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Marine Electronics


July 2015 Issue

Hydrocurrent Receives LR And ClassNK Approval
Calnetix Technologies’ new Hydrocurrent system has been evaluated and approved by Lloyd’s Register (LR) and ClassNK.

Calnetix developed Hydrocurrent in partnership with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery and Engine Co. It uses an organic rankine cycle heat recovery process and a turbo-generator power conversion system to convert thermal energy in the ship’s engine jacket water into usable mechanical power to generate electricity.

It produces up to 125 kilowatts of electrical power, saving up to 200 tons of bunker fuel and reducing carbon monoxide emissions by 18 tons per year by reducing the load on the ship’s generators.

Guinness World Record For Multifuel Engine
The recently launched Wärtsilä 31 engine has achieved a Guinness World Records title for the most efficient four-stroke diesel engine. The listing is based on the engine’s highest fuel-efficiency levels, with its diesel fuel consumption being as low as 165 gallons per kilowatt-hour.

The Wärtsilä 31 engine is designed to serve various types of vessels in the offshore, cruise and ferry, and other marine segments where the power range requirement is from 4.2 to 9.8 megawatts. The engine can be operated using a range of different fuels and comes in three versions: diesel, dual-fuel and spark-ignited gas.

HubbaX4 Go Keeps IFCA Patrol Vessels Connected
Buzz Marine has supplied its HubbaX4 Go marine broadband systems to five Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) patrol vessels owned by four regional IFCAs.

The HubbaX4 Go and Duo models are the latest in the Buzz Marine range, providing a superfast 4G broadband solution to support devices at sea. Up to 32 Wi-Fi devices can connect simultaneously to the flexible HubbaX4 Go unit, which is able to operate on the 4G, 3G or 2G networks and provide up to 100 mbps download speed.

The four IFCAs which have so far installed the Buzz Marine HubbaX4 Go are: Cornwall, Sussex, Eastern IFCA and Northeast IFCA.

The IFCA patrol vessels are used to help ensure the authorities take a leading and effective national role in fisheries and conservation management.

The HubbaX4 Duo model is designed for vessels crossing between service providers or countries and that have a VSAT terminal. The VSAT failover facility enables the lower cost, faster download of the HubbaX4 Duo to seamlessly take precedence when in range of a mobile connection, substantially reducing the operator’s communication costs. The new system uses a dual SIM facility on 3G and 4G networks to provide considerably faster speeds than previously possible over the mobile network.

Partnership to Fast Track New Sensor Tech to Market
The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and the Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems (CENSIS) are collaborating to support innovation and development of new sensor technologies.

By helping innovative sensor technologies develop through technology readiness level (TRL) and providing independent performance verification as technologies enter the market, the partnership aims to fast track novel sensor technologies in the energy sector marketplace.

The CENSIS team assists small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) to grow beyond initial models quickly by enabling them to develop new innovations with university research teams. The support offered by CENSIS can help sensor technologies progress to TRL 6/7, readying them for independent Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) delivered by EMEC.

The statement of verification delivered at the end of the ETV process can be used as evidence that the claims made about an innovation are credible and scientifically sound.

This reduces the technological risk for potential investors, helping new technologies increase their market share and differentiate from their competitors.

Lamprell Energy Uses Software To Automate Manufacturing
United Arab Emirates-based offshore jack-up rig builder Lamprell Energy Ltd. will implement SSI’s EnterprisePlatform software solution to allow their engineering team to automate manufacturing processes. The benefit will come from streamlining and automating Lamprell’s processes used to control robotic machinery on the production floor based on information from the ShipConstructor-based product data model.

Lamprell will also initiate training and consultation with SSI’s business process analysts to determine expanded applications for EnterprisePlatform.

Hydro-Lek Ups Stock Of ROV Tooling
Hydro-Lek has significantly increased stock holding of their full range of ROV tooling across the board to meet customers’ growing requirements for fast and efficient customer service with reduced delivery times.

Higher stock levels have also enabled Hydro-Lek to offer a two-week turnaround for all tooling repairs. Repairs under warranty are completed within two weeks of receipt of product, and out-of-warranty repairs are shipped back within two weeks of the customers’ approval of the repair quotation.

J-Marine Routing Facilitates Passage Planning
Applied Weather Technology, Inc. (AWT) is collaborating with Japan Radio Co. (JRC) to develop and deliver the new J-Marine Routing system, which offers back-of-the-bridge route planning and integrates with JRC’s new J-Marine Cloud Service.

By creating a strategic route plan at the back of the bridge and the seamless transfer of the track to the ECDIS system, captains will have the tools to quickly identify the safest and most economical route and input it into a vessel’s navigation system.

JRC’s ECDIS system’s “no-go” areas will be transferred to J-Marine Routing for more accurate optimization results, while seamlessly integrating into JRC’s J-Marine Cloud Service, a comprehensive solution for satellite airtime, ship navigation systems, online chart management, weather data, and route planning.

Imtech Propulsion Solution For Hybrid Ferry
Imtech Marine has been awarded a third contract to supply the electric and hybrid propulsion system for a hybrid ferry operated by Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd. (CMAL) of Scotland.

For the third hybrid ferry, Imtech Marine will, next to the diesel-electric and lithium-ion battery hybrid propulsion system, additionally carry out the electrical installation. The third CMAL vessel will also have an Imtech Marine remote control monitoring system, whereby the owner can track fuel usage in real time.

Designed to reduce fuel, noise and emissions, the first CMAL ferry delivered, which used a lithium battery system, diesel generators and electric propulsion supplied by Imtech Marine, has proven to achieve fuel savings of 38 percent.

These substantial savings come from using shore-charged energy (28 percent), whereby the batteries are charged overnight with locally produced wind energy. Then savings of a further 10 percent are due to smart load control via the Imtech Marine Energy Management System. The EMS controls the fuel optimization by preventing a second generator starting up during the complete working day (adaptive control), and it controls the load sharing between the diesel generator and batteries based on a “market” control strategy, which matches the energy supply to demand (peak shaving).

The Energy Management System will also provide essential performance feedback to the captain through Imtech Marine’s energy dashboard. The Web-based remote monitoring system will provide feedback about the current and historic performance and maintenance values to the fleet owner.

The third CMAL ferry is due to be delivered in April 2016, but Imtech Marine will deliver its system by December this year. CMAL’s first two vessels, the MV Hallaig and MV Lochinvar, operate between the Isle of Skye and Raasay and between Tarbert (Loch Fyne) and Portavadie, respectively.

Height Extension for Cranes To Accommodate Larger Ships
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded the contract to heighten three Kalmar ship-to-shore (STS) cranes operated by DP World Antwerp Gateway NV. Completion of the project is scheduled for the first quarter of 2016.

Kalmar will be responsible for the turnkey project, including planning and engineering, execution of the heightening, and commissioning. The cranes, which have been operational since 2005, are to be heightened by 6 meters to accommodate larger vessels entering the port. This is in anticipation of significant growth in container movements.

The highly specialist operation will be achieved by inserting leg extensions underneath the portal beams in the existing flange junctions. The project will also include the installation of consequential structural reinforcements in crane travel and trolley travel direction.

The heightening of the crane structure is achieved by means of jacking towers and hydraulic jacks, including all bracings for horizontal forces to ensure optimum safety during the process.


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