MAN agrees use of DSME HP gas system

By Peter Pospiech at August 21, 2013 06:01
Filed Under: Company News, LNG fuel, MAN Diesel&Turbo
TOTE’s 3,100TEU container ships, the world’s first Natural Gas-fuelled boxships, will be powered by MAN ME-GI engines with DSME’s HP-FGS technology Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering has announced a patent license agreement with MAN Diesel & Turbo for use of the DSME high pressure-fuelled gas supply (HP-FGS) system. Under the terms of the contract, details of which are being kept confidential, MAN will use DSME’s HP-FGS system patents and licenses for its two-stroke Natural Gas propulsion based commercial vessel projects.  DSME believes this to be a significant development in gas fuelled ship technology, as with a claimed 80% market share, MAN Diesel & Turbo enjoys a leading position in large two-stroke marine engines. As the first orders for two-stroke marine engines using Natural Gas fuel have been for MAN’s ME-GI engines, DSME says that “this patent contract is expected to bring out great ripple effects to related industries... [More]

Austal Celebrates Keel Laying for further Cape Class Patrol Boat

By Peter Pospiech at August 19, 2013 10:30
Filed Under: Company News, General
Australia has 36,000 kilometres of coastline and an offshore maritime area of nearly 13 million square kilometres. The new Customs and Border Protection Cape Class Patrol Boats will play a significant role in border security by maintaining a presence around Australia’s coastline and responding to reported or suspected border incidents and illegal activity. Customs and Border Protection vessels perform strategic patrols and tactical surveillance and enforcement for various agencies to address maritime security threats within and beyond Australia’s 200 nautical mile exclusive economic Zone (eeZ).  Demonstrating the rapid progress of the Cape Class Patrol Boat Program, Austal hosted on August 14 the keel-laying ceremony for the third vessel, Cape Nelson, one of eight 56-metre patrol boats that Austal is designing, building and supporting for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. Cape Class is a program of work that underpins Austal’s strategy as a g... [More]

MAN-Power solution for offshore construction vessel

By Peter Pospiech at August 15, 2013 04:57
Filed Under: Company News, MAN Diesel&Turbo
The multi-functional construction and pipelay vessel Ceona Amazon, which will be built by Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven AG for the British operator Ceona, will be equipped with two 9L32/44CR engines and four 8L32/44CR main gensets, providing a total output of 28MW. This was recently announced by MAN Diesel & Turbo who had won the order. Based on a drill-ship design, the 33,000gt, 199.4m-long and 32.2m-wide Ceona Amazon boasts exceptional sea-keeping characteristics, making it ideal for operations in remote and challenging locations, the engine manufacturer noted. The construction vessel has a large, under-deck storage capacity for line pipe or umbilicals, together with a large deck area that allows the further storage of line pipe and standard, flexible installation reels.  It is fitted with two heave-compensated mast-head cranes, and a single heave-compensated knuckleboom crane. The pipelay system consists of an inclinedlay system and a rigid, pipeline firing-line system. The vess... [More]

Wärtsilä receives first two orders for new Wärtsilä X62 engine

By Peter Pospiech at August 12, 2013 10:56
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems
Wärtsilä has received its first two orders, a total of seven engines, for their X62 2-stroke low speed engine. The X62 is a midsize engine tailor made for Panamax Bulk Carriers, Aframax or Long Range 2 (LR2) Tankers and Container feeders. It is part of the new engine generation X 2-stroke engine family which was recently introduced to the market. According to the contracts, the main engines will be supplied to power:  - Four new LR2 tankers being built for Kyklades Maritime Corporation, a Greek ship owner, at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd (HHI) in South Korea.  - Three bulk carriers for Suisse-Atlantique, the Switzerland based global fleet operator, to be built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard's (HMD) facilities in Vietnam.   The vessels will be of the new Ecodesign developed by the yards to reduce fuel consumption and emissions substantially compared to previous tonnage. Both orders were signed during the second quarter of 2013 and the engines will be manufactured... [More]

Cavotec wins breakthrough MoorMaster™ automated mooring project in Norway

By Peter Pospiech at August 05, 2013 08:18
Filed Under: Company News, General, Ports
Global engineering group Cavotec, based in Lugano, Switzerland, has secured a significant order for its MoorMaster™ automated mooring technology at a new bulk handling application in Norway. The project has a substantial financial value — it is the largest single MoorMaster™ order in Europe to date — and indicates the potential for Cavotec's automated mooring systems at ports worldwide. Cavotec is to supply 18 MoorMaster™ 200B units for international minerals group LKAB's new iron ore berth in Narvik, northern Norway, on behalf of the PEAB construction and civil engineering group. The scope of the order includes manufacture of the mooring units, installation and comprehensive technical support. The units will moor bulk carrier ships of up to 185,000 DWT and 305m. This is the first MoorMaster™ bulk handling application in Europe, and the first located within the Arctic Circle. As such, the MM200B units for this project will be built to withstand the h... [More]

