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Waller To Design World's Largest

Houston based marine design company Waller Marine has been contracted to design the world's largest single power barge. The 220 MW barge mounted power plant utilizes a combined cycle technology, comprising four LM 6000 aero derivative gas turbines, with chilled air intakes, each coupled to a Once Through Steam Generator (OTSG). The steam generated from heat recovery drives a 55 MW steam turbine generator. Measuring 348 ft. (106 m) with a 180 ft. (55 m) breadth designed per ABS structural standards, the barge, which will be constructed in Korea will be dry towed to the west coast of India, where it will supply power to the grid.

Greatbatch Announces Agreement to Acquire EAC

Greatbatch, Inc. (NYSE:GB) announced that its subsidiary, Electrochem Commercial Power, signed a definitive asset purchase agreement to acquire Engineered Assemblies Corporation (“EAC”) for approximately $12m in cash. Greatbach expects to close this transaction in November 2007. EAC, based in Teterboro, New Jersey, with operations in Suzhou, China, is a leading provider of custom battery solutions and electronics integration focused on rechargeable battery systems

San Francisco Aims to Reduce Ship Emissions

San Francisco officials said on Tuesday they plan to set up a dockside power system that will supply electricity to cruise ships and reduce harmful diesel fuel emissions from ship generators while they are in port. The plan, which has been endorsed by Carnival Corp., could reduce pollution by up to 80 percent, Reuters said. The Port of San Francisco estimates that in 2004 about 90 tons of diesel soot and nitrogen oxide were produced by cruise ships docked at the city's waterfront

ABB Wins Orders on Australia's Large Ichthys LNG project

ABB wins orders worth US$ 80-million in connection with one of Australia’s largest oil and gas developments offshore Darwin, Northern Australia The contract is to supply power technologies and medium-voltage drive systems for the new Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) project’s processing plant near Darwin, Australia. The equipment will power the plant and control the compressors that liquefy the gas. Approximately half of the order value was booked at the end of the first

Wärtsilä to Power Four Svitzer Tugboats

Wärtsilä 20 Engine: Photo credit Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä contracted to supply power systems of four modern diesel-electric tugs building for Australian owner Svitzer. The vessels are being built at the ASL shipyard in Singapore and are scheduled to be in operation by early 2014. Each of the four 80 Ton Bollard Pull (TBP) harbour tugs will be fitted with two 9-cylinder and one 8-cylinder in-line Wärtsilä 20 engines. The use of the Wärtsilä 20 engines as diesel-electric generating sets is a new development in

Wärtsilä to Supply Plant for New Russian Icebreakers

Wärtsilä contracted to supply equipment for two new icebreakers being built for a Russian state-owned enterprise by Vyborg Shipyard. The vessels, scheduled to be delivered in 2015, will operate mainly in the Baltic Sea and in Arctic waters. Wärtsilä’s strong track record in supplying reliable and technically sound solutions for icebreakers, and other vessels operating in arctic conditions, was cited as being a key factor in the award of this contract

GE to Propel Maran LNG Carriers

Courtesy Maran Gas

Induction-based electric propulsion motor technology from GE’s Power Conversion business will be used to power four new LNG carriers that Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries will build for Maran Gas Maritime, the gas shipping unit of the Angelicoussis Shipping Group. Contracts for the propulsion systems were signed in late May. Hyundai Heavy Industries will deliver the vessels over a 15-month period beginning in July 2015.

MES Retrofits Hybrid System to RTGs in Thailand

Photo: MES

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES), its subsidiary, MES Technoservice Co., Ltd. (STS) have retrofitted latest hybrid system to the existing five units of RTGs with two months erection period at site and successfully handed over to Leam Chabang International Terminal Co., Ltd. in Leam Chabang Thailand in this August. This retrofitting job has been ordered followed by the successful energy saving performance on one unit of RTG retrofitting

1,000th Becker Mewis Duct to Be Presented at Nor-Shipping

Becker Mewis Duct with Becker Flap Rudder (Photo: Becker Marine Systems)

Hamburg-based Becker Marine Systems will present its 1,000th Becker Mewis Duct in Oslo at Nor-Shipping 2015.   The use of all ducts previously delivered will have lowered CO2 by more than 1.4 million metric tons. The Becker Mewis Duct has not been a successful product for Becker Marine Systems alone, the company said. It is also contributing towards the global objective of enhanced sustainability in the shipping industry.  

