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ALSTOM Supplies Electric Propulsion Systems Two New Cruise Ships

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).-


GE Electric Propulsion Equipment for LNG Carriers

GE Power Conversion receives first order in Japan from Kawasaki Heavy for electric propulsion motor equipment for LNG vessels   GE’s Power Conversion business has received a new order from Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. for electric power and propulsion systems for two LNG carriers. The LNG carriers will be built for the purpose of transporting LNG from Louisiana, U.S.A. Their construction is scheduled to be completed from 2017 through 2018.  


MTU Logs French Navy Order

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.


Converteam Delivers First 36MW Generator

Converteam’s 36 MW generator ready for shipment

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


GE (France) to Supply Propulsion Systems for 23 New LNG Carriers

LNG Carrier: Photo credit Wikimedia CCL Rana

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


Seagull Launches New eLearning Titles

Maritime training provider Seagull announced the release of nine new eLearning titles. The fourth quarter release includes titles covering Electrical safety, Galley operations – nutrition, Nutrition and well-being – awareness, Electric propulsion – electrical machines, Electric propulsion – power electronics, Electric propulsion – electric propulsion systems for ships, Marine environmental awareness – sustainable shipping


American Superconductor Completes Propulsion Motor Tests

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)


LR Asia Completes Safety Case for Dual-Fuel LNG

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.


Caterpillar to Launch Two EPS Tier 4 Marine Engines

Caterpillar Marine Power Systems will unveil its United States EPA Tier 4 power solutions for vessels using engines over 2,000 kW at the 2013 International Workboat Show The first engine platforms to be rolled out as Tier 4 solutions are two legendary performers in the commercial marine industry: the Cat 3516C marine engine as well as the Cat 280 marine engine. The C280 engine will be available as Tier 4 certified in both the 8 and 12 cylinder configurations.


Ballerina's First Electric Ferry Enters Service

Photo courtesy of DIAB

With around half a million plug-in electric cars are on the roads worldwide, electric propulsion is now slowly spreading into other types of transportation, one of which is electric boats. Stockholm ferry operator Ballerina has introduced a new, electrically propelled passenger ferry, built in composite material, that runs smoothly, comfortably and with essentially none of the noise that accompanies combustion-engined vessels.


Modernization for Two Swedish Icebreakers

Protacon, a company based in Jyväskylä, Finland, informs it has received an order from Swedish Maritime Administration for the modernization of electric and automation systems of two icebreakers. The contract entrusts Protacon with the modernization of electric propulsion drives and


Barillec to Present ‘Marine Apps’

Photo: Barillec

Barillec informs it has chosen the Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo to unveil its new identity and to present its “Marine Apps”.  The show will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from June 23-25.   Barillec develops marine applications based on 60 years of global


Battery-powered Ferry Enters Service in Norway

Photo courtesy of Siemens

The world’s first electrical car and passenger ferry powered by batteries has entered service in Norway, representing a milestone on the road to operating emission-free ferries along Norway’s coastline, with at least 50 other routes currently able to sustain battery-operated vessels.


Electric & Hybrid Propulsion Ordered fir CMAL Ferry

The keel of the third hybrid ferry at Ferguson Marine Engineering (Photo: CMAL)

Imtech Marine informs it has been awarded a third contract to supply the electric and hybrid propulsion system for a hybrid ferry operated by Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) of Scotland.   Ferguson Marine, the Glasgow-based yard which built the first two CMAL diesel electric


L-S MSI to Exhibit at Cruise Shipping Miami

Photo courtesy of L-3 MSI

L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) will showcase a range of systems and services for cruise ship operations, including automation, integrated navigation, dynamic positioning, onboard entertainment and drive systems, in Hall C, Stand 1931, at Cruise Shipping Miami, March 16-19.


Caterpillar to Deliver Highest Horsepower Tier 4 Solution

      The C280 (Photo courtesy of Caterpillar Marine)

  Edison Chouest Offshore has selected Caterpillar Marine's Cat Tier 4 Final C280-16 generator sets for two new vessels, Caterpillar announced today. The generators are the marine industry's highest horsepower Tier 4 solution, as well as one of the largest diesel electric propulsion (DEP)


First LNG-powered EcoLiner Launched

Damen EcoLiner (Photo: Damen)

Europe’s greenest inland vessel debuts Damen group innovations   Damen Shipyards Group launched the first LNG-powered Damen EcoLiner inland shipping tanker at its Romanian yard in early February. The EcoLiner, developed to deliver fuel economy for inland shipping operators while


Coming soon: German LNG-powered Ferries

An animated sequence of the AGA Seagas LNG fueling vessel by Bomin Linde LNG GmbH

 Germany’s AG-Ems is preparing to put two liquefied natural gas-diesel dual fuel ferries into operation for the summer season in the North Sea for the first time. They both are powered by Wärtsilä 20DF engines, with fuel to be supplied by Bomin Linde.  


New Azipod Thruster Launched by ABB

Image: ABB

ABB unveils newest Azipod thruster to growing electric propulsion market    Power and automation technology group ABB has introduced Azipod D, a new addition to its line of Azipod electric propulsion offering, allowing a wider range of vessel types to utilize the Azipod propulsion


Push Boats: From Turkey to Brazil

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The shallow draft market in South America continues to strengthen, powered by orders such as Hidrovias do Brasil S.A. 2013 deal for eight HB Pushboat ASUNCION-PYs, which represents a new generation of powerful Shallow Draft River Push Boat designed specifically for South America inland waterways


Thunderbolt: Eastern Delivers Innovative Towboat

Twin electric V-Pod propulsion and diesel-electric technology combined. Image courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. introduced its new 120-ft., 4,200-hp Inland Towboat design, Thunderbolt, combining twin electric V-Pod propulsion and diesel-electric technology for what the builder calls its “vision of the future for the U.S. inland waterways.”


Keel laying Ceremony of Damen PSVs for Atlantic Towing

PSV 5000 Keel laying lowres

  In a keel laying ceremony attended by key client representatives, Damen Shipyards Galaţimarked the start of construction of two Platform Supply Vessels – PSV 5000 – for Canadian maritime services provider Atlantic Towing. The 90-metre vessels are part of a multiple vessel order


ABB's New Azipod Thruster

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ABB has released details on its latest generation Azipod thruster, a unit which ranges in power from 1.6 megawatts to 7 megawatts (MW) and is intended to serve a growing electric propulsion market. (According to Clarkson’s Research, the number of vessels with electric propulsion has been


SENER Develops Multipurpose Subsea Support Vessel

Multipurpose Support Vessel designed by SENER

Operators are demanding more efficient, less consuming and more capable vessels, while shipbuilders need to achieve it in a very competitive environment. As a ship design firm, SENER says it plays an important role offering value to all stakeholders


Hybrid Power for Workboats: The Future is Now

Deep Blue Hybrid by Torqeedo is a fully integrated scalable system, offering hybrid propulsion and providing complete onboard energy management.

Hybrid marine power and propulsion systems for workboats isn’t farfetched. In fact, it may be essential.   In 2015, two significant developments are going to make many operators, owners and builders of professional vessels consider hybrid marine power






 
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