Tuesday, 3 January 2017

APR Energy and GE Renew Strategic Alliance in Fast-Track Power - 03/01/2016

APR Energy and GE Renew Strategic Alliance in Fast-Track Power

APR Energy, a global leader in fast-track power solutions, and GE (NYSE: GE) announced today they have renewed their strategic alliance to provide mobile turbine technology into the fast-track power rental market.

The strategic alliance grants APR Energy exclusivity around the globe as the rental provider of GE mobile gas turbines under 50MW. As part of the agreement, APR Energy will acquire new Generation 8, GE TM2500+ mobile turbines in connection with its initiative to upgrade and standardize its fleet. In addition, GE and APR Energy will collaborate on leads for customers looking for interim or rental power solutions as a bridge to more permanent power solutions.

The acquisition of the new mobile turbines further strengthens APR Energy’s position as the world’s leading provider of mobile gas turbine power, expanding its total fleet capacity to more than 2GW – enough to power the equivalent of two million U.S. homes.

Jeffrey Immelt, chairman and chief executive officer, GE, said, “We are very pleased to continue our partnership with APR Energy. We have been impressed with their high level of customer service and ability to deliver turnkey power generation projects in remote locations all around the world. With this strategic alliance, customers will benefit from APR Energy’s expertise, and can use GE technology as a bridging solution while their permanent GE power plants are under construction.”

“We are very excited about the mutual benefits our renewed alliance brings, and appreciate the increased collaboration between our two companies,” said John Campion, chairman, APR Energy. “Our partnership will provide APR Energy access to new leads and opportunities throughout the GE global network, helping to support our business growth and thereby increasing demand for GE equipment. The alliance also provides us with the latest generation of TM2500+ units, giving us the newest fleet in the industry, while benefiting customers with the latest advancements in fuel efficiency and emissions controls.” 

The original strategic alliance agreement between APR Energy and GE was signed in October 2013. The renewal includes continuation of the supply and services agreement, ensuring that GE will continue to provide support to current and future clients of APR Energy. 

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Ray is ready to rule the waves in new round-the-world record attempt - 14/12/2016

Ray is ready to rule the waves in new round-the-world record attempt

Preston’s Ray Finch (50) is taking on his latest challenge and returning to the seas by stepping aboard the crew of Team Britannia, a new round-the-world record attempt.

The British Army veteran and former boxer will join the Hampshire based round-the-world powerboat, which hopes to cut up to seven days off the current record of 60 days 23 hours 49 minutes, held by New Zealander Pete Bethune.

Team Britannia, led by British ocean racing legend Alan Priddy, will use a revolutionary semi-wave slicing boat that will carve through the waves, rather than surfing them. The super-efficient design, a variant of the “fast displacement hull” will reduce fuel consumption by up to 30 per cent and make the 24,000 mile trip smoother and faster.

The boat will be crewed by a team of 12, including up to five wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women (WIS) on each of the seven legs of the voyage who are being supported by veterans’ charity Blesma.

Mr Priddy commented: “I am really pleased to welcome Ray into the Team Britannia record attempt. Ray contributes to our impressive group of veterans, which makes this challenge so unique and gives us so much to be proud of. Ray’s career in the infantry and as former boxer proves he is up for a challenge – there is no better quality than that!”

Ray added: “From a young boy, I was always fascinated with the Guinness Book of World Records, so it would be amazing to be part of it! I am really looking forward to what will be an epic challenge – something I am always ready to crack on with as a former infantryman. As well as smashing the world record, I also want this record attempt to be about proving that my disability is not the end of living an active life, and that despite giving up on challenges after I was retired from the Army, there is still fire left in my belly!” 

Ray, who comes from Preston but now lives near Blackburn, Lancashire, joined the British Army at 16 and served his country as an infantryman – being awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.

Being no stranger to water, Ray is a qualified PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Divemaster as well as a rescue diver. He is also an emergency first responder.

