Electrical Systems News

12 Dec 2019

Two 'Combi Freighter' Contracts for Alewijnse

Photo courtesy of Alewijnse Marine

Alewijnse Marine has won the contract for the electrical fit-out of two additional Damen Combi Freighter 3850s currently in build at Damen Yichang Shipyard for delivery in January 2020.The contract is based around the design, build and delivery of the main and emergency switchboards that form the core of the vessels’ electrical systems including those for alarm monitoring, fire alarms and public address. Alewijnse personnel will also oversee the installation and commissioning of the systems undertaken by the yard’s technicians.Damen’s Combi-Freighter range is comprised of eco-friendly…

09 Dec 2019

Alewijnse Tapped for AMELS 60 Superyacht

Photo: Alewijnse Marine

AMELS contracted Alewijnse Marine to perform the complete electrical systems installation on the first two vessels of its new range of Limited Edition AMELS 60 superyachts.The 60-meter long AMELS combines innovative naval architecture with hybrid propulsion technology.Alewijnse will deliver a total package of electrical installation and systems integration, encompassing an Integrated Bridge System, Audio-Video systems and IT network as well as the hybrid propulsion system.The electrical engineering phase is underway for the first AMELS 60.

14 Nov 2019

USCG PSC Equals meaningful Polar Presence

An emperor penguin poses for a photo in front of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star in McMurdo Sound near Antarctica on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. The crew of the Seattle-based Polar Star is on its way to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2018, the U.S. military’s contribution to the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen.

The Coast Guard needs a ship that can do more than just break ice; it needs a multi-mission ship to provide for the nation’s security, asserting its sovereign rights, and protecting its long-term economic interests. That ship is the Polar Security Cutter.Since Russia cashed the check in 1867 for the purchase of Alaska the U.S. has been an Arctic nation. Today, it is one of eight countries that have territorial land or seas above the Arctic Circle or in the polar region (six of those countries have Arctic Ocean coastline or an exclusive economic zone above the Arctic Circle). The U.S.

06 Nov 2019

Maersk Tests Containerized Battery System

Pic: Maersk

Danish shipping giant Maersk will install a containerized 600 kWh marine battery system on board the 4,500 TEU Maersk Cape Town in December 2019 to improve vessel performance and reliability while reducing CO2 emissions.“This trial will provide a greater understanding of energy storage that will support Maersk in moving towards further electrification of its fleet and port terminals. Maersk will continue to facilitate, test, and develop low-carbon solutions on our journey to become carbon neutral by 2050…

29 Oct 2019

USS John S. McCain Repairs Completed

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) (U.S. Navy photo)

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) completed her necessary repairs and extensive, accelerated upgrades over the last two years, following a fatal 2017 collision.The ship and her crew, now underway to conduct comprehensive at sea testing, will perform a series of demonstrations to evaluate onboard systems to ensure they meet or exceed Navy performance specifications. Among the systems that will be tested are navigation, damage control, mechanical and electrical systems…

29 Oct 2019

Ship Design: Evolving for Efficiency, Compliance

Alternate fuels such as liquid hydrogen are already well-served by existing supply chains. Credit: Glosten

The evolution of marine design is increasingly influenced by three drivers: New three-dimensional design tools, the increasing complexity of power systems, and new access to high-latitude shipping routes. While new digital design tools are a natural progression of the current Information Age, new propulsion energy requirements and Polar shipping routes are reactions to the legacy of the ebbing Industrial Age. Three-Dimensional Design WorkflowsA young naval architect recently stated…

14 Oct 2019

Deltamarin Provides RMC With Design Services

Tallink shuttle ferry - credit Rauma Marine Constructions. Image: Deltamarin

Deltamarin, which provides ship design, offshore engineering and construction support for the marine and offshore industries worldwide, is strengthening its position as a trusted designer of ro-pax vessels with the latest contract signed with Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC).The contract covers basic and detail design services for Tallink’s new LNG-powered shuttle ferry set to operate between Helsinki in Finland and Tallinn in Estonia.Deltamarin’s commission covers basic and detail design services for the hull, machinery and electrical systems.

14 Oct 2019

OOS Walcheren Starts its Engines

Image: OOS Walcheren

Netherlands-based OOS International has revved up the engines on its newbuild semi-submersible heavy lift crane accommodation vessel OOS Walcheren for the first time.The OOS Walcheren is currently under construction at China Merchants Heavy Industries (Jiangsu) Shipyard, said a press note from the Dutch offshore company .The OOS Walcheren is the sister vessel of the OOS Serooskerke, which is presently undergoing the final stages of commissioning before heading out for sea trials.

11 Oct 2019

Atlantic Offshore Orders Hybrid Package for OSV Pair

Ocean Art (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Technology group Wärtsilä said it will engineer, supply and install complete battery hybrid packages to two offshore supply vessels (OSV) owned by Norwegian-based operator Atlantic Offshore. The 746 kWh battery hybrid systems will be installed on the Ocean Star and Ocean Art at the Fitjar shipyard in Norway. The project is sceduled to be completed in early 2020.The hybrid propulsion conversions will unlock improved fuel consumption and a reduced environmental impact, said Wärtsilä, who booked the order in June 2019.

