Oceaneering to Participate at the 2014 Johnson Rice Energy Conference

HOUSTONSept. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Oceaneering International, Inc. (NYSE:OII) announced today that Marvin J. Migura, Executive Vice President, will deliver a presentation at the Johnson Rice Energy Conference in New Orleans, LA on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.   
The presentation slides will be accessible after the close of the market on Monday, September 29, 2014, through the Investor Relations link at Oceaneering's website, www.oceaneering.com. There will not be a webcast of the presentation.  
Oceaneering is a global oilfield provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications.  
For further information, please contact Jack Jurkoshek, Director Investor Relations, Oceaneering International, Inc., 11911 FM 529, Houston, TX 77041; Telephone 713‑329‑4670; E-Mailinvestorrelations@oceaneering.comwww.oceaneering.com.
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Global Shipping Emissions Cut by 20% via ICS International Chamber of Shipping

The total greenhouse gas emissions from the global maritime transport industry are estimated to have been cut by over 20% from 2007 to 2012, theSecretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) told a United Nations summit on climate change today.
The global maritime shipping industry, which transports an estimated 90% of all world trade, is thought to have produced only about 2.2% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions during 2012 compared to 2.8% in 2007.
The estimates are contained in a comprehensive study of the shipping industry’s Green House Gas emissions prepared by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which will be considered by its Marine Environment Protection Committee next month.
Speaking at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York on Tuesday, which was convened by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon to give impetus to the negotiations on a new global climate change agreement, ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe, remarked:
“The latest IMO study, which uses satellite tracking, suggests there’s been a significant reduction in absolute CO2 emissions from ships due to the introduction of operational efficiency measures across the whole fleet. This includes operating at slower speeds, combined with more fuel efficient designs on board the large number of new build vessels that have recently entered the market.”
He added “The reduction in CO2 per tonne of cargo carried per kilometer by ships is even more impressive than the headline IMO figure for absolute GHG reduction because cargo moved by sea has continued to grow since 2009.”
The ICS says that in parternship with the IMO, the global shipping industry is committed to delivering further CO2 emissions reductions. Shipping is already the only industrial sector to have mandatory global regulations in place to reduce it CO2 emissions, which entered into force worldwide in 2013, ICS said.
Nevertheless, more work needs to be done.
“The shipping industry fully recognizes that governments expect even greater CO2 efficiency improvements in the future,” added Hinchliffe. “Given the very high cost of fuel which is soon set to increase by around 50% due to separate new rules on sulphur the industry already has every incentive to deliver this.”

B.C. Ferries aims to save millions by switching vessels to liquefied natural gas

The Spirit of Vancouver Island and the Spirit of British Columbia ferries are in line to be converted to run on liquefied natural gas to save $9.2 million in annual fuel costs.
B.C. Ferries announced Monday (September 22) that it is applying to the Ferries Commissioner for permission to go ahead with a dual-fuel system, using LNG and diesel, on its two largest vessels. When converted, the vessels are expected to run largely on lower-cost LNG.
This move follows B.C. Ferries’ decision to order dual-fuel systems on the three intermediate-class ships to be built in Poland. They are scheduled for delivery to B.C. in 2016 and 2017.
“We are well aware that fare affordability is a concern for our customers and operating on LNG, which is approximately 50% cheaper than marine diesel, is a game-changer for B.C. Ferries,” Mike Corrigan, B.C. Ferries president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.
LNG will also bring environmental benefits because it is a cleaner fuel.
The announcement of the dual-fuel plans for the Spirit-class vessels comes in the wake of a new study carried out for the Union of B.C. Municipalities that said that B.C. Ferries has lost millions of riders in the past 10 years due to continuing fare increases.
Pending approval from the commissioner, the Spirit of Vancouver Island will go through its midlife upgrade and conversion between the fall of 2016 and spring 2017.
Work on the Spirit of British Columbia would run from fall 2017 to spring 2018.
Each vessel is anticipated to stay in service 27 years after its upgrade, meaning total fuel cost savings could top $240 million in today’s dollars.
In the past fiscal year, B.C. Ferries spent $126 million on fuel. Of that, the two Spirit-class vessels used about 15%.
The conversion would cut the vessels’ fuel costs by close to half, B.C. Ferries said. Spirit-class vessels carry passengers and vehicles between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen.
Along with the dual-fuel systems, a number of other improvements are planned to increase cost savings and make the vessels more efficient.
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Cosco Counting On Fuel-Efficient Ships to Cut Costs, Revive Profit

