Marine Applications News

16 Sep 2020

CROE to Fit Its Scrubbers with Oberlin Filters

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CR OCEAN ENGINEERING L.L.C. (CROE) and Oberlin Filter Company are partnering to provide an automatic, low-maintenance washwater filtration system to supplement CROE’s closed loop and hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems (also known as scrubbers). The Oberlin filter is a cleaning system that cleans the closed loop washwater and removes the sludge in a dry/solid form, allowing for reduction in volume and lower disposal cost. For clients requiring wet/pumpable sludge disposal, CROE…

12 Aug 2020

Mitsubishi Names New US West Coast Distributor

(Photo: Cascade Engine Center)

Mitsubishi Turbocharger and Engine America (MTEA) has appointed Cascade Engine Center, located in Seattle, as its marine engine division's new West Coast distributor effective August 11, 2020Cascade Engine Center will have responsibility for Alaska, Washington State, Oregon, California and Hawaii.“The addition of the Mitsubishi Heavy Duty engine lineup to Cascade Engine Center will complement our current commercial engine business, allowing us to support most commercial marine applications on the West Coast,” stated Tim A.

15 Jul 2020

Bolidt Launches Antimicrobial Decking for Passenger Ships

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As cruise ship and other passenger vessel operators look toward the eventual resumption of voyages following the coronavirus health crisis, synthetic applications specialist Bolidt is launching an antibacterial flooring system intended to improve limit the spread of multiresistant bacteria.Originally designed for use in land-based applications such as hospitals and kitchens, the pioneering technology is not only bactericidal but also hygienic and easy to clean, according to the Netherlands-based developer.Jacco van Overbeek…

09 Jul 2020

In the Dock with Selective Electroplating

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Surface plating is widely used to repair or salvage critical components in the marine industry. As many components need disassembly, the repair process is typically carried out when the ship is in dry dock. Due to the nature of the plating process, this work is usually performed by plating or machine shops off-site. In a quest to add value through reduced downtime and labor costs, many shipyards are looking to bring this service in-house. Mark Meyer, Sales Manager North America at SIFCO ASC…

06 Jul 2020

Selecting Crew Comms for High-speed Craft

(Photo: David Clark Company)

Headset communications on board workboats in harsh marine environments are subject to a variety of challenges: background noise from loud engines and high wind turbulence around the microphone and the highly corrosive salt and spray in marine environments. On board rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIB) and high-speed craft (HSC) that pound through rough waters at 60 knots – including a variety of patrol boats and interceptor/interdiction vessels – critical communication can be rendered all but impossible.

30 Jun 2020

World First Full Scale 'Ammonia as Fuel' Marine Four-Stroke Engine Test

The project leaders pictured at the Sustainable Energy Catapult Center’s test facility at Stord, Norway from left to right: Egil Hystad, Wärtsilä, Willy Wågen, Sustainable Catapult, and Kjell Storelid, Wärtsilä. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

While there is no consensus on the marine industry ‘fuel of the future’ that will meet ever tightening international emission mandates, a group of organizations has commenced what it is calling the world’s first long-term, full-scale, testing of ammonia as a fuel in a marine four-stroke combustion engine. Wärtsilä, Knutsen OAS Shipping AS, and Repsol, and the Sustainable Energy Catapult Center, have teamed for the effort, as ammonia offers promise as a carbon-free fuel for marine applications…

07 Jul 2020

Electric Voith Schneider Propeller Unveiled

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With the new electric Voith Schneider Propeller (eVSP), Voith is pushing ahead with the continuous electrification of its drive technologies. Among the advantages of the new eVSP are high efficiency and the reduction of complexity, since the permanent-magnet synchronous motor is already integrated in the propeller. The complete omission of gears reduces noise to a minimum and frees up critical space on the ship.The drive system combines the technology of the VSP with over a decade of electrical know-how of the Voith Inline Thruster (VIT).

14 May 2020

Flow Batteries Tested For Zero-Emission Marine Propulsion

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A new project, FLO-MAR, has attracted funding from MarRI-UK’s Clean Maritime Call to assess the feasibility of using flow batteries in vessels to enable zero-emission marine propulsion and auxiliary power. Four UK organizations will work together on the project to investigate how the design of electric and hybrid ships, from ferries through to tugs and wind farm vessels, can be optimized to accommodate flow batteries and to assess the advantages this technology offers in comparison with existing lithium-ion batteries and hydrogen fuel-cells.

