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Repowers on The Ohio

James Marine, Inc., a marine service in Paducah, Ky., located at mile 5 on the Tennessee River; operates a diesel rebuilding service, mid-stream, fuel and grocery supplies and a shipyard repair facility. With their location, they get a good look at the trends on America's inland waterways. The recent trend toward greater environmental awareness and expected changes to the Environmental Protection Act to require greater pollution control on the inland waterways has prompted them to review their repower options. The existing fleet has been largely powered by two-cycle marine diesels, and they were interested in gaining fuel savings. This past December, they put their first repower vessel in service. the 50 x 21 ft. Miss Deanna has a pair of Cummins NTA855 engines each producing 400 hp. The next boat to receive new engines will be 85 x 30 ft. India Rose, which will receive a pair of Cummins KTA38 N3 engines each producing 1,000 hp. James Marine's Diesel Division Manager, Randy Crouch, says the first two boats will serve as a test for the company's plans to change the engines in the whole fleet over the next three to four years. Randy explained the calculation of capital costs was a significant factor in the decision. "We took a look at the option of doing an overhaul on the existing engines," said Crouch. "But after we checked the numbers, we found we could sell the older engines and buy new ones


MARAD Evaluates Natural Gas v. Conventional Fuel Emissions

LNG Fuelling Wharf: Rendering courtesy of Harvey Gulf

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) informs it has released a study that evaluates total fuel cycle emissions for natural gas versus conventional marine fuels. This study was conducted as a part of MARAD’s Maritime Environmental & Technology Assistance program, which focuses efforts on emerging marine transportation and environmental issues. Results of the study showed that the use of natural gas as a propulsion fuel can reduce air quality pollutants and reduce major greenhouse gas


EMD China Type Approval

Photo courtesy Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc.

Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. has received China Classification Society Certificate of Approval for its 710 GC family of Marine Diesel Engines.  This most recent certification is in addition to American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Bureau Veritas (BV), Lloyds Register (LR). Det Norske Veritas (DNV), and Korean Register (KR). Speaking on behalf of Electro-Motive Diesel, Mr. Brian Grinter commented that, “Being certified by CCS is an important step in reintroducing the EMD two cycle medium


SNAME to Hold Technical Meeting

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The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) will host its sixth technical meeting for the 2013-2014 season Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Maran and Alpha Tankers, 354 Syngrou Ave., Kallithea, Athens. During the meeting, Dr.-Ing. Ioannis Vlaskos, Global Market Sector Director- Marine, Director – Large Engines & Gas Engines at Ricardo, Deutschland will speak on the subject of ‘‘Waste Heat Recovery in Marine Propulsion


Royal Caribbean, ABB Ink 15-year Service Contract

Photo courtesy of RCC

ABB has signed an extensive service agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCC) to increase cost efficiency and predictability of maintenance costs. The agreement spans 15 years and encompasses six vessels under RCC’s brands Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International. The financial value of the service agreement is in excess of $50 million. The agreement covers four Solstice and two Oasis class vessels and includes an option to extend the agreement to additional


ASL Profit Nosedives

Photo by ASL Marine

 Singapore shipbuilding group ASL Marine has posted a sharp drop in net profit for its third quarter as revenues from its shipbuilding, shiprepair and chartering segments fell across the board.   Net profit for the three months to March 31 plummeted 65.7 per cent from the previous year to S$1.94 million, while revenue dived 56.2 per cent to S$63.42 million in the period.   Revenue decreased 56% year-on-year to S$63


Marine Industry Continues To Suffer From September 11

Still more than five months later, the maritime industry continues to feel the effects from the terrorist attacks on America, as the events of September 11 have accelerated hardening market conditions in the marine sector. Prior to September, capital providers were beginning to force the upward trend of the cycle. This trend was underpinned with some withdrawal of capacity and reduction in the overall number of players through mergers or withdrawal from the class.


Two 171 MW Floating Power Plants for Venezuela

Photo courtesy Waller Marine, Inc.

Waller Marine, Inc of Houston, Texas will soon launch and christen what will become the world’s largest floating power generation facility when installed at a designated site in Venezuela. The two power barges, which Waller has under construction at the Signal International Shipyard in Orange, Texas, will be transferred from their land based construction locations to the water during the next few days and christened by Venezuelan dignitaries at a ceremony at the shipyard on August 21


Former Top Navy Civilian Joins Life Cycle Engineering Inc.

