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Investigation into Navy Ship Problems

Investigations into problems with fuel systems on board the Navy's new $550 million fleet of Armidale class patrol boats are continuing. Five of the six patrol boats have been docked in Darwin since the Maritime Commander announced the safety concern five days ago. A Navy contractor in charge of implementing the fleet has been organizing the investigations. According to a spokeman, there have been four unexplained engine failures. The faulty engine parts arrived in Sydney today and engineers have only just started to examine them. (Source: www.abc.net.au)


MAN B&W Extends Reach in China

Håkan Samuelsson (left), Executive Board Chairman of the MAN Group, and Li Changyin, CSIC President, signing the contract in Munich. The MAN B&W Diesel Group and the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) agreed upon comprehensive cooperation with regard to the development and production of large diesel engines. The frame agreement, which was recently signed in Munich, also provides for close cooperation in the purchase and production of components


Electronic Navigation and Causation

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that failure to train a master on how to properly use electronic navigation equipment does not make the vessel owner fully liable for an allision nor does it prevent the vessel owner from limiting its liability when there is insufficient evidence to prove that such failure to train was the cause of the allision. In the instant case, defendant’s fishing vessel allided with plaintiff’s offshore rig in the Gulf of Mexico


Proper Engine Maintenance Leads to Significant Cost Savings

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Engine Maintenance trumps a tough economy. Bypass oil filtration technology is one way to get there. For the past several years, ferry service and tugboat operators have had one eye on fuel costs and the other on the economy. But worry as they might, there’s not much, if anything, that operators can do to effect change to the economy or to reduce the price of fuel. What they can do, however, is effect change to reduce their company’s operating costs and that’s where proper


New & Notables

Bahamas Receives New RoPax Service Ten years ago, a RoRo passenger service called Sealink, commenced in the Bahamas — operating from Nassau to port of Governor's Harbor on the adjacent island of Eleuthera. The vessel that performed this service was an aging 14-knot Greek ferry, which established a solid market within the RoRo sector. Despite its healthy growth spurt, the venture ceased in 1993 resulting from rising repair costs and maintenance, specifically in the machinery department


Mack Boring to distribute Steyr Diesel Engines

Mack Boring & Parts Co. has agreed with Steyr Motors to distribute their commercial marine diesel engines on the East Coast, including Canada and the Caribbean.   Mack Boring has a strong presence in the market, providing engine sales, parts warehousing and distribution, engine rebuilding, service, technical support and training for several leading brand diesel engines. The existing Steyr Motors dealer network will continue to serve the market with engine sales and service.


Caterpillar Introduces Bundled Repair Solutions

Photo: Caterpillar Marine Power Systems

Bundled repair solutions for engine overhauls are now available from Caterpillar Marine Power Systems. The bundled repair solution, the first to be offered for Cat marine engines, is a customizable, comprehensive solution for customers looking to keep their vessels on the water longer. Customers can choose a top end or major foundational kit and customize it with the related components needed for top end or major engine overhauls


Bergen Engines Becomes New Tognum Subsidiary

The engine portfolio of Bergen Engines comprises medium-speed units for ships and generator sets. Pictured: Diesel engine type C25:33L6A with 2,000kW power output.

As of today, July 1, Norwegian engine manufacturer Bergen Engines AS becomes part of the Tognum Group. Following the acquisition of Tognum AG by the joint venture of Rolls-Royce plc. and Daimler AG, the former Rolls-Royce subsidiary Bergen Engines was merged into the Tognum Group. With that Tognum, the propulsion and power solution specialist, adds medium-speed diesel and gas engines with power outputs up to 10 MW to its engine portfolio.


Technology: New Nozzles Improve Northern Tug

Northern Transportation Company Ltd. of Hay River, Canada, recently completed a major refit of one of their quad screw pusher-towing tugs, the Edgar Kotokak. Vancouver's Robert Allan Ltd. provided design and engineering services for the refit which improved the operational efficiency of the tug. The refit included new CAT 3512B engines and replaced the open propellers and rudders with integrated Nautican Nozzles and Triple Rudders


RPG: Authorized Turbo Repair Center for Napier Turbochargers

Large bore engine sales and service company, Resource Power Group (RPG) has received Napier Turbocharger’s authorization as a service, repair and spare parts center. This move compliments RPG’s existing capabilities as a medium speed engine, turbocharger, and fuel equipment service and sales company. For it to become authorized by Napier Turbochargers Ltd. of Lincoln, UK, RPG had to meet all of the Napier guidelines for a service workshop including:


