Monday, March 27, 2017

Hybrid Drives News

Marcia Kull (Photo: Torqeedo)

Kull Named President of Torqeedo Group

Marcia Kull has been named President of Torqeedo Group, Inc., and will direct global sales and strategy for the electric and hybrid marine propulsion systems manufacturer. Kull will oversee Torqeedo’s growth activities in the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions. The newly created position is an expansion of the current management team. She will assume her new role on May 1, 2017. Kull joins Torqeedo from Volvo Penta of the Americas, where she was most recently Vice President, Marine Sales.

A Wärtsilä V-SOx Scrubber being installed on board the MV Tarago. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

New Fuel Regs Drive Scrubber Business

The Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association and its members are preparing to meet higher demand for gas scrubbing systems to bring SOx emissions in line with the targets set by the IMO’s 2020 fuel sulfur content proposals. As previously reported by this correspondent in Maritime Reporter and Engineering News (December 2016 issue, page 24; January 2017 issue, page 28), the IMO has come in for some severe criticism over its proposals to introduce a global marine fuels sulfur content cap of 0.5 percent (mass/mass) by the year 2020.

FREMM frigate Federico Martinengo (Photo: GE)

Italian Frigate Launched With GE Gas Turbine Propulsion

GE’s Marine Solutions has announced that the seventh multi-purpose Italian FREMM frigate Federico Martinengo, was launched on March 4. The ceremony was held at Fincantieri’s Riva Trigoso shipyard in Genoa, Italy. All of the Italian Navy’s new Carlos Bergamini-class  FREMM frigates (10-ship program) feature the same power dense GE LM2500+G4 gas turbine in a COmbined Diesel eLectric And Gas turbine (CODLAG) propulsion system. In addition to the Italian FREMM frigates, the DCNS shipyard in Lorient…

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ABB to Power and Remotely Monitor LNG FSRU Vessel

ABB will supply the power and electric propulsion system to a new Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) for BW Group, which will also be remotely connected to ABB’s Collaborative Operations Centers. The equipment onboard will provide data to the shore-side Centers allowing ABB and the vessel owner to take a proactive approach to maintenance throughout the lifetime of the vessel. “The modern power system must be both efficient and connected,” said Juha Koskela, Managing Director of ABB’s marine and ports business.

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Pair of Catamaran Ferries Delivered to Nigeria

Two newly built 20m catamaran passenger ferries have recently been delivered to Nigeria. The vessels, Confidence 1 and Confidence 2, are the first in a series of four vessels built by SAM Aluminium in Singapore to support Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) with operation to Bonny Island in the Gulf of Guinea. The vessels carry 50 passengers with luggage, additional hot shot cargo and have crew accommodation. Built to operate in Sea Area 2, with a sea state up to 2.5m wave height…

Artist impression ART 85-32W. Image: Damen Shipyard

Schottel Propels Rotortugs for FMG

Six Robert Allan-designed Advanced Rotortugs ART 85-32W for Perth-based Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) will be driven by Schottel Rudderpropellers. The order is about the delivery of 18 SRP 430 FP (1765 kW each). The vessels will be built by Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam. FMG cited Schottel's strong presence in Western Australia and Port Hedland for more than 10 years as a benefit for contracting the thrusters. Rotortugs were chosen for their outstanding maneuverability and capabilities.

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Saft to Supply Battery Systems for RRS Sir David Attenborough

Saft will supply two specialized Seanergy marine lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery systems to Rolls-Royce Marine for integration in the hybrid propulsion systems for the polar research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough. The new vessel, one of the most advanced ever, is being commissioned by the U.K.’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) for operation by the British Antarctic Survey. The contract follows an earlier Rolls-Royce Marine contract for a hybrid multi-application vessel for Kystverket, the Norwegian Coastal Administration.

Alfa Laval Test & Training Center in Aalborg, Denmark (Photo: Alfa Laval)

Alfa Laval Continues to Develop PureSOx

Alfa Laval’s SOx scrubber platform PureSOx is available in multiple operating arrangements, two scrubber designs and a range of compliance profiles for meeting the 2020 global sulphur cap. Working closely with customers, Alfa Laval said it is pursuing improvements and options to make it even more flexible and optimized. PureSOx was launched in 2012 to let vessels meet SOx limits while continuing to use economical heavy fuel oil. In the years since, it has evolved into a highly flexible scrubber platform, fully prepared for the 2020 global sulphur cap.

