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Thursday, February 23, 2017

US Coast Guard in CRADA with Cox Powertrain

Photo: Cox Powertrain

The US Coast Guard has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with British diesel engine innovator, Cox Powertrain. The CRADA will evaluate and test the advantages, disadvantages, required technology enhancements, performance, costs and other issues associated with diesel outboard engine technology. There a been a big swell of interest in diesel outboards since NATO introduced its single fuel policy, with the military and naval forces of member countries keen to phase out petrol-fuelled outboards in favour of cleaner diesel alternatives.

Viega Debuts ProPress Zero Lead Ball Valves

Photo: Viega

Viega has introduced its line of Viega ProPress Zero Lead Ball Valve press x hose thread for copper fittings. The bronze ball valves are full port and designed for potable water applications. The ball valves are available in 1/2" and 3/4" press sizes and 3/4" hose sizes. Other features include a lockable metal handle, stainless steel ball and EPDM sealing element. The Viega ProPress for copper system is available in more than 600 fitting configurations, in sizes ranging from 1/2" to 4".

GKS Specialized Marine 3D Scanning

GKS Marine Services, a part of GKS Global Services, offers laser scanning for marine applications. For over 25 years GKS has performed laser scanning for many industries, including petrochemical, construction, power generation, auto, aerospace, and manufacturing companies, and is now offering specialized experience in marine applications. 3D scanning for marine applications, also called long-range scanning, is a ground-based technique for collecting high-density 3D data to create digital models of complex entities such as seagoing vessels…

Notifier's Fire Systems Win Major Approvals

Notifier Develops Robust, Reliable Fire Protection for Marine Applications; Three Major Marine Testing Agencies Approve NOTIFIER Systems. NOTIFIER by Honeywell has announced a line of fire alarm systems that deliver robust, reliable fire protection for a broad range of marine applications, supported by a worldwide network of experienced Engineered Systems Distributors (ESDs). Following a rigorous series of tests, NOTIFIER's Marine ONYX® systems have approval for Marine applications from USCG (U.S. Coast Guard), Lloyd's Register, and ABS (American Bureau of Shipping).

GE's Fleet of LM Aeroderivative Reaches Milestone

GE's fleet of LM aeroderivative gas turbines has established a major industry milestone,surpassing 50 million hours of operation in a wide spectrum of industrial and marine applications around the world. Derived from GE's aircraft engine technology and incorporating the latest technical advancements, LM gas turbines continue to perform at high levels of availability and reliability. The LM fleet now has grown to more than 2,700 machines worldwide. cogeneration applications in the utility, private and mobile power industries. and aircraft carriers.

CIMAC World Congress to Focus on System Integration

One of the most compelling topics that will be discoursed during the CIMAC World Congress 2016 is the area of ‘System Integration’ where all the relevant stakeholders including engine developers, component suppliers, research organizations, system integrators, classification societies and the engine users have to come together with an aim of optimization of the overall efficiency and performance of ships and other large engine applications. Integration of propulsion system from the point of view of efficiency optimization, operating cost optimized engine and after treatment concepts for marine applications, waste heat recovery solution for marine applications…

Optimera Joins Saint-Gobain Marine Applications

Saint-Gobain Marine Applications welcomed its new member, Optimera Marine. In the Saint-Gobain Marine Applications group since April 2013, Optimera is a supplier and distributor of panels for interior finishing and furniture onboard ships and offshore accommodations. Optimera was founded in 2001 by a merger of three companies in Norway and since 2005 fully owned by Saint-Gobain. Today Norway presents 95 outlets, 2,000 employees and nearly 1,2 billion EUR in revenue. Optimera is present in Norway…

New Partnership to Evaluate Dual Fuel Applications

American Power Group Corporation (APG) announced they will be working with Marine Fuel Conversions, LLC (MFC) to evaluate potential applications and opportunities for APG’s dual fuel solution specifically in marine applications including on-board prime and ancillary power as well as port based stationary power applications. MFC which is based in Glasgow, Scotland will be responsible for funding and coordinating all feasibility and beta testing activities necessary to determine how APG’s innovative Turbocharged Natural Gas dual fuel system  can be commercialized in Europe for marine applications. The feasibility/beta testing period is anticipated to run between nine to fifteen months.

