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Unidelta: Twin ASD Tugs From Argentina

Brutus - DT Amura estribor

Best known for modern, innovative passenger catamarans, Astilleros Unidelta SA of Buenos Aires is currently building an innovative tug. The aziumthing stern-drive (ASD) ship-handling tug is now being built at the Argentinian yard. The first, in an anticipated series, will be for the maritime group SIPSA. The boat will have twin Cummins QSK60-M propulsion package. Each of the Cummins mains will deliver 1958 kW at 1800 RPM to a Rolls Royce Z-drive with 2400 m/m diameter propellers in nozzles. This combination is designed to give the ASD tugs a 61-ton bollard pull.

Twin Disc Acquires Veth Propulsion

(Photo: Veth Propulsion)

U.S. based power transmission technology and equipment manufacturer Twin Disc, Inc. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Netherlands based marine propulsion products supplier Veth Propulsion Holding, B.V. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries.Twin Disc said the purchase price is approximately $58.6 million plus net cash, with potential adjustments based on Veth Propulsion’s working capital as of the closing date, and will be financed through a combination of cash and new debt facilities.

Metal Shark is Competing - and Winning - Here and Oversees

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U.S. shipbuilder Metal Shark powers into the second half of 2018 with a healthy backlog, multiple recent deliveries into foreign markets, and a portfolio of patrol craft that has attracted multiple clients – here and abroad.At a time when more than a few workboat builders are feeling the pain of lingering offshore malaise and an oversupplied inland market that no longer needs large quantities of barges, Louisiana-based Metal Shark has found its groove in a suddenly active and highly competitive niche market.

Twin Disc Celebrates 100 Years

Marine power transmission and propulsion technology company Twin Disc is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a wide range of local, national and international events that kicked off in May and run throughout the year.Twin Disc began in Racine, Wisc., in 1918 with P.H. Batten's introduction of the twin disc farm tractor clutch. In the 1930s, the company entered the marine market, manufacturing countershaft reduction gears with 100 percent reverse power. During WWII, it converted all its operations to the production of essential war materials…

Gladding-Hearn Delivers to Michigan Pilots

Photo: Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding

The Lake Pilots Association, District 2, in Port Huron, Mich., has accepted delivery of Huron Spirit, a new Chesapeake Class pilot boat from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation. With a length overall of 52.5’, a beam of 16.7’, and a draft of 4.8’, the all-aluminum pilot boat features the C. Raymond Hunt-designed Deep V hull. It is powered by twin Cummins QSM11 diesel engines, each delivering 602 Bhp at 2300 rpm and a top speed of 25 knots. A Humphree interceptor, with automatic trim optimization, is installed at the transom.

Twin Dredgers for Canadian Oil Sands

Photo: Damen

Damen Shipyards Group has completed a construction contract comprising two electric-powered Cutter Suction Dredgers (CSD) for the Canadian oil sands industry. With both vessels built in Canada, the contract marks the close cooperation between Damen and Aecon, Canada’s largest publicly traded infrastructure development and construction company. Two newly-built Damen CSDs have commenced operations in Northern Alberta, Canada. The two 40.64-meter-long vessels perform dredging duties in oil sands tailings ponds.

Willard Marine’s Twin Diesel RIB

Photo: Willard Marine

Rigid hulled inflatable boats (RIBs) have come a long way since their initial development in the United Kingdom in the late 1960s. Long noted for their stability and safety in turbulent seas, they have found applications in rescue work and military settings. Willard Marine, Inc. of Anaheim, Calif. has a long history of conventional hulls and RIBs. They currently produce a variety of models and sizes of RIBs from 4.9-meters up to 11.07. As are all the firm’s RIBs, the SEA FORCE 1100 is available with either fiberglass or aluminum deep-V hulls.

Twin Disc Chairman Michael Batten Passes Away

Twin Disc, Inc. announced the passing of Michael E. Batten, Chairman of Twin Disc, Inc. He died in his sleep on the morning of May 6, 2015 at the age of 75. Batten worked at Twin Disc since June 1, 1970 and was fully devoted to the company and his family. His positive impression on the countless coworkers he worked with during his more than four decades of service at Twin Disc, as well as the greater community of his lifelong home of Racine, Wisconsin, will not be forgotten. Batten will be remembered for his hard work, dedication, intelligence, honesty and fairness. The board of directors met on May 7, 2015 and appointed David B. Rayburn as Chairman.

