Hybrid Partnership Gains First Project

The MAN Diesel &Turbo and AKA partners have recently received an order in connection with the building of a multi-purpose supply vessel for a federal Russian agency. The order inlcudes four MAN 7L21/31 gensets, including alternators, with AKA’s scope of supply for the order being a complete 690V main switchboard, 690-400 V transformers, and electric motors for main propellers and thrusters. Plus AKA’s delivery of he frequency converters for the electric motors and the drive control and power-management systems.

MAN Diesel & Turbo is reporting its first order from its 40% stake in Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA), a specialist power supply, energy management and drive systems for marine applications.
The partners said the first order is for a hybrid propulsion package for a Russian special vessel. Delivery is scheduled for March 2018 in St. Petersburg and marks the first successful collaboration between the two since MAN Diesel & Turbo bought its share in AKA in June.
The order includes four MAN 7L21/31 gensets, including alternators, with AKA’s scope of supply for the order being a complete 690V main switchboard, 690-400 V transformers, and electric motors for main propellers and thrusters. Also within AKA’s delivery is the frequency converters for the electric motors and the drive control and power-management systems. (Energy management systems provide fully automatic control and optimize the power distribution of drive components of ships.)
“This specialist vessel, with its unique operational demands, showcases our competence as a solution provider and the broader capability we now possess with AKA’s energy-management expertise,” said Wayne Jones, chief sales officer, MAN Diesel & Turbo.  “Encouragingly for our new partnership, the previous vessel in this series was equipped with an identical propulsion package, but from a different supplier.”
The partnership is part of MAN Diesel & Turbo’s strategic development program, “Basecamp 3000+”, launched in 2016. As part of this program, the company announced strategic acquisitions and partnerships to expand its product range with respect to the global trends of de-carbonization and digitalization.
“The partnership with AKA is a key element in our strategy to strengthen our role as technological forerunner in the field of marine propulsion”, explained Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Diesel & Turbo. “AKA’s specialized expertise links battery storage systems and marine engines. The new cooperation marks an important step on the way to further establish ourselves as a principal system supplier for energy management on board ships.”
AKA is a Canadian company, based in Montague, Prince Edward Island (PEI). The company employs around 120 at five global locations with about 100 in its PEI locations.
In June 2017 MAN Diesel & Turbo agreed to acquire 40% in AKA. By the acquisition, MAN Diesel & Turbo said it has gained specialized know-how in the field of electric and hybrid systems to complement its product portfolio.
AKA co-founder and CEO Jason Aspin remains with the company as managing director and shareholder. Neale Kemp, the other founding partner. is retiring from active business operations and selling his shares in AKA.
MAN Diesel & Turbo said AKA is known as a world market leader in equipping diesel-hybrid powered ship propulsion systems with integrated battery storage and in high-reliability on-board power systems in dynamic-positioning applications for the marine and offshore oil & gas sectors. The company is also involved in energy storage and hybrid power solutions for a broader range of marine and land-based applications.
“MAN Diesel & Turbo is the world’s premiere designer and manufacturer of marine propulsion systems, and the perfect partner for us,” Aspin said. “We benefit not only from the global prestige of the brand, its global sales network and customer base, but also from the top-class engineering and machine building competence in the fields of engines, exhaust gas after treatment and gas and propulsion systems.”



Wärtsilä makes Viking Princess the world’s first offshore vessel with a hybrid energy storage solution replacing a traditional generator


