Marine Applications News

18 Apr 2019

BY THE NUMBERS: Replace your Workboat Engine (now)

New Research Doubles Service Life Estimate of Marine Workboat Engines, Reveals Big Opportunities for Diesel Emissions Reductions.It turns out that commercial workboat engines are staying in service more than two times longer than predicted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according new research from the Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). That says a lot for the quality of marine engines, but at the same it isn’t necessarily a good thing.

17 Apr 2019

Alfa Laval, MAN Energy Solutions Join Forces

Pic:  Alfa Laval

In partnership with MAN Energy Solutions, the Alfa Laval Fuel Conditioning Module (FCM) LPG has undergone successful tests with the first two-stroke, high-pressure marine engine to use LPG as fuel – and has been evaluated for use with ammonia."As the marine industry embraces a growing range of alternative fuels, including LPG and ammonia, Alfa Laval is committed to providing the advanced fuel systems needed for engine protection and efficiency," said a press release.The competitiveness of LPG as a fuel is increasing.

19 Mar 2019

Kirby Selects Furuno for Towboat Newbuilds

Photo courtesy of Furuno

Kirby Inland Marine selected Furuno as the electronics of choice for its new generation of Subchapter M towboats. The first of three new vessels, MV Bailey, will soon enter service into the Kirby fleet of over 300 towboats and nearly 1,000 inland barges operating in U.S. waters. The bridge features Furuno electronics including Radar, GPS, AIS, depth sensors and more. This 88-ft.towboat was built at the Main Iron Works facility in Houma, LA, and has been designed from the keel…

20 Mar 2019

Marine Hybrid quietly arrives … positioned to explode

The Harbor Harvest under construction (CREDIT: Robert Kunkel)

Hybrid is not only here, it is growing, and with that growth it will soon reach far beyond coastal applications.For those who were around for the arrival of Y2K, you will remember the anticipation, preparation and perspiration as the maritime world waited for the failure of communications, navigation, security and machinery associated with the digital change of the clock. The forecasts, now historical urban legend, left the world without a digital catastrophe.We wait now for 2020 and the advent of the IMO maritime emissions regulations.

11 Mar 2019

DTF: Longer Workboat Engine Life Impacts Environment

File Image: AdobeStock / © dbvirago

New Research Doubles Service Life Estimate of Marine Workboat Engines, Reveals Big Opportunities for Diesel Emissions Reductions. New Research also Underscores Cost-Effective Opportunity to Upgrade to New Diesel Engines and Reduce Emissions for Vulnerable Communities. Commercial workboat engines, which are essential for maritime commerce, are staying in service more than two times longer than predicted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to new research from the Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

12 Mar 2019

Fuel Cells: industry examines options in race to zero emissions

Image Credit: Elliott Bay Design Group

A maritime consortium, including ABS and Sandia National Laboratories, recently proved the viability of a hydrogen fuel cell ferry designed for operations in the environmentally sensitive San Francisco Bay area. The IMO’s mandate to cap the sulfur content in marine fuel at the start of next year may be the biggest regulatory change in shipping since the requirement for double hulls, but the challenge will fade in comparison to its future goals to reduce green-house gases (GHG).A year ago (April 2018)…

07 Mar 2019

Mobile Battery MgBOX in Sea Trials

MgBOX from The Furukawa Battery Company. Pic: Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd.

Japanese marine renewable energy technology compan Eco Marine Power (EMP) is conducting an evaluation trial using the MgBOX fuel cell or air battery in co-operation with Furukawa Battery Co., Ltd. (Furukawa Battery) and several ship owners.These trials will help determine how this innovative emergency battery can be best stored and used on ships. Once this work is completed it is planned to make the MgBOX available for use worldwide on a variety of vessels, offshore platforms…

10 Jan 2019

Marine Propulsion: FPT Boosts Prospects with Fincantieri Partnership

The C9 650 is capable of delivering maximum power of 650 hp at 2,530 rpm and maximum torque of 2,150 Nm at 1,700 rpm.

