Thursday, June 20, 2019

Thrusters and Pods News

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Kongsberg Wins LNG, Battery Propulsion Contract

Kongsberg Maritime will supply a Power & Propulsion System for a new LNG powered multi-purpose cargo vessel of design MM85CC LNG by Multi Maritime.The clean and efficient Kongsberg Maritime propulsion system features a Bergen B36:45L6PG gas engine and LNG control and safety system, a Promas controllable pitch propeller and rudder system, together with a battery pack to enable periods of emission free operation in ports and environmentally sensitive areas.The 3,500dwt vessel is currently under construction at Tersan Shipyard, Turkey, for Norwegian ship owner Egil Ulvan Rederi AS.

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ABB Expands Azipod Range for Ferries, RoPax

ABB extends the power range of Azipod propulsion to enable ferry and RoPax operators improve operational efficiency and reduce emissionsSince its launch in 1990, Azipod electric propulsion has become the industry standard for a wide range of vessel segments ranging from smaller crafts to icebreakers capable of independently operating in the harshest conditions.In response to customer requests, ABB has filled the gap between the low and high-power range of Azipod propulsors with the launch of a new series available in 7.5-14.5MW.

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Kongsberg's Cost-effective Tunnel Thruster

Kongsberg Maritime has unveiled a new series of tunnel thrusters designed to meet demand from the merchant marine sector for a system that is less complex to install, easier to maintain, and more cost-effective to operate than existing thrusters of comparable size.Drawing on more than 40 years of tunnel thruster experience and the results of a development project led by a Kongsberg Maritime team at the company’s propulsion facility in Ulsteinvik, Norway, the new Tunnel Thruster Commercial (TTC) is particularly suitable for cruise ships…

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Volvo Penta's Next Gen Propulsion Packages

With over 100,000 units produced, the Volvo Penta D4 and D6 marine propulsion packages get a comprehensive helm-to-prop update, delivering more power and reliability, while operating costs are cut by a third. The updates includes newly designed engines, a completely new aquamatic sterndrive, updated IPS drive and an upgraded Electronic Vessel Control System.With over 100,000 units delivered since its introduction in 2003, Volvo Penta has given its next generation D4 & D6 propulsion packages a comprehensive overhaul.

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ABB Opens Marine Service Center in Russia

The new Marine Service Center builds on a decade of local ABB services in support of ice-going vessels and relies on a strong core of engineering expertise in Murmansk. In 2009, ABB’s engineers operating from smaller scale service facilities in Murmansk supported 15 vessels featuring the group’s equipment; in 2019, the number of ships has exceeded 50, with projects covering over 100 Azipod propulsion units. Responding to the needs of a growing customer base, ABB has expanded its service capabilities by opening a new…

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WE Tech Delivers Hybrid Propulsion Solution

WE Tech Solutions Oy (WE Tech) has been awarded the contract for delivery of an avant-garde Hybrid Electric Propulsion solution to Rauma Marine Construction Oy (RMC).The solution includes Propulsion drives, Energy Storage System (battery banks and DCDC converters), Main Propulsion Switchboards, Shore connection switchgears, Energy Management System and the Propulsion Control System. WE Tech and RMC will together bring Wasaline’s new RoPax ferry to the next level of sustainable shipping. The new ferry is being built by RMC in Rauma Finland and is scheduled for delivery in May 2021.

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SCHOTTEL Secures NC Ferries Contract

SCHOTTEL said it has secured a contract to provide propulsion units for two new vehicle ferries ordered by North Carolina’s Department of Transportation, which operates the second largest state-run ferry system in the United States. The US-flag vessels designed by Elliott Bay Design Group are under construction at Gulf Island Shipyards in Houma, La., and will be equipped with a total of nine SCHOTTEL Twin Propellers type STP 150 L. The ferries are scheduled for delivery in 2020.Each…

Rendering of the new “Green Ship” RoPax vessel (image courtesy of TT-Line)

AKA, MAN Collaborate for LNG-Powered Ferry

Aspin Kemp and Associates Inc. (AKA) and MAN Energy Solutions (MAN) are working together on the delivery of the propulsion package for 1+1 230-meter-long RoPax vessel for TT-Line, a German ferry operator. The vessel is to be built at Jiangsu Jingling shipyard in China. The MAN/AKA power and propulsion package includes eight MAN 51/60DF dual fuel engines, propellers and gearboxes, a fuel-gas supply system and HyProp ECO – a hybrid propulsion system. The newbuild TT-Line ferry will have the capacity for 800 passengers and over 200 articulated trucks.