The technology group Wärtsilä reached a new milestone in the battery technology development as the company completed the installation of a hybrid energy system on board Viking Princess. The Norwegian vessel is now the first ever offshore supply vessel in which batteries reduce the number of generators aboard the ship. The new energy storage solution will improve engine efficiency, generate fuel savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Viking Princess completed sea trials and the system was handed over to customer Eidesvik Offshore on 9 October 2017.
Wärtsilä’s expert analysing the new hydrid system on board Viking Princess
There is significant potential to save fuel through improved engine efficiency, as the operating profile of supply vessels is highly variable. When using the Wärtsilä installed energy storage system on board Viking Princess, the fuel saving potential can be up to 30 percent in various operations and the CO2 emissions can be reduced by up to approximately 13–18 percent per year, depending on operational conditions and requirements.
Wärtsilä’s expert analysing the new hydrid system on board Viking Princess
Furthermore, the hybrid solution will provide a more optimal load on the engines, while the intervals between engine maintenance can be extended.
Viking Princess now runs on a combination of a battery pack for energy storage and three LNG-fuelled Wärtsilä engines. The new energy storage solution provides balancing energy to cover the demand peaks, resulting in a more stable load on the engines. The technology is similar to that used in hybrid vehicles: it prevents the engine load from dipping, and uses the surplus to re-energise the battery, which can be charged as needed. Wärtsilä’s remote monitoring and operational advisory services support the daily operation of the vessel ensuring efficient and optimised operations.
Offshore supply vessel Viking Princess
The contract to replace one of the four engines on Viking Princess with battery power was signed in May.
Impact in the future of the entire shipping industry
“Eidesvik and Wärtsilä’s partnership dates back to 2003 when our ship, the ‘Viking Energy’ became the first offshore supply vessel powered by LNG fuel. Now, together, we are again introducing a world’s first, with the ‘Viking Princess’ becoming the first offshore vessel in which batteries reduce the number of generators aboard the ship. We are grateful to Wärtsilä for providing the technology to make this possible,” says Vermund Hjelland, President Technical Department, Eidesvik Offshore.
Offshore supply vessel Viking Princess
“This is a truly forward-looking solution, and we congratulate Eidesvik Offshore for having the vision to appreciate the benefits that hybrid energy system offers. In addition to the fuel consumption and environmental advantages, the conversion also reduces maintenance costs and contributes to more efficient operations. The success of this project will impact the future of the entire shipping industry,” says Sindre Utne, Manager Projects and Operations, Wärtsilä Norway. “Wärtsilä’s advantage lies at the most advanced level of integration related to hybrid technology for marine applications. It is a combination of expertise in both engines and electrical and automation systems, as well as digital solutions.”

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VIDEO: World first conversion takes LNG-fueled OSV hybrid


Energy storage solution replaced one of vessel's four LNG fueled enginesEnergy storage solution replaced one of vessel's four LNG fueled engines
OCTOBER 13, 2017 — Eidesvik Offshore's Viking Princess has become the world's first offshore vessel to use battery power to reduce the number of generators on board. The five year old Norwegian vessel now runs on a combination of a battery pack for energy storage and three LNG-fueled Wärtsilä engines.
The vessel's newWärtsilä energy storage solution provides balancing energy to cover the demand peaks, resulting in a more stable load on the engines. The technology is similar to that used in hybrid cars: it prevents the engine load from dipping, and uses the surplus to re-energize the battery, which can be charged as needed.
Wärtsilä's remote monitoring and operational advisory services support the daily operation of the vessel, ensuring efficient and optimized operations.
The new energy storage solution will improve engine efficiency, generate fuel savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Viking Princess completed sea trials and the system was handed over to Eidesvik Offshore on October 9.
There is significant potential to save fuel through improved engine efficiency, as the operating profile of supply vessels is highly variable. When using the Wärtsilä installed energy storage system on board Viking Princess, the fuel saving potential can be up to 30 percent in various operations and CO2 emissions can be reduced by up to approximately 13–18 percent per year, depending on operational conditions and requirements.
Additionally, the hybrid solution will provide a more optimal load on the engines, while the intervals between engine maintenance can be extended.

The contract to replace one of the four engines on Viking Princess with battery power was signed in May.
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"Eidesvik and Wärtsilä's partnership dates back to 2003 when our ship, the Viking Energy became the first offshore supply vessel powered by LNG fuel. Now, together, we are again introducing a world's first, with the Viking Princess becoming the first offshore vessel in which batteries reduce the number of generators aboard the ship. We are grateful to Wärtsilä for providing the technology to make this possible," says Vermund Hjelland, President Technical Department, Eidesvik Offshore.
"This is a truly forward-looking solution, and we congratulate Eidesvik Offshore for having the vision to appreciate the benefits that hybrid energy system offers. In addition to the fuel consumption and environmental advantages, the conversion also reduces maintenance costs and contributes to more efficient operations. The success of this project will impact the future of the entire shipping industry," says Sindre Utne, Manager Projects and Operations, Wärtsilä Norway. "Wärtsilä's advantage lies at the most advanced level of integration related to hybrid technology for marine applications. It is a combination of expertise in both engines and electrical and automation systems, as well as digital solutions."


