Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Thrusters and Pods News

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Mercury Diesel 6.7L Engine Family Unveiled

Mercury Marine has unveiled the new Mercury Diesel 6.7L midrange engine family. The new electronic, common-rail engines will be offered with three power levels:  480hp, 500hp and 550hp. They will be available as inboards or packaged with the Mercury Zeus pod-drive. The new Mercury Diesel engine is compatible with Mercury’s full suite of SmartCraft controls and electronics, including optional joystick piloting for inboards and joystick piloting for pods (Zeus). “Mercury has established itself as providing the best integrated propulsion solutions to our customers…

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Rolls-Royce Delivers 1000th Azimuth Thruster for Damen

Rolls-Royce has delivered its 1,000th azimuth thruster to Damen in what marks a milestone achievement in a relationship that spans more than 30 years. The 1,000th and 1,001st Rolls-Royce US 255 FP azimuth thrusters, each with a power of 2,525 kW, will be installed to a new Damen ASD2913 tug. Damen’s first ASD tug design with Rolls-Royce U.S. azimuth thrusters was delivered in 1993 but the relationship between Rolls-Royce and Damen goes further back. Ronald Lindeman, Rolls Royce…

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HydroComp PropElements 2017- Update

HydroComp PropElements 2017 – the propeller “design for performance” code from HydroComp,Inc. of Durham NH USA – is the latest build of the company’s commercial software for marine propeller design and analysis. Propeller specialists will find it an essential addition to their software tools, and also tackles the component-level hydrodynamic needs of naval architects. Why PropElements? Still an uncharted domain for many naval architects, propeller design is an iterative process following a typical design spiral – from initial sizing through detail design.

Scheldt River (Photo: Royal IHC)

Video: LNG-powered Dredger Scheldt River Launched

DEME Group’s second LNG-powered trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Scheldt River is part of a new generation of dual fuel hoppers that set out to achieve new standards in environmental performance. Launched January 14 at Royal IHC's shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands, the 7,950m3 vessel possesses a number of innovative features and technologies, including an IHC-patented two-speed gearbox as well as a newly developed wing-shaped bow thruster tunnel. A video showing the construction process and launching is available here.

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Mercury Marine Expands Its Joystick Technology

Mercury Marine, a  manufacturer of recreational marine engines, has officially announced the launch of Joystick Piloting for Inboards on single-engine tow sport boats. The joystick technology allows the engine to work with bow and stern thrusters to provide ultimate vessel control and a superior driving experience for the boater. The system is designed to work with the tow sports variants of Mercury’s new and award-winning range of purpose-built marine inboard and sterndrive engines. Dealers and consumers around the country are raving about the newest technology from Mercury Marine.

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ABB Propulsion, Automation and Software for Five Cruise Ships

ABB will supply the complete power, propulsion and automation package for a series of new cruise vessels being built by MV WERFTEN for Genting Hong Kong brands Crystal Cruises and Star Cruises. The three Crystal Cruises’ luxury “Endeavor Class” mega-yachts will feature a Polar Class 6 and enable cruising in the Arctic; then follow the route of migrating whales along the coast of the Americas and Europe to Antarctica during winter. The Star Cruises “Global Class” vessels will be two of the largest on the market with 204,000 tons registered tonnage each.

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Delay Averted with Underwater Sterntube Renewal

Hydrex Underwater Technology has assisted an excavation vessel hemorrhaging oil from a stern tube seal entangled with steel wire to pass safely through the Panama Canal. The 156m long, Dutch-owned vessel was unable to make the canal transit until the propeller shaft seal had been repaired, potentially delaying operations and resulting in financial penalty for the owner. Antwerp-headquartered underwater ship repair specialist Hydrex, however, repaired the leaky seal allowing the vessel to continue without disruption to its schedule.

Odd Tore Finnøy, CEO, Brunvoll AS. (Photo: Brunvoll)

Brunvoll Acquires Scana Propulsion

Brunvoll, a family-owned company headquartered in Molde, Norway, a company that designs, manufactures and services complete thruster sstems for maneuvering, positioning and propulsion of advanced vessels, this week signed an agreement with Incus Investor ASA to acquire all the shares in Scana Propulsion AS, including subsidiaries Scana Volda AS and Scana Mar-El AS in Norway and three sales companies located in the United States, Singapore and China. Brunvoll Holding AS signed an option agreement for the acquisition of Scana Volda AS Real Estate…

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Rolls-Royce to Propel New Danish Ferry

Danish ferry operator Mols-Linien has ordered a new passenger ferry from the Rauma Marine Constructions yard in Rauma, Finland. Rolls-Royce will provide the main propellers and propulsion control system to the new ship, which is planned to operate between mainland Denmark and the island of Bornholm, also known as the sunshine island of the Baltic Sea. Rolls-Royce will deliver two units of a Promas system which integrates the controllable pitch propeller, a propeller hub cap, a rudder with bulb and a twisted leading edge into one hydrodynamically optimized unit.

