ALSTOM Power Conversion has been selected by Princess Cruises and Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. to supply electric propulsion systems for two Grand Class cruise ships. According to Michel Pater, Senior Vice President, Marine & Offshore, ALSTOM’s know-how, expertise and success in the domain of electric propulsion, especially in big cruise ships, made ALSTOM an ideal choice. Each ship will be equipped with two of ALSTOM’s electric motors each with a rated power of 20,000 kW / 145 rpm. ALSTOM is also to supply the main and auxiliary generators, the 11 kV main switchboard, the induction motors for thrusters and compressors and all the Synchrodrive and control units dedicated to the electric propulsion. The ships will be delivered to the shipowner from 2003. In the same period, Princess Cruises has also placed an order, for four other cruise ships, with Chantiers de l’Atlantique and these ships will also be fitted with ALSTOM?s electric propulsion systems (2 x 20,000 kW / 150 rpm per ship).-
MTU Friedrichshafen has won the contract to supply the diesel electric propulsion systems for eight French frigates from the “FREMM” program (Frégates Européennes Multimissions). Apart from onboard power generation, the four 16-cylinder MTU Series 4000 diesel engines on each vessel provide the heart of the diesel electric propulsion system with each unit delivering 2,200 kW. A gas turbine is available as an alternative for higher speeds.
Power conversion specialist Converteam has shipped the first of two massive 75 tonne, 36 Megawatt generators designed specifically to match the electrical power requirement of the propulsion motors for the Royal Navy's Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers. These are major components of the electrical system for the two new 65.000 tonne ships for which Converteam has designed the innovative Integrated Full Electric Power (IFEP) and propulsion system
Korean companies Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and Hyundai Heavy Industries contract GE technology. The GE equipment will be installed on 23 new LNG ships and represents total propulsion power of 1,105 megawatts. Traditionally, the propulsion of LNG tankers has been based on boil-off boilers and steam turbines. In recent years, more and more ship owners have turned to dual-fuel engine systems combined with electric propulsion as more efficient solutions
Lloyd’s Register Asia has completed the first safety case in Korea for dual-fuel electric propulsion in association with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) and Wärtsilä. The system is for the new large LNG tanker designs of 200,000 cu. m. and above being put forward by Korean yards. Lloyd’s Register Asia has worked with DSME and Wärtsilä to help to ensure that the technology is properly qualified for installation onboard the next generation of LNG tankers.
American Superconductor Corporation has completed a no-load factory testing for the world's first high temperature superconductor (HTS) electric ship propulsion motor. The company's ultra-compact HTS motors are as much as half the weight, one-third the size, operate with higher fuel efficiency and have lower maintenance costs than equivalently priced copper- based motors at the same power and torque rating. The patented 5 megawatt (MW)
ABB celebrates its 25th anniversary since the merger of ASEA with BBC, January 1988. Twenty-five years ago Sweden’s ASEA and Switzerland’s Brown Boveri merged to form ABB Asea Brown Boveri & Cie, integrating 850 subsidiary companies and 180,000 employees operating in 140 countries. ABB kept ASEA’s and BBC’s respective positions at the forefront of technology and continued to innovate
Bergen, Norway based Scandinavian Electric Systems(SES) has secured orders worth around NOK 350 million for delivery of complete Diesel-Electric propulsion and Automation systems for two plus option for three Jackup Vessels with Lamprell plc in Dubai. The Shipowner is Seajacks International Ltd.. The contract for the two first vessels of NOK 140 million are fixed and firm with optional contracts for the three next vessels worth approx. NOK 210 million.