FPT Industrial announced a partnership with Fincantieri, as FPT has been chosen by Fincantieri as a preferred partner to supply tailor-made powertrain solutions for its customers. The partnership includes FPT Industrial marine engines and auxiliaries, as well as ground power generators, and is dedicated to the worldwide market of commercial, patrolling and special applications, covering power ranges up to 1,000 hp.“We are proud to become a preferred supplier of Fincantieri: this…

02 Jan 2019

Aker Arctic Bronze Propellers for Ice-class Ships

Image: Aker Arctic

Bronze has been the preferred material for open water and low ice class ship propellers for decades, said Finnish engineering company Aker Arctic that operates an ice model test basin in Helsinki."Few years ago, Aker Arctic began investigating the possibility of using it also in high ice class vessels. In November 2018, the first bronze propellers based on the new strength dimensioning criteria were installed on the Finnish ice class 1A ASD tug Calypso," said a statement from the designer of icebreakers.While bronze is not as strong as stainless steel…

31 Dec 2018

Martime Propulsion: New Solutions Meet New Emission Demands

With a robust engine block designed for continuous-duty operation and long life, and a single cylinder head with four valves per cylinder, the Cummins X15 marine engine provides reduced fuel consumption without reduced performance. The X15, which can be used in both commercial and recreational marine applications, is available as a propulsion engine and as an auxiliary engine. (Photo: Cummins Inc.)

Marine propulsion manufacturers are not just responding to but are anticipating tighter performance demands from the U.S. EPA  and the IMO by introducing both new and upgraded systems based on state-of-the-art propulsion technologies. Tom Mulligan reviews the latest engine product launches.AIP for MAN cryo Liquid Hydrogen Fuel-Gas systemMAN Cryo, a subsidiary of MAN Energy Solutions, has developed a marine fuel-gas system for liquefied hydrogen in cooperation with Fjord1 and Multi Maritime 0f Norway.

24 Dec 2018

Global Marine Lubricants Market to Grow by 2.17% to Hit USD 6.66 bln in 2023

Image: ExxonMobil

The global marine lubricants market is estimated to be USD 5.98 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 6.66 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 2.17% from 2018 to 2023.The growth of the market is driven by the emerging alternative technology trends, said a report by  Research and Markets.Also, rising infrastructure developments (port infrastructure) to strengthen the shipping industry globally are fueling trade activities, leading to the growth of marine lubricants market. However…

20 Dec 2018

Interview: Volvo Penta’s ‘Full Charge’ into Electric & Hybrid

Ron Huibers, President and CEO, Volvo Penta of the Americas.

Voices: Ron Huibers, President and CEO, Volvo Penta of the AmericasVolvo Penta has a reputation for pioneering innovations in marine propulsion. To learn more about what the company has on its drawing boards we talked with Ron Huibers, president and CEO of Volvo Penta of the Americas.Please give us a snapshot of your commercial marine business in North America?Our marine commercial business in the Americas has seen great growth, and it now represents a significant portion of our business, along with our leisure marine and industrial engine segments.

20 Nov 2018

Scandium International Signs LoI with Austal

Image: Austal

Scandium International Mining announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Austal, to test scandium-containing aluminum alloys in marine applications.Austal is an Australian-based global shipbuilding company that specializes in the design, construction and support of both defense and commercial vessels. Austal is the world’s largest aluminum shipbuilder and Australia’s largest defense exporter.The LOI calls for the Company to contribute various aluminum alloy samples containing scandium…

14 Nov 2018

Poynting Releases Its Latest LTE Antennas

Photo: Poynting

Poynting has recently released their latest Cellular LTE/5G Ready omni-directional antennas that can be used to improve your internet speed whether you are working in the city or require connectivity at sea.Poynting’s new OMNI-402 and the OMNI-600 MIMO omni antennas are based on the very popular marine antenna (OMNI-291), already used by boat owners worldwide. These antennas all share the same physical radiation elements within the antenna enclosure, which result in similar performance…

13 Nov 2018

Leclanché, Kongsberg Join Forces for Green Ships Push

Image: Kongsberg

Nordic marine technology company Kongsberg Maritime has selected Swiss battery maker  Leclanché, one of the world’s leading storage solutions companies, as its battery partner and supplier of customised marine energy storage solutions.The partnership contributes to Kongsberg's new generation of hybrid power solutions, which are set to deliver game-changing efficiencies and reduce the environmental impact of transportation with cutting-edge autonomous and crewed vessel newbuilds.Leclanché’s batteries will be an integral part of Kongsberg’s hybrid solutions.

