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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Gas Natural Fenosa, Baleària Sign LNG Bunkering Deal

Photo: Baleària

Spanish liquefied natural gas (LNG) operator Gas Natural Fenosa signed an exclusive 10-year LNG supply deal with Spanish ferry operator Baleària. According to the company release, the supply contract will initially apply to the ports of Barcelona, Valencia and Algeciras, then extended to all the peninsular ports operated by the shipping company together with the entire new fleet powered by this fuel committed to using LNG as an ecological fuel. The president of Baleària, Adolfo Utor…

American Superconductor Choses Alstom For Navy Project

American Superconductor announced the selection of Alstom Power Conversion Inc. of Philadelphia as its subcontractor in a program to design an ultracompact high-temperature superconducting (HTS) ship propulsion. The project involves a U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research (ONR) contract for the design and development of high temperature superconducting (HTS) motors for electric ship propulsion. Alstom will be responsible for the design of the stator and drive systems as well as for propulsion system integration motor for the U.S. Navy.

Bulker Refloated in St. Lawrence Seaway

 A 623-foot bulk carrier was refloated in the St. Lawrence Seaway Saturday after running aground near Wellesley Island, N.Y. last Wednesday.   The Antigua Barbuda flagged vessel Pacific Huron was refloated under the direction of the Donjon-Smit salvage master, two Canadian tugs, the Evans Mckeil and the Ocean A. Simard. No injuries or pollution have been reported.   A pilot boarded Pacific Huron to navigate the vessel to its anchorage location at Mason Point.   On Sunday divers conducted an underwater hull survey, and the classification society inspected the ship’s propulsion system.

Navy Prototype HTS Motor on Schedule for Testing

(HTS) ship propulsion motor. under a contract from the U.S. shipped the rotor assembly to ALSTOM's Power Conversion Business in the U.K. 2003, at which time the finished motor will begin testing by the Navy. megawatts (MW), or 6,500 shaft horsepower. refrigeration components used to cool the HTS coils. compactness of the motor. and weight of a conventional motor built with copper coils. HTS wires employed. "The ship propulsion motor we are developing for the U.S. Superconductor's Electric Motors and Generators business unit. higher electrical efficiency, which translates into significant fuel savings. tankers carrying a wide range of materials. designs. noted naval architect and marine consultancy. Mr. MW/120rpm motor. electricity to run the motors," said Paratore.

Northrop Grumman Readies New Gas Turbine For Market

As the use of gas turbines as main ship's propulsion power continues to grow in popularity, particularly in the niche vessel segments of cruise shipping and rapid transport, Northrop Grumman recently announced that its WR-21 Intercooled Recuperated (ICR) advanced-cycle gas turbine ship propulsion engine has begun final development tests for the market which has most widely used the product in ship propulsion applications — naval. The engine, which is being developed for naval warship applications through a team led by Northrop Grumman, is being put through its final paces at a naval facility in Philadelphia. England's Rolls-Royce is designing and developing the gas generator and power turbines…

Australian Warship Propulsion Problem

HMAS Choules: Photo credit RAN

HMAS Choules departed Sydney on 13 June 2012 for Queensland where it was scheduled to support Exercise Hamel in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area. The next day a defect occurred on one of the six transformers which form part of the ship’s propulsion system which reduced the ship’s propulsion power by 50 per cent. The ship’s Commanding Officer decided to return to Sydney in order to have the defect rectified. The Navy has been advised by the ship’s previous operator, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, that the defect is very unusual.

UK Government's Vessel Funding Competition Explained

IMarEST Ship Propulsion Systems Conference speaker explains the government's new initiative in advance of upcoming meeting. The UK Government’s Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is shortly to announce the launch of a competition into vessel efficiency, with up to £8 million of funding available, opening for expressions of interest in January 2013. In view of the theme of the 3rd IMarEST Ship Propulsion Systems Conference (London, 20-21 November 2012), Andrew Tate, Capability Advisor – Maritime Resilience, DSTL Naval Systems has joined the speakers’ panel to explain the initiarive. “Central funding of marine research and development is limited in the current market…

Barillec to Present ‘Marine Apps’