Hot Water Diesel Pressure Washer from Water Cannon

Water Cannon's washer provides superior surface preparation for commercial marine applications. Customizable with PSI ratings to 4,000 and power to 8.0 GPM, Water Cannon’s hot water diesel powered pressure washer is designed for commercial marine applications such as surface preparation, barnacle removal and corrosion control. Self-contained with dual 15-gallon poly-diesel fuel tanks and a 12-volt battery in a marine duty battery box, this washer needs no external power. A Kohler engine powers this washer, which can be customized with a pump from Cat Pumps, General Pump or Annovi Reverberi.

Caterpillar Sponsors 2014 High Horsepower Summit

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Caterpillar Inc. now underway in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event is North America’s leading conference on the use of natural gas to fuel high horsepower operations. As an industry leader in the design and manufacture of dual-fuel and natural gas engines, Caterpillar plans to highlight its commitment to delivering the highest customer value for energy and power systems operations, as well as rail, marine and mining applications. “We’re proud of where our natural gas heritage…

Radix Marine Gains Competitive Advantage

Radix Marine, Inc., a marine vessel development company specializing in port and homeland security and defense initiatives, announced that it has signed a letter of intent to enter into an exclusive Development, License, and First Right of Refusal Agreement with GSE, Inc. for the marine application of the company's high power density compression ignition TSIO 1255 engine series. GSE, recently awarded a grant by the U.S. government for the initial development phase of the TSIO 1255 compression ignition heavy fuel engines (CIHFE), has been in the heavy fuel engine development business for twelve years and is utilizing proprietary technology to develop lighter and smaller high power density CIHFE. GSE's products seek to meet the market demand created by U.S.

Beijer Electronics Machine Interface Terminals ABS Classified

Beijer Machine 7" QTERM-A7 Interface: Image credit Beijer Electronics

Beijer Electronics' 7" QTERM-A7 & 12" QTERM-A12 interface terminals now American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) certified for marine applications. With the recent ABS classification, US-based Beijer Electronic's, QTERM-A7 and QTERM-A12 terminals can now be used in many challenging marine applications including ballast water treatment and propulsion. Known for being built for demanding environments, the QTERM-A7 and QTERM-A12 are also Class I Div 2 certified for hazardous conditions.

Danfoss Offers Online Ordering

Danfoss MBC 5100 Block Pressure Switch

Danfoss announced Peerless Electronics, Inc. will now offer Danfoss pressure transmitters and pressure and temperature switches for marine and marine-related industries on its website. The addition of the following four families of Danfoss products to Peerless Electronics’ online store will help to simplify and streamline purchases by customers throughout the United States. •Danfoss MBS 5100 Series Block Pressure Transmitter – The ship-approved, high accuracy MBS 5100 pressure transmitter is designed for use in almost all marine applications…

GE LM2500+G4 Earns Three Certifications

GE Marine reports it has completed a gas turbine engine qualification testing program for its LM2500+G4 marine aeroderivative gas turbines. As a result, the engine is now certified by three key organizations: Bureau Veritas, RINA S.p.A., and American Bureau of Shipping (Naval Vessel Rules). “To meet engine qualification requirements for the LM2500+G4, GE devised a rigorous testing program that was approved by all three key organizations,” said Brien Bolsinger, GE Marine general manager.

Heavy Fuel Oil Test Plan

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted on the Internet its Heavy Fuel Oil Test Plan and Robust Summary. As noted in this lengthy document, heavy fuel oil is a principal fuel in marine applications. It is a diverse group of substances encompassing hydrocarbons with a wide range of molecular weights. Existing aquatic toxicity data show heavy fuel oil related refinery streams to have moderate to no aquatic toxicity depending upon species and test substance. (HK Law).

Rigdon Christens Slap Shot

The Slap Shot is a 190 x 46 x 18-ft., diesel electric, DP-2 PSV, which features a capacity of 4,000 barrels of liquid mud in an oval, self-cleaning, segregated tank system. The PSV will also include three (3) x Z-Drives and two  large forward tunnel thrusters. The Rigdon 4000 Class PSVs are capable of serving a wide array of marine applications in all water depths.  The remaining two (2) Rigdon 4000 class PSVs are expected to deliver by the end of August 2008.

