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New Silverado 3000 Fuel Line for Outboards

Shields has introduced a new multi-layer EPA-compliant fuel line engineered and manufactured for outboard powered boats. The Shields Silverado 3000 outboard fuel line, is designed for use in above deck primer bulb assemblies. In addition to meeting EPA regulations for evaporative emissions, Shields Silverado 3000 fuel line also meets California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards for small engine use. To ensure this fuel line performs in the harsh marine environment, Shields uses advanced thermoplastic construction. The unique design resists damage from prolonged UV exposure, while providing a unique barrier layer to prevent permeation. This new fuel line is also resistant to Ethanol fuel blends. To help prevent vapor lock, Shields also designed its new fuel line with a gray exterior that stays cooler in hot environmental conditions. Shields offers boaters and the boating industry its Silverado 3000 fuel line in two sizes, 5/16 inch inside diameter and 3/8” inside diameter, to accommodate a wide range of outboards. Shields Marine Hose is making this new fuel line available to the marine industry in 10 ft, 25 ft and 50 ft lengths. (www.teleflexmarine.com)


New Bunker Fuel Developed by Scientists

Scientists develop a cleaner fuel for cruise ships & other large vessels from ingredients in detergents, medicines. Scientists describe development of a new fuel mixture to ease the major air pollution and cost problems facing cruise ships, oil tankers and container ships which tend to burn the cheapest and most highly polluting form of diesel fuel. Their report was part of the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society


The Transit to Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel

Leading efforts to minimize the environmental impact of ships and boats at work, the Port of Los Angeles and the Jankovich Company – a supplier of fuel for cargo ships, tugs, barges and other marine vessels since 1933 – announced a new agreement to fuel its marine fleet with ultra low sulfur fuel. The fuel is from BP and sold under the brand name ECD. It is designed to be a technologically advanced, cleaner-burning fuel that is refined from select crudes


ExxonMobil Launches New Marine Cylinder Oil

Condition of the liner following the trial to assess the performance of Mobilgard 5100 in a new generation MAN engine. Mobilgard 5100 provided good corrosion protection and outstanding engine cleanliness throughout the trial period, with the engine running on fuel with a sulphur content from 2.5-3.1%.

ExxonMobil Marine Fuels & Lubricants has launched Mobilgard 5100, a specially formulated cylinder oil designed to mitigate the effects of cold corrosion in new design two-stroke marine engines operating on heavy fuel oil. Mobilgard 5100 joins Mobilgard 560 VS and Mobilgard 570 as the latest addition to ExxonMobil’s range of world class cylinder oils, with each product specifically engineered to help ship operators increase vessel reliability and reduce operating costs.


Bourbon Chooses Offshore Ship Designers

Offshore Ship Designers has been chosen to design a series of six new fuel-efficient seismic support/chase vessels ordered by French offshore major Bourbon to be built at Dubai’s Grandweld Shipyards. The 53 m vessels will have hybrid propulsion systems, slow speed escort and support work, and a high degree of maneuvrability. The vessels will be chartered by Bourbon to CGGVeritas with delivery of the first vessels set for the end of 2012


MAN Diesel & Turbo Approves Takeover of Kappel Propeller

The board of MAN Diesel & Turbo approved the company’s takeover of Kappel propeller,  including designs, software, and intellectual property, together with the continued cooperation of  Jens Julius Kappel. New fuel-saving and energy-efficient propulsion opportunities are available from the MAN Alpha propeller program, which now fully integrates the Kappel tip fin propeller blade designs for both controllable-pitch propellers and fixed-pitch propellers.


S2 Fuel Cell in Final Development Stage

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Nordic fuel cell technology company PowerCell is in the final stage of development of its next generation fuel cell stack platform, the S2. The S2 covers a larger power range up to 25 kW and maintains the same tolerance towards CO and reformate gas as the present platform, the S1. The new fuel cell will have good stability and a compact and robust design for both automotive and stationary applications.   PowerCell, the Nordic fuel cell technology leader


Alternative Fuels: Safer, Smarter, Greener

Martin Crawford-Brunt presenting at the event (Photo: SPNL)

Shipping Professional Network in London (SPNL) hosted another well attended event, sponsored by DNV-GL and held at the UK Chamber of Shipping offices in London. Martin Crawford-Brunt (UK & Rep of Ireland Manager for DNV-GL) was keynote speaker for this event, covering three main topics: Navigating the raft of upcoming regulations in a cost-effective way Alternative fuels and niche solutions/new technologies Reducing operating expenses to increase competitiveness


Foss Maritime Company to Build New Class of Tugs

Foss Maritime Company of Seattle, Wa., has announced plans to build a new class of the highest horsepower tugs on the West Coast devoted exclusively to ship docking. The new series of 6,250 horsepower Azmuthing Stern Drive (ASD) thruster tugs will be constructed for the use in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., by Halter Marine Inc., in Lockport, Lou. This tug is scheduled for arrival early in the fourth quarter of 2001.


Vessel Ordering Mania – Why?

