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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Wärtsilä to Power LNG Offshore Construction Vessel

The world's first LNG fueled offshore construction vessel being built for DEME will be powered by Wärtsilä. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä is to supply the engines and other propulsion machinery for a new offshore construction vessel being built at the Cosco shipyard in China. The ship owner is Belgian operator Dredging International (DEME). This will be the first vessel of its kind to be fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and in addition to the dual-fuel engines, Wärtsilä will also provide its LNGPac fuel storage and supply system and propulsion systems. The orders with Wärtsilä were booked in the fourth quarter of 2016 and in February 2017.

Brazilian Shipyard BECONAL Uses FORAN

Photo: FORAN

The SENER engineering and technology group has signed a contract with shipyard Bertolini Construção Naval da Amazônia Ltda (BECONAL), providing it with a license to use its marine design and construction system, FORAN. The scope of the contract covers installation of the FORAN system and provision of permanent licenses, including the Hull Forms, General Arrangement, Naval Architecture, Hull Structure, Machinery and Outfitting, Electrical Design, and Drafting disciplines. In addition, SENER is to give various training courses to the shipyard’s personnel.

Horizon Delivers Towboat to FMT

Bayou La Batre, Ala. shipbuilder Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. said it has delivered the M/V Victoria Pasentine, a 120’ towboat with a retractable pilot house, to its home port of New Orleans. The vessel, the 20th built by Horizon for Florida Marine Transporters (FMT) during their nine years of doing business together, was completed and delivered on April 11, 2017. The steel construction Victoria Pasentine is 120’-0” LOA x 35’0” x 11’-6”, weighs in at 387 gross tons, and has an ABS Load Line Certificate to operate in the waters between Chicago to Burns Harbor for fair weather voyages. With the house fully retracted, the max air draft is 17’-8”. It is also outfitted for service in certain areas restricted to overhead clearances and draft limitation.

MHI Licenses Deck Machinery to Imabari Shipbuilding

Photo credit MHI

Through licensing, MHI aims to expand market share of deck machinery based on the company's technology and, at the same time, respond to requests from Imabari, which looks to enhance business through deck machinery production. The production of licensed machinery is scheduled to be started in April 2013. Deck machinery mainly consists in this instance of anchor windlasses and mooring winches. MHI manufactured its first deck machinery in 1962. The company's deck machinery has built up a solid delivery track record and has won high reputation from customers for their high reliability…

MHI Licenses Deck Machinery Tech To Imabari Shipbuilding

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) signed an agreement with Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, Japan, under which MHI licenses production and marketing of deck machinery. Through licensing, MHI aims to expand market share of deck machinery based on the company's technology and, at the same time, respond to requests from Imabari, which looks to enhance business through deck machinery production. The production of licensed machinery is scheduled to be started in April 2013.

MHI Licenses Steering Gear and Deck Machinery to Jiangsu Masada

MHI deck machinery (Photo: MHI).

Tokyo - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) has signed an agreement with Jiangsu Masada Heavy Industries Co Ltd., in Jiangsu Province, China, under which MHI is to license production and marketing of steering gears and deck machinery, based on company technology to Jiangsu Masada. Previously, in 2008, MHI licensed deck crane technology to Jiangsu Masada - then known as Nantong Masada Ship Machinery Co. Ltd. With the latest licensing agreement, Jiangsu Masada will now be able to establish a structure for providing hydraulic marine machinery in combination to its customers…

MHI Names New President

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) names Shunichi Miyanaga as the company's new President. The new president is currently an MHI Representative Director and Senior Executive Vice President. Hideaki Omiya, MHI's current President, will become Chairman of the company succeeding Kazuo Tsukuda, who will become Senior Corporate Advisor. Oct. Oct. 2000        President of MHI-HITACHI Metals Machinery, Inc. Apr. 2002        President of Mitsubishi-Hitachi Metals Machinery, Inc. Jun. 2002        Retired from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Mar. 2006        Retired from the post of President of Mitsubishi-Hitachi Metals Machinery, Inc. Apr. 2006        Senior Vice President, Deputy Head of Machinery Headquarters, 
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Young MHI Japanese Shipbuilders Win Slew of Medals

Gold medal winner Yusuke Shiomoto: Photo credit MHI

Yusuke Shiomoto (20), an employee of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) who works at the Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works in the Energy & Environment business domain, has won the gold medal in the Construction Steel Work category at the 51st National Skills Competition held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba and other venues in Japan. MHI participated in five categories this year: Construction Steel Work, Welding, Mechanical Device Assembly, Mechatronics and Turning. In the Construction Steel Work category, besides Mr.