This morning, STX Finland’s Turku Shipyard began production of the multipurpose deck cargo vessel ordered by Oy Gaiamare Ab. NB 1379 is an environmentally-friendly specialized ship that will be delivered during spring 2012. The vessel has a length of approximately 105 meters and a width of approximately 19 meters, and it will provide work for about 300 persons during different stages of production. The production start-up at STX Turku Shipyard took place in a traditional manner
L-3 SAM Electronics announced that it will exhibit an extensive range of advanced automation, navigation, dynamic positioning, electric propulsion, shore connection and degaussing systems for ships of all types and sizes in at Nor-Shipping, in Oslo, Norway, June 4-7. Key exhibits will highlight the latest enhancements to L-3’s established NACOS Platinum series of bridge-based integrated navigation, automation and control systems
A hybrid electric ferry using Corvus Energy's advanced lithium polymer battery solution was commissioned today in Copenhagen, Denmark by Scandline. The Princess Benedikte ferry refit represents the conversion of a former diesel electric ferry to a hybrid vessel and a major advance in green ferry
The Sea Tantalus is the first of a series of Vard Group (STX) designed platform supply vessels being built at Cochin Shipyard Ltd. in India. The distinctive hull configuration is being built in countries around the world, and the Indian version is the first of four from Cochin.
Maritime exhibition offers platform for technical innovators attracted by offshore investments The offshore market remains buoyant, with exploration and production driving new fleet investment, design innovation in vessel efficiency and reduced environmental impact
In a move that could change the way the maritime industry views propulsion technology, GE’s Power Conversion business increased its offshore systems portfolio with Inovelis, a podded thruster with unmatched fuel efficiency and overall performance.
Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA) was awarded a contract to supply a Diesel-Electric Power and Propulsion System for Bhagwan Marine’s Dive Support Vessel (DSV) that will be constructed in Singapore. With headquarters in Western Australia
Electrical System Failure at Sea The world watched as the Carnival Triumph sat still, dead in the water in the Gulf of Mexico after a main space fire caused a total loss of electrical power. For the 3,143 passengers and 1,000-plus crewmembers, there was no heat or air conditioning
Siem Offshore contracts Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. of Poland to construct a dynamically positioned Cable Lay Vessel (CLV). The associated gross project cost for the first vessel, scheduled for April 2015 and ready for operation, is approx. USD 85 million.
Rolls-Royce gets a repeat Sølvtrans AS order for the design & propulsion package of a ship developed specifically for transporting live fish. The first ship is due for delivery in June this year and this latest contract also includes options to build two more vessels of the same type
Organised by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) the programme for the 5th Symposium is published. The symposium programme for the fifth 'Engine As A Weapon Symposium (EAAW V)', with its theme ‘Delivering Military Effect: A holistic approach to combat and
A year after taking delivery of its last Bourbon 200 vessel and first Bourbon Liberty 300 vessel, Bourbon has extended its range of services with the Bourbon Liberty 151, the first vessel in a series of 15 PSVs. The first Bourbon Liberty 150 series vessel will operate for Maersk Oil and Qatar
Siemens Industr awarded a multimillion dollar contract by LEEVAC Shipyards, LLC to equip two newly constructed Aries Marine Corporation marine platform supply vessels (PSV) with its unique diesel electric propulsion solution at Leevac’s facilities in Jennings, La.
ABB say its Onboard DC Grid will receive a 'Spotlight on New Technology Award' at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) May 6-9, 2013 in Houston. The awards honor innovative technologies for the oil and gas industry and related energy sectors that have the potential to significantly impact
'MSC Preziosa' successfully completes sea trials with its GE Power Conversion electrical power & propulsion system. Built from the STX yard in Saint-Nazaire, France, MSC Preziosa is the latest ship in MSC’s Fantasia-class and the 12th in the MSC fleet
Bourbon takes delivery of the 3rd vessel in the large Inspection, Maintenance, Repair (IMR) series for the offshore industry. The Bourbon Evolution 803 is the latest in a series of vessels designed to operate in complete safety at depths of 3000 meters
The Norwegian shipping industry is teaming up and has taken a leading role in developing battery-powered ships. The first four hybrid vessels will start to sail in 2013/14. In 2015, they will be followed by the world largest fully electric ferry