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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Kali Acquires Florida Marine Power Company

Image: Wave Marine Services

Kali, Inc. has completed its acquisition of Florida Marine Power Company, a marine mechanical repair, maintenance and engine installation company. Kali acquired all of the outstanding stock of Florida Marine Power in exchange for 4 million shares of Kali's common stock. The transaction also created a performance incentive program for Florida Marine Power to earn additional shares of stock for the next two years if the Company achieves quarter over quarter revenue increases. "The acquisition of Florida Marine Power will accelerate our revenue generation and provide value to our shareholders.

Wärtsilä, Zhuhai Yuchai Agreement

Wärtsilä Corporation and Zhuhai Yuchai Marine Power Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Group Co Ltd, have jointly signed a licence agreement for the manufacture and sale of Wärtsilä RT-flex low-speed marine diesel engines by Zhuhai Yuchai Marine Power in China. The agreement grants Zhuhai Yuchai Marine Power the right to manufacture all sizes of Wärtsilä RT-flex modern low-speed engine types at its new factory in Zhuhai City, Guangdong province. However, Zhuhai Yuchai Marine Power will focus on engines of 35 to 50 cm cylinder bore. The main attraction of the new licence agreement for Zhuhai Yuchai Marine Power is Wärtsilä's programme of RT-flex engines with common-rail technology.

ALGAE-X® Now Available in Italy

ALGAE-X® International announces its distribution agreement with Peroni Service Company. Based in Rome, Italy, Peroni Service Company will introduce ALGAE-X® Magnetic Fuel Conditioners and the AFC-705 Fuel Catalyst to its large network of distributors and dealers servicing the marine, power generation, trucking and automotive industries throughout Italy and the northern Mediterranean and Adriatic regions. ALGAE-X® Fuel Conditioners will be installed in the fuel systems for new engine packages and retrofitted into existing engine installations for Marine, Power Generation, Trucking and Transportation, Construction, Mining, Agriculture and other applications.

MN 100: Caterpillar Marine

Caterpillar Marine Power Systems brings together all the sales and service activities for Cat and MaK branded marine products within Caterpillar Inc. This organization provides premier marine power solutions and customer service from a single source for the global ocean-going, commercial and pleasure craft markets. Caterpillar offers a comprehensive marine diesel power range and a complete, continuously evolving product line. The result is one source for total power solutions on board, providing electronic marine engines, gensets, and vessel controls.

Caterpillar Marine Systems Doubles Parts Warranty

Image courtesy of Caterpillar Marine

Caterpillar Marine Power Systems says it has increased the warranty on Cat Brand Parts used in all marine applications from six months to one year. The warranty covers all parts used in Cat marine engines, Cat marine generator sets, Cat branded marine control systems and Cat marine transmissions. The extended coverage applies to all parts sold or utilized in service work on or after June 1, 2012. The suppliers say that there will be no additional cost to customers for this significant extension of warranty protection.

Corvus Energy Joins Aquarius Project

Fukuoka, Japan's Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. announced that Corvus Energy will supply the energy storage component for its patent-pending Aquarius Wind and Solar Power System for ocean-going ships. Since 2010, Eco Marine Power has worked on developing an advanced integrated system of rigid, photovoltaic-equipped sails and energy storage modules to allow ocean-going ships to harness renewable energies and reduce their need for oil. The rigid sails are used for propulsion and are covered in solar panels to capture solar energy. Corvus Energy’s lithium-polymer battery technology will store energy collected by the array of wind and solar panels. The batteries will then be used to power the ship’s operational equipment or, alternatively, be used as a power source when at harbor or at anchor.

Sail Design for Commercial Ships Completed

Image courtesy of Eco Marine Power

Eco Marine Power completes EnergySail design. Japan's Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. announce that it has completed the high level design for its innovative rigid sail known as the EnergySail, a revolutionary device that will allow ships to harness the power of the wind and sun in order to reduce fuel costs plus lower noxious gas and carbon emissions. The EnergySail (patent pending) is unlike any other sail - it can be used even when a ship is at anchor or in port and has been designed to withstand high winds or even sudden micro-bursts.

