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Sunday, December 4, 2016

ZF Marine Grows Presence in Louisiana

ZF Marine New location rendering (Photo: ZF Marine)

ZF Marine, the marine business unit of the global ZF Group, has announced that they have secured a new location for their Gulf of Mexico/Inland Waterway sales and service operations. The company opened its wholly owned location in the greater New Orleans area in late 1996, the first satellite location outside of ZF’s North American marine headquarters. The location was established provide close support for the commercial vessel industry in the Gulf of Mexico. Twenty years later…

ZF Marine: New Transmissions, New CEO

Daniel Härter: Photo ZF Marine

Marine propulsion system technology providers ZF Marine says it expanded its portfolio of transmissions for the commercial craft segment when two hybrid-ready systems were launched at the recent SMM show in Hamburg. Daniel Härter has also taken charge as CEO of ZF Marine Propulsion Systems. ZF Marine is strengthening its range of workboat transmissions with the brand new ZF W10000 family, designed mainly for the offshore and tugboat market. Bringing the latest in hybrid-ready propulsion technology…

Marine Propulsion Course with Professor Woud

The first module in the Marine Propulsion Course will start on 22 and 23 September. This seventh edition of the training series will be the last one in which Professor Hans Klein Woud, who played a leading role in the establishment of the successful course, will act as instructor for modules 1 and 5. “The Marine Propulsion Course still meets a significant demand,” says Klein Woud. “The purpose of the series is to provide higher educated technical employees with further insight…

Schwarz Joins ZF Marine North America

Ed Schwarz (Photo courtesy of ZF Marine)

ZF Marine Propulsion Systems Miramar LLC, the North American arm of ZF Friedrichshafen AG Marine Propulsion Systems, announced that Ed Schwarz has joined the team as Business Development Manager for the Commercial and Fast Craft product line in North America. In his new role, Ed will be responsible for working closely with both the sales and aftermarket organizations to develop strategies that best align ZF’s products with industry needs. A graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy, King’s Point, Schwarz comes to ZF with over 15 years of experience in the maritime community.

AKA, Niigata Team on Hybrid Marine Propulsion Package

Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA) and Niigata Power Systems Partner to Provide Hybrid Marine Propulsion Package Dartmouth, NS – 01/25/2012 Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA) is proud to announce a partnership agreement with Niigata Power Systems to co-promote AKA’s XeroPoint Hybrid Marine Propulsion System and Niigata’s Z-Peller ® propulsion package. The partnership offers a hybrid propulsion package for the marine industry that dramatically reduces emissions and engine maintenance, while offering significant fuel savings for vessel operators. AKA, a systems integrator specializing in power generation and propulsion for the marine industry is…

Wärtsilä, John Crane-Lips In Marine Propulsion Deal

In a move which firmly signals that marine propulsion power consolidation of resource is far from complete, Wärtsilä NSD and TI Group, on behalf of John Crane-Lips, signed of a co-operation agreement to develop, market and supply total marine propulsion power systems to the shipbuilding industry. Agreement has also been reached for TI Group to purchase Wärtsilä NSD's propeller production and related servicing business at Rubbestadneset, Norway, with approximately 120 employees transferring from Wärtsilä NSD Norway to John Crane-Lips. The co-operation agreement follows the signing of a Letter of Intent in February and is subject to clearance by the appropriate regulatory authorities. Wärtsilä NSD and John Crane-Lips have significant complementary strengths.

Peter De Vos Appointed Marine Propulsion Course Trainer

Photo: HME

The ninth edition of the international HME Marine Propulsion training series starts in September. It will be a new experience for Peter de Vos, Assistant Professor of Marine Engineering at Delft Technical University (TU Delft). As the latest addition to the team, De Vos will work closely with Professor Douwe Stapersma in modules 1, 3 and 5. Peter De Vos graduated cum laude in 2008 on the modeling of a fuel processing plant for the application of fuel cells onboard vessels in the Ship Design, Production and Operation section of the Marine Engineering department at TU Delft.

Wärtsilä in Talks to Acquire John Crane-Lips

In a move aimed at extending its claim as a single source ship's propulsion supplier, Wärtsilä Corporation and Smiths Group are in exclusive discussions regarding a possible sale by Smiths Group of John Crane-Lips to Wärtsilä. Wärtsilä and John Crane-Lips entered into a strategic alliance in October 2000 to provide total marine propulsion power systems through the Wärtsilä network. The acquisition of John Crane Lips is seen as a valued enhancement to Wärtsilä's position as a leading global ship power supplier. The acquisition would generate additional sales of more than EUR 200 million for the Marine & Licensing division of Wärtsilä. John Crane-Lips is a supplier of integrated marine propulsion systems and marine seals and bearings.

