MIT goes “green” for Seawork 2017

MIT will be showcasing the Transfluid HM560 Hybrid and Electric driveline system

This year at Seawork International, propulsion and driveline experts, Marine and Industrial Transmissions will be showcasing its new Hybrid and Electric driveline system, suitable for marine applications.
MIT has been designing, supplying and servicing transmissions and driveline systems across the UK since 1974, becoming a centre of excellence in driveline systems providing customers with full product life cycle support.
With hybrid and electric technology being a hot topic within the commercial marine industry, operators will be looking for cost-effective and environmentally friendly solutions to ensure the future of their business.
This year at Seawork, MIT will be showcasing the Transfluid HM560 Hybrid and Electric driveline system, developed to suit commercial applications including; workboats, crew transfer vessels, pilot vessels and patrol vessels.
The HM560 is designed to be fitted on any internal combustion engine with a suitable SAE Flywheel and to any type of SAE standard transmission.
The system allows the user to work in three modes; electric propulsion, to drive at zero emissions in absolute silence. Engine propulsion, using the electric machine as a generator to recharge batteries, and booster, which allows the electric motor during acceleration to assist engine – providing extra torque to the driveline.
This technology has already been heavily adopted within Europe, with over 10 boatyards already installing the system into their applications, with the hybrid module already installed into 13 single engine craft and five twin-engine craft, as well as German manufacturer BAVARIA choosing the Transfluid solution as a partner to launch its first displacement boat with hybrid propulsion.
For 2017 “green” solutions are high on the agenda for MIT, who along with the Transfluid hybrid system, will also be showcasing the Twin Disc “QuickShift EC300DP, power commander electronic control system complete with Dynamic Positioning interface”.
At Seawork 2017, MIT will also be discussing standard marine drivelines and propulsion systems offered across its product portfolio, including marine transmissions, single and multiple pump drives, standard and hybrid marine transmissions, anti-vibration systems, boat steering systems and air compressors.
MIT will also be launching its new website at Seawork 2017, designed to deliver an improved user experience and an enhanced product selection tool.
For more information, meet with the MIT team in the Pacific Orange hall, stand PO5, along with ATZ Marine Technologies, part of the same group of companies.
Seawork International 2017, the largest commercial marine and workboat exhibition in Europe, will take place at Mayflower Park, Southampton from the 13-15 of June.
Exhibition stand spaces are booking up fast, however, there are still a few remaining spaces available at Seawork International 2017.
Speak to the Seawork Events Team to discuss availability and the best way to showcase and promote your business on +44 1329 825 335 or email
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Submaran S10 – A Hybrid Water Drone Capturing the Beauty of Marine Life

Submaran 10 | Image Credits: Ocean Aero

The vast and beautiful marine world deep into the huge waters bodies has a view that cannot be described in mere words. For unparallel and magical views of the sea-life, people resort to activities like scuba diving, snorkeling or cave diving. There are submarines also for various civil and defense purposes. Also, there are some amazing underwater restaurants across various locations of the globe for an exclusive dining experience with unprecedented views of the aquatic life. Well now, a marine tech company – Ocean Aero has created a device called Submaran S10.

Submaran S10 is a hybrid device that acts like a submarine as well as a sailboat styled drone. In addition, the best part about Submaran S10 is that the wind and solar energy powers this device. This means that there is no need for external fuel.

Hybrid Submaran S10 can Protect the U.S Coastlines

This device helps in ocean patroling with its unique partly submarine and partly sailboat structure. With powers from sun and wind, this autonomous device can conduct crucial missions on its own for months without a break, Fox News reports. After sailing on the water bodies’ surface, it transforms like a submarine to dive into the surface. Secret surveillance missions can be conducted with Ocean Aero’s Submaran S10 as it can dive to depths of around 660 feet.
Moreover, boats, ships, piers, and also an aircraft can launch this hybrid device, Fox News mentions. Such a tech device can protect the U.S coastlines against potential dangers. It can surveil, monitor, and collect vital information for intelligence and defense purposes. Given its size and hybrid structure, this water drone can easily carry out such projects quietly.

Specs of the Water Drone

Size – 13.5 feet long
Weight – 280 pounds
Height – 8 feet (with the wing-sail up)
Inclusions – anemometer, communications antenna, light, a 360-degree camera, and LED navigation
Solar panels for both the rechargeable batteries
An auxiliary thruster for extra power
This autonomous device has a sail that is similar to a typical sailboat, along with a retractable option for underwater usage.