02 Nov 2018

ABB, Sintef to Test Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Pic: ABB

Norwegian Sintef Ocean and ABB Marine will use two 30kW hydrogen fuel cells, set up in laboratory to model the operation and control of a complete marine power system in a megawatt-scale propulsion plant."ABB and Sintef Ocean are undertaking groundbreaking research to test the viability of fuel cells as an energy source for main ship propulsion. The new research project seeks to provide the answers required for fuel cell technology to be delivered at the scale needed to power commercial and passenger ships…

16 Oct 2018

Lloyd's Register Updates East Mediterranean Projects on Alternative Fuels

Pic: Poseidon Med II

Three European Commission co-funded initiatives – Poseidon Med II, CYnergy and Elemed – are driving forward the uptake of alternative fuels in the Eastern Mediterranean region.Poseidon Med II: Creating a comprehensive and sustainable supply chain for LNG bunkeringThe Poseidon Med II project is a practical roadmap that aims to promote wide adoption of LNG as a safe, environmentally efficient and viable alternative fuel for shipping and help the East Mediterranean marine transportation propel towards a low carbon future.The project…

01 Oct 2018

TDI Unveils New Line of Turbine Air Starters

(Image: TDI)

TDI has introduced its TurboTwister line of turbine air starters allowing one basic model configuration to serve a engines ranging in size from 20-150 liters.“TurboTwister is the result of many conversations with customers about what they wanted in the next generation of air starters,” states Dave Rawlins, Senior Product Manager at TDI. “We’ve added more power and a complete start system in a smaller footprint which workboat operators will appreciate. We’ve made it even more air efficient too…

05 Oct 2018

The Drones are Coming

An ABS technician with a drone. Source: ABS

Nimble and quick, unmanned aerial vehicles have evolved into a valuable tool for marine and offshore applications.When a U.S. oil tanker conducts a Critical Area Inspection Plan (CAIP) as required by ABS, it is an onerous process. For example, each tank requires seven days of set up with scaffolding and staging. An ABS inspector and UDT technicians must access, and be carefully lowered into the tank with instrumentation and tools. Inspection points in far reaching places are surveyed.

18 Sep 2018

Horizon Maritime Adds Tidewater OSV to Its Fleet

Tidewater Enabler (Photo: Horizon Maritime)

As momentum continues to slowly ramp up in the offshore sector, Horizon Maritime said it has grown its fleet with the addition of another multifunctional offshore support vessels (OSV) from Houston-based Tidewater Marine.The new vessel, Tidewater Enabler, joined Horizon’s fleet in August and is capable of supporting various specialized marine applications, the company said. The OSV  is designed for operations in harsh weather conditions and features a 100-metric-ton/2,000-meter subsea crane…

06 Sep 2018

LR Awards AIP to GE for ‘Digital Twin READY’

Luis Benito and Brandon Larson at SMM (Photo: LR)

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has presented GE with an Approval in Principle (AiP) to ‘Digital Twin READY’, marking the first ever approval of a digital twin health management system for marine applications.At a press conference today during SMM trade fair in Hamburg, Germany, it was announced that Lloyd’s Register’s newly released Digital Compliance has been validated through a cocreation project with GE, resulting in an AiP to ‘Digital Twin READY’ for GE’s Predix Asset Performance Management…

05 Sep 2018

New MTU Hybrid Propulsion Systems Introduced

(Image: Rolls-Royce)

As of 2020, Rolls-Royce will launch a range of completely integrated MTU hybrid ship propulsion systems onto the market. The propulsion systems will be made available for yachts, workboats, ferries and patrol boats in a power range extending from around 1,000 kilowatts to 4,000 kilowatts per powertrain.“The combination of diesel engines and electric motors, in addition to batteries, will offer our customers significant benefits in a variety of marine applications. The most important being efficiency…

15 Aug 2018

Rolls-Royce Launches Battery System for Ships

Jens Hjorteset (right) is the Technical Product Manager for SAVe Energy. Erling Johannesen (left) is the Site Manager at Rolls-Royce Power Electric Systems department in Bergen, Norway. (Photo: Øystein Klakegg/Rolls-Royce Marine)

Rolls-Royce has been delivering energy storage systems for ships since 2010, but the actual energy storage units were previously supplied by an external party. The company announced today it is launching its own lithium-ion based energy storage system.Energy storage can be a major green investment for a ship owner, with maximized returns when the system is correctly dimensioned for the specific ship, and includes intelligent power control.Rolls-Royce said its new SAVe Energy liquid cooled battery system is cost competitive…

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