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Showing posts with label hybrid passenger vessel. Show all posts

Jensen Maritime to design Baydelta’s first hybrid tractor tug; Rolls-Royce technology


Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm, was recently selected to provide the design for Baydelta Maritime’s new 100-foot, Z-Drive (azimuth thruster) hybrid tugboat. It will use Rolls-Royce hybrid technology and represents the first installation of a hybrid system for Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB), and the first hybrid tug designed by Jensen to enter the construction phase.

Scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2019, the tug will feature the same ship assist and tanker escort capabilities of existing Valor class harbor tugs, but with multiple operational modes. The Rolls-Royce hybrid system allows for the vessel to operate direct-diesel, diesel-electric or fully-electric while assisting the large containerships and tankers that operate in US West Coast ports.
This concept will save fuel and reduce emissions, while supplying Baydelta with the same power and vessel characteristics needed for their operations. The flexibility provided by the drive system will allow loitering and transit at up to 7-8 knots in electric-only mode, then a bollard pull of 90, or nine short tons, in combined diesel-electric mode.
The tug will be powered by two Caterpillar C3516 C Tier 3 diesel engines, each rated at 1995 kW at 1,600 rpm, supplied by Peterson Power of Portland, Ore.; and by two Rolls-Royce supplied 424 kW electric motors.The Z-drive system, two Rolls-Royce 255FP units, can accept power from the diesel engines, electric motors and from both power sources.
The electric motors are powered by three CAT C9.3 generators with 300 kW each, which are 480V three-phase at 1,800 rpm, and one harbor generator, a C7.1 150 kW 480V, three-phase at 1,800 rpm. All four generators will be supplied by Peterson Power.
The tug will have eight berths, and the major equipment on board will include a Rapp Marine electric hawser winch and a single drum tow winch. The tug is designed to carry up to 71,000 gallons of fuel and 4,300 gallons of fresh water. It will have a large pilot house providing all-around visibility; a deckhouse with an open feel; a large mess and lounge area; and accommodations for an eight-person crew.
The tugboat will be ABS Load Line classed and compliant with US Coast Guard regulations, as required at delivery.

Adler Suprema’s Hybrid Marine Solutions : a transatlantic crossing on a single tank of fuel