10 Oct 2019

Ocean Yield Buys Ethylene Gas Carrier

Image: Ocean Yield ASA

Norwegian shipowner Ocean Yield ASA has agreed to acquire Navigator Aurora, a 37,300 cbm ethylene gas carrier owned by Navigator Gas.According to agreement, the ship will be purchased for a total consideration of USD 69.75 million net of a seller’s credit, with a 13-year bareboat charter to a company 100% owned and guaranteed by Navigator Holdings - Navigator Gas.The vessel is expected to be delivered to the Company during October 2019. Navigator Gas has certain options to acquire the vessel during the charter period.

02 Oct 2019

Wärtsilä Hybrid for Offshore Vessel

A W√§rtsil√§ hybrid upgrade will enable Eidesvik‚Äôs ‚ÄėViking Neptun‚Äô to become more environmentally sustainable and fuel efficient. Copyright: Eidesvik.

Wärtsilä won the deal to engineer, supply, and commission a hybrid propulsion system for an offshore sector vessel for Norway's Eidesvik.Wärtsilä willcarry out the upgrade project on ‚ÄėViking Neptun‚Äô, a construction vessel, and this order follows two similar hybrid upgrade contracts awarded to Wärtsilä in recent months.The 15,900 DWT ‚ÄėViking Neptun‚Äô was built in 2015. It is fitted with Wärtsilä engines and Wärtsila‚Äôs Low Loss Concept (LLC) electrical systems. By choosing Wärtsilä‚Äôs battery hybrid solution‚Ķ

09 Sep 2019

Corvus Opens Second Battery Factory in Norway

Left to right: Gisle Frydenlund, EVP & Project Director of Corvus Energy, Monica M√¶land, Norwegian Minister of Local Government and Modernization, and Geir Bj√łrkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy, cut the ribbon to officially open the new Corvus automated battery factory in Bergen, Norway. Photo: Corvus Energy

Corvus Energy, the Norwegian-Canadian designer and manufacturer of energy storage solutions for marine propulsion and electrical systems opens  a new automated battery factory in Bergen, Norway to meet demand.‚ÄúThere is an electric revolution going on in the maritime sector, and we want to deliver the best solutions in the industry,‚ÄĚ said Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy.‚ÄúThe Corvus team in Vancouver developed the groundbreaking battery solution that accelerated adoption of zero-emission and hybrid marine propulsion systems, particularly in Norway.

22 Jul 2019

SGRE Bags Largest U.S. OWP Order

6-MW Siemens Gamesa wind turbine. The same model will be installed at Coastal Virginia. (Photo: Business Wire)

The Spanish wind energy giant Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has received an order for 1,714 MW from Orsted and Eversource.Encompassing three offshore wind power projects, the signed conditional contract is the largest U.S. offshore wind power (OWP) order to date, it said in a press release.According to SGRE, the order encompasses the supply, delivery, and installation of SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbines including service agreements in federal waters off the northeastern coast of the U.S.

26 Jun 2019

New Profile for The Shipbuilding Sector in Liguria

Pursuant to the agreement signed last year between Fincantieri, the Liguria Region and the trade unions Cgil, Cisl and Uil, aimed at carrying out a series of initiatives to encourage job placement processes, the offer of the courses of the technical institutes of higher education for next autumn is to be extended.In fact, a new educational pathway meeting the employment needs of the shipbuilding sector will start in Liguria at the Accademia della Marina Mercantile (the Merchant Navy Academy). The Regional Council, following the proposal of the Councilor Cavo, has approved the scheduling of the post-high school diploma specialization course ‚ÄúForeman for production and maintenance of ships and/or related infrastructures‚Ä̂Ķ

16 Jun 2019

Offshore Wind ‚Äď A Brief History

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Happy 80th birthday Maritime Reporter & Engineering News! Eighty years is a significant publishing and business accomplishment!Birthdays always cause a look back. An 80-year review starts in 1939, the close of one very challenging decade, the start of events still reverberating today. History’s most important history is contained in the last 80 years.Energy dominated every one of those decades. Consider energy use, say, starting after World War II, from 1950 to 1975. There was power for everything…

06 Jun 2019

DNV GL, New Dayang Shipbuilding Agree on JDP

Photo: DNV GL

As part of the strategic cooperation agreement signed between SUMEC Marine Company Ltd. and DNV GL last year, SUMEC’s New Dayang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and DNV GL have agreed on a Joint Development Project (JDP) to update the Crown 63.5k Bulk Carrier design. The agreement was signed at the Nor-Shipping trade fair in Oslo.The JDP will include the application of the new harmonized common structural rules (HCSR) to the design, as well as a focus on improving the energy efficiency of the design, particularly in the ship board machinery and electrical systems.

