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Caterpillar Acquire Berg Propulsion

Caterpillar Marine has acquired Johan Walter Berg AB, whose core brand, Berg Propulsion, is a leading manufacturer of mechanically and electrically driven propulsion systems and marine controls for ships. As a result of the acquisition completion, all Berg Propulsion products will be rebranded as Caterpillar. The new Cat® Propulsion System for optimized bundles and propulsion packages includes controllable pitch propellers, transverse thrusters, azimuth thrusters, aftermarket parts and remote control systems. All Cat Propulsion System products are ideally suited for the complete and comprehensive line of Cat and MaK™ medium and high speed engines. The launch of Cat Propulsion Systems builds on Caterpillar’s introduction of integrated propulsion and maneuvering systems for pleasure craft vessels in 2011. For customers in the commercial marine industry, specifically the offshore, tug and salvage, dredge and merchant segments, the Cat Propulsion System will enable them to readily purchase a trusted Cat power solution as well as a heavy duty thruster or propeller system without having to rely on a third party vendor. Caterpillar say they will be able to optimize the propulsion system to maximize efficiency, maximize vessel availability and minimize operation cost. The user-friendly Cat control panel will ensure all components are easily configured and monitored on the vessel


ABB Wins Contracts Worth $110M

ABB has been awarded contracts worth $110 million to supply electrical power systems for twelve vessels and five offshore drilling rigs. The ABB orders, all booked during January-March 2006, include the following: • Total electrical power system packages for two semi-submersible drilling rigs for subsidiaries of Jon Fredriksen controlled SeaDrill Ltd (Subsea Drilling (III) Ltd and Subsea Drilling (IV) Ltd). The rigs will be built at South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine


Rolls Royce Wins Significant Fincantieri Cruise Ship Contract

New Viking Cruise Ship: Image courtesy of Rolls Royce

Rolls-Royce signs extensive equipment orders with Italian cruise ship builder Fincantieri for Viking Cruises' 2 newbuildings. Viking Cruises recently ordered two cruise ships from Fincantieri and have chosen the highly-efficient Rolls-Royce integrated rudder and propulsion system, called Promas, for their vessels. This is the first time that a Promas propulsion system is being installed on a new-build cruise vessel.


LR Approves GE Gas Turbine for LNG Ships

Lloyd’s Register has issued an Approval in Principle of GE Energy’s LM2500-based, gas turbine propulsion system for liquefied natural gas (LNG) ships. Gas turbine propulsion systems have been widely used on naval and cruise ships, but are new to LNG vessels. The Approval in Principle, issued through Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc, gives GE Energy a high level of confidence that the marine industry will embrace its gas turbine propulsion system design as a viable alternative to


New Chinese LNG Carriers Powered by GE

The first electrically propelled liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, each at 174,000 cubic meters, to be built in China will incorporate power and propulsion systems developed and built by GE’s Power Conversion business. Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group, part of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, signed contracts with GE for the supply of power and propulsion systems for six LNG carriers that it will build in its shipyard in Shanghai for major Asian shipping companies


Diesel-electric Propulsion for 4 Semi-sub Ships

CSBC Corporation Taiwan has chosen Siemens to supply diesel-electric propulsion systems and other accessories for four 65,000-ton semi-submersible deck cargo vessels (SSDCVs). The country’s largest shipyard is building the vessels for a customer in Singapore.   Compared to conventional mechanical propulsion technologies, Siemens’ diesel-electric system will reduce fuel costs by up to 15 percent, resulting from unique power management features, the manufacturer said


ABB Wins Contracts Totalling $140M

ABB won contracts worth $140 million to supply its Azipod propulsion systems for three vessels and electrical power systems for 11 vessels and two semi-submersible drilling rigs. The orders, all booked during November 2005, include: • Six 10 Megawatt (MW) Azipod propulsion units for three Arctic shuttle tankers being built for Russia’s Sovcomflot at Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea for delivery between 2007-2009


ABB wins $110m in Contracts

ABB has signed contracts worth more than $110 million to supply Azipod propulsion, power-generation and power-distribution systems for 19 new vessels being built in Europe and Asia. The new projects include: • electrical propulsion systems for nine platform supply vessels, to be built in shipyards in Norway and China, as well as one remotely operated vehicle support vessel, one offshore construction vessel and one light well intervention vessel, all to be built in Norway.


ABB Saves 700,000 tons Fuel for Marine Vessels

ABB Azipod fuel savings image ABB

ABB’s environmental friendly Azipod propulsion system brings greater fuel efficiency to diverse shipping segments ABB today announced the total fuel savings of the entire installed Azipod fleet since being launched is estimated to be more than 700,000 tons. Assuming the average family car uses one ton of fuel annually, this savings corresponds to the annual fuel consumption of 700,000 cars. The gearless, steerable propulsion system reduces fuel consumption by up to 20% and achieves


High-Tech Fishing Vessel Delivered with MAN Propulsion

Fishing vessel Herøyhav: Photo courtesy of MAN

Norwegian company Herøyhav AS has taken delivery of a 69.95-m trawler/purse seiner from Karstensens Shipyard, Denmark, equipped with a propulsion package supplied comprising a MAN 9L27/38 engine and a two-speed reduction gear that drives a MAN Alpha 4,200 mm diam. ducted propeller. The propeller nozzle is a customized MAN Alpha AHT design. MAN Diesel & Turbo also supplied its Alphatronic 2000 propulsion control system


