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Friday, January 19, 2018

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Seacor Announces JV with Cosco Shipping Affiliates

File photo: SEACOR Marine

Offshore services vessel operator SEACOR Marine Holdings Inc. said it has formed a jointly owned company with affiliates of the world’s largest ship owner, COSCO Shipping Group. The Marshall Islands company, SEACOSCO Offshore LLC, entered into contracts for the purchase of eight Rolls-Royce designed new construction platform supply vessels (PSV) from COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry (Guangdong) Co., Ltd. Six of the PSVs are of UT 771WP design (4,400 tons deadweight), and two are of UT 771CD design (3,800 tons deadweight).

Wells Marine Launches Battery Management System

space-saving flat panel model of Total Automatic Battery Management System

The Boat Builders Labor Saving Device – Custom Designs Available. Battery management system manufacturer Wells Marine Technology has launched a space-saving flat panel model of its Total Automatic Battery Management System (T.A.B.S.) that can be configured easily for any single, twin or triple engine application and can also be custom-designed to builder model specifications. Wells T.A.B.S. connects battery chargers, DC electric panels and equipment to save boat builders time, money and storage space while eliminating confusing battery selector switches for boat owners.

Cole Hersee Smart Battery Isolator

Cole Hersee Company, a manufacturer of heavy-duty electrical, electronic, and digital products for the vehicle industry, introduces its new Smart Battery Isolator 48525 and 48530. The smart battery isolator prevents loads on the auxiliary battery from draining the starting battery. The smart battery isolator provides a more flexible solution than traditional isolators, as it is not specific to an alternator type. Additionally, Cole Hersee’s smart battery isolator is smaller, lighter and generates less heat than competitive products.

Wärtsilä Developing Hybrid Tug for Brazil

(Image: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä said it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop a new environmentally friendly tug design for a new port facility being built in the Brazilian city of São Mateus. The MoU, signed with Petrocity, parent company of a new port facility, will see Wärtsilä develop a harbor tug design based on its recently launched Wärtsilä HYTug, which features hybrid propulsion and energy storage using batteries. The prime consideration is to maximize the ecological operational…

ShockTimer-Plus 3Dv2 Shock Recorder

Photo: IST

IST introduced its new Shock-Timer-Plus 3D version 2 (STP-3Dv2) low cost tri-axial shock, temperature and humidity recorder. The reusable battery powered instrument captures tri-axial shocks above user selected threshold with date/time stamping along with time periodic temperature and humidity atmospherics. The Instrument features Bluetooth wireless data communications for setup and download, trigger alarm indicators, install time delay feature and six month battery life for long deployments and 10,000 reading event memory and data export to standard excel spreadsheet format.

AIS-SART Processor IC - The Future of Marine Search & Rescue

CML Microcircuits has announced the launch of the new cutting-edge Marine AIS Search and Rescue Transmitter (SART) processor, the CMX7045. The CMX7045 is a highly integrated and flexible baseband processor fulfilling the needs of an AIS-SART and meeting IEC 61097-14 requirements. In addition to providing the core AIS-SART formatted data functionality, the CMX7045 incorporates a number of auxiliary operations that assist in the overall system implementation and therefore reduce component count and cost.

Boreal Orders Electric Ferry at Vard

Boreal’s new car and passenger ferry will sail on fully electric battery power from January 2020 (Image: Mult-Marine)

Shipbuilder Vard Holdings Limited said it has been awarded a contract to build a new car- and passenger ferry due for delivery to Norwegian public transport operator Boreal in the third quarter of 2019. The vessel will ply the Norwegian fjords powered by a fully electrical battery solution for continuous electric operations. Vard said the vessel’s hull will be constructed at one of its Romanian yards, Vard Braila, and final delivery will take place from Vard Brevik in Norway.

PBES Unveils Enhanced Marine Battery Systems

Image: PBES

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 installation intact. The process, called ‘re-coring’, saves up to 60 per cent of the costs of installing a new battery after a five year cycle, greatly enhancing lifecycle value. CellSwap is a marine industry first that takes a ‘serviceable’ approach to battery components.