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MAN Powers LNG-powered Ferry Newbuild

The Jinling Shipyard in China has ordered 4 × MAN 51/60DF engines in connection with the building of 1 + 1 × 230-meter-long RoPax vessels for TT-Line, the German ferry operator. The vessel will feature a complete MAN propulsion package, besides the engines, including propellers, a fuel-gas-supply system (FGSS), and HyProp ECO – MAN’s innovative, fuel-saving, hybrid propulsion system.The newbuilding is based on TT-Line’s ‘Green Ship’ design, developed in collaboration with Copenhagen-based designer…

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Steel Cut on De Beers Diamond Ship

Damen Shipyards Group and De Beers Marine Namibia (Pty) held a steel cutting ceremony to mark the beginning of construction on a new offshore crawler diamond recovery vessel for offshore operations in Namibia.At 177 meters (577 feet) long, the new vessel will be slightly larger than the current largest vessel in the De Beers Marine Namibia fleet, Mafuta (174 meters, 571 feet). Built from a Marin Teknikk design, the MT 6027, on-board features include a dynamic positioning system (DP2) based on a seven-thruster propulsion system powered by six generators of 3…

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Jan De Nul Launches Low Emission Vessel

Jan De Nul Group launched its fourth Ultra-Low Emission vessel last week in Singapore. It concerns the 6,000 m³ Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger Sanderus built at the Keppel Offshore & Marine shipyard.This green vessel is the first of two identical medium-sized hopper dredgers under construction at Keppel O&M’s shipyard in Singapore, fitted with a two-stage filtering technique for exhaust gases.In total, Jan De Nul Group designed six Ultra-Low Emission vessels (ULEvs) for its fleet: five Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers and one Offshore Jack-Up Installation Vessel, the Voltaire.

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Dockmate at Seawork International

Recently brought to the UK’s shores, Dockmate is a future proof, wireless remote-control boat steering system that can be fitted in less than a day on any boat or yacht across the country from driveway to dry dock. Designed to eliminate all the worry and uncertainty associated with docking, Dockmate has confirmed it will be exhibiting for the first time at this year’s Seawork International - Quayside.The team at Dockmate will demonstrate how its remote boat docking technology…

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SCHOTTEL Expands High-Performance Nozzle Range

With the launch of the newly developed SDC40 nozzle, SCHOTTEL expands its range of high-performance nozzles. The SDC40 sets new standards in terms of compact design and free running efficiency – and thus even leads to reduced operating costs compared to the nozzles of other market participants. The SDC40 nozzle also stands out with its optimally designed propeller geometries and exceptional performance characteristics. It comes equipped with SCHOTTEL patented ProAnode as standard…

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AEGIR-Marine Wins NK Class Type Approval

AEGIR-Marine assigned with an NK Class Type Approval. The newly certified seal assembly will be available for customers worldwide as of today. They are an addition to our Type Approval from several other major classification societies.For the NK Class Approval AEGIR-Marine performed a 2,000 hours endurance test in its state-of-the-art and certified R&D Test Center. A 1,000 hours of test runs were at extreme RPM and another 1,000 hours were at low to average RPM. Also, the conditions a seal has to withstand were simulated as realistically as possible.

