German corvette OLDENBURG commissioned - MTU power selected

By Peter Pospiech at April 10, 2013 10:32
Filed Under: Company News, General, Navy News, Shipyards
End of January 2013 one of the latest corvette, the OLDENBURG (F263), has been put into service at the German Navy Base “Hohe Düne” in Rostock-Warnemünde. The ceremony took place in the presence of rear admiral Michael Mollenhauer, officer-in –charge of the navy command in Rostock. The 1. Corvette Squadron includes in total five units. Hereof the ships MAGDEBURG (F261) and the BRAUNSCWEIG (F260) are ready for operation. The BRAUNSCHWEIG is eponym for the whole corvette quintet, which cost in total about 1.2 billions EURO. Further sister ships are the ERFURT (F262) as well as the LUDWIGSHAFEN (F264). The five so far build ships have been completed at the yards of Blohm&Voss, Hamburg, Lürssen, Bremen, and the former shipyard Nordseewerke Emden. With the new class 130- corvettes expands the German Navy significantly their range of applications. They can stay on sea continuously for 21 days. This type of ships makes a world-wide operation within multi-... [More]

MTU 8000-Series Engine Installed at Tognum America Training Center

By George Backwell at April 06, 2013 00:01
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The largest marine diesel engine in MTU’s stable, the 11-ft high, 21-ft long four-stroke 8000-Series has just arrived at Tognum America’s Training Centre in Canton, Michigan, where it will be used for in-depth maintenance and repair courses. An expensive addition – why for?The reason is that this engine (available in 16V and 20V configurations) has become increasingly popular in commercial marine and defence applications making it clear to Tognum that there was a need for an additon to their US hands-on training facility. Then, last year Tognum further increased the appeal of the engine, upping maximum output of the IMO MARPOL Tier 2 emission compliant 20-cylinder version from 9,100 kW to 10MW. Littoral Combat Ship USS Independence: Photo credit USN Engines of this type are being installed in the US Navy’s new class of frigate-sized 416-ft long 44-knot Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). In the Freedom-class LCS variant USS Independence a pair of 8000-Series engines pr... [More]

Naming Ceremony of WindMW‘s new Crew-Tender GESA

By Peter Pospiech at February 12, 2013 10:29
Filed Under: drive systems, General, Workboats
Gesa Assheuer, nine-year old daughter of WindMW GmbH CEO Jens Assheuer named the companies new Swath-Offshore Tender GESA by the end of November 2012 in the port of Bremerhaven. Build by the Norwegian Maloy Verfts AS under the yard number 16, the completely out of GfK made ship with its project designation S-Cat 29, is classified by the DNV (Det Norske Veritas) and can carry 24 passengers. It runs under the flag of Cyprus. The ships particulars are of 29,5 m length and 10,6 m width. According to WindMW the total costs have been 9 million Euro. Two main engines of MTU series 10V2000M72 deliver 900 kW each and bring the ship up to 25 knots. Additionally two bow and two stern thrusters of type Sleipner SH1200 are installed. Maximum deck load is of 4 ton. A 1.6 ton crane is mounted on the aft deck. The draft of the ship with Swath-characteristics is normally of 1.6 m but at heavy sea conditions draft can be extended up to 2,2 m. With this better rough sea behaviour is achieved. GESA is ru... [More]

Propulsion System Alternative for Southern Towing Newbuilds

By George Backwell at June 16, 2012 08:30
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Mississippi River and Gulf intracoastal barge operators Southern Towing Company informs they are having four push-boats (designed by Ed Shearer & Associates) built at Alabama’s Steiner Shipyard in Bayou La Batre; vessels that will have an unusual propulsion system installed when the first of them is delivered by year’s end. Southern Towing Push-Boat: Photo courtesy of Southern Towing The first two 100-ft push-boats will be equipped with hydraulically operated Z-drive propulsion units powered by two MTU 8V 4000 M23S engines running at a constant speed. In this design, unusual on the U.S. inland waterways, the propulsion engines run at a constant 1,800 rpm, while the hydraulic propulsion unit provides fully proportional speed control to a fixed-pitch propeller in a 360-degree azimuth Z-drive. An advantage is that the 1,234 bhp engines will also be powering generators to supply hotel loads on the boats, eliminating the cost of separate generator sets.The other two, la... [More]

