Every marine vessel requires two critical components to ensure a safe journey: a competent master at the helm and a reliable power source in the engine room. Because of the increasing ship traffic and safety concerns, the design of pilot boats used to transfer pilots to and from ships has evolved significantly in recent years. Cat marine engines will power the majority of the new breed of pilot boats built for ports across Canada. The Laurentian Pilotage Authority (LPA), based in Montreal, recently commissioned a new pilot boat constructed at Hike Metal Products Ltd shipyard and designed by Lengkeek Vessel Engineering Inc. Central Canadian Cat dealer Toromont was in charge of supplying the propulsion machinery and generator sets. Named Grandes Eaux (Mighty River), the vessel is powered by twin Cat C32 ACERT propulsion engines rated at 950 hp (709 bkW) at 1600 rpm and is capable of 25 knots. On-board electrical power comes from two Cat C2.2T generator sets each rated 29.5 ekW. The pilot boat operates from Les Escoumins and transfers pilots to and from ships along the St. Lawrence River. The Grandes Eaux demonstrates some of the latest technology and safety features being designed for modern pilot boats, such as deck- and hand-rail heating to avoid ice build-up, a stern-mounted hydraulic lift to aid an overboard passenger, and a neoprene fender to cushion impacts during pilot transfers
At the 2013 International Workboat Show, Caterpillar is launching an unprecedented product support campaign, unveiling not only a new Cat® 3406 Marine Bundled Repair Solution but also Extended Service Coverage (ESC) for all available Bundled Repair Solutions. The new Cat 3406 bundled repair solution, which builds off of the Cat 3412 bundled repair solution launched earlier this year, is a customizable, comprehensive solution for customers looking to keep their vessels on the water longer
Diesel electric propulsion generators for offshore users now in full production at Caterpillar's new Brazil facilty Caterpillar says their 3500C Diesel Electric Propulsion (DEP) generator sets have entered full production at the Piracicaba, Sao Paulo manufacturing facility, delivering on a commitment to offer superior Cat power solutions products to the burgeoning Brazilian offshore market. Within the past year, the company has achieved significant milestones in Brazil
Caterpillar Marine and Power Systems was one of the most active companies at the 2013 International Workboat Show in New Orleans, debuting several new products that are compliant with EPA Tier 3 and 4 regulations, and finalizing the acquisition of propulsion equipment manufacturer Johan Walter Berg AB. Caterpillar Inc., which is one of the biggest names in industrial equipment, engines and turbines, recorded 2012 sales revenues of $65.9 billion
Caterpillar Marine announced the first shipment of Cat 3500 series marine gas engines from its Lafayette, Indiana manufacturing facility. Five Cat G3516 marine engines were selected to power the Becker Marine Systems subsidiary, Hybrid Port Energy, LNG-Hybrid Barge, the world’s first LNG-powered barge in the Port of Hamburg. The LNG-Hybrid barge will provide clean and efficient shore power to cold ironing cruise ships and serve as a backup power provider for the local Hamburg electric
Caterpillar Marine announced that Cat power and propulsion solutions have been selected to provide an optimized tug package for a 55T ASD tug new build for Remolcadores Marracoi SL (REMARSL). Two Cat 3512C EPA Tier 2 propulsion engines have been selected to power the tug as well as 2x MTA 523FP Azimuth thrusters. Each Cat 3512C marine propulsion engine will provide 2x1765 kw @1800 rpm of rated power. Auxiliary power will be delivered through 2 x Cat C9 engines
Caterpillar's Engine Products Division has made available the option of extended service coverage (ESC) for Caterpillar engines and generator sets in the industrial, electric power, petroleum and marine markets. ESC can be purchased from Caterpillar dealers worldwide as of August 1. For the first time, Cat engine owners are able to choose a standardized Caterpillar ESC package that ensures their equipment will be protected by the global network of Cat dealers and technicians.
Caterpillar Marine Power Systems was recently selected to provide combined propulsion systems for two Scandlines ferry newbuilds. The two ferries will each be equipped with 5x MaK 9 M 32 C engines with Cat Common Rail. Each M 32 C engine produces 4,500 kW at 600 rpm for 22,500 kW of total power per vessel. The engines are optimized for smokeless operation and reduced nitrogen emission levels, which fulfill IMO II requirements.