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Schottel to Propel 11 Russian Breakbulk Ships

SCHOTTEL has secured a contract with Russian Krasnoye Sormovo Shipyard to provide propulsion units for eleven newly built cargo vessels. Each of the carriers will be equipped with two rudderpropellers type SRP 340 FP (1,200 kW each) and one transverse thruster type STT 170 FP (230 kW).The main propulsion of the multipurpose dry cargo vessels consists of a pair of diesel engines, each driving a SRP 340 FP with an input power of 1,200 kW at 1,000 rpm for a free sailing speed of approximately 10 knots.Capacity of more than 11…

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Sanmar Delivers ASD Tug to Marintug

Sanmar Shipyards delivered a 24 meter ASD Tug with 60 tbp to Marintug of Turkey.This vessel is a RAmparts 2400SX-type with a 60 tonnes bollard pull, designed by Robert Allan Ltd.It is powered by a pair of Caterpillar 3512C main engines that each can produce 1765kW power with 1800 rpm’s which is combined with Rolls Royce US 205 FP ASD thrusters with built-in slip clutches. Power for auxiliary systems is provided by Caterpillar C4.4 86ekw generators.The vessel has been built according to ABS A1…

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Naming Ceremony for Cameron Project LNG Carrier

On April 19, a naming ceremony was held at the Nagasaki Shipyard of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier owned by a joint company established by NYK, the Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), Toho LNG Shipping Co. Ltd. (Toho LNG Shipping),* and Tohoku Electric Power Co. Inc. (Tohoku Electric Power).At the ceremony, the ship was named “Diamond Gas Sakura” by Yoshiro Tominari, representative director and president of Toho Gas Co. Ltd., and Toshinori Abe…

The ZF Condition Monitoring System for thruster systems increases operational safety by monitoring the core components. Image: ZF

ZF: New CBM Tech for Thruster Systems

At the 15th Maritime Industry Exhibition in early May in Gorinchem, the Netherlands, ZF Marine Krimpen will debut its Condition Monitoring System. ZF's system is designed to help shipyards, shipping companies and fleet operators maintain the safety and efficiency of their ships. It is equipped with various sensors and an intelligent electronic evaluation unit. The system measures vibrations which indicate the condition of the bearings and gears in the thruster's upper and lower gearbox.

The power rating of up to 5500 kW provides the Wärtsilä WTT series of thrusters with the thrust needed for outstanding manoeuvrability. Image: Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä Supplies Transverse Thrusters for Cruise Ships

The technology group Wärtsilä has received orders to supply more than sixty of its transverse thrusters for twelve new cruise ships being built in four shipyards on behalf of six different owners during the past year.This represents the dominant share of newbuild vessels within the cruise sector during this period. The efficiency and performance of Wärtsilä’s transverse thrusters is particularly important for large cruise ships, since manoeuvring and mooring in often crowded harbours…

Red Kestrel sea trials April 2019 River Mersey - copyright Cammell Laird

New Ferry the Red Kestrel Completed

Merseyside shipbuilder Cammell Laird has completed the building the $13 million ferry the Red Kestrel, for Isle of Wight ferry operator Red Funnel.The Red Kestrel, a new freight-only RoRo vessel, sailed away from Cammell Laird’s famous River Mersey shipyard following a nine-month build program. In total the project used 45 British supply chain businesses and generated 3000 man hours of work for Cammell Laird's apprentices. Cammell Laird further employed 200 direct workers, 200 sub-contractors and 10 apprentices on the contract.The Red Kestrel will operate between Southampton and Isle of Wight.

Seabourn Venture. Image courtesy of Seabourn

ABB to Equip Seabourn Duo

ABB said it has secured a power and propulsion contract for the two debut Seabourn ultra-luxury expedition vessels.The contract covers two 170-meter length ships due delivery to the Seattle-based cruise company from Italian yard T. Mariotti, in June 2021 and May 2022 respectively.Seabourn has chosen ABB’s power and propulsion technology for the 23,000gt ships that integrates main generators, switchboard, convertors, bow thruster motors and the remote control system in a single package…

National Geographic Endurance rendering. Image courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc

ABB to Equip Lindblad' New Icegoing Vessel

Swiss-Swedish tech giant ABB  is to supply power, automation, propulsion and digital systems for the second icegoing cruise ship to be built for Lindblad Expeditions by Ulstein Verft shipyard.Destined to take exploration cruise guests sustainably and safely on voyages deep into remote polar regions, the Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. vessel will be built by the Norwegian yard Ulstein Verft to an Ulstein Design & Solutions design as a sister ship to National Geographic Endurance…

