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24 Sep 2021

Schipper Joins Sterling PlanB as VP, Inland Waterways Europe

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Sterling Plan B (SPBES) announced the appointment of long-time inland waterways shipping consultant Leen Schipper to the position of Vice President, Inland Waterways Europe with SPBES.SPBES said it sees increasing opportunities for marine battery use in the inland waterway shipping market, as customers move toward decreasing their climate change impacts through electrification.Schipper, who is Dutch, has an abundance of knowledge regarding inland waterway shipping in the Netherlands and in Europe as his family has worked in the field for generations.

23 Sep 2021

Arctic Shipping Requires New Ways to Manage Risks

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In February 2021, LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie, escorted by a nuclear icebreaker, became the first large-capacity cargo vessel to transit the eastern sector of the Northern Sea Route (NSR). The voyage demonstrated that year-round safe navigation is possible along the entire length of the Northern Sea Route (NSR).In the last five years, cargo traffic along the NSR has grown almost fivefold, reaching 33 million tons in 2020. Last year, there were 64 voyages on the NSR compared with 37 in 2019.

23 Sep 2021

Wasaline Inks 10-year Maintenance Deal with Wärtsilä

Wasaline’s new environmentally-friendly ferry, Aurora Botnia. (Photo: Wasaline)

The technology group Wärtsilä and Wasaline, the Finnish–Swedish ferry operator, have signed a 10-year Optimized Maintenance agreement covering the company’s new ferry, the Aurora Botnia. The agreement was signed in June 2021, but became effective in September.Built at the RMC shipyard in Finland, the Aurora Botnia ranks among the most environmentally-friendly RoPax ferries in the world. The ship’s propulsion is based on a hybrid solution featuring the highly efficient Wärtsilä 31DF dual-fuel engine and batteries.

23 Sep 2021

KVH Provides Global VSAT Connectivity to A.M. Nomikos Vessels and Crew

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KVH Industries, Inc., announced that Greek shipmanager A.M. Nomikos has chosen KVH AgilePlans to provide VSAT connectivity for crew welfare and vessel operations. Nova Electronics, KVH’s service partner in Greece, has installed TracPhone V7-HTS antennas on three Nomikos vessels to date and is expected to continue the rollout of KVH’s AgilePlans service on additional vessels within the fleet in the coming months.“Crew welfare is very important to our company, and we expect the…

22 Sep 2021

Rolls-Royce and Sea Machines Partner on Autonomous Ship Control Solutions

Rolls-Royce and Sea Machines Robotics are to collaborate on comprehensive remote command, autonomous control and intelligent crew support systems for the marine market. Denise Kurtulus, Vice President Global Marine at Rolls-Royce Power Systems, and Michael Johnson, CEO and founder of Sea Machines, signed the strategic cooperation agreement at Monaco Yacht Show. (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce and Sea Machines Robotics announced they are working together to deliver remote command, autonomous control and intelligent crew support systems to the marine market.As part of this agreement, Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems and Sea Machines, the developer of remote-vessel command and autonomous control systems, will join forces on the development and sale of fully and semi-autonomous vessel control systems.Michael Johnson, CEO and founder of Sea Machines, said…

22 Sep 2021

Wärtsilä and SHI Collaborate on Ammonia Fueled Engines

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Finnish technology group Wärtsilä and Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) have teamed up to develop ammonia-fueled vessels as the cleaner burning fuel gains traction amid the maritime industry’s drive toward decarbonization.Under the joint development program (JDP) agreement signed between the two firms in July 2021, the partners will aim to develop ammonia-fueled vessels with four-stroke auxiliary engines available for future newbuild projects.Ammonia, which continues to gain interest as a marine fuel worldwide…

22 Sep 2021

New Marlink Application Partner Program Aims to Accelerate Digitalization

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Marlink launched a new Application Partner Program aimed at supporting the increasingly rapid digitalization trend in maritime.To support the adoption of digital solutions, the program intends to provide direct digital enablement benefits to ship operators and application providers. With more than 600 ships currently connected and serviced under the new program, vessel operators are able to tap operational cost savings and application service providers are enlarging their scope…

21 Sep 2021

Q88 Launches Q88PRO Data Platform

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Maritime software company Q88 on Tuesday announced the launch of Q88PRO, a platform designed to provide shipowners a faster, simpler and more complete view of their fleet and the global tanker supply.The Q88PRO solution provides a view of the marketplace from a single, central access point. With Q88PRO, users can upload and access fleet data and positions and easily compare to the competitive environment. The system integrates data sources, like global fixtures, and has insightful statistics to help improve decision making.

21 Sep 2021

Zelim, Chartwell Building Remotely Operated Offshore Rescue Vessel

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Zelim, a company previously known as Offshore Survival Systems, has teamed up with naval architect Chartwell Marine to deliver a remotely operated rescue vessel designed to be mounted on offshore facilities."Offshore energy sites present a hazardous environment for personnel and vessel crews, where there is always a risk of man overboard (MOB) incidents. However, traditional approaches to search and recovery are unsuitable for many offshore facilities. In an environment where every second counts…

20 Sep 2021

NAVTOR Opens Poland Office

Anders Holme, CTO, Jacek Maszota, manager of Poland offices, and NAVTOR CEO Tor Svanes. (Photo: NAVTOR)

NAVTOR has opened a new office in Gdansk, Poland, dedicated to accelerating development of cloud-based and AI solutions and adding to its existing software development network in Houston, St Petersburg, and Egersund, Norway.NAVTOR CEO Tor Svanes sees the move as a continuation of the firm’s evolution, as it creates a far-reaching product portfolio built on the foundations of its e-Navigation and smart shipping expertise.“It’s always been our vision to take the enhanced efficiency…

20 Sep 2021

Langh Tech Debuts Ballast Water Management System

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Finland-based Langh Tech announced the launch of its new ballast water management system using fine filtration and UV-C irradiation.The system, tailored for retrofit vessels, crowded spaces and extremely challenging operating conditions, was developed in-house on a fast schedule – in less than a year from first ideas to product launch.“During autumn 2020 we started thinking that there might be a need for even more compact systems than the present ones on the market, so we decided to do one,” said Langh Tech Commercial Director Laura Langh-Lagerlöf.

20 Sep 2021

World First ‘Exposed’ Fish Farm Features Fiber Optic Structural Stress Monitoring

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Ocean Farm 1 operator SalMar and DNV engage Light Structures to deliver precise data for decision support and long-term planningSalmar ASA and Light Structures AS entered an agreement for delivery of a Fiber Bragg Grating technology (FBG)-based structural monitoring system for installation on the Ocean Farm 1 aquaculture facility, located in open water near Frohavet on Norway’s west coast.Making its debut on what is touted as the first ever ‘offshore fish farm’ in 2017, Ocean…

20 Sep 2021

Ecochlor Submits Filterless and Hybrid BWMS for USCG Type Approval

Ecochlor has filed an application for the EcoOne Filterless and EcoOne Hybrid ballast water management systems (BWMS) with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) for Type Approval. Image courtesy Ecochlor

Ecochlor filed an application for the EcoOne Filterless and EcoOne Hybrid ballast water management systems (BWMS) with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) for Type Approval. “This application is an amendment to Ecochlor’s existing BWMS Type Approval; it is our expectation that the EcoOne and EcoOne Hybrid will receive USCG type approval certification by the end of 2021,” said Steve Candito, CEO.“Receiving IMO Type Approval and filing the application for USCG Type Approval is a significant…

17 Sep 2021

Svanehøj Buys Wärtsilä Tank Control Systems

Finland-based marine equipment and technology firm Wärtsilä has sold Wärtsilä Tank Control Systems business to Svanehøj, a Danish gas pump specialist involved in the design and manufacture of specialized deep well pump solutions within the areas of gas pumps, fuel pumps, products and chemicals, and offshore products.Wärtsilä Tank Control Systems designs, builds, sells, and services measurement systems for gas tanks on LNG ships, offshore storage, and land-based LNG terminals.

