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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


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


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 $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


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 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.


Rapido Gee: 42m Utility Vessel Delivered

Photo: Incat Crowther

Rapido Gee, a 42m steel monohull utility vessel, has been delivered and is currently in transit to the Middle East. The vessel will be operated by Rashied Marine Services in the service of offshore platforms.   Designed by Incat Crowther and built by Strategic Marine


SCF Group Secures Funds for New Arctic LNG Tanker

PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) and VTB Bank have signed a $260 million 13-year loan agreement, providing financing of construction of an Arctic liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker for the Yamal LNG project.   The agreement was signed on June 17, 2016 by Sergey Frank


Schottel's New Coating Systems for Rudderpropellers

(Photo: SCHOTTEL GmbH)

Schottel now offers a new coating system for its Rudderpropellers. According to the manufacturer, the result is maximum corrosion protection due to optimized resistance to abrasion and greater adhesive force in combination with thicker coats of paint


Ulstein Delivers for BS Offshore

Photo: Ulstein

The first of two service operation vessels (SOV) ordered in 2015 by Bernhard Schulte Offshore (BS Offshore) and its client Siemens from Ulstein Verft in is now completed, and was delivered on June 23, 2016.   The vessel is built to the ULSTEIN SX175 design, which according to Ulstein


New Low-emission Hybrid Azistern Tug Design

Image: OSD

Offshore Ship Designers (OSD) has designed a powerful, low-emission compact e-tug to further augment its Azistern series of vessels. Among other roles, the vessel is equipped to deliver harbor assistance.   OSD managing director Michiel Wijsmuller said


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


Tech & Design Solutions for Modern Workboats

“There is a cost implication for owners to comply with IMO Tier 3 and EPA Tier 4 requirements, which is causing an increase in engine prices of about 30 percent regarding Tier 4, which probably results in a five percent increase in total construction costs for U.S.-built tugs. In some countries such as Asia, with low labor costs, total costs can increase by 10 percent.” - Mike Fitzpatrick, President, Robert Allan Limited (Photo: Mike Zeft)

EPA Tier 4 regulations (for engines of 804 hp and higher) and propulsion advancements have many manufacturers and vessel designers changing course to adapt to new requirements and customer demands.   Jensen Maritime is designing a new 110-ft


Can Domestic Shipping Become Our Industry’s Farmer’s Market?

Crowley Maritime Corp. recently took delivery of Louisiana, the third of four new, Jones Act product tankers being built for the company by Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI). These tankers are at the forefront of the industry for their potential future conversion to LNG propulsion. (Credit: Crowley Maritime)

The Future of Shortsea Shipping and Domestic ‘Markets’   Arriving at the Farmer’s Market this morning I made the decision to grill some hand cut rib eye with fresh vegetables and potatoes later that evening. I searched several of the local farm kiosks to find the mix I


BAE Systems Contracted to Maintain Two US Warships

USS Farragut (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)

BAE Systems has been awarded contracts from the U.S. Navy for the repair and maintenance of two ships based in Jacksonville, Fla. The contracts come within days of one another and have a combined value of $61.7 million and a cumulative value of $68.6 million if all options are exercised.  


GTT Receives Order for Two LNG Carrier Newbuilds

GTT has received an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for two new liquefied natural gas carriers (LNGCs) to be built at HHI’s shipyard in Ulsan for SK Shipping, a Korean shipowner. Delivery is scheduled in 2019.               


Hyundai Bags Order for 2 LNG Carriers from SK Shipping

Photo: SK Shipping Co

 Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. (HHI) struck a $400 million worth deal to build two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers for SK Shipping Co., a Korean shipowner.    According to the sources, the vessel can carry 180,000 cubic meters of LNG


Foss Christens Second Arctic Class Ocean Tug

The Denise Foss, ready for the Arctic far North (Photo: Foss)

The second of three new state-of-the-art Arctic Class tugs, the Denise Foss, was christened June 1, 2016 at the Foss Waterway Seaport in Tacoma, Wash. Built at the Foss Rainier, Ore. Shipyard, the Denise is designed to operate in the extreme conditions of the far north


Second LNG-powered Cement Carrier Delivered

(Photo: Leif Pape)

Dutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit has delivered the second LNG-powered cement carrier, MV Ireland, to owners JT Cement, a joint venture between Swedish shipping company Erik Thun AB and Norway’s KG Jebsen Cement.   MV Ireland, along with sister vessel MV Greenland delivered in December 2015


Volvo Penta Debuts New Diesel Engine and IPS

The new D8 and IPS15 package. (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta's concerted push into the commercial marine market continues with the introduction of the D8 diesel engine and the new IPS15 propulsion system   Ever since the global financial meltdown of 2008 briefly crippled the world leisure boat market


Milestone for Canada’s Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships

GE’s Marine Solutions business in Peterborough, Ontario is completing one of the first milestones of the company’s seven-year contract with Irving Shipbuilding Inc.,(ISI) to provide electrical power, propulsion systems, installation and commissioning services for six ice-capable Arctic






 
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