Sept. 23 (Bloomberg) — China Cosco Holdings Co., the container shipping line that posted three annual operating losses, said adding more fuel-efficient vessels will help cut costs enough to revive profit amid a capacity glut.
“The ships need to be filled for the cost savings to be achieved,” said Guo Huawei, board secretary, in a Sept. 19 interview. Operating bigger carriers can be “a double-edged sword,” he said, as he declined to give an estimate for earnings or say when the company is likely to return to profit.
Cosco ordered five fuel-efficient container transports that carry as many as 14,500 20-foot boxes for delivery between 2017 and 2018, the Beijing-based company said Sept. 17. The ships are slightly smaller than the industry’s largest on order by rivals including China Shipping Container Lines Co. and A.P. Moeller- Maersk A/S, which are betting on economies of scale from vessels large enough to carry as many as 19,100 containers.
“Reducing container line costs is probably the only thing Cosco can do right now,” Lawrence Li, a Shanghai-based analyst with UOB-Kay Hian Holdings Ltd., said by phone. “Other things like refining its branding and operational know-how takes a longer time.”
Cosco’s container arm cut fuel spending by 18 percent in the first half of the year by sailing ships more slowly, which boosts efficiency, according to the company’s first-half earnings statement. Containers, used to deliver consumer goods such as clothing, bicycles and televisions, accounted for about 73 percent of revenue last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Dry bulk shipping, including grain and ore, accounted for about 21 percent.
Realistic Strategy
Container lines face increasing cost pressure as rates have yet to fully recover from a plunge during the 2008 financial crisis. Prior to the global credit meltdown, Chinese and South Korean yards expanded production of container ships to meet demand that never materialized, leaving the industry weighed down with overcapacity.
“Most of us thought the market would have improved considerably by now, but we have still the same overcapacity concerns today,” said Guo. “It’s unclear when this will end. Under these circumstances, reducing costs is the most realistic strategy.”
Shipping rates for 40-foot containers decreased 9.5 percent to $2,009 for the week that ended Sept. 18, Bloomberg Intelligence analysts Lee Klaskow and Talon Custer said in a Sept. 19 report.
Cosco’s share price has dropped in five of the past six years. The stock has lost 11 percent this year compared with a 2.8 percent gain for the benchmark Hang Seng Index. Yesterday’s closing price was HK$3.36, a fraction of the record HK$39.45 on Oct. 24, 2007.
Obsolete Ships
While Cosco adds larger, fuel-efficient ships, competitors such as Maersk and China Shipping Container Lines deploy the largest carriers to gain leverage within global shipping alliances that are increasingly important for filling vessels.
“Many of its container and bulk ships are obsolete and lack competitiveness,” Winnie Guo, a China Construction Bank Corp. analyst, wrote in a note about Cosco dated Aug. 28.
Cosco will probably report a net loss of about 1.06 billion yuan ($173 million) this year, according to the average of eight analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. The annual loss would be the fourth since 2009. Sales have dropped by half since reaching 132 billion yuan in 2008, to 66 billion yuan last year. The company doesn’t announce disclose earnings forecasts.
The shipping company last year reported its first net income in three years, narrowly averting delisting of its Shanghai-listed A shares. China Cosco disposed of assets including a logistics unit last year.
–With assistance from Kyunghee Park in Singapore.
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TOTE Secures $324 Million in Government Financing for Dual Fuel Containerships

