Maritime product news & launch announcements

Rolls-Royce launches mtu hydrogen solutions for power generation

Rolls-Royce is further developing its mtu gas engine portfolio for power generation and cogeneration to run on hydrogen as a fuel and thus enable a climate-neutral energy supply. Already today, gensets powered by mtu Series 500 and Series 4000 gas engines can be operated with a gas blending of 10 percent hydrogen. Beginning in 2022, an operation with a hydrogen content of 25 percent will be possible. “After intensive tests on test benches and pilot installations at customers in 2022, Roll...

X1 Wind completes rotor assembly for pioneering ‘downwind’ floating platform

The firm’s X30 prototype is now fully assembled in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, ready for installation. Fitted with a specially adapted V29 Vestas turbine, the unique ‘downwind’ system is able to ‘weathervane’ and orientate passively with the wind to maximise energy yields. The novel tripod-like platform also features greater structural efficiency, with a lighter and more scalable design, while minimising environmental impact on the ocean. Demonstrating downwind desi...

Rolls-Royce mtu Series 500 gas generator to provide combined heat and power for lubricant manufacturer in Mexico

Raloy Lubricantes, one of the top four lubricant manufacturers and main suppliers for automotive OEMs in Mexico, has selected the new mtu Series 500 generator set from the Power Systems business unit of Rolls-Royce to provide combined heat and power for its manufacturing operations in Santiago Tianguistenco, Mexico. The electricity will be used to power operations, while the heat from the exhaust will be used to warm up thermal oil for mixing processes. Thermal energy from jacket heat will be r...

Kongsberg Maritime launches Blue Insight, a digital toolbox for ocean data management and analysis

Blue Insight provides an open, modular platform for the processing, visualisation and sharing of ocean data. The core module contains the cloud framework – which has been built to the highest cyber security standards – and an application-specific dashboard teamed with data storage and management functionalities. Additional modules can be added to this framework to tailor Blue Insight’s functionality to suit all projects, however large or small. Key to Blue Insight’s da...

Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engine flies to new heights

Rolls-Royce’s Pearl® 700 engine programme has successfully achieved further important test milestones on its way to certification and entry into service in 2022, reaching more than 8,000 test cycles and more than 3,000 testing hours.   During the test campaigns, the Pearl 700 has proved its reliability and performance under extreme conditions, experiencing cold start temperatures, where fuel viscosity is comparable to honey. The engine has performed equally well in hot condition...

Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines to power new Gulfstream G800

Rolls-Royce’s Pearl® 700 engines have been selected by Gulfstream to power the company’s latest ultra-long-range business jet, the G800. The engine type was purpose-designed for Gulfstream and is on track to receive its certification next year. It is the most powerful product in the Rolls-Royce business jet propulsion portfolio flying and the exclusive powerplant for the all-new Gulfstream G700 and Gulfstream G800. With more than 3,600 business jets in service today powered by...

MAN Energy Solutions announced dual-fuel portfolio passes two million running hours

MAN Energy Solutions has announced that its portfolio of two-stroke, dual-fuel engines have accumulated more than two million operating hours in total, running on LNG, methanol, ethane and LPG. The news comes on the back of the 470 engines the company has received orders for – with over 185 already in service – and all running on the aforementioned alternative fuels.   Bjarne Foldager, Senior Vice President and Head of Low-Speed, MAN Energy Solutions, said, “This signifi...

Rolls-Royce supplies mtu solutions for propulsion, automation and digital service on the Avemar Dos ferry

Rolls-Royce's new mtu engines, new mtu ship automation system, and new mtu Go! tool for remote service has well and truly future-proofed the high-speed catamaran Avemar Dos run by Spanish operator Balearia. Four new-generation mtu 20V1163 M84 units replaced the previous 1163 units, taking the vessel to a new level of ecological soundness. Fuel consumption – and with it CO2 emissions – are 8% lower than with the previous propulsion system. Furthermore, the new Series 1163 units deliv...

