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Friday, December 15, 2017

Conventional Technologies News

Minoan Flying Dolphins Acquires 10 More Ferries

Minoan Lines subsidiary Minoan Flying Dolphins added to a recent flurry of vessel acquisition with the purchase of 10 more ferries for an undisclosed amount, bringing its total fleet to 63 vessels. The ferries purchased are: Poseidon Express II, Pegasus, Milos Express, Papadiamantis, Poseidon Hellas, Aeas, Apostolos, Hellas, Aphaea and Aegina. Minoan Flying Dolphins' fleet includes 34 new technology ships, 25 of conventional technology, and four RoRo ships.

Voith Linear Jet Offers Fuel Savings

Mark Harvey (Photo: Voith Turbo)

Crew transfer vessel operators using the new Voith Linear Jet (VLJ) marine propulsion system can save over £75,000 in fuel costs in a season, the manufacturer claims. The cost saving, around 20 percent, is a key figure from the collection of extensive data from four months’ operation in a range of sea conditions, working at different speeds and with different loadings. The Voith Linear Jet, unveiled last year as a “world first” in marine propulsion technology, combines elements of two existing technologies: conventional screw propellers and water jets.

RCH Engineers New Steering System

Image: RCH

Rio Controls & Hydraulics (RCH) said it has developed a new steering system by modifying existing inductive sensors used in the oil and gas industry to reach a design that the company said will provide accurate and longer lasting sensor command and feedback signals. This technology aims to replace conventional devices such as potentiometers, as RCH claims its system offers many advantages over traditional steering. •    Inductive Technology has no moving parts, so the lifecycle when compared to the conventional technology is extended from an estimated 2.5 years to over 120 years.

ACO Marine Unveils New PE Separators

ACO Marine has introduced composite PE versions of its Lipator and Lipatomat grease separator range. Pictured is a 2x stainless steel Lipatomat NS10 with lifting station (Image: ACO Marine)

Wastewater management specialist ACO Marine has introduced a new composite grease separator as part of its Lipator and Lipatomat product range. Manufactured from high-density polyethylene (PE) composite, ACO Marine’s new PE-Lipator (manual) and PE-Lipatomat (automatic) separators have been designed to meet market demand for more cost-effective, lighter units capable of delivering the same performance benefits as the stainless steel models, the company said. As with the stainless steel Lipator and Lipatomat units…

Denmark Calls for Regulation for Autonomous Ships

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

​Maritime regulation should be made more flexible if it is to support the development of autonomous ships. A new report published by The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) identifies where changes in maritime regulation are needed. The report will be used as a platform for the future effort of The Danish Maritime Authority to develop regulation and make it digitalisation-ready. The Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Brian Mikkelsen, said: ”It is important that Denmark and Danish companies are at the forefront of technology and digitalisation.

Wärtsilä Powered FPSO Passes Load Tests

FPSO Main Power Modules: Photo credit: Wärtsilä

The new P-63 Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) is powered with Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines which passed load tests. This FPSO is the first such ship to utilize gas engines to produce more than 100 MWe of power. The tests were carried out at the Cosco shipyard in Dalian, China and the vessel will commence operations in Brazil’s offshore oil fields in 2013. Wärtsilä was contracted by the Brazilian industrial group QUIP, to provide a turnkey package for this vessel.

Lifting the Call for Tightened Security

Keeping small response boats operating at top speed and ready for action is a key challenge in meeting tightened maritime security rules. Moving away from conventional technologies by incorporating high-speed hydraulics into boat lift design has brought forth a new solution. In addition to keeping their fleets operational ready, by using high-speed boat lifts, port authorities can now lift suspicious boats in seconds to inspect their hulls for drugs or bombs. The US Coast Guard was the first to incorporate hydraulic boat lift technology into their operations. By combining high-speed hydraulics with remote control and stable platforms, the unique FloatLift by Sunstream has the boat ready to go by the time the crew can run out the dock.

North Sea FPSO Power Contract for Wärtsilä

Topside power modules: Schematic courtesy of Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä say they are to supply a 62 MW topside power module solution for a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel to be deployed at the Kraken oilfield located in the U.K. sector of the North Sea. This EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) award comes from Armada Kraken Pte.Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Malaysia based international offshore oilfield services provider, Bumi Armada. Bumi Armada will be using a recently built Suezmax tanker for the FPSO conversion, which will have a storage capacity of 600,000 barrels.

