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Project Pecan: A tough nut to top

An innovative high speed car and passenger ferry is currently under development by Nigel Gee & Associates and is sponsored by Norasia Services. The project, dubbed Project Pecan, is based on the patented Pentamaran hull form (Int. Pat App PCT/GB96/02313). The vessel design, like others in the same classification, is designed for the best possible combination of low resistance and good seakeeping capabilities. Project Pecan deviates from traditional designs through the use of two pairs of slender sponsons, which are designed to provide the vessel required stability with little effect on resistance and powering. The result, according to the designer is a vessel able to be propelled at high speed using significantly less power than other vessel forms. In fact, the power and resultant fuel savings - which is a major initial and life-cycle cost of the vessel - are quite staggering, based on the designer's calculations. The designers say a Pecan vessel would require only 75 percent of the installed power (using aluminum construction and high speed diesels) of an equivalent new generation fast monohull and catamaran car ferry. Alternatively, if built in steel and using medium speed diesel engines, vessel powering is roughly equal to the current generation of monohull and catamaran vessels. Considering owners hesitations regarding the use of lightweight materials and high power-to-weight prime movers, the Pecan concept uses steel construction thoughout the hulls and car decks

MOL Conducts Gas Injection Demonstration

Tokyo  - Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL) announced that it has been decided that Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (MES) and MOL will conduct a gas injection demonstration run utilizing a temporarily-modified electrically-controlled type slow speed diesel engine. The engine is designed, manufactured and delivered to a shipyard with oil injection specifications for one of the MOL newbuild vessels. However, during manufacturing

MHI, VINASHIN Sign Licensing Agreement

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) signed an agreement to license its UE low-speed diesel engine technology to Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (VINASHIN). Under the agreement, MHI will provide VINASHIN with the licensing rights to manufacture its large-sized diesel engines. The contract applies specifically to the Mitsubishi UEC-LA, LA, LSII and LSE engines with cylinder bores ranging from 330 to 680 mm. The agreement also encompasses marketing and servicing of these engines in

Wärtsilä Extends Licence Agreement in China

Wärtsilä Switzerland Ltd and Yichang Marine Diesel Engine Plant (YMD) of Yichang, China, jointly signed an agreement in January 2007 to extend the existing licence agreement for the manufacture and sale of Wärtsilä low-speed marine diesel engines. The new agreement enables YMD to deliver also certain types of low-speed engines designed and developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, Japan. Wärtsilä Switzerland Ltd is fully owned by Wärtsilä Corporation, Finland

Lubmarine’s Aurelia TI for Medium-Speed Engines

Total Lubmarine has launched a new product designed to improve the performance and protection of medium-speed engines, while achieving savings on maintenance and operational costs. The new lubricant, Aurelia TI facilitates performance in terms of cleanliness, particularly for the engine piston under-crown, and thus offers enhanced protection of the engine itself. Aurelia TI has been tested on a wide variety of vessels and diesel power plant , including cruise ships, ferries, and tugs

Kirby Expects Strong 3Q Earnings

Expected result compares with $.57 per share for the 2010 third quarter, fueled by continued strong inland marine transportation and land-based diesel engine services markets. Kirby to announce 2011 third quarter results on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, with conference call on Thursday, October 27, 2011. Kirby Corporation announced today that it expects its 2011 third quarter net earnings to exceed $.90 per share, above the top end of Kirby's earnings guidance of $.82 to $

GE Diesel Engines for Pesquera Diamante

GE Transportation, in conjunction with its distributor Marinsa Peru, S.A., will supply Pesquera Diamante S.A., in Peru, with 7FDM medium-speed diesel engines. The engines will be used to power newly constructed boats and to repower Pesquera Diamante's entire fleet of purseine net fishing boats. GE will deliver 8-cylinder units rated at 1,400 brake horsepower (bhp) and 12-cylinder models rated at 2,000 bhp. New vessel construction and repowering of the Pesquera Diamante fleet has already

CMD Out of the Blocks

CSSC-MES Diesel Co. Ltd. (CMD), the newly established engine manufacturer, has filled its order books in record time with orders for a striking 61 large-bore, low-speed diesel engines. With the first engine due for delivery by the end of October 2007, this places CMD fifth on the list of MAN Diesel’s 17 two-stroke licensees in terms of orders. As the first engine producer operating in China, CMD will produce 98-cm bore engines, initially manufacturing eight MAN B&W 8K98MC engines

GE to Power Offshore Platform Supply Vessels


GE Marine announces that it will supply IML Power, , with eight V228 medium-speed diesel engines. The 16-cylinder engines will power four new, UT755L-type offshore platform supply vessels. IML Power is an authorized distributor of GE diesel engines and services in . The vessels will be constructed by Rosetti Marino S.p.A. at its shipyard in , , for owner Fratelli D’Amato Via dei Fiorentini, Each of the four new ships will be powered by two 16V228 engines

Grandweld Delivers Aluminum Crew Boat


Grandweld Shipyards delievered “Zamil 101” the first of three fast aluminum crew boats to Zamil Offshore. The vessel was part of a contract, which was signed in November 2011, to build and deliver three sister crew boats. The 33.5m fast crew boat is powered by 3 high speed diesel engines driving 3 fixed pitch propellers to produce a speed of 27 Knots. The vessel is designed and built according to the classification rules and requirements of Bureau Veritas for Aluminum vessels

