Propulsion Systems News

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Meet PoBo: Floating Platform for Disaster Relief

."The PoBo is a modularly configurable floating device,” said Sascha Wahlster, head of civil activities for GDELS-Bridge Systems.  “It can be used to assemble heavy-duty transport, working, diving and recovery platforms or bridges.”“By means of specially developed propulsion systems and supported by drone based underwater sensors, safe, semi-autonomous driving in flooded and unmapped areas will be made possible,” said Wahlster.The PoBo will be developed to be ergonomically friendly, and will have a mobile virtual reality system to conduct fast and cost-effective training

Matt Hodson. Photo: Marine Hub Cornwall

Innovation Starts @ Marine Hub Cornwall

grant fund where we can help supply grants to support R&D projects.It's fascinating.  We’re seeing such a diverse range of really interesting solutions.  We have around 150-160 companies in the pipeline now and it ranges from wave energy products to hybrid drive electric propulsion systems. We have people looking at tendering for offshore wind, boat landings, hydrographic survey solutions and autonomous vessels.  If we can get 100 companies being more R&D focused within the next two years on top of what we are already doing, it will make a huge difference to the industry

RV Thomas G. Thompson (Photo: University of Washington)

US Navy-owned Research Vessel Back in Action

sea, while also enabling improved real-time communications with shore. Several critical sensor systems also were replaced, providing upgraded scientific capabilities and increased reliability."Besides extending the vessel's useful life at an attractive cost, this mid-life refit updates the propulsion systems with the newest in marine technology," said Tim Schnoor, the program officer overseeing ONR's research vessel program. "This means better diesel-electric generation and distribution systems, stronger compliance with environmental requirements, and reduced obsolescence of various

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IKM Subsea Secures PTTEP Drilling Contract

deepest dive in South East Asia as the water depth ranges from 200mtrs to 2000mtrs.    “This award definitely boosts IKM’s ROV utilization for 2018/19. With ongoing projects with SolstadFarstad, the IKM designed, built and operated Merlin WR200, shows advance electrical propulsion systems being a more reliable choice” says Ruben Subramaniam, IKM Subsea’s Business Development Manager.   “The hybrid electrohydraulic technology provides clients with more uptime with numerous contingencies while reminding us that IKM have developed a fail proof mechanism

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Wärtsilä Acquires Trident B.V.

€17.5 million ($20.8 million) and an additional €3.5 million ($4.2 million) earn-out, based on the business performance in the coming years. The turnover of Trident is approximately €9 million ($10.7 million).   Trident Group specializes in repair, overhaul, and maintenance of propulsion systems, hull and machinery, with fully equipped workshops and certified personnel in the Netherlands, Italy, and Canary Islands.   With the acquisition, Wärtsilä – which has long provided underwater services through partnerships –  expands its 'vessel-as-a-service'

HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $219 million modification to a previously awarded contract to execute maintenance and modernization efforts on the submarine USS Columbus (SSN 762), shown here in Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo)

HII Wins USS Columbus Submarine Repair Work

been awarded a $219 million modification to a previously awarded contract to execute maintenance and modernization efforts on the submarine USS Columbus (SSN 762).   Contract work includes maintenance, repair, alterations, testing and routine work on the ship’s hull structure, tanks, propulsion systems, electric plant, auxiliary systems, armament and furnishings. Work will begin immediately and is expected to be completed in August 2019.   “This contract modification provides us the opportunity to work our first Los Angeles-class engineered overhaul availability at Newport News

Fugro Venturer (copyright Fassmer)

Fugro’s Newest Survey Vessel Goes to Work

sampling in water depths of up to 3,500 meters and a permanent autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) hangar houses a Kongsberg Hugin 1000 autonomous underwater vehicle. The vessel can host a multitude of remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) platforms and the specially designed hull form and propulsion systems ensure acoustically quiet and economical running at higher than standard survey speeds.   Phil Meaden, Regional Director Fugro Europe Marine, explains how the new multi-role vessel will support the company’s marine site characterization and asset integrity contracts: “The

SoCal Tech Focus: Tecnadyne

For more than 30 years Tecnadyne has been a leader in the worldwide subsea robotics industry, manufacturing underwater brushless DC propulsion systems, rotary and linear actuators, pan and tilt positioners, hydraulic power units, position sensors and pressure compensators for use on remotely operated vehicles (ROV), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), manned submersibles and other subsea platforms. Many ROV manufacturers (including ECA Robotics, Deep Ocean Engineering, Outland Technology and Shark Marine, to name a few) use Tecnadyne thrusters on their vehicles. Tecnadyne products are presently

Dr. Hubert Lienhard (Photo: Voith Turbo)

MTR100: Voith Turbo

Combining innovation and experience, Voith sets standards in advanced maritime solutions. Focused on technology that makes dynamic positioning more precise, safer and faster, Voith develops custom-made propulsion systems such as the Voith Schneider Propeller and Voith Inline Thrusters featuring RIM drive technology.   Voith Turbo specializes in the design, manufacture and servicing of high performance driveline equipment. From drive components to electronic drive systems, technology from Voith Turbo impacts a wide variety of markets and industries including oil and gas, energy, mining and

