Virgin Picks ABB Power for Cruise Ships
Virgin Voyages has reportedly selected ABB Azipods to drive a trio of cruise ship newbuilds currently being built in Italy at Fincantieri's shipyard in Genoa. The 110,000 gt vessels, each measure 278 x 38 m and accomodating 2700 passengers and 1,150 crew, with the first due for delivery in 2020, the last in 2021. ABB is tasked to supply the complete electric power and propulsion package for the Virgin Voyages’ new fleet. Each oship will feature ABB’s Azipod propulsion, a gearless steerable propulsion system where the electric drive motor is in a submerged pod outside the ship hull.
Workboat Design: Interview with Bob Hill
Robert (Bob) Hill of Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering Corp., of Milford, MA has specialized in the design of AT/B’s for many years. As probably the world's most experienced designer of large articulated tug/barge (AT/B) systems, Hill’s success comes, in part, from a willingness to innovate. Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering Corporation and Robert Hill are the co-inventors of the Intercon Connection System. In a nutshell, his firm has had a hand in over 70% of the operational AT/B’s in service in America – including, 80% of those built or converted since 1994.
MOU to Develop Zero-Emission Fuel Cell Power Plant
ABB and Ballard Power Systems signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on developing the next-generation fuel cell power system for sustainable marine e-mobility.The fuel cell power system, to be jointly designed, developed and validated by ABB and Ballard Power Systems, is anticipated to play a significant part in accelerating the industry-wide adoption of sustainable solutions for marine e-mobility, and help ship-owners meet the increasing demands for clean operations.ABB…
Nordic Lady: Keeping a Good Boat Up to Date
When Trygve Westergard bought the 98- by 28-foot Judi B in the spring of 2016 he was entering a new chapter in a varied marine career. Growing up on a remote island off Ketchikan, Alaska as the third generation of Norwegian-Danish family, he had fishing in his blood and his environment. A stint at the California Maritime Academy earned him an unlimited masters license and a BS in marine transportation.After a decade of running everything from ferries to off-shore boats and filling the gaps with fishing, Westergard decided it was time to come home.
An Unlikely and Remarkable Safety Journey
Late last year, the Transportation Research Board released a major study that was undertaken “in response to the rapid development of domestic sources of energy and questions about the safest ways to move these products.” The Study Committee examined the operational responses of the three primary modes impacted by the fracking revolution – rail, pipeline and maritime. A primary observation of this work was that that the “Marine Transportation System Offers a Model for Robust Safety…
Bisso Offshore Orders New Tugs from Eastern
Estern Shipbuilding Group announced it has signed a new contract with Bisso Offshore, LLC for the construction of two Robert Allan Ltd. RApport 2400 Ship Handing Tugs with escort capability. The deal was signed on May 31, 2018.Bisso Offshore is one of Eastern’s long term customers and has taken delivery of four previous modern Z-drive tugs from Eastern since 2006.These two new Robert Allan RApport 2400 design tugs have been customized by the designer and owner to provide specific operational features while also meeting new EPA Tier 4 and USCG Sub-M requirements.Joey D’Isernia…
GONDAN Wins Contract to Build a New Fast Ferry
The GRP Division of the Asturian shipyard has signed a contract to build a new fast ferry that will be the fastest catamaran built in Spain in polyester.GONDAN Shipbuilders said it has signed a contract for the construction of a new passenger catamaran for a European country.The vessel, which will reach 34 knots at full load, will be driven by two 3,000 hp engines each, which will make it the most powerful and fastest GRP ferry built in Spain.According to GONDAN, its GRP division is the only Spanish shipyard to date that has built vessels according to the high speed regulations, HSC 2000, without problems of homologation and on the agreed delivery dates.
