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04 May 2021

Atlas Copco Compressors Provide Air Power for RRS Sir David Attenborough

Atlas Copco's supply contract included training and commissioning, and all Atlas Copco equipment is suitable for 690V/3Ph/60Hz, or 220V/1Ph/60Hz electrical supplies used onboard the vessel. The compressor and air receivers were subject to inspection and certification by Lloyds Register of Shipping. (Photo: Atlas Copco)

One of the world's most advanced polar research vessels is equipped with Atlas Copco marine-duty compressors.The RRS Sir David Attenborough, commissioned by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), built by Cammell Laird and operated by British Antarctic Survey, is a research platform engineered to transform how shipborne science is conducted in the Polar Regions. Its commissioning is part of a significant government polar infrastructure investment program designed to keep Britain at the forefront of world-leading research in Antarctica and the Arctic.

19 Apr 2021

Crowley Designs US' First Fully Electric Autonomous Tug

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Crowley Engineering Services announced Monday it has designed the first fully electric U.S. tugboat with autonomous technology, engineered as a zero-emissions, high-performance solution for ship assist and harbor services.The Crowley design, powered by the expertise of recently integrated subsidiary Jensen Maritime, leverages a large battery system and power saving technology to operate in a fully electric mode while producing zero air emissions or greenhouse gases, Crowley said.

06 Apr 2021

Caterpillar Marine Launches Gen II Displays

(Image: Caterpillar Marine)

Caterpillar Marine has unveiled its second-generation Cat Marine Displays (CMD) used for monitoring all engine platforms, supporting different vessel applications for professional maritime use.The three CMD variants‚ÄĒCat CMD5 (5‚ÄĚ display), CMD8 (8‚ÄĚ display), and CMD13 (13.3‚ÄĚ display)‚ÄĒdesigned to provide operators easy access to current operating data and alarms for engines. The new displays are type-approved and environmentally sealed to be waterproof for a wide range of temperature operations.

16 Mar 2021

Tech File: Engineered Cooling Solutions Help Improve Environmental Footprint

R.W. Fernstrum & Company has been engineering and manufacturing GRIDCOOLER Keel Coolers for the marine industry since 1949. (Image: R.W. Fernstrum & Company)

As owners and operators work to achieve dramatic new emission reductions, vessels‚Äô cooling solutions should not be overlooked.A  wave of green initiatives is sweeping through the maritime market as owners and operators seek ways to reduce emissions from their vessels. One company supporting this drive is R.W. Fernstrum, a global leader in engineering and manufacturing keel cooling technologies.Sean Fernstrum, the company‚Äôs president, sees a mix of power and propulsion solutions‚ÄĒeach with its own list of pros and cons‚ÄĒcombining to help reduce the industry‚Äôs environmental footprint. And R.W.

03 Mar 2021

Sea Machines Hires Moran David as CCO

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Sea Machines Robotics, a Boston-based developer of autonomous command and control systems for commercial vessels, has hired Moran David as chief commercial officer (CCO).Effective immediately, this new position gives David responsibility for the company’s global sales and marketing of Sea Machines’ advanced technology to the builders and operators of the world’s commercial and defense fleets. Reporting to the company’s CEO Michael G. Johnson, he also has oversight for developing…

02 Mar 2021

MSHS Group Outlines Expansion Plans

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Positioned to expand both its geographic reach and service capacity, the MSHS Group announced a partnership with MPE to accelerate a strategic long-range expansion plan. MSHS Group’s growth plans include broadening its reach in the marine and energy industries with new locations, serving new market segments, and expanding its product and service offerings. The companies specialize in the integration of equipment, services, and control systems for customers in the marine, industrial, government, and commercial segments throughout the world.MSHS Group CEO, David A.

01 Mar 2021

Brunswick Appoints Arbuckle as Marine Autonomy Technology Lead

Brunswick Corp. named Jason Arbuckle to a newly formed role of Marine Autonomy Technology Lead.

Brunswick Corporation, in a move to to build on its ACES (Autonomy, Connectivity, Electrification & Shared Access) strategy to develop solutions to further improve boater experiences, named Jason Arbuckle to a newly formed role of Marine Autonomy Technology Lead. Arbuckle joined Mercury Marine in 1997 and has since advanced through the company, working to lead some of the company’s many award-winning innovative technology solutions. Throughout his career, Arbuckle has been instrumental…

25 Feb 2021

Autonomy is a Journey: Wärtsilä Voyage Helps Define and Drive Maritime‚Äôs Automated Future

Image: Wärtsilä Voyage

As the maritime industry faces numerous environmental and efficiency challenges, the future is ship automation and Wärtsilä Voyage is a driver. Sean Fernback, President, and Thomas Pedersen, Director, Automation & Dynamic Positioning, Wärtsilä Voyage discuss the path and the pace with Maritime Reporter TV.Sean, to start, it seems many define ‚Äúautonomy‚ÄĚ differently. How do you define Wärtsilä's smart-autonomy approach?Sean Fernback, President, Wärtsilä VoyageAutonomy is a journey and there is no question that, at some point, various vessels in different classes will be fully autonomous.

