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Power Below the Waves: ABB Subsea Transformers

Subsea Transformer Located in Åsgard Compressor Station: Schematic credit ABB

ABB has delivered subsea transformers for fields in the North & Norwegian seas & the Gulf of Mexico for operation at depths of up to 2,000 m. Subsea transformers are an ABB innovation. Deployed in extreme conditions in ultra-deepwater, these high-tech workhorses provide the power for heavy-duty equipment on the sea floor - enabling declining oil and gas fields to be more productive and making new deepwater fields accessible. ABB delivered the world’s first commercial subsea transformers in 1998 – a pioneering achievement that helped take subsea oil and gas extraction into a new and more productive dimension. These robust, maintenance-free and exceptionally reliable transformers are used to power the field equipment on the seabed – boosters, pumps, compressors, pipeline heating systems, frequency converters and wave hubs. They operate in some of the most extreme environments imaginable for transformers – at depths of several thousand meters and at distances of 50 to 100 km from the nearest platform or shore. The performance levels required of deep-sea equipment are very high, and reliability is decisive. Designed for endurance ABB subsea transformers are designed to operate in these demanding conditions of great depth and extreme atmospheric pressure. They are liquid-filled and pressure-compensated to keep the internal pressure close to that of the outside water by immersing the internals in liquid and eliminating all air-


WEG Supplies New Fuel-Efficient PSV Petrel

Photo courtesy WEG Electric Motors (UK) Ltd

WEG electric motors, generators, transformers, electrical switchboards and an automation system for energy management are all providing optimized operation on the first of a new generation of more fuel efficient cargo vessels built by Wilson Sons UltraTug Offshore, a joint venture between Wilson Sons and Magallane Navegação of São Paulo state in Brazil. The PSV Petrel is equipped with diesel-electric propulsion, costing around $25m


STN ATLAS Marine Electronics Wins Contract

STN ATLAS Marine Electronics has been awarded a contract worth $5.9 million by Kroeger Werft for the electrical equipment for the new 308-ft. research vessel, Maria S. Merian. It is being built for delivery in June 2004 on behalf of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern State Ministry of Education & Science. Equipment to be supplied under the contract comprises the electrical drive system for two podded 190kW propulsors as well as the electrical drive system for a Schottel pumpjet in addition to


Alstom Chosen For Innovative Hopper Dredge Project

A new niche for Alstom to equip the first 8,500 cu. m. hopper dredge with electric propulsion. Alstom Power Conversion has been awarded a contract by E.N. Bazan-Juliana Constructora Gijonesa SA to equip the new 8,500 cu. m. hopper dredge for Dragages-Ports. Alstom will supply diesel electric power and propulsion systems including main generators, a 6.6 kV switchboard, distribution transformers and two synchronous motors each of 2,500 kW @ 1,500 rpm supplied through synchroconverters.


ABB Drive System in UK Tidal Turbines R&D

Drive train at NAREC

The world’s first drive train test facility for tidal turbines and marine renewable technologies at the UK’s National Renewable Energy Centre (NAREC) is powered by a state-of-the-art ABB drive system. The $20 million facility is part of the UK’s National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) in the north of England. Narec is a government-backed center for researching, developing and testing renewable energy and low carbon power generation technologies such as wind, solar


Federal Bering Calls First Time at Antwerp

Federal Bering crew Copyright Antwerp Port

The Federal Bering bulk carrier called for the first time at the port of Antwerp on November 16. The recently built Federal Bering is in Antwerp for three days to load a consignment of 20,000 metric tons of steel for ArcelorMittal, ThyssenKrupp and other steel producers. In addition to this steel consignment it will also take on project cargo such as dryers, transformers etc. With a length of 200 meters and a capacity of 34


ALSTOM Wins $102M Navy Deal

ALSTOM has won a second order of around $102 million to supply an integrated electric power and propulsion system for the Royal Navy’s Anti-Air Warfare Type 45 Destroyers. Following on from the first contract in April 2001 for batch one, this order is for batch two vessels and was awarded by BAE Systems Type 45 Destroyer Prime Contract Office. The order for the integrated electric power and propulsion system also includes the supply of major items of equipment including: 21 MWe


Alstom Chosen For Innovative Hopper Dredge Project

A new niche for Alstom to equip the first 8,500 cu. m. hopper dredge with electric propulsion. Alstom Power Conversion has been awarded a contract by E.N. Bazan-Juliana Constructora Gijonesa SA to equip the new 8,500 cu. m. hopper dredge for Dragages-Ports. Alstom will supply diesel electric power and propulsion systems including main generators, a 6.6 kV switchboard, distribution transformers and two synchronous motors each of 2,500 kW @ 1,500 rpm supplied through synchroconverters.


