Singapore's Ocean Tankers tests IMO-2020 Compliant Fuel
Off the coast of Singapore, the world's largest ship refuelling centre, a bunker barge sidled next to the supertanker Pu Tuo San to fill the giant vessel with a new type of fuel that will meet global standards that start up in January.With a little over five months left until stricter marine fuel rules come into effect, shippers such as Singapore's Ocean Tankers that own the very large crude carrier (VLCC) Pu Tuo San have started testing out lower sulphur fuel to prepare their…
MAN Energy Solutions Offers Decarbonization Incentives
“MAN Energy Solutions believes fully in its technology, to the extent that we pledge to subsidize the first 10 shipowners that convert their engines to LNG [liquefied natural gas] or a gas-derived fuel – up to a cumulative total of 2 million Euros – because I think someone has to stimulate the industry to think more holistically and long-term,” said the engine maker's chief sales officer and executive board member Wayne Jones OBE, at a recent conference in Athens.Jones was speaking at the 4th annual Naftemporiki Shipping Conference…
Shell Marine Discusses Engine Protection Beyond 2020
Marine lubricant choices to address International Maritime Organization (IMO) restrictions on the fuels used by ships from 2020 must be based on verifiable cylinder oil performance data and engine testing to cover all operating conditions, according to the new General Manager of Shell Marine, Joris Van Brussel.Based in Singapore, Joris has gained experience across Shell’s fuels, lubricants and renewables businesses worldwide, with roles in licensing, branding and retail activities…
Powered by China, Deutz Earnings Surge 37%
In its interim report for the first half of 2018, engine maker DEUTZ AG reports that in the first half new orders surged nearly 37 percent to €1.096 billion. Unit sales in the first half of 2018 came to 105,201, which included 6,345 electric motors sold under the Torqeedo brand. This was an increase of 32.2 per cent on the number of engines sold in the prior year period (H1 2017: unit sales of 75,599). Revenue amounted to €877.6 million, which was 19.5 percent higher than the €734.5 million generated in the first half of last year. DEUTZ also saw a further double-digit percentage increase in revenue in the second quarter of 2018, relative to both the first quarter of the current year and the second quarter of 2017.While the company saw orders and revenue surge…
Alfa Laval’s HCO Filter Approved by MAN Diesel & Turbo
The Alfa Laval Moatti 290 filter for hydraulic control oil (HCO) has been approved by MAN Diesel & Turbo on its modern two-stroke engines following validation tests aboard three Stena Bulk IMOIIMAX vessels.The Alfa Laval Moatti 290 filter is a high-performance solution suited to the new generation of MAN Diesel &Turbo two-stroke engines, in which hydraulic control systems have replaced traditional camshafts. The valves of these systems are actuated by a small flow of lube oil, which must be very finely filtered without creating additional pressure drop.
Rolls-Royce Shares Jump as Commercial Marine Unit Sale Mulled
Britain's Rolls-Royce said on Wednesday it was considering the sale of its commercial marine business, which has been hit by weak demand in offshore oil and gas markets, as part of a restructuring of the company into three core units. Shares in the company jumped after it said the loss-making unit could be sold. They were trading up 7.2 percent at 1330 GMT. The announcement came as part of a restructuring of the aero-engine maker into civil aerospace, defence and power systems units, with naval marine and nuclear submarines consolidated into defence and civil nuclear into power systems.
Wessels Reederei Takes the Lead on LNG Conversions
The move toward LNG as fuel is gaining momentum quickly, driven not only by newbuild installations but now by companies signing on to convert existing ships to the environmentally friendly solution. Germany's Wessels Reederei -- which was the first company in the world to convert a containership to LNG fuel, signed a letter of intent with MAN Diesel & Turbo regarding the conversion of three of its fleet to dual-fuel gas operation. The three ships are sisters to the Wes Amelie…
MAN Introduces the 'Game Changer'
What would Rudolf Diesel say if he could see and compare his engine versus todays’ newest diesel engine development from MAN Diesel & Turbo? As the Augsburg based engine maker claims, “A cylinder output of 1,300 kW this engine puts us to the top.” The largest version of the new engines is a 20-cylinder unit (20V45/60) comes with a limit-pushing power output of 26 MW. The new MAN 45/60CR range is a striking combination of top performance, operational flexibility and reliability.
