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Caterpillar Marine Systems Doubles Parts Warranty

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Caterpillar Marine Power Systems says it has increased the warranty on Cat Brand Parts used in all marine applications from six months to one year. The warranty covers all parts used in Cat marine engines, Cat marine generator sets, Cat branded marine control systems and Cat marine transmissions. The extended coverage applies to all parts sold or utilized in service work on or after June 1, 2012. The suppliers say that there will be no additional cost to customers for this significant extension of warranty protection. Caterpillar Marine Power Systems explain that it implemented this new warranty policy in response to customer feedback, industry trends and product quality trends. “Recognizing our leading position in the marine market, we felt the time was perfect to reinforce customer confidence in our marine products. We see a variety of warranty terms and conditions from our competition often adding complexity for our customers in doing an apples-to-apples comparison. At Caterpillar, we do not want to hide behind the small print in the warranty statement,” P. Jaime Tetrault, Caterpillar Marine Power Systems product support director noted." Recent customer feedback, say the manufacturers, indicates that more and more purchase decisions are based upon warranty and service support by engine manufacturers—an area where Caterpillar is the proven market leader

New Cat® Powered Marine Hybrid System

Hybrid Power KOTUG at work: Image courtesy of KOTUG

Developed for all engine platforms with electrical specialists Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA), the system package utilizes AKA’s XeroPoint Hybrid marine propulsion system and provides fuel savings of up to 25% and even emissions reductions. A recent CARB study found a 73% reduction in PM, 50% reduction in NOx & 26% reduction in CO2. Significant improvements are also seen in performance, control and noise levels

New Caterpillar Electronic Engine and Transmsion Controls in Available

Caterpillar announces an all-new electronic engine and transmission control system which is now available for worldwide distribution. The new Cat® Multi Station Control System (MSCS) is ‘the intelligent solution to engine and gear control requirements’. The system allows up to 8 primary control and 8 full redundancy back-up stations on board and enables the full control of single or synchronisation of dual engine installations.

Crowley, BSY Complete Repower the Leader

The tug Leader is shown at Bay Ship & Yacht Co. in Alameda, Calif. (Photo courtesy 2009

The air is a little cleaner at the Port of Los Angeles these days. Just this month, the new and improved Crowley harbor class tug Leader re-entered the ship assist and escort fleet of vessels following an extensive repowering of the vessel's main engines and generators.   The repower project, the first of four Crowley tug engine replacements, will help reduce emissions and lessen overall environmental impact and is part of a larger Port of Los Angeles emissions and air quality

Aker Solutions Wins Contract

Aker Solutions received a Letter of Award from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), to supply two drilling equipment packages to the new 'Cat D' drilling rigs the yard is building for the rig operator Songa Offshore. Options (if exercised) for two additional units are included. Contract value is undisclosed. The development of the two Cat D semi-submersible drilling rigs has been initiated by Statoil, the international energy company

New Test Kit Detects Cat Fines Onboard

Image: Parker Kittiwake

Test kit detects catalytic fines to help prevent irreparable damage to fuel pumps, injectors, piston rings and liners   A new Cat Fines Test Kit has been launched by asset control and protection technology provider Parker Kittiwake. The onboard test identifies the presence of abrasive silicon and aluminum catalytic fines, which can become embedded into engine components and cause abrasive wear, causing irreversible damage to a vessel’s fuel system if left undetected.  

Cat Marine Power New Canadian Pilot Boats

Photo courtesy Caterpillar Marine Communications

Every marine vessel requires two critical components to ensure a safe journey: a competent master at the helm and a reliable power source in the engine room.  Because of the increasing ship traffic and safety concerns, the design of pilot boats used to transfer pilots to and from ships has evolved significantly in recent years.  Cat marine engines will power the majority of the new breed of pilot boats built for ports across Canada.

Cat C32 ACERT Repowers M/S Mount Washington

Photo courtesy Caterpillar Marine & Petroleum Communications

For the first time in 63 seasons of scenic cruises on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire, the M/S Mount Washington will rely on clean diesel power from a pair of newly installed Cat C32 ACERT marine engines.  Through the help of funds from the U.S. government’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Mount Washington Cruises received an EPA grant to replace older diesel engines with new “greener” technology

Caterpillar Launches New Marine Engine

Cat C175-16 marine propulsion engine.

