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New Propulsion Plants for Cruise Vessel

The cruise vessel Black Watch, built in Helsinki in 1972, will be equipped with a completely new MAN B&W Diesel propulsion plant. On April 19, 2005, the Black Watch of the Red Band AS Shipping company, Norway, will arrive at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg, where she will be completely renewed within a period of only 57 days, including a 2-day sea trial. Conversion and modernization work is focused on a reduction of the noise and vibration levels, as well as on clearly lower fuel consumption rates of new, state-of-the-art propulsion engines. The shipping company, which is mainly known on the British cruise market, has therefore decided in favor of four new MAN B&W 7L32/40 Diesel engines for the propulsion of the BLACK WATCH. In addition, MAN B&W Diesel will deliver two GenSets of the 8L21/31 type for energy supply. “We are very proud to play such an important part in the BLACK WATCH modernization project, which underlines the outstanding position of MAN propulsion systems in the shipping industry”, emphasis Dr. Spindler, Executive Board member of MAN B&W Diesel AG, Augsburg. Each of the main engines generates an output of 3,500 kW (4,700 HP) and is run at 750 rpm. The new propulsion plant will be resiliently mounted on pre-manufactured foundations, while the propeller blades of the vessel will also be renewed and adjusted to the engine power.


New Propulsion Test Centre for Wärtsilä

New Finland Research Centre: Image credit Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä's new Propulsion Test Centre has been established and funded by Wärtsilä with strong support from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, who will provide the resources to operate the facility. The test centre is located in Tuusula, southern Finland, and will enhance the company's capabilities in product validation and research activities. The new facility enables Wärtsilä to speed the development of new


Wärtsilä to Power Japanese Ferries

Wärtsilä Corporation won a contract by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to supply eight Wärtsilä 12V46 medium-speed diesel engines for two new ferries ordered by Shin-Nihonkai Ferry of Osaka in Japan. The ferries are due for delivery from itsubishi's Nagasaki yard in mid 2004. They will employ a new propulsion concept known as CRP pod propulsion with a Combined Diesel-Electric and Diesel-Mechanical (CODED) machinery plant.


Korean Shipyard to Build for Scorpio Tankers

Scorpio Tankers sign letter of intent with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard for two tankships. New York-listed Scorpio Tankers has signed a letter of intent with Korea's Hyundai Mipo Dockyard for two additional fuel-efficient newbuild vessels at a purchase price of $34.0 million each. The company says that the acquisition of fuel-efficient vessels is "essential" in providing a competitive edge to the company. "We believe that modernising our fleet with more fuel efficient vessels


Factory Trawler to Retrofit Rolls-Royce Promas Lite Propulsion

Promas Lite: Image courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has won its first contract to supply a new version of its innovative Promas Lite propulsion system to American ship owner Glacier Fish to improve propeller efficiency on its Guido Perla Associates designed factory trawler 'Alaska Ocean'. Promas Lite is an integrated propeller and rudder system that increases efficiency and is designed specifically for retrofitting to existing ships. Glacier Fish is currently installing the newest version of Promas Lite


EU Contributes to Sustainable Transport Initiative

The European Union will cofinance with a little over €6.4 million from the TEN-T Program a pilot project investigating a new propulsion system for vessels. The initiative also contributes to the realization of the “Motorways of the Sea” (TEN-T Priority Project 21) concept. The initiative, selected for funding under the 2012 TEN-T Multi-Annual Program, is a pilot action that aims to optimize bunker consumption and reduce exhaust gas emissions through the use of an innovative


Bahrain CG Boats Arrive at Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding

The first four Bahraini Coast Guard boats arrive at Abu Dhabi Ship Building. Four Bahrain Coast Guard boats arrived at the Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) shipyard in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi, to undergo a major refit and upgrade program. These are the first four boats out of a total of ten boats that will be refitted and upgraded under a contract signed with the Bahrain Government in late 2007. The contract provides for the complete refurbishment of the vessels including new propulsion and


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


Wärtsilä Debuts Controllable Pitch Propeller System

The new Wärtsilä CP propeller system offers greater efficiency and a reduced environmental impact.

At the SMM exhibition and conference in Hamburg, Germany, Wärtsilä is introducing its latest development of large Controllable Pitch (CP) Propellers, based on the previously known E-hub type. The new CP propeller system offers greater efficiency and a reduced environmental impact. The new Wärtsilä CP propeller system addresses the demands of medium and large size vessel owners, and is particularly applicable for special vessels that are equipped with dynamic positioning


Caterpillar Scoops Platts Award

The twin fin propulsion system from Caterpillar was recognized as the Commercial Application of the Year  at the 17th annual Platts Global Energy Awards Courtesy Caterpillar

  A new concept in ship propulsion developed by Caterpillar has triumphed at the 17th annual Platts Global Energy Awards in New York. Winning the Commercial Application of the Year category, the twin fin system secured the prestigious award for its innovative design and energy-saving potential across a range of ship types.   The Cat Propulsion twin fin system is a new short-shaft diesel electric set-up which has already demonstrated significant fuel and emissions-saving benefits