24 Feb 2021

WE Tech Wins More LPG Carrier Orders

WE Tech’s Economic Operations Solution for the new LPGC. Copyright: WE Tech.

WE Tech won additional orders in South Korea to supply its permanent magnet shaft generator solutions to four LPG Carriers to be built by Hyundai Mipo DockyardThe shaft generator solution comes with frequency drive technology and is designed to produce all required electrical power needed for the vessel over a wide main engine speed range, aimed to deliver substantial fuel savings and reduction of maintenance cost by reducing auxiliary generator operation. “Our solution is compact and fits perfectly to this type of gas carriers.

23 Feb 2021

RECOTUG: Development Starts on 'World-First' Remote-Control Tugboat

RECOTUG OPS Center. (Image source: Svitzer, Kongsberg Maritime, ABS)

Svitzer, Kongsberg Maritime and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) signed a deal to jointly develop the RECOTUG, touted as the world’s first commercial tug to be fully operated from a remote operations center on shore.Each organization delivers a unique perspective: Svitzer brings operational experience; Kongsberg brings remote control systems and autonomous technology; and ABS brings guidance for regulatory approval.The RECOTUG project's aim is to develop a remotely controlled…

19 Feb 2021

Demystifying Cyber Security

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Recent cyber attacks to the US Government, the IMO, Maersk, amongst others has caused the world to pay attention to criminal cyber activities by foreign states, terrorists, and criminals. The cyber attack against CMA CGM shut down services for close on two weeks. Two days later, on October 30th the IMO was held hostage by a cyber attack. These attacks follow attacks earlier this year against MSC and COSCO.As of January 1, 2021 all vessels that have a safety management system must address cyber security in order to maintain ISM certification.

11 Feb 2021

Kongsberg to Equip Triumph Subsea's New Field Development Vessel

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Norwegian maritime tech and equipment company Kongsberg Maritime (KM) will deliver a large technology package for Triumph Subsea Services' field development vessel (FDV).Triumph Subsea Services in December 2020 signed a contract with the Croatian shipbuilder Brodosplit for the construction of the vessel, with options to order three more.Kongsberg Maritime said Thursday it had signed a Letter of Intent with Brodosplit Shipyard and DIV Group in Croatia to deliver a large technology package for the vessel.

10 Feb 2021

MacGregor Wins Order for 36 Traction Winch Systems

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MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured an order from SIA Solutions LLC to deliver 36 traction winch systems, 72 storage reel brakes and electrical control systems to the specialised concrete mat sinking unit, Armor 1, currently under construction at Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors LLC, Houma, La. for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).The order was booked into Cargotec’s 2020 fourth quarter order intake. Equipment delivery is planned for the middle of 2021, with…

28 Jan 2021

Electric Propulsion: The Dawn of a New Generation of Marine Power?

A foil ferry designed to use battery electric propulsion (Image: Glosten)

Technological advancement is opening new doors for hybrid and fully electric vessels.In mid-2020, the U.S. Navy accepted the delivery of the USS Zumwalt, the Navy’s first full-electric power and propulsion surface combatant. The ship’s new electric propulsion plant provides favorable efficiency coupled with a reduced total cost of ownership. The design is flexible and efficient to deliver power where it’s needed, when it’s needed. Its adoption is symbolic of a maritime future and what could be in store for other marine craft…

28 Jan 2021

Sea Machines Promotes Bourque

Phil Bourque (Photo: Sea Machines)

Sea Machines Robotics, a developer of autonomous command and remote-helm control systems, has promoted Phil Bourque to the role of business development and sales director, U.S. Government, effective immediately.In his new position, Bourque will primarily focus on advancing the company’s government contracts and related special projects. Bourque has relocated to the Norfolk, Va. area for the role, a move that enables Sea Machines to establish a new company foothold closer to key…

26 Jan 2021

Managing Risk: Shipowners Not Meeting Emission Regs Face a Big Business Risk

“Shipowners can use the digital tools available to take actions to reduce emissions. The add-on, of course, is you will have more profit and will be more attractive in the market for charterers and other types of customers," said Arild Risholm Saether, NAVTOR’s head of business development.

