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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.

ABS Advises on Hybrid Electric Power Systems



ABS has published the ABS Advisory on Hybrid Electric Power Systems to help marine and offshore owners and operators make decisions about energy generation and storage.

“ABS continues to lead industry safety with the first comprehensive Advisory to address the latest hybrid electric power technologies,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. “ABS always looks ahead at new innovations and offers guidance in safe and effective applications.”

With the increased industry focus on environmental compliance and operational performance, many owners and operators in the marine and offshore industries are shifting their attention to electric propulsion and nonconventional sources of power. In developing this Advisory, ABS took a measured approach to evaluating the potential advantages and disadvantages, challenges and level of readiness for the primary hybrid electric power systems and components that are most suited for marine and offshore applications. The comprehensive list of technologies addressed in the Advisory includes lithium-ion batteries, supercapacitors, flywheel energy storage, fuel cells, wind and solar.

“In developing the Advisory, we looked beyond the marine and offshore industries to determine how other sectors, like electric utilities and aerospace, have applied nonconventional power to products,” says ABS Chief Technology Officer Howard Fireman. “This Advisory demonstrates our broad approach to analyzing information – identifying and evaluating how technology transfer can deliver comprehensive and practical tools for the marine and offshore industries.”

In an effort to support the application of new hybrid electric technologies, ABS worked with Sandia National Laboratories and other project partners to study the technical, economic and regulatory feasibility of building a zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell powered, high-speed passenger vessel, the SF-BREEZE. ABS issued a conditional Approval in Principle for this novel concept, verifying that the design would comply with applicable regulations and rules. Our work with Sandia Labs and the project team provided practical knowledge that was integrated directly into development of the ABS Advisory on Hybrid Electric Power Systems.

AAM Wins Hybrid Passenger Vessel Contract

Photo: AAM

All American Marine, Inc. (AAM), inked a deal for the construction of a new hybrid electric passenger vessel to be delivered to the Red and White Fleet of San Francisco, California.  The contract for the new 600 passenger aluminum monohull was signed during the recent annual Maritrends Conference put on by the Passenger Vessel Association.
 
AAM’s latest contract follows an earlier announcement made by the company regarding a construction agreement for a 500 passenger aluminum monohull tour boat for Argosy Cruises of Seattle, WA.  Both operators were originally pursuing construction contracts for steel monohulls, but AAM was successfully able to demonstrate considerable savings in construction and maintenance costs with an aluminum design, while ensuring delivery of a robust and solid hull structure.  These contracts bode well for AAM, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary and is in the process of moving into a brand new purpose-built ship building facility at nearby Squalicum Harbor.  Argosy will take delivery of their vessel in the late fall and the Red and White Fleet will receive their new craft in the late spring of 2018.
 
The new vessel for Red and Fleet, to be christened, Enhydra, will be the first aluminum hulled, Lithium-Ion battery-electric hybrid vessel built from the keel up under US Coast Guard subchapter-K passenger vessel regulations and the latest guidelines for structural fire protection.  The vessel will be 128’ long with a moulded beam of 30’ and is specifically designed for harbor tours of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.  Guests on board Enhydra will be able to experience amazing views of the bay and cityscape from each of the three decks, complete with their own convenient snack bar.  The second level offers a full wrap around viewing deck with access to the enlarged bow foredeck, which is sure to become a favorite photo spot.  The top deck is completely open and offers plenty of outdoor seating for sun soaking or respite from the busyness of the city.
 
All American Marine partnered with BAE Systems (BAESY) to design and integrate the complete battery electric hybrid system.  BAE Systems will supply their HybriDrive Propulsion System that includes a generator, control system, and AC electric traction motor.  The generator will mount to a variable speed Cummins (CMI) QSL9 410 mhp@2100 rpm diesel engine.  The motor generator offers diesel-electric operation of the AC traction motor which is coupled directly to the propulsion shaft.    With this configuration, torque is immediately available for the propeller and the speed can be precisely controlled without the need for a reduction gear. 
 
The hybrid system will also utilize battery power from two 80 kWh Lithium-ion battery packs.  The batteries will come from Corvus Energy and are supplied under their next generation Orca Energy line.  The BAE HybridDrive system can automatically utilize full electric battery operation at slower speeds and when maneuvering in and out of the harbor.  At higher speeds, the generator will automatically engage and augment the additional power demands of the traction motor.  The battery system is sufficient to meet the entire demand of the vessel’s hotel load while at the same time providing silent and emission-free operation of the propulsion system during an evening sunset cruise.  Red and White Fleet’s Vice President of Operations, Joe Burgard, expressed “We are very pleased with the team All American Marine has put together to deliver this unique vessel and are eager for our guests to experience San Francisco Bay from the silent decks of the Enhydra in 2018. We see the propulsion configuration on the Enhydra as phase one in our move toward the full electrification of our fleet. Stay tuned for phase two.”
 
