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Thursday, January 18, 2018

High Speed News

Annand Named Chairman of PVA Subcommittee

Hornblower Marine Services (HMS) is pleased to announce that William Bill Annand, its Director of Marine Operations for Hawaii Superferry, has been appointed Chairman of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) High-Speed Subcommittee. Members of the PVA’s High-Speed Subcommittee include operators, designers, builders, equipment suppliers and regulators of high-speed craft. As Director of Marine Operations for Hawaii Superferry, Annand presides over the Alakai, the world’s most celebrated high-speed vessel, providing long-awaited passenger ferry service between Honolulu, O’ahu and Maui. Because the vessel has been controversial, Annand is intimately familiar with hot-button issues of concern to the High-Speed side of the passenger vessel industry and its association.

MAN Diesel to Feature High-Speed Engines

Photo courtesy MAN Diesel Group

MAN Nutzfahrzeuge will transfer part of its business involving high-speed engines to the group’s sister company, MAN Diesel. With effect from 1 January 2010, these activities will be integrated into MAN Diesel to form a Business Unit High Speed. The new Business Unit will offer diesel and gas engines in a performance range from 70 to 1,400 kW used in yachts, smaller working ships, locomotives and in decentralised energy supplies, for instance as emergency gensets. The MAN Diesel High Speed Business Unit will be based at the Nuremberg site…

MSI to Present Paper for High-Speed Ferry Operators

Dr. Eugene Guest, director of MarineSafety International, will present a technical paper contrasting approaches to crew training for aircraft and rapidly evolving maritime high-speed craft (HSC) at the Fast Ferry International Conference and Exhibition to be held in Boston, February 16-18. Dr. Guest, an experienced merchant marine officer and former professor at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, states in his paper "high-speed ferries and airplanes are conceptually similar vehicles. Although they travel on the water instead of through the air, high-speed craft resemble passenger aircraft considering their light construction, power-to-weight ratios and operating procedures.

Swift Comes to Aid in Disaster Area

The following message was received at Incat today from the Commanding Officer of US Navy Vessel SWIFT, the shallow draft High Speed Catamaran built by Incat in Tasmania: "SWIFT is once again involved with disaster relief efforts, but this time here in the US. We are currently serving as a high speed connector and have provided the local Commander with high speed lift between Ingleside, Texas and the Mississippi Delta. We are now engaged in shuttling cargo from Pensacola, Florida to the large supply ships (they cannot access the port) for distro to the rest of the naval task force in the area."

MCA Researches High-Speed Craft

The U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has assumed a series of projects researching aspects of the stability of craft certificated under the IMO Code of Safety for High-Speed Craft (2000). Following recommendations by the High Speed Craft Advisory Group (an MCA consultative committee), proposals were submitted to the Research Board in 2002, and contracts have been awarded during the first few months of 2003. Project 501 is investigating the mechanics of raking damage of high-speed craft, taking into account hull material and scantlings, and the vessel’s displacement and speed. The objective is to determine scientifically the extent of damage that should be considered on such craft if a level of safety equivalent to conventional merchant shipping is to be attained.

Indian Coast Guard Pushes for Boat Deal

The Indian Coast Guard is in the process of acquiring a fleet of modern, high-speed boats to patrol sensitive stretches of the coastline. A proposal to purchase 15 boats is expected to come up for approval on Thursday. The proposal is part of the government's ambitious Coastal Security Plan, which envisages a multi-pronged approach by the Coast Guard, Navy and security agencies in the form of marine police stations, outposts and checkposts with high speed boats for more effective patrolling. Sources said the process for getting these high-speed boats with speeds upto 25 knots is likely to take at least six months and the Coast Guard is likely to begin inducting these vessels into their fleet towards the end of this year.

Yanmar Launches Commercial High-Speed Engines

Yanmar high-speed diesel engine

Yanmar America Corporation of Adairsville, Georgia, has introduced a range of propulsion and auxiliary power High-Speed Commercial Workboat diesel engines. Offered in models from 350 to 1,800 hp (257 to 1340 kW), these powerplants open new commercial business opportunities throughout North and South America. Yanmar already dominates the commercial marine diesel engine sector in Japan and other Asian markets. The Yanmar high-speed diesel engines deliver the same renowned reliability, durability and efficiency for which Yanmar is known.