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the approval of a $324.6 million Title XI loan guarantee to TOTE Shipholdings, Inc. to finance the construction of two of the world’s first LNG-fueled containerships.
“This is proof-positive that when we work to build America’s green energy economy, we can directly support the creation of meaningful jobs, supporting the President’s goal to strengthen America’s middle class,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This one action significantly decreases emissions, supports jobs from one coast to the other, bolsters the Nation’s manufacturing base, and continues growing our economy.”
The vessels are being built at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, California. Construction of the vessels is expected to generate some 600 new jobs at NASCCO alone, MARAD says, as well as provide for 60 new U.S. merchant mariner jobs once completed and countless other opportunities for suppliers and equipment manufacturers.
“The shipbuilding industry contributes more than $36 billion to our national economy,” said MARAD Administrator Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen. “The Obama Administration remains committed to our shipping industry, which does more than just create jobs and new opportunities, but also strengthens local economies.”
TOTE’s new 3,100 TEU “Marlin-class” containerships will each be equipped with a single low speed, dual-fuel ME-GI engine capable of running on primarily on LNG, which will make them among the most environmentally friendly containerships in the world.
Delivery of the Marlin-class ships is expected for late 2015 and early 2016, at which point the vessels will operate in the U.S. Jones Act market between Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico. TOTE’s contract with NASSCO includes options for up to three additional ships. The first steel was cut at NASSCO in February.
The Title XI Loan Guarantee program promotes the growth and modernization of U.S. shipyards and the U.S. merchant marine by ensuring the U.S. vessels are manufactured in U.S shipyards by U.S. workers.
The Title XI program guarantees the repayment of loans, obtained in the private sector by ship owners, for the construction reconstruction, or reconditioning of vessels in U.S. shipyards. MARAD currently guarantees approximately $1.7 billion in U.S. shipyard projects.

The all-electric car ferry “ZeroCat 120” owned by Norled AS was given Skipsrevyen’s prestigious SHIP OF THE YEAR 2014 award.

Skipsrevyen’s prestigious SHIP OF THE YEAR 2014 award.

The award was presented by Norwegian State Secretary Dilek Ayhan at SMM in Hamburg on the 10th September. Managing Director Mr Ivan Fossan and Technical Director Sigvald Breivik represented the Owners, Managing Director Ivar Gaute Kolltveit represented Fjellstrand and Mr Edmund Tolo represented Fjellstrand Design.

The electrically powered ferry was developed for submission to a competition organized by Norway’s Ministry of Transport. As a reward for winning the competition, the shipping company Norled has been granted the license to operate the route until 2025. Norled will operate the world’s first battery driven ferry on the Lavik-Oppedal route. The new ferry will operate the actual route with 34 crossings a day, 365 days a year.
The ferry is of catamaran type built in aluminum with slender hulls and low weight. The ferry’s electric powertrain was designed by Fjellstrand with battery technology from Siemens.
The “ZeroCat 120” does not discharge greenhouse gases, CO2, methane or nitrogen oxides to the environment. In addition to the environmental benefits, the ferry’s operational and maintenance costs will be lower compared to a conventional ferry.
According to Siemens, ZeroCat could eliminate nearly 3,000 tons of CO2 emissions.
In sum all her technical achievements made her the obvious winner of Skipsrevyen’s SHIP OF THE YEAR 2014 award.

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The world’s first LNG-powered containership is really beginning to take shape at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego with the installation of the ship’s main engine.
Late last month, engineers lowered the 539-ton engine into place aboard the first of two new Marlin-class containerships being built for Tote, Inc. The engine itself is also significant because it is the first commercial installation of the new ME-GI engine, a dual-fuel, low-speed two stroke, from MAN Diesel and Turbo. The 8L70ME-C8.2GI engine was built under license from Doosan Engine in South Korea and delivered to the shipyard in July.
“This large slow speed (two stroke) dual fuel engine is the first of its kind in the world” noted Phil Morrell, Vice President of Commercial Marine Operations for TOTE Services, the division of TOTE that is responsible for ship’s technical management and crewing. “Using this engine in our new Marlin class vessels will not only drastically reduce our SOx, NOx, particulate matter and greenhouse gas emissions as a result of using liquefied natural gas, but it will also improve our efficiency meaning these ships will require less energy to travel the same distance and help preserve the environment.”

Tote’s two 3,100 TEU Marlin containerships are being constructed at General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego shipyard and are designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea. The design is based on proven containership-design standards and will include DSME’s patented LNG fuel-gas system and a single ME-GI main engine.
“Landing the world’s first low speed, dual fuel engine on the lead Marlin Class ship signifies a shift into a new era of green ship technology”, said Parker Larson, Director of Commercial Programs for General Dynamics NASSCO. “NASSCO is proud to partner with TOTE to construct these cutting edge ships.”
The new ships will operate in the U.S. Jones Act market between Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The first vessel, Hull 495, is expected to enter service in late 2015 with the second ship following in early 2016. Tote also has the option to build up to three additional vessels.

