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Repowers on The Ohio

James Marine, Inc., a marine service in Paducah, Ky., located at mile 5 on the Tennessee River; operates a diesel rebuilding service, mid-stream, fuel and grocery supplies and a shipyard repair facility. With their location, they get a good look at the trends on America's inland waterways. The recent trend toward greater environmental awareness and expected changes to the Environmental Protection Act to require greater pollution control on the inland waterways has prompted them to review their repower options. The existing fleet has been largely powered by two-cycle marine diesels, and they were interested in gaining fuel savings. This past December, they put their first repower vessel in service. the 50 x 21 ft. Miss Deanna has a pair of Cummins NTA855 engines each producing 400 hp. The next boat to receive new engines will be 85 x 30 ft. India Rose, which will receive a pair of Cummins KTA38 N3 engines each producing 1,000 hp. James Marine's Diesel Division Manager, Randy Crouch, says the first two boats will serve as a test for the company's plans to change the engines in the whole fleet over the next three to four years. Randy explained the calculation of capital costs was a significant factor in the decision. "We took a look at the option of doing an overhaul on the existing engines," said Crouch. "But after we checked the numbers, we found we could sell the older engines and buy new ones


MARAD Evaluates Natural Gas v. Conventional Fuel Emissions

LNG Fuelling Wharf: Rendering courtesy of Harvey Gulf

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) informs it has released a study that evaluates total fuel cycle emissions for natural gas versus conventional marine fuels. This study was conducted as a part of MARAD’s Maritime Environmental & Technology Assistance program, which focuses efforts on emerging marine transportation and environmental issues. Results of the study showed that the use of natural gas as a propulsion fuel can reduce air quality pollutants and reduce major greenhouse gas


EMD China Type Approval

Photo courtesy Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc.

Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. has received China Classification Society Certificate of Approval for its 710 GC family of Marine Diesel Engines.  This most recent certification is in addition to American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Bureau Veritas (BV), Lloyds Register (LR). Det Norske Veritas (DNV), and Korean Register (KR). Speaking on behalf of Electro-Motive Diesel, Mr. Brian Grinter commented that, “Being certified by CCS is an important step in reintroducing the EMD two cycle medium


SNAME to Hold Technical Meeting

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The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) will host its sixth technical meeting for the 2013-2014 season Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Maran and Alpha Tankers, 354 Syngrou Ave., Kallithea, Athens. During the meeting, Dr.-Ing. Ioannis Vlaskos, Global Market Sector Director- Marine, Director – Large Engines & Gas Engines at Ricardo, Deutschland will speak on the subject of ‘‘Waste Heat Recovery in Marine Propulsion


Royal Caribbean, ABB Ink 15-year Service Contract

Photo courtesy of RCC

ABB has signed an extensive service agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCC) to increase cost efficiency and predictability of maintenance costs. The agreement spans 15 years and encompasses six vessels under RCC’s brands Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International. The financial value of the service agreement is in excess of $50 million. The agreement covers four Solstice and two Oasis class vessels and includes an option to extend the agreement to additional


Chemgas Shipping Inks Maintenance Deal with Alphatron

From left to right: Arie van der Ven, Manager Maintenance & Projects Chemgas Shipping; Luuk Vroombout, CEO Alphatron Marine; and Dennie van Kempen (QSHE Manager).

Alphatron Marine has signed a premium member contract with Chemgas Shipping covering eight gas carriers.   The Gas Carriers are fitted mainly with bridge equipment which Alphatron Marine has many years of experience of installing and also supporting these and other high tech navigation and communication equipment onboard. The contract also embraces equipment and services that is subjected to mandatory annual certifications and inspections but also life cycle support and a preferred


Marine Industry Continues To Suffer From September 11

Still more than five months later, the maritime industry continues to feel the effects from the terrorist attacks on America, as the events of September 11 have accelerated hardening market conditions in the marine sector. Prior to September, capital providers were beginning to force the upward trend of the cycle. This trend was underpinned with some withdrawal of capacity and reduction in the overall number of players through mergers or withdrawal from the class.


Two 171 MW Floating Power Plants for Venezuela

Photo courtesy Waller Marine, Inc.

Waller Marine, Inc of Houston, Texas will soon launch and christen what will become the world’s largest floating power generation facility when installed at a designated site in Venezuela. The two power barges, which Waller has under construction at the Signal International Shipyard in Orange, Texas, will be transferred from their land based construction locations to the water during the next few days and christened by Venezuelan dignitaries at a ceremony at the shipyard on August 21


MARAD: Total Fuel Cycle Study for Natural Gas

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) released a study that evaluates total fuel cycle emissions for natural gas versus conventional marine fuels. Results showed that the use of natural gas as a propulsion fuel can reduce air quality pollutants and reduce major greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional fuels. According to MARAD, the information provided by this study is important to marine transportation stakeholders as they evaluate the use of natural gas as a viable


ASL Profit Nosedives

Photo by ASL Marine

 Singapore shipbuilding group ASL Marine has posted a sharp drop in net profit for its third quarter as revenues from its shipbuilding, shiprepair and chartering segments fell across the board.   Net profit for the three months to March 31 plummeted 65.7 per cent from the previous year to S$1.94 million, while revenue dived 56.2 per cent to S$63.42 million in the period.   Revenue decreased 56% year-on-year to S$63