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Volvo Penta Conducts Training for Dealer Network

Volvo Penta of the Americas conducted a custom training course in Cancun, Mexico recently, providing full instruction in the assembly, repair and alignment of IPS engines for its regional dealer network in Mexico and Central America. Seventeen technicians attended the series of five-day, Spanish-language classes held at Pirate Marine in Cancun. They received a full training on Volvo Penta’s IPS forward-facing propulsion system, along with EVC accessories and Vodia diagnostics for IPS.

Torqeedo’s award-winning Cruise POD Drive

Torqeedo to Showcase Electric Motors in London

Torqeedo, a leader in the fast growing electric propulsion industry and winner of the Overall DAME Award at METSTRADE Show 2016, is set to build on its recent successes, exhibiting at London Boat Show 2017. Many of the current Torqeedo models will be on show this year, including the award-winning Cruise Fixed Pod (FP) range – which was crowned Overall DAME Award winner at the 2016 METSTRADE, following its win in the Machinery, Propulsion, Mechanical and Electrical Systems and Fittings category.

ZF Marine New location rendering (Photo: ZF Marine)

ZF Marine Grows Presence in Louisiana

ZF Marine, the marine business unit of the global ZF Group, said it has secured a new location for its Gulf of Mexico/Inland Waterway sales and service operations. The company opened its wholly owned location in the greater New Orleans area in late 1996, the first satellite location outside of ZF’s North American marine headquarters. The location was established to provide close support for the commercial vessel industry in the Gulf of Mexico. Twenty years later, ZF Marine’s growing presence in the Inland Waterway…

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WE Tech Expands Into Australia

WE Tech Solutions (WE Tech), an energy efficiency solutions provider in the marine industry, and The Switch, a technology specialist of permanent magnet machines for advanced marine drive trains, have been chosen to deliver their permanent magnet shaft generator solution to Australian Toll Shipping for a series of two 12,000 dwt RORO vessels. The Sinotrans & CSC affiliated Jinling Shipyard in China will build the ships. Delivery of advanced equipment solution from WE Tech and The Switch will commence in August 2017.

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WE Tech Shaft Generator Solutions for Stena ROPAX Ferries

WE Tech said it has received an order to deliver its permanent magnet shaft generator solutions to a series of four fuel efficient ROPAX ferries, with an option for another four. The vessels are to be built for the Swedish shipping company Stena RoRo at AVIC Weihai Shipyard Co., Ltd. in China. The four initial vessels will be operated by Stena Line within its route network in Northern Europe. “WE have developed the most energy efficient shaft generator solution to reduce the fuel consumption, operational costs and environmental footprint.

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Polar Cruise Ships to Feature Rolls-Royce Green Tech

Norwegian explorer cruise line Hurtigruten is to build two new expedition ships using a new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology from Rolls-Royce making fully electric propulsion on a passenger ship possible. The Rolls-Royce designed MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen, about to be constructed at Kleven Yard in Norway, will be packed with innovative Rolls-Royce technology. In addition to the hybrid power solution, the vessels will have the latest automation and control systems…

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Torqeedo Cruise Pod Wins DAME Award at METS

The Torqeedo Cruise FP (fixed pod) is the overall winner of the 2016 DAME Design Awards at METSTRADE, the annual marine equipment trade show held annually in Amsterdam. Bill Dixon, award jury chair, presented the prize to Christoph Ballin, Torqeedo co-founder and CEO. The overall winner is recognized as an outstanding example of groundbreaking research and development. The jury praised the Torqeedo Cruise FP for "its beautiful engineering, close attention to design detail, integrated approach, compact dimensions and realistic market price.

Twin Disc Expands Workboat Product Range

Twin Disc, manufacturer of technologically advanced marine power transmission solutions, has launched new products and enhancements that will benefit commercial mariners worldwide. The company will display its introductions at the International WorkBoat Show, November 30–December 2, in New Orleans. E-STEER  is Twin Disc's new approach to marine steering. Instead of countless yards of labor-intensive, leak-prone and expensive hydraulic lines, it connects the helm and hydraulic-powered rudder(s) electronically. Speed Sensing technology provides adaptive resistance.

