DSV Rever Polaris Gets Engine Overhaul
New engineering work involving the overhaul of diesel engines on the offshore construction and dive support vessel (DSV) Rever Polaris, has been completed by power specialist Royston.Engineers undertook the DG1 and DG3 24,000 and DG4 36,000 running hours service on the generator engines on board the 113-meter-long vessel at A&P Tyne’s facilities in the North East of England, as part of a comprehensive refurbishment and maintenance program of critical power units.The 1999-built Polaris is part of Rever Offshore’s fleet consisting of specialist offshore support vessels (OSV)…
Interview: Rolf Stiefel, Winterthur G&D
The May 2019 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News features a 10-page feature section on "Thought Leadership" in the marine power sector. Here we extract and present the interview with Rolf Stiefel, Vice President Sales, Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd., in its entirety.Please put in perspective and discuss – using your career as the time span – the current environment and pressure to reduce emissions in the maritime industry.When I started in the marine industry (coming from the power generation markets) back in the early 2000’s…
FuelTrax 'Vision' for SPO
Swire has installed FuelTrax Vision, a new onboard surveillance system.Swire Pacific Offshore, a marine services conglomerate and a leading service provider to the offshore oil and gas industry currently operates six vessels with FuelTrax on board, two of which have been installed with the latest FuelTrax Vision technology. The two FuelTrax Vision systems have been preforming without disruption since December 2018.FuelTrax is designed to be a smart, self-contained, marine fuel management solution…
MIRATECH Launches New Catalyst Line
MIRATECH announced the launch of a new line of catalyst products for controlling emissions from natural gas engines. These catalysts control CO, VOCs and formaldehyde emissions from lean-burn 4-stroke natural gas engines, and NOx, CO, VOCs and formaldehyde emissions from rich-burn 4-stroke natural gas engines. Gas engines impact the oil and gas industry and the power generation sector worldwide. These emission catalysts will assure engine owners regulatory compliance over long service intervals.
First MTU Series 4000 Engine Built in Yulin Unveiled
MTU Yuchai Power, a joint venture set up between Rolls-Royce Power Systems and the Chinese diesel engine manufacturer Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company, is preparing for the start of series production of MTU Series 4000 engines. On 9 April, in the presence of over 100 guests, Yan Ping, Chairman of Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company, together with Andreas Schell, President of the Rolls-Royce Power Systems business unit, unveiled the first MTU Series 4000 engine manufactured in Yulin.
WinGD X-DF Runs on NG-VOC mix
WinGD and Wärtsilä Gas Systems have tested a NG-VOC (Natural Gas - Volatile Organic Compounds) fuel mix for the WinGD X-DF engine, selected to power two 125 000 dwt Shuttle Tankers for AET. Guests from AET, Statoil, OSM Maritime Group, Samsung Shipyard and Hyundai Heavy Industries-Engine & Machinery Division were on hand in Trieste, Italy, in March, to witness the successful test of a WinGD X-DF engine running on a NG-VOC mix. The test demonstrated the engine’s capabilities under various load scenarios with up to 20% VOC in the fuel ratio.
George Joins OEM Group
OEM Group said it has welcomed on board a new global business development manager as the company gears up for growth in the U.K. and internationally. The firm created the position for Jim George to support ongoing operations in Europe and the Middle East. Based at OEM Group’s Aberdeen headquarters, George will focus on all commercial matters as well as building and strengthening client relationships across all regions. George has more than four decades’ experience in the oil and…
Breaking Down IMO’s 0.5% Bunker Sulfur Cap
Breaking down the challenges of the 2020 sulfur cap can be confusing. Matti Bargfried provides a primer. What has happened so far? The IMO this October voted in its 70th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee to globally cap the maximum amount of sulfur allowed to 0.5 percent. HFO will be further allowed (there is no mandate to disallow usage) provided it meets the set standards. Alternative measurements like scrubbers are also accepted to reduce the ship emissions.
