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GE Power Conversion Comes Up Trumps in 'MSC Preziosa' Trials

MSC Preziosa: Photo credit GE

'MSC Preziosa' successfully completes sea trials with its GE Power Conversion electrical power & propulsion system. Built from the STX yard in Saint-Nazaire, France, MSC Preziosa is the latest ship in MSC’s Fantasia-class and the 12th in the MSC fleet. The vessel has recently completed a series of sea trials including propulsion and maneuverability (speed ranges, full speed, crash stop, power plant and propulsion interactions, full/partial propulsion configurations) as well as noise and vibration measurements. Briag Allain, propulsion technical function manager at STX Europe says, “This is the first time we participated in sea trials with such a high level of performance without any trips or incidents of the propulsion system and this is because of the product reliability, and also, GE Power Conversion has really gained the trust of STX Europe through their commitment to their customers.” STX Europe selected GE Power Conversion for the design, manufacturing and commissioning of the propulsion system, five generators and six thrusters for MSC Preziosa.
 The new ship will have an ‘A’ Shipping Efficiency ranking, the same as its sister ship, MSC Divina. GE’s Power Conversion business provides complete power and propulsion system packages, including power generation, electrical distribution and fixed or variable speed drives, including motors for propulsion, thrusters and specialist applications


GE to Power, Propel UK's New Frigates

Type 26 Global Combat Ship (Image: GE)

The U.K. Ministry of Defense has engaged in a major program to update and upgrade its current fleet of frigates. In the next decade, Type 26 Global Combat Ships will become the backbone of the Royal Navy, replacing its existing Type 23 Frigates. The Type 26 will incorporate the latest in hybrid propulsion technology: at low speeds, it will run on an electric drive system, while at high speeds, it will take power from the gas turbine


Wärtsilä Finalizes JMC Marine Acquisition

Wärtsilä´s acquisition of the Danish propulsion system service company JMC Marine A/S has been finalized. JMC Marine is specialized on propulsion system maintenance based on laser measuring technology. The turnover of the company is $3.61 M with 28 employees. The acquired company will be named Ciserv Denmark and it will concentrate on service for propulsion systems and engine repair. The acquisition consists of the laser measuring and alignment


ABB lands $42M contract with Santa Fe Intl.

ABB, the leading innovator in podded propulsion systems, has struck a landmark deal to supply its new compact podded propulsion system on a semi-submersible drilling rig. Santa Fe International Corp. has awarded a $42 million contract to ABB in Norway for the supply of electric propulsion systems and power plants to two new semi-submersible drilling rigs. In addition, the contract includes an option for a further two rigs


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


GE Gas Turbine Powers First National Security Cutter

Bertholf is the first of class for the U.S. Coast Guard under its Deepwater Program.

GE Marine announces that its LM2500 marine aeroderivative gas turbine now powers the United States Coast Guard’s first National Security Cutter, Bertholf. The cutter recently completed extensive sea trials and was delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard on May 8 by shipbuilder Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (NGSB).The cutter’s propulsion system consists of one LM2500 gas turbine in a COmbined Diesel And Gas turbine (CODAG) arrangement with two MTU 20V1163 diesel engines


SCHOTTEL Strengthens Middle East Service

After the establishment of SCHOTTEL Middle East FZE (SME), a subsidiary of the renowned German company SCHOTTEL GMbH, as the new hub for the Middle East region, SCHOTTEL made a further step to enhance customer service across the region.   ATOS International L.L.C. will be the authorized SCHOTTEL Service and Spares provider in the UAE, Bahrain and Oman, working in close cooperation with SME in Dubai. ATOS has a long experience in SCHOTTEL propulsion systems as service agent and with


ABB Wins $45M in Propulsion Contracts

ABB in Norway has secured new contracts worth $45 million for delivery of complete electric propulsion systems to two icebreakers to be built for CJSV Sevmorneftegaz by the Norwegian shipyard Havyard Leirvik, and four Platform Supply Vessels to be built in China for Groupe Bourbon by Zhejiang Shipbuilding. The contracts with Havyard Leirvik encompass system supply to two multifunctional icebreaking offshore supply vessels for the Russian company CJSV Sevmorneftegaz


ABB to Supply Key Equipment for Russian Icebreaker

Depicted: The new icebreaker vessel under construction for Russia’s state shipping company Rosmorport FSUE.

ABB wins $35 million order for next generation icebreaker in Russia’s Arctic. Integrated propulsion and electrical systems to maximize performance and energy efficiency of icebreaker expected to operate in 2 meters of ice at minus 35 degrees Celsius Zurich, Switzerland, October 1, 2012 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, recently won an order worth $35 million from the Baltic Shipyard Ltd


Schwarz Joins ZF Marine North America

Ed Schwarz (Photo courtesy of ZF Marine)

ZF Marine Propulsion Systems Miramar LLC, the North American arm of ZF Friedrichshafen AG Marine Propulsion Systems, announced that Ed Schwarz has joined the team as Business Development Manager for the Commercial and Fast Craft product line in North America. In his new role, Ed will be responsible for working closely with both the sales and aftermarket organizations to develop strategies that best align ZF’s products with industry needs.


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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