Jet Edge Waterjets Distributed in 6 States by KF Machinery

EDGE X-5 Machine: Image courtesy of Jet Edge Inc.

Jet Edge, Inc., a leading manufacturer of ultra-high pressure waterjet systems for precision cutting, coating removal and surface preparation, say that KF Machinery is now distributing Jet Edge precision waterjet cutting systems in Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Western Wisconsin and Western Iowa. Located in Lakeville, Minn., KF Machinery offers full-service precision sheet metal manufacturing and forming equipment to manufacturers in a variety of industries, including precision sheet metal…

Supply Chain Advantages for Brazilian-European Trade

After the successful participation in Intermodal South America in Sao Paulo (Brazil), the port of Antwerp in collaboration with the local industrial and agricultural federations organised a business seminar with networking in the nearby state of Minas Gerais. The event was attended by 50 or so prominent Brazilians including shippers, ship's agents and logistics service providers. It was also honoured by the presence of high representatives from both federations, the government of Minas Gerais and the Belgian diplomatic corps in Brazil. Minas Gerais is the second-largest industrial state and export region in Brazil, with a highly diversified economy. Leading exports include metal products, ores and minerals, coffee, meat, soya and to a certain extent also fruit.

MacGregor Equipment Package for Chinese Bulkers

MacGregor informs it has secured an order to supply MacGregor equipment packages for two 38,000 dwt bulk carriers in China.   The order was booked into second quarter order intake and includes following equipment/ship: design and key components for hatch covers, deck cranes, electric deck machinery, steering gear and air compressor.   "Customers can benefit from MacGregor's extended portfolio, which now includes deck machinery, steering gear and air compressors from our Hatlapa range," said Sönke Tanz, Area Sales Manager, Auxiliary and Machinery Systems at MacGregor.  

Water Mist in Large Machinery Spaces

Ignition of pool fire in a test of a water mist system according to IMO 1165. Photo: Kristian Hox, SINTEF NBL.

Water mist systems are extensively used as fire protection of machinery spaces onboard passenger ships, and have almost taken over as fire extinguishing systems after IMO standardized such systems. Water mist systems are documented through full scale fire testing of the manufacturers' solutions. In practice it has been shown that in spaces with a ceiling height above approximately 10m it is necessary with more water mist nozzles to extinguish low seated fires. The IMO-method that describes the test procedures requires that all nozzles are mounted at ceiling level…

Kittiwake Acquires Holroyd

Kittiwake Developments, a provider of asset control and protection technology, has announced the acquisition of Holroyd Instruments, an acoustic emission technology manufacturer. The newly named Kittiwake Holroyd supplies acoustic emission instruments for the early detection of problems in a wide range of applications, all relating to monitoring the condition of rotating machinery. Suitable for continuously running machinery as well as machinery operating intermittently or for short durations, acoustic emission allows the user to diagnose problems with machinery at an early stage, carry out maintenance procedures and then monitor the improvement.

JSMEA Offers Access to Japan’s Offshore Suppliers

The Japan Ship Machinery and Equipment Association (JSMEA) has compiled a list of Japanese-made ship machinery and equipment products for offshore units, publishing this information on a dedicated website and corresponding print brochure. The website and brochure offer access to information on a variety of products and companies spanning the Japanese offshore supply chain, from machinery and equipment manufacturers to maintenance and service providers. JSMEA noted that a growing number of offshore users worldwide have relied on Japanese makers and products…

JSMEA Offers Access to Japan’s Offshore Suppliers

The Japan Ship Machinery and Equipment Association (JSMEA) has compiled a list of Japanese-made ship machinery and equipment products for offshore units, publishing this information on a dedicated website and corresponding print brochure. The website and brochure offer access to information on a variety of products and companies spanning the Japanese offshore supply chain, from machinery and equipment manufacturers to maintenance and service providers. JSMEA noted that a growing number of offshore users worldwide have relied on Japanese makers and products…

MacGregor Wins Orders for Pusnes Deck Machinery

Pusnes Deck Machinery (Photo: MacGregor)

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, announced it has secured orders for a series of Pusnes deck machinery packages for several shipowners. The Pusnes equipment has been specified for different ship types that are going to be built by the Hyundai Group and Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, in South Korea. MacGregor's Pusnes deck machinery has been specified for the following ship types: twelve very large crude carriers (VLCC); four Suezmax tankers; six liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers…

First Z-Tech 4500 Tug Delivered

Photo courtesy Robert Allan Ltd.