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Rolls-Royce Showcases New Yacht Engine at FLIBS

Rolls-Royce will be marketing the 10-cylinder version of its advanced MTU Series 2000 M96L yacht engine at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from Nov. 3 to 7 . A 12-cylinder version of the engine will be showcased at MTU’s booth (engine tent 1212/1215). Also on display will be MTU’s Blue Vision New Generation ship automation with integrated Joystick System, which will allow visitors to steer a virtual yacht in a simulation. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

Queen Mary 2  (Photo: GE)

GE Completes Queen Mary 2 Upgrade

GE’s Marine Solutions recently provided an extensive upgrade service to one of the world’s most famous ocean liners, the Queen Mary 2 (QM2). The upgrade service with new technology supplied by GE was completed in just 18 days. Twelve years after equipping the QM2 with original propulsion motors, GE was chosen to carry out multiple crucial upgrade activities on Carnival’s flagship liner, for example: a controls upgrade, the replacement of oil distribution boxes on steerable pods, modification of harmonic filters and general maintenance on the propulsion plant.

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Rolls-Royce to Equip ECO’s New Tugs

Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) worth more than $41 million to deliver propulsion and deck machinery for 13 new tugs, including five which will have a direct bollard pull of around 150 metric tons. The 13 tugs are being designed and built at Chouest-affiliated shipyards in the U.S. with support from Damen’s Technical Cooperation program. The five most powerful tugs will be 45 meters long and 17 meters wide, making them the world’s largest of their kind to date.

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Twin Disc Dubuts Technologies at FLIBS

Twin Disc will introduce three new products at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, November 3–7. Twin Disc's  e-Steer Electronic Steering System provides a bold, new approach to marine steering. Avoiding the pitfalls of traditional hydraulic setups, the electronic helm is connected to the hydraulic-powered rudder(s) via wires, reducing leaks and loss of steerage. The e-Steer system features Speed Sensing technology. This provides helmsmen adaptive resistance, so the helm is firmer when at full throttle and lighter when maneuvering slowly.

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Torqeedo and Hanse Yachts Launch Rudder Drive

Rudder Drive, the new electric propulsion system for sailing yachts developed by Torqeedo together with the large-scale boat builder Hanse Yachts and rudder manufacturer Jefa, combines outstanding maneuverability and minimal weight with a powerful emission-free motor. The core of this innovative concept is the proven and specially adapted Torqeedo Cruise 4.0 with folding propeller, designed in to the rudder blade itself. The streamlined system replaces the combustion inboard or saildrive and removes the need for a separate thruster on the new sailing yacht Hanse 315 e-motion rudder drive…

Baleària's new RoRo passenger ferry (Image: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä to Power Mediterranean's First LNG Ferry

Wärtsilä said it has signed a contract with Construcciones Navales del Norte SL (LaNaval) shipyard in Sestao, Spain for the design and supply of the LNG power and propulsion installation for a new RoRo passenger ferry being built for Spanish owner Baleària, an operator serving the Balearic Islands. There is also an option for a second vessel. The contract, signed in August 2016, will also see Wärtsilä provide inclusive project support services to the yard, including integration engineering and on-site consulting, as well as commissioning of the combined systems.

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Siemens Bags Electric Ferry Propulsion Contract

Siemens said it has secured a contract to supply propulsion systems for two new The all-electric battery ferries to be operated by Fjord1 on the E39 Anda-Lote route on the west coast of Norway. Both vessels will have a cargo capacity of 120 cars, 12 trailers and 349 passengers. Operation on the 2.4 kilometer-long route will start in January 2018. With this contract, the first four battery-driven ferries in the world will run on technology developed and manufactured by Siemens, the company noted.

The David J just off the Sylte Shipyard on the Fraser River (Photo courtesy of Haig-Brown/Cummins)

New Tractor Tug for Jones Marine Group

Steady, smooth, powerful, highly maneuverable: these were comments from mariners on board for sea trials of Jones Marine Group’s new tractor tug, David J. The new workboat was put through its paces in fine form. The boat is an A.G. McIlwain-designed 53 by 26.5-foot handy-sized tractor tug with a hefty14-foot molded depth. The beam offers remarkable stability, while the length allows the tug to work in tight spaces. Built by Sylte Marine of Maple Ridge for Jones Marine Group Ltd, of Chemainus, it is, as company president Daryl R.