Brunswick Acquires Lankhorst Taselaar
Brunswick Corporation said it has completed its acquisition of Lankhorst Taselaar, a marine parts and accessories distribution company based in the Netherlands and Germany. Lankhorst Taselaar will be integrated into Mercury Marine to augment the engine maker’s P&A business in Europe. “Lankhorst Taselaar bolsters and solidifies the distribution arm of our marine P&A business in Europe,” said Brunswick Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Schwabero. “As we have done in recent years with BLA in Australia and Payne’s Marine in Canada, Lankhorst Taselaar expands our reach and customer responsiveness in the global marine marketplace and offers us a larger footprint upon which to build in Europe.
BOS Rolls Out New Engine Performance Software
Blue Ocean Solutions (BOS) has introduced new Engine Performance Software designed to provide ship operators with a holistic insight into the operating condition and efficiency of the ship’s engine. The software verifies the fuel savings gained from BOS’ Emulsified Fuel System (EFS), and will be delivered as an add-on to the EFS at no additional cost. The software also evaluates the engine condition against factory test data and establishes current trending profile (patent pending) for preventive maintenance, restoring fuel efficiency and reducing emissions. “We are dedicated to improve continuously and add value to our customers through innovations. We are also planning to provide a fleet optimization suite to achieve profit maximization.
Shell's Integrated Lubrication Solutions for World's Largest Box Ship
Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has appointed Shell Marine to provide its integrated marine solutions, which include lubricants and services for OOCL Hong Kong. OOCL Hong Kong, currently plying routes between Asia and Europe, is the latest vessel to claim the title of ‘world’s largest containership’, with a capacity of 21,413 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), measuring 400m in length and 59m in width. The ship is equipped with MAN Diesel & Turbo’s (MDT) G-type engines that represent the latest in two-stroke engine technology.
Alfa Laval: New Test Facilities, New Technologies
Heat transfer, separation and fluid handling technology specialist, Alfa Laval, has expanded its Test & Training Center in Aalborg, Denmark with a new gas testing facility. At the same time it continues developing new technologies in the areas of ballast water treatment, sulfur oxide emission control, touchscreen boiler control, fuel efficiency automation for inert-gas systems and methanol booster systems. Alfa Laval, a global provider of specialized products and engineering solutions based on the key technologies of heat transfer…
Rolls-Royce CEO Says Not Happy with Pace of Change
The boss of Rolls-Royce wants to speed up change at the British engine maker, which is battling to recover from a string of profit warnings, saying more needed to be done to increase the group's resilience in the face of uncertain conditions. The British company, which makes engines for fighter jets, commercial aircraft, ships and nuclear submarines, is one year into a programme to cut costs and simplify operations after a slowdown in several markets hit profits. Chief Executive Warren East said cost savings would be towards the top of his target range, but he was not complacent.
Wartsila Projects 2016 Profit Growth
Finnish industrial engine maker Wartsila reported higher quarterly earnings on Wednesday and forecast improved margins this year, hoping growth in services would offset sluggish demand for ship technology. The company said it expected 2016 sales to be at worst unchanged to five percent higher and that adjusted operating margins would be in the range of 12.5-13.0 percent, up from a margin of 12.2 percent in 2015. Chief Executive Jaakko Eskola said while low crude prices continued to curb demand for new offshore drilling vessels the outlook was brighter for the company's services and power plant businesses. "On the power plant side, we are seeing good activity in the United States, Mexico and Africa," Eskola, who became CEO in November, told Reuters.
