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Diesel-Electric Propulsion for Offshore

Photo courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding

Images of the Bravante courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding, the genet on truck is courtesy of Cummins Mid-South Long reserved for specialized applications such as icebreakers, diesel electric has enjoyed a rapid growth for marine propulsion in the past decade. Throughout that period, Cummins Marine has been a leader, supplying more than 900 diesel electric packages since delivering its first genset 2003. Early adopters of this flexible propulsion technology included the US firm Rigdon Marine with twenty vessels and France-based Bourbon Offshore with over 100 vessels. In late 2011 Aries Marine built two STX-designed Tiger Shark Class PSVs. After nine months operating in Mexico, one of their vessel engineers, Darrell Bickham, enthused over the performance. “We only put enough engines on line as we need for the job. We can stand by the rig outside the 500-meter zone on one of our four Cummins QSK60-powered generators. Traveling we can make 10 knots with only two operating at 50 to 60 percent of their rated power.” Captain Philip Munsch added, “If we get into weather we can bring on three or even four engines as required. But they are always running at a steady 1,800 RPM with no revving up and down so crew comfort and safety is improved because of the reduced fatigue.”


Seventh AIDA Ship to Sail with Siemens Technology

Photo courtesy Siemens Industry Solutions Division

Siemens Industry Solutions Division has received an order from the Meyer Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, to equip another club ship for the AIDA Cruises shipping company with diesel-electric propulsion systems, and power generation and distribution systems. The scope of supply also includes the automation equipment which will control and monitor all the on-board functions. The value of this order lies in the lower double-digit million euro range


Rigdon First and Ten Chartered

Rigdon Marine Corporation has taken delivery of the First and Ten, the company’s first of ten diesel electric Rigdon 4000 Class platform support vessels (PVS). The First and Ten immediately assumed a term contract with a major international oil company operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The First and Ten is American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Classed Dynamic Positioning-2 (DP-2), with a diesel-electric propulsion system that provides superior fuel efficiency and performance redundancy


Tugs, PSV Ordered from Singapore-based Shipbuilder

ASL Marine Holdings secures contracts worth S$132.5 million to build 4 diesel-electric hybrid tugboats and a platform supply vessel ASL Marine Holdings Ltd., a marine group engaged in shipbuilding, ship-repair and conversion, as well as ship chartering, has secured contracts worth S$132.5 million for the construction of five vessels. The vessels comprised four 75-tonne bollard-pull Diesel Electric Hybrid Azimuth Stern Drive Tugs and one Platform Supply Vessel


Germany Looking to Dock Submarine Deal with India

Ursula von der Leyen. Photo: German Military

 The German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen is visiting India lobbying for the purchase of German Stealth Submarines and European military hardware, say local media.   Sources said that Ursula  talked of Eurofighter and [HDW] submarines in her discussions with Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.   India reportedly asked Germany what all it could offer if a direct deal was struck between the two countries on next-generation submarines


Texas Orders Diesel-electric Ferry

Image: EBDG

Southwest Shipyard awarded contract to build new generation of EBDG-designed ferries for Port Aransas, Texas   Southwest Shipyard of Houston, partner of Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), has been selected by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to build the third vessel in a new class of 28-car ferries for the city of Port Aransas. Two ferries of the new class were delivered in 2011, and construction of the latest vessel, which is a diesel-electric version, will begin this fall


Carnival, Wärtsilä Clearing The Air

As the world's cruise lines grow exponentially larger and are increasingly falling under the gaze of environmental and regulatory bodies, the push to ensure that ships are run safely, efficiently and environmentally sound gains new importance each day. The world's largest cruise ship company - Carnival Corporation (CCL) - has hooked up with one of the premier builders of marine diesel engines - Wärtsilä NSD - to develop a smokeless diesel-electric propulsion system for cruise ships.


DCNS Signs Agreement for Russian Submarines

French shipbuilding company DCNS has signed a contract with Russian shipbuilding science and research institute, providing technological cooperation in submarine design. DCNS company is known as designer of nuclear submarines of “Barracuda” type and diesel-electric submarines with anaerobic engine of “Scorpène” type. The contract on technological cooperation between Russia and France is the first one in the submarine field and suggests further cooperation in the military and technical


Wärtsilä to Power New DE Tanker

Wärtsilä Corporation received a contract to supply main diesel generating sets for a 19,500 dwt product/chemical tanker being built at Shanghai Edward Shipbuilding in the People's Republic of China. Delivery of the ship is scheduled in August 2005. Ordered by Sweden’s Rederi AB Donsötank, the newbuilding is a double-acting tanker (DAT) which is optimized for efficient ice-breaking when going astern and for efficient sailing in open water when going ahead


Great Ships of 2013: Hornbeck’s HOSMAX 300 Series

 (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group delivered M/V HOS Red Rock (Hull 202) to Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC. Hornbeck’s first vessel, the HOS Red Dawn (Hull 201), was delivered on June 21, 2013 and is currently servicing offshore drilling operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Hornbeck’s third vessel the HOS Renaissance (Hull 203) was scheduled for delivery in November 2013. The HOSMAX 300 Offshore Support Vessels feature the following capacities:


Future of the Fjords: New Zero Emission Passenger Vessel

Photo: The Fjords

The Fjords DA has confirmed that is building a sister ship to the diesel-electric plug-in hybrid Vision of the Fjords, launched in 2016. However, unlike its predecessor, this 42m long carbon fibre vessel will be all electric and completely emission free


Wärtsilä, Maran Gas Extends Maintenance Contract

The technically advanced LNG installations require professional maintenance to ensure operational reliability. Wärtsilä will provide maintenance to Maran Gas Maritimes 21 TFDE LNG carriers. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

 Wärtsilä and Maran Gas Maritime (MGM) extend their current cooperation with a five-year maintenance agreement covering the maintenance of MGM's 21 TFDE (tri-fuel diesel electric) LNG carriers that are equipped with Wärtsilä 50DF engines.   


