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Houston Hybrid RTG's to Install Saft Li-ion Batteries

Saft contracted by MJ EcoPower Hybrid Systems to supply leading-edge lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries for four new hybrid-powered mobile RTG (Rubber Tyred Gantry) cranes serving Houston Harbor, Texas. The contract is an important breakthrough for Saft in the US hybrid RTG crane market that is set for growth as operators seek to drive down their fuel costs while reducing emissions. There are up to 600 existing RTG cranes in US harbors that could potentially be retrofitted with hybrid power systems, while around 150 new cranes are built every year for the global market. RTGs play an important logistics role in ports and harbors, where they are used to transport and stack shipping containers during ship loading and unloading. Normally, the electric motors for the movement and hoisting functions are powered by a diesel generator often kept idling 24/7 to ensure that the crane is always ready for operation. MJ EcoPower Hybrid Systems has developed an innovative alternative approach for its EcoCrane® systems that replaces the conventional diesel power plant (typically rated at 400 to 750 kW) with a much smaller diesel generator set of 100 to 150 kW combined with a battery-based energy storage unit. For the Houston cranes, MJ EcoPower Hybrid Systems is taking the EcoCrane® system to the next level by replacing the lead-acid batteries with Saft Li-ion batteries to supply the normal operating power as well as providing regenerative storage for energy captured as the


Chandler to VP Operations, Bay Diesel

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Bay Diesel & Generator announced the promotion of Lynn Chandler to the position of Executive Vice President of Operations. Chandler will oversee the operations of Bay Diesel’s parts department, service division and administrative functions. Chandler has been with Bay Diesel since February of 1990. In his time with Bay Diesel, Chandler has participated in nearly every aspect of the business, including service coordination, payroll and accounting


3.MAJ Delivers Innovative Tanker

Croatian-based shipyard, 3.MAJ Brodogradilište, delivered the first of a contracted four-part tanker series this past August. Named M/T Margara, the 71,345-tdw oil tanker was constructed for Monte Carlo based owners subsidiary Doria Shipping Co., registered in Valetta, Malta. The $150 million contract for the vessels' construction was signed in March 1997, with a term loan facility arranged by Merrill Lynch Intl. of London, who provided financing during construction


Queen Mary 2 Sets Sail with GE LM2500s

The world’s largest transatlantic liner, the Queen Mary 2, set sail on its maiden voyage powered by two GE LM2500+ aeroderivative gas turbine-generator sets and four diesel generator-sets. The new flagship of the British merchant fleet, owned by Cunard Line, will take 14 days to sail from Southampton in the United Kingdom to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A special highlight of Queen Mary 2’s inaugural schedule will be her maiden eastbound crossing from New York on April 25 as both Queen Mary 2 and


Bay Diesel & Generator Distributes NREC Power Systems

Bay Diesel & Generator has been named the east coast distributor for NREC Power Systems' EPA certified exhaust emissions reduction systems for large diesel engines. NREC Power Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of National Railway Equipment Company, with 10 locations throughout the United States and Canada. They re-manufacture EMD, Caterpillar, Alco, and General Electric Diesel Engines for the marine, power generation, and transportation industries


MTU Diesel Gensets for Type 26 British Combat Ship

Tognum subsidiary MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH and Rolls-Royce have jointly been awarded the contract to design the diesel generator sets for the Royal Navy´s future Type 26 Global Combat Ship. BAE Systems made the announcement at the International Defense and Security Equipment exhibition (DSEi) in London. The propulsion system will consist of a combination of four MTU diesel gensets powered by Type 20V 4000 M53B engines, and a Rolls-Royce Type MT30 gas turbine.


Halter Marine Builds New Navy Research Ship

Halter Marine, Inc. has been awarded a $53.6 million contract from the U.S. Navy to build a T-AGS 60 class oceanographic research ship. The vessel will be the sixth of its class, all designed, built or under construction at Halter. Delivery of the ship is planned for December 2001. The all-steel vessel will be 329 ft. and designed with a common bus diesel electric propulsion system consisting of twin screw propellers driven through Z-drives


Canada Finding on Cruise Ship Switchboard Fire

The Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB) issued its report of the investigation into the switchboard fire on the cruiseship STATENDAM in the Strait of Georgia on 4 August 2002. The main circuit breaker for one of the diesel generators suffered a catastrophic failure that started fires in the main switchboard room and the adjacent engine control room. The crew extinguished the fires. The TSB determined that the current international structural fire protection standards around main


ALSTOM Wins $102M Navy Deal

ALSTOM has won a second order of around $102 million to supply an integrated electric power and propulsion system for the Royal Navy’s Anti-Air Warfare Type 45 Destroyers. Following on from the first contract in April 2001 for batch one, this order is for batch two vessels and was awarded by BAE Systems Type 45 Destroyer Prime Contract Office. The order for the integrated electric power and propulsion system also includes the supply of major items of equipment including: 21 MWe