16 Sep 2021

Nautilus Labs, TotalEnergies Expand Emissions Reduction Pilot

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Nautilus Labs expanded the pilot phase initiated with TotalEnergies, a pilot aiming to optimize liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier’s fleet performance and reduce greenhouse gas emissions on its path towards carbon neutrality.TotalEnergies was looking for a technology partner to visualize and analyze fleet data in order to optimize overall operational efficiency and cut emissions. The charterer works with various owners and therefore requires a solution that can easily and seamlessly integrate with all existing ship-to-shore systems.

16 Sep 2021

Techcross BWMS Selected for Anthony Veder Fleet

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Techcross said its Europe office has signed a contract to install ballast water management systems (BWMS) aboard Dutch shipping company Anthony Veder Rederijzaken B.V.'s fleet of gas carriers.Through this order, 13 of Anthony Veder's vessels will be equipped with a direct electrolysis BWMS, Electro-Cleen System (ECS). Depending on the size of the vessel, products with 300 to 450 tons will be delivered sequentially by 2024, and delivery to the first vessel will begin immediately from the third quarter of this year.Founded in 1937…

16 Sep 2021

FuelTrax, TOPL Partner on BaaS Platform to enhance Energy Trade Transparency

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FuelTrax has partnered with Topl to use Topl’s Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) platform to meet the demand for greater transparency in energy trading operations.With blockchain integrated into EFMS products, each step in the energy trading process has an equivalent digital step, including contract formation, asset tracking, and delivery of the product. As supply chain events occur in real-time, each is added to the Topl Blockchain, where a tamperproof record will live forever,…

16 Sep 2021

Yanmar to Power MOL's New Dual-fuel Coal Carrier

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Japan's Yanmar said Thursday it had received an order for dual fuel 6EY22ALDF engines which will be used to power generators on board Mitsui O.S.K. Lines' new LNG-fueled large coal carrier. The coal carrier will be built by Namura Shipbuilding."Emission regulations in the marine sector are becoming ever more stringent, with LNG vessels being adopted globally as a means of reducing environmental impact. As this trend has progressed in recent years, dual-fuel engines have attracted ever more attention…

16 Sep 2021

CIMAC World Congress: The Place Where the Large Engine Industry Meets

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Every three years, the large engine industry meets for the CIMAC World Congress. Next year, after Helsinki in 2016 and Vancouver in 2019, Busan in South Korea will host the CIMAC Congress from June 13 -17, 2022. Shipbuilding is dominated by Asia with South Korea as key player for decades. So, there is good reason for the Congress to meet there.But, to first address the question that is currently being asked the most: Against the background of the pandemic, will the congress really take place? No one can know for sure, and there is certainly no guarantee.

16 Sep 2021

Kongsberg to Deliver Vessel Insight for 26 Island Offshore Vessels

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Norwegian offshore vessel owner Island Offshore has tasked Kongsberg Digital with equipping its whole vessel fleet with Kongsberg Vessel Insight infrastructure solution.With 26 offshore vessels expected to feature Kongsberg's solutions, this is one of the largest contracts for Vessel Insight since the software solution was launched in 2019."By installing the Vessel Insight infrastructure, Island Offshore will collect all the data from its fleet using a common platform. The data collected will enable the company to use advanced decision support tools and benchmark its vessels…

15 Sep 2021

Cox Marine Hires Wesson as COO

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Cox Marine, a British manufacturer of high-powered diesel outboard engines for the global marine industry, announced it has appointed Gavin Wesson as its new Chief Operating Officer with immediate effect.Wesson has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing and engineering operations, supply chain, and overall business leadership. He has held senior leadership roles at GKN Aerospace, GE Aviation and Doncasters Group, and, most recently, COO of Civil Airframe at GKN Aerospace.In this newly created role…

15 Sep 2021

Marine Battery Firm Corvus Plans 4Q IPO

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Marine battery maker Corvus plans an initial public offer (IPO) in the fourth quarter, aiming to list its shares on the Oslo Stock Exchange, its top executive said on Wednesday.The company, which assembles battery cells into giant batteries for ships such as ferries, cruise vessels, tug boats, [and offshore support vessels] expects the global market for such solutions to be worth $10 billion in 2030."We see that already ... the backlog is three times what it was a year ago," Chief Executive Geir Bjoerkeli told an energy conference."To take that growth…

14 Sep 2021

Ecochlor’s Filterless EcoOne & EcoOne Hybrid BWMS Get IMO Type Approval

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Ecochlor received IMO BWMS Code Type Approval for its EcoOne and EcoOne Hybrid BWMSs from the Norwegian Maritime Authority. This certification is an amendment to Ecochlor’s existing BWMS Type Approval and is in accordance with the recent and more stringent standards set by IMO Resolution MEPC.300 (72), Code for Approval of Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS Code).In September 2021 Eochlor received IMO BWMS Code Type Approval for these systems and are on track to get USCG Type Approval by the end of the year…

14 Sep 2021

SafeSTS, Gall Thomson Launch PTX to Improve STS Transfers Safety

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Unexpected mooring breakouts are a risk during offshore STS operations. SafeSTS and Gall Thomson aim to offer a solution, launching the Protective Transfer System (PTX). Using the flip-flap marine breakaway coupling technology used within other Gall Thomson products for more than 20 years, the PTX is designed to provide rapid, safe, on-demand release within the marine hose transfer system.An ultra-compact system which includes its own HPU and transport and reset skid, the PTX is located directly over the vessel’s manifold drip tray…

13 Sep 2021

USCG Issues Safety Alert on Accommodation Ladders

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A recent marine casualty resulting in an injury of a crewmember on board a foreign freight vessel brought to light a potentially dangerous situation involving the turntable pin on accommodation ladders, the U.S. Coast Guard pointed out in a recent safety alert developed by the Investigators of Sector Delaware Bay and distributed by the Office of Investigations and Analysis. Currently, there are no established timelines or requirements to replace turntable pins. Without proper and periodic examination and replacement…

13 Sep 2021

HVAC: Three Challenges to Challenge Engineers

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“On the 27th of July, 1850, I sailed from Baltimore in the ship Nonantum, of Boston, (Bates, master,) bound to San Francisco. In the ship's hold was stowed 1,050 tons of coal. The second morning after the commencement of the storm, smoke had been discovered between decks. The alarming truth instantly flashed upon our minds. The gas that originated from the coal had generated fire. They next proceeded to close the hatches, and caulked every seam tightly, in the hope of arresting the progress of the fire it was impossible to extinguish.” -Incidents On Land and Water…

13 Sep 2021

Fairbanks Morse Defense Acquires Hunt Valve Company, Inc.

Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD), a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management, has acquired Hunt Valve Company Inc., a specialty manufacturer of naval valves and electromechanical actuators. This acquisition expands FMD’s capabilities and service solutions for shipyard, defense, and industrial customers – including its support for and offerings to the U.S. Nuclear Navy.The transaction includes Hunt Valve, the Hunt Valve Actuator Division, MB Valve (Montreal Bronze), and Pima Valve, LLC.“Our core customers value quality, reliability, and convenience, and the addition of Hunt Valve to the Fairbanks Morse Defense brand allows us to enhance the customer experience by offering a wider range of aftermarket support services through a single vendor,” said FMD CEO George Whittier.

13 Sep 2021

Perkins Provides Aux Power to Majestic Ferries' Newbuilds

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Majestic Ferries Pte Ltd has selected Perkins’ marine engines to power more of their fleet, most recently through the supply of six Perkins E70M auxiliary engines. Two engines will power the generator set onboard each of the three new Incat Crowther 42 series offering a high-speed service on the Singapore/Batam route.“We have a good relationship with Majestic Ferries Pte Ltd,” said Danny Lim from Multico PowerDrive Pte Ltd, the Perkins distributor for Singapore. “The Perkins E70M engines do more than meet the power and application requirements…

13 Sep 2021

VARD Orders Kongsberg PM Thrusters for Rem Offshore's CSOV Duo

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Norway's Kongsberg Maritime has won a deal with VARD shipyard to supply a large package of permanent magnet (PM) thrusters for installation on two new offshore wind farm maintenance vessels ordered by REM Offshore. The scope of delivery for the two Construction Service Operations Vessels (CSOV) includes PM azimuth thrusters, together with PM tunnel thrusters and a retractable azimuth thruster. PM thrusters differ from conventional thrusters in that the propeller blades are not driven directly with a motor and shaft.

10 Sep 2021

ClassNK Publishes Guidelines for Ships Using Alternative Fuels

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Classification society ClassNK announced on Friday it has released “Guidelines for Ships Using Alternative Fuels”, updated with safety requirements for ships using ammonia as fuel on previously issued “Guidelines for Ships Using Low-Flashpoint Fuels” covering liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)/methanol/ethanol.Ammonia has captured attention as a zero carbon fuel. Appropriate safety measures are required for ammonia as it is toxic to humans and corrosive to materials, while specific international standards for the use of ammonia as a marine fuel have not yet been established.

08 Sep 2021

Mackay Marine Selected as Iridium GMDSS Global Service Provider Partner

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Global marine electronics and satellite communications provider, Mackay Communications, Inc., dba Mackay Marine, announced it has joined the select cadre of worldwide Iridium GMDSS Service Providers for Iridium’s new Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) service. Mackay is similarly a global partner with Lars Thrane A/S, the first, and currently the only manufacturer of an IMO-certified Iridium GMDSS terminal, the LT-3100S.Iridium’s implementation and accelerated…

08 Sep 2021

ABB Launches Containerized ESS for Ships

ABB's Containerized Energy Storage System integrates battery power in a standard 20-foot container (Image: ABB)

Responding to growing demand for new technologies that enable low- and zero-emissions vessel operations, ABB has developed a containerized energy storage system (ESS) that integrates sustainable battery power for existing ships.The complete, plug-in solution allows shipowners to install sustainable marine energy storage at scale, housed in a standard 20-foot high-cube ISO container and ready to integrate with the vessel’s main power distribution system. All batteries, converters…

07 Sep 2021

Canada's New Oil Spill Response Boats Powered by Scania

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Engine manufacturer Scania said it has been selected by the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) to power four 52-foot oil spill response landing crafts.Currently in production by family-owned Burlington, Wash welded aluminum boat manufacturer the William E. Munson Company, the vessels are powered by twin keel-cooled 750 HP Scania DI13-liter 088M engines with Twin Disc 5095 marine gearboxes, supplied by distributor Cascade Engine Center. Propulsion is provided by Hamilton 403 waterjets. This combination offers a top speed of 35 knots at full power.

07 Sep 2021

Lloyd’s Register Partners with Inmarsat for Remote Survey Solution

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Classification society Lloyd’s Register (LR) and mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat announced they are partnering to provide a connectivity solution that will address challenges experienced during remote surveys.The new solution uses LR Remote, a specifically engineered application for remote inspection that enables crew members to livestream video, photos and audio from on board a ship to an LR technical specialist located elsewhere and will be empowered by Inmarsat’s Certified Application Provider (CAP) dedicated bandwidth service called Fleet Connect…

07 Sep 2021

New Maritime Equipment Supplier Nordic Fender Opens for Business

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Norwegian company Fonna Vekst announced it has formed a new maritime equipment supplier called Nordic Fender.The Husnes-headquartered firm offers products in ship and port fendering as well as equipment for transferring liquid cargo between ships, including hoses, couplings, ropes and chains to customers worldwide.Åsmund Lilleaas has been hired as sales director to run the business.Nordic Fenders main product line, the pneumatic fender series, is in full compliance with the ISO 17357-1:2014 standard.In addition to the office in Norway, Nordic Fender said it will soon open offices in strategic

06 Sep 2021

Hyundai Heavy Industries Raises $935M. Eyes New Tech Investments

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South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries has raised $935 million after pricing its IPO at the top of its indicative range, with much of the proceeds set to fund investments in new technology.It offered 18 million new shares or 20% of shares outstanding in a range of 52,000-60,000 won per share.It is expected to list on the KOSPI on Sept. 16.Hyundai Heavy plans to use about 760 billion won ($660 million) of the proceeds to invest in future technologies, including eco-friendly ships and digital ship technology…

01 Sep 2021

RINA Acquires Logimatic Solutions

RINA acquired the entire share capital of Logimatic Solutions, a Danish software company with a turnover of about 6 million Euros that will be fully integrated within the RINA Group. Its nearly 50 employees will continue in the current structure from its offices in Denmark, Singapore and Chile. This acquisition is in line with RINA’s strategic plan and will boost the company’s knowledge of digital solutions.The move will add SERTICA to the RINA portfolio of maritime offerings, while INEXTIA, FOTODOK and RENOMATIC will complement RINA’s businesses in the energy and industry sectors. SERTICA is a fleet management solution, which integrates a wide range of functions…

31 Aug 2021

Gulf Coast Fuel Supply & FUELTRAX Partner

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Gulf Coast Fuel Supply, an offshore fuel supplier specializing in MGO and VLSFO deliveries at the Galveston Lightering area, has partnered with FUELTRAX to install its fuel monitoring solution on the chemical tanker Bonaire Trader. Bonaire Trader was built in 2007 and has previously operated at South African ports. She now serves customers in the Galveston area near Houston, Texas. The vessel's carrying capacity is 11255 t DWT, and her current draught is reported to be 5.6 meters. Her length overall (LOA) is 116.5 meters, and her width is 20 meters.

31 Aug 2021

ABS Platform Offers Advanced Weather Forecasting

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ABS announced it is adding on-demand, high-resolution historical and forecast weather data on its ABS My Digital Fleet risk management platform together with weather service provider Meteomatics.This latest addition to the ABS My Digital Fleet Alliance Program unlocks weather data that enables actionable insights for users to help them understand and lower fuel consumption, improving bunker costs and carbon intensity levels, the classification society said. Additionally, the potential…

31 Aug 2021

Alfa Laval Making Headway on Methanol Solutions

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Seen as a next step toward the maritime industry’s decarbonization goals, Methanol—if produced from renewable green sources—will bring the industry to a level of carbon neutrality. At Alfa Laval, the technologies to enable that step are being developed.As a low-flashpoint fuel, methanol poses significant challenges that require a new approach to fuel supply. Alfa Laval is partnering with MAN Energy Solutions to develop a low-flashpoint supply system (LFSS) for ME-LGIM two-stroke engines.