All American Marine Inc., located on the shores of Bellingham Bay, was founded in 1987 and specializes in the construction of custom tailored aluminum boats.  Today, the company has become a leading builder of high speed passenger catamarans, monohull tour boats, survey craft, and research vessels.  All American Marine is the exclusive builder for Teknicraft Design Ltd. catamarans in North America.
 
Founded in 1892, the historic Red and White Fleet is legendary for its premier San Francisco Cruises. Family owned, the Red and White Fleet is committed to environmental sustainability and community education as one of the oldest businesses operating in the San Francisco Bay area.

Seaspan's Hybrid LNG Ferry Classed by BV

Seaspan Swift - a new hybrid LNG fuelled and battery powered ferry Photo Seaspan
Seaspan Swift - a new hybrid LNG fuelled and battery powered ferry Photo Seaspan
Bureau Veritas congratulates owners Seaspan as their new emission reducing ferry enters service between the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island. 

Seaspan Swift is Seaspan Ferries Corporation’s (SFC) new dual-fuelled / hybrid - diesel, liquefied natural gas and battery powered ferry. The new ferry is the first hybrid LNG fuelled and battery powered vessel in service and the first LNG fuelled vessel operating on the west coast of Canada. Additionally, the on-board bunkering of LNG from a truck trailer is a first in North America.

Designed by VARD Marine, the 148.9m vessel is the first of two to be constructed at Sedef Shipbuilding, Turkey. Following a 10,661 nautical mile delivery voyage to the SFC Tilbury Terminal in Delta, Vancouver, Seaspan Swift underwent pre-operation regulatory checks and crew training in December. A sister vessel, Seaspan Reliant – also classed by Bureau Veritas (4BV.F), will also arrive on the West Coast early in 2017. 

Steve Roth, Vice President Seaspan Ferries commenting said, ‘We are happy to be working with Bureau Veritas on this technical LNG / Hybrid project. Their partnership with Seaspan Ferries has helped make the design, approval, production and delivery of the vessels a success.’

Philippe Donche-Gay, President, Marine & Offshore, Bureau Veritas offered his congratulations. ‘We know how pleased Seaspan are and we share their excitement seeing this ship now in service. We are now looking forward to helping Seaspan ensure that this new low emission ferry works efficiently and safely for many years to come.’   

Bureau Veritas now holds a leading share of LNG as fuel related marine projects – across a range of specialized ship types, including the growing LNG bunkering vessel sector. Philippe Donche-Gay: ‘Our practical approach and expertise helps de-risk projects and provides the required guidance and framework for decision making.’ 

Next Generation Workshops Set for Southampton

A unique program of three specialist events for the sub IMO / sub 24 meter professional sector is being held back to back at the Grand Harbor in Southampton, U.K. this October. The fast moving workshop style program brings together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge to identify problems that affect the maritime sector worldwide – and highlight potential solutions.
 
Next Generation SHOCK MITIGATION Workshop on October 25, 2016 focuses on shock mitigation solutions. Attendees include professional and military organizations, boat builders, equipment manufacturers, service providers and classification societies.
 
Next Generation HIGH SPEED CRAFT Workshop on October 26, 2016 focuses on RIBs and high speed craft. Topics are relevant to workboats, pilot boats, patrol boats, search and rescue, survey vessels, superyacht tenders and the emerging market for unmanned surface vessels.
 
Next Generation HYBRID MARINE POWER Workshop on October 27, 2016 focuses on innovative power and propulsion. The objective is to identify efficiency by all means. Hybrid concepts are modular and scalable which are also relevant to offshore supply vessels, patrol vessels and superyachts.
 
Workshop organizer John Haynes said, “Next Generation events are dynamic and relevant, with plenty of long breaks to encourage networking and knowledge sharing. We focus on viable innovation and using people’s time effectively. We also know that having the right people onboard is essential and there is no substitute for meeting the experts face to face when asking the hard questions. You should simply drop everything and be here if you have a burning problem or a great solution.”
 
SKYDEX Technologies is lead sponsor of the workshop days. Based in the U.S., the company is a global leader in impact mitigation and cushioning solutions with technology installed in more than 20,000 military vehicles and 6,000 marine craft. SKYDEX CEO and President James Taylor said, “Our proprietary technology is engineered to excel in the harshest and most demanding conditions. We are pleased to support this unique event that enables us to launch new products that are relevant to maritime professionals in Europe and worldwide.”
 
The one day workshops are being held at the Grand Harbour Hotel overlooking the port of Southampton. Supporters of the event include Lloyd’s Register, UK Maritime Pilots Association, Shipbuilders & Shiprepairers Association and Southampton Solent University.
 
Haynes added, “Boat builders and specialist component manufacturers now recognize that they need to work together to develop next generation systems that fit the rapidly changing requirements of modern fleets. The unique knowledge gained from these workshop sessions will help to shape long term decisions that lead to improvements for in-service systems and procurement of next generation vessels.”
 
Those interested in presenting at the workshops should submit suggested 30 minute Workshop Session / Title / 250 word Summary / 150 word Bio to Workshop Lead - John Haynes at john@shockmitigation.com.