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Havila Kystruten, Kongsberg Ink Long-term Service Deal

Havila Kystruten and Kongsberg have signed a 10-year  “Power-by-the-Hour” service agreement for four new coastal cruise vessels that are currently under construction. The contract value is 150 million kroner ($17.5 million).Power-by-the-Hour was launched in 2017, and was first sold to the cargo operator NorLines the same year. The agreement means that the vessel owner is handing the responsibility for service planning and performance back to the equipment’s supplier, Kongsberg Maritime. The customer pays a fixed charge per hour of operation, per ship.

Knutsen OAS Shipping LNG vessel  (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä to Equip Knutsen LNG Carrier

Wärtsilä said it will provide an integrated propulsion and cargo handling solution for a new 30,000-cubic-meter liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier being built at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) in South Korea on behalf of Norway based Knutsen OAS Shipping.Under a 12-year long term charter, the vessel, expected to be delivered during the first half of 2021, will be operated by Knutsen and chartered to Edison S.p.A, an Italian energy services provider. It will be used to supply coastal LNG deposit terminals in Italy.The order with Wärtsilä was booked in January 2019…

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Schottel Power for McAllister Tug

McAllister Towing selected Schottel to provide propulsion units for a new-built escort and harbor tug. The tug, under construction at Washburn & Doughty, will feature a pair of Schottel type SRP 490 Rudderpropellers  with an input power of 2,525 kW each, delivering an expected bollard pull of about 82 tons.The contract continues a relationship between the iconic American tug company and the German maritime propulsion maker, and in fact it was more than 30 years ago that McAllister was Schottel’s first towing customer in the U.S.

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Wärtsilä Power for Two New Tug Boats

The engines and steerable thrusters supplied by Wärtsilä are delivering for a pair of two new tug boats operated by the Turkish Directorate General of Coastal Safety. Following sea trials, the first vessel is already in operation, while the second will enter service in April 2019. The vessels were built in Eregli under project management by the Yutek shipyard and site team, and the orders with Wärtsilä were booked in 2017.The bollard pull rating for the tug boats has been certified by the Turkish Lloyd classification society as being 75 TBP.

The new state-of-the-art Aker BioMarine support vessel is designed by Wärtsilä and fitted with an integrated package of propulsion and environmental systems. (Photo: Aker BioMarine)

Wärtsilä to Design, Equip Arctic Vessel

Wärtsilä won the contract to design a multipurpose transport vessel that will operate in Antarctic waters. Wärtsilä will also provide the vessel with a comprehensive package of integrated propulsion and hybrid solutions to ensure highly efficient and environmentally sustainable operations. The ship has been ordered by Norway-based Aker BioMarine and will be constructed in China, at CIMC Raffles. The ship design order with Wärtsilä was booked in December 2018, while the order for the integrated solutions package was booked in March 2019.The 168 meters long…

The 2018-built IMR vessel Paul Candies (Image: Otto Candies, LLC)

New IMR Vessel for Otto Candies

A new US-flagged inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) vessel leverages three different propulsion systems for improved maneuverability and a high free running speed.The IMR vessel Paul Candies, built in 2018 by Louisiana builder Candies Shipbuilders and owned by its parent company Otto Candies, is equipped with two Combi Drives, two transverse thrusters and one retractable rudderpropeller from manufacturer SCHOTTEL.Due to two type SCD 560 STP SCHOTTEL Combi Drive azimuth thrusters the diesel-electric vessel reaches a top speed of 14 knots.