GE to Provide MTU with LM2500 Gas Turbine

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GE Marine reports that it will provide MTU Friedrichshafen, Friedrichshafen, Germany, with one LM2500 gas turbine for the German Navy’s fourth Baden-Württemberg-class (F125) frigate. For each new F125 frigate, MTU will provide the German Navy with one LM2500 gas turbine, two electric motors and four diesel generator-sets in combined diesel-electric and gas turbine propulsion arrangement.  The keel for the first F125 frigate was laid in November 2011 at the Blohm +Voss


GE Gas Turbine Powers German Navy Frigate

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GE Marine reports that the German Navy’s Baden-Württemberg(F125-class) frigatewas christened in December 2013, powered by a GE LM2500 gas turbine-based propulsion system. The christening ceremony was held at ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems in Hamburg, Germany. According Dr


US Navy Adds New Research Vessel

Carol Armstrong, sponsor for the R/V Neil Armstrong , breaks a bottle across bow during a christening ceremony at Dakota Creek Industries, Inc., shipyard in Anacortes, Wash. Joining Carol on the platform are Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, left, chief of naval research, Dick Nelson, president, Dakota Creek Industries, Inc., and Kali Armstrong, granddaughter of the late astronaut. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

Yesterday marked the christening of the U.S. Navy’s new state-of-the-art Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) scientific research vessel R/V Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) at the Dakota Creek Industries shipyard in Anacortes, Washington.


38% Fuel Savings for Hybrid Ferry

Photo: Imtech Marine

When Imtech Marine was asked to supply a hybrid propulsion system to the first ever diesel electric, hybrid seagoing ferries to the Scottish state-owned ferry operator, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd. (CMAL) in 2011, fuel savings of around 20% were expected, the company said


Havyard to Build Hybrid Battery Arctic PSV

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Norway's Havyard says it has signed a contract for the construction of a Havyard 833 WE ICE platform supply vessel with Fafnir Offshore HF. The vessel is to be designed by Havyard Design and Solutions in Fosnavaag & will be constructed at Havyard Ship Technology`s yard in Leirvik in Sogn


Eastern Shipbuilding Deliver 'HOS Riverbend'

HOS Riverbend: Photo courtesy of ESG

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. says it has delivered the M/V HOS RIVERBEND (Hull 204), their fourth and final vessel in the HOSMAX 300 series, to Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC, ahead of schedule. Each vessel is Diesel-Electric powered, twin Z-drive propelled OSV’s


Foss Assists Lab in Hydrogen Fuel Research

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Foss Maritime and one of America's most prestigious national research laboratories are joining in a project aimed at producing cleaner air, less costly fuel and a healthier environment. Seattle-based Foss and its Hawaiian subsidiary, Young Brothers Ltd


Second Modular Capture Vessel for US Operation

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Drydocks World announced the completion and delivery of Eagle Louisiana, the second of two Modular Capture Vessels (MCV) for the U.S. The first MCV, Eagle Texas, sailed away from Drydocks World’s yard in August last year. The vessels are the world’s first MCVs.


Eastern Delivers PSV to Bravante

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Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the delivery of the M/V BRAVANTE VI (Hull 156) on Friday February 28, 2014 to Boldini S.A., BRAVANTE GROUP of Brazil. The BRAVANTE V (Hull 155), the first in the series, was delivered three months earlier and is currently on charter in Brazil.


Boat of the Month

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Alion & Robert Allan Team up to Deliver High Tech Research Vessel In the very near future, the new scientific Research Vessel Investigator will enter service for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), an agency of the Federal Government of Australia


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


Electric Rates Reduced at Port of Long Beach

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Reduced electric rates help the port improve air quality; discounts will save tenants $350 million, keep port competitive   The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved reduced electric rates at the Port of Long Beach for the next 24 years and a program for Southern California


Johnson Matthey’s New Engines for Tier 4 Compliance

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To meet the emission limits for of the EPA’s New Source Performance Standards, new engines will come from the factory with low NOx, PM, CO and HC emissions.  For existing engines, Johnson Matthey introduces a Tier 4 solution with its compact and efficient integrated SCRT (Selective


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


Fassmer Orders Three WhisperPower Systems

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New WhisperPower systems have been ordered by the Fassmer yard in Northern Germany for there rescue vessels for the Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger, DGzRS. The order concerns a contract for three keel-cooled M-SQ27 1500 rpm diesel generators with SYMAP generator


MARAD Study: Renewable Diesel Reduces Emissions, No Harm to Performance

T/S State of Michigan engine room (Photo: MARAD)

MARAD study shows renewable diesel fuel reduces emissions without impacting engine performance. The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has recently completed tests of renewable biofuel technology onboard the training ship State of Michigan. The project was part of a MARAD initiative to conduct


 
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