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28 May 2020

Wärtsilä Propulsion Selected for Molslinjen Fast Ferry

The new Molslinjen high-speed ferry is to be built at the Austal yard in the Philippines and will feature a combination of Wärtsilä propulsion solutions. (Image: Austal Ships Pty Ltd.)

Wärtsilä said it will provide the propulsion solutions for a new 115-meter high-speed ferry being built by Austal at the Australian shipbuilder’s yard in the Philippines for Danish operator Molslinjen.The newbuild will feature four Wärtsilä 31 engines, recognized by Guinness World Records as being the world’s most efficient four-stroke diesel engine, and four Wärtsilä WXJ1500SRI waterjets. Wärtsilä will also supply its ProTouch bridge controls system. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in May this year.“This combination of the Wärtsilä 31 engine and WXJ waterjets is unique for fast ferries…

28 May 2020

Lubrizol Joins Shipping’s Zero Emissions Ambition

(Photo: The Lubrizol Corporation)

The Lubrizol Corporation says it has become the first lubricant additive technology supplier to join an international coalition aiming to drive the development of commercially viable, zero-emissions deep-sea ships by 2030.A partnership between the Global Maritime Forum, the World Economic Forum and Friends of Ocean Action, the Getting to Zero Coalition is currently endorsed by 14 governments and is composed of more than 100 organizations, including ship owners, ports, technology…

29 May 2020

WinGD’s Dual-fuel 12X92DF Engine Gains BV Type Approval

WinGD’s dual-fuelled X92DF engine, the first in a series that will power nine ULCS for CMA CGM Group (Photo: WinGD)

The biggest and most powerful liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fueled engine ever built has received type approval from classification society Bureau Veritas (BV), Switzerland-based engine manufacturer Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) said on Wednesday.BV awarded the approval for WinGD’s dual-fueled 12X92DF engines, the first series of which is currently being built by China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) and will power nine ultra-large container ships (ULCS) -- the largest ever powered…

26 May 2020

Cox’s Diesel Outboard Enters Production

(Photo: Cox Powertrain)

UK-based engine manufacturer Cox Powertrain said its purpose-designed 300hp CXO300 diesel outboard engine has entered production following several years of development and testing.Production will commence in Cox Powertrain’s headquarters and assembly and test facilities in Shoreham, West Sussex UK. The assembly plant boasts a turnkey Production System developed by QM Systems Ltd, a maker of manufacturing and test systems across all industries. The production line's ‘no faults forward’ design removes the possibility of assembly error…

26 May 2020

BMT’s Pentamaran: Next-gen Hull for Autonomous Ops

Image: BMT

Designed to meet challenges of long range autonomous ops, the ‘Pentamaran’ design has been optimized to reduce fuel consumption and increase flexibilityBMT recently released details of its next generation ‘Pentamaran’ platform for autonomous applications, vessels that can be custom configured for military, patrol, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and hydrographic survey work.The Pentamaran has been designed to reduce drag as much…

26 May 2020

Eye on Design: A Titanium USS Enterprise (NCC-1701 that is)

Revenue Cutter Bear before WWI. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Dennis Bryant provided a link to a story about the USCG Cutter Bear in his March 18, 2020 newsletter. It is a great story about a great ship with a great Captain (Michael Healy) and a great crew. It shows that the right combination of ship and crew can perform miracles.This one ship, its Captain (and his wife who often shipped with him), and its crew did so many things so well that it has become the stuff of legends. I will not further discuss these adventures; some can be found in the article and the rest can be easily Googled.

25 May 2020

Wärtsilä Launches FuelFlex ICU Upgrading System

The Wärtsilä RT-flex96C, one of the engines for which the upgraded FuelFlex ICU is intended. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä launched its FuelFlex Injection Control Unit (ICU) upgrading solution available for retrofitting on vessels with Wärtsilä RT-flex96C-B and RT-flex84T-D two-stroke engines to meet the requirements of operating its RT-flex type two-stroke diesel engines with both residual and low-viscosity marine fuels. According to Wärtsilä, this is particularly relevant in view of the industry’s increasing use of low-sulphur-content fuels in order to be compliant with sulphur emission regulations.ICUs deliver a precisely controlled quantity of fuel into the cylinder at timed intervals…

21 May 2020

Detyens Wins $24 Mln Ship Repair Contract

File photo: Fleet replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201) (U.S. Army photo by Jacob Gleich)

