Shepler’s New Ferry Takes Shape
Sparks are flying on the bulkhead and engine room of the $3.8 million, 85-foot Miss Margy, the newest addition to the Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry fleet, at Moran Iron Works. Bill Shepler, CEO of Shepler’s, and Tom Moran, CEO and founder of Moran Iron Works, announced the project last month, when pre-production work started. The all-aluminum ferry – named after Shepler’s mother – is scheduled to carry its first passengers in July 2015.
Next Generation Bridge Concept
For decades the maritime industry has long-theorized of emulating the “airline model” in uniformity and technical capability of its own ship and boat integrated bridge platform. Enter Rolls-Royce and the VTT Technical Research Center of Finland which together have launched a ship intelligence system that it believes could be the next major transition for the shipping, able to gather, process and reasonably…
New YANMAR EPA Tier III Engine
YANMAR America introduced its new EPA Tier III compliant commercial marine diesel engine. Rated at 755 mHP and 1,900 rpm, the new 20.38-liter 6AYAM-ET uses a full mechanical control system. The class-approved four-cycle, in-line six-cylinder 6AYAM-ET offers low fuel consumption and a continuous rating suitable for river push boats, tugboats, trawlers and other applications with uninterrupted operations or load cycles.
Volvo Penta Debuts New Marine Engines
Volvo Penta introduced the first two models of its next-generation sterndrive marine gasoline engines. The new 4.3-liter catalyzed V6 engines, rated at 200 and 240 hp, will supplement Volvo Penta’s current V6 product line. Volvo Penta will roll out the complete new family of next-generation V6 and V8 gasoline sterndrive engines during 2015 and 2016, expanding on the V8-380 introduced by Volvo Penta in 2012.
Transas: The Bridge to Tomorrow
Transas was founded in 1990, by a group of former navigators and engineers, who at that time envisioned ways in which computers could revolutionize maritime safety, communications and security. In the ensuing 25 years Transas has pioneered navigational technology across a wide sector, developing into a true “household name” in the global maritime industry. In 1995, Transas also entered the highly competitive simulation market…
BICERA Explosion Relief Valve
Sometimes it seems cliché to repeat that a product or system “protects equipment and saves lives,” but in the case of valve manufacturer Penn-Troy, which recently unveiled a new crankcase explosion relief valve that boasts lower exhaust temperatures, more engine internal clearance and a lighter weight design, the claim is accurate. To get further insights on the BICERA Revolution Explosion Relief Valve…
The Art of Propeller Making
The world’s biggest propellers have their cradle in the North of Germany. MMG – Mecklenburger Metallguss GmbH – has manufactured for more than 65 years propellers for ships, including the biggest and fastest, in the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. With the manufacture of propellers up to 130 tons, its manufacturing process requires a delicate hand and lots of patience. Despite the fact that commercial shipbuilding has shifted to the Far East…
LEEVAC Launches First PSV for Tidewater
On Tuesday, January 27, LEEVAC Shipyards Jennings, LLC launched hull 367, a platform supply vessel (PSV) designed by LEEVAC Design Services, LLC (300 DE-52 HAB PSV). Hull 367, the first of a two-vessel newbuild program for Tidewater Marine, is LEEVAC’s first launch in 2015, a year that marks the company’s 50th anniversary. The vessel is 300 ft. x 62 ft. x 24 ft. deep, has a diesel-electric plant, accommodations for 52 persons…
Puget Sound Container Volumes Flat in 2014
Container volumes through Puget Sound’s largest container ports remained flat in 2014, according to numbers released jointly for the first time by the ports of Seattle and Tacoma. “Reporting our combined cargo volumes demonstrates our commitment to the Seaport Alliance,” said Port of Seattle Commission co-President Stephanie Bowman. The two ports announced in October 2014 plans to form a Seaport Alliance to unify management of marine cargo terminals and related functions.
New Berthing System for Mooring Cargo Ships
Eagle Rock Aggregates, U.S. subsidiary of Polaris Materials Corporation, has completed a new aggregate import facility at the Port of Long Beach that features a docking structure which will be used for mooring mid-sized cargo ships. “The existing berth structures at the site were designed for barges,” said Herb Wilson, President and CEO of Polaris Materials. “We removed them and replaced them with an advanced berthing system designed specifically for the docking of our Panamax- class…
USACE Barges, Tugs Up for Repair
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Buffalo District has awarded a repair contract to Great Lakes Shipyard for two tugs and two barges from the Corps’ Cleveland Field Station. The shipyard said it has been contracted to perform drydocking, maintenance and repairs of the 109-foot Tug Cheraw and 53-foot Tug Donlon, and the 120-foot Deck Barges BD-6259 and BC-6472. Work includes underwater hull cleaning and maintenance…
US House Passes Bill to Pressure Regulators on LNG Exports
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday to speed permits for exports of natural gas, a measure that even if passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Barack Obama…
DSME Building 5 Icebreaking LNGCs for Yamal
Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) is building five large Arctic Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers (LNGCs), for which it has LNG ordered…
New Iranian Ambassador Visits IMO
Mohammad Hassan Habibollahzedeh, the new Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to IMO, visited IMO Headquarters January 28. There, Habibollahzedeh presented his letter of credentials to IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu. The Islamic Republic of Iran has been a member of IMO since 1958.
ZF Celebrating 100th Anniversary
Zahnradfabrik GmbH was founded in 1915, and through a 100-year history has developed into a leading technology company in driveline and chassis technology with a global network of 71,600 employees at 122 locations worldwide. ZF developed from its roots as a supplier specialized on the aviation industry to a global mobility technology company. Its founding at Lake Constance 100 years ago had its origins in Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH…
Fugitive Treasure Hunter Arrested in Florida
An Ohio man who recovered as much as $400 million in gold from a shipwreck has been arrested in Florida after two years on the run and was scheduled to appear in federal court on Wednesday.
Ecochlor BWTS Chosen for 8 New Bulkers
Times Navigation, Inc. has selected Ecochlor, Inc. to provide ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) for installation on a fleet of eight new CROWN63 (63,500 DWT) ultra-max bulk carriers that will be constructed at SINOPACIFIC Shipbuilding Group. Ecochlor’s President, Tom Perlich, said, “We are very pleased to be working with Times Navigation and their advisors, United Naval Architects Ltd. (UNA).
Signal Ship Repair Achieves OSHA Milestone
Signal International announced that on December 31, 2014, the Signal Ship Repair Operations located in Mobile, Alabama achieved one full year and worked 387,926 manhours, without the occurrence of an OSHA recordable incident. This is a safety milestone within the United States shipyard and marine fabrication industry, thus representing world-class safety performance, the yard said. By realizing the goal of a zero OSHA recordable incident…
Evergreen to Charter 11 Containerships
Evergreen Group signed time charter agreements with Shoei Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (Shoei) to charter a total of 11 18,000 TEU vessels, which include the six units of the same capacity announced by Evergreen Marine Corp. (EMC) and its subsidiary last December. The charter parties were signed by EMC's Chairman Anchor Chang and Shoei's President Yukito Higaki. The ships are planned to be delivered from 2018 through 2019.
GTT to Exhibit at Euromaritime
Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), will exhibit at Euromaritime…