Adler Yacht, headquartered in Switzerland with construction facilities in Italy, is now revealing full details on its ground-breaking propulsion and technology systems, which give a deeper look into the yacht’s foundations and explain why the company’s new take on yacht building is so revolutionary.
The Adler Suprema is the smart yacht for the next generation of owners who don’t know the meaning of the word “compromise”. As well as pedigree interior and exterior design from Nuvolari-Lenard, one of the world’s most celebrated superyacht designers, the Adler Suprema offers pioneering propulsion and technology solutions that have broken multiple barriers in yachting.
The Suprema 76-foot (23.11-metre) motoryacht is the first in its kind to be built with a Hybrid Marine Solutions (HMS) hybrid propulsion system. The semi-displacement flybridge is also the first yacht in its category to be constructed from carbon fibre, and it is the first hybrid yacht in the world to have been built through the collaboration of expert teams in the automotive, aviation and marine sectors.
Adler’s background in the aviation industry has rooted its core principles in reliability, redundancy and safety, as well as provided an appreciation for the importance of aerodynamic efficiency. The naval architecture of the Adler Suprema’s RINA CE-A certified hull form was developed over four years, with vigorous finite element analysis optimization involving computational fluid dynamics simulations, followed extensive tank testing in Vienna.
The result is a yacht that provides the best possible combination of performance and seaworthiness, with a degree of investment in research and development that is practically unheard of in its category.
A uniquely efficient solution
Assisted by first-rate naval architecture, the Adler Suprema’s HMS (Hybrid Marine Solutions) hybrid propulsion system provides owners with optimal performance at a range of speeds and fuel efficiencies.
The HMS system consists of twin Caterpillar C18 1,150hp diesel engines, two ATE 100kW e-Units and a 170kW LiPo battery. The e-Units are used to control the system’s operations and transitions between propulsion modes. They comprise a combustion engine coupled to an electro-motor/generator combination.
Test results show that the yacht can offer fuel savings of up to 30-50% compared to standard diesel propulsion systems. At eight knots, the Suprema consumes just 12 litres of fuel per hour. Taking the speed up to 14 knots with hybrid propulsion, this figure is just above 100 litres an hour.
Whether owners are seeking silent and sedate propulsion or a fast passage to port, the yacht delivers. The Suprema can reach speeds of up to 11 knots powered silently by the electric motors alone, while the top speed achievable under normal diesel propulsion is 30 knots.
The Suprema’s potential cruising range is equally impressive. With a top range of up to 3,400nm at eight knots, owners could comfortably carry out a transatlantic crossing on a single tank of fuel.
For those who enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature afloat, the LiPo battery can provide a full day’s onboard amenities on a single charge without the need to turn on diesel engines or a generator, and experiencing the noise, fumes and vibration that this provides.
Seamless transitions between propulsion modes
A unique feature of the Adler Suprema is the seamless transition between operational modes of the HMS hybrid propulsion system.
“The ATE e-Units are custom-designed, high-efficiency asynchronised electric units that can work either as a motor or as a generator. They are installed on the shaft between the Caterpillar engines and the gearbox, separated by clutches. Thus, we can use the e-Units as very powerful generators for super fast charging while the propellers are not rotating. It takes less than an hour to fully recharge the hybrid batteries – at only about 23 liters of diesel,” says Philipp Pototschnik, CEO of Adler International. “The design also allows the Caterpillar engines to work in twin diesel mode with the e-Units shut off, without loss of efficiency. What we are particularly proud of is that with this system, we can seamless switch between the propulsion sources: electric, twin diesel or hybrid.- even under full acceleration”.
The default propulsion mode of the yacht controls fully automatic whether it uses electric, hybrid or twin diesel propulsion. At the highest speeds available on the Adler, a power boost mode automatically kicks in, drawing on power from all available systems, to maximize the top speed by a further 1.5 knots.
Should the need arise, the captain may also manually select the eco boost mode to reduce fuel consumption by adding electric power to propulsion, or the generator mode, which commands the e-Unit to load the lithium battery while traveling at three optimum charging speeds maintenance and running hours of the engines are reduced due to our smart Hybrid Marine System. In hybrid mode we alternately run only one engine, in electric there is none. The system is perfect for long slow cruises such as channels or island hopping, but can also go fast.
As the yacht is accelerated, it will automatically shift where it is drawing its power from, transitioning “through” the different power sources, without any need for manual selection from the captain. There is zero interruption in acceleration and the transition cannot be felt by the captain or passengers, with the only indication being the monitor’s display of power source.
The technology of tomorrow’s superyachts
As well as superior performance on the water, the Adler Suprema delivers state-of-the-art technology that is usually reserved for much larger luxury yachts. A lot of innovations have made the creation of this truly superlative yacht possible, with a high degree of automation and integration of the onboard technology.
From a practical perspective and to give peace of mind, the Adler Suprema is fitted with remote control of all operational systems, from the entertainment to bilge pumps, so owners and captains can feel at ease even when they are not on board. There are nine cameras fitted across the yacht, including a FLIR night vision system, which assist with manoeuvring as well as monitoring.
As well as bow and stern thrusters, joystick controls and a dynamic positioning system mean that even the toughest of manoeuvres can be carried out easily. For those who are particularly security conscious, a high-tech keyless system has been integrated for door access as well as helm controls, using cutting-edge fingerprint technology.
Of course, yachting should also be about enjoyment. Adler’s team, alongside Nuvolari-Lenard, designed a number of creature comforts into the Suprema’s specification, to ensure that guests receive an experience they would expect of a superyacht, but fitted into a smaller package.
Under-floor heating has been fitted in the main salon and cabin heads, while cup coolers integrated into the cockpit’s armrests provide an unexpected luxury touch. On the exterior, the stern’s swimming platform can be lowered into the water and the foredeck features a Jacuzzi. Private glass technology has been used to give a little extra privacy to the interior while in port, and the main salon has a 92-inch rolling AV screen integrated into the ceiling.
While it’s clear that the Adler Suprema has chosen to define its standards not by those other vessels in its size range, but by tirelessly searching for the very best solution, some of the most interesting surprises come from its technical progress rather than its luxurious touches.
“We are very proud of what we have achieved in the Adler Suprema,” adds Pototschnik. “This is a yachtsman’s vessel, and we have done our utmost to exceed expectations wherever possible, drawing on expertise from outside of yachting to really take things to the next level. It sets the standard where others will no doubt follow.”






