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Clean Hybrid Technology Gets EPA Verification

Foss Maritime and AKA's retrofit system wins federal listing after tug test shows significant fuel savings and reduced emissions Clean hybrid technology that's already proving its value in two of the world's most environmentally sensitive ports has received verification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA verified the XeroPoint Hybrid Tug Retrofit System (XeroPoint) pioneered by Foss Maritime of Seattle, Wash., and Aspin Kemp and Associates (AKA) of Stratford, PEI. The system captured the attention of the maritime industry for its potential economic and environmental savings as a Foss harbor tug was undergoing extensive testing in the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The rigorous EPA verification process ensures the XeroPoint hybrid system is an effective choice for use on any U.S. harbor tug seeking to meet the nation's highest environmental standards. "The hybrid retrofit reduces fuel costs and pollution," said Paul Stevens, President and CEO of Foss Maritime. "EPA verification of the California test results is what the maritime industry has been looking for. There will be a significant market for XeroPoint retrofits, based on the world's growing demand for safe, clean technology." Jason Aspin, CEO of AKA, said, "The XeroPoint hybrid system represents a clean and simple solution that can be customized for a harbor tug's power and propulsion systems


Foss Maritime Wins Clean Air Award

The ports of and was honored Foss Maritime Company, calling its innovative approach to reducing air pollution in southern an outstanding example of corporate leadership.  Among Foss’ initiatives: Developing the world’s first hybrid tug, the Green Dolphin, a low-emission vessel that company officials expect to deploy in San Pedro Bay by the fall of 2008.  Earlier this year, the federal Environmental Protection Agency gave Foss and the Green Dolphin its Clean Air


AKA Partners with KOTUG International

From left to right :  Edward Gatt/Elisabeth Ltd; John Eldridge/Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA); Ard Jan Kooren/Kotug International BV; Arnout Damen/Damen Shipyards Group; Todd Barber/Robert Allan Limited; Evan Willemsen/KST b.v. (Rotortug)

Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA) announced a collaboration with KOTUG International for the newbuild construction of two hybrid Advanced Rotortugs.   Following AKA and KOTUG’s hybrid retrofit of the RT Adriaan in early 2012, the team are partnering once again to provide the next generation of hybrid Rotortugs for KOTUG’s fleet on behalf of Elisabeth Ltd. based in Malta. AKA’s XeroPoint hybrid marine propulsion system will be installed onboard Rotor tug’s new


Corvus Energy Lithium-Ion Battery for BRAtt

Corvus Energy AT6200 Battery Module (Photo courtesy Corvus Energy)

Corvus Energy, harnessing the power of large format lithium-ion battery systems for marine propulsion, will spotlight its proprietary technology at the International Tug & Salvage (ITS 2010) Conference May 17-21 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver, B.C. The conference marks the world debut of the BRAtt class training tugs, the first of which will feature Richmond, B.C.-based Corvus Energy’s battery and management system utilized as the house power bank


Patent Granted for Hybrid Propulsion System

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 Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA) and Foss Maritime receive U.S. patent protection for hybrid marine propulsion and energy management system.   Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA) and Foss Maritime Company with their technology partner XeroPoint Energy, have received U.S. patent protection for their hybrid propulsion and energy management system. AKA, a Canadian system integrator and marine engineering company partnered with Foss


Dutch, Swedish Defense Place Cooperative Tugboat Order

Image courtesy Damen

The Defense Material Organization of the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) has contracted Damen Shipyards Group for the delivery of five Harbor and Seagoing tugs. The contract has been made in cooperation with its Swedish counterpart: Swedish Försvarets Materielverk (FMV). Responding to current and future developments in emission reduction and environmentally friendly shipping, the RNLN has opted for a new Damen design: the ASD Tug 2810 Hybrid


Patent Protection Granted for Hybrid Propulsion System

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Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA) and Foss Maritime Company with their technology partner XeroPoint Energy, have received U.S. patent protection for its hybrid propulsion and energy management system. AKA, a Canadian system integrator and marine engineering company partnered with Foss, which owns and operates one of the largest tug and barge fleets on the U.S. West Coast, in developing this technology. The hybrid propulsion and energy management system has been proven to significantly reduce


BRAtt, Green Training Tugs

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Robert Allan Ltd., Western Maritime Institute, and Corvus Energy Limited announced that a contract will be signed for the design and construction of the world's first "green" training tugs at the International Tug & Salvage (ITS 2010) Conference, to be held in Vancouver in May 2010.  Western Maritime Institute (WMI) is an accredited marine training institute located near Ladysmith on Vancouver Island


KOTUG’s Hybrid Rotortug Arrives in Rotterdam

RT Evolution

RT Evolution, KOTUG’s new hybrid Rotortug, has arrived in the Port of Rotterdam on Saturday, Oct. 18. In the coming weeks, Damen Shipyards Group will complete the final outfitting and testing of this next generation Robert Allan design: the ART 80-32 Hybrid. According to the builder, the 32.9m ART 80-32 Hybrid (13.2m beam) has a max bollard pull of 84t and max speed of 13.7kts. Its total power is 5,295BKW.