Slow Steaming Optimization Helps Stena Bulk Save

Photo courtesy Stena Bulk/Conny Wickberg
Photo courtesy Stena Bulk/Conny Wickberg
Given today’s current and forecasted freight markets and fuel prices, Stena Bulk, one of the world’s leading tanker shipping companies, is pushing now more than ever to maximize the relationship between freight and bunker fuel.
To do this, the company is in the midst of an energy management project combining the operation of its vessels at lower, more efficient speeds and the development and adaptation of the latest energy-efficient technology.
“In today’s market, it is very important that we shipowners utilize our existing fleet in the best possible way from an energy and environmental perspective and carefully investigate the potential for improvement, both technological and operational”, says Erik Hånell, President & CEO of Stena Bulk.
The cost of bunker oil accounts today for more than 60% of the freight cost, Stena says, which means that operating vessels as energy efficiently as possible is an obvious, and only, solution. Stena Bulk has determined that in the case of a modern 160,000 dwt Suezmax tanker, the freight rate must average US $40,000 per day over time to justify a speed increase of 0.5 knots compared with the present fuel price level. In other words, Stena says, the freight rate must be doubled before even a small speed increase can be justified based on market conditions so far in 2014.
“In recent years, we have expanded our fleet with the addition of a number of in-house designed Suezmax tankers with the highest environmental class. In our strategic investments, we are focusing on energy efficiency and with the help of our technical development department, we are always on the cutting edge when it comes to safety and the environment. However, existing vessels are also being evaluated in order to save fuel and economise”, Erik Hånell continues.
Adjusting a vessel’s propeller and bulb to its actual speed can make a big difference when it comes to reducing fuel consumption as well, according to Stena. Adding stern tubes and fins are other types of solutions that can have a positive impact on a vessel’s performance.
“The vessels’ technical design is a key factor, but how vessels are operated in terms of energy management is just as important. When it comes to the design and operational excellence of its latest vessels, Stena Bulk has been successful in both these areas”, added Erik Hånell.
Energy Management Project
As a result of efficiency-enhancing measures and reduced speed, Stena Bulk’s fleet has saved more than SEK 65 million, or approximately US $9.1 million, during the last 12 months. Traditional energy efficiency and reduced bunker fuel consumption have been combined with increased efficiency from a more commercial and operational perspective, Stena says.
Stena say’s that the higher efficiency is mainly due to the vessels spending more of their time sailing at an optimum speed, defined as being the most efficient speed for each individual vessel and voyage during the current fuel and freight market condition. This has been achieved primarily by means of an energy budget for each vessel and voyage, which in turn has made it possible to monitor performance more efficiently and in greater detail together with ship optimization and increased awareness on board.

This ship is a delivery drone for the open sea

Amazon got the biggest headlines for its drone delivery plans, but it's an idea that's catching on across the shipping industry. At a nautical trade fair in Hamburg this week, the shipping research firm DNV GL revealed designs for a new electric vessel that would ferry cargo with zero crew members — roughly the nautical equivalent of Amazon's automated delivery drones. Dubbed "ReVolt," the concept ship is designed for short sea voyages, carrying up to 100 standard TEU containers at a relatively slow 6 knots. But because the ReVolt has no crew, it doesn't need living quarters or safety equipment, resulting in a much more efficient trip between ports.
It's still just a concept vessel, but vessels like the ReVolt could make a huge difference in how we move goods around the world. More than 9 billion tons of cargo moved through ports in 2012, leaving a huge market if automated vessels like the ReVolt are adopted. According to DNV GL, there will be real benefits for firms who do. Because of low maintenance costs, the company estimates the ReVolt would save more than a million dollars a year compared with shipping the same goods on conventional diesel ships.
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Breakthrough Week for New Very Large Ethane Carriers

