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Kongsberg Launches New Propulsion Control System

AutoChief propulsion control system (Photo: Kongsberg)

The next generation of AutoChief propulsion control systems from Kongsberg Maritime is now officially available. The new AutoChief 600 (AC 600) is suitable for all two and four stroke engines, for both fixed and controllable pitch propeller. It features new touch screen operation based on the Kongsberg Maritime standardized Human Machine Interface (HMI). The touch screen interface for AC 600 improves usability by introducing more logical, intuitive menu navigation. Users have access to all system functions via the touch screen, so can display any information quickly and easily whenever it’s needed. The main variables available include RPM, pitch, start air and scavenging air pressure, engine state etc. Several levels of control are available to distinguish between user groups. Whilst simplifying the presentation of information to operators the AC 600 touch screen interface also meets the NAUT OS/OSV requirements for handling Command Control when adapted as a multi plant engine and Thruster control system. This means control can be handed to other systems in the network at the touch of a button. The AC 600 supports integration with Kongsberg Maritime’s K-Thrust 600, Azimuth control and Rudder Control system making the system suitable for a wide range of vessels including OSVs, PSVs, oil tankers and container vessels.


Norwegian Fishing Trawler Orders for Vacon AC Winch Drives

AC drives manufacturer Vacon will deliver 81 AC drives for 3 new fishing trawlers being built for Aker Seafoods. The new fishing vessels will be built at the STX shipyard in Braila, Romania. They will be further outfitted and commissioned at STX Brattvaag, Norway.
 The design of the new 70-metre-long STX FV01 trawlers will replace that of the older vessels, improving fuel efficiency and capacity for Aker Seafoods. The efficient operation of the trawls and equipment relies on 27 advanced


New Ireland Service

AC Forwarding and Hudig Veder en Dammers will start their own shortsea service between Rotterdam and Ireland, called “AC Ireland Line”. The first sailing to Warrenpoint and Dublin is on November 12. The initiators emphasize the transport of reefer containers. To start with, the service runs weekly and with a chartered 390 TEU vessel. Full text in English: www.portofrotterdam.com. The AC Ireland Line is the second new initiative for the Irish market: earlier Teamlines announced the first


Tracer Introduces Leak Detection Solution

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Ultra-Powerful Leak Detection Flashlight Slashes Inspection Time  For Marine Vessel Technicians. Tracer Products has unveiled the Tracerline TP-8690 OPTIMAX 3000 — the world’s most powerful, portable, blue light LED fluorescent leak detection flashlight. With its focused beam, the OPTIMAX™ 3000 makes it easier than ever to find air-conditioning and fluid leaks. Now, marine vessel technicians can pinpoint all leaks the first time and avoid comebacks due to undetected


School-boat Propulsion System Order for Northern Lights

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A new Maritime Aquarium (Norwalk, Conn. USA) research & floating schoolhouse vessel to be fitted with Northern Lights' Hybrid Marine System. Northern Lights Hybrid Marine is an ideal fit for the Maritime Aquarium. Their new 65-foot research vessel – designed by Incat Crowther – will be used throughout Long Island Sound to entertain and inform aquarium patrons. Installing the Hybrid Marine system allows the vessel the clean, reliable propulsion it needs to travel out into the Sound.


Offshore Wind Connection Contract for ABB

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Power and automation technology group ABB has won a significant order from the Dutch-German transmission system operator TenneT to supply an AC (alternating current) power transmission link connecting Sandbank, an offshore wind farm in the German North Sea, to the HVDC (high-voltage direct current) converter station SylWin alpha. The link will have the capacity to transmit 288 megawatt (MW) of clean wind power – enough to supply energy to around 300,000 German households


Eastern Shipbuilding Delivers Second Tiger Shark Class Vessel

The Sisuag (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group).

Eastern Shipbuilding Group Inc. announced the early delivery of the Sisuag, the second of three  292-foot Tiger Shark Class Offshore Support Vessels, to Harvey Gulf International Marine LLC of New Orleans, La. Launched in October, the Sisuag is a DP II, SOLAS-approved, FIFI 1 Classed, AC diesel-electric powered, twin Z-drive propelled OSV. This high-tech vessel features four Cummins QSK60-DM 16-cylinder turbo-charged Tier II diesel generator engines, rated 1825 Kw at 1,800 rpm


Vacon Receives Frost & Sullivan's Award

Frost & Sullivan announced global AC drives manufacturer Vacon as the recipient of the European Low Voltage (LV) Alternating Current (AC) Electric Drives Product Line Strategy Award for 2012. The accolade recognizes Vacon's achievements in effectively optimizing strategies, processes and performance. "Vacon is one of the leading manufacturers of LV AC electric drives in Europe. The company's expertise has enabled it to produce and market a range of drives which accommodates diverse


Onboard DC Grid Wins ABB an OTC New Technology Award

Dina Star: Photo credit Myklebusthaug Offshore

ABB’s onboard DC grid was one of 15 technologies selected for an award at the current OTC expo in Houston Texas. The grid concept was selected for an award by a panel of representatives from the OTC Board and program committee. To qualify, technologies had to fulfill five criteria: they had to be new (less than two years old), innovative (original, groundbreaking and capable of revolutionizing the offshore exploration and production industry), proven to work


Willard Vessel Chosen to Umpire America’s Cup

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Willard Marine, Inc. of Anaheim, Calif. announced that the America’s Cup Racing Association has chosen to use their 43’ High Speed Interceptor RIB as the Umpire Boat for this summer’s race. This year’s new AC 72 Catamarans have hulls that will reach speeds over 40 knots. The Willard Interceptor was designed for high performance and can go as fast as 62 knots which is needed to keep a faster pace than the racing hulls.