Capturing the Spectacular Marine Beauty

submaran s10 water drone
As far as its usage for purposes except for defense goes, it is also helpful for viewing beauty underneath the ocean. With the help of Submaran S10, the hybrid water drone, the spectacular beauty of oceans can be monitored. Given the power of sun and wind as an additional advantage, this device can run for long durations with possibilities of live-streaming the marine world for social media users. Well, a solar-powered camera will be certainly needed to carry out such a gig, as reported by The Next Web. With such widespread uses, let’s wait and watch how far the Submaran S10 goes in the near future.

Electric and Hybrid Marine World Expo 2017

Electric boat technology strives to keep up with the auto industry.

Chevy’s Bolt EV just won Car of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show, and luxury auto maker Tesla reports sales figures for the Q4 of 2016 up an impressive 27 percent. What’s taking so long for the technology to trickle down to the electric boat category? “We are not converting the message as a group,” Phil Purcell, CEO and Executive Director of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida stated rather bluntly as the opening keynote speaker at this year’s Electric and Hybrid Marine World Expo in Tampa. “I drive a Tesla, own a Duffy Electric Boat, have a Torqeedo motor for my dinghy… Electric is not a fad, but the battery makers are all in competition for a small slice of pie, and they need to be working together.”
Torqeedo, in collaboration with BMW, is making the very latest automotive battery engineering available for boats. Adapted to work with Torqeedo’s 40- or 80-hp Deep Blue systems, the BMWi3 technology is based on prismatic cell design allowing for efficient cooling and even temperature distribution within the battery, all in a compact form and tucked neatly into an extremely rugged structure with external power and data connectors.
Prismatic cells require precision assembly in a robust frame to achieve a long service life. Early adopters of electric technology have discovered that charging and discharging over time leads to cell expansion and collapsing, hastening the aging process. Boat applications place high demands on shock resistance and the BMW/Torqeedo design addresses those concerns.
The battery is waterproof to IP67 standards and has laser-welded cell connections over a larger surface, suggesting a stronger and more powerful design than conventional spot-welded cell connections. Should a particular cell fail, interchangeable access points and modules allow for upgrades.
BMW’s battery management system detects a replacement module and adjusts for that cell accordingly, while still providing appropriate recharging levels for older modules.
Torqeedo debuted a 25kW Range Extender for the Deep Blue system that is the first inverter generator capable of supplying electricity for yachts and supporting serial hybrid systems. With a promise of reduced pollutants, less vibration and a longer life for the combustion engine, the system does not require a separate starter. Instead, it uses the electric motor included in the genset.
Sailboaters also seem enamored with Torqeedo’s Cruise Fixed Pod motor as an alternative to an inboard diesel engine. Winner of the 2016 DAME Design Award, this year’s upgrades include new electronic throttles, a dedicated high-resolution marine display and an easy-to-understand user interface. The pod can be charged from shore power, solar, a generator, and even hydro-generation while underway.
On the commercial side, BAE Systems introduced HybriDrive marine solutions that work in concert with leading marine diesel engines to provide efficient propulsion and auxiliary power systems. HybriGen Power & Propulsion eliminates conventional main engines and is targeted for passenger ferries, research vessels and expedition yachts. Hybrid Assist uses various components to drive a vessel electrically at low speeds and assist the main engine when high-end boost is required. Aimed at the tug market, BAE says there is a fuel cost savings and main engine hours savings of up to 50 percent. Their third product, HybriGen Zero, eliminates the need for conventional diesel generators with a focus on towboats and fishing fleets.
Several battery makers addressed thermal runaway—think Galaxy Note 7, hoverboards and Boeing Dreamliner battery fires—with proprietary heat dissipation design. AllCell Technologies, a Chicago lithium-ion assembler, offered a breakthrough honeycomb design that prevents the spread of thermal runaway. Scott Novack explained how their patented phase change composite, a mix of wax and graphite, keeps the battery in a constant cooling state and avoids “the domino effect prevalent in thermal runaway.”
While big names like Valence, Spear Power Systems and Rolls Royce were on hand touting their progress, there was also room for the garage entrepreneur. Seattle-based PureWatercraft debuted an all-electric engine resembling the outdrive of a stern-powered outdrive. “The difference is we built all the parts, including a more efficient propeller,” notes founder Andy Rebele. The Pure Outboard replaces a 9.9- to 40-hp engine, connects to standard steering cables and weighs under 100 lbs. With two modestly sized battery packs that charge from a standard 120V system, it delivers 35 minutes at wide open throttle or an entire day of typical tournament fishing on a lake. Rebele and his team of inventors are in the manufacturing stage with delivery expected this spring. “Quiet is what people pay for,” quips the former rowing coach.
via SouthernBoating— By Alan Wendt, Southern Boating Magazine March 2017