BRP Opens New Training Institute

The new training institute expects to welcome about 500 visitors per year Photo BRP

BRP today marked the opening of its state-of-the-art technician training institute within its Sturtevant, Wisconsin manufacturing facility. This new institute will train dealers and their employees to maintain and repair all BRP vehicles, engines and accessories. Alain Villemure, vice president and general manager of BRP’s Marine Propulsion Systems division and Martin Soucy, vice president of its global after-sales function, participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony before employees, media and the general public.

SSP Pod Approved For Service

After more than two years of development and successful performance trials at Howaldswerke-Deutsche Werft AG in Kiel, the Siemens-Schottel Propulsor (SSP) consortium was granted approval for the new SSP marine propulsion system. Classification society Det Norske Veritas was responsible for technical acceptance of the propulsion system for worldwide service. The SSP is the result of a successful cooperation between two German marine industry stalwarts, Siemens Marine Engineering Subdivision and Messrs Schottel of Spay. Work began in 1997 on the development of a marine propulsion "pod" system that would be offering not only economic advantages, but superior technological performance.

ZF Nanjing Completes Commercial Craft Transmission

On June 5, ZF Nanjing Marine Propulsion announced that it has completed testing of the first production transmission at its new facility in Nanjing, China. This milestone came less than one year after the joint venture agreement was signed between Nanjing Highspeed & Accurate Gear Group Co. Ltd. (NGC) and ZF Marine, forming ZF Nanjing Marine Propulsion (ZF NMP). In this brief timeframe, a brand-new, two-building facility was erected for the assembly and testing of gearboxes, along with the assembly of controllable pitch propellers. The first transmission, a ZF W33100NR with PTO 3, weighs approximately 6 tons and is designed to transmit 5000HP in a continuous duty application. All components for the transmission are produced locally by NGC to ZF Marine's strict quality standards.

ZF Explores Chinese Offshore Market

ZF Marine Retractable Thruster

Marine Propulsion Systems, a business unit of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, shared at the sidelines of Marintec China 2013 that China continues to be a key focus for the company and shared plans to strengthen its footprint in the market. ZF Marine has been in China since 2006 and currently operates a sales and services office in Shanghai which serves as a competence center for all marine applications in China. With optimism slowly returning to the global offshore market, the industry is expected to climb steadily and this presents significant business opportunities for ZF Marine…

Azipod Slip Ring Order for Cavotec

Azipod Unit: Image credit Cavotec

Cavotec wins order from ABB for twenty compact Marine Propulsion Slip ring (MPS) units to be fitted to advanced Azipod marine propulsion systems. Under the terms of this project, Cavotec is scheduled to complete deliveries of the MPS units to ABB by the beginning of Q2 2013. Cavotec MPS units, fitted to Azipod systems, enable vessel propellers to rotate through 360 degrees in its vertical axis thus providing steering. The units ensure the safe transmission of electrical power for the main motors…

Siemens-Schottel Gains Worldwide Approval

The Siemens-Schottel Propulsor Consortium (SSRP) was granted approval for the new SSP marine propulsion. After more than two years of development, Det Norske Veritas was responsible for technical acceptance of the propulsion system for worldwide service. The propulsor, which is a so-called "pod type" propulsion system that offers both technological and economic advantages via an electronic motor housed in a pod or nacelle suspended beneath the hull of a vessel - providing direct drive to a propeller. The unit outputs a power of 7 MW, corresponding to 9,510-hp.

Caterpillar Introduces Compact Marine Propulsion Engines

Caterpillar Inc. has premiered a variety of new engines - the new 3034 DIT; 3034 DINA; 3054 DIT; and 3054B DINA marine propulsion engines. The 3034, 3054 and 3054B engines offer outstanding reliability and durability in a very compact package size. These versatile, powerful engines can be applied in single or twin engine workboat, fish boat, passenger ferry, patrol craft, sailboat or pleasure craft applications. The new engine offerings expand the Caterpillar 3000 Family line of engines, introduced in 2000. Caterpillar initially offered the 3056 propulsion engine as the first in a new line of compact, fuel-efficient marine propulsion engines based on an environmentally friendly, in-line 6-cylinder, 4-stroke cycle diesel design.

