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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Propulsion Equipment News

Rolls-Royce Wins Deal to Power USN TAO

Rolls-Royce won a contract to supply diesel generators, propellers and shaft lines for the US Navy’s new fleet replenishment oiler ships, the John Lewis Class. Planned to total 17 ships, the new John Lewis class (previously known as TAO – X) will increase the US Navy’s capability to transfer fuel to its surface ships, in operations around the globe. For each ship, Rolls-Royce will supply two Kamewa 150A Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP), while two Bergen B32:40xL8A generator sets will provide power to satisfy on board energy requirements.

Marine Control Drives (MCD) from Twin Disc, global leader in marine propulsion, split power from the main engine to another onboard system. The company's next-generation EC085 electronic controller adds even more versatility and precision handling to workboats using its robust MCDs.  Leveraging advancements in both clutch and electronic control technology, the EC085 effortlessly harnesses a vessel's full torque capacity. It provides smooth and very precise control of the clutch engagement at low

EC085 for MCD Adds Versatility

Marine Control Drives (MCD) from Twin Disc, global leader in marine propulsion, split power from the main engine to another onboard system. The company's next-generation EC085 electronic controller adds even more versatility and precision handling to workboats using its robust MCDs. Leveraging advancements in both clutch and electronic control technology, the EC085 effortlessly harnesses a vessel's full torque capacity. It provides smooth and very precise control of the clutch engagement at low engine speeds, as well as throughout the entire engine speed range. applications.

Photo: Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä Strengthens Its Position in China with New Propulsion Orders

Two new marine geological research vessels under construction in China will feature a broad scope of Wärtsilä engines and propulsion equipment. Wärtsilä has maintained a leading position in China for supplying propulsion solutions to research vessels. Since 2011, more than 70% of the research vessels built in Chinese yards have been fitted with Wärtsilä products. These latest contracts were placed with Wärtsilä in September. The new vessels are being built at the Shanghai shipyard of CSSC (China State Shipbuilding Corporation) and the COSCO shipyard in Guangdong…

Integrated Vessel Control System

KONGSBERG Awarded IVCS Package for Nautilus Newbuild

Nautilus announces that the contract for the vessel integrated control system (including dynamic positioning and navigation systems) to be used on the Company's Production Support Vessel (PSV), has been awarded to Kongsberg Maritime, located in Norway. This is yet another key contract to be awarded by the shipyard, Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Limited. Mike Johnston, Nautilus' CEO, commented, "we are delighted to have the global technology leader in this field, well known for its extensive portfolio of high performance products and solutions supplying the dynamic positioning…

Remote controlled ship concepts (Image: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce to Lead Autonomous Ship Research

Rolls-Royce announced it will take the lead on a €6.6 million project that could pave the way for autonomous ships. The Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative will produce the specification and preliminary designs for the next generation of advanced ship solutions. The project is funded by Tekes (Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation) and will bring together universities, ship designers, equipment manufacturers and classification societies to explore the economic…

GE Electric Propulsion Equipment for LNG Carriers

GE’s Power Conversion business has received a new order from Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. for electric power and propulsion systems for two LNG carriers. The LNG carriers will be built for the purpose of transporting LNG from Louisiana, U.S.A. Their construction is scheduled to be completed from 2017 through 2018. According to GE, from the perspective of improved performance, electric propulsion technology is optimal for LNG carriers. GE said its induction-based propulsion…

Wärtsilä Acquires L-3 Marine Systems International

Wärtsilä Corporation is to acquire L-3 Marine Systems International from NYSE-listed L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) is a business sector within L-3’s Electronic Systems business segment primarily focused on the commercial ship industry. The transaction is valued at MEUR 285 (enterprise value), subject to customary adjustments including an estimated reduction of MEUR 60 for L-3 MSI employee pension-related liabilities to be assumed by Wärtsilä Corporation. Financing for the deal will be from existing cash resources and credit facilities.

Lunar Fishing

Wärtsilä Propulsion Equipment for 2 Fishing Vessels

Two new 78 metre purser/trawler fishing vessels being designed and built at Karstensen Shipyard in Denmark will feature Wärtsilä's main propulsion and control equipment. The ships have been contracted by Lunar Fishing, the Scotland based fishing company and will operate in the North Sea. The Wärtsilä order was placed in September 2014. For each vessel, Wärtsilä's scope of supply includes a 9 cylinder in-line Wärtsilä 32 engine, a 2-speed gear with power take-off function (PTO)…

Wärtsilä Receives Repeat Order from Evergas

Three new 27,000 cbm LNG/Multigas Carriers for Evergas, the Denmark based transporter of petrochemical gases and natural gas liquids, are to be built featuring the integrated Wärtsilä solution, comprising the main propulsion equipment, the gas fuel supply system, and the cargo handling system. This order is an extension of the one placed in 2013 for a series of three similar vessels. The ships are being built by the Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering (SOE) shipyard in China, and feature an advanced design that offers very high efficiency and unparalleled flexibility.