Cat C175 Designed to Drive More Profitable Vessel designs.   Caterpillar today introduced the Cat C175-16 marine propulsion engine at a size, power and rpm that will drive new, more profitable vessel designs for all segments of the marine industry. The latest in a line of high performance engines designed to meet EPA Marine Tier 3 and IMO Tier II emissions requirements, the C175-16 is rated at 2001 – 2168 bkW @ 1600 rpm and 2239 bkW - 2550 bkW @ 1800 rpm

Caterpillar to Power 16 Korean Patrol Boats

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Caterpillar Marine has announced Cat power solutions have been selected to power 16 new build Patrol Boats for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN). Each Patrol Boat will be equipped with two Cat C32 main propulsion diesel engines and two Cat C9 ship service diesel generators. The first Patrol Boats will be constructed at the Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) shipyard in Korea.  Cat dealer Hae In led the Caterpillar efforts on the project and will continue to manage the

Damen, Frøy Vest Sign Multi Cat, Stan Pontoon Deal

Photo: Damen Shipyards

On 28 October 2015, the contract was signed between Damen Shipyards Gorinchem and Frøy Vest AS from Norway, for delivery of a Stan Pontoon 4113 (YN 523702) and a Multi Cat 2712 (YN 571725).   The event took place at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld, the Netherlands

Songa Dismisses DSME Claim

Image: Songa Offshore

 Norway's Songa Offshore SE referred Tuesday to its announcement July 15 regarding the receipt of notices of arbitration from South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in respect of the construction contracts for the Cat D rigs.    

Man Rescued with Pets near Raccoon Island

Man resuced from sailboat

  The Coast Guard rescued a 68-year-old man and his two pets Thursday from a grounded sailboat near Raccoon Island. Coast Guard watch standers were notified Thursday the 36-foot sailboat Scampo with a man, his dog and his cat aboard ran aground.

Scripps Sells Oceanographic Research Vessel

New Horizon (Photo: Marcon International)

Purpose-built oceanographic research and survey vessel New Horizon has been sold from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography to private interests, announced ship broker Marcon International, Inc.   New Horizon will continue to work under her new ownership as a U.S

Passenger Vessel Runs Aground in Aegean Sea

Flying Cat. Pic taken from Youtube video.

 A passenger vessel (Flying Cat) with a total of 253 persons on board was safely evacuated on Sunday after running aground off Tinos island in the Aegean Sea, Xinhua reported quoting the Greek Coast Guard.   No injuries or severe damage have been reported while an evacuation operation

World Shipping Hit by Slump in Global Trade

Image: Maersk Line

 Dashing hopes of a quick recovery from the global trade recession earlier this year, world shipping has fallen into a deep slump over the late summer, says a report in the Telegraph.   Commodity turmoil could blow the shipping industry off course.  

New Cutter Suction Dredge: Modern and Efficient

Image: Ellicott Dredges

Ellicott Dredges, LLC has debuted a new design 20” (500 mm) cutter suction dredge, the Series 2070 Dragon dredge.    Aiming to take advantage of modern, up-to-date technology and advanced design techniques, the new dredger unit will eventually replace the Series 1870 Dragon as

Caterpillar Launches Asset Financial Solutions

Press Release - Caterpillar Oil & Gas has announced the introduction of Asset Financial Solutions, a financial product that provides 100 percent financing new offshore or marine assets. The new solution enables Caterpillar to offer customers a tailored solution to optimize their business and

Harley Marine Selects Caterpillar Tier 4 Engine

Seattle-based marine transportation company Harley Marine Services has become the first to select a Caterpillar Marine engine solution that meets U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 Final emissions standards. “[Harley Marine has] a reputation for being very sustainable

Sanmar Names Caterpillar ‘Engine of Choice’

A tug built by Sanmar Shipyards (Photo: Caterpillar Marine)

Caterpillar Marine’s dealer in Turkey, Borusan, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Turkish shipbuilder Sanmar Shipyards for the supply of a range of propulsion units over the next three years.    The LOI covers the supply of Cat propulsion engines and generator sets to

In-hull Dual Fuel Engine Conversion an Industry First

Coral Anthelia (Photo: Cat Marine)

To convert its vessel Coral Anthelia to dual fuel operation, Anthony Veder worked with Cat dealer Bolier to complete the industry’s first in-hull retrofit – saving considerable time and money in the process.    The project saw the retrofit of a marine diesel engine to dual

Tropical Storm Kate Forms in the Atlantic - NHC

Tropical Depression Twelve has strengthened to Tropical Storm Kate near the Bahamas, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday. Kate, the eleventh named storm of the 2015 Atlantic season, was located about 40 miles (60 km) east-southeast of Cat Island in the Bahamas

Presentations by Caterpillar at Baird Conference

Group President of Energy & Transportation Jim Umpleby

  Caterpillar Inc. Group President of Energy & Transportation Jim Umpleby and Director of Investor Relations Rich Moore will speak at the Baird 2015 Industrial Conference on Wednesday, November 11. They are scheduled to speak at 11 a.m. Central Time

Damen ASD Tug Delivered to Clyde Marine

Photo: Damen

Clyde Marine Services has taken delivery of its first Damen ASD Tug, the shipbuilder announced today. The Damen ASD 2310 has been named CMS Warrior, and she will join a 12-strong fleet of tugs and crew tenders at the Scottish company.   

Beware the Dangers of Cat Fines

Image: CMT

Horror stories frequently circle the maritime industry portraying tales of onboard damages induced by catalytic fines, or cat fines, used in oil processing.   All cat fines that remain in fuel oil after centrifugal separation have the potential to cause abrasive wear and damage to the engine

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