In addition to fuel-efficient design, the boat will use a pollution cutting Water-in-Diesel (WiDE) fuel emulsion power the two race-tuned Fiat Power Train C13 500, 6 cylinder engines. The boat is being built by the Aluminium Boatbuilding Company who are based near Portsmouth and will be fitting the latest navigation and communications equipment from the British marine industry.

The boat will be launched in late 2016 and will then commence sea trials. The record attempt will get underway next year using the iconic Europa Point in Gibraltar as its timing mark.


To complete the record attempt the boat must pass through the Suez and Panama Canals, cross the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator and start and finish in the same place. The world record authorities, UIM (Union Internationale Motonautique) have approved Team Britannia’s proposed route, which will start in Gibraltar and call at Puerto Rico, Manzanillo, Honolulu, Guam, Singapore, Oman and Malta to take on fuel.

Mr Priddy concluded: “We are at a crucial and exciting point in the project as we have just turned over the hull. So the build is into its final stages and we are putting together our team, both shore-based and those who will take part in this epic challenge. Getting the right team together is crucial if we are to smash the current record, so it is great to have Ray on board – he has the courage and determination required to bring the world record back to Great Britain.”

Stena Line extends its trust in MacGregor's planned maintenance agreements for 39 ferries - 14/12/2016

Stena Line extends its trust in MacGregor's planned maintenance agreements for 39 ferries

Swedish ferry operator Stena Line has renewed its planned maintenance agreement with MacGregor, part of Cargotec. Stena Line has held MacGregor Onboard Care (MOC) agreements since 2008 and its latest contract takes the number of RoRo vessels covered to 39.

"Our preventative and planned service products, such as MOCs, make it easier to schedule services; they guarantee that parts are in place and they are very cost-effective for the customer. They take a lot of the stress out of managing the huge service requirements for large fleets," says John Carnall Senior Vice President, Global Lifecycle Support, MacGregor.

"The number of vessels covered by the contract requires MacGregor to coordinate complex resource requirements in several countries. There are few companies as well-placed as MacGregor to deliver this demanding level of service commitment."

Stena's renewed MOC agreements ensure that key equipment - from MacGregor and a range of other manufacturers - on board the vessels is maintained in good order at the optimum time, minimising the risk of downtime. Remedial measures can be used to rectify a problem with minimal impact on availability. The agreement covers annual inspections, condition surveys, spare parts stock inventories and basic equipment adjustments.

"Over the years, Stena has steadily increased the number of vessels covered by the contract from 20 to 39 vessels," says Magnus Göransson, MacGregor Branch Manager for Denmark and Sweden. "This is testament to the long-standing trust that has developed between MacGregor and Stena Line and in MacGregor's ability to deliver technical support, services and spare parts whenever and wherever they are needed."

The contract covers ferries serving operations for Stena Line Scandinavia AB, Stena Line BV and Northern Marine Ferries Ltd; sailing on 22 routes in the Baltic Sea, North Sea, the English Channel and the Irish Sea.

Each MOC agreement is tailored to meet the needs of individual operators. MacGregor is in the process of developing a new service agreement concept that will simplify service commitments for customers even further. It will be available early next year.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Corvus Energy Powers First LNG-Battery Hybrid Cargo Ferry in North America - 13/12/2016

Corvus Energy Powers First LNG-Battery Hybrid Cargo Ferry in North America

Canadian ferry operator Seaspan Ferries takes delivery of the first of 5 Planned LNG-battery hybrid ferries

Corvus Energy, congratulates Vancouver-based ferry operator Seaspan Ferries which recently took delivery of the first of two LNG-battery hybrid cargo ferries to be delivered in the next 12 months. The 'Seaspan Swift' is the first LNG-battery hybrid cargo ferry in North America. The vessel features two dual-fuel engines and a Corvus lithium ion energy storage system (ESS), which operates as spinning reserve and provides propulsion power for low-speed maneuvers.

The cargo ferry will be joined by a sister ship, Seaspan Reliant, in early 2017, after which the operator will order a further three ferries, according to Seaspan CEO Jonathan Whitworth. The 148m vessels, designed by Vard Marine, will have capacity for 59 truck trailers compared to the 30-40 trailer capacity of its existing seven vessels that have been in service for an average of 36 years.

