Thursday, October 1, 2020

Taiwan News

Image Credit: CDWE / Supplied by Wärtsilä

First Taiwan-built Offshore Installation Vessel to Sport Wärtsilä Gear

Finland-based marine engine and technology provider Wärtsilä has been tasked to equip the first Taiwan-built offshore wind installation vessel - the Green Jade - with "a broad scope" of its solutions.The 216 meters long vessel will be built at the CSBC shipyard in Taiwan for the joint-venture company CDWE owned by CSBC and Belgium-based DEME Group. The vessel is expected to play a major role in developing the offshore wind farm business in both new and established markets, including Taiwan.

Chris Huxley-Reynard, Managing Director, Reygar

HST Adopts Reygar's BareFLEET for its CTVs

High Speed Transfers goes global with BareFLEET, as the firm commits to monitoring and reporting best practice proven across European operations.High Speed Transfers (HST), a Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) operator supporting the offshore wind energy and oil and gas industries, is adopting BareFLEET, Reygar’s advanced remote monitoring system, across the entirety of its fleet as the business looks to replicate its European successes in the U.S. and Taiwanese markets.Offshore energy is an increasingly global sector…

Taiwan Coast Guard select MJP to equip their 100-ton class vessels (Photo: MJP)

MJP Awarded Taiwan Coast Guard Contract

Marine Jet Power (MJP) has been awarded a multi-unit, multi-year contract with CSBC Shipyard to provide propulsion for 15, 100-ton class vessels for the Taiwan Coast Guard (TCG).The 34-meter vessels will be built at CSBC’s facility in Keelung, Taiwan. Featuring dual MJP stainless steel 750 DRB waterjets, the vessels are predicted to exceed 30 knots and will be powered by MTU inboard diesel engines.Selected for its superior quality and durability in the field, MJP’s DRB line of waterjets are constructed from duplex stainless-steel and feature all inboard hydraulics.

Kumera AS acquires Helseth AS

Kumera AS  signed an acquisition agreement with Helseth Invest AS. The agreement will integrate CP propeller manufacturer Helseth AS into Kumera AS marine gearbox operations. Kumera AS is a subsidiary of the international gearbox manufacturer Kumera Corporation.According to the company's press release on the matter, the acquisition is seen as an important step in Kumera’s strategy for growth in the marine sector –  enabling Kumera to deliver complete and integrated propulsion packages consisting of propellers, gearboxes and control systems.

(Photo: Cavotec)

It’s Electric: Charging Asia’s First E-ferry

Innovative charging technologies connect Asia’s first e-ferry to electrical power, eliminating emissions and dramatically reducing operating costs. The retrofitted passenger ferry, which operates between the island of Cijian and the port of Kaohsiung in Taiwan and that entered service last year, is fully electrically powered. This follows the introduction of a hybrid ferry earlier in 2017. The charging solution was supplied by Swiss based engineering firm Cavotec, who said the technology ensures safe, fast and efficient connection of the ferry to electrical power at the Kaohsiung berth.

(Image: Strategic Marine)

Strategic Marine: Innovative Quality

As ferry operators search for efficiency to reduce pollutants and operating costs, the importance of design, quality construction, and efficient propulsion become ever more important. Such is clearly the case with the Netherlands-based ferry operator Rederij Doeksen, whose two BMT Nigel Gee designed ferries are currently under construction at Strategic Marine’s Vietnam yard for operations between Harlingen on the mainland and the islands of Terschelling and Vlieland. in the Netherlands’ Wadden Sea.

Photo: Visedo OY

Finland’s Oldest Ferry Goes All Electric

From steam to diesel and now electricity: the oldest operating ferry in Finland will tomorrow become the nation’s first all-electric passenger vessel after being fitted with Visedo power. The City of Turku will officially re-launch the historic Föri ferry tomorrow, complete with a new zero-emission electric drivetrain that will deliver greater efficiency, less noise and reduced operating costs. The Föri initially entered service in 1904, after the City of Turku commissioned local shipyards Aktiebolaget Vulcan to build a city commuter ferry to take passengers across the Aura River to Åbo.

Photo: Visedo OY

Asia's First Hybrid Electric Ferry Heralds Cleaner Sea Travel

The Taiwanese harbor city of Kaohsiung has launched a new hybrid electric ferry, which aims to curb greenhouse and diesel emissions for marine passenger transport across the region. Kaohsiung recently re-launched the Cijian Island passenger ferry, retrofitted with a Visedo electric propulsion system, replacing the original diesel engine. It heralds Asia’s first hybrid electric ferry and, if successful, the Kaohsiung City Government plans to retrofit the rest of its diesel fleet to help reduce pollution levels around Taiwan’s largest harbor.

LUKOIL Marine Lubricants Celebrates 5 Years in Hong Kong

Marking the fifth anniversary of its presence in the Southeast Asian marine lubricants market, LUKOIL Marine Lubricants hosted a reception in Hong Kong. The event was attended by more than 50 key clients of LUKOIL, including BSM, Fleet Management Limited, FW, Misuga Kaiun, Anglo-Eastern, Wallem Shipmanagement, OOCL, China Merchants Group and other leading shipping companies which operate in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. “Over the last few years, LUKOIL Marine Lubricants has developed into a large international player and currently accounts for over 10 percent of the marine lubricant market.

