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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


LNG Cold-Ironing Cruise Ship Barge on the Stocks

Model image courtesy of Becker Marine Systems

Hamburg-based Hybrid Port Energy GmbH, has awarded a building contract to Shipbuilding and Machinery of Komárno, Slovakia to build the world’s first LNG Hybrid Barge to supply low-emission electrical power to cruise ships in port. The LNG Hybrid Barge will be delivered by summer 2014, only two years after the initial project startup. The 74 m long barge will be stationed in the Port of Hamburg, which will then be the first port in Europe able to provide cold ironing power to


38% Fuel Savings for Hybrid Ferry

Photo: Imtech Marine

When Imtech Marine was asked to supply a hybrid propulsion system to the first ever diesel electric, hybrid seagoing ferries to the Scottish state-owned ferry operator, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd. (CMAL) in 2011, fuel savings of around 20% were expected, the company said. Following extensive trials Imtech Marine announced that the actual fuel savings with the innovative hybrid system - consisting of diesel electric in combination with battery technology - were up to 38%.


ESG to Build Four RA Tugboats

Contract announcement: Image courtesy of ESG

Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) said that Suderman & Young Towing Company & Bay Houston Towing Company have placed orders for a total of four new Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs at Eastern’s Panama City, Florida facilities.


Marcon Brokers Sale of Ocean-Going Tugboat

Tugboat Melvin E. Lemmerhirt: Photo Marcon International

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington, says it has sold the U.S. flag ocean-going twin screw tug "Melvin E. Lemmerhirt" to U.S. buyers on a private & confidential basis. The 3,900BHP tug was built in 1973 for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co


Corvus Energy, GMC Close Financing Agreement

Corvus Energy today announced that it has completed a strategic investment by Green Marine Capital (GMC) previously announced on May 5, 2014. Green Marine Capital, an investment partnership of global maritime companies that draws on the maritime heritage of the BW Group and DNV GL to assist Corvus


Upcoming Maritime Recruitment Fair at CMTI

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Chesapeake Marine Training Institute (CMTI) says that Norfolk Tug will be among the maritime companies recruiting new talent at its professional mariner job fair August 13, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CMTI campus in Hayes, Va. CMTI adds that Vane Brothers will also be on hand


Eastern to Build Offshore Vessel for Harvey Gulf

Image: Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding announced that on, Wednesday July 16, 2014, Harvey Gulf International Marine, Inc. (HGIM) and Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) entered into a contract to construct a new Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) RAmpage 6400 Multipurpose Field Support Vessel (MPFSV) at Eastern’s


Schottel Shifts Focus Offshore at SMM

Schottel’s booth (stand 306, Hall A 4) at SMM 2014 (Photo: Schottel)

At SMM 2014 the German propulsion specialist Schottel presents new solutions focusing on offshore applications and hybrid concepts. The new underwater mountable azimuth thruster SRP 9000 LSU (4,800 – 5,500 kW) takes especially into account the tough conditions offshore and helps reduce


Changes in Towage Charges at Hay Point Port, Australia

Effective from 1 August 2014, there will be a single towage charge of $49634.20 (excl GST) - $55497.62 (incl GST) for all vessels calling at the port of Hay Point. In relation to towage charges for the services to the BMA Hay Point Coal Terminal


Towage Charges at Darwin to Rise

  Towage charges at Darwin, Australia, will increase by 2.9% for A Class Tug services, and 5.8% for C Class Tug services from 1 August. shipping.australia@gac.com  


Rolls-Royce to Design & Equip Stern Trawler for Prestfjord Havfiske

Priestfjord trawler - courtesy Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce announced it has signed a £7 million contract to design and equip a stern trawler for the Norwegian fishing company Prestfjord Havfiske AS. The trawler is a Rolls-Royce NVC 370 design and will be built at Freire Shipyard in Vigo, Spain


New Crane Boosts Drammen's Handling Capacity

Liebherr LHM 550 allows for highly efficient container handling in Port of Drammen.

The Norwegian Port of Drammen opted for a new Liebherr mobile harbor crane, type LHM 550, which has started operation in June 2014. This investment in the future represents the second mobile harbor crane for the port, which has been operating an LHM 400 since 2008.


Demand for Coastal and Transoceanic ATBs Grows

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Along the way, ATBs gain speed, efficiency, safety – and popularity.   Operators of articulated tugs and barges, or ATBs, say they like the maneuverability, weather reliability, stability, speed of these units, and the manner in which the tug pushes the barge


Use of Tug Boat Services in Bangkok Port

  To prevent accidents which may cause damages to terminal quay, midstream dolphins and buoys and gantry cranes during berthing and mooring/unmooring in Bangkok port, all cargo vessels and other ships must apply for PAT tug boat service for berthing


Damen, MTU & SVITZER to Launch World’s 1st RSD CNG Tug

RSD CNG Tug   16-cylinder pure gas engine being developed by MTU is based on its proven workboat Series 4000 M63 diesel engine

  Three leading companies have teamed up to bring the first ever Reverse Stern Drive (RSD) Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) tug to the market. Damen Shipyards of the Netherlands, German engine manufacturer MTU Friedrichshafen, a subsidiary of Rolls-Royce Power Systems


First RSD CNG Tug to Launch in 2016

Rendering of the new RSD CNG Tug (Image courtesy of Damen)

Three companies have teamed up to bring the first ever Reverse Stern Drive (RSD) Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) tug to the market. Damen Shipyards of the Netherlands, German engine manufacturer MTU Friedrichshafen, a subsidiary of Rolls-Royce Power Systems


Scandlines’ Hybrid Ferry Fleet is World’s Largest

M/V Prins Richard

Corvus Energy and Scandlines announced today the completion of the commissioning for the Scandlines’ fleet of hybrid ferries: the M/V Deutschland, M/V Schleswig-Holstein and M/V Prins Richard. According to the companies, the vessels represent the largest fleet of hybrid ferries in operation






 
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