Modern Power for Next-gen Bulk Carriers
WE Tech Solutions (WE Tech), an energy efficiency solutions provider in the marine industry, has received an order to deliver its direct-drive permanent magnet shaft generator solution to two new 25,600 dwt dual-fueled handysize bulk carriers, with an option for two more. The Switch, a technology specialist of megawatt-class permanent magnet (PM) machines for advanced marine drive trains, will deliver the PM shaft generators to be used in the solutions provided by WE Tech.
South Africa's Transnet Steams Into Rest of Africa
South African state rail-freight operator Transnet is embarking on a major expansion drive in the rest of the continent, offsetting a slowdown at home caused by the slump in commodity prices…
Star Software Implemented Aboard Universal Marine Bulkers
Container and bulk shipping company Universal Marine and MirTac, a provider of fleet management solutions, have implemented Star Fleet Management software onboard the new bulk carriers mv Pride and mv Star II. Recently, a joint venture between Universal Shipping & Trading (part of the Universal Marine group) and NedNor, brought the relatively small bulkers mv Pride and mv StarII into service in bareboat charter to carry dry and break bulk along the coasts of the Atlantic.
ABB Opens Integrated Operations Center in Helsinki
Aiming to leverage the increased connectivity of the shipping industry, ABB has opened a second Integrated Operations Center in Helsinki, following the launch of similar facility in Billingstad, Norway in late 2015. The facility in Helsinki will serve the passenger, cargo and icegoing vessel sectors, while the facility in Billingstad has oversight of ABB’s customers in the oil and gas sector. ABB said further centers are scheduled to open in Asia and the U.S. in 2016.
SUNY Maritime Midshipmen Receive Naval Commissions
Last week, 24 midshipmen received commissions to become ensigns in the U.S. Navy at SUNY Maritime College. More than half of the students were selected for duty as strategic sealift officers, who provide logistical and other forms of support in times of military deployment. Many of them will go on to work for Military Sealift Command; others were selected for surface warfare or submarines and one was selected to be a student naval aviator. Admiral Phil Davidson, commander of U.S.
Peace Boat Ecoship: ‘World’s Most Sustainable Cruise Ship’
The Peace Boat Ecoship’s propulsion features a combination of wind energy, anti-drag elements and cleaner fuels. The concept will be presented at the Natural Propulsion seminar by Dr. Andrés Molina, Project Director of the Ecoship Project. “The Ecoship’s propulsion system will combine some of the most forward-looking elements that the industry has developed and, without any doubt, break new ground in how natural propulsion is perceived in cruising,” Molina said.
ASIS's 7.5m RIBs Get Their Sea Legs
ASIS Boats announced the completion of the first of the new production series 7.5m Asis RIBs to be equipped with Sealegs System 60 amphibious technology. The 7.5m Asis Midi will include the two-wheel drive and automatic braking systems as well as power steering and high quality, marine-ready Sealegs components. Powered by a 150HP Evinrude E-Tec on the water, the craft reaches speeds of up to 39 knots.
Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Up 23.4% in April
Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 5,355,855 tons in April, an increase of 23.4 percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA).
MTU Diesel Gensets Ordered for UK Combat Ships
Rolls-Royce is to supply 12 MTU diesel gensets to prime contractor BAE Systems for the first three Type 26 Global Combat Ships due to go into service with the U.K Royal Navy. The deal means that the core components of the frigate’s combined propulsion system will come from Rolls-Royce: four MTU diesel gensets with 20V 4000 M53B engines, each delivering 3,015 kW of mechanical power, and one Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbine. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.
Carnival to Open State-of-the-art Training Center
Carnival Corporation & plc announced today that its Arison Maritime Center in the Netherlands will honor the legacy of the Arison family who founded and grew the company into the world’s largest cruise line operation. The company also announced that construction is now well underway for what will be a state-of-the-art campus located in Almere, just outside Amsterdam. A grand opening celebration at the center is scheduled for July 14, 2016.
This Day In Naval History - May 11
1862 - CSS Virginia is destroyed by Confederates off Craney Island to prevent capture. 1898 - During the Spanish-American War, Marines and Sailors from USS Marblehead…
Pemex Boosts Crude Shipments to Japan
Mexico's state-run oil company Pemex will increase crude exports to Japan in the coming months after selling several spot cargoes to customers including Cosmo Oil…
US Navy Awards Austal $18.5 Mln Procurement Deal
Austal USA announced it has secured a $18.5 million contract to procure long-lead materials for the 12th Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel (EPF) for the U.S. Navy, including main propulsion engines, generators, water jets, main reduction gears and other long-lead time items. “This material procurement contract is further evidence of the Navy’s unwavering support of the EPF program’s continuing success,” Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle said.
Baltic Index Down on Weaker Capesize, Smaller Ship Demand
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, was down on Wednesday on weaker demand for capesizes and smaller vessels.
Voith Linear Jet Offers Fuel Savings
Crew transfer vessel operators using the new Voith Linear Jet (VLJ) marine propulsion system can save over £75,000 in fuel costs in a season, the manufacturer claims. The cost saving, around 20 percent, is a key figure from the collection of extensive data from four months’ operation in a range of sea conditions, working at different speeds and with different loadings. The Voith Linear Jet, unveiled last year as a “world first” in marine propulsion technology…
TNPA Invests in Port of Ngqura
Two new landmarks at the Port of Ngqura, which are part of ongoing developments to position the port as a container transhipment hub for Sub-Saharan Africa, were officially launched by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) today. The new landmarks are the port’s state-of-the-art administration building and an administration craft basin for pilot boats and tugboats, including office facilities for operational staff working on these craft.
Baltic Exchange Says Talks Ongoing with Potential Buyers
Talks between the Baltic Exchange and a number of suitors are continuing, but any potential buyer of the business will have to provide assurances that its central…
ABS Spearheads Offshore Standardization JIP
Classification society ABS convened industry partners at the Offshore Technology Conference on Wednesday, May 4, to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) establishing…
Red Tide Outbreak Widens in Threat to Fishing Industry
A "red tide" outbreak is widening in southern Chile's fishing-rich waters, the government said on Wednesday, deepening what is already believed to be one of the…
IMO Workshop Addresses Antifouling Systems
Flag state and port state roles in ratifying, implementing and enforcing the convention prohibiting the use of harmful antifouling systems on ships (AFS Convention) are on the agenda at a regional workshop held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, May 10-11. The workshop sought to increase awareness of government officials and other stakeholders on the benefits and implications of ratifying, implementing and enforcing the Convention.