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Saturday, June 23, 2018

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Eastern Selects MAN Engines for OPC

The MAN V2833D STC engine, here pictured in its 20-cylinder configuration. Photo MAN

The US Coast Guard will have MAN’s 28/33D STC engines installed as the main propulsion for its new Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) programme. The programme is the replacement platform for the 13 ‘Famous’ class and 14 ‘Reliance’ class cutter vessels, making the order the largest vessel procurement order in the Coast Guard’s history. Lex Nijsen – Head of Four-Stroke Marine – MAN Diesel & Turbo, said: “We are very pleased to have won this major order within such a key, domestic market. It’s a breakthrough for us as this is the first time that the USCG has ordered MAN 28/33D STC engines.

R.W. Fernstrum Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Photo: R.W. Fernstrum

R.W. Fernstrum & Company, a leading manufacturer in marine heat exchangers, received ISO 9001:2015 certification following an audit performed by Verisys Registrars in May. The scope of Fernstrum's registration includes the engineering, design, manufacturing, and sales of heat exchangers for marine and industrial applications. Published by the International Organization for Standardization, ISO 9001:2015 is an internationally recognized quality management system based on a set…

GE Powers Canada’s New Combat Ships

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GE Aviation’s marine gas turbines are the ideal solution for the Royal Canadian Navy’s next generation surface combatant program, GE Marine said Thursday at the CANSEC 2018 trade exhibition.“GE’s LM2500 family of engines are used by the Royal Canadian Navy and 34 other navies worldwide, setting the benchmark for reliability. The global fleet of GE gas turbines has logged over 15 million operating hours in the marine environment and another 90 million in industrial applications,” said Brien Bolsinger, GE’s Vice President, Marine Operations, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Globecomm Boosts Presence in Greece and Cyprus

Left to Right: Rea Papadopoulos, Eleftherios Papadopoulos and Malcolm McMaster (Photo: Globecomm)

Maritime connectivity services provider Globecomm has appointed J&E Papadopoulos as its new representative to the Greece and Cyprus shipping markets.J&E Papadopoulos will provide sales and marketing services locally as well as pre- and post-sales support, installation, commissioning and technical services for Globecomm Maritime products in the region.Established in Piraeus in 1968, J&E Papadopoulos SA is a distributor of marine spare parts, representing numerous European and U.S.

New Explosion Proof LED Light Fixture

Image: Larson Electronics

Industrial lighting company Larson Electronics has released a 70 watt explosion proof LED light fixture mounted on an adjustable beam clamp to simplify mounting on existing beams. The new EPL-LP-70W-LED-HDBC-20-EPP beam clamp mounted LED fixture is weatherproof and comes with an adjustable aluminum mount that makes it suitable for industrial applications, maintenance, cleaning and servicing duties, as well as large hazardous work areas. This unit contains a 70 watt LED lamp that produces 6,000 lumens of light capable of illuminating an area of 5,000 square feet.

The Switch to Be Acquired by Yaskawa

Image courtesy of The Switch

Yaskawa Electric Corporation, a company in motion control and robotics, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire The Switch, a supplier of megawatt-class permanent magnet generator and full-power converter packages for wind power and other renewable energy applications. The estimated schedule for closing the deal is within a few weeks. The Switch brand will continue as its own entity for selected markets and applications. The Japan-based Yaskawa System Engineering Division has been focusing on growing its market share in renewable…

The Switch Returns to Profitability

Image: The Switch

Advanced drive train technology specialist The Switch said it has seen a sharp jump in growth over last year, increasing its net sales from $43 million to more than $78 million, and returning to profitability after several years of losses. “The Switch financials finally started to improve briskly in the right direction,” said Dag Sandås, The Switch CFO. “We are no longer dependent on just one big client, but we have more clients in different parts of the world, from Asia to Europe.

GE Gas Turbines Power Japanese Destroyer

Photo: GE Marine Solutions

GE's Marine Solutions reports that the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned its second Izumo-class helicopter-carrying destroyer. The new JS Kaga (DDH 184) is powered by four GE LM2500 marine gas turbines, and was commissioned at the Japan Marine United Corporation shipyard in Yokohama on March 22, 2017. First-in-class JS Izumo (DDH 183) and JS Kaga are the largest surface combatants in the JMSDF fleet. Both feature a powerful and reliable combined diesel and LM2500 gas turbine propulsion system, with the gas turbines using GE’s integrated electronic controls.