BW Group Completes VLCC Deliveries to DHT

Photo: BW Group

DHT Holdings, Inc. said it has taken delivery of nine VLCCs acquired from the BW Group Limited, as well as the contracts for two VLCC newbuilds due for delivery in 2018.   "The delivery of the fleet acquired from BW has been conducted in a speedy and efficient manner


Delta Pilots Order Fifth Vessel from Gladding-Hearn

Image: Gladding-Hearn

Delta Launch Services, the operating company for the Associated Branch pilots on the SW Pass of the Mississippi, has ordered a new pilot boat from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation. Delivery of the new 52-footer, scheduled for 2018, is the fifth St


Vancouver Shipyards Promotes Corr to VP

Jim Corr (Photo: Seaspan)

 Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards (VSY) has appointed Jim Corr as Vice President – Planning & Estimating.   Corr joined VSY in January 2017 as a consultant, and in June 2017 was promoted to Vice President, Planning & Estimating


MarQuip Builds Exhaust with Silencer and SCR

Image: MarQuip

 Manufacturer of underwater exhaust outlets and water-cooled exhaust systems MarQuip said it is creating a marinized IMO TIER III-certified exhaust system for an Italian shipyard. Working in close cooperation with its partners, the Dutch company has developed a fully custom module


MTEA Launches New EPA Tier 3 Marine Engine

Photo: Mitsubishi Turbocharger and Engine America, Inc.

Mitsubishi Turbocharger and Engine America, Inc. (MTEA) announces the introduction of a 684 hp at 1,800 rpm (510 kW at 1,800 rpm) engine that complies with EPA Tier 3 regulations. The new S6R-Y3MPTAW-1 model is a propulsion-certified unit ideal for heavy-duty workboat repower applications


LNG COGES-powered 20,000 TEU Ship Closer to Reality

Computer model of the proposed LNG COGES-powered 20,000 TEU vessel (Image: DNV GL)

A joint industry project (JIP) examining the potential of developing an electric-driven 20,000 TEU ultra large container vessel (ULCV) with an LNG-fuelled combined cycle gas and steam turbine (COGES) electric power plant aims to utilize LNG as a primary fuel for an ultra-low emissions profile


PBES Unveils Enhanced Marine Battery Systems

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 Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) has announced a revolutionary new solution for enhancing the lifecycle benefits of marine battery systems.   ‘CellSwap’ uses a new cost-effective method of retrofitting battery systems by replacing battery cells while leaving the rest of the


New Approaches to Inland Infrastructure Renewal

A new engineered repair system for seawalls is based on fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) technology that has been used for several years to repair and strengthen worn and damaged marine piles made of timber or concrete using specialized composites. Pictured here are worn bridge piles being wrapped with FRP laminates in St. Louis

Economical repairs are being applied to rapidly corroding steel and concrete structures in U.S. ports and inland waterways. The new repair systems – PileMedic & SPiRe – might just be what the doctor ordered.  Recent advancements in using Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) for


Rosneft, Hyundai Samho Strengthen Technological Cooperation

Pic: Rosneft

 Rosneft and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. (HSHI) signed an agreement under which the South Korean company will provide technical support in the design and construction of Aframax class vessels at the Zvezda shipyard in Bolshoy Kamen.  


U.S. Natural Gas Prices Tumble as Coal Surges

File Image (credit Inland Marine)

U.S. natural gas prices have tumbled by more than 10 percent since late May as hedge funds start to liquidate a near-record bullish position accumulated in the expectation of a tighter market that failed to materialise.   Hedge funds and other money managers reduced their combined net long


PBES Launches Harpoon Product Line

Photo: PBES

Plan B Energy Storage (PBES), a providers of battery energy solutions for the marine market, announced the launch of its Harpoon battery product line. Harpoon Power 65 and Harpoon Energy 97 energy storage systems deliver a faster return on investment from battery technology


Selektope Coatings for Stena RoPax Newbuilds

(Image: Stena Line)

Stena RoRo, who has four newbuild RoPax ferries on order at the AVIC yard in Weihai, China, has signed a contract to coat the hulls with paint that incorporates the bio-repellent antifouling ingredient Selektope. According to Selektope’s developer


Pacific Radiance Gets USD 45.3mln in Vessel Deals

Photo: Pacific Radiance Ltd

 Singapore's Offshore support vessel (OSV)-focused Pacific Radiance said that it has won US$45.3 million of new contracts including options, which will add to its operating cash flow.   Under these contracts, ten of the Group’s offshore support vessels


L3 to Equip Egyptian Minehunting Vssels

L3 Maritime Systems said it has received an $11 million contract from VSE Corporation to upgrade the Machinery Control Systems (MCS) on two minehunting ships for the Egyptian Navy. These ships were formerly U.S. Navy Osprey-class vessels, and L3 supplied the legacy control systems.  


MOL-MES Joint Development Next-generation Vessel Monitoring System

Image: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced an agreement with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES) to jointly develop next-generation vessel monitoring and support systems for practical applications and commercialization.   Based on the real time data






 
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