Sunday, March 3, 2024

South Coast News

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Gosport Ferry Undergoes Genset Overhaul

Royston’s specialist marine engineering team has completed essential repair and a service work on a power plant system used onboard a south coast of England ferry.The 32-meter-long Spirit of Portsmouth, which carries pedestrians and cyclists between Gosport and Portsmouth in Hampshire, has had one of its aft Cummins 6BT generator sets overhauled by Royston engineers at the company’s North East of England workshop facility.This involved a full engine strip down with service work completed on essential parts.

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KOTUG to Operate Dual-fuel Methanol Tugs on Canada’s West Coast

In 2021, Trans Mountain, on behalf of shippers for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP), awarded KOTUG Canada Inc. a long-term contract to provide escort towage services for tankers that load crude oil at Trans Mountain’s Westridge Marine Terminal.Trans Mountain operates Canada’s only oil pipeline servicing the West Coast of Canada providing tidewater access to foreign markets for Canada’s petroleum resources.Under the agreement, KOTUG Canada, which is a partnership between KOTUG International B.V.

Andrew Stump, President, CSSC Marine Service Co., Ltd being presented with supplier approval from Anil Soni, GMr Anil Soni, General Manager Operations and Deputy Managing Director, China (Photo: WinGD)

CSSC: New Service Agreement for WinGD Engines

CSSC Marine Service (CMS) formally launched its global service product lifecycle support and aftersales service with an emphasis on an agreement signed with Winterthur Gas and Diesel Ltd (WinGD) engines at a ceremony held on January 18, 2018, in Shanghai. During the event, which was attended by more than 40 representatives from major ship owners, shipyards and engine builders, Anil Soni, General Manager Operations and Deputy Managing Director, China, presented the authorization to CMS…

Berthon UK headquarters in Lymington (Photo: Cox Powertrain)

Berthon Named UK, Ireland Distributor for Cox Powertrain

British marine diesel innovator Cox Powertrain has announced Berthon as the sole U.K. and Ireland distributor for its high powered, low weight diesel outboard engines, the first of which, the CXO300, will be launched next year. From its Lymington base, Berthon will be responsible for sales of the engines in the Solent and along the south coast and will hold stock of new engines and spare parts at its warehouse. It will also provide servicing and technical support. A U.K. dealer network will be established by Berthon at strategic ports around the coasts of England…

Hobart AWD during sea acceptance trials march 2017 (Photo: GE Marine)

GE Reports Milestones on Australian Navy Builds

GE’s Marine Solutions reports several milestones have been reached on the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) program. The three Hobart class destroyers, being built for the Royal Australian Navy, will be powered by the most widely used gas turbine in the marine industry, the GE LM2500. The LM2500 is used by 35 navies worldwide and sets the benchmark for reliability based on over 14 million operating hours in the marine environment and another 65 million in industrial applications. The first AWD…

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Wärtsilä Environmental Efficiency for Hybrid UK Ferry

A new ferry being built at the Cemre shipyard in Turkey for UK operator Wightlink will feature a comprehensive range of modern Wärtsilä equipment and systems to ensure a high level of environmental efficiency. In addition to conventional fuel, the new vessel will be the first ferry to utilzse Wärtsilä hybrid battery technology to improve efficiency, reduce the exhaust emissions and lower the noise level. The scope includes four 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 20 generating sets, electrical and automation (E&A) systems, and a sanitary discharge system.

gplink: Remote Monitoring from Finning

Solent Towage Ltd (STL) reports that is has saved more than 60-man hours since December 2013 by installing gplink, the remote monitoring and tracking solution from Finning Power Systems (Finning) for Cat engines. The company operates a fleet of seven tugboats off the UK’s south coast, two of which use Cat engines. Several vessels in Solent Towage’s fleet are chartered for 186 days per year by the operator of a large oil refinery in the area, according to the charter, fuel consumed by the STL fleet is provided by the refinery.

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Port to Test New Clean-air System

The Port of Long Beach will fund testing of a new air pollution-control technology for docked cargo ships, thanks to an agreement approved Monday by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. Under the pact, the Port would rely upon regional air quality authorities to oversee a demonstration project to thoroughly assess both the safety and the pollution-reducing effectiveness of a mobile, barge-mounted emissions control system to capture and treat ships’ smokestack emissions.

Module Passing Under Erskine Bridge: Photo credit BAE Systems

Long Voyage for Largest UK Aircraft Carrier Module

The largest section of future carrier 'HMS Queen Elizabeth' is now complete & embarks on 1,230 mile barge trip. This gigantic segment - officially known as Lower Block 04 and weighing 11,300 tonnes - was towed on a barge down the Clyde on Sunday to begin a 1,230-nautical-mile (2,278km) journey around the south of England to Rosyth. Originally the shorter route around the north of Scotland had been planned. However, bad weather in the north of the UK forced reconsideration and the route was changed to around the south of England and up to Rosyth through the North Sea.

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Brazil's New Ocean Patrol Boat Heads for Home

First of three BAE Systems built patrol boats for the Brazilian Navy, departs the UK for Rio de Janeiro. Amazonas has completed a rigorous sea-training program under the eye of the Flag Officer Sea Training with the Royal Navy off the South coast of England, and is homeward bound. Supported by a team from BAE Systems, the crew’s extensive training programme included navigation and duty watch training, as well as development and familiarisation of operational procedures for safety and security in areas including material assessment of the ship…

GAC's Mersey Delivers New Rig

GAC Shipping UK has completed the successful installation of the Conwy platform 40 miles off the port of Liverpool, only two months after a tug carrying the rig's jacket and topside – each weighing in at over 700 MT – set off from Rotterdam. GAC's Liverpool office was appointed by Dutch heavy civil engineering company HSM Offshore BV to provide an integrated package of support services to construct and hook-up the platform. The journey from the Netherlands took two and a half weeks due to bad weather resulting in ships having to seek shelter in Plymouth and Falmouth.

ARB Approves "OGV Clean Fuel Regulations"

At a public hearing on June 23, 2011, the Air Resources Board (ARB) approved amendments to the regulations “Fuel Sulfur and Other Operational Requirements for Ocean-Going Vessels within California Waters and 24 Nautical Miles of the California Baseline” (title 13, California Code of Regulations [CCR], section 2299.2, and title 17 California Code of Regulations, section 93118.2). Section 2299.2 is a regulation for ocean-going vessels (OGV) and section 93118.2 is a substantively identical airborne toxic control measure (ATCM).

Mikael Troberg of Wärtsilä

Air Emission Regulation Update

In March this year, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to designate waters off the North American coasts as an Emission Control Area was adopted by IMO, the International Maritime Organization. The North American ECA is a key part of a comprehensive EPA program to address harmful emissions from large ships. Which are the time schedules of upcoming emission regulations? How are marine engine manufacturers preparing for the tighter air emission limits being adopted? Henrik Segercrantz explores.