Enhancing life boat safety

By Peter Pospiech at August 01, 2013 06:33
Filed Under: Company News
DNV (Det Norske Veritas) is taking lifeboat safety one step further. The company claims that maritime lifeboat safety will be enhanced by transferring offshore lifeboat design practices to ships. The shortcomings of existing free fall lifeboat designs were revealed in a number of incidents related to structural safety, human loads and headway back in 2005. A joint industry project was initiated by OLF (the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association) to find the reasons for these incidents. The project revealed that the SOLAS requirements, on which the design criteria were built, were based on lifeboat performance during test launches into calm waters and from heights significantly smaller than those encountered on host facilities on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. With larger waves and drop heights than those presumed, the lifeboats were exposed to greater loads and damage, which explains the shortcomings revealed in 2005. As a result of these findings, DNV was asked to develop a new standard ... [More]

Successful: Germanys Navy “Oil Hunter”

By Peter Pospiech at July 31, 2013 05:20
Filed Under: Company News, General, Marine Electronics, Navy News, New Technology
Control air crafts of the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies in Cuxhaven, Germany, keep an eye on oil violator in the North- and Baltic Sea. Since both the air crafts are controlling the main shipping routes of the German Bay and also in the German territory the number of sea polluter are getting less, says Ulrike Windhövel from the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies in Cuxhaven. Also the detected amounts of oil are remarkably smaller than before.In 2012, same like in 2011, around 41 pollutions have been discovered whereof 9 oil violators in each year could be identified. With 59 oil violators in 2004 the most contempt could be detected. Since the beginning of oil detection from the air around 4.116 pollutions could be detected, whereof 565 could be assigned to the causer.The covered area of North- and Baltic Sea is around 115.000 square kilometers. A particular focus is done by the “Oil Hunter” on the water ways, oil rigs and gas fields, fishing grounds a... [More]

One Scrubber for all Main and Auxiliary Engines

By Peter Pospiech at July 25, 2013 06:07
Filed Under: Company News, Scrubbers
Norway's Clean Marine says it offers a patented exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) to meet upcoming regulations on sulphur emissions. "For vessels sailing in European waters and other emission control areas (ECAs), a maximum sulphur limit of 0.1% will apply from 2015," said CEO Nils Hoy-Petersen. "The Clean Marine system will clean both sulphur oxides (SOx) and particulate matter emissions from main and auxiliary engines as well as boilers." The EGCS is said to be the only system currently on the market with true multi-stream exhaust gas handling. This means that all exhaust sources on board are served by one common EGC unit without encountering an increase in back pressure, Clean Marine said. In addition the system can be retrofitted and installed, with slight modifications, in the existing funnel design.  Two fans and a gas recirculation mechanism integrated into the EGC unit ensure that pressure at the common gas-meeting point is maintained at ambient level, irrespective of th... [More]

BP and Topaz Marine AHTS Vessels Choose L27/38 Power

By Peter Pospiech at July 18, 2013 04:53
Filed Under: Company News, MAN Diesel&Turbo, Offshore, Shipyards, Workboats
80-ton bollard pull vessels ready for anchor handling tug supply services MAN Diesel & Turbo’s medium-speed propulsion   packages   have   gained another foothold in Middle Eastern offshore operations. After successfully completed sea trials, Abu Dhabi-based Adyard has earlier delivered the ‘Topaz Dignity’ – which is now followed by the ‘Topaz Triumph’ AHTS. Topaz Energy and Marine, a subsidiary  of  Oman-based  Renaissance  Services  SAOG  and  a  regional leader in providing offshore support  vessels  and  engineering services, has passed yet another milestone in its 35-year history by building two Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessels. The  two  67-metre,  ’80-ton  bollard pull’ vessels are ready for anchor handling tug supply services and the transportation of dry and liquid cargo to and from pipe-laying barges, drilling platforms and production... [More]

MAN 48/60 Engines Clock up 500th Sale

By Peter Pospiech at July 15, 2013 04:26
Filed Under: Company News, MAN Diesel&Turbo
MAN Diesel & Turbo has announced the 500th sale of its MAN 48/60 medium-speed engine. The milestone was reached with the order of two common-rail variants of the engine by Huta Marine of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as part of a diesel-electric system to power a self-propelled cutter suction dredger.  Huta Marine is a specialist in marine infrastructure and its fleet ranks among the largest in the Middle East. The dredger will be built in the Netherlands by a shipyard belonging to the IHC Merwede Group, the global market leader for dredging, mining and other custom-built vessels. The MAN 48/60 engine Based on the 48/60 workhorse, the 48/60 engine was introduced in 2003 in both L- and V- versions. Over its working history, it has proved itself a valuable, sturdy workhorse and all-round performer over a broad range of applications.  The 48/60 medium-speed engine is based on the successful 48/60 series first launched in 1989. The B variant represented a major redevelopment of the co... [More]

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