New MTU Engines Make Their Debut

In 2018 Rolls-Royce will deliver the first certified MTU gas engines for commercial marine applications. (Image: MTU)

 At the international maritime exhibition Nor-Shipping in Oslo from May 30 to June 2 2017, MTU, part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, presented its propulsion and systems portfolio, primarily for offshore supply vessels, workboats and ferries


GE Propulsion Onboard German Navy’s New Frigate

Photo: GE

The German Navy’s fourth and final new F125 frigate Rheinland-Pfalz was christened during a ceremony held at the ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems shipyard in Hamburg on May 24. This surface combatant uses a GE LM2500 gas turbine-based propulsion system.  


Italian Frigate Launched With GE Gas Turbine Propulsion

FREMM frigate Federico Martinengo (Photo: GE)

GE’s Marine Solutions has announced that the seventh multi-purpose Italian FREMM frigate Federico Martinengo, was launched on March 4.   The ceremony was held at Fincantieri’s Riva Trigoso shipyard in Genoa, Italy. All of the Italian Navy’s new Carlos Bergamini-class 


Vard to Build Live Fish Transport Vessel

Image: Vard

Vard Holdings Limited has secured a contract for the design and construction of one live fish transportation vessel for Fjordlaks Aqua in Ålesund, Norway.   The new live fish transportation vessel of VARD 8 50 design is scheduled for delivery from Vard Aukra in Norway in 3Q 2018


Taiwan's Home-Grown Submarine to Cost Less

Fast Attack Craft, Guided Missile (FACG). Photo: CSBC Corporation, Taiwan

 Taiwan's shipbuilder CSBC Corp's chairman Cheng Wen-lon said that a home-grown submarine will cost less than NT$100 billion (US$3.29 billion) to build.  According to a report in Taipei Times, chairman of the local shipbuilder commissioned to plan and design the vessel  also said


Drewry Trims Long-Term Freight Rate Outlook for LNG shipping

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Given the mounting pressure on freight rates and continuing fleet growth over the next two years, Drewry believes that excess vessel supply will reduce only gradually with the recovery in rates pushed back to the latter part of next year


Vard to Build Expedition Ship for Norway industrialist

Photo: Vard Holdings Limited

Vard Holdings, a designers and shipbuilder of specialized vessels, announced that it has secured a contract for the design and construction of one Research Expedition Vessel for Rosellinis Four-10.   Rosellinis Four-10 is wholly-owned by the Norwegian industrialist Kjell Inge Røkke


Havyard to Build World's Largest Live Fish Carrier

(Image: Havyard)

Sølvtrans orders the world’s largest live fish carrier from Havyard. The world’s largest shall, in addition, offer the best fish welfare in the world.   The live fish carrier, to be named Ronja Storm, will be 116 meters long with a breadth of 23 meters


Cochin Shipyard Builds 4 Ships for Andaman & Nicobar

Indias first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant built in Cochin Shipyard. Photo: Cochin Shipyard Limited

 Government of India-controlled Cochin Shipyard Ltd is constructing four passenger-cum – cargo vessels for Andaman & Nicobar Administration under the ‘Make in India’ initiative of Government of India.   


RV Sally Ride Enters Dry Dock for Maintenance

Photo courtesy of Bay Ship and Yacht

The Sally Ride, a Neil Armstrong Class Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) vessel, dry docked at Bay Ship and Yacht on April 15, 2017, to carry out modifications to superstructure and to perform general vessel maintenance. Named for the late astronaut Sally Ride


MAN Rollo Supplies Engines for Hybrid Patrol Boat

Photo courtesy of MAN Rollo

In April this year, MAN Rollo supplied two engines for the RPA8 hybrid patrol boat, which Kooiman Shipyard was commissioned to build by the Port of Rotterdam Authority. When putting out a tender for the patrol boat, the Port of Rotterdam Authority defined a number of principles


A Hybrid Drive’s Digital Landscape

Photo: handout

Hybrid drive and potential fuel savings are well known — from 10 to 30 percent, according to the sources we’ve written about over the years. Less known, is the potential need to purchase some sort of remote monitoring package to complement that diesel-electric or battery hybrid system


U.S. Freight Recovery Spurs Diesel Demand

File Image: CREDIT AEP

U.S. freight movements have started increasing again, which should help boost consumption of distillate fuel oil in 2017 and 2018.   The tonnage of freight moved by road, rail, barge, pipeline and air cargo has been increasing year on year since October






 
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