Caterpillar Introduces Compact Marine Propulsion Engines

Caterpillar Inc. has launched its new 3034 DIT, 3034 DINA, 3054 DIT and 3054B DINA marine propulsion engines. The 3034, 3054 and 3054B engines are designed to offer outstanding reliability and durability in a very compact package size. Expanding upon the Cat 3000 line of engines introduced in 2000, these versatile, powerful engines can be applied in single or twin-engine workboat, fish boat, passenger ferry, patrol craft, sailboat or pleasure craft applications. Caterpillar initially offered the 3056 propulsion engine as the first in a new line of compact, fuel-efficient marine propulsion engines based on an environmentally friendly, in-line six-cylinder, four-stroke cycle diesel design.

Marine Systems Inc., ZF Marine Support Inland Waterway Business

Photo: ZF Marine

ZF Marine announced a new partnership with Marine Systems Inc. (MSI) will be responsible for sales and service support of ZF Marine commercial craft products to the inland waterway region. David Santos, commercial craft product line manager for ZF Marine Propulsion Systems Miramar, LLC., said, “MSI’s central location in Paducah, KY puts it right in the heart of the Inland Waterways, making it a convenient product support point for our commercial craft customers in the region.” www.zf.com/marine

ZF Marine Names New Account Manager

ZF Marine announced that Stephen Taylor has been appointed Account Manager for the Gulf Coast and Inland River region. Taylor comes to ZF Marine with 20 years of Marine Propulsion experience working on commercial and government projects, in project management, and sales and marketing. Taylor will be based out of ZF Marine LLC's St Rose, Louisiana facility.

Market Forecast: Vessel Power is Increasing

Marine propulsion systems are expected to grow to become a $5 billion market by 2007. Over the next five years vessel tonnage delivered by yards is expected to increase by 4% while vessel numbers fall by 10%. However, total propulsion power should increase by 8% when compared to the 1997-2002 period. These are amongst the results of a new study, ‘The World Marine Propulsion Report’, to be published in November by analysts Douglas-Westwood. Addressing delegates to the annual Lloyd’s List Ship Propulsion Conference in London today, Douglas-Westwood managing director John Westwood said, “The overall picture is of fewer but larger vessels with bigger engines.

Rolls-Royce Launches $933 M Offer For Vickers

British engineer Rolls-Royce Plc launched a surprise $933 million agreed cash offer for Vickers Plc, in a move aimed at making it the global leader in marine power systems. However, the deal prompted concern from some analysts who felt Rolls-Royce may be paying too much merely to bolster its marine propulsion business. Given this focus on marine, Vickers' land-based defense business, which includes battle tanks and armored vehicles, is seen as surplus to requirements and Rolls-Royce Chairman Ralph Robins said that the sale of this division was inevitable.

Transmission Engineering Water Jets Order

Transmission Engineering Company (TECO) announced they have received an order for four Doen DJ110Z Water Jets from Willard Marine, in Anaheim, Calif. The water jets will be installed in Willard Marine’s 36-ft Rigid Inflatable Boat for the U.S. Navy. TECO is a primary distributor of Doen Water Jets, Controls and Steering Systems for U.S. marine propulsion applications. www.tecoinc.com

Patent Granted for Hybrid Propulsion System

Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA) and Foss Maritime receive U.S. patent protection for hybrid marine propulsion and energy management system. Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA) and Foss Maritime Company with their technology partner XeroPoint Energy, have received U.S. patent protection for their hybrid propulsion and energy management system. AKA, a Canadian system integrator and marine engineering company partnered with Foss, which owns and operates one of the largest tug and barge fleets on the U.S. West Coast, in developing this innovative technology.

ZF Marine Propulsion Systems

Wolfgang Schmid, Head of Marine Propulsion Systems Regional North America and Central America.

ZF is a $20 billion, foundation-held industrial colossus with a strong reputation of providing engineered solutions in the diversity of fields that it serves. While the company reaps the majority of its sales in the automotive sector, it is making a concerted push through its Marine Propulsion Systems unit to expand its offering and presences in the commercial maritime business. Wolfgang Schmid, Head of Marine Propulsion Systems Regional North America and Central America, last month hosted MR in the company’s gleaming North & Central American HQ to explain.


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