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Project Mars: The future of Autonomy

challenges of how you conduct research in those conditions deemed dirty, dangerous or dull. Scientific investigation will define the long-term plans for the vessel.” In addition to scientist research, the team hopes the vessel will assist in conducting research on renewable energy and propulsion systems for marine vessels. This would include studies into the development of software for automated and autonomous operations for extended duration, advanced satellite communications and co-operative behavior. Data harvesting issues is also an area the group would like to see improved as well

R/V Sikuliaq Research vessels like R/V Sikuliaq are built to conduct scientific observation and experimentation.

New Ships Join the US Research Fleet

for optimizing science operations and future improvements. According to Jon Alberts, UNOLS executive secretary, the research community is looking forward to the new Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride. “The new ships will take advantage of advances in technology. They will have more efficient propulsion systems, have improved crew and science staff habitability, be more environmentally friendly and be quieter research platforms. The ships will have better navigation systems and state of the art dynamic positioning. Automated handling systems will streamline launch and recovery of scientific instrumentation

Accelerating Mapping, Surveys with High Speed ROV Ops

complements the vehicle’s state-of-the-art imaging and mapping sensors, resulting in improved survey data quality and reduced ‘cost per kilometer’ of surveys, the developer said. Travelling at high speed close to the seabed requires the vehicle’s automatic maneuvering and propulsion systems to be supplied with highly precise and uninterrupted position updates. To meet this requirement, MMT selected Sonardyne’s acoustically aided inertial navigation system, SPRINT. Designed for subsea vehicles, SPRINT makes optimal use of acoustic aiding data including USBL, LBL and Doppler

MMT’s Surveyor Interceptor ROV is equipped with Sonardyne’s SPRINT INS system to improve the accuracy of high speed pipeline inspections and surveys. (Photo: Sonardyne)

High-speed ROV Accelerates Mapping, Surveys

the vehicle’s state-of-the-art imaging and mapping sensors, resulting in improved survey data quality and reduced ‘cost per kilometer’ of surveys, the developer said.   Travelling at high speed close to the seabed requires the vehicle’s automatic maneuvering and propulsion systems to be supplied with highly precise and uninterrupted position updates. To meet this requirement, MMT selected Sonardyne’s acoustically aided inertial navigation system, SPRINT. Designed for subsea vehicles, SPRINT makes optimal use of acoustic aiding data including USBL, LBL and Doppler

MTR 100: Shark Marine Technologies

which have expanded from camera systems, to ROVs, to diver held sonar and navigation systems and now its diver delivery system that can operate completely autonomously. Shark Marine today has a broad offering that includes the following: Diver Held Sonar Imaging and Navigation Systems; Diver Propulsion Systems; Video Systems; Remote Operated Vehicles; Survey Equipment; Tether Management Systems On-site Operational Support Consultation; Custom Design and Manufacture; and Training. It is with great pride that Shark Marine serves an ever growing customer base including commercial diving, scientific

Market Improving for German Equipment Suppliers

safety standards also give them a considerable competitive advantage precisely in this market. Liquid Natural Gas – propulsion on the oceans Over 90% of transport services worldwide are by sea. Environmental protection represents a key factor in maritime transport, and the current marine propulsion systems are much more energy-efficient than any land or air transport. Pollutant emissions can be further reduced with the use of LNG. The engine is at the heart of propulsion technology. Innovations in this area have the greatest influence on energy efficiency. The energy- and cost-saving and at

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Drydocks World & DMC to build 1st LNG-powered tug

industry. Our years of experience and technology leadership provide a strong basis of support to Drydocks World as they strive to maintain a safe and clean operating environment. At Wärtsilä we optimize a vessel’s efficiency starting from initial design, power and propulsion systems and the integrated automation system. By signing the MoU, Wärtsilä will be able to enhance further its cooperation with Drydocks World ensuring delivery of modern and efficient ships complying with the present legislations and the ones to come. In this case DDW is the first

The first ever cargo vessel to sail from Murmansk to Shanghai via the Northern Sea Route, without the assistance of icebreakers, recently completed its maiden crossing, cutting a 65-day journey on the return leg down to 19 days. ABB’s Azipod electric propulsion technology helps to make the year-round journey possible. (Photo: ABB)

Arctic Energy Exploration Efforts Heat Up

with forward and aft dual-end counterrotating props.  The company has tested the system extensively at the Aker Arctic facility.  Fincantieri in Italy is building a passenger ferry for Société des Traversiers du Québec (STQ) with its Steerprop pods. Azimuth propulsion systems can project a slipstream in any desired direction.  SteerProp’s Hannu Jukola, said they are a “most potent tool for ice-management.” “The power is divided to two relatively short propeller shafts pointing in opposite directions. Both propeller shafts have their

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