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Caterpillar Acquire Berg Propulsion

Caterpillar Marine has acquired Johan Walter Berg AB, whose core brand, Berg Propulsion, is a leading manufacturer of mechanically and electrically driven propulsion systems and marine controls for ships. As a result of the acquisition completion, all Berg Propulsion products will be rebranded as Caterpillar. The new Cat® Propulsion System for optimized bundles and propulsion packages includes controllable pitch propellers, transverse thrusters, azimuth thrusters, aftermarket parts and remote control systems. All Cat Propulsion System products are ideally suited for the complete and comprehensive line of Cat and MaK™ medium and high speed engines. The launch of Cat Propulsion Systems builds on Caterpillar’s introduction of integrated propulsion and maneuvering systems for pleasure craft vessels in 2011. For customers in the commercial marine industry, specifically the offshore, tug and salvage, dredge and merchant segments, the Cat Propulsion System will enable them to readily purchase a trusted Cat power solution as well as a heavy duty thruster or propeller system without having to rely on a third party vendor. Caterpillar say they will be able to optimize the propulsion system to maximize efficiency, maximize vessel availability and minimize operation cost. The user-friendly Cat control panel will ensure all components are easily configured and monitored on the vessel


ABB Wins Contracts Worth $110M

ABB has been awarded contracts worth $110 million to supply electrical power systems for twelve vessels and five offshore drilling rigs. The ABB orders, all booked during January-March 2006, include the following: • Total electrical power system packages for two semi-submersible drilling rigs for subsidiaries of Jon Fredriksen controlled SeaDrill Ltd (Subsea Drilling (III) Ltd and Subsea Drilling (IV) Ltd). The rigs will be built at South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine


ABB Wins Contracts Totalling $140M

ABB won contracts worth $140 million to supply its Azipod propulsion systems for three vessels and electrical power systems for 11 vessels and two semi-submersible drilling rigs. The orders, all booked during November 2005, include: • Six 10 Megawatt (MW) Azipod propulsion units for three Arctic shuttle tankers being built for Russia’s Sovcomflot at Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea for delivery between 2007-2009


LR Approves GE Gas Turbine for LNG Ships

Lloyd’s Register has issued an Approval in Principle of GE Energy’s LM2500-based, gas turbine propulsion system for liquefied natural gas (LNG) ships. Gas turbine propulsion systems have been widely used on naval and cruise ships, but are new to LNG vessels. The Approval in Principle, issued through Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc, gives GE Energy a high level of confidence that the marine industry will embrace its gas turbine propulsion system design as a viable alternative to


Rolls Royce Wins Significant Fincantieri Cruise Ship Contract

New Viking Cruise Ship: Image courtesy of Rolls Royce

Rolls-Royce signs extensive equipment orders with Italian cruise ship builder Fincantieri for Viking Cruises' 2 newbuildings. Viking Cruises recently ordered two cruise ships from Fincantieri and have chosen the highly-efficient Rolls-Royce integrated rudder and propulsion system, called Promas, for their vessels. This is the first time that a Promas propulsion system is being installed on a new-build cruise vessel.


New Chinese LNG Carriers Powered by GE

The first electrically propelled liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, each at 174,000 cubic meters, to be built in China will incorporate power and propulsion systems developed and built by GE’s Power Conversion business. Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group, part of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, signed contracts with GE for the supply of power and propulsion systems for six LNG carriers that it will build in its shipyard in Shanghai for major Asian shipping companies


First Mermaid Pods Installed

Shipyard ALSTOM awarded ALSTOM Drives & Controls and Kamewa a contract to supply electric propulsion packages for the four Millennium series cruise ships for Celebrity Cruises — a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean International — the first two Mermaid propulsion systems have been successfully mounted on the first ship. In not more than 24 hours, the two Mermaids have been adjusted in the drydock then the ship was moved into the wetdock for testing.


ABB wins $110m in Contracts

ABB has signed contracts worth more than $110 million to supply Azipod propulsion, power-generation and power-distribution systems for 19 new vessels being built in Europe and Asia. The new projects include: • electrical propulsion systems for nine platform supply vessels, to be built in shipyards in Norway and China, as well as one remotely operated vehicle support vessel, one offshore construction vessel and one light well intervention vessel, all to be built in Norway.


High-Tech Fishing Vessel Delivered with MAN Propulsion

Fishing vessel Herøyhav: Photo courtesy of MAN

Norwegian company Herøyhav AS has taken delivery of a 69.95-m trawler/purse seiner from Karstensens Shipyard, Denmark, equipped with a propulsion package supplied comprising a MAN 9L27/38 engine and a two-speed reduction gear that drives a MAN Alpha 4,200 mm diam. ducted propeller. The propeller nozzle is a customized MAN Alpha AHT design. MAN Diesel & Turbo also supplied its Alphatronic 2000 propulsion control system


Taking a Cruise on European Rivers with SCHOTTEL

The SCHOTTEL propulsion concept with four SCHOTTEL Twin propellers STP200 . (The picture shows the A-ROSA AQUA.)

