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Ship System and Component Manufacturers Discuss Past and Future

The Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus (CSC) co-chaired by Representatives Gene Taylor (D-MS) and Jo Ann Davis (R-VA), met with ship component manufacturers on the impact that low rates of naval shipbuilding have had on their companies and the challenges confronting the ship manufacturing industrial base. The ship manufacturers that met with the Caucus included: Mr. Craig Hansen of BWXT/ Babcock and Wilcox in Mount Vernon, IN; Mr. Walter Herr of Fairbanks Morse Engine in Beloit, WI; Mr. Roy Arnold of IMECO, Inc. in Iron Mountain, MI; Mr. Michael Stobbart of Lister Chain and Forge, Inc. in Blaine, WA; and Mr. Terry Sterling of Nelson Stud Welding in Elyria, OH. These companies manufacture nuclear propulsion system components, diesel engines, ship heating and cooling systems, ship anchor and mooring chains, and welding systems, respectively. The industry representatives highlighted their challenges in maintaining and training a workforce and their cost structure in the face of low and unstable ship production in the United States. The industry stressed the need for larger shipbuilding budgets to provide economies of scale to lower the cost of systems and components across all ship platforms. Co-chairman Gene Taylor (D-MS), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN), Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA), Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones (D-OH), Rep. Steve Kagen (D-WI), Rep. Michael Michaud (D-ME), Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), and Rep


Oil Consumption of Medium Speed Diesel Engines

Reliability and availability are of paramount importance to all users of internal combustion engines. Inherent engine design reliability must be complemented by a suitable periphery and the appropriate choice and treatment of working media such as lubricants and fuel. CIMAC Working Groups have a long tradition of preparing recommendations and guidelines for the internal combustion engine industry and its users. In performing this work


Sulzer Engines Selected for German Containerships

Eight 1,574 TEU container ships contracted by the German owner Peter Döhle Schiffahrtsgesellschaft at the Jiangsu Yangzijiang shipyard in the People's Republic of China are to be propelled by Sulzer RT-flex common-rail engines. Each ship will be equipped with a single 7-cylinder Sulzer RT-flex60C low-speed engine with a maximum continuous power output of 16,520 kW (22,470 bhp) at 114 rpm. The engines will be built under licence from Wärtsilä Corporation by Hudong Heavy Machinery Co Ltd in


Breakthrough for Large Engine Manufacturing in China

The new super long-stroke MAN B&W S90ME-C9 engine to be built in China Seaspan Corporation has placed an order for 7 + 18 newbuildings of 10,000 teu container ships at Jiangsu YangZiJiang Shipbuilding. These will be powered by the new super long-stroke engine type MAN B&W 10S90ME-C9, which will be built by the Chinese engine builder CMD. Traditionally, MAN Diesel & Turbo K98-type engines have been used as prime movers by 8,000-10,000 teu capacity container vessels


New Volvo Penta Between Regular Runs

MF Vardehorn, a Norwegian car and passenger ferry, was having problems with one of its four propulsion engines. The contract to replace the engine was awarded to Marhaug A/S, Volvo Penta’s dealer in Svolvaer, Norway. The replacement, which involved cutting holes in the ship’s hull to install the new engine, was completed between two scheduled runs by the ferry. “We are extremely satisfied with the engine replacement and the manner in which Volvo Penta helped us solve our problem


32 Wärtsilä Gensets for Chinese Vessels

The Wärtsilä Auxpac 32 generating set. Photo Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract to supply newbuild Chinese container vessels with a total of 24 9-cylinder Wärtsilä 32 Auxpac generating sets. The engines will power six 21,000 TEU ships being built at the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard (SWS) for China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL). The order was placed in June with Wärtsilä's joint venture company CSSC Wärtsilä Engine (Shanghai) Co Ltd (CWEC).


Wärtsilä-Developed Engine Undergoes Test Program

The first electronically-controlled low-speed marine diesel engine built in Japan is currently completing its test program. This is a Sulzer 6RT-flex58T-B engine built under license from Wärtsilä Corporation by Diesel United Ltd at the Aioi works. The engine will be installed as the main engine in a 105,000 tdw Aframax crude oil tanker contracted at Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd by Scinicariello Augustea Ship Management SpA


Silence on the Ship

Hatz SilentPACK is a quiet engine. Sound is reduced by up to 90 percent

A double-hulled tanker called Bernhard Dettmer refuels ships in Hamburg Harbor – power supply on board is provided by a Hatz SilentPACK diesel engine. It is end of the working day. Calm returns on board the Bernhard Dettmer, although the diesel engine is running, supplying the ship with power. There is no noise, however, because the engine is running very quietly. This is one of the outstanding features of the Hatz 4L41C SilentPACK engine


ABB Improves Efficiency of World’s Largest Ships

MSC Oscar (Photo courtesy of ABB)

ABB Turbocharging helps improve engine performance on record- breaking containerships   ABB has designed turbochargers powering the largest ships in the world. First came the China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) Globe with capacity of 19,100 TEU completing its maiden voyage in February 2015. This was followed by the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Oscar at 19,224 TEU. Both have engines incorporating ABB-designed turbochargers and are each the first of a series of vessels to launch


Upgraded Wärtsilä RT-flex68-D Successfully Tested For IMO Tier II Compliance

The first upgraded Wärtsilä RT-flex68-D engine equipped with a Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) turbocharger was successfully tested at Doosan Engine Co Ltd in South Korea. It is fully compliant with the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Tier II regulations.   The engine has a slimmer outline to better suit installation requirements for container ships. Moreover, the engine provides extended flexibility over a broader load range when equipped with a VTG turbocharger


Insights: Kunkel Weighs in on Propulsion Technology

Bob Kunkel - President, Alternative Marine Technologies, Inc.