Tempera

Built Sumitomo Heavy Ind. Kvaerner Masa-Yards is well renowned for its ship and ship's equipment ice breaking technology. Upon visiting Finland on a recent excursion and enjoying winter in November, it's easy to see why. Quite simply, Finland must keep its icy shipping channels open during the winter to ensure its commercial survival. In the beginning of the 1990s, the company, in partnership with the Finnish Maritime Administration and ABB Industry of Finland, developed a new electrical propulsion system for icebreakers, the trade name of which is Azipod. The first vessels equipped with the new system, the 16,000 dwt tankers M/T Uikku and M/T Lunni owned by Fortum operated Nemarc Shipping…

Emissions Regulations Present Strategic Opportunity

© Igor Groshev / Adobe Stock

The marine industry as a whole is responsible for about 2.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Shipbuilders and fleet owners have spent the last two decades adjusting to shifting emissions regulations since the introduction of the MARPOL Convention 1997 Protocol, which included specific regulations for the reduction of air pollution from marine vessels. Since then, there have been additions and amendments to ensure that the industry is doing its bit to better support the environment, with the latest regulation pulling forward lower caps in global emissions.

Permanent Magnet Technology for Maritime Propulsion

The Switch  Medium Speed PMG.

Multipurpose vessels, especially those that operate primarily at part loads, have been facing pressure when it comes to making money in today’s business environment. Returning to times of big profit margins will not happen soon without finding a radically different approach. Using permanent magnet technology for electric propulsion systems is a bold and proven way to save ship owners money due to lower fuel costs, less maintenance and fewer failures. As cost pressures mount and environmental regulations become more stringent, the need for a novel and smarter approach is ever more apparent.

Ecoship Cruise Liner Design Completed

(Image: Oliver Design)

Ecoship, a revolutionary new cruise liner set to feature the latest innovations in renewable energy usage, has been designed by specialist naval design and architecture firm Oliver Design, working from Getxo, Spain. The design was commissioned by Peace Boat, a Japanese NGO nominated for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize and the promoter behind this ambitious project to design and build the high-range eco-friendly cruise ship. The Spanish firm has been working on the project since 2012 and has now completed the full architectural design of the ship…

The Impact of Lower Oil Price on LNG Vessels

Image: OPEC

Opec study on the impact of lower oil price assumptions on the penetration of LNG vessels has released. In light of the regulations on sulphur emissions issued by the IMO the prospect of using LNG as an alternative bunker fuel was explored. It was concluded that LNG had the potential to become an important marine bunker fuel in the long-term. This year the subject is re-considered in light of recent market and price developments, as well as the continuing uncertainty surrounding the implementation of new IMO regulations.

Africa Maritime Cooperation Centre Launched

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Africa has launched its maritime technology cooperation centre as part of an ambitious  International Maritime Organization (IMO)-EU project to establish a global network of centres to further global efforts in addressing climate change. The centres will act as regional focal points for a wide range of activities including improving compliance with existing and future international energy-efficiency regulations; promoting uptake of low-carbon technologies and operations in maritime transport…

Petrobras Contracts for Reservoir Monitoring

Halliburton’s Energy Services Group was awarded a contract to provide its EZ-Gauge monitoring system technology on projects for Petrobras in Brazil. “Petrobras selected the EZ-Gauge system technology because it provides a cost-effective, accurate pressure data collection system that is free of downhole electronics,” said Cidar Mansilla, operations manager, Latin America South, Halliburton. “The reliability and longevity of the system is significantly greater most other monitoring technologies.” The EZ-Gauge system is designed to reduce cost, improve reliability and improve longevity over conventional electronic systems, particularly in downhole environments exceeding 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

MARAD: Total Fuel Cycle Study for Natural Gas

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) released a study that evaluates total fuel cycle emissions for natural gas versus conventional marine fuels. Results showed that the use of natural gas as a propulsion fuel can reduce air quality pollutants and reduce major greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional fuels. According to MARAD, the information provided by this study is important to marine transportation stakeholders as they evaluate the use of natural gas as a viable alternative propulsion fuel for reducing air polluting emissions. This study was conducted through a cooperative partnership with the Maritime Administration…

