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Maersk Tanker Fleet on Fuel-saving Retrofit Crusade

Maersk Tankship: Photo courtesy of Maersk Tankers

Maersk Tankers plan to spend up to $35m as it pushes ahead with a fuel saving retrofit programme. One of the company's "I-class" VLCCs is being fitted with fuel saving devices, iincluding Becker Mewis propeller ducts and propeller boss cap fins on a range of owned tankers. The programme includes screening and retrofitting around 70 tankers over the next two to three years, reports Carbon Positive. The company's drive to raise fuel efficiency will focus on as many as 35 separate measures, which will all potentially contribute to fuel savings across the fleet. The company believes that retrofitted tonnage could yield fuel savings of as much as 8-10%. Company naval architects will carefully assess each class of vessel in the company's fleet and specialists from the group's technology firm, Maersk Maritime Technology, to determine which retrofits would be the most effective. Maersk's view is that existing vessels can give fuel savings of between 8 – 10% at a relatively low cost, rather than ordering new ships against the current backdrop of substantial overcapacity. Cutting fuel consumption by 8% would translate into savings of around $8,000 a day, or $30 million per year, for each VLCC. Source: Carbon Positive  

Becker Appoints Simplex-Turbulo as UK agents

Becker Mewis Duct

Becker Marine Systems has appointed Simplex-Turbulo to represent them in the UK. Becker is well-known and respected not just for the manufacture of high-performance rudders and maneuvering systems, but also for significant recent developments in designs achieving substantial reduction of fuel consumption. Two examples of innovations pioneered by Becker are the TLKSR  twisted full spade rudder and the Becker Mewis Duct

Navy Charters Kite-Powered Cargo Ship

MV Beluga SkySails is the worlds first modern partially sail-powered cargo ship. The U.S. Navys Military Sealift Command chartered Beluga SkySails to return European-based U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force cargo to the United States.

For the first time, the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command has chartered a kite-assisted, fuel-saving cargo ship to carry military equipment.MV Beluga SkySails departed , , Oct. 5 after the first of three European port calls to load U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force cargo before the ship's month-long voyage to the . The 400-ft. Beluga SkySails is the world's first cargo ship to use a sky sail - a giant, computer-controlled kite that can rise 100 yards into the air and uses wind power to help

Navy Stern Flap Installations for Fuel Savings


The U.S. Navy began installing stern flaps in April on amphibious ships in an effort make ships more fuel efficient and save up to $450,000 in fuel costs per ship annually. USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41), the first dock landing ship to receive stern flaps, began the installation process mid-April during a scheduled maintenance availability in Norfolk, Va. The ship is expected to head back to sea in late November. "A stern flap, located on the aft end of a ship

Newly Launched Transas Wave Saves Fuel

ECDIS manufacturer Transas Marine has launched its fuel efficiency monitoring system, Transas Wave. Designed for commercial shipping, Transas Wave provides al solution for saving fuel and reducing environmental impact. It is designed to give the officer an easy tool for monitoring and recording of the ship’s fuel consumption. Wave is a standalone application, which fits on every ship. Integration with ECDIS for route optimization will be available later this year

MES Retrofits Hybrid System to RTGs in Thailand

Photo: MES

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES), its subsidiary, MES Technoservice Co., Ltd. (STS) have retrofitted latest hybrid system to the existing five units of RTGs with two months erection period at site and successfully handed over to Leam Chabang International Terminal Co., Ltd. in Leam Chabang Thailand in this August. This retrofitting job has been ordered followed by the successful energy saving performance on one unit of RTG retrofitting

Northrop Grumman Readies New Gas Turbine For Market

As the use of gas turbines as main ship's propulsion power continues to grow in popularity, particularly in the niche vessel segments of cruise shipping and rapid transport, Northrop Grumman recently announced that its WR-21 Intercooled Recuperated (ICR) advanced-cycle gas turbine ship propulsion engine has begun final development tests for the market which has most widely used the product in ship propulsion applications — naval.

Repowers on The Ohio

James Marine, Inc., a marine service in Paducah, Ky., located at mile 5 on the Tennessee River; operates a diesel rebuilding service, mid-stream, fuel and grocery supplies and a shipyard repair facility. With their location, they get a good look at the trends on America's inland waterways. The recent trend toward greater environmental awareness and expected changes to the Environmental Protection Act to require greater pollution control on the inland waterways has prompted them to review their

Survey Shows Some Unaware of SEEMP Fuel Saving Potential

A NAPA Group survey shows SEEMP acknowledged as an industry priority, but knowledge gaps exist, smaller owners & operators lag behind. Software house for ship design and operations, NAPA Group, finds that a majority of respondents were unaware of scope of potential fuel savings the plan could trigger. The survey completed by over fifty ship owners, operators and charterers, revealed that the industry is taking responsibility for SEEMP compliance seriously and is optimistic about its