Thrustmaster to Provide Thrusters for  New Zentech Z 210 Self Elevating Mobile Offshore Unit Photo Thrustmaster

Azimuth Thrusters for Zentech Z-210 Offshore Unit

Houston based Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. will be supplying the azimuth thrusters for Zentech’s new Z-210 Mobile Offshore Unit. The thrusters are driven by electric motors powered by a redundant power system from GE Marine Solutions. The thrusters will be ABS classed for main propulsion and DP-2 dynamic positioning of the vessel, which is currently under construction at CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding in China. Zentech’s Z-210 is one of the most versatile designs in the industry…

ALP Striker performed an impressive and most satisfactorily bollard pull test

Striking Bollard Pull Results for ALP Striker

ALP Striker achieved an impressive and most satisfactory bollard pull results of 309.6 tonnes during her sea trials. The DP II Anchor Handling Salvage Tug was delivered on 12 September to ALP Maritime Services. The vessel is designed for towing very large floating objects while also offering services such as anchor handling, positioning and mooring. The ALP Striker has been constructed by Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair, Japan. She is the first of four ultra-long distance towing and anchor handling vessels for ALP Maritime Services, a subsidiary of Teekay Offshore Partners L.P.

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Stone Marine Seals Grows EcoSeal Range

The Stone Marine Seals main shaft seal EcoSeal, which was launched several years ago, is now being joined by two additional seals designed specifically for the thruster and azipod markets, the EcoSeal T and EcoSeal TS. The EcoSeal TS is a split version of the EcoSeal T which makes for an easy retrofitting solution when replacing the more common lip type seals in use today. The T and TS can be fitted into very tight spaces and retrofitting can be carried out utilizing the old seals liners which is a significant cost saver.

Wolfgang Schmid (Photo: ZF)

MN100: ZF Marine Propulsion Systems

ZF Marine supplies propulsion system components for yachts, defense craft, high-speed ferries, workboats and commercial vessels, in a power range from 10 to 14,000 kW. The product portfolio includes a comprehensive range of transmissions (reversing, non-reversing and hybrid), propellers POD-drive systems, steering systems and CANbus-compatible, electronic control systems, azimuth thrusters, tunnel thrusters, bow thrusters and sail drives. ZF Marine is a global leader in marine propulsion technology.

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Siemens Supplies Propulsion for Saga Cruises Newbuild

Siemens announced it has been awarded a contract to equip the first new build cruise liner for the British based operator Saga Cruises under contract to Meyer Werft in Papenburg. The awarded package includes a SISHIP eSiPOD propulsion system as well as a power and distribution plant. This new cruise ship to be delivered in the summer of 2019 will be 236 meters long and 31.2 meters wide with a gross tonnage (GT) of 56,850 and will offer capacity of 999 passengers. The contract includes an option to equip one additional cruise liner potentially due for delivery in 2021.

A 17,500 dwt chemical tanker owned by Rederiet Stenersen AS of Bergen, Norway. (Image: Rederiet Stenersen)

WE's Direct-drive PM Shaft Generator Solutions for New Chemical Tankers

Energy efficiency solution provider WE Tech Solutions said it has received an order to deliver its direct-drive permanent magnet (PM) shaft generator solution to a series of two 17,500 DWT IMO class II chemical tankers, with an option for two more. The Switch, a technology specialist of megawatt-class PM machines for advanced marine drive trains, will deliver the PM shaft generators to be used in the solutions provided by WE Tech. The tankers will be built by the Chinese shipyard Taizhou Kouan Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. for Bergen-based Norwegian shipowner Rederiet Stenersen AS.

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MN100: Karl Senner, LLC

Karl Senner, LLC is the exclusive North American distributor and service provider of Reintjes Marine Transmissions, Steerprop Azimuth Thrusters and EPD Electrical Systems. The firm supplies robust, industry-proven marine propulsion systems; all backed by an experienced factory-supported technical team, resulting in superior service. Karl Senner, LLC recently delivered Steerprop Azimuth Thrusters for the largest Z-drive inland towboats built in North America to date (for SCF Marine). The inland waterways have always been a major focus of business since the company’s inception in 1967.

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MN100: Omnithruster, Inc.