The Attractions of Azipod Propulsion

Photo: ABB

Destined for installation on board one of the highest profile cruise ship deliveries scheduled for 2016, the latest Azipod XO podded propulsion recently departed from the ABB factory in Helsinki.   The unit, which commands 20.5 MW of power


Yamal Project’s First Ice-going LNG Carrier Launched

Image: ABB

The first of 15 ice-going LNG carriers for the Yamal project has been launched and is set to sail the arctic waters from Siberia to Europe and Asia. Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in its Okpo South Korea yard, the new vessel, SCF Yamal


All-Electric Ferry Development Underway

(Image: Art Anderson Associates)

Art Anderson Associates and partner EESImarine have been developing concepts for an all-electric ferry and are now teaming to generate funding for the implementation of the concept for Skagit County’s Guemes Island-Anacortes passenger and car ferry replacement.  


Driving the Inland Waterways

Eastern Thunderbolt  Towboat Proposal Profile

Propulsion evolves, improves and powers forward in the inland markets. And, Z-Drive propulsion is the future. In a white paper released late in 2014 by The Shearer Group, Ed Shearer and Greg Beers outlined The Next Generation of inland vessels


Solar-electric Workboat Completes Maiden Cargo Run

Photo: Torqeedo

Harnessing solar propulsion, the 39-foot vessel Solar Sal has recently completed the final leg of its maiden cargo run, carrying recycled cardboard along the Erie Canal without using a single drop of fossil fuel. Solar Sal traversed 72 locks and traveled a total of 650 miles across the state of


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


ABB Azipod Propulsion for Carnival’s New Ships

Azipod XO (Photo: ABB)

Power and automation technology group ABB announced it has won a repeat order worth $60 million to deliver complete electrical power plants and Azipod XO fuel-saving electric propulsion systems for Carnival Corporation’s two new cruise vessels.


Wärtsilä Design & Propulsion Machinery for Pelagic Trawler

The Wärtsilä controllable pitch propeller

  A new pelagic fishing trawler ordered by Scottish owner Mewstead LLP will be built according to a Wärtsilä design and will feature a broad scope of Wärtsilä propulsion machinery. The ship is to be built at the Nauta Shipyard in Poland and when completed will be the


Rolls-Royce to Exhibit Power Offerings at WorkBoat

The EPA Tier 3 certified MTU 8V 4000 Ironmen marine engine will be on display at the upcoming International Workboat Show 2015 in New Orleans. (Image: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce will showcase its latest marine power innovations, including several MTU commercial marine products and systems, at the International Workboat Show 2015, December 1-3 in New Orleans. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Land & Sea division of Rolls-Royce.


Wärtsilä Strengthens Its Position in China with New Propulsion Orders

Photo: Wärtsilä

 Two new marine geological research vessels under construction in China will feature a broad scope of Wärtsilä engines and propulsion equipment. Wärtsilä has maintained a leading position in China for supplying propulsion solutions to research vessels.   


Azipod Retrofit for Mega-crane Vessel

Photo: ABB

Retrofitted vessel will feature five Azipod propulsion units, including for the first time two retractable thrusters    Power and automation technology group ABB will supply the entire electric system to provide power throughout the vessel and five Azipod propulsion units for the


Svitzer Chooses Cat Power for Harbor Tugboats

3516C Credit Caterpillar

  To power four new harbor tugboats under construction in Brazil, global towage and emergency response provider Svitzer turned to Caterpillar — purchasing eight Cat 3516C marine propulsion engines and eight C4.4 generator sets.  


Harley Marine Selects Cat Power & Propulsion

Image: Caterpillar

Seeking a complete power and propulsion system designed specifically for tug operations, Seattle-based Harley Marine Services turned to Caterpillar—ordering four Cat 3516 marine propulsion engines and four Cat Propulsion Marine Thruster Azimuth – Tug (MTA-T) rated drives.  


Ship Owners to Get Complete “LNG Solution”

LNGo solution is a mobile liquid natural gasification facility for land-based or water-based bunkering. LNGo streamlines the permitting process. Since LNGo is mobile, it can be easily moved if a bunkering site does not work well and needs to be changed. Image by Siemens Drilling and Marine

 Alliance between Siemens Drilling and Marine, Dresser-Rand—A Siemens Business, and Lloyd’s Register provides end-to-end solution to guarantee availability of LNG as marine propulsion fuel.   A "best of industry" team plans to to make LNG widely available to ship


Wärtsilä Systems for Vietnamese Tankers

Wärtsilä X40-B two-stroke engine Photo Wartsila

  Three new 21,800 dwt chemical tankers, under construction at two different shipyards in Vietnam owned by Triyards Holdings Limited, will feature integrated Wärtsilä propulsion and power generation systems. These ships are being built for Swiss-Canadian Maritime Ltd and will be






 
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