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Caterpillar Acquire Berg Propulsion

Caterpillar Marine has acquired Johan Walter Berg AB, whose core brand, Berg Propulsion, is a leading manufacturer of mechanically and electrically driven propulsion systems and marine controls for ships. As a result of the acquisition completion, all Berg Propulsion products will be rebranded as Caterpillar. The new Cat® Propulsion System for optimized bundles and propulsion packages includes controllable pitch propellers, transverse thrusters, azimuth thrusters, aftermarket parts and remote control systems. All Cat Propulsion System products are ideally suited for the complete and comprehensive line of Cat and MaK™ medium and high speed engines. The launch of Cat Propulsion Systems builds on Caterpillar’s introduction of integrated propulsion and maneuvering systems for pleasure craft vessels in 2011. For customers in the commercial marine industry, specifically the offshore, tug and salvage, dredge and merchant segments, the Cat Propulsion System will enable them to readily purchase a trusted Cat power solution as well as a heavy duty thruster or propeller system without having to rely on a third party vendor. Caterpillar say they will be able to optimize the propulsion system to maximize efficiency, maximize vessel availability and minimize operation cost. The user-friendly Cat control panel will ensure all components are easily configured and monitored on the vessel


ABB Wins Contracts Worth $110M

ABB has been awarded contracts worth $110 million to supply electrical power systems for twelve vessels and five offshore drilling rigs. The ABB orders, all booked during January-March 2006, include the following: • Total electrical power system packages for two semi-submersible drilling rigs for subsidiaries of Jon Fredriksen controlled SeaDrill Ltd (Subsea Drilling (III) Ltd and Subsea Drilling (IV) Ltd). The rigs will be built at South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine


Rolls Royce Wins Significant Fincantieri Cruise Ship Contract

New Viking Cruise Ship: Image courtesy of Rolls Royce

Rolls-Royce signs extensive equipment orders with Italian cruise ship builder Fincantieri for Viking Cruises' 2 newbuildings. Viking Cruises recently ordered two cruise ships from Fincantieri and have chosen the highly-efficient Rolls-Royce integrated rudder and propulsion system, called Promas, for their vessels. This is the first time that a Promas propulsion system is being installed on a new-build cruise vessel.


LR Approves GE Gas Turbine for LNG Ships

Lloyd’s Register has issued an Approval in Principle of GE Energy’s LM2500-based, gas turbine propulsion system for liquefied natural gas (LNG) ships. Gas turbine propulsion systems have been widely used on naval and cruise ships, but are new to LNG vessels. The Approval in Principle, issued through Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc, gives GE Energy a high level of confidence that the marine industry will embrace its gas turbine propulsion system design as a viable alternative to


New Chinese LNG Carriers Powered by GE

The first electrically propelled liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, each at 174,000 cubic meters, to be built in China will incorporate power and propulsion systems developed and built by GE’s Power Conversion business. Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group, part of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, signed contracts with GE for the supply of power and propulsion systems for six LNG carriers that it will build in its shipyard in Shanghai for major Asian shipping companies


Diesel-electric Propulsion for 4 Semi-sub Ships

CSBC Corporation Taiwan has chosen Siemens to supply diesel-electric propulsion systems and other accessories for four 65,000-ton semi-submersible deck cargo vessels (SSDCVs). The country’s largest shipyard is building the vessels for a customer in Singapore.   Compared to conventional mechanical propulsion technologies, Siemens’ diesel-electric system will reduce fuel costs by up to 15 percent, resulting from unique power management features, the manufacturer said


ABB Wins Contracts Totalling $140M

ABB won contracts worth $140 million to supply its Azipod propulsion systems for three vessels and electrical power systems for 11 vessels and two semi-submersible drilling rigs. The orders, all booked during November 2005, include: • Six 10 Megawatt (MW) Azipod propulsion units for three Arctic shuttle tankers being built for Russia’s Sovcomflot at Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea for delivery between 2007-2009


ABB wins $110m in Contracts

ABB has signed contracts worth more than $110 million to supply Azipod propulsion, power-generation and power-distribution systems for 19 new vessels being built in Europe and Asia. The new projects include: • electrical propulsion systems for nine platform supply vessels, to be built in shipyards in Norway and China, as well as one remotely operated vehicle support vessel, one offshore construction vessel and one light well intervention vessel, all to be built in Norway.


ABB Saves 700,000 tons Fuel for Marine Vessels

ABB Azipod fuel savings image ABB

ABB’s environmental friendly Azipod propulsion system brings greater fuel efficiency to diverse shipping segments ABB today announced the total fuel savings of the entire installed Azipod fleet since being launched is estimated to be more than 700,000 tons. Assuming the average family car uses one ton of fuel annually, this savings corresponds to the annual fuel consumption of 700,000 cars. The gearless, steerable propulsion system reduces fuel consumption by up to 20% and achieves


High-Tech Fishing Vessel Delivered with MAN Propulsion

Fishing vessel Herøyhav: Photo courtesy of MAN

Norwegian company Herøyhav AS has taken delivery of a 69.95-m trawler/purse seiner from Karstensens Shipyard, Denmark, equipped with a propulsion package supplied comprising a MAN 9L27/38 engine and a two-speed reduction gear that drives a MAN Alpha 4,200 mm diam. ducted propeller. The propeller nozzle is a customized MAN Alpha AHT design. MAN Diesel & Turbo also supplied its Alphatronic 2000 propulsion control system