Green Bed Leveler for Dutch Dredging
With the delivery of the Peter last Thursday, Dutch Dredging (Baggerbedrijf de Boer) claims to have added “the world's most sustainable bed leveler” to its fleet.The 22.4-metre-long vessel, built by Hoekman Shipbuilding in Urk, the Netherlands, complies with International Maritime Organization (IMO) Tier 3 emissions standards as well as the Euro Stage 5 standard for emissions in inland shipping.John Nieuwenhuijse, the manager of New Building at Baggerbedrijf de Boer – Dutch Dredging…
Completion of the Second Rapport 1600-SX Harbour Tug Design
Gökçay II, the second RApport 1600-SX tug built by Sanmar Shipbuilders, was completed in August, the first vessel of this design being delivered in May. The two tugs are identical except the Gökçay II has a more conservative power rating of 600 hp at 1800 rpm for a bollard pull slightly over 16 tonnes.These simple and economical tugs benefit from the latest design and construction technology for excellent performance and safety.The particulars of the RApport 1600-SX are:Length overall: 16.3 mBreadth…
In 1975, tugboats Bouchard Boys and Evening Light enter service, both at 3,900-hp. It was also during this year that Bouchard Transportation Co. formed its long-standing current relationship with Caddell Dry Dock & Repair Co.—a partnership--to this day--is still based on trust, loyalty and family heritage. The July 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News will feature a special “Bouchard Transportation Co. Celebrates 100 Years” magazine. For more information contact: Greg Trauthwein, firstname.lastname@example.org, t. 516-810-7405.
A Mercury Marine-Powered Test Run Around Manhattan
A great way to spend my first day back from vacation was hurtling down the Hudson River in New York City at 65 mph on a 40-ft. Invincible catamaran, powered by four 350-HP Mercury outboard engines.Mercury Marine was in town to offer test drives on a variety of new boats, and as the video below suggest modern outboard engines are powerful and quiet. The 40-ft. Invincible offered an amazing, smooth ride on the Hudson amid some significant wind and river track driven chop.If you're wondering about the engine covers on the boat, they were custom made as the 40-ft.
Blount Boats Wins Ferry Build Contract
Rhode Island boatbuilder Blount Boats said it has signed a contract with South Ferry Company to construct a new steel passenger/vehicle ferry for Shelter Island, N.Y.The 101’x 40’ double-ended ferry, to be named Southern Cross, will be built to carry a deck load of 260,000 pounds. The vessel will be a sister ship to two other Blount-built ferries designed by DeJong & LeBet for South Ferry, the Sunrise delivered in 2002 and the Southside delivered in 2009.Main propulsion will be provided by two Caterpillar series C-18 Tier III & IMO II Certified each rated at 470 HP at 1,800 RPM.
New Towboat Delivered to Marquette Transportation
Louisiana shipyard C&C Marine and Repair has delivered the second towboat in a series of three 6,600 hp, 160’ x 50’ triple-screw z-drive newbuilds for Marquette Transportation Company.The delivery of the new towboat m/v Chris Reeves comes three months after the series' lead vessel m/v Cindy L. Erickson was handed over in February 2018.The third in the series is scheduled for delivery this August, with a fourth optional towboat lined up for delivery in December.Chris Reeves was designed by CT Marine…
Efficient New Dinner Cruiser
Wise visitors to Bangkok will be sure to take a Chao Phraya river cruise past the spectacular Temple of the Dawn, Wat Arun, and the glories of the golden spired Grand Palace. The ultimate way to do this is on a dinner cruise with a buffet of the celebrated Thai food.This has become such a popular experience that the river at night becomes a spectacular parade of beautifully lit low-slung river cruise ships gliding under bridges and moving sedately amidst that city’s lights and sights.
Master Marine Delivers Towboat to Waterfront Services
Alabama shipbuilder Master Marine has delivered Sam P. Hise, the third towboat in a series of four newbuilds for Illinois-based inland operator Waterfront Services Co.The 67’ x 28’ boat is set up with 10,400 gallons of fuel, 4,359 gallons of potable water and 9,500 gallons of ballast water along with providing a maximum 7’ 9” working draft.Each vessel will be powered by a pair of Laborde Products, Inc. S6R2-Y3MPTAW Mitsubishi 803 HP tier III diesel marine engines to be operated at 1,400 RPM coupled to Twin Disc MG 5321, 5:1 gears, E300 electronic controls with RW Fernstrum, Inc. keel coolers.
