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Playing the Tier Game

By Larry Pearson With few exceptions, marine power is diesel power and emissions levels from diesel engines are coming under increased scrutiny and regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency. The levels of acceptable NOx, carbon monoxide and particulate matter for diesel engines in U.S. flagged vessels depends on the displacement of the engine. The EPA has settled on a liters-per-cylinder measurement to determine the schedule to meet the emission requirements. For example, marine diesel engines between 1.2 and 2.5 liters per cylinder have had to meet what is known as Tier Two requirements since 2004. These are engines typically used to power small gensets, bow thrusters, fire pumps and other auxiliary engine requirements. However, not all of the engines between 1.2 and 2.5 liters per cylinder have to meet Tier Two requirements. "Engines used for emergency generators and other standby power are exemption from these regulations," said Gary Aucoin, marine sales manager for Louisiana Machinery Inc., Belle Chasse, La., a Caterpillar distributor and major supplier of diesel engines for shipyards in Louisiana. Larger engines, between 2.5 and 5.0 liters per cylinder must today meet less stringent emissions standards known as Tier One. These engines are used for main power requirements of marine vessels.

New Diesel Engine Lines Available for Workboat Market

In recent months several diesel engine manufacturers have expanded their existing engine and generator ranges to include models suitable for workboat, large yacht and fishing vessel applications. This translates to more propulsion choices for boat builders and owners. Following is a look at four newly launched lines. MTU Friedrichshafen's 8000 Series Last September, MTU introduced the new 8000 series, moving the company into medium-speed engine market.

Ingram Repowers With Cummins

Ingram’s big white line-haul towboats with their distinctive red circle stack logo are a familiar sight on the lower Mississippi. On the Ohio River and in other feeder routes, Ingram also operates a number of smaller vessels to put the big tows together. In the recent total rebuild following the sinking of one such boat, the 56 x 24-ft. M/V Charles B Holman, Ingram chose Cummins engines. Mark Duley, General Manager-Motor Vessel Engineering

Making Data a Priority is Key

During a conference in Oslo, KVH CEO Martin Kits van Heyningen urged maritime operators to utilize big data in order to remain competitive. The future competitiveness of the maritime industry will be affected by how rapidly shipping operators take advantage of big data, according to one of the world’s leading suppliers of satellite communications to the maritime industry. Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO of KVH Industries, Inc

Vessels: Big Cat Express: A Very Fast Sea Trial

By Larry Pearson It's 8:30 a.m. as the Big Cat Express saddles up to the dock at the Port of Morgan City, La. It is Sea Trial day for the big quad engine catamaran ferry. No question she is waterjet powered as the tops of the blue "buckets" of the four Hamilton Jet 651's break the surface of the water at the stern. Just above the buckets are the exhausts, large four stainless steel pipes that curve downward toward the water.

MerCruiser Big Block

Mercury MerCruiser has developed the next generation of big-block marine power – a new engine that produces more power and has better mid-range acceleration, lower emissions and superior fuel efficiency. Mercury MerCruiser engineers in Stillwater, Okla. – drawing on the expertise of the development teams at Mercury Racing – conceived, designed and engineered the new engine with support from Mercury engineers in Fond du Lac, Wis

Pollution Control Vessels Launched


Three unique pollution control vessels have been launched in Dorset – with a fourth under construction. The vessels – three with Doosan engines and Westerbeke generators from engine and generator specialist WaterMota – are to be used for  oil spill recovery in South America and West Africa. Build by Manor Marine for Desmi Ro-Clean, the steel Pollution Catamarans (Pollcats) – 19m, 15.5m and 12m - are designed to absorb oil or pollution working at a speed of up to

Hyundai Heavy Targets 20% Growth in 2012

Reuters reports that Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world's biggest shipbuilder, expects order growth to more than halve to 20 percent this year as the world economy continutes to sputter. The conservative outlook adds to recent order cancellations in the global shipbuilding sector as economic turmoil and tighter bank lending have compounded growing earnings pain for ship owners. Hyundai, which also makes marine engines and construction equipment, repotedly targets winning $30

J. Ray McDermott’s Mid-East Lay Barge

Since 1960, J. Ray McDermott's Middle Eastern facility has fabricated and installed over 630 structures, 330,693ST of steel, and has installed over 2,610 miles of pipeline throughout the Arabian Gulf, Egypt, India, the Caspian, Africa and the North Sea. Recently they have upgraded one of the assets that make these remarkable numbers possible. The firm’s Derrick Lay Barge-27, owned by Hydro Marine Services but operated by McDermott, now has an impressive set of specifications

Technology: New Nozzles Improve Northern Tug

Northern Transportation Company Ltd. of Hay River, Canada, recently completed a major refit of one of their quad screw pusher-towing tugs, the Edgar Kotokak. Vancouver's Robert Allan Ltd. provided design and engineering services for the refit which improved the operational efficiency of the tug. The refit included new CAT 3512B engines and replaced the open propellers and rudders with integrated Nautican Nozzles and Triple Rudders

