Reintjes: Changing Gears
Reintjes is a name known well in maritime circles, a German engineering and manufacturing company which has designed and built some of the most rugged gearboxes on the waterways. Klaus Deleroi took the helm at Reintjes in January 2015, and he is in the midst of steering a change in mindset at the company: a mindset that is more customer-centric to better understand and fulfill the needs of the people and companies that own and operate vessels.
No More ‘Tug Dilemma’
An ABB-chartered cable-layer ordered in September 2015 might be the only hybrid battery-powered offshore service vessel (OSV) in anyone’s new-build program right now, but don’t say that to the ABB man who led the team that designed the radical electrical system, Onboard DC Grid. The new cable-layer design is the first OSV since the Dina Star to boast a new DC Grid, but in the coming months, “There could be several more,” said ABB Global Product Manager, Johan Olav Lindtjorn.
Shipbuilding: Inland Towing Thunderstruck
Eastern Shipbuilding offers the 4,200 hp Thunderbolt inland towboat designed around twin azimuthing Verhaar Omega electric V-Pod propulsion and diesel-electric technology. The ESG approach was collaborative, with input from operators, naval architects (Gilbert Associates, Inc. (GAI)) and propulsion OEM’s (Verhaar Omega: since 2012, 19 Omega V-pods have been installed and are in service in Europe on various types of vessels). Thunderbolt will be built to ABS rules, but will not be classed.
Sneed Delivers Z-Drive
Houma, La.-based Enterprise Mariner Services, LLC (EMS) added its eighth Z-drive towboat, the fourth from Sneed Shipbuilding. The 87 x 34-ft. Sebastian D, with an 11.5-ft. molded depth, was built by Sneed Shipbuilding of Channelview, Texas. This boat is well-suited for working the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway where they routinely push two 30,000-barrel petroleum barges. Propulsion power is provided by…
Fourth & Fifth Z-drive Towboat from Master Marine
In August and September respectively, Marquette Transportation Co. took delivery of the fourth and fifth 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala. The 78 x 34 x11-ft. St. Peter was designed by Frank Basile of Entech & Associates, Houma, La., for Marquette’s Gulf-Inland division, based in Harahan, La. Master Marine is continuing to build Z-Drive towboats, with more underway for Marquette, said the yard’s president Randy Orr. The steel-hulled St.
Thrustmaster Quick Release: Z-Drives with Mechanical Fuses
A highlight of Thrustmaster’s efforts to safeguard its Z-Drive thrusters for towboats operating in the inland waterways are the inclusion of a built-in mechanical fuse or quick release coupling. (Pictured below is torque limiting coupling general assembly drawing and a picture.) The inclusion of a quick release coupling at the input shaft of the Z-drive gives operators added protection from the inevitable debris that can line the riverbed.
Seacat Services Adds 23m Catamaran
Offshore energy crew transfer vessel operator, Seacat Services, has added a new 23m vessel to its fleet. The South Boats IoW built catamaran, named Seacat Mischief…
Harley Marine Selects Cat Power & Propulsion
Seeking a complete power and propulsion system designed specifically for tug operations, Seattle-based Harley Marine Services turned to Caterpillar—ordering four Cat 3516 marine propulsion engines and four Cat Propulsion Marine Thruster Azimuth – Tug (MTA-T) rated drives. These units will power two new Harley Marine harbor tug vessels currently under construction at Diversified Marine Incorporated, a shipyard in Portland, Oregon.
Explosion Hits Anadarko Gas Plant in Texas, Two Injured
An explosion and fire rocked the Ramsey natural gas plant in West Texas on Thursday, injuring at least two people and prompting evacuations, according to a company official and media reports.
MAN 175D Launched in China
MAN Diesel & Turbo used its presence at the Marintec 2015 marine exhibition in Shanghai to launch its 175D high-speed engine in China. Dr Matthias Schlipf – 175D Project Manager – MAN Diesel & Turbo, said, “Launching the engine in China is an obvious step as it is such an attractive and vast market. The MAN 175D is compact, reliable and efficient – essential properties that facilitate safe manoeuvrability in even the most challenging of weather conditions.
House Passes Bill Axing Oil Export Ban, Obama Veto Looms
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a wide-ranging bill on energy reforms on Thursday that includes a measure to repeal the 40-year-old oil export ban, but…
Oil Storage Business is Booming
(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. Oil producers may be struggling as a result of low prices but the oil storage business has never been in better shape. U.S.
Littoral OP Tech East - Examining Coastal Operations
EXPERTS from navies, academia and industry are meeting in Tokyo to examine the unique challenges of operating in the littoral or coastal environment. The Littoral OPTECH East workshop is being held in Tokyo, Japan this week with the academic leadership of the Littoral Operations Center (LOC) at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. OPTECH East has the support of the U.S. Office of Naval Research Global…
Sea Machine: Unmanned Autonomous Workboat
Press release- The Sea Machines V2 is a heavy-duty autonomus workboat built for offshore and nearshore operations. The semi-displacement hull provides open-ocean stability for surveying or USBL communications and the powerful propulsion system delivers more than 20 knots and 3 tons bollard pull when needed. With a pilot house and helm, the V2 is designed for operators who desire an autonomous vessel that can also be manually-driven as a conventional boat.
Rolls-Royce Wins Sinopacific Contract
Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group (Sinopacific) in Shanghai for a package of power and propulsion equipment and deck machinery. The contract is to equip nine SPA80A Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessels to be designed and built by Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group and owned and operated by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, ESNAAD.
Shipping Consolidation in Asian Shores
The global shipping industry consolidation appears to be picking up, with much of the activity centering on Asia, reports Nikkei. The overcapacity and weaker global trade have fueled talk of a shakeout in the industry. CMA CGM is in “exclusive” talks with Neptune Orient Lines’ (NOL) largest shareholder, Temask, for the purchase of its APL container liner business. Over in China, the top two state-owned operators are in the final stages of merger talks.
Watchkeeper for Maritime Corruption
BIMCO has always been a powerful enemy against the corruption that lurks in the maritime world. Indeed, the world’s largest international shipping organisation might be considered one of the few effective sources a ship operator can turn to, when corrupt practices in foreign ports have become too much to bear. Everyone operating ships is aware of what might be described as the “low-level”, but insidious, graft and corruption that remains present in so many parts of the world.
Maersk Line Starts New Direct Service from West Coast South America to Japan
Maersk Line has announced a new direct service with short transit time from West Coast South America to Japan for dry and reefer cargo. In our continuous efforts to provide our customers with a competitive and fast connection from West Coast South America to Japan, we will now offer a new short transit time service from San Antonio and San Vicente in Chile to Yokohama, Japan for both dry and reefer cargo. This service will also offer improved service time from Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru.
Maersk Line Fast Growing in Pacific
Four years after launching a dedicated service into Papua New Guinea, Maersk Line is one of the key carriers in this fast growing Pacific country, claims Social Media Community of Maersk Line. Papua New Guinea occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and its offshore islands in Melanesia, a region of the southwestern Pacific Ocean north of Australia. One of the most culturally and geographically diverse nations in the world…
Teekay Awards Contracts for LNG Imports Complex
A consortium composed of Teekay LNG Partners L.P., Samsung C&T (Samsung) and Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC) executed today with the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain the project agreements for the development of an LNG receiving and regasification terminal in Bahrain. The project, to be developed on a BOOT (build, own, operate, transfer) basis, will be located in Hidd Industrial area of Bahrain…