Doosan Deliver First MAN DF Engine for TOTE Containership
MAN Diesel & Turbo inform that licensee Doosan Engine has confirmed delivery of the world’s first dual-fuel, low-speed ME-GI engine to the American National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) shipyard in San Diego, USA. The new engine is capable of operation on LNG and/or bunker C oil and will power the first of two 3,100-teu container ships ordered by TOTE, the American marine transportation company. According to MAN Diesel & Turbo the Korean engine maker originally won the order to build the ME-GI engines in 2013…
Powering Ahead Cleanly
MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Thomas S. When TOTE Inc. ordered the world’s first LNG-powered containerships (which were honored last month in Oslo, winning the DNV-sponsored “Next Generation Ship Award”), industry excitement was palpable. For MAN Diesel & Turbo it served as a definitive launch point for its ME-GI Dual Fuel engine, which was soon followed with an order from Teekay LNG Partners to power a pair of LNG Carriers. MR had the opportunity to sit with Thomas S. Knudsen, SVP, Head of Marine Low Speed and CEO of Denmark…
TOTE Ship Receives Powerplant
When TOTE announced plans to build the world’s largest LNG powered containerships, it stood to reason that along the way many milestones would fall. The most recent came when Doosan Engine delivered the world’s first dual-fuel, low-speed ME-GI engine to NASSCO in San Diego. The engine is built to operate on LNG and/or bunker C oil and will power the first of two 3,100-teu container ships ordered by TOTE. The Korean engine maker originally won the order to build the ME-GI engines in 2013.
Doosan Delivers a ‘World’s First’ to NASSCO
Doosan Engine has confirmed delivery of the world’s first dual-fuel, low-speed ME-GI engine to the American National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) shipyard in San Diego, USA. The new engine is capable of operation on LNG and/or bunker C oil and will power the first of two 3,100-teu container ships ordered by TOTE, the American marine transportation company. The Korean engine maker originally won the order to build the ME-GI engines in 2013, since which time the first ME-GI unit has successfully passed through design, manufacture, and test-run stages.
Cleaner Exhaust with BOS Technology
Answering to a stronger drive in the maritime industry to reduce polluting and harmful soot, Blue Ocean Solutions’ (BOS) Emulsified Fuel System (EFS) cleans exhaust and reduces PM emissions. According to BOS, is a Singapore-headquartered subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine, its system reduces NOx emissions due to cooler combustion as well as cleaner exhaust and reduced PM emissions. The better combustion and presence of steam reduces and softens the soot, resulting in cleaner exhaust. This is evident visibly in the emission from the funnel.
Ship Emissions: Chevron Lube Gains Key Approval
A new Chevron Marine Lubricants 100 BN cylinder oil, which is designed to offer ship owners the ability to achieve the latest emissions legislation, has received full sign off from a key engine maker. Chevron Marine Products LLC launched its Taro Special HT 100 lubricant earlier this year. MAN Diesel & Turbo (MDT) has upgraded its interim approval for this product to a full ‘no objection letter’ following extensive sea trials. The trials were successfully conducted on a VLCC equipped with the latest generation MAN G-engine Mk 9.2 and took place in early 2014 under conditions prescribed by MAN.
Denet Towing Repower Saves 20% in Fuel
Jerrold Denet, owner of Denet Towing in Boothville, La., is as straight forward as they come. When asked why he started his towing company in 1982, the response was incredulous: “Why did I start it? When asked why he repowered his M/V Ocean Pride from a 12-cylinder V with a pair of six-cylinder in—line Scania DI-13 continuous duty engines with 450hp @ 1800 rpm through Twin Disc MGX 516 marine gears, the answer was similarly blunt: “This is where my money is best spent,” said Denet. “We are producing more power and burning less fuel.
Marine Diesel Engine Crankshaft Annealing GL Approved
Dubai-based Goltens Worldwide secures Germanischer Lloyd approval for In-situ crankshaft annealing for medium speed 4-stroke diesel engines. This certification follows a formal review by Germanischer Lloyd of the crankshaft annealing process and related governing documents and procedures. The approved procedure is designed to reduce excessive hardness in damaged crankshaft journals through annealing (heat treatment) of the crankshaft with a minimum amount of material removal.
TOTE Goes Gas
Last month U.S. ship owner Tote Inc. shocked the maritime community in ordering the world’s first LNG-powered containerships; in one fell swoop energizing the U.S. shipbuilding sector. On the occasion of this historic contract, top executives from TOTE, NASSCO and MAN spoke to Maritime Reporter & Engineering News to weigh in on the deal’s significance. In recent decades, particularly in the large commercial ship niche, it is fair to say that the U.S. has not been a world force.