30 Aug 2021

Corvus to Supply Battery for Crowley's All-electric Tug

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Corvus Energy announced it has been selected by ABB Marine & Ports to supply the energy storage system for Crowley Maritime Corporation's all-electric tug eWolf—the first of its kind in the U.S.Crowley, which announced its plans to build and operate the innovative harbor tug in July, has tapped Master Boat Builders, Inc., in Alabama to build the vessel and ABB to deliver its integrated electric propulsion system and vessel control technology.The 82-foot-long vessel will be installed with 6.2 MWh of Corvus Orca Energy battery…

27 Aug 2021

Techcross Reports 'Surging' BWMS Orders

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South Korean ballast water management systems (BWMS) manufacturer Techcross said orders for its systems are "soaring" in line with the improvements in the global shipbuilding market. The company said it sees business picking up in China, Japan and especially Korea, with good performance in high value-added vessels such as very large cruse carriers (VLCC) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.Techcross reported orders at all of South Korea's domestic "Big 3" shipyards Korea…

26 Aug 2021

Austal Partners with Computing Services Company DUG

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Shipbuilder Austal Australia said it has engaged Perth-based high-performance computing as a service (HPCaaS) company DUG Technology group to provide burst compute and storage services to the Henderson, Western Australia shipyard.HPCaaS (HPC) provider DUG plans to build the world’s first climate-positive HPC data center in Geraldton, Western Australia; powered by renewables and featuring the company’s patented immersion cooling system that reduces power consumption by up to 51%…

26 Aug 2021

Veth Propulsion Now Available Throughout North America

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Veth Propulsion’s portfolio of products, including azimuth rudder propellers, thrusters and marine electronics, will now be fully available across North America, parent company Twin Disc announced. The equipment will be offered through Twin Disc’s Authorized Sales and Service Providers.“Increasing the availability of Veth Propulsion’s products in North America strategically expands our market opportunity within the marine industry,” said Tim Batten, vice president, sales, Twin Disc, provider of power transmission technology for marine and land-based applications.

26 Aug 2021

Tech File: X-Series Waterjets

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Launched in 2018 to cater to the propulsion demands of high-speed vessel applications, Marine Jet Power’s (MJP) X-Series waterjets are engineered to deliver more power in a lighter unit that burns less fuel and extends range.“With the X Series we have taken our proven highly efficient mixed flow pump technology from our DRB and CSU Series, and adopted it into a fully integrated, quick to install waterjet which is mostly constructed from duplex stainless steel,” said Jonas Tegström, CEO of Sweden-based MJP.

26 Aug 2021

Starnav Opts for SCHOTTEL Propulsion

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With a milestone project for South America, the Brazilian towage group Starnav is setting sails to reach the IMO 2030 goals: Starnav has contracted Detroit shipyard in Itajaí, Brazil, for equipping four newly built tugs with SCHOTTEL RudderPropellers. One of the 32 meter long and 11.6 meter wide escort tugs will feature the SCHOTTEL patented SYDRIVE-M technology right from start; the other three will be configured to be SYDRIVE-ready. As a mechanical hybrid solution without the costly complexity of common hybrid technology…

26 Aug 2021

The Path to Zero: Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, TotalEnergies Study LCO2 Carrier

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Mitsubishi Shipbuilding has initiated a feasibility study with TotalEnergies for the development of a liquefied CO2 (LCO2) carrier, a key plank in the CO2 ecosystem as carbon dioxide capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) attracts increasing attention worldwide. An LCO2 carrier would play a pivotal role in transporting CO2 from its emission sources to storage sites or facilities for utilization, and demand for these vessels is expected to increase in the future.Mitsubishi Shipbuilding is actively pursuing commercialization of LCO2 carriers…

25 Aug 2021

Sperry Marine Debuts Additional Military Layers on VisionMaster Radar and ECDIS

VisionMaster's Additional Military Layers include a Target Intercept feature which allows the operator to plan and execute intercept manoeuvres between one vessel and another. (Image: Sperry Marine)

Sperry Marine has strengthened its portfolio of military navigation solutions with the release of Additional Military Layers (AML) for its VisionMaster series of Radars and ECDIS.The AMLs have been developed to allow defense and naval users to take advantage of Sperry’s commercial radar systems on demanding military assignments on small and large vessels. The latest enhancement supports the display of AMLs created to support both command and control and provide digital navigation…

25 Aug 2021

Kongsberg Digitial Scores South Korea Sim Center Contract Wins

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Kongsberg Digital (KDI) won four successive contracts with maritime training centers, schools and universities in South Korea.In the first quarter of 2021, the delivery of K-Sim Offshore and DP simulators to the Korea Institute of Maritime and Fishery Technology (KIMFT) was followed by the handover of K-Sim Mooring simulators to the Busan Techno Park foundation, an organization dedicated to the development of mid- and long-term strategies and policies for local industries.Following this, KDI has been awarded contracts by two of Korea’s most distinguished educational establishments.

24 Aug 2021

Michell Bearings Incorporates US Business

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Michell Bearings, a U.K. Babbitt bearing manufacturer that supplies products to the global industrial and naval industries, has announced the incorporation of a U.S. business, Michell Bearings Inc.The incorporation will allow customers in North America, especially those in the U.S. naval industry, to collaborate with Michell Bearings in more efficient way, the company said. It will also assist Michell Bearings in providing engineering and manufacturing content on future programs from the United States.Located within an 8,500 sq. ft. facility in Sioux Falls, S.D., Michell Bearings Inc.

24 Aug 2021

ABB to Fit Tallink's Ferry Megastar with Shore Connection

Tallink Grupp shuttle vessel Megastar (Photo: Tallink Grupp)

ABB’s shore connection solution will allow Tallink shuttle vessel Megastar to plug into the local grid for quiet and emission-free overnight layovers in the Port of Tallinn.Fueled by low-emission liquefied natural gas (LNG), passenger and car ferry Megastar makes three return journeys between the Estonian and Finnish capitals per day, with an overnight stay in Tallinn where it needs to keep generators running to ensure energy availability for onboard systems. With ABB’s shore connection solution…

24 Aug 2021

Karstensens Shipyard Taps Wärtsilä Power for Newbuild FVs

Gifico’s new fishing vessel, “Ginneton”, will operate with a Wärtsilä 32 main engine and other Wärtsilä solutions. © Karstensens Shipyard

Danish shipbuilder Karstensens Shipyard placed main propulsion equipment orders for two new fishing vessels with Wärtsilä. The first vessel is a custom designed 77-m overall length fishing vessel the ‘Christina S’, owned and operated by the Fraserburgh, Scotland based Simpson family’s Christina S Fishing Company in partnership with P&J Johnston. It will be powered by a Wärtsilä 31 main engine, and will also feature other Wärtsilä solutions including an NOx Reducer emissions reduction system, the reduction gear, controllable pitch propeller, and ProTouch propulsion remote control system.