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


CSSC to Build Research Vessels

Photo:  China State Shipbuilding Corp

 China's government controlled China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) is going beyond building navy vessels and making advanced scientific research ships, Xinhua reported.   CSSC has been focussing on defence sector till now. It was the largest supplier of surface combatants to the


Tuco Marine Launches Aquaculture Service Boat

(Photo: Tuco Marine)

 Denmark based boat builder Tuco Marine has launched a newly developed boat for high-pressure cleaning for fish farm operations in Norway.   According to Tuco Marine, the 15-meter workboat – an expansion of its ProZero vessel series – has been designed by the


Rays of Hope Seen for German Marine Equipment Suppliers

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Germany’s marine and offshore equipment suppliers will have to continue efforts this year to respond to the continuing weak demand from other countries and growing competition in global shipping markets, says German Engineering Federation (VDMA) who reported a decline in orders in the


Volvo Penta to Power New NYPD Response Boat

(Image: Vigor)

The newest New York Police Department (NYPD) response boat currently under construction will be powered by Volvo Penta diesel inboard engines from Pacific Power Group, a first for the NYPD fleet.   The fifth Response Boat - Medium C (RB-M C) built by Vigor will join the fleet of RB-M


Andreassen Joins PBES to Develop Energy Storage Markets

Arnstein Andreassen (PhotoPBES

Norwegian energy storage company Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) announced Arnstein Andreassen has joined the firm to develop marine energy storage markets. Andreassen brings decades of experience in power generation and propulsion.   In his previous positions


Rugged Propulsion System Designed for the Swamps

Metal Shark 21 Riverine equipped with Swamp Shark surface drive, shown powering through vegetation in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin (Photo: Metal Shark)

A new all-terrain vessel propulsion system specially engineered and built for operation in extreme shallow water, riverine and mud flat environments will safely and reliably propel a vessel through dense vegetation, mud and debris-strewn waters.  


Volvo Penta Buys Majority Stake in Seven Marine

Quadruple installation of the Seven Marine 627hp outboard (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta informs it has signed an agreement to become the major owner of U.S. based outboard motor manufacturer, Seven Marine, enabling the Swedish company to extend its scope of integrated propulsion systems.   “With this acquisition


HII Wins USS Columbus Submarine Repair Work

HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $219 million modification to a previously awarded contract to execute maintenance and modernization efforts on the submarine USS Columbus (SSN 762), shown here in Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo)

 Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $219 million modification to a previously awarded contract to execute maintenance and modernization efforts on the submarine USS Columbus (SSN 762).  


Spread of GE Tech Ordered for DSV Newbuild

To be equipped with a suite of GE’s marine technologies, Shanghai Salvage Bureau’s newest deep-water diving support vessel (DSV) will become the world’s first-class deep-water DSV with a multi-saturation diving system and pipe lay system. (Photo: GE Marine)

Shanghai Salvage Bureau’s (SSB) new ship is purpose-designed for a range of roles including deep-water salvage operations, deep-water pipelay and construction as well as a saturation diving capability for up to 24 divers in two bells.


Rolls-Royce to Design, Equip HB Grandi's New Trawler

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce informs it has won a contract to design and equip a new Rolls-Royce NVC 375 WP stern trawler for Icelandic fishing company HB Grandi. The 82 meter vessel will process various filet products and has a freezing capacity of 100 metric tons/ 24 hours


Aspin Kemp, MAN Diesel & Turbo Finalize Partnership

Photo of Jason Aspin - AKA, Wayne Jones - MAN Diesel & Turbo and H. Wade MacLauchlan - Honorable Premier of Prince Edward Island courtesy of Brian Simpson/Gov of PEI. Photo of closing ceremony agenda courtesy of David Rashed.

Canadian engineering firm Aspin Kemp and Associates Inc. (AKA) and German based engine and turbomachinery market leader MAN Diesel & Turbo SE have finalized an agreement between the two companies whereby MAN Diesel & Turbo steps in as a 40 percent shareholder in AKA.  


Glosten Designs Hybrid Ferry for Kitsap Transit

(Image: Glosten)

Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten said it has completed the design of a new passenger-only hybrid ferry for Kitsap Transit, a public transportation agency based in Bremerton, Wash.   The new hybrid electric 150-passenger ferry will be the first in


Lake Constance Ferry to Test MTU Gas Engine

From left: Stefan Ballier, senior manager of ferry operations at the Constance utility; Dr. Norbert Reuter, head of the city of Constance utility company; Andreas Schell, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems; and Matthias Vogel, Vice President Sales at Rolls-Royce Power Systems. (Photo: Rolls-Royce Power Systems)

From 2019, Rolls-Royce Power Systems and the City of Constance public utility are to begin testing the marine propulsion technology of the future on Lake Constance. This takes the form of a gas engine carrying the MTU brand. The public utility's new car ferry is to be equipped with twin


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.  






 
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