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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

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.

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.

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)

Hurtigruten’s New Hybrid Expedition Ships Named

Image: Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten’s two new hybrid powered expedition ships under construction at Kleven Yards have been named Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen, after two influential Norwegian polar pioneers from the era when the company itself first started offering adventure travels

SeaBird Exploration: 2D Long Offset in Belize

Northern Explorer  Photo: SeaBird Exploration Group

 SeaBird Exploration, a provider of seismic data to the oil and gas industry, will acquire a long-offset survey offshore Belize.   "We are pleased to announce that the company will acquire a long-offset survey in Belize, starting mid-October 2016

Dutch Sustainable Maritime Solutions Presented

left to right Roel de Graaf (Managing Director NMT), Hans Voorneveld (Chairman NMT), Brigit Gijsbers (Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment), Salima Belhaj (Member of the Dutch Parliament party D66), Margot Ribberi

On October 10, 2016, during the Dutch national Sustainability Day, on board of the MS Borelli, a barge that has been converted with electric propulsion, the 178 sustainable maritime solutions powered by the Dutch and collected by Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT) have been presented

Future USS Zumwalt Heads for Baltimore

File photo: Zumwalt departs from Naval Station Newport, R.I. September 12, 2016 following its maiden voyage from Bath Iron Works Shipyard in Bath, Maine. (U.S. Navy photo by Haley Nace)

The U.S. Navy's newest warship, the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), has left Naval Station Norfolk for Baltimore, Md., where it will be commissioned into active service on October 15 during Fleet Week Maryland.   Originally slated to sail from Norfolk on October 9

Siemens Bags Electric Ferry Propulsion Contract

Image: Multi Maritime

 Siemens said it has secured a contract to supply propulsion systems for two new The all-electric battery ferries to be operated by Fjord1 on the E39 Anda-Lote route on the west coast of Norway.   Both vessels will have a cargo capacity of 120 cars, 12 trailers and 349 passengers

Polaris: World´s First LNG-Powered Icebreaker Delivered

(Photo: Arctech Helsinki Shipyard)

Arctech Helsinki Shipyard delivered the most powerful newcomer in the Finnish Icebreaker fleet, icebreaker Polaris, to the Finnish Transport Agency on September 28th, 2016. The Finnish Transport Agency handed the vessel over to Arctia Icebreaking Oy

Helicopter Carrier Delivered to the Egyptian Navy

LHD Anwar El Sadat (Photo: DCNS)

French industrial group DCNS has delivered LHD (Landing Helicopter Dock) Anwar El Sadat, the second of two helicopter carriers acquired by the Arab Republic of Egypt.   The flag transfer ceremony took place September 16, 2016 in the presence of the two Chiefs of Staff of the Egyptian and

USS Zumwalt Arrives in Norfolk

Guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Zumwalt (DDG 1000) departs from Naval Station Newport, R.I. following its maiden voyage from Bath Iron Works Shipyard in Bath, Maine. (U.S. Navy photo by Haley Nace)

The U.S. Navy’s newest and most technologically advanced surface ship, future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), pulled into Naval Station Norfolk Wednesday for another port visit as part of its three-month journey to its new homeport in San Diego.  

Vard Electro Bags Contract in India

Vard Electro AS, a subsidiary of Vard Holdings Limited, has secured a new contract for the delivery of an equipment and electrical installation package to Cochin Shipyard Ltd. for a vessel under construction for the Government of India.  

US' Most Advanced Warship Departs Bath Iron Works

The future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) departing Bath Iron Works (U.S. Navy photo)

The newest and most technologically advanced surface warship, future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), departed Maine shipyard Bath Iron Works September 7, marking the beginning of a three-month journey to its new homeport in San Diego.   Crewed by 147 sailors, the stealthy

Siemens Supplies Propulsion for Saga Cruises Newbuild

Image: Saga Cruises

 Siemens announced it has been awarded a contract to equip the first new build cruise liner for the British based operator Saga Cruises under contract to Meyer Werft in Papenburg.   The awarded package includes a SISHIP eSiPOD propulsion system as well as a power and distribution plant

ABB Debuts New Azipod Propulsion Model

Azipod XL (Photo: ABB)

ABB’s newly launched Azipod propulsion unit is said to be up to 10 percent more efficient than previous versions. ABB hopes to expand the appeal of the podded electric propulsion system beyond established markets with its improved efficiency and bollard pull.  

Sovcomflot, ABB to set-up Center at Admiral Nevelskoy MSU


PAO Sovcomflot, Asea Brown Boveri Ltd. (ABB) Company and the Admiral Nevelskoy Maritime State University (MSU) have signed an agreement for research, technological and educational partnership. The document provides for the establishment of the Marine Propulsion Simulation Centre at MSU in

MN100: Guido Perla & Associates, Inc.

(Image: Guido Perla & Associates, Inc.)

The Company: With offices in the US, Brazil, Chile, China and Germany, GPA developed into an independent, full-service naval architecture and marine engineering company that since 1979 has helped vessel owners and shipyards navigate through complex newbuild, retrofit and repair projects

ABB Marine Academy Offers Arctic Course

Juha Koskela, Managing Director of ABB’s Marine and Ports business Photo ABB

Responding to strong demand from the ice-going vessel segment, ABB says it has developed in cooperation with customers a new course for deck officers covering the operational principles of diesel-electric Azipod vessels, taking into account vessel safety

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