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Eco Marine & KEI System to Launch Aquarius MAS

Aquarius MAS Screen Shot

Robust automation, control and management system for marine renewable energy solutions. Eco Marine Power (EMP) and KEI System Ltd (KEI) of Osaka, Japan, announced today that they will release later this year, the Aquarius Monitoring and Automation System or Aquarius MAS – a marine computer system capable of monitoring and/or controlling equipment on ships including wind and solar power devices plus being able to monitor fuel consumption. The Aquarius MAS is based upon the reliable KEI 3240 Data Logger platform, a marine computer system which is already in use on vessels such as tug boats, training ships and bulk ore carriers. The KEI 3240 Data Logger is able to monitor the performance of on-board equipment and systems plus record data for later analysis. It can also be configured to control equipment and automate processes to turn on/off equipment.   The Aquarius MAS will build upon this legacy and also incorporate new features. For example the amount of energy provided by marine solar and/or wind power systems can be monitored against fuel consumption to verify savings. This information can also be recorded and later analysed along with a wide range of other performance data in order to fine-tune the operational performance of the ship or vessel the system is fitted to.


Seadrill Gets Contract for West Aquarius

Reference is made to the Letter of Intent disclosed to the Oslo Stock Exchange July 10, 2007 regarding the assignment awarded to the ultra deepwater semi-submersible drilling unit West Aquarius. Seadrill confirms that the operator ExxonMobil has signed the award for the long-term contract to utilize West Aquarius for international exploration activities. The contract has a firm duration of three years and estimated contract value is approximately $570m.


Fishing Vessel and Tanker Collide

Humber Coastguard received a MAY DAY call from the 13 metre fishing vessel Aquarius reporting they were taking in water with 3 persons on board approximately 16 miles East of Amble. Aquarius reported that they had been involved in a collision moments earlier with the 56,000 Tonne Bahamian tanker Alpha Germania, which was in ballast and on passage to Teesport. Humber Coastguard requested the launch of RNLI Amble Lifeboat and the Rescue Helicopter from RAF Boulmer


Design of Aquarius Solar Power Array Starts

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Another step forward in the development of the Aquarius System was made recently when workbegun on the detailed design of the wind and solar sail panel. This panel or rigid sail will beused to harness wind & solar energy which will then be used to help power a ship thereby reducing fuel consumption and the emissions. The rigid sails are being developed by Eco Marine Power in co-operation with a number of development partners


Wärtsilä BWMS Certified for Onboard Hazardous Areas

BWTS Aquarius UV: Image courtesy of Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä inform that its AQUARIUS UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has successfully completed verification testing for explosion proof (EX) requirements, enabling it to be operated for Zone 1 hazardous area operation in marine and offshore installations. The verification was handled through DEKRA, a Notified Body in Germany and a leading global provider of auditing and certification services, specialising in the fields of safety, environment and health.


Wärtsilä Wins PSV BWT Contract

Wärtsilä wins contract to supply AQUARIUS® UV ballast water management systems to four Tidewater Marine Platform Supply Vessels (PSV). The scope of supply for the vessels, due for delivery from the COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard in 2014, includes four 250m3/hr capacity Wärtsilä AQUARIUS®UV BWMS, which will be assembled and shipped from Wärtsilä’s manufacturing facility in the UK.


Aquarius Russian Cruise Ship

Aquarius cruise ship from Russia is coming into operation in 2009. Vodohod Russian River Cruises has recently launched a revolutionary project. The company started the construction of the first Russian luxe-class cruise motorship 4. The construction is entrusted to a well known European shipbuilder, long professional experience of this company is a guarantee of success. The new four deck motorship will accommodate 210 guests at once


Ballast Water Tech: Wärtsilä

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As ship owners globally face the eventual mandate to install ballast water management technology onboard their ships – a refit which is touted as the most expensive equipment refit ever – Maritime  Reporter & Engineering News in its February 2013 edition examines emerging Ballast Water Technologies for consideration. Wärtsilä said its AQUARIUS UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) was granted Type Approval in accordance with requirements of the 2004 IMO


Towboats Rescue Runaway Restaurant

Jeff Ruby’s Waterfront restaurant and barge being pushed back upriver by C&B Marine towboats. Photo courtesy C&B Marine.

By Raina Clark On Friday, March 11, Jeff Ruby’s Waterfront restaurant, situated on a barge on the Ohio River, broke loose from its moorings and began floating down river, with diners trapped onboard, toward the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge. According to local media the barge floated 85 feet downriver and was saved from hitting the bridge by a mooring cable that was still attached. The restaurant is two miles from where McGinnis Inc


Marine Electronics:Thales Prepares to take the Market by Storm

Whether your philosophy is "less is more" or "bigger is better", Thales (pronounced "TAL-less") Navigation delivers both. Thales Navigation emanates from parent company Thales, a $10 billion Goliath that has astutely purchased a number of marine electronic brand name product companies, such as GPS maker Magellan and its well-known Ashtech brand, in recent years, helping to enlarge an already expansive company. It recently consolidated all of its professional GPS products