WE Tech to Equip Ektank Vessels

WE Tech Solutions said it has received an order to deliver its permanent magnet shaft generator solution to two new 18,600 dwt chemical tankers with an option for another two. The tankers are built by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) Chengxi Shipyard for the Swedish ship owner Ektank AB. WE Tech’s equipment delivery to Hudong Heavy Machinery Co., Ltd. will commence in October 2017. WE Tech’s solution is based on variable frequency drive technology (WE Drive) and the direct drive Permanent Magnet Shaft Generator.

SCHOTTEL Combi Drives give Island Venture increased maneuverability for a wide range of different applications. (Photo: Ulstein Group/Marius Beck Dahle)

SCHOTTEL Thrusters for Island Venture

The newly built offshore construction vessel Island Venture features three SCHOTTEL Combi Drives of type SCD 710 (formerly SCD 3040) in the Rudderpropeller version with an input power of 3,300 kW each, giving the multifunctional vessel increased maneuverability for a wide range of applications. Island Venture is the product of a European joint venture with building work carried out at two different locations. While the stern was produced at the Crist shipyard in Poland, the bow was built at Ulstein Verft in Norway, where both parts were also assembled.

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ABB: Propelling the Polar Cruise Boom

Leveraging its experience in the distinct polar and cruise vessel segments, ABB and its Azipod are at the forefront of the booming polar passenger vessel market. As world travelers continually seek access to more exotic and exciting destinations, evolving cruise shipping trends have triggered an order boom for passenger vessels capable of plying some of the most treacherous Arctic and Antarctic routes. Required for this class of ships is a range of equipment and technologies that enable safe and comfortable sailing through polar waters.

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

ABS Advises on Hybrid Electric Power Systems

ABS has published the ABS Advisory on Hybrid Electric Power Systems to help marine and offshore owners and operators make decisions about energy generation and storage. “ABS continues to lead industry safety with the first comprehensive Advisory to address the latest hybrid electric power technologies,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. With the increased industry focus on environmental compliance and operational performance, many owners and operators…

Stena CEO, Dan Sten Olsson (front, blue helmet) and Stena Line Technical Director, Bjarne Koitrand (white helmet) pictured in Augsburg during a tour of the local MAN PrimeServ facility (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

Stena Line Signs Up for MAN Online Service

MAN Diesel & Turbo recently signed a contract with Stena Line to provide its online service to two vessels. The Stena Hollandica and Stena Britannica are both conventional passenger-and-vehicle superferries that sail the daily route between the Hook of Holland and Harwich and are each powered by 4 × MAN 48/60CR engines. Dan Sten Olsson, CEO and owner of the Stena Sphere, and Bjarne Koitrand, Stena Line Technical Director, visited Augsburg, Germany to meet MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Dr Uwe Lauber, CEO, and Wayne Jones, Chief Sales Officer and agree the new deal.

Virginia Pilots Orders New Pilot Boat

The Virginia Pilot Boat Corporation has ordered a Chesapeake Class MKII launch from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding. The MKII, a new generation of the shipyard’s popular, smaller class of pilot boats, is the Virginia pilots’ eighth Gladding-Hearn pilot boat. Delivery is scheduled for 2018. Since the Chesapeake Class pilot boat was introduced by the Somerset, Mass., shipyard in 2003, 17 have been delivered to pilot associations throughout the U.S. The latest improvements incorporate the performance benefits of Volvo Penta’s IPS 3 pod system…

Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam (right) officially started the construction of MS Roald Amundsen at Kleven Yards, Norway. Kleven CEO Ståle Rasmussen (left). (Photo: Hurtigruten)

‘World’s Greenest Cruise Ship’ Construction Underway

Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam pressed the button to officially kick off the construction of hybrid expedition cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen – “the greenest cruise ship the world has ever seen,” according to the ship owner. The new ship is the first of a new generation that will change expedition travel forever, Skjeldam said during the ceremony at Kleven Yards on the western coast of Norway. When launched in 2018, MS Roald Amundsen will be the world’s first expedition cruise ship powered by hybrid battery technology.