Signing ceremony between Wärtsilä and Shipyard SA. Sitting from right to left: Guillermo Ehreke, GM and owner of Naviera Yeruti and Shipyard SA; Piotr Kabacinski, GM Sales, Americas, Wärtsilä Ship Power. Standing from right to left: Eduardo Masciottra, Warag SRL, Wärtsilä agent, Buenos Aires; Jorge de la Guardia, GM and owner of Naviera Yeruti and Shipyard SA; Joe Amyot, Area Sales Director, Wärtsilä Ship Power.

Wärtsilä enters Paraguayan Inland Market

A new pushboat used to push barges convoys along the Paraguay River will be powered by a Wärtsilä integrated propulsion solution. The vessel is being built at the "Astillero la Barca del Pescador" (Shipyard SA) yard in Paraguay on behalf of Naviera Yeruti, a Paraguayan company with extensive barge construction and vessel operating interests. This vessel will be the company's first pushboat and it is scheduled to be delivered in the second quarter of 2015. The contract with Shipyard SA was signed in December 2013 and Wärtsilä's equipment will be delivered in the third quarter of 2014.

LNG Carrier: Image courtesy of ABB

LNG Carrier Contracts ABB for $40 million

ABB contracted to provide energy-efficient and environmental friendly solution for four LNG vessels to be built in Korea. Total orders in the first quarter of 2013 landed by ABB, worth close to $40 million, came from three gas transportation industry players and are for the supply of power and electric propulsion equipment for LNG vessels to be built in South Korea. ABB will supply its propulsion plant to work in combination with a duel fuel diesel engine plant on board a 155,000 cu m capacity LNG carrier ordered from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) by a South East Asian ship owner.

Europort Brings Offshore Shipbuilding into Focus

The offshore market remains buoyant, with exploration and production driving new fleet investment, design innovation in vessel efficiency and reduced environmental impact. Operations in more challenging offshore environments are also demanding enhanced vessel maneuverability, station-keeping and overall safety, in line with tightening regulations. The sector’s opportunities and its cutting edge technology will be on show at Europort 2013, the maritime exhibition taking place at Ahoy Rotterdam November 5-8, 2013, said Raymond Silliakus, Europort Exhibition Manager.

Tug 'Cabo de la Vela': Photo credit Robert Allan

Innovative Tugboat Delivered to Columbia

Tugboat 'Cabo de la Vela' an AVT 3000-Class Voith Schneider vessel designed by Robert Allan Ltd. for Carbones del Cerrejón delivered by Uzmar Shipyard, Turkey. This is the second of a two boat order from Carbones del Cerrejón for the AVT 3000 Class Tugs designed by Robert Allan Ltd., Naval Architects of Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Cabo de la Vela will join her sister vessel, the Media Luna, in Puerto de Bolivar. The AVT 3000 tugs for Cerrejón were designed to meet Cerrejón’s requirements for performance, propulsion equipment, accommodations, tank capacities and outfit.

Arrival Media Luna: Photo credit Robert Allan

Robert Allan Designed Tugboat Delivered to Colombia

New AVT 3000 Class Voith Schneider tugboat for Carbonnes del Cerrejón completes delivery voyage from Turkey to Colombia. The  new tugboat, Media Luna, sailed into Puerto de Bolivar, Colombia to be welcomed by other Cerrejón towing vessels providing fire monitor displays. Media Luna was constructed at Uzmar Tug and Work Boat Factory in Izmit, Turkey. This is the first of a two boat order for the AVT 3000 Class Tugs designed by Robert Allan Ltd., Naval Architects of Vancouver, B.C., Canada. The Media Luna will replace the Riohacha as part of a Cerrejón’s fleet renewal program.

Wärtsilä Canada Open New Repair Shop

The workshop in Victoria is fully equipped to perform overhauls and repairs on engines as well as propulsion equipment. The premises situated at 1759 Sean Heights in Saanichton covers 500 square metres and has been built according to latest workshop standards with two 10-tonne cranes. Wärtsilä Canada now operates in Vancouver (Richmond), Victoria, Montreal, Halifax (Dartmouth) and St. John's with Vancouver being the head office and centre of excellence for reconditioning services for the America's region.

UT 771 OSV's: Image credit Rolls Royce

Rolls Royce Gets COSCO Multiple OSV Contract

Rolls-Royce contracted to provide integrated design, power & propulsion & equipment package for four Rolls-Royce UT 771 CDL offshore supply vessels. Rolls Royce's  £26 million order is for vessels to be built at COSCO (Zhoushan) Shipyard Co. Ltd, in China for a Hong Kong owner. The contract includes options for four additional vessels. This contract is the first time Rolls-Royce has incorporated high speed MTU-engines as part of an integrated power and propulsion package within the successful UT-vessel series.