Rolls-Royce and Sanlorenzo add new dimension to partnership with mtu engines and integrated bridge solutions

Rolls-Royce and Sanlorenzo have agreed to deepen their successful cooperation and to give their partnership a new dimension with future technologies in the coming years: Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems will be one of the leading suppliers for Sanlorenzo within the next three years as main propulsion provider for certain yachts of the SL line, delivering mtu 10V, 12V and 16V 2000 yacht engines with a compact IMO 3 solution. Sanlorenzo will also be one of the first builders to equip a...

Petredec selects Inmarsat fleet hotspot fleet-wide after consultation with seafarers

Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, has secured a significant new commitment to its Fleet Hotspot internet portal service, following an extension of its Fleet Xpress service agreement with leading liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) transport group Petredec. Fleet Hotspot has been designed by Inmarsat to give crew onboard access to high-speed connectivity with the freedom to use their own devices. As the owner of one of the most modern fleets of specialized...

Babcock introduces Arrowyard to its portfolio of global ship build and support

Babcock the aerospace, defense and security company has launched a dynamic new approach within global shipbuilding that enables international customers to build and support the company’s Arrowhead 140™ frigate (AH140) in-country, delivering a range of potential economic and social benefits to local and national communities. Arrowyard™ developed from Babcock’s rich engineering know-how and shipbuilding experience, brings together a comprehensive range of technology and...

ABS launches industry-first simulation decarbonisation service

In an industry first, ABS has launched an advanced service using sophisticated modelling and simulation technologies to assess the impact of a wide range of vessel decarbonisation technologies at the design stage as well as simplifying EEXI and CII compliance. The SIM-based Energy Efficiency Evaluation Service will allow both new-build vessels and existing vessels to compare different design and operational options and evaluate the performance impact of adding new technologies. This is just th...

MSC launches new shuttle transpacific services connecting China and Long Beach

In response to the continued strong Transpacific market demand and to further support the challenging service schedules for North America West Coast, MSC is pleased to announce two new weekly shuttles, connecting south and central China with Long Beach. Rotation of services The rotation of MSC’s new Puma service will be as follows, with the first sailing by MSC Bhavya, ETD DaChan Bay on 3 October: DaChan Bay – Shekou – Long Beach – DaChan Bay  The rotatio...

CMA CGM to launch INDAMEX 2 connecting the Indian Subcontinent with the US East Coast

CMA CGM is pleased to announce the launch of the INDAMEX 2, a complementary service to the current INDAMEX, offering optimized connections to/from the INDIAN SUBCONTINENT and the US EAST COAST. With this new loop, CMA CGM strengthens its service offer on the trade, in order to match customers' strong demand. 8 vessels will be deployed (3 of them operated by CMA CGM), providing the only nonstop service between ISC and US EAST COAST in both directions. Service will start at the end of October...

ABB’s Azipod® propulsion continues conquering ice

Where winters are harshest, the toughest technology is required for marine operations to continue uninterrupted during the frozen months. For 30 years, Azipod® propulsion has proven to be up to the task, keeping harbours open and moving goods and people through the most challenging sea ice conditions on the planet. A revolution from the start, Azipod® technology has continued to break new ground, or ice, throughout its lifetime. More than 90 ice-going vessels equipped with Azipod® p...

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding receives approval in Principle from Classification Society for LCO2 Carrier Cargo Tank from France’s Bureau Veritas

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, has been granted Approval in Principle (AIP) from the French Classification Society Bureau Veritas (BV) for a cargo tank system to be mounted in a liquefied CO2 (LCO2) carrier. MHI Group is pursuing a range of strategic measures to strengthen businesses related to the energy transition, and establishing a CO2 ecosystem is a key part of that effort. Further, Carbon Dioxide Capture, Utilisation, and Storage...