(L-R) Mr. Stephen Ng, Director of Trades of OOCL received the verification certificates from John Rowley, Managing Director, Management Systems & Inspection Services of Lloyd’s Register Group. Photo: Orient Overseas Container Line Limited

OOCL Takes Further Step Forward in GHG Reporting

In OOCL’s commitment to environmental protection and data integrity standards, we are pleased to announce that OOCL has taken a further step forward in our Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reporting by extending the scope to container terminals, namely Long Beach Container Terminal, LLC. (LBCT) in the United States and Kaohsiung Container Terminal (KAOCT) in Taiwan. Each year, OOCL ensures that such standards are consistent and upheld by certifying our environmental data through independent business assurance service providers.

LUKOIL Marine’s Managing Directors June Manoharan and Jan Thiedeitz at the opening ceremony ribbon cutting. (Photo: LUKOIL Marine)

LUKOIL Marine Lubricants Opens Hong Kong Office

LUKOIL Marine Lubricants has opened a new branch office in Hong Kong to tap into an increasing market share in Hong Kong and the greater China area. The official opening ceremony was held on Friday, May 27, 2016, and was attended by more than 50 guests from Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as LUKOIL Marine’s Managing Directors, June Manoharan and Jan Thiedeitz. The celebration also provided an opportunity to showcase the latest iCOlube and EAL technology during technical seminars. Hong Kong has long been held as one of the most important and strategically located maritime hubs in the world.

SMP Expanding Global Port Network

Shell Marine Products (SMP) continues to expand its global port network by adding more than 70 ports in less than one year as well as expanding its operation in 14 countries, which now stands at 604 ports in 56 countries. U.S.: Gloucester, Searsport, Kingsbay. Jan Toschka, General Manager of Shell Marine Products, said, “One of our goals as a business is to give our customers peace of mind. We aim to do this via our consistently high quality products, our attentive technical and customer service…

Philippines to Acquire Subs Amid China Sea Row

Philippines government is looking into forming a submarine force to strengthen maritime defense amid China's expansive claims over the South China Sea. President Benigno Aquino III said his country will invest in its first-ever submarine fleet to help protect its territory. "Philippines is practically losing its west coast due to China's nine-dash line claim. We might have to undergo various aspects of our own military capabilities that have never been part of our needs," Aquino said.

Photo: MES

Fuel-saving Modifications for Containerships’ Engines

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., and 100% owned subsidiary MES Technoservice Co., Ltd., have received an order from a Taiwan shipowner for fuel-efficiency modifications to the main engine (Mitsui-MAN B&W 12K98MC/M6) of three large type container vessels. In recent years the rising costs of fuel oil together with the need to reduce the environmental impact of shipping vessels have sharply increased the practice of slow steaming especially for large container vessels whose annual fuel oil costs can run into the billions of Yen.

S. Korea plant opening: Photo Shell Lubrication

Shell & Hyundai Open S. Korea Base Oil Plant

A joint venture company formed by Shell and Hyundai Oilbank, has inaugurated a new base oil manufacturing plant in Daesan, South Korea. The plant has the capacity to produce approximately 13,000 barrels per day or 650 kilotonnes of API Group II base oils per year. (Base oils are the key component of finished lubricants, making up on average of 60-80% of the end product). Mark Gainsborough, Executive Vice President for Shell Lubricants, said: “As the demand for higher quality lubricants is on the rise in Asia…

Photo courtesy of Cummins Taiwan

Ferry Vital Link for Island off Taiwan

Nearly 13,000 people inhabit the four-by-two-kilometer Linqiu Island located about 7.5 nautical miles southwest of the Donggang on the main island of Taiwan. Primarily fishermen, the island’s population is very dependent on the ferry service to get to the larger center on the main island. Lingiu is also the only one of Taiwan’s smaller islands that has been formed by coral. Increasingly the fantastically shaped geographical forms and the excellent diving afforded by the coral has led to an increase in tourist visits.

Diesel-electric Propulsion for 4 Semi-sub Ships

CSBC Corporation Taiwan has chosen Siemens to supply diesel-electric propulsion systems and other accessories for four 65,000-ton semi-submersible deck cargo vessels (SSDCVs). The country’s largest shipyard is building the vessels for a customer in Singapore. Compared to conventional mechanical propulsion technologies, Siemens’ diesel-electric system will reduce fuel costs by up to 15 percent, resulting from unique power management features, the manufacturer said. Likewise, associated propellers, rudders and thrusters will improve the vessel’s maneuverability when operating at low speeds.

New Patrol Boats for SEA

Taiwanese boat builder Lung Teh Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (LTS) has recently won the contract to deliver a series of patrol boats to an unspecified government in South East Asia. The first boat in the series will be delivered early 2015. The boats have 19 m long aluminum hulls equipped with twin MJP DRB 400 waterjets coupled to MAN 1,650 hp engines and will reach speed of about 50 knots. They also have beaching capability. Since the vessels are expected to have a very high number of annual working hours, the customer specified equipment with an emphasis on low life cycle cost.