23 Aug 2021

NOV to Design and Equip Cadeler's New WTIVs

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NOV announced it has signed a contract to design and equip two wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV) newbuilds for Denmark-based Cadeler. The new vessels will have the largest jacking capacity in the industry and will be able to transport and install seven complete 15 MW turbine sets or five sets of 20-plus MW turbines, NOV said.Under its deal with COSCO SHIPPING Heavy Industry and Cadeler, NOV will supply the overall design for the GustoMSC NG-20000X self-propelled jack-up…

23 Aug 2021

Electronic Navigational Charts: An Update and Some Issues

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In November 2019, the Office of Coast Survey (OCS), part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), announced the start of a five-year program to “sunset” all raster and paper nautical charts.NOAA has produced electronic navigational charts (ENCs) since 1993. In the 2019 notice, NOAA writes that “ENC sales increased 425% since 2008, while sales of paper charts are now half of 2008 levels.”For NOAA and mariners, a focus on electronic charts and publications promises many advantages. With a singular focus, NOAA can use its resources more efficiently.

23 Aug 2021

ClassNK Publishes 3D Printing Guidelines

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Classification society ClassNK released its “Guidelines for Additive Manufacturing(3D Printing)” that summarize the approval requirements for metallic marine equipment by additive manufacturing technology.Additive manufacturing, also know as 3D printing, is a method for manufacturing by laminating and combining materials such as resin and metal based on 3D model data. Its feature is the capability to mold complex and high-precision shapes.In recent years, the use of additive manufacturing technology has been rapidly expanding in manufacturing metallic products…

20 Aug 2021

Seall Enters Distribution Partnership with Mackay Marine

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Aberdeen, Scotland-based Seall has secured a partnership with global marine electronics and service provider Mackay Marine to distribute Seall’s suite of software solutions and products to the maritime industry, as they expand their worldwide footprint.Mackay Marine, headquartered in North Carolina, USA, has 50 locations in 16 countries, making it Seall’s largest distribution partnership agreement to-date. Seall will work with Mackay to build and scale their offering across their network of partners and customers.

19 Aug 2021

SCHOTTEL Inks Pacific Northwest Service Deals

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SCHOTTEL Inc (USA) and SCHOTTEL Canada Inc have entered into a cooperative agreement with two Canadian West Coast marine industry companies to support the increasing local fleet of SCHOTTEL-propelled vessels. In the agreement, Seaspan Vancouver Drydock, based in North Vancouver, will act as a service and support center while McRae Electric, based in Burnaby, will be electric and controls service provider.Since the establishment of SCHOTTEL Canada Inc in 2016, the number of vessels equipped with SCHOTTEL propulsion systems in the Pacific Northwest area have increased enormously.

18 Aug 2021

Steerprop to Deliver Azimuth Propulsors for Series of RAmparts Tugs

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UZMAR Shipyards has chosen Steerprop to deliver six SP 20 WD azimuth propulsion units for a series of three Robert Allan Ltd. designed RAmparts 2300_UZM tugs being built.The contract for the six SP 20 WD azimuth propulsion units, delivering 1,610 kW of power each, was signed in April 2021 and will be delivered in the third quarter of 2021.“The Robert Allan designed RAmparts 2300_UZM tugs with 50+ ton of bollard pull are very efficient and agile tugs, providing a lot of performance in a compact package,” said Donato Agostinelli, Sales Manager at Steerprop.

18 Aug 2021

Partners to Produce Retractable Bow Foils

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Wavefoil and IP Huse have signed an agreement on the production of retractable bow foils. The partners have entered into a cooperation agreement where I P Huse will produce Wavefoil's largest products.Wavefoil AS is a Norwegian company, founded in 2016, which offers retractable bow foils (underwater wings) for ships. The foils typically save 5-15% fuel and improve comfort on board. The benefits of bow foils have long been known, but Wavefoil is the first company to have developed…

17 Aug 2021

Fairbanks Morse Ships USS Cleveland (LCS 31) Engines

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Fairbanks Morse Engine (FME), a division of Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD), shipped two 16-cylinder Fairbanks Morse engines to Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wis., for the USS Cleveland (LCS 31), the 16th ship of the U.S. Navy's Freedom-class LCS variant.FME was awarded a contract in 2019 to build and deliver Main Propulsion Diesel Engines (MPDE's) for the vessel.FME has provided power and propulsion services to the U.S. Navy for more than 70 years and powers more than 80% of the Navy's ships with medium-speed applications.

17 Aug 2021

MacGregor to Equip US' Largest Hopper Dredge

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MacGregor, part of Cargotec, will deliver two large, 120 ft. double telescopic service cranes and one 50 ft. telescopic stores crane for a self-propelled hopper dredge. Currently being built for Manson Construction Co., the Frederick Paup will be the largest ever self-propelled trailing suction hopper dredge built in the USA and will operate all over the country.The order was placed by Keppel AmFELS, Inc. and booked into Cargotec’s 2020 fourth quarter order intake. The cranes are planned to be delivered to the yard by the end of 2021…

16 Aug 2021

Marine Autonomy: The Future is Being Revealed

Foss ASD 90 class tractor tug (Photo: Foss Maritime)

Automation, where routine tasks are handled by machines, has been talked about throughout maritime sectors for much of the 21st Century. Initially touted by suppliers of engine room and bridge management systems for its cost savings (with reduced manning levels), its value proposition was then infused with risk management (reduced human error) and remote operations, where vessels could be managed from a shoreside control room. In early 2017, Rolls Royce —an early proponent of unmanned operations—teamed with tug operator Svitzer on a remotely operated vessel…

16 Aug 2021

From Cameroon to Kingston: NUWC Helps Fund, Hires URI Doctoral Student Specialized in Corrosion

Irine Neba Neba Mforsoh performing an experiment in Professor Arun Shukla’s Dynamic Photomechanics Laboratory at URI. (Photo courtesy of Irine Neba Neba Mforsoh)

For those operating equipment on, under or near the water for commercial or recreational purposes, the corrosive effects of saltwater can be costly. For the U.S. Navy, the ramifications could be much more severe.As a doctoral student in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics at the University of Rhode Island, Irine Neba Mforsoh studied the long-term effects seawater and ultraviolet radiation have on the materials used to coat marine structures.After earning her doctorate in spring 2021…

13 Aug 2021

Wärtsilä Upgrades Its 20DF Dual-fuel Engine

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Wärtsilä introduced an upgraded version of its Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engine that delivers increased power output, has a reduced environmental impact, and will feature a lower fuel consumption. It will also further increase the engine’s fuel flexibility by allowing a much wider gas quality span, down to methane number (MN) 65, while still delivering full output.The engine’s power per cylinder is increased from 185 to 195 kW, while the methane slip is lowered by as much as 40%, thereby reducing the CO2 emissions, according to the manufacturer.

12 Aug 2021

Robosys Testing Advanced Navigation Systems on the Solent

Robosys’ autonomous navigating test vessel ‘Roborat’ cruising on the Solent verifying Voyager 100’s collision avoidance decisions. (Photo: Robosys)

Robosys’ latest product, Voyager 100, is aimed at commercial and workboat vessels and is currently going through a vigorous system-verification series of tests to check and verify that the system is avoiding collisions by making safe and COLREGS compliant decisions – autonomously.For more than a decade, Robosys has been providing Advanced Navigation Systems for manned and unmanned vessels, offering a 24/7 autonomous Situation Awareness capability to keep vessels safe from collision with other vessels or objects.

