Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Navy Resource Power Group News

RPG Installs 3 Mak GenSets for Navy

Resource Power Group successfully completed the installation, commissioning, and warranty for three (3) MaK 12V32C medium speed diesel generator sets on board the USNS Howard O Lorenzen TAG-M 25 ship,  constructed by VT Halter Marine. Resource Power Group was selected by Caterpillar Defense & Federal Products to support this project for many reasons, including an ability to provide large-bore engine commissioning personnel, 24/7 technical support, and prompt service. “Being the administrator for most contracts awarded by the U.S.

USN Demonstrates Alternative Fuels for Shipboard Use

The U.S. Navy conducted a full power demonstration of a Riverine Command Boat (experimental) (RCB-X) powered by alternative fuel, Oct. 22, at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Testing and evaluation of alternative fuels from the 49-ft. RCB-X boat supports the Secretary of the Navy's efforts to reduce the fleet's reliance on fossil fuels and is part of a series of progressively complex tests and evaluations scheduled through 2012. These exhibitions will culminate in 2012 with a Green Strike Group of U.S.

Management Changes at Resource Power Group

The Resource Power Group appointed Chimas Sylve as Spare Parts Coordinator at its new Deer Park facility near the Houston Ship Channel. “Chimas brings with him knowledge of not only the MaK engine line, but also MaK gas engines as well as the entire Caterpillar engine line,” said Mike Kriner, Branch Manager for the Houston facility. “Our Houston facility is less than a year old, but is already growing rapidly both in medium speed engine and turbocharger services,” said Mike. Previously Mr.

IMTRA Supplies Hydraulic Thrusters for US Navy

IMTRA, a manufacturer and importer of quality marine products, announced today its Side-Power SH1000 thruster system has been installed on the fourth hull of the 114-foot U.S. Navy Range Training Support Craft (RTSC-110). Selected to replace another supplier used on the previous three builds, IMTRA worked with Florida-based naval architecture firm DeJong & Lebet and San Diego builder Marine Group Boat Works, LLC to determine ideal size requirements for a system optimized for the RTSC-110.

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Italian Navy Opts for Rolls-Royce Gas Turbine

Rolls-Royce signed a contract with Fincantieri to provide MT30 gas turbines to power the Italian Navy’s new multi-purpose amphibious vessel. The Derby-based company will supply two of its MT30 gas turbines to power a 20,000-tonne landing helicopter dock vessel, which will be the second largest ship in Italy’s navy. Based on Rolls’ Trent 800 jet engine used on aircraft such as the Boeing 777, the MT30 is already installed on the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers and is due to be used in Type 26 frigates when work on them begins.

Carey Joins RPG

Resource Power Group (RPG) has appointed Sean Carey as the engine sales & service company’s General Manager of the MaK and large bore engine business for the southeast US and the Caribbean territories. Carey is a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy who previously was employed as a Service Sales Manager for Wartsila North America, Inc. “With Sean’s leadership, RPG will quickly become a preferred equipment and services supplier for MaK engines and other large bore diesel and natural gas engines to customers in the US and the Caribbean” said Robert Webb…

Rolls-Royce congratulates US Navy on christening of USS Zumwalt

Rolls-Royce congratulated the US Navy on the christening of the USS Zumwalt, the first of its new and highly sophisticated DDG 1000 multi-mission destroyer class of ship. The 600 foot long all-electric ship was christened by sponsors Ann Zumwalt and Mouzetta Zumwalt-Weathers at Bath Iron Works in Maine during a ceremony attended by thousands of people, including The Honorable Ray Mabus, the Secretary of the Navy, and other dignitaries. During the ceremony Don Roussinos, Rolls-Royce…

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Volkswagen Opts for LNG-powered Shipping

The Volkswagen Group said it will use two vessels powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) on routes between Europe and North America from 2019, in a move that aims to improve the environmental balance of its marine transport fleet. “The Volkswagen Group is shouldering its responsibility for the environment. “By commissioning the two LNG-powered freighters for the route between Europe and North America, Volkswagen Group Logistics is forging ahead with environmentally compatible, resource-efficient transport,” Thomas said.

Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) amphibious transport vehicle.

LCAC 91 Achieves High Speed on Algal Blend

The U.S. Navy successfully concluded its final alternative fuel demonstration for the year today with the Dec. 7-9 operational tests of the 50/50 algae-derived, hydro-processed algal oil and petroleum F-76 blend in a Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) amphibious transport vehicle at Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City. The tests also marked the fastest speed achieved to date by a U.S. Navy surface craft using alternative fuel blends, as LCAC 91 reached speeds the crafts maximum speed of 50 knots, Dec.