08 Apr 2020

ABB Building Fuel Cells to Power Large Ships

Concept illustration of a large vessel powered by fuel cells. Image credit: ABB

ABB signs Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hydrogène de France to jointly manufacture megawatt-scale fuel cell systems capable of powering oceangoing vessels.The MOU between ABB and hydrogen technologies specialist Hydrogène de France (HDF) envisages close collaboration on the assembly and production of the fuel cell power plant for marine applications.Building on an existing collaboration announced on June 27, 2018 with Ballard Power Systems, a global provider of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell solutions…

26 Mar 2020

Tech File: Reliable Lifts

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Patterson Manufacturing‘s new davit cranes are designed from the ground up for improved safety, ease of use, durability and reliability. What more could you ask?Patterson Manufacturing has supplied equipment into the marine market for more than 160 years, consistently expanding its lines of winches, rigging and fittings to meet evolving demands along the way, and even engineering custom products when the job requires. Now the Pittsburgh-based manufacturer is adding a new line of davit cranes to the mix.The new cranes…

25 Mar 2020

EPA Tier 4: Difficult and Contentious, 12 Years and Counting

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When it comes to complying with EPA’s Tier 4 emissions regulations, there’s no shortage of creativity emerging from America’s maritime engineering firms. Companies such as Hug Engineering are offering flexible, customized aftertreatment-based control systems that can assemble almost in modular like fashion. Other companies, such as ABB Group, offer battery-hybrid power sources to complement combustion power and avoid threshold diesel emissions. Engine manufacturers, such as Cummins…

06 Feb 2020

New MAN Fluid Monitor for Lube Oil

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MAN Energy Solutions launched a monitoring device for industrial lube oil.The MAN Fluid Monitor for lube oil is a light and robust system developed to meet the needs of the owners of industrial installations where lube-oil quality is a critical setting. It is said to enable owners to actively monitor – on an ongoing basis – the degradation and contamination of lube oil and protect their industrial assets. The fluid monitor immediately detects even the tiniest anomalies in the lube-oil systems of four stroke engines…

23 Jan 2020

MAN to Power Thai Navy Newbuilds

Rendering of the new patrol craft for the Royal Thai Navy (Image: Marsun)

MAN Energy Solutions said it has secured a contract to supply the main propulsion engines for two new 41-meter patrol vessels for the Royal Thai Navy. Each vessel will be powered by two MAN 16V175D-MM, IMO Tier II engines, each rated at 2,960 kWm at 1,900 rpm.Marsun Shipyard in Thailand will construct the newbuildings with delivery scheduled for August 2020.The Royal Thai Navy already operates MAN Energy Solutions engines on its Krabi-class offshore patrol vessels; a second such…

08 Jan 2020

NOx Control: Should Certain Vessels Get a Break?

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When it comes to the EPA’s recent proposed delay to implementation of Tier 4 marine diesel engines ‘in certain high-speed commercial vessels,’ where you stand probably depends on where you sit.On September 6, the U.S. Environmental Protection agency (EPA) proposed to delay implementation of Tier 4 marine diesel engines “in certain high-speed commercial vessels.” Specifically; EPA mentions three kinds of vessels: lobster boats, pilot boats and a third, more open-ended reference to “other high-speed vessels,” possibly including hovercraft.

19 Dec 2019

Navigating the Rough Waters of Marine Certification

The marine industry brings its own unique set of challenges.With the ‘All Subsea Factory’ market trend moving offshore exploration and production equipment for oil and gas to the seabed, safety, longevity and environmental protection are just a few of the considerations when choosing marine products. When selecting products for marine applications, the understanding of factors such as marine certifications and inspection documents are crucial to making an informed decision.Worldwide statutory provisions enacted by the United Nations (UN) agency on shipping specify general regulation and rules necessary to obtain an operating license for all categories of ship, marine and offshore applications.