An illustration of the ECO STAR 85K VLEC.
An illustration of the ECO STAR 85K VLEC.
It’s been a breakthrough week in the development of the first Very Large Ethane Carriers (VLECs) with major announcements from two of the world’s leading classification societies as the U.S. shale gas boom fuels demand to ship ethane abroad.
International classification society ABS says it has been selected to class the world’s first series of VLECs to be built in South Korea by Samsung Heavy Industries. The contract calls for six 87,000 m3 VLECs to be built at SHI’s shipyard in Geoje for an Asian shipowner, ABS said. Reports circulated in August that the vessels were ordered by India’s Reliance Industries Ltd. for $723 million.
Adding to the news of VLECs was DNV GL, which said it has signed a letter of intent with Hartmann Schiffahrts Gmbh & Co. KG, Jaccar Holdings, HB Hunte Engineering for the classification of five VLECs.
The five vessels, of the ECO STAR 85K design, will have a capacity of 85,000cbm each and will even be ethane-fueled. The cargo tanks of the vessels mark another breakthrough as it will be the first use of the so-called “Star-Tri-Lobe” tanks, DNV GL said. The new type of tank combines three cylinders into one, resulting in higher efficiency and allowing for an increase in cargo capacity of nearly 30% compared to similarly sized vessels with conventional tanks.
The announcement of the five ECO STAR 85K vessels follows Hartmann Schiffahrt’s unveiling in late August of the smaller ECO STAR 36K design, a new type of liquified ethene/ethylene carrier also boasting a number of industry firsts including the same new tank design, a forward superstructure, and a dual fuel engine capable of running on ethane. The ECO STAR 36K was also developed in cooperation with engineering consultants at HB Hunte Engineering.
The demand for new types of ethane carriers is primarily being buoyed by increased U.S. oil and gas production as a result of the shale gas boom and the relative difficulties traditionally associated with ethane bulk transport.
“We are delighted to have received the class contract for the world’s first large ethane carriers,” says ABS Vice President of Global Gas Solutions Patrick Janssens, speaking to this week’s VLEC announcement. “As a result of the shale gas boom in the US, ethane is developing as an exciting new market with great potential, requiring the development of new ship types.”
Lloyd’s Register has also had its hand in the development of VLECs ranging in capacity of 84,000 to 90,000cbm. A report from Lloyd’s Register released in August stated that a critical factor needing to be addressed in large ethane carriers is the containment technology. The report said that historically ethane has been transported in small liquefied ethane/ethylene carriers (LEC) with Type ‘C’ containment systems and a maximum feasible size of around 40,000cbm.
Leonidas Karistios, Global Gas Technology Manager of Lloyd’s Register, said: “We have been studying the potential for ethane for over a year and we asked the question, ‘What would a safe and efficient 80,000 m3 ethane carrier look like?’. The answer is that to transport larger quantities in a single hull will almost certainly require the adoption of alternatives to Type ‘C’ gas containment systems.”

DNV GL’s Short Sea Ship of the Future is Unmanned

Image courtesy DNV GL
Image courtesy DNV GL
World’s largest classification society DNV GL has released details of a new concept ship design for the short sea shipping market which is battery powered, highly efficient, and, you guessed it, unmanned.
Details of the “ReVolt” concept were released this week at SMM Hamburg, one of the world’s leading maritime trade fairs. DNV GL says the ReVolt is a vessel that is greener, smarter and safer than conventionally fueled and operated vessels, offering a possible solution to the growing needs of marine transport.
Instead of using diesel fuel or even LNG, ReVolt is fully powered by a 3000 kWh battery, thus reducing operating costs by minimizing the number of high maintenance parts such as rotational components. DNV GL says that, at least in concept, the vessel has a range of 100 nautical miles before a recharge is needed and if the energy required is harnessed from renewable sources, this would eliminate carbon dioxide emissions.
The ReVolt could achieve even greater efficiency by slowing to an average operating speed 6 knots, leading to less water resistance compared to traditional vessels, which usually travel at about 8.7 knots, DNV GL says. The slower speed allowed DNV GL engineers to fit the concept with a straight vertical bow, further reducing water resistance along the ship’s entire profile and ultimately saving energy.
In order to tackle one of the shipping industries’ “weakest links”, safety will be enhanced through an autonomous navigation system that requires no crew, and therefore eliminates the risk of human error and makes the concept more cost-efficient to operate. DNV GL says that with an average of 900 fatalities per year, the mortality rate in shipping is 90 percent higher than in comparable land-based industries, primarily due to the human factor when it comes to accidents.
With no crew, there is also no need for crew facilities such as the superstructure, DNV GL says. This results in an increase in loading capacity and low operating and maintenance costs. Compared to a diesel-run ship, DNV GL says that ReVolt could save up to 34 Million USD during its estimated 30-year-life-time.
DNV GL notes that while the ReVolt concept ship is currently still being tested and will not be built until all the required technologies have matured, it should serve as example of what is conceivably possibly given today’s technology and what could also be in store for the future.
“Building and operating this vessel would be possible with today’s technology,” says Hans Anton Tvete, Senior Researcher at DNV GL. “‘ReVolt’ is intended to serve as inspiration for equipment makers, ship yards and ship owners to develop new solutions on the path to a safe and sustainable future.”