LNG? Methanol as fuel? Hybrid systems? Tier 4? Reducing noise? Cutting emissions without crushing fuel economy? Marine News readers have questions and Bob Kunkel has answers. Kunkel, President of Alternative Marine Technologies, previously served as the Federal Chairman of the Short Sea Shipping


Bay-Houston's New Escort Tug Launched

Laura B (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has launched Laura B, the final vessel in a series of four Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class terminal and escort tugs built for Bay-Houston Towing Co. The Laura B is scheduled to deliver in 2016.  


BMT to Lead Repower for Historic USCG Eagle

The U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle sails in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday, July 30, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist David Lau, Public Domain)

BMT Designers & Planners, a subsidiary of BMT Group, an international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, is leading the effort to repower the historic U.S. Coast Guard training barque, EAGLE.   The $1.5M (approx


First VectRA 3000 Tug Delivered

(Photo: Sanmar)

Sanmar’s first VSP (Voith Schneider Propeller) tug, of the new VectRA 3000 series, named Arie A has been constructed for Italian operator Tripmare Spa of Trieste. The vessel has been delivered by a Redwise crew to Ashdod Port, located some 40 kilometers south of Tel Aviv where it will operate


Hyundai Bags NZ Defence Order

3D Image of Logistics Support Vessel HHI to Build Under New Zealand Defence Force’s MSC Project. Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder, has won an order to build a 23,000 ton class logistics support vessel for New Zealand Defence Force’s Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC) project.   


NASSCO Bags USS Oak Hill Modification Award

USS Oak Hill Photo USN

General Dynamics NASSCO-Norfolk was awarded a $42 million cost-plus-award-fee modification to a previously awarded contract for the repair and alteration for the USS Oak Hill (LSD-51). NASSCO-Norfolk will provide ship repair services including engine replacement/repairs


Wärtsilä Environmental Efficiency for Hybrid UK Ferry

Photo courtesy of Wrightlink

A new ferry being built at the Cemre shipyard in Turkey for UK operator Wightlink will feature a comprehensive range of modern Wärtsilä equipment and systems to ensure a high level of environmental efficiency.   In addition to conventional fuel


Ship of the Year Award for NYK Vessel

Image of LNG-fueled tugboat Photo NYK

Japan's first LNG-fueled ship, Sakigake, which is a tugboat owned by NYK has been recognized with a Technology Special Award at the 2015 Ship of the Year Awards sponsored by the Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers (JASNAOE)


Ship Engine Emissions Adversely Affect Macrophages

Photo:  Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd

A study conducted by Germany’s Helmholtz Zentrum München and University of Rostock found that ship emissions adversely affect the health of inhabitants of coastal regions.   Since macrophages also play a key role in lung diseases such as COPD


Finland's Wartsila Sticks to 2016 Outlook

File Image: a Wartsila built marine engine (Wartsila)

Finnish ship engine and power plant maker Wartsila reported weaker-than-expected quarterly profit and order intake on Wednesday. Wartsila cited tight competition in the energy markets and overcapacity of ships. However, the company repeated its full-year profitability outlook


Offen Group Deploys DNV GL Energy Efficiency Training

(From left to right): André Grabow (DNV GL), Madeleine Engelhardt, Dietmar Thiem, Nicole Ritter (all CPO Container), Jens-C. Ketels (CPO Crewing), Alisa Ban-Rodić (DNV GL), Björn-Hendrik Salecker (CPO Tanker and Bulker). Photo: DNV GL

The three shipping companies of the Offen Group, CPO Container, CPO Tanker and CPO Bulker, have decided to implement DNV GL’s e-learning course “Energy Efficiency on Board” across their entire fleet.  The E-learning tool, developed by DNV GL’s Maritime Academy


LM2500 Gas Turbine Powers Turkish Navy's MILGEM Corvette

GE LM2500-based propulsion system  Photo GE’s Marine Solutions

GE’s Marine Solutions announced that the Turkish Navy’s third MILGEM multi-purpose corvette TCG Burgazada was launched powered by a GE LM2500 gas turbine-based propulsion system. The launch ceremony was held in mid-June at the Istanbul Naval Shipyard; a keel laying ceremony was also


Energy Efficiency is Impacted by Choices Made Throughout a Vessel’s Lifecycle

Pic: Wärtsilä Corporation

 Investments in energy efficiency improvements offer cruise and ferry and merchant vessel operators an opportunity to reduce operating costs and emissions while building a more sustainable brand image, says Wärtsilä Corporation.  


Carnival Opens High-tech Training Center

Photo: Carnival

Carnival Corporation & plc today announced the official opening of its Arison Maritime Center, a world-class facility dedicated to providing safety training for its bridge and engineering officers responsible for the navigation and operation of the company’s fleet of cruise ships.


Volvo Penta’s IPS System a Boon to Ferries Operators

The Antares boat on the sea around the Amalfi coast. Photo Volvo Penta

A new passenger ferry, Antares, has been launched from the Italian city of Naples and is the first boat of its kind in the region to be installed with Volvo Penta’s ingenious Inboard Performance System (IPS). The installation of IPS 900 showcases Volvo Penta’s state-of-the-art






 
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