant developments are going to make many operators, owners and builders of professional vessels consider hybrid marine power. Firstly the new emissions laws in ports, and secondly there is now an incentive for high technology manufacturers to invest in developing highly efficient batteries. Hybrid is ‘here and now’ technology that is being utilized by many industries around the world. The marine industry is now recognizing the potential of utilizing hybrid power and innovative propulsion systems for vessels in the sub IMO / sub 24 meter professional sector.

Engine Room Fire: File photo CCL 3

Engine Room Fire Prevention Below Par Say Experts

Lessons are still not being learnt when it comes to preventing engine room fires according to Braemar SA (Braemar Incorporating The Salvage Association). He adds: “On many of the vessels I visit, these hot spots are only too easy to find, with thermal imaging photographs readily identifying these defects”. Braemar SA says that, despite all the attention classification societies aim at fire prevention and protection design, potential problems must be detected earlier to ensure a fast and efficient first response.

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Engine Room Fires – Old Lessons Not Learnt

“Lessons are still not being learned when it comes to preventing engine room fires.” This is the message from Graeme Temple, Regional Director for Braemar SA’s Far East operations, following a review of incidents taking place in 2013. “Last year we attended a significant number of engine-room fires - the industry is still experiencing far too many unnecessary casualties where flammable liquids in engine rooms are finding their way onto hot spots,” he said. ”On many of the vessels I visit…

Monico and CMR Form Strategic Alliance

Monico Monitoring, Inc., a company in the industrial monitoring and control solutions market, formed a strategic alliance with CMR Group, a manufacturer of industrial engine controls, wiring harnesses and electrical management systems. The move will see the companies working closer together on both existing and new projects to develop and grow business in core industrial engine, genset and gas compressor markets around the world. Through this partnership, Monico, whose international customer base includes…