Facing up to the reality of a much smarter marine future

The shipping industry is not going to be (and should not want to be) spared an increasingly inter-connected future. New technologies that were considered completely unachievable just a few years ago are rapidly being introduced, creating new levels of efficiency and cost savings that are influencing the future of shipping. We at Wärtsilä have committed ourselves to being at the forefront of these changes.
By utilising high levels of connectivity and digitalisation, we intend to lead the way to a Smart Marine Ecosystem. We are building upon our broad product and service solutions base to support innovation, while collaborating with customers and partners, including ship owners, ship management companies, ports, bunker suppliers, and software or technology providers, among others in order to realise this vision.
To support this approach we have, among other initiatives, developed Digital Acceleration Centres (DAC) to speed up the innovation process and to work with customers in co-creating new business models and solutions. One DAC is already established in Helsinki, Finland, with another scheduled to be opened in Singapore before the end of the year. We plan to open two more in 2018; one in Central Europe, the other in North America.
The results of this work are already apparent. In August, in cooperation with our customer Gulfmark Offshore, we successfully tested the remote controlling of the ‘Highland Chieftain’, an 80-metre long platform supply vessel owned by Gulfmark Offshore. This was carried out by satellite from a distance of 8000 kilometres using standard bandwidth, and without the use of any land-based technology for communications between the vessel and the remote operator work station. Remarkably, the vessel was sailing off the east coast of Scotland, while it was being remotely operated from Wärtsilä premises in San Diego, California.
While complete ship autonomy is unlikely to be fully in use for a while yet, hybrid propulsion using a combination of engines and battery storage is already established and becoming increasingly popular. It is estimated that hybrid propulsion solutions will represent a significant percentage of all contracted ships within the coming ten years.
By leveraging our strengths in both engine design and electrical & automation systems, we have launched a fully integrated hybrid power module, the Wärtsilä HY, optimised to work seamlessly through a newly developed energy management system (EMS). Notably, it is the marine industry’s first hybrid power module of its type produced, thereby establishing a new industry benchmark.
No innovation can succeed without clear benefits to its end user, and we are proud that the Wärtsilä HY provides many of them. For example, we can identify lower fuel consumption, reduced exhaust emissions, and improved vessel performance. When operating in ‘green’ mode, zero emissions can be achieved, while smokeless operation is also achievable at all load points and in all operating modes, thanks to a patent pending automation procedure.
We passionately believe in a better connected, more efficient and environmentally sustainable shipping industry, made possible by a Smart Marine Ecosystem – join us on this journey and stay tuned for more exciting developments.


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.”

Source: Wärtsilä

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.

PBES Norway and Pangea Marine Trade announce Agency Agreement




PBES and Pangea Marine Trade has announced the agreement to represent PBES energy storage for hybrid and fully electric commercial marine vessels in Southern Europe.
“The hybrid power system of today is smart, proven technology, designed for ease of integration and uninterrupted performance,” said Brent Perry, Chief Executive Officer, PBES. “PBES energy storage is ideal to optimize the vessels Pangea’s customers are currently supplying to the marine industry”.
 
The PBES energy storage system has been designed to high performance and safety standards and is designed to seamlessly integrate with all top OEM propulsion systems.


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PBES and Pangea Marine Trade today announced the agreement to represent PBES energy storage for hybrid and fully electric commercial marine vessels in Southern Europe. This underscores the on-going green shift that is now occurring in the commercial marine industry.

“The hybrid power system of today is smart, proven technology, designed for ease of integration and uninterrupted performance,” said Brent Perry, Chief Executive Officer, PBES. “PBES energy storage is ideal to optimize the vessels Pangea’s customers are currently supplying to the marine industry”.

“We are pleased to announce the agreement with PBES,” stated Mete Özalp, Managing Director, Pangea. “Much of the future of shipping will be based on hybrid and electric propulsion. After we evaluated the industry option; as well as the sustainable movement around the globe, the advantages of PBES liquid cooling were clear, and the company’s service driven values fit well with our own.


The PBES energy storage system has been designed to the highest standards of performance and safety and is designed to seamlessly integrate with all top OEM propulsion systems.