Seaspan Ferries operates cargo-only services between Vancouver Island and the British Columbian mainland, carrying up to 800 trailers a day. The company delivers more than 50% of all products consumed on the island.

“We are proud to be working with Seaspan, a fellow Canadian company and an innovator in its business operations” said Andrew Morden, President and CEO of Corvus Energy. “Seaspan’s commitment to environmental sustainability is industry-leading and Corvus looks forward to working with them to integrate Corvus Energy ESS solutions into their future vessels.”

“Integrating the proven Corvus ESS technology into our new LNG-battery vessels will help us achieve our goal of minimizing the environmental impact of our operations, while reducing fuel consumption and operating costs,” said Jonathan Witworth, CEO Seaspan. “Corvus’ experience, industry leadership and safety record made it an easy decision to utilize their battery systems.”

Mainstay sees off international competition to land new vessel contract - 13/12/2016

Mainstay sees off international competition to land new vessel contract

A designer, builder and maintainer of workboats and renewable marine energy devices has won a significant contract to construct a crew transfer vessel.

Mainstay Marine Solutions, which won against international competition, will build the boat at its deep-water facility in Pembroke Dock for client Targe Towing, a Scottish-based tug owner and operator.

The 15m vessel, designed by Carmarc Design, will have a maximum speed of 15 knots and capacity for two crew and 12 passengers. The boat will operate alongside oil terminal platforms on the east coast of Scotland in swell conditions of up to 2 metres in wave height.

Extensive sea trials will take place close to Pembroke Dock, with delivery scheduled for spring 2017.

The contract success is the latest win for Mainstay, which now employs 80, with 10 per cent of the direct workforce consisting of apprentices. It recently won a contract to build a new energy device for a £5.8m renewables scheme in South Wales.

The firm’s turnover has increased by a third, from just under £4m to more than £5m, during the last twelve months.

Mainstay’s managing director, Stewart Graves, said: “We are very well known for our high-quality transfer vessels, and we’re looking forward to working with Targe Towing.

“Our team of skilled workers, many of whom are based locally, help to position us as the best in what we do. It’s their positive attitude, approach to work and amazing talent that has helped us grow.

“This contract win is a fantastic way to end 2016 and I’m confident we will have another successful 12 months next year.” 

The hull of the vessel will be made from steel, and the super-structure constructed of aluminium.

Targe Towing provides dedicated towage for north east Scotland ports including BP’s Hound Point Marine terminal on the Firth of Forth.

Tom Woolley, managing director at Targe Towing, said: “After being awarded an extension to our contract with BP, we went to the market for a new crew vessel. 

“We looked at facilities in Turkey and Holland but Mainstay’s base in Pembroke Dock were outstanding.

“Mainstay was also able to demonstrate the quality of its work, and its rigorous attitude to health and safety. We were also impressed with the vessel it built for the Port of Milford Haven.

“For me personally, it’s brilliant to order this vessel from South Wales because I spent time in the 1980s as general manager at the Milford Dock Company, and felt I had unfinished business there.”

Ray is ready to rule the waves in new round-the-world record attempt - 13/12/2016

Ray is ready to rule the waves in new round-the-world record attempt

Preston’s Ray Finch (50) is taking on his latest challenge and returning to the seas by stepping aboard the crew of Team Britannia, a new round-the-world record attempt.

The British Army veteran and former boxer will join the Hampshire based round-the-world powerboat, which hopes to cut up to seven days off the current record of 60 days 23 hours 49 minutes, held by New Zealander Pete Bethune.

Team Britannia, led by British ocean racing legend Alan Priddy, will use a revolutionary semi-wave slicing boat that will carve through the waves, rather than surfing them. The super-efficient design, a variant of the “fast displacement hull” will reduce fuel consumption by up to 30 per cent and make the 24,000 mile trip smoother and faster.

The boat will be crewed by a team of 12, including up to five wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women (WIS) on each of the seven legs of the voyage who are being supported by veterans’ charity Blesma.

