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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.


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


SCHOTTEL Expands Repair Capacity

Photo: SCHOTTEL

The newly extended repair facilities at SCHOTTEL’s German headquarters in Spay are now operational. The space was previously used solely for manufacturing new drives, but now the halls offer 2,200 square meters for the repair of SCHOTTEL propulsion systems


Shipbuilding: Inland Towing Thunderstruck

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Eastern Shipbuilding offers the 4,200 hp Thunderbolt inland towboat designed around twin azimuthing Verhaar Omega electric V-Pod propulsion and diesel-electric technology. The ESG approach was collaborative, with input from operators, naval architects (Gilbert Associates, Inc


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


Caterpillar Diesel Electric Propulsion for Chinese Liftboats

Image: Caterpillar Marine

Caterpillar Marine announced it will supply complete propulsion packages for two liftboats under construction at Jiangsu Dajing Heavy Industry Co Ltd in China. Two identical diesel-electric systems comprising four Cat Propulsion MTA-523 1500kW azimuth thrusters driven by electric motors and soft


BRP in An Expansion Mode

The Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines. Courtesy BRP

  BRP has added 19 new Evinrude dealers and four boat builders in its North American network in the third quarter of fiscal year 2016. The performance and breakthrough design of the award-winning Evinrude E-TEC G2 engine, as well as the entire Evinrude product line


Morocco Orders Navy Vessels from Damen

Photo courtesy of Damen Shipyards

In a third recent construction contract with Damen Shipyards Group, the Royal Moroccan Navy has ordered five Interceptor 1503 vessels. The vessels will be mobilized to combat illegal activities such as terrorism and smuggling in Moroccan waters.  


MAN Diesel and Turbo to Power Giant Crane Vessel

Graphical rendering of Heerema’s NSCV and its prominent cranes

  MAN Diesel & Turbo has signed a contract with Sembcorp Marine in Singapore to supply the dual-fuel propulsion system – including exhaust-gas after-treatment – for a New Semi-submersible Crane Vessel (NSCV) for Heerema Offshore Services.


LNG-powered Cement Carrier Delivered

MV Greenland (Photo: Ferus Smit)

Dutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit announced it has delivered the world’s first LNG-powered cement tanker, MV Greenland.   The delivery was preceded by an extensive program of trials and tests in which the proper working and safety of all systems was verified


Readers’ Choice: Top 10 Maritime Stories of 2015

CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin (Photo: CMA CGM)

Per usual, the year 2015 was an eventful one for the global maritime market, with a number of historical firsts and technological breakthroughs, a year fraught with triumph and tragedy, As 2015 comes to a close we look here at the 10 stores ..


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


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


Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion Conference

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The Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion Conference will be held at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton U.K. from April 26 to 28, 2016.    The event will bring together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge to highlight the potential use of






 
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