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Caterpillar Marine Systems Doubles Parts Warranty

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Caterpillar Marine Power Systems says it has increased the warranty on Cat Brand Parts used in all marine applications from six months to one year. The warranty covers all parts used in Cat marine engines, Cat marine generator sets, Cat branded marine control systems and Cat marine transmissions. The extended coverage applies to all parts sold or utilized in service work on or after June 1, 2012. The suppliers say that there will be no additional cost to customers for this significant extension of warranty protection. Caterpillar Marine Power Systems explain that it implemented this new warranty policy in response to customer feedback, industry trends and product quality trends. “Recognizing our leading position in the marine market, we felt the time was perfect to reinforce customer confidence in our marine products. We see a variety of warranty terms and conditions from our competition often adding complexity for our customers in doing an apples-to-apples comparison. At Caterpillar, we do not want to hide behind the small print in the warranty statement,” P. Jaime Tetrault, Caterpillar Marine Power Systems product support director noted." Recent customer feedback, say the manufacturers, indicates that more and more purchase decisions are based upon warranty and service support by engine manufacturers—an area where Caterpillar is the proven market leader


New Cat® Powered Marine Hybrid System

Hybrid Power KOTUG at work: Image courtesy of KOTUG

Developed for all engine platforms with electrical specialists Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA), the system package utilizes AKA’s XeroPoint Hybrid marine propulsion system and provides fuel savings of up to 25% and even emissions reductions. A recent CARB study found a 73% reduction in PM, 50% reduction in NOx & 26% reduction in CO2. Significant improvements are also seen in performance, control and noise levels


New Caterpillar Electronic Engine and Transmsion Controls in Available

Caterpillar announces an all-new electronic engine and transmission control system which is now available for worldwide distribution. The new Cat® Multi Station Control System (MSCS) is ‘the intelligent solution to engine and gear control requirements’. The system allows up to 8 primary control and 8 full redundancy back-up stations on board and enables the full control of single or synchronisation of dual engine installations.


Crowley, BSY Complete Repower the Leader

The tug Leader is shown at Bay Ship & Yacht Co. in Alameda, Calif. (Photo courtesy 2009 DavidAllenStudio.com)

The air is a little cleaner at the Port of Los Angeles these days. Just this month, the new and improved Crowley harbor class tug Leader re-entered the ship assist and escort fleet of vessels following an extensive repowering of the vessel's main engines and generators.   The repower project, the first of four Crowley tug engine replacements, will help reduce emissions and lessen overall environmental impact and is part of a larger Port of Los Angeles emissions and air quality


Aker Solutions Wins Contract

Aker Solutions received a Letter of Award from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), to supply two drilling equipment packages to the new 'Cat D' drilling rigs the yard is building for the rig operator Songa Offshore. Options (if exercised) for two additional units are included. Contract value is undisclosed. The development of the two Cat D semi-submersible drilling rigs has been initiated by Statoil, the international energy company


New Test Kit Detects Cat Fines Onboard

Image: Parker Kittiwake

Test kit detects catalytic fines to help prevent irreparable damage to fuel pumps, injectors, piston rings and liners   A new Cat Fines Test Kit has been launched by asset control and protection technology provider Parker Kittiwake. The onboard test identifies the presence of abrasive silicon and aluminum catalytic fines, which can become embedded into engine components and cause abrasive wear, causing irreversible damage to a vessel’s fuel system if left undetected.  


Cat Marine Power New Canadian Pilot Boats

Photo courtesy Caterpillar Marine Communications

Every marine vessel requires two critical components to ensure a safe journey: a competent master at the helm and a reliable power source in the engine room.  Because of the increasing ship traffic and safety concerns, the design of pilot boats used to transfer pilots to and from ships has evolved significantly in recent years.  Cat marine engines will power the majority of the new breed of pilot boats built for ports across Canada.


Cat C32 ACERT Repowers M/S Mount Washington

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For the first time in 63 seasons of scenic cruises on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire, the M/S Mount Washington will rely on clean diesel power from a pair of newly installed Cat C32 ACERT marine engines.  Through the help of funds from the U.S. government’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Mount Washington Cruises received an EPA grant to replace older diesel engines with new “greener” technology


Caterpillar Launches New Marine Engine

Cat C175-16 marine propulsion engine.

Cat C175 Designed to Drive More Profitable Vessel designs.   Caterpillar today introduced the Cat C175-16 marine propulsion engine at a size, power and rpm that will drive new, more profitable vessel designs for all segments of the marine industry. The latest in a line of high performance engines designed to meet EPA Marine Tier 3 and IMO Tier II emissions requirements, the C175-16 is rated at 2001 – 2168 bkW @ 1600 rpm and 2239 bkW - 2550 bkW @ 1800 rpm


Caterpillar to Power 16 Korean Patrol Boats

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Caterpillar Marine has announced Cat power solutions have been selected to power 16 new build Patrol Boats for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN). Each Patrol Boat will be equipped with two Cat C32 main propulsion diesel engines and two Cat C9 ship service diesel generators. The first Patrol Boats will be constructed at the Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) shipyard in Korea.  Cat dealer Hae In led the Caterpillar efforts on the project and will continue to manage the