MAN B&W to Present New Engine Developments at SMM

The MAN B&W Diesel Group presents two new engine developments as well as the next turbocharger generation at the SMM trade fair (Vessel Marine Ocean Engineering) held in Hamburg, Hall 6, Stand 6001, from September 24 to 28. On an exhibition space of 350 square metres, the international business group proves its right to technology leadership with the title “Prime Movers“. The central exhibits at the stand are a huge piston of the K98MC two-stroke engine – the largest engine worldwide, and a product of the completely new developed TCA exhaust gas turbocharger series. - V 48/60B: The further development of the successful 48/60 engine is, in particular, suited for application in cruise vessels, ferries and large multi-purpose freighters.

Vericor Gas Turbines Will Power High-Speed Yacht

Three Vericor Power Systems’ TF™50 marine aeroderivative gas turbines have been selected to power the 118 Wallypower high-speed yacht being built by Intermarine Shipyard, Sarzana, Italy for Wally Yacht. This is Wally Yacht’s first foray into high-speed power yachts, and the company’s initial application of gas turbines. yachts. The 118-ft. yacht will feature three TF50 gas turbines in a Combined Diesel Or Gas (CODOG) turbine configuration. Two TF50s will be used as side or “wing” engines, with one small auxiliary diesel engine connected to each wing engine. The diesels will provide for very slow maneuvering only. drive a fixed waterjet. Total propulsion system output will be 16,800 horsepower/ 12,533 kilowatts. Cruising speed will be 60 knots, with a maximum speed of 70 knots.

Head of Navy Strategic Mobility to Headline IMPACT 2006

The U.S. Navy¡¦s highest-ranking civilian and head of the Strategic Mobility and Combat Logistics Division will highlight a day devoted to the latest maritime innovations on the RMS Queen Mary on November 16 in Long Beach, California. Keynote speaker Jonathan Kaskin will discuss the Navy¡¦s technology needs for high-speed sealift at IMPACT 2006, a conference presented by the Center for the Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technologies (CCDoTT) and the Office of Naval Research. Ć’nCCDoTT will announce the fruits of ten years of advanced research focused on high-speed sealift, a complex multi-technology project combining the Department of Defense needs for delivering both troops and materiel to farflung destinations at ever-faster speeds.

Rolls-Royce to Power Zhuhai Ferries

Photo courtesy of Zhuhai

Rolls-Royce has been selected to supply waterjets and high speed MTU diesel engines to power two new aluminium catamaran fast ferries for Chinese ferry operator Zhuhai High-Speed Passenger Ferry Co Ltd. The ferries will be some of the first to feature the highly efficient Rolls-Royce Steel S71-4 waterjets signifying the company’s growing presence in the marine market of South China. Richard Wang, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President – Commercial Marine, said, “These waterjets are developed specifically to meet the reduced speed requirements of many high-speed ferry operators.

Austal, MTU: Power on Display in NYC

On April 6 Austal Ships and MTU introduced what it calls the world’s most powerful diesel-powered high-speed catamaran, Spirit of Ontario, in New York. The 284-ft. vessel -- powered by four MTU 20 V 8000 diesel enginesallowing for a loaded speed of 45.7 knots (52 mph/84 kph) – can carry 774 passengers and up to 238 cars or 10 full size trucks. It will be deployed by Canadian American Transportation System between Rochester, NY, and Toronto, ON. According to a survey conducted by the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge…

Migeotte Joins Art Anderson Associates

Art Anderson Associates announced the addition of naval architect Dr. Günther Migeotte to its marine division. Dr. Migeotte, a world leader in the design and testing of hydrofoil supported catamarans, joined the firm from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, where he was responsible for all commercial and research projects related to naval architecture carried out at the University including the design and model testing of the original “Hysucat” and the improved “Hysuwac” version of the high-speed, hydrofoil assisted catamaran. At the University, Dr. Migeotte was responsible for towing tank testing of high speed craft, CFD and theoretical calculations for resistance and powering of high speed craft…

Military Uses for High-Speed Vessels

By Lara B. Mathews and Karim K. High-speed aluminum vessels are well-recognized and established as providing excellent service in a number of capacities by both private and public operators. These uses include leisure travel and tours and mass transportation of passengers and vehicles. In recent years, the U.S. military has joined the ranks of high-speed vessel users by introducing U.S.-built aluminum twin-hull high-speed vessels for use as Theater Support Vessels (TSVs) and for training exercises. Despite a somewhat uncertain funding climate for these types of vessels in the military, they have performed exceptionally well with demonstrated benefits. The U.S.