Royal IHC introduces IHC Workhorse

Workhorse Courtesy IHC Merwede Holding BV

  Royal IHC has announced an extension to its innovative range of vessels with the introduction of the IHC Workhorse. This new design for a hybrid anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel has been developed specifically for the offshore sector. It follows the IHC Packhorse platform supply vessels (PSV), which was launched in 2014.   The design of the IHC Workhorse is based on intensive discussions and feedback from experienced AHTS operators

New Bulkers Launched into Fuel-saving Future

View of the Elsabeth C and Mirela tied up in port in China (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

One of the first commercial applications of MAN Diesel & Turbo’s new MAN Alpha Kappel FP propeller took place off the coast of China recently when the vessel Elsabeth C, a 58,500-dwt Supramax bulk carrier owned by Frontmarine Co. Ltd – an affiliated and managed company of

Radio Holland Revamps Cruise Ship Bridge

Photo courtesy of Radio Holland

Holland America Line’s cruise ship MS Noordam recently underwent a 10-day dry-dock period, during which it was fit with a customized bridge from Radio Holland. The work on Netherlands-flagged MS Noordam included refitting the navigation and bridge systems to improve working conditions in

Tuco Debuts New Dive and ROV Support Boats

Image: Tuco Marine

Denmark’s Tuco Marine has revealed its new dive support and ROV Support boat designs. The two new vessels complement the designer’s range of ProZero workboats and daughter crafts and are dedicated the dive and ROV markets.   

Kalmar Forklift Trucks for US Market

Kalmar DCG180-330 heavy forklift truck

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has announced the North American launch of its highly acclaimed heavy forklift at the Breakbulk Exhibition in Houston on 7 October 2015. The Kalmar DCG180-330, which competes in the 18-33 tonne capacity sector

Dry Bulk Freight Market Recovery Slows

Image: China COSCO Bulk Shipping (Group) Co., Ltd

 The global dry bulk freight market, crippled by oversupply but seeing signs of renewed activity, is expected to take at least a year to hit the road to recovery, according to the latest Platts survey of shipping market participants.  

Another Newbuild Tanker Joins Ardmore Fleet


Tanker shipper Ardmore Shipping Corporation’s latest newbuild vessel, Ardmore Seawolf, was delivered by SPP Shipbuilding from the Sacheon shipyard in Korea on August 13, 2015.   The addition of the 49,999 DWT IMO 3 product and chemical tanker increases the number of Ardmore vessels on

Rolls-Royce Showcases MTU's Drive System

Dr Ulrich Dohle (left), CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, talks to Winfried Hermann, Minister of Transport in Baden-Württemberg, about eco-friendly drive concepts for rail transport.  (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

Winfried Hermann, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of Germany’s federal state of Baden-Württemberg, paid a visit to Rolls-Royce Power Systems in Friedrichshafen, where he was keen to learn about eco-friendly drive concepts for rail transport.

Damen's Ship with Van der Velden FLEX Tunnel Commissioned

Doop Rhenus Duisburg

  The first ship outfitted with the Van der Velden FLEX Tunnel was named Friday, August 14th in Duisburg. The Rhenus Duisburg, the new barge combination from shipping company Rhenus PartnerShip, has been put through extensive tests and trials

Eniram Expands Training Services, Onboard and Onshore

Photo courtesy of Eniram

Eniram Ltd, a provider of energy management technology and analytic services to the shipping industry, today announced the addition of in-depth training services for its Eniram platform and associated products.  According to Eniram , the training portfolio is aimed at ship officers as well

MN: Corvus Energy

Image: Corvus Energy

The Company: Corvus is a manufacturer of proven, high power Energy Storage Systems (ESS). Its field proven battery systems provide power to hybrid and fully electric marine propulsion systems. Founded in 2009, Corvus provides purpose-engineered ESS solutions for marine

350 Vessels coated with HEMPAGUARD Product


   Just two years after its launch, leading manufacturer of marine coatings – Hempel – announces that its revolutionary award winning antifouling product HEMPAGUARD has now been applied as a full vessel coating to more than 350 ships.  

New ‘Diesel Doctor’ Introduced

Image: Icon Research

Icon Research announced the launch of the new DK-20 Diesel Doctor instrument and version 6 engine analysis software.   The updated DK-20 has been built to be even more portable, rugged, easy to use and accurate with new features such as a touch-screen and built-in test

Eniram Launches 3 New Energy Savers

Eniram Ltd, a provider of energy management and fuel-saving technology and analytic services to the shipping industry, announced the release of three new products aiming to help save fuel and optimize energy usage on vessels.   The company has launched the upgraded speed optimization

Unmanned Ships: How Close is the Autonomous Ferry?

The first remote-controlled ferry demonstrator could hit the water within four to five years thanks to a new wave of research into operational efficiency based on ship intelligence solutions. The prediction from Oskar Levander, VP for innovation

Greyman Express Launched

Greyman Express. Photo by Vroon

 China’s COSCO Guangdong Shipyard today launched Greyman Express, the sixth newbuilding livestock carrier to be constructed for Dutch company Vroon at this yard.    Four newbuilding livestock carriers have already been delivered to Vroon and have entered service. 

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