Electric and Hybrid Boat Development

Electric and Hybrid Boat Development
Torqeedo
Torqeedo, probably the fastest-growing brand in electric and hybrid marine engines, was just bought by Deutz AG, a major European manufacturer of diesel and natural-gas engines. The move solidifies a dual effort to marry clean diesel to electric propulsion to meet the stringent emissions standards of the EU.
Electric propulsion’s growth in Europe comes partly from the way emissions are measured in the EU. American regulators assess “emissions per motor,” while Euro-crats look to the emissions of a vessel, which could have multiple motors. In Europe, large-vessel and yacht builders comply with emissions requirements using gas or diesel and electric propulsion.
Electric propulsion is highly subsidized in Germany, and ­combustion propulsion for marine use is restricted, but Americans aren’t yet so encumbered, and electric propulsion here is still growing quickly.
One reason is many suburban lakes and drinking-water reservoirs only allow electric propulsion, either to maintain water purity and/or to maintain a quieter waterfront atmosphere in the neighborhood.
Electric Boat Development
Minn Kota’s 48-volt outboard generates 2 horsepower.
Minn Kota
Early Adopters
So, pontoon owners are among the early adopters meeting regulations, enjoying quieter cruises ideal on lower electric horsepower.
Minn Kota may have been first to tap into the market some years ago with its E ­Outboard ($2,999). Complete with electronic throttle, LED battery maintenance instrumentation, and an electric tilt drive mechanism with 48 volts of wet-cell battery power, it generates up to 2 horsepower to propel an 18-foot pontoon 5 mph.
But Torqeedo’s Cruise series features transom-mount, helm-steered motors ($3,798 for a 2-horsepower Cruise 2.0 RS outboard to $8,499 for a Cruise 10.0L) complete with throttle control and a GPS-based battery-management computer and LED display to report remaining battery power and range at speed. Cruise motors require two 24-volt lithium-ion batteries at $2,599 each.
Powered Up
Lithium-ion batteries are half as heavy as lead-acid batteries and last three times as long. Unlike lead-acid batteries, they deliver full voltage until depleted, keeping the ride snappy. Ultimately, compared to AGM batteries, lithium-ion batteries prove comparably priced per hour of boating. In our tests, we’ve found 16- to 20-foot pontoons can enjoy a silent sunset cruise for hours or give a zippy ride to the sandbar for a day of water fun. And while you may think electrics are all slow-going, we’ve enjoyed some exciting rides and even water-skied behind electric-powered runabouts, and the horsepower to do it with pontoons is definitely available.

Fischer Panda UK Appoints Technical Sales Manager

Fischer Panda UK has appointed David Payne as its new Technical Sales Manager.
An experienced marine industry sales manager specialising in hybrid generator and battery-based electrical power systems, Payne has joined the Dorset-based team to drive sales for its generators, electric propulsion systems, watermakers and air-conditioning systems. His role will also include developing and expanding a system-based approach for the product range, while working to further integrate key brands, such as Mastervolt Power systems and CZone monitoring and control, into the Fischer Panda packages.
Chris Fower, Marine Sales and Marketing Manager for Fischer Panda, said:  “We are delighted to bring David on board and we are confident that he will assist in strengthening overall sales of our technical product range. With David’s vast technical knowledge and industry contacts, his main role will be generating new sales growth across our three core markets - marine, vehicle and military, whilst maintaining and developing our existing customer base.”
Indentured mechanical engineer Payne has worked for key marine brands for more than 20 years, most recently developing hybrid diesel and electric power systems for both vessels and specialist vehicles.
Payne added: “The popular Fischer Panda generators are renowned for their high quality and low noise, so I am looking forward to working with the team and introducing all the products and systems to more customers. I will be aiming to use my strong technical background in marine and automotive engineering, and ability to customise innovative, practical and cost-effective solutions, to further increase Fischer Panda’s market presence.”
Leading distributer Fischer Panda UK Ltd offers full-system design capability, servicing and aftercare for a variety of commercial and leisure vessels. It has recently launched the Panda 4000s Neo and the Panda 5000i Neo gensets using Fischer Panda’s in-house designed water-cooled FPE320 single cylinder diesel engine, adding to its next generation iSeries ‘Perfect Power’ generators with variable speed capability.
Visit www.fischerpanda.co.uk for more information about Fischer Panda’s range of marine generators and other products.

