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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

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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


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


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


Passenger Vessel Spotlight: Vision of The Fjords

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The Fjords DA, operator of seven tourist ships in the Western Norwegian fjords, has revealed the name of the latest addition to its fleet. To be christened Vision of The Fjords, the 40m long hybrid craft is designed to push the possibilities of green technology and passenger experience.  


First 100% Battery Powered Air Supported Vessel Launched

BB Green ferry (Photo: Leclanché)

The result of a five-year-long EU project, the world’s fastest Air Supported Vessel (ASV), fully powered by lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS), has been launched at Latitude Yachts in Riga, Latvia.   The new first of its kind vessel BB Green operates at a speed of 30


New Low-emission Hybrid Azistern Tug Design

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Offshore Ship Designers (OSD) has designed a powerful, low-emission compact e-tug to further augment its Azistern series of vessels. Among other roles, the vessel is equipped to deliver harbor assistance.   OSD managing director Michiel Wijsmuller said


Fleet Week Underway in New York

Photo: Jeff OMalley

Parade of ships signals start of Fleet Week New York 2016   Now in its 28th year, New York Fleet Week has commenced, with ships from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy sailing into New York Harbor.   The parade of ships


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


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


ACR to Debut Pathfinder PRO SART at OTC

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An important addition to any commercial vessel’s survival gear kit, the Pathfinder PRO SART is introduced by ACR Electronics, Inc. at this year’s OTC. The new search and rescue transponder expands the broad range of commercial maritime survival products offered by ACR


Next Generation Marine Power: The Future Looks Bright

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The Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion event was held in the Grand Harbour conference venue looking out over the Port of Southampton where cruise ships, oil tankers and the world's largest container vessels ply their global trade.   


Tracking Chinese Seaborne Trade

Graph: Clarksons Research

 One of the major drivers behind the challenges currently facing many of the shipping markets has been slower demand growth.    World seaborne trade grew by less than 2% in 2015, the slowest pace since 2009, with trends in China pivotal


EMR Invests £3m in Port of Tilbury

EMR signs 25 year deal & invests in Port of Tilbury

EMR, one of the world’s largest metal recycling companies has made a significant commitment to remaining in its existing Tilbury Dock facility. Not only has it just signed a new 25 year lease with the Port of Tilbury, it will be upgrading its facilities and investing around £3m in


Report on Health of Seagrass in Cleveland Bay

Seagrass Fact Sheet courtesy Port of Townsville

Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) has released the 2015 Annual Seagrass Health Survey carried out in Cleveland Bay during 2015. The survey, commissioned annually since 2007 at a cost of around $70,000 per year, is carried out by James Cook University’s (JCU) Centre for Tropical Water


This Day In Naval History: May 18

Apollo 10 launching (Photo: NASA)

1775 - Col. Benedict Arnold captures a British sloop at St. Johns in Quebec, Canada and renames her Enterprise, the first of many famous ships with that name. 1898 - During the Spanish-American War, boat parties from USS St. Louis and USS Wompatuck, under Capt. Caspar F






 
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