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Rolls-Royce Propulsion for Malta's OPV

Rolls-Royce has secured a contract with Italian shipbuilder Cantiere Navale Vittoria for the supply of a marine propulsion package to a new Offshore Patrol Vessel under construction for the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM).The 1800ton displacement, 74.8 meter, twin-screw vessel will feature a Rolls-Royce scope of supply that includes a pair of PROMAS controllable pitch propellers and rudders, SC722 FCP steering gear, a TT1300 bow thruster, a TT100 stern thruster, Fin Stabilizers, and…

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Keel Laid for Foss Tier IV Tugboat

Foss Maritime announced the keel laying of the first of its new class of ASD 90 tugboat, to be built at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland, Washington.Nicole Engle, one of the principals of Foss’ parent company, Saltchuk, made the first ceremonial weld of her initials into the keel, assisted by journeyman welder Justina Mackie.Speaking after the ceremony, John Parrott, President and CEO of Foss Maritime, said "The new tugs are designed to upgrade our fleet and improve the company’s ability to provide timely harbor and port services to a variety of customers.

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Schottel Propels Trawler “Argos Cíes”

The trawler Argos Cíes, built in Spain at Nodosa shipyard, is equipped with propulsion equipment from Schottel including a controllable pitch propeller and atransverse thruster.Measuring 74m long, Argos Cíes is the largest fishing vessel ever built at the Galician shipyard. Operated by Jupiter Fishing Company, the trawler is mainly used to fish for squid in the South Atlantic. The project was realized in close cooperation with Reintjes España, Schottel's partner inthe Spanish maritime market.Argos Cíes is powered by a 3…

The two azimuth pulling thrusters from Brunvoll are of the type PU74 with CP propeller with a diameter of 2.2 meters and a power of 900kW each. In addition, there are two FU63 tunnel thrusters in the bow, each 700kW. Photo: Jørgen Eide / Brunvoll AS.

Brunvoll to Deliver Zero Emission Propulsion Systems

Norway-based Brunvoll AS has signed a contract with the Kongsberg Group covering delivery of propulsion systems for Yara Birkeland, the world’s first fully electric and autonomous containership.Brunvoll's delivery includes two pulling azimuth propellers for propulsion and two tunnel thrusters for maneuvering, all of which will gain power from an accompanying 6.8 MWh battery pack.Fertilizer manufacturer Yara and the Kongsberg Group is behind this first autonomous ship of its kind in the world.

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New Ferry for Red Funnel Floated Out

Cammell Laird recently floated out a new $13 million ferry built for Isle of Wight ferry operator Red Funnel.Dubbed Red Kestrel, the freight-only RoRo is slated to operate between Southampton and Isle of Wight, scheduled to join the fleet in May 2019 after finish and sea trials. Red Kestrel is Red Funnel’s first ship to be designed for freight traffic. As a freight vessel it is limited to 12 passengers and builtspecifically to provide additional year-round freight capacity for Red Funnel’s Southampton-East Cowes route, which currently handles 53% of all freight movements across the Solent.

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SCHOTTEL: New Shallow-Water Thruster

SCHOTTEL is presenting the new SCHOTTEL Pump Jet type SPJ 30 – a state-of-the-art shallow-water thruster that is suitable for a wide range of different vessel types, such as passenger vessels, ferries, work vessels and freighters. Available in the power class up to 150 kW, the azimuth thruster is characterized by optimal efficiency and gives the vessel maximum maneuverability. The thrust and propulsion efficiency have been further enhanced, particularly by means of CFD optimizations.Compact design…

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First Diesel-Electric Damen Shoalbuster Ordered

On January 25, 2019 the contract was signed between Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld (DSHa) and longstanding client Herman Sr. for the building of the first diesel-electric Damen Shoalbuster 3514 SD DP2. The new vessel is scheduled for delivery by the first half of 2020 and will be named Brutus. The Shoalbuster 3514 SD (shallow draft) DP2 (dynamic positioning 2) will be the first of a new Shoalbuster class and one of the largest and most sophisticated in the range, being also IMO Tier 3 compliant.The Shoalbuster 3514 will be a substantial and versatile working platform…

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Underwater Bow Thruster Reinstallation

A month after a Hydrex diver/technicians removed the bow thruster of a 300-meter container vessel a team once again mobilized to Italy. They reinstalled the overhauled unit underwater with the use of the company’s flexible mobdock technique.The available time window for the removal of the bow thruster in October was very short because of the tight schedule of the vessel’s charterer. The time required to perform the operation therefore needed to be brought back to the absolute minimum. For this reason the job was split in parts, performed in different ports.