Source: PBES & marinelink

New vessel design to bring hybrid propulsion to aquaculture industry

New vessel design to bring hybrid propulsion to aquaculture industry
Wärtsilä has won a contract from Norway’s Hav Shipping AS to design the first hybrid-powered processing and transportation vessel for use in the fish farming industry.
According to Wärtsilä, a new, hybrid battery configuration will minimise exhaust emissions from the vessel by absorbing most of the engine’s load fluctuations and vessel load variations. The batteries also power the onboard hybrid propulsion machinery’s PTI/PTO (power take-in/power take-off).
A representative from Wärtsilä told Riviera Maritime Media that the hybrid operation is expected to result in fuel savings of 10-15% and reduced costs in engine maintenance.
“The batteries installed assist the diesel engine with variable loads coming from both sea conditions and onboard power needs, allowing the diesel engines to run on a stable load.”
“The propeller will be assisted with instant torque from the PTI/PTO, to optimise performance. The auxiliary engines will have fewer running hours, as well, due to the batteries’ ability to assist with short-term, additional power needs.”
According to the Wärtsilä representative, the hybrid system functions automatically, once the operation mode and desired speed is chosen from the bridge, calculating the best combination of power generation for propulsion and onboard power requirements.
The innovative setup includes a propulsion remote control system and an electrical and automation system, with a 10-cylinder Wärtsilä 31 main engine and two nine-cylinder auxiliary engines serving as the main power sources onboard the craft. Wärtsilä is also contracted to deliver a two-speed gearbox and a controllable pitch propeller including the HP propeller nozzle, stern tube seals and bearings.
In 2015, Guinness World Records recognised the Wärtsilä 31 engine as the world’s most efficient 4-stroke diesel engine, and the two-speed gearbox enables lower propeller speeds and optimises propulsion efficiency during transit while still using the main engine to power the shaft alternator. The company points to these as factors in lowering fuel costs, both for propulsion and the production of electrical power.
In a statement, Wärtsilä ship design vice president Riku-Pekka Hägg said “The fish farming industry, like other marine industry sectors, is seeking better ship designs and greater efficiencies that reduce overall operating costs and lessen the environmental impact.”
Wärtsilä will provide initial, basic and detailed versions of the design on the bespoke project whose parameters were developed in consultation with Hav Shipping AS. The vessel will be built at the Balenciaga shipyard in Spain and is scheduled for delivery in summer 2018.
Hav Shipping AS is co-owned by Haugland Gruppen and Sekkingstad. Both parent companies are involved in the Norwegian fish farming industry. Haugland Gruppen owns fish farms and Sekkingstad owns fish processing plants.
Once delivered, the hybrid-propulsion vessel will bring fish from Haugland Gruppen’s fish farms in Norway to Sekkingstad’s planned factory in Denmark. The vessel also has the capacity to transport from other fish farms, according to Wärtsilä.



Wightlink reveals name of new hybrid ferry

How Wightlink's new Victoria of Wight ferry will look.

WIGHTLINK'S new £30 million environmentally friendly car ferry will be named Victoria of Wight. 
The name was chosen by a panel of staff who considered 186 suggestions from 73 members of staff. 
Work is well underway on the new ship at the Cemre shipyard in Yalova, Turkey and Victoria of Wight will be officially handed over to Wightlink early in 2018.
It has not yet been decided when she will enter service on the Portsmouth-Fishbourne route.
Victoria of Wight will be a hybrid vessel, powered by batteries as well as low sulphur marine gas oil.
Environmentally friendly features will include the recycling of hot water from the engines to heat the passenger areas and low energy LED lighting.
There will be a Costa Coffee store on board as well as a shop selling Isle of Wight produce. 
Wightlink chief executive Keith Greenfield said: “Victoria was clearly a popular choice among staff. We were very happy to endorse their selection and feel Queen Victoria, as a regular visitor to the Isle of Wight, would have been amused.” 
Five staff members submitted the winning suggestion for the naming. They have all won a trip to the Cemre shipyard to watch the launch of Victoria of Wight later in 2017. 
The new ship is part of a £45 million investment in the route.
via iwcp

Bellingham boat builder building Tesla for the sea




The M/V Enhydra, a 600-passenger hybrid electric boat is being built at All American Marine's new facility in Bellingham, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. The boat builder says the 128-foot vessel will be the largest lithium-ion hybrid electric passenger boat in the U.S.