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, a heavy icebreaker homeported in Seattle, Washington, rests in the ice as the motor vessel Ocean Giant departs from the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station, Feb. 1, 2017. One of the primary responsibilities of the Polar Star’s crew is to provide an escort for the Ocean Giant through the frozen Ross Sea off of Antarctica. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley)

USCG Awards Polar Icebreaker Contracts

The U.S. Coast Guard awarded five firm fixed-price contracts for heavy polar icebreaker design studies and analysis Wednesday. The contracts were awarded to the following recipients: Bollinger Shipyards, LLC, Lockport, Louisiana; Fincantieri Marine Group, LLC, Washington, District of Columbia; General Dynamics/National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, California; Huntington Ingalls, Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi; and VT Halter Marine, Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi. The combined total value of the awards is approximately $20 million.

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Marine Jet Power Awarded Repeat Order for Korean Navy

Marine Jet Power has been awarded a repeat order to supply waterjets to another 3 units Patrol Killer Experimental (PKX-B) fast attack craft for the Korean Navy. Last year, South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) launched the first unit which is currently undergoing sea trials. The propulsion system comprises a MJP 950 single drive and MJP 650 double drive waterjet installation. Powered by General Electric's 12 000 hp LM 500 gas-turbine engines and Caterpillar Marine's 1 900 hp CAT C32 diesel engines in a combined diesel and gas turbine configuration…

Photo: Maritne Jet Power

Marine Jet Power Wins Korean Coast Guard Contracts

Marine Jet Power has been awarded two new contracts to supply waterjets for another eight units 500T Patrol Vessels for the Korean Coast Guard: five vessels to be built by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction and three vessels to be built by Kangnam Corporation. The propulsion system comprises a MJP 950 double drive and MJP 750 double booster waterjets. Powered by four diesel engines at a total of 14 MW the top speed is over 35 knots. The eight new vessels will be delivered during 2018, continuing the existing 500T-program and extending the series to now comprise a total of 23 vessels.

The new MTU 16V 8000 delivers outputs of up to 8000 kW and expands MTU’s portfolio not only for naval applications, but in the yacht and ferry segment too.  (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

MTU Drive and Propulsion Solutions for Naval Vessels

Rolls-Royce will be showcasing its MTU drive and propulsion solutions for military vehicles and naval vessels at the IDEX and NAVDEX 2017 trade shows (Booth 09-B14). These take place simultaneously in Abu Dhabi from February 19- 23,  and represent the biggest defence technology event in the Middle East and North Africa. The venue is the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in the United Arab Emirates. Rolls-Royce will be presenting the full spectrum of its MTU-brand drive and…

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Mercury Diesel 6.7L Engine Family Unveiled

Mercury Marine has unveiled the new Mercury Diesel 6.7L midrange engine family. The new electronic, common-rail engines will be offered with three power levels:  480hp, 500hp and 550hp. They will be available as inboards or packaged with the Mercury Zeus pod-drive. The new Mercury Diesel engine is compatible with Mercury’s full suite of SmartCraft controls and electronics, including optional joystick piloting for inboards and joystick piloting for pods (Zeus). “Mercury has established itself as providing the best integrated propulsion solutions to our customers…

C7.1 High Performance Propulsion Engine Photo Caterpillar Marine

Caterpillar showcases Cat C7.1 Engine

Caterpillar Marine is showcasing its Cat C7.1 Propulsion Engine at the 2017 Yachts Miami Beach show. Available in three ratings: 507 mhp (373 bkW), 456 mhp (336 bkW) and 406 mhp (298 bkW), all at 2900 rpm, all C7.1 power ratings meet EPA Tier 3, IMO II, EU Recreational Craft Directive and EU Stage IIIA regulations. The C7.1 is ideal for recreational boating applications, specifically smaller vessels and motoryachts ranging from 25 -60 feet in size. The engine features a common rail fuel system enabling optimum combustion and low emissions.

Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo

Tropical Shipping Orders Complete MAN Diesel & Turbo Packages

Tropical Shipping has ordered a series of MAN propulsion packages in China to complement an expansion of its vessel fleet. The company has ordered 4 × 1,100-teu container vessels, each equipped with an MAN B&W 6S60ME-C8.5 main engine, complete with TCA66-21 turbocharger and an SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) module to achieve Tier III compliance. The propulsion package also features 3 × MAN 6L23/30 Holeby GenSets with MAN TCR14 turbochargers, as well as the latest generation of CP propellers, the VBS1550-5 Mk5, which is a five-bladed design combined with the MAN Alpha rudder-bulb concept.

As of autumn 2017, MTU Onsite Energy will be offering a diesel genset with a 10% higher output based on the 20-cylinder Series 4000 engine. The higher output of 3,730 kVA for emergency power applications and 3,390 kVA for prime power is available at temperatures of 50 degrees Celsius.  (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce to Showcase GenSets

Rolls-Royce will be showcasing medium-speed and MTU Onsite Energy high-speed power generation products on Stand S2 D30 at the Middle East Electricity trade fair taking place in Dubai between February  14-16 2017. The product range comprises a variety of power generation solutions delivering between 24 and 9,400 kWe and covering a wide range of applications and fuel types. The brand MTU Onsite Energy is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems. As of autumn 2017, MTU Onsite Energy will be offering a diesel genset with a 10% higher output based on the 20-cylinder Series 4000 engine.

Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo

Marine Propulsion Market Poised for Growth -Report

The marine propulsion engine market was valued at $9 billion in 2015 and is projected to reach $12 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 4.1 percent from 2016 to 2022, according to a new report published by Allied Market Research. Diesel propulsion system segment is expected to maintain its dominance throughout the forecast period. Asia-Pacific accounted for the highest share of 51 percent in 2015, and is anticipated to maintain this trend. Increase in production and sales of ships globally and rise in international seaborne trade drives the market growth.

Robert Joore (Photo: Total Lubmarine)

New Total Lubmarine Head Shares His Vision

Robert Joore, the new General Manager of marine lubricants supplier Total Lubmarine, has laid out his vision for the company, focusing on developing a range of innovative solutions for ship operators operating in poor freight markets in a low-sulphur era. Speaking at the company’s headquarters in Paris, Joore said, “Total Lubmarine believes that innovation is the key to success. In 2017 we will continue to invest heavily in developing a generation of marine lubes which are suitable for engines running both low and high sulphur fuels.

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HydroComp PropElements 2017- Update

HydroComp PropElements 2017 – the propeller “design for performance” code from HydroComp,Inc. of Durham NH USA – is the latest build of the company’s commercial software for marine propeller design and analysis. Propeller specialists will find it an essential addition to their software tools, and also tackles the component-level hydrodynamic needs of naval architects. Why PropElements? Still an uncharted domain for many naval architects, propeller design is an iterative process following a typical design spiral – from initial sizing through detail design.

Photo: Visedo OY

Asia's First Hybrid Electric Ferry Heralds Cleaner Sea Travel

The Taiwanese harbor city of Kaohsiung has launched a new hybrid electric ferry, which aims to curb greenhouse and diesel emissions for marine passenger transport across the region. Kaohsiung recently re-launched the Cijian Island passenger ferry, retrofitted with a Visedo electric propulsion system, replacing the original diesel engine. It heralds Asia’s first hybrid electric ferry and, if successful, the Kaohsiung City Government plans to retrofit the rest of its diesel fleet to help reduce pollution levels around Taiwan’s largest harbor.

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Corvus to Supply Energy Storage for Hybrid Chemical Tanker

Corvus Energy Inc. has announced  that it has been selected as the supplier of the lithium ion based energy storage system (ESS) for a new hybrid chemical tanker being built for Rederiet Stenersen AS of Norway. The chemical tanker will be the first vessel of its kind to utilize an ESS for propulsion. Corvus Energy will supply its next generation Orca Energy ESS solution to integrate with WE Tech Solutions’ propulsion system, which will deliver industry environmental performance for this new vessel.