A Sea Change in Waterjet Technology

NAMJet’s 10 meter demonstration boat underway at full speed (Credit: NAMJet)

Longtime waterjet propulsion equipment provider NAMJet introduces key advancements for the workboat sector. Back in 2011, when boat builder Birdon went looking for a propulsion system that they could utilize in the bid phases of a multi-boat contract with the U.S


ATB Design Comes of Age

Kim M. Bouchard / B. No. 270 (Credit: Guarino & Cox)

The emerging trend of marrying the design of an articulated tug and barge (ATB) to a particular propulsion system to maximize efficiencies of that system has, of late, been taking hold in workboat markets. For example, one recent project involving a dynamic partnership between Bouchard


BMT to Lead Repower for Historic USCG Eagle

The U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle sails in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday, July 30, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist David Lau, Public Domain)

BMT Designers & Planners, a subsidiary of BMT Group, an international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, is leading the effort to repower the historic U.S. Coast Guard training barque, EAGLE.   The $1.5M (approx


Two DNV GL Approvals for GTT Training Software

GTT Training, a GTT subsidiary dedicated to training liquefied natural gas (LNG) professionals and to the development of associated simulation tools, has obtained two approvals for G-Sim training software from DNVGL in accordance with their standard for Maritime Simulator Systems. 


Hyundai Bags NZ Defence Order

3D Image of Logistics Support Vessel HHI to Build Under New Zealand Defence Force’s MSC Project. Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder, has won an order to build a 23,000 ton class logistics support vessel for New Zealand Defence Force’s Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC) project.   


LM2500 Gas Turbine Powers Turkish Navy's MILGEM Corvette

GE LM2500-based propulsion system  Photo GE’s Marine Solutions

GE’s Marine Solutions announced that the Turkish Navy’s third MILGEM multi-purpose corvette TCG Burgazada was launched powered by a GE LM2500 gas turbine-based propulsion system. The launch ceremony was held in mid-June at the Istanbul Naval Shipyard; a keel laying ceremony was also


Wärtsilä in Coalition to Promote LNG as a Marine Fuel

LNG Value Chain. Graphics: Wärtsilä

 Wärtsilä and other leading marine industry players have formed a coalition, known as SEA/LNG, to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.    The coalition aims to help break down the barriers hindering the global development of


Volvo Penta’s IPS System a Boon to Ferries Operators

The Antares boat on the sea around the Amalfi coast. Photo Volvo Penta

A new passenger ferry, Antares, has been launched from the Italian city of Naples and is the first boat of its kind in the region to be installed with Volvo Penta’s ingenious Inboard Performance System (IPS). The installation of IPS 900 showcases Volvo Penta’s state-of-the-art


GE Technology to Power Massive Crane Vessel

Semi-submersible crane vessel Sleipnir. (Image: GE)

A recent partnership between Sembcorp Marine and GE aims realize one of the most challenging offshore projects in recent times for Heerema’s new Semi-Submersible Crane Vessel (SSCV) Sleipnir, which at 220 meters long and 102 meters wide, will be the world’s largest crane vessel.


Damen Tugs Delivered to Dutch Navy

Handover ASD Tugs 2810 Hybrid Photo Damen

In an official handover ceremony at the Den Helder Naval Base, the Royal Netherlands Navy took formal delivery of three Damen ASD 2810 Hybrid tugs. In addition to providing an increase in ship handling capacity, the new vessels are also installed with hybrid propulsion systems


Submarine Pietro Venuti Delivered to Italian Navy

(Photo: Fincantieri)

The newly built submarine Pietro Venuti was delivered at Fincantieri’s shipyard of Muggiano, La Spezia. It is the third of the U212A Todaro class, a series of four sister units which the Central Unit for Naval Armament – NAVARM has ordered to Fincantieri for the Italian Navy. 


Icebreaker Launched for Sovcomflot

On June 30, 2016 a new icebreaking supply vessel (IBSV) was launched for Sovcomflot as part of a long-term agreement with Sakhalin Energy.   Due to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2016, this reinforced ice class vessel has deadweight of 3


Gibdock Overhauls Solstad Cutter Propulsion System

Normand Cutter at Gibdock Courtesy Gibdock

Gibraltar’s Gibdock shipyard has completed an extensive package of work on Solstad Shipping’s Normand Cutter. The 127m long, 10,979grt construction support vessel (CSV) left the yard on June 29th following a 22-day drydock programme


Solstad CSV Gets Propulsion Overhaul at Gibdock

Normand Cutter at Gibdock (Photo: Gibdock)

Gibraltar’s Gibdock shipyard has completed its scope of work on Solstad Shipping’s Normand Cutter, a 127-meter-long, 10,979grt construction support vessel (CSV) that left the yard on June 29 following a 22-day drydock program, which included an overhaul of its entire propulsion system


Northern Lights Opens Branch Office in Louisiana

Rick Stinson (Photo: Northern Lights)

Marine power generation and climate control products manufacturer Northern Lights has opened its fifth branch office, in Kenner, La, to enhance service to Gulf and inland waterways boat builders and vessel operators.     The new Northern Lights Gulf branch






 
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