Sunday, September 22, 2019

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China’s Largest Box Ships Powered by ABB Turbochargers

ABB turbochargers are powering the main engines and auxiliary engines of the largest containership ever built in China, a 20,000 TEU vessel named COSCO Shipping Taurus, launched in June 2017. This first ship was built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd (SWS) for delivery to COSCO Shipping Lines Co. Ltd, the world’s fourth largest container shipping company. A further ten vessels also for COSCO Shipping Lines will be applied with the same ABB turbocharger configuration. They will add to the company’s fleet of 311 containerships with a total capacity of 1.64 million TEU.

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The Human Aspect of the Autonomous Ship

Arguably a long way off, the autonomous ship is likely coming. What that means for labor, the stakeholders that prepare mariners to go to sea and the firms that will operate these futuristic vessels is another thing altogether. According to Dr. Jeremy Rifkin, a Wharton professor who has advised the European Union on Sustainability, among other things, we are in the midst of a ‘Third Industrial Revolution.’ It is here where information technology and new energy sources are upending business models that have thrived since the second iteration – the era of electricity…

Navy Research Vessel Launched with Siemens Propulsion

February 22 marked the launch of Neil Armstrong, the first of two Navy oceanographic research vessels to be launched with Siemens Blue multi-drive low voltage system. Neil Armstrong was launched in Anacortes, Washington. Siemens said the use of Siemens Blue improves the vessels reliability due to failsafe features that help the vessel owner lower maintenance costs, increase efficiency and improve operational ease for the vessel and crew. The ship’s advance design decreases fuel consumption, resulting in reduced emission of harmful greenhouse gases.

Jim Schacht: Photo courtesy of Cummins

Cummins Names Schacht Commercial Marine Business GM

Cummins Inc. inform it has named Jim Schacht General Manager for the Commercial Marine Business. Working in close cooperation with the Cummins distributor network, Schacht will be responsible for all commercial marine business activities for the Engine Business Unit (EBU) globally, including business development and support. He will be located in Columbus, Indiana and will report directly to Ed Pence, Vice President of the High Horsepower Engine Business. According to the company…

Jim Schacht

Cummins Names Schacht Commercial Marine GM

Cummins Inc. has named Jim Schacht General Manager for the Commercial Marine Business. Working in close cooperation with the Cummins distributor network, Schacht will be responsible for all commercial marine business activities for the Engine Business Unit (EBU) globally, including business development and support. He will be located in Columbus, Indiana and will report directly to Ed Pence, Vice President of the High Horsepower Engine Business. “The importance of the commercial marine market to Cummins has increased significantly over the past several years,” said Schacht.

China Shipbuilding Industry 2012 Profits Sink

China's shipyards launched 60-million dwt in 2012 representing a drop of 21% from the previous year. According to Ministry of Industry and Information Technology government statistics reported by CNTV, new orders for shipbuilding also tumbled by about 44 percent. Industry experts consider that the shipbuilding industry would continue to be weak in 2013, and it’s unlikely the market will pick up in the short term. Three listed shipbuilding companies have already released profit warnings for 2012. Sainty marine for example is expected to see its net profit slump by as much as over 50 percent.

China Shipbuilders Woeful, Many Face Uncertain Future

Many Chinese shipbuilders flounder in the face of a declining world shipping slowdown according to the latest industry reports. Production at Chinese yards, the world's biggest shipbuilders by tonnage, declined steeply during the first three quarters of the year, reports 'China Daily'. During the period, finished capacity dropped by 18.5 percent from last year to 41.58 million deadweight tons, and new orders decreased by 46.9 percent year-on-year to 15.41 million deadweight tons, according to the latest data recently released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

Cummins Listed Among Top 500 Energy Innovators

Cummins Inc. wins place on InformationWeek 500 list, especially for adoption of its electronic data-based Order Management Sytem (OMS). During 2011, while Cummins was growing from a $13 billion to $18 billion company, it was important to harness business innovations to support it. The Order Management System (OMS) was one innovation that played a key role. Cummins Emission Solutions (CES) implemented the OMS in 2011, allowed for rapid expansion of the CES business, a key factor in the growth of the entire enterprise.

Newfoundland, Labrador Fund Maritime R&D Projects

11 business-led projects to get more than $1.3 million in funding from the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland & Labrador (RDC). "With an increasingly diversified economy continuing to outpace growth in other regions around North America, Newfoundland and Labrador continues to earn a reputation as a place where business growth and innovation is encouraged," said the Honourable Keith Hutchings, Minister Responsible for RDC. RDC works with businesses, providing funding…

Yangtze River Delta Shipbuilders Floundering

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology  reports that orders in first half 2012 are down by 50.3% year-on-year. The volume of handling orders was a mere 125.87 million DWT by the end of June, down 30.7 percent year-on-year, which can easily lead to the assumption that some shipbuilders will not be able to keep operating in the following months. "We have not received any new orders. If the situation continues, we will have only one ship to build in the second half of this year," says Pan Haiwei, general manager of Wu Zhou Shipbuilding Industry Co Ltd in central Zhejiang.

Ship Propulsion Manufacturer Acquired by PartnerTech

PartnerTech has acquired Aerodyn AB, a company focused on contract manufacturing of heavy components for ship propulsion with propeller systems or water jets. The company’s estimated yearly turnover is approximately 40 MSEK and it will be consolidated into the operating Machining segment  from the second quarter 2012. Aerodyn employs some 20 people and is based in Karlskoga, Sweden. ”The aim of the transaction is to broaden PartnerTech's customer base within Machining as well as develop our offering within the Defense and maritime market area.

Siemens Wins Navy Contract

Siemens Industry, Inc. (NYSE: SI) wona contract to equip two U.S. Navy Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) vessels with its unique diesel electric propulsion solution at Dakota Creek Industries Inc. (DCI), located in Anacortes, Wash. Seattle-based Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering firm Guido Perla & Associates, Inc. (GPA) will design the ships. The total order value is more than $10 million. "Siemens' dedication to supporting Dakota Creek Industries exemplifies…