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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 $


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

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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


Wärtsilä JV Breaks Ground in China

Picture at the groundbreaking ceremony, Roger Holm, Senior Vice President, Engines, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions and Wu Qiang, President of CSSC, in the middle. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

CSSC Wärtsilä Engine (Shanghai) Co. Ltd (CWEC) celebrated the beginning of construction on its new 20,000 sq.m. factory with a groundbreaking ceremony on October 28 in Lingang, Shanghai.   Following the groundbreaking ceremony, strategic cooperation agreements were signed between CWEC and the Hudong Zhonghua and Shanghai Waigaoqia (SWS) shipyards. According to Wärtsilä , these agreements will be instrumental in promoting the development of efficient ship designs and


Dual-fuel Engines for DEME’s New Dredger

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Anglo Belgian Corporation, a manufacturer of medium speed diesel engines, announced the sale of two 16VDZD dual fuel engines that will power a new build vessel for the Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME. This agreement was officialized with the Dutch shipyard Royal IHC.   The commissioning of the dredger Minerva is scheduled for late 2016, making it the first dredging vessel that will be equipped with dual fuel engines


Engine Overhaul Aboard North Sea FPSO

Haewene Brim (Photo: Royston)

Bluewater-owned offshore floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel Haewene Brim has undergone an engine overhaul at the hands of a team of diesel power specialist Royston Limited.   The 252m, 103,000dwt FPSO, powered by main generating sets consisting of four 5


LR Issues AiP for Gas Turbine-Powered LNG Carrier Design

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Press release - GE Marine and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) announced it has obtained Lloyd’s Register’s (LR) Approval in Principle (AiP) for the jointly developed gas turbine-powered LNG carrier design, the two companies announced  at the Marintec China 2015 trade


LNG Carrier BEIDOU STAR Delivered

LNG Carrier BEIDOU STAR

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the successful delivery of the LNG carrier BEIDOU STARfrom Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. (Hudong) on November 30. The BEIDOU STAR is the third ship in a series of four new-build LNG carriers that will provide transportation


MAN 175D Launched in China

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MAN Diesel & Turbo showcases Tier III-friendly, high-speed engine at Marintec marine exhibition   MAN Diesel & Turbo used its presence at the Marintec 2015 marine exhibition in Shanghai to launch its 175D high-speed engine in China.  


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

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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


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


World’s First MAN B&W ME-GI Enters Service

Retrofit milestone: ME-GI gas injection project for Nakilat’s Rasheeda   Nakilat, in association with Qatari LNG producers Qatargas and RasGas Company Limited and engine manufacturer MAN Diesel & Turbo, recently celebrated the success of the ME-GI project involving the retrofit of






 
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