Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Simulation News

Jaakko Eskola, President & CEO of Wärtsilä Corporation (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä Reorganizes Its Marine Business

Wärtsilä announced it will reorganize its marine business into three independent entities, with the objective to accelerate strategy execution and simplify the business structure.The new businesses, consisting of Marine Power, Marine Systems and Marine Voyage, will be operational as of July 1, 2020.The organizational structure change is a continuation to the shifts made in 2019, whereby Wärtsilä's equipment and service businesses were integrated to strengthen the focus on complete lifecycle solutions…

Ed Grimm, (second from left) CEO, Southern Towing Company during a crew visit.

Interview: Ed Grimm, CEO, Southern Towing Company

“In God we trust. All others must have data.”When Ed Grimm took the helm of Southern Towing Company (STC)as President and CEO, he inherited an enviable team of leaders, engineers, mentors, communicators and analysts. Today STC is a clear leader on the inland waterways, pioneering and proving the business and safety value of Z-Drives on the river towboats.How did you come to the top spot at Southern Towing Company?I started in the energy industry at 16 working at an oil storage depot in New York Harbor, working there through high school and putting myself through college.

Illustration of the ship’s propulsion systems with integrated LH2 tank and fuel cells.
Photo: Havyard

Prototype for Hydrogen - One Step Closer

Havyard is taking the next step towards a hydrogen system pilot for large ships. The company is entering the approval phase and has signed agreements with suppliers of  hydrogen tanks and fuel cells.If large vessels are to sail zero emission at high speed over long distances, battery solutions does not contain enough energy. Fuel cells running on hydrogen is a solution to this, and the Havyard Group, with Havyard Design & Solutions and Norwegian Electric Systems, is now conducting…

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Teignbridge Propels Interest at HRV1 Sea Trial

Torbay Harbour and Royal Torbay Yacht Club // Teignbridge Propellers hosted a group of members of the marine community recently to experience the HRV1 research vessel in action. Guests were able to see live-action, first-hand data onboard the  MCA category 4 coded catamaran. Back on shore at the Royal Torquay Yacht Club, Teignbridge explained how data from physical testing on-board HRV1 is coupled with numerical simulation tools in an integrated design workflow to deliver high performance propellers.

Photo: DNV GL

Feeder Containerships to Use Hybrid Power

The IMO's mandate to reduce emissions 50% by 2050 has spurred collaboration in the maritime power sector, with the likes of MAN Energy Solutions, Corvus Energy, DNV GL and HYCAS announcing earlier this year astudy of a hybrid solution that uses batteries in a container feeder vessel, assessing savings in both emissions and costs.Dr Alexander Knafl, MAN Energy Solutions, presented the results of a new study which examines examines the cost effectiveness of hybrid power solutions in a 1…

Dirk Balthasar, President, Thermamax

Interview: Dirk Balthasar, President, Thermamax

To start, can you give an overview of the Thermamax offering to the maritime industry?Thermamax is a specialist in the design and manufacture of thermal and acoustic insulation solutions for diesel engines, spark ignited engines, exhaust aftertreatment systems and electric storage systems. Our markets include automotive, on- and off-highway sectors, power sports vehicles, stationary power generation, ships, and oil platforms, both on land and at sea. For the marine industry, Thermamax is a solution provider for SOLAS-compliant insulation solutions for engine rooms.

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New Shanghai Training Center for Alfa Laval

Recently, Alfa Laval inaugurated the Alfa Laval PureSOx Training Center in Shanghai, China. Focused on the training of commissioning engineers, the new facility will be instrumental in ramping up the skilled workforce prior to the global sulphur cap. But with its full-sized PureSOx scrubber, it will also provide crew training opportunities for customers.Alfa Laval has not only invested heavily in PureSOx manufacturing operations, but is also working to further expand its service and training resources in exhaust gas cleaning.

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Wärtsilä Modular Waterjets Upgraded

The technology group Wärtsilä has announced that its LJX series of modular waterjets has been upgraded to deliver even greater efficiency with low levels of cavitation and underwater noise. Following this upgrading, the company’s modular waterjets will be redesignated as the Wärtsilä WXJ series.The development is based on a new axial pump design, which boosts performance with an increased thrust of as much as 3 percent, while the improved cavitation margins help reduce the environmental impact by lowering noise levels.