11 Aug 2021

Cyber Security Threats Challenge International Shipping Industry

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The crippling ransomware attack against the Colonial oil pipeline in the U.S. in May 2021 should be a wake up call for the maritime industry. As a critical part of the global supply chain, the shipping industry could become an attractive target for cyber criminals and politically motivated attacks. Marine insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty explores these challenges in its latest Safety & Shipping Review 2021.The 9,000km long Colonial Pipeline, which connects some 30 oil refineries and nearly 300 fuel distribution terminals…

11 Aug 2021

Wärtsilä to Power Two New Australian RoPax Ferries

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Finnish technology group Wärtsilä said it will supply the engines and fuel gas supply systems for two new Ro-Pax ferries being built at the Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) yard in Finland for Australian ferry fleet owner and operator TT-Line Company Pty Ltd.TT-Line currently operates two ferries, Spirit of Tasmania I and Spirit of Tasmania II, both of which operate with Wärtsilä engines, on the route between Melbourne, Victoria and Devonport, Tasmania. This fleet is now being renewed by the building of two new 212-meter-long vessels…

11 Aug 2021

Common Structural Rules Software Updated to Comply with Latest IACS Rules

Common Structural Rules Software LLC, a joint venture company formed by ABS and Lloyd’s Register, has updated its software products in line with the latest International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) rule changes.Common Structural Rules (CSR) Prescriptive Analysis (PA) and CSR Finite Element Analysis (FEA) have been updated to meet the latest version of CSR Bulk Carrier and Oil Tanker Rules on January 1, 2021 issued by IACS that entered into force on July 1, 2021.This update assists users with the development of new designs to meet the latest rules as well as the application of older rule versions to designs that may apply to the contract date of the ship.The software provides users with an easy way to evaluate ship designs against CSR and is employed by around 500 users.

10 Aug 2021

DARPA Funds Tech to better Detect Whales

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Charles River Analytics won a $1.5 million follow-on contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a multi-sensor fusion module that incorporates deep learning to autonomously and accurately detect whales and other aquatic mammals.To protect marine mammals from collisions and sonar exposure, sailors must keep a vigilant lookout. Operators of remotely operated vehicles must also stay alert, and uncrewed surface vehicles’ (USVs) currently limited and narrow video feeds create risk, too.

10 Aug 2021

Desmi Opens New Office in Japan

Desmi opened its own office in Tokyo, Japan. The new office, which is a legal entity of DESMI Ocean Guard A/S, will be headed by Noribumi Suganuma as of August 1, 2021. Noribumi Suganuma has 18 years’ experience in the shipping and marine industries in Japan, as well as several years’ experience from the automotive industry. The main focus of the new endeavor will be the sale of DESMI’s Marine & Offshore products with special attention to ballast water management systems. “Japan represents a significant potential market for DESMI. Measured by GDP Japan is the third largest economy in the world, and seen from a shipowner perspective, it is the second largest in the world.

09 Aug 2021

Wilhelmsen inks deal to sell, distribute Klüber Maritime Lubricant Range

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As of August 1, 2021, Wilhelmsen will begin to take over sales, logistics and consulting for Klüber Lubrication’s maritime portfolio for its sea going vessels. Initially within European countries and Southeast Asia, followed by the rest of the world from October 2021. “This exclusive partnership pairs Klüber Lubrication’s market-leading marine lubricants with our unrivalled sales, customer service and supply network," said Kjell Andre Engen, EVP Marine Products, Wilhelmsen.Complementing Wilhelmsen’s existing marine products portfolio…

09 Aug 2021

ExxonMobil Initiates ULSFO, LSFO Barge Deliveries in New Zealand

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ExxonMobil has started barge deliveries of two grades of IMO-compliant, low-sulfur marine fuel, namely, DMA 0.001%S [Ultra Low Sulfur Marine Diesel] and DMB 0.01%S [Low Sulfur Marine Diesel] at the Port of Tauranga, New Zealand, enhancing its offer in the Asia Pacific region.The arrival of MT Kormako, the first and only bunker barge in Port of Tauranga, enhances ExxonMobil’s bunkering operation at the Port of Tauranga as fuel deliveries are now available for vessels berthed at Sulfur Point along with land-based refuelling for those moored at the port.

09 Aug 2021

Seismic Isolation System for Pair of Quayside Container Cranes

The crane BASIS is installed in the saddle bracket between the sill beam and main equalizer beam. There are four corners for each crane. This photo shows two corners on the waterside; the two corners on the landside are not shown. Photo courtesy Casper, Phillips & Associates Inc. (CPA).

A seismic isolation system provided by Casper, Phillips & Associates Inc. (CPA) has been installed on two quayside container cranes.The crane base anti-seismic isolation system (BASIS) is built on non-linear time history analysis (NLTHA) and is designed to protect the crane main structure from damage even in contingency level earthquakes. BASIS has been successfully installed and commissioned on two cranes that are in a major seismic zone in Turkey. The cranes, installed at Asyaport, have a 100 ft. (30.48m) gantry span, 223 ft. (68m) outreach, 66 ft. (20m) back-reach, and 152 ft.

09 Aug 2021

Ship Recycling Prices Continue to Defy Gravity

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Prices across the Indian sub-continent ship recycling markets continue their impressive upward trajectory this week, as end buyers press on for any available tonnage, at levels well above $600/LT LDT, especially in the case of Bangladesh and a now firming Pakistani market.The summer months have brought with them a relative paucity of units, which is somewhat surprising given the record levels we are witnessing once again and the fact that the market has more than doubled in just the space of a year.Any supply of vessels is largely from the beleaguered tanker and offshore sectors, but there are

06 Aug 2021

Q&A: Inside the Scienco InTank Ballast Water Treatment System

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Rudy Mes and Giles Candy of Scienco/FAST discuss advantages for ship owners and shipbuilders with the Scienco InTank Ballast Water Treatment System.How doest the InTank system stand out?Rudy Mes We found that most vessels have issues (when) treatment is being done during the intake of ballast water or during de-ballasting, as it puts a strain on power consumption and pump capacity. So we decided we’re not going to treat the water while we’re in port, we’re going to treat it during the voyage.

06 Aug 2021

Thruster Tech: Capturing Performance Data for Design of Unmanned Vehicles

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Conducting a sea trial is a necessary step upon delivery of a ship. This activity not only documents and validates anticipated ship speed and power, but if done correctly also provides performance data that can be useful for design purposes. The same holds true for underwater vehicles in general and thrusters in particular. However, while gathering data may seem easy, extracting useful trial data for typical UVs can often be pretty challenging.We should start with an understanding of the system – the Vehicle-Propulsor-Drive system.