Illustration of Viking Grace with one 24x4m Norsepower Rotor Sail Photo Viking

Viking Grace LNG Ferry to Install Rotor Sail

Norsepower Oy Ltd., provider of auxiliary wind propulsion systems, announced that it has signed an agreement with Finnish shipping company Viking Line to install its Rotor Sail Solution onboard the M/S Viking Grace, an LNG-fuelled cruise ferry. The 57,565 GT M/S Viking Grace currently operates in the archipelago between Turku (Finland) and Stockholm (Sweden), and is already one of the most environmentally-friendly cruise ferries in the global maritime industry. With the addition of Rotor Sail technology…

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Majestic Fast Ferry Chooses Perkins Aux Engines

Perkins 4.4TW2GM auxiliary engines have been selected by Majestic Fast Ferry Pte Ltd in Singapore to power the generators on board three new 33m catamaran fast ferries being used for comfortable travel to Batam and Tanjung Pinang Island. The new series of luxurious ferries, Majestic 7, 8 and 9 have been equipped with 100 kVA generators powered by two 4.4TW2GM Perkins auxiliary engines. Majestic 9, the most recent of the new ferries, was launched in November 2016. Recently quoted…

Dr. Monika Griefahn, Chief Sustainable Officer AIDA Cruises. (Photo: (c) AIDA Cruises)

Innovative Cruise Ship Hosts LNG Conference

As part of the international trade conference "Making LNG Happen: Combining Forces for Sustainable Shipping," 80 representatives from the fields of business, politics and science visited the cruise ship AIDAprima in Rotterdam on Thursday, January 26, 2017. The guests included Dirk Brengelmann, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Netherlands and his Norwegian colleague Martin Sørby. Hosting the event onboard AIDAprima was symbolic and significant, AIDAprima was the first cruise ship in the world that uses a dual-fuel engine to produce its energy from LNG while docked at port.

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Magnetic Attraction: The Switch Targets Marine Growth

The Switch is targeting growth of 200 percent within the marine segment in the next five years, building on the momentum of a flurry of recent orders, its acquisition of Wartsila Drives and the financial muscle of its parent company, the EUR 3.3 billion turnover Yaskawa Electric Corporation. The Finnish headquartered business, a specialist in the development and supply of advanced drive train solutions, believes its permanent magnet (PM) and frequency converter technology can have the same transformational effect on marine as it has had in wind.

From left to right: Chen Gang, Technical Manager from SDARI, Toshiaki Tanaka, Executive Officer, Deputy Director General, Dry Bulk Business Unit from Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Steen Lund, Regional Manager South East Asia, India and Pacific from DNV GL – Maritime, Mike Utsler, Chief Operating Officer from Woodside Energy, Abdes Karimi, Freight Operations Manager from BHP Billiton, and David O’Brien, Freight Manager from Rio Tinto Marine, at the signing ceremony (Photo: DNV GL)

Partners Developing LNG-fueled Capesize Concept

New regulations on limiting sulphur and nitrogen oxides emissions and a burgeoning global infrastructure are adding to the growing momentum for the more widespread adoption of LNG as a marine fuel. “Green Corridor”, a new joint industry project (JIP) signed recently in Singapore, looks to capitalize on this opportunity to drive the development of the market. Under the JIP, partners BHP Billiton, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Rio Tinto, SDARI, Woodside and DNV GL will assess the commercial potential of LNG fueled vessels in a “green corridor” between Australian and China…

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Royce to Power High-speed Italian Naval Vessels

The construction of two new high-speed multipurpose vessels (UNPAV) for the Italian Navy has recently begun at Intermarine’s Sarzana shipyard. Rolls-Royce has won the contract to supply engines and waterjets to power and propel the two new vessels, which will be used by the Operational Incursion Group (Gruppo Operativo Incursori or G.O.I), the Special Forces of the Italian Navy, for maritime traffic control, combating human trafficking, counter terror and antipiracy operations and crisis evacuations.

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World’s Largest Hybrid Vessel Ordered

Norwegian ferry operator Color Line and shipbuilder Ulstein Verft have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the construction of what will reportedly become the largest hybrid vessel in the world, a 160-meter-long passenger ferry. The Fosen-designed ferry will be a plug-in hybrid with batteries able to be recharged via a power cable with electricity from their own shore facilities or recharged on board by the ship's generators. The new vessel (with the working name Color Hybrid)…

New Turbochargers from L’Orange

L’Orange - a leading German manufacturer of injection technology - has introduced a new range of high performance and efficient turbochargers for large industrial diesel engines used in the marine, offshore, industrial, power plant and rail sectors. This gives customers a single solution to engine performance only for diesel but also for gas and dual fuel engines according to Olav Altmann, Head of Sales at L’Orange. “High performance, low consumption, reduced emissions and good…

