Thursday, August 13, 2020

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Indian Solar Ferry Flies Flag for Cleaner, Cheaper Water Transport

Over the past three years, P. Ravindran’s commute from his southern Indian village has been about more than getting to work - the SIM card seller sees his daily trip on India’s first solar-powered ferry as doing his bit for the green revolution.“I am proud to be a frequent traveler on the Aditya... I am being part of cleaning the Earth,” said Ravindran, who uses the boat most days to travel to the town of Vaikom on Lake Vembanad.The Aditya’s green credentials have attracted international…

Gaarden (Photo: Holland Shipyards Group)

Holland Shipyards Group Delivers Hybrid Ferry

Holland Shipyards Group recently delivered a newbuild hybrid ferry Gaarden to Schlepp- und Fährgesellschaft Kiel (SFK) in Germany. The vessel will operate as a cycle- and footferry within the waters of the Kieler Fjord.Gaarden, measuring 32.4 by 8.8 meters, is equipped with a hybrid drivetrain that can be powered by either generators or by means of a battery bank. The battery system will be used for sailing within the city center.The order contract for the vessel signed in May…

"The Pioneer One" is Germany's first "editorial ship." Photo: Schottel

Berlin’s new "Editorial Ship" Powered by Schottel

Having been in the marine publishing business for nearly three decades, it is increasingly rare to find a purpose-built vessel that is truly unique, but across my desk today comes news of the delivery of “The Pioneer One”, Germany’s first “editorial ship.”Delivered to Berlin-based media company Media Pioneer, the vessel is envisioned as a “floating editorial hub”, providing a workplace for around 30 journalists.“The Pioneer One” was built by the Lux-Werft shipyard in Niederkassel…

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Cox Powertrain Ships Its First Diesel Outboards

Cox Powertrain's production line has been in full flow over the last few weeks with the company’s team of engineers working around the clock to meet their next big milestone. This week Cox watched the first ever production CXO300 diesel outboards come off the assembly line, ready to leave the factory to the company's global network of distributors.Cox’s distributors have been awaiting the delivery of their first CXO300 outboard engines so that they can begin their on-the-water customer demonstrations.

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Bernhard Schulte Takes Delivery of Hybrid SOV from Ulstein

Norwegian Ulstein shipyard has delivered service operation vessel (SOV) Windea Jules Verne to Bernhard Schulte Offshore.The battery hybrid vessel will work at the Merkur offshore wind farm offshore Germany, where it will be operating for GE Renewable Energy.The vessel is based on the ULSTEIN SX195 design from Ulstein Design & Solutions AS. The Windea Jules Verne measures 93.4 meters in length and 18 meters in the beam. It has accommodation for 120 people. The vessel will serve as a ‘home away from home’ for offshore wind service engineers as well as the ship’s crew.

HMM Algeciras has taken the title of world's largest containership. (Photo: YICT)

Record Engine Powers World’s Largest Containership

Everything about the HMM Algeciras is big, including the power output of its MAN B&W 11G95ME-C engine – the mightiest ever built by Germany-based MAN Energy Solutions.The 23,964 TEU containership is the largest ever built, recently launched for South Korean shipping company HMM at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) Okpo shipyard in Geoje, Korea. The newbuild measures 400 metres in length and 61 meters in beam, and has recently entered service between Asia and Europe via the Suez Canal.The record-setting containership is the first of a dozen 24…

WinGD’s dual-fuelled X92DF engine, the first in a series that will power nine ULCS for CMA CGM Group (Photo: WinGD)

WinGD’s Dual-fuel 12X92DF Engine Gains BV Type Approval

The biggest and most powerful liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fueled engine ever built has received type approval from classification society Bureau Veritas (BV), Switzerland-based engine manufacturer Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) said on Wednesday.BV awarded the approval for WinGD’s dual-fueled 12X92DF engines, the first series of which is currently being built by China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) and will power nine ultra-large container ships (ULCS) -- the largest ever powered…

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United Wind Logistics' New Deck Carrier Delivered in China

Germany's United Wind Logistics has taken delivery the MV BoldWind deck carrier which will be used to transport turbines for offshore wind farms.MV BoldWind, delivered by Jiangsu Zhenjiang shipyard in China, will start her maiden voyage towards Europe, where she will be employed in a long-term charter in the offshore wind industry.On her maiden voyage, the vessel will carry Vestas wind turbine blades from China to Norway for DSV Panalpina, the Hamburg-based vessel-owner said Friday.The vessel has a deadweight of 10.000 mtons…

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Supply Contracts Awarded for UK Type 31 Frigate Program

Babcock Team 31 announced the second round of supply chain contract awards to support the UK Royal Navy’s Type 31 general purpose frigate program.Rolls-Royce is now a major supplier to the program with its brand MTU, delivering the main engines and diesel Generators for the frigates, which will be manufactured in Germany. Renk, will provide the main reduction gearboxes, and MAN Energy Solutions will supply the propellers and propeller shaft lines.In addition, Blunox are contracted to supply the SCR exhaust environmental equipment to reduce emissions from the main engines and diesel generators.

