Saturday, November 18, 2017

Foundry Technology News

MAN Selects Rud to Head PrimeServ Diesel

MAN Diesel & Turbo’s executive board has appointed Per Rud as the new head of PrimeServ Diesel. Rud will assume his new role on January 1, 2016 and takes over from Wayne Jones, who will join the executive board as the new chief sales officer. Rud has led PrimeServ Diesel in Copenhagen for the past five years. Before joining MAN Diesel & Turbo in 2010 as vice president and head of the two-stroke Service and After Sales business, Rud has been working with the DISA Group, a provider of foundry technology, for more than a decade.

HHI’s 5,000th Propeller. Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

Hyundai Heavy Produces 5,000th Propeller

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has announced that it held the production ceremony of the 5,000th propeller at its Ulsan factory. The 5,000th propeller measuring 10.6 meters in diameter and 77 tons in weight is scheduled to be installed on a 300,000 DWT VLCC ordered from Athens-based Thenamaris by the end of this month. HHI is not just the only Korean propeller manufacturer capable of churning out large-sized ship propellers heavier than 40 tons, it also has the biggest pie in the global ship propeller market with the market share of 31% as of 2015.

Photo: MPS

MPS Holds Open House

There was record attendance at the Maritime Propulsion Services BV (MPS) open day on May 23 when more than 200 delegates from shipyards, classification societies and workshops around the world gathered together in Drunen. Apart from the four propellers which were in the workshop for repair, on display were some of the latest developments in quality control as well as repair procedures and technology. These included state of the art nondestructive ultrasonic techniques to inspect either for porosities in bronze castings or weld repairs on propeller blades.

Photo: Maritime Propeller Repairs

MPR Relocates to Drunen Workshop

Maritime Propeller Repairs (MPR) moved to new premises in Drunen, the township in The Netherlands which is fast becoming a center for propulsion expertise. After Wärtsilä moved production outside The Netherlands the workshops and foundry vacated by the engine builder have developed into becoming the perfect base for a number of propeller specialists. Now located at Drunen are MPR (propeller repair specialists), MPS (propulsion specialists providing service and components), the foundry Gieterij Drunen (one of the largest in Europe)…

A butterfly valve undergoing liquid penetrant inspection to check integrity of casting quality

Wärtsilä Expands Valve Range

Wärtsilä Shipham Valves has extended its range of duplex and super duplex stainless steel valves to cover higher pressure ratings. The full product range of Wärtsilä Shipham Valves, including gate, globe, check, ball and butterfly valves, can now be specified in duplex and super duplex, with sizes ranging from 1/2 inch (15mm) to 48 inches (1,200mm) and pressure ratings up to ANSI 1,500 lbs. Shipham Valves is a Wärtsilä company and based in the U.K. The extended offering of duplex and super duplex valves meet the requirements of NORSOK M-630…

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Van Voorden Completes Big Stainless Steel Propeller Order

Van Voorden Castings BV from Zaltbommel, the Netherlands, has just completed a large order for four 25-tonne stainless steel propellers for a Canadian ice class ferry to be built by Italian yard Fincantieri for their client Société des traversiers du Québec. These propellers, of diameters 2900 mm and 3500 mm, have a combined weight of over 25 tonnes of high quality stainless steel and will be used for two contra-rotating podded drives. Van Voorden informs that because of the tough…

Scana Companies Win Marine Machinery Orders

Scana Industrier ASA - Scana Stell Björneborg say they have received recently new marine orders for a range of ship propulsion components. Non-disclosed customers within the marine market segment have ordered complete shafts including hydraulic tubes, liners and coating systems for delivery during 2014 and 2015, say Scana. They add that the orders will include deliveries both from Scana Steel Björneborg AB and Scana Machining AB, which both are companies within the Scana Energy business area. The total contract value is approximately 60 MSEK.

Photo: Parker Kittiwake

Parker Kittiwake Launches ATR Analyzer

Parker Kittiwake launched the Parker Kittiwake Attenuated Total Reflection (ATR) analyzer, which the company says represents a breakthrough for the simultaneous testing of base number (BN), total acid number (TAN), insolubles, soot loading, viscosity, FAME and water content of oil samples on board a ship, allowing all parameters to be measured using a single sample in one test kit. The ATR analyzer uses infrared spectroscopy to determine the presence of damaging elements such as solid particles or water in a representative sample of oil.

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Caterpillar Receives IMO Certification for MaK M 25 E

Caterpillar has  announced the Motoren GmbH & Co. KG facility has received IMO III notice of compliance from the classification society DNV-GL for its M 25 E Medium-speed Marine Engine Platform. Caterpillar Motoren GmbH & Co. KG is one of the first engine manufacturers to release an IMO III factory certified medium-speed engine group for main propulsion and auxiliary applications. “Customers seeking an IMO III certified engine solution now have the choice to select a serialized certified engine product which guarantees safe and reliability vessel operation…

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Cal Maritime Installs Massive Ship Propeller Display

On August 26 Cal Maritime received and installed a massive 18-ton, 18-ft wide brass ship’s propeller which for many years was a landmark of San Francisco’s downtown business district. For several decades, the entrance to the San Francisco office building at 100 Spear Street has been graced by an eye-catching display … a highly-polished brass ship propeller. This 18-ton piece of “commercial art” was a natural, as the building was home to many offices of ocean carriers serving the West Coast. With industry consolidation, the number of maritime-related offices in the building dwindled.