Omnithruster’s line of waterjet bow thrusters are optimized for shallow draft operation. The Omnithruster 400HP thruster operates at a draft of less than 2 feet – something no other in-hull thruster can boast. An OmniThruster bow thruster produces thrust continually with nozzles in or out of the water; in rough seas, strong currents, while pitching, yawing, rolling, or heaving. An OmniThruster can even produce thrust while the vessel is underway at several knots, a condition in which conventional propeller tunnel thrusters are subject to cavitation and do not effectively produce thrust…

Klüber to Present New EALs at SMM

“Closer to you” is the motto, under which Klüber Lubrication will be presenting its latest environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) for ships and offshore installations at the SMM 2016. According to the manufacturer, all the EALs offer high-performance capacity and reliability under extreme conditions and comply with the requirements defined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the 2013 Vessel General Permit and by current environmental standards. “Klüber Lubrication offers a complete range of EALs for all relevant applications on board a ship…

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MN100: Reintjes GmbH

Founded in 1979, Reintjes GmbH is an independent propulsion technology company that manufactures thousands of gearboxes annually. More than 90,000 units have been supplied to customers worldwide. Over time, Reintjes has expanded its product portfolio of marine gearboxes for engine ratings from 250-30,000 kW. Its maritime applications include dredging gearboxes and step-up gearboxes as well as complex system solutions such as pod drives and hybrid drives. The company is positioned in all major markets globally through sales and service networks…

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Pods Versus Water Lubricated Props

Thordon Bearings has called on the marine industry to investigate the characteristics of both conventional seawater-lubricated propeller shaft systems and podded propulsion arrangements in order to provide shipowners with a better understanding of the two very different propulsion configurations. In a recently published White Paper, the Canadian manufacturer of the COMPAC seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearing system believes there is a great opportunity for independent comparative data so that cruise ship operators, in particular, can make more informed procurement decisions.

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MN100: Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc.

Thrustmaster builds a complete line of Z-Drive azimuthing thrusters from 500 HP to 4,000 HP for the inland towboat industry specifically designed to endure the demanding conditions when operating in brown water. Using Z-Drives on towboats results in substantially improved fuel efficiency, shorter trip times, decreased maintenance downtime and higher customer satisfaction when compared to traditional shaft and rudder installations. All thrusters are developed in-house by a complete engineering department for mechanical, hydraulic, electrical and electronic design.

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MN100: Schottel GmbH

The Schottel Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of propulsion and steering systems for ships and offshore applications. Founded in 1921, the company develops and manufactures azimuth propulsion and maneuvering systems, complete propulsion systems with power ratings of up to 30 MW and steering systems for vessels of all types. Since the 1950’s, Schottel has propelled inland vessels with Z-drives and individually fitted thruster concepts. The firm’s expertise is well represented by strong pushboats in Brazil, river cruise vessels in Europe and at home on U.S. inland rivers.

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Caterpillar to Establish Singapore Marine Hub

Caterpillar Marine is establishing a new Marine Center in Singapore in the facility at 5 Tukang Innovation Grove previously occupied by Caterpillar Remanufacturing. The facility will bring together in one location almost 200 people employed by Caterpillar Marine in Singapore, and is expected to be fully operational by the fourth quarter 2016. It will also house members of Caterpillar Marine's Propulsion Systems Solutions team, and already serves as Caterpillar Marine's sales and service hub covering MaK…

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Engine Providers Power Operators' Profits

With an eye towards environmental compliance, operational efficiencies and the bottom line, the Marine News top propulsion providers touch all bases. Sitting down to select the best engine and propulsion manufacturers in the workboat marine space isn’t necessarily the easiest task in the world. Nor is it a linear exercise. On the other hand, these Marine News featured firms – Caterpillar Marine, Volvo Penta and Yanmar – all have more in common than you might think. With a laser focus on their collective customer’s bottom lines and addressing that concern through technology…

The new Caterpillar Marine Center Singapore  (Photo: Caterpillar Marine)

Caterpillar Establishes Marine Center in Singapore

Caterpillar Marine is establishing a new Marine Center in Singapore in the facility previously occupied by Caterpillar Remanufacturing, at 5 Tukang Innovation Grove. The new center will bring together in one location almost 200 people employed by Caterpillar Marine in Singapore. Facilities will feature new manufacturing capability for Caterpillar Marine’s Propulsion business to build the company’s range of MTA azimuth thrusters and MTT tunnel thrusters. The new Marine Center will…

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BMT Nigel Gee Secures LNG Ferries Contract

Naval architecture and marine engineering design consultancy BMT Nigel Gee said it has secured a project through an international tender process to design two 70-meter aluminum-hull catamaran RoPax ferries for Rederij Doeksen. BMT will be responsible for concept through to production design, and the exterior and interior styling will be performed by Vripack. Both vessels, which will be built in Vung Tau, Vietnam by Triyard Holdings subsidiary Strategic Marine, and will serve the Friesland Islands connecting Harlingen…