Charleston, S.C. repair yard Detyens Shipyards has been awarded a $24,235,291 firm-fixed-price contract for a 120-calendar day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul dry-docking of the U.S. Navy oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201). Work is expected to be complete by October 2020.The contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the total contract value to $27,416,444. The Military Sealift Command is the contracting activity.Work will include main and emergency switchboard cleaning…

20 May 2020

Crew Training for a Future that Includes Autonomous Vessels

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As we continue to contemplate a future with ships transitioning to automated and autonomous operations, the need for new and innovated crew training will only increase. Our current and future ship crews will need to straddle both new and existing vessel operation technology. This will present challenges, but ones that the industry can address in a proactive manner.Traditionally, maritime skills have changed slowly and new technology was assimilated on the fly in many cases. The Merchant Marine was a place where you learned on the job.

20 May 2020

C&C Marine and Repair Adds Fabrication Space

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Belle Chasse, La. shipyard C&C Marine and Repair said it has grown its indoor fabrication space to accommodate an expanding pipeline of newbuild and repair projects.The shipyard announced Wednesday it has acquired from Versabar, Inc. a 35,000-square-foot fabrication building complete with four 40-ton overhead gantry cranes, equipped with 10-ton auxiliary cranes. C&C Marine and Repair took possession of the building from Versabar, following the expiration of a lease back provision in the 2018 Purchase Agreement.

19 May 2020

Fairbanks Morse to Power USCG's OPC Ingham

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Fairbanks Morse said it has been awarded a contract by Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) to build and deliver the main propulsion diesel engines (MPDE) for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) Ingham (WMSM-917).Ingham is the third OPC being constructed by ESG in Panama City, Fla. The 360-foot-long cutter will be powered by two FM | MAN 16V 28/33D STC diesel engines, each rated at 7,280 kW for 14,560 kW of total propulsion power. Fairbanks Morse said it will build the engines at its Beloit…

19 May 2020

Interview: John Waterhouse, EBDG - “Be Bold in Thinking but Cautious in Application”

“I think we need to be bold in our thinking, but cautious in our applications. It doesn’t cost that much money to play around with ideas; and that small investment could turn up some great benefits. But if you’re afraid to make that initial investigation, things will pass you by.”
John Waterhouse, Elliott Bay Design Group

John Waterhouse is a ubiquitous character in the U.S. maritime industry, a deep-thinker, a signature bow tie and more than three decades of naval architecture and marine engineering experience and success as co-owner of the Seattle-based Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG).While growing up, John Waterhouse spent some time in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and it was as a young boy standing on the shores of English Bay, watching ships come in from around the world to load and unload their cargos, when he realized that a maritime career could be his future.

19 May 2020

Schottel Propulsion for Aluminum Ferry Nairana

Nairana, the all-aluminium ferry (Photo: Schottel)

Nairana, a new all-aluminium ferry, is equipped with Schottel propulsion solutions.“The brief was to provide two unique, new vessels that are highly maneuverable to facilitate rapid turnaround times, have multiple engines for redundancy, and are economical," said Roger Janes, Sales and Marketing Manager of Australian shipbuilder Richardson Devine Marine. "Overall, they needed to be uncomplicated and reliable.The Incat Crowther-designed Nairana is constructed entirely from aluminium.

18 May 2020

Callan Marine’s New Dredge General MacArthur Enters Service

Callan Marine's new CSD General MacArthur (Photo: Dredging Contractors of America)

Callan Marine's new Jones Act cutterhead suction dredge (CSD) General MacArthur and its accompanying idler barge have entered service in Texas, heading to work on several projects before transiting to Corpus Christi for the second phase of the deepening and widening project.The newest and largest dredger in Callen Marine's fleet, the General MacArthur represents the next generation of dredging technology and crew comfort, said Maxie McGuire, President of Callan Marine.“The General MacArthur is a complete game-changer for the dredging industry,” McGuire said.

14 May 2020

Tax Quirk Sees Russia Buy Diesel From China and S.Korea

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Rare cargoes of diesel from China and South Korea have started to arrive in Russia due to a quirk in Russia's tax system which is making fuel shipments from abroad more profitable, data from traders and Refinitiv Eikon showed on Thursday.Because of a local tax scheme, Russian oil firms are due to make higher payments to the government despite a slump in oil prices due to excess supplies and the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.That means the companies have little incentive to cut domestic retail prices for gasoline and diesel.But with prices lower on the global market…