THE SWITCH AND CHINA SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY CORP TO EXPLORE HYBRID, BATTERY SOLUTIONS

The advanced train technology company has inked a strategic partnership agreement with CSIC/711, China’s R&D institute for marine diesel engines.
Cooperation with Finland-headquartered The Switch is expected to help CSIC/711, which operates under the direct jurisdiction of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), provide power generation and drive train solutions to its clients. Both companies are aiming to advance the Chinese marine industry with electrical drive trains and optimised energy use.
‘We want to show CSIC/711 our commitment to cooperation in practice, not only in words,’ said Carlo Cecchi, Director of Business Development, The Switch. ‘The Switch will support CSIC/711 with a strong technical team and continue building our worldwide service and support network to be close to the shipowner wherever needed. We see that the marine market has interesting potential and want to be a part of that journey with CSIC.’
As Bunkerspot previously reported, in January, The Switch announced it was looking to grow its marine business by 200% over the next five years.


Two More Statoil-Chartered PSVs to Receive Hybrid Power System Retrofits


Two More Statoil-Chartered PSVs to Receive Hybrid Power System Retrofits
Corvus will supply its lithium ion based ESS to Havila Foresight and the Havila Charisma. Image Courtesy: Corvus
Corvus Energy (Corvus) today announced that it will supply its lithium ion based energy storage systems (ESS) to two platform supply vessels (PSVs) being retrofitted with hybrid power systems.
The Havila Foresight and the Havila Charisma - both of which are on long-term charter to Statoil ASA (Statoil) - will each be fitted with a 1000kWh Orca Energy ESS from Corvus, enabling "environmentally-friendly and lower cost operations."
The latest order brings the total number of Statoil-chartered vessels to be supplied with Corvus ESS to six.
"Corvus is proud to be part of Statoil's commitment to the environment and their goal of becoming a leader in cleaner oil & gas production as they leverage renewable energy technologies such as the Orca ESS," said Roger Rosvold, Sales Manager of Corvus Energy.
"In collaboration with Havila, our teams have developed the optimal solution to meet the aggressive environmental, safety, performance and cost objectives."
The latest order brings the total number of Statoil-chartered vessels to be supplied with Corvus ESS to six
In July, Ship & Bunker reported that Corvus Energy would supply its ESS the Statoil-chartered and Farstad Shipping ASA (Farstad)-owned diesel electric PSV Far Sun, which is expected to see reductions in fuel consumption and emissions as a result.
Commenting on the latest order, Corvus today said: "the hybridization of these two vessels is part of Statoil's ambition of being a leading company in carbon-efficient oil and gas production.
"Statoil is focusing on reducing emissions from their logistics activities and has mandated that all new charters shall utilise energy storage systems during all aspects of the PSV's operation, particularly during dynamic positioning and harbour operations where fuel consumption and emissions will be significantly reduced."
As Ship & Bunker reported in June, this year's Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards saw Corvus win the Supplier of the Year award for the third year in a row, as well as the Innovation of the Year award for its Orca Energy ESS.
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Mexican owner joins slew of companies to recognise benefits of hybrid power

Mexican owner joins slew of companies to recognise benefits of hybrid power
Adopting hybrid propulsion will reduce Seacor Maja’s fuel consumption and emissions
Mexmar, Seacor’s joint venture in Mexico, is to upgrade the vessel Seacor Maya with a hybrid power solution, joining the growing ranks of companies that recognise the fuel-efficiencies and environmental benefits to be obtained from doing so.
Kongsberg has been selected as the single supplier for the delivery, supply and integration of an energy storage system for the vessel with a custom-designed energy control system (ECS). The ship’s existing K-Pos DP-22 dynamic positioning (DP) system and K-Chief 700 IAS automation system will also be upgraded.
The upgraded K-Pos DP-22 system functions include power load monitoring and blackout prevention. The system will display all battery data including capacity and status. The ECS is made possible by combining existing and upgraded K-Pos, K-Chief and K-Thrust functionality. Core components of the system include dynamic load prediction, dynamic inertia control and dynamic hybrid control combined with an automatic start/stop strategy.
This kind of system optimisation enables significant fuel efficiency while also extending battery life, lowering lifetime costs and maximising the investment in hybrid power. The contract includes an option for a second vessel.
“On completion of the upgrade, Seacor Maya will have one of the most advanced powertrain solutions of any vessel,” said Seacor Marine manager of engineering, Tim Clerc. “The hybrid power solution has the potential to significantly reduce operational costs while at the same time provide access to new functionality for improved safety and effectiveness of DP operations.”