Photo courtesy California Maritime Academy

Landmark Propeller Delivered to Cal Maritime Campus

On August 26, Cal Maritime will receive and install a massive 18-ton, 18 ft wide brass ship’s propeller which for many years was a landmark of San Francisco’s downtown business district. For several decades, the entrance to the San Francisco office building at 100 Spear Street has been graced by an eye-catching display…..a highly-polished brass ship propeller. This 18-ton piece of “commercial art” was a natural, as the building was home to many offices of ocean carriers serving the West Coast. With industry consolidation, the number of maritime-related offices in the building dwindled.

Wärtsilä to Manufacture Propellers at Zhenjiang CME, China

Wärtsilä has signed an agreement with Zhenjiang CME Ltd, a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), to begin the manufacture of controllable pitch propellers (CP propellers) at the two companies' joint venture unit, Wärtsilä CME Zhenjiang Propeller Co Ltd, located in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province. The inauguration of the new factory and the first deliveries are planned for the second quarter 2011. Wärtsilä CME Zhenjiang Propeller Co Ltd will invest $16.4m in a state-of-the-art facility for manufacturing CP propellers.

Photo: Hans Jensen

COSCO: 10 Vessels with Hans Jensen Lubrication System

One of the world’s biggest shipping companies, China COSCO Shipping Group, has placed an order for 10 large ore carriers from China State Shipbuilding Corporation. COSCO specified the order to include the cylinder lubrication system ‘HJ Lubtronic SIP’ from Hans Jensen Lubricators A/S, as it enables large cost savings through reduced cylinder oil consumption, and reduced wear on cylinder liners and piston rings. The first vessel is scheduled for delivery in January 2018. Today’s energy efficient diesel engines for marine vessels are designed to reduce environmental footprints and fuel costs.

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce Yacht Concept Features Hybrid Propulsion

Rolls-Royce has unveiled a new luxury yacht concept designed to showcase the advantages of advanced ship intelligence solutions and hybrid propulsion based on LNG fuel and battery power. Introduced during the Global Superyacht Forum (GSF) in Amsterdam, the Crystal Blue yacht and its attendant support vessel Blue Shadow have been developed to enable new thinking in yacht design and propulsion by optimizing the yacht’s super structure for greater guest use and comfort. One of the…

Azurtane technology has helped ferry company Red Funnel cut fuel consumption by up to 15 percent per day. (Photo: Azurtane)

New Exhaust Gas Sensor Technology Goes to Market

With market testing now complete, new exhaust gas sensor technology from remote marine data monitoring company Azurtane Limited will go to market. From its new company headquarters in Southampton, Azurtane will market sensor technology for ships developed with support by the UK government under the Innovate UK program. Azurtane began trialing its exhaust gas sensing equipment with Southampton-based ferry company Red Funnel in 2013. The project involved second-by-second measurement of the fuel used on each voyage of the Red Jet 4 Hi-Speed ferry service between Southampton and Cowes.

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Royal Caribbean Takes the Lead on Fuel Cell Tech

As the maritime world rapidly evolves to incorporate increasingly clean and efficient power sources onboard ships at sea, the cruise industry is emerging as a clear leader in the sector, driven by the high-profile nature of its ships and the often pristine environments to which they traverse. With that, ABB announced that it will deliver the first fuel cell system to Royal Caribbean, a pilot program in which the RCL ship will be the world's first fuel cell system on a luxury cruise ship.

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World First: LNG to Fuel Largest Containerships

The move to LNG as fuel in the maritime sector picks up steam, as CMA CGM announced plans to outfit nine of its new 22,000 TEU containerships with LNG fueled engines. A trend that started in the United States is spreading to the world, as global containershipping giant CMA CGM announced its intention to outfit its series of new 22,000 TEU containerships with LNG-fueled engines. The move to ‘clean fuel’ in the maritime sector has been rapid, spurred by new rules from the International…

Bjarne Foldager, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Vice President, Sales & Promotion (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

Voices: Bjarne Foldager, MAN Diesel & Turbo

When Bjarne Foldager, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Vice President, Sales & Promotion, joined the company about one year ago, he replaced an industry icon, Ole Grøne, a ubiquitous figure at MAN D&T who after 40 years has transitioned to an advisor role with the company. We caught up with Foldager in his Copenhagen office to discuss emerging market trends from the perspective of the global marine power leader. Please provide a brief background, with details of your current position. My…