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Investigation into Navy Ship Problems

Investigations into problems with fuel systems on board the Navy's new $550 million fleet of Armidale class patrol boats are continuing. Five of the six patrol boats have been docked in Darwin since the Maritime Commander announced the safety concern five days ago. A Navy contractor in charge of implementing the fleet has been organizing the investigations. According to a spokeman, there have been four unexplained engine failures. The faulty engine parts arrived in Sydney today and engineers have only just started to examine them. (Source:

MAN B&W Extends Reach in China

Håkan Samuelsson (left), Executive Board Chairman of the MAN Group, and Li Changyin, CSIC President, signing the contract in Munich. The MAN B&W Diesel Group and the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) agreed upon comprehensive cooperation with regard to the development and production of large diesel engines. The frame agreement, which was recently signed in Munich, also provides for close cooperation in the purchase and production of components

Electronic Navigation and Causation

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that failure to train a master on how to properly use electronic navigation equipment does not make the vessel owner fully liable for an allision nor does it prevent the vessel owner from limiting its liability when there is insufficient evidence to prove that such failure to train was the cause of the allision. In the instant case, defendant’s fishing vessel allided with plaintiff’s offshore rig in the Gulf of Mexico

Proper Engine Maintenance Leads to Significant Cost Savings

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Engine Maintenance trumps a tough economy. Bypass oil filtration technology is one way to get there. For the past several years, ferry service and tugboat operators have had one eye on fuel costs and the other on the economy. But worry as they might, there’s not much, if anything, that operators can do to effect change to the economy or to reduce the price of fuel. What they can do, however, is effect change to reduce their company’s operating costs and that’s where proper

New & Notables

Bahamas Receives New RoPax Service Ten years ago, a RoRo passenger service called Sealink, commenced in the Bahamas — operating from Nassau to port of Governor's Harbor on the adjacent island of Eleuthera. The vessel that performed this service was an aging 14-knot Greek ferry, which established a solid market within the RoRo sector. Despite its healthy growth spurt, the venture ceased in 1993 resulting from rising repair costs and maintenance, specifically in the machinery department

Mack Boring to distribute Steyr Diesel Engines

Mack Boring & Parts Co. has agreed with Steyr Motors to distribute their commercial marine diesel engines on the East Coast, including Canada and the Caribbean.   Mack Boring has a strong presence in the market, providing engine sales, parts warehousing and distribution, engine rebuilding, service, technical support and training for several leading brand diesel engines. The existing Steyr Motors dealer network will continue to serve the market with engine sales and service.

ABB Turbocharging Previews Marine Auxiliary Product

Photo: ABB Turbocharging

ABB Turbocharging, at the CIMAC Congress 2016 presented its first dedicated turbocharger, for marine auxiliary engine applications, in a development cooperation with IHI Corporation.  Designed for ease of operation and service, it supports a condition-based maintenance concept.    The Marine Auxiliary Power (MXP) turbocharger is a key part of the company's strategy to focus on increased value for engine builders and operators in the large engine industry through segment- and

IMDG Code Amended

Amendments (37-14) to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code will enter into force on January 1, 2016, and include many editorial and technical changes to the Code’s operational requirements.   The amendments will not affect the dangerous goods certification issued by Lloyd’s Register, which is related to SOLAS regulation II-2/19.   The amendments to the Code include:  

Caterpillar Introduces Bundled Repair Solutions

Photo: Caterpillar Marine Power Systems

Bundled repair solutions for engine overhauls are now available from Caterpillar Marine Power Systems. The bundled repair solution, the first to be offered for Cat marine engines, is a customizable, comprehensive solution for customers looking to keep their vessels on the water longer. Customers can choose a top end or major foundational kit and customize it with the related components needed for top end or major engine overhauls

Wärtsilä Donates Engine in S. Africa

From left to right: Professor Derrick Swartz, Vice Chancellor NMMU; Greg Davids, Wärtsilä Business Development Partner in Africa; Itumeleng Pooe, SAMSA Senior Manager Marine Tourism & Leisure; Professor Dalenca Pottas, Acting Dean, Faculty of Engineering NMMU; and Odwa Mtati, SAIMI Project Manager

As part of Wärtsilä’s initiative to support and stimulate the maritime economy in South Africa, the company has donated a Wärtsilä 20 engine to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). Part of a long-term sponsoring partnership with NMMU and the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI), the engine will be used to facilitate teaching within the University's School of Engineering.  