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Wärtsilä Inks Deal for First LNG-Fueled Dry Cargo Vessel

Illustration courtesy Wärtsilä
Illustration courtesy Wärtsilä
Finnish manufacturer Wärtsilä says it has awarded a contract to supply the main engine for the first LNG-fueled dry cargo vessel.
The ship has been ordered by JT Cement, a joint venture between Erik Thun AB of Sweden and KG Jebsen Cement of Norway and is being built at the Scheepswerf Ferus Smit yard in the Netherlands.
The vessel, a 90-meter 5,875 DWT cement carrier, will feature a 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 34DF main engine capable of operating on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other fuels including marine diesel fuel, bio fuel and heavy fuel oil. In gas mode, the engine will fulfill upcoming IMO Tier III requirements without any need for treatment systems. In addition to the main engine, Wärtsilä will also supply an enclosed Gas Valve Unit (GVU).
“The arguments in favor of gas fuel are so strong that it is no surprise that more and more vessel types are adopting its use. LNG is no longer a ‘niche’ fuel for a few specific types of ship; nowadays virtually all merchant vessels can take advantage of the environmental and cost saving benefits that LNG fuel offers. Wärtsilä is proud to be a technology leader in making this possible,” says Lars Anderson, Vice President, 4-Stroke Sales, Wärtsilä Ship Power.
The vessel was designed by Erik Thun together with Ferus Smit and class society Lloyds Register. Delivery is expected for August 2015.
Here are some additional illustrations from Erik Thun:
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SMM Hamburg – All About Efficiency

Lots of announcements in Hamburg this week during SMM.  Here’s the latest, in no particular order:
New Engine for Rolls-Royce:
Rolls-Royce Bergen B33.45 propulsion engine
Rolls-Royce Bergen B33.45 propulsion engine
For the first time in 10 years, Rolls-Royce is rolling out an entirely new line of 4-stroke medium speed engines.  The B33.45 is an IMO tier II and tier III compliant engine (while using an SCR system) engine that features a modular design and higher power density that its predecessors due to 20% greater power per cylinder as compared to the B32:40.  At the same time, Rolls-Royce notes that this engine will also have reduced fuel consumption as well from 184 g/kWh to 175.
bergen b33.45 engine
Bergen B33.45 exploded view
The first engine is planned to be delivered in Q2 2015 to Norway’s Prestfjord Seafood, an owner of commercial fishing vessels.
Thor Humerfelt – Programme Director and Bergen Engines commented in a presentation yesterday that the overhaul maintenance schedule of this engine is 20,000 hours or every 5 years, which overlaps with required class surveys.
Rolls-Royce notes however they have a double-digit list of companies who are in serious discussions for this new engine. In 2017, the first LNG version of this engine, a V20, will be rolled out of the factory for use in a power station.
In other marine engineering news, ZF Marine announced the introduction of two new transmissions, the ZF 3300 PTI and the ZF W 10000.
Designed to be powered through standard diesel engine input, or via alternate power source through a Power Take In (PTI), ZF Marine notes the the ZF 3300 brings a hybrid-ready solution suitable for all types of high speed pleasure and commercial applications up to 1940 kW (2600 hp).
ZF notes that enhancements to this transmission include upgraded shifting and engagement technology that provides nearly instantaneous gear engagement, while increasing on board comfort with reduced feel of the actual engagement itself.
ZF W10000 tranmission
ZF W10000 tranmission
More specifically for the offshore and tug sector, the ZF W 10000 is rated to 2610kW (3500hp) @ 2100rpm and is available with ratios from 2.0:1 up to 7.9:1. The transmission can be ordered in reversing, non-reversing and hybrid-ready (PTI) versions.
USA-based Caterpillar Marine also announced a new engine this week, one focused on higher efficiency for offshore and coastal cargo vessels.  The MaK M 25 E features a 5 percent power increase over its predecessor, the M 25 C and optimizations that can help to save up to 40 tons of fuel a year when operating vessels at variable engine speed.
Developed to be compatible with both traditional and modern mechanical systems as well as electric propulsion systems, the M 25 E will be available in 6, 8 and 9 cylinder configurations offering ratings between 2,100 kW and 3,150 kW at 720 and 750 rpm, according to CAT.
“The M 25 E has a very high torque to speed ratio allowing operators to run their CP propellers at a reduced propeller shaft speed, significantly increasing the propulsive efficiency and lowering fuel consumption,” Jonas Nyberg Caterpillar Propulsion sales manager noted. “The improved load response also makes them the ideal engines for any demanding transient operations such as Dynamic Positioning.”
CAT also announced an award from Assessoria Transporte Aquaviaro to supply a total of 28 dual-fuel generator sets for 7 aluminum-hull fast ferries including 14 x Cat 3512 generator sets and 14 x Cat 9 generator sets providing prime and auxiliary power.  These ferries are being built to support the 2016 Olympics in Rio and will be powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).
Efficiency continued to be a major theme yesterday in all the presentations and conversations.  DNV GL’s EVP Albrecht Grell noted in a presentation that the collection, processing and analysis of ship data has been a major focus for his company via a new program called ECO Insight.  In particular, this system collections operational data from their customers, overlaps that data with more data from weather sources, fuel quality and AIS and then processes it to provide benchmarking for shipowners who wish to see how well their ships are performing within their own fleet, as well as compared to other vessel types and the world market.
DNV GL notes that 80 ships worldwide are currently participating in a pilot program including bulk carriers, tankers, OSVs, containerships, MPVs and RoRos.
For Tor Svensen, CEO of DNV GL Maritime, the management and use of “big data” such as this is one of his priorities for the future, as well as reducing injuries from major accidents, improved capacity and flexibility in maritime operations and lastly environmental sustainability and cost.
One year out from their merger with GL, Svensen notes that the seamless joining of the two organizations will be virtually complete in 2015.
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All-Electric Ferry Named ‘Ship of the Year’ at SMM

