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Tidewater Selects New Model GM-EMDs

Stewart & Stevenson Services, Inc., New Orleans, La., has shipped the first four of 20 marine models of General Motors totally new EMD 16-265H diesel engines and generators to Yantai Raffles Shipyard PTE, LTD in China for installation in the MV John P. LABORDE. It is the first of five new 282-ft., diesel electric anchor handling/tug supply boats (AH/TS) under construction for Tidewater Marine, Inc., New Orleans, La. The four EMD generator sets in each vessel will produce a total of 24,000 hp (or 17,200 kilowatts of electrical power) required for the boats' diesel-electric propulsion, dynamic positioning, winching, towing and other systems as well as hotel loads. The generator sets utilize generators manufactured by the Baylor Division of National Oilwell, LP of Houston, Texas. Included in the design requirements of the new vessels are a bollard pull of over 200 metric tons and the ability to handle anchors for rigs working in depths of more than 5,000 ft. "These engines are designed and built for that kind of rigorous use, while meeting all of the new IMO requirements as well as being adaptable to meet anticipated future standards," said Ralston Cole, Stewart & Stevenson, vice-president, Power and Marine. Cole said some of the advanced features of the new 16-cylinder, four-stroke engines include the following: Twin gas-driven turbochargers; Cast ductile iron crankcases; One centrally mounted camshaft; Electronic fuel injection; Thermo-flex piston crowns


Iveco Opens N. American Ops

Iveco, a leading Italian manufacturer of commercial vehicles and diesel engines, announced the opening of its U.S. engine operations, Iveco Motors of North America, in conjunction with the unveiling of their new brand name, Iveco Motors. Serving 79 countries with their acclaimed diesel engines, Iveco Motors opened North American operations in Carol Stream, IL to respond to the demands of the growing Canadian and the U.S. marketplace. The new U.S


Passenger Vessels:To the North, South —And A Little Island Sheltered

To those not familiar with the New York metropolitan area — the eastern end of Long Island is demographically multi-faceted. Traveling east on the Long Island Expressway, (the Island' main thoroughfare), the 118-mile long island, splits into two "forks," the North and the South. With the hamlets of Greenport and Orient Point situated on the easternmost points of the island on the north, the South Fork boasts the tony Hampton villages and the historical village of Montauk Point — literally the


M/Y Islander’s Transformation

Image courtesy Kirilloff & Associates

In the early evening hours twenty years ago in a shipyard in Brisbane, Australia the sleek hull of the 192 foot motor sailing yacht The Other Woman effortlessly slid down the launch ways into the Brisbane River. The Owner, Ed Cantor, told his guests as he watched his "Other Woman" hit the water "she looks so beautiful without the masts, do we really have to put them on?”. The evening and festivities went on with the question looming


Johnson Controls' Batteries to Power All-Electric Boat Motors

Johnson Controls, Inc. to produce Li-ion battery packs from its Holland, Mich. plant for Torqeedo's all-electric boat motors. Torqeedo, a German-based manufacturer, will use Johnson Controls' Li-ion automotive battery packs to power its award-winning 80-Horsepower electric boat motor called DEEP BLUE. "With our leading battery expertise, we helped our customer combine two distinct technologies – the large outboard engine and electric motor -- making the Torqeedo DEEP BLUE system


Antwerp Port Creating Additional Space

Courtesy Antwerp Port

  With growth of 5.9% the port of Antwerp has got off to a strong start in 2015. In terms of container handling (in TEU) Antwerp even achieved growth of 9.5% in the first three months of this year. The 2M alliance of MSC and Maersk which last year opted resolutely for Antwerp is of course not unconnected with these growth figures. During the next few months preparations will be finalised for transfering the activities of the MSC shipping company – currently operating in the


AMSC Gets $13.3M Amendment from ONR

American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:AMSC) has finalized an additional contract amendment with the United States Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR). Under the terms of the amendment, the ONR has approved a $13.3 million increase to AMSC's contract for the design, manufacture and shipment of a factory-tested 36.5-megawatt (MW) (49,000 horsepower) high temperature superconductor (HTS) propulsion motor for electric warships. The amendment adds $13


US NAVY: Powering Up With Electric

The development of high-temperature superconductor (HTS) motors for the United States Navy's future all-electric ships has completed a significant milestone: the Navy's initial tests of its 5-MW, 230 rpm concept demonstrator have been satisfactorily completed. The motor, developed by American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) under a contract with the Office of Naval Research(ONR), validates the potential of HTS technology to reduce the size and weight of marine propulsion motors as well as


Human Error Found in Walla Walla Motor Failure

Photo: WSDOT

WSF to improve communications and maintenance procedures A three-month safety investigation recently concluded that human error was responsible for the failure of an electric drive motor that removed the 188-car ferry Walla Walla from service. According to the final report, investigators determined the motor failure was avoidable and resulted from mistakes made by Washington State Ferries personnel. The motor failure occurred Nov


Water-cooled WGM Motors From WEG

Water-cooled WGM motors are particularly suitable for marine applications with harsh operating conditions and constrained spaces, the manufacturer said.