(Photo: Seaspan Ferries Corporation/BV)

Innovative Seaspan Ferry Enters Service

Seaspan Ferries Corporation’s (SFC) Seaspan Swift, a new hybrid LNG fueled and battery powered ferry, entered service between the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island. The innovative vessels is classed by Bureau Veritas, and it is reported to be the first hybrid LNG fuelled and battery powered vessel in service and the first LNG fuelled vessel operating on the west coast of Canada. Additionally, the on-board bunkering of LNG from a truck trailer is a first in North America. Designed by VARD Marine, the 148.9m vessel is the first of two to be built at Sedef Shipbuilding, Turkey.

Seaspan Swift - a new hybrid LNG fuelled and battery powered ferry Photo Seaspan

Seaspan's Hybrid LNG Ferry Classed by BV

Bureau Veritas congratulates owners Seaspan as their new emission reducing ferry enters service between the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island. Seaspan Swift is Seaspan Ferries Corporation’s (SFC) new dual-fuelled / hybrid - diesel, liquefied natural gas and battery powered ferry. The new ferry is the first hybrid LNG fuelled and battery powered vessel in service and the first LNG fuelled vessel operating on the west coast of Canada. Additionally, the on-board bunkering of LNG from a truck trailer is a first in North America.

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REINTJES to Debut Hybrid Step-up Gearbox

Power train specialist REINTJES will kick off 2017 by demonstrating its new BAE HybriGen Zero system during the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo set to take place in Tampa, Fla. from January 16 to 18. REINTJES, together with its U.S. distributor Karl Senner, LLC, will highlight its recently developed hybrid step-up gearbox for retrofit,offers reduced operating costs, emissions and maintenance costs, according to the manufacturer. These customer advantages are made possible by a front-engine mounted gearbox combined with a permanent magnetic electric generator up to 300 kWe.

Ambassador Diaz of Panama presents the certificate (Photo: K Line)

Panama Certifies Japanese Scrubber System

For almost a year Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K" Line), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha, Ltd. (MKK) have been performing tests aboard an operational ship of a newly-developed "Hybrid SOx Scrubber System" for removing sulfur oxides (SOx) from the exhaust gas emitted by marine diesel engines. The testing results have now verified that the system's effectiveness in curbing emissions of air pollutants complies with international regulations, and the system has been officially approved by the Republic of Panama, the country where the test ship is registered.

Photo: Mercury Marine

Mercury Marine Expands Its Joystick Technology

Mercury Marine, a  manufacturer of recreational marine engines, has officially announced the launch of Joystick Piloting for Inboards on single-engine tow sport boats. The joystick technology allows the engine to work with bow and stern thrusters to provide ultimate vessel control and a superior driving experience for the boater. The system is designed to work with the tow sports variants of Mercury’s new and award-winning range of purpose-built marine inboard and sterndrive engines. Dealers and consumers around the country are raving about the newest technology from Mercury Marine.

Tim Miller (Photo: YANMAR)

Miller Named Senior Manager for YANMAR Training Center

YANMAR America has named Tim Miller as the Senior Manager for the company’s new Training and Customer Experience Center currently under construction in Acworth, Ga. Miller’s more than 24 years of experience in learning development, training and equipment in the agriculture, mining and construction industries make him a valuable addition to the company. In his new role, Miller will be responsible for the direction and delivery of innovative, solutions-driven learning across all business units and aspects of the company.

(Photo: Sanmar Shipyard)

LNG: Lagging, Not Gone

Low energy prices, depressed day rates and slow growth of bunkering infrastructure has dampened progress for the marine industry’s ‘white knight’ of environmentally friendly fuels. LNG, nevertheless, is here to stay. Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) is a clean fuel in abundant supply. The green advantages of LNG are well known: Class Society DNV-GL, a pioneer in the commercialization of LNG fueling for maritime applications, offers that use of LNG fuel provides “the complete removal of SOX and particle PM emissions and a reduction of NOX emission of up to 85 percent ...

