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Daewoo E&C Wins Order for 2nd Package of Mumbai Maritime Bridge Project

Daewoo E&C announced that the builder received a letter of acceptance (LOA) on the second package of the Mumbai Maritime Bridge project in Mumbai, India on November 17 (local time). Daewoo E&C said that the Korea-based global contractor won the second package of the Mumbai Maritime Bridge project with a joint venture with Tata Projects Limited, a construction subsidiary of the Tata Group, one of India’s largest business groups. The second package will cost US$ 863 million, and the entire Mumbai Maritime Bridge project about US$ 2.2 billion. Daewoo E&C will partner with Tata on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC). Daewoo E&C will be responsible for 60% of the project which amounts to US$ 517.85 million. The construction work will run for 54 months after gro...

South Korean Firm Seeks USCG BWMS Type Approval

The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center (MSC) has received its eighth application for Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) type approval. The application was submitted by South Korea-based BWMS manufacturer Techcross for the Electro-Cleen System on October 31. As explained, the MSC will review the application for compliance with US Coast Guard regulations in 46 CFR 162.060. Once it has been determined that the application meets the requirements, the MSC will issue a type approval certificate. So far, BWMS type approvals have been granted to six companies including Optimarin, Alfa Laval, TeamTec Ocean Saver AS, Sunrui, Ecochlor and Erma First. Apart from Techcross, Samsung Heavy Industries is also waiting for the approval of its Purimar BWMS, MSC’s data shows. USCG MSC has also issued an ...

Tuco Marine wins order for two hydrographic survey boats

 Faaborg, Denmark, based Tuco Marine Group has been awarded a contract by DALO (the Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization) for two customized hydrographic survey boats. Replacing two obsolete survey vessels, the boats will operate in Danish inland waters. Based on Tuco’s ProZero concept and have been designed to allow full use of the latest technology for hydrographic surveys, such as sonar and lidar. They are designed to accommodate two hydrography specialists in addition to a dedicated helmsman. The hull has been specially adapted to address two conflicting challenges: on the one hand, providing the low draft required to operate in uncharted shallow waters where there is a risk of running aground and, on the other hand, providing antiroll and directional stability. ...

KVH TracPhone V7-HTS System Delivers Maritime Broadband

An advanced, 60 cm marine satellite antenna system designed to consistently deliver the fastest data speeds globally to the maritime market will be unveiled tomorrow by KVH Industries, Inc., at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, in Florida.  The TracPhone V7-HTS achieves data download speeds of up to 10 Mbps, three times faster than current 60 cm models on the market, including KVH’s own system, and fast enough to enable the streaming of HD-quality content at sea. In addition, to further meet the demands of increased data usage at sea, KVH is offering the TracPhone V7-HTS with new hybrid airtime plans that deliver a free, lower-speed unlimited use data channel that runs at the same time as the high-speed data channel. The faster data speeds of the TracPhone V7-HTS are accomplishe...

MOL on Next-generation Ship Management Support System

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that MOL and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding have been jointly developing practical use applications and commercialization of the “next-generation ship management support system” and the current data collection and monitoring systems, providing the basis for an advanced new system, have upgraded the functionality. This initiative will allow enhanced operating support from shore-side systems and personnel. The two companies are working to reduce environmental impact of vessel operation by preventing problems and reducing the consumption of oil consumption, such as bunker fuel oil, which in turn cuts exhaust emissions. Details of the upgrades are as follows. Clearly identify and display abnormal values This prevents problems by visually ...

The Environmental Age: What Will Power Future Ships?

What will power future ship fleet? What will the future fuel mix be? These questions are being asked with greater frequency in the wake of the Global 2020 Sulphur Cap ruling agreed at the International Maritime Organization and other tightening regulations around air pollution and emissions from shipping operations. The need to take action is, in turn, driving the development and application of innovative alternative power and propulsion technology for ships. From January 1, 2020, the current global limit for sulphur content of ships’ fuel oil of 3.50 percent m/m (mass by mass) will drop to 0.50 percent m/m. This has consequences for fuel use by existing ships and newbuilds, for marine engine performance optimisation and maintenance, and for vessel monitoring. The IMO’s EEDI (Energy Effici...