Routine Turbine Handling in Offshore Conditions

Photo: JD Neuhaus

The Gerritsen On- & Offshore Services BV company have handled a routine turbine maintenance procedure being undertaken on an offshore location in the Southern North Sea. This involved four of their personnel, utilizing an air operated hoist unit manufactured by the J D Neuhaus company for the safe and effective lift and maneuver procedures for a turbine lift load of 26,500lbs. The turbine was responsible for supplying power to a gas-compressor utilized for power

LR to help China Design Shipborne Nuclear Power

Nuclear power plants can generate electricity continuously for many months at a time, without interruption. Courtesy World Nuclear Association

  Lloyd’s Register announced a co-operative Framework Agreement with the Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC) in Chengdu, to assist in the design and development of a safe and secure floating vessel containing a Small Modular Reactor (SMR) – a first for China.

DBR Enters Cruise Vessel Market

Image: DBR

DBR announced its expansion into the cruise ship industry following a partnership with a Dutch engineering and installation company in the marine and offshore industry. The latter company is currently working on a project that involves the upgrade of the electrical safety system onboard two cruise

HMS Prince of Wales Powers Ahead

MT30 Gas Turbine Alternator lifted into the U.K. Royal Navy’s latest aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales (Photo: John Linton)

The second MT30 Gas Turbine Alternator (GTA) has been installed into the U.K. Royal Navy’s latest aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales, at Rosyth, the Aircraft Carrier Alliance reported.   ‪Generating 36 megawatts (around 50,000 horsepower)

Calnetix Technologies Notches 3 New Patents

The U.S. Patent Office has awarded three new patents to Calnetix Technologies, a developer of high-speed motor generators, magnetic bearings and control systems and energy recovery technologies. These new awards bring the company’s total patent count to 33.  

Fourth Z-drive Towboat from Master Marine

St. Peter (Photo: Master Marine)

The Z-drive revolution on the U.S. Inland Waterways continues with a new delivery from Master Marine In August, Marquette Transportation Co. took delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Alabama. The 78 x 34 x 11 ft.  St

Renewable Energy Battery Solutions Ready for Ships

FC38-12 Battery (Photo: EMP)

A range of marine battery solutions has received approval for use on-board ships or marine related applications such as offshore platforms and renewable energy projects.   Now available from Eco Marine Power (EMP), a developer of renewable energy solutions for ships

MHI, SBG Invest in Wind Energy Startup Altaeros Energies

The Buoyant Airborne Turbine

  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. ("MHI") and the Suhail Bahwan Group ("SBG") have invested in Altaeros Energies, a Massachusetts-based technology company, to support the design and production of its Buoyant Airborne Turbine ("BAT") renewable energy and

Saldanha Bay Could be S.Africa's First LNG Import Terminal

Gas seen as key to help resolve power crisis; gas could be sourced from Nigeria, Angola, Mozambique. South Africa could build its first 20 billion rand ($1.4 billion) liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility at the west coast port of Saldanha Bay to feed gas-to-power projects aimed at easing

High Power for New Tunisian Naval Boats

Two new vessels are set to provide the Tunisian Navy with improved capabilities to conduct search and rescue and extended offshore patrols.   Supplying marine engines for two new vessels is marine engine sales and service company Pacific Power Group

Silver Ships Delivers Survey Vessel to USACE

Photo: Silver Ships

Silver Ships delivered a 48-ft. Endeavor Survey boat to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District. The vessel will be tasked with surveying the waters in both the Gulf of Mexico and rivers of the New Orleans District. The all-welded aluminum vessel is designed and engineered by

Siemens Power and Drive Systems for New DSV

Image: Siemens

Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd (ZPMC) has commissioned Siemens to equip the latest diving support vessel being built for Toisa Ltd. with complete drive and power systems.   According to Siemens, the solution is designed to improve the vessel’s reliability and maneuverability

MacGregor Wins Deck Machinery Order in China

MacGregor has expanded its winch portfolio

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has signed contracts with Chinese shipyard Guangzhou Shunhai Shipyard Ltd to deliver anchor handling/towing winch packages for five 48m anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels, each with a 75-tonne bollard pull and one 40m AHTS vessel with a 70-tonne bollard

EPSITRON Line Carries GL Approval

EPSITRON GL 1200x1200

  EPSITRON CLASSIC power supplies and electronic circuit breakers now carry GL marine and on-and-offshore approval. Offering an ultra-slim power supply package solution featuring economically-priced 1-, 2- and 3-phase modules, EPSITRON CLASSIC power supplies feature an identical housing

GCSG Delivers Harvey Power

Harvey Power, the second LNG vessel operating in the United States

  Gulf Coast Shipyard Group (GCSG) has delivered Harvey Power, the second LNG vessel operating in the United States—for Shell Upstream America’s deep water operations in the Gulf of Mexico—is fully in service. She is the second of six LNG OSVs being built for Harvey Gulf

Fifth Z-drive Towboat from Master Marine

In September, Marquette Transportation Co. took delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Alabama. The 78 x 34 x 11-ft. St. James was designed by Entech & Associates, for Marquette’s Gulf-Inland division, based in Harahan, La.  

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