The Norled "ZeroCat 120"
The Norled “ZeroCat 120″
The all-electric, aluminum car and passenger ferry “ZeroCat 120” has been awarded the prestigious ‘Ship of the Year’ award at the SMM trade show in Hamburg this week.
“ZeroCat 120″ is owned by the Norwegian ferry operator Norled and was designed and built by Fjellstrand, located on the southwest coast of Norway at Omastrand in the Hardangerfjord.
The electrically-powered ferry was originally developed as a submission to a Norwegian Ministry of Transport competition where the winner would get a 10-year license to operate the Lavik-Oppedal route beginning in 2015. The new ferry, the world’s first to operate solely on battery power, will operate the route with 34 crossings a day, 365 days a year beginning January 1. The route and Norway in general is considered ideal for battery-powered ferries because of the short routes.
The ferry features a light-weight and slender catamaran hull made with aluminum and an all-electric power train designed by Fjellstrand with battery technology from Siemens. The ZeroCat will be equipped two batteries placed on both ends of the ship, so the ferry can recharge during turnaround times.  In addition, all systems are optimized for low energy consumption and heat recovery, with LED lighting and solar panels. The vessel has capacity for 120 cars and 360 passengers and will operate at about 10 knots.
Hence the name, the “ZeroCat 120” will emit zero greenhouse gases, CO2, methane or nitrogen oxides to the environment which, according to Siemens, will eliminate nearly 3,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year. In addition to the environmental benefits, the ferry’s operational and maintenance costs will be lower compared to a conventional ferry.
The award was presented by Norwegian State Secretary Dilek Ayhan at SMM on Wednesday. Accepting the award was Norled Managing Director Ivan Fossan and Technical Director Sigvald Breivik, Managing Director Ivar Gaute Kolltveit from Fjellstrand, and Edmund Tolo represented Fjellstrand Design.
The ‘Ship of the Year Award’ is in instituted and selected by the Norwegian-based maritime trade journal, Skipsrevyen based on several criteria. The “ZeroCat 120” is the first passenger vessel to win the prestigious award since 2001 when “The World”, a luxury residential cruise ship, was announced as the winner.
Other nominees for the ‘Ship of the Year’ 2014 award included the “With Harvest”, an LNG-powered fish feed carrier, and the MV Juanita, a platform supply vessel notable for its new propulsion system as well a new cargo tank solution.
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