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Med Tier III Harbor Tug Powered by MAN

MAN Energy Solutions won the contract to supply the engines for a new harbor tug in Spain, unique in that it is reportedly the first IMO Tier III compliant tug operating in the Mediterranean.P&O Reyser will operate the 27-m, 75T bollard-pull-rated Asymmetric Tractor Tug (ATT) in the Port of Barcelona, which is expected to enter service from mid-2020.The tug will feature 2 × MAN 12V175D MM, IMO Tier III engines, each rated at 2,220 kWm. The engines will be connected to FPP azimuth thrusters for propulsion…

Branddirektor Westphal (Photo courtesy of SCHOTTEL)

SCHOTTEL Thrusters for New Fireboat

A state-of-the-art propulsion system helps to maek Branddirektor Westphal as one of the most high-tech fireboats in Europe.The vessel, operated by Flotte Hamburg GmbH & Co. KG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), and built at the Fassmer shipyard in Lower Saxony, is scheduled to enter service in the Port of Hamburg shortly.The new vessel is fitted with SCHOTTEL thrusters: two SCHOTTEL Rudderpropellers and two SCHOTTEL Transverse Thrusters.The Branddirektor Westphal is powered by two Caterpillar C18 engines, each with an output of 500 kW.

 Yara Birkeland (Illustration: YARA)

PG Flow Solutions Wins VARD Contract

Norway's designer and shipbuilder of specialized vessels VARD has contracted PG Flow Solutions to supply the engine room pump system to the world’s first autonomous and electric container vessel, Yara Birkeland.According to a press note from PG Flow Solutions, the provider of OSV cargo systems and below-deck well service solutions, Norwegian shipyard Vard Brevik has been tasked with building the NOK 250 million vessel on behalf of Oslo-listed international fertilizer producer YARA.Liquid handling and pump specialist PG Flow Solutions will deliver a complete engine room pump system…

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‘Assisted Docking’ System for Outboards

A revolutionary “assisted docking” system that provides a glimpse into the future of boating will be demonstrated at two upcoming events by Mercury Marine and Raymarine aboard a Boston Whaler Outrage. The first event will take place at Mercury’s famed Lake X test center and another demonstration to take place at the 2019 Miami International Boat Show. Integrating Raymarine DockSense assisted-docking is a natural “next step” for Mercury, which introduced Zeus joystick docking, an advanced joystick system for pod drives, in 2007.

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Ship Design: Meet the e5 Pure Electric Tanker

Innovative Electric Tanker design from Japan coming to local waterways by 2020The global push to dramatically reduce emissions from the world’s fleet of ships continues to drive innovation across the sector, including the introduction of a new Pure Electric Tanker concept released today from Japan. With ClassNK in place to make technical advice on the ship design and electric propulsion package, Asahi Tanker Co. Ltd. and its partner Exeno-Yamamizu Corporation Tokyo jointly developed the new domestic shipping tanker design which incorporates “zero emission electric propulsion.”Dubbed e5…

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White Rabbit Superyacht propelled by Schottel

The 84 x 19.1 m superyacht “White Rabbit” built by Australia's Echo Yachts and designed by Sam Sorgiovanni is equipped with azimuth thrusters from Schottel. White Rabbit maneuverability is provided with two Schottel Pump Jets and one Schottel Rim Thruster. Low-noise and low-vibration azimuth thrusters offer high comfort on the largest yacht ever built in Australia.The maneuvering system of the tri-hulled yacht consists of one electric Schottel Rim Thruster type SRT 800 elastically fitted in the bow and delivering an input power of 200 kW.

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SCHOTTEL's Mechanical Hybrid Propulsion Solution

In a close collaboration with Svitzer of Denmark, SCHOTTEL has developed a new hybrid propulsion concept. The new concept is based on the recent SCHOTTEL Y-Hybrid thruster technology and connects a port and starboard mounted azimuth thruster in a vessel with each other. This makes it possible to drive two thrusters with either one of the main engines. The companies are now discussing a pilot project to retrofit an existing tug with the new mechanical hybrid technology. This will transform the direct driven vessel into a greener and more cost-efficient vessel.

