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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


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


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-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


Wärtsilä Common-Rail Engine Completes Shop Test

engine during its official shop test in the works of HSD Engine Co Ltd in Korea. The engine develops 45,760 kW at 102 rpm, and measures about 15.8 m long and 13.5 m high. The first Sulzer RT-flex96C low-speed marine engine has completed its official shop test at HSD Engine Co Ltd in Korea. With an output of 45,760 kW, this is the largest engine to employ common-rail systems for fuel injection and valve actuation.


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


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


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


Vane Brothers Welcomes Latest Tug Newbuild

Kings Point (Photo courtesy of Vane Brothers)

The Vane Brothers Company, a marine transportation provider headquartered in Baltimore, has taken delivery of Kings Point, the latest in a wave of Maryland-built tugboats.   Constructed under the supervision of Vane Senior Port Captain Jim Demske


World’s First LNG-Powered Containership Launched

Isla Bella: General Dynamics NASSCO

 General Dynamics NASSCO launched the 3,100 teu Isla Bella, the world’s first LNG-powered containership. More than 3,400 shipbuilders, their families, and others attended the special event at the San Diego-based shipyard.  


Kvichak Wins Contract to Build Two Ferries

Image courtesy of Incat Crowther

Kvichak Marine Industries, a Vigor Industrial Company, was awarded a contract by the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), San Francisco, Calif. for the design and construction of two all-aluminum 400 passenger-only ferries.  


Alianҫa’s Fleet Continues to Grow

(l.-r.) Rene Wlach, Julian Thomas and Martin Susemihl, Jaques Maggi, Sponsor Luciana Pereira Quartiero, Dr. Ottmar Gast and Dr. Stefan Traumann (General Consul of Germany, Porto Alegre).

  The cabotage fleet of Hamburg Süd’s subsidiary Alianҫa has once again gained a new member. Within the scope of a customer event, the new container ship “Bartolomeu Dias” was christened on 14 April 2015 at the TECON Terminal in the southern-Brazilian port of Rio Grande


Kvichak Delivers Bristol Bay Gillnetter

Photo courtesy of Kvichak

Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc, a Vigor Industrial Company, delivered the first of three new Bristol Bay boats.  The new, top house design all-aluminum 32’ x 16’ jet propelled gillnetter is a product of the Kvichak design team and is powered by twin Volvo D11 EVEC-E engines


RT to Frame Guidelines against Cyber Attacks

  The Round Table of international shipping associations (RT) comprising BIMCO, ICS, Intercargo and INTERTANKO announced today that they are developing standards and guidelines to address the major cyber security issues faced by the shipping industry.


Ships 10% Less Fuel Efficient Than Those Built in 1990

Graph by Seas At Risk

 New ships today are no more efficient than they were over twenty years ago, despite shipping industry claims to the contrary. The efficiency of new ships has deteriorated by 10% on average since 1990.   The study also shows that containerships built 30 years ago already, on average


Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Workshop

Image: Shock Mitigation

Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion Workshop – Southampton – May 13 & 14, 2015   In May 2015 U.K. based Shock Mitigation will bring together a group of experts armed with the latest knowledge that will assist the sub IMO professional sector to understand the possibilities


Shell Ready for ECA Challenges

Photo: Shell

Since the implementation of Emission Control Areas (ECAs) on January 1, 2015, ships entering waters in the Baltic Sea; the North Sea; the North American ECA, including most of the U.S. and Canadian coast, as well as the French overseas collectivities of St. Pierre and Miquelon; and the U.S


New Fuel Management System Launched

Photo: Royston

Diesel power engineering specialist Royston has introduced a next generation version of its Enginei fuel management system.   According to the developer, the new integrated system, with a range of enhanced fuel data analysis and reporting options


Chevron Cylinder Oil Gains Interim NOL for Wärtsilä Engines

Photo: Chevron

Chevron’s new 100BN cylinder oil Taro Special HT 100 offers ship owners the ability to achieve the latest emissions legislation and has now received interim approval for its use in another key engine range – products made by Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd (formerly Wärtsilä)


Chesapeake Launches Tugboat for Vane Brothers

Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Shipbuilding

Chesapeake Shipbuilding has launched another tugboat for Vane Brothers, the builder announced today.   The tugboat, named Fort Schuyler, represents the 11th tugboat that Chesapeake Shipbuilding has built for Vane Brothers of the 14 contracted.  


Two New Patrol Boats for Tunisian Navy

Photo: SAFE Boats International

SAFE Boats International informs it has recently completed an order for two SAFE 65-Foot Full Cabin Inboard Boats for the Tunisian Navy.   The first boat has recently arrived in Tunisia and the second boat is in the process of being delivered, the builder said.   


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.”


Light-Off for Pasha’s New ConRo

Image: Pasha

ConRo vessel M/V Marjorie has attained main engine light off while under final construction at VT Halter Marine, Pascagoula, Miss., signaling that the ship’s complex network of systems is complete and functional prior to delivery to Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii






 
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