Eco Marine Power Set to Measure Aquarius MRE System

Aquarius MRE Ship: Image credit Eco Marine Power

Eco Marine Power (EMP) to use the KEI 3240 Data Logger to verify fuel savings & measure the performance of its Aquarius MRE System. The Aquarius MRE System is a wind & solar power solution for sustainable shipping, and the data logger is to be supplied by KEI System Ltd (KEI) of Osaka, Japan. The use of the KEI 3240 Data Logger will provide a ship's crew with real time information regarding how much fuel consumption is being reduced through the use of Aquarius MRE System. This and other data can also be recorded and analysed later.

Eco Marine Power Short-Listed for Ship Efficiency Awards

Impression of Aquarius MRE System on Eco Ship

Eco Marine Power is pleased to announce that it has been named as a finalist in two categories of the inaugural Ship Efficiency Awards 2014. The Ship Efficiency Awards 2014, hosted by Lloyd's Register and organised by Fathom, will recognise and celebrate the organisations and individuals within the maritime sector that excel in efficient operations, implement fresh thinking, offer proven efficiency benefits and technological innovation. Eco Marine Power has been short-listed in…

Pacific Marine Power Now Offering Volvo Penta Products

Pacific Marine Power is now providing the full range of Volvo Penta diesel and gasoline marine engines, generator sets, and controls to customers throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska, the company announced today. The Volvo Penta marine engine lineup includes their Inboard Performance System (IPS) 350 through 1200 propulsion engines, which include forward‐facing, steerable propulsion units. The IPS diesel marine engines can provide up to 900 HP for better acceleration, and they offer 30 percent reduced fuel consumption, 40 percent longer operating range, and 50 percent lower perceived noise and vibration levels. Volvo Penta marine generator sets are powered by the D5 through D16 Series engines, with ratings from 60‐480 kWe.

New Energy Storage Solutions for Marine Hybrid Market

XALT Energy’s newest scalable marine power offering for marine power needs, the XPAND Modular Pack Architecture, will be showcased at the 2016 Electric & Hybrid World Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. According to XALT Energy, the system’s design provides workboat operators with an energy storage solution for rapid systems integration in marine power applications. “The XPAND state‐of‐the‐art Lithium‐ion energy storage system is designed to enhance the fuel efficiency and maneuverability of marine vessels,” said John Warner, vice president sales and marketing of XALT Energy. “Building upon our more than 20MWh’s of batteries in marine service…

Caterpillar Offer 3500C Tier 3 Marine Power Solutions

Caterpillar Marine Power Systems is pleased to announce starting in January 2012, the legendary Cat 3500C marine engines will enter full production meeting United States EPA Tier 3 regulations. Cat 3500C Tier 3 compliant offerings will include propulsion, auxiliary and diesel electric propulsion (DEP) engines. All Cat 3500C offerings will not require after treatment modules to meet Tier 3 regulations as a result of incorporating innovative fuel and air system modifications into the design of the engines. “We’re pleased to offer our customers impacted by the United States EPA regulations a timely, comprehensive power solution that doesn’t require after treatment or sacrifice performance,” said Bob Hallengren, Caterpillar Marine Power Systems Product and Application Manager.

Blue Star Ferries & Eco Marine Launch Renewable Energy Project

A project to jointly deploy and evaluate with Blue Star Ferries of Greece

Eco Marine Power announced today that it has begun a project to jointly deploy and evaluate with Blue Star Ferries of Greece, a range of innovative renewable energy related technologies for shipping including the Aquarius Management and Automation System (MAS) with an integrated marine solar power system. The Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project is a major step forward towards making shipping more sustainable through the use of renewable energy and fuel reduction solutions on-board ships.

Caterpillar Powers AIDAblu

Photo courtesy Caterpillar

As she entered the Hamburg, Germany, harbor on February 9, 2010, AIDA Cruises’s newest addition to the fleet, AIDAblu sailed right past the Caterpillar Marine Power Systems headquarters on the historic Elbe River. The AIDAblu represents the fourth ship in a series of seven AIDA club ships powered by MaK engines. The 827-ft Sphinx-class series cruise ship has a passenger capacity of 2,192 over 14 decks. These 4x MaK 9 M 43 C engines in a diesel-electric configuration will provide 36,000 kW (48,960 bhp) for both main propulsion and electric power to the main switchboard.

Langeland New MD of L-3 Valmarine

L-3 Valmarine appointed Finn Inge Langeland as its managing director. He will report directly to Klaus Lorenz, vice president of European Operations for L-3 Marine & Power Systems. Mr. Langeland succeeds Ingvald Løvdal, who will manage the Marine Navigation division at L-3 Valmarine. Mr. Langeland has more than 15 years of operational management experience in the marine automation market. Prior to joining L-3, he served as the head of hardware and software development at Bjørge Marine Automation.