Southern Illinois Transfer Orders Harbor Tug

Photo courtesy of Twin Disc

Barbour JB Shipyard of St. Louis has laid the keel for a new harbor tug that will be powered by Veth Z-drives. The purchase agreement was signed at the Inland Marine Expo, St. Louis, by Kurt Johnson, Southern Illinois Transfer president and owner of the vessel; Guido Davids, Veth Propulsion area sales manager; and Tim Batten, Twin Disc director of global marine sales. Twin Disc is the distributor for Veth Propulsion in the US, exclusive of the Gulf Coast region. The tug has a planned length of 68' and beam of 28'. It will be powered by twin 750 hp Cummins diesels and Veth VZ-700 Z-drives.

First Damen Twin Axe for Offshore O&G

Contract signing

To develop its large fleet, Groen Offshore, Guard & Support has selected the first Damen Twin Axe Fast Crew Supplier 2610 to be customised with Offshore Oil & Gas standby capabilities. The Netherlands-based company will deploy the new vessel on long-term charter for a major E&P operator in the Danish part of the North Sea, following quick delivery this summer from Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam. On 13 May, Henk Groen, Director of Groen Offshore, Guard & Support (in Dutch known as Rederij Groen)…

MN 100: Twin Disc, Inc.

President and CEO: John H. Twin Disc designs, manufactures and distributes heavy-duty power transmission equipment for a wide range of marine applications. The company was founded in the 1920s to manufacture clutches for farm tractors and is now a worldwide company with subsidiaries or sales offices in Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America. Twin Disc marine products can be found propelling a diverse range of vessels all around the world, from recreational and luxury boats to commercial and military craft.

Twin Disc Offers Virtual and Real EJS Experience

Twin Disc EJS simulator and Express Joystick (Image Twin Disc)

Visitors to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 30–November 3, 2014, can experience what it’s like to control a diesel-powered, conventional driveline boat using Twin Disc's Express Joystick System (EJS). Twin Disc's booth will feature a unique, hands-on simulator where visitors can maneuver and dock a virtual boat using the fingertip control of the EJS. Offering intuitive control over a boat while docking, the EJS responds instantly to the slightest pressure using its "push, twist and go" technology, giving the boater ultimate command over speed and direction, Twin Disc said.

Damen Delivers Twin ‘Axe Bow’

Damen Shipyards Group operates 32 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. This ubiquitous name in global shipbuilding has delivered more than 5,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 160 vessels annually. Jan-Wim Dekker, is Damen’s Chief Products Officer (CPO), and the executive who is ultimately responsible for the efficient operation of the Damen shipyards. With such a diversity – both in geographic locale and vessel built – Dekker said that consistency of quality is central to any Damen operation.

First Damen Twin Axe Workboat for Middle East

Handing over ceremony held yesterday

Damen Shipyards Group has delivered a Damen Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2610 workboat, named AOS SWIFT for the Atlantic Maritime Group on 20 August 2015. This is the first Damen Twin Axe vessel to be used in the Middle East for safe passenger and crew transfer as well as for the transport of industrial persons, materials and equipment to unmanned offshore platforms in the Strait of Hormuz. Within less than 3 months, and this includes the vessel’s transportation from Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, Damen has customised, commissioned and delivered the stock vessel.

Custom Dredge Keeps Santa Cruz Harbor Clear

Photo: DSC Dredge

The winter of 2016 was an unusually harsh one for the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor in Santa Cruz, Calif. Four years of drought was followed by an El Niño season that brought storm water runoff, high tides, high surf and swells – rapidly creating a complete shoaling of the federal entrance channel to the harbor and blocking all boats from entering or leaving. The dredge Seabright that had served the harbor for 30 years labored to keep up, and frequent breakdowns only compounded the problem.

Damen Maaskant Scores Twin-rigger Contract

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Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam said it has secured another contract to build a twin-rig fly shooting fishing trawler; this time for brothers Rense and Johannes de Boer. This is Damen Maaskant’s second fishing trawler contract in as many months, following close behind the contract to build the 32-meter long Spes Nova that was signed in November. Although the new vessel, to be named Meindert Senior, will have the same Vripack naval architects design as the Spes Nova, it displays some major differences.