The flood of interest in ordering new container vessels is motivated by other factors than supply and demand. The recent surge in new vessel orders at a time of industry-wide overcapacity suggests that market fundamentals are no longer the main driver. Even when the most recently ordered ships are delivered in 2016, Europe and the U.S. are still likely to be climbing out of recession, which means that capacity in the east-west trades will continue to outstrip demand.


KR Launches Software to Aid ECA Compliance

The Korean Register (KR) has launched an in-house developed software program to assist vessels with fuel oil change over when complying with the new low sulphur regulations.    From January 1, MARPOL Annex VI Reg 14 requires vessels sailing within an emission control area (ECA) to burn


Alaska Marine Lines Lowers Fuel Surcharge

Alaska Marine Lines has filed with the Surface Transportation Board to decrease the fuel surcharge from 31% to 29% on shipments to, from and within Central Alaska and Prince William Sound locations. The line has also filed to decrease the fuel surcharge from 14% to 7% on shipments to


Marine Lubricants: New Year, New Emission Rules

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January 1, 2015 is an important date for ship owner and operators to ensure that their vessels, when operating inside ECA zones, are doing so in compliance with strict new emission edicts concerning the emission of sulfur. While the effects of low-sulfur fuel on marine engines is well recorded


Common-rail Injection for Sub-110hp Marine Diesels

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The new JH-CR series engines from Yanmar bring the benefits of common-rail fuel injection technology to units of below 110mhp.   Boat owners can now choose digitally-controlled common-rail engines from the Yanmar range with power outputs starting as low as 45mhp


Matson Lowers Fuel Surcharge

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Continuing decreases in bunker fuel prices has prompted Matson to drop its fuel-related surcharge by 4 percentage points. Matson announced it will lower its fuel surcharge for service to Hawaii, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Micronesia, effective Sunday.  


LR to Class First Methanol-powered Sea Vessel

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Ropax vessel Stena Germanica will soon be converted to a dual-fuel methanol propulsion system at Poland's Remontowa shipyard.   The 240-meter-long, 1,500-passenger ferry, which will be converted over a 45-day period from 28 January, 2015


Krill Systems Expands in the Far East

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Despite plummeting global fuel-prices, raising inevitable questions about their impact on the fuel conservation sector of the market, Krill Systems has reported strong booth traffic and interest in its products and services at the recent Work Boat Show in New Orleans


Blount to Build Bunkering Tanker for NY-NJ Harbor

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Blount Boats signed a contract with American Petroleum & Transport, Inc. to construct a 79x23 foot, double hull, steel, fuel bunkering tanker for service in New York Harbor and New Jersey. The vessel, designed by Farrell & Norton Naval Architects


Despite Price Drop, Bunker Costs Still Hamper Shipping

The cost of marine fuel continues to be a major headache for global shipping companies.     Bunker fuel costs account for approximately 70 per cent of the total voyage expenditure for a vessel and ship operators prefer purchasing bunker fuel from ports where the cost is lower. 


CROE to Supply Scrubbers to STENA RoRo

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CR Ocean Engineering, L.L.C. (CROE) has recently been awarded the design and supply of two Open Loop exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbing systems) from STENA RoRo AB.  The two systems will be installed to reduce SO2 from two main engines aboard the STENA Forefunner


MAN Diesel & Turbo: Power Play

“A great part of our current strategy is the expansion of our dual-fuel concept and the development of engines that satisfy every industrial niche and have the potential to run on a growing variety of fuel types.” Ole Grøne,  SVP, Low-Speed Promotion and Sales

MAN Diesel & Turbo has developed a lead in the supply of modern engines with dual fuel capability. Here we speak with the company’s Ole Grøne, SVP, Low-Speed Promotion and Sales, for his insights on the company’s future trajectory.


TOTE Inks LNG Supply Deal

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Partnership represents the start of LNG adoption as a marine fuel in the United States.   Pivotal LNG, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources Inc., and WesPac Midstream LLC have signed a long-term agreement with TOTE, Inc. to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel the


Alfa Laval: Keeping it Clean

“PureSOx enables ship owners to comply with IMO’s sulfur emission cap in Emission Control Areas (ECAs) while using economical HFO, rather than switching to expensive distillate.”  Peter Leifland,  President, Marine & Diesel Division

Forced by regulation to clean up, ship owners have never been so keenly aware of the exact emissions coming from their ships. And when it comes to cleaning up, Alfa Laval is there every step of the way, as Peter Leifland, President, Marine & Diesel Division, Alfa Laval, explains.  


As Interest in LNG Surges, Regulators Struggle to Keep Pace

Joan M. Bondareff

The use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a transportation fuel for ships, barges and ferries has surged in recent months.  This surge is due, in large part, to the boon in the production of natural gas in the U.S.; new low sulfur rules for the North American Emission Control Area (ECA)


Glycerin Powers into the Propulsion Picture

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Maine Maritime Academy Receives a $1.4 Million U.S. DOT Research Grant to Develop a Marine Engine Testing and Emissions Laboratory.   The Marine Engine Testing and Emissions Laboratory (METEL) at Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) is working on several initiatives to implement viable emissions






 
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