05 Aug 2021

Enel, Fincantieri to Study Use of Green Hydrogen in Ports & Shipping

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Europe's biggest utility Enel has agreed to work with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to find ways to use green hydrogen in ports and long-range sea transport."The two companies intend to exploit their expertise and know-how in their respective sectors to identify possible sustainable and innovative solutions," they said in a statement on Thursday.Fincantieri and Enel Green Power Italia will in particular study the supply of green hydrogen to naval, submarine and surface vessels and industrial users in port areas and look into storage systems.Enel’s Eugenio Montale power plant in the town of L

05 Aug 2021

Mercury Marine Announces New Global Leadership Team

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Mercury Marine, the marine propulsion systems division of Brunswick Corporation, announced multiple job moves and promotions within its global leadership team, effective immediately.Will Sangster is promoted to President, Mercury EMEA. Sangster has been General Manager of ANZP since 2014 and added responsibility for the Asia region in 2019. Under his leadership, Mercury APAC has continued to grow revenue and market share. Sangster will relocate to Mercury’s European headquarters in Petit-Rechain…

05 Aug 2021

SBM Offshore Eyes Offshore Wind Project Opportunities

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Oil and gas services company SBM Offshore on Thursday reported a better than expected decline in core profit for the first half of 2021 as it looks to develop floating offshore wind projects.After reducing spending sharply in the face of a pandemic-induced demand collapse, major energy companies have profitted from surging oil and gas prices that have fed into investment budgets, buoying SBM's results.The Dutch company's first-half earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) were down 4% at $501 million, beating the $477 million expected by analysts in a company-provi

04 Aug 2021

Cox Marine Pushing Through Supply Chain Delays

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The 300hp diesel outboard manufacturer has decided to bring its PTT production in-house to alleviate pressures caused by supply chain delays and disruptionsCox Marine began production of the CXO300 in May 2020, and the company said it has seen demand grow strongly for this high-performance diesel outboard engine. However, the pandemic has had a significant impact upon the British diesel manufacturer’s supply chain – particularly the delivery of the major component, the PTT (power, tilt and trim) system.

04 Aug 2021

SafeSTS Offers new ‘Green’ Tech for STS Transfers

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A new ship-to-ship cargo transfer system has been developed and patented by SafeSTS for the Dynamic Positioning (DP) shuttle tankers sector, designed to increase flexibility and efficiency for the export of oil from offshore fields.Traditionally, shuttle tankers are only used in DP mode to load from floating production, storage and offloading platforms, with subsequent transfer to export tankers taking place in side-by-side ship-to-ship transfer operations. The SafeSTS Transfer…

04 Aug 2021

Trelleborg Opens Houston HQ for Marine Solutions

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Trelleborg said its marine and infrastructure operation in North America has recently moved into its new sales office in Houston, Texas, in a move aimed at meeting the growing demands across all North American markets and providing more localized and coordinated customer support for its complimentary product offerings, which include marine fender systems, docking and mooring equipment, transfer link systems, and navigation and piloting solutions.The new 8,600-square-foot office located on the west side of Houston places Trelleborg in the heart of the Houston metro area.

04 Aug 2021

DNV, Nakilat Team to Improve Vessel Software Quality

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Nakilat, DNV, and a group of yards and system suppliers – ABB, Honeywell, Kongsberg and Wärtsilä + Hudong-Zhonghua – have teamed on a joint development project (JDP) to elevate software reliability and maintenance during operations. The JDP, which was initiated in 2020 by Nakilat, has resulted in the launch of a new DNV Recommended Practice (DNV-RP-0582), published in June 2021.“With one of the largest LNG shipping fleets in the world, we are intimately aware of the importance of Information Technology (IT) integrity in ensuring safe…

04 Aug 2021

ClassNK Grants Ffirst DSS (Hull Monitoring) Notation for 211,000-dwt Bulk Carrier

ClassNK granted its notation indicating that the vessel is provided with the cutting edge hull monitoring system, for Dream Clover, a 211,000-dwt bulk carrier which was built by Japan Marine United Corporation for Daiwa Kisen Co., Ltd., and to be chartered by NYK Line (delivery date: July 28, 2021). The vessel is marked with the first DSS (Hull Monitoring) on its notation in ClassNK’s registry.The hull monitoring system equipped to  Dream Clover has functions such as assistance…

03 Aug 2021

SPACEWHALE: Space Tech, AI meet to Monitor Whales from the Heavans

Two Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) from aerial view in the arctic (photo: Michael Schauer)

Modern space technology and artificial intelligence have combined to enhance the conservation of marine animals: the new service, “SPACEWHALE”, developed by a team of creative scientists in Germany and the UK, detects whales from space. Supported by funding from the European Space Agency (ESA) Space Solutions program, this research enables whales and other large marine megafauna to be surveyed at an unprecedented scale. Earth Observation from satellites is developing fast and within a few years, space technology companies aim to provide daily high-resolution images of the whole globe.

02 Aug 2021

Maritime Stakeholders Call for Action to Remove Barriers to Wind Propulsion

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As the maritime industry searches for technologies and energy sources that can deliver on upcoming decarbonization regulations from the IMO and EU and ultimately delivering zero-emissions shipping, the development and deployment of wind propulsion technologies have been making headlines that speak to a growing momentum. Today, sees the release of the report from a group of more than 40 experts and stakeholders that came together for a workshop to identify the strategy priorities for wind propulsion development in the near future…

02 Aug 2021

NOAA Continues Transition to Electronic Navigational Charts

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NOAA is continuing with the sunset plan for paper and raster nautical charts in August and September. A set of 15 charts covering the eastern half of the North Slope of Alaska will be moved into last edition status on August 5, 2021 and will be canceled on February 2, 2022. Another set of 14 charts covering the western half of the North Slope will be moved into last edition status on September 2, 2021 and be cancelled on March 2, 2022.This set of charts has been fully supplanted by new electronic charts as part of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey Raster Sunset Plan…

02 Aug 2021

Tech File: Hydrex Completes Mobile Stern Tube Seal Replacement

Hydrex diver/technician working inside flexible mobdock. Photo courtesy Hydrex

Hydrex mobilized diver/technician teams to vessels in the Netherlands and Australia to carry out stern tube seal replacements. In Flushing the repair was carried out on a 200-meter car carrier, and in Port Burnie, Tasmania, on a 188-meter RoRo vessel.Both ships were leaking oil, making an on-site repair necessary. Using a Hydrex flexible mobdock they were able to carry out these operations on-site and underwater, saving a trip to drydock.Despite the remote location of the RoRo vessel…

30 Jul 2021

Schottel Propulsion for Five Turkish-built, Canada-bound Tugs

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German propulsion firm Schottel has secured an order to deliver a total of ten rudder propellers and two transverse thrusters for five tugs that will serve the LNG carriers stopping at an LNG export facility in Canada.Schottel's equipment will be installed on two LNG-fuelled escort tugs, as well as in three battery-powered harbor tugs. Ordered by Canadian HaiSea Marine, a partnership between the Haisla Nation and Seaspan ULC, the vessels will provide ship assist and towing services to LNG carriers stopping at a new LNG export facility in Kitimat, British Columbia.

29 Jul 2021

EMSA Taps Drone Firm for Long-range Maritime Surveillance Services

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Oslo-listed drone company Nordic Unmanned has received a conditional letter of award from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) for a contract worth up to 20 million euros ($23,75 million).The letter of award is related to fixed-wing RPAS (drone) services carrying out long-range general maritime surveillanceThe official value of the framework contract is EUR 20 million over a period of up to 2+1+1 years. Nordic Unmanned is the contractual partner with EMSA. Nordic Unmanned will utilize Textron Systems' Aerosonde as its drone platform and two complete systems…

29 Jul 2021

Wärtsilä Engines, Thrusters for OHT's Offshore Wind Jack-up Rig

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Finland-based maritime and offshore engine and equipment maker Wärtsilä has won orders to equip Norwegian firm OHT’s next-generation wind offshore turbine installation vessel being built in China.Wärtsilä will supply an integrated propulsion and dynamic positioning thruster solution, including the engines, a Wärtsilä NOx reducer emission abatement system, as well as steerable and tunnel thrusters to deliver optimum performance for vessel dynamic positioning in this new wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV).