WEG, a supplier of drive technology, introduced its water-cooled WGM motors to the shipbuilding industry for the first time at SMM 2014. The WGM water-cooled induction motors are compact, offer low noise emissions, provide optimal heat dissipation and are suitable for frequency inverter operation. As such, they are suitable for a wide variety of applications on ships or offshore platforms including drive systems for main or maneuvering propulsion, and for pumps or fans.


MHI Hybrid Turbochargers Awarded for Efficiency

Mitsubishi hybrid turbochargers for marine diesel engines received the Energy-Efficient Machinery Award from Japan Machinery Federation   Hybrid Turbocharger developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Engine Co., Ltd


Twin Dredgers for Canadian Oil Sands

Photo: Damen

Damen Shipyards Group has completed a construction contract comprising two electric-powered Cutter Suction Dredgers (CSD) for the Canadian oil sands industry. With both vessels built in Canada, the contract marks the close cooperation between Damen and Aecon


UN Secretary-General Visits IMO

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) met IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim (Photo: IMO)

On February 3, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for ship safety, maritime security and prevention of pollution from ships.   


DNV GL, RS Ink Cooperation Deal

Konstantin Palnikov, Director General of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (right), signed the framework agreement with Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO DNV GL – Maritime

DNV GL’s Maritime CEO Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen recently met with Konstantin Palnikov, Director General of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS), at the RS head office in St. Petersburg to sign a bilateral framework agreement for cooperation between both class societies  


Swedish Club Maintains 'Balanced Approach'

The Swedish Club has announced a zero percent General Increase for 2016, in a move which supports the continued balanced approach adopted by the Club considering the state of the global shipping market.   At the Club’s Board Meeting in London, Lars Rhodin


Palfinger Equipment Package for Kreuz Subsea’s New Vessel

Image: Palfinger Marine

Palfinger Marine has been contracted to deliver lifesaving equipment and a winch package for Kreuz Subsea’s newbuild vessel, a Vard 317 design.   The vessel for the Singapore-based integrated offshore subsea service provider Kreuz Subsea is designed and constructed by Vard


Containers Lost in Rough Seas

The search is on for 12 containers swept overboard from motor vessel Manoa in heavy weather and seas late Friday evening.   An environmental contractor has been hired by the shipper to recover discharged debris and containers, which are empty with the exception of miscellaneous packing


Vistem's Mobile Access Platform for Offshore Sector

For trade Courtesy VISTEM

  VISTEM, a provider of game-changing technology to the oil and gas industry, has launched an innovative mobile access platform for the offshore sector that is set to bring significant cost, time and safety benefits to clients. The ATEX approved access lift, which reaches a height of 3


LNG Containership Perla Del Caribe Fuels Up

Image: General Dynamics NASSCO

On December 11, General Dynamics NASSCO completed bunkering of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for the Perla Del Caribe, the world’s second containership to be powered by LNG.   Bunkering services were provided by the California-based company Clean Energy as well as Baker Hughes and


Detained Freighter Cleared to Depart Great Lakes

The U.S. Coast Guard has reached an agreement with the owner and operator of the motor vessel Cornelia that will allow the vessel to depart Lake Superior.     The vessel was held for six weeks for alleged environmental violations. The U.S


Lim Ki-tack Will Take Office As IMO Chief Next Month

Lim Ki-tack. Photo by limimo.org

 Lim Ki-Tack, who has been elected as the next secretary-general of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in a ballot, will start his four-year term in the beginning of next year, the South Korean government said, reports Yonhap.  


The Attractions of Azipod Propulsion

Photo: ABB

Destined for installation on board one of the highest profile cruise ship deliveries scheduled for 2016, the latest Azipod XO podded propulsion recently departed from the ABB factory in Helsinki.   The unit, which commands 20.5 MW of power


GTC to Supply Hardware for New US Aircraft Carrier

Illustration of the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). (Image: Huntington Ingalls Industries)

General Atomics Selects General Tool Company to provide EMALS and AAG for U.S. Navy Carrier CVN-79   General Tool Company (GTC) announced today it has been selected by General Atomics (GA) to deliver $48 million in hardware for the U.S. Navy’s future aircraft carrier John F


SEWIP 1B3 Production Contract for General Dynamics

US Navys SEWIP Courtesy USN

  The U.S. Navy has awarded a production contract for its Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 1B3 to General Dynamics Mission Systems. General Dynamics will deliver Block 1B3 system upgrades over the next five years


All-electric Paddlewheeler Tours Texas Lake

Lone Star (Photo: Torqeedo)

Winding its way through downtown Austin, Texas, is scenic Lady Bird Lake, a gas-restricted reservoir of the Colorado River. Lone Star Riverboat Cruises guides visitors through the picturesque surroundings in Lone Star, a 75-foot double-decked paddlewheel






 
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