MAN Alpha Prop & Nozzle: Photo credit MAN

MAN Supply Dredger Propellor Blade & Nozzle Upgrade

NCC-owned dredger benefits from recent PrimeServ exchange and modernisation of propeller blades & propeller nozzle – with payback time of just 1½ years
. MAN Diesel & Turbo’s PrimeServ division in Frederikshavn has, in close cooperation with shipowner and constructional engineering company NCC, performed a propulsion equipment upgrade for the ‘M/V Baltic’, a 900 m³ sand and gravel dredger. NCC has a fleet of five ships and was, as a starting point, interested in the upgrade of the Baltic.

Wärtsilä Interim Financial Report

Wärtsilä Corporation report January to September 2012 indicates growth in orders & net sales despite tough markets. Highlights of the review period Jan – Sept 2012. “Despite the continuing uncertainty in the global economy and the tough market conditions, both our order intake and net sales developed well. In the third quarter they were up by 14% and 28% respectively. Ship Power’s year-on-year performance is strong, and has been supported by both an active offshore sector and the Hamworthy acquisition.

SEACOR Cheetah,170-foot catamaran delivered by Gulf Craft in March 2008.

Gulf Firms Moving Cargo, Staff To Distant Rigs

More than a decade ago, deepwater oil production in the Gulf of Mexico surpassed shallow water output for the first time ever. These days, rigs are found hundreds of miles offshore. Companies need to get equipment, employees, fuel and mud to those sites economically and usually on a tight schedule. Gulf marine companies are trying to meet those requirements by increasing the speed, size and energy efficiency of their vessels--though not necessarily all at once. Shane Guidry, Chief Executive Officer of Harvey Gulf International Marine…

Depiction: dual fuel LNG-powered PSV

Harvey Gulf Inks Deal With Trinity Offshore

In a contract worth $110 million, Trinity to build two dual fuel LNG-powered PSV’s for Harvey Gulf. Wartsila to supply integrated system that includes the dual-fuel machinery. 7 October 2011: Harvey Gulf International Marine has signed a deal with Trinity Offshore which will eventually produce the first two dual fuel LNG-powered offshore  vessels under U.S. flag. The deal, reportedly worth at least $110 million, calls for the delivery of the first vessel in November 2013 with the second hull to follow about 4 months later. The vessels will be built in Trinity’s Gulfport location.

Brian Pope

MPro Profile: Brian Pope, L-3 Communications/Marine & Power Systems Group

If Brian Pope is not the obvious choice to be Maritime Professional magazine’s first ever featured maritime professional, then perhaps the notion of who and what we consider to be important on the waterfront should be rethought. As a perfect example, Pope’s influence on electrical propulsion and the development of electrical systems afloat has been nothing short of profound. And, while the typical ship’s engineer might not know his name, Pope’s work will likely impact how ships move through the water for generations to come.

The Rolls-Royce MT30 Marine gas turbine on the test bed (Photo Credit: Rolls-Royce).

Rolls-Royce Strikes Deal to Power 10 U.S. Navy LCS

Rolls-Royce announced the contract to supply gas turbines and waterjets for 10 of the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) – the Group’s largest ever marine naval surface ship contract. Designed to operate in combat zones close to the shore (littoral waters), each LCS will be equipped with two Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbines powering four large waterjets, enabling the vessels to reach speeds in excess of 40 knots. At 36 megawatts, the MT30 is the world’s most powerful marine gas turbine.

Photo courtesy Austal

Coronado (LCS 4) Keel Laying

Austal hosted an abbreviated U.S. Navy keel-laying ceremony for its second Littoral Combat Ship, Coronado (LCS 4). Fabrication has started on twelve of the twenty-eight modules that will make up this 416.6 ft trimaran design. Six of the twenty-eight modules are currently being outfitted with ships equipment such as gas turbines, generators, and propulsion equipment, and electrical, piping and ventilation systems. Three modules have been erected in their pre-launch position.

Rolls-Royce Supplies French Navy

Rolls-Royce announced that it has won a $12.5m order for the supply of podded propulsion equipment and stabilizing fins for the latest French Navy Mistral class amphibious assault ship. This latest order follows earlier contracts to supply podded propulsors and stabilisers on the first two ships in the class - Mistral and Tonnerre - which entered service in 2006 and 2007 respectively. The third vessel, to be built by STX Europe, is expected to enter service in 2012. Rolls-Royce President – Naval…

Rolls-Royce Supplies Republic of Korea Navy

Rolls-Royce announced that it has won an order to supply propulsion equipment for four new tugboats for the Republic of Korea (RoK) Navy. Each vessel will be equipped with two azimuth thrusters, designed and manufactured by Rolls-Royce. Azimuth thrusters are a configuration of a ship’s propeller that can rotate through 360 degrees on a vertical axis, providing greater maneuverability than a traditional propeller and rudder system. This $3.3m order follows a $7.2m order earlier this year to supply controllable pitch propellers for the RoK Navy’s prototype FFX frigate…