Erma First Gets USCG Type Approval for Its BWTS

Greece-based manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) Erma First has received the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Type Approval for its full flow electrolysis BWTS. On October 18, the company became the first full flow electrolysis BWTS vendor worldwide that received the USCG approval, for which it filed an application in April 2017. The system was successfully tested at three water salinities in Morocco, Spain, Netherlands, France, New York and Savannah. The testing period lasted 30 months and finished in autumn 2016, the company earlier informed. “The units used during the USCG Type Approval process have remained identical since we started. Moreover, no modifications were made to the units already delivered to clients nor will be made to those to follow,” Helen Polychronop...

Schottel delivers first thruster with new ProAnode

The first Rudderpropeller with Schottel’s newly developed and patented ProAnode has left the company’s Doerth, Germany, factory. According to Schottel, the new anode provides higher standards of corrosion protection. As the position of the anode has been moved from the outside surface into the cross-section of the nozzle tail, there are also operational benefits, such as reduced flow interference, resulting in fuel savings. Schottel’s core idea was to remove the anodes from the outside surface of the nozzle, where they are prone to being knocked off by floating debris, ice, or even slight ground contact. Loss of the anodes is usually only discovered during maintenance downtime, by which time corrosion may have become a problem. Additionally, depending on the nozzle’...

Alfa Laval Introduces PureBallast 3.1 Compact Flex

Now in its third generation, the newest Alfa Laval PureBallast ballast water treatment system has been engineered to minimize footprint and installation costs. Alfa Laval PureBallast 3.1 Compact Flex is the latest addition to the PureBallast family of systems. Based on loose components, it is the answer to space and flexibility needs. Available for flows of 32–1,000 m3/h, it packs the leading ballast water treatment technology into a footprint up to 20 percent smaller than that of PureBallast 3.1. It also reduces installation costs by up to 10 percent, thanks to a plug-and-play concept for quick and easy connection. “Alfa Laval PureBallast 3.1 Compact Flex is economical, both in its use of space and in its installation,” said Anders Lindmark, Head of Alfa Laval PureBallast. “As a result, i...

Scrubber Uptake by 2020 to Fall Short of Expectations?

The base case figure for projected uptake of how many ships will have exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS), or scrubbers, installed by 2020 may not be happening because current orders are slow. The base case figure for projected uptake of scrubbers in the official availability study presented to the International Maritime Organization in 2016 “may be too optimistic,” the study’s lead author, Jasper Faber of CE Delft, told a forum hosted by IBIA during London International Shipping Week (LISW). Faber added that the prediction was based in part on the anticipated “excellent” economic argument for installing abatement technology to allow continued operations on high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) in 2020, when HSFO demand and its value relative to crude is set to drop sharply. Only around 400 ships h...

NYK to Use Binary Cycle Power Generation System on New Panamax

Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) intends to deploy a binary cycle power generation system on a newly constructed Panamax bulk carrier to be operated by the company. As explained, the system will generate electricity from the exhaust heat emitted by the marine engine’s air cooler. In addition, NYK is to provide the system developer with operational data from the ship to help improve the product. A binary cycle power generation system for ships has been jointly developed by Kobe Steel, Miura, and Asahi Shipping and has received approval as “environmental equipment” from Japan’s ship classification society Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK). The generated electric power will serve as auxiliary power and is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 2.3 percent by decreasing fuel ...

3D Printed Ship’s Propeller Moves Forward to Completion

A prototype of the world’s first class approved ship’s propeller has been produced by using 3D printing techniques, Damen informed.  The 1,350mm diameter propeller – named WAAMpeller – is the result of a cooperation between Damen Shipyards Group, Rotterdam Additive Manufacturing LAB (RAMLAB), Promarin, Autodesk and Bureau Veritas. Fabricated from a Nickel Aluminium Bronze (NAB) alloy at RAMLAB in the Port of Rotterdam, the propeller was produced with the Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) method using a Valk welding system and Autodesk software. The triple-blade structure uses a Promarin design that is used on Damen’s Stan Tug 1606. With production complete, the WAAMpeller will be CNC milled at Autodesk’s Advanced Manufacturing Facility (AMF) in Birmingham, UK. According to Damen, the ...

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