Thoma-Sea Launches US-flagged OSV

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Technology Associates, Inc. (TAI) of New Orleans, La., announced that another derivative of a vessel built from TAI’s EnviroMax designs was launched.   Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors, LLC has launched a 6,300 DWT Technology EnviroMax 310 OSV from its Lockport, La. shipyard on April 28

HMS Queen Elizabeth Powers to Life

Philip Dunne powers up HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time (Photo: Aircraft Carrier Alliance)

U.K. Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has produced power from her onboard diesel generators (DGs) for the first time, marking a significant stage in the program.    Firing up the diesel generators for the first time in Rosyth was Philip Dunne

Aframax Tanker Designed for Arctic Shipping

Aframax tanker in-ice- Aker Arctic

A modern Aframax-sized tanker concept designed for transporting crude oil and oil product in the Arctic has been developed via collaboration between Deltamarin Ltd. and Aker Arctic Technology Inc.  In creating the new tanker concept, Deltamarin said it drew upon its expertise in affordable

Cat’s C280 Engines Meet EPA Tier 4, IMO Tier III

Photo: Caterpillar

Caterpillar Marine now offers its Cat C280 medium-speed diesel engines for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 and International Maritime Organization (IMO) Tier III service. The EPA Tier 4 standards applied to all new U.S. flagged vessels starting in January 2014 and IMO III

Great Ships of 2014: Al Kout Environmental, Piracy Protected, Proven

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The KOTC operated crude oil tanker Al Kout is the fourth sister Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) of 317,300 DWT, part of the KOTC Phase III of the fleet newbuilding projects. The vessel has been designed and built under the survey of NK class and distinguished in the register by the following

Great Ships of 2014: Top Coral Do Atlantico - A 'Mega' Pipelayer

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TOP Coral do Atlantico is the first of two, characterized by a high ppelay tension capacity of 550 tons and a storage capacity of 4,000 tons, designed to install umbilical and flexible flowlines and risers to connect subsea wells to floating production units in water up to more than 2

Great Ships of 2014: Linda Oldendorff

 First of Six 208,000 dwt bulk carrier HHI built

The 208,000 DWT Bulk Carrier Linda Oldendorff built at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI) was delivered to Oldendorff in Germany on September 30, 2014. It is the first in a series of six. The vessel has flush deck with forecastle, bulbous bow, transom stern

GE Launches GE Marine Organization

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GE unveils GE Marine organization to power, propel and position the global marine industry   GE unveiled today its new GE Marine organization which cumulates several GE businesses and will be led by Tim Schweikert, vice president, GE Marine.  

Papua LNG Carrier Delivered

LNG carrier Papua

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., today announced the delivery of the LNG carrier Papua by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. (Hudong) on January 30. The Papua is the first in a series of four ships to be built by Hudong to provide LNG transportation for the PNG LNG project in Papua

MAN Diesel & Turbo Extends CSSC Relationship

The group photo from the CSSC signing ceremony in Beijing (Photo courtesy of MAN Diesel & Turbo)

MAN Diesel & Turbo renewed its contract with Chinese two-stroke licensee, China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) at a ceremony in Beijing on February 2, 2015. The agreement runs for the next 10 years and covers the production of low-speed engines at CSSC affiliates: CSSC – MES

MAN, CSIC Extend Two-stroke Agreement

The group photo from the CSIC signing ceremony in Beijing (Photo courtesy of MAN Diesel & Turbo)

MAN Diesel & Turbo renewed its contract with Chinese two-stroke licensee, China Shipbuilding Industry Corp. (CSIC).   Signed at a ceremony in Beijing on February 3, 2015, the agreement runs for the next 10 years and covers the production of low-speed engines at CSIC affiliates: Dalian

Oil Prices Should Not Impact Dual-fuel LNG Carriers

Joe McGladdery (Photo courtesy: Wikborg Rein & Co, )

Joe McGladdery, a partner with the London law offices of Wikborg Rein & Co, says that, while falling oil prices have exerted pressure on the LNG charter markets, the new generation of low-speed, dual-fuel LNG carriers now in service and on order remain an attractive option for owners and

Wikborg Rein & Co: Oil Prices Won't Impact Dual-Fuel LNG Carriers

   Joe McGladdery (Photo courtesy of Wikborg Rein & Co)

Joe McGladdery, a partner with the London law offices of Wikborg Rein & Co, says that, while falling oil prices have exerted pressure on the LNG charter markets, the new generation of low-speed, dual-fuel LNG carriers now in service and on order remain an attractive option for owners and

Rolls-Royce to Supply Engines for First Seabed Mining Vessel

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has secured a landmark agreement to supply six of its new B33:45 medium-speed diesel generator sets to China’s Fuijan Mawei shipyard for configuration aboard the world’s first ever seabed mining vessel. The pioneering vessel

Push Boats: From Turkey to Brazil


The shallow draft market in South America continues to strengthen, powered by orders such as Hidrovias do Brasil S.A. 2013 deal for eight HB Pushboat ASUNCION-PYs, which represents a new generation of powerful Shallow Draft River Push Boat designed specifically for South America inland waterways

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