In late December 2009, the YT 802 Valiant, first of the new series of Z-Tech 4500 Class tugs for the United States Navy Pilots operating in Puget Sound in Washington State was handed over to her eager Owners. After a shakedown period and crew training she was placed into active service in early February 2010. This series of new tugs are being built in Tacoma, WA by J. M. Martinac Shipbuilding Ltd., who are a sub-contractor to Pacific Tugboat Services of Long Beach, Calif., the prime contractor for the delivery of the vessels to the Navy. The design was developed by Robert Allan Ltd.

CSSC buys Hudong Heavy Machinery

According to China Knowledge, China State Shipbuilding Corp, one of the world's five biggest shipbuilders, will take direct control of Shanghai-listed Hudong Heavy Machinery before its planned US$800 million IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange next year, according to the South China Morning Post on Thursday. Hudong Machinery, which has a 60% market share in Chinese production of low-speed diesel engines for ships, said Wednesday its two largest shareholders will transfer their combined 53.27% stake to their parent, State Shipbuilding. The transaction will not involve any cash. According to Hudong Machinery, the deal has already won approval from the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) and the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission.

Rapp Marine Equips Pelagic Fleet Trawlers

Image: Rapp Marine

Rapp Marine has received two new orders for the supply of complete electrical deck machinery packages for the two pelagic trawlers, Rockall and Themis, announced Morten Stenkjær, VP Sales Fisheries Rapp Marine. Rapp Marine signed the contract in March 2016 with the shipbuilder Karstensens Skibsværft in Skagen, Denmark, for these two newbuildings. Astrid Fiskeri AS in Skagen owns Rockall, while Themis is owned by Themis Fiskeri AS in Thyborøn. Rockall will be to fully outfitted with deck machinery suitable for twin trawl fisheries.

Owners Urged to Verify Safety of Deck Machinery for Polar Operation

Scott Groves (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

With the Polar Code now in force, Thordon Bearings has urged shipowners and managers to verify that their vessels’ deck machinery and systems can operate safely in the extreme temperatures encountered in Arctic and Antarctic seas. Scott Groves, Thordon Bearings Regional Manager – Americas, said: “Conventional bronze bearings commonly found in everything from fairleads and lifeboat davits to winches and hoists require frequent maintenance and grease lubrication to ensure machinery is operationally effective.

HHI Orders MHI-MME Ultra Steam Turbine Plants for LNG Carriers

Marine boilers for main engine (UST)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Engine Co., Ltd. (MHI-MME), a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), has received orders from Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI) of Korea for four Ultra Steam Turbine (UST) plants to be installed in four LNG (liquefied natural gas) carriers HHI is to construct for Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), the state-owned oil and gas provider in Malaysia. The orders, which were received with an option on additional USTs for four more carriers, marks the first time the MHI group has sold USTs outside Japan.

First ORC Operation on Maersk Vessel

ORC Module 125EJW Courtesy  MHI Marine Machinery & Engine

The newly developed waste heat recovery system "Hydrocurrent Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) Module 125EJW" 1 by MHI Marine Machinery & Engine Co., Ltd. (President: Kazuo Soma, Head Office: Nagasaki) has begun operation on the vessel named Arnold Maersk belonging to Maersk Line. The ORC system enables the utilization of extremely low temperature heat sources to generate electrical power at low-cost and high-efficiency in marine applications. In concrete terms, the system generates electricity using the waste heat of the main engine jacket cooling water (approx.

Watermaker Offers Installation Flexibility

These individual elements of Neptune+ can be configured as space and needs dictate. (Photo: FCI Watermakers)

Even on large vessels, machinery spaces tend to be cramped and have reduced accessibility. Knowing this, FCI Watermakers offers its high-efficiency Neptune+ Series in a convenient, modular configuration for a wide variety of flexible installations. It delivers 1,275-9,500 gallons of pure, fresh water every day. Refitting large framed or skid-mounted watermakers commonly requires cutting the deck—an enormous added expense. With FCI's Neptune+ Modular, individual components are easily brought into the engine room through a door or hatch.

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