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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


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


ABB to Power Norwegian Hybrid Car Ferry

Image: Multi Marine

ABB will supply the power system for a hybrid car ferry serving a passenger route in Norway. The vessel will run as a hybrid but can be modified to run as a full electric ferry with shore charging system.  According to ABB, the contract is another success in northern Europe, where regulation is causing passenger ship operators to look at green solutions. “This is another example of how ABB is at the forefront of energy storage solutions for the maritime industry


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


New Research Vessel Taps Hybrid Power

Photo courtesy of Corvus Energy

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


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


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


US Imports Rise Steady after 2015 Rollercoaster

File photo: Northwest Seaport Alliance

Import cargo volume at the United States’ major retail container ports has begun its annual climb toward summer levels but is expected to be largely flat when compared with last year’s record high numbers, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the


iShip Index Records 7% Increase

Graph: iShip Index by Irish Maritime Development Office

 Ireland’s maritime industry grew strongly in 2015, says the Irish Maritime Transport Economist (IMTE), an annual publication issued by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO).   The iShip Index, which measures the total volume of traffic moving through our national ports


High Performance Marine Batteries & Stored Energy Workshop

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The High Performance Marine Batteries & Stored Energy Workshop set for April 28, 2016 in Southampton will bring together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge to highlight the potential use of high performance marine battery systems and stored energy


This Day In Naval History: April 27

USS Daniel Webster (SSBN 626) was launched April 27, 1963. (Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum courtesy of Darryl L. Baker)

1805 - With naval bombardment from USS Nautilus, USS Hornet, and USS Argus, Lt. Presley OBannon leads his Marines to attack Derne, Tripoli, and raises the first U.S. flag over foreign soil. The Battle of Derna was the Marines' first battle on foreign soil


APM Terminals Vado Orders 19 Straddle Carriers

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APM Terminals has signed a contract for the delivery of 19 advanced container handlers which will employ advanced diesel/electric power sourcing to increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions for Italy’s newest container terminal.  


RSGT Mulls Expansion, Celebrates the Arrival of Al-Nefud

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 United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) and Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT) celebrated the world’s greenest ultra-large container vessel 18,800TEU M.V. Al Nefud during its maiden call to RSGT at Jeddah Islamic Port.   Nefud is one of the class of ships that will contribute greatly


'Singing' Propellers Phenomenon Controlled

Singing Propeller -  Wärtsilä and City University London have in a joint research project succeeded in identifying the specific design parameters that create the risk of singing propellers. Photo Wartsila

A joint research project carried out by Wärtsilä and City University London has succeeded in identifying the specific design parameters that create the risk of 'singing' propellers. Though rare, 'singing' is nevertheless an annoying problem that occurs as a strong tonal noise originating


19 Kalmar Shuttle Carriers for APM Terminal in Italy

Kalmar Hybrid Shuttle Carrier designed to cut costs and improve the sustainability of operations Photo Kalmar

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has received an order for 19 hybrid shuttle carriers from APM Terminals for their newest container terminal that is under construction in Vado, Italy. The machines will be delivered during 2017. APM Terminals' deepwater Vado container terminal will be the world's


Finnish Battery-powered Ferry Due for 2017 Delivery

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Siemens delivers complete integrated electric power and control system for Finland’s first battery-powered ferry to go into operation in mid-2017   Siemens has been commissioned to provide the complete electro-technical solution for Finland’s first battery-powered car ferry


Sluggish Freight Movements Have Downside Risks

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Global distillate markets remain heavily oversupplied but the glut will not clear unless the world economy avoids recession and there is a renewed acceleration in freight demand. Recent data have been mixed. The consumer side of the U.S. economy appears to be strong but the industrial side is


Statoil Debuts Batwind

Signing of the Batwind MoU. Photo Statoil

A new battery storage solution for offshore wind energy will be piloted in the world’s first floating wind farm, the Hywind pilot park off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Batwind will be developed in co-operation with Scottish universities and suppliers


This Day In Naval History: March 21

1804 - The brig USS Syren (Siren), commanded by Lt. Charles Stewart, captures the Tripolitan brig Transfer off the coast of Tripoli, renaming it Scourge after being taken into US Navy service.   1903 - The Honduras Expedition, made up with USS Marietta, USS Olympia, USS Panther, USS Raleigh


Maritime Training: Implementing CI in Familiarization Training

The Author Murray Goldberg is CEO of Marine Learning Systems (www.MarineLS.com). An eLearning researcher and developer, his software has been used by 14 million people worldwide.

Continuous Improvement (CI) is the process of continually analyzing the performance of some aspect of operations, and then applying changes intended to improve that performance.  It is a critical component in maintaining the health of any operation and can be applied to almost any activity


Innovators and Record-breakers Headline Marine Power Conference

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‘Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion’ is a fast moving networking event that focuses on viable solutions for vessels of all sizes. More than 20 expert speakers will highlight a range of unique opportunities.   The program covers three phases; ‘Here and Now


Production of First EnergySail Begins

Impression of EnergySail Array on Naval Vessel or Survey Ship Image courtesy EMP

Automated rigid sail set to bring back wind-assisted propulsion for shipping. Onomichi, Japan – 8th April 2016 – In another important step towards bringing its rigid sail technology onto ships Eco Marine Power (EMP) has commenced work on the production of an EnergySail in Onomichi






 
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