Sunday, January 20, 2019

Manufacturing News

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Glosten, Bieker Boats Design Ultra Fuel-Efficient Vessel

The provider of naval architecture and marine engineering services Glosten and marine craft builder Bieker Boats have joined forces to bring modern composite hydrofoil technology to the passenger vessel community.This collaboration draws on Bieker Boats’ years of experience designing fast foil-born boats and Glosten’s design of passenger vessels for public and private clients over the past 50 years, said a press note from Glosten."This ultra-efficient vessel requires less than half the installed power of a typical passenger catamaran, resulting in a 50% reduction in fuel consumption.

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Langh Tech Delivers Scrubber Systems to Polaris Fleet

Langh Tech and STX Offshore & Shipbuilding (STX O&S) have signed a deal for scrubber retrofits on seven vessels in the Polaris fleet. The four 180K bulkers and the three 300K VLOCs in the fleet will be equipped with Langh Tech’s open loop scrubbers.The scrubber installations will be done as turn key deliveries by STX O&S. On each of the vessels the main engine and the three auxiliaries are connected to the scrubber. The scrubbers are multi-inlet type and Langh Tech delivers all the equipment necessary for a fully working open loop system.

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Mercury Marine Celebrates 80th Anniversary in 2019

Mercury Marine will celebrate its 80th anniversary throughout 2019, reflecting on its strong heritage of innovation and leadership in the marine industry.On January 22, 1939, E. Carl Kiekhaefer purchased a bankrupt engine manufacturing plant in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Now, 80 years later, the business that emerged from those modest beginnings, Mercury Marine, is a company with 7,000 global employees that is heralded as the world’s leading manufacturer of marine propulsion systems…

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Aker Arctic Bronze Propellers for Ice-class Ships

Bronze has been the preferred material for open water and low ice class ship propellers for decades, said Finnish engineering company Aker Arctic that operates an ice model test basin in Helsinki."Few years ago, Aker Arctic began investigating the possibility of using it also in high ice class vessels. In November 2018, the first bronze propellers based on the new strength dimensioning criteria were installed on the Finnish ice class 1A ASD tug Calypso," said a statement from the designer of icebreakers.While bronze is not as strong as stainless steel…

With a robust engine block designed for continuous-duty operation and long life, and a single cylinder head with four valves per cylinder, the Cummins X15 marine engine provides reduced fuel consumption without reduced performance. The X15, which can be used in both commercial and recreational marine applications, is available as a propulsion engine and as an auxiliary engine. (Photo: Cummins Inc.)

Martime Propulsion: New Solutions Meet New Emission Demands

Marine propulsion manufacturers are not just responding to but are anticipating tighter performance demands from the U.S. EPA  and the IMO by introducing both new and upgraded systems based on state-of-the-art propulsion technologies. Tom Mulligan reviews the latest engine product launches.AIP for MAN cryo Liquid Hydrogen Fuel-Gas systemMAN Cryo, a subsidiary of MAN Energy Solutions, has developed a marine fuel-gas system for liquefied hydrogen in cooperation with Fjord1 and Multi Maritime 0f Norway.

"I think this investment sends a strong signal on the types of technologies that will come to define the maritime industry in the future," said P. Michael A. Rodey, senior manager, A.P. Moller-Maersk. In the first quarter Sea Machines will initiate testing of its perception and situational awareness technology aboard one of A.P. Moller-Maersk's new-build ice-class container ships. Image: Sea Machines

Maritime Autonomy: Sea Machines Gets a $10M Investment

While there remains much debate as to what an autonomous future looks like in the maritime sector, one company, Sea Machines, is helping to pace the field with product development, partnerships and investment.Sea Machines Robotics announced today that it had closed a $10 million Series A investment led by Accomplice VC, with participation from several corporate titans including Toyota AI Ventures; Brunswick Corp., through investment partner TechNexus Venture Collaborative; Eniac Ventures…

The new Wärtsilä 14 (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä 14: New High-Speed Engine

At an exhibition in New Orleans Wärtsilä debuted its first Wärtsilä-branded high-speed engine.The Wärtsilä 14 is a high-speed, compact engine designed to fit requirements for limited space and weight, lower capital expense, to meet current and future global emissions regulations, and to provide customers with improved efficiency, safety, and environmental sustainability.The Wärtsilä 14 serves both as main propulsion and auxiliary genset and is ideal for hybrid installations. This small but mighty high-speed engine is available in 12- and 16-cylinder configurations…

Digital Feature Extraction with PropCad Premium 2018

A new utility automates feature extraction from 3D CAD data.Marine propellers can last a long time – it is not uncommon to find a vessel running on its original set of propellers. Sometimes, these propellers even outlive the companies that produced them. For example, some large volume propeller manufacturers have permanently closed their doors and patterns, molds, and design data have been scattered to unknown corners of the globe. It’s fair to say that while the propeller manufacturing industry has seen growth…

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Corvus Energy Scores Green Certification

Corvus Energy has announced that it has achieved ISO 14001:2015 certification for its Environmental Management System and Processes in its operations in Bergen, Norway. Certification in its Richmond, B.C., Canada offices was achieved in March 2018. The scope of the ISO 14001 certification includes the environmental aspects of Corvus’ design, manufacturing and service of products that Corvus can either directly control or influence considering the life cycle perspective of lithium…

