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Marine Electronics


August 2013 Issue

Acteon Group Acquires J2 Engineering Services
Acteon Group Ltd. (Norwich, England) completed the acquisition of J2 Engineering Services Ltd., based in Aberdeen, Scotland.

J2 Engineering is involved in the rental, maintenance and repair of ROV manipulator arms and associated tooling and equipment.

J2 Engineering’s service is similar to that of Acteon company Seatronics Ltd. (Aberdeen), which provides subsea electronic equipment to the offshore and ocean industries. J2 Engineering and Seatronics have collaborated on a number of projects. The J2 Engineering team will continue to operate from its premises in Torry, Aberdeen, and will take advantage of Seatronics’s distribution and service network covering Europe, North America, Brazil, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

NAUTIS Simulators Purchased for Egyptian Waterways Training
The Egyptian River Transport Authorities (RTA), receiving party in the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity development in Higher Education project, and STC-Group (Rotterdam, Netherlands) as delivering party, purchased a classroom of NAUTIS Desktop Simulators to enhance the curriculum for its inland waterways training at the Regional Institute for River Transport (RIRT).

The six NAUTIS simulators were delivered and installed by VSTEP B.V. (Rotterdam) at the RIRT headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.

The NAUTIS Desktop Simulators were purchased by the STC Group and will allow the RTA to provide certified training in compliance with the latest Egyptian and European requirements and regulations.

The STC Group is the education and innovation partner of the RTA, integrating new and advanced training methods at the RTA training facilities. The new simulator classroom at the RIRT in Cairo is currently one of the most innovative inland navigation training facilities in the region.

NAUTIS simulators, developed by VSTEP, provide a solution for training maritime and inland navigation crews in accordance with the latest regulations. NAUTIS includes a full range of simulators, from desktop to full mission bridge.

Bluefin Completes AUV Upgrade For Phoenix International
Phoenix International Holdings Inc. (Largo, Maryland) has taken delivery of its Bluefin Robotics Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts) Bluefin-21 AUV after Bluefin Robotics completed a depth upgrade from a 1,500-meter to a 4,500-meter capability.

The Phoenix AUV is equipped with field-swappable acoustic and optical payloads. The acoustic payload section can concurrently operate a Teledyne RESON A/S (Slangerup, Denmark) 7125 multibeam (400 kilohertz) sonar, EdgeTech (West Wareham, Massachusetts) 2200-M side scan sonar (120/410 kilohertz) and EdgeTech DW2-16 sub-bottom profiler (2 to 16 kilohertz) on 20-hour dives at speeds up to 3.5 knots.

The optical payload section can collect high-resolution black-and-white imagery up to 3 frames per second using a Prosilica GE1900 camera system with 1,920 by 1,080 pixel resolution. This highly capable and portable deep-water vehicle ships air freight to deploy on vessels of opportunity. The average loadout specifications, which include the AUV, mission support equipment and lithium-ion batteries, consist of 20 pieces totaling 10,000 pounds and occupies 1,000 cubic feet.

Wärtsilä RT-flex58T D ER-3 Engine Passes Type Approval Test
Wärtsilä Corp. (Helsinki, Finland)announced that another of its two-stroke engines, the Wärtsilä RT-flex58T version D ER-3, has successfully passed its type approval test (TAT). This engine is a further optimized version of the Wärtsilä RT-flex58T version D engine, with reduced power and greater fuel economy. The new version has been specifically redesigned to meet the operating demands of Panamax bulk carriers, and in passing the TAT milestone, the engine is verified as having fulfilled all classification society requirements.

The engine was assembled and tested in Aioi, Japan, at Wärtsilä’s licensee Diesel United Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan).

The first orders for the Wärtsilä RT-flex58Tversion D ER-3 engines were received and, following the successful TAT, the engines will be installed in an innovative new Panamax bulk carrier being built at the Japan Marine United Corp. (Tokyo) shipyard for an Italian owner.

The Wärtsilä RT-flex58T version D ER-3 engine is a two-stroke, common-rail engine with a high stroke-to-bore ratio.

While retaining the well-proven and reliable design concept of the earlier RT-flex58T version D engine, the reduced bore diameter allows more derating without negative effects on operational reliability.

The new engine version offers the lowest possible revolutions per minute for lower-powered vessels and is the right fit for new economic Panamax bulk carrier designs, cutting the consumption compared to standard designs by up to 20 percent.

With a maximum continuous rated power of 12,210 kilowatts, the six-cylinder RT-flex58T version D ER-3 fits between the power range of the five- and six-cylinder RT-flex58T version D engines and offers an extended rating field and lower absolute speed and fuel consumption.

China Shipping Container Lines Fleet Fitted With ECO-Assistant
To enhance the operational efficiency of its fleet, China Shipping Container Lines Co. Ltd. (Shanghai, China), or CSCL, has rolled out ECO-Assistant onto its entire fleet of eight 14,000 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) container vessels, following a successful test of the software on one of these vessels. Furthermore, an extra agreement was signed to expand the deployment of ECO-Assistant to another eight 9,600 TEU container vessels of CSCL’s fleet.

ECO-Assistant is advanced trim optimization software developed by FutureShip GmbH (Hamburg, Germany). Once installed on board, it can produce instant fuel savings and a reduction of the ship’s CO2 emissions.

The sea trial report provided by FutureShip demonstrated that fuel savings of 10 percent have been achieved in one sailing of the 14,000 TEU container vessel using the tool. A further verification test conducted by CSCL resulted in a reduction of fuel consumption of up to 8.2 percent.


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