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MTU showcases yacht and megayacht solutions

The high-performance Series 4000 engines for yachts are modified slightly to meet IMO Tier III and launched on the market with MTU's SCR system. The engines will be available as 12, 16 and 20-cylinder versions for a power range extending from 1,920 to 3,900 kW

JULY 31, 2017 — Rolls-Royce is showing off the latest MTU propulsion systems and service solutions for motor and sailing yachts at this year's yacht shows in Cannes and Monaco.
At the Festival de la Plaisance in Cannes, which takes place September 12-17, MTU will be presenting a close-to-production prototype hybrid system based on its 16-cylinder Series 2000 engine. The focus will also be on models of the Pininfarina bridge components and MTU's Premium Yacht Service.
The latest MTU propulsion solutions for mega yachts will be on display September 27-30 at the Monaco Yacht Show where it= will be presenting its advanced-design Series 4000 engines for IMO III, including MTU's SCR system.
A model of the new close-to-production prototype MTU hybrid system based on the 16V 2000 M96 engine will be on display.
Yacht owners will benefit from the combination of high performance and efficiency in addition to the comfort and luxury of silent, low-vibration cruising.
The MTU hybrid propulsion systems are designed on a modular basis and, depending on the diesel-engine series, will cover various electrical outputs within series solutions.
"Electric motors and hybrid propulsion systems from MTU will be an important mobility component for marine propulsion systems of the future," says Stefan Müller, Head of Application Center Marine & Offshore at MTU. "MTU offers a proven, series solution, which combines the mechanical and electrical components to provide optimum performance through MTU's automation system."
MTU has delivered an innovative hybrid propulsion system designed to meet the client's specific requirements for "Sailing Yacht A", the world's largest sailing yacht, which was commissioned in spring 2017. This is a combined diesel-electric propulsion system, which offers seven different propulsion modes. When needed, a high speed can be reached using the combination of both diesel and electric propulsion, but can also provide slow, extremely efficient cruising with very low vibration levels and reduced fuel consumption.
In addition to this exceptional project, MTU has also completed additional hybrid projects, in partnership with the Heesen Yachts shipyard, for example. With its "Nova Hybrid" project, Heesen is offering a 50-m fast displacement luxury yacht in its portfolio, which features a combination of 1,200 kW of diesel power (2 x MTU 12V 2000 M61) and 2 x 110 kW of electrical output. The all-aluminium yacht can travel at a speed of 9 knots on its electrical power source alone, while offering completely silent cruising.
Propulsion systems for megayachts (IMO III + II)
MTU will be showcasing its latest generation of Series 4000 engines at the Monaco Yacht Show, which comply with IMO III emission regulations when combined with MTU's SCR system. The high performance engines for yachts will be available as 12, 16 and 20-cylinder versions covering the power range from 1,920 to 3,900 kW. MTU will still include IMO II engines in its range.
MTU's new SCR system
With the new integrated solution for IMO III, consisting of MTU's propulsion system and SCR exhaust gas aftertreatment system, the customer benefits from an optimally matched system. Taking up little space and offering flexible installation, it features an excellent power to weight ratio. The SCR system from MTU is also flexible in operation: depending on the area (IMO II or IMO III) in which the yacht is sailing, the SCR system can be switched on or off as required.
MTU's SCR system is a fully controlled system, with real-time nitrogen oxide (NOx) measurement upstream and downstream of the SCR. This also regulates the amount of reactant injected to ensure that it is precise and ideal regardless of the operating conditions. The first IMO III yacht propulsion system with two 16V 4000 M73R MTU engines will be used in a new 80 m megayacht built by the Bilgin Yachts shipyard in Istanbul.
MTU on board new yachts at the trade shows
A number of yachts on display at the shows in Cannes and Monaco feature MTU engines. In Cannes, they will include the 38-m long Skyler from Benetti (2 x MTU 12V 2000), the Sunseeker 131 from Sunseeker (2 x MTU 12V 4000). In Monaco, visitors will have the opportunity to look around Heesen's Home (2 x MTU 12V 2000), and Mangusta's 165 E series (4 x MTU 16V 2000).


Glosten Completes Design of New Passenger Vessel for Kitsap Transit

Glosten announces the completion of a passenger-only hybrid ferry design for Kitsap Transit, a public transportation agency based in Bremerton, Washington.