11 May 2020

United Wind Logistics' New Deck Carrier Delivered in China

Image Credit: United Wind Logistics

Germany's United Wind Logistics has taken delivery the MV BoldWind deck carrier which will be used to transport turbines for offshore wind farms.MV BoldWind, delivered by Jiangsu Zhenjiang shipyard in China, will start her maiden voyage towards Europe, where she will be employed in a long-term charter in the offshore wind industry.On her maiden voyage, the vessel will carry Vestas wind turbine blades from China to Norway for DSV Panalpina, the Hamburg-based vessel-owner said Friday.The vessel has a deadweight of 10.000 mtons…

11 May 2020

Harvey Gulf Secures PSV Extensions, Fuel Contract

(Photo: Harvey Gulf)

U.S. based offshore vessel owner Harvey Gulf International Marine announced Monday it has signed two 18-month contract extensions for two of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered platform supply vessels (PSV), Harvey Liberty and Harvey Freedom. The extensions will keep both vessels under charter well into 2022."Each vessel will produce EBDITA returns on a annual basis north of 50% to the company," Harvey CEO, Shane Guidry told Marine Link.Harvey also announced it signed a long term contract to supply diesel fuel to a super major for its new fuel dock in Port Fourchon…

11 May 2020

China Issues Second Batch Fuel Export Quotas

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China has issued 28 million tonnes of refined fuel export quotas in the second allotment for this year, little changed from the first batch of 27.99 million tonnes issued last December, according to four sources with knowledge of the matter.The quotas were released last week to five state oil companies, PetroChina, Sinopec, China National Offshore Oil Corp, Sinochem Group and China National Aviation Fuel Corp, the sources said.The new quotas, of mostly gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel…

08 May 2020

Sanmar Adds Tug in Izmit Bay

Bogacay 38 (Photo: Sanmar)

The first Advanced Variable Drive (AVDTM) tugboat with its unique application of hydro-mechanical hybrid propulsion in the marine segment, Bogacay XXXVIII provides towage services across a broad range of customers in Izmit Bay. Since her introduction into the Sanmar operated fleet on February 25, 2020, following its commissioning ceremony in at Sanmar’s Tuzla Shipyard, she has performed alongside her diesel mechanical sisters in the Izmit Bay fleet.A primary advantage of the CAT…

07 May 2020

Vendors Sought to Inform Electric Ferry Design

(Image: Glosten)

Skagit County Public Works and vessel designer Glosten say they are seeking technical information and cost estimates from vendors to inform design decisions related to the electrical system, the propulsion system, the shore side electrical system, and the automated charging plug of the all-electric ferry design to replace the 41-year-old M/V Guemes currently in operation on the U.S. West Coast.“This is relatively new propulsion technology – we need to make sure we get this right.

28 Apr 2020

RMK MARINE Delivers Tug Pair

(Photo: Robert Allan, Ltd.)

Istanbul-based shipbuilder RMK MARINE delivered two 70-metric-ton bollard pull towing vessels, T.DAMLA-8 and T.DAMLA-9, handed over to a local client on January 31, 2020 and March 27, 2020 respectively.The RAmparts 2500-SD vessels are based on Robert Allan Ltd.’s RAmparts 2500-W design, modified to suit the requirements of the owner including a significant reduction in draft and thus the “SD” suffix is used to identify this new shallower draft class of tug.Main propulsion consists of a pair of MTU 16V4000M63L diesel engines each rated 2…

28 Apr 2020

Pemex Trading Arm Mulls Canceling May-June Cargos

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The trading arm of Mexican state oil company Pemex is mulling options to slash the number of fuel cargoes the country imports in May and June as demand plummets because of the coronavirus, three sources close to the talks told Reuters.Pemex last week declared force majeure over fuel supplies from its trading arm PMI Comercio Internacional after a bottleneck of more than 60 vessels built up outside Mexican ports, waiting to discharge.But PMI still has not declared force majeure…

04 May 2020

Metal Shark Delivers Towboat to FMT

The new towbaot Stephanie Pasentine is the first buily by Metal Shark at its Alabama shipyard acquired from Horizon Shipbuilding in 2018. (Photo: Metal Shark)

Metal Shark announced Monday its Bayou La Batre, Ala. shipyard has delivered its first newbuild, a 120’ x 35’ river towboat for Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. (FMT) of Mandeville, La.The four-decked, welded-steel, USCG Subchapter “M”-compliant towboat Stephanie Pasentine, which bears the distinction of being Louisiana-based Metal Shark’s first-ever steel newbuild and also its first inland towboat, was designed by John W. Gilbert Associates, Inc.The vessel’s twin Cat 3512C marine diesel engines deliver 2…

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