U.S. Navy to Demonstrate Ship-based Alternative Fuel

Navy to conduct largest maritime alternative fuel demonstration on Self Defense Test Ship. What:  The U.S. Navy will conduct the largest-to-date maritime alternative fuel demonstration on the Self Defense Test Ship Paul F. Foster, Nov. 16-17. Prior to the ship's departure, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment) Jackalyne Pfannenstiel along with Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy) Thomas Hicks will host a media availability to discuss the Navy's ongoing energy goals and answer questions about this demonstration.

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Rolls-Royce to Power USN Hovercrafts

Rolls-Royce wins contract to power the U.S. Navy’s future fleet of hovercrafts, known as the Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC). The Group will work with Textron Marine & Land Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, which has been selected to build the initial development craft, in a program that could extend to 73 craft. The SSC will replace the Navy’s current fleet of Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) hovercraft over the next 20 years. The new hovercraft will be used to rapidly deploy personnel and vehicles between U.S. Navy ships and the shore.

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Gas Turbine Passes FAT for Italian Navy Ship

Rolls-Royce said it has achieved a milestone for the Italian Navy’s new Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) multi-purpose amphibious vessel, to be built by Fincantieri one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups, by successfully completing the factory acceptance test for the vessel’s first MT30 Gas Turbine. Rolls-Royce has been selected to provide two MT30 gas turbines to power the new 20,000 tonne displacement, multi-purpose amphibious vessel. The LHD, which will be built and launched…

High Power for New Tunisian Naval Boats

Two new vessels are set to provide the Tunisian Navy with improved capabilities to conduct search and rescue and extended offshore patrols. Supplying marine engines for two new vessels is marine engine sales and service company Pacific Power Group, who provided twin MTU 10V2000M94 diesel engines, related controls, monitoring systems and reduction gears. The two new 65-foot full cabin inboard boats were delivered by SAFE Boats International this spring with the first boat arriving to Tunisia in April.

Gas Turbine Engine LM2500+G4: Photo credit GE

GE Deliver FREMM Warship Gas Turbines

GE delivers two LM2500+G4 marine gas turbines to Avio for French and Italian FREMM frigates. GE Marine has delivered two LM2500+G4 aeroderivative marine gas turbines to Avio S.p.A. of Turin, Italy, a GE Marine System Supplier. The gas turbines will power the Italian and French Navy’s fifth and seventh FREMM frigates, respectively. The first French Navy frigate Aquitaine of the Italian-French FREMM program was launched in December 2010 at DCNS’ shipyard in Lorient, France. The first Italian Navy FREMM Bergamini was launched in June 2011.

RPG Acquires Gen Turbo Inc.

Resource Power Group (RPG) acquired the assets of Gen Turbo Inc., a supplier of parts and services for large bore diesel engine turbochargers in Miami, FL. Gen Turbo Inc. (GTI) is recognized in the industry for delivering to it’s customers a combination of affordable, high quality, and highly technical turbocharger services. Genato Samson and Celso Villanueva, the founders of  GTI, are considered to be experts with ABB, KBB, and Napier type turbochargers. Mr. Samson was previously employed by ABB turbocharger as a Service Engineer and an ABB turbocharger Workshop Manager.

Castrol Offshore Expands in Bangladesh

Castrol Offshore has entered the Bangladesh market with Rahimafrooz Distribution Ltd. Castrol Offshore is a specialist arm within the lubricants business of BP Plc. Castrol Offshore will now offer regionally managed branded products and specialized resources through distributor Rahimafrooz, headquartered in Dhaka, to support the Power, Oil & Gas Exploration and Production industries. “Bangladesh is augmenting its current power generation capacity to meet double digit growth in demand year on year…

Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

Century-old Tall Ship Goes High Tech

The 1914-built three-masted steel bark Statsraad Lehmkuhl is the oldest of the large square riggers still in operation today. The century-old tall ship, which is currently in use as a Norwegian sail-training ship, will be able to cruise out of Bergen harbor next year without any greenhouse gas emissions, thanks to a hybrid power system from Rolls-Royce. Norway’s state-owned company Enova, which works to facilitate the country’s transition to a low-emissions society, is providing just over NOK 4.2 million for an innovative project to equip the historic tall ship with shipboard battery power.

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Tognum, Norinco Opens Engine, Genset Facility in China

Tognum, the specialist for propulsion and power solutions, and China North Industries Group Corporation (Norinco) have held a ceremony in the Chinese city of Datong to mark the opening of a joint undertaking involving the assembly of large, high-speed MTU diesel engines and emergency standby gensets. Datong is located around 300 kilometers west of Beijing in Shanxi Province. Tognum subsidiary MTU Asia Pte. Ltd. and the Norinco Group Company Shanxi Diesel Engine Industry Corporation (SDEIC) are jointventure partners. SDEIC has been manufacturing MTU engines under license since 1986.