Diesel Electric River Push Boats Delivered

RAL designed advanced diesel electric shallow draft river push boat.

On February 21, 2014 UZMAR Shipyard, also known as “Workboat and Tug Factory” of Turkey, announced the delivery of first two most advanced diesel electric shallow draft river push boats to Brazilian Owners, Hidrovias do Brazil S.A.  


HamiltonJet HT900s for World’s Biggest High Speed Crew Boat

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Waterjet manufacturer HamiltonJet recently got great news when four HT900 waterjets were selected for Incat Crowther’s latest project – a first-of-type 70 meter Catamaran Fast Crew Boat for operations in the Caspian Sea oil industry in Azerbaijan


Eastern Delivers PSV to Bravante

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Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the delivery of the M/V BRAVANTE VI (Hull 156) on Friday February 28, 2014 to Boldini S.A., BRAVANTE GROUP of Brazil. The BRAVANTE V (Hull 155), the first in the series, was delivered three months earlier and is currently on charter in Brazil.


Jet Edge System Cuts Precise 3D Parts of Almost Any Material

EDGE X-5: Photo Jet Edge

American manufacturer Jet Edge informs that its EDGE X-5 5-axis waterjet system with AquaVision Di Controller cuts precise taper-free parts from virtually any material.  The EDGE X-5’s sturdy design separates the motion system from the catcher tank


Eastern Delivers PSV to Brazil’s Bravante Group

Bravante V (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the delivery of the M/V Bravante V (Hull 155) on Friday November 29, 2013, to Boldini S.A., Bravante Group of Brazil. The Bravante V is the first STX SV290 design of five vessels in a series which are all ABS, SOLAS, DPS-2, AC Diesel-Electric powered


Australia’s Largest Research Vessel Ready for Launch

Australia’s new research vessel, Investigator

At the end of 2013, the team of Sembawang Shipyard of Singapore and Teekay Shipping Australia will hand over the new scientific Research Vessel Investigator to her owners, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), an agency of the Federal Government of Australia.


Maritime Security, Policy, Studies Offered at UK University

The University of Greenwich (in the Greater London area) offers higher degree programs in two  subjects with flexible study alternatives, as follows: MSc Maritime Security Develops an understanding of maritime security through topics such as ports, ships at anchor, ships at sea


ESG Launches M/V Bravante VII

At the launch of the third of five Platform Supply Vessels under contract with Eastern.

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has christened and launched the M/V BRAVANTE VII for Boldini S.A., BRAVANTE GROUP of Brazil. This is the third vessel launched in a series of five.   The event was held on December 20, 2013 at Eastern’s Nelson Street Facility with hundreds of


Engineered Ventilation Systems Keep Engine Rooms Humming

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Circulation of dry, cool air is critical for engine performance, longevity and safety. Delta "T" Systems said it offers a single comprehensive source for all the components that make up an engineered system. Effective marine ventilation requires more than just fans to promote air flow


TMEIC Receives Order from Georgia Ports Authority

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TMEIC has received an order to supply MAXSPEED electrical drive systems upgrade for three Ship-to-Shore Crane at Georgia Ports Authority. The project will be to replace the original DC drives with TMEIC’s TMdrive 10e2 drives and controls


Torqeedo Powers Zero-Emission Electric Boat

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Team Scarab, in conjunction with Torqeedo Motors and Ruckmarine, is pleased to announce the launch of the KONA 17' SportRIB, the first zero-emission, all-electric sport boat. The Kona debuts at the Progressive Insurance San Francisco Boat Show, January 23-26 at Pier 48 in San Francisco, California


Bravante’s New PSV is First of Five

Brazil-bound Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) is first of five to the STX SV290 design; Eastern-built, Cummins powered

Eastern Shipbuilding delivered M/V Bravante V (Hull 155) Boldini S.A., Bravante Group of Brazil.  Bravante V is the first STX SV290 design of five vessels in a series which are all ABS, SOLAS, DPS-2, AC Diesel-Electric powered, twin Z-drive propelled PSV’s measuring 284 ft. (86


ABB to Provide UK Wind Farm Subsea HV Cable Link

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ABB, the power and automation technology group, inform they have won an order worth around US$55-million to supply a submarine AC (alternating current) power cable system for a new wind farm, located off the coast of Norfolk, England. The order was received from Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited


Ocean Carriers and NVOCCs Select Descartes

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Descartes Systems Group announced that ocean carriers and nonvessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs) have selected Descartes' Japan Ocean Advanced Filing Rule (AFR) solution to help them comply with Japan's new advanced cargo security initiative, which takes effect March 10, 2014.  


Tampa Bay Pilots Orders Boat from Gladding-Hearn

The Tampa Bay pilot association has ordered its second Chesapeake Class launch and the first in a new generation of Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding’s popular, smaller pilot boats.  Delivery is scheduled for 2015.  Since the Chesapeake Class pilot boat was introduced by the Somerset


 
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