Photo: Barillec

Barillec informs it has chosen the Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo to unveil its new identity and to present its “Marine Apps”. The show will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from June 23-25. Barillec develops marine applications based on 60 years of global experience in marine electricity and electronics, including energy conversion and monitoring and controls to manage ship propulsion and power generation. In the past 20 years, the technological evolutions in shipbuilding…

American Superconductor Gets Navy Contract

American Superconductor Corporation announced it has been awarded an $8 million contract by the US Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) to build and deliver a 6,500 hp high temperature superconductor (HTS) motor designed for ship propulsion. contract with American Superconductor focused on developing HTS motor technology for future Navy electric warships. suitable for shipboard at-sea trials. and represents a ten-fold increase in torque over the 5,000-hp, 1,800 rpm HTS motor AMSC built and tested during 2001. power ratings expected to be utilized on electric warships and on large cruise and cargo ships. motors. Superconductor. ships not possible with conventional motor technology. technology is ready to demonstrate in an actual ship installation.

LR LNG Fleet Tops 100

Recent orders of classification services for six liquefied natural gas (LNG) ships have resulted in a milestone for Lloyd’s Register: more than 100 LNG ships now exist or are being built to Lloyd’s Register class, which is significant because the new ships (two for Teekay Shipping and four for BP Shipping at Hyundai Heavy Industries) will feature dual-fuel engines, a recent innovation in LNG ship propulsion. Lloyd’s Register currently classes 37% of the LNG fleet worldwide with a total of 104 ships; 65 in the existing fleet and 39 on order.

Rolls-Royce Receives Brasil Supply Order

Rolls-Royce has announced that it has won an order valued at over $24 million to design and equip two offshore service vessels for ship owner Brasil Supply. The vessels, of the Rolls-Royce UT775 E design, will be chartered by Brazil’s state oil company Petrobras and are designed for carrying fluids and solid cargo to and from offshore oil and gas platforms. They will be built by Estaleiro Ilha S.A. in Brazil, for delivery in 2013, and feature a fully-integrated equipment system from Rolls-Royce, including ship propulsion, deck machinery, and vessel control systems.

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American Superconductor Provides Update

American Superconductor Corporation issued an update on recent advances in the utilization of high temperature superconductor (HTS) wires in electric power applications, including power generation, transmission and distribution, and ship propulsion electric motors. http://www.gepower.com/corporate/en_us/aboutgeps/releases/102802.pdf ). AMSC. which AMSC has been named the primary wire supplier. the transmission and distribution grid in the U.S. amounts of electricity at higher levels of reliability. highest levels within the electric industry and government. applied to upgrade power networks. reliability and power flows through existing grids. technology for relieving grid congestion and upgrading power networks. decline over the last 30 years. Huber and Mills comment that " ...

AMSC Gets $13.3M Amendment from ONR

American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:AMSC) has finalized an additional contract amendment with the United States Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR). Under the terms of the amendment, the ONR has approved a $13.3 million increase to AMSC's contract for the design, manufacture and shipment of a factory-tested 36.5-megawatt (MW) (49,000 horsepower) high temperature superconductor (HTS) propulsion motor for electric warships. The amendment adds $13.3 million to AMSC's backlog, all of which is expected to be recognized as revenue by the end of calendar 2006. AMSC expects to deliver the 36.5-MW motor to the Navy test facility in Philadelphia in September 2006.

AMSC Completes Factory Acceptance Testing of Propulsion Motor for Navy

American Superconductor Corporation and its partner, Northrop Grumman announced the completion of factory acceptance testing for the world's first 36.5 megawatt (49,000 horsepower) high temperature superconductor (HTS) ship propulsion motor at Northrop Grumman's facility at the Philadelphia Naval Business Center. This is the final milestone before the Navy takes possession of the motor. The motor was designed, developed and manufactured under a contract from the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) to demonstrate the efficacy of HTS primary- propulsion-motor technology for future Navy all-electric ships and submarines. The power and torque of this HTS motor is comparable to the requirements for the Navy's new Zumwalt class of destroyers, known as DDG 1000.

AMSC Awarded $10M ONR Contract

American Superconductor Corporation announced that it has finalized a contract amendment with the United States Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR). Contract terms include an approval for a $10 million increase to AMSC's contract to design and build a 36.5 megawatt (MW) high temperature superconductor (HTS) propulsion motor for electric warships. The amendment adds $10 million to AMSC's backlog. AMSC also expects an additional contract modification to be completed by ONR within the next few months, to increase AMSC's backlog by an additional $7-10 million. AMSC expects to deliver the 36.5MW motor to the Navy test facility in Philadelphia in September 2006.