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Rolls-Royce Invests $65m to Upgrade Thruster Facility

Rolls-Royce completed a nearly $65m upgrade and refurbishment of its thruster manufacturing plant in Rauma, Finland, consolidating production over a single site.The plan to overhaul the site started in 2016, and after nearly three years the refurbished site was officially opened on January 22,  2019, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony performed by Finland’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Mr Mika Lintilä.“Our azimuth thrusters are one of our most important products, providing mission critical power and propulsion for some of the largest floating objects on the planet…

Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth (Photo: Damen Shiprepair Brest)

Damen Completes Refit of Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth

Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth has left Damen Shiprepair Brest (DSBr) following a 12-day repair and refit program. She is the most recent addition to the Cunard fleet, having been delivered in 2010.The program was highly intensive with a series of major systems being overhauled or installed. On arrival the ship was placed in Damen Shiprepair Brest’s drydock number 3, one of the largest in Europe at 420 meters, and the relevant manufacturers began immediately on maintenance to her stabilizers…

Ron Huibers, President and CEO, Volvo Penta of the Americas.

Interview: Volvo Penta’s ‘Full Charge’ into Electric & Hybrid

Voices: Ron Huibers, President and CEO, Volvo Penta of the AmericasVolvo Penta has a reputation for pioneering innovations in marine propulsion. To learn more about what the company has on its drawing boards we talked with Ron Huibers, president and CEO of Volvo Penta of the Americas.Please give us a snapshot of your commercial marine business in North America?Our marine commercial business in the Americas has seen great growth, and it now represents a significant portion of our business, along with our leisure marine and industrial engine segments.

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Scania to Power Double Ended RoPax Ferry

Incat Crowther announced the design of a double-ended Ro-Pax Ferry to operate to Bruny Island in Tasmania.The vessel will be operated by Sealink Travel Group – one of Australia’s largest vessel operators – and will be built by Richardson Devine Marine in Hobart. The first vessel will go into service in December 2019.The vessel is unusual for a double ended vehicle ferry in that it is a robust aluminium catamaran. In addition, the vessel is designed for the later fitting of an extra vehicle deck should the vehicle patronage increase…

Baydelta Hybrid(Photo: courtesy of Baydelta Maritime)

Rolls-Royce Receives AIP For Hybrid Tug Propulsion System

Rolls-Royce received Approval in Principle (AIP) from classification organization ABS for its novel hybrid propulsion system for tractor tugs.The AIP was granted following an evaluation of the world’s first hybrid tug, a unique vessel designed by Jensen Maritime and which Nichols Brothers Boat Builders will deliver to Baydelta Maritime LLC in February 2019. The vessel will be the first tug boat installed with the Rolls-Royce hybrid propulsion system.ABS considers the Rolls-Royce hybrid system is…

Falco (Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce, Finferries Demonstrate First Fully Autonomous Ferry

Rolls-Royce and Finnish state-owned ferry operator Finferries have successfully demonstrated the world’s first fully autonomous ferry in the archipelago south of the city of Turku, Finland.The car ferry Falco, used a combination of Rolls-Royce Ship Intelligence technologies to successfully navigate autonomously during its voyage between Parainen and Nauvo. The return journey was conducted under remote control.During the demonstration, the Falco, with 80 invited VIP guests aboard, conducted the voyage under fully autonomous control.

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SCHOTTEL Strengthens Presence in Nordic Region

As of November 2018, SCHOTTEL Norway AS and Frydenbø SCHOTTEL Nordic AS have been merged under SCHOTTEL Nordic AS. The German propulsion company is now able to provide both newbuilding advise and after sales services in the Nordic region. The company's headquarters for service products will continue to be located in Gardermoen, with workshop facilities for the overhaul of thrusters as well as warehousing. The facility’s location has proven ideal for easy logistics and the provision of spare parts and service personnel for customers all along the coast.