There is  increasing pressure for shipowners to sharpen their environmental performance, driven by an IMO target to halve greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by 2050, regional regulations and market pull from charterers, banks and investors.‚ÄúThis represents a whole new ball game for the industry. Optimization of ship operations has traditionally been dictated by the efficiency of delivery around the globe that has typically meant being able to sail at full speed, thereby burning more fuel, to minimize costs for the charterer.

11 Jan 2021

Tech Files: Breathing New Life into Old Port Cranes

Image courtesy Konecranes

Retrofits of new features into existing ports cranes can produce operational efficiency and safety gains not included on cranes delivered 15-20 years ago, including Ship-to-Shore (STS) Rubber Tyred Gantry (RTG) and Rail Mounted Gantry (RMG) types. Here, Dmitry Lapin, Knowledge and Development Manager, Port Services, Konecranes, looks at retrofit options proven in applications internationally.Sooner or later, the owners of ports cargo handling equipment are going to face a number of technical and organizational questions about the future.

18 Dec 2020

Havyard Delivers Offshore Wind Service Vessel to Esvagt

 Caption: ‚ÄėESVAGT Schelde‚Äô doing a test run on the Sognefjord. Photo: UavPic/via Havyard

Norway's Havyard has delivered the Esvagt Schelde offshore wind service vessel, built for the Danish shipowner Esvagt.The vessel that was handed over on Friday is the last in a record series, but also the first in a new series to be delivered to Esvagt. "The ship is vessel number four and design number eight in the long-term collaboration between two spearheads in the offshore wind industry; Esvagt, the Danish offshore wind pioneer, and Havyard, the first company to offer special…

17 Dec 2020

REM Offshore Orders Offshore Wind Vessel

Credit:Havyard Design & Solutions AS

Norwegian offshore vessel operator Rem Offshore has ordered a Construction Service Vessel for offshore wind operations from Green Yard Kleven shipyard in Ulsteinvik.Havyard Design & Solutions AS is responsible for the design. The vessel, which was originally designed as a Havyard 833 WE platform supply vessel PSV, will be converted into a service vessel for offshore wind, under the Havyard 833 CSV design. Green Yard Kleven, established earlier this year when Green Yard bought Kleven shipyard…

12 Dec 2020

Proserv, Intelligent Plant Ink Deal Aiming to Drive Digital Evolution

Proserv Controls signed a strategic alliance with software engineering firm Intelligent Plant, a deal aimed to deliver advanced control systems and data analysis to provide operators with digital solutions tailored to their needs and feedback. The announcement follows a broader industry trend toward leveraging true digitalization to help rationalize efficiencies in the offshore industry. Ultimately the tie-up with Proserv and Intelligent plan will integrate improved visibility of system information…

04 Dec 2020

Rolls-Royce Acquires Ship Control Systems Supplier Servowatch

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Rolls-Royce has acquired Servowatch Systems, a UK-based international supplier of integrated marine automation solutions for navies, commercial vessels and large yachts.Representatives of Rolls-Royce's Power Systems business unit and the company’s previous owner, the Indian engineering, procurement and construction projects, manufacturing, defense and services group Larsen & Toubro, signed the contracts Wednesday. Commercial terms were not disclosed."Servowatch's modern and sophisticated…

30 Nov 2020

Interview: John Batten, CEO, Twin Disc

John Batten (Photo: Twin Disc)

How have major events such as the U.S./China trade war, oil price fall and COVID-19 impacted Twin Disc’s commercial marine business to date, and what adjustments have you made in response?These are the three things that I’ve been highlighting in employee communications and with investors over the last few months. For us, COVID was just the third punch after the other two. China is typically our second largest market after the U.S., and we lost lots of orders to our competitors as the trade war started to affect us. It’s rebounding a little, but it definitely impacted our sales into China.

24 Nov 2020

Herman Sr. to Use Sea Machines' Remote-helm Control System

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Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics, a developer of autonomous command and remote-helm control systems, announced today that Herman Sr. BV, a Netherlands-based tug and workboat company, will add a Sea Machines’ SM200 wireless, remote-helm control system to one of its Shoalbuster tugboats, the 23.35-meter Teddy, for the purposes of increasing productivity and operational safety during offshore operations. The SM200 provides wireless helm and propulsion control, as well as remote control of auxiliaries and payload equipment (including pumps…

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