Automated Mooring Systems Order for Cavotec

Cavotec wins order to supply 18 MoorMaster automated mooring units for a Mediterranean Sea port. MoorMaster is a vacuum-based automated mooring technology that eliminates the need for conventional mooring lines. Remote controlled vacuum pads recessed in, or mounted on, the quayside, moor and release vessels in seconds. Under the terms of the contract, Cavotec will engineer, manufacture, install and commission 18 MoorMaster MM200C units, which will be used on an exposed container berth on the Mediterranean Sea. By reducing mooring times to a matter of seconds, the MoorMaster units will deliver higher rates of productivity and utilisation that are not possible with conventional mooring methods.

Ballast-free LNG Carrier Concept Gets LR Approval

The maritime industry has taken a step closer toward ballast free shipping with the award of a new approval in principle (AiP) at Marintec China on Tuesday. GTT and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. Ltd (DSIC) received AiP from Lloyd’s Register (LR) for their ballast-free shipping solution, a 30,000m³ B-FREE liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier design, which the developers say could combine environmentally-friendly features, increased efficiency and lower build and operating costs. “While we are still in the initial stage of the project and the design is subject to ongoing change, the initial results are indicating that we will meet our goal of having a ballast-free ship that is equal to, or better than existing conventional designs,” said Ma Yingbin, Vice Chief Engineer, DSIC.

Alion $3.2m DoD Task Order

Alion Science and Technology was awarded a $3.2m task order to maximize the efficiency and accessibility of scientific and technical information (STI) used by the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Weapon Systems Technology Information Analysis Center (WSTIAC). Under the three-year contract, Alion, which operates WSTIAC for the DoD, will help improve the management and use of information related to conventional and directed energy weapons systems technology. The scope of the program includes design, development, testing, evaluation, operations and maintenance of current DoD and military systems. Alion’s efforts will also focus on eliminating duplicate reports and creating and maintaining inventories of relevant knowledge…

Marine Jet Technology Listed for Trading on the OTCBB

Marine Jet Technology Corp has been listed for trading on the OTCBB under the symbol MJET. The company develops and markets marine jet propulsion technology based on three issued patents and patent pending. The latest form of this technology is the Variable Marine Jet, which incorporates computer control of variable components of the pump, nozzle, and inlet. Management believes that this technology will compete strongly against propellers and conventional marine jets for propelling fast boats and fast ships of all types. The company’s initial market focus was recreational and small commercial watercraft. It has now shifted its market focus to fast military craft and to fast military ships, particularly the Littoral Combat Ship, which is currently in the design phase.

Sonar Synthetic Aparture IP Rights Secured by Kraken

Kraken Sonar Systems acquires all Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the AquaPix® Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) technology platform from Marport Deep Sea Technologies Inc. The SAS technology assets consist of all hardware and software intellectual property targeted to military and commercial applications. The transaction had an effective closing date of December 31, 2012. A number of different underwater activities rely on high quality seabed imaging. Offshore exploration, ocean science, seabed mapping and military missions are examples of applications with growing demands for improved seabed image resolution. Until recently, sidescan sonars and multibeam echo-sounders have been the leading technology for detailed mapping and imaging of the seafloor.

World's Longest Wind Turbine Blades Development Project

Offshore Wind Turbines: Image courtesy of Blade Dynamics

UK's Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) appoints Blade Dynamics to develop technologies for constructing ultra long-length wind turbine blades. Blade Dynamics will construct blades for the ETI of between 80 to 100 metres in length, incorporating carbon fibre rather than conventional fibre glass. This compares with blades now deployed offshore of between 60 to 75 metres in length. The intended end use for the blade technology is on the next generation of large offshore wind turbines currently under development with a capacity of 8 to10MW.

Nanovere Launches New Industrial Nanocoating

Advancements in nanotechnology currently offer organizations with cargo ships, fleet vehicles, trains and industrial equipment a long-term alternate to conventional paints. Nanovere Technologies introduces Nano-Clear for Industrial Applications, designed to dramatically improve corrosion resistance, abrasion resistance and prevent the underlying paint from UV degradation. According to the manufacturer, Nano-Clear is the only industrial coating in the marketplace to restore, enhance and preserve newly painted or highly oxidized paint surfaces by 10 years.

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