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Cole Hersee Smart Battery Isolator

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Cole Hersee Company, a manufacturer of heavy-duty electrical, electronic, and digital products for the vehicle industry, introduces its new Smart Battery Isolator 48525 and 48530. The smart battery isolator prevents loads on the auxiliary battery from draining the starting battery. The smart battery isolator provides a more flexible solution than traditional isolators, as it is not specific to an alternator type. Additionally, Cole Hersee’s smart battery isolator is smaller, lighter and generates less heat than competitive products.  Because the smart battery isolator reduces charging system workload by not connecting to the auxiliary battery until the primary battery is charged to 13.2 V, there is lower strain on expensive charging components, extending the product life. No diode efficiency losses occur when using Cole Hersee’s smart battery isolator, and it also allows bi-directional charging from alternator or from other power chargers/converters. Easy to install, the smart battery isolator also features an LED status indicator and operational start assist. The Smart Battery Isolator is available in 85A and 200A versions. (www.colehersee.com)


Custom Battery Packs for Oceanographic Equipment

Cell Pack Solutions battery packs for underwater applications using Tadiran lithium cells.

Battery packs for underwater oceanographic equipment need to be robust and last a long time. Custom engineered battery packs are often used by universities, research institutes and oceanographic survey operations to power equipment used underwater. Cell Pack Solutions design and build battery packs for underwater applications using Tadiran lithium cells built into different configurations, with specific design considerations to enable them to be installed into the equipment - lithium cells


Hirschmann (PAT) New Dealer in Brazil

Hirschmann Automation and Control (PAT) Chambersburg, Pa. has named Alfatec Solutions, located in Itapevi, Sao Paulo, a dealer in Brazil.  Alfatec Solutions is a full service dealer carrying Hirschmann's entire line of PAT and Krueger crane operator aids. These systems include load moment indicators (LMI), wireless and hard-wired indicators, and anti-two block systems. Alfatec Solutions specializes in crane service and is trained to install and service Hirschmann's systems


Weego Introduces Jump Starter Battery+

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Weego launched the compact and portable Jump Starter Battery+ for the marine market.  Weego is pocket sized and capable of starting boats, cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs and more, as well as charging phones, tablets, speakers and other USB devices. Easy to use, each Weego model includes jumper cables that can be attached to the terminals of a dead battery. Easy to follow instructions are printed on the back for quick reference


Corvus Energy Wins Order for Battery Hybrid Ferries

Scandlines ferries designed with battery hybrid propulsion to operate on the Rostock-Gedser commercial route.    Corvus Energy, Siemens AS and Scandlines have announced the award of the energy storage system contract for the M/V Berlin and M/V Copenhagen battery hybrid ferries currently being built at the Danish shipyard FAYARD. The new vessels M/V Berlin and M/V Copenhagen will each use a 1,050VDC, 1.5MWh Energy Storage System (ESS) consisting of 231 Corvus Energy AT6500 advanced


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. The new cable-layer design is the first OSV since the Dina Star to boast a new DC Grid, but in the coming months, “There could be several more,” said ABB Global Product Manager


Analytic Systems Lowers Battery Charger Prices

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Analytic Systems has released new lower 2011 pricing for industrial application AC source battery chargers, AC/DC power supplies, DC/AC PureSine and Quasi-Sine inverters.   Analytic Systems provides high performance power conversion products to a variety of industrial users like the commercial marine, utility vehicle, mining, bus and rail, oil and gas, telecom, alternative energy, etc due to their high reliability and rugged designs


Corvus Energy Systems Get More Scandline Hybrid Ferry Orders

MF Prinsesse Benedikte: Image courtesy of Scandlines

Corvus Energy informs it has again been selected as the Energy Storage System (ESS) of choice by Scandlines for their next three hybrid ferries. Based on successful operation of Scandline’s first hybrid, the 'MF Prinsesse Benedikte', the next 3 hybrids will use a 2.7MWh ESS consisting of Corvus Energy AT6500 advanced lithium polymer batteries integrated with Siemens drive systems. Corvus add that the ferries M/V Deutschland, M/V Schleswig-Holstein and M/V Prins Richard


