Friday, January 17, 2020

Fusion News

Falco (Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce, Finferries Demonstrate First Fully Autonomous Ferry

Rolls-Royce and Finnish state-owned ferry operator Finferries have successfully demonstrated the world’s first fully autonomous ferry in the archipelago south of the city of Turku, Finland.The car ferry Falco, used a combination of Rolls-Royce Ship Intelligence technologies to successfully navigate autonomously during its voyage between Parainen and Nauvo. The return journey was conducted under remote control.During the demonstration, the Falco, with 80 invited VIP guests aboard, conducted the voyage under fully autonomous control.

Photo: Mercury Marine

Mercury Debuts Next Gen Outboards

Mercury Marine introduced multiple new 4.6L V-8 outboard engine models – the 250 and 300hp Verado, 250 and 300hp FourStroke, and 200, 225, 250 and 300hp Pro XS – plus the Pro XS 175hp 3.4L V-6. This marks the largest single new-product development program Mercury has ever undertaken in its nearly 80-year-history, which has prompted a major investment in expanding its manufacturing footprint.“In Miami, we said the V-6 was step one of our 2018 introductions and we are thrilled to officially announce step two,” said John Pfeifer, Mercury Marine president.

Photo courtesy of Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä Acquires Lock-n-Stitch

Wärtsilä is expanding the service offering of its QuantiServ business line with the acquisition of the American engineering company Lock-n-Stitch. The QuantiServ business line within Wärtsilä Services was established in 2016 to provide support and maintenance services for customers operating equipment by multiple brands – including Wärtsilä acquired service brands (e.g. Deutz, Sulzer, Stork, Nohab, Crepelle) and/or other manufacturers’ brands – both in the marine and energy sectors.

ME-GI Diesel Marine Engine Burns Natural Gas

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in cooperation with Mitsui OSK Lines recently carried out a full-scale demonstrational running of electronically controlled slow-speed diesel engine for marine use burning natural gas, which is the first of its kind in Japan and is called ME-GI, and has confirmed that the engine has the same reliability with the oil fired diesel engines used for almost all ocean going merchant ships in the world. This demonstration was carried out on…

Yamaha Outboards Recognized as Best Buy

Three Yamaha four-stroke outboards, the Yamaha V MAX SHO® VF200, the Yamaha V MAX SHO® VF225 and the Yamaha V MAX SHO® VF250 have been awarded a Consumers Digest Best Buy rating. “The V MAX SHO® family incorporates plasma-fusion technology that allows them to be particularly efficient, powerful and light.”In determining the ratings, the editors of Consumers Digest considered performance, efficiency and design. “The VF200 SHO is the least expensive model in the SHO series, which delivers the best horsepower-to-weight ratio of any outboard-engine series that we evaluated…

Ms. Tresya and Mr. Rudiyanto with a new-build from the Bahtera Bahari Shipyard. Haig-Brown photos courtesy of Cummins Marine

Bahtera Bahari Shipyard: The Next Generation

As with many businesses in Southeast Asia, the Bahtera Bahari Shipyard on Indonesia’s Batam Island is a family business. Although the present company was founded only recently, in 2005, the family’s association with the marine world of Indonesia extends back several decades. One of four children Ms. Tresya, the oldest of two sisters, has completed her training in program management in Australia. She is now a director of the company and involved in marketing and bringing modern management models to the shipyard as well as an extensive network of inter-related companies.