28 Jul 2021

MOD to Acquire Sheffield Forgemasters

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Sheffield Forgemasters’ shareholders have agreed to sell its entire share capital to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to support a substantial recapitalization of its defence-critical plant, equipment and infrastructure necessary to secure the delivery of components into future MoD programs.This is aimed to secure Sheffield Forgemasters’ role as a key supplier into the MoD for the long-term and is structured to invest substantial new capital into the modernization of defence-critical assets…

27 Jul 2021

Moving Forward with Emissions - Is it Tiers, Tears or Fears?

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As International Maritime Organization (IMO) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions requirements continue throughout the IMO Emission Control Areas (ECA), they are also forcing postponement of many new construction decisions as vessel owners and operators continue to tread cautiously along the path forward. The Marpol Annex VI program looked to correct emissions requirements while working with petroleum fuels. Technology developers continue best efforts to advance long-term solutions to reach the latest IMO zero emissions greenhouse gas (GHG) goals of 2050.

27 Jul 2021

Wind Boost: MOL Plans to Install Sails on Cranes of Dry Bulk Vessels

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Japanese shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K.

26 Jul 2021

AST Group, OneWeb Team Collaborate

This week, OneWeb's Maritime team had a long-awaited in-person meeting with colleagues at The AST Group.OneWeb's Maritime team – Carole Plessy, Dave Bell and Alexandra Kenworthy got to have that long-awaited in-person meeting. They met colleagues at The AST Group – Gregory Darling, Stuart Castell and Barney Gray. The main business of the day was to plan the smooth onboarding of The AST Group as we move closer to undertaking customer beta trials and delivering fixed services to support remote connectivity in Northern Europe before the end of the year.Together…

26 Jul 2021

Cavotec to Deliver Cable Reel Systems for Port of Tokyo Gantry Cranes

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Engineering firm Cavotec has won an order for the delivery of motorized cable reel systems for integration onto advanced rail-mounted gantry cranes at the Port of TokyoCavotec will supply motorized cable reel systems for eight automated rail-mounted gantry cranes at the Wan Hai Tokyo Oi5 terminal, a major global container handling hub. The cable reels will ensure the cranes meet demanding performance requirements due to surging container volumes. Working with Chin Pan engineering group, Cavotec is scheduled to complete the delivery of the systems in early 2023.

26 Jul 2021

Erma First Acquires one TANK LLC, "World's Smallest BWTS"

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Ballast water equipment maker Erma First expands its portfolio and brings "the world’s smallest" ballast water treatment system to the international market through its acquisition of US firm oneTANK LLC.oneTANK, a subsidiary of Glosten, developed a small scale innovative, low-cost, IMO Revised G8 Code and United States Coast Guard compliant system. Based on a patented mixing technology developed by the U.S. Geological Survey, the system can be installed in larger vessels’ aftpeak tanks. It is also suitable for use aboard workboats, tugboats, semi-submersibles, fishing vessels and superyachts.

23 Jul 2021

Red Rock Cranes for Dogger Bank-bound SOVs

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Norway-based crane maker Red Rock has won a contract with shipbuilder Vard to deliver equipment for three service offshore vessels (SOVs) Vard is building in Vietnam for the UK-based shipowner North Star Renewables. The vessels will be operating on the first two phases of what will be the world's largest offshore wind farm - the Dogger Bank wind farm in the UK North Sea.Red Rock will deliver 2 x 2T 3D Motion Compensated cranes, 1 x 5T 3D Motion Compensated crane, 3 x 2T Boat landing cranes, and 3 x 1T Shipboard crane.

22 Jul 2021

WinGD Launches Two-stroke Marine Engine with Integrated NOx Abatement System

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Swiss engine maker WinGD has launched the first marine two-stroke engine to carry its own NOx abatement solution, which, per the company, offers "dramatic" reductions in space requirements and installation costs for shipyards seeking to comply with the strictest IMO NOx emission limits.The X52 low-speed engine with integrated Selective Catalytic Reduction (iSCR) was launched during a ceremony at Dalian Marine Diesel Co. in China. The six-cylinder two-stroke engine, with a maximum continuous output of 11…

21 Jul 2021

AI Specialist Launches Container Tracking to Alleviate Shipping Risks

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Predictive intelligence tech company Windward has launched Container Insights, a capability that provides live screening and tracking of containers and Bill of Lading (BOL) verification.The new capability, which Windward says enhances the company’s current Cargo Insights, optimizes and increases the efficiency of screening processes for trade finance transactions and enables government agencies to investigate suspicious containers, providing them with a "holistic" view of vessels…

20 Jul 2021

Wärtsilä Sees Rise in Order Intake. Expects Growth in 3Q

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Finland-based marine and energy equipment maker Wärtsilä expects the third quarter of the year to be better than the corresponding one of 2020 but has warned that prevailing market conditions make the outlook uncertain.The company made the statement Tuesday as part of the release of its second-quarter results.In the second quarter of 2021, Wärtsilä's order intake grew by 14% to EUR 1,15 billion up from 1,01 billion a year ago. Service order intake increased by 24% to EUR 604 million…

16 Jul 2021

Hybrid Power for Southern Wind Superyacht

BAE Systems’ HybriGen® Power and Propulsion system will reduce emissions and fuel consumption for a quiet, clean, and efficient experience on the superyacht, which is designed for both long-range cruising and regatta racing. (Photo: Southern Wind Shipyard)

BAE Systems was selected by Southern Wind to provide the electric-hybrid power and propulsion system for a new high-performance superyacht. BAE Systems will supply and integrate its system on the SW96 Nyumba, the first marine vessel to benefit from the company’s newest propulsion technology. The HybriGen Power and Propulsion system is designed to reduce emissions and fuel consumption on the superyacht, which is designed for both long-range cruising and regatta racing. This same technology is designed to also be applicable for Southern Wind’s newly launched project…

15 Jul 2021

HSD to offer ABB AbilityTekomar XPERT as an Option

Young-Gi Kim, General Manager of strategy Business team, HSD and Sang-Min Lee, Senior General Manager of strategy Business team, HSD; Young-Ki Lee, Tekomar Global Sales Manager, ABB Turbocharging and Jae-Ung Park, Country Manager, ABB Turbocharging
On screen left to right:  Cristian Corotto, SVP Digital Customer Solution, ABB Turbocharging and Mauro De Micheli, Head of Sales, Marketing and Partnerships Digital Solutions, ABB Turbocharging. Photo Courtesy ABB Turbocharging

Korean engine manufacturer HSD Engine is to offer ABB’s diagnostics and advisory software Tekomar XPERT to shipowners operating its two-stroke and four-stroke marine engines.Tekomar XPERT is a digital performance optimization platform applicable to any engine that is designed to help shipping companies achieve substantial fuel savings and greenhouse gas emission reductions. Under the agreement, HSD Engine will offer the software as an option to shipowners.“In response to market demand, HSD Engine reviewed various solutions for engine performance optimization and evaluation.