Propulsion System, Design, Tried & Trusty Preferred in USCG New Sentinels

By George Backwell at May 26, 2012 22:30
Filed Under: General
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) ‘Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter’ Bernard C. Webber,  was commissioned recently in the Port of Miami, the first in a new class of cutters from the Louisiana-based Bollinger Shipyards. Part of the USCG’s Deepwater programme, the Webber will based in Miami to conduct migrant and contraband interdiction missions throughout the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico; the Coastguard chose a tried and tusty propulsiion system and a well-proven ship design fot these new patrol boats.Sentinel-class Propulsion System The Sentinel Class is powered by two 20-cylinder MTU marine diesel engines with a patrol boat or light duty rating well in excess of 4,300 kW at 2,100 rpm driving twin propellors through ZF Marine 23560C transmissions. A bow thrust gives 75 kW power for manoeuvring. ZF Marine 23560C Transmission Unit: Photo credit ZF Marine Interestingly, ZF Marine has a long record of providing the USCG with propulsion machinery, and... [More]

Baynunah Class Corvette

By Keith Henderson at March 08, 2012 03:43
Filed Under: Navy News
Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB), UAE, recently launched their third Baynunah Class corvette, hull number four of a fleet of six. The Baynunah program is due for completion for the UAE Navy by 2014. The hull of LOA 234 ft (71.3 m) displaces 915 t and is constructed of steel with an aluminum superstructure. There is an unusual CODAD propulsion system comprising four diesel engines driving three waterjets The four engines are MTU 16V595 TE90 rated at 4.2 MW. Maximum speed with all four engines running is 32+ kn: at the cruising speed of 15 kn the range is 2,400 nm. The Baynunah class corvettes have a design endurance of 14 days. [More]

Successful Sea Trials of Fast Attack Craft

By Keith Henderson at February 09, 2012 07:28
Filed Under: Company News, Navy News
GE Marine has recently reported the successful sea trials of two new patrol vessels built by STX Jinhae, South Korea using gas turbines in combination with diesel engines. The vessels concerned are number eight and nine of the Republic of Korea Navy projected fleet of twenty Gumdoksuri Class, Fast Attack Craft. The 570 ton vessels have an LOA of 206 ft (63 m), beam of 29.5 ft (9 m) and draft of 16.4 ft (5 m). Propulsion is provided by two MTU 16V 1163 TB93 diesels and a single boost waterjet connected to two GE LM500 gas turbines, giving a maximum speed of 40+ kn. [More]

Daewoo Enters Submarine Export Market

By Keith Henderson at January 31, 2012 06:14
Filed Under: Company News, Navy News
South Korean Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), announced their first export order for submarines for Indonesia. The order is for three modified Type 209 diesel electric submarines: two boats will be built in South Korea and the third one at the Indonesian shipyard of PT PAL in Surabaya. The total value of the contract is approximately US $1.1 billion and construction is due to commence this month with planned commissioning dates of 2018. The Indonesian DSME209 Class submarine is a conventional attack class submarine and is larger than the Korean Navy’s original Chang Bogo Type 209/1200 Class. It has an LOA of 200 ft (61 m) with a 20.7 ft (6.3 m) hull diameter and a surface displacement of 1,400 tons. The propulsion system comprises four MTU 12V396 SE84 gensets each rated at 700 kW at 1800 rpm driving a single screw. [More]

Superyacht Pershing 108 - Builders Opt for Three Prime Movers

By George Backwell at October 23, 2011 00:08
Filed Under: General
The high performance luxury superyacht Pershing 108 was launched at Fano on the Adriatic coast of Italy earlier this year with three V-16 engines in the 2000 range of MTU’s  high speed diesel engines installed as prime movers rather than two larger units in the same manufacturer’s 4000 series that would have yielded about 500 bhp more. On the face of it a strange choice, worth examining for its logic; but first more about this fast (load displacement service speed 35 kts) innovative sports yacht. Pershing 108: Photo courtesy of Ferretti Group The Pershing 108‘Pershing’ indicates a brand name with an honourable pedigree in the Ferretti group of yacht builders, and the model identifier ‘108’ refers to the length of the boat in feet (about 33 m). Interestingly, the  propulsion system is an  Arneson Surface Drive  coupled to each engine to turn six-bladed surface-piercing Rolla propellors; a system which the manufacturers claim, a... [More]

Third Skjold-class FPB Delivered to Norway

By Keith Henderson at July 12, 2011 08:44
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At the end of June, the Royal Norwegian Navy received delivery of their third Skjold Class FPB vessel. The program is being supplied by a consortium of three contractors: the Norwegian companies Umoe Mandal and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace and DCNS, France as the combat system design authority. The vessel is a Surface Effect Ship (SES), of fiberglass/ composite construction built in Norway by Umoe Mandal. The propulsion arrangement is COGAG with a father/son turbine arrangement of Pratt & Whitney ST40M of 2,982 kW (4,000 hp) and ST18M of 1,393 kW (1.894 hp) gas turbines Two diesels are available for slow steaming. The performance is record breaking with a top speed in excess of 60 kn. [More]

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