New Research Vessel Taps Hybrid Power

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Battery hybrid provides clean, quiet, fuel‐efficient research platform on Long Island Sound.     Corvus Energy, Northern Lights and BAE systems now power Spirit of the Sound, a floating marine education classroom and research vessel. The vessel, a 65‐foot catamaran, will operate in Long Island Sound for The Norwalk Aquarium in Connecticut.    The Corvus Energy lithium battery will provide the high-density energy storage for propulsion and house loads


Hybrid Power Play: MTU, AKASOL form Partnership

Lothar Holder, Executive Managing Director of AKASOL. Image by: AKASOL

Objective of the teaming is the joint development of energy storage units for hybrid propulsion systems As the world moves increasingly toward cleaner, efficient and more environmentally benign power sources, news from Germany today sees the high-profile MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH forming a development partnership with Darmstadt-based AKASOL GmbH, a subsidiary of Schulz Group (Tettnang) and one of the leading manufacturers of Li-ion battery systems for high performance applications


All-Electric Ferry Development Underway

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Art Anderson Associates and partner EESImarine have been developing concepts for an all-electric ferry and are now teaming to generate funding for the implementation of the concept for Skagit County’s Guemes Island-Anacortes passenger and car ferry replacement.  


Australia Submarines: It is Japan vs. France

Soryu-class submarine: Japan Navy

 While Japan is confident it has proven itself the best contender to build Australia's new submarines, the French have moved to undermine Japan’s bid to build the navy’s new submarines.   Representatives from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI)


ICS Publishes Flag State Performance Table

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The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table for 2015/2016, which can be downloaded free of charge via the ICS website. The ICS Table provides an annual overview of the performance of the world’s ship registers against a


New Multipurpose Tractor Tugs from OSD

OSD’s new series of tractor tugs are suited to perform variety of operations (Image: OSD)

Netherlands-based OSD (Offshore Ship Designers) has designed a new series of tractor tugs which can be used for a range of functions, including escort operations, harbor towage, ship handling, offshore mooring and berthing.   The basic model tug has a LOA of 33 meters and a beam of 13


Drydocks World Earns Five Star Safety Grading

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Drydocks World, an international service provider to the shipping, offshore, oil, gas and energy sectors, announced it has received a five star rating from the British Safety Council for the Occupational Health and Safety.  The company underwent a detailed


Yidong Terminal Orders Hybrid RTG Cranes

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Yidong Terminal has ordered nine additional retrofit hybrid rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) produced by integrator CCCC Shanghai Equipment Engineering (CCCCSEE) for Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. (ZPMC), to be installed in Port of Shanghai.  


New Energy Storage Solutions for Marine Hybrid Market

XALT Energy’s newest scalable marine power offering for marine power needs, the XPAND Modular Pack Architecture, will be showcased at the 2016 Electric & Hybrid World Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.   According to XALT Energy, the system’s design provides workboat operators


Wärtsilä Ferry Concept Features Zero Emissions

Wärtsilä New Ferry Concept Courtesy Wartsila

  A complete concept for a series of innovative and cost effective shuttle ferries, featuring zero or low emissions, is being launched by Wärtsilä. The concept has been developed in line with the Norwegian government's new environmental regulations for ferries emphasising the


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


Improved Performance for Lithium Ion Battery Systems

Corvus Energy has validated and is restating the product specifications for its lithium ion battery systems reflecting that the system has double the RMS power capability and substantially more energy capacity than previously reported.  


Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion Conference

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The Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion Conference will be held at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton U.K. from April 26 to 28, 2016.    The event will bring together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge to highlight the potential use of


Borouge, Maersk Agree to Reduce CO2 Emissions

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 Abu Dhabi-based petrochemical company Borouge signed an agreement with Maersk Line to reduce carbon dioxide emissions for their shipments.    Besides being the first plastics producer in the Middle East to sign the Carbon Pact with Maersk Line


Wärtsilä, Cavotec Developing Wireless Charging, Mooring Concept

Cavotec charging station with ferry. Zero emissions featured with new Wärtsilä ferry concept Photo Wartsila

An agreement has been signed between Wärtsilä and Cavotec to jointly develop the world's first combined induction charging and automatic mooring concept. Wärtsilä has developed a wireless charging system based on inductive power transfer


Jastram, Eco Marine Sign Agreement

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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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