Renewable Energy Battery Solutions Ready for Ships

FC38-12 Battery (Photo: EMP)

A range of marine battery solutions has received approval for use on-board ships or marine related applications such as offshore platforms and renewable energy projects. Now available from Eco Marine Power (EMP), a developer of renewable energy solutions for ships, in cooperation with storage batteries and electrical machinery manufacturer Furukawa Battery Company of Japan, the battery range has been accepted for use on classed vessels by ClassNK (Nippon Kaiji Kyokai) in addition to having been evaluated by EMP.

Corvus Implements Greenlight Battery Testing Solution

Corvus Energy Implements Greenlight Innovation’s Sophisticated Battery Test Equipment. Greenlight Innovation’s End-of-the-Line Test System to Verify Lithium Polymer Battery Performance. Corvus Energy Ltd., a leading lithium-polymer battery pack integrator, announced today that it has selected Greenlight Innovation’s sophisticated and reliable battery test equipment to verify the performance of its 6.5 kWh battery modules at multiple manufacturing sites. Corvus Energy manufactures and integrates energy solutions for commercial and industrial applications, ranging from airport ground handling equipment to truck APUs, marine hybrid, and heavy industrial applications.

New Technology for Submarine Wireless Battery Monitoring

The German navigation specialist Raytheon Anschütz introduces a newly developed wireless battery monitoring technology. The core of the system is a new sensor that features an innovative measurement concept to provide highest failure safety while contributing to cost savings during installation and servicing. Raytheon Anschütz, as a subsidiary of the Raytheon Company, presents a wireless battery monitoring demonstration at this year’s UDT in London. The Wireless Battery Monitoring System (WBMS) is the central measuring and evaluation system for main batteries aboard submarines.

Meridian Marine Progressive Products Makes Distribution Agreement

Meridian Marine Progressive Products announces a North America distribution agreement with Northstar Battery Company for their HD series marine batteries. Using state of the art technology, these batteries take up to 40% less space and 25% less weight than conventional case sizes. They also feature high cycle life and tremendous starting power. Remote venting for enclosed spaces is standard.

Corvus Energy Lithium-Ion Battery for BRAtt

Corvus Energy AT6200 Battery Module (Photo courtesy Corvus Energy)

Corvus Energy, harnessing the power of large format lithium-ion battery systems for marine propulsion, will spotlight its proprietary technology at the International Tug & Salvage (ITS 2010) Conference May 17-21 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver, B.C. The conference marks the world debut of the BRAtt class training tugs, the first of which will feature Richmond, B.C.-based Corvus Energy’s battery and management system utilized as the house power bank. This direct diesel-powered version, will be available for demonstration to ITS registrants.

New LR Guidance on Large Battery Installations

Lloyd's Register (LR) has released a new guidance document aimed at facilitating a risk-based approach to battery use. The guidance describes the key hazards to consider when installing battery technology, and gives an overview of our non-prescriptive approach to approval. The guidance also covers battery chemistry and industry standards. The guidance starts at the beginning of a battery system’s lifecycle when the cells are being manufactured, and goes on to consider how an installation affects or is affected by a vessel’s power system, placement on board, ventilation, firefighting, electrical protection and maintenance. The guidance aims to help industry consider the hazards associated with large battery installations but is not specific to a particular cell chemistry.

Custom Battery Packs for Oceanographic Equipment

Cell Pack Solutions battery packs for underwater applications using Tadiran lithium cells.

Battery packs for underwater oceanographic equipment need to be robust and last a long time. Custom engineered battery packs are often used by universities, research institutes and oceanographic survey operations to power equipment used underwater. Cell Pack Solutions design and build battery packs for underwater applications using Tadiran lithium cells built into different configurations, with specific design considerations to enable them to be installed into the equipment -…

Cole Hersee Announces FlexMod Low Voltage Disconnect Switches

Cole Hersee Company, a manufacturer of heavy-duty electrical and electronic products for the vehicle industry, announced the availability of its new FlexMod™ LVD, a family of configurable electronic modules that protect batteries and battery powered equipment. FlexMod LVD ensures that vehicles will start by controlling non-essential loads that can kill a battery. The module is ideal for those with fleets of emergency vehicles, delivery vehicles, boats, buses or utility trucks.