Ektank Chem Tankers to Sport Hybrid Propulsion

  •  The Switch has received an order from WE Tech to deliver its permanent magnet (PM) shaft generators for Ektank AB’s two 18,600 dwt chemical tankers currently under construction. Photo copyright: FKAB Marine Design
    The Switch has received an order from WE Tech to deliver its permanent magnet (PM) shaft generators for Ektank AB’s two 18,600 dwt chemical tankers currently under construction. Photo copyright: FKAB Marine Design
  • “Our modular, flexible and lightweight PM shaft generators help shipowners meet their ambitious objectives while also delivering real savings and efficiency gains,” said The Switch Business Development Manager Mika Koli. Photo: The Switch“Our modular, flexible and lightweight PM shaft generators help shipowners meet their ambitious objectives while also delivering real savings and efficiency gains,” said The Switch Business Development Manager Mika Koli. Photo: The Switch
The Switch received an order from WE Tech to deliver its permanent magnet (PM) shaft generators to two 18,600 dwt chemical tankers currently under construction for Sweden’s Ektank AB. Sweden's Ektank AB is family-owned with a modern fleet of five chemical tankers in size ranging from 13,700 DWT to 17,000 DWT. 
The PM-based shaft generator is a powerful proposition for today’s cost and environmentally conscious shipowners. This deal is an example of how PM technology is set to revolutionize the maritime industry.
“We see huge potential in marine, and the decision of respected shipowners such as Ektank to invest in in PM machines demonstrates that our belief is well founded. We’ll be looking to build on this momentum going forwards and raise awareness of the transformative effect of The Switch technology throughout the industry. We believe this is just the start of something akin to an on-board energy revolution,” Koli continues.
“We only entered the marine segment in 2013, but we have already received over 30 orders for our technology, most of them thanks to WE Tech,” said The Switch Business Development Manager Mika Koli.
WE Tech has also recently placed orders for The Switch PM shaft generators for two Toll Shipping 12,000 dwt RoRo vessels and a series of four Stena RoRo ROPAX ferries. The Switch is now targeting growth of 200% within the marine segment in the next five years.

Seaspan Ferries commissions LNG hybrid duo

APRIL 11, 2017 — Canada's Seaspan Ferries Corporation (SFC) officially welcomed two new, state-of-the-art dual-fueled/hybrid (liquefied natural gas, diesel and battery) vessels to its fleet during a double commissioning ceremony held at its Tilbury Terminal, Delta, BC, on April 9.
The Seaspan Swift and Seaspan Reliant, the first eco-ferries of their kind in North America, were formally christened by sponsors Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia, and Anisa White, wife of Doug White III, Councillor and Chief Negotiator for Snuneymuxw First Nation.
Following construction at Sedef Shipyard in Istanbul, Turkey, the Seaspan Swift arrived in December 2016 and entered operation in January 2017, while the Seaspan Reliant arrived in late February and is scheduled to begin service later this month. The 148.9 m long ferries which can accommodate up to 59 53-ft trailers, are the first new vessels added to SFC's fleet since 2002.
Seaspan Swift arrived from shipbuilder in December 2016 

Electric and Hybrid Marine World Expo 2017 - RAI Amsterdam Netherlands

The world's largest marine propulsion exhibition. An international exhibition and conference showcasing electric and hybrid marine propulsion...

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The world's largest marine propulsion exhibition. An international exhibition and conference showcasing electric and hybrid marine propulsion systems, technologies and components.
The exhibition dedicated solely to showcasing the very latest and next-generation electric and hybrid marine propulsion technologies, components and solutions. Discover how to save fuel and reduce NVH
Price: free
Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

The International Exhibition of Electric and Hybrid Marine Propulsion Systems, Technologies, 
and Components.

Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo, to be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 6-8 June 2017, is dedicated solely to showcasing the very latest and next-generation electric and hybrid marine propulsion technologies, components and solutions.
A truly global event, with exhibitors and visitors from all over the world, Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo is the only exhibition and conference that will showcase these emerging efficient propulsion technologies and components to an audience of propulsion system designers, ship owners and operators, boat builders, engine manufacturers, naval architects and military fleet operators/chiefs.
Nothing but pure electric propulsion systems, hybrid systems, and of course the components within them will be on display – and the only visitors that will be invited to attend will be those who purchase and specify marine engines and components. In short, every single exhibit will be of relevance to every single visitor, and the only thing visitors will be searching for is cleaner, more efficient propulsion systems.

Why visit Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo?