05 Jun 2019

DNV GL, SUMEC Sign JDP for Bulker Design

Mr Xu Bin, General Manager of New Dayang Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (left), and Norbert Kray, DNV GL’s Regional Manager Greater China. In the back: Mr Xu Gang, General Manager of SUMEC Marine Co., Ltd. (right), and Mr Li Guohua, Technical Manager of SUMEC Marine Co., Ltd. Photo: DNV GL

New Dayang Shipbuilding, a unit of China's SUMEC Marine Company Ltd and the international accredited registrar and classification society DNV GL have agreed on a Joint Development Project (JDP) to update the Crown 63.5k Bulk Carrier design.The agreement, as part of the strategic cooperation agreement signed between SUMEC Marine Company  and DNV GL last year, was signed at the Nor-Shipping trade fair in Oslo.The JDP will include the application of the new harmonized common structural rules (HCSR) to the design‚Ķ

29 Apr 2019

Alaska Ranger: ‚ÄúShipwrecked in Alaska‚ÄĚ

(Image: Discovery Canada)

On the night of March 23, 2008, most of the crew sleeps while fishing vessel Alaska Ranger makes her way to the rich fishing grounds off the coast of Alaska. As the Engineer makes his nightly rounds, he discovers a serious flood in the rudder room. He raises the alarm and the captain issues a Mayday call. But before the crew can investigate the source of the leak, the rising water reaches their electrical systems and the ship loses power. With the ship listing and in danger of sinking, the captain orders the crew to abandon ship.

26 Apr 2019

Maritime Autonomy: The Reality

Real world support on the bridge of one of the world’s most advanced cable layers still requires the personal touch from time to time.  ABB Marine Service is able to tap into remote data in order to prepare accurately in terms of appropriate skill sets needed onboard as well anticipating necessary parts & tools. Photo: ABB

While merriam-webster.com is succinct in its definition of ‚Äėautonomous‚Äô, ask 10 people in the maritime sector what ‚Äėautonomous‚Äô vessel means to them and the responses vary widely. Achieving autonomous, unmanned operations is not high, today, on the agenda of many (if any) shipowners. What does command their attention? Building ships that are increasingly ‚Äėsmart,‚Äô with integrated, connected systems that take on additional decision-making processes while helping to reduce crew size (and cost)‚Ķ

18 Apr 2019

Design: RNLI’s Shannon Class Lifeboat

The RNLI has also introduced a new launch and recovery tractor, designed in conjunction with high-mobility-vehicles specialist Supacat Ltd, specifically for use with the Shannon. It acts as a mobile slipway.  Pictured is the Hoylake, UK Shannon class lifeboat being recovered from the sea. (Photo: RNLI/Dave James)

The latest lifeboat to join the fleet of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the main sea rescue service in the UK and Ireland, is the waterjet-propelled Shannon class, which the organization says is its most agile and maneuverable all-weather lifeboat yet to be deployed. Designed entirely in-house by RNLI engineers, cutting-edge technology has been used in this new boat to meet modern-day rescue service demands following the lead taken with the RNLI’s introduction of the Shannon’s sister lifeboat class…

09 Apr 2019

Jensen Designs Tugs for Moran Towing

Image: Crowley Maritime Corp

Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm Jensen Maritime Consultants (JMC) has been awarded the contract to design ship assist and escort tugboats for Moran Towing, a tug-and-barge operator on the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts.The new boats will be the latest in a series of seven Jensen-designed tugboats for Moran over the past decade, said a press release from JMC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Crowley Maritime Corporation.New features on the tugboats include upgrades to meet the latest ABS regulations and U.S. Coast Guard subchapter M regulations, as well as meeting U.S.

01 Mar 2019

Fire Breaks out on USCG's Polar Star

Image Courtesy US Coast Guard

It seems the U.S. cannot do enough to fast-track the construction of its new icebreaking fleet, as the USCG announce last night that the 150-member crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star fought a fire at approximately 9 p.m. PST Feb. 10 that broke out in the ship's incinerator room about 650 miles north of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica.After initial response efforts using four fire extinguishers failed, fire crews spent almost two hours extinguishing the fire. Fire damage was contained inside the incinerator housing…

04 Feb 2019

MIW to Build Special Purpose Tour Boat

Photo: MIW

Moran Iron Works, Inc. (MIW) signed a contract with Pictured Rocks Kayaking (PRK) to build a specialized passenger tour vessel. Together, and in conjunction with DLBA (a division of Gibbs & Cox, Inc.), they are creating a special purpose tour boat that is first of its kind in the Great Lakes region.The 64’ by 19’ vessel will be constructed out of aluminum at Moran Iron Works’ headquarters in Onaway, Michigan. The purpose of this particular unnamed vessel is to escort 72 passengers and 36 kayaks around Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore for guided kayak tours.

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