Krill Expands Energy Monitoring Lineup
Krill Systems Inc. said it has completed its phase 2 product development cycle with the recently introduced Krill Regasification Monitoring Center (KRMC). Krill identified this phase of its business plan as the ability to supply a comprehensive range of energy monitoring products which deliver solutions to many the aspects demanded by the oil and gas industry to control energy operating costs. In phase 1, Krill said its focus was on developing Vessel Fuel Management Systems (VFMS) with high accuracy, reliability and features demanded by professional offshore and on shore commercial operators.
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.
Singapore Adopts Standard for Bunker Mass Flow Metering
The world’s first National Technical Reference for Bunker Mass Flow Metering (TR48 : 2015) was launched in support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)’s and industry’s initiative to use the mass flow metering (MFM) system for marine fuel oil deliveries in Singapore with effect from January 1, 2017. MPA said the TR sets out clear requirements for measurement and system integrity that provides a fair basis for custody transfer between the bunker supplier and bunker buyer in Singapore.
METALUBE Opens Dubai Office
Lubricants manufacturer METALUBE continues its global expansion by opening an office in Dubai, creating METALUBE Arabia. Nick Pomeroy, who has worked in the region for past 10 years, will head the new operations. “This is an exciting time for METALUBE with the launch of a range of new products. One of the key areas in the region that we are focusing on is the oil and gas industry. It is so positive to work with an organization that understands the importance of having a real and physical presence in the countries where it exports,” Pomeroy said.
Innovation Paving the Way for Marine Industry in 2016
From the price of oil to environmental regulation, 2015 was a year of turmoil and uncertainty for the marine sector. Despite this, there were some common global trends that will define 2016. In December 2015, world leaders met at the COP21 conference to discuss climate change. The event’s outcome marks a decisive move towards a low carbon future focused on achieving the agreed-upon world target of 1.5 degree climate change ceiling. Indeed, despite being the most carbon-efficient form of commercial transport…
Siemens Power and Drive Systems for New DSV
Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd (ZPMC) has commissioned Siemens to equip the latest diving support vessel being built for Toisa Ltd. with complete drive and power systems. According to Siemens, the solution is designed to improve the vessel’s reliability and maneuverability, as well as reduce fuel consumption, so lowering overall operating costs. The integrated drive system (IDS) used in the vessel, with a length of approximately 146 meters, conforms with the international certification standards of DNV GL.
UDS Strikes Deal to Build Dive Support Ship in China
Ultra Deep Group (UDS) signed another contract with China Merchants Heavy Industry to build a Ultra Deep Installer – Multipurpose Diving Support Construction Vessel. Even though the oil market remains in the doldrums, Singapore-based UDS is powering ahead with tis strategic plan to spearhead the development and operation of efficient, cost-effective diving and support vessels in the oil and gas industry, plancing an order for its proprietary design “Red Class 6027” MT design DSCV with a Chinese shipbuilder.
Specialty Motors Keep Shipping Afloat
Whether for sophisticated thrusters or naval weaponry, or equipment such as compressors, winches or pumps, large specialty motors are used throughout the marine industry. So when one of these motors fails at sea, the ramifications can range from minor annoyance to complete shutdown, which can prove costly in time and money. This was the scenario that Sealion Shipping Ltd. faced when its aft starboard azimuth thruster failed in the waters off Mexico, rendering the vessel’s dynamic positioning (DP) system inoperable.
Wärtsilä Cuts 600 Jobs, Cites Weak Market
Wärtsilä announced a realignment of its Ship Power business, now renamed Marine Solutions. The reorganization, triggered by “sluggish global marine market situation” will see the reduction of approximately 600 jobs across Wärtsilä Marine Solutions' global operations, of which some 160 will be in Finland. Wärtsilä says it hopes the realignment will bring annual savings of around €40 million, the effect of which is expected to gradually materialize beginning from the third quarter of 2015, and will take full effect by the end of 2016.
Suarez Named VP at Voith Turbo
Javier Suarez will be Voith Turbo’s new vice president Americas for the power, oil and gas division’s marine group. Suarez will be based at the division’s regional headquarters in Houston, working with Ron Wilson, who is President Americas. Suarez will also be a member of the global Voith Marine management team. He has extensive experience in the marine industry, including four years at Voith Turbo as sales area manager for Voith Schneider Propellers, based in Germany. “We look forward to Javier helping us expand our business in the Americas…