IHC Services Secures Dredger Repair Contract

HUTA 14 self-propelled cutter suction dredger at work (Photo: Royal IHC)

IHC Services, a subsidiary of Dutch shipbuilder and repairer Royal IHC, informs it has secured an order for a renovation project for a dredging vessel owned by Huta Marine Works Ltd in Saudi Arabia.   The contract calls for work on the HUTA 14 self-propelled cutter suction dredger (SPCSD)

Japan’s First ME-GI Engine Passes Factory Tests

FAT attendees pictured in front of the ME-GI engine at MES’s Tamano Works (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

The factory acceptance test (FAT) of the first ME-GI engine in Japan recently took place at the Tamano Works of Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES), overseen by classification society DNV GL.   The engine, developed by MAN Diesel & Turbo

Smart Box Ship Features Built-in Container Tracking

CMA CGM Bougainville (Photo: CMA CGM)

CMA CGM Bougainville is billed as the first containership in the world to be equipped with TRAXENS technology, which transforms containers into smart, connected objects.   Newly built CMA CGM Bougainville, the 18,000 teu flagship of French container shipping company the CMA CGM Group

Qatar – World's Biggest LNG Exporter

Photo:  Qatargas Operating Company Limited

 Qatar has retained the crown of the biggest exporters of natural gas and the biggest exporter of liquid gas or LNG in the world, reports The Peninsula.   The country exported nearly 77 million tonnes (MT) of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in 2014 which was approximately one-third of

MN 100: Cummins Marine, Inc.

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The Company: Global power leader Cummins, Inc. is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems

LUKOIL Marine Lubricants Launches iCOlube in the UK

Photo: LUKOIL Marine Lubricants

To optimize vessel’s engine performance and efficiency, LUKOIL Marine Lubricants has developed the iCOlube system, which had its U.K. official launch on September 8, 2015 in London.   According to LUKOIL, the iCOlube cylinder oil lubrication unit tailors the alkalinity reserve to

Volvo Penta Wins NMMA's CSI Award

Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) this week presented the 12th consecutive Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) award to Volvo Penta recognizing excellence in customer satisfaction in marine sterndrive engines.   The CSI award is based on an independent survey of over 50

Cat’s C280 Engines Meet EPA Tier 4, IMO Tier III

Photo: Caterpillar

Caterpillar Marine now offers its Cat C280 medium-speed diesel engines for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 and International Maritime Organization (IMO) Tier III service. The EPA Tier 4 standards applied to all new U.S. flagged vessels starting in January 2014 and IMO III

Shipping Delivering Real CO2 Reduction

ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe

  In advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in December, the global shipping industry, as represented by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), has launched some key messages to government negotiators, explaining the impressive progress the industry is making to reduce

Cheniere to Ship LNG Cargoes to France

Sabine Pass LNG Terminal. Pic: Cheniere Energy

 Cheniere Energy agrees to send 24 cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG), or 89T BTUs, from its Sabine Pass Terminal in Louisiana in 2017 and 2018 to French state-controlled power utility  Electricite de France (EDF), its second deal in two months to ship the fuel to France after EDF

Singapore's Record Fuel Stocks Move to Floating Storage

Record high stocks of fuel oil in Singapore are pushing traders to store the shipping and feedstock fuel into tankers temporarily as demand slows regionally. At least seven very large crude carriers (VLCCs) have been provisionally fixed to store fuel oil on short-term time charters

MAN 32/44CR Engine US EPA Certified

Image: MAN Diesel & Turbo library photo of the MAN 32/44CR engine

MAN Diesel & Turbo announced that its MAN 32/44 Common Rail engine family (rated power: 3,600 – 12,000 kW) has received U.S. EPA Certification, a requirement for all engines installed aboard U.S.-flagged vessels. Chuck Griffith, Sales Manager, MAN Diesel & Turbo, North America

Kenya Raids Suspected Drug Ship

Kenyan police raided a ship docked in the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa on Friday, on suspicion that it carried drugs and firearms, officials said. East Africa has become a key export route for Afghan heroin destined for Europe. Regional maritime forces

Belships Signs Deal with Imabari

 Belships has entered into a sale and leaseback agreement with a Japanese counterpart for the ship M / S Belforest.   Belforest, 61,000 dwt Ultramax bulk carrier is currently under construction at Imabari Shipbuilding in Japan and will be delivered around 25 September 2015. 

First Ethane-powered Ships Classed by Bureau Veritas

Photo: Bureau Veritas

The first ethane-powered ship, JS Ineos Insight, the leading ship in a series of eight 27,500-cubic-meter multi-gas Dragon-class vessels being built at Sinopacific, China, for Denmark’s Evergas, was named on July 14. The new vessels configured for transport of ethane, LPG or LNG

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