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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.


Tracer Introduces Leak Detection Solution

 the Tracerline TP-8690 OPTIMAX 3000

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


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


School-boat Propulsion System Order for Northern Lights

Image credit Northern Lights

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.


Smart DC Grids to Revolutionize on Board Power Networks

MV Hallaig, one of the CMAL hybrid ferries, approaching Sconser

As we see the introduction of storage and renewable energy sources on board ships, a new design philosophy for the electrical power networks is required, especially given the trend towards higher safety standards, better reliability and the reduction in manning. Until recently, electricity on board was largely generated by diesel engine driven synchronous generators. The majority of electrical consumers were linear loads, like induction motors, lighting and heating


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


Willard Vessel Chosen to Umpire America’s Cup

Photo: Willard Marine

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.


Offshore Wind Connection Contract for ABB

Photo credit ABB

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


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


Larson Electronics Debuts Multi-colored Explosion Proof Signal Light with horn

HAL-TL-5X10W-C-PA-PR01 Credit Larson Electronics

Larson Electronics released a new multi-colored hazardous location LED signal light with a 110dBA audible horn. The HAL-TL-5X10W-C-PA from Larson Electronics is a Class 1 Division 2 hazardous location LED signal stack light equipped with an audible horn and approved for use in hazardous


ABB Breathes New Life into Canadian Icebreaker

Pierre Radisson (Photo: Canadian Coast Guard)

ABB modernization to extend service of 38-year-old Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker; upgrade includes improved connectivity and eight new drives   ABB will modernize a Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker, installing the latest hardware and software onboard the 38 year old Pierre Radisson


First US-flagged Wind Farm Vessel Delivered

Photo: Blount Boats

Blount Boats has delivered the Atlantic Pioneer, America’s first U.S.-flagged Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) for Atlantic Wind Transfers that will begin service for Deep Water Wind Block Island at the end of May.    The 21-meter aluminum vessel was designed by South Boats IOW (Isle


ABB to Link Offshore Wind Farm to UK Grid

Image - Hornsea Project One Courtesy ABB

High-voltage cable system to enable renewable energy supply from Hornsea Project One Offshore Wind Farm to around one million households     ABB has won an order worth more than $250 million from the Danish energy company DONG Energy to deliver a 220-kilovolt (kV) high-voltage


ABB debuts Dynamic AC Concept

Dynamic AC Engine Load Image ABB

New electric power system is ideal for cruise ships and can reduce annual fuel consumption by 6% Zurich, Switzerland, March 14 2016 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, is launching a new Dynamic AC (DAC) concept that optimizes engine speed


Wärtsilä Propulsion for Seabourn Cruise Vessels

Two new cruise vessels being built for USA based Seabourn Cruise Line will feature a broad assortment of Wärtsilä propulsion, electrical and automation solutions. Courtesy Wartsila

Two new cruise vessels being built for USA based Seabourn Cruise Line will feature a broad assortment of Wärtsilä propulsion, electrical and automation solutions. The ships are to be built at the Fincantieri yard in Italy. The 'Seabourn Encore' is already under construction and the


No More ‘Tug Dilemma’

LNG Helper: Gas carrier Arctic Princess helped by a tug at Melkoya, Norway.

An ABB-chartered cable-layer ordered in September 2015 might be the only hybrid battery-powered offshore service vessel (OSV) in anyone’s new-build program right now, but don’t say that to the ABB man who led the team that designed the radical electrical system, Onboard DC Grid


VFD Controlled Pumps Help Keep Barges Afloat

Photo: Invertek Drives

Optidrive E3 variable frequency drives (VFDs) from Invertek Drives have completely automated the control of pumps used to fill and empty ballast tanks on board commercial barges in the Netherlands.   As well as a faster and more reliable filling and emptying process


ABB Orders Cable-laying Vessel

Illustration: Courtesy Salt Ship Design

ABB informs it has ordered a cable-laying vessel from Kleven shipyard in Norway. The new ship, scheduled to be delivered in 2017, will be custom-built to ABB specifications and measure approximately 140 by 30 meters.   “This next-generation vessel incorporating state-of-the-art ABB


Comprehensive Winch Outfitting for New Trawlers

HB Grandi’s F/V ENGEY, courtesy of NAUTIC

Fishing company HB Grandi of Iceland recently awarded Naust Marine a contract for complete winch outfitting of three new 180 ft. fishing trawlers.   The contract, of record size for the winch supplier, will see Naust provide no less than 20 electrical winches per vessel


AFBO to Provide Security in Arctic Waters

Eight countries of the Arctic Council (AC), form the Arctic Coast Guard Forum (AFBO)

  State of the Arctic Council to establish a new mechanism to strengthen operational cooperation and coordination of activities at sea. This is dictated by the need to provide security in the Arctic waters. The eight countries of the Arctic Council (AC)


Kvichak Building 4th Response Boat for NYPD

Photo: John Fleck Photography

Kvichak Marine Industries, a Vigor Company, is currently constructing the fourth 44.5-foot Response Boat Medium – C (RB-M C) for the New York Police Department (NYPD) Harbor Unit.   The first three vessels were delivered in April 2010, August 2012 and April 2013


AEG to Power Seabourn’s Cruise Vessel

Exterior rendering of Seabourn Encore Photo Fincantieri

  AEG Power Solutions, a global provider of power electronic systems and solutions for industrial power supplies and renewable energy applications, informed that Fincantieri S.p.A. has selected its power systems solutions to secure all critical loads applications on board Seabourn Encore


Cruise Industry Wins Key Norovirus Judgment

Maria Pittordis (Photo: Hill Dickinson)

In what is being seen as a landmark decision, Hill Dickinson is the first law firm to have successfully defended a UK class action case involving a Norovirus outbreak onboard a cruise liner.  The case, which involved an outbreak of gastroenteritis onboard the “THOMSON SPIRIT”


Horizon Shipbuilding Delivers Third 80’ Towboat to FMT

Travis R. Short of Horizon Shipbuilding with Jeff Brumfield of FMT in front of newbuild M/V Michael Akiu #86  (Photo: Horizon Shipbuilding)

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. announced it has delivered another 80-foot inland river towboat, the M/V Michael Akiu #86, to Florida Marine Transporters. Inc. (FMT) of Mandeville, La.   The 2,100 horsepower M/V Michael Akiu #86 is the final vessel for FMT as part of a order for three 80’






 
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