HTS Propulsion Thrusters Project Gets $3.1M Boost

U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) to continue the design and development of high temperature superconducting (HTS) motors and related subsystems for electric ship propulsion. The company expects to complete this contract within the next nine months, and anticipates receiving additional contracts from the Navy leading to initial sea trials of an HTS propulsion system by the end of 2003. The latest contract calls for the design and fabrication of components for pod-contained, HTS propulsion motors. Propulsion thrusters comprise hydrodynamically shaped pods that contain an electric motor to drive a propeller. motors. Attached to the external hull of a ship, they look very much like an aircraft engine attached to the wing of an airplane and serve a similar purpose.

JASNAOE Award for MOL Energy Recovery System

Image courtesy MOL

Mitsui OSK Lines, Ltd. today announced receipt of the 2014 Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers (JASNAOE) Award for development of a waste heat energy recovery system for marine diesel engine used to generate electric power and assist ship propulsion. The system was installed on a MOL-operated large-scale iron ore carrier. The award was made in ceremonies held in Sendai International Center, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, on May 26, 2014. The system was jointly developed by MOL, Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.

American Superconductor Completes Propulsion Motor Tests

electric ship propulsion motor. based motors at the same power and torque rating. AMSC's SuperMachines(TM) business unit under contract to the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR). small cargo ships around the world. is expected to become a standard for certain military ships.

Wärtsilä in Talks to Acquire John Crane-Lips

In a move aimed at extending its claim as a single source ship's propulsion supplier, Wärtsilä Corporation and Smiths Group are in exclusive discussions regarding a possible sale by Smiths Group of John Crane-Lips to Wärtsilä. Wärtsilä and John Crane-Lips entered into a strategic alliance in October 2000 to provide total marine propulsion power systems through the Wärtsilä network. The acquisition of John Crane Lips is seen as a valued enhancement to Wärtsilä's position as a leading global ship power supplier. The acquisition would generate additional sales of more than EUR 200 million for the Marine & Licensing division of Wärtsilä. John Crane-Lips is a supplier of integrated marine propulsion systems and marine seals and bearings.

Celebrity Cancels Two Cruises

Celebrity Cruises is canceling two cruises on Infinity to replace ball-bearing units in the ship's propulsion system. The ship must enter drydock to replace the bearings, which will result in the cancellation of its February 2 and February 13 sailings. expected to return to its scheduled sailings on February 23. Mexico, to Hawaii. Hawaii to Ensenada. trans-Canal sailing that ends in San Diego Sunday. Year's sailings. rebooking fee per cabin when their clients reschedule their cruise. Celebrity Cruises. the ship to an unscheduled drydock. agents with rebooking, air transportation and other issues. 1-888-701-7192.

AMSC, Northrop Grumman Superconductor

American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: AMSC), an  energy technologies company, and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) announced the successful completion of full-power testing of the world’s first 36.5 megawatt (49,000 horsepower) high temperature superconductor (HTS) ship propulsion motor at the U.S. Navy’s Integrated Power System Land-Based Test Site in Philadelphia. This is the first successful fullpower test of an electric propulsion motor sized for a large Navy combatant and, at 36.5 megawatts, doubled the Navy’s power rating test record. This system was designed and built under a contract from the Office of Naval Research to demonstrate the efficacy of HTS motors as the primary propulsion technology for future Navy all-electric ships and submarines.

New HHI HiMSEN Diesel Engine Gains Class Approvals

HiMSEN H46/60V engine: Photo credit HHI

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI) has  won type approval for the new 35,300 bhp HiMSEN H46/60V engine from 9 classification societies. The type approval test completion of the IMO Tier III compliant HiMSEN H46/60V expands Hyundai Heavy’s medium speed marine engine line-up to cover output from 780 bhp to 35,300 bhp. The HiMSEN engine (Hi-touch Marine & Stationary Engine) was originally developed by Hyundai Heavy in 2000. Since then, the Company has churned out 7,200 units for marine propulsion and land-based power plants.

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