Expect to see technologies and components including:
  • Test and measurement tools
  • Simulation software
  • Energy storage solutions including lithium-ion technology
  • Electric motors
  • Permanent magnet motors
  • Microturbines
  • Electric outboards
  • Cooling systems
  • Drive control systems
  • Brushless motors
  • AC/DC motors
  • Super-capacitors
  • Converters
  • Inverters
  • Diesel/electric generators
  • Gen-sets
  • Emission reduction technology
  • Exhaust gas cleaning systems / scrubbers
  • Waste heat recovery systems
  • Electric/hybrid control systems
  • Electric pod/bow/side thrusters
  • Electric/hybrid propulsion technology and systems
  • Electric/hybrid crane, winch, cargo door systems
  • Hybrid electric drive systems
  • Systems integration
  • Ship-to-shore power
  • Battery charging systems
  • Fuel cell technology
  • LNG/hybrid propulsion
Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo is being organised by the publisher of Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International, the world’s only publication dedicated to these emerging electric and hybrid propulsion technologies. In effect, this world expo will bring the pages of the magazine to life (click here to read the latest issue).
Entrance to Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo is free to qualified industry professionals only.
Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo is organised by UKI Media & Events, the world's premier international trade show organiser and magazine publisher operating in the maritime, aviation, automotive and transportation sectors. It is an international organiser of almost 30 industry-leading exhibitions, working globally in Hong Kong, Detroit, Los Angeles, Brussels, Stuttgart, Paris, Geneva and Brasilia, and attracts over 3,000 exhibiting companies and over 50,000 visitors to its events every year. Click here to discover more. 

Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market Estimated to Reach US$ 5,252.5 Mn by 2024;

Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth Trends, and Forecast 2016 - 2024

ALBANY, New York, April 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
Transparency Market Research has released a new market report titled Marine Hybrid Propulsion Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2016 - 2024. According to this report, the global revenue for marine hybrid propulsion systems stood at US$ 2,653.4 Mn in 2015 and is expected to reach US$ 5,252.5 Mn by 2024 at a CAGR of 8.2% from 2016 to 2024.
A combination of engines, generators, battery banks, and electric motors facilitates the propulsion of marine hybrid propulsion systems. The year-on-year growth in inter-state, intra-state, and cross-border trade activities has triggered the demand for marine ships. Thus, the increasing number of marine ships utilized for several operation inside and outside the country has boosted the demand for fuel-efficient hybrid propulsion systems.
The primary beneficiaries of the flexibility of marine hybrid propulsion systems are marine vessels with several varying load profiles. Vessel operators are facing several operational challenges in the face of growing environmental restrictions and fluctuating fuel prices. Investment in marine hybrid propulsion systems is an effective means to meet the current marine operating requirements. Fuel charges account for a significant share of a vessel's operating expenditure. As a result, shipping liners are adopting efficient fuel technologies such as hybrid propulsion to increase profit margins.
Factors driving the demand for marine hybrid systems are growing seaborne trade, raw material prices, increasing investments in shipping industries, and regulations and policies to minimize carbon emissions in different regions. Technological advancements have made hybrid propulsion systems an attractive option for marine vessel operators. Features such as silent maneuvering, emission-free operations, and limited fuel consumption have prompted vessel and towage operators to invest in this technology. Enforcement of strict emission standards and the increasing need for effective propulsion solutions in ferries and tugboats are factors likely to motivate technology developers to invest in this market.
The marine hybrid propulsion market has been segmented into three categories: configuration, end-use, and region. In terms of configuration, the marine hybrid propulsion market has been classified into diesel-electric, parallel hybrid, and serial hybrid. In terms of end-use, the market has been segregated into tugboats & OSV's, ferries, defense vessels, and others. Diesel-hybrid configuration accounted for more than 50% share in the years 2015. Currently, ferry operators are the major adopters of marine hybrid propulsion systems which accounted to more than 40% in the year 2015. Tugboat is one of the essential vessels utilized primarily within port limits to maneuver large vessels. These boats are designed to perform a wide variety of tasks across the entire power spectrum. It has been observed that tugboats and offshore support vessels operate at low engine load most of the time. Luxury yachts and small tourist boats are also emerging as one of the major adopters of marine hybrid propulsion systems. As a result, several yacht and boat designers are developing new hybrid models to attract more investment in this market.
The yachting industry is evolving rapidly and is moving toward the utilization of more sustainable and economic propulsion systems. Usage of hybrid propulsion systems in yachts is rising significantly, as these vessels cruise below their top speeds for a major portion of their operating time. Defense vessels and other end-users, such as underwater vehicles (AUV), workboats, private and tourist yachts, and fishing boats, are estimated to expand at higher growth rate compared to ferries and tugboats & OSV's. The year-on-year increase in the manufacture of defense vessels, workboats, and private yachts is projected to propel the demand for marine hybrid propulsion systems during the forecast period. Furthermore, Developed and developing countries are investing significantly in the defense sector. This is likely to boost the utilization of defense vessels, thereby, augmenting the demand for marine hybrid propulsion systems.