MarAd Releases Transportation Statistical Snapshot

The Maritime Administration has issued a new publication, U.S. Water Transportation Statistical Snapshot, a pocket-sized reference book containing updated statistics on the U.S. maritime industry, highlighting changes that have taken place in the past five years. Statistics include trade indicators, fleet indicators, and microeconomic indicators The publication is available online

Fully Electrical Ferry Wins Efficiency Award

Tord Helland, Finance Director at Norled (right), together with Stephen Bligh (left), Head of Shipping Advisory UK at DNV GL, received the Ship Efficiency Award

The first purely battery-driven car and passenger ferry Ampere has won the Ship Efficiency Award in the category Environmental Technology. The award recognizes innovative solutions which have contributed to reducing the environmental impact of shipping operations. The 80 metre long DNV GL classed vessel is one of three ferries operated by the Norwegian shipping company Norled between Lavik and Oppedal and is able to carry 120 cars and 360 passengers. “Ampere is trading in Sognefjord…

Corvus Lithium Energy Storage DNV-GL Type Approved

Photo: Corvus Energy

Corvus Energy’s lithium energy storage system is the world’s first to be type- approved by DNV GL. The type approval makes increased fuel efficiency and greatly reduced emissions available for heavy industries such as offshore oil and gas and commercial shipping, Corvus said. According to the manufacturer, rigorous testing over several years proves that heavy offshore machinery will maintain power and safety during operations using Corvus Energy’s AT6500 module. Designed and built to handle the world’s most hazardous ocean conditions…

MetalCraft Unveils First Electric Powered Patrol Boat

Patrol Boat-1 is really the first, the first ever electric powered patrol boat. MetalCraft Marine designed and built the boat for the City of Annapolis’ Harbormaster. The boat utilizes a Steyr hybrid diesel/electric engine that permits either electric power or for higher speeds, diesel power. The propulsor is a Hamilton 274 waterjet. The jet can propel the boat in electric patrol mode at 4.5 knots, as it approaches and checks boats in the harbor ensuring anchoring permits are valid.

Trojan Battery Revamps Website

Image courtesy Trojan Battery Co.

Trojan Battery Co., a manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries, has launched its newly revised corporate website designed to be a source of information for Trojan’s global customers, distributors, dealers and system integrators. The site, trojanbattery.com, features detailed information on battery technologies, maintenance practices, as well as the design of energy storage systems. The revamped Trojan Battery website offers detailed technical data on Trojan’s energy storage battery solutions for a wide range of applications, which are now identified on the website by new market icons.

Calnetix Technologies Notches 3 New Patents

The U.S. Patent Office has awarded three new patents to Calnetix Technologies, a developer of high-speed motor generators, magnetic bearings and control systems and energy recovery technologies. These new awards bring the company’s total patent count to 33. The three new patents include a bidirectional pumping and energy recovery system by Vice President of Business Development Herman Artinian and Director of Business Development and Special Programs Venkateshwaran Krishnan; a flywheel and battery-based power supply system by Business Unit Leader Frank DeLattre and Director of Customer Service Oliver Ulibas; and a common monitoring and/or control of a flywheel and battery-based power supply system by Ulibas and Director of Engineering Octavio Solis.

EMP Inks Deal to Supply Aquarius MAS

Marine grade solar panel and frame at Teramoto Iron Works, Onomichi, Japan (Photo: EMP)

Eco Marine Power (EMP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a Singapore based shipping company to supply its Aquarius Management and Automation (MAS) + Solar solution. The solution will also include hardware and software that will allow ships to monitor fuel oil consumption in real time, automatically calculate NOx/SOx/CO2 emissions and interface with marine solar power systems. Initially one ship in the fleet will be installed with the Aquarius MAS + Solar solution and its performance jointly evaluated.

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