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


Wärtsilä Integrated Solutions for Maersk's AHTS Vessels

AHTS Maersk

  A new series of six Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessels to be built at the Kleven Verft AS in Norway for the Danish based Maersk Supply Service A/S - part of the A. P. Møller-Mærsk Group, will feature fully integrated solutions from Wärtsilä


Karl Senner Inks Distribution Deal with Electronic Power Design

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Karl Senner, LLC (KS) has reached a new strategic representation agreement with Electronic Power Design (EPD). Karl Senner, LLC now represents EPD in the United States marine and offshore Markets. The distribution agreement will allow KS to offer electrical automation


A Classic Repower

Photo courtesy of Vane Brothers

The tug Falcon was built by Modern Marine Inc. in 1978. In the intervening years, companies that employed her have changed hands a number of times until 2013 when Vane Line Bunkering of Baltimore, Maryland purchased Kirby Marine’s Philadelphia bunkering division.  


New McAllister Tug Features JonRie Winch Set

Tate McAllister

JonRie Marine Winches supplied its fifth ship set of full bollard pull winches to New York’s McAllister Towing for installation on its new tug, Tate McAllister. The 92-foot x 32-foot Z-Drive tug was designed and built by Washburn & Doughty of East Boothbay, Maine


Energy Storage System Ordered for LNG Battery Hybrid Ferry

Photo: Corvus Energy

Norwegian hybrid to be the first LNG battery ferry to operate on commercial routes Corvus Energy, Siemens AS and Fjord1 have announced the award of the contract for the Fannefjord LNG hybrid ferry. The refit Fannefjord will use a 1,050V, 410kWh Energy Storage System (ESS) consisting of 63


Hybrid Ferry Completes Three-month Trial

Hybrid Ferry MF Finnøy

Corvus Energy announced the completion of the three-month trial of the hybrid ferry MF Finnøy.  The refit vessel used a 960V, 260kWh Energy Storage System (ESS) consisting of 40 Corvus Energy AT6500 advanced lithium polymer batteries


First LNG Fuelled Tug for Middle East by Wärtsilä

The first LNG fuelled harbour tug in Middle East region will be designed by Wärtsilä and feature a full scope of Wärtsilä solutions.

  Drydocks World (DDW) based in Dubai, UAE, has contracted Wärtsilä to design and supply the propulsion and other equipment for a new harbour tug that will operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG). This will be the first harbour tug in the Middle East region to operate on gas


JK Fabrication Wins Emergency Tow Reel Order

Photo courtesy of JK Fabrication

JK Fabrication (Nordic Machine) wins emergency tow reel order from Olympic Tug and Barge Olympic Tug and Barge, a Harley Marine Services Company, has selected four JK Fabrication emergency tow storage reels for new barges being built at Zidell Shipyard in Portland (the first two) and Vigor


MARAD Awards Grant for Green Tug Conversion

M/V Christopher M. Parsonage (Photo: Capt. Billy Smith)

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) has granted $450,000 to AEP River Operations of St. Louis, Missouri, to modify the Motor Vessel (M/V) Christopher Parsonage into a fuel-efficient hybrid vessel that conserves fuel and reduces emissions.


Schottel Shifts Focus Offshore at SMM 2014

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Schottel presented new solutions focusing on offshore applications and hybrid concepts. The new underwater mountable azimuth thruster SRP 9000 LSU (4,800 – 5,500 kW) takes into account the tough conditions offshore and helps reduce docking times


Imtech Equips First LNG-Hybrid Barge

LNG-Hybrid Barge

Imtech Marine equipped the first LNG-Hybrid Barge with green technology by order of Becker Marine Systems. The LNG-Hybrid Barge, which will supply the AIDA cruise fleet with energy in Hamburg, is fitted with Imtech Marine’s electrical solutions and fire extinguishing equipment


ZF Marine Debuts ZF W10000 Transmission

ZF Marine’s André Körner, during its introduction at SMM 2014.

ZF Marine Propulsion kicked off day 1 of SMM 2014 in Hamburg by introducing the new workboat transmission family – ZF W 10000 – enhancing the range of ToughGear series transmissions. The new family is designed specifically for the commercial craft segment


VULKAN Couplings Debuts New Products

TDS Plafrix

At the SMM 2014 in Hamburg, Vulkan Couplings presented two new products: the TDS Plafrix, a shifting clutch and flexible coupling combination, tailored to the use of harbor tugs in particular, and The Vulkardan GBF, a coupling for generator applications featuring a solution for the so-called


OSV 'Test Lab' Targets Safety and Efficiency Gains

The Viking Lady operates in the North Sea and is a full-scale test laboratory (Photo courtesy of DNV GL)

At the Greener Shipping Summit – Ships of the Future conference held in Athens yesterday, Dr. Nikolaos Kakalis, Head of DNV GL Strategic Research & Innovation in Greece, showed how the Viking Lady, an offshore supply vessel (OSV) in daily operation in the North Sea and full-scale test


Damen Delivers Tug for Scrabster Harbor

Stan Tug 1606, Highlanders

Scrabster Harbor Trust (UK) has taken delivery of a new harbor tug / workboat, a Damen Stan Tug 1606. The vessel, named Highlanders, will replace itscurrent workboat which was built in 1976. The new tug will undertake pilotage, towing, general harbour and maintenance duties.






 
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