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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


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


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


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


Wärtsilä Joint Diesel Research Project Completed

Multinational team led by Wärtsilä and MAN Diesel completed the major Hercules cooperative research project into the technology necessary for higher-efficiency engines with ultra-low emissions for ships. A team of more than 40 European engine component suppliers, equipment manufacturers, universities, research institutions and shipping companies, led by the major diesel engine groups MAN Diesel SE and Wärtsilä Corporation


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


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).


Rolls-Royce to Cut Another 800 Jobs at Marine Unit

British engineering company Rolls-Royce said it would cut a further 800 jobs in its marine business to save an extra 50 million pounds ($63 million) a year, responding to weak demand from shipping and energy customers. The marine business


Shallow-Draft Yukon River Tender

Photos courtesy of Haig Brown/Cummins

 “If it works well, then why change it?” might have been the idea of the owner of a new Yukon River salmon tender building at WCT Marine’s shipyard at Tongue Point on the Columbia River near Astoria, Oregon. Owner R. Bodey had Tullio Celano draw up a set of plans from a


Construction of King Salman Global Maritime Industries Complex Gains Steam

 Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder, announced today that Royal Inauguration Ceremony of King Salman Global Maritime Industries Complex was held at Ras Al-Khair, Saudi Arabia with the attendance of His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on November 29


Caterpillar Gains Approval for Analysis Software

Caterpillar Marine has received Type Approval certification from DNV GL for Cat Asset Intelligence (Cat AI) software, demonstrating Caterpillar’s commitment to quality and customer focus.  Caterpillar provides Cat AI advanced predictive analytics and expert advisory services to ship


Ethane Carrier GasChem Beluga Delivered

Photo: Hartmann Reederei

On November 11 the first vessel of the new ECO STAR 36k type, GasChem Beluga, was delivered to the owners Ocean Yield ASA in China. The design for this new type of vessel was developed under the lead of German ship owner Hartmann Reederei together with its long-term partners HB Hunte Engineering


Polar Cruise Ships to Feature Rolls-Royce Green Tech

Image: Rolls-Royce

Norwegian explorer cruise line Hurtigruten is to build two new expedition ships using a new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology from Rolls-Royce making fully electric propulsion on a passenger ship possible.   The Rolls-Royce designed MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen


WE Tech Shaft Generator Solutions for Stena ROPAX Ferries

(Photo: Stena Line)

WE Tech said it has received an order to deliver its permanent magnet shaft generator solutions to a series of four fuel efficient ROPAX ferries, with an option for another four. The vessels are to be built for the Swedish shipping company Stena RoRo at AVIC Weihai Shipyard Co., Ltd. in China


Solemn Seas for Warramunga

HMAS Warramunga during her transit to South East Asia. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 HMAS Warramunga transited the Sunda Strait on Remembrance Day, where Australian light cruiser HMAS Perth I was lost in 1942..   Ship’s company fell silent to reflect on the loss and the sound of the engines and the crashing of the waves could be heard.  


Gibdock Welcomes Back Thomson Majesty

Thomson Majesty (Photo: Gibdock)

A familiar cruise ship visitor has returned to Gibdock, with the Gibraltar yard undertaking exacting repair and renewal work on Thomson Majesty, the Thomson-operated luxury vessel owned by Louis Cruises.   The project involved two weeks in Gibdock’s No


AME to Showcase Windrock’s New 6400 Diesel Engine Analyzer

For the eighth year in a row Advanced Mechanical Enterprises (AME) will be showcasing at the International WorkBoat Show (IWBS), the largest commercial marine tradeshow in North America serving people and businesses working on the coastal, inland and offshore waters.  


AMC’s CTV for a Booming Market

Hurricane Tow Photo Aluminium Marine Consultants

The International Energy Agency states that 2.5% of global electricity demand is today provided by wind power—and that figure is set to grow by 42% through to 2021. In Europe alone, according to the 2016 report from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA)


First LNG-fueled Pure Car/Truck Carrier Named

World’s first LNG-fueled pure car and truck carrier Photo United European Car Carriers

United European Car Carriers (UECC), owned equally by NYK and Wallenius Lines, held a naming ceremony on November 21 at the Port of Zeebrugge, Belgium, for Auto Eco, the world’s first LNG-fueled pure car and truck carrier (PCTC). Auto Eco had been delivered to UECC on September 29.  


Teamwork Smoothes Complex FPSO Repair

Image: Intelligent Engineering

Work to repair five separate areas on board FPSO FPF-003, operated by Petrofac South East Asia Pte Ltd using SPS has been completed on-station in the Mubdala, Jasmine oil field. The repair work on this ABS classed vessel, built in 1976 and converted in 2005


Volvo Penta for Virginia Pilots Boats

Volvo Penta IPS leads the way forward Photo Volvo Penta

The new boat being built for the Virginia Pilots Association joins the increasing number of pilot boats powered by Volvo Penta IPS. The 55-ft. vessel, designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates and built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, will run on twin D13 900 hp U.S


Oscar B: Power in the River Currants

Oscar B (Photo: Cummins)

Since 1925 there has been some form of car ferry crossing of the lower Columbia River from Puget Island on the Washington side to Westport Slough on the Oregon side. In 1959 Wahkiakum County took over operation of the ferry and in 1962 had a steel-hulled ferry, named for the county






 
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