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New Great Harbor TT35 Powered by Suzuki From Mastry

The new Great Harbor Trawler TT35 from Mirage Manufacturing is a unique, outboard-powered liveaboard cruiser. When the father and son design team of Ken and Travis Fickett went looking for the ideal power solution, they turned to Mastry Engine Center and the ultra-efficient Suzuki DF60AV.The choice of Suzuki outboard power for the TT35 has many advantages. Because the engines are outside the hull, it frees-up internal space for storage. Inside, it's exceptionally quiet with no perceptible vibration. Maintenance is simpler with easier access than an inboard.

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JMP to Manufacture Impellers for Albin Pump Marine

Engine and genset cooling pumps manufacturer JMP Marine has signed an agreement to supply Albin Pump Marine with flexible impellers for its OEM products, in a move that strengthens the business relationship and opens doors to U.S. and European expansion for both companies.A proprietary blend of materials with a special wax infusion and brass inserts set JMP flexible impellers apart from the competition. Resistant to salt, oils and chemicals, they're heat-resistant to 180° F, and deliver the superior reliability and wear-resistance OEMs demand…

New assembly facility at Shoreham Airport (Photo: Cox Powertrain)

Cox Powertrain Announces New Engine Assembly Facility

British engineering firm Cox Powertrain has signed a lease to take over a 28,000 square foot production facility in Cecil Pashley Way, near Shoreham (Brighton City) Airport. The building, currently undergoing renovation, will be the assembly plant for Cox Powertrain’s CXO300 diesel outboard engine which goes into production in Q2 2019.The U.K. engineer currently employs 70 staff and plans to grow its workforce to meet the demand for its new diesel engine, aiming to recruit an additional 78 staff before 2020.

Mark Palethorpe, CFO of Cox Powertrain  (Photo: Cox Powertrain)

Cox Powertrain, QM Systems Partner

British designer and builder of outboard diesel engines, Cox Powertrain, announced a partnership with UK-based manufacturer QM Systems, to develop a turnkey Production System for the control and manufacture of a revolutionary new product in the marine industry. The contract will start immediately and, combined with an order received earlier this year, is worth in excess of £1.6M ($2.1mln).QM Systems Ltd is a leading manufacturer of state of the art manufacturing systems and test systems across all industries.

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Indmar Achieves ISO 9001 Certification

Indmar Marine Engines announced the completion of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 audit for its corporate office and manufacturing facility in Millington, TN. As a company in the inboard marine industry, Indmar decided that pursuing an ISO 9001:2015 certification was the next step towards their mission of continuous quality improvements. ISO 9001:2015 certification is the world's most recognized quality management standard. Certification is voluntary and compliance must be verified through an independent agency.

VescoPlastics Celebrates 60

This year is the 60th anniversary of VescoPlastics and Vesconite, its first engineering plastic. The company's line of thermopolymers is used extensively in the marine, agriculture, heavy off-road equipment, pump, and hydroelectric and renewable energy industries.Founded by Alain Leger, an entrepreneurial engineer, Vesconite started in response to a need for an alternative to nylon bushings, which swelled and seized in humid underground mines. Years of testing resulted in a thermopolymer that had exceptionally low friction properties and could be machined to close tolerances.

Tracy Crocker (Photo courtesy of Evinrude)

BRP Marine Group Created With Evinrude, Alumacraft

Evinrude has announced  that it is now a part of the newly established BRP Marine Group. Tracy Crocker, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Evinrude since 2017, has been appointed President of the Group, effective immediately. Crocker will be responsible for the strategic direction and operations of the BRP Marine Group while maintaining his active role at Evinrude. Evinrude, an outboard engine manufacturer that developed the first commercially viable outboard engine in 1909, will join Alumacraft, a 70-plus year-old manufacturer of aluminum fishing boats which was acquired today.

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Twin Disc Acquires Veth Propulsion

U.S. based power transmission technology and equipment manufacturer Twin Disc, Inc. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Netherlands based marine propulsion products supplier Veth Propulsion Holding, B.V. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries.Twin Disc said the purchase price is approximately $58.6 million plus net cash, with potential adjustments based on Veth Propulsion’s working capital as of the closing date, and will be financed through a combination of cash and new debt facilities.

USS Manchester (LCS 14) commissioning ceremony in Portsmouth, N.H. (Photo: GE Marine Solutions)

GE Powers US' New Littoral Combat Ship

GE's Marine Solutions' LM2500 marine gas turbines now power the U.S. Navy's USS Manchester (LCS 14). This Littoral Combat Ship was commissioned on May 26 by the U.S. Navy in Portsmouth, N.H.Each of the two LM2500 engines produce over 29,500 horsepower, propelling the USS Manchester to speeds of 40+ knots or 46 miles per hour. To date, GE has contracts to provide gas turbines for ships up to LCS 30 (even ship numbers are Austal Independence class ships). In addition, Austal is one of five shipyards that have been awarded a concept design contract for the U.S.