Mr Priddy commented: “I am really pleased to welcome Ray into the Team Britannia record attempt. Ray contributes to our impressive group of veterans, which makes this challenge so unique and gives us so much to be proud of. Ray’s career in the infantry and as former boxer proves he is up for a challenge – there is no better quality than that!”

Ray added: “From a young boy, I was always fascinated with the Guinness Book of World Records, so it would be amazing to be part of it! I am really looking forward to what will be an epic challenge – something I am always ready to crack on with as a former infantryman. As well as smashing the world record, I also want this record attempt to be about proving that my disability is not the end of living an active life, and that despite giving up on challenges after I was retired from the Army, there is still fire left in my belly!” 

Ray, who comes from Preston but now lives near Blackburn, Lancashire, joined the British Army at 16 and served his country as an infantryman – being awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.

Being no stranger to water, Ray is a qualified PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Divemaster as well as a rescue diver. He is also an emergency first responder.

In addition to fuel-efficient design, the boat will use a pollution cutting Water-in-Diesel (WiDE) fuel emulsion power the two race-tuned Fiat Power Train C13 500, 6 cylinder engines. The boat is being built by the Aluminium Boatbuilding Company who are based near Portsmouth and will be fitting the latest navigation and communications equipment from the British marine industry.

The boat will be launched in late 2016 and will then commence sea trials. The record attempt will get underway next year using the iconic Europa Point in Gibraltar as its timing mark.

To complete the record attempt the boat must pass through the Suez and Panama Canals, cross the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator and start and finish in the same place. The world record authorities, UIM (Union Internationale Motonautique) have approved Team Britannia’s proposed route, which will start in Gibraltar and call at Puerto Rico, Manzanillo, Honolulu, Guam, Singapore, Oman and Malta to take on fuel.

Mr Priddy concluded: “We are at a crucial and exciting point in the project as we have just turned over the hull. So the build is into its final stages and we are putting together our team, both shore-based and those who will take part in this epic challenge. Getting the right team together is crucial if we are to smash the current record, so it is great to have Ray on board – he has the courage and determination required to bring the world record back to Great Britain.”

Monday, 12 December 2016

ROLLS-ROYCE POWER SYSTEMS AND ZF COLLABORATE ON MARINE PROPULSION SYSTEMS - 12/12/2016

ROLLS-ROYCE POWER SYSTEMS AND ZF COLLABORATE ON MARINE PROPULSION SYSTEMS

·        Closer collaboration to strengthen technology leadership in the marine marketplace and create additional client benefits
·        Long-standing partners sign agreement to seal new collaborative alliance

Rolls-Royce Power Systems and ZF Friedrichshafen AG will be collaborating even more closely on marine propulsion systems in future. A collaboration agreement to that effect has now been signed by Dr. Ulrich Dohle, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, and Wilhelm Rehm, Member of the Board of Management of ZF Friedrichshafen AG.

Precisely matched combinations of MTU engines from Rolls-Royce Power Systems and marine transmissions from ZF have been the preferred choice on many commercial ships and yachts for a long time. From now on, the two companies will be exchanging information and knowledge relating to the development of new technologies and products more intensively than ever to ensure that clients are provided with fully optimised propulsion solutions.

“Through the even closer collaboration with our long-standing partner ZF, we will further expand our systems expertise and, with our MTU engines, will thus be able to provide our customers with optimally matched and innovative propulsion solutions“, said Dr. Ulrich Dohle, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG. “We too see excellent opportunities resulting from the expansion of our two product portfolios“, added Wilhelm Rehm, the Member of the Board of Management of ZF Friedrichshafen AG responsible for the Industrial Technology Division. “Together with MTU, we will develop pioneering technologies and supply the market with system solutions.”

The precise details of the collaboration will be specified in subsequent talks. The partners expect to achieve the greatest synergy effects in three areas: each company intends to extend its respective product range with the addition of jointly developed fully integrated systems and to collaborate closely in R&D and applications development. The ultimate aim is to provide optimally matched systems and new solutions for future marine propulsion systems, such as hybrid propulsion systems or digitally networked solutions. The partners also intend to work together in the fields of marketing, sales and service.