Wärtsilä to Retrofit Two Ferries with New Ballast Water Solution

Wärtsilä AQUARIUS READY ballast water management system

Two Ro-Ro ferries owned by U.K.-based Condor Ferries are to be retrofitted with Wärtsilä's new AQUARIUS READY ballast water management system (BWMS) solution. The AQUARIUS READY concept has been developed by Wärtsilä to prepare vessels for the fitting of BWMS


Two UK Ferries to Have Wärtsilä BWMS - When They Need It

Acquarius Ready plant: Image courtesy of Wärtsilä

Two Ro-Ro ferries owned by UK based Condor Ferries are to be retrofitted with Wärtsilä's new AQUARIUS READY ballast water management system (BWMS) solution. The AQUARIUS READY concept has been developed by Wärtsilä to prepare vessels for the fitting of BWMS


Sustainable Marine Energy Lab Established in Japan

MAS diagram: Image credit Aquarius Innovation Lab

KEI System Ltd (KEI) and Eco Marine Power (EMP) have jointly established the Aquarius Innovation Lab in Osaka, Japan, which includes an indoor test centre plus an outdoor area for evaluating the performance of hardware such as solar panels, rigid sails & wind power devices.


Wärtsilä's Ballast Water System Earns USCG AMS Acceptance

Photo: Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä has been granted Alternate Management System (AMS) acceptance for its AQUARIUS UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) by the United States Coastguard (USCG). This allows all U.S. and foreign flag ships fitted with the Wärtsilä AQUARIUS UV BWMS to operate in U.S


Rederij Groen Orders another Damen Vessel

van Dongen, MD Maaskant, (left) and Henk Groen, owner Rederij Groen

During a contract signing ceremony at Europort 2013, Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam, part of Damen Shipyards Group signed the contract to build an additional Seismic Research Support Vessel for Rederij Groen. This latest contract follows last month’s order of two new Seismic Research


Rederij Groen Orders Two Damen Support Vessels

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Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam (NL), part of Damen Shipyards Group, has been contracted again by Rederij Groen (NL) after delivering two chasers, the Aquarius-G and the Astra-G, earlier this year. The new Seismic Research Support Vessels’ deliveries are planned in the third quarter of 2014


GE Marine Sell 3 Marine Diesel Engines at Korea Expo

At the presently running Kormarine International Shipbuilding and Marine Equipment Exhibition in Busan, South Korea, GE Marine say they have sold three 16V250 marine diesel engines: 2 engines to Dongwon Industries, one of the world's largest tuna fishery companies; and one engine to Hansung


Offshore Rig's Canada Deployment Costs Seadrill

West Aquarius rig: Photo courtesy of Seadrill

Seadrill Limited subsidiary, Seadrill Partners, as part of a settlement agreement, has agreed to non-payment for 37 days hire of the semi-submersible rig 'West Acquarius'. The 37 days off hire were required for the ultra-deepwater harsh environment semi-submersible West Aquarius to complete


Asian Homeported Star Cruises Enters TTG 'Hall of Fame'

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The accolade was conferred in Bangkok recently on leading Asia-Pacific cruise lin Star Cruises to commemorate their winning of “Best Cruise Operator in the Asia-Pacific” in the TTG Travel Awards for ten consecutive years. Looking ahead


Insights: Steve Dickey, Global Marine Market Director, Sherwin-Williams Marine Coatings

Stephen F. Dickey, Market Director – Global Marine for Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings

If lifecycle asset management is at the very forefront of an economically driven shipping company, then marine coating have to be a part of that discussion. That, in part, is because the global regulatory scheme is now impacting everything from marine propulsion, vessel discharge protocol


Resolve Marine Group Acquires Magone Marine Services

(L.to R.) Dan Magone & Joe Farrell: Photo courtesy of Resolve Marine Group

Resolve Marine Group, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida has agreed to acquire Magone Marine Services of Western Alaska.  The result, say Resolve, will be a greatly expanded, emergency response and marine services company that combines the local expertise amassed by Magone Marine’s


Imtech Marine Appoints Clarke to Head Imtech Marine USA

Imtech Marine said that as of July 15, 2013, Capt. Eric Clarke has been appointed as Managing Director of lmtech Marine USA (headquarters Houston). Capt. Clarke has a broad maritime experience and a proven business track record. Capt. Clarke pursued a career at sea and sailed both as Captain


Redwood City Fireboat Unveiling August 10

The Redwood City Fire Department asked community kids to offer their best names for the City's new fireboat - and more than 100 came through with a wonderful variety of entries. The selection committee went through every name entered, and came up with the top 10


Damen Delivers Purpose-built Offshore Chasers

The delivery of the Aquarius-G and her sister ship Astra-G to offshore services company RederijGroen (Scheveningen, the Netherlands) marked a milestone in Offshore Support Vessel construction. According to Damen, never before have such Chasers have purpose-built


Wärtsilä AQUARIUS BWMS LPG Carrier Retrofit

AQUARIUS BWMS: Photo credit Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä contracted to retrofit its AQUARIUS UV ballast water management system for the Marola, a 37,000 cbm fully-refrigerated Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) vessel of the Carbofin SPA, Italy fleet. The retrofitting for the Marola will take place in autumn 2013 when the ship is dry


 
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