FAST 2011: Focuses on Future of Fast Sea Transportation

Naval Architects and marine engineers from around the world gathered in Honolulu in September for the 11th International Conference on Fast Sea Transportation (FAST 2011). The four-day biannual symposium promoted world-wide cooperation among scientists and engineers involved with all aspects of the high-speed maritime industry. FAST 2011 was the Fast Foundation’s 20th anniversary. Kjell Holden of the Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology and FAST International Standing Committee…

BV Backs High-Speed Craft Safety Design Tool

Bureau Veritas (BV) has backed a new tool designed to enhance the safety and cost-effectiveness of high-speed craft. Dubbed the Safety at Speed (S@S) tool, the product was developed by a consortium of 15 companies backed by EU research funding. "This S@S design tool will help designers, class societies, yards and government authorities to evaluate high-speed craft at an early design stage, improving safety and cost-effectiveness," said Pierre Besse, research director of Bureau Veritas. The intent is to extend and customize the product for other ship types. The aims of the EU-funded S@S project were to develop new design tools and methodologies that would raise the profile of safety issues at the very beginning of the design process.

General Dynamics to Support Development Underwater Express

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $5.7 million contract to support development of the Underwater Express, an undersea transport capable of controllable speeds up to 100 knots through supercavitation. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. This Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-funded effort will help determine the feasibility of supercavitation technology to enable a new class of high-speed underwater craft for future littoral missions that could involve the transport of high-value cargo and/or small units of personnel. Supercavitation involves surrounding an object with a bubble that allows it to travel at high speed.

International Recognition for Fast Displacement Hull Form

Galactica Star

Galactica Star, the first vessel to feature the Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF), has won the award for the best high-speed yacht over 45 meters in length at the World Super Yacht Awards on May 3, 2014. The jury reported that the award was granted because of Galactica Star’s “technically innovative FDHF (Fast Displacement Hull Form) design, developed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects”. Van Oossanen started the development of this new type of hull form in 2009. This was driven by their passion to develop vessels that are highly efficient both at lower cruising speeds and at high speeds.

Maxview Smart Landing System Installation

Photo courtesy George Flanagan

In the fourth quarter of 2008, TMEIC GE’s Maxview Smart Landing system entered service on a new ship-to-shore crane at Vancouver’s Centerm container terminal, operated by DP World (Canada) Inc. Operational data from the first 15 months proves that the semi-automatic system has met the company’s performance goals for preventing high-speed landings, which translates into reduced down-time and dollars saved. Performance results show that on average, when the Maxview Smart Landing system was in use…

Linking Fast Ferries into the Public Transport Network

Located along the mid coast of the Northeast U.S., New London, Conn. has long been a center for ferry transportation dating back to the early days of passenger travel via sailing schooner, steamship and rail ferries. New London's naturally sheltered, deep water harbor allowed it to develop into a major marine travel hub and established it as a major stopping point between the metropolitan areas of New York City and Boston. Confronted by an ever-growing population, an increase in highway congestion and related pollution from emissions, and continued reliance on automobile travel, New London, with its unique geographic location and accessibility to multiple modes of transport, finds itself in the transportation forefront once again.

Inside Modutech Marine’s Work Boat Medium

(Photo courtesy of Modutech)

The U.S. Navy has some spectacular vessels, from submarines to high speed RIBs. They also have dedicated ports and support facilities worldwide. A practical reality of all of this is that the Navy requires efficient and handy boats to support the warhorses. To meet this requirement John Myers of the naval architect firm Hockema & Whalen and Associates have developed a 30 by 15-foot tug with a 5.5-foot draft. Currently the Navy has 24 of these tugs, designated Work Boat Medium, on order from Modutech Marine Inc. of Tacoma, Wash.

Incat LNG Ferry a World First

Incat LNG Fast RoRo: Image credit Incat

Australian shipbuilder Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd launch world’s first high speed passenger Ro-Ro ship powered by LNG (Liquified Natural Gas). The vessel will be the first installation of LNG powered dual fuel engines in an Incat high speed ferry, and the first high speed craft built under the HSC code to be powered by Gas Turbines using LNG as the primary fuel and marine distillate for standby and ancillary use. The new ship has been moored alongside the Incat shipyard wharf on Prince…

World-first Incat LNG Ship To Operate In South America

Australian shipbuilder Incat Tasmania Pty Ltd is pleased to announce the name of the customer for their world first high speed passenger Ro-Ro ship powered by LNG (Liquified Natural Gas). The 99 metre LNG ship was contracted by South American company Buquebus in November 2010, however for commercial reasons Buquebus requested that identity be kept under wraps. They have now announced that they will operate the vessel on their River Plate service between Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo in Uruguay.

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