Edward S. Godfrey: Photo courtesy of LCE

Life Cycle Engineering, Inc. (LCE) today announced that Edward S. Godfrey has joined Life Cycle Engineering as vice president of business development. LCE informs that  Godfrey will be responsible for partnering with Department of Defense (DoD) customers and other government organizations to establish engineering and technical solutions that support the warfighter and DoD mission. Godfrey has over 36 years of civilian service leading large


MARAD: Total Fuel Cycle Study for Natural Gas

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) released a study that evaluates total fuel cycle emissions for natural gas versus conventional marine fuels. Results showed that the use of natural gas as a propulsion fuel can reduce air quality pollutants and reduce major greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional fuels. According to MARAD, the information provided by this study is important to marine transportation stakeholders as they evaluate the use of natural gas as a viable


Containership Charter Market: Back To The Bottom

Graphics: Clarksons Research

 The dust has now settled on the brief rally and subsequent dramatic downturn of the containership charter market in 2015, says  Clarksons Research.   After a good few years in the doldrums, last year saw some fairly animated movements in boxship charter rates


Energy from the Ocean: The Ocean Thermal Energy Converter

A 1MW plant developed by the Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering (KRISO) which will be built for installation off the coast of South Tarawa, Republic of Kiribati, in the South Pacific Ocean.

Despite historic lows in traditional oil and gas energy markets, research and develoment continues in earnest on a number of projects designed to produce green energy. The latest, an Ocean Thermal Energy Converter (OTEC) from KRISO, received Approval in Principle from classification society Bureau


First of 3 New Pilot Boats Launched for Milford Haven

St Brides (Photo: Mainstay Marine)

St Brides, the first of three 19-meter pilot boats built by Mainstay Marine for the Port of Milford Haven, has recently been launched.   Shipbuilder Mainstay Marine Solutions called the £3.6 million contract a flagship project, with delivery for the second and third vessels due in


Baltic Index Slips Below 300 Points

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, slipped below 300 points on Thursday, to an all-time low.   The overall index, which gauges the cost of shipping dry bulk including iron ore, cement, grain, coal and fertiliser


Icebergs Turn Oceans Greener

Photo: University of Sheffield

 Icebergs the size of Singapore could be playing a bigger role in how much carbon the Southern Ocean absorbs than previously thought, a new study says.    Icebergs that break off Antarctica could account for twice as much carbon dioxide stored in the Southern Ocean than previously


Rolls-Royce to Power Oman Police Vessels

Image courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce informs it has signed a contract with Finnish company Marine Alutech Oy Ab to provide 28 Waterjets for 14 Watercat K13 Fast Intercept Craft (FIC) ordered by the Royal Oman Police. The boats will be built at the Marine Alutech Yard in Finland and are due to be delivered by the end


GE LM6000PG Marine Module Package Certified

Photo: GE

GE Marine and GE Oil & Gas announced that the marine module package design for its LM6000PG aeroderivative gas turbine has been certified by Lloyd’s Register and RINA Services (RINA). The test where the LM6000PG module effortlessly achieved 42 megawatts (MW) was conducted at the GE Oil


Restructuring at Royal HaskoningDHV

Clockwise from top Craig Huntbatch,  Marije Hulshof, Anke Mastenbroek and Anton van der Sanden

  International engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV has announced a simplified organisation and management structure. As of 1 January 2016 the company has consolidated its activities into four Business Lines and four regions


Vessel Demand Suffers Shock

Table: Clarksons Research

 Containership owners have experienced some tough times in recent years, and early in 2015 it looked as if things might at last be on the up, says Clarksons Research.   However, last year proved to be the classic ‘game of two halves’


Mercator Exists Dry Bulk, Divests Fleet

Pic: Mercator Lines(Singapore) Ltd

 As a part of an ongoing portfolio restructuring exercise following booking of losses for three years in a row, Mercator Limited has decided to exit dry bulk business carried on by its arm Mercator Lines(Singapore) Ltd(MLS).   Mercator has 11 bulkers in its fleet, ranging between 70


COSCON Selects CargoSmart’s Carrier IT Solutions

CargoSmart Limited, a shipment management software solutions provider that leverages big data for greater visibility and benchmarking, announced that COSCO Container Lines Co. Ltd. (COSCON) has started to implement CargoSmart’s online customer service and ocean carrier analytics solutions


Jinhui Issues Profit Warning As Dry Bulk Plummets

Photo: Jinhui Shipping and Transportation Limited

 Jinhui Shipping and Transportation Limited expects to record a wider net loss for the fourth quarter and year ended 31 December 2015, compared to a year earlier on account of record-low freight rates in the dry bulk shipping market.  


SENER Celebrates 60 Years

Photo courtesy of SENER

The SENER engineering and technology group will celebrate its sixtieth anniversary in 2016. It has grown into a multidisciplinary international group which offers solutions in Aeronautics, Engineering and Construction, and Energy and Environment.


Jastram, Eco Marine Sign Agreement

Photo: Eco Marine Power

Eco Marine Power (EMP) has announced that it has entered into a sales and support agreement with Jastram Technologies Ltd. of Canada. This agreement paves the way for EMP to begin offering a wide range of products and services to the Canadian shipping and offshore sector.  


Maritime Training & Continuous Improvement

Murray Goldberg

Continuous Improvement (CI) is a term we hear a lot lately. Sadly, despite knowing the term and possibly even applying CI principles to some aspects of operations, CI principles are infrequently applied to in-house job and familiarization training. This is a mistake.






 
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