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Diesel-Electric Propulsion for Offshore

Photo courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding

Images of the Bravante courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding, the genet on truck is courtesy of Cummins Mid-South Long reserved for specialized applications such as icebreakers, diesel electric has enjoyed a rapid growth for marine propulsion in the past decade. Throughout that period, Cummins Marine has been a leader, supplying more than 900 diesel electric packages since delivering its first genset 2003. Early adopters of this flexible propulsion technology included the US firm Rigdon Marine with twenty vessels and France-based Bourbon Offshore with over 100 vessels. In late 2011 Aries Marine built two STX-designed Tiger Shark Class PSVs. After nine months operating in Mexico, one of their vessel engineers, Darrell Bickham, enthused over the performance. “We only put enough engines on line as we need for the job. We can stand by the rig outside the 500-meter zone on one of our four Cummins QSK60-powered generators. Traveling we can make 10 knots with only two operating at 50 to 60 percent of their rated power.” Captain Philip Munsch added, “If we get into weather we can bring on three or even four engines as required. But they are always running at a steady 1,800 RPM with no revving up and down so crew comfort and safety is improved because of the reduced fatigue.”

Seventh AIDA Ship to Sail with Siemens Technology

Photo courtesy Siemens Industry Solutions Division

Siemens Industry Solutions Division has received an order from the Meyer Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, to equip another club ship for the AIDA Cruises shipping company with diesel-electric propulsion systems, and power generation and distribution systems. The scope of supply also includes the automation equipment which will control and monitor all the on-board functions. The value of this order lies in the lower double-digit million euro range

Rigdon First and Ten Chartered

Rigdon Marine Corporation has taken delivery of the First and Ten, the company’s first of ten diesel electric Rigdon 4000 Class platform support vessels (PVS). The First and Ten immediately assumed a term contract with a major international oil company operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The First and Ten is American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Classed Dynamic Positioning-2 (DP-2), with a diesel-electric propulsion system that provides superior fuel efficiency and performance redundancy

Tugs, PSV Ordered from Singapore-based Shipbuilder

ASL Marine Holdings secures contracts worth S$132.5 million to build 4 diesel-electric hybrid tugboats and a platform supply vessel ASL Marine Holdings Ltd., a marine group engaged in shipbuilding, ship-repair and conversion, as well as ship chartering, has secured contracts worth S$132.5 million for the construction of five vessels. The vessels comprised four 75-tonne bollard-pull Diesel Electric Hybrid Azimuth Stern Drive Tugs and one Platform Supply Vessel

Germany Looking to Dock Submarine Deal with India

Ursula von der Leyen. Photo: German Military

 The German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen is visiting India lobbying for the purchase of German Stealth Submarines and European military hardware, say local media.   Sources said that Ursula  talked of Eurofighter and [HDW] submarines in her discussions with Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.   India reportedly asked Germany what all it could offer if a direct deal was struck between the two countries on next-generation submarines

Texas Orders Diesel-electric Ferry

Image: EBDG

Southwest Shipyard awarded contract to build new generation of EBDG-designed ferries for Port Aransas, Texas   Southwest Shipyard of Houston, partner of Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), has been selected by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to build the third vessel in a new class of 28-car ferries for the city of Port Aransas. Two ferries of the new class were delivered in 2011, and construction of the latest vessel, which is a diesel-electric version, will begin this fall

Carnival, Wärtsilä Clearing The Air

As the world's cruise lines grow exponentially larger and are increasingly falling under the gaze of environmental and regulatory bodies, the push to ensure that ships are run safely, efficiently and environmentally sound gains new importance each day. The world's largest cruise ship company - Carnival Corporation (CCL) - has hooked up with one of the premier builders of marine diesel engines - Wärtsilä NSD - to develop a smokeless diesel-electric propulsion system for cruise ships.

DCNS Signs Agreement for Russian Submarines

French shipbuilding company DCNS has signed a contract with Russian shipbuilding science and research institute, providing technological cooperation in submarine design. DCNS company is known as designer of nuclear submarines of “Barracuda” type and diesel-electric submarines with anaerobic engine of “Scorpène” type. The contract on technological cooperation between Russia and France is the first one in the submarine field and suggests further cooperation in the military and technical

Wärtsilä to Power New DE Tanker

Wärtsilä Corporation received a contract to supply main diesel generating sets for a 19,500 dwt product/chemical tanker being built at Shanghai Edward Shipbuilding in the People's Republic of China. Delivery of the ship is scheduled in August 2005. Ordered by Sweden’s Rederi AB Donsötank, the newbuilding is a double-acting tanker (DAT) which is optimized for efficient ice-breaking when going astern and for efficient sailing in open water when going ahead