Ocean Infinity highlights how Digital Twin technology can enhance offshore Inspection, Maintenance and Repair (IMR)

Shabnum Hanif, Ocean Infinity’s Offshore Business Line Director discusses how Digital Twin technology can enhance offshore Inspection, Maintenance and Repair (IMR). It’s become commonplace to see more and more digital visualisation tools being used in many industries. The term Artificial Intelligence (AI) itself is almost used in the vocabulary, as much as ‘milk and two sugars’. Thinking about all these newly available technologies (from robot dogs to driverless cars), f...

MAN Energy Solutions has surge of orders for ME-GA engine

MAN Energy Solutions has announced that its MAN B&W ME-GA engine – the latest addition to its dual-fuel portfolio – has landed 40 orders since its market unveiling in March 2021.   The company attributes the order surge to the market’s demand for the latest generation of Otto-cycle, two-stroke engines and the low levels of methane slip it can unlock. Authority Comments Bjarne Foldager, Senior Vice President and Head of Two-Stroke Business, MAN Energy Solutions,...

Satcom Global provides direct control of VSAT connectivity with AuraNow

With its dedicated customer portal, AuraNow is the first maritime VSAT solution of its kind, empowering vessel and fleet managers to control their communications on-demand.  Through the easy-to-use portal, customers can monitor their communications and make changes at the touch of a button to support varying data requirements. This one-stop-shop enables direct access to our communications management platform in order to make any required connectivity changes quickly, eliminating lead times...

ClassNK announces the release of the ‘ClassNK Technical Journal’, featuring the latest trend in autonomous ships

Tokyo-based renowned maritime services and classification society, ClassNK has announced the release of their ‘ClassNK Technical Journal’. ‘ClassNK Technical Journal’ The purpose of the publication, ‘ClassNK Technical Journal’, is contributing to the development of the maritime industry, by publishing the outcome of R&D (Research & Development) and technical activities. The latest issue ‘Class NK Technical Journal No.3 2021 (I)’ focuses...

Satcom Global launches a maritime VSAT solution AuraNow VSAT

Satcom Global is breaking new ground with the launch of AuraNow, a maritime VSAT solution offering unprecedented flexibility, enabling simultaneous access to high-performance bandwidth along with significant cost savings. For the very first time, vessel managers and owners will be empowered to make unlimited changes to their onboard connectivity. They will have the ability to upgrade, downgrade and even suspend their service on-demand via a dedicated and secure customer portal. Unlike existin...

Inmarsat Maritime Ventures signs FleetBroadband sale agreement with SRH Connect

Inmarsat Maritime Ventures, a subsidiary of Inmarsat, mobile satellite communications, has signed an agreement with SRH Connect (SRH) for SRH to acquire Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband customer base in Greece and Cyprus.  The SRH acquisition involves customer contracts purchased by Inmarsat Maritime Ventures from Speedcast at the beginning of this year. SRH already provides customer support for Inmarsat’s Fleet Network Manager portfolio after signing a customer support agreement in M...

Schurmann Family's sailboat is protected with WEG paints

The Schurmann Family is the first Brazilian family to circumnavigate the world on a sailboat named Kat and they have done this a few times already. Based on their expertise from over 36 years of sea expeditions, the Shurmann Family has given their contributions to the nations and people to raise awareness about marine pollution.   As their most recent initiative, the Schurmann family has been leading a worldwide campaign to raise awareness to minimize pollution in the oceans called V...

KONGSBERG USV to minimise Aker BioMarine’s carbon footprint

Sustainable use of the ocean and marine resources is a key part of Aker BioMarine’s strategy. To achieve this, the company has invested heavily in technology that contributes to more sustainable fishery and fishery management. In order to collect detailed data on the krill biomass, Aker BioMarine launched an unmanned solar-powered ocean data drone (Sailbuoy) early in 2020. Now the company has made another important investment, buying a specially designed USV from Kongsberg Maritime. Unm...

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