09 Dec 2019

ISO: Affordable & Reliable Workboat Comms

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The commercial shipping world can benefit from greater range of communications and reduced satellite costs. Domestic brown water operators know all too well that’s easier said; than done. Until now.In the fast moving world of blue water, deep draft shipping, the availability of reliable ship-to-shore communications has been a non-issue for at least two decades. More than ever, they need it. These longtime users of so-called ship management software and now, sophisticated remote monitoring systems that watch over even the most obscure minutia on board far flung 1…

21 Nov 2019

Chart Joins SEA\LNG

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The global manufacturer of equipment Chart Industries has joined SEA\LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition accelerating the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG).Peter Keller, SEA\LNG chairman, commented: “We are thrilled to welcome another member from North America. Chart is a highly respected equipment and solution provider working across the LNG value chain and we look forward to working together with a company that is at the heart of the energy revolution.”Chart is a key equipment and systems provider to applications that utilize clean burning…

08 Nov 2019

WAGO Updates Marine Filter Modules

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WAGO has updated its filter modules to include built-in ground fault diagnostics. The 750-624/020-002 and 750-626/020-002 are able to monitor both the +24 VDC and 0 VDC supply connections for impedance to ground.The filter modules are perfect for marine applications. Engineers will design in a ground fault test device to detect error resistance to Earth in marine applications. The built-in ground fault detection means there is no need for an external device for ground fault detection after a 24 VDC power supply.These multi-purpose modules will help reduce system costs and commissioning time.

24 Oct 2019

FortisBC Joins SEA\LNG

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Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) provider FortisBC has joined SEA\LNG, a multi-sector industry coalition accelerating the widespread adoption of LNG as a marine fuel.Peter Keller, Chairman, SEA\LNG, said: “We’re pleased to welcome FortisBC to the SEA\LNG coalition. Our North American member network grows as the appetite for LNG as marine fuel expands across the globe.”FortisBC brings to the coalition nearly 45 years’ experience in LNG production in Western Canada. It owns and operates two LNG facilities on the west coast…

08 Oct 2019

Wärtsilä Wins Order for LNG Bunkering Simulator

Image: The Wärtsilä LNG Bunkering Vessel simulator will enable realistic hands-on training for operators. Copyright: Kasi Group

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä will supply an LNG bunkering vessel simulator to Kasi Group (Malaysia), a leading provider of integrated marine solutions. The simulator will be used to provide hands-on training to those who will be operating LNG bunkering services.Wärtsilä is the first company capable of offering such a simulator. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in July.“As the global demand for LNG fuel for marine applications increases, the number of LNG bunkering vessels serving this demand is also increasing.

30 Sep 2019

TMC to Equip Liza Unity FPSO

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Oslo-headquartered TMC Compressors of the Seas said on Monday it has been awarded a contract from Chinese shipyard Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding to supply the marine compressed air system to the Liza Unity floating production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO).Under the contract, TMC will provide a large compressed air system consisting of frequency-controlled instrument air compressors, air compressors, and associated air dryers and filters, it said. The company did not reveal the value of the contract.Once completed…

27 Sep 2019

SpaceTech4Sea Gets AIP for LNG Fuel Tank

Image: A non-spherical tank design

ABS has granted Approval in Principle (AiP) to a conceptual design for carbon fibre LNG fuel tanks, in what it describes as a ‘milestone’ for a project to adapt space industry technology to small-scale LNG fueling.SpaceTech4Sea project sees ABS, OceanFinance and Cimarron Composites joining forces to adapt composite technologies developed for the space industry to LNG shipping.Backed by EUR1m funding from the European Union, the project explores whether composite technology, which is lighter and more cost-effective…

19 Sep 2019

Wartsila Wins US LNG Bunker Vessel Deal

Wärtsilä will supply its LNG Cargo Handling System for a new 5400 m3 LNG bunker barge being built in the USA. Copyright: VARD Marine.

The Finnish technology major Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply its LNG cargo handling system for a new 5400-cbm LNG bunker barge being built in the USA.The barge is being built at the Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding yard in Wisconsin on behalf of NorthStar Midstream. It will be operated by the company’s marine transportation company Polaris New Energy (PNE)."This latest order further endorses Wärtsilä’s leading position in LNG systems for the marine sector, and its key role in supporting the growing acceptance of LNG fuel by North American owners and operators…

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