SEATTLE, WA, June 26, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Glosten, a Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy, announces the completion of a 150-passenger-only hybrid ferry design for Kitsap Transit, a public transportation agency based in Bremerton, Washington.
"Glosten has designed a modern and efficient passenger vessel that will meet the demands of our riders," said Kitsap Transit Executive Director John Clauson. "As a public agency, at the end of the day, it's all about the people. We are confident that this new addition to our fleet will serve the people of the Puget Sound region for many years to come."
The Glosten team worked closely with Kitsap Transit to create a ferry customized for Sinclair Inlet, but flexible enough to meet future needs. Passenger comforts were of particular importance to this design and include a variety of passenger spaces with lots of natural light, a unique ADA-accessible bow, and a spacious passenger cabin and sun deck.
This vessel features an efficient aluminum catamaran hull, ADA access throughout the main deck, and two BAE HybriDrive propulsion systems driving fixed pitch propellers.
Glosten Project Manager and Design Lead William Moon, PE commented on the propulsion system of the 70' vessel. "Outfitted with a battery-diesel hybrid propulsion system, the vessel will operate like a Prius - no more diesel exhaust and noise while passengers load and unload."
This new hybrid electric passenger ferry is the first in Puget Sound, and will be constructed at Bellingham-based All American Marine. It is expected to carry over 350,000 passengers annually.
Glosten, a Seattle-based engineering consultancy founded in 1958, is recognized throughout the marine industry for providing innovative solutions to clients' challenging problems, integrating advanced analysis with practical, experience-based design. Glosten expertise includes Naval Architecture, Ocean Engineering & Analysis, Marine Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Detail/Production Design. Glosten is the parent company to Noise Control Engineering, LLC, a premier acoustical and structural engineering consultancy specializing in noise and vibration measurement and control for marine, industrial, commercial, and military applications.
Kitsap Transit, a Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority owned by the citizens of Kitsap County, provides public transportation services by way of vanpool, routed bus, and foot ferry. Kitsap Transit leads the delivery of a quality, coordinated, and sustainable transportation network to serve the changing needs of its residents.

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Rolls-Royce to supply engines for giant Color Line hybrid

160 m ferry will carry 2,000 passengers, 500 cars

The world’s largest plug-in hybrid ferry will have four Rolls-Royce Bergen B33:45L diesel engines.
Designed by Fosen Yard , the ferry is on order for Norway's Color Line at Ulstein Verft. When delivered by the shipbuilder in the summer of 2019, it will operate on the crossing between Sandefjord in Norway and Strømstad in Sweden.
The new Color Line ferry will be a plug-in hybrid combining diesel and electrical power. The batteries will be recharged via a power cable with green electricity from Color Line’s own shore facilities or recharged on board by the ship's generators. The 160-m long vessel will have a capacity for 2,000 passengers and 500 cars.
The four engines from Rolls-Royce are scheduled to be delivered in March 2018. The contract with Rolls-Royce incudes an option to provide engines for a second vessel.
Kjell Harloff, Rolls-Royce, VP Engines – Marine, said: “The shipbuilding industry in Norway has lately proven its competitiveness internationally in the cruise and ferry market, and we are proud to be part of these innovative new building projects. Our Bergen engines have now been sold to nine vessels in this particular segment over the past year. It is a track record which demonstrates a highly attractive and competitive engine range.”
The Bergen B33:45 In-line diesel engine from Rolls-Royce was first introduced at SMM, Hamburg, in September 2014. Available with six, eight or nine cylinders, close to sixty engines have been sold to date. Orders have been received for various vessel types from all over the world including Norway, U.K, Spain, Canada, China, Singapore and New Zealand.
Last month, Rolls-Royce also launched a new a vee-line version of the engine to address a bigger portion of the marine and land market.

Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards 2017: Winners announced

The winners of the fourth annual Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards were announced today (8 June) at a ceremony hosted at Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Launched in 2014, the Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards champions the very best in technology and innovation in the electric and hybrid marine sector, and is supported by associated publication Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International.
An international jury of 42 maritime journalists, marine industry experts and academics from 20 countries decided the winners in each of the five categories: Supplier of the Year, Innovation of the Year, Chief Engineer of the Year, Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year, and Electric & Hybrid Propulsion System of the Year.
The Supplier of the Year award went to Corvus Energy, for the third consecutive year, with 80% of the judges awarding the company full marks. The panel was impressed by Corvus Energy’s business performance over the last 12 months, with the company posting an 87% revenue increase, with 30% of expenses related to R&D. Other major factors contributing to Corvus Energy’s success in this category came from it winning contracts for the supply and sale of 17 new Orca Energy ESS, totaling over 9MW in energy storage, and signing a 10-year agreement to provide service and maintenance for the world’s largest hybrid ferry fleet, operated by Scandlines.
Judges also recognized the impact of its appointment of a new European managing director, Willie Wagen, formally Wärtsilä’s head of market innovation, as well as the success of its expanded Orca Energy ESS production line, which received US$342,000 in non-repayable funding from the National Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program to support its continued development.
And it was to be Corvus’s day as it picked up its second gong at the 2017 Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards by winning the Innovation of the Year category for its Orca Energy ESS. After three sequential years as a nominee in this category, this victory represents Corvus Energy’s fourth Electric & Hybrid Marine Award overall since the Awards began in 2014.
Compared to Corvus Energy’s previous AT6700 ESS, the price per kWh is reduced by 50% from US$1,300kWh to US$650kWh, and represents a 50% decrease in volume – an Orca Energy ESS module measures 420x163x590mm while the AT6700 ESS module measures 330x378x615mm, making it 11% lighter. Judges rewarded Corvus Energy for achieving an 80% reduction in connection and commissioning times, with the Ocra Energy ESS (125kWh/22 modules) requiring less than two hours compared to the AT6700 ESS (140kWh/21 modules), which required approximately 8 hours.
Next up, the Chief Engineer of the Year award was presented to Tor Øyvin Aa, managing director of Norwegian shipbuilding company Brødrene Aa. Representing the first time an engineer from a shipbuilder has won this award, Tor Øyvin Aa was lauded by the judges for his successful leadership during the development of the Vision of the Fjords diesel-electric sightseeing catamaran, which was delivered to operator The Fjords in July 2016 – just 14 months after Brødrene Aa’s design concept was selected for development.
Despite having no prior experience building hybrid vessels, it was Tor Øyvin Aa who proposed the vessel’s diesel-electric propulsion setup, which allows Vision of the Fjords to be propelled solely by battery power while operating in the UNESCO World Heritage Site section of Norway’s Naeroyfjord and on diesel power when outside of it.
Meanwhile, ABB scooped Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year, winning the award for the third time in four years, and its fourth Electric & Hybrid Marine Award overall since 2014. In the last 12 months the OEM recorded a 3% increase in electrification products revenues, with a base order growth of 2% and a net income of US$724m, up from US$500m the previous year. 2016 also saw ABB launch its new Azipod XL podded electric propulsion unit, and deliver four Azipod propulsion units, totaling 52MW of electric power, from Helsinki to shipyards in South Korea, where they were then fitted to an LNG tanker an arctic oil tanker. Furthermore, the judges were impressed by the company’s sustainable shipping ambitions after it had signed a formal agreement with Wuchang Ship Building Group to develop greener ships in China’s icebreaking and cruise sectors.
Finally, the Electric & Hybrid Propulsion System of the Year award went to BB Green, an electric commuter ferry delivered in June 2016 to operator Green City Ferries in Stockholm, Sweden. Officially the world’s first all-electric air-supported vessel (ASV), BB Green is powered by a 200kWh lithium titanate oxide energy storage system from Leclanché; two 280kW permanent magnet electric motors from Echandia Marine; and a Volvo Penta IPS pod propulsion system specially configured for an electric driveline.
Developed by SES Europe and built by BJB/Latitude Yachts in Riga, Latvia, the 25-ton vessel is capable of high speed operation for more than 30 minutes with a 14 nautical mile (26km) range. It’s also the world’s fastest ASV, operating at a speed of 30 knots (56km/h). BB Green was developed over a 44-month period and built to a US$3.5m budget funded in part by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission. It is co-funded by eight organizations (SSPA, SES Europe, Diab, Lloyd’s Register, Aqualiner, Leclanché, Echandia Marine and BJB/Latitude Yachts). To illustrate its eco-friendly credentials, if BB Green was a diesel-powered vessel, it would use about 4.8 liters of fuel per nautical mile while traveling at 30kts, while a similar vessel with a conventional hull would use 10-11 liters per nautical mile.
Source: Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo via hellenicshippingnews