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Research Vessel Atair to be Commissioned this Spring

A new liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered survey, wreck-search and research vessel built by German Naval Yards Kiel is currently undergoing installation and finishing works at Fassmer in Berne, Germany prior to being commissioned this spring.Ordered by the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH), the new research vessel will be homeported in Hamburg, replacing the previous Atair, which entered operation in 1987.At 75 meters long and roughly 17 meters wide, the new Atair will be the largest research vessel in the BSH fleet.

A robot’s battle against emissions: Siemens articulated robots of different sizes assemble battery stacks at Trondheim, Norway. 
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Hybrid drives: Siemens sends in the machines

Encouraged by the success of a hybrid drives program, Siemens is going all out in Norway to automate production of that core marine energy storage enabler, the lithium battery. Offshore service vessel charterers, rig owners, ferry operators and ship owners are the target market. Trondheim’s technical university and a recent history of hosting battery makers and system integrators has made it launchpad for new applications involving the new BlueDrive Plus C drives and batteries.Siemens’ Norwegian head of strategy and business development…

Second ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation carried out in Germany and the first in the Port of Rostock (Source: Nauticor)

OSV Orion Fueled with LNG in Germany

The world’s largest LNG bunker vessel ‘Kairos’, operated by Nauticor, has supplied DEME’s next generation offshore installation vessel Orion, this first such ship-to-ship bunker transfer at the Port of Rostock.Orion is currently at the Liebherr construction yard in the Port of Rostock, where it is being outfitted with a 5,000-ton crane. The new offshore installation vessel is the fifth dual fuel addition to the DEME fleet, following three trailing suction hopper dredgers (Minerva…

Ed Grimm, (second from left) CEO, Southern Towing Company during a crew visit.

Interview: Ed Grimm, CEO, Southern Towing Company

“In God we trust. All others must have data.”When Ed Grimm took the helm of Southern Towing Company (STC)as President and CEO, he inherited an enviable team of leaders, engineers, mentors, communicators and analysts. Today STC is a clear leader on the inland waterways, pioneering and proving the business and safety value of Z-Drives on the river towboats.How did you come to the top spot at Southern Towing Company?I started in the energy industry at 16 working at an oil storage depot in New York Harbor, working there through high school and putting myself through college.

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SCHOTTEL Propulsion for Bibby WaveMaster Horizon

The newly built Service Operation Vessel (SOV) “Bibby WaveMaster Horizon” is equipped with propulsion units from SCHOTTEL. Ordered by the British company Bibby Marine Services Ltd. and built at Damen Shipyards Galati, the vessel is driven by three rudderpropellers and two bow thrusters from the German propulsion expert. The new walk-to-work vessel is purpose-built for the transfer and accommodation of support and maintenance engineers at offshore wind farms.Maintaining wind turbines…

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New Pump Generation Increases Reliability

MAN PrimeServ, the after-sales division of MAN Energy Solutions, has announced the release of a patented Mk3 injection pump for the MAN 32/40CD engine that provides significantly increased reliability and almost doubles its TBO (time between overhaul), compared to the market standard. The MAN 32/40CD is one of MAN Energy Solution’s most popular four-stroke engines.With implemented IMO Tier III regulations and the associated shift to a wider range of fuel oils including – from 2020 – ultra-low-sulphur fuel oils…

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Interferry Conference Highlights Zero-Emissions

Acknowledging the need to be a leader in the transition to a lower carbon future and eventually net zero emissions, global trade association Interferry convened its 44th annual conference on the theme of innovation - exploring the potential to transform every aspect of the ferry industry. The drive towards zero-emission ferries captured major attention among a record 420 delegates drawn to London earlier this month by a wide-ranging technical, operational and commercial agenda.

Photo credit: TU Berlin, Department of Design and Operation of Maritime Systems

SCHOTTEL Delivers Propulsion for First Emission-Free Push Boat

The Elektra push boat ordered by BEHALA, Berlin harbor’s warehousing and logistics firm will be equipped with rudder propellers from Schottel. Elektra will be a hybrid canal push boat powered by a combination of fuel cells, batteries and an electric motor. The boat is currently under construction at the Hermann Barthel shipyard in Derben (Germany), and is planned for testing in Berlin in 2020."Elektra shows what is possible," said Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerd Holbach, Project Manager at TU Berlin for the Department of Design and Operation of Maritime Systems.

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France urges EU Tax on Airplane and Ship Fuels

France wants the European Union to work on creating a tax on airplane and ship fuels as part of a push to rein in carbon emissions, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Tuesday.Le Maire said the tax would complement plans supported by France and Germany for a carbon border tax that would shield European companies from competition from countries with lower emissions standards."It's incomprehensible that carbon emissions targets were set for cars and not for airplanes and ships.