Rolls-Royce to Power New York's Newest Luxury Ferry

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Rolls-Royce has won a contract to supply power and propulsion to New York’s newest and largest high-speed luxury ferry.   The catamaran, operated by New Jersey based Seastreak, will carry up to 600 passengers between Monmouth County, N.J

Robert Alan Designed ATB Tugs for ITB Marine

ITB Marine Group Ltd. (ITB) is currently well into construction of the first of two, twin Z-drive, ATB pusher tugs photo Robert Alan

The ITB Marine Group Ltd. (ITB) is currently well into construction of the first of two, twin Z-drive, ATB pusher tugs for service on the West Coast of North America. The tugs are being built at their Annacis Island Shipyard near Vancouver. The tugs will be connected by an articulating pin system

MSC Takes Trophy for Greenest Ship

Image: Mediterranean Shipping Company

 Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has been acknowledged for its environmental efforts, picking up the top award for Greenest Ship of the Year at the International Green Shipping Awards.   Held this week as part of a summit event in Rotterdam

ABB Turbocharger PM Model Demonstrates RoI

Approximately 200,000 ABB turbochargers are in operation across the globe on ships, power stations, gen-sets, diesel locomotives and large, off-highway  vehicles. Image ABB

Independent study demonstrates that ABB’s Preventive Maintenance model for turbochargers achieves significant cost and operational benefits ABB announced study results which show a 202% return on investment (ROI) from using ABB Preventive Maintenance

Two Dredges Delivered in Nigeria

Photo: DSC Dredge

Two local contractors in Nigeria recently took delivery of 10-inch Wolverine Class Dredges, designed and manufactured by DSC Dredge at its facility in Greenbush, Mich.   As the political capital of Delta State, Asaba is a rapidly expanding city along the banks of the Niger River Delta

Wärtsilä to Power Mediterranean's First LNG Ferry

Baleàrias new RoRo passenger ferry (Image: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä said it has signed a contract with Construcciones Navales del Norte SL (LaNaval) shipyard in Sestao, Spain for the design and supply of the LNG power and propulsion installation for a new RoRo passenger ferry being built for Spanish owner Baleària

Caterpillar Propulsion for New LNG Cruise Ships

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MaK M 46 DF dual fuel engines to be installed on a new generation of cruise ships    Caterpillar Marine said its dual fuel engines have been selected for a new generation of cruise ships; tThe company’s MaK 16 M 46 DF dual fuel engines

Robert Allan, Sanmar Design New Z-drive Tractor Tug

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The TRAktor-Z 2500SX is the new Z-drive tractor tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd. in collaboration with Sanmar Shipyards. Engineered for maximum efficiency in both harbor ship handling and towing duties, this compact, under 24 m rule length design offers dependable omnidirectional performance for

Fairbanks Morse to Power USCG’s Offshore Patrol Cutters

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When the U.S. Coast Guard’s first new Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC) is put to sea in 2021, it will be powered by diesel propulsion engines manufactured in Beloit, Wis., by Fairbanks Morse.   The OPC will “provide a critical capability bridge” between the National Security

ExxonMobil Fires its New R&D Test Engine

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ExxonMobil announced the first firing of its new crosshead slow speed test engine to drive its research and development of next generation cylinder and system oils for the marine industry.    The test engine will provide ExxonMobil with a platform for meeting the needs of increasingly

Master Marine Delivers Z-Drive Tug to Marquette

St. Simon (Photo: Master Marine)

Marquette Transportation Co. has taken delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala.   The 78'x 34’x11' St. Simon was designed by Entech Designs, La. for Marquette’s river division, based in Paducah, Ky.  

Rolls-Royce Designs Stern Trawlers for Two Greenland Firms

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Two stern trawlers of Rolls-Royce design are contracted to be built by the Freire Shipyard in Spain. The two vessels, both designed for catching shrimp, have been ordered by Greenland based ship owners Qajaq Trawl and Polar Seafood.  

New Zealand Navy Orders Polar-class Support Tanker

Image: Rolls-Royce

A new polar-class logistic support tanker for the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) will be the first naval vessel to feature the Rolls-Royce Environship design with wave piercing bow.   The new vessel, which will replace the 30-year-old HMNZS Endeavor

CARB Powers Clean Air in California

Photo: Vovlo Penta

California Commercial Marine Operators Take Advantage of Grant Money to Repower with Eco-Friendly Engines.   Capt. Joe Nazar recently repowered his whale watching excursion vessel in San Francisco with twin Volvo Penta Tier 3 diesels, and he couldn’t be happier with the results

SeeByte Tapped for UK Navy’s Unmanned Warrior Exercise

Unmanned Warrior

SeeByte, creator of smart software for unmanned maritime systems, said it will demonstrate software solutions for unmanned systems as part of the Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior exercise. The exercise will feature more than 50 vehicles, sensors and systems and aims to demonstrate

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