Great Ships of 2013: Hornbeck’s HOSMAX 300 Series

 (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group delivered M/V HOS Red Rock (Hull 202) to Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC. Hornbeck’s first vessel, the HOS Red Dawn (Hull 201), was delivered on June 21, 2013 and is currently servicing offshore drilling operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Hornbeck’s third vessel the HOS Renaissance (Hull 203) was scheduled for delivery in November 2013. The HOSMAX 300 Offshore Support Vessels feature the following capacities:

Fugro Acquires ROV Support Vessel

Courtesy FUGRO Image Rogério Cordeiro

  Fugro has taken delivery of the new ROV support vessel (RSV) Fugro Aquarius, the most advanced vessel of her type built in Brazil. The new DP-2 diesel-electric vessel is 83 metres is length with a deck area of 520 square metres and accommodation for 60 people

Steel Delivered to Build Russia’s New Icebreakers

OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) has been selected as the key steel supplier in the construction of nuclear icebreakers (Project 22220) at the Baltic Shipyard, part of United Shipbuilding Corporation. A 60MW universal nuclear icebreaker known as Arctic – Project 22220’s

Concept of Container for North Sea Route

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  At a meeting of the scientific and technical council of the Central Research Institute of the Navy in St. Petersburg presented the concept of the Arctic Arc container class 7. According to the publication "Maritime News of Russia"

Rolls-Royce to Exhibit Power Offerings at WorkBoat

The EPA Tier 3 certified MTU 8V 4000 Ironmen marine engine will be on display at the upcoming International Workboat Show 2015 in New Orleans. (Image: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce will showcase its latest marine power innovations, including several MTU commercial marine products and systems, at the International Workboat Show 2015, December 1-3 in New Orleans. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Land & Sea division of Rolls-Royce.

Video: Mega Sailing Ship Docks in Greece

Photo: Konstantinos Mil. Anagnostou

One of the largest sailing ships in the world, the 636-foot-long Club Med 2 is a huge five-masted cruise ship owned and operated by Club Med. The impressively massive vessel recently called the port of Chios Island Greece, where Konstantinos Mil

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

Flag Raised to Russian Icebreaker Innovation

Flag raising ceremony onboard the icebreaker Vladivostok

  A spectacular ceremony was held on the lead vessel of the icebreaker project 21900M in St. Petersburg on 23 September, forming part of the NEVA 2015 Programme. Guests and dignitaries came together to witness the official flag-raising ceremony on board the icebreaker 'Vladivostok' and to

China to Build Submarines in Pakistan

Chinese Type 041 Qing Class Submarine was launched at Wuhan Shipyard last year. Photo: Pakistan Defence.

 China will build in Karachi four of eight submarines that it is selling to Pakistan, Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain said, reports Dawn. The remaining four will be built in China.   China will transfer the technology to Pakistan for submarine construction and a

India, US, Japan Naval Drills Begins, Irks China

Image: US Navy

 India, Japan and the United States kicked off the first joint naval exercises  in the Bay of Bengal in eight years and such drills will occur each year, Indian government sources said.   The Japanese Maritime-Self Defense Force (JMSF) confimed that it will Permanently Join

Østensjø Rederi Orders Wind Farm Vessel

Image: Rolls-Royce

Østensjø Rederi AS has placed an order for the construction of a new offshore wind farm support vessel for maintenance operations at the Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm in the U.K., following the award of a service operation vessel (SOV) contract awarded from charterer Dong Energy.

Improved Efficiency from DFDE Propulsion - Study

Simulations indicate diesel electric propulsion can be a fuel efficient solution for LNG carriers under realistic operating conditions.   Power and automation technology group ABB has disclosed details of a study from DNV-GL R&D examining the potential for efficiency improvements of

Terex Gottwald Harbor Cranes for Netherlands

Terex Gottwald Model 2 rubber-tyred portal harbour crane at Kramer in the Port of Rotterdam

  The Kramer Group is now operating a new diesel-electric Terex Gottwald Model 2 rubber-tyred portal harbor crane in the G HRK 2304 variant at its terminal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Model 2 belongs to the small crane family of Terex Port Solutions (TPS)

15 Terex Straddle Carriers for Liverpool Terminal

Peelports Terminal -Liverpool to receive Terex Straddle Carriers

  Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has received an order for 15 diesel-electric Terex N SC 634 E straddle carriers from the British terminal operator Peel Ports Group Ltd (Peel Ports). Five of these machines have already been in use at the Peel Ports terminal in Liverpool since

Volvo Penta Debuts Updated D16 Engine

D16 marine diesel engine (Image: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta has launched an updated version of its D16 marine diesel engine, coming 10 years after the launch of its original version.   The updated engine arrives at the same time as Europort, held November 3-6, in Rotterdam.  

ROV Support Vessel Fugro Aquarius Delivered

Fugro has taken delivery of the new ROV support vessel (RSV) Fugro Aquarius.   The new Brazilian-built DP-2 diesel-electric vessel is 83 meters is length with a deck area of 520 square meters and accommodation for 60 people. Permanently equipped with two Fugro-built 150HP work class ROVs

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