New Passenger Vessel Delivered to Majestic Ferries

Majestic Dream (Photo: Incat Crowther)

Majestic Ferries’ fleet continues to grow with the delivery of Majestic Dream, the first of a new class of Incat Crowther-designed fuel-efficient 39m HSC compliant passenger vessels.   Majestic Ferries operates vessels between Singapore and Batam in a competitive marketplace


Piracy Down by 22% in H1, Says ReCAAP

Map: Location of incidents

 A total of 36 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships (comprising 30 actual incidents and six attempted incidents) were reported during January-June 2017 in Asia, said a report by Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia


New Tug Joins Harley Marine Fleet

(Photo: Caterpillar Marine)

Harley Marine Services has welcomed its newest vessel, Dr Hank Kaplan, to its Puget Sound fleet on June 22. The vessel has a length of 80', a beam of 36' and a depth of 13'7" and is equipped with two 3516C marine propulsion engines that deliver a combined 5,350 HP


Songa Offshore Wins in DSME Arbitrations

Songa Equinox. Photo: Songa Offshore

 Songa Offshore had submitted its defence to the claims asserted by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in arbitrations related to the Songa Equinox, the first Cat D rig, and the Songa Endurance, the second Cat D rig, in which DSME asserted aggregate claims of USD 329 million


Ferry Safety and Technology Conference 2017

CREDIT: Mitch Waxman

There is a convergence of new advances in technology for ferries AND quantum leaps in ferry operations in Asia, Africa and North America.   Can operating a ferry be made better safer and cheaper? Yes, says technology. What’s exciting about this year’s Ferry Safety and


Wärtsilä to Optimize Performance for Songa Offshore Drill Rigs

Photo: Wärtsilä

The technology group Wärtsilä has signed a five-year technical management and services agreement with Songa Offshore for four Cat-D type semi-submersible drilling rigs operating in the North Sea. Through the partnership with Wärtsilä


Tradewinds Towing Returns to Laborde for Repowers

Photo: Laborde Products

In September of 2006, Dominique Smith of the then one tug company Tradewinds Towing came to Laborde Products, to look at the S12R engine for the repower of the Miss Lis, an Alaskan built low profile tug he planned on repowering. Later that same month, the deal was made, and shortly thereafter


Why Attend the Ferry Safety & Technology Conference?

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The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA) will host its upcoming Ferry Safety and Technology Conference May 11 and 12 in downtown New York. Besides the awards to winners of the Ferry Design Competition, there are many reasons to attend the conference. Below are a dozen.  


Horizon Delivers Towboat to FMT

Bayou La Batre, Ala. shipbuilder Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. said it has delivered the M/V Victoria Pasentine, a 120’ towboat with a retractable pilot house, to its home port of New Orleans.   The vessel, the 20th built by Horizon for Florida Marine Transporters (FMT) during their nine


Louisiana Cat Expands in New Iberia

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and General Product Support Manager Troy Matherne of Louisiana Machinery Company announced the company will add 60 jobs and expand its New Iberia operations. Known as Louisiana Cat, the company rebuilds and services engines and related equipment for marine


Patrol Boats Delivered to the Vietnam Coast Guard

US Ambassador Ted Osius, fourth from left, inspects new Metal Shark patrol boats with Vietnam Coast Guard members during a delivery ceremony Monday May 22, 2017 in Quang Nam, central Vietnam (Photos courtesy US Embassy Hanoi)

Six new military patrol boats built by Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark have been delivered to the Vietnam Coast Guard. The welded-aluminum Metal Shark 45-foot Defiant pilothouse patrol vessels were provided to Vietnam by the United States in a move that underscores the increased security


Study Pinpoints Operators’ Engine Challenges

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In-depth data analysis of more than 400,000 oil samples from ExxonMobil’s MobilGard Cylinder Condition Monitoring (CCM) program has identified the wide range of potentially damaging engine issues facing vessel operators.   With operators challenged by continued economic pressures and


New MC-275D Flagship Dredge Launched

MC-275D auger dredge (Image: Mud Cat)

 Ellicott Dredge Technologies (EDT) has introduced its new Mud Cat MC-275D as the flagship auger dredge to lead its Mud Cat product line.   The modernized Mud Cat MC-275D is a modular system that offers unique cutting, pumping, and propulsion features at an affordable price


Tug Newbuild Alcor Delivered to Navibulgar

Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.

On June 2, 2017, MTG-Dolphin Shipyard delivered to Navigation Maritime Bulgare (Navibulgar) JSC the tug Alcor, the first of three vessels in series built to the RAmparts 2700 design by Robert Allan Ltd.   The tug adds to the fleet of four tugboats in the Navibulgar fleet and is the first


UniCarriers Corporation becomes Mitsubishi Logisnext

Image:  UniCarriers Corporation

 Mitsubishi Nichiyu Forklift announced that it will conduct the operational integration with its consolidated subsidiary UniCarriers Corporation and change its company name to "Mitsubishi Logisnext.   Mitsubishi Nichiyu already announced its intention to perform the operational






 
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