Volvo Penta Offers Sea Trials of IMO Tier III Solution
Visitors to one of Europe’s premier marine exhibitions will be able to test Volvo Penta’s 13-liter IMO Tier III solution complemented by its latest state-of-the-art Inboard Performance System (IPS) propulsion package. A test boat fitted with a Volvo Penta D13-IPS900 (700 hp) package and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) exhaust after treatment system will be available for sea trials by customers at Seawork commercial marine and workboat exhibition and conference, in Southampton, UK.
OIG Group Sells MV Blue Giant
Bremen-based shipping company Harren & Partner announced the acquisition of the offshore construction vessel, MV Blue Giant for an undisclosed price from the English operator, OIG Group. Harren & Partner’s Offshore Department, headed by Robert Fowler (email@example.com) will be responsible for managing the vessel. Peter Harren, Founder and Managing Director of Harren & Partner, explains the strategy behind the purchase: “Although the oil markets are currently still recovering, we have deliberately opted for this investment despite its counter-cyclical nature.
McAllister Christens Tug Pair in NYC
There's nothing like New York City for a maritime event, and McAllister Towing and Transportation Co., Inc., one of the historic family-run companies serving the industry for more than 150 years, held a signature ceremony and party last night at Pier 16 in Manhattan with the christening of two tugboats, the Rosemary McAllister and the Capt. Brian A. McAllister, both ABS classed FiFi 1 with propulsion systems meeting EPA Tier 4 emission regulations: 3516E Tier IV Caterpillar engines…
MAN Presents Exhaust Gas Aftertreatment System at SMM
MAN Engines is presenting its solution for meeting the IMO Tier III and US EPA Tier 4 emission standards for commercial use at the SMM trade fair in Hamburg: the modular exhaust gas aftertreatment system (EAT).The EAT offers a high level of flexibility and is extremely compact and lightweight. Its modularity makes a wide range of tailored installation configurations possible as the individual SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) components can be positioned differently. “By minimizing the system down to just a few components, it stays compact, regardless of its configuration.
Cobham Launches New SAILOR GX Terminal
Cobham SATCOM's new SAILOR 100 GX High Power Fleet Xpress user terminal is a compact 1 meter, 3-axis stabilized Ka-band user terminal specifically designed to enable Inmarsat’s newly launched high data rate plans packaged for bandwidth-hungry segments, such as offshore support vessels (OSV), global cruise and superyachts. Delivering twice the RF power of standard GX terminals, the SAILOR 100 GX High Power dramatically improves the economics of pushing large amounts of data from ship to shore…
Repower on Germany’s Inland Waterway
Germany is located on the divide between the South flowing Danube system and the north flowing Mainz River which is a tributary of the Rhine. Since 1992 the remarkable Rhine-Mainz-Danube canal and locks have connected the two systems allowing cargos to travel from the North Sea to the Mediterranean via the Black Sea. This allows inland river cargo vessels access to thousands of kilometers or inland waters. Even if a boat lays up at night, it can still rack up a lot of hours on its engine.As a result, repowers are a necessary but important decision for vessel owners.
Interlake Charters Barge for Great Lakes Service
Ohio-based shipping firm the Interlake Steamship Company announced it will time charter a 418-foot, 14,400-short-ton capacity dry cargo barge from the U.S. East Coast to operate on the Great Lakes starting this spring.The single-hold covered hopper barge Montville, owned and operated by Connecticut-based towing services provider Moran Towing Corp, will be under charter through 2019 with options to extend.The time charter deal marks a first for Great Lakes carrier Interlake, whose owned fleet includes nine self-unloading vessels ranging in carrying capacity from 24,000 to 68,000 gross tons.
Tech File: Material Handler Boosts Paducah’s Productivity
Located at the confluence of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, the Ohio River and the Cumberland River and just upstream from the Mississippi, the City of Paducah is an important hub in the inland waterways network. In 2015, newly appointed Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority Executive Director Bill Miller’s first priority was to upgrade the port’s infrastructure.“Our 20 year old lattice boom crane was past its useful service life,” he said, adding, “So the Board for the Riverport Authority authorized a bid spec to replace it with the best available equipment.” Today…