Image: Donald MacPherson/Hydrocomp

Contemporary UUV Propulsor Design

From the standpoint of vehicle propulsion physics, an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) is little different from your personal ski boat or a tanker. It shares the Vessel-Propulsor-Drive system model, which allows a Propulsor to convert Drive energy into thrust for the purpose of moving a Vessel. The basic principles of thrust equilibrium and motion are common to all three, as are the translation of rotational energy into axial thrust by the central element of the system – the…

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RH Marine Optimises Energy Management System

Dutch maritime system integrator RH Marine succeeded in incorporating battery lifetime prediction for vessels into its fuel saving Energy Management System (EMS).The solutions provider of electrical and automation systems in the maritime industry pointed out that this makes expensive batteries last longer and reduces Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of ships, while keeping the reduced fuel consumption intact.For her research paper on ‘New developments in Energy Management’, product…

A cutaway depiction of the Bowman ETC system. CREDIT: Bowman

Bowman Power's Engine Efficiency Solution for the Marine Sector

A consortium, led by Bowman Power Group Ltd has created a new, marine-capable system designed to increase engine efficiency and reduce emissions.According to Bowman, the timing of this technology couldn't be better, coming just months after the International Maritime Organization (IMO) reached an agreement to cut carbon emissions from the global shipping industry by at least half by 2050.The project was part-funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, and a leading research and innovation hub.

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New Thruster Solutions Developed for Arctic Shipping

A team of European marine research institutes and companies have developed creative technologies for thruster solutions that are specifically engineered for ships operating in the Arctic.With the new solutions created under the three-year ArTEco project led by Finland's VTT and Wärtsilä, thruster lifetimes can be increased, their maintenance need can be decreased and their reliability improved, particularly in extreme conditions, the project partners said.While at sea, a ship must overcome tough resistance as it displaces water masses from its path.

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Pioneering Innovative Electric Propulsion

A Cornish company is planning a completely new development in electric marine vessels, with the help of a Rapid Innovation Grant from Marine-i.Whiskerstay Ltd is based in Falmouth and was set up three years ago by Dr. Rachel Nicholls-Lee, who is a naval architect with a background in yacht design and marine renewables. She is currently one of the leading experts in electric vessel design working in the South West.“There is huge interest in the marine sector for electric and hybrid propulsion systems that can deliver good performance whilst also being quiet and environmentally friendly.

Left to right: Russian Minister of Transport Evgeny Ditrich and Sergey Frank CEO Sovcomflot (Photo: SCF Group)

Sovcomflot and ABB Open Training Center in Russia

The new Vessel Electric Propulsion Training Center at the Admiral Nevelskoy Maritime State University in Russia will help to prepare seafarers for work on vessels equipped with Azipod propulsion systemsThe center will be used to train MSUN cadets, as well as to provide advanced training to commissioned officers of the merchant fleet. It is also planned to conduct research, including scientific and experimental activities, in the area of automation of electric propulsion and vessel power supply.The establishment of the center follows the trilateral research…

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BMW Car Engine to Become a Marine Outboard

BMW’s twin turbo, three-liter diesel engine may soon be taking to the water.A pilot study looking for ways to convert the popular car engine for marine use is being carried out by product development specialist Semcon in cooperation with engine manufacturer Cimco Marine.Together, the firms seek to modify and adapt BMW’s three-liter turbo diesel engine for professional marine use, producing the world’s first three-liter diesel outboard engine with an output in excess of 200 horsepower.As part of the project’s next phase…

This new propeller will be installed on two newly built containerships that will be delivered in 2019. (Photo NYK)

NYK, JMU Develop Highly Efficient Propeller

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), MTI Co. Ltd., and Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) have successfully developed a highly efficient propeller by analyzing the conditions surrounding vessel propellers in actual operation. This new propeller will be installed on two newly built containerships that will be delivered in 2019, and will achieve a 1.2 percent reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by improving fuel efficiency. The propeller plays a major role in the propulsion of a ship…

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WinGD teams up with Wärtsilä, CSSC Marine to boost services

To extend their global service offerings, Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD), recently signed agreements with Wärtsilä Services and CSSC Marine Service Co. Ltd. (CMS) as Authorized Global Service Providers. With these new agreements, valid from January 1st, 2018, both providers can now offer support for all two-stroke engine brands from Winterthur Gas & Diesel, namely WinGD, Wärtsilä and Sulzer. The support includes delivery of spare parts, provision of service engineers, reconditioning and overhaul work on components, training, upgrade solutions and maintenance agreements.

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Wärtsilä, CMS Sign on as WinGD Service Providers

Propulsion engine manufacturer Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) said it has recently signed agreements enabling Wärtsilä Services and CSSC Marine Service Co. Ltd. (CMS) to act as Authorized Global Service Providers. The agreements are valid from January 1, 2018, and allow both providers to offer support for all two-stroke engine brands from Winterthur Gas & Diesel, namely WinGD, Wärtsilä and Sulzer. The support includes delivery of spare parts, provision of service engineers, reconditioning and overhaul work on components, training, upgrade solutions and maintenance agreements.