Twin Disc Sells Distribution Territories to Great Lakes Power

Great Lakes Power has acquired distribution rights to sell and service Twin Disc products previously supported by Twin Disc Southeast, effective September 25, 2015. As part of the approximately $4 million deal, Great Lakes Power, a longstanding Twin Disc distributor currently serving the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States, has purchased certain inventory and operational assets from Twin Disc Southeast and will continue to operate facilities previously used by Twin Disc Southeast including locations in Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami, Fla. as well as the newest location in Beaufort, N.C. In February of this year, Great Lakes Power completed a similar transaction by acquiring the assets and distribution rights from Twin Disc Mid-Atlantic for approximately $1 million.

New Tug Buffalo Enters Service for Kotug Smit Towage

(Photo: Andrew Sassoli-Walker)

Kotug Smit Towage said it has taken the newly-built ATD 2412 Twin Fin tug Buffalo into service for its European harbor towage activities.    Buffalo is the third tug built by Damen for Kotug Smit Towage, following the earlier delivered tugs Rotterdam and Southampton.   The vessel recently commenced her harbor towage activities in the Port of Southampton.    The ATD 2412 Twin Fin tug has a length of 25 meters, a width of 13 meters and with her 72-metric-ton bollard pull.

Twin Disc Slashing Costs under Market Pressure

Power transmission equipment company Twin Disc, Inc., announced additional restructuring and cost reduction activities aiming to further reduce expenses, as a result of challenging global market conditions within the company's oil and gas, global pleasure craft and Asian commercial marine markets. Twin Disc said it expects $4.3 million of annual savings from these actions once fully implemented, plus a further $6 million of annual savings announced in the fiscal 2015 fourth quarter. The company’s current plan includes reducing base salaries for corporate officers, as well as base salaries and wages of salaried and hourly employees at the company's headquarters and domestic manufacturing facilities.

Ship Design: New Partners Join ‘Digital Twin’ Project

(Image: Rolls-Royce)

New partners have joined the Open Simulation Platform (OSP) initiative, which aims to create an open source digital platform which will allow the creation of so called “digital twins” in the design of ships. The initiative was launched this week at the Norwegian Maritime Competence Centre in Ålesund. In July last year Rolls-Royce Marine, The Norwegian University of Technology Science (NTNU), research organization SINTEF Ocean and classification society DNV GL signed a memorandum…

Twin Disc Rolls Out New HP500 PTO

Photo:  Twin Disc, Inc.

Twin Disc begins an impressive 2018 by introducing its fourth new rugged and reliable Power Take Off. Built to deliver serious muscle where other PTOs would falter, the hydraulically-actuated HP500 boasts an impressive maximum power rating of 373 kW at 1,800 rpm. It's ideal for driving pumps, grinders, crushers, dredgers, chippers, shredders and heavy-duty drills, plus other severe applications. Twin Disc begins an impressive 2018 by introducing its fourth new rugged and reliable Power Take Off.

FORAN System of Designing, Building Twin Vessels Presented at SNAME

Verónica Alonso de los Ríos, presented the solution offered by the FORAN system for designing and building twin vessels Photo SENER

The engineering and technology group SENER has once again participated in “SMC 2016”, the annual maritime convention organized by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) that brings together the main players in the US marine industry. This time the conference was held in Bellevue, Washington, on November 1-4. At the convention, SENER’s FORAN Area Manager for the United States and Canada, Verónica Alonso de los Ríos, presented the solution offered by the FORAN system for designing and building twin vessels…

Twin Disc Equips Seacor's New Crewboats

Photo: Seacor Marine

When cargo and crew need to get to an offshore platform fast, Seacor Marine delivers with its new Seacor Panther and Seacor Puma. Part of its CrewZer Class of state-of-the-art transport vessels, the 187' x 41' high-speed aluminum catamarans reach 40 kts—a dramatic speed improvement over traditional FSVs (fast support vessel). This blazing-fast speed is due to an innovative hull design, and high-performance Twin Disc QuickShift marine transmissions coupled with HamiltonJet waterjets.Built by Astilleros Armon shipyards in Burela…

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