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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 ...

Ballast Water Management Convention Enters into Force

The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) entered into force on September 8, 2017.  Adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2004, the measure for environmental protection that aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species in ships’ ballast water requires vessels to manage their ballast water to remove, render harmless, or avoid the uptake or discharge of aquatic organisms and pathogens within ballast water and sediments. “This is a landmark step towards halting the spread of invasive aquatic species, which can cause havoc for local ecosystems, affect biodiversity and lead to substantial economic loss,” Kitack Lim, IMO Secretary-General, commented. “The requirements which enter int...

USCG Grants BWTS Type Approval to Ecochlor

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has issued the USCG Type Approval Certificate to Ecochlor, a Boston-based manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems (BWTS). The fifth USCG certificate was issued after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060. The Ecochlor BWTS uses a two-step process that includes filtration and treatment with chlorine dioxide (ClO2). The company says the technology is completely effective on all aquatic invasive species regardless of water turbidity, salinity or temperature. “The Ecochlor BWTS works just as effectively as it did when first installed in a ship in 2004 without any fundamental changes. Since that first system was sold, the Ecochlor System has undergone extensive t...

Doosan Heavy Looks to Find Future Growth Engine in Wind Power

Doosan Heavy Industries is looking to find a future growth engine in offshore wind power generation. This is in response to the government’s policy stance against nuclear power and coal-based thermal power generation that would cause the company to lose sales. Beginning next year, Doosan is set to move overseas to win orders. The company is Korea’s largest wind power generator maker that designs and manufactures critical parts such as blades, nacelles, and hubs and then assembles them into complete sets. As major producers such as Hyundai Electric, Samsung Heavy Industries, and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering folded their business, Doosan Heavy Industries has become the only maker with years of experience in land-based and offshore wind power turbines. Until now, t...

Doosan Heavy Industries Wins Sewage Treatment Plant Deal in UK

Doosan Heavy Industries announced on August 7 that Doosan Enpure, its subsidiary in the United Kingdom, signed a 30 billion won ($26.55 million) deal with a British water supplier Severn Trent Water Authority to build a sewage sludge-to-energy plant in the country. Sewage sludge refers to the residual, semi-solid material that is produced as a by-product during sewage treatment of industrial or municipal wastewater. Under the contract, Doosan Enpure plans to build an eco-friendly plant that transforms waste into energy. Utilizing its latest energy technology in heat and pasteurized process, the plant will reduce the amount of sewage sludge and produce bio gas with sludge by-products at the same time and provide some 1 megawatt worth domestic electricity and heat. It will be built in Stoke-...

Wärtsilä to Equip Japanese Bulker Duo with Scrubber Systems

The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply the exhaust gas cleaning systems for two new 56,000 dwt Handymax bulk carriers. The ships are being built at Japan’s Oshima Shipbuilding for Tokyo-based NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers (NYK BP), a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha. Wärtsilä will also provide project management and commissioning of the systems. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in June. These are the first vessels owned or chartered by NYK Group having exhaust gas cleaning systems installed. By fitting the Wärtsilä system, the ships will be compliant with the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) SOx regulations, which come into force in 2020. The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery to the yard commencing in July 2018. The fi...

Business of Doosan Heavy Industries Affected by Nuclear-free Policy

Doosan Heavy Industries adjusted its target contract signing amount for this year from 10.6 trillion won (US$9.5 billion) to 8.2 trillion won (US$7.3billion). This has to do with the Moon Jae-in administration’s nuclear-free policy that took shape in June. The company signed contracts worth a total of 2.426 trillion won (US$2.18 billion) in the first half of this year, up 4.6% from a year ago, after 9.053 trillion won (US$8.14 billion) in 2016. The adjustment reflects uncertainties related to Shin Hanul Nuclear Power Plant Units 3 and 4 and the construction of a new coal-fired power plant. In May this year, Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) stopped the progress of the design phase of the construction of the third and fourth units. Previously, the construction had been scheduled to be ...

Hyundai Heavy Industries Builds Largest Virtual Simulation Center in the Industry

Hyundai Heavy Industries built the largest virtual simulation-based verification facility in the industry.  Hyundai Heavy Industries recently announced the opening of the Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation (HILS) Center for virtual simulation-based verification at the headquarters in Ulsan City with the participation of chairman Choi Gil-sun and president Kang Hwan-ku among others. HILS is a technology that diagnoses and verifies design errors and malfunctions by simulating complex systems mounted on ships, offshore plants, automobiles, aircraft, spacecraft, etc. in various virtual environments. The HILS Center, built on a floor of 215 square meters inside General Research Building at Hyundai Heavy Industries’ headquarters, is equipped with nine kinds of HILS equipment in three areas &#...

ICS Calls On IMO to Delay Implementation of BWMC for Existing Ships

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)  has urged the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to back the proposal from a broad coalition of governments that would result in postponing the implementation dates for installing new ballast water treatment systems.   “If this pragmatic proposal is agreed, this would allow shipping companies to identify and invest in far more robust technology to the benefit of the marine environment,” said ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe. ICS says that this IMO decision on dates, to be taken by a meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee during the first week of July – just two months before the entry into force of the IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention on 8 September 2017 – will be critical, having significant implicatio...

Hyundai Heavy Industries Ushers in Era of 4th Industrial Revolution in Shipbuilding Industry with Integrated Smart Ship Solution

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder, announced today it developed Integrated Smart Ship Solution (ISSS), its proprietary ICT technology capable of realizing economical and reliable navigation and management of ships. ISSS is the first of its kind in the global shipbuilding industry. The solution standardizes ways of navigation varying depending on levels of skills and experiences of navigators, collects and analyzes real-time information on navigations, and thus will play a role in enhancing efficiency and safety of ships. The solution is expected to cut annual operating cost by 6%. As IMO will introduce e-Navigation, a strategy to bring about increased safety of navigation in commercial shipping through better organization of data on ships by 2019, the demand f...

Delay of ballast water convention has contrasting effect

South Korea’s shippers and shipbuilders reacted differently Wednesday to a decision by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to delay the implementation of a ballast water convention. The IMO’s marine environment protection committee last week postponed the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, or the BWM Convention, for two years. The pact will go into effect in 2024 instead of 2022. The convention requires all vessels plying internationally to be equipped with a system to clean their ballast water before releasing it into the ocean to prevent the transfer of alien marine species, such as bacteria and microbes. Local shipping companies have been concerned about the cost of system installation, which the Kor...

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