Terry Wallace (Photo: YANMAR)

Wallace Named Commercial Sales Manager, YANMAR America

YANMAR America has promoted Terry Wallace from his current role as Regional Sales Manager for the Industrial Engine Division to Sales Manager for the Commercial Marine Division reporting to Yutaka Tanno, Commercial Marine Product Manager, effective January 3, 2017. In his new role, Wallace will be responsible for developing and achieving the commercial marine sales performance goals and objectives by continuously driving sales growth through all channels, creating and implementing effective sales programs and working collaboratively with other staff members to achieve performance objectives.

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Invertek Sells Its Millionth Variable Frequency Drive

Invertek Drives is celebrating reaching the milestone of selling in excess of one million variable frequency drives worldwide. The current production rate is in excess of 160,000 units per year showing an annual growth rate in production of over 20 percent. The company, which manufactures its variable frequency drives at its headquarters in Welshpool, exports them worldwide for use in applications including general automation, pump control, HVAC building services, elevators and marine equipment.

Exico supplies motors, including ATEX certified units, and fully integrated drive packages to a wide range of industries in the UK. (Photo: Exico)

Kirkby Lindsey to be Exico’s ATEX Partner

Exico Electric Motors has appointed Kirkby Lindsey as its service partner for ATEX motors. As such it will undertake all modifications, servicing, repairs and warranty assessments for Exico’s explosion-proof motors. ATEX is the name commonly given to the European Directives for controlling explosive atmospheres, the name deriving from the French term atmosphères explosibles. They identify six zones, three each where explosive gases or dusts are likely to occur occasionally, frequently or constantly.

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Mercury Marine Ties-up with Supratechnic

Mercury Marine that it has entered in to an exclusive distribution agreement with Supratechnic Pte Ltd, one of the largest marine distributors in Asia, based out of Singapore. This partnership will allow Mercury to expand and build a regional distribution channel in Southeast Asia that will include all of Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei. "This new relationship will allow Mercury to further penetrate the commercial market in Asia, giving us the opportunity to grow both in product range and territorial expansion," said John Pfeifer, Mercury Marine president.

Catching the Electric Vision

All bets would have been lost if one was to predict that I would never find one of the most advanced and modern workboats in the heart of the Norwegian Fjordlands. Sure enough, if you make the trek to Flam through nearly 50 tunnels in between the prominent towns of Bergen and Oslo, you will behold such a craft. The 40 meter Vision of the Fjords was recently constructed by Brødrene Aa shipyard in Norway and delivered to The Fjords AD earlier this year in June. The vessel is simply striking…

Digital Marine Naval Ships (Photo: GE)

GE Blog: Navigating through the Rough Seas

No two days in the navy are the same. Whether teams are facing a humanitarian mission, complex manoeuvres or a training exercise, navy recruits must be prepared for all eventualities, pushing their bodies and minds to the limits of their abilities. The same is true of navy fleets. While it is not always possible for operations to know what mission they will be faced with in the future, predicting a potential failure of an asset and maintenance need of individual ships, and therefore enabling better fleet management, can ensure they are best prepared for any mission and eventuality.

Searoad Mersey II (Photo: SeaRoad Holdings)

Australian LNG-fueled RO/RO Enters Service

A brand new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fueled roll-on-roll-off freight vessel, Searoad Mersey II, has commenced service from its home port Devonport, in northern Tasmania, Australia. Touted by Bass Strait shipping and logistics firm SeaRoad as the “cleanest, greenest freight ship ever to trade in Australian waters”, Searoad Mersey II is the first coastal ship in Australia to use LNG fuel-and-power technology and the first pure dry cargo ship in the world to use a roll-on roll-off LNG supply system.

Wilhelm Rehm and Dr. Ulrich Dohle sign the collaboration agreement (Photo: ZF)

Rolls-Royce, ZF Strengthen Propulsion Ties

An agreement between ZF Friedrichshafen AG and Rolls-Royce Power Systems will see the two companies collaborate even more closely on the development, marketing, sales and service of marine propulsion systems. The combination of MTU engines from Rolls-Royce Power Systems and marine transmissions from ZF have long been a match for many commercial ships and yachts. Now, the two companies plan to work together even more intensively to develop new technologies and products to help ensure clients are provided with fully optimized propulsion solutions.