American Commercial Lines (ACL) has selected Cat C280 marine engines for repowering six of their towboats. Bill Foster, ACL vice president Boat Maintenance, commented, "We are making significant investments in our fleet to improve reliability and performance. We selected the Cat C280's to help us achieve these goals." All six vessels are scheduled to be repowered in 2012. The first vessels being repowered are the MV J. Russel Flowers and the MV Thurston B. Morton
Caterpillar Marine Power Systems is relaunching one of the most successful marine engine platforms in its history at the current 2013 International Workboat Show. The Cat® 3406C marine propulsion engine will enter production in late 2013, providing customers in lesser regulated countries, including Latin America and Asia, with an economical, dependable solution for their commercial marine vessels. The mechanically governed 3406C propulsion engine will be available in ratings of 272 bkW
BG Group today announced it had completed the sale of its 62.78% equity interest in the Central Area Transmission System (CATS) gas pipeline in the UK North Sea and associated infrastructure to Antin Infrastructure Partners. Total proceeds from the transaction, announced on 17 June 2014
Coast Guard watchstanders coordinated a tow of a disabled tour boat near McCovey Cove in the San Francisco Bay, Tuesday afternoon. At approximately 12:30 p.m., Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders received a report from a *local tour boat, Ride the Duck
Cat Financial reported second-quarter 2014 revenues of $728 million, an increase of $34 million, or 5 percent, compared with the second quarter of 2013. Second-quarter 2014 profit after tax was $146 million, a $35 million, or 32 percent, increase from the second quarter of 2013.
One can assume that P&I Clubs and shipowners would be very interested in preventing catastrophic Cat Fines damage to diesel engines. Cat Fines have been damaging marine diesel engines for more than 50 years. Only recently, with the increased use of Low Sulphur Fuel Oils has the catastrophic
Damen Shipyards Group said it has received an order for a Multi Cat 2712 from Norwegian owner Samba AS based in Os (Bergen). The vessel will be the first newbuild from Damen’s proven range of workboats to operate in Norway’s large aquaculture and oil spot market industry.
Pon Power Scandinavia, a supplier of marine power and propulsion systems, announced that the company has been contracted by ALP Maritime Services and Ulstein Design & Solutions to provide engines and gensets to four oceangoing AHTS. Designed to tow large structures over long distances
Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Alabama, has delivered the seventh 140’ towboat for Florida Marine Transporters (FMT). The vessel is named for FMT’s long-time Captain Phillip Box. The M/V Capt. Phillip Box was launched in April
Solent Towage Ltd (STL), the UK arm of Norwegian marine services company, Ostensjo Rederi AS, has saved over 60-man hours since December 2013 by installing gplink, the remote monitoring and tracking solution from Finning Power Systems (Finning) for Cat® engines.
GPLink’s remote monitoring equipment has been installed on hundreds of Cat powered vessels throughout the world. The company has recently announced that its product has received its first integration on a non-Caterpillar power package.
Caterpillar Marine will launch the Cat Propulsion Twin Fin System at the 2014 ITS Hamburg Conference and Exhibition, June 16-20. The Cat Propulsion Twin Fin System is a new diesel-electric solution that saves on fuel and emissions, while improving overall vessel performance, Caterpillar said
BG Group agreed to the sale of its equity interest in the Central Area Transmission System (CATS) gas pipeline in the UK North Sea and associated infrastructure to Antin Infrastructure Partners for total proceeds up to $954 million. Under the agreement, BG Group will sell its 62
Caterpillar Marine announced that Cat power and propulsion offerings have been selected to provide complete propulsion solutions for four ocean-going towing vessels designed by Ulstein Design and Solutions. Each vessel will have four 9 M 32 C propulsion engines, rated at 4,500 bkW at 600 rpm
This June FURUNO’s NavSkills network of training centers issued the ECDIS type specific training certificate No. 10,000. The certificate was issued to a Russian navigator trained at the Odessa Maritime Training Center, which joined the FURUNO NavSkills training partnership in 2013.
Though fuel-saving practices like slow steaming are widespread, energy efficiency continues to be a pressing concern. Vessel fuel bills remain high – and will likely become even higher for those sailing in Emission Control Areas after January 2015
Caterpillar Marine today announced the open order board of the Cat 3516C United States EPA Tier 4 propulsion, auxiliary and diesel electric propulsion (DEP) power solutions. In addition to being EPA Tier 4 certified, the 3516C solutions are IMO II certified and IMO III compliant