Wind/Solar Ship Power System Earns Patent

Image: Eco Marine Power

Eco Marine Power’s (EMP) Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) System, a wind and solar power solution for ships, has been granted a patent in Japan, paving way for commercial production. The Aquarius MRE System is an integrated system of rigid sails, solar panels, energy storage modules and marine computer platforms that will enable ships to tap into renewable energy by harnessing the power provided by the wind and sun. The rigid sails that will be used by the Aquarius MRE System are based on EMP's EnergySail technology (Patent Pending).

Caterpillar Facilities Safety Milestones

Kiel Engine Center Safety Milestone Celebration (Photo courtesy Caterpillar)

Over the course of the last two years, one of the top priorities for Caterpillar Marine Power Systems has been safety, not only of employees, but also of the customers who operate Cat and MaK marine engines around the world. Internally, Caterpillar facilities are measured monthly by safety metrics recording new injuries, recordable injuries and lost time injuries. By establishing metrics on the production floor and in the office environment, employees have been more aware of eliminating safety hazards to protect themselves and their colleagues.

Jastram, Eco Marine Sign Agreement

Photo: Eco Marine Power

Eco Marine Power (EMP) has announced that it has entered into a sales and support agreement with Jastram Technologies Ltd. of Canada. This agreement paves the way for EMP to begin offering a wide range of products and services to the Canadian shipping and offshore sector. Jastram Technologies has been providing high quality equipment and services to the marine industry since 1983. It has coast to coast locations in Canada with strategically located offices in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.

EMP, AIMS Promote Eco-friendly Shipping

Eco Marine Power (EMP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with AIMS Global Engineering (AIMS) ofKuala Terengganu, Malaysia to market and develop renewable energy solutions for shipping. Initially the companies will focus on a project to complete the detailed design of the Medaka eco-commuter ferry with the aim to start marketing this innovative solar-electric urban passenger ferry across the Asia-Pacific Region later this year. The Medakaeco-commuter ferry will incorporate a range of technologies including hybrid marine propulsion, a data management system, Lithium-ion storage modules and a solar array incorporating flexible solar panels.

Sustainable Marine Energy Lab Established in Japan

MAS diagram: Image credit Aquarius Innovation Lab

KEI System Ltd (KEI) and Eco Marine Power (EMP) have jointly established the Aquarius Innovation Lab in Osaka, Japan, which includes an indoor test centre plus an outdoor area for evaluating the performance of hardware such as solar panels, rigid sails & wind power devices. The Aquarius Innovation Lab will conduct research & design plus product development activities related to marine renewable energy systems and fuel saving technologies. Ongoing projects include the development of the Aquarius MRE System and EnergySail, both of which are to be tested in the facility.

Design of Aquarius Solar Power Array Starts

Another step forward in the development of the Aquarius System was made recently when workbegun on the detailed design of the wind and solar sail panel. This panel or rigid sail will beused to harness wind & solar energy which will then be used to help power a ship thereby reducing fuel consumption and the emissions. The rigid sails are being developed by Eco Marine Power in co-operation with a number of development partners. The rigid sails will form part of an array which will allow ships to tapinto renewable energy at sea, at anchor or even when a ship is in harbour.

Aquarius MAS with Marine Solar Power Installed on Delos

Aquarius MAS CPUAGU being installed on Delos

Eco Marine Power together with strategic partners has installed an Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS) integrated with a marine solar panel array on-board the Blue Star 'Delos'. The Aquarius MAS has been installed as part of a joint renewable energy project with Blue Star Ferries and the approximately 2kW trial solar array on-board the vessel is now in operation and providing a source of renewable energy for the ship. This important milestone for EMP means that the company…

Caterpillar Displays C32 EPA Tier 3 Engine

Caterpillar Marine Power Systems will highlight its wide array of U.S. EPA Tier 3/IMO II certified marine power solutions at the International Workboat Show held October 9th – 11th in New Orleans, Louisiana. On display at the Caterpillar booth this year will be the Cat  C32 ACERT  EPA Tier 3 certified marine engine, which is now also offered as an EPA Tier 3 certified auxiliary engine and an EPA Tier 3 certified generator set. Cat C32 marine power solutions are ideal for the tug and salvage industry…


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