Steinberg Retires from IPS

Industrial Power Systems, Inc. (IPS) announced the retirement of Jerry Steinberg, after almost 16 years with the company as its Vice President – Sales & Marketing. Jerry is being replaced by Michael Phelan as its new Director of Sales & Marketing. Jerry graduated from the University of Illinois in 1961, and immediately after graduation joined Cummins Engine Co., where he had several domestic positions in Columbus, Indiana before moving into their International Sales organization with time living in both London, England and Sao Paulo, Brazil. This was followed by a number of years with Waukesha Engine, ending as their VP – Sales & Marketing. Jerry then had a number of years in the distribution business, working with both Power Equipment Inc. in Ohio and Reagan Equipment Co. in Florida.

Wartsila, Metso Jointly Develop Scrubber Systems

Wärtsilä recently signed an agreement with Metso Corporation to co-operate in developing and delivering scrubber systems for marine applications. Under the terms of this agreement, Metso is to supply the scrubber unit, while Wärtsilä is responsible for world-wide sales and integration, including automation, water treatment, and ancillaries. Both Wärtsilä and Metso have experience in the use of scrubber technology for land-based installations. Wärtsilä and Metso have already worked together for a number of years in the development of scrubber technology. In 2005 the two companies, together with other companies within the Finnish maritime cluster, embarked on a program to develop a feasible marine scrubber. By autumn 2007, the project was ready for a test installation.

Radix Marine Signs Propulsion Deal

Radix Marine, Inc., a marine vessel development company specializing in port and homeland security and defense initiatives, signed a letter of intent to enter into an exclusive Development, License, and First Right of Refusal Agreement with GSE, Inc. for the marine application of the company's high power density compression ignition TSIO 1255 engine series. "We believe that by acquiring the exclusive right to license the marine applications of GSE's heavy fuel engines, Radix Marine will gain a sustainable competitive advantage for the company's watercraft in the military and port security marketplace," said Scott Edwards, Radix Marine Vice President.

Parker Hannifin Acquires Sea Recovery

Parker Agrees to Acquire Sea Recovery from Danfoss A/S to Strengthen Its Position in Seawater Desalination for Marine Applications. Parker Hannifin Corporation (NYSE: PH), the global leader in motion and control technologies, today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Sea Recovery, headquartered in Compton, CA from Danfoss A/S. Parker will assume ownership of the acquired business on November 1 st, 2012. Sea Recovery is a manufacturer of small to high capacity reverse osmosis systems for sea water desalination used primarily in commercial and pleasure marine applications. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Sea Recovery had sales of approximately $26 million for the last twelve months ending August 31 st and 70 employees…

Air-Independent Propulsion: Fincantieri, Nuvera, Collaborate

Megayacht: Photo courtesy of Nuvera

US-based Nuvera Fuel Cells says it will be working with Italian shipbuilder, Fincantieri, on a program to power hi-end marine vessels with advanced fuel cell technology. Nuvera has been commissioned to produce and deliver eight of its Orion™ fuel cell stacks (total power 260 kW), which will be used as range extenders for use on marine vessels. Nuvera’s fuel cell auxiliary power units will provide marine vessels with air-independent propulsion (AIP). This is the same technology used in non-nuclear submarines, which allows them to operate without the need to surface for oxygen.

Barillec to Present ‘Marine Apps’

Photo: Barillec

Barillec informs it has chosen the Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo to unveil its new identity and to present its “Marine Apps”. The show will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from June 23-25. Barillec develops marine applications based on 60 years of global experience in marine electricity and electronics, including energy conversion and monitoring and controls to manage ship propulsion and power generation. In the past 20 years, the technological evolutions in shipbuilding…

SKF Group to Acquire Blohm+Voss

Sterntube Seal by B+V: Photo credit Blohm + Voss

SKF of Sweden is to acquire German ship components provider Blohm + Voss Industries (BVI) from Star Capital Partners. Blohm + Voss Industries is a manufacturer of equipment for critical marine applications, including shaft components (seals and bearings), stabilizers, and oily water separators. The company has around 400 employees and originates from the Blohm + Voss shipyard, which was founded in 1877. SKF will pay 80 MEUR for 100% of the equity of BVI and assumes net loans/cash of 18 MEUR. The transaction is subject to relevant regulatory approvals.

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