Economics, Efficiency & Emissions Drive Effective Choices

Louisiana-based Karl Senner widens its propulsion solutions toolkit with two options, both designed to provide economics, efficiencies and lower emissions. In the increasingly competitive marine propulsion markets, workboat operators now have many choices from which to select an appropriate, long term solution for their propulsion needs. Paramount in that process is the need to meet regulatory requirements without breaking the bank. In response, propulsion distributor Karl Senner LLC offers two different electrical system arrangements…

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First VectRA 3000 Tug Delivered

Sanmar’s first VSP (Voith Schneider Propeller) tug, of the new VectRA 3000 series, named Arie A has been constructed for Italian operator Tripmare Spa of Trieste. The vessel has been delivered by a Redwise crew to Ashdod Port, located some 40 kilometers south of Tel Aviv where it will operate. Particular care and attention has been given to the ergonomics of the wheelhouse and the habitability of the crew accommodation, the builder said. VectRA 3000 series has been designed by the Canadian naval architects Robert Allan Ltd.

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52 MW of ABB Azipod Propulsion Power Destined for South Korea

Ice class Azipod units ready for month long voyage from Helsinki to Asia. Pictured at Vuosaari habor on the outskirts of Helsinki, these four Azipod units are destined for shipyards in South Korea – a journey which will take approximately one month. The four thrusters have a combined power of 52 MW and will be fitted to an LNG tanker for the Yamal project and an arctic oil tanker. ABB is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the first installation of an Azipod unit, which has gone on to lead the podded electric propulsion market.

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Argentinian Brutus at Work

In May of 2016 the Argentinian-designed and built 28.77 by 10.2-meter ASD tug Brutus went to work in the harbor at Buenos Aries. This marked a milestone in Argentinian maritime affairs, as it is, at 5,400 HP, the most powerful ship-handling tug in the country. The tug was designed by Ing. Emilio Noël and built by Unidelta Shipyards S.A., which has a well-established reputation in a wide range of steel and aluminum workboats. The yard has a plant located in Buenos Aires with 10,000 cubic meters of open and 4,000 cu.m. of covered work space.

Normand Cutter at Gibdock Courtesy Gibdock

Gibdock Overhauls Solstad Cutter Propulsion System

Gibraltar’s Gibdock shipyard has completed an extensive package of work on Solstad Shipping’s Normand Cutter. The 127m long, 10,979grt construction support vessel (CSV) left the yard on June 29th following a 22-day drydock programme, which included a comprehensive overhaul of its entire propulsion system. Norway-based Solstad has become a regular Gibdock customer, entrusting the yard with work on a number of high-tech offshore vessels over the past decade. The 2001-built Normand Cutter is in fact a repeat visitor to the yard…

Normand Cutter at Gibdock (Photo: Gibdock)

Solstad CSV Gets Propulsion Overhaul at Gibdock

Gibraltar’s Gibdock shipyard has completed its scope of work on Solstad Shipping’s Normand Cutter, a 127-meter-long, 10,979grt construction support vessel (CSV) that left the yard on June 29 following a 22-day drydock program, which included an overhaul of its entire propulsion system. According to Gibdock , torway-based Solstad has become a regular customer, entrusting the yard with work on a number of high-tech offshore vessels over the past decade. In fact the 2001-built Normand Cutter is a repeat visitor to the yard…

Rolls-Royce Azimuth Thrusters Ordered for New Tug

Rolls-Royce has won an order for US255 FP z-drives from San Francisco’s Vessel Chartering LLC, a wholly owned division of Baydelta Navigation. The thrusters will provide the propulsion for a new high performance tractor tug designed by Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and engineering firm. The multipurpose tractor tug, which is being built by JT Marine of Vancouver, Wash., was jointly developed by Vessel Chartering LLC and Jensen. The 110-foot long vessel will feature the ship assist and escort capabilities of smaller harbor tugs…

The new D8 and IPS15 package. (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta Debuts New Diesel Engine and IPS

Ever since the global financial meltdown of 2008 briefly crippled the world leisure boat market, Volvo Penta adopted a strategy to increase its commercial market share with its family of innovative propulsion systems and controls. Last week off the west coast of Sweden, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News got up close and personal with the new D8 diesel and IPS15 pod, as well as the full range of command and control products courtesy of a day of test drives at Krossholmen, Volvo Penta’s Global Marine Testing Center.