CMR Group Awarded R&D Funding

James Thwaites (left) and Lee Willmott celebrate CMR securing five-figure investment funding from Innovate UK (Photo: CMR Group)

CMR Group said it has won funding support from Innovate UK for a new electrical wiring harness being developed for industrial diesel and gas engines used in harsh environments. The firm, which specializes in marine control instrumentation and electrical engineering, is set to invest the five-figure cash sum in a major research and development program to design and develop a new generation of ‘people-centered’ harnesses. An electrical wiring harness is a piece of equipment that forms the backbone of an electronic engine…

Corvus Implements Greenlight Battery Testing Solution

Corvus Energy Implements Greenlight Innovation’s Sophisticated Battery Test Equipment. Greenlight Innovation’s End-of-the-Line Test System to Verify Lithium Polymer Battery Performance. Corvus Energy Ltd., a leading lithium-polymer battery pack integrator, announced today that it has selected Greenlight Innovation’s sophisticated and reliable battery test equipment to verify the performance of its 6.5 kWh battery modules at multiple manufacturing sites. Corvus Energy manufactures and integrates energy solutions for commercial and industrial applications, ranging from airport ground handling equipment to truck APUs, marine hybrid, and heavy industrial applications.

Wärtsilä REvolution system takes sealing technology to New Level

The Wärtsilä REvolution system collects performance data, for example temperature, wear of the seal interface and pressure. Photo Wartsila

The new Wärtsilä REvolution system is a digital management system that controls, monitors, records and analyses the performance of seals autonomously in real time, increasing the predictability and reliability of sealing solutions in rotating equipment. Wärtsilä's new digital management system revolutionises sealing technology in the hydropower industry. The system incorporates machine learning, predictive modelling and model predictive control (MPC) techniques to provide customers with intelligent…

Data Analytics in the Maritime Space

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Ship owners and operators, machinery OEMs and regulatory entities are embracing much needed technological innovation as demand grows in protecting machinery and communications on maritime assets. Cognitive analytics is a game-changing technology that is now more widely available to the maritime sector. This is the latest evolution of data analytics: from the “days of yore” of logging data in a logbook, to sensing data and connecting to a central console, transmitting data ashore and using artificial intelligence (AI)-enhanced tools to develop a deep understanding of how machines behave.

Wilhelmsen Leverages Data on DNV GL’s Veracity Platform

Data models and people (Photo: DNV GL)

Wilhelmsen is exploring concrete ways of leveraging their data on DNV GL’s Veracity industry platform. In one of the first data sharing pilot projects on the new open platform, Wilhelmsen is testing a system to share ship compliance and condition data with port state authorities to reduce paper work and physical inspections when entering ports. “As ships and their systems become more sophisticated, we have more equipment with sensors onboard that are generating and sharing data.

New Curved Jaw Flange Couplings Launched

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Guardian Couplings has launched the new curved jaw flange (JF) K45 Series shaft-to-shaft coupling with a bolt-on disc for use with brake calipers. The new torsionally flexible coupling is designed for industrial applications including various types of cranes and hoists, winches, and mining conveyors, reclaimers and draglines. Five models are available with bore sizes from 0.87 in. to 4.92 in. diameter and braking torque ratings from 8,310 in.lbs. to 63,720 in.lbs. The coupling’s brake disc and flexible spider element can be easily replaced during assembly.

Kalmar Rolls Out New Range of Equipments

Kalmar Essential Reachstacker and Kalmar Essential range and TL2. Photo: Kalmar

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, launches a new range of equipment designed to offer customers in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region a value-based choice of the high quality, reliable equipment that Kalmar is known for. Based on Kalmar's proven G-generation platform, the Essential range includes reachstackers, empty container handlers and forklifts. In addition, Kalmar introduces a new TL2 terminal tractor for the APAC customers. The range will be introduced during the Kalmar Sales and Dealer Conference in Hong Kong on 28-29 November.