Wärtsilä, Diesel United Renew Pact

Martin Wernli, Vice President, 2-stroke, Wärtsilä Ship Power and Takashi Nakanishi, President of Diesel United

Wärtsilä and Diesel United Ltd in Japan have signed a ten-year renewal of their co-operation agreement for the sale, manufacturing and servicing of Wärtsilä low-speed marine engines.   Diesel United is a long-standing member of the Wärtsilä family of low-speed


MARAD: Putting Alternative Power for Ships to the Test

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) is testing state-of-the-art, environmentally efficient technology onboard the Training Ship (TS) Kennedy. The National Defense Reserve Fleet vessel was provided to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy by MARAD for Cadet training


Kirby Corp. Announces Record 3Q Results

Kirby CEO Joe Pyne (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Record 2014 third quarter earnings per share of $1.34 compared with $1.21 in the 2013 third quarter, which included a $0.08 benefit due to the reduction of the United earnout liability. Kirby Corporation announced record net earnings attributable to Kirby for the third quarter ended September 30


ClassNK Certifies Ship with Air Lubrication System

Photo: MHI

ClassNK has completed the EEDI appraisal of Harvest Frost, the world’s first post-panamax bulk carrier fitted with the Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS). The Harvest Frost was constructed by Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. for ADM Harvest Shipping in accordance to ClassNK rules and


Finning Opens National Distribution Center

Photo courtesy of Finning

Finning has opened its £8 million purpose-built National Distribution Center in Cannock to support its continued customer growth in after sales support and maintenance. The warehouse facility in Cannock houses all of the dealership’s engines plus 60,000 different product lines


DBR Delivers 42 Gensets to Damen

Photo: DBR

DBR has delivered the last units of an order totaling 42 marine generator sets for Damen Shipyards Gorinchem. The generator sets will be installed on 14 ASD tugs that Damen is building at its Galaţi yard in Romania for a project in the Middle East.


U.S. Natgas Engine Sales Lagging Fuel's Steep Price Plunge

Natural gas-fueled engine

  Natural gas-fueled engines, touted as a clean, low-cost alternative to diesel, continue to struggle for acceptance in the U.S. transportation sector despite a surge in gas production that has sent the alternative fuel's domestic price plunging.


Mitsubishi: First-Ever Licensing Deal to Chinese for Marine Propellers

The signing ceremony.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Engine Co., Ltd. (MHI-MME), a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI),  concluded a licensing agreement with Changzhou Zhonghai Marine Propeller Co., Ltd. (CZZH) under which MHI-MME provides CZZH the manufacturing and


B COOL Acquires MEMAC

Image courtesy of B COOL A/S

With the acquisition of MEMAC, B COOL A/S now offers customers one entry to multiple maritime systems – both refrigeration solutions and monitoring of the engine rooms and other technical plants of the ships. B COOL A/S said it has acquired MEMAC


FMT Orders Another Towboat from Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group Signs Option Contract for One Additional 90’ Inland with Towboat Florida Marine Transporters

  Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, LA exercised another additional 90’x32’x10’ “Canal Class” Inland Towboat to the six (6) vessel program currently under contract


John Deere Expands Tier 3 Engine Line

Image: John Deere Power Systems

John Deere Power Systems (JDPS) has introduced new propulsion ratings to its EPAMarine Tier 3 engine offerings. The new PowerTech 4045TFM85 propulsion ratings expand the John Deere Marine Tier 3 lineup with two ratings for continuous and heavy duty applications (M1 rating with 75 kW (100 hp) at 2


FMT Options for another Towboat from Eastern

Photo courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announce that Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, La. exercised another additional 90’x32’x10’ “Canal Class” Inland Towboat to the six-vessel program currently under contract


Clean Marine Wins New Contract

Photo courtesy of Clean Marine

Clean Marine has been selected by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea to supply exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) for two new MR tankers. IMO’s convention for the reduction of sulphur oxides (SOx) demands that sulphur emission levels in Emission Control Areas (ECAs) shall be cut to 0


MOL Drill Prepares for Offshore Incident

Under cooperation with Japan's Coast Guard, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has conducted a tabletop drill based on a scenario in which fire occurred in the engine room on a bulk carrier while under way at Kudako channel in Inland Sea, resulting in the vessel going aground


Kalmar Bags 9 RTGs Order from Piraeus Container Terminal

RTGs Order from Piraeus Container Terminal

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed a repeat order for nine all-electric rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) with Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT) S.A. in Greece, a wholly-owned subsidiary of COSCO Pacific Limited. The cranes, four of which are the world's widest






 
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