Marine energy storage experts SPBES and technical sales and service consultants Bulutlu Marine are pleased to announce an agreement to provide Turkish shipyards with local representation and technical support for SPBES products. The sales partnership is a part of the SPBES overall distribution agreement with Noris Marine Automation.
“Bulutlu Marine is a highly respected member of the maritime industry in Turkey,” said Brent Perry, CEO at SPBES. “Their understanding of ship power systems, exceptional reputation for customer service and long list of satisfied customers make them an ideal partner to help take SPBES to the next level.”
Cem Bulutlu, general manager of Bulutlu Marine, stated, “SPBES technology is the best quality and safest energy storage product in the maritime industry.
Rolls-Royce signed agreements for the delivery of 14 marine engines and more than 500 MTU engines and systems at the China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai last week.
A total of five documents were signed between Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems and the partners Cooltech, EPG, SUMEC Machinery & Electric Co. Ltd., Tellhow and AFAI Southern Shipyard. They cover the delivery of MTU engines of Series 4000, partly manufactured by MTU Yuchai Power, the joint venture of Rolls-Royce Power Systems and the Chinese diesel engine manufacturer Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company.
“We are proud that our esteemed Chinese partners put their trust in our marine propulsion and power generation solutions,” said Tobias Ostermaier, president Greater China at Rolls-Royce Power Systems.
Volkswagen Group Logistics has become the first company to use car freighters powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) in overseas traffic. The two charter ships of Siem Car Carriers were launched last Friday in Xiamen, China.
The ships – named Siem Confucius and Siem Aristotle – will replace two of the nine conventional heavy oil-powered cargo ships currently used by Group Logistics on the Atlantic between Europe and North America. The Siem Confucius will be integrated into this service from January 2020 after its transfer from Asia to Europe. The second ship will start operations in spring 2020 in the same area.
The technology group Wärtsilä and leading air lubrication solution provider Silverstream Technologies have announced the signing of a Licence and Co-operation Agreement for future sales and servicing of the Silverstream System. As an authorized sales and service partner, Wärtsilä intends to fully integrate Silverstream’s air lubrication system within its propulsion solutions.
The Silverstream System creates a carpet of microbubbles that coat the entire flat bottom of the vessel. This carpet reduces frictional resistance between the hull and the water, dramatically reducing fuel consumption and related emissions. The technology works in all maritime conditions, is not weather dependent, and does not constrain or negatively impact the normal operational profile of the vessel.
A 12-year old, 75m-long fishing vessel owned by Norway-based operator Brennholm is to have its existing engine replaced with a Wärtsilä 32 to improve efficiency and environmental performance.
According to measurements carried out in various operating modes, the fuel-efficient Wärtsilä engine will save approximately 13% in fuel costs compared to the vessel’s existing engine. Wärtsilä will also deliver a NOx Reducer (SCR) system that will reduce nitrogen oxide emissions to the atmosphere by approximately 51,000kg per year.
These installations will enable the vessel, named Brennholm, to comply with the IMO’s Tier III regulations. The Wärtsilä scope also includes a shaft generator to produce electrical power for the ship’s network.
Pioneering marine electromobility company Torqeedo celebrates 15 years of technological innovation by delivering its 100,000th electric drive for the worldwide marine industry.
Founded in 2005, the electric mobility pioneer has more than 200 employees and operates in over 100 countries with over 2,000 sales, service and boatbuilder partners.
“While we’re pleased to achieve these important milestones, Torqeedo has never been only about success as a company,” said co-founder and CEO Dr Christoph Ballin. “We are driven by a vision of creating technological solutions the world has never seen to deliver a climate-neutral and more sustainable boating experience.”
Torqeedo reinvests over 12% of its turnover on R&D every year – comparable to Silicon Valley technology companies – and has over 130 international and multinational patents.
Corvus Energy has announced a new contract with SEC Marine, UK, to supply the energy storage system (ESS) for the world’s first hybrid surface effect ship (SES) for crew transfer.
The development of the 22m hybrid SES for use as a crew transfer vessel is in response to an industry-wide push to develop and deploy technologies that reduce CO2 emissions, while cost-effectively servicing windfarms located offshore.
The vessel design has been developed in partnership with the operator CWind and ESNA, a ship design company based in Kristiansand, Norway, which specializes in commercially competitive vessels with surface effect technology to deliver significant carbon reductions.
Following 18 months of research, development, trials and testing, Ocean Infinity, the next generation sub-sea technology and data company, has announced advances in the development of battery technology for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).
Aimed at improving the safety, efficiency, and quality of AUV operations, the work has been carried out in partnership with Kraken Robotics, the marine technology company dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric sensors, pressure tolerant batteries, underwater robotic systems and data analytics as a service.
Ocean Infinity’s new 6,000m pressure-tolerant batteries enable greater endurance and efficiency of its HUGIN AUVs, enabling missions to be conducted across a period of more than four days without a battery change.