New Director Joins Braemar Steege

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Loss adjuster, Braemar Steege, announced that Ian Baxter (FCILA, ACII) will be joining the company’s Singapore office as a Director, effective 1 April 2009. Ian has been in the insurance industry for 35 years. The past 26 years have been spent in South East Asia. Prior to joining Braemar Steege, Ian served many years with the international adjusters, Thomas Howell Group, latterly as Director of Asia Pacific. Roger Law, Managing Director of Braemar Steege


Harris Pye Takes on More Offshore Projects

Global maritime and offshore oil and gas engineering company Harris Pye is making significant gains in the offshore oil and gas market, according to Group Managing Director Mark Prendergast. “We are currently undertaking three major rig renovations simultaneously in the UK, Singapore and Brazil,” said Prendergast.  “All three projects will be completed by the end of May, and I look forward to releasing project details at that time.”


DNV GL to Provide Project Certification for E.ON’s Arkona Offshore Wind Farm

Image: DNV GL

 Contract covers inspections from manufacturing, transport, installation and commissioning of wind farm.   E.ON has awarded the project certification contract for the new Arkona offshore wind farm to DNV GL. The project covers the inspection phases, from manufacturing, transport


GE Technology to Power Massive Crane Vessel

Semi-submersible crane vessel Sleipnir. (Image: GE)

A recent partnership between Sembcorp Marine and GE aims realize one of the most challenging offshore projects in recent times for Heerema’s new Semi-Submersible Crane Vessel (SSCV) Sleipnir, which at 220 meters long and 102 meters wide, will be the world’s largest crane vessel.


MN100: Larson Electronics LLC

Image: Larson Electronics

The Company: Since 1973 Larson Electronics has manufactured industrial lighting and power distribution products. On LarsonElectronics.com we offer a wide range of products including explosion proof lighting, portable hazardous location lighting, high powered LED lights


St. Lawrence Seaway Shipments Steady in September

Photo courtesy of City of Milwaukee

“Notable increases were reflected in the export of wheat, corn and soybeans from the U.S. Ports of Duluth, Milwaukee and Toledo during the month of September,” said Betty Sutton, Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.   


Azipod Retrofit for Mega-crane Vessel

Photo: ABB

Retrofitted vessel will feature five Azipod propulsion units, including for the first time two retractable thrusters    Power and automation technology group ABB will supply the entire electric system to provide power throughout the vessel and five Azipod propulsion units for the


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


New Onboard Firefighting System from Gielle

Photo: Gielle

For 50 years Gielle has provided onboard firefighting systems and now presents its new installation on the base of Novec1230 fluid firefighting system for extinguishing fires in engine rooms, pump rooms, transformer rooms and electrical rooms, for ship and offshore applications.  


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


Wärtsilä Propulsion for Seabourn Cruise Vessels

Two new cruise vessels being built for USA based Seabourn Cruise Line will feature a broad assortment of Wärtsilä propulsion, electrical and automation solutions. Courtesy Wartsila

Two new cruise vessels being built for USA based Seabourn Cruise Line will feature a broad assortment of Wärtsilä propulsion, electrical and automation solutions. The ships are to be built at the Fincantieri yard in Italy. The 'Seabourn Encore' is already under construction and the


ABB To Help Save Venice From the Sea

Barriers Venice Photo ABB

 ABB to deliver advanced integrated automation and electrical solution for largest Italian public work project of the last century. ABB will supply the complete integrated electrical and automation system for Mo.S.E. (the Italian acronym for experimental electro mechanic module)


Cavotec, ABB Partner on Shore-to-ship Power

Photo: Cavotec

Cavotec and ABB have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly offer complete shore-to-ship power solutions globally. Such solutions allow vessels to plug into onshore power supply and shut down their engines, eliminating noxious emissions


ABB Transformers for the Most Powerful Wind Turbines

ABB  transformers Photo ABB

ABB will deploy 40 special transformers to equip wind turbines for an offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea. The MHI Vestas Offshore Wind turbines are 195 m (640 ft) tall - around two-thirds the height of the Eiffel Tower - and weigh 1000 metric tons


GE Enters the Containership Industry

GE’s Marine Solutions has expanded its offering with the signing of a contract to provide auxiliary electric systems to Maersk Line. (Photo: GE)

GE’s Marine Solutions has signed a contract to provide auxiliary electric systems to containership operator Maersk Line’s second generation Triple-E vessels, thus representing GE’s entry into the container shipping industry.  


Damen Delivers Floating Pump Station to Hamburg

Damen Shoalbuster 3512 Noordstroom (Photo: Damen)

Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has taken delivery of the Sauger III, a custom floating pump station by Damen Shipyards Group for supporting dredging operations. Situated 110 km inland on the River Elbe and with a tidal range of 3.6 meters, the Hamburg Port requires regularly dredging like most ports


US Ports Gear up for 2016 Shipping Season

File image (FedNav)

The St. Lawrence Seaway opened two weeks earlier this shipping season and U.S. ports took advantage of the warm weather to move cargo for their customers.   Betty Sutton, Administrator of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation said






 
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