About 40 European river cruise vessels are or will be equipped with a SCHOTTEL propulsion concept with four SCHOTTEL Twin Propellers STP 200. The concept was specifically designed for river cruise ships, and in five years has consistently gained acceptance with its numerous advantages such as low-noise, shallow draught, increased overall efficiency and energy efficient operation, SCHOTTEL said. Splitting the propulsion units from the conventional two to four Twin Propellers


Laborde Now a Steyr Motors Distributor

Left to right: Blake Nagim, Rick Granger and Jesse Cuevas participating in the Steyr Motors training session

To help increase business and provide even better service for its customers, Laborde Products has been chosen as a Steyr Motors distributor. The company will offer sales, service and support throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico


Maritime Security West Conference Underway in Tacoma

Tacoma Fire Department’s MetalCraft fireboat was on display at the 2014 Maritime Security West conference, now underway in Tacoma. (Photo by E. H. Lundquist)

On water and in the air, maritime security involves local, state and federal stakeholders The 2014 Maritime Security West conference is underway in Tacoma, Washington. The preconference day included tours of the Port of Tacoma, the City of Tacoma’s Marine Security Operations Center and


First N.American Boat Powered by Volvo Penta IPS

Photo courtesy of Volvo Penta IPS

Thomas Paine, the new 50-ft. aluminum patrol boat that joined the Massachusetts Environmental Police fleet in July, is the first commercial vessel in North America to be powered by Volvo Penta IPS propulsion. Built by Metal Craft Marine Inc


ABB Celebrates 125th Anniversary in Finland

Strömberg first car

  ABB is celebrating today its 125th anniversary in Finland. Founded in 1889 in Helsinki by entrepreneur and inventor Gottfrid Strömberg, ABB Finland is today an innovative automation and power technology company with more than 5,000 employees in 30 locations, with sales of 2


Voith to Exhibit High Efficiency and DP Systems at SMM

Voith Inline Thruster

At this year’s SMM in Hamburg, Voith will showcase propulsion systems and vessel concepts focusing on high efficiency and dynamic positioning even under challenging conditions. In hall A4, booth 203, a Voith Schneider Propeller as well as the Voith Inline Thruster 850


Three SRSVs for RederijGroen

7-Oceans (Photo: Damen)

MaaskantShipyards Stellendam delivers custom-built offshore chasers The delivery of the 7-Oceans to offshore services company RederijGroen (Scheveningen, the Netherlands) marks a new milestone in Offshore Support Vessel construction. The vessels have been designed in close cooperation with both


EBDG to Design New Class of Staten Island Ferries

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), a naval architecture and marine engineering firm with offices in Seattle, New Orleans and Ketchikan, Ala., has been selected by the New York Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) to design a new class of ferries that will operate between the boroughs of Staten


Thrustmaster, DOEN Ink Deal

The 300 series. (Image: Thrustmaster)

Thrustmaster announced an agreement with DOEN which it says makes it the only U.S.-based manufacturer of commercial waterjets for marine propulsion.  DOEN is an Australian-based designer and manufacturer of waterjet propulsion systems, one of five marine waterjet manufactures in the world


Wärtsilä Wins Another Design Contract for Arctic Operations

The new Wärtsilä Ship Design multi-purpose platform supply vessel features a compact design yet with a high deadweight giving maximum cargo capacity. The vessel is being built by Tersan Shipyard in Turkey on behalf of US ba

  A second confirmed design contract for Wärtsilä's new series of arctic platform supply vessels has been signed. This latest order is for a multi-purpose platform supply vessel (MPSV) being built by Tersan Shipyard in Turkey on behalf of U.S


Navigator Enters Long Term Ethane Transport Charter

Photo: S. Nizhebetskyy

Navigator Holdings Ltd. announced today that it has signed a long term shipping agreement for one of its 35,000 cubic meter ethylene/ethane capable semi-refrigerated liquefied gas carriers, currently being built at Jiangnan Shipyard, China.


L-3 SAM Electronics Equips Vidar Heavy-Lift Jack-Up

Vidar Heavy-Lift Jack-Up Vessel

L-3 SAM Electronics announced today that it has completed the supply and installation of extensive drive equipment, as well as automation, navigation and positioning systems, on board the Heavy-Lift Jack-Up Vessel (HLJV) Vidar, which is operated by HOCHTIEF Infrastructure GmbH for construction and


Installation of Dry Flexible Coupling on USS Essex (LHD 2)

USS Essex (LHD 2)

Posted by Joseph Fonseca Engineers at the Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station (NAVSSES), Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division in Philadelphia recently oversaw the installation of dry flexible couplings on the lube oil service pumps and main feed pumps on USS Essex (LHD 2).  


Damage to Propulsion of WSF's 'Tacoma' Seems More Extensive

Ferry Tacoma: Photo CCL

Interim Assistant Secretary WSDOT/Ferries Division, Capt. George A. Capacci, says that ongoing investigations suggest that damage to the ferry's propulsion system following a 29, July disabling breakdown may be more extensive than previously thought.


Tenth Ulstein Designed PSV for Seatankers

Sea Surfer shortly before her delivery in July

  ‘Sea Surfer’, the 10th of twelve platform supply vessels designed by Ulstein for Seatankers/Deep Sea Supply, was delivered from Zhejiang, China, on 18 July 2014. All twelve vessels carry the PX105 design. The vessels are 88


Thrustmaster Reaches 30-year Milestone

Photo courtesy of Thrustmaster

Thrustmaster of Texas announced the achievement of an important company milestone: 30 years in the marine propulsion industry. Established in 1984 by its current president, Joe R. Bekker, Thrustmaster has grown from a small manufacturer of outboard






 
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