GE Ships LM2500 Marine Gas Turbine for US Navy

GE LM2500 GT hanging angle shot (Photo: GE Marine)

GE's Marine Solutions division said it has shipped a LM2500 marine gas turbine propulsion module that will help power the U.S. Navy's 75th DDG Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125). Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division will construct this new destroyer with U.S. Navy Flight III upgrades incorporated. Each DDG destroyer features four GE LM2500 marine gas turbines in a combined gas turbine and gas turbine (COGAG) configuration. "Since 1991 - for just the U.S.

CGB to Invest $30 mln in Indiana Port

CGB, investing $30 million at Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon Photo Port of Indiana

Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. (CGB) announced plans today to expand its operations at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon, investing more than $31 million to increase its soybean processing capabilities in southwest Indiana. “Indiana is a state known around the world for building things and growing things, and because CGB plays a key role in both, this soybean processor is helping advance our economy,” said Governor Mike Pence. “After processing soybeans in southwest Indiana for nearly twenty years, CGB knows firsthand the benefits of operating in a state that works for business.

New Industrial Four-speed Mag Drill

HMD934 (Photo: Hougen Manufacturing)

Hougen Manufacturing, Inc. has released a new model of portable magnetic drill, the HMD934, offering increased power and performance for holemaking in serve industrial applications. The HMD934 was developed to give metal fabricators more strength and torque to drill large deep holes in steel, and is able to drill holes up to 4” deep and up to 3-1/16” in diameter. the HMD934 has a number of features and innovations that provide convenience and ease of use for the operator, the manufacturer said.

BWMS with Automatic Filter Receives USCG Certificate

Photo: BOLL & KIRCH

Technology enterprise Boll & Kirch said one of its product innovations, the Bollfilter Automatic Type 6.18.3, recently helped SunRui Marine Environment Engineering, based in Qingdao, China, qualify for the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) certificate. Since the beginning of 2016, ballast water management systems (BWMS) of ships discharging ballast water at American ports have had to comply with special USCG regulations. SunRui's BalClor BWMS system, which relies on Boll & Kirch's innovative ballast water filtration technology, has now been certified by the authority.

Ward Leonard Acquires Mawdsley’s Motors

Ward Leonard Electric Company, a high-performance electronics engineering and manufacturing company, has completed its acquisition of Mawdsley’s Motors of Waterwells, England. in specialty motors for military and heavy industrial applications. motors for the petrochemical industry and specialty industrial markets. Jon Carter, President of Ward Leonard. Ward Leonard is a leading provider of electric motors and control systems for the U.S. Navy and specialized industrial applications.

AME to Showcase Windrock’s New 6400 Diesel Engine Analyzer

For the eighth year in a row Advanced Mechanical Enterprises (AME) will be showcasing at the International WorkBoat Show (IWBS), the largest commercial marine tradeshow in North America serving people and businesses working on the coastal, inland and offshore waters. AME will exhibit an array of services and products they provide and distribute, including Wartsila PSE shaft seals and Envirosafe Composite Bearing material. To coincide with Windrock’s recent launch of their new 6400 Diesel Engine Analyzer, a model will be on display for viewing. Operators, mechanics and engineers worldwide rely on Windrock diagnostic solutions to increase reliability, improve performance and reduce engine failures of diesel engines in industrial applications.

New Light Tower from Larson Electronics

Image: Larson Electronics

Industrial grade lighting equipment specialist Larson Electronics has released a mini tower fastened to a powder coated wheeled base, offering full portability for the mounted equipment. The WAL-XML-12-4.5-WC portable mini tower from Larson Electronics is suited for operators needing a portable, easy to operate system for elevating lights, cameras and other electrical equipment to heights of 12 feet. The base of the tower features four wheels for easy mobility and four outriggers to assist in stability.

Kirby Acquires Targa's Inland Tank Barge Fleet

File Image: A Kirby tankerman attends to a cargo operation (CREDIT: Kirby)

Kirby Corporation has announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Targa Resources Corp’s inland marine tank barge business for approximately $69.3 million in cash. The purchase will be financed through additional borrowings. Targa’s inland marine tank barge fleet consists of 16 pressure barges that have a total capacity of approximately 